We had some highs and lows this week let me tell you. The Kosas Tinted Face oil was a high. It was a beautiful foundation that I am happy to have around. I really enjoyed using it and will definately be repurchasing it.
The low of course was the very frustrating Illuminati X ISA shadow palette. Oh, it gave me such angst. The best over all description I can give is patchy. No, actually that has to be capitalized because it was so bad it needs to be yelled. It was PATCHY.
Sorry for raising my voice, but I wanted to make sure those of you in the back row heard me. For details you can click on the link to read the full break out review. As this palette caused me to waste a lot of time this week, I am not going to talk about it any more.
The primer I used this week was the Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow. I love this primer. I think this is either the second or third tube of this I have purchased and at the moment I think I have about a week or two’s worth of product left in the current tube. I might keep it around a second week and see if I can use it up.
It is sort of bittersweet to use this one up. Because I have quite a few open primers at the moment (I adore primers, as most of you well know.) I am trying not to just automatically repurchase products when I empty them. So even though this has been a staple for a while, and I will put it on my list of products to buy again, I am going to have to wait a bit before it makes an appearance in my dressing table again.
This week I added the Maybelline Instant Age rewind to my make up bag, but didn’t actually use it as concealler. I slept tolerably well this week and my allergies are gone because the ragweed has finally withered away so I didn’t feel that I needed it. Plus, the Kosas foundation was excellent. But it is a good concealer. This week it was also used as an eyeshadow primer. Admittedly so was every other primer and concealer I had in my collection as I tried to get the eyeshadow palette to work. But I do like the Age rewind concealer and will no doubt be using it again.
My bronzer this week was the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel. I like the bronzer and the packaging is fantastic. What can I say, I am a sucker for a good compact.
Speaking of which I also used the Zeesea pressed powder this week. It is a decent powder, works well and does what it is supposed to. It isn’t a spectacular product, but the packaging is really nice. I love their British Museum Collection and will probably end up picking up more from them at some point.
They also just released an Alice in Wonderland Themed set. It looks absolutely stunning. Zeesea is one of those brands where the product is good, but not excellent but the packaging is collectable. It is also interesting as to what they have up on their website ant any given time. sometimes you can find what you want and other times entire collections disappear only to reappear a few months later. right now they are all about Halloween so very few of their collections are available. Which is kind of a bummer as they have a sale going on. To be honest, once this powder runs out, I’m going to pry out the empty pan, find another product that fits and just keep reusing the compact.
This week I had two Natasha Denona products in my makeup bag. I intended to have only one. The one I planned to use was the Bloom Blush and Glow Palette. I love the darker cream blush. I thought I could use the cream blushes and the Glow section as a highlighter. While I loved using the blushes and in fact forgot how much I actually liked using cream blush in general (Note to self: I really need to pick up more cream blush) I was not terribly enthused by the glow section of the palette. I think part of that may be my skin tone. When I applied it, the product just sort of blended into nothing on my skin. I think if I was lighter or darker it might work better. As it is, the glow did not get me.
However, I have a Glow powder from Natasha Denona. I never reach for it because I don’t really do much in the way of body shimmer. Admittedly, that could make my work out gear more spectacular. So I tend to forget that it is in my make up drawer. This week I pulled it out and used it as my highlighter. It is a nice subtle glow that really worked well for me this week. I absolutely loved it. And I need to remember to reach for it more often.
Wet ‘n Wild remained in my makeup bag this week with the Brow Kit and the eyeliner. The liquid liner is almost completely out now and I am keeping it in this coming week to finish it out.
I will be grabbing a second eyeliner in addition to the wet ‘n wild though as I think there are only a couple of days worth of product left in the tube.
I added a brown eyeliner to the bag this week. It was from Pretty Vulgar and has a gel like consistency. It is one of those liners that lasts all day without smudging or fading and won’t budge unless you use a makeup remover. It was excellent. (FYI Pretty Vulgar is still having a sale featuring one of my favorite mascaras, the Feathers, if you are looking to stock up. It runs through the end of the month).
My loose setting powder was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet loose translucent powder. I went through an entire one of these and picked up a replacement. I decided this week was the week I wanted to break out the replacement. I enjoyed using it just as much as I did the first container. I have the feeling it will be used and then repurchased again and again.
Also something that will be used and repurchased, the setting spray, Timeless Skincare HA Spray to be exact. Still using and still love. What more needs to be said?
The mascara was new this week. I cleared out a lot of my older opened mascara so I was able to open one of the never been tried before ones. This is the Lengthening Organic Mascara from Harvest that came in a Petit Vour box.
I’ll be honest, it isn’t my favorite mascara. It has an odd smell to it that I can’t identify. I know it is some sort of oil and that it is supposed to smell like that, the product hasn’t gone bad. I just don’t like it. And to be fair it does a good job of lengthening the lashes. But it tends to flake and by mid afternoon it looked as though I hadn’t applied any mascara at all. I was not a fan. I’m glad it is only a travel size because I don’t think I will be keeping it around.
Finally we reach the lips. I kept the TreStique jar out this week but to be honest, after fighting with the shadow I ended up just reaching for the Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry. It was quick, easy and I didn’t have to think too much about it. The Trestique lips and the lip liners I pulled languished this week. Next week perhaps, there will be more concentration on the lips. This week, the eyes were just the problem child needing attention.
So that was my makeup bag this week. The good the bad, the always keep around and the never again. It was quite the mix this week.
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