Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag. Here I go through all of the products I used throughout the week and let you know what I thought of them.
This week I will start with a Primer. You know I love a good primer. I love smoothing the canvas of my face down as much as possible before I start to apply everything else. This week I chose my small sample of the Pore Professional Pearl for my primer. I chose it for several reasons. The first was that it is the last of a whole bunch of Pore Professional sample sizes that I had. I slowly worked my way through them and whittled it down to just the one. And once I got down to the last one, I let it languish in the drawer while I use other products.
This was once my absolute favorite primer. It is still good, but I can’t remember when exactly when I picked up the primer so it is time for it to be used up. The second reason I chose to use this primer is because the Clarins primer I’ve used for the last two weeks, and fell in love with, sort of reminded me of this one and I wanted to compare them to each other. The fact is that I still really like the Pore Professional Pearl Primer. I actually prefer it to the regular Porefessional Primer to be honest. It not only fills the pores like the original but the pink tint really suits my skin tone. In the pallor of winter it brings a very slight pink tint to the skin. It is light enough that I don’t think it can actually be called a tint. Maybe a hue would be a better term.
Either way it brightens the skin and makes me look healthier, even on days when I just wear the primer and no foundation. I very much like it and as I think I have only a week’s worth of product left in the sample tube, it will be sticking around in the makeup bag another week, just so it can be used up. It is also going on my list of products to purchase in the full size very soon.
This week I used the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Perfecting Foundation stick. I adore this stick foundation. A couple of swipes across the face and a quick blend with the Bdellium 999 Master blender and that’s it. No muss no fuss. And this shade works so well for my skin. It is light Warm in case you are wondering. The color is actually flexible enough with my skin that I can wear it year round. It also requires so little product to create a fantastic look so the Foundation stick lasts a long time.
Unlike other foundation sticks I’ve tried, this doesn’t need to be warmed up or anything before applying it. The center circle of product is actually a priming agent, I find I still like a pore filling primer underneath, but the primer in the foundation really helps with the smoothness of the application.
This is one of those foundations I always travel with because it is so quick and easy to use, and because it is as stick it doesn’t spill. It feels weightless on the skin. It is one I will continue to use and always repurchase.
This week I also reached for another favorite. I pulled the RealHer Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek trio out of my makeup drawer. It is a blush, bronzer and highlighter combo and as you can see the bronzer is already showing the outline of the pan underneath. This is one of my favorite face palettes. All three products are buildable formulas that let you control exactly how much product you want to apply on your face.
Even though the palette is small enough to be travel sized the pans are large enough to be used with the face brushes I usually use. I don’t have to get a different smaller brush to use them. The white casing was a little unfortunate of a choice as you can see the area around the bronzer has become especially dirty. It does clean up easily, but it does accumulate fast on the white plastic.
I like that the pans can easily be popped out of the palette as I think I will probably run out of bronzer before I use up the other two pans and I love the thought of being able to replace the pans in the palette with new ones a they are used up. I think it is really smart and I really hope I can get this bronzer in a single pan to fit it inside once it is used up.
Speaking of used up, I completely used up the sample size of the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed powder this week. It was a good powder and one I wouldn’t mind using again. It wasn’t my favorite pressed powder, but it was nice to use even if I won’t be running out to immediately buy the full size.
My loose powder this week was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet translucent setting powder. I think this is either the second or third container of this I have had in my dressing table and when this powder is used up, I will be picking up a replacement of it. It is a great loose setting powder and pacifica is a really good vegan brand that I can easily pick up on a run to Target.
I think I have about half a container of this powder left in the container so it will take a while for me to use it up, but when I do, it will be replaced. It is finely milled enough to set my makeup without being powdery and it has no white flash back in photographs. The cherry scent can be a bit overpowering if used every day, but in a rotation of other powders it is always a nice delight to have the cherry scent around for a week.
Because I wanted to try out the Galactic Lid Gloss from Eyeko this week I added both it and the Meet Matt (e) Trimony to my makeup bag. The Balm’s shadows always work well for me and they were again fantastic this week. I live using this all matte palette in general, but it also is a great palette to use when working with layering sparkle and shimmer products over.
It was excellent with my shimmer stick shadows and it was again fabulous with the Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss. The lid gloss itself was fun to play with and I think I will be picking up several. While you can read my full review here, the lid gloss performed well. It could be sheered out to a little shimmer and it could be packed on for a coppery, metallic foil look. It was very versatile and once dried, stayed in place all day. I am a huge fan and look forward to trying out more colors.
As the Eyeko was so dazzling, I couldn’t resist keeping the New Big Poppa mascara from Wet ‘n Wild out another week. This is one of their new products and so worth picking up. In the photos it took just one application to make my lashes stand out. It does a great job lengthening and making my lashes look a little fuller. It also didn’t flake throughout the day. I’d say it might be one of my new favorite drugstore products, but quite frankly it out performed many of my more expensive mascaras. I am very much a fan of Big Poppa. I’ll try to remember to trade him out for next week’s selection, but it will be hard to let him go.
I had two lipsticks this week. I have the Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Stone that I am trying to finish out and I had the Nars Bullet style lipstick in Karat. If applied directly the Nars is a deep purple red lipstick that I absolutely adore. It can be tamed by using a brush to apply it and thin it out a little bit, for when you don’t want to be quite as vampy. It can also be lightened with a little dose of Dose of Colors Stone on top of it. Stone is a pinky neutral shade. The tones played well with the Nars and the two colors blended well. I could go very neutral with Stone alone or super dark with Kirat. I could also hit most of the spectrum between by blending them in different ways. It was the best of all lipstick worlds. The only downside was that these formulas both tend to be a bit drying.
But that wasn’t a problem as I had Teadora Wild Superfood Lip Drops on hand. The link will take you to my full review of them. The drops may be a lip treatment, but when used with a drying lipstick formula they really keep your lips from drying out. Just let your lipstick actually dry down before you apply it so that the lipstick doesn’t smear. That is the only trick. It will make everything more glossy instead of matte but your lips won’t feel parched, dry and cracked.
My final touch was my setting spray and I have to say I opened the new bottle of the Timeless HA Spray that just came in. I finished the old bottle and couldn’t resisted ordering the exact same one again. I thought about the other scents but I really like the fresh Cucumber scent of this cucumber scented HA spray. I also like the extra dose of HA and the way it keeps my makeup in place. I will say that the Pore Professional Super Setter does better at locking things down, but the HA spray gives me those extra skin care benefits. I think at this moment those two are my top setting sprays and while I will continue to try others, those are the two I will most often reach for.
And that my darlings is the makeup bag for this week. I’ll admit, I did go for a lot of tried and true products this week. I had some of my favorites I just couldn’t help reaching for. I think the reason was mostly due to my skin. Right now I am going through a really good skin moment. I have had a really good spate of products and I really like the way my skin looks and feels. Several of those products however are running out or have run out and are being replaced.
I’ll do a skin care line up post in the near future to discuss. But the end result is that since I am getting ready to try new products I wanted to take advantage of my good skin moment by using products I knew weren’t going to cause me trouble. Hence the lineup of favorites. I’ll get over it, I just wanted to take the small window before I start tinkering with my skin care again. While I enjoy trying all new skin care products, sometimes there is a slight risk. Of course some times that risk pays off by adding new favorites to my line up. We’ll have to see as things move forward. But for now, this was my makeup bag this week.