Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag post where I go through all of the products I chose to use throughout the week and let you know how I felt about them.
While the foundation and eyeshadow palette each had their own posts yesterday I will recap them here again for you (with links to the full reviews). The foundation this week was the Ulta Beauty Youthful Glow Foundation serum Drops. It was an early test in my foundation trials and I forgot that I actually had it. I took it out this week and remembered exactly how much I really enjoyed using it. To be honest, now that I have it out, I am thinking about keeping it around for another week before returning it to the dressing table to choose another foundation.
The eyeshadow Palette was the Tuscany Palette from Nomad Cosmetics Italian line. I liked the colors and loved the way they stayed around all day, but was less thrilled by the powdery fall out from all of the shades. Once the fall out was dealt with, I really did enjoy using the palette.
My primer this week was the Stila Sheer Illumination lingerie soufflé primer. I like this primer. The whipped texture made it very light weight against the skin and it turned my skin into a nice smooth canvas for my foundation. The pink melted away blending my skin into a more uniform color rather than just giving it a pink hue which I really liked. And of course the decorative jar is delightful.
It worked fairly well with the Ulta foundation. It is more moisturizing than pore filling, but it does a decent job with the pore filling as well with creamier foundations. The Ulta Foundation needed a little more pore filling than the Stila offered, but it was almost there. If I keep the Ulta foundation out for another week I may try a more pore filling primer. But I was pleased to use this primer and look forward to the next time it leaves the dressing table for my makeup bag rotation.
My bronzer this week is the NARS Laguna Bronzer (it is the small pan in the photo to the left). It is a sample size that I have been working towards using up. I try to stick to the rule of not purchasing a full size until I have used the sample size up completely. I really love this bronzer, and even rotating it in and out of my makeup bag it is starting to get a very noticeable dip in the center of the pan. I’m not certain if you can see it in the photo, but you can certainly feel it. Not picking up a full sized one during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales has been so difficult. But I feel I can finish this sample up this year as I suspect with a few more uses I will start seeing pan and then it (or something comparable from Nars) will be at the top of my list for next year’s sales.
I had to do the same talking out of purchasing with my lipstick this week. The one I used the most this week is sample sized as well. It is the Bite lipstick in the shade Rhubarb. I love this lipstick, but the sample size means that it often rolls to the shadows and hides. It is a fantastic color on me and it doesn’t dry out my lips. It is a regular bullet style lipstick so it won’t last the entire day without touch ups, but I don’t mind that. I have to add that the lipstick smells good and even tastes good. I know that sounds strange to say, but as it is a product that goes on your lips, it does matter. It is a comfortable formula and I really enjoy it. I also suspect that once I break and buy one, I am going to buy several. I have two liquid lipsticks from Bite that I enjoy, but this color and formula of the bullet lipsticks are just fantastic. I am almost out of the Agave lip mask from Bite as well and will need to re order soon. At the moment I am testing out a different lip mask and thus far it has only sharpened my appreciation for Bite Beauty’s night time lip mask. But that is a different story (the lip mask review will be posted next week if you are interested.) I will easily be able to use up this lipstick. And I will be keeping it out on the dressing table so that I don’t forget it. Then when used up, I will reorder it and possibly some of it’s friends so that it doesn’t get lonely. I wouldn’t want my lipstick to get lonely. I just hope it is still available. When looking into the Bite Beauty Lipsticks, I found a lot of lip crayons listed on their site and I found an entire section dealing with a create your own custom shade of lipstick, both at the factory and at home, but I couldn’t find the lipsticks. This will require some research. The Bite Beauty sale is still going on (the link will take you there) so I may have to pick up a lip crayon and test it out. Regardless I will be looking into the lipstick further and get back to you. Fingers crossed it is still available.
While we are on lips, the other two lip products I used this week were the Dose of Colors Liquid lip in stone that I have been trying to use up. It is getting there. I think I have a few more weeks of steady use and then it is done. It is a pretty old liquid lip and I do actually have a replacement already waiting because it is one of my go-to nude shades. At the moment I am wishing I had ordered a Bite Beauty replace ment and just held it in the wings until I finished the sample but I am more worried about the clean and natural ingredients in a bullet lipstick going bad if kept to long than in a sealed liquid lip. so I didn’t.
My third and final lip product this week was the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balm in the scent Pomegranate. It is a really good lip balm. The Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balms tend to be the only lip balms i really keep stocked. Others show up from subscription boxes, but this is my staple.
I tend to periodically sign up for the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balm monthly subscription through Crate Joy (the link will take you to the crate joy subscription info). I have a hard time finding the subscription on the JSC website, but it is super easy to find on Crate Joy. It’s a subscription I keep for a few months to stock up on lip balms and then cancel while I work my way through them. I’m pretty sure I am covered through January on lip balms so I will probably re subscribe in either January or February. It is a really good subscription and a great product, it’s just not a subscription I need to keep all the time. I have been using the subscription off and on for the past four or five years and have never had a problem with them. And each subscription comes with a little surprise. There was a stick of sunscreen one month this past summer and once the pandemic got started, a free mask was tucked in. Speaking of masks, this lip balm has been a really good thing to wear under them too actually. Surprisingly as my face is getting the masknee from the mask, my lips are feeling oddly dry. This lip balm has really helped and it doesn’t get all over the inside of my mask which is also nice. And if you are looking to support a black owned brand, this is a good one to go for. Of course even if that isn’t a factor for you, it is an excellent lip balm and I usually have one within reach.
This week the pan is showing a lot more in my favorite No. 7 pressed powder. I’m keeping it in my makeup bag until it has been completely used up. Mostly because I know it is starting to show pan and there is always the temptation to have it last a little longer by using other products in between. It isn’t a terribly expensive product so I replacing it isn’t a hardship, but I have several other powders open at the moment, several of which I tend to forget I have in favor of the No. 7. So I am going to try, and try very hard, not to replace this immediately after it goes so that I can make some headway in using up other products. It is really the danger of favorites. The fact that it I know on sale is making it even harder to resist. At least with the sample sizes I still have the product to use, which makes resistance easier. But I am going to do my best to try.
My loose setting powder this week was the elf HD powder. It is a good translucent setting powder that sets the makeup and doesn’t cause a white cast in photos. At least it hasn’t ever done so on me. I also like the twist top so that you can seal up the holes the powder shakes through when you aren’t using it so that the powder stays in the base of the container until you are ready to use it without spilling everywhere. I have to say, this year, elf has been killing it with the products. Those Bite Sized palettes alone are worth giving the brand a look over if you haven’t done so in a while. Personally I ordered several items as I was putting together small makeup bags for some of the just getting into makeup girls in my family this year and I also got pulled into their gift sets. Those gift sets are rally a good deal. I picked up several for others and was so tempted by the Rose Gold Matte Lip Vault for myself. I resisted during my gift buying spree, but I suspect i will circle back once the last holiday package has been sent to its destination via post. Its the lips, my darlings, the lip products get me every time.
For my blush this week I went with Julep’s Your Happy Look Pore Minimizing Blush in the shade Rosewood. I really like the buildability of this blush. It goes on fairly softly and lets you layer until you reach the desired pigment level. I really do like the darker color and I thought that as my tan faded I would be less able to wear it. But that proved not to be the case, the shade still looked flattering on me so I think this is one that I might be able to wear year round. As I really like the blush I am very pleased to learn this. I was almost certain the darker shade would look more clown like than I wanted and I am very happy to be proven wrong. As a quick note, while the link above will take you to the Julep site (and they are still having a large sale you might want to check out) when I poked around looking for this blush I couldn’t find it anywhere. I send an e-mail to Julep but have yet to hear back. I will keep you posted on it (also I’m checking because I really like the blush) There were more skin care related items advertised which actually distracted me for a while as I haven’t tried any of Julep’s skincare and the only thing that pulls me in more than lipstick is skincare. But I will keep looking for the blush so an update will hopefully be arriving soon.
For my highlight this week I went with a highlighter I completely forgot I had. It is the Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector (pictured with the Bronzer near the top of this post). The name makes me think that it was probably designated for some other use than highlighter but on me the bronze tones work really well as a subtle highlight. I really love the subtle golden highlight. I do it’s like candle light against your skin rather than a spot light. Perhaps I’m just more of a candle light sort of person. Regardless, I really enjoyed using this and I am sorry I forgot I had it. In fact I enjoyed it so much that i really want to check out some of their other tones. they have quite a few. I know they have been around a while and as I generally like Becca products I have seen them, but highlighters, while beautiful, never drew me in like other makeup categories so I don’t have as many of them.
The eyeliner I used in this week’s bag was the Josephine Cosmetics black liquid liner that came in my November Petit Vour Box. The point tapered down and let me do either thin or thick lines with ease. The pen was smooth and didn’t skip. The product didn’t sink into my fine lines and it stayed in place all day. Over all I was very impressed with it. Until November I had not heard of the brand before so I had no expectations. This performed really well. I have a liquid shadow from the brand that I think I might try out in next week’s bag so I can get a better feel for the brand. If it performs as well as the eyeliner, it may be a brand I keep my eye on.
This week I skipped the eyebrow products as I had an ingrown hair and irritation. I really miss Jasmine, the lady who threaded my eyebrows. I should not be left alone with them. I am fairly certain I am the cause of the damage. So I just used a clean spoolie to keep them in line. Luckily my bangs need a severe trip at this point so my eyebrows weren’t really visible. I am going to have to trim them soon. Hair cutting is not my strong suit, but needs must.
Finally we wrap up the eyes with a sample size of the They’re Real Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics. It came in my Birchbox for November (and a second one in the Birchbox Advent Calendar. I hadn’t actually tried this one. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise as I generally just pick up the Bad Gal Bang and don’t look at the others. While this won’t replace Bad Gal in my affections, I did actually really like it. It did a great job of lengthening the lashes and it didn’t flake or smudge once dry. I am happy to have it and a back up. As it is a sample of mascara, it will only last two to three weeks so I might just keep it around for a bit to use it up. With sample mascaras, I tend to use them and then lose them in the depths of the drawer. Then several months have passed and I find I have several half empty trial sized tubes and have to play the game “Which of these products is too dried and clumpy to use?” I know, not the best game show name. I’ll work on the title before pitching it to the network.
To finish, I used the Farsali Setting spray. The Rose Gold Skin mist is beautiful to look at with shimmering gold flakes and it does a decent job setting the makeup. The scent is not my favorite, which is why I often leave it in the drawer instead of using it. But as my setting spray rotation now includes a setting spray that smells like fresh paint, I now find the scent less problematic than I once did. It is a good product, and I don’t mind using it. I will be keeping it in rotation for the moment so it will get used. Because of the scent I probably won’t be repurchasing it, but the product works well.
It seems that with the setting spray we have reached the end of the Makeup bag for the week. It was a surprisingly good week. Not one of the products I used were problematic and several exceeded expectations. I love when that happens. Next week while I am keeping my powder and foundation I will be trading out everything else. It may be a strange mix as I think I want to give my odd collection of liquid eyeshadows a try. Since most of them are on the dazzling metallic side, I suspect one of them will end up being part of my New Year’s glam look so I want to see how they perform. I’ll have to choose the rest of the bag around them.
And speaking of makeup bags…Kusshi has a new one out for the holidays. It is red on the outside and leopard print on the inside (they also have a black one with leopard print on the inside (which is the one I ordered for my mother as she isn’t a huge fan of red – personally i adore red, but there you have it). While animal prints aren’t what i tend to be drawn to (I have been eyeing their signature makeup bag for months trying to decide between it and the Vacationer though). My mother adores leopard print (ADORES IT!) and as she has been using the same make up bag for longer than she can remember, I picked it up for her this year. (Seriously, I asked her how long she’d had it and she couldn’t remember. the zipper toggle had been replaced by a safety pin and the inside so stained it looked spotted – there was a liquid liner incident. She wasn’t holding on to it for sentimentality, she just hadn’t gotten around to replacing it. I checked to make sure I wasn’t causing issues by ordering a new one.) I checked out one a friend owned and they are good quality, long lasting bags that are designed to keep things organized. So I know she’ll be happy for a long time to come. Now I just need to make my decision between the Signature and the Vacationer.