Thursday, September 19, 2013

Testing. Testing. 1-2-3: Tru Hue Makeup

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:  (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.

                              (Image:  Tru Hue Creator Marcella Cardinal and her line of cosmetics)

~Frantic Mama

*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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