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Green Smokey Eyed Face of the Day

Published December 24, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hello dolls! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Eve…. It’s cold and rainy here in Florida and my Fibromyalgia is being effected by it.

Today was my Olaplex hair care day so I had to lay down for a little after doing my hair. I was seriously thinking of skipping my makeup today but it’s really the thing that makes me feel happy, I love the process of putting on my makeup…. So I decided I would just take my time and do the best I could.I had planed to do a gold green and red eye look today but it would have taken a lot more energy than I could spare today… so I changed the outfit I will be wearing to our Christmas Memorial Party to just a pair of jeans and this super cute Green top…. so I thought OK …. just green today….. so let’s jump into the face of the day…..

BASE: I used 2 primers today …. Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer ($17 at Sephora) to blur my pores, and BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) to give me a bit more glow (I forgot to do my nightly moisturizing routine last night so I needed a little more dew to my look). I color corrected (yup another sleepless night) with my Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta and Sephora) in the color Light-Medium, and concealed my under eyes with ELF HD Lifting Concealer ($4 on their website) in the color Light. For foundation today I chose NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($49 at Sephora) in the color Light 5 Fiji. I set my full face with Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Protecting Micro-Powder ($45 on Beautylish’s website) in the color 2 Medium. I bronzed my face with NYX Matte Bronzer ($10 at Ulta) in the color Deep Tan.

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EYES: I primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. The only palette I used today was the BH Ultimate Matte 42 Color Shadow Palette ($28 on their website). I set the Shape Tape with the 1st shade on the 3rd row (a cream matte). For my 1st transition shade was the 4th color on the 3rd row (a yellow toned orange matte) followed by the 4th shade on the 4th row (a peach toned tan matte). For my Crease shade I used the 3rd shade of the 4th row (a mid-toned brown matte)…. I used a bit more of this color on the first 1/3 and last 1/3 of my lid to contour it a bit. For my lids I combined 3 colors (2 from the palette and 1 from Urban Decay)…. On the back of my hand I mixed Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta) in the color Loaded (a blacked emerald with true green reflect shimmer) with the 5th shade of the last row (a blue toned green matte) and the 4th shade of the last row (a deep forest green matte). I then deepened the outer v with the 6th shade of the 5th row (a deep true brown matte). On my lower lash line I used 4th shade of the 4th row (a peach toned tan matte) as my drop shadow and then I deepened the lower lash line with the 6th shade of the 5th row (a deep true brown matte). I lined my water line with NYX Faux Whites Eye Liner ($8 at Ulta) in the color Linen. I highlighted my inner corners with Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta) in Midnight Cowboy (a pale pink with silver glitter). For my brows I used ELF Ultra precise Brow Pencil ($5 on their website) and Wow Brow ($4 on their website) in the color Dark Brown. I highlighted my brows with the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side…. and set the highlighter with the 1st shade of the 1st row (a vanilla white). I primed my lashes with Loreal Voluminous Primer ($5.99 at Target) and chose Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes ($29 on the Beautylish website) in the color Glossy Black.

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CHEEKS and Lips: I chose a soft color today for my blush… Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the color Captivating (a pale true coral matte). I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, temples, brow bones, and Cupid’s Bow with Milani After Glow ($10 at Ulta) in the color 01 Strobelight (a peachy champagne). I lined my lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 on the Beautylish website) in the color Pillow Talk (a pink nude) and filled my lips in with Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G ($34 on the Beautylish Website) in the color Bitch Perfect (a peachy nude cream).

 

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Final Thoughts ….

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter: A+++                                                                                         Out of all of the glow primers out there this is hands down my favorite primer! It leaves the skin looking radiant with out looking like a disco ball or looking greasy. I have been known to use this primer on days where I am not wearing any other makeup besides mascara and lip gloss…. I can’t tell you just how amazing this product this is … It gives any foundation a lit from within glow to it.

ELF HD Lifting Concealer: A   I keep forgetting I have this concealer …. I find I really like the look it gives my under eyes. It only comes in 3 shades and none of those shades are deep enough for our deep skinned beauties. I’m running out of this concealer so I will have to place an order soon …. This one remineds me of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, except the ELF one sets perfectly with just a tinny bit of powder.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation: A                                                            Comes in 20 shades with 9 shades for deeper skin. It’s a full coverage dewy foundation. It remains tacky so you will need to set it with powder …. in fact it’s so tacky I always have to set my face 2 times. I like this foundation a lot and will probably repurchase it once I am out of it.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes: B+                                                                                          This is a nice mascara, but it’s too natural looking … it doesn’t lengthen or thicken the lashes at all… I like it for natural days…. for glam days it needs a primer. I don’t know if I will repurchase this one or not just yet.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: A+++                                                                                    I have said this before but this is my favorite formula for blush … It’s creamy, finely milled, and never chalky or patchy. There isn’t any crazy pigmentation here … it’s just right …. and the colors are so amazing… I own several and will be purchasing other colors soon.

Milani After Glow: B++  These highlighter are super powerful but they have glitter in them and emphasize every imperfection… I like this highlighter a lot for my cupid’s bow and my brow bones, but on my temples and cheek bones it’s just too much and i always forget to use a light hand. I may repurchase this one once I hit pan …. I’ll have to wait and see if there are any new releases with less glitter.

Well that’s all for now dolls… I hope you have an amazing Christmas and that you are found with plenty of spoons and as close to pain free as possible.

As always remember to save a spoon for a bit of makeup ….

XOXO

Coral Face of the Day

Published December 23, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Morning dolls. How are you doing today? I woke early in pain today… It’s pouring outside and my pain level is through the roof. I started to think, I’m just going to take it easy today. Maybe I wont do my makeup today and I’ll just do a hair mask and a face mask today…. Then I thought but doing my makeup always makes my spirits happy… so I jumped in the shower and sat down and did my makeup….

I’m low on spoons today so I couldn’t wash my hair …. I’ll do it tonight before bed …. so I used my trusty Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8.99 at Ulta) and a mess of hair spray to do my hair today.

As a Fibromyalgia sufferer we only have a limited amount of energy, and that energy decreases so much when we are having a high pain day…. we often have to cut corners or just skip something in order to just get by for that day…. Today is one of those days.

Well on to the face of the day ….

BASE: I’m trying to use up my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer ($38 on their website) so that’s what I used today. I woke up with so much darkness under my eyes that I really had to pack on the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in Light-Medium. I was a little dry around my eyes today so I stuck with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30 at Ulta) in the color Medium 1 Custard. Because I am low on spoons today I chose a foundation that I know always works up easy… Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46 at Sephora) in the color Buff. I set my whole face with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder ($45 on the Beautylish website) in the color 2 Medium. I again chose a bronzer that needed little effort to work in to the skin … I chose Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel ($50 on the Chanel website) in Universal Bronze.

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EYES: I started to skip out on doing my eye shadow but I was looking very pale today so just chose to do a simple low key look today. I primed, as always, with my Tarte Shape Tape ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light Medium Honey. I picked my BH Cosmetics Ultimate Matte 42 Color Shadow Palette ($28 on their website) as my palette today since the shadows work up so fast and easy. I set my Shape Tape with the first color of the 3rd row (a medium pale cream matte). As my 1st transition shade I chose the 2nd color of the 3rd row (a pale coral peach matte). I chose the 4th shadow of the 1st row (a deep orange coral matte) as my second transition shade. I deepened my crease, outer v, and outer 1/3 of my lid with the 3rd shadow of the 4th row ( a medium true brown matte). I added a bit of definition to my outer v by  mixing the 6th shadow of the 5th row (a dusty true mid toned brown matte) with the last color of the last row (a dusty true black matte). I skipped liner today and I skipped doing a drop shadow on the lower lash line, instead I just added a bit of definition on the lower lash line with the 3rd shadow of the 4th row (a medium true brown matte). On the inner 2/3 of my lid I used Hikari Cream Pigment ($15 on the Hikari website) in the color Honey Dew and for my inner corner highlight I used Urban Decay Single Shadow ($20 at Ulta) in the color Midnight Cowboy. I did my brows the same way I’ve been doing them this week …. I used Professional Brow Powder ($10 at Oh La La Brow Bar) in the color Dark Brow and ELF Wow Brow ($4 on their website) in the color Dark Brown. I highlighted my brow bone with the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set it with the 1st shade of the 1st row of the BH Cosmetics Palette (a vanilla white matte). I had left my favorite mascara in the other room so I just picked out the one I forgot I purchased when I did my full face of NYX products…. NYX On The Rise Volume Liftscara ($7.70 at Ulta) in the color black.

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CHEEKS and LIPS: I already had my BH Cosmetics Classic Blush 10 Color Blush Palette ($12 on their website) at my makeup desk so I chose the 3rd color on the 2nd row (a soft pinky coral matte). I chose the NYX Born to Glow Highlighting Palette ($25 at Ulta) and chose the 2nd color on the 2nd row (a pale gold shimmer highlighter). I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, temples, brow bone, and cupid’s bow. I picked Loreal 6 Hr Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner (6.99 at Walmart) in the color Coral (a true toned coral) and I filled my full lips with this liner. Then I chose NYX Butter Gloss ($5 at Ulta) in the color Creme Brulee (a milky pink coral gloss).

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Final Thoughts….

Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick: A+++                                                                 This foundation comes in shades with 9 dedicated to deeper skin tones. You get .25 ounces of product, but a little goes a long way with this one …. like 1 swipe for each cheek and the forehead …. and that gives enough extra for the rest of the face and neck. It’s billed as a full coverage that is water proof and long wearing. This is 100% my favorite foundation! I forgot I had it in my collection. It fell off my foundation shelf when I was looking for a low maintenance BB cream and I remembered how simple it was to use this one. It’s a demi matte foundation with great coverage ( I would say it’s more a medium full coverage) The color is spot on my tone. This foundation doesn’t set down , you do need to use a powder to set it , but it leaves the skin looking so succulent, so healthy looking that I don’t mind needing a bit of powder. I remember this was the foundation I chose every time I traveled anywhere. It was the foundation I used on very important days too.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel: A+++!!!                                                                                                   I gush over this bronzer every time I use it I know… but I can’t help it! This bronzer is that good!! It’s the perfect tone. It’s a cream to powder formula (normally I hate cream products but this one melts into the skin so flawlessly that it’s a joy to use.). This bronzer warms up the face so wonderfully… it’s the only bronzer I’ve ever used that looks like a tan, not like makeup. If you want to spurge on something special for yourself , consider making this your high ticket product., you wont regret it.

BH Cosmetics Ultimate Matte 42 Color Shadow Palette: A++                                                       I love that there is a palette out there that can handle any look you want to do. This palette has all the best of the neutral world and has great pops of color. For a drug store palette these highly pigmented mattes are creamy, finely milled, and blend like a dream. Unlike other palettes, this palette’s mattes can be layered on top of each other without loosing the color payoff of each color… in other words … they don’t muddle together.

Hikari Cream Pigment: A++                                                                                                                 I don’t own many cream products, I hate the way they look on me, but this cream pigment is amazing!!! It’s very creamy but applies like a powder. It’s the perfect shade for a lid or inner corner highlight. There are 21 shades to chose from … ranging from dewy to smokey …. and the price tag isn’t bad for the quality you get with this pigment.

Urban Decay Single Shadow * specifically Midnight Cowboy *: A-                                            If you have been reading my blog for any period of time you know by now I HATE GLITTER. But Midnight Cowboy is such a beautiful color that I just deal with the glitter in it. Urban Decay single shadows come in 63 colors, of which I own two, Midnight Cowboy and Loaded ( a deep emerald I use around Christmas time … some matte, satin, and shimmer (with glitter). A little of this shade goes a long way and it really brightens up any look.

NYX On The Rise Volume Liftscara: D                                                                                               I really hated working with this mascara. It left my eyelashes crunchy and lifeless. I also hate the applicator brush… it’s one of those plastic bristle brushes, I can’t stand the way it applied…  I’ll try to use it up but I more than likely will be throwing this one away.

NYX Born to Glow Highlighting Palette: B-                                                                                        I love the color of these highlighters but once again …. GLITTER!!!! It’s finely milled, not chunky like other highlighters, but again I just don’t like glitter… and this highlighter picks up every imperfection of the cheeks. It’s still pretty in color tone so I’ll use it up but I wont repurchase.

Loreal 6Hr Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner: A+                                                                          This color comes in 8 shades… of which I own 1… Coral. This liner is the perfect consistency… It’s not too waxy not too creamy …. it’s a perfect mix of both. I normally use it to fill in my lips or contour my lips and then I use a gloss over top … It lasts a long time too. I am thinking of picking up a couple of back ups of this shade …. I don’t really like any of the other shades.

NYX Butter Gloss: A+++                                                                                                                  This gloss comes in 32 shades. I own 5. I use to own them all but when I de-cluttered my stash when we were moving I passed them on to my niece. I am going to pick up more shades shortly… It’s the perfect formula… not at all sticky, not at all greasy feeling… it doesn’t travel outside the lip line…. the pigmentation is a medium pigmentation so you still see a little skin underneath so if you want more of a color payoff you will need to cancel out your lips by using a foundation, concealer, or face powder. This is a great little lip gloss.

Well that’s all for now babies … Tomorrow’s and Wednesday’s Face of the Day may be posted on Thursday …. Not sure if I will have the time to post before the Holiday Memorial tomorrow, and I may be out of spoons on Thursday …. but I will try and post them as soon as possible….

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of makeup ….

XOXO

 

Radiofrequency Ablation Update

Published December 20, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hi dolls. So it’s the day after my Radiofrequency Ablation procedure and I am st ill hurting pretty badly.

The day of the procedure was pretty intense. It started with anesthesia team. They had a hard time putting a line in. My veins kept collapsing. It took 7 tries to finally get a line put in and that line was in my wrist…. boy did that hurt. Today my veins are all bruised and sore and the site on my wrist is very tender.

Next instead of putting my under right away they gave me local anesthesia , this way I could still be awake when the probes were in place to make sure they were in the right position. When the probes hit the nerve that is to be burned it stings a little… it was very uncomfortable.  They then injected me with a numbing agent which burns when it goes in.

Then I am put under anesthesia and don’t remember anything until I was back in my room with the nurse standing over me asking if I’d like some apple juice. I didn’t feel any pain just then because the numbing agent was still working.

The car ride home was a bit uncomfortable. Every pothole killed me. Then it was off to bed. For some reason after anesthesia I sleep for a few hours when I get home.

When I woke up I could feel the pain… and boy was there pain…. I had to lay on my side to keep from aggravating my procedure site. The pressure I felt was intense, even laying on the other hip I felt the pressure.

I tried a ice pack but that just made the pain worse so I just chose to ride out the healing process.

I babied myself the whole day, resting and binge watching the DC Universe’s Titans. I fell asleep for the night around 11 (it was hard to get to sleep because of the pain).

Flash forward to this morning. I woke up hurting because somehow in the middle of the night I had flipped over onto the side I get the procedure in. I needed my husband’s help to get out of bed today and to shower because I can’t bend over just now.

I decided to do my makeup anyway, and that took forever because I had to stop and rest for a little because the pressure on my hip area was bad.

Today I will baby my hip to give it just 1 more day to heal, normally I am not hurting this bad the day after Radiofrequency Ablation …. it has to be that I was sleeping on the site, but it is what it is and I’ll just have to round with the punches.

Today I can take some Tylenol for the pain, which I have already done and I will rest the rest of the day.

By tomorrow I will be feeling much better and by Sunday I will be able to bend all the way over and touch my toes.

Yes, there is a ton of pain that comes with Radiofrequency Ablation , but the outcome (after the healing) is so worth the little bit of time I spend in pain. I’m able to have mobility and I’m able to sit up for the most part.

The days before having Radiofrequency Ablation I couldn’t sit up right for more than an hour at a time without hurting so much.

Radiofrequency Ablation definitely gives me a better quality life.

Well that’s all for now dolls, hope your day is good.

Remember save a spoon for a bit of makeup.

XOXO

No Face of the Day Today Because ….

Published December 19, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

**** I am writing this at 4 pm on Tuesday since I will be unable to sit up after my surgery, I wanted to make sure that you knew about the procedure and the reason there will not be a face of the day post on Thursday. ****

 

Good morning beauties. I will not be doing a face of the day today. I am having Radiofrequency Ablation today and will be in pain after the surgery.

Basically my pain management doctor will be going in and burning the nerves in my lower back near my hips to help reduce the pain I get from the Fibromyalgia.

They give me anesthesia and once I’m under they take small electric rod needles and place them near my spin where the nerves are. They send and electric pulse through the needles into the nerves and that burns the nerve severing the nerve and allowing me to feel pain free in that area for 6 months. Well, basically pain free anyway. If I am standing or sitting for too long I still feel pain in that area, but at least for the most part I am pain free in the hip area.

This procedure only lasts 6 months, so every 6 months I have to undergo a new round of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).

I am very grateful for our health insurance as for the most part I do not pay anything to have it done. However if I haven’t hit my out of pocket expenses for the year the RFA does cost $100 a round and I get 2 done… 1 hip gets done at a time to allow me to have mobility while I heal from the surgery.

This is an out patient surgery and the recovery time is very fast… I’m normally in pain the whole rest of that day and most of the day after. I do get minimal bruising that typically goes away after a day or two.

For any of my fellow spoonies out there who suffers from lower back pain that radiates out toward the limbs I would recommend this procedure 100%!!

My quality of life has improved so much since I have been doing the RFA.

I’ve been getting it done for 3 years now. At first they didn’t use anesthesia, they would use a local anesthetic, so I was awake during the procedure. They would inject the anesthetic right into the nerve so it hurt a little while they did this, it also hurt when the injection rods were placed into the nerve ending…. but after the rods are in place it didn’t hurt as much.

For a Fibromyalgia spoonie we feel pain on a whole other level, so the pain I felt during the surgery was nothing compared to the pain I felt without taking treatment.

For more information on RFA talk to you pain management specialist. You can also get the gist  of what RFA is here -> RFA on Web MD

For those of you suffering with pain due to Fibromyalgia or Lupus or any other spoonie illness looking for a good pain management center that treats your symptoms without throwing more pain meds at you … If you live in the Orlando Florida area I recommend Florida Pain Relief Group  .

Well that’s all for now loves …. I hope you are finding the day with plenty of spoons and as pain free as you can be.

Remember dolls always save a spoon for a bit of lip gloss….

XOXO

 

 

E.L.F. Makeup Review and Face of the Day

Published December 4, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Good morning doll babies. It’s extremely cold here in Florida today. With cold there is pain for fibromyalgia sufferers. My pain level is  9 today which means I will be practicing self care and resting today. With that said I chose to do a low maintenance makeup today. It’s not full on glam but I think it turned out cute. I know my hair looks put together, it really isn’t all I did was put it in a twisted bun last night and then I took it down and ran my fingers through it… that’s it, it’s my go to thing for when I’m in pain so I don’t look a hot mess the next day.

The makeup I am using today are mostly all new products for me and all are from the E.L.F. cosmetics line.

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All New Products to Me

I didn’t buy a primer because I own 2 of E.L.F.’s primers, however I couldn’t use either as both are expired. I had forgotten that I DID however purchase their Poreless Putty Primer, so I should have used that one and I will review that primer in tomorrow’s face of the day … and I really need to repurchase the two primers that went off as I really do enjoy them. I didn’t purchase an eyeliner because I find that I just do not like the eyeliners in their line as is the case with their mascara… I just don’t like their mascaras…. it’s a preference issue and not a quality issue.  I find the E.L.F. eyeliners to be too waxy and too dry for my tender eye area and as for the mascara I find their mascaras to be too flaky for me.

Now on to the face of the day and makeup review ….

The Face of the Day…..

Base: The primer I picked today was Too faced Hangover RX ($34 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Too Faced website). I used E.L.F. BB Cream SPF 20 ($6 on the ELF website) in the color Nude. For concealer I am wearing their HD Lifting Concealer ($4 on their website). To set my bb cream I used the E.L.F. Sheer Tint Finishing Powder ($6 on their website) in the color Light/Medium.  As always I set my under eye I used the Smooth and Set under eye setting powder ($4 on their website). I used the E.L.F. Contour Palette ($8 on their website) in the color light/medium as my bronzer today.

 

Eyes: To prime my eyes I used, as always, my Tarte Shape Tape ($19 at Ulta). I used the New Classics eye shadow palette ($14 on their website). To set my Shape Tape I used the color Creme. My first transition color is Truffle and my second transition is Darling which I also used on the outer 1/2 of my lid. For my crease color I chose Muse. The outer v was darkened by Earth which I also used on the outer 1/3 of my lid. On the inner 1/2 of my lid I used Beloved and then I used Glamour over top of Beloved on the inner 1/3. For my brow bone highlight I used Blanc and my inner corner highlight is Cosmo. i used a combination of Noir and Earth as my eyeliner and on my lower lash line I used Darling and Earth. On my lower water line I used NYX Faux Whites ($8 at Ulta and NYX’s website) in the color Linen.The mascara I chose was The Balm What’s Your Type? ($19 on The Balm website). I switched it up with my brows today. I used E.L.F. Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on their website) in deep brown paired with E.L.F. Wow Brow ($4 on their website) also in deep brown

 

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Cheeks and Lips:  I used the E.L.F. Illuminating Palette ($8 on their website). For blush I used their powder blush palette ($8 on their website) in light and I used the second color on the top. Finally I used their lip liner and blending brush ($3 on their website) in the color nude pink and paired it with their high shine liquid lip gloss ($4 on their website).

The Review ….

From what I remember on the ELF primers they are pretty good. The down side is they seem to go off too fast. I have had the 2 that I picked for only 3 months. It could be because I purchased them at Walmart and Walmart doesn’t always keep track of their expiration dates. I am looking forward to trying the pore primer! I have heard great things about it.

The BB Cream is a thin formula that gives you light coverage. Unlike most BB creams with SPF in them, this BB cream doesn’t have a scent and isn’t greasy. It’s pretty good. One dollop is all that is needed. It melds into the skin flawlessly and blended like a dream. However, like most BB creams, it does need to be set in place with a powder. It comes in 6 shades, 1 being a deep shade for dark skin. They do offer 3 color foundation adjusting creams that could help darker skinned lovelies find a shade that’s right for them.

The HD Lifting Concealer is one that I owned and have repurchased several times. The down side is that it only comes in 3 shades, none of which are even close enough for deeper skin. The upside? This concealer looks amazing under the eyes! It makes the skin look glowing and bright and flawless! It doesn’t last from morning to night, unless you set it with a powder.

E.L.F. Sheer Tint Finishing Powder is new to me. I never have tried an ELF powder because I’m so obsessed with the Laura Mercier one. This powder is silky. It comes in 5 shadeds, 2 that are for darker skin. I did find that by noon I had to reapply the powder to my nose and jaw line. This powder makes the skin look perfected.

 

 

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Eyes: To prime my eyes I used, as always, my Tarte Shape Tape ($19 at Ulta). I used the New Classics eye shadow palette ($14 on their website). To set my Shape Tape I used the color Creme. My first transition color is Truffle and my second transition is Darling which I also used on the outer 1/2 of my lid. For my crease color I chose Muse. The outer v was darkened by Earth which I also used on the outer 1/3 of my lid. On the inner 1/2 of my lid I used Beloved and then I used Glamour over top of Beloved on the inner 1/3. For my brow bone highlight I used Blanc and my inner corner highlight is Cosmo. i used a combination of Noir and Earth as my eyeliner and on my lower lash line I used Darling and Earth. On my lower water line I used NYX Faux Whites ($8 at Ulta and NYX’s website) in the color Linen.The mascara I chose was The Balm What’s Your Type? ($19 on The Balm website). I switched it up with my brows today. I used E.L.F. Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on their website) in deep brown paired with E.L.F. Wow Brow ($4 on their website) also in deep brown

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Cheeks and Lips:  I used the E.L.F. Illuminating Palette ($8 on their website). For blush I used their powder blush palette ($8 on their website) in light and I used the second color on the top. Finally I used their lip liner and blending brush ($3 on their website) in the color nude pink and paired it with their high shine liquid lip gloss ($4 on their website).

The Review ….

From what I remember on the ELF primers they are pretty good. The down side is they seem to go off too fast. I have had the 2 that I picked for only 3 months. It could be because I purchased them at Walmart and Walmart doesn’t always keep track of their expiration dates. I am looking forward to trying the pore primer! I have heard great things about it.

The BB Cream is a thin formula that gives you light coverage. Unlike most BB creams with SPF in them, this BB cream doesn’t have a scent and isn’t greasy. It’s pretty good. One dollop is all that is needed. It melds into the skin flawlessly and blended like a dream. However, like most BB creams, it does need to be set in place with a powder. It comes in 6 shades, 1 being a deep shade for dark skin. They do offer 3 color foundation adjusting creams that could help darker skinned lovelies find a shade that’s right for them.

The HD Lifting Concealer is one that I owned and have repurchased several times. The down side is that it only comes in 3 shades, none of which are even close enough for deeper skin. The upside? This concealer looks amazing under the eyes! It makes the skin look glowing and bright and flawless! It doesn’t last from morning to night, unless you set it with a powder.

E.L.F. Sheer Tint Finishing Powder is new to me. I never have tried an ELF powder because I’m so obsessed with the Laura Mercier one. This powder is silky. It comes in 5 shades, 2 that are for darker skin. I did find that by noon I had to reapply the powder to my nose and jaw line. This powder makes the skin look perfected.

The Smooth and Set under eye setting powder has been my go to under eye setting powder for about 3 years now, it’s that good. I use to set my under eye with face powder and it always made my under eye look dry.

This Contour Palette I used to bronze my skin with …. it’s OK as a bronzer, I really should have picked up an actual bronzer. The colors in the palette are good for contour they have the right undertones for shading. The powder blends well and layers beautifully.

New Classics eye shadow palette is amazing! The Shades are pretty, pigmented, and they blend into each other effortlessly. This palette comes with 18 shades, 8 mattes and 10 shimmers. This palette stands up to high end palettes. I will find myself reaching for this one a ton this winter. It’s a great go to palette for that everyday look that can easily be transformed into a night time look , with that black and dark brown shades.                  The Colors : Creme is a true vanilla. Truffle is a peach based tan. Darling is an orange based brown. Muse is a red based brown. Noir is a stand black. Blanc is a dull white with a silver reflect. Uptown is a grey base camel. Charmer is a pink based deep tan. Earth is a dark true brown. Beloved is a peach based pink with a gold reflect. Gilded is a deep gold with a green reflect. Glamour is a true light peach with a pink reflect. Black Cherry is a deep brown with a purple reflect. Cosmo is a beautiful tan with a pink reflect. Rose Gold is a pink based copper with a silver reflect. Platinum is a grey silver with a silver reflect. Opulent is a grey based green with a silver reflect. Downtown is a rainbow colored reflect.

E.L.F. Ultra Precise Brow Pencil really surprised me. Since I don’t really like the eyeliner lines I thought for sure I wouldn’t like the eyebrow pencil. It went on like a dream. It isn’t waxy like most brow pencils, it’s creamy… but not so creamy that it transfers to the forehead. In my opinion it’s just as good as the NYX micro brow pencil. The color was perfect and the point is small enough to draw fine hairs in the bald spots. I will definitely keep this pencil in my rotation which surprises me since I am so attached to the brow powder that I have been using for the better part of 2 years. Now the Wow Brow was another product that surprised me. I expected it to go on patchy or in the wrong color scheme. It goes on like a gel and dries down well. It also doesn’t make the brows feel crunchy. I really enjoy these two products together. The Brow pencil comes in 8 colors and the wow brow comes in 5 colors. These two products together are only $9! They work so well that the price is a steal. 

E.L.F. Illuminating Palette gives you 4 different shades of highlighter. I like them, they are not my favorite, I like the metallic flair highlighter much more (but then again I like full glam makeup much more than subtle makeup). These highlighters give you natural glow, they do have some glitter flecks but it’s nothing too harsh. They are perfect to wear for work or school as they aren’t high impact highlighters. Great for everyday wear.

The lip liner and blending brush is just OK for me. It’s a little waxy and went on a bit patchy for me. Now in full disclouser I did not use my lip balm today ( it was in the living room and I just didn’t want to go get it with the amount of pain I am in.) so this could be a factor as to why it went on patchy. The color payoff was good and I do want to try this liner again when I have my lip balm on to see if it feels less waxy and patchy.

The high shine liquid lip gloss is the unsung hero of the whole order! I have to tell you I hate lip gloss …and I mean HATE. It’s always sticky, never stays put long and then you are stuck reapplying forever, lip gloss always feels heavy on the lips too. This lip gloss is so amazing!!! I’m sad that it only comes in 3 colors and hope that E.L.F. comes out with more shades. I am totally picking up the other 2 shades. This little beauty goes on opaque and smoothly. It is not sticky at all and feels nice on the lips almost like my favorite lip balm. It almost feels like a liquid lipstick, it goes on like a liquid lipstick too. I ate breakfast and drank coffee and when I looked in the mirror my lip gloss was still in place. This isn’t the kind of lip product that you can layer over lip stick, because it’s so opaque that it would add to the color of your lip product not enhance your lip product.

Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                E.L.F. in general is a great company with great products at affordable prices. The quality of most of their products is amazing, high end quality meets budget friendly prices. This is a great company to explore whether you are a novice or an expert at makeup. This is a great place for novices to build their makeup repertoire. Just like with any other company, they do have some duds but they have more gems than duds.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope they day finds you in good spirits with plenty of spoons.

And remember, always save a spoon for a bit of makeup.

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Weather Blues

Published December 3, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hello dolls. Today is a high pain level day for, I’m at a level 8. The weather has turned chilly and the chill is hurting my spoonie bits.  I can’t move my neck to well today, my hips are hurting, and all my muscles are sore and tight.

The cold weather always pushes me into a fibro flare but it also aggravates my rheumatoid arthritis.

I was able to get up and shower and do my hair and makeup and do a blog post but then I had to take a rest.

My medication isn’t working today and my pain level is so high that I can’t keep food down so it’s been a rough day. I also have a wicked headache.

I had planned to cook Spanish beef stew and white rice but the pain is so intense that I decided on Paninis.

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Turkey, Munster Cheese, Tomato, and Pesto

I think today will be an early bed day, hopefully I will be able to sleep. It’s important to remain positive when you are having an off day.

I’ve been crying on and off all day because of the pain. It can deflate the spirits if you aren’t careful.

The important thing to remember that just because you can’t get you whole to do list done doesn’t mean you’re doing bad… it just mean you did your best.

I’m having a hard time with words today so I’ll leave the post with this

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when  you need it.  Keep your head high.

 

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Love and Spoons babies,

Don’t forget to save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

Rose Gold Face of the Day

Published December 2, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hello dolls. I’m hurting a ton today. It got chilly over night and colder weather will always cause a pain flair. I hope you are bundled up nice and warm.

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No flash

Today everything and anything that could go wrong with my makeup happened. My brows took forever I had to redo them several times …. they are no longer twins… they are more like kissing cousins (LOL). My eyeliner too a long time and I still don’t like how it turned out …. it’s been a while since I did a winged eyeliner.

Today I chose rose golds as my palette.

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No flash but tons of flash back because of the spf

Base:  I used 2 primers from NYX, Pore Filler Primer (regularly $14 but on sale for 3.50 on NYX’s website) and Angel Veil Primer ($16 at Ulta). I wanted a bit of glow so I used BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta, Sephora,, and BECCA’s website). I woke up with dark circles (didn’t sleep well due to pain) so I pulled out my Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the color light medium, then I used MAC Pro-Long Wear Concealer in NC30. I set my face with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in translucent and my undereyes with ELF Smooth and Set Eye Powder ($4 at Walmart and Target and on the ELF website). My foundation today is Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 ($50 at Sephora) in the color Beige 3. I used NYX Matte Bronzer (regularly $10 but on sale for $6.50 at NYX stores and on their website) in deep tan. 

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With flash – the flash back is strong with this foundation because of the SPF 15.

Eyes: As always I used my Tarte Shape Tape in the color light medium honey. I wanted rose tones today so I pulled out an old school palette, Urban Decay Naked 3 (regularly $54 but on sale for $27 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Urban Decay website). I used Strange to set my eye base, Limit as my transition shade, Nooner as my first crease color, Darkside as my second crease color and for the outer 1/3 of my lid, Blackheart as my outer v and lower lid eye liner, and Buzz as my inner 2/3 of my lid. As my brow bone highlight I used Wet n Wild Color Icon shadow ($0.99 at Walgreens) in the color Sugar. As my inner corner highlight I chose Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta and on Urban Decay’s website) is the color Midnight Cowboy. My eyeliner today is Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Boosting Eyeliner Serum ($6.78 at Walmart) in the color Ultra Black.  I used Loreal Voluminous Primer ($5.99 at Target) and Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara ($23 at Ulta). I set my brows again with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel ($22 at Ulta,Sephora, and the ABH website) in clear. Brows were done with the same product I always use the professional brow powder for Oh La La brow bar ($10).

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Cheeks and Lips: I used Essence Pure Nude Highlighter (4.49 at Ulta) in 10 Be My Light. My blush today is MAC Powder Blush (Regularly $25 on sale aat Ulta for $15) in Pinch O’ Peach. On to lips … I used ColourPop Lippie Stix (regularly $6 on sale for $4.20 on ColourPop website) in the color Lumiere and the matching lippie pencil (regularly $6 on sale for $4.20 on ColourPop website) also in Lumiere.

Final Thoughts:  Pore Filler Primer does it’s job, but the only way it works is if you push the product into the skin… if you rub the product on it will pill up on you. The Angel Veil Primer reminds me of the Hourglass mineral veil primer in texture, however it doesn’t leave a white cased on the face… it wears just as long as the Hourglass primer does.. with only a $4.00 difference in price I don’t really see a huge reason to purchase the NYX one over the Hourglass one, they both has 30ml of product, they both blur the skin, they both are fragrance free, and they both hold foundation beautifully. What it comes own to is convenience. It’s easier to pop into the store and get the product rather then waiting for it in the mail and if you don’t have a NYX store near you then the Hourglass version is your better option.

I’ve said it already that I truly love the Tarte Color corrector, I just don’t like that it is only offered in 2 colors … they need to add one for darker skinned beauties too since this is a peace based product they only would need 1 more shade to round out the range. MAC Pro-Long Wear Concealer I find to be really thick. There is a learning curve to this concealer and I wish they would design the pump a bit better since a little of this product goes a very long way  …. I used 2 dots on each undereye and was able to cover the upper cheek area as well … the problem is the pump deposits so much product that you end up wasting it. It has 16 shades and which are 3 deeper (come on MAC …. you really need to step up the game and come out with more deep tone shades!). The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 is billed as a water-based, oil-free formula but it feels like a Serum based foundation. It has 30 shades, starting at lightest beige with a white hint and pink undertones (for palest skin) to deepest brown with red/brown/yellow undertones (for the deepest skin tones). It’s not my favorite formula. It takes some work to get this foundation to blend in. It starts out streaky but with some effort blends it wonderfully. It’s not that it’s a bad foundation it’s just that it is so high maintenance that for me it’s not worth the effort. I’ll use it up but I don’t think I will repurchase it. The Matte Bronzer by NYX is a orange based bronzer that is really pigmented… your going to have to use a soft hand with this one or suffer the ompah lumpah side effect. The first time I used this bronzer I was so orange it was horrible. I really enjoy this bronzer and once I hit pan I will be repurchasing it. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 and the single eyeshadows…. Naked 3 is nice palette but with only 4 matte shades a highlight, a transition, a crease, and an outer v …. so each look you try ends up looking the same … unless you pull in another palette to help change the look. There is some kick back with these shadows, not a ton but just enough to bug me. Most of the shade there was no fall out from except for Blackheart … there was a bunch of fall out with this color. …the only other downside is that these colors do not last long on the lids… even with a really good base they still fade.  The single shadows are great. It is offered in 63 shades (I own 2 but plan to purchase more). They are creamy and pigmented and long wearing. Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Boosting Eyeliner Serum was much talked about last year as being a dupe for the Kat Von D tattoo liner …. it isn’t …. It doesn’t go on matte, it’s thinner in consistency, it bleeds into fine lines and transfers to the lower lid, it also smears easy. It’s not my favorite for winged liner and I am not sure if I will purchase it again. I’ve already talked about the Wet n Wild Color Icon shadows so I wont bore you. The Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara is one that I opened only just yesterday…. and fell in love with. (It will never replace my Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black, but it’s definitely in second place.) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel is just ok for me. It works well but it’s just so expensive for an eye brow gel (particularly since there are others out there that are just as good, like  ELF clear eyebrow gel for $2.00). Typically I just use a clear bar of soap (I use Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar $4.50 at Target).  I really wish my eyebrow tech would come out with her own line of brow products for retail …. they are that good. 

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter is so amazingly good!! You get a candle lit glow with this product that is buildable so you can use it day and night. The MAC Powder Blushes are really good. Pinch O’ Peach goes on sheer so I needed to do 3 layers to get the color to come through but I really like this blush … it doesnt accentuate the pores around my cheeks like some matte blushes do. You get a lot of product in the pods too. ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils are creamy and hell-a pigmented!! The Lippie Stix are long wearing and sit comfortably on the lips. The Lippie Pencils slide on smoothly and do not feather into the fine lines around my lips. I only own 1 color but have plans on buying more. The shape of the lippies are perfect to just slide into your jeans pocket and go … I am growing more and more impressed with the ColourPop line. Get value for the price!!

Well that’s all loves… hope today finds you with plenty of spoons, and remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

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