A Change of Heart.

I admit it: I'm a creature of habit. I find something or a way of doing something that suits me and I stick to it. Sure, every now and again I'll get bored and want to try something new but it's usually the uncertainty or fear of the possible consequences that stop me before any changes actually come to fruition. Lately, I've been a little more "adventurous." (The quotes are intentional because let's be honest, none of the following points are really all that adventurous -__-)

I was nearly heartbroken when it was brought to my attention that my beloved Seche Vite top coat has a warning label on it that states: "This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm." Ugh. Are you serious? Seche Vite is the best top coat I've ever used but is it worth having defective babies in the future? No. (I kid.) So, as hard as it was to let go, I finally did and decided to switch over to Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat. I used it for the first time last night and upon application, it seemed very Seche Vite-esque - meaning kind of thick and gel-like, drying down to a very glossy finish. We'll have to wait a few days to see if the wear time is comparable.

I was a fan of the longer, square-shaped nails for a long time but I'm now preferring short, rounded nails instead. I have long and skinny fingers and the longer, square-shaped nails kind of made me feel like I had claws. I feel much more human now :) The nail polish I'm wearing is Essie Chinchilly.

I have the travel-sized F25 Tapered Face brush and I was initially in love with it. I used it to apply my face powder and found it gave me more precise application and the tapered end fit more comfortably around my eye and nose area than the traditional big, fluffy face brush. Lately, however, it's been letting me down as it's decided to start shedding, leaving no less than 10 hairs on my face after each use! Annoying, much?! It's been washed several times now so I'm not sure what it's problem is, but fingers crossed it'll calm down a bit after I give it it's next bath.

It's no secret I have oily skin and I used to avoid cream products like the plague. Lately, however, I've been obsessed with the idea of natural and dewy looking makeup, a look that is not always easily attainable with powder products. I've noticed that with the right products and the right application techniques, cream products can look equally as amazing and luminous (not greasy) on oily skin. I apply all of my cream products (featured above are Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing base, MAC Ladyblush Blushcreme, and e.l.f. Shimmer Palette) directly onto my foundation and set everything with my face powder to make it last all day. 

I was watching one of GossMakeupArtist's videos where he said that he doesn't believe everyone needs to use moisturizer and that some people with normal to oily skin (me!) may not really benefit at all from adding moisturizer to their naturally moisturized faces. I usually try to find oil-free moisturizers or moisturizers formulated for oily skin anyway, but I had never really considered the fact that my skin might not need a moisturizer at all. I find that even in the summer when my skin is it's oiliest, I still slather on the moistuizer just because it's routine for me.

 I've gone about four days without moisturizer and I have to say, I haven't really noticed too much of a difference. Maybe my skin doesn't need moisturizer everyday after all? Something to think about, I suppose. I still use eye cream, though, since my eye area tends to get quite dry. (Note: Shown above is my current moisturizer and although I'm currently experimenting with not using a moisturizer, the one shown above is actually a pretty good one that I still like to use if I find my skin is feeling particularly dry or parched.)

Another thing I've been trying lately after hearing Lisa Eldridge talk about it is not applying foundation to my under-eye area. She said that you should use as few products as possible around your eye area so I gave it a try. All I used around my eye area was eye cream, concealer, and Bare Minerals Well-Rested. So far, I'm not convinced this is the way to go for me. I think I got much better coverage and lasting powder when I extended my foundation application to my under-eye area as well, but I guess everyone is different.

Have you ever had a change of heart about something in your makeup routine?


  1. I'm definitely a creature of habit as well, but new products or seemingly earth shattering ways of doing things certainly shake it up for me.

    Well Rested, for instance, revolutionized my eye routine and when I reflect I feel like noting was ever really right without it!

    I'll have to try Sally Hansen Mega Shine! I'm in need of a new topcoat!

    ♥ Jessica

  2. I have the F25 too, and I've noticed alot of shedding compared to all my other brushes. But not as much as your brush though.
    The nail polish looks lovely on you btw :)

  3. "Out The Door" top coat is really nice, and affordable too. I believe it's like $3. I've never tried the Seche Vite but I heard it's very similar :)

  4. Great post. I've been doing a lot of research on animal testing for cosmetic products and have had a change of heart about a lot of the products from companies that test on animals. Unfortunately a lot of my favourite products are from those companies :(

  5. Lately Ive been trying to simplify my morning routing, as I to am a creature of habit and am finding its working out well. A little change can be good to help rediscover forgotten gems. You must keep us posted on on how Sally Hansen's top coat worked out as I have been eyeballing it for sometime.

  6. I changed from oily products to dry products because a SA from Sephora recommended it, and I've never turned back! My skin seems "normal" now. :]

    Um.. weirded out about that SV label...!

  7. @Jessica: I love Well-Rested too. I'll let you know how I end up liking the Sally Hansen top coat after a few days :)

    @Lisa: Thank you :) Yeah, I'm sad about my F25. I can deal with a little bit of shedding but 10+ hairs each time is massive shedding in my book!

    @SMLx0: I've never heard of that but thank you for the rec! I'll have to check it out if the Sally Hansen one ends up not working out.

    @FunnyFaceBeauty: Yeah, that seems to be what everyone in the makeup and beauty community is all fussed about lately, huh? I just wonder why it's all of a sudden. It's such a tough subject, though. Good luck...I may join you one of these days!

    @Sarah Ashley: I will let you know!

    @Sisi Sparkles: I know, right? That is a serious warning!

  8. your nails really look great.
    i love the grey.<3

  9. I love the Chanel bronzing base! And I'm a big fan of the dewy makeup look too :)

    One thing I'm noticing now is how pretty skin looks with matte foundation! Might just try and switch to a matte foundation every once in a while and see how that works out for me.

  10. Hm.. you're really making me want to try going without a moisturizer! I have pretty oily skin too, and it seems every moisturizer I use breaks me out! It's driving me crazy. Also, I had no idea about that fun little fact about Seche Vite. When I run out, I'll be switching!

  11. lol its normal, change of heart your make up and grooming routine is associated with what we need. Learning how to do nails screwed up how i usually do my nails: i no longer use polish on myself, or keep it long T__T A change in lifestyle (university sucks)and crappy winter weather made me change a diet of moderation and excercise to pure instant noodles. ahaha thats why im on my instant noodle diet! =D

  12. I have combination skin and I tend to get oily during the day too.. but I cannot go a day without moisturizing! It's sooo crucial!

    I'm really into that dewy healthy kinda look too and Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing base, MAC Ladyblush Blushcreme are both some of my all time favourites!

    What powder do you use to set everything?


  13. @julianne: Thanks love :)

    @Emily: Ooo...which one are you going to try? I want to try Chanel Mat Lumiere as my next foundation.

    @Jessica: Yeah, I just repurchased it maybe a month or so ago and then I found out about that fun fact so my bottle is actually almost brand new still...I can't bring myself to keep using it though :-/

    @Maki: Good luck with school! Believe me, I totally understand...nothing wrong with being on an instant noodle diet :D

    @Delyteful Speaks: I use MAC MSF Natural in Medium Plus :)

  14. I have literally last month stopped using seche vite - I couldn't believe that they only have to label certain bottles with the morning (plus I used to be a nail biter, unattractive I know, so this thought terrified me) I'm on the search for a new top coat, I'm using a china glaze one right now which I don't like, the sally hanson one was next on my list!

    Plus I have that sigma brush and it sheds like crazy on me too, I think i'm going to suck it up and buy the NARS yachiyo brush instead!


  15. I agree that naturally oily skin doesn't always need a moisturizer, but you know, sometimes if your skin is lacking moisture, it freaks out and adds even more...so skipping moisturizer isn't such a good idea.
    As for no product under the eye area, I think some people are afraid that when removing makeup, they'll pull at the eye and inevitably speed up the wrinkle process, but if you're careful, there really isn't any harm done!

  16. I love to extend my foundation at my under eye area!!Definitely better coverage!Great post hun as always!!!

  17. @Nicola: Really? Do they only have to put the warning on bottles in the US? That seems wrong. So far, I'd definitely recommend the Sally Hansen one...it's really comparable! And I want the Yachiyo brush too. The girl at the NARS counter tried to convince me I needed it last time I was there buying a brush but I just couldn't justify the price :(

    @Amyboo: I've heard that before too so I think it's very important to moisturize if your skin needs it, but I think it can be unnecessary to moisturize if your skin doesn't. So far, I haven't noticed that my skin is more or less oily without moisturizer than with, so I'm starting to believe that it was just an unnecessary step. And I think the reason Lisa Eldridge suggested using a minimal amount of products around the eye area is more so because it can look cakey, unnatural, and end up creasing throughout the day and less due to the harm caused in having to take it off, but I could be wrong!

    @Irene: Me too and thank you!

  18. Great post! I'm a new follower :)


  19. my seche vite didn't say that! wahhhh, i suppose it's a good thing my sister in law broke my new bottle last week...lol

  20. when my skin gets oily in the summer time i switch to a gel moisturizer and that works well for me. I love that gray polish!

  21. Thanks for the makeup tips!! Great blog!



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