3.24.2012

This Past Week in Photos.

I love seeing quick snapshots of what people are up to, and Instagram is the perfect way of doing just that! I post random things at @willworkformakeup if you'd like to follow :)

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[1] Wearing Burberry Pale Barley and Almond eyeshadows (seen in this post), one of my all-time favorite blushes (Korres #15 Natural) and YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #6. [2] One of the most delicious burger places in Portland - Killer Burger[3] Snow during "Spring Break" :( [4] Wearing a neon yellow sweater to brighten up the drab mood that was brought on by the aforementioned snow during spring break. [5] Essie's French Affair. [6] The sun was finally out again! [7] A triceratops ring. [8] Ready to study. [9] Two Physician's Formula products, one of which was inspired by essiebutton :)


Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend!


3.22.2012

A Bite of Berry.

Ever since I saw this post by Victoria, I knew I needed Revlon Raspberry Bite lipstick. I've been much more adventurous these past few months in terms of makeup, and I'm definitely not afraid to wear a bright lip anymore. In fact, I sometimes rely on a bright, statement lip when I don't have as much time to do my makeup before a night out because applying lip color takes a whole lot less time than attempting a smoky eye with winged liner and perfect blending and blah blah blah, you know?

I guess the only real point of this post is to declare my love for Raspberry Bite, as well as compare it to two other somewhat similar shades that also hold a special place in my heart.
L to R:
Revlon Cherries in the Snow
Revlon Raspberry Bite
MAC Rebel

Raspberry Bite is a beautiful, rich red raspberry that actually looks several shades darker in the bullet than it does on the lips. It's really not a scary, vampy shade at all! Like Cherries in the Snow (and Rebel, for that matter), the lasting power is quite exceptional as it tends to leave a strong stain on the lips, and Revlon's Super Lustrous lipstick formula is always moisturizing and comfortable to wear.



L to R:
Revlon Cherries in the Snow
Revlon Raspberry Bite
MAC Rebel
Cherries in the Snow layered over Rebel

I think the lighting is bit off because in real life, Cherries in the Snow layered over Rebel is only the slightest bit darker and more purple-tinged than Raspberry Bite. I'd definitely say the two shades are nearly dupe-able, even though it doesn't look like it from the above swatch.

Wearing Raspberry Bite (It looked a bit more pink than this in real life, though!)

What's your favorite bright berry shade?


Happy 2nd Birthday to WWFM!

This year's blog birthday post won't be nearly as long or involved as last year's, but if you're interested in reading about how my blog came about or what advice I have for blogging, you can read that post here :)

Blogging has been an absolute blessing for me in every way. It's allowed me to share my passion with others who love what I love and de-stress from other things in life that are sometimes less fun, all while making new friends. When I started my blog, I could never have anticipated enjoying it and the beauty community as much as I do. I've gone through a lot of life changes in the past year, and if anything, I almost feel like my blog has remained one of the few constants during that time. I want to thank each and every one of you guys for sticking around during those times when I didn't update often and for continuing to be interested enough to read the gibberish I write!

Just wanted to give a few shout-outs to some ladies that have made and continue to make the beauty community a joy for me (I apologize in advance if I've left anyone out....please do not take it personally!):


And just because I think it's funny because the post is crap, here's a link to my very first post! :D


I'd love to check out some new blogs, so if you'd like to, please link to your blog or a few of your current favorites below! 

Here's to another year!


3.18.2012

Burberry Love ❤


Introducing Burberry makeup into my life turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing in the obvious sense because the two products I started off with (<< see what I did there? "started off with?"...which means I'm definitely going back for more sometime!) are amazing, and a curse because the price point makes it more of a splurge brand for me. Guess I'll just have to stop buying lunch in order to save up for some blush! Hahaha, just kidding, just kidding....or am I? 

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in No.22 Pale Barley (left) and No.06 Almond

Gorgeous.

No.22 Pale Barley, a pale taupe-brown with light, golden shimmer

Pale Barley is a gorgeous all-over lid shade. It's a bit too pale for me to use just on it's own because I like to have at least a little crease definition, which is why I like to pair it with Almond, but I'd imagine it'd also be a lovely eyeshadow for the "one-eyeshadow-look" on ladies with more pronounced creases.

No.22 Almond, a simple, matte, medium brown

I chose Almond even though it might seem painfully boring and dupe-able because I knew it would be a staple in my collection....and I was right. It's perfect in the crease, especially when you already have a shimmery shade all over the lid (cough, cough, Pale Barley), and you want some definition but a similar, but lighter, shade like MAC Wedge just isn't cuttin' it.


L to R:
MAC Patina
Burberry Pale Barley
Burberry Almond
MAC Wedge
Urban Decay Naked

Pale Barley is lighter and less brown compared to Patina, although the sheen and tones are very similar. Almond is darker and browner then Wedge, and Wedge is also a touch peachier. Naked is significantly lighter and cooler than Almond.

Pale Barley patted on all over the lid with a MAC 239, and Almond applied to and blended out from the crease with a MAC 224. That's it!



Face:
Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Ivory
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-3
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola
MAC Blush in Well Dressed

Eyes:
TFSI
Burberry e/s in Pale Barley
Burberry e/s in Almond
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

Lips:
Essence l/g in My Favorite Milkshake

Ironically, and as I'm sure you can tell from the swatches, Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows are, in fact, not sheer in all. They're actually quite buttery and pigmented. I've worn them for 16 hours and no joke, my eye makeup looked exactly the same at the end of the day as it did when I first applied it. Yes, I used it over TFSI on these occasions, but I'll be honest - I've used TFSI under plenty of different eyeshadows from different brands and don't always get the same result (I much prefer UDPP over TFSI), so I'm reluctant to believe that the amazing wear time is completely due to the TFSI. In fact, I'd say it's probably mostly due to the Burberry eye shadows being amazing. Seriously. These eyeshadows cost $29 each and contain 0.088oz of product....hey, I said it was splurge, remember?

So, moral of the story is that I'm in love with these eyeshadows....and with the brand. *wallet runs away*

If you have any Burberry product recommendations for me, I'm all ears! I'm most eager to try their blush range or expand my eyeshadow collection :)


3.17.2012

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15


A few weeks ago, I found myself in one of those I-just-feel-like-buying-myself-something-expensive-even-though-I-know-I-don't-need-it kind of moods, and a few days later, a $64 tube of tinted moisturizer landed on my doorstep :-/

I ordered the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Bliss online from Nordstrom so in the worst case scenario, I figured I could always return it and after using it for a few days, I almost did. However, after continuing to use it for several more weeks, I've come to really enjoy it, although I still do not think it's worth the hefty price tag.




Bare faced

Wearing only Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss

This tinted moisturizer has the light coverage I expect from a tinted moisturizer. It helps to even out my skin tone, although it definitely still needs the assistance of concealer to really finish the job. As you can see from the before and after photos above, it does a fairly good job of neutralizing the darkness around my eyes and the redness around the sides of my nose.

The finish is slightly dewy, although not sticky or shiny at all. It's best described as natural yet radiant. It's one of my favorite things about this tinted moisturizer. I apply it by buffing it in with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush, and it blends with ease. 

The reasons I initially was not very fond of this tinted moisturizer was that 1) it oxidized slightly, and 2) it started to break down within a few hours on my oily skin. I still experience the oxidation problem, but since it doesn't turn significantly darker than the initial shade after application, I'm actually okay with dealing with it, especially since I love the finish and the feel of it on my skin so much. And my skin has actually gotten a bit drier within the past few weeks due to the weather (it's more combination skin than oily at the moment), so I really haven't experienced nearly as much of the tinted moisturizer breaking down on my skin as I did in the beginning, which is a big reason why I enjoy using it so much more now.

It has an SPF of 15, which is great for a tinted moisturizer since I normally use it during the day when UV protection is important. I haven't taken any flash photos with it to see if there is flashback because I usually always remember to wear a non-SPF containing foundation on nights out. It also boasts protection from free radicals and smog, which is fantastic in theory, but there's not really any way I can test that claim, can I? ;)

The major and most obvious downfall of this tinted moisturizer is that it costs a whopping $64 for 1.7oz of product, which is pretty atrocious in my opinion. As much as I like it, I do not think it's worth the money, but it's a nice splurge item if that's what you're in the mood for ;)

I really think this is a great tinted moisturizer, although perhaps not the best formulation for very oily skin. It's not incredibly moisturizing either, so dry skin ladies may find that it doesn't cooperate as much as they'd like it to. It's best for normal to combination skin (isn't everything?) without a whole lot of redness/discoloration/blemishes to cover up, because you'll definitely still need to go back in with concealer in order to achieve that perfect canvas. The blendability and the finish make it a great option for every day use, and although it may have not been the best option for me, I can definitely see why it's garnered so much attention in the beauty blogging world!

What's your favorite tinted moisturizer? I'm curious about the new NARS one!


3.11.2012

Just Another Cloudy Day.

It's been pretty cloudy the past few weeks that I haven't really been able to take decent blog photos, and then of course when I'm stuck indoors studying for exams, the sun decides to shine like it's already summer. Story of my life, right? ;)

Anyway, I know I've been saying this a lot lately, but I've accumulated quite the array of products in the past few weeks/months, and I'm slowly (major emphasis on the word "slowly", by the way) working on testing everything out thoroughly so that I can eventually review them. Until then, here's another FOTD :)




Face:
L'Oreal Magic Lumi Primer 
Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss
Armani Master Corrector in #1
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in 002
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-3
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Dior Matte Bronzer in 002
MAC Blush in Well Dressed

Eyes:
UD e/s in Sin
UD e/s in Naked
UD e/s in Buck
UD 24/7 liner in Whiskey
MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara

Lips:
YSL l/s in #6 Rouge Bergamasque


It's kind of annoying that the lighting really washes me out and you can't really even make out my blush, because I definitely layered that sucker on! Anyway, I've been using the L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer as a highlight the past few days, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and to my brow bone before applying foundation or tinted moisturizer, and although I've never tried MAC Strobe Cream/Lotion, I imagine it working in a similar manner. It's definitely still visible through foundation, but it's not metallic or overly shimmery in the least, assuming you blend it into the skin well. 

I also finally took the plunge and purchased YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in #6 Rouge Bergamasque. My friend and the Queen of Nude Lipsticks herself, Jessica of Don't Call Me Jessie, dubbed it "the perfect nude", so it had to be good, right? After having used it a few times now, I can confirm that it really is pretty amazing. The formula is to die for - glides on to the lips, has decent staying power, is moisturizing, and doesn't settle into fine lines or accentuate dryness. As for the color, it's a nude that isn't too pink or too peach, and is dark enough that it doesn't give me the ever so dreaded corpse lips. Rejoice!

That's all for now and for those of you who are interested, I'm hoping a review of the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer will be among one of the next posts to go up!

Hope you all have a great week :)


3.04.2012

Short Hiatus.

Hi everyone!

I hope you're all doing well. You may or may not have noticed, but it's been a little slow here on my blog lately. I'll be taking a short hiatus and hope to be back sooner (as soon as next weekend) rather than later (closer to the end of the month). 

Thank you for understanding! 



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