Encouragement for Women

A Break from the Norm

I am taking a break from writing about the heavy issues that go on in my life to let you in on some of the not-so-heavy things. So here goes! This summer I will be 44, and I have to say, I think I’m losing touch with the latest trends in all kinds of things – one of those things being makeup. In my makeup bag right now several things I don’t use but have been told by various advertisements that I must have them in order to look my very best. So I took the bait and now have two things I don’t really know how to use, but have tried, only to have failed miserably. Here are some of those things: #1 a Loreal Total Cover pallet thing that I thought was a contouring pallet and #2 a Loreal Illuminating Stick.IMG_0720.jpgIMG_0721.jpg

Both things sound wonderful and if they were in the right hands they would be performing beautifully and living up to their name, but sadly, I am the current owner of these two items and they have sat at the bottom of my makeup bag without so much as a thought UNTIL I see another commercial with a model that has flawless makeup using the items I have but don’t use. I admit I haven’t done the YouTube thing where I’m supposed to learn how to make these looks possible, but I have looked at some Instagram videos and follow a few makeup artists, but I am coming to grips with the fact that I am losing touch with these trends. The thing is I used to love makeup. I loved applying it and learning about it, but it’s just not the same anymore. There are SO MANY PRODUCTS out there, and I feel like you have to be a professional makeup artist to even go to the makeup aisles at Target. I don’t want to look 25, but I don’t want to look like a 44 year old stuck in times past with dated makeup and visible bags under her eyes.

So I made an appointment at one of those legit makeup places for a makeup lesson. I am sure whoever the makeup teacher is, she is going to try to sell me $1,000 or more of makeup, but I at least want some first-hand knowledge on what this contouring stuff is all about, and how I’m supposed to do it. And highlighting – let’s not forget the highlighting! If you have any tips for me I am a willing and motivated student, and I will keep you posted on what I learned.

Thank you for allowing me to vent a little tonight about a light-hearted topic. I like that I am going into my mid-forties, I just want to do it with the highlights and contours in the right places 🙂

With all my heart,


By SoniaG

Who me...? Just a woman who Jesus met at a well in 2009, and He changed her life forever.

3 replies on “A Break from the Norm”

I can relate to this!!! I love makeup as well and am a 40 year old women not desiring to look 20 but just put together. There are way too many products on the market and last year I was given the best advice ever: find a brand or two that work well for your skin type and overall aesthetic. Be bold and go in the department stores and allow a stranger to make you over using products you would consider purchasing. At the end of the session take longer than normal to look at yourself and then decide which product you “must” have and only purchase that one. Repeat the same process each week or everyday as your schedule allows (at different stores).At the end you will have an arsenal of go to items that you love. 😊

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I just read this out loud to my husband!! Thank you for sharing that great advice. The trap I’ve always fallen into is buying way too much and regretting it later. This will help tremendously! Have a beautiful weekend💕

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