Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing a bit better today. I even have a bit more energy than I’ve had the past few days.
The first two looks with the ColourPop It’s a Mood 30 Pan Palette ($34 for 1.16 oz / 33 g of total product making it 0.039 oz, 1.1 g and $1.13 per shade) were a bit tame and so since I had more energy today I thought I’d do some color play and a cut crease…
I was really dying to get in there and play around with one of the Uoma palettes that I hauled this week and the Uoma Beauty Black Magic Allure Palette ($44 for 0.35 oz / 9.92 g of total product on their website making it 0.035 oz / 0.99 g and $4.40 per shade) has been calling my name… so I decided to do a smokey and grungey green look.
I did learn that some of the metallics are heavy with glitter though… a little too late I’m afraid I had glitter everywhere because I didn’t use a glitter glue.
On to the walkthrough and pictorial of today’s makeup look….
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Eyes and Brows:
I set my brows using Got 2 B Glued Spiking Gel ($7.15 for 6 oz, 170.1 g of product at Ulta) and then filled them in using Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Pomade ($12.99 for 0.16 oz / 3 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Deep Brow. I carved out my brows and primed my lids using P.Louise Rumour Eye Base ($14 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product on their website) In the shade Rumour 2.
I started by using the ColourPop It’s a Mood 30 Pan Palette ($34 for 1.16 oz / 33 g of total product making it 0.039 oz, 1.1 g and $1.13 per shade).
Don’t run away when you see today’s pictorial… It’s going to look messy until it’s done… just trust the process….
Using a crease brush from Real Techniques and the shade Bonafide (neutral ivory – matte) I set my brow line. Then for the transition shade I used a big fluffy blending brush from Profusion Cosmetics and the shade You & I (neutral nude – matte) .
Now time for the drama… Using a dome blending brush from Morphe and the shade Mystified (deep emerald – matte) I created an elongated butterfly wing shaded outer v (making sure not to go past the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid).
Hopping into the Uoma Beauty Black Magic Allure Palette ($44 for 0.35 oz / 9.92 g of total product on their website making it 0.035 oz / 0.99 g and $4.40 per shade), a short dome brush from Morphe and the shade Lush (army green – matte) I rounded off the inner part of the butterfly wing (making sure to take the shade down and into the middle 1/3 of the mobile lids.
Jumping back into the ColourPop palette on a fluffy crease brush from Alter Ego and the shade Oblivion (olive – matte) I defined the inner 2/3 of the crease (making sure to soften the rounded butterfly wing and the line of demarcation of the middle 1/3 of the mobile lids.
Taking a clean fluffy blending brush from BH Cosmetics I softened the lines around the whole shadow look… taking time to make sure that the shades blended into each other seamlessly.
Now we cut the crease… Using a small concealer brush from AOA Studios and Micellar Water I cut a high crease making sure to clean out the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid. Yes, I know I just placed shadow there, but hear me out… It may be an extra step that seams unnecessary since I’m just going to take away the pigment that I placed there, however it gives the most seamless transition. If I had just rounded off the top part of the wing it would have had a sharp gradient instead of a seamless blend… so yes, it’s an extra step that wastes product but the outcome is super pretty.
Instead of using my eyeshadow base I chose to use my Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Double Ended Liquid Eyeshadow ($25 for 0.068 fl oz /2.011 ml of product at Sephora), using only the matte side Limelight (green-toned yellow matte) and a small concealer brush from AOA Studios I cleaned the cut crease, I then used a fluffy shadder brush from ColourPop to quickly blend this cream shadow out.
Hoping back into the Uoma palette I took a tiny detailer brush from Profusion Cosmetics and the shade Enchantress (bright yellow gold – metallic) and covered the full cut crease. I thought it was too yellow so I took a C shadder brush from Morphe and the shade Allure (green with a gold shift duo chrome – metallic) and layered it over the first shade… still more yellow than I wanted but not as bright this time.
Back into the ColourPop palette using a short packer brush from Morphe and the shade You & I (neutral nude – matte) I added back the now lost transition taking it all the way to the tale of my brows. I then took the clean fluffy brush that I used to soften the edges I softened the transition.
Taking a tiny detailer brush from ColourPop and the shade Oblivion (olive – matte) I reinforced the inner 2/3 of the crease. I then used the clean fluffy brush to blend out the harsh lines.
I kept the lower lash line very simple. On a tiny pencil brush from ColourPop and more of the shade Mystified (deep emerald – matte) I created a soft smoked out lash line. Then using a flat shadder brush from BH Cosmetics and more of the shade You & I (neutral nude – matte) I softened the lower last line.
To complete the eye I took the shade Lady of Gold (white with a gold shift duo chrome – metallic) form the Uoma palette I highlighted the upper part of the tear duct. I then lined my upper lash line (just slightly to give my falsies some camouflage) and my lower lashline using ColourPop BFF Gel Liner (both shades are no longer available on their website ) in the shade Aglow (lime green – metallic), Aglow is available at Ulta , to give the lower lash line a bit of movement and the shade Canopy (true bright green – matte) in the water line.
I primed my face using the Cover FX Gripping Primer + Firming ($38 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $19). For my cream contour I used the NYX Wonder Stick ($12 on the NYX website) in the shade Deep Dark. I tested out a new foundation today, the Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation ($32 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product on the DermStore website) in the shade Light Fair. For my cream bronzer I used the bareMinerals Bare Pro Glow Bronzer ($29 but on sale for $23 for 0.47 fl oz / 14 ml of product on their website) in the shade Warmth. I did my blush before my highlight today… I used the NYX Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Blush ($9.50 for 0.22 oz /6.24 g of product at Ulta) there are 6 shades I have it in the shade Coralicious (coral). I then applied my cream highlighter using the Fenty Beauty by Rhianna Match Stix Shimmer Stick ($28 for 0.25 oz / 7.09 g of product at Ulta and Sephora) comes n 5 shades I have Starstruck (iced out pearl). I also tested out a new color corrector and concealer, the Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Bright On Concealer ($24 for 0.17 fl oz / 5.03 ml of product at Ulta) in the shade Lychee (light cool pink) and the Cover FX Power Play Concealer ($30 for 0.34 fl oz / 10 ml of product at Ulta, I got it on sale for $15) in the shade N Fair 1 (this shade no longer available at Ulta but is available on the Cover FX website).
Setting, Touch Ups, Lips and Lashes:
I set my under eyes using the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($30 for 0.14 oz / 3.97 g of product at Ulta) comes in 2 shades I have it in shade #1 fair to medium tones) and the rest of my face using the Maybelline Lasting Fix Banana Setting Powder ($11.99 for 0.21 oz / 6 g of product at Ulta but I got it on sale for $10.19). I bronzed my face using the Maybelline City Bronzer ($10.99 for 0.24 oz / 6.80 g of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $9.34) in the shade the shade #300 Deep. For my blush today I used the Cover FX Monochromatic Blush Duo ($38 but currently on sale for $19 for 0.51 oz / 14.46 g of product at Ulta…. this shade no longer available but is available on the Cover FX website) in the shade Pink Dahlia (soft pink). For highlighter I used the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($6.49 for 0.19 oz / 5.39 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Blossom Glow (pale pink with a silver sheen). I lined my lips using the ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Beeper (greige rose) and filled in my lips using the Fenty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color ($26 for 0.13 fl oz / 4 ml of product at Sephora) in the shade Unbutton (peachy nude) and then topped the lips off using the Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer ($20 for 0.3 fl oz / 9 ml of product at Sephora) in the shade Sweet Mouth (shimmering soft pink). Set my face using Wet n Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray ($6.52 for 1.52 fl oz / 45 ml of product at Ulta). I did one coat of Flower Beauty Lash Warrior Mascara ($10.49 for 0.35 fl oz / 10.35 ml of product at Ulta) and popped on a pair of ColourPop Faux Mink False Lashes ($8 a pair on their website) in the style Mami (full-on drama length, tapered fibers, and its unique cluster and crisscross pattern). I did not need to touch up my makeup at all.
I haven’t done a cut crease is so long, and while I love a good green eye look, I think I would like to try and do this look again without using the Huda matte cream eyeshadow…. it’s making the cut crease a bit more yellow than I wanted…
So let’s talk reviews…
Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Double Ended Liquid Eyeshadow ($25 for 0.068 fl oz /2.011 ml of product at Sephora) in the shade Limelight (green-toned yellow matte) and Gold Chains (light sunshine gold glitter). Is billed as a dual-ended liquid shadow combining a velvety matte formula on one side and a highly reflective metallic on the other.
I give this liquid shadow a solid A++ : I really like the shades offered and the fact that you have a matte and a shimmer shade… It lasts all day, it doesn’t crack and it really does help with pigmentation of regular eyeshadows. The only reason I did not grade this one higher is the dry down time… it really dries down super fast so you have to work quickly when covering the full eye… other than that it’s a super amazing product.
Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation ($32 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product on the DermStore website) in the shade Light Fair. This foundation is billed as a weightless, fluid foundation formulated for full coverage with a natural, full coverage and radiant finish.
I give this foundation a solid O+++!!! and a Chef’s Kiss : When I first swatched this foundation I thought it was way too dark… but when I put it on my face…. DOLLS…. this foundation is STUNNING! It’s the perfect spot on shade for me, it’s a foundation that looks like skin and not makeup and it’s got the most beautiful finish. It doesn’t oxidize and it doesn’t accentuate the natural textures of the skin. I loved the way this foundation looked on me so much that I ordered a back up… I really truly believe this may be my go to foundation… It’s only March but I believe this may make it into my hall of fame for 2022.
Cover FX Monochromatic Blush Duo ($38 but currently on sale for $19 for 0.51 oz / 14.46 g of product at Ulta…. this shade no longer available but is available on the Cover FX website) in the shade Pink Dahlia (soft pink). This blush is billed as consciously formulated without talc for a weightless texture and seamless application, these richly pigmented duos deliver an airy, breathable veil of color. Use the matte and shimmer shades individually or layer them together to customize your finish. Vegan & cruelty-free.
I give this blush a solid O+++!!! The shade of this blush is so stunning! Gives you a just fresh from outside flush to the face. It has enough pigmentation that a little goes a long way but not so much pigmentation that you can’t add layers if you want to.
Maybelline City Bronzer ($10.99 for 0.24 oz / 6.80 g of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $9.34) It comes in 3 shades and I purchased the shade #300 Deep. It’s billed as Maybelline’s 1st bronzing and contouring powder that delivers a sun-kissed makeup look and sculpted makeup look.
I give this bronzer a solid A+ There is nothing wrong with this bronzer, it’s got great pigmentation, a great undertone, and never seams to get patchy. It’s just nothing special so I just can’t give it a higher grade point. It’s a great drug store option to some of the high end bronzers out there, for my beauties on a budget out there.
Cover FX Gripping Primer + Firming ($38 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $19) It’s billed as a clear gel primer that visibly firms, creates a glass-like finish and grips makeup for all-day wear. The alcohol-free formula creates an instant skin tightening effect for a smoother looking complexion and improved makeup wear. Best for normal to dry skin.
I give this primer a solid O+ Where the dewy primer left me feeling a hot mess of a grease ball, this primer not only has grip but felt hydrating without being oily feeling. This grip primer isn’t as sticky as say the Hydro Grip by Milk but it does grip the cream products very well and my makeup lasted all day with no touch ups. This primer does leave the face looking dewy but no where as bad as the dewy primer did. It’s a really great find.
Maybelline Lasting Fix Banana Setting Powder ($11.99 for 0.21 oz / 6 g of product at Ulta but I got it on sale for $10.19) is billed as brightening, soft focus an mattifying.
I give this setting powder a solid O+++!!! This is how a banana powder should be! This is brightening and sets the face expertly. I used very little and it still completely set my face and left my skin looking poreless and polished to perfection. I am super happy to have found this one. It passes my levitation test so it’s a great one to set the under eyes.
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Bright On Concealer ($24 for 0.17 fl oz / 5.03 ml of product at Ulta) It comes in 12 shades and I purchased the shade Lychee (light cool pink) and is billed as being able to visibly brighten under eyes, helps hide dark circles with color-correcting pigments, and helps seal in skin hydration with a serum-like formula for a healthy-looking undereye glow.
I give this corrector a solid O+ This one is brightening and thin and a little goes a long way. It left my under eyes perfected without being overly bright like some pink correctors can be. Make no mistake this is NOT a concealer… it is in fact a corrector… and it’s the perfect way to address the under eyes for those no makeup or low maintenance makeup days… it’s got just enough coverage to perfect the under eyes without looking overly made up and it’s thin enough that your under eyes wont feel heavy after layering a concealer over top.
Cover FX Power Play Concealer ($30 for 0.34 fl oz / 10 ml of product at Ulta, I got it on sale for $15) in the shade N Fair 1 (this shade no longer available at Ulta but is available on the Cover FX website). On the Cover FX website there are 30 shades to chose from. It’s billed as a crease-proof, transfer-proof concealer that provides 16-hour full coverage along with powerful pollution defense. The game-changing formula instantly hides dark circles and imperfections while blurring fine lines. It can also be used to highlight and contour. Vegan & cruelty-free.
I give this concealer a solid O++ This is a very pigmented, thicker formula that doesn’t budge. It left my under eyes look pretty and hydrated and seamless. It was great at highlighting my nose and is truly a great little find… it’s not the most amazing concealer I’ve ever tried and that is the only reason I didn’t grade it higher.
And.. we’ve come to the end dolls… I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.
Remember dolls… Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick….