Welcome back to the Weekly Makeup bag post. I’ve missed you. This week was a fun one. I not only used my newly purchased e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation out, but I kept the last of the e.l.f. Tinted moisturizer out and even brought out the e.l.f. Flawless Foundation from the depths of my dressing table to do a full on comparison. That’s right it was battle of the e.l.f. foundations. Well, sort of.
All three were rock star products (at garage band prices) although my summer tan has not faded nearly enough for me to be able to use the shade of the Flawless foundation I have in my dressing table. I had to go in extra hard on the bronzer on the days I used it.
My bronzer this week was my tried and true Trestique Color and contour stick. It is a longtime favorite and one I have replaced a couple of times. It is an easily blendable formula and the stick format lets you put the product exactly where you want it. It is one of my favorite cream formula bronzers to work with.
I can’t actually say the same for the Girlactik Cream skin glow. It is a dual shade with one side a pinky tone and the other side a gold tone. Both disappeared into nothingness on my cheeks. I was not terribly happy with it.
I did enjoy bringing out my Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat. It was a little light for my summer tanned skin so I haven’t reached for it in a while, but now that my skin is starting to fade with the fall, I think I am going to be reaching for this product more often. I love the way it blends out against the skin and not only adds color but seems to add a little light.
My primer this week was the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen. I love the way it smells like banana candy. The vitamin C isn’t a bad addition either. Even though it is called a bright primer it doesn’t add a dewy shimmer to the skin.
What it does do is add a little depth to your matte foundation so that your skin looks more natural. And the vitamin C included does help to fade dark spots too which is nice. The slight tint to the cream fades completely into the skin and is unnoticeable. It actually looks a little darker in the pic than it does in real life. This is currently one of my top primers.
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Also at the top of my list of products? My Benefit bad Girl Bang Mascara. Alas this was this particular tubes last time in the makeup bag. My sample sized tube is officially empty. This little tube gave its all and no more product remains.
At the moment I have several unopened mascaras I need to work my way through before I look at buying another one. As I know that the Bad Girl Bang is in one of the Holiday bundles that Benefit did for this Holiday season I am trying to justify buying the bundle as a holiday purchase rather than just buying the mascara. I know it’s kind of a sneaky way around my ‘no buying mascaras until a few more are used up’ concept. And I know I shouldn’t but it is one of my favorite mascaras and I am not sure if I can resist the temptation.
There were two wet ‘n wild products in my makeup bag this week. The first is the eyebrow kit, which will be staying for a while. I really like the medium powder for my brows. And making a return is the wet ‘n wild mega liner. I really do like the paint brush style of eyeliner. As you can pretty much tell from the level of product in this container.
It doesn’t have a lot of product left in it and I am trying to decide if I want to keep it around until I finish it out or not. I suspect I might because it is really light. I think I might rotate in a few brown eyeliners and just keep this in my makeup bag as the black liner until it is gone.
I know I’ll end up replacing it but I also want to try out a couple others in this style, like the Pretty Vulgar and the KVD Vegan Beauty ones. But this week, the wet ‘n wild is the one I used and I really liked it. You have to let it dry for a moment so it doesn’t transfer to your upper lids but once you get the hang of it, the liner stays in place all day without smearing or fading. It is also the very first eyeliner I tried when I was just starting to get into makeup. Which is probably why I am more comfortable with it than some other styles.
My HA Spray from Timeless skin is still in my makeup bag and will pretty much remain a constant until there is another product I want to test out. Even then I suspect I will test it out and then return to this. I love the skin care benefits along with the actually set of the makeup. For me it is a double win.
My setting powder was from Kristofer Buckle. It is a great reliable loose translucent setting powder. It clouds the air a little bit when you dip into it, but it doesn’t look powdery on the face. I think it is just so finely milled that particles quickly become aerosolized around the brush. It doesn’t look powdery though.
My pressed powder this week was the No 7 Perfect light. As you can see the pan underneath is becoming more distinctly visible. (I didn’t realize how much was showing through until I linked to the product page and saw the untouched pan in the photo.) I really like using it and have a hard time sending it back to the dressing table. However, I have other powders to use and so I must return it and give another product a chance to be used and discussed.
Finally, we end up at the lips. To be honest I took the easy way out this week. I have two sets of mini-lip crayons from Trestique. Some are matte lip colors and others are sheer. I just put them all in an jar and set them in my bathroom. Then each morning I just picked whichever I felt like going with for the day. They were really handy and I enjoyed using them all.
The limited lipstick selection is one of the things I don’t like about the weekly makeup bag. While it comforts me to choose all the other products and know I have everything squared away and won’t get distracted by other products in my dressing table. With the lips, I really like variety. I am actually contemplating leaving the jar of Trestique in the bathroom and then just adding one or two lip products to the bag each week. We shall see how that idea goes. Who knows next week I may change my mind.
But for this week, this was my makeup bag. With the exception of the disappointing Girlactick I rather enjoyed all of the products I chose. It was one of my better make up bags. Hopefully nest week will be just as good.