Natural Beauty… but at What Cost?

Here at Blossom Beautiful Aesthetics, I try to find a happy medium between empowering men and women with cosmetics that enhance their natural beauty, and price. Let’s face it: not everyone has access to a well-known celebrity budget and make-up tailored to their skin. Shoot, if I had the money of an A-lister, I’d make sure my money is well spent on make-up that works on my skin!

Recently, Kim Kardashian West (she IS married, after all) did an interview with Into the Gloss and disclosed her make-up routine. For all the flak that Kim gets for being “talentless” (what exactly constitutes a “talent” to the rest of society?), she’s a very skilled businesswoman – she’s a mover and shaker and those who are entertainment-savvy would do well to feature her as much as possible.

That point aside, I decided to check out the items that Mrs. West recommended in the interview. She did mention that she’s always experimenting, so there’s a good chance that when she decides to do another interview to disclose her make-up routine, there might be some different items featured. So I’m going to work with what she’s mentioned for now.

My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when I checked out Kim’s go-to products.

When you’re a celebrity worth millions, you hardly care how much a product costs you as long as it makes you look photo-ready (and even then, Photoshop will still be used to make you look “magazine beautiful”). Some of the products that Mrs. West listed are expensive. Like ridiculously expensive. The moisturizer she uses – Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale costs a whopping $455 on Saks Fifth Avenue. And a MAC Buffer Brush from Nordstrom costs $53. Joe Blasco’s Ultrabase Foundation costs  $19.40 on Amazon for the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised that the price will skyrocket thanks to Kim’s mention.

Of course, it’s possible to find the same moisturizer at another store (online or storefront) for perhaps less (Amazon and eBay do come to mind… though given how scam artists have plagued eBay, you’re really taking chances if you buy your health and cosmetics there). But here comes the million-dollar question(s): do you “have time” to spend searching online or walk into stores to search for the same products that Mrs. West recommends? Or better yet, if you somehow have the means to buy the products she recommends, do you see yourself as a repeat buyer?

Let’s say you decide to buy Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale and you end up liking it. Would you be willing to spend another $300 (Amazon’s price) to $455 for another jar when it runs out? For a whole year? And that’s not even taking into consideration your financial situation. Mrs. West can afford her cosmetic regimen not just because she can, but because she has to. I don’t know how many people are aware of the fact that Kim suffers from psoriasis, so she has to be very careful with what she uses on her body.

But what about the rest of us who don’t have an A-Lister’s money flow, have skin issues, or both? Are we to accept that we’ll never be “magazine beautiful” or “celebrity beautiful” ?

The answer to that? HELL NO. That’s why I’m here. 🙂

Here’s the full article for you folks if you’re interested: http://intothegloss.com/2015/02/kim-kardashian-makeup/


Do you guys have any questions or feel that I missed a point or two with this entry? Comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them! 

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