2.19.2012

This Week's Products.

Just a quickie post showing the products that were on rotation this week!

Clockwise from bottom left:
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Illusoire
Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in #1 Pink
Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil in Black
MAC Face Powder in Sunday Afternoon
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in 002 Beige
Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss

My dark under-eye circles have come back with a vengeance this week despite not having any exams to stay up late studying for, and I've been relying on my salmon undertoned Armani Master Corrector to nip that in the bud. I find that it leaves my under-eye area awkwardly pink looking, though, even after blending, so I remedy this by topping it off with my usual under-eye concealer: Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer. Problem solved!

MAC Face Powder in Sunday Afternoon

I love this! It's definitely not for everyone, but I had been on the market for a shimmery, pearly pink blush for quite some time now, and I definitely found it in Sunday Afternoon. I like to swirl all 3 shades together, and the result is the perfect shimmery, dolly pink flush! I'm about NC23ish right now, and I have no issues with getting this to show up on me.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Illusoire

I've been swiping a quick layer of this all over my lids with my ring finger and adding smudged black liner (Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil is my go-to) and two coats of mascara before running out the door in the mornings. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, I'd highly recommend checking out the Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows. I swatched Chanel Illusoire next to Buxom Pug in this post, in case you're curious :)

Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss

My newest (and ridiculously overpriced) purchase. While I'm sure I will eventually use it up, I really don't think it's worth the hype, especially if you have oily skin like I do. It has a gorgeous, natural-looking finish immediately after application, but it starts breaking down on my skin within 5-6 hours. I've also noticed that it oxidizes on me, which is one of my top pet peeves when it comes to foundations and tinted moisturizers. If you have normal to normal-dry skin (ladies with super dry skin may find it doesn't provide enough moisturization) and are looking to blow some cash on a tinted moisturizer, however, I'd suggest giving this a go. If you'd like a more in-depth review in the coming weeks after I've had more time to test it out, let me know :)


I hope you all are having a great weekend!


2.12.2012

The Nudes.

Nude seems to be the recurring theme in my blush collection as of late :)

Clockwise from bottom left:
MAC Pleasureful
NARS Douceur
MAC Trace Gold
MAC Blushbaby
Tarte Exposed
Sleek Suede

The newest addition is Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, a blush that seems to have garnered a cult following overnight. Essentially, I fell victim to the hype and purchased it on a whim when I really didn't need it, especially after seeing in online swatches how similar it was to MAC Blushbaby and NARS Douceur. Don't get me wrong - it's a lovely, everyday blush that goes with everything, and it's definitely a must-have if you don't already have dupes like yours truly.
Clockwise from bottom:
MAC Blushbaby
NARS Douceur
Tarte Exposed

L to R:
NARS Douceur
Tarte Exposed
MAC Blushbaby
Sleek Suede
MAC Pleasureful
MAC Trace Gold

Of Douceur, Exposed, and Blushbaby, Douceur is definitely the most different of the three, as it's more brown. Exposed and Blushbaby are nearly identical, with the main difference being that Exposed has a slightly more pinky-mauve undertone while Blushbaby leans more red. In my opinion, you really only need one or the other, although Silhouette Screams told me that the slightly more red undertones of Blushbaby makes her look like she suffers from rosacea, while Exposed does not.

Suede is more brown with just a touch of coral, while Pleasureful is a rosey tan shade from the discontinued Blushcreme line. Trace Gold is a peachy gold that looks far less shimmery on the cheeks than it does in swatches.

I also just had to mention one of my all time favorite blushes ever: Korres #15 Natural. In fact, I love it so much that I forgot to include it in this post -_- I only realized this as I was writing up the post. Sorry, guys! That blush definitely would've fit in with this post as well, and you can see a swatch of it here.

What's your favorite nude blush?


2.05.2012

three...two...one.

:: three :: I've recently become obsessed with Instagram. You can find me @willworkformakeup :)




:: two :: Jessica of Don't Call Me Jessie is now on Youtube, and I would definitely recommend subscribing to her :) Here's her latest video: January Favorites!



:: one :: I can't wait to get my hands on the MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick next week. Who's with me?


Hope you all have a great week!


Bright Lips > Dreary Winter

Although the weather here hasn't been that bad this past week, overall, it's much less sunny and cheerful than what I was used to in California. One of the simplest ways makeup can cheer me up (besides the most obvious way, which is buying more ;), is to wear a bright, statement lip.

Clockwise from bottom:
Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop
MAC Lady Danger
MAC Girl About Town
MAC Impassioned
MAC Rebel

L to R:
Lollipop
Girl About Town
Lady Danger
Impassioned
Rebel

My camera battery died right before I was able to snap a photo of a comparison between Revlon Lollipop and MAC Girl About Town in my Revlon Lip Butters post, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to  swatch them side by side. Lollipop is more blue-toned due to its purpley-blue shimmer, and it's also sheerer than Girl About Town (an amplified formula), although the colors are very similar.

Lady Danger is my newest MAC lipstick, and it's an in-your-face, almost neon, orange-red lipstick. It's a matte formula, which I prefer for red lipsticks. It is a bit drying, though, so I'd recommend exfoliating beforehand and following up with a moisturizing lip balm before applying it. Here's a camera phone photo I took a few weeks ago in less than ideal lighting. Even in the darker lighting, you can see how bright it is!

Impassioned is one of my favorite lipsticks ever, as it's the most gorgeous bright, watermelon pink. It's surprisingly flattering and always succeeds at lifting my mood when I wear it.

Rebel is a beautiful, purple-berry shade that is extremely fitting during the fall and winter months. I love wearing it on nights out, seen here in an extremely pixelated-due-to-cropping-then-enlarging photo :D (it looks more red than it is):


Do you turn to bright lipsticks for a quick mood boost during the winter months? What are some of your favorites?


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