This week’s makeup bag was really low key. This was one of those weeks where I worked at my desk by myself with the occasional phone call. No one needed to see me so looking good for zoom wasn’t a necessity. I think the only time other than my walks that I left the house was to run to the charity shop yesterday. So there were several days I just let my skin breathe.
But I did wear some makeup this week.
I started with the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen. The link will take you to the full review. It is a brightening primer, but under powder or foundation it blurs out blemishes and fine lines really well and while it hydrates, it didn’t ever feel greasy. This is a primer I think I will be reaching for more throughout the winter.
On the days I reached for foundation, I went with the E.L.F. Acne Fighting foundation. It was easy to reach for, light weight and felt good against the skin. This is one foundation that I know i am going to replace as soon as it runs out. E.l.f. really hit it out of the park with this one.
My RealHer Cheek Ultimate Glow Getter Trio provided my Bronzer, Blush and highlight this week. While I did use the bronze and highlight I think there was only one day this week I bothered with the highlighter.
The blush and bronze are both buildable products that let you go as light or as glam as you want. This week I tended to lean into the light and this Cheek Trio Palette was amazing for that. If you take a close look at the bronzer, you can see that the outlines of the pan are starting to show through the product. Of the three, the Bronzer is my favorite product. The blush and highlighter are good, but I tend to use them because they are there with the bronzer, whereas the bronzer is why I reach for the palette. It was a palette that I reached for a lot this summer and I am really glad to see that it is something I can easily use in winter as well.
For Powder I used my trusty No 7. Pressed powder and didn’t bother with a loose setting powder at all this week. I know, shocking. Much more of the pan is showing now and I am fairly certain that this compact will be empty by new Years. It really is one of my favorite products. The formula of the powder is just really nice against the skin.
This week I skipped both eyeliner and brow products completely. My eyebrow is still healing from an ingrown hair and quite frankly at the moment my bangs have grown out enough that you can’t really see much of my brows. I really need to cut them. I’ll admit, it scares me so I put off the trimming of the bangs as long as possible. I am less hesitant with the rest of my hair, but those bangs…Still it must be done and done soon. This week, I just used a spoolie to keep them neat and left them alone.
I had a trio of shadows this week. KVD’s Lolita was the shade I reached for most often for a quick swipe of color. It is an excellent shadow and the color works well for me. It can be used as a light blush or deepened towards a wine red. It is one of those shadows that always gets added to my travel bags.
The Colored Raine Champagne Life was my light shimmer shade this week. It is okay but not my favorite. It tends to disappear when I tried to blend it in and fades pretty badly throughout the day.
The third shadow I used was the IBY Fire and Ice shadow. I really enjoyed it. It doesn’t look like much in the pan but when applied it glimmers green like a beetle’s back and I really enjoyed it. I am definitely going to have to remember to use it more often. For a fuller review of the three and to see swatches and read a more detailed performance review, the link will take you to my eyeshadow review post from yesterday.
This week I finished off the They’re Real sample size of mascara from Benefit Cosmetics. I really like the way it lengthened my lashes and it looked really good, especially on the days where I did nothing but powder and lip oil. This was its third week and this morning I can officially say that the tube is completely empty. The sample is no more. I was rather surprised that it lasted the full third week, but somehow it just managed to hang on to finish the week out.
My final product this week was the Yensa lip oil in the shade Pink Shine. I love everything about this lip oil. It has a slight hint of color that compliments my natural lips. It helps refresh dry lips and it smells amazing. That being said, it does leave oily lip prints on the rims of coffee mugs and needs to be reapplied after eating. But the shine it gives to lips is fantastic.
This week I didn’t bother with a setting spray. Which means that we have now arrived at the end of the makeup bag. I told you, I didn’t wear a lot of products this week. I figured it was just me looking at a computer screen all day so on the mornings when I wanted to wear makeup I did, and the mornings I didn’t want to put it on, I didn’t. It was really nice to have a low key week like this. Next week of course I have the first of the week loaded down with pre-holiday work zooms, so I’ll have to be a little bit more mindful. But it was nice to have a very relaxed week and only put on what I wanted to put on without worrying how it would look on camera.