Hello (Beauty) World!

Welcome to my MakeMimiUp blog. Like many of you beauty lovers out there, I wanted to give my beauty "enthusiasm" (euphemism for addiction/obsession/compulsion/mania/infatuation/crush) an internet voice. I owe many thanks to the numerous beauty bloggers and YouTubers who have both inspired and informed me. For many of us, makeup is more than just stuff you put on your face; it's art. Now, I'm not saying makeup is life or death, but it does inspire and excite us to create and express.

So, what can you expect to find on this blog? My goal is to just share some of my (mostly high end) makeup adventures ... hauling, swatching, reviewing, etc. For all my high end makeup ladies (and gents) out there, I send you my **cyber hugs**. I know high end makeup isn't for everyone. I certainly don't think pricier = better. I own my share of Revlon Lip Butters and Maybelline Color Tattoos just like every other girl. I became interested in the high end brands when I started really looking into the fashion world more. Makeup doesn't live in a bubble, and trends can influence across all art mediums.

The question remained: are these self-proclaimed, self-important designer brands really that much better than my drugstore dupes? And like Alice down the rabbit hole, I found myself in a high end wonderland of beauty belles like Chanel, Dior, Burberry, Guerlain, and Tom Ford (just to name a few of my favorites). Still, are they better than drugstore brands (e.g., the infamous case of L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows vs. Armani Eyes to Kill) ... well, yes and no. Yes, the high end brands are expected to perform better (e.g., higher quality ingredients, longer lasting wear, more finely milled powder), and many times, they do. No, the trade-off between price and function is not usually as favorable as the drugstore alternative. If you're like me, however, you are willing to: 1) invest your money into the high end products that do perform better than your average makeup alternative, 2) research which products stand out and which are duds, 3) keep up with trends, and 4) accept that you're the kind of kid that buys the cereal for the toy inside (i.e., you understand you're paying a premium price for luxury packaging).

With that understood, knowledge is power (when purchasing). I don't just throw my money at every "pretty face" logo at the cosmetics counter. I like to pick and choose the makeup products that suit my beauty aesthetic and ... well, work. I do my best to research the products ... on YouTube, blogs, and the actual makeup counter. And, if I do get a dud, I try to return, re-purpose, or redress it before counting my losses and learning my lesson (case in point - Ellis Faas - ughhh). At the end of the day, I like to enjoy my purchases, both in function and in packaging, and not worry about whether or not I paid too much.

All right, enough pontificating over high end vs. drugstore. I love all makeup. Can't we all just get along? ;)

Okay, a few disclaimers before I continue:
- I am NOT a professional makeup artist.
- Unless expressly stated otherwise, I buy all products reviewed with my own money and provide genuine, and unsolicited, opinions.
- I'm new to blogging, but eager to learn and keep improving.

1 comment:

  1. Well said! I love your blog. Very informative and so helpful.