Face of the Day Smokey ABH

Good morning dolls. Just 3 more days until Christmas…. I hope today you are doing well. It’s cold and raining here in Florida today so I am in a world of hurt. I slept well but still feel low on spoons today. The above picture was taken outside with no flash.

Today I chose to do another smokey eye look. I’ve been loving a good smokey eye lately. I used 2 different eye shadow palettes, 1 high end and 1 drug store priced. Well let’s get into it.

The above picture was taken inside with no flash….

BASE: I used It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer ($49 on the It Cosmetics website). I color corrected with the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium. For concealer today I chose NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30 at Ulta) in the color Medium 1 Custard. My foundation is ELF Flawless Finish Foundation ($6 on their website) in the color Sand. I set my whole face with Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder ($45 at Beautylish website) in the color 2 Medium. To warm up my face I chose Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($15.99 on their website and at Ulta, Walmart sell sit for $8.99) and  in the color Bronzer.

 EYES: I primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta) in the color Light Medium Honey.  I used 2 palettes today …. BH Cosmetics Ultimate Matte 42 Color Shadow Palette ($28 on their website) and Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($42 at Ulta). To set my Shape Tape I chose the first color of the 3rd row of the BH palette (it’s a cream colored matte). I used the same palette and chose the second color of the 4th row (a pale peach matte) as my transition shade. As my second transition shade I chose Burnt Orange (an orange based tan matte) from the Modern Renaissance palette. To deepen my crease I chose the 3rd color of the BH palette (a true mid toned brown matte).I then decided I wanted to cover my lid in this color too.  Then it was back to the Modern Renaissance palette for the lid … I chose Primavera (a golden champagne shimmer) for the first 2/3 of the lid and then I added Vermeer (a pale peachy champagne shimmer) to the middle 1/3 of the lid to make the center pop a bit.  For my lower lash line I used Realgar (a red based terra cotta matte) from the Modern Renaissance palette and I used Brunt Orange as the drop shadow on the lower lash line. I highlighted my inner corners with Vermeer and set my BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website), on the matte side, with the 1st color on the 1st row of the BH palette (a cream toned white matte). I lined my water line with The Balm Mr Write Eyeliner ($13 on their webstie) in the color Seymour Datenights. I did my brows today with the Professional Eyebrow Powder ($10 at Oh La La Brow Bar) in the color Dark Brown and paired it with the ELF Wow Brow ($4 on their website) in the color Dark Brown. I am back to using my Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($5.99 at Target $8.99 at Ulta).

CHEEKS and LIPS: I used the BH Cosmetics Classic Blush 10 Color Blush Palette ($12 on their website) and used a mix of the last 2 shades of the second row …. a rose pink and a deep peachy terra cotta.  I highlighted my cheek bones and cupid’s bow with Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26 on her website) in the color Gilded Honey. I lined my lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 on the Beautylish website) in the color Pillow Talk and filled them in with ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip ($8 on their website) in the color November.

Final Thoughts….

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer: B-                                                                                              I still am trying to use this product up. It’s not a bad primer it just does nothing to really blur my pore. I also don’t like the smell of this primer. I will not be repurchasing it.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: A+                                                                                          Comes in 30 shades, 10 for light, medium, and deep skin tones. I really enjoy this concealer. It leaves my under eye looking so hydrated. I don’t like it ass a face concealer for non makeup days because it’s too light of a shade but I do enjoy it for my under eye and orbital socket area. It’s long lasting and doesn’t crease of me.

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation: A+++                                                                                             I forgot just how much I love this foundation! It comes in 40 shades with 19 shades for deeper skin tones. It’s billed as a matte foundation, but every time I have used it, this foundation gives me a dewy look.  I use 2 pumps for my full face and neck. It’s a medium coverage foundation that builds up to full coverage very easily. It doesn’t emphasize lines or dry patches. It buffs into the skin so well and leaves the face looking fresh and perfected.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder: B++            OK…. OK…. I know I gave this product a hard time when I first reviewed it, but I tried it today and loved the flawless, almost porcelain look it gave my skin. I still can’t give it a higher grade because there are only 3 shades in the range and the darkest shade called Deep is nowhere deep enough for are darker skinned beauties. However it is a great pressed powder to use with dewier foundations.

BH Cosmetics Ultimate Matte 42 Color Shadow Palette: A+                                                         I am continuing to amazed by BH Cosmetics quality of their products, specifically their matte eyeshadows. Most eyeshadows at this price point are a bit chalky and do not blend without a bit of work… these shadows, not only are pigmented as can be, blend effortlessly. Most of their palettes, including this one, have a great transition to crease ratio and even have enough shades for setting and highlighting. This is a great palette to have in your collection … the only downside is … that it is so big … too big for traveling with.   

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: A-                                                            This is a great palette because the colors are so pigmented and the color story goes with all skin tones… but it could do with another transition shade and a medium toned brown… This isn’t the type of palette that you can get many looks from, they will all be about the same intensity, but you can get some beautiful looks with it.  

The Balm Mr Write Eyeliner: A                                                                                                          I like the creaminess of this eye pencil but this is the pencil’s down fall…. when using it on the waterline that is…. the pencil is so creamy that you end up having to reapply it throughout the day. The pencil is pigmented and not too light. I find that waterline pencils tend to be too pale and stand out like a sore thumb … this one is just the right shade of flesh for my waterline. 

BH Cosmetics Classic Blush 10 Color Blush Palette: A-                                                                   There is a good array of colors in this palette, however, I find that this palette is a bit chalky. It’s nothing too bad and once you buff the blush in a bit it works itself out. The colors are a tad too pigmented so you have to go in with a light hand or suffer the consequences.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: B-                                                                              I originally said I don’t like this highlighter because it’s too glittery.. but I found a brush that works well with this highlighter… It still have more glitter than I would like, but with the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro V18 brush ($7 on their website) the highlighter goes on less chunky and sits well on the cupids bow… I may not be repurchasing it, but I will definitely be using it more.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip: A++                                                                                                           I love how smooth this liquid lipstick goes on, but I hate how sticky it remains until it   sets in place. The color is pigmented and beautiful. This lipstick lasts a while but doesn’t wear down evenly… What I do like it that , unlike some liquid lipsticks, when you reapply product there is no crunchy, clumpiness to the product.  I own 3 colors and totally plan on purchasing more.

Well that’s all for now dolls… until next time, I hope this post reaches you with plenty of spoons (energy) and as pain free as is possible with invisible illnesses…

And remember, save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.