Their love was forbidden, but they could no longer deny their passion.
By day, they sat across counters from one another, so close but yet so far, sneaking glances here and there whenever no one was looking. But at night, after the store lights dimmed and while the other eyeshadows slept peacefully in their pans, MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Sweet Satisfaction would sneak over to the NARS counter to meet Cyprus Eyeshadow, her one true love.
It was a clandestine affair, and it continued until Sweet Satisfaction started showing signs of a telltale bump…
Knowing that their families would never accept their cross-counter love, they boldly left the worlds they knew and sought refuge in a place called Burberry Beauty.
Burberry Beauty’s family had only settled the region in July of 2010. They did not yet have a competitive wall like the older, more established lines, but they greeted Sweet Satisfaction and Cyprus with open arms, making them feel at home.
Several months passed, and then, in the spring of 2012, Sweet Satisfaction gave birth.
She and Cyprus decided to raise the lovechild as a member of the Burberry Beauty clan, dressing the little one in Burberry Beauty’s distinctive family garb — a gunmetal case with a check pattern — and when they asked the Burberry elders to christen her, they agreed.
They named her Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley No. 22 ($29) and added her to the spring/summer 2012 collection.
Burberry Beauty Sheer Eye Shadow in Barley No. 22, a new shade from the spring/summer 2012 collection
From the left: MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Burberry Beauty Pale Barley and NARS Cyprus
Swatches from the left: MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Burberry Beauty Pale Barley and NARS Cyprus
Wearing Pale Barley on my eyes
Wherever Barley went, other shadows marveled at her beauty and often asked about her parents. Her color perfectly combined MAC Sweet Satisfaction’s bronzed beige shimmer with NARS Cyprus’s shimmery bronzed taupe.
She was the offspring of two great shades, and in many ways, Barley received the best of both worlds. She displayed the soft, almost creamy texture of both the MAC Prolongwear and NARS eyeshadows, and, like her parents, refused to fall out. She also clung to lids all day long without creasing or fading.
At times, though, the other shadows would grow confused, especially when she introduced herself as “Sheer,” since her pigment was quite intense. With one layer, she could easily cover lids that were MAC NC42.
Eventually, she found fame, gaining popularity among women seeking an easy-to-blend bronzed beige eyeshadow with a touch of taupe, and when she graduated from school, she was even nominated, “Most Likely to Be Worn By Angelina Jolie to a Fundraising Benefit.”
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This was the first day in two weeks that Tabs didn’t scratch at the mattress first thing in the morning, huzzah!
I picked up a water bottle from Target last weekend ($2 from the section with all of the travel-sized thingies like toothpaste, etc.), filled it with water before bed, and set it on the floor next to me. Then, yesterday, when Tabs started clawing at 5, I grabbed it with a quickness and fired off a few quick rounds.
I’m not sure if it was the water that spooked him or just the shock of me moving as quickly as I did, but either way, it seems to have worked, at least for one day. No more tabby claws ruining the bed.
Thanks for the idea! I just hope he remembers the lesson… Tabs is cute and all, but he’s not exactly gonna make it to the end of Cat Jeopardy, if you catch my drift.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,