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Beauty Confessions – “This Or That” Tag

It’s Friday!! And since I can’t go shopping today 😦 (major bummer) I thought I would tackle this beauty confessions tag from Tianna @StorybookApothecary 🙂

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It was fun reading through these by other bloggers (links below!), but grrrr…. this tag is a tough one for me.

1. Blush Or Bronzer? Hmmm… if I had to only choose one, it would be BLUSH. Blush can be extremely versatile and having a bit of a flush to your skin just helps to achieve that healthy look. When applied correctly to specific areas of your face, you can draw out your bone structure and naturals contours without having to turn to a bronzer. Though I do love my bronzers!

2. Lipstick or Lipgloss? LIPSTICK! You can wear it matte, satin, or even glossy. I also love “staining” with lipsticks and you can create a longer lasting illusion of fuller lips with lipstick. I do love lipgloss for certain looks or occasions, but I have strict lipgloss requirements, which are rarely met. I have to say that 98% of the glosses I own are MAC Cremesheen Glass – they are non-sticky, don’t become tacky, smell yummy and have quality pigment.

3. Chapstick or Lip Butter? LIP BUTTERS!! I don’t think I even own a “chapstick” – the closet thing would be my Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer, which comes in a chapstick type packaing, but I would never actually call it a chapstick formula. Lip butters are amazing, come in so many shades and keep your lips soft/smooth for longer.

4. Matte or Sparkle Eyeshadow? Gahhhh… this is a tough one, but first off I dislike the word “sparkle” that sounds cheap. They both have their place, matte are more versatile and you can create more polished and sophisticated looks with matte shadows, plus they are great for crease and liner work. “Sparkle” shadows are great for highlighting, fun looks and brightening the eye area up, and can be more forgiving on youthful skin, BUT the level of “sparkle” can create a mess and can draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. So I guess, if forced to choose between the two, it would be matte.

5. Gel, Liquid, Cream or Pencil Liner? This is impossible to really answer! Gel, cream and pencil are tied for me. Liquid is great, especially for those not as skilled with liner, but once you have the hang of a liner brush and a quality gel/cream liner, the possibilities are endless! So liquid liner, I do like it, great for a quick look or a quick fix, and easy to use. Gel and cream liners are awesome, but you have use a quality gel/cream pot and store it properly – and yes, it might take a bit of practice to get it right, but they can be used in so many ways and I love them!! Pencil liners are classic and as long as you have a quality pencil, you really can’t go wrong with a pencil. They are quick and easy to use, but if you are looking for a long-lasting look (and you don’t have a long-lasting pencil) – topping with an eye shadow is best!

6. Foundation or Concealer? Foundation can be wonderful, especially for long-busy days and certain occasions, but I would have to go with concealer!! My skin is fairly clear, with the only odd spot here and there, and I often use only concealer to cover the under eye area, slight redness around the nose and brighten the center of my face (center of forehead, nose, chin). Concealer is great because you can add a lighter concealer in the places you want to highlight, like the tops of the cheekbones and brow bone, creating a natural highlight and illusion of contour without adding your bronzer. After setting my concealer and finishing up the rest of my make-up, I realize I don’t actually need foundation, and my skin has a very natural look/feel since I did use any foundation at all.

7. Liquid or Powder Foundation? I like both, but I lean towards liquid nowadays (if I wear it at all, usually I opt for concealer and tinted moisturizer, or concealer only). I used to use bareMinerals for 2 years, a couple years ago when my skin was a bit more oily, but my skin had normalized and stopped reacting as well to the bareMinerals, so I moved onto liquids. You can also get gorgeous finishes with liquids!

8. Neutral or Statement Eye? This question is mean! I can’t choose. I LOVE both! Same goes for lips!!

9. Pressed or Loose Shadows? I dislike this question… they both have their uses, but pressed are a bit easier to use and less of a mess. While loose shadows can be very vibrant and fun to use wet!

10. Waterproof or Non-Waterproof? Non-waterproof! I only buy a waterproof mascara if I have a specific need for it, then I use it and it sits there until I have to throw it away – being mostly a waste of money. Eyelashes are very delicate and waterproof is just a no go for me, I already wear mascara practically everyday, so the added resistance and need for a waterproof remover is no fun for me. Side note: I do use the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara, which is water-resistant.

11. Brushes, Sponges or Fingers? I am a brush fiend! I have dozens for every application possible! Sponges are rare for me, with the only few times I really use them is when applying other peoples make-up. I only have one that I use often enough, or well kind of two now, my MAC Pro Performance Sponge and the beautyblender (comparison review coming soon)! Fingers are easy and quick, great for warming up products and working them into the skin when needed.

12. Powder, Cream or Liquid Highlighters? LOVE them all! They all have their purpose, occasion and weather. Tip: I tend to add a bit of liquid/gel highlighter (Favorites: Benefit High Beam, Sun Beam or Moon Beam) into foundation for a little glow.

♥ Spill your beauty secrets! (Additional Q for you by D (♥

Can’t Live Without Skincare Product?

This one is kind of easy for me. I only have a few skin care products and I stick to a strict rountine, so I would say my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate!! Love it, won’t go a night without it – and it is a bit pricey at $70 a bottle, but the bottle lasts me a good 9 months – so worth it!!

Favorite Makeup Blusher?

Too many to choose! From MAC, to NARS, to Tarte and Maybelline… powder and creams…. I love a lot of them.

Take-it-with-me-always beauty product?

I’m going to cheat here and name a few… MAC Fix +, Laura Mericer Tinter Moisturizer Oil Free, Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and Korres Lip Butter!

Bonus Question from Tianna @StorybookApothecary!

What Is One Beauty Item You’re Willing To Splurge On Even Though It’s Expensive?

I will probably have to agree with Tianna here and say my Clarisonic, as I think its the only thing I would consider a splurge that I use daily/regularly. I justify most of my beauty purchases very well hehehe…

There you have it! I know, I didn’t exactly follow the rules, but for a beauty junkie this was hard!

Checkout the tag chain and send a little love to these ladies:

Beauty Confessions – “This Or That” Tag

Something Fun: This or That, Beauty Tag – You’re It!


This was fun to do, albeit a little frustrating, but overall so much fun! Oh, and of course, I TAG ALL OF YOU!!!!  


Get your BRONZER on!

SPRING is here and that means it’s time for bronzed, glowing Springtime and Summer skin! Healthy, glowing skin is always a guaranteed “trend” for Spring and Summer, so with that I thought I’d share some tips I have for getting that bronzed look; as well as  sharing my favorite bronzers (with swatches).

Things to remember:

  • Bronzer is not meant to be used on your entire face, but the areas of the face sunlight would naturally hit (usually the places you may tend to get sun burn)
  • When using bronzer for contouring the face, use a matte bronzer or one with very little shimmer (absolutely no glitter) for the most natural look
  • When using a powder bronzer, remember to powder those areas of your skin/foundation with translucent powder first – otherwise the pigment of the bronzer can “stick” to your skin and be difficult to blend
  • If you are heavy-handed with your brush (or new to bronzer), use an extra large loose (less dense) long haired brush – it will pick up less product
  • Less is more – the best thing is to build up your bronzer to the look you want, a little at a time
  • Powder bronzers tend to work best for normal to oily skin types, especially in warmer months! Though you can use cream or gel bronzers, just remember to prime your skin properly
  • Cream and gel bronzers tend to work better for normal to dry skin, but you should still prime your skin properly during the warmer months, as cream and gel products tend to fade more quickly , especially in the heat
  • Don’t forget to add just a bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks for balance, the blush-bronzer combination is always gorgeous
  • Remember don’t choose a bronzer that is too dark, too dark bronzers may look unnatural (or eeek – dirty!)- also select a natural looking blush color to compliment your bronzer choice (a light cream blush will help create a glowy natural look)
  • Keep your make-up simple, if going for that bronzed glowing look
  • Tap your brush off when using powder bronzer
  • Don’t forget to blend!
  • Invest (if you are able to) in a quality brush just for bronzer
  • If you wear your hair up, don’t forget to add a little bronzer to the back of your neck as well
  • Avoid bronzers that are too orange! Orange = unnatural

Where to apply bronzer (for that bronzed summer glow):

  • Tops of cheeks (cheekbones)
  • The bridge of the nose
  • Chin
  • Forehead
  • Use the remaining product left on the brush around the perimiter of your face, onto your neck and chest – you don’t want a bronzed-glowing face and pasty neck (don’t forget the back of your neck)

Where to apply bronzer (for contouring the face):

  • First, choose a matte or nearly matte bronzer – the less warmth in the bronzer the better (this is about contouring not bronzing/tanning the skin)
  • Underneath the cheekbones (and everyone does have cheekbones!)
  • Perimeter of the face (to slim and draw the center of your face forward)
  • Along the jawline (remember you need to blend some product downward onto your neck for a diffused natural look – no harsh lines here!)
  • Beneath the chin
  • Down the sides of the nose (and very lightly under the tip of the nose)
  • Always use a light hand and least amount of product for contouring – you can always build it up

LOTS of info … I know, but now onto my favorites!

NARS Bronzer  in “Laguna”

NARS Bronzer  in “Casino”

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”

Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”


All these bronzers can be used lightly, I have swatched them heavily so that the differences can be more easily distinguished.  For reference, I am an NC25 in MAC.

NARS Laguna: Great for light and meduim skin tones, can be used for contouring on light skin tones

NARS Casino: Deeper than Laguna, slightly less shimmer than Laguna, great for deeper skin tones and contouring

Tarte Park Ave Princess: Great for light to medium skin tones, leaves a gorgeous golden sheen, NOT for contouring, great highlight for medium to deep skin tones

Tarte Matte Waterproof Park Ave Princess: Great for light to meduim skin tones, great for contouring, waterproof = great for warmer months