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New Years Eve Cut Crease Face of the Day

Published December 31, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Good morning dolls. I hope you are having a great day. Today I wanted to try a cut crease…. I think for my first time doing one it came out pretty good. My eyebrow did not cooperate with me today, but the cut crease wasn’t that hard to do.

Well let’s talk Face of the Day …..

BASE: I primed using the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer ($38 on their website). I color corrected using the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium. For foundation today I am wearing ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer ($14 on their website) in the color Medium 10N.I concealed my under eyes with Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer ($32 on the Beautylish website) in the color 5.5 Medium. I set my full face using Laura Mercier Lose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in the color Translucent. I bronzed my face with Makeup Geek  Contour ($9.99 on their website) in the color Complicated (a cool medium).

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EYES: I primed my lids with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. I set the Shape Tape with Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Shadow (.99 at Walgreens) in the color Burlee. I used the palette I created from Makeup Geek ($17 on their website, empty palette is free). I picked Peach Smoothie (a light bright peach matte) for my 1st transition shade. As my 2nd transition shade I chose Tuscan Sun (a mid- toned coral pink matte). For my crease I used Punkin’ (a deepened orange toned coral matte). I deepened my outer v and outer part of the crease and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid with Dark Roast (a deep true brown matte). I used my Shape Tape to cut the crease and then used I’m Peachless (a pale yellow champagne with a peach shift shimmer) over the Shape Tape. I used a combination of Tuscan Sun and Dark Roast as my drop shadow on the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners with Shima Shima (pale champagne with a silver shift shimer)I lined my waterline with BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 on their website) in the color Beige. I did my brows with Benefit Precisely My Brow ($24 on their website) and Gimme Brow ($24 on their website) in the color 4.5 and then I carved out my brow line with BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set the brow bone with So Pale (a muted white matte).I used Benefit Roller Lash mascara ($25 on their website).

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CHEEKS and LIPS: For blush I used Makeup Geek Single Pan Blush ($9.99 on their website) in the color Heart Throb (a mid-toned coral matte).I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, eye brows, and Cupid’s Bow with ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter ($8 on their website) in the color Wisp (a light golden champagne). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippe Pencil ($6 on their website) in the color Lumire (a mid-toned muted mauve matte) and filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix ($6 on their website) in the color Topanga (a true coral cream).

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Final Thoughts….

I am almost done the Bye Bye Pores Primer … I will not be repurchasing it. It really doesn’t blur my pores at all and it gives a white cast with flash photography. I really don’t like the way it smells either.  The Tarte CC Undereye Corrector gave me a hard time today, I had to apply 2 layers to correct my under eye which ended up creasing like crazy. The ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer was perfect today. I finally figured it out…. this product works better if you don’t use a moisturizer under it. It went on smoother and even and didn’t cause patchiness for the powders I used.  The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer just isn’t working for me in this color …. I really need to pick up a lighter shade. It’s a dried formula but it looks good under the eyes, it does emphasize my lines a bit but it doesn’t crease. My eyebrows didn’t work out for me today and nothing I tried did any good. It’s not the brow pencil and gel’s fault … it’s user error but they look a mess today.

Well that’s all for now dolls… I didn’t grade the products I used today because I have already reviewed the products. I hope you enjoyed my post and hope you have a blast tonight …. Happy New Years dolls… and as always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Benefit Cosmetics Revisited and Face of the Day

Published December 30, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Good morning dolls. How’s your day going? I’m doing good today.

Today I tried a new to me Benefit foundation. This is a full face of mostly Benefit products and short review….. Enjoy….

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BASE: I primed my face with Benefit POREfessional Hydrating Primer ($13 for mini, $32 for full sized on their website). I color corrected my dark circles with Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium. I used Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($13 for mini and $22 for full sized on their website) in the color No. 5 Medium. I used Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation ($15 for mini and $30 for the full sized on their website) in the color No.4 Medium. I set my under eyes with the ELF Undereye Setting Powder ($4 on their website) and then set the rest of my face with Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation ($30 on their website) in the color No.4 Medium. I bronzed my face with the Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette ($30 on the Beautylish website) in the color Hoola.

 

EYES: I primed my lids with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. For my eyes I used the ColourPop Eyeshadow Palette the I put together ($28 on their website). I set the Shape Tape with the color Hear Me Out (a light cream matte). As my 1st transition shade I chose Issues (a soft orange creamsicle matte). For my 2nd transition shade I chose to mix Bel Air (a dusty grey toned tan matte) and Wake Up Call (a dusty peach toned tan matte). My crease color is Criss Cross (a red toned burnt orange matte). I then deepened my outer v with the color Feathered (a reddish brown matte). As my drop shadow on my lower lash line I used Feathered close to the lash line and then blew it out with Criss Cross. I did my brows the same way I did them yesterday …. using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 on their website) and Benefit Gimme Brow Gel ($24 on their website) in the color 4.5 Neutral Deep Brown. I carved my brow line out with the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side. I set the brow line with Hear Me Out from my palette. I used the Benefit Vanity Flare Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($34 on the Beautylish website) for my lids … for the inner 2/3 of my lid I used the color Pink Pearl (a pale pink shimmer). I did a wing eyeliner today using the Benefit Roller Liner ($12 for the mini and $22 for the full sized on their website) in black and then used Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($25 on their website) in black.

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CHEEK and LIPS: I used the Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette ($30 on the Beautylish website) for my blush and highlight… on the cheeks I used Rockabye (a mid-toned true coral satin) and I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, brow bone, and cupid’s bow with Dandelion Twinkle (a pale champagne). On my lips today I have ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip ($6 on their website) in the color Speed Dial (a brow toned deep peach) and lined with ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the color Oh Sis (a smokey paprika).

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Final Thoughts….

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer: B-                                                                                    When I reviewed this concealer yesterday I had tried it without color correcting to see what kind of coverage I would get. It didn’t do well at covering the under eye circles so I gave it a C. I tried it today with color corrector and it worked out better. It’s still too dry for my under eye but it doesn’t cake up and it doesn’t crease. It’s an OK concealer. I’ll use up the mini and if I do repurchase this it will also be the mini; it’s not one I think I want to own a full sized on.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation: A+                                                    This foundation is billed as a 12 hour wear that gives you a natural satin finish. You get 1 fluid ounce in the full sized bottle and .33 fluid ounces in the mini sized bottle. It comes in 12 shades, 5 of which are for deeper skin.  The color I chose was No. 4 Medium and it’s billed as a neutral but it is a little too yellow based… I was able to make it work once I used the powder foundation on top of it. It’s a soft focus foundation that looks beautiful on the skin. It’s a medium coverage foundation that builds well, I did 2 coats and it did not go patchy or streaky. It does not emphasize pores or lines and buffs into the skin seamlessly. I will use the rest of my mini up and then I will purchase the full sized.

Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation: B+                                                                      I stand by my rating of this product from yesterday. It’s a nice powder foundation that gives a tad more coverage to your look. I still don’t think this works as a stand alone powder foundation, but it works really good as a finishing powder and touch up powder. It’s not too powdery or cakey. I wasn’t sure yesterday if I would repurchase this one, but I think I will… it’s a nice powder.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil and Benefit Gimme Brow Gel: A+++                                     I stand by my rating of this product from yesterday. This by far is my favorite find of the whole Benefit line. I am definitely repurchasing both the pencil and gel in bulk so I am never without it.

Benefit Roller Liner in Black: A-                                                                                                         I don’t like this one as much as I like it in brown. It’s a bit more glossy, it’s not matte like it’s billed. It went on a little streaky and once it dried the look is a bit crunchy, not at all smooth like the brown liner. It’s still pretty good and was easy to use, however …. I made a mistake and when I went to clean it smeared the liner everywhere…. so I had to correct it quickly to avoid a big disaster. I still like it but I will not repurchase it in black … I will repurchase it in brown though.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: A+ I stand by everything I said in yesterday’s review of this product. It was a little bit drier today than it was yesterday but it still gives such length to the eyelashes. I will definitely use the one I have up, and I really liked it as a lower lash mascara so I will be repurchasing it to use it as such.

Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette: A+                                                                                            I changed my mind about the highlighter in this palette. Yes it has some glitter but once you use a setting spray it melts into the skin so beautifully that I really love it. This here is the reason I don’t do first impressions…. my first impression was like “ugh glitter, yup I hate it.” and then today I am in love with it. I also tried it on wet and that went on so glowy that I will see myself reaching for this palette a ton over the next few months.

Yesterday in Final Thoughts I said that Benefit as a whole was a B++. The foundation I tried today makes me want to re-evaluate this …. I would give the company as a whole an A-. I still truly hate the eyeshadow palette I purchased, but I also hated the foundation and upon trying the Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation I now really want to try another eyeshadow palette to see if I can get a better result.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Have an amazing day and as always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Benefit Cosmetics Full Face Review and Face of the Day

Published December 29, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey. How are you today? Good I hope. I’m having an OK Fibromyalgia day… low pain day and have a few spoons left.

Today I will be reviewing the full line (minus a lip product) of Benefit Cosmetics. I decided to do just 1 post today because I’m running low on spoons and this makeup day has put me in a bad mood…. Spoiler ….. I truly hated applying makeup today… read on and you’ll understand why….

BASE: I primed my face using the Benefit The POREfessional Hydrating Primer ($13 for the mini on their website). I didn’t color correct so that I could test out the concealer to see how well it covered. I concealed using the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($13 for the mini on their website) in the color No. 5. I purchased 2 foundations to try so today I chose Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation ($10 for the mini on their website) in the color 4 Medium Neutral. I set my full face using the Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation ($30 on their website) in the color 4 Medium Neutral. I bronzed using the Benefit Hoola Bronzer (it came as part of a trio for $30 on the Beautylish website).

EYES: I primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. I set the Shape Tape with Wet n Wild Color Icon ($.99 at Walgreens) in the color Brulee. I started to try and do an eye look with the  Benefit Vanity Flare Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($34 on the Beautylish website) but it was just a horrible mess, so I took off my makeup and started again…. I pulled in my Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette ($25 on their webstie and at Nordstrom Rack) and after priming and setting the primer with Brulee …AGAIN …. I used, from the Urban Decay Palette, Faith (a mid-toned grey based brown matte) as my transition shade. I used, from the same palette, Lockout (a slightly deeper grey based brown matte) for my crease color. on my lid I used, from the Benefit Vanity Flare Palette, Shimmering Nude (a deep champagne gold shimmer). I deepened the outer v with with Black Jack (a dusty black matte, from the Urban Decay Palette). Along my lower lash line I used Extra Bitter (a burnt orange matte, from the Urban Decay Palette) and I then took what was left on the brush into my transition shade to warm it up a bit. I defined the lower lash line by using the color Faith again. I highlighted my inner corners with Satiny Heather (a pale pink shimmer, from the Vanity Flare Palette). I lined my water line with BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 on the BH Cosmetics Website) in the color Beige. I did a wing liner using the Benefit Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner ($12 for the mini on their website) in the color Brown. For my brows I used the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($14 for the mini on their website) and Gimme Brow Gel ($14 for the mini on their website) in the color 4.5 Neutral Deep Brown. I carved out my brow line with BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on the BH Cosmetics website) on the matte side. I set the brow line with Wet n Wild Color Icon ($.99 at Walgreens) in the color Sugar. For mascara I am using the Benefit Roller Lash mascara ($13 on their website).

CHEEKS and LIPS: On the cheeks I am using, from the Babe on Board face palette ($30 on the Beautylish website … it is limited edition), Rockabye (a mid-toned Coral satin). I highlighted my cheek bones, tops of the brow bone, and cupid’s bow with Dandelion Twinkle (a pale champagne). I didn’t like any of the lip selections through Benefit so to line my lips I chose NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in Whipped Caviar and then filled in my lips using ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip ($7 on their website) in the color Gingham (a mid-toned true Coral).

Hold on to you seats dolls … I have plenty to say about this Benefit purchase ….. so here we go.

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Benefit The POREfessional Hydrating Primer: B                                                                          This primer is billed as being a primer that moisturizes and refreshes skin, as having a natural finish, and as being able to minimize the look of pores and fine lines. You get .75 fluid ounces for the full sized and .25 fluid ounces for the mini sized. There is nothing special about this primer. It did nothing to minimize my pores or my fine lines. It did not feel moisturizing at all. It’s a tacky primer that grips on to foundation, but does nothing it claims to do. It’s just an OK primer. I’ll finish using it but I will not be repurchasing it.

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer: C                                                                                           It’s billed as being a lightweight, 24 hour long wearing concealer that doesn’t cake up. It comes in 12 shades, 4 of which are for darker skin. You get .17 fluid ounces for the full sized and .1 fluid ounces for the mini sized. The color I chose is spot on perfect for my complexion… but you should only use the smallest amount possible. I used a bit too much and had to blot it away. It did not cover my under eyes well at all… you can still see the dark circles under my eyes. It does emphasize the fine lines but did not look cakey… it just looks dry and dull …. there is nothing special about this concealer. I’ll use up what is left of this concealer but it’s a hard pass for me … I will not be repurchasing it.

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation: D                                                                              It’s billed as being a light medium coverage, that blurs imperfections and has a natural matte finish. You get 1 fluid ounce in the full sized bottle and .2 fluid ounces in the mini sized bottle. This foundation comes in 12 shades with 5 shades for deep skin. The shade I purchased was billed as being medium neutral but has way too much yellow undertone in it. This foundation emphasized every pore I have. It also clung to dry patches I didn’t know I had. It went on patchy and streaky and took forever to buff in. It didn’t look good at all … that is until I powdered and used setting spray… then it looked half way OK. I wont be using up the mini I bought I threw it out and definitely will never repurchase this foundation.

Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation: B+                                                                  It’s billed as being lightweight and breathable and having a natural matte finish. You get .25 ounces of product. It comes in 12 shades, 5 shades for deep skin. It’s finely milled and creamy. It gives a descent amount of coverage and in the color I purchased was said to be neutral medium in color … it was a perfect match. It is a good finishing powder… I don’t think it’s a good foundation powder, but it works as a finishing powder. I will use it up but may not be repurchasing it.

Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette: A-                                                                                        This is a limited edition face palette offered on Beautylish’s website. It comes with a Hoola bronzer (it seems to be a bit lighter than the one I have in the box version) a blush in the color  Rockabye (Beautylish says it is a warm rose with a natural finish, however it’s more like a true mid-toned coral with a satin finish) and a highlighter in the color Dandelion Twinkle (Beautylish describes it as a nude pink with a shimmer finish, it’s more of a pale champagne with a slight pink shift). This is a descent face palette. It gets an A- because there is glitter in the highlighter … I didn’t give it a lower score because of the glitter because the glitter seems to dissipate with wear so it doesn’t bother me as much as other highlighters with glitter do. I really like this palette and this is the first Benefit blush I have tried and I love the finish of it. I am definitely picking up a few more blushes. I will not be able to repurchase this as it is a limited edition palette.

Benefit Vanity Flare Nude Eyeshadow Palette: F!!!!!                                                                This was the worst palette I have ever tried in my life…. no that’s not hyperbole …. that is straight up fact. There is no pigment to these shadows … the mattes are not mattes they are satins and the satins are not satins they are shimmer … I tried to make this palette work, really I did, but after 6 layers of the mid-toned colors with no color payoff at all I got fed up and washed my makeup off and started over. When you apply the darker shades to the crease and transition you don’t get color you just get this weird shimmery mess that picks up on every little spot of dry skin  on your eyes. The kick back is terrible with this the pan was covered in shadow… and the fallout is just as bad …. this is just a hot mess… I know that Benefit has other shadows but after this experience I am hard pressed to not even attempt to purchase another eye palette…. it’s a definite hard pass for me. I’ll be using it in tomorrow’s Full Face of Benefit, only because I still need to test out the other foundation I purchased… then I am tossing it straight into the trash…. to bad I had already tossed the uni-carton or I would have returned this palette to Beautylish.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil: A+++!!!                                                                                      It is billed as having natural looking hair like strokes that lasts for 12 hours. It comes in 12 shades. You get .002 ounces for the full sized and .001 ounces for the mini sized. After trying the eye shadow palette I was deflated and getting moody and really starting to hate this brand. This pencil is heaven! HEAVEN I SAY!!!! I was able to block my eye brows out fast and without skipping or having to retrace my lines. I was able to fill in my bald spots without having the pencil pull at my brow hairs. The color is a perfect match for me and I think this is the best my brows have ever looked. I am so happy I purchased this product. It went a long way to helping my mood about doing my makeup today improve. This product didn’t bead up on my skin, it didn’t smear, it didn’t yank at my hairs, It didn’t get crumbly around the hairs that are growing back…. I love this brow pencil. I am so going to use this product up and I am most definitely repurchasing this in bulk.

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel: A++                                                                                                      This product is billed as a brow tint that volumizes and tames brows for a buildable natural looking brow that is water resistant and long wearing. It comes in 8 shades. This gel held my brows perfectly without being to crunchy. The brush applicator is the perfect size and doesn’t rip at the hairs. There is perfect amount of product on the brush and doesn’t get messy. I really like this brow gel. I will use up my mini and then purchase the full sized version. Definitely a good brow gel. I think it’s better than the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: A+ This product is billed as a mascara that grabs, seperates, lifts, and curls lashes. It claims to hold the curl of the lashes for 12 hours.  It comes only in black. You get .3 fluid ounces for the full sized and .14 fluid ounces for the mini sized. I missed the boat on this mascara when it first came out. I backed away from it because of the fact that it has a plastic bristle wand and I hate those. This mascara is great. I really like it. With one coat my lashes looked strong and full. I used a 2nd coat to see if it would over power the lashes and it didn’t it just defined my lashes even more. I will definitely use up the mini and then I will purchase the full sized.

Benefit Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner: A+                                                                                    This eyeliner is billed as being a matte liquid eyeliner that goes on smooth and is water proof and lasts for 24 hours.  It comes in 2 colors… black and brown. You get .03 fluid ounces in the full sized and .01 fluid ounces in the mini sized. I normally steer clear of liquid eyeliners with a felt tip because they catch on the fine lines of my lids. This liner went on effortlessly smooth and pigmented. It was the easiest time I had doing a winged liner. I really like this product. I will definitely use up my minis and I will be purchasing replacements once I’ve used the minis up (i purchased both the black and brown). The brown is a deep brown color and it goes on super opaque. It’s a great liner.

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Final Thoughts….

All in all Benefit seems to be a good company. Some of the products were just OK for me but others were true winners in my book… despite the drama with the eyeshadow palette. There were more products I loved verses products that were either just OK or that I hated. I would give the brand as a whole a grade of B++.

Well that’s all for now dolls… stay tuned tomorrow when I do a Revisit of Benefit with the second foundation I purchased.

I hope your day is good and as always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

ColourPop Revisited Face of the Day

Published December 28, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Good morning dolls. I hope all is well with you today… I hope you have many spoons and a low pain level day. I’m running short on spoons today and my pain level is around a 7 because of the rain…. how many of my spoonies out there are effected by the rain??

Today I retried a few of the ColourPop products I reviewed for you yesterday… you can find that review here -> ColourPop Review … and I also tried out 2 new complexion products…. So let’s jump into this Face of the Day…..

BASE: I primed my face with Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer ($37 at Sephora).I used Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium. For foundation I tried out the ColourPop No Filter Matte Foundation ($12 on their website) in the color Medium 100. I used the ColourPop No Filter Matte Concealer ($6.50 on their website) in the color Medium 22. To set my full face I used the ColourPop No Filter Setting Powder ($9 on their website) in the color Translucent and to warm up my face I used the Colourpop Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8 on their website) in the color Talk to the Palm.

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EYES: I primed my eyes as I always do with Tarte Shape Tape () in the color Light-Medium Honey. For my eye shadow today I used 2 ColourPop palettes… the palette I created ($24 as a bundle on the ColourPop website) and the Going Coconuts Palette ($12 on their website). To set my Shape Tape I used the palette I created and the color the color Hear Me Out (a matte cream color) and then as my 1st transition shade I chose Issues (a matte pale orange creamsicle). As my 2nd transition shade used Wake Up Call (a matte pale tan). To deepen my crease I popped over to the Going Coconuts Palette and used the color Shell Ya (a matte mid-toned peachy brown). To darken my outer v I used Feathered (a matte burgundy brown) which I also carried to the outre 1/3 of my lid. To deepen my outer v a bit more I used Lets Do It (a matte true black) that I defused with Feathered. For my low lash line I used Shell Ya again as my drop shadow and then I deepened the lash line with Lets Do It. On my inner 2/3 of the lid I used Party Favors (a metallic gold with peach reflect). I lined my upper lash line with Charlotte Tilbury Eye Powder Pencil ($22 on the Beautylish website) in the color The Classic (a true deep brown matte). I smudged the liner out and went over it with Cloud Nine (a matte dusty deep brown from the palette I created). I lined my water line using the BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 on their website) in the color Beige. I used the ColourPop Brow Boss Pencil ($5.50 on their website) and Brow Boss Gel ($6.50 on their website) and then perfected the brow with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo ($23 on Beautylish) all in the color Dark Brown. I carved out my brow linen with the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set it with Hear Me Out again. I highlighted the inner corner of my eyes with Urban Decay Single Shadow ($20 at Ulta) in the color Midnight Cowboy. I primed my lashes using the Loreal Voluminous Primer ($5.99 at Target) and then followed that up with the Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black ($5.99 at Target).

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CHEEKS and LIPS: For blush I used the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush ($8 on their website) in the color Quarters (a deep coral satin). I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, temples, brow bone, and Cupid’s Bow with the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter ($8 on their website) in the color Wisp (a medium toned champagne pearlized finish). I lined my lips with NYX Suede Matte Lip Pencil ($4 at Ulta) in the color Whipped Caviar (a mid-toned pinky coral nude) and then filled my lips in with ColourPop Lippie Sitx ($6 on their website) in the color Topanga (a bright coral cream).

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Final Thoughts….

ColourPop No Filter Matte Foundation: A+++!!!!                                                                           It comes in 42 shades, 14 of which are for deeper skin. It’s billed as an oil-free, buildable full coverage foundation with soft blurring pigments to give you a natural matte finish. You get .85 fluid ounces of product. If there was a higher grade that I could give this foundation, I would totally do it!!! This foundation is lightweight… it is more of a demi matte than a full on matte… it left my skin looking hydrated and perfected. This foundation buff into the skin beautifully and a small amount is all you need. I chose the shade 100 Medium which says that it is a neutral foundation with peachy undertones for medium skin tones…. for me it was a little to yellow based; but after I got the rest of my complexion products on my face it worked out. In just one use I can already tell this is going to be my favorite foundation of 2020. Oh yes … this is my favorite find of 2019. Definitely repurchasing this product.

ColourPop No Filter Matte Concealer: A++ This concealer comes in 30 shades (10 for light, medium, and deep skin tones). You get .14 fluid ounces of product.  It’s billed as a  full coverage concealer formulated with soft blurring pigments to give you a creaseproof, matte finish. This concealer looks so pretty under the eyes. The color I chose was Medium 22 (a neutral warm concealer for medium skin tones) and it’s the perfect color for my under eye and orbital bone area. It buffs into the skin so well that you can’t tell you even put it on, save for the fact that your under eyes look flawless. I liked this concealer so much that I promptly purchased a back up.  If youare in the market for a new concealer I highly recommend this one.

ColourPop No Filter Setting Powder: A+                                                                                        In yesterday’s review of the ColourPop brand I graded this powder a B- grading because it vanished into nothing in less than 2 hours. I surmised that this was because I had too much moister going on between the daily moisturizer and the Tinted Moisturizer. I was right. With today’s foundation this powder is perfect. It’s going on 5 hours later and this powder is still in place and I look flawless. It even layered well over my concealer. I really like it in conjunction with this matte foundation. I don’t think it will ever replace my Laura Mercier loose setting powder, but it will definitely go into my makeup rotation and I will more than likely repurchase it.

ColourPop Going Coconuts Palette: A+++                                                                                         I know I have already done a review on this palette, but I just love it so much!!!! I am so glad I purchased it. The shadows are so buttery smooth and pigmented. They blend like a dream.

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Powder Pencil: F!!!                                                                                    Oh I wanted so badly to like this product, to find a way to incorporate it into my makeup routine…. this pencil is creamy but it doesn’t set down. It doesn’t blend good either. When you try to buff it out a bit it just disappears into nothing. I even had a hard time smudging a shadow over the top of it without it going away…. I had to use the liner 4 times just to get the intensity I have on my lids now. This pencil is just so not worth the price tag, not when there are drug store liners that perform so much better. I will be decluttering this pencil next month … I wont even waste the time to use it up.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo: B-                                                                                I know this is a cult favorite, but at $23 it’s nothing special. It doesn’t really go on even and skips over the bald patches in my brows.  It takes some finesse but it does get the job done… I still prefer my Professional Brow Powder from Oh La La Brow Bar.

BH Cosmetics Power Pencil: A-                                                                                                          It comes in 9 colors. It’s pigmented, long lasting, and creamy. It’s billed as a water proof liner, however I do need to reapply this liner to my water line later through the day, but I am glad I have it. It’s the perfect flesh tone for the water line, not to bright, not to tan … as I said during my BH Cosmetics review … I will definitely repurchase this liner.

ColourPop Brow Boss Pencil and Gel: I still give the pencil a D- and the Gel B+                     … same feelings as yesterday …. these products just don’t work for me.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush: A++                                                                            Yesterday I gave this product an A++ and I stand by that grade now. I had said it went on patchy but that it could just be skipping because my skin was so emollient. I tried it today again and it still skipped a little… now I’m wondering if it could be catching on my finishing powder?? I’ll have to try it before my powder the next time to see if it skips again… however I did find that if I pat it into the cheeks it goes on evenly. I really love the formula and am not deterred by the patchiness as it is a subtle patchiness and can easily be buffed out.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter: A++                                                                           In yesterday’s review I gave it an A+ … I upgraded it because I have found if I apply it with my finger or just tap it on to the skin with a brush that there is no real glitter to be seen, and the shade is a beautiful tone. This highlighter is growing on me. It too early for me to tell if I will repurchase it, but I am glad to have it in my collection.

ColourPop Lippie Sitx: A+++                                                                                                         This is another product that already reviewed yesterday however the color Topanga is so freaking amazing! It is so beautiful that it is currently my favorite color of life. It’s the perfect Coral, not to muted, not to bold … just perfect!!! If you are in the market for a goes with everything Coral … Topanga is the lipstick for you, and lets discuss the formula again. There is something about the Lippie Stix formula that is just a heavenly thing. It’s got the perfect slip to it, the perfect pigmentation (you don’t even need to cancel out your lips to get the perfect color payoff), it doesn’t bleed or feather and it doesn’t smear all over when you take a sip of something. This is high quality for a minimal cost and like I said Topanga is the perfect shade.

Well that’s all for now dolls.. Stay tuned tomorrow when I review the full Benefit Cosmetics line. I pray that your day is filled with spoons and low pain and that you are able to accomplish whatever you set out to do today…. As always remember to save a spoon for a bit of makeup.

XOXO

ColourPop Makeup Review

Published December 27, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey …. welcome back …. Today I review for you the full line of ColourPop products…. I have 3 palettes so I did not purchase a new one for this review, I just used my Karrueche X ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette, the full review of this palette can be read here -> ColourPop Neutral Palette Review  . I messed up and thought that I had ordered a mascara and eyeliner, but I didn’t so I wont be able to review those obviously.

So lets get started….

Base Products:

Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer: A+++!!!!                                                                    I normally shy away from tinted moisturizers because I have my Cover FX Custom Cover Drops that I mix in with my daily moisturizer when I want a light cover day … but for the purpose of this review I decided to test it out…. so freaking glad I did! This product is billed as having skin-perfecting, lightweight coverage for fresh, healthy looking skin. Spot on truth! You get 1.45 fluid ounces of product.  I only used 2 pumps to cover my full face and neck it left my skin looking evened out and healthy. I applied a second layer to see if I could build the product up, it layers evenly but really didn’t give me any further coverage. I waited for about 10 minutes to see if it would oxidize and it didn’t. It also remained tacky to the touch so it’s definitely needing a setting powder. It comes in 24 colors with a whopping 12 shades for deeper skin (WAY TO GO COLOURPOP!!!) I ordered the shade Medium 10N and it is a spot on skin match. There is no scent to this product and it does not catch on dry patches. I am going to have a great love affair with this tinted moisturizer. This is one that I am already going to repurchase so that I don’t run out.

Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Concealer: A++                                                                                    This concealer is billed as having  full coverage and a fresh, natural finish that lasts all day. Super blendable and loaded with skin-loving hyaluronic acid (aka HA) and coconut water. It comes in 30 shades with 15 for deeper skin (I am so proud of ColourPop! finally a drugstore brand included all the subtle nuances to deeper skin!!) You get .30 fluid ounces of product. I picked up the color Medium 85N and I think I could have gone 1 step lighter but it was a perfect skin match. This concealer is really pretty on the under eyes. I waited to powder the under eyes for 5 minutes to see if it would crease or oxidize and it did neither. I powdered the under eyes to see if it would go crepey and it did not. It was the perfect consistency, not too dry , not too emollient…. it was just right. This will definitely be one that I keep in my rotation.

No Filter Loose Setting Powder: B-                                                                                                This product is billed as a smooth, weightless loose powder sets makeup for all day wear without creasing, caking, or flashback. You get .30 ounces of product. It comes in 3 shades …. translucent, banana, and translucent deep. This is a weightless powder the does give you a blurred effect, however this product does not last very long at all… I only had my makeup on for about 2 hours when I had to reapply this powder to take down the shine…. now this could be because I used my daily moisturizer and then used this product so my skin is just a little over moisturized…. I will have to test it out tomorrow when I test another one of ColourPop’s foundations… but for now I am giving it a B- …. I also did not notice any flash back with this powder (that’s pretty good considering most translucent powders, even my beloved Laura Merier, gives flash back. For now, based on today’s performance I would say I wont be repurchasing this product.

Pressed Powder Bronzer: A                                                                                                           The bronzer I chose out of the 7 shades they have was one from their Going Coconuts collection called Talk to the Palm. You get .25 ounces of product in this compact…. there are 2 bronzers in this collection and they both come in a compact …. the remaining 5 are single pans…. it’s billed as being  buttery soft and super blendable. This is true. It is finely milled and ultra smooth. This buffed into the skin like a breeze. I liked this bronzer a lot. It’s not too orange, not to taupe …. it’s just a perfect combination of both. I will more then likely be repurchasing this bronzer.

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Eye Products…

I forgot to pick up a mascara and eyeliner, I already purchased them and will review them when they get here… in the mean time all I have for the eyes is brow products….

Brow Boss Pencil: D-                                                                                                                        You get .003 ounces of product. It comes in 9 shades. I purchased Dark Brown. It’s billed as having buildable color in a mistake-proof pencil and being all you need for perfectly feathered brows. I wanted to love this product so much, truly I did…. I truly HATE this pencil …. The color was perfect but the pencil is too waxy. It pulled at my brow hairs, skipped, went on patchy, and faded even before I was done blocking my brows out. It seemed to bead up around the arch of my brows, I even tried to use the brow gel to set the brows like the website says to do and the brow product kept disappearing. I got so frustrated that I ended up switching to a brow powder to finish my brows. I would have given this product an F but the color was spot on perfect so a D- it is. I will definitely not be repurchasing this product, I find myself hard pressed to even finish the one I have.

Brow Boss Gel: B+                                                                                                                                  It comes in 4 colors and a clear. You get .11 fluid ounces of product. I purchased Dark Brown. It’s billed as a lightweight, comfy, non-crunchy hold that lasts all day. It is lightweight, it is non-crunchy and so far it’s holding well. It’s just not super pigmented like my ELF Wow Brow. I will definitely use this product up, but the Wow Brow gives you .01 ounces more for $1.50 less and it’s more pigmented, so I think I’ll just stick with it for now and not repurchase it.

Cheek and Lip Products…

Super Shock Blush: A++                                                                                                                      It comes in 20 shades, of which I own 2 now. You get .15 ounces of product. It is billed as having a bouncy texture that delivers a healthy luminous glow that’s weightless, buildable, and super blendable. It is all of that, however… it did go on a bit patchy in the center of my cheeks … now this could be because my skin was super emollient and so the powder probably skipped over this spot on my cheeks, I’ll have to test it out tomorrow with the other foundation and see if it still skips. Even though it skipped over a spot on my cheeks I was still able to buff the product in and get a full wash of color on my cheeks. I am so looking forward to purchasing more colors.

Super Shock Highlighter: A+                                                                                                              It comes in 24 shades, of which I have 1. You get .15 ounces of product. It’s billed as having a bouncy texture that creates the ultimate glow. It’s buildable, blendable, and so buttery soft.  It’s all those things. This went on so creamy and so effortlessly… but it has glitter in it, nothing too bad that I just can’t wear it … but it’s there …. and I HATE GLITTER…. but this color and the shine is so darn impressive that I just know this is going to be a staple in my collection… I’m going to purchase more colors. It’s long wearing, and layers over cream or powder perfectly. A little goes a long way with this one so it will take me some time to use it up, but make no mistake I am definitely repurchasing this one.

Lippie Stix: A+++ There are 65 colors to chose from. You get .035 ounces of product. This product is billed as a one swipe pigmentation in a full-coverage, ultra matte finish in a comfortable formula. I am obsessed with this product. I own several and plan to purchase more. It truly is a one swipe product. and true to color. They aren’t very long lasting but I don’t mind so much it wears down evenly so I still get color for a while so reapplying isn’t that much of a bother for me. For being a matte it layers on itself nicely… not cakey or crumbly. It’s so compact that traveling with them is a piece of cake. I definitely will keep this product in my collection.

Lippie Pencil: A++                                                                                                                                It comes in 57 colors (some match spot on with some of the lippie stix). It’s billed as being able to prevent feathering disasters with their  long-wearing and super pigmented lip liner. You get .035 ounces of product. I have a few shades, but keep forgetting I had them. Dare I say, I think I love this lip pencil MORE than I love the NXY Suede lip liner. I think I even love it MORE than I love the Charlotte TIlbury Lip Cheat. THis product is creamy and super pigmented and, for the most part, it matches the Lippie Stix perfectly. I don’t know how I feel about the newest shade I own … Oh Sis …. but I think it’s pretty. I definite repurchase for me.

Creme Lux Lipstick: A+                                                                                                                    There are 39 colors in this range. You get .12 ounces of product. It’s billed as being a creamy, long-wearing lipstick that glides on the lips with rich pigmentation in a comfy, lightweight formula. All true. This lipstick wears down evenly and has a vanilla cupcake scent. I only own 1 but I already have 5 more in my basket ready for purchase. This lipstick doesn’t feather and doesn’t bleed. It does transfer, but that’s OK. I truly adore this lipstick.

 

Well that’s all for now dolls…. thanks for sticking with me … and tell me, what products would you like to see me test out next? …. Ta ta for now and remember…. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick….

XOXO

Full Face of ColourPop Face of the Day

Published December 27, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Good morning dolls. I hope your day is going good. I woke up with a lot of fatigue today. Today I am reviewing a full face of ColourPop products. I forgot to buy an eye liner and mascara, and they were out of the primer (and I hate primer sprays so I didn’t buy that either) but I purchased everything else. This will be the Face of the Day post and as per the usual I will not do a final thoughts I will be doing a review post.

So let’s get started….

20191227_103934 BASE: I primed my face using Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer. ColourPop doesn’t have a corrector so I used my Tarte CC Undereye Corrector in the color Light-Medium. I purchased 2 complexion products… a tinted moisturizer and a foundation …. today I chose the Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer ($14) in the color Medium 10N. I also purchased 2 different concealers… today I tried Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Creamy Concealer ($9) in the color Medium 85N. I set my full face using the No Filter Setting Powder ($9) in Translucent. I warmed up my face using the Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8) in the color Talk to the Palm.20191227_104000EYES: ColourPop doesn’t have an eye primer so I used my Tarte Shape Tape in the color Light-Medium Honey. I set my lids with Wet n Wild Color Icon (.99 at Walgreens) in the color Brulee. I used the ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette ($15) for today’s look. For my first transition shade I chose Chai (a pale peachy tan matte). As my 2nd transition shade I chose Amber (a mid tone warm orange matte). I picked Sorrel (a dusty orange toned brown matte) as my crease color. For my outer V and outter 1/3 of my lid I used the color Henna (a grey toned deep brown matte). On my lids I chose Saute (a plummy taupe with silver reflect mettalic). I used Henna on my lower lash line and then blew out the drop shadow with Sorrel and Amber. I highlighter the inner corners with the color with Ginger (a mid toned gold with champagne reflect metallic). I lined my water line with The Balm Mr. Write Eye Liner in the color Seymour Datenights. For my eye brows I used ColourPop Brow Boss Pencil ($5.50) and Brow Boss Brow Gel ($6.50) in the color Dark Brown, I also filled in the tail of my brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in the color Dark Brown. ColourPop doesn’t have a brow highlighter so I used my BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brow Highlighter on the matte side and set that with Wet n Wild Color Icon in the color Sugar. I primed my eyelashes with my Loreal Voluminous Primer and then used my Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara.

 

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Lippie Stix in the color Brink

CHEEKS and LIPS: I used Super Shock Cheek ($8) in the color Quarters (a peachy coral satin). I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, temples, brow bone, and cupid’s bow with the Super Shock Cheek ($8) in the color Wisp (champagne with a golden shift Pearlized). I lined my lips with Lippie Pencil ($6) in the color Oh Sis (Smoked paprika cream). I started out the look with the Lippie Stix ($6) in the color Brink (a rosey terracotta matte) but switched to the Creme Lux Lipstick ($7.50) in the color Better Off (a creamy deep coral).

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Creme Lux Lipstick in the color Better Off

Well that’s the look I came up with today dolls… stay tuned for my review …. as always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Matte Eyed Face of the Day

Published December 26, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Good morning dolls…  I hope you all had an amazing Christmas. I spent most of the day resting, I over did it on Christmas Eve. Today I feel stiff. So far my pain level is steady at 6. I woke up feeling a bit more energetic than I have been in the past few weeks …. yes the spoons are flowing…. I really wanted to try a full eye of mattes only and I hadn’t used my The Balm Meet Matt(e) palettes in a while so this is the look I decided on …. So let’s jump into it…..

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BASE: Today I primed my face with Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer ($17 at Sephora). I color corrected my under eyes with the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium. I concealed my eyes with The Balm Time Balm Concealer ($18 on their website) in the color Light-Medium. I chose The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation ($22 on their website) in the color Light-Medium. I set my full face with The Balm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Powder ($20 on their website). I warmed up my face using Makeup Geek Bronzer ($14.99 on their website) in the color Sun Kissed.

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EYES: I primed my lids with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. For my look today I used 2 Balm palettes …. Meet Matt(e) Ador () and Meet Matt(e) Nude (both palettes are $42 on their website)…. I set my Shape Tape with Matt Johnson (a cream colored matte) from the Ador palette… as my 1st transition shade I chose Matt Bernard (a light creamy orange matte) from the Ador palette. For my 2nd transition shade I picked Matt Russo (a dusty peach) from the same palette. I then switched to the Nude palette and deepened the area between the two transitions with Matt Singh (a deeper dusty peach matte). In my crease I chose Matt Rosen (a true light brown matte)  On my outer v I picked Matt Wood (a true dark brown matte). For my lids I used Matt Rosen again…on the outer 2/3 for the inner 1/3 I used Matt Malloy (a true white matte)… I then used Matt Wood on the outer 1/3 to deepen that area a bit. ON my lower lash line I used Matt Rosen again as my drop shadow and then I deepened the lash line with Matt Wood. I highlighted the inner corners with Hikari Cream Pigment ($15 on their website) in the color Honey Dew. I blocked out my eyebrows with ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on their website) in Dark Brown. I filled in my brows with Professional Brow Powder ($10 at Oh La La Brow Bar) in Dark Brow, then I set my brows with ELF Wow Brow ($4 on their website) in the color Dark Brown. I carved out my brows with BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side. I used Matt Johnson again to set the brow highlighter. I used Mr. Write eyeliner pencil ($13 on their website) in the color Seymour Datenights on my water line. Today I chose It Cosmetics Hello Lashes ($24 at Ulta) for my mascara.

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CHEEKS and LIPS: For blush today I am wearing The Balm Long-Wearing Blush ($21 on their website) in the color Balm Beach (a pale peach satin). I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, temples, and brow bone, as well as the Cupid’s Bow with Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.49 at Ulta) in 10 Be My Highlight. I lined my lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 on the Beautylish website) in the color Pillow Talk and filled the lips in with Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips ($34 on the Beautylish website) in the color Pin Up Pink (a coral pink matte).

Final Thoughts….

First without meaning to I guess my full face is almost completely The Balm Products again ….Second my hair is not cooperating with me today so please forgive the fly aways. and Lastly I am letting my brows grow back in so that I can pluck them. I’ve been using an eyebrow razor and I am not liking how it’s coming out so I want to reshape them again…. Now on to the grading of the products …..

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The Balm Time Balm Concealer: B+                                                                                            This concealer comes in 9 shades (3 for light, medium, and dark skin). I’ve only used this concealer 3 times but I’m starting to fall in love with the look of it under my eyes. It’s not a super long lasting concealer and it tends to start to crease around the 5 hour mark for that I gave it a B+. But I will definitely continue to use it…. I would probably repurchase it as well.

The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation: A++                                                                  This foundation comes in 8 shades (3 for deeper skin). This is a very unique foundation. It’s a mousse like texture… and with this concealer the smallest amount goes a very long way. I just tap my finger into the pot and covers half my face …. this foundation layers on itself wonderfully as well. This matte foundation does dry down almost all the way … a little powder is all that is needed to completely set this foundation. I love the look of this one… it’s just so natural. I will definitely be repurchasing this foundation.

The Balm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Powder: B-                                                                                  It comes in a universal color but it’s not universal at all, this powder would pull ashy on anyone deeper skinned than me. It’s a great powder and very compact, but it only comes in s a shade to suite light to medium light skin. A little of this powder goes a long way. I will repurchase this product.

Makeup Geek Bronzer: A+++                                                                                                               I love the look of this bronzer… it’s not completely matte it has some sheen to it. It’s the perfect tone for bronzer. It builds well on itself so you can intensify your bronze in the summer. It’s just a perfect formula, so smooth and creamy. This is a bronzer I will always need in my collection.

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador and Meet Matt(e) Nude Palettes: Both get an A+++              These palettes are so amazing…. super pigmented, very blendable, and they don’t muddle into each other when you blend them together. These are definite staples in my collection.

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes: B++                                                                                                          This is a good mascara for medium coverage days. I was having a love hate relationship with it at first but now I like it. I’ll use it up but I probably wont repurchase it, only because it’s a higher price point and my favorite mascara of life is the Voluminous Carbon Black….

The Balm Long-Wearing Blush: A+                                                                                                    I really love how this blush looks. So soft and romantic. It’s a blush that can go with any look. This is the blush I reach for on my no makeup and no makeup makeup look day…. I will definitely be repurchasing this one.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips: A+++                                                                                  These matte lipsticks are incredible!!! They go on so opaque. The formula is velvety and lasts a long time, even through greasy food. They are a comfortable lipstick as well. They weaar down evenly and you can re-apply this product without feeling like it’s crumbling or chunky. I so want more of the colors in the line and will definitely be purchasing more.

Well that’s all for now babies…. Hope you have an amazing day and remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lip gloss.

XOXO

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