Thursday, November 22, 2012

Winter Favorites, and Make Up Lessons from 2012

A post featuring all my cold weather favorites, and a lesson on my make up style

Part of growing up and wearing make up is developing your make up style, or signature look.
Lauren Conrads winged liner, The Olsen's red brown smokey eyes, Dita's red lips, Rachel Bilson's and Kate Middleton's eyeliner.

2012 was the year I stopped buying as much "fun" make up and tried in invest more in quality items that may seem dull to many but staples for myself.

Looking for perfection in each natural item. 
Most of the time, my make up style is attempted to look quite soft, almost romantic, and very well blended with emphasis on my skin and complexion, with less focus on eyes or lips.

Here are my gathered go to's.

Winter Skin must haves:

Bobbi Brown's Extra Repair Eye Cream: Review can be found here.
Naruko's Brightening and Firming Repair Night Cream: My main goal all year round, is to have very well hydrated and healthy skin. Because I am *gulp* aging ...ugh
I am trying this firming night cream. This hydrates well, in my morning I see my face does look brightener, and in terms of lines...I see a slight difference.
This can be just be me and my weight. I think most people gain weight in the winter, and whenever I gain weight all the lines on my face seem to fill in! when I lose weight they seem to come out ( no win! WTH)
But for now, this seems to help hydrate very well, and fill in my lines ( I'm hoping it's the cream!)

Base Make up:
This year I learned my perfect combination.
I am not a liquid foundation, powder foundation, or even tinted moisturizer fan. 
( I learned this after buying so many!)
Since my favorite thing to highlight is my complexion, I work hard to keep it clear and bright, but that means with excellent skin, less base make up is needed.

My ideal face combination is a moisturizer or sunscreen with the slightest tint release such as LRP or Origins Vitazing, with the sheerest layer of mineral powder on the T zone.
That's it! Slight coverage with minor spot concealing, but a natural, breathable base, that looks and feels light. 
My ideal!!

After moisturizing in the morning I mix the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Oil Free (love) with my La Roche Posay sunscreen with tint release and wear this as a base. I conceal around my nose with any concealer and set with the sheerest layer of mineral powder ( Lancome) with the MAC 182 Kabuki  (another winner)
For under eyes, I conceal but have learned this year how much I LOVE a brightened under eye area. Not just concealed, but brightened. Enter the Maybelline Age Rewind in Brighter. The drugstore has many of these brightening under eye concealers, I do enjoy this Maybelline one, but want to try the L'Oreal one next. 

2012 was the year I went eye shadow CRAZY. I purchased so many towards the latter half of the year, why?
Because I finally had some eye lashes!
I was the kind of person who never wore shadow, just tight line, and no mascara for YEARS.
This was the year I tried a few eyelash growth serums but Rapid Lash truly worked for me! I even bought another tube. With the growth of my lashes, mascara no longer looked idiotic on my eyes and I started thinking about my eyes more often, buying shadows like crazy.

I soon learned to emphasize my lashes, I liked very natural shadows. Skin colored shadows. Matte and semi sheer. Wash it all over the lid with the MAC 224 and tight line to make the most of my limited lid space, and emphasize my new lengthier lashes.

A shadow used and abused this year was MAC's Brule, but I have recently added Bobbi's Bone, and have several others to rely on. Some people may think it's a waste to buy these, because it's mostly used on the brow bone, but they're what I use almost solely most days so for me, having several is useful and utilized.

If I splurge on mascara it's always Lancome, preferably Hypnose. I also wear Shiseido's mascara base most days to double lash length (or at least attempt to)
NYX Eye brow cake in 03 is the best powder shadow I have tried to date for the brows.
Since it's so cheap I have many back up's in case they ever discontinue!

For my tight line I have found pencils to be semi harsh for my preference, I mainly use them just to use them up since I have so many, but prefer dark shadows with a brush for a softer and more natural look.

I used to be a bronzer and blush girl. Not this year. I found that to be a bit too much unless I was going out. I now either wear blush or bronzer but always with a highlighter to further perfect my complexion.

I prefer cheek stains over cream blush, and cream blush over powder but since most of my days are long, powder blushes are usually what I wear for longevity.
I prefer pink blushes in winter because I think it is better suited with my pale skin, my more tanned self prefers peaches and bronze.

My number one cheek pick would be cheek stains, I am currently trying Benetint for that natural rosiness. I prefer cheek tints with a more red than pink base for that flush effect. For powder blush I have fallen for Bobbi Brown's Pink Rose 42.
Dusty, mauvey matte pink. Bit more pink that NARS Doucer but still has a sculpting quality, less brown toned than MAC's Blush Baby but still so natural.
This has been the pink cheek I have been looking for! 
I don't hear many people speaking about this maybe because it looks dull in the pan, but please do try it on in store!

2012 was the year I learned to love matte blushes. I think this preference came with age...
Highlighter I don't think I will tire of any time soon. I am currently trying Bare Minerals The Love Affair which is subtle but perfect for day time. A review will be coming up! 

Lips, Nails and Brows:
This year I had placed a lip products ban on myself, and you know what, it's almost over, and it was not even hard!
I realized, ok, FULLY realized how little I like lipsticks. 
Pretty tubes, but for everyday they're a bit much for me.
I seem to be more of a chap stick, tinted lip balm person.

Smith's Rosebud Salve as been a long time favorite of mine. The lasting powder is short, but the rosy tint and smell is what I enjoy. I also love the antique looking tins! The Clarins Lip Perfector is not my favorite, but I do enjoy the effect, but it's a bit too sweet smelling for me. I just like the natural lip look with this.

Though winter calls for darker nail colors, I am just one of those neutral nail girls!!
I have my red moments but I will never tire of Essie polishes, specifically in Topless and Barefoot or Sugar Daddy.

This was also the year I discovered  brow gel!
I actually do not have unruly brows but always prefer the polished brows look, so everyday I do a quick sweep. Brows frame the face, grooming your brows really puts structure to your overall appearance.
Aka: Brows help you look finished.

Hair and Scent:

I am not a hair person.
I don't brush it, I don't really style it, I don't use heat on it or product.
This, I think is my first hair product venture life??? No.. I think i bought a mousse once...
BB Texture (Un)dressing Cream: I noticed many YouTubers seem to rock the messy bed head look. My hair is naturally straight, flat, and lifeless. I use this sometimes to add some beachy wave to my hair, and it works!
It feels kinda weird for me to have products in my hair which I don't enjoy, but for special occasions I now have a product at least! 
I think I will invest in hair spray in 2013!

Lastly fragrance. Jo Malone Cologne. I have my personal collection, and I don't see it ceasing to grow in the future. I am not a huge perfume fan, but this line of colognes always has something that grabs me.
Forever a fan of the English line.

Current fragrance being used is Dark Amber and Ginger Lilly.

And that's it!!!!

Congratulations if you made it to the end!
I hope this post gave a general feel on how I wear my make up and the style I go towards. Along with a lesson on all the things I learned this year on my make up style.
Naturally enhancing the skin, blushed cheeks, minimal focus on the eyes and lip, along with healthy hair but with some waves from time to time finished with brow gel and  English cologne!

I speak about aging, but in reality,  me wearing too much make up I learned does nothing for me outside looking ridiculous. A soft focus and natural effect will always look best to anyone who has doubts!


  1. i LOVE this. such a great post. the more i use makeup, the more i have figured out my style and go to products. brule like shades are a MUST for me as well. how is BB eyeshadow texture and longevity? i am very curious about BB blushes but i have so much blush that i have banned myself from getting anymore (unless they are gifts) you always have the best post ideas and content! i need to do a post like this. i am SO curious about stains but i am too afraid they will make my skin texture look worse and make my scars really stand out so i avoid them. i am also curious about jo malone. wish i was near her counter, i want to whiff her scents

  2. aww ty!
    Im going to be honest about BB I think over the last 2 weeks Ive purchased like 10 prob through mere exchanges and returns. I am not in love with ALOT of them, i think her matte shadows are quite good but the rest....i think i will be passing on.The texture really is not all that for the price @ all! the matte's though i do like.
    I like her blushes! i notice she really is into pinks...she is not a peach woman. I actually exchanged a few blushes too T.T but once u find a nice color its quite a nice edition if your willing to do the leg work!
    If you want a try a stain without breaking the bank I like the one from the body shop i think its 10 bucks and made from all natural ingredients. That store always has their make up on sale, i would get it then!
    Jo Malone is my go to scent brand!I think i have 4 of the BIG bottles and love em ALL

  3. What a well thought out post! I agree that becoming older means your tastes change (hopefully refine, as in your case!). I too find myself reaching for matte blushes and cream eyeshadows these days :) xx

  4. I adore Jo Malone fragrances. Vanilla & Anise is one that's my go-to this Autumn/ Winter. It's absolutely divine.

  5. Fantastic post! I love round ups like this because you really get to see what someone wears on a day to day basis and what their tried and true products are. I love your makeup style and I'm definitely trying to veer in that direction although I'm still always wanting to try out the latest tinted moisturizer or eyeshadow. You've pretty much convinced me that I need to try RapidLash or some sort of lash growth product but I'm super wary of making my eyes sensitive. Did you experience any negative results from using it like skin irritation? I heard that some lash products can make the skin around your eyes darker and such. Also, how do you apply Benetint on your cheeks? I have theBalm's Stainiac which is almost the same thing but a little more gel like and I feel weird spreading it out with my fingers on my face!

  6. awww thank you for such kind words, dont know about refined, but i found simpler make up really does look the best and youthful

  7. aw ty!
    i experienced zero side effects with rapid lash. I have heard li lash and latisse have side effects but if they work, they work 10x better than rapid lash!
    i tried urban decays but this is the one that actually gave me results and it took about 6 weeks before anything happened so be patient but once they started growing, they started to grow much faster!
    Since i have a very small lid i realized without that lid space having super long lashes look WEIRD, so it's better theyre not growing to an insane length.
    For the benetint, I just just 3 lines along my cheek bone fairly close to each other and rub with my finger. I pat first then rub the edges out bc if you rub right away most of it lands on your fingers i feel.
    Hope that helps clear any doubts!

  8. This is amazing! I've become a huge fan of highlighter this year. I rarely leave the house without a little! This year has also ben the year of nude nails for me. I rarely wear color anymore, in favor of my essie sand tropez :D

  9. HI J, What a great post! I like how you talked about developing a signature style; it helps choose what products you need. I really need to get a full size of Bobbi Brown Bone, it's such a great highlight. My favorite is Navajo, but I think that's currently discontinued..

  10. They discontinued Navajo? Im new to Bobbi Brown but i knew that color! i thought it was one of her top selling? ive seen your bobbi collection, FABULOUS lol

  11. nice choice, I am a complete FAN of highlighter even just a lil bit hehe

  12. loved reading about your oh-so-relaxed and sensible approach =)
    completely understand how you're feeling ... i recently added a *firming* eye cream to my night routine. yes, it's come to THAT time where i'm starting to fret about wrinkles >_<

  13. I loved this post!! I always enjoy a good "favorites" post :) That Bobbi Brown EXTRA Eye Repair Cream is one of my favorites. I'm not using it at the moment (I'm trying several other ones) but I think I will return to it sometime in the future. It's so rich and hydrating but doesn't give me milia (which I'm quite prone to). Also really need to finally try the Laura Mercier Oil-Free primer and the bareMinerals highlighter (can't wait to see your review!). I was curious about the gold one but they only had this pink one at Sephora during the VIB sale so I passed, but now I'm kind of regretting it. :/

    I'm also glad I'm not the only one that doesn't do a single thing with their hair. I don't even brush it either, let alone spend any amount of time styling it. I also don't like the feel of product in my hair, but I'm starting to get older and feel like I should at least start experimenting with hair product and styling my hair :P

  14. Oooo! I've always been curious about Rapidlash! Glad to hear it worked for you. Oh, and I brought that Maybelline eye brightener because of you and I love it so far! And I also have and love that Bare Minerals highlighter. I have a review coming up sometime too :)

  15. fun! what a great post! i got a brow gel from the store but haven't even used it yet! i am curious about that clarins lip perfector and that jo malone scent! i love jo malone...!

  16. Smith Rosebud is also a favourite of mine for the those pesky dry lips!! Thanks for sharing your faves :)


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