The Make Up Bag: July 17, 2020

The Make up Bag Used the week of July 11th – 17th

This week started out rough in my makeup bag.  The first component in it was a trial sized Foundation sample of Pur’s 4-in-1 Love your Selfie Foundation and Concealer.  I did not like it in the slightest.  The link will take you to the full review should you wish to check it out, but in short wearing it made my skin look worse than not wearing it.

Which is kind of the opposite effect you want your makeup to have. Or at least for me it is.

While I hate wasting product, the remaining product in this little tube is going to the trash. I tried every which way I could think of to make it work, but it is not for me.

The primer I tried with it, didn’t help.  This week’s primer was the Blur Drop Primer by Kaja.  I have never tried anything from the brand before and this was not an encouraging sign. 

Primer

The primer is clear, which isn’t actually a problem with me. Several of my favorite primers are clear. This one however was thinner than any of the others I’ve tried and didn’t really blur or fill anything. 

It was slick with no hint of stickiness so it had no real makeup gripping capabilities.  When I put makeup over it, the products all ended up looking patchy. In addition, it has a surprising perfume sort of fragrance to it which I didn’t really care for. It was a bit cloying and I’m not really sure fragrance needs to be added to a primer in general.

Since I had several newer products in my makeup bag this week, I went back to my dressing table and played with some tried and true products to see what was causing the issues. After all I would hate to unfairly blame the primer.

But it was the primer. 

I ended up rotating it back out and just going with the Pore Professional by Benefit this week since I just got so frustrated with the Kaja primer. Also because I was equally frustrated with the Pur Foundation, I brought back the NYX Bare with me tinted skin veil to replace it. Benefit and NYX worked where Pur and Kaja did not. At least for me.

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My eyeshadow palette this week was from Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales line.  It is the Briar Rose Palette.  As I previously wrote a review of it and after checking it, found my thoughts hadn’t really changed, I let the review stand. 

I will say that when last I reached for this palette, the weather was cooler and the season was different.  I was wondering what a change in season would do to my appreciation of the palette and I have to say, it really just made me choose different colors. 

I found myself using the lighter shades more than the deeper ones (where as before Grimm and Beauty were my natural draws.) Thorn was actually a good all over the lid shade for a quick look. I really liked it. It is a very wearable palette.  While the book format is cute, it does take up a lot of space.  It is a good palette though and space hog or not, I will be reaching for it again.

This week I kept the Ciate Loose setting powder in Everyday Vacay around for another week. The jar is getting low so I am trying to use it up.  I know I have a powder to give a try next week so I will be swapping it out, but I really would like to use this up so it will be returning.  It’s a great product so it isn’t a hardship.

The pressed powder was a new one to me.  It was the Jouer Pressed Mineral powder.  It is a nice powder.  It blends well into the skin and didn’t look powdery or cakey. It was really good when midday shine appeared in the t-zone. 

This powder was very good at dealing with the shine through without making my skin feel as though I was just loading it down with powder.  It is a small, sleek design and I could easily see myself adding this to the small makeup bag in my purse for the sole purpose of mid-day mattifying.

The I heart Revolution Fixing Spray remained in my bag this week and slowly but surely I am using it up. I can’t remember when I bought it but it continues to work well and smell nice.  I’m not certain how long fixing sprays last or if they have an expiration date but since it is one of the oldest items in my dressing table I’m going to work on using it up and clearing it out.

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This week also saw the return of the Wet’n wild ultimate brow kit, which I Pared with the billion dollar brows Duo Highlight and contour stick.  I still like the wet ‘n wild powders and despise the cream highlighter that comes with the brow kit. 

I still like the bdb highlighter while hating the brow pencil that came with that kit. Si the great powders with the good highlight are a good combination. Looking over my collection, I realized I might actually have almost enough wet ‘n wild products to do a full face with the brand.  (the same can also be said about a few other brands) so I may have a few brand only weeks coming up.  I just need to fill in a few of the gaps before I do.

Until then, I still enjoy the wet ‘n wild brow powder.

I had two more returning products this week.  One was the Eyeko London FAT Liquid Eyeliner in black.  I love Eyeko liners.  I have had the regular ones, the skinny ones and the fat ones.  They all glide on smoothly and stay in place all day.  I have not had any problems with them smearing or fading throughout the day.  They don’t seep into fine lines either, which is a trait that should always be encouraged in a liquid eyeliner.

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Another long term favorite returned this week and that was the Kevyn Aucoin The Expert mascara.  It always makes my lashes longer and more defined.  It doesn’t flake or smear and it stays in place all day. And in this heat, having something that won’t run when it hits the summer sun is a fantastic product.  That being said, this morning I picked it up and thought it felt a little light. 

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I scanned back through my weekly makeup bags and realized that I have been rotating this mascara in a lot in the past couple of months.  I may have to add in a new mascara just to give it a bit of a rest. I will be very sad when it is time to pass this mascara on.

This week I had two band new to me products from Julep.  The first was the So Radiant Diamond Bronzer in medium First off I have to say I really like the packaging.  It is a nice heavy plastic with a mirror inside.  

The way it opens means the mirror stays open and is easy to use as well so it is a useful mirror. I had an interesting time with this product.  The first thing I did was to do a finger swatch on my arm to see how pigmented it was. 

The swatch barely showed up on my skin. You could tell there was powder but no pigment.  I was a little disappointed but I figured I’d push on.  So I took brush to pan and hoped for the best. 

I will say, I did not use a light hand because I saw the swatch.  Yeah, it doesn’t swatch very pigmented with a finger, but the brush picked up a whole lot.  It was really dark on my skin.  So I washed my face and started again. This time, I picked up my usual amount of pigment with the brush instead of trying to compensate for the swatch with a heavy hand. 

It applied well and blended easily into the skin.  It was comfortable to wear and lasted all day.  The bronzer worked well with my skin tone although I think I might have to go a shade lighter in the winter time.  I really liked the bronzer.  It also reaffirmed the lessons I was given when I was first learning to apply makeup.  Start light and build.  To that I would add, don’t trust the swatch.

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Also from Julep in a smaller but no less sleek and functional package was the blush I used this week. It is a pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood. Like the bronzer, it did not swatch well, but having learned my lesson with the bronzer, I started off light and built my look. 

This may be one of my favorite blushes.  I dipped in lightly and got color that I could either sheer out or build up to a depth I wanted.  I can’t say I noticed much in the way of pore blurring but it didn’t give me added texture so I was fine with it, especially as the color was fantastic on me. It blended like a dream and stayed all day. 

Paired with the bronzer it was a winning combination for me this week.  Again for the fall I might have to get a shade lighter in the blush, but that’s okay.  I don’t mind having multiples of this formula around at all. Both Julep products will be staying in rotation in my dressing table and will more than likely make frequent appearances in my makeup bag in the weeks to come.  I suspect I will end up ordering more products from Julep soon. In case you are interested, they are having a mega Summer clearance sale. I’ve linked it above. Not only are the prices discounted but you get an extra code on top of the discount. I’ll be looking into that this afternoon. I suspect their items will sell out quickly.

This week I also tried the Iconic London illuminator.  The only thing I’ve actually used from Iconic was a setting spray.  I really liked the setting spray. 

Liquid highlighters aren’t generally what I gravitate towards as I tend to over do it with product placement.  With this dropper though, I found it very easy to add just a little bit of product to my face.  I could use the rounded end of the dropper to just place a dot or two and then blend it in. 

In all fairness, I have to admit, I didn’t think I would like this product.  I ended up really liking it.  The gold tones of the highlighter blended well with my skin and I could easily decide how much or how little I wanted to apply.  It could be blinding or it could be subtle.  I liked that I got to choose.

I don’t think I would like the other shades of this product.  I think the reason I liked the gold so much is that the gold tones really did blend in well with my skin. I also think that this bottle will last me a really long time.  For a good daily look I only needed one drop per cheek which I blended for a good casual look.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to keep this in my collection.

For my three lip products I chose two of my long term favorites and one liquid lip I forgot I had.  The Thrive Causemetics lip gloss in Ashley is one of my go to lip glosses.  I really like the formula and will use it until every last drop is gone.

Also in my favorites is a Nars liquid lip in the shade Paradise Garage.  It is one of my go to nude liquid lips.  I love the Nars formula.  It gets dry but it never dries down all the way so your lips never feel desiccated. 

It dries down just enough that you don’t leave glaringly obvious lip prints everywhere (although it takes a few minutes).  You do leave a few little smudges but not many, especially with the lighter shades.  With this formula the darker the shade the less it seems to dry down. At least in my experience.  I haven’t actually tried every shade.

(Top to Bottom): Paradise Garage from NARS, Thrive Causemetics Lip gloss in Ashley, and Stila in Rubino: and yes I swatched the gloss to show it isn’t as glittery as it looks in the tube. It does have some shimmer though.

Finally, I used the Stila Stay all day liquid lip in the shade Rubino.  It is a deep red shade.  When you apply it the first thing you have to do is make sure it doesn’t get on your teeth.  Somehow my first application always does. 

Then check your outlines on your lips and make sure it is exactly where you want it. Then blot to remove excess product (because this one always seems to leave a little excess product.  Check your lines (and teeth) again and then let it dry. 

Once it dries, it is going nowhere. In fact the next day you will still have a little reddish tinge to your lips no matter what form of makeup remover you use.  Lip scrubs help, but  unless you completely scrub off a layer of lip, the ghost of the shade will remain the following day.

It isn’t bad though.  I hid it under the Nars nude the next day with no problems.  Just be aware they aren’t joking when they say stay all day. It dries down really well, but after it dries down, I tend to forget I’m wearing it.  It is quite comfortable to wear and I didn’t have any problems with over drying of my lips.  This is one of those products I need to remember I have more often so I wear it instead of shoving it into a drawer and forgetting. Stila is one of those brands for me in general though. For a long time I had a lot of Stila products and then I just sort of stopped buying them. I can’t remember why though. And I did really like this lip.

So that was this week’s makeup bag for me.  There were some old favorites, and some new trials.  There were some clear and often surprising winners from the new, several of which will remain in my dressing table.  There were also a few new products that I now know to steer clear of in the future.

In my book it is often just as important to know what to scratch off the possible purchase list as it is to add more items to it. All in all, a fun and educational week for me.  I hope next week is just as much fun, although I could really do with a less problematic foundation in the next week. Because my Vanity Collection Came in from Kristopher Buckle yesterday, it features heavily in next week’s makeup bag. So if you’ve ever wondered about the brand, or have never heard of them, stay tuned.

I’ll see everyone back here this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask. Until then have an excellent Friday.




The Make up Bag: July 10th, 2020

The Make Up Bag Used July 4th – 10th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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And now, to the lips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




The Make Up Bag: June 19th, 2020

The Make up Bag used June June 13th – 19th, 2020

This month’s Ipsy bag contributed a couple of items to my selections for this week’s Make up bag.  I’m not upset about it as I got to try out a whole bunch of new to me products.  I find it surprising because most Beauty subscriptions lately have been very skin care heavy so having a makeup up heavy box this month was a pleasant surprise.  Not that I’m abandoning my first and dearest love, Skincare, but it is nice once in a while to flirt with someone new.

This week there were separate postes for the NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil which I used as this week’s foundation product, and the Doucce Freematic Pro Eyeshadow Palette. The links will take you to the full reviews if you click on them. 

The short version is that I really liked the NYX Skin Veil and will be reaching for it often throughout the summer. 

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Aside from one or two high points in the Doucce palette it was a fail for me.  One of the highlights was the physical palette itself actually.  It is a nice magnetic case that I will be reusing. The highlighter in this shadow palette was also nice and I will be using it again as well.

There were a couple of repeat items this week.  I again used the Ciate Everyday Vaccay loose translucent setting powder.  I really like it and I’m sure you will be seeing it again, even if it does make me crave macaroons. Also making a return was the No. 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder. 

I am really enjoying using it and am really glad I forced myself out of my Rimmel Pressed powder constant.  Don’t get me wrong, Rimmel will return as it is my favorite standby, but I have to say, I think I actually like the No. 7 better. I know, shock and gasp. 



Also returning this week was one of my favorite mascaras and that is The Expert Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin.  The formula doesn’t flake and it doesn’t sweat off.  The shape of the brush is a curved hook shape that curls my lashes and isn’t too big to use on the lower lashes. 

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However it has been used two weeks in a row and I need to rotate it out for another open mascara. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but I know you will return again. I just also know that a couple of the open mascaras I will be choosing from this week aren’t in my top five favorites.  But that is okay.

The last weekly return was the Thrive Causemetics lipgloss in Ashley.  It is a good light lipgloss to grab on a summer day and I enjoyed using it.  This week it will return to the dressing table and a new product will take it’s place.  It will however be returning.

While it wasn’t used last week, the Brow Contour Pro from Benefit returned this week.  I enjoy having all of the products from pencil to highlight from Benefit because they are all good products.  I’m just not sure about the all in one pen issue. I’m a big fan of benefit brow products, I would prefer them as separate items if that makes sense. I enjoy using it even if it is an all in one contraption though. 

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Plus I also made a deal with myself that I can’t replace my Precisely my Brow Pencil from Benefit until I’ve used this one up.  So as a consequence you will be seeing it in the make up bag until I use it to the point where I feel justified in placing a Benefit order. Although it is really hard to resist the current sale going on. I’ll set it aside if I end up testing other brow products, but for now, I am focused on using this one up.

My contour and bronzer this week came from the Tarte Park Avenue Princess Palette.  I really liked using this palette.  The palette feels and looks lux.  I know it is shallow of me but I feel fancy using it and that makes me happy. Of course adding to this week’s fancy feelings was my early birthday present of a new kimono style robe which I’ve been wearing in the mornings (I know my birthday isn’t until the 27th but it came early and I opened it.  I regret nothing.)

The Park Avenue Princess palette is nice as well.  I really do like the products.  I also like that there are several different shades for me to choose from so I can adjust for my look that day.  I really enjoyed using it this week and will be using it again. 

This week I also chose another IPSY product. This was the Betty Boop blush trio palette.  I like the slim packaging and quite frankly that is what saves it for me.  I only really like one of the blushes, and even then it isn’t my favorite. 

It’s a color thing, they all actually perform fairly well.  I do think I am going to end up eventually using the one blush I like down to pan and then stripping it out to use the case for other products.  I don’t know how successful I will be, but I will try.  Well, I will try sometime in the future.  I believe it is a limited edition item from Ipsy, but if it was available, I wouldn’t repurchase it.  It’s fine but not great and I like the packaging more than the product. While I think it is fine to appreciate good packaging and to enjoy the beauty of makeup, it’s never a good sign when the packaging is the best part.

One of my new products for the month was the pores no more Luminizer Primer from Dr. Brandt. This is definitely a Luminizing primer.  It is very glowy.  Many of my primers I like because I can wear them without foundation and only a dusting of powder over on light makeup days.  This isn’t one of those primers. 

I didn’t find it to be very pore filling, but I did find it luminizing.  As I put a matte foundation over it, I didn’t have too much of a problem.  I had a light glow to my skin showing through my foundation which lightened up the matte look a bit, but without the matte foundation, it would have been too much.  I will continue to use this primer, but I can’t say it is my favorite.

Speaking of primers, this week I used the Pretty Vulgar eyelid primer.  When using it for regular lid priming, you really need to let it dry down for a moment before applying powder shadows or you will have a rough time of it.  The primer is somewhat sticky.  As I was already working with patchy shadows, this didn’t help.  Because it was my first time really using this primer, I tried it with a couple of different shadows to play around with it.  It is a good primer if you wait for a moment to let it dry down.  It is excellent if you are doing a cut crease and using a glittery shade.  That is where this primer shines. That is what it was built for.  I believe this will not be a regular every day primer for me.  I think it will be a hold in reserve for the days when I am going for the drama.  Personally I don’t mind that.  I am perfectly happy to use my concealer as an everyday primer and to bring this out when I need the big guns.  In fact, I like having it in my arsenal. It’s kind of like having a bazooka even though you know your weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.

Not that I actually have a bazooka. Me having one would just be a bad idea. I know I’d try to reach something on a high shelf knock it over with my hip and take out the neighbor’s shed. Or windmill. Speaking of, I think my neighbor is actually trying to use that strange little windmill he put up to run a small grain mill instead of generating electricity. His entire back flower bed has been planted in wheat. Apparently the roses died. Yeah, I’m not sure of that thought process either, but the end result is that he has a four foot wide, six foot long raised flowerbed full of wheat. Emmer wheat no less, for that extra old timey touch.

But that is beside the point. No bazooka for me, just an imperfect metaphor and a neighbor with a new hobby. Back to the makeup.

Although I didn’t mention it, I added a wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner to the bag this week, the megaliner to be exact.  While pen style eyeliners have become my go to, I started with the inkwell style liquid eyeliners when I first started wearing makeup and I forgot how much I enjoy the brush and pot of liquid. 

It took me a little while to get back in the habit of keeping my eyes at half-mast and fanning myself until the liquid dried enough not to transfer when I blinked, but I soon was back in the swing of things.  I liked using the eyeliner and I have to admit, I picked up the a Maybelline version to try as well.  I don’t know if it is true or not, but I always felt like these inkwell styles dried out less than the pen styles. 

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Who knows, if I get back into liking them maybe I’ll branch out into some colors other than black. I do know that the wet’n wild one didn’t seep into my fine lines and once applied if I didn’t want a sharp line, I could use a small brush to smudge it out a little. It I did want a sharp line, I could just apply it and fan my face until dry (which doesn’t take that long). I really enjoyed using this. Wet ‘n wild is really stepping up their game. Plus I am really glad to see these style of liners on shelves again. I know KVD Beauty has a line of them as well, so I may have to try some of those out soon.

And this brings us square to the lips. I covered the Thrive Causmetics Lip gloss so we are left with three products.  The first is the Hydrating Lip Balm in the shade Nudist from Jersey Shore Cosmetics.  Normally I love Jersey Shore Cosmetics lip balms.  They are in fact my go to lip balms. I did not care for this one.  Shocking I know, it is the first lip balm from the company I didn’t like.  It performed as well as the others and had a lovely little shimmer to it.  It smelled nice, but it tasted awful. It just tasted slightly chemically, almost like sunblock.  It does have an SPF 10 on it so maybe that’s it.  I was beginning to think there was no product they had that I didn’t like, but I suppose there is always one.  So I will be passing on this lip balm and going back to using the others.

This week I also had one bullet style lipstick and one liquid lip.  The bullet style was from Colourpop’s Disney Villains collection in the shade Evil Queen.  It is a true red and I have to say, I really like a bold red lip on a minimal makeup week.  And this one performed.  I do really need to pick up a red lip liner that matches it, because it needs one and I noticed that while I have a plethora of pinks, I have no red lip liners.  This makes me sad and is something I will soon be remedying.  I also need to remember to take my lip liners into the make up bag with me so I don’t have to go hunting in the morning, but that is another story. I picked up the Colourpop Villains trio and I tend to reach for the Hades one more often, in fact I actually forgot I had this one as it rolled to the back of the drawer.

This is one of the reasons I am really liking doing this makeup bag post each week. I get to find all sorts of things I love, yet forgot about as well as try new things. I’m glad you like the posts too, but I think even if I didn’t post on them I would still set up the makeup bag each week. It is really reminding me to use products I like and forcing me to get rid of the ones I’m just not going to wear.

The liquid lip I chose this week was Matte Dreamy 411 from Il Makiage. The official title is the Infinity Long Wear matte lip cream.  While I own a boat load of their lip liners, this was the first liquid lip from them that I have tried and it did not disappoint.

The packaging is super lux feeling.  It is heavy in the hand and feels really good.  The wand is a little thin and plastic on the end of the tip.  It could use a little bit of padding but it wasn’t bad. I also think I might have expected more because of the exterior packaging.  While the color wasn’t exactly right on me, the formula was great. 

It dried down almost all the way but not quite.  It is slightly drier than the Nars Powermatte formula, but not by much. Which means it dries down enough not to smudge everywhere and leave a trail of lip prints behind all day, but not dry enough to make your lips feel parched.  I am sad that I don’t care for the shade all that much, but I will be looking into picking up other shades in my next lipstick purchase.

Finally, we come to the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Restore.  It is the Coconut Water Prime/Set/Refresh.  I didn’t use it to prime, but I did use it to set and on a couple of sweaty days, refresh.  It worked well for both.  It has a very fine mister which I appreciated.  In addition while it is somewhat coconut scented, it is not over the top coconut. It is in fact the scent of coconut water and not the artificially sweet coconut scent.  Personally I appreciated that.

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So that was this week’s Make Up bag.  There were some winners, some returning favorites and some ‘thanks but no thanks’ in the mix. Next week the returning products will be the Laura Geller Spackle Mist Setting spray and the Benefit Brow Pencil. Everything else will be changed out for something else. Won’t that be fun?

I have to say as an aside, I’ve been using the Ipsy make up bags as the bag I pack and take from the dressing table to the bathroom. The one I’ve been using it is simple zip top bag.  While these are fine for traveling because they hold a great deal in a relatively small space, I am finding it hard to work with as a daily make up bag.  When I travel if I am going to one place and staying there for the duration, I unpack the makeup bag and line things up in the bathroom. 

For that sort of travel this is an okay bag.  For working out of on a daily basis, it is kind of a mess. Especially with brushes thrown into the mix. Recently I’ve been intrigued by the Kusshi make up bags, especially with the separated brush compartment.  I keep circling it trying to make up my mind.  Since I have been working out of a makeup bag, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future, I know I am going to have to find something soon.  I’ll link the Kusshi site for anyone interested in checking them out. I have heard great things about them. One of my friends is in love with the way they perform in the wash, which lets face it, is a pretty big deal if I’m going to use it daily.

KUSSHI

While the Kusshi might be an option, if anyone has any make-up bags or kits that they like working out of instead of just using for transport, let me know. I’d like to hear about them. I suspect I’ll end up looking into a whole bunch of them and then just get annoyed one morning and order the best one in the collection I’ve investigated, so the better the collection the better chance of getting a good bag. So let me know your favorites, if you have one.

For now, I am going to get on with my day as always my desk is cluttered with the things I’ve been putting off all week and need to do before Friday ends and the weekend rolls around. It’s been a little crazy so I haven’t had a chance to choose next week’s products yet, so with the exception of Laura Geller and Benefit, the rest will just be a surprise. Happy Friday everyone. I’ll see you this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.


Clearing out the Empties Bin

Happy Memorial Day! As with a lot of folks I’ve been sorting, cleaning, experimenting, and using the extra time at home to go through things.  Once I started clearing things out, I realized I had a lot of open and partially used travel sized items that I needed to use and clear out so I have been making a concentrated effort to use them up.  It is amazing how much space those little items can take up. 

Plus I am fairly certain I am not going to be traveling any time soon so I might as well use the products now and then just get new travel items when I do travel.  In case you are wondering, that’s also why there are so many travel sized items in this post. I also tend to get sample and travel sized items specifically to try out a formula before committing to a full size.  I find it helps with my budget. But enough of an intro, to the products.

We’ll start with two empties from Sol de Janeiro.  One is the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and the other is the Coco Cabana cream.  Both are excellent body lotions and in fact the Brazilian Bum Bum cream I have been using to help with the stretch marks that have been appearing as I’ve started losing weight. 

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I actually have a large container of the Bum Bum cream that I am still using, I just wanted to clear out the two smaller ones.  I will definitely be reordering the Bum Bum cream, but I don’t think I will order the Coco Cabana cream.  It is a nice cream and I have no problem with the scent, but for some reason I find the formula just a little sticky.  After applying it I have to wash my hands.  I don’t have to do that with the regular Bum Bum cream. So I will continue to purchase the Bum Bum, but not the Coco Cabana.

Next up we have two empty containers of dry shampoo.  Both actually full size.  The first is the TRESemme between washes volumizing dry shampoo.  While it does have a little bit of a white cast when first sprayed, a quick brush and it is is gone.  I also find that the dry shampoos that have just a little white cast to them tend to work better on greasy hair.  As long as the white brushes out easily, I am fine with it. 

The scent reminds me of a good salon. I’m not entirely certain what that scent is, but that is my best description.  Personally, I like the scent.   As the name suggests it is a good between washes shampoo.  For heavy sweat days I’d still go back to the IGK, but for the day between, this is a really good dry shampoo I would purchase again.

I cannot say the same about the Pearlessence Cherry Blossom Dry Shampoo.  It has a slightly sweet scent that could be termed cherry if you were being generous.  Smell aside, I was not thrilled by the way this dry shampoo performed.  There was a white cast that was a pain to brush out, and it didn’t absorb a lot of the grease. 

My hair didn’t look cleaner, like it did with the TRESemme.  It also made my head itch a couple of hours after I applied. It.  I generally found that shortly after using this , I either needed to use the dry shampoo again to absorb more oil or I just needed to take a shower.  This was not a day between dry shampoo, it was a ‘I can’t shower for an hour’ dry shampoo.  I will not be buying it again.

Keeping with the theme of hair for the moment I have two trial sized hair products.  One is the Eva-nyc Satin Dream leave in conditioner and the other is the Bumble and Bumble Don’t blow it Fine (H)air styler. I would actually purchase full sizes of both of these products. 

I love the argon oil in the eva-nyc.  My hair always reacts well to argan oil.  And the conditioner smells vaguely like candy. It was not too heavy in my hair and gave it great manageability.

The Bumble and Bumble was an excellent product on days where I was just going to let my air air dry.  I could put a little in, let the hair dry naturally and then just run a brush through it, easy peasy.  There were no tangles and it didn’t weigh down the hair.  I think I am actually going to be repurchasing a full size soon as I really don’t like blow drying my hair in the summer time.  I think this could really help me out this year. And yes I know it says for fine hair and I have thick hair, but I tried the one they offer for not fine hair a while back and found it too heavy feeling.  This despite the fine hair claim was perfect for me.

Another item I will definitely be ordering again is the Hydro Biotic Recovery sleeping mask from Dr. Brandt.  During the winter this year this was my go to night cream whenever I felt like I had any dryness.  It wasn’t too heavy, didn’t clog my pores and made my skin feel hydrated and refreshed come morning.  I think when the weather turns in the autumn I will purchase another tube to use throughout next winter.

In my empties bin I have three powders, one pressed and two loose.  The pressed powder is the ELF Perfect finish HD powder.  I will definitely be reordering it in the near future. 

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It is one of those powders I always keep on hand.  What I tend to do is use the ELF translucent powder all winter and then the Rimmel Stay Matte in the summer, just because  my skin tone changes with the season and the ELF is a little lighter.  I almost always order this as soon as I start to see pan on it, but this year I want to give other products a chance.  It is actually killing me to have this empty and know I haven’t reordered it yet.  So suffice it to say it is my favorite.

The first of the empty loose powders I have are the translucent Cherry Blossom Matte powder from Pacifica. This I will definitely re order in the future.  It worked well on my skin and I personally love the scent of it.  It kept my makeup in place and didn’t look powdery on the skin. 

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The second loose powder is the Becca Hydra Mist Set and Refresh powder.  When I first got it I adored it.  It worked well on my skin and it had that nifty, feels wet sensation that got everyone so excited. I’ve also had really good luck with Becca powders in the past.  I generally keep the pink toned setting powder around because I really like it to add a touch of color to the face when winter has made me pale.

However, the wet feeling didn’t last.  Soon it just felt like regular powder.  Which is fine.  I love using powder and the powder still performed well.  I am just a little leery of whatever chemical change happened.  The cooling sensation dissipated rapidly  so  I was always suspicious that the powder went bad.  Because of this I think I will stick to other Becca Powders in the future.

Next up is the Wet ‘n Wild photofocus 3-in-1 Primer water in Rose.  It is a good affordable setting spray.  The Rose scent was a bit much for me, but the spray was nice and it held my makeup in place when I used it.  I will probably repurchase this, but I think I would pick a different scent.  I would probably go with something like cucumber.  The rose was just a bit much. The spray is worth purchasing though.

I have two eyeliners in this bin of empties.  They are both black and they both have a felt tip applicator.  One is the Eyeko London Skinny eyeliner in black and the other is the Illamasqua liquid eyeliner.  I enjoyed both of them and would purchase them both again.  Once in place they didn’t budge or smudge and they were smooth in application and easy to use.

Marc Jacobs

Finally we get to the mascaras.  I have four travel/sample sized ones that are leaving me.  The first is one I am sad to see go.  It is the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.  I love the formula, I love the wand and I love the way it makes my eyelashes look.  What more is there to say?  It is a fabulous mascara.  I had three of the travel sizes and this is this is the last one.  I will be getting a full sized version of this one.

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Stila

Oddly enough, despite the similarities in the applicator wand, I will not be purchasing the Stila Huge Extreme lash mascara.  It didn’t work as well as Marc Jacobs and tended to clump.  The wand may have been similar, but the formula wasn’t. 

Marcelle

I was pleasantly surprised by the Marcelle Curling and Lengthening mascara.  It both curled and lengthened. The formula stayed in place without flaking off.  It was a very good mascara.  I liked the curve of the wand as it enabled me to more effectively reach my lower lashes as well.  It is one I would definitely pick up again in a full sized formula. 

The Clinique High Impact mascara was also a decent formula.  It stayed in place and didn’t flake, but it was nothing extra special.  It is a good solid mascara, I just didn’t find it to be a WOW sort of mascara.

Clinique

And finally we have the MAC Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash mascara.  I have to say this is the last of these little tubes I have in my collection.  For a while it seemed like they were everywhere.  I’d open a drawer and then BAM, MAC mascara.  It felt like as soon as I finished one, another would magically appear in my drawer. If there are such things as mascara fairies then I think this is what they leave.

MAC

At least for me anyway.  Not that I mind.  It is a really good mascara.  I enjoyed using it.  Once I finished this little tube I went into the drawer and was rather surprised there were no more left.  Apparently I am no longer on the mascara fairy’s delivery route.  I think now that I have one through all of my samples, I would consider buying a regular sized tube of this mascara. It has a nice wand, although it seems a little longer than many others, but I like the way it applies.  The thinness of the wand also allows for application on the lower lashes without making too much of a mess.

So there you have it.  We have made it through my empties bin and I have managed to clear out a bunch of partially used products.  It makes me feel all virtuous inside.  I also now have a list of several products I would like to repurchase and several that I know I don’t need to bring home again.  Given the plethora of summer sales, it is a very good time to stock up on products I like. I just have to remember, I’m not allowed to use a new ELF powder until I have at least tried something else.

I know this was a much longer post than usual, so for those of you who made it to the end, congrats and thanks for sticking with me.  Now that I am doing my weekly makeup bag post, it should help keep the length of the empty posts down in the future (should you want me to continue them).  Happy Memorial Day everyone.  I hope you are having a great one .


Should anyone be interested in doing a little shopping over the Memorial day weekend, there are heaps of sales going on. One that I will be taking advantage of is the sale on the Look Fantastic site. I know normally you think of their subscription box, but they do sell products and they are having some pretty good sales. It might be worth a look to scoop up some of your favorite brands while saving a little. (personally I am all over the Molton Brown Shower Gel – The Rhubarb line is really hard to find where I live.) Anyway, it is linked below for those interested.

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The Make Up Bag: May 22, 2020

The Makeup bag for the week of May 15th – 22nd, 2020

Welcome to my new segment called the Make Up Bag. I’m really excited to be doing this actually. so lets begin!

I love trying out new products.  As a consequence though sometimes when I sit at my dressing table and prepare to put on my make up for the day I sometimes feel a bit like a distracted bumble bee.  Do I want this blush or that?  Am I in the mood for a Space Case Bronzer or do I want the Too Faced? As a consequence my choice of products change daily and some products I don’t try as soon as I want because others are pushing them out if sight. 

Plus, let’s face it I am not at my best in the morning.  Functional thought requires at least two cups of coffee.  Anything prior is me running an automatic response program.

Since, at the moment, I am trying different foundations and giving each a week of trial to each, I thought, why not do the same with other products.  To keep myself from becoming distracted, last Friday I filled a small makeup bag with the products I wanted to use for the week and relocated the bag to my bathroom next to my skin care.

Here is my plan.  Some of the items are ones I have never used and want to try out, others are ones close to being using up and want to finish. Some will only remain for the week others I will continue to use until the product is gone. At least this is the plan. 

Knowing me, I am sure it will change at some point.  But here is where we begin.

Last Friday I chose the Wet and Wild photofocus Foundation for my foundation trial of the week. The foundation review was posted on Thursday as was the review of the eyeshadow palette I chose for this week the BH Cosmetics Glam reflection Smoke. The links in this paragraph will take you to those reviews, I won’t bore you by reposting them here. Each had pros and cons.  I suspect Thursdays will end up being my foundation and palette reviews moving forward, but we shall see.

The primer I chose for this week was the Skin to Die For No filter mattifying primer and complexion Perfector from Peter Thomas Roth.  It is a trial sized sample I picked up as a free with purchase add on a while back when I was ordering  a container of the Cloud Cream.  I picked it up on a whim partially because I have a great love of primers and I had only tried skincare from Peter Thomas Roth and never a primer so I thought it looked interesting.  But then it went into the drawer.  So this was it’s week.

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the primer

My plan was to try the trial size and see if it was worth picking up a full sized one.  After one week of use, I have to say I will be picking up a full sized version of this product.  The primer has a slight tint that completely melted into my skin and made my skin look both matte and smooth.  There were a couple of days where I just wore the primer with a light dust of powder instead of bothering with foundation. I really liked the way my skin looked with this primer and as there is still product left, I am going to keep it in my make up bag for next week and use it until it is gone rather than putting the opened and half empty tube back in the drawer.

My powder will also be staying with my makeup bag this week. It is the Rimmell Stay Matte pressed powder and as you can see from the photo, I am actually close to using it up so I will be using it until it is gone.  The Rimmel stay matte and the Elf Translucent pressed powders are the two drugstore pressed powders I always keep on hand.

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What I have tended to do is use them until they are gone and then immediately repurchase next time I am in a drug store. I actually finished the Elf pressed powder a few weeks ago (I tend to use it more in the winter and the slightly tinted Rimmel in the summer).  But because I haven’t been stopping into any drug stores lately I have not repurchased.  I’ll be placing an order with ELF soon, but I wanted it to be for more than just one product and I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I actually picked up a No. 7 pressed powder I wanted to try out but I haven’t let myself open it until I finish the Rimmel. It’s not a hardship to use the Rimmel powder as I adore it, but the temptation to try the new product is hard to resist. But resist I will.

This is what they call character building, no?

With the Rimmel I will also be using it up and this time not immediately replacing it so it will go back in the bag for next week as well.  It is hard not to replace this immediately though. Seriously, I look at the sight of the pan shining through and my first thought is ‘I should reorder that before I run out.’ It is harder than I thought to ignore that impulse.  Bu I will try. 

In case you hadn’t picked up on it, I really like the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder.

But we move on.

To Blush. More specifically the Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush in Primadonna.  This came in an IPSY bag a while ago and I think I swatched it and then set it aside to use the Real Her Palette. When stocking my weekly makeup bag I was surprised and pleased to find it.  The package is cute and quite sturdy.  The blush is highly pigmented. 

I dipped in lightly and ended up with a lot of blush on my brush.  It does blend out well though so there is that. Despite the somewhat mauve-y look of the product in the pan it is quite pink on the cheeks.  When sheered out for a light makeup day it gives the cheeks a natural flushed look.   It stayed in place well and lasted all day.  I think it might be a little too pink for my skin tone though.  I will be on the lookout for a slightly deeper tone though as I really like the formula.

Next up, the bronzer I chose for the week was the Fakecation on Mars from Space Case Cosmetics. I have several of their single eyeshadows and I remember liking a blush from them a while ago although I can’t remember the details.  I hadn’t tried the bronzer so I was keen to try it.

It too is a highly pigmented product that needs a light hand with the brush.  It does blend out well so if you go a little heavy, there is still hope for redemption. It tends to lend itself well to a more natural makeup day.  I probably wouldn’t use it on a high glam look, but for everyday use it performs quite well. I enjoyed using it and even though I will be replacing it this coming week, it will stay in rotation and make an appearance in the future as I cycle through products.

For highlighter this week I chose the Dew Me Pearl from Estate Cosmetics.  I think this might have been a product I picked up for points because I wanted a more pink shade of highlight as I didn’t have one at the time.  Most of the ones I gravitate towards tend to either be gold or purple in tone. 

If I tried it before, I didn’t remember it so it was a new product to me, or close enough to count. To be honest, it is not my favorite and I don’t believe I will be keeping it in rotation.  While white-ish pink on the finger, when applied with a brush on the face it disappears. I tried applying it with a finger  to the high points of my face and I could see a stripe, but the second I tried to blend it in a little so it didn’t look like a stripe I made with my finger, it disappeared. 

Even if I left it as a stripe on the face and didn’t attempt to blend it, an hour later it was gone completely. I’m not sure if it is the product or my skin tone that just loses the color, but I will not be keeping this in my makeup rotation but passing it on to a friend with a different skin tone. Perhaps she will have better luck. And yes there will be disinfectant wipes involved with anything I pass over to her. I also know she’ll wipe it down a second time, just as even though I know she has wiped down the things she passess to me, I will wipe them down again.Given that we both love subscription boxes and have different skin tones, we have been doing the shade swap for a while now.

As I finally made it through the last of my open travel sized mascaras (I’ll be going over them in mass in my empties post next week) I got to open a new full sized mascara.  I chose at random and came up with the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara. 

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It is supposed to give the lashes both volume and length.  I am all for both.  I have to say though, I was a little disappointed. There might have been a little lengthening and maybe a little volume, but it wasn’t much. It is a good everyday mascara.  It didn’t flake or smear.  It didn’t make my lashes clumpy. But there wasn’t a lot of extra length or volume.  I will be keeping it in the rotation because it is a good solid everyday mascara, it’s just not a WOW mascara.

This brings us to the lips. 

Oh, the lips.

I know as this is my first make up bag post you are probably expecting my favorite Kristopher Buckle lipstick to be included, but no, no my darlings. For this week I have been testing a  lipstick I received in a subscription box.  It is in a color I would not normally wear, but as it is the only lipstick I have from the brand, I wanted to try out the formula despite not being all that bowled over by the color.  And what is this product?  It is the Fenty Beauty lipstick in the shade Clapback.

I love the packaging.  I really like the slim style of lipsticks. The color not so much.  Blue is not really a shade of lipstick I gravitate towards. Unless the blue is so dark that it is almost black.  Those I have been known to wear. But not this.  However, this week it was my daily color. (I occasionally took a break with lip balm and no lipstick because that blue is hard to take daily)

When applied it was a bit streaky and required several passes to fully cover the lips.  It never fully dried down so I was still leaving lip prints on any mug or cup I used throughout the day.  Despite that, my lips felt dry. Not to the touch, but as though the moisture was being pulled from them. It was actually the worst of both worlds for me, dry lips and smearing lipstick on everything.

I applied lip balm several times throughout the day.  I used the Sugar crush  potted lip balm in Peony actually rather than my Jersey Shore Cosmetics one because I didn’t want the blue staining the lip balm and I could apply the potted one with a finger more easily.  Admittedly, I then had to wipe blue off of my finger.

In the past I have noticed that sometimes a deeper more pigmented color can alter the lip formula.  There are several lighter colored lipsticks I have used where the formula was great in them, but when I went for deeper shades in the same brand I was not happy with them.  I don’t know if that is the case with this formula or not.  I do know I am not a fan of this formula and will probably not be buying Fenty lipsticks anytime soon. This one just dried my lips too badly.

Finally, as we’ve already covered eyeshadows, We come to the setting spray.  This week I used the Farsali Rose Gold skin mist. It too came in a subscription box and I never got around to using it.  So this was it’s week. 

The scent was nice, the gold flakes are pretty to look at and I had no problems with any of my makeup not staying in place.  I wasn’t terribly enthused by the spray nozzle however.  A mist it is not.  The product release is quite intense.  I would suggest spraying it in the air to test before you aim it at your face so you can judge the distance.  It is a stout spray and I had to dab off a few drips from my face before my makeup ran.

Once I adjusted my aim things went better, but definitely test the spray if you are using this product. I think because it is open, I will use this another week or so. I do have to admit though, it is more the glass bottle and the gold flakes that I enjoy more than the spray product itself. As a display it is gorgeous, but I probably wouldn’t be purchasing it to use anytime in the near future.

So that my darlings was this week’s makeup bag.  As I shuffle some of them back to my dressing table and bit a few others farewell as they head off to some other destination I begin gathering items for the coming week.

The items I am putting in my makeup bag to try this coming week are: Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation (which I forgot to put in the picture and am just now realizing), Huda Beauty Topaz obsessions Palette, Marc Jacobs HiFi Filter, Flesh cream highlighter in Twitch, Pretty Vulgar’s Feathers mascara, NARS Liquid lip, and an OFRA blush.  I will also be adding the Eyeko Fat eyeliner (even though I also didn’t put it in the photo).

Remaining from last week are the Peter Thomas Roth Primer, Farsali setting spray and my Rimmel stay matte powder. As the NARS liquid lip is a purple shade called Wild Night I suspect it will clash horribly with the Topaz Obsessions palette, but I have my clear Ciate lip oil on standby if the color combo becomes too much to handle. Wish me luck and tune in next week to see how I felt about these products.


Malin+Goetz

Foundation Quest continues with Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus

Wet ‘n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation

When I first became interested in beauty products there were three items I started with.  The first was a set of Lip Smackers lip balms that smelled of various soda pops. The second was a bottle of Love’s Baby Soft perfume and the third was a selection of Wet n’ Wild nail polishes. 

While the Lip Smackers continued to appear in Christmas stockings for the next few years and Love’s Baby Soft held on for quite some time, my Wet ‘n Wild collection expanded exponentially from nail polishes to eyeliners and pretty much everything in between as I started to try out products.  

Eventually my repertoire expanded beyond the Wet ‘n Wild realm and the brand was relegated to the past.  I always smiled fondly when passing it, but to be honest I didn’t give it much thought beyond occasionally noticing that the section looked bigger than I remembered it being.

Then all of a sudden it seemed everyone was talking about the Wet ‘n Wild photo focus Foundation. I found it surprising, but when I started gathering foundations to test out, I decided to give it a try as well, for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else. I went with the matte version rather than any of the dewy ones. On the Wet ‘n Wild site the foundation retails for $6.49.  I think it was on sale when I picked it up at Target because I bought it for less than $5.  In the spirit of full disclosure I also purchased a pink glitter nail polish, because if you are going to do nostalgic then you need to go in with both feet and glittery toenails.

Also it looked pretty and I was getting ready to have an at home spa day with a group of ten year olds.(Mostly nail polish and face masks and water with enough fruit in it that I am pretty sure it qualified as fruit cocktail and needed to be eaten with a fork, because why would you stick to cucumber and lemon when there are raspberries and strawberries around?)

In case you missed the foundation hype…

Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under several different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection. High-performing, breakthrough formula, Featuring light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photos, Tested under several light conditions with and without the use of flash.

I have to say I was surprised it was in a glass bottle.  I know that sounds kind of snobbish, but I always think of glass bottles as being for more expensive products. (Even though I know quite well that isn’t true).  I am perfectly happy with a glass bottle though as it can be more easily recycled where I live.

applicator from the front

And the impression of luxurious doesn’t last past the opening, the applicator wand is a piece of flat plastic. Before you even get to the applicator though you have to deal with the scent.  It is the scent of fresh paint and it is strong. As the time of trial went past and I repeatedly opened it every day the scent became less noticeable.  I’m not sure if I just became used to it or if it was just the initial opening of the bottle that blasted the scent out.

applicator from the side

Regardless of the reason, the first day I wasn’t sure I was going to make it past the scent.  The second day I didn’t think it was that bad and the third day it was just a minor scent.  So it became more manageable.   If the scent stops you, maybe open the product, leave it open for a few minutes and then close it back up and try it the next day.

I will say though there were a couple of days where I didn’t wear foundation (which is why this test took two weeks rather than the usual one).  When I opened it after not using it for a few days, the paint smell was back with a vengeance.  I think with this foundation as soon as you stop using it regularly the paint smell returns and builds up. So if you get it and continually use it then it is fine, it just has to be routinely aired out or you can get a paint headache.

Once the bottle aired out a bit, the scent wasn’t too bad.  The applicator I sort of found annoying. The applicator is designed as a stick with a flat panel at the end.  You really can’t put the foundation on your hand and apply it the way I usually apply foundation.  You have to basically dot your face with the stick.  While I have used a doe foot this way before, I found I had less control over the amount of product I put on my face.  Sometimes I’d dab a tiny spot, sometimes I would glob a bunch in one area.  It was less controlled than I prefer, but I got there in the end.

Just the foundation

I know it is not a terribly expensive product, but I think just changing the shape of the applicator end to something more round and less paddle shaped would give a little more control. I think if I were to use this for an extended time I would probably use a dropped taken from another product in place of the applicator but for this weekly trial I used the applicator as it came in the bottle.

I have to say once I finished with the applicator and began to work with brush and sponge, I really liked the formula of the product.  It went on well and covered blemishes. The soft beige was the perfect shade for me and it didn’t settle into my fine lines. 

It lasted throughout the day and stayed in place without creasing.  The longest day I wore it was eight hours.  It was starting to wear out a little around my mouth and at the edges of my nose, but otherwise it was fine.  I wouldn’t use this formula for an extended day or when I was going out straight after a day in the office, but for a day in the office alone it would last well.  

end of the day

It’s just happy hour that would get you in trouble.

Of course that’s not just limited to foundation issues.

Over all I was pleased with the way this foundation performed and I can see where it gets the hype.  In this instance it is actually well deserved hype. It is a good, affordable product that performs well. I have to say seeing the name Wet n’ Wild on a product in my bathroom this week caused some older memories to float to the surface of my mental pond.  That’s not an entirely bad thing either.

I suppose the only thing left to say is that the Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation passed the initial wearability test and will take it’s place in the line up once each of the five foundations I’ve tried has had it’s week of exclusive use.  For those counting, this was foundation number three in the second section of the Grand Foundation quest.  Next up is the Becca Ultimate Coverage. Stay tuned.


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