1.31.2011

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?


1.27.2011

My Lipgloss Collection


Introducing my lipgloss collection:

I kind of just threw them all out onto the table without any rhyme or reason (unlike my lipstick collection post) and quickly snapped some photos. I'm not including any swatches in this post because honestly, I've probably swatched at least 80% of them at some point in time in one of my other posts and a lot of times when you swatch lipglosses, they can have a tendency to all look really similar on your skin.

Some close-ups:






I don't know what an acceptable or "normal" amount of lipglosses is for one pair of lips, but I can say for certain that I have far too many for me. In an attempt to put an end to the madness that is me continually buying more lipglosses that I a)don't need and b)will never use up, I've decided to put myself on a self-imposed ban: GLOSS-OUT 2011!

Because I'd like to set myself up for success, instead of completely going cold turkey on this one, I've decided to allow myself to purchase only five lipglosses for all of 2011. Wish me luck! I'm definitely going to need it!

Other makeup collection posts:



1.24.2011

She Made Me Do It!

While I thoroughly enjoy blogging, reading blogs, and watching YouTube beauty channels, my wallet sure as hell doesn't! I can often be easily (too easily!) persuaded into buying things and after being bombarded with several different blog posts and/or videos of rave reviews of a particular product, more times than not, I usually end up purchasing it after succumbing to peer pressure and lack of self-control -__-

(Some of) The Evidence:


Bare Minerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener

Dior Amber Diamond Shimmerstar
(as seen on The Gloss Goss)

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base

NARS Orgasm Illuminator
(as seen on Too Much Blush)

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Super Lustrous Lipstick
(as seen on Zoella)

MAC Ladyblush Blushcreme

MAC Snob Lipstick
(as seen on Annabella's blog)

Benefit Hoola
(as seen in Pixi2woo's videos)


Have you ever purchased something based on recommendations made by other beauty bloggers and YouTubers?


1.23.2011

Another way to keep up with me...





I still don't entirely understand the point of Bloglovin' or what it is exactly, but go ahead and follow Will Work For Makeup on there if you'd like!

1.21.2011

Blogs I'm Currently Loving ♥ Vol.IV

I performed a little "Blogs I'm Following" clean-up a few weeks ago when I noticed I was following close to 300 blogs (the limit set by GFC), and unfollowed blogs that hadn't updated in several months (which was a lot of them!) in order to make room for me to follow active blogs. This round of my Blogs I'm Currently Loving, I'm highlighting three blogs I've come across more recently and one that I've been a longtime reader of :)

All the Vanity
I've been following Tina's blog for ages and only recently started getting to know her on Twitter too. She always has nice, clear photos and when she's reviewing a product, she often also provides photos of the product in action (i.e. eye shots for eyeshadows or lip shots for lipsticks/lipglosses). In addition to her photos, it's quite clear that she also puts time and effort into the written content on her blog, and I particularly enjoy her writing style (not too long, not too short, and not an abundance of typos and grammatical errors - Hooray!).


Getting Cheeky
Jessica's blog is just getting off its feet, but I really think she's off to a great start. I know from personal experience that my blog was a p.o.c. when I first started (not knowing camera angles, how to take interesting photos, or what to talk about in a review) but Jessica's blog already has great photos and she already knows how to write captivating posts and useful reviews. I think it's a blog worth checking out if only to support a newbie blogger, but also because Getting Cheeky actually has quality!

My Funny Valentine
Jen's blog is relatively new to my blog list but I'm already loving it for her FOTDs and fantastic lip swatches. I don't know anyone who can pull off so many different shades of red quite like she can (I'm so jealous!). In addition, she's super pretty and always has really clear photos. And in case you couldn't tell, clear photos are my thing! ;)


HRH Collection
HRH Collection should actually be in my Blogs I'm Currently Obsessed With post (but I'm not creepy enough for that post to actually exist) because I'm more than loving it! I really enjoy her blogging style - simple and not extremely in-depth because her posts are often complements to her YouTube videos. She's also gorgeous and knows how to take interesting photos. Again with the photos! It's difficult to explain, but her blog makes me feel inspired about everything from her makeup to her outfits to her interior design aesthetic.


Each and every one of these four blogs are fabulous blogs that are worth checking out and I encourage all of you to do so now! Let me know if you love them as much as I do :)



1.20.2011

My Bronzer Collection

I only started obsessing over bronzer last year and before that, the only bronzer I owned and very occasionally used was Bare Minerals Warmth, which I only purchased because I was using Bare Minerals foundation at the time. 

Conveniently enough, it seems as though my obsession causes me to lust over more and more expensive bronzers each day o_0  The newest addition to my bronzer collection is Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (although it was a gift, it's still pricey), and next, I have my eye on the Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte, which is only a tiny bit cheaper.


Clockwise from top left (top photo); Left to right (bottom photo):
Cover Girl Tru Blend mineral bronzer in Golden Sunrise
Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum bronzer in Golden
The Body Shop bronzer in Golden Bronze
Clinique Glow Crazy powder highlighter in Gold Dust (sample)
Benefit bronzer in Hoola


Clockwise from top left (top photo); Left to right (bottom photo):
NARS bronzer in Laguna
e.l.f. bronzer in Golden
Bare Minerals bronzer in Warmth
e.l.f. All Over Color Stick in Golden Peach


Clockwise from top left (top photo); Left to right (bottom photo):
Illamasqua bronzer in Burnish
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base
MAC Lustre Drops in Sun Rush
NYC Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder

My current favorite is probably the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (shocker!), but Benefit Hoola is definitely a staple in my makeup collection and I would never choose to be without it.

Other makeup collection posts:



1.18.2011

Bare Minerals Well-Rested

Well-Rested is an ivory eye brightener with yellow undertones. It's a mineral product so it looks like an ultra finely-milled powder but blends in seamlessly without sitting on top of the skin like a traditional powder product.




I've been using it in place of my MAC MSF Natural to set my under-eye concealer, and the brightening effects are actually pretty amazing.

Under-eye concealer only

Under-eye concealer + Well-Rested

Side-by-side comparison:
                          Without WR                                       With WR

I initially had problems with Well-Rested when I first started using it and despite noticing the immediate brightening effects it provided my eye area, I found it difficult to cope with how cakey it looked (especially around the outer corners of my eyes) and how quickly and badly it tended to crease. Although I have oily skin, my eye area is not particularly oily and I had a feeling that it might even be too dry, causing the product to cake-up around my eye area.

I ordered the Swedish Skin Anti-Aging Eye Cream after hearing good things about it from Alex (HRH Collection), and the rest is history! I'll be reviewing the eye cream and two other Swedish Skin products I'm currently using in a few weeks time, but what I can say for certain, now, is that the eye cream has prepped my eye area and created the perfect base for my under-eye concealer and Well-Rested.

Well-Rested works better as an under-eye concealer setting powder than my MAC MSF Natural because I've found that the finely-milled minerals make it looks softer and never powdery. In addition, the pale ivory color instantly brightens up the area, although I find that I still very much need a concealer to actually cover up any dark circles. 

It's worth noting, though, that this product would probably provide maximal brightening effects on medium skin tones. Lighter skin tones may find that Well-Rested simply matches their skin tone and thus, no brightening effect, while alternatively, it may be too light and look a bit ashy on darker skin tones. For reference, I'm about an NC25 at the moment.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to people with medium skin tones who are fond of the bright-eyed look. If, however, you find you're having difficulties making it work for you right off the bat, do what I did and try finding a light but moisturizing eye cream to prep your eye area and create a smooth base for your concealer and Well-Rested. 

Have you tried Well-Rested and if yes, how did it work for you?


1.14.2011

My (Updated) Lipstick Collection

I actually did a lipstick collection post over the summer, but I won't bother linking it because all of the lipsticks you saw in that post are also in this post!

There were a few months last year where I have to admit, I went a little lipstick-crazy. Fast forward a few months, I'm now slightly less interested in expanding my lipstick collection and more interested in cheek products like blush, highlight, and bronzer. Girls are so fickle ;)




.:Nudes:.
L to R:
MAC Gel (frost)
e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick Natural Nymph
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick Soft Nude
MAC Peachstock (satin)
NYX Round Lipstick Pumpkin Pie
NYX Round Lipstick Orange Soda
MAC Creme d'Nude (cremesheen)

L to R:
Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Nude Lotus
NYX Round Lipstick Circe
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color 902c Bare It All
NP Set Lipstick Denver
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick Fairest Nude
MAC Blankety (amplified)
17 Mirror Shine Nudist Peach

.:Pinks and Lavenders:.
L to R:
Barry M #146 Dolly Pink
NYX Round LipstickTea Rose
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Temptress
NYX Round Lipstick Fig
MAC Viva Glam Gaga (lustre)
MAC Pretty Please (lustre)

L to R:
MAC Angel (frost)
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick Baby Pink
NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink
MAC Snob (satin)
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Wink for Pink
Revlon Matte Lipstick Stormy Pink

L to R:
Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick Candy
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick Carnation
MAC Lazy Day (lustre)
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color 907c Mauve Outta Here
MAC Viva Glam VI SE (lustre)
MAC Creme Cup (cremesheen)
MAC Blooming Lovely (amplified)
Barry M #129 Palest Lavender

.:Corals and Peaches and Oranges:.
L to R:
Chanel Rouge Allure Genial
Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick Fairytale
YSL Rouge Volupte #27 Rose Paris
NYX Round Lipstick Rose
MAC Vegas Volt (amplified)

L to R:
Barry M #54 Peach
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Siren
YSl #13 Peach Passion
Barry M #147 Peachy Pink
MAC Ever Hip (cremesheen)

.:Reds and Plums:.
L to R:
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cherries in the Snow
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Certainly Red
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Fire & Ice
MAC Viva Glam Cyndi (lustre)
MAC Lady Bug (lustre)
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick Temptation
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Black Cherry
MAC Media (satin)

.:Other:.
L to R:
Clinique Different Lipstick Tenderheart
Chanel Rouge Coco Satin
Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick Mirobolant
MAC Thrills (frost)



1.13.2011

7-Day Lipstick Challenge: Coral.

We've finally come to the last day of the 7-Day Lipstick Challenge and I can't say I'm not thrilled. I really did enjoy rediscovering some of my less-loved lipsticks and experimenting with a few colors that are a bit out of my comfort zone, but it started to feel like a chore to have to take photos of my face everyday by a certain time (to utilize natural light), especially since I'm not used to doing FOTD pictures everyday.

The last color in the challenge is coral. I chose one of my all-time favorite coral lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure in Genial, a limited edition shade from the Summer 2010 collection.



Genial is a bright coral that goes on smoothly and feels light on the lips. It's actually much brighter than it appears in these photos, and it's a color best saved for Spring and Summer.


Challenge Complete!


Again, I want to thank Nicola from Magic's in the Makeup for allowing me to borrow her "Lipstick Week" idea. If you haven't already checked out her blog, I strongly encourage you to do so now. Also, if any of you lovely ladies would like to attempt this challenge as well, I urge you to credit Nicola for this fun idea and not me :)




1.12.2011

7-Day Lipstick Challenge: Red.

My favorite red lipstick right now is Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Certainly Red but since I wore it not too long ago in this FOTD, I decided to go with MAC Lady Bug today. And just to shake things up a bit, I didn't opt for the usual, safe winged eyeliner look I normally pair with red lips. Go me!



Lady Bug is a sheer, but buildable, tomato red with a Lustre finish. I always use lipliner with darker Lustre MAC lipsticks because I find that they have a tendency to bleed a little bit throughout the day due to their glossier formula. Today I used NARS lipliner in Jungle Red.


Countdown until anticipated completion of challenge: 1 day.


1.11.2011

7-Day Lipstick Challenge: Nude.

Most people either love or hate nude lips. I fall somewhere in between those two categories, sometimes thinking it's the best thing since sliced bread and other times thinking it's possibly the worst makeup trend to ever happen to mankind.

On days when I'm feeling it may fall more into the sliced bread category, I'll usually opt for one of my favorite nude lipsticks, Edward Bess Ultra Slick lipstick in Nude Lotus.


(It was cloudy today so the lighting was less than ideal but Nude Lotus actually swatched a bit darker on my hand than it appears in the swatch above.)

Nude Lotus is a pinky, brown nude that is more wearable on medium skintones than paler nudes like MAC Creme d'Nude. 


I also lined my lips with NYX lip liner in Natural to give my lips extra dimension that can often be lost when wearing nude lipsticks.

Countdown until anticipated completion of challenge: 2 days.


1.10.2011

7-Day Lipstick Challenge: Plum/Wine.

As terrified as I'd be to actually wear this color out in public (I'm not very ballsy when it comes to makeup), I actually really love these types of colors on me. Like lavender lipsticks, I only have two dark and vampy plum/wine lipsticks and since I've already done a post with full-face photos of me wearing MAC Media, I chose Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry (MAC Media dupe!) for this challenge.



Black Cherry is a deep maroon with a glossy finish. It's actually much darker in real life, despite it looking much redder and brighter in the photo below.


Countdown until anticipated completion of challenge: 3 days.


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