My mom was here, so we watched these and discussed at length how we could achieve that look. That first tutorial made it seem like a lot of steps and kinda overwhelming, and I remembered that Whoorl also did a similar one. Then I found that Lisa Eldridge did one too and watched that. I ordered the stupid Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer recommended in the first one, and of course it didn't work. What's the sense in buying a $9 product if you can't use it? I gave it to my mom, who has slightly darker skin and was able to use it. I decided to purchase Bobbi Brown bronzer and the Becca Shimmering Highlighter in Pearl; I found a Sephora gift card so I had a discount anyway. Voila:
As instructed, I do the bronzing powder in a 3 pattern after I have everything else on. I erred on the lighter shade for bronzing powder, because I didn't want to worry about applying too much. I got the Golden Light. Above I also have on concealer, tinted moisturizer, blush (see below about that). [The Bobbi Brown undereye concealer, while fantastic, takes three steps, and that's probably what takes the longest each morning; blending, applying and making sure it's out of the creases and well, that I have on enough (I tend to skimp).]
After the bronzer, I apply the shimmering pearl stuff (the teensiest amount) to my upper cheekbones/eye socket area, above my brows, down the center of my nose, and above my cupid's bow (this requires brushing my teeth before this step -- LIFE IS HARD!)
Throughout this pregnancy people keep telling me I'm glowing and welp, it could be Baby Boy, but I suspect it's the cream blush I was rocking. I had a sample of Clinique's blushwear in Rosy and really loved it (I'm just about it out of it). I've been interested in the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge blush for a few months, so I went to try on colors. I got the powder pink shade. I think the Clinique is creamier/easier to apply, but the Bobbi Brown stays on ALL DAY. I also picked up an unexpected item: the most amazing thing ever, i.e. the brow pencil in blonde, which is the PERFECT shade for my brows. Freaking LOVE it. Here I also have on an old lip liner and Burt's Bees lip balm, which is becoming my everyday lip color this season. I'm still experimenting with eyeshadows; I can't seem to find the right color. If I use even a nudey palette, I feel like I have too much makeup on. I can't remember what I have on in this picture of course.
Anyway, I'm super happy with my new look; it's nice to feel pretty at this stage of the pregnancy. I remember with Lucia's pregnancy by this time I stopped wearing makeup altogether This time I've made a huge effort, as I have mentioned, to try harder and as a result, feel not so alien and more like myself. Good stuff.