Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m ok… in a heap of pain, I took a spill in the kitchen a few days back and was in bed for a few days trying to recoup. Even though I was in pain I really needed to get in my makeup room and play with some makeup, I missed it so much.
I had wanted to do a full month of pride looks but one thing or another kept me from being able to do that so I am hoping to get in at least 10 good looks. Today’s look is inspired by the Pansexual Flag… Pink, Yellow and Blue… the pink represents people who identify as female, the yellow represents non binary attraction and the blue represents people who identify as male. The pansexuals, who I identify as, have a slogan, HEARTS NOT PARTS…. meaning we are attracted to the person and not the gender… it’s the person’s personality, their character, their mind and their spirits that we fall in love with. For the longest time I thought I was Bisexual… but then I realized that I have been attracted to people other than female/male… and that it’s always been because of their personality and their minds… I now identify as pansexual because that is the group that best describe me and this is the flag I chose for today’s pride look…
Now, onto the walkthrough and pictorial of today’s look….
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Eyes and Brows:
For the purposes of this post the palettes will be referred to as Blend, Love and Wahala.
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 filled them in using the Morphe Brow Cream ($6 for 0.12 oz / 3.5 g of product) in the shade java (deep neutral brown). I carved out my brows and primed my eyes using the P.Louise Base ($14 for 0.504 fl oz / 15 ml of product) in the shade Rumour 0 (white).
I then popped on a pair of Crown Noire Full Cut Crease Stencils in the style WING IT ($13.99 for a pack of 14 pairs) and started with the Blends palette.
Going into the Blends palette on a dense bullit brush and the shade Chase (hot pink) I first stamped it ½ way on the stencil and ½ way of the lid to make sure I had deep saturation of this shade. I then wiped off the brush a little to remove some of the pigmentation and then buffed the shade out.
I then went into the Wahala palette on a small crease brush and using the same ½ and ½ method of placing the pigment first I used the shade busy body (bright magenta pink – matte). I then buffed that shade out and up toward the brows.
Back to the Blends palette on a small fat crease brush and the shade Sunset (bubblegum pink) I buffed the edge of the look to just add a bit of gradation.
I then went into all three shades and added more pigment to the look and then took a fluffy crease brush with nothing on it and buffed the whole pink area to further marry those shades together.
I removed the stencils with tweezers and tapped a little more primer over the blank space to prep for the next step.
I first tried to create a smokey liner with the shade Sun (neon yellow – matte) for the Love palette but it wasn’t punchy enough so I then lined the area with NYX Epic Wear Liner Stick Long Lasting Eyeliner Pencil in the shade Cosmic Yellow (sunny yellow) but that was really chunky and patchy so I went over it again with ColourPop Creme Gel Colour in the shade punch (canary yellow). This made it less patchy but more chunky… I’ll fix it after the bottom shadow is done.
For the bottom lash line I went in with a pencil brush and the Wahala palette using the shade Love (crayola blue – matte) and then on the same brush went into the Love palette I used the shade Serenity (indigo blue – matte) to just punch up the blue. I then lined the lower water lines using NYX Slide On Glide On Eyeliner (no longer in production) in the shade Azure (metallic bright blue). This was the point when I just couldn’t deal with the chunkiness of the yellow and ended up applying Alora Cosmetics Glitter Liner in the shade yellow over the top and that really helped the yellow to melt together and really pop. I then realized that the pink kept transferring to the blank space of the cut crease so I applied a bit more primer and then tapped the shade shredded (creamy vanilla with silver pinpoints – sequin matte) from the ColourPop Going Coconuts Palette.
I primed the face using the LA Girl Pro Prep HD Primer in the colorless shade. I tested a new contour. I contoured using the Morphe Dimension Effect Contour Stick in the shade 20 (deepest with neutral undertones). I decided to under paint a bit using the LA Girl HD Pro Corrector Concealer in the shade white over the center of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose and my chin. I tested a new foundation today. I used the Makeup Revolution IRL Filter Longwear Foundation in the shade F3 (fair skin with cool undertones). I tested the NARS Laguna Bronzing Cream today as well. I color corrected my undereyes using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector in the fairest shade and then concealed using NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade vanilla L2 (very light with neutral undertones). I set the center of my face and under eyes using Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder in the shade Lavender (light with cool undertones for brightening) and for the rest of my face I tested out the Maybelline Lasting Fix Banana Setting Powder. To bronze my face I used the Flower Beauty Heatwave Luminous Bronzer in the shade Sunswept (warm bronzer for medium to tan skin tones). For my blush I kept it simple… I didn’t want a punchy blush as I wanted my eyes to be the star of the show so I skipped cream blush and went in with NARS Blush in the shade Torrid (warm coral) and kept it to the top part of the cheeks from brow tail to the outer part of my irises. I swept a bit over the tip of my nose and the sides of my temples just to round out the look. For highlighter I used a light hand (I didn’t want anything to detract from the eyes) and went in with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlight Face Powder in the shade Soft and Gentle (gilded peach).
Lips, Lashes, and Finishing:
I lined my lips with NYX Suede Matte Velvet Vegan Lip Liner in the shade Pink Lust (hot pink) and topped the lips off with Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in the shade Unlocked (vivid pink) and then tapped a light amount of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlight Face Powder in the shade Soft and Gentle (gilded peach). I spritzed my face with LA Girl HD Pro Setting Finish Spray. I coated my lashes in Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara and popped on a pair of Juvia’s Place Nubian Lashes in the style of Egypt Flair.
I absolutely love this look! I love how vibrant the blues were together and how neon the pinks came out. I love the glitter over the yellow liner making it just pop. I originally was going to do a rainbow glitter lip but again I didn’t want to detract from the eyes and I also accidently got my exfoliating serum on my lips last night so they were just too sore for glitter. However, the pink lip I chose really brought the whole look together.
Juvia’s Place Nubian Lashes ($13 per pair) in the shade Egypt Flair (super wispy, fluffy, lightweight and three dimensional) is billed as the ultimate in luxury and comfort, specially designed to glamorously tease, flirt and tantalize with style. Made with 100% vegan mink, the silky, lightweight strands give your eyelashes long-lasting lift, length, drama, and volume.
I give this style of lash a solid O+++!!! : First of all can we talk about just how silky soft these lashes are!!! They are super lightweight and fluffy. They are stunning! The website claims you can get 26 uses out of them but they are so well made that I know I’ll be able to get much more uses out of these. I am super happy that I purchased these. They didn’t need to be cut to fit, they don’t pinch and even though the bands are mid thickness I didn’t have any trouble getting them on my lids. You would think that I would feel these on my lash line since they are so full but nope… not at all.
Morphe 9Q Love Matters 9 Pan Palette ($13 for 0.33 oz / 9.6 g of total product… making it $1.44, 0.37 oz and 1.07 g per shade) is billed as colorful reminders to be proud of who you are, with matte pigments formulated to perfectly match the Progress Pride Flag colors. 100% net proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project to support their mission of providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25.
I give this palette a solid O+++!!! : I’ve used almost all of the shades in this palette and though this is a pigment palette there wasn’t any kick back in the pans nor was there any fallout on the face. These shades are stunningly vibrant and blend out perfectly with no pigmentation loss or patchiness. These shadows also play well with other brands shadows which is hard to accomplish with a pigment palette.
Juvia’s Place Wahala Palette ($37 for 1.25 oz / 35.4 g of total product… making it 0.063 oz / 1.77 g and $1.85 per shade) is billed as an expansive array of 20 bold and intense shades. Wa- ha- la is a Nigerian Pidgin word meaning drama, trouble and intensity. We were heavily inspired by the craftsmanship of African Masks, which embody traditional culture and are used in ceremonial activities. A mask must come to life by the wearer of the masks to symbolize a mood. We played around with very symbolic colors which represent unity, love, excitement, fruitfulness, boldness, authority, and lastly growth and healing. All of which can be dramatic depending on the wearer of the mask.
I give this palette tentative O+++!!! : I’ve swatched the full palette but haven’t used more than 2 shades so I need more time to play around with the palette to see just how great it is… I am in love with the color story and the swatches were amazing. The 2 shades I used played well with the other palettes I used and I have a feeling this will be my favorite purchase of the year… I did try to purchase this one for over a year and ½ so it feels like Christmas right now.
Blend Bunny The Blends 30 Pan Matte Pigment Palette ($39 for 31.5 oz / 30 g of product…. making it 1.05 oz, 1 g and $1.30 per shade) is billed as every deeply pigmented, easily blended matte shade you need to create a seamless blend in any color combination. This palette is comprised of both eyeshadows and pressed pigments. The shades are assorted in trios of super deep hues to light pastel transition shades, conveniently placed for blending.
I give this palette a solid O+++!!! : This palette is incredibly pigmented and plays well with over brand’s shadows. I love that you can get any kind of look you want with this one palette… from a vibrant look, to a neon look, to even a grungey look. There was some kickback in the pans but not much fallout on the face. They blend out without losing pigmentation and do not skip or go patchy.
Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara ($11.99 for 0.32 oz / 9.07 g of product) is billed as having a length, volume and lash lift effect with a fiber-infused formula that thickens and extends lashes. It comes in 3 shades, this is a mini gift with purchase in the shade Blackest Black.
I give this mascara a solid A+++!!! : There’s not much to say really… it’s a pretty solid mascara. Doesn’t flake or transfer, holds a curl perfectly and really does add length and volume. It’s a pretty great mascara.
Makeup Revolution IRL Filter Longwear Foundation ($13 for 0.7 fl oz / 23 ml of product) is billed as a filter in a bottle that offers precision and greater control, it is your in real life filter. It claims to be medium to full buildable that has a soft focus breathable matte formula, crease proof, life proof and smudge proof and 16 hour wear. It comes in 16 shades.
I give this foundation a solid A : It’s a super matte foundation, I don’t typically like matte foundations and I am the shade F3 in most of Makeup Revolution’s foundations but this one was WAY too light on me. Now… it could just be that it’s a super matte formula so that may be why it looks so pale but it did not apply smoothly with a brush. I ended up having to use a blending sponge to even it out. It stayed put all day, I didn’t have to touch up at all. I even rubbed my nose a heap today and didn’t have product missing. It’d be happy to wear it again but I think this one is best with a glowy primer and some skin enhancer under it.
Morphe Dimension Effect Contour Stick ($14 for 0.317 oz / 9 g of product) is billed as a creamy yet lightweight pigment-packed matte contour. It came in 10 shades but only the deepest shade is available now, shade 20 (deepest with neutral undertones).
I give this contour stick a solid B- : Firstly the cream product is a bit stiff making it hard to buff out. I also needed several coats to get pigmentation on the forehead. Every time I buffed it out it just seemed to disappear. It did the same thing on the jawline. However where it worked perfectly was as a nose and cheek contour. I’m happy to use it up but I won’t be repurchasing this one.
NARS Laguna Bronzing Cream ($38 for 0.67 oz / 19 g of product) is billed as a decadently creamy bronzing formula inspired by bestselling shade Laguna. It comes in 5 shades and I chose the shade Laguna 3 (medium with warm undertones).
I give this cream bronzer a solid O+++!!! : This is a STUNNING cream bronzer and FINALLY I have found a Laguna that I like. I have a love/hate relationship with the powder version, some days it looks great, and some days it doesn’t. This bronzer is the perfect shade, the perfect undertone and blends into the skin so seamlessly that it truly looks like you’ve been kissed by the sun gods. Such an amazing bronzer.
Well we’ve come to the end of today’s walkthrough and pictorial. Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.
Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.