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.
My loose setting powder and my most used lip gloss both came from Elf this week. That is the elf translucent setting powder and the Black Cherry lip slick. Also on my lips this week was the Dose of Colors Stone liquid lip and Sugar Crush in the shade Sprinkle.
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.