Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag where I discuss all of the products I used throughout the week. This week I wanted to test out one of my liquid eyeshadows and the one I tested was the Eye Dazzle in the shade Leona from Josephine Cosmetics.
No matter how this shade looks on line, it is a lovely coppery shade in real life. And you know how I love my coppery shades. The link will take you to the full review post, but over all my experience with this liquid shadow was a positive one. Last week I tried out the black eyeliner from Josephine Cosmetics and that too was rather positive which tells me I might want to take a bit of time and look more into the brand.
As The coppery shimmer of the eye dazzle was so bright, I paired it with the all matte palette of The Balm’s Meet Matt (e) Trimony. I really like the formula of The Balm’s eyeshadows and I have to say even though the palettes in metal tins seem to get all the press, I really like this flat style palette better. I found the tins hard to open and a bit frustrating even if they are cute. This opens easily, has large usable pans of shadow and blends well. I was very happy to use it this week
While I will be doing more separate tool reviews in the future I wanted to just add just a few I used with my shadows this week. I adore my color switch tin and it is probably one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while. Mine is from Sephora, but you can get them from a bunch of different brands. It helps me use fewer brushes each time I apply shadow and thus put off the giant shadow brush wash for a little bit, which I think helps keep the brushes lasting a bit longer.
The three shadow brushes I leaned on the most this week were The Shadow and Eye Crease brushes from Shaina B (Black handles) that came in an IPSY a while ago and a tapered blending brush from a Lavash brush set (Pink handle). While all worked really well, the Lavash brush is starting to look a little worse for wear. This week it lost a number of bristles. It isn’t beyond use, but it is getting there. As I think I’ve had the set about a year, it doesn’t speak well to the longevity of the brush. Thus far the other brushes in the set are holding up better so perhaps I just use this one more. I have been impressed with the Shaina B brushes. They are both frequently used, but neither has lost a single bristle yet.
Along with my shadows I pressed my Eyeko skinny liner into service this week (it is pictured below with the lip products and swatches). As always Eyeko’s formula worked brilliantly. Whether it is in the skinny or fat form, their eyeliners are simply amazing. They don’t fade, stay in place all day and never seep into the fine lines of my skin. In addition, they are decently priced, always a win in my book.
To wrap up the eyes, I again used the They’re Real mascara from Benefit. It is a sample size and after two weeks of use it is almost used up. While I will keep it in the Makeup bag a third week, I believe the sample sized tube will run out of product before next week runs out of days and so I will probably add a second mascara to pick up where it leaves off. I have a second unopened tube of They’re Real in my dressing table, but I’ll leave it rest for a while until I manage to work my way through a few of my already opened products. While I prefer the volumizing of Bad Gal Bang, this is a really nice lengthening mascara and I am glad that when this runs out, I still have a back up to reach for.
Speaking of Benefit, I also used a Benefit Primer this week. I went for the pore filling fabulousness of The Pore Professional (the link will take you to the full review). While it has been around for a while now, it is still a hard product to beat and one that I really like having in my dressing table and rotating into my makeup bag.
It worked very well this week with my repeat use of the Ulta Beauty Youthful glow foundation (link is to the full review). It remains a really good light weight foundation and I am really glad that I used it a second week. While I will still be testing out new foundation products, I want to make sure to use the foundations I already have rather than just automatically purchasing new for the sake of trying new products (although I love trying new products, especially foundations, I really hate wasting product). However this will be rotating back into the dressing table this week and giving another product a chance at being used. One thing I find really fun about circling back through foundation products is that if I didn’t like a foundation, I didn’t keep it after my first round. I have a cousin I trade products with periodically as some products I don’t like, she does and visa versa. That means that when I open the drawer all of my choices in foundations are products I actually liked enough to keep.
It makes choosing my foundation each week a delightfully difficult task with no really bad outcome.
But Youthful Glow from Ulta Beauty will be returning to the dressing table this week so another can be chosen.
Decisions, decisions, my darlings.
One product that hasn’t gotten any rest has been my No. 7 Pressed powder. This week saw more and more of the silver pan exposed. I’m guessing that by New Years at the latest the compact will be completely empty. I kind of suspect it won’t last that long actually. It is a really great powder and, if you couldn’t tell by the amount of product used, I really like using it. While it will be repurchased, I want to concentrate on using up at least one of the other pressed powders in my dressing table first. So I am going to try to resist the urge to go out an immediately repurchase this powder once it is gone. I’m not sure how well I will do at resisting. It will however be staying in the makeup bag until it is completely used up.
My bronzer this week was the Fakeation on Mars from Space Case Cosmetics. Because of it’s size I tend to overlook it when choosing products from the drawer and that really is a shame. The formula is very buildable. Putting on too much of it actually takes a bit of effort. Also as my skin loses its tan and goes winter white, it lets me adjust to the amount of product I use quite easily. I like that as too much bronzer can make your face look a bit dirty. That has never been a problem with this. I really like that on a light makeup day I can still use it to bring a little definition to my cheeks without going over the top.
My blush this week was also one that I found easy to blend out into a low makeup look, or build up for something more glam. That is the Hourglass ambient light Blush in diffused heat. I really like both the formula and the bendability of the product.
And then we get to the highlighter.
This week, we had a bit of an issue.
First of all, I would love to say that I love my babydoll. I really do. Occasionally, he just doesn’t realize his own strength and tends to be a bull in a china shop. He also grew up with two brothers, a father with only brothers and all male cousins. His mother had her own bathroom which all of the boys were forbidden to enter. Having met everyone as adults, I think it was a wise decree on her part.
This week my babydoll needed tweezers and I told him there was a set in my makeup bag. So he went to retrieve it. There he saw several compacts (pressed powder, blush and highlighter). Since he thinks all compacts hold powder, he was surprised there were three compacts as he felt there should be only one. So he opened one of the compacts to look inside.
The compact he opened held the Ciate London Confetti highlighter. As you can probably tell from the picture, the product is composed of lots of little balls in varying tones (like confetti) pressed together to form one solid. Mine was fairly thin in the middle because I really like the golden tones this highlighter produces. That is also where he pressed to see if they were individual balls or one polka dotted lump. You can see the results in the image. There is now a chunk of pan showing and the compact must be held flat so that little beads of highlighter don’t spill out. He was very apologetic.
So while I will need to take more care when I use this highlighter moving forward, I do like this highlighter and the golden glow it gives my skin. Actually I am fond of a lot of Ciate Products. At this point I think I am only lacking a bronzer to be able to do a full face of Ciate products. I think that when I do get around to ordering a bronzer, so that I can do a full face, I may pick up a new highlighter as well. Of course at the moment every time i go to the Ciate site I look at the Miss Piggy Collection they now have out. I adore the muppets and that Miss Piggy hand mirror is calling my name hard. Don’t get me wrong, the make up sponge with the pig nose imprint is adorable and the makeup looks good too, but that mirror is just calling to me. And it is calling to me in Miss Piggy’s voice.
Now that the center has been breached in my highlighter, I’m not certain how long the rest of the product will hold on to the pan before crumbling. with the top layer gone, it seems to have lost structural integrity. So I suspect a Ciate London order is in my near future. I’ll have to keep you posted.
My final face product was the loose setting powder from Kristofer Buckle. (Currently it is on sale if you want to check it out. Normally it is $24 but the sale puts it at $18. There is a lot of powder in it and it is a really good value for the money). I really like using this powder. It is very finely milled and settles well on the skin. My only issue is that when you open the inner lid, there is usually a puff of product that hits the air. It isn’t a lot, but you just have to remember not to breath in or you will be tasting powder for about an hour. It is a consequence of it being so finely milled. It is also what makes the powder so nice to use, but the small product puff is just something to remember.
My lips this week were coated in three lipsticks (although not at the same time) an one lip liner. The vegan lip liner was from RealHer and it was the shade 20218 Be Yourself Be Real Her. It is red enough that it went well with my Dose of Colors Date Night liquid lipstick. It is also red enough that when my lines weren’t perfectly straight it showed and my lips looked lopsided. It was easy to fix, as long as I caught it.
Which I didn’t always do, so a few times this week my lips looked a little crooked.
It is however a fabulously creamy and easy to work with lip liner, It stayed in place, even when I placed it wrong, and corralled my lipstick well. It is just a shade where any crookedness shows. I tend to have that with any dark shade of lip liner. I’m just not good with straight lines. Its why with lip liner I generally stick to more forgiving shades. I was just so pleased to hav one that matched the Dose Date Night that I forgot my wobble. I am working on the lines though so with practice there is less wobble. It also means that on the days when I am working alone at my desk with no possibility of a video call I tend to have very red lips.
Practice makes perfect, my darlings. Or at least a little less wobbly in my case. With luck anyway.
So there was user error, not product issues. I have to say the more Real Her products I try, the more I like the brand. Thus far I think their eyeliner turned out to be good, but not one of my favorites, but everything else has been fabulous. I have really been impressed with this brand as a whole, at least in the products I’ve tried.
The Dose of Colors in Date Night dried down well and stayed in place all day with no problem. (At the moment Ulta is having a sale on this particular liquid lip. you can get it and a neutral lip as a duo for $12.50. It is an online only offer I believe. The above link will take you to that page on Ulta.) It left my lips a little dry, but with my Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm handy, that wasn’t a problem. The Fluide Liquid Lip in the shade Candy Bar wasn’t as drying, but it didn’t dry down all the way, left a few lip prints on my coffee mug and needed to be reapplied after lunch. It is the cost of a non-drying formula. Both formulas are very comfortable to wear and they are lipsticks I do reach for often. My final lip product was the elf Black Cherry sheer slick. What can I say? It is a great formula, a wonderfully sheer wash of color and over all fantastic product.
At the end, finally there was my Laura Geller Spackle Mist. It sets the make up well and is more coconut water scented rather than coconut scented so the aroma is light and fresh which I enjoy. I am about half way through the bottle so it will be going back to the dressing table while another product is rotated into next week’s makeup bag.
And with the setting spray, this week’s makeup bag is complete. This week I had a good set of products to work with and aside from the highlighter debacle no major issues. And really, there was no way to predict that sort of highlighter issue. I did learn though that next time my baby doll needs something I have in my makeup bag, I need to get it for him instead of letting him retrieve it himself. Apparently his mother was onto something with her banishment.