This week’s makeup bag was really low key. This was one of those weeks where I worked at my desk by myself with the occasional phone call. No one needed to see me so looking good for zoom wasn’t a necessity. I think the only time other than my walks that I left the house was to run to the charity shop yesterday. So there were several days I just let my skin breathe.
But I did wear some makeup this week.
I started with the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen. The link will take you to the full review. It is a brightening primer, but under powder or foundation it blurs out blemishes and fine lines really well and while it hydrates, it didn’t ever feel greasy. This is a primer I think I will be reaching for more throughout the winter.
On the days I reached for foundation, I went with the E.L.F. Acne Fighting foundation. It was easy to reach for, light weight and felt good against the skin. This is one foundation that I know i am going to replace as soon as it runs out. E.l.f. really hit it out of the park with this one.
My RealHer Cheek Ultimate Glow Getter Trio provided my Bronzer, Blush and highlight this week. While I did use the bronze and highlight I think there was only one day this week I bothered with the highlighter.
The blush and bronze are both buildable products that let you go as light or as glam as you want. This week I tended to lean into the light and this Cheek Trio Palette was amazing for that. If you take a close look at the bronzer, you can see that the outlines of the pan are starting to show through the product. Of the three, the Bronzer is my favorite product. The blush and highlighter are good, but I tend to use them because they are there with the bronzer, whereas the bronzer is why I reach for the palette. It was a palette that I reached for a lot this summer and I am really glad to see that it is something I can easily use in winter as well.
For Powder I used my trusty No 7. Pressed powder and didn’t bother with a loose setting powder at all this week. I know, shocking. Much more of the pan is showing now and I am fairly certain that this compact will be empty by new Years. It really is one of my favorite products. The formula of the powder is just really nice against the skin.
This week I skipped both eyeliner and brow products completely. My eyebrow is still healing from an ingrown hair and quite frankly at the moment my bangs have grown out enough that you can’t really see much of my brows. I really need to cut them. I’ll admit, it scares me so I put off the trimming of the bangs as long as possible. I am less hesitant with the rest of my hair, but those bangs…Still it must be done and done soon. This week, I just used a spoolie to keep them neat and left them alone.
I had a trio of shadows this week. KVD’s Lolita was the shade I reached for most often for a quick swipe of color. It is an excellent shadow and the color works well for me. It can be used as a light blush or deepened towards a wine red. It is one of those shadows that always gets added to my travel bags.
The Colored Raine Champagne Life was my light shimmer shade this week. It is okay but not my favorite. It tends to disappear when I tried to blend it in and fades pretty badly throughout the day.
The third shadow I used was the IBY Fire and Ice shadow. I really enjoyed it. It doesn’t look like much in the pan but when applied it glimmers green like a beetle’s back and I really enjoyed it. I am definitely going to have to remember to use it more often. For a fuller review of the three and to see swatches and read a more detailed performance review, the link will take you to my eyeshadow review post from yesterday.
This week I finished off the They’re Real sample size of mascara from Benefit Cosmetics. I really like the way it lengthened my lashes and it looked really good, especially on the days where I did nothing but powder and lip oil. This was its third week and this morning I can officially say that the tube is completely empty. The sample is no more. I was rather surprised that it lasted the full third week, but somehow it just managed to hang on to finish the week out.
My final product this week was the Yensa lip oil in the shade Pink Shine. I love everything about this lip oil. It has a slight hint of color that compliments my natural lips. It helps refresh dry lips and it smells amazing. That being said, it does leave oily lip prints on the rims of coffee mugs and needs to be reapplied after eating. But the shine it gives to lips is fantastic.
This week I didn’t bother with a setting spray. Which means that we have now arrived at the end of the makeup bag. I told you, I didn’t wear a lot of products this week. I figured it was just me looking at a computer screen all day so on the mornings when I wanted to wear makeup I did, and the mornings I didn’t want to put it on, I didn’t. It was really nice to have a low key week like this. Next week of course I have the first of the week loaded down with pre-holiday work zooms, so I’ll have to be a little bit more mindful. But it was nice to have a very relaxed week and only put on what I wanted to put on without worrying how it would look on camera.
This past week’s makeup bag featured an interesting array of products. The foundation I chose was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick foundation. The link will take you to the full review, but I have to say I liked it for a natural makeup look. I don’t know why that surprised me as the description claimed it was buildable, but it did. Maybe it’s because I tend to think of ABH products as geared towards more high glam. Either way I was pleased it turned out to be a good every day product.
Next of course was the Elf Bite sized eyeshadow palette. It was a $3 impulse buy and I have no regrets. I picked up the Cream and Sugar one and think I will probably be picking up some of the other varieties soon. To provide a little color for my neutral palette I added the KVD Vegan Beauty single shadow in Lolita as well as the Metal Crush Highlighter in Roseshock. The highlighter is far to glittery and pink for me to comfortably use as a highlighter in my everyday life, but it works as a great shimmer shade to pair with Lolita. I enjoyed using them both.
I am trying to remember to use more of my single shades more often. I have some really nice shades in single shadows, I just tend to forget about them. I especially need to remember them when I grab one of my super neutral palettes to help keep the week from feeling blah and bland. It’s probably silly, but I find one bright spot of color or glitter shade can really perk up my day. The more I stay in, the more I find it helps. There have been several hard mornings recently where I’ve used a mid-afternoon glitter addition to perk me up for the end of the day paperwork. It’s a simple trick, but it works for me.
I also used the KVD Cake liner this week it is in the shade Trooper Black. It is a creamy pencil that is super easy to smudge out. It is one of my favorite eye liner pencil formulas and will be returning until it is gone and then I will repurchase it.
My I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray in Peaches and cream made it through a second week in my make-up bag. The bottle is now about halfway finished. This week I am giving it a rest as this month’s IPSY just came in and had a Laura Geller Fixing spray I want to try. I know I’ll come back to the Peaches and Cream as I love the scent and the way the fixing spray really locks in my make up for the day. But It gets a break for next week and goes back to the dressing table.
This week I meant to use the Pretty Vulgar eyelid primer, but alas I did not. I wanted to try out the powder under foundation trick, but I found that it didn’t work terribly well with the stick foundation. To see if I liked it at all, I brought in my Maybelline Fit Me foundation again since I know how it worked with my skin and tried the powder trick again. I think it really requires a liquid foundation. Since this coming week I am using a liquid foundation I will be trying it again. Since I don’t have terribly dark circles under my eyes, the powder under the foundation is supposed to sort of eliminate a lot of concealer use. Which Is why I left off concealer and brought in a lid primer. Usually I just use the concealer I have in my hand to prime my lids. But like I said, those particular dominos didn’t fall as I expected so I brought back the tried and true ELF Camo Concealer instead.
But this week, it is definitely time for the Pretty Vulgar lid primer to be tested.
Also returning this week was the wet ‘n wild ultimate brow kit. As you may recall, I really liked the powder and absolutely hated the cream highlight. This week I paired it with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo pencil highlighter and concealer stick. I find this an amusing combination actually. Prior to this I’d used both eyebrow pencils and pomades, but never a powder. I like the wet ‘n wild powder and think I will keep it around to use up, but I can honestly say it isn’t my favorite brow product in the world. It is good and does the job, and if I can find a single powder from them in my shade I wouldn’t mind keeping it around. What it has done is make me want to try other brow powders.
With the Billion Dollar Brows highlight and contour pencil, it too came in a kit. That kit had this stick, which I really like, an excellent quality brush and a brow liner I really didn’t like at all. The Billion Dollar Brows brush, paired well with the wet ‘n wild powder as did the highlighter stick. So essentially I ended up combining two kits, taking what I liked from each and creating a frankenbrow kit. Both products will remain in my rotation, but I will be using them together again each time. Next week I think I will be using my Benefit multi-product brow pencil. I’m waiting to re-order my favorite Precisely My Brow pencil from Benefit until I see more progress on the two brow products I am using. It’s my own personal thrift over desire game. I’m going to see if I can use up one product before I order the replacement. I suspect I’ll crack and just order it at some point anyway, but for now I’m holding strong.
Speaking of holding strong, I have to give a big thumbs up to TreStique. I have been using the color+contour Cheek stick in Brazilian Bronze for a while now. It is an excellent product. I use it as a cream contour (obviously) and just draw the line where I want it and use my fingers to bend it in.
Sometimes I get fancy and use a brush, but mostly, I have to admit, I use my fingertips. For the past several months every time I reach for it, I’ve thought, ‘Oh it’s going to be empty soon’ and yet it still keeps going. I think because you only need to use a little of it, just one quick stripe in place, that it seems to last forever. I’m not complaining it is an excellent cream contour. I am glad that it is not used up and will definitely repurchase it when it finally does wear out. That time however is not now. So back to the dressing table it goes, to be used again at a later date.
While very little needs to be used of the TreStique bronzer, the same cannot really be said by the Fenty highlighter stick. It is also a cream product. It too needs only one quick swipe on the highlighted points to be of use and it is beautiful on the skin. The problem is that it needs to be warmed up first so I ended up wasting a lot of product warming up the highlighter on my hand.
Once warmed up, it is excellent though. I really liked the way it performed. It blended well and remained in place throughout the day. It came in a Boxy Charm box and I am happy to use it. It’s a good product. I will keep it in my dressing table and keep it in my product rotation, but I suspect it will not last terribly long. I think it will get used up relatively quickly. When it is gone, I don’t know it I would replace it. I think as far as cream highlighters go, I prefer the formula of the Flesh version better. I think when both of the products start edging towards the end of their lives I may have to have a cream highlighter face off to see which makes the repurchased list. Right now I am content to keep this Fenty one around.
This week’s blush was from Hourglass. It was from their Ambient line (the one that looks marbled in the pan) and in the shade Diffused Heat. I really like the formula and the packaging is really beautiful, but I think the color might be a shade too light for me. It was easily blended out, and I really liked the look of it, but I think I would like it one shade deeper, especially for the summer. It just pops a little too pink for me with my current skin tone. It is a beautiful blush however and will be staying with me. I will definitely use it, and I will look at picking up a slightly deeper tone to use as well.
I sort of skipped over primers so I’ll add the Illamasqua Primer now. This week I used their hydra veil primer. I really enjoyed it, after I got used to using it that is. First of all the jar is pretty. I like looking at it on my shelf. Second when I opened it, I thought the lid had a decorative handle. It turns out that the ‘handle’ pulls out of the clip to become a spoon to dig into the product.
The primer looks like jelly and it scoops out of the jar like congealed gelatin. Seriously, it looks like unflavored, uncolored gelatin. I liked the little spoon as it meant I didn’t have to dig into the jar with my fingers, always a plus in the fight against contamination. Second, if you let the jar sit for a bit, like cover it back up and come back an hour later, all signs of your having used the product are erased. The product is smooth and even again as though untouched, albeit with a slightly lower level. It’s kind of cool actually.
To use the product, I scooped it out and put it into my palm. The heat from my hands melted it a little and then I rubbed my hands together and rubbed it onto my face like a moisturizer. You can’t really add little spots to the face, it just won’t work. But the primer worked really well once I applied it correctly. It filled in pores and left me with a smooth base canvas to work with. It does require a moment to settle in and set in place. If you go in too early with your foundation it will get all mixed in and not work properly, so give it a moment to get settled before moving to your next step. Once I did that, I found I really liked it. While this primer is returning to the dressing table, it will be making many appearances in my future makeup bags. And really, if I hadn’t just gotten a new primer to try this week in my Ipsy bag, I would want to keep it around for a second week.
There were two powders in my makeup bag this week, one loose and one pressed. I used them both throughout the week. The loose powder was the Ciate London Everyday Vacay translucent setting powder. It has a coconut scent and I found myself craving macaroons every time I used it. The scent is not overpowering and unlike the regular Ciate setting powder there is no flash back with cameras. It leaves no real white cast and works well to set the foundation.
Mine is about halfway empty and I have to say I saw the powder for sale on BoxyCharm Add ons this month and added it to my cart so I have already repurchased this powder, which sort of tells you my opinion of it.
My pressed powder was one I had not tried before it is the No. 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder in Medium. I’ve always liked No. 7’s skin care, but I have never tried any of their makeup products. I am very glad I tried this and it is a definite repurchase. While it worked well with makeup, I also liked using it on my bare face for days I just didn’t really feel like bothering with much. It has just enough tint that it evened out my skin tone and it felt great on my face. If I was inside all day it lasted a long time with nothing but a setting spray over it. Outside it sweated off because it’s June in Tennessee. But I very much liked it and I am very pleased that I branched out.
While I am always happy to try branching out because I generally find new favorites that way, I have to say the SuperStay Ink Crayon from Maybelline is not going to be one of my forever favorites. I had high hopes because I tried and loved Maybelline’s liquid lip products which I believe are also from this line. Those hopes were not realized.
While the product applied easily and stayed in place all day, it made my lips feel waxy. It was oddly heavy on the lips as well. Overall not my favorite lip product. I may use it now and again, because I hate to feel wasteful, but this was not a good formula for me, I won’t be reaching for it often, and I won’t be repurchasing it. Maybelline has many other products I really like, this just isn’t one of them.
Because in the summer time I often like having just a gloss on my lips, I threw in the Thrive Causemetics Lip Gloss in Ashley. I really liked this. It looks as though it would be glittery, but it really isn’t. It has a little shimmer but it isn’t over the top. The formula isn’t sticky and I really liked using it. I mostly used it alone this week, but I think I might keep it in the makeup bag a second week and maybe try it over a matte lip to see how it performs.
Finally this brings us to the Kevyn Aucoin mascara. It is The Expert Mascara to be precise and it is one of my favorite formulas. It lengthens and gives a bit of volume without being too much for daily wear. I love the curve of the brush not only for applying to my upper lashes, but because the curve lets me get to the lower lashes more easily without making a mess. While the Marc Jacobs Mascara is my favorite date night going out kind of mascara. This is my favorite work day mascara. I really like using it and I will be keeping it in my Makeup Bag again this week.
So that was this week’s Make up bag and my thoughts on the various products I used. Overall not too shabby. Nothing horrific and I got to use a few favorites.
Next week I will be keeping both the Ciate Everyday Vaccay and the No. & powders in my bag. I will also be keeping the Kevyn Aucoin mascara and the thrive cosmetics lip gloss. This week I will also actually be using the Pretty Vulgar lid primer. Joining them will be the Laura Geller Spackle Mist, NYX Bare With Me Tinted skin veil, Dr. Brandt Luminizing primer, Nomad cosmetics highlighter, Benefit brow pencil, Tarte Park Avenue Princess contour palette, Doucce Eyeshadow palette, Betty Boop Blush, Jersey Shore cosmetics lip balm, Il Makiage liquid lip and a Disney Villains lipstick. It should be a fun week. Stay tuned.