Ah, deep breath in, deep breath out. Company came, company departed. And the newly cleaned bathrooms were put to good use. Apparently while road trips are now okay for some of my family, they are still leery of public rest rooms so everyone walked in and lined up at the bathroom doors. So glad I took the time to do a fresh clean.
As I wasn’t expecting them until Saturday, and I thought they were staying over, this week has had to have some last second adjustments. So yesterday very little got done, which means today will be rather insane. It also means that Friday won’t be insane and I may actually have a quiet fourth of July Weekend.
Well quiet barring the fireworks. And my babydoll is kind of tickled that he only has to worry about cooking what we want to eat for the weekend festivities. Several of our erstwhile visitors have food sensitivities and because he grew up with a friend with peanut allergies he has this deep rooted fear of accidentally sending someone to the hospital. Apparently there was a peanut related incident at a family barbeque that left a lasting impression.
So he will be more relaxed as well this weekend. And as his allergies have been taking him out more and more, I think he kind of needs that. Actually we had an amusing conversation about that the other day. He was wondering why his allergies were bothering him more this year than they had in the past few and realized that as restrictions have eased he is wearing his face mask less this year. The mask was actually helping to filter out some of the allergens. So now he is thinking of strategically going back to wearing the face mask when running around town.
The mask is now his friend.
Which considering how much time he spent griping about having to wear it kind of makes me smile. Sometimes it is the little things in life that bring the most amusement.
As I have been attempting various reorganization patterns with my makeup, I have come across several sample sized primers that I forgot I had. So I may be using them up for a little bit. And yes I know the Tatcha one is coming in this weekend and I probably won’t be able to resist using it, but I did open one of my samples. I am really trying to clear out all of the sample sizes so I can determine if they are worth picking up in the full size or if they just need to clear out to make space. In the same vein I am also trying to use up products that are near the end of their life so there will be some repeats moving forward.
I kind of like this Unicorn Glow Primer. A little goes a long way and it is on the dewy side of things, but it is helping to keep my makeup in place longer and I like the look of it. I used the Fast Base from Revolution because I really love the formula. It doesn’t need to be armed up and glides on easily and blends in. It is one of my two summer shades of stick foundation so it will be in rotation for a bit (the other is ABH). While this is a relatively matte foundation, when paired with a glowy primer like this, it can make me look a little greasy, which is why I opted for powdered face products. Especially rolling in the No 7 powder. I have needed to touch up with the powder throughout the day, but part of that is because it is June in Tennessee andpart is that I am not a fan of the wet look as I always feel it makes me look greasy.
The too Faced is perfect at this time of year as it has the right buildable shade and just a tough of gold to go with the sun. The blush too is one of my faves. Both the blush and the No 7 powder are showing pan and I doubt either will make it past the end of summer. Which is fine. I love them both and while I will have to talk myself out of repurchasing the No 7 immediately so I can use up a few other powders the Gold Rush has been out of stock for a while so I will have to find another blush when it is gone. I suspect i will put that off until there is no more in the box as I really love it.
Today’s eyeshadow was the Natasha Denona Mini palette Cupid. I couldn;t find it on the site so the link just takes you to the selection of mini palettes. I personally like these. They each have 5 rather large pans and the color selection is pretty well thought out. The color story is well thought out and it is easy to grab and use. The shadows are fantastically pigmented. The issue I have is that I think when I pick it up I will create more or less the same look each time. This is my first time using it, so perhaps that won’t be the case. we shall see as i continue using it. I will say it is quick and easy to grab and use when you are in a hurry.
You know I love the Big Poppa Mascara. It has been on the favorites list since it came out. This is the last use for this tube though. I think I might not have closed it all the way as it is a little dried out. Today I used it but I think that was it for this tube. It will be replaced soon and another Big Poppa will take it’s place.
I chose the Mischa lipstick today because I couldn’t remember if I used it before or not. It is a lips stick/lip balm cross and actually feels quite good on the lips. The color is supposed to be a sheer wash of color, which it is. The lipstick is darker in the tube then on the lips which at first was disappointing as I really liked the color in the tube. But I think the color turned out well today. It feels really comfortable to wear and while it does leave a little bit of smudge marks on glass rims, it doesn’t leave colored lip prints everywhere which I like. I may have to pull this into rotation more often. Thus far I am liking it.
And so my darlings, that is me today. I’m rather pleased with how things turned out. And now it is back to work for me. I hope you have a fantastic rest of your afternoon.
Good afternoon my darlings! Today is a wonderful, glorious day. I am dancing and spinning with glee even as we speak. But what makes today so fabulous? I just finished the piece I have been editing. For the last few weeks I have had commas and paragraph points dancing in my eyes.
It has made me somewhat crazy to deal with and it has also increased the pressure around me. But now the editing is done, the new novel is in the system. Tomorrow it will be available for purchase and I will do the full announcement, but for now it is making it’s way through the computer’s system and there is literally nothing else I can do with it.
I have done my best and now everything is beyond my control.
Tomorrow of course I will worry about it and begin to suspect that I missed something vital somewhere along the way. For now I am reveling in the fantastic glory that is a completed novel.
Okay, breathing now. Happy dance becoming tamer.
This morning I went on a short walk. Once this is posted, I will probably go on a much longer walk. Then I will cool down and apply today’s face mask. I chose the Lookatme Raccoon Face Mask today. Mostly because I feel like I have spent the better part of the last two weeks with this same raccoon like expression on my face. I’ve tried the bear mask form this brand but I don’t think I have used the raccoon one. I know it is one of the line Facetory carries and is usually pretty good. This one is moisturizing and at this time of year, that is always a good bet for a face mask.
But before I get to that, I am going on a long walk where hopefully the sun, the wind and the exercises will blow the last of the punctuation fixation out of my brain.
I’ll be honest, while I am still testing out this new foundation, i mostly grabbed products that were easy to work with. I was trying to get the last loose ends tied up and while I wanted to look decent for a later meeting, I didn’t have a lot of extra time. I went for the Too Faced Bronzer because it is darker and this foundation is just a smidge too light for me. the shade issue is easily corrected if I decide that I want to continue using the foundation. I went with the Ole Henriksen primer thought because it is one of the few hydrating primers I like and at this time of year a little extra moisture helps keep everything from looking a little powdery.
Over all I think this look turned out pretty well for me. I’m happy with all of the products I used. I need to remember to reach for the Ole Henriksen primer more actually as it is it’s time of year to shine. I can’t use it in the summer because the banana bright aspect makes me look a little too shiny for my comfort. It works really well in the colder months though. Todays look may have been quick and easy, but I am very happy with the way it turned out and it will stand me in good stead with my late afternoon/early evening meeting. Which is also a good chance to test the longevity of the foundation.
but for now, I am going on a long walk to allow my brain to switch gears. And then, I get to look at the list of other things that need to be completed before I can rest easy and slip into the holidays. Happy Thursday Everyone!
Ah, the makeup bag for the week after Christmas. Always a low key affair until you get to the actual New Year’s eve. This year it was an interesting bag. I used last week’s products for my holiday calls and then swapped out the makeup bag. In addition I will be using a completely separate New Year’s eve Makeup bag to get ready for my sparkly stay at home night.
But that is another story.
Which means that this week’s makeup bag was both easy and low key. I started off with the Yensa BC Foundation. It is from their Super 8 collection and I have to say I have had really good luck with that entire collection.
The BC Foundation is a cross between a BB Cream and A CC cream and I have to say, It goes on easily and just melts into the skin for a low key look that is my skin but better. I’m using a sample and I think I might be able to get one more week out of the sample tube. It might be pushing it so I think what I am going to do is keep it in next week’s makeup bag to use it up and have another product on standby for when this does run out. I suspect it will run out sometime mid-week next week. However it is on the products to pick up again list, so it will be returning once I’ve whittled down some of my foundation products.
The number of products in the drawer tends to make me nervous about products expiring before I can use them. So I am working through open products. Actually the last time I opened the drawer (to get this week’s product out) the drawer was thinning out a bit. I think because I used up and got rid of all of many of the sample sizes it doesn’t seem as frighteningly packed.
The primer I used with my foundation this week was an old favorite. It is the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer. I remember trying this primer when it first came out and falling in love with it. My love affair has lasted and even though it isn’t my one and only it still ranks high on my list of primers. I hadn’t tried it in a while so last time I was in Ulta I picked up a travel sized tube to see if I still liked it. And yeah, I do. I’ll keep the travel size in my dressing table rotation until it is through and then pick up a full size.
My bronzer this week was the NARS Laguna Bronzer. It is a sample size that is finally starting to get a dent in the center of the pan. I refuse to let myself buy a full size until I use up the sample. I have had this sample a while though as it is small enough that it tends to slip to the bottom of the drawer. I have decided though that it will be getting up, so it will be rotated in with increasing frequency until it does get used up.
Another product that I tend to forget about is the sample sized Tarte Blush in the shade Quirky. I just somehow never remember to pick it up. I really like the blush formula and the shade lends a really nice soft flush to the cheeks which isn’t over the top. It really works well with the natural skin look of the Yensa Foundation.
And then we have powders. Oh my darlings do we have powders. First there is the loose e.l.f HD translucent powder. It is a really good setting powder. It can leave a little bit of white in the crevices of the nose, but a quick dab with my lovely Huda Beauty sponge takes care of that. I really like the flat pointed section for getting into tight spots on the face. I am always amazed at how useful that one flat side actually is. I think regardless of brand that is the shape I will look for. And soon I will have to look for another makeup sponge as mine is sadly looking like it needs to be replaced.
As for pressed powder, my dearest No 7 made it through most of the week. Sadly it will not make it to the new year. It gave its all and I salute it. I will also repurchase it. Repeatedly. I am going to try to not pick it up right away so that I can use some other powders in my dressing table.
But this is one of my favorite formulas for pressed powders and at some point it will return. For now we have to bid it a fond farewell and let it at least have the distinction of being the first product placed in the January 2021 Empties bin.
Because I wasn’t entirely sure my No.7 would make it through the week I pulled out the sample size of the MAC Studio Fix powder. It is the tiniest little pan so it is kind of a pain to work with but the product itself is really nice. I really forgot how much I liked MAC products. I always remember their lipsticks but somehow tend to forget about their powders and eyeshadows. I really enjoy both actually I just haven’t picked them up in a while. I may need to remedy that in 2021.
Because I seemed to have both a samples theme and a MAC theme going I added the MAC Strobe Cream sample I received in my Birchbox Advent Calendar. I know several people put it all over the face as an all over glow, but I think everyone has realized that isn’t really my thing. The strobe cream did make a really excellent and subtle liquid highlighter this week. Since I was going for a more subtly look it really suited me well. This is another product that I need to remember I have and to use it more often.
My brows were taken care of my wet ‘n wild Ultimate brow kit this week. As usual I used my own brush instead of the provided one and stuck with the one lighter shade in the kit. The darker one I still need to remember to use, but it is too dark from my brows so I will have to work out something in maybe the shadow eyeliner department. If you remember my initial use of the kit you may recall that while I really love the light brown brow powder, I despise the cream highlight in the kit. So this week I ignored it and pretended it was not there.
For my mascara I went with the Beauty for Real Mascara again this week. While I really like the mascara it wasn’t actually my intention to use it, I simply forgot to switch it out. Using it a second week wasn’t a hardship though. It is a really good formula. However I will remember to exchange it for another in the following week.
Which finally brings us to the eyeshadow for the week. This week I grabbed the doughnut shaped Maple Glazed palette from I heart Revolution. I know it looks like a toy, but I really like this palette. It is quick and easy to use and the shadows are easy to use and work well. To be honest I mostly used the darker brown accented with the bronzy shade this week. It was quick and easy and I didn’t have to worry about it much. I liked the way it looked and will happily reach for this palette again.
I don’t know if the doughnut series is still available (I picked mine up at Ulta a while back) but every time I use it I find myself wanting to pick up the other doughnut palettes in the line. It is just very well set up and easy to use. Plus, this is one of my favorite travel palettes as the puffy doughnut on top pretty much insures the shadows won’t break. Surprisingly we have reached the end of the Makeup bag. There were no real surprises this week. I know some of you are thinking, ‘weren’t you trying a new setting spray? And yes I was. However, I wanted a bit more time with it before I formed an opinion. So I will use the Pore Professional Priming spray from Benefit for another week and then next week post a full review as well as put it in my Makeup Bag post. I just didn’t think I had long enough to sort out how I felt about it to put it down. So there we have it my darlings, this week’s makeup bag. But stand by, the New Year’s edition is about to arrive in 10…9…8…7…
Welcome my darlings once again to the weekly makeup bag. Here, I list out all the products I used this week and let you know what I think of them. I know, some of you may be asking, why do I fill a makeup bag every week instead of just choosing each product for the day?
Well, some days I do add in items, for instance if I have an outfit I decided to wear that simply needs a different lipstick, I will dip back into my dressing table for an extra product. Occasionally something will run out or go horribly wrong and need to be replaced. But for the most part what I choose initially for the bag is what I use throughout the week.
The main reason is one of choice. I am not at my best first thing. While I will never be a morning person, coffee does help me out. However, faced with a dressing table filled with a variety of products, I sometimes stare dumbly at them, not knowing which to choose. Even if I am just looking at five black eyeliners. And sometimes I get ready in a rush. In both instances, I tend to grab the first items I see and go with them. Then I put them back in the front of drawers. So the next time I’m in a rush, I grab the same products.
As I like variety in my products, as well as using all of the items I have, I decided that once a week I would pack a bag full of products to use, that way I didn’t have to start of my day with pre coffee decision making. Thus far it has worked out really well for me. I can rotate through products so that I am never bored, try new things, or if something is close to being used up completely, keep it out so that it can be finished without lingering in the bottom of a drawer with barely any product left.
I’ve found it a really useful method and I will be keeping it up for quite a while I think.
So, now that you know the reasoning behind the makeup bag, let’s talk about what I used this week.
I have to say, it was a bit of a mix. I tried many new products this week so there were a lot of surprises. We will start off on a positive note and go with the Viseart Palette. I received the Neutral Mattes Palette in my Boxycharm Premium box this month and I have to say, this palette justified keeping the subscription.
I was planning on keeping it anyway, but I was thrilled to get this palette and try it out and I absolutely love the way it performed. It is highly pigmented so start lightly and try to build. This Viseart Link will take you to my full review. But the end result is that I adored this palette and will be keeping it around for a long time.
It is however a matte palette and when I tried out the black shadow I found I wanted just a little bit of shimmer. I also wanted a reason to try out my Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream shadow stick in the shade Golden Pink. It came in my Birchbox Advent Calendar and thus far the time had not been right to give it a try. This week, the time was right, so I used it as s shimmer to work with the Black from the Viseart palette. Wow. Just wow. It went on smoothly either over the plain eyelid or over a powder shadow, stayed in place all day long and didn’t crease or transfer on me. I was super thrilled to use this and will need to remember it, and possibly look at other colors. I want to at least get one more to see how it blends with other cream shadows, but it worked really well over powder. I will be reaching for it a lot.
The Marcelle CC Cream Golden Glow I used this week was a sample and it is unfortunately not something I will be reaching for in the future. Luckily the sample will be used up by the end of the week so no product will be wasted, but I will not be picking up a full sized version. It is an excellent color corrector and it did give the skin a golden glow.
However, it also settled into my fine lines and made me look much more tired than I actually was. I would really prefer my makeup products not to emphasize my fine lines. So while a decent product in many respects, the CC golden glow is not for me. I will stick with Marcelle’s mascara and moisturizer in the future.
For my primer this week I ended up reaching for my e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer. It is an excellent primer in general and really does a good job filling in the pores and turning my face into a smooth canvas. I worked with it this week in an effort to try and correct the one flaw of the Marcelle CC Cream.
While it really helped in most places, towards the end of the day the CC cream still emphasized the lines under my eyes. For all else, the Putty Primer actually helped stop the CC Cream from showing a lot of the fine lines that it was showing without the primer. So This was definitely a good week for the e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer. It is a makeup bag repeat visitor and will remain so until the product is through. Then it will be replaced.
Speaking of using products up, It is almost time to say goodbye to my No7 Pressed powder. It has served me well, but alas, it is now only a slender ring of product around the outside of the completely exposed metal pan. Technically, I will be keeping it in the makeup bag for the rest of the week and possibly into the beginning of next, but I doubt it has enough product to last the full week, let alone next.
Even if this does last the week to be included in next week’s makeup bag I will be choosing a backup powder for when this finally runs out. I love the formula on the No 7 pressed powder and will be picking another compact of it up again. However at the moment I have several powders that I have ignored in favor of my No. 7 and I want to give them a chance to shine. Or to prevent shine, really. So I am going to do my best to try not to immediately repurchase this once it is empty. I suspect that on my next Target run a new one might somehow find its way into my cart, but I am going to try to resist.
I did have a loose powder in my makeup bag this week as well. This week I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting powder. It is called fresh because essentially it is a solid lump of powder with a grater. You turn the grater and the fresh loose powder appears. The product is good and there is a lot less spillage since you only grind up the powder you need when you need it, however the dial is really hard to turn if you have any product or water on your hands. Then it becomes too slick to turn and you are just out of luck. I think if you had any sort of mobility issues related to your hands (like arthritis) you would want to steer clear of this product. Which is a shame, the powder is really good. It just requires dry hands and a certain level of physical dexterity to use. The concept is fun though.
In fact it makes me feel a little like Goldilocks and the three bears.
Let’s start with the bronzers. There are two. One warm toned (Good Fortune) and one cool toned (Serenity). Both tend to disappear on the skin. I had to work seriously hard to get them to show up on my skin. Maybe if I had really fair skin, this would work for me, but even though I do not have the darkest skin tone in the world, I was too dark for it to apply well. At best, the bronzers are good for taming down the blush.
Unlike the bronzers, the blush (Royal Flush)comes on strong and highly pigmented. After using the bronzers, this was quite the surprise. The first time I used this I ended up with a serious case of clown face. It is a very pink tone, which isn’t my favorite to begin with, but it is also highly pigmented. So I was VERY Pink. And had to wash my face and start over again for the day. I had a video call that day so leaving it wasn’t an option.
Then there are the three Highlighters.
If you remember your three bears, you know we’ve had our too soft, and our too hard, so you know what comes next.
That’s right, the highlighters were the , um, highlight of the palette. All three were soft and buttery, applied well and stayed in place all day. I could go light or bright with them and had no issues. Pots of Gold is a bright gold shade, Heaven Sent is a silvery shade (even though it looks kind of bronze in the pan) and the speckled Triple Sevens is a warm rose gold shade that worked perfectly for me. In fact Triple Sevens is the jackpot of the palette. I would by the shade in a single pan to use repeatedly. The other two highlighters, while good, weren’t unique enough for me to want to by them separately. If there was a highlighter palette with the three of these in it, I would happily use all three, but the only one I would buy on its own is the Triple Sevens.
My mascara this week was from Beauty for Real. I’ve used it before and as always I am surprised by how well I like it. I am used to fluffy brushed mascaras but this one has a really small brush on the end of the wand. I was certain I was going to hate it. Then I used it.
I do not hate it.
Quite the opposite in fact. The little brush lets me get to the base of my lashes and the formula really works at lengthening the lashes. Because I can get to the very base of the lashes I was able to make my lashes look a lot more full than I expected. Plus the small want is really good for lower lashes as well. I will happily continue to use this mascara.
I did not use an eyeliner this week. I chose one but I was having so much fun with the eyeshadow that I forgot to reach for it. So I will keep the eyeliner in the makeup bag and use it next week. I did however use an eyebrow pencil this week. My bangs are still long enough that I doubt anyone noticed but I used the RealHer brow pencil and I really enjoyed it. It is a great formula and has an easy to use fine tip.
RealHer also made an appearance with my lip products this week. I used the RealHer lip liner in the shade I am confident. It is a nice creamy lip liner that stays in place well. The reason I reached for it was because of my BareMinerals lipstick. It is the new Mineralist formula that came in my Macy’s Beauty Box this month and I was so excited to get to try the formula.
The formula is rich and creamy and feels amazing on the lips. It is a traditional style lipstick so it does need reapplying, but it is worth it. The formula in no way dried out my lips and felt really comfortable to wear. My only issue was the color. It is a little more pink than I like my lipsticks and wearing the RealHer lip liner underneath darkened it just enough to work for me. I will be seeking out a different shade of this lipstick soon. I really like the formula of it.
The lip liner actually worked well with the NudeStix lip crayon I had in my makeup bag this week as well. The Nude Stix is in the shade posh and it was almost a perfect match for the lip liner. I really appreciated that as lip liners really help me out with lip crayons. I don’t know if it is the shape of the crayon or what, but with lip crayons I need a liner to keep the edges neat. It’s not a reflection of the product, it is definitely user error. The liner kept the user in check so there was no error. I liked the color as it was a sort of pinky nude that worked well with my skin tones. It isn’t the longest lasting formula and so it has to be reapplied in the same way you would reapply a traditional lipstick, but it felt very comfortable to wear and I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I also thing I like it better than their liquid lipsticks.
As you may recall I had a Grande Liquid Lip product in my Macy’s bag and I was very excited to try it out. Unfortunately the wand either lost it’s head in manufacturing or snapped off somewhere in the tube. Either way, I just had a stick of a wand that was useless. The opening is too small for a cotton swab and none of my brushes would fit inside so I was unable to try it. I was really looking forward to trying out the formula. I have heard both good and bad things about the liquid lip and wanted to try it for myself. I’ve only used Grande Cosmetics’ Lash products (their Grande Lash mascara is really good) and I was looking forward to testing a lip product. I will set it aside and look for a brush that fits, but alas I did not find one this week.
And the final lip product I used this week was the tiniest most adorable liquid lip sample I have ever seen. It is the Giorgio Armani Liquid Lip Maestro in the shade Cedar (206). It came as a bonus in my final Allure Beauty Box (I cancelled my subscription). I’ve never tried any lip products from Giorgio Armani so I was happy to have a chance, no matter how small the tube. The formula applied well. It dries down but not all the way. When you press your lips together it still feels wet even hours later. However after about ten minutes I took a sip of my coffee and there was no lip print left behind. It dries enough not to transfer but not enough to dry out your lips.
It does fade throughout the day so a mid-day reapplication wouldn’t go amiss, but it still retain some color by the end of the day. The color was a sort of terra cotta, maybe a little darker, but with a definite slight orange tint. While not my favorite color, it did work well enough, and because of the formula I was willing to use it anyway. It is a tiny sample though. So I think I might put it to the side so I can use it in my upcoming lip series. In the new year I will be doing more posts detailing the wear and feel of various lip products in more depth (and with more photos) than I can do here without this being even more of a massive post than it is.
Speaking of massive, this one has grown in length. Luckily there is only one final product to talk about and that is the Lise Watier Magnifix setting spray. As a setting spray it works well. It does make your face very wet though so once applied, you need to take a minute or two to dry off before applying eyeliner mascara and lipstick. (I apply all three after I use a setting spray to avoid running). Other than the wait time, it sets well, smells nice and has the added benefit of antioxidants included in the spray. I like a little skin care with my setting sprays. Over all I liked it and will happily keep it in rotation. However I will not use this one when I am in a rush. It is not a quick drying product.
And so with that we finish this week’s makeup bag. It was quite the variety as far as reactions go. Next week should be interesting as I am packing two separate Makeup bags, one for the week and one specifically for new year’s eve. Both will post on December 31st, so stay tuned.
This week’s makeup bag was really low key. This was one of those weeks where I worked at my desk by myself with the occasional phone call. No one needed to see me so looking good for zoom wasn’t a necessity. I think the only time other than my walks that I left the house was to run to the charity shop yesterday. So there were several days I just let my skin breathe.
But I did wear some makeup this week.
I started with the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen. The link will take you to the full review. It is a brightening primer, but under powder or foundation it blurs out blemishes and fine lines really well and while it hydrates, it didn’t ever feel greasy. This is a primer I think I will be reaching for more throughout the winter.
On the days I reached for foundation, I went with the E.L.F. Acne Fighting foundation. It was easy to reach for, light weight and felt good against the skin. This is one foundation that I know i am going to replace as soon as it runs out. E.l.f. really hit it out of the park with this one.
My RealHer Cheek Ultimate Glow Getter Trio provided my Bronzer, Blush and highlight this week. While I did use the bronze and highlight I think there was only one day this week I bothered with the highlighter.
The blush and bronze are both buildable products that let you go as light or as glam as you want. This week I tended to lean into the light and this Cheek Trio Palette was amazing for that. If you take a close look at the bronzer, you can see that the outlines of the pan are starting to show through the product. Of the three, the Bronzer is my favorite product. The blush and highlighter are good, but I tend to use them because they are there with the bronzer, whereas the bronzer is why I reach for the palette. It was a palette that I reached for a lot this summer and I am really glad to see that it is something I can easily use in winter as well.
For Powder I used my trusty No 7. Pressed powder and didn’t bother with a loose setting powder at all this week. I know, shocking. Much more of the pan is showing now and I am fairly certain that this compact will be empty by new Years. It really is one of my favorite products. The formula of the powder is just really nice against the skin.
This week I skipped both eyeliner and brow products completely. My eyebrow is still healing from an ingrown hair and quite frankly at the moment my bangs have grown out enough that you can’t really see much of my brows. I really need to cut them. I’ll admit, it scares me so I put off the trimming of the bangs as long as possible. I am less hesitant with the rest of my hair, but those bangs…Still it must be done and done soon. This week, I just used a spoolie to keep them neat and left them alone.
I had a trio of shadows this week. KVD’s Lolita was the shade I reached for most often for a quick swipe of color. It is an excellent shadow and the color works well for me. It can be used as a light blush or deepened towards a wine red. It is one of those shadows that always gets added to my travel bags.
The Colored Raine Champagne Life was my light shimmer shade this week. It is okay but not my favorite. It tends to disappear when I tried to blend it in and fades pretty badly throughout the day.
The third shadow I used was the IBY Fire and Ice shadow. I really enjoyed it. It doesn’t look like much in the pan but when applied it glimmers green like a beetle’s back and I really enjoyed it. I am definitely going to have to remember to use it more often. For a fuller review of the three and to see swatches and read a more detailed performance review, the link will take you to my eyeshadow review post from yesterday.
This week I finished off the They’re Real sample size of mascara from Benefit Cosmetics. I really like the way it lengthened my lashes and it looked really good, especially on the days where I did nothing but powder and lip oil. This was its third week and this morning I can officially say that the tube is completely empty. The sample is no more. I was rather surprised that it lasted the full third week, but somehow it just managed to hang on to finish the week out.
My final product this week was the Yensa lip oil in the shade Pink Shine. I love everything about this lip oil. It has a slight hint of color that compliments my natural lips. It helps refresh dry lips and it smells amazing. That being said, it does leave oily lip prints on the rims of coffee mugs and needs to be reapplied after eating. But the shine it gives to lips is fantastic.
This week I didn’t bother with a setting spray. Which means that we have now arrived at the end of the makeup bag. I told you, I didn’t wear a lot of products this week. I figured it was just me looking at a computer screen all day so on the mornings when I wanted to wear makeup I did, and the mornings I didn’t want to put it on, I didn’t. It was really nice to have a low key week like this. Next week of course I have the first of the week loaded down with pre-holiday work zooms, so I’ll have to be a little bit more mindful. But it was nice to have a very relaxed week and only put on what I wanted to put on without worrying how it would look on camera.
This month’s Ipsy bag contributed a couple of items to my selections for this week’s Make up bag. I’m not upset about it as I got to try out a whole bunch of new to me products. I find it surprising because most Beauty subscriptions lately have been very skin care heavy so having a makeup up heavy box this month was a pleasant surprise. Not that I’m abandoning my first and dearest love, Skincare, but it is nice once in a while to flirt with someone new.
Aside from one or two high points in the Doucce palette it was a fail for me. One of the highlights was the physical palette itself actually. It is a nice magnetic case that I will be reusing. The highlighter in this shadow palette was also nice and I will be using it again as well.
There were a couple of repeat items this week. I again used the Ciate Everyday Vaccay loose translucent setting powder. I really like it and I’m sure you will be seeing it again, even if it does make me crave macaroons. Also making a return was the No. 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder.
I am really enjoying using it and am really glad I forced myself out of my Rimmel Pressed powder constant. Don’t get me wrong, Rimmel will return as it is my favorite standby, but I have to say, I think I actually like the No. 7 better. I know, shock and gasp.
Also returning this week was one of my favorite mascaras and that is The Expert Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin. The formula doesn’t flake and it doesn’t sweat off. The shape of the brush is a curved hook shape that curls my lashes and isn’t too big to use on the lower lashes.
However it has been used two weeks in a row and I need to rotate it out for another open mascara. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but I know you will return again. I just also know that a couple of the open mascaras I will be choosing from this week aren’t in my top five favorites. But that is okay.
The last weekly return was the Thrive Causemetics lipgloss in Ashley. It is a good light lipgloss to grab on a summer day and I enjoyed using it. This week it will return to the dressing table and a new product will take it’s place. It will however be returning.
While it wasn’t used last week, the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit returned this week. I enjoy having all of the products from pencil to highlight from Benefit because they are all good products. I’m just not sure about the all in one pen issue. I’m a big fan of benefit brow products, I would prefer them as separate items if that makes sense. I enjoy using it even if it is an all in one contraption though.
Plus I also made a deal with myself that I can’t replace my Precisely my Brow Pencil from Benefit until I’ve used this one up. So as a consequence you will be seeing it in the make up bag until I use it to the point where I feel justified in placing a Benefit order. Although it is really hard to resist the current sale going on. I’ll set it aside if I end up testing other brow products, but for now, I am focused on using this one up.
My contour and bronzer this week came from the Tarte Park Avenue Princess Palette. I really liked using this palette. The palette feels and looks lux. I know it is shallow of me but I feel fancy using it and that makes me happy. Of course adding to this week’s fancy feelings was my early birthday present of a new kimono style robe which I’ve been wearing in the mornings (I know my birthday isn’t until the 27th but it came early and I opened it. I regret nothing.)
The Park Avenue Princess palette is nice as well. I really do like the products. I also like that there are several different shades for me to choose from so I can adjust for my look that day. I really enjoyed using it this week and will be using it again.
This week I also chose another IPSY product. This was the Betty Boop blush trio palette. I like the slim packaging and quite frankly that is what saves it for me. I only really like one of the blushes, and even then it isn’t my favorite.
It’s a color thing, they all actually perform fairly well. I do think I am going to end up eventually using the one blush I like down to pan and then stripping it out to use the case for other products. I don’t know how successful I will be, but I will try. Well, I will try sometime in the future. I believe it is a limited edition item from Ipsy, but if it was available, I wouldn’t repurchase it. It’s fine but not great and I like the packaging more than the product. While I think it is fine to appreciate good packaging and to enjoy the beauty of makeup, it’s never a good sign when the packaging is the best part.
One of my new products for the month was the pores no more Luminizer Primer from Dr. Brandt. This is definitely a Luminizing primer. It is very glowy. Many of my primers I like because I can wear them without foundation and only a dusting of powder over on light makeup days. This isn’t one of those primers.
I didn’t find it to be very pore filling, but I did find it luminizing. As I put a matte foundation over it, I didn’t have too much of a problem. I had a light glow to my skin showing through my foundation which lightened up the matte look a bit, but without the matte foundation, it would have been too much. I will continue to use this primer, but I can’t say it is my favorite.
Speaking of primers, this week I used the Pretty Vulgar eyelid primer. When using it for regular lid priming, you really need to let it dry down for a moment before applying powder shadows or you will have a rough time of it. The primer is somewhat sticky. As I was already working with patchy shadows, this didn’t help. Because it was my first time really using this primer, I tried it with a couple of different shadows to play around with it. It is a good primer if you wait for a moment to let it dry down. It is excellent if you are doing a cut crease and using a glittery shade. That is where this primer shines. That is what it was built for. I believe this will not be a regular every day primer for me. I think it will be a hold in reserve for the days when I am going for the drama. Personally I don’t mind that. I am perfectly happy to use my concealer as an everyday primer and to bring this out when I need the big guns. In fact, I like having it in my arsenal. It’s kind of like having a bazooka even though you know your weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.
Not that I actually have a bazooka. Me having one would just be a bad idea. I know I’d try to reach something on a high shelf knock it over with my hip and take out the neighbor’s shed. Or windmill. Speaking of, I think my neighbor is actually trying to use that strange little windmill he put up to run a small grain mill instead of generating electricity. His entire back flower bed has been planted in wheat. Apparently the roses died. Yeah, I’m not sure of that thought process either, but the end result is that he has a four foot wide, six foot long raised flowerbed full of wheat. Emmer wheat no less, for that extra old timey touch.
But that is beside the point. No bazooka for me, just an imperfect metaphor and a neighbor with a new hobby. Back to the makeup.
Although I didn’t mention it, I added a wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner to the bag this week, the megaliner to be exact. While pen style eyeliners have become my go to, I started with the inkwell style liquid eyeliners when I first started wearing makeup and I forgot how much I enjoy the brush and pot of liquid.
It took me a little while to get back in the habit of keeping my eyes at half-mast and fanning myself until the liquid dried enough not to transfer when I blinked, but I soon was back in the swing of things. I liked using the eyeliner and I have to admit, I picked up the a Maybelline version to try as well. I don’t know if it is true or not, but I always felt like these inkwell styles dried out less than the pen styles.
Who knows, if I get back into liking them maybe I’ll branch out into some colors other than black. I do know that the wet’n wild one didn’t seep into my fine lines and once applied if I didn’t want a sharp line, I could use a small brush to smudge it out a little. It I did want a sharp line, I could just apply it and fan my face until dry (which doesn’t take that long). I really enjoyed using this. Wet ‘n wild is really stepping up their game. Plus I am really glad to see these style of liners on shelves again. I know KVD Beauty has a line of them as well, so I may have to try some of those out soon.
And this brings us square to the lips. I covered the Thrive Causmetics Lip gloss so we are left with three products. The first is the Hydrating Lip Balm in the shade Nudist from Jersey Shore Cosmetics. Normally I love Jersey Shore Cosmetics lip balms. They are in fact my go to lip balms. I did not care for this one. Shocking I know, it is the first lip balm from the company I didn’t like. It performed as well as the others and had a lovely little shimmer to it. It smelled nice, but it tasted awful. It just tasted slightly chemically, almost like sunblock. It does have an SPF 10 on it so maybe that’s it. I was beginning to think there was no product they had that I didn’t like, but I suppose there is always one. So I will be passing on this lip balm and going back to using the others.
This week I also had one bullet style lipstick and one liquid lip. The bullet style was from Colourpop’s Disney Villains collection in the shade Evil Queen. It is a true red and I have to say, I really like a bold red lip on a minimal makeup week. And this one performed. I do really need to pick up a red lip liner that matches it, because it needs one and I noticed that while I have a plethora of pinks, I have no red lip liners. This makes me sad and is something I will soon be remedying. I also need to remember to take my lip liners into the make up bag with me so I don’t have to go hunting in the morning, but that is another story. I picked up the Colourpop Villains trio and I tend to reach for the Hades one more often, in fact I actually forgot I had this one as it rolled to the back of the drawer.
This is one of the reasons I am really liking doing this makeup bag post each week. I get to find all sorts of things I love, yet forgot about as well as try new things. I’m glad you like the posts too, but I think even if I didn’t post on them I would still set up the makeup bag each week. It is really reminding me to use products I like and forcing me to get rid of the ones I’m just not going to wear.
The liquid lip I chose this week was Matte Dreamy 411 from Il Makiage. The official title is the Infinity Long Wear matte lip cream. While I own a boat load of their lip liners, this was the first liquid lip from them that I have tried and it did not disappoint.
The packaging is super lux feeling. It is heavy in the hand and feels really good. The wand is a little thin and plastic on the end of the tip. It could use a little bit of padding but it wasn’t bad. I also think I might have expected more because of the exterior packaging. While the color wasn’t exactly right on me, the formula was great.
It dried down almost all the way but not quite. It is slightly drier than the Nars Powermatte formula, but not by much. Which means it dries down enough not to smudge everywhere and leave a trail of lip prints behind all day, but not dry enough to make your lips feel parched. I am sad that I don’t care for the shade all that much, but I will be looking into picking up other shades in my next lipstick purchase.
Finally, we come to the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore. It is the Coconut Water Prime/Set/Refresh. I didn’t use it to prime, but I did use it to set and on a couple of sweaty days, refresh. It worked well for both. It has a very fine mister which I appreciated. In addition while it is somewhat coconut scented, it is not over the top coconut. It is in fact the scent of coconut water and not the artificially sweet coconut scent. Personally I appreciated that.
So that was this week’s Make Up bag. There were some winners, some returning favorites and some ‘thanks but no thanks’ in the mix. Next week the returning products will be the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Setting spray and the Benefit Brow Pencil. Everything else will be changed out for something else. Won’t that be fun?
I have to say as an aside, I’ve been using the Ipsy make up bags as the bag I pack and take from the dressing table to the bathroom. The one I’ve been using it is simple zip top bag. While these are fine for traveling because they hold a great deal in a relatively small space, I am finding it hard to work with as a daily make up bag. When I travel if I am going to one place and staying there for the duration, I unpack the makeup bag and line things up in the bathroom.
For that sort of travel this is an okay bag. For working out of on a daily basis, it is kind of a mess. Especially with brushes thrown into the mix. Recently I’ve been intrigued by the Kusshi make up bags, especially with the separated brush compartment. I keep circling it trying to make up my mind. Since I have been working out of a makeup bag, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future, I know I am going to have to find something soon. I’ll link the Kusshi site for anyone interested in checking them out. I have heard great things about them. One of my friends is in love with the way they perform in the wash, which lets face it, is a pretty big deal if I’m going to use it daily.
While the Kusshi might be an option, if anyone has any make-up bags or kits that they like working out of instead of just using for transport, let me know. I’d like to hear about them. I suspect I’ll end up looking into a whole bunch of them and then just get annoyed one morning and order the best one in the collection I’ve investigated, so the better the collection the better chance of getting a good bag. So let me know your favorites, if you have one.
For now, I am going to get on with my day as always my desk is cluttered with the things I’ve been putting off all week and need to do before Friday ends and the weekend rolls around. It’s been a little crazy so I haven’t had a chance to choose next week’s products yet, so with the exception of Laura Geller and Benefit, the rest will just be a surprise. Happy Friday everyone. I’ll see you this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.
This past week’s makeup bag featured an interesting array of products. The foundation I chose was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick foundation. The link will take you to the full review, but I have to say I liked it for a natural makeup look. I don’t know why that surprised me as the description claimed it was buildable, but it did. Maybe it’s because I tend to think of ABH products as geared towards more high glam. Either way I was pleased it turned out to be a good every day product.
Next of course was the Elf Bite sized eyeshadow palette. It was a $3 impulse buy and I have no regrets. I picked up the Cream and Sugar one and think I will probably be picking up some of the other varieties soon. To provide a little color for my neutral palette I added the KVD Vegan Beauty single shadow in Lolita as well as the Metal Crush Highlighter in Roseshock. The highlighter is far to glittery and pink for me to comfortably use as a highlighter in my everyday life, but it works as a great shimmer shade to pair with Lolita. I enjoyed using them both.
I am trying to remember to use more of my single shades more often. I have some really nice shades in single shadows, I just tend to forget about them. I especially need to remember them when I grab one of my super neutral palettes to help keep the week from feeling blah and bland. It’s probably silly, but I find one bright spot of color or glitter shade can really perk up my day. The more I stay in, the more I find it helps. There have been several hard mornings recently where I’ve used a mid-afternoon glitter addition to perk me up for the end of the day paperwork. It’s a simple trick, but it works for me.
I also used the KVD Cake liner this week it is in the shade Trooper Black. It is a creamy pencil that is super easy to smudge out. It is one of my favorite eye liner pencil formulas and will be returning until it is gone and then I will repurchase it.
My I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray in Peaches and cream made it through a second week in my make-up bag. The bottle is now about halfway finished. This week I am giving it a rest as this month’s IPSY just came in and had a Laura Geller Fixing spray I want to try. I know I’ll come back to the Peaches and Cream as I love the scent and the way the fixing spray really locks in my make up for the day. But It gets a break for next week and goes back to the dressing table.
This week I meant to use the Pretty Vulgar eyelid primer, but alas I did not. I wanted to try out the powder under foundation trick, but I found that it didn’t work terribly well with the stick foundation. To see if I liked it at all, I brought in my Maybelline Fit Me foundation again since I know how it worked with my skin and tried the powder trick again. I think it really requires a liquid foundation. Since this coming week I am using a liquid foundation I will be trying it again. Since I don’t have terribly dark circles under my eyes, the powder under the foundation is supposed to sort of eliminate a lot of concealer use. Which Is why I left off concealer and brought in a lid primer. Usually I just use the concealer I have in my hand to prime my lids. But like I said, those particular dominos didn’t fall as I expected so I brought back the tried and true ELF Camo Concealer instead.
But this week, it is definitely time for the Pretty Vulgar lid primer to be tested.
Also returning this week was the wet ‘n wild ultimate brow kit. As you may recall, I really liked the powder and absolutely hated the cream highlight. This week I paired it with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo pencil highlighter and concealer stick. I find this an amusing combination actually. Prior to this I’d used both eyebrow pencils and pomades, but never a powder. I like the wet ‘n wild powder and think I will keep it around to use up, but I can honestly say it isn’t my favorite brow product in the world. It is good and does the job, and if I can find a single powder from them in my shade I wouldn’t mind keeping it around. What it has done is make me want to try other brow powders.
With the Billion Dollar Brows highlight and contour pencil, it too came in a kit. That kit had this stick, which I really like, an excellent quality brush and a brow liner I really didn’t like at all. The Billion Dollar Brows brush, paired well with the wet ‘n wild powder as did the highlighter stick. So essentially I ended up combining two kits, taking what I liked from each and creating a frankenbrow kit. Both products will remain in my rotation, but I will be using them together again each time. Next week I think I will be using my Benefit multi-product brow pencil. I’m waiting to re-order my favorite Precisely My Brow pencil from Benefit until I see more progress on the two brow products I am using. It’s my own personal thrift over desire game. I’m going to see if I can use up one product before I order the replacement. I suspect I’ll crack and just order it at some point anyway, but for now I’m holding strong.
Speaking of holding strong, I have to give a big thumbs up to TreStique. I have been using the color+contour Cheek stick in Brazilian Bronze for a while now. It is an excellent product. I use it as a cream contour (obviously) and just draw the line where I want it and use my fingers to bend it in.
Sometimes I get fancy and use a brush, but mostly, I have to admit, I use my fingertips. For the past several months every time I reach for it, I’ve thought, ‘Oh it’s going to be empty soon’ and yet it still keeps going. I think because you only need to use a little of it, just one quick stripe in place, that it seems to last forever. I’m not complaining it is an excellent cream contour. I am glad that it is not used up and will definitely repurchase it when it finally does wear out. That time however is not now. So back to the dressing table it goes, to be used again at a later date.
While very little needs to be used of the TreStique bronzer, the same cannot really be said by the Fenty highlighter stick. It is also a cream product. It too needs only one quick swipe on the highlighted points to be of use and it is beautiful on the skin. The problem is that it needs to be warmed up first so I ended up wasting a lot of product warming up the highlighter on my hand.
Once warmed up, it is excellent though. I really liked the way it performed. It blended well and remained in place throughout the day. It came in a Boxy Charm box and I am happy to use it. It’s a good product. I will keep it in my dressing table and keep it in my product rotation, but I suspect it will not last terribly long. I think it will get used up relatively quickly. When it is gone, I don’t know it I would replace it. I think as far as cream highlighters go, I prefer the formula of the Flesh version better. I think when both of the products start edging towards the end of their lives I may have to have a cream highlighter face off to see which makes the repurchased list. Right now I am content to keep this Fenty one around.
This week’s blush was from Hourglass. It was from their Ambient line (the one that looks marbled in the pan) and in the shade Diffused Heat. I really like the formula and the packaging is really beautiful, but I think the color might be a shade too light for me. It was easily blended out, and I really liked the look of it, but I think I would like it one shade deeper, especially for the summer. It just pops a little too pink for me with my current skin tone. It is a beautiful blush however and will be staying with me. I will definitely use it, and I will look at picking up a slightly deeper tone to use as well.
I sort of skipped over primers so I’ll add the Illamasqua Primer now. This week I used their hydra veil primer. I really enjoyed it, after I got used to using it that is. First of all the jar is pretty. I like looking at it on my shelf. Second when I opened it, I thought the lid had a decorative handle. It turns out that the ‘handle’ pulls out of the clip to become a spoon to dig into the product.
The primer looks like jelly and it scoops out of the jar like congealed gelatin. Seriously, it looks like unflavored, uncolored gelatin. I liked the little spoon as it meant I didn’t have to dig into the jar with my fingers, always a plus in the fight against contamination. Second, if you let the jar sit for a bit, like cover it back up and come back an hour later, all signs of your having used the product are erased. The product is smooth and even again as though untouched, albeit with a slightly lower level. It’s kind of cool actually.
To use the product, I scooped it out and put it into my palm. The heat from my hands melted it a little and then I rubbed my hands together and rubbed it onto my face like a moisturizer. You can’t really add little spots to the face, it just won’t work. But the primer worked really well once I applied it correctly. It filled in pores and left me with a smooth base canvas to work with. It does require a moment to settle in and set in place. If you go in too early with your foundation it will get all mixed in and not work properly, so give it a moment to get settled before moving to your next step. Once I did that, I found I really liked it. While this primer is returning to the dressing table, it will be making many appearances in my future makeup bags. And really, if I hadn’t just gotten a new primer to try this week in my Ipsy bag, I would want to keep it around for a second week.
There were two powders in my makeup bag this week, one loose and one pressed. I used them both throughout the week. The loose powder was the Ciate London Everyday Vacay translucent setting powder. It has a coconut scent and I found myself craving macaroons every time I used it. The scent is not overpowering and unlike the regular Ciate setting powder there is no flash back with cameras. It leaves no real white cast and works well to set the foundation.
Mine is about halfway empty and I have to say I saw the powder for sale on BoxyCharm Add ons this month and added it to my cart so I have already repurchased this powder, which sort of tells you my opinion of it.
My pressed powder was one I had not tried before it is the No. 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder in Medium. I’ve always liked No. 7’s skin care, but I have never tried any of their makeup products. I am very glad I tried this and it is a definite repurchase. While it worked well with makeup, I also liked using it on my bare face for days I just didn’t really feel like bothering with much. It has just enough tint that it evened out my skin tone and it felt great on my face. If I was inside all day it lasted a long time with nothing but a setting spray over it. Outside it sweated off because it’s June in Tennessee. But I very much liked it and I am very pleased that I branched out.
While I am always happy to try branching out because I generally find new favorites that way, I have to say the SuperStay Ink Crayon from Maybelline is not going to be one of my forever favorites. I had high hopes because I tried and loved Maybelline’s liquid lip products which I believe are also from this line. Those hopes were not realized.
While the product applied easily and stayed in place all day, it made my lips feel waxy. It was oddly heavy on the lips as well. Overall not my favorite lip product. I may use it now and again, because I hate to feel wasteful, but this was not a good formula for me, I won’t be reaching for it often, and I won’t be repurchasing it. Maybelline has many other products I really like, this just isn’t one of them.
Because in the summer time I often like having just a gloss on my lips, I threw in the Thrive Causemetics Lip Gloss in Ashley. I really liked this. It looks as though it would be glittery, but it really isn’t. It has a little shimmer but it isn’t over the top. The formula isn’t sticky and I really liked using it. I mostly used it alone this week, but I think I might keep it in the makeup bag a second week and maybe try it over a matte lip to see how it performs.
Finally this brings us to the Kevyn Aucoin mascara. It is The Expert Mascara to be precise and it is one of my favorite formulas. It lengthens and gives a bit of volume without being too much for daily wear. I love the curve of the brush not only for applying to my upper lashes, but because the curve lets me get to the lower lashes more easily without making a mess. While the Marc Jacobs Mascara is my favorite date night going out kind of mascara. This is my favorite work day mascara. I really like using it and I will be keeping it in my Makeup Bag again this week.
So that was this week’s Make up bag and my thoughts on the various products I used. Overall not too shabby. Nothing horrific and I got to use a few favorites.
Next week I will be keeping both the Ciate Everyday Vaccay and the No. & powders in my bag. I will also be keeping the Kevyn Aucoin mascara and the thrive cosmetics lip gloss. This week I will also actually be using the Pretty Vulgar lid primer. Joining them will be the Laura Geller Spackle Mist, NYX Bare With Me Tinted skin veil, Dr. Brandt Luminizing primer, Nomad cosmetics highlighter, Benefit brow pencil, Tarte Park Avenue Princess contour palette, Doucce Eyeshadow palette, Betty Boop Blush, Jersey Shore cosmetics lip balm, Il Makiage liquid lip and a Disney Villains lipstick. It should be a fun week. Stay tuned.