Beauty Buys for Week 1 of June 2022

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

Sorry I’ve been MIA… it’s been a roller coaster the past few weeks. We had a family get together 3 weeks ago and I stupidly decided I didn’t need to mask up as did my hubby… Papa bear came in for a visit for that weekend and then my baby sister and niece/goddaughter surprised me with a visit from up north… I got to spend the whole week with her… however… hubby tested positive for Covid the day after they came down. 4 days later I was covid positive and a day later the whole rest of the house had it… It was a tough 2 weeks and I’ve learned my lesson… I learned that you must stay vigilant with mask wearing… even in a family setting.

So I decided to just rest and get better… and I have also decided to suspend makeup play until Sunday June 5, 2022 just to give me a few more days rest since I’m just starting to feel less fatigue, I don’t want to overdue myself.

Also Hubby upgraded my makeup vanity as an early birthday present and so naturally I had to redesign my makeup space…

This is the first look at the new space… my vision wasn’t truly realized with this one…

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So I redid the space and absolutely love the way my vanity is now.

I was so pumped with the new vanity that I ended up decluttering some makeup and completely redesigning the makeup space.

My happy place is now fully realized and comfortable and I feel that it truly has a purposeful flow now.

I’m also making a change to my makeup challenge. For the month of June I will be suspending the 30 pan 30 day makeup challenge that I set for myself. It’s pride month for my community and with all that has been happening to silence the voices of my community I’ve decided instead of doing 1 Pride Look a week, I will be dedicating the full month of June to Pride Looks…

Insidently… I do have 3 makeup looks in my drafts that I will be posting this week since I haven’t done my makeup for the past 3 weeks…

Also I did not do a look or review of the Saie Beauty items that I hauled on the 16th of May 2022… I tried them out and immediately decluttered every item… there was nothing in that haul that I liked at all… none of it was even worth my time or hard earned money.

Ok.. Ok.. enough of that… now onto the real purpose of this video….

*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. All swatches and done on clean bear skin, in one pass and with no primer*

Every item in this post I purchased on the Ulta Beauty website.

Let’s start with the items that I didn’t swatch because they were either backups or items that I didn’t want to remove from the packaging just yet.

I forgot to take photos of these items so I pulled photos from the web for them….

Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer ($1.7 fl oz / 50 ml of product) is billed as being able to smooth, hydrate, and prep your skin for makeup, formulated with a natural silicone alternative.

This should be no surprise if you have been following me for any period of time. This is my holy grail last skin prep item… the start of my makeup application item. I use it to add more moisture and prep my skin as a 1st primer. The reason for this is I use this one under my eyes as well (it has been keeping the under eyes plump and ready for concealer… but it also if there is full out I can easily clean it up by adding a few drops of this product to a cotton round and clean up the fall out without losing all of my wonderful skin prep that is underneath… say the way you do when you use micellar water to clean up the under eye. I purchased 2 but I have 1 that I am using now and 1 in my up next bin… so these 2 are simply backups… I never want to be without this little gem.

Good Molecules Rosewater Daily Cleansing Gel ($12 for 4 fl oz / 120 ml of product) is billed as being infused with antioxidant-rich rosewater, a pH-balanced gel face wash that soothes and balances all skin types that gently purifies skin of dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting its natural moisture balance.

My skin just simply loves this face cleanser. It never leaves me feeling dry or tight and there isn’t any obnoxious scent to deal with. This one is a backup bottle, I have 1 open and 1 on stand by. I use it twice a day and this bottle typically lasts 2 to 3 months of 2 times a day use.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil ($9.80 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product) is billed as a daily support formula that is great for those looking for solutions for signs of aging while providing benefits for skin hydration and barrier function support. It claims to replenish lost moisture, maintain healthy-looking skin, provides enhanced barrier support, and targets visible signs of aging.

I purchased this one at the recommendation from Lady Venom from TikTok as an aid to help whilst dermaplaning. She has the most stunning skin and so naturally I purchased it… I have used it for the first time today and I’ve got to say my skin isn’t irritated (the way it is when I dry dermaplane), I feel like I got a closer shave and my skin feels amazing with the oil worked into it.

Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk ($15.79 for 8 fl oz / 240 ml of product) is billed as a softening leave-in conditioning cream with light notes of macadamia nut and vanilla. Nourishing rice milk is thickened with natural oil melange of organic avocado, castor and macadamia. For moisturizing and fortifying benefits, juice droplets of rose hips and aloe are blended with green tea extract and together whisked in this everyday milk cream mixture.

This has been my go to leave in conditioner for the better part of 2 years now, and for good reason. It’s not overly oily, sticky, or thick. It leaves my hair nourished and soft and leaves my hair smelling so good. When I refresh my hair with just a bit of water this conditioner reactivates leaving my hair with way much less halo (the frizziness that happens at the crown of your hair). I love this one so much.

Camille Rose Fresh Curl Revitalizing Hair Smoother ($14.79 for 8 fl oz / 240 ml of product) is billed as a light gel cream styling lotion and detangler with an uplifting aroma of peach guava. Organic avocado and castor seed oils are blended together with ripe peach guava to create this refreshing gel-cream ideal for invigorating lifeless curls with softness and shine.

I haven’t tried this one out yet but am excited to use it on refresh day. I did smell it and it has a crisp clean scent with a slight hint of sweetness. (the crisp scent is that castor oil that’s in it and the sweet comes from the avocado.) Since this item does have castor oil in it it is best for refreshing the curls instead of adding to my wash day routine because castor oil is a sealant oil and not a moisturizing oil. (a sealant oil sits on top of the hair sealing in already added moisture in the hair, whilst a moisturising oil penetrates the hair essentially adding moisture to the hair strands).

Kiss Limited Edition Pride Lashes ($4.99 for this style) in the style Rainbow is billed as wispy, glittery human hair lashes.

I may only wear these 1 time even though they claim these can be worn 20 times. The reason is they feel very scratchy and very much like tinsel. I don’t think I will be able to wear these for a long time… now that may be because of the amount of glitter in them but we shall have to see when I finally wear them.

OPI Power of Hue Collection Nail Lacquer Mini 6-Pack ($27.50 – no longer available at Ulta however can be found at Look Fantastic) ans is billed as a travel-friendly set that provides six vibrant nail polishes that offer up to 7 days of chip-free wear, alongside a fast-drying formula, meaning you can polish-and-go without worrying about smudging. The electric hues are perfect to mix and match, and allow you to achieve endless creative designs.

I purchased this one because OPI is pledging a portion of their proceeds to the LGBTQIA+ communities. They are super cute tiny little bottles of happiness.

Now onto the items that can be swatched:

Tarte Face Tape Foundation ($40 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product) is billed as the 1st ever beauty mushroom infused full coverage foundation and claims to be made with snow mushroom to drench skin in hydration for smoother, plumper looking skin and also claims to be 12 hour wear and claims to be transfer-proof, waterproof & sweatproof.

This foundation comes in 50 shades and I chose the shade 12N – Fair Neutral.

First Impressions: The shade match is perfect for me… I tested it on my arm that’s why it doesn’t look like it matches… but it truly is a spot on face match. I tested it on my darkest tattoo to see the coverage… this one passes the vibe check for coverage. You can barely detect my tattoo under it. This one dries down to a demi-matte finish that doesn’t dry all the way down, a bit of powder is all that is needed to set it. I left this swatch on for 15 minutes and it did not oxidize at all. Super excited to test this one out.

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer ($10.49 for 0.22 fl oz / 6.51 ml of product) is billed as a full coverage concealer that instantly conceals discoloration, blemishes and signs of fatigue for a flawless, luminous look.

It comes in 12 shades and I chose the shade Porcelain (I originally had the shade ivory but it just wasn’t light enough for my liking so I decluttered it and then instantly regretted it and repurchased it in the lighter shade).

No first impression here… this is an O+++!!! item for me. It’s creamy with a high coverage satin finish that doesn’t oxidize and (once set with powder) doesn’t crease. I love this concealer very much.

Flower Beauty Spotlight Liquid Highlight ($12.99 for 0.47 fl oz / 14 ml of product) is billed as a fresh, healthy-looking glow infused with moisturizing ingredients to keep skin hydrated.

This one comes in 3 shades, I chose the shade Gleam – rose gold.

First Impressions: She’s looking an awful amount like the Charlotte Tilbury glow wands… and even has the same twist to open and close design…. however these shades seem more universal than their higher end counterpart. This shade is stunning. It also dries completely making it a great candidate for no make or low makeup days. I was so impressed by the swatch that I promptly purchased the lightest shade also.

L.A Girl HD Pro Corrector Concealer ($4.99 for 0.28 fl oz / 8.28 ml of product) is billed as being able to camouflage blemishes, correct color, or highlight & contour with a lightweight formula that provides buildable, long-wearing coverage.

This comes in 10 shades : Orange Color Corrector: Neutralizes dark spots for medium/deep skin tones Yellow Color Corrector: Corrects dullness caused by purple/blue undertones and brightens under eye circles for medium to dark skin tones Green Color Corrector: Neutralizes redness for medium to dark skin tones Lavender Color Corrector: Neutralizes unwanted yellow undertones and sallowness Peach Color Corrector: Neutralizes dark spots for light skin tones Light Yellow Color Corrector: Corrects dullness caused by purple/blue undertones and brightens under eye circles for fairer skin tones Mint Color Corrector: Neutralizes redness for fair to light skin tones Reddish Color Corrector: Neutralizes dark spots for dark to deep dark skin tones Cool Pink Color Corrector: Neutralizes dark spots for fair to light skin tones Flat White Color Corrector: Lightens and neutralizes any shade.

I chose the shade white as a cream flat highlight shade.

First Impressions: I have been using the color correcting shade pink and peach as well as a deep shade to contour with and the skin shade for concealing for a while. I love the product, just never tried the white shade. It’s pretty bright but sheer coverage so I believe this is going to be a great touch of light for the center of my face.

Benefit Cosmetics WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush ($29 for 0.28 oz / 7.49 g of product) is billed as a collection that features a shade range that’s bursting with color! These silky-soft powder blushes feel ultra-fine & weightless. They’re buildable, blendable and oh so beautiful. Sweep effortlessly onto cheeks for a soft-focus, airbrushed effect.

There are 12 shades in this collection and I chose the shade Shellie – warm seashell pink – matte.

First Impressions: Same great formula as the boxed highlighters, same great pigmentation of the bronzers… I love how this shade is almost duochrome in shade… it’s a warm pink but has this almost cool tones peach shift.

Benefit Cosmetics WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush ($29 for 0.28 oz / 7.49 g of product) is billed as a collection that features a shade range that’s bursting with color! These silky-soft powder blushes feel ultra-fine & weightless. They’re buildable, blendable and oh so beautiful. Sweep effortlessly onto cheeks for a soft-focus, airbrushed effect.

There are 12 shades in this collection and I chose the shade Crystah – strawberry pink – satin.

First Impressions: This shade is delightful! It’s perfect for spring and summer and may be my favorite shade Benefit has ever come out with.

Benefit Cosmetics WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush ($29 for 0.28 oz / 7.49 g of product) is billed as a collection that features a shade range that’s bursting with color! These silky-soft powder blushes feel ultra-fine & weightless. They’re buildable, blendable and oh so beautiful. Sweep effortlessly onto cheeks for a soft-focus, airbrushed effect.

There are 12 shades in this collection and I chose the shade Sunny – warn coral – satin.

First Impressions: This shade is super subtle but in an ethereal way. It’s very light and airy and just sweet… like a pixie princess.

L.A. Girl Shockwave Lip Liner ($4.49 for 0.04 oz / 1.33 g of product) is billed as bold neon and nude colors apply full-coverage pigment for up to 8 hours. 

It comes in 10 shades… I purchased the shade Pop – bright neon rose.

First Impressions: I’ve used the shockwave formula before, as eyeliner, but never as a lip liner. This formula is creamy and doesn’t feather and is super opaque.

L.A. Girl Shockwave Lip Liner ($4.49 for 0.04 oz / 1.33 g of product) is billed as bold neon and nude colors apply full-coverage pigment for up to 8 hours. 

It comes in 10 shades… I purchased the shade Coquette – true nude.

First Impressions: I purchased this shade on recommendation from Chelsea, KolaStarr on TikTok. She did a video on her favorite lip combo at the moment, you can see that video -> HERE. It was so stunning I hopped off TikTok and immediately purchased this shade as well as the lipstick she used in the video. This has got to be the most perfect nude lip liner I’ve ever owned… perfect for any variation on the nude spectrum.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour ($10.99 for 0.13 oz / 3.69 g of product) is billed as luxuriously creamy colors infused with pure caring ingredients for rich hydration.

This formula comes in 34 shades and I chose the shade Fairest Nude – beige toned pink.

First Impressions: I own several lipsticks in this formula… so my first impression is only for this shade. STUNNING! It has the perfect amount of pink and beige that is slightly grey in tone (steaming from combining a true pink with a taupe based beige). I can tell I will be wearing this shade often.

Morphe 35A Up ‘Til Dawn Artistry Palette – 35 pan palette ($27 for 1.44 oz / 41 g of total product making it 0.041 oz / 1.17 g and $0.77 per shade) is billed as a romantic rich neutrals, glowing shimmers, deep blues, and pink pops transitions from natural effects to vivid vibes that light up when the sun goes down.

It has 21 matte shades, 1 sequin matte shade, 1 satin shade and 12 metallic shades.

First Impressions: It’s as if Morphe reached into my mind and pulled out all of my favorite shades! There isn’t 1 shade in this palette that I’m not in love with, however the shades ChaCha and Under My Palm have got to be my top 2 favs in this palette.

The shades from left to right are: Cloudfall (pink cream – matte), Pearly Hours (pink champagne – metallic), Shellshook (shell pink – matte), Morning Glory (petal pink – matte), Twilight Spark (light copper – metallic), Tan-talizing (warm tan – matte) and Nude Swim (almond brown – matte).

The shades from left to right are: 2AM Gem (light gold – metallic), Fantasy Flicker (rosy copper – metallic), Cha Cha (hibiscus – metallic), Flare Dare (khaki – metallic), Under My Palm (palm green – metallic), Tidal Rave (soft lime green – matte) and Island Lover (mint – metallic).

The shades from left to right are: Private Sweet (pink taupe – matte), Orchid Avenue (watermelon pink – satin), Flame Desire (rosy pink – matte), Lush Life (fern green – matte), Jungle Boogie (olive green with dark sparkle – sequin matte), Cabana Tryst (green – matte) and Up Teal Dawn (teal – matte).

The shades from left to right are: Paradise Found (copper – metallic), Dancehall (fuchsia – matte), Turn Me Neon (hot pink – matte), Heatseeker (deep coral – matte), Stunrise (sepia – metallic), Nocturnal (jade – matte) and Ripples (emerald – metallic).

The shades from left to right are: Wild Abandon (terra-cotta – matte), Stirred (plum – metallic), Bewitching Hour (plum – matte), Spicy Haute (cinnamon brown – matte), Mystique (mocha – matte), In Deep (black – matte) and Midnight Splash (deep cobalt – matte).

Morphe 35O Supernatural Glow Artistry Palette – 35 pan palette ($26 for 1.44 oz / 41 g of total product making it 0.041 oz / 1.17 g and $0.74 per shade) is billed as a few pops and surprises to make sure all eyes stay on you.

It has 24 matte shades and 11 metallic shades.

First Impressions: I really don’t need anymore neutral palettes, however this palette is different from any other in my collection… it’s a neutral palette with mainly light neutral shades. Most of my neutral palettes have more darker neutrals with a few pops of light neutrals so this was a must have for my collection.

Now… drink every time I said neutral 😁

The shades from left to right are: Up Front (true cream – matte), Special Effect (pale yellow gold – metallic), Spell It Out (dusty pale peach – matte), In a Flash pale peach champagne – metallic), Mind Control (pale dusty tan – matte), Time Travel (dusty mid toned orange tan – matte) and Calm Zone (pale blue based pink – matte).

The shades from left to right are: Levitate (pale yellow based peach – matte), Otherworldly (mid toned yellow gold – metallic), Superpower (deep gold with a slight copper shift – metallic), Believe It (dusty red based peach – matte), Sighting (mid toned orange – matte), Take Control (dusty coral – matte) and Wild Card (deep red orange – matte).

The shades from left to right are: Secret Potion (mid toned tan – matte), Big Reveal (dusty taupe – matte), Darker (dusty taupe – matte), How Bizarre (mid toned terra cotta – matte), Remarkable (deep copper on a chocolate base – metallic), Legacy (antique gold – metallic) and Paradox (dusty yellow based orange – matte).

The shades from left to right are: Magical (deep bronze – metallic), So Divine (taupe – metallic), Full Strength (mid toned brown – matte), Unreal (dusty light brown – matte), Dreamlike (mid toned tan – metallic), Sizzle (deep orange – metallic) and Powerful (orange based coral – matte).

The shades from left to right are: Jinx (deep bronze – metallic), Mystery (deep cherry brown – matte), Night Vision (mid toned brown – matte), Rare One (deep terra cotta – mate), All Natch (deep berry – matte), Gasp (coral – metallic) and Mighty Fine (deep red based coral – matte).

Morphe 9T Neutral Territory Artistry Palette – 9 pan palette ($12 for 0.39 oz / 11.1 g of total product making it 0.043 oz / 1.23 g and $1.33 per shade) is billed as a win no matter how you swipe.

This palette has 6 matte shades and 3 metallic shades.

First Impressions: I really wanted a companion Melon Pop palette. That palette is so pretty but lacked a few transition shades… I saw this one and thought it would be great with that palette… yup it really is the perfect companion palette.

The shades from left to right are: Bare Play (horchata -matte), Make a Deal (amber – metallic) and Straight Up (brown sugar – metallic).

The shades from left to right are: Midi (nectarine – matte), Pact (chocolate mousse – matte) and Promise (molasses – metallic).

The shades from left to right are: Halfway (milk chocolate – matte), Open Mind (hazelnut – matte) and Win-Win (smoky black – matte).

That concludes all the goodies I purchased this week. 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.

XOXO, Nita