Let’s just jump into it shall we?
We’ll start off with one of the repeats in this week’s bag. Making a return trip this week was the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore.
I think this is the third week running for this setting spray. So by now, you know I like it. The Laura Geller is a really good product and it has a light coconut water scent that is excellent for the summer. I have to say my favorite part about this spray (other than the fact that it works well) is the mister. It is a nice fine mist that never drops splotches. While it will make a return to the makeup bag in future weeks, for now I will be sending it back to the dressing table and rotating in my I Heart Revolution setting spray.
Also returning this week was the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream. I used a sample size last week and still had enough product in the tube for a second week. The above link will take you to the full review. I really enjoyed this BB cream and am very glad I have a full sized bottle in my dressing table. Opening it will wait until I have cleared out a few products, but I am looking forward to using it again. This sample tube is finally empty and will make it to my empties bin. So farewell for now sweet BB Cream.
Next week I am going to try a little something fun with my foundation. I recently ordered a couple of items from Jouer and they provide two samples with each purchase. My samples are small foil packets containing samples of Jouer’s High Coverage Cream Foundation in Medium and a sample of their liquid concealers. I don’t think that there is enough product to make it through the week so I think I am going to use and review what product there is and then pick whichever previously used foundation appeals to me for the rest of the week. I think if the foil packets go into my dressing table they will be lost and so even if there isn’t enough for a full review I can at least share my first impressions with you.
Plus it gives me a chance to use my new foundation brush. My old one was desperately needing to retire to that old makeup brush heaven so I ordered the 999 Master blender from Bdellium tools to replace it. As the Purlisse BB cream applied better with a sponge the new brush has just been sitting there, gleaming at me with its newness and all I could do was look at it.
It is awfully pretty. And next week I am going to choose products that let me use it. And yes I took a picture of it for you here because I know it will never look this pristine again.
Because this week’s Purlisee BB Cream was a repeat, I did separate reviews of both the Too Faced Cocoa Contour and the Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palettes. Those links will take you to the reviews. I really liked the Tarteist Pro and the shades I could use of the Cocoa Contour.
Also returning this week was the Brow Contour Pro Eyebrow pencil. It’s the one with multiple products. I know I’ve mentioned it many times, but I like all of the products contained in the pencil, I just really like them to be in separate products rather than the all in one.
Benefit Cosmetics: Get a free deluxe sample of Love Tint, Gimme Brow+ in shade 3, Roller Lash mascara, & the POREfessional face primer when you spend $70 or more! Use code: FABFOUR. Valid through 7/9.
My plan was to keep it until I either used it up or received another eyebrow product in a subscription box to try out. (Spoiler alert it looks like there is an Illamasqua eyebrow pencil coming in IPSY later this month) And I have stuck to that. I am now out of the lighter brown shade of pencil and getting really low on my highlighter. So this week, I will be using the darker shade and the rest of the highlighter. I’ll see where I am at the end of next week. So stay tuned for that update.
My primer this week was also from Benefit Cosmetics. I used the Pore Professional Pearl primer. And yes it is a sample size. I really like this primer, it gives a nice glow to the skin, especially under a matte foundation. It glides on smoothly, fills pores and makes my skin feel like silk. Even with the luminosity of the Volition Sunscreen on my face under my makeup, the glow was not too much. It is a very mild pearl that just adds a little dimension to matte foundation.
I actually like it better than the regular Pore Professional. Don’t get me wrong, I like that one too, but it does come in second to the Pearl, at least with me. However I have to admit, I have never owned a full sized version of this primer. Quite a few years ago I received a sample of this primer for some reason. I think I might have purchased the regular pore primer around the time this was first released and it was given as a promotional sample then (like I said it was years ago). I really liked it and through various other sample with purchase purchases I ended up with quite a collection of the sample sizes. So I put them in a little bowl and told myself that once I worked through all of the samples I could buy a full sized bottle.
The first issue with that plan is that you really don’t need to use a lot of this product. A little bit will cover your face. And adding more actually makes it less effective as too much may make your foundation slide off. So using it sparingly is actually the best way to use this product. My second hiccup in my use up the samples plan was that any time I came close to finishing out my samples new ones seemed to appear.
It was like magic.
Or sample selection if you insist on looking behind the curtain to see the secret to the magic trick.
However I had this open tube of Pore Professional Pearl Primer and one small unopened sample. This opened tube had just enough primer to get me through the week. It is now empty and my sample collection is down to one unopened tube of The Pore Professional Pearl Primer. For now I will save it for when I am doing more than sitting at my computer all day. Or until I need a pick me up, because it really does make me feel pretty when I wear it. I do have a full size of the regular Porefessional in my dressing table and I think next week it will be rotated in to see some use. I really do like it, Pearl is just a smidge better.
The Becca Pink Haze stayed in my makeup bag this week. It is a loose powder that I really enjoy using. I love wearing it alone for just a light healthy glow to the skin. In fact paired with just the Porefessional Pearl Primer gives me a fantastic no makeup summer look.
My only issue with this powder is that it does get a little messy. There is no regulator on the powder and it comes through the holes super easily. It has the tendency to scatter pink dust over things. I’m willing to over look that because I really like the product, but I’m ready for a break from the pink haze covering portions of my sink. So back to the dressing table it goes, to be used again in a few weeks.
My blush this week was the Ciate London marbled light blush in the shade Halo. It is the perfect shade for me in the summer time. The tone is deep enough for my current level of tan and while it is pigmented it doesn’t go on like clown circles. It is a buildable formula that is easily blended into my look. I really liked using it this week and in fact I liked it so much that I am going to be using it for a second week. It is staying in the Makeup bag for another week.
The Wander Beauty Mile High Club mascara is one I’ve used before. Since mascaras have a short shelf life, I only like to keep a few open at a time and cycle through them using as much product as possible before good hygiene and product labels claim they should be disposed of.
You may recall that this wasn’t one of my favorite mascaras. There is nothing wrong with it. It is a decent , serviceable mascara. It doesn’t peel or flake. It also doesn’t give me much extra volume or length. I’ll keep it in rotation and I will use it until it is either used up or expired, but I will not be purchasing this again. Most Wander Beauty products I really like, their Glow up oil, for example, is fantastic and well worth keeping around. But this mascara is just…serviceable. And this week, it served. Now it returns to the dressing table until it is pressed into service again.
One of my first time using products this week was the treStique concealer. Like all of their products, it looks kind of like a crayon. I found it interesting to use.
The crayon like end of the product is very pointy, or it was at the start of the week. It is less pointy now. I found this really good for applying under my eyes. The cushion blended on the other side of the pencil wasn’t useful for blending the under eye area (although it was useful elsewhere) and I found it easier just to use my fingers under my eyes.
The product does need to warm up a little or it tends to pull at the skin. I found that if I spot corrected my face before using this under my eyes it was warm enough not to pull by the time I got to my under eyes. So just have a strategy if using. I will say spot correcting is where this product shines. Its shape allows you to precisely place product and to use very little. Using less, helped with a seamless blending so I didn’t see a big splotch of corrected skin. With spot correcting the blending tip actually came in really handy. It is small and pointed and much more precise than my makeup sponge. If for nothing else, I would keep this product around solely for covering blemishes. Given that stress keeps me breaking out, it will see a lot of use this summer.
As an aside, usually I use my concealer as eyelid primer for my shadows. This is not the product for that. It is too stiff and pointy to use on eyelids. This is, as the name states, a conceal and correct and that is the job it does and does well. It is not an eyelid primer.
There was a second treStique product in my makeup bag this week.From my set of mini lip glazes from TreStique (pictured above with the the Brow Contour Pro), I kept one in my bag this week. I kept the shade Shell Beach Sheer. It is a mostly sheer gloss with just slightly pink tones so it is one of those my lips but better products. I used it a lot this week and will be keeping it around for the upcoming week.
As far as lips go, I did put my Sugar rust Sugar Coat liquid lip in the shade Sprinkle in my bag this week. I did not use it so I’ll put it back in the bag for next week. I also forgot completely about using the lip liners so they too will just return to the bag this week and hopefully be used.
The reason I didn’t use it was that my Jouer order came in and I couldn’t resist using the liquid lip I ordered. It is in the shade Clove and I absolutely adored it.
It went on smoothly and dried down fairly quickly. It wasn’t too dry on my lips but it didn’t leave smudges on everything. While it felt completely dry to the touch of a finger tip, it felt a little sticky when I rolled my lips together. I think that little stickiness is why it didn’t feel too dry. It wasn’t completely weightless but it wasn’t heavy on the lips. Unless I pressed my lips together, I didn’t notice it.
It also stayed in place all day. In fact I had a swatch on my hand that didn’t budge or smear or anything. When I went to take a shower I washed my hair and noticed it still hadn’t budged. I keep makeup remover oil in the shower so I can take my make up off in the shower and to get the lipstick off I had to put the oil on the swatch and rub it in.
So once in place and dried, this lipstick isn’t going anywhere. Normally I am not one for metallic lipsticks, but I have to say I really liked this one. I am also partial to darker lipsticks. I try to use the lighter shades in the summer, hence the many glosses that have been appearing in my Make up bag, but I will always be drawn to the darker shades. I will however be putting it to the side for now. Along with the Sugar crush and the TreStique this week I may be adding an additional lip product so I have three to choose from.
So that was this week’s makeup bag. I’ll be doing a lot of rotating this week so there will be fewer repeats next week. And who knows, if this month’s subscription boxes end up being makeup heavy, I may end up with even few repeats later in the month.
Next week’s bag will see the return of Sugar Crush and Trestique in the lip department, along with Benefit in the form of my eyebrow pencil. Benefit will also be the primer I am going to use. I’ll be trying out the Jouer foundation foil packet for a first impression and bringing back the Ciate London Blush. There will be other products filling in the blank spots between, but you will just have to tune in next week to see what they are as well as what I think of them. I’ll see you later this afternoon for the Friday Face mask, but until then, have an excellent Friday.