This week I pulled a full make up bag, I really did. And there were several items I was really excited to try. One of which was the Laura Geller dual eyeliner. It has a calligraphy style pen on one end and a gel like side on the other end.
Alas, this week got a little crazy.
My eyes mostly ended up with mascara alone this week. Luckily it was a really good mascara. When I went looking to set up my bag for the week I found several trial sized mascaras that escaped my earlier purge. I think they came in after I collected the ones I wanted to use up.
Anyway I chose one of their number and it was fantastic. I went with the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit. I have to say I am a little surprised by how much I liked it. The mascara did occasionally clump but a quick pass with my eyelash comb took all the clumps out. And my lashes were left long and fluttery. It was almost false lashes length. At least the more natural looking false lashes.
I really enjoyed it and I will be looking at getting a full sized tube of the Bad Gal Bang mascara once I’ve whittled down my open containers. I have to say, I might have found a new favorite.
Also from Benefit this week was my blush. I used the Gold Rush Blush. It is one of my top blushes. The color and formula work well with me and the shimmer that made me doubt it was just an overlay and has long since disappeared.
It is a surprisingly soft color that just sort of makes my cheeks look slightly flushed instead of bright pink. I really like it.
I especially liked the formula this week as it gave me no problems. I can not say the same for the Kenia Onteveros Set and Define palette. The link will take you to the full review but a brief synopsis was that the mattifying powder was okay, and I adore the highlighter.
So two of the six products worked for me. The bronzer and contours were patchy and didn’t want to blend for me. While I give the rest of the palette a pass, that highlighter was fantastic. It looked pin in the pan and went on with a subtle gold glow. I will keep the palette around just for that and then buy it again in a single pan product. The rest of the palette, not so much.
Returning again this week, the level dropping ever lower, is the I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray. It is in Peaches and Cream.
It works amazingly well and is super affordable. Mine is just somewhat old and I am trying to use it up. I have about two weeks let of product so it will be used up by the end of August and then other Setting Sprays will get their chance to leave my dressing table again. I promise.
My Foundation this week was the Maybelline Fit me Matte and Poreless (normal to oily). The link will take you to my full review. Not much has changed since I posted it. I like the product and enjoy using it on my skin.
My 999 Master Blender Foundation Brush from Bdellium Tools worked incredible well with it. I think when I used it last time I had to just use a make up sponge. I think that might have been because my old foundation brush needed replacing. It went on easily with the 999 Master blender. (Incidentally they are having a sale on their vegan Bambu Brush line at the moment in case anyone is looking to replace brushes) I’ll link the code below.
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My only issue with the Maybelline Fit me is the open lid. Once you screw the cap off it is just open. I carefully poured some on my hand to begin applying to my face and it worked well, I just had to be careful pouring. It is a good enough product and very cost effective on my budget, that I am willing to over look that and will probably be buying it again, or fitting the bottle with a dropper.
For now I just had to remember to wipe the excess off my hand with my MakeUp Eraser before I left the bathroom. There wa a lot of wasted product, but at least this way the Makeup Eraser soaked it up and I didn’t go smearing it over everything when I left. I really need to look at fitting the bottle with a dropper.
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My primer this week was one I used before as well. It is the elf Poreless Putty Primer. (Its pictured above with the blush) Many, including me have raved about it. I wanted to use it again because I so recently used the Puff Puff Pass Primer from elf and I wanted to do a comparison. As far as smoothing out the skin, this one wins hands down.
It is really smoothing and really fills those pores for a flawless finish. Not as airbrushed on me as it is on the commercial models, but it looked good. The Puff Puff Primer was far more moisturizing and felt more like skin care than makeup. I would wear that one alone with just powder whereas this poreless putty primer is really something I only reach for to put under foundation.
They both have their places in my dressing table and I will keep repurchasing both. However with the putty it will be a while before it needs to be repurchased as it takes so little to actually cover my face. But I like them both. Go elf!
And now my darlings we reach the lips. There are five products to go through. The first is the Perricone MD No makeup lipstick. It is in reality a lip balm with a slight tint. I really like this lip balm though. It is very moisturizing and feels more like skin care for your lips than a lip product. If that makes sense.
I found myself using it first thing in the morning, well before applying my make up and last thing at night. In the morning I found it softened my lips and did really well prepping them for other lip products. At night it sort of acted like a lip mask and hydrated my lips while I slept. I will also say I am using it so much (and plan to keep it in my bathroom) because even though it is a new to me product from July’s Boxycharm premium, it will expire in December.
I’ve used Perricone, MD products before and that is something you have to watch out for. When it gives you an expiration date, they mean it. The closer it comes to the date, the higher the chance that it will get moldy and need to be thrown away. So I am using it while I can. It makes me a little mad that I have to race through using such a good product, but that is an argument with Boxycharm not Perricone, MD. It is a great product, and if you do pick one up, mind the expiration date. You can’t stock pile these lipsticks. It’s a buy and use kind of product. Although well worth using.
The next gloss I put in my bag this week was the Fenty Diamond Milk. It is a nice gloss on its own but super excellent as a lip topper. It smells like Vanilla and I really enjoyed using it this week. I tend to forget I have it as it is just a little too thick to fit comfortably in my lipstick holder so it ends up in a drawer a lot. I need to figure out where to put it so that I can reach for it more. It is a really good product.
Next we have the one actual lipstick I used this week. This is one of my favorite bold lips. It is the Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipstick in Trax (290). It is a wine colored vampy sort of color. I love the formula as it is super comfortable to wear. However with most dark lipsticks, I sometimes make a mess with the application if I just roll the product up and apply it to the lips. This is a lipstick that benefits from the use of a lip brush.
What I like to do is use the lip brush to outline my lips with the product and then fill them in. I generally don’t have a problem doing touch ups throughout the day without the brush, but for that initial application, I like the outline and fill method. I should point out that I don’t use this with lighter shades of Le Marc, but I do use it with all darker vampy shades. I find it more controllable and I can also decide how dark I want to go. With the brush I can just use a light wash of color or go full out bold with it.
Like the Feny, I enjoy using the product, but it doesn’t fit comfortably in the lipstick holder. It is just a little too wide. As a consequence it ends up in the drawer. I think I may need to just get a bigger lipstick display. Then I can add to my Marc Jacobs lipstick collection. They are great products but I haven’t collected them as I want because they don’t fit anywhere. I really should remedy that.
There were two liquid lipsticks in my make up bag this week. One was an ultra matte lip in the shade Tulle from Colourpop and the other was a liquid lipstick in the shade Jaybird from Laura Lee Los Angeles.
I like both colors. The Colorpop wasn’t as comfortable to wear as the Laura Lee and it didn’t have quite the lasting power. With the Laura Lee, I applied Jaybird once and it stayed all day long. It felt a little sticky at first but after a while I forgot I was wearing it. The Colourpop was also a nice formula. It is a little drying but relatively comfortable. I did have to reapply it in the afternoon however.
So that was this week’s makeup bag. While I did choose other products to fill out the bag, this week I didn’t end up using them. I think I spent so much time trying to make the set and define palette work that I just rushed through everything else. Plus it was a busy week.
Next week slows down and I will have a hope of actually applying eyeliner and shadow without looking like I let a group of sugar amped kindergarteners take markers and chalk to it so next week should be more balanced instead of lip heavy. Although personally I kind of liked having so many lip products to choose from during the week. So I might add more than two next week as well when I go to stock the Make Up bag for next week.
But that is for later, at the moment I need to get back to work. I’ll see you back here this afternoon for a relaxing break with the Friday Face mask. Have a good afternoon.