Easy Breezy Beautiful

Thank you to Kroger and CoverGirl for sponsoring this review. While CoverGirl provided me with a $30 gift card to purchase CoverGirl products at Kroger stores, the opinions I've expressed here are solely my own, represent my honest viewpoint, and not that of CoverGirl, Kroger, or Proctor & Gamble. I am making no claims about the products, just expressing my thoughtful opinion. Clever Girls Collective supports Blog With Integrity.

When it comes to makeup, I'm normally a bit boring. I go for the “barely there” look and play it safe with neutral skin tones and browns. To be honest, I often don't even bother with makeup at all. Lately, though, I've been feeling a little frumpy (having a baby will do that to you!) and I find that taking the effort to put on makeup and do my hair in the morning really starts my day off better. When I was asked to do a review of CoverGirl products, I decided to go for bold, bright tones to finally bring a little color to my face and change up my look for summer.

Easy Breezy BeautifulI had $30 to spend to get a whole look, but CoverGirl makeup is surprisingly affordable. I managed to get a concealer (“Invisible” concealer in a light tone to cover my under-eye circles), brow and eye pencils (CoverGirl “Brow & Eye Makers” in midnight brown), lipstick (“Lip Perfection” in an orangey-pink color called Rapture) and eye makeup (“Eye Enhancers” in a turquoise color called Aqua Paradise). The brow and eye pencils even came with a pencil sharpener, so I didn't have to buy that separately. I was skeptical that an eyeliner that cost less than five dollars would stay on the whole day, but it was still going strong all the way through dinner.

At first I layered the turquoise and pink lipstick on as I always do with my neutral colors. Woah. I looked like I stepped right out of the 80's! Clearly, working with colors instead of my normal neutrals requires a bit more finesse. After starting over, I used the turquoise shadow to accent my eyelids, not coat them completely. I used the brown liner on top and smudged a bit of the turquoise liner beneath my eyes. Much better. Then I applied a light coat of the lipstick and topped it with a clear gloss for a fresh look. Perfect! The bright lip color gave me a much more youthful appearance, and the turquoise really brightened up my eyes. I was glad that I got the concealer, because brighter colors require a very smooth, flaw-free surface.

I'm definitely going to experiment with my look more often. Do you alternate colors or update your makeup seasonally?