Lipgloss, keys, cat food, camera — I never leave home without ‘em! They’re my essentials, especially the camera.
Oops! And my phone. Can’t forget that…
Gotta be ready to go paparazzi at a moment’s notice, because you never know when you’ll cross paths with a 1-pound tub of neon orange cheese balls or when you’ll find a cute kitty stowaway in the back of your car.
I’ve gotten so used to feeling the weight of a camera strap around my neck that I feel totally and completely weird without it (well, weirder than usual), and I’ll catch myself reaching for it from time to time, my fingers fooled by a phantom photography limb.
When I spotted the lights and photography umbrellas gracing the new photography-themed Smashbox Be Discovered Eye Shadow Palette ($44), my first thought was, “This was made for me!” The umbrellas are used to direct and diffuse light, hopefully, I assumed, like the palette’s colors.
Now that I’ve spent some time with these shadows, I see how they resemble photography in at least a couple of ways. First, they require time and effort, just like learning how to use a new camera or lens.
Over the past few seasons, I’ve felt like Smashbox’s eye palettes have moved toward sheerer and sheerer levels of pigment, and the Be Discovered palette continues that trend. Lighter lovelies who like less intense shadows, holla! This palette’s eight pastel and brown powder shadows were made for you.
If, on the other hand, you’re a darker diva and/or prefer bolder eyes, brace yourself for a workout; I find I have to apply a lot of layers with these (a minimum of five!).
Smashbox Be Discovered Eye Shadow Palette eyeshadows from the left: Bliss, Rosewater, Opal and Mist
Smashbox Be Discovered Eye Shadow Palette eyeshadows from the left: Adobe, Champagne, Pebble and Lilac
By itself, having to do a lot of layering wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for me, but there’s also a good deal of fallout, so you might want to keep some makeup wipes nearby.
I’m a sucker for photography themes, but I fear that my skin may be too tan and warm-toned to make the most of these shades. Be Discovered would probably prefer pretties who wear cool-toned pastels well and don’t mind a bit of cleanup.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora, Smashbox counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Happy hump day!
You know what I realized this morning…? I’m a glutton!
I miss the overeating I was doing over the holidays. The pancit at midnight; the lemon bars and chocolate chip cookies for breakfast; the veggie burger, fries and vanilla shake for lunch…
Now, my oatmeal this morning seemed like a bowl of gruel. Oh, well. At least I feel better when I try to eat healthy (four words: fiber keeps ya regular!).
As for exercise, I’m still trying to get back into my old routine, but Tabs has been hogging the treadmill…
I did get in a short run yesterday, and the thing that helped me finish was INXS’s epic 1987 album, KICK, one of my favorite pop albums of the decade.
New Sensation makes me want to sprint!
Now don’t you feel like kicking @ss?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,