Week 1 of August 2021 Shop My Stash Box

Hey doll hey!!! How’s you morning/noon/night? Great I hope. I’m starting to feel better. We had a family BBQ Saturday and so today and tomorrow (Sunday and Monday) I’m kind of taking it easy. I did do my makeup yesterday but I seriously did not like anything about the look… my left brow was way off track… the inner corner highlight was really awful…. the only thing I liked about my makeup was the foundation and the lip color. So I did not post a face of the day…. I pride myself on total transparency so if I did not post the look you know for real that it was truly awful.

Since I took the day off I decided to deep clean my makeup brushes. I do this once a month since I have so many brushes and I also was using the Cinema Secrets to spot clean throughout the weeks… However… this particular brush cleaner is super expensive… So I researched what the ingredients were… and came up with my own brush cleaner that works almost just as well as the Cinema Secrets does. I use 20 oz of filtered water, 8 oz of 99% isopropyl alcohol, 5 pumps of Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo and body wash (in the lavender scent), 4 oz of micellar water and 1 full dropper of vanilla essential oil.

It took me some trial and error to get the measurements perfect… the first attempt I had added some baby oil in but that made the formula too greasy… resulting in having to deep wash my brushes 2 times this month instead of 1. I tried pouring out some of the cleanser and adding more alcohol but that didn’t diminish the oil in the formula. So I poured it out and started over. The above measurements is what I used for attempt #3 and it works almost a perfectly as the Cinema Secrets formula does. It’s fast drying, a does clean the brushes well… with some of the more stubborn pigments I do have to go back in a second time to get the brush fully clean… so it’s not an exact dupe for the Cinema Secrets but it’s pretty darn good.

This week’s makeup stash has a heap of the new stuff I hauled the past few weeks…. so let’s get into this stash box….

*remember as always, all hyperlinks provided are simply for fast location of the products used and not affiliate links… I just did the research so you didn’t have to 💖 *

1. The Primers:

a.) Milani Bright Side Illuminating Face Primer ($10.99 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml at Ulta) billed as banana brightening pigments instantly brightens and illuminates skin, blurs imperfections and extends makeup wear.

b.) Milani Skin Quench Hydrating Face Primer ($10.99 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml at Ulta) is billed as hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid and Coconut Water. An essential makeup-prep step, it blurs imperfections and extends makeup wear.

2. The Foundations:

a.) Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation ($38 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml at Ulta) in the shade 140N (fair skin neutral peach undertones) is billed as a long wearing  breathable, weightless, moisturizing formula helps that instantly mask imperfections, uneven texture and discoloration while letting your natural radiance come through.

b.) Loreal True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum ($19.99 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml at Ulta) in the shade Light 2-3 is billed as the 1st tinted serum with 1 percent Hyaluronic Acid. Instantly brightens, evens and hydrates all in one.

3. The Conceal and Color Corrector:

a.) Milani Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer ($8.99 for 0.17 fl oz / 5.03 mL at Ulta) is billed as a super pigmented, full coverage formula. Blends seamlessly to mask imperfections, hyper-pigmentation, discoloration. In the shade Nude Ivory.

b.) Milani Peach Tinted Under Eye Brightener ($8.99 for 0.51 fl oz / 15 mL on their website) is billed as being able to instantly eliminate discoloration and illuminates under eyes with color correcting pigments & micro-fine pearls. The lightly tinted hybrid 2-in-1 makeup + skincare formula instantly awakens and illuminates under-eyes with Peach Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine.

c.) bareMinerals Broad Spectrum Concealer ($23 for 0.07 oz / 1.98 g at Sephora) in the shade Well Rested (yellow ivory/ eye brightening shadow base for all skin tones) is billed as a versatile, mineral-based powder that can be used as a concealer and an eyeshadow base.

4. The Cream Highlighter, Contour, Bronzer and Blush:

a.) Milani Strobe Light Liquid Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.42 fl oz / 12.42 mL on their website) is billed as a beauty secret you’ll want to keep to yourself. This liquid illuminator features ultra-fine micro pearls to brighten features, giving your complexion an unrestrained edge that lasts all day.

b.) Milani Supercharged Bronzer Multistick ($8.99 for 0.21 oz / 6 g at Ulta) in the shade Dynamic Bronze (deep bronze) is billed as an ultra-creamy gel stick formula that glides onto cheeks and lips, leaving a buildable wash of color.

c.) ELF Electric Mood x Pitizion De La Soul Cream Face Quad ($12 for 0.38 oz / 10.8 g of total product on their website making it 0.095 oz / 2.7 g and $4 each shade) is billed as co-created with their Beauty Scape winner Emily Carden and is a 4-pan collection of cream highlighter, bronzer, and blushes for a sculpted, shaded, and glowing complexion.

5. The Powder Blush, Bronzer and Highlight:

a.) ColourPop x Hello Kitty Pressed Powder Blush ($12 for 0.21 oz / 6 g on their website) in the shade Aloha Honey (neon coral – matte) is billed as brighten your complexion with the perfect natural flush of colour in a soft and buildable powder blush.

b.) Milani Baked Bronzer ($9.99 for 0.25 oz / 7 g on their website) claims that it will give your face a perfect glow and your complexion a bold, warm vibe. As part of our baked makeup series, this bronzer has been baked on Italian terracotta tiles. 

c.) Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($5.99 but on sale for $3.89 for 0.19 oz / 5.4 g of product on their website and at most drug stores and big box stores like Walmart) is billed as beautiful highlighters will guarantee your makeup look is always Mega Glo-rious!

6. The Eyeshadow Palettes:

a.) ColourPop Creamsicle 4 Pan Palette ($9 for 0.21oz / 5.9g of total product on their website making it 0.05 oz / 1.48 g and $2.25 per shade) is billed as 4 curated shades to add dimension in your crease, highlight your inner corner, and smoke out your lashline. The shades are: frostee (warm peach – metallic), big treat* (pinky coral with pinpoints of copper, gold & pink glitter – metallic), dreamfull (warm coral – matte) and on a stick* (rich coral terracotta – matte).

b.) ELF Retro Paradise 18 Piece Eyeshadow Palette ($14 for 0.62oz / 17.58 g of total product on their website, however no long available, making it 0.034 oz / 0.98 g and $0.78 per shade) is billed as a  Bahamas-inspired eyeshadow palette with high-shine metallics and ultra-pigmented mattes in bright and neutral shades allow you to create your own tropical fantasy !

c.) Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette ($25 for 0.1 oz / 4 g of total product at Sephora making it 0.02 oz/ 0.80 g and $5 per shade) is billed as rich hues of a summer sunset with the Mini Sunset Palette by Natasha Denona. It’s the perfect palette for at home or on-the-go with its compact size and warm-toned color scheme for multiple makeup looks. The shades are Guava (dirty peach matte), Apollo (bright brick metallic), Dirty Mars (dirty terra-cotta matte), Sun Beam (rich bronze metallic) and Halo (warm champagne metallic).

d.) The last palette is part of my ColourPop single pan collection ($4.50 per shade)… I chose this palette to be a companion to the 3 palettes I’ll be using this week.

7. Loose Powders and Touch Up Powder:

a.) Loreal Infallible Tinted Loose Setting Powder ($12.99 for 0.28 oz / 7.94 g at Ulta) in Translucent Light is billed as lightweight and hydrating formula that minimizes imperfections revealing a smooth and even complexion.

b.) Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 for 0.14 oz / 3.97 g at Ulta) is billed as a transparent, weightless powder to set under-eye concealer, brightens the look of dark circles, and diminishes signs of visible fine lines.

c.) Milani Make It Last Setting Powder ($10.99 for 0.12 oz / 3.5 g of product on their website) is billed as an ultra-fine, loose translucent powder that seals in makeup and extends wear for statement-making glamour. With light-reflecting pigments that diffuse fine lines and smooth imperfections, our Make it Last Setting Powder is perfect for a stylish soft-focus effect. Our oil-absorbing formula retains moisture and adds delicate, sheer coverage to reduce unexpected shine. With three shades in a matte transparent finish, and one in a luminous finish, this banana setting powder will keep you confident all day.  

8. The Helpers:

a.) Beauty Creations  3D Faux Mink Lashes in the style Hush Hush ($6.99 per pair on their website).

b.) LA Girl Jetsetter Mascara ($6.9 for 0.32 oz / 9.46 mL at Ulta) is billed as full-bodied bristles that coat lashes from root to tip with a buildable, smudge-proof formula.

c.) Milani Stay Put® Brow Color ($8.99 for 0.09 oz / 2.6 g of product on their website) claims it is made to help you to fill and sculpt your brows like a pro, for a vibe that’s simply captivating. Keep that confidence up — our eyebrow cream has superior staying power. With up to 16 hours of wear time, you’ll be able to keep that statement-making look strong from the beginning of your day to the end of the night. Use the professional, dual-ended brush to apply the perfect amount of brow color for authentic color and captivating definition. In the shade #08 Dark Chocolate (the deepest shade).

d.) Uoma BROW-FRO Baby Hair Brow Pencil ($22 for 0.002 oz / 0.0567 g at Ulta) is billed as  a groovy high precision pencil to draw in brows with micro-thin hair like strokes for the most natural results

e.) Milani Weekend Brow Eyebrow Tint ($8.99 for 0.03 fl oz / 1 mL of product on their website) is billed as the realest woke-up-like-this, full brow definition. With a featherlight brush tip, superfine smudge-resistant pigments and polymers for long-lasting wear, this defining pen does it all — from filling in brows to building up arches. It comes in 3 shades and I purchased the shade #140 Espresso (the darkest shade).

f.)  P.Louise Eye Base ($15 for 0.54 fl oz / 15 mL of product on her website) in the shade Rumour 2 (pale nude).

9. The Perfumes:

a.) Versace Red Jeans ($29.03 for 2.5 fl oz / 73.93 mL at Walmart) was released in 1994 and is a woody powdery floral with scent notes of:

Top Notes: Peach, Apricot, Black Currant and Freesia.

Heart Notes: Violet, Water Lily, Lily of the Valley and Rose.

Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla and Sandalwood.

b.) Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria ($60 for 1 fl oz / 30 mL and $99 for 3.4 fl oz / 100 mL at Sephora) was released in 2016 and is an aquatic, spicy musk with a slight floral undertone and has scent notes of:

Top Notes: Cascalone, Mandarin Leaf and White Pepper.

Heart Notes: Peony, Jasmine Sambac, Geranium and Black Rose.

Base Notes: Woody Notes, Musk and Patchouli.

c.) Liz Claiborne Realities ($28.86 for 3.4 fl oz / 100 mL on Amazon) was released in 1990 and is an oriental floral with scent notes of:

Top Notes: Chamomile, Sage, Osmanthus (devilwood) and Bergamot.

Heart Notes: Lily, Carnation, Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose and Freesia.

Base Notes: Vanilla, Peach, Amber and Sandalwood.

Well that’s completes this weeks sneak peak at my makeup stash box….

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and that you are in great spirits and health….

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

❌⭕❌⭕, Nita