Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Iwanna Wednesday - The Eyes Have It!

Last week my sister and I went to a store that we first heard about from our mom when she used to go to Arizona to visit her sisters. It's called Factory2U. Factory2U is an off-price retail apparel and house ware store. We'd never been in the one in Bakersfield before. We were looking for inexpensive rugs for my hallway and bathroom. We didn't find any. But what we did find was makeup.

First let me tell you that I love makeup. From an early age there was just something in me that admired women who wore makeup. My Uncle Woody was married to a woman named Carmen and Carmen was the most elegant, gorgeous woman I had ever seen. She dressed beautifully, teased her hair until it was about an inch away from the ceiling, wore stiletto heels and had the most gorgeous eyes with black eyeliner and beautifully shaped eyebrows. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. 

When I was in about the 3rd or 4th grade I remember a girl that somehow got a hold of her mother's red Maybelline eyebrow pencil...in black! The ones that looked like these. Remember these?

This little girl had watched her mother applying makeup and her mom would light a match and run the match across the black pencil part to melt it just a tiny bit so it would spread more smoothly. This little girl brought this pencil to school and promised that she was going to make us all gorgeous! So we all followed her into the girls bathroom where she lit a match and melted the black part and blew on it a bit to cool it off and proceeded to apply it to her bottom waterline. Instantly in my eyes she went from being a little girl to being an Egyptian Princess! I had to have some!

I can only imagine now what we must have looked like with this thick black goo on our eyes. But I remember feeling glamorous and grown up and I'm sure I must have just batted my eyes at all the little boys and made them swoon! Or so I thought. It's a miracle that we didn't poke our eyes out or burn them or burn down the school!

My mom wouldn't let us wear makeup until we were 15. And from the day I turned 15 to now I would say that 99.9% of the time I have worn makeup and love it still. I picture myself someday....being 90ish and getting up each morning, wandering around my house using a walker with the little yellow tennis balls on the bottom with perfectly applied makeup and mascara! 

But ok...the makeup my sister and I found, that's right...that's where I was headed. Ok. I found this. . .

This is a little round carousel of eye shadows! Have you even seen anything so perfect? Ok...I didn't get the one with the colors that are pictured in this one. I got the one that has lots of purples, plums, pinks, golds and browns. The beauty behind this little round carousel of eyes shadows...I just love saying that! The beauty is that the little thing poking out of the top is the eye shadow applicator. So each eye shadow has it's own and you don't end up mixing colors using the same applicator for all of them! How cool is that?

And doesn't it look like there would be tons and tons of powdered eye makeup in each little compartment? Well...HA! No truth in advertising here! When I tried it this morning I realized that the little applicator is fitted into a little cone in each compartment that has just about enough eye shadow to shadow about 1 1/2 eyes. That's a problem when you have two eyes to do! I know...right? And I thought I was going to be able to show off daring eyes like these at work today. . .

Alright...well maybe I exaggerate, but I at least thought I would be able to do something like this. . .

*sigh*...but no...it was not to be. I had to go to work with only 1 1/2 of my eyes done! So what is it Iwanna today for Iwanna Wednesday? Iwanna some full sets of eye shadows like these!

Heck ...as long as it's Iwanna Wednesday and I haven't done one in a while what Iwanna is for MAC to just set up their Mac Counter in my bathroom!

So what about you? Do you love makeup or are you a Natural Beauty. Just some Mascara and Gloss and Go for you? Any makeup tips? C'mon...share!

Happy Iwanna Wednesday and may all your Iwanna Wednesday's come true!


  1. I really admire your loving of make-up, as I believe make-up contributes a lot to one's appearance.

    I wish I could share some make-up tips but I haven't got any, except perhaps the using of some lip gloss before applying the lipstick; it makes things look better, shiny &

    In my adolescent years I used a lot of mascara for the eye lashes and eyeliner, but I gave it up at some stage, don't remember why, maybe because of laziness.

    The eye photos in your post are stunning, Alicia!

  2. Love all the photos of over the top eyes. Mine started blinking furiously as soon as I saw that...lol... I'm lipstick and blush when I remember to use them but my mom had bins. baskets, drawers and shelves full of makeup. Drove me nuts since she had some since WWII. All I could think of was germs. Cute post.

  3. What a great post!

    Generally, with makeup, less is more.

    I do remember those Maybelline eye pencils. Oh, goodness. :-)

  4. DUTA - Thats a good tip, applying lip gloss before the lipstick. I'm going to try it because as we get older everything doesn't always look real smooth!

  5. Donnie - Ha! You crack me up with the comment about your eyes blinking furiously just seeing these pictures. It's odd but my mother never wore much make up, maybe some lipstick if it was a special event.

  6. JO - Are we dating ourselves...lol. Less is more and I don't think I could handle a whole day at work with feathers and rhinestones glued to my face...but it's fun to dream :-D

  7. I think make up is a lot of fun but I don't seem to have the patience to apply much of it. And, I can never create the cool effects that the person at the make up counter can. I really should be wearing some everyday when I go out. At 42, the time has come when au naturale just doesn't cut it anymore.

  8. When Pigs Fly - I think it's a lot of fun too! I have my days when I just apply ecru, beige and brown and some mascara but for the most part I wear blues and pinks and plums and greens.

    More and more often now when I wear shadows that are shimmery or shiney then tend to settle in the wrinkles under my eyes. I stressed over that for a while and thought maybe it would be best not to wear those type of shadows but then I thought..What the heck, I like them and I'm gonna wear them, wrinkles or not!


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