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Skin Care Haul May 2020

Published May 23, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I placed an order yesterday for some of my skin care needs on Amazon and they just came in so I thought I’d share them with you. So… let’s see what I purchased ….

The first 2 things I received were not skin care items but they came with the rest of my skin care items… those are:

The first thing I ordered were these super cute rose gold Makeup Sponge Drying Stand $6.28 for a 2 pack. I think these stands are super cute and since I’m trying to switch over my beauty nook to all rose gold (with teal accents to go with the rest of the house’s theme of teal and sea glass greens) I thought the rose gold ones were the best ones to get.

byAlegory Acrylic Compact Makeup Organizer $21.99 for 1 (10 slot) unit. I now have 2 more units so that I can space my bronzers, blushes, highlighters and face powders separately.  There isn’t enough space on my baker’s rack for the both of them so I moved all of the units
I put all 5 of the compact units on the 2nd shelves of this shelf unit that I was given by a friend last weekend.

Now on to the skin care items …..

The Time Revolution First Treatment Essence $28 for 5.07 fluid ounces. This is a first essence … all the rage in K Beauty, a first essence is applied as the first step to your daily skin routine to prep the skin with moister so that all the other products you use will sink into the skin faster and penetrate deeper. This first essence is a double moisturizing boosting essence that has yeast fermentation. This product claims to improve your skin tone, texture, and hydration level giving clarity and transparency to the skin. I haven’t had a first essence as part of my skin care routine but have been experimenting with better ways to improve my skin and thought I’d give it a try.
Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Intensive Essence $19.89 for 3.38 fluid ounces. This essence contains snail mucin that is a natural hyaluronic acid and has antimicrobial properties great for fighting off acne-causing bacteria and it also increases skin cell turn over. Snail mucin also reduces hyper pigmentation and has been known to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and is also a great source of copper peptides and also improves skin elasticity. This. again is another product that’s all the rage in K Beauty and I have never used this before but am keen to try it out to see what if any improvement this item can give me.
Ample:n Ceramide Shot Ampoule $15.99 for 1.01 fluid ounces. Cereamides strengthen skin barriers . This ampoule also contains Allantoin which is good to moisturize the skin. I have been doing research on Cereamides for a little bit and am keen to add this to my routine to strengthen my skin’s barrier.
Asterwood Naturals 100 % Hyaluronic Acid Serum (2 % solution) $11.90 for 1 fluid ounce. I have been using Hyaluronic Acid serums for 2 months now and have seen a vast improvement of my skins moister. I am down to my last bottle of the Good Molecules brand and they are currently out of stock on both their website and the Beautylish website so I thought I’d give this one a go. Hyaluronic acid draws water into the skin and helps keep it there and I’ve got to say that ever since I’ve incorporated it into my skin regimen my makeup application has been flawless and as a testament to the benefits of this product my husband just yesterday told me my skin has been looking smoother and more glowy. I’ve notice that my skin does not feel as tight as it use to and that my normally rough chin and forehead have now healed and are smooth and supple.

Klem Organics Vitamin C Face Serum $14.97 for 1 fluid ounce. This products claims are that it reduces wrinkles & fine lines while helping you to boost collagen, fade sun & age spots and that it improves your skin firmness, brightness, and tone for a smoother, fresher, more revitalized youthful complexion. This is my second bottle of this serum. I freaking LOVE this serum!!! It sort of smells like oranges and is a bit sticky but it’s such a lovely serum! Vitamin C promotes collagen production, strengthens the skin barrier, and diminishes fine lines. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that help protect skin from free radicals from UV sun exposure. My skin has this amazing glow to it ever since I started using it. The only down side to this specific serum is that it’s an air tight pump (meaning that there is a base that raises as you dispense product, essentially pushing the serum up to the top to dispense it). Because of this there is at least a weeks worth of serum that gets trapped at the top once the base has risen all the way to the top. To by pass this waste of product I have been using my Every Drop Beauty Spatula to push the base down some and scrape out the remains of the serum… I mean I’ve paid for 1 fluid ounce … I want as much of that as I can get.
Lanocreme Collagen Eye Serum made in New Zealand $21.99 for 1 fluid ounce. This product also contains Argan Oil & Magnolia Bark Extract. Collagen serums are designed to stimulate production of collagen that we start to loose in our 30’s… now that doesn’t mean that collagen serums will replace lost collagen, any collagen serum that claims to do this is lying because the molecules are too large to penetrate the dermis when applied topically, however what it does do is  fill in fine lines and help skin retain moisture resulting in tighter, smoother skin. and most dermatologists do agree that collagen serums do in fact stimulate the production of collagen. Now as for the Argan oil : this ingredient helps protect the skin from sun damage, is a great source to give added moister to the skin, and is a great source of antioxidants. And then we have the Magnolia Bark Extract… this extract has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. This extract offers free radical defense, adds in the reduction of fine wrinkles, and can make the skin appear firmer. This is the 2 bottle of this product (I’m still working on my first bottle, which has lasted 2 months). I have also been using the left overs (the pump dispense a little too much for just my eyes) on my lips and on this tiny little wrinkle I have between my brows. I haven’t noticed the fine lines under my eyes get any smaller, however my eyes have more of glow, look healthy, and have a firmness to them now and I have noticed the little wrinkle between my brows has gotten smaller and as for applying it to my lips, I have noticed that my lips are ever so slightly plumper and smoother and the fine lines of my lips are barely visible now. I really enjoy applying this serum to my face.
Timeless Skin Care 100% Squalane Oil $11.26 for 2 fluid ounces. This is squalane derived from olives. Squalane mimics your skin’s natural oils and has natural antioxidants and boosts hydration, is a skin detoxifier, fights damage from free radicals, and with regular use can boost collagen production. It also balances oil product. I really wanted a squalane serum but couldn’t find one with at least 2% solution so I opted to try the oil instead.
Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream $31.99 for 1.6 ounces. This is a back up purchase for me (I just opened my last one so I needed to get a back up). I purchased this product countless times over the past several years. It’s non greasy and rich. It sits well under makeup and keeps my face and neck smooth and supple.
Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum $26.69 for 1.7 fluid ounces. Again this is a back up tube. I just opened my last tube and so I needed 1 on deck. I’ve purchased this one countless times as well. I use the full line and have for about 5 years now. This is a very hydrating serum and leave the face and neck velvety smooth.

The next 3 items are still en route to me … I should have them all by Friday of this week coming…. those 3 things are:

Pearlessence Aloe + Rosewater Tonic Water Face Mist $12.95 for 8 fluid ounces. I normally use the Coconut + Rosewater tonic water but they were out so I’m trying this one. This is a back up I still have about 1/3 of the bottle of the Coconut + Rosewater tonic left. This new one claims that it revitalizes, soothes, and tones the skin after cleansing, replenishing precious nutrients. It can be used after cleansing, before moisturizing or throughout the day over makeup. I use this as a mist right before I apply my serums… it’s better to apply serums on a damp face so that they absorb into the skin more efficiently. I like it, it’s not the greatest tonic on the planet but it gets the job done and it’s only like $1.50 per ounce so it’s a reasonable price too.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Face Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60 $29.99 for 1.75 fluid ounces. This is a back up. I’ve got about 1/2 to 1/3 of a bottle left. This face sunscreen is amazing! It gives added moister to the skin, is non greasy, doesn’t congest my skin, doesn’t disrupt my makeup, and doesn’t give off a white cast in pictures. I had a hard time finding a good face, neck, and ears sunscreen and I saw this one mentioned in a YouTube video by Cyrille Laurent , who was a researcher in stem cell biology. He has a way of breaking down the ingredients in skin care that makes you understand the science behind skin care. Most of what I use on my face now is because I took the time to view his videos on the different components to my skin care regimen. He suggested this one as a great sunscreen for under makeup and he was right. It’s phenomenal.
Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream $16.35 for .5 fluid ounces. This one again is a back up for me. I’m working on a tube that I opened a few weeks ago. I’ve purchased this (along with the rest of the line) over and over many times over the course of a few years and will continue to do so. The only down side of this eye cream is that you have to be careful to not use too much… if you use too much it has a burning sensation. I use a pea sized amount that I use on both eyes. It’s hydrating and before I started using this my lids were crepey and now they smoother and much more hydrated.

Well that’s the full haul …. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.

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

XOXO

2nd BEAUTY HAUL OF MAY 2020 Skin Care Edition

Published May 6, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Just popping in with another quick beauty haul …. this time it’s all skin care items that I purchased on the Beautylish  website. So let’s get started ….

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand in the shade Medium/Dark $38 for .41 fluid ounces of product: This product is billed as lightweight, easy to blend and buildable. This is a repurchase…. I have one already open (the item on the left is the open one). I can not stop using this cream contour! It’s just perfection. I only use 1 squeeze to contour my full face … that covers my temples and center of the forehead area, jaw line, hollows of my cheeks, cupid’s bow, and nose and I still have product enough left to do my face the next day… It’s a small amount of product, but a little goes a long way. It never goes muddy or patchy and it blends in so seamlessly. I never liked cream products until I tried this one… now I want to explore all things cream related. 

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Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder $16 for 2 ounces and is billed as being able to gently exfoliate away dead skin and dullness with this fruit enzymes that gently resurfaces, smooths, and brightens without irritation. This is a new product for Good Molecules and is a water activated product. Pineapple enzymes contain bromelain ( protein-digesting enzyme mixture derived from the stem, fruit, and juice of the pineapple plant). It also contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits, Vitamin C&E which brighten and even out skin tone… it has also been known to clear up blackheads…..  I’ve not tried a fruit exfoliator before so am looking forward to trying it. 

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Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum  $6 for 1 fluid ounce. This is billed as a lightweight serum that helps to refine skin tone and texture for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.  Niacinamide is one of two major forms of vitamin B3 and is good for minimizing the appearance of pores and uneven tone and texture and also helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and reduce moisture loss for a healthy, hydrated complexion. This will be the first time I use this serum… however I have been using their Niacinamide Brightening Toner  for the better part of a month now and I love how my skin looks. I can’t wait to try this serum tonight!!

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Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum $12 for 1 fluid ounce and is billed as being able to target fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness, targeting multiple signs of aging at once having a specially formulated blend of peptides (smaller versions of proteins, such as collagen, elastin and keratin,  and amino acids) and copper tri-peptides (which aid in collagen production which aid in skin’s  firmness, elasticity and plumpness) which helps to hydrate, brighten, and smooth for a healthy, youthful-looking glow. This is my second bottle … I have 1 open now that I’ve been using for the better part of month now and my skin is visibly changed already! It typically takes 6 to 10 weeks to see improvement with any skin care item however in as little as 2 weeks I was already seeing a visible difference! I definitely recommend this product. 

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Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum $6 for 1 fluid ounce and is billed as a lightweight hyaluronic acid serum that draws moisture into the skin for deep hydration, a water-light serum draws moisture to the skin for long-lasting hydration. With just one use, skin appears smooth, supple, and well-hydrated. Hyaluronic Acid Hyaluronic acid binds to moisture and draws it into the skin to maintain a healthy moisture balance and protect from dehydration. Again this is my second bottle … I have 1 open now that I’ve been using for the better part of month now and my skin has never been this supple and hydrated… I use to have seriously dry eye lids, brow bone, and chin and since using this just the first day I had already begun to see hydration in my skin. This serum is amazing. I even use what’s left of the serum on my fingers across my lips and have seen improvement in my lips dryness as well. The Hyaluronic Acid is 4th from the bottom so it’s not that high of a concentration … but even with that it still works amazingly. 

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HoliFrog Superior Omega Niritiive Gel Wash  $36 for 5 fluid ounces of product and is billed as a universal, all-purpose wash that lightly foams to deeply clean, nourish, and replenish all skin types that comes loaded with omega fatty acids, probiotics, and antioxidants to nourish and replenish skin as it cleanses away makeup, debris, and pollutants. Designed for everyday use with natural antibacterial properties to prevent breakouts and clogs. This is my 2nd bottle, I currently have a bottle open on my skin… this has plenty of key ingredients that is a plus, albeit this doesn’t really matter because face wash doesn’t stay on the skin long enough to reap the benefits of these ingredients, and this face wash isn’t drying to the face and is gentle enough for the delicate eye area.  I’ve been using it for the better part of a month as my 2nd cleanse in my skin care routine. You only need 2 to 3 pumps to cleanse your face with and it foams up nicely. 

Well… That’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

 

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

No Face of the Day Today Because ….

Published April 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I chose not to do my makeup today because I woke up with intense pain and I had to make a market run today so I just new I would be completely out of sorts if I tried to take the time to do my makeup on top of running to the produce store, the Spanish supermarket, and  the discount store to get cleaning supplies … Plus it’s the time of the month when I make our homemade Latin condiment called Sofrito (more on that in the next blog).

So I just wanted to pop in and apologize for not getting a Face of the Day done… I just need the day to rest after shopping and meal prep.

But I wanted to show you the face spa masks I did this week and let you know what I think about them.

Revolution Skincare x Jake-Jamie Avocado Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces of product at Ulta.

How to use : Apply 1-2 times a week. Allow to work for 10 – 15 minutes. Massage into skin for 30 seconds then rinse well.

I would give this face mask a grade of A++. It smells just like a fresh avocado! There are chunks in it that seem like they might be actual avocado but they felt hard (not like a ripe avocado that the pieces would be creamy and squishy). There is also micro granules of oat for exfoliating.  This mask felt cooling and soothing. It left my face feeling so soft and hydrated. I thoroughly enjoyed spa day with this mask.

Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces at Ulta.

This one is meant to be a night mask, however I love my sin care routine too much to skip my night skin care in place of an overnight mask so I just use this one as a 30 minute mask treatment.

How to use: Apply to cleansed skin to soak in overnight, avoiding the eye area. Cleanse any residue or massage in upon waking. Use 1-2 times a week.

This is a super thick mask that just melts nicely into your skin. It tingles a little when you first put it on but that sensation goes away after a few minutes. It’s another mask that’s very cooling.

I left it on for 30 minutes and than washed it away with warm water. It took a bit of fussing to get the mask off since it’s such a thick mask, but when I did my face felt so soft and so hydrated. It made my face so smooth and supple.

 

I plan to do these 2 masks twice a month, along with my homemade honey and rice powder mask that I already do twice a month.

Now … on to a quick mention about a dish I learned how to do yesterday….

 

I learned how to make Cuban Ropa Vieja!!

My husband made a mistake a few days ago when I sent him to the food market to get steaks… He came back with flank steaks (which is used to make ropa vieja but I’ve never worked with flank steak so I sent him back to the store to get regular steaks for dinner  for that night’s meal and I set out to research how to make this delicious Cuban dish.

The recipe called for 2 pounds flank steak, 1 large red and 1 large green bell pepper, 1 large Spanish onion, Cumin, Bay Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, 1 can of tomato sauce, olive oil and oregano.  I used 2 tablespoons of the Cumin, 3 bay leaves, a tablespoon of salt 1/2 a tablespoon of pepper, 3 tablespoons of garlic powder (and I threw in 2 tablespoons of fresh garlic), and 1 tablespoon of oregano.  I used about the equivalent of 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

In a preheated skillet I put the olive oil, peppers, and onion. I let that hang out on medium high heat for about 5 minutes and popped in all the condiments and the fresh garlic and cooked for an additional 5 minutes.

I then added the flank steak and the tomato sauce and simmered the whole think for 45 minutes (the Cuban recipe says to simmer for 2 hours, but I just didn’t have the time to wait so I cooked it for 45 minutes). I then turned it over and let it simmer for an additional 15 minutes. I then shredded the steak (this is when I realized why you should let it simmer for 2 hours…. it was very tough to shred. I ended up having to pop the steak into a Nutribullet, this made the steak a lot finer than if I had shredded it by hand , but it still came out very tasty.

Well that’s all for now dolls…. Stay tuned for my next post when I teach you how to make homemade Sofrito (a classic Latin staple).

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Everyday Makeup Look Face of the Day and Quick Skin Care Haul

Published April 12, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m in a world of pain right now. I got up around 8 Am, did a quick everyday makeup look, made breakfast for my family, took my blog pictures, and then sat down and made another 25 mask to give to my extended family… I’m exhausted. I’m going to take a few days off from making masks to give my body a much needed break, by then my new sewing supplies should be here and I will get to work on making masks for my local hospital and Fire/EMS station.

Today I am wearing Gucci Bamboo perfume. Let’s jump into this Face of the Day …
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Base:                                                                                                                                               Today I primed my face using Benefit The Porefessional Hydrating Primer ($32 at Ulta and Sephora) and Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Sephora) around my pores.  My foundation today is a combo of 7 pumps of BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Sephora) and 3 pumps of Believe Beauty Skin Foundation ($4.50 only at Dollar General) in the shade Nude. I color corrected using Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate ($12 at Target) in the shade Brightening Peach. I concealed my under eyes using Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 005 Light Neutral. I set my full face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I warmed up my face using Benefit Boxed Bronzer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Hoola. For touch up powder today I am using Milani Conceal + Perfect Shine Proof Powder ($10.99 at Walgreens) in the shade 02 Nude.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and today I chose not to set the base. For today’s eye look I used the ColourPop Whatever Palette ($18 on their website). I started by using the shade Pink Slip (soft beigey taupe matte) from lash to brow bone. I then used the shade Tardy (soft golden champagne super shock shadow) all over my mobile lid. I then dusted a little more of Pink Slip along my lower lash line and highlighted my inner corners using Urban Decay Single Shadow ($20 at Ulta) in the shade Midnight Cowboy (a pink champagne with silver reflect metallic). I lined my lower and upper waterlines using Charlotte Tilbury  Eye Powder Pencil ($22 at Sephroa) in the shade The Classic (a dusty deep brown). I set my brows using the soap brow method and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta) in the shade 4.5 and then I carved out my brow line using the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set the brow line using Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Shadow ($.99 at Walgreens) in the shade Sugar (iced white). I coated my upper and lower lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($8.99 at Ulta).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade B-day Bae (light pinky nude matte). I highlighted my the tops of the cheeks, center of the chin, bridge of the nose, and high points of the brows using the J Cat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter ($8.99 at Ulta) in the shade YGG 102 Twilight (a golden pearl). I lined and filled in my lips using Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Pillow Talk (a soft pink nude) and topped my lips off using Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips ($34 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Kim KW (basic nude creme).

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Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                First off … the shade Tardy from this ColourPop Whatever palette is my all time 100% favorite eye shadow shade on the freaking planet!!! I so wish they would release this shade as a single super shock eyeshadow shade!! I would totally purchase multiples.

Second: I received all my new skin care items in the mail today ….

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               All these products were purchased  off Amazon.                                                                Pearlessence Coconut Rose Hydrating Essence Mist $12.95 for 8 fluid ounces
Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum, Hyalurinuc Acid, and Vitamin E Natural Anti-Aging Face Serum $13.97 for 1 fluid ounce
NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in the shade Olive $14.95 for 1 fluid ounce
Lanocreme New Zeland Collagen Firming Eye Serum $16.85 for 1 fluid ounce
Segminismart Green Tea and Collagen Eye Patches $17.99 for 60 pairs
Avashine Collagen and Peptide Lip Sleeping Mask $12.99 for .7 ounces                                                                                                                                                      

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La Roche-Posay SPF 60 Face Sunscreen $29.99 for 175 fluid ounce (also purchased through Amazon)

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I purchased all but 1 of these products on the Beautylish website… the SWLKG 24 K Gold Collagen Eye patches I purchased on Amazon for $13.99 fir 60 pairs.                                                                        Bioderma Sensibio H2O Cleansing Water $44.70 for 3 500 ml bottles                                                     Holifrog Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash $36 for 5 fluid ounces                                                        Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner $14 for 4 fluid ounces 

 

Well that’s all for now dolls. Hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are happy and healthy. Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Quick Change In My Skin Care Routine

Published April 5, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! Hope you are having a great day/night. I’m just popping in with a quick update to my ever evolving skin care routine.

I noticed, now that I double cleanse my skin, that I have been going through my Bioderma a lot faster  than I use to. So I set out to try and minimize the amount of product I used by using something different to take off my makeup.

I tried makeup remover wipes but they irritate my skin so then I thought i would try using baby wipes to remove my makeup …. this worked better but still I wasn’t happy with the amount of waste I had …. baby wipes are not bio-degradable… so I set out to do some research ….

I came across a few videos of YouTubers that swore by the Face Halo brand. So I jumped on Amazon and purchased a pack of 3 for $30.

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It’s softer than a washcloth 

The direction say to wet it with warm water and use it to remove your makeup and then simply wash it with soap in warm water and hang to dry….

This has been working for me so well that I am thinking of purchases a few more.

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I also wanted to show you what hubby did for me while I was sleeping yesterday…. He moved all of my sewing stuff into one of our spare rooms and created a sewing room for me!!! He is such a sweet, loving, amazing husband.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Stay safe out there and remember ….. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Warning About Exfoliating Your Lips!!!

Published April 4, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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a few months ago I purchased one of these to exfoliate my lips daily. I got mine off Amazon for $6 and thought this was the best thing on the planet….. 

Hey doll hey!! How are you doing today? Great I hope. Well…. I come to you with a caution about exfoliating your lips daily and or being too rough on your lips!

I use one of those double sided silicone exfoliating brushes. I use to use it daily on just the small nub side …. but I had forgotten to exfoliate my lips in about 2 weeks … so I used first the bigger nib side and then I went back over my lips using the smaller nib side … I noticed I had a ton of dead skin sloughing off so I decided to rub it a bit more and I applied a bit too much pressure.

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I now have a sore patch of skin on my upper lip. It hurts a heap and the only thing i can think to do is apply some neosporin and give it time to heal. 

So I’m coming to you with a caution … when exfoliating your lips use only the gentlest of pressure and do not exfoliate for more than 1 minute… even if you having gotten all of the dead skin off in the first go …. leave it for the next day ….this way you don’t end up with a nasty abrasion on your lip too.

Well that’s all for now dolls …. hope all is well …. Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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