Holiday Shopping Blunders

HOLIDAY MAKEUP SHOPPING BLUNDERS

The Holidays are here! Hooray – it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  Anticipation is high with people filled with joy, graciousness and GERMS!!! (HUH?! Cue record skip…)

Ever wander through aisle by aisle of your favorite beauty counters reaching for that SO amazing moisturizing, plumping, lasting, courage granting, diva guaranteeing lipstick that you simply MUST try… and you MUST plant that sweet color on your lips or decadently swirl your fingers around in that sumptuous new concealer perfectly sweeping it under your eyes?    Wait, You have?  NOOOOO!!!!!!

One of the fastest ways to land a bummer of a holiday is to end up with someone else’s nasty germs!  No need to fear,  you can have that amazing holiday look but, with some precautionary shopping tips, learn to really celebrate the holidays with sheer abandon.

WHEN SHOPPING TRY THESE TIPS:

*LIPSTICKS:  can be the worst!  First ask that the lipstick be sprayed down with alcohol, then twist the tube to the top. Take a disposable lip brush at the base, whisk a touch of lipstick to test on your hand, then try matching it in front of your lips.

*EYE SHADOWS:  First allow the cosmetic associates to alcohol the palette, then with a clean makeup brush dust off the first layer of product then try the colors on your hands or if you dare, take a q-tip and dot just between your temple and eye. (Never on the eye when testing!)

*FOUNDATIONS & CREAM BLUSHES:  Pump Bottles are the safest keeping the product in safe harbor while dispensing in a more sanitary way.  However, a quick alcohol rub of the nozzle never hurts prior to jaw line test.

*EYELINERS:  A bit easier than most.  Disinfect with alcohol, have the tip sharpened to a fine point then repeat alcohol rub down. You can test this on your hand as well or dare to try it on your eye. Steer clear of the twist dispenser eyeliners as they can easily be contaminated and should never be used directly on the eye.

*CLICK PEN (concealers, eyes shadows and lips):  Here’s a tip: skip the click!  There’s no way to safely test these handy products. This is a hand test only if you actually want to try it… but beware!!

HERE’S WHAT I FOUND ON MY LATEST VISIT TO MY FAVORITE BEAUTY STORE: 

(Ooey Gooey Lip Gloss, Chunky Monkey Concealer, Pop Goes the Lip Glop) No, these are not the latest names of Ben and Jerry’s newest ice cream flavors.

Were you really going to see if these were your match???!!!!

I ADMIT, AT FIRST GLANCE THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A BIT MUCH, BUT WITH PRACTICE YOUR HEALTHY HABITS WILL KEEP YOU PARTYING LIKE IT’S 1999! (THANK YOU, PRINCE!)

Everyone knows how much of a hygiene stickler I am, so to really err on the side of caution, the only way to truly be a safe tester is to buy the product and try it at home!

HAPPY SHOPPING!