Soft and Smokey Cut Crease Face of the Day

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing pretty good. I’m still working on the 2 dresses that I’m sewing but I was really missing my makeup so I got up extra early today and it’s wash day so I washed and plopped my hair and sat down to play with my makeup.

I also ran to Ulta to return that KVD liquid blush I haul a few days ago… I exchanged it for some new glitter shadows from NYX 👇

*As always… All products listed I purchased myself, all links provided are purely for convenience purposes to help you find the product quickly and are in no way affiliate links. The swatches are done on clean bare skin with no primer and are done in 1 swipe, pictures to the left/top are taking without flash and the right/bottom with flash*

These are called NYX Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.1 oz of product at Ulta) and are billed a  lightweight eye color that packs your lids with mesmerizing luster and sparkle. Every liquid-smooth shade is loaded with glitter and glides on effortlessly. Show them off alone or layer over powder eyeshadow for a range of buildable, blendable looks.

They come in 8 shades and I purchased all 8… the shades from left to right are: Polished Pin Up (a soft champagne base with silver glitter), Industrial (yellow gold base with gold glitter), Metropical (soft true pink base with cranberry and silver glitter), Oui Out (taupe base with with silver glitter), Poppy (red base with silver glitter), Retrograde (blue toned purple base with pink and purple glitter), Imaginearium (steel grey base with silver and deep grey glitter), and Multiverse (plum toned brown with silver and copper glitters).

I purchased them thinking I was picking up the glitter liners from the same line but unfortunately I didn’t. They are more pigmented than the cream glitter shadows that I purchased from E.L.F. but are a hint fiddly if you try to apply them right from the doe-foot applicator. Patting them onto the lids would be best with these shadows. (I did order the glitter liners ounce I got home and realized I had picked up the wrong items… I’m keen to use them but I really needed liners for the look I have in mind for our wedding renewal.)

Now on to the walk through of today’s soft and smokey cut crease….

Today’s scent is….

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne launched in 2009(still in production but not easily found…. $65 for 1.6 fl oz/ 50 mL and 3 fl oz/ 88.72 ml at Sephora) and has a fruity musky scent that is super romantic. This scent is little black dress approved.

Top Notes: Blackberry, Cranberry and Vinyl

Heart Notes: Damask Rose, Peony, Violet and Leatherce

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli and Musk

What I think about this scent: This hands down has to be my all time favorite scent. I always feel sophisticated and sensual while wearing this scent and it’s 100% hubby approved. It’s the type of scent that can shift form day to night with ease and with the exception of shorts goes great with anything you wear.

Now… on to the makeup….

Eyes and Brows:

I started with my brows. I used the LA Girl Brow Pomade ($5.99 for 0.27 oz at Ulta) in the shade Dark Brown and then I carved out my brows and primed my lids using Beauty Creations Color Base Primer ($4 on their website) in the shade White Out. For today’s look I used the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette ($65 for 16.6 G / 0.59 OZ of total product on her website and at Sephora, making each shade about 0.92 g / 0.033 oz and right around $3.60 per shade). For my transition I used the shade Sandalwood (light peach based tan – matte). I deepened the outer 1/3 of my mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using a combo of the shades Suede (warm toned medium taupe – matte) and Coco (strong red based medium brown – matte). I then cut my crease using a tiny bit more of the Beauty Creations Color Base Primer ($4 on their website) in the shade White Out. I then tapped the shade Fling (a heavily red based pink with a slight gold flip – metallic) over the inner 2/3 of the mobile and then I went in with the shade Bubbly (pale bronze with a slight peach flip – metallic) over the inner 1/3 of the mobile lid and into the swoop of the cut crease. I then tapped a bit of the shade  Moon Dust (pale gold with slight silver flip – metallic) over the inner 1/3 of the mobile lid and the shade Rose Gold (rose gold with a slight copper flip – metallic) over the middle 1/3. I deepened the outer edge of the back of the lids with a hint of the shade Black Truffle (deep dusty black – wet/dry matte) and then I went back into the shade Fling (a heavily red based pink with a slight gold flip – metallic) and tapped it over the line of demarcation between the outer and middle 1/3 of the mobile lids. For my bottom lash line I used the shade Henna (dusty red based tan – matte) to create a drop shadow and then went back over the lower lash line with the residual of the brushes I used for my transition and outer v and also added a hint more of the shade Black Truffle (deep dusty black – wet/dry matte) closest to the lash line. I lined the lower water lines using ColourPop BFF Crème Gel Liner ($7 on their website) in the shade Ice Breaker (pastel mint).

Complexion:

I primed my face using NARS Radiance Primer ($36 for 1 oz/ 30 mL at Sephora) and then went in with a light layer of Huda N.Y.M.P.H. Not. Your. Mama’s. Panty. Hose. ($49 for 55 ML / 1.85 FL OZ on their website and at Sephora) over the high points of my face. I then contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 for 0.40 oz/ 12mL of product at Sephora) in the shade Medium Deep and bronzed using Huda Tantour ($30 for 0.42 oz/ 12g of product at Sephora) in the shade Light. I sprayed my face with ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Setting Mist ($12 for 3.72 oz/ 110 mL at Ulta) and then using a foundation brush I applied the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Foundation Stick ($39 for 0.44 oz/ 12.5g of foundation on her website and at Sephora) in the shade Shortbread 200B (light skin with a pinky-beige undertone). I color correct my under eyes using LA Girl Pro Conceal ($4.99 for 0.28 fl oz of product at Ulta) in the shade Peach Corrector and then concealed using Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($ for 0.2 oz/ 5.9 mL at Sephora and on the Milk website) in the shade Crème (very fair with warm peach undertones).

Cheeks, Lips, Lashes and Touch Ups:

I set my under eyes using BECCA Under Eye brightening Powder (no longer in production). I set the rest of my face using Huda Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder – shade Cupcake (fair to light skin tones. pink undertones brighten and disguise under-eye darkness) ($34 for 0.71 oz/ 20 g of loose powder on their website and at Sephora). I touched up my bronzer, highlighter and blush using the Beauty Bakerie Mini Palette $18 for a total of 0.39 ounces of product (making it 0.13 and $6 per shade on their website). I also used the highlighter to bring lightness to the inner corners of my eyes. For mascara I used the LA Girl Jetsetter Mascara ($6.99 for 0.32 oz of product at Ulta) and popped on a pair of ColourPop Falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami I lined my lips using Nyx Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 for 0.03 oz of product at Ulta) in the shade Whipped Caviar (soft coral pink) and topped my lips with Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick ($20 for 3.6 ML / 0.12 FL OZ on her website and at Sephora) in the shade shade Game Changer (an assertive and feminine coral ) and set my face using ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Setting Mist ($12 for 3.72 oz/ 110 mL at Ulta). For touch ups I am using Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – shade Creamy Natural (0.49 oz for $3.17 at Walmart).

Final Thoughts:

I’m not sure how I feel about this look yet. The eyes are pretty but I think I maybe should have used a caramel or nude lippie and my hair was still wet so it looks super flat right now.

Beauty Bakerie Mini Palette $18 for a total of 0.39 ounces of product (making it 0.13 and $6 per shade on their website). This mini face palette is billed as the Neapolitan Bar serves up three new, flattering (and blendable!) shades of Blush, Bronzer, and Highlighter in a pocket-sized palette designed to be sleek and travel friendly. True to our long-wear reputation, the fade-free formula lasts all day helping your sweet beat stay pigmented. (this face palette also comes in the color story Brownie Bar (for deeper skin tones).

I give this palette a solid A++ : The bronzer is a hint to orange based for my liking, I like my bronzers with a red or neutral base, the highlighter is stunning an the blush took a few layers to get good pigment. I don’t think this is a formula issue I truly believe this is a pressed issue. The pans are hard pressed so It was a bit hard to get product on the blush brush.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Foundation Stick ($39 for 0.44 oz/ 12.5g of foundation on her website and at Sephora) comes in 39 shades (I chose the shade Shortbread 200B – light skin with a pinky-beige undertone) and is billed as a luxuriously creamy stick formula that melts into the skin for a natural filtered finish that lasts up to 10 hours. Whether you prefer full coverage or barely any at all, this versatile formula will let you be the master of your complexion. Swipe it on and build it up, the stick formula is ideal if you’re on-the-go or in a hurry, and thanks to its long-wearing, waterproof, humidity and sweat resistant formula, you can set it and forget it for the rest of the day.

I give this stick foundation a solid A+++!!! : This foundation is so pretty! It’s the perfect shade for me and was super creamy for a stick foundation. I think I like this one more than I liked the liquid foundation. I didn’t need to use a lot of product either. I just swiped my foundation brush over the stick and that was enough to do my whole face and neck. This may be my new summer go to foundation.

Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick ($20 for 3.6 ML / 0.12 FL OZ on her website and at Sephora *this product is currently on sale on her website for $12) comes in 15 shades (I chose the shade Game Changer – an assertive and feminine coral) and is billed as a highly-comfortable, hydrating cream lipstick that sets to a velvety, satin finish that lasts throughout the day.

I give this lipstick a solid A+++!! : This is such a stunning lippie. It’s exactly as the name suggests. It’s a demi matte. It has all the moister of a cream lipstick with the added perk that it sticks around for almost all day. I ate and drank and still my lipstick as going strong. I even wore a mask over it and had very little rub off. The formula is comfortable and the pigmentation is amazing. I did not have to dip back into the tube for more product either I just used what was on the doe-foot when I pulled it out of the tube.

NARS Liquid Blush ($30 for 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz of product at Ulta and Sephora) is billed as a one drop won’t stop liquid blush effortlessly glides on skin for a lasting glow. One pump delivers the perfect amount of natural – looking color. Ideal for mixing textures: layer over powder blush for high – impact color, or apply first for a diffused effect. Go with the glow. It comes in 3 shades but Ulta only sells the shade Orgasm (sheer warm pink with gold shimmer).

I give this liquid blush a solid A+++!!! : Finally!!!! An NARS Orgasm shade that I love! I hate the powder formula because it’s too shimmer… the liquid version has a very subtle hint of shimmer but all the beautiful payoff of the warm pink shade. I only had to use 1/2 a pump for both cheeks and bridge of the nose. I love this blush.

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette ($65 for 16.6 G / 0.59 OZ of total product on her website and at Sephora, making each shade about 0.92 g / 0.033 oz and right around $3.60 per shade) is billed as a revolutionary eyeshadow palette with 18 unique, buttery-smooth shadows to create the most amplified metallic looks.

I give this palette a solid A+++!! : Such a stunning color story and the mattes are amazing… there were 2 shades that I used today the didn’t translate well with a brush… I ended up having to use a cotton bud to help lay down those shades. (the were the shade Bubbly and Fling) and only because those 2 shades were fiddly is the reason that I did not give this a full stand ovation.

Pattern Treatment Mask ($25 for 443.6 ml / 15 fl oz of product at Ulta) is billed as being great for coilies & tight textures when your hair needs a spa day. This product is rice water-infused and delivers slip, curl elongation and definition to coils. Formulated with softening and strengthening ingredients such as Rice Water Ferment and Moringa Seed Extract in a nod to ancestral, at-home remedies, your hair will be left hydrated, silky and pampered.

It’s key scent notes are: orange blossom and geranium.

Pattern is the hair care brand launch by actress and singer Tracee Ellis Ross.

I give this deep conditioner a solid A++ : As I said in my haul post of these products… I thought this was going to be super rich… and it is… however it’s the texture that I don’t really like and for that I can’t grade this higher than A double plus. I also didn’t really enjoy the scent to this one. I had left it on for 10 minutes under a shower cap… I think in the future I will use it for 5 minutes only… it didn’t make my hair greasy but my hair did feel heavy so less time may help with this. I plan to use this deep conditioner only for the week after I’ve colored my hair… since it’s so rich it really did help my hair snap back but I think this is too rich to use weekly.

Pattern Intensive Conditioner – For Tight Textures ($25 for 384.5 ml/ 13 fl oz of product at Ulta) is billed as being great for tight textures (4b-4c curls) – when your scalp & hair need some extra TLC and is an ultra-hydrating conditioner formulas where tighter textures can seriously indulge. Perfect for low porosity hair struggling to get moisture to seep into strands, our powerful formula is packed with ingredients like Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Safflower Oil & Acacia Decurrens Flower to help protect against breakage & dryness while leaving definition behind after rinse-out. Restore your curl pattern in this deep-conditioning experience.

The key scent notes are: Neroli, Rose & Patchouli.

Pattern is the hair care brand launch by actress and singer Tracee Ellis Ross.

I give this deep conditioner a solid A++ : First I freaking LOVE the way this one smells. But again it’s super rich and super heavy for my curl pattern. That’s not the products fault, it was created for 4b-4c curl patterns. However I have used products designed for tighter curl patterns before and never had a problem and this is the only reason this product doesn’t get a high mark from me. I do very much love the scent and in the end my hair did feel nourished, however unlike with my Olaplex conditioner, this one left my hair not feeling that silky slip that I am use to. I don’t know that I will be using this conditioner every week, I may just use it 2 times a month and see how it goes.

And with that… today’s face of the day is complete…. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.

I plan to do a dress reveal once I’ve finished sewing both my dresses and I do hope to get back to daily makeup but you know how it is when you have an autoimmune illness… the spoons do not runneth over so I have to chose my “me time” wisely.

Until the next time dolls… Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick 🥄

❌⭕❌⭕

Nita