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April 2020 Beauty Favorites

Published May 2, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I had a pretty good day … but it’s night now here in Florida and I am starting to hurt pretty badly…. I think I over did it today.

I noticed that I haven’t done any Monthly Beauty Favorites so I thought I’d start a new series for this blog… hope you like it.

Before we start I just wanted to shade with you what I made for dinner tonight! I am so proud of myself. I’ve never made Salmon on my own… I always just order it from a restaurant… but with the national quarantine and all the sit down restaurants being closed I’ve had to step out of my  comfort zone and teach myself to cook things I normally would order out! so …. here it is …

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Honey lemon Salmon and garlic butter and corn white rice. This dish was so sublime that I don’t think I’ll ever order Salmon when we go out to eat again!

Not all categories will have a high end and drugstore entry. Please Note that I am not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the products or companies that I mention in this blog post. * Warning this will be a long post … just grab a snack, something to drink and settle in … I promise you wont be sorry for reading this post….. Well … Without further ado …let’s get into my April 2020 Beauty Favorites.

Favorite Beauty Store:

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Beautylish has got to be my all time favorite place to shop for all things beauty!! 

I’ve been shopping at Beautylish for well over 5 years. Their customer service is of the highest quality. Their shipping rate is a flat rate of $5 on all orders (in the US it’s $5 on all orders under $35 anything above $35 is free shipping). The only downside is that they are unable to ship to P.O. boxes. They offer flex payments on orders of $100 or more where you pay a down payment and then they spread the rest of the bill over  3 to 4 payments depending how much the bill comes to. The down payment amount also depends on the amount spent… For example: I just placed an order for $102. I paid $37 as the down payment and the rest was split into 3 equal payments to be due on the 1st of each month. The due date depends on the date of purchase. I tend to pay my flex payments off faster than the allotted time, but it’s great to know I have the 3 months just in case I need them. Beautylish also ships international the the following countries: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium,Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, U.K., and U.S. Beautylish carries the following brands:

I truly love to shop with them because the take time to package my purchases with care, it never takes more than a week to get my packages (except for now, it’s taking about 2-3 weeks because of the Corona Virus), and they have a great return policy: Their website states that their return policy is: If you are less than completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return your order within 60 days (from the delivery date) for a refund. We regret that we are unable to cover return shipping costs or refund the original shipping and duties charges unless the return was due to our error. Products must be returned in new or gently used condition. If your product arrived either damaged or defective, please contact us right away. Sets/bundles are sold as-is and products cannot be substituted, customized, and/or returned individually.

I’ve never had any issues with their services, in fact there was 1 time around 3 years ago that I ordered something from the brand It Cosmetics and the wrong item was delivered to me, I contact them straight away and they sent me out the product I had originally ordered that same day and as a way to apologize for the mistake they even allowed me to keep the product that I had received in error.

 

Favorite Amazon Beauty Finds:

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Pixnor 5″3″ Stainless Steel Makeup Palette with Spatula Tool $6.99 on Amazon: I am so happy I purchased this!!  I use to apply foundation to the back of my hand and then bonce my sponge off my hand … what I found is that this would cause waste of product because some of the foundation would sink into my skin and I would have to use more foundation… now I just apply a few pumps onto the palette and there is zero waste. I also love the spatula because I can use it to scrape moisturizers out of the jar without having to use my fingers. I also use the spatula to mix dew drops into my foundation and now I don’t have a big mess on my hands. 

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Segbeauty 5.4oz/160ml Continuous Spray Plastic Squirt Bottle With A Fine Mist $14.99 on Amazon: This bottle is a curly hair girls dream!! It provides just the right amount of moisture without over-wetting your hair. It has a 360 degree sprayer and it’s perfect for re-wetting hair in the morning to restyle and freshen up curls. This bottle has changed my hair game for the better.

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Every Drop Beauty Spatula $5.89 on Amazon. I’ve always hated the thought that there was still product in the bottom and sides of my products after I’ve run out. I started cutting plastic tubes open to get every last drop on product out but with bottles you just can’t do that. I came across this little baby when I was just browsing the beauty tools section of Amazon one day and thought OH! PERFECT!!! This spatula gets all the way to the bottom, the sides, and even the shoulders of bottles! I now have zero waste with my beauty products. I love this item so much that I have ordered it’s baby sister product the Every Drop Lip Spatula for $5.49 I ordered 2 one for lipsticks and lip glosses and one for concealers and other small wand items. This has truly helped me not waste my money by allowing me to get every last drop of product out of their containers.

Favorite Makeup Tool:

Face Halo Makeup Remover Pads: $17.60 for a 3 pack on Amazon. This little puppy is the perfect accompaniment to my vastly growing Eco-friendly arsenal. I find that I do not use as much of my Bioderma now because I am not using it to take off my makeup before I use it as my first cleanse…. 1 round is enough to completely remove all of my makeup from my face, neck, and ear lobes! You just soak it with warm water and remove your makeup… and it does remove 100% of my makeup, including lash glue! I just simply wash it after every use and it dries quickly too. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a way to reduce your carbon foot print on the planet!

Favorite Makeover Product: 

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Schwarzkopf Keratin Permanent Hair Color Cream in the shade 4.6 Intense Cocoa $9.97 on Amazon (but Amazon only allows you to purchase 1 so I ordered 3 more from Walgreens.com buy 2 get 1 free for the same price). This was the first time I used this product and I’ve gotta tell ya … This has got to be the BEST boxed hair color on the market. It has Anti-Breakage Technology called K·BOND-PLEX technology (that repairs inner hair structure) and a Pre-Color Serum (that leaves your hair looking healthy and strong, with less hair breakage). It also doesn’t have that harsh hair dye smell to it. In fact my hair smelled so good that it was like I had just simply washed my hair. The conditioner it comes with left my hair so smooth and soft and fluffy. I believe they use the same technology as Olaplex does because my hair felt as if I had just done an Olaplex treatment to it. This will definitely be a product I repurchase again and again. 

Favorite Candle:

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Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel 3 Wick Candle: This sadly is my last Vanilla Bean Noel candle… I purchase this scent every year at Christmas time … I stock up when they have their holiday sale and typically purchase 20 of them… it’s just the best scent ever

Favorite Body Care Item:

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Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion with Almond Oil $5 at Walmart for 16.9 Fluid Ounces: I use to use Bath and Body Works body creams but with my Fibromyalgia I tend to get very sensitive itchy skin and have noticed that the Bath and Body Works creams would aggravate my already sensitive skin … So on a whim I picked this up a few months ago. Firstly a little of this goes a long way. It’s very creamy and very hydrating and has a soft Almond scent to it. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave me body feeling greasy. I’m pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this product is.

Favorite Hair Care Item:

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Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother $28 for 3.3 fluid ounces at Sephora and No 7 Bonding Oil $28 for 1 fluid ounces at Sephora: These two products work together you add a few drops of the oil into the smoother and mix it together. I use this once about ever few days to revive my curls… since I don’t wash my hair everyday I need something to help my curls revive. I typically only wash my hair 1 time a week since I don’t put any hair products into my hair. This not only smells amazing, it leaves my hair soft and replenished and defines my curls when they start to go a bit frizzy. A little bit goes along way I only use a quarter sized amount of the smoother and about 5 drops of the oil. This is another item that has seriously upped my curly girl hair game.

Favorite Movie : (I know this isn’t beauty related, but I take my movie time to do my spa treatments … so I included it as a favorite.)

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Synopsis: When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. This was a very well thought out movie with lots of twists and turns. Highly Recomend.

Favorite Spa Day Item:

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Revolution Skincare x Jake-Jamie Avocado Face Mask $11 for 1.6 ounces at Ulta: This mask is amazingly moisturizing. I use it once a week and my skin feels heavenly afterwards.

Favorite Skincare Item: 

I tried a ton of skincare in the month of April and there were several things that I loved but I would have to say that my all time favorite item(s) are as follows:

My 2 whole face (including eyes) serum routine: #1. Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum $12 for 1 fluid ounce through Beautylish (it’s also sold on the Good Molecules website) and it’s function is to target fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. #2. Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum $6 for 1 fluid ounce through Beautylish (it’s also sold on the Good Molecules website) and it’s function is to replenish your skin’s moisture by drawing moisture into the skin for deep hydration.  My skin has never looks this good since I was in my teens. Both these serums are light weight and sink into the skin quickly and you only need 1/2 a dropper for your full face and neck … I also use whatever is left on my hands to rub into my hands as sort of a treat for my hands.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Face Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60: $29.99 for 1.7 fluid ounces and I purchase mine through Amazon. Ever since I starting using this sunscreen I have decluttered all other facial sunscreens. This is the perfect consistency for me. It’s light weight and hydrating. It sinks into the skin amazingly fast. It doesn’t interfere with my makeup application and it doesn’t have that sunscreen scent. BONUS: It’s a 60+ sunscreen which is the ideal level of protection for the face. 

 

Favorite Face Primer: 

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 for .5 ounces at Ulta and Sephora: I typically switch up my face primers every day or two but the one that I use everyday is this one. It just fills in my pores so well that I reach for it time and time again over all of my pore primers.

Favorite High End Foundation:

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation $44 for 1 fluid ounce through Beautylish (but can also be purchased through Sephora and the Charlotte Tilbury website). As I said in my haul of this item this is such a beautiful foundation. I just can’t stop looking at my face anytime I’m wearing it. This full coverage foundation leaves my skin looking youthful and flawless. It plays well with dew drops mixed in and plays well with any primer. I will always have this foundation in my collections.

Favorite Drug Store Foundation: 

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Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation: $5 for .85 fluid ounces only at Dollar General Stores. This foundation surprised me I truly didn’t believe that this was going to be a good foundation, however it is a FANTASTIC foundation and is  is a medium to full coverage. This is a semi-dewy foundation. What I mean is it’s just dewy enough to give you that youthful look without being to extreme. It lasts all day and doesn’t break down. I hope they never stop making this foundation!

Favorite High End BB/CC/Tinted Moisturizer: 

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Tarte Maracuja Tinted Moisturizer $29 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. This is a super dewy product but not in a greasy sort of way. It’s light coverage and sets with powder nicely. This is such a beautiful product.. so much so that I purchased a back up just in case they pull it off the shelves. I find that it’s best to apply this one with your fingers since it’s such light coverage that using a sponge with soak it all up and using a brush will leave it looking streaky.

Favorite Concealer:

NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer $9 for .14 fluid ounces at Ulta. This is such a beautiful concealer! It doesn’t settle into my fine lines as long as I set it straight away upon application. It doesn’t crack throughout the day. A little tiny bit is all you need. It’s full coverage without being super thick. It gives an amazing glow to the under eye that can still be seen even after you set it with powder. I’d probably go out on a limb and say this may be my favorite concealer all year.

Favorite Cream Bronzer/Contour: I wont be having 2 categories for this one… mainly because I don’t have a drug store option for this category as of yet, I have since purchased a drug store option today.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand in the shade 2 Medium/Dark $38 for .41 fluid ounces purchased through Beautylish (but can be purchased at Sephora and the Charlotte Tilbury website). I can’t believe I am saying that this is my favorite!! I have loved the Chanel Soleil De Chanel cream bronzer for so long that I didn’t think anything would ever replace it! Sad to say the Chanel bronzer was discontinued and a new cream bronzer replaced it … it looks more hydrating than the one I have so I’m keen to try it however … let’s talk Hollywood Contour Wand shall we!? This is the first cream contour product I’ve ever tried (bronze to me didn’t seem as scary as cream contour did). It is easy to use, easy to blend in, and gives the skin a natural looking contour. This is a light weight very pigmented product. You don’t get much product for the price tag, however a very little goes a very long way. I use 1 squeeze ever 2 days (it’s a sponge tipped applicator so the product stays in the sponge… I just squeeze 1 time and have enough product left over on the sponge that the next day I just have to dot what remains over the perimeter of my face. Unlike the Chanel bronzer this product doesn’t disrupt my foundation underneath. I love this product so much that I place an order today for a back up. 

Favorite Matte Bronzer/Contour:

Mac Bronzing Powder in the shade matte bronze: $30 for .35 ounces of product. I’ve had this compact for probably way too long because it’s starting to get hard pan, so I scraped the hard pan off … the powder works fine. The picture of the hand on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. It’s just the perfect everyday natural looking bronzer. You can’t over do it with this bronzer since it’s so light of coverage. I always love my look when I’m wearing this one.

Favorite Glowy Bronzer :

Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer $34 for .55 ounces of product at Ulta. I do love a good glowy bronzer and this one does not disappoint! It’s the perfect shade, has just the right amount of glow without having shimmer to it … it’s just this glow from within! I just love how my skin looks with this bronzer on.

Favorite Dewy Primer: 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in the shade #3 Light/Medium $44 for 1.01 fluid ounces on the Beautylish website (can also be purchased from Sephora or the Charlotte Tilbury website). Ever since getting this product in I have not been able to put it down! It’s freaking amazing!!! AMAZING! It has just enough of a tint that this could be worn alone for “No Makeup” makeup days and has the perfect amount of glow without having any shimmer to it. 1 swipe per zone is all you need of this primer. It’s not sticky or greasy and it does hold foundation nicely.

Favorite Cream Highlighter: 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand $39 for .41 fluid ounces on the Beautylish website (can also be purchased from Sephora or the Charlotte Tilbury website). I have tried many cream highlighters and hate every single one, until this one came into my life! This highlighter is just magical! It doesn’t disrupt the foundation under neither, it melts into the skin seamlessly, and it has no glitter to it… just a natrual looking glow. The glow can still be seen even after setting it with powder! I haven’t been able to stop using it because I’m so in love with it.

Favorite High End Face Powder:

Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder in the shade Translucent $33 for .53 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. This powder has the most beautiful finish ever! It give a slight glow to the skin without looking like glitter or shimmer. This one has taken the place of my beloved Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in my heart. I just never want to be without it!!! It doesn’t take much of this powder to set the full face either. I tap 3 shakes into the cap and that sets my full face! It even looks amazing under the eyes.

Favorite Drug Store Face Powder:

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Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder in the shade Translucent $5 for .14 ounces of product sold only at Dollar General. This is such a light weight powder that sets the face flawlessly. It is matte but doesn’t leave the face looking cakey or dry. It even looks good under the eyes. I have repurchased this 2 time since discovering it and I have 2 back ups.

Favorite High End Finishing and Touch Up Setting Powder:

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder $45 for .28 ounces of product on the Beautylish website (can also be purchased at Sephora and on the Charlotte Tilbury website). This gives the prettiest soft focus to the face and doesn’t change the look of your makeup when you touch up with it. I find on days that I wear this one as a finishing powder I don’t have to touch up at all. I don’t quiet like this one as a setting powder, just as a finishing powder and touch up powder and sad to say I have hit pan … this is the most expensive pressed powder I own but it’s so worth it and I will definitely be repurchasing it when I’ve finished it.

Favorite Drug Store Finishing and Touch Up Setting Powder:

JCat Beauty AquaSurance Compact Foundation $13.99 for .31 ounces of product at Ulta. This is a spot on dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. It’s basically a fuller coverage version and I can use it to set my set as well and I never have to touch up at all when I use this powder.

Favorite Powder Highlighter: 

Benefit Boxed Highlighter in the shade Cookie $30 for .28 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. OH BABY! This highlighter is so pretty and little is all you need. This is a beaming highlighter so definitely not for low maintenance makeup day but add this to your full glam look and watch out…. it’s the perfect highlighter to be noticed in.

Favorite Blush:

Tarte 12-HR Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade Captivating $29 for .2 ounce of product at Ulta and Sephora. This is the best just pinched shade I’ve ever owned. I wore it a ton in April and for good reason. It goes with everything from “No Makeup” makeup looks to full on glam looks. It lasts all day and is probably my all time favorite blush shade.

Favorite Lip Combo:

L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte) a few dots of Makeup Geek Creme Stain ($11.99 on their website) in the shade Jitterbug (an intense coral matte) a touch of NARS Lip Gloss ($24 on the NARS website) in the shade Stripe Tease  (Sheer champagne nude). This makes the perfect shade for every look. I’ve worn this only for the past few days of April but I can already tell it will be worn a ton in the month of May.

Favorite Powder to Set My Under Eyes:

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder $28 for .14 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. This just leaves the under eyes looking flawless and it sets every concealer I own except the Dermablend concealer (that concealer is just too heavy and took emollient that nothing really sets it and I would return it but I lost the uni-carton it came in so Ulta wont take it back). I wish this came in a larger jar because I just know I will be repurchasing this over and over. It gives this soft focus glow to the under eye area that isn’t shimmery or glittery … just a sort of glow from within look.

Favorite Brow Pencil:

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil $24 at Ulta and Sephora for .27 ounces of product. I have purchased this pencil 2 time since discovering it and I have 1 back up. This is just the most effortless brow product ever. I almost never have a bad brow day when I use this pencil. It’s a definite recommend in my book.

Favorite Brow Gel: 

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Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel $4 for .2 ounces of product sold only at Dollar General. Even though it’s only got .2 ounces of product this brow gel lasts a long time. You only need 1 pass of the wand to fully set your brow. It is never crunchy and never goes flaky. The picture is of my back ups … this sucker goes fast at the store so I pick up 2 or 3 every time I go to Dollar General so I never run out. I adore this one so much that I never reach for my other brow gels.

Favorite High End Eye Shadow Palette: 

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Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $45. It has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades and you get .48 total ounces of product and is sold at Ulta and Sephora. Some of my all time favorite looks this past month have come from this palette! I just adore it so much. Too Faced really hit it out of the park with this one.

Favorite Drug Store Eye Shadow Palette: (I have 3, 1 is a bit more pricier, 1 is mid-ranged and the other is super inexpensive)

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ColourPop Bare Necessities 30 Pan Eyeshadow Palette $34 on the ColourPop website. I have created so many beautiful neutral eye looks with this palette! With 30 shades I never get bored of this one.

 

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Believe Beauty Eyeshadow Palette  in the color story: Nearly Nude $5 only sold at Dollar General. It’s just simple an amazing palette. I was highly impressed with this one. I got a few looks out of it and it’s the perfect size for travel.

 

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Catrice Basic Bae Eyeshadow Palette $14.99 at Ulta. This was the first thing I ever tried from Catrice and I was super impressed! The shadows are super pigmented and blend like a dream.

Favorite Eye Liner:

Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Powder Eye Pencil in the shade Audrey $22 on the Beautylish website (but can also be purchased at Sephora and on the Charlotte Tilbury website). Now this one was a surprise to me. I hated this pencil when I first tried it…. I could never get it to work… Well I finally figured it out and I am in love. It gives such a effortless look to the eyes when I use it. This will be a repurchase when I run out.

Favorite Mascara: 

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Milani Dangerous Lengths 3D Mascara regularly $9.99 nut currently on sale for $7.49 at Ulta. This is another item that surprised me but ever since I’ve been conditioning my lashes with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil my lashes have been looking so nice and combined with the mascara I just fell in love…. I can’t believe I have a favorite mascara and it’s, for the first time in years, not the L’Oreal voluminous Carbon Black!!! This just gives a nice fluffy airy look to the lashes.

Favorite Inner Corner Highlight:

Hikari Creme Pigment in the shade Honey Dew $15 on their website. I have been using this for a few years now but I just can’t seem to stay away. It just give the prettiest lilt to the inner corners.

Favorite Setting Spray: (I have 2 this month)

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ColourPop Hyaluronic Acid Setting Mist $12 for 3.72 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and on the ColourPop website. This setting spray smells like the beach and leaves the skin looking dewy and healthy. It holds your makeup fairly well … I don’t really need a setting spray that will hold my makeup on until the wee hours of the morning, I just need a spray that will take down the powderiness of freshly applied makeup.  I’ve been using this bottle for 2 months and I’m almost out of it. This makes me sad because it’s sold out everywhere. I think this may just be my favorite setting spray of the year.

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Belif Aqua Bomb Mist $34 for 2 2.02 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website (but can also be purchased at Ulta and Sephora). This one adds tons of hydration to the skin and I love it as a touch up spray too. Lately I have been using it in combination with the other setting spray just to add a bit more hydration to my under eye area. 

Favorite Find of the Year So Far: 

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HonHey Portable Hand Held Rechargeable Fan. $13 on Amazon. I purchased this back in the beginning of March but it has quickly become my favorite beauty extra! It helps me dry my setting spray and lash glue. It also helps keep me cooler when the hot lights of my makeup table start to make me over heat. It has a great charge life as well. 

Well … We have reached the end dolls. Thank you ever so much for hanging in there with this post …. I know it was a long one … but this is the flagship post of this series and I thought I should be as thorough as possible with at least the first in the series… Now that’s not to say I wont have heaps of favorites in any given month, but I may just have a few favorites in other months too.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that your spirits are high and your health is good! Remember dolls, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Homemade Puerto Rican Sofrito

Published April 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Today was market day and I noticed I was running low on a staple in our house called Sofrito (a sauce used as a base in most Latin American and Spanish cooking). Our style of Sofrito is different from the Italian version of soffritto (which is Onion, Celery, and Carrot and is the base to all the yummy Italian foods you know and love).

Latino Sofrito is more of a highly fragrant herb paste and is typically fried in some olive oil before being added to our savory dishes … Intrigued yet? Then let’s begin ….

This will 1 and 1/4 gallons of Sofrito… Not ready to commit to that much Sofrito yet? No worries at the end of this post I will give you an alternative for making just enough for 12 ounces (enough for 12 meals) …once you try this base you will be hooked and the smell is so amazing too.

*NOTE* My version of Sofrito is missing 1 ingredient than most Puerto Ricans use… I don’t use aji dulce (sweet perennial peppers)…. I don’t like them much and I almost always end up mistaking them for scotch bonnet peppers which causes my Sofrito to come out way too darn spicy… I prefer to add my heat little at a time … and I don’t like spicy for every dish so I just simple omitted that 1 ingredient from my Sofrito and I’ve been making it like this for over 20 years.

So… let’s jump into the how to ….

You will need:

A big container to store the Sofrito while you work and a laddel. I use a 5 Quart sauce pan and my all time favorite Wonder Woman popcorn bucket. *NOTE* You will also need about 10 small to medium sized plastic food-storage containers to store the Sofrito in.

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A blender or a food processor … I prefer the blender because it makes quick work  this process and it makes the paste a lot finer which I like.

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5 Large red bell peppers and 10 medium green bell peppers (or you can use 6 Large green bell peppers) ….. Cut up the red and green peppers into 2 to 4 inch chunks

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2 containers of garlic cloves … it has to be peeled and whole garlic cloves

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4 bundles of Cilantro (Coriander leaves). Make sure to rinse this thoroughly to get all the sand out. Then chop the leaves down (similar size to the peppers and onions)

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4 packs or bundles of Recao (some call this herb Culantro). Make sure to rinse this thoroughly to get all the sand out. Then chop the leaves down (similar size to the peppers and onions)

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4 to 6 large Spanish onions. Cut the onions into similar sized chunks s the peppers.

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5 cups of filtered or bottled water (do not use tap water)

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Into the blender we go …
1. Add a few handfuls of red peppers, green peppers, onions, and garlic into the blender.       
2. Add a small amount of the water (maybe about 1/2 a cup … I just eye ball it) into the blender and puree on high.
3. Add a bit more water (again about 1/2 a cup more or less) and a handful of the Cilantro and Recao and once again into the blender and puree on high.
4. Keep repeating these steps until the blender is full. Dump the mixture into whatever reseptical you chose to use.
5. keep repeating steps 1 through 4 until you have incorporated all your ingredients together. It should look something like the above picture.

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Now all that’s left is to transfer the mixture evenly into your awaiting plastic food-storage containers. Now you can pop one of the containers into the fridge and the remaining containers into the freezer. *NOTE* Fresh Sofrito is good in the fridge for 4 months and 1 year in the freezer. Now, if you are into canning (i am not … I mess it up every time) this sofrito will last 2 years with canning it.

 

Now, what to do with all this yummy base???

In a pan heat up 2 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil (always use olive oil for this never use regular oil … it’s tradition after all … and I think the olive oil gives it a better taste … although I once used avocado oil (I just grabbed the wrong oil one day … and since I was stuck with it I used it) and that was pretty good too. Anyway I digress… heat up 2 to 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil and add 2 to 4 tablespoons of the Sofrito and fry it for a few minutes to get the flavors melding together.

You can use this base in anything… I use it in rice, stews, soups, and of course I marinate my meats with it (if you are going to marinate meat with it do not fry the Sofrito first, you want to make sure it’s raw when you marinate anything in it.)

So what you do is fry the Sofrito and than dump in whatever you are cooking and follow the directions on how to cook whatever it is … for instance If you want to make Spanish rice you fry up the Sofrito and then dump in your rice, beans, and whatever other seasonings you want mix it all together and add the water to this … that Sofrito base will marry into the recipe like a dream. (don’t know how to make Spanish rice? No worries … I’m here for you doll …. I’ll be doing a small series on Spanish meals … Just give me a few days … I learned to cook the old school way … in other words… I do not use measuring cups or spoons … everything is by eyeball .. most Puerto Ricans have a saying …. “Boricuas don’t measure ingredients, we simply sprinkle and add until the spirits of our  ancestors come to us and whisper that’s enough my love”. So for me, I know what I need to put in and how much but I don’t know the measurements … but that’s not that bad … I can simple measure what I normally use and Bob’s Your Uncle … I’ll have a recipe that will be easy to follow.

OK … so still not ready to commit to the full monty? No worries here’s what you need to make 12 ounces……

1 large red bell pepper

3 large green bell peppers

2 big handfuls of garlic cloves

1 large Spanish onion

1 bundle of Recao (some call this herb Culantro)

1 bundle of Cilantro (Coriander leaves)

Enough water to mix everything together … You just add bottled or filtered water to the blend 1/2 cup at a time just enough to get the blender mixing everything well.

Chop up everything the same as above and add it to the blender adding water as needed to keep everything moving in the blender on puree.

and there you go … enough sofrito to last you 12 meals … Just store it in an air tight plastic container in the fridge for up to 4 months.

Keep in mind that if you make the gallon and 1/4 you will need to freeze the remaining containers until you need them …just take a container out of the freezer and let it thaw on the counter-top over night and then just pop it into the fridge and enjoy.

Well that’s all for now dolls… I hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and great health. Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

 

Best of 2019: Favorites

Published January 2, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey dolls … As promised my Best of 2019 Favorites…. So let’s get started….

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From left to right and top to bottom…..  Tarte CC Undereye Corrector, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation, ColourPop No Filter Concealer, Channel Soleil Tan De Channel.

BASE PRODUCTS:  This past year I had many base products that I fell in love with…. but few that I came back to over and over …. and the winners are ….

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 for the full sized at Sephora). You get 1 fluid ounce of product. This was my go to primer a ton in 2019. It leaves the face feeling velvety smooth, it really grips the foundation and makes it last all day, and there is no flash back when taking pictures…. I truly loved this primer a ton… I just placed a purchase for a back up as I’m almost out.

Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) You get .08 ounces of product. This has been my go to under eye corrector for the past 3 years. It’s the perfect shade of peach to correct the dark circles… it doesn’t over brighten the under eyes. It’s just the perfect corrector. It leaves the under eye area looking refreshed and hydrated. I hit pan on this one today and so I ordered a back up , however I also want to try the Eve Pearl Color Corrector too so I may out this one on the back burner just long enough to see if the Eve Pearl one is as good as everyone says it is.

ColourPop No Filter Concealer ($6.50 on their website) You get .176 fluid ounces of product. This is a great concealer. It’s the perfect color to match my skin tone. It’s not to thick, not to thin, and a little goes a long way. I use 1 full swipe of the wand to cover both eyes. It doesn’t crease and it sets down nicely without being over dry on the eye area. It’s one of the few concealers I own that I don’t have to set down with powder.

The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation ($22 on their website) You get .45 fluid ounces of product. This is by far the weirdest foundation I have ever tried. It has a soufflé-like texture that is so velvety. The smallest amount goes a long way. I just tap my finger into the jar and the little bit that comes out  covers my full face and neck. I have layered a second layer to see if it can build, you don’t need to do this because just one layer covers perfectly but I did it to just try it out, and it builds nicely as long as you buff lightly. It sets to a demi matte finish. I tested it out to see if it oxidizes and after 1/2 hour it had not. I reached for this product a ton this past year and I’ve only had it for about 2 months…. it still looks like the product is new since a few little dots is all you need. This one will definitely be in my rotation a ton this new year. When I first got it I was upset because the jar is so tiny, but after using it I understand why it’s so small…. I have barely made a dent in this jar.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta) You get 1 ounce in the full sized jar. This powder has been my favorite setting powder for the past 3 years. I have tried so many and I always come back to this one. It’s the perfect consistency. It’s finely milled and buffs into the fave so seamlessly. I never get flash back with this powder either. I have had this jar for 2 years now and I still have enough powder for several more months. This powder will always be in my collection. It’s just too darn good.

Channel Soleil Tan De Channel ($50 on their website) You get 1 ounce of product in the jar. I use this bronzer all the time, even on days where I don’t wear makeup, I still use it to warm up the face. I have barely made a dent in this jar and I have had it for 3 years now…. You can’t over do your bronze with this product. It’s a cream to powder formula that just blends into the skin so well, it honestly looks like tanned skin…. it’s perfection in a jar. Out of all the products in my favorites, this is my #1 pick… If I had to give up all my products and only keep one…. This would be it.

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From left to right and top to bottom: ColourPop Going Coconuts Eyeshadow Palette, Haikari Cream Pigment, Tarte Shape Tape, Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, BH Cosmetics Power Pencil, HB Studio Pro Brow Highlighter, Benefit Precisely My Brow and Gimme Brow, Benefit Roller Line Liquid Eye Liner.

EYE PRODUCTS:  2019 was the year of new eye products for me…. but the stand out best of the best for me was simple to chose….

Tarte Shape Tape ($25 at Ulta) You get .33 fluid ounces of product. A little, and I mean a little goes along way. I originally purchased this concealer to use under my eyes but, for me, it settled into every little line I have and just made my under eye look like the Sahara Desert so I have been using it as an eye shadow primer. With this as my primer my eye shadow lasts all day, even in the Florida heat. I have been using the same tube for a little over 2 years now and there is still heaps of product left. I also use to use this as a way to carve out my brow line too.

ColourPop Going Coconuts Eyeshadow Palette ($12 on their website)

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excuse the arm hair, I need to wax them again. This palette is so amazing. It’s the perfect nude with attitude. I kept reaching for this palette for everyday and even on special occasions. The shadows are buttery and blend like a dream, the colors are so pigmented that you can really get a gorgeous smokey eye look with this little beauty. You can also get a really understated look with this palette if you go in with a light hand. Hands down this is my favorite palette of 2019.

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Hikari Cream Pigment in the color Honey Dew

Hikari Cream Pigment ($15 on their website) has been my all time favorite inner corner highlight for years now.  It’s beautiful on the lids too but I love it as a highlight shade best, specifically the color Honey Dew. I’m not sure how much product you get in the jar as it’s not written on the jar and there is no mention of it on the website. It’s just so bright and glowy without any glitter at all…. definitely my favorite highlighter of the past 5 years.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 on their website) and Gimme Brow Gel ($24 on their website) have changed the game for me. I only just discovered these 2 products a few weeks ago but they have completely stolen my heart. They work so well on the brows. There’s no tugging or skipping or hairs being ripped out. It’s just the right formula for my brows. I’ve already ordered back ups so I wont be out of these products. Hands down my 2nd favorite find of the year.

BH Studio Pro Brow Highlight Pencil ($5 on their website) You get .12 ounces of product. I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried this product. It makes carving out the brow line so much easier than when I use to use the Shape Tape…. It’s a simple swipe and blend and you get the perfect brow line.

BH Power Pencil ($8 on their website) You get .04 ounces of product. I own a ton of flesh toned waterline pencils but ever since I purchased this one I can’t put it down. It’s the right formula… it’s water proof…. it’s creamy but not too creamy… it stays on the waterline so well. I purchased 2 more so that I always have it on hand.

20200102_140436.jpgBenefit Roller Liner ($22 on their website)…. You get .03 fluid ounces of product. I tried both the Brown and the Black this year, of the 2 the Brown one is my favorite, in fact it’s my favorite liquid eyeliner of the year. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t feather into the fine lines of my lids, doesn’t transfer to the lower waterline, doesn’t smear, and is water proof. It lasts all day without cracking or fading. I just really like this product.

Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($5.99 at Target)  You get .23 fluid ounces of product. This should not be a surprise to anyone, it’s been my favorite mascara for years and years. I stock up normally around black Friday so that I am never out of this product, like I was this year…. I just love this mascara so much, it’s super black, and really give you luscious lashes. The Primer that comes in this same rang is a good product too.

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Top to bottom and left to right: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in the color Blissful, Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in the color Be My Highlight, ColourPop LippieStix in the color Topanga, and Charlotte TIlburt Lip Cheat in the color Pillow Talk. 

CHEEK and LIP PRODUCTS: For 2019 I have 2 products that were oldie but goodies and 2 that were newer and a huge surprise for me.

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on top is the Highlighter on bottom is the blush

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush ($29 at Ulta) You get .2 ounces of product. This year I reached for this color a ton. Blissful is a bright rosey coral satin. It goes with every look I have tried this year, except for my Christmas look. It blends into the skin so well and is never patchy. It is just pigmented enough to give you a flush of color but also builds up in intensity very well. I say it all the time … the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush formula is my favorite formula of life.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.49 at Ulta) You get .22 ounces of product. This is just the perfect highlighter… it can go on lightly for a fresh look and builds up perfectly for a high shine look. I used this so much this year that I had to repurchase it. This is just the best highlighter … it doesn’t go patchy, it doesn’t emphasize lines and pores, it has no glitter, it’s just perfection in a compact.

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on the top ColourPop Lippe Sitx in Topanga and on the bottom Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

ColourPop Lippie Stix ($6 on their website) You get .35 ounces of product. I have been enjoying testing out new products and ColourPop did not disappoint this past month. I found my favorite lip color of life!!! Topanga is the perfect Coral lipstick. I haven’t been able to stop wearing it. I might start off the day in a different lip color but I end up reaching for this one to touch up with… I just can’t stop wearing it. I ordered 2 back ups of Topanga just to make sure I don’t run out.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 on the Beautylish website) You get 10 grams of product. I was hesitant to purchase this lip pencil, by far it is my most expensive lip pencil, but I am so glad I did. It’s the perfect nude for any lip color. I pair it with corals, pinks, beige lip colors, I am almost out of it and already have repurchased the color Pillow Talk.

Well that is all the 2019 favorite products…. now for my favorite makeup look of 2019

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I just love a gold eye with a red lip.  This was my favorite makeup day of 2019….

Well that’s all for now dolls. I am looking forward to trying heaps of new products for you this year…. tell me what you would be interested in seeing I’m happy to review you wish list for you…. I hope you are having a good spoon day and a low pain day….

Remember save a spoon for a bit of makeup

XOXO

 

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