Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing pretty well.
I really wanted to start my pride looks as of the 1st but I needed to give myself a few extra days to rest so that I didn’t trigger a fibro flair.
I typically do 1 pride look a week during June however this year I am dedicating all my makeup looks to pride month. I feel that in light of all the anti gay agendas being pushed by people in power I want to flood my social medias with as much pride representation as possible.
Because of my illnesses and already getting Covid I can’t join any of the pride month activities so this is my way of celebrating.
I chose the simplified gay pride flag for the first look this year. The colors of the flag are Red (for life), orange (for healing), yellow (for sunlight) green (for nature), blue (for harmony) and purple (for spirit).
I was so excited to finally get to start doing makeup again that I completely forgot to shoot a get ready with me video for TikTok and I forget to snap photos for the pictorail portion of today’s blog post. I’ve placed a post it note on my vanity to remind me tomorrow.
Ok… onto the walkthrough and new makeup review….
*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. The hyperlinks will be in bold print and any swatch photos are done on clean bear skin, with no primer and in 1 pass to show the true pigmentation of the product*
For today’s pride look I used…
The Alora Cosmetics 30 pan palette – I Dream in Color (retails for $38.99 but currently on sale for $32.99 making it $1.30 per shade at retail price and $1.10 per shade on sale on their website) and
The Sweetest Reality 30 Pan Palette ($30 on their website).
Eyes and Brows:
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 lightly filled them in using the Makeup Revolution Hair Stroke Brow Pen ($8 for 0.014 fl oz / 0.41 ml of product) in the shade dark brown. I then used the ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($6 for 0.002 oz / 0.056 g of product) in the shade neutral brown. I then carved out my brows using a thin small detailer brush and the P. Louise Eye Base ($13 for 0.504 fl oz / 15 ml of product) in rumor 0.5. I then used a pair of Crown Noir Full Cut Crease Stencils ($13.99 for 14 pairs) to map out where I wanted my cut crease to end. (I use stencils only when I’m doing bold color work… I find it makes the process of cutting the crease much easier when working with many colors and with colors that tend to stain the skin… this way there isn’t any muddiness or bleeding of shades into the blank space of the cut crease. I started with a super fine pencil brush and using the Alora palette i packed the shade Wicked (true red matte) on the inner ½ of the upper part of the cut crease and the shade Triggered (red orange – matte) on the outer ½ of the same area. I blended those shades out using a slightly bigger pencil brush and the 4th shade of the 1st row of the Sweetest Reality palette to blend the red and the 4th shade of the 2nd row of the same palette. I removed the stencil. For the mobile lids I wanted to do just a slight shading so that it was like eyeliner… however the yellow I used needed more blending so I ended up covering the full mobile lids. I went in with a short shader brush and the 2nd shade of the 4th row of the Sweetest Reality palette and I packed that shade over the inner ½ of the mobile lid and 5th shade of the 3rd row of the same palette over the outer ½ of the mobile lids. I then blended those shades out using the Alora palette and a fluffy bullet brush using the shades Bee-Hive (true yellow – matte) for the yellow blend and Enchanted (true green – matte) for the green blend. Using a super thin flat definer brush I tested out the ColourPop Shore Thing Jelly Much Shadow ($9 for 0.17 oz / 4.82 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Mojave Moves (icy ivory with silver glitter) I packed that into the blank space of the cut crease. I then tested out a new liner to line my upper lash lines using the Maybelline Hyper Easy Brush Tip Liquid Liner ($9.99 for 0.021 fl oz / 0.62 ml of product at Ulta) in the shade Pitch Black to create micro wings. I felt that the black liner was way too harsh for the look so I topped the wings off with the Alora Cosmetics Glitter Liner ($6.99 on their website) in the shade Silver. For the lower lash lines I used tiny pencil brushes and for the inner ½ of the lash line I first went into the Sweetest Reality palette and using the 6th shade of the 4th row I packed that over the inner ½. Going into the Alora palette I packed on a combo of the shades Snatched (royal purple – matte) and Liar Liar (deep dark purple – matte). I then switched to the Sweetest Reality palette to do the blends. I blended out the inner ½ of the lash line using a combo of Pool Side (light vibrant blue – matte), from the Alora Palette, and the 4th and 5th shades of the 4th row of the Sweetest Reality palette. For the outer ½ of the lash line I used a combo of the 2nd and 3rd shades of the 5th row of the Sweetest Reality palette. I then tight lined the upper water lines using Milani Stay Put 16HR Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.01 oz 0.28 g of product at Ulta) in the shade After Dark (black). I lined the lower water lines using NYX Slide On Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner ($8 for 0.04 oz / 1.13 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Sunrise Blue. I then felt that my lower lash line needed a bit of movement to match the blank space of the cut crease… so I tapped on a bit of ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ( for 0.075 oz / 2.10 g of product at Ulta and the ColourPop website) in the shade Coconut (bright teal) over the lower part of the tear duct.
I primed the face using the LA Girl Luminous Glow Skin Illuminator in the shade AfterGlow. I contoured using the Milk Flex Foundation Stick ($36 for 2.89 oz / 81.93 g of product at Sephora) in the shade Rich (very deep with neutral undertones). I under painted highlights using the L.A Girl HD Pro Corrector Concealer ($4.99 for 0.28 fl oz / 8.28 ml of product) in the shade White. For foundation today I tested out Tarte Face Tape Foundation ($40 for 1 fl oz/ 30 ml of product at Ulta) in the shade 12N (Fair Neutral). I tested out a new color corrector , the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector ($32 for 0.08 oz / 2.5 g of product) in the shade Fair (pink). For cream bronzer today I tested out the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer ($56 for 0.74 oz / 21 g of product on their website) in the shade Medium 3. I concealed my under eyes using the NAR Radiant Creamy Concealer ($31 for 0.22 oz / 6.5 ml of product at Ulta) in the shade Vanilla (L2 very light neutral). I opted not to use cream blush nor cream highlight (erring on the side of caution since the eye look was so bold). Instead, I first set the triangle of light (the center of the forehead, bridge of the nose, under eyes, cupid’s bow and chin) using the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($30 for 0.14 oz / 3.97 g of product at Ulta). I set the rest of my face using Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Loose Setting Powder ($14 for 0.45 oz / 12.77 g of product at Ulta) in the shade White Sands (the lightest shade). I then tested out a new powder bronzer… I used Charlotte Tilbury Airbrushed Bronzer ($56 for 0.56 oz / 16 g of product on their website) in the shade 2 Medium (I wish I would have purchased shade #3). For blush today I tested out Benefit WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush ($29 for 0.28 oz / 7.94 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Crystah (strawberry pink), I also dusted some over the tip of my nose and the temples for a more festive look. For highlight today I used the Glamlite x Mikayla Highlighter ($14 on their website) in the shade Poppin’.
Lips, Lashes, and Finishing:
I tested out a new lip liner, lipstick and mascara. I lined my lips using L.A. Girl Shockwave Lip Liner ($4.49 for 0.04 oz / 1.13 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Coquette (true nude) and then topped off the lips using the L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour ($10.99 for 0.13 oz / 3.69 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Fairest Nude (classic beige pink nude). For mascara today I used Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara ($$11.99 for 0.32 oz / 9.07 g of product at Ulta) in the shade Blackest Black. I popped on a pair of ColourPop Falsies Faux Mink Lashes ($8 a pair at Ulta) in the style Bae (wispy and lengthening). I set my face using the L.A. Girl HD Pro Setting Finish Spray ($5.99 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product at Ulta). I did not have to use pressed powder to touch up today.
While I really wanted to have a large blank space of the cut crease and the fact that I covered the whole mobile lids instead, causing the look to be less airy than I wanted, I still think this is a pretty good look. I love the fact that I took the shadow all the way to my temples and that I broke the shades up into pairs. I love that the eyes are the focal point of this whole look too. I think I will revisit this look again toward the end of the month, hopefully with my full vision realized.
I used a face chart to create this look… had envisioned it more airy but still I like it.
I think I accomplished what I worked out on paper. and I am having so much fun creating looks before sitting down to work.
Now.. let’s talk makeup reviews…
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer ($56 for 0.74 oz / 21 g of product on their website) is billed as a new face + body cream bronzer with hyaluronic acid and sunshine provitamin D3 for a beautiful, healthy looking, beachy bronzed glow. It comes in 4 shades and I chose it in the shade Medium 3.
I give this cream bronzer a solid O+++!!!: This is a STUNNING cream bronzer. It’s super creamy and has the perfect amount of pigmentation. I barely tapped my brush into the pan and that was enough to bronze my forehead, cheekbones and chin. The undertones in this bronzer are perfect, just the right amount of red, orange and grey to make the skin look truly kissed by the Sun Gods. The best part? This is the first cream bronzer I’ve come across that doesn’t need to be touched up once you set it with powder.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrushed Bronzer ($56 for 0.56 oz / 16 g of product on their website) is billed as a matte bronzer that gives the appearance of a glowing, sun-kissed, beautiful bronzed complexion. It comes in 4 shades and I chose it in the shade 2 Medium
I give this bronzer a solid O-: The formula of this bronzer is the same beautiful formula as the Airbrushed Pressed Powder. It blurs, it has a slight sheen and it’s silky smooth. The only reason this one isn’t scoring higher with me is the simple fact that this is the shade MEDIUM and barely has pigmentation. Now, with that said, it works beautifully when paired with a cream bronzer (it toned down the red in the cream bronzer I used today, not that it needed to be toned down). I would be interested in getting a deeper shade.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector ($32 for 0.08 oz / 2.5 g of product) is billed as a buttery, lightweight, full-coverage color corrector that conceals pigmentation and brightens the appearance of the under-eye area. It comes in 4 shades and I chose it in the shade Fair (pink).
I give this color corrector a solid O+++!!!: Again, this is another STUNNING product. Charlotte Tilbury is on fire with her new launches. This corrector is creamy and has the perfect amount of coverage that you could go sans concealer and still have a flawless under eye. It’s super brightening, did not crease and did not cause my concealer to oxidize. It also somehow managed to give my under eyes a bit more hydration.
ColourPop Shore Thing Jelly Much Shadow ($9 for 0.17 oz / 4.82 g of product at Ulta) is billed as an innovative water-based formula that delivers high impact colour in a single swipe with a vibrant, metallic finish. This formula comes in 13 shades on the ColourPop website and 2 shades exclusive to Ulta and I chose it in the shade Mojave Moves (icy ivory with silver glitter.
I give this shadow a solid O+++!!!: If you have been following my blog for any length of time then you know my love of all things Jelly Much Shadow… This is a stunning formula with the perfect combination of shimmer and color pay off. It’s sheer with 1 swipe but can be built up without cracking, creasing or flaking and the best part… without the glitter getting everywhere. I so wish ColourPop would release more shades. This is the type of product you could swipe on for a sheer hint of glam or pile on for a full on drama moment.
Maybelline Hyper Easy Brush Tip Liquid Liner ($9.99 for 0.021 fl oz / 0.62 ml of product at Ulta) iis billed as intense color minus the skips, slips, gaps, and struggle. It lasts up to 24 hours and doesn’t smudge. It comes in 2 shades and I chose it in the shade Pitch Black
I give this liner a tentative A+++: It’s a good liner, doesn’t bleed or skip. It dries matte and was super quick to apply. The problem is this one stung my eyes a bit… now to be fair my eyes were hurting because I got serum in them so it could have just been that my eyes were sensitive to start with so I need a few more time sto test it before I give a solid review.
Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara ($$11.99 for 0.32 oz / 9.07 g of product at Ulta) is billed as a fiber-infused formula that thickens and extends lashes give length, volume and lash lift effect. It comes in 3 shades and I chose it in the shade Blackest Black.
I give this mascara a solid O+++!!!: Holy smokes I think I might have found a mascara to unseat the reigning champ (L’Oreal Carbon Black). This one held my curl, did not flake and dries super fast. It’s a pretty darn good mascara.
L.A. Girl Shockwave Lip Liner ($4.49 for 0.04 oz / 1.13 g of product at Ulta) is billed as a full-coverage pigment for up to 8 hours. It comes in 10 shades and I chose it in the shade Coquette (true nude).
I give this lip liner a solid O+++!!!: I love everything about this liner. The shade is beautiful, the formula is perfection and the staying power is top notch.
L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour ($10.99 for 0.13 oz / 3.69 g of product at Ulta) is billed as colors that enrich your lips in luxuriously creamy colors infused with pure caring ingredients for rich hydration. It comes in 34 shades and I chose it in the shade Fairest Nude (classic beige pink nude).
I give this lipstick a solid O+++!!!, a standing ovation and whatever it desires from me! : This shade is PERFECTION!! This is the nude I’ve been looking for my whole life! It’s creamy and hydrating and the perfect amount of beige meets pink… this is the nude that pairs well with any look and any matter of dress.
Benefit WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush ($29 for 0.28 oz / 7.94 g of product at Ulta) is billed as a shade range that’s bursting with color, 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. It comes in 12 shades and I chose it in the shade Crystah (strawberry pink).
I give this blush a solid O+++!!!: The pigmentation, the tone of this pink, the blurring effect of this blush… this shade is beautiful on the skin. It also has the perfect amount of red to it that it can be used strategically to give off the slightly sunburned effect or bitten by the cold flush of color that just is super cute.
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 provides that buildable, long-wearing coverage. It comes in 10 shades and I chose it in the shade White.
I give this corrector a solid A-: This is a great little brightener but it’s super sheer and a bit dry in formula. It works for what I intended but I’ve had other white concealers that were better.
Tarte Face Tape Foundation ($40 for 1 fl oz/ 30 ml of product at Ulta) is billed as the 1st ever beauty mushroom infused full-coverage foundation with 12 hour wear. It comes in 50 shades and I chose it in shade 12N (Fair Neutral).
I give this foundation a solid O+++!!!: I didn’t think I would like this foundation but it looks so extraordinary on the face. This one doesn’t oxidize, it sets down pretty well… not all the way but enough that I can get away without powdering if I’m in a pinch. It’s a demi matte formula that has this flawless look to it. It even appeared to have blurred the pores that have returned (yes, I’ve been slacking on my skin care… not for long though). I am so happy to that I purchased this one.
Thanks for joining me for today’s look. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.
Remember dolls… always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.
❤🧡💛💚💙💜 XOXO, Nita ❤🧡💛💚💙💜