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Week 1 Brow and Lash Update

Published March 22, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! Hope you are having a great night/day.

I’m coming to you with an quick update on my journey to fuller brows and lashes.

As you may have read in my post about me using black castor oil to aid in the growth of my lashes and brows …. I said I would update you weekly as long as I started to see improvement.

Well…. to my surprise (I went into this a bit sceptical) I have new hair growth on both my brows…. I am not really seeing a big difference in my lashes other then the fact that my lashes are now all growing upward and uniform instead of dropping and in different directions. But I did compare them to the day 1 photos and it does appear that there is in fact growth.

For my left brow I did not have hair at the tail and there was a bald spot at the arch. I now have hair growing at the tail and for the first time in about a year and 1/2 O finally have haor growth at the arch… its not a heap of long hair but when I touch it I can feel that hair has staryed to grow… its peach fuzz right now …. but it’s growth nonetheless. For my righr brow again I did not have hair at the arch and I can actually see that hair has grown at the arch as well as in the tail section.

My left brow and lashes. The lashes when compared to the first day photos do look a bit fuller and a tiny bit longer but what you can see is that there is hair at the tail and the arch appears to have hair growing
The biggest improvement by far is the right side. My lashes are in fact longer but still a little sparse…. this maybe because I had to scrub this eye a bit to get lash glue off 3 times this week so I kay have lost a few lashes. You can clearly see that my tail of the brow has longer and fuller growth and the archnow has hair where it did not have much hair on day 1.

So, so far I am seeing something happening …. I will update you again next week.

Well that’s all dolls…. stay safe and have a great rest of you night/day.

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

Xoxo

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

 

Olaplex Hair Care Review

Published December 12, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hi dolls! Hope you are having an amazing day. The day has FINALLY arrived! I received all my Olaplex hair care products.  My hair was in dire need!!! Thanks for sticking with me through all the bad hair days. Let’s jump into the review. Let me remind you what my hair looked like BEFORE I treated myself to my Olaplex routine.

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My hair freshly blown out before Olaplex.

Yikes!! I know, I know …. horrid isn’t it?

Let’s start with what Olaplex is…  It’s a line of hair repair products that helps re-bond your hairs structure. It’s particularly helpful for people with dry damaged hair from bleaching and color treating.  If you remember a while ago I posted about how I destroyed my hair with bleaching and had to shave my head because clumps of hair was falling out. What I never told you was that the hair that grew back was brittle, broken, and dry.

I started using Olaplex around the time that my hair grew into a cute pixie, and I haven’t stopped since.

I am obsessed with the Olaplex No. 3. I didn’t know until late November that there was a whole system that you could buy.  I am so glad I found out. My hair hasn’t looked better in years!!!

I start by washing my hair with No4 – Bond Maintenance Shampoo ($28 for 8.5 fluid ounces). It is billed as being a product that  Protects and repairs damaged hair, split ends and frizz by re-linking broken bonds. A highly-moisturizing, reparative shampoo that leaves hair easy to manage, shiny and healthier with each use. What I do is shampoo my hair with a plum pit sized dollop on No4, but I leave the shampoo in my hair until I’m done with my shower, I don’t know if it really matters or not but I think it strips all the junk from my hair better this way. Then I rinse and towel dry my hair.  I use a plum pit sized dollop on No3 and work it into my hair. It is billed as a treatment, NOT a conditioner that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair, improving its look and feel. Normally I leave it in for 30 minutes, but today I only had enough time for 10 minutes. I comb my hair with a shower comb and then rinse my hair out. I wring my hair out and use No5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner ($28 for 8.5 fluid ounces). It is billed the same and says that it Strengthens & leaves hair stronger than ever. I let it sit in my hair for 5 minutes and then I rinse my hair completely out.

Now because I have curly hair I use an old tee shirt to dry my hair instead of a towel. I put my hair up in the tee shirt and while that’s soaking up some of the water I put my serums and creams on my face. Then I use No6 Bond Smoother and No7 Bonding Oil. I take a quarter sized dollop of No6 Bond Smoother ($28 for 3.3 fluid ounces) billed as A leave-in reparative styling creme eliminates frizz, hydrates & protects all hair types, strengthens, hydrates, moisturizes and speeds up blow-dry times while smoothing (it also says it eliminates frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours, I just started using this so I don’t know for sure if it helps with fly aways yet)  and 5 drops of No7 Bonding Oil ($28 for 1 fluid ounce), billed the same way and also says that it Provides heat protection of up to 450°, this is good because when I do flat iron my iron is set at 410, and mix them together in my palms, then I run it through my hair from mid shaft to ends, concentrating on my ends since this is where my hair is the driest.

Then I put my hair up into a bun and do my makeup. When my makeup is done it’s time to work on my hair.

I blow dry my hair using a Bore’s hair brush and then I press my ends with a flat iron (this step isn’t needed as my hair will always be straight and silky when I use No6 and No7, but I do it because I want to make sure my ends stay straight.

I typically do this to my hair 2 times a week (except this week because I had to wait for my new products to arrive) and I wont have to straighten my hair at all during the week. The products typically last me between 4 to 6 months (sometimes I have to use more product because my hair is so dry and damaged that there are times that it needs a bit more TLC). I paid total $112.00 plus shipping.

So now for the big reveal…..

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My hair after Olaplex treatment, just blow dried out.

I did not use my flat iron today because I’m in too much pain to use my flat iron.  I have some breakage at the crown of my head so I have some fly away hairs. I am still on the hunt for something that will help with the fly aways.

My hair feels smooth, nourished, and healthy.

I give this product an A+++!!!  The shampoo and conditioner have a fresh scent , not perfumed like basic shampoos and conditioners. No3 has a familiar scent that I can’t place, but it’s not overly perfumed.

No6 & No7 have a nice natural scent.

Final Thoughts….

The Olaplex system is well worth the splurge. The bottles are no frills, just a plastic bottle with a plain label. At first use you can tell that the people at Olaplex spend their over head on the quality of their product.

I would recommend this product to anyone who’s hair needs to be revived. I’ve noticed that I loose less hair in the shower now, my hair has gotten stronger and happier too.

Well that’s all for now dolls,

Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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