I was tagged by the stunning Joanne P. of The Convenient Beauty to do the 11 Questions Tag! Here are my questions:
1. What is the first beauty product you bought?
I dabbled with drugstore makeup for a few years, but I remember they were all given to me by friends–I was probably 12 or 13 and my mom didn’t let me wear makeup because she thought I was too young. So I had a bunch of makeup from friends but none that were really my own or that I had chosen for myself. When I was a little older, my mom finally let me wear just a little bit. I remember we were at the mall one day and we passed by a kiosk called True Colors that sold these stacks of pigments. I was surprised when we stopped and she told me to find something I liked–I went with these. I loved these pigments so much and wore them every day! Later on, I got another stack of pigments as well as a few empty jars so I started mixing my own shades and playing with making my own polishes, glosses, etc. It was so much fun and really was my first experience with falling in love with makeup!
Oh and yes, the picture shown above is of the actual stacks of True Colors pigments my mom bought for me all those years ago. I don’t still use them, of course, but I can’t bring myself to throw them away. There are a lot of fond memories attached to those guys–despite them looking like holy hell.
2. Name your favorite shade of blush.
Definitely peachy-pink or coraly-pink. They are immensely flattering on my skin tone (and just about everyone else’s, too!) and always perk up my face. A few of my favorites are (clockwise from top left): Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Fleur de Lotus, Edward Bess Quad Royale in Monte Carlo, Gorgeous Cosmetics Colour Pro Blush in Peach Glow, Paul & Joe Cheek Color duo in Cinema, and Jouer Mineral Blush in Peach Bouquet.
3. If you could only own one eyeshadow palette (no more than 5 shades), what would it be?
Another impossible question to answer…recently, I’ve been using LORAC’s PRO Palette a lot, but since it contains more than 5 shades, I’ll go with either Kevyn Aucoin’s The Essential Eye Set #1 (a great, neutral palette with an amazing texture) or Becca’s Ultimate Eye Color Quad in Astro Violet.
4. What is your favorite look for formal events?
It’s not too different from my everyday look except I go a little heavier on the eye. I’ll usually just do a simple wash of color, darken the crease and outer-V with a darker shade, and then use that same shade on the outer third of my lower lashline. I apply some smudgy black liner, lots of mascara, a medium coverage foundation with a touch of concealer under my eyes only, a dusting of blush to coordinate and some highlighter finishes the look off. Oh, lips! I just use a MLBB shade–a tinted balm or sheer, balmy lipstick always! I love buying makeup and talking about makeup and playing with makeup but when it comes to actually creating looks, I’m not so good. I do want to get better at that though
5. Do you coordinate your makeup with your outfits and how?
Not really. My style of dressing is really casual and most of my makeup is fairly neutral anway, so I just wear what I want and do my makeup however I want and it usually ends up okay
6. What did you wear to your first date?
I honestly can’t remember what I first wore on my first date with my boyfriend. I DO remember that one of the first times we hung out, I wore a skirt, top, and dangly earrings to try and look cute for him. That’s huge because I NEVER wear skirts and don’t think I have ever done so since (except for at my sister’s wedding, but that’s different). haha
7. Where would you go for the ultimate fun?
Somewhere bright and sunny and cool and refreshing like the beach or the lake or a big, green, grassy park where I could take my dog, Lady and have a picnic or something and relax, eat, read…*sigh* that sounds so good right now!! Meanwhile, the weather outside is cloudy and dreary.
8. What is your go-to way of applying foundation, brushes, sponges or clean fingers?
It used to be sponges (I liked the dampened egg-shaped ones for a long time) but now, I use my fingers always. I actually used to be grossed out by the idea of using fingers, I think because I grew up with acne and was always conditioned to think that fingers on face=a very big no-no! After I finally got over it (though I always use clean fingers, of course), I was amazed at how beautifully my base went on with fingers. It’s really quite lovely and melts the product into your skin perfectly! If I do use a brush though, I usually use Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation Brush. Sometimes I even apply with my fingers and then do a quick buff around with the Shiseido brush to finish.
9. Who inspired your love of beauty?
Honestly, I don’t think anyone really did. My mom was never really into makeup that much and neither was my sister. I kind of just started playing with it on my own and by the time I hit high school, I was full-on obsessed! Strangely, that obsession kind of died down for a few years in my early 20′s but then a few years ago, it came back full force!
10. What is your beauty style?
I would probably define my beauty style as natural and pretty. For me, the “my ________ but better” look is what I strive for. I don’t like looking too made up most of the time. I enjoy playing with makeup but it needs to suit my style and my life–which is quite casual. I go to school, I hang out with my boyfriend, I work on my blog…my life doesn’t involve a lot of going out or parties or events anymore, so my makeup is always quite casual.
Day to day, I like to go for a wash of a pretty neutral shadow all over the lid, maybe a dash of highlight on the inner corner, lots of smudgy black (or brown) liner, lots of lashes (I have recently been playing with individual falsies and accent lashes but my main concern is for them to look natural. If they are too long or obviously fake, that won’t do), a natural complexion (semi-matte, light coverage foundation, a touch of powder on my t-zone, no concealer), blush (the shade varies–I really like how very warm peachy or coraly-pinks look on me though), and a “my lips but better” lip shade–usually just balm or tinted balm but sometimes a sheer lipstick. I also do fill in my brows a bit but always try to do it as softly/natural-looking as possible.
11. If you could only play up one feature of your face from day to night, what would you choose?
Eyes definitely. I usually don’t play up my lips anways, so that’s not a big deal to me. My skin is okay–a lot better than it used to be, at least, so I don’t mind going sans base or cheek color. My brows are a bit crooked and sparse in some places but are full enough that going without brow pencil wouldn’t be the biggest deal in the world, I suppose (though they definitely wouldn’t look pretty). My eyes, however, are quite small–my lashes are very short and sparse. If I don’t play up my eyes, my face looks quite young and bland. I don’t always feel like doing a full face of makeup but I always make sure to do a little tightlining, curl my lashes, and apply mascara every. single. day. It really helps me to look more bright and fresh!
Before I continue, let me just say that those were probably some of the ugliest pictures I’ve ever posted on my blog. I hate photographing used makeup–there’s just no way to make it look pretty Anyhoo, I’m supposed to tag others once I’m done so I’ll go with Taylor from My Lucite Dreams, Sunny from Mostly Sunny, The Procrastinator over at Procrastinating Pretty, Angie at Vanity Rouge, Kai at Kai’s Obsessions, Claire at Aucuparia Brumalis, Monika at Rocaille Writes, Toya from Beauty Obsessed, and Emi at Project Swatch. And of course, anyone else that wants to join in, please do! I’d love to read everyone’s answers! Don’t feel obligated to do it but I hope you have fun with it if you do!! Here are my questions for you all:
1. Do you have a go-to look when it comes to makeup? If so, describe it!
2. On average, how often do you buy new makeup? Do you buy makeup more in-store or online?
3. Are there any brands that you have been dying to try but haven’t gotten a chance to yet?
4. Do you spend more money on makeup or skincare?
5. When it comes to skincare products, do you like to try new things a lot or do you stick to something loyally if you find it works for you?
6. Most reached for blush as of late? What about eyeshadow? Eyeliner?
7. Do you have any “HG” products? If so, share!
8. Is there that one perfect product that you keep searching for but have yet to find? If so, what is it?
9. If you had to choose just one beauty brand to shop from for the next 5 years, which brand would you choose?
10. Are you a sucker for packaging and/or pretty presentation (like the new trend of gorgeous, intricately embossed powders)?
11. You’re already running late but have on a completely bare face. Do you take an extra 5-10 (or even 15…:P) minutes to throw on just a little bit of makeup or do you go as is?