The Make Up Bag: November 13th, 2020

The Makeup Bag Used November 7th – 13th

Welcome to the weekly makeup bag post, where I let you know all about the products I chose t use this week.  There were some repeats this week and there were some new products.  Over all it was a pretty interesting mix.

My foundation product this week was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC cream.  I’ve used it before and I thought I had only one more week left in the tube.  I’m pretty sure I have a third week left in it so while it was used, it was not yet used up.  I really like this formula.  It is a my skin but better look that feels like nothing and lasts all day.  It is one that I will be repurchasing once it is empty and I’ve cleared out a few more products from my dressing table. I will probably keep it around this week again just so that I can finish it out.  I don’t want a mostly empty tube to get lost in the bottom of the drawer.  Plus I really liked it, so it isn’t a hardship to have another week with the foundation.

As you may recall from the eyeshadow post yesterday, my eyeshadow this week was a collection of Maybelline singles.  The cream color tattoo shadows were fantastic, the Expert wear shadow was basic, didn’t blend terribly well and only lasted about six hours and the Color strike stick was a complete waste. So the eyeshadow actually ran the gamut.  The Color Strike I dropped into my empties bin as soon as I finished writing up the eyeshadow post yesterday.  It was a relief to pitch it and know it is not lurking with my other singles eyeshadows and giving them bad ideas.

This week I had another Maybelline product in my bag.  I picked it up on a whim during my last venture out of the house and I have to say I really enjoyed using it this week.  It is the Cheek Heat cream blush.  It was really easy to work with.  I was able to sheer it out to just a light pink or build it up to a hardier blush.  As my Foundation was a barely there foundation this week the sheered out version was absolutely fantastic for me.  I like that I can play around and decide what to do with it.  That was fun. It is a product I will keep around and reach for often.

This week the Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour palette remained.  I used the two lightest shads as pressed powder and then used the darker shades as bronzer.  It worked really well for me.  I am glad I kept it out a second week running but as much as I like seeing the pretty palette out on my shelf, I will be putting it back in the drawer this week so that I can use something else. Oddly enough, I think this palette is now only available as it is in one of Tarte’s Vault collections. All of the products are still available, they have just been repackaged into several different forms.

My highlighter this week was the K Voss Shine on stick.  It was a creamy stick highlighter and came to me via my Petit Vour box. I will admit, at first it scared me a bit.  When I applied it, the product looked like an orange stripe.  Then I blended and the highlighter turned into a warm golden glow.  It was subtle and quite beautiful. It did not remain a bright orange stripe, for which I was grateful.  While I started out nervous about it, I ended up loving it and will be returning it to the makeup drawer to be pulled back for another round.

There are a few things that were in this week’s make up bag that will not be returning to the dressing table.  The first is the Wander Beauty Mile High Mascara.  While it was a nice mascara, it isn’t my favorite from Wander Beauty. Personally, I really like the Wander Beauty Unlashed Mascara.  This one was just good but not as good as the Unlashed, at least in my opinion.  The Unlashed mascara is really good, but no one seems to mention it while they rave about the Mile High.  Perhaps it is just my take on the two. 

However, this mascara has been opened for six months and I have used it repeatedly over that time. Clearly I don’t mind using it, I just prefer the other.  And now that I have finished this, I can open the currently unopened Unlashed Mascara from Wander Beauty that is in my dressing table.  So yeah, go me!  There is really very little product left in the tube so clearly I felt good using it and now, I feel good about letting it go.

I am a little sad to be letting the Fast Base concealer from Revolution go.  It was a good product and I really enjoyed using it.  The fact that it is a $3 concealer and puts several more expensive ones to shame didn’t hurt.  But there is no more concealer to be found in the tube.  There may be residue on the inside that makes it look like there is more product, but no there is not. I can turn and click all I want but no product issues forth.  Alas poor Fast Base, we knew ye well. I’m pretty sure another one will be picked up in the future.

My loose setting powder and my most used lip gloss both came from Elf this week.  That is the elf translucent setting powder and the Black Cherry lip slick.  Also on my lips this week was the Dose of Colors Stone liquid lip and Sugar Crush in the shade Sprinkle.

This week I set aside my Timeless HA spray and chose a small trial sized setting spray from my dressing table collection.  I went with the Fix it up Matte Setting spray from Kokie. 

It sprays well. It smells like paint and gave me a headache if I sprayed it without opening the bathroom door, but it did lock my makeup into place all day.  So it works well, but it really is like shellac to the face. It keeps the paint in place but there is nothing skin care beneficial about it. Now to be fair, they actually make no skin care claims. They just call it a setting spray and claim that is keeps makeup in place. which it does, really well. I think because I just came off using a setting spray that had skin care benefits and smelled like cucumber water from the spa, it was just a rough transition.

I will keep it in rotation until it is used up, although I can’t say I will happily reach for it, because of my darlings, the fumes, such headaches. But I will use it until it is gone and then never repurchase it again.

I also used the Huda Beauty Lip pencil in Trophy Wife and the Real Her eyebrow pencil.  I loved both and would happily keep them in my dressing table and into my make up bag rotation. I am actually starting to be really impressed by Real Her products. I have a face palette (blush Bronzer and highlight) that I have used of theirs that is actually starting to show the metal indents of the pan underneath. which is really rare with me. And the Huda Beauty is just a super creamy formula that makes me want to pick up several lip liners. The Trophy Wife is a good pinkish color. And actually I need to reevaluate all of my lip liners as I am using them more. I recently watched a Lisa Eldridge You tube Video called Makeup tips for Happy lips. So amazing.

I love my bright lipsticks but as the corners of my mouth turn down a little the darker shades make me look a little sad or mad. The video shows a super quick and easy tip for correcting this and I have been playing around with it a bit. I found lip liners really helped me pull off the trick and it also made me realize that most of my lip liners are in similar shades, so I really need to start filling in the gaps and matching some of my favorite shades of lipstick a little better. This weekend, a list will be made. For now we move on. Although i highly recommend checking out her video (linked above).

As my Black cream eyeshadow from Maybelline doubled as my eyeliner this week, I think we have actually reached the end of the makeup bag. There was some good, some bad, some forgotten treasures and some dear friends we must bid farewell until repurchase time. Overall, a pretty good mix. I can’t wait to see what happens next week. Have a good Friday everyone and I’ll see you back here this afternoon for the Friday Facemask.

Dr. Squatch

The Makeup Bag: November 6th

The Makeup Bag Used October 31st – November 6th

This week I hauled out all of the foundations that I’ve been testing and sorted through them.  In doing so I found several that I forgot I had and really enjoyed using.  I also realized how many products are in that drawer.  So for the next little while I am going to be using foundations that I have previously tried out and keep using them to see if my opinions change as well as to see which ones that I find I keep reaching for.  I find it is one thing to rank foundations in order after giving them each a trial, but seeing which ones I end up reaching for the most is wheat really ends up letting me know which products I really need to keep purchasing.   Because quite frankly no one needs to keep twenty foundations stocked (And even saying at least three of them are sample sized and several are almost empty doesn’t make me feel a lot better about the stockpile.)

This week the foundation I pulled out of the drawer to use was the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation.  It feels good on the skin and even though it had a satin finish instead of a true matte, it isn’t upper shiny. It is slightly too light a shade on me right now so I I brought out another favorite that I hadn’t used in a while and it is the Park Ave Princess Contour palette by tarte. 

I can’t lie I love this palette and this is really it’s time of year to shine.  I don’t really do a lot of contour, but the darker shades in this palette work really well as bronzers for my skin tone and I can change them up depending on both the foundation I am using and my fading summer tan.  And yes, I find it strange that we are in November and my tan is only now starting to fade.  I spent a lot of time outside this summer and the summer seemed to last a lot longer than usual. In addition to using the bronzers I was able to use the lighter shades as pressed powders this week.  It lets me use the entire palette more or less so there isn’t just one product used.  Given the change of seasons thing still happening with my skin (and the fact that I find this palette beautiful to work with and look at) I am going to keep it out another week.

Even though I used the Tarte light contour as my pressed powder I had the Becca Pink Haze loose setting powder as my setting powder this week.  As always I really enjoyed using it, even if it does leave a fine pink dust over my sink by the end of the week.  I like the tint of pink it brings to the skin.

Making its final lap in the makeup bag this week was the Yensa Tone Up primer. It is one primer that I really like and have ordered a number of times in the past.  This tube, like the ones that came before is now empty. Next week in the slot where I usually review foundations I will be doing a primer round up instead. The empty tube will stick around long enough to be photographed and then it will make its way to the empty bin.  As I have nearly as many primers at the moment as I have foundations, I will not be repurchasing it for a while.  It will however remain on my favorites list and eventually make a come back.

My concealer this week is an oldie but a goodie. It is the Revolution Fast Base Concealer.  It is one of those twist up concealers with a foam top.  I really like it and as it somehow became hidden under the foundations, I forgot I had it.  It is getting a bit old though and it is almost empty.  I believe I might hold onto it one more week in my makeup bag and use the last of it up.  While I like the formula, I really don’t like the foam top.  (I make an exception for the Maybelline Age Erase because it is one of my favorite formulas, but I still don’t like the foam top) Because of this I might not be repurchasing this exact concealer again.  I will be looking to see if Revolution has this formula in a package with a wand applicator though.  I just think the foam gets a bit grungy.  I know it probably isn’t any worse than the padded applicator tip, but you pick your devils and I am going to have to go with wand preference over sponge tip. But I like the Revolution formula. And if I am being honest, if they don’t have this formula in a package with a wand, I probably will pick it up again. It is a good concealer and costs about $3. So it is kind of a win, even with the sponge top.

Keeping with the theme of things I forgot I owned, this week I also added the Revolution Highlight Palette to my makeup bag. It has a yellow silver, goldy peach and a purple tinted highlighter.  As you might be able to tell from the photo, the yellowish highlighter is barely touched while the gold and purple are showing signs of wear.  I really enjoy the formula of these and I like having the choice between shades, even if I only use two of the three shades.  I like that I can blend it a little for a bold highlight or blend it in for a soft glow.  It is an excellent highlighter palette and I am sorry I forgot about for so long. Incidentally if you are looking for a highlighter palette Revolution currently has this exact one on sale. If you click on the link it will take you there, Normally the palette is $15, currently it is on sale for $5.60)  I am going to have to make an effort to remember this moving forward. This week I went hard on the purple highlighter more than the others because it blended better with the eyeshadow palette.

This week’s eyeshadow palette was The Queen Palette from Eloise.  It has a very purple-y pink tone to it all in all.  I suppose the purple is part of the regal theme after all.  It was an interesting palette to work with.  The shades were not my favorite.  They were nicely pigmented and there was very little fall out.  The mattes worked well as stand alone colors and matched the shimmers well, but got muddy when more than one matte was used.  I, however, adore the shimmers in this palette and will keep it just for them.  Luckily, there are more shimmers than anything else so I don’t feel like it is a waste. 

However because of the bold colors, I only used two lip products this week.  I used the Dose of colors liquid lip in stone.  It is one of my favorite neutrals (I even have an unopened back up in my drawer)  It is also quite old and reaching the end of its life so I have been keeping it in my makeup bag in an effort to use it up.  Even though I have several other neutral shades I really like, I want to finish this out. The formula dries down really well, but it can feel a little dry on the lips.  At my desk I keep a lip balm that I apply throughout the day, mostly as a snack deterrent, but I tended to put it over my Dose of Colors and then had no issues with dry lips (or snacking).

Does in Stone on top and Perricone, MD below

The second lip product I have in my bag this week is the Perricone MD No makeup Lipstick.  It is a light reddish sheer on my lips that was just enough color to go with the eyeshadow palette but not compete with it. Also it is one of my lip products that expires in December so I am trying to use as much of it up as possible before then.  It currently lives in the bathroom and gets applied whenever I am feeling the need for a touch up. That is the issue with Perricone Md.  There is no stockpiling this makeup when you come across a sale.  When it expires, it expires.  The dates on the packaging are no joke. So I am going to see how much I can use before this reaches the end of its life.

This week I used one of my favorite blushes the Benefit Gold Rush Blush.  I know it isn’t one I forget about but once I started pulling forgotten favorites, it seemed like a natural to add. I’ve actually used this blush enough that there is starting to be a little dip in the center, which for blush is a big deal for me.  I do not tend to go all that heavy on the blush so any blush that shows wear, is well used and loved.  This is both. I will trade it out for a different one next week though so don’t worry.

I couldn’t resist keeping both my Hourglass eyebrow pencil and my Beauty for Real Mascara in the makeup bag this week. I really enjoy both and I felt that the mascara was dramatic enough to suit the eyeshadow palette.  It was, but I will pick up two different products next week.

Making a return trip into my makeup bag this week was the eyeko Fat Liquid eyeliner.  It is still one of my favorite liquid eyeliner formulas.  I tend to forget about it though because while it is fat, it is not terribly tall. So it slides down out of sight in the jar of much taller eyeliners.  Thus it sort of fit my unofficial theme this week of forgotten and fabulous.

Speaking of fabulous, I used my HA Spray from Timeless Skincare again this week.  However, even though it is not empty, I am going to be setting it aside and begin rotating some of my other setting sprays into the makeup bag again. (I know, Gasps of surprise all around) I still love this formula and I really love the idea that I am getting a skin care benefit from the setting spray, but I have other products that I need to use.  So I will begin the rotation with the setting sprays once again.

And that my darlings was this week’s makeup bag. There were several items that I loved and forgot about but was happy to see return to be used again.  I have a few products I am going to keep around while I try to use them up and next week will see a return of the tarte contour palette as well as a few new products to try out.  Over all I had fun with this week’s selection.  I just have to remember to widen my rotation through the depths of my dressing table so things are less likely to be forgotten.


The Make Up Bag: October 23rd, 2020

The Make Up Bag used the week of October 17th – 23rd

We had some highs and lows this week let me tell you.  The Kosas Tinted Face oil was a high.  It was a beautiful foundation that I am happy to have around.  I really enjoyed using it and will definately be repurchasing it.

The low of course was the very frustrating Illuminati X ISA shadow palette.  Oh, it gave me such angst.  The best over all description I can give is patchy.  No, actually that has to be capitalized because it was so bad it needs to be yelled. It was PATCHY.

Sorry for raising my voice, but I wanted to make sure those of you in the back row heard me. For details you can click on the link to read the full break out review.  As this palette caused me to waste a lot of time this week, I am not going to talk about it any more.

The primer I used this week was the Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow.  I love this primer.  I think this is either the second or third tube of this I have purchased and at the moment I think I have about a week or two’s worth of product left in the current tube.  I might keep it around a second week and see if I can use it up. 

It is sort of bittersweet to use this one up.  Because I have quite a few open primers at the moment (I adore primers, as most of you well know.) I am trying not to just automatically repurchase products when I empty them. So even though this has been a staple for a while, and I will put it on my list of products to buy again, I am going to have to wait a bit before it makes an appearance in my dressing table again.

This week I added the Maybelline Instant Age rewind to my make up bag, but didn’t actually use it as concealler.  I slept tolerably well this week and my allergies are gone because the ragweed has finally withered away so I didn’t feel that I needed it.  Plus, the Kosas foundation was excellent. But it is a good concealer.  This week it was also used as an eyeshadow primer.  Admittedly so was every other primer and concealer I had in my collection as I tried to get the eyeshadow palette to work. But I do like the Age rewind concealer and will no doubt be using it again.

My bronzer this week was the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel.  I like the bronzer and the packaging is fantastic.  What can I say, I am a sucker for a good compact.

Speaking of which I also used the Zeesea pressed powder this week. It is a decent powder, works well and does what it is supposed to.  It isn’t a spectacular product, but the packaging is really nice.  I love their British Museum Collection and will probably end up picking up more from them at some point. 

They also just released an Alice in Wonderland Themed set. It looks absolutely stunning.  Zeesea is one of those brands where the product is good, but not excellent but the packaging is collectable. It is also interesting as to what they have up on their website ant any given time. sometimes you can find what you want and other times entire collections disappear only to reappear a few months later. right now they are all about Halloween so very few of their collections are available. Which is kind of a bummer as they have a sale going on. To be honest, once this powder runs out, I’m going to pry out the empty pan, find another product that fits and just keep reusing the compact. 

This week I had two Natasha Denona products in my makeup bag. I intended to have only one.  The one I planned to use was the Bloom Blush and Glow Palette. I love the darker cream blush. I thought I could use the cream blushes and the Glow section as a highlighter. While I loved using the blushes and in fact forgot how much I actually liked using cream blush in general (Note to self: I really need to pick up more cream blush) I was not terribly enthused by the glow section of the palette.  I think part of that may be my skin tone.  When I applied it, the product just sort of blended into nothing on my skin. I think if I was lighter or darker it might work better.  As it is, the glow did not get me. 

However, I have a Glow powder from Natasha Denona.  I never reach for it because I don’t really do much in the way of body shimmer.  Admittedly, that could make my work out gear more spectacular. So I tend to forget that it is in my make up drawer.  This week I pulled it out and used it as my highlighter.  It is a nice subtle glow that really worked well for me this week.  I absolutely loved it. And I need to remember to reach for it more often.

Wet ‘n Wild remained in my makeup bag this week with the Brow Kit and the eyeliner.  The liquid liner is almost completely out now and I am keeping it in this coming week to finish it out. 

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I will be grabbing a second eyeliner in addition to the wet ‘n wild though as I think there are only a couple of days worth of product left in the tube. 

I added a brown eyeliner to the bag this week.  It was from Pretty Vulgar and has a gel like consistency.  It is one of those liners that lasts all day without smudging or fading and won’t budge unless you use a makeup remover.  It was excellent.  (FYI Pretty Vulgar is still having a sale featuring one of my favorite mascaras, the Feathers, if you are looking to stock up. It runs through the end of the month).

Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics

My loose setting powder was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet loose translucent powder.  I went through an entire one of these and picked up a replacement.  I decided this week was the week I wanted to break out the replacement. I enjoyed using it just as much as I did the first container. I have the feeling it will be used and then repurchased again and again.

Also something that will be used and repurchased, the setting spray, Timeless Skincare HA Spray to be exact.  Still using and still love. What more needs to be said?

The mascara was new this week.  I cleared out a lot of my older opened mascara so I was able to open one of the never been tried before ones.  This is the Lengthening Organic Mascara from Harvest that came in a Petit Vour box. 

Petit Vour

I’ll be honest, it isn’t my favorite mascara.  It has an odd smell to it that I can’t identify. I know it is some sort of oil and that it is supposed to smell like that, the product hasn’t gone bad. I just don’t like it. And to be fair it does a good job of lengthening the lashes.  But it tends to flake and by mid afternoon it looked as though I hadn’t applied any mascara at all.  I was not a fan.  I’m glad it is only a travel size because I don’t think I will be keeping it around.

Finally we reach the lips.  I kept the TreStique jar out this week but to be honest, after fighting with the shadow I ended up just reaching for the Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry. It was quick, easy and I didn’t have to think too much about it.  The Trestique lips and the lip liners I pulled languished this week.  Next week perhaps, there will be more concentration on the lips. This week, the eyes were just the problem child needing attention.

So that was my makeup bag this week.  The good the bad, the always keep around and the never again. It was quite the mix this week.

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The Make Up Bag: October 16th, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used the week of October 10th – 16th

Welcome back to the Weekly Makeup bag post.  I’ve missed you. This week was a fun one.  I not only used my newly purchased e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation out, but I kept the last of the e.l.f. Tinted moisturizer out and even brought out the e.l.f. Flawless Foundation from the depths of my dressing table to do a full on comparison.  That’s right it was battle of the e.l.f. foundations. Well, sort of.

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All three were rock star products (at garage band prices) although my summer tan has not faded nearly enough for me to be able to use the shade of the Flawless foundation I have in my dressing table. I had to go in extra hard on the bronzer on the days I used it. 

TreStique bronzer and mini lip collection

My bronzer this week was my tried and true Trestique Color and contour stick. It is a longtime favorite and one I have replaced a couple of times.  It is an easily blendable formula and the stick format lets you put the product exactly where you want it. It is one of my favorite cream formula bronzers to work with.

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I can’t actually say the same for the Girlactik Cream skin glow.  It is a dual shade with one side a pinky tone and the other side a gold tone.  Both disappeared into nothingness on my cheeks.  I was not terribly happy with it.

Hourglass on the left, Girlactik on the right

I did enjoy bringing out my Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat.  It was a little light for my summer tanned skin so I haven’t reached for it in a while, but now that my skin is starting to fade with the fall, I think I am going to be reaching for this product more often.  I love the way it blends out against the skin and not only adds color but seems to add a little light.

My primer this week was the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen.  I love the way it smells like banana candy.  The vitamin C isn’t a bad addition either.  Even though it is called a bright primer it doesn’t add a dewy shimmer to the skin. 

What it does do is add a little depth to your matte foundation so that your skin looks more natural. And the vitamin C included does help to fade dark spots too which is nice. The slight tint to the cream fades completely into the skin and is unnoticeable. It actually looks a little darker in the pic than it does in real life. This is currently one of my top primers.

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Also at the top of my list of products?  My Benefit bad Girl Bang Mascara.  Alas this was this particular tubes last time in the makeup bag.  My sample sized tube is officially empty.  This little tube gave its all and no more product remains. 

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At the moment I have several unopened mascaras I need to work my way through before I look at buying another one.  As I know that the Bad Girl Bang is in one of the Holiday bundles that Benefit did for this Holiday season I am trying to justify buying the bundle as a holiday purchase rather than just buying the mascara.  I know it’s kind of a sneaky way around my ‘no buying mascaras until a few more are used up’ concept. And I know I shouldn’t but it is one of my favorite mascaras and I am not sure if I can resist the temptation.

There were two wet ‘n wild products in my makeup bag this week.  The first is the eyebrow kit, which will be staying for a while.  I really like the medium powder for my brows. And making a return is the wet ‘n wild mega liner.  I really do like the paint brush style of eyeliner.  As you can pretty much tell from the level of product in this container. 

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It doesn’t have a lot of product left in it and I am trying to decide if I want to keep it around until I finish it out or not.  I suspect I might because it is really light. I think I might rotate in a few brown eyeliners and just keep this in my makeup bag as the black liner until it is gone. 

I know I’ll end up replacing it but I also want to try out a couple others in this style, like the Pretty Vulgar and the KVD Vegan Beauty ones. But this week, the wet ‘n wild is the one I used and I really liked it.  You have to let it dry for a moment so it doesn’t transfer to your upper lids but once you get the hang of it, the liner stays in place all day without smearing or fading.  It is also the very first eyeliner I tried when I was just starting to get into makeup.  Which is probably why I am more comfortable with it than some other styles.

My HA Spray from Timeless skin is still in my makeup bag and will pretty much remain a constant until there is another product I want to test out. Even then I suspect I will test it out and then return to this.  I love the skin care benefits along with the actually set of the makeup.  For me it is a double win.

My setting powder was from Kristofer Buckle.  It is a great reliable loose translucent setting powder.  It clouds the air a little bit when you dip into it, but it doesn’t look powdery on the face.  I think it is just so finely milled that particles quickly become aerosolized around the brush.  It doesn’t look powdery though.

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My pressed powder this week was the No 7 Perfect light.  As you can see the pan underneath is becoming more distinctly visible.  (I didn’t realize how much was showing through until I linked to the product page and saw the untouched pan in the photo.) I really like using it and have a hard time sending it back to the dressing table.  However, I have other powders to use and so I must return it and give another product a chance to be used and discussed.

Finally, we end up at the lips.  To be honest I took the easy way out this week.  I have two sets of mini-lip crayons from Trestique.  Some are matte lip colors and others are sheer.  I just put them all in an jar and set them in my bathroom.  Then each morning I just picked whichever I felt like going with for the day.  They were really handy and I enjoyed using them all.

The limited lipstick selection is one of the things I don’t like about the weekly makeup bag.  While it comforts me to choose all the other products and know I have everything squared away and won’t get distracted by other products in my dressing table. With the lips, I really like variety. I am actually contemplating leaving the jar of Trestique in the bathroom and then just adding one or two lip products to the bag each week.  We shall see how that idea goes.  Who knows next week I may change my mind. 

But for this week, this was my makeup bag.  With the exception of the disappointing Girlactick I rather enjoyed all of the products I chose. It was one of my better make up bags.  Hopefully nest week will be just as good.

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E.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation

As you may remember last week I used the e.l.f. Tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 as my foundation product.  While I adored using it, I had not yet gotten around to reviewing it.  As the level of the product was dropping low I decided to try and use it up and give a review. 

As you might expect from the fact that I managed to use up almost an entire container, I really liked it.  Sadly when I went looking for the links so that when reading the post, you could click on the link and find more official information on the product, I found it had been discontinued. 

There was great sadness.

And an excuse to run out to the drug store in search of more information and a comparable e.l.f. replacement.

The quick run turned into a bit of a quest as recent sales and restocking concerns left various makeup aisles looking like they were pillaged.

Seriously, it looked like makeup loving pirates boarded my local CVS and left no one behind to tell the tale.

My quest was finally successful at Target.  Apparently, the Makeup Pirates were either distracted by the nearby Ulta or Target has cannons hidden in the giant red ball decorations out front. Here I managed to secure the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation. In the shade Buff in case you were wondering. 

Flawless Finish Foundation

I will say I have tried the Flawless Finish Foundation earlier in the year and loved it (it is really an underrated fantastic foundation), but I wanted something a little lighter, almost on the scale of the tinted moisturizer, especially since they are not making it any more.

So product secured, let’s dive in.

Acne Fighting Foundation is full coverage and infused with salicylic acid, witch-hazel, camphor, tea tree, and soothing aloe that help fight blemishes. This lightweight formula provides coverage to help even skin tone and reduces acne redness while working to help clear your skin.

My skin has a little redness, but at the moment I don’t have much in the way of acne.  Surprisingly I’ve managed to clear most everything away at the moment.  Also, as I have the Flawless Finish Foundation as well as a little bit of the Tinted Moisturizer I decided to do a bit of comparison between the three products. As a warning, the Flawless foundation is way too light on me at the moment so it looks kind of strange. Especially as it is just the foundation with nothing over it to make even an attempt at blending it in.

On the left is my bafe face and on the right is the Acne Fighting foundation alone.

First, on its own, the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation is a really good foundation.  If provided good coverage, stayed in place all day without settling into fine lines and peeling up around the corners of my nose and mouth.  I would call it medium coverage rather than full coverage.  It was the kind of foundation that just made my skin look really good instead of making it look like I was wearing nice foundation.  It is not a no makeup look, but it leans towards a more natural look than I generally associate with full coverage products.

The tinted moisturizer is on the left and the acne fighting foundation is on the right

What is kind of fun is that when compared to the other two products it falls exactly in the middle of them, coverage wise.  All three feel super lightweight against the skin and are very wearable. The tinted moisturizer is the kind of product that you apply when you just want to help your skin out a little bit but don’t have any major blemishes to cover. 

The acne fighting foundation provides more coverage and is a quite excellent daily foundation.  You can wear it for a more natural look or use it as a base for a slightly more glam look.  It is the kind of foundation you can take from the office to happy hour with only a quick stop to sparkle up your eyeshadow and maybe vamp the lips.

Acne fighting foundation on the left and Flawless finish on the right

The Flawless Foundation is still light weight, but more full coverage and the one I’d wear when lecturing at a conference or on camera.  Although, as my last two conference lectures were actually zoom calls those are more or less the same thing. In the photo the colors don’t look that different, but the lighter shade was very evident in real life.

I will be sad to see the last of the e.l.f tinted moisturizer go away, but I know that they do have a Tinted BB Cream which might take its place.  I will have to check and see. The pirates left none behind so it must be ordered.  For now I am going to be wearing the last of the tinted moisturizer on the weekends instead of putting it back into my dressing table so that I can use the final remnants and get rid of the empty tube.  I am very happy with the acne foundation.  Even though I am not currently breaking out (it comes and goes) I like the salicylic acid in the foundation as well as the Aloe.  The inclusion of aloe in the moisturizer was one of the reasons I picked it up in the first place. I mean if you are going to apply a foundation, why not make it one that might actually do your skin a little good.  Oh and because it is an e.l.f. product, it also does my wallet a bit of good. This acne fighting foundation at its full price is $6.

Yeah, an excellent product that only costs $6? I can see myself keeping this in stock for a long time to come.

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The Make Up Bag: October 9th, 2020

The Make up Bag used October 3rd – 9th, 2020

So tell me my darlings, can anyone spot the theme to this week’s make up bag? That’s right, this week I when I pulled out my mostly used up tube of elf tinted foundation I realized I had a lot of e.l.f. products in my dressing table. I decided to see how many I had and to see if I could actually get a full makeup bag out of them. I came close, but as you can tell it isn’t entirely elf based.

One of the other reasons I did this is because I already know that I am going to be getting a few elf products for people as christmas gifts this year. So very soon I am going to be putting in an order. I figured since I knew I would be putting in an order, I might as well go through what I had, see what I liked, what I didn’t have but wanted to try and what I wasn’t all that fond of. So this is an elf themed bag this week.

So let’s start with the primer. I actually own two primers from elf, the puff puff primer and the putty poreless primer. The puff is more of a hydrating primer and I was really feeling the pore filling this week. I like both and would repurchase them both. The truth is though that I tend to forget I have the putty primer for long stretches and then suddenly remember it is there, try it and fall in love all over again.

I need to start reaching for it more because I’ve had it a while and I don’t want it to go bad. I will say that a little goes a long way (which is why it lasts so long even if you don’t forget it) and it really fills the pores in well and gives you a nice smooth canvas on which to apply the makeup.

this week and next week’s foundations

Speaking of, this week’s foundation product was the elf tinted moisturizer. After not finding a link for it on line in yesterday’s post, I found it was discontinued. I am sad because it was a really good product. I did go out and pick up a replacement to try out. It isn’t quite the same but next week I will be trying out the elf acne fighting foundation. A friend of mine who tried both said it felt a lot like the tinted moisturizer on the skin. Since I still have a little of the tinted moisturizer left I can actually do a side by side comparison this week which will be fun. So stay tuned.

Next we move into a compact that is a bronzer and highlighter duo. At least I think that is what it is, there were no markings on the package. It if had a sticker it is gone. Of the pair I really liked the bronzer. It is really pigmented though so remember to tread lightly.

It does blend out really well so if you accidentally go a little dark with your first stripe you aren’t stuck with just a dark strip or having to start over. Once I realized how pigmented it was, I really enjoyed using it. I will be reaching for this compact more just to use the bronzer.

I will not be using the highlighter next to it. That I didn’t like. It disappeared instantly on the skin leaving no visible trace. occasionally throughout the day I would get the flash of one sparkle and that was it. It was not a good product, even for me who likes a subtle glow rather than a blinding flash.

I think this might be an older formula though. I know this year elf has been reformulating a lot of their products. While I will happily use this bronzer down to pan, I might try picking up a new highlighter when i place my order to see if I like the updated formula better.

the Benefit blush, wet ‘n wild brow kit and Doucce Mascara

As I found I did not have an elf blush (I don’t know how I missed that) I just grabbed one of my favorite blushes, the Benefit Gold Rush blush. It is a nice pink that I know I will still be able to wear as I lose my tan. the gold shimmer look to it, was mostly over spray and tends to go away once you start using the product. My skin does also react well with gold tones though, which it has even without the sparkle.

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If you aren’t a gold toned fan, you might want to go with a different blush like the Dandelion one. That is a nice pink without the gold undertones. I had that blush before I picked up this one and I used it down to pan before letting it go. So even though i would have liked to try out an elf blush this week, I used not having one as an excuse to use one of my favorites and just put elf blush on my shopping list.

My powders this week were both elf. One is loose and the other is pressed. I like both but I do find that after I have set my face I need spray my fixing spray and then tap with my makeup sponge in order to make certain there are no white spots from the translucent powder. It isn’t much, and a quick tap down is fine. I didn’t have this problem when I powdered my nose mid day in my t-zone, just with initial application. There was no flash back on camera though and the powder doesn’t look cakey and stays all day so I am okay with tamping it down. I do like the twist and lock mechanism on the inside of the loose powder as it keeps the powder from getting everywhere when you aren’t using it.

The slight white powder gave me more of a legit excuse to use my HA Spray from Timeless Skincare this week. I’ve used this spray for a month now and I am still blown away by how much I like it.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many other sprays I’ve tried that locked in my makeup and did it well, I just really like that this locks in my makeup and has skin care benefits to boot. In all honesty I will be using this until it runs out and then ordering it in a different scent to try out. I currently have my eye on the orange. I don’t know if it will be as good as the cucumber, but I am willing to give it a try.

For my eyes I went with the two elf bite sized shadow palettes this week. I ended up reaching for ‘rose water’ more, because the pink tones spoke to me, but I went for the ‘cream and sugar’ more when I wanted to wear the red lip rather than the sheer gloss. I liked both but which I wore was just lip dependent this week. I only have two elf lip products so I just bounced between them and chose the shadow accordingly. I like both so it wasn’t a hardship.

The liner was a potted black liner that came with a brush. I like the liner. I find that I really like using either the liquid liners you dip a brush into or the cream that you dip a brush into more than the pen style liners. The pen liners are quick, but I find I do better with my liner when I dip a brush into product.

Maybe it is because I am the one choosing the brush. This potted eyeliner cream came with a brush but I opted not to use it. there was nothing wrong with it, the handle of the brush was just short. I find I have more control with a longer brush. If the handle was longer I would have use it as the bristles were nice and it gave me a nice line.

At the moment I am keeping my wet ‘n wild brow kit in my makeup bag. I would like to try and elf brow product as I have never tried any of their brow products. I’m not even sure they have any, it is something I will look into.

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I like the one shade I use in the brow kit and am finding I like powdered brow products more than I thought I did. So I will keep using this kit and try to find my single shade in the wet ‘n wild formula when it runs out so that I don’t waste the other two products which I don’t use. I will also be looking into other brow products. This year was the year of foundation, maybe next year will be the great brow test. who knows?

The mascara I used this week was the Doucce Punk Volumizer mascara. It is one of those mascaras that has a really fluffy brush so you have high expectations. Its an okay mascara. If I got it again, I would use it, but I wouldn’t go out and purchase it. I’ve been using it off and on for the past few months and it is now at the end of it’s life span. Not only is it of an age where it needs to be disposed of, but it is starting to clump in the tube. So this will be the last use for this particular mascara in my makeup bag. I will not be repurchasing it. Should it arrive in a makeup bag, I might use it if I don’t have a lot of mascaras open or waiting to be opened, but chances are, I would just pass it along.

And so we come to the lips. The first is one I’ve used and reviewed for you before. It is the liquid lip in the shade Red Vixen. I really like this shade. It is pigmented, dries well without making your lips feel dry and desiccated and stays in place a long time. And when it does go away it fades quietly around the edges instead of just going crumbly which I personally prefer.

lip swatches, liquid lip on top and the sheer on the bottom

The second lippie was the elf sheer slick. It is a newer product and one I picked up recently but hadn’t gotten around to trying. The one I picked up is Black Cherry and was the darkest my store offered. It has no real scent to it and it is a sheer wash of color. It is shiny and glossy but not sticky. It is a roll up product and the clear packaging lets you see just how much you have left.

As a gloss it doesn’t have much staying power, I’ve never met a gloss that did. It however feels really comfortable on the lips and I will be using it a lot, especially on low makeup days in the winter. In the winter I tend to either go for barely there makeup looks or full vampy lips. I seem to have no in between during the cold months.

To be honest, I am actually considering picking up the full range of the sheer slicks so I have them all. It is rare that I say that with a line, but I think I might see how many lip products I have and then make out my order. It will be the last thing on the list so I may have to pick them up one at a time, but I could definitely see me getting the entire line.

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So that was this week’s make up bag. Next week I know I have a direct foundation comparison but I haven’t yet picked out the other products to go with it. Maybe I’ll pick out new products i have yet to try, maybe I will use upcoming sales to revisit old favorites. I won’t know until I start to fill the bag. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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Elf Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

This week I wasn’t entirely certain what I wanted to wear on my face for the week. Usually I have some notion of the items I am going to pick but the newest eyeshadow palette I had wasn’t really speaking to me. Usually I tend to align my products chosen for the makeup bag based in part on the colors in the eyeshadow palette. Without that I decided to start in the drawer where I keep my foundation products.

It is an odd time for my skin. Some of my summer shades are beginning to look slightly too dark, but my winter shades look slightly too light. It is the issue I have every October. I have the same issue in reverse in late April/early May. The seasons are changing and my tan isn’t sure it really wants to go, but isn’t committed to staying.

applying dots before using the foundation brush

As I was contemplating this in between time, I saw a tube of product I actually forgot I had. At the beginning of the year I was testing foundations only occasionally. I hadn’t yet taken the deep plunge into the pool. One of the products I tried was the Elf poreless foundation (its in a glass bottle, this is not it). I found it a great foundation that was vastly underrated. It was one of those products you try and then wonder why everyone isn’t talking about it and then start second guessing yourself about because you think it is really good but no one else is saying anything.

At least that is how it felt at the time.

Unfortunately as it was winter and my skin was as white as it ever gets, I picked up the lightest shade appropriate for my skin. Very shortly after my testing, the sun decided to emerge and call me out into it, so I had to set the product aside. At the time I picked up this Elf tinted moisturizer SPF 20 with Aloe, cucumber, and vitamins A, C and E. I was hoping that it would perform as well as the now too pale product and I really liked the thought of the extra vitamins inside.

So I used it.

And used it.

But I forgot to review it. And then I moved on to summery shades and it was shoved to the back of the drawer. So this week, I pulled it out thinking, ‘I remember really liking this.’ And so into the makeup bag it went. I chose the products around it, as you will see in the upcoming Makeup bag post tomorrow (don’t worry I won’t spoil the surprise).

Bafe skin on the left and just the tinted moisturizer (no primer) on the right

I also noticed that the tube felt very light in the hand. After using it this week, I realized it has maybe another week’s worth of product in the tube so I will be keeping it around a second week to use it up completely.

And then it will go on my ELF wish list. And yes I am compiling an Elf wishlist. There will be products for me and many others as stocking stuffers and filling out small gift bags for family members just starting to get into wearing makeup. But again that is a tale for another time.

As you may have guessed from the fact that this is actually the first full sized foundation product I have managed to empty this year, I really liked this product. As it’s name implies, it goes onto the skin like a moisturizer. Without a primer it sits on the skin like a moisturizer. Which means it is great for evening out tone but not so great at hiding texture. So I used the elf poreless putty primer under it and all was good.

full face (no primer day) and clearly before I did anything with my hair

With the primer, you could tell that I did something to my skin (as in you knew I was wearing something because my skin looked better than usual but it didn’t look like foundation). It is a light on the skin product. Both to wear and to see. It felt like a moisturizer. Because of this it stayed on all day and I had no issues with it wearing off. If I didn’t use the primer, it would settle into lines right away and stay there. This product was designed to even skin tone. If you are worried about lines, then use a primer underneath and there are no issues. This tinted moisturizer is just not going to hide those lines.

As I love primers and have many I live to use, I had no problem with this. well clearly as the tube is almost empty. If you have dark spots or red spots, this is a product you might want to look into. It didn’t obscure all my freckles, but it did cover the sun damage spots I am still working to repair. I would say it falls into the light to medium coverage category. I’m not certain if it is the aloe or the cucumber, but it smells slightly more like skin care than it does foundation. There is no paint like smell to it and it smells kind of fresh and light. The scent isn’t strong and dissipates quickly so don’t anticipate a blast of cucumber, but when sniffed, the scent leans more towards skincare than it does makeup. At least to my nose.

I do have one caveat. When I was in my local drug store a few days ago (on the way back from the Asian Grocery we did a quick stop) I checked in and this was available for $6. However, when I went to link it to the website, the product is listed as no longer available. I’m not sure if that is a temporary or permanent thing. As I did use this product all week, I’m going to let the review stand as is which is based on the notes I took throughout the week, however on the website there are two products that look like they might be compatible. I’m going to run out this afternoon and see if they can be picked up at my drug store. If they can, I will purchase them and report back. If not I will order them, wait for them to arrive and then use them and report back in. It will just take a little longer. I will also try to find out if this product was permanently discontinued or not and let you know.

This makes me a little sad. I have about a week’s worth of the elf tinted moisturizer left and I would repurchase this in a heartbeat (and because of the low cost i would pick it up in multiple shades without a flicker of remorse) but it may not be available. I’m not going to hoard it and save that last little bit for a rainy day though, even though a small part of me kind of wants to. I will use it up and send it to the empties bin. I’m trying to get better about that. Products don’t last forever so avoiding using my favorites for the day I know I really want to look good isn’t really helpful. As my long term favorite foundation being discontinued was what sent me on theis grand foundation quest to begin with, this is somewhat disheartening.

But in the end, I did enjoy using the elf tinted moisturizer this week. Hopefully I will have something to compare it to soon. And even though I really liked this product (even better than some of the pricier foundations I’ve tried this year) there are plenty of other products I have tried and liked. So I know it isn’t the only one out there for me. Knowing that actually helps me let go.

It also gives me license to pick up two new foundations to try, so it isn’t all bad.

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The Make Up Bag: October 2nd, 2020

The Makeup Bag Used the Week of September 26th – October 2nd, 2020

I know normally we start off with the foundation or the eyeshadow, but today we are starting off with the Mascara. (incidentally I just realized it was cropped out of the above photo because I had it standing up, sigh).

Mascara is my second favorite category of product.  Let’s face it, lips will always take first and Powder is holding steady at number three with primer of course coming in at number four.  For those keeping score. This week’s mascara is The Feathers from Pretty Vulgar.  This is one of those products that actually rewarded my superficial nature. 

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While I’m not sure that it a good thing long term, this product is quite as fabulous as its packaging.  In other words, I bought it because the packaging is really pretty and I thought that even if I didn’t like it, then it would be a nice decorative element on my dressing table.  It turns out it is very pretty and looks good on my dressing table AND it is a really good mascara.  Yeah, I win!

I started with it today because I wanted to make sure to mention that it is currently being featured in a month long sale.  Purchase any mascara (Faux Reals or the Feathers) with the Down Below primer and save $10! The sale started yesterday (October 1st, 2020) and runs through November first.  As my Feathers Mascara is nearing the end of its life, I will be replacing it.  The fact that the promotion also involves a primer is kind of a bonus for me.  Anyway I started with mascara since I wanted to make sure I mentioned that right away.

Now, we can move on to eyeshadow.  This week’s eyeshadow was the Hip Dot Zion Palette. The link will take you to the full review.  The basic shake down was that I liked the colors and liked using it but there is a lot of fall out from the shadow to watch out for. I will also be looking into other Hip Dot palettes in the future with different color schemes.

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The foundation this week was the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil.  When I pulled it from the drawer I was certain it was a summer shade.  I like it enough that I also knew I wanted to figure out what my winter shade would be, hence the reason I chose it (beyond liking it of course). After using it, I think I might be able to wear this shade for a lot longer than I thought.  I think there is enough variation in the tones that I might be able to get away with using it all the way until I am my palest of winter shades.  I won’t know until the sun fades out my tan but I am optimistic that I may only actually need one shade of this Bare With Me. Which is kind of awesome as it means I don’t have to double up on a product and risk it going bad. I enjoyed using this as my foundation this week.  It gave me great coverage and felt really good to wear.  I will happily keep it in rotation as long as I can.

Primer and No. 7 Pressed powder

The primer this week was the  Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. It was a sample and this week did finish it out. The last time I used it I was on the fence as to whether I liked it or not. At the moment I think it is okay. It isn’t a bad primer but it isn’t one of my must have primers either.  Perhaps when my skin is winter dry I might like it more, but at the moment it is one of those products I’d use if it was here but I wouldn’t run out and purchase as soon as I started to run low.  For me, this week finished up the sample and so it is now out of my dressing table.  It might return sometime in the winter to see if it fares better when my skin is dryer but I am not rushing out to replace it.

I did love using the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil Bronzer this week though.  That is a product I really like using.  The product is nice and not as sparkly as I feared it would be from its name and the gold shimmer inside. It is just a very good bronzer.  It is also a really pretty package.  I have to say I am a sucker for a good looking compact.  I really am.  Luckily, the product is also nice.

I had two powders in my make up bag this week; one loose and one pressed. The Kristofer Buckle loose translucent setting powder was my loose powder. 

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It is a good setting powder with no flash back when taking pics and it helps set my makeup.

No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder in Medium was the pressed powder I used this week and I have to say it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders. It sits well against the skin without looking powdery, it knocks any shine right off but never feels cakey. I know I ought to trade it out for something else but I don’t really want to so I am going to keep it around for another week and then next week I’ll trade it out.

Promise.

The Julep Pore minimizing Blush in Rosewood was my blush this week and I really like the color.  It is a nice deep blush that goes so well with my summer tan.  I suspect that my time wearing it will soon be at an end.  I think that as my tan fades it may end up being too dark for winter. It is a great formula, but soon It may be taking a brief rest in the dressing table, emerging when the temperatures start to rise.

I will be keeping the Julep cushion complexion concealer out over the winter.  Right now I can really only use it to prime my eyelids because it it too light for my face but in a month or so I will be using it as a concealer.  I tried it on my face this week and while it is way too light at the moment, it did an excellent job of concealing so I look forward to using it for its intended purpose soon.

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The Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Ginger Binge and Moscow mule came in my Boxycharm last month and I have to say I was skeptical at first.  I just really didn’t like the Trophy Wife highlighter I tried before.  This one feels much more finely milled and the rosy tones blended well with my skin.  The rose tends to lean more gold than silver which is also good for me.  I found that with a brush it was easy to apply a subtle shimmery look. 

If I applied with a finger then I could go much more bold and even when I went bold the highlighters on both sides blended out well so I didn’t have just a strip from my finger application.  I have to say I am a big fan of this combo.  I was more impressed I think since I really didn’t like the other Fenty Highlighter. This one is definitely a keeper.

This week the Wet ‘n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit returned.  It has been a while since I used it and I really enjoyed having it around again.  The powders work really well and I sort of realized that I like the brow pencils for giving me the shape for my brows but really prefer the powder to fill them in. 

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I don’t have major gaps in my brows so I really don’t need to draw any hairs in, I mostly just need a more uniform look.  At the moment this is the only powder brow product I have in my dressing table so I might just keep it around and just trade out my brow pencils for a while.  I’m sure I’ll pick up more powder brow products at some point but at the moment this wet ‘n wild kit works well and even though I’ve used it heaps, it still has a ton of product in it. So for now it may remain a constant in my weekly Makeup Bag.

I will say that as much as I like the wet ‘n wild brow powders I really do not like the cream highlight.  In fact if I was certain I could do it without damaging the powders I would pry it out and chuck it away. So the Billion Dollar Brows Brow duo Pencil Concealer and Highlighter was added to my makeup bag this week to make up for this.  I like the creamy texture and the precision of the pencil.  Which is kind of fun because I did not like the other BDB brow products that came in the kit with the highlighter. 

Another returning product in my bag this week was the Milk Long wear gel eyeliner for the water line. It is a creamy formula and I really need to look into other colors. It is a nice and comfortable liner to wear and it has great staying power.  Less impressive this week were the other two other eyeliners I tried out this week. 

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The first was the Aurora brown calligraphy pen style eyeliner that came in my Ipsy Mystery Bag.  I had high hopes for this.  Partially because I really wanted a brown eyeliner I could rely on that was in the calligraphy pen style. It was an interesting liner.  It went on smoothly and where it was on my lid where there were no other products, like eye shadow, it worked really well.  Where the eyeshadow was. The liner tended to skip.  I tried it when I wasn’t wearing eyeshadow and it gave me a smooth continuous line.  It just didn’t like going over eyeshadow. I think I am going to keep it around another week to play with it some more.  I’ll be adding a reliable eyeliner into the bag as well, but I want to see how it works with different shadows.It could be that it just didn’t like Hip Dot for some reason.

The Cleo Noir purple eyeliner from the September Allure Box was a disappointment.  It switched really well on the hands but was very stiff on the eyes.  I warmed it up on my hand but by the time it was warm enough to apply sort of well, my hand was covered in purple lines and I felt  wasted more product than I used. I think it is something I will keep around if I have a specific look in mind that needs a purple eyeliner.  But I also think that when I go to pickup more Milk Eyeliners I might see if they have a purple one I can replace this one with.

For those keeping track there is only one category that we missed.  And that’s the lips.  This week I had only one lip product.  I know, shock gasp, calls for temperature checks.  I know.  I chose one liquid lipstick, Dose of Colors in Stone for three reasons. One the Zion Palette from Hip Dot was so spectacularly purple that I knew it was going to be a neutral lip kind of week. Two I have had this lipstick for a while and I wanted to make certain it was still good.  And three I really like it.  It was for a long time my go to lip product.  I still have an unopened back up in the drawer waiting for this to run out. 

Which it probably will soon. It is actually getting kind of low on product.  I may just keep it in my makeup bag and use it up.  Clearly I’ll add other products, and it might not get used every week, but I want to keep it where I can see it so it does get used up before it expires.  The Dose of Colors formula is a great one for longevity and it is really easy to wear.  It can be a bit drying on the lips because once it dries down it isn’t going anywhere.  I tend to still use lip balm throughout the day when I wear it and I like that once dried it doesn’t tint my lip balm.  If you are worried about dry lips then a quick swipe of lip balm over the top after it is dried works wonders.  For me the drying is slight and over balanced by the rest of the formula’s perks.  Also I apply lip balm throughout the day anyway so the dryness isn’t much of an issue for me.

So there you have it, this week’s makeup bag.  A few plusses a few cons, some consistently reused products.  All in all a mix I was happy with. I have to say that I am torn about next week’s bag.  There is one eyeshadow palette that I was planning to review, but another one just keeps calling my name. “Play with me Mimsy, you know you love me.” Because of that I may actually end up doing a Current Dressing Table favorites makeup bag next week.  As soon I am going to start talking about Holiday bundles and Black Friday specials and lists, maybe a review of my favorites wouldn’t be a bad idea.  I’ll have to think about it today and then decided tonight when I switch out the makeup bag and load it up for next week. For now it is off to work for me.  I hope everyone out there has a fabulous Friday.  I’ll see you later this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.


Pretty Vulgar Make up

Let’s talk Squalane

While I am not a chemist or a dermatologist or a biologist (or any kind of ologist to be honest) I love finding out about new ingredients and how they work with my skin. (In case you are wondering I’m a writer and architectural historian, which means one thing I definitely know is how to research).

Squalane seems like a new thing because it has so recently popped up on the skin care radar.  However, squalane was first introduced into the world of beauty in the 1950s.  It was used as an emollient (meaning it softens or smooths the skin.) Squalane oil is created when squalene oil undergoes hydrogenation processing. 

Squalene is naturally found in your sebum (the oils of your face) as well as other places.  Most notably in shark’s livers which is how it came by its name.  Squalus is a genus of sharks. However most commercially used squalene is derived from plants like olive oil rice and sugar cane.

The hydrogenation process not only changes the a to an e, but it turns the squalene from an unsaturated oil to a saturated one. This makes it more stable and less likely to turn rancid. It is safe for all skin types and it is lightweight and won’t clog your pores. It helps balance your natural oil production and helps keep skin clear and healthy.

For the past month I have been using the Timeless Skincare 100% Squalane oil gifted to me for review purposes. My skin is not particularly acne prone however I have always had the tendency to get clogged pores.  They are bumps beneath the surface that have the tendency to rise up and create a bumpy texture on my skin that seems to last forever as the clogged pore don’t seem to have any motivation to actually rise to the surface. 

Occasionally one will surface and I will be able to deal with it.  Products like Peace out with their acne dots can help bring them to the surface in many cases.  Some are just too deep for the dots to touch. While some acne washes do well with my skin, a lot of times it dries out my skin causing almost as many problems as the clogged pores.  With masking when leaving the house, the situation was not improved.

According to the Timeless Skin Care

As a dry oil, Squalane keeps your glow on without leaving an oily sheen. We call it the ‘finishing touch’. This light-weight oil seals in moisture and is also anti-bacterial, making it ideal for acne-prone skin and protecting skin against pollutants. It is also perfect for helping to set your make-up, so it stays in place all day.

In case there was any doubt, the Timeless Skin Care Squalane is derived from olives, not sharks. It is purely plant derived.

I have in the past had good luck using squalene oil based products on my skin so I though trying a daily application of pure squalene oil might be good for my skin. The oil was lightweight enough that I could wear it during the day without a problem. A lot of the time I just apply oils to my skin at night (such as the Malin+ Goetz Recovery Oil which is too heavy for me to wear in the day, but is fantastic at night).  This Timeless Skincare 100% Squalane oil I could easily wear during the day. 

I applied it once a day for the last month.  I used three drops, applied to my skin after my serum had time to sink in and then, after giving it a moment or two to settle, I added my moisturizer. I have to say I have seen a big reduction in my clogged pores.  There are still some along the mask lines, but they are not as deep or as hard to get rid of.  While my skin is nowhere near flawless, some of my biggest concerns have been mitigated and my skin feels better than it has in a while.  The bumps may not be as noticeable to others but they were quite noticeable to me and I am very glad there are fewer of them.

As for holding makeup in place all day, I have noticed that most of the foundations I have tried since I started using the Squalane oil have had wonderful staying power and lasted all day.  I saw non-clogging and locks in moisture when I looked at the description at the start but somehow missed the increasing makeup longevity section of the description.  I may actually have to go back and try some of the foundations without the oil being used to see if they last on their own or if they received a little extra help.  So I may have to do some repeat foundation trials to not only make sure my foundation reviews were accurate but to see if the oil lived up to this claim.   So on that claim, I’ll have to put a pin in it and do a little more testing.  However, even without knowing about the makeup longevity, this oil has enough plusses to keep it around.

While I’m sure the anti-aging properties help the serums and moisturizer work more effectively as well as help to treat acne and blemishes.  The anti-inflammatory properties are supposed to help treat eczema.  While I have only a mild spot of eczema on my arm, my baby doll has quite a few larger spots (mostly on his legs). 

He also has a tendency to pronounce everything, but basic shampoo and soap to be a scam. (He found out that one of my masks had clay in it and he offered to go and dig a bucket of red clay out of the back yard for me. I’m pretty sure he believes that is actually what skin care companies do, dig out buckets of clay from the back yard and slap them into fancy jars.) Did I mention that he is from Montana, one of three boys (no sisters) and that his father had only brothers, who also had only sons? His mother apparently had a bathroom to herself that was declared off limits upon penalty of death. So my baby doll is both confused and oddly mesmerized by some of my ‘girly potions’.

He tried the squalene oil on his eczema and he pronounced it ‘maybe not a scam.’ Which in the lexicon of my baby means it worked really well.  His one complaint was that it didn’t smell medicinal and he deep down believed that a product can’t be good for you unless it smells like medicine. The 100% Squalane Oil from Timeless Skincare is part of their Pure line and has nothing added to it.  It is a clear oil that smells of absolutely nothing.  While it is easy to mix in with your moisturizer, I prefer applying it to my skin first and then following with the moisturizer. For the eczema on my arm I’ve been applying it and then following with a body lotion.  (Actually the Lord Jones CBD lotion to be exact.)  It has worked really well in softening that patch as well. 

The one thing you really have to remember is that it is a thin oil.  The bottle has a dropper but the oil does start dripping out almost as soon as you lift it from the bottle.  I recommend squeezing it into the glass dropper, lifting it up, but not out of the bottle and then squirting half of the dropper back into the bottle before lifting it out to apply. There is less chance of wasting product that way. 

Over all I really enjoyed having this 100% Squalane oil from Timeless Skincare around this month and I have to say I will be picking up another bottle as soon as thins runs out.  As it is good for eczema as well, I’m going to try to get my baby doll into the habit of using it as well. As a one ounce bottle is only $9.95, it is very affordably priced. And if I can get him to use it routinely, I may have to stock up on it when black Friday comes.  Maybe I can set it between the Kneipp Juniper scented bath salts and the Menthol scented muscle soak oil he keeps around.  Between the two they make the air wafting off of the shelf smell medicinal.  Maybe it can be medicinal by association.   Even if he doesn’t turn to it habitually, I will be keeping this around at least as long as I have to wear facemasks.

If you are interested in more information about squalene you can find more information at Healthline.com, The Truth Beauty Company, or The Skincare Edit.  All three are great resources in learning more about this fantastic ingredient.


Peace Out Skincare

Foil Packet First Impressions

a selection of foil packets from my skincare drawer

I have a strange relationship with foil packets. I never consciously pick them up. They always seem to come as a gift with purchase, or a bonus item in a subscription box.They get touched into packages and sometimes arrive unannounced.

And I always think, okay, I’ve got to try that and see if it is worth giving it a full trial, either with a larger sample or a full sized bottle. Oh yes, there have been foil packets that completely sold me on the full size before. It is rare though. Usually with foil packets I don’t try to determine whether or not I would purchase a full size but rather would I be willing to try it again.

It has a much lower threshold.

But what happens with foil packets, is I gather them, thinking I need to try them and then they languish until I go to pull something out of a drawer and then they come cascading out like a strange skin care slot machine. Because I honestly don’t reach for them a lot. when going through samples and testing them out, I gather up the small tubes and tiny jars and work through them. I tend to completely forget about the foil packets. Luckily there are no bells and flashing lights when they slide out and remind me they are there.

So I decided that I would take a selection of foil packets partially because there are a lot of them and partially because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming and I want to start making my lists. If I don’t try the sample, I can’t know if i want to pick up the product. In addition to products I like and want to try, there are also lists of gifts for Christmas and unlike me, who was sensible enough to be born in June, most of my family was born between November and February.

I don’t mind actually as it makes my birthday THE event of the summer while everyone else is just a part of the celebratory series that starts November 3rd and ends February 12 leaving everyone gasping with relief when Valentine’s day hits and we have quiet until Easter.

But it also means that I make birthday lists around the same time I make Christmas lists. It also means that even though I talk about my list the most, the items I want tend to take a back seat on my shopping extravaganza and sometimes have to wait for the spring sales.

Such is life.

But sometimes, I make it through the list and still get to shop for me. So i still make the list. But enough chatter, it’s time to sample.

The links below will take you to the product page for the company. I get absolutely nothing if you click on them. They are not affiliate links. I just want you to be able to find the products if you are interested.

Snowberry Serum

First up is the Youth Renewing Face serum with eProlex. from Snowberry. I believe the sample came as an added bonus in a Glossy Box. The serum comes out as a clear liquid and even though it looks like it is more serum that I usually use on my face each morning, the packet contained just enough for my face, neck and upper chest.

Snowberry Serum in hand

It took a little while to soak in, but I have been spoiled by the Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Timeless Skincare. That tends to soak into the skin on contact. I started the Vitamin C Serum trial (also a Timeless Skincare) this week and even that had a noticeably slower absorption rate. I think I might have just gotten used to the HA Serum’s speed. Either way it took only a little longer absorb. Since on the back of the packet Snowberry recommends waiting five minutes before continuing with other skin care, that’s what I did. (and yes I set the timer.)

I also used the five minutes to set up the coffee pot.

It absorbed before the five minutes, but as I occupied myself I didn’t mind the wait. In five minutes it was completely absorbed. while the serum is clear it is not odorless. The scent is faint and not unpleasant. I just can’t identify it. When I try to describe it I want to say that is smells like a soft gray streaked with light pink. I know sometimes my brain is not terribly helpful. It is a clean and pleasant sort of smell though. I checked the ingredients list, which they thoughtfully provided on the back. while I am happy there are Niacinamides, which my skin loves (although I know some people have a sensitivity to)there was no ingredient where I could say HA that’s what i am smelling. So for now I have to say that my broken snifter and bent brain translates the scent into a soft gray streaked with light pink. It is however a product that, after my initial test I would like to see more of so I will be putting it on the list to try again in a larger sample or even a full size.

High Expectations oil

The next two items were also extras added to a Glossy Box I believe. they are both from High SkinCare. One is the High Expectations Facial Oil and the other is the High Five Cannabis Facial moisturizer. Oddly they both had the same slightly lemony scent to them rather than the more typically earthy scent I associate with Cannabis/CBD oil based products.

oil in hand

The facial oil is 32% cannabis sativa oil. There was far more in the packet than I actually needed for one application, so I did not use it all. There wasn’t enough to add to a container to try and use a second time. Or maybe there was but I didn’t really feel like using it a second time. This oil felt a little heavy on my skin. At the moment I am using Pure 100% Squalane oil from Timeless Skincare in the mornings and the Malin+Goetz Recovery Oil at night. neither sit quite as heavy on the skin. The High Expectations did not meet, let alone exceed expectations in this first impressions test. I do not think I will be adding it onto any list.

High Five Moisturizer

However, I would consider picking up the High Five Cannabis Facial Moisturizer for a longer trial. It has 20% Cannabis Sativa seed oil and the same lemony scent that the facial oil has. (I know some of you are thinking – at least she said lemony instead of yellow, but lemony doesn’t ping in my brain as yellow it usually comes across as a pale green, so ha. Plus I am familiar with the scent of lemons.)

moisturizer in hand

The High Five cream absorbed well into the skin and was quite moisturizing. Again there was far more in the packet than could be used in one sitting. This I did add to a small jar and use at night. Because of its consistency, I really liked using it at night. It is as thick as a traditional moisturizer (as opposed to a gel or water cream). Even though the temperature has dropped, the sun is still bright and I spent longer on the walking trail than I have in a while. This was a very good cream after too much time in the sun. Unlike the oil, I would definitely consider picking up a larger size to try out.

Next there is the First and Free CBD Cream. It came in a Pinch Me Box. I have to say I was very glad to see it as they always seem to want to send me bandages and candy. And yes I looked over my profile with them but somehow I have gotten into some sort of candy eating klutz category. So it was kind of fabulous to be offered any sort of body lotion. The First and Free CBD uses canopy growth for their products which if I remember correctly is more sustainable. I can’t remember the details. I have only just started delving into the CBD world and my research is still a little shaky. As I just started trying out a CBD Cleansing oil, I will be doing more research soon. I would also do more research on the effects of using only canopy growth should I try out a larger version of this cream or any other product from the First and Free Brand.

CBD Cream in hand

As I really liked this cream, I think that is definitely a possibility. There was little to no scent to it. It smelled like lotion. Just that cream scent that unscented lotions have. As almost every lotion in my currently large collection is pretty heavily scented, this was kind of a relief. Lately I’ve been running around smelling of cake batter and sugar cookies. It’s made me want to bake more. But that could also be the cooler temps. Regardless, I would actually like to try using this cream for a longer trial to see how I liked it over a longer period and if I would like to add it to my continue to purchase list of products. As a note, when you go to the First and Free Site they will ask for your location so they can determine which products they could ship to you. Which i kind of like. I’d hate to accidentally buy something that wasn’t legal in my locale. The company does sell edibles though and I think the restrictions are more on that end then on the body lotion.

So there you have it, four foil packets and my initial impressions of the products within. Three I want to try further and one I definitely do not. Not a bad trial run. I hope you’ve enjoyed my foil packet first impressions.