8.31.2010

Add to Cart.

I've been spending significantly less on makeup lately but we're all prone to temptation every now and again, right? Here are the newest additions to my collection...

L to R: L'Oreal Colour Riche l/s in Fairest Nude, MAC Creme Cup l/s, MAC Docile l/g

Top to bottom: Fairest Nude, Creme Cup, Docile

When I was at MAC I noticed that Creme Cup looked very similar to MAC Angel but couldn't swatch them side-by-side because Angel was MIA. The first thing I did when I got home was swatch both Creme Cup and Angel on my hand and my lips. Here is how they look on the back of my hand:

L to R: Fairest Nude, Creme Cup, Docile, Angel

Creme Cup is slightly lighter and pinker, while Angel is slightly darker and has more mauvey undertones. However, once swatched on the lips the differences become less apparent:


(Please excuse any discoloration around my lips...the rest of my face was sans makeup today.)
MAC Creme Cup

MAC Angel

The two look virtually identical with the main difference being that Creme Cup is glossier due to it being a cremesheen finish while Angel has a frost finish. 

Here are the other two on the lips:

L'Oreal Fairest Nude

This purchase was inspired by Lollipop26's latest video. It's a rich, mauvey nude that has quickly become one of my favorite nudes as it's mauvey undertones mimic the natural color of my lips. It looks natural rather than corpse-like, which nude lipsticks can often do. My only qualm is the old lady lipstick smell. Enough said.

MAC Docile

Docile is from MAC's new Fabulous Felines collection and is similar to MAC Icescape lipglass. It's an shimmery, icy pinky lavender that doesn't do much on it's own but looks gorgeous when worn over pink and lavender lipsticks.


Thanks for reading!
xx

♥ My Top 5: Jewelry ♥

I have to admit that I'm typically not much of an accessories girl. Don't get me wrong --- I love accessories but I'm just always much more focused on makeup and clothes that accessories like jewelry often become an after-thought. Here are a few pieces that I love wearing when I don't forget about them :)


Gold Watch
I had been lusting over the Michael Kors watch for ages but finally came to the conclusion that it simply wasn't in my budget at this time. While roaming around Target one day this gold watch caught my eye because it looks really similar to the Michael Kors one and get this: it costs less than 10% of the price! Of course I had to make it mine and I'm so glad I did. I love it!

Gold and White Cocktail Ring
I got this from Forever 21 and I love how girlie it is. It's so me :)

Pandora Bracelet
The bracelet and two of the charms were a gift from my aunt for my college graduation, and she added onto it with the cupcake and clock charms for my birthday! I love charm bracelets because they're all different and unique and I can't wait to add on more charms in the future.

Gold and Rhinestones Heart Necklace
I got this necklace after my mom declared she no longer wanted it. Yay for me! I've been wearing it non-stop.

Silver Flower Bracelet
I randomly purchased this at a shop in La Jolla when I was there a few weeks ago with my boyfriend. It was a souvenir shop complete with tacky hats and shirts with "LA JOLLA" plastered all over them, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw this super cute bracelet there. The best part? It was only $4 :)

What are your favorite pieces of jewelry?


8.27.2010

♥ My Top 5: Colored Eyeshadows ♥

As promised in yesterday's My Top 5: Neutral Eyeshadows post, here are my favorite colored eyeshadows in part 4 of the My Top 5 Series.


MAC Birds and Berries
Bella Sugar Cosmetics Casey
MAC Beautiful Iris
Bella Sugar Cosmetics Gaillardia
MAC Trax

MAC Birds and Berries
Birds and Berries is a limited edition shade that was released with the Liberty of London collection earlier this year. It's a shimmery teal that is beautiful when used to line the eyes. It's the perfect eyeshadow when you're going for that "pop of color" look.

Bella Sugar Cosmetics Casey
Casey is a shade that was originally created by Bella Sugar Cosmetics owner Patricia as a MAC Stars and Rockets dupe for a girl named...well, Casey. Like Stars and Rockets, Casey is a really beautiful and unique pink-purple duochrome. When I feel like wearing a little color, I'll pop Casey on as an all-over lid color to really make my brown eyes pop. It gives the perfect amount of color without being overpowering and reminiscent 8th grade.

MAC Beautiful Iris
Beautiful Iris is a shimmery lilac shade. I love to use this as an all-over lid color when I'm doing a purple eye look, and I LOVE popping it into my inner corners. It's such a gorgeous but unexpected highlight color on my medium skin.

Bella Sugar Cosmetics Gaillardia
Gaillardia is a deep, shimmery peachy-pink color with subtle gold shimmers throughout. It vaguely reminds me of a deeper and richer eyeshadow version of NARS Orgasm. Like Casey, I find that when used as an all-over lid color blended out with a shimmery brown in the crease it gives the perfect pop of color with overpowering your face.

MAC Trax
Trax is a greyish-plum with gold shimmers. It's one of those colors that immediately attracted me in the pan, because the gold shimmers really make it stand out from the rest of the purple shadows around it. I like to use Trax on the outer half of my lid with a lighter highlight color on the inner half for a subtle smokey eye. Lately I've been reaching for colors rather than the classic black or grey to achieve a smokey eye as I find that when you use the right colors, it makes your eyes pop rather than look like you've just been beaten :)

Beautiful Iris, Trax, Birds and Berries, Gaillardia, Casey



What are your favorite colored eyeshadows?


8.26.2010

♥ My Top 5: Neutral Eyeshadows ♥

This is part 3 of my Top 5 Series, and next I'll also be doing a post on my top five colored eyeshadow picks :) For today, here are the neutrals that made the cut:

Urban Decay Mushroom
Urban Decay Sin
Urban Decay Hustle
MAC Brule
Bobbi Brown Caviar

Urban Decay Mushroom
Mushroom is a silvery taupey brown. It has excellent pigmentation like all UD shadows, but none of the infamous fall-out since it is a shimmery, not glittery, eyeshadow. Not only does it make for a gorgeous crease color, but when I'm in a rush and want a quick and simple eye look I'll use MAC Greasepaint Stick in Dirty as a base and pack this on top as an all-over lid color, throw on some mascara and call it a day.

Urban Decay Sin
Sin is a peachy-pink champagne color with a shimmery frost finish. Lately Sin has become my go-to lid color as the sparkle looks gorgeous on the lid, and it goes with virtually any crease color you end up choosing to use.

Urban Decay Hustle
Hustle is a shimmery eggplant brown color. I find it to be a unique neutral and unlike most brown eyeshadows I have because it has strong and obvious plummy purple undertones. Again, this is a gorgeous crease color as well as a lower lash line color. I like to use a pencil brush to smudge it into my lower lash line for a natural smokey effect.

MAC Brule
Poor Brule looks painfully boring in the pain and in swatches, yet it is one of my most used eyeshadows. You can't really tell here as I haven't hit pan on it or anything yet, but that's really just because you don't need to use very much of it. I like to use it as a base for my eyeshadows to even out the pigmentation on my eyelid, but my favorite use for it is to dip my MAC 224 brush into it and blend out my crease and lid colors all the way up to my brow bone. It's a creamy light beige with a satin finish and would make a great blending shade for fair to medium skintones.

Bobbi Brown Caviar
This shadow is the reason I have yet to jump on the MAC Carbon bandwagon. I've never owned or used Carbon before, but based on the dozen or so times I've swatched it in-store, I'd have to say that it does not rival Caviar. Caviar is a rich, matte black that is incredibly pigmented with just one swipe. I use this to darken up my crease and/or outer v color or on top of my pencil eyeliners to ensure that it lasts all day. Whatever your brand preferences are, a true, matte black eyeshadow is a must-have in every makeup addict's collection.

L to R: Caviar, Mushroom, Sin, Hustle, Brule


Note: In real life, Hustle's purple undertones are much more apparent.

In case you missed them, here is part 1 (lipsticks) and part 2 (blushes).

What are your favorite neutral eyeshadows?


8.23.2010

Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder Bronzer

I went into Target yesterday with every intention of picking up the L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum until I found myself walking aimlessly up and down the makeup aisles forgetting what it was I was looking for. Does this ever happen to anyone else?! Anyway, in the process of trying to remember what I went to Target for, this little lady caught my eye:




Complete with mirror and brush :)

I used it today and I quite like it so far. It's pretty sheer with very subtle shimmers throughout and the color is not orange at all. The gold is just an over-spray, and underneath is a tan with subtle shimmers. You can use the brown parts by itself if you want a darker bronzer, which still isn't really very dark, or swirl it together with the tan "S" portion to lighten up the color a bit. I actually like that you can just dust away the gold over-spray because when mixed with the brown portion, the color makes for a bizarre bronzer...it ends up looking more like a golden bronzey highlight color. Take a peek...

L to R: gold over-spray, brown background, gold and brown mixed

See what I mean? The color on the far right finger is not generally a color I would think to use for bronzer...it's a bit too yellow and gold in my opinion. I don't have a swatch with the tan (underneath the over-spray) and brown together, but it more or less just looks like a slightly lighter version of the brown by itself.

Here's me wearing it (with the Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer! Possibly a review to come...):
Pretty subtle, right? I think it would work best for those with fair to light skin tones or those who only want a sheer bronzer. At $9.99, I'm really impressed with this product. In the past, drugstore bronzers have always been a disappointment whether it's the crappy texture, orange undertones, or shimmer overload. This is a great bronzer for those who don't want to break the bank or skimp on quality.

What are your favorite drugstore bronzers?


8.20.2010

♥ My Top 5: Blushes ♥

Hi everyone!
This is part 2 of My Top 5 series, and you can find part 1 here. Without further ado, here are my top 5 picks for blush...


Top row (L to R), then bottom row (L to R):
MAC MSF in Petticoat
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Hussy
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Brownie
MAC Mineralize Blush in Daft Pink
MAC Mineralize Blush in Hang Loose


L to R: Petticoat, Daft Pink, Hussy, Hang Loose, Brownie

MAC MSF in Petticoat
I got Petticoat with the recent In the Groove collection and it's been love ever since. All MSF veining is unique so the exact shade will vary depending on your MSF. My Petticoat has a bit more of the deep raspberry veining than most of the others I've seen and because of this, the color is a bit darker. The color is somewhat hard to describe but I would say it's a frosty, golden pink-mauve that makes a gorgeous cheek color, especially when I'm tan.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Daft Pink
Daft Pink was CCO find for me, and I couldn't be happier. It has appeared in my last two favorites posts and my love for it still has not died down. It's a light to medium frosty pink and if I had been given the chance to name it, it would've been called Pink Frosting because that's what it reminds me of! It's love. For reference, Daft Pink is a shade darker and pinker than Hang Loose.

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Hussy
Hussy is a bright pink with orange undertones and it has a matte finish. As with all Illamasqua products, pigmentation is never an issue and this product should be used with a light hand. One light tap of your brush and that is all you need! I like to use this just on the apples of my cheeks to give a natural flush.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Hang Loose
While many people have compared this blush to Well Dressed (and they are very similar...Did you read my post?), I much prefer Hang Loose because I love the shimmer. I swirl both sides with my brush and apply it to my cheeks, then I use the lavender side as a cheek highlight. The pale lavender makes for an unexpected but gorgeous highlight color, even with my warm skin tone.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Brownie
Brownie was one of several limited edition Shimmer Bricks released by Bobbi Brown, and I'm glad 17 year old me decided to shell out the dough for this 5 years ago. I remember thinking it was such a splurge and that I had to make sure I'd use it...and here we are, years later, and I still love it! I have nothing else in my collection quite like it, so it makes me sad to think about how life will be once I use it up :( (Whoa, that was dramatic!) Brownie is a shimmery (duh!), plummy brown that makes a gorgeous cheek color on medium, warm skin tones, and each strip can also double as eyeshadow! Who doesn't love double-duty products?!


What are your favorite blushes?


8.19.2010

Sigma Complete Brush Kit Review

Hello lovelies :)
A few weeks ago I tweeted that I had received some Sigma Makeup brushes and I've been using their brushes almost exclusively since then so that I could give you all a proper review. I've been wanting to try Sigma brushes for a while now after hearing such rave reviews on blogs and YouTube on how they're supposedly "just as good as MAC brushes" but much more affordable.

I only have a handful of MAC brushes since I do find that while they are very good quality, they are quite costly and I'm not sure if you all know this yet, but I'm not made of money. (Here's to hoping that money will one day grow on trees! :D) In several of the photos below I've tried to find the most similar brushes (MAC, Sephora, and Sonia Kashuk) I own to visually compare to some of the Sigma brushes. I'm hoping that those of you that own the same MAC or Sephora brushes may find the comparison photos helpful :)

This post is quite long as I have many brushes to discuss, so please bear with me...

Sigma Complete Kit with Brush Roll in Black


Note the Sigma Makeup embossing

Snaps closed
The brush roll feels like a really soft and supple leather, but it's actually made of synthetic material so PETA can rest easy :) It has the Sigma Makeup logo embossed on the outside of the roll as well as on the flap that covers the brushes. The roll also contains 3 empty brush slots to the left of the included brushes.

Large Powder - F30

Compared to the e.l.f. Complexion Brush

e.l.f (L) and Sigma (R)
The Sigma F30 is a great brush for translucent or finishing powders. It offers light application of product since the brush is quite large and the bristles are very soft. For this reason, this brush can also be used for a light application of bronzer. The only downside to this brush is that it sheds and yes, I've already tried washing it.

Duo Fibre - F50

I've been using my F50 to apply my Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear foundation and it works like a dream! Although the bristles on this brush are not very dense (looks can be deceiving), it still gives me that airbrushed foundation look because the Lancome foundation has a somewhat thinner consistency. For thicker liquid foundations, this brush will not work unless you happen to be a fan of spending an hour stippling in your foundation.

Large Angled Contour - F40

Compared to a Sonia Kashuk Angled Contour brush


One of my only qualms about this "complete" kit is that it lacks a blush brush. How can a complete face and eye brush kit not have a blush brush?! This one is meant for contouring and while it certainly does a great job at that, I've been using it mostly for blush and cheek highlight since I needed a blush brush and was trying to use only my Sigma brushes.

Foundation - F60

Compared to a Sephora Foundation brush

Before receiving this kit I had a strong dislike for foundation brushes. My prior experiences with them always ended with me and a streaky face...not cute. While I much prefer to use the Duo Fibre - F50 for my Lancome foundation, this brush still does a pretty nice job. It takes a bit more time and effort to blend the foundation into your skin so that it doesn't look streaky but overall, it's the best foundation brush I've tried (And by that I don't mean the best brush for foundation...I mean the best Foundation brush). Ideally, it would work best when used with thicker foundations while stippling brushes like the F50 are ideal for thinner ones.

Eye Shading - E55

Compared to MAC 239 brush (which is white when it's clean...my bad.)


The E55 is a great brush for patting color onto the lid. This brush does exactly what it's supposed to and I actually like the fact that it's a bit larger than the MAC 239 because it takes less effort to cover my entire lid...Yes, I am that lazy!

Tapered Blending - E40

Compared to MAC 224 brush

I use the E40 to blend out my eyeshadow as well as add highlight to the brow bone. It does a pretty good job of blending out shadows, although I sometimes find that since the bristles are extra fluffy (i.e. not densely packed) that it may take longer than usual to blend out any harsh lines. It also only does a mediocre to decent job of adding highlight to the brow bone due to the same "extreme fluffiness" problem.

Concealer - F70
I'm generally much more a fan of using my fingers for concealer but since my concealer is in a pot (MAC Studio Finish SPF35) and not in a hygienic tube, I didn't mind testing out this brush. I use it to dab the concealer onto my problem areas (which is sometimes more or less my whole face :/) then use my fingers to blend it into my skin. The bristles are really densely packed and the brush does a great job at applying the concealer to my blemishes without losing product in the bristles.

Medium Angled Shading - E70

Compared to a Sephora Angled brush
I use the E70 to deposit color into my crease before blending it out with the Tapered Blending - E40. It does a fine job at this because while the bristles are soft, they are densely packed enough to allow good color deposit and the shape fits nicely into my crease.

Pencil - E30
I've never had a pencil brush before so I was super excited to give this a go! I've been using it when I want to add eye shadow to my lower lash line but didn't want it to look like a perfectly neat line. The thickness of the brush allows you to add color while simultaneously smoking it out.

Small Angle - E65

Compared to the e.l.f. Small Angled brush

Unlike the Pencil - E30 that smokes out shadows, this brush allows precise application of gel liner and eye shadow. The bristles are stiff and dense, as they should be, and allow for perfect application every time.

Large Shader - E60
The E60 has taken over as the brow bone and inner tear duct highlight applicator after I realized the E40 just wasn't cuttin' it anymore. Initially I was confused as to the purpose of this brush but it's done a fantastic job at depositing highlight colors in a controlled manner.

Eyeliner - E05

Compared to a MAC 209 brush
I've been using the E05 to apply my MAC Blacktrack Fluidline and I've been quite pleased with it. The brush is a little bit thicker than the MAC 209 so it's great for beginners as it allows for quick application and doesn't require that you have an extremely steady hand. However, due to the thickness of the brush, it can be more difficult to achieve a very thin line or the perfect "flick" at the end. For those looks I would recommend using the E65 to apply your liner.


Blending - E25

Compared to a MAC 217 (also white when clean :/)

This travel brush is one of a few brushes Sigma offers you when you spend $30+ on their website. (As far as I'm aware, which free brush you receive depends on what you're ordering.) I use the E25 to deposit and blend colors into my crease. I don't like to use brushes like these for blending even though that's what they're meant for because I find that they tend to remove the color rather than blend them out since the bristles are denser and not as soft as the black bristled brushes. The brush is a smidge thicker than what I'm used to when used for the crease, but I actually don't mind as I've found it does a better job at smoking out the crease color so that I don't have to do as much work with the E40.

If you hadn't already noticed, the brushes intended for the face are denoted with an F, while the brushes intended for the eyes are denoted with an E. Sigma used to number their brushes similarly to MAC brushes with the exception of an "SS" at the beginning of the name, but they've since switched it over to their own unique numbering system.

Although I've posted photos visually comparing some of the Sigma brushes to similar MAC, Sephora, and Sonia Kashuk brushes, I didn't really want to discuss the comparisons any further as this post is meant to be a review of Sigma brushes, not a comparison post. However, if any one of you ladies has a question about how any of the Sigma brushes fare against any of the other brushes photographed above, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at willworkformakeup@hotmail.com and I will be more than happy to help :)

Sigma brushes can be purchased at their website and the Complete Kit with Brush Roll is available for $99.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I am not affiliated with this company, nor am I getting paid for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and based solely on my own experience with the products.
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