The Beauty Lover Tag

I've been on a bit of an unplanned hiatus for the last few weeks but I'm finally back and ready to jump back on that beauty / romance horse. I thought a nice way to ease back into things would be with a little questionnaire about my love of beauty. It's the Beauty Lover Tag!

If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup, who would it be?
I honestly haven't given this much thought in the past, but I think I would have to go with Lisa Eldridge. She does the whole fresh, naturally gorgeous look so well and still knows how to smoke it up and add intensity when the occasion calls for it. Her experience and expertise is just amazing and I love that she shares tips and tricks with the rest of us via her YouTube channel.

What’s your top makeup tip?
Always curl your lashes and brush through your brows. I know a lot of people don't see the point in curling their lashes or are a bit scared of using a lash curler but honestly, curling your lashes instantly makes your eyes look bigger and more flirty. Brush through your brows because they're what really frames your whole face and brushing your arches into shape anchors you. If you think about it, your eyes are what people really look at when they talk to you, so don't underestimate the effect a little boost can have.

What one makeup item could you not live without?
Concealer. I've never had the most even skin and I was cursed with some serious dark circles (no matter how many hours of sleep I seem to get). There's nothing more disheartening than when people tell you you look exhausted. I mean, you can totally feel exhausted but I never actually want people to be able to see it. Concealer and I are besties.

What one skincare item could you not live without?
I would probably have to go with a good cleanser. I have oily, acne-prone skin and I hate that grimy feeling you get by the end of the day. As much as I love makeup, I also love being able to wash it all away, along with all the sweat, oil and pollution from a long day.

What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?
There are a couple of things I just suck at. Most of them are eye makeup related. I think I would probably have to go with using eyeliner, and not just liquid liner. Even old school pencils seem to confuddle me. I'm totally fine with tight-lining and lining my water line but drawing straight lines on my lids, trying to keep them close to the lash line and god-forbid winging it out always escape me. I always go into it thinking that this time will be different and I'll just keep it really simple but it's always a bad idea.

What’s your biggest pet peeve when it comes to beauty?
That's a hard one. I think I'd have to go with brassy blonde highlights on really dark hair. I just don't get it and I personally think it looks awful. I feel like highlights should be in the same tonal family as your base color, so that they actually highlight where the light would naturally hit your hair and give it some extra dimension. I will never comprehend people with brown-black hair getting blonde highlights.

What’s your favorite makeup era?
I would have to go with the 50's. I love the look of a classic red lip and sultry eye makeup. Not necessarily in the same look but I think they're bold, feminine and powerful.

What’s your guilty pleasure product?
Probably lip products. I always seem to be picking up new ones even though I rarely have time in the mornings to actually apply one before leaving the house. This is why at any given moment I will have at least 4 lip products in my purse. I feel like changing your lip color is one of the easiest ways to change up your look.

What’s your underdog product?
Honestly, I think Noxema doesn't get enough love. It's a cleanser my mom has used throughout my whole life and that I've used since I was a teen and it's always one I go back to. It's creamy, but really leaves your skin feeling refreshed and squeaky clean without stripping it. It's a product I'll definitely keep handy for the rest of my life.

What’s your favorite makeup product of 2015?
I think my favorite beauty discovery of 2015 would have to be the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm. This was a product I didn't really hear about until the end of the year and it's not actually intended for women but it makes the most incredible makeup primer. It's also hydrating enough for my skin that I don't need to use an additional moisturizer in the mornings. If you have oily skin (or just want your makeup to last longer) I highly recommend trying it as a primer.

That's all the questions! I tag my friend Violette Rouge and all my fellow beauty lovers who want to participate to fill out their own beauty lover questionnaire. As always, if you have any beauty related questions or requests you can always let me know in the comments below. 

I'm excited to be back guys! Look forward to seeing some new beauty reviews coming up soon on the blog. I've got so many new things I'm playing with!

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