Blogs I'm Currently Loving ♥ Vol.V

Here are just a few :)

25FLONDON is a relatively new blog, but you wouldn't know it without looking at her blog archive. Her blog is amazing. Gorgeous photos, interesting blog ideas, and beautifully written posts. You know when you find a blog and you almost feel angry that you didn't find it sooner? That's 25FLONDON for me. You'd be doing yourself a disservice not to click on that link ;)

Formerly Best of Beaute, A Vain Woman has a clean and crisp layout with again, amazingly clear photos and swatches. Cecilia's blog posts are always well-written, informative, and interesting.

I love Penelope's blog because not only is she beautiful, but when writing a review, she always includes product photos, clear swatches, and photos of the product in action (actually used on the lips or eyes, etc.). Admit it: We all love seeing those photos because we know how useful they are, and yet so many of us are guilty of not including them in our review posts. (For me, it's usually due to laziness. Just being honest.)

This last blog isn't beauty related, but it's more of a life blog. Naomi is adorable, her husband is adorable, her English bulldog is adorable, her baby is adorable, and together, they make a super adorable little family. It's not a fashion blog per se, but both Naomi and her hubby have amazing fashion sense and the blog, as a whole, is really inspiring and fun to read.

So, there you go! Four fantastic links that are just begging to be clicked on ;)


Sharing is Caring.

Here are a few (random) things I've been meaning to share with you guys:

My makeup brushes got a new home this week :) I got these mugs at Home Goods for $3.99 each.

My love of candles has not dwindled at all, and right now, I'm loving Yankee Candle's White Clouds (smells like fresh laundry) and Slatkin & Co.'s Juicy Nectarine (smells like nectarines...that are juicy).

On my toes at the moment (and soon to be on my fingernails after my interview this week) is Revlon Siren. Apparently, obnoxious, bright orange nail polish is not conservative? Who knew!

Foundation samples, anyone? 
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
Chanel Mat Lumiere
MUFE Mat Velvet
MUFE Face & Body
Diorskin Nude
Laura Mercier Silk Creme
There are a few horrific foundation matches in there and while I like some of them, others, not so much. I'm not sure I've found "The One" yet, though...we'll see!

The sample that I wish would keep on giving. I love this body moisturizer so much and I'm so sad that I've used up the whole sample :( Look how cute that packaging is (not the sample packaging - the picture of the real packaging)! It smells so fresh and lovely too. I'd describe it to you but I can't. Like, literally, I can't. I'm useless at describing scents.

Any random thoughts you'd like to share? I'm all ears!


Bright Pink Lips for Day or Night ♥

I say if you can't wear bright pink lips in the Spring, when can you wear them? 

MAC Girl About Town is a gorgeous hot pink lipstick but to be honest, it intimidates me. The thought of wearing such a statement lip just to pick up some groceries, for example, might be a bit much for the average person (like me).

MAC Girl About Town 

I'm sure there are ton of ladies out there who are fearless with their makeup and are looking at that photo and thinking, "Pink lips. What's the big deal?" If that's you, then go on with your bad self! ;)  But, if you're like me and think that the bright pink lip above should be reserved for nights out instead (on me, anyway!), then you might want to try a bright pink tinted balm or gloss with medium pigmentation instead.

Sleek Pout Polish in Pink Cadillac

I promise, it's actually brighter and pinker in real life than it appears in that photo. It's still a version of a bright pink lip but sheered out and glossier, so it feels more daytime and comfortable to me.

I'm also wearing Illamasqua Hussy Powder Blush, a super pigmented watermelon pink, and I think it complements the bright lip perfectly and isn't over-the-top, as long as you remember to keep the eyes simple and natural.

I love makeup trends but I think it's important to adapt the trend to your face and lifestyle. If your makeup makes you feel like a clown or you feel as though it probably would look a lot better on someone else than it does on you, you haven't done it right. How closely you can follow or re-create a trend doesn't matter in the least bit - it's about tweaking it so that you always feel confident and beautiful ♥


Blogger Interrogation: Viva Beauté

This week, we're interrogating a beauty from across the pond :)

The blogger: Sana 

The blog: Viva Beauté (http://vivabeaute.blogspot.com

What is the first blog you remember following? 
I kind of got into the whole blogging scene through Youtube initially. I remember watching a few of Fafinettex videos and stumbled onto her blog. I then discovered a whole new realm of blogging and fell in love with it! 

What is the last blog you followed? 
I followed Make Up Never Sleeps! I love the fresh look of her blog and she has some AMAZING make up on there! Love it! 

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
Hmmm... I’ve only recently started falling in love with lipstick so I’d say about 20! 

How many do you really own? 
I just counted! 25! Not a bad guesstimation! :) 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
Foundation, eyeliner and mascara! 

You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? Liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow and powder. (I would hate to get rid of them though!) 

What is your best makeup tip? 
Always always always cleanse, tone and moisturise! Its a necessity! It gives your make up a wonderful base to sit on and every item of make up looks so much better! 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
When foundation is too dark or light. Makes me gawk :( 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
Oh gosh I don’t think I’ve done anything too bad. Perhaps going about 2 weeks without washing my main brushes. YUCK I know :( 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
I only started wearing foundation in June 2010 on a daily basis!! 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
Demonstrating my ever growing love for lipstick! http://vivabeaute.blogspot.com/2011/02/lipstick-overload.html

Thank you to Sana for letting us interrogate her! 

Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response so far on my Blogger Interrogation series! It seems there are quite a few people interested in being interrogated and so far, I have bloggers lined up for the next 2+ months so unfortunately, I won't be taking any more volunteers at this time. I'll be sure to let you guys know when I am (probably in a few weeks)! Thanks so much for understanding :) 


2 Products for the Perfect, Dewy Glow

You'll need:
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
MAC Vanilla Pigment

This is how they look on their own, but note that the Eight Hour Cream is actually clear once it's blended in:

Add in a pinch of Vanilla Pigment to the Eight Hour Cream:

Mix the two together with your finger:

Dot a small amount of the mixture onto your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose with one finger, and use a clean finger to gently tap it into the skin. Do not rub it into your skin - that will just take your foundation off! I like to apply it after foundation but before powder. I then powder around the highlighted areas as to not disturb the peace or get any of the Eight Hour Cream onto my brush.

The end result should look something like this:

Very dewy and natural!

Eight Hour Cream and Vanilla Pigment both work amazingly (Vanilla is definitely a must-have pigment!) as highlighters when used individually as well, but I think the combination of them really creates a simple, fresh highlight that can be as subtle or dramatic as you want by simply applying more or less!

While I've said before that Eight Hour Cream and Aquaphor do virtually the same things, this is one of the things that Aquaphor just can't do because it doesn't have the same sheen that Eight Hour Cream has.

After powder, bronzer, blush, and lipgloss :)

Let me know if any of you guys end up trying this! I'd love to see :)


The Tale of Stereo Rose.

Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a girl named Biffany. She was a happy little girl who's only interest seemed to be collecting pretty jewels...umm...I mean, she totally had other hobbies too...it wasn't all about the jewels, because she obviously was aware of how unhealthy and obsessive that sounds.

Anyway, one summer, Biffany was invited to the Castle of MAC because King MAC and Queen MAC wanted to show off the royal family's collection of treasured jewels to the country folk. In the weeks prior to the big event, the whole town geared up for it by reading reviews on Temptalia...I mean, they geared up for it by spreading word of mouth about how gorgeous the royal jewels were supposed to be. One in particular, Stereo Rose (yes, the jewel was named for some reason...don't ask me!), had the whole town riled up in anticipation.

On the big night, Biffany got all dolled up in her prettiest peasant dress (it's not every day you get to catch a glimpse of the infamous Stereo Rose - word on the street was that it had been five years since it's last appearance!) and skipped on over to the Castle of MAC.

Once inside, Biff (we'll just call her Biff from here on out, okay?) found herself lost in a swarm of eager, whispering country folk who all surrounded an extravagant glass case. Inside the glass case was a gorgeous, shimmery, golden-coral jewel: it was Stereo Rose. In that moment, some thought they saw a light illuminating from the jewel; others claimed they heard angels sing. Those standing closest to the glass case were basically blinded by its beauty. No joke.

Stereo Rose was the most treasured jewel out of the royal family's whole collection, so it was no surprise that King MAC and Queen MAC didn't allow anyone to touch it. People oooh-ed and aaah-ed, pictures were taken (or maybe they were sketched on paper instead...cameras didn't exist back then, duh!), and there even may have been a few tears shed.

At the end of the night, as Biff was on her way out after a lovely night at the Castle of MAC, the King and Queen stopped her and asked if she would like her very own Stereo Rose (apparently they had extras to give away? I have no idea.). Her response? "No, thanks!"


That's right, my friends. As sweet as Biff was, she was an absolute idiot and thought that she was strong enough to resist the temptation and hype that was Stereo Rose. (You can all leave her a virtual slap across the face in the comments below.)

Anyway, as the months passed and Biff realized what a complete moron she was for passing up that opportunity, she eventually met a friend who was also obsessed with collecting pretty jewels. They talked frequently and one day, Biff felt comfortable enough around her new friend that she was ready to admit her big secret about passing up Stereo Rose months earlier. 

The next few moments were a blur as the following words were muttered from Biff's friend's mouth, "You can have my Stereo Rose. I never use it."


Biff immediately passed out and upon waking up minutes later, she obviously accepted her friend's overly generous offer and couldn't stop thanking her. Her friend was Alicia from the nearby land of FunnyFace Beauty (I'm sure you all follow her already...I mean, I'm sure you all have visited there already). 

Biff and Stereo Rose lived happily ever after...that is, until Biff finds another pretty jewel that's newer and even more sought after than Stereo Rose ;)

Now that Stereo Rose and Biff have been reunited, she can finally swatch it :)

If you've gotten this far in my delusional story, congratulations! Here is the translation:

Last summer, I previewed MAC's In the Groove collection at Nordstrom about a week before the collection was released. At the time, Stereo Rose MSF was available but for some unexplainable reason, I decided against pre-ordering it after deeming it 'not that special'. I thought I was so cool and strong for not giving in to the hype. Basically, I regretted my decision soon after, but the damage was done. Stereo Rose was sold-out, and I quickly gave up hope that it would ever be mine. Fast forward a few months, the lovely Alicia offered to send me her unloved Stereo Rose after I asked her to check the MAC Warehouse Sale she was going to for it, just in case. I was in awe of Alicia's generosity, especially since she obviously could've sold Stereo Rose for quite a bit of money if she wanted to. I guess it was meant to be with me and Stereo Rose after all :) Thank you so much, Alicia! Don't forget to check out FunnyFace Beauty here.


Products I'm Loving Right Now ♥ Vol.V

+Benefit Bella Bamba+
I love how effortlessly a sweep of Bella Bamba can immediately brighten up my complexion. It's quite shimmery but not overly so, in my opinon, and I think this particular shade of pink would suit most skin tones. I did a more in-depth review here :)

+Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream+
One of the many ways beauty blogging has changed me (not sure if it's for the worse or the better) is that I now care about the fact that my cuticles are dry. I'm fairly certain I never even came close to caring about my cuticles before, but now I spend time each day massaging cuticle cream around my fingernails. I don't think it's a necessity, by any means, but I do think that your manicure looks 100x prettier when your cuticles aren't looking grubby :)

+Sephora I.T. Face Contour Brush+
I use this brush with cream products, and I've been loving it for applying my Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer. It doesn't shed at all (it shed only about one or two hairs in the very beginning) and my cream bronzer application is seamless when I use it.

+Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush+
This is definitely my brush of choice for contouring and applying bronzer. It may seem kind of small, but the tapered shape fits perfectly and precisely under your cheekbones when contouring, but it's still fluffy enough to blend in any harsh lines or dust on bronzer. It doesn't shed at all for me, and it's definitely one of my favorite makeup brushes ever!

+Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in 52+
I've had to go out of town quite a few times this month, and this Bourjois bronzer has tagged along with me each time. While I still prefer my Dior Matte Bronzer to this one if push came to shove, I love that this one is thinner and more compact - perfect for slipping in your travel makeup bag.

+Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop+
I forgot how pretty this lipgloss was! I took it out the other day and quickly fell back in love with it. It has nice pigmentation and isn't sticky in the least, and the bright pink is perfect for these warmer months that are right around the corner. For a more muted pink, I like to wear it over my NP Set lipstick in Denver, a pinky nude.

+MAC Superslick Liquid Liner in On the Hunt+
On the Hunt is a super pigmented black that applies fairly easily with practice and once it's on, it's on! No flaking off or smudging off here! I used to only use gel liner but in all honesty, I haven't used my Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner once since I got this. It is that good!

What products have you been loving lately?


Love/Hate Relationships.

When I really, really love something, I never let it out of my sight.
When I really, really hate something, I trash it.
When I just kind of dislike something or I find myself not giving it enough love, I sell it.
And when I just can't decide, I include it in a post entitled Love/Hate Relationships.

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
NP Set Lipstick in Denver
MAC Lipglass in Florabundance
NARS Sheer Glow
MAC Studio Finish Concealer

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
I love this brush so much because it's fluffier than my MAC 224 and does a fantastic job at buffing in under-eye concealer and setting it with Bare Minerals Well-Rested. However, I'm surprised it has any bristles left considering how many it decides to leave behind on my face after each use.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer
See those hairs? I have the Sigma E40 to thank for that one. I love this concealer because it provides fantastic coverage (a necessity when dealing with acne scarring), but it can often have a tendency to look really cakey and highlight dry spots if you're not careful.

NARS Sheer Glow
I like the satin finish and oil-controlling properties I get from Sheer Glow, but I can't help but wonder each time I use it why it tends to separate and look ultra-cakey around my mouth and chin area.

MAC Lipglass in Florabundance
Florabundance is such a pretty pale pinky-peach color and I usually get along fine with MAC lipglasses and their stickiness, but with Florabundance I always get this disgusting build-up of sticky lipgloss around the inner rim of my mouth. Even hours later when the lipgloss has worn off, the rim of lipgloss build-up that was created and left behind is still conveniently intact. If my description made it sound disgusting to you, it's because it is. I never wear Florabundance any more because of it :(

NP Set Lipstick in Denver
For my early, early followers, you may remember my post about this lipstick a long time ago. My qualms remain the same, unfortunately. Denver is one of my all-time favorite nude lipsticks - the perfect glossy, pink-nude. The issue, aside from the fact that the lipstick itself is loose at the base and moves around violently when applying directly from the tube despite having never been melted, is that the wear time is like 3 minutes. That may or may not be a slight exaggeration, but it's probably the shortest wearing lipstick I own.

Any suggestions on how I can deal with the issues I have with these products or any love/hate relationships of your own that you'd like to share?

Disclaimer: The Sigma brush was sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I am not affiliated with this company, nor am I getting paid for featuring it on my blog. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and based solely on my own experience with the product(s).


Blogger Interrogation: Don't Call Me Jessie

To kick-start my second year of blogging, I'm starting a new, but not necessarily weekly, series of posts called Blogger Interrogation where a lovely lady will voluntarily submit herself to a few, nosy questions for Will Work For Makeup readers. 

Let's see how this goes!

The blogger: Jessica (Jess is okay, too – see below…)

What is the first blog you remember following? 
The first beauty blog I ever read was Nessasary Makeup (ran by VaNESSA, hence the name of the blog). I love how fearless she is with her makeup! http://nessasarymakeup.blogspot.com/

What is the last blog you followed?
Ack, I don’t remember – I’m constantly discovering new blogs to follow! A newer one I’m loving is Makeup Never Sleeps – her swatches are fab and I love how clean, simple, and organized it all is! http://www.makeupneversleeps.com/

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own?
Um.. maybe one hundred? OMG, that’s insane. It’s probably less, but just in case. Crap, I need to do a clear-out or blog sale, don’t I? Anyways, lipsticks are my favorite product, so that’s how I’ll justify it. ;)

How many do you really own? 
Psh, I’m far too lazy to count them!

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
Mascara (Lancome Hypnose Drama), lipstick (YSL Rouge Pur Couture #6), and blush (Tokidoki Bellina blush in Siberia, which in my opinion is the PERFECT blush – I wish I could pass them out to my friends!) If I could make it five, I’d add Urban Decay’s eyeshadow pencil in Sin (multi-purpose!) and Origins Vitazing (I could use it as moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation…). At one point I ranted about Vitazing breaking me out, but turns out it wasn’t the culprit – sorry, dear friend, how could I have doubted your fabulousness?

You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? 
MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation – the worst, most pore-clogging foundation I’ve ever used (I only used it twice, but have been saving it to sell or Back2Mac). MAC Saint Germain lipstick (worn once – it just looks AWFUL on me! Saved for the same reason as SFF). Revlon Photoready foundation (like a glittery lotion – hate!).

What is your best makeup tip? 
Have fun, do what you like, and trust your instincts! I’m also a big fan of research – I love websites like makeupalley for product reviews, and am constantly googling products for swatches and reviews!

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
Cakey foundation that’s too dark or light, overplucked/drawn-on eyebrows, too-dark lipliner, orange-y fake tans. 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
Oh, there have been lots I’m sure (like caterpillar brows in high school, terrible orange self-tanning lotion in college…)! That’s the thing, though – you have to know that you’ll make mistakes and look like a dork sometimes, but that’s life! You just have to laugh at yourself and move on.

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
Before I was a makeup addict, I was a Blythe doll addict! I still say if my apartment were on fire, I’d try to salvage a couple before I ran out. I’m also a Barbie girl (but I think my readers may know that one).

Please link us to your favorite post. 
My Favorite Lipsticks: http://notjessie.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-22-favorite-lipsticks-ramble.html I’m a lipstick-a-holic, and it was so fun to do this one! I also like haul posts and FOTDs, which I think are the two types of posts I do the most – I think they’re good references to keep track of what I’m buying and how I use the things I buy. I love seeing other people’s hauls and FOTDs, too! 

Thank you to Jessica for letting us interrogate her! If you wouldn’t mind being interrogated, shoot me an email at willworkformakeup@hotmail.com.
***Edit: Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response so far on my Blogger Interrogation series! It seems there are quite a few people interested in being interrogated and so far, I have bloggers lined up for the next 2+ months so unfortunately, I won't be taking any more volunteers at this time. I'll be sure to let you guys know when I am (probably in a few weeks)! Thanks so much for understanding :) 

Happy Birthday, Bloggy + A Little Blogging History + My Blogging Advice :)


Tomorrow marks one year since I wrote my first blog post on Will Work For Makeup and I honestly can't even believe it. I'm so excited that I couldn't stop myself from posting about it a day early :) I never had any real hobbies before blogging, and activities I enjoyed mainly consisted of fat kid hobbies like eating ice cream and watching tv (with the occasional shopping to get in some exercise, of course!). 

In the months leading up to March 2010, I began watching makeup videos on YouTube, mainly from Panacea81 and Kandee Johnson. That led me to Kandee's blog and from there, I somehow stumbled across a handful of other great beauty blogs like Temptalia, The Beauty Look Book, and Too Much Blush. I got into a routine of checking these few blogs daily until one day (March 22, 2010 to be exact!) when I thought, while on a break from studying, "I like makeup. I put makeup on my face often. I should start my own blog." And so it began.

It took me all of about 3 minutes of brainstorming before coming up with my blog's name. I didn't used to spend nearly as much on makeup as I do now, but at the time, I still thought it was too much. Basically, I envisioned myself years down the road, broke and homeless from irresponsible makeup spending habits *knock on wood*, with my entire makeup collection in tow in a stolen borrowed grocery store shopping cart, holding a cardboard sign that read, "WILL WORK FOR MAKEUP." Very plausible.


My itty bitty blog started off with zero followers like they all do and I often wondered if anyone would ever find my blog and/or care enough to read it. Still, I enjoyed taking photos and writing about makeup I was wearing and buying, so I continued to blog despite not having followers and rarely receiving any comments.

I began finding more and more amazing beauty blogs to follow and between school and work and volunteering at my local hospital, I made the time to indulge in my newly found hobby. As much effort as I put into writing my own blog, I also made an effort to keep up with other people's blogs and comment regularly (Mind you, I wasn't following nearly as many blogs as I am now. I still try - I promise!). 

Now here's the point in the story where I make a tiny confession: Yes, I used to leave my blog url at the end of my comments. *GASP!* I was a blogging newbie and had no idea that it was so frowned upon - but, in my defense, my comments were always genuine, thoughtful, and on-topic with the post...meaning, I NEVER left tacky, spam-like comments like, "Cool!" and that's it, and then conveniently drop in my blog url at the end. I stopped doing it altogether after about a month (still continued to comment, though) because even though I still wasn't aware of how much it probably annoyed those poor bloggers, I just felt really cheeky and kind of tacky every time I did it.

I think people slowly started finding my blog from nice comments I was leaving on their blog or on blogs that they read. I think this because it's often how I find other people's blogs as well. See, it pays to engage in the beauty blogging communty! Eventually, I started discovering my blogging mojo, what I liked to blog about, etc. and decided that basically, my main goal with my blog was to write the type of beauty blog that I would like to read! Simple as that. I hoped that people would like it too but if not, that was fine with me because at the end of the day, it was something I was proud of.

Sometime last Summer, I opened up a Twitter account and it started off much like my blog did - slow and boring. Not very many people talked to me and honestly, I didn't know what to say. I didn't really get what Twitter was all about yet. Eventually, I began to talk to other bloggers more and got to know them on a more personal level that I didn't get from just reading their blogs. I also found that it was an easier way to communicate with my readers because I could very quickly and easily respond to any questions or comments they had with a simple click of the 'reply' button (although, I also make an honest attempt to never neglect questions and comments left on my blog either). Twitter allowed me to enjoy blogging even more because I became more involved in the community, made tons of new friends, and as I got to know other bloggers and discover new blogs, they also got to know me and my blog.


I know that a lot of people blog solely for the comments and to see an increase in their number of blog followers (I can't say I don't get excited every time someone decides to click the 'Follow' button!), but I think it's important to remember that it's always a matter of quality over quantity. You can have 20,000 followers because you gave away $1 million worth of makeup and your giveaway rules indicated that they would receive 500 extra entries for blogging about your giveaway, liking you on Facebook, leaving you comments on your posts, and telling all of their first and second cousins about your giveaway, but I can promise you that most of those 20,000 followers don't give a crap about your blog and will likely never be back after the giveaway winner is announced. I speak from experience, people. If you're going to have a giveaway to thank your followers, make sure it is just that. Thank them - don't lure them in.

Be grateful for the 50 followers (or however many) you have, because they actually enjoy and appreciate your blog and chose to follow it on their own accord. Keep the 'No One Even Reads My Blog' and 'No One Cares About My Blog' Rants to a minimum because as long as your follower number isn't zero, obviously someone cares so don't take them for granted.


Remember, if you involve yourself in the beauty blogging community and write an interesting blog with quality in content and photos, you will never need to advertise your blog to find readers because your blog will speak for itself. That's the truth.

Moral of the obnoxiously long story is:
  • Blogging is much more rewarding and fun when you do it for the right reasons.
  • Engage yourself in the beauty blogging community and don't just be absorbed in your own blog.
  • Twitter is a great way to get to know people (but not if you spam them with your blog links! Just because it's Twitter does not make it any more acceptable than when you do it in blog comments).
  • Write the type of blog you'd like to read and be happy and grateful when someone decides to follow your blog because they enjoy reading it.
  • Thank you SO much to all of you guys for sticking around and for all the wonderful comments you've left and here's to Will Work For Makeup's 2nd year!


[All photos from weheartit.com]



Since writing My Favorite Products of 2010, I've noticed that while I still really love all of the products I chose, I've also discovered quite a few new products that have started rivalling a few of those products for the top position in their respective categories.

While I think that Dior Amber Diamond is probably still my favorite favorite right now, I really love MAC Perfect Topping MSF too. It's one of the "good" MSFs MAC has released - meaning, an MSF with finely milled shimmer that looks natural on the skin as opposed to chunky shimmer that can sometimes have fallout (I'm looking at you, Soft and Gentle!).

At the moment, I think that Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte has pushed Benefit Hoola out of the top position. Hoola, if you're reading this, I can assure you that you haven't done anything wrong and it's not you...it's me. While I can make you work on my pale skin, Dior Honey Matte is just able to do so with more ease right now since it's lighter and warmer. I'll be sure to show you more love in the Summer, Hoola. I promise :)

The fight for the top spot in the blush category remains at a standstill right now. Korres #15 Natural is still, and will always remain, one of my all-time favorite blushes because it goes with everything. However, when my complexion is looking dull and I need a little pick me up, nothing seems to do the job better than Benefit Bella Bamba. Though I once thought there was really nothing special about Bella Bamba other than being another pretty, pink blush, now, I get it.

.:Lip Balm/Treatment:.
This category is also a bit of a toss-up. Both Aquaphor and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream are extremely similar in consistency and do, basically, the same things, but the one I prefer depends on the time of day I'm applying it. I prefer Aquaphor when I need intensive lip moisturization during the day because it's not greasy, stays on fairly well, and moisturizes better than all other traditional lip balms. While it's also amazing at night, I prefer Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream at night instead, because it seems to stay on better throughout the night and provides slightly better moisturization overall when worn for several hours. I also don't like wearing it during the day as much because it has a slightly greasier consistency than Aquaphor, not to mention a funky campfire-like scent.

For pencil eyeliner, I still very much prefer my Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencils, but when it comes to drawing winged eye liner or a cat-eye, I turn to either gel or liquid liner for a cleaner, more dramatic line. My previous favorite gel liner was MAC Blacktrack Fluidline but when that dried out early on in the year, I switched over to Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black and I can say for certain that it's creamier, easier to apply, but lasts just as long as the Fluidline. I recently, however, decided to dabble in liquid liner and purchased MAC Superslick Liquid Liner in On the Hunt and I. Love. It. It took a bit of getting used to since I'm liquid-eyeliner-challenged, but with practice, it's now become quite easy to apply, it's really black and non-streaky,and it lasts all day without smudging or flaking off like the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner that I hate so much.

Any rivalries going on in your makeup collection right now?


Style Inspiration.

Clemence Poesy

She's naturally gorgeous and her style is so effortlessly chic...very French.

Diane Kruger

She has the most amazing red-carpet style, but I love that her street style is equally as striking.

Olivia Palermo

I hated her "character" on The City, but her impeccable style choices are undeniable.

Who are some of your style inspirations?

Spring Pastels.

Unlike coral that can be equally a Summer shade as it is a Spring one, pastels will always be Spring shades, in my mind. Lilacs and baby pinks are the perfect transitional colors from Winter's plums and reds to Summer's brights. They offer a touch of soft color that is lovely on pre-Summer skin that has not yet seen much sun.

Clockwise from far left:
Revlon nail polish in Lilac Pastelle
Essie nail polish in Lilacism
Bella Sugar Cosmetics eyeshadow in Bella Sugar
MAC blush in Pink Cult
MAC lipstick in Blooming Lovely
MAC eyeshadow in Yogurt
MAC eyeshadow in Tissueweight
MAC eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris
MAC lipstick in Pretty Please
Barry M lip paint in 129 Palest Lavender

L to R:
Palest Lavender
Pretty Please
Blooming Lovely
Beautiful Iris
Bella Sugar
Pink Cult

Usually when I wear pale, pastel-like shades, I stick to the safe lavenders and pinks and avoid the minty greens and sky blues out of fear of the unknown, although I have to admit, this new cream pigment from Illamasqua is awfully tempting...
It's from their upcoming Toxic Nature collection and it's in the shade Bedaub. Gorge!

What's your take on pastel makeup for Spring?

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