Basic Face of the Day

Good morning dolls. I’m still recovering from yesterday’s procedure. I am extremely sore today. I will be posting a follow up to the Radiofrequency Ablation procedure. I used a new tinted moisturizer from NYX today… So let’s get started….

Base: I primed with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 at Sephora and Hourglass website). It’s my go to primer when I’m testing a new foundation. I woke up with deep circles under my eyes so I color corrected with the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 Ulta and Tarte Website) in the color Light-Medium. I concealed my undereyes and the area around my nose and tops of my cheeks with NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer ($6 at Ulta and NYX website) in the color Nude Beige. I chose NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil ($13 at Ulta and NYX website) in the color Beige Camel. I set my entire face with BH Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder ($9.50 on their website) in the color #230 and then I warmed up my face using NYX Matte Bronzer ($10 at Ulta and NYX website) in the color Deep Tan.

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Eyes: I primed my lids with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta and Tarte website) in the color Light-Medium Honey. I used 2 palettes today. I set my Shape Tape with the 2nd color on the bottom row (a mid toned flesh color matte) of the Coastal Scents Revealed Matte palette ($20 on their website). I used the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette (a limited edition palette that was given to me for a Christmas present several years ago) for my transition shade I chose Peanut Butter (a tan with orange undertones matte). I went back to the Revealed Matte palette and used the 5th color on the bottom row (a dusty brown matte) as my crease color. I then went back to the Peanut Butter and Jelly palette and used the color Peanut Butter, again, on my lower lash line for my drop shadow. I then used Bananas (a light yellow gold shimmer) on my lids. I then used a bit more of the crease color on the outer 1/3 of my lids to deepen that area. I did my brows with the ELF combo of the Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on their website) and Wow Brow ($4 on their website) in the color Deep Brown. I highlighted the brow bone with BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set it with the 1st color of the bottom row of the Revealed Matte palette (a light cream matte). I highlighted the inner corners with Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta) in the color Midnight Cowboy. I lined my water line with NYX Faux Whites Eyeliner ($8 at Ulta) in the color Linen. and I tried Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara ($25 at Ulta and Too Faced website).

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Cheeks and Lips: I used MAC Powder Blush ($25 at MAC and Ulta) in the color Pinch O’ Peach. I highlighter the tops of my cheek bones, temples, and Cupid’s Bow with Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.49 at Ulta) in the color Be My Highlight. I lined my lips with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the color Vintage (a deep plummy red). I also contoured my lips with this same lip liner. I filled my lips in with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6.50 at Ulta) in the color Zurich (a muted pinky coral).

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Final Thoughts…

Tarte CC Undereye Corrector: A+++                                                                                                  I 100% would crumble if Tarte every discontinued this product… I think it is even better than the Bobbi Brown corrector. It only comes in 2 shades Light Medium and Medium Deep.  A little goes a long way. All I do is dip my finger onto the top of the corrector and that is enough for both eyes. I even use the corrector on days that I do not wear makeup to brighten the undereye. It does need to be set or it sinks into the fine lines.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer: C-                                                                                     I’m still trying to figure out the best way to use this concealer. It creases so fast. It’s like you need to apply it to one eye and set it straight away to keep it from creasing. It comes in 23 colors (including 3 color correcting shades). I like the tone of the concealer I just don’t like that it creases so quick, it also emphasizes every little texture around the eye area. I think this is just a good concealer to spot treat the face and not for the undereye.

NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil: B+                                                                                       This tinted moisturizer comes in 12 colors (4 for light skin, 4 for medium skin, and 4 for deep skin). It’s a light weight formula. I used 2 squeezes of the tube to cover my whole face and neck. The color is a perfect shade match for me. I tried 1 squeeze of the tube and that gave me a very light coverage , so I went back in with a second squeeze and that was perfect for a medium coverage. It does catch on dry patches of skin, but I am not sure if that’s because I didn’t stick to my skin regimen because of yesterday’s procedure, or it it’s because this product emphasizes the skin…. I’ll have to work with it a bit more to see.

BH Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder: A-                                                                              It comes in 7 colors (3 of which are for deeper skin). This is a semi-dupe for MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. There is more coverage with the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation but the texture and longevity are spot on with both these products. I like this powder it’s a great price point and covers very good.

NYX Matte Bronzer: A+                                                                                                                          I have been using this bronzer for several years. It’s a great matte bronzer. It’s not too orange , not to taupe… it’s a perfect blend of both. It comes in 5 shades. It’s long lasting and blends like a dream… even on days where my skin is a bit temperamental I never get a patchy blend from it.

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette: A+++                                                                             I am so happy I got this for a Christmas present a few years ago. I think this is 1 palette Too Faced should have kept in rotation.  It’s a travel friendly palette. It has 9 shades and a good mix of shimmer and matte shadows. The shadows blend well and do not fade, vene after a long day.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: C                                                                                             I don’t understand the hype behind this mascara, truly I don’t. To me it’s just a basic mascara. It’s doesn’t hold curl. It’s not super black, it doesn’t thicken the lashes… it is just a mascara. There are many drug store mascaras that out do the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I give it a C because it didn’t smudge or transfer… but really it’s nothing special.

MAC Powder Blush: B++                                                                                                                This blush comes in 30 colors. The only shade I own is Pinch O’ Peach. It’s the perfect just pinched shade. I don’t know if other colors are the same way, but Pinch O’ Peach takes a bit to build up in color but once it does it’s beautiful. It blends out wonderfully. It lasts a long time and it’s a true matte color. I am thinking of purchasing other shades… I just have so much blush I haven’t had the need for a new one.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter: A+++                                                                                        This is the perfect highlighter for any occasion.  It goes on so smoothly and gives a sheen to the skin, nothing too heavy but it can be build up for a high shine. I have been known to use this highlighter on no makeup days and it always comes out looking like a glow from within, and I have used it for a formal event and just by wetting the highlighter brush have gotten a beaming highlight. If I had to give up on my highlighters and only keep 1 … this would be the one that I picked.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: A+                                                                                                   There are 38 shades in the range. This is a comfortable lipstick. Once it dries down it does not transfer. It is long wearing but not build-able. After having a donut and coffee I had to reapply but noticed it felt crumbly, but once it dried down again it felt fine. I really like this formula and have purchased 4 more shades.

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Well that’s all for now babies… hope the day finds you with tons of energy and as pain free as possible.

Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.