For the past two weeks or so I have been using The Balm and the Beautiful Episode 1 Eyeshadow Palette from The Balm. The Balm is a make up brand I have used for years. Their Bahama Mama Bronzer was my go to for a long time and I like the formulas for their eyeshadow. It is an interesting formula actually. But we’ll get to that in a minute. For me the trick with The Balm is getting the right palette. I have one palette that is all mattes. I have a face palette that includes a few eyeshadows.
For me, this was the right mix of mattes and shimmers and all in a new Clean and Green package. There is no mirror and the packaging can be completely recycled. Inside there are eight shadows, Four are mattes and four are shimmers. Over all it is a neutral palette, but there is quite a bit of interest about it.
The first row has a matte shade on either end and two shimmers in the middle. Even though the rows are mixed I am going to talk about the mattes first and then the shimmers. The two mattes in this row are Cut and Makeup Artist. On my skin Makeup artist matches my skin well enough that it goes away completely. It can be used as a blending shade but not alone. On the other hand Cut is a shade I could easily wear on it’s own. Over all the mattes are well chosen. There is a white and and a much darker brown in the lower row (Chick Flick, and Cliff Hangar)Together the four mattes alone are a good mix of tones for creating several different neutral looks.
When you dip in, the mattes feel a bit powdery but if you tap off your brush before application there is no problem with fall out. While the top row is lighter and the second row darker, all of the shades apply lighter than you would think. They are buildable however. Personally i like this as it gives me more control. I am not a huge fan of high pigment right out of the gate. I really prefer to be able to choose how deep i want my colors. These shades blend really well also. I tended to apply the mattes and then reach for a clean brush to blend. then if I wanted to apply the shimmers I did so after blending the mattes.
In the second for the two shimmers are on the left and the mattes on the right. With the shimmers, they swatched really well. They applied tolerably well with a dry brush, better with a wet brush (sprayed with a little setting spray) and fabulously well with a finger tip. One in place they stayed in place with no glittery cheek dusting. If I tried blending them with the mattes then the shimmer got lost in the mattes. So what I ended up doing was applying the mattes, blending to where I wanted them, applied the shimmer and then with a separate clean brush blended them around the edges. I found this worked best for me. To be honest that was the only ‘difficult’ part of this palette.
I really enjoyed using it and suspect I will reach for it often. It has a good mix of shades in both mattes and shimmers. While it is neutral it is not a boring neutral. It has enough difference between the shades for it to be interesting to use over a longer period of time. It has shades I like wearing as a one and done and each shadow blends well with the others.
I know this is a rarity for me, but I honestly have nothing bad i can say about this palette. I thoroughly enjoyed using it, will enjoy using it again and love that the packaging is fully recyclable. With The balm and the Beautiful, The Balm has a hit.
While not a review, I thought it might be of interest to you to see what I am putting in my travel makeup bag and why. During my daily makeup posts I tend to rotate through makeup, but when I travel I tend to pick reliable products that can fit into a small makeup bag, especially when it is a weekend trip. While this isn’t exactly a fun getaway, it is travel. The only thing I left out of the makeup bag is mascara. The reason is that this trip is for a memorial service and there will be many tears shed. At the moment I have yet to pick up a waterproof mascara so I am leaving my mascara behind and will either pick up a waterproof mascara at the drug store or go without.
When traveling I generally find it a good idea to stick to products that don’t spill and I try to reduce the possible breakage component by sticking to cream products so they feature heavily in this bag.
This time I am starting with the Kristopher Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick. It has traveled with me for quite some time. It is my old reliable. I’m still not certain of the status of the company. I know that the main website shut down after massive sales and now it is available at walmart. It is a fantastic foundation, I just don’t know if it will be replaced once it runs out. I may actually scoop up one more for travel purposes because it is really hard to beat this stick formula. Plus I don’t have to worry about foundation bottles breaking. But if the company has gone under I won’t stock up, I’ll just work on finding a new travel fave.
The primer I am taking with me is the Tatcha Silk canvas Primer. It is a fantastic pore filling primer that locks in my makeup for as long as I end up wearing it. As I have no idea how long I will be in makeup this weekend I thought it would be a good product to choose.
I didn’t bother with a highlighter, but you may notice a tiny round pot with a gold lid and a pink bow on it. I know, it looks like an eye cream, however it is actually a sample size of the Ciate London Extraordinary powder. It came in an IPSY bag a while back and to be honest, I have refilled it a couple of times. For a weekend it is all the powder I need. I will be adding the powder puff from the Kim Chi Powder to my makeup bag to use with it.
For eyeshadow I am taking The Balm and The Beautiful Palette from The Balm. It is the one I’ve been playing with recently. I really like the formulas and the ease of application and it is a compact size that fits in the bag. So since it was already out, I went ahead and added it to the makeup bag. I will have the full review of the palette up next week, I simply didn’t get a chance to finish it this week.
I added a Marcelle eyebrow pencil because I like it and it has a spoolie on the end so I don’t have to worry about adding secondary brow products (like a brush) into the bag. And then we have the lips.
I’ll be honest, i don’t think I have ever traveled with just one lip product in my life. To this bag I added my favorite MAC neutral in Bated Breath. I also added a Trestique lip crayon in case I wanted a slightly darker product. I added the Yensa Lip oil in case I felt like shine, or only a glossy lip with no lipstick and I chose an assortment of lip pencils. Some match the lip products others stand alone. For this bag I chose, UOMA, Persona Cosmetics, Bodyography, Huda Beauty and Real Her. I figure they are all relatively neutral and all have slightly different formulas. I plan to choose whichever one appeals at the right moment. And more than anything I like having a variety of lip products to choose from. Oddly enough in out of control situations it can sometimes make me feel like I am in control by making a decisive decision as to what lip product to wear. As it is a weekend where I can control nothing and can only deal with whatever happens, having that one tiny bit of control, really does help me mentally balance. Even if having seven lip products in the bag does seem a little extra.
Sometimes it isn’t abut what you actually wear.
And so that my darlings, is the makeup bag I will be traveling with this weekend and why I chose the products included.
Good afternoon my darlings, I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was …not so great. We had an unexpected death in the family and are dealing with the shock and sadness. This Friday we are driving down to deal with the more physical things. It will mean that Friday’s schedule will be thrown out of whack, but the rest of the week should be fairly normal. The photos may feature puffy eyes a bit more this week, but I am going on with the posts. Mostly because it helps to actually do normal things. As I am several states away I can only do e-mail notifications and phone calls instead of being on the scene, so to speak, so focusing on doing some normal things kind of helps.
As do longer walks, which honestly is more for deep breathing and escape than exercise.
I am very happy that I got into the habit of walking well before now because it really helps to have that physical escape. As for food, well the meal plan is a bit shaky. I made the stuffed peppers as I planned, but had no appetite last night. I ended up eating cinnamon raisin toast with a bit of butter. I think that is going to be played by ear as well. I’m certain at some point my appetite will come roaring back and I will deal with that, but sometimes life just is what it is.
While I did put on makeup today I am suspecting that the mascara was a really bad idea and may be left off of the rest of the week. I also discovered I have no waterproof mascara and will need to pick some up before the weekend. So…
The Embryolisse provided much needed extra moisture this morning when I applied my makeup as my skin felt a bit salt dried. I like the pre make up base in general, but today it was a stand out assist.
When I started to put on makeup today my first thought was to test the Saint Luxe Liquid Glow. As the last two foundations I tried out had a bit of an illuminating effect I wanted to see how it worked with a matte product. As I started choosing my products however I ended up thinking about travel. I will be going out of town this coming weekend and my mind automatically drifted towards what would travel well. The Trestique, Tatcha and Illamasqua were no brainers. The Trestique has been my travel bronzer choice for several years now actually. There is the possibility that the Illamasqua gel blusher and Tatcha Primer will join them as they both have formulas that travel well and look good for long periods of time.
I took out the Kristopher Buckle Foundation stick because I do love the formula and wanted to see if it was still the right shade for my current skin tone. I don’t reach for it as often a I used to because I am not sure about the status of the company. I always used to buy these from the KB website. Now the only place i can find them for sale is Walmart. So I am nit sure what happened there and when I have some time I need to do a deep dive. If the brand is still around I will continue purchasing this foundation stick as it is a really nice product and it travels well. It is a creamy stick formula that glides easily without being too stiff and blends like a dream.
The Saint Luxe Liquid Glow that I specifically wanted to try out with different products today is proving to be more of a soft glow than an actual highlighter. I really like it, but it is far more subtle a glow than most of my highlighters. As I really don’t like a lot of bright highlights, it is actually quite nice for me. It is just a subtle hint of glow on the high points of the face. Which is perfect for office and meetings even if it isn’t all that dramatic.
The Blinc Mascara I went light on today but any mascara was really a mistake today. And I did trim my bangs over the weekend which means I should have picked out an eye brow product since you can actually see my eyebrows again, but I forgot. (I also fell asleep with wet hair so my bangs look even more uneven than they should). I actually have several eye brow pencils to test out. I go in phases with my brows. If my bangs are short I will use product, if my bangs are long enough that you can’t see them then I just use a spoolie to comb through them. And then I tend to reach for my favorite Billion Dollar Beauty Brow Pomade instead of trying out the accumulated brow pencils I keep telling myself I need to try out or pass on. It is a great formula, but I need to try out the pencils just to decide if they are staying or not.
This eyeshadow from The Balm is proving fantastic. It applies well and blends well. It is moderately pigmented but buildable. For me that is perfect. I feel I have more control than I do with some highly pigmented formulas.
Finally I am continuing my process of working through my lip liners and I went with bodyography. It is a traditional pencil and creamier than I remembered. It lines really well but was a little thin for filling in. In the end it worked well. It is slightly drying so I did find myself applying lip balm over it. I’m rather liking the color. So that is nice.
It was a fairly simple look with an eye more towards planning a travel makeup bag than anything else. Today it worked for me. Although there will be a trip to the drug store for waterproof mascara. If anyone has any suggestions I’d be happy to hear them. I generally don’t use waterproof mascara and honestly haven’t purchased it in several years.
I know this week won’t be the perkiest of Dailies, but writing them gives me a small window of normality in an otherwise chaotic week, so thanks for putting up with me this week. I hope the rest of your Monday runs smoothly.
Good afternoon my darlings. Have you ever had one of those days where you get up go through your morning routine and then as you sit down with your first cup of coffee look at your schedule so you can have a sense of your day? Today I did that, as I do most mornings. And my schedule looked clear.
It looked like smooth uninterrupted desk work for the duration of the day. Which was nice. I had a lot of work to get done and it was nice to have a long stretch of time in which to do it. I then looked at the weather and saw that it was going to be sunny today and I might actually be able to chance a walk and at least see if the flood waters have receded from the walking trail.
Then the work day started. Given that I was going to be on my own, sans meetings today I was going to go makeup free. I settled into my desk thinking, ‘Maybe a nice moisturizing mask around lunch time would be a good idea.’ I had a vision for my day.
Then I looked at my e-mail. And found there were several unexpected meetings, some requiring video. Now I know loads of people really want to see the people they are meeting with face to face, but the thing is, very little I do requires more than a phone conversation. I always spend the video calls taking notes and asking the occasional question for clarification. which is also what I do for regular phone calls, except that on a regular phone call you can’t tell I didn’t bother with makeup and might be wearing a face mask. Even if most of the call is people watching the top of my head as I write down notes.
Still against all odds, some people love video calls. So I hustled into a quick makeup look and made sure my hair was passably respectable. The earrings I chose because I like them and I am always interested to see if anyone notices the ‘hoops’ are actually octopus tentacles. Thus far no one has commented on them if they have noticed. But it amuses me. I do wish I remembered where I picked them up though. I really like them and I remember that there was a ring there I liked as well. It had an octopus head where the ring would be and then the tentacles wrapped decoratively around the finger. It was delicately done in an old gold look. I remember really wanting it but thinking that I couldn’t get away with it in the office (it was a very conservative office). And I never saw it again. I remember it striking me because it was very delicately done fine jewelry rather than the heavier steam punk sort of pieces that you usually see with octopus designs.
While I like a lot of the Steampunk stuff I am just an old school fan of Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was my absolute favorite, followed very closely by 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Both are books I highly recommend reading. The imaginative landscapes are just fantastic.
But no one noticed the earrings or at least they didn’t say anything. And my memory search for the maker of both the earrings and the ring remain.
In addition to the surprise meetings I also have an upcoming evening I forgot about. Because if you look at your calendars you will see that today is Cinco de Mayo. My babydoll and I are meeting a few friends on the patio of our favorite Mexican Place tonight. It’s a locally owned spot with wide open spaces and fantastic food. So that was a nice surprise to balance out the unexpected meeting surprises. So this is the look I threw together when I realized I would have to see people. I will probably change out the lips and put on a more festive shirt for tonight.
The name of today’s game was quick, easy and looking good for a work meeting. Which I managed I think. At least no one on my calls thought I was on my way to a clown convention, so that’s a good sign.
The Embryolisse made every thing apply extra easy. I put it on, then went rounding up products and tied up my hair. By the time that was done, I was ready to apply may makeup. The Touch in Sol primer I haven’t used in a while. No real reason other than it was on it’s side and rolled to the back of the drawer. It is a good primer. It blurs pores but isn’t pore filling and it is moisturizing without being glowy. It is neither matte nor brightening. It does have that silicone slippy feeling to it but i don’t mind that as long as it keeps the foundation from settling into my fine lines, which it does.
I went for the Yensa BC Foundation over the Serum Silk one I’ve been working with for the last two weeks because I did want a final comparison and Yes I do like the BC Foundation a little bit better. They are both great products, But this Skin on Skin formula is just my preference. I’ll still happily use them both, this is just the one I’d repurchase first.
The Trestique and Illamasqua are both easy reaches and beautiful products that I didn’t have to think about. which was the point today. They worked well with the face products underneath. And as I now have the hang of the Kim Chi powder I didn’t apply too much and things worked well. Given that the Yensa has a slight glow to it I didn’t bother with a highlighter. It just wasn’t needed.
The Balm palette was fantastic this morning when I reached for it. It applied easy, blended beautifully and I think looked good. I topped off the eyes with Stila mascara. It is getting low and will soon be empty. It is one that I will be replacing asap. (I’m doing a mascara inventory this weekend to see what products I have that I haven’t used before I repurchase though, but that is because I don’t like holding a lot of extra products.)
Then we get to the lips. I don’t know how evident this is, but I have been sorting through my odd collection of lip liners trying to figure out which ones I like, which ones I need to get rid of and what shades I am missing. Today I grabbed randomly and came up with the real her one. It is a retractable liner with a really nice point to it which makes it perfect for lining the lips. It is a but thin for filling the lisp in. Based on the color stripe on the end of the pencil I thought it was a deep berry almost burgundy shade. It was a lot brighter than I thought with much more pink tones. The formula is creamy and wears like a lipstick but i am not a huge fan of the color. I think I would wear this under a dark lipstick I wanted to brighten but it is too pink for me to wear on my own. It is a nice creamy formula though so I might keep Real Her in mind when filling out my lip liner shad range. I am just not a fan of the color.
And that was me today. I know, not the most fascinating of days, but at least when I sit down I will feel justified that I have certainly earned my margarita tonight. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Good afternoon my darlings. I hope all is going well with you today. As for me, my hair is a bit poofy again and there were some makeup issues, but we’ll get to that.
The park was still flooded and the fitness was all indoors. I sweated it out to YouTube videos. As it was more yoga than cardio there was sweating but I felt more stretched out and limber rather than completely sweated out. I know it is good for me and keeping everything limber is a good thing for life both now and in the future but I really do prefer the long walks. It takes up a lot of time, but I can use the time to sort out issues in my head or plan things. When I do yoga the only thing I tend to think is ‘I don’t think my body moves quite like that.’
well maybe that isn’t the only thing. I’m afraid I often think very mean thoughts about the instructors. They are all just a little too perky. It makes me think they are hiding something. Like a love of torturing overweight women and not telling them that they are double jointed and are missing a few vital organs and bones us normal people need to survive. I know it is just my fat getting in the way of certain movements but sometimes the things they do …
But I got through it. I’m still hoping that this week will miraculously erase the damage a month of issues added to my weight, but I am trying to maintain the workout without going crazily overboard in compensation. And yes I am a bit worried about stepping back onto the scale to confront the damage. I’ll be less focused on it once I see the numbers and then I’ll just let it go and deal with the damage. sorry to fixate, but at least it is a temporary fixation.
Okay this turned out to be mostly about the primer so we will just blaze through the other products. Yensa,. Illamasqua and buxom preformed beautifully. The Illamasqua gel blusher is rapidly rising to the top of my list of fave products and I am thinking about getting additional colors so I can play with it year round. The Yensa foundation I’ve been testing and my full review will be up in the morning.
I really like the Blinc mascara although today I sneezed when it was still wet and had to deal with the fall out. But a sneeze at the wrong time can mess up any mascara. It still turned out well. It does more or less require a waterprroof eye makeup remover to remove completely, even if it isn’t the waterproof version, so be aware of that when you use it.
The Huda Beauty lip liner was a bit sticky but I ended up putting chapstick over it and that took the stickiness out. And I am now getting the hang of how much of the Kim Chi setting powder to apply to prevent a powdery look and now I love it.
I love the way The Balm shadows worked today and I like the eye look I cam e up with.
The Saint Luxe Highlighter is subtle and disappeared in the face of the primer. I think it needs to be an all over glow or paired with a natural look and a tinted moisturizer.
And so to the primer. Even though I recieved this a while back I never got around to trying it out. For a while it was primer- palooza with subscription boxes and I ended up with a lot of new ones to try, I have several actually that I still need to try out. I decided that since I knew how this foundation worked I’d try a new primer.
This primer is the Dewy Skin Primer from Ciate. First I should have tried it with an all matte foundation. Second, I think I might have applied too much, not only is it dewy to the point of greasy looking it feels heavy on the skin. One of the reasons I like serum foundations is that they feel feather light The Yensa is easy to forget that I am wearing. I felt this primer. Now it is a first use so that could be user error. I also need to check the base of the foundation and primer because they didn’t really want to work together at all. I haven’t had problems with this foundation, but today there were problems.
There was a little separation so I think the formulas might not be compatible. I am going to have to do some label reading. This looked very patchy and uneven up close. I’m not sure f that translates in the photos or if it is just an in person thing. Regardless, I did not like the result and after about an hour of wear I washed my face and spent the rest of the day au natural.
In general I like Ciate products so I don’t mind giving this one another chance. This is also why I tend to test products for at least a week before I decide if I like them or not. sometimes things don’t go so well with the first trial run. Today was not a good first use. However there is always tomorrow.. I’ll just need to spend a little time with the ingredients list before my next use of this primer.
And that was it for me today. Luckily the rest of the day is just me working alone at my desk while the rain pelts down outside. I’m thinking of using this as a face mask opportunity.
Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has returned and the humidity level is high. As a result my bangs have decided that an 80s style poof is the way to go. They won’t get there without the help of a teasing comb a round brush and a boat load of Aqua Net, but they are trying. So I am doing my best to ignore them today.
I made no attempt to go outside. It was raining when I woke up, it rained through the morning and it is raining now. I’m trying to think of the fabulous germination my newly planted seeds are getting and less of the walk I will not be taking. It is the down side to building a walking trail in the flood plain. It rains, the trail floods. But I will not harp on it, even though I am still casting longing looks out of the window.
The reason it is so important is that I know on rainy days like this I always slack off a bit on my exercise. I tell myself to push hard, but I just know that I don’t push all that hard on days like today. In fact I don’t think I did much pushing in April, which is why the waist band of my jeans feels a little on the snug side. I have already accepted that on my first weigh in back I will have gained weight. I know everything got out of whack in April. I spent last week getting my meal plan back into alignment and this week I am ramping up the exercise.
Except today. Today I don’t think I pushed as hard as I could. I’ll be making up for it with lighter meals today, but I need to find something to keep me on track for the days when walking isn’t possible. Sadly I may have to go back to some sort of reward system. I had it in place for my initial weight loss plan then when i went to reward myself with something I wanted I found it was sold out and then I couldn’t think of a replacement so I let the system lapse. maybe I’ll keep the rewards in categories instead of specifics. A new pair of yoga pants instead of this specific pair of yoga pants. I think it was a pair of earrings that threw me last time. I saw this adorable pair of bumblebee earrings, but they were gone by the time I reached the reward point. nd then I didn’t see a pair I wanted. General may be the way to go on that. But that is something to figure out later. Maybe after dinner.
Okay today was a fun one. First off Love the embryolisse as a base. I apply it ten minutes before I apply anything else so my skin has time to absorb the cream in and everything just flows wetter with great hydrated skin and no cakey look to anything.
It really helped out the setting powder today as the air is so damp. between the humidity and the cream I needed the setting powder to dial back the shine. It did sort of counteract my test of dry products though. I use the Real Her Palette today because I wanted all powder face products and it was just easiest to grab.
Normally I use this more in the summer time because it goes so well with a light tinted moisturizer natural look, but it applied well today. Ideally though this is a natural look palette. It is well loved though. Pan is showing in all three of the products and I am hoping it will make it through the summer. I don’t think it will make it past this summer so I will probably be replacing it in the fall. it is fantastic with a tinted moisturizer.
It did work well with the Yensa. This is an easy foundation to use actually and I am really enjoying it. My full review will be up this Thursday as I finish out my review.
I am falling in love with this palette from the Balm. I applied the shade Cut and thought wow that is a great all over shade, but since I am seeing how they blend I went for the darkest shade Cliff Hanger and really like the way it blended. I then used the silver shimmer of Roll Credits and it looks great. I am personally loving today’s eye look. If it keeps performing this well during the rest of the test (it is only the second day) I might just have found one of my everyday go to palettes because this was easy to reach for and has workable shades. The trick will see if I still like it next week or if it becomes slightly boring. There is always a fine line with an everyday neutral palette. We’ll have to see where this end up, but I have my fingers crossed for it.
Today I also reached for the ease of the Trestique lip crayon. I love these. This is the Florentine fig and I reach for the color often which is why it is almost a nub. It is comfortable to wear, the crayon is refillable and while one side is a matte color, the other side has a lip balm to go over it if you want a bit of shine. I am really a fan of the formula. It wears a bit like a traditional lipstick though. It won’t dry down and it will wear off. It is very comfortable to wear though.
And that my darlings is me today. my bangs are misbehaving but I love my eye look. I’d be nice if I could get the hair and makeup to cooperate on the same day, but i will take what I can get. And today, the eyes have it.
This will not be the most dramatic declutter I have ever done. While I have an odd collection of single shadows and there are a few that I do reach for on a consistent basis such as the KVD Lolita, over all I don’t reach for single shadows much. I will use shadow duos though more often than I will reach for singles. I think it is because they look more substantial and I have a better chance of creating a look with a well paired set. The few single shadows I keep tend to either blend well with others or work well on their own.
But this isn’t about what I am keeping, but what is leaving me.
The first item leaving is actually a duo of shadows. It is the Mesmerizing Mineral Duo from Pixi by Petra. I had to think long and hard about this one. They are good shadows but they are both shimmers and both in shades of bronze. I know it is a mineral bronze duo, but the thing is, while I like the shades and would wear the shades I would need to pair them with something else. I know it sounds odd, but I really like my duos to work together. These are a darker and lighter shade of shimmery bronze. For me it doesn’t work as a pair and because of this I never reach for them. Luckily they are shades my mom will reach for often and so while they look relatively new I will clean them and send them to her to play with.
There are three single powder shadows that I am letting go of. The first I am so sad to see go. And truthfully the only reason that I am letting it go is because it is broken. And honestly, I may try to repress it just to keep it a little longer. It is the IBY Fire and Ice Lush Eyeshadow. In the pan it looks awful. It just looks muddy brown. On the lids it goes from brownish to shimmering green like a beetle’s back. It looks absolutely fantastic. I will try and press it, but I don’t know how well that will work and suspect it will still be making its way out of my collection.
The second powder is The Rundown from the What’s the Tea collection from The Balm. I like the shade it is like a brown with a purple-y tint to it. And I like the Balm shadows. If this were in a palette I would use it. But as a single shadow I just don’t find myself reaching for it. I suspect that I will end up purchasing the What’s the Tea? Palette at some point, because I like a lot of the shades, but I just am not reaching for this and I think it should be passed on.
And the third powder single I am passing on is the Colored Raine Champagne Life. It is an okay shadow. Not my favorite but it is one of my few light colored single shadows so I kept it around to pair with the darker ones. The thing is, even when I use the darker shadows I find I’ll reach for a light tone from a palette, or use a highlighter rather than reach for this. It is okay but I have better products and it is really old. I think it has been in my makeup drawer for well over five years. So it is time to let it go.
There are two liquid shadows I am decluttering this round. The first is the LOC liquid Shimmer shadow. I believe it is a Birchbox owned brand. It is actually really good as far as liquid shadows go. It went on smoothly, dried fairly quickly and if you let it dry before blinking it didn’t really crease. It is a sample size and it is also almost completely empty. It is one I could see myself buying a full size of at some point. But for now, the almost completely empty tube needs to go.
The Liquid Metal eyeshadow from Model Co is also going. It is a decent enough bronze shade but it is older and starting to get clumpy. So I don’t really want to put it on my eyes. In general I didn’t reach for it much because it took forever to dry down and I almost always ended up with lines where I blinked before it was dry. It kind of drove me nuts to be honest. And now it is drying up so I feel a little bit bad, but I don’t think liquid shadows are sanitary to pass on so it was never going to be used by another.
And finally there are two loose powder pigments that I am passing on. These can be used as shadows. They can be used as highlighters. Either way, I am not going to use them. The bellapierre is a very glittery pink that just isn’t something I am going to reach for . The Artist Couture is also lovely, but it is two glittery a shade for me as well. And to be honest, loose powder shadows just aren’t my thing. I’ve had several where the color was fantastic and the application lovely, but I just don’t reach for them. I am just not a loose powder eyeshadow sort of person. And so as stunning as these are, I will be rehoming them to someone who will get far more use out of them than I will.
I know, it isn’t a massive declutter, but it does clear out a few products I am not using. A few will get send to new homes where they will be used and loved while a few others will sadly go the way of the bin. But quite frankly, I really am enjoying getting rid of the items that I know I will not use. It’s kind of a lightening up process for me. And it makes me feel better about the products I am keeping. Several of which I forgot I had and am now excited to find again. It’s a bit like shopping without spending any money.
Today has been a very off kilter day for me. Last night I forgot to take my Hum Nutrition Beauty zzz sleep Gummies and l lay in bed awake until about five am. They don’t actually put you out, they just make it easier to fall asleep as they quiet the mind. I finally managed to drift off only to have my alarm go off. I hit the snooze button as long as I could but had to finally admit that it was time to get up.
I figured I had pulled all nighters before, this wouldn’t be any different. Yeah, turns out it was a little different. My morning started well and then when I went into the bedroom to change for the gym I made the mistake of sitting down on the bed. And then laying down on the bed. And taking a two hour nap instead of going to the gym.
Which I have to admit is probably for the best.
So tonight, Hum Gummies before bed, an early night and no accidental nap tomorrow. Luckily I was just working at my desk today, so I can just extend my work hours a little bit and recover. I didn’t have any calls which was nice.
And so the day resumes.
Even though I did get a strange start, I managed a short walk and I did my makeup. I went for a very low key look today.
I am still testing out the Glam Glow Primer and I wanted to test it out with a tinted moisturizer to see how it performed (as I have a lot of tinted moisturizers I like in the summer). I like the QMS formula but it does tend to have a bit more shine than I like. The Mattifying primer really helped tone that down. For most of my face products I used the Cover FX Perfector Face Palette. I know it is an older favorite of many people but I just picked it up in a Boxy Pop Up and wanted to give it a go. I’m still forming my thoughts on it. Most of the products seemed fine for a first use, but I am a little on the fence with the highlighter.
The big try today was with the Fenty Beauty Highlighter duo. As highlighters they aren’t ones I reach for a lot. So I thought I’d try them as eyeshadow. They worked well although you really need an eyeshadow primer if you want them to stay in place. I found I needed a matte and went for one of my single shades from The Balm. It ended up working well for a light summery look. The shades I used were not really all that dramatic so I chose the Butter London Glazen lip Glaze as a touch of color and more shine than anything else. Which suited me today. It is a bit of a stick formula, bit it is a lip gloss which usually is somewhat sticky. It is an older lip product with not much left in it so I will probably be using it up in the coming weeks.
I am doing what I like to think of as a rolling declutter. Instead of just taking out products and either decluttering them or not, I am trying things I haven’t used in a while and if I still like wearing them they stay and if not they go. Hopefully by the fall I’ll have tried most everything and then I will sit down and have a good think about everything and how I feel about it. There is also going to be a push to clear out products that are close to being used up. But for now, I was pretty happy with how my makeup turned out. It is light and summery feeling and very much suited my day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week I am feeling very pleased with myself. I chose some really good products to put in my bag this week. First off was the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation. I really enjoyed using it this week and will very much be picking up a replacement bottle once I work my way through this one.
The Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette I used this week was also good for me. It created soft everyday looks that were super easy. As I didn’t go out a lot this week, I didn’t need anything dramatic so this was perfect for me to try this week.
Although sometimes when I am working by myself all week I don’t mind the overly dramatic glitter fest as no one is there to see it. Still this all matte palette worked well and after the struggle that was last week’s shadow palette, I kind of needed something quick and easy.
My one concern was that it is so soft that a lot of my lipsticks looked off with it. It made me feel off balance. As though the rest of my face decided on a low makeup look, but forgot to send the memo to my lips. So I ended up reaching for the Trestique sheer lip mini crayons. This was their week to shine. I rotated through the colors and they gave just the right amount of pigment without being overpowering.
I actually had two primers this week. One was the Yensa essential glow. After using it for the second week in a row I think I have just enough product left to get me through one more week before the tube is empty, so I will be finishing it up next week. The second primer was the Becca Anti-fatigue Under eye primer. I picked it up a while ago but keep forgetting it.
So this week I put it in my bag and remembered to try it. My thoughts? Don’t bother. It is a little cooling which might help a little under the eyes but then it gets a little greasy looking. You will do better putting a stone roller in the fridge, rolling the cool stone under your eyes for a minute to take down the puffiness and then applying concealer to cover dark spots.
Speaking of concealer I went with the Instant age rewind from Maybelline. It is one of my favorite concealers, drug store or otherwise. It has actually out performed several much more expensive concealers to be honest and I enjoyed using it again this week.
Returning for it’s final week in my makeup bag was the wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner. While I will repurchase this eyeliner, for now it is completely empty and will be added to the empties bin. It made it three days out of the past week and so I rolled in the Beauty for Real Finish Line eyeliner. It is a good mascara. It does the job and doesn’t seep into fine lines. It is one I will use again but it isn’t all that exciting.
By contrast the Beauty for Real Mascara I rolled into my makeup bag was an absolute stunner. Oh. My. God. I laughed at it at first because of the stubby little wand, but this was a fantastic mascara. Seriously impressive. It lengthened beautifully, didn’t flake or smudge and stayed on all day with no issue. This was the hands down winner for me this week. I was blown away by how well it performed and I look forward to using it a lot in the next six months.
I know that is probably a lot closer to my eye than anyone wants, but it gives you the gist. it was a really good week for mascara.
Becca was also represented in my powder this week as I brought out my favorite Pink Haze. As my foundation was just a hair too light for my current skin tone, the pink haze helped to warm it up a bit. I really love this powder and love keeping it around. Also helping the foundation tones out this week was my bronzer.
I went with the Julep So Radiant bronzer in medium tan. Not only did it help blend and define but the tones of this bronzer really work well with my skin. It has just the right amount of warmth to it and there is something just neat and tidy about the square compact. And we all know I am a sucker for a good compact.
While it did help with the lighter foundation, I think it may have to spend some time waiting for my tan to return as it might have been a little too much for my currently lightening skin without the too light foundation. Like my clothing, I need to do a seasonal change over with my makeup soon.
My blush this week was OFRA’s blush in Bellini. I really enjoyed using it this week. (I know you are getting sick of hearing that phrase but this was a really good product week.). While I love OFRA highlighters, I wasn’t certain about their blushes. I had one from the Madison Miller line and that one was just a mess. Pink powder scattered everywhere whenever I used it.
It was a nice formula on the skin and a nice color, but my sink was a mess by the end of the week. I don’t know if it was just that line or if there was a formula change, but this blush didn’t have that issue and I really liked how it performed over the course of the week. It is also lighter in tone and I expect I’ll be pulling it out regularly throughout the winter.
To this blush I added the Blush Highlighter Will Powder that came in my IPSY bag this month. While claiming to be a blush highlighter, it is a highlighter. At least the shade I got was. I liked that it is a subtle highlighter adding just a little bit of glow. Considering my shadow palette lent itself to subtle, this week was the perfect week for this highlighter. Its not really a surprise as I have yet to try a product from The Balm that I don’t like. They are just all round good products. I’m sure there are some clinkers as every company has them, but this far they haven’t appeared in my dressing table.
Finally of course was the setting pray, still the HA Spray by Timeless Skincare and still absolutely loving it. What else is there to say? And yes I am getting low on it. I have a couple of other setting sprays in my dressing table that I will start to rotate through as soon as this one is empty (and before I order a replacement. But oh yeah, I’m ordering a replacement. Incidentally Timeless skincare has a 30% off halloween sale going on right now from now until November 1st just use the code BOO2020. (I don’t get anything at all if you use the code it is just on their site and free for anyone to use while it lasts. I just happen to really like this spray – and the HA serum which isn’t surprising as the spray is a light version of the serum.)
Over all this was a fantastic week for me makeup wise. Everything worked together and well. There were no horror stories or product malfunctions and I was very pleased by how I looked. The stand out was the beauty for real mascara though. It looks plain and has a stumpy wand, but man can it perform.