The Empties: July 2020

The empties bin at the end of July 2020

Welcome to the July Empties.  I have to say, it looks like a full basket this month.  Admittedly, that may be because of the shampoo bottles and trial sizes.  So let’s clear the large shampoo bottles out of the way first shall we?

First up, is my general standard for shampoo and conditioner.  If you ever wonder what it is I compare products to, this is it.It is the Suave Professionals rosemary and mint. The scent is perfect for a post workout pick me up as it smells amazingly fresh and clean.

This is one of my standard drug store favorites.  With my hair I generally find that I have to switch up shampoos periodically to keep my hair loving them.  This is one that gets rotated in frequently.  In fact it is the one that I actually compare other shampoos to.  I don’t mind paying extra for good hair products, but they have to work. So whenever I pick up a pricy shampoo and conditioner to try out, I ask myself does this work as well as the Suave? So even though this is leaving, it will be repurchased again and again in the future.

Slightly pricier shampoo that I recently ran out of is the Love Beauty and Planet Coconut water and Mimosa Flower shampoo and conditioner. This set is designed for body and strength for fine hair, but I find it works really well on my hair as well.  My hair is on the thicker side, but I still liked it. 

It gave my hair great body and shine.  I did find that I still had to use a leave in conditioner after wards.  I think that might be because my hair is not fine.  I also found that this worked best if I didn’t use it every wash.  If I used it every wash, it tended to not do as well.  I found that it worked best for me if I kept this as my once a week shampoo and conditioner, using Suave the rest of the week. 

I don’t know if there was some sort of build up with the products that Suave cleared out. But for a once a week wash, I did really like this set.  Plus, using them only once a week offset the higher cost by making them last longer.  I would definitely consider buying these again, but next time I might look for something in their line designed for thicker hair and see if I had the same issues with it. I initially bought this because I saw volume on the label and that is generally my go to for product claims. Either way, I like the brand and will continue to purchase from them in the future.

Sticking with hair for the moment, I have two empty dry shampoos this month.  One is the full sized COLAB dry shampoo that came in a Glossy Box and the other is a trial size of amika perk up. I liked both but for different reasons. 

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Let’s talk about the colab first.  It claims to have oil absorbing without the white residue.  It has white residue.  I have dark hair, it showed white on my hair.  Personally, I don’t mind as I generally find that the ones that show the white tend to work the best.  With this dry shampoo I found that it worked best if I sprayed it on my hair just before bed and then brushed it out in the morning.  Doing that, it worked really well.  It absorbed any excess oil and left my hair looking clean. It is a very good, and very cost effective product. I think the full sized bottle was under $6.

With the amika perk up, it left a lot more white, but if I brushed it out right after application it left my hair amazingly soft and shiny (in a healthy non greasy way). If I tried to spray at night and leave it, the product got weirdly clumpy and my scalp itched. It is a dry shampoo to use when you need to run out somewhere, not an overnight product. To be honest, while I would consider buying this again it would probably be in the travel size that I could keep in my purse rather than the full sized to keep in the bathroom. The Klorane is still my go to dry shampoo, neither of these replaced it, but this really is good on the go, just remember there is a LOT of white added to dark hair with this product. So both dry shampoos were good, but in different ways. 

This month my empties bin features several make up items. For primers I have the Benefit Pore Professional Pearl and the Kaja Blur Drop.  Technically speaking the Kaja is not empty but it is leaving my world so I thought I would include it. 

It was one of those products that I just didn’t like and never want to use again.  It may work for someone else, but it did not do well with my skin at all.  The one friend I generally trade products with as we tend to have almost opposite skin needs, said she tried it and hated it to, so alas it is going in the bin.

The Porefessional Pearl Primer from Benefit on the other hand, I loved and will be getting again.  I have one more sample size of this in my collection and once I use it up, I will be purchasing the full sized tube.

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This month I also used up a sample size of the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream.  I tried it, loved it and luckily have a full sized version waiting in my drawer.  I am trying to resist opening it until I have used up at least one product, but it is hard to resist.  That is one of the best BB creams I have tried.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was the Pur 4-in-1 love your selfie longwear foundation and concealer.  I did not like this product and will not be repurchasing it.  Luckily it was only a sample size because it it were full sized I would feel bad about getting rid of it.

Makeup item this month was the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit.  While I enjoyed the benefit brow priducts, I believe in the future I will purchase the Precisely my brow instead of this one.  I just am not a fan of the multiple products in one pen.  It felt like I didn’t get enough of the one product I wanted which was the brow pencil.  I used up my shade rather quickly and then had to work to use up the other products before I felt comfortable letting it go.  So it is is a good product, just not in a form I particularly care for.

This month I used the Speak Deodorant Cream that came in one of my Petit Vour Boxes.  I liked the product and felt it worked well and considering how hot this summer has been it put any deodorant product to the test.

Petit Vour

It worked well but I really didn’t like the cream aspect of it.  I absolutely hated digging out the cream and rubbing it into my arm pits.  Luckily, when I posted my review, a rep from the company actually messaged me letting me know that soon they were going to be coming out with a stick version. Sometime this year was the plan, I’m not certain how recent events have affected their time line, but I will be paying attention. I will keep my eyes peeled for that one to try out. 

If it weren’t for the application, I would purchase this product.  If they make this into a stick form and it performs the same way I will purchase it.  I would not purchase the cream form again because as good as it is, I know I would not use it.  If that doesn’t bother you and you are looking for a natural deodorant, then you might want to check this one out.  Or wait for the stick version.

I had issues with the naked cosmetics lib scrub.  I think that somehow it wasn’t mixed properly as the product looked separated.  One section was dry sugar like granules and one was just oil.  I tried stirring to blend, but it never quite worked for me.  I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or what, but as much as I love lip scrubs, I have to give this one a pass.

As we continue with scrubs, the B Kind face scrub is one that I will be picking up.  I received this in a Petit Vour box, tried it and loved it.  I noticed a slightly waxy residue on my skin afterwards so I always used it as step one in my face wash routine rather than as a stand alone product, but it is very gentle and my skin felt amazing afterwards.  If you are looking for vegan cruelty free skin care, this should be one you put on the list to try. As you can probably tell from the picture, I squeezed every drop of this product from the tube.

There is one toner in my empties bin this month and it is the Martian mattifying melting water gel toner from Sunday Riley.  It was an interesting product to use and on the days where I felt super greasy it worked really well to reduce the oil on my face and reduce break outs.  I couldn’t use it every day because it was too drying, but every once in a while it really did the trick on my breakouts.  While I wouldn’t mind keeping it around, sadly I believe it has been discontinued.

Next I have two products from the brand Avette. Prior to this I tried a couple of their sheet masks and found them generally okay but nothing to really seek out. The first Avette product is the water Flash Coconut Water Cream and the other is the Fresh Clean Coconut Mild Foam Cleanser. 

The Coconut water cream was okay, but not the best moisturizer I’ve used.  I didn’t do a full review on it because the sample tube barely held enough product for three days of use.  While that’s not a lot of time to see how skin care performs, I found that the overly faux coconut scent gave me a bit of a headache.  Because of this I was not inclined to seek out a full sized version of the product. I’m not normally bothered by scents, but this one got to me.

It wasn’t as strong as the mild foam cleanser though.  It was so faux coconut scented that it smelled super perfume-y.   And it didn’t really wash away very cleanly.  It left a residue on my skin that I didn’t care for. I know I said the B Kind scrub also left a residue but for me, the foaming cleanser is the last step of my face wash system. I start with either a cleansing balm or an oil to remove makeup, every couple of nights I’ll add an exfoliant and then I finish with a foaming cleanser before moisturizing. Having the foaming cleanser leave a residue was not good. Although really, it was the scent that got me. I didn’t care for the way the product worked but I absolutely hated the scent. To be honest I can’t recommend either of these products.

I will however recommend the two Volition Products in my empties bin this month.  The Volition Celery Green Clean was an excellent day cream.  I had to use a night cream a couple of times a week after days when I spent a long time outside, but it was a wonderfully light cream over all and I will definitely be picking up another jar. 

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I have to say as an aside, it is super satisfying to see an empty skin care jar. It just makes me feel like I’ve taken care of my skin. And speaking of jars, this one is nice heavy glass with a screw top lid so I will be soaking off the label and reusing the jar. It is only in the empties bin so I wouldn’t forget to mention it now that it is empty. It won’t be thrown away though.

As for the Volition luminizing shield in SPF 50, I ordered a second one as soon as this tube started feeling a little light.  The replacement is actually due in this afternoon according to shipping so I won’t have long to go without this.  It is an excellent light weight sunscreen that sits beautifully under my makeup.  I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is now a summer staple. It has also become the product I compare other sunscreens to. From here on out it will be, is this sunscreen as good as Volition?

And that my darlings are all of the empties from July.

I would like to give an additional mention of one sheet mask I tried this month that I really think is worth mentioning. While I do a Face Mask Friday posts, I often apply sheet masks throughout the week. Some are good, some are bad and some do nothing that is actually noticable.

This was one of the good ones. It is the beaut green Firming Collagen Essence mask.  It came in one of my FaceTory subscriptions and it was a good enough sheet mask that not only does it bear mentioning, but I have put it on my list to reorder.

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My skin felt excellent after using it and I could actually feel a slight tightening in my skin.  This is one of those masks I would definitely consider buying a large pack of and giving a full continued use test to see if there are any longer term results.  With this mask it felt good enough on the skin that I actually think there might be some noticeable results. Perhaps that will be a future skin care test.

For now I will sign off and end this rather long post. I will take the Volition Celery Green cream jar out of the empties bin and set it aside to soak off the label so it can be put to another use. The I will divide the rest of the products into trash and recycling bins as appropriate. Then the empty bin will go back into the bathroom ready and waiting for August’s empties.


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The Make up Bag: July 10th, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used July 4th – 10th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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And now, to the lips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




The Make Up Bag: July 3rd, 2020

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

Let’s just jump into it shall we?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was like magic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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