Happy Friday my darlings and welcome to the first makeup bag of 2021. I’m trying a little something different with today’s post so let me know how you like the changes. Instead of just showing a picture of the product, I will add links for each of the products so you can see the product and then in a get ready with me style, show the application of them. If that makes sense. Let me know what you think.
So starting off, I applied my primer. Today’s primer was the Master Prime from Maybelline. It is a blurring and pore minimizing primer and it does the job well. It is clear, so there is little to see, but it does blur out the pores. It is however very silicone-y so it does make your face super slick as well. And remember my darlings, a little goes a long way with this primer. Add too much and the rest of your makeup will pretty much slide off of your face. A little dot, spread over the areas you mostly want blurred out of minimized is all you need. I generally cover my nose and cheeks in a broad strip and call it done with this primer.
Once the priming was done I moved on to my foundation. This week I used the last of my Yensa BC Foundation. It is a combination of BB and CC cream in a foundation. It does well eliminating redness and covering up minor blemishes so I didn’t feel the need to have a tinted primer this week.
This foundation is a little dark for my skin at this time of year, but there wasn’t much left in the sample tube and I wanted to use it up so that it didn’t go bad waiting for the return of the sun. Now the tube is actually empty and I know that Tan Neutral is more suited to my summer skin and will purchase accordingly. And I will be picking up a full size of this once my foundation drawer has been cleared out a little more. For now the empty tube journeys to the empties bin.
Because my foundation was a little dark this week, I reached for my Marc Jacobs Hi-Fi Filter. While I don’t do a lot of contouring these days, I really like the darker shade in this for my bronzer and I find that the lighter contour shade, if applied with a fluffy brush right over the foundation lightens the foundation, but doesn’t make it look as powdery as actual powder. And it sits well under the darker shade I used as my bronzer this week. As always I loved using the Marc Jacobs compact. It will be with me until it is nothing but pan, and then I will repurchase in whatever version is then available. It is one of those products that is definitely worth the price.
For blush this week I used the Multi Use Crème Color in Exhibit A from the brand Habit. This came in a Petit Vour Box last month and this week was the first time I used it. It is supposed to be usable for lips, eyes and cheeks but quite frankly, I didn’t like it on my lips or eyes.
The color was off on the lips and it felt sticky on the lips. It also felt heavy on the eyelids. It wa however very nice on the cheeks. I dipped a finger into the pot of color, added a dot or two to my cheek and then blended it in with either fingers or a brush, both work. I actually need to look at getting more brushes that work for cream based products as at the moment, my fingers are the best blending tools for most of them.
But that is another story.
One thing to remember about this product is that it is highly pigmented. Even if you think you might want more, start with one dot, blend and then if you want more, dip back into the pot. It is highly pigmented and while it blends well, it stays fairly pigmented even after blending. You can always layer more on and make it as deep as you want, but tread lightly in the beginning my darlings or you may find yourself starting your day’s makeup look over again. I was very pleased with how well this stayed on the cheeks throughout the day. It did not blend into nothing and it did not fade away. I think I will see a lot of use out of this product.
I can’t really say the same for my highlighter. This week I used the Jecca Blac Glow drops in Champagne for my highlighter. I had high hopes as I used the rose gold glow drops and really loved the subtle glow it gave the skin. Like the champagne this product was listed as highlighting primer for face. The Rose gold worked well as a highlight but not as a primer. This one I may have to try as a primer. While I don’t really like the glow-y skin look, this might actually work under a full coverage matte foundation to provide a little more depth. I will play around with it a bit more, but I can honestly tell you it was not a highlighter. It blended out and was gone. I’ll save it ti try as a primer and see if I like it any better that way.
I used two powders this week, One was the Pacifica Cherry Blossom Translucent setting powder. It has a little bit of white to it when used, and can lighten up a look. It doesn’t make the skin look powdery and I personally like the scent. I generally like it for a week, then have to set it to the side and use something else before coming back to it though, because of the scent. It can get to be a bit too much if used too often. Spaced out, the scent is delightful. And the powder works wonderfully.
Even though it is jumping ahead a bit in product usage as I used the pressed powder to touch up any shine throughout the day, I’ll go ahead and cover it here. This week I used the Zeesea X British Museum pressed powder. The compact is gorgeous and I will end up using it as a compact in my purse when the product is used up. The product however is nothing to really write home about. It is a competent and basic pressed powder. It is not a good pressed powder. It is not awful, but it isn’t great. I bought it for it’s look and I adore the packaging. It is sturdy enough that it could be reused for a long time after the product is gone and it is a standard enough size that I could probably find something to easily fit into the empty space once I have reached pan. But I can’t say it is a wonderful product. It is a wonderful packaging and not terrible expensive. But I will be honest, I bought it for the packaging.
My Ciate London Palette The Trend Edit was in use this week and I have to say I loved it. You can check out the full review here, but in short there was a lot of pigment, little fall out and it lasted all day. I would actually repurchase this simply for the shade Burnt. It is a fantastic everyday shade for me and was great in a one and done look. I foresee mentioning this palette many times in the future.
My mascara came from Kristofer Buckle this week. It is the Grand Opening Mascara to be specific. It is a lengthening mascara and while when I first tried it, I wasn’t too enthused, this mascara has grown on me as I’ve used it. I think I was so used to volumizing mascaras that I wasn’t ready for just a lengthening one. I have come to appreciate the lengthening ones though and this one did a really good job lengthening my lashes. It is one that I will repeatedly reach for. This one is nearing the end of its life, but I already have a second one waiting in the wings to be opened. Like the Ciate, you will be hearing about this again.
To be honest I didn’t really use eyeliner or a brow product this week. I just used a spoolie on my brows and called it good.
For my lips I used two products. One was the Dose of Colors in Stone that I am trying to use up. It is the perfect pink toned neutral to go with the Ciate Palette. Its shadows have a slightly reddish undertone that made them work well together. The other lip product was the Huda Beauty Demi Matte in Bawse. A bold shade. While you can read the full review here, the sort of it is that I absolutely oved this liquid lip. It went on well, didn’t dry out my lips and stayed in place (with some fading) throughout the day with no touchups. All in all a fabulous lip product. I foresee many from this line making their way into my dressing table in the future. Admittedly I may try out the mattes before committing to the demi-mattes.
To top it all off, although applied before the mascara and lipstick, I used the new Pore Professional Super Setter from Benefit Cosmetics. This product came to be via Influenster and I am really enjoying it.For the spray alone I would love this product. The scent is light and fresh and it keeps the makeup in place all day. When sprayed, even though it is a manual pump, the spray comes out like a mist from an aerosol can. It is super light and there were absolutely no drips to pat off with my trusty Huda Beauty makeup sponge. I know I do prefer a setting spray with skin care benefits, but when looking for a product to keep everything in place for the entire day, this is a fantastic option. I think in my normal everyday makeup I will still lean towards the skincare type of setting sprays, but when I want insurance for my makeup for a long day, this is what I am going to be reaching for. It is one of the best setting sprays I’ve tried in a while.
And with that my darlings, this week’s makeup bag is complete. Let me know what you think about the slight change I did with the post. Hopefully you liked it. I certainly had fun with it. I have a bunch of new products to try next week so it should be an interesting week as far as products go. Hopefully there will be some good surprises. I’ll see you then.