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Green Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published July 31, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m still in a heap of pain but I have a bit more energy than I had yesterday. I really didn’t have enough energy to do anything to my hair so I just did a simple 2 bun hair look…. I know it doesn’t look the best but it’s what I could do with my hair being so long … so there it is.

Today I am wearing Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume (scent notes are : Blue Wisteria, Jasmine, Blackberry, White Woods, and Coconut Water). For today’s look I used the Urban Decay Born to Run Palette ($49 at Sephora. Let’s take a look at how I created today’s Face of the Day …..

Base:

I primed my face using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($32 at Sephora) and prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I used my Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3 today to add just a slight lilt to the high points of my face. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. For foundation today I am wearing a combo of 4 pumps of BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) and 2 drops of DermaBlend Flawless Creator ($44 at Ulta) in the shade 30N (light skin with neutral undertones).  I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear More Than Concealer ($13.49 at Ulta) in the shade #360 Cashmere. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39) in the original shade. I touched up the bronzer on my face using Makeup Revolution Bronzer Reloaded ($7 at Ulta) in the shade Take a Vacation. For touch ups I am using Flower Light Illusion Perfecting Powder ($13.99 at Ulta) in the shade Beige.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For today’s eye look I used the Urban Decay Born to Run Palette ($49 at Sephora. I started by setting my brow line using the shade Breakaway (warm ivory – shimmer). FOr my transition color I used the shade Riff  (brown-nude – matte). For my crease color I used a combo of the shades Riff (brown-nude – matte) and Baja  (burnt orange – matte). I deepened the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using a combo of (brown-nude – matte), Baja  (burnt orange – matte) and Punk (deep red-brown – matte). For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Big Sky (frosted green with iridescent micro-sparkle – shimmer). I then patted the shade Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-glitter – shimmer) over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid. For the lower lash line I created a drop shadow using a combo of the shades Riff (brown-nude – matte), Baja  (burnt orange – matte) and Weekender (light neutral beige – matte). I then deepened the lash line using the shade Punk (deep red-brown – matte) and then created some dimension to the under eye by combining the shades Good as Gone (deep brown with iridescent micro-glitter – shimmer), Ignite (rose gold – metallic), and Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-glitter – shimmer) and then laying more of Punk over that. I highlighted the inner corners of my eyes using the shade Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift- metallic).I then tight lined my my upper and lower waterlines using Sephora 12HR Colorful Contour Eye Pencil ($11 at Sephora) in the shade Cocoa (Chocolate Brown). I coated my lower and upper lashes using Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara ($23 at Ulta and Sephora).

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I used the 2nd (nude peach) and 4th (light blue based pink) shades of the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 at Ulta and on the ELF website) and then set that with a slight tap of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Captivating (bright peach – matte). I touched up my highlighter on the high points of my face and my Cupid’s Bow using Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($44 at Sephora) in the shade #01 Highlight. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (part of the big box of lippie pencils vault – out of stock) in the shade Oh Sis (smoked paprika) and filled in my lips using Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) Kidman’s Kiss (rose petal pink – matte).

Final Thoughs:

I love the color combo of smokey oranges and sea greens together. I was really happy with the final look.

I finally got the ingredients to make homemade soft pretzels I was hoping to make them today but I just don’t have enough energy to spend on an extra thing today and my back is super tender so standing for a while is out of the question, hell…. sitting up is painful enough …. I’ll have to wait until the weekend I suppose.

Well, that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Quick and East Neutral Eye Face of the Day

Published July 30, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m not feeling too well today. In a heap of pain and very low on energy so I just did one of my go to quick and easy neutral eye looks again… I promise more glam and colorful looks are on the way … I just need to take care of my Fibromyalgia for a few days.

Today I’m not wearing any perfume because since my pain level is so high my belly is a little weak and scents aren’t a good thing at times like this.

Well … let’s get into toady’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

* I’m looking a little over bronzed to day but that’s just because I am wearing a deeper shade of foundation than normal … I have it in Warm Nude and what I now need is Vanilla… I’m trying to use up my Born This Way foundation so that I can purchase the correct shade (this one is from a few years ago when I was at the beach all the time and so I was darker in complexion)*

I primed my face using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($32 at Sephora) and prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I used my Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3 today to add just a slight lilt to the skin. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. For foundation today I am wearing my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Warm Nude (very light with neutral undertones). I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade #3. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39) in the original shade. I touched up the bronzer on my face using Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora).  For touch ups I am using Flower Light Illusion Perfecting Powder ($13.99 at Ulta) in the shade Beige.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For today’s eye look I used  2 palettes from The Balm : Meet Matt(e) Nude and Meet Matt(e) Ador. I started by setting the brown line using the shade Matt Malloy (pure white – matte) from the Nude palette. As my transition shade I used a combo of the shades Matt Munoz (light peach – matte) and Matt Russo (deep peach – matte) from the Ador palette. For the crease shade and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid I used a combo of the shades Matt Jones (warm orange based light brown – matte) and Matt Williams (dusty chocolate brown – matte) from the Adore palette and also Matt Singh (dusty deeper light pink that is slightly terracotta based – matte) from the Nude palette. For the outer v of the crease and 1/2 of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid I used a combo of the shades Matt Rosen (chestnut brown – matte), Matt Wood (dark brown – matte) and Matt Garcia (warm deep red based brown – matte) from the Nude Palette. For the lower lash line I used the residual from the brush that I used for the transition to create a drop shadow which I deepened up with more of the shade Matt Garcia. I then darkened the lash line using more of the shade Matt Wood. As my inner corner highlight I used Makeup Geek Highlighter ($9.99 on their website but this shade is discontinued) in the shade Midnight Sun (soft champagne). I then tight lined my my upper and lower waterlines using Sephora 12HR Colorful Contour Eye Pencil ($11 at Sephora) in the shade Cocoa (Chocolate Brown).  I coated my lower and upper lashes using Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.

Cheeks and Lips:

For my blush I used Tarte Sugar Rush – Beach Cheeks Cream Blush ($15 at Ulta) in the shade Beaches & Cream (peachy pink). I lightly set that using Makeup Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Rhubarb and Custard (pinky peach). I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Makeup Geek Highlighter ($9.99 on their website but this shade is discontinued) in the shade Midnight Sun (soft champagne). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Shot Clock (mid-tone mauve pink) and filled in my lips using MAC Amplified Lipstick ($19 at MAC) in the shade Blankety (soft pink beige – matte).

Final Thoughts:

I really still have no idea what to purchase for August’s Beauty Buys…. This is the first time where I just don’t know what to buy … maybe I’ll do a no buy for August then?

I never did get to the food shop to get the dry yeast I need to make pretzels (sad panda). I hope to feel better tomorrow so that I can finally get my soft pretzel fix.

Well dolls, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Simple Everyday Makeup Face of the Day

Published July 29, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Today I woke up craving a soft pretzel so much!! I found a recipe on line that I think I’m going to try and do today. I just have to get to the store and buy some dry active yeast.

Today I decided to wear Liz Claiborne Realities perfume which has top notes of : chamomile, Osmanthus (Devilwood… a small tree in the olive family), Sage, and Bergamot , middle notes of Bulgarian Rose, Carnation, Freesia, Jasmine, and Lily, and end with base notes of Sandalwood, Amber, Peach, and Vanilla. Well …. let’s dive into today’s Face of the Day …..

Base:

I primed my face using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($32 at Sephora) and prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I then did my foundation using Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation (Discontinued but can be found on Amazon) in the shade LN4. I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer (Discontinued) in the shade R22. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39) in the original shade. I touched up the bronzer on my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (Originally $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade #230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For today’s eye look I used the Catrice Cosmetics Basic Bae Palette ($14.99 at Ulta). I started by setting my brow line with the shade #Basic (ivory – matte). For my transition shade I used the color #Squad (soft peachy – matte). For the outer 1/3 of my mobile lid and the crease I used the shade #MOTD (mid-toned orange based brown – matte). I deepened the outer part of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using the shade #MCM (warm red based brown – mattte). For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I first cut the crease with more of the P.Louise Base and then used the shade #Goals (Golden Champagne – shimmer) and then topped that off with ELF Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow ($5 on their website and at Ulta) in the shade Flirty Birdy (a rose gold base with silver glitter). For my lower lash line I created a drop shadow using more of the shade #MCM (warm red based brown – mattte) and then I deepened the lower lash line using the shade #TBT (cool toned deep brown – matte). I then went in with a touch of the shade #ExtraAF (aged gold bronze – shimmer) over the inner 1/2 of the lower lash line and then I buffed more of #MCM (warm red based brown – mattte) over that to just add a bit of dimension. I highlighted the inner corners of my eyes using Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3 and then I lined my upper and lower waterlines using Sephora 12HR Colorful Contour Eye Pencil ($11 at Sephora) in the shade Cocoa (Chocolate Brown).  I coated my lower and upper lashes using NYX On the Rise Volume Liftscara ($11 at Ulta).

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush I used Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush ($20 at Sephora) in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip (soft coral red). I set the cream blush with the lightest hint of Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website and at Ulta) in the shade Peaches & Cream (a dusty peach – matte). I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Obvi (light pinkish brown). I filled in my lips using  ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip ($8 on their website – was a collab with Kathleen Lights) in the shade Moon Child (pinky nude with gold glitter).

Final Thoughts:

I didn’t wear falsies today … I needed to give my lashes a little break from lash glue and I think this look is better without lashes.

I still haven’t figured out what I want to purchase for next month’s beauty buys … any suggestions would be helpful. I’d love to review something you’ve been keen to try.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in goo spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Warm Smokey Glitter Face of the Day

Published July 28, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Today I’m feeling pretty good. I’m in a low amount of pain and have a tad more energy than I’ve had in about a week. I’m very thankful.

I’m not wearing any perfume today, decided to skip it because once again I used my Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel body wash and really am enjoying smelling like a birthday cake (haa haa). Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

I primed my face using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($32 at Sephora) and prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I started by doing the reverse foundation method using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I then did my foundation using The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation ($22 on their website) in the shade Light/Medium. I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer ($32 (but on sale for $19 at Sephora) in the shade Porcelain. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39) in the original shade. I touched up the bronzer on my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (Originally $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade #230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For today’s eye look I used the Milani Most Loved Mattes Palette ($15 on Amazon, at Target & Walmart). I started by setting my brow line using the shade Fancy Vanilla (warm toned light beige – matte). For my transition shade I chose a combo of the shades You’re a Peach (warm mid toned peach – matte) and Toast of the Town (warm mid toned yellow based brown – matte). For the outer 1/3 of my mobile lid and the crease I chose a combo of the shades Catch a Tan (warm mid toned tan with an orange base – matte) and Hiking in Sedona (warm deep copper – matte). I deepened the very outer part of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using a combo of the shades Chocolate is Life (warm dark brown – matte), Don’t Raisin Your Voice (warm deep burgundy – matte) and Umber the Sun (warm mildly deep toned brown with a red base – matte). I tapped the shade Come Up Roses (deep warm rose -matte) over the remained 2/3 of my mobile lid and then topped that with ELF Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow ($5 on their website and at Ulta) in the shade Flirty Birdy (a rose gold base with silver glitter). For my lower lash line I created a drop shadow using more of Catch a Tan (warm mid toned tan with an orange base – matte). I then smoked the lash line out using more of the shade Hiking in Sedona (warm deep copper – matte). I then deepened the lash line using more of the shade Chocolate is Life (warm dark brown – matte). I buffed the whole under eye out using a combo of the shades My Daily Latte (deeply warm mid toned peach – matte) and a touch more of the shade You’re a Peach (warm mid toned peach – matte). I lined my lower waterlines using the Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Gel Eyeliner ($5 on their website) in the shade Nude.  I coated my lower and upper lashes using Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 only at Dollar General Stores) and then popped on a pair of Beauty Queen lashed from Obsidian Cosmetics (no longer in business).

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush I used Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush ($20 at Sephora) in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip (soft coral red). I set the cream blush with the lightest hint of Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website and at Ulta) in the shade Peaches & Cream (a dusty peach – matte). I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Obvi (light pinkish brown). I filled in my lips using ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip (discontinued) in the shade November (a warm peachy coral – satin) and topped that off with the ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip ($8 on their website – was a collab with Kathleen Lights) in the shade Moon Child (pinky nude with gold glitter).

Final Thoughts:

I’m thinking about cutting my hair. It’s almost to my booty now and I find it hard on me to brush out as well as wash. It takes a lot of energy for me to maintain…. hubby really loves it so I’m not sure that I will … but if I do I would cut it to shoulder length.

I really hope to have thee energy to dye it again sometime this week, my grays are coming through like weeds in the grass.

I’ve been putting together my beauty buy list for August but so far I haven’t really decided what I really want first … any suggestions??

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Neutral Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published July 27, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? I’m doing OK today. A little run down but all in all pretty OK.

Today I am wearing Gucci Bamboo ( it has top notes of Casablanca Lily & Amber Accords, middle notes of Orange Blossom & Ylang Ylang, and the scent rounds out with notes of Sandalwood, Tahitian Vanilla, and Ambergris).

For today’s look I used shadows from 3 palettes: Juvia’s Place The Chocolates Palette($14 on their website and at Ulta), Juvia’s Place The Nudes Palette ($14 on their website and at Ulta), and Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Palette ($45 at Ulta and Sephora). Well … let’s get into today’s Face of the Day ….

Forgot to blend my nose contour today YIKES

Base:

I primed my face using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($32 at Sephora). Today I tried a new to me technique called reverse foundation or under painting (where you start by doing cream contour and highlight BEFORE you do your foundation) so I started with my contour using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I then did my foundation using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation ($35 at Sephora) in the shade 120 (for fair skin with neutral undertones). I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer ($26 at Sephora) in the shade 120 (for fair skin with neutral undertones).  I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39) in the original shade. I touched up the bronzer on my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (Originally $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade #230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For today’s eye look I used shadows from 3 palettes: Juvia’s Place The Chocolates Palette($14 on their website and at Ulta), Juvia’s Place The Nudes Palette ($14 on their website and at Ulta), and Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Palette ($45 at Ulta and Sephora). I started with the Too Faced Palette and set my brow line using the shade Swan (eggshell – matte). For my transition shade I use a combo of the shades Maple (warm caramel brown – matte) from the Too Faced Palette, the 2nd shade of the 1st row of the Nudes Palette (light beige – matte), and the 3rd shade of the 2nd row of the Nudes Palette (rich terracotta brown – matte). For the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and my crease I used a combo of the 1st shade of the 2nd row of the Chocolates Palette (warm red – matte) and the shade Cocoa (medium chocolate brown – matte) from the Too Faced Palette. I deepened the 1/2 way point of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using a combo of the shades Truffle (deep rich brown – matte) from the Too Faced Palette and the 1st shade of the 1st row of the Chocolates Palette (Deep Chocolate Brown – matte). I then deepened the very edges of the outer eye using the 3rd shade of the 1st row of the Chocolates Palette (grey toned brown – matte). For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I first went in with the 1st shade of the 1st row of the Nudes Palette (peachy champagne with a silver flip – metallic) and then went over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Sugared Chestnut (golden brown – metallic) from the Too Faced Palette. For the lower lash line I first went in with more of the shade Maple (warm caramel brown – matte). I used more of the shade 1st shade of the 2nd row of the Chocolates Palette (warm red – matte) followed by more of the 3rd shade of the 1st row of the Chocolates Palette (grey toned brown – matte) to deepen the lash line up. I highlighted the inner corners using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type  (a deeper champagne). I lined my lower waterlines using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner($26 at Sephora) in the shade Sunset 74 (golden bronze shimmer). I coated my lower and upper lashes using Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 only at Dollar General Stores) and then popped on a pair of BEauty Queen lashed from Obsidian Cosmetics (no longer in business).

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush I used Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush ($20 at Sephora) in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip (soft coral red). I set the cream blush with the lightest hint of Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website and at Ulta) in the shade Coral Dream (a bright coral red). I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type  (a deeper champagne). I lined and filled in my lips using Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Pillow Talk (nude pink) and topped the lips off with ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip (this shade discontinued) in the shade Bestie (creamy pink).

Final Thoughts:

I totally forgot to blend the bronzer on the bridge of my nose today! Yikes! Oh well … can’t have a good makeup day every day right? I also didn’t realize that I didin’t cover my lash band with eyeliner so there’s that too.

I broke out a little on the left side of my face right in near my pores … I think I might have used a little too much Squalane oil last night so I’ll probably skip the oil for a few days so it clears up.

I’m so bummed! My favorite place to get lashes was an ETSY shop and sadly they have closed down as of Sunday so I’m gonna have to go on a hunt for new lashes elsewhere for next month.

Well, that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Purple With A Pop of Green Face of the Day

Published July 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m starting to feel a bit better. Still a bit fatigued but my pain level has come down a bit, thankfully!!

My eye makeup was inspired by YouTuber Kelsee Briana Jai in a video she did titled Kaleidos Make Your Escape Collection Review + Tutorial . She used the color combo of purple and green and I thought it was so pretty that I wanted to try and do a purple and green look too. It didn’t come out as stunning as her look was (that might be because of the shadows she was using and the fact that she is a pro makeup artist) but I still am pretty happy with the final look.

I used my new Fenty base products so I will be reviewing them in Final Thoughts today.

Today I am wearing Gucci Bamboo ( it has top notes of Casablanca Lily & Amber Accords, middle notes of Orange Blossom & Ylang Ylang, and the scent rounds out with notes of Sandalwood, Tahitian Vanilla, and Ambergris). Well … let’s get into today’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

I primed my face using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($32 at Sephora). Today I tried a new to me technique called reverse foundation or under painting (where you start by doing cream contour and highlight BEFORE you do your foundation) so I started with my contour using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I then did my foundation using Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation ($35 at Sephora) in the shade 120 (for fair skin with neutral undertones). I bronzed up the face using Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer ($32 at Sephora) in the shade 05 Teddy (tan skin tones). I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer ($26 at Sephora) in the shade 120 (for fair skin with neutral undertones).  I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta) in the shade Translucent. I touched up the bronzer on my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (Originally $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade #230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using the P.Louise Base ($10 GBP/ $12.79 USD on their website) in the shade #02 Rumour. For today’s eye look I used shadows from 5 palettes. The palettes I used are: ColourPop It’s My Pleasure ($12 on their website), ColourPop Lilac You A Lot ($12 on their website), Juvia’s Place The Warrior III ($20 on their website), ELF Retro Paradise ($14 on their website) and ELF x JKissa To the Rescue ($20 on their website and at Ulta). I started by setting my brow line using the shade Canvas (cream – matte) from the Retro Palette. I then took a combo of the shades Imagine That (pastel lavender – matte) from the Lilac Palette and Kittenfish (cool lavender – matte) from the Pleasure Palette as my transition shade. As my crease shade and the inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lids I used a combo of the shades Iffy (cool toned purple – matte) from the Lilac Palette and Fan Fiction (dusty pink – matte) from the Pleasure Palette. I then deepened the inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid using a combo of the shades Filtered (red plum – matte) from the Lilac Palette, Candace (berry toned plum – matte) from the Warrior III Palette, Sadie (red based true purple – matte) and Pretty Girl (blue based deep purple – matte) from the Rescue Palette. I then took a combo of more of the shade Pretty Girl (blue based deep purple – matte), Sadie (red based true purple – matte) from the Rescue Palette and Nightlife (dusty black – matte) from the Retro Palette to deepen the very outer most part of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. For the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Disco (lilac purple with a slight blue shift – metallic) from the Retro Palette. For the lower lash line I created a drop shadow using the residual shadow left of the brushes I used on my lids. Starting with the brush I used to deepen the outer v of the crease, moving to the brush I used for the crease and inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid, and finally blowing out the drop shadow using the brush I used for the transition shade. For the pop of green in the inner corner of my eyes I used a combo of the shades Baja Mar (yellow base pastel green – shimmer) from the Retro Palette, Peaky (true green – matte) and Reagan (true green with a slight silver shift – metallic) from the Rescue Palette. I also used just a hint of Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type  (a deeper champagne) over the top and then I buffed more of the green combo over the top of that to add a bit of dimension to the inner corners. I then lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (both shades are only available in the Big Box of Lippie Pencils Vault – out of stock) in the shades TBH (deep violet) in the first 1/2 of the eye and ALT (blackened teal) in the outer 1/2 of the eye. I then took a clean pencil brush and smudged the 2 shades together. I coated my lower and upper lashes using Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 only at Dollar General Stores) and then popped on a pair of ColourPop falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami. 

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush I used Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush ($20 at Sephora) in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip (soft coral red). I set the cream blush with the lightest hint of Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website and at Ulta) in the shade Coral Dream (a bright coral red). I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type  (a deeper champagne). I lined and filled in my lips using Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Pillow Talk (nude pink) and topped the lips off with ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip (this shade discontinued) in the shade Bestie (creamy pink).

Final Thoughts:

I grade this primer a solid A+++!!! : Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer $32 for 1 fluid ounce of product. This one is billed as a lightweight, hydrating makeup primer for normal to dry skin that nurtures, keeps skin comfortable all day, and extends foundation wear that instantly hydrates skin, and keeps it hydrated all day and extends makeup wear. Formulated with grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate, this fast-absorbing formula melts into skin, for a silky-smooth finish that normal to dry skin types will love.

I am 100 % in love with this primer!!!! I only needed 2 pumps to cover my full face and neck, it smells nice (I can’t quite put my finger on the scent but it’s a fresh… clean scent), it’s super hydrating, not sticky or tacky at all and it gave my skin a healthy glow to it…. not like a highlighter type glow …. just a natural looking glow to the skin. Foundation went over this primer flawlessly!

I am so darn happy to have finally purchased this primer! I already know I will repurchase this one when I’ve used up the one I just purchased.

I grade this foundation a solid A+++!!! : Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation $35 for 1.8 fluid ounces of product. This foundation comes in 50 shades with plenty of shades for light, medium, and deep skin tones. It’s billed as a hydrating, natural finish foundation that delivers comfortable, long-wear in medium-to-full coverage perfect for normal to dry skin. This foundation comes in 50 shades with 16 shades for deep skin tones, 17 shades for medium skin tones, and 14 shades for lighter skin tones.

FENTY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH FOUNDATION!!!! Oh my sweet baby unicorns!!! This foundation is AMAZING, PERFECT, BEAUTIFUL!!! Sorry for shouting at ya but this foundation went on seamlessly, buffed in so quickly, and settled into the skin so well that up close and in person you can not tell I have foundation on at all! It’s a high medium coverage foundation with a demi matte but also demi satin finish that leaves the skin looking healthy and not flat whatsoever. Oh ya baby, this little gem will always be in my collection from this day on until it’s no longer sold! This foundation also has that same scent that the primer has but it doesn’t linger. It also sets down I would say about maybe 70% of the way so unless it’s a hot day you really don’t have to set it with powder if you don’t want to.

I grade this concealer a solid A+++ : Fenty Pro Filt’R Instant Retouch Concealer $26 for .27 fluid ounces of product. It’s billed as a creamy, long-wear, crease-proof liquid concealer with light-as-air, medium-to-full matte coverage that brightens under-eyes and conceals blemishes and redness. It comes in 50 shades with 16 shades for deep skin tones, 20 for medium skin tones, and 14 for light skin tones.

This concealer is pretty. It’s a stain finish… not matte as it’s billed as (this is why I did not grade it with 3 exclamation marks) and it’s at best a low medium coverage that can be built up to a full coverage. I used 1 swipe of the wand on the back of my hand and that was enough to conceal both under eyes, the sides of my nose (to clean up my nose contour) and around my upper lip (to add a hint of light to the face). It buffed in quickly and smoothly and did not settle into my fine lines nor did it crease or go cakey, even after I set it with powder.

I grade this cream bronzer a solid A+++!!! : Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer $32 for .22 ounces of product in the shade Teddy (cream brownzer). This cream bronzer only comes in 1 shade for contour. It’s billed as a light-as-air, non-greasy cream bronzer that effortlessly melts into skin for a natural-looking bronze or soft contour and claims to deliver a natural-looking bronze in a range of sheer, buildable shades designed for all. Easy to blend and impossible to overdo, this light-as-air, sweat- and water-resistant formula instantly melts into skin without disturbing makeup to bronze, define, or contour with its range of undertones.

This is definitely a light coverage bronzer and I love that about it! This left my skin looking freshly sun kissed without looking like makeup. It’s incredible, truly. I have a feeling I will be reaching for this bronzer more than I’ve reached for the Tarte Sea Breezy bronzer. It buffed in so effortlessly and so seamlessly that I just couldn’t stop staring at my face in the mirror whilst I finished my eye makeup.

I grade this cream blush a solid A+++ : Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush $20 for .1 ounce of product in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip – soft coral red. This blush comes in 10 shades and is billed as a light-as-air, non-greasy cream blush that instantly melts into skin for a wash of color and natural-looking flush.

The only reason I didn’t give this cream blush 3 exclamation marks is because this one did give me the slightest of trouble when I went in with a second layer of it. There was little spots of high pigment of this blush but with a little finessing I was able to buff those spots out. It’s a beautiful blush though … leaves the skin with a health sheen and melts into the skin harmoniously. I have a feeling I will hit pan on this one soon because I don’t think I will be able to stop using it … I like it that much. I’m actually keen to try other shades in this line too.

I grade this foundation brush a solid A+++!!! : The Fenty Kabuki-Buff Foundation Brush $36 at Sephora. It’s billed as a  large, domed foundation brush that is designed to seamlessly buff and stipple Pro Filt’r foundation for fast buildable coverage.

I have used many foundation brushes in the past and really don’t care for the way they apply foundation as much as I do with a sponge, but this foundation brush made quick work of my foundation application today and also buffed the foundation in perfectly. This brush is so soft yet dense enough that foundation buffed in like a dream.

I grad this concealer brush a solid A+++!!! : The Fenty Precision Concealer Brush $26 at Sephora. It’s billed as a softly-angled concealer brush designed for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder formulas with flawless, fingertip precision.

I have been using a brush to buff my concealer in for the better part of 2 or 3 months now and my under eyes have never looked as flawless as they did today using this concealer brush. This brush has just the right amount fluff and just the right length of bristles that it just sweeps the concealer over the skin flawlessly. This is truly an amazing little brush.

The reverse foundation method (also known as under painting foundation method):

This method felt a bit strange to do at first. I’m so use to applying my foundation first. I started to buff in my cream contour and at first it looked horrendous. the cream contour settled into my pores, it streaked across my forehead, took on a sharp look at the jaw line. I thought there was no way that this was going to turn out good. I thought at best it will look like a muddy mess. As I continued to buff the contour in I thought “Oh no, I’ve over done it … there’s too much surface covered…. I was use to taking my contour too low down on the cheek bones but being able to quickly bounce my beauty sponge over the area to tidy up … but doing this method there wasn’t a sponge with residual foundation on it to help clean up the edges of the contour so I thought there was no way of saving this look. When I finished applying the cream contour (normally you would then apply cream blush and highlighter and then buff in your foundation …. this gives a natural flushed look to the skin… I chose not to do those steps) I buffed in my foundation and that is when the magic took place. Suddenly the too low contour on my cheek bones was perfected, the too harsh contour of my jaw line was softened, the patchy and streaky look of the forehead area was finessed into a seamlessly perfected forehead, a suddenly the muddy pronounced pores around the checks and nose were blurred and perfectly contoured.

This technique is so cool to try and really did leave my face looking perfected. I’ll be doing this technique again. It really did leave my complexion looking nice … not flat like when you just apply foundation, and not too harsh like when I do my contour over the foundation…. it’s just this perfected canvas ….. I am glad I tried it out.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

No Face of the Day Today: Fibromyalgia Talk

Published July 23, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
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Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Today I am not doing so well. I am in a world of pain, did not sleep well at all last night because I was up with pain most of the night, and I have absolutely zero energy.

Sometimes my walk with fibromyalgia leaves me feeling defeated. This is how I feel today. Very much like I’ll never be normal again.

All of my muscles are killing me …. it feels like I had a high impact leg and arm day at the gym on the same day and then got hit by a bus coming out of the gym.

My joints in my hands and the knees are so sore and making it very unable to do simple things such as hold my coffee cup and brush my teeth, not to mention walking hurt like a 1,000 knives being stabbed into them.

The fatigue I am feeling isn’t like a normal, didn’t get enough rest, fatigue. It’s like having a 103 fever, sick with mono, and haven’t slept in 3 days fatigue.

It’s days like this that leave me feeling angry at the world and angry at the traumas of my past that cause my brain to snap and create this damn illness.

I know I’ll never be rid of this illness (not unless they are able to come up with #1 a way to detect fibromyalgia, #2 a cure for fibromyalgia, and #3 a real defined reason that fibromyalgia suffers have contracted it) but it would be nice to just have 1 day …. just ONE that would be pain free (not low pain like most of my days are … I’m never without pain …. everyday (24 hours….1140 minutes …. 86,400 seconds of pain EVERYDAY)…. It’s just some days the pain intensity is much lower and I’m able to do things.

On day’s like today the pain is so intense that I really should check into hospital and get a pain infusion and Myers Cocktail (it’s a vitamin therapy treatment which enhances immune system, reduces fatigue, helps with seasonal allergies, reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia and asthma and contains magnesium chloride, calcium gluconate, thiamine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and dilute hydro- chloric acid.) but I don’t because let’s face it the treatments are very fleeting and then I’m left with the side effects of cotton mouth and a nasty little head ache… not to mention an astronomical hospital bill.

So all I can do is keep bundled up with a warm cozy blanket, try not to move too much, and remind myself to breath until the pain levels come down some. For the fatigue all I can do is fight the need for sleep (since sleeping in the day only leads to more pain and the less likelihood of being able to fall asleep tonight) and limit my activities to the bare necessities: a simple shower… no washing of or fixing up my hair… no makeup for me… brush my teeth… fix my mother and myself something for breakfast…. probably skipping lunch to store up what little energy I can for to fix dinner…. and since I’m in pain it will be a laying down day for me.

It’s very hard to deal with on days like today but the part that crushes me the most is the isolation I feel on days like today, not that I’m very social these days because of Covid -19 (since I have an auto-immune illness I have to stay away from the world to keep myself healthy), but on days like today I realize just how much I have to do that I can’t do because I’m in a horrible flare.

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I always try to remind my fellow spoonies to save a bit of energy for themselves … to be able to do something for themselves everyday to just give them a bit of spirit boost … it’s so important not to loose ourselves in the service of our loved ones because of these auto-immune diseases…. but we also have to know when to surrender to the illness so as to not cause our illnesses to progress further.

It’s just that on days like today it feels like I’ve thrown in the towel, like I’ve rolled over and given up, like I’ve laid down and surrendered for good.

I pride myself on always being able to do for myself… but on days like today there is NO way I can…. and unfortunately, ever since hubby’s hours changed, there is no one that I can rely on. I feel defeated today.

Well dolls. I’m sorry to write such a Debbie Downer post… I’m just so frustrated and so over whelmed that there is just no way for me to put a happy spin on today.

I’m grateful for my speech to text software because at least I’m able to still blog for the day … but I have this amazing makeup look I really wanted to do today and new products that arrived today that I really want to dive into … and I have to table table it until this flare ends.

Well, that’s all for now dolls … hopefully I’ll be better by tomorrow, in the meantime I hope and pray that you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls … it’s OK to not have any spoons for the day … but on the days where you have some spoons …. remember to save one for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

When Fantasy Meets Reality 4th Beauty Haul of July 2020

Published July 23, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling pretty good today.

I wanted to do a haul post today but I also wanted to do a follow up to the beauty tag created by Emily Noel on her Youtube channel on the video entitled What’s in My $1,000 SEPHORA FANTASY BASKET… TAG!

I did this tag in 2 parts one for a Fantasy Sephora Basket and one for a Fantasy Ulta Basket

She did a follow up video to her tag called FANTASY MAKEUP BASKET MEETS REALITY… What I Actually Bought and I thought that was so fun so I thought instead of doing my traditional style of haul post I thought I’d do this video on my blog to show what I ended up purchasing from my Ulta and Sephora fantasy posts.

So let’s take a peak at what I purchased …. * Remember all swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass…. the pictures on the left are done without flash and the ones on the right are done with flash*

The first few items I purchased through Ulta.

The only product from my Ulta Fantasy Basket that I purchased was the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter $38 for 1.5 ounces of product in the shade Passion. It’s billed as a liquid highlighter for face and body that gives skin an all over pearlized glow. It has multi-dimensional micro-pearls that are suspended in BECCA’s crystal-gel formula to give skin a pearlized glow that is transfer and water resistant and comes in 5 shades.

This is such an amazing highlighter! It’s creamy yet stiff enough that it doesn’t mess with the products underneath. It’s super reflective without looking greasy. It’s so beautiful and even shows up after you’ve set your face with powder! It has a slight scent to it but nothing over whelming and I can’t place where I’ve smelt this scent before but it is very familiar.

I also purchased the BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39 at Ulta and Sephora for .35 ounces of product) …. this one was in my Fantasy Sephora Basket but I ended up purchasing it through Ulta. It’s billed as a weightless setting powder that refreshes and cools the skin with all-day moisture that’s formulated with 50% water that sets makeup while refreshing and cooling skin on contact with a mist-like sensation and applies seamlessly, providing all-day moisture without caking and claims that light is diffused across the skin to improve tone and diminish the appearance of lines and pores all day.

If you remember I had gotten a deluxe sample from BECCA when I placed my last order with them. I fell in love on the second day of using it. It’s just amazing. It sets the face and truly does blur the skin and does not cake or look dusty and as I’ve said in the past upon application it really does feel like you are misting your face with a spray. It’s the coolest little gimmick I’ve ever experienced.

I also re-purchased the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora for .56 ounces of product). It comes in 3 shades (translucent, translucent medium, and translucent deep). It’s billed as a  a silky, lightweight powder that sets makeup while providing a veil of perfecting luminosity for a finish so natural they’ll think you were Born This Way. It claims to help brighten and boost skin’s radiance with hyaluronic Acid gives a smoother, more youthful appearance and also claims to be photo friendly with no flashback.

I’m running super low and I just don’t want to be without this loose powder …. it is, after all, my all time… top shelf …. holy grail setting powder. It give this other worldly natural lilt to the face. It blurs the face so well that in person you look Face Tuned. It’s just simply amazing.

The products from my Sephora Fantasy Basket were:

Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer $32 for 1 fluid ounce of product. This one is billed as a lightweight, hydrating makeup primer for normal to dry skin that nurtures, keeps skin comfortable all day, and extends foundation wear that instantly hydrates skin, and keeps it hydrated all day and extends makeup wear. Formulated with grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate, this fast-absorbing formula melts into skin, for a silky-smooth finish that normal to dry skin types will love.

What I’ve learned from swatching this primer is that it is very moisturizing without being tacky or sticky. It also skins in to a semi- matte powdery finish that appears to blur the skin slightly.

Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation $35 for 1.8 fluid ounces of product. This foundation comes in 50 shades with plenty of shades for light, medium, and deep skin tones. It’s billed as a hydrating, natural finish foundation that delivers comfortable, long-wear in medium-to-full coverage perfect for normal to dry skin. This foundation comes in 50 shades with 16 shades for deep skin tones, 17 shades for medium skin tones, and 14 shades for lighter skin tones.

What I’ve learned from swatching this foundation is that a little travels a long way. It is a demi-satin finished foundation that would appear to be more on the full coverage side than it is medium. I left the swatch on for 10 minutes to see if it would oxidize and also to see if it would set down. It does not oxidize but it does set down a bit … doesn’t set all the way but it does set enough that if you are not a fan of powders you should be good to go without having a tacky finish. The shade I chose #120 : for fair skin with neutral undertones. I perhaps could have gotten away with either shade #130 : for fair skin with warm olive undertones or #140 :  for light skin with warm yellow undertones because #120 is just a slight bit light for me … but I can get away with #120 once I bronze and add a touch of blusher.

Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer $32 for .22 ounces of product in the shade Teddy (cream brownzer). This cream bronzer only comes in 1 shade for contour. It’s billed as a light-as-air, non-greasy cream bronzer that effortlessly melts into skin for a natural-looking bronze or soft contour and claims to deliver a natural-looking bronze in a range of sheer, buildable shades designed for all. Easy to blend and impossible to overdo, this light-as-air, sweat- and water-resistant formula instantly melts into skin without disturbing makeup to bronze, define, or contour with its range of undertones.

What I’ve learned from swatching this cream bronzer (in the shade 05 Teddy – tan skin tones) is that it’s very creamy but not saturated in pigment like say the SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer by Tarte. It’s a very light pigmented bronzer that melts into the skin and ends up looking just like the skin has been kissed by the sun. It’s not an obvious bronzer look, it’s more of a warming of the skin bronzer that can be built up to I’d say a solid medium pigmentation.

Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush $20 for .1 ounce of product in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip – soft coral red. This blush comes in 10 shades and is billed as a light-as-air, non-greasy cream blush that instantly melts into skin for a wash of color and natural-looking flush.

What I’ve learned from swatching this cream blush is that, like the cream bronzer, it’s very creamy but not saturated in pigment. It gives a nice flush to the skin without being over bearing. It’s high low pigmentation that can be build up to medium-medium pigmentation (as seen in the second set of swatched photos). I purchased mine in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip – soft coral red. I’ve seen a lot of people being taken aback by how little this cream blush is, however I’m not one of those people. You only need the smallest of taps into the product to cover both cheeks and so having such a small product will still last a long time. Having a big cream blush put’s you at a disadvantage because #1 it can dry up fast and #2 there may be a lot of product that goes to waste because it expired.

I also purchased the Fenty Pro Filt’R Instant Retouch Concealer $26 for .27 fluid ounces of product. It’s billed as a creamy, long-wear, crease-proof liquid concealer with light-as-air, medium-to-full matte coverage that brightens under-eyes and conceals blemishes and redness. It comes in 50 shades with 16 shades for deep skin tones, 20 for medium skin tones, and 14 for light skin tones.

What I’ve learned from swatching this concealer is that it’s high pigment meets medium coverage. I swatched it using just the amount of 1 side of the flat doe-foot applicator and that was enough that I would be able to do both eyes and still have some to highlight the nose, forehead, and chin. I purchased it in the shade #110 for very fair skin w/ cool pink undertones but I think I could have gone for # 120 – for fair skin w/ neutral undertones or even # 130 – for fair skin w/ warm olive undertones because #110 is very light on me. It’s OK though I know I can make it work for me. I left it on for 10 minutes to see if it would oxidize and if it would set down. It did not oxidize and it did not set down ….this one will definitely need to be set with powder, however it did not sink into the fine lines of the back on my hand so I feel that this one isn’t going to crease on me. It is a thick consistence similar to the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer.

Along with the Fenty products I also decided to pick up 2 of their brushes:

The Fenty Kabuki-Buff Foundation Brush $36 at Sephora. It’s billed as a  large, domed foundation brush that is designed to seamlessly buff and stipple Pro Filt’r foundation for fast buildable coverage.

This foundation brush has a densely packed head with a bluntly rounded toe (the top part of a makeup brush), slim belly (the mid and end points of the makeup brush) and the bristles are super soft. The ferrule does not have a crimp to it and is cut on an angle at the part that would hold the crimp. The handle handle is even balanced and tappers to a point at the end. The hairs of the brush are super smooth and perfectly uniformed.

The Fenty Precision Concealer Brush $26 at Sephora. It’s billed as a softly-angled concealer brush designed for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder formulas with flawless, fingertip precision.

This concealer brush has a lightly packed head with a gradually tapered rounded toe (the top part of a makeup brush), medium width belly (the mid and end points of the makeup brush) and the bristles are super soft. The ferrule does not have a crimp to it and is cut on an angle at the part that would hold the crimp. The handle handle is even balanced and tappers to a point at the end. The hairs of the brush are super smooth and perfectly uniformed.

Well that’s all to this haul dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and good health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

10 Things That Transformed My Makeup Routine

Published July 22, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
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Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I have been watching a heap of YouTube lately and have come across a few videos that were inspired by Alli Glines . She is such a sweet and amazing person. The video that started this trend is called 4 Things That TRANSFORMED My Makeup . After watching her video and a few others who have followed in her foot steps I realized that there are several things that I have changed that have really stepped up my makeup game and though this might be great to share with all my beauty dolls out there.

So without further ado I present you with my 10 Things That Have Transformed My Makeup Routine ….

1 : The Way I Use My Primers:

I use to apply only 1 primer and then go straight into my base products. A few weeks ago I started applying a hydrating primer and follow that up with a glow primer (waiting 10 minutes between the first and second primer and then waiting about 5 minutes for the second primer to sink in before applying my base products). This gives my first primer (typically a hydrating one) around 20 to 30 minutes to fully sink into and interact with my face, allowing my face to full take advantage of the hydration it gives.

Allowing my second primer to sink in a bit before going in with my base products also allows that the primer sets down some which allows for a much smoother and longer lasting foundation application.

#2: How I Apply My Foundation:

This tip is simple but has been so effective in how my complexion has turned out.

I use to apply a pump directly to each quadrant of my face, even sometimes adding extra coverage by way of a mixed in glow product, using a foundation brush to spread it out and then going in with a beauty sponge to blend it into my face. The result was always a heavier, less skin like complexion.

Now I use only 1 to 2 pumps of foundation (or 1 to 2 pumps of foundation and a glow mix in) and I apply it to a foundation palette and use my finger to dot the product onto my face (typically about 5 dots on each quadrant of the face and 1 small dot to the nose) and then I will blend it out with a damp beauty sponge that I’ve sprayed with a little setting spray. The combo of using less product and using a sponge that has a little setting spray on it just melts the foundation into the skin so seamlessly!

#3: How I Apply My Corrector and Concealer:

I have always struggled with how crepey my under eyes always seem to look anytime I’m wearing corrector and concealer … doesn’t matter if it’s a hydrating one or a matte one … it always ended up looking crepey and most of the time would crease … now it does not and I couldn’t be happier!

What I use to do is apply my corrector and concealer first before any other face product and I would dip my finger into the corrector and apply it all under my eye and then blend it in with a sponge and then go in with concealer all under my eye and blend that in with sponge then set my under eyes and then I would set my concealer when I set the rest of my face.

The first thing I changed is that I wait till the last step to do my under eyes and I do 1 at a time instead of both at the same time. The second thing I changed is that I do not apply either product directly to my face. The third thing I changed is that I do not use my finger for corrector and I do not blend my under eye products with a sponge anymore.

After my foundation, cream contour, cream highlighter, and cream blush are applied I then go in with a fluffy concealer brush and I lightly tap it into the corrector and then I tap it onto the back of my hand to get the corrector to evenly disburse into the brush and tap off any extra I might had accidentally picked up. I then tap it directly over the deepest part of my under eye and work to the outer corner of the eye, I then wipe off the brush and go over the under eye area to blend and buff it into my under eye. I then do the same to the other eye and then I apply my concealer to the back of my hand and again buff my brush over the concealer to disburse the concealer into the brush and to tap off any excess. I then lightly tap and buff the concealer brush over 1 eye at a time. Once I have the concealer perfectly blended into my under eye I take my sponge and spray it with a bit of setting spray and tap my palm to make sure it’s not too saturated and then I lightly tap it over the under eye and then flip the sponge to the other side (the side with no setting spray) and tap it into my under eye setting powder and tap that on my makeup towel to remove the extra powder and then I lightly tap that over the under I just tapped out with setting spray and gently push the powder into the concealer to set it in place. I then switch to the second eye and repeat the steps. FLAWLESS under eyes EVERY TIME!

#4: How I Use My Setting Sprays

This one has been a freaking true GAME CHANGER!!! I use to just use my setting spray to set my makeup at the end of application to take down some of the powder and lock my makeup in place.

Now I use my setting spray at 4 steps in my makeup routine.

First: I spray my face with setting spray before and after I apply my primers. This re-hydrates my face and revives my skin care and it helps my primer to sink into my skin a bit more.

Second: After I’ve allowed my foundation to sit for 10 minutes to allow it to set a little I then spray my face with setting spray and bounce my beauty sponge over my face lightly to melt the foundation into the skin more. This melts the foundation in and creates a more seamlessly flawless look and it helps the foundation not break up throughout the day. I’ve noticed since doing this my foundation lasts the whole day (I’ve gotten a good 14 hours out of my foundation using this method).

Third: As I explained in my concealer section I take my sponge and spray it with a bit of setting spray and tap my palm to make sure it’s not too saturated and then I lightly tap it over the under eye. This melts the concealer so beautifully!! This method has lead to almost flawless under eyes (let’s face it, I’m 46 years old so I have fine lines that will always make my under eyes look a tiny bit textured… but with this method it is so minute that I have the confidence to take up close pictures now that I didn’t have before).

Forth: I use my setting spray to, of’course, set my makeup as the last step. I use my makeup fan to dry the setting spray 1/2 way and then I lightly tap a clean damn beauty sponge over the face to push the setting spray deeper into the makeup … this not only melds all the products together, but also picks up any unmelted powder that might still be on the face.

#5: Contour:

I use to only use powder contour. It was effective but always seemed to be a little patchy and a bit too grey under toned leaving my face looking a hint too ashy.

On a whim I purchased this cream contour and noticed that my contour had never looked better.

I also changed the way I apply the cream contour to my face. I use to apply it straight from the sponge tip applicator on the contour wand, the result was always a little too much contour and a little too much space covered.

Now what I do it apply the contour to my foundation palette and I use a flat thin concealer brush tapped into the product to drawl the contour along the forehead, hollows of the cheeks and jaw line and then I use a beauty sponge to tap the contour into the skin. The result is a more controlled contour with better shaping of the face.

I also have started using cream contour under my bottom lip, in the philtrum (the vertical indentation in the middle area of the upper lip), over the upper lip, and the little dip just between my bottom lip and my chin… all with the same brush. I then go in with a thick c brush and lightly buff the contour into the skin. I then take whatever is left on the foundation palette and tap it into the pointy side of the beauty sponge and then tap it onto my makeup towel to make sure it’s not too saturated and then I bounce it over the sides of my nose to add contour to my nose to slim it down a little.

#6: Switching to Cream Products:

I use to only use powder blushes and highlighters. The result was always dustier, cakier looking makeup and more textured cheek bones where my highlighter would be places. I also noticed that no matter how hard I tried to buff the highlighter in, it always seemed to look like a stripe on my face.

Now I had already been using a cream bronzer from time to time (my beloved Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer) but I never considered that one a true cream bronzer because it always set down with a thin powdery finish, but on the heels of discovering cream contour I branched out and started to dabble in cream blush and cream highlighters.

My method for application of these 2 types of products has also changed. I use to use a beauty sponge to apply my cream blushes and highlighters … the result was always a bit patchy and not as dewy of a look.

I now apply my cream blushes with a duo-fiber blush brush (my favorite one is from ELF cosmetics – the small duo-fiber brush). I just tap it into the blush … tape it on the back on my hand to disburse the product and remove any excess… and then I lightly bounce the brush over my cheek bones. The result is a flawless flush of color that remains dewy even after I’ve set the blush with powder. If my face powder takes down some of the color I’ll then go into a powdered blush (with a light tap) and then gently tap that over the cheeks to add just a hint more color.

For my cream highlighter I now dispense a little bit onto the back of my hand and tap my finger into it and bounce my finger over my hand a bit more to tap off any extra highlighter I then gently tap the highlighter on my finger over the high points of my face, my cupid’s bow, and with whatever is left over I take a very fine detailer brush and tap it over the back of my hand and then sweep it over the ridges of the philtrum … this makes the contour I did there really pop a bit. The result is a finer, almost undetectable lilt to the skin. It’s all dew and no streak!

As an added bounce to this section I also purchase this Tarte SEA Breezy Blender Cream Bronzer Brush for $29 at Sephora (well I purchased mine from the Tarte website, but you can find it at Sephora too). This brush is the perfect shape, the perfect density, the perfect texture (not too soft and not too stiff) and the perfect size to disburse cream bronzer over the face without going over board, without lifting or disturbing the face products underneath, and without buffing in patchy. It’s just the perfect addition to my collection.

#7: The Way I Apply Face Powder:

There are a couple of things that I do differently with my face powders now.

First: I have completely stopped baking my jawline, under eyes and center of my forehead. The result is a less sharper/harsher looking jawline, no cakey looking under eyes, and less textured forehead (albeit my forehead is smoother now than it was a year ago do to the skin care routine I keep now). I still do baked the sides of my nose for 2 reasons… #1 I tend to get more of a worn look on the sides of my nose if I don’t bake it and #2 it helps me shape my nose contour better … if you bake the sides of your nose it can help your nose look more snatched.

Second: I switched from setting my face from time to time with pressed powder to always setting my face with a loose powder. I also have learned that less is more with face powder… so I will typically tap my brush off a few times before I set my bases.

Lastly: I switched from a dense powder brush to a large fluffy looser powder brush …. the result is a flawless set and airbrushed look.

#8: How I Prime My Eyelids:

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than the past 4 months then you know my go to eyelid primer use to actually be 2 different concealers. I never bought into the whole “eye primer” craze. The result was always drier looking eyelids, creasing throughout the day, and patchier blends of shadow.

Ever since I discovered the P.Louise Base (which I picked up on a whim just to try it out and not really thinking it would be life changing) I have been obsessed with eye primers!!

The way I apply my primers has changed too. I use to just pat it on with my fingers which resulted in uneven coverage that always ended up with way too much product on the eyes resulting in heavier looking shadow that just never seemed to be blended all the way.

Now I put a small amount on the back of my hand and I use a thin concealer brush that I load with the product and I pat it onto the lids. I make sure it’s evenly disbursed and than I go back in with a fluffy round top crease brush and make sure to buff and blend it out thinly. I then can go in and do my eye makeup…. the result is a better blend and no dry looking eyelids that do not crease throughout the day.

#9: The Way I Do My Eyebrows:

There are a few things that I have changed with the way with which I do my brows now.

First: I now do my brows BEFORE I do any other makeup step. I use to do my brows last … the result was always harsher, uneven brows that never seemed to match the eye looks I did and patchy makeup around my brows. This was because it was hard to do the under part of my brow with all the eye shadow on (which always seemed to get smeared and messed up with the application of my brows). It was also always hard to sharpen up the brow lines because it always messed with the foundation I had on.

Second: I ALWAYS set my brows with either a gel or using the soap brow method FIRST …. I use to set my brows AFTER I had filled them in but the result was always uneven brow color or smeared brow color and the brows never seemed to stay pigmented all day. Ever since I stared setting my brows first I have had better application of my brows and they last all day now.

Third: I no longer use concealer to sharpen up my brow lines. This always resulted in my brows being uneven (as in one was always more lopsided than the other) and there always being this harsh line around the top side of my brows. I now use a brow highlighter pencil all around my brow lines and then I go in and finish my face. Once I’ve gotten to the foundation stage (which I do AFTER I’ve done my eye makeup to keep the eye shadow fallout at bay) I use a light amount of the foundation on a concealer brush and I go around the top part of my brows. The result is sharper, more defined brows that no longer have a harsh line around them.

#10: The Way I Care For My Lips: (Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com)

I never use to really do anything to keep my lips soft and supple. I mean I would wear lip balm to bed but I never would prep my lips before applying lip products. The result was always super noticeable crevices under my lipstick.

Now, not only do I use the residual face serums on my lips, I use a collagen rich lip mask which I put on right after my skin care routine and then apply again after my foundation is on (so that I can remove any foundation that may have gotten on my lips). The result is supple fuller look lips that are soft with less visible lines.

Well dolls… that was my 10 Things That Transformed My Makeup Routine.

I really believe that these 10 simple but effective things really have helped my step up my makeup game.

Are there any tips and tricks you do now that you hadn’t done before that have really changed you makeup game?

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember…. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOX, Nita

Cool Toned Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published July 22, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing OK today… a little back pain and a little bit fatigued but all in all doing well.

Today I decided not to wear perfume. I just really love the way my body wash smells (Bath and Body Works – Vanilla Bean Noel: scent notes: at the top : Vanilla and Cream, the middle notes are Caramel and Chocolate, and the scent is rounded out with Musk and Sugar Cookie) so I wanted not to cover up the scent.

Well … let’s dive right in to today’s Face of the Day …..

Base:

I first primed with the Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer ($14 for 1.7 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website) and let that sink into the skin for about 10 minutes. I then primed my face with the ELF Jelly Pop Dew Primer ($10 for 1.01 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and on the ELF website) and let that primer sink in for about another 5 minutes. For my foundation today I’m wearing a combo of 5 pumps of BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) and 3 squeezes of the No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation ($15.99 at Target) in the shade Calico. I contoured my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I bronzed my face using Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 at Ulta) in the shade #3. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta) in the shade Translucent. I bronzed my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (Originally $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade #230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using Revolution Makeup Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Eye shadow Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Illustrate (flesh color). For today’s eye look I used 2 Too Faced palettes : The Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (discontinued but can be found on Amazon for $46.50) and The Chocolate Bon Bon Palette (discontinued but can be found on Amazon for $42.98). I started by setting my brow line using the shade Coconut Cream (warm light beige with slight yellow undertones – matte) from the Semi Sweet palette. For my transition I chose the shade Mocha (dusty yellow toned medium brown – matte) from the Bon Bons palette. I then chose to also take this shade all over my mobile lid because I decided I wanted to do a smokey eye. For my crease and the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid I went back into the Semi Sweet Palette and did a combo of the shades Peanut Butter (a medium brown with a heavy orange undertone – matte) and Truffled (medium dark brown – matte). Sticking with the Semi Sweet Palette, I then deepened the very outter part of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using a combo of the shades Puddin’ (grey toned medium brown – matte) and Licorice (dusty medium black – matte). I wanted to deepen the very outer part of the same area so I went in with just more of Licorice (dusty medium black – matte) and buffed it into the that very outer area. For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Bon Bon (medium copper with a warm brown undertone – metallic). I then went into the Bon Bons Palette and into the shade Molasses Chip (bronze with a copper undertones – metallic) and patted that over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to tie the lid together. I then took more of the shade Peanut Butter (a medium brown with a heavy orange undertone – matte) and tapped that along the very outer edge of the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to add just a hint of warmth to the look. I then took the ELF Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow ($5 at Ulta) in the shade Flirty Birdy (a coral based peach) and tapped it lightly over the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid to add a bit of light to the look. For the lower lash line I started by creating a drop shadow with more of the shade Mocha (dusty yellow toned medium brown – matte) and then I took a combo of the shades Peanut Butter (a medium brown with a heavy orange undertone – matte) and Truffled (medium dark brown – matte) and added that to the lower lash line also. I then took more of Truffled (medium dark brown – matte) and deepened the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners of the eyes using the shade Satin Sheets (a cloudy pink with gold reflect – shimmer) from the Bon Bons Palette. I then went over my brow line to intensify it with the shade Divinity (creamy light biege with yellow undertones – matte) from the Bon Bons Palette. I lined my lower waterlines using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer). I coated my lower and upper lashes using Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 only at Dollar General Stores) and then popped on a pair of ColourPop falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami. 

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I’m wearing Tarte Sugar Rush – Beach Cheeks Cream Blush ($15 at Ulta) in Beaches & Cream. I set the cream blush using the slightest of taps into MAC Blush ($25 at MAC) in Pinch O’ Peach (slightly pink peach – matte). I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type  (a deeper champagne). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Love Bug (rich mahogany) and filled in my lips using BECCA Glow Gloss ($22 on their website) in the shade Rose Gold (copper rose with soft gold pearl).

Final Thoughts:

I grade this product an A+!!! : ELF Jelly Pop Dew Primer $10 for 1.01 fluid ounces (at Ulta and on the ELF website). It’s billed as a hydrating, watermelon-infused primer with a unique jelly texture to give you lasting sheer color, dewy skin, and a healthy glow that works like glue to grip makeup to ensure it stays put. Packed with skin-loving ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and a powerful blend of antioxidants.

This smells so good and it’s super sticky! Foundation really does grip to it but it’s temperamental. This is the 2nd time I’ve used this primer and both times I had a hard time getting foundation to lay down smooth over the cheeks and nose. However, I found a way to make it work. I apply my foundation and then spray the sponge with setting spray and pick up a light layer of foundation and tap it over the area that is patchy or not laying down right and it blends it in perfectly. It’s a pretty good primer that doesn’t leave the face feeling heavy. If not for the fact that it’s a bit fiddly to work with I would have graded it higher.

I grade this product an A+++!!! : BECCA Glow Gloss $22 for .18 fluid ounces of product on their website: in the shade Rose Gold (the shade on the left in the 1st picture and on the right in the 2nd picture) and comes in 10 shades. It’s billed as a lip formula with the shine of a gloss, pigment of a liquid lipstick and nourishing benefits of a balm.

I love this lip gloss so much!!! It’s super hydrating, not sticky, and pretty long lasting. It doesn’t travel outside the lip line. It has a slight mint scent (it has peppermint oil in it) that gives the lips a bit of a cooling sensation. I like it so much that once I’ve used up the 2 deluxe samples that BECCA sent me with my last order I will be purchasing the full sizes. Heck, I think I might even pick up all 10 shades.

I grade this product a solid A+++!!! : Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $26 for .01 ounces of product at Sephora : in the shade #74 Sunset and it comes in 37 shades and 3 finishes. It’s billed as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide.

I freaking LOVE this eyeliner formula and this shade is to die for!!! I never jumped on the band wagon when these first came out and I could kick myself for that! It is super creamy but don’t fade or smear. It doesn’t tug at my delicate eye skin and it lasts on my waterline all day. I am definitely picking up some of the other shades, this liner is like a potato chip …. you can’t have just 1!!!!

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

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