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Woman Seeking: Social Media

Woman Seeking Makeup is now on Twitter! Thanks to Made From Beauty for the prompt =) If you’re on Twitter and want to follow, look me up @WSMakeup ✨ I have no idea how good I’ll be at Twitter as I kind of suck at maintaining my personal account, but we will see!

In case you’ve missed it, WSM is also on Facebook, which you can find here 

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I’m also on Instagram, at WomanSeekingMakeup as well.  Pretty straightforward, right? So if you’re loving the blog, find me on the other fun social sites, too!

XOXO, WSM 

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Woman Seeking: The Creative Blogger Award 🏆

Thanks to Lipstick & Lightsabers and Honestly Positive Lifestyle, I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award! Each of these blogs are great, and I encourage you to take a moment to check them out. Thanks so much ladies! I was nominated quite a while ago, but I finally have time (and Internet service) to upload this post! 

The rules of the award are:

  • Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you (lol I’m sad this had to be made a rule!)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Nominate 5 blogs
  • Pass on the rules

Some …fun?..facts about me aaare:

  1. I crunch all of my chips before I eat them. If it’s an individual sized bag I just crinkle the whole thing up, or if it’s a large bag (or at a gathering or picnic or something) I will portion my serving onto a plate and then smash them with my fingers. I don’t crunch Pringles, however. I think this may be a leftover habit from my days with braces? No clue!
  2. My favorite movie is Ever After, even though normally I don’t like Drew Barrymore. I’ve seen it countless times and it has yet to get old. It’s romantic and smart and sassy wi subtle humor and just oh so great. 
  3. I love using the 😩 emoji! It’s so dramatic and over the top! It’s probably one of my most used. 
  4. I’m a huge dog person. I’m not anti-cat, mind you, but I definitely prefer dogs. I’m an animal lover in general, actually. I also like horses, turtles, and hedgehogs. I’m hoping to maybe get a dog in a couple of months, but I have to make sure I have the time it deserves first. Be realistic about pets, folks! 
  5. My preferred (daytime) tea is Irish Breakfast Tea from Twinings. I like it straight, but I usually add a touch of creamer/almond milk, and sometimes a half a packet of sugar. I try to start off my day with green tea because, ya know, health…but when I need the caffeine or sweetness this is what I grab. 

So that’s a little bit more about me! It’s not beauty related, but I thought it was fun to fill out and hopefully fun to read. I’ve decided to tag some blogs I’ve been loving recently. Not all do these are beauty related, but they deserve some love! If you are one of the blogs I nominated and are reading this, no pressure! I simply wanted to inform my readers of your awesome blog and send some good vibes.  Those blogs are:

Feeding The Heart

Bitsy Besty

Life With Tisha

Made From Beauty

With All My Affecttion

Check them out, and list some of your favorites blogs or fun facts about yourself in the comments!

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: A Simple & Sweet Spring Makeup Look

When the temperature starts warming up and the sun starts shining for longer and longer each day, I start to bring spring into all aspects of my life. I wear more fresh perfumes than sultry scents, break out the lilac and beach scented candles, and throw open my windows (so what if the high is 45 degrees F? This is the Midwest. That’s basically bikini weather!). Among these changes is a switch up in my makeup products. To me, spring makeup is polished but light. It’s not quite time for the messy sexy bronzers and neon that can be rocked during the summer, but the vampy lips and flawless full coverage foundations of winter are a little too heavy. Typically I like to go with a fresh, natural look paired with a bright lip. It looks pulled together and chic yet still has a hint of fun. Here I’ve thrown together the look I’ve been wearing a lot lately that helps me perfectly transition from winter to spring! 



First, I’m going to start with a pore minimizing primer, such as my Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. To be honest, I do not like this particular one, but I want to use it up, and I’m running low on the one I actually DO like (Benefit’s The Porefessional), so I’ve been grabbing this instead. I smear it all over my face and wait about 5 minutes or so before moving on to the next step. This helps in sink it and do it’s job. If I were to immediately go in with my next product, I could end up with a big mess or a patchy application. 



After my primer has set I go in with my lightest foundation, the Napoleon Perdis Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation. I’m in the shade Look 1. I absolutely love this foundation. When I first bought it, I was disappointed because I thought it applied funny. Once I got a hang of the application, however, I changed my tune. This is so incredibly light on the skin and yet has a buildable coverage. And it still looks like skin! And the shade is spot on! Ugh. So much love. I’ve never tried a spray foundation before this, but I really see a difference. I grabbed this when all Napoleon Perdis products were 75% off at Ulta, and now I’m so sad because it is currently only available at Nordstrom (that I know of) and I don’t have a Nordstrom anywhere near me. Plus this stuff is pricyyy. I don’t know how long the can is going to last me but I’m trying to ration it. Anyhow, I work in areas when applying this, spraying it lightly on one area and buffing it in using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush before moving on to the next. Occasionally I’ll spray it on the back of my hand and dip my brush in, but I only use this method for the parts of my face I’m scared to spray (like around my eyes). 



I apply a little bit of a lightweight highlighting concealer under my eyes, in between my brows, and on the outsides of my eyes and use th same brush I used for my foundation to gently blend it onto my face. Here I used Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. Since I don’t have too much to cover up int he way of dark circles, this just helps bring some life to my face. I also set this with a bit of powder to prevent creasing. Today I forgot powder so I actually used Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Eyeshadow in 10 Ivory Box. Hey, whatever works, right?



I always like to do my brows before doing my eye makeup. Especially if you have more nonexistent brows like I do, I think doing your eyeshadow before brows can easily lead to an overdone look. Brows frame the face and bring attention to the eyes, but if they’re done second, I find I try to use eyeshadow to bring attention to that area, and after filling in my brows the effect is too intense. If I fill in my brows first, I use less eye makeup and also have a better idea of where the shadows should be placed (hard to line up a wing with athe end of an eyebrow you can’t see). I’ve been a loyal Anastasia Beverly Hills Fan for a while, flipping between the DipBrow and the Brow Wiz, both in the shade Taupe. Clearly, I used the Brow Wiz today. 



I’ve really been liking no-fuss eye looks lately. I think they pair perfectly with a spring bright lip and can work for both day or night. I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Cream Eyeshadow pot in Bad to the Bronze. It’s the perfect wash of color that adds dimension without looking too dark for the daytime. I was super skeptical about these not creasing on me sans primer, but they don’t! They blend well and stay put on the lid. These can also be used under powder eyeshadows as a base. If I do something in the evening, I usually take a darker brown powder eyeshadow and throw it in the crease and outer V and call it good. 



Using my Modern Minerals small dome eyeshadow brush, I highlight my brow and inner corners with the Essence eyeshadow in Vanilla Milkshake. It has a touch of shimmer and is such a bargain, I picked this up during a sale for less than $0.50! I feel like this may also be a beautiful budget cheek highlight, but I’m not big into cheek highlighting so someone with more knowledge will have to test this out and let me know!



I get nervous using cream products because of my already oily skin, but I find this Stila Convertable Color to work wonderfully with this foundation. I use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and dab it in the product, and then do a couple of dabs on the back of my hand to get off any excess color before stippling the remainder on my cheeks. I place blush a little further back because that is what works with my face shape. I have a ruddy Complextion to begin with, so I want to be very careful where I’m placing my blush as to not undo any covering up that I accomplished with my foundation. This way my flush is only where I want it. This sample in the shade Peony is perfect for traveling as well, and looks so natural. 



While there is NOTHING wrong with letting your pale skin be pale, I like to add a hint of bronzer for dimension. I start with a liiiiight contour and blend, and add a bit on my forehead to balance it out. This also sets anything that may need setting. I use just the tiniest bit of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Medium/Deep and went in with a light hand. I want my real skin to show and to look healthy, not overly made up. 



I skip eyeliner and give my lashes a quick curl using my Shiseido curler (you try taking a picture while wielding an eyelash curler -_-) and then add a couple coats of black mascara. Although I’m not a fan of plastic wands, I’ve really been impressed with Maybelline’s The Rocket Volum’ Express. The wand doesn’t poke or hurt my eyes, which is usually my biggest problem with plastic mascara wands. 



Last but not least I pop on a bit of lip product. I have been obsessed with MAC’s Girl About Town lipstick lately. Unfortunately, i needed a more low maintainance lip today so instead went with my Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in 001 Honey. It’s the easiest shade to wear and because it’s in crayon form I can apply this without a mirror when on the go. It fades nicely as well, and is comfortable on the lips. It also smells like mint! 



So there it is! A simple, easy look that is pulled together but natural. I included pictures in different lighting as well as close ups so you can see how the makeup wears in as real life as I can show with my iPhone. I think this just melts into the skin so flawlessly and creates that fresh faced look I wish I had naturally. 





I am not wearing this same face look or mascara here, but I wanted to show what I meant by a simple face and bright lip. This is MAC’s Girl About Town. I wore this a week ago when I tried to force it to be spring. You’re welcome, by the way…pretty sure that’s why it’s now warmer. 😉

Do you switch up your look when the seasons change? How are you celebrating spring?

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: How to Go from Lipbalm to Lipstick

While you might not know it from looking at my current makeup stash, I was a lipbalm and pink gloss only girl up until just a couple of years ago. I knew plenty of women who rocked lipstick, but I never felt sophisticated or confident enough to pull it off. While some people can cannonball right in, I’ve always been a more “sit on the edge and ease myself in” type of girl. After a little practice, I’ve finally grown comfortable enough to wear my brightest pink and darkest red with the best of them. If you’ve been eyeing the lipstick aisle with longing, but aren’t quite sure how to make the jump, here are my tips to go from cherry Chapstick to Kat Von D’s Backstage Bambi. 



1. Up Your Lipbalm Game

     If you wear little to no lip product whatsoever, the best place to start is adding a little tint in with your go-to. A great beginner option is Lip Smacker’s Dr. Pepper flavored lipbalm. It has a light berry tint while still the exact look, shape, and feel as regular ol’ Chapstick. Depending on how pigmented your lips are, this can go from a barely there tint to a noticeably (but still natural) berry hue. Sephora also sells an EOS-esque lip color in a few shades, I’ve got one in Cotton Candy, a subtle pink. 



2. Try an In-Between Formula

     Once you’ve grown comfortable walking around with a bit of color, the next hurdle to pass is how lipsticks feel. Most lip balms are waxy and hydrating, while lipsticks can range from creamy to somewhat drying. Everyone has a different preference and level of tolerance of formula’s, but jumping from a smooth lipbalm to a drying liquid lipstick can turn you off from all lipstick ever. Instead, try products like Clinique Chubby Sticks, Maybelline Baby Lips, L’oreal Colour Riche Balms, Tarte Amazonian Butter lipsticks, and Clinique Almost Lipsticks. All are hydrating lipstick-lipbalm hybrids that have a good range of colors and pigmentations. 



3. Stick with Nude or Natural Colors

     The way I started getting into lipsticks was to make sure I was picking more neutral tones. While I did pick up a bright pink Baby Lips, I found I never used it until just a few months ago. It’s best to try to stick to more subtle colors (I also picked up the Baby Lips in Peach Kiss and have used that color waaay more). I’ve found the safest bet was picking a color the same color or a tad darker than my natural lip color. Picking a lighter version may seem easier, but sometimes end up looking too light and concealerish, which is NOT a good look on anyone. Remember, if you pick up a color that ends up not being the most flattering, you can almost always return it (just keep the receipt). 



4.  Pick Your Price

     I have two different theories…the first, that you should totally splurge and get a good, high quality lipstick. The second, that drugstore lipsticks can be just as good as highend lipsticks at a fraction of the price. Personally, my first lipstick was from the drugstore. I figured if I ended up never wearing it or just not being a lipstick wearing girl that I wouldn’t have wasted much money, and I was old enough (or mature enough) that having a Brand Name product wasn’t the biggest deal in the world. That being said, I always coveted a “fancy” lipstick and ended up receiving my first high end lipstick two Christmases ago from my parents (Nars Roman Holiday, which is still one of my favorites). Depending on your preference, there are super affordable, quality colors from the drugstore starting at around $2, all the way up to uber chic, uber expensive colors (the most expensive lipstick I found on a quick search at Sephora was over $50!). 



5. Go crazy!

     Now that you’re used to wearing some color and you’ve gotten used to the formula it’s time to branch out! Try a liquid lipstick, pick up a bright color, give in to your inner vamp with a deep burgundy! The lipstick world is your oyster. If you’re unsure of how a color will look on you and are unable to test it out, a good tip I heard was to hold it up to your face in front of your mouth. It’s not completely fool proof, but it will give you some idea. Swatching colors on your hand or wrist is also helpful, but I use this more to get a feel for the opacity, as the color can look different depending on your lip pigmentation and face color (your face and wrist typically don’t match, which is why it’s recommended never to test foundations on your wrist but rather your neck). 

Extra Tips

     Prepping your lips can help lipstick apply smoothly and last longer. A simple lip scrub can remove any flake or dead skin to create a smooth surface. Lip scrubs are sold in beauty stores (my favorite is from Lush), or you can mix a little sugar and olive oil to create your own. Take that Chapstick that you hold near and dear and use it about 10 minutes before applying a lip color. Continue using your lipbalm on the days you don’t wear lipstick to keep your lips in tip top shape. Another great idea is to grab a lipliner. Lipliners help everything stay in place and extend the wear time of your favorite shade. My favorite lipliners at the moment are Essence lipliners. They’re super cheap and come in a variety of colors. NYX also makes great lipliners, and Urban Decay has a variety of bright colors to go with your brightest pinks. And if you’re looking for funky, you can’t beat OCC Cosmic Colour Pencils, who’s cruelty free, vegan product include pinks, purples, blues, browns, oranges, and more! 

Foraging into the world of lip color can be intimidating, but taking small steps can make the process a lot less stressful. Makeup is all about having fun and feeling yourself, so go with whatever makes you feel most confident, whether it’s a sheer nude lip butter or bright purple liquid lipstick!  

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: Candles & An Ulta Sale

I questioned myself over if I wanted to write this post instead of what I had planned, and decided the deals are too good to not talk about. Right now Ulta has Yankee Candle Company, Woodwick, and Stella Mare on sale. I’m not sure if they are being switched out for new scents or if Ulta is no longer going to be selling candles and reed diffusers, but now is the time to snap them up while you can! I picked a few on two different trips.

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My first time around I chose to get some Yankee Candle Company candles. I’m going to be honest, I LOVE many of the scents that Yankee Candle produces but find the candles too expensive for my budget, so I never buy them. I have purchased their mini $2 candles as well as their “Car Jar” cardboard air freshener for my car, but that’s as much as I can ever justify spending. When I saw how discounted they were at Ulta, and realized I could also use my coupon, I couldn’t resist! I bought two small tumbler candles and one large jar candle for less than the cost of the large jar candle costs regularly! Not to mention, I got this while the bonus points offer was going on (now expired), so I was able to get some extra points.

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I actually picked up these items today. This morning I received an email offering a free sample of Benefit’s new Roller Lash mascara with any purchase (available online or in-store, must be a Ulta Rewards member with valid one time use coupon code). I stopped by my local Ulta hoping they still had some candles left in stock and decided to go with these two Stella Mare candles. I’ve never purchased these candles or any soy candles before so I’m excited to see how they do. They smell wonderful in the box, so fingers crossed! Anywho, my total came up to $9.98, just two cents shy of being able to use my $3.50 off of $10 coupon, so I grabbed this Pixel High Shine Nail Lacquer in the color (144) The One And Only that was in a little sale jar on the counter to push me over the minimum balance needed for the coupon. I actually haven’t tried this brand of nail polish either, but the color is right up my alley, and the mini size ensures I’ll use it up before it goes bad. All in all, two candles, a nail polish, and a travel mascara for under $8 seems like a win to me!

Just thought I would pass along the information for any other candle lovers out there! I loved being able to pick up the larger versions of candle scents I already knew I liked, as well as purchase some new scents I’ve always wanted to try at prices that work for my budget, and get a free mascara as well! Selections vary by store, so go quick before your favorite sells out!

XOXO, WSM

(Just as a reminder, this is not a sponsored post…I just really like good deals and candles!)

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Woman Seeking: An Ulta Haul

Recently I went to Ulta to pick up one very specific product, and somehow ended up walking out with…well, much more than that one product (at least I did remember to get what I went there for! Yay me!). I have a LOT of points racked up, and a coupon, so I don’t feel too guilty about giving in to my impulse buys. Without further ado, here’s what I picked up.

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Essence Eyeshadow in 78 Vanilla Milkshake – On my way to the skincare aisles, just what do I happen to pass but the Essence cosmetics endcap full of little clearance stickers. Of course I had to stop and see if there was anything I could use. The store near my house was out of many things, but they did have a fewof the single eye shadows left that were on sale for $0.59! Sometimes Essence eye shadows can be a little too glittery for my taste (though the color payoff for even the extra glittery shadows is phenomenal), they did have this vanilla shade that that is described as having a "shimmer effect." It's a beautiful neutral shade that gives a nice shimmer without being crazy. I feel like Essence products are kind of like Germany's answer to Wet 'n' Wild, with more hit than miss products at an extremely low price point. Let me know if you'd be interested in a one brand post focused on Essence cosmetics below!

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads – I finished up my first canister of these the first few days of this month, but because I had a little bit of non- alcoholic toner left over from before, I decided to put off purchasing a new canister of discs. I was not overly psyched about these for some reason, even though I did figure I’d plan on picking some new ones up. The only other types of product like this either costs a little more than I’m willing to spend on something I’m not sure is doing what it says, or is stronger than I really want to use. However, after almost two weeks without using these pads I am very glad I decided to buy more! My skin has started getting a few pimples the past couple of days, and I haven’t changed anything else in my skin routine so I think these helped me more than I realized. They do claim to be retexturizing, which I desperately need, so I’m hoping with continued use, I will see a bit more of an improvement in a few months.

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Tarte Maracuja Oil – After swatching eyeshadow after eyeshadow after eyeshadow (I’m currently trying to decide which palettes to buy with various points and gift cards I have at various stores), I needed a makeup remover wipe like no other. Since I was in the “prestige” area, I grabbed an eye makeup remover wipe from Tarte. A bit later I went to swatch something else (of course) and couldn’t believe how soft the back of my hand was! I wasn’t sure if it was the wipe or just because I was rubbing so many things on and off, so I went back and got another wipe and tested it out on my arm. Soooo soft. While I couldn’t justify spending my money on specialty eye wipes, I COULD spring for the travel size bottle of Maracuja oil. I’ve been wanting to test out an oil for a while now, and I finally took the plunge and bought myself one. It’s going to be a bit before I get around to testing it, because I need to get my skin used to having the Glycolic Fix discs back in my life, but when things have settled down I am definitely going to put this baby to the test.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush – Another product I’ve been wanting to try for a bit. This past summer I used Suave’s version, which isn’t bad at all, but I feel like it kind of dried out my scalp a bit, so I went off of it and haven’t used any dry shampoo in a while. I’ve heard people rave about Batiste, but wanted to catch it when it was on sale at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. Unfortunately, my hair was a hot mess today and I realized I really need to pick something up. I scoffed when I saw the price Ulta was charging per bottle (sorry Ulta!), and was going to just give up and grab a trusty bottle of Suave to tide me over when low and behold I spotted a travel size version at a price I could get on board with. Strictly financially, travel size versions are usually a complete rip off, buuut I’m a person who’d rather spend a bit more per comparative ounce for a travel size to test something then spend a even MORE money (even if I get more for my money) for something I don’t end up liking. Does that make sense? I hope so. Either way I’m pumped I found the travel size so I can see how this performs.

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Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Cleansing Facial Towelettes – I’ve used these in the past and can’t remember if I like them or not, and am testing various makeup wipes for a future post, so I grabbed a travel pack of these while I was waiting in line. They are more of a natural product and paraben-free. So. Yes. Not much to say, I have to test them out.

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Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes – The same goes for these makeup wipes, although I do believe I remember liking these. It’s been so long since I used a makeup remover wipe, and I felt I needed to keep everything on an even playing field, so I picked up a pack of these in order to be fair. Plus, the travel pack of this was right next to the travel pack of the Say Yes To wipes, so it was easy to grab one of each. And like I said, I had a coupon so these were basically free, even before I used any points.

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Get This Top Knot (Ulta Hair Kit) – Perhaps the biggest impulse buy as well as the biggest steal, I grabbed this from the sale display stands right by the counter. Originally $20, I grabbed this for under $10. It had quite a few products from brands I’ve been curious about. Each individual product is worth $5-$10, so at $20 it was already a good bargain, so when I saw it for half off I was unable to resist. I consider the Bun Ease basically a throwaway product for me. As I have such thin, fine hair I can’t imagine that working for me without looking ridiculous, but who knows I might be surprised. And it does come with a couple hair pins and a hair tie and seriously, who couldn’t use more of those? The kit also comes with root pump mousse, volume spray, iron guard spray for protection from thermal tools, and repairing lotion. There is also a coupon inside for a cut & style from the Ulta salon for only $25, but it expires at the end of the month, and I prefer to go to a different place, so I probably won’t take advantage of it. Either way, it’s not too shabby of a kit for a measly ten bucks. Now I just have to wait until some of the prestige cosmetics have their holiday kits go on sale!

If I add up the price of each item before sales or points, and without tax, the total comes to just under $60. Luckily I did not have to pay that. It’s always nice when you can have a mini haul without going broke. I’m happy I was able to restock some products I already like, as well as grab some new things to try out.

XOXO, WSM

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