I can't imagine I'm the only one out there who has never used eyebrow pencils before. Even eyeliner is a stretch for me. As in, maybe once or twice a year, I might, just might, try out a little neutral, dark brown eyeliner. I just started understanding the beauty of mascara this year. Better late than never, right?
So I was flattered/surprised when Marcella Cardinal, a successful makeup artist/businesswoman, contacted me about her new line of makeup, Tru Hue Makeup. The main premise of Tru Hue is that in a simple 6 step process you can feel more beautiful in just a few minutes. A good idea for mamas on the go, I think, even though there are days when making myself presentable feels pointless (do my babies care if I have lip gloss on?). Still, I always feel better wearing some makeup (regardless of who I see), but I am sometimes bored with the idea of putting it on (if I even manage a few minutes to myself to do so). So I decided some updates to my routine might help motivate me.
I asked to try out Tru Hue products before writing about them, of course. After I told her my coloring, she sent me the product of which she is most proud: the Super Wear Brow Definer ($19). Ummmm... really? I thought. Not a simple lip gloss or bronzer? Haven't you seen my blog's name? I'm lucky if I put lipstick on!
But if you read Marcella's bio, you'll quickly see that she is a master make-up artist (for almost 20 years), so she clearly knows more than I do about how to make the most of one's looks. I wasn't making any promises, but I figured, let's do this.
When I managed to wrangle both my kids in their rooms for nap [attempts], I sneaked off to the bathroom and put the eyebrow definer on (Dark Taupe for me-- I have dark hair and brows). It feels and looks more like a little paintbrush than a crayon or pencil.
Looking closely in the mirror in the unforgiving bathroom light, I couldn't really see anything different in my eyebrow area. Fortunately, I certainly did not see the dark brown crayon marks that I was expecting. But when I stepped back and looked in the mirror, I thought, yes, my eyes do stand out more. And yes, my eyebrows do look nicer filled in a bit. And it was really, really easy (I "painted" for about 5 seconds).
My final test was to ask Frantic Mama Hubby if he noticed anything. While we soaked our two ragamuffins in the tub later that evening, I asked him, "Do I look better, worse, or the same as usual?" He said, "Um, I don't know if you look different, but you look good." Ha! Smart man. (Looking back, I realize if he had chosen option B, he would have been in trouble).
*Bottom Line: If you are on the lookout for a few simple makeup tips or products to add to your routine, I encourage you to check out the Tru Hue Website: http://www.truhuemakeup.com/. (Click Here for the Pinterest Page). On the website, there is a cool "Quick Help" section where you answer questions and are given recommendations about which colors and products to order (I also think the "mineral lip mousse" sounds luxurious. What a name!). The website also has a Tutorials section where you can watch Marcella and other women use the various products.
*Please note: I am not being paid to write this blog post! I agreed to try her product and I really do like it and I like her (yay for female entrepreneurs!). This is my real, honest opinion. And I would post "before and after" photos, but I'm still attempting to be at least semi-anonymous here, so you'll have to take my word for it :).
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