10.29.2012

The Little Red Riding Hood


So if you follow me on Instagram (@willworkformakeup), you'll already know that I dressed up as The Little Red Riding Hood for a Halloween party this past weekend! I really like how my makeup turned out, especially since I don't typically have many occasions to wear a smokey eye and fake lashes and bright red lips, so I thought I'd post about it :)

I can't really say the makeup is super Red Riding Hood-like, especially since she's supposed to be a little girl, and I don't know about you, but I don't know that many little girls who frolick through the woods to go visit their grandmothers with a face full of makeup on....grandmother would definitely disapprove ;) Obviously, this is just the more grown-up take on it all.


For my face, I used my usual base, which lately has been a mixture of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in #53 and Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 3.0. I used Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light/Medium on blemishes and Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant under my eyes. I powdered with Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.

On my cheeks, I contoured my cheeks and a tiny bit down the sides of my nose with my newly acquired Chanel Notorious Sculpting Veil. I definitely want to pop up a post on this at some point, because I really think it's an awesome product. A bit scary and difficult to use, but awesome nonetheless, if you can make it work. The blush I used was MAC Salsarose, and I highlighted my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose with Dior Amber Diamond.

I used my Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in Black as a base on my eyelids. I then used the red shade in the Sleek Sparkle Palette all over the black base, the burgundy shade in the Sleek Storm Palette in the crease and on my lower lashline, and a bit of the matte black in the palette to darken up my outer v. To highlight my inner corner, I used Bare Minerals Nude Beach. I turned to my Clinique liner again to draw a thick, winged line, and I had Milani Liquif'Eye Liner in Black on my waterline. I topped off my lashes with Eyeko Skinny Mascara and a random pair of falsies that my mom gave me (not sure of the brand :-/ ).

On my lips, I just have on Maybelline SuperStay 10Hr Stain Gloss in Ruby Indulgence, which is actually a bright red and not the pinky-red shade my bathroom lighting made it look like in the top photo. 


For my outfit, I wore a red corset (can't really tell in this photo), a cutesy white skirt, brown combat boots (she's trekking through the woods, right?) and of course, my red hood that I basically made by draping 2 yards of red fabric around myself and securing everything into place with safety pins :) I also had a little basket that I forgot to hold for the photo.


How did you celebrate/will you be celebrating Halloween?


Disclaimer: The Eyeko mascara was sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I am not affiliated with the 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.

10.22.2012

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion and Night Cream.


Back in the day (as in since the beginning of time), I used to have really oily skin. No matter what kind of moisturizer, primer, or foundation I used, I'd always have to blot my face (all over, not just the t-zone) at least once an hour. It wasn't the most glamorous life, as I'm sure you could guess ;) I always wanted normal to drier skin since I figured I could always just moisturize the heck out of it and make it normal if it was on the drier side, right? Well, friends, my lesson to you is be careful what you wish for.

Ever since moving to Oregon last year, my skin has never been the same. In the summer in Oregon, my skin tends to be the most "normal," but from fall until spring, it's a mess in terms of moisture retention and oil-control capabilities. I think due to the weather, my skin is significantly drier here than it ever was in all my 24 years of living in California. I started suffering from dry, flaky skin since moving here, but the annoying thing is, my t-zone still gets oily. Not blot-my-face-every-hour oily, but still oily enough to warrant the use of my trusty Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer. My cheeks and forehead, however, are as dry as can be...the kind of dry that just feels tight and itchy that only an intensely moisturizing product can relieve.

Thank goodness I found these two. 
Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion and Night Cream with Clary Sage


The previous face cream I was using both day and night when my skin was especially dry was the Olay Active Hydrating Cream in Original. While I really enjoyed it at the time since it was immensely more hydrating than my regular, oil-free moisturizer geared towards oily skin, I'm afraid it pales in comparison to this new Burt's Bees line.

As evident in the names, I've been using the Day Lotion in the morning under my makeup (if I'm wearing any that day) and the Night Cream before bed. You literally need the smallest amount of the day lotion to cover your entire face - I'm talking, a pea-sized amount. Any more and you'll have a difficult time getting it to sink into the skin. It melts into the skin incredibly quickly, but the trick is to let it sit for a few minutes before applying foundation in order to avoid the lotion from pilling off from the surface. The hydration is provides is exactly what my skin needs, as my skin feels soft and supple from the moment I put it on until I wash my face at night. However, I notice that it also has a tendency to make my skin a bit oily when I wear it alone without makeup (When I wear foundation, I tend to use my oil-free primer as well, and my I find my skin doesn't get as oily from the day lotion). Keep in mind, this may not be a problem for those with a true dry skin type though, since your since may need the extra moisturization even more than mine does :)

It comes with a pump, and it takes much less than a full pump to release a pea-sized amount.


Next is the Night Cream, and I admit, I may love this one even more than the day lotion, although I'd never want to have to choose between the two! It comes in a nice glass jar (a bit too heavy to be travel friendly - I'd recommend decanting it), and it's a thick cream (surprise!) that really manages to lock in skin's moisture for hours upon hours, making it perfect for overnight use, and surprisingly, I don't notice the same oiliness I sometimes get with the day lotion. Due to the thicker consistency, you do need to use quite a bit more than a pea-sized amount of this to adequately cover your entire face and neck, but it's nothing unexpected or unusual compared to other night creams.

So what is clary sage? To be honest, I'm neither the skincare guru or someone who pays much attention to ingredients in my makeup and skincare products....tsk tsk! But, from what I gather, it seems to be a natural anti-inflammatory that also promotes skin cell regeneration, hence its benefit in fighting fine lines and wrinkles, as the day lotion claims. Both the day lotion and night cream are 99% natural and have a really light, fresh scent.

I purchased mine at Target for $17.99 each, but I believe they were about a dollar or two cheaper at Walgreens! Granted, they're not the most affordable compared to other drugstore options, but I also believe that the quality of each product surpasses that of any drugstore moisturizer or night cream I've ever come across.


Now if I could just get those pesky breakouts under control...


Have you tried anything from the Intense Hydration line? What were your thoughts?


10.20.2012

Fall Lip Stain of the Moment.


I love deep berry lips for fall just as much as the next person, but sometimes they can be a bit difficult to wear during the day and quite frankly, a little too high-maintenance for me, especially if I need to use lip liner and/or bust out a lip brush in order for the application not to make me look like the Joker. 

What I much prefer doing most days, if I feel like wearing a darker lip, is dotting the lipstick onto my top and bottom lips and blending it in with my ring finger. Working it into the lips helps to create a stain, especially when using a highly pigmented lipstick, that not only lasts for hours upon hours and is much more wearable during the day, but there is close to no transfer outside of the lip lines whatsoever since there is hardly any product sitting on top of the lips. This method of application, if you would even call it that, requires no time, no liner, no brush, and no skill or precision whatsoever, which is probably why I love it so much :)

These two lipsticks have been and will continue to be my go-to lip colors this fall:
MAC Lipsticks in Rebel (top) and Media

Using Rebel on its own yields a stain that is quite a bit pinker than you would expect, so I like to add a bit of Media blended on top to make the overall color a bit deeper and....berrier (?). I've also used Media as a stain on its own, and it's beautiful and perfect for fall.


Face:
UD Naked Skin Foundation in 3.0 mixed with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in #53
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light/Medium
Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant
Laura Mercier Transclucent Setting Powder
NYX Blush in Taupe (contour)
Chanel Blush in Rose Initiale (first time using it, and it's love.)
Bare Minerals Ready Luminizer in The Love Affair (I've been obsessed with this!)

Eyes:
TFSI
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
UD e/s in Half Baked
MAC e/s in Nylon
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara

Lips:
MAC l/s in Rebel mixed with MAC l/s in Media


What are some of your go-to lip colors this fall?


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