Good morning my darlings. I know some of you are looking at this and thinking, it is not Friday. No you did not miss two days. This Thursday is Thanksgiving for me and I will not be posting on either Thursday or Friday. Don’t worry, normality will resume on Monday. Or whatever passes for normality these days. So no one is missing days and today we will have the Wednesday Face Mask as well. It will also be earlier in the day as this afternoon will be filled with the pre-feast arrangements and the first of the Thanksgiving Video chats with family.
It turns out not everyone wants to be on the same video call. I think I have some family who are deciding that the benefit of not gathering en masse for the holiday is that they can choose who they want to talk to. Kinda fun.
But this is less family drama highlights and more of the week’s make up.
This week for foundation I went with the Maybelline Fit me Matte + Poreless. I really like the foundation. My thoughts haven’t really changed on it since my full review. It is one of the better drug store foundations that I have tried out. However there is an improvement.
My one issue with this foundation was the open top to the glass bottle. I dispense product onto my hand and then apply and with this I am always pouring just a little too much so I feel like I am wasting product. Then when I was poking around I found the Fit Me foundation is now on sale on Look Fantastics website ($8 in case you are interested) in a tube instead of a bottle. I know, normally I adore glass bottles but without a pump or dropper or anything, I make a mess with this bottle. Now it is offered in a tube. (Yes it is things like this that get me excited. Last time I checked my local drugstore only had it in the bottles but on my next store run I will check it out. If not, at least I know where I can replace it and eliminate the one complaint I had about this product. Happy holidays to me.
Applying my foundation was the tag team duo of my Master Blender from bdellium tools and my Huda Beauty sponge. I am still loving both of them.
Bdellium Tools is having a sale where a lot of their Vegan Brushes are 50% off. If you are looking for quality brushes this might be a good time to stock up. Of course, Huda Beauty is also having a sale.
This week’s primer was the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer (Usually the full size is $36 but right now it is on sale for $18). I used to use this all the time. I think the only reason I stopped picking it up was because I had too many primers at one point and decided to try and use them up before I repurchased. Somehow this fell off my radar.
A week or so ago I was getting a few Ulta gift cards for …well…gifts, and I saw this travel sized one in the section by the checkout so I picked it up to see if I still liked it. I do. I like it a lot. It is pore filling and my skin looked fabulous when I put it on. I can’t believe I let this fall off my radar for so long and will happily be putting it back into my primer rotation.
My concealer was also a sample size this week. It was picked up from IPSY and it was another product that I used to like but somehow fell off my radar. This is the Tarte shape tape concealer. (Tarte is having a 30% off sale sitewide, use code CYBER)
It is an adorable little sample. Which is probably a good thing. As cute as it is, it did not perform as I remembered. It worked really well on covering spots and blemishes, but under the eyes it was a mess. It crinkled, it wrinkled and every person I saw thought I looked exhausted. I don’t know if the formula changed or if I am just old enough now that my skin no longer likes the formula, but it didn’t work for me. I will use the rest of this little tube as either eyelid primer or a spot concealer, but it is not going under my eyes. I love many products from Tarte and their sister brand Sugar Crush (Especially their liquid lipsticks), this just doesn’t happen to be one of them anymore.
For blush and bronzer this week I went with two of my long standing favorites. What doesn’t show is that there are significant curves in the product of both the bronzer and the blush. The bronzer was from Marc Jacobs.
Technically it is the HI FI Filter contour duo, but the darker contour I can use as bronzer and the lighter shade I tend to use as a powder when I accidentally pick up a foundation that is slightly too dark. I am not always the best at picking out shades so I have products to help modify some of them. I figure it is better to modify than to waste an entire bottle of product (assuming the product works well). It also really helps when my skin is seasonally transitioning. This is a duo I will be keeping around until the pan is completely empty. And then I’ll reorder something similar. I don’t think this actual duo is sold any more but the products are sold individually. I just don’t think people are doing as much contouring as they used to.But the formula is great and I will be going for a Marc Jacobs Bronzer when this runs out rather than the contour kit.
The blush was the Gold Rush from Benefit. What can I say, I love the blush, I love the slight glow it gives my skin and I also really like the way it makes me look on video calls, which I will be doing a lot of this week. It may be family and not work, but I still want to look nice.
For highlighter I grabbed the Fenty beauty (30% off sale going on now) and used the Moscow Mule more than ginger binge as it suits my skin tone more. I wanted something that would blend out well without being to in your face bright. While I occasionally tease about the overly highlighted nose, my family is merciless with the mocking so I wanted to avoid bright spot but still highlight certain areas. This highlighter worked well so I shouldn’t have any problems on the video calls.
I had two powders this week. My pressed powder is the No 7 Perfect light in medium. As you can see from the photo, the pan has started to show through. I may actually keep it in my makeup bag until I have used it up rather than trading it out with another one in the dressing table.
The kicker is that since I reach for this one automatically (it is one of my favorites) I have several other pressed powders I’ve barely touched so I might do a quick count and see if I can justify reordering this immediately or if I will have to show some restraint and wait for a bit. I would prefer not to show restraint but we will see what the powder count reveals.
My loose powder this week was the Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh setting powder. It came in my November Boxy Charm and was actually one of my choice items. I was intrigued by the dial that shaves off fresh powder for each use. I thought it would help keep it from getting messy. Which it does. The powder is really nice and I do like using it. The only issue is that when you turn the dial for the powder you have to have clean dry hands.
If you have anything on your hands (moisturizer, serum, primer) turning that dial becomes a feat requiring herculean effort. Otherwise it is fine. Just remember clean, dry hands and you will be fine. I am kind of interested to see what will happen as the level of powder drops. While it may take me a really long time to get through eyeshadow or blush, I go through powders (both pressed and loose) at a fairly steady rate. They are the one item I am always replacing. Even on no makeup days, I use powder over my moisturizer. Seeing how this solid performs as it gets shaved down further and further may be an interesting thing to watch.
This week I couldn’t resist reaching for my wet ‘n wild Color Icon Palette. I have the My Glamour Squad one, but in all fairness it is a good enough formula that I would not mind picking up more of these little palettes (currently the 32 pan Color Icon palette which looks like it has all of the small pans combined is on sale for $9.99 – normally it is $15- I am very tempted by this.). There is enough shadow for a variety of looks and the formula is easy to work with. If you are just getting into makeup or like to keep things easy, this is not a bad little palette to have around. The shades tend to fade after about the tenth hour of wearing them, but it is rare for me to wear shadow more than 8-10 hours so I’ve never found that to be a problem.
And since I was taking out the wet ‘n wild eyeshadow I figured I’d go ahead and grab the ultimate brow kit. I really like the wet ‘n wild formula. Well for the brow powder. That cream highlight is just awful, but the powder is really good. I only use the one lighter shade. While the kit is really very inexpensive, I feel like I am wasting the other two products. I would love to just get that lighter powder in a single for my brows. I think for now I might try using the darker shade as a powder eyeliner so it doesn’t get wasted.
For eyeliner this week I used the Laura Geller Line and Define Dual Dimension eyeliner. One is a crayon style and the other is liquid. I really like both formulas but I think that the crayon side will just get thicker and thicker as I use it down. It will be interesting to see how that wears.
This week as I was attempting to put things where they belong in my dressing table I found an unopened Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara (they have both the regular packaging available now and a special Holiday packaging of this mascara as well as several kits where it comes in a travel size like this. You all know my weakness for kits and multi-product packs).
I’m not ashamed to say I squealed just a little bit with delight. For a while I had a fist full of these sample sized mascaras and I thought I used them up. But no, this one was still sealed. So I promptly unsealed it and used it, and yes, it is just as good as I remember it being. So I was a very happy camper when I found I had that.
For lip products this week I had three. One liner, one liquid and one gloss. The liner was Huda Beauty in Trophy wife, the liquid lipstick was OFRA’s Pasadena and the gloss was Thrive Causemetics in Ashley.
I have used all three before, loved all three and will use all three again. The Ofra formula is a really nice one that dries down to stay in place but doesn’t dry down so much that your lips feel parched. It is a very comfortable formula to wear and a great nude. The thrive lipgloss is lip gloss shiny and not as glittery a it looks. It is also not sticky. The stick factor is one reason I tend to go matte and then just top it off with the few clear glosses I like. This is one of the few I really like.
And finally we come to the setting spray, Milani’s Make it last Matte (Milani has 30% off site wide at the moment). I liked this spray actually. After the paint fumes of Kokie I was braced for the worst but I ended up really liking this. It has a slightly floral scent to it that fades quickly and more importantly didn’t give me a headache.
I think this is one I would definitely use until it is gone and then think about repurchasing in the full size. So that my darlings was the makeup bag for the week. It sounds very strange to be saying that on a Wednesday, but such are the holidays. I will be wearing these products for the rest of the week, with the exception of the tarte concealer. I am now using the Pretty Vulgar concealer under my eyes as I don’t want to explain to every family member that I am not sick and exhausted. That was my only real fail this week.
Which shouldn’t be surprising as I specifically chose products I knew I could count on for the week since I was going to be so taken over with other things that I didn’t want to have to stop and evaluate my foundation, eyeshadow or powder mid gathering. While there were a couple of new items, for the most part I went with products I knew I could count on. It was just one of those weeks where stable was better than experimenting. I tried to add in as much information about brand’s sales as I could with the posts and hopefully it will help some of you out. More than likely I will be doing a second sales post later today as there were a bunch that I forgot on my massive sales cheat cheat that I posted yesterday. And of course there will be a face mask post later today as well. And no, it is not Friday. You really haven’t missed any days.