I know usually the first things I list are the Foundation and the eyeshadow with links to the full reviews, but this week I have to start with my setting spray.
I know it seems like an odd place to start but I am pleased to announce that I have finally finished up my I heart Revolution Fixing Spray in the scent Peaches and Cream. It was an older spray that has spent a great deal of time in my dressing table and I made a concentrated effort to use it up.
It is a really good setting spray so using it wasn’t a hardship. It had just been around a while. But now it is finished and I can rotate other, newer products into my makeup bag. I’m sure at some point I’ll pick up another Revolution spray but I am rather happy to change scents for a while. The Peaches and Cream was nice, but I’m ready for a change.
Speaking of using up products, I am close to finishing out my Ciate London everyday Vacaay loose setting powder. Only a week or twos worth of product remains so the jar was in my Makeup bag this week and will remain until I finish it out. Then I’ll use a different product. Or rotate through my other powders. I was just so close to finishing this that I just wanted to concentrate on it. And it is a good powder. Incidentally at the moment the look Fantastic Website has Ciate London Products on sale up to 70% off. and they are just kicking off their Labor Day sales. Right now you can get 22% off Sitewide with the code LABORDAY22. That sale runs through September first. They also have a Flash Sale! 40% off Select Peter Thomas Roth (valid through 8/29). I actually just finished testing out two moisturizer samples from Peter Thomas Roth and will be posting a review on Monday. (I’m also going to be trying to order the Hungarian Mineral Water moisturizer this afternoon. I love when my skin care trials and sales meet. It makes me feel the universe is working with me instead of against. But moving on back to the makeup bag…).
My foundation this week was the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. I ordered the sample packets to try out the shade ranges. I’m pretty certain that 213 is my shade but I will be trying the other packets periodically to make certain before I order a bottle. As it is a $77 foundation, I want to be certain of my shade before I purchase. The samples came with a coupon for $10 off a purchase of the full sized foundation as well, which I thought was nice. While the link will take you to the full review I have to say that this foundation was absolutely amazing. I was really hoping it wasn’t. I was hoping I could say, yeah it’s nice but not really worth the price. Except that it is actually worth the price.
Discover the cult favorite Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. Designed to give skin the same youthful glow you experience right after a facial, Aqua Foundation’s long-wearing liquid formula instantly illuminates dull skin.
My eyeshadow palette this week was also worth every penny I spent on it. However in this case that was only $4.99. I used the My Glamour Squad Eye shadow Palette from Wet ‘n Wild this week. It performed fantastically well for me and I am actually thinking of picking up more Wet’n Wild eyeshadow Palettes. In the post about the shadow palette, I stuck with finger swatches because that is what I always do and I wanted to stick with the standard. The finger swatches came out poorly. This formula works better with a brush.
I loved it on my eyes. I felt bad about the swatches so I did a quick swatch with a brush to show a little better how they apply. So that’s why there is a better swatch picture of the mattes in this post.
Actually the Coffee Cat palette they just came out with is right up my alley and will probably be one of my next purchases. As long as the formula of the shadows remains the same, I will be a big fan of Wet ‘n Wild’s shadows.
While I used my Pretty Vulgar concealer under the shadows to give me a nice base to work with, I didn’t need to use the Pretty Vulgar lid primer. So even though the official lid primer was in my bag, I didn’t need to use it with these shadows.
I like both the primer and the concealer, but I think next week I am going to switch out the concealer but keep the lid primer around. I might not need the lid primer, but it is a new eyeshadow palette I will be working with so I like to have it around just in case.
Making a return trip into my Makeup bag this week was the Touch in Sol No Poreblem primer. As always it performed beautifully. I love the way it feels light, yet fills in my pores. It is one of my favorite primers. This week I have two new primers that have been added to my dressing table by subscription boxes. I’m not sure yet which I’ll try out, but next week will feature a brand new primer. The Touch in Sol is not going anywhere but back to my dressing table.
For blush and bronzer this week I turned to Julep. I really like the shade of the pore minimizing blush. I have the shade rosewood which is my perfect summer shade. I think I’m going to need to get a lighter tone for the winter months though. I keep poking around on the Julep site to see which shade looks like it will work. It is a great formula and one I don’t mind having multiples of. At the moment Julep is having a sale as well so I’m hoping to make a decision before the sale ends. There’s nothing like a deadline right?
I also used the Julep bronzer. While not as spectacular as the blush, it is a good bronzer. It is buildable and really easy to blend. I use the shade medium tan and I think it will work for me both with my tan and when my skin grows winter pale. The only difference is really how much product I use. I use more in the summer but I really think just a lighter application will keep it working for me in the winter. It is one of the reasons I really like the buildable formula. It means I only need to buy one shade.
For my mascara I paired the eyeko lash alert mascara with the doucce Punk Volumizer. The eyeko mascara is great at lengthening and the doucce is great for bulking up the lashes so it was a good pair. While I like the eyeko lash alert, I prefer the formula of their black magic mascara. This was the second week for the Lash Alert sample size and I managed to use up the remaining product in the tube. So it will be sent to the empties bin.
I’ll probably pick up the Black magic mascara or an eyeliner next time I shop with Eyeko mostly because I prefer the formula but it is still a pretty good mascara. The Doucce was better paired with the eyeko, but still just an okay mascara. I’ll be using it up and saying goodbye rather than repurchasing.
My eyeliner this week was from Beauty for Real. It gave me a nice thin line of mascara and was easy to work with. While it didn’t seep into my fine lines, it took a little while to dry down and was prone to smudging before it dried down. Once dry it was fine, but you just have to be careful those few minutes. I did notice that by the end of the day, the eyeliner had faded a bit, going a little more gray than black. While it was a decent eyeliner and I will continue to use it, this isn’t my favorite and once it is done, I won’t be repurchasing it.
My highlighter this week was the floss sunlit from the August Allure Beauty Box. It was an interesting product. When you look at it it looks kind of silvery, but when you apply it, the highlighter turns more gold. As I prefer the golden highlighters with my skin tone, I was okay with the change.
What I found interesting was that it applied better with a finger than with a brush. It was rather disappointing when I used a brush to apply it. It faded away to almost nothing. When I used my fingertip to apply it worked fabulously well. It blended nicely and provided just the right amount of glow. I don’t know if I was just using the wrong sort of brush, but I’m not adverse to applying it with my fingers. I think the fingertip might work better because of the product’s consistency. While it is technically a powder, it is not very powdery and has almost a jelly consistency. It’s kind of strange, like it is hallway between the two. It is still powder and not a jelly but it has almost that wet touch to it. I kind of liked it actually.
And finally we come to the lips.I had four products in my bag this week. I had a Huda Beauty lip countour in the shade Trophy wife, two liquid lipsticks from Bite Beauty (Caramelized and Infuse), and a lip gloss fromC’est Moi in the shade opulence.
The lip gloss was nice. It had no real color to it so swatches just show up as a glossy spot. It sat well on the lips and wasn’t too terribly sticky. It was a lip gloss so there was some stick factor, but it wasn’t too much. It is a nice lip gloss that I used both on its own and over other products this week.
The Huda Beauty lip contour I used both as a lip liner for Infuse and on my entire lips. I like the color and under the C’est Moi lip gloss it wasn’t too drying. It is still a lip liner so there is some drying when used this way, hence the lip gloss over it to make it more comfortable. I also used Caramelized to alter the color a bit.
Caramelized by Bite Beauty is just a little too neutral of a shade for me to wear on it’s own. On me it makes my lips disappear into my face. However it is an excellent lip topper. I used it over Trophy wife to make that a little less pink and I used it with Infuse to make it a little less vibrant. Typically with bite beauty I end up going for their bullet style lipsticks (which I absolutely adore). But I really like these liquid lips.
The formula never really dries down so there are a few lip prints left behind, but it is a very comfortable formula to wear. While I like the color of Infused, I often none it down with Caramelized. I’ve done so often enough that Caramelized is starting to get a pinkish tint to it. Who knows, a few more weeks of use and the color might have altered enough so I can wear it on it’s own.
One thing I like with this is that the color remains for most of the day. It dims a little in the afternoon, but I think that is because some of it wears off during lunch. But at the end of the day, I was still wearing lipstick. And I do like a lipstick that can last the day with me.
So that was my makeup bag this week. I had a great deal of fun with it and it helped me start to add to my list of products I want to pick up in the near future. I hope this has helped anyone else reading to plan their purchases as well.