The Daily: July 12th, 2021

Today has been a very off kilter day for me. Last night I forgot to take my Hum Nutrition Beauty zzz sleep Gummies and l lay in bed awake until about five am. They don’t actually put you out, they just make it easier to fall asleep as they quiet the mind. I finally managed to drift off only to have my alarm go off. I hit the snooze button as long as I could but had to finally admit that it was time to get up.

I figured I had pulled all nighters before, this wouldn’t be any different. Yeah, turns out it was a little different. My morning started well and then when I went into the bedroom to change for the gym I made the mistake of sitting down on the bed. And then laying down on the bed. And taking a two hour nap instead of going to the gym.

Which I have to admit is probably for the best.

So tonight, Hum Gummies before bed, an early night and no accidental nap tomorrow. Luckily I was just working at my desk today, so I can just extend my work hours a little bit and recover. I didn’t have any calls which was nice.

And so the day resumes.

Even though I did get a strange start, I managed a short walk and I did my makeup. I went for a very low key look today.

Today’s Look:

Primer: GlamGlow Mattifying primer

Foundation: QMS Active Glow Tinted Moisturizer

Blush/Bronze/Highlight/pressed powder: Cover FX Perfector Face palette

Loose Powder Pacifica Cherry Velvet Translucent Powder

Mascara Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara

Eyeshadow: I used the Fenty Beauty Killa Watt Highlighter duo in Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule Paired with the matte shadow from The Balm in The Rundown from What’s your tea.

Lips: Butter London Glazen Lip Glaze in Rose Dust

Setting Spray: Porefessional Super Setter Setting Spray

I am still testing out the Glam Glow Primer and I wanted to test it out with a tinted moisturizer to see how it performed (as I have a lot of tinted moisturizers I like in the summer). I like the QMS formula but it does tend to have a bit more shine than I like. The Mattifying primer really helped tone that down. For most of my face products I used the Cover FX Perfector Face Palette. I know it is an older favorite of many people but I just picked it up in a Boxy Pop Up and wanted to give it a go. I’m still forming my thoughts on it. Most of the products seemed fine for a first use, but I am a little on the fence with the highlighter.

The big try today was with the Fenty Beauty Highlighter duo. As highlighters they aren’t ones I reach for a lot. So I thought I’d try them as eyeshadow. They worked well although you really need an eyeshadow primer if you want them to stay in place. I found I needed a matte and went for one of my single shades from The Balm. It ended up working well for a light summery look. The shades I used were not really all that dramatic so I chose the Butter London Glazen lip Glaze as a touch of color and more shine than anything else. Which suited me today. It is a bit of a stick formula, bit it is a lip gloss which usually is somewhat sticky. It is an older lip product with not much left in it so I will probably be using it up in the coming weeks.

I am doing what I like to think of as a rolling declutter. Instead of just taking out products and either decluttering them or not, I am trying things I haven’t used in a while and if I still like wearing them they stay and if not they go. Hopefully by the fall I’ll have tried most everything and then I will sit down and have a good think about everything and how I feel about it. There is also going to be a push to clear out products that are close to being used up. But for now, I was pretty happy with how my makeup turned out. It is light and summery feeling and very much suited my day.

The Makeup Bag: December 11th, 2020

The Makeup Bag Used December 5th – 11th

Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag where I discuss all of the products I used throughout the week.  This week I wanted to test out one of my liquid eyeshadows and the one I tested was the Eye Dazzle in the shade Leona from Josephine Cosmetics

No matter how this shade looks on line, it is a lovely coppery shade in real life.  And you know how I love my coppery shades.  The link will take you to the full review post, but over all my experience with this liquid shadow was a positive one.  Last week I tried out the black eyeliner from Josephine Cosmetics and that too was rather positive which tells me I might want to take a bit of time and look more into the brand. 

As The coppery shimmer of the eye dazzle was so bright, I paired it with the all matte palette of The Balm’s Meet Matt (e) Trimony. I really like the formula of The Balm’s eyeshadows and I have to say even though the palettes in metal tins seem to get all the press, I really like this flat style palette better.  I found the tins hard to open and a bit frustrating even if they are cute.  This opens easily, has large usable pans of shadow and blends well. I was very happy to use it this week

While I will be doing more separate tool reviews in the future I wanted to just add just a few I used with my shadows this week.  I adore my color switch tin and it is probably one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while. Mine is from Sephora, but you can get them from a bunch of different brands. It helps me use fewer brushes each time I apply shadow and thus put off the giant shadow brush wash for a little bit, which I think helps keep the brushes lasting a bit longer.

The three shadow brushes I leaned on the most this week were The Shadow and Eye Crease brushes from Shaina B (Black handles) that came in an IPSY a while ago and a tapered blending brush from a Lavash brush set (Pink handle).  While all worked really well, the Lavash brush is starting to look a little worse for wear.  This week it lost a number of bristles. It isn’t beyond use, but it is getting there.  As I think I’ve had the set about a year, it doesn’t speak well to the longevity of the brush. Thus far the other brushes in the set are holding up better so perhaps I just use this one more. I have been impressed with the Shaina B brushes.   They are both frequently used, but neither has lost a single bristle yet.

Along with my shadows I pressed my Eyeko skinny liner into service this week (it is pictured below with the lip products and swatches).  As always Eyeko’s formula worked brilliantly.  Whether it is in the skinny or fat form, their eyeliners are simply amazing.  They don’t fade, stay in place all day and never seep into the fine lines of my skin. In addition, they are decently priced, always a win in my book.

To wrap up the eyes, I again used the They’re Real mascara from Benefit.  It is a sample size and after two weeks of use it is almost used up.  While I will keep it in the Makeup bag a third week, I believe the sample sized tube will run out of product before next week runs out of days and so I will probably add a second mascara to pick up where it leaves off. I have a second unopened tube of They’re Real in my dressing table, but I’ll leave it rest for a while until I manage to work my way through a few of my already opened products. While I prefer the volumizing of Bad Gal Bang, this is a really nice lengthening mascara and I am glad that when this runs out, I still have a back up to reach for.

Speaking of Benefit, I also used a Benefit Primer this week.  I went for the pore filling fabulousness of The Pore Professional (the link will take you to the full review). While it has been around for a while now, it is still a hard product to beat and one that I really like having in my dressing table and rotating into my makeup bag. 

It worked very well this week with my repeat use of the Ulta Beauty Youthful glow foundation (link is to the full review).  It remains a really good light weight foundation and I am really glad that I used it a second week.  While I will still be testing out new foundation products, I want to make sure to use the foundations I already have rather than just automatically purchasing new for the sake of trying new products (although I love trying new products, especially foundations, I really hate wasting product).  However this will be rotating back into the dressing table this week and giving another product a chance at being used.  One thing I find really fun about circling back through foundation products is that if I didn’t like a foundation, I didn’t keep it after my first round.  I have a cousin I trade products with periodically as some products I don’t like, she does and visa versa.  That means that when I open the drawer all of my choices in foundations are products I actually liked enough to keep.

It makes choosing my foundation each week a delightfully difficult task with no really bad outcome.

But Youthful Glow from Ulta Beauty will be returning to the dressing table this week so another can be chosen.

Decisions, decisions, my darlings.

No. 7 Pressed powder and Kristofer Buckle loose setting powder

One product that hasn’t gotten any rest has been my No. 7 Pressed powder.  This week saw more and more of the silver pan exposed.  I’m guessing that by New Years at the latest the compact will be completely empty.  I kind of suspect it won’t last that long actually. It is a really great powder and, if you couldn’t tell by the amount of product used, I really like using it. While it will be repurchased, I want to concentrate on using up at least one of the other pressed powders in my dressing table first.  So I am going to try to resist the urge to go out an immediately repurchase this powder once it is gone.  I’m not sure how well I will do at resisting. It will however be staying in the makeup bag until it is completely used up.

Hourglass Blush and Space Case Bronzer

My bronzer this week was the Fakeation on Mars from Space Case Cosmetics.  Because of it’s size I tend to overlook it when choosing products from the drawer and that really is a shame.  The formula is very buildable.  Putting on too much of it actually takes a bit of effort. Also as my skin loses its tan and goes winter white, it lets me adjust to the amount of product I use quite easily.  I like that as too much bronzer can make your face look a bit dirty. That has never been a problem with this.  I really like that on a light makeup day I can still use it to bring a little definition to my cheeks without going over the top.

My blush this week was also one that I found easy to blend out into a low makeup look, or build up for something more glam.  That is the Hourglass ambient light Blush in diffused heat.  I really like both the formula and the bendability of the product.

And then we get to the highlighter.

This week, we had a bit of an issue.

First of all, I would love to say that I love my babydoll. I really do.  Occasionally, he just doesn’t realize his own strength and tends to be a bull in a china shop.  He also grew up with two brothers, a father with only brothers and all male cousins.  His mother had her own bathroom which all of the boys were forbidden to enter.  Having met everyone as adults, I think it was a wise decree on her part.

This week my babydoll needed tweezers and I told him there was a set in my makeup bag. So he went to retrieve it.  There he saw several compacts (pressed powder, blush and highlighter).  Since he thinks all compacts hold powder, he was surprised there were three compacts as he felt there should be only one. So he opened one of the compacts to look inside.

My poor Ciate London highlighter

The compact he opened held the Ciate London Confetti highlighter.  As you can probably tell from the picture, the product is composed of lots of little balls in varying tones (like confetti) pressed together to form one solid.  Mine was fairly thin in the middle because I really like the golden tones this highlighter produces.  That is also where he pressed to see if they were individual balls or one polka dotted lump.  You can see the results in the image.  There is now a chunk of pan showing and the compact must be held flat so that little beads of highlighter don’t spill out.  He was very apologetic. 

So while I will need to take more care when I use this highlighter moving forward, I do like this highlighter and the golden glow it gives my skin.  Actually I am fond of a lot of Ciate Products.  At this point I think I am only lacking a bronzer to be able to do a full face of Ciate products.  I think that when I do get around to ordering a bronzer, so that I can do a full face, I may pick up a new highlighter as well.  Of course at the moment every time i go to the Ciate site I look at the Miss Piggy Collection they now have out. I adore the muppets and that Miss Piggy hand mirror is calling my name hard. Don’t get me wrong, the make up sponge with the pig nose imprint is adorable and the makeup looks good too, but that mirror is just calling to me. And it is calling to me in Miss Piggy’s voice.

Now that the center has been breached in my highlighter, I’m not certain how long the rest of the product will hold on to the pan before crumbling. with the top layer gone, it seems to have lost structural integrity. So I suspect a Ciate London order is in my near future. I’ll have to keep you posted.

My final face product was the loose setting powder from Kristofer Buckle. (Currently it is on sale if you want to check it out. Normally it is $24 but the sale puts it at $18. There is a lot of powder in it and it is a really good value for the money). I really like using this powder.  It is very finely milled and settles well on the skin.  My only issue is that when you open the inner lid, there is usually a puff of product that hits the air.  It isn’t a lot, but you just have to remember not to breath in or you will be tasting powder for about an hour.  It is a consequence of it being so finely milled. It is also what makes the powder so nice to use, but the small product puff is just something to remember.

The lips (and Eyeko Eyeliner)

My lips this week were coated in three lipsticks (although not at the same time) an one lip liner. The vegan lip liner was from RealHer and it was the shade 20218 Be Yourself Be Real Her. It is red enough that it went well with my Dose of Colors Date Night liquid lipstick. It is also red enough that when my lines weren’t perfectly straight it showed and my lips looked lopsided.  It was easy to fix, as long as I caught it. 

Which I didn’t always do, so a few times this week my lips looked a little crooked.

It is however a fabulously creamy and easy to work with lip liner, It stayed in place, even when I placed it wrong, and corralled my lipstick well. It is just a shade where any crookedness shows. I tend to have that with any dark shade of lip liner. I’m just not good with straight lines. Its why with lip liner I generally stick to more forgiving shades. I was just so pleased to hav one that matched the Dose Date Night that I forgot my wobble. I am working on the lines though so with practice there is less wobble. It also means that on the days when I am working alone at my desk with no possibility of a video call I tend to have very red lips.

Practice makes perfect, my darlings. Or at least a little less wobbly in my case. With luck anyway.

So there was user error, not product issues. I have to say the more Real Her products I try, the more I like the brand.  Thus far I think their eyeliner turned out to be good, but not one of my favorites, but everything else has been fabulous. I have really been impressed with this brand as a whole, at least in the products I’ve tried.

swatches: Top Eyeko Liner, Bottom RealHer lip liner, Left to Right between them, Fluide, Dose of colors, and Elf.

The Dose of Colors in Date Night dried down well and stayed in place all day with no problem. (At the moment Ulta is having a sale on this particular liquid lip. you can get it and a neutral lip as a duo for $12.50. It is an online only offer I believe. The above link will take you to that page on Ulta.) It left my lips a little dry, but with my Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm handy, that wasn’t a problem. The Fluide Liquid Lip in the shade Candy Bar wasn’t as drying, but it didn’t dry down all the way, left a few lip prints on my coffee mug and needed to be reapplied after lunch.  It is the cost of a non-drying formula.  Both formulas are very comfortable to wear and they are lipsticks I do reach for often. My final lip product was the elf Black Cherry sheer slick.  What can I say?  It is a great formula, a wonderfully sheer wash of color and over all fantastic product.

At the end, finally there was my Laura Geller Spackle Mist.  It sets the make up well and is more coconut water scented rather than coconut scented so the aroma is light and fresh which I enjoy.  I am about half way through the bottle so it will be going back to the dressing table while another product is rotated into next week’s makeup bag. 

And with the setting spray, this week’s makeup bag is complete.  This week I had a good set of products to work with and aside from the highlighter debacle no major issues. And really, there was no way to predict that sort of highlighter issue.  I did learn though that next time my baby doll needs something I have in my makeup bag, I need to get it for him instead of letting him retrieve it himself. Apparently his mother was onto something with her banishment. 


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The Make Up Bag: October 30th, 2020

The Makeup bag chosen for the week of October 24th- 30th

This week I am feeling very pleased with myself.  I chose some really good products to put in my bag this week.  First off was the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation.  I really enjoyed using it this week and will very much be picking up a replacement bottle once I work my way through this one.

The Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette I used this week was also good for me.  It created soft everyday looks that were super easy.  As I didn’t go out a lot this week, I didn’t need anything dramatic so this was perfect for me to try this week. 

Although sometimes when I am working by myself all week I don’t mind the overly dramatic glitter fest as no one is there to see it. Still this all matte palette worked well and after the struggle that was last week’s shadow palette, I kind of needed something quick and easy. 

My one concern was that it is so soft that a lot of my lipsticks looked off with it.  It made me feel off balance.  As though the rest of my face decided on a low makeup look, but forgot to send the memo to my lips.  So I ended up reaching for the Trestique sheer lip mini crayons.  This was their week to shine. I rotated through the colors and they gave just the right amount of pigment without being overpowering.

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I actually had two primers this week.  One was the Yensa essential glow.  After using it for the second week in a row I think I have just enough product left to get me through one more week before the tube is empty, so I will be finishing it up next week.  The second primer was the Becca Anti-fatigue Under eye primer.  I picked it up a while ago but keep forgetting it. 

Pink Haze powder on the left and under eye primer on the right, both from Becca Cosmetics

So this week I put it in my bag and remembered to try it.  My thoughts?  Don’t bother.  It is a little cooling which might help a little under the eyes but then it gets a little greasy looking. You will do better putting a stone roller in the fridge, rolling the cool stone under your eyes for a minute to take down the puffiness and then applying concealer to cover dark spots.

Speaking of concealer I went with the Instant age rewind from Maybelline.  It is one of my favorite concealers, drug store or otherwise.  It has actually out performed several much more expensive concealers to be honest and I enjoyed using it again this week.

Returning for it’s final week in my makeup bag was the wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner.  While I will repurchase this eyeliner, for now it is completely empty and will be added to the empties bin. It made it three days out of the past week and so I rolled in the Beauty for Real Finish Line eyeliner.  It is a good mascara.  It does the job and doesn’t seep into fine lines.  It is one I will use again but it isn’t all that exciting.

the mascara wand

By contrast the Beauty for Real Mascara I rolled into my makeup bag was an absolute stunner.  Oh. My. God. I laughed at it at first because of the stubby little wand, but this was a fantastic mascara.  Seriously impressive.  It lengthened beautifully, didn’t flake or smudge and stayed on all day with no issue.  This was the hands down winner for me this week.  I was blown away by how well it performed and I look forward to using it a lot in the next six months.

I know that is probably a lot closer to my eye than anyone wants, but it gives you the gist. it was a really good week for mascara.

Becca was also represented in my powder this week as I brought out my favorite Pink Haze. As my foundation was just a hair too light for my current skin tone, the pink haze helped to warm it up a bit.  I really love this powder and love keeping it around.  Also helping the foundation tones out this week was my bronzer. 

I went with the Julep So Radiant bronzer in medium tan.  Not only did it help blend and define but the tones of this bronzer really work well with my skin.  It has just the right amount of warmth to it and there is something just neat and tidy about the square compact.  And we all know I am a sucker for a good compact.

Julep, Korean Skincare Made Simple.

While it did help with the lighter foundation, I think it may have to spend some time waiting for my tan to return as it might have been a little too much for my currently lightening skin without the too light foundation. Like my clothing, I need to do a seasonal change over with my makeup soon.

My blush this week was OFRA’s blush in Bellini.  I really enjoyed using it this week. (I know you are getting sick of hearing that phrase but this was a really good product week.). While I love OFRA highlighters, I wasn’t certain about their blushes.  I had one from the Madison Miller line and that one was just a mess. Pink powder scattered everywhere whenever I used it. 

It was a nice formula on the skin and a nice color, but my sink was a mess by the end of the week.  I don’t know if it was just that line or if there was a formula change, but this blush didn’t have that issue and I really liked how it performed over the course of the week. It is also lighter in tone and I expect I’ll be pulling it out regularly throughout the winter.

To this blush I added the Blush Highlighter Will Powder that came in my IPSY bag this month. While claiming to be a blush highlighter, it is a highlighter.  At least the shade I got was.  I liked that it is a subtle highlighter adding just a little bit of glow.  Considering my shadow palette lent itself to subtle, this week was the perfect week for this highlighter.  Its not really a surprise as I have yet to try a product from The Balm that I don’t like.  They are just all round good products.  I’m sure there are some clinkers as every company has them, but this far they haven’t appeared in my dressing table.

Finally of course was the setting pray, still the HA Spray by Timeless Skincare and still absolutely loving it. What else is there to say? And yes I am getting low on it. I have a couple of other setting sprays in my dressing table that I will start to rotate through as soon as this one is empty (and before I order a replacement. But oh yeah, I’m ordering a replacement. Incidentally Timeless skincare has a 30% off halloween sale going on right now from now until November 1st just use the code BOO2020. (I don’t get anything at all if you use the code it is just on their site and free for anyone to use while it lasts. I just happen to really like this spray – and the HA serum which isn’t surprising as the spray is a light version of the serum.)

Over all this was a fantastic week for me makeup wise.  Everything worked together and well.  There were no horror stories or product malfunctions and I was very pleased by how I looked. The stand out was the beauty for real mascara though.  It looks plain and has a stumpy wand, but man can it perform.


The Make Up Bag: June 26th, 2020

The Make up Bag used June 20-26th, 2020

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. 

Get a free deluxe sample of Precisely, My Brow Pencil when you spend $35. Enter code PRECISELY3 at checkout for shade 3, PRECISELY35 for shade 3.5, or PRECISELY45 for shade 4.5. Valid through 7/9.

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.


The Balm Autobalm Palette review

The Balm’s Autobalm Palette

I have to admit this palette was the source of great angst this week. I know, it’s just eye shadow you say. I know.

Still, great angst.

Let’s start with the biggest source of the angst. The packaging.

It is undeniably adorable.  All of The Balm’s packaging is.  And I know there is a little ribbon on the side for fingers to grasp while the metal container is opened.  I gripped the little ribbon. It is just a little too short to be helpful.  In addition by the time I reach my eyeshadow I have already applied moisturizer sunscreen, primer and foundation.  I have rinsed my hands. 

I have gotten really good at washing my hands lately. 

However my hands are still a little slick from being washed.  This palette was very hard to open.  There were some mornings I decided I didn’t need eyeshadow and grabbed the Blush palette and eyeliner instead and just let the shadow be because I was tired of fumbling with the metal. There needs to be a slightly larger indent or something to aid in the opening of this palette. If there was a lot of my angst would disappear.

This was even more frustrating, because in general I like the formula of The Balms eyeshadows.  They are usually really good.  I have the Meet Matt(e )trimony palette and several single shadows, all of which I adore.  This palette was no different.  I really liked all of the shadows.

The top row of metallics

The row of metallics worked excellently well, the two mattes were pigmented and lovely to wear.  I even liked the neutral cream primer in the palette.  I really liked all of the products in the palette. They didn’t swatch really well but they applied well.

The two mattes, yes there are two, one is just really a good match for my skin tone.

The selection of colors wasn’t exactly my favorite.  I liked all of them, but the only really light shade is Rodeo drive.  I found myself using the neutral St. Charles Matte, picking one of the colors as an accent shade (which sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t) and then accenting with Rodeo Drive.  Most of the shades, while nice, are dark enough that I wanted it towards my outer eye. They are buildable and easy to work with and I think they are all meant to stand alone instead of really being paired with other shadows. It’s like they were never really designed to work together.  They just happened to be put in the same box.

There is very little fall out and as a product, they are individually good. They aren’t as good as some of the other Balm eyeshadows I’ve tried. The others stay in place all day. These do tend to disappear towards the end of the day, even with a fixing spray, but for a few hours, your look is great. I have no idea why this formula is a little different than their other shadows, it might just be the metallics because the mattes appear to be fine.

It was a lot of metallic for the week for me. It wasn’t helped by the fact that I thought I picked up a black eyeliner and it turned out to be a gunmetal shade. I felt very shiny this week. (They call me Old IronEyes. At least when wearing the silver shade with the gunmetal liner.)

And not shiney in the Firefly Series way.  I think if I were going out I might like it better, but this was kind of a quiet week, without even a grocery visit to spice things up. Outside of my walks the farthest I went was to the mail box. 

Instead of using the metallics, I found myself just using St. Charles with Pennsylvania to darken the crease.  It was a nice look ad one I didn’t mind using repeatedly.  However, I think I would just buy the individual shades to use as two shades, which sort of defeats the palette.

Although truthfully with all of the issues I had getting it open, I’d have a hard time recommending this palette anyway.  I love the mattes, am fond of but not in love with the metallics, but not in this mix and not in this container.

I find this very frustrating because it just feels like the palette wasn’t thought through. St. Charles was the stand out winner of the palette and definitely a single shadow I will add to my The Balm collection of single shadows.  And honestly I may actually see if they sell the neutral cream primer as well.  It worked better than my usual concealer and I really enjoyed it. 

Well I enjoyed it when I could get the palette open to use it. I think a depotting is in this palette’s near future. I would use the metallics with the sticky Pretty Vulgar lid primer and I would use them as the finishing touch to a look created with other shadows.  I probably wouldn’t buy them individually. The Mattes, I would still use on their own and pick up individual replacements. Maybe I can use the metal box to store seeds in this autumn once I depot the shadows. It’s a sure bet they won’t spill out.


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Palette of the Week: In the Balm of Your Hand

The Palette plus a couple of friends

I won’t lie, I was a little nervous when I pulled the Balm’s In the Balm of Your Hand (retail $32) out for my weekly palette. It has only four official eyeshadow shades inside. In addition there is one pan of Mary-Lou Manizer, a bronzer in Bahama Mama and three blush pans.

I was worried it would be extremely limiting and that I would get bored before the week was out.  Luckily I remembered that I had two single shadows from the balm, one in The rundown (from the What’s the tea? Palette) which is a darker purple color and Bootylicious (from the Nude Beach Vol 2) which is a lovely coppery shade that I was pleased to have the excuse to keep out.  I have the tendency to forget about my single shadows and I have to say this copper shade was one of my favorites.

So with the shadows bulked up a bit for the week I decided that to balance out adding a couple of shadows, I would use the rest of the palette as my bronzer, blush and highlighter for the week as well. I really liked having most of my face products in one spot. It made getting ready a lot quicker as I didn’t have to trade out products which was a definite bonus.

With the shadows, it was an interesting week.  I found myself dipping into single shadows more often than i created layered looks and I have to say these are the shadows to do that with.  There is a little fall out from the darker shades, but not all that much, or at least I didn’t have that much. I just had to tap the brush before applying and I was good.

I ended up dipping into the shade Alice Cooper a lot starting on the outer corner and then blending it in towards the inner corner. I have somewhat lidded eyes so the dark on the outer edge and lighter towards the center look helps me. I make a mess when i try to do Halo eyes although I do keep practicing.

I also found myself mentally singing “No More Mr. Nice Guy” but that really can’t be blamed on The Balm.  At least I don’t think it can. When I needed to brighten up the interior corner of my eyes I ended up using Mary-Lou. I found all of the shades worked well treated this way.  I did the same with the single shadows as well. It gave me a surprising range for the week.  In addition, I could do a few layered looks.  I used Matt Reed as a crease shade,lightened it up with The Rundown and then added Mary-Lou for one look and then another I worked Matte Russo with Bootylicious for a shimmery coppery look which I liked a lot.

With The blushes, I wasn’t all that enthused with any of the shades particularly, but Frat boy worked well enough for me this week.  The other two blushes worked better as eyeshadows on me than blushes, which is how I used them. My issue with it was the size of the palette.I ended up switching out brushes a lot to use smaller ones so I could get the product on the brushes.  I had a similar issues with the bronzer Bahama Mama, although I really liked the shade a lot.

In the end the limited shade range caused me to just be a little more creative when I wanted variation.  I can say that I didn’t get bored with it, frustrated a bit with the pan size, but not bored. I really liked the shadows themselves and found they were very pigmented and lasted all day. 

I have to say that as I know the Matte Reed shade is included in the Matt(e) Trimony palette, I am a bit more excited since I know this palette is included in my IPSY box this month.  I am also contemplating picking up the Rockstar Palette once I’ve gone through my palette and cleared out a little space as I really liked Alice Cooper and the other shades in the palette looked interesting as well when I looked them up. 

Since I only tried individual shades from the Balm prior to getting this palette, I like that the palette took shades from other palettes so I could try their formulas. In itself it is a decent palette as well. I think that on my next trip this will be in the running for packing as it does have a decent range of colors to keep me interested for a week, as well as bronzer, highlighter and a blush I can use, thus saving space for my ever expanding skin care products. I just have to accept that with it’s prominent placement, I will always be singing old Alice Cooper songs as I put on my makeup.

Personally, I can live with that.


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