The Makeup Marvels Makeup Tag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I was catching up on some of my favorite YouTuber’s videos (I am very behind in my YouTube subscriptions, I think I’m on my June 19th videos right now, because I’ve just been feeling so crappy with between my Fibromyalgia and my Hashimotto’s and everything and since I typically binge my YouTube subscriptions whilst I’m doing my makeup I really haven’t been able to catch up on the videos… but little by little I am getting through them.

One of my favorite YouTube Channels is Seeking Alexandria. She recently came out with a video where she created a fun 8 topic makeup tag entitled #MakeupMarvels and I though oh wow how fun. We all know by now I love to do makeup tags when ever I can fit them in. So I present to you her tag for my blog ….

*Note: Remember that all swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass …. the picture on either the left or the top will be the picture without flash and the one on the right or the bottom will be the picture with flash …. I do this so you can better gauge the colors.

As I’ve explained there are 8 topics for this tag :

  1. Lady Prime : A primer that actually works

2. Ripe & Hype: Makeup that was actually worth the hype

3. The Late Bloomer: A product you waited to try & then wished you tried sooner

4. Tentative Tingles: A palette you were on the fence about but now are obsessed with

5. Game Changer: It is a product that literally changed how you do your makeup or a part of your routine

6. Lady Lash: A mascara that actually looks like the b*tch on the box

7. Shine & Dine: This is a gloss that is shiny without that fly paper effect

8. Anti Cake: A powder that sets without being all kinds of doughy nasty on your face

Lady Prime : A primer that actually works (I have 2. a regular primer and a pore primer)

Option 1

NYX Angel Veil Primer $16 at Ulta for 1.02 fluid ounces of product and is billed as a lightweight super silky, light and fresh formula that creates a comfortable cushion on your skin and is a smooth, uniform canvas that minimizes shine to enhance makeup application makes everything flawless. 

This primer does exotically what it claims to do. This one is a spot on dupe for the Hour Glass Veil Mineral Primer that will set you back $54 for 1 fluid ounce of product, however in my opinion I feel that the NYX Angel Veil Primer is better. It doesn’t give you that white cast to the skin that the Hour Glass one does, doesn’t have that thick mineral scent to it, and is not as thick feeling on the skin.

It just blurs the skin so well. If you compare the picture above to the ones in this picture you can see just how well this primer smooths out the skin.

Option 2

Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 at Ulta for .5 ounces of product and is billed as a melt-in smoothing primer with innovative blurring and filling technology for a youthful appearance perfectly primed for makeup application, a smoothing and filling primer formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Once again this product does exactly what it says it does. I use it on the apples of my cheeks and the sides of my nose to blur and fill in the pores and between my brows to blur the little 11 wrinkle I have there. I little of this product does go a long way and you do need to be careful not to over use this one because it will pill if you do, but just a pea sized amount leaves my more problematic areas flawless. It also has a mattifing way about it that just leaves my nose perfectly matte all day. (side note the ELF Poreless Putty Primer is a close dupe for this one … not as pore filling and doesn’t really do anything to mask soft wrinkles and is much more emollient than the Tarte one, but it’s a pretty good alternative if you’re on a budget.)

You can truly see just how mattifying this primer is and just how well it blurs all the imperfections.

Ripe & Hype: Makeup that was actually worth the hype

Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation $5 for .85 fluid ounces and only sold at Dollar General Stores (here in the states) and comes in 18 shades with about 5 shades for deeper skin tones and is billed as a medium to full coverage foundation that blends effortlessly for a flawless look.

This foundation is everywhere right now. All over Instagram. All over TikTok. Many YouTube creators are raving about it. For very good reason! I have to say I purchased this one full believing I was going to have to throw it out because it wasn’t going to be as good as everyone was claiming it it. Dolls!!! I was so darn wrong about this one!!

This foundation leaves the skin flawlessly glowy and healthy looking. A little bit goes a very long way. I use about 2 1/2 dots the size you see above and that covers my whole face, my ears, and my neck and leaves just enough on my sponge to let me blend any other cream products into the skin seamlessly.

Not only is this the perfect shade for me, it’s my dream formula! Out of every foundation I own …. high end and drug store priced … this is my favorite foundation …. I dare say it may make it into my best and worst products of 2020.

The Late Bloomer: A product you waited to try & then wished you tried sooner

Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette $20 at Ulta. This palette was launched in 2016 and I did not purchase it until the first part of this year, so 5 years AFTER it was launched.

Juvia’s Place had been on my radar I just didn’t think I would like the shadows because at the time I wasn’t into warm browns and very seldom was I into neutral shimmers.

Darn was I wrong about this palette! This is the palette that sparked my love for this brand in general. I ended up doing a huge purchase after testing out this palette and in fact have about $200 worth of more palettes I’m purchasing tomorrow from the brand.

The mattes in the palette are so buttery and so pigmented and blend like a dream. The shimmers are stunning and long wearing. I so wish I would have tried this brand sooner I would have been hooked from the first swatch and would have been able to collect a lot more than what I have in my collection now.

The shades do not have any names but the shades are:

iridescent pink metallic, tan matte, nude brown matte, champagne metallic, light gold with pink undertones metallic, light gold metallic, antiqued coppery gold metallic, bronzed gold metallic, dark auburn metallic, mid-toned brown matte, dark brown metallic, and a ebony brown matte.

This is just simply put heaven in a palette formula.

Tentative Tingles: A palette you were on the fence about but now are obsessed with

ColourPop Bare Necessities Palette $34 on their website. This is a 30 pan neutral palette. When it first came out it didn’t really spark my interest. It wasn’t until after watching a few YouTube videos about it that I was like, “OK maybe it might be worth a shot”. Still it just looked like a bland palette to me.

When I purchased it and swatched it for my ColourPop haul I was totally hooked. As you can see by the state of my palette, I truly use this one a ton! The shades are amazing and the shimmer shades are so pretty.

I didn’t take a flash and no flash picture of this one since I already had swatches in my media log … the shades from left to right of each picture are:

idol hour (warm ivory with a pale peach sheen- metallic)
in the buff (neutral pale pinky beige – matte)
silk teddy (nude champagne – metallic)
on holiday (soft beige – matte)
rumored (silvery taupe – metallic)
banter (cool toned stone – matte)
full exposé (creamy vanilla – matte)
tease me (pale creamsicle with gold flecks – sequin)
the talk (champagne peachy gold – metallic)
hustler (light peach – matte)
complicated (warm rust brown with gold pinpoints – sequin)
crack on (chestnut brown – matte)
hot gossip (toasted nude – matte)
all 4 u (dusty mauve pink – matte)
designer duds (rose gold pink – metallic)
spree (rosy blush with gold flecks – sequin)
act a fool (dusty mid tone mauve – matte)
cufflinks (rosy purple with a pink sheen – metallic)
haute (terracotta with copper flecks – sequin)
fuzzy (true red copper – metallic)
tabloid (deep caramel – matte)
genie (golden bronze – metallic)
taboo (deep brown – matte)
dutch process (plum brown with silver flecks – sequin)
velveteen (tawny brown – matte)
prix fixe (antique bronze – metallic)
stiletto (warm deep brown with soft gold pinpoints – sequin)
revel (deep red brown – metallic)
baubles (deep cool toned brown with silver flecks – sequin)
spy glass (deep true black – matte)

Game Changer: It is a product that literally changed how you do your makeup or a part of your routine

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand $38 for .40 fluid ounces and is sold on the Beautylish website and also at Sephora. It comes in 2 shades fair/medium and medium/deep. It’s a soft-focus, semi-matte contour wand with sponge applicator.

I purchased this from Beautylish on a whim since I’ve always steered clear of cream based products. I just never really thought they would work for me. But I purchased this and a beauty light wand and have been in love with cream products ever since!

This contour wand was just the right color and consistency for me to dip my toes into the water. It was super easy to blend and made contouring my face a breeze.

As a result of trying, and falling in love with, this contour wand I have now added cream blushes, highlighters, and bronzers to my repertoire of makeup items and I have to say I’ve been loving how my complexion looks more now than I have ever done in the past.

Lady Lash: A mascara that actually looks like the b*tch on the box (I have 2. I can’t help it. I love both of these so much that I just can’t choose and sometimes I even layer them together)

Option 1

I have loved this one for years and years and many many MANY tubes

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara $8.99 for .23 ounces of products at Ulta.

I have used this mascara for years. I love this one. It was my one and only holly grail mascara for the better part of 6 years. It give volume and length and doesn’t flake. It holds the curl perfectly and when layered with my Option 2 I’ve been asked what false lashes I am wearing.

Option 2

This is a newer mascara to my collection, I think I purchased it in either February or March

Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution $10 at Ulta but could not find how much product you get with this one.

I was really thinking I would not like this mascara when I first opened it up because the wand on this one is huge and thick, however it does work well and looks pretty by itself and also layered with my option 1.

This one holds a curl great, also doesn’t flake, and is super black. This one gets me noticed for sure every time I wear it.

Shine & Dine: This is a gloss that is shiny without that fly paper effect

NARS Lip Gloss in the shades Stripe Tease (nude), Turkish Delight (pink sherbet), Chihuahua (guava), and Dolce Vita (dusty rose)

Nars Lip Gloss $24 for .18 fluid ounces of product on their website (they sell some shades at Ulta and Sephora but your best place to find better shades is on the NARS website.)

I use to have a ton of these but I only kept 4 when we moved from our apartment to our house 3 years ago. This is by far my all time favorite lip gloss formula. It is never sticky or tacky. I never get that weird stingy mess between my lips. It never travels outside the lip line and never disrupts any of my lipsticks that I may wear underneath either. The best part is that it has no scent to it either.

I do have plans to restock some of the other shades of this lip gloss because honestly 100 % this truly is my all time favorite lip gloss formula.

Stripe Tease (nude), Turkish Delight (pink sherbet), Chihuahua (guava), and Dolce Vita (dusty rose).

And finally …..

Anti Cake: A powder that sets without being all kinds of doughy nasty on your face

Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder $33 for .56 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. This comes in 3 shades: translucent, translucent medium, and translucent deep.

Anyone who has been following for anytime could already have guessed this would be my pick for this topic. I freaking LOVE this powder!!! LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! It’s just the most amazing powder I have ever tried! At the start of my blogging life I use to sing the praises of the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (which I still use from time to time) but ever since this one came into my life I just can’t get enough.

There is some sort of vudo magic in this little powder I’m convinced! (just joking but seriously … it’s something other worldly). It blurs the skin and gives you a soft focus look to the over all complexion. It never looks powdery or dusty, never emphasizes texture or clings to dry patches of skin (when I have it… which isn’t often but on those days I know I can use this powder and will not have a problem with it).

I don’t ever feel like I need to use a finishing spray when I’m wearing this powder. It’s so light weight and buttery smooth and so finely milled that you can even set your under eyes with it. It gives the slightest lilt to the skin too which is super pretty.

Well dolls…. That’s all for this tag …. I had fun putting together my list of 8 products for this tag … what would you chose for your picks for each catagory?

Well I hope you have a great 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