This week’s bag was a pretty good selection of products I’ve used before and ones I hadn’t. There were even a couple of things I liked, but hadn’t used in a while because I forgot I had them products. I’m very glad some of them made it out of the drawer this week.
First up was the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream with SPF 30. I used this as my foundation this week. I layered it on top of my SPF 50 Volition Sunscreen all week so I felt extra protected. I really enjoyed this and even though I do have an unopened full size in the dressing table, I went for the sample size. This week I ended up using about half of the sample tube and I liked it enough to just keep the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream out for another week so I can use the trial size up completely.
So next week there will be no foundation reviews since it is a repeat. However at the bottom of this post I will be listing next week’s products. If there is something in there you’d like to see a more in depth review of with an individual post instead, let me know. (of course if there are products from other weeks you want more information on you can let me know that too. There will be more repeat weeks with foundation as I try to use up my summer shades.)
The AutoBalm Pic Perf Shadow palette provided my eyeshadow this week and the review was a bit rocky. It surprised me because I really like The Balms shadows. I anticipated loving this which is why I chose it after my not so great palette last week. But it was not my favorite. The palette was really hard to open and while the mattes were great the color selection was not. The above link is to my full review of the palette.
There were two repeats in my make up bag this week. The first was the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore Coconut water. I really love the spray on this product. It really is a fine mist that doesn’t splotch out on to your face. It also smells like coconut water instead of coconut candy which I appreciate. Oh yeah, it also works really well at setting my makeup. It is staying around for a third week.
The second repeat is also staying around and that is the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit. It will actually be in my bag until I use it up. While all of the products in it are good, I really prefer the individual products. However all of the products are growing on me. Benefit is my go-to for brow products but I tend to limit myself to the pencil. I recently found out I like powder brow products so I might try that as well from Benefit. I also am really liking the Highlighter in this multi-product brow pen.
I think I would actually purchase it separately as well. I’m, holding off repurchasing my favorite Precisely my Brow pencil from Benefit until this is gone, but I suspect I will be ordering several products when I do place an order. I know they are running a sale right now so it is hard to resist reordering, but I know once I do, I won’t use this pen and I don’t want to waste product. I wouldn’t purchase this item again, but I would purchase all of the products encased in it separately.
This week’s primer was an old favorite that I recently repurchased. It is the No Pore blem Primer from touch in Sol. It is weightless on the skin, blends in like a dream and leaves my skin feeling like silk. I like the slight pink tone as it doesn’t add darkness to my skin. It actually disappears and covers all my pores. It is excellent if you are doing a light makeup look.
I had two powders this week. One loose and one pressed. The loose powder was the Becca Pink Haze. It is hands down one of my favorite Becca Products and once of my favorite loose powders. It looks really pink in the jar. Like scary pink. It isn’t that pink on the skin.
It just gives a light healthy looking glow to the skin. It is one of my favorite summertime products because I can just use primer and the Becca Pink Haze as a super quick makeup look. Because it gives a light flush I don’t need any other face products. If you just want to look a little livelier when running to the grocery store, the primer and Pink Haze are a good combo. Put the powder on when the primer is still moist and not set and it locks the powder in place so it doesn’t get all over your mask. Then just hit it with some mascara and boom, you are out of the door.
The second powder I used was the Zeesea pressed powder from the British Museum Collection. (Incidentally, I do have a coupon code for Zeesea products its MSMIMSY for 10% off if anyone is interested in checking them out.) I’ll admit, I bought it for the packaging. The packaging is gorgeous. I figured that even if I ended up not liking the product then I could just use it as a compact in my purse since it has such a nice mirror. It turns out the powder is pretty good. Having liked it so much I went back, thinking that since the eyeshadow palette was equally pretty I might try their formula, but I think The British Museum Collection has been discontinued.
I’m going to keep looking and I really hope they bring it back (seriously they had lipsticks carved with hieroglyphics too and I am kicking myself for not picking one up immediately). They do have A Picasso themed collection that looks equally beautiful though and a nature themed one as well. So I may branch out. I’ve only tried their powder, which is a really good pressed powder, but all their packaging is stunning.
But we must move on.
Specifically to the Shaina B Miami blush and highlighter palette. There are four products. I liked the blush in the shade Brickell. It was a nice blush. Very pigmented so even a light tap with a brush put a lot of pigment on the skin. I used my fabulous looking pressed powder to tone down the blush most of the week. I didn’t care for any other product in the palette.
Rosa was still highly pigmented, just not my shade and I really didn’t get on with the highlighters. You can apply them and they look highly pigmented but f you touch them in an attempt to blend, they disappear. I was not a fan. I will be passing this palette on to a friend of mine after sanitizing it, but it will not be staying in my makeup rotation.
One thing that will be staying in my makeup rotation is the sample sized Nars bronzer in the shade Laguna. It was fantasticly pigmented and super easy to blend. As it is a small sample it generally falls to the bottom of the drawer. It’s dark packaging conceals it from view. I need to find some place to put it where I will use it. Partially because I really like it and partially because I refuse to buy the full size until I’ve used up the sample. And I really want to buy the full size. I loved the way I could go either super low key by blending it out or go super dramatic if I felt like it. It is a very versatile bronzer I really like having around.
Returning from the dressing table this week was the Elf Camo Concealer. It is an excellent concealer. However, I was interrupted one morning as I was getting ready (My neighbor has a large tree that is apparently rotting and it chose this week to split down the middle and slam a large section of tree across the road in a very dramatic way. It was pretty early so I got to see a lot of my neighbor’s pajamas and dressing gowns. It was an event.) In all the fuss my concealer was left open and I didn’t notice it until the following morning. It is now unusable. My one consolation is that there wasn’t a lot of product left in it and it was getting kind of old. So it is being transferred to the empties bin and at some point will be repurchased.
The mascara in this week’s makeup bag was the Rimmel Scandaleyes Wow Wings. I really like the winged shape of the brush as it lets me flair out the lashes on the outside coroners better. It needs two coats to look its best. However you should really let one coat settle before applying the second. If you don’t it tends to get a little clumpy. So if you apply, then move on to lips, then return for a second coat all is fine. The mascara stayed on me all day with no flaking and I really liked it. It was a mess when I tried to use it for my lower lashes. The winged brush is fantastic for upper lashes, not so great for lower lashes. Still it is a nice product and I am happy to keep it around.
While we are talking about eyes, This week I used the Maybelline Master precise ink liner. I thought it was black when I picked it up. It is a gunmetal metallic. That came as a bit of a surprise the first morning I used it. Color aside though, this is a fantastic liner. It is as precise as its name implies, it doesn’t seep into the fine lines of my eyelids and once in place it stays there until I take it off. I may have to look into other colors of this because it was a surprisingly good product.
Finally my darlings we reach the lips. My gloss this week was the So Juicy Plumping gloss from Colourpop. Usually I apply it to my lips before going out then once it has done it’s plumping wonders I remove it and put on whatever product I am wearing out of the house. This week, I just used it as my gloss and my lips looked nice and juicy. It is a little on the sticky side, but still nice to wear. Especially as I wore it over the Il Makiage lip pencil in the shade Vintage. The lip liner gives fabulous color for a your lips but better look but when worn on its own s really drying on the lips, it is after all a liner not a lipstick. With the Colourpop over it I really enjoyed it and didn’t feel like my lips were too dry. So that was definitely a good combo for me. Although I really need to relocate my pencil sharpener to the makeup bag so I don’t have to start an impromptu morning search.
Also in this week’s bag was a set of mini lip glazes from TreStique. There are four of them and they are a sheer wash of color ranging from light pink to the darker English rose. This set seems tailor made for summer. They feel like a really good lip balm when you apply them to your lips. They aren’t greasy or heavy at all and I tended to forget I was wearing them. Don’t expect high pigment, because that is not their lane. They are a light wash of pigment and they stick to that lane of traffic all the way. I think I might keep one of them in the makeup bag next week but not all four. That way I still have one to use as a light tint but I am still giving other products a chance.
And that was this week’s makeup bag, the good, the not so great and the utterly fabulous.
Next week will see the return of the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream, the Laura Geller Spackle Mist, the Benefit brow contour pro and one of the TreStique lip glazes. I think I am going to be bringing back the Pink Haze from Becca as well.
Joining these items will be the Tarteist Pro Palette, the Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette,two Bodyography lip liners, a sugar coat liquid lipstick, a TreStique concealer, Porefessional pearl primer, and a Ciate Marbled light blush. Returning from the dressing table will be the wet ‘n wild liquid megaliner and the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara. Personally, I think that sounds like a fun mix. Have a good Friday and I’ll see you back here for the Friday face Mask this afternoon.