Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag post, where I discuss all of the products that I used on my face through the week and what I thought of them. This week I didn’t have to go anywhere. I was working at my desk all week and while there were a few phone calls, none of them involved video.
And what did I wear on my week of only for me makeup?
Well I started with the Illamasqua Primer. (The link will take you to the full primer review post). The reason I pulled the primer from the dressing table is actually due to a cleanser issue. I finished up my Elemis Cica Foaming cleanser (which I adore and already have a second bottle waiting in the wings) so I decided to try out a Murad Acne Clearing Cleanser. I was having such good luck with the Murad Hydrating Toner I’m using that I thought it would be nice. And it started off nice. It cleared up my blemishes fast, and then it dried my skin out something awful. The fault is really my own actually. The Toner is hydrating and the cleanser is acne fighting. It fought my acne, and once my face cleared I should have set it to the side. If I had done that, everything would be fine. But I didn’t, so my skin became overly dry. The product is fabulous and works exactly as it is supposed to, this was entirely user error.
So I have been packing on the extra moisture from trusted brands ever since.
One thing this Illamasqua primer does is it hydrates as well as gives you a nice smooth base to work your makeup magic on. And this week was all about hydration. When my Look Fantastic Box arrived and I found it was the spoiler for the February box I was kind of amused by the timing. While I like this primer, I can only use it in the winter. It is far too hydrating for me in the warmer months. But it is excellent if my skin is feeling winter dry. (ir if I’ve gone overboard on and Acne fighting cleanser).
When I pull the Illamasqua primer out of my dressing table I almost always pair it with the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lave Water Foundation. It is Vegan, it is matte, it is fabulous on my skin. And it works well with this particular primer. This is one of my favorite foundations it is not a hardship to use it. I know I have been using a lot of tinted moisturizers and skin veils lately because I really do like them, but this primer needs an actual foundation so I was happy to turn to Pretty Vulgar. It works as beautifully as always. Although to be honest I probably need one shade lighter for the winter.
One of my new products to try this week was the Item Beauty Cheek Money Bronze Contour Duo in the shades Mood and Vibez. I’ve never tried anything from Item Beauty. The packaging on this duo is lovely. It has an orange ombre effect and it feels good to hold.
The product however is pointless. In the picture you can see my face after I applied the bronzer. I had a hard time seeing it. I tried building it up, but to no avail. The product swatches well, and with effort it can be applied in a solid line on the cheeks. The small line you might see on my cheek is part shadow because the lighting at the time of day I did my makeup on the day I scheduled to take photographs was awful (hence the reason there are more product photos than my face this week) and part where I had yet to attempt blending in. As soon as you do any blending it disappears. It never builds up it just fades away. I tried both sides of the dup and had the same result with both. This is not going to be a product I turn to again. It also makes me hesitant to try any more Item Beauty products.
For blush I turned back to my tried and true Ciate London Marbled Light Blush in Halo. It is one of my favorite blushes and after the disappointment of the bronzer I was happy to have it. It is a soft buildable formula that lets me decide how blushed I really want my cheeks and I really enjoy using it.
The Sleek makeup highlighting palette was a new to me product this week. It features four shades of highlight. Three of them disappear completely into my skin tone and one of them gives me a pinkish tint that I would like better as an eyeshadow.
To be honest I might try repurposing this highlighter palette as an eyeshadow palette. The shades simply give almost no highlight to my skin, providing more pigment than highlight. I like my highlights subtle but for me, this just disappeared or left unwanted color on the skin. I’ll have to try it as eyeshadow and report back on how it does. I really like the compact, but like the Item Beauty, the packaging is its best feature.
I had two powders this week, The Smashbox Photo Finish and the sample of the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores pressed powder. Both were in my makeup bag last week, although I didn’t reach for the smashbox because of the tint of the foundation I was using. This week I used them both.
I would definitely pick up the Smashbox photo finish fresh powder again and keep it stocked. The It Cosmetics pressed powder however I will be using the sample up and then bidding it a farewell. It is nice enough to use, but not something I feel is so nice that I need to stock it. I would much rather repurchase my No. 7 Perfect light.
I know I mention the No. 7 a lot but for me that is the test. I don’t have a problem spending $30 on a powder as I know it is a product I will use. Seriously, if there is one product in my makeup bag I will use even if I don’t use any other that day, it is my pressed powder. And if it is a good one then I will spend the money to purchase it. But the No. 7 Perfect light Pressed Powder is $12.99 and is absolutely fantastic. A pressed powder has to work as well or better than my No.7 in order to make the repurchasing mark, whether it costs more or less. I may not mind spending $30 on a really good product, but I won’t buy a cheaper one that doesn’t work just because it is cheaper either. Several powders do make that standard mark, this It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder is just not one of them for me.
For the eyes this week I used my favorite KVD single eyeshadow in the shade Lolita. (currently KVD Beauty is having a sale. The link will take you to the site.) I love the formula of this shadow and will happily use it repeatedly in a one and done look. However, this week I chose it because I knew how it performed. I paired it with the Thrive Causemetics brilliant eye brightener shadow stick in the shade Aurora. I really liked the way the shadow stick performed. (The link will take you to the full review of it.)
I will be using this shadow stick quite often in the future and possibly looking into others from this line as well. I wish they had some mattes in the line, but alas they do not. I’m finding I really like using shadow sticks. The problem is that all the ones I have are shimmers. I don’t know if they even make matte shadow sticks, but that is something I will definitely be looking into.
New to me this week was The Estate eyeliner in black. It is a liner that starts off very black but went a little grayish by the end of the day. It did stay in place without smudging and it dried quickly, it just went a little gray. However the point of the liner is quite fine so if just lining your lash line if you move quickly then it is nice and thin. It is not my favorite eyeliner, but it works. Just don’t plan to wear it more than six hours if you are going to do anything more than simply lining the lower lashes. This is not a liner I would turn to for a wing.
My brow pencil this week came from RealHer. I’ve used it before and loved it, this time was no exception. I have to say the more products I try from RealHer the more I like the brand. The shade Eye Am Strong works really well for me. And I am happy to keep this brow pencil in rotation.
Currently RealHer is having a sale. The link is above if you are interested. I absolutely adore their Cheek Trio Palette and am actually close to hitting pan on the bronzer in that palette.
My mascara this week was the Pretty Vulgar The Feather’s mascara. I initially purchased this because it looks just so beautiful. However, I love the way it performs and I really like the curve of the wand. The mascara is not an overly dramatic one, but it is one that I can use to sort of punch up an everyday look without going too far with it. It still looks office appropriate and not too after hours. It doesn’t flake and it dries pretty quickly.
When they had the two for one sale back in November I stocked up. While this is my second tube of this mascara, I have two more unopened just waiting for their chance to be used. It is gorgeous packaging that houses a really fantastic product. Right now they have a Mystery box sale going on that you might want to check out. I have tried two products from them at this point, the mascara and the foundation -both in this post actually – and I love them both.
Finally, this week I went with the Sugar Crush Liquid Lipstick in the shade Sprinkle. In a surprising note, it was my only lip product this week. I know my darlings, take a moment and recover from your shock. But yse, there was only one lip product this week.
It is a really nice shade and once on the lips it dries down almost completely. The dried down part means I am not leaving lip prints everywhere, but the ‘almost’ dried down means that it doesn’t make my lips dry and sandpaper like.
It is a fantastic liquid lip as far as performance goes. It smells like cake batter and this particular color is a nice neutral that goes with a lot of everything. This is one of those formulas that I could actually see myself collecting the entire lip line. It shouldn’t surprise me, it is a Tarte Cosmetics product and I always have really good luck working with their products. I was just very impressed by how this dries down so it doesn’t leave lip prints everywhere but doesn’t turn your lips into sandpaper. It is a very fine line and they walk it well.
I did forget entirely to add a setting spray this week, in case you are wondering about it’s absence.
So that was my makeup for the week my darlings. I learned my lesson on timing though. The sun hits that window at a certain time of morning and while the light is actually really good for applying makeup, it is just horrid for taking photos of the process. I’m still learning on these posts so I hope you’ll bear with me on the photos. I promise to work harder at getting better. And as always if there is anything that you would specifically like to see, let me know.
There were some tried and true favorites this week. There were also some stand out newcomers and some absolute bombs. Quite the exciting mix actually. Next week, I have one scheduled conference call so I won’t be making up just for me. Because of that I may lean on more tested face products next week. But I won’t really know until I sit down with my makeup bag and start choosing products. I can’t wait to see what makes it into next week’s bag.