The Make up Bag: July 31st, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used July 25th – 31st, 2020

Welcome my darlings once again to The Make up bag. I hope you had a fantastic week.  While I have been testing out new foundations fairly regularly for a while, some full sized and some only sample sized, I thought it was time to take a little break from the new and roll through some of the foundations that I enjoyed. 

So I lined up all of the currently open foundations I have in a shade that works for me at the moment and a chose whichever one appealed most to me in the moment.  I’ll be honest, it was a pretty close tie between the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation Stick and the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation.  Since I just used the Kristofer Buckle last week, I went with Pretty Vulgar and I am glad I did.  I really enjoyed using it this week.  The formula works well for me and went well with the ELF Puff Puff Primer I tried this week.

This particular ELF primer is a bit more moisturizer like than I anticipated, but it worked well.  The link is to my full review if you’d like to get all the details, but I did enjoy the ELF Puff Puff Primer and will be keeping it in my rotation. 

Making a continued appearance in my make up bag was the I heart Revolution Fixing spray in Peaches and Cream.  I know I’ve talked about it a lot, but I do like it.  I have about three week’s worth of product left in the bottle (as a best guess) so I will keep it around for a few more weeks in the hopes of finishing it out. It is nice, but it is an older product I’d like to finish out.



Speaking of peaches, This week’s eyeshadow palette was Peach Bellini from Makeup Geek.  The link is for my full palette review.  I really liked using the formula this week for a super simple low key week.  The shadows were highly pigmented and easy to blend.  Also the color scheme seems very summery to me.

Starting to see a little of the pan’s rings below the powder

Both of my powders this week were repeats The Ciate Everyday Vaccay was the loose powder and I have about three more weeks of use before it is empty so I will continue to use it until it is gone, then shift to other powders. 



My pressed powder was the No.7 Perfect light in medium.  It is very rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders.  I’m actually starting to see the outline of the pan below in the center.  While I will continue to use up the ciate next week, I will be sending the No. 7 back to the dressing table and picking out another pressed powder to try.

There were three more repeats this week.  The first is the Instant Age rewind Eraser from Maybelline which served as my concealer and eyelid primer.  I really liked it in both capacities.

Also returning was the Eyeko Fat Black eyeliner.  It is one of my favorites. Once in place, it doesn’t go anywhere and never seeps into my fine lines. 

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The final repeat was the Julep pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood.  I don’t know if it actually reduces my pores as there are several other products between my pores and the blush, but it is an excellent blush.  It is of the buildable variety rather than the highly pigmented, although you can deepen it a lot if you try. 

Eyeko eyeliner and Hourglass brow pencil

I personally prefer my blush to be buildable and blendable, which this is. I believe Jlep is having a sale at the moment.  I’ve liked every product I’ve tried from them.  The products are easy to work with and the packaging is sleek and pretty.

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I know packaging shouldn’t count as much, but it kinda does. At least with me.  I know, it’s a personal flaw.  But I do like the sleek design while my more practical side likes the fact that it is also quite sturdy.

Julep blush and Tarte mascara

And now for the new arrivals in my makeup bag.  The first is the Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise palette.  This palette had four shades of bronzer.  Only one works on me as a bronzer.  It is the third in the pan in case you are wondering. 

The darker and lighter shades I could use as eyeshadows but not as bronzer.  In the winter I might be able to use the second shade in the palette but that is about it.  Truthfully, I don’t particularly care for these bronzers.

They oddly work really well as eyeshadows, but on the cheeks I found them a bit patchy and hard to blend. I might try working with it again, but I have much better formulas in my collection that I would rather use.

The Hourglass eyebrow pencil (shade soft brunette) also came in a Boxy Charm and I have to say, I really liked using it.  I really liked the formula and I really liked the precision point.  It is small enough that I could do really fine lines with it. 

Do I like it as much as the Benefit Precisely My Brow?

Almost. 

If I had to choose between the two I would still choose the Benefit, but only by a small margin.  I do like that it comes with a spoolie on the end. I will happily use this for a while.  Between it and the Il Makiage pencil I received from IPSY, I won’t have to buy an eyebrow pencil for a while.  And then I have my wet ‘n wild brow kit powder. So I am set for brows.  I really did enjoy the hourglass this week so I think I might just have to keep it around for a second week.

Really quickly I wanted to mention the So eco shading brush that came in my Look Fantastic box this month.  I added it to my makeup bag and I think it is going to remain in my bathroom brush jar for a while.  With the Makeup Geek Shadows the easiest way to work with them because they were so highly pigmented was to take a flat brush and set the shadow on the eye at the spot I wanted it to be darkest and then blend with a fluffy brush.  This week I used the So Eco brush as the flat brush and it worked really well.  The indentations in the handle were perfect for gripping and the bristles are really high quality.  So two thumbs up for Look Fantastic.

Unfortunately I did not have as good a luck with the Palm Balm from Beauty crop that came in this month’s Glossy Box. I added both it and the Milk makeup Lip and Cheek stick to my bag this well.  I figured since I had already used the Julep before and loved it, I would keep it as a back up and see if either of these two products worked.  Both the Palm Balm and the Milk Lip and cheek are designed to be products you can use on, you guessed it lip and cheek. 

The Palm balm comes in a nice little glass pot and in the pan it is really stiff.  I had to rub my finger over it a lot just to warm it up enough to stick to my finger.  On the cheek it goes on okay, but it really hard to bend out.  It really wants to stay in whatever position you place it in first. When blending, I felt less like I was blending and more like I was scrubbing it off. 

Anytime I tried it as a cheek product it ruined any other product I already had on my cheeks.  It worked better on bare skin, but I don’t know if that was just me rubbing it off or not.  On the lips it was interesting.  It gave my lips a nice tint and like the cheeks, once applied it wasn’t going anywhere.  It lasted the whole day as a light blush of color. 

However it was also very drying.  Once I applied it I had to wait a moment and then top it with a Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm to keep my lips from drying and falling off my face.  With the lip balm protector it was fine.  Without it, I crumbled to dust.

The Milk Makeup Lip and Cheek also did not work on my cheeks.  It went on well but blended away to nothing with the first touch.  However it made an excellent lip balm.  It provided a light my lips but better tint and it kept my lips hydrated and moisturized.  I really enjoyed it and will keep it in my collection for my lips.  I won’t use it on my cheeks, but my lips love it. The Palm Balm will not be staying in my collection long.

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I did have two more lip products in my bag this week. Although I did wear the Kristofer Buckle Bardot for National Lipstick day, it wasn’t officially in my bag this week.  This week I mostly used the Lorac Alter Ego Hydrating lip stain in Breadwinner and the OFRA liquid lip in the shade Pasadena.

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Breadwinner is a light wash of color that feels comfortable on the lips and is really easy to wear.  I enjoyed it very much.  It doesn’t dry out the lips and is as hydrating as it claims.  It is not an all day color though. 

On the days I wore it, I had to apply it when I finished my coffee and again after lunch.  It does wear off if you are eating or drinking, but it is a formula that is really nice if you want just a light wash of color that you don’t have to worry about.  It didn’t get on my teeth and it didn’t leave lip prints everywhere.  It will definitely make a reappearance in my makeup bag. 

OFRA is on the top and Lorac is on the bottom. The Lorac was swatched multiple times to build up the color for the picture. it is much less pigmented on the lips

OFRA’s Pasadena will also make a return.  It is a nice neutral lip that works well for me.  So often neutral lipsticks either blend my lips into my face or just look brown.  This has just enough pin in it to work for me.  While the all day formula does stay all day and wasn’t drying on the lips, it does feel just a little bit sticky. It wasn’t terribly bad and because of the color I will keep it around. 

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The one I have is a trial sized liquid lip rather than a full sized.  I like everything about it except the slight stickiness.  If I can find another long wearing liquid lip in this shade that doesn’t have the stickiness, I would buy that.  I think the stickiness is the result of it never drying down completely. If I can’t find this shade in another formula that I like better, I will purchase a full sized version of this.  I know that is a strange answer.  It is a good formula that I don’t mind wearing, but I am hoping to find better.  However I am not certain I can find better. Perhaps that is a better way to put that.

The Tarte mascara on the eyes and the OFRA on the lips

Finally we come to one of my favorite items, the mascara.  I went with the tart Gifted mascara this week.  Tarte’s mascaras are always hit or miss with me.  There are a couple I really like and a couple I find to be just okay.  This one has a thinner, straight wand and I have to say I really liked it.  It made my lashes look longer and it lasted all day without any sort of flaking or smearing.  To be honest, I like it almost as much as my Kevyn Aucoin.  I know gasp. But don’t worry, my two favorites are still Marc Jacobs and Butter London. It just bumps The Expert Kevyn Aucoin down a notch on the fav scale. Not by much, just a little. In a horse race it would still be a photo finish.

Alright, well that was my makeup bag for this week.  I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  As usual next week will feature a brand new bag of makeup for me to try.  Some will be old favorites and some new finds.  With luck some of my new finds will be good enough to become old favorites.  But now it is back to work for me.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Face Mask Friday post.


Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Review

I know many of you are looking at the above picture and thinking, Maybelline Fit Me? That doesn’t sound like the foundation that I thought was in this week’s make up bag?  What gives, Mimsy?

No flies on you.

The foundation I chose for this week’s makeup bag was in fact a Nars foundation.  What happened, you may ask?  Like the Becca Foundation before it, the Nars foundation was too light.  That won’t prevent me from testing it, but I will either be waiting until my tan fades a bit or at least pick a week where I am not leaving the house. 

This week me and my face mask left the house to stand in a peaceful group with others from my area instead of staying home.

So I went with a foundation in a shade that fit my summer skin tone better.

Instead of Nars, I tested out the Maybelline Fit Me.  Oddly enough, I picked it up on a whim. Actually Maybelline really got me that day. I was in the section because of my ongoing love affair with primers.  I picked up a Master Prime and then heeded the seductive call of the lip products. In between the two was the foundation and I thought, why not? Luckily I happened to pick up a shade that suits my current skin tone.

Actually it almost perfectly fits my current skin tone.  I thought it too might be a little light, but it oxidizes just enough to fit me (Ha) perfectly. It turns out there are 40 different shades so it stands to reason that one would work for me.  Its more surprising that I actually picked the right one than anything else.  So because I was out and about, the matching tones made this it’s week for testing.

my bare skin showing some of the red and dark spots I want to cover

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation is the one I went with (in the shade 115, in case you were wondering). While I picked mine up at the drug store, they do have a shade finder on their site.  It paired me with 115 as well so at least for me it was accurate. According to the website…

This lightweight foundation mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish. Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive matte foundation formula features micro-powders to control shine and blur pores. Pore minimizing foundation. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic. Apply foundation onto skin and blend with fingertips or an applicator.

I copied down the application line from the website because it is actually important.  This foundation wasn’t too happy with the brush as an applicator.  I think because it is supposed to be a poreless formula it wanted to fill in the gaps between the bristles. At least that is my thought.  I did find out that there were plenty of brush strokes that needed to be worked out with a sponge when I used the brush.  I’d suggest using a makeup sponge as your applicator with this one, or just go old school and use your fingers.

One thing right off the bat that I did not like about this foundation was the bottle.  The glass was fine, even preferred.  However it is an open bottle.  There is no pump or dropper in sight.  I know that sounds persnickety, but the first time I used it, far too much foundation came out of the bottle.  It was messy and wasteful.  I especially hated the waste because it is a good foundation.

Luckily I already repurposed a dropper when my Cattrice foundation dropper had issues so an extra dropper was on hand.  I would suggest if using this foundation, you find something to dip into the bottle rather than attempting to pour it.  There is a lot less waste that way.  The screw top of the bottle will still get messy, but you won’t hove foundation coating part of your sink.

covered red/dark spots

Like it claims, this foundation is weightless.  Once on, it was easy to forget I was wearing it.  It has no noticeable paint smell, in fact it has no real scent at all.  When used on its own, it was a good foundation that did cover up some of my pores.  When used with a primer it was absolutely fantastic.  While I did pick up a Maybelline Primer, the primer I chose for this week’s  make up bag was the NYX pore filling primer.  When the two pared up it was magic.  Fine lines and pores, gone.

While it didn’t settle into my lines during the day, the foundation did sweat off a bit when worn outside all day.  It is getting really warm and humid where I live and even though I go outside for an hour or so at a time, I am not used to spending the entire day outside.  I work at a computer most of the day.  On the days I was working at my desk, there were no problems.  It is however not an all day outside sweat proof formula. 

start of day

As I am not all day outside sweat proof myself, I can sympathize.

With that small caveat, I had no issues with this foundation.  It worked well for me and I will be putting it into rotation.  At $7.99, I may actually pick up a winter shade. Incidentally in the photo below the makeup can’t be blamed for my baggy eyes. The day I took this was Tuesday and Tuesday was a really long and frought day.

Speaking of winter shades…

end of day

What I noticed when going through the foundations I’ve tried is that since I started my foundation quest back in the winter months, I matched them to my winter skin.  All of the foundations that I keep in rotation are kept because I like the formula. So I find myself avoiding certain ones not because I don’t like them but because they are the wrong shade for this time of year. 

So for now I will be saving the lighter toned products for when I am lighter in tone and not doing a head to head test as I did with the first section of Foundations I tried.  I have some summer shade ones I will be testing and I will leave the winter shades to the winter and then just rotating the ones I like and can wear in until they are used up, or until my tan fades. I think the items I chose for my makeup bag repeatedly as well as what ends up in my empties bin will be a more accurate gauge than a head to head challenge per section.    

So that was the foundation this week, along with the slight change in my makeup bag formula.  For those awaiting the Nars trial, don’t worry, it’s time will come.  Just not this week.


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The Make Up Bag: May 29th, 2020

The Makeup Bag used for the week of May 22-28th, 2020

This week I learned a very valuable lesson with my makeup bag plan.  The lesson was, I chose too small a makeup bag and then tended to forget things.  Luckily, I wasn’t packing for travel and the items I forgot weren’t too far away, but I still had to go back and forth for a few things.  I’m going to try to get better this week. But first lets cover the products I used throughout this week and the thoughts I had on them.

The Foundation was Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation and the Eyeshadow palette was the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions palette.  Thursday I posted reviews on each of those separately so I’ve linked them here to keep this post from being a mile long.

now, alas empty

I had a couple of repeats on products.  The first was the Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die for Primer.

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It was a trial sized tube and I wanted to finish it out instead of putting the half-finished tube back in the drawer.  The travel size is now empty and will be put in my empties bin.  However I enjoyed the product just as much the second week as I did the first and will be picking up a full sized version when next I place an order with Peter Thomas Roth.  It was a very good primer that made my skin feel like silk and helped all of the make up that went on top of it apply evenly. I picked it up on a whim and am now a big fan.

The second repeat this week was the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder.  This is an excellent pressed powder from the drugstore and more of the pan is now showing.  It will be returning to my makeup bag this week  and will remain until it is all gone.  Then I will test out a different powder (maybe pressed, maybe loose, I love both so we’ll see when the time comes).  I’m hoping one to two more weeks of use will use it up completely. Then I will start rotating powders again.  I am just so close to finishing this out that I don’t want to put it back in the drawer again.

The third repeat this week was the Farsali Rose Gold Setting Mist.  To be honest, I enjoy it because it is pretty, not because it is an excellent product.  It is okay but the mister is a bit aggressive and occasionally splotchy.  I think I am going to rotate it out this week for another setting spray and then come back to this one when I can say ‘Oh I forgot how pretty that was,’ instead of thinking about the mister. So back to the dressing table it goes. Occasionally it will be shaken, like a makeup themed snow globe, but I will use another setting spray this week.

This week as my bronzer I actually used the Hi Fi Filter contouring compact from Marc Jacobs.  Because of Its shape and size it often gets placed in the bottom of the drawer and forgotten. At the moment I am not really doing a lot of contouring, but the darker shade in the pair works well for me as a light bronzer so I decided to use it.  Just because a product claims to be for one thing, doesn’t mean you can’t use it for something else. And I love the product. 

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I enjoyed using it as a bronzer this week.  I like the product and I love the way the compact feels in my hand.  The darker shade is slowly wearing down and when it does I will replace it with an actual bronzer from Marc Jacobs. But I enjoyed using what I had this week. And the lighter shade came in handy as well, as you shall soon see.

Next up we have the Ofra blush that was a collaboration with Madison Miller in the shade  Ollie Need is Love.  It is an aggressively pigmented blush.   I was always amazed at how much pigment I got from such a small dip into the pan.  I also used the lighter shade in the March Jacobs compact to help blend it out so it wasn’t as aggressive a pink. 

I was always amazed by the powder fall out as well that was produced by such a small tap.  I felt like I scattered a lot of product over my sink.  While I have used and loved Ofra Highlighters before, this was my first blush from them.  While I will continue to keep it in rotation, I am not entirely certain I am a fan of the fall out.  I do like the shade, the pigmentation and the bendability though.  Just not a fan of the pink dusted sink. I might try a blush from them in their regular line to see if this is common or just with the Madison Miller ones.

My highlighter this week was a cream one from Flesh in the shade Twitch.  I was a bit hesitant about the cream highlight as I felt I might be adding stripes of gold warpaint to my face, but I really ended up liking it. 

I generally found I needed to warm the product up on the back of my hand before using it on my face, but once I did it worked well.  The gold is a subtle glimmer and shine.  You won’t be blinding anyone with it, but then I really am not a fan of the blinding white stripes of highlighter. 

I’m also not a fan of highlighter on the end of the nose because no matter what the color of highlight my brain automatically starts singing the Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer song. But that is a personal issue.

I liked this cream Highlighter very much and will keep it in rotation, even if I had to wash my hand after applying it.  I already had to wash off the foundation and everyone knows its not the only time I wash my hands throughout the day. Once more doesn’t hurt.

The concealer I used this week was the Instant Age Rewind Eraser from Maybelline. I love the formula, but I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the spongy end. The texture of it is starting to feel a little squidgy to me.

I’ve used it enough that I can’t tell when I’ve twisted too little or too much product up until I go to use it.  So I twist and then dot my hand with it to check.  This method works and I am willing to continue, because I really like the formula of the concealer.  It is one of my favorite formulas actually, I just don’t like that sponge.

For mascara I went with the Feathers from Pretty Vulgar.  It is a great lengthening mascara and A very pretty packaging.  I have to say I had this on when working in the garden this week and even when I was sweating like crazy, this mascara didn’t run.  So I was very pleased with it. 

I’ll admit I did buy it for the packaging and figured even if I didn’t like it, I could use it as a decorative element.  I am both surprised and pleased that I really like the formula.  I’m not sure that rewarding my shallow side is a good idea, but this time it worked out for me.

For eyeliner I used the Eyeko Fat liquid eyeliner in black this week.  I think I might have used it last week as well.  I will be trading it out this week though.  It is a great eyeliner and one that I will consistently repurchase.

For my brows I used the Brow contour Pro from Benefit.  It is an interesting product.  I like having all of the options on the pen like product but I am finding the light brown, which is the one I use the most, is very quickly running out.  I love the formula, but I think when I finish out this pen I will be going back to my Precisely My Brow. 

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It is also from Benefit and is my go to brow liner. I am currently out of it, sadly and will need to reorder. I swear when I look at my dressing table there are products galore, but there are just a few categories where I always feel like I am constantly running out.  Brow pencils seem to be one of those categories. 

I’m beginning to think gremlins sneak into the house in the middle of the night and make off with my prow pencils.  I know I buy them, but I can never seem to find them.  Admittedly my bangs have gotten a bit long at the moment so it is sometimes hard to see my brows. But that isn’t the point.  The point is the rampant gremlin eyebrow pencil theft.

Nars: Wild Night

Finally we move on to the lips.  This week there were two products.  One was the Nars Powermatte lip paint in the shade Wild Night.  It is a purple/ mauve shade that I really like. 

I really like the Nars lip formulas in general as they don’t dry down completely so your lips don’t feel like they are going to crack off of your face.  Once you apply them, wait for about five minutes before drinking anything though. 

If you wait five minutes there will be a little lip print but not massive smears.  It doesn’t dry completely but it dries enough not to be a total disaster. 

The color of Wild Night, is intense.  I like it but there were a couple of days where I needed a bit of a break.  So I tried the Ciate Watermellon lip oil.  It is a really nice lip oil that made my lips look nice and juicy.  It also tastes vaguely watermelon-y.  It was also a great product to apply after a lip scrub.

So that was this week’s products.  I’m happy to say that other than the one now empty tube of primer, all of the products will be staying in my makeup rotation. It was a really good make up week for me. I love when I make good choices.  I will be repurchasing the primer, but not the brow Contour.  I will go back to my favorite Benefit product with my next brow purchase. I just need to foil the thieving gremlins first.

So that leads us to the products for next week.  I’ll keep it short since this was already a long post.

Next week I will be using a Nars foundation, a Too Faced Bronzer, Benefit Blush, Steve Laurent Highlighter, NYX Primer, wet and Wild Brow Kit (gremlins not included), ELF Concealer, Smashbox and Bite lipsticks, Skone eyeliner, Doucce mascara, Revolution Setting spray, and the BoxyCharm Hello Charmer eyeshadow palette.  There will also be a return of the Ciate Lip oil and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

I think that will provide a nice mix for the upcoming week.  It features several tried and true products as well as a couple I have never tried. I’m looking forward to using them and reporting back next week.  Have a good Friday everyone and I’ll be back this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask.


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