Have you ever bought something because it was too pretty to resist? There is this brand called Zeesea/Palace Cosmetics and their packaging is just beautiful I picked up a powder compact from their Egyptian Collab with the British museum and it is my favorite compact. The powder is good. But the compact is fantastic.
Well in my quest to shake up my subscription boxes I found that Zeesea now has a monthly makeup subscription. I started looking into it and realized that while I love the compact, and often ogle their lipsticks, I hadn’t actually tried any of their makeup products. So I used this as an excuse to order one of the eyeshadow compacts from their Palace Identity Line.
It arrived last night and it is just as pretty in person as it is on line. I think it took about a month to reach me. And I couldn’t resist using it today. I’m going to call it research as I decide whether or not to try out the subscription from the brand but the truth is it was very pretty and I sometimes just like pretty things. I like them better if they work well, but it is very pretty.
Other than that I am dodging rainstorms today. It is incidentally why my hair isn’t looking fabulous. it has been wet several times this morning as I run around. I attempted part of a walk, this morning as it was a little cooler. The rain caught me. It caught me again when I was checking in on the garden. Since it has been mostly me at the desk working with no video call interruptions I let my hair just be what it is going to be today. I’m hoping to get a bit more yoga in later this afternoon. I just have one set of revisions to go before i can take a breather.
Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer
Bronzer: Kim Chi Beauty Thailor Bronzer
mascara: Patrick Ta Major Volume Mascara
Eyebrows: iMethod Beauty Eyebrow Kit
Lips: TYS beauty lip treat
Today was a very low key look. with the bareminerals being a light tinted moisturizer I decided to see if the Pixi duo worked better with it. It is of a light enough hue that with actual foundation products it was getting a bit lost. So I decided that this would be a good time to test it again. I also wanted to see if the Kim Chi bronzer could be toned down for a more natural look. with the Kim Chi I found that I needed to swipe the brush across the product and pat the bristles on my hand once and then do a light touch application. This managed to add just enough product to the cheeks. It is a very blendable formula so I think it is worth playing with. I do think that it wouldn’t be my first choice for a natural look, but I like that I can make it work if that is the bronzer I have to hand.
With the Pixi, the blush was fine. The peach shade with only a tinted moisturizer works well. I don’t like the honey highlight. I think it performs more like an old school white contour than a highlight. If I was going for the dramatic contour, I would put this under the contour line before blending to enhance it. I don’t do that sort of contouring anymore, and it wasn’t my favorite even when it was in fashion. I do like the blush for a light look though so i will probably keep it around for that side of the duo.
When applying the By Terry today I used a makeup sponge. It worked a lot better than the brush with this powder. There was less of a dust cloud. It is a very finely milled product. However using the sponge did tend to leave a few white spots from the powder. I used a clean brush to sort of blend them in and all was good. I like this powder, but i think that I would look into picking up a version of it with a tint if I were going to purchase in a full size. It might be my skin tone or my application, but I think a little tint to the powder would help me out.
I am loving the iMethod Beauty brow stencils. It is just so simple and easy to use. I am bad with brows and this makes me less bad at brows. What more needs to be said. This is going to be a standard. I’ll put it aside to test other products of course, but I’m pretty sure this is now what I am going to be testing them against.
And now we have the pretty palette. It is just beautiful. Today I used all of the shades at once just to test out pigmentation and blending. I went with only dry brushes. The deep pink at the bottom is very pigmented and I think I went in a bit heavy. There was no fall out though it was just a brighte pink then I wanted. I think the other shades are more subtle and I think tomorrow I will leave off that bright pink and see about creating a softer look. To be honest I don’t mind setting the Lunar Beauty to the side for the moment because i really want to look at some tutorials with it before I play around with it more. Despite the multitude of pans all my looks with it are more or less the same. So I’ll play with the pretty palette while I look into the other.
And yes, that is a justification.
Rounding out the products was the TYS Lip treat lip plumper. It stings like it is going to make your lips huge, but the difference is very subtle. I do like it as a gloss. I will probably use it until it is gone and then never bother replacing it, but it is fine as a slightly holographic gloss on days where I just want a little lip love. Today it worked for me.
And that my darlings was me today. I know I was mostly just excited that the pretty compact came in. And it is just as pretty as I thought it would be, so i am pleased. I still don’t know about the Zeesea subscription, it will be something I have to think about. But I do like using the pretty compact and the shadow was not bad. It is certainly something to think about.
But for me it is back to work now. I hope the rest of your day flows smoothly.