The Make Up Bag: September 18th, 2020

The Make up Bag Used September 12th – 18th

This was a strange week.  I had plans, chose the full array of products, and then with the first use of the QMS Medicosmetics Active Glow Tinted Day Cream, those plans went out the window.  I really liked using the QMS Active Glow, and the link will take you to my full review if you would like to check it out.  However, it was very much a no make up makeup. Attempting to use a full eyeshadow palette or regular lipstick just sort of looked foolish with it.  So I decided it was going to be a very minimalist week.

First off, there was the sunscreen.  While there were two in my bag this week, the Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield (my absolute favorite) and the Polaar Fluide Solaire, I used them in different ways. 

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The Volition went on my face and the Polaar, which I found a little heavy on my face, went on to my neck and upper chest where my t-shirts often expose the skin to the full punishing rays of the sun.  As sunscreen I like them both, but as I don’t really care for the Polaar on my face, I use it on my neck.

While I could just use the Volition on both my neck and face, I haven’t found any other sunscreen I like on my face so this lets me use other sunscreens and reserve the Volition strictly for my face. It makes it last a bit longer and this week I certainly had space for both tubes in my makeup bag.

Because the QMS is so luminous on the skin, I definitely needed my setting powder this month. Since I was using limited products on my face, I went with the Becca Pink Haze Setting powder.  The QMS evened my skin tone and the Becca Pink Haze brought some color to the skin while still maintaining the no makeup look. 

It was just a healthy glow to the skin more than anything else.  Of the Becca Powders I’ve tried I think this may be one of my favorites.  To keep it from looking powdery once I applied it I used my damp Huda Beauty Makeup sponge to kind of tap it down and take away the excess. 

I really like the flat section of this makeup sponge.  I really didn’t think it would make that much of a difference, but it really has.  I know other makeup sponges have that feature as well, but that combined with the texture of the Huda Beauty sponge make it one I reach for the most.

Over all the QMS Active Glow mixed with the Becca Pink Haze gave me a really healthy natural look all week. And it didn’t get rubbed off by my face mask which was nice.

While I steered away from both bronzer and highlighter this week, my blush was called into action. Actually I’ve called this blush into action quite a few times and it is starting to get a very distinct divot in the center. This week I used my Gold Rush Blush from Benefit as my eyeshadow. 

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It gave me a slight color to the lids to add definition without looking like it was really there. The slight gold shimmer to the blush made it look like I did something but wasn’t trying too hard. Which was kind of the look I was going for this week.  It worked beautifully in this capacity.

These powders were set into place with my HA Spray from Timeless Skincare.  It was sent to me for a trial and this was the second week I put it into use.  I am still absolutely loving it.  The cucumber scent is amazingly refreshing and I like it almost as much as I like the spray. It makes my day feel spa like (and yes it is mostly because I am very scent oriented.)

It kept the powders into place (which is what a setting spray is asked to do) and it has good for my skin ingredients.  I was very happy to use it a second week.

With the powders in place and locked down for the day I reached for my Scandal Eyes Wow Wings Mascara from Rimmel.  Rimmel is a long time favorite drug store brand of mine.  Their powders and mascaras have always found a place in my world. 

The wand on this particular mascara is shaped to give you maximum lash lift towards the outer corners of your eyes.  I really enjoy this mascara.  Alas it is reaching the end of its life.  It has reached the six month mark and not only is it time to let it go, but after six months of use the little left remaining in the tube is beginning to get a little clumpy. 

the mascara wand from Rimmel

As it was perfect for six months I’m okay with it going clumpy when it reaches it’s expiration date.  If it didn’t I’d be tempted to keep it past it’s expiration date.  The clumps force me to get rid of it. It is a mascara that I will be repurchasing again in the near future.  It gave me very dramatic lashes and didn’t flake on me.

And finally we come to the lips.Even in a minimal make up week, I still ended up with three lip products.  The first is the Bite beauty Agave Lip mask in Maple. Most days I wore this at least part of the day.  Mostly around two ish when I was starting to think that snacking sounded like a good idea. 

The maple scent makes me feel as though I have already enjoyed a treat and therefore don’t need a second one. Which helps curb a lot of my snacking cravings.  It also keeps my lips nice and soft, which I’m sure is more the marketing plan for the product. At least I don’t think – Bite Beauty – Helps keep you from stuffing your face with potato chips mid afternoon – is their new campaign slogan.

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While I used this tube a lot, it barely shows a dent because so very little is actually needed to cover the lips.  It is one of those fantastic products that seems like you can use forever and never run out and then magically one day it is empty.  Then you stare at the empty tube in shock wondering how it could be empty. At least that is my take, you need so little it always seems like there is enough for just one more use in it.

my two main lip products this week

The second lip product I didn’t like as much.  It is the Alamar Cosmetics lip gloss in birthday suit.  It looked good on and it smelled nice, but it was very sticky feeling on the lips.  I know that most lip glosses have a somewhat sticky feel to them, but this seemed a little extra sticky.  It does look nice though.  I think this is one of those lip glosses that will end up in my purse so that if I have to apply it before giving a speech or taking a photo it can be applied, but it isn’t one I will be turning to often. Looks nice but doesn’t feel nice.

My third and final product looked nice, felt nice and smelled nice.  I think it also did some nice things for my lips too.  It is the Yensa Super 8 Lip oil in the shade pink shine.  While it gives a nice gloss to the lips, it isn’t sticky (cause it’s a lip oil). It also isn’t greasy, which I was worried about. 

Despite looking toxic-ly red in the tube it really only gave a delicate tint of color to the lips.  And throughout the day it sort of absorbed into the lips making my lips feel smother and better than before I applied it, which is not something I usually get with lip products.  The oils were quite nourishing.  I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that I like it as I have had good luck with this Yensa Line.  The Primer has long been a favorite of mine and last week I tried out their foundation and really liked it.  So for me anyway the Super 8 line from Yensa is super indeed. And to be honest, I kind of want to pick up the entire line of lip oils. Which as much as I love lip products is really rare for me to say about an entire line. But I really liked this lip oil.

lip swatches, Yensa on top and Alamar on bottom

So that my darlings was my minimal makeup bag this week. No primer, no bronzer or highlight. It was a simple quick and easy routine.  With the exception of the sticky lip gloss and the realization that I had to say goodbye to a well loved mascara, it was a pretty good week.

Because the summer is ending, I am going to be going through my foundation and foundation like products and pulling the darker ones.  These I want to use before my skin starts losing it’s tan.  I can’t remember if I have any I haven’t tried yet that are in the darker range.  If there are I will go with those first, but I think I might have gotten all of them.  I now I have some new winter shades to test But that is still a little while off.  O next week might be a primer review rather than a foundation one. Or maybe there will be something else that jumps out of my make up bag and decides it wants to be singled out. I’ll have to see what makes it into my make up bag before I can tell.   Either way, that is the end of this week’s make up bag.


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The Make Up Bag: September 11, 2020

The Make up bag used September 5th – 11th

This week I wanted to test one of the sample sized foundations I picked up in my summer shade.  It was the Yensa BC Foundation.  It is full coverage and is formulated as a mix of BB cream and CC Cream.  I really enjoyed using it this week.  While I will be keeping the remainder of the tube in my collection until I use it up, I will eventually end up purchasing a full size. It gave me excellent coverage without being cakey and it didn’t settle into my fine lines throughout the day.

To be honest, I am not as enthused by the primer I used with it.  I thought about using the Yensa primer, which I absolutely love as I thought it would pair well with the foundation (which it did actually, there was one day where I tested the two together and they are a winning combo), however I am trying to work through my sample sizes so that they don’t pile up and expire before I can try them and so that I can decide what full sized products I want to add to my dressing table in the future.

So the sample sized primer I pulled was the Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing face primer.  I can’t decide if I don’t like it or if I just didn’t like it with this foundation. The primer smells like coconut, which is not my favorite, but it isn’t strong enough to be a major issue.  It is white and massages into the skin like a moisturizer. It is very hydrating, but to be honest I didn’t notice much of a difference when I wore it under my foundation and when I wore the foundation with no primer.  By contrast when I wore the Yensa primer underneath, it enhanced the foundation.

I think I might like it better with a foundation that feels more drying on the skin as I suspect that this is either designed for those with dry skin or who are using a foundation that tends to dry them out.  While I have foundations that occasionally crease towards the end of the day I don’t really have any that leave my skin feeling dry.  What I might do is try this again in the winter time and see if I like it better when my skin is dryer.  I think the issue is that it is just not really designed for my skin type.  So at the moment, it will return to the dressing table for a later week long test but as of now I don’t think I will be picking up a full sized version of this primer as much as I tend to love Too Faced Products.

By contrast I brought out the Kristofer Buckle translucent loose setting powder to use again.  This is its second time in my makeup bag.  I picked this powder up as part of the Vanity Collection Kits that are offered on the Kristofer Buckle site. 

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I chose it because I wanted to test out the Triplicity Foundation Stick and because I absolutely adore the formula of the Cashmere Slip Lipstick.  The shade Bardot is the lipstick I grab before any other one in my collection.  Don’t get me wrong there are others I really love, but it is just such an excellently wearable formula. But that isn’t the point.  The point is I picked up the kit and the powder was in it.  Incidentally, I highly recommend the kits.  All of the products are full sized and it is a really affordable way to try out multiple products from the brand. And they are having a BOGO sale on the kits so it is a good time to stock up.

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When I tested the products I more or less had a Kristofer Buckle themed Makeup bag that week.  I knew I loved the lipsticks and I absolutely fell in love with the Triplicity foundation stick and because of this I think the powder got shorted.  I remember thinking ‘it’s a good powder, but wow that foundation.’

Sometimes I get focused on one thing and let others slide.  This week I used the powder in my bag.  I was not distracted by the other Kristofer Buckle products. I have to say I found it better this time than I did the first.  It is very finely milled, sits well on the skin and does not cause a white cast in photos.  It also has zero scent.  After a couple of months of coconut scented powder (which I liked, it was a good powder) it was really nice to have a powder that has no scent. The little powder puff that comes with the powder is completely useless.  I used a powder brush and my Huda Beauty makeup sponge instead, but it is a much better powder than I remembered from my first use and I was happy to use it this week and I will be happy to keep it in rotation.

With powders I like to keep one pressed powder and one loose powder.  This week my pressed powder was the No. 7 Perfect Light pressed powder.  It is one of my go to powders.  I will often wear it simply over primer to control shine and it is the compact I reach for when I need to powder my nose mid day.  As I didn’t need to powder my nose this week beyond what I put on in the morning, I did not get to use this all that much.  I’m going to be keeping it in the makeup bag this week.  Also I think it will work well with the foundation product I plan to use this week. No. 7 is also having a sale at the moment 20% Off When You Spend $79 with code 20OFF. The sale runs through September 13th.



This week I pulled the Revolution Fast Base Concealer to use.  Because the foundation did not require any extra assistance, I ended up using it solely as an eyelid primer.  It worked well even though the shadows had a tendency to fade throughout the day.  It gave me a smooth, even toned base from which to start building my shadow looks.

Speaking of shadows, I used the Ciate London New England Palette this week.  The link will take you to the full review.  It is a bit mixed.  The pigments are more buildable than intense and if you want the shimmers to brighten you have to use a damp brush.  With a damp brush the shimmers and metallics are spectacular.  The look just has a tendency to fade to nothing after about six hours.

For my bronzer this week I took out my Space Case Fakeation on Mars Bronzer.  It Is one of those products that I tend to forget that I have.  The case is dark blue and tends to fade into the shadows of the drawer. 

The product itself is quite nice.  It is a buildable formula rather than an intensely pigmented one so if you are worried about applying too much bronzer and making your face look dirty then this might be an option for you to look into.   I really like it because I can decide just how dramatic I want to be.  I am also glad I found it now as it is one of those bronzers that really helps when your skin is going through seasonal tonal changes. 

It is great for darkening a slightly too light foundation without making your face look like it is overly powdered. (I’m sure there is another term for that, but you know what I mean).  I really like this when I am too light to still use my summer shades but not yet pale enough for some of my winter ones. If used when the foundation isn’t quite dry it really blends in nicely to help adjust the shade.

This week’s blush is one that came in a subscription box at some point, but I can’t remember which one.  I also forgot I had it.  I think what happened was that it came in and was a smaller size so when I put it with the other blushes it was over shadowed.  I don’t think I used it before this week.. It was the Mannakadar Buildable Blush in Bali Babe.  I would say that it is more bendable than buildable.  It is an intense pigment that does blend out well.  It does not go on light. That being said, I did like it.  Is it my favorite blush? No, and truthfully I probably won’t buy a full sized version. I will however use this until it is gone.  It falls into that good but not spectacular range.

Ofra and Bad Gal Bang, two of my favorites from this week’s bag

One product that always falls into the spectacular range is the Ofra Glazed doughnut highlighter.  It is simply stunning.  It applies bright but blends beautifully to a soft glow. This is a product I will use down to pan and then instantly replace. Normally I go for more gold toned highlighters, but this just blends so beautifully I am willing to lean towards silver.

I had two eyeliners in my Makeup bag this week.  One was the Hank and Henry Blickity Black and the other was the Milk Makeup Gel liner.  The Milk gel Liner is in a champagne nude type color (I couldn’t find the color on the liner) and it goes on creamy and smooth.  I used it in my water line.  It is more subtle than a white liner and gives a softer look.  I am a big fan of the formula and will be seeking out other colors to add to my collection.

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The Hank and Henry, not so much. The liner which is a calligraphy pen style, has the tendency to skip instead of giving a smooth line. It also bled a little into my fine lines, not a lot, just enough that I noticed when I was applying it.  While it stayed in place once it was on the lids, it tended to fade a little towards the end of the day, getting a kind of off black color by the time I went to take off my makeup. The final issue was that I had to kind of wait between eyes. I would get one done and notice it was skipping more the monger I used it so I would have to cap it and let it rest before doing the other eye.  I was not a fan.

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I am still a fan of the Bad Gal Bang mascara from Benefit, which was my mascara this week.  I think there is enough product for one , maybe two more weeks in the tube so back into the dressing table it goes, but it is with a pang of loss that I sent it away.  I really like this mascara.  The other Benefit mascaras are good and I enjoy using them, however this is my favorite.

And yes I realize I am sort of hoarding it a little bit but not just going ahead and using it up, but I have several opened mascaras to finish up as well as several unopened mascaras I want to try so once I finish this trial size I am not allowing myself to buy the fill sized version until I clear out a little more space in my mascara section.  So I am holding on to this as long as I can so that when I do finish it I can justify purchasing the full one. Don’t worry, it will still get used up within the six month deadline, I just want to hold on to it a little longer.

For my brows this week I kept the Hourglass brow pencil around for defining the bottom of the arch, but mostly used a tinted eyebrow gel.  I have several but I somehow never think to reach for them. This one is the Soap and Glory Archery Volu-boost brow fiber gel.  It’s the shade Talk of the Brown, in case you are curious. I really enjoyed using it.  It didn’t make my brows crispy or look plastered on (I really hate when bows are so insanely defined and plastered against the skin by gel that they look painted on.  I think it makes people look like cartoon characters. I am really happy that it looks like fluffy, natural looking eyebrows are trending.  While this did help me tame and define my eyebrows it didn’t give me cartoon brows so I was happy.  I really think having the eyebrow pencil to define the bottom helped and I like the Hourglass brow pencil formula.

Finally we come to the lips.  This week I had three options in my Makeup bag.  The first was a MAC Bullet style lipstick. It is in the shade mocha.  I always think of mocha as a brown shade but this read more pinky neutral on the lips this week. It was just as creamy and lovely to wear as I remember Mac lipsticks being and the shade went well with the pinkier tones of the eyeshadow palette without overwhelming them.

The trestique also went well with the brighter shades, blending but not competing with the eyes. I chose one of the lips from the Mini Matte Lip Collection, the Florence Fig to try out this week.  Again it is a neutrally pink, although slightly darker than the Mac. 

The darker Trestique is the top swatch with the lighter Mac below

I really love the formula of the Trestique lip products.  They are creamy and non drying and they last a really long time.  They need touching up after lunch, as do most traditional lipstick formulas but over all it lasts quite well.  I now have the set of mattes and the sheer glosses in the Trestique Minis and to be honest I am thinking of just putting them all in a jar and leaving them in the bathroom with my skin care so that they are on hand to reach for. 

I’ve actually had really good luck with the trestique formulas in general.  Their Bronzing stick is one of my favorites.  They are another brand where I almost have enough products to do a full face of just the brand.  I’ll have to take an inventory and see what I am missing and possibly do a full face make up bag one week.

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The third lipstick product that was in my bag this week was the Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector.  I have to say I was very much looking forward to testing this out.  I’ve used several skin care products from Carins and I really liked the Lip water stain I tried.  However I did not use it this week.  I tested it out but the eye shadow palette tended to skew more pink tones and this was just a bit too red so it looked off.  I will be bringing it back this week and this week it will be used.  I am actually selecting my eyeshadow palette around this lip product. Next week will be it’s time to shine.

This week there is one final product in my Makeup bag and it is the setting spray. This setting spray however is a little something special. It is the Timeless Skincare HA Spray with Matrixl 3000 + Cucumber extract.  It was gifted to me by Timeless Skincare, along with several other skincare products I am trying. 

This is both a setting spray and skin care.  I posted a seperate post about this spray yesterday (the link above will take you directly to it). Because it is skin care and I do like to give skincare at least 30 to see if it works (as it generally takes that long to show any changes) this setting spray will be in my bag for at least the next month. Trust me that is no hardship. In addition to the skin care benefits which will bc covered at the end of the month long trial, it is a really good setting spray. In addition it’s cucumber scent makes me feel like i just left a spa. I know it is just the scent but it is really nice and extra refreshing. So I will be using it in my makeup bag as I do my full trial. Then I’ll start rotating other setting sprays in. 

And that concludes this week’s make up bag.  Next week I will be using the QMS tinted moisturizer.  From what I have heard, it is very light coverage so I will probably be going more natural with my look in the coming week. Which is fine with me.  It is still very hot here and I have no real plans to leave the house so easy and breezy suits me just fine.


The Make Up Bag: August 21st, 2020

The Makeup Bag used August 15-21, 2020

This week I tried to focus on items I never tried before so it was a week of first impressions.  To start off with I used the Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation in the shade 127 Y Bamboo. 

It turned out to be a great shade for my deepest summer tan, although the clock is ticking as to how long I will be able to wear the shade.  I liked the foundation enough that once I clear out some of my current foundations, I will be picking up a lighter shade. 

While the link above will take you to the full review the basic summary is that it is a good foundation that feels weightless.  It has a bit more shine than I like but is easily toned down by a matte setting powder.  I am still working my way through the Ciate Everyday Vaccay Setting powder (I have only a few more weeks and it will be used up) and it worked really well with this foundation.

Less well received this week was the Ciate watermelon burst hydrating primer.  Don’t get me wrong it is a good hydrating primer.  The Extraordinary foundation just needed a pore filling primer underneath it to look it’s best.  This was not that primer. 

I called in the Benefit Porefessional primer though and it paired amazingly well with the foundation. There were a couple of days where I didn’t bother with foundation because I knew I was going to just be running in and out of the heat all day.  On those days I tend to use a primer and a dusting of powder. 

In that application, I really liked the watermelon burst primer.  It locked the powder in place and didn’t let my skin dry out.  The primer also has a nice watermelon scent to it that made me crave Jolly Ranchers all week.  It just didn’t pair well with the foundation I chose this week as it required something pore filling and not hydrating. I will be keeping the ciate primer around and using it again when a hydrating primer is called for. As winter dries my skin, that shouldn’t be a problem.  That I’m keeping the Benefit Cosmetics Primer around goes without saying.

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My NARS sample sized bronzer in Laguna finally starting to show a dip in the center.

I didn’t have a new bronzer this week so I went with my small sample size of NARS Laguna.  I absolutely love this bronzer.  It is a great color and a wonderful formula.  However I am not allowing myself to purchase a full sized version until I use up the sample. I am actually starting to feel a dent in the center of the pan so I will be reaching for this periodically in an effort to use it up. Plus I can’t remember when I got the sample so I’m worried it might be getting a bit old.  And if at all possible I like to use things up rather than throw them out because they are expired.

The blush was new to me and came from the August Look Fantastic Box.  It is the bellapierre cosmetics mineral blush in the shade amaretto. It is a loose blush which I haven’t used in a while.  For a long time though the loose mineral blush from bareMinerals was my go to blush so I am familiar with loose blushes and actually don’t mind them.  It is easy to apply too much so there is some technique involves with the tapping out of product, so it did take me a little while to get back in the swing of things.

Once I did I really liked it.  The powder applied well, blended easily and stayed all day.  Like the foundation though, it is a product that works best for me when my skin is at its darkest tan.  I suspect this is more of a summer blush for me as once my tan fades, it might be a bit too dark. For now though, the color was perfect.  And luckily the product is good for 36 months so I don’t have to worry about using it up in the next month or so.  As Look Fantastic sent a full sized blush in the August box, it will last a while.

My concealer this week was the Pretty Vulgar concealer.  I really like the formula.  Usually I use the concealer as eyelid primer as well and usually the Pretty Vulgar formula is really good in that capacity.  The eyeshadow  palette I was working with wasn’t the best this week so I pulled in the Pretty Vulgar lid primer as back up.  It is like Velcro for eyeshadow. 

It did its best, but the shadow didn’t help it. As I am planning to practice working with cut creases, I will probably be keeping both of them around in the following week as I find them both useful for that.

So be prepared for repeats with those. At some point I am going to have to pick up a pretty vulgar eyeshadow palette.  I love their foundation and mascara as well as their concealer and lid primer, it seems only logical. 

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Also they just came out with a new blush palette that looks really interesting. I’m actually debating whether to pick that one or a benefit cosmetics blush palette.  I can’t justify picking up both at the same time, but I will probably talk myself into one of them.

There is a full review of the eyeshadow palette I used this week that this link will take you to.  It is the Morphe + Manny MUA Glam Palette.  I was not a fan.  While not the greatest formula, it wasn’t horrific.  It was just boring and meh.

There are two highlighters in this palette as well and they too fell into the category of nothing special. I suspect in my next declutter, this palette will be one of the first to go bye-bye.

For my eyebrows I kept the Hourglass brow pencil around for another week.  I really like it and to be completely honest I just forgot to change it out when I swapped out my makeup for the week.so it was an accidental repeat.  I’ll be sure to choose something new for the brows next week to make up for it.

Both my mascara and eyeliner were new this week.  The eyeko lash alert mascara came in my Look Fantastic Box in August along with the blush. I have to say while it was a pretty good mascara with great lengthening abilities.  I prefer eyeko’s black magic mascara. However it was a good mascara. 

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Since sample sized tubes like this generally have only about a two week supply of product in them, what I am going to do is keep this around and pair it with a volumizing mascara. I have several that are nearing the end of the time I am willing to keep them around and need to be used up before they expire. Doubling the mascara will give me the lashes I want and help me not waste product.

My eyeliner this week was the Wander Beauty skyliner in black.  It is a gel formula which isn’t my favorite formula however I have to say I was interested by the description.  It is infused with olive oil (and other oils) to make it extra creamy and smooth to apply.  I have to say it was.  It didn’t tug at the skin as I applied it at all and glided into place as it was supposed to.  The pencil even comes with its own sharpener. 

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The only thing I didn’t like about the sharpener was that you had to roll the product out quite far to get it to sharpen and I suspect at some point I’m going to end up snapping a chunk of it off.  That is the down side of the creamy texture; the point blunts really quickly so you have to sharpen it a lot.  I will say though once in place, you need a makeup remover to get it off of the skin. When applying it you have a very limited window for adjustment before you have to accept that it is set in place for the day. Over all a pretty good product though and one I am happy to have in my collection.

This week I continued to use down my I heart Revolution Setting spray.  I love this setting spray, it is just getting along in age and I am fairly certain it is either at or past its expiration date.  I can’t remember when I bought it to be honest.  However I have only about one more weeks’ worth of product in the spray bottle so I will be using it up this week and then trying out something else.

This of course brings us to the lips.  Here I must confess I had a change of plans after packing my makeup bag for the week.  This week I put a neutral C’est Moi lip gloss, a Bite Beauty Liquid lip and a Huda Beauty lip contour in my bag.  They were all neutral shades.  I balanced them out with an elf liquid lip in the shade red vixen and a Clarins water lip stain in the shade red water.

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Once I tried out the eyeshadow palette and realized no matter what color combo I was going to try it was all going to come out as a basic neutral, I ended up balancing it with the elf and the Clarins and didn’t reach for the other lip products at all. So the lippies I did not use last week will go back to the makeup bag for next week.

The elf and the Clarins were both fantastic reds.  The elf dried down nearly instantly so any adjustments had to be made immediately or you were suck with them (or forced to get a cotton swab with makeup removing oil and work delicately).It never smeared or left lip prints behind and once on I forgot I was wearing it. I have to say elf has been killing it lately.  From this lip to the well thought out bite sized palettes, I am very impressed.  This red faded a little throughout the day but at the end of the day it was still a vibrant red. It was a deeper, more blue toned red than the Clarins.

The Clarins Water lip stain was a bright red, that oddly smelled of cherries. I found it a little odd but strangely appealing. The scent didn’t last all that long though. Once the water stain dried it was pretty much gone.  The lip water is applied with a little brush and as the name suggests, feels like you are brushing water on your lips.  I found that if you applied it lightly to the center and used a finger to smooth it over the lips, you could create a light wash of red color.  If you applied it all over the lips and just let it dry then you had a much brighter cherry tone. 

It took a little longer to dry than the elf, but once in place it stayed in place.  And when I say stayed in place I mean makeup removers could only dim it, not defeat it.  The next morning I woke with my lips still pink. For me it wasn’t an issue as I was putting the elf red vixen over it, but in general I had very pink lips this week. If I were going somewhere and I was going to be out and about with no chance to touch up my makeup, the Clarins Water lip stain is a formula I would reach for.  If you are interested you can purchase the Clarins Water lip Stain at All Beauty. They are currently having an end of summer sale with 50% off most (if not all) of their items. It is well worth checking out.

If you give the Clarins a moment to dry it will stay with you and not smudge a lick throughout the day. And something about it just feels summery.  Maybe it is the pink tone and the cherry scent.  Either way, one application and you can forget it is even there. I am definitely going to see what their color range for this line is because if they all perform this well, it would definitely be worth keeping them around.

As a bonus I should say that neither of these lip products smudged the inside of my mask. That’s how well they dried down and stayed dried down. And neither caused my lips to go desert dry either.

Before I close this post I want to mention some tools.  I am still using and loving the bdellium tools 999 master blender brush.  It fits perfectly in my hand and does wonders with my foundation application.  I know they have a bit of a sale going on right now so if you are looking for some new brushes, now might be the time to look into them.

Studio 950 Oval Multipurpose Brush

The makeup sponge I’ve been using is from Huda Beauty and I really like the balance it strikes between soft and firm.  The flat side has proven more useful than I would have imagined for when I do detail work with the pointed end.  It is over all a nice, well thought out make up sponge.  I plan to use it until I have to buy a new one and then, unless I try another one I like better, I will be repurchasing it.

This week I added the complex culture powder brush that I received in August’s IPSY box and I am really liking it as well.  The bristles are dense, yet soft and it is perfect for powder application.  I very much enjoyed using it with my loose powder this week.  I think I will continue to use the Alamar powder brush for my pressed powders though because it seems to work better with them than the fluffier rounded end brushes, but for loose powders I am happy to have this brush on hand.

Next Week’s Foundation

And that concludes my notes from the Makeup Bag this week.  Next week I’ll have a whole new slate of products to test out, including a sample of the Ken Gen Do Aqua Foundation.

It is apparently a makeup artist favorite (according to reviews)so we’ll see how well it works for a writer. As always I’ll be back for the afternoon face mask later today.  This afternoon I’m giving the Super Silver Haze purifying Mask from Makeupdrop a try.  Until then, have a great Friday.


The Make Up Bag: August 14th, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used the week of August 8th – 14th

Welcome my darlings once again to The Make Up bag, where I talk about all the products I used this week and share my thoughts on them.  As it is still really hot where I live I kept things pretty simple this week. 

Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation

Part of simple involved an fabulous foundation formula that didn’t feel like makeup and that was my Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation stick.  It is a really comfortable formula to wear, despite the heat and it didn’t cause me any break outs or melt downs.  The shade is slightly on the lighter side for me so I know I will be able to use it well into the fall.  Because of this I will reluctantly set it aside for now. I could easily reach for this every day until it is gone. 

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However, I have a few new foundations I want to try.  I think at least one of them requires my summer tan fade a little so it will have to wait, but there are a couple others I want to experiment with so next week will be a new (to me) foundation I try out.

Stila and Jecca black, although the Glow Drops can be used as a primer, after trying them I used it as a highlight wile using the Stila as my primer.

This week I did try out the Stila Sheer illumination skin perfecting primer for the first time and I really liked it.  The link will take you to my full review.  It is not a primer I would use all the time as I prefer matte primers, but it is one of the few illuminating ones I am willing to keep going back to. 

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Marc Jacobs made a return to my make up bag this week.  I happily pulled the HI-FI Contour powder compact out of my dressing table for use this week. I am always happy to take this out. Not only do I like the product, but the sleek design of the compat just feels classy to use. It is a contour duo that I really like using because you can go as intense or subtle as you want with it. 

If you are looking for just a wee bit of definition to a low makeup look, get a super fluffy loose bristled brush and dip lightly into the pan, building until you are happy. 

If you want something more visibly defined, then get a denser, stiffer bristled brush to work with and you have no problems.  It is a really good formula that is quite versatile. 

Also from Marc Jacobs this week was one of my liquid lipsticks.  It is a really great formula that smells like peppermint, at least mine does. The Boom-Enamored shade is slightly too purple for me to feel comfortable with on its own so I often blend it with Lime Crime’s liquid lip in LAMA. 

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I do find that on it’s own this shade of Lime Crime tends to show all the texture of my lips if used on it’s own. I don’t have this issue with the other colors just the coppery one. (You can see on the swatch below that it is going into the lines on my hand). Mixing it with Marc Jacobs eliminates this issue, but if I wear it alone then I generally find using a Buxom Plumping gloss before hand eliminates the problem (not just with this but most liquid lips that sink in). I don’t have a desire to make my lips super pumped but this is where plumping lip glosses shine. I apply them about an hour before I go out, let them sit and then wipe them off and apply the lip shade I really want to apply (or leave it if the plumping shade is the one I want to wear). smoothing the way for other lip products is really the genius of plumping glosses.

I generally pair these two liquid lips together when I take them out.

It is a matte coppery shade.  Both liquid lips are comfortable to wear on their own and they work well together actually.  The coppery brown blends with the purple making it a berry-ish shade and the copper is likewise toned down so it doesn’t look like I made out with a low rent version of the tin man when no one was looking.

( Copper man couldn’t make it to OZ in the fist book, he had to wait for the Return to Oz for his big shot in the Emerald City, if I recall). I really enjoy both Marc Jacobs and Lime Crime’s formulas on their own, I just happened to pick shades that weren’t quite what I thought they would be.  By pairing them together I get to use them both.

This week I also used two Laura Geller Products in my makeup bag.  One was the Laura Geller Nude Kisses Lip Gloss.  It is a nice pinky shade of lip gloss that is on the neutral side of pink for me.  I really liked wearing it. 

Lip swatches. (T to B): Laura Geller Nude Kisses, Marc Jacobs Boom, Lime Crime LAMA, and the bottom shade is a mix of Marc Jacobs and Lime Crime)

In general I tend to go more for mattes rather than glossess but there is something about the summer months that often makes me reach for the glosses more.  This is a nice one to reach for. It is a little bit on the sticky side, as all glosses are.  It is just the nature of gloss, but it isn’t super sticky.  I only really notice it for the first few minutes because I am so used to using matte lip products.  Usually I monitor my lips to see if they are getting too dry and need a coat of lip balm to protect them.  It always feels strange when I first switch to a lip gloss.

Also from Laura Geller this week was my eyeliner.  I used the Line – N- Define Dual Dimension Eyeliner in black. 

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It has an eye crayon on one end and a liquid liner on the other.  The liquid liner I liked and had no problems with.  It works well and gave me a smooth line.  Once it was in place it dried down and stayed all day.  I feel I will get a lot of use out of it. 

The liquid end is quite precise but lets you easily thicken the line if you want.

The crayon style liner was interesting.  When I first used it, the product had a sharp point on the end and gave me a really good line.  As I used it, the end became blunted and rounded, my lines becoming thicker and less precise.  As it is the type of formula that can be blended and smudged, I think I would use it when I wanted more of a smoky look. 

the point quickly dulled. Great for a smokey look, not for precise lines.

I liked the product as once it was applied it stayed in place all day, but the more it gets used the less precise it is going to be.  So the liquid side is for your precise lines and the crayon side is for the smoked, blended out kind of looks. 

Both work really well and I am glad to have the product in my dressing table.  I had fun using it this week as it has been a while since I did any sort of winged eyeliner (I tend to use more eyeliner in the fall and winter).  I look forward to using it again.

Speaking of eyes, I used the Huda Beauty Mauve obsessions palette this week and can’t say enough good things about it.  The link will take you to the full review.  The colors are right up my alley and it had just the right mix of mattes and shimmers for me to do several quick and easy day looks.It is definitely a palette I will be reaching for again.



Returning this week was my setting spray from Revolution.  I still love it and I am still trying to use it up so two more weeks and then I will finish it out and put another one into rotation.  I’ve just had it a while and want to use it up.  I’m not sure if setting sprays go bad, but as I also can’t remember when I bought it, I think it is time to finish the bottle and move on.

Also returning was my concealer from TreStique.  I really like this concealer on dark spots and blemishes.  It is very  good when you want to precisely pin point areas for a little extra coverage.  I’m not too big a fan of it under my eyes as I think it pulls the skin a little too much, but for blemishes it can’t be beat. 

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When I use the Kristofer Buckle Foundation stick though, I find it works better if I put the concealer under the foundation rather than the other way around.  This way I get a better coverage.  Normally I put the concealer on after, but with these two products it just seems to work better in reverse. 

I think the creamy texture of the Triplicity foundation just helps it blend in a little bit better. I have another couple of foundation stick products in my collection.  I haven’t tried them with the TreStique concealer yet but I think I will mark them for use together next time I take them out and see if they work well like that as well.  For now I know it works that way with Kristofer Buckle’s Triplicity.  Incidentally Kristofer Buckle is having a 40% off sale at the moment.  If you are interested now might be the time to stock up.

I also couldn’t help but bring back the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit cosmetics.  I liked it so much last week, I just had to give it a second week of use.  It’s a trial sized version and when I run out, I will be replacing it with a full sized version. 

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The last two products in my bag this week were Blush and highlighter.  The blush is a Tarte blush in the shade Quirky.  It is a sample size I’ve been using for a while.  I go back and forth as to whether I like the color or not.  I love the formula and I plan to at some point buy a full sized version, I just am on the fence about the color. 

Sometimes I think it is for me, other times I think it might skew a little too orange. At the end of the week, I am still on the fence.  I still like the formula, I just can’t decide on the color.  Since I currently have several blushes in my collection that I really like, there is no rush.  I just dislike feeling so indecisive.  For now, I will put it back in the dressing table and take it out again at a later date and once again try to determine if the color is right for me.

This is far more product than needed. It is easy to squeeze the tube too hard and take out way too much.

Finally we reach the highlighter.  My highlighter this week was the Jecca blac Glow Drops I received in my Glossy Box this month.  It is a highlighting primer and I did try it that way but it was waaaaay too glowy for me to use as a primer. 

I felt as though my face could signal passing astronauts in space when I used it as a primer.  As a highlighter this Rose Pearl shade worked brilliantly for me.  On the high points of my face it gave me a wonderful golden glow.  It was actually quite stunning. 

However moderation is called for.  The tube has a tiny dot of a hole to release product.  The best way I found to use this product is to squeeze just enough so it comes out and forms a slightly larger dot on the top of the tube, don’t cover the entire top.  Then either dab a finger or brush onto the top and apply, repeat if more is needed.  It blends in like a dream for just a golden sun kissed glow.  Too much and I looked greasy.  But just a little dab was fantastic.

starting to be rubbed into the skin. the more you blend the more subtle it becomes without ever disappearing as some subtle shades do.

Just remember, you can always add more, but once applied it is hard to take off. This is one of those products it is better to build up than tone down. I am however very glad to have it in my collection and feel I will be reaching for it often.  I also think it will last a really long time.

Glossy Box included the full sized tube and the tube is completely filled with product.  If you have dryer skin or like a more dewy look, you could probably use it as a primer, but for me, I’d rather use a little as a highlighter over a longer period of time.

That, my darlings, was this week’s make up bag.  Over all it was a really good bag.  I know most of them were repeats and as I generally get rid of any product that really doesn’t work for me, it shouldn’t be a surprise that everything worked fairly well for me.  Next week however I have several new to me products that I will be trying for the first time. I know for certain the foundation, primer, blush and mascara are all ones I haven’t tried before.  I’ll have to see if I have new products in any other category to try as well next week and maybe get a full face of first impressions and a first week of use. I’ll see what I can find.  Until then, enjoy your Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Friday.




The Make Up Bag: August 7th, 2020

The Make Up Bag for the week of August 1st – 7th, 2020

This week I pulled a full make up bag, I really did.  And there were several items I was really excited to try.  One of which was the Laura Geller dual eyeliner.  It has a calligraphy style pen on one end and a gel like side on the other end.  

Alas, this week got a little crazy. 

My eyes mostly ended up with mascara alone this week.  Luckily it was a really good mascara.  When I went looking to set up my bag for the week I found several trial sized mascaras that escaped my earlier purge.  I think they came in after I collected the ones I wanted to use up. 

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Anyway I chose one of their number and it was fantastic.  I went with the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit.  I have to say I am a little surprised by how much I liked it.  The mascara did occasionally clump but a quick pass with my eyelash comb took all the clumps out.  And my lashes were left long and fluttery.  It was almost false lashes length.  At least the more natural looking false lashes. 

I know not the most flattering angles, just focus on the lashes

I really enjoyed it and I will be looking at getting a full sized tube of the Bad Gal Bang mascara once I’ve whittled down my open containers. I have to say, I might have found a new favorite.

Also from Benefit this week was my blush.   I used the Gold Rush Blush.  It is one of my top blushes.  The color and formula work well with me and the shimmer that made me doubt it was just an overlay and has long since disappeared. 

It is a surprisingly soft color that just sort of makes my cheeks look slightly flushed instead of bright pink.  I really like it.

I especially liked the formula this week as it gave me no problems.  I can not say the same for the Kenia Onteveros Set and Define palette.  The link will take you to the full review but a brief synopsis was that the mattifying powder was okay, and I adore the highlighter. 

So two of the six products worked for me.  The bronzer and contours were patchy and didn’t want to blend for me. While I give the rest of the palette a pass, that highlighter was fantastic.  It looked pin in the pan and went on with a subtle gold glow.  I will keep the palette around just for that and then buy it again in a single pan product.   The rest of the palette, not so much.

Returning again this week, the level dropping ever lower, is the I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray.  It is in Peaches and Cream. 

It works amazingly well and is super affordable. Mine is just somewhat old and I am trying to use it up.  I have about two weeks let of product so it will be used up by the end of August and then other Setting Sprays will get their chance to leave my dressing table again. I promise.

My Foundation this week was the Maybelline Fit me Matte and Poreless (normal to oily).  The link will take you to my full review.  Not much has changed since I posted it.  I like the product and enjoy using it on my skin.

My 999 Master Blender Foundation Brush from Bdellium Tools worked incredible well with it.  I think when I used it last time I had to just use a make up sponge.  I think that might have been because my old foundation brush needed replacing.  It went on easily with the 999 Master blender. (Incidentally they are having a sale on their vegan Bambu Brush line at the moment in case anyone is looking to replace brushes) I’ll link the code below.

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My only issue with the Maybelline Fit me is the open lid.  Once you screw the cap off it is just open.  I carefully poured some on my hand to begin applying to my face and it worked well, I just had to be careful pouring.  It is a good enough product and very cost effective on my budget, that I am willing to over look that and will probably be buying it again, or fitting the bottle with a dropper.

For now I just had to remember to wipe the excess off my hand with my MakeUp Eraser before I left the bathroom. There wa a lot of wasted product, but at least this way the Makeup Eraser soaked it up and I didn’t go smearing it over everything when I left. I really need to look at fitting the bottle with a dropper.

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My primer this week was one I used before as well.  It is the elf Poreless Putty Primer. (Its pictured above with the blush) Many, including me have raved about it.  I wanted to use it again because I so recently used the Puff Puff Pass Primer from elf and I wanted to do a comparison.  As far as smoothing out the skin, this one wins hands down. 

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It is really smoothing and really fills those pores for a flawless finish.  Not as airbrushed on me as it is on the commercial models, but it looked good.  The Puff Puff Primer was far more moisturizing and felt more like skin care than makeup.  I would wear that one alone with just powder whereas this poreless putty primer is really something I only reach for to put under foundation. 

They both have their places in my dressing table and I will keep repurchasing both.  However with the putty it will be a while before it needs to be repurchased as it takes so little to actually cover my face.  But I like them both. Go elf!

Perricone, MD, Fenty Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Laura Lee Los Angeles, and Colourpop

And now my darlings we reach the lips.  There are five products to go through.  The first is the Perricone MD No makeup lipstick.  It is in reality a lip balm with a slight tint.  I really like this lip balm though.  It is very moisturizing and feels more like skin care for your lips than a lip product. If that makes sense. 

I found myself using it first thing in the morning, well before applying my make up and last thing at night.  In the morning I found it softened my lips and did really well prepping them for other lip products.  At night it sort of acted like a lip mask and hydrated my lips while I slept.  I will also say I am using it so much (and plan to keep it in my bathroom) because even though it is a new to me product from July’s Boxycharm premium, it will expire in December. 

I’ve used Perricone, MD products before and that is something you have to watch out for.  When it gives you an expiration date, they mean it.  The closer it comes to the date, the higher the chance that it will get moldy and need to be thrown away.  So I am using it while I can.  It makes me a little mad that I have to race through using such a good product, but that is an argument with Boxycharm not Perricone, MD.  It is a great product, and if you do pick one up, mind the expiration date.  You can’t stock pile these lipsticks. It’s a buy and use kind of product.  Although well worth using.

Perricone, MD, Fenty Diamond Milk, Marc Jacobs Trax, Laura Lee Jaybird, Colourpop Tulle (Top to Bottom)

The next gloss I put in my bag this week was the Fenty Diamond Milk.  It is a nice gloss on its own but super excellent as a lip topper.  It smells like Vanilla and I really enjoyed using it this week. I tend to forget I have it as it is just a little too thick to fit comfortably in my lipstick holder so it ends up in a drawer a lot. I need to figure out where to put it so that I can reach for it more.  It is a really good product.

Next we have the one actual lipstick I used this week.  This is one of my favorite bold lips.  It is the Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipstick in Trax (290).  It is a wine colored vampy sort of color.  I love the formula as it is super comfortable to wear.  However with most dark lipsticks, I sometimes make a mess with the application if I just roll the product up and apply it to the lips.  This is a lipstick that benefits from the use of a lip brush. 

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What I like to do is use the lip brush to outline my lips with the product and then fill them in.  I generally don’t have a problem doing touch ups throughout the day without the brush, but for that initial application, I like the outline and fill method.  I should point out that I don’t use this with lighter shades of Le Marc, but I do use it with all darker vampy shades. I find it more controllable and I can also decide how dark I want to go.  With the brush I can just use a light wash of color or go full out bold with it.  

Like the Feny, I enjoy using the product, but it doesn’t fit comfortably in the lipstick holder.  It is just a little too wide.  As a consequence it ends up in the drawer.  I think I may need to just get a bigger lipstick display. Then I can add to my Marc Jacobs lipstick collection.  They are great products but I haven’t collected them as I want because they don’t fit anywhere.  I really should remedy that. 

There were two liquid lipsticks in my make up bag this week.  One was an ultra matte lip in the shade Tulle from Colourpop and the other was a liquid lipstick in the shade Jaybird from Laura Lee Los Angeles.

I like both colors.  The Colorpop wasn’t as comfortable to wear as the Laura Lee and it didn’t have quite the lasting power.  With the Laura Lee, I applied Jaybird once and it stayed all day long.  It felt a little sticky at first but after a while I forgot I was wearing it.  The Colourpop was also a nice formula.  It is a little drying  but relatively comfortable.  I did have to reapply it in the afternoon however.

So that was this week’s makeup bag.  While I did choose other products to fill out the bag, this week I didn’t end up using them.  I think I spent so much time trying to make the set and define palette work that I just rushed through everything else.  Plus it was a busy week. 

Next week slows down and I will have a hope of actually applying eyeliner and shadow without looking like I let a group of sugar amped kindergarteners take markers and chalk to it so next week should be more balanced instead of lip heavy. Although personally I kind of liked having so many lip products to choose from during the week. So I might add more than two next week as well when I go to stock the Make Up bag for next week. 

But that is for later, at the moment I need to get back to work.  I’ll see you back here this afternoon for a relaxing break with the Friday Face mask. Have a good afternoon.


The Make up Bag: July 31st, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used July 25th – 31st, 2020

Welcome my darlings once again to The Make up bag. I hope you had a fantastic week.  While I have been testing out new foundations fairly regularly for a while, some full sized and some only sample sized, I thought it was time to take a little break from the new and roll through some of the foundations that I enjoyed. 

So I lined up all of the currently open foundations I have in a shade that works for me at the moment and a chose whichever one appealed most to me in the moment.  I’ll be honest, it was a pretty close tie between the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation Stick and the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation.  Since I just used the Kristofer Buckle last week, I went with Pretty Vulgar and I am glad I did.  I really enjoyed using it this week.  The formula works well for me and went well with the ELF Puff Puff Primer I tried this week.

This particular ELF primer is a bit more moisturizer like than I anticipated, but it worked well.  The link is to my full review if you’d like to get all the details, but I did enjoy the ELF Puff Puff Primer and will be keeping it in my rotation. 

Making a continued appearance in my make up bag was the I heart Revolution Fixing spray in Peaches and Cream.  I know I’ve talked about it a lot, but I do like it.  I have about three week’s worth of product left in the bottle (as a best guess) so I will keep it around for a few more weeks in the hopes of finishing it out. It is nice, but it is an older product I’d like to finish out.



Speaking of peaches, This week’s eyeshadow palette was Peach Bellini from Makeup Geek.  The link is for my full palette review.  I really liked using the formula this week for a super simple low key week.  The shadows were highly pigmented and easy to blend.  Also the color scheme seems very summery to me.

Starting to see a little of the pan’s rings below the powder

Both of my powders this week were repeats The Ciate Everyday Vaccay was the loose powder and I have about three more weeks of use before it is empty so I will continue to use it until it is gone, then shift to other powders. 



My pressed powder was the No.7 Perfect light in medium.  It is very rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders.  I’m actually starting to see the outline of the pan below in the center.  While I will continue to use up the ciate next week, I will be sending the No. 7 back to the dressing table and picking out another pressed powder to try.

There were three more repeats this week.  The first is the Instant Age rewind Eraser from Maybelline which served as my concealer and eyelid primer.  I really liked it in both capacities.

Also returning was the Eyeko Fat Black eyeliner.  It is one of my favorites. Once in place, it doesn’t go anywhere and never seeps into my fine lines. 

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The final repeat was the Julep pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood.  I don’t know if it actually reduces my pores as there are several other products between my pores and the blush, but it is an excellent blush.  It is of the buildable variety rather than the highly pigmented, although you can deepen it a lot if you try. 

Eyeko eyeliner and Hourglass brow pencil

I personally prefer my blush to be buildable and blendable, which this is. I believe Jlep is having a sale at the moment.  I’ve liked every product I’ve tried from them.  The products are easy to work with and the packaging is sleek and pretty.

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I know packaging shouldn’t count as much, but it kinda does. At least with me.  I know, it’s a personal flaw.  But I do like the sleek design while my more practical side likes the fact that it is also quite sturdy.

Julep blush and Tarte mascara

And now for the new arrivals in my makeup bag.  The first is the Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise palette.  This palette had four shades of bronzer.  Only one works on me as a bronzer.  It is the third in the pan in case you are wondering. 

The darker and lighter shades I could use as eyeshadows but not as bronzer.  In the winter I might be able to use the second shade in the palette but that is about it.  Truthfully, I don’t particularly care for these bronzers.

They oddly work really well as eyeshadows, but on the cheeks I found them a bit patchy and hard to blend. I might try working with it again, but I have much better formulas in my collection that I would rather use.

The Hourglass eyebrow pencil (shade soft brunette) also came in a Boxy Charm and I have to say, I really liked using it.  I really liked the formula and I really liked the precision point.  It is small enough that I could do really fine lines with it. 

Do I like it as much as the Benefit Precisely My Brow?

Almost. 

If I had to choose between the two I would still choose the Benefit, but only by a small margin.  I do like that it comes with a spoolie on the end. I will happily use this for a while.  Between it and the Il Makiage pencil I received from IPSY, I won’t have to buy an eyebrow pencil for a while.  And then I have my wet ‘n wild brow kit powder. So I am set for brows.  I really did enjoy the hourglass this week so I think I might just have to keep it around for a second week.

Really quickly I wanted to mention the So eco shading brush that came in my Look Fantastic box this month.  I added it to my makeup bag and I think it is going to remain in my bathroom brush jar for a while.  With the Makeup Geek Shadows the easiest way to work with them because they were so highly pigmented was to take a flat brush and set the shadow on the eye at the spot I wanted it to be darkest and then blend with a fluffy brush.  This week I used the So Eco brush as the flat brush and it worked really well.  The indentations in the handle were perfect for gripping and the bristles are really high quality.  So two thumbs up for Look Fantastic.

Unfortunately I did not have as good a luck with the Palm Balm from Beauty crop that came in this month’s Glossy Box. I added both it and the Milk makeup Lip and Cheek stick to my bag this well.  I figured since I had already used the Julep before and loved it, I would keep it as a back up and see if either of these two products worked.  Both the Palm Balm and the Milk Lip and cheek are designed to be products you can use on, you guessed it lip and cheek. 

The Palm balm comes in a nice little glass pot and in the pan it is really stiff.  I had to rub my finger over it a lot just to warm it up enough to stick to my finger.  On the cheek it goes on okay, but it really hard to bend out.  It really wants to stay in whatever position you place it in first. When blending, I felt less like I was blending and more like I was scrubbing it off. 

Anytime I tried it as a cheek product it ruined any other product I already had on my cheeks.  It worked better on bare skin, but I don’t know if that was just me rubbing it off or not.  On the lips it was interesting.  It gave my lips a nice tint and like the cheeks, once applied it wasn’t going anywhere.  It lasted the whole day as a light blush of color. 

However it was also very drying.  Once I applied it I had to wait a moment and then top it with a Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm to keep my lips from drying and falling off my face.  With the lip balm protector it was fine.  Without it, I crumbled to dust.

The Milk Makeup Lip and Cheek also did not work on my cheeks.  It went on well but blended away to nothing with the first touch.  However it made an excellent lip balm.  It provided a light my lips but better tint and it kept my lips hydrated and moisturized.  I really enjoyed it and will keep it in my collection for my lips.  I won’t use it on my cheeks, but my lips love it. The Palm Balm will not be staying in my collection long.

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I did have two more lip products in my bag this week. Although I did wear the Kristofer Buckle Bardot for National Lipstick day, it wasn’t officially in my bag this week.  This week I mostly used the Lorac Alter Ego Hydrating lip stain in Breadwinner and the OFRA liquid lip in the shade Pasadena.

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Breadwinner is a light wash of color that feels comfortable on the lips and is really easy to wear.  I enjoyed it very much.  It doesn’t dry out the lips and is as hydrating as it claims.  It is not an all day color though. 

On the days I wore it, I had to apply it when I finished my coffee and again after lunch.  It does wear off if you are eating or drinking, but it is a formula that is really nice if you want just a light wash of color that you don’t have to worry about.  It didn’t get on my teeth and it didn’t leave lip prints everywhere.  It will definitely make a reappearance in my makeup bag. 

OFRA is on the top and Lorac is on the bottom. The Lorac was swatched multiple times to build up the color for the picture. it is much less pigmented on the lips

OFRA’s Pasadena will also make a return.  It is a nice neutral lip that works well for me.  So often neutral lipsticks either blend my lips into my face or just look brown.  This has just enough pin in it to work for me.  While the all day formula does stay all day and wasn’t drying on the lips, it does feel just a little bit sticky. It wasn’t terribly bad and because of the color I will keep it around. 

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The one I have is a trial sized liquid lip rather than a full sized.  I like everything about it except the slight stickiness.  If I can find another long wearing liquid lip in this shade that doesn’t have the stickiness, I would buy that.  I think the stickiness is the result of it never drying down completely. If I can’t find this shade in another formula that I like better, I will purchase a full sized version of this.  I know that is a strange answer.  It is a good formula that I don’t mind wearing, but I am hoping to find better.  However I am not certain I can find better. Perhaps that is a better way to put that.

The Tarte mascara on the eyes and the OFRA on the lips

Finally we come to one of my favorite items, the mascara.  I went with the tart Gifted mascara this week.  Tarte’s mascaras are always hit or miss with me.  There are a couple I really like and a couple I find to be just okay.  This one has a thinner, straight wand and I have to say I really liked it.  It made my lashes look longer and it lasted all day without any sort of flaking or smearing.  To be honest, I like it almost as much as my Kevyn Aucoin.  I know gasp. But don’t worry, my two favorites are still Marc Jacobs and Butter London. It just bumps The Expert Kevyn Aucoin down a notch on the fav scale. Not by much, just a little. In a horse race it would still be a photo finish.

Alright, well that was my makeup bag for this week.  I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  As usual next week will feature a brand new bag of makeup for me to try.  Some will be old favorites and some new finds.  With luck some of my new finds will be good enough to become old favorites.  But now it is back to work for me.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Face Mask Friday post.


The Make Up Bag: July 24th, 2020

The Make Up Bag used the week of July 18th – 24th

This week’s makeup bag was a little different than usual for me.  I recently ordered the Kristofer Buckle Vanity Collection #2 as a means to try several more products from the brand and it arrived in time to be incorporated in the bag. So while not every item in the bag comes from Kristofer Buckle, it does lean heavily in that direction.  I’ll cover those products first. 

The first item was the Triplicity Perfecting Foundation Stick.  Clicking on the link will take you to the full review I posted yesterday.  The short version is that I really liked this formula.  It is a great foundation and may be one of my favorite stick foundation formulas.  It is soft and creamy and feels more like I am applying moisturizer to the skin than applying foundation.  I was very pleased with it and will be ordering it again in the future.

The loose setting powder included in the Vanity collection was a good setting powder.  There are very few powders I absolutely don’t like, so I’m sort of an easy sell on powders.  It is finely milled and really locked my makeup into place. 

I did notice that it tended to leave a bit of a white cast.  I counteracted that by using extra fixing spray, the I heart Revolution Fixing Spray in Peaches and Cream is the one I am still working through at the moment. It is an excellent setting spray. 



What I did was spray the Revolution spray over the powder and then pat the powder down with a makeup sponge.  This eliminated the white cast.  While it is a good powder, I can’t say it is my absolute favorite. If asked if I would purchase it again, I would have to give it a maybe.

The next element in the Vanity Collection was the mascara.  I really liked this mascara.  It is more lengthening than volumizing which is surprising as it is listed as a volumizing mascara, but it is really lengthening and it doesn’t flake or smudge once dry.  I had no problems with this mascara lasting all day.  It is a good product I would definitely pick up again.

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Gel liner from Kristofer Buckle on the left and the Brow pencil from Il Makiage on the right,

I am not entirely certain I would pick up the gel eyeliner.  The end that so interested me turned out to be a smudger.  Which is nice to have.  The gel eyeliner is a gel eyeliner.  It is black, it glides on smoothly and stays in place.  It is very much like most good gel liners. I will continue to use it and if another came my way I would have no problem using it again, but it isn’t any better or worse than any other gel liner.  The built in smudger is a nice feature though.

Last but certainly not least was the lipstick.  The lipstick in the Vanity kit was the Cashmere slip longwear lipstick. This is the reason I purchased the entire kit.  Seiously, The lipstick is $18 on its own and while the Vanity Kits are normally $28, with the sale the kit cost me $18.94 so I essentially paid full price for a lipstick and got everything else with it.  (The sale incidentally runs through July 31st.  You can use the code EXCLUSIVE35 to get 35% off.  There is also a BOGO sale going on with the Vanity kits so if you are looking to stock up, now is the time). 

Lip swatches. My favorite Bardot on the top with the lipstick that came in the kit, Renaissance on the bottom (the top had one swipe of product, the bottom two)

While I can’t say I liked the color Renaissance, as much as I like the shade Bardot (hands down my favorite lipstick at the moment) as it is slightly more pink then I favor. It has the same formula which makes me confident in buying other lipsticks in the line. 

It is creamy and non drying and while the pink did become more muted as the day wore on, it remained on my lips for the entire day.  Just check the foundation wear photos if you want to see just how well it lasted, I didn’t reapply the lipstick once throughout the day. It only lost a little pigmentation but mostly retained its color. Incidentally in the swatches to the left I wanted to show just how fully the lipstick covered, the top thinner looking swatch had only one swipe across the hand while I used two on the lower swatch. The second swipe filled in all the lines the first one missed.

While I will be buying Bardot repeatedly for the near future, I now feel confident in the Cashmere Slip formula to stock up on all of the shades they offer.  And to wish they offered more shades.  It really is a super comfortable formula to wear. And yes I went ahead and added Bardot to the bag as well and just swapped between the two lipsticks for the week. I just couldn’t resist.

So that was the Vanity collection #2 from Kristofer Buckle that made up the bulk of the Makeup bag this week, but clearly they weren’t the only items. I mentioned the I Heart Revolution Fixing spray I am trying to use up.  It is a really good fixing spray but it is old enough now that I can’t remember when I bought it, so I will be using it consistently until it’s gone.  I may take a break now and then when I need a change of scent fort the week, but for now, it goes back in the bag for next week.

The Sakura + Sage Vegan Eyeshadow and Blush Palette from Seraphine botanicals was in my bag this week as well.  The link will take you to the full review.  The simple truth is I didn’t really like the blushes and only liked one of the eyeshadows.  If you find the pink shimmer shade in Sparkle from Seraphine botanicals, I recommend snapping it up.  It was the only thing I liked in the palette and recommend giving the rest of it a hard pass.

The Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil returned to my bag this week as my bronzer and I liked using it just as much this time around as I have before.  I also brought back the No PoreBlem Primer from Touch in Sol. Both are fantastic products that will return to my dressing table and then rotate back into a future Makeup bag.

Ofra in glazed doughnut and the Chocolate Gold Bronzer from Too Faced.

Also making a return was the Biillion dollar brows highlighter and concealer duo stick.  It works well and this week I paired it with the Il Makiage eyebrow pencil.  The pencil in the shade Truffles worked well with me although slightly on the darker side of what I like.  I received it in my July IPSY bag and I like it enough to keep it in rotation. There is plenty of product in the pencil so time will tell if I like it enough to purchase when it is used up, but for now, I enjoy using it.

My highlighter this week was from OFRA in the shade Glazed Doughnut.  It is a fantastic highlighter.  It can go from blinding to subtle depending on your mood and how you blend.  I loved using it this week and will look forward to its reappearance in future weeks.  OFRA is an interesting brand for me in general. I love their highlighters and liquid lipsticks but find their blushes a bit on the powdery side.  They work well and are highly pigmented, but they are just messy enough that I find myself not wanting to reach for them all that often.   Maybe I’ll put an OFRA lipstick in next week’s bag. 

Finally we reach the standard item that will be in my bag consistently until I run out and then it will be reordered.  Strictly speaking I should have mentioned it first as it goes under everything else.  It is the Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield in SPF 50. That’s right my darlings, sunscreen.

My favorite sunscreen. 

Already I am sensing the bottle is starting to feel a bit light so I have gone ahead and reordered it so that a replacement will be on hand. This is one product, I will not risk running out of.

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So we reach the end of another week’s Makeup bag, the good, the bad, the mediocre.  I hope my thoughts help you when deciding what you want to add to your personal collection. Or at least provide a momentary amusement as you go along with your day. As for me, I’m off to make up for time I lost when it was simply too hot to work this week. 

Our newly repaired air conditioner is functioning perfectly and humming along keeping the house cool and my office from turning into a hot box in the mid afternoon sun. If my lips wouldn’t burn on the hot metal, I’d really consider kissing out air conditioning unit.  As it is, I’ll just used the extended work hours to get things done.  Have a good day and hopefully I’ll see you back here later this afternoon for the Friday Face mask. 


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The Make Up Bag: July 17, 2020

The Make up Bag Used the week of July 11th – 17th

This week started out rough in my makeup bag.  The first component in it was a trial sized Foundation sample of Pur’s 4-in-1 Love your Selfie Foundation and Concealer.  I did not like it in the slightest.  The link will take you to the full review should you wish to check it out, but in short wearing it made my skin look worse than not wearing it.

Which is kind of the opposite effect you want your makeup to have. Or at least for me it is.

While I hate wasting product, the remaining product in this little tube is going to the trash. I tried every which way I could think of to make it work, but it is not for me.

The primer I tried with it, didn’t help.  This week’s primer was the Blur Drop Primer by Kaja.  I have never tried anything from the brand before and this was not an encouraging sign. 

Primer

The primer is clear, which isn’t actually a problem with me. Several of my favorite primers are clear. This one however was thinner than any of the others I’ve tried and didn’t really blur or fill anything. 

It was slick with no hint of stickiness so it had no real makeup gripping capabilities.  When I put makeup over it, the products all ended up looking patchy. In addition, it has a surprising perfume sort of fragrance to it which I didn’t really care for. It was a bit cloying and I’m not really sure fragrance needs to be added to a primer in general.

Since I had several newer products in my makeup bag this week, I went back to my dressing table and played with some tried and true products to see what was causing the issues. After all I would hate to unfairly blame the primer.

But it was the primer. 

I ended up rotating it back out and just going with the Pore Professional by Benefit this week since I just got so frustrated with the Kaja primer. Also because I was equally frustrated with the Pur Foundation, I brought back the NYX Bare with me tinted skin veil to replace it. Benefit and NYX worked where Pur and Kaja did not. At least for me.

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My eyeshadow palette this week was from Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales line.  It is the Briar Rose Palette.  As I previously wrote a review of it and after checking it, found my thoughts hadn’t really changed, I let the review stand. 

I will say that when last I reached for this palette, the weather was cooler and the season was different.  I was wondering what a change in season would do to my appreciation of the palette and I have to say, it really just made me choose different colors. 

I found myself using the lighter shades more than the deeper ones (where as before Grimm and Beauty were my natural draws.) Thorn was actually a good all over the lid shade for a quick look. I really liked it. It is a very wearable palette.  While the book format is cute, it does take up a lot of space.  It is a good palette though and space hog or not, I will be reaching for it again.

This week I kept the Ciate Loose setting powder in Everyday Vacay around for another week. The jar is getting low so I am trying to use it up.  I know I have a powder to give a try next week so I will be swapping it out, but I really would like to use this up so it will be returning.  It’s a great product so it isn’t a hardship.

The pressed powder was a new one to me.  It was the Jouer Pressed Mineral powder.  It is a nice powder.  It blends well into the skin and didn’t look powdery or cakey. It was really good when midday shine appeared in the t-zone. 

This powder was very good at dealing with the shine through without making my skin feel as though I was just loading it down with powder.  It is a small, sleek design and I could easily see myself adding this to the small makeup bag in my purse for the sole purpose of mid-day mattifying.

The I heart Revolution Fixing Spray remained in my bag this week and slowly but surely I am using it up. I can’t remember when I bought it but it continues to work well and smell nice.  I’m not certain how long fixing sprays last or if they have an expiration date but since it is one of the oldest items in my dressing table I’m going to work on using it up and clearing it out.

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This week also saw the return of the Wet’n wild ultimate brow kit, which I Pared with the billion dollar brows Duo Highlight and contour stick.  I still like the wet ‘n wild powders and despise the cream highlighter that comes with the brow kit. 

I still like the bdb highlighter while hating the brow pencil that came with that kit. Si the great powders with the good highlight are a good combination. Looking over my collection, I realized I might actually have almost enough wet ‘n wild products to do a full face with the brand.  (the same can also be said about a few other brands) so I may have a few brand only weeks coming up.  I just need to fill in a few of the gaps before I do.

Until then, I still enjoy the wet ‘n wild brow powder.

I had two more returning products this week.  One was the Eyeko London FAT Liquid Eyeliner in black.  I love Eyeko liners.  I have had the regular ones, the skinny ones and the fat ones.  They all glide on smoothly and stay in place all day.  I have not had any problems with them smearing or fading throughout the day.  They don’t seep into fine lines either, which is a trait that should always be encouraged in a liquid eyeliner.

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Another long term favorite returned this week and that was the Kevyn Aucoin The Expert mascara.  It always makes my lashes longer and more defined.  It doesn’t flake or smear and it stays in place all day. And in this heat, having something that won’t run when it hits the summer sun is a fantastic product.  That being said, this morning I picked it up and thought it felt a little light. 

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I scanned back through my weekly makeup bags and realized that I have been rotating this mascara in a lot in the past couple of months.  I may have to add in a new mascara just to give it a bit of a rest. I will be very sad when it is time to pass this mascara on.

This week I had two band new to me products from Julep.  The first was the So Radiant Diamond Bronzer in medium First off I have to say I really like the packaging.  It is a nice heavy plastic with a mirror inside.  

The way it opens means the mirror stays open and is easy to use as well so it is a useful mirror. I had an interesting time with this product.  The first thing I did was to do a finger swatch on my arm to see how pigmented it was. 

The swatch barely showed up on my skin. You could tell there was powder but no pigment.  I was a little disappointed but I figured I’d push on.  So I took brush to pan and hoped for the best. 

I will say, I did not use a light hand because I saw the swatch.  Yeah, it doesn’t swatch very pigmented with a finger, but the brush picked up a whole lot.  It was really dark on my skin.  So I washed my face and started again. This time, I picked up my usual amount of pigment with the brush instead of trying to compensate for the swatch with a heavy hand. 

It applied well and blended easily into the skin.  It was comfortable to wear and lasted all day.  The bronzer worked well with my skin tone although I think I might have to go a shade lighter in the winter time.  I really liked the bronzer.  It also reaffirmed the lessons I was given when I was first learning to apply makeup.  Start light and build.  To that I would add, don’t trust the swatch.

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Also from Julep in a smaller but no less sleek and functional package was the blush I used this week. It is a pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood. Like the bronzer, it did not swatch well, but having learned my lesson with the bronzer, I started off light and built my look. 

This may be one of my favorite blushes.  I dipped in lightly and got color that I could either sheer out or build up to a depth I wanted.  I can’t say I noticed much in the way of pore blurring but it didn’t give me added texture so I was fine with it, especially as the color was fantastic on me. It blended like a dream and stayed all day. 

Paired with the bronzer it was a winning combination for me this week.  Again for the fall I might have to get a shade lighter in the blush, but that’s okay.  I don’t mind having multiples of this formula around at all. Both Julep products will be staying in rotation in my dressing table and will more than likely make frequent appearances in my makeup bag in the weeks to come.  I suspect I will end up ordering more products from Julep soon. In case you are interested, they are having a mega Summer clearance sale. I’ve linked it above. Not only are the prices discounted but you get an extra code on top of the discount. I’ll be looking into that this afternoon. I suspect their items will sell out quickly.

This week I also tried the Iconic London illuminator.  The only thing I’ve actually used from Iconic was a setting spray.  I really liked the setting spray. 

Liquid highlighters aren’t generally what I gravitate towards as I tend to over do it with product placement.  With this dropper though, I found it very easy to add just a little bit of product to my face.  I could use the rounded end of the dropper to just place a dot or two and then blend it in. 

In all fairness, I have to admit, I didn’t think I would like this product.  I ended up really liking it.  The gold tones of the highlighter blended well with my skin and I could easily decide how much or how little I wanted to apply.  It could be blinding or it could be subtle.  I liked that I got to choose.

I don’t think I would like the other shades of this product.  I think the reason I liked the gold so much is that the gold tones really did blend in well with my skin. I also think that this bottle will last me a really long time.  For a good daily look I only needed one drop per cheek which I blended for a good casual look.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to keep this in my collection.

For my three lip products I chose two of my long term favorites and one liquid lip I forgot I had.  The Thrive Causemetics lip gloss in Ashley is one of my go to lip glosses.  I really like the formula and will use it until every last drop is gone.

Also in my favorites is a Nars liquid lip in the shade Paradise Garage.  It is one of my go to nude liquid lips.  I love the Nars formula.  It gets dry but it never dries down all the way so your lips never feel desiccated. 

It dries down just enough that you don’t leave glaringly obvious lip prints everywhere (although it takes a few minutes).  You do leave a few little smudges but not many, especially with the lighter shades.  With this formula the darker the shade the less it seems to dry down. At least in my experience.  I haven’t actually tried every shade.

(Top to Bottom): Paradise Garage from NARS, Thrive Causemetics Lip gloss in Ashley, and Stila in Rubino: and yes I swatched the gloss to show it isn’t as glittery as it looks in the tube. It does have some shimmer though.

Finally, I used the Stila Stay all day liquid lip in the shade Rubino.  It is a deep red shade.  When you apply it the first thing you have to do is make sure it doesn’t get on your teeth.  Somehow my first application always does. 

Then check your outlines on your lips and make sure it is exactly where you want it. Then blot to remove excess product (because this one always seems to leave a little excess product.  Check your lines (and teeth) again and then let it dry. 

Once it dries, it is going nowhere. In fact the next day you will still have a little reddish tinge to your lips no matter what form of makeup remover you use.  Lip scrubs help, but  unless you completely scrub off a layer of lip, the ghost of the shade will remain the following day.

It isn’t bad though.  I hid it under the Nars nude the next day with no problems.  Just be aware they aren’t joking when they say stay all day. It dries down really well, but after it dries down, I tend to forget I’m wearing it.  It is quite comfortable to wear and I didn’t have any problems with over drying of my lips.  This is one of those products I need to remember I have more often so I wear it instead of shoving it into a drawer and forgetting. Stila is one of those brands for me in general though. For a long time I had a lot of Stila products and then I just sort of stopped buying them. I can’t remember why though. And I did really like this lip.

So that was this week’s makeup bag for me.  There were some old favorites, and some new trials.  There were some clear and often surprising winners from the new, several of which will remain in my dressing table.  There were also a few new products that I now know to steer clear of in the future.

In my book it is often just as important to know what to scratch off the possible purchase list as it is to add more items to it. All in all, a fun and educational week for me.  I hope next week is just as much fun, although I could really do with a less problematic foundation in the next week. Because my Vanity Collection Came in from Kristopher Buckle yesterday, it features heavily in next week’s makeup bag. So if you’ve ever wondered about the brand, or have never heard of them, stay tuned.

I’ll see everyone back here this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask. Until then have an excellent Friday.




The Make Up Bag: June 26th, 2020

The Make up Bag used June 20-26th, 2020

This week’s bag was a pretty good selection of products I’ve used before and ones I hadn’t.  There were even a couple of things I liked, but hadn’t used in a while because I forgot I had them products.  I’m very glad some of them made it out of the drawer this week.

First up was the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream with SPF 30.  I used this as my foundation this week.  I layered it on top of my SPF 50 Volition Sunscreen all week so I felt extra protected. I really enjoyed this and even though I do have an unopened full size in the dressing table, I went for the sample size.  This week I ended up using about half of the sample tube and I liked it enough to just keep the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream out for another week so I can use the trial size up completely.

So next week there will be no foundation reviews since it is a repeat.  However at the bottom of this post I will be listing next week’s products. If there is something in there you’d like to see a more in depth review of with an individual post instead, let me know. (of course if there are products from other weeks you want more information on you can let me know that too. There will be more repeat weeks with foundation as I try to use up my summer shades.)

The AutoBalm Pic Perf Shadow palette provided my eyeshadow this week and the review was a bit rocky.  It surprised me because I really like The Balms shadows.  I anticipated loving this which is why I chose it after my not so great palette last week. But it was not my favorite.  The palette was really hard to open and while the mattes were great the color selection was not. The above link is to my full review of the palette.

There were two repeats in my make up bag this week.  The first was the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore Coconut water.  I really love the spray on this product.  It really is a fine mist that doesn’t splotch out on to your face.  It also smells like coconut water instead of coconut candy which I appreciate. Oh yeah, it also works really well at setting my makeup. It is staying around for a third week.

The second repeat is also staying around and that is the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit. It will actually be in my bag until I use it up.  While all of the products in it are good, I really prefer the individual products.  However all of the products are growing on me.  Benefit is my go-to for brow products but I tend to limit myself to the pencil.  I recently found out I like powder brow products so I might try that as well from Benefit.  I also am really liking the Highlighter in this multi-product brow pen. 

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I think I would actually purchase it separately as well. I’m, holding off repurchasing my favorite  Precisely my Brow pencil from Benefit until this is gone, but I suspect I will be ordering several products when I do place an order.  I know they are running a sale right now so it is hard to resist reordering, but I know once I do, I won’t use this pen and I don’t want to waste product. I wouldn’t purchase this item again, but I would purchase all of the products encased in it separately.

This week’s primer was an old favorite that I recently repurchased.  It is the No Pore blem Primer from touch in Sol.  It is weightless on the skin, blends in like a dream and leaves my skin feeling like silk. I like the slight pink tone as it doesn’t add darkness to my skin. It actually disappears and covers all my pores. It is excellent if you are doing a light makeup look.

I had two powders this week.  One loose and one pressed.  The loose powder was the Becca Pink Haze.  It is hands down one of my favorite Becca Products and once of my favorite loose powders.  It looks really pink in the jar.  Like scary pink.  It isn’t that pink on the skin. 

It just gives a light healthy looking glow to the skin.  It is one of my favorite summertime products because I can just use primer and the Becca Pink Haze as a super quick makeup look.  Because it gives a light flush I don’t need any other face products.  If you just want to look a little livelier when running to the grocery store, the primer and Pink Haze are a good combo.  Put the powder on when the primer is still moist and not set and it locks the powder in place so it doesn’t get all over your mask. Then just hit it with some mascara and boom, you are out of the door.

The second powder I used was the Zeesea pressed powder from the British Museum Collection. (Incidentally, I do have a coupon code for Zeesea products its MSMIMSY for 10% off if anyone is interested in checking them out.) I’ll admit, I bought it for the packaging. The packaging is gorgeous. I figured that even if I ended up not liking the product then I could just use it as a compact in my purse since it has such a nice mirror.  It turns out the powder is pretty good.  Having liked it so much I went back, thinking that since the eyeshadow palette was equally pretty I might try their formula, but I think The British Museum Collection has been discontinued.

I’m going to keep looking and I really hope they bring it back (seriously they had lipsticks carved with hieroglyphics too and I am kicking myself for not picking one up immediately).  They do have A Picasso themed collection that looks equally beautiful though and a nature themed one as well.  So I may branch out.  I’ve only tried their powder, which is a really good pressed powder, but all their packaging is stunning. 

But we must move on.

Specifically to the Shaina B Miami blush and highlighter palette. There are four products.  I liked the blush in the shade Brickell.  It was a nice blush.  Very pigmented so even a light tap with a brush put a lot of pigment on the skin. I used my fabulous looking pressed powder to tone down the blush most of the week.  I didn’t care for any other product in the palette. 

Rosa was still highly pigmented, just not my shade and I really didn’t get on with the highlighters.  You can apply them and they look highly pigmented but f you touch them in an attempt to blend, they disappear. I was not a fan.  I will be passing this palette on to a friend of mine after sanitizing it, but it will not be staying in my makeup rotation.

One thing that will be staying in my makeup rotation is the sample sized Nars bronzer in the shade Laguna.  It was fantasticly pigmented and super easy to blend.  As it is a small sample it generally falls to the bottom of the drawer.  It’s dark packaging conceals it from view.  I need to find some place to put it where I will use it.  Partially because I really like it and partially because I refuse to buy the full size until I’ve used up the sample. And I really want to buy the full size.  I loved the way I could go either super low key by blending it out or go super dramatic if I felt like it.  It is a very versatile bronzer I really like having around.

Returning from the dressing table this week was the Elf Camo Concealer. It is an excellent concealer. However, I was interrupted one morning as I was getting ready (My neighbor has a large tree that is apparently rotting and it chose this week to split down the middle and slam a large section of tree across the road in a very dramatic way.  It was pretty early so I got to see a lot of my neighbor’s pajamas and dressing gowns.  It was an event.) In all the fuss my concealer was left open and I didn’t notice it until the following morning.  It is now unusable.  My one consolation is that there wasn’t a lot of product left in it and it was getting kind of old.  So it is being transferred to the empties bin and at some point will be repurchased.

The mascara in this week’s makeup bag was the Rimmel Scandaleyes Wow Wings.  I really like the winged shape of the brush as it lets me flair out the lashes on the outside coroners better.  It needs two coats to look its best.  However you should really let one coat settle before applying the second.  If you don’t it tends to get a little clumpy.  So if you apply, then move on to lips, then return for a second coat all is fine. The mascara stayed on me all day with no flaking and I really liked it.  It was a mess when I tried to use it for my lower lashes.  The winged brush is fantastic for upper lashes, not so great for lower lashes.  Still it is a nice product and I am happy to keep it around. 

While we are talking about eyes, This week I used the Maybelline Master precise ink liner.  I thought it was black when I picked it up.  It is a gunmetal metallic.  That came as a bit of a surprise the first morning I used it. Color aside though, this is a fantastic liner.  It is as precise as its name implies, it doesn’t seep into the fine lines of my eyelids and once in place it stays there until I take it off.  I may have to look into other colors of this because it was a surprisingly good product. 

Finally my darlings we reach the lips.  My gloss this week was the So Juicy Plumping gloss from Colourpop. Usually I apply it to my lips before going out then once it has done it’s plumping wonders I remove it and put on whatever product I am wearing out of the house.  This week, I just used it as my gloss and my lips looked nice and juicy.  It is a little on the sticky side, but still nice to wear.  Especially as I wore it over the Il Makiage lip pencil in the shade Vintage.  The lip liner gives fabulous color for a your lips but better look but when worn on its own s really drying on the lips, it is after all a liner not a lipstick. With the Colourpop over it I really enjoyed it and didn’t feel like my lips were too dry.  So that was definitely a good combo for me.  Although I really need to relocate my pencil sharpener to the makeup bag so I don’t have to start an impromptu morning search.

Also in this week’s bag was a set of mini lip glazes from TreStique. There are four of them and they are a sheer wash of color ranging from light pink to the darker English rose.  This set seems tailor made for summer. They feel like a really good lip balm when you apply them to your lips.  They aren’t greasy or heavy at all and I tended to forget I was wearing them.  Don’t expect high pigment, because that is not their lane.  They are a light wash of pigment and they stick to that lane of traffic all the way. I think I might keep one of them in the makeup bag next week but not all four.  That way I still have one to use as a light tint but I am still giving other products a chance.

And that was this week’s makeup bag, the good, the not so great and the utterly fabulous.

Next week will see the return of the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream, the Laura Geller Spackle Mist, the Benefit brow contour pro and one of the TreStique lip glazes. I think I am going to be bringing back the Pink Haze from Becca as well.

Joining these items will be the Tarteist Pro Palette, the Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette,two Bodyography lip liners,  a sugar coat liquid lipstick, a TreStique concealer, Porefessional pearl primer, and a Ciate Marbled light blush. Returning from the dressing table will be the wet ‘n wild liquid megaliner and the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara. Personally, I think that sounds like a fun mix. Have a good Friday and I’ll see you back here for the Friday face Mask this afternoon.


The Make Up Bag: June 19th, 2020

The Make up Bag used June June 13th – 19th, 2020

This month’s Ipsy bag contributed a couple of items to my selections for this week’s Make up bag.  I’m not upset about it as I got to try out a whole bunch of new to me products.  I find it surprising because most Beauty subscriptions lately have been very skin care heavy so having a makeup up heavy box this month was a pleasant surprise.  Not that I’m abandoning my first and dearest love, Skincare, but it is nice once in a while to flirt with someone new.

This week there were separate postes for the NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil which I used as this week’s foundation product, and the Doucce Freematic Pro Eyeshadow Palette. The links will take you to the full reviews if you click on them. 

The short version is that I really liked the NYX Skin Veil and will be reaching for it often throughout the summer. 

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Aside from one or two high points in the Doucce palette it was a fail for me.  One of the highlights was the physical palette itself actually.  It is a nice magnetic case that I will be reusing. The highlighter in this shadow palette was also nice and I will be using it again as well.

There were a couple of repeat items this week.  I again used the Ciate Everyday Vaccay loose translucent setting powder.  I really like it and I’m sure you will be seeing it again, even if it does make me crave macaroons. Also making a return was the No. 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder. 

I am really enjoying using it and am really glad I forced myself out of my Rimmel Pressed powder constant.  Don’t get me wrong, Rimmel will return as it is my favorite standby, but I have to say, I think I actually like the No. 7 better. I know, shock and gasp. 



Also returning this week was one of my favorite mascaras and that is The Expert Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin.  The formula doesn’t flake and it doesn’t sweat off.  The shape of the brush is a curved hook shape that curls my lashes and isn’t too big to use on the lower lashes. 

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However it has been used two weeks in a row and I need to rotate it out for another open mascara. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but I know you will return again. I just also know that a couple of the open mascaras I will be choosing from this week aren’t in my top five favorites.  But that is okay.

The last weekly return was the Thrive Causemetics lipgloss in Ashley.  It is a good light lipgloss to grab on a summer day and I enjoyed using it.  This week it will return to the dressing table and a new product will take it’s place.  It will however be returning.

While it wasn’t used last week, the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit returned this week.  I enjoy having all of the products from pencil to highlight from Benefit because they are all good products.  I’m just not sure about the all in one pen issue. I’m a big fan of benefit brow products, I would prefer them as separate items if that makes sense. I enjoy using it even if it is an all in one contraption though. 

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Plus I also made a deal with myself that I can’t replace my Precisely my Brow Pencil from Benefit until I’ve used this one up.  So as a consequence you will be seeing it in the make up bag until I use it to the point where I feel justified in placing a Benefit order. Although it is really hard to resist the current sale going on. I’ll set it aside if I end up testing other brow products, but for now, I am focused on using this one up.

My contour and bronzer this week came from the Tarte Park Avenue Princess Palette.  I really liked using this palette.  The palette feels and looks lux.  I know it is shallow of me but I feel fancy using it and that makes me happy. Of course adding to this week’s fancy feelings was my early birthday present of a new kimono style robe which I’ve been wearing in the mornings (I know my birthday isn’t until the 27th but it came early and I opened it.  I regret nothing.)

The Park Avenue Princess palette is nice as well.  I really do like the products.  I also like that there are several different shades for me to choose from so I can adjust for my look that day.  I really enjoyed using it this week and will be using it again. 

This week I also chose another IPSY product. This was the Betty Boop blush trio palette.  I like the slim packaging and quite frankly that is what saves it for me.  I only really like one of the blushes, and even then it isn’t my favorite. 

It’s a color thing, they all actually perform fairly well.  I do think I am going to end up eventually using the one blush I like down to pan and then stripping it out to use the case for other products.  I don’t know how successful I will be, but I will try.  Well, I will try sometime in the future.  I believe it is a limited edition item from Ipsy, but if it was available, I wouldn’t repurchase it.  It’s fine but not great and I like the packaging more than the product. While I think it is fine to appreciate good packaging and to enjoy the beauty of makeup, it’s never a good sign when the packaging is the best part.

One of my new products for the month was the pores no more Luminizer Primer from Dr. Brandt. This is definitely a Luminizing primer.  It is very glowy.  Many of my primers I like because I can wear them without foundation and only a dusting of powder over on light makeup days.  This isn’t one of those primers. 

I didn’t find it to be very pore filling, but I did find it luminizing.  As I put a matte foundation over it, I didn’t have too much of a problem.  I had a light glow to my skin showing through my foundation which lightened up the matte look a bit, but without the matte foundation, it would have been too much.  I will continue to use this primer, but I can’t say it is my favorite.

Speaking of primers, this week I used the Pretty Vulgar eyelid primer.  When using it for regular lid priming, you really need to let it dry down for a moment before applying powder shadows or you will have a rough time of it.  The primer is somewhat sticky.  As I was already working with patchy shadows, this didn’t help.  Because it was my first time really using this primer, I tried it with a couple of different shadows to play around with it.  It is a good primer if you wait for a moment to let it dry down.  It is excellent if you are doing a cut crease and using a glittery shade.  That is where this primer shines. That is what it was built for.  I believe this will not be a regular every day primer for me.  I think it will be a hold in reserve for the days when I am going for the drama.  Personally I don’t mind that.  I am perfectly happy to use my concealer as an everyday primer and to bring this out when I need the big guns.  In fact, I like having it in my arsenal. It’s kind of like having a bazooka even though you know your weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.

Not that I actually have a bazooka. Me having one would just be a bad idea. I know I’d try to reach something on a high shelf knock it over with my hip and take out the neighbor’s shed. Or windmill. Speaking of, I think my neighbor is actually trying to use that strange little windmill he put up to run a small grain mill instead of generating electricity. His entire back flower bed has been planted in wheat. Apparently the roses died. Yeah, I’m not sure of that thought process either, but the end result is that he has a four foot wide, six foot long raised flowerbed full of wheat. Emmer wheat no less, for that extra old timey touch.

But that is beside the point. No bazooka for me, just an imperfect metaphor and a neighbor with a new hobby. Back to the makeup.

Although I didn’t mention it, I added a wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner to the bag this week, the megaliner to be exact.  While pen style eyeliners have become my go to, I started with the inkwell style liquid eyeliners when I first started wearing makeup and I forgot how much I enjoy the brush and pot of liquid. 

It took me a little while to get back in the habit of keeping my eyes at half-mast and fanning myself until the liquid dried enough not to transfer when I blinked, but I soon was back in the swing of things.  I liked using the eyeliner and I have to admit, I picked up the a Maybelline version to try as well.  I don’t know if it is true or not, but I always felt like these inkwell styles dried out less than the pen styles. 

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Who knows, if I get back into liking them maybe I’ll branch out into some colors other than black. I do know that the wet’n wild one didn’t seep into my fine lines and once applied if I didn’t want a sharp line, I could use a small brush to smudge it out a little. It I did want a sharp line, I could just apply it and fan my face until dry (which doesn’t take that long). I really enjoyed using this. Wet ‘n wild is really stepping up their game. Plus I am really glad to see these style of liners on shelves again. I know KVD Beauty has a line of them as well, so I may have to try some of those out soon.

And this brings us square to the lips. I covered the Thrive Causmetics Lip gloss so we are left with three products.  The first is the Hydrating Lip Balm in the shade Nudist from Jersey Shore Cosmetics.  Normally I love Jersey Shore Cosmetics lip balms.  They are in fact my go to lip balms. I did not care for this one.  Shocking I know, it is the first lip balm from the company I didn’t like.  It performed as well as the others and had a lovely little shimmer to it.  It smelled nice, but it tasted awful. It just tasted slightly chemically, almost like sunblock.  It does have an SPF 10 on it so maybe that’s it.  I was beginning to think there was no product they had that I didn’t like, but I suppose there is always one.  So I will be passing on this lip balm and going back to using the others.

This week I also had one bullet style lipstick and one liquid lip.  The bullet style was from Colourpop’s Disney Villains collection in the shade Evil Queen.  It is a true red and I have to say, I really like a bold red lip on a minimal makeup week.  And this one performed.  I do really need to pick up a red lip liner that matches it, because it needs one and I noticed that while I have a plethora of pinks, I have no red lip liners.  This makes me sad and is something I will soon be remedying.  I also need to remember to take my lip liners into the make up bag with me so I don’t have to go hunting in the morning, but that is another story. I picked up the Colourpop Villains trio and I tend to reach for the Hades one more often, in fact I actually forgot I had this one as it rolled to the back of the drawer.

This is one of the reasons I am really liking doing this makeup bag post each week. I get to find all sorts of things I love, yet forgot about as well as try new things. I’m glad you like the posts too, but I think even if I didn’t post on them I would still set up the makeup bag each week. It is really reminding me to use products I like and forcing me to get rid of the ones I’m just not going to wear.

The liquid lip I chose this week was Matte Dreamy 411 from Il Makiage. The official title is the Infinity Long Wear matte lip cream.  While I own a boat load of their lip liners, this was the first liquid lip from them that I have tried and it did not disappoint.

The packaging is super lux feeling.  It is heavy in the hand and feels really good.  The wand is a little thin and plastic on the end of the tip.  It could use a little bit of padding but it wasn’t bad. I also think I might have expected more because of the exterior packaging.  While the color wasn’t exactly right on me, the formula was great. 

It dried down almost all the way but not quite.  It is slightly drier than the Nars Powermatte formula, but not by much. Which means it dries down enough not to smudge everywhere and leave a trail of lip prints behind all day, but not dry enough to make your lips feel parched.  I am sad that I don’t care for the shade all that much, but I will be looking into picking up other shades in my next lipstick purchase.

Finally, we come to the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore.  It is the Coconut Water Prime/Set/Refresh.  I didn’t use it to prime, but I did use it to set and on a couple of sweaty days, refresh.  It worked well for both.  It has a very fine mister which I appreciated.  In addition while it is somewhat coconut scented, it is not over the top coconut. It is in fact the scent of coconut water and not the artificially sweet coconut scent.  Personally I appreciated that.

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So that was this week’s Make Up bag.  There were some winners, some returning favorites and some ‘thanks but no thanks’ in the mix. Next week the returning products will be the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Setting spray and the Benefit Brow Pencil. Everything else will be changed out for something else. Won’t that be fun?

I have to say as an aside, I’ve been using the Ipsy make up bags as the bag I pack and take from the dressing table to the bathroom. The one I’ve been using it is simple zip top bag.  While these are fine for traveling because they hold a great deal in a relatively small space, I am finding it hard to work with as a daily make up bag.  When I travel if I am going to one place and staying there for the duration, I unpack the makeup bag and line things up in the bathroom. 

For that sort of travel this is an okay bag.  For working out of on a daily basis, it is kind of a mess. Especially with brushes thrown into the mix. Recently I’ve been intrigued by the Kusshi make up bags, especially with the separated brush compartment.  I keep circling it trying to make up my mind.  Since I have been working out of a makeup bag, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future, I know I am going to have to find something soon.  I’ll link the Kusshi site for anyone interested in checking them out. I have heard great things about them. One of my friends is in love with the way they perform in the wash, which lets face it, is a pretty big deal if I’m going to use it daily.

KUSSHI

While the Kusshi might be an option, if anyone has any make-up bags or kits that they like working out of instead of just using for transport, let me know. I’d like to hear about them. I suspect I’ll end up looking into a whole bunch of them and then just get annoyed one morning and order the best one in the collection I’ve investigated, so the better the collection the better chance of getting a good bag. So let me know your favorites, if you have one.

For now, I am going to get on with my day as always my desk is cluttered with the things I’ve been putting off all week and need to do before Friday ends and the weekend rolls around. It’s been a little crazy so I haven’t had a chance to choose next week’s products yet, so with the exception of Laura Geller and Benefit, the rest will just be a surprise. Happy Friday everyone. I’ll see you this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.