December Beauty Buys, Haul and Swatches

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing fine… I have a bit more energy than I’ve had all week and my pain leave, for the most part, is functional.

I finally came off my No Buy (placing a hold on spending money on makeup) this month and so I purchased a bit of products that I was looking forward to trying out. I only purchased a small amount of makeup this month… but bigger purchases are slated for 2023…

So let’s take a look at what I purchased in the month of December…

*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*

Side note… I have decided to do the review of items that I’ve purchased throughout the month as a stand alone post rather than mention the items and how I feel about them in final thoughts… I think this will give my posts a bit more structure and allow me to use the final thoughts section of my face of the day posts to reflect on things that I’m feeling and thinking about.

I made three small purchases… the first one is from an indie brand called Half Magic, the second is from Uoma Beauty and the third is from Huda Beauty.

Up first is Half Magic Beauty:

Flik Off eyeliner set for $30….

It comes with the Wing Magician Reusable Silicone Guide ($20 on its own on their website) which is billed as a mistake-proof way to draw perfectly crisp wings for your most daring eye makeup looks.

It also comes with the Magic Flik Liquid Eyeliner ($20 for 0.02 oz / 0.67 g of product on their website) and is billed as an ultra-bold calligraphy eyeliner pen, with a uniquely shaped paddle tip that hugs your lash line for effortless one-flick wings.

First Impression: The eyeliner guide is very cool… it’s user friendly, easy to clean and makes eyeliner a breeze. The eyeliner itself is matte and does not budge… I had a slightly hard time removing the swatches so that gives me hope that once I use it it’s not going anywhere. The shape of the felt tipped liner is unique… It’s as if the felt tip was sliced into super thin pieces and it has 2 ways to use it… on the side profile you get a super thin line and on the front profile you get a thick line. Neither profile bled into the fine lines of my hand and neither profile’s swatch picked up texture on my arm.

Mouth Cloud Soft Matte Lip Cream ($18 for 0.19 oz / 5.5 g of product each on their website) are billed as a velvety-soft lip cream, for all day matte coverage that never looks or feels dry.

They have a teardrop shaded doe foot applicator that deposits a decent amount of product. I purchased 4 shades…

from left to right: Edward’s Fantasy (red wine matte), Excuse Me Sir (cobalt blue), Invoice Attached (neon hot pink) and Mr. Chic-y Pants (warm beige).

First Impressions: These matte liquid lipsticks are super creamy, super lightweight and hella pigmented. The do not dry down so there is major transfer (I left the swatches on for 15 minutes and they were the same consistency as when I first applied them, however when I did remove the swatches there was a stain left behind that gave me a hard time removing… This lets me know that when the lippie wears down I’ll be left with a nice undercoat to get me through to my next application.

Face Gems ($12 for 72 pieces on their website) billed as iridescent sparkling rhinestones that stay put all dayand Face Studs ($12 for 72 pieces on their website) billed as edgy silver and rose gold studs that stay put all day.

I purchased 4 sets of the gems and 1 set of the studs (I’ve never used studs so I didn’t want to over purchase and then be stuck with an item I don’t like)

First Impressions: The studs are super cute … I didn’t know what to expect when I purchased them but am now kind of bummed that I didn’t get more. The gems are super pretty in person and I used them in a look (coming later this week) and *Spoiler* they didn’t budge all day… I popped them on at 7 am and by 11 pm they were still in place. I also did not have to use lash glue to get them to stay that long… they hung on under their own merit.

The next items were purchased on the Uoma Beauty website:

Trippin Smooth Primer ($29 for 1oz / 30 ml of product on their website) is billed as a unique whipped gel formula is infused with Mushroom Extract, Chamomile Water and Probiotics for a calming, balancing and soothing experience and boast that it is able to blur smooth and illuminate and that it is lightweight.

First Impressions: This primer has an earthy scent to it… I’m assuming it’s because there is mushroom in it… it’s this very odd cream to gel type formula that felt amazing when I tested it out… I’m happy to have it in my collection… review to come on how it performed…

Trippin Smooth Powder ($29.50 for 0.35 oz / 10 g of product on their website) is billed as a superfine, weightless powder and boasts that it has a soft-focus, matte finish that minimizes fine lines and reduces the appearance of pores for skin so smooth with a unique twist to dispense jar allows a mess free and controlled application, making powder overload a thing of the past.

It’s available in 5 shades: Translucent, Light, Honey, Rich Tan and Deep… I chose Translucent.

First Impressions: The powder is very (and I do mean VERY) finely milled. It is super silky to the touch and brightening. I did the levitation test (where I place a small amount in the palm of my hand and then blow it off to see if it floats a bit, which means it’s lightweight enough for the under eyes, or if it immediately sinks, meaning it’s to heavy for the under eyes) and it pasted with flying colors.

I tested this one out… stay tuned for my review.

BadAss Icon Matte Lipstick ($24 for 0.14 oz / 4.1 g of product on their website) is billed as a concentrated, highly pigmented, lightweight lipstick and boasts that it is a silky and has stunning color in 1 stroke.

The 3 shades I chose were: Tina (crimson red), Rosa (beige with a rosy undertone) and Kathleen (nude with a pink base).

First Impressions: This formula is heavenly! It’s super creamy and really is super pigmented. This is a standard matte lipstick so it’s not going to set down but I have a feeling it’s not going to dry out my lips either. Can’t wait to test these lippies out.

Make It Black Freedom Palette ($44 for 0.42 oz / 12 g of total product making it $4.40 and 0.042 oz / 1.2 g of product each pan). This is a limited edition palette and is billed as featuring their new color shifting duochromatic formula alongside their highly pigmented mattes.

This palette has 4 matte, 1 sequin matte, 2 metallic and 3 duochrome metallic shadows.

The shades from left to right and top picture to bottom picture:

NKRUMAH (neutral bronze – metallic), KING (blue with a teal shift – duochrome metallic), PAC (peachy pink with a green shift – duochrome metallic), X (amber with a red shift – duochrome metallic), CELASIE (gunmetal – metallic), FELA (black with silver – sequin matte), DUBOIS (chocolate brown – matte), LEWIS (mid toned taupe – matte), GARVEY (cinnamon – matte) and NELSON (light neutral peach – matte)

First Impressions: As with all the other Umoa Black Magic palettes the pigmentation of this palette is stellar and the color story is stunning. There was some kickback in the pans and was not too powdery when swatched.

I have since used this palette and the review is on it’s way.

Lastly we have the items purchased from Huda Beauty:

GloWish Multidew Vegan Skin Tint Foundation ($37 for 1.35 fl oz / 40 ml of product on their website) is billed as a radiant, moisture-packed skin tint that instantly brightens your complexion and blurs pores for a soft-focus, dewy finish! Perfect for the ultimate “no makeup” makeup look, the sheer coverage illuminates your complexion (without hiding it!) and the light-reflective pearl pigments effortlessly enhance your natural beauty.

It comes in 15 shades and I purchased 01 fair (fair skin tones with neutral undertones).

First Impressions: This skin tint is extremely light coverage and has a beautiful glow. This one is more like the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter than it is a skin tint. *Spoiler* I applied it and realized it should be used as a primer under foundation or a moisturizer for no makeup days.

GloWish Luminous Pressed Powder ($33 for 0.35 oz / 10 g of product on their website) is billed as a smoothing, breathable luminous pressed powder to give you coverage without the cake and boasts that it is infused with antioxidants & skin-loving ingredients like Damascus rose oil, vitamin E & red bell pepper extract, the radiant formula adds a lightweight, natural-looking silky glow to the skin, blurring pores without settling into fine lines.

There are 15 shades in the range and I purchased the shade 01 fair (fair skin tones with neutral undertones).

First Impressions: This compact reminds me of the Too Faced Ethereal Setting Powder. It’s super pretty and I think this one is going to be a great finishing powder as well as a great touch up powder.

#FauxFilter Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer ($29 for 0.30 fl oz / 9 ml of total product on their website) is billed as a crease-proof, medium to full buildable coverage creamy concealer that brightens, conceals, and moves with you for a luminous matte, skin-like finish that lasts all day and boasts that it has 14 hour crease proof wear.

It comes in 29 shades and I purchased the shade Royal Icing 1.1N (the 2nd lightest shade).

First Impressions: This is one pigmented product! In the swatch above I used just the tip and dotted the back on my hand and it produced this much coverage. It’s creamy and doesn’t emphasize the texture on the back of my hand.

Empowered Eyeshadow Palette ($67 for 0.59 oz / 16.8 g of total product making it $3.72 and 0.033 oz / 0.93 g of product per pan) is billed as luxurious line-up of buttery-smooth golds, coppers, browns, and neutrals in a variety of textures including intensely pigmented mattes, creamy gel-liner hybrids, foiled chrome metallics, and a blingy wet-look shimmer.

This palette has 2 gel liner/shadow hybrids (super pigmented creams that can be used as a liner, shadow or base once it sets), 2 high shine wet metallics (sort of like the super shock shadows by ColourPop), 1 crushed flake metallic (flakey and high shine), 2 powder metallics (sort of a foiled satin shadow), 1 gloss/metallic hybrid, 1 marbled metallic and 9 matte shadows (intensely pigmented, velvety smooth)

The shades from left to right are: Purpose (black gel liner/shadow hybrid), Courageous (deep reddish plum on a brown/maroon base – multichrome metallic), Limitless (medium gold with a coppery flip – crushed flake metallic), Confident (mixed toned red based brown – matte), Charisma (deep mid toned warm gold – wet metallic), Keep Going (mid toned peach based brown – matte), Big Dreams (deep taupe – matte * described as a purply grey), Manifest It (mid toned deep copper – gloss/metallic hybrid), Bold Moves (gold with a silver flip – metallic * described as white gold and true gold metallic speckles), Do It (rich deep copper – metallic), Power (pale yellow based peach – matte), Get It (warm mid toned orange – matte), Worthy (Deep purple based brown – gel liner/shadow hybrid), Rebel (light nude coral – matte) Winner (mid toned purple based grey with a slight taupe undertone – matte), Visionary (deep rose gold based copper and metallic – marbled metallic), Best Self (mid toned peach based orange – matte) and Legacy (rich terracotta based mid toned brown – matte)

First Impressions: This is a STUNNING palette… I have always and will always love the 18 pan Huda Beauty palettes. The color story seems super basic until you actually get in there and use it. The metallics are buttery and the mattes are smooth and finely milled. There was little kickback but the swatches were dusty so there will be fall out on the face. I have already used the palette.. stay tuned for the review.

And with that we’ve come to the end of my post. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health. Thanks for stopping bye today.

Remember dolls… Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick

❌⭕❌⭕, Nita