I think I’ve been taking ballet class as an adult for nearly 10 years now. I have to use “who my boyfriend was at the time” markers to help remember how long. I had been taking class for about a year when the boyfriendathtetime remarked I must take yoga because of my inner radiating calmness.
I know – yeah-what an interesting line.
At the time, I transitioned from being an aerobics princess who was always obnoxiously bouncing around the front, giving the moves some flair, or riffing off my friend’s moves in my own way, or just trying to jump higher.
When I think of it now, I have to laugh at my silliness.
I used to think that being sort of ratty “flashdance” sort of look with torn sweatshirts falling off the shoulder and worn out leg warmers was the look to covet, but not anymore.
Neat hair, leotard, tights and cover up with no holes, and believe it or not, pretty make up.
If you flip open any fitness magazine, they are always telling people to remove their make up before exercising.
I get it-it clogs the pores blah blah blah.
But when you think about it-ballet is a moving art form-and if wearing a little mascara makes it prettier, then ..
1. Mascara for me must make it through ballet class without making me look like raccoon ballerina.
Sometimes it’s so bad it looks like a botched smoky look.
I guess that makes sense because one of those passed on mascaras is Bobbi Brown’s Smoky Eye Mascara. I like the way it lengthens and it’s not clumpy but it looks pretty bad after class.
Another fail was Trish McEvoy’s High Volume Mascara-great at first-but now it sits in my mascara graveyard, only to be used when I know I am only going to not do anything more physical than lift a glass a wine.
2. When Clumping is Good-it’s ok when mascara washes off in “clumps” -a phrase taken from my ace brow person, Stacie at Marsha Nadalin, vs smudgy messes that can only be removed with oil or real eye make up remover.
That’s what I like about the Trish mascara, but it was a fail at the raccoon test.
However-I was searching for a xmas gift and know that she really likes mascara and it must satisfy pretty much the same requirements.
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl came with a mini 5 eye shadow quad of neutral colors – cream, peach, light brown, medium brown and a brown for liner.
I am loving the mascara.
It stays on in class and doesn’t move – even when I perspire.
It comes off easy without special efforts. Comes off with my Cerave’ foaming face cleanser, or my Fresh Soy cleanser.
3. Stand Up and Deliver-mascara doesn’t have to curl for me to like it, but the Dior product does work well and pretty much stays at attention through the entire class.
The plus was the little eye shadow that came in the holiday pack. I had always been curious about it, but you know Clinique and everybody else and their sister brother give away eye shadow in their gwps-so I only buy shadow if I really like the color.
The colors are really neutral but for my aging lids, works better than wearing a lot of color product.
Since people are now referring to me as “issheyourmom?” I need all the help I can get.