The Daily: October 4th, 2021

Oh Monday Monday, so rainy and so surprisingly warm. At this time of year that feels so strange. It feels like each rain storm that passes through should knock off a couple of degrees from the total instead of adding a layer of swampiness to the air. So strange.

Admittedly it did make me feel better about spending the extra time walking last week. That was nice. I felt a little vindicated for ducking out of the office to spend time in the sun. And now that it is rainy I get to catch up, because I certainly am not walking today. The park is flooded and the air is something that you can take a bite of.

So it is me and a you tube workout this afternoon.

Plus a lot of paperwork i put off last week.

I’m also starting to think about some of my subscriptions. To be honest I thought I had it figured out. I was pretty sure I knew what I was going to do in the upcoming year and which subscriptions I was going to drop. Then BoxyCharm sent and e-mail stating that the premium category was going to have a price increase in November. Instead of $35 per month it will now be $39.99. The other categories are staying the same. At the moment I am on the fence. I could say that the Premium category was worth $35 and I have been enjoying it, however I am not sure that it is worth keeping for $40. The new pricing goes into effect in November and I think I will be keeping the subscription through the end of the year unless something happens, but I will be watching the next two months to see if the price increase is worth it to me. $40 is edging into quarterly box territory and I am beginning to wonder if maybe a quarterly box like Fab Fit Fun might not be an interesting change.

Admittedly it might just be an interesting change while I whittle down my skincare stockpile. In generally I am thinking about adjusting some of my subscriptions so it isn’t just Makeup and skincare coming in, mostly because it has been so skincare heavy for a while and I really need to use up some of my skincare. Just some things I’ve been thinking about as I plan for the upcoming year. Thinking about Boxycharm has lead me to use the Hello Charmer eyeshadow palette today.

Today’s look:

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Vegan Bronzing Stick

Blush: Colour Veil Gel Blusher from Illamasqua

Highlight: Milk and Honey Palette from Beauty Bakerie

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Eyeshadow: Hello Charmer Eyeshadow Palette from BoxyCharm

Mascara: Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lipstick in Perception

Brows: Brow Bar by Reema Brow Kit

Setting Spray: Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore

I’ll be honest, today was mostly about testing out the gel blusher and the highlighter palette with an actual foundation instead of a BB cream. Last week I used both the Milk and Honey Palette and the Illamasqua gel blusher with a bb cream and they performed well. They were both able to blend down and work as a sort of natural look with the BB cream I was using.

But while I love knowing I have products that work with BB creams for a natural look, I didn’t know how they’d perform with an actual foundation, would they be too subtle to work out? The Colour Veil came through like a champ. I really like the way it looks with the foundation. It is able to blend in and add the touch of color without either standing out like a clown or disappearing completely.

The Milk and Honey Palette I am not so big a fan of. There are four shades and I’ll rotate through them, but the one I used today, the golden shade Queen Bee’ing, lost it’s color as it blended and just left glittery specs behind. I’m not really feeling it. I’ll keep playing but this isn’t turning out to be my favorite set of highlighters.

I do love the lipstick though. The color makes me feel fall and the bareMineralist lipstick formula is nice. As it is a bullet style lipstick it doesn’t dry down all the way so there are some lip prints at first. If you wait about 20 minutes, it is dried down enough that there are only hazy lip prints, and with a color this deep that is kind of impressive. As a lipstick it does loose color over the day, but it is still there at the end of the day. (Admittedly the greasier your lunch is the faster it will disappear. The grease just seems to break it down a bit more.) And even if the color fades at the end of an eight hour day, my lips feel nourished instead of dried out. So I am a fan. But then all of the products I’ve tried from the Mineralist line have been pretty spectacular.

But now me and my spectacular lips need to get back to work. All the things I put off to enjoy the sun yesterday have returned to my desk. And they brought friends. I still regret nothing. even if I will have to work a little later tonight.

The Daily: September 8th, 2021

Another day without sun, but at least my good friend Beeker is keeping my Tomahawk shades for me. I know they are safe and I think they look kind of cute sitting there. So even if there is little point to wearing them today, I can still enjoy them.

Today is not rainy at least. It is overcast and the chance of sun breaking through is pretty minimal. The bonus is that it isn’t terribly hot. Don’t get me wrong, I still worked up quite the sweat on my walks today but I I didn’t actually feel like I was melting.

And yes I said walks, plural. Two to be exact. One in the morning and because the temps stayed low enough, one in the afternoon. It was fantastic.

Sweaty, but fantastic.

Over all, that is today’s big news. I know not epically major news, but as the rest of the day has mostly been freaking out because it is the middle of the week and the paperwork is piling up, it was a bit of a pick me up. I always end up having this happen when there is a three day weekend. I Start the week off Tuesday morning in my typically Monday morning fog. And then it lifts the next day and I realize it is now mid week and I haven’t caught up.

The thing is I know it is going to happen each time, and yet nothing I can do actually stops it from happening. It is the post three day weekend trauma. And no I don’t have this when I take Friday’s off. Then I do extra work on Thursdays and feel fabulous about everything. When Monday is a holiday I always feel like I’ve missed a step, no matter how much prep work I do the Friday before.

But I am handling it and by tomorrow I should have smooth sailing until Friday.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

Bronzer: Lottie London Sunburst

Blush: IBY Sunkissed Blush

Powder: Ciate London The Extraordinary Powder

Highlighter: Laura Geller Baked Highlight in French Vanilla

Eyeshadow: Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U nyc in Soho

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

I know a lot of these are repeat products from yesterday. The Milk Makeup primer I still love. I have only one more use left in the tube now so I will finish it up tomorrow. It is a great primer that really locks in the makeup. It is clear so there isn’t a lot of redness coverage but makeup stays in place. I already picked this up in a full sized container, but the sample is almost empty.

The Revolution Foundation stick is an oldie but a goodie. I forgot I had it until I started doing my declutter. It is small and the tube rolled to the back of the drawer. It happens with foundation sticks. I need to work out a better storage system. I don’t have much product left in this tube so I may just keep it out and use it for now anyway. It is the perfect shade for me right now. While I love this foundation it does leave me looking a touch oily so I need to use a non illuminating primer underneath it and I need a dusting of powder over it.

The powder I used today was the Ciate London Extra ordinary powder. The powder is good but has the tendency to leave white splotches where you first touch your brush to skin. So I bank it once on my hand after dipping into the product and it works out well from there. It is a good powder, just watch out for the first touch.

Again I used the Lottie London Bronzer. I really think that coconut is going to be a killer for me. It is a good bronzer but I really hate that coconut scent. I found myself making the ewww face when I opened it and had to smooth my expression out to apply it. Which is never a good sign. I do like the light but buildable formula, just not the scent. I may poke around on the Lottie London Website and see if they do sell a non scented formula, but this one I suspect will soon be leaving me.

In looking at my blushes I found several that I received but hadn’t gotten around to trying out. One of these is the IBY blush. I’m sure it came in an IPSY bag, but I don’t remember getting it. I like IBY shadows but haven’t tried any of their face products. I think this one may be a bit on the pink side for my current skin color, but I may get more use out of it in the winter. My blushes tend to go lighter in the winter. It is quite pigmented though so it is one to be careful with.

I am likeing the Rimmel palette more as I use it. The lighter shimmer shades do need a wet brush in order to really show up on the eye but the mattes blend beautifully together. I am really pleased I found this lurking in the bottom drawer and decided to give it another chance. It is a nice drugstore palette that I think I will end up keeping around for a while.

This is the last day for the Milk Mascara though. It is a good formula and I will be picking up a full sized tube at some point, but this sample size is done. It was an effort to get a second eye done today. Despite being volumizing, I found it seems to be more lengthening that volumizing. I do very much like it and as the brand Milk Makeup is also one I enjoy, I have no problem putting it on my repeats purchase list.

I am also adding the M2U lipsticks to the list as well. This formula really is fabulous. The shade might be a little too pink for me, but I love the way it dries down without drying out my lips. I just need a few different colors. I would love to see how this preforms in a really dark berry shade. Those are the ones that seem to have issues drying down without drying me out. So perhaps a test for later.

For now, that is today’s look and how I feel about the products I used. Over all not bad. I just wish the scent of coconut wasn’t so strong.

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The Daily: September 7th, 2021

Hello my darlings and I hope you had a fabulous three day weekend. We actually took a little bit of a summer getaway. This summer there simply wasn’t time for an actual vacation so we decided that the end of summer would have to do. Friday was a half day and we ended up going to a small cabin in the mountains. It was basically the two of us in a cabin in the woods. Check in was no contact and there was no wi-fi and barely any cell service. We saw no one and really just took the long weekend to completely unwind.

It was glorious.

And the fact that it was a completely no contact weekend was really nice as when I came back there were multiple electronic warnings about the danger of Labor Day Travel. So it was a nice and safe holiday.

And when I came back I put my eSalon to use. The custom dye came in before I left, but I waited to use it until after I got back. I went with something a little bit darker and I think it worked out well. As always I love the care they put into their kits. I really like the fact that the eSalon kits also have a step by step process that it really feels like a custom experience.

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Plus I’m still working on finding a new stylist. With the eSalon, I really do like dying my hair on my own so I wanted to take care of that before I found someone to cut my hair. It’s proving harder than I thought. Plus I’m trying to decide if i should go now before things get any worse where I live (infection rates are rising) or if I should wait just a little longer for them to go down a bit.

Decisions, decisions.

But at least I got my hair dyed.

Today’s look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydrogrip Primer

Foundation: No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action serum Foundation

Bronzer: Lottie London Sunburst Bronzer

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Laura Geller Baked Original in French Vanilla

Powder: Elf Translucent Loose HD Powder

Eyeshadow: Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition

Mascara: Milk Makeup Kush Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in Soho

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

Today was an interesting mix of products for me. The Milk Makeup primer is a sample size that I found in my primer drawer during a declutter. I liked it enough to pick up a full size, but then I somehow forgot about the sample, so I am using it up. I have one, maybe two uses left in the container so I used it today and will use it tomorrow and possibly Thursday just to finish it up. It is a formula I really like and really does lock in anything layered on top of it.

The No 7 Foundation is one of my favorite drugstore foundations. It is light weight and I tend to forget I am wearing it. It also blends really well and lasts all day.

This is my second use of the Lottie London bronzer. I like the way it looks on and I like the way it blends. I am not too thrilled with the overly sweet faux coconut scent to it. It is only strong when you are applying it though so that isn’t too bad. The scent goes away fast, I just don’t like the scent. Still the bronzer seems to work well so maybe it will end up working well enough that I can get over the scent. I suspect it will end up being an occasional bronzer though as I do find the scent off putting.

the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush is one of my favorites. It is fantastic and I reach for it often. It is super east to blend and for me this mauve sunrise is an excellent color.

I am still on the fence with the Laura Geller Backed highlighter. I love the fact that it is light without glitter. I am not so thrilled by the fact that it is not the easiest product to blend. when applied with a brush it tended to leave a strip of white that was difficult to blend. I found that even though it is a powder it was easier to dip my finger in and ort of tap the finger along the area where I wanted the highlight. That seemed to apply better and create less of a stripe for me. It is still new to my collection so I’ll be playing around with it a bit more.

The elf HD Powder isn’t new but I haven’t use it in a while. I tend to like the loose elf translucent powder better than he pressed translucent powder. Somehow the pressed leaves a little too much whitecast behind while the loose doesn’t. I think I will be using this up though and getting a tinted powder from elf instead. While I like the loose powder, it is still a bit white for me as I still have a summer tan. In the winter it is less of an issue, but I think a tint to this powder wouldn’t be a bad thing.

This Rimmel eyeshadow palette was in my declutter pile. I mentioned it as part of my declutter post. However I couldn’t remember how it applied and so I decided to keep it around for a little bit to play around with it. I know I have most of these shades elsewhere in formulas I really like, but I just liked the look of it and since i couldn’t remember how I felt about it I felt that was a good enough reason for a second shot. Today I leaned into the darker shades which worked well. Not spectacular, but well. The one lighter shade I used a dry brush and it was okay. I think with a wet brush it would do better. so I will try that tomorrow as I keep playing with the palette. Right now it is possible it could go into the declutter pile again, or I could decide to keep it. I should know by the end of the week.

Milk Makeup also appeared in my mascara today as I finish out a sample sized tube of Kush Mascara. I like this mascara. It lengthens well but doesn’t do a lot for volume. It isn’t overly dramatic but a very good everyday mascara. I could easily see myself picking up a full sized tube of this in the future.

I am also impressed by this M2U lipstick. It takes a while to dry down enough not to leave lip prints, but when it does dry down it is a really comfortable product to wear. It doesn’t dry out my lips or crumble midway through the afternoon. And the full sized lippies are $7. So I suspect that I will be picking up a few more of these in the near future.

And finally the ever dwindling setting spray. There is less than an inch of spray left and I will be very happy when it is finally used up. The spray is nice and I plan to reuse the glass bottle. The product is nice as well. It is the scent that gets me though. I just don’t care for it and am very ready to not smell it any more. I think that If I use it this week, I can use it up and next Monday start the week off with one of my other setting sprays. That’s the plan anyway. It is a good product, but I just don’t like the scent.

So those were the products I used today. Some old, some new, some forgotten and some on the verge of being used up. I Don’t know why it makes me so happy to actually fully use a product, but it always does. I’m sure it is something deeply troubling in my psyche but I’ll leave that to the shrinks to figure out. For now it is back to work for me. I enjoyed my long weekend but now I am paying for it by playing catch up. Such is life.

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The Daily: August 30th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to the start of a new week. It was an interesting weekend for me. Quiet, but interesting. My main focus was to get my sleep patterns back to something resembling normality, which I did.

It was nice.

I know alarm clocks are useful and lord knows I wouldn’t get up on time if I didn’t have one, but I really enjoy having two days where i get to wake up when my body decides it wants to wake up instead of being startled awake by the alarm.

Beyond sleep, I started in on some of my fall to do list. The manicure, I put off a bit. However I did start my decluttering, which I’ll be posting about this week, and more importantly I went shopping for new bras. I know not the most exciting thing, but more than any other garment in my wardrobe, my bras take a beating in the summer time.

While in the gym I tend to remember to wear the sports bras. When on a walk through the park, I generally just walk in whatever I happen to be wearing. So I generally end the summer restocking and bidding several bras a fond farewell. The Bali bras are really good as they are comfortable and durable. While the fit is nice, I think one of my favorite aspects are the straps. They are wide enough to comfortably support without digging into my shoulders. And these bras will last me all year and well into next summer.

Very few of my undergarments worn on walks in the summer time actually survive the summer. Each spring I designate older undergarments as “walking wear” and between the sweating and the washing they just take a beating. Hence the sort through and replace every fall. But as soon as the heat breaks I get to wear my nicer undergarments on a more regular basis, which is nice.

I have to admit that i love the underwear clear out in the fall. as the summer progresses the drawer just looks worse and worse. I have a line of nicer things off to the side, mostly including my Underclub sets as well as nicer things I wear going out, but the everyday walking wear just looks worse and worse as the summer goes on. So the clear out always makes me feel really happy.

It is my first declutter of the season.

Followed shortly thereafter by other declutters. I do like declutters, not only do they make things feel fresh (if only because I reorganize and put everything where it belongs) but I always find things that i forgot I had so even if I don’t go shopping, I feel like I have some new things. That actually applies to my makeup today as well.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Light Blush

Bronzer: Lottie London Sunburst Bronzer

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Powder

Highlight: Laura Geller Baked Original Highlighter in French Vanilla

Eyeshadow: Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette

Mascara: ABH Lash Brag

Lips: bareMinerals Gen Nude in Pout

Setting Spray Farsali Rose Gold Face Mist

The Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional is one of my favorite primers. I actually picked it up today because I thought it felt a little hollow and I wanted to see how much product was left in it. I squeezed the air out of the tube and it turs out there is a lot more than I thought there was so I am happy. I tend to pick up the holiday kits to restock on a lot of Benefit products (partially because I really like the tins as well a the products) and I think my primer will last until the Holiday kits come out. As we are reaching the end of August it actually won’t be that long. Halloween decorations are already in stores and with Thanksgiving barely a blip on the retail radar, the holiday kits, advent calendars and black Friday sales aren’t that far away.

And yes I’ve already started my list of both presents to pick up this year and things I want to stock up on here. I know, Labor day sales are just kicking off and I will be taking advantage of some of them but honestly, in my house we have always done things for the home on Labor Day. I’m pretty sure all of our major appliance purchases were Labor Day ones. At the moment the only big house purchase we have coming up is a mattress. I know Sleephead has a sale going on. I think we might take advantage of that one this year pick up one of the gel toppers and then maybe look at Purple for the mattress sale. Their labor day sale is up to $350 off so it is definitely a good time to look into the replacement. Well technically we should have picked up a replacement last year but never got around to it. So this year is a must. (I’ll link both sales down below if anyone is interested.)

Beyond that I am redoing a lot of my desk so I can get more organization in my life. I’ve been looking at Sonix and Multitasky for a lot of those items and hope to have a plan in place soon so i can take advantage of those sales. But that is off topic.

To the makeup, batman!

I admit, I forgot completely about the Pretty Vulgar Foundation. I really like the way it blends into the skin and this shade really does work well for me. I found it in my foundation drawer. It was on it’s side and because of the shape of the bottle it rolled towards the back. It is just a little too tall to actually stand up. I think the only reason that I forgot it is because when I think of Pretty Vulgar I automatically think of The Feather’s mascara. But I really need to remember this foundation as well, because it really is good medium coverage that feels feather light on the skin.

Seeing the Ciate Blush in the Look Fantastic box reminded me of the marbled light blush so I pulled it out today. While I like the Glow to illuminating blush, I personally prefer the look of the marbled light. And I was happy to use it.

The No 7 is a long term staple. I know I don’t have to tell you again hoe much I love this powder.

The bronzer however was one I honestly didn’t know I had. I knw I had a Lotte London Blush somewhere but I could not remember getting the Bronzer. I’m guessing it came in an IPSY Bag a while ago and I just forgot it. I think this is the first time I’ve used it. I found it interesting. It is a Coconut scented bronzer. The faux coconut scent is pretty strong and to be honest, I don’t like the scent. The bronzer itself, I actually really like. It goes on well, blends nicely and thus far today has worn really well. I think I actually like it enough to ignore the scent. I’m going to keep it out for a few days to try it out and see if the scent is something i can ignore or if after a few days it is what causes me to want to push the bronzer away.

This is the second time I’ve used the Laura Geller baked highlighter and I am impressed. It is a nice highlight with absolutely no glitter in it. Often times if I know I have a meeting for work I will completely skip the highlighter because I don’t want any glittery mess. This is perfect for an office. It adds the light without the sparkle. And while I like sparkle as much as the next person, sometimes it isn’t appropriate. This is a product i am keeping around for office wear. As a caution, A light hand is needed otherwise there is just a light powder smear. It blends better of you go in light. if you go in heavy it is harder to blend in.

For eyeshadow I just wanted something quick today so I just used the Abyss in my Lime Crime Palette as a one and done look. It blended well with my bareminerals lip gloss (another fave) and I was happy. It was a simple look today, which is fine for me. It is a day spent mostly at the computer so I didn’t feel the need to go too crazy. So quick and easy ruled the day.


For those interested, the Purple link will take you to the Purple Mattress Sale and the Sleepyhead link below it will take you to the Sleephead Gel topper.

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The Daily: August 12th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today was another day of waling instead of the gym. I managed to get up earlier than usual and get a walk in. The heat may not have risen but the humidity made the air thick. I was seriously surprised that you couldn’t actually see my outline in the path that I walked through the humid air. It certainly felt like I was carving a path through something thicker than normal air.

And despite the early hour I still felt sweaty and gross when I returned and ended up standing in the shower for a long time. At least I used less hot water this time as the cooler water was just perfect. So I suppose it was energy efficient maybe?

The trick came later. After several hours at the desk, I now have the intense desire to move about a bit. Which is why I have been doing a mid-morning gym run to use the treadmill on most days. Since I’m currently taking a break from the gym and it was already too hot to walk again, I just moved around the house for a bit. It got me moving but it wasn’t quite the same. Still I did move around enough to lose the fidgets and get back to work. It just wasn’t as intensely calorie burning as I am used to.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Purlisse Radiant Glow Illuminating BB Cream

Bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Blush: Patrick Ta Monochrome Moment Blush in She’s passionate

Highlighter: Laura Geller Backed Highlighter in French Vanilla

Mascara: Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips: Buxom Full force Plumping Lipstick in Fly Girl mixed with Milk Glow Oil Lip and Cheek in Astro

Today I realized I had a sample size of the Purlisse Illuminating BB Cream and I thought I would give it a try. I’ll actually be using it until the sample has been used up. Using it Friday and over the weekend it should last through until about Tuesday. While I’ll talk more about it after I’ve used it more as a first impression I think it was really positive. Admittedly I was expecting to like it. I tried the non illuminating BB cream from Purlisse and fell in love. I actually have an unopened tube in my dressing table. I am resisting opening it until I use up a couple of products. It was really good and thus far I like this Illuminating version as well. It is a light coverage that feels weightless. I used it with a matte Primer specifically today to see how they played together. Plus I have used the Benefit Porefessional often enough to know how it works.

The combination worked well for me actually. I could see that it was a bit more illuminating as it brightened my skin, but it wasn’t too dewy looking for me. I think it looked rather fresh and clean.

As always I love the Porefessional Primer. It worked as well as it always does and will continue to be a staple in my collection.

This was my first use of the Laura Geller Baked highlighter. I liked that it has no glitter in it. It applies a bit like a bright powder and it does brighten the areas where it is applied for a very natural looking ‘lit’ area where it is worn. Normally I apply highlighter with my fingertips. This one needed a brush. If I applied it with the finger then it left a long stripe that took a lot of effort to blend in. If applied with a brush the powder didn’t compact as much and was easier to diffuse. I like it, but I think I may have to play around with it before I make a final decision.

I did however pair it with my NARS Bronzer to serve as quick eyeshadow today. I forgot to pick out a shadow palette so I just used a bit of bronzer on my lids and then dotted a bit of the baked highlighter on the inner corners to brighten it. I think it worked pretty well for a low key look.

The Lips were also a mash up. I used the Buxom lipstick which was lovely and plumping, but the color tends to wash my lips out. So I tilled it with the Milk Glow Oil. I really like the combination actually. It may be one of my favorite neutral look combos at the moment. And definitely something to remember as I try and go back to testing out the brighter Norvina eyeshadow Palette. Having a neutral lip handy with a bright palette is always a good idea. And the lip oil worked surprisingly well with the plumping lipstick. I wasn’t sure the two products would work, but they really play nicely together. there was no separation at all they just blended into each other really nicely.

At the moment I am playing around with the Norvina Palette as I try out different looks, but when dressing for the day, I don’t actually find myself reaching for it. I think I like playing with all of the purple tones, but I just tend to be more neutral during the work day. I am going to try for some more work day looks with the palette, now that I’ve played with the brighter colors.

But that is for next week. Today was the day for first impressions of the Laura Geller Highlighter and the Purlisse Radiant glow, both of which I liked enough their first time out to continue playing around with. For now though, it is back to work. I hope you have a fantastic rest of Thursday. I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow morning for the weekly weigh in and the Skincare line up.


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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus January Unboxing

January Ipsy Glam Bag Plus

Welcome to Monday morning my darlings. I hope all went fabulously well for your weekend and you are ready to go for a new week.  This weekend my IPSY Glam Bag Plus arrived.  As you might remember, I was a part of the IPSY Ultimate subscription tier.  That tier ended in January and I signed up for the IPSY Glam Bag X. What that means is that the Glam Bag X will arrive quarterly (the first month is February) and the non X months I will be receiving the Glam Bag Plus.

The Glam Bag Plus is a $25 per month subscription and in the plus you receive five full sized items.  Two of the items are chosen for you and on the 2nd of the month, you get to go in for choice and pick three items. While I really like the idea of being able to choose so many items in the bag, I have to say that this month’s selection was not exactly exciting.  As shipping was a huge issue in December I am willing to grant that the supply chain might be a little wonky at the moment.  I will hope that upcoming choices get better.

Now all of IPSY’s tiers come with some sort of bag.  The Ultimate and the regular glam bag each came with makeup bags.  For some reason the Plus tier comes with a drawstring bag. The Theme this month was Dream It and the bag does reflect that.  It is a sort of blue hombre drawstring with fabric printed with the word dream. It’s fine, but it is really just a cheap drawstring bag.  To be honest I will chuck it into a drawer and the next time I travel I’ll use it to put underwear in.  Otherwise it will live in the bottom of a drawer. I wouldn’t really put anything heavier than underwear in it because I would worry that a heavy object would just drop through the bottom.

I know I had the Vella Box subscription for a while (GREAT Candle subscription by the way) and their candles came in canvas drawstring bags and I was always happy to get them because there are many uses I could put them to.  They were however made of heavy canvas with double stitching to reinforce the seams. This is not the same thing. So the bag is cute but of limited use and really adds nothing to the subscription, whereas the makeup bags added a little value.  In fact I signed up for the regular ($12) Ipsy Glam Bag as well because I like the makeup bags.  The small ones are excellent to use inside a large purse to keep things organized as well as useful for makeup bags. While I signed up this month and the January bag will be coming in later, I really did it because the February Glam bag pouch just looks so adorable.  How long I keep the subscription will really depend, but I will be getting the regular IPSY bag both this month and next, at least in part because of the bags.

But enough about the bags, let’s look at the products. All five are full sized items. I’ll go over the two items chosen for me first and then go over the items that I chose. The first item that was chosen for me was the Farsali Unicorn Essence (retail $54).  I have tried the Farsali setting spray before, and in fact it is still in my dressing table.  It is not my favorite setting spray due to the scent.  It is however beautiful to look at.  I remember the unicorn essence getting a lot of rave reviews a few years ago, but haven’t heard anything about it since.  In the description the product is described as being a protective treatment before moisturizer and a skin smoothing primer before makeup.  It looks like a serum.  I haven’t opened it because once you open a serum the clock starts ticking on it.  I am finishing up a skin care trial right now (in fact I will be posting on the Herbal Dynamics Hyaluronic Acid serum later this week, Wednesday actually if all goes to schedule).  It will be interesting to see if it falls into the serum or primer category once I begin using it.

The second item chosen for me was the Thrive Causemetics Brilliant eye opener in Aurora. (retail $24). I’m not terribly certain what an eye opener is, however this is a shadow stick.  I like Thrive Causemetics in general, their lip gloss is one of my go to products and I used up one of their mascaras and have a second unopened tube waiting in my dressing table for me to use. 

It was a good formula, good enough for me to repurchase.  So I am glad to have something else to try from the brand. Swatched on the hands the formula feels creamy and gives a nice silver tinted shimmer.  I will have to see how it performs on the eyes before I make a determination, but from the swatch I am cautiously optimistic.

And now we get to the three items I chose. The first of my choice items was the Laura Geller Quench and Tint Hydrating Foundation ($34). I know more foundation, but I couldn’t resist.  I’ve heard good things about the foundation and wanted to try it out.  Also the selection was limited and I thought I might actually get some use out of the foundation.

The second item I chose was the Item Beauty Cheek Money Duo in Mood Vibez (retail $18) which is a compact containing two shades of bronzer, one warm toned and one cool toned.  I’m pretty sure the cool toned is meant for contouring not bronzing, but I don’t really do a lot of contouring.  To be honest I chose it because I was curious about the brand. It is a brand that has come out of Tik Tok and has gotten both positive and negative comments about its origins.  That basically sums up what I kno0w about Item Beauty. So since I use bronzer, I thought I’d give this one a try to see what my thoughts are on it.  While there are some products and companies I tend to avoid because of personal choices, I tend not to judge a product until I’ve tried it, regardless of its origins.  So, we will see how it works out. 

The third product I chose this month was the Vitabrid C12  Daily C vitamin foaming cleanser (retail $32). It is infused with vitamin C and kaolin clay, both items I like and routinely use. And surprisingly considering how much skincare subscription boxes have been leaning towards in the past few months, I have less cleanser than I have any other category.  I suppose I also use that category more than any other so cleansers tend to clear out pretty fast, but it doesn’t seem to be a popular category to add to subscription boxes.  At least I get less of it. So I added it to the box.  In my line up of items to choose from this month there were several items from this brand.  It is the only place I’ve heard of it.  Perhaps it is a newer brand or perhaps it is one that just flew under my radar.  Either way, I am always on the lookout for a good cleanser.

So in the end my retail value was $162 for the $25 beauty box. This makes it a pretty good value.  I received several items that I am interested in trying and one that I had not even heard of previously.  I like the mix of the familiar and the unknown because part of the subscription box appeal, for me anyway, is discovering something I might not have found on my own.  I like the slightly out of my comfort zone feel of having brands I am familiar with as well as newer ones. The selection of items wasn’t the greatest and I’m hoping that improves as shipping improves, it is annoying but I am willing to give them a pass on that.  The bag… well I said all I feel like saying on the bag and while the bags that come with future boxes will be in the pictures unless they are substantially more special than this one, they won’t be mentioned further. I am sure I will use the products I received so the value is definitely there for me.  It feels a little less because I am coming to the Glam Bag Plus from the Ultimate, but I’ll get over that, because all in all it was a good bag.

I am also excited to see what comes in the very first Glam Bag X next month. I think they are planning to have a different person curate it each quarter.  This first one is being Curated by Patrick Ta and it is supposed to have a value up to $428.  IPSY has been talking up this new subscription level since November so it will be interesting to see if it holds up to the hype.  I’m trying not to look at too many spoilers since I don’t want to get too focused on specific products in case they are variations. That way if I don’t get that specific variation I won’t be instantly disappointed. Plus, I kind of like the surprise of it all. Lets just hope that the Glam Bag X starts off better than the IPSY Ultimate did.  While the Ultimate finally became a really good bag, it had a really rough start.  Hopefully IPSY has worked out their system and this new X level starts off with a bang.  Fingers crossed.


Nuxe is having a Blue Monday sale: Blue Monday Free 30ml HP WYS $50 & Winter sales – Save up to 30% on selected products The sale is only for January 18th. I personally love their Insta Masque line and will be swinging by to pick up a jar of the exfoliating Instamasque.And possibly the soothing one. They are excellent three minute face masks that do wonders for the skin.

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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The Makeup Bag: November 25th, 2020

The Make up Bag used: November 21st -27th

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.

And yes, that is an egg cup holding my makeup sponge. It is slightly large when the blender is dry and still hold it when it is wet.

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.

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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.

My concealer was also a sample size this week.  It was picked up from IPSY and it was another product that I used to like but somehow fell off my radar.  This is the Tarte shape tape concealer.  (Tarte is having a 30% off sale sitewide, use code CYBER)

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.

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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.

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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.

No. 7 showing pan.

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.

For lip products this week I had three.  One liner, one liquid and one gloss. The liner was Huda Beauty in Trophy wife, the liquid lipstick was OFRA’s Pasadena and the gloss was Thrive Causemetics in Ashley. 

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.



The Make up Bag: November 20, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used November 14th – 20th, 2020

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.

Doucce Eyeliner and Realher Brow pencil

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. 

Lip liner on top, followed by Kristofer Buckle in Bardot, Breadwinner from Larac and ending with Black Cherry from Elf (the elf really is more sheer than it appears in the swatch.

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.


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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!

The Make Up Bag: August 14th, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used the week of August 8th – 14th

Welcome my darlings once again to The Make Up bag, where I talk about all the products I used this week and share my thoughts on them.  As it is still really hot where I live I kept things pretty simple this week. 

Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation

Part of simple involved an fabulous foundation formula that didn’t feel like makeup and that was my Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick.  It is a really comfortable formula to wear, despite the heat and it didn’t cause me any break outs or melt downs.  The shade is slightly on the lighter side for me so I know I will be able to use it well into the fall.  Because of this I will reluctantly set it aside for now. I could easily reach for this every day until it is gone. 

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However, I have a few new foundations I want to try.  I think at least one of them requires my summer tan fade a little so it will have to wait, but there are a couple others I want to experiment with so next week will be a new (to me) foundation I try out.

Stila and Jecca black, although the Glow Drops can be used as a primer, after trying them I used it as a highlight wile using the Stila as my primer.

This week I did try out the Stila Sheer illumination skin perfecting primer for the first time and I really liked it.  The link will take you to my full review.  It is not a primer I would use all the time as I prefer matte primers, but it is one of the few illuminating ones I am willing to keep going back to. 

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Marc Jacobs made a return to my make up bag this week.  I happily pulled the HI-FI Contour powder compact out of my dressing table for use this week. I am always happy to take this out. Not only do I like the product, but the sleek design of the compat just feels classy to use. It is a contour duo that I really like using because you can go as intense or subtle as you want with it. 

If you are looking for just a wee bit of definition to a low makeup look, get a super fluffy loose bristled brush and dip lightly into the pan, building until you are happy. 

If you want something more visibly defined, then get a denser, stiffer bristled brush to work with and you have no problems.  It is a really good formula that is quite versatile. 

Also from Marc Jacobs this week was one of my liquid lipsticks.  It is a really great formula that smells like peppermint, at least mine does. The Boom-Enamored shade is slightly too purple for me to feel comfortable with on its own so I often blend it with Lime Crime’s liquid lip in LAMA. 

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I do find that on it’s own this shade of Lime Crime tends to show all the texture of my lips if used on it’s own. I don’t have this issue with the other colors just the coppery one. (You can see on the swatch below that it is going into the lines on my hand). Mixing it with Marc Jacobs eliminates this issue, but if I wear it alone then I generally find using a Buxom Plumping gloss before hand eliminates the problem (not just with this but most liquid lips that sink in). I don’t have a desire to make my lips super pumped but this is where plumping lip glosses shine. I apply them about an hour before I go out, let them sit and then wipe them off and apply the lip shade I really want to apply (or leave it if the plumping shade is the one I want to wear). smoothing the way for other lip products is really the genius of plumping glosses.

I generally pair these two liquid lips together when I take them out.

It is a matte coppery shade.  Both liquid lips are comfortable to wear on their own and they work well together actually.  The coppery brown blends with the purple making it a berry-ish shade and the copper is likewise toned down so it doesn’t look like I made out with a low rent version of the tin man when no one was looking.

( Copper man couldn’t make it to OZ in the fist book, he had to wait for the Return to Oz for his big shot in the Emerald City, if I recall). I really enjoy both Marc Jacobs and Lime Crime’s formulas on their own, I just happened to pick shades that weren’t quite what I thought they would be.  By pairing them together I get to use them both.

This week I also used two Laura Geller Products in my makeup bag.  One was the Laura Geller Nude Kisses Lip Gloss.  It is a nice pinky shade of lip gloss that is on the neutral side of pink for me.  I really liked wearing it. 

Lip swatches. (T to B): Laura Geller Nude Kisses, Marc Jacobs Boom, Lime Crime LAMA, and the bottom shade is a mix of Marc Jacobs and Lime Crime)

In general I tend to go more for mattes rather than glossess but there is something about the summer months that often makes me reach for the glosses more.  This is a nice one to reach for. It is a little bit on the sticky side, as all glosses are.  It is just the nature of gloss, but it isn’t super sticky.  I only really notice it for the first few minutes because I am so used to using matte lip products.  Usually I monitor my lips to see if they are getting too dry and need a coat of lip balm to protect them.  It always feels strange when I first switch to a lip gloss.

Also from Laura Geller this week was my eyeliner.  I used the Line – N- Define Dual Dimension Eyeliner in black. 

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It has an eye crayon on one end and a liquid liner on the other.  The liquid liner I liked and had no problems with.  It works well and gave me a smooth line.  Once it was in place it dried down and stayed all day.  I feel I will get a lot of use out of it. 

The liquid end is quite precise but lets you easily thicken the line if you want.

The crayon style liner was interesting.  When I first used it, the product had a sharp point on the end and gave me a really good line.  As I used it, the end became blunted and rounded, my lines becoming thicker and less precise.  As it is the type of formula that can be blended and smudged, I think I would use it when I wanted more of a smoky look. 

the point quickly dulled. Great for a smokey look, not for precise lines.

I liked the product as once it was applied it stayed in place all day, but the more it gets used the less precise it is going to be.  So the liquid side is for your precise lines and the crayon side is for the smoked, blended out kind of looks. 

Both work really well and I am glad to have the product in my dressing table.  I had fun using it this week as it has been a while since I did any sort of winged eyeliner (I tend to use more eyeliner in the fall and winter).  I look forward to using it again.

Speaking of eyes, I used the Huda Beauty Mauve obsessions palette this week and can’t say enough good things about it.  The link will take you to the full review.  The colors are right up my alley and it had just the right mix of mattes and shimmers for me to do several quick and easy day looks.It is definitely a palette I will be reaching for again.



Returning this week was my setting spray from Revolution.  I still love it and I am still trying to use it up so two more weeks and then I will finish it out and put another one into rotation.  I’ve just had it a while and want to use it up.  I’m not sure if setting sprays go bad, but as I also can’t remember when I bought it, I think it is time to finish the bottle and move on.

Also returning was my concealer from TreStique.  I really like this concealer on dark spots and blemishes.  It is very  good when you want to precisely pin point areas for a little extra coverage.  I’m not too big a fan of it under my eyes as I think it pulls the skin a little too much, but for blemishes it can’t be beat. 

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When I use the Kristofer Buckle Foundation stick though, I find it works better if I put the concealer under the foundation rather than the other way around.  This way I get a better coverage.  Normally I put the concealer on after, but with these two products it just seems to work better in reverse. 

I think the creamy texture of the Triplicity foundation just helps it blend in a little bit better. I have another couple of foundation stick products in my collection.  I haven’t tried them with the TreStique concealer yet but I think I will mark them for use together next time I take them out and see if they work well like that as well.  For now I know it works that way with Kristofer Buckle’s Triplicity.  Incidentally Kristofer Buckle is having a 40% off sale at the moment.  If you are interested now might be the time to stock up.

I also couldn’t help but bring back the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit cosmetics.  I liked it so much last week, I just had to give it a second week of use.  It’s a trial sized version and when I run out, I will be replacing it with a full sized version. 

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The last two products in my bag this week were Blush and highlighter.  The blush is a Tarte blush in the shade Quirky.  It is a sample size I’ve been using for a while.  I go back and forth as to whether I like the color or not.  I love the formula and I plan to at some point buy a full sized version, I just am on the fence about the color. 

Sometimes I think it is for me, other times I think it might skew a little too orange. At the end of the week, I am still on the fence.  I still like the formula, I just can’t decide on the color.  Since I currently have several blushes in my collection that I really like, there is no rush.  I just dislike feeling so indecisive.  For now, I will put it back in the dressing table and take it out again at a later date and once again try to determine if the color is right for me.

This is far more product than needed. It is easy to squeeze the tube too hard and take out way too much.

Finally we reach the highlighter.  My highlighter this week was the Jecca blac Glow Drops I received in my Glossy Box this month.  It is a highlighting primer and I did try it that way but it was waaaaay too glowy for me to use as a primer. 

I felt as though my face could signal passing astronauts in space when I used it as a primer.  As a highlighter this Rose Pearl shade worked brilliantly for me.  On the high points of my face it gave me a wonderful golden glow.  It was actually quite stunning. 

However moderation is called for.  The tube has a tiny dot of a hole to release product.  The best way I found to use this product is to squeeze just enough so it comes out and forms a slightly larger dot on the top of the tube, don’t cover the entire top.  Then either dab a finger or brush onto the top and apply, repeat if more is needed.  It blends in like a dream for just a golden sun kissed glow.  Too much and I looked greasy.  But just a little dab was fantastic.

starting to be rubbed into the skin. the more you blend the more subtle it becomes without ever disappearing as some subtle shades do.

Just remember, you can always add more, but once applied it is hard to take off. This is one of those products it is better to build up than tone down. I am however very glad to have it in my collection and feel I will be reaching for it often.  I also think it will last a really long time.

Glossy Box included the full sized tube and the tube is completely filled with product.  If you have dryer skin or like a more dewy look, you could probably use it as a primer, but for me, I’d rather use a little as a highlighter over a longer period of time.

That, my darlings, was this week’s make up bag.  Over all it was a really good bag.  I know most of them were repeats and as I generally get rid of any product that really doesn’t work for me, it shouldn’t be a surprise that everything worked fairly well for me.  Next week however I have several new to me products that I will be trying for the first time. I know for certain the foundation, primer, blush and mascara are all ones I haven’t tried before.  I’ll have to see if I have new products in any other category to try as well next week and maybe get a full face of first impressions and a first week of use. I’ll see what I can find.  Until then, enjoy your Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Friday.