The Daily: March 17th, 2022

Happy St. Patrick’s Day my darlings. May all the snakes be driven out of your yard. Unless you want them. Then I hope they aren’t. While there aren’t any major celebrations we are participating in we are having Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, which is my family’s tradition. we never really did the parades and green beer. The beef has been corning in our fridge for a while and honestly I will very much enjoy not only eating it but clearing it out of the fridge. It is yummy, but it does take up a lot of space.

The trick is to remember my portion sizes. It is really hard when you know it is a treat you only get once a year. Because I am not corning beef more than once a year. I may make pastrami a few times a year, but corned beef is only in March.

Restraint will need to be exercised.

As it is St. Pats there are heaps of sales going on. I’ll link several of them at the bottom, for now we jump into the makeup.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Primer: AFTERPAY DAY – 25% OFF SITEWIDE. Valid 3/17-3/18

Foundation: Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Highlight: Iconic Illuminator in Original

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly from Fluide

Mascara: Big Bang from Athr Beauty

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

Because I am testing out a new foundation I am swapping around my primers to see what works and how the foundation performs with each. While this foundation worked really well with the Tatcha formula, I don’t think the Ole Henriksen is the best pair for it. I think this foundation needs a more pore filling foundation under it. I was hoping that is tould pair well with the brightening primer but it isn’t the greatest. I love my banana bright, I just don’t think this is a great paring. Yesterday I didn’t really have an issue with streaks in the foundation due to the brush I used. Today I had to use the makeup sponge to smooth out the streaks. I think I might try the banana bright with this foundation and only use the makeup sponge to apply the foundation and see if that makes the paring a happier one. Because once I blended out the streaks I really liked the look of my skin.

I love the green but the shadows of this palette aren’t the best blenders

Today I used the Cocoa Contour Palette from Too Faced. I don’t know if it is still available, but I love it. The packaging feels so luxe that I just feel special wearing it. It has also become a travel companion because of the mirror and the sturdiness of it. I like the palette when I need to blend shades at different times of the year. While Chocolate Soliel is my summer time favorite, at this time of year there is some blending to find the right shade. It is a great bronzer though.

I also love my Gold Rush Blush. I have other Benefit blushes that I like, but this is the one I always end up reaching for. It is also the one with the severe dip in the center of it. The shimmer wore off once the over spray was gone and it just left a nice slightly golden hued blush that works well for my skin. The Iconic illuminator drops I like but I am not in love with. I have several liquid highlighters and I realized I don’t reach for them. I am going to go through them and try to figure out the ones I will actually use and then clear out the ones that I know i won’t. I also need to go through regular highlighters so I may end up posting a mini declutter some point soon. This one is okay, but I’ll need to compare it before I decide if i am keeping it or not.

I chose the other worldly palette because of the green for St. Patrick’s day. To be honest, it is the reason I keep this palette. I love the green. The shadows don’t blend the best and over all the green and orange toned shimmers are the best in the palette. the others are okay, but those two are the winners.

Today was the first use of the Athr Beauty mascara. The first coat wasn’t very special but after applying a few coats it began to look nice. It is listed as a volumizing mascara but to me it feels more lengthening than volumizing. I’ll be playing with it but at the moment it looks like it needs a few coats before it looks how I want it to.

And finally the elf sheer slick, what can I say, I love it, I use it, I’ve repurchased it a couple of times. It is a good quick splash of tint with a vitamin E backer so my lips feel cared for. Easy to grab, easy to wear.

And now, To the Sales, Batman….

Welry: Clearance Sale, Extra 10% off select clearance styles dates: 3/18 – 3/22

Urban Decay: 30% off sitewide with a free gift with the purchase of $75 or more

The Skinstore: Celebrating 25 years of Beauty up to 50% off during the anniversary sale

Elemis:

30% Off Sitewide with code SPRING. Plus Choose a Free Gift with Purchases Over $100. Valid 3/17 – 3/22

Dr. Squatch Irish Cream and Whiskey – Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a sudsy cocktail for the senses. Slainte!

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The Daily: July 14th, 2021

Good Afternoon my darlings. or should I say, Happy Bastille day. I just received an Email from Klorane announcing the one Day Bastile Sale they have going on so I thought I’d let you know before I forget. The deal is listed below but this link will take you to the site.

Today has been a good day for me. I made my to do list and have been checking items off left and right. Unfortunately I left my walk to a little bit later than I should have and came home a sweaty mess. The temps may technically be down a bit but the humidity. Oh my darlings the humidity is what kills you.

I feel a bit like a dehydrated camel. I’ve gone through two of the Soda Stream bottles just trying to bring my hydration levels back to even. I also think that even though some of my walks have been earlier, I feel like combine with the garden I am just getting too much sun. I use sunscreen, but I still feel like it might be a bit much.

I think that this weekend I may look at some schedule shuffling so that I can make the time to go to the gym and use the treadmill there, even on my typically non-gym days, at least until the summer sun diminishes some. I know I mentioned thinking about doing that in early June but never got around to it. I am beginning to suspect i really should have moved on that then.

However today I get to wear one of my new pairs of earrings. I just got in three new pairs (and a ring) from Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry. I felt like I deserved a little sparkle today so I went with the Odessa Earring. I love the way the earring looks and I love that it can be worn two ways. The earring comes in two pieces, the stud that goes through the lobe and the additional fan design. The fan design has two holes to put the stud through so it can be adjusted if you have big earlobes. To be honest, I never thought about different sized ear lobes before. But I love the earrings and they provided the perfect amount of bling for me today. And if I decide there is too much bling, I can take off the fan and just wear the stud. I’ve been going through my earrings lately and found I don’t actually have very many matching studs. I seem to have lost a lot of the matching sets. Perhaps they are hanging out somewhere with the missing socks that I can’t find.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glamglow mattifying Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Face Palette: PUR 4-in-1 perfecting powders

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly by Fluide

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: MAC in Bated Breath

Jewelry: Odessa Earrings By Mariz Artisan Hand Crafted Jewelry

Today is the last day of my Glam Glow Primer Trial. Tomorrow i will post the full review of it as well as start rotating other primers back into my routine. Over all I think it is a pretty decent primer, but I also think it is very much a summer primer. At least for me.

The Ciate London Foundation is an all year for me and just an easy pick. I actually went for easy today with the foundation, eyeshadow and face palette. All are items I love using. Today’s test was really the MAC Lipstick. I’ve been doing a sort of rolling evaluation and declutter and am trying to slowly whittle down several categories of product. I am actually getting rid of a couple of MAC lipsticks because the colors don’t suit me, but i really think I like this shade. it is a pretty nice neutral. And as I know I have several neutrals I am going to have no choice but to get rid of, I think I may keep this one. Plus i love the MAC formula. I always have. They were the first non-drugstore lipstick I ever bought and I have a huge weakness for them. Usually i only stick with the few whose shades I know I like, but lately both IPSY and Boxycharm have been sending MAC lippies. Several in shades that are unfortunately not for me. And so I will have to let a few go, even though it sort of pains me a bit.

Actually getting rid of most lipsticks pains me. I just love lip products. And I always think i can use a lip pencil to modify the color, or maybe layer the products to change the color. I’m always more of a work with it to make it better rather than purge sort of person when it comes to lips. Although given the state of my lip product drawer I may be reaching a point where an actual deep down declutter is necessary.

But happily, that is a thought to contemplate another day. For now, it is back to work for me. So Happy Bastille Day to one and all.

The Otherworldly Eyeshadow Palette from Fluide

I’ll be honest, I chose this Otherworldly Palette by Fluide as one of my choice items in my IPSY Plus Glam Bag because of one shade. (and because there weren’t any other interesting options in that choice category that month). I saw the green and realized I didn’t have any colors like it in my collection. I tend to go for more everyday looks as sort of my natural gravitation towards shadows.

I do have an affinity for jewel tones, but spent a long time working in a rather conservative office, which shaped a lot of my daily makeup habits. Recently though I have been playing around a bit with color (sometimes not very successfully) and I have been wanting to add a bit more of a range to the colors available.

I didn’t actually envision myself liking much of the other colors, but that green just looked fantastic. I know, it isn’t the first time I’ve picked up a palette for just one color, and it probably won’t be the last. Although I do try not to make it a habit. I also justified it because I had never tried any shadows from Fluide before. I do like their liquid lips though. They are a nice, non drying formula. So justifications in place I tried the palette

There are eight shades in this palette. It is a nice sturdy cardboard palette with a small mirror shaped wither like a cloud or a UFO, I can’t really tell. There are five mattes, two shimmers and one glitter.

L to R: Stellactic, Astral Halo, Quarkle, Andromedaze

The top row contains two mattes, the glitter and one of the shimmers. I promise there are four shades swatched on my arm. The second shadeAstral Halo is almost a perfect match for my skin tone and so doesn’t show up well in the swatch.

L to R: Galatea, Mercurial, Queersar, Blood Moon

The second row has the one green shimmer that drew me into the palette in the first place and three mattes. Let’s talk about the mattes first. They are soft and buttery and have very little fall out. While Astral Halo is only really useful as a base layer to give me a solid color to work with, the other colors are rather nice. The shade that looks light brown in the pan, Mercurial has a reddish tone, almost like a terra cotta, on the eye which I rather liked. I was not expecting to like the orange (either the matte or the shimmer) but I ended up really liking it. I think because the dark brown can tame down that orange It worked really well for me. I was actually quite pleased by the orange.

The mattes had little fall out and blended easily with each other. In addition, they are well paired. If you want a bright look, there are colors to play with and if you want a hint of color, you can tame the brights, and if you just want something quick for the office, you can do that too. It is surprisingly more versatile than I thought it would be.

The shimmers applied well also. I could get a decent shimmer with a dry brush. If I wanted something gleaming, then dampung down the brush intensified the shimmers. While I loved the green as much as I thought I would, that orange shimmer was something I did not expect to like. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

And then there is the glitter. Oh, the glitter.

It feels soft in the pan and on the eyes. When applied with a dry brush it is a little patch and if you have slightly hooded eyes like mine, it will wear off in a line where the hood is. In addition it has a tendency to migrate down the face and then show little glittery bits for the next two days despite washing your face and taking a shower. With a damp brush, it applies better.

While none of the other shadows really need a primer, if using the glitter shade, use an eyelid primer. It will keep the glitter in place long enough for your look to shone where you are going. without the primer, You have maybe an hour before the fall out starts. I personally like the Pretty Vulgar Lid Primer as it has a great deal of stick to it that really locks the glitter down.

Over all, I enjoyed this palette. i wasn’t really expecting to like this Otherworldly palette by Fluide as much as I did. I quite frankly saw the oranges and was a little scared off. But the colors work well together, the pans are well thought out and the shadows are a really nice formula. while this Palette was part of Fluide’s Pride collection, I will certainly have to look into oher shadows from them in the future.


The Daily: July 7th, 2021

Have you ever had your day sort of torpedoed? I was doing really well this morning working like crazy and getting things done. In case you are wondering I have a deadline for a book release at the end of the month that I am trying to keep on track. I’m slightly behind schedule, but I think with a couple of late night editing sessions I might be able to get back on track.

Anyway, the computer decided it had other issues to contemplate today.

Or maybe it is a comentary on my soon to be complete novel, I don’t know.

I think most of the issues are fixed now, but the computer managed to punch a hole straight through the center of my day. I did manage to get to the gym on time (and well before issues started) and at least the time the computer needed to have it’s issues sorted allowed me the time for a nice long walk.

So the exercise is actually on point. So that’s something.

my Peach and Lily order

I also had my order come in from Peach and Lily. I think their big summer sale (up to 50% off loads of items) is still going on if you are looking to shop. while they carry the Peach and Lily products, they have lots of other Korean skincare as well on the site. It is a great place to stock up actually. I wanted to try their Peach Pudding Makeup Removal Cream (plus I am almost out of my Elemis Cleansing balm) so I ordered that and while there I saw the Raw Sauce Essence from May Coop was on sale.

I picked up the smaller size to try out and if I like it, I’ll go back for the full size. I think this is a travel size which I don’t mind and I actually like being able to try it in a smaller size to see if I like it. As an essence it doesn’t take much each use so I’ll definitely be able to form an opinion about it. I’ll admit, I couldn’t resist the moisturizer. The ice cream cone just looked too adorable to pass up. My order received two samples (foil packets) for me to try as well so I can see if those items are ones I want to pick up at a later date. Actually I noticed I have quite a stash of foil packets now. I may have to pick a day and do a foil packet skincare regime. It could be fun. I’ll see if I have enough for the full skin care. I think I do actually.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glamglow mattifying Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Nars in Laguna

Blush: BareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlight: Wander Beauty Wanderess Glow

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly Palette by Fluide

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip in Pout

I have to say I am impressed with the mattifying of the Glamglow primer. It is a very humid day today and this has held up well. I am also realizing that I like serum foundations, especially in the summertime. This Lift and Luminate from No7 is lightweight but covers everything I want covered. It is light to medium coverage which is my preference. I tend to go light on the foundation. I’m not a big fan of the mask look that high coverage gives, especially not for everyday wear. I can go full coverage if I am going to an event but for me that’s not an every day sort of thing. I also like having a couple of foundations that i like wearing and can pick up easily at the drug store. This is one of my top drug store picks actually.

I ended up using a couple of my current favorites today as well. The bareMinerals Bounce and blur blends beautifully and you can go as bright or as natural as you want, depending on how you blend. Their Gen nude lip is also nice. It gives a nice color, a high shine and my lips feel moisturized even after the lipstick is gone.

I am almost finished with the Benefit Mascara sample, so I am probably just going to keep it out for the rest of the week and use it up. I think it actually will go on my purchase later list. I’m not taking bad Gal Bang off of the list and will probably end up ordering both. I like the They’re Real magnet better than I like the regular They’re real though so I will probably use up the samples I have of it and then not repurchase it.

Otherworldly eyeshadow performed well today. I am working my way through the palette and actually I think at the is point I have used all of the colors in it. I left the orange for last as orange is not my go to color. Today it blended nicely behind the brown and I think I might actually be reaching for it more often.

Overall I was happy with the way my makeup came out today. I put my hair up in braids today and used Kristen Ess Celestial Bobby Pins. They are bobby pins with crystal stars on them for a little bit of sparkle. I’m not sure it they are too far back to see, but as I really like my hair up this way, they will be featured many times. I really like the quality of the pins. They are sturdy as well as pretty. The set of four was $8 I think.

The earrings were my little enamel ladybugs. I can’t remember where I picked them up or who made them, but I wish I could. I remember they had quite a few designs I liked when I picked up the ladybugs. I picked up the one pair thinking I’d try them out and if i liked the way they wore I would go back and pick up a few other pairs, but never made it back.

I know it’s a strange thing to be happy about, but one of the things about not wearing a mask any more that I love (besides not wearing the mask) is that I can rotate through my earring collection. I now get to wear them simply because I want to and not only choose the ones that won’t pull or get tangled up with the mask. Sometimes it is the little things. And on a day when computer issues have slowed me down a little earring happiness is not a bad thing.

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The Daily: July 6th, 2021

Do you know, it honestly didn’t occur to me until yesterday that yesterday was a holiday. And that I was supposed to be elsewhere. I worked until about eleven yesterday and then my babydoll reminded me that we were supposed to be going to a picnic in the park followed by an evening barbeque and fireworks display.

Apparently everyone went to the city sponsored fireworks on Sunday but couldn’t resist playing with their own on Monday.

My baby was concerned as nothing had been assembled for wither event so I raced through making a picnic lunch and then set up a side for the barbeque. Luckily someone else was grilling.

And so yesterday featured no daily post as I didn’t get home until quite late.

It was a nice day though. I think that because so many gatherings were skipped last year, every opportunity has become an EVENT. I don’t mind going all out for an event but it does make me a little scared to contemplate New Year’s Eve 2022. People will either get things out of their system or release the festivity in nearly toxic waves.

But that is six months away so perhaps things will have settled down at least a little bit. I needless to say did not make it to the gym yesterday. Today is not a gym day, but I did manage to get a walk in this morning. As the rest of the morning was spent catching up from things missed yesterday, I feel like today sort of slid by in a rush.

I did manage to take a few minutes of quiet time to put on my makeup today. It was actually a nice break.

Today’s Look:

Primer: GlamGlow Supermattify Primer

Foundation: Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation

Bronzer: Marc Jacobs Hi Fi Filter duo (I used it as both bronzer and powder today)

Blush: Floss Lip and Cheek Duo (Used for both Lip and cheeks today)

Highlighter: Jecca Blac Glow Drops in Champagne

Eyeshadow: Otherworldly palette by Fluide

Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Today I knew I was trying out a new primer so I picked up my favorite foundation, the Ciate London Extraordinary. The color is perfect for this time of year and my skin tone and it is lightweight enough that I don’t feel it. It is rapidly becoming my go-to foundation actually.

Tis was my first experience with the GlamGlow Primer. I was surprised that it was gray in tone and it oddly smells of licorice. I’m going to have to look into it a bit more. I suspect there is licorice root extract in it due to the scent and I suspect the color might be due to charcoal. It is mattifying and thus far it is doing a good job keeping down the shine. I’ll have to play with it a bit more before I make my final decision.

I am liking the Jecca Black Glow drops and the Benefit Cosmetics Magnet mascara more and more each time I use them and plan to keep both around. The Magnet Mascara is a sample size and it is running low. I just need to figure out if I like it more than Bad Gal Bang or if i should just switch between the two when I make my next mascara purchase. I actually need to do a mascara inventory soon. I have several that need to go, but I also have several in my to try out drawer that I need to rotate in.

Today was the second time using the Otherworldly Eyeshadow Palette and I was very impressed with it. I went for the more staid colors today, mostly. I used a sort of reddish toned brown with the darker brown on top and a yellowy orange shimmer on the inner corner. I avoided the purple glitter. While the purple glitter had a lot of fall out, I didn’t have much of a problem with any other shade. The colors applied well and blended easily. I didn’t even need too dampen the brush when applying the shimmers. I’m sure they would be brighter if I did, but I only wanted a little hit of color instead of something blinding.

And then there is the Floss lip and cheek. I really like it on my cheeks. It is a nice blendable cream blush. I don’t like it on my lips. The color is a light pigment, which is nice, but it feels very waxy and leaves lip prints everywhere.I think this is going to remain a cheek product and not a lip one. I don’t actually mind that. I have several stick blush and lip duos but thus far all of them have been really nice on the lips and a failure on the cheeks. It is actually nice to have this one be the reverse.

And that is my look today. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. I’ll be continuing my test of the primer and eyeshadow, but for initial performances, both seem to be doing well.

Vichy USA- ACD

The Makeup Bag: December 11th, 2020

The Makeup Bag Used December 5th – 11th

Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag where I discuss all of the products I used throughout the week.  This week I wanted to test out one of my liquid eyeshadows and the one I tested was the Eye Dazzle in the shade Leona from Josephine Cosmetics

No matter how this shade looks on line, it is a lovely coppery shade in real life.  And you know how I love my coppery shades.  The link will take you to the full review post, but over all my experience with this liquid shadow was a positive one.  Last week I tried out the black eyeliner from Josephine Cosmetics and that too was rather positive which tells me I might want to take a bit of time and look more into the brand. 

As The coppery shimmer of the eye dazzle was so bright, I paired it with the all matte palette of The Balm’s Meet Matt (e) Trimony. I really like the formula of The Balm’s eyeshadows and I have to say even though the palettes in metal tins seem to get all the press, I really like this flat style palette better.  I found the tins hard to open and a bit frustrating even if they are cute.  This opens easily, has large usable pans of shadow and blends well. I was very happy to use it this week

While I will be doing more separate tool reviews in the future I wanted to just add just a few I used with my shadows this week.  I adore my color switch tin and it is probably one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while. Mine is from Sephora, but you can get them from a bunch of different brands. It helps me use fewer brushes each time I apply shadow and thus put off the giant shadow brush wash for a little bit, which I think helps keep the brushes lasting a bit longer.

The three shadow brushes I leaned on the most this week were The Shadow and Eye Crease brushes from Shaina B (Black handles) that came in an IPSY a while ago and a tapered blending brush from a Lavash brush set (Pink handle).  While all worked really well, the Lavash brush is starting to look a little worse for wear.  This week it lost a number of bristles. It isn’t beyond use, but it is getting there.  As I think I’ve had the set about a year, it doesn’t speak well to the longevity of the brush. Thus far the other brushes in the set are holding up better so perhaps I just use this one more. I have been impressed with the Shaina B brushes.   They are both frequently used, but neither has lost a single bristle yet.

Along with my shadows I pressed my Eyeko skinny liner into service this week (it is pictured below with the lip products and swatches).  As always Eyeko’s formula worked brilliantly.  Whether it is in the skinny or fat form, their eyeliners are simply amazing.  They don’t fade, stay in place all day and never seep into the fine lines of my skin. In addition, they are decently priced, always a win in my book.

To wrap up the eyes, I again used the They’re Real mascara from Benefit.  It is a sample size and after two weeks of use it is almost used up.  While I will keep it in the Makeup bag a third week, I believe the sample sized tube will run out of product before next week runs out of days and so I will probably add a second mascara to pick up where it leaves off. I have a second unopened tube of They’re Real in my dressing table, but I’ll leave it rest for a while until I manage to work my way through a few of my already opened products. While I prefer the volumizing of Bad Gal Bang, this is a really nice lengthening mascara and I am glad that when this runs out, I still have a back up to reach for.

Speaking of Benefit, I also used a Benefit Primer this week.  I went for the pore filling fabulousness of The Pore Professional (the link will take you to the full review). While it has been around for a while now, it is still a hard product to beat and one that I really like having in my dressing table and rotating into my makeup bag. 

It worked very well this week with my repeat use of the Ulta Beauty Youthful glow foundation (link is to the full review).  It remains a really good light weight foundation and I am really glad that I used it a second week.  While I will still be testing out new foundation products, I want to make sure to use the foundations I already have rather than just automatically purchasing new for the sake of trying new products (although I love trying new products, especially foundations, I really hate wasting product).  However this will be rotating back into the dressing table this week and giving another product a chance at being used.  One thing I find really fun about circling back through foundation products is that if I didn’t like a foundation, I didn’t keep it after my first round.  I have a cousin I trade products with periodically as some products I don’t like, she does and visa versa.  That means that when I open the drawer all of my choices in foundations are products I actually liked enough to keep.

It makes choosing my foundation each week a delightfully difficult task with no really bad outcome.

But Youthful Glow from Ulta Beauty will be returning to the dressing table this week so another can be chosen.

Decisions, decisions, my darlings.

No. 7 Pressed powder and Kristofer Buckle loose setting powder

One product that hasn’t gotten any rest has been my No. 7 Pressed powder.  This week saw more and more of the silver pan exposed.  I’m guessing that by New Years at the latest the compact will be completely empty.  I kind of suspect it won’t last that long actually. It is a really great powder and, if you couldn’t tell by the amount of product used, I really like using it. While it will be repurchased, I want to concentrate on using up at least one of the other pressed powders in my dressing table first.  So I am going to try to resist the urge to go out an immediately repurchase this powder once it is gone.  I’m not sure how well I will do at resisting. It will however be staying in the makeup bag until it is completely used up.

Hourglass Blush and Space Case Bronzer

My bronzer this week was the Fakeation on Mars from Space Case Cosmetics.  Because of it’s size I tend to overlook it when choosing products from the drawer and that really is a shame.  The formula is very buildable.  Putting on too much of it actually takes a bit of effort. Also as my skin loses its tan and goes winter white, it lets me adjust to the amount of product I use quite easily.  I like that as too much bronzer can make your face look a bit dirty. That has never been a problem with this.  I really like that on a light makeup day I can still use it to bring a little definition to my cheeks without going over the top.

My blush this week was also one that I found easy to blend out into a low makeup look, or build up for something more glam.  That is the Hourglass ambient light Blush in diffused heat.  I really like both the formula and the bendability of the product.

And then we get to the highlighter.

This week, we had a bit of an issue.

First of all, I would love to say that I love my babydoll. I really do.  Occasionally, he just doesn’t realize his own strength and tends to be a bull in a china shop.  He also grew up with two brothers, a father with only brothers and all male cousins.  His mother had her own bathroom which all of the boys were forbidden to enter.  Having met everyone as adults, I think it was a wise decree on her part.

This week my babydoll needed tweezers and I told him there was a set in my makeup bag. So he went to retrieve it.  There he saw several compacts (pressed powder, blush and highlighter).  Since he thinks all compacts hold powder, he was surprised there were three compacts as he felt there should be only one. So he opened one of the compacts to look inside.

My poor Ciate London highlighter

The compact he opened held the Ciate London Confetti highlighter.  As you can probably tell from the picture, the product is composed of lots of little balls in varying tones (like confetti) pressed together to form one solid.  Mine was fairly thin in the middle because I really like the golden tones this highlighter produces.  That is also where he pressed to see if they were individual balls or one polka dotted lump.  You can see the results in the image.  There is now a chunk of pan showing and the compact must be held flat so that little beads of highlighter don’t spill out.  He was very apologetic. 

So while I will need to take more care when I use this highlighter moving forward, I do like this highlighter and the golden glow it gives my skin.  Actually I am fond of a lot of Ciate Products.  At this point I think I am only lacking a bronzer to be able to do a full face of Ciate products.  I think that when I do get around to ordering a bronzer, so that I can do a full face, I may pick up a new highlighter as well.  Of course at the moment every time i go to the Ciate site I look at the Miss Piggy Collection they now have out. I adore the muppets and that Miss Piggy hand mirror is calling my name hard. Don’t get me wrong, the make up sponge with the pig nose imprint is adorable and the makeup looks good too, but that mirror is just calling to me. And it is calling to me in Miss Piggy’s voice.

Now that the center has been breached in my highlighter, I’m not certain how long the rest of the product will hold on to the pan before crumbling. with the top layer gone, it seems to have lost structural integrity. So I suspect a Ciate London order is in my near future. I’ll have to keep you posted.

My final face product was the loose setting powder from Kristofer Buckle. (Currently it is on sale if you want to check it out. Normally it is $24 but the sale puts it at $18. There is a lot of powder in it and it is a really good value for the money). I really like using this powder.  It is very finely milled and settles well on the skin.  My only issue is that when you open the inner lid, there is usually a puff of product that hits the air.  It isn’t a lot, but you just have to remember not to breath in or you will be tasting powder for about an hour.  It is a consequence of it being so finely milled. It is also what makes the powder so nice to use, but the small product puff is just something to remember.

The lips (and Eyeko Eyeliner)

My lips this week were coated in three lipsticks (although not at the same time) an one lip liner. The vegan lip liner was from RealHer and it was the shade 20218 Be Yourself Be Real Her. It is red enough that it went well with my Dose of Colors Date Night liquid lipstick. It is also red enough that when my lines weren’t perfectly straight it showed and my lips looked lopsided.  It was easy to fix, as long as I caught it. 

Which I didn’t always do, so a few times this week my lips looked a little crooked.

It is however a fabulously creamy and easy to work with lip liner, It stayed in place, even when I placed it wrong, and corralled my lipstick well. It is just a shade where any crookedness shows. I tend to have that with any dark shade of lip liner. I’m just not good with straight lines. Its why with lip liner I generally stick to more forgiving shades. I was just so pleased to hav one that matched the Dose Date Night that I forgot my wobble. I am working on the lines though so with practice there is less wobble. It also means that on the days when I am working alone at my desk with no possibility of a video call I tend to have very red lips.

Practice makes perfect, my darlings. Or at least a little less wobbly in my case. With luck anyway.

So there was user error, not product issues. I have to say the more Real Her products I try, the more I like the brand.  Thus far I think their eyeliner turned out to be good, but not one of my favorites, but everything else has been fabulous. I have really been impressed with this brand as a whole, at least in the products I’ve tried.

swatches: Top Eyeko Liner, Bottom RealHer lip liner, Left to Right between them, Fluide, Dose of colors, and Elf.

The Dose of Colors in Date Night dried down well and stayed in place all day with no problem. (At the moment Ulta is having a sale on this particular liquid lip. you can get it and a neutral lip as a duo for $12.50. It is an online only offer I believe. The above link will take you to that page on Ulta.) It left my lips a little dry, but with my Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm handy, that wasn’t a problem. The Fluide Liquid Lip in the shade Candy Bar wasn’t as drying, but it didn’t dry down all the way, left a few lip prints on my coffee mug and needed to be reapplied after lunch.  It is the cost of a non-drying formula.  Both formulas are very comfortable to wear and they are lipsticks I do reach for often. My final lip product was the elf Black Cherry sheer slick.  What can I say?  It is a great formula, a wonderfully sheer wash of color and over all fantastic product.

At the end, finally there was my Laura Geller Spackle Mist.  It sets the make up well and is more coconut water scented rather than coconut scented so the aroma is light and fresh which I enjoy.  I am about half way through the bottle so it will be going back to the dressing table while another product is rotated into next week’s makeup bag. 

And with the setting spray, this week’s makeup bag is complete.  This week I had a good set of products to work with and aside from the highlighter debacle no major issues. And really, there was no way to predict that sort of highlighter issue.  I did learn though that next time my baby doll needs something I have in my makeup bag, I need to get it for him instead of letting him retrieve it himself. Apparently his mother was onto something with her banishment. 


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