This week I learned a very valuable lesson with my makeup bag plan. The lesson was, I chose too small a makeup bag and then tended to forget things. Luckily, I wasn’t packing for travel and the items I forgot weren’t too far away, but I still had to go back and forth for a few things. I’m going to try to get better this week. But first lets cover the products I used throughout this week and the thoughts I had on them.
The Foundation was Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation and the Eyeshadow palette was the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions palette. Thursday I posted reviews on each of those separately so I’ve linked them here to keep this post from being a mile long.
I had a couple of repeats on products. The first was the Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die for Primer.
It was a trial sized tube and I wanted to finish it out instead of putting the half-finished tube back in the drawer. The travel size is now empty and will be put in my empties bin. However I enjoyed the product just as much the second week as I did the first and will be picking up a full sized version when next I place an order with Peter Thomas Roth. It was a very good primer that made my skin feel like silk and helped all of the make up that went on top of it apply evenly. I picked it up on a whim and am now a big fan.
The second repeat this week was the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. This is an excellent pressed powder from the drugstore and more of the pan is now showing. It will be returning to my makeup bag this week and will remain until it is all gone. Then I will test out a different powder (maybe pressed, maybe loose, I love both so we’ll see when the time comes). I’m hoping one to two more weeks of use will use it up completely. Then I will start rotating powders again. I am just so close to finishing this out that I don’t want to put it back in the drawer again.
The third repeat this week was the Farsali Rose Gold Setting Mist. To be honest, I enjoy it because it is pretty, not because it is an excellent product. It is okay but the mister is a bit aggressive and occasionally splotchy. I think I am going to rotate it out this week for another setting spray and then come back to this one when I can say ‘Oh I forgot how pretty that was,’ instead of thinking about the mister. So back to the dressing table it goes. Occasionally it will be shaken, like a makeup themed snow globe, but I will use another setting spray this week.
This week as my bronzer I actually used the Hi Fi Filter contouring compact from Marc Jacobs. Because of Its shape and size it often gets placed in the bottom of the drawer and forgotten. At the moment I am not really doing a lot of contouring, but the darker shade in the pair works well for me as a light bronzer so I decided to use it. Just because a product claims to be for one thing, doesn’t mean you can’t use it for something else. And I love the product.
I enjoyed using it as a bronzer this week. I like the product and I love the way the compact feels in my hand. The darker shade is slowly wearing down and when it does I will replace it with an actual bronzer from Marc Jacobs. But I enjoyed using what I had this week. And the lighter shade came in handy as well, as you shall soon see.
Next up we have the Ofra blush that was a collaboration with Madison Miller in the shade Ollie Need is Love. It is an aggressively pigmented blush. I was always amazed at how much pigment I got from such a small dip into the pan. I also used the lighter shade in the March Jacobs compact to help blend it out so it wasn’t as aggressive a pink.
I was always amazed by the powder fall out as well that was produced by such a small tap. I felt like I scattered a lot of product over my sink. While I have used and loved Ofra Highlighters before, this was my first blush from them. While I will continue to keep it in rotation, I am not entirely certain I am a fan of the fall out. I do like the shade, the pigmentation and the bendability though. Just not a fan of the pink dusted sink. I might try a blush from them in their regular line to see if this is common or just with the Madison Miller ones.
My highlighter this week was a cream one from Flesh in the shade Twitch. I was a bit hesitant about the cream highlight as I felt I might be adding stripes of gold warpaint to my face, but I really ended up liking it.
I generally found I needed to warm the product up on the back of my hand before using it on my face, but once I did it worked well. The gold is a subtle glimmer and shine. You won’t be blinding anyone with it, but then I really am not a fan of the blinding white stripes of highlighter.
I’m also not a fan of highlighter on the end of the nose because no matter what the color of highlight my brain automatically starts singing the Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer song. But that is a personal issue.
I liked this cream Highlighter very much and will keep it in rotation, even if I had to wash my hand after applying it. I already had to wash off the foundation and everyone knows its not the only time I wash my hands throughout the day. Once more doesn’t hurt.
The concealer I used this week was the Instant Age Rewind Eraser from Maybelline. I love the formula, but I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the spongy end. The texture of it is starting to feel a little squidgy to me.
I’ve used it enough that I can’t tell when I’ve twisted too little or too much product up until I go to use it. So I twist and then dot my hand with it to check. This method works and I am willing to continue, because I really like the formula of the concealer. It is one of my favorite formulas actually, I just don’t like that sponge.
For mascara I went with the Feathers from Pretty Vulgar. It is a great lengthening mascara and A very pretty packaging. I have to say I had this on when working in the garden this week and even when I was sweating like crazy, this mascara didn’t run. So I was very pleased with it.
I’ll admit I did buy it for the packaging and figured even if I didn’t like it, I could use it as a decorative element. I am both surprised and pleased that I really like the formula. I’m not sure that rewarding my shallow side is a good idea, but this time it worked out for me.
For eyeliner I used the Eyeko Fat liquid eyeliner in black this week. I think I might have used it last week as well. I will be trading it out this week though. It is a great eyeliner and one that I will consistently repurchase.
For my brows I used the Brow contour Pro from Benefit. It is an interesting product. I like having all of the options on the pen like product but I am finding the light brown, which is the one I use the most, is very quickly running out. I love the formula, but I think when I finish out this pen I will be going back to my Precisely My Brow.
It is also from Benefit and is my go to brow liner. I am currently out of it, sadly and will need to reorder. I swear when I look at my dressing table there are products galore, but there are just a few categories where I always feel like I am constantly running out. Brow pencils seem to be one of those categories.
I’m beginning to think gremlins sneak into the house in the middle of the night and make off with my prow pencils. I know I buy them, but I can never seem to find them. Admittedly my bangs have gotten a bit long at the moment so it is sometimes hard to see my brows. But that isn’t the point. The point is the rampant gremlin eyebrow pencil theft.
Finally we move on to the lips. This week there were two products. One was the Nars Powermatte lip paint in the shade Wild Night. It is a purple/ mauve shade that I really like.
I really like the Nars lip formulas in general as they don’t dry down completely so your lips don’t feel like they are going to crack off of your face. Once you apply them, wait for about five minutes before drinking anything though.
If you wait five minutes there will be a little lip print but not massive smears. It doesn’t dry completely but it dries enough not to be a total disaster.
The color of Wild Night, is intense. I like it but there were a couple of days where I needed a bit of a break. So I tried the Ciate Watermellon lip oil. It is a really nice lip oil that made my lips look nice and juicy. It also tastes vaguely watermelon-y. It was also a great product to apply after a lip scrub.
So that was this week’s products. I’m happy to say that other than the one now empty tube of primer, all of the products will be staying in my makeup rotation. It was a really good make up week for me. I love when I make good choices. I will be repurchasing the primer, but not the brow Contour. I will go back to my favorite Benefit product with my next brow purchase. I just need to foil the thieving gremlins first.
So that leads us to the products for next week. I’ll keep it short since this was already a long post.
Next week I will be using a Nars foundation, a Too Faced Bronzer, Benefit Blush, Steve Laurent Highlighter, NYX Primer, wet and Wild Brow Kit (gremlins not included), ELF Concealer, Smashbox and Bite lipsticks, Skone eyeliner, Doucce mascara, Revolution Setting spray, and the BoxyCharm Hello Charmer eyeshadow palette. There will also be a return of the Ciate Lip oil and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.
I think that will provide a nice mix for the upcoming week. It features several tried and true products as well as a couple I have never tried. I’m looking forward to using them and reporting back next week. Have a good Friday everyone and I’ll be back this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask.