Welcome my darlings once again to The Make Up bag, where I talk about all the products I used this week and share my thoughts on them. As it is still really hot where I live I kept things pretty simple this week.
Part of simple involved an fabulous foundation formula that didn’t feel like makeup and that was my Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick. It is a really comfortable formula to wear, despite the heat and it didn’t cause me any break outs or melt downs. The shade is slightly on the lighter side for me so I know I will be able to use it well into the fall. Because of this I will reluctantly set it aside for now. I could easily reach for this every day until it is gone.
However, I have a few new foundations I want to try. I think at least one of them requires my summer tan fade a little so it will have to wait, but there are a couple others I want to experiment with so next week will be a new (to me) foundation I try out.
This week I did try out the Stila Sheer illumination skin perfecting primer for the first time and I really liked it. The link will take you to my full review. It is not a primer I would use all the time as I prefer matte primers, but it is one of the few illuminating ones I am willing to keep going back to.
Marc Jacobs made a return to my make up bag this week. I happily pulled the HI-FI Contour powder compact out of my dressing table for use this week. I am always happy to take this out. Not only do I like the product, but the sleek design of the compat just feels classy to use. It is a contour duo that I really like using because you can go as intense or subtle as you want with it.
If you are looking for just a wee bit of definition to a low makeup look, get a super fluffy loose bristled brush and dip lightly into the pan, building until you are happy.
If you want something more visibly defined, then get a denser, stiffer bristled brush to work with and you have no problems. It is a really good formula that is quite versatile.
Also from Marc Jacobs this week was one of my liquid lipsticks. It is a really great formula that smells like peppermint, at least mine does. The Boom-Enamored shade is slightly too purple for me to feel comfortable with on its own so I often blend it with Lime Crime’s liquid lip in LAMA.
High-Drate Lips And Leave Them Soft As A Cushion With Lip Blaze By Lime Crime.
I do find that on it’s own this shade of Lime Crime tends to show all the texture of my lips if used on it’s own. I don’t have this issue with the other colors just the coppery one. (You can see on the swatch below that it is going into the lines on my hand). Mixing it with Marc Jacobs eliminates this issue, but if I wear it alone then I generally find using a Buxom Plumping gloss before hand eliminates the problem (not just with this but most liquid lips that sink in). I don’t have a desire to make my lips super pumped but this is where plumping lip glosses shine. I apply them about an hour before I go out, let them sit and then wipe them off and apply the lip shade I really want to apply (or leave it if the plumping shade is the one I want to wear). smoothing the way for other lip products is really the genius of plumping glosses.
It is a matte coppery shade. Both liquid lips are comfortable to wear on their own and they work well together actually. The coppery brown blends with the purple making it a berry-ish shade and the copper is likewise toned down so it doesn’t look like I made out with a low rent version of the tin man when no one was looking.
( Copper man couldn’t make it to OZ in the fist book, he had to wait for the Return to Oz for his big shot in the Emerald City, if I recall). I really enjoy both Marc Jacobs and Lime Crime’s formulas on their own, I just happened to pick shades that weren’t quite what I thought they would be. By pairing them together I get to use them both.
This week I also used two Laura Geller Products in my makeup bag. One was the Laura Geller Nude Kisses Lip Gloss. It is a nice pinky shade of lip gloss that is on the neutral side of pink for me. I really liked wearing it.
In general I tend to go more for mattes rather than glossess but there is something about the summer months that often makes me reach for the glosses more. This is a nice one to reach for. It is a little bit on the sticky side, as all glosses are. It is just the nature of gloss, but it isn’t super sticky. I only really notice it for the first few minutes because I am so used to using matte lip products. Usually I monitor my lips to see if they are getting too dry and need a coat of lip balm to protect them. It always feels strange when I first switch to a lip gloss.
Also from Laura Geller this week was my eyeliner. I used the Line – N- Define Dual Dimension Eyeliner in black.
It has an eye crayon on one end and a liquid liner on the other. The liquid liner I liked and had no problems with. It works well and gave me a smooth line. Once it was in place it dried down and stayed all day. I feel I will get a lot of use out of it.
The crayon style liner was interesting. When I first used it, the product had a sharp point on the end and gave me a really good line. As I used it, the end became blunted and rounded, my lines becoming thicker and less precise. As it is the type of formula that can be blended and smudged, I think I would use it when I wanted more of a smoky look.
I liked the product as once it was applied it stayed in place all day, but the more it gets used the less precise it is going to be. So the liquid side is for your precise lines and the crayon side is for the smoked, blended out kind of looks.
Both work really well and I am glad to have the product in my dressing table. I had fun using it this week as it has been a while since I did any sort of winged eyeliner (I tend to use more eyeliner in the fall and winter). I look forward to using it again.
Speaking of eyes, I used the Huda Beauty Mauve obsessions palette this week and can’t say enough good things about it. The link will take you to the full review. The colors are right up my alley and it had just the right mix of mattes and shimmers for me to do several quick and easy day looks.It is definitely a palette I will be reaching for again.
Returning this week was my setting spray from Revolution. I still love it and I am still trying to use it up so two more weeks and then I will finish it out and put another one into rotation. I’ve just had it a while and want to use it up. I’m not sure if setting sprays go bad, but as I also can’t remember when I bought it, I think it is time to finish the bottle and move on.
Also returning was my concealer from TreStique. I really like this concealer on dark spots and blemishes. It is very good when you want to precisely pin point areas for a little extra coverage. I’m not too big a fan of it under my eyes as I think it pulls the skin a little too much, but for blemishes it can’t be beat.
When I use the Kristofer Buckle Foundation stick though, I find it works better if I put the concealer under the foundation rather than the other way around. This way I get a better coverage. Normally I put the concealer on after, but with these two products it just seems to work better in reverse.
I think the creamy texture of the Triplicity foundation just helps it blend in a little bit better. I have another couple of foundation stick products in my collection. I haven’t tried them with the TreStique concealer yet but I think I will mark them for use together next time I take them out and see if they work well like that as well. For now I know it works that way with Kristofer Buckle’s Triplicity. Incidentally Kristofer Buckle is having a 40% off sale at the moment. If you are interested now might be the time to stock up.
I also couldn’t help but bring back the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit cosmetics. I liked it so much last week, I just had to give it a second week of use. It’s a trial sized version and when I run out, I will be replacing it with a full sized version.
The last two products in my bag this week were Blush and highlighter. The blush is a Tarte blush in the shade Quirky. It is a sample size I’ve been using for a while. I go back and forth as to whether I like the color or not. I love the formula and I plan to at some point buy a full sized version, I just am on the fence about the color.
Sometimes I think it is for me, other times I think it might skew a little too orange. At the end of the week, I am still on the fence. I still like the formula, I just can’t decide on the color. Since I currently have several blushes in my collection that I really like, there is no rush. I just dislike feeling so indecisive. For now, I will put it back in the dressing table and take it out again at a later date and once again try to determine if the color is right for me.
Finally we reach the highlighter. My highlighter this week was the Jecca blac Glow Drops I received in my Glossy Box this month. It is a highlighting primer and I did try it that way but it was waaaaay too glowy for me to use as a primer.
I felt as though my face could signal passing astronauts in space when I used it as a primer. As a highlighter this Rose Pearl shade worked brilliantly for me. On the high points of my face it gave me a wonderful golden glow. It was actually quite stunning.
However moderation is called for. The tube has a tiny dot of a hole to release product. The best way I found to use this product is to squeeze just enough so it comes out and forms a slightly larger dot on the top of the tube, don’t cover the entire top. Then either dab a finger or brush onto the top and apply, repeat if more is needed. It blends in like a dream for just a golden sun kissed glow. Too much and I looked greasy. But just a little dab was fantastic.
Just remember, you can always add more, but once applied it is hard to take off. This is one of those products it is better to build up than tone down. I am however very glad to have it in my collection and feel I will be reaching for it often. I also think it will last a really long time.
Glossy Box included the full sized tube and the tube is completely filled with product. If you have dryer skin or like a more dewy look, you could probably use it as a primer, but for me, I’d rather use a little as a highlighter over a longer period of time.
That, my darlings, was this week’s make up bag. Over all it was a really good bag. I know most of them were repeats and as I generally get rid of any product that really doesn’t work for me, it shouldn’t be a surprise that everything worked fairly well for me. Next week however I have several new to me products that I will be trying for the first time. I know for certain the foundation, primer, blush and mascara are all ones I haven’t tried before. I’ll have to see if I have new products in any other category to try as well next week and maybe get a full face of first impressions and a first week of use. I’ll see what I can find. Until then, enjoy your Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Friday.