FOTD: Spring Makeup

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Today I just wanted to do a quick face-of-the-day using some of my favorite products from Forever 21’s Premium Beauty Collection. This is a great look for spring because it’s easy to do, but it’s also bright and colorful.

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Face: Forever 21 Face Primer, Forever 21 Liquid Foundation in Light 001, Forever 21 Blotting Powder, Forever 21 Blush in Rose Petal.
Eyes: Forever 21 Shimmer Eyeshadow in 24K, Forever 21 Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
Lips: Forever 21 Lipstick in Hothouse Flower.

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I prepped my skin with the primer first. It’s an illuminating pale pink that does a good job at making my makeup last longer. Then I applied the liquid foundation with a brush. I know I didn’t talk about the liquid foundation in my Forever 21 review, because I wanted to see if it would break me out since it contains mineral oil. After using it for several days, I’m pleased to say that it has not broken me out at all. If anything, because it’s so moisturizing, it’s actually made my skin look smoother and more even-toned. This was one of the surprise winners from the Premium Beauty Collection–it matches my skin better than any other foundation I have tried, even better than my Lancôme one, and it just melts into my skin to provide this dewy, natural finish. Score. Then I applied the blush and set it. I lined my eyes with the liquid liner, winging it at the outer corners, then swiped on 24K with my fingers for a gleaming golden eye look.

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Lastly, I put on the Hothouse Flower lipstick. It’s the perfect pinky-fuchsia color to bring out both the pink cheeks and the metallic eyes. And…that’s it. See? So easy!

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The Liebster Award

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I am thrilled and grateful to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by http://beautysins.net! I was not expecting this at all, but I was so touched that Ncy from Beauty Sins liked my blog enough to nominate me. Thank you so much, Beauty Sins!  Her blog is awesome, by the way. Go check her out!

The purpose of the Liebster Award is to promote blogs that have less than 200 followers and generate attention towards them, but it’s also really important to me because it gives my followers a chance to get to know me. Also, I get to nominate other deserving blogs and share the love.

There are a few easy rules you must follow to participate:

1.  Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.

2.  Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.

3.  Give eleven random facts about yourself–they can be anything!

4. Nominate eleven blogs that you think are deserving of the award (but they must have less than 200 followers)

5. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.

6.  Give them eleven questions to answer.

My questions from http://beautysins.net:
1. Why did you start your blog? I started this blog because I’m a makeup junkie who has way too many cosmetics for her own good, and I wanted to share my discoveries with other bloggers. I used to be a total tomboy, but when I was 16, I started wearing makeup, and I had no idea how to apply it or how to pick out colors. So I started spending hours on beauty blogs picking up tips and learning how makeup can really affect someone’s confidence. Eventually, I realized that I wanted to start my own blog.

2. What’s your favorite extracurricular activity? Oh dear…as a busy college student, I don’t have much time for extracurriculars! I love reading, writing, researching Anne Boleyn, cooking, playing guitar, and playing with my two kittens.

3. Favorite Magazine? I’d have to say Glamour, although I love the beauty tips in Essence as well.

4. Favorite food? Homemade mushroom quesadillas with green onions and gouda cheese! So good.

5. Guilty pleasure? Watching The Tudors when I should be writing essays. Or buying yet another tube of lipstick.

6. Favorite makeup line? I’m one of those people who has a hard time choosing favorites. But Revlon is definitely one of my favorite lines. I love their huge lipstick collections, I love their pale foundations, and I love their sadly discontinued Grow Luscious Eyeliner!

7. What’s your dream profession? Most of all, I want to be a writer, but I’d also love to be a fashion designer, photographer, makeup artist, or musician.

8. Favorite TV show? The Wire is hands down my favorite TV show.

9. Must have beauty products? Lipstick, eyeliner, oil blotting sheets, and perfume. Also, everyone needs to check out Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, and invest in some Atelier Vanilla Incense cologne. Two of my staples that always make me feel attractive.

10. Favorite trend? I’m a big fan of (fake) leather, studded boots, and plaid, like a punky/grungey look that’s still glam. Bodycon dresses and beanies too.

11. Favorite place? Curled up with my boyfriend…or barhopping in downtown Greenville.

Eleven Random Facts About me:
1. I’m a Libra
2. I love the colors lime green and teal.
3. Some of my favorite bands are u2, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, System of a Down, Rammstein, and My Chemical Romance.
4. I’m actually really shy and quiet and I hate being the center of attention.
5. Some of my favorite books are Lolita, Wind From the Carolinas, the Darkangel trilogy, Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and anything to do with Henry VIII and his wives.
6. I make really good Thai Seafood Soup.
7. I love turtles and frogs.
8. I’m saving up for an Ibanez electric guitar.
9. I like horseback riding and archery.
10. Agyness Deyn, Ruby Rose, and Rooney Mara are my style icons.
11. My favorite movie is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

My questions for the bloggers I’ve nominated:
1. What made you want to start a blog?
2. Favorite lipstick?
3. Favorite perfume?
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
5. If you could see any musician in concert, who would it be?
6. Do you like reading? If so, what’s your favorite book? If not, what do you like to do instead?
7. Are you a cat person or a dog person?
8. Favorite movie?
9. Favorite trend?
10. What is your favorite makeup line?
11. Dream job?

My nominations are:

http://hundredacreblog.wordpress.com/
http://candaceskaggs.wordpress.com/
http://ninarossbeauty.wordpress.com/
http://funkymakeupjunkie.wordpress.com/
http://ivancouver604.wordpress.com/
http://acasualbeauty.wordpress.com/
http://muabynikki.com/
http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/
http://brittsbeautyblog.com/
http://thebeautyremedy.wordpress.com/
http://gatorglamgirl.wordpress.com/

Congrats you guys! If I nominated you and you either have this award or already have 200 followers, then I’m sorry, I just didn’t know.

Garnier BB cream

Garnier BB cream for oily skin review
Garnier BB cream for oily skin review

Today I tried the Garnier Skin Renew BB cream for oily skin. It is only available in two shades, so I got light/medium. I’m not sure why beauty brands can’t add in more shades for their BB creams. Often, the very pale, like me, and the very dark get completely left out. When I did a swatch on my arm, it looked way too dark and orange, but I was determined to try it anyway. I have Garnier’s original BB cream, but it made my skin very greasy, so I was hoping this one would be more suited to my complexion. It claimed to leave a matte finish and stop shine with mineral pigments. Its consistency was creamy, not too thick, with a faint sunscreen smell. I applied it to my bare skin, and at first, it seemed to match, as you can see in the picture I took right after application. My skin is very fair, but once I blended this, it seemed to melt into my skin. I had not used a moisturizer, just to see how hydrating this BB cream was, and while it did give my face some moisture, I would say that it didn’t quite hydrate my skin like I wanted it to. I set it with L’Oreal Translucide powder for a natural finish, then went to my classes. After awhile, I noticed that my face was starting to feel itchy, so I went to the bathroom to investigate. The BB cream had oxidized to an unflattering orange that looked very unnatural, and my face was greasy. If one of the purposes of this BB cream is to control oil, it didn’t do a very good job of it. I was so disappointed, because at first it had looked so good on my skin, but after a few hours of wear time, it was just heavy and dark, not matte at all. I tried to make it work out by adding more powder, but I was soon oily again, and my face continued to feel itchy, maybe from the fragrance in it. After I washed my face that evening, my skin did look improved from the BB cream, but having to cake on powder every hour to keep it matte sort of detracted from its skincare benefits. I probably would not repurchase, although I’m sure this product would work much better for someone who doesn’t have pale skin, and who has a dry complexion.

Garnier Oil Cleanser for dry skin

Today I will be reviewing the new Garnier Cleansing Oil for dry skin. This is one of the first oil cleansers available on the Western market, so needless to say I was excited to try it out. Although my skin is combination in the worst sense of the word (somehow very oily and very dry at the same time) and quite acne-prone, I still wanted to try it. I have made my own cleansing oils in the past, but was dissatisfied with them and wanted to see how this one compared. Now, I will say that one of the main ingredients in this is mineral oil–great for dry skin, but something that many consumers are hesitant to put on their faces. My skin seems to be okay with mineral oil, so I bought it anyway. Garnier claims that this oil “dissolves impurities and long wear makeup” while moisturizing dry skin with jojoba and macadamia oils, with no oily residue. Sounds good, right? On a dry face, I used three pumps of the oil. My first impression was wow, that’s a strong fragrance! For those of you who are sensitive to heavy perfumes in cosmetics, this one has a very strong floral scent which does fade away fairly quickly. Although it is a thick oil, it felt very soothing to massage it onto my face, and it did immediately dissolve my makeup. I had worn the everlasting Revlon Colorstay, but this oil cleaned it away with almost no effort. I massaged it into my skin for five minutes, then added warm water to emulsify the oil, as the directions advised. While the oil had been thick and warm on my dry face, as soon as it made contact with the water, it turned into this beautiful, creamy milk (that’s the best way to describe it) that definitely hydrated my skin. I rinsed it away and didn’t notice any residue, only clean, nourished skin. I used it for a month before writing a review just to see how my notoriously sensitive and pimply skin would respond to it. It moisturized my skin, minimized redness, got rid of eyemakeup better than anything I have used before, and did a phenomenal job giving me clean-feeling skin. The caveat? It did make me break out. Badly. HOWEVER, I don’t hold that against the product, because it says specifically it is for dry skin, not for preventing acne. I knew it was a gamble for me to try it, and I wasn’t expecting it to clear my acne. It did exactly what it said it would, and for someone with dry skin, I would highly recommend this. Anyone with more mature skin would probably love this, as would someone with sensitive skin, because this does not strip the skin. For someone with acne, like me, I wouldn’t recommend it, but I still give it a grade of A-, because again, it is marketed as a product for dry skin, not pimples.