The Daily: August 11th, 2021

Well my darlings, today I avoided the gym and braved the walking trail instead. The reason being the drastic number of increased cases in my area. And the fact that even though my gym has reinstated their masking policy, very few people are following it and it isn’t really being enforced.

Plus I’ve seen how perfunctory some of my fellow gym members are when wiping down equipment. So I decided the walking trail it would be. I went a little before ten this morning and thought, this won’t be too bad.

It kind of was.

I tried to get a few things done before going on the walk and it was a bad idea. I think I am going to have to get up, wash my face, put on sunscreen and go for the walk first thing until I go back to the gym. The heat actually wasn’t that bad but I was soaked by the time I got back to the house. Clothes went directly into the washing machine so they didn’t stink up the closet via the laundry basket. There was an impromptu laundry run post walk. Well post shower actually. I cooled down a bit, took the shower and then ran the laundry. Even though I can’t run the laundry every day I think my walking clothes are going directly into the machine post walk. So we again shuffle the schedule a bit until the numbers drop and the gym gets its act together.

But at least I got the walk in.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna Beach

Blush: Billion Dollar Beauty Blush in Amour

Highlighter: Billion Dollar Beauty Highlighter in Mystic

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Brows: Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade in Taupe

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

  • still currently on sale

Eyeshadow: RealHer Dreams so Big Eyeshadow Duo paired with Moon Eyeshadow From Billion Dollar Beauty

Lips: Zoeva Powerful Lip Twist in Rhea

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Facial Spray

Necklace from the Rachel Zoe Collection

I am actually really pleased with the way things turned out today, look wise. I think the neutral look of everything else really should have been paired with a stronger lip, but I wanted to test out the Zoeva Lip Twist. When I did the swatch with the product, the tip bend because it was a really soft formula. Even though I was gentle in applying it, the tip fell completely off within seconds of being touched to my lip. It does have a sharpener on the end, but I didn’t use it. I rolled out the product so a little flat edge was above the tube and used it that way. It applied well in that instance and I think because of the softness of the formula, I will not actually sharpen it. I will just roll up the product a little bit at a time and use it that way. I actually like the color. It is a nude that I can wear without my lips completely disappearing into my face, which is a nice shade to have. If you use this product though, be aware it is very soft. It applies creamy though and lasts for quite a while. It wears off like a moisturized bullet lipstick formula but it doesn’t flake, it doesn’t actually dry down enough to flake. So plan to reapply after lunch.

The second item that is new to me is the eyeshadow Duo from RealHer. The shades are Imagine and Ambition. One is essentially a matte brown and the other a rosy shimmer. I liked how they performed. The matte applied well and blended easily. It did crease a little bit towards the end of the day, but I do have hooded eyes and I didn’t use a lid primer. The shimmer was okay with a dry brush but better with a wet brush. I really like this quad and would definitely consider taking it with me on my travels in place of a larger palette. I would add concealer to my lids before using it again though. I don’t think it needs a full on lid primer, but a little help from concealer might help stop the minor end of day creasing.

I did add a touch of Moon to brighten up the corners. I would add that to the travel bag as well. The Moon Shadow and the Brow Pomade may be my favorite Billion Dollar Beauty Products. actually think the Brow Pomade may be my favorite brow product at the moment. It is in my BDB magnetic palette right now. While I love the palette and frequently use the mirror on it, I think I am going to move the brow pomade out of the kit. I put it too close to the highlighter and now it has a smattering of dust on it. I think that as soon as my NARS sample sized bronzer is empty, I may use that as a single container for the Brow Pomade as it is just the right size for a single pan.

At the moment have a full finger tips worth of pan showing in the NARS. Now that the pan is showing it seems to be going quickly. I don’t know why I find that oddly fulfilling but I do.

The Farsali setting spray is almost to the half way point. It is sparkly, it is in a lovely glass bottle, but I don’t really care for the scent and I don’t think it performs terribly well. It performs well enough that I’ll use it up, but it isn’t something I will repurchase. I think that fact is highlighted more by the fact that every other product I used today is one that I would repurchase. And that includes the so soft Zoeva. Once you accept that the tip will break off and apply with the flat side, it is a good lip product. As is everything else I used today.

Actually I have been trying not to use my No 7 powder so much so that I can clear out some of the other products in my collection. It is hands down my favorite powder, drug store or otherwise. I think part of it is the formula and part of it is that the tones of the Medium really suit my skin tone. The tan may deepen or fade depending on the time of year, but the No 7 goes with the tone of it really well. I just need to work on using up and clearing out some other products.

And because I am trying to mention my jewelry as well, the necklace is from the Rachel Zoe Collection. I picked it up at TJ Maxx actually. I have a weakness for thin chains with a small charm on them. This one was just flashy enough for me. I actually quite like it. And with that, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your day is fantastic.



The Daily: July 28th, 2021

When you start on a healthy lifestyle plan, especially if the plan involves losing weight, there are a few basic habits that you get into. One of them is frood planning. In general I am pretty good at this. I plan my food for the week and have one healthy snack option lined up for the day to combat cravings.

The problem is that for the past year, my meetings have predominantly been taken over the phone or on the computer. I didn’t have to drive across town to a meeting and worried about getting delayed and hungry along the way. And so when I had a meeting scheduled for today I completely spaced about throwing a protein bar in my bag so that if I was hungry by the time my meeting ended I could nosh on it instead of getting pulled in by the long like of drive-thru restaurants on the way from the meeting to the house.

Plus I forgot breakfast. And my meeting ran long. I did get in my workout before the meeting, which while good, sadly added to the issue.

It was the perfect storm.

I ended up with a container of medium fries from McDonald’s.

And let me tell you…It was delicious!

I can’t even remember the last time I had french fries. They weren’t what I planned, but they were very much appreciated.

This meeting was a bit strange actually. I think people have gotten out of the habit of meeting in person and haven’t quite made the mental switch to remembering that everyone else isn’t on the other side of the screen.

Although trust me, it would have been nice to have a mute button.

So the workout was done, and extra calories were consumed. Tomorrow I’ll tack on a little extra to my workout to make up for it. For now I am just happy to cool off for a bit.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer

Foundation: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation

Blush/Bronzer/highlight: The Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio from Real Her

Powder: ABH Setting powder

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Lips: Bodyography lip pencil in Rosewood with YSL Lip Gloss over it

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Facial Mist

I know, some of you are looking at the list and thinking I forgot to put eyeshadow down. I didn’t. Today I just dusted a bit of blush over my lids and trusted my mascara to distract from the lack of eyeshadow. I think the Marc Jacobs had quite enough pop on it’s own.

And in case you are wondering, this is the post meeting and drive across town while eating french fries look. I started with my hair down, it was too hot so on the way home I twisted it up in the back with a clip. I added more lip gloss before the picture was taken.

Quite frankly I am impressed everything wasn’t sweated off my face. The back of my shirt was damp when I got home but the make up was in tact. Partial credit I will give to both Benefit and Tom Ford but I have to say, I think the ABH setting powder deserves a bit of credit. It locked everything down and even though it looked a little powder when I left for my meeting, the powdery look disappeared once the sun hit my skin. I may not be able to count on that in the winter, but it was a big help today.

If you are looking to stock up for fall the sale is still going on at Marc Jacobs Beauty. The Velvet Noir is on sale for $17.50 (that’s what I’m wearing today and it is consistently one of my favorite mascaras.)

In addition Benefit Cosmetics also has a sale going on. It started yesterday and runs through August 13th. If you are looking to stock up on Benefit products now is certainly the time. The link below will take you to the sale. Happy shopping!

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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 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: November 13th, 2020

The Makeup Bag Used November 7th – 13th

Welcome to the weekly makeup bag post, where I let you know all about the products I chose t use this week.  There were some repeats this week and there were some new products.  Over all it was a pretty interesting mix.

My foundation product this week was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC cream.  I’ve used it before and I thought I had only one more week left in the tube.  I’m pretty sure I have a third week left in it so while it was used, it was not yet used up.  I really like this formula.  It is a my skin but better look that feels like nothing and lasts all day.  It is one that I will be repurchasing once it is empty and I’ve cleared out a few more products from my dressing table. I will probably keep it around this week again just so that I can finish it out.  I don’t want a mostly empty tube to get lost in the bottom of the drawer.  Plus I really liked it, so it isn’t a hardship to have another week with the foundation.

As you may recall from the eyeshadow post yesterday, my eyeshadow this week was a collection of Maybelline singles.  The cream color tattoo shadows were fantastic, the Expert wear shadow was basic, didn’t blend terribly well and only lasted about six hours and the Color strike stick was a complete waste. So the eyeshadow actually ran the gamut.  The Color Strike I dropped into my empties bin as soon as I finished writing up the eyeshadow post yesterday.  It was a relief to pitch it and know it is not lurking with my other singles eyeshadows and giving them bad ideas.

This week I had another Maybelline product in my bag.  I picked it up on a whim during my last venture out of the house and I have to say I really enjoyed using it this week.  It is the Cheek Heat cream blush.  It was really easy to work with.  I was able to sheer it out to just a light pink or build it up to a hardier blush.  As my Foundation was a barely there foundation this week the sheered out version was absolutely fantastic for me.  I like that I can play around and decide what to do with it.  That was fun. It is a product I will keep around and reach for often.

This week the Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour palette remained.  I used the two lightest shads as pressed powder and then used the darker shades as bronzer.  It worked really well for me.  I am glad I kept it out a second week running but as much as I like seeing the pretty palette out on my shelf, I will be putting it back in the drawer this week so that I can use something else. Oddly enough, I think this palette is now only available as it is in one of Tarte’s Vault collections. All of the products are still available, they have just been repackaged into several different forms.

My highlighter this week was the K Voss Shine on stick.  It was a creamy stick highlighter and came to me via my Petit Vour box. I will admit, at first it scared me a bit.  When I applied it, the product looked like an orange stripe.  Then I blended and the highlighter turned into a warm golden glow.  It was subtle and quite beautiful. It did not remain a bright orange stripe, for which I was grateful.  While I started out nervous about it, I ended up loving it and will be returning it to the makeup drawer to be pulled back for another round.

There are a few things that were in this week’s make up bag that will not be returning to the dressing table.  The first is the Wander Beauty Mile High Mascara.  While it was a nice mascara, it isn’t my favorite from Wander Beauty. Personally, I really like the Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara.  This one was just good but not as good as the Unlashed, at least in my opinion.  The Unlashed mascara is really good, but no one seems to mention it while they rave about the Mile High.  Perhaps it is just my take on the two. 

However, this mascara has been opened for six months and I have used it repeatedly over that time. Clearly I don’t mind using it, I just prefer the other.  And now that I have finished this, I can open the currently unopened Unlashed Mascara from Wander Beauty that is in my dressing table.  So yeah, go me!  There is really very little product left in the tube so clearly I felt good using it and now, I feel good about letting it go.

I am a little sad to be letting the Fast Base concealer from Revolution go.  It was a good product and I really enjoyed using it.  The fact that it is a $3 concealer and puts several more expensive ones to shame didn’t hurt.  But there is no more concealer to be found in the tube.  There may be residue on the inside that makes it look like there is more product, but no there is not. I can turn and click all I want but no product issues forth.  Alas poor Fast Base, we knew ye well. I’m pretty sure another one will be picked up in the future.

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

This week I set aside my Timeless HA spray and chose a small trial sized setting spray from my dressing table collection.  I went with the Fix it up Matte Setting spray from Kokie. 

It sprays well. It smells like paint and gave me a headache if I sprayed it without opening the bathroom door, but it did lock my makeup into place all day.  So it works well, but it really is like shellac to the face. It keeps the paint in place but there is nothing skin care beneficial about it. Now to be fair, they actually make no skin care claims. They just call it a setting spray and claim that is keeps makeup in place. which it does, really well. I think because I just came off using a setting spray that had skin care benefits and smelled like cucumber water from the spa, it was just a rough transition.

I will keep it in rotation until it is used up, although I can’t say I will happily reach for it, because of my darlings, the fumes, such headaches. But I will use it until it is gone and then never repurchase it again.

I also used the Huda Beauty Lip pencil in Trophy Wife and the Real Her eyebrow pencil.  I loved both and would happily keep them in my dressing table and into my make up bag rotation. I am actually starting to be really impressed by Real Her products. I have a face palette (blush Bronzer and highlight) that I have used of theirs that is actually starting to show the metal indents of the pan underneath. which is really rare with me. And the Huda Beauty is just a super creamy formula that makes me want to pick up several lip liners. The Trophy Wife is a good pinkish color. And actually I need to reevaluate all of my lip liners as I am using them more. I recently watched a Lisa Eldridge You tube Video called Makeup tips for Happy lips. So amazing.

I love my bright lipsticks but as the corners of my mouth turn down a little the darker shades make me look a little sad or mad. The video shows a super quick and easy tip for correcting this and I have been playing around with it a bit. I found lip liners really helped me pull off the trick and it also made me realize that most of my lip liners are in similar shades, so I really need to start filling in the gaps and matching some of my favorite shades of lipstick a little better. This weekend, a list will be made. For now we move on. Although i highly recommend checking out her video (linked above).

As my Black cream eyeshadow from Maybelline doubled as my eyeliner this week, I think we have actually reached the end of the makeup bag. There was some good, some bad, some forgotten treasures and some dear friends we must bid farewell until repurchase time. Overall, a pretty good mix. I can’t wait to see what happens next week. Have a good Friday everyone and I’ll see you back here this afternoon for the Friday Facemask.

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The Make Up Bag: September 4th, 2020

The Makeup Bag used August 29 – September 4th,2020

This week I had a very light make up bag.  Don’t get me wrong, I pulled a lot of things that I just didn’t end up using.  The reason I ended up not using them was mostly due to both the foundation product and the eye shadow palette I chose. Before I get into that, I do want to mention the makeup bag itself. As those of you routinely reading this know, I have a subscription to IPSY. With each month a new makeup bag is delivered.

At the moment I am alternating using them and deciding which ones I want to keep and which to give away. The goal is to only keep the ones I like using and get rid of the ones I don’t. Also there is a Kusshi makeup bag I’ve been eyeing for a while as I think it would be perfect for my everyday use and I can’t justify purchasing a makeup bag when I have a drawer crammed full of bags I don’t use.

KUSSHI

So, I am undertaking the methodical clearout before purchase. The bag featured above will be staying. I like the way that it opens wide and because it has no real internal supports I can open it wide. I will be keeping it more for travel than everyday use though. The lack of internal support is great when packing, as is the quilted interior and it is a good bag to keep with the luggage. I need a bag with a little stiffer structure to it for everyday use so items don’t spill out all over my bathroom.

So in the end a good bag I am keeping, but not for everyday use. So on to the products.

The foundation I used was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC2 Cream.  While it is an excellent product, it is very light coverage.  It took away my red spots and covered my dark spots.  It made my skin look like skin only better.  I really liked it but because it was so light coverage, I found myself not wanting to reach for the more pigmented lip products I chose for the week. 

The Hey Honey cc Cream and the Cargo Palette

Even though I pulled several new lip products to try out I ended up reaching for my OFRA liquid lip in the shade Passadena which is a nice neutrally pink that goes with pretty much everything and my Perricone, MD No lipstick lipstick which is essentially a lip balm with the barest tint of color.

I did use the Banana Bright Face Primer from OLEHENRCICKSEN this week though and I absolutely loved it. It smelled fantastic and sat well under both my Hey Honey CC Cream and my Volition Sunscreen.

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While it is a brightening primer, it is not a dewy skin sort of primer.  It doesn’t give your skin that dewy/wet look.  It is still a mostly matte primer, it just sort of brightens the darker spots to help even your skin tone out.  Working with the CC cream it was fantastic.  The primer also felt really hydrating on the skin.

Lip swatches, the Ofra is at the top and the Perricone, md is below

It also smells like banana flavored candy.

Which I kinda liked.

The Cargo Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette I wrote a post on which the link will take you to.  The simple break down is that the shadows are a good quality and easy to work with but the shade range of the palette means that it is really limited.  It would be good for a quick office look when you don’t have much time to get ready in the morning, but it is ultimately kind of boring. If putting it into a makeup bag I would add a couple of extra single shadows to back it up.

My blush, bronzer and highlight all came from the Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette.  Because it is small and I currently keep it with much smaller palettes I tend to forget about it as it hides in the shadows.  Which is a shame because each time I take it out I realize just how much I really like it.

I enjoy using all three products in the palette.  They work well for me.  As I am currently at my darkest skin tone of the year, the blush is a little on the lighter end of the spectrum for me, but still workable.  The blush I like better when my skin is a little lighter.  What I like about this trio is that I could go as light or as dark as I wanted with the products.  It is easy to apply just a little bit.  Usually I build it up, but this week with the light coverage CC Cream on my skin, light was the way to go, and this Real Her trio delivered. 

I really do need to find a better place to keep it though because I do want to use it more.  It is one of those gems that I tend to forget I own until; I am reminded of and then I really enjoy using and wonder how I could have possibly forgotten.  Although I am starting to see the dim outline of the pan in the bronzer and blush so clearly I don’t forget it that much. 

palette and brow pencil

The reason I remembered that I had the Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette from Real her this week was because I was trying out the real her eyebrow pencil.  It is a very thin pencil and has a spoolie on the other end.  The pencil is a little stiff getting started.  It is not a terribly creamy product which took some getting used to.  However it is a good shade match for me and I really like the precision point. 

Once it got going it was a decent enough eyebrow pencil.  Would I go out and repurchase it?  Probably not.  I will however use it until it is gone.  If nothing else it prompts me to remember the very excellent Cheek trio Palette. So while not my favorite brow product it works well enough and I will keep it around until it is used up.

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One product I won’t be keeping around is the Brown eyeliner by Antonym.  I was very excited as this is a clean brand and I was also happy that Petit Vour includes some makeup products in the box as well as skin care. This however was not for me.  I’m sure it is partially because I am used to using either liquid liners of gel pencils but I did not like using this pencil liner. 

It was hard and it felt like I was jabbing my eyes out.  It took a lot of effort to get the pigment on and I had a really hard time getting a smooth line.  Oddly enough when I tried it on my hand it glided smoothly over the skin and left a deep brown line.  When I went to put it on my eyes, it didn’t. 

The only thing I can think of is that I tilt the pencil more when testing on my hand and use the point more when applying to my eyes. It did apply better when I tilted it a bit and used the side of the pencil, but then the line was too thick.  I have slightly hooded eyes and using the side just put too thick a line for me. I did wear it like that for a day, but the brown faded down fairly quickly and was mostly gone by the time I went to remove my make up at night.  I am very sad as I needed a brown liner and I really wanted to try incorporating more clean beauty products into my dressing table. Unfortunately, this will not be one of them.

This week I used the gifted mascara from Tarte and I loved it just as much as I did the last time I used it.  This and Maneater might be my favorite Tarte Mascaras. It defined my lashes and really treated them well without being overblown on the low makeup looks the other products were creating.

Last but certainly not least are my powders.  I am happy to say that I finally finished my Ciate London Everyday Vacaay Coconut Scented loose translucent powder. T was an excellent powder and I enjoyed using it.  I do have a back up already stashed in my dressing table, but I will not be opening it for a while. 

While I liked it, I am about coconutted out for the time being.  The scent isn’t strong it is just that this was the summer of the coconut scented products and I need a little break.  Next week, I’ll have a different powder. But I am pleased that I used it up.  It always gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I use a product up in it’s entirety.

Its weird but the sight of the empties makes me happy. And sometimes a little sad.  But still like I accomplished something.

I had a sample of the Mac Studio Fix Pressed powder plus foundation in my makeup bag this week. I used it to help darken the slightly too light Hey Honey CC cream.  It worked well as a powder.  I don’t think I would use it as a foundation powder as it seemed more of a pressed powder product.  A really god pressed powder product but still not a foundation powder. 

Perhaps that could be because of the size.  It is after all only about the size of a quarter.  Perhaps with a full size I could better evaluate it.  I will say from the sample I would be willing to give the fill size a try.  It might not work as a foundation but it was a very good pressed powder.  While I will keep it in my dressing table and circle it back through, I am very much looking forward to using a regular sized pressed powder this week instead of the Lilliputian sample.

This week I forgot to add a setting spray to my makeup bag.  I got so used to having the Revolution Spray around that I simply didn’t think to grab one.  However I did have Timeless Skincare send several products to me, one of which was a spray that can be used as a setting spray.  It is more skin care than most setting sprays so I may have to look into a few details, but I think I will be incorporating it in my make up bag for a while.  As it is skin care it should be an interesting addition.

But that is for next week.  This week is complete. 

I pulled more lip products to use, but never got around to using them.  I also pulled a concealer but likewise never touched it.  While I have a couple of foundation products I want to try out I also have the QMS tinted moisturizer to use.  I suspect it will be as low key as the Hey Honey and will lend itself to a no makeup look.  So what I think I am going to do is put a regular foundation into the bag next week and use the QMS the following week.

Mostly because I want to try out an eyeshadow palette that looks to be more on the brighter side and I really want to use some of my newer lip products. I will be packing my makeup bag later this evening so I’ll see then how I feel about the foundation products then.

As my cousin (who adores the QMS tinted moisturizer) is eagerly awaiting my thoughts on it, there is always the possibility of a switch up. So we shall see. For now it is back to work for me.  I’m still trying to play catch up from the giant monkey wrench tossed into my week by the bank kerfuffle so I will be hard at work and eagerly anticipating my Friday afternoon Masking break. Also as there are too many Labor Day sales to actually cover in a regular post I will be posting a Labor Day Sales post later this afternoon covering all the sales you might want to look into this weekend. If you aren’t shopping, no worries just skip it, if you are looking to stock up and trying to find the best price,tune in. So until then my darlings, have a great Friday.

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Reviewing the Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio

The plastic is made to look like marble

I love palettes.  I like shadow palettes where I have an array of colors to choose from and I really like face palettes. Don’t get me wrong, I am sometimes very annoyed with palettes, for example when I get a blush palette where three shades are presented but only one works on my skin I feel rather irked. Best case scenario with that is that I use one down to pan and lament the waste of the others.

The Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter cheek Trio (retail $28) is the type of palette I like.  It is essentially a compact with a blush a bronzer and a highlighter. Surprisingly, I like all three.  I heard of Real Her as a company before, but had never tried any of their products before.  I think I may have to investigate some of their others.

When it arrived, I first looked at the blush as a little too light for me.  It looked a little on the pink side. Still, I tried it and I found that it is  a light, buildable formula. It is not a super pigment where one dab with the brush puts clown circles on your cheeks for the rest of the day. (You can see in the swatches below none of the products are super pigmented but all three are buildable.) And if the blush looks a little too light, it is easy to use the bronzer to adjust it a little bit. While the highlighter is bright, it too also blends down.

one swipe with the finger

I think that might actually be the strength of this palette.  It is not meant for a full on high glamour look.  It is meant for everyday wear-ability. They are soft colors that would be appropriate for the office or running errands. Personally, this is what I like.  Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments of high glam, but for everyday looks, I like my face make-up to not be the first thing you notice about me. I don’t want to walk into a room and have someone say, ‘Wow that’s a highlight.’ I want them to say, ‘Wow you look good’.

I will admit I have been using the recent stay at home orders to go a little crazy with both eye and lip colors. Partially because it perks me up after watching too much news and partially because I have a couple of Stila liquid glitter shadows that are edging towards the end of their life span. They tend to dry out after a time once they are opened whether you use them or not, so I am trying to get as much use out of them as possible.

In doing this, I find I really like having a softer daily face so I have been using this palette a lot.  The pans have little divots on the side so I’m not sure if the pans are replaceable or not.  It looks like they ought to be, but I couldn’t easily pry them out without damaging the product so I will need to wait until at least one of them is empty to find out.  I didn’t see any replacement products offered on the site though which has me concerned. 

It would be a shame if it weren’t reusable as it is such sturdy plastic with such a nice mirror.  I will say that the white marble look of the plastic might not be the best for the interior.  As you can see, especially around the bronzer area, the product has stained the plastic. I’m sure with a disinfectant wipe I could get it clean again though. And to be honest, the pan sizes aren’t that unusual so even if Real Her doesn’t have replacement pans, I’m sure I could fit other products in and keep using the palette. Provided I can get the older pans out. 

But that is a problem for another time.  For now, I am enjoying using this palette for my general everyday looks and anticipating using it for lighter makeup looks throughout the summer. Where I live, glam looks tend to melt off the face within ten seconds of stepping outside once Mid May arrives often making the look a waste of product and time for everyday life.  That makes me doubly glad to have this in my collection.


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