Thankful for Blogger Friends! Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Karen from KPsays to participate in a tag she created, Thankful for Blogger Friends. This tag is about the wonderful people you meet through blogging and the friendships that you make.

ABOUT YOUR BLOG (Please be specific in your answers, so we can all learn something!):
How long have you been blogging?
A month and a half! I created my blog and put up my first post on October 14.

Are there any bloggers who helped you out/encouraged you when you first started your blog?
My husband runs his own blog on a completely different subject and has been amazing at helping me with all of the tech stuff from just getting started to cropping photos. He is also a wonderful editor, and lets me read all of my posts to him before they go live. Check out his blog, Conspiracy Cinema.

Ashley from Clothesline Confessional offered some very nice words of encouragement after I started my blog. I have known her for several years outside of the blogging world. Do check out her beautifully written blog.

Those that comment on posts and keep coming back to the blog are a huge encouragement! I cannot tell you how happy it made me the first time I read a comment on a post. Karen and all of the lovelies tagged below have been such a support just by continuing to visit my blog.

What Social Media has given you the most traffic to your blog? Is there a platform that you don’t use?
Twitter and Google Plus have been great! I post links to pages on Facebook through my personal account, but the next thing for my blog will be a Facebook page for it. Also, I use Tumblr regularly, but it's mostly just pictures from blog posts. I'm not on Pintrest or Instagram, but I have a feeling Instagram is in the near future!

How often do you post? Do you have a regular schedule?
My goal is to post 3-4 times a week and do some work on the blog every day. I have fallen a little behind the past 2 weeks because I did some traveling for work last week and had my parents over for Thanksgiving this week.

Where do you blog?
Usually, I blog at a desktop that my husband and I share, but I occasionally work on my laptop on the couch.

What camera do you use? What photo editing software do you use?
I have a Kodak M1063 that's a little old, but my Samsung Galaxy S4 has a great camera! To edit, I use GIMP 2.

How did you come up with your blog name?
I am a musician and sing professionally in a couple of different capacities, and Will Sing For Makeup was just a fitting name. I'm so surprised that the name wasn't taken! At first, I really wanted to keep my singer self and my beauty obsessed self separate, but they're both part of who I am. It turns out that those two things go together quite nicely.

Do you do any regular “series” posts on your blog?
Yes! I do Manicure Monday because I am constantly painting my nails. I work late on Monday, so it's an easy post to get up in the evening.  I also started Fragrance Friday because I love perfume and wanted it to be a part of my blog.

What draws you to a blog?
The photographs and the products. I love seeing how others photograph and lay out their blogs. It's inspiring and gives me so many ideas for my blog!

What turns you off of a blog?
I really don't like beauty blogs that don't list what products and colors are used. I've come across a couple of those, and it's frustrating when I like the look and want to recreate it.

How many blogs do you subscribe to? Are they all beauty related?
I have about 15 I'm subscribed to on Bloglovin. All of them are beauty related except for Clothesline Confessional. There are other beauty blogs that I come across on Google Plus and Twitter regularly, too.

When do you generally read blogs?
Early mornings before I start my day. It helps me wake up and gives me ideas!

What is your favorite type of post and why?
I like product reviews because I like seeing what's new or what other people are using.

What is your least favorite type of post and why?
I'm not sure that there's a type of post that I don't like.

NOW ABOUT YOU!! (If there are any you prefer not to answer, just skip!):
Where do you live? Tell us a bit about your city!
I live in a charming suburb north of Dallas, TX. It's easy to get to Dallas or Fort Worth from my home. North Texas is a great place to live with a thriving economy and lots of opportunities. It is the best place I have ever lived, and I am so grateful to be here!

What about your home?
I live in a house with a large backyard for this area and a creek just beyond the fence.

Single or taken?
I have been married for 2 years.

Do you have children?
No.

Do you have pets?
Yes, I have a dog. She is a miniature schnauzer, and today is her 5th birthday!

Do you have a "day job"?
Yes, I teach voice and piano lessons and have singing gigs periodically.

Do you have siblings?
No, I'm an only child.

3 words to describe yourself.
strong, driven, creative

Who is your style icon and why?
I'm not sure that I have one. I really admire Reese Witherspoon's style. She's a petite Southern blonde that always looks glamorous on the red carpet.

3 favorite bands/ musicians
That's so difficult for me to narrow down, so here's the 3 that I thought of first: Joyce DiDonato, Idina Menzel, Diana Damrau. The list goes on and on, really.

3 favorite movies
The Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde, The Fall

3 favorite books
I don't think I have a favorite as an adult, but here are some standouts from childhood: Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The Mozart Season

3 random/ weird facts about you
1. I enjoy weight lifting. 2. I grew up in a town so small that it didn't have any traffic lights.
3. I'm not a person that gets up a lot at night, but I have to sleep on the side of the bed closest to the bathroom.

That was fun! I tag these wonderful bloggers and anyone that wants to participate!
Brittnee from A Beauty Product A Day
Charlotte from Makeup by Candlelight
Liz from My Pretty Obsessions
Jan from Baffled About Beauty
Pilar from Beauty and More by Pilar
Ashley from Clothesline Confessional




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Face of the Day

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Having meetings at work meant that I had to make sure that my makeup was not too crazy, but I still wanted a fun makeup look. Being in the arts means that I can get away with more than a lot of people with my makeup and style. I wanted to have a statement lip because that's a trend that I am loving right now.





Face
I started by mixing Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm with Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation in Ivory to achieve a better color match and a semi-matte finish. For concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes, I used the Cle de peau concealer in Ivory, and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light was used to set everything.

I just wanted a bit of extra warmth, so I did some contouring with Bare Minerals Faux Tan. For blush, I used Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Adored. This blush has lots of silver sparkle that doesn't come across as too much on the cheeks but gives a slight icy highlight that I think is really fun.
 
Eyes
After I primed my eyelids using Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I applied Laura Mercier eyeshadow in Baroque on the lid and Burnished in the crease and outer corner. (A swatch of Baroque can be found in this post.) For a subtle highlight under the brows, I used MAC eyeshadow in Mylar.
Burnished, Baroque, Mylar(bottom)
Mylar, Burnished
 
To line my eyes, I used one of my favorite liners, Tarte Skinny Smolder Eyes in Moonstone Brown, and I used Covergirl Flamed Out mascara in Very Black Blaze. 
Lips
This look was all about the lips. I lined and filled in my lips with Prestige Waterproof Lipliner in Diva. Then, I went over it with the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. I still wanted a more saturated color, so I topped it off with a light layer of MAC Show Orchid.


Top to Bottom: Show Orchid, Diva, Berry Smoothie

 

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Manicure Monday -- Deborah Lippmann Chain Reaction

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It's cold and dreary outside, so I need some sparkle on my nails! Today's manicure is Chain Reaction from the Rock This Town set by Deborah Lippmann. This is a unique bronze color with tiny flecks of purple that are noticeable up close. Although it has lots of sparkle, this polish doesn't have hard to remove glitter. The somewhat muted color keeps this polish from seeming over the top.

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I have several Deborah Lippmann nail polishes, and all of them are fantastic. This is a luxury brand that is worth the high price. All of the colors I have wear for at least a week with only a little tip wear. No problems with chipping here! Have you tried any of the fantastic shades from Deborah Lippmann?
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Fragrance Friday: Hanae Mori by Hanae Mori

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Happy Friday! I hope your week has been as great as mine. Because I have been doing a bit of traveling this week, I have gone to my samples for fragrance on the go. And for this particular round of travels I selected Hanae Mori eau de parfum by Hanae Mori.



Hanae Mori by Hanae Mori is a sweet oriental.  The initial spray of this can come across as a little synthetic in it's sweetness, but that immediately goes aways as it begins to dry down.
With top notes of berries, a middle of floral, and a base of creamy woods, this fragrance has a lot going on in it that makes it difficult to distinguish individual notes. When first applied, I smell a berry sweetness with something cake like -- strawberries and cream. After about an hour, I get a more refined sweetness from the rose and ylang-ylang that keep it from becoming too pastry. The final dry down is mostly of the woods, or more specifically, a note of almond tree. The almond tree is what gives this fragrance the creamy sweetness -- vanilla with an earthiness to it.

This fragrance has moderate sillage and is not overpowering, yet it is long lasting. Because it is not overpowering, I really think this could work in warmer weather, but something about the almond tree note reminds me of warm, delicious, wintertime treats.
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Nail of the Day: Plum Power

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Happy Manicure Monday! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start. Today's nail of the day features Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail color in Plum Power. It appears that Sally Hansen has changed the name to Posh Plum, but the color is exactly the same.



Plum Power is  a plummy purple color with a hint of magenta and a pearlescent finish. This shade reminds me of a purple version of Essie's shade, The Lace Is On, from the recent Fall collection. 

I absolutely love this formula of nail polish and have several of these. The wear is extreme; this stuff stays put until you decide to remove it! Under $3.00 a bottle, this is one of the best deals in nail polish. This range comes in a variety of on trend colors.
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Product Rave! Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

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Both Ulta and Sephora recently had 20% off sales, so I had the opportunity to get things that I had been eyeing for awhile. Because I am constantly buying beauty products, my selection of samples is quite large, and every now and then I decide to try a new one. Such is the case with the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel sample I received with a Sephora purchase. After using this twice, I decided it was something that I wanted to purchase in the full size and use regularly.



Using this peel is like using a mask. You apply, wait up to ten minutes, and then wash it off. The product looks white in the tube but applies clear, and it has a bit of a citrus smell. Upon application, I feel a slight tingle but nothing too intense or irritating. I have used this for the full 10 minutes every time and have not had any irritation. If you have extremely sensitive skin, then I recommend leaving this on for a much shorter period of time. Of course, always wash it off immediately if you feel any irritation.

When I use the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel I notice that my skin instantly looks brightened and refreshed. My skin looks invigorated like I've just had a good workout. The product does claim to reduce hyperpigmentation, but it will be a gradual process. My post acne marks are still there, but this product will help over time.

What makes the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel effective is the chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid, and vitamin C. For more information on the importance of chemical exfoliants and vitamin C for your skin, I refer you to a dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz.

How do you exfoliate your skin? Do you like chemical of physical exfoliants? Let me know in the comments if there's a product I should try!

-xoxo Lauren

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Nail Polish Organization

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For some reason, Fall makes me super obsessed with nail polish. All of the Fall and Holiday collections make me excited in a way that Spring and Summer collections just don't. It must have something to do with all of the dark, rich colors and glitters that are released in Fall and Holiday collections that I can't resist.

My polishes were being stored in a basket on a shelf in my closet, and it had turned into a big mess. It's impossible to see what I have and find anything in that basket. After some searching online, I finally got a nail polish rack.


 
 
 
 
 
This nail polish rack was purchased from Amazon. It has two holes at the top corners for mounting, but it does not come with nails or screws. The holes were a little too small for screws, so nails were used to mount this. The clear acrylic rack is held together by glue and looks a little messy at some of the edges, but I haven't had any problems with it coming apart.  According to the seller, the nail polish rack will hold up to 90 bottles of nail polish. Most bottles fit in nicely except for Butter London and Marc Jacobs. To accommodate the Butter London bottles, I turned them sideways. They are still too wide to fit down behind the rail, so they're just sitting in at an angle. If you have a large Butter London collection, then this may not be the solution for you. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and even have a bit of space left to fill in with more polishes! 
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Nail of the Day: Tickle My France-y

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Sometimes a girl just needs a break from all of the wild, dark, and bright colors and needs a nude nail polish. There are times when I just need to look responsible, or at the very least, I don't need to distract others with my nails. Today's nail of the day is just the color I need.
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As my most worn nail polish, OPI Tickle My France-y is the perfect nude for me. It almost looks like I don't have anything on my nails. One coat is sheer, but it goes opaque in 2 coats. I applied 2 sheer coats because I wanted a softer look. It was still opaque, but the whites of my nails did show through a bit. Tickle My France-y is a very flattering and conservative color that would work on a variety of skin tones. The formula is long lasting and doesn't chip easily. This shade is widely available as Tickle My France-y is part of OPI's permanent line.

Do you have a favorite nude polish?
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Fragrance Friday: Prada Candy

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I received a sample of Prada Candy eau de parfum soon after it's release in 2011, and I have been hooked ever since. This has to be my favorite sweet fragrance. Prada Candy doesn't go too far on the sugar as it is a very elegant and grown up gourmand. I'm not saying that fans of Aquolina Pink Sugar won't like this, but if you aren't a fan of Pink Sugar you should still have a sniff of Prada Candy.

Prada Candy knows how to please a crowd; it is my most complimented fragrance. The notes are very straightforward and not complex -- musk, caramel, and benzoin. It is the resin, benzoin, that keeps Prada Candy from giving you an out of control sugar rush -- a vanilla smell with a touch of something medicinal and spicy. The notes combine to make a nice spiced vanilla caramel.

This fragrance has moderate sillage, so it is not overpowering. Prada Candy is fairly long-wearing, and I can get very close to a full day's wear from it. On my skin, the fragrance softens with time but never changes. It doesn't develop into something different and take me on a fragrance journey like many other fine fragrances. Even so, I find Prada Candy to be absolutely delicious.I like the warmth that Prada Candy gives in the cooler weather.
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Color focus: Mauve eyeshadow

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Because of all of the bold and red lips I have been loving, I have been using more mauve toned eyeshadows, most of them being in a matte finish.  Mauve is a great way to have a bit of understated color on the eye while still having the lips make the major statement.

Here's a look into what I have in single eyeshadows.


Bottom to Top: Burberry Rosewood,Urban Decay Tease, Estee lauder Mischievous Mulberry, Laura Mercier Cashmere, MAC Quarry

Bottom to Top: Chanel Fauve, MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow Smoky Mauve


All of these have a true mauve dirty purple hue in the pan, but some of these pull other colors when swatched. Both Rosewood and Tease seemed more brown. Mischievous Mulberry looks to be the most true dirty purple shade of the bunch. Cashmere became a muted dirty pink, and Quarry, which I thought would be very similar to Cashmere, became a mauve brown.Fauve is probably more in the taupe family, but this can pull a little purple depending on the lighting. Despite the name, Smoky Mauve looks more pink to me, like a slightly darker sparkly version of Cashmere, but maybe that's just me. Either way, this eyeshadow is beautiful on the eyelids and very fun to wear.

My favorite to swatch was the Laura Mercier Cashmere. For a matte, it was very creamy and did not get powdery like most matte eyeshadows and applied smoothly. The other matte shades were smooth without getting powdery also, but there was a noticeable difference with the Laura Mercier. I definitely will be taking a look at more of the shades from Laura Mercier's Matte Eye Color selection.


Swatched many of these fall into the taupe category, but I still love them all for a bold lip look.
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Review: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm

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I was pleasantly surprised when I found the new Revolon Colorburst Lacquer Balms and Matte Balms at Ulta last week. Somehow, I managed to resist the urge to take home the entire display and only purchased one of each. I have the Lacquer Balm in Provocateur and the matte balm in Shameless.


Provocateur and Shameless


Both are in a retractable chubby pencil format, and the packaging is the same as the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. The Matte Balms have a matte finish on the tube, and the Lacquer Balms have a shiny finish. Both of the balms have the same minty smell as the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I'm not a fan of the smell, but it does not bother me once the product is applied.

I have been wearing the Lacquer Balm in Provocateur like mad all week because this is a red that is easy to wear. Lip liner is not necessary. This cherry red color is pigmented with a glossy finish, and even though Revlon makes no claim for this to be long wearing, it is. I do not find the formula to be drying, but it's not particularly moisturizing either. On the lips, it has a very similar feeling to the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Provocateur (top), Shameless (bottom)


I purchased the Colorburst Matte Balm in the color Shameless because I don't have any other lip color like it.  This deep purple shade is very pigmented with a true matte finish and is incredibly long wearing. Like many other matte lipsticks, I do find this to be very drying, so I have to work with it when I wear it. So far, my favorite way to wear this is with a lilac gloss on top. A matte finish isn't one that I typically prefer, so using a gloss works for me. If you prefer a matte finish I suggest using a balm before you apply.

Overall, I really like both of these, but the Lacquer Balms are by far my favorite.  I could not find any information about how available these will be in the future. Revlon does not mention these on their website, and the display did not say limited edition. UPDATE: I got in touch with Revlon via twitter, and they tweeted me back saying that the Lacquer Balms and Matte Balms are permanent but just in select stores now. If you can't find them, or you can't find the shade you want, then just wait and you should be able to find them in the future.
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Nail of the Day: Rouge Rubis

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Today's nail of the day is Rouge Rubis from Chanel's Holiday 2013 collection. It is limited edition but is available now.

The color is a true, classic ruby red, and believe it or not, I didn't have one in my collection. This is one of those staple colors that is always in style regardless of occasion, season, or time of year. Also, I think this color would be flattering on a variety of skin tones.

The consistency is thin like I prefer, and it went opaque in 2 coats. Chanel nail polishes have a nice round brush that is a nice size. It isn't as large as an OPI brush. I really enjoyed the glossy finish of this, and I did not use a top coat. OPI Nail Envy was used in place of a base coat. This did chip very easily and on the same day in which it was applied, but that may have been due to my lack of top coat.
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