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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Trying out the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Perfecting Foundation Stick

This week’s foundation is from Kristofer Buckle and came to me in the Vanity Collection Volume 2 that I just purchased.  Incidentally the 35% off sale for the kits runs through July 31st, 2020 if you are interested in giving any of them a go. (That code is EXCLUSIVE35, they also have a buy one get one sale with the vanity kits with code BOGO so that might be worth a try depending on what products you are interested in)

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I am thinking of ordering the Volume 1 kit with the foundation in one shade lighter for the winter months before the sale ends actually, because I really liked the foundation stick.

But before I get into my opinions, let’s hear from the product page what should be expected.

The priming core is the center bit I’m guessing

Prime, blur and cover in one step. This 3-in-1 foundation stick primes skin, provides buildable coverage and has a soft focus effect. Triplicity® glides on effortlessly, covering imperfections while its priming core helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Versatile foundation provides seamless coverage with a natural matte finish. Not dry or cakey, this foundation stick perfects skin in just one swipe.

  • 3-in-1 foundation formula
  • Priming core helps smooth the look of fine lines, wrinkles & pores
  • Optical blurring ingredients provide a soft focus effect
  • Buildable coverage with a natural matte finish

Okay, so I opened the stick and it is a pretty fat foundation stick.  Holding it kind of reminded me of the glue sticks they used to give us in art class in elementary school.  I remember the kid next to me taking a bite out of his actually.  I thought it strange then and still do. 

There was no eating of the foundation stick at my house, just in case you were wondering.

As with all foundations, I tried it first with no primer.  The foundation glided across the skin easily.  Some of the stick formulas can be a little harder than others which is why sometimes I use the brush on the tube.  That way the skin doesn’t pull during application.  This didn’t pull at all. I added my stripes and used my favorite foundation brush (the 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools, I seriously love this brush) to blend it in. Incidentally Bdellium Tools is having a 20% off sale for their studio collection. The sale runs through July 24th and the promo code is SUMMER20. (I don’t make anything off the code if you use it, but I do make a small commision if you use the link below when making a purchase. Feel free to get to the site without the link but they are great tools)

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start of the day

The foundation fairly melted into my skin and looked great.  It was not cakey or mask like and it felt super light on my skin.  It actually had the same feel on the skin as a really light moisturizer. That’s how it felt when I was blending it in. There was nothing stiff or waxy about it at all. And it kind of felt as though it was absorbed rather than just placed on top. 

It’s not a sensation I tend to associate with foundations. I have to say I really liked wearing it.  If you are concerned about foundation sitting on your skin, this might be something to check out, because it really didn’t feel like makeup.

But it worked like it.  I had a nice smooth base to work from with the foundation.  And I didn’t need to reach for the concealer after applying it which I appreciated. I should also point out that this week our air conditioner went out so not only was heat an issue but I slept very poorly all week. (Nothing wat touching the bags under my eyes.) I know it says buildable coverage, but I really didn’t see the need to build it up any further.  A light application was all I needed to make my skin look great so I didn’t see the need to waste the product by seeing how much I could slather on. I simply didn’t need a second application.Plus given the heat, I kept my makeup light this week.

End of the day

But foundation is a support system, not to be worn alone.  This went well with the products I layered on top of them.  I’m not too fond of the blush I chose for this week, but it didn’t have issues with the foundation.  I did try it with a blush I knew I liked and the issues were clearly not from the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation.

But how does it wear?

Well, actually. 

I didn’t have any settling in the fine lines or any separation issues around my nose or mouth.  I did find that mid day I had to reapply powder in my t-zone. But a pat or two and I was good to go.  And considering the temps have been in triple digits lately with 90% + humidity and a walk to the mailbox causes sweat to roll down the hair line at 9 in the morning, I can’t really say that any product would escape unscathed.  As all this had was a shine in my t-zone, I am quite pleased with it.  I will say that their shade range isn’t as broad as it could be, but the one I picked up really suited my skin tone.

While my first trial was without a primer (all of these pics were taken on the day I used no primer), on successive days I did use a primer (the Touch in Sol Pores No More primer was in this week’s Make Up Bag).  While the foundation works well without the primer.  It works a lot better with the primer.  I ended up putting the primer under it and found I liked my skin much better with the primer backing up the foundation.

 I very much enjoyed using this product and I will definitely be keeping it around. Of the stick formulas I’ve tried, I think it is my favorite. It beat both the Anastasia Beverly Hills and the Revolution formulas, both of which I ranked high. I think I even like it better than my former top pick from NARS. It is a really good formula for my skin. (Normal leaning to oily in the summer especially in the t-zone).

I will be dipping back into their summer sales before they are through so I can stock up.  I know the Vanity Kit, EXCLUSIVE35 code is good until July 31st. I’m not sure how long the BOGO code is good for, but the sale is going on as I write this.  While this Triplicity Foundation Stick is definitely worth the full price, getting it with other products on sale is not a bad thing either and I for one will be taking advantage.


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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.




A Tale of Two Tiny Eyeshadow Palettes: The Elf Bite Sized Palette in Rosewater and Beauty by Popsugar in Morocco

The two palettes I used this week Elf in Rose Water and Beauty by Popsugar in Morocco

This week I chose two small eyeshadow palettes to add to my makeup bag.  One is the Beauty by PopSugar in the Trio Time Morocco and the other was the Elf Bite Sized Palette in the shade Rose water.

Now some of you may remember that I tested out an ELF Bite sized palette not too long ago.  It was a palette of neutrals (Cream and Sugar) and I really liked it.  The palette was well thought out and the colors all worked well together.  The shadows worked well and stayed in place with little fall out.  I picked up the Rose water palette because I wanted to see if the way the shadows were assembled was consistently well-chosen or if Cream and sugar was just a fluke of fabulous design. 

Plus in the summer time I generally find myself wanting to reach for pink toned shimmers and I have recently realized that I have a lot of warm winter colors but few summery ones.  So I picked this palette up.  I have to say it has the same nice formula and the shadows work just as well together as the Cream and Sugar Palette. 

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The one true matte shade is slightly powdery but with a tap of the brush it is fine. I did find the black a little hard to blend. I don’t know if it is because it has a bit of a shimmer to it rather than being a matte, but It took a little work. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, I adored using the other three.

Elf Rose Water Swatches (L to R)

I am really impressed by whoever thought through these palettes. They are fantastically easy grab and go items that give you several different looks and are small enough to travel with.  The fact that each palette is only $3 at Target doesn’t hurt either. If the black had been a more pigmented matte shade then I would have been in love with the whole thing. I will end up reaching for the other three shades consistently though. I doubt I will use the pan with the black in it.

The open trio of Morocco from Beauty by Popsugar

The second palette in this week’s bag was the Morocco palette by Beauty by Popsugar.  I picked it up on a whim from a Boxypop up because I had never tried their shadows before. I also thought it was a cute little neutrals trio that I could toss in a travel bag. 

The packaging is adorable.  The top pops up with a tiny and fairly useless mirror inside and one of the shadows.  The other two shadows swivel out from the base.  The top shade is a peachy shimmer, the middle shade is a neutral base and the bottom shade is a darker crease shade. 

Swatches (top to bottom)

The middle shadow so closely matched my skin color as to be nearly invisible once applied. Perhaps it would work better on someone else.  I applied it over a lid primer and found I got more pigmentation from the lid primer.

The darker shade is not highly pigmented and when you start blending, tends to blend away to almost nothing.  Except where it poofs out and covers the side of your nose during application.  It is very powdery and no matter how many times I tapped the brush before applying it seemed like none of the product went on my lids and all of it went on my nose.  In fact all of the shades proved to be quite powdery. It is even evident in the swatches.

The shimmer shade applied better than the other two, especially with a finger tip to lay it down and a primer below.  Any attempts to blend it in made it disappear so once you applied it, you had to just leave it where it was. 

Over all, I was not a fan. 

This was the first Beauty by Popsugar product I have tried and I don’t know it this is typical of their formulas or if they were trying something new with this small shadow trio.  Either way, I don’t care for it and it doesn’t really encourage me to try more from the brand.  Perhaps they do something else really well, but it certainly wasn’t these shadows. These I will be sanitizing and passing on to someone else.  Perhaps they will enjoy them more than I do.  For now,  I think I’ll stick to the ELF bite sized line rather than picking up more Popsugar shadows.


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Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation Review

The package of samples (each foil packet was in a slightly different shade in the Medium range

This week was an interesting week for foundation.  As opposed to my usual pick a product and try it all week, I chose to use a sample I received as a gift with purchase.  This wasn’t a tube sample, this was a foil packet sample.  Each of the little foil packet samples came from the shade range of medium. My plan was to use the foil packet to test it for a first impression and then see if I liked it enough to try a larger sample.  I figured on the days between I could use one of the foundations I currently have open.  At least that was the thought initially.

Surprisingly the Jouer foil packets gave me a full week of product.  Now I will say that I got a full week’s worth of product because I didn’t always use my correct shade.  For me Cashmere (a light medium shade with pink undertones) proved to be the best match for me, although it was a hair to light in direct sunlight. Mixing the shades wasn’t possible because of the way the foil packets were set up. I think I am between shades right now but I think Cashmere would do well for me in the winter.

Even though you only need a little drop of the foundation to cover your skin, when you open one of these foil packets, all of the product in the foil packet is going to come out.  At first you squeeze hoping for a drop and nothing comes, then the entire packet squirts out onto your hands.

So to find my foundation shade I started by opening one packet and when I realized it was out whether I chose it or not, I went ahead and used it for the day. (there were ten packets so I started at the lightest and have a couple left over – I’d like to say I’ll use one tomorrow but I know the last few really are way too yellow in tone for me so I probably will just start using next week’s selection starting tomorrow morning.

Since this week mostly involved me sitting at my computer with no witnesses, I just went with off shades to do the test. I surprised my babydoll when he stopped by my office but as all of my other conversations were on the phone, no one else noticed. So in case you look at the photos and wonder why things look a little off with my coloring, that is why. I So with some work I found my correct shade.  But I also wore the incorrect shades to lengthen the trial.

So let’s take about the Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation.

bare skin

According to the website…

A lightweight foundation with supreme coverage and an impeccable airbrushed, matte finish. Available in 50 shades, a small drop is all you need to achieve a flawless look all day.

Chamomile Extract:Calms redness while moisturizing and inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Cucumber Extract: Softens and hydrates skin. Hyaluronic Acid: Supports skin’s natural moisture retention. Tripeptide Complex: Supports natural collagen production for smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Product on hand

Okay so those are the claims.  How did it live up to them?  Pretty well actually.  I wasted a lot of product because of the foil packets, but on my face I needed a touch of the finger to each cheek, on to the forehead, one to the nose and then another to the chin.  Then I went in with my foundation brush (incidentally I am loving my Bdellium foundation brush and it is no longer as pristine as it was last week but still pretty)and blended it in, touching it up in the corner of the eyes with the makeup sponge.

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dotted onto face

Very little product was needed.  In case you are wondering, after using the product I needed on my face, the left over product I blended into my arm to see how far it would go. 

Blending it in I covered my arm completely from knuckles to elbow before I ran out of product. So when they say a little goes a long way, they mean it. And when it says full coverage, it means full coverage as well. It is also extremely light weight. In case you are wondering, the day I took these photos I was running on about two hours sleep. No product in the world was going to touch the bags under my eyes. I will say, that while the foundation looked better on other days, the product didn’t make the bags worse.

Once it was on, I no longer felt it on my skin.  My skin didn’t feel cakey or dry as it often can with full coverage foundations.  It was also quite matte.  I had no shine, not even in my t-zone.

Half blended

I tried this foundation both with and without primer and this is definitely a foundation you will want to use with a primer if you have any enlarged pores or texture to your skin.  I tried using it without a primer and it showed every pore.These photos were taken on a day without primer underneath.  I think it is due to the consistency of the foundation. 

Because it is called a crème foundation I expected more of a cream consistency.  It is not.  The formula is a thin liquid.  I can see how the consistency really helps with the application, and allows it to cover the face with so little product as well as to feel light weight.  The other side to that is it really showed off my pores if I didn’t use a pore filling primer. You can see in the photo of it on my hand that when I tilted my hand, it ran to the other side. This clearly wouldn’t be a problem in a pump container, it was quite a mess with the foil packets.

just foundation

When I did use the primer with this foundation, I felt sad that I had no where spectacular to go as my skin really did look good.  Well, good when I had the right shade on my skin. Plus since I generally wear full coverage when I am going somewhere, just putting it on makes the day feel like an event.

Even though it has some pretty good skin care like ingredients listed in the description, those elements don’t make it feel like skin care, or even skin care adjacent.  They are more like neighbors who live in different apartment buildings on the same street and occasionally use the same coffee shop.

Full face with no primer underneath the foundation

I think those ingredients like chamomile, cucumber and hyaluronic acid just keep the skin from feeling dry and the foundation from being cakey. Both of which are very good things.  They make the foundation pleasant to wear, but not really skincare.

I did notice that the foundation did seep into the fine lines around the corner of my mouth towards the end of the day, but that tended to happen after about six to seven hours of wear.  Up until then, it was really good. It didn’t peel around my nose or show oil in my t-zone. It also didn’t emphasize my very deep bags on the days when they couldn’t help being present. (It was a loooong week this week my darlings)

Even if my head occasionally looked like it belonged on a different body due to the mismatched tones, the foundation performed well. I am glad I tried this sample and I have to say I am surprised that a full sized bottle of this foundation is only $38. It feels like a much more expensive foundation. I don’t often wear full coverage foundation, especially not in the summertime. The sun and humidity where I live just make full coverage a disaster waiting to happen. At least for me. I know there are people who can pull it off, I just am not one of them.

I tend to stay in the medium coverage lane in general, however I like having a full coverage foundation around for special occasions. I can definitely see this being a contender for that spot in my makeup collection and now that I know my shade, I think that once the weather cools down, I may be picking up a bottle to see how it fares against the Becca Ultimate coverage. I think this coming week though, I will try for a product with just a single shade.


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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Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette Review

This week I used the Cocoa Contour palette from two faced and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.  First off, the packaging is beautiful .  I found myself wanting to use this palette.  The metal is raised and the brown has a soft feel to it that made me want to run my fingers over it.  The clasp is a cute little heart.  It is just a good looking palette.

And then you open it.  And true to its name, it smells like cocoa powder.

Yummy.

The top row contains three highlighters while the second row has three contours.  With the highlighters I found they all blended really well into my skin and weren’t blinding highlights. 

They are named Light Medium and Deep. I know the Highlights are more suitable for contouring the face, but I really don’t do a lot of contouring. They worked well as highlighters though, to kind of lighten the cheekbones without adding shimmer.

I had several video conference calls this week and I found it nice to use as I dislike the glittery highlights on professional calls. This gave me the ‘highlight’ on my highpoints without the sparkle.

Light worked extremely well on me, while medium was slightly too yellow, but still workable.  Deep was a little too dark to work as a highlighter on my skin tone. 

swatches from the highlight row (L to R)

Interestingly enough, I found the opposite was true of the bronzers.  Light wasn’t my shade and felt a little too cool toned on my skin and Medium wasn’t really my shade either, but I could make it work.  Deep however suited me perfectly. I think in the winter I might fall back to Medium in the contour.  I am not sure about the highlight though.  It does have a bit of a yellowish tone to it that doesn’t look right on my skin.

swatches from the bronzers (L to R)

Now if you look at the swatches, you may get the idea that these products are not highly pigmented.

You’d be wrong. While the finger swatches were disappointing, when applied to the face with a brush, these products, especially the bronzer are highly pigmented.  Despite that, they really blend out well. It is super easy to go too dark with the product, but I think that is true with every really good bronzer.  Dip lightly into the pan rather than using a heavy hand and the pigments will work beautifully. 

I really enjoyed this palette.  I suspect I will get more out of the bronzers than I do out of the highlights, but that’s only because I only really favored one of the highlighters.  That one, I will use a lot, especially as the number of video calls I end up participating in escalates.  These shades showed up really well on camera without looking too fussy.  Pairing it with my Tarteist Pro palette this week really gave me the professional look I needed this week. But the eyeshadows have their own review.  So before I steal their thunder I will just say that this was a good contour palette for me.  Four out of the six pans are products I will use, and that is not bad.


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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