YouTube Inspired Face of the Day

Published August 13, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m still in pain but it’s not as intense as it’s been the past week.

I was watching a video Kathleen Lights titled OMG!!! RAWBEAUTYKRISTI x PUR – FIRST IMPRESSIONS!!!! and she did this stunning stunning neutral halo eye with a pop of green on the lower lash line…. and I just knew I had to try and recreate the look …. I don’t have the palette she used but I did have similar colors so I think it turned out pretty good.

This is the eye look that inspired my Face of the Day today

Today I decided to go light with my scent and went with Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea body mist … the scent notes are : At the Top: Sweet Pea, Watery Pear, Logan Berry, Black Currant, and Rhubarb. In the Middle: Cyclamen, Freesia, Raspberry, and Pink Peony, Madonna Lilly, and Orange Blossoms. Rounded Out At the Bottom With: Musk, Plum Wood, Sandalwood, and Heliotrope.

For today’s eye look I used 4 ColourPop single shadows and a few shades from the Alter Ego Artemis Palette ($22 on their website). I will review the palette and a few other things in Final Thoughts. Well, let’s dive into today’s walk-though of this Face of the Day ….

Base:

I chose to skip primer today I only used a little bit of the ELF Poreless Putty Primer ($8 at Ulta) and for the high points of my face I used just a touch of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade #3. I contoured using NYX Wonder Stick ($12 at Ulta) in the shade Deep Dark. For foundation today I am wearing Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 27 N (light/medium neutral) . I bronzed up the face using Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay.  I highlighted the high points of my face using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Spotlight ( rose gold with silver light). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using the HourGlass Vanish Airbrush Concealer ($34 for .20 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website, can also be found at Sephora) in the shade Creme (fair with pink undertones). I set my under eyes using the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the color Light. I touched up the bronzer on my face using JCat Beauty Golden Soleil Baked Bronzer ($7.99 at Ulta) in the shade #103 Cancun Golden Tan. For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta).

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and then primed my lids using the P Louise Base ($13.07 on their website or at Morphe’s website ) in the shade Rumour. For today’s eye look I used 4 single shadows from ColourPop and the Alter Ego Artemis Palette ($22 on their website). I started with the Artemis Palette. I used the shade Hunt (sun yellow – matte) for my transition shade. For my crease I and the inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid I first used the shade Quiver (neutral brown – matte) and then went over it a little bit lower and a little bit more closer to the inner parts of the inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid with the shade Lure (deep walnut – metallic). I then deepened the very outer parts of the inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid using the shade Cloud Nine (plummy brown – matte). I then went back to the palette and used the shade Obscure (pale taupe – metallic) over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then used the ColourPop shadow in Liar Liar (pale pink – metallic) to lighten the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid a bit. I then went back in with the shade Lure (deep walnut – metallic) and I tapped that over the outer part of both sides of the middle 1/3 to blend out the demarcation lines. For my lower lash line I started with a combo of more of the shades Hunt (sun yellow – matte), Quiver (neutral brown – matte), and Lure (deep walnut – metallic) and created a drop shadow. I then went in with the shade Stealth (dark green – matte) and ran that along the lower lash line. I then went in with the shade Pursuit (dark turquoise – metallic) and ran that over the top of the Stealth shade and then went over that again with more of Stealth to add some dimension to the look. I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (this shade is only available in the Big Box of Lippie Pencils Vault …. currently sold out) in the shade ALT (blackened teal). I highlighted the inner corners of my eyes using more of the shade Obscure (pale taupe – metallic). I did two coats of Mac Extended Play Gigablack Lash ($20 at Ulta and MAC) in the shade black and then lastly I popped on a pair of Alter Ego False Lashes ($5 on their website) in the style Flare. I then used the ColourPop shade Hear Me Out (white peach – matte) to set my brow bone. I then ran a hint of Benefit Gimme Brow ($24 at Sephora) in the shade 4.5  (neutral deep brown) through my brows to add just a hint of definition.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I chose Tarte Sugar Rush Beach Cheeks Blush ($15 at Ulta) in the shade Beaches & Cream (peachy pink)  and then set that with a slight tap of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12HR Blush ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Blissful (bright rose – matte). I touched up my highlighter on the Benefit Boxed Highlighter ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Cookie (golden-pearl). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Another Round (rosy nude) and out a few dots of ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (this shade is discontinued) in the shade Speed Dial (soft terracotta nude) over my lips and then topped that with HourGlass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss ($30 for .20 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website) in the shade (Coral with gold pearl and a high shine). * This is now my new favorite lip combo!!! Absolutely favorite of life!! *

Final Thoughts:

I grade this concealer an A+ : HourGlass Vanish Airbrush Concealer $34 for .20 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as a weightless liquid concealer that delivers full coverage with a seamless, airbrushed finish. It comes in 23 shades with 8 shades for deeper skin tones and I purchased it in the shade Creme (fair with pink undertones).

This concealer is super pigmented … a little goes a long way. It’s super pigmented and sets to a demi-matte finish.

I used this concealer to brighten my T Zone and then I used just 2 dots for each eye (using the Robert Welsh concealer method of placing 1 or 2 dots in the inner corner of the under eye and 1 dot at the very end of the under eye). Once I tapped it into place I did my normal routine of taking a hint of setting spray on my beauty sponge and than tapping it over my under eyes and then immediately setting the under eyes with my setting powder. After I was done my face and about to mist my face with my setting spray I noticed this concealer had creased. Now I had not used very much concealer at all …so it should not have creased. Now, I did use a touch of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter on my under eyes so perhaps this is why it creased … I’ll have to test it out with nothing else on my under eyes to see if it creases then…. it is a beautiful concealer that once I patted out the creases and re-set the under eye area stayed prefect the rest of the morning. Until I’m able to test this concealer with nothing on my under eyes I can’t grade this concealer higher than an A+.

I grade this palette a solid A+++!!! : The ARTEMIS 28 COLOR EYESHADOW COLLECTION $22 on their website: It’s billed as being inspired by the Greek goddess of the hunt and features lux mattes (which they call smooth matte), dazzling metallics, earthy browns and khakis, rich blues, and coral pinks. 

I only got to use 6 shades in this palette but the shades I did use were amazing. There was very little kick back in the pans, zero fall out on the face, and each shade buffed and blended flawlessly. The only thing that was wrong with this palette (and it’s not even an issue at all) is that the shade Lure (deep walnut) is listed as a metallic when it’s in fact a lux matte (bouncy and gel like matte). The shades are highly pigmented and super buttery. I was really impressed with the quality and performance of each shade I used. I’m looking forward to creating more looks with this palette.

I grade this lip gloss a solid A+++!!! : HourGlass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss $30 for .20 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website. I picked it up in the shade Solar (Coral with gold pearl and a high shine). It’s billed as a deeply hydrating lip gloss that plumps without the sting and adds shine without the stickiness.

I absolutely LOVE this lip gloss!! The micro glitters I talked about in yesterday’s Beautylish Haul does not translate to the lips. It comes off as a frosty lip gloss that is slightly shimmery. It’s the perfect coral shade as well. It was not at all sticky and lasted through breakfast and coffee. I didn’t notice any plumping of the lips even though they claim that it plumps the lips but that’s OK I am still keen to purchase more shades now.

I grade this brush set a solid A+++!!! : 8-PIECE EYE BRUSH COLLECTION The 8 pc eye set runs $28 (if purchased individually all 8 brushes would cost $41 so there is a savings of $13 in purchasing the full 8 piece set). It’s billed as a curated to include all the essential brushes for recreating your favorite makeup looks. They claim that each brush is designed with a specific purpose in mind – from flawless blending to seamless smudging and that each brush is synthetic, cruelty free and vegan.

The 8 piece set includes: #1 Blending Fluff (shading with the flat side or blending with the full tip), #2 Blending Crease (tapered crease brush to flawlessly blend colors and diffuse creases for the perfect result), #3 Large Blender (the largest of their eyeshadow brushes –  an over sized plush head perfect for applying powder or lightly blending), #4 Oval Shadow (flat, firm, oval head designed to ultimately define your eyes), #5 Small Oval Shadow (Similar to the Oval Shadow brush, the Small Oval Shadow Brush also builds pigment but features a smaller head for those intricate and trickier finer details during application), #6 Small Shadow (create depth and contrast to define and contour your eyes), #7 Pencil (pointed brush with smooth, rounded edges for transitioning shades, blending colors, and more), and #8 Smudger (a short, flat head that has been firmly rounded for seamless smudging, a necessary technique for evening out deep bursts of colors).

I tested all 8 brushes out today. As I stated in my Alter Ego Haul, each brush feels soft and sturdy. Each brush picked up the perfect amount of color, deposited the color exactly where I wanted it to be deposited, and buffed the colors out seamlessly without skipping or going patchy. They were comfortable to use and I feel that they are a great value for the money.

I grade these false lashes a solid A+++!!! : FALSE LASH in the style : FLARE These lashes are priced at $5 each pair and are billed as being full volume eyelashes that “flare” out for a beautiful, natural finish, hand-made with delicate synthetic fibers for a soft and weightless comfort. It claims to feature a flexible band that makes application effortless and has a self life of 10-15 times with proper care.

I freaking love these lashes! The bands are clear and super flexible, the hairs are super soft and fluffy, and they molded to my eyes without any trouble. I did have to cut these lashes down (I ended up cutting 2 little clusters at the ends) but typically I have to so that didn’t bother me much. This lash style is just amazing. It’s fluffy and flares out just perfectly. I think I may have found my new favorite pair of lashes …. I so wish I would have purchased more pairs. Next month, for sure, I am purchasing multiples of this lash style.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

The Penable Award 2020

Published August 13, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling a bit better today, my pain level is around a 5 1/2 and my energy level is steady today…. perhaps I’ll make some donuts today??

I’ve been nominated for The Penable Award 2020! I feel honored to be nominated for this award. Thank you so much Alex for nominating me.

RULES:

1. Tag your post with the #penableaward

2. Display the Penable award logo (above) on your post and follow Penable if you haven’t already

3. Thank the person that nominated you

4. Tell us what your writing talent is

5. Answer three questions that you have been asked

6. Nominate three inspiring people for this award

7. Let them know of their nomination

8. Give them three new questions to answer!

My nominator is Alex from You and Me and a Cup of Coffee . She has a great blog that I can’t get enough of. She does monthly movie reviews that are pretty amazing.

My Writing Talent: I don’t really know what my “Talent” is but I do believe people come to my blog because I’m open and honest about my mental and physical illnesses and also because they like the information I provide when it comes to makeup.

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Where do you draw the inspiration for writing?

Answer: Everyday life. I let my illness dictate what I write for the day … on bad days I write about what it’s like having Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety and on better days I may still write about those things but I also like to post about makeup related stuff too…. on those days I draw my inspiration from everywhere I can …. I’m a makeup sponge …. I get inspiration from YouTube, Instagram, Pintrest, and even Facebook and Twitter. If the inspiration doesn’t strike me from those social media sites I just simple surf the web until I’ve found something that I would like to recreate. Then there are times when I just see an eye palette’s color story and the shades speak to me and a look is born.

  1. Is there a book or story that you’ve read and thought to yourself ‘I wish I could write like this’?

Answer: Yes. Anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon or L.A. Banks … they have an amazing writing style that just sucks their readers in from the very first page, but if I had to pick just one book I would say

  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Answer: The best advice I was ever given was to stop guessing myself and to never let someone else’s rudeness or harsh words effect how I see myself. It’s easier and better to ignore someone being ugly to you than it is to engage with someone who is just being spiteful.

My Nominees:

Blanca of Beauty and More: Blanca is one of the sweetest people I’ve met on WordPress. She’s checks in on me to make sure I’m OK and she has a fabulous beauty and lifestyle blog.  

Miss B of Miss B Blogz Thingz Over: She has an amazing blog and her site is very visually appealing as well  

Kamina of Schoolspiration : Her website is full of great reads.

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. How long does it take you to write a blog post?
  1. Have you ever gotten writer’s block and if so, what do you do to break the block?
  1. What do you draw inspiration from for your blog posts?

Well, that’s all dolls. I would like to once again thank the lovely Alex for this nomination. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

2nd HAUL OF AUGUST 2020 (Beautylish)

Published August 12, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
My Beautylish Order

My second Beauty Buy order came in for the month of August 2020. I purchased all of this from Beautylish and the total came to $252.00, of which I put $102 down and have 2 more payments of $75 monthly for September and October.

I love taking advantage of Beautylish’s Flex Pay option … It allows me to purchase higher ticketed items and pay them down over 3 or 4 months.

So … let’s take a look at what I purchased….

*Remember …. all swatches are done on clean, bare skin, with no primer, and in 1 pass…. The swatch pictures on the left were taken with no flash and the ones on the right were taken with flash*

Z*Palette Double Sided Palette $36 on the Beautylish website: It’s billed as the ultimate tool for customizing and organizing makeup. Featuring a durable, reinforced clear window and open-face, magnetic base on each side, the Double-Sided Z Palette allows you TWICE the storage while still keeping all of your makeup in ONE easy place.

It holds 54 ColourPop sized single eyeshadow pans (27 on each side) and it’s measurements are:

Outside Length: 8.06 inches, Outside Width: 4.94 inches, Outside Depth: 1.06 inches, Inside Length: 7.44 inches, Inside Width: 4.13 inches, and Inside Depth: .25 inches.

It also came with a 40 pieces metal sticker set (20 round and 20 square).

For this palette I chose to store all of my neutrals, pinks/corals, oranges/bronzes, and taupes/browns, and greens, along with my go to black eyeshadow all from ColourPop.

Z*Palette Large Palette $22 on the Beautylish website: It’s billed as their  best selling palette will fit all your favorites in one place and claims that the large size of the empty palette plus the clear window makes it easy for you to display your collection and customize by brand or color.

It holds 27 ColourPop sized single eyeshadow pans and it’s measurements are:

Outside Length: 8.06 inches, Outside Width: 4.94 inches, Outside Depth: .56 inches, Inside Length: 7.44 inches, Inside Width: 4.13 inches, and Inside Depth: .25 inches.

It comes with a 20 piece metal sticker set (10 round and 10 square).

For this palette I chose to store all of my blues, mauves, and purples all from ColourPop. I have room for 9 more shadows (I did recently place an order for 12 more shades that I didn’t have as part of my ColourPop single shadow collection … and since I have a few shades that are duplicates I chose to remove 3 of the duplicates to make room for the 12 new shades I’m waiting on… I will store the 3 shades I removed in one of the little magnetic palettes that I got for free from ColourPop).

Good Molecules Silicon-Free Priming Moisturizer

$14 for 1.7 fluid ounces on the Beautylish website: It’s billed as being able to smooth, hydrate, and prep your skin for makeup with this lightweight daily moisturizer formulated with a natural silicone alternative that’s formulated with macadamia seed oil, Shea butter, and a naturally derived silicone alternative that works to strengthen, condition, and protect skin from environmental stress—all while creating a smooth, plumped-up canvas for flawless makeup application.

It’s a white creamy formula that blends in clear and glowy. If you look closely you can tell that it even blurs the texture of the back of my hand. I had 2 deluxe sample sized tubes of this and find that the best way for me to use it is after I clean up any eyeshadow fallout… since I use my BioDerma to clean up the fallout it takes most of my skin prep away so I use this to bring back moisture to the under eye area. I also add a little to my pores too.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss

$16 for .16 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website: I picked it up in the shade Girly (sparkling pink with a coral reflect). This lip gloss is billed as an opaque, high-shine lip color that has a flat sponge-tip applicator to deliver intense pigment with precision for an expert finish in a single swipe.

This color is not opaque at all it’s very sheer with hardly any pink color to it… there is tiny coral glitter to it that looks pretty but the glitter does stay behind when the gloss dissipates. This gloss formula has a sweet cherry scent to it. It’s tacky but not too tacky.

HourGlass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss

$30 for .20 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website. I picked it up in the shade Solar (Coral with gold pearl and a high shine). It’s billed as a deeply hydrating lip gloss that plumps without the sting and adds shine without the stickiness.

This color is very pigmented, not sticky at all, long lasting (I left the swatch on for 15 minutes and it was still glossy and pigmented), and does have some sparkle but it’s not a full on glitter bomb. It has a toothpaste mint scent to it that I don’t particularly like but it does dissipate quickly.

HourGlass Vanish Airbrush Concealer

$34 for .20 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as a weightless liquid concealer that delivers full coverage with a seamless, airbrushed finish. It comes in 23 shades with 8 shades for deeper skin tones and I purchased it in the shade Creme (fair with pink undertones).

This is a light weight concealer with a slight pink tone to cancel out the blues and purples on my under eye area. As shown in the 3rd picture, it is full coverage and does cancel out the blues in my veins. Its truly pigmented so a little will go a long way.

Natasha Denona Mini Glam Palette

$25 for a 5 pan at .3 ounces of product on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as the perfect palette for at home or on-the-go. It contains 2 mattes and 2 metallic shadows.

The shades from left to right are: Golden Flesh (bronzed gold – metallic), Harlow (dark beige – matte), Anjo (cool grey toned brown – metallic), Seed (deep brown – matte) and Faye (sparkling champagne – metallic)

From these swatches I can tell that the metallics are very buttery and the mattes are not a pigmented as I had hoped but still pigmented enough that I know I’ll get a good look out of this palette. There was only kick back with the metallic shades.

Natasha Denona Mini Nude Palette

$25 for a 5 pan at .3 ounces of product on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as an eyeshadow palette that is very user-friendly and the color scheme allows you to create a whole day or night eye makeup look. It comes with 2 metallics, 2 mattes & 1 duo chrome shadows.

The shades from left to right are: Bronzage (light copper – metallic), Quoin (gold – matte), Lumino (pearl – metallic), Sienna (terracotta – duo chrome), and Soil (medium nude – matte)

From these swatches I can tell that the metallics are very buttery and the mattes are pretty pigmented. There was some kick back with the mattes but I more kick back from the metallics.

Natasha Denona Mini Gold Palette

$25 for a 5 pan at .3 ounces of product on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as the perfect palette for at home or on-the-go with its compact size and gorgeous color scheme for multiple makeup looks. Inspired by the full-sized Gold Palette, this mini palette features muted greens, versatile neutrals, and a pop of rich gold. It comes with 2 mattes, 1 shimmer, 1 metallic, and 1 duo-chrome shadows.

The colors from left to right are: Lodge (creamy beige – matte), Dark Sepia (deep brown – shimmer), D’Or (rich gold – metallic), Bia (soft green – matte), and Antheia (golden green – duo chrome)

What I can tell from the swatches of this palette is that all these shadows are buttery and super pigmented and there was no kick back in the pans.

Natasha Denona Mini Star Palette

$25 for a 5 pan at .3 ounces of product on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as  the mini-sized version of Natasha’s Star Palette features five must-have shades in matte, metallic, shimmer, and duo chrome finishes. It comes with 1 duo chrome, 2 mattes, 1 metallic, and 1 shimmer shadows.

The colors from left to right are: Orion (deep blue/brown – duo chrome), Atik (sandy beige – matte), Bellatrix (rose gold – metallic), Earth (dark chocolate brown – matte), and Cosmo (golden olive – shimmer).

What I can tell from the swatches of this palette is that the mattes are just a bit dusty so primer would be your best bet when using these mattes. The shimmer, metallic, and duo chrome shadows are highly pigmented and super buttery. There are no kick back in the pans.

I will be testing out these new products this weekend. I have to rest today because I’m still not feeling very well.

Well dolls…. that’s it for this haul …. I hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Really Bad Fibro Day

Published August 11, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

Hey doll hey. How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m having a hard time with my Fibromyalgia the past few days.

My wrists and ankles are swollen and sore. My hips feel like the bones are grinding together. My muscles feel like I have been running sprints all day.

I have energy but because of the amount of pain I’m in (I feel like my pain level is around 8) I can’t do anything today.

Thank goodness I cooked extra last night so that all I have to do is reheat the left overs.

For dinner yesterday I made Pollo Guisado (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew) and homemade French Yeast Rolls.

Hubby and my mother truly loved dinner last night and that made me feel happy. I rested most of yesterday just so that I had enough energy to make the rolls. I think the next time I make these I’ll make a double batch and freeze a pan of them for future meals.

I’m not really sure what brought on this newest fibro flair, I only know that I am so much pain that not even sleep seems to give me relief. I woke about every 1 to 1/2 last night due to the pain.

The only thing I can think of is that since it’s our rainy season the barometric pressure is just wreaking havoc on my immune system.

Well… I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I’m still here… just having some truly horrible pain days …. I should be back into the swing of things soon … I just have to wait this out until it passes.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

1st Haul of August 2020 (Alter Ego)

Published August 10, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m having a really bad Fibromyalgia day so I’ve taken the day off from playing with makeup play, however I received the 1st of of my 7 orders for the month of August so I thought I’d do a quick Beauty Haul post….

The total for this Alter Ego order came to $83.70 (it would have been $93 but I used the discount code: ALLIE and this gave me 10% off my order…. this code is a valid discount code from YouTube creator Allie Glines.

So let’s take a look at what I purchased….

*Remember…. all swatches are done on clean, bare skin, with no primer, and in 1 pass … all pictures are taken on the left with no flash and on the right with flash*

8-PIECE EYE BRUSH COLLECTION

The 8 pc eye set runs $28 (if purchased individually all 8 brushes would cost $41 so there is a savings of $13 in purchasing the full 8 piece set). It’s billed as a curated to include all the essential brushes for recreating your favorite makeup looks. They claim that each brush is designed with a specific purpose in mind – from flawless blending to seamless smudging and that each brush is synthetic, cruelty free and vegan.

The 8 piece set includes:

#1 Blending Fluff (shading with the flat side or blending with the full tip), #2 Blending Crease (tapered crease brush to flawlessly blend colors and diffuse creases for the perfect result), #3 Large Blender (the largest of their eyeshadow brushes –  an over sized plush head perfect for applying powder or lightly blending), #4 Oval Shadow (flat, firm, oval head designed to ultimately define your eyes), #5 Small Oval Shadow (Similar to the Oval Shadow brush, the Small Oval Shadow Brush also builds pigment but features a smaller head for those intricate and trickier finer details during application), #6 Small Shadow (create depth and contrast to define and contour your eyes), #7 Pencil (pointed brush with smooth, rounded edges for transitioning shades, blending colors, and more), and #8 Smudger (a short, flat head that has been firmly rounded for seamless smudging, a necessary technique for evening out deep bursts of colors).

The TOE (or tip) of all the brushes except the pencil brush all have a round tapper to them.

The HEAD (the brush hairs) of all the brushes are duo colored …. the TOE and most of the BELLY (widest part of the brush head) of each brush has white bristles peppered throughout the brown main bristles.

The HEAL (the part that is attached to the FERRULE) of all the brushed seems to be attached firmly but not so firm that the brushes don’t have enough flexibility.

The FERRULE (the metal strip around the base of the bristles) of all hte brushes is silver and feels as if it maybe made of a sturdy aluminum with a crimped top of the FERRULE and a double crimp at the base of the FERRULE.

The HANDLE of all the brushes is made of a flat black painted plastic with the number of the brush stamped in silver at the top of the handle and Alter Ego stamped in silver and the base of the handle.

Each brush feels soft and sturdy. I’ll update you on how they apply eyeshadow in my next face of the day.

FALSE LASH in the style : PLUSH

These lashes are priced at $5 each pair and are billed as having full volume with increasing length outwards for a cat-eye look, hand-made with delicate synthetic fibers for a soft and weightless comfort. It claims to feature a flexible band that makes application effortless and has a self life of 10-15 times with proper care.

FALSE LASH in the style : FLARE

These lashes are priced at $5 each pair and are billed as being full volume eyelashes that “flare” out for a beautiful, natural finish, hand-made with delicate synthetic fibers for a soft and weightless comfort. It claims to feature a flexible band that makes application effortless and has a self life of 10-15 times with proper care.

FALSE LASH in the style : HIPSTER

These lashes are priced at $5 each pair and are billed as consisting of crisscrossing lashes bunched together with curled ends for dramatic, voluminous appeal, hand-made with delicate synthetic fibers for a soft and weightless comfort. It claims to feature a flexible band that makes application effortless and has a self life of 10-15 times with proper care.

  • All 3 pairs of lashes feel light weight, super soft fibers, and the bands are very flexible.
EYESHADOW BASE

This base costs $6 and is the size of a bottle of lash glue. It’s billed as being designed with a special, lightweight formula that helps your shadows last longer with better payoff and fewer creases.

as seen in the pictures above…. the picture on the left is once I blended out the base …. it dried clear and is just a slight bit tacky. On the right … the picture on the top is with no flash and the one on the bottom is with flash… it appears to have a slight peach tone … however that does disappear ounce it’s blended.

The GODDESS 15 COLOR EYESHADOW COLLECTION $16 on their website: It’s billed as featuring a mix of matte, metallic, and duo-chrome shades with gold, brown, and green tones.

The shades from left to right are :

Artemis (peacock blue – metallic), Athena (rich mustard – matte), Pandora (sheer champagne – metallic), Iris (cool yellow beige – matte), Lyssa (cool bronze gold – shimmer- they call it a sparkled shadow), Aura (medium brown – metallic), Hera (warm pink beige – matte), Valkyrie (green-toned gold – shimmer – they call it a sparkled shadow), Gaia (deep teal – matte), and Venus (warm gold – metallic).

The shades from left to right are:

Freya (sheer vanilla gold – shimmer – they call it a sparkled shadow), Juno (medium brown – matte), Luna (cool gold – metallic), Avalon (dark brown – matte), and Cassandra (golden apricot with green-duo chrome – metallic)

  • The mattes of this palette are hard pressed with barely any kick back in the pans. They are pretty pigmented without being overly pigmented making this an ideal palette for beginners.
  • The shimmers in this palette are buttery soft and super pigmented. There was barely any kick back in the pans.
  • The metallics are super pigmented and buttery smooth. There was just the slightest amount of kick back in the pans.
  • This color story is so pretty I can’t wait to dive into it … I will do a full review once I’ve had a chance to use it.
  • This Palette is a straight up dupe for the Natasha Denona Gold Palette

The ARTEMIS 28 COLOR EYESHADOW COLLECTION $22 on their website: It’s billed as being inspired by the Greek goddess of the hunt and features lux mattes (which they call smooth matte), dazzling metallics, earthy browns and khakis, rich blues, and coral pinks. 

The shades from left to right are: Hunt (sun yellow – matte), Provoke (copper with flecks of brown – metallic), Entice (sand – smooth matte/ lux matte), Obscure (pale taupe – metallic), Ravage (coral pink – metallic), Catch (shimmering gold – metallic), and Trap (orange – soft matte/ lux matte)

The shades from left to right are: Silent (olive green – matte), Scent (gold with flecks of copper – metallic), Camouflage (light gold – shimmer), Victory (azure blue – shimmer), Stalk (peach pink – metallic), Quiver (neutral brown – matte), and Snare (warm, musky orange – matte)

The shades from left to right are: Thrill (chocolate brown – soft matte/ lux matte), Spear (radiant yellow – metallic), Chase (taupe – metallic), Pursuit (dark turquoise – metallic), Captivate (soft brown – metallic), Pluck (bronze with warm undertone – metallic), Bow (gloomy navy – matte)

The shades from left to right are: Ambush (mystifying navy -matte), Prowl (tobacco grey/brown – metallic), Stealth (dark green – matte), Pounce (soft orange – metallic), Lure (deep walnut – metallic), Conquer (deep red – metallic), and Quest (dazzling olive with soft taupe undertones – metallic)

  • The mattes of this palette are hard pressed with barely any kick back in the pans. They are pretty pigmented without being overly pigmented making this an ideal palette for beginners.
  • The lux mattes (or as they call them soft mattes) are super buttery and silky smooth… they are not as pigmented as the regular mattes but they have a very unique formulation.
  • The shimmers in this palette are buttery soft and super pigmented. There was barely any kick back in the pans.
  • The metallics are super pigmented and buttery smooth. There was just the slightest amount of kick back in the pans.
  • This color story is so beautiful and I truly can’t wait to dive into it … I believe this will be my first palette I test out. I will do a full review once I’ve had a chance to use it.
  • This palette is a perfect dupe (plus extra shades) for the Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette.
MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK in the shade CRUSH (a blue toned pink)

This liquid lipstick costs $6 and is billed as a long-lasting and vivid liquid lipstick that is made to deliver a gorgeous plush matte.

This liquid lipstick is velvety and scentless. It does not dry down all the way and does not dry out the lips. It is not 100 % transfer proof but it does dry down enough that the transfer is very faint.

Well that’s the whole haul dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Keep an eye out for the next few blog posts where I test out all these items.

Remember dolls …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Shades of Purple Cut Crease Face of the Day

Published August 9, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling a bit stronger today. My pain level is around a 5 (that’s my base line pain level with this illness) and my energy seems to be steady today which means it’s pretzel making day!!

I had a fun time making them….

Instead of using All Purpose Flour I use Bread Flour and this made for a much chewier pretzels that were fluffy and had a better taste. They also didn’t fall apart on me in the baking soda bath this time either. I felt so proud of myself for this round of pretzels.

I wanted to practice my cut creases some more so I did another semi-glam cut crease look today. I used a palette that was sent to me for review from Imagic PROfessional Cosmetics that I hauled about 2 months ago. I kept forgetting that I had it so when I came across it today I decided to test it out.

For today’s eye look I used 4 ColourPop single shadows ($4.50 each on their website) and the Imagic 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette ($14 on their website) in the color story EY-322 .

Today I am wearing Kate Spade Live Colorfully ($98 at Sephora) The scent notes are… At the Top: Mandarin and Pink Water Lily. In the Middle: Star Anise, Tiare Flower (it’s a Tahitian Gardenia), Gardenia, and Coconut Water. The scent it rounded out at the bottom with: Sheer Amber, Musk and Tahitian Vanilla.

I will be reviewing the Palette that I was gifted by Imagic PROfessional Cosmetics in Final Thoughts …. So let’s dive right in to today’s Face of the Day walk-through…..

Base:

I primed my face using Fenty Beauty Soft Silk Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($32 at Sephora) and I prepped my pores using ELF Poreless Putty Primer ($8 on their website and at Ulta). I then used MAC Strobe Cream ($35 at MAC and Ulta) in the shade Pinklite and then went over the high points of my face with the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade #3. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. For foundation today I am wearing Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Velvety Matte Foundation ($20 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website) in the shade Alexandria #650 (for light skin with neutral undertones). I bronzed up the face using Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay.  I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using ColourPop No Filter Concealer ($7 on their website) in the shade Medium #20 (neutral cool concealer for medium skin tones). I set my under eyes using ELF Smooth and Set Eye Powder ($4 on their website) in the color sheer. I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the color Light. I touched up the bronzer on my face using JCat Beauty Golden Soleil Baked Bronzer ($7.99 at Ulta) in the shade #103 Cancun Golden Tan. For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta).

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and then primed my lids using Makeup Revolution Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Canvas (pure white). For today’s eye look I used 4 ColourPop single shadows ($4.50 each on their website) and the Imagic 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette ($14 on their website) in the color story EY-322 . I started with the Imagic palette. For my transition I first tried the shade Flip (light peachy beige – matte) but that was just a bit too light for me so I then went into the shade Glamour (light camel brown – matte). For my crease shade I used a combo of 2 ColourPop single shadows : Top Notch (terracotta brown – matte) and Sea Stars (medium yellow brown – matte). I switched back tot the Imagic palette and deepened the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using the shade Steam (mid-toned chocolate brown – matte). I then used the ColourPop single shadow in the shade Facet (deep red brown – matte) to deepen the outer 1/2 of the outer v of the crease. I cut the crease using more of the Makeup Revolution Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Canvas (pure white). I then went back to the Imagic palette and started on the outer 1/3 of the cut crease using the shade Awesome (midnight blue – metallic). For the middle 1/3 of the cut crease I used the shade Trance (lavender with a blue flip – duo-chrome). I wanted there to be a bit more purple to the look so I went back over the outer 1/3 of the cut crease with the shade Stylin (hot red based pink – metallic). I then went back in with the shade Trance and feathered it over the middle between the middle and outer 1/3 of the cut crease. For the inner 1/3 of the cut crease I used the shade Curtain (silver with a red/brown and purple/green – multi-chrome). I then set my brow line using the ColourPop single shadow in the shade Hear Me Out (white peach – matte). For the lower lash line I used more of the shade Glamour (light camel brown – matte) from the Imagic Palette to create a drop shadow and then deepened it up just a bit using more of the ColourPop single shadow in the shade Top Notch (terracotta brown – matte). I then deepened the lash line using the ColourPop single shadow in the shade Cloud Nine (plummy brown – matte). I used the shade Slow (ivory – shimmer) from the Imagic palette. I tight lined my upper and lower water line using Sephora 12HR Colorful Contour Eye Pencil ($11 at Sephora) in the shade Cocoa (Chocolate Brown) and did two coats of Mac Extended Play Gigablack Lash ($20 at Ulta and MAC) in the shade black and then popped on a pair of ColourPop Falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I chose Tarte Sugar Rush Beach Cheeks Blush ($15 at Ulta) in the shade Beaches & Cream (peachy pink)  and then set that with a slight tap of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12HR Blush ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Blissful (bright rose – matte). I touched up my highlighter on the high points of my face and my Cupid’s Bow using Pixi x Rachhloves The Layers Highlighting Palette ($24 at Target and on the Pixi website) and using a combo of the shades Lace (pale peachy pink) and Clutch (golden champagne). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (this shade is only available in the Big Box of Lippie Pencils Vault – out of stock) in the shade Lumiere (dusty mauve pink) and then topped the lips off using L’Oreal Collection Exclusive Lipstick ($8 at Walmart) in the shade Julianne’s Nude (blush nude).

Final Thoughts:

I grade this palette a solid A++ : Imagic 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette ($14 on their website) in the color story EY-322. There really wasn’t much about the palette on their website other than it was pigmented, low dust back, and smooth and finely milled.

This palette has 8 matte shadows, 2 metallic shadows, 2 topper type shadows, and 4 shimmer shadows.

The mattes are finely milled. There was barely any kick back in the pans and there was zero fall out on the face. The mattes did buff out smoothly with no skipping or patchiness and they blended together seamlessly.

The metallics are not as punchy as I would like but once I wet my brush with a bit of setting spray they worked a bit better. There was little kick back and no fall out with the metallics either.

The duo-chrome and multi-chrome shadows are a flakier formula they are also more of a bouncy formula …. like a topper would be, except they are more pigmented than a topper would be. These shadows were super pigmented and shimmery. The duo and multi chrome shadows are simply stunning in this palette.

I only used 1 shimmer shadow but this is a highly reflective shimmer formula. The shimmers are a tad flaky just like the topper type shadows but I think they are just a softer formula then the metallic shades.

All in all this palette is a pretty great value and quality. I’m keen to use it again and I will be placing an order for a full face of products perhaps next month to review.

Well, that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.

Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Full Glam Cut Crease Face of the Day

Published August 8, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling better today…. I might even makes some more soft pretzels today.

I wanted to go full glam today, just playing around … trying to perfect my cut crease work… this is what I came up with. For today’s look I used shades from 3 Juvia’s Place Palettes: (1) The Chocolates Palette ($14 on their website and at Ulta), (2) The Warrior Palette ($20 on their website), and (3) The Nubian 2 Palette ($28 on their website and at Ulta).

Today I am wearing Burberry Brit (scent notes are…. At the Top : Italian Lime, Icy Pear, Green Almond. In the Middle: Sugared Almond & White Peony. Rounding the Scent Out: Amber, Mahogany, Vanilla, and Tonka Bean).

Well let’s dive into today’s Face of the Day Walk-through.

Base:

I primed my face using Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer ($54 at Sephora) and then a layer of VDL Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta) and then prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. For foundation today I am wearing Private Society Drops of Perfection ($30 on their website) in the shade Medium. I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using JCat BEauty StaySurance Water Sealed Zero Smudge Concealer ($7.99 at Ulta) in the shade Custard. I set my under eyes using ELF Smooth and Set Eye Powder ($4 on their website) in the color sheer. I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the color Light. I touched up the bronzer on my face using Milani Baked Radiance Bronzer ($8.99 at Ulta) in the shade #09 Dolce. For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta).

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using Makeup Revolution Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Canvas (pure white). For today’s eye look I used shades from 3 Juvia’s Place Palettes: (1) The Chocolates Palette ($14 on their website and at Ulta), (2) The Warrior Palette ($20 on their website), and (3) The Nubian 2 Palette ($28 on their website and at Ulta). I started by setting my brow line using my Catrice Cosmetics Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta). For my transition color I used a combo of the 2nd shade of the 2nd row (mustard yellow – matte) of the Chocolates Palette and the shade Kano (caramel – matte) from the Warrior Palette. For my outer v of the crease and the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid I used a combo of the 1st shade of the 2nd row (rich warm red – matte) of the Chocolates Palette, Madagascar (beige – matte) from the Nubian 2 Palette, and Ahosi (light cantaloupe – matte) from the Warrior Palette. For my crease I used a combo of Morocco (dark orange – matte) from the Nubian 2 Palette, Kano (caramel – matte) from the Warrior Palette, and the 2nd shade of the 2nd row (mustard yellow – matte) of the Chocolates Palette. I then deepened about 1/3 of the outer v of the crease and the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid using a combo of the shade Kenya (chocolate brown – matte) from the Nubian 2 Palette, the 1st shade of the 1st row (deep chocolate brown – matte) and the 3rd shade of the 1st row (deep brown with grey undertones – matte) of the Chocolates Palette. I then cut my creases of the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid up to the transition shade using more of the Makeup Revolution Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Canvas (pure white). I then went in with the shade Dahomey (russet gold – metallic) from the Warrior Palette and feathered that over the outer 1/3 of the cut crease. I then went into the shade Nefertiti (18 K Gold – shimmer) from the Nubian 2 Palette and feathered that over the middle 1/3 of the cut crease. I then went in with a combo of the shades Bakwa (gold – metallic) from the Warrior Palette and the shades Nairobi (yellow gold – metallic) and Zuri (ivory – shimmer) from the Nubian 2 Palette and feathered that over the inner 1/3 of the cut crease and also around the tear duct area of the inner corner of the eyes. I kept it simple for the lower lash line. I did a soft drop shadow using a combo of the shades Kano (caramel – matte) and Morocco (dark orange – matte). I then used more of the 3rd shade of the 1st row (deep brown with grey undertones – matte) of the Chocolates Palette to deepened the lash line.  I tight lined my upper and lower water line using Sephora 12HR Colorful Contour Eye Pencil ($11 at Sephora) in the shade Cocoa (Chocolate Brown) and did two coats of ColourPop BFF Mascara ($8 on their website) in the shade Black on Black and then popped on a pair of ColourPop Falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I chose the 1st shade of the 1st row (the coral shade) of the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 at Ulta and on the ELF website) and then set that with a slight tap of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12HR Blush ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Captivating (bright peach – matte). I touched up my highlighter on the high points of my face and my Cupid’s Bow using JCat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter ($8.99 at Ulta) in the shade YGG #102 Twilight (golden champagne). I lined and filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (this shade is only available in the Big Box of Lippie Pencils Vault – out of stock) in the shade Lumiere (dusty mauve pink) and then topped the lips off using L’Oreal Collection Exclusive Lipstick ($8 at Walmart) in the shade Julianne’s Nude (blush nude).

Final Thoughts:

I didn’t mean to go as glam as I did but I am super happy with the way it came out today. I think I should have chosen a terracotta nude for my lipstick but other than that I really do love the look.

I got confirmation that my Beautylish order will be here Wednesday and my Alter Ego order will be here on Monday.

I’m STILL waiting for my 4 orders from ColourPop to be processed…. it’s been 8 days and they’ve YET to process the darn orders. It’s super annoying but I do understand that processing and shipping may still be slow because of the Pandemic…. I just really can’t wait to get my hands on those palettes.

Well that’s all dolls. I hope you have a great day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Gold & Cranberry Soft Cut Crease Face of the Day

Published August 7, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling better from my RFI treatment but I’m in a heap of Fibromyalgia pain.

My makeup didn’t turn out as good as I had imagined it but I think the colors together are really pretty. Also I’m wearing a ball cap because I can’t wear any hair products or wet my hair today because I’m dyeing my hair today but because I’m out of energy I am going to rest and do it an hour before bed tonight. In the meantime … I brushed out my hair, since it’s super curly it turned out super puffy and so today is a ball cap sort of day.

I am not wearing any perfume today because I used my favorite body wash and wanted that scent to linger (my favorite body was is Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel).

For today’s eye look I used Tarte Eye and Cheek Palette and a few shades from my Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. Let’s dive into today’s Face of the Day …..

Base:

I primed my face using HourGlass Mineral Veil Primer ($54 at Sephora) and then a layer of VDL Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta) and then prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. For foundation today I am wearing BECCA Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation ($44 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Cashmere 1N3 (neutral beige, neutral undertones). I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using BH Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer ($6 but on sale for $3 on their website) in the shade #111. I set my under eyes using ELF Smooth and Set Eye Powder ($4 on their website) in the color sheer. I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the color Light. I touched up the bronzer on my face using the KVD Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette using the shade ShadowPlay (the 2nd shade of the 2nd row). For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta).

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For today’s eye look I used the Tarte Treasures Collector’s Palette (was $50 and is no longer avaible was Limited Edition) and a few shades from my Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette (discontinued). I started with the Tarte Palette and set my brow line using the shade Wonderland (a creamy vanilla – matte). For my transition shade I used the color Nutmeg (camel tan – matte). For the outer 1/3 of my mobile lid and the outer v of the crease I used the shade Hot Cocoa & Chill (dusty chocolate brown – satin). To deepen the very outer part of the outer v of the crease I used a combo of the shade Giving (a deep mulberry – matte) and the shades Faith (medium yellow base tan – matte), Lockout (dusty dark brown – matte), and BlackJack (dusty black – matte). I cut the crease on the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid using more of the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For the inner 1/3 of the cut creased mobile lid I used the shade Gilded (a true deep gold – metallic). For the middle 1/3 of the cut creased mobile lid I used the shade Cranberry Kiss (bright cranberry pink – metallic). I then used the shade Buttered Rum (Slight Golden Champagne – metallic) to blur the demarcation line between the inner and middle 1/3 of the mobile lid. For the lower lash line I used the residual shadow from the transition brush and also the outer v brush. I then highlighted the inner corners of my eyes using the 2 highlighter shades Glow SZN (Champagne) and Drippin’ (Light Gold) from the Tarte Palette. I tight lined my upper lash line using Sephora 12HR Colorful Contour Eye Pencil ($11 at Sephora) in the shade Cocoa (Chocolate Brown) and tight lined the lower water line using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade Sunset 74 (golden bronze shimmer). I did two coats of ColourPop BFF Mascara ($8 on their website) in the shade Black on Black.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I chose the 1st shade of the 1st row (the coral shade) of the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 at Ulta and on the ELF website) and then set that with a slight tap of the shade Always Nice (poppy pink – shimmer) from the Tarte Palette. I touched up my highlighter on the high points of my face and my Cupid’s Bow using the shade Glow SZN (Champagne) from the Tarte Palette. I lined and filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade I Heart This (red fuchsia). I topped that with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) in the shade Glastonberry (a deep berry – matte)and tapped on a bit of lip balm.

Final Thoughts:

I give this foundation a grade of A++ : BECCA Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation ($44 at Ulta and Sephora). It comes in 42 shades (14 shades for light, medium, and deep skin tones). It’s billed as a lightweight, full-coverage foundation for up to 24-hour wear with a breathable, natural finish that’s good for blemish-prone skin.

I didn’t like this foundation the first time I tried it. I found it too thick and heavy on the face. It settled into my pores and just did not sink well into the skin. However, I tried it again today using my new foundation routine and was able to get it to look beautiful on the skin now. It still feels a little heavy on the skin but doesn’t look heavy on the skin…. because I can feel it on my face I couldn’t give it my highest rating however I think I would like to use this one again. I am not sure if I will ever purchase the full sized bottle, mainly because I have so many foundations and already have a BECCA foundation I am using …. perhaps sometime in the future I may but for now I’m happy just to use the sample size that I have.

I placed all my beauty buys for the month of August. In total I spent 532.41 (including taxes and shipping going over my beauty budget for the month by $32.41…. however I did the flex pay option for most of these purchases … so I only truly spent $234 out of pocket leaving me $266 left in my beauty budget …. however I will let that roll over to next month).

The first purchases I made were from Beautylish :

I purchased the HourGlass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss in the shade Solar (coral), The HourGlass Vanish Airbrush Concealer in the shade Creme, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in the shade Girly (coral), a Double Z Palette and a Large Z Palette, Good Molecules Silicone Free Priming Moisturizer, and the following 4 Natasha Denona Mini Palettes:

Natasha Denona Mini Star Palette

The shades from left to right are: Orion (deep blue brown – duo-chrome), Atika (sandy beige – matte), Bellatrix (rose gold – metallic), Earth (dark chocolate brown – matte), and Cosmo (golden olive – metallic)

Natasha Denona Mini Nude Palette

The shades from left to right are: Bronzage (bronze – metallic), Quion (peachy tan – creamy matte), Lumino (pinkish white – metallic), Sienna (copperish champagne with a silver flip – metallic), and Soil (deep reddish brown – creamy matte).

Natasha Denona Mini Gold Palette

The shades from left to right are: Lodge (creamy deep grey toned beige – matte), Dark Sepia (deep brown – shimmer), D’Or (rich gold – metallic), Bia (soft olive green – matte), and Antheia (golden green – duo-chrome)

Natasha Denona Mini Glam Palette

The shades from left to right are: Golden Flesh (bronzed gold – metallic), Harlow (dark beige – matte), Anjo (cool grey brown – metallic), Seed (deep brown – matte), and Faye (sparkling champagne – metallic).

The next order I placed with through Alter Ego.

I purchased the 8 piece Eye Brush Collection, a pair of false lashes in the styles Flare, Plush, and Hipster, a matte liquid lipstick in the shade Crush (pinkish coral), the eye shade base, and the following 2 palettes:

Goddess 15 Pan Palette (This is a spot on dupe for the Natasha Denona Gold Palette)

The shades from left to right and up to down are: Artemis (peacock blue – metallic), Athena (rich mustard – matte), Pandora (sheer champagne – metallic), Iris (cool yellow beige – matte), Lyssa (cool bronze gold – metallic), Aura (medium brown – metallic), Hera (warm pink beige – matte), Valkyrie (green-toned gold – metallic), Gaia (deep teal – matte), Venus (warm gold – metallic), Freya (sheer vanilla gold – metallic), Juno (medium brown – matte), Luna (cool gold – metallic), Avalon (dark brown – matte), and Cassandra (golden apricot & green – duo-chrome).

Artemis 28 Pan Palette (This is a spot on dupe , plus extra shades for the Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette)

The shades from left to right and up to down are: Hunt (sun yellow – matte), Provoke (copper with flecks brown – metallic), Entice (smooth sand – matte), Obscure (pale taupe – metallic), Ravage (coral pink – metallic), Catch (shimmering gold – metallic), Trap (soft orange – matte), Silent (olive green – matte), Scent (gold with flecks of copper – metallic), Camouflage (light sparkling gold – metallic), Victory (sparkling azure blue – metallic), Stalk (peach pink – metallic), Quiver (neutral brown – matte), Snare (warm, musky orange – matte), Thrill (soft chocolate brown – metallic), Spear (radiant yellow – metallic), Chase (taupe – metallic), Pursuit (dark turquoise – metallic), Captivate (soft brown – metallic), Pluck (bronze with warm undertone – luxe metallic), Bow (gloomy navy – matte), Ambush (mystifying navy – matte), Prowl (tobacco greyish brown – metallic), Stealth (dark green – matte), Pounce (soft orange – metallic), Lure (deep walnut – metallic), Conquer (deep red – metallic), and Quest (dazzling olive with soft taupe undertones – metallic)

My next order I placed was from ColourPop.

I purchased another Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Concealer in the shade 30N, the Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Foundation in 2 shades : 30N and 20N (I couldn’t decide which would be the right shade), an Ultra Glossy Lip in the shade Spacemaker (pinky coral), an Ultra Blotted Liquid Lip in the shade Doozy (warm rose), (1) 12 pan build it yourself palette with the shades : Baseline (periwinkle – metallic), Tiki (warm yellow with flecks of gold – sequin), Formation (teal – matte), Kk (orchid – matte), Friendly (lavender lilac – matte), Oh Ship (bright orange red – matte pressed pigment), Hop On (true red – matte pressed pigment), For Shore (neon warm pink – matte pressed pigment), Flowerboy (hot peachy pink – matte), Say I Do  (baby pink – matte), Bratty (vivid orange – matte), and Monarch (cool toned pink with a silvery sheen – metallic). And the following 4 palettes….

Through My Eyes Palette

The shades from left to right and top to bottom are: lucido (light gold – metallic), wild soul (dusty mustard yellow -matte), mesmer-eyez (orange gold – metallic), sandalwood (soft light beige – matte), in a wink (soft pastel peach – matte), euphoric (bright true orange – matte), canela (soft terracotta sprinkled with gold glitter – sequin), lomo (bright coral red – metallic), emerald dream (vivid emerald green – metallic), muze (bright warm gold sprinkled with silver glitter – sequin), divina (deep blackberry -matte), flecks (icy taupe packed with silver glitter – sequin), nostalgia (mid-tone warm rose – matte), moody (rich forest green – matte), nocturne (rosy red – metallic) and missbehave (rich wine red – matte)

Wild Nothing Palette

The shades from left to right and top to bottom are: crystal cove (warm ivory with pinpoints of silver and gold pearl – sequin),
salton (white gold with pinpoints of gold and silver pearl – metallic), coastline (icy tangerine – metallic), top down (peach – matte), morningside (muted peach – matte), seashells (icy moss with pinpoints of silver pearl – metallic), alcove (icy orange with pinpoints of silver and pink pearl – metallic), spirited (warm taupe with pinpoints of silver and gold pearl – metallic), vagabond (warm saddle brown – matte), hot springs (soft berry with pinpoints of silver and gold pearl – sequin), come together (mid-tone brown – matte), and no bounds (blackened brown – matte).

Garden Variety Palette

The shades from left to right and top to bottom are: deserted (ivory – matte),
herbivore (pastel peach with silver and gold pearl – sequin), synergy (icy pink with a teal shift – metallic), wavelength (opal with a gold shift – metallic), prickly please (pastel coral – matte), third eye (soft green gold -metallic), best buds (icy vibrant green – metallic), smudge off (pinky purple with silver pearl – metallic), don’t leaf (soft coral with pink, silver, and gold pearl – metallic), over the bloom (true coral with silver and gold pearl – sequin), stay sharp (warm mid-tone brown – matte), succa 4 u (brown plum with silver and gold pearl – sequin), stuck on you (plum – matte),
clay day (dusty rose with silver and gold pearl – sequin), and root ‘em up (green brown – matte).

So Jaded Palette

The shades from left to right and top to bottom are: diamond (icy champagne with blue reflects – metallic), rose quartz (soft neutral mauve – matte), ruby (crimson red – metallic), royal jewels (neutral peach – matte), fluorite (icy lavender with a pale green flip – metallic), moonstone (silvery taupe with purple and blue sparkle – metallic), my precious (pale peach – matte), sunstone (pale peach – metallic), pearl (pale gold – metallic), citrine (true mustard yellow – matte), garnet (garnet red – matte), ametrine (dusty mauve purple with golden flecks – sequin), peridot (bright chartreuse – metallic), you’re a gem (burnt terracotta – matte), topaz (bronze with copper flecks – pressed glitter), tiger eye (antique bronze – metallic), opal (multidimensional silver with multicolored flecks – pressed glitter), aquamarine (icy baby blue – metallic), geo dude (mid-tone neutral yellow brown – matte), carnelian (brunt orange – matte), stoned (cool deep brown – matte), jasper (red brown – matte), turquoise (true turquoise – metallic), onyx (charcoal with silver pearl – sequin), emerald (true emerald – metallic), jade (olive green – matte), alexandrite (eggplant – metallic), smoky quartz (icy taupe – metallic), amethyst (vibrant purple – metallic), and sapphire (navy blue – matte).

And that is all for my beauty buys for the month of August … it’s very eyeshadow palette heavy, I know, but I haven’t really purchased eye palettes in a little while so I thought it was time to pick some new ones up.

Well that’s all dolls. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good health and spirits.

Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

My Beauty Community Tag

Published August 4, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

Since I’m taking the next few days off, I thought perhaps I’d do a few beauty tag posts….

This tag was created by youtuber Kara Chapman on her video titled My Beauty Community Tag

I only just discovered her this past month and I think she’s pretty great. She has been part of the YouTube community since September 10, 2017, has a following of 4.95 K subscribers and her videos have over 318,697 views.

Her tag was designed to spotlight beauty creators that are amazing, drama free, and deserve some much needed lifting up…. since the beauty community has taking a hit the past few years with all the drama (I wont get into it … if you know … you know … I chose not to address the drama since I want nothing more than to spread positivity and joy).

So without further ado here are my answers to this beauty tag…

Question #1 : Who is a creator that makes you laugh?

There are 2 YouTube creators that have me in stitches from laughing all the way through their videos….

Theresa From Theresa is Dead

Theresa has been part of the YouTube community since August 4, 2015, has 33.7 K subscribers, and her videos have over 3,309,000 views. I’ve only been watching Theresa for about a month now but she has quickly become a guilty pleasure to watch. She is the funniest person I have ever met. She starts out every video with a funny little something that happened to her and I swear she keeps me laughing the rest of the time I’m binge watching her videos. She is so sassy that it’s endearing. She does swear so this is not a channel to watch with little ones in the room, but I promise you will be thoroughly entertained.

Paige from Seeking Alexandria

Paige has been part of the YouTube community since June 17, 2016, has 20.2 K subscribers, and her videos have over 2,368,309 views. I’ve been watching Paige for about 9 or 10 months now. She is a fellow beauty obsessed spoonie who always makes me smile. She is jovial and personable and she pokes fun herself in a way that just makes her feel like you are visiting with a friend. She has an Auto-Immune illness as well as a brain tumor and she always manages to remain upbeat and has an amazing zest for life. Her humor is so much like mine that I think that makes me laugh twice as hard.

Question #2 : Who is a creator that teaches you?

There are many YouTube creators that I’ve learned from but the 2 that stand out the most to me are twins from the UK…… One is a skin care enthusiast and the other is a professional makeup artist….

James Welsh

James has been part of the YouTube community since February 11, 2015, has 874 K subscribers, and his videos have over 72,943,916 views. I’ve been a subbie of his for around a year now, right around the same time I found his brother on YouTube too. He is a skin care enthusiast who has taught me so much about skin care this past year … and my skin has never looked better… I use to only use my NO 7 serums and moisturizers and to cleanse I would use my Dove Beauty Bar. When I happened upon Jame’s YouTube channel, earlier this year, I started to learn more about serums and the different types of cleansers and toners and even K Beauty skin care tips. He has the type of personality that just sucks you right in… right from the start. He never sugar coats it when it comes to how he feels about certain ingredients in skin care or certain brands and items. I know that if James recommends something as a good product that it really is a good product.

Robert Welsh

Robert has been part of the YouTube community since May 21, 2015, has 548 K subscribers, and his videos have over 28,650,122 views. It’s been around a year that I’ve been watching Robert. He is a professional makeup artist with over 10 years experience and uses his platform to break down the tips and tricks to better makeup application. He is a no nonsense beauty guru who isn’t afraid to tell you what “fads” are not really good for everyday use. I’ve only been following him for about 5 or so months but in that time I have learned so much. Better techniques…. items that upon incorporating into my routine have really upped my makeup game, and fads that, once I stopped doing, have really made my makeup look amazing. He does this Monday series called Ghost Stories and Makeup Mondays where he does a themed makeup look and reads Ghost stories that his subscribers have sent in to him.

Together the Welsh brothers have a weekly podcast called The Double Cleanse Podcast about everything beauty, from dealing with pimples and how to perfect your makeup, to the realities of social media influencing and advertising. (as stated on their heading of their podcast).

Question #3: Who is a creator that lifts others up?

Again .. there are a few YouTube creators come to mind for this question, there are many others but these 3 really come to mind when I think lifting others up…

Emily Noel

Emily has been part of the YouTube community since November 8, 2006, has 1.01 M subscribers, and her videos have over 208,848,400 views. I have been following Emily for the better part of 10 years….. it’s like visiting with an old friend. She is very charismatic. She loves to share other creator’s work and she just has this warm inviting presence about her. The way she up lifts the community is so endearing … she is the same across all her social platforms, be it on YouTube, her Twitter or her Instagram. There is never any drama with her and she is always an inspiration.

Jen for Jen Luvs Reviews

Jen has been part of the YouTube community since April 19, 2012, has 295 K subscribers, and her videos have over 40,457,247 views. I have been watching Jen for around 5 years now and her personality and style have always been genuine. She loves to talk about other YouTube creators that fascinate her, always gives credit where credit is do, and never minces words. When something is wrong or unjust …. Jen speaks her mind. When something is amazing ….. Jen speaks her mind. She doesn’t pull punches and she doesn’t let anyone be harsh or mean. She stands her ground when she has something to say… whether that be on her Instagram or her Twitter. She has this weekly beauty community live chat that she does where nothing is off limits to talk about…. She is genuine and that makes her so endearing to me.

Jessica Braun a.k.a. JamBeauty89

Jessica has been part of the YouTube community since April 7, 2013, has 592 K subscribers, and her videos has over 90,527,299 views. Jessica is a huge Disney fan …. that’s how I found her 8 years ago. Her husband is also a Disney certified travel agent. She was a teacher but as her YouTube channel grew she quit her job to become a full time YouTube creator and now full time mommy to the cutest little girl on the planet. Jessica is such a sweet soul. When I first started watching her she did tons of makeup reviews and get ready with me videos… she has since expanded her channel to include lifestyle things. She is such a breath of fresh air and you can tell she is just as genuine in real life as she is on her YouTube, her Instagram, and her Twitter. She always gives credit where credit is do and she never has a negative thing to say about anyone.

Question #4 Who is a creator that you respect?

There are so many people in the beauty community that I respect, everyone that I’ve mentioned and will mention in this post are all people that I respect tremendously for 1 reason or another…. there are just too many to narrow this down to just 1 so I give you my top 5 creators that I respect…..

Chelsea of GlamGirlChelsea

Chelsea has been part of the YouTube community since May 4, 2016, has 7.11 K subscribers, and her videos have over 278,755 views. Sad to say I’ve only been following Chelsea for the better part of 3 months, but in that time I have grown to adore her. She is the sweetest most amazing human on this earth. She has this super adorable voice that just makes you smile, she is such a ray of light and such an inspiration. She is super amazingly beautiful and her style is superb!

Kristi of RawBeautyKristi

Kristi has been part of the YouTube community since February 28, 2013, has 1.11 M subscribers, and her videos have over 119,552,569 views. I have watched Kristi for the better part of 6 years now. I cheered for her during the NYX Face Awards and cheered even harder earlier this past month when she revealed that she was pregnant after 10+ years of struggling with infertility. Kristi is a super talented makeup artist that does amazing special effects makeup … I love Halloween time because she does not disappoint when it comes to character makeup. She is so open about her life and her opinions of makeup, the community, and just life in general that it just feels like you’ve been friends your whole life. I always trust her makeup reviews, she doesn’t hold anything back… if the product is shit then she tells it like it is.

Allie Glines

Allie has been part of the YouTube community since November 14, 2012, has 683 k subscribers, and her videos have over 64,336,961 views. I’ve been watching Allie for right around a year and 1/2. She is such a little cutie! She is so personable, so sincere, and just another fresh breath of air. She owns her own makeup bag company as well… the whole collection is on my wish list for a someday in the future purchase. She has such a bubbly way about her. She was the one who taught me how to get that flawless look to my foundation. She is just such a joy.

Shan of Shaaanxo

Shan has been part of the YouTube community since January 17, 2009, has 3.15 M subscribers, and her videos have over 453,216,787 views. I’ve been watching Shan for around 10 years now. She owns her own beauty line and is a New Zealand based beauty guru. She just does such a stunning job at makeup! She is another one with a bubbly personality. She is also another one that if a product is shit … she is going to tell you like it is.

Hanna of Smokey Glow

Hanna has been part of the YouTube community since February 17, 2017, has 215 K subscribers, and her videos have over 26,103,711 views. I’ve only been watching Hanna for about 2-ish months but have really enjoyed her content. She is a no nonsense type of girl. She is very outspoken and always shoots from the hip. She has very strong opinions and doesn’t mince her words. She does videos on the drama of the beauty community but she also does reviews and a series where she says if she would buy a new product or pass on it.

Question #5 : Who is a creator whose collection you love?

Tara of Tarababyz

Tara has been part of the YouTube community since December 3, 2008, has 144 K subscribers, and her videos have over 20,467,457 views. I’ve been watching Tara for over 7 years and am always in awe of her collection. She does a makeup haul every Saturday and does , by far, the best swatches of the products she purchases. She stores her makeup in 5 Viper 33-Inch 13-Drawer Tool Storage units. She has the biggest collection I’ve ever seen and I just can’t get enough of her makeup room tours.

This is what her beauty room looks like.

Question #6 : Who is a creator whose creativity inspires you?

I get inspiration from many in the beauty community but I never stepped out of my comfort zone of neutral looks until I started watching certain YouTube creators …. 3 of which are …..

Angelica Nyqvist

Angelica has been part of the YouTube community since April 30, 2015 , has 81.5 K subscribers , and her videos have more than 11,677,273 views. I’ve been following her for about 4 months now and just love how she makes me want to fly right out my comfort zone and dive right into color.

Kelsee Briana Jai

Kelsee has been part of the YouTube community since February 7, 2010 , has 53 K subscribers , and her videos have more than 5,103,418 views. I’ve been following her since March. First of all she is absolutely stunning and secondly she is a blast to watch. She comes up with some unique color combos that have me really reaching out of my comfort zone with looks. In fact the look I did on July 26th was inspired by a video she did that week. I really love binge watching her…. she just inspires me to really get creative with my makeup.

Denitsa of Denitslava Makeup

Denitsa has been part of the YouTube community since October 20, 2015, has 2.52 M subscribers, and her videos have more than 173,409,764 views. I’ve been following her for 3 years now. She is the sweetest most cutest little bundle of joy ever. She does these amazing makeup looks and what I like about her tutorials is that she inserts a close up of the eye she is working on so that you can see perfectly just what she is doing and it makes it easier to follow along. I have recreated many of her looks over the years I’ve watched her.

Question #7 : Who is a creator you’d like to be friends with in real life?

Oh man this is such a hard question! I feel like so many of the YouTubers that I follow really do already feel like friends. I had a super hard time limited this one down … so I chose the 12 top gurus I would love to hang out with, although I would totally hang out with any of the YouTubers I have mentioned in this post, truly ….

Bailey Sarian

Bailey has been part of the YouTube community since January 22, 2013, has 1.98 M subscribers, and her videos have over 135,392,042 views. I have been following her for a little over a year now. Bailey is quirky and sassy and all around fun to watch. She would be a hoot to hang out with. She does this Monday series called Murder, Mystery, and Makeup Mondays where she does her makeup on camera whilst discussing true crime cases. She also does a makeup look on Saturdays. Her personality is just so quirky that it makes me want to binge watch her for hours.

Paige from Seeking Alexandria

I’ve already introduced Paige but ….Paige has been part of the YouTube community since June 17, 2016, has 20.2 K subscribers, and her videos have over 2,368,309 views. I’ve been watching Paige for about 9 or 10 months now. For all the reasons I’ve already said I would love to just hang out with her. She and I are similar in makeup tastes and humor. I think we would get along perfectly.

Angelica Nyqvist

Angelica has been part of the YouTube community since April 30, 2015 , has 81.5 K subscribers , and her videos have more than 11,677,273 views. I’ve been following her for about 4 months now. She is super funny and super “rocker chic”. She is very outgoing and just seems like she would be a blast to hang out with.

Ashley of Makeupby Amarie

Ashley has been part of the YouTube community since December 10, 2010, has 598 K subscribers, and her videos have over 29,713,777 views. I have been following her for about a year now. She’s a fellow Floridian. She is no nonsense when it comes to her reviews and reminds me a lot of a friend I had back in college. We have the same makeup tastes and I really think she would be super cool to hang with.

Rosy McMichael

has been part of the YouTube community since June 11, 2010, has 5.2 M subscribers, and her videos have over 979,150,336 views. I have been following her for the better part of 9 years. I first found her through the NYX Face Awards and just fell instantly in love with her style. She’s a fellow Latina and super funny. She is no nonsense when it comes to her reviews and she is super open about her life. She also does not get mixed into all the beauty drama and is just a well rounded person.

Theresa From Theresa is Dead

For all the reasons I already expressed about her. Theresa has been part of the YouTube community since August 4, 2015, has 33.7 K subscribers, and her videos have over 3,309,000 views. I’ve only been watching Theresa for about a month now. She is just a breath of fresh air. I love to laugh and I love to joke around and I just feel like if Theresa and I every hung out we would be spending the whole day trying to one up each other with funny stories.

Audra of Audra at Home

Audra has been part of the YouTube community since September 17, 2016, has 6.11 K subscribers, and her videos have over 119,023 views. I have been following her for just a little under 2 months but right from the first video I just knew she was amazing. She has a pension for horror movies, bigger than mine, and she does this series called Terror Tuesday where she discuses horror movies. She also does reenactments of horror movies that are so fun to watch. She is quirky and describes herself as having frenetic energy which is pretty spot on … just the other day I tweeted out that she is my spirit animal, or more to the point my spirit twin… we have the same personality and the same likes in horror movies. I love that she isn’t afraid of playing with color makeup looks. She is just a truly unique person.

Chelsea of GlamGirlChelsea

Chelsea has been part of the YouTube community since May 4, 2016, has 7.11 K subscribers, and her videos have over 278,755 views. Sad to say I’ve only been following Chelsea for the better part of 3 months. She just has this unassuming sophistication about her. She carries herself so beautifully that she is just so endearing. She would be that friend I’d have a coffee with and just catch up with … she would be that friend that I would turn to fro life advise because she has it all togehter.

Mel Thompson

Mel has been part of the YouTube community since July 18, 2013, has 154 K subscribers, and her videos have over 22,105,426 views. I have been following her for about a year now. First of all we have to discuss her laugh. She has one of those laughs that just brings a smile to your face…. that type of laugh that if you are having a bad day instantly brightens your mood. She is genuine and witty and is just a pleasant human being. She is such a sweet person and I just know she would be that friend that would be the one to tell you when you are doing something wrong , but in the nicest of ways… she would give you pep talks when you need them but would also call you on your crap without hurting your feelings.

Nikki of Nikki Tutorials

Nikki has been part of the YouTube community since June 23, 2008, has 13.5 M subscribers, and her videos have over 1,344,459,903 views. I have been following her for for around 12 years now and have really seen her come out of her shell. She is funny and witty and always handles herself with the utmost of decency. She is always classy, even when she was faced with someone trying to black mail her because she is trans-gendered and had not disclosed that to her followers …. she had the right to keep this to herself …. she was not ready to divulge this to the world and yet some monster found this out and tried to black mail her over it. She came out with a video that was tasteful, eloquent, and heartfelt. This video made me love her even more that I already did. She is super funny and I mean … who wouldn’t love to hang out with Nikki? She is just the people’s quintessential beauty guru.

Anna Bankester

Anna has been part of the YouTube community since July 19, 2015, has 401 subscribers, and her videos have over 25,634 views. I have been following her for about 9 months now. She is a fellow Word Press beauty blogger as well, which is how I found her. She is quirky and has great sense of humor. I’ve often commented on her videos that when she talks to her viewers it feels like catching up over a cup of coffee and that is so true. You can tell that she is a genuine person. We have the same taste in makeup styles (when I’m in a quirky makeup look mood). She comes across quiet and unassuming but hidden just under that surface is a fun time …. I truly love watching her videos.

Kathleen Lights

Kathleen has been part of the YouTube community since January 26, 2013, has 4.18 M subscribers, and her videos have over 603,599,619 views. I have been following her for around 10 1/2 years. She has grown so much in that time span. She is a fellow Floridian and Latina. She reminds me of my baby sister. They have the same fun vibe about them. She is funny and witty and she talks a mile a minute … I have been known to speak the same way … I think we would be the type of friends that would be hopped up on caffeine chatting a mile a minute.

Question #8 : Who is a creator you hope to see grow?

Aaaannnnd again another hard one for my to answer … I picked 3 beauty channels and 1 non beauty channel that I would love to see blow up.

Audra of Audra at Home

Audra has been part of the YouTube community since September 17, 2016, has 6.11 K subscribers, and her videos have over 119,023 views. I have been following her for just a little under 2 months. She has really great content and a super amazing personality. I wish her the best and hope that her channel blows up huge one day.

Anna Bankester

Anna has been part of the YouTube community since July 19, 2015, has 401 subscribers, and her videos have over 25,634 views. I have been following her for about 9 months now. She does amazing makeup looks and has great story time sessions. I really wish more people watched her content she is really great at makeup.

Mary of Glitzy Fritzy

Mary has been part of the YouTube community since January 3, 2014, has 15.2 K subscribers, and her videos have over 1,319,464 views. She is part of the 50+ beauty community and is such a joy to watch. She is funny and has a sparkling personality. I love the makeup looks she comes up with and really wish her well … and hope to see her channel get the boost it deserves.

John of Mr Ballen

John has been part of the YouTube community since  March 22, 2015, has 446 K subscribers, and his videos have over 13,071,006 views. If I’m not mistaken he only just recently started up loading videos on his YouTube channel…. I first learned about him on TikTok. He has a niche for story telling … mostly about the paranormal, macabre, and true stranger than life stories. He is really, REALLY good at telling the stories he tells. He just sucks you into the story so well that whenever I’m binge watching his channel whilst doing my makeup, cooking, or just simply enjoying coffee on my patio hubby will always stop what he’s doing to watch with me… hubby isn’t the biggest YouTube person …. but he really likes John’s content. I would love to see his channel take off like a bottle rocket.

Question #9 : Who is a creator that gives off good vibes?

Almost all the creators that I follow give off good vibes …. that’s what draws me to them … if I had to pick just 1 … hard pressed as I would be it would have to be …..

Jessica Braun a.k.a. JamBeauty89

Jessica has been part of the YouTube community since April 7, 2013, has 592 K subscribers, and her videos has over 90,527,299 views. Jessica is a huge Disney fan …. that’s how I found her 8 years ago. She just has the purest of spirits. She is always smiling, open and honest, and doesn’t mind sharing her life with her subbies.

Question #10 : Honourable mentions….

There are 13 that I just have got to mention! They are all amazing, sweet, funny, sincere, and genuine…..

Lauren of Lauren Mae Beauty

Lauren has been part of the YouTube community since February 6, 2015, she has 80.2 K subscribers, her videos have over 11,076,294 views. I have been watching her for the better part of 2 years now. My favorite of her video series is Spent + Sent. She goes through everything she purchased and all of her PR for the month and how much those things cost. It’s her way of being accountable to her viewers on what she actually spent in a month. Lauren was the person who gave me the idea to set a beauty budget for the month. She has set a budget that she sticks to and if she under spends then she rolls the extra over to the next month. Life is so much easier for me with this budget set in place.

Taylor Wynn

Taylor has been part of the YouTube community since July 14, 2009, she has 820 K subscribers, her videos have over 149,414,869 views. I have been watching her for a little under 10 years now. My favorite video series that she does is her Raves and Rejects – that’s her favorite and not so favorite items of the month and her Foundation Fridays – where she reviews a new foundation every Friday … I have found a heap of great foundations off her recommendations.

Samantha March

Samantha has been part of the YouTube community since October 12, 2011, she has 99.4 K subscribers, her videos have over 11,846,013 views. I have been watching her for right around 1 year now. My favorite series she does is her Will I buy It series. She goes through all the new releases that are coming out and what she thinks is worth the purchase and not so much worth the purchase. This series has made me really think before I purchase a new release …. now I have less waste when I buy something.

Kat of Kitschsnitch

KAt has been part of the YouTube community since November 6, 2012, she has 52.8 K subscribers, her videos have over 6,025,978 views. I have been watching her for about 1 1 /2 years. My favorite series she does is her Project Pan series where she updates how she is doing on using up products from her collection. She just recently had a baby and still has the time to update her pan project items.

Tina of The Fancy Faced

Tia has been part of the YouTube community since January 27, 2010, she has 97.8 K subscribers, her videos have over 10,858,833 views. I have been watching her for right around 6 months. My favorite videos that she does are swatch videos and tag videos. She is really great at swatches and it’s great to see just how makeup items look on deeper skin tones …. helps me to know what to pick when I do makeup for my deeper skin friends.

Nisa of Nisipisa

Nisa has been part of the YouTube community since August 24, 2010, she has 36.2 K subscribers, her videos have over 2,236,694 views. I have been watching her for about 2 months. She is very eclectic and I just enjoy watching all her content. She’s quirky and sassy and just a ball of joy to watch.

Samantha Ravndahl

Samantha has been part of the YouTube community since February 21, 2013, she has 1 M subscribers, her videos have over 75,433,991 views. I have been watching her for about 5 months. Her makeup tutorials are amazing and her witty is quick and smart. She’s just simply funny and a bright spot in this community.

Shannon of ShanShortcakeBeauty

Shannon has been part of the YouTube community since June 2, 2013, she has 78.2 K subscribers, her videos have over 6,531,909 views. I have been watching her for her maybe 4 years now. I love her tutorials and her Makeup Revolution videos and her haul videos. She is who introduced my to Shop Miss A and her personality is just so sweet.

Alicia of kinkysweat

Alicia has been part of the YouTube community since September 4, 2009, she has 71.9 K subscribers, her videos have over 7,120,094 views. I have been watching her for 5 months now. I really enjoy her shadow palette reviews and her palette mash ups (where she does 2 looks in 1 go, 1 look on 1 eye and another look on the other eye). She is sassy and beautiful and has an lively personality.

Kelly Driscoll

Kelly has been part of the YouTube community since June 1, 2013, she has 27 K subscribers, her videos have over 2,698,420 views. I have been watching her for I think 2 years now. My favorite series she does is her This or That series where she squares off 2 of the same type of skin care products, normally K Beauty skin care. I’ve learned so much about good qaulity K Beauty skin car products from her.

Eleanor of Snitchery
 

Eleanor has been part of the YouTube community since September 5, 2012, she has 574 K subscribers, her videos have over 21,507,334 views. I have been watching her for just over 3 months. I just love her style. She is super talented and witty and just is very unique.

Ti of
nappyheadedjojoba

TI has been part of the YouTube community since December 20, 2010, she has 154 K subscribers, her videos have over 10,954,988 views. I have been watching her for around 4 months now. All in all I love everything she puts out but my favorite video by far is titled How to do your makeup for a YouTube apology video. It was quick witted and poked fun at all the drama that is plaguing the beauty community right now. She does amazing makeup and is so intelligent and stunning!

Rachael of RachhLoves

Rachael has been part of the YouTube community since May 28, 2009, she has 1.46 M subscribers, her videos have over 170,637,572 views. I have been watching her for 5 years now. My favorite series she does is her Bye or Buy series and her First Impression series. She starts out all her videos with a little anecdote that always leaves a smile on my face. She is funny and super friendly.

Well that’s all dolls…. what YouTube creators would you pick for this tag?

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

A Few Days Off

Published August 3, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey. How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m having a super bad Fibromyalgia day … low energy and high pain.

I have to take a few days off from playing in my makeup.

Today I’m focusing on washing my makeup brushes that have piled up.

This is about 2 months of makeup brushes and even though I still have a ton of clean and ready to be used brushes I don’t like to let my dirty brush pile get too far out of control.

I use a dish tub that I purchased at the dollar store filled 1/3 of the way with hot tap water and 48 ounces of boiling hot water from the stove.

I use a bar of Dove Pink Beauty Bar to cleanse my brushes… I also use this soap to clean my beauty sponges and Face Halos daily. It’s super gentle and smells amazing… leaving my brushes and sponges smelling nice even after a few uses of them.

To scrub my brushes clean I use this mesh strainer that I purchased at the dollar store. It makes getting my brushes clean so much easier and faster. I just get the brushes wet and rub them in the soap and then run the brushes all over the inner surface of the mesh strainer and then dip my brushes into the dish tub to rinse them clean.

Once they are clean I rub them over a clean towel and place them on another clean towel to dry over night.

Normally I don’t let my brushes pile up this long, typically I wash my brushes every few weeks or so …. so normally this process takes me about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Because I have 2 months worth of brushes, today it took me a little over 2 1/2 hours to cleanse all the brushes.

When I cleanse my brushes I start with the face brushes, starting with the densest ones to the lightest ones. I then move to my eye brushes, starting with my fluffy crease brushes, moving to my flat shader brushes, then my brow and liner brushes. I find that if I work in this fashion always that I don’t have to switch out my wash basin water but maybe 4 times and all my brushes come out squeaky clean. I also find that since I use the strainer to scrub the brushes that not only do I take less time to clean the brushes it also takes less time to get my brushes to dry. Before I washed my brushes this way it would take about a day and 1/2 to 2 days for my bushes to dry all the way and with now it only takes about 6 or so hours for my brushes to be thoroughly dry.

I also mix a travel spray bottle with homemade brush cleaner … I use 1/4 of the bottle filled with Witch Hazel (the only thing I use witch hazel for), 1/3 of the rest of the bottle with 91% Isopropyl alcohol, and the rest of the bottle with fresh water. I also add a bout 2 to 4 drops of tea tree oil and 3 drops of baby body wash.

I use this brush cleaner to sterilize my brush handles before I put them away and I also use this brush cleaner to sterilize my brushes daily between uses.

I do own one of those dry brush cleaner sponges that I purchased at Sephora but I only use it when I’m doing a look that requires more brushes than I set out for the day …. I typically have 1 flat shader, 3 fluffy crease, 2 pencil, and 1 flat definer brushes… along with a fluffy face brush, a highlighter, bronzer, and all purpose utility face brush. So when I’m in need of using the same brush but for a different color I just simply run it along the dry brush sponge to knock out the previous color.

I chose to not do my makeup today to conserve my energy to clean my brushes but also that I can rest. Tomorrow I will be getting another round of Radiofrequency Ablation … I did a whole post on what RFA is you can read that here. I get this done every 6 months (in 2 sessions, the 1st one on the left hip and then the 2nd one on the right hip) and it truly has helped when it comes to the amount of pain I am in but because I’ll be getting it done on Tuesday I will be on bed rest the rest of that day and will be taking it easy on Wednesday to regroup.

Well that’s it for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember …. save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

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