Today for my Friday afternoon Face Mask I went with the Milk Makeup Cannabis Hydrating Face mask. I have to say I was very excited to give this mask a try. I just love the concept of a stick face mask. I know they have been around a while from different companies but i have never tried any of them.
So I twisted the cap off and took a look. You will notice that there is a little plastic cap over the actual product. If you use any Milk products, you have seen this before. If you haven’t and do pick up a Milk product, remember – Don’t throw that little plastic thing away.
Seriously, it keeps the product from drying out. I learned that the hard way with the Milk Matcha Toner a while back. Excellent product, but without that plastic cap it dried out fast.So keep it.
But you know, remove it before you try to use the product.
So cap off, plastic inner cap taken out, I rolled the product up. And because it is me, the first thing I did was sniff it.
I know. Me and scent. In my defense, Cannabis themed products are very interesting in scent. Some maintain the kind of earthy hemp like scent and some products do their best to cover it up. To be completely honest, this mask smelled like Playdoh. Seriously, straight up playdoh.
No clue why.
However, I don’t mind the scent, and it dissipates pretty quickly (it’s not that strong to begin with) so I started to apply it. This mask was fun to apply. It is like drawing on your face with a fat crayon. As the product warms up a little, the application became smoother and I was able to cover myself in green. I had a little issue with getting it into the corners around my nose as it is a fat stick that just wanted to glide over the dips above my nostrils but I got there in the end.
And yes I did spend a moment or two impersonating the Incredible hulk before I left the bathroom.
It seemed the thing to do.
I followed it up with an ‘I’ll get you my pretty’ ala the wicked witch of the west too in case you were curious.
Then I lay down and zoned out for twenty minutes. Alice Cooper provided todays zen sound track in case you are interested. Something about No more Mr. Nice Guy suited the hulked out face mask look.
And when my twenty minutes was up I went to wash it off. I was very impressed with the washing off process. The mask was dry, I rubbed warm water on my face and the mask came right off. I had to rub a little of course, but I didn’t need to do a harsh scrub to get this off, which I appreciated. Then I patted my skin dry and I have to say I really liked the way my skin looked. it was clean and hydrated without looking overly shiny or greasy which can sometimes happen with moisturizing masks.
To be fair, I am not entirely certain what role the cannabis played in the mask. But that might just be because I haven’t done enough research into the ingredient. The mask felt like a thinned out clay mask. Which, it is a clay mask so it should feel like a clay mask. Personally I love clay masks, they are kind of my go to when looking at masks.I really liked the fact that this was very neat and tidy, easy to use both in application and removal and made my skin look really good. I will definately be reaching for this mask in the future and looking into more Milk masks as well. This was a definite win for me. I am hydrated and soothed and ready to move through the rest of my day.
And now I am going back to work. And yes I am still singing Alice Cooper in my head. Luckily, it is time for my main character to finally throw down with his nemesis so it is good to have in my brain as I start to write the battle scene. whatever works, huh?
Tonight we have the final movie in our pre Halloween movie fest. I don’t know what that is as my Babydoll has decided to surprise me. (we got an amazon package the other day and he took it off to open it in secret while giggling to himself so I’m guessing it is a new arrival). On Halloween after the possibility of trick or treaters is over for the night we are going to curl up in the dark and listen to terrifying radio dramas and drink spook themed cocktails. It should be a fun and spooky night even if it isn’t party central. I hope you have an excellent Halloween yourselves and I’ll see you bright and early Monday morning. happy Halloween!
I know normally we start off with the foundation or the eyeshadow, but today we are starting off with the Mascara. (incidentally I just realized it was cropped out of the above photo because I had it standing up, sigh).
Mascara is my second favorite category of product. Let’s face it, lips will always take first and Powder is holding steady at number three with primer of course coming in at number four. For those keeping score. This week’s mascara is The Feathers from Pretty Vulgar. This is one of those products that actually rewarded my superficial nature.
While I’m not sure that it a good thing long term, this product is quite as fabulous as its packaging. In other words, I bought it because the packaging is really pretty and I thought that even if I didn’t like it, then it would be a nice decorative element on my dressing table. It turns out it is very pretty and looks good on my dressing table AND it is a really good mascara. Yeah, I win!
I started with it today because I wanted to make sure to mention that it is currently being featured in a month long sale. Purchase any mascara (Faux Reals or the Feathers) with the Down Below primer and save $10! The sale started yesterday (October 1st, 2020) and runs through November first. As my Feathers Mascara is nearing the end of its life, I will be replacing it. The fact that the promotion also involves a primer is kind of a bonus for me. Anyway I started with mascara since I wanted to make sure I mentioned that right away.
Now, we can move on to eyeshadow. This week’s eyeshadow was the Hip Dot Zion Palette. The link will take you to the full review. The basic shake down was that I liked the colors and liked using it but there is a lot of fall out from the shadow to watch out for. I will also be looking into other Hip Dot palettes in the future with different color schemes.
The foundation this week was the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. When I pulled it from the drawer I was certain it was a summer shade. I like it enough that I also knew I wanted to figure out what my winter shade would be, hence the reason I chose it (beyond liking it of course). After using it, I think I might be able to wear this shade for a lot longer than I thought. I think there is enough variation in the tones that I might be able to get away with using it all the way until I am my palest of winter shades. I won’t know until the sun fades out my tan but I am optimistic that I may only actually need one shade of this Bare With Me. Which is kind of awesome as it means I don’t have to double up on a product and risk it going bad. I enjoyed using this as my foundation this week. It gave me great coverage and felt really good to wear. I will happily keep it in rotation as long as I can.
The primer this week was the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. It was a sample and this week did finish it out. The last time I used it I was on the fence as to whether I liked it or not. At the moment I think it is okay. It isn’t a bad primer but it isn’t one of my must have primers either. Perhaps when my skin is winter dry I might like it more, but at the moment it is one of those products I’d use if it was here but I wouldn’t run out and purchase as soon as I started to run low. For me, this week finished up the sample and so it is now out of my dressing table. It might return sometime in the winter to see if it fares better when my skin is dryer but I am not rushing out to replace it.
I did love using the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil Bronzer this week though. That is a product I really like using. The product is nice and not as sparkly as I feared it would be from its name and the gold shimmer inside. It is just a very good bronzer. It is also a really pretty package. I have to say I am a sucker for a good looking compact. I really am. Luckily, the product is also nice.
I had two powders in my make up bag this week; one loose and one pressed. The Kristofer Buckle loose translucent setting powder was my loose powder.
It is a good setting powder with no flash back when taking pics and it helps set my makeup.
No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder in Medium was the pressed powder I used this week and I have to say it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders. It sits well against the skin without looking powdery, it knocks any shine right off but never feels cakey. I know I ought to trade it out for something else but I don’t really want to so I am going to keep it around for another week and then next week I’ll trade it out.
The Julep Pore minimizing Blush in Rosewood was my blush this week and I really like the color. It is a nice deep blush that goes so well with my summer tan. I suspect that my time wearing it will soon be at an end. I think that as my tan fades it may end up being too dark for winter. It is a great formula, but soon It may be taking a brief rest in the dressing table, emerging when the temperatures start to rise.
I will be keeping the Julep cushion complexion concealer out over the winter. Right now I can really only use it to prime my eyelids because it it too light for my face but in a month or so I will be using it as a concealer. I tried it on my face this week and while it is way too light at the moment, it did an excellent job of concealing so I look forward to using it for its intended purpose soon.
The Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Ginger Binge and Moscow mule came in my Boxycharm last month and I have to say I was skeptical at first. I just really didn’t like the Trophy Wife highlighter I tried before. This one feels much more finely milled and the rosy tones blended well with my skin. The rose tends to lean more gold than silver which is also good for me. I found that with a brush it was easy to apply a subtle shimmery look.
If I applied with a finger then I could go much more bold and even when I went bold the highlighters on both sides blended out well so I didn’t have just a strip from my finger application. I have to say I am a big fan of this combo. I was more impressed I think since I really didn’t like the other Fenty Highlighter. This one is definitely a keeper.
This week the Wet ‘n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit returned. It has been a while since I used it and I really enjoyed having it around again. The powders work really well and I sort of realized that I like the brow pencils for giving me the shape for my brows but really prefer the powder to fill them in.
I don’t have major gaps in my brows so I really don’t need to draw any hairs in, I mostly just need a more uniform look. At the moment this is the only powder brow product I have in my dressing table so I might just keep it around and just trade out my brow pencils for a while. I’m sure I’ll pick up more powder brow products at some point but at the moment this wet ‘n wild kit works well and even though I’ve used it heaps, it still has a ton of product in it. So for now it may remain a constant in my weekly Makeup Bag.
I will say that as much as I like the wet ‘n wild brow powders I really do not like the cream highlight. In fact if I was certain I could do it without damaging the powders I would pry it out and chuck it away. So the Billion Dollar Brows Brow duo Pencil Concealer and Highlighter was added to my makeup bag this week to make up for this. I like the creamy texture and the precision of the pencil. Which is kind of fun because I did not like the other BDB brow products that came in the kit with the highlighter.
Another returning product in my bag this week was the Milk Long wear gel eyeliner for the water line. It is a creamy formula and I really need to look into other colors. It is a nice and comfortable liner to wear and it has great staying power. Less impressive this week were the other two other eyeliners I tried out this week.
The first was the Aurora brown calligraphy pen style eyeliner that came in my Ipsy Mystery Bag. I had high hopes for this. Partially because I really wanted a brown eyeliner I could rely on that was in the calligraphy pen style. It was an interesting liner. It went on smoothly and where it was on my lid where there were no other products, like eye shadow, it worked really well. Where the eyeshadow was. The liner tended to skip. I tried it when I wasn’t wearing eyeshadow and it gave me a smooth continuous line. It just didn’t like going over eyeshadow. I think I am going to keep it around another week to play with it some more. I’ll be adding a reliable eyeliner into the bag as well, but I want to see how it works with different shadows.It could be that it just didn’t like Hip Dot for some reason.
The Cleo Noir purple eyeliner from the September Allure Box was a disappointment. It switched really well on the hands but was very stiff on the eyes. I warmed it up on my hand but by the time it was warm enough to apply sort of well, my hand was covered in purple lines and I felt wasted more product than I used. I think it is something I will keep around if I have a specific look in mind that needs a purple eyeliner. But I also think that when I go to pickup more Milk Eyeliners I might see if they have a purple one I can replace this one with.
For those keeping track there is only one category that we missed. And that’s the lips. This week I had only one lip product. I know, shock gasp, calls for temperature checks. I know. I chose one liquid lipstick, Dose of Colors in Stone for three reasons. One the Zion Palette from Hip Dot was so spectacularly purple that I knew it was going to be a neutral lip kind of week. Two I have had this lipstick for a while and I wanted to make certain it was still good. And three I really like it. It was for a long time my go to lip product. I still have an unopened back up in the drawer waiting for this to run out.
Which it probably will soon. It is actually getting kind of low on product. I may just keep it in my makeup bag and use it up. Clearly I’ll add other products, and it might not get used every week, but I want to keep it where I can see it so it does get used up before it expires. The Dose of Colors formula is a great one for longevity and it is really easy to wear. It can be a bit drying on the lips because once it dries down it isn’t going anywhere. I tend to still use lip balm throughout the day when I wear it and I like that once dried it doesn’t tint my lip balm. If you are worried about dry lips then a quick swipe of lip balm over the top after it is dried works wonders. For me the drying is slight and over balanced by the rest of the formula’s perks. Also I apply lip balm throughout the day anyway so the dryness isn’t much of an issue for me.
So there you have it, this week’s makeup bag. A few plusses a few cons, some consistently reused products. All in all a mix I was happy with. I have to say that I am torn about next week’s bag. There is one eyeshadow palette that I was planning to review, but another one just keeps calling my name. “Play with me Mimsy, you know you love me.” Because of that I may actually end up doing a Current Dressing Table favorites makeup bag next week. As soon I am going to start talking about Holiday bundles and Black Friday specials and lists, maybe a review of my favorites wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’ll have to think about it today and then decided tonight when I switch out the makeup bag and load it up for next week. For now it is off to work for me. I hope everyone out there has a fabulous Friday. I’ll see you later this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.
This week I wanted to test one of the sample sized foundations I picked up in my summer shade. It was the Yensa BC Foundation. It is full coverage and is formulated as a mix of BB cream and CC Cream. I really enjoyed using it this week. While I will be keeping the remainder of the tube in my collection until I use it up, I will eventually end up purchasing a full size. It gave me excellent coverage without being cakey and it didn’t settle into my fine lines throughout the day.
To be honest, I am not as enthused by the primer I used with it. I thought about using the Yensa primer, which I absolutely love as I thought it would pair well with the foundation (which it did actually, there was one day where I tested the two together and they are a winning combo), however I am trying to work through my sample sizes so that they don’t pile up and expire before I can try them and so that I can decide what full sized products I want to add to my dressing table in the future.
So the sample sized primer I pulled was the Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing face primer. I can’t decide if I don’t like it or if I just didn’t like it with this foundation. The primer smells like coconut, which is not my favorite, but it isn’t strong enough to be a major issue. It is white and massages into the skin like a moisturizer. It is very hydrating, but to be honest I didn’t notice much of a difference when I wore it under my foundation and when I wore the foundation with no primer. By contrast when I wore the Yensa primer underneath, it enhanced the foundation.
I think I might like it better with a foundation that feels more drying on the skin as I suspect that this is either designed for those with dry skin or who are using a foundation that tends to dry them out. While I have foundations that occasionally crease towards the end of the day I don’t really have any that leave my skin feeling dry. What I might do is try this again in the winter time and see if I like it better when my skin is dryer. I think the issue is that it is just not really designed for my skin type. So at the moment, it will return to the dressing table for a later week long test but as of now I don’t think I will be picking up a full sized version of this primer as much as I tend to love Too Faced Products.
By contrast I brought out the Kristofer Buckle translucent loose setting powder to use again. This is its second time in my makeup bag. I picked this powder up as part of the Vanity Collection Kits that are offered on the Kristofer Buckle site.
I chose it because I wanted to test out the Triplicity Foundation Stick and because I absolutely adore the formula of the Cashmere Slip Lipstick. The shade Bardot is the lipstick I grab before any other one in my collection. Don’t get me wrong there are others I really love, but it is just such an excellently wearable formula. But that isn’t the point. The point is I picked up the kit and the powder was in it. Incidentally, I highly recommend the kits. All of the products are full sized and it is a really affordable way to try out multiple products from the brand. And they are having a BOGO sale on the kits so it is a good time to stock up.
When I tested the products I more or less had a Kristofer Buckle themed Makeup bag that week. I knew I loved the lipsticks and I absolutely fell in love with the Triplicity foundation stick and because of this I think the powder got shorted. I remember thinking ‘it’s a good powder, but wow that foundation.’
Sometimes I get focused on one thing and let others slide. This week I used the powder in my bag. I was not distracted by the other Kristofer Buckle products. I have to say I found it better this time than I did the first. It is very finely milled, sits well on the skin and does not cause a white cast in photos. It also has zero scent. After a couple of months of coconut scented powder (which I liked, it was a good powder) it was really nice to have a powder that has no scent. The little powder puff that comes with the powder is completely useless. I used a powder brush and my Huda Beauty makeup sponge instead, but it is a much better powder than I remembered from my first use and I was happy to use it this week and I will be happy to keep it in rotation.
With powders I like to keep one pressed powder and one loose powder. This week my pressed powder was the No. 7 Perfect Light pressed powder. It is one of my go to powders. I will often wear it simply over primer to control shine and it is the compact I reach for when I need to powder my nose mid day. As I didn’t need to powder my nose this week beyond what I put on in the morning, I did not get to use this all that much. I’m going to be keeping it in the makeup bag this week. Also I think it will work well with the foundation product I plan to use this week. No. 7 is also having a sale at the moment 20% Off When You Spend $79 with code 20OFF. The sale runs through September 13th.
This week I pulled the Revolution Fast Base Concealer to use. Because the foundation did not require any extra assistance, I ended up using it solely as an eyelid primer. It worked well even though the shadows had a tendency to fade throughout the day. It gave me a smooth, even toned base from which to start building my shadow looks.
Speaking of shadows, I used the Ciate London New England Palette this week. The link will take you to the full review. It is a bit mixed. The pigments are more buildable than intense and if you want the shimmers to brighten you have to use a damp brush. With a damp brush the shimmers and metallics are spectacular. The look just has a tendency to fade to nothing after about six hours.
For my bronzer this week I took out my Space Case Fakeation on Mars Bronzer. It Is one of those products that I tend to forget that I have. The case is dark blue and tends to fade into the shadows of the drawer.
The product itself is quite nice. It is a buildable formula rather than an intensely pigmented one so if you are worried about applying too much bronzer and making your face look dirty then this might be an option for you to look into. I really like it because I can decide just how dramatic I want to be. I am also glad I found it now as it is one of those bronzers that really helps when your skin is going through seasonal tonal changes.
It is great for darkening a slightly too light foundation without making your face look like it is overly powdered. (I’m sure there is another term for that, but you know what I mean). I really like this when I am too light to still use my summer shades but not yet pale enough for some of my winter ones. If used when the foundation isn’t quite dry it really blends in nicely to help adjust the shade.
This week’s blush is one that came in a subscription box at some point, but I can’t remember which one. I also forgot I had it. I think what happened was that it came in and was a smaller size so when I put it with the other blushes it was over shadowed. I don’t think I used it before this week.. It was the Mannakadar Buildable Blush in Bali Babe. I would say that it is more bendable than buildable. It is an intense pigment that does blend out well. It does not go on light. That being said, I did like it. Is it my favorite blush? No, and truthfully I probably won’t buy a full sized version. I will however use this until it is gone. It falls into that good but not spectacular range.
One product that always falls into the spectacular range is the Ofra Glazed doughnut highlighter. It is simply stunning. It applies bright but blends beautifully to a soft glow. This is a product I will use down to pan and then instantly replace. Normally I go for more gold toned highlighters, but this just blends so beautifully I am willing to lean towards silver.
I had two eyeliners in my Makeup bag this week. One was the Hank and Henry Blickity Black and the other was the Milk Makeup Gel liner. The Milk gel Liner is in a champagne nude type color (I couldn’t find the color on the liner) and it goes on creamy and smooth. I used it in my water line. It is more subtle than a white liner and gives a softer look. I am a big fan of the formula and will be seeking out other colors to add to my collection.
The Hank and Henry, not so much. The liner which is a calligraphy pen style, has the tendency to skip instead of giving a smooth line. It also bled a little into my fine lines, not a lot, just enough that I noticed when I was applying it. While it stayed in place once it was on the lids, it tended to fade a little towards the end of the day, getting a kind of off black color by the time I went to take off my makeup. The final issue was that I had to kind of wait between eyes. I would get one done and notice it was skipping more the monger I used it so I would have to cap it and let it rest before doing the other eye. I was not a fan.
I am still a fan of the Bad Gal Bang mascara from Benefit, which was my mascara this week. I think there is enough product for one , maybe two more weeks in the tube so back into the dressing table it goes, but it is with a pang of loss that I sent it away. I really like this mascara. The other Benefit mascaras are good and I enjoy using them, however this is my favorite.
And yes I realize I am sort of hoarding it a little bit but not just going ahead and using it up, but I have several opened mascaras to finish up as well as several unopened mascaras I want to try so once I finish this trial size I am not allowing myself to buy the fill sized version until I clear out a little more space in my mascara section. So I am holding on to this as long as I can so that when I do finish it I can justify purchasing the full one. Don’t worry, it will still get used up within the six month deadline, I just want to hold on to it a little longer.
For my brows this week I kept the Hourglass brow pencil around for defining the bottom of the arch, but mostly used a tinted eyebrow gel. I have several but I somehow never think to reach for them. This one is the Soap and Glory Archery Volu-boost brow fiber gel. It’s the shade Talk of the Brown, in case you are curious. I really enjoyed using it. It didn’t make my brows crispy or look plastered on (I really hate when bows are so insanely defined and plastered against the skin by gel that they look painted on. I think it makes people look like cartoon characters. I am really happy that it looks like fluffy, natural looking eyebrows are trending. While this did help me tame and define my eyebrows it didn’t give me cartoon brows so I was happy. I really think having the eyebrow pencil to define the bottom helped and I like the Hourglass brow pencil formula.
Finally we come to the lips. This week I had three options in my Makeup bag. The first was a MAC Bullet style lipstick. It is in the shade mocha. I always think of mocha as a brown shade but this read more pinky neutral on the lips this week. It was just as creamy and lovely to wear as I remember Mac lipsticks being and the shade went well with the pinkier tones of the eyeshadow palette without overwhelming them.
The trestique also went well with the brighter shades, blending but not competing with the eyes. I chose one of the lips from the Mini Matte Lip Collection, the Florence Fig to try out this week. Again it is a neutrally pink, although slightly darker than the Mac.
I really love the formula of the Trestique lip products. They are creamy and non drying and they last a really long time. They need touching up after lunch, as do most traditional lipstick formulas but over all it lasts quite well. I now have the set of mattes and the sheer glosses in the Trestique Minis and to be honest I am thinking of just putting them all in a jar and leaving them in the bathroom with my skin care so that they are on hand to reach for.
I’ve actually had really good luck with the trestique formulas in general. Their Bronzing stick is one of my favorites. They are another brand where I almost have enough products to do a full face of just the brand. I’ll have to take an inventory and see what I am missing and possibly do a full face make up bag one week.
The third lipstick product that was in my bag this week was the Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector. I have to say I was very much looking forward to testing this out. I’ve used several skin care products from Carins and I really liked the Lip water stain I tried. However I did not use it this week. I tested it out but the eye shadow palette tended to skew more pink tones and this was just a bit too red so it looked off. I will be bringing it back this week and this week it will be used. I am actually selecting my eyeshadow palette around this lip product. Next week will be it’s time to shine.
This is both a setting spray and skin care. I posted a seperate post about this spray yesterday (the link above will take you directly to it). Because it is skin care and I do like to give skincare at least 30 to see if it works (as it generally takes that long to show any changes) this setting spray will be in my bag for at least the next month. Trust me that is no hardship. In addition to the skin care benefits which will bc covered at the end of the month long trial, it is a really good setting spray. In addition it’s cucumber scent makes me feel like i just left a spa. I know it is just the scent but it is really nice and extra refreshing. So I will be using it in my makeup bag as I do my full trial. Then I’ll start rotating other setting sprays in.
And that concludes this week’s make up bag. Next week I will be using the QMS tinted moisturizer. From what I have heard, it is very light coverage so I will probably be going more natural with my look in the coming week. Which is fine with me. It is still very hot here and I have no real plans to leave the house so easy and breezy suits me just fine.
Welcome my darlings once again to The Make up bag. I hope you had a fantastic week. While I have been testing out new foundations fairly regularly for a while, some full sized and some only sample sized, I thought it was time to take a little break from the new and roll through some of the foundations that I enjoyed.
So I lined up all of the currently open foundations I have in a shade that works for me at the moment and a chose whichever one appealed most to me in the moment. I’ll be honest, it was a pretty close tie between the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation Stick and the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation. Since I just used the Kristofer Buckle last week, I went with Pretty Vulgar and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed using it this week. The formula works well for me and went well with the ELF Puff Puff Primer I tried this week.
This particular ELF primer is a bit more moisturizer like than I anticipated, but it worked well. The link is to my full review if you’d like to get all the details, but I did enjoy the ELF Puff Puff Primer and will be keeping it in my rotation.
Making a continued appearance in my make up bag was the I heart Revolution Fixing spray in Peaches and Cream. I know I’ve talked about it a lot, but I do like it. I have about three week’s worth of product left in the bottle (as a best guess) so I will keep it around for a few more weeks in the hopes of finishing it out. It is nice, but it is an older product I’d like to finish out.
Speaking of peaches, This week’s eyeshadow palette was Peach Bellini from Makeup Geek. The link is for my full palette review. I really liked using the formula this week for a super simple low key week. The shadows were highly pigmented and easy to blend. Also the color scheme seems very summery to me.
Both of my powders this week were repeats The Ciate Everyday Vaccay was the loose powder and I have about three more weeks of use before it is empty so I will continue to use it until it is gone, then shift to other powders.
My pressed powder was the No.7 Perfect light in medium. It is very rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders. I’m actually starting to see the outline of the pan below in the center. While I will continue to use up the ciate next week, I will be sending the No. 7 back to the dressing table and picking out another pressed powder to try.
There were three more repeats this week. The first is the Instant Age rewind Eraser from Maybelline which served as my concealer and eyelid primer. I really liked it in both capacities.
Also returning was the Eyeko Fat Black eyeliner. It is one of my favorites. Once in place, it doesn’t go anywhere and never seeps into my fine lines.
The final repeat was the Julep pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood. I don’t know if it actually reduces my pores as there are several other products between my pores and the blush, but it is an excellent blush. It is of the buildable variety rather than the highly pigmented, although you can deepen it a lot if you try.
I personally prefer my blush to be buildable and blendable, which this is. I believe Jlep is having a sale at the moment. I’ve liked every product I’ve tried from them. The products are easy to work with and the packaging is sleek and pretty.
I know packaging shouldn’t count as much, but it kinda does. At least with me. I know, it’s a personal flaw. But I do like the sleek design while my more practical side likes the fact that it is also quite sturdy.
And now for the new arrivals in my makeup bag. The first is the Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise palette. This palette had four shades of bronzer. Only one works on me as a bronzer. It is the third in the pan in case you are wondering.
The darker and lighter shades I could use as eyeshadows but not as bronzer. In the winter I might be able to use the second shade in the palette but that is about it. Truthfully, I don’t particularly care for these bronzers.
They oddly work really well as eyeshadows, but on the cheeks I found them a bit patchy and hard to blend. I might try working with it again, but I have much better formulas in my collection that I would rather use.
The Hourglass eyebrow pencil (shade soft brunette) also came in a Boxy Charm and I have to say, I really liked using it. I really liked the formula and I really liked the precision point. It is small enough that I could do really fine lines with it.
Do I like it as much as the Benefit Precisely My Brow?
If I had to choose between the two I would still choose the Benefit, but only by a small margin. I do like that it comes with a spoolie on the end. I will happily use this for a while. Between it and the Il Makiage pencil I received from IPSY, I won’t have to buy an eyebrow pencil for a while. And then I have my wet ‘n wild brow kit powder. So I am set for brows. I really did enjoy the hourglass this week so I think I might just have to keep it around for a second week.
Really quickly I wanted to mention the So eco shading brush that came in my Look Fantastic box this month. I added it to my makeup bag and I think it is going to remain in my bathroom brush jar for a while. With the Makeup Geek Shadows the easiest way to work with them because they were so highly pigmented was to take a flat brush and set the shadow on the eye at the spot I wanted it to be darkest and then blend with a fluffy brush. This week I used the So Eco brush as the flat brush and it worked really well. The indentations in the handle were perfect for gripping and the bristles are really high quality. So two thumbs up for Look Fantastic.
Unfortunately I did not have as good a luck with the Palm Balm from Beauty crop that came in this month’s Glossy Box. I added both it and the Milk makeup Lip and Cheek stick to my bag this well. I figured since I had already used the Julep before and loved it, I would keep it as a back up and see if either of these two products worked. Both the Palm Balm and the Milk Lip and cheek are designed to be products you can use on, you guessed it lip and cheek.
The Palm balm comes in a nice little glass pot and in the pan it is really stiff. I had to rub my finger over it a lot just to warm it up enough to stick to my finger. On the cheek it goes on okay, but it really hard to bend out. It really wants to stay in whatever position you place it in first. When blending, I felt less like I was blending and more like I was scrubbing it off.
Anytime I tried it as a cheek product it ruined any other product I already had on my cheeks. It worked better on bare skin, but I don’t know if that was just me rubbing it off or not. On the lips it was interesting. It gave my lips a nice tint and like the cheeks, once applied it wasn’t going anywhere. It lasted the whole day as a light blush of color.
However it was also very drying. Once I applied it I had to wait a moment and then top it with a Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm to keep my lips from drying and falling off my face. With the lip balm protector it was fine. Without it, I crumbled to dust.
The Milk Makeup Lip and Cheek also did not work on my cheeks. It went on well but blended away to nothing with the first touch. However it made an excellent lip balm. It provided a light my lips but better tint and it kept my lips hydrated and moisturized. I really enjoyed it and will keep it in my collection for my lips. I won’t use it on my cheeks, but my lips love it. The Palm Balm will not be staying in my collection long.
I did have two more lip products in my bag this week. Although I did wear the Kristofer Buckle Bardot for National Lipstick day, it wasn’t officially in my bag this week. This week I mostly used the Lorac Alter Ego Hydrating lip stain in Breadwinner and the OFRA liquid lip in the shade Pasadena.
Breadwinner is a light wash of color that feels comfortable on the lips and is really easy to wear. I enjoyed it very much. It doesn’t dry out the lips and is as hydrating as it claims. It is not an all day color though.
On the days I wore it, I had to apply it when I finished my coffee and again after lunch. It does wear off if you are eating or drinking, but it is a formula that is really nice if you want just a light wash of color that you don’t have to worry about. It didn’t get on my teeth and it didn’t leave lip prints everywhere. It will definitely make a reappearance in my makeup bag.
OFRA’s Pasadena will also make a return. It is a nice neutral lip that works well for me. So often neutral lipsticks either blend my lips into my face or just look brown. This has just enough pin in it to work for me. While the all day formula does stay all day and wasn’t drying on the lips, it does feel just a little bit sticky. It wasn’t terribly bad and because of the color I will keep it around.
The one I have is a trial sized liquid lip rather than a full sized. I like everything about it except the slight stickiness. If I can find another long wearing liquid lip in this shade that doesn’t have the stickiness, I would buy that. I think the stickiness is the result of it never drying down completely. If I can’t find this shade in another formula that I like better, I will purchase a full sized version of this. I know that is a strange answer. It is a good formula that I don’t mind wearing, but I am hoping to find better. However I am not certain I can find better. Perhaps that is a better way to put that.
Finally we come to one of my favorite items, the mascara. I went with the tart Gifted mascara this week. Tarte’s mascaras are always hit or miss with me. There are a couple I really like and a couple I find to be just okay. This one has a thinner, straight wand and I have to say I really liked it. It made my lashes look longer and it lasted all day without any sort of flaking or smearing. To be honest, I like it almost as much as my Kevyn Aucoin. I know gasp. But don’t worry, my two favorites are still Marc Jacobs and Butter London. It just bumps The Expert Kevyn Aucoin down a notch on the fav scale. Not by much, just a little. In a horse race it would still be a photo finish.
Alright, well that was my makeup bag for this week. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing it. As usual next week will feature a brand new bag of makeup for me to try. Some will be old favorites and some new finds. With luck some of my new finds will be good enough to become old favorites. But now it is back to work for me. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Face Mask Friday post.