Coastal Scents 6 Review and Face of the Day

Published December 14, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Good morning dolls. Today we wrap up the Coastal Scents Revealed palette reviews with the 6th and final palette of the series. It’s a dupe palette for the Urban Decay Cherry Palette ($49 at Sephora and on the Urban Decay website).

Right off the bat I noticed that we finally have a palette with names for the shadows! There are 20 shadows in the Coastal Scents Revealed Rouge Palette (on sale for $5, regularly $20 on the Coastal Scents website). This is an almost spot on dupe for the Urban Decay one.

This palette has 9 shimmers and 11 mattes. There was no kick back on either the shimmers or the mattes and there was no fallout when placing the shadows on the eyes.

Revealed Rouge is pigmented and finally milled. The shadows blend together nicely with no muddling and they blend so quickly. There is a nice balance between transition shades and crease shades and with this palette you will be able to get several looks.

I give this palette and A+++! Ah yes they saved the best for last. It even has a medium and a deep brown in it!!! I am in love with this palette. I love how vibrant the berry colors are and I love how there are many shades in the brown family to be able to do a simple look or a smoky look. They knocked it out of the park with this palette. I would say it’s my favorite of the series, along with the matte palette.

Now on to the face of the day…..

Base: I used Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer (discontinued).I filled in my pores with the NYX Pore Filler ($9.80 at Ulta). To conceal my under eyes I used NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30 at Ulta and on the NARS website) in the color Medium 1 Custard. My foundation today is the Tarte Rain Forest of the Sea Foundation ($39 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Tarte website) in the color light sand. I set my face with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Laura Mercier website) in translucent. I bronzed my face with the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($15.99 at Ulta) in the color Bronzer.

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Eyes: I primed the eyes with the Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta) in the color light medium honey.  I used the Coastal Scents Revealed Rouge Palette (regularly $20 on sale for $5 on their website). I set the Shape tape with the color Caramelized (a grey based vanilla matte). For my first transition shade I chose Perfection (a light terra cotta peach matte) , followed by I’m Peachy (a medium peach matte) as my second transition color. I combined Amazing (a deep terra cotta matte) and Crave (an orange based berry matte) for my crease color. To deepen my outer 1/3 of the lid and the outer v I chose Night Rush (a medium deep chocolate brown matte) , which I also used on my lower lash line. On the middle 1/3 of my lid I used Rock It (a rose gold with an orange shift metallic) and on the inner 1/3 I used Fairy Dusk (a peachy pink metallic with a silver shift). I lined my brow bone with the BH Cosmetics Brow Highlighter ($5 on the BH website) on the matte side and then I set it with Peach Party (pale peach matte) from the palette. I highlighted my inner corners with Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta) in Midnight Cowboy. I did my brows with the ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on their website) and the Wow Brow ($4 on their website) in the color dark brown. As always I used the Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara ($5.99 at Target). I lined my water line with NYX Faux Whites eyeliner ($8 at Ulta) in the color Linen.

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Cheeks and Lips: I used NARS blush ($30 at Ulta, Sephora, and the NARS website) in the color Dolce Vita. To highlight my cheek bones, temples, brow bone, and cupid’s bow I used Jouer Powder Highlighter ($24 on their website) in the color Citrine. On my lips I am wearing NYX Slim Lip Pencil ($4 at Ulta) in the color Peekaboo Neutral and NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($7 at Ulta) in the color Soft-Spoken.

Final Thoughts….

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer is a sticky based primer. This is the first time I use it although I’ve had it for 2 years… I just opened it today. I am not sure about this one. It stays tacky which really gripped my foundation, but it emphasized my pores big time. I’ll have to try working with this one a bit more before I give my opinion on it, but so far it gets a C from me.

The NYX Pore Filler is my go to pore primer. It’s not the type of primer you can just run onto the skin, this one needs to be pushed into the skin or it pills up. I give it an A.

Tarte Rain Forest of the Sea Foundation comes in 30 shades , 8 shades for deeper skin. It’s billed as being a medium coverage with a radiant finish. It’s true. It is a medium coverage and leaves the skin looking healthy. It could use a few more shades in the deep range but it’s a great foundation. I would give it a solid A-. It gets the minus because it doesn’t have enough shades for our deeper skin beauties.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer gets comes in 8 shades. It smells amazing! It’s like having the beach on my face. It’s a satin bronzer that has a slight orange undertone. It’s pigmented so a light hand is needed or you’ll be spending sometime buffing it out. I give this bronzer an A+.

Tarte Shape Tape has 30 shades, 9 of which are for deeper complexions. This is a full coverage concealer. It’s a bit on the thicker side and it seems to be a drying concealer. A little goes a very long way. I find it to be a little to thick for my under eyes, so i use it always only for my eye shadow primer. I would give this concealer a B.

Coastal Scents Revealed Rouge Palette gets a definite A+++ from me. They really did a good job at this palette!! Out of all 6 of the palettes this is the palette I would recommend you purchase.

My brows gave me the hardest time today…. they don’t match and they are patchy. I blame the Stila Perfecting Primer…. that and the fact that I didn’t have coffee before doing my makeup today.

NYX Faux Whites eyeliner gets a definite A+ from me. It’s not water proof so you will have to reapply this product, but it’s the perfect shade of flesh for the water line (it’s not too bright and it’s not too flesh colored).

NARS blush comes in 28 colors and are a demi matte finish. Take it from me , these blushes are extremely pigmented. I spent 5 minutes buffing out my blush today and I went in with a light hand. I give these blushes an A+.

Jouer Powder Highlighters are smooth but pick up every imperfection on the surface area. It comes in 8 shades and is not glitter based (we all know how much I hate glitter). This is another product you should build up slowly. You can go from pretty sheen to disco ball in no time with this product. The product is very smooth. I give it a B.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil gets a strong D from me. It’s too hard of a product, you end up wasting a ton of product warming it on the back of your hand just to get the product  to not skip and put down color. These are not my favorite, in fact there are many more in the same price range that work better.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick comes in 24 shades. It’s got great coverage but does not dry down. There is some transfer with this lippie, but man does it go on smooth and nourishing. I really like this product. The shades are true to  tube so it takes the guess work out of picking the shade that’s right for you. It’s not the longest lasting lip product but it’s not the type of lipstick that you will find yourself reapplying forever. It’s also not an overly sticky lip product either. I give this a solid A+++.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Thanks for sticking with me today.

Remember save a spoon for a bit of makeup.

XOXO

Coastal Scents 5 Review and Face of the Day

Published December 13, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! We made it to the weekend, yippee!! It’s cold out so I am trying to stay warm and not move as much a possible, the fibromyalgia pain is real today.

Today is the 5th installment of the Coastal Scents Revealed palette reviews.  Today’s palette is called the Revealed Smoky palette.  It retails for $20 but is on sale for $5 on the Coastal Scents website, and it’s not a spot on dupe for the Urban Decay Smoky palette, but it is similar to it and you can get just about the same look from either palette.

This Revealed palette did have some kick back with the matte shades and I noticed they were a little bit chalky but the shimmer colors are creamy. Finally!!! I get a dark brown in one of their palettes!! This palette could use a mid toned brown but it’s not a deal breaker since the other palettes have mid tone browns I could pull from.

I would give this palette an A+. There is enough differences in the deeper shades that you can get very distinct looks with this one palette. There is no fall out with the matte shades, however there is fall out with the shimmer shades. It would appear that the shimmer shades has a glitter base in this palette because I had glitter on my cheeks when I was done my eye look. As I have said repeatedly glitter fall out is my biggest pet peeve.

On to the face of the day ….

Base: I used the Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer ($37 at Sephora) as my primer today. I covered my under eye circles with the Tarte CC Under Eye Corrector ($25 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Tarte website) in the color light medium. I used Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer ($28 at Ulta) in the color light medium. For my Foundation today I chose Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation ($32.50) in the color Y235 Ivory Beige. I bronzed with MAC Mineralize Skin Finish ($36 at Ulta and MAC) in the color Give Me Sun and then I set my whole face (including under eye) with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta) in translucent.

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Eyes: I primed the eyes with my Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta and the Tarte website) in the color light medium honey. I used the Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky eye palette (on sale for $5 normally $20 on the Coastal Scents website) and set the lids with the 1st color on the top (a light cream matte). I picked the 2nd color on the top (a light grey based tan) as my transition shade. My crease color is the 7th color on the top ( a shimmery taupe) and I deepened the outer crease and the outer 1/3 of the lid with the 4th shade on the bottom (a deep true brown matte). For my middle 1/3 of my lids I used the 3rd shade on the top (a copper shimmer) and on the inner 1/3 I used the 5th shade on the top (a gold shimmer with silver glitter). I set my BH Cosmetics Brow Highlighter () with the 1st shade on the top and highlighted my inner corner with the 3rd color on the bottom ( a pale shimmery taupe) and the 1st shade on the bottom (a pale pink shimmer with silver glitter). I chose the 4th shade on the top (a true brown shimmer with gold glitter) as my lower lash line color. I did my brows with ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on ELF website) and the Wow Brow ($4 on the ELF website) in the color dark brown.  My mascara is Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black ($5.70 at Target).

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Cheeks and Lips: I chose The Balm Shadow/Blush ($21 on their website) in the color Cabana Boy (a dusty mauve matte). I highlighted my cheek bones, temples, brow bone, and cupid’s bow with Makeup Geek highlighter ($14.99 on their website) in Midnight Sun ( a soft champagne with a slight gold reflect). I chose to go bold with my lips for a change, and lined them with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the color Spicy ( a bright blue toned red) and filled in my lips with NYX Matte Lipstick ($6 at Ulta) in the color Perfect Red (a bright mid toned true red).

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Am thinking of using this look for Christmas.

Final Thoughts….

Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer is a good primer. It’s a velvety primer that dries down quickly. You get 1 fluid ounce which lasts a long time, since you only need about 2 pea sized dollops of this primer. It’s meant to blur pores and for the most part it does do that, at least if primer is all you use. In order for the pores to remained blurred after foundation you really do need a makeup sponge as using a brush pushes the foundation back into the pores negating the use of the pore primer.  I give this primer an A-.

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer is still one of my favorites! I love how glowy it leaves my under eye. I sometimes don’t set this one because I just love the finish. You get .23 fluid ounces but a little goes a long way. I use 3 dots under each eye and that still covers a bit of my cheek bones too.  It comes in 16 shades, 6 for deeper skin.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation is beautiful. I forgot how much I truly like this foundation. You get 1.01 fluid ounces and it comes in 50 shades, 16 shades for deep skin. I use just 3 pumps and that covers my full face and neck. I love the pump on this foundation. It dispenses just the right amount of product. It doesn’t set down on it’s own, you will need to use a power with this one, but this foundation is so skin like that even with powder you skin still glows. I give this foundation an A+++.

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky eye palette was fun to work with, all be it I had glitter fall out, and in my opinion a better alternative to the Urban Decay Smoky palette. I give it an A+. If there was a mid toned brown it would have been an A++.

The Balm Shadow/Blush Cabana Boy is a great little blush. I prefer coral shades but this dusty mauve is versatile.  This matte blush goes on smooth and even it’s not overly pigmented which is good for me since I tend to over do the blush anyway. I give it an A.

Makeup Geek highlighters are so flattering and they really do go with every skin tone. I like this highlighter because it doesn’t have a glittery finish, it’s more a high pigment finish. I am definitely picking up a few more form their line. I give it an A++.

NYX Matte Lipsticks are so good. They don’t feather or transfer. I am not sure if it’s just this color or not but it stains the lips as well, making your lip look last longer. These aren’t the kind of matte lipsticks that stay put all day, but it’s comfortable and faltering. I give this an A+.

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Well that’s all for now dolls. Remember save a spoon for a bit of makeup.

XOXO

 

 

 

Olaplex Hair Care Review

Published December 12, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hi dolls! Hope you are having an amazing day. The day has FINALLY arrived! I received all my Olaplex hair care products.  My hair was in dire need!!! Thanks for sticking with me through all the bad hair days. Let’s jump into the review. Let me remind you what my hair looked like BEFORE I treated myself to my Olaplex routine.

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My hair freshly blown out before Olaplex.

Yikes!! I know, I know …. horrid isn’t it?

Let’s start with what Olaplex is…  It’s a line of hair repair products that helps re-bond your hairs structure. It’s particularly helpful for people with dry damaged hair from bleaching and color treating.  If you remember a while ago I posted about how I destroyed my hair with bleaching and had to shave my head because clumps of hair was falling out. What I never told you was that the hair that grew back was brittle, broken, and dry.

I started using Olaplex around the time that my hair grew into a cute pixie, and I haven’t stopped since.

I am obsessed with the Olaplex No. 3. I didn’t know until late November that there was a whole system that you could buy.  I am so glad I found out. My hair hasn’t looked better in years!!!

I start by washing my hair with No4 – Bond Maintenance Shampoo ($28 for 8.5 fluid ounces). It is billed as being a product that  Protects and repairs damaged hair, split ends and frizz by re-linking broken bonds. A highly-moisturizing, reparative shampoo that leaves hair easy to manage, shiny and healthier with each use. What I do is shampoo my hair with a plum pit sized dollop on No4, but I leave the shampoo in my hair until I’m done with my shower, I don’t know if it really matters or not but I think it strips all the junk from my hair better this way. Then I rinse and towel dry my hair.  I use a plum pit sized dollop on No3 and work it into my hair. It is billed as a treatment, NOT a conditioner that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair, improving its look and feel. Normally I leave it in for 30 minutes, but today I only had enough time for 10 minutes. I comb my hair with a shower comb and then rinse my hair out. I wring my hair out and use No5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner ($28 for 8.5 fluid ounces). It is billed the same and says that it Strengthens & leaves hair stronger than ever. I let it sit in my hair for 5 minutes and then I rinse my hair completely out.

Now because I have curly hair I use an old tee shirt to dry my hair instead of a towel. I put my hair up in the tee shirt and while that’s soaking up some of the water I put my serums and creams on my face. Then I use No6 Bond Smoother and No7 Bonding Oil. I take a quarter sized dollop of No6 Bond Smoother ($28 for 3.3 fluid ounces) billed as A leave-in reparative styling creme eliminates frizz, hydrates & protects all hair types, strengthens, hydrates, moisturizes and speeds up blow-dry times while smoothing (it also says it eliminates frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours, I just started using this so I don’t know for sure if it helps with fly aways yet)  and 5 drops of No7 Bonding Oil ($28 for 1 fluid ounce), billed the same way and also says that it Provides heat protection of up to 450°, this is good because when I do flat iron my iron is set at 410, and mix them together in my palms, then I run it through my hair from mid shaft to ends, concentrating on my ends since this is where my hair is the driest.

Then I put my hair up into a bun and do my makeup. When my makeup is done it’s time to work on my hair.

I blow dry my hair using a Bore’s hair brush and then I press my ends with a flat iron (this step isn’t needed as my hair will always be straight and silky when I use No6 and No7, but I do it because I want to make sure my ends stay straight.

I typically do this to my hair 2 times a week (except this week because I had to wait for my new products to arrive) and I wont have to straighten my hair at all during the week. The products typically last me between 4 to 6 months (sometimes I have to use more product because my hair is so dry and damaged that there are times that it needs a bit more TLC). I paid total $112.00 plus shipping.

So now for the big reveal…..

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My hair after Olaplex treatment, just blow dried out.

I did not use my flat iron today because I’m in too much pain to use my flat iron.  I have some breakage at the crown of my head so I have some fly away hairs. I am still on the hunt for something that will help with the fly aways.

My hair feels smooth, nourished, and healthy.

I give this product an A+++!!!  The shampoo and conditioner have a fresh scent , not perfumed like basic shampoos and conditioners. No3 has a familiar scent that I can’t place, but it’s not overly perfumed.

No6 & No7 have a nice natural scent.

Final Thoughts….

The Olaplex system is well worth the splurge. The bottles are no frills, just a plastic bottle with a plain label. At first use you can tell that the people at Olaplex spend their over head on the quality of their product.

I would recommend this product to anyone who’s hair needs to be revived. I’ve noticed that I loose less hair in the shower now, my hair has gotten stronger and happier too.

Well that’s all for now dolls,

Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Coastal Scents 4 Review and Face of the Day

Published December 12, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! Hope all is well with you today. Today it’s cold and raining so my Fibromyalgia is acting up. My pain level is around an 8.

Today I review for you the 4th palette in the Coastal Scents Revealed line, Reveal Matte. It’s a spot on dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette (Urban Decay on the left). The Urban Decay Palette (regularly $54 on sale for $29 for NET WT. 12 x 0.04 oz on the Urban Decay website) has 12 shadows and the Revealed palette (regularly $20 on sale for $5 for Net Weight: 30g / 1oz on the Coastal Scents website) has 20.

I really love that I am doing these Revealed reviews blind. Every day I open a new palette not knowing what it’s going to look like and being pleasantly surprised.

Today I’m not feeling so good so I did another neutral halo eye look. It’s quick and easy and still looks pretty.

Each Revealed palette I open just keeps getting better and better. I give the Revealed Mattes palette an A++. Once again it could benefit from a dark brown but I understand that this palette was meant to dupe the Urban Decay one so a dark brown would have been out of place in this palette.

This is an all matte palette. The shadows are finely milled and very buttery. They blend like a dream, in fact I would dare to say they blend better than the Urban Decay palette does, it’s not as pigmented but it’s not too far off from the pigmentation of the Naked Ultimate Basics palette.

I find that the Revealed Matte palette shadows blend together better than the Ultimate Basics palette does. I did this same eye look with the Ultimate Basics and the colors muddled together, with the Revealed Matte palette the colors stand out from each other.

Now on to the face of the day…..

Base: I primed with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer ($38 for 1 fluid ounce on the IT website). I concealed my dark under eyes with the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 for .08 ounces at Sephora) in the color light medium, then I concealed the whole under eye with the Balm Time Balm Concealer ($18 for .26 ounces on the Balm website) in the color light medium. I chose IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ ($15 for .4 ounces at Sephora) in the color Medium. I set my whole face, including under eyes with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 for 1 ounce at Ulta)  in the color translucent. I bronzed my face with BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer ($10 on their website) in the color Bronze Babe.

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Eyes:  Primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 for .33 ounces at Ulta) in the color light medium honey. I used the Revealed Matte Palette and set my Shape Tape with the 1st color on the top (medium cream matte). My first transition color is the 4th color on the bottom (medium tan matte) and I followed it up with the 5th color on the bottom (light brown with orange undertone matte). For my crease and the inner and outer 1/3 of the lid I picked the 3rd color on the bottom (terra cotta matte). I also used this shade on my lower lash line. For the center 1/3 of my lid I used Hikari cream pigment ($15 on the Hikari website) in the color honey dew. I highlighted my inner corner with Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta) in the color midnight cowboy. I lined my upper lids with BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 on the BH website) in the color black. I used the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on the BH website) matte side on my brow bone and set it with the 2nd shade on the top of the Reveal Matte palette (a light cream matte). I did my eyebrows with the ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on the ELF website) and Wow Brow ($4 on the ELF website) in the color dark brown. I used the Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black ($5.7 at Target).

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Cheeks and Lips: I used Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the color Natural Beauty. I highlighted the tops on my cheeks, temples, nose, and cupid’s bow with Essence Pure Nude Highlighter (4.49 at Ulta) in the color be my light. I lined my lips with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta)  in the color Milan and I used Maybelline  Super Stay Matte Ink ($9.49 at Ulta) in the color Lover.

 

Final Thoughts….

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer is just Ok for me. It doesn’t do much for my pores but it does lock down the foundation. I’d give it a C+. I don’t like the smell but I do like how smooth my skin feels with it.

The Balm Time Balm Concealer gets a C- for me. It’s billed as a dark circle concealer but I always have to use a color corrector with it. It gets trapped in my under eye lines but it does make the under eye look hydrated.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream comes in 12 shades, 3 for deeper skin. I really like this cc cream. It makes my skin look perfected without over covering my skin. It doesn’t feel heavy like most cc and bb creams feel. It’s not greasy, and it doesn’t oxidize. You do however need to set this cc cream as it stays tacky. I’d give it a solid B. This is because there isn’t much shade difference between the deeper shades… in 2019 there should be more inclusive shade ranges.

BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer is low key becoming my favorite powder bronzer. I would give it a A-. Again, not a lot in the range for deeper skinned beauties. I love how radiant this bronzer is. It’s super pigmented so you have to go in with a light hand.

Coastal Scents Revealed Matte palette gets an A++ from me, again I wish there was a dark brown shade but this palette is amazing! It out preforms it’s dupe by a long shot. I definitely see myself reaching for this palette much more for everyday makeup looks, or even as a companion palette to a shimmery palette. Out of all the Reveal palettes I have reviewed so far, I would say this is the palette to get.

BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter is a dead on dupe for the Billion Dollar Brow’s highlighter. I still like the BH Cosmetics one more, because the of the price, yes but also because it has a creamier formula. I give it an A+.

The brow products and mascara are my staple go to products so I wont bore you again with them … just run ….. grab them while you can.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes are my FAVORITE blushes of life! They are matte, pigmented, and silky. I give them an A+++.

Maybelline  Super Stay Matte Ink is not my favorite formula. It’s billed as giving you up to 16 hours of saturated liquid matte. It gets a C- from me. It doesn’t dry down like most liquid lipsticks. It stays sticky in an uncomfortable way. If I leave me lips pressed together too long they peel away color from the contact. The color range is nice but it’s just not my favorite formula.

Well…. that’s all for now dolls. Heart you heaps. Hope the day gives you everything you deserve. Remember, save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Follow Up

Published December 11, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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As promised I revisited the Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops.

Today I tried them with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer mixed in. I used 5 drops with 3 pumps of primer. Right off the bat I realized this was way too much product. Hey, there is a learning curve with this product. I used way too much primer and ended up having to throw away a ton of product.

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With the drops you control how pigmented your foundation will be. The more drops you use the more coverage you get. With 5 drops of pigment drops I got a full coverage foundation. Mixing it in with my primer gave me a demi-matte finish. The down side to using the Mineral Veil Primer was that since I was already using a primer I couldn’t use a primer to blur my pores which I didn’t mind so much since I am staying home today anyway.

I think I have it figured out now. The more drops I use the less mixing product I need.

Yesterday I said I didn’t like this product and gave it a solid C-. I said I liked the original more than the new one.

Today …. I have changed my mind. After retrying this product today I love the new formula much more than I do the older formula. It’s dewier, more pigmented, and a spot of match for my skin.

I didn’t realize that the new drops are more pigmented until I mixed my foundation today.  5 Drops of the older formula gave me a medium light coverage. 5 drops of the new formula gave me full on coverage, yet my skin still looks like skin. I really enjoy the finish.

I would give this product a A-. I only gave it an A- because the bottle is smaller than the original was. I would be willing to pay a little extra for the bigger bottle. I love these drops so much that I want to wear them all the time now. But with the smaller bottle that means repurchasing at a faster rate.

Final Thoughts …. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are amazing. This is why I try never to do a first impression post because you never know ,until you retry something a second time, whether or not you truly like the product.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Remember save a spoon for a bit of makeup.

XOXO

Coastal Scents 3 Review and Face of the Day

Published December 11, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Why good morning dolls!! How are you today? I’m still a little sad today but I got plenty of rest so I’m alert. I have a moderate pain today.

Today we continue with the Coastal Scents Revealed 3D palette.

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This palette has a mix of browns and purples. Finally!!! This palette has a mix of matte, satin, and metallic shadows.  There are no Urban Decay dupes today with this palette but I’m OK with that! This palette is amazing! There is no kick back, the shadows are buttery and finely milled.The metallics are just a tiny bit chalky in this palette but nothing to over the top. Like the first 2 palettes, there are 20 shades and none have names …. that’s a little frustrating when you are trying to explain what you used for your look, but it’s not a deal braker.

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For today’s look I went monochromatic and chose the brown sades, since my last look was berries and plums.  There was some fall out with the darker metallic shades but I had tape down so it didn’t really matter to me today.

I would give this palette an A. If there was a deeper brown this palette would get an A+.

So on to the face of the day….

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Base:  Today I mixed the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops ($29 at Ulta, Sephore and the Hourglass website)  in with my Hour Glass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 at Sephora). For concealer I chose NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30 at Ulta, Sephora, and the NARS website) in the color Custard. I set my whole face, including  under eyes, with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Laura Mercier website) in translucent. I bronzed my face with the ELF Contour Palette ($8 on their website) in the color light/medium.

Eyes: I primed with the Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta and the Tarte website) in the color light medium honey. I used the Coastal Scents Revealed 3D palette ($20 on their website). I set the Shape Tape with the second color on the top (a cream matte). For my transition I chose the 3rd color on the top (a medium true brown matte). My crease color is the 8th color on the bottom (a dusty medium brown with grey undertones matte).I deepened the outer 1/3 of my lid with the 5th shade of the top (a shimmery taupe metallic). I deepened the outer v with the 6th shade on the bottom (a dark shimmery true brown metallic). Across the rest of the lid I chose the 4th shade on the top (a creamy pale peach metallic). I used the BH Cosmetics Brow Highlighter Crayon ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set the brow bone with the first shade on the top of the Revealed 3D palette (a vanilla matte). I highlighted the inner corner with Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta and on the Urban Decay website) in the color Midnight Cowboy (a pale flesh toned shimmer with silver glitter). My brows are a combo of  ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 ontheir website) and Wow Brow ($4 on their website). On my water line I am using the NYX Faux Whites Pencil ($8 at Ulta and on the NYX website) in the color Linen. I used the Loreal Voluminous Primer and the Carbon Black Mascara combo. (each $5.70 at Target).

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Cheeks and Lips:  I used the ELF Blush Palette ($8 on their website) in light and I selceted the coral shade on the upper right corner. I highlighted using the ELF Illuminating Palette ($8 on their website) and selected the lower left corner for my face and upper left for my cupid’s bow.  My lip combo today I lined my lips with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta and on the NYX website) in the color Whipped Caviar and Loreal Infallible Lip Paints (discontinued) in the color 314 Spicy Blush.

Final Thoughts:

I am doing a stand alone follow up review of the Cover FX Drops so let skip to the concealer…..  NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes in 16, 7 of which are for deeper skin. There is .21 ounces of product. It’s a dryer formula and a little is all you need. I had purchased this last year and never used it for more than to carve my eye brows with. This is the first time I try this concealer under my eyes. It’s matte so you don’t need to set it. I noticed no creasing with it. The only thing is because it is matte there isn’t a glow under the eyes. It’s not a brightening concealer either so I should have used my color corrector, but I wanted to see how well this concealer covered the under eyes. It does a really good job. It’s give it an A+.

The ELF Contour Palette is a good palette, it has a highlighter, brightening powder, and 2 bronze shades…. the second of which is a stain. It’s a nice palette for everyday bronzing. The bronze shades are just pigmented enough for an everyday look. I would give it a solid B+. It the main bronze color were a bit more pigmented I would have given it an A+.

Coastal Scents Revealed 3D palette, like I said earlier, gets an A. You can definitely get more than 1 look with this palette, it is just missing a deeper brown color. What I am noticing about the Revealed collection is that they just keep getting better. For purposes of reviewing the Revealed line, I haven’t looked at all the palettes. I want to go into each review with new eyes. This is definitely a palette I will reach for again.

The ELF Blush Palette is a great little travel buddy. The product is very pigmented. The palette’s shades are cohesive but just different enough that you will get 4 distinctive looks with this little palette. I give it an A. It could use a dusty coral but the satin coral in the palette is good too.

The ELF Illuminating Palette is just a standard highlight.  The powders are a bit chalky but blend into the skin seamlessly. I give the palette an A- because I feel like it could be improved by having a satin gold in the palette…. but that is just a preference thing.

I am bummed that the Loreal Infallible Lip Paints are discontinued! They are so good. It’s a liquid Lipstick that feels like a gloss, but it doesn’t come off sticky. The pigmentation is awesome on this lippies. I have them in 4 colors but I gravitate to the color Spicy Blush more than any of the other shades I own. It’s the perfect pink nude. I give this product an A++.  You can still find this product on line at CVS.com and Riteaid.com .

Well that’s all for now dolls. Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

 

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Initial Review

Published December 10, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hi dolls. Hope all is well with you.

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Today I will be reviewing the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops ($29 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Cover FX website).  It comes in 30 shades, 9 of which are for deeper skin.

On the Cover FX website these products are billed as liquid pigments that weightlessly blend with your favorite products to adjust your shade.

This product can be mixed into a moisturizer to create a tinted moisturizer. It can be mixed into a BB cream to add coverage. It can be added to another foundation to add coverage.

2 1/2 years ago, when I first started using the drops, the bottle was black and it was bigger than the one that is sold today.

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The original bottle

The formula was thicker and the shade was a bit darker and more of a warm tone.

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My color in the old formula

 

The new bottle is clear and smaller.

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The new formula and bottle

My shade in the new bottle and formula is lighter and more neutral.

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The drops were always $29 but in the black bottle there was 115 mL and .5 fluid ounces, but the new bottle only has 7.5 mL and .25 fluid ounces.

Although no where on the Cover FX website does it say the formula is different I feel as though it has changed. When I use the older bottle with my face cream the coverage is flawless and resembles a BB cream but when I tried my new bottle of the drops today with my face cream there was no coverage and my skin felt extremely greasy.  Now this could be for several reasons. I tried a new primer today that was terrible and so it might not play well with my face cream. I might need to add more drops to the new formula. Or it could be that since the new cover drops are a better skin match for me I might just be seeing the face cream shine through more. Or lastly it could just be that it’s a thinner formula and so it doesn’t work well with my face cream which is very emollient.

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Older version on the left and newer version on the right…. same amount of drops on my skin,

I prefer the formula on the black bottle more than I prefer the formula on the new bottle, but the color on the new bottle is spot on for my skin tone. I think I will try the new one with my primer tomorrow to see if it works better that way because I truly do like the tone of the new one.

Also the new formula is more dewy and not as matte as the older one is.

For now the Custom Cover Drops gets a solid C- because it just didn’t work out today.

I’ll do a follow up tomorrow when I try it with my primer.

Well that’s all for now dolls.

Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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