Good afternoon my darlings. Today is a day filled with last minute things. I am spending it wrapping up the last of my contracts that need to be done before I leave for my Mom’s house. Tomorrow I’ll do a last minute tidy before I begin my packing.
I have no expectations of it staying tidy while I am gone, but i will feel better if I leave the house clean. And so I thought today you might like to see what makeup I am taking with me. As I will only be using the makeup I take with me while I am gone, there won’t be any daily posts until I return (there will be regular reviews up). So I thought it would be nice to share what I am going to be using for the next two weeks.
I am actually taking a train case (mostly because I wanted to put my skincare and makeup in one easy to use case). Also since I will be going for two weeks instead of just for a holiday I am taking more full sized products rather than the travel and sample sizes that I usually travel with.
The train case is an old Caboodles one. I’ve had it for years and it does look a little rough around the edges from travel and there are stains inside. What I do like about it is that the case is easy to wipe down. There are actually far fewer stains than there could have been, I’ve just had this for nearly a decade and it has seen a lot of use. It is a well travelled case. Plus for the first two years it was where I kept all of my makeup. In addition to wipeable interior, this one also has metal corners which has also kept it going for a long time. The link will take you to the Caboodles site (Mine is the Medium train case) if you are interested.
But as with most things it is what is inside that counts. While i will go through the skincare tomorrow let’s take a look at the makeup now.
First I chose the Tatcha primer because it is my favorite. I know it will work and it is easy to use. While there are many primers that I really enjoy this one is my long term favorite and the one I will always repurchase. It blurs pores beautifully and works well both with my skin and under pretty much any product I pair it with. And when traveling a primer that isn’t going to cause problems is for the best. This isn’t the time to try something new.
The Yensa Foundation is also one of my top foundations. The BC foundation is just so beautiful on the skin. I tlooklike my skin but better. Even though I rotate through foundations, I have managed to use up an entire Yensa BC foundation this year. This is actually my second one of the year and I have enough product to get me through the two weeks and maybe a little to spare in this second one. I have already ordered a replacement, which should arrive while I am gone so I will have a fresh one ready for me when I return.
The Pur palette I am taking with me because it is an easy face palette to use and will travel well. I tend to travel with it a lot, mostly because it is a hard plastic case and won’t break but also because it is just easy. Pur is one of those hit or miss brands for me. There aren’t a lot of products I like from them but this palette I really do love using. For me it is one of their few hits.
The Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette I adore. It has all of the browns and golds and bronzes that ,my little heart loves to use. and the shadows work well. For me it is a fantastic everyday palette. I added the Viseart petite palette because it has some fabulously pigmented shades that are easy to work with and I thought that at some point I might want to take a break form the browns and having a few colors on hand might be a good idea.
I am taking two mascaras with me as well. The ABH Lash Brag which is very volumizing and the Benefit They’re Real Magnet which is extremely lengthening. They work well together and alone and are in my list of top mascaras. This Lash Brag has been open long enough that both product wise and time wise it won’t be coming back from this trip. I only keep mascaras a max of six months and this is nearing that time limit. the tube is also starting to feel close to empty. So I will take it and finish it up. The Benefit is new and has yet to be opened. And yes I do have a replacement ABH waiting to be opened when I return.
The brows I don’t want to think about so I am using the stencil and pomade from iMethod Beauty. While the stencils will remain in my makeup kit, I think I will run out of brow pomade during this trip or very soon after. while the stencils are fabulous the pomade is good mostly because it is the right shade for me. I may or may not replace the pomade with the iMethod pomade but I remain in love with these stencils.
And now the lips. You knew I wasn’t going to choose just one lipstick didn’t you. And In all fairness I should confess that there is a lip scrub and my Tatcha Kissu lip mask already in with my skincare. But I did think about my lip products. There is the lip plumping gloss. The Rimmel lip gloss has just a light shade that is just my lips but better. The MAC is my go to neutral. I almost always travel with a lip oil and the Yensa Super 8 is my favorite. This one is half way empty already. I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it. And for a bold lip I am bringing the Guerlain lipstick.. Plus that is in a reusable case with a mirror which is always handy.
Of course my baby doll pointed out that it is heavy enough that it could also be used for self defense if needed. The case is a substantial and reusable metal case. It is quite fabulous and to be fair it is somewhat heavy. Not that I plan to throw it at anyone.
And so my darlings, these are the products I have chosen to take with me for my two weeks at my mother’s house. I think they pretty much cover any contingency that I might face. Into the train case it will go, along with the skincare (packed last minute). This is the makeup I will be wearing for the next two weeks and quite honestly I am very pleased with my selections. But now it is back to work for the final push to clear off the desk before I go. Have a great afternoon everyone.
Ah yes, my darlings it is travel time. Time to pick out makeup and skin care products to take with me on my trip. I know this sounds totally dorky, but I really love picking out travel products. It forces me to slim down my choices with makeup, taking only what I will need for the trip and it allows me to try out an entire range of samples that I have been stashing in the drawer and waiting for an excuse to try out. With my travel I have a rule with packing. I can either take two small makeup bags (think the IPSY Glam Bag size) and place skin care in one and makeup in the other or I can take one larger makeup bag.
Hair care always gets stashed in a separate bag regardless, mostly because those items are often wet from the shower. That will be a second post. I actually did pretty good paring down the makeup this year. I have a harder time at Christmas as when I go home there are more gatherings. But I am still proud of myself. Let’s take a quick look at the makeup I am bringing along and why.
The Travel Makeup:
Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer: This is a great primer to just smooth out the rough edges. Plus I am almost finished with it and am hoping to use it up soon. Don’t worry a replacement has already been ordered. Partially because ELF has a huge sale going on right now and I couldn’t resist a restock. Not only is this a good primer, but it is a good travel primer. It performs well and because it is a cream it won’t spill or get a punctured tube. It is neat as well as fabulous.
Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: It is a great foundation and I really like traveling with a stick foundation over a liquid one. No spillage or breakage to worry about. this foundation can look a little shiny in the midafternoon, so have not only the powder in my makeup bag, but I have a compact in my purse. I know, it bends the rules a little, but I’m okay with that.
Pur 4-in 1 Skin Perfection Powders Face Palette: I chose this palette because I like all of the products in there and having all of my powders in one is a really good travel plan. It also has a hard case that will protect the powders on their journey. Is it my absolute favorite palette? No. It is good and I don’t mind using it for a long weekend though. It also has the powder, blush, bronzer and highlight. My other palettes don’t have quite the same mix. Several of them have multiple blushes or highlights or bronzers. This has all four so it is easy to pack. Plus it has a nice large mirror in case I end up putting on my makeup in a small corner of the kitchen table. This tends to happen more than I expect.
Eyeshadow: No 7 Pink Blossom Trio and the Ciate Trend Edit palette: I know, I probably should have chosen just one. The No 7 gives me a quick solid look, which as I am never certain how much time I will have to get ready when I am with the family is always appreciated. The Ciate London Palette has a few more pops of color but the colors complement the No 7 well. So I can use the No 7 and then maybe brighten it with the Ciate. or just swap them out by day. Both palettes are small and encased in sturdy plastic so I know they will travel well and give me enough variation for the length of the trip.
Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and YSL Volume Effect: I know, two mascaras. Both are samples and neither have a whole lot of product left in them, so I suspect they will be used up during the trip. I have both so I won’t run out of mascara and because I like both. I do suspect that the trip will finish out both tubes of sample sized mascara though.
Lips: Elf Sheer Slick, wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice, bareMinerals Liquid Lip in Pout, and Colourpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss: Yup that’s right, four lip products. And yes there is still a lip balm in my purse. and probably another couple of lip products as well. however I did choose the lip products carefully. All of them are ones I like so that is a no brainer. The ELF is a light wash of color for a barely there look. The wet ‘n wild is a deeper berry shade that is more dramatic and the bareMinerals is a pink toned neutral. Which means I have my shade ranges covered with this lot. The colourpop plumping gloss is to make mattes shiny and to plump my lips if I choose. Or to just be a clear gloss if I decide not to use a lot of lipstick.
See I may have gone a little heavy on the included lip products, but I chose them for a reason and even though a few more may find their way into my purse, I am pretty happy with my selection and the reasoning behind it. I was a little less cutthroat with my skincare items. There is a little less reasoning as far as products go. I had samples and I chose a sample for each category. Most of the products I’ve never used before and am using this as an excuse to try them. Others I’ve used before. Soooo.
The Travel Skincare:
Toner: Thayers Rose Petal Toner: Don’t worry I am not packing the whole bottle. Its why I have the travel bottle from my in-flight products packing kit next to the full sized bottle. I will fill the bottle and for extra safety tape the top shut during travel. Also it will go in with my hair care items, just incase it leaks. It shouldn’t but I like to be prepared.
Elemis Cleansing Balm: I know and love it and I picked up the travel size just for traveling. It is kind of my go to when traveling.
Klorane waterproof eye makeup remover: I am a big fan of this eye makeup remover. I actually have a large bottle of this but I keep the smaller sample size for traveling and just refill it. It always takes the makeup off and doesn’t cause the eyes to sting.
Tatcha Soft Cream Cleanser: Never tried it but it came in an IPSY a while ago and it was the only sample sized cleanser I had on hand. I’m actually quite looking forward to trying it out.
May Coop Raw Sauce: This is an essence. I picked it up the last time I went to the Peach and Lily website because it looked interesting and I thought I would give it a try.
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Anti Aging Day Cream: I know I’ve tried it before, I loved it before, but as so many of the products in the line up are new to me I thought I’d have at least a moisturizer that I knew and loved. If all else fails, I’ll still have a moisturizer.
BareMinerals Ageless Night Concentrate: I plan to use this as my night time serum. As it is a retinol I am packing an oil to use just in case. I am actually very excited about this serum. I’ve used BareMinerals makeup products for years but I’ve never tried out any of their skin care, so I am very much looking forward to using this.
Akar Soothe Face oil: When using retinols it is always good to have an oil around to calm down the skin if necessary. Plus if I run out of day time serum I can sub it in with no issues. Or so I hope.
Hey Honey Look into my Eyes Eye Mask: I found this floating in the bottom of my samples drawer and thought why not. I also have three Hey Honey Moisturizer samples I need to try. But that is for another time. I really like Hey Honey. The items I have tried from them have been really good. I’m hoping this one will be as well.
Sunday Riley Broad Spectrum Light Hearted Sunscreen: I keep forgetting to rotate this in to try out. I’ve been using up my Neutrogena spray sunscreen and applying it whenever I leave the house. But I have wanted to give this a try so now seems like the right time.
And finally I have two types of Eyemasks: Klorane’s Cornflower infused eye masks and Grace And Stella’ Energizing Eye masks. I love them both and when traveling home they are necessary. there are many dogs. I love them and they love me. My sinuses are less enthused. it is not allergies, just a change in environment and my eyes get puffy. These are amazing products to use to depuff. Especially since I love playing with the dogs. For me, they are essential Holiday Travel kit.
And that my darlings is the list of makeup and Skincare items going into my travel bag. By using a bunch of samples and strategically choosing my makeup, i fit it all into one bag. The brushes will be going in a different bag, as will the hair care, but that is just par for course. I have the thrill of trying out all new products and the added benefit of clearing out some space in my samples drawer. So it is kind of like an extra win for me. the closer we get to New Year’s Eve the more I want to clear out samples and partially used products. Partly because it makes things look neat and clean and partly because it makes me feel I am opening myself up to whatever the new year brings. and this makes me feel like I am getting a good start on that.
Happy Friday my darlings and welcome to the first makeup bag of 2021. I’m trying a little something different with today’s post so let me know how you like the changes. Instead of just showing a picture of the product, I will add links for each of the products so you can see the product and then in a get ready with me style, show the application of them. If that makes sense. Let me know what you think.
So starting off, I applied my primer. Today’s primer was the Master Prime from Maybelline. It is a blurring and pore minimizing primer and it does the job well. It is clear, so there is little to see, but it does blur out the pores. It is however very silicone-y so it does make your face super slick as well. And remember my darlings, a little goes a long way with this primer. Add too much and the rest of your makeup will pretty much slide off of your face. A little dot, spread over the areas you mostly want blurred out of minimized is all you need. I generally cover my nose and cheeks in a broad strip and call it done with this primer.
Once the priming was done I moved on to my foundation. This week I used the last of my Yensa BC Foundation. It is a combination of BB and CC cream in a foundation. It does well eliminating redness and covering up minor blemishes so I didn’t feel the need to have a tinted primer this week.
This foundation is a little dark for my skin at this time of year, but there wasn’t much left in the sample tube and I wanted to use it up so that it didn’t go bad waiting for the return of the sun. Now the tube is actually empty and I know that Tan Neutral is more suited to my summer skin and will purchase accordingly. And I will be picking up a full size of this once my foundation drawer has been cleared out a little more. For now the empty tube journeys to the empties bin.
Because my foundation was a little dark this week, I reached for my Marc Jacobs Hi-Fi Filter. While I don’t do a lot of contouring these days, I really like the darker shade in this for my bronzer and I find that the lighter contour shade, if applied with a fluffy brush right over the foundation lightens the foundation, but doesn’t make it look as powdery as actual powder. And it sits well under the darker shade I used as my bronzer this week. As always I loved using the Marc Jacobs compact. It will be with me until it is nothing but pan, and then I will repurchase in whatever version is then available. It is one of those products that is definitely worth the price.
For blush this week I used the Multi Use Crème Color in Exhibit A from the brand Habit. This came in a Petit Vour Box last month and this week was the first time I used it. It is supposed to be usable for lips, eyes and cheeks but quite frankly, I didn’t like it on my lips or eyes.
The color was off on the lips and it felt sticky on the lips. It also felt heavy on the eyelids. It wa however very nice on the cheeks. I dipped a finger into the pot of color, added a dot or two to my cheek and then blended it in with either fingers or a brush, both work. I actually need to look at getting more brushes that work for cream based products as at the moment, my fingers are the best blending tools for most of them.
But that is another story.
One thing to remember about this product is that it is highly pigmented. Even if you think you might want more, start with one dot, blend and then if you want more, dip back into the pot. It is highly pigmented and while it blends well, it stays fairly pigmented even after blending. You can always layer more on and make it as deep as you want, but tread lightly in the beginning my darlings or you may find yourself starting your day’s makeup look over again. I was very pleased with how well this stayed on the cheeks throughout the day. It did not blend into nothing and it did not fade away. I think I will see a lot of use out of this product.
I can’t really say the same for my highlighter. This week I used the Jecca Blac Glow drops in Champagne for my highlighter. I had high hopes as I used the rose gold glow drops and really loved the subtle glow it gave the skin. Like the champagne this product was listed as highlighting primer for face. The Rose gold worked well as a highlight but not as a primer. This one I may have to try as a primer. While I don’t really like the glow-y skin look, this might actually work under a full coverage matte foundation to provide a little more depth. I will play around with it a bit more, but I can honestly tell you it was not a highlighter. It blended out and was gone. I’ll save it ti try as a primer and see if I like it any better that way.
I used two powders this week, One was the Pacifica Cherry Blossom Translucent setting powder. It has a little bit of white to it when used, and can lighten up a look. It doesn’t make the skin look powdery and I personally like the scent. I generally like it for a week, then have to set it to the side and use something else before coming back to it though, because of the scent. It can get to be a bit too much if used too often. Spaced out, the scent is delightful. And the powder works wonderfully.
Even though it is jumping ahead a bit in product usage as I used the pressed powder to touch up any shine throughout the day, I’ll go ahead and cover it here. This week I used the Zeesea X British Museum pressed powder. The compact is gorgeous and I will end up using it as a compact in my purse when the product is used up. The product however is nothing to really write home about. It is a competent and basic pressed powder. It is not a good pressed powder. It is not awful, but it isn’t great. I bought it for it’s look and I adore the packaging. It is sturdy enough that it could be reused for a long time after the product is gone and it is a standard enough size that I could probably find something to easily fit into the empty space once I have reached pan. But I can’t say it is a wonderful product. It is a wonderful packaging and not terrible expensive. But I will be honest, I bought it for the packaging.
My Ciate London Palette The Trend Edit was in use this week and I have to say I loved it. You can check out the full review here, but in short there was a lot of pigment, little fall out and it lasted all day. I would actually repurchase this simply for the shade Burnt. It is a fantastic everyday shade for me and was great in a one and done look. I foresee mentioning this palette many times in the future.
My mascara came from Kristofer Buckle this week. It is the Grand Opening Mascara to be specific. It is a lengthening mascara and while when I first tried it, I wasn’t too enthused, this mascara has grown on me as I’ve used it. I think I was so used to volumizing mascaras that I wasn’t ready for just a lengthening one. I have come to appreciate the lengthening ones though and this one did a really good job lengthening my lashes. It is one that I will repeatedly reach for. This one is nearing the end of its life, but I already have a second one waiting in the wings to be opened. Like the Ciate, you will be hearing about this again.
To be honest I didn’t really use eyeliner or a brow product this week. I just used a spoolie on my brows and called it good.
For my lips I used two products. One was the Dose of Colors in Stone that I am trying to use up. It is the perfect pink toned neutral to go with the Ciate Palette. Its shadows have a slightly reddish undertone that made them work well together. The other lip product was the Huda Beauty Demi Matte in Bawse. A bold shade. While you can read the full review here, the sort of it is that I absolutely oved this liquid lip. It went on well, didn’t dry out my lips and stayed in place (with some fading) throughout the day with no touchups. All in all a fabulous lip product. I foresee many from this line making their way into my dressing table in the future. Admittedly I may try out the mattes before committing to the demi-mattes.
To top it all off, although applied before the mascara and lipstick, I used the new Pore Professional Super Setter from Benefit Cosmetics. This product came to be via Influenster and I am really enjoying it.For the spray alone I would love this product. The scent is light and fresh and it keeps the makeup in place all day. When sprayed, even though it is a manual pump, the spray comes out like a mist from an aerosol can. It is super light and there were absolutely no drips to pat off with my trusty Huda Beauty makeup sponge. I know I do prefer a setting spray with skin care benefits, but when looking for a product to keep everything in place for the entire day, this is a fantastic option. I think in my normal everyday makeup I will still lean towards the skincare type of setting sprays, but when I want insurance for my makeup for a long day, this is what I am going to be reaching for. It is one of the best setting sprays I’ve tried in a while.
And with that my darlings, this week’s makeup bag is complete. Let me know what you think about the slight change I did with the post. Hopefully you liked it. I certainly had fun with it. I have a bunch of new products to try next week so it should be an interesting week as far as products go. Hopefully there will be some good surprises. I’ll see you then.
Welcome my darlings once again to the weekly makeup bag. Here, I list out all the products I used this week and let you know what I think of them. I know, some of you may be asking, why do I fill a makeup bag every week instead of just choosing each product for the day?
Well, some days I do add in items, for instance if I have an outfit I decided to wear that simply needs a different lipstick, I will dip back into my dressing table for an extra product. Occasionally something will run out or go horribly wrong and need to be replaced. But for the most part what I choose initially for the bag is what I use throughout the week.
The main reason is one of choice. I am not at my best first thing. While I will never be a morning person, coffee does help me out. However, faced with a dressing table filled with a variety of products, I sometimes stare dumbly at them, not knowing which to choose. Even if I am just looking at five black eyeliners. And sometimes I get ready in a rush. In both instances, I tend to grab the first items I see and go with them. Then I put them back in the front of drawers. So the next time I’m in a rush, I grab the same products.
As I like variety in my products, as well as using all of the items I have, I decided that once a week I would pack a bag full of products to use, that way I didn’t have to start of my day with pre coffee decision making. Thus far it has worked out really well for me. I can rotate through products so that I am never bored, try new things, or if something is close to being used up completely, keep it out so that it can be finished without lingering in the bottom of a drawer with barely any product left.
I’ve found it a really useful method and I will be keeping it up for quite a while I think.
So, now that you know the reasoning behind the makeup bag, let’s talk about what I used this week.
I have to say, it was a bit of a mix. I tried many new products this week so there were a lot of surprises. We will start off on a positive note and go with the Viseart Palette. I received the Neutral Mattes Palette in my Boxycharm Premium box this month and I have to say, this palette justified keeping the subscription.
I was planning on keeping it anyway, but I was thrilled to get this palette and try it out and I absolutely love the way it performed. It is highly pigmented so start lightly and try to build. This Viseart Link will take you to my full review. But the end result is that I adored this palette and will be keeping it around for a long time.
It is however a matte palette and when I tried out the black shadow I found I wanted just a little bit of shimmer. I also wanted a reason to try out my Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream shadow stick in the shade Golden Pink. It came in my Birchbox Advent Calendar and thus far the time had not been right to give it a try. This week, the time was right, so I used it as s shimmer to work with the Black from the Viseart palette. Wow. Just wow. It went on smoothly either over the plain eyelid or over a powder shadow, stayed in place all day long and didn’t crease or transfer on me. I was super thrilled to use this and will need to remember it, and possibly look at other colors. I want to at least get one more to see how it blends with other cream shadows, but it worked really well over powder. I will be reaching for it a lot.
The Marcelle CC Cream Golden Glow I used this week was a sample and it is unfortunately not something I will be reaching for in the future. Luckily the sample will be used up by the end of the week so no product will be wasted, but I will not be picking up a full sized version. It is an excellent color corrector and it did give the skin a golden glow.
However, it also settled into my fine lines and made me look much more tired than I actually was. I would really prefer my makeup products not to emphasize my fine lines. So while a decent product in many respects, the CC golden glow is not for me. I will stick with Marcelle’s mascara and moisturizer in the future.
For my primer this week I ended up reaching for my e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer. It is an excellent primer in general and really does a good job filling in the pores and turning my face into a smooth canvas. I worked with it this week in an effort to try and correct the one flaw of the Marcelle CC Cream.
While it really helped in most places, towards the end of the day the CC cream still emphasized the lines under my eyes. For all else, the Putty Primer actually helped stop the CC Cream from showing a lot of the fine lines that it was showing without the primer. So This was definitely a good week for the e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer. It is a makeup bag repeat visitor and will remain so until the product is through. Then it will be replaced.
Speaking of using products up, It is almost time to say goodbye to my No7 Pressed powder. It has served me well, but alas, it is now only a slender ring of product around the outside of the completely exposed metal pan. Technically, I will be keeping it in the makeup bag for the rest of the week and possibly into the beginning of next, but I doubt it has enough product to last the full week, let alone next.
Even if this does last the week to be included in next week’s makeup bag I will be choosing a backup powder for when this finally runs out. I love the formula on the No 7 pressed powder and will be picking another compact of it up again. However at the moment I have several powders that I have ignored in favor of my No. 7 and I want to give them a chance to shine. Or to prevent shine, really. So I am going to do my best to try not to immediately repurchase this once it is empty. I suspect that on my next Target run a new one might somehow find its way into my cart, but I am going to try to resist.
I did have a loose powder in my makeup bag this week as well. This week I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting powder. It is called fresh because essentially it is a solid lump of powder with a grater. You turn the grater and the fresh loose powder appears. The product is good and there is a lot less spillage since you only grind up the powder you need when you need it, however the dial is really hard to turn if you have any product or water on your hands. Then it becomes too slick to turn and you are just out of luck. I think if you had any sort of mobility issues related to your hands (like arthritis) you would want to steer clear of this product. Which is a shame, the powder is really good. It just requires dry hands and a certain level of physical dexterity to use. The concept is fun though.
In fact it makes me feel a little like Goldilocks and the three bears.
Let’s start with the bronzers. There are two. One warm toned (Good Fortune) and one cool toned (Serenity). Both tend to disappear on the skin. I had to work seriously hard to get them to show up on my skin. Maybe if I had really fair skin, this would work for me, but even though I do not have the darkest skin tone in the world, I was too dark for it to apply well. At best, the bronzers are good for taming down the blush.
Unlike the bronzers, the blush (Royal Flush)comes on strong and highly pigmented. After using the bronzers, this was quite the surprise. The first time I used this I ended up with a serious case of clown face. It is a very pink tone, which isn’t my favorite to begin with, but it is also highly pigmented. So I was VERY Pink. And had to wash my face and start over again for the day. I had a video call that day so leaving it wasn’t an option.
Then there are the three Highlighters.
If you remember your three bears, you know we’ve had our too soft, and our too hard, so you know what comes next.
That’s right, the highlighters were the , um, highlight of the palette. All three were soft and buttery, applied well and stayed in place all day. I could go light or bright with them and had no issues. Pots of Gold is a bright gold shade, Heaven Sent is a silvery shade (even though it looks kind of bronze in the pan) and the speckled Triple Sevens is a warm rose gold shade that worked perfectly for me. In fact Triple Sevens is the jackpot of the palette. I would by the shade in a single pan to use repeatedly. The other two highlighters, while good, weren’t unique enough for me to want to by them separately. If there was a highlighter palette with the three of these in it, I would happily use all three, but the only one I would buy on its own is the Triple Sevens.
My mascara this week was from Beauty for Real. I’ve used it before and as always I am surprised by how well I like it. I am used to fluffy brushed mascaras but this one has a really small brush on the end of the wand. I was certain I was going to hate it. Then I used it.
I do not hate it.
Quite the opposite in fact. The little brush lets me get to the base of my lashes and the formula really works at lengthening the lashes. Because I can get to the very base of the lashes I was able to make my lashes look a lot more full than I expected. Plus the small want is really good for lower lashes as well. I will happily continue to use this mascara.
I did not use an eyeliner this week. I chose one but I was having so much fun with the eyeshadow that I forgot to reach for it. So I will keep the eyeliner in the makeup bag and use it next week. I did however use an eyebrow pencil this week. My bangs are still long enough that I doubt anyone noticed but I used the RealHer brow pencil and I really enjoyed it. It is a great formula and has an easy to use fine tip.
RealHer also made an appearance with my lip products this week. I used the RealHer lip liner in the shade I am confident. It is a nice creamy lip liner that stays in place well. The reason I reached for it was because of my BareMinerals lipstick. It is the new Mineralist formula that came in my Macy’s Beauty Box this month and I was so excited to get to try the formula.
The formula is rich and creamy and feels amazing on the lips. It is a traditional style lipstick so it does need reapplying, but it is worth it. The formula in no way dried out my lips and felt really comfortable to wear. My only issue was the color. It is a little more pink than I like my lipsticks and wearing the RealHer lip liner underneath darkened it just enough to work for me. I will be seeking out a different shade of this lipstick soon. I really like the formula of it.
The lip liner actually worked well with the NudeStix lip crayon I had in my makeup bag this week as well. The Nude Stix is in the shade posh and it was almost a perfect match for the lip liner. I really appreciated that as lip liners really help me out with lip crayons. I don’t know if it is the shape of the crayon or what, but with lip crayons I need a liner to keep the edges neat. It’s not a reflection of the product, it is definitely user error. The liner kept the user in check so there was no error. I liked the color as it was a sort of pinky nude that worked well with my skin tones. It isn’t the longest lasting formula and so it has to be reapplied in the same way you would reapply a traditional lipstick, but it felt very comfortable to wear and I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I also thing I like it better than their liquid lipsticks.
As you may recall I had a Grande Liquid Lip product in my Macy’s bag and I was very excited to try it out. Unfortunately the wand either lost it’s head in manufacturing or snapped off somewhere in the tube. Either way, I just had a stick of a wand that was useless. The opening is too small for a cotton swab and none of my brushes would fit inside so I was unable to try it. I was really looking forward to trying out the formula. I have heard both good and bad things about the liquid lip and wanted to try it for myself. I’ve only used Grande Cosmetics’ Lash products (their Grande Lash mascara is really good) and I was looking forward to testing a lip product. I will set it aside and look for a brush that fits, but alas I did not find one this week.
And the final lip product I used this week was the tiniest most adorable liquid lip sample I have ever seen. It is the Giorgio Armani Liquid Lip Maestro in the shade Cedar (206). It came as a bonus in my final Allure Beauty Box (I cancelled my subscription). I’ve never tried any lip products from Giorgio Armani so I was happy to have a chance, no matter how small the tube. The formula applied well. It dries down but not all the way. When you press your lips together it still feels wet even hours later. However after about ten minutes I took a sip of my coffee and there was no lip print left behind. It dries enough not to transfer but not enough to dry out your lips.
It does fade throughout the day so a mid-day reapplication wouldn’t go amiss, but it still retain some color by the end of the day. The color was a sort of terra cotta, maybe a little darker, but with a definite slight orange tint. While not my favorite color, it did work well enough, and because of the formula I was willing to use it anyway. It is a tiny sample though. So I think I might put it to the side so I can use it in my upcoming lip series. In the new year I will be doing more posts detailing the wear and feel of various lip products in more depth (and with more photos) than I can do here without this being even more of a massive post than it is.
Speaking of massive, this one has grown in length. Luckily there is only one final product to talk about and that is the Lise Watier Magnifix setting spray. As a setting spray it works well. It does make your face very wet though so once applied, you need to take a minute or two to dry off before applying eyeliner mascara and lipstick. (I apply all three after I use a setting spray to avoid running). Other than the wait time, it sets well, smells nice and has the added benefit of antioxidants included in the spray. I like a little skin care with my setting sprays. Over all I liked it and will happily keep it in rotation. However I will not use this one when I am in a rush. It is not a quick drying product.
And so with that we finish this week’s makeup bag. It was quite the variety as far as reactions go. Next week should be interesting as I am packing two separate Makeup bags, one for the week and one specifically for new year’s eve. Both will post on December 31st, so stay tuned.
Good morning my darlings. I know some of you are looking at this and thinking, it is not Friday. No you did not miss two days. This Thursday is Thanksgiving for me and I will not be posting on either Thursday or Friday. Don’t worry, normality will resume on Monday. Or whatever passes for normality these days. So no one is missing days and today we will have the Wednesday Face Mask as well. It will also be earlier in the day as this afternoon will be filled with the pre-feast arrangements and the first of the Thanksgiving Video chats with family.
It turns out not everyone wants to be on the same video call. I think I have some family who are deciding that the benefit of not gathering en masse for the holiday is that they can choose who they want to talk to. Kinda fun.
But this is less family drama highlights and more of the week’s make up.
This week for foundation I went with the Maybelline Fit me Matte + Poreless. I really like the foundation. My thoughts haven’t really changed on it since my full review. It is one of the better drug store foundations that I have tried out. However there is an improvement.
My one issue with this foundation was the open top to the glass bottle. I dispense product onto my hand and then apply and with this I am always pouring just a little too much so I feel like I am wasting product. Then when I was poking around I found the Fit Me foundation is now on sale on Look Fantastics website ($8 in case you are interested) in a tube instead of a bottle. I know, normally I adore glass bottles but without a pump or dropper or anything, I make a mess with this bottle. Now it is offered in a tube. (Yes it is things like this that get me excited. Last time I checked my local drugstore only had it in the bottles but on my next store run I will check it out. If not, at least I know where I can replace it and eliminate the one complaint I had about this product. Happy holidays to me.
Applying my foundation was the tag team duo of my Master Blender from bdellium tools and my Huda Beauty sponge. I am still loving both of them.
Bdellium Tools is having a sale where a lot of their Vegan Brushes are 50% off. If you are looking for quality brushes this might be a good time to stock up. Of course, Huda Beauty is also having a sale.
This week’s primer was the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer (Usually the full size is $36 but right now it is on sale for $18). I used to use this all the time. I think the only reason I stopped picking it up was because I had too many primers at one point and decided to try and use them up before I repurchased. Somehow this fell off my radar.
A week or so ago I was getting a few Ulta gift cards for …well…gifts, and I saw this travel sized one in the section by the checkout so I picked it up to see if I still liked it. I do. I like it a lot. It is pore filling and my skin looked fabulous when I put it on. I can’t believe I let this fall off my radar for so long and will happily be putting it back into my primer rotation.
It is an adorable little sample. Which is probably a good thing. As cute as it is, it did not perform as I remembered. It worked really well on covering spots and blemishes, but under the eyes it was a mess. It crinkled, it wrinkled and every person I saw thought I looked exhausted. I don’t know if the formula changed or if I am just old enough now that my skin no longer likes the formula, but it didn’t work for me. I will use the rest of this little tube as either eyelid primer or a spot concealer, but it is not going under my eyes. I love many products from Tarte and their sister brand Sugar Crush (Especially their liquid lipsticks), this just doesn’t happen to be one of them anymore.
For blush and bronzer this week I went with two of my long standing favorites. What doesn’t show is that there are significant curves in the product of both the bronzer and the blush. The bronzer was from Marc Jacobs.
Technically it is the HI FI Filter contour duo, but the darker contour I can use as bronzer and the lighter shade I tend to use as a powder when I accidentally pick up a foundation that is slightly too dark. I am not always the best at picking out shades so I have products to help modify some of them. I figure it is better to modify than to waste an entire bottle of product (assuming the product works well). It also really helps when my skin is seasonally transitioning. This is a duo I will be keeping around until the pan is completely empty. And then I’ll reorder something similar. I don’t think this actual duo is sold any more but the products are sold individually. I just don’t think people are doing as much contouring as they used to.But the formula is great and I will be going for a Marc Jacobs Bronzer when this runs out rather than the contour kit.
The blush was the Gold Rush from Benefit. What can I say, I love the blush, I love the slight glow it gives my skin and I also really like the way it makes me look on video calls, which I will be doing a lot of this week. It may be family and not work, but I still want to look nice.
For highlighter I grabbed the Fenty beauty (30% off sale going on now) and used the Moscow Mule more than ginger binge as it suits my skin tone more. I wanted something that would blend out well without being to in your face bright. While I occasionally tease about the overly highlighted nose, my family is merciless with the mocking so I wanted to avoid bright spot but still highlight certain areas. This highlighter worked well so I shouldn’t have any problems on the video calls.
I had two powders this week. My pressed powder is the No 7 Perfect light in medium. As you can see from the photo, the pan has started to show through. I may actually keep it in my makeup bag until I have used it up rather than trading it out with another one in the dressing table.
The kicker is that since I reach for this one automatically (it is one of my favorites) I have several other pressed powders I’ve barely touched so I might do a quick count and see if I can justify reordering this immediately or if I will have to show some restraint and wait for a bit. I would prefer not to show restraint but we will see what the powder count reveals.
My loose powder this week was the Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh setting powder. It came in my November Boxy Charm and was actually one of my choice items. I was intrigued by the dial that shaves off fresh powder for each use. I thought it would help keep it from getting messy. Which it does. The powder is really nice and I do like using it. The only issue is that when you turn the dial for the powder you have to have clean dry hands.
If you have anything on your hands (moisturizer, serum, primer) turning that dial becomes a feat requiring herculean effort. Otherwise it is fine. Just remember clean, dry hands and you will be fine. I am kind of interested to see what will happen as the level of powder drops. While it may take me a really long time to get through eyeshadow or blush, I go through powders (both pressed and loose) at a fairly steady rate. They are the one item I am always replacing. Even on no makeup days, I use powder over my moisturizer. Seeing how this solid performs as it gets shaved down further and further may be an interesting thing to watch.
This week I couldn’t resist reaching for my wet ‘n wild Color Icon Palette. I have the My Glamour Squad one, but in all fairness it is a good enough formula that I would not mind picking up more of these little palettes (currently the 32 pan Color Icon palette which looks like it has all of the small pans combined is on sale for $9.99 – normally it is $15- I am very tempted by this.). There is enough shadow for a variety of looks and the formula is easy to work with. If you are just getting into makeup or like to keep things easy, this is not a bad little palette to have around. The shades tend to fade after about the tenth hour of wearing them, but it is rare for me to wear shadow more than 8-10 hours so I’ve never found that to be a problem.
And since I was taking out the wet ‘n wild eyeshadow I figured I’d go ahead and grab the ultimate brow kit. I really like the wet ‘n wild formula. Well for the brow powder. That cream highlight is just awful, but the powder is really good. I only use the one lighter shade. While the kit is really very inexpensive, I feel like I am wasting the other two products. I would love to just get that lighter powder in a single for my brows. I think for now I might try using the darker shade as a powder eyeliner so it doesn’t get wasted.
For eyeliner this week I used the Laura Geller Line and Define Dual Dimension eyeliner. One is a crayon style and the other is liquid. I really like both formulas but I think that the crayon side will just get thicker and thicker as I use it down. It will be interesting to see how that wears.
This week as I was attempting to put things where they belong in my dressing table I found an unopened Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara (they have both the regular packaging available now and a special Holiday packaging of this mascara as well as several kits where it comes in a travel size like this. You all know my weakness for kits and multi-product packs).
I’m not ashamed to say I squealed just a little bit with delight. For a while I had a fist full of these sample sized mascaras and I thought I used them up. But no, this one was still sealed. So I promptly unsealed it and used it, and yes, it is just as good as I remember it being. So I was a very happy camper when I found I had that.
I have used all three before, loved all three and will use all three again. The Ofra formula is a really nice one that dries down to stay in place but doesn’t dry down so much that your lips feel parched. It is a very comfortable formula to wear and a great nude. The thrive lipgloss is lip gloss shiny and not as glittery a it looks. It is also not sticky. The stick factor is one reason I tend to go matte and then just top it off with the few clear glosses I like. This is one of the few I really like.
And finally we come to the setting spray, Milani’s Make it last Matte (Milani has 30% off site wide at the moment). I liked this spray actually. After the paint fumes of Kokie I was braced for the worst but I ended up really liking this. It has a slightly floral scent to it that fades quickly and more importantly didn’t give me a headache.
I think this is one I would definitely use until it is gone and then think about repurchasing in the full size. So that my darlings was the makeup bag for the week. It sounds very strange to be saying that on a Wednesday, but such are the holidays. I will be wearing these products for the rest of the week, with the exception of the tarte concealer. I am now using the Pretty Vulgar concealer under my eyes as I don’t want to explain to every family member that I am not sick and exhausted. That was my only real fail this week.
Which shouldn’t be surprising as I specifically chose products I knew I could count on for the week since I was going to be so taken over with other things that I didn’t want to have to stop and evaluate my foundation, eyeshadow or powder mid gathering. While there were a couple of new items, for the most part I went with products I knew I could count on. It was just one of those weeks where stable was better than experimenting. I tried to add in as much information about brand’s sales as I could with the posts and hopefully it will help some of you out. More than likely I will be doing a second sales post later today as there were a bunch that I forgot on my massive sales cheat cheat that I posted yesterday. And of course there will be a face mask post later today as well. And no, it is not Friday. You really haven’t missed any days.
This is going to be a bit of an odd post for me this week as I used a face palette from PUR for four of my face products. This week the Pur 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Powders served as the source of my powder, bronzer, blush and highlight. The link will take you to my full review, but overall it was a pretty good palette.
While I wouldn’t reach for each product individually, I would feel confident in adding the entire palette to a makeup bag without adding any extras to balance it out. Quite simply my darlings it is a face palette where everything works well. I was very pleased with it.
I was less pleased with the LA Splash Eyeshadow palette. While I was thrilled Glossy Box had a full sized palette (and really that is very rapidly becoming one of my favorite subscription boxes) The mattes were powder but the shimmers worked well.
In the end I don’t think it was worth its $32 price tag as my $5.99 Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Palette was so much better. It did make me remember that I had that palette and will probably cause me to pull the wet ‘n wild palette out of the drawer and add it to next week’s makeup bag, so that was a plus. But this palette was not my favorite. There are more details in my full review, but I would not recommend picking this palette up, even if I do still give a thumbs up to Glossy Box for the full sized palette.
With the eyeshadow I used both my Pretty Vulgar Lid Primer and my Pretty Vulgar Concealer in an attempt to get it to stay in place (not at the same time, you understand). I adore both products. I really like the concealer as it does not crease on me and settle into fine lines and usually the Pretty Vulgar Lid Primer is like velcro for eyeshadow. I was happy to have them both in my bag this week, even if there were some shadow issues.
This week I used up the last of my Hey Honey Trick or Treat CC2 as my foundation product. I really enjoyed using this and am very sad my trial sized tube is now empty. I will however be ordering it in a full size once I have worked through some of my open products.
Less successful this week was the First Aid Beauty Pores be gone Matte Primer. I love pore filling primers. I love matte primers. This was neither. It is a very moisturizing primer. It feels good against the skin, but it is not filling any pores. My skin liked it, but it didn’t do its job. My pores remained unfilled and it wasn’t very matte. I am happy that it was a trial size and that the tube wasn’t really a full one. After a week of use, the tube is empty and heading to the empties bin. I will not be purchasing a full sized replacement even though I will be picking up a full sized First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Moisturizer soon. While the moisturizer was a good product at least in a trial run, it seems to be a one off for me. Other First Aid Beauty products don’t seem to work as well for me.
You know what did work well for me? The Doucce Ultra precision Eyeliner. After being so disappointed in the eyeshadow palette, I was thrilled that I really liked this eyeliner. I tried it a long time ago (or a slightly different Doucce eyeliner) and loved it. It gave me a positive impression of the brand and then both the eyeshadow and mascara were only so so. Which made me doubt the eyeliner. But no, the eyeliner is just as good as I remember it. It is creamy, glides on smoothly and stays in place all day. What more could I want in an eyeliner? Oh yeah, to have it be on sale, which it is on the Look Fantastic site. They are having a bunch of sales, which I’ll post at the bottom of this post, but the eyeliner is on sale and this link will take you to that specific sale item (if you are shopping)
This week I finally got to open my Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara. I had the Mile High Mascara opened and I couldn’t justify opening both at the same time, mostly because I knew I would just used the Unlashed and the Mile High would go to waste. This is not a lengthening mascara, it is for volumizing and it always makes my lashes look thick and full. It never flakes off and it lasts all day. At least this was my impression with the last tube. Now that the Mile High has joined the empties bin, I could open this one. You know what? Wander Beauty’s Unlashed Mascara is just as good as I remember. I am a very big fan and so happy to have it open on my dressing table once again.
My eyebrows used the Realher eyebrow pencil, partially because I really like it and partially because I just forgot it was in the makeup bag last week and kept it around again. It was a happy accident and I enjoyed using it. I’ll trade it out this week though. But rest assure it will be returning.
Also from Realher this week was my lip pencil the shade number is 20218 and called I am Confident. At first I thought the name was just a motivational slogan. The shade is a nice neutral that worked really well with both my Lipsticks this week. The first was the Kristofer Buckle Cashmere slip lipstick in Bardot (yes I bought my favorite back out. I couldn’t help it). The replacements are on the way and I want to use every smidge of this tube before they arrive. Plus, I just love the lipstick. Creamy long lasting and not drying. A clear winner.
The lip liner also went well with my Lorac lipstick this week. The Lorac is in the shade Breadwinner. Both my lipsticks were neutral shades this week. I expected to go heavy and dark with the eyeshadow. While that didn’t work out, these are two of my favorite lipsticks so I don’t mind the excuse to use them.
And using the Lorac reminded me I wanted to look at ordering one of the new Lorac Pro eyeshadow palettes. I’ve been eyeing the Soliel Pro Palette for a while now. I had one of the original Lorac Pro Palettes a long time ago and it was well used. Lorac, Urban Decay and Chantecaille used to be the only shadows I kept around. I had the Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shades in a couple of singles, one Urban Decay Palette and one Lorac. I used the Chantecaille shadows down to pan, I replaced the Urban decay but tend to forget about it and my Lorac met with an unfortunate accident during a move. I was very sad. And I kept meaning to replace it. Now they have a new line out, I will. I also may keep this Lorac Lipstick in my makeup bag as a reminder to dip into their sales next week.
To complete my lipsticks, I made it a trio and added the Elf Black Cherry Lip Slick to the bag as well this week. I really like that it gives me a good wash of color without the fuss. It is a great formula and I tend to reach for it throughout the day regardless of what I started out with. While I thought about getting the whole line, my Elf order proved larger than I thought is was going to be so I just added an extra Black Cherry Lip Slick as back up for this one.
And finally to seal it all in, I added the Laura Geller Spackle Mist setting spray. It is in Coconut water and while slightly coconut-y, it is not a heavy scent and it really set my make up well. Especially after last week’s paint smelling setting spray. It was quite a nice refreshing change.
So that was this week’s makeup bag. I really enjoyed most of it. The Primer and the eyeshadow were failures, but everything else I tried worked well for me. But the primer sample is empty and the eyeshadow palette is being passed along to someone who might enjoy it more. I can’t wait to see how next week’s bag shapes up.
As everyone knows the holiday sales are beginning. Look fantastic has a heap of them you might want to take advantage of one of which gives you more of a discount depending on what you purchase The links will take you to the listed offers fro that particular discount. This sale runs through November 25th: Black Friday Sale! Up to 50% + 5% off Sale: Code: SALEX5, Up to 50% + 10% off Sale: SALEX10. Then running November 25th-29th there is the Up to 75% + 5% off Sale with the code SALEX5
Look Fantastic has a large amount of items and this is a great sale to stock up on a bunch of your favorites for a great price. Happy Shopping!
Welcome to the weekly makeup bag post, where I let you know all about the products I chose t use this week. There were some repeats this week and there were some new products. Over all it was a pretty interesting mix.
My foundation product this week was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC cream. I’ve used it before and I thought I had only one more week left in the tube. I’m pretty sure I have a third week left in it so while it was used, it was not yet used up. I really like this formula. It is a my skin but better look that feels like nothing and lasts all day. It is one that I will be repurchasing once it is empty and I’ve cleared out a few more products from my dressing table. I will probably keep it around this week again just so that I can finish it out. I don’t want a mostly empty tube to get lost in the bottom of the drawer. Plus I really liked it, so it isn’t a hardship to have another week with the foundation.
As you may recall from the eyeshadow post yesterday, my eyeshadow this week was a collection of Maybelline singles. The cream color tattoo shadows were fantastic, the Expert wear shadow was basic, didn’t blend terribly well and only lasted about six hours and the Color strike stick was a complete waste. So the eyeshadow actually ran the gamut. The Color Strike I dropped into my empties bin as soon as I finished writing up the eyeshadow post yesterday. It was a relief to pitch it and know it is not lurking with my other singles eyeshadows and giving them bad ideas.
This week I had another Maybelline product in my bag. I picked it up on a whim during my last venture out of the house and I have to say I really enjoyed using it this week. It is the Cheek Heat cream blush. It was really easy to work with. I was able to sheer it out to just a light pink or build it up to a hardier blush. As my Foundation was a barely there foundation this week the sheered out version was absolutely fantastic for me. I like that I can play around and decide what to do with it. That was fun. It is a product I will keep around and reach for often.
This week the Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour palette remained. I used the two lightest shads as pressed powder and then used the darker shades as bronzer. It worked really well for me. I am glad I kept it out a second week running but as much as I like seeing the pretty palette out on my shelf, I will be putting it back in the drawer this week so that I can use something else. Oddly enough, I think this palette is now only available as it is in one of Tarte’s Vault collections. All of the products are still available, they have just been repackaged into several different forms.
My highlighter this week was the K Voss Shine on stick. It was a creamy stick highlighter and came to me via my Petit Vour box. I will admit, at first it scared me a bit. When I applied it, the product looked like an orange stripe. Then I blended and the highlighter turned into a warm golden glow. It was subtle and quite beautiful. It did not remain a bright orange stripe, for which I was grateful. While I started out nervous about it, I ended up loving it and will be returning it to the makeup drawer to be pulled back for another round.
There are a few things that were in this week’s make up bag that will not be returning to the dressing table. The first is the Wander Beauty Mile High Mascara. While it was a nice mascara, it isn’t my favorite from Wander Beauty. Personally, I really like the Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara. This one was just good but not as good as the Unlashed, at least in my opinion. The Unlashed mascara is really good, but no one seems to mention it while they rave about the Mile High. Perhaps it is just my take on the two.
However, this mascara has been opened for six months and I have used it repeatedly over that time. Clearly I don’t mind using it, I just prefer the other. And now that I have finished this, I can open the currently unopened Unlashed Mascara from Wander Beauty that is in my dressing table. So yeah, go me! There is really very little product left in the tube so clearly I felt good using it and now, I feel good about letting it go.
I am a little sad to be letting the Fast Base concealer from Revolution go. It was a good product and I really enjoyed using it. The fact that it is a $3 concealer and puts several more expensive ones to shame didn’t hurt. But there is no more concealer to be found in the tube. There may be residue on the inside that makes it look like there is more product, but no there is not. I can turn and click all I want but no product issues forth. Alas poor Fast Base, we knew ye well. I’m pretty sure another one will be picked up in the future.
This week I set aside my Timeless HA spray and chose a small trial sized setting spray from my dressing table collection. I went with the Fix it up Matte Setting spray from Kokie.
It sprays well. It smells like paint and gave me a headache if I sprayed it without opening the bathroom door, but it did lock my makeup into place all day. So it works well, but it really is like shellac to the face. It keeps the paint in place but there is nothing skin care beneficial about it. Now to be fair, they actually make no skin care claims. They just call it a setting spray and claim that is keeps makeup in place. which it does, really well. I think because I just came off using a setting spray that had skin care benefits and smelled like cucumber water from the spa, it was just a rough transition.
I will keep it in rotation until it is used up, although I can’t say I will happily reach for it, because of my darlings, the fumes, such headaches. But I will use it until it is gone and then never repurchase it again.
I also used the Huda Beauty Lip pencil in Trophy Wife and the Real Her eyebrow pencil. I loved both and would happily keep them in my dressing table and into my make up bag rotation. I am actually starting to be really impressed by Real Her products. I have a face palette (blush Bronzer and highlight) that I have used of theirs that is actually starting to show the metal indents of the pan underneath. which is really rare with me. And the Huda Beauty is just a super creamy formula that makes me want to pick up several lip liners. The Trophy Wife is a good pinkish color. And actually I need to reevaluate all of my lip liners as I am using them more. I recently watched a Lisa Eldridge You tube Video called Makeup tips for Happy lips. So amazing.
I love my bright lipsticks but as the corners of my mouth turn down a little the darker shades make me look a little sad or mad. The video shows a super quick and easy tip for correcting this and I have been playing around with it a bit. I found lip liners really helped me pull off the trick and it also made me realize that most of my lip liners are in similar shades, so I really need to start filling in the gaps and matching some of my favorite shades of lipstick a little better. This weekend, a list will be made. For now we move on. Although i highly recommend checking out her video (linked above).
As my Black cream eyeshadow from Maybelline doubled as my eyeliner this week, I think we have actually reached the end of the makeup bag. There was some good, some bad, some forgotten treasures and some dear friends we must bid farewell until repurchase time. Overall, a pretty good mix. I can’t wait to see what happens next week. Have a good Friday everyone and I’ll see you back here this afternoon for the Friday Facemask.
This week I hauled out all of the foundations that I’ve been testing and sorted through them. In doing so I found several that I forgot I had and really enjoyed using. I also realized how many products are in that drawer. So for the next little while I am going to be using foundations that I have previously tried out and keep using them to see if my opinions change as well as to see which ones that I find I keep reaching for. I find it is one thing to rank foundations in order after giving them each a trial, but seeing which ones I end up reaching for the most is wheat really ends up letting me know which products I really need to keep purchasing. Because quite frankly no one needs to keep twenty foundations stocked (And even saying at least three of them are sample sized and several are almost empty doesn’t make me feel a lot better about the stockpile.)
This week the foundation I pulled out of the drawer to use was the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation. It feels good on the skin and even though it had a satin finish instead of a true matte, it isn’t upper shiny. It is slightly too light a shade on me right now so I I brought out another favorite that I hadn’t used in a while and it is the Park Ave Princess Contour palette by tarte.
I can’t lie I love this palette and this is really it’s time of year to shine. I don’t really do a lot of contour, but the darker shades in this palette work really well as bronzers for my skin tone and I can change them up depending on both the foundation I am using and my fading summer tan. And yes, I find it strange that we are in November and my tan is only now starting to fade. I spent a lot of time outside this summer and the summer seemed to last a lot longer than usual. In addition to using the bronzers I was able to use the lighter shades as pressed powders this week. It lets me use the entire palette more or less so there isn’t just one product used. Given the change of seasons thing still happening with my skin (and the fact that I find this palette beautiful to work with and look at) I am going to keep it out another week.
Even though I used the Tarte light contour as my pressed powder I had the Becca Pink Haze loose setting powder as my setting powder this week. As always I really enjoyed using it, even if it does leave a fine pink dust over my sink by the end of the week. I like the tint of pink it brings to the skin.
Making its final lap in the makeup bag this week was the Yensa Tone Up primer. It is one primer that I really like and have ordered a number of times in the past. This tube, like the ones that came before is now empty. Next week in the slot where I usually review foundations I will be doing a primer round up instead. The empty tube will stick around long enough to be photographed and then it will make its way to the empty bin. As I have nearly as many primers at the moment as I have foundations, I will not be repurchasing it for a while. It will however remain on my favorites list and eventually make a come back.
My concealer this week is an oldie but a goodie. It is the Revolution Fast Base Concealer. It is one of those twist up concealers with a foam top. I really like it and as it somehow became hidden under the foundations, I forgot I had it. It is getting a bit old though and it is almost empty. I believe I might hold onto it one more week in my makeup bag and use the last of it up. While I like the formula, I really don’t like the foam top. (I make an exception for the Maybelline Age Erase because it is one of my favorite formulas, but I still don’t like the foam top) Because of this I might not be repurchasing this exact concealer again. I will be looking to see if Revolution has this formula in a package with a wand applicator though. I just think the foam gets a bit grungy. I know it probably isn’t any worse than the padded applicator tip, but you pick your devils and I am going to have to go with wand preference over sponge tip. But I like the Revolution formula. And if I am being honest, if they don’t have this formula in a package with a wand, I probably will pick it up again. It is a good concealer and costs about $3. So it is kind of a win, even with the sponge top.
Keeping with the theme of things I forgot I owned, this week I also added the Revolution Highlight Palette to my makeup bag. It has a yellow silver, goldy peach and a purple tinted highlighter. As you might be able to tell from the photo, the yellowish highlighter is barely touched while the gold and purple are showing signs of wear. I really enjoy the formula of these and I like having the choice between shades, even if I only use two of the three shades. I like that I can blend it a little for a bold highlight or blend it in for a soft glow. It is an excellent highlighter palette and I am sorry I forgot about for so long. Incidentally if you are looking for a highlighter palette Revolution currently has this exact one on sale. If you click on the link it will take you there, Normally the palette is $15, currently it is on sale for $5.60) I am going to have to make an effort to remember this moving forward. This week I went hard on the purple highlighter more than the others because it blended better with the eyeshadow palette.
This week’s eyeshadow palette was The Queen Palette from Eloise. It has a very purple-y pink tone to it all in all. I suppose the purple is part of the regal theme after all. It was an interesting palette to work with. The shades were not my favorite. They were nicely pigmented and there was very little fall out. The mattes worked well as stand alone colors and matched the shimmers well, but got muddy when more than one matte was used. I, however, adore the shimmers in this palette and will keep it just for them. Luckily, there are more shimmers than anything else so I don’t feel like it is a waste.
However because of the bold colors, I only used two lip products this week. I used the Dose of colors liquid lip in stone. It is one of my favorite neutrals (I even have an unopened back up in my drawer) It is also quite old and reaching the end of its life so I have been keeping it in my makeup bag in an effort to use it up. Even though I have several other neutral shades I really like, I want to finish this out. The formula dries down really well, but it can feel a little dry on the lips. At my desk I keep a lip balm that I apply throughout the day, mostly as a snack deterrent, but I tended to put it over my Dose of Colors and then had no issues with dry lips (or snacking).
The second lip product I have in my bag this week is the Perricone MD No makeup Lipstick. It is a light reddish sheer on my lips that was just enough color to go with the eyeshadow palette but not compete with it. Also it is one of my lip products that expires in December so I am trying to use as much of it up as possible before then. It currently lives in the bathroom and gets applied whenever I am feeling the need for a touch up. That is the issue with Perricone Md. There is no stockpiling this makeup when you come across a sale. When it expires, it expires. The dates on the packaging are no joke. So I am going to see how much I can use before this reaches the end of its life.
This week I used one of my favorite blushes the Benefit Gold Rush Blush. I know it isn’t one I forget about but once I started pulling forgotten favorites, it seemed like a natural to add. I’ve actually used this blush enough that there is starting to be a little dip in the center, which for blush is a big deal for me. I do not tend to go all that heavy on the blush so any blush that shows wear, is well used and loved. This is both. I will trade it out for a different one next week though so don’t worry.
I couldn’t resist keeping both my Hourglass eyebrow pencil and my Beauty for Real Mascara in the makeup bag this week. I really enjoy both and I felt that the mascara was dramatic enough to suit the eyeshadow palette. It was, but I will pick up two different products next week.
Making a return trip into my makeup bag this week was the eyeko Fat Liquid eyeliner. It is still one of my favorite liquid eyeliner formulas. I tend to forget about it though because while it is fat, it is not terribly tall. So it slides down out of sight in the jar of much taller eyeliners. Thus it sort of fit my unofficial theme this week of forgotten and fabulous.
Speaking of fabulous, I used my HA Spray from Timeless Skincare again this week. However, even though it is not empty, I am going to be setting it aside and begin rotating some of my other setting sprays into the makeup bag again. (I know, Gasps of surprise all around) I still love this formula and I really love the idea that I am getting a skin care benefit from the setting spray, but I have other products that I need to use. So I will begin the rotation with the setting sprays once again.
And that my darlings was this week’s makeup bag. There were several items that I loved and forgot about but was happy to see return to be used again. I have a few products I am going to keep around while I try to use them up and next week will see a return of the tarte contour palette as well as a few new products to try out. Over all I had fun with this week’s selection. I just have to remember to widen my rotation through the depths of my dressing table so things are less likely to be forgotten.
This week I am feeling very pleased with myself. I chose some really good products to put in my bag this week. First off was the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation. I really enjoyed using it this week and will very much be picking up a replacement bottle once I work my way through this one.
The Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette I used this week was also good for me. It created soft everyday looks that were super easy. As I didn’t go out a lot this week, I didn’t need anything dramatic so this was perfect for me to try this week.
Although sometimes when I am working by myself all week I don’t mind the overly dramatic glitter fest as no one is there to see it. Still this all matte palette worked well and after the struggle that was last week’s shadow palette, I kind of needed something quick and easy.
My one concern was that it is so soft that a lot of my lipsticks looked off with it. It made me feel off balance. As though the rest of my face decided on a low makeup look, but forgot to send the memo to my lips. So I ended up reaching for the Trestique sheer lip mini crayons. This was their week to shine. I rotated through the colors and they gave just the right amount of pigment without being overpowering.
I actually had two primers this week. One was the Yensa essential glow. After using it for the second week in a row I think I have just enough product left to get me through one more week before the tube is empty, so I will be finishing it up next week. The second primer was the Becca Anti-fatigue Under eye primer. I picked it up a while ago but keep forgetting it.
So this week I put it in my bag and remembered to try it. My thoughts? Don’t bother. It is a little cooling which might help a little under the eyes but then it gets a little greasy looking. You will do better putting a stone roller in the fridge, rolling the cool stone under your eyes for a minute to take down the puffiness and then applying concealer to cover dark spots.
Speaking of concealer I went with the Instant age rewind from Maybelline. It is one of my favorite concealers, drug store or otherwise. It has actually out performed several much more expensive concealers to be honest and I enjoyed using it again this week.
Returning for it’s final week in my makeup bag was the wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner. While I will repurchase this eyeliner, for now it is completely empty and will be added to the empties bin. It made it three days out of the past week and so I rolled in the Beauty for Real Finish Line eyeliner. It is a good mascara. It does the job and doesn’t seep into fine lines. It is one I will use again but it isn’t all that exciting.
By contrast the Beauty for Real Mascara I rolled into my makeup bag was an absolute stunner. Oh. My. God. I laughed at it at first because of the stubby little wand, but this was a fantastic mascara. Seriously impressive. It lengthened beautifully, didn’t flake or smudge and stayed on all day with no issue. This was the hands down winner for me this week. I was blown away by how well it performed and I look forward to using it a lot in the next six months.
I know that is probably a lot closer to my eye than anyone wants, but it gives you the gist. it was a really good week for mascara.
Becca was also represented in my powder this week as I brought out my favorite Pink Haze. As my foundation was just a hair too light for my current skin tone, the pink haze helped to warm it up a bit. I really love this powder and love keeping it around. Also helping the foundation tones out this week was my bronzer.
I went with the Julep So Radiant bronzer in medium tan. Not only did it help blend and define but the tones of this bronzer really work well with my skin. It has just the right amount of warmth to it and there is something just neat and tidy about the square compact. And we all know I am a sucker for a good compact.
While it did help with the lighter foundation, I think it may have to spend some time waiting for my tan to return as it might have been a little too much for my currently lightening skin without the too light foundation. Like my clothing, I need to do a seasonal change over with my makeup soon.
My blush this week was OFRA’s blush in Bellini. I really enjoyed using it this week. (I know you are getting sick of hearing that phrase but this was a really good product week.). While I love OFRA highlighters, I wasn’t certain about their blushes. I had one from the Madison Miller line and that one was just a mess. Pink powder scattered everywhere whenever I used it.
It was a nice formula on the skin and a nice color, but my sink was a mess by the end of the week. I don’t know if it was just that line or if there was a formula change, but this blush didn’t have that issue and I really liked how it performed over the course of the week. It is also lighter in tone and I expect I’ll be pulling it out regularly throughout the winter.
To this blush I added the Blush Highlighter Will Powder that came in my IPSY bag this month. While claiming to be a blush highlighter, it is a highlighter. At least the shade I got was. I liked that it is a subtle highlighter adding just a little bit of glow. Considering my shadow palette lent itself to subtle, this week was the perfect week for this highlighter. Its not really a surprise as I have yet to try a product from The Balm that I don’t like. They are just all round good products. I’m sure there are some clinkers as every company has them, but this far they haven’t appeared in my dressing table.
Finally of course was the setting pray, still the HA Spray by Timeless Skincare and still absolutely loving it. What else is there to say? And yes I am getting low on it. I have a couple of other setting sprays in my dressing table that I will start to rotate through as soon as this one is empty (and before I order a replacement. But oh yeah, I’m ordering a replacement. Incidentally Timeless skincare has a 30% off halloween sale going on right now from now until November 1st just use the code BOO2020. (I don’t get anything at all if you use the code it is just on their site and free for anyone to use while it lasts. I just happen to really like this spray – and the HA serum which isn’t surprising as the spray is a light version of the serum.)
Over all this was a fantastic week for me makeup wise. Everything worked together and well. There were no horror stories or product malfunctions and I was very pleased by how I looked. The stand out was the beauty for real mascara though. It looks plain and has a stumpy wand, but man can it perform.
We had some highs and lows this week let me tell you. The Kosas Tinted Face oil was a high. It was a beautiful foundation that I am happy to have around. I really enjoyed using it and will definately be repurchasing it.
The low of course was the very frustrating Illuminati X ISA shadow palette. Oh, it gave me such angst. The best over all description I can give is patchy. No, actually that has to be capitalized because it was so bad it needs to be yelled. It was PATCHY.
Sorry for raising my voice, but I wanted to make sure those of you in the back row heard me. For details you can click on the link to read the full break out review. As this palette caused me to waste a lot of time this week, I am not going to talk about it any more.
The primer I used this week was the Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow. I love this primer. I think this is either the second or third tube of this I have purchased and at the moment I think I have about a week or two’s worth of product left in the current tube. I might keep it around a second week and see if I can use it up.
It is sort of bittersweet to use this one up. Because I have quite a few open primers at the moment (I adore primers, as most of you well know.) I am trying not to just automatically repurchase products when I empty them. So even though this has been a staple for a while, and I will put it on my list of products to buy again, I am going to have to wait a bit before it makes an appearance in my dressing table again.
This week I added the Maybelline Instant Age rewind to my make up bag, but didn’t actually use it as concealler. I slept tolerably well this week and my allergies are gone because the ragweed has finally withered away so I didn’t feel that I needed it. Plus, the Kosas foundation was excellent. But it is a good concealer. This week it was also used as an eyeshadow primer. Admittedly so was every other primer and concealer I had in my collection as I tried to get the eyeshadow palette to work. But I do like the Age rewind concealer and will no doubt be using it again.
My bronzer this week was the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel. I like the bronzer and the packaging is fantastic. What can I say, I am a sucker for a good compact.
Speaking of which I also used the Zeesea pressed powder this week. It is a decent powder, works well and does what it is supposed to. It isn’t a spectacular product, but the packaging is really nice. I love their British Museum Collection and will probably end up picking up more from them at some point.
They also just released an Alice in Wonderland Themed set. It looks absolutely stunning. Zeesea is one of those brands where the product is good, but not excellent but the packaging is collectable. It is also interesting as to what they have up on their website ant any given time. sometimes you can find what you want and other times entire collections disappear only to reappear a few months later. right now they are all about Halloween so very few of their collections are available. Which is kind of a bummer as they have a sale going on. To be honest, once this powder runs out, I’m going to pry out the empty pan, find another product that fits and just keep reusing the compact.
This week I had two Natasha Denona products in my makeup bag. I intended to have only one. The one I planned to use was the Bloom Blush and Glow Palette. I love the darker cream blush. I thought I could use the cream blushes and the Glow section as a highlighter. While I loved using the blushes and in fact forgot how much I actually liked using cream blush in general (Note to self: I really need to pick up more cream blush) I was not terribly enthused by the glow section of the palette. I think part of that may be my skin tone. When I applied it, the product just sort of blended into nothing on my skin. I think if I was lighter or darker it might work better. As it is, the glow did not get me.
However, I have a Glow powder from Natasha Denona. I never reach for it because I don’t really do much in the way of body shimmer. Admittedly, that could make my work out gear more spectacular. So I tend to forget that it is in my make up drawer. This week I pulled it out and used it as my highlighter. It is a nice subtle glow that really worked well for me this week. I absolutely loved it. And I need to remember to reach for it more often.
Wet ‘n Wild remained in my makeup bag this week with the Brow Kit and the eyeliner. The liquid liner is almost completely out now and I am keeping it in this coming week to finish it out.
I will be grabbing a second eyeliner in addition to the wet ‘n wild though as I think there are only a couple of days worth of product left in the tube.
I added a brown eyeliner to the bag this week. It was from Pretty Vulgar and has a gel like consistency. It is one of those liners that lasts all day without smudging or fading and won’t budge unless you use a makeup remover. It was excellent. (FYI Pretty Vulgar is still having a sale featuring one of my favorite mascaras, the Feathers, if you are looking to stock up. It runs through the end of the month).
My loose setting powder was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet loose translucent powder. I went through an entire one of these and picked up a replacement. I decided this week was the week I wanted to break out the replacement. I enjoyed using it just as much as I did the first container. I have the feeling it will be used and then repurchased again and again.
Also something that will be used and repurchased, the setting spray, Timeless Skincare HA Spray to be exact. Still using and still love. What more needs to be said?
The mascara was new this week. I cleared out a lot of my older opened mascara so I was able to open one of the never been tried before ones. This is the Lengthening Organic Mascara from Harvest that came in a Petit Vour box.
I’ll be honest, it isn’t my favorite mascara. It has an odd smell to it that I can’t identify. I know it is some sort of oil and that it is supposed to smell like that, the product hasn’t gone bad. I just don’t like it. And to be fair it does a good job of lengthening the lashes. But it tends to flake and by mid afternoon it looked as though I hadn’t applied any mascara at all. I was not a fan. I’m glad it is only a travel size because I don’t think I will be keeping it around.
Finally we reach the lips. I kept the TreStique jar out this week but to be honest, after fighting with the shadow I ended up just reaching for the Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry. It was quick, easy and I didn’t have to think too much about it. The Trestique lips and the lip liners I pulled languished this week. Next week perhaps, there will be more concentration on the lips. This week, the eyes were just the problem child needing attention.
So that was my makeup bag this week. The good the bad, the always keep around and the never again. It was quite the mix this week.
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