You know what happens when you only go shopping once a month and don’t really leave the house much between? During your one outing you end up lingering in the makeup section wondering what would be fun to try. Or at least you do if you are me.
I’d feel bad about it if my baby doll didn’t do the same thing at the liquor store. Our Friday night cocktails have gone slightly experimental as he picks up a small bottle of ‘I’ve never even heard of this’ to go with whatever staple we went to replace at the end of the month. Some experiments are more successful than others.
I suppose the same can be said for my random make-up purchases. The latest of which was the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. Its product description on the NYX site reads…
Getting that glowing, lit up L.A. skin, “no makeup, makeup” look has never been easier with NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. This light, concealing veil comes in a variety of tone-evening, skin tinting shades and is the perfect alternative to foundation and heavy BB creams. Even out your natural skin tone and achieve a smooth satin finish with this breathable, lightweight cream formula. Cover your face in a hydrating second skin that never feels cakey. Amazing on its own, as a base for a smooth makeup application, and best with our other Bare With Me products.
I think the Bare With Me line is fairly new, or at least I didn’t see it the time before when I perused the section and this is the first product from the line I’ve tried. I have to say it sounded quite appealing.
In the summer, I find myself drawn to tinted moisturizers and lighter coverage. Partially it is because of the sweat factor. When it is hot, my skin likes to breathe.
Mostly it is because I am also layering on sunscreen. Especially this year. I’m actually testing out a Volition Sunscreen right now that sets beautifully on the skin and under make-up (review coming at the end of the trial), but I have to say a lighter base for my makeup is appealing. On the hand the product felt like a bit like a traditional foundation so I had my concerns, but I pressed ahead.
And miracle of all miracles, I actually chose the right color for my current skin tone. I know, such a shocker, Everybody MAMBO! I was excited by that fact alone. I got it home and tried it on my hand and it pretty much disappeared into my skin. I was excited.
Now, this week I was trying a few different things that I feel I ought to explain.
The first involves tools. Since this was my foundation trial of the week, I tried using my regular foundation brush to see how it applied. I also used my old makeup sponge to test it. I then replaced my old makeup sponge with the HUDA BEAUTY Basic B sponge from this month’s Ipsy box. (Mostly because it reached the end of it’s life and really needed to be replaced.) I also set my regular brushes aside to test out the Laruce Brush set after testing it with my regular foundation brush.There will be a tool review coming soon.
I know, it’s a lot of changing. The end result was that this product applies better with a sponge than with a brush. It is just such a light weight product that it gets lost in the brush and you end up using too much in an attempt to correct this. It worked best if I put a little on my hand and then dabbed it on my face with the sponge and blended it in.
The next thing I tried was the powder before foundation trick. Some of you may have heard of this. It was all the rage on You Tube a few years ago. I think everyone tried it. I am certainly not the originator. I watched a make up Artist named Wayne Goss in a 2014 video and I really liked his techniques. I also like his videos in general and recommend checking him out.
I tested this product both with and without. The NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil worked beautifully both ways. With the powder first I noticed that I didn’t need to go back in with concealer over anything and that everything stayed in place perfectly all day. I also noticed that the extra shine I had from both an illuminating primer and my sunscreen was tamped down to a low glow rather than a bright shine.
I’m going to try the technique again next week with a regular primer to see how it holds up but I really liked it. I should note that these pictures were all taken on the day I didn’t use this method and just applied it like normal.
There were a couple of things I noticed. This trick doesn’t work if you have a totally dry face. If you are going to try this, make sure your moisturizer or whatever top layer you’ve applied, is still damp. The technique requires that the powder blend in with the moisturizer or powder to lock in place. Otherwise it is powdery and it becomes pointless.
I really liked this because I didn’t have to wait until my skincare dried all the way to apply my makeup products. I used loose powder which melted with the top layer of my liquid product and formed a smooth base for me to work with. As I was not using a pore filling primer but an illuminating one this week it was interesting since it ended up adding a pore filling element. So this cut down my time getting ready and expanded my range of products. If the trick fills pores I am more willing to try non-pore filling primers basically.
So I will be trying the powder before foundation plan again.
I did try the Bare With Me without doing it and it applied well also (hence the photos. Without the powder underneath it lasted on my face without issue for the full eight hours of wear that it claims to provide. With the powder I wore it for twelve with no problems.
I have to say this product met every claim it made. It lasted eight hours, it wasn’t cakey, it gave me a natural look and it felt absolutely weightless on the skin. In addition, it didn’t have that odd greasiness that some tinted moisturizers tend to get. I know it isn’t actually a moisturizer, so that is probably why, but I have no idea what else to compare a skin veil to. Either way it was weightless, mattifying and not greasy.
All reasons I will definitely be keeping this in rotation. It’s also why I will be picking up a lighter shade for winter. All in all a success. I am almost sad that I have to rotate it out this week. However I have a couple of sample sized tubes of BB and CC cream that I want to try to see if I want to try a full sized version later down the road. So I must set this aside. But rest assured, it will return.
If you are interested in NYX Products, they currently have some pretty good on-line deals you might want to check out.
I know it is a little strange that this box review is coming a little late. After all, if you are familiar with my Make up Bag posts you’ll see that many of these items were chosen for this week’s bag. I was attempting to get the Look Fantastic and Glossy Box reviews posted before those boxes sold out for the month. It didn’t work as they both sold out super quick but that was the attempt.
The IPSY Ultimate Glam Bag actually came in last Thursday so I was able to choose some of the items that arrived to test this week as I generally pack my new makeup bag Thursday night for the following week. So if you find the items familiar, that may be why.
So for those who don’t know IPSY is a Beauty subscription service. They have three tiers The Glam Bag ($12/mo), The Glam Bag Plus ($25/mo and the Ipsy Ultimate ($50/ mo). I am currently signed up for the Ipsy Ultimate so that is what I am reviewing.
In my box I receive a make-up bag eight full sized items and four deluxe sample sized items each month. IPSY started this tier in October of 2019 and to be honest it has not always been the greatest of subscriptions. Some months they hit it out of the park and some month’s they completely tank. So let’s see what June ended up being shall we?
This month the theme was Making Waves and the card that came with the box listed five tips to maximize your SPF. While handy, I would have preferred more information about the products. However even when they do list the prices, they only list the prices for the full sized items not the deluxe sample sized ones. The prices I am using for this post are taken from the IPSY website.
The first item out of my June box was the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore with Coconut Water. It is not only supposed to cool the skin on a hot summer’s day but to act as a primer to increase wear time. It retails for $32. At the moment I have one decent setting spray and one that is very pretty but not very effective so I am happy to try out another one. I put this in my make up bag for the week so I will see how it performs right away. I generally like Laura Geller products so I’m expecting good things. Incidentally Laura Geller is having a sale at the moment. I’ll post the link here.
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CIATÉ LONDON also made an appearance in this month’s box with the Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic. It is a deluxe size and I will be setting it aside until I work through my already opened mascaras. I am trying to keep only three or four open at a time so I can use them up before they go bad. I think I might actually have the full sized version of this already open, but will have to check.
As I finish the old ones I’ll rotate the newer ones in (or I’ll just get too excited to see one and open it anyway, I try to be good but I’m just not very good at it.) We’ve been seeing a lot of Ciate London lately and I am not mad at that. I really like Ciate products. I think I am missing a bronzer and a primer, but beyond that I may actually be able to do a complete face with Ciate products. Who knows I may pick up those items and have one makeup bag from the same brand. And I have heard their bronzer is pretty good. Something for future me to think about.
Next up was the Huda Beauty Basic B Sponge (retail $17). It too was added to this week’s makeup bag to try out. Mostly because the sponge I was using was at the end of its life. I may have to do a tool review this week in addition to the palette and foundation posts as I also added the Laruce Beauty Essentials Brush Set (retail $154) that came in this month’s box to my weekly make-up bag. And yes you read that right it is a five piece brush set with a retail value of $154. I’ll have to let you know if I think it is worth it’s high price tag.
My next sample size was the Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil. While I had several break outs, I’ve been using the Peace Out dots on them for the past week or so and everything is pretty much cleared up. So I will put this away to try on the next string of break outs. With the way my skin reacts to stress, I’m sure it won’t take long for it to be needed. And unlike the Martian Toner, it has not been discontinued.
This month I received an IL MAKIAGE Infinity Long-Wear Matte Lip Cream in the shade Dreamy (retail $22). It is full sized and was added to this week’s make-up bag so you won’t have to wait too long to hear my thoughts on it. I will say right off the bat, the packaging feels super lux and made me want to use it right away. I swatched it immediately. I’m afraid it might be a little too pinky orange for me, but as I have never tried the formula I will be using it to see if I like the formula. I may augment the color with a lip pencil if I don’t like it, but it will be worn this week. (or has been worn this week actually and spoiler, I really like the formula, not so happy with the color.)
While not in my makeup bag, I did put the sample sized NAKED COSMETICS Lip Scrub in Vanilla Crème in my bathroom to try this week. With the summer sun beating down and repeated sunscreen applications, I have been using lip scrubs almost as much as I do in the winter months so I was happy to have a new one to try. I’ll have to let you know if it makes the cut.
This month I received two eyeshadow palette in my IPSY box. The first I pulled out of the box was THEBALM COSMETICS AUTOBALM® PIC PERF (retail $26.50). I was surprised to get two eyeshadow palettes in the same box, but also rather pleased. I like The Balm shadows in general and I am curious to try the cream lid primer that comes in this palette. That’s right the neutral primer is a cream while the others are all powders. I have to say I kind of like that the primer is a little tinted instead of just being super pale white. But then again I spent most of the past couple of weeks realizing almost everything I have in my makeup drawer is my winter shade and not summer so there is that.
Another brand that has been cropping up lately in IPSY Boxes has been SHAINA B MIAMI. This month brought the Mini Miami Blush and Highlight Palette It has two blushes and two highlighters. I haven’t tried them out yet and it is one of the few items that didn’t make it into this week’s Make-up Bag. Perhaps I’ll give it a go next week. The palette is considered full sized despite having mini in the title and you can see why as it has pretty large pans. It retails for $20.
The second eyeshadow palette from DOUCCE, the Freematic Limited Edition Smokey Pro Palette (retail $65) to be exact, was the shadow palette I chose for this week’s Make-up bag. I’ll be reviewing it on Thursday so I won’t go into too much detail here, but I like that it is a reusable palette. It also feels quite sturdy in the hand.
Finally, we come to the last item in this month’s Ipsy Ultimate. It was the item that I picked when given a choice. Each month you get to choose one item from a few options. As the past few months, my bags have been heavily skin care I decided to choose the makeup option this month to see if I could slide it the other way as I am trying to work my way through a bunch of skin care. If I remember correctly this was the only makeup item in my selection and I think I laughed that it was a makeup product from a skin care company.
The choice for the July item is June 24th at 9 am EST in case you are interested. It opens at 9am each month and remains open for 24 hours I believe. Last month the item I chose for this month was the DR BRANDT SKINCARE Pores No More® Luminizer Primer (retail $38).
For me it seemed a no brainer. I have a weakness for primers and the few items I’ve tried from Dr. Brandt I have really liked. Their night mask is one I tried out and I know I will repurchase. And yes, I added it to this week’s make up bag so you’ll be hearing all about it on Friday as well.
Over all I really liked this month’s IPSY Ultimate Box. The items are ones I will use, that I like, and that I am excited to try out. For my $50 purchase price I received $374.50 worth of items.
Admittedly $154 of that was the five piece brush set from Laruce Beauty, but even so I feel it was a very good value. It felt like a really good box to me. It is kind of interesting that it was so make up heavy this month when it has been so heavily weighted towards skin care the past few months. I didn’t change up my profile but this month I didn’t choose any of the skin care options during choice. I don’t know if that made any difference whatsoever, but that is how it ended up shaking out. Perhaps they just decided June was a make-up month.Either way I enjoyed my Ipsy this month and at the moment I am happy to continue my subscription for another month.
Welcome to a World of Beauty with the June Glossy Box. This subscription is $21 per month (although you can currently get your first month for $18 with the code Beauty18 – Just click on the link) As I am writing this the June box has sold out so there will be a substitute box should you order it, but if you order in June you will be primed for the July box. They ran out of boxes last month as well so I think this might be an ongoing situation for a while. Its a good box and a good way to try things when you aren’t browsing stores in person anymore.
In case you are wondering, yes this is a box I pay for myself. This is my third month and recently Glossy Box made a change to their subscription plans. If you sign up for a full year commitment you can get the box for $18 per month and you still pay for it each month instead of needing to pay for a full year in advance to get the lower price. I know this is a bit of a spoiler but I liked the box enough to commit to having it for a full year. I think it is worth $21 and I was more than happy to get it for $18. So this will be a standard box for me until at least next July. After a year I’ll re-evaluate to see if I want to keep it. I will say after my first three months, I decided it was worth keeping around for a year.
So let’s get into the June box. As I mentioned, this month’s theme was a World of Beauty. It features five different products with one little extra treat, each originating from a different country.
We start off in Australia with this month’s one make-up item It is a Liquid Metal Eyeshadow from Model Co and it is full sized (retail $19). Last month’s box was make-up heavy so I’m fine with this one being more skin care oriented.
Also, I noticed a couple of my Stila liquid eyeshadows were drying out so I started using them more and sadly had several reach the end of their lives, so it is a nice time for me to try a new liquid eyeshadow. I’ve had mixed results with Model Co products before but I do look forward to playing around with this one. I’ll keep you posted on how it works.
Next we go to Greece and have the Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Probiotic Gel-Cream (retail $18). I am always happy to see Korres. I really like their products and have actually been using the mask from their probiotic yoghurt line. It is a really nice mask and I look forward to trying out the gel-cream moisturizer.
It will be hard to top their pomegranate moisturizer, which is one of my favorites, but we shall see. Either way, I was happy to receive this in my box this month.
Then from Korea there was a packet of Tony Moly Peach Punch Cleansing tissues (retail $7). Makeup wipes are one of my guilty indulgences. I love having them around but I know they create a lot of waste so I have stopped buying them.
So I feel both guilty and happy when I see them in subscription boxes. I hate that I like them, but really like having them around. So I will be using them sparingly. At the moment I have a pack open so these will remain unopened for a while and get tucked away in the drawer. I’ve used Tony Moly cleansing cloths before and I really like them so guilt aside, I am happy to have them.
I was also happy to add another sheet mask to my collection. Thus far I’ve received a sheet mask in every box so I’m guessing that is more or less standard. This moth is the Rodial Vit C Energizing Sheet mask (retail $18). I’ve never tried anything from Rodial before but I love Vitamin C, so I look forward to trying out.
The next product in this month’s box was something I was thrilled to see. It was Japan’s section of the world and was the Liposome Serum from Decorte (retail $22.50). I once tried a small sample of this and absolutely loved it. It was however one of those samples that only had enough product for one, maybe two applications if you stretched it.
So even though I really liked it, I wasn’t sure how it would work over a more extended time period. Now I have a larger sample to try and I can see how it works for my skin. Considering it is a pretty pricey brand, I like to be sure I’ll use it before committing to a full sized version of the product.
(I know some of you are laughing because I do the same testing with drug store products before committing to a full sized as well. What can I say, I just don’t like wasting products or money.)
This brings us to the bonus item in this month’s box. This consists of two small foil packets from High Beauty as the United States contribution to the World of Beauty.
These are the High Five Facial Moisturizer and High Expectations Facial Oil. They only provide the prices for the full size, not the packets.
Often I don’t like small packets like this because it isn’t enough of a sample size to see if I will like it over time (like the above Decorte comments).
However, it is a bonus item and I often find that with anything infused with cannabis sativa it is the scent that is occasionally the issue.
While I don’t mind the grassy kind of funk that a lot of CBD products have, sometimes they blend strangely with other skin care ingredients or fragrance will be added to balance the natural scent and that I don’t like.
I like how a lot of the cannabis based products perform, but I tend to be very scent oriented. I have seen the High Beauty brand around and I have wanted to try it though. I was just worried about the scent.
Now I can try one use, and at least see if that is going to be an issue or if I should just try the products. So I’m very pleased with my extra treat.
In addition to the extra $10 off coupon code for a bra company called Lively. I’ve never heard of them but the bras do look pretty comfortable and I am looking to replace a couple of mine at the moment. The summer is always hard on my undergarments and working out adds an extra layer so having spare around is never a bad thing.
So for my $21 box I received $84.50 worth of products and they are all products I am happy to see and use. All of them will be well used by me. And in addition the sturdy pink box will be reused. I really like the boxes and think they make great storage.
I know it’s a little dorky of me but I’m kind of glad I’ll be getting at least a year’s worth of boxes to reuse. I have a shelf in a storage closet that has all sorts of miss matched storage boxes at the moment. As I sort through and tidy up, I kind of like having the uniform sized boxes as storage.
I’m actually using part of the ribbons that come with the boxes as pulls attached to the boxes so they are easier to pull on and off the shelf. The other ribbons I use in my hair. This month the tissue paper that came with the box was so adorable I am tempted to find a way to repurpose it.
I’m not a super crafty sort of person, so I suspect I will just end up lining the bottom of a drawer or something, but it is adorable paper. I think it is safe to say I really liked this month’s box and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing what other months have in store. I suspect they will sell out just as fast as the previous two months.
This month was my first Look Fantastic box. My plan was to try it in May, but the box sold out faster than I could order, so June it turned out to be. The Look Fantastic box is $19 and every box is worth over $50. Normally the items come in a regular box, but for June they came in a reusable limited edition travel bag (retail $15). The bag and products are to go along with the theme for June. The theme is ‘pampering yourself from the comfort of home, taking your ideal Staycation’.
Considering all my travel for this summer was cancelled (along with everyone else’s travel of course) staycation is a theme I can get behind. I have planned out my own personal spa day and am setting up my own private oasis in the back yard.
It also doubles as a spot to monitor the rampant rabbit activity in my back garden.But there is no harm in multi-tasking. Or in defending innocent little salad greens with a hose. It’s on the shower setting rather than a direct spray so it is actually lighter than a lot of rain, at least here. Its the surprise of the water coming out of nowhere that gets them. And possibly the sound of my voice as I threaten them with roasting in a mustard based sauce. The natural pest control advocates recommend any sound to scare them away from the veggies, but with so many of my neighbors actually at home I didn’t want to cause alarm. “Don’t make me get my marinade,” is not actually a threat my neighbors feel the need to concern them selves about, although one did ask for a recipe.
But that is off topic. We are here to discuss a subscription box not my grandmother’s braised rabbit recipe.
So, even though the limited edition travel bag is sort of listed as an extra this month, I really like it and will get a lot of use out of it. It is the kind of bag that is mostly plastic so it is ideal for liquid products since it can easily be rinsed out if something spills.
This may sound a little strange but what I like to do with little bags like these are to put a wet washcloth inside and take it into the back yard with me when I am working in the garden. It keeps the wash cloth from drying out and it can be used to cool down in the summer heat. Occasionally, I’ll throw a couple of ice cubes into it as well to keep everything really chill. It’s also really good for transporting wet swimsuits home from the pool without getting you bag all wet. And yes it is great for travel too. So I am happy to have it.
But what was inside my nifty little bag?
The first item was actually the spoiler that made me want the bag and decide that this was indeed the month for me to try it. It was the Molton Brown Coastal Cypress Shower Gel (retail $11). I really love the Molton Brown shower gels. The issue is that because they are on the pricier side, I always end up buying the same one because I know I like it.
I always think, I should really expand my selection and then still end up buying the products from the rhubarb and rose line. (Incidentally, a super fantastic scent, the rose isn’t overpowering and the sweetness of the floral is balanced by the sharp tart notes of the rhubarb, I adore it.)
This way, I can try a new scent and see if I like it and possibly expand my buying options when I next place an order. I, of course, opened it and immediately took a sniff. It is a very clean, fresh scent. I’m sure it will have the same luxurious feel of all their products so I can’ wait to actually use it.
Next up was the Rainbow drop brush from Glov (retail $12). I will say, I’m not a big fan of this style of brush. I like the size and the way it fits in my hand, but I think my hair is just a little too thick or too long or both, for this style to work well with me. However, my baby doll spotted it sitting on the table and apparently he loves this style of brush. So it is now his and he thinks it is fantastic. I’m also pleased because he tends to eye my subscription boxes in a curious way, so I’m happy there was something for him in this one.
I asked if he wanted me to get a box or two for him geared towards his likes but he declined. He is not big on surprises and if he gets a box he wants to decide exactly what is going to be in it ahead of time. which isn’t really the point of subscription boxes in my opinion. So he is happy with the occasional gift item, and the ability to raid my stockpile of samples when he needs a product, but doesn’t want his own box.
To each his own I suppose.
Moving on, the next two items are both summer time essentials. The first is the Ploaar Very High Protection Sun Cream (retail $16.50). I really like that it is SPF 50 and at this time of year I am very happy to have plenty of sunscreen around. Also in the sunblock arena is the Ultrasun SPF30 Lip protect (retail $10).
I absolutely adore having specific sunblock form my lips. I have to say I wasted no time in deploying this product. It has a slight sweet-tart candy kind of scent to it and it feels super lightweight on the lips. I was worried it would feel a little heavy, but it doesn’t. It has no taste at all which is kind of nice and it is easy to forget that I am wearing it. So often lips get forgotten in the sunblock arena and personally I don’t like the taste of sunblock so I’m happy to add this to my summer.
The last two items in my bag were both masks. The first was a travel sized tube of the Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask (30ml retail $7.50). I’ve never heard of Josh Wood Colour before but I love masks and I will happily try it out and report back.
The tube feels completely filled with product and I am sure I will be able to get several uses out of it. The last mask is a sheet mask, the Shangpree Aromablend Calming Mask (retail $3) to be exact. I think this item varied in some boxes.
As my sunburn recovery time seriously depleted my sheet mask supply, I am happy to have another mask available to me and can’t wait to see what the Aroma blend smells and feels like.
In addition to the items in the bag, and the bag itself this month, Look Fantastic also has an on-line magazine that you can read through. I think they used to send a print copy, but personally I am perfectly happy with the electronic version.
I’ve only gotten a chance to read a few articles but I like that they tie in with the products and include a Shangpree (the sheet mask) interview as well as one with Josh Wood Colour DPS (the none sheet mask). I like that the Josh Wood Colour one focuses on their new Shade Shot Gloss range, so I can learn not only about the products sent to me but other products available, especially as it is a new brand to me and it is nice to see what other products they have available or are coming out.
One thing I also like is that Look Fantastic also has a shop attached to their site. You can use the points you get from reviewing products towards purchases and it is a really big store. there aren’t just one or two items from a brand but a really wide variety. Also it is linked to Glossy Box (and why I was poking around and decided to try the subscription) so that your Glossy points can also be used over on the Look Fantastic site.I find this fantastic. I have been eyeing the Caudalie travel kit. It was out of stock when I last looked but I put it in my loves and received an e-mail this morning that it was back in stock. They also seem to run a lot of sales so even without a membership it looks like a site to watch if you are planning to stock up.
So, the end value of my $19 box ended up being $75. ($60 in products plus the $1 bag which I will get a lot of use out of so I counted it.) They promised at least $50 and gave me $75. Personally, I am pretty happy about that. I’m also happy about the fact that every item in my box this month is one that will see some use. While I won’t use the brush, it is in good hands elsewhere in the house. I received some products I was familiar with and some that were completely new to me. It was a nice mix. If this is the kind of box they send out, I think this is going to be a long term subscription for me instead of a short term trial.
So, today I did paperwork. I got sweaty outside. I took a shower to get clean,and then did a bunch of editing. Now it is time for the Friday Face Mask. Bring on the clowns, er …clay. Yeah clay.
Today felt like a clay mask kind of day. If you’ve been following along with my Friday face masks you have probably seen this jar before. I think it might have been featured in one of my first Face Mask Friday’s to be honest. It is the Bare Minerals Claymates Duo Be Pure Be Dewy. It is a mask with two sides. I reviewed the Dewy side and I have used both since, but I don’t think I’ve posted about the Be Pure side.
Today I felt like using it. On a hot sticky day, relaxing with a cold mask of clay is amazingly refreshing. Sometimes in the summer time I get head headaches. When I do pounding back water and using a clay mask helps take the headache away. Its like the ultimate cold compress. Not that that is in anyway a part of any mask’s description. But what is in the Claymates description?
Customize your face mask routine with two complimentary formulas that work to target specific skin concerns — just apply each mask for the benefit you want to see, right where it’s needed most. These mineral-rich clay masks also contain fruit extracts to help purify and refine the skin.
Deeply cleanse, purify, and refine the look of pores with Be Pure, a white clay mask infused with white grapefruit and white pear extracts, which help dissolve dirt and impurities. Try the gently warming mask on areas that need a deeper cleaning, such as the T-zone and chin. Skin is left feeling and looking purified and clearer.
I have to say, I didn’t feel any warming. I just felt the cool of clay. It was nice. I lay down with my candles flickering and my mask on and for fifteen minutes I didn’t think about anything. The world was a nice quiet well ordered place. Then of course the fifteen minutes were over and reality resumed. It was a nice break though and at the end, my skin was fantastic. We’ve entered the season where to keep my skin balanced I’ll need to alternate between hydrating masks and purifying ones so that everything stays balanced. It’s usually not that bad, but with the extra workouts and the sun, it will be an interesting path to walk this summer.
During my fifteen minutes the Be Pure mask dried down but it wasn’t rock hard and was relatively easy to remove. What I ended up doing is wetting a wash cloth and gently pressing the wet wash cloth into the dried mask. The mask absorbed the water but the washcloth didn’t get saturated with mask. The trick is to press gently and not to rub at all. If you rub, the mask just gets caught in the wash cloth fibers and becomes a mess. Once damped down it was an easy mask to remove and well worth it. My skin felt infinitely clearer than it did prior to the mask.
I really liked this clay mask on the Be Pure side. To be honest I like it better than the Be Dewy side. I’ll still use the Be Dewy side, and I understand its use in multi-masking, I just get more of a benefit from the Be Pure side. I don’t know if the masks are sold separately, but if they are I would purchase the Be Pure on its own. I’m not entirely sure I would purchase the Be Dewy side. I think it is definitely worth poking around on the Bareminerals site to see if it is available.
And with that, my Friday Face mask is complete and I can go back to editing. One of my background characters decided that they wanted a larger role in the story and somehow became integral to the plot when I wasn’t looking, so I’m having to revisit earlier chapters to make sure his involvement makes sense. But at least the story is moving along. The writing I like, the editing may eventually kill me.
Hopefully I can get it all sorted before the end of the day. If so there is a lovely glass of red wine awaiting me. It’s left over from the slow braised short ribs currently in the oven. It is one of my baby’s favorites and he wanted some Friday comfort food this week so I made it for him. It’s one of those dishes that doesn’t take a lot of effort, but does take a lot of time. At this point it still has a few hours to go and the scent has perfumed the entire house. The aroma mocked my lunch salad.
We really only eat meat once a week, so when we do, I like to make it count. And there was enough wine left over for a glass or for each of us to have with the meal. Mostly because the meat took about a bottle and half to make because there was only one really large packet of short ribs in the store when we went. I think it might have been originally packaged for a restaurant rather than home use, but then got diverted to the grocery. We will definitely have leftovers but luckily this tends to freeze really well.
So on to the edits and then later to the wine and dinner. Then I will spend the weekend investigating a new yoga mat and additional at home gym equipment. I don’t know what you have planned this weekend but I hope you have a fabulous Friday and an excellent weekend.
Still chugging along, but I have to say this week was a bit harder than usual. The first few days this week, the heat about took me out on my walks. When it cooled down a little the humidity spiked and I came home looking like a drowned rat. Not a good look. I know sweat is good for purging the pores, but my pores were having a fire sale. I tried moving my walks to the early morning and the late evening. The morning was better, but still sweaty. The evening was just as hot but with swarms of midges and mosquitoes thrown into the mix.
Once the rain stopped pouring down on a daily basis here, I let some of my in house work outs slide and just revelled in the freedom of walking outside. I think I may be keeping my morning calorie burning walk and just adding in an afternoon of at home yoga and weights. I have a couple of weights I really like using, but I may look into picking up a few more to expand my at home work out capabilities. I think I also might need an additional yoga mat to up the cushioning between me and the floor.
As I suspect I will not feel comfortable in a public gym for quite some time, it actually seems like a pretty smart investment.
As well as a way to keep from basting in my own sweat under the sun. Or at least limiting it to the cooler hours.
Regardless of the change up I am happy the scale is once again moving. It never moves as fast as I want it too, but I keep reminding myself that’s not an entirely bad thing. I think I’ve also spent more time thinking about it than usual this week. I played phone catch up with everyone this week and the standard thread was that everyone’s eating and workout habits have changed in the past few months and either weight has been gained or muscles have gone soft. I have about five friends now doing the Chloe Ting Challenge. I told them I’d look into it and get back to them on Monday. I haven’t looked into it yet, but it is on my weekend to do list. If I get roped in, I’ll be sure to let you know.
But for today, I am just looking ad adding weights and (yoga mat cushioning) back into my routine as a means of getting out of the sun for a bit. So to the weekly stats:
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 205.6 lbs
This week’s Weight: 205.0 lbs
Weight lost this week: 0.6 lbs
Weight lost thus far: 41.0 lbs
Weight left to lose (apx.): 82.0 lbs
I love when the numbers are easy to calculate. So there we have it. A week of sweating followed by a weekend of strategizing and investigating a trend that seems to have swept up a lot of my friends. As a plus sized woman I am always leery of any work out that promises miracles in two weeks and has the word shred in it. In my world shred is what you do to cheese. But who knows, a workout challenge could be fun and help me change up my routine. We’ll see. For now, I am going to post my weekly Make-up Bag Post and then get to work. Happy Friday everyone.
This week my foundation of choice was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in the shade Caramel. Not that you really need to know the shade, but as I like to keep a record of the shades I use, especially when they work well for me. This turned out to be an excellent summer shade for me, although I doubt I doubt I’ll manage the shade past August.
Last summer in an attempt to find a travel foundation that would not spill or break I tried stick foundations for the first time. The two I tried were from Nars and Revolution and I used them both down to nubs. For some reason, I didn’t pick up any more stick foundations until now. Which is a shame as I really do like using stick foundations. I really need to pick them up more often.
But how did I like this stick formula?
First, let’s hear the claims.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is a full-pigment cream foundation stick that delivers buildable coverage with a natural-looking matte finish. Formulated for face and body, this essential matte foundation stick comes in 26 foundation shades, 3 contour shades and 1 highlighter shade to cover every skin tone—and undertone—and is ideal for oily and combination skin types. This easy-to-apply creamy face makeup stick is a multitasking complexion perfector for concealing, highlighting and contouring that’s also ideal for on-the-go touch-ups.
I rather enjoyed using this formula this week actually. It is definitely buildable and once in place, it stays there. It is matte and very natural looking. I found it was very easy to work with on a low makeup day.
Now, when I use stick foundations, there are two ways I like to work with them. One is to dash strips across my face in key spots and then blend out with either a make up sponge or a brush. The other is to use a brush on the stick and then just apply with the brush. While the first makes me feel like I am applying war paint and getting ready to attack my enemies (sometimes a desirable feeling – just don’t go as far as the pillaging, embrace the feeling, but don’t feel you have to act on it). It does automatically apply more product to the skin than the second method, at least with this particular formula. If you know you are going for a super high glam look, this is probably your method. (although to be honest if going for full coverage, this wouldn’t be my formula of choice, but I’ll get to that in a minute.)
The formula can be a little stiff in the tube, so just hold the tube in your hand for a moment or two to warm it up, and then apply. It is a somewhat thick cream so I found a brush works better than a sponge for application. You can touch up with the sponge, but full application with the make up sponge is a bit of work. The brush is much easier. Save yourself the trouble and use the brush.
If you aren’t going for a high glam look and just want light to medium coverage, don’t go for the stripes. Instead, roll the product up a little bit so that it is barely over the rim of the tube, then brush over it with a your foundation brush, and apply it to your face. Don’t be tempted to roll it higher as it will just sort of get pushed over the sides and make a mess.
If you have a red patch you are trying to cover, but still want a lighter makeup look, I would take a smaller brush and dip into the foundation, then go over the red spot lightly to give it slightly more product than the rest of your face, then use the foundation brush to apply the rest. Use the makeup sponge to adjust the edges and blend the one spot you spent more time covering. If you need more coverage, then just dip back into the foundation for another go round. Then, if you find it necessary go back in with concealer.
I find this method gave me all the coverage I wanted for a regular day, and used far less product than the striping the face method. I found the formula light weight when only a thin coat was applied. Applying more layers made it feel a bit waxy and slightly heavy, so I think if I was going for a full coverage look, I would choose a different foundation. But if you are going light coverage, this is a good foundation to use.
Now, I will say I tried one day of the heavy application and didn’t like it, so I shifted to the lighter side very quickly. On the day I used it more heavily, I did notice that I was getting some settling into lines, particularly around my mouth, by the end of the day. With the lighter coverage I didn’t get that at all. It stayed in place with no settling for a full eight hours. I suspect that while the formula is buildable, it really is the type of formula where less is a better idea. I really didn’t have any issues with oil seeping through, It is Tennessee in June so there is a bit of glistening, but nothing really damaging.
While I wouldn’t wear this for a full coverage look, it is a very nice formula for me to wear on a daily basis, and it is my summer shade. Both of these things mean that it will be staying in this summer’s rotation. This is a foundation, you will see returning.
This week I received two of the subscriptions I have through Cratejoy. The first is the From Korea with Love Sox Box. For $12.95 per month you get three pairs of Sox. This month they came in a small box wrapped in tissue paper instead of the little cardboard tube in a bubble mailer.
As the box is easier to recycle, I’m okay with that. I suspect recent pandemic protocols caused the mailing change. The socks fit my feet with a little extra room to spare. I wear a US 7.5 and I think they are supposed to fit size 6 -8.5 US. The subscription charges on the 11th of the month and ships between the first and the third and they ship out of California.
This month I have to say the penguins are my favorite. Seriously, how stinkin’ cute are these? Pretty stinkin’ cute that’s what. And they make me happy when I look down at my feet. I know, they are just socks, but I have to tell you, I really like socks. I think one of the reasons I like them so much is that with my weight and weight loss, all of my clothes feel temporary and somewhat ill fitting. All clothing has been going from too tight to just right to too baggy for the past year. Or if my weight loss stalls I wonder why it isn’t getting too baggy. And then I worry that I’ve plateaued and start to rethink my entire work out plan.
This does not happen with socks. They are just cute and I am happy.
Also arriving is my Jersey Shore Cosmetics. This month I am adding to my stockpile. After this month, I may be cancelling this subscription for a while, or I may keep it one more month, then cancel. I love lip balm, but there is only so much lip balm I can use. It takes me about a month to go through one tube and each subscription comes with four lip balms. It is a really good deal actually. The subscription is $10 with a $3 shipping charge and comes with four lip balms from Jersey Shore Cosmetics.
As each of their lip balms costs $12 each, it is a great value for the price. So what I tend to do with this subscription is keep it for a few months, stock pile lip balms and then cancel until I’ve gone through my stock pile. Then I re-subscribe and the process starts all over again. I may not keep this subscription every month, but I will always return.
This month I received my four lip balms. They are a lip balm in watermelon and another in cherry. These are their standard formula for lip balms. As in only the scent varies as opposed to highlight or tint. The third lip balm was the Quattro H2O Pure Hydration Ultimate Hydrating lip balm. I have never tried this one before. As I am almost through with the pomegranate lip balm I opened last month, I am just going to mark this as next in line so I can try the formula.
Okay that is a long winded way of saying I opened it even though I try to keep only one open at a time. As a spoiler, I also opened the fourth one too. The Quattro feels a little firmer than the regular lip balms and I put it on to test it out and it actually stayed on my lips longer as well. If I venture near a swimming pool this year, this is the balm I’ll take. For now, I’m wearing it on my walks outside. I think it is designed for the summer and I look forward to wearing it and seeing how it does with my lips.
The fourth hydrating Balm I received in my subscription this month is called nudist. I opened it becuase it seemed to have a tint to it which made it more like a lipstick than a balm, so of course I had to open it and see. First off, it smells like candy. It actually reminds me of Tarte eyeshadows. Its that kind of scent. That vanilla-esque scent. Personally, I love it. There is a little bit of a bronze shimmer to it, but it is very subtle and when I tried to take a picture just looked like lip balm. Even though I normally plan to stockpile my lip balms I may try this one out in my make up bag next week.
In addition to the lip balms, Jersey Shore Cosmetics sent a stick mineral sunscreen as a free gift this month. It smells oddly like oatmeal. In the best possible way of course. I love oatmeal. In the spirit of fairness I should point out that my baby doll does not think it smells like oatmeal. He also thinks I am crazy for thinking it smells like oatmeal.
But it smells like oatmeal.
At the moment I just started testing out a Volition sunscreen so I will be putting this to the side to try at a later date, but I really appreciate having extra sunscreen around.
Both of these subscriptions are through Cratejoy. I really enjoy having the one system to manage several subscriptions. It’s really easy to log into my account, see what subscriptions I have that are active, which one’s I’ve cancelled and when the next payment date for the subscription is. It’s especially useful with subscriptions like Jersey Shore Cosmetics that I only keep for a few months at a time, but then return to after a break.. They are easy to find, easy to cancel and easy to reactivate. It helps me to keep things organized. Plus I get to poke around and see what other new subscriptions I think might be fun to try out for a while. I always seem to find something interesting.