If you follow this blog you know that like a lot of moms I am super busy and often exhausted. I have two boys that wear me out, a full time job, a house to run, my children’s sports and music activities, as well as all that lovely cooking and laundry that needs to be done over and over.
So I am always looking for the next great product that will just blow my socks off and leave me asking the question, “How did I ever live without this before?” In previous posts I have talked about my extreme love affair with 5 Hour Energy, my PAK from http://thepakstore.com/ , and even the hanging Monday-Sunday Closet Organizers that hang in my boys’ closets which makes putting together a week’s worth of outfits a snap. If it is convenient, time saving, or just amazing, I want to know about it!
Well, this weekend my husband told me to go out and have some girl time. Living with three guys I don’t always get girl time so I decided to jump at the offer. In a flash I was driving to the mall with the windows down, the radio blasting and no destination or purpose in mind other than walking around and sipping on something pumpkin spice (yes I am one of those people).
Walking past Sephora I remembered a Youtube video on this great blush from Smashbox and I thought I would check it out. I found it right away but decided to walk around the store and look at all the pretty things. Suddenly there it was! (Insert a dramatic dun…dun…DUN!) It was a thing of beauty. It was a marvel of cosmetic genius. It was a freaking bargain and a half!!! It was the new and limited time only Master Class Palette III – Color & Contour by Smashbox.
Inside there are 32 of the most gorgeous eye shadow colors to create any combination you can think of. Day time neutrals? Done. Evening smoky eye? Check. Date night come and get me big boy? You betcha’! Halloween clown face? I don’t know why you would want to but I am sure you could pull it off with this. Then there are three contour colors for creating that glorious bronzed and highlighted look as well as three perfect blushes, a pale pink, a rosy pink, and a glowing peach.
Plus, here is the best part!! This kit actually comes with cheat sheets! I’ll be brutally honest, I have been afraid of using contour colors in the past. It just seemed too complicated and I was certain that I just wouldn’t have the time in the morning before work to be bothered with it.
Well, I was wrong. I did a practice run on the weekend and was shocked by just how easy it was. It’s just like putting on blush, only now you are doing a quick swipe of three tones that soften jaw bones, give you fabulous chiseled cheeks, a hint of color, and highlights the good spots. I can apply and blend all three in less than 60 seconds. Add a rosy tint to the apples of your cheeks and you almost look like you have been photo shopped in real life.
Plus, as I said, this palette is a super bargain. It contains $300 worth of make-up inside but only costs $65. I know! Amazing, right? I love it so much that I am seriously contemplating buying a second one and putting it away for the future.
What I also love about it is that it is completely self contained. We are going up north this weekend and packing my make-up is going to be a breeze. I’ll take my new palette, a lipstick or two, mascara, eyeliner, and I am good to go. No more little pots of eye shadows, separate compacts of blush, bronzer, and powders.
As always, if you have discovered the holy grail of mommy products please share below. I won’t hesitate to check them out and then share a review here.