Spring Pout

Switching up your lip color is one of the easiest ways to transition your look into different seasons. I love me some bright corals in the summer, berries and vampy shades in the fall, holiday-ready reds in the winter, but for spring, I'm all about the peaches and pinks.

Clockwise from left:
Dior Addict Lipstick in Singuliere
Maybelline Color Elixir in Radiant Raspberry
Maybelline Color Whisper in Peach Punch
MAC Lipstick in Flamingo

L to R: Singuliere, Radiant Raspberry, Peach Punch and Flamingo

Top to bottom: Singuliere, Radiant Raspberry, Peach Punch and Flamingo

Dior Singuliere is an old favorite. Fact: I even have a back-up. It's one of the few blue-toned, bubblegum pinks that actually suits me and doesn't make me look like a wannabe Barbie. It's an Addict formula, so it's sheer but can be built up to medium opacity, and it has the feel of a lip balm.

Maybelline Radiant Raspberry and Peach Punch are both new (and I think limited edition) for summer, as a part of the Bleached Neons collection. Radiant Raspberry is such a stunning shade, although it strikes me more as a watermelon than a raspberry. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it looks even more beautiful on the lips than it does in the tube. It's bright, but not too bright, you know? Peach Punch is your standard peach, and I appreciate that it's more wearable and less orange on the lips since the slightly sheerer Color Whisper formula allows some of your natural lip color to peek through. 

MAC Flamingo is a beautiful, muted pinky coral. It's a lustre formula and was originally released as a limited edition shade, but MAC is bringing it back soon (it's currently listed as "coming soon" on their site). It's one of those shades that makeup fanatics tend to go crazy for, and rightfully so. I remember wearing this a ton last spring and summer, and I'm happy to have it back in the rotation.

What lip shades do you tend to gravitate towards in the spring?


My Favorite Look This Week #9

I was having a good brow day today, and that in and of itself is enough to automatically make this my favorite look of the week.

I mentioned in my last The Monday Post that I've been using MUFE F&B Foundation again recently (I wear shade #20). Its water-based, gel texture creates a light coverage base that feels weightless on the skin. I've been using my Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush to buff it in. Once it dries down and sets, it doesn't budge. It's been a while since I've talked about this one on the ol' blog, but here's my review of it from way back when, if you're interested.

Continuing on the MUFE train, I've also been loving their new-ish HD blushes. I reviewed #335 Fawn here, but I've also added #315 Peach Beige to my collection since then. It's a peachy tan with a hint of rose. It reminds me a lot of MAC Blushcreme in Pleasureful, actually, but I can't compare the two since I sold Pleasureful in a blog sale. I'm loving the formula of these - they're super easy to apply and last so well on the skin.

On my eyes, I used the Stila In the Know palette. I have on a mixture of Desert and Clay on the lid and Driftwood in the crease and on my lower lash line. I've been forgoing tightlining lately, as I find that every liner I use smudges like a mofo onto my contacts now (I recently switched contact lens types, so I blame them). 

Surprise, surprise - on my lips, I'm wearing a Lancôme Lip Lover. Because I love them. I have three now, by the way (here's my original review of the formula). Today, I wore shade 314 Casse NoisetteI love how moisturizing and non-sticky the formula is, and the pigmentation really can't be beat, considering it's still technically a lip gloss. You may not be able to tell, but the color you see in these photos is all gloss - it's pretty much opaque on me. Unlike other milky nude glosses, Casse Noisette fills in lip lines rather than settling in them, and it creates an overall smooth and plump lip. The shade itself is a pinky caramel...definitely not too nude for light to medium skin tones.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover

Ever since my first experience with Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing Oil many years ago, I've been an avid cleansing oil fan, particularly when used for removing makeup. My loyalty to that oil lasted through several large bottles before curiosity finally got the best of me. With blogger after blogger singing the praises of the One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover and my new found interest in natural and organic brands, it was inevitable that I'd end up jumping on the bandwagon. 
The One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover is more viscous than the Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing Oil, and as a result, the risk of losing product due to it seeping between your fingers into the sink before your hands are able to reach your face is significantly decreased. I massage two pumps of the oil over my dry face and neck before incorporating a bit of water into the mix to emulsify it. All traces of makeup dissolve on contact, with the slight exception of only waterproof mascara. I find that it removes waterproof formulas satisfactorily, just not with quite the same ease as the Shu.

What makes this oil different is that it contains papain, a fruit enzyme present in papaya that provides gentle exfoliation, and vitamin B to detoxify and tone the skin. It's a hydrating formula that never strips the skin, nor does it leave behind any residue that could clog pores. Unlike other cleansing oils, I actually enjoy using the Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover for cleansing as well. I often reach for it when I have no makeup to remove, simply because I love how soft and content it leaves my skin. I think all skin types, from dry to oily, will fall in love with this formula all the same.

Hands down, my favorite part about this oil? The scent of fresh, juicy pineapple.

One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover is available from the Eco Diva Beauty for $38.

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Let's Talk: Negative Reviews

Negative reviews are kind of a touchy subject. Bloggers often get criticized for only posting positive reviews or talking about products they enjoy, despite many readers expressing interest in hearing about the less than impressive products as well.

For me, I certainly prefer writing positive reviews, simply because it's much more fun spreading the love than sharing disappointment; however, as an avid blog reader, I also understand the need for negative reviews, as they can often help guide one's purchases. 

The way I decide whether or not I'm going to crunch out a negative review or mention in a post is to consider whether or not there's a lot of hype surrounding the product. If there is, I will likely talk about it because, chances are, people are interested in reading about it, one way or another. If it's a product that is lesser known or flying under the radar anyway, I'll usually just let it go, as I figure there's probably a reason not many people are talking about it.

I'm curious what your thoughts are on negative reviews. Do you like to write them? Read them?


The Monday Post #10

Monday is by far the gloomiest day of the week for me, followed by Sunday simply because it precedes Monday. Hopefully, The Monday Post will give you some beauty inspiration and help you get through the week! 

Favorite beauty read/viewing: I dare you not to lust after these two new Dior powders after reading this post on Mostly Sunny. So. much. gorgeousness.

Beauty goal: Fact: I'm not a hair person. I mean, I like for my hair to look good, but I'm so lazy when it comes to maintenance beyond just simple washing that most often, I let it air dry using no product at all and call it a day. As a result, it should come as no surprise that my hair often looks flat, lifeless and limp. My goal will be to do something to it just once a week, whether it be curling, blow drying for volume, or using product for texture. For crying out lout, anything would be better than what I'm doing now (or rather, not doing). Let the Tiffany vs. laziness battle begin.

Product Rediscovery: Before Diorskin Nude BB Creme and Hourglass Immaculate Foundation, there was MUFE Face & Body Foundation. It was a favorite of mine for a long time, and I've been loving it again on good skin days. I use concealer to cover up any problem areas as needed, but the sheerer coverage of the foundation means that the rest of my skin can still show through. This foundation is the epitome of a natural finish.

Beauty lust: So, I don't have anything from Tom Ford, and for the most part, I'm okay with that; however, there is one TF product that my collection needs, and I will quite literally throw a hissy fit if it doesn't find its way to me soon, and that product is the Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Quad. I've yet to hear someone utter a negative thought on this palette. Do you have it? If so, do I need it?

Most looking forward to: Job hunting. No, seriously. It makes me nervous but excited at the same time. I can't wait to finally be done with schooling and move on with the rest of my life!

Hope you all have a great week!

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