Hey doll hey…. Hope your day is going good. I’m finally able to sit up for longer than 20 minutes. Today I wanted a pop of color but I wanted a smokey eye too… so I decided on a purple smokey eye. Let’s get into the products I used ….
Base: I primed my face with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 Sephora). Color corrected my undereyes with the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta, Sephore, and Tarte’s website) in the color Light-Medium. I concealed my undereyes and the area around my nose with MAC Pro-Long Wear Concealer ($25 at Ulta and MAC) in the color NC30. I chose Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation ($12.99 at Ulta) in the color Natural Beige. I set my full face with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta) in the color Translucent. I bronzed my face with BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer ($10 on their website) in the color Bronze Babe.
Eyes: I primed my eyes with the Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. I set my eyes with Wet N Wild Color Icon ($.99 at Walgreens) in the color Burlee. Today I chose the Urban Decay Born to Run Palette ($49 at Ulta). For my first transition color I chose Weekender (a light tan with peach undertones – matte), as my second transitiion color I chose Riff (an orange based tan – matte). On my lids I used Guilt Trip (a deep plum purple with a pink reflect – metallic). I picked Punk (a deep burgundy brown – matte) for my outer v and outer 1/3 of the lid… I also used this color on my lower lash line followed by Riff as my drop shadow. I highlighted my inner corners with Breakaway (a pale champagne – shimmer). On my brows today I chose my Professional Eyebrow Powder ($10 from Oh La La Brow Bar) in the color Dark Brown followed by ELF Wow Brow ($4 on their website) in the color Dark Brown. I highlighted my brow bone with BH Pro Studio Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set the brow bone with the Wet n Wild Color Icon ($.99 at Walgreens) in the color Brulee. I lined my water line with The Balm Mr. Write ($13 on their website) in the color Seymour Datenights. I used Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes ($29 at Sephore and the Beautylish website) in the color Glossy Black.
Cheeks and Lips: My blush today is ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8 on their website) in the color Birthday Suit (a pinky coral – satin). I used Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($42 at Sephora) in the color Highlight 01. My lip liner is Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 at the Beautylish website) in the color Pillow Talk. I filled in my lips with BH Cosmetics Cashmere Cream Comfort Lipstick ($6 on their website) in the color Perf.
Final Thoughts ….
MAC Pro-Long Wear Concealer: A++ I’ve used this concealer for a few years now on and off. Every time I pick it back up I first think, ugh too thick and too messy…. then I try it another day and remember that too much is disbursed and I finally squeeze just the right amount out and I remember how amazing it looks under the eye. It sets well, doesn’t crease, and doesn’t move the other products around. It doesn’t emphasize my fine lines either so that’s a plus.
Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation: B I have had this foundation for a while, but never opened it. It’s billed as a light weight full coverage foundation. It lives up to what they say. But this foundation emphasizes every little imperfection. The color was a little warmer that I thought it would be and it gave me a hard time applying it with a foundation brush. I ended up having to push the product into my face with the brush , wait a minute , and then buff the foundation out. It also stayed very tacky. It’s not a bad foundation, just not one of my favorites. I’ll use this bottle up, but will not be repurchasing it.
Urban Decay Born to Run Palette: A+++ Out of all my Urban Decay palettes Born to Run is my favorite palette. It’s got a great matte to shimmer ratio. It’s got more than 1 option for transition shades, great outer V colors, and a couple of really great pops of color in it. I find that most of the Urban Decay palettes only give you enough color ways to create the same eye look over and over. The Urban Decay Born to Run palette gives you several options. I can get a super natural look or a big and bold look all from the same palette. The shadows are finely milled, buttery, and extremely pigmented. Out of all of their palettes, the shadows in the Born to Run palette blend the best. They blend out easy and blend into each other nicely too. If you only pick up 1 Urban Decay Palette, and you like surprise pops of colors, I recommend the Urban Decay Born to Run Palette….. If you just like neutral looks the Naked Ultimate Basics is the palette for you …. but I say live a little and express yourself through color.
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek: B+ I am only giving this blush a B+ because it went on a little patchy …. now this could be because I had to put a ton of loose setting powder on to set my foundation and so because the blush is a cream to powder blush it could have skipped on the setting powder…. It could also be that Birthday Suit has been in my collection for over 3 years … so it could need to be replaced… I remember when I first got this blush I couldn’t put it down… so I know it’s not that the formula is bad …. I have ordered another color which I will show off when I do my full face of ColourPop … until then I give it a B+.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder: A+++ This highlighter is the perfect glow with in highlighter… it is subtle, like the Essences one that I am in love with. There is no glitter and it gives a soft retouched effect to the skin. I so love this highlighter.
BH Cosmetics Cashmere Cream Comfort Lipstick: B++ I know I gave this one a higher grade the first time I reviewed them but this color went on patchy and just kept getting worse as I applied more product. After it dried down it was OK. It was comfortable and even once it dried. However, When I reapplied the product after drinking coffee (yes this one transfers) it felt crumbly and felt like it went on thick in spots… I had to completely remove the product and reapply … that’s too high maintenance for a drug store lip product. Now, it could be that I used the foundation to cancel out my lips before I used this product, it could be that I had to set the foundation with powder to get it to be seamless on the lips, it could even be that I used too much lip liner before applying this product, but I doubt any of that could be the reason. I’ll have to play around with this product a bit more before I decide that I do or don’t like it. For now, I give it a B+.
Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you have a great Saturday and that the day finds you with plenty of spoons and as close to pain free as possible.
And remember always save a spoon for a bit of makeup…