Tag: What’s My Face Worth?

I came across a “what’s my face worth?” tag on Bethany Worrall a few days ago and my first thought was that I had to do it. My second thought was that I would most likely regret it. On a side note, does anyone else feel like this tag sounds like the ultimate passive aggressive girlfriend question – aka “do these jeans make my butt look big?” The kind of question where you want to know but you’re probably not emotionally prepared for the answer. Anyway, after roughly totaling up the makeup I use on a daily basis, I made the executive decision to exclude tools from the calculations. Baby steps, guys, baby steps.

For reference, here’s what my face looks like looks like on a daily basis. Sorry for the low quality light, it’s a dull, gray day here in NYC.

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Priceless. Jk, I’ll do the calculations…

FACE

Urban Decay De-slick setting spray $30 – I use this both before and after applying my makeup.

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer $32 – full review here.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (Shade 1.0) $39 – featured in my 2013 favorites.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Vanilla) $29 – full review here.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee (Poppy Paradise) $22 – also made the 2013 favorites.

Physicians Formula Solar Powder Bronzer (Light) $12.95 – once again, in the 2013 faves.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (Translucent) $35

BROWS

Bobbi Brown Brow Pencil (Grey) $22

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel (Clear) – $22

EYES

NARS  Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base $25

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette $28 – yet another one for the 2013 favorites, apparently I’m a creature of habit.

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara (Very Black) $7.49 – full review here.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (Black) $10

MAC Chromographic Pencil (NC15/NW20) $16

LIPS

Clinique Almost Lipstick (Black Honey) $15 – for sure in the 2013 beauty faves. It’s pretty much either this or lip balm.

The total comes to an eye-watering $345.55. That being said, some of these products, like the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and the Urban Decay Basics palette will most likely last me the rest of my natural born life. If I was feeling absurdly motivated i’d try and estimate cost per use for some of the products but, let’s be honest, there are other things I’d rather do with the next three days.

Anyone else braved this tag?

p.s. look what you can accomplish by accident in Photoshop

What's My Face Worth (crazy colors)

Sweater Weather Tag

It is officially fall in my apartment.  Butternut squash soup is simmering on the stove, the AC units have been pulled from the windows, and an embarrassingly large amount of holiday-themed Yankee candles has invaded the living room. There may even be a few Christmas carols piping their way around my room – too soon? Nonsense.

I’ve seen this ultimate fall tag floating around YouTube for a little while now and when I saw one of my favorite beauty gurus, Miss Glamorazzi do it, she inspired me to do the same.

1. Favorite candle scent?

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No contest for this one. It’s Cider Donut from Bath & Bodyworks. I already extolled its many virtues here in my August/September monthly favorites. I’m well on my way to burning through my second one in as many months. I’m not 100% sure you can still buy it, they may have already switched to their winter scents but if that’s the case, try Fresh Balsam, it’s like a Christmas tree in a jar!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Tea alllll the way. This is either the result of my English childhood or the fact my new roommate collects tea with the determination of one stockpiling for the end of the world. My favorites are English Breakfast, Chai, and Vanilla Chamomile.

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?

Nothing springs to mind for this question, I guess I don’t have a special memory that I associate with fall. The only thing I could think of were Guy Fawkes nights back in England. For those of you in the US, it’s a holiday, also known as Bonfire Night, celebrated in the UK on November 5th to commemorate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, an assassination attempt on King James back in 1605 that involved sticking a ton of Gunpowder under Parliament. Guy Fawkes was the fellow caught guarding the explosives and has become the unfortunate figurehead of the whole holiday. If I remember correctly, it’s traditional to build a straw man in his image that burns on top of a massive bonfire – hmm this seems a little macabre now that I’m actually writing it down ha. For me, Guy Fawkes night meant a gathering of family and neighbors, a huge bonfire, and fireworks. A pretty excellent way to spend a fall night, if you ask me.

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?

Winged eyeliner. I’m not really one for dark lips, the darkest I usually go is something along the lines of the “Pink Truffle” Lip Butter from Revlon. Winged eyeliner, however, is my jam. I tend to create my look using a espresso colored eyeshadow and a fine liner brush, partly because it’s by far the easiest method, and partly because it creates a much softer effect than the classic liquid liner look.

5. Best fragrance for fall?

I’m cheating a little for this one and giving you two, a new favorite and a rediscovered one. The new favorite being the Chloe Eau du Parfum I picked up from Sephora a month ago and have been obsessing over ever since. Since describing fragrances is notoriously difficult, I’ll give you the summary from Sephora:

Top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee embody subtle freshness. At the heart, midnotes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose rise to sublimated femininity. A base of velvety elegance comes to fruition through cedarwood, amber, and honey.

It’s a chic blend of fresh and slightly floral that makes me feel simultaneously feminine and sophisticated. The staying power is also out of this world, it’s the only perfume I own that I can still smell on myself at the end of the day – major points.

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The fragrance rediscovery is Diesel Plus Plus Feminine. I received this as a gift years ago in high school and, while I loved it, felt the slightly spicy, floral scent was too mature and sexy for me at the time. Fast forward several years to when I’m super mature and sexy…just kidding, but I am technically a grownup, so I feel more comfortable wearing stronger scents. I can’t find a decent summary online, so I’ll take a stab at describing it for you. The fragrance is smooth, sweet, and slightly floral, with a vaguely spicy undertone that lends the perfume an almost masculine feel. Does that make any sense? Either way, it feels like the perfect fall fragrance and, after so many years on the sidelines, it’s finally getting some use! It looks like the fragrance has been discontinued but you can still find it online pretty easily.

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food?

Am I allowed to say all of it? No? Ok, then I’m gonna have to go with pumpkin pie. But not your standard pumpkin pie, oh no. I’m referring to the secret family recipe pumpkin chiffon pie that’s been served at my thanksgiving table for as long as I can remember. Since it’s a chiffon, it’s much lighter than your average pumpkin pie (think a firm chocolate mousse texture) and more strongly spiced. It’s so amazing we have to make at least two every year lest a riot start. We also have to make it on Christmas for the same reason.

7. What is autumn weather like where you live?

I’m still figuring it out! It’s my first official fall in NYC but so far it’s been lovely, fluctuating between the low fifties to mid sixties. My mom, stuck back in FL, is terribly jealous, it’s approaching the nineties again in Orlando! Honestly Florida, has no one told you Christmas is coming??

8. Most worn sweater?

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I am absolutely living in my new knit sweaters from H&M at the moment. I have two, one in a blue/grey and one in a lovely plummy wine color. They’re a thick, soft, loose knit and have a half zip down the back which adds just enough detail to make it look chic. I bought them in a medium so they have a slightly slouchy, comfy look instead of a fitted one and I can’t tell you how many people have complimented me on them or asked where I bought them. The only downside is that, due to the loose knit of the sweater, it’s super easy to catch on things and pull out of shape. They can be a bit hard to find in stores but I’ve managed to find them online here. Anyone looking for a great fall sweater that’s super easy to style – I highly recommend these, or H&M in general!

9. Must-have nail polish this fall?

I know fall is supposed to be all about the sophisticated reds, purples, and navies but I’m going with a neutral for this one. I love me some bright nail polish, I’m particularly partial to yellows, blues, and greens, so fall, for me, is more about muted colors than vampy darks. One of the first polishes I reached for when the weather turned cool this year was Essie’s Chinchilly, a medium grey with warm undertones. It’s neutral and classy without boring. I especially love this on my toes, it’s one of the few beige/gray polishes that suits my uber pale complexion.

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? 

Is it just me or is this a bit of an odd question? While I wanna say leaf piles since it seems the most fun and fall-themed, I’ve always found the actual act to be a bit underwhelming. Maybe my leaf piles were never big enough but I usually just ended up with a bruised butt and a yard that needed a second raking. Also, for some reason, the first thing I thought of when reading this question was the warning I would hear back in England when I was a kid about how leaf piles were full of leeches?? Is this a UK thing? Either way, I just googled it and apparently leeches in leaf piles is a total myth. Something tells me the weary dads of the world started it to keep their painstakingly raked leaf piles free of airborne children.

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?

Team skinny jeans! I think if I ever wore leggings out in public I’d spend the whole day feeling like I forgot to put on pants. I know they’re super comfy and all but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Also, as my public service announcement of the day, can I just say that nude leggings are NEVER a good idea. Never. Ever. And yes, I have seen the nude legging look worn in real life – twice.

12. Combat boots or Uggs?

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Gotta go with combat boots. This has to be one of the most practical trends ever: a sturdy, durable, and comfy shoe. Here’s to hoping they never go out of style. I live in my black Steve Madden pair, they’re super comfy, easy to style and are still going strong after over a year of use (I personally thing they look even better a little scuffed). Pretty sure they’re the Troopa style if anyone’s interested!

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

I think this is mostly in reference to coffee which I don’t drink but I’d still have to say yes. It just instantly makes you feel in the holiday spirit. Pies, breads, teas, coffees, eggnog – however you have it, it’s always a crowd pleaser.

14. Favorite fall TV show?

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I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a TV watcher. Periodically I’ll get into a groove and follow a bunch of shows for a while online (Modern Family, The Good Wife, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother…etc.) but I always seem to lose my way after a while and fall super behind. One show I have been managing to watch recently, however, is Scandal. I’m a sucker for smart, fast-paced dialogue (Gilmore Girls anyone?) and strong female leads and this show has both. It’s brilliantly written, superbly acted, and full of devious and complex plot lines that will keep you clicking “next episode” on Netflix until the wee hours.

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

I’m not really sure what to put for this. As I mentioned above, I’m already busting out some Christmas music but that’s more winter spirit than fall. I guess I’ll just choose what I’ve been listening to recently which is a lot of mellow, sweet music like Passenger, The WeepiesJose Gonzalez, and Ray LaMontagne. As a bonus for y’all for making it to the end of this mammoth post I’m gonna include an gorgeous illustrated video, “Thought of You,” that’s set to a Weepies song. Seriously watch it, it’s incredible!

What about you guys? If anyone else is tempted to do the Sweater Weather tag, let me know – I’d love to read them!

Image Credits: Ebay.com, Wilko.com, H&M.com, Stevemadden.com, HuffingtonPost.com

Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

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1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

The most inexpensive beauty products I own definitely come from elf (their products average $1-$3) BUT I’m going to give you a product that I use regularly. The Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel is a clear gel I use to hold my unruly eyebrow hairs in place – the best part: It’s pretty cheap ($6.49). Before this I used the Anastasia Brow Gel in Clear ($22) and I haven’t seen much difference between the two. If anything, I like the brush of the Ardell one better, it’s slightly smaller which allows for greater control. I will say the packaging is very cheap looking but at $6 I didn’t expect anything fancy. It’s not an AMAZING product but it’s as good as any I’ve tried and it saves me money – counts as a win in my book.

2. WRATH: What beauty product do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?

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Hmm this would have to be Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Rocket Lash mascara. I go back and forth with this product. Sometimes I really like it and sometimes I think it’s getting a one-way ticket to the trash can. The first coat looks great – it does an amazing job of defining and coating each lash, its stiff bristle wand is merciless when it comes to separation. The second coat is where I have issues. The lashes look really coated and fake and lose some of their natural curl. I keep wanting to love it and I hate the idea of throwing money away so I’ve experimented with different ways of applying it. Currently I’m using it to do my first coat and then layering it with Maybelline The Falsies Flared for my second coat. The Rocket Lash gives me separation and definition while the Falsies Flared gives me curl and volume without making my eyelashes look coated with mascara. Power couple. As for what product has been the hardest to get, that would have to be my Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. This is hands down the loveliest cleanser I’ve ever used. It melts into your skin and takes off all your makeup, even eye makeup in one step. It cleans your skin beautifully without being the slightest bit drying. The one downside is that it’s ridiculously difficult to get your hands on, especially here in the states.

3. GLUTTONY: What’s your most delicious beauty product?

This one’s easy, my Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia cologne. I’ve had it for about two months and my obsession has yet to diminish. It’s absolutely the most delicious, summery fragrance – I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been tempted to sneak a taste. It’s fruity and sweet without being saccharine; there’s just enough of a floral note to cut the sugary scent and it gives the fragrance a more mature tone than your average fruity body spray. It doesn’t have the greatest staying power but I managed to snag a sample of the cologne too and carry it around with me for touch-ups or sporadic moments of weakness. I realize Jo Malone is a wee bit pricey but in this case it’s worth it – this scent has earned a permanent spot in my perfume line up.
4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

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I’d have to go with lip products on this one. I’m a lip balm girl all the way (current faves are EOS summer fruits and Smith’s Rosebud Salve). For some reason I feel that adding a lip takes my makeup over the edge from more natural to a real made-up look, but  maybe I’m just working my way up to bold lips. If I’m honest though, I mostly stick to lip balm because it’s easy – no touch ups, no matching, no worries.

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self-confidence?

I’m going to have to cheat a little on this one. Since I have problematic skin, I steer clear of mirrors and/or the public when I don’t have a base on. I guess this makes my Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation the numero uno confidence booster. A very close second (maybe even confidence booster 1.5) is my Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil in gray. My eyebrows sort of give up the plot halfway across my eye so filling in my eyebrows makes a massive difference for me. I personally think properly shaped eyebrows are the single biggest way to impact your look so going around with two half eyebrows isn’t the greatest for my confidence levels.

6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Since this is a beauty tag, I’m kind of assuming this is about appearance but so you all don’t think I’m a superficial twit I’m throwing in some personality things as well. For the physical check list I love a good head of hair and some solid eyebrows. Does anyone else notice guys’ eyebrows or is this a result of my deeply rooted eyebrow insecurity? I also like a nice jaw line – can’t go wrong with that. Going beneath surface level, I go for confidence, kindness, intelligence, and a great sense of humor.

Well, that’s my Match.com profile written.

7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

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I’ve been lusting after the Escentual Molecules “Molecule 01” fragrance for a while now. It’s a fragrance with only one base note scent (most perfumes have a whole handful) that reacts with your body’s natural pheromones to produce a completely custom, irresistible fragrance. How amazing does that sound?? It’s also interesting because most people can’t actually smell it on themselves, they only get the occasional whiff when the breeze changes or when they catch it lingering on clothing. Other people, however, are apparently drawn to it like those crazy women in the Axe commercials. The perfume has rave, sometimes hilarious, reviews and seems like it would really fun to try. The problem is it’s a tad hard to get hold of in the states and its VERY pricey. If you have a rather large amount of disposable income I think it would make an awesome gift – it’s a unisex scent too!

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