Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing ok today. Slept horribly last night. My papa bear called somewhere around 8 pm to say he was admitted to the hospital but not to worry… but he’s my papa bear so this baby bear was anxious all night long… I kept waking up because I though my phone was ringing, sister bear and I agreed that if either one of us got a call updating his progress that we would call the other no matter what time of night it was… well… neither of us had to call, but neither one of us slept well. With Fibromyalgia (which we both suffer with) a poor night’s sleep can cause a world of problems the next day… because I was still on high alert all day I didn’t feel it until after the sibling unit called to say papa bear was being released and that it wasn’t the issue we thought it was… it was simply (but not simple) silent migraine thank the Lord. As if my body was holding my pain and fatigue levels at bay (fight or flight I guess) the moment she said it’s going to be ok my body started to shut down (fight or flight mode deactivated) and even though I don’t have a high pain day, I now have crushing fatigue… life of a spoon…
Anywho … let’s get back on track… it’s makeup time.
On with today’s walk through and pictorial!!!
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Eyes and Brows:
For today’s eye look I used the ColourPop 30 Pan Fade into Hue ($34 for 0.80 oz / 22.7g of product making it 0.27 oz / 0.76 oz and $1.13 per shade on their website) and the ColourPop x Avatar Last Airbender 12 pan palette ($22 for 0.42 oz / 12 g of total product making it 0.035 oz / 1 g and $1.83 per shade on their website).
I started by laminating my brows with the I started the way I always have, I applied Got 2b Glued Spiking Glue ($7.15 for 6 oz / 170 g of product at Ulta) to set my brows in place and then I filled them in using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($21 for 0.14 oz / 3.97 g of product at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Ebony (black hair with warm undertones) then placed a piece of scotch tape (that I first placed on the back of my hand to remove some of the stickiness) on the outer edge of my eyes angled towards the tail of my brows.
I used a flat shadder brush and the Becky Sue Shadow Primer in the shade White (it’s no longer available but there are many alternatives on their site) to clean up my brows and prime my lids and then used a fluffy shadow brush to blend it in. I then took a small concealer brush and the foundation I tested out today to clean up the top part of my brows.
I took a small pencil brush and the shade lux (light eggshell – matte) from the ColourPop Stone Cold Fox 30 Pan Palette ($34 for 1.16 oz / 33 g of total product making it 0.386 oz / 1.1 g and $1.13 per shade on their website). I then took a fluffy crease brush and taking the shade earth kingdom (pale nude – matte) from the ColourPop x Avatar the Last Airbender 12 Pan Palette ($22 for 0.42 oz / 12 g of total product making it 0.035 oz / 1 g and $1.83 per shade on their website) through the whole crease and up to the brow line… this shade is being used as an anchor to help the blue shades blend seamlessly… blue pigment can get a bit patchy and I’ve learned that placing a barely there tan shade can really help those blues preform expertly.
Sticking with the Avatar palette on a large fluffy crease brush I used the shade Ice Shield (dusty denim blue – matte) all through the crease and up 1/2 way past the crease.
On a small crease brush using the shade Iconic (cobalt blue – matte) I intensified the blue shade through crease and also added this shade to the inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lids.
I then decided to add more of the shade Ice Shield (dusty denim blue – matte) from the Avatar palette to the full mobile lids to act as a base for the shimmers… I used a short packer brush for this step.
With a pencil brush I went into the Hue palette and taking the shade take it easel (pastel baby blue – matte) I buffed out the harsh edge of the upper crease and added some dimension.
On a flat shadder brush I used the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($6 for 0.074 oz / 2.1 g of product on their website) in the shade Coconut (bright teal) and packed it on the inner and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid.
On a short shadder brush I went into the Hue palette and using the shade watermark (vivid cerulean blue with silver pearl – sequin matte) I tapped it over the inner and outer part of the inner 1/3 of the mobile lids (touching the inner part of the coconut shade from above).
On my finger I used the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in the Glowing Strong Duo ($10 0.07 oz / 2.1g of product each pot on their website) in the shade Ember (a pale icy teal with silver flecks) to pat over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid… making sure to blend it into the watermark shade from above.
On a short shadder brush I used the shade kaleidoscope (pale blue glitter with pinpoints of teal, blue, and purple pressed glitter) I tapped it over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lids for some movement.
I then removed the tape and cleaned up all the fallout.
For the lower lash lines I created a smokey drop shadow using a pencil brush and more of the shade Ice Shield (dusty denim blue – matte) from the Avatar palette and then using the same brush I use d more of the shade Iconic (cobalt blue – matte) from the Hue palette to punch up the blue. I then used a pencil brush and more of the shade take it easel (pastel baby blue – matte) I buffed out the harsh edge of the drop shadow.
Now it’s back to the Avatar palette to finish up the eyes… using a tiny detail brush and some setting spray I foiled the shades Water Tribe (baby blue/violet duo chrome – metallic) and Moon Spirit (mid-tone blue/violet and bright blue duo chrome – metallic) and applied that to the middle 1/3 of the lower lash line to balance out the movement from the glitter on my mobile lids. I then applied the ColourPop So Elemental Crème Gel Liner Set ($28 with a value of $32, also sold as individuals for $8 for 0.01 oz / 0.2 g of product each) in the shade Making Waves (periwinkle – metallic) to my lower water lines.
I primed my face using the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth Primer ($10.99 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product at Ulta). I contoured the face using the Shein Sheglam Glowin’ Up Skin Stick ($4.49 for 0.26 oz / 7.5 g of product on the Shein website) in the shade Soft Tan (contour shade). For foundation today I tested out the L’Oréal Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation ($16.99 for 1 fl oz, 30 ml of product at Ulta, $15.99 at Walgreens) in the shade 10 fair. To bronze I used the Shein Sheglam Glowin’ Up Skin Stick ($4.49 for 0.26 oz / 7.5 g of product on the Shein website) i the shade warm honey (mid toned tan). For my cream blush I used the Shein Sheglam Color Bloom Liquid Blush ($4.99 for 0.17 fl oz / 5.2ml of product on the Shein website) in the shade Rose Ritual (classic rose). For my cream highlighter I used the Shein Spring It On Liquid Highlighter ($3.20 for 0.53 oz / 15 g of product on the Shein website) in the shade Hello Halo (champagne). I color corrected using the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Bright Fix Eye Brightener ($26 for 0.34 oz / 10.05 ml of product at Ulta) in the shade Rose Quartz (cool pink) and concealed using the Wander Beauty Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer ($30 for Size Stick – 0.16 oz/ 4.5 g, Liquid – 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g at Sephora) in the shade Fair (porcelain with neutral warm undertones).
Setting, Touch Ups, Lips and Lashes:
I set the center of my face using the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder ($34 for 0.98 oz / 27.78 g of product at Ulta) and the perimeter of the face using the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Loose Setting Powder Banana ($6.49 for 0.7 oz / 19.84 g of product at Ulta). I touched up my blush using the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Blush ($40 for 28 oz / 8 g of product at Sephora) in the shade Ecstasy (peachy pink)… using only the middle shade. I touched up the bronzer using the Catrice Sun Lover Glow Bronzing Powder ($9 on their website) in the shade Sun Lover. I touched up my highlighter using the Makeup Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 for 0.35 oz / 9.92 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Just My Type (pale gold). I lined my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 for 0.03 oz / 0.85 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Life’s a Beach (coral) and topped the lips off using BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love (no longer in business, however can be found on amazon and the Walmart website) in the shade Blaze (coral). I used 1 coat of Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara ($27 for 0.3 oz/ 8.50 g of product at Ulta) and popped on a pair of Glamlite x Makayla faux lashes ($12 on their site) in the style Code Orange. I set my face using L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Finish Spray ($5.99 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product at Ulta).
I didn’t start out this morning wanting to do a glam look… I was shooting for a dusty wash of blue, but the more I played with my makeup the less I thought about the papa bear… so glam was my Zen… I think it’s cute… I think I would have chosen a less dramatic eye lash so that you could really see how pretty that pop of glitter against the deep blue background is.
Shein Sheglam Glowin’ Up Skin Stick ($4.49 for 0.26 oz / 7.5 g of product on the Shein website) is offered in 4 shades and I chose the shade soft tan (contour) and is billed as a sheer contouring gel that helps create subtle, natural-looking contours for your face.
I give this contour stick a solid A+++!!! My first impression of this was so good.. I felt it was stiff and wouldn’t work. It’s actually pretty good. I did apply directly to the face and that worked pretty well. The only reason I didn’t grade this one higher was because I did have to apply a second layer and whilst it applied to the face beautifully when I went to apply it with my nose contour brush it all but disappeared so I had to scrape some onto a palette and apply it that way. It’s still a good contour stick.
L’Oréal Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation ($16.99 for 1 fl oz, 30 ml of product at Ulta, $15.99 at Walgreens) is offered in 15 shades and I purchased the shade 10 fair and is billed as makeup specially designed for mature skin formulated with SPF 50, Hydrating Serum and Vitamin B3 and claims to be a carefully formulated foundation, lightweight and won’t settle into lines and provides all day hydration.
I give this foundation a solid O+++!!! and my very life force if it so demands it: This has got to be the most amazing serum foundation EVER! This one is even prettier than any of my BECCA foundations… and if you have been around for a while you know NOTHING beats out my beloved BECCA foundations! This left my skin looking glowy and perfected and moisturized and just simply stunning. I pray they don’t reformulate or discontinue this one.
Shein Sheglam Glowin’ Up Skin Stick ($4.49 for 0.26 oz / 7.5 g of product on the Shein website) is offered in 4 shades and I chose the shade warm honey (mid toned tan) and is billed as a sheer contouring gel that helps create subtle, natural-looking contours for your face.
I give this bronzer stick a solid O+++!!! This has the prettiest undertones to it. It’s a tad stiff but nothing that would disrupt the foundation underneath. It didn’t fade once I put my powder over it either.
Shein Sheglam Color Bloom Liquid Blush ($4.99 for 0.17 fl oz / 5.2ml of product on the Shein website) is offered in 8 shades and I chose the shade Rose Ritual (classic rose) and is billed as a drink for your cheeks that is a gel-cream formula and sponge tip that infuses color effortlessly into your skin for a plumping and oh-so-pretty effect.
I give this blush a solid O+++!!! and a standing ovation: This shade is STUNNING! This formula is chef’s kiss and I can’t believe it’s a drugstore price point.
Shein Spring It On Liquid Highlighter ($3.20 for 0.53 oz / 15 g of product on the Shein website) is offered in 2 shades and I chose the shade Hello Halo (champagne) and is billed as instant shine with rose extract.
I give this highlighter a solid O+: It’s super pretty but it doesn’t really give a punchy glow like it did with this swatch. I had to layer it 3 times to get the best payoff. It’s stull pretty and a great price point but I have other drugstore highlighters that aren’t so much work to achieve a pretty glow.
Wander Beauty Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer ($30 for Size Stick – 0.16 oz/ 4.5 g, Liquid – 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g at Sephora) is offered in 5 shades, I purchased the shade Fair (porcelain with neutral warm undertones) and is billed as an innovative, double-sided concealer, with a full-coverage matte stick on one end and a lightweight, illuminating liquid on the other.
I give this concealer a solid A- : The only reason this concealer got this high of a grade is because the stick concealer is actually pretty good. the cream concealer went on well but within 1/2 an hour it looked dry and cakey and creased like crazy… I wont be using the cream side again… but the stick side was perfect for spot highlighting.
ColourPop So Elemental Crème Gel Liner Set ($28 with a value of $32, also sold as individuals for $8 for 0.01 oz / 0.2 g of product each) billed as bringing harmony to the nations with stunning metallics shades that work to effortlessly bend the elements.
The Unicartons each feature one of the main characters from Avatar the Last Airbender : From left to right we see: Aang and Momo, Toph, Katara and Zuko… and yes I am totally keeping the unicartons.
The shades in this collection from left to right are: Blown Away (pinky white – metallic) Ground Breaker (deep warm bronze – metallic) Making Waves (periwinkle – metallic) and Fiery Fierce (bright wine red – metallic).
I give this shade (Making Waves) a solid O+++!!! This shade has the perfect amount of metallic and is the perfect tone of blue to both brighten and define the eye.
ColourPop x Avatar the Last Airbender 12 Pan Palette ($22 for 0.42 oz / 12 g of total product making it 0.035 oz / 1 g and $1.83 per shade on their website). The unicarton features Sokka, Katara, Aang, Zuko and Toph and the palette features Momo and Aang on the outside and Appa on the inside. It has 5 matte, 2 sequin matte, and 5 metallic shadows.
The shades from left to right and up and down are: Water Tribe (baby blue/violet duo chrome – metallic), Moon Spirit (mid-tone blue/violet and bright blue duo chrome – metallic), Ice Shield (dusty denim blue – matte), Earth Kingdom (pale nude – matte), Quicksand (antique gold – metallic), Earth Rumble (deep moss green – matte), Fire Nation (burnt red orange with gold pinpoints – sequin matte), Dancing Dragon (vibrant brick red – metallic), Comet (vivid crimson – matte pigment), Air Temple (mustard – matte), Air Blast (champagne – metallic), and Vortex (warm saddle brown with gold pinpoints – sequin matte).
I give this palette a solid O++ : Now that I’ve had time to play with more shades I can honestly say I absolutely love this palette. The formula is classic ColourPop stunning. The shades work well with other palettes and the longevity of the blues today was impeccable. Big pigment more times than not will fade throughout the day… this look stayed vibrant all day. The only reason I don’t grade it higher is there wasn’t enough green… but I still do adore this palette.
And that concludes today’s face of the day… 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.