5.31.2011

A Few Summer Nail Polish Favorites.


It's no secret I'm in love and obsessed with both Essie Lilacism and Essie Mint Candy Apple at the moment, but I also realize that both of those colors fall more into the 'Spring nail polish shades' category more than they do into 'Summer nail polish shades'. Luckily, I have a few other favorites set and ready to go the second Summer hits :)

L to R:
Essie Turquoise and Caicos
Zoya Tobey
Salley Hansen Barracuda
Zoya Diana
Essie Splash of Grenadine

Cue haggard cuticles!
Thumb:: Essie Splash of Grenadine, a medium pinky-purple.
Pointer Finger:: Zoya Diana, a true red.
Middle Finger:: Sally Hansen Barracuda, a Robin's Egg blue with a hint of mint.
Ring Finger:: Zoya Tobey, an almost neon, hot pink.
Pinky Finger:: Essie Turquoise and Caicos, a minty turquoise.

All shades are shown with 2 coats, and none of them have glitter or shimmer whatsoever. They're all gorgeous colors with fantastic formulas (hence why they're worthy of being included in this post!), but in all honesty, the huge brush of Sally Hansen Barracuda is kind of super annoying to use. Just sayin'. And I just wanted to add that with the lighting not being absolutely perfect, Essie Turquoise and Caicos actually looks a lot darker and greener in the swatch than it really looks in real life. Oh well - I tried.

What will you be wearing on your nails this Summer?


5.29.2011

Blogger Interrogation: Makeup and Macaroons



The blogger: Lilit 


What is the first blog you remember following? 
I was reading quite a few blogs before I “figured out” this whole following business! I used to save the links to my Favourites folder and go into them on a daily basis to see if there were updates. So when I finally figured things out, I think the 1st one I followed was Bubblegarm’s blog. 

What is the last blog you followed? 
I follow quite a few blogs, so this might change by the time I’m published, but right now it’s 25FLONDON

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
About 40 

How many do you really own? 
33 - fairly close but still under… surely that means I can buy more! 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
Mascara, concealer and blush. My favourite mascara at the moment is Max Factor False Lash Effect, favourite blush is Illamasqua Lover, and favourite concealer is Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer. 

You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? 
This is hard… I love all makeup! Ok, maybe primer coz I never feel the need to use one, bronzer (though I love it, I‘m clutching at straws here trying to find something to get rid of) and any cream eyeshadows which I never really use. 

What is your best makeup tip? 
Whatever makeup look you go for, make sure you wear it with confidence. And if you want to make your lips appear thicker put a little bit of highligher in your cupid’s bow area… works a treat! 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
Mascara smudges on eyelids. 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
Wearing foundation that was far too light for my skintone, so I have plenty of photos where I have ghostly white face with tanned neck and chest area… horrible! 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
That I’m an only child. 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
Can I cheat and link to two? 
This one is more of a long story about my hunt through the streets of Europe for the Naked Palette.
And this one features my two favourite products from Illamasqua, a brand that I’m completely obsessed with! 


Thank you to Lilit for letting us interrogate her! 


I've finally looking for more volunteers - yay! If you wouldn’t mind being interrogated, shoot me an email at willworkformakeup@hotmail.combut only after first reading below.


**EDIT: Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response on my Blogger Interrogation series! It seems there are quite a few people interested in being interrogated and already, I have bloggers lined up again for the next several weeks 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! Those who have already emailed me should expect an email response within the next day or two. Thanks so much for understanding :)


If you are one of the few people who have been repeatedly leaving you blog URL (repeatedly meaning with almost every comment you leave on here), saying things like "PLEASE FOLLOW ME!" (in all caps, too - I kid you not), and/or linking your giveaways in the comments section of my blog, PLEASE read the little blurb that's written directly above the box where you type your comments - I've tried to be respectful in asking you not to do those things, and you may or may not have noticed that none of your comments have been published. If you are one of these people, please refrain from emailing me about participating in the Blogger Interrogation series at this time. I don't appreciate you repeatedly attempting to use my blog as a platform in which to promote your blog/giveaways, and I do not want you to participate in the series right now.

To new followers and people who have only left their URLs in the comments once or twice (or in the past before I started asking you not to), this is absolutely not directed towards you at all so feel free to email me about being interrogated if you'd like to participate! I promise I still appreciate and read all of your comments but I just don't publish any comments that have blog URLs in them anymore just so it's fair - I hope you guys understand. It's really only the people who keep doing it over and over and OVER again that really offend me.


I really hope that hasn't offended anyone because that's not my intention but I just feel as though a few people have been disrespectful and trying to take advantage of my blog lately, and the last thing I'm going to do is give them further exposure by featuring them on my blog. I've never really ranted on my blog before and I definitely don't plan on making it a habit, so now that that's all said and done, I hope I haven't scared you all off from participating - have I? ;)



Inspired by a fellow blogger :)

Delyteful Speaks posted about her favorite Summer cheek combo (Dior Nude Healthy Glow Powder in Sunset layered over MAC Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle - gorgeous!) the other day and when she asked me if I had tried layering Dior Aurora over any cream blushes, I told her no because I don't own very many cream blushes...but then I realized that I do own Virgin Isle! So today's cheek combo is 100% inspired by Delyteful Speaks, and I have no one else to thank but her for how lovely I think it is!

I'm a little washed out in this photo but you can see it better below :)


Face:
Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer in Linen
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Dior Matte Bronzer in Honey Matte
MAC CCB in Virgin Isle
Dior bronzer in Aurora

Eyes:
UDPP
MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque
UD e/s in Naked
UD e/s in Buck
Milani Liquif'eye Pencil in Brown
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume mascara

Lips:
MAC l/g in Perennial High Style

For my cheeks, I basically dotted on Virgin Isle onto my cheeks, blended it in with a Sigma F84 brush, and applied Dior Aurora over it with the Sigma equivalent of the MAC 168 brush (I can't be bothered with the random numbers!). I applied both Virgin Isle and Dior Aurora as I would a blush, as I used Dior Honey Matte as my bronzer today.

Dior Aurora (left) and Dior Aurora layered over MAC Virgin Isle

I've said before that I view Dior Aurora as more of a blush-bronzer hybrid, and I think that layering it over a cream blush really just acts to bring out it's blush-like properties even more. Not only do I think the color created by layering the two is divine, but I also love that since Aurora is a powder, it also sets Virgin Isle and makes the combo last even longer on the skin. Perfection!


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

5.28.2011

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette


For the past year or so, I've been a MAC Studio Finish Concealer kinda gal. It gives impeccable coverage, something ladies with serious acne and/or acne scarring would most definitely appreciate, but I always found the color a bit off (NC30 was too yellow but NW30 wasn't yellow enough) and didn't love how it would sometimes get cakey or tend to accentuate dry patches on my skin. Still, I stuck with it and grew to love it despite it's flaws...until now. Why? Because I've found a new concealer that gives nearly as good coverage without any of the flaws of MAC Studio Finish. Introducing Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette.


(Note: The darker concealer shade has some of the lighter shade mixed into it because when I use it, I first swirl my brush in the lighter shade before swirling it in the darker shade to match my skin tone. The color you see around the edges is the actual color of that concealer.)

Clockwise from top left:
lighter concealer
darker concealer
setting powder
neutralizer (i.e. green-toned concealer)

The palette only comes in one "shade", so if your skin tone is either lighter than the lighter concealer or darker than the darker concealer, this palette won't work for you. Skin tones that fall in between the two, however, can mix the two shades as needed to create a custom shade that will match you. If I had to guesstimate, I'd say the lighter shade is roughly an NW/NC15 and the darker shade is roughly an NW/NC30-35. I'm NC25 right now and I have no issues mixing the two shades to create my perfect shade.

The neutralizer is a green-toned concealer (it's much more obviously green-toned in real life), and the green acts to neutralize redness. I apply it on blemishes and around my nose where I experience the most redness before going over the same areas again with the skin colored concealer. The green counteracts the red, and the skin colored concealer conceals the green and blends it into the skin.

Lastly, I've been using the setting powder to set my under-eye concealer, which also happens to be the lighter of the two concealers. I still love my Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer for under-eyes, by the way, but in the mornings when I can barely keep my eyes open, it's just easier to use everything from one palette. I find the color of the setting powder to be subtle but really brightening as well - perfect for the under-eye area! It's like a more subtle version of Bare Minerals Well-Rested but doesn't get cakey at all throughout the day, unlike Well-Rested that can often turn cakey later on unless your eye area was perfectly prepped prior to application. It's extremely smooth and soft but not powdery at all. In all honesty, I thought the setting powder in this palette was going to be a dud and not really get much usage from me, but I was more than pleasantly surprised at how useful and nice it actually is!

All three of the concealers in this palette are fantastic. They're creamy (not oily, greasy, or watery at all), blend like a dream, and really pigmented. Because they're creamier and much easier to blend than MAC Studio Finish, I'd say they're also a tiny bit less pigmented compared to Studio Finish's obvious full-coverage-ness, but I'd still say they're still very nearly full-coverage in their own right. Unlike MAC Studio Finish, I can use this concealer under my eyes without experiencing any cakey-ness or patchiness. It goes on just as smoothly and evenly under my eyes as it does on blemishes, and it covers dark circles really nicely. And even when I layer the concealer over the neutralizer on blemishes and redness, it still doesn't get cakey at all. In addition, I don't experience any creasing with these concealers either. 

Sounds kind of amazing, right? That's because I think it is. This palette retails for around $10 and it was worth every shiny penny. It's usually sold-out at my local Target so when I saw that they had 3 in-stock the other week, I obviously jumped at the chance to grab one and I'm so glad I did!

Have you tried this palette? If so, do you love it as much as I do?


This Week's Most Used.


When I'm putting my face on at 6:45 in the morning, the last thing I am is creative. That's why the products I grab out of my makeup drawer on Monday morning are generally the same products I'm still using on Friday. Here are this week's most used products:


Face
Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer in Linen
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Dior Matte Bronzer in Honey Matte
NARS blush in Orgasm

Eyes
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

Lips
MAC Viva Glam Gaga lipstick
MAC C-Thru lipglass
Barry M lipgloss in Toffee



I'm not a morning person at all so I generally can't be bothered to put anything more on my eyes besides mascara, and even that sometimes feels like a chore that early in the morning! I've been using NARS Orgasm this week simply because I haven't used it in ages (I also needed to give Dior Aurora a rest for a bit!) and wanted to give it some love - it's nice but definitely not my favorite blush ever by any means. For lips, I've been alternating between wearing just Barry M Toffee for a glossy nude-ish lip or layering MAC C-Thru over MAC Viva Glam Gaga for a muted, pretty pink lip. LOVE that combo!

I'm also planning on reviewing both the Sonia Kashuk concealer palette and the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, so I'll talk more about those in another post. I've also recently rediscovered my love for my Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer so if any of you would like a review on that too, please let me know in the comments below and I'll be happy to oblige!

What are some of your most used products this week?


5.26.2011

Blogs I'm Currently Loving ♥ Vol.VI


So many great blogs, so little time...

Glitter Geek
Arianne's blog has quickly become one of my favorites. It has a really clean and professional layout, awesome pictures, and product swatches and full-face photos using the products are always included when applicable (LOVE that!). Her posts are always super informational yet manage to also be interesting and fun to read.

I loveee The Beauty Bite! Her pictures are always droolworthy and her posts are always captivating and well-written. I also like the variety in the products she reviews (i.e. not every crappy, limited edition MAC product everyone else is reviewing). Oh, and she's GORGEOUS!!

I've only been following Yu's blog for a short period of time, but I already love it! Her posts are really fun to read, and she writes some really great reviews as well. It also doesn't hurt that she has huge pictures and we all know how much I love huge blog pictures! ;) She's super cute and I only wish that I would've found Let's MakeYuUp sooner.


So those are 3 I'm loving right now! Definitely check them out if you haven't already - you guys will love them :D


♥ 


5.25.2011

My Leopard Z.


This little guy beats a MAC quad any day if only it weren't for the price.


This is the small Z Palette in the leopard print (obviously). It's made of sturdy cardboard and measures 3.8" x 3.8", while a MAC quad is plastic and measures 3" x 3". I don't have my MAC quad (mine was the old version, by the way) anymore because the hinge cracked then broke off a short while later so it was a goner, but I remember thinking I would never buy another one because it broke just sitting in my makeup drawer, never being carried around or anything - talk about delicate!

Although it's cardboard, my Z Palette feels really sturdy and well-made, and the magnet that keeps the lid closed and the one that holds the pans in place are both really strong as well. The clear plastic "window" is also quite firm and not flimsy or cheap feeling at all. I'm sure in time it'll show some wear and tear (especially around the corners) since it's made of cardboard, but to be fair, my plastic MAC quad didn't really hold up well either. I have no doubt my Z Palette will be able to withstand the test of time much longer than my MAC quad did.

It can hold 9 MAC eyeshadows.

It can also hold 5 MAC eyeshadows and 1 MAC blush. This is the main reason I wanted it, because in the off-chance that I want to travel light (like really light!), I like that I can have everything I need in terms of eyeshadow and blush in one, small palette rather than having to carry around a full-size MAC palette or large Z Palette. I've never taken the divider out of my MAC quad so I'm not sure how many eyeshadows it can hold in addition to a blush, but I'd bet money it's not 5.

Like I mentioned above, my only criticism of this baby is the price - it'll set you back $14 while a MAC quad costs a mere $6. In this case, though, I'm more than willing to fork over the extra $8 for cuteness, quality, and size :)

What's your favorite palette to use to carry eyeshadows/blushes in when travelling? 


5.23.2011

Blogger Interrogation: 25FLONDON




The blogger: H 

The blog: 25FLONDON 

What is the first blog you remember following? 
It was probably Temptalia. I remember not reading anything else for months because I thought it had everything I needed! Then I discovered YouTube, & the big guns of the beauty blogging world: Lollipop26, Bubblegarm, Lipglossiping, & Cosmetic Candy

What is the last blog you followed? 
I can’t remember, I seem to be finding so many new blogs to read recently! A few newer ones I’m reading & enjoying are P.S It’s Vida (love her photography) & Essie-Button (her sense of humour cracks me up!) 

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
I’m going to say 15. It seems like a reasonable, non-make up obsessed number. 

How many do you really own? 
I can find 27. Haha. & I don’t particularly enjoy lipsticks when compared to blush! 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
1: Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation - hands down, Medium is the best colour match I’ve ever found for my NC35, olive/yellow undertone skin colour. I love the formula, but the amount of product you get is stingy. I’d like to buy a barrel full. 

2: Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel - I can use this lightly for an all-over tan, more heavily as a bronzer, & also add it to any foundation I’m using to darken it when Summer hits. A multitasker, & it smells amazing! 

3: MAC LilicentBlushcreme - it’s my favourite formula of cream blush (I dislike Cremeblends) & works well as a quick cheek & lip colour. I love the shade; it’s the perfect peachy muted pink. 

You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? 
1: MAC Face & Body Foundation - I had a love-hate relationship with it for a while, which turned into a like-hate, & finally a hate-hate. It feels sticky on me, doesn’t ever really set & ends up looking ashy after a while. & I can always feel it on my skin, which is odd for a F&B! 

2: Stila Convertible Colours - the formula doesn’t work for me. 

3: MAC Bite Of An Apple Blush - It always applies patchy & makes me look angry. 

What is your best makeup tip? 
Confidence & happiness within yourself will look better than any shade of blush - make up can only accentuate what you already are. Also, take time when matching your foundation - if that’s off, nothing else will look right. 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
Wearing too much make up on at once, orange foundation, ashy foundation, spider lashes, deathly nude corpse lips, not blending blush properly, applying bronzer in a harsh strip, making fish pout poses.. I could go on! 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
In my youth, I’ve been known to liberally apply Benefit Hoola all over my face ‘:D 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
I love animals. I’ve got three cats & used to go horse riding when I was younger! I dreamt of becoming a vet, but my Mum put me off by saying, “all vets do is stick their hands up cows.” Haha. Looking back, I wish I’d chosen to study Zoology instead of Architecture. 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
It’s a toss up between my LOVES OF APRIL/MAY ❤ because I’m enjoying so much recently, & SPRING: CORAL CRUSH because the colours put me in a summery mood! 


Thank you to H for letting us interrogate her!


I'll probably be taking more volunteers within the next week or two so keep your eyes peeled if you're interested in being interrogated :D



5.22.2011

Throwing in the Towel.


After a torturous 2+ months, I've decided to accept defeat and throw in the towel in regards to Project 10 Pan. Having only finished 3 makeup products in 2 months, I did the math and if I continued to use up products at the same snail's pace, it'd take me another 4+ months to actually complete P10P - talk about a daunting thought!

I'm starting graduate school in August and as any student would know, STUDENT = POOR. Especially since it's an accelerated, year-around program and I won't have the time to work at all (when I say poor, I mean poor!), I don't anticipate having the luxury of splurging on Chanel or Dior makeup or doing much hauling in my few years there, and if my poor student status is going to put me on a sort of automatic makeup spending ban anyway, there's certainly no need to deprive myself now, right? Hence, my decision. Buy now, ban later! ;D

I picked up a few drugstore bits the other day that I had been wanting to pick up for ages but couldn't.
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette (First thoughts are that it's AMAZING!)
Sally Hansen Barracuda (So pretty! Slightly darker on the nails after 2 coats than it appears in the bottle.)
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand (First thoughts are that I definitely prefer this to my MAC MSFN...much better oil-control!)
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara (I loved how L'Oreal Voluminous made my lashes look, but I couldn't deal with the smudging! So happy to be back to this one.)

I also placed a tiny, tiny Sephora order that I'm super excited for, but I'll show you guys that stuff when it comes next week. Yay!


An Introduction to Jouer...


I first started hearing about Jouer on YouTube in various people's videos, and what intrigued me most about the brand was the simplicity - the packaging is so simple and to the point, and each product only comes in a few shades that are all equally wearable. I don't think you'd ever be able to find a neon pink lipstick or a bright orange blush from this brand.

When beauty.com was having their Friends & Family Sale a week or two ago and I was still in a celebratory mood, I decided to dabble in the brand a bit and purchase my first Jouer product, the Creme Eyeshadow in Cashmere.


I forgot to take a better picture of it, but there are tracks on the sides of the packaging that allow you to connect eyeshadows and create what is essentially a unique palette - pretty cool!

Cashmere is described as a shimmering golden taupe, and it has somewhat sheerer pigmentation and a dry, cream-to-powder finish. The product is not very creamy at all - it's even less creamy than MAC Paint Pots and also has a much thinner consistency. It seems to dry down to a powder finish almost immediately upon application.

Note: This is a heavy swatch.

Although it has a thin and dry consistency, it's still relatively easy to blend, both with fingers and a brush. Even when used over UDPP, however, I still notice fading and creasing after a few hours. It seems to fade nicely (i.e. uniformly), though, and since it's a bit on the sheerer side, the creasing isn't terribly noticeable at all.

I like Cashmere but honestly, though the color is pretty, it's by no means unique, and I don't think the actual formula of the cream eyeshadow is fantastic. I've been enjoying using Cashmere as a quick and pretty wash of color all over the lid and past the crease with just a touch of brown eyeliner and mascara on days when I can't be bothered to apply any more than that, but I have no doubt there are better cream eyeshadows out there that are more pigmented and long-lasting. Jouer Creme Eyeshadows retail for $20 (I got mine for $16) and while I'll definitely continue to enjoy and use mine, I don't think it's a must-have or worth the money, quite honestly. I still want to try their blushes, though! 

Have you dabbled in Jouer at all and if so, any must-haves I need to know about?? ;)


5.18.2011

The Shockingly Bright and Pigmented.

Since picking up Dior Aurora a few weeks ago, I've really been enjoying the look of a subtle bronzer on the cheeks with a bright pop of color just on the apples for a slightly sunkissed, slightly flushed look. For the pop of color, I've been reaching for a few of my 'scarier' blushes (i.e. the shockingly bright and pigmented ones) and applying them more sheerly with a duo fibre brush to avoid clown cheeks.

Clockwise from bottom left:
Barry M Apricot (matte, bright orange)
NARS Taos (shimmery, burnt red)
MAC CCB in Virgin Isle (bright orangey coral)
Illamasqua Hussy (matte, bright watermelon pink)
  MAC Salsarose (slightly shimmery, bright red with a touch of hot pink) (center)

Left to right (swatched heavily, then blended out):
Barry M Apricot
NARS Taos
MAC CCB in Virgin Isle

Left to right (swatched heavily, then blended out):
Illamasqua Hussy
MAC Salsarose

Lately, I've been favoring using my Sigma F15 Duo Fibre brush to apply these blushes because its bristles pick up far less product than traditional blush brushes, which helps to prevent accidentally applying too much product - and believe me, that's very easy to do with highly pigmented blushes! Brushes like the MAC 188 and 187 would work really well also.

 I first gently tap my brush in the blush two or three times (duo fibres don't pick up as much product as regular brushes), fluff the brush multiple times on the back of my hand to remove any excess blush to the point where I think there's probably not any product left on the brush, and then I apply whatever's left on the brush just to the apples of my cheeks and swirl gently to blend, paying close attention not to spread the color all over my cheeks - doing so with bright pink, orange, and red blushes may make you look like you either got a terrible sunburn or suffer from Rosacea...neither of which are very desirable! 

With bright and pigmented cream blushes (Virgin Isle), I tap my ring finger in the product once, apply it to my apples, and blend it out with a clean finger. You could also use a brush if you prefer, but I find that Virgin Isle is so pigmented that I get more control when I just use my fingers.

Anyway, my personal favorite of the lot is probably Illamasqua Hussy - so gorgeous!

What's your take on super bright and pigmented blushes? Do you go for it or do you steer clear?


Disclaimer: The Sigma brush mentioned 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).

5.15.2011

Blogger Interrogation: Getting Cheeky



The blogger: Jessica 


What is the first blog you remember following? 
I watched YouTube videos long before I discovered the wonderful world of beauty blogging. Laura of Lollipop26 was always a YouTube favorite, and when I discovered she had a blog I remember being absolutely elated! I was crushed when she decided to stop blogging, but a girl can still dream can’t she? I like to think Laura will be back one day. 

What is the last blog you followed? 
I’m constantly looking for new reads, so I don’t remember the precise blog that I last followed. However, one of my new favorites, The Bubbling, is a great source of new product information! 

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
I can’t imagine I own more than 20. I’ve only recently become a lipstick connaisseuse! 

How many do you really own? 
I can’t believe I really only own 16! My makeup collection is burgeoning in other areas (I’ll thank my lucky stars you didn’t ask me to count my glosses), but apparently lipstick is not something I’ve been over-purchasing. 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be? 
1. MAC’s Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC20 is an easy first choice. I could probably live without foundation, but I have HORRIBLE genetic dark circles around my eyes. Without concealer I feel like the crypt keeper! 

2. Mascara, preferably FRESH Supernova. Though eyeliner and eye shadow aren’t desert island essentials, per se, I definitely couldn’t go without the added bright eyed and refreshed look that mascara seems to give me. 

3. Carmex is a life long must have for me. If I get to class or work and discover I haven’t brought a tub or a tube with me for the day I have a bit of a panic attack. My lips tend to get chapped quite easily, and no lip liner, lipstick, or gloss would ever work for me without Carmex. 

You have to get rid of three of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? 
Do I have to? I suppose if I needed to narrow my stash I would start by getting rid of my Kat Von D Ludwig eye shadow palette. I purchased it on a whim and I have never particularly cared for it. I could also say goodbye to my MAC Venomous Villains Magically Cool Liquid Powder that I bought because of all the hype. It’s an interesting texture, but all said and done it doesn’t do anything special. And the final item just might have to be Bare Minerals Well Rested. I initially thought I liked it much better than I do: it’s suddenly just a bit too cakey for my liking. 

What is your best makeup tip? 
I think I may have gotten this from a magazine at some point. In the absence of a nail file, the strip on a matchbook can stand in to file down a jagged/broken nail. Before you go telling me no one carries matchbooks anymore think about your local restaurant or bar, most establishments still have matchbooks on hand. 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
I don’t know how to say this delicately, but I absolutely hate it when women wear a great deal of eye makeup and get the equivalent of daytime sleepy seeds in the corners of their eyes. I know this is an affliction that we all battle, but that’s why we have mirrors! 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
I’m not afraid to say it: in high school I went through an emo phase. If you can picture a horrible haircut, and offensive makeup colors then you can picture my worst makeup crime! 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
I’m not certain how obvious it is, but I’m a total nerd! Apart from my girly interest in makeup, I’m an honors student, I only watch the history channel and the food network, and I will take you on any day in Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble! 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
March Cheeky Checklist. I’ve always really liked writing my Cheeky Checklist posts (my equivalent of a mid-monthly favorites), and I just love something about the look of this one. 


Thank you to Jessica 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 few weeks 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 pretty soon)! Thanks so much for understanding :)


Essie Mint Candy Apple.


As obsessed as I've been with mint everything lately, you'd be surprised to know that I didn't actually own a mint nail polish. I had used my sister's Revlon Minted in the past, but the horrifically thin and streaky formula left much to be desired. After far more contemplation than is normal for choosing a nail polish shade, I decided against China Glaze Refresh-mint and went with Essie Mint Candy Apple.


After studying swatches online, I decided on Mint Candy Apple because I thought the blue-ish undertones really made it unique and set it apart from all the other generic mint nail polishes. Although Essie polishes can sometimes be a bit of a hit or miss as far as formulation goes, Mint Candy Apple is one of the good ones, needing only 2 coats to look perfectly smooth and opaque.


Essie has been my go-to nail polish brand as of late, as my nail polish obsessions have consistently moved from one Essie polish to the next - first with Chinchilly, then Lilacism, and now Mint Candy Apple. For those who have been told to steer clear of the brand due to the possibly of streaky and thin formulas, I'd suggest you look up reviews and swatches of specific shades you're interested in before purchasing them. I've done this nearly every time and I haven't purchased a dud yet :)

Who else is obsessed with mint? What's your favorite mint nail polish?


5.14.2011

P10P: 2-Month Progress Report.



Although I've accumulated four empties within the past month, only one of the four counts towards P10P because I'm excluding skincare, unfortunately. So for those who are keeping track, yes, after a grueling two months, I've only finished up a whopping three products! :(

I've talked about the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo before in my skincare post, and my thoughts on it haven't changed. I still really like it and would definitely repurchase it if I didn't already have another four tubes on reserve ;)

 The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter is my favorite body butter ever, and I think this is my third or fourth tub I've used up. I already have one on reserve in addition to a Strawberry one and a Raspberry one (also lovely but neither are as amazing as the coconut one).

The Lollia Shea Butter Handcreme in Breathe was gifted to me from Jessica and I loved every last bit of it. It's pretty tiny and didn't take me long to use up and if it wasn't for the hefty price tag ($7 for 0.33 oz. or $24 for 4 oz.), I'd definitely repurchase this too. It smells divine, absorbs really quickly without any greasy residue, and moisturizes really well. It's basically the perfect hand cream.

My last empty and the only one that counts towards P10P is my NP Set lipstick in Denver. I love the color of this lipstick (the perfect pinky nude) and I like the glossy finish it has, but other than that, I've honestly come to realize what a terrible lipstick this is. It has no longevity on the lips whatsoever and it kind of dries out my lips, a problem I've never really had with any other lipstick. I find that it kind of just sits on my lips and when it wears off after a few minutes (or a half hour), my lips are left feeling as dry as the Sahara Desert. There's just so many better lipsticks out there that I wouldn't recommend wasting your money on this one. I'm glad it's gone but sad that I suffered from a lapse of judgement a long time ago and wasted my money on a back-up that I'll never use.

In addition to my two celebratory purchases I allowed myself to buy (Dior Aurora and MAC Impassioned), I stretched that excuse an extra few days and also picked up Essie Mint Candy Apple and Jouer Creme Eyeshadow in Cashmere. I'm back on the P10P train now, although I'll admit that after only finishing up a measly three products in two months, I'm feeling a bit discouraged and annoyed.

Here's to hoping I finish up more products in the third month!


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