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: July 10th, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used July 4th – 10th

This week I was required to get a little more adventurous with my makeup as my foundation was a rotating shades.  I was using the ‘medium’ sample set from Jouer Cosmetics as my foundation this week.  While all of the shades were in the medium range some of them had yellow undertones, others olive, some pink and a few neutral.  It is a really good shade range actually.  Although not meant to be used for one face. I did, mostly because I was testing the formula (and not leaving the house). So I got to use bronzer and powder to their fullest extend as I played ‘adjust the foundation shade’. I liked the formula even though it is more full coverage then I like in the summertime.  You can check out the full review of the Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation if you want the more detailed version of how that trial went.

Likewise I posted about my use of the Elf Bite Sized Rosewater Palette and the Beauty by Popsugar Trio Tyme Morocco palettes as this week’s eyeshadow selection.  Those had both highs and lows.  Over all, I really liked the Elf Rose Water Palette (with the exception of the darker black shade) and didn’t like the Morocco Trio (with the limited exception of the shimmer shade).

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The Rosewater is going to be staying in my collection and I am sure I will end up picking up more ELF Shadows as I like the formula of the ones I’ve tried.  The Beauty by Popsugar, I will be passing along after sanitizing it.

This week I used the Pore Professional primer from Benefit cosmetics.  I specifically chose this primer because last week I used the Pearl version.  I wanted to do a personal comparison by using them one right after the other. 

Ciate Blush, Benefit Primer, wet ‘n wild liner, Nomad Highlighter (L to R)

I have always preferred the Pearl version of the pore professional primer as I thought it gave a nice depth under matte foundation that the regular primer did not provide.  While it does, this summer I have been using the Volition Luminizing Shield as my sunscreen. And I have gotten into the habit of putting it on every morning before my makeup so that I don’t forget it. 

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Because it is illuminating, I found my luminizing primers to be almost too much for me. Individually speaking , I think I still do like the Pearl version better than the original, however paired with my sunscreen I have to go with the original.  I really enjoyed letting  the illumination from the sunscreen glow with the mattifying pore professional tone it down. I think I will save my last sample size of the Pearl Poreprofessional for the winter months when I spend more time inside. Needless to say the regular Benefit Pore Professional will be staying in my makeup rotation.

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Speaking of Benefit Cosmetics, it is time to mention the Brow Contour Pro.  It is a pen format eyebrow pencil that contains multiple products including lighter and darker shades of brow pencil, contour, and highlight.  Last week I used up the lighter shade and was almost completely finished with the highlighter. The contour/defining pencil was getting low as well. 

I was going to finish up the highlight and contour this week and use the darker shade.  Which I did.  This morning however I was checking to see how much was left of each product and when looking at the darker shade (which was the only remaining product, I dripped the pen and shattered the remaining dark eyebrow pencil.  So the Brow Contour Pro is officially used up and will now leave my makeup bag for good and go to the empties bin.

I am going to have to have to think about what I want to replace it.  I love Benefit’s Precisely my brow, but it has been my go-to for a while.  I know I am getting an eyebrow pencil in my IPSY Bag this month so I might try either a powder or a pomade from Benefit instead.  It is something to think about.  But I do love Benefit’s brow products so I’m certain at some point one of them will return.

Speaking of returning products, I had several products make repeat visits to my makeup bag this week.  A holdover from last week was the Ciate Marbled Blush in the shade Halo.  It is a nice buildable formula and for me, the shade is just about perfect.

The Ciate loose setting powder in Everyday Vaccay once again returned.  I really like the setting powder and find it doesn’t have the white cast that Ciate’s normal setting powder can occasionally have.  The level on this product is low enough that I think I am just going to keep it in my makeup bag until it is gone.  It may take a couple of weeks, but it is not a product I mind using repeatedly.  And I would rather use it up before opening another product. And as I have a weakness for powders (both loose and pressed) I do have my eye on several I want to try, even if this is a staple.

NARS bronzer, Ciate loose setting powder and No. 7 Pressed powder compact

Speaking of powders, the No 7 Perfect light pressed powder made a return visit to my makeup bag this week.  I really do enjoy this formula.  It feels really good on the skin and blends like a dream.  I usually think of skincare when I think of No. 7 products (I really like several of their moisturizers) rather than their makeup, but I have to say I may be looking into their other cosmetics given the way this powder performs. 

I like it as a finishing element, or as just a dusting to knock off the shine when I am just wearing sunscreen. It will be returning to my dressing table this week, but staying in rotation.

Because I was using a full coverage foundation this week, I added the Nars Bronzer in the shade Laguna to my bag.  I know I can go both subtle and dramatic with it and given that my foundation shades were all over the place due to my Jouer trial, it helped adjust some of the less than perfect tones to my skin.  I actually relied more heavily on this tiny bronzer than I usually do on my bronzers and it performed wonderfully. But alas, back to the dressing table it must go.

Returing to the dressing table again is my Pretty Vulgar The Feather’s mascara.  I really do enjoy this mascara.  It is not only pretty to look at, but the curved wand works well to lift and curl my eyelashes and the formula makes them look longer and more dramatic.  Anytime I use a full coverage foundation I feel I need more dramatic lashes.  And I knew this mascara would perform.  So after a week of service, it returns to the dressing table to return when it is needed.  Bye bye little birdy.

Staying in my makeup bag this week is the I heart Revolution Fixing Spray I love the Peaches and Cream scent and I love the way the product performs.  At the moment I am mostly switching between this spray and the Laura Geller Spackle Mist. Since this one is over half empty (and I can’t remember how long I’ve had it open in my dressing table) I am probably going to make a push to use this up in the next few weeks.



This week I used the megaliner from wet ‘n wild.  I really like it and I have enjoyed getting accustomed to using a liquid liner again.  It was the type of liner I started with when I first started doing my makeup.  It has been fun remembering how to keep my eyes half open while I fan them to dry the liner so it doesn’t transfer and I really like the way it performs.  Next week I think I am going to replace it with a different style of liner, either pencil or pen just to change things up a bit.  But rest assured, this wet ‘n wild liner will be returning. 

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I think the final returning product was the TreStique Mini Lip Glaze in Shell Beach Sheer.It is a nice light lip tint that I really enjoyed using.  It provides just a hint of color without actually being a lipstick or crayon.  I think I will be returning it to the dressing table this week though as I have so many other lip products I want to use. 

I actually had several I used this week, but before we go full on into the world of lips, I want to mention my highlighter.  This week I used the Nomad highlighter in the shade Midnight Sun.  I found this an interesting highlighter to use.  For the most part I applied it with my fingertip rather than a brush as it seemed to work better that way.  I found that it could produce a really bright highlight if left alone, but worked best if blended a little.  If it was blended in then it really served as a soft glow for the highpoints of the face, making my skin look sunlit instead of like I just applied glittery highlight.  With the full coverage foundation it was often lost, but in a low key look featuring more natural makeup looks, this would be a fantastic highlighter.  I am tempted to keep it around for another week, but I need to see how many products are repeats before I make up my mind.  Either way, it is staying in my dressing table and in my rotation until my sample size is used up and then I am purchasing a full sized version.

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And now, to the lips.

Starting at the top: the two lip liners Rosewood, followed by Pouty. Then Laura Geller in Nude Kisses, followed by Pioneer from maybelline, then Sprinkle from Sugar Crush and finally the Trestique lip glaze at the bottom. (I also just came in from working outside and yes, my skin desperately needs moisturizer)

This week I had two Bodyography lip pencils to try out, one in the shade Rosewood and the other in Pouty. They were a set that came in one of the Boxycharm boxes during June.  I had mixed feelings because I tried a Bodyography eye pencil a while back and I did not like it.  I did however like the lip pencils.  Pouty in particular is a shade that I can easily wear just under lipgloss.  They were creamy when applied and weren’t too drying on the lips, especially if a gloss was put over them .  when just used as liners, they performed well and stayed in place all day. I will be reaching for them repeatedly.

This leaves the three liquid lips I put into my makeup bag this week.  Two were matte and one is a gloss.  The gloss was Laura Geller’s Nude Kisses lip hugging lip gloss.  I like the shade and I like how comfortable it felt on my lips.  There was a little smudging on my coffee mug rim, but that’s because glosses just don’t dry down like mattes.  And it wasn’t really that much smudging.  I have just been wearing mattes and clear lip glosses for a while so it was more noticeable.  I liked wearing it, but I did notice that I had to reapply it after lunch. It was not a stay all day formula.

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The Super Stay Matte Ink from Maybelline in Pioneer (#20) was definitely a stay all day formula.  I put it on, gave it a few minutes to dry and then left it for the day.  At the end of the day it still looked just as beautiful as it did at the beginning.  The color was slightly muted after eight hours, but it was still in place. The trick with it is to make sure it is applied correctly at the start.  Fix those smudges and crooked lines fast or you will either have to use a makeup wipe and start over or just live with the smudge, because once it dries there is no maneuvering it. It wasn’t very drying on the lips though and was quite comfortable to wear.

There was a little more wiggle room with the Sugar Rush Sugar Coat in the shade Sprinkle. It can be adjusted for a few minutes after applying and doesn’t seem to lock into place as tightly.  It too was comfortable to wear.  It lasted past lunch on the lips, but by about two in the afternoon it was a distant memory.  I have no problem’s reapplying lipstick, but it is something to remember if you have an afternoon meeting.  Stop off in the ladies room to refresh (or gent’s, depending), prior to the meeting if you want to be wearing it during the meeting.  It has a good color saturation and isn’t drying on the lips.  It doesn’t really dry down all the way, which is, I think, why it wears off. But it is very comfortable to wear. I will be looking into more shades of this formula when I next purchase lipsticks.

Finally I must add a little bit about my new foundation brush.  I needed a new one and picked this one up from Bdellium Tools.  It is the 999 master blender.  This was its first week of use and I have to say I am a big fan.  It has soft, yet densely backed bristles.  It sort of reminds me of those elite style brushes with the brush on it’s side and a shape like a giant toothbrush.  It has that sort of density to it. The brush blended in the product really well without leaving brush streaks.  I really only needed the makeup sponge for a little detail work around my eyes.  The shorter kabuki style handle gave me much greater control as well.  It also stands up on it’s own so it is easy to find and grab quickly.

My only draw back this week was the  fact that the rose gold metal picked up fingerprints and no longer looked pristine.  (the above picture is the brush just out of the package.) I will also say that because I was using foil packets with foundation this was a messier week than usual in my morning getting ready process.  And the streaks and fingerprints all wiped off easily.  It is just one of those things where it was so pretty when I got it and after using it, the brush was no longer pristine looking.  It’s still pretty but t no longer has that just out of the package feel.  Sigh, I knew it wouldn’t last.  But at least I am pretty sure the brush will.  It looks as though it was meant to last.

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It will of course remain in my makeup bag this week. So what will be joining it?

Well the I heart Revolution Fixing spray is staying and the Wet ‘n wild brow kit, along with the Billion Dollar Brows highlight and contour duo will be returning. The Ciate Loose setting powder will be staying until the jar is empty.  The foundation I will be using this upcoming week is a trial sized tube of Pur 4-4in-1 Love Your Selfie long wear foundation and concealer.  I have been looking forward to trying out this foundation for quite some time.The primer is also something I have never tried.  It is the Kaja Blur Drop primer.  I have never used anything from the brand Kaja so this well be  my first impression of the brand as a whole which is always fun. I will be trying a liquid highlighter from Iconic London this week as well.  I’ve used Iconic’s setting spray but that’s all so this should be a fun trial as well.

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Returning after a stint in my dressing table is my Eyeko eyeliner and my Kevyn Aucoin mascara.  I know I just can’t keep away.  It is one of my top mascaras and I tend to naturally gravitate towards it. For my lips I chose two long standing favorites and one I forgot I had and will be using Thrive Causemetics, Nars and Stila on my lips this week. The pressed powder is a Jouer product and both the blush and bronzer are from Julep. I ordered them during one of Julep’s sales and they came in on Monday. 

I restrained myself from using them this week so I am eagerly looking into trying them out for the first time.  Finally my eyeshadow palette this week is one I have reviewed before.  It is the Fairy Tales Storybook Cosmetics Briar Rose Palette. When looking at products this week It sort of said “Use Me’ very loudly so I decided I would.  So next week while I will review the Pur Foundation in a separate post, I won’t be reviewing the eyeshadow palette separately.  I’ll have to see what other products merit a single focused review instead. As always if there is anything in the upcoming bag (or past bags for that matter) that you want more detailed information about, let me know.

Until then, it is on with the day.  Have a good Friday everyone. I’ll see you this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask.




The Make Up Bag: July 3rd, 2020

The Make up Bag Used the week of June 27 – July 3rd

Let’s just jump into it shall we?

We’ll start off with one of the repeats in this week’s bag.  Making a return trip this week was the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore. 

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I think this is the third week running for this setting spray. So by now, you know I like it. The Laura Geller is a really good product and it has a light coconut water scent that is excellent for the summer.  I have to say my favorite part about this spray (other than the fact that it works well) is the mister.  It is a nice fine mist that never drops splotches.  While it will make a return to the makeup bag in future weeks, for now I will be sending it back to the dressing table and rotating in my I Heart Revolution setting spray.

My returning BB Cream Perfect Glow from Purlisse and this week’s Primer, The Pore Professional in Pearl

Also returning this week was the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream.  I used a sample size last week and still had enough product in the tube for a second week.  The above link will take you to the full review. I really enjoyed this BB cream and am very glad I have a full sized bottle in my dressing table.  Opening it will wait until I have cleared out a few products, but I am looking forward to using it again.  This sample tube is finally empty and will make it to my empties bin. So farewell for now sweet BB Cream.

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Next week I am going to try a little something fun with my foundation.  I recently ordered a couple of items from Jouer and they provide two samples with each purchase.  My samples are small foil packets containing samples of Jouer’s High Coverage Cream Foundation in Medium and a sample of their liquid concealers.  I don’t think that there is enough product to make it through the week so I think I am going to use and review what product there is and then pick whichever previously used foundation appeals to me for the rest of the week. I think if the foil packets go into my dressing table they will be lost and so even if there isn’t enough for a full review I can at least share my first impressions with you.

Plus it gives me a chance to use my new foundation brush.  My old one was desperately needing to retire to that old makeup brush heaven so I ordered  the 999 Master blender from Bdellium tools to replace it.  As the Purlisse BB cream applied better with a sponge the new brush has just been sitting there, gleaming at me with its newness and all I could do was look at it. 

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It is awfully pretty.  And next week I am going to choose products that let me use it. And yes I took a picture of it for you here because I know it will never look this pristine again.

Because this week’s Purlisee BB Cream was a repeat, I did separate reviews of both the Too Faced Cocoa Contour and the Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palettes. Those links will take you to the reviews.  I really liked the Tarteist Pro and the shades I could use of the Cocoa Contour.

Brow Contour Pro from Benefit as well as the Sugar crush lipstick and the TreStique lip glaze

Also returning this week was the Brow Contour Pro Eyebrow pencil.  It’s the one with multiple products.  I know I’ve mentioned it many times, but I like all of the products contained in the pencil, I just really like them to be in separate products rather than the all in one. 

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My plan was to keep it until I either used it up or received another eyebrow product in a subscription box to try out.  (Spoiler alert it looks like there is an Illamasqua eyebrow pencil coming in IPSY later this month) And I have stuck to that.  I am now out of the lighter brown shade of pencil and getting really low on my highlighter.  So this week, I will be using the darker shade and the rest of the highlighter. I’ll see where I am at the end of next week. So stay tuned for that update.

My primer this week was also from Benefit Cosmetics.  I used the Pore Professional Pearl primer.  And yes it is a sample size.  I really like this primer, it gives a nice glow to the skin, especially under a matte foundation.  It glides on smoothly, fills pores and makes my skin feel like silk. Even with the luminosity of the Volition Sunscreen on my face under my makeup, the glow was not too much. It is a very mild pearl that just adds a little dimension to matte foundation.

 I actually like it better than the regular Pore Professional.  Don’t get me wrong, I like that one too, but it does come in second to the Pearl, at least with me.  However I have to admit, I have never owned a full sized version of this primer.  Quite a few years ago I received a sample of this primer for some reason.  I think I might have purchased the regular pore primer around the time this was first released and it was given as a promotional sample then (like I said it was years ago). I really liked it and through various other sample with purchase purchases I ended up with quite a collection of the sample sizes.  So I put them in a little bowl and told myself that once I worked through all of the samples I could buy a full sized bottle. 

The first issue with that plan is that you really don’t need to use a lot of this product.  A little bit will cover your face.  And adding more actually makes it less effective as too much may make your foundation slide off.  So using it sparingly is actually the best way to use this product.  My second hiccup in my use up the samples plan was that any time I came close to finishing out my samples new ones seemed to appear.

It was like magic.

Or sample selection if you insist on looking behind the curtain to see the secret to the magic trick.

However I had this open tube of Pore Professional Pearl Primer and one small unopened sample.  This opened tube had just enough primer to get me through the week. It is now empty and my sample collection is down to one unopened tube of The Pore Professional Pearl Primer. For now I will save it for when I am doing more than sitting at my computer all day.  Or until I need a pick me up, because it really does make me feel pretty when I wear it. I do have a full size of the regular Porefessional in my dressing table and I think next week it will be rotated in to see some use. I really do like it, Pearl is just a smidge better.

The Becca Pink Haze stayed in my makeup bag this week.  It is a loose powder that I really enjoy using.  I love wearing it alone for just a light healthy glow to the skin.  In fact paired with just the Porefessional Pearl Primer gives me a fantastic no makeup summer look. 

My only issue with this powder is that it does get a little messy.  There is no regulator on the powder and it comes through the holes super easily.  It has the tendency to scatter pink dust over things.  I’m willing to over look that because I really like the product, but I’m ready for a break from the pink haze covering portions of my sink.  So back to the dressing table it goes, to be used again in a few weeks.

My blush this week was the Ciate London marbled light blush in the shade Halo.  It is the perfect shade for me in the summer time.  The tone is deep enough for my current level of tan and while it is pigmented it doesn’t go on like clown circles.  It is a buildable formula that is easily blended into my look.  I really liked using it this week and in fact I liked it so much that I am going to be using it for a second week.  It is staying in the Makeup bag for another week.

The Wander Beauty Mile High Club mascara is one I’ve used before.  Since mascaras have a short shelf life, I only like to keep a few open at a time and cycle through them using as much product as possible before good hygiene and product labels claim they should be disposed of.

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You may recall that this wasn’t one of my favorite mascaras.  There is nothing wrong with it.  It is a decent , serviceable mascara.  It doesn’t peel or flake.  It also doesn’t give me much extra volume or length.  I’ll keep it in rotation and I will use it until it is either used up or expired, but I will not be purchasing this again.  Most Wander Beauty products I really like, their Glow up oil, for example, is fantastic and well worth keeping around.  But this mascara is just…serviceable. And this week, it served.  Now it returns to the dressing table until it is pressed into service again.

One of my first time using products this week was the treStique concealer.  Like all of their products, it looks kind of like a crayon.  I found it interesting to use. 

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The crayon like end of the product is very pointy, or it was at the start of the week.  It is less pointy now.  I found this really good for applying under my eyes.  The cushion blended on the other side of the pencil wasn’t useful for blending the under eye area (although it was useful elsewhere) and I found it easier just to use my fingers under my eyes. 

The product does need to warm up a little or it tends to pull at the skin.  I found that if I spot corrected my face before using this under my eyes it was warm enough not to pull by the time I got to my under eyes.  So just have a strategy if using.  I will say spot correcting is where this product shines. Its shape allows you to precisely place product and to use very little.  Using less, helped with a seamless blending so I didn’t see a big splotch of corrected skin. With spot correcting the blending tip actually came in really handy.  It is small and pointed and much more precise than my makeup sponge.  If for nothing else, I would keep this product around solely for covering blemishes.  Given that stress keeps me breaking out, it will see a lot of use this summer.

As an aside, usually I use my concealer as eyelid primer for my shadows.  This is not the product for that.  It is too stiff and pointy to use on eyelids.  This is, as the name states, a conceal and correct and that is the job it does and does well.  It is not an eyelid primer.

There was a second treStique product in my makeup bag this week.From my set of mini lip glazes from TreStique (pictured above with the the Brow Contour Pro), I kept one in my bag this week.  I kept the shade Shell Beach Sheer. It is a mostly sheer gloss with just slightly pink tones so it is one of those my lips but better products. I used it a lot this week and will be keeping it around for the upcoming week.

As far as lips go, I did put my Sugar rust Sugar Coat liquid lip in the shade Sprinkle in my bag this week.  I did not use it so I’ll put it back in the bag for next week. I also forgot completely about using the lip liners so they too will just return to the bag this week and hopefully be used.

The reason I didn’t use it was that my Jouer order came in and I couldn’t resist using the liquid lip I ordered.  It is in the shade Clove and I absolutely adored it. 

It went on smoothly and dried down fairly quickly.  It wasn’t too dry on my lips but it didn’t leave smudges on everything.  While it felt completely dry to the touch of a finger tip, it felt a little sticky when I rolled my lips together.  I think that little stickiness is why it didn’t feel too dry.  It wasn’t completely weightless but it wasn’t heavy on the lips. Unless I pressed my lips together, I didn’t notice it. 

It also stayed in place all day.  In fact I had a swatch on my hand that didn’t budge or smear or anything.  When I went to take a shower I washed my hair and noticed it still hadn’t budged.  I keep makeup remover oil in the shower so I can take my make up off in the shower and to get the lipstick off I had to put the oil on the swatch and rub it in. 

So once in place and dried, this lipstick isn’t going anywhere.  Normally I am not one for metallic lipsticks, but I have to say I really liked this one.  I am also partial to darker lipsticks.  I try to use the lighter shades in the summer, hence the many glosses that have been appearing in my  Make up bag, but I will always be drawn to the darker shades.  I will however be putting it to the side for now.  Along with the Sugar crush and the TreStique this week I may be adding an additional lip product so I have three to choose from.

So that was this week’s makeup bag. I’ll be doing a lot of rotating this week so there will be fewer repeats next week.  And who knows, if this month’s subscription boxes end up being makeup heavy, I may end up with even few repeats later in the month.

Next week’s bag will see the return of Sugar Crush and Trestique in the lip department, along with Benefit in the form of my eyebrow pencil.  Benefit will also be the primer I am going to use.  I’ll be trying out the Jouer foundation foil packet for a first impression and bringing back the Ciate London Blush.  There will be other products filling in the blank spots between, but you will just have to tune in next week to see what they are as well as what I think of them.  I’ll see you later this afternoon for the Friday Face mask, but until then, have an excellent Friday.


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The Empties Bin: June 2020

The products I’ve used up this month

Welcome to the end of the month and a review of the empties bin.  This month I managed to clear out several items that just needed a little push to be used up.  I have makeup, skincare, and bath products this time, so it is going to be a little all over the place. There are links to the products mentioned. The links aren’t affiliate codes, but as everyone is having Fourth of July Sales starting up I added links to the relevant sites. The sale links are affiliate links and should you click on them and purchase something then I may earn a small commission which goes towards hosting this website. If that makes you uncomfortable in any way, feel free to avoid the links. Oh, and the one different link is for the Verb Hair mask. It takes you to a previous review I wrote of the product.

Thet the review of the empties begin!

We’ll start with makeup.  The first two items in this category were not so much used up as rendered useless.  The first of these is the ELF Camo Concealer, which sadly I left uncapped for too long.  It was getting low on product though so the loss wasn’t too great.  It is a good product and one that I will be purchasing again, probably in multiple shades.

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The second item that wasn’t entirely used up is my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed powder.  I had a very thin layer of product with a lot of pan showing and I thought I could stretch it to last one more week.  Unfortunately, I knocked it into the sink where the remaining product shattered and landed in a toothpaste smear. So note to self, do not balance delicate powder on the edge of the sink after just brushing teeth.

As it has been one of the standbys in my makeup bag for a long time, I will be repurchasing it at some point.  Because it is such a go-to item for me I am refraining from purchasing a replacement right away as I want to try other products and  if I do replace it I will just end up falling back into the habit of using it again.

In this month’s empties there are two empty primers, one old familiar and one that was new to me.  The old familiar was the NYX Pore Filler.  It is one of those reliable formulas that works well under a variety of makeup.  It has a slight tint to it and has been compared to the Benefit Porefessional.

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I’ve bought it several times and I’m sure it will make a return visit to my dressing table and makeup bag at some point, but like my Rimmel powder, I am going to be holding off repurchasing it for a while.  It occurred to me when I was using the last of it that this was the only NYX primer I have ever tried. I know they have many others.  I recently tried the NYX Bare With Me Foundation and I liked it enough that I think I might try the primer from that line as well next time I make a NYX purchase, stepping away from one of my old faves to try something new from the brand.

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The second primer in my empties bin this month was a sample sized primer from Peter Thomas Roth called Skin to Die For. While I wouldn’t go that far, I really liked the way this primer felt on my skin.  It was pore filling and mattifying.  It has a slight tint to it and I found I could wear it alone with just powder on days when I didn’t feel like wearing a lot of makeup.  It gave my skin a very healthy look to it but made it look like I wasn’t wearing anything. A full size is currently sitting in my shopping cart as I try to figure out what other products I want to order with it. I know I’ll have to use up at least one more primer in my dressing table before I open it for use, but if the full size performs like the sample, then I can see it very quickly becoming a staple.

Finally, rounding out the makeup category, I have a sample sized Smashbox Liquid lip.  It is in the Shade Stepping out and it is one I would order again.  I find the Smashbox formula to be a comfortable one to wear.  It wasn’t too drying but it did dry down enough to stay on my lips without leaving lip prints everywhere. 

The only reason that I am not immediately purchasing a full size is that it is in a neutral color and at the moment I seem to be awash with neutrals. I have a couple that are already well loved so I might pick an older one and focus on using it up, but I want to clear out a few more neutrals before adding to their number.  I suspect though that when I do order this, I will order several different shades because it is a good formula.

I know thus far it sounds as though I am in love with everything I try, but I’m afraid that with the end of the makeup, the love fest is going to slow down for a while. 

The next product in my empties bin is the Tula Skin Care Purifying Face Cleanser.  It is rare that I don’t like a cleanser, but I have to say, I did not like this one.  I will say it did take off my makeup reasonably well, but the scent of it is highly perfumed and it is not a perfume I enjoy. 

It smells as though you spilled a bottle of Jean Nate on some lavender sachets and then put them in a tightly sealed bag for a month.  It is a super intense scent that I just don’t care for.  In addition it left a slightly waxy feel to my skin. 

Since I tend to use a balm or oil to first remove my makeup and then this sort of cleanser as my second cleanse, having it leave a residue was not good.  I know everyone seems to rave about Tula Skincare but this cleanser was not for me.  I do have the eye balm from this month’s Boxycharm to try so maybe I will have better luck with it. This cleanser is a hard pass for me.

Next in the empties is the 111 Skin Vitamin C Brightening Booster. This wasn’t a bad product.  It has a pleasant scent, absorbs well into the skin and did have a brightening effect.  I enjoyed using it.  However I have tried other Vitamin C serums that I like better. It is good, but not good enough to justify the price point.  It is one of those products that I would be happy to see appear in one of my subscription boxes, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase on my own.

Something I am on the fence about is the Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm.  It works really well and leaves my skin super soft. 

However if I plan to use it to take off my eye make up I have to take my contacts out first.  I had a little wash into my eyes when I was washing my face and the oil clouded my contacts.  I tried cleaning them but I finally had to concede defeat, the oil wasn’t going anywhere. 

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I wear disposable contacts so it wasn’t a big deal, but when using this cleanser it was something I had to remember. That and the fact that is smells a bit like Vick’s vapor rub are the only downsides.  It was a wonderful cleanser and if you don’t wear contacts I would highly recommend it.  If you do wear contacts, then just be aware of your eyes.

One thing I have no reservations about repurchasing is the Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial pads. I would buy these again in a heartbeat.

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They were a very gentle exfoliate that I could use twice daily with no issues at all. The scent was fantastic and the pads were never too wet.  Sometimes to ensure the pre moistened pads don’t t dry out companies soak the pads so you practically have to wring them out before use.  These had just the right amount of serum.  When I reached the bottom, the bottom of the jar was damp but not swimming in left over product and at no point did the product dry out.  I really enjoyed using them and will be purchasing them again in the future.

This month I have two empty tubes of hand cream.  One from Skylar which was a Hydrating Body lotion in the scent Capri and the other  is from Cela and is the Crème de la Crème crème supreme. They were both good hand creams.

I prefer the Cela formula slightly over the Skylar, but neither really made my must reorder list.  They are both good, but I prefer both the Library of Flowers and the Pistache formulas for hand cream. Those two I generally keep reordering. 

The Skylar and the Cela I would use if they were there, but I probably wouldn’t reorder. While this is the only Cela product I’ve tried I have tried other Skylar products before and liked them.  I actually like Skylar perfume very much, in fact, I like the scent of the Capri hand lotion enough I will be looking to see if they have a perfume in that scent.  I’m just not a fan of the cream formula.

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I have two empty bath products this month as we finish out the broad skin care category. The first is the OGXBeauty Pure and Simple Coconut Coffee Scrub and Wash.  The scent was nice.  The coconut and coffee blended together to create a scent that was sweet and more vanilla with coffee undertones than anything else.  Still it is a nice scent. 

While the coconut oil did leave my skin super soft, the exfoliating scrub part didn’t always mix well.  Sometimes I’d squeeze the product out and get almost no exfoliation, other times it was like damp sand. 

I tried squeezing and shaking and turning it upside down to sit for a while.  Nothing really helped.  It was always hit or miss as to whether I was getting any sort of exfoliation or not.  It was a nice wash but I probably wouldn’t get this product again.

Also in the bath time category is the Unfiltered Raw Sugar Salt Soak in the scent watermelon and pink cactus.  This was an impulse buy because I was out of my Kneipps bath salts. While it smells nice in the jar, once added to the water, it loses all scent.  It did make my skin feel nice after my bath, which I appreciated, but for me, part of the pleasure of luxuriating in a bath is scent related.

I liked that it worked well, but I wanted more scent. Or at least some.  While it was nice to try something new, in this case my old standby of Kneipps is what I’m going back to.  I’ll still try others, but I’m going to keep my classics on hand.

The last category we have is hair. I have three items in this category of empties and I saved it for last so I could end this post on a high note.  Because all three are utterly fantastic fantastic.   Two of these products are hair masks.  The first is VERB Manage+Restore Hydrating Mask.  I wrote a post about this earlier (the link will take you to it).  The short version of the post was that it was fabulous.  There was nothing I did not like about this mask.

My conundrum is that shortly after I finished this sample I started a trial with another hair mask.  It is the Naturelab Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment mask.  It too is fantastic. 

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It smells like a high end salon in the best possible way and it gave my hair shine and body.  I had no tangles and my hair looked wonderful. The only complaint I have is with the packaging.  As it comes in a jar, it is a little messy to scoop out.  It is hard to open with wet fingers and I tended to take more than I wanted.  I still adore the product, I just wanted a container that was a little more manageable with wet hands and portion control.

So now I want both masks.  Verb and Naturelab Tokyo.

I also want to try out the shampoo and conditioner from each as well.  At the moment I have several other hair masks to try so I am putting off ordering until I’ve gone through them all.  All but one is a sample size, so it won’t be too long a wait, but it does give me more time to make my selections.  Both Verb and NatureLab Tokyo have set the bar really high though.  I suspect I will end up getting both and then rotating them because quite frankly they are both phenomenal.  

The final item in my empties is a product I have already ordered again.  It is the Klorane Dry Shampoo.  While I like the IGK for massively grungy hair, the Klorane is my standby. 

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This is the dry shampoo I use every other day and the one by which I judge dry shampoos. On the nights I don’t wash my hair, I apply it liberally before bed, go to sleep and in the morning brush my hair.  My hair looks clean and fabulous. There is a little white cast when first applied (I have dark hair) but that soon dissipated by either letting it sit overnight or running a brush through. It is a standard in my hair care arsenal and one that will be bought again and again. In fact, I already have it’s replacement sitting in my bathroom.

So there you have June’s empties. There were some good, some bad and a few mediocre. I find I really like doing this empties review.  It forces me to actually look at the products I have finished and assess my opinion of them now that they are not new and shiny, their productive life complete.   I find it a good assessment.  I hope you find it useful as well.


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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.

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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.


The Make Up Bag: June 12th, 2020

The Make Up Bag used June 6th – 12th, 2020

This past week’s makeup bag featured an interesting array of products.  The foundation I chose was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick foundation.  The link will take you to the full review, but I have to say I liked it for a natural makeup look. I don’t know why that surprised me as the description claimed it was buildable, but it did.  Maybe it’s because I tend to think of ABH products as geared towards more high glam.  Either way I was pleased it turned out to be a good every day product.

Next of course was the Elf Bite sized eyeshadow palette.  It was a $3 impulse buy and I have no regrets.  I picked up the Cream and Sugar one and think I will probably be picking up some of the other varieties soon.  To provide a little color for my neutral palette I added the KVD Vegan Beauty single shadow in Lolita as well as the Metal Crush Highlighter in Roseshock.  The highlighter is far to glittery and pink for me to comfortably use as a highlighter in my everyday life, but it works as a great shimmer shade to pair with Lolita. I enjoyed using them both. 

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I am trying to remember to use more of my single shades more often.  I have some really nice shades in single shadows, I just tend to forget about them.  I especially need to remember them when I grab one of my super neutral palettes to help keep the week from feeling blah and bland. It’s probably silly, but I find one bright spot of color or glitter shade can really perk up my day.  The more I stay in, the more I find it helps.  There have been several hard mornings recently where I’ve used a mid-afternoon glitter addition to perk me up for the end of the day paperwork. It’s a simple trick, but it works for me.

I also used the KVD Cake liner this week  it is in the shade Trooper Black.  It is a creamy pencil that is super easy to smudge out.  It is one of my favorite eye liner pencil formulas and will be returning until it is gone and then I will repurchase it.

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Hourglass blush, ELF cream and sugar palette, KVD Cake pencil, Billion Dollar Brows Highlight and contour stick, wet ‘n wild eyebrow kit

My I Heart Revolution Fixing Spray in Peaches and cream made it through a second week in my make-up bag.  The bottle is now about halfway finished.  This week I am giving it a rest as this month’s IPSY just came in and had a Laura Geller Fixing spray I want to try. I know I’ll come back to the Peaches and Cream as I love the scent and the way the fixing spray really locks in my make up for the day. But It gets a break for next week and goes back to the dressing table.

This week I meant to use the Pretty Vulgar eyelid primer, but alas I did not.  I wanted to try out the powder under foundation trick, but I found that it didn’t work terribly well with the stick foundation.  To see if I liked it at all, I brought in my Maybelline Fit Me foundation again since I know how it worked with my skin and tried the powder trick again.  I think it really requires a liquid foundation.  Since this coming week I am using a liquid foundation I will be trying it again.  Since I don’t have terribly dark circles under my eyes, the powder under the foundation is supposed to sort of eliminate a lot of concealer use.  Which Is why I left off concealer and brought in a lid primer.  Usually I just use the concealer I have in my hand to prime my lids.  But like I said, those particular dominos didn’t fall as I expected so I brought back the tried and true ELF Camo Concealer instead. 

But this week, it is definitely time for the Pretty Vulgar lid primer to be tested.

Also returning this week was the wet ‘n wild ultimate brow kit.  As you may recall, I really liked the powder and absolutely hated the cream highlight.  This week I paired it with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo pencil highlighter and concealer stick. I find this an amusing combination actually.  Prior to this I’d used both eyebrow pencils and pomades, but never a powder.  I like the wet ‘n wild powder and think I will keep it around to use up, but I can honestly say it isn’t my favorite brow product in the world.  It is good and does the job, and if I can find a single powder from them in my shade I wouldn’t mind keeping it around.  What it has done is make me want to try other brow powders.

With the Billion Dollar Brows highlight and contour pencil, it too came in a kit.  That kit had this stick, which I really like, an excellent quality brush and a brow liner I really didn’t like at all.  The Billion Dollar Brows brush, paired well with the wet ‘n wild powder as did the highlighter stick.  So essentially I ended up combining two kits, taking what I liked from each and creating a frankenbrow kit.  Both products will remain in my rotation, but I will be using them together again each time.  Next week I think I will be using my Benefit multi-product brow pencil.  I’m waiting to re-order my favorite Precisely My Brow pencil from Benefit until I see more progress on the two brow products I am using.  It’s my own personal thrift over desire game.  I’m going to see if I can use up one product before I order the replacement.  I suspect I’ll crack and just order it at some point anyway, but for now I’m holding strong.

Speaking of holding strong, I have to give a big thumbs up to TreStique.  I have been using the color+contour Cheek stick in Brazilian Bronze for a while now.  It is an excellent product.  I use it as a cream contour (obviously) and just draw the line where I want it and use my fingers to bend it in. 

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Sometimes I get fancy and use a brush, but mostly, I have to admit, I use my fingertips. For the past several months every time I reach for it, I’ve thought, ‘Oh it’s going to be empty soon’ and yet it still keeps going.  I think because you only need to use a little of it, just one quick stripe in place, that it seems to last forever.  I’m not complaining it is an excellent cream contour. I am glad that it is not used up and will definitely repurchase it when it finally does wear out.  That time however is not now.  So back to the dressing table it goes, to be used again at a later date.

While very little needs to be used of the TreStique bronzer, the same cannot really be said by the Fenty highlighter stick.  It is also a cream product.  It too needs only one quick swipe on the highlighted points to be of use and it is beautiful on the skin.  The problem is that it needs to be warmed up first so I ended up wasting a lot of product warming up the highlighter on my hand.

Once warmed up, it is excellent though.  I really liked the way it performed.  It blended well and remained in place throughout the day. It came in a Boxy Charm box and I am happy to use it.  It’s a good product.  I will keep it in my dressing table and keep it in my product rotation, but I suspect it will not last terribly long.  I think it will get used up relatively quickly.  When it is gone, I don’t know it I would replace it.  I think as far as cream highlighters go, I prefer the formula of the Flesh version better.  I think when both of the products start edging towards the end of their lives I may have to have a cream highlighter face off to see which makes the repurchased list.  Right now I am content to keep this Fenty one around.

This week’s blush was from Hourglass.  It was from their Ambient line (the one that looks marbled in the pan) and in the shade Diffused Heat. I really like the formula and the packaging is really beautiful, but I think the color might be a shade too light for me.  It was easily blended out, and I really liked the look of it, but I think I would like it one shade deeper, especially for the summer.  It just pops a little too pink for me with my current skin tone.   It is a beautiful blush however and will be staying with me.  I will definitely use it, and I will look at picking up a slightly deeper tone to use as well.

I sort of skipped over primers so I’ll add the Illamasqua Primer now.  This week I used their hydra veil primer.  I really enjoyed it, after I got used to using it that is.  First of all the jar is pretty.  I like looking at it on my shelf. Second when I opened it, I thought the lid had a decorative handle.  It turns out that the ‘handle’ pulls out of the clip to become a spoon to dig into the product. 

The primer looks like jelly and it scoops out of the jar like congealed gelatin. Seriously, it looks like unflavored, uncolored gelatin. I liked the little spoon as it meant I didn’t have to dig into the jar with my fingers, always a plus in the fight against contamination. Second, if you let the jar sit for a bit, like cover it back up and come back an hour later, all signs of your having used the product are erased.  The product is smooth and even again as though untouched, albeit with a slightly lower level.  It’s kind of cool actually.

To use the product, I scooped it out and put it into my palm.  The heat from my hands melted it a little and then I rubbed my hands together and rubbed it onto my face like a moisturizer.  You can’t really add little spots to the face, it just won’t work.  But the primer worked really well once I applied it correctly.  It filled in pores and left me with a smooth base canvas to work with.  It does require a moment to settle in and set in place.  If you go in too early with your foundation it will get all mixed in and not work properly, so give it a moment to get settled before moving to your next step. Once I did that, I found I really liked it.  While this primer is returning to the dressing table, it will be making many appearances in my future makeup bags. And really, if I hadn’t just gotten a new primer to try this week in my Ipsy bag, I would want to keep it around for a second week.

There were two powders in my makeup bag this week, one loose and one pressed.  I used them both throughout the week.  The loose powder was the Ciate London Everyday Vacay translucent setting powder.  It has a coconut scent and I found myself craving macaroons every time I used it.  The scent is not overpowering and unlike the regular Ciate setting powder there is no flash back with cameras.  It leaves no real white cast and works well to set the foundation. 

Mine is about halfway empty and I have to say I saw the powder for sale on BoxyCharm Add ons this month and added it to my cart so I have already repurchased this powder, which sort of tells you my opinion of it.

My pressed powder was one I had not tried before it is the No. 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder in Medium.  I’ve always liked No. 7’s skin care, but I have never tried any of their makeup products.  I am very glad I tried this and it is a definite repurchase.  While it worked well with makeup, I also liked using it on my bare face for days I just didn’t really feel like bothering with much.  It has just enough tint that it evened out my skin tone and it felt great on my face.  If I was inside all day it lasted a long time with nothing but a setting spray over it.  Outside it sweated off because it’s June in Tennessee. But I very much liked it and I am very pleased that I branched out.

While I am always happy to try branching out because I generally find new favorites that way,  I have to say the SuperStay Ink Crayon from Maybelline is not going to be one of my forever favorites.  I had high hopes because I tried and loved Maybelline’s liquid lip products which I believe are also from this line. Those hopes were not realized. 

While the product applied easily and stayed in place all day, it made my lips feel waxy.  It was oddly heavy on the lips as well.  Overall not my favorite lip product.  I may use it now and again, because I hate to feel wasteful, but this was not a good formula for me, I won’t be reaching for it often, and I won’t be repurchasing it.  Maybelline has many other products I really like, this just isn’t one of them.

Because in the summer time I often like having just a gloss on my lips, I threw in the Thrive Causemetics Lip Gloss in Ashley.  I really liked this.  It looks as though it would be glittery, but it really isn’t.  It has a little shimmer but it isn’t over the top.  The formula isn’t sticky and I really liked using it.  I mostly used it alone this week, but I think I might keep it in the makeup bag a second week and maybe try it over a matte lip to see how it performs.

Finally this brings us to the Kevyn Aucoin mascara.  It is The Expert Mascara to be precise and it is one of my favorite formulas.  It lengthens and gives a bit of volume without being too much for daily wear.  I love the curve of the brush not only for applying to my upper lashes, but because the curve lets me get to the lower lashes more easily without making a mess.  While the Marc Jacobs Mascara is my favorite date night going out kind of mascara.  This is my favorite work day mascara.  I really like using it and I will be keeping it in my Makeup Bag again this week.

So that was this week’s Make up bag and my thoughts on the various products I used. Overall not too shabby. Nothing horrific and I got to use a few favorites.

Next Week’s Make up Bag

Next week I will be keeping both the Ciate Everyday Vaccay and the No. & powders in my bag.  I will also be keeping the Kevyn Aucoin mascara and the thrive cosmetics lip gloss.  This week I will also actually be using the Pretty Vulgar lid primer. Joining them will be the Laura Geller Spackle Mist, NYX Bare With Me Tinted skin veil, Dr. Brandt Luminizing primer, Nomad cosmetics highlighter, Benefit brow pencil, Tarte Park Avenue Princess contour palette, Doucce Eyeshadow palette, Betty Boop Blush, Jersey Shore cosmetics lip balm, Il Makiage liquid lip and a Disney Villains lipstick.  It should be a fun week.  Stay tuned.


Jersey Shore Cosmetics and Sox Box Subscription Reviews

This week I received two of the subscriptions I have through Cratejoy.  The first is the From Korea with Love Sox Box.  For $12.95 per month you get three pairs of Sox.  This month they came in a small box wrapped in tissue paper instead of the little cardboard tube in a bubble mailer. 

As the box is easier to recycle, I’m okay with that. I suspect recent pandemic protocols caused the mailing change. The socks fit my feet with a little extra room to spare.  I wear a US 7.5 and I think they are supposed to fit size 6 -8.5 US.  The subscription charges on the 11th of the month and ships between the first and the third and they ship out of California.

This month I have to say the penguins are my favorite.  Seriously, how stinkin’ cute are these? Pretty stinkin’ cute that’s what.  And they make me happy when I look down at my feet.  I know, they are just socks, but I have to tell you, I really like socks.  I think one of the reasons I like them so much is that with my weight and weight loss, all of my clothes feel temporary and somewhat ill fitting.  All clothing has been going from too tight to just right to too baggy for the past year. Or if my weight loss stalls I wonder why it isn’t getting too baggy. And then I worry that I’ve plateaued and start to rethink my entire work out plan.

This does not happen with socks.  They are just cute and I am happy.

Also arriving is my Jersey Shore Cosmetics. This month I am adding to my stockpile.  After this month, I may be cancelling this subscription for a while, or I may keep it one more month, then cancel.  I love lip balm, but there is only so much lip balm I can use.  It takes me about a month to go through one tube and each subscription comes with four lip balms.  It is a really good deal actually.  The subscription is $10 with a $3 shipping charge and comes with four lip balms from Jersey Shore Cosmetics. 

As each of their lip balms costs $12 each, it is a great value for the price.  So what I tend to do with this subscription is keep it for a few months, stock pile lip balms and then cancel until I’ve gone through my stock pile. Then I re-subscribe and the process starts all over again.  I may not keep this subscription every month, but I will always return. 

This month I received my four lip balms.  They are a lip balm in watermelon and another in cherry.  These are their standard formula for lip balms.  As in only the scent varies as opposed to highlight or tint.  The third lip balm was the Quattro H2O Pure Hydration Ultimate Hydrating lip balm.  I have never tried this one before.  As I am almost through with the pomegranate lip balm I opened last month, I am just going to mark this as next in line so I can try the formula. 

Okay that is a long winded way of saying I opened it even though I try to keep only one open at a time.  As a spoiler, I also opened the fourth one too.  The Quattro feels a little firmer than the regular lip balms and I put it on to test it out and it actually stayed on my lips longer as well. If I venture near a swimming pool this year, this is the balm I’ll take. For now, I’m wearing it on my walks outside.  I think it is designed for the summer and I look forward to wearing it and seeing how it does with my lips. 

The fourth hydrating Balm I received in my subscription this month is called nudist.  I opened it becuase it seemed to have a tint to it which made it more like a lipstick than a balm, so of course I had to open it and see.  First off, it smells like candy.  It actually reminds me of Tarte eyeshadows.  Its that kind of scent.  That vanilla-esque scent. Personally, I love it. There is a little bit of a bronze shimmer to it, but it is very subtle and when I tried to take a picture just looked like lip balm. Even though I normally plan to stockpile my lip balms I may try this one out in my make up bag next week. 

In addition to the lip balms, Jersey Shore Cosmetics sent a stick mineral sunscreen as a free gift this month.  It smells oddly like oatmeal.  In the best possible way of course.  I love oatmeal.  In the spirit of fairness I should point out that my baby doll does not think it smells like oatmeal.  He also thinks I am crazy for thinking it smells like oatmeal. 

But it smells like oatmeal.

At the moment I just started testing out a Volition sunscreen so I will be putting this to the side to try at a later date, but I really appreciate having extra sunscreen around.

Both of these subscriptions are through Cratejoy.  I really enjoy having the one system to manage several subscriptions. It’s really easy to log into my account, see what subscriptions I have that are active, which one’s I’ve cancelled and when the next payment date for the subscription is.  It’s especially useful with subscriptions like Jersey Shore Cosmetics that I only keep for a few months at a time, but then return to after a break.. They are easy to find, easy to cancel and easy to reactivate.  It helps me to keep things organized.  Plus I get to poke around and see what other new subscriptions I think might be fun to try out for a while. I always seem to find something interesting.