There I stood, surrounded by piles of jeans, my feet planted shoulder-width apart, as I looked at myself in the three-way mirror of my tiny dressing room doing squats, while the stylist helping me watched from the doorway.
Two, three, four…
I paused, noting 1) the status of my muffin top in the pair of stretchy skinnies I’d just shimmied into, and 2) how the neutrals from new Smashbox Softbox II Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette were holding up (I’d already been wearing them for six hours, and still no signs of creasing or fading, yay!).
“I dunno…” I said, thinking about the jeans. “I feel a lot of muffin going on.”
“Keep going,” the stylist replied, referring to the squats. “Trust me. These start really tight, but they’ll stretch. They’ll be perfect in 10 minutes.”
Five, six, seven…
“The squats speed things along.”
Halfway through my eighth rep, I silently thanked the makeup gods for creating the Photo Op Palette.
Looking for a new pair of jeans is not one of my favorite tasks in the world. I’ll go so far as to say that it’s almost as stressful as shopping for a new swimsuit (first world problems, I know), but it’s always easier when I’m wearing eye makeup that helps me feel pretty.
Which this palette does.
I know, I know — not another neutral palette! But this one’s almost foolproof (only takes a few swipes to blend), and it should look great on most skin tones, since the plum, taupe, brown, gold and beige shades aren’t too warm nor cool.
Just be sure to tap off your brush first, as the fluffy powder grains like to fly every which way…
For a daytime look with Photo Op, I like to keep things simple. Maybe a lighter shade on my lids, a mid-toned color in the outer third, and the dark brown matte along my lash lines.
PRICE: $39 for a six-pan palette; total net weight 0.16 ounces
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Smashbox counters and smashbox.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
As for the jeans…
After trying on 15 pairs and getting in quite a good workout on my quads from all the squats (seriously, my thighs are still burning), I finally found the pair — the Legging Ankle Jean in gray by AG.
I knew they were the ones when I slipped ’em on and thought, “Dang! I’m tall!”
Not an easy feat when you’re only 5’1″.
And they’re so, so soft! Almost as soft as sweatpants.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,