Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up not feeling my best so the look I had planned for today I had to scrape and instead opted to go for a simple red, white and blue winged liner and a bold lip, no contouring, and not glowy base. Just simply foundation, bronzer, highlighter, blush, eyes, and lips.
I reused some of my new products that I hauled the past few weeks testing them out some more … I will be updates about them in Final Thoughts.
We aren’t planning anything for today. I don’t celebrate the 4th of July anymore. See today holds my heart in pain and sadness. I lost my Grandmother 2 years ago today. She past so peacefully in her sleep while we were all gathered around her in her home…. I miss her terribly everyday, especially around my birthday, Christmas, New Years, and most Thanksgivings will also be very tough for me … those were the special days we would all get together in her home to celebrate. Whilst I use to love the 4th of July I just can’t bring myself to be happy on this day … at least not for a while … She was the matriarch of our family, our keystone, the glue that held our amazing family together … and she’s gone …. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years …. the pain is still so real and raw and terrible.
Today I am wearing Katy Perry Royal Revolution Perfume…. Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day…..
To prime my face today I used ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Primer and ELF Poreless Putty Primer. For foundation today I chose to retest the Revolution PRO Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation ($15 on their website) in the shade F3 (fair skin tones with a neutral/ pink under tones). I concealed my under eyes using Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer ($10 on their website) in the shade C3 (fair skin tones with a cool under tones). I set the under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I used the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3 on the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead. I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the shade light. I bronzed my forehead, chin, cheek bones, and bridge of the nose using ColourPop Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8 on their website) in the shade Talk to the Palm. For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade translucent.
I used the soap brow method to set my brows. I filled in my brows using Flower Beauty Draw the Line Eye Brow Pencil ($7.99 at Ulta) in the shade Dark Brown. then used a light layer of the ELF Wow Brow ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Deep Brown. I carved out my brows using my BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighting Pencil ($5 on their website) on the matte side and then prepped the rest of my eye lids using Revolution Makeup Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Eyeshadow Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Halo (white). For today’s eye look I used several shadows from different palettes. I started with the ColourPop single shadow in the shade Hear Me Out (white peach – matte) to set my brow line. I also added this shade to my mobile lids. I took a combo of the ColourPop single shadows ($4.50 each single on their website) in the shades Sea Stars ( medium yellow brown – matte), Issues (medium-dark peach – matte), and Wake Up Call (warm sand – matte) and buffed that into the crease and also lightly buffed this combo on my lower lash lines. I then took a combo of the ColourPop single shadows ($4.50 each single on their website) Painted Lady (icy peachy orange – metallic), Party Favors (duochrome peach with a gold flip – metallic), and Ringer (champagne – metallic) and tapped that all over the mobile lid and than took more of the first combo to buff over the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then took more of the Cut Crease Canvas and created a thick long wing on my upper lash lines. I then took the shade Jarawa (mid-toned red – matte) from the Juvia’s Place The Warrior III palette ($20 at Ulta and on their website) and covered the inner 1/3 of the liner in this shade. I then took the shade Matt Malloy (pure white – matte) from the Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude palette (limited edition and no longer available) over the middle 1/3 of the liner and then blended it very lightly into the red shade. I then took the shade Royal (classic royal blue – matte) from the ELF Retro Paradise palette ($14 on their website) and patted that from the outer 1/3 of the liner all the way through the tail of the liner and also lightly blending it into the white. I then took the shade Undefeated (ruby red – metallic) from the ColourPop x Mulan Palette (was $22 but is currently sold out on their website) and tapped that over the red part of the liner. I took the shade Sea Salt (bright white with a silver flip – metallic) from the ELF Retro Paradise palette ($14 on their website) and tapped that over the white part of the liner. Finally I took the shade Drip Drip (vibrant blue – metallic) from the ELF Earth & Ocean palette ($14 on their website) and patted that over the blue part of the liner. I then went back in with the red, white, and blue matte shadows and just tickled the colors over the lines of demarcation between the colors to get a seamless blend. I tight lined my upper and lower waterlines using Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner ($7.99 on their website) in the shade 01 Linked on Black. I coated my upper and lower lashes in Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($25 at Ulta and Sephora) in black.
Cheeks and Lips:
For blush today I am using Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Peaches & Cream (dusty light peach – matte). I added Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type (a softer champagne) to the tops of my cheeks, center of my jaw, cupid’s bow, bridge of my nose, and high points of my forehead. I lined and filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Bossy (classic red) and then topped the lips off with the ColourPop Lippie Stix ($7 on their website) in the shade Jam Sesh (true blue red – matte).
I wont be giving final thoughts on the ELF palettes today … I still need just a bit more time to play the palettes some more before I truly can give them a grade.
I grade this one a solid C – : This one is billed as a lightweight, hydrating primer to prep your skin to create a silky smooth canvas that is infused with hyaluronic acid (aka ha) and coconut water to support skin hydration. I don’t know about this one. Every time I use it I like it less. I don’t like the scent of this primer. It’s sticky … not tacky like let’s say the Milk Hydragrip primer or the ELF Jelly Pop Dew prime …. it is literally sticky like I have a light layer of honey on my face. I just don’t get it. It’s meant to be a hydrating primer but I never feel hydrated when wearing this one. I just feel like there’s this film on my face. It doesn’t allow foundation to blend well and when I finally do get my foundation on this primer just sits so heavy on the skin that I find myself wanting to remove my makeup and let my skin breath. I really am not getting on with this primer …. I think I will declutter it from my collection.
I give this one a grade of C : Again this one is billed as the most hard-working, multipurpose foundation. Perfect for dry to combination skin and offers sheer to full buildable coverage, whilst leaving the skin hydrated and protected. Yesterday I gave it a tentative grade of B+ and said that my skin did not feel hydrated at all with this foundation on. I said that it just looked like it sat on the surface of my face. It felt heavy, drying, and cakey. I still felt the same way today when I tried it out with a different primer. I noticed today that even when I applied 1 layer my face still felt super heavy and drying. I have normal skin and don’t typically have an issue with my skin feeling tight or dry. This is meant to be a hydrating foundation yet it’d s demi-matte foundation that just seems to suck the moisture out of the skin. I’ll have to try this one paired with as many of my foundations as possible to see if I can find a good primer/ foundation combo for this one .. if I none of my primers work with this one I think I will declutter it from my collection as I just do not enjoy it at all.
I give this one a a solid A++ : It’s billed as a full coverage eyeshadow base with an innovative built-in brush for easy application and claims to be the shortcut you need for a defined canvas for a cut crease with glitter, foil or eye shadow. I really enjoyed working with this base today. As I said yesterday, it has a similar consistence to the P.Louise Base, mind you it’s not a spot on dupe but it’s got some similarities. I found that this one blends into the lids perfectly. It does crease a bit more than the P.Louise one does, but this one is still a very good eye base. Shadows blend well over this base (as with the P.Louise one) and the shadow pigmentation lasts all day as well. I’m glad I picked it up in a white and a flesh color. I think I might pick up in the deep shade to use when I do smokey eye looks. I think the deeper tone would make an incredible base for smokey eyes.
Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good health and spirits.
Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.