This week I had a very light make up bag. Don’t get me wrong, I pulled a lot of things that I just didn’t end up using. The reason I ended up not using them was mostly due to both the foundation product and the eye shadow palette I chose. Before I get into that, I do want to mention the makeup bag itself. As those of you routinely reading this know, I have a subscription to IPSY. With each month a new makeup bag is delivered.
At the moment I am alternating using them and deciding which ones I want to keep and which to give away. The goal is to only keep the ones I like using and get rid of the ones I don’t. Also there is a Kusshi makeup bag I’ve been eyeing for a while as I think it would be perfect for my everyday use and I can’t justify purchasing a makeup bag when I have a drawer crammed full of bags I don’t use.
So, I am undertaking the methodical clearout before purchase. The bag featured above will be staying. I like the way that it opens wide and because it has no real internal supports I can open it wide. I will be keeping it more for travel than everyday use though. The lack of internal support is great when packing, as is the quilted interior and it is a good bag to keep with the luggage. I need a bag with a little stiffer structure to it for everyday use so items don’t spill out all over my bathroom.
So in the end a good bag I am keeping, but not for everyday use. So on to the products.
The foundation I used was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC2 Cream. While it is an excellent product, it is very light coverage. It took away my red spots and covered my dark spots. It made my skin look like skin only better. I really liked it but because it was so light coverage, I found myself not wanting to reach for the more pigmented lip products I chose for the week.
Even though I pulled several new lip products to try out I ended up reaching for my OFRA liquid lip in the shade Passadena which is a nice neutrally pink that goes with pretty much everything and my Perricone, MD No lipstick lipstick which is essentially a lip balm with the barest tint of color.
I did use the Banana Bright Face Primer from OLEHENRCICKSEN this week though and I absolutely loved it. It smelled fantastic and sat well under both my Hey Honey CC Cream and my Volition Sunscreen.
While it is a brightening primer, it is not a dewy skin sort of primer. It doesn’t give your skin that dewy/wet look. It is still a mostly matte primer, it just sort of brightens the darker spots to help even your skin tone out. Working with the CC cream it was fantastic. The primer also felt really hydrating on the skin.
It also smells like banana flavored candy.
Which I kinda liked.
The Cargo Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette I wrote a post on which the link will take you to. The simple break down is that the shadows are a good quality and easy to work with but the shade range of the palette means that it is really limited. It would be good for a quick office look when you don’t have much time to get ready in the morning, but it is ultimately kind of boring. If putting it into a makeup bag I would add a couple of extra single shadows to back it up.
My blush, bronzer and highlight all came from the Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette. Because it is small and I currently keep it with much smaller palettes I tend to forget about it as it hides in the shadows. Which is a shame because each time I take it out I realize just how much I really like it.
I enjoy using all three products in the palette. They work well for me. As I am currently at my darkest skin tone of the year, the blush is a little on the lighter end of the spectrum for me, but still workable. The blush I like better when my skin is a little lighter. What I like about this trio is that I could go as light or as dark as I wanted with the products. It is easy to apply just a little bit. Usually I build it up, but this week with the light coverage CC Cream on my skin, light was the way to go, and this Real Her trio delivered.
I really do need to find a better place to keep it though because I do want to use it more. It is one of those gems that I tend to forget I own until; I am reminded of and then I really enjoy using and wonder how I could have possibly forgotten. Although I am starting to see the dim outline of the pan in the bronzer and blush so clearly I don’t forget it that much.
The reason I remembered that I had the Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette from Real her this week was because I was trying out the real her eyebrow pencil. It is a very thin pencil and has a spoolie on the other end. The pencil is a little stiff getting started. It is not a terribly creamy product which took some getting used to. However it is a good shade match for me and I really like the precision point.
Once it got going it was a decent enough eyebrow pencil. Would I go out and repurchase it? Probably not. I will however use it until it is gone. If nothing else it prompts me to remember the very excellent Cheek trio Palette. So while not my favorite brow product it works well enough and I will keep it around until it is used up.
One product I won’t be keeping around is the Brown eyeliner by Antonym. I was very excited as this is a clean brand and I was also happy that Petit Vour includes some makeup products in the box as well as skin care. This however was not for me. I’m sure it is partially because I am used to using either liquid liners of gel pencils but I did not like using this pencil liner.
It was hard and it felt like I was jabbing my eyes out. It took a lot of effort to get the pigment on and I had a really hard time getting a smooth line. Oddly enough when I tried it on my hand it glided smoothly over the skin and left a deep brown line. When I went to put it on my eyes, it didn’t.
The only thing I can think of is that I tilt the pencil more when testing on my hand and use the point more when applying to my eyes. It did apply better when I tilted it a bit and used the side of the pencil, but then the line was too thick. I have slightly hooded eyes and using the side just put too thick a line for me. I did wear it like that for a day, but the brown faded down fairly quickly and was mostly gone by the time I went to remove my make up at night. I am very sad as I needed a brown liner and I really wanted to try incorporating more clean beauty products into my dressing table. Unfortunately, this will not be one of them.
This week I used the gifted mascara from Tarte and I loved it just as much as I did the last time I used it. This and Maneater might be my favorite Tarte Mascaras. It defined my lashes and really treated them well without being overblown on the low makeup looks the other products were creating.
Last but certainly not least are my powders. I am happy to say that I finally finished my Ciate London Everyday Vacaay Coconut Scented loose translucent powder. T was an excellent powder and I enjoyed using it. I do have a back up already stashed in my dressing table, but I will not be opening it for a while.
While I liked it, I am about coconutted out for the time being. The scent isn’t strong it is just that this was the summer of the coconut scented products and I need a little break. Next week, I’ll have a different powder. But I am pleased that I used it up. It always gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I use a product up in it’s entirety.
Its weird but the sight of the empties makes me happy. And sometimes a little sad. But still like I accomplished something.
I had a sample of the Mac Studio Fix Pressed powder plus foundation in my makeup bag this week. I used it to help darken the slightly too light Hey Honey CC cream. It worked well as a powder. I don’t think I would use it as a foundation powder as it seemed more of a pressed powder product. A really god pressed powder product but still not a foundation powder.
Perhaps that could be because of the size. It is after all only about the size of a quarter. Perhaps with a full size I could better evaluate it. I will say from the sample I would be willing to give the fill size a try. It might not work as a foundation but it was a very good pressed powder. While I will keep it in my dressing table and circle it back through, I am very much looking forward to using a regular sized pressed powder this week instead of the Lilliputian sample.
This week I forgot to add a setting spray to my makeup bag. I got so used to having the Revolution Spray around that I simply didn’t think to grab one. However I did have Timeless Skincare send several products to me, one of which was a spray that can be used as a setting spray. It is more skin care than most setting sprays so I may have to look into a few details, but I think I will be incorporating it in my make up bag for a while. As it is skin care it should be an interesting addition.
But that is for next week. This week is complete.
I pulled more lip products to use, but never got around to using them. I also pulled a concealer but likewise never touched it. While I have a couple of foundation products I want to try out I also have the QMS tinted moisturizer to use. I suspect it will be as low key as the Hey Honey and will lend itself to a no makeup look. So what I think I am going to do is put a regular foundation into the bag next week and use the QMS the following week.
Mostly because I want to try out an eyeshadow palette that looks to be more on the brighter side and I really want to use some of my newer lip products. I will be packing my makeup bag later this evening so I’ll see then how I feel about the foundation products then.
As my cousin (who adores the QMS tinted moisturizer) is eagerly awaiting my thoughts on it, there is always the possibility of a switch up. So we shall see. For now it is back to work for me. I’m still trying to play catch up from the giant monkey wrench tossed into my week by the bank kerfuffle so I will be hard at work and eagerly anticipating my Friday afternoon Masking break. Also as there are too many Labor Day sales to actually cover in a regular post I will be posting a Labor Day Sales post later this afternoon covering all the sales you might want to look into this weekend. If you aren’t shopping, no worries just skip it, if you are looking to stock up and trying to find the best price,tune in. So until then my darlings, have a great Friday.