When Fantasy Meets Reality 4th Beauty Haul of July 2020

Published July 23, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling pretty good today.

I wanted to do a haul post today but I also wanted to do a follow up to the beauty tag created by Emily Noel on her Youtube channel on the video entitled What’s in My $1,000 SEPHORA FANTASY BASKET… TAG!

I did this tag in 2 parts one for a Fantasy Sephora Basket and one for a Fantasy Ulta Basket

She did a follow up video to her tag called FANTASY MAKEUP BASKET MEETS REALITY… What I Actually Bought and I thought that was so fun so I thought instead of doing my traditional style of haul post I thought I’d do this video on my blog to show what I ended up purchasing from my Ulta and Sephora fantasy posts.

So let’s take a peak at what I purchased …. * Remember all swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass…. the pictures on the left are done without flash and the ones on the right are done with flash*

The first few items I purchased through Ulta.

The only product from my Ulta Fantasy Basket that I purchased was the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter $38 for 1.5 ounces of product in the shade Passion. It’s billed as a liquid highlighter for face and body that gives skin an all over pearlized glow. It has multi-dimensional micro-pearls that are suspended in BECCA’s crystal-gel formula to give skin a pearlized glow that is transfer and water resistant and comes in 5 shades.

This is such an amazing highlighter! It’s creamy yet stiff enough that it doesn’t mess with the products underneath. It’s super reflective without looking greasy. It’s so beautiful and even shows up after you’ve set your face with powder! It has a slight scent to it but nothing over whelming and I can’t place where I’ve smelt this scent before but it is very familiar.

I also purchased the BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39 at Ulta and Sephora for .35 ounces of product) …. this one was in my Fantasy Sephora Basket but I ended up purchasing it through Ulta. It’s billed as a weightless setting powder that refreshes and cools the skin with all-day moisture that’s formulated with 50% water that sets makeup while refreshing and cooling skin on contact with a mist-like sensation and applies seamlessly, providing all-day moisture without caking and claims that light is diffused across the skin to improve tone and diminish the appearance of lines and pores all day.

If you remember I had gotten a deluxe sample from BECCA when I placed my last order with them. I fell in love on the second day of using it. It’s just amazing. It sets the face and truly does blur the skin and does not cake or look dusty and as I’ve said in the past upon application it really does feel like you are misting your face with a spray. It’s the coolest little gimmick I’ve ever experienced.

I also re-purchased the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora for .56 ounces of product). It comes in 3 shades (translucent, translucent medium, and translucent deep). It’s billed as a  a silky, lightweight powder that sets makeup while providing a veil of perfecting luminosity for a finish so natural they’ll think you were Born This Way. It claims to help brighten and boost skin’s radiance with hyaluronic Acid gives a smoother, more youthful appearance and also claims to be photo friendly with no flashback.

I’m running super low and I just don’t want to be without this loose powder …. it is, after all, my all time… top shelf …. holy grail setting powder. It give this other worldly natural lilt to the face. It blurs the face so well that in person you look Face Tuned. It’s just simply amazing.

The products from my Sephora Fantasy Basket were:

Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer $32 for 1 fluid ounce of product. This one is billed as a lightweight, hydrating makeup primer for normal to dry skin that nurtures, keeps skin comfortable all day, and extends foundation wear that instantly hydrates skin, and keeps it hydrated all day and extends makeup wear. Formulated with grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate, this fast-absorbing formula melts into skin, for a silky-smooth finish that normal to dry skin types will love.

What I’ve learned from swatching this primer is that it is very moisturizing without being tacky or sticky. It also skins in to a semi- matte powdery finish that appears to blur the skin slightly.

Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation $35 for 1.8 fluid ounces of product. This foundation comes in 50 shades with plenty of shades for light, medium, and deep skin tones. It’s billed as a hydrating, natural finish foundation that delivers comfortable, long-wear in medium-to-full coverage perfect for normal to dry skin. This foundation comes in 50 shades with 16 shades for deep skin tones, 17 shades for medium skin tones, and 14 shades for lighter skin tones.

What I’ve learned from swatching this foundation is that a little travels a long way. It is a demi-satin finished foundation that would appear to be more on the full coverage side than it is medium. I left the swatch on for 10 minutes to see if it would oxidize and also to see if it would set down. It does not oxidize but it does set down a bit … doesn’t set all the way but it does set enough that if you are not a fan of powders you should be good to go without having a tacky finish. The shade I chose #120 : for fair skin with neutral undertones. I perhaps could have gotten away with either shade #130 : for fair skin with warm olive undertones or #140 :  for light skin with warm yellow undertones because #120 is just a slight bit light for me … but I can get away with #120 once I bronze and add a touch of blusher.

Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer $32 for .22 ounces of product in the shade Teddy (cream brownzer). This cream bronzer only comes in 1 shade for contour. It’s billed as a light-as-air, non-greasy cream bronzer that effortlessly melts into skin for a natural-looking bronze or soft contour and claims to deliver a natural-looking bronze in a range of sheer, buildable shades designed for all. Easy to blend and impossible to overdo, this light-as-air, sweat- and water-resistant formula instantly melts into skin without disturbing makeup to bronze, define, or contour with its range of undertones.

What I’ve learned from swatching this cream bronzer (in the shade 05 Teddy – tan skin tones) is that it’s very creamy but not saturated in pigment like say the SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer by Tarte. It’s a very light pigmented bronzer that melts into the skin and ends up looking just like the skin has been kissed by the sun. It’s not an obvious bronzer look, it’s more of a warming of the skin bronzer that can be built up to I’d say a solid medium pigmentation.

Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush $20 for .1 ounce of product in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip – soft coral red. This blush comes in 10 shades and is billed as a light-as-air, non-greasy cream blush that instantly melts into skin for a wash of color and natural-looking flush.

What I’ve learned from swatching this cream blush is that, like the cream bronzer, it’s very creamy but not saturated in pigment. It gives a nice flush to the skin without being over bearing. It’s high low pigmentation that can be build up to medium-medium pigmentation (as seen in the second set of swatched photos). I purchased mine in the shade 06 Daiquiri Dip – soft coral red. I’ve seen a lot of people being taken aback by how little this cream blush is, however I’m not one of those people. You only need the smallest of taps into the product to cover both cheeks and so having such a small product will still last a long time. Having a big cream blush put’s you at a disadvantage because #1 it can dry up fast and #2 there may be a lot of product that goes to waste because it expired.

I also purchased the Fenty Pro Filt’R Instant Retouch Concealer $26 for .27 fluid ounces of product. It’s billed as a creamy, long-wear, crease-proof liquid concealer with light-as-air, medium-to-full matte coverage that brightens under-eyes and conceals blemishes and redness. It comes in 50 shades with 16 shades for deep skin tones, 20 for medium skin tones, and 14 for light skin tones.

What I’ve learned from swatching this concealer is that it’s high pigment meets medium coverage. I swatched it using just the amount of 1 side of the flat doe-foot applicator and that was enough that I would be able to do both eyes and still have some to highlight the nose, forehead, and chin. I purchased it in the shade #110 for very fair skin w/ cool pink undertones but I think I could have gone for # 120 – for fair skin w/ neutral undertones or even # 130 – for fair skin w/ warm olive undertones because #110 is very light on me. It’s OK though I know I can make it work for me. I left it on for 10 minutes to see if it would oxidize and if it would set down. It did not oxidize and it did not set down ….this one will definitely need to be set with powder, however it did not sink into the fine lines of the back on my hand so I feel that this one isn’t going to crease on me. It is a thick consistence similar to the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer.

Along with the Fenty products I also decided to pick up 2 of their brushes:

The Fenty Kabuki-Buff Foundation Brush $36 at Sephora. It’s billed as a  large, domed foundation brush that is designed to seamlessly buff and stipple Pro Filt’r foundation for fast buildable coverage.

This foundation brush has a densely packed head with a bluntly rounded toe (the top part of a makeup brush), slim belly (the mid and end points of the makeup brush) and the bristles are super soft. The ferrule does not have a crimp to it and is cut on an angle at the part that would hold the crimp. The handle handle is even balanced and tappers to a point at the end. The hairs of the brush are super smooth and perfectly uniformed.

The Fenty Precision Concealer Brush $26 at Sephora. It’s billed as a softly-angled concealer brush designed for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder formulas with flawless, fingertip precision.

This concealer brush has a lightly packed head with a gradually tapered rounded toe (the top part of a makeup brush), medium width belly (the mid and end points of the makeup brush) and the bristles are super soft. The ferrule does not have a crimp to it and is cut on an angle at the part that would hold the crimp. The handle handle is even balanced and tappers to a point at the end. The hairs of the brush are super smooth and perfectly uniformed.

Well that’s all to this haul dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and good health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

10 Things That Transformed My Makeup Routine

Published July 22, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
Photo by Anastasiya Gepp on Pexels.com

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I have been watching a heap of YouTube lately and have come across a few videos that were inspired by Alli Glines . She is such a sweet and amazing person. The video that started this trend is called 4 Things That TRANSFORMED My Makeup . After watching her video and a few others who have followed in her foot steps I realized that there are several things that I have changed that have really stepped up my makeup game and though this might be great to share with all my beauty dolls out there.

So without further ado I present you with my 10 Things That Have Transformed My Makeup Routine ….

1 : The Way I Use My Primers:

I use to apply only 1 primer and then go straight into my base products. A few weeks ago I started applying a hydrating primer and follow that up with a glow primer (waiting 10 minutes between the first and second primer and then waiting about 5 minutes for the second primer to sink in before applying my base products). This gives my first primer (typically a hydrating one) around 20 to 30 minutes to fully sink into and interact with my face, allowing my face to full take advantage of the hydration it gives.

Allowing my second primer to sink in a bit before going in with my base products also allows that the primer sets down some which allows for a much smoother and longer lasting foundation application.

#2: How I Apply My Foundation:

This tip is simple but has been so effective in how my complexion has turned out.

I use to apply a pump directly to each quadrant of my face, even sometimes adding extra coverage by way of a mixed in glow product, using a foundation brush to spread it out and then going in with a beauty sponge to blend it into my face. The result was always a heavier, less skin like complexion.

Now I use only 1 to 2 pumps of foundation (or 1 to 2 pumps of foundation and a glow mix in) and I apply it to a foundation palette and use my finger to dot the product onto my face (typically about 5 dots on each quadrant of the face and 1 small dot to the nose) and then I will blend it out with a damp beauty sponge that I’ve sprayed with a little setting spray. The combo of using less product and using a sponge that has a little setting spray on it just melts the foundation into the skin so seamlessly!

#3: How I Apply My Corrector and Concealer:

I have always struggled with how crepey my under eyes always seem to look anytime I’m wearing corrector and concealer … doesn’t matter if it’s a hydrating one or a matte one … it always ended up looking crepey and most of the time would crease … now it does not and I couldn’t be happier!

What I use to do is apply my corrector and concealer first before any other face product and I would dip my finger into the corrector and apply it all under my eye and then blend it in with a sponge and then go in with concealer all under my eye and blend that in with sponge then set my under eyes and then I would set my concealer when I set the rest of my face.

The first thing I changed is that I wait till the last step to do my under eyes and I do 1 at a time instead of both at the same time. The second thing I changed is that I do not apply either product directly to my face. The third thing I changed is that I do not use my finger for corrector and I do not blend my under eye products with a sponge anymore.

After my foundation, cream contour, cream highlighter, and cream blush are applied I then go in with a fluffy concealer brush and I lightly tap it into the corrector and then I tap it onto the back of my hand to get the corrector to evenly disburse into the brush and tap off any extra I might had accidentally picked up. I then tap it directly over the deepest part of my under eye and work to the outer corner of the eye, I then wipe off the brush and go over the under eye area to blend and buff it into my under eye. I then do the same to the other eye and then I apply my concealer to the back of my hand and again buff my brush over the concealer to disburse the concealer into the brush and to tap off any excess. I then lightly tap and buff the concealer brush over 1 eye at a time. Once I have the concealer perfectly blended into my under eye I take my sponge and spray it with a bit of setting spray and tap my palm to make sure it’s not too saturated and then I lightly tap it over the under eye and then flip the sponge to the other side (the side with no setting spray) and tap it into my under eye setting powder and tap that on my makeup towel to remove the extra powder and then I lightly tap that over the under I just tapped out with setting spray and gently push the powder into the concealer to set it in place. I then switch to the second eye and repeat the steps. FLAWLESS under eyes EVERY TIME!

#4: How I Use My Setting Sprays

This one has been a freaking true GAME CHANGER!!! I use to just use my setting spray to set my makeup at the end of application to take down some of the powder and lock my makeup in place.

Now I use my setting spray at 4 steps in my makeup routine.

First: I spray my face with setting spray before and after I apply my primers. This re-hydrates my face and revives my skin care and it helps my primer to sink into my skin a bit more.

Second: After I’ve allowed my foundation to sit for 10 minutes to allow it to set a little I then spray my face with setting spray and bounce my beauty sponge over my face lightly to melt the foundation into the skin more. This melts the foundation in and creates a more seamlessly flawless look and it helps the foundation not break up throughout the day. I’ve noticed since doing this my foundation lasts the whole day (I’ve gotten a good 14 hours out of my foundation using this method).

Third: As I explained in my concealer section I take my sponge and spray it with a bit of setting spray and tap my palm to make sure it’s not too saturated and then I lightly tap it over the under eye. This melts the concealer so beautifully!! This method has lead to almost flawless under eyes (let’s face it, I’m 46 years old so I have fine lines that will always make my under eyes look a tiny bit textured… but with this method it is so minute that I have the confidence to take up close pictures now that I didn’t have before).

Forth: I use my setting spray to, of’course, set my makeup as the last step. I use my makeup fan to dry the setting spray 1/2 way and then I lightly tap a clean damn beauty sponge over the face to push the setting spray deeper into the makeup … this not only melds all the products together, but also picks up any unmelted powder that might still be on the face.

#5: Contour:

I use to only use powder contour. It was effective but always seemed to be a little patchy and a bit too grey under toned leaving my face looking a hint too ashy.

On a whim I purchased this cream contour and noticed that my contour had never looked better.

I also changed the way I apply the cream contour to my face. I use to apply it straight from the sponge tip applicator on the contour wand, the result was always a little too much contour and a little too much space covered.

Now what I do it apply the contour to my foundation palette and I use a flat thin concealer brush tapped into the product to drawl the contour along the forehead, hollows of the cheeks and jaw line and then I use a beauty sponge to tap the contour into the skin. The result is a more controlled contour with better shaping of the face.

I also have started using cream contour under my bottom lip, in the philtrum (the vertical indentation in the middle area of the upper lip), over the upper lip, and the little dip just between my bottom lip and my chin… all with the same brush. I then go in with a thick c brush and lightly buff the contour into the skin. I then take whatever is left on the foundation palette and tap it into the pointy side of the beauty sponge and then tap it onto my makeup towel to make sure it’s not too saturated and then I bounce it over the sides of my nose to add contour to my nose to slim it down a little.

#6: Switching to Cream Products:

I use to only use powder blushes and highlighters. The result was always dustier, cakier looking makeup and more textured cheek bones where my highlighter would be places. I also noticed that no matter how hard I tried to buff the highlighter in, it always seemed to look like a stripe on my face.

Now I had already been using a cream bronzer from time to time (my beloved Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer) but I never considered that one a true cream bronzer because it always set down with a thin powdery finish, but on the heels of discovering cream contour I branched out and started to dabble in cream blush and cream highlighters.

My method for application of these 2 types of products has also changed. I use to use a beauty sponge to apply my cream blushes and highlighters … the result was always a bit patchy and not as dewy of a look.

I now apply my cream blushes with a duo-fiber blush brush (my favorite one is from ELF cosmetics – the small duo-fiber brush). I just tap it into the blush … tape it on the back on my hand to disburse the product and remove any excess… and then I lightly bounce the brush over my cheek bones. The result is a flawless flush of color that remains dewy even after I’ve set the blush with powder. If my face powder takes down some of the color I’ll then go into a powdered blush (with a light tap) and then gently tap that over the cheeks to add just a hint more color.

For my cream highlighter I now dispense a little bit onto the back of my hand and tap my finger into it and bounce my finger over my hand a bit more to tap off any extra highlighter I then gently tap the highlighter on my finger over the high points of my face, my cupid’s bow, and with whatever is left over I take a very fine detailer brush and tap it over the back of my hand and then sweep it over the ridges of the philtrum … this makes the contour I did there really pop a bit. The result is a finer, almost undetectable lilt to the skin. It’s all dew and no streak!

As an added bounce to this section I also purchase this Tarte SEA Breezy Blender Cream Bronzer Brush for $29 at Sephora (well I purchased mine from the Tarte website, but you can find it at Sephora too). This brush is the perfect shape, the perfect density, the perfect texture (not too soft and not too stiff) and the perfect size to disburse cream bronzer over the face without going over board, without lifting or disturbing the face products underneath, and without buffing in patchy. It’s just the perfect addition to my collection.

#7: The Way I Apply Face Powder:

There are a couple of things that I do differently with my face powders now.

First: I have completely stopped baking my jawline, under eyes and center of my forehead. The result is a less sharper/harsher looking jawline, no cakey looking under eyes, and less textured forehead (albeit my forehead is smoother now than it was a year ago do to the skin care routine I keep now). I still do baked the sides of my nose for 2 reasons… #1 I tend to get more of a worn look on the sides of my nose if I don’t bake it and #2 it helps me shape my nose contour better … if you bake the sides of your nose it can help your nose look more snatched.

Second: I switched from setting my face from time to time with pressed powder to always setting my face with a loose powder. I also have learned that less is more with face powder… so I will typically tap my brush off a few times before I set my bases.

Lastly: I switched from a dense powder brush to a large fluffy looser powder brush …. the result is a flawless set and airbrushed look.

#8: How I Prime My Eyelids:

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than the past 4 months then you know my go to eyelid primer use to actually be 2 different concealers. I never bought into the whole “eye primer” craze. The result was always drier looking eyelids, creasing throughout the day, and patchier blends of shadow.

Ever since I discovered the P.Louise Base (which I picked up on a whim just to try it out and not really thinking it would be life changing) I have been obsessed with eye primers!!

The way I apply my primers has changed too. I use to just pat it on with my fingers which resulted in uneven coverage that always ended up with way too much product on the eyes resulting in heavier looking shadow that just never seemed to be blended all the way.

Now I put a small amount on the back of my hand and I use a thin concealer brush that I load with the product and I pat it onto the lids. I make sure it’s evenly disbursed and than I go back in with a fluffy round top crease brush and make sure to buff and blend it out thinly. I then can go in and do my eye makeup…. the result is a better blend and no dry looking eyelids that do not crease throughout the day.

#9: The Way I Do My Eyebrows:

There are a few things that I have changed with the way with which I do my brows now.

First: I now do my brows BEFORE I do any other makeup step. I use to do my brows last … the result was always harsher, uneven brows that never seemed to match the eye looks I did and patchy makeup around my brows. This was because it was hard to do the under part of my brow with all the eye shadow on (which always seemed to get smeared and messed up with the application of my brows). It was also always hard to sharpen up the brow lines because it always messed with the foundation I had on.

Second: I ALWAYS set my brows with either a gel or using the soap brow method FIRST …. I use to set my brows AFTER I had filled them in but the result was always uneven brow color or smeared brow color and the brows never seemed to stay pigmented all day. Ever since I stared setting my brows first I have had better application of my brows and they last all day now.

Third: I no longer use concealer to sharpen up my brow lines. This always resulted in my brows being uneven (as in one was always more lopsided than the other) and there always being this harsh line around the top side of my brows. I now use a brow highlighter pencil all around my brow lines and then I go in and finish my face. Once I’ve gotten to the foundation stage (which I do AFTER I’ve done my eye makeup to keep the eye shadow fallout at bay) I use a light amount of the foundation on a concealer brush and I go around the top part of my brows. The result is sharper, more defined brows that no longer have a harsh line around them.

#10: The Way I Care For My Lips: (Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com)

I never use to really do anything to keep my lips soft and supple. I mean I would wear lip balm to bed but I never would prep my lips before applying lip products. The result was always super noticeable crevices under my lipstick.

Now, not only do I use the residual face serums on my lips, I use a collagen rich lip mask which I put on right after my skin care routine and then apply again after my foundation is on (so that I can remove any foundation that may have gotten on my lips). The result is supple fuller look lips that are soft with less visible lines.

Well dolls… that was my 10 Things That Transformed My Makeup Routine.

I really believe that these 10 simple but effective things really have helped my step up my makeup game.

Are there any tips and tricks you do now that you hadn’t done before that have really changed you makeup game?

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

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

XOX, Nita

Cool Toned Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published July 22, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing OK today… a little back pain and a little bit fatigued but all in all doing well.

Today I decided not to wear perfume. I just really love the way my body wash smells (Bath and Body Works – Vanilla Bean Noel: scent notes: at the top : Vanilla and Cream, the middle notes are Caramel and Chocolate, and the scent is rounded out with Musk and Sugar Cookie) so I wanted not to cover up the scent.

Well … let’s dive right in to today’s Face of the Day …..

Base:

I first primed with the Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer ($14 for 1.7 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website) and let that sink into the skin for about 10 minutes. I then primed my face with the ELF Jelly Pop Dew Primer ($10 for 1.01 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and on the ELF website) and let that primer sink in for about another 5 minutes. For my foundation today I’m wearing a combo of 5 pumps of BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) and 3 squeezes of the No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation ($15.99 at Target) in the shade Calico. I contoured my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I bronzed my face using Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I highlighted the high points of my face using the BECCA Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta) in the shade Passion (pale, iridescent pearl that reflects gold). I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 at Ulta) in the shade #3. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta) in the shade Translucent. I bronzed my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (Originally $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade #230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows and primed my lids using Revolution Makeup Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Eye shadow Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Illustrate (flesh color). For today’s eye look I used 2 Too Faced palettes : The Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (discontinued but can be found on Amazon for $46.50) and The Chocolate Bon Bon Palette (discontinued but can be found on Amazon for $42.98). I started by setting my brow line using the shade Coconut Cream (warm light beige with slight yellow undertones – matte) from the Semi Sweet palette. For my transition I chose the shade Mocha (dusty yellow toned medium brown – matte) from the Bon Bons palette. I then chose to also take this shade all over my mobile lid because I decided I wanted to do a smokey eye. For my crease and the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid I went back into the Semi Sweet Palette and did a combo of the shades Peanut Butter (a medium brown with a heavy orange undertone – matte) and Truffled (medium dark brown – matte). Sticking with the Semi Sweet Palette, I then deepened the very outter part of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using a combo of the shades Puddin’ (grey toned medium brown – matte) and Licorice (dusty medium black – matte). I wanted to deepen the very outer part of the same area so I went in with just more of Licorice (dusty medium black – matte) and buffed it into the that very outer area. For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Bon Bon (medium copper with a warm brown undertone – metallic). I then went into the Bon Bons Palette and into the shade Molasses Chip (bronze with a copper undertones – metallic) and patted that over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to tie the lid together. I then took more of the shade Peanut Butter (a medium brown with a heavy orange undertone – matte) and tapped that along the very outer edge of the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to add just a hint of warmth to the look. I then took the ELF Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow ($5 at Ulta) in the shade Flirty Birdy (a coral based peach) and tapped it lightly over the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid to add a bit of light to the look. For the lower lash line I started by creating a drop shadow with more of the shade Mocha (dusty yellow toned medium brown – matte) and then I took a combo of the shades Peanut Butter (a medium brown with a heavy orange undertone – matte) and Truffled (medium dark brown – matte) and added that to the lower lash line also. I then took more of Truffled (medium dark brown – matte) and deepened the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners of the eyes using the shade Satin Sheets (a cloudy pink with gold reflect – shimmer) from the Bon Bons Palette. I then went over my brow line to intensify it with the shade Divinity (creamy light biege with yellow undertones – matte) from the Bon Bons Palette. I lined my lower waterlines using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer). I coated my lower and upper lashes using Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 only at Dollar General Stores) and then popped on a pair of ColourPop falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami. 

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I’m wearing Tarte Sugar Rush – Beach Cheeks Cream Blush ($15 at Ulta) in Beaches & Cream. I set the cream blush using the slightest of taps into MAC Blush ($25 at MAC) in Pinch O’ Peach (slightly pink peach – matte). I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type  (a deeper champagne). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Love Bug (rich mahogany) and filled in my lips using BECCA Glow Gloss ($22 on their website) in the shade Rose Gold (copper rose with soft gold pearl).

Final Thoughts:

I grade this product an A+!!! : ELF Jelly Pop Dew Primer $10 for 1.01 fluid ounces (at Ulta and on the ELF website). It’s billed as a hydrating, watermelon-infused primer with a unique jelly texture to give you lasting sheer color, dewy skin, and a healthy glow that works like glue to grip makeup to ensure it stays put. Packed with skin-loving ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and a powerful blend of antioxidants.

This smells so good and it’s super sticky! Foundation really does grip to it but it’s temperamental. This is the 2nd time I’ve used this primer and both times I had a hard time getting foundation to lay down smooth over the cheeks and nose. However, I found a way to make it work. I apply my foundation and then spray the sponge with setting spray and pick up a light layer of foundation and tap it over the area that is patchy or not laying down right and it blends it in perfectly. It’s a pretty good primer that doesn’t leave the face feeling heavy. If not for the fact that it’s a bit fiddly to work with I would have graded it higher.

I grade this product an A+++!!! : BECCA Glow Gloss $22 for .18 fluid ounces of product on their website: in the shade Rose Gold (the shade on the left in the 1st picture and on the right in the 2nd picture) and comes in 10 shades. It’s billed as a lip formula with the shine of a gloss, pigment of a liquid lipstick and nourishing benefits of a balm.

I love this lip gloss so much!!! It’s super hydrating, not sticky, and pretty long lasting. It doesn’t travel outside the lip line. It has a slight mint scent (it has peppermint oil in it) that gives the lips a bit of a cooling sensation. I like it so much that once I’ve used up the 2 deluxe samples that BECCA sent me with my last order I will be purchasing the full sizes. Heck, I think I might even pick up all 10 shades.

I grade this product a solid A+++!!! : Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $26 for .01 ounces of product at Sephora : in the shade #74 Sunset and it comes in 37 shades and 3 finishes. It’s billed as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide.

I freaking LOVE this eyeliner formula and this shade is to die for!!! I never jumped on the band wagon when these first came out and I could kick myself for that! It is super creamy but don’t fade or smear. It doesn’t tug at my delicate eye skin and it lasts on my waterline all day. I am definitely picking up some of the other shades, this liner is like a potato chip …. you can’t have just 1!!!!

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

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

XOXO, Nita

Trash Talk Tuesday: June/July 2020 Empties

Published July 21, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m starting to feel stronger.

I’m just popping in with a quick empties post, so let’s get started…..

Pearlessence Coconut Rose Hydrating Face Mist : $12.95 for 8 fluid ounces on Amazon. It’s billed as being formulated with coconut water, which rehydrates the skin and provides a new glow; rose, which is hydrating, high in antioxidants and great at reducing redness and inflammation and aloe vera, which is light, healing and hydrating.

This is my 2nd bottle of this spray and typically lasts me 2 1/2 months. It’s very hydrating and smells amazing. I use it as the 5th step in my skin care regimen and it gives the perfect amount of moisture to the skin before my face serums. I’ve already repurchased a bottle (but this time in just the Coconut scent).

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray : $16.99 for 3.4 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. It’s billed as the 1st mist and fix makeup spray that extends your just applied makeup look all day that provides the ultimate fixing power to extend the vibrancy and freshness of your look from morning to night. No cracking, fading or running.

It’s the first time I tried this spray. It lasted about a month 1/2. It was a pretty good setting spray. The sprayer is a bit aggressive but that didn’t bother me too much. My makeup was locked in place all day with this spray and there is no annoying scent to this setting spray. I have many setting sprays that I have to get through so I wont be repurchasing this one at this time … however I did add it to my beauty buy list for a future purchase. I definitely will repurchase this one in the future.

Belif Aqua Bomb Mist : $34 for (2) 2.02 fluid ounce bottles at Sephora. It’s billed as an ultra-fine, soft, and lightweight mist formulated with Aqua Bomb’s lady’s mantle (a natural herbal anti-inflammatory and astringent) extract and star weed to hydrate skin for a healthy glow without smudging makeup.

I enjoyed this spray. I enjoyed the nozzle on the spray as well. It did well at melting all my makeup into the skin more but it didn’t do much for the longevity of my makeup. I still have 1 of the 2 bottles that comes in the set and I will use it but I’m not sure if in the future I will repurchase it. Perhaps I will just for to use as a spray to mesh all my base products together … but then again that IS an extra step that I just don’t really need to add to my makeup routine.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Parfum : $99 for 1.7 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. It’s billed as being for the woman who lives in the present, who is filled with honesty, truth and gratitude, and who is free of social constraint, to emblazon her own unique path. It has a powdery sophisticate scent that has notes of : at the top the notes are Black Currant and Pear, in the middle the notes are Iris, Jasmine, Sambac and Tunisian Orange Blossom, and rounding out the scent the notes are Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Praline, and Patchouli.

This is such an amazing scent! It’s so elegant yet there is a hint of a rebel in it. This bottle lasted me 2 years and I only just finished it today. I do want to repurchase it, I feel that my collection would not be complete without this scent, however I will not repurchase it for a little while because I have tons of perfumes right now. I have put it on my beauty buy list for future purchase.

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Face Sunscreen for Combination Skin SPF 60 : $29.99 for 1.7 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. (Although I purchase mine from Amazon). It’s billed as being an ultra-light, fast absorbing texture that provides a matte finish. Suitable to use under makeup. Water resistant (80 minutes). 

This is the first bottle of this sunscreen I have tried and using the correct amount of product (it is said that one should use about a nickle sized amount of sunscreen for the face, neck, and ears) I got about 3 months of product. This sunscreen isn’t greasy, doesn’t break down my makeup, and leaves the face feeling super hydrated. I really do love this sunscreen and have already repurchased and am currently using it.

BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder : $39 for .35 ounces of product at Ulta. It’s billed as a weightless setting powder that refreshes and cools the skin with all-day moisture. It claims to be formulated with 50% water and sets makeup while refreshing and cooling skin on contact with a mist-like sensation, a weightless powder applies seamlessly, providing all-day moisture without caking. Light is diffused across the skin to improve tone and diminish the appearance of lines and pores all day.

This one was a free deluxe sample gift with purchase sent to me by BECCA Cosmetics and I got about 2 weeks worth of use out of it. I love this powder! It’s so unique. It really does feel like I’ve spritzed my face with a mist. It really does blur the fine lines and pores as well as set the makeup in place all day. I only have to touch up 1 time and it’s typically around the 6 or 7 hour mark that I have to touch up. I have in fact purchased the full sized jar and am currently waiting for it to be delivered.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream : $24.99 for 1.6 ounces of product at Ulta. It’s billed as a rich moisturizing night cream that works while the skin is at rest to help restore the skin and replace lost moisture overnight. Reduces the appearance of deeper lines, wrinkles and firms the skin.

I have used this product for such a long time. I think going on 5 1/2 years now. I love the way this makes my skin feel and look. It really does reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. A jar typically lasts me 2 to 3 months of daily use. I have just opened my back up jar of this and will be purchasing another jar shortly.

Benefit The Porefessional Hydrate Primer : $32 for .75 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. It’s billed as The power of The POREfessional… plus 12-hour* hydration. It claims to defeat pores and dryness in one step that’s a silky-smooth, hydrating face primer instantly moisturizes & refreshes skin, helps makeup stay put, and minimizes the look of pores & fine lines.

I had the travel sized tube. It lasted me about a month. I liked it (much more than I ever liked the original) and I am keen to purchase the full size. I think I’ll purchase it next month.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum : $25.62 for 1.69 fluid ounces of product on Amazon. It’s billed as a serum is powered by Matrixyl 3000 Plus, a combination of the most powerful form of Matrixyl (an anti-aging peptide comprised of two proteins) plus a next generation peptide that works together to help restore more youthful skin. It claims to have a patented antioxidant complex that helps protect skin from future signs of aging.

Again, I’ve used this product for 5 1/2 years now and I just simple love the way it makes my skin look. It feels velvety on the skin and really sinks in quickly. I just opened my back up so I will be repurchasing it shortly.

Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner : $14 for 4 fluid ounces of prodcut on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as being able to promote bright, even skin and less visible pores with this alcohol-free toner, it’s formulated with a soothing blend of brightening ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores.

This is the 3rd bottle of this toner. I just opened a bottle and I have 1 on back up. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or dry. It truly has re-textured my face. My skin is brighter and the pores appear tighter.

Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum : $6 for 1 fluid ounce on the Beautylish website. It’s billed as being formulated with hyaluronic acid, this water-light serum draws moisture to the skin for long-lasting hydration. With just one use, skin appears smooth, supple, and well-hydrated.

This is the best Hyaluronic Acid I have ever used. My skin after just the first time using it was super hydrated, plump, and glowy. I have another one ready to use but they were out of it so I had to order a different brand from Amazon, once I’ve used that one up I will be switching back to the Good Molecules one as it’s the best of the best!

BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter : $5 (but on sale for $1.75) on their website. It’s billed as a double-ended matte and shimmer brow highlighter with the matte side for a soft, subtle highlight or the shimmer side for an added glow.

I freaking love this product so much! I’ve even used it as a lid primer and as a lower waterline brightener. I have 8 in back up and am currently working on a new pencil.

Joah Brow Down to Me Precision Brow Pencil : $9.50 on their website. It’s billed as a dual ended ultra fine brow pencil that creates fine hair-like strokes, while the spoolie side smooths brows into place. It claims to be budge proof, smudge proof, and lasts all day.

Out of all the products I tried form Joah, this is the best product. I truly did love using this brow pencil. I have it on my beauty buy list for the future but will not be repurchasing it for some time because I have several brow pencils I need to get through first.

Revolution Pro Define and Fill Brow Pencil : $8 at Ulta. It’s billed as an ultra-fine brow pencil that creates the most convincing hair-like strokes for a natural and soft looking brow. The weighted component sits comfortably in the hand in order to support precise application, letting you be in control of your own brows.

This is the 3rd pencil I’ve been through. I absolutely LOVE this brow pencil! I have a back up ready to open once I finish getting through a few pencils that I have open now and I will 100% be repurchasing this again in the future.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil : $10 at Ulta. It’s billed as an eyebrow pencil really does it all – shape, define and fill in sparse brows in a flash. It claims to be so precise it coats even the finest hairs with color for a natural-looking finish, super-skinny tip draws ultra-fine lines, allowing you to create the look of natural brow hairs in just a flick of the wrist. A two-in-one eyebrow shaper and eyebrow tint, the Micro Brow Pencil is dual-ended for easy brow care and helps to easily create a thick, natural brow shape

I’ve used countless of these pencils in the past, however …. there are other affordable brow pencils out there that I feel are much better than this one so I will not be repurchasing it, but I do have 2 back up pencils in my stock.

Well that’s all for this empties post …. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

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

XOXO, Nita

Coral Eye Moment Face of the Day

Published July 21, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Today I’m feeling pretty good. It’s a low pain/ high energy type of day for me and I got plenty of sleep last night!!! (yahoo)

For my perfume today I am using Lancome La Vie Est Belle Parfum (notes of : at the top the notes are Black Currant and Pear, in the middle the notes are Iris, Jasmine, Sambac and Tunisian Orange Blossom, and rounding out the scent the notes are Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Praline, and Patchouli). Sadly I used the last of this parfum today…. and I have it on a future buy list but wont be repurchasing it until I’ve worked through some of my other perfumes.

For today’s look I used 2 ColourPop palettes : the She’s Got Solstice Palette ($14 at Ulta) and the Nude Mood Palette (originally $14 but on sale for $11.20 on their website)… so let’s get into today’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

I first primed with the Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer ($14 for 1.7 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website) do add extra moisture to my skin since I was going to use a foundation that I haven’t been liking the way it sits on my skin. I left that on for about 10 minutes to sink in and then I went in with the AOA Studio Wonder Skin Illuminating Primer ($1 on the Shop Miss A website) and also the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). For foundation today I’m wearing Revolution Pro CC Perfecting Foundation ($15 on their website) in the shade F.3. I contoured my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I bronzed my face using Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I highlighted the high points of my face using ELF Jelly Highlighter ($6 on their website) in the shade Dew (golden).  I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Fair. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39 on their website) in the shade original (a sheer, creamy beige). I bronzed my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade translucent.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows using my BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighting Pencil ($5 on their website) on the shimmer side and then prepped the rest of my eye lids using Revolution Makeup Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Eye shadow Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Illustrate (flesh color). For today’s eye look I used 2 ColourPop palettes: She’s Got Solstice Palette ($14 at Ulta) and the Nude Mood Palette (originally $14 but on sale for $11.20 on their website). I started with the Nude Mood Palette and used the shade Bluffin’ (pale ivory – matte) to set my brow line. I then went into the shade Au Naturale (muted saddle brown – matte) for my transition color. I then went into the She’s Got Solstice palette and into a combo of the shades Nova (nude clay – matte), Chromosphere (deep red brown – matte) and Quasar (coral terracotta – matte) as my crease and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid color. I then went into more of Chromosphere (deep red brown – matte) and deepened 1/2 of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. I then went into a combo of the shades Moody (chestnut brown -matte) from the Nude Mood palette and more of Chromosphere (deep red brown – matte) and deepened the very outer ridge of the mobile lid and outer v of the crease to add more dimension. For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Put On Heirs (bright copper gold – metallic) from the Nude Mood palette. I then went into the She’s Got Solstice palette and tapped the shade Marz(icy moss with a silver sheen – metallic) over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid and then took a combo of the shades Put On Heirs (bright copper gold – metallic) from the Nude Mood palette and Estrella (pink coral with a gold flip – metallic) from the She’s Got Solstice palette and tapped that over the very inner part of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid to add a bit more dimension. For the lower lash line I first put down a base along the lashes of the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer) and smudged it out and then went in with the more of the shade Quasar (coral terracotta – matte) and smudged that on the lower lash line over the liner. I then went in with more of the shade Chromosphere (deep red brown – matte) and deepened up closest to the lash line. I highlighted the inner corners of my eyes using the shade Wink Wink (soft gold with champagne pinpoints – super shock shadow). I coated my lower and upper lashes using ColourPop BFF Volumizing Mascara ($8 at Ulta and on the ColourPop website) in the shade Black on Black and popped on a pair of ColourPop falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami. 

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I’m wearing Tarte Sugar Rush – Beach Cheeks Cream Blush ($15 at Ulta) in Beaches & Cream. I set the cream blush using MAC Blush in Pinch O’ Peach. I touched up my highlight and highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type  (a deeper champagne). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Love Bug (rich mahogany) and filled in my lips using Flower Beauty ($7.99 at Ulta) in the shade 070 Coral Crush (true coral – satin).

Final Thoughts:

Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer : $14 at Beautylish’s website: It’s billed as being able to smooth, hydrate, and prep your skin for makeup with this lightweight daily moisturizer formulated with a natural silicone alternative that is formulated with macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and a naturally derived silicone alternative, this lightweight daily moisturizer works to strengthen, condition, and protect skin from environmental stress—all while creating a smooth, plumped-up canvas for flawless makeup application.

I give this product a solid A+++!!! : I have 2 deluxe sample sized tubes of this primer. I plan to purchase the full size as soon as I’ve used the samples up. This is such a great primer. It really does add an extra level of hydration to the face. I used it today to flood my skin with extra hydration because I knew I was using a foundation that I just can’t seem to find a way to like. I thought if I added this as extra moister it might make the foundation apply better…. and I was right! This primer gave me the perfect base for this seriously heavy, matte foundation.

Revolution Pro CC Perfecting Foundation in the shade F.3 : $15 on their website : It’s billed as the most hard-working, multipurpose foundation. Perfect for dry to combination skin that offers sheer to full buildable coverage, whilst leaving the skin hydrated and protected. It’s sold in 19 shades with 8 shades for deeper skin tones.

I would like to change my grading of this product to an A+++!!! : OK so here’s the thing …. I truly hated this foundation the first 3 times I tried it. It’s heavy, thick, and super matte. It didn’t lay on the skin right, it lifted off my nose and the upper lip. It emphasized the tiniest of texture on my face. However, I have finally found the way to wear this one that leaves the skin looking #1 Flawless and #2 Amazing!

I started with the primer from above and let that sink into the face for a full 10 minutes. I then went in with 2 different glow primers that also add a hint of hydration to the skin and let that sink in for a few moments and then went in with only 1 layer of this foundation. Once I had it blended into the skin (it still looked a bit heavy) I sprayed my face with setting spray, waited a few seconds and then went over the face with my damn beauty blender very lightly to push the foundation into my skin. This worked perfectly!! I now know just what to do to get this foundation to look splendid on the skin. I mean I truly love my base look today and I look forward to wearing this foundation more now!

ColourPop Falsies in the style Mami : $8 on their website: It’s billed as being dramatic faux mink lashes that add all the volume.

I give this product a solid A- : These lashes look pretty but they feel heavy. I did need to trim them a little. They also feel like they are scratching my eyes every time I blink. They also feel like the pinch the inner and outer corners of the lash line. I’m still going to wear them until they expire because I really love the look I get with them but I will not be repurchasing this style again.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

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

XOXO, Nita

Taupe Soft Glam Face of the Day

Published July 20, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m starting to feel a little better. Sorry I’ve been away for a few days … I was resting up and healing from having my wisdom teeth removed. With Fibrillation pain registers heavier and more intense so I really needed the break. My mouth is finally healing! No more tooth pain, my jaw was very sore for like 4 days and I really hate the mouthwash the oral surgeon prescribe for me, it’s very medicinal. I’m having a bit more pain today (fibro related) and my energy is doing pretty good today.

Today’s perfume is Lancome La Vie Est Belle: Scent Notes Are: At the top: Black Currant and Pear. Middle Notes Are: Iris, Jasmine, and Orange Blossom. And Rounding the Scent Out Is: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Praline, and Patchouli.

Well…let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day.

Base:

I primed my face using Believe Beauty Pretty and Primed Hydrating Primer ($5 only at Dollar General Stores) and I then used BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). I prepped my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). For foundation today I’m wearing BECCA Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation ($44 but on sale at Ulta for $26.40) in the shade Shell. I contoured my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I bronzed my face using Juvia’s Place Shade Stick Foundation ($16 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website) in the shade Guinea (dark skin with cool neutral undertones). I highlighted the high points of my face using ELF Jelly Highlighter ($6 on their website) in the shade Dew (golden).  I color corrected using BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 on their website) in the shade light/medium and then concealed my under eyes using BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer ($32 on their website) in the shade Porcelain. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39 on their website) in the shade original (a sheer, creamy beige). I bronzed my face using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 on their website) in the shade Ipanema Sun (medium auburn brown). For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade translucent.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using ELF Lock On Liner & Brow Cream ($4 on their website) in the shade Medium Brown.  I carved out my brows using my BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighting Pencil ($5 on their website) on the matte side and then prepped the rest of my eye lids using Revolution Makeup Cut Crease Canvas Full Coverage Eye shadow Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Illustrate (flesh color). For today’s eye look I used 2 palettes, the ColourPop single shadow palette ($45 on their website) I created, and the BH Cosmetics Love in London palette (originally $16 but on sale for $12 on their website). I set my brow line using the shade Hear Me Out (white peach – matte) from my ColourPop palette. I then switched to the BH palette. For my transition color I used the shade Cheers (soft beige – matte). For my crease and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid color I used the shade Lovely (rich cocoa – matte). For the outer 1/2 of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease I used a combination of the shades Crumpet (cool deep brown -matte) and Posh (charcoal – matte). For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Lolly (rose gold – shimmer). I then took the shade Queen (lustrous gold – metallic) and patted that over the middle 1/3 to blend the whole mobile lid together. For the lower lash line I first put down a base along the lashes of the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer) and smudged it out and then went in with more of the shade Lovely (rich cocoa – matte) to smoke the lash line out. I then lined my lower waterlines using more of the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer). I highlighted my inner corners of my eyes using the shade Cheeky (champagne – shimmer). I coated my lower and upper lashes using MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara ($20 at Ulta and MAC) and popped on a pair of ColourPop falsies ($8 on their website) in the style Mami. I then decided to add just a touch of warmth to the crease with the shade Top Notch (terracotta brown – matte) from my ColourPop palette.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I used the 1st shade of the 1st row (coral) in the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 on their website) in the colorway Soft. I highlighted the high points of the face and the Cupid’s Bow using MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ($36 at Ulta and MAC) in the shade Soft & Gentle. I then further highlighted the Cupid’s Bow using more of the shade Cheeky (champagne – shimmer) from the BH palette. I set the blush using ColourPop Pressed Powder Blush ($8 on their website) in the shade Catch My Vibe (pale baby pink – matte). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Another Round (rosy nude) and then filled in my lips with a combo of Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) Bitch Perfect (peachy nude – matte) and BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love ($24 on their website and on the Beautylish website) Tulip (pinky coral – satin).

Final Thoughts:

I have a 2 beauty purchases for the month of July already done, I should receive them by Wednesday – haul to be done same day.

I have a few more tags I want to do for this week as well.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Ideal Inspiration Award

Published July 19, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great, I hope.

Today I’m blogging about the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award that I was nominated for.

It’s always such an honor when I’m nominated for a blogger tag.

I was nominated for this award by the wonderfully amazing, fellow beauty blogger  Didi from didisnotsosecretdiary. Her blog posts are chalk full of great info… you should totally check her out.

RULES FOR IDEAL INSPIRATION AWARD:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their site

2) Answer your nomination’s questions

3) Nominate up to 9 bloggers and ask them 5 new questions

4) Notify the nominees by commenting or letting them know through social media

5) List the rules and display the award logo in your blog post.

6) Provide a link to the award creator. Rising star from Ideal inspiration

Questions from Didi:

1. What movie did you last watch?

A: I have been on a horror movie kick lately and just finished watching this documentary on one of my all time favorite horror movie boogeymen, Kane Hodder (he played Jason in the Friday the 13th movies – starting with the 7th movie of the series). Fun fact I got to meet him back in the early 2000’s and he is super tall and has the best personality I’ve ever seen in a horror movie actor. He was kind and listened to every word I had to say and actually paid attention to me. It was an amazing experience. So after watching the documentary on him I sat down and binge watched all his movies ending with Hatchet III (it’s not the last in that movie line, the movie Victor Crowley is, but I watched them out of sequence by mistake).

2. Have you ever had bad comments and how do you deal with it?

A: I haven’t really had bad comments on my blog or on my Facebook but I do remember 2 or 3 from my Instagram and TikTok accounts… I just simply deleted the comments and never looked back. If that person happened to pop up in my comments being rude again I simple blocked them. I don’t do back and forth negativity with people. It’s not healthy for one’s mental well being and there is nothing to gain from engaging someone who is acting ugly. As Mark Twain once said “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

3. What would you tell your younger self if you could?

I would tell my younger self to slow down and enjoy the experience of being young and fearless …. don’t take life for granted …. and it’s OK to march to the beat of your own drum that makes you unique.

4. What do you think is the most important thing in life?

To treat everyone with the love and respect that the Lord has shown to me.

5. Which came first, the hen or the egg?

hmmm…. I think the chicken came first … since God created animals …. in the bible it doesn’t say he created animal eggs , he created animals ….. so I think the chicken came first.

My Nominees:

  1. Have you watched any musicals or plays? If so which one was your favorite and why?

2. What is your favorite drink to cool off with in the summer?

3. How do you deal with negativity stemming from social media?

4. Do you ever have moments where your self confidence is rattled? If so how do you deal with it?

5. What is your current favorite summer time song?

The Questions for My Nominees:

  1. Catarina from Beauty of Cafe 205

2. Michelle from Garnet & Glitter

3. Mocha Plush

4. Emma from Canvas of a Face

5. Luna from Better Day Web

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits.

Remember… Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

The Road to Beautiful (Tag)

Published July 16, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
Photo by Jessica Gaudioso on Pexels.com

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’ve been having a really bad fibro week so, except for 1 day, I haven’t been able to do my makeup …. that’s the reason most of my posts this week have been beauty tags.

Today I’m going to do the Road to Beautiful beauty tag that I saw on Youtube. I saw it on Glitzy Fritzy ‘s YouTube video call Road to Beautiful … What Do I Think … it’s a tag that was started by YouTuber Little Poet her original video is titled The Road To Beautiful Tag – Questions & Confessions.

So with out further ado let’s dive into this beauty tag….

Question #1 : When you were a little girl did you feel pretty? Were you ever teased in school and how did it affect you?

As a little girl I did feel pretty yes. I wasn’t really teased in school much, in my 3rd year I was and I never let it bother me. It wasn’t until middle school when I had gotten my palatal expander to realign my upper jaw and it created a gap in my front teeth… and I wasn’t really good at doing my hair (I have very curly hair and at the time it was short so I had a bit of an Afro) and my dad was super strict and would not let me shave my legs … so I was picked on a bit for all of that …. that made me feel a little bad but I didn’t let it change who I was so it did not truly effect me.

Question #2: Men find these 3 traits the most beautiful in a woman, do you agree with these finding bellow?

a) Having independence : Yes! I think there is a strength and a beauty in a woman that can stand on her own without the aid of a man. I am a strong believer that in a partnership a woman should be able to pull the same amount of weight as her male counterpart.

b) Being good at something : Not necessarily, not everyone has a talent and that’s OK. It’s OK to just be a good person without having to have a “claim to fame”.

c) Being kind and nurturing : ABSOLUTELY! There is great beauty in a woman with a kind soul and nurturing spirit.

Question #3: Why do you wear makeup? Do you feel pretty without it?

I wear makeup because I love the artistry of what makeup can achieve. It’s my way of expressing myself artistically (like a painter). Yes, I do feel pretty when I’m not wearing makeup … Makeup doesn’t define me … I define myself … makeup is just an expressional release for me.

Question #4: What is your favorite trait in a woman that makes her truly beautiful?

Kindness, the ability to love, and the strength to endure even in the face of adversity. I find that all 3 of these things are small parts of the whole.

Question #5: What is your least favorite trait in a woman?

When a woman tears down another woman just to make themselves feel more important.

Question #6: What is it like in America or in your country for a woman growing older? Is it easy for you or is it a fight to be seen, heard, and feel beautiful?

It can be a little frustrating as an aging woman, Americans place a big value on youth and youthfulness so as a woman in her late 40’s it can be sometimes tough to get people to take me seriously when it comes to makeup and beauty. I never feel like I have to fight to be seen or heard, just sometimes I have to fight to feel beautiful because as we age here in the US people over look us. I like to think I am growing old gracefully but there have been a few times when younger people have made me feel out of touch with the beauty community as a whole.

Question #7: When do you feel the most beautiful? Do you look at aging as a fork in the road of choice? ( example, one road being bitter or sad and another road being hopeful and confident?)

I feel my most beautiful when I’m laughing and having fun with my husband and friends. I feel that happiness is the best part of beauty. Yes I do think it’s a fork in the road … I choose to travel the road of hopefulness and confidence instead of dread and despair at growing older and while I do dye my hair … I don’t feel upset over the greys that pop up … they are a sign that I have lived and I have lived a fruitful life. Growing older doesn’t mean I have to look back on my life and feel sad or bitter that I’m not a spring chicken anymore. It allows me to redefine what superficial beauty really is.

Question #8: What are your goals in the next year for a more beautiful you and a more beautiful life?

I never set goals for this topic … I think beauty is a state of mind and if you have a good, healthy state of mind now … you don’t need to work so hard to maintain it … I think the best I can come up with is to just keep myself educated, continue to be kind and loving, and to always make sure I lift others up … I’m a firm believer that I should always help straighten the crown of other women … not tear them down … and If I can maintain that … that is true beauty.

Well dolls … those are my answers to this super unique beauty tag … what would be your answers?

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

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

XOXO, Nita

Just a Quick Update

Published July 15, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I am sorry for not posting my daily Face of the Day this week.

I am just really not feeling strong right now . My body is heaps of pain, my energy levels have been gravely low, and my wisdom teeth have been killing (thank goodness tomorrow they remove them!).

I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on … I will be posting quick beauty tags and little tidbits until I’m able to do my makeup again … I thank you to those who have reached out to see if I was OK and I thank you for still sticking with me even though I’ve dropped the ball a bit.

I did place 2 more orders this month … 1 for Fenty Beauty and the other for just some makeup products I’ve run out of … hauls will be forthcoming.

Sometimes I’m a Fibro Warrior … and sometimes I’m not … but in the end I always win the battle.

Well I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

My Entire Makeup Collection If I Wasn’t A Beauty Influencer TAG (High-End)

Published July 15, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

Today I’m doing a new makeup tag created on YouTube by Jamie Paige on her video entitled “my entire makeup collection If I WASN’T a beauty guru!” I don’t consider myself a “GURU” and even if my blog ever takes off I don’t think I’ll ever be able to consider myself one, I barely even consider myself an “influencer”. I only use this term because I do have people ask for my advise and opinion on makeup related stuff so if I had to label myself something I would say “influencer” would be closest to what I am in the beauty community.

I have always had multiples in each category because I enjoy variety. I have chosen the same amount of products in each category that I’ve had in my collection before I started my blog life.

And, ….. away we go …..

The Primers:

I’ve never been one for tons of primer, until I started my blog and decided to test as much of makeup as I can, so I would have always had at minimum 3 or 4 glow primers, a pore filler or 2, a few smoothing primers and a moisturizing primer.

For medium coverage days my glow primer of choice would be BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta). It’s billed as having Backlight Technology to filter, blur, and diffuse for instant illumination, creating a smooth canvas for makeup that primes with an optical pearl blend to instantly give skin dimension and a lit-from-within glow. The illuminating primer smooths the appearance of skin, blurs imperfections, and preps for makeup application. Backlight Technology adds a sheer layer of radiance and dimension, making skin appear to glow from beneath makeup. The lightweight formula helps create an even base, giving you perfected skin that looks naturally radiant.

I just love everything about this primer. I love the way it smells, how beautiful the skin looks, how the lilt from this primer shines through foundation with this lit from within glow. I even like using this one when I’m not wearing makeup.

For full beat face days my glow primer of chose would be the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3 Light/Medium. It’s billed as a liquid tinted complexion booster for a superstar youthful glow. It’s a customizable complexion booster that can be used as a primer, highlighter, or can be mixed with your foundation to get a perfected dewy finish or glow.

This is such a pretty primer that has a bit of color to it. I’ve used it as a light wash of coverage on days when I just want to be more put together without having a full face of makeup. It’s got the perfect amount of glow for a full coverage foundation too.

For light coverage and ethereal makeup days my glow primer of chose would be the VDL Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta). It’s billed as a glow-enhancing primer, formulated with VDL’s trademark Lumilayer Prismatic Pearls that absorb light and reflect light to create a naturally blurred effect and an iridescent glow for flawless glass-like skin.

This primer has such a pretty iridescence about it… like a liquid pearl. It’s not a full on glow primer like say the Flawless Filter one is so it’s perfect for CC and BB creams and light coverage foundations.

On days where I need my face to be smooth I would choose the Makeup Forever Step 1 Smoothing Primer ($37 at Sephora). It’s billed as a medium coverage matte finish primer that  balances texture and tone for a smoother, more even complexion and longer-lasting makeup wear.

I love how velvety smooth this primer leaves my face. It’s not too heavy or sticky and I never have a bad base day when I’m wearing this primer.

On days where I need the most flawless base I would chose the HourGlass Mineral Veil Primer ($54 at Sephora). It’s billed as a weightless, super-fine microspheric powder (that fill and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize the look of pores, conceal redness, and create a smooth, even canvas for makeup.) that has a one-of-a-kind texture.

Whenever I need my makeup to be perfected but not dewy or have a glow to it I chose this primer. It created such a smooth blank canvas that really locks in the base products all day.

The only pore filling primer I have ever loved is the Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta). It’s billed as a melt-in smoothing primer with innovative blurring and filling technology for a youthful appearance perfectly primed for makeup application, formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula infused with vitamins C & E and green bean extract gently melts into the skin delivering a surge of moisture, peptides and other naturally-derived elixirs for a firmer, smoother appearance.

I’ve used this pore primer for the better part of 3 years now. It really fills in the pores and does blur the fine lines out too. It’s not the best at locking in the base so I always use this first and then layer another primer over it for longevity.

On days when my skin needs extra moisture I would choose Marc Jacobs Under(c)over Perfecting Coconut Primer ($45 at Sephora). It’s billed as a skin-smoothing, makeup-extending primer infused with five types of coconut to nourish and hydrate the complexion.

First off I love the scent of this primer! It’s so tropical. I also really love how hydrating this primer is. It doesn’t lock the makeup in all day but it does lock it in for at best 9 hours without break down.

The Foundations:

I love my complexion products and have always had 4 to 7 foundations at any one time Over the years as I delved into high end products my foundation collection has really taken off (more so now that I have this blog) so I would have probably around 10 or so foundations.

Anytime I need my base to be extra flawless and put together I would chose the BECCA Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation ($44 but on sale for $26 at Sephora). It’s billed as a moisturizing, medium-coverage skincare and makeup hybrid foundation with a velvety, natural finish for healthy-looking skin.

I just absolutely love the way my skin looks in this foundation! I’ve only had this foundation for about a week or so and I’m already in love with it! BECCA really hit it out of the park with this formulation! This would be my go to for a date night with hubby, a major event, or even just because I want to look my best. This foundation is my high-end equivalent to my Believe Beauty Foundation… they are both equally beautiful on the skin and never fail me when I need to look my best.

For easy medium coverage days when I need a hydration boost I would chose the Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation ($30 at Ulta or Sephora). It’s billed as a medium-coverage liquid foundation with SPF 15 that feels lightweight, looks natural and is virtually undetectable on skin. Contains photochromic pigments that instantly adapt to brighten skin in any lighting, flower acids to help boost radiance and hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to the skin’s surface and help maintain hydration.

This foundation is effortless. It blends in quickly and seamlessly and really does brighten the complexion. It’s very hydrating and never feels tight or heavy on the skin.

For light and low maintenance days I would chose the Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation ($22 on their website). It’s billed as a light, airy, soufflé-like texture for a natural matte finish with an ultra- pigmented formula.

I never have to work hard at my makeup when I wear this foundation. A very little goes a very long way and because it’s super pigmented. It’s just the perfect low maintenance makeup day foundation of life.

On days where I need full coverage but want a dewy look I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation ($44 at Sephora). It’s billed as full coverage,long-lasting, weightless, hybrid skincare-foundation for a flawless, poreless-looking, confident complexion.

This is such a beautiful foundation… it’s very full coverage, always looks flawless, and is long lasting. It is a bit heavy on the face but after it melts into the skin it doesn’t feel as heavy. It gives such a lovely dew to the skin that still lasts even when the face is set.

On special occasion days where I want a high dewy, fresh faced look I would chose the Too Faced Born This Way Undetectable Medium to Full Coverage Foundation ($39 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as oil-free  medium-to-full coverage foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin with undetectable coverage.

This is my go to foundation for days when I want my skin to look health, dewy and perfectly put together. It’s such an amazingly pretty foundation and I really do need to get it in a lighter shade (this shade is my summer shade when I’ve been in the sun)

On days when I need a full beat face to be perfectly smooth and even and I need it to last all day through the Florida heat I would chose the HourGlass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46 at Sephora). It’s billed as a weightless, full coverage, waterproof foundation with long-wearing, concentrated coverage.

I remember when I first purchased this one I could not stop using it. I love how well this one sticks around during the humidity and heat of the Florida summer. There is never a bad makeup day when I’m using this foundation.

On light coverage days where I want just a bit of glow I would chose the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43 at Sephora). It’s billed as an iconic foundation that provides undetectable medium coverage and a blurred, second-skin finish for up to 24 hours. It claims to be a weightless formula that contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, smart adaptive pigments that adjust to your complexion, and skin-fusion technology that blends easily to create a natural, skin-like effect.

This foundation is just so skin like that I really love it for low maintenance days. It’s the perfect amount of coverage to perfect the skin without looking like I’m wearing anything at all.

For medium coverage natural looking base days I would chose the NARS Natural Radiant Long-wear Foundation ($49 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a buildable, full-coverage foundation with up to 16 hours of lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear. It claims to have a unique formula mimics skin’s natural tone, fusing with it for the closest match. The transfer- and sweat-resistant foundation stays color-true and fresh-looking all day long, while radiantly smoothing the look of skin

I love this foundation on it’s own without primer (which is how they say is the best way to use this foundation). It is so skin like and so light weight that I never feel like my skin is suffocating when I wear it.

The Helpers: (corrector, eye primers, brow primers, and contour)

I’ve always been the type to only hold on to a few of each of my helpers. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve added a variety of each helper so I picked only what I would have in my collection if this blog wasn’t in my life.

To correct the darkness of my under eyes I would chose the BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 at Sephora). It’s billed as a full-coverage color corrector that uses light to brighten the look of dark under-eye circles formulated with vitamin E that nourishes and color-correcting cream that smooths skin around the eyes and creates an even base for concealer.

This is hands down the best corrector I have ever used! It’s super creamy, super pigmented, and hydrated the under eye area so well that whenever I use it my concealer always looks great.

To set my brows on days where I would want more definition I would chose the Benefit Gimme Brow ($24 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as having tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition

If I’m just looking to hold my brows in place I would use the soap brow method but when I want my brows to be thicker and more defined I always reach for my Gimme Brow.

For contour I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora). It’s billed as a soft-focus, semi-matte contour wand with sponge applicator and has treated pigments with good adherence and color uniformity that create shadows and define features for a natural finish. The formula has a lightweight and dry feel upon application for easy blending. 

I use to only contour with a taupe shaded eyeshadow but now that I’ve found this little baby I only use this one! It’s the perfect under tone, the perfect coverage, the perfect consistency, and it doesn’t interfere with the rest of my makeup.

For my eye primer I would chose the P.Louise Base (10 pounds or $12.60 usd). It’s billed as a luxurious creamy base to create the perfect blank canvas ready for ultimate color popping creations that has a super thick consistency and ‘no cracking’ full coverage formula that helps to cancel out any unwanted brow hair and carve out those highly requested fleeky brows.

This is fairly inexpensive but still I do not consider it an affordable brand since it can’t be purchased at a drug store or at Ulta … but this is the most amazing eyeshadow primer ever!

The Concealers:

Concealer has always been something that I keep a few types on hand… typically in 2 shades (my skin tone and a lighter tone) but over the years I’ve learned better techniques for hiding imperfections so I’ve dropped the skin tone shades all together from my repertoire.

For days when my under eyes feel just a little dry I would use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a multi-action, 16-hour formula that instantly masks imperfections, blurs the look of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. The botanical blend hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the look of skin by helping its barrier retain moisture. Light-diffusing technology evens out the complexion so that skin appears fresh and natural with a radiant finish. It also delivers antioxidant protection to help shield skin against damaging free radicals.

This concealer instantly makes my under eyes feel hydrated and more awake. I use it even when I am not wearing makeup to mask my circles.

On days when I’m in full beat face and needing my under eyes to look flawlessly smooth and even toned I would chose the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 at Ulta). It’s billed as a multi-purpose full coverage liquid concealer that hides it all, from dark undereye circles to blemishes & discoloration that is lightweight & doesn’t cake, crack, or settle into fine lines with a formula that includes algae-derived ingredients known for smoothing the look of skin and specially coated pigments that leave a natural finish that doesn’t flake or crease.

This is a full pigment full coverage concealer where a very little goes a very long way! It’s my go to concealer for when I need my under eyes to be on point.

On medium base days I would chose the Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a hydrating, full-coverage, weightless 4-in-1 concealer that conceals, contours, highlights, and retouches. Smooths and sculpts skin for natural-looking coverage. Infused with coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid, these skin-loving ingredients come together for crease-free, weightless wear.

This concealer isn’t as hydrating as it’s predecessor but it’s full coverage without being overbearing. It’s a satin finish concealer perfect for medium coverage days.

On dewy makeup days I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer ($32 at Sephora). It’s billed as a full-coverage, long-lasting, dark-circle-diminishing, color-correcting concealer.

This is a high satin finish concealer that is very full coverage but doesn’t look like there is full coverage … it just looks perfected and blurred.

On medium and low maintenance days when I just need my under eyes to be toned I would chose the Balm Time Balm Concealer ($18 on their website). Its’ billed as a fresh and flawless face with a unique, anti-wrinkle concealer infused with vitamins A, C, E and Panthenol the ultra-smooth concealer works around the clock to reduce the look of fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, sunspots, and redness.

This si a medium coverage concealer that has no slip to it. It’s a drier formula that doesn’t make the under eyes look dry … just perfected.

On days when I have a perfect full beat face and on days when I need my under eyes to look flawless I would chose the BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer ($32 but on sale for $19.20 on theri website). It’s billed as a water-infused, crease-proof concealer that delivers weightless light-to-medium coverage.

This concealer is super hydrating and so beautiful! It’s what I reach for when I really want to look my best.

The Bronzers:

Although over time my bronzer collection has grown for the most part I typically only reach for 3 types of bronzers (in my day to day life). I reach for my high end bronzers more than I do my affordably bronzers so I would always have more of those than of my affordable ones and I do tend to layer a cream with a powder bronzer.

For light and low maintenance makeup days I would use the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel cream bronzer (has been discontinued and reformulated): It’s billed as a  lightweight cream-gel face bronzer with a velvet-matte finish that enhances skin with a sun-kissed glow.

This is just an effortless bronzer to use. The tone is perfect for light makeup days.

For medium to full beat face days I would choose the Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. It’s billed as a waterproof, buildable cream bronzer that applies effortlessly for the perfect just-back-from-the-beach glow. velvety cream formula blends evenly to contour, bronze, and give you an all-over healthy and hydrated glow. It applies as a cream and dries down to a natural-looking, matte finish. The formula blends onto skin easily.

This is my all time favorite day to day bronzer. It’s the perfect sunkissed bronze shade that never fades and doesn’t disrupt the products underneath.

On medium makeup days when I need a bit more life to the face I would chose MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder ($36 at Ulta and MAC) in the shade Give Me Sun. It’s billed as a luxurious, slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish

It’s a great bronzer to use when you need just a touch more pigmentation than with a natural makeup day.

For barely there makeup days I would chose the MAC Bronzing Powder ($30 at MAC) in the shade Matte Bronzer . It’s billed as a powder that gives skin sheer, natural colour and bronzes the face.

It has subtle pigmentation that is perfect for no makeup days and super light makeup days. It’s that barely kissed bronze.

For my everyday makeup and days where I’m wearing a super simple neutral look I would chose the Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as being perfect for getting a natural-looking tan all year long.

This bronzer has the perfect tones and perfect amount of pigmentation for everyday wear. I think once I’ve finished this up I will try it out in one of the deeper tones to see how I get on with it.

On days where I have an ethereal look going or a full on glam look I would chose Tarte Park Avenue Princess ($30 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a multi-tasking bronzer formulated to blend and build your perfect level of uniform bronze with a waterproof formula adds instant warmth and dimension across a variety of skin tones as Amazonian clay helps improve overall skin clarity, texture and tone for an overall lit from within complexion.

This has such a pretty glow to it that is simple to die for. I love it the most when I’m doing a more ethereal look.

On days when I need every piece of makeup to be flawless, smooth, perfected, and seamless I would use the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as an ultra-creamy bronzer that builds a warm, sun-kissed glow on any skin tone.

This is just the most stunning bronzer I have ever had in my collection! It’s my perfect bronzer for days when I really want to add the cherry on top with my look.

The Blushes:

I am very particular with my blush … basic coral, peach, and flush of reddish pink tones are my go high end blushes … though I truly love a good coral the best.

On days when I really need a beautiful flush on the cheeks that’s glowy and smooth I would choose BECCA Mineral Blush ($32 at Sephora) in the shade Song Bird. It’s billed as a finely milled mineral blush that builds and blends effortlessly to give cheeks a healthy-looking, natural flush with a buildable, petal-soft formula blends beautifully so you can control the application and achieve customized color every time.

This blush takes my breath away every time I’ve used it. It’s the blush I reach for when I need my face to be on point.

For days when I’m wearing medium coverage, soft glam makeup I think NARS Blush ($30 at Sephora) i the shade Dolce Vita. It’s billed as an award-winning, pressed powder blush that delivers healthy-looking color to flatter any skin tone with silky superfine micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure a seamless application. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects, from ulta-sheer to powerful pops of color. Each iconic shade features a subtle pink undertone for a natural-looking blush.

This is just the perfect blush for soft glam looks.

For everyday natural looks I would chose Tarte Sugar Rush – Beach Cheeks Cream Blush ($15 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Beaches and Cream. It’s billed as a gorgeous, natural flush with a quick swipe of your fingertips with shea butter, mango seed butter & avocado oil that leaves skin super soft.

Not only do I love this shade I love how this blush looks on the skin. So soft and glowy and just pinched. It’s perfect for everyday with any look I can come up with.

For days when I just need an effortless flush of pink to the cheeks I would choose Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush $29 on their website in the color Blissful (bright rose matte). Billed as a super soft, silky powder blush glides on smoothly to deliver a health youthful fresh flush of color that blends seamlessly with no hard lines or clown cheeks and instantly airbrushes the look of imperfections that lasts all day.

This is the perfect just out from the cold flush of pink that’s perfect for any look.

On days when I need a bit more coral based flush of color on medium to low maintenance days I would chose the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush $29 on their website in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). Billed as a super soft, silky powder blush glides on smoothly to deliver a health youthful fresh flush of color that blends seamlessly with no hard lines or clown cheeks and instantly airbrushes the look of imperfections that lasts all day.

This is one of my favorite shades for neutral looks and days when I have the lightest amount of makeup on.

The Highlighters:

I have always had more high end highlighters than I did affordable highlighters… the quality and the way they sit on the face makes me gravitate toward them more and I also layer creams with powders.

For neutral, natural, and low maintenance days I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38) in the shade Spotlight. It’s billed as having Glow Gel that enhances the skin’s luminosity for a high-gloss highlight that plays with the light and stays dewy all day with velvety silica that has magical, soft-focusing powers, and sensorial oil that gives skin a silky-soft feel. Lindera extract magically mimics the effects of light for a youthful glow.

This is such a beautiful shade for everyday wear. It’s got just the right amount of reflect to it that gives an everyday look that kissed by an angle glow.

For full coverage and glam look days I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Goldgasm. It’s billed as having Glow Gel that enhances the skin’s luminosity for a high-gloss highlight that plays with the light and stays dewy all day with velvety silica that has magical, soft-focusing powers, and sensorial oil that gives skin a silky-soft feel. Lindera extract magically mimics the effects of light for a youthful glow.

This one is super reflective and perfect for that night out on the town… too intense for everyday wear but perfect for full glam.

On full coverage makeup days I would chose Benefit Boxed Highlighter ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Cookie. It’s billed as a golden-pearl, super-silky highlighter.

This is a highly reflective super powerful gorgeous highlighter. It puts the fleek in fleeky makeup!

ON ethereal makeup, low maintenance makeup, and natural makeup days I would chose the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact ($44 at Sephora) in 01 Highlight. It’s billed as a ultra-smooth baked face powder that provides natural color with soft matte radiance.

This is the perfect highlight with this natural skin like glow to the face. It’s just simply devine.

For days when I need my look to be perfected, seamless, and lit from within I would choose BECCA Ignite Liquefied Light Highlighter ($38 at Sephora and Ulta) in the share Passion. It’s billed as a liquid highlighter for face and body that gives skin a pearlized glow and is infused with a fragrance that lights you up with multidimensional micro-pearls that are suspended in BECCA’s crystal-gel formula to create a pearlized glow and all-day radiance that is transfer- and water-resistant. It’s infused with an energizing fragrance blend of juicy pineapple, fresh coconut, and orange flower notes.

Even though this is a new one to my collection it has already climbed the ranks to become my #1 liquid highlighter in my collection. It’s beautiful under makeup, high shine over makeup, and ethereal with no makeup.

The Face Powders/Touch Up Powders:

I’ve always owned a few loose setting powders and then 3 or 4 touch up powders… I like to have an option for each type of foundation look I would do.

On days when I need a flawless finish with a slight lilt to the skin I would have to chose the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in translucent. It’s billed as a silky, lightweight powder that sets makeup while providing a veil of perfecting luminosity for a finish so natural they’ll think you were Born This Way.

This by a landslide is my FAVORITE loose powder of life! It’s so gorgeous on the skin. It truly does leave the skin with an Ethereal glow.

For low maintenance coverage days I would chose the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in translucent. It’s billed as a lightweight, easy-to-apply, loose powder that blends effortlessly to set makeup for up to 12 hours.

It’s a great powder that leaves the skin velvety soft and smooth. Perfect for low maintenance makeup days.

To set my under eyes I would chose the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as a transparent, weightless powder to set under-eye concealer, brighten dark circles, and diminish the look of fine lines.

This loose powder really does brighten the under eye and lock in concealer all day with no cake or dust or creasing.

For medium coverage days I would chose the BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39 at Sephora). It’s billed as a weightless setting powder that refreshes and cools the skin with all-day moisture. Infused with 50% water it refreshes and cools the skin on contact and provides all-day moisture without caking. Light is diffused across the skin to visibly improve tone and diminish the appearance of lines and pores all day.

This powder is so unique. It really does feel like you are spraying a face mist on your face. It perfects the look without adding anything to the party. It locks the face in place all day and I typically do not need to touch up on days where I’ve used this to set my makeup.

ON full coverage days and on days when I need to touch up but still be perfected I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder ($45 at Sephora). It’s billed as an ultra-fine setting powder that blurs imperfections and visibly reduces shine. breathable, micro-fine powder technology gives you an immaculate complexion that acts like a luxe, micro-fine cashmere veil on top of your skin for a bright, perfecting finish. This product doesn’t cake or sit in lines. Rose wax and almond oil hydrate the skin throughout the day and enable the powder to blend on flawlessly, while reducing shine. Nourishing actives work to soothe and restore skin, while light-reflecting ingredients diffuse light as it hits your face for a luminous complexion and even finish all day.

This is such a beautiful pressed powder! It never looks dusty and always makes the skin look flawless and smooth.

On light, low maintenance days I would chose the MAC Blotting Powder $29 at Ulta and MAC in the shade Medium. It’s billed as a pressed powder that adds minimal colour and texture and offers a very sheer finish.

This powered just takes down the shine without adding any extra coverage. I have often used it even with a full coverage look but I really love it for low maintenance days. It doesn’t leave the face dusty or cakey.

For medium, natural makeup days I would chose the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder $36 at Ulta and MAC in the shade Medium Golden. It’s billed as a luxurious, slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish. Can be used to set foundation and to touch-up makeup throughout the day. 

I really love the formula of this pressed powder and it’s perfect for touch ups on medium coverage days. It doesn’t add a ton of extra coverage or add any funny texture to the face when using it to touch up the face.

The Eyeshadow Palettes:

The thing I normally have the most of in my collections through the years is EYESHADOW!!! Even when I was younger I have always had tons of eyeshadow palettes. My favorite part of makeup is shadow! I can’t help myself … I need all the shadows of the world. Funny enough I don’t own very many high end palettes (about maybe 10 or 11 palettes total), I’m very methodical and picky with my high end shadow purchases.

In my collection I would definitely have the Urban Decay Born To Run Palette ($49 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as all-in-one eyeshadow palette with 21 shades in a wide range of finishes, from silky mattes to metallics, for every possible beauty look to create neutral looks, play with brights, and experiment with color. From modern neutrals to electric jewel tones, every shade is made with Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™ to deliver velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and optimal blendability.

I reach for this palette almost everyday for a shade or two to add to my looks… It’s the type of palette that is just perfect to spark creativity.

For everyday wear and to travel with I would have the KVD Vegan Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette (discontinued). It’s billed as specially designed for eye contouring a groundbreaking technique once used only by beauty experts to define and enhance eyes. This palette features a gorgeous, versatile array of true contouring shades, arranged into three color quads neutral, cool, and warm to flatter every skin tone.

This is the palette I love to travel with because it gives me the best of Cool, Warm, and Neutral quads all in 1 palette … all I have to do is pack 1 shimmer single and I have at least a week of makeup looks on the road. It’s also the palette that I pick when I just want an effortless everyday eye look.

My more simple neutral looks would have to be with the Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($45 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as a palette of modern nude shades inspired by the beautiful nuances of real skin tones.

I never have a bad natural look day with this palette. This was made perfectly for a beautiful naked look.

Anytime I need my look to be polished and perfected I would chose the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette ($48 on their website). It’s billed as an exclusive collection that includes 24 pans of thoughtfully crafted shadows and glitters developed by Tati Westbrook. Textured Neutrals Vol I introduces six monochromatic color stories featuring four new luxe textures and finishes. This universally flattering neutral palette begins with a row of prismatic glitters that cascade into shimmering metallics, sequin pin-points and ultra-rich creamy matte shadows.

This by far is my all time favorite palette. It’s just perfection in shadow form. I never get bored with this palette. This palette can go from natural to full on glam all in 1 palette.

The Lip Products:

Although I love lip products, I was never one to lip lip balm or affordable lip glosses (I’ve always had high end lip gloss but was never one for balms until I started my blog). For high end lip products I’ve yet to find a red that I like. So mostly my colors are more muted in my high end selections.

On days when I just have a dehydrated feel to my lips I would chose the Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss in Sloane (a warm coral nude) ($17 on the Beautylish website). It’s billed as a full-coverage color and creamy shine with lip gloss that’s anything but sheer.

This is such a hydrating formula and the shade is just stunning. It’s the type of coral that goes with just about everything.

On days when I’m wanting a super simple lip option I would chose Tarte SEA Color Splash in Sunkissed (pink peach) ($21 at Sephora). It’s billed as a long-wearing, pigment-rich lipstick that’s buttery-smooth and has conditioners for moisture-rich, long-lasting, matte color that won’t bleed. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich marine plant extracts to help make lips look firmer, fuller, and smoother.

I have this formula in several shades … and still would like to pick up a few more. It’s a great understated lip color.

For everyday makeup look I think I would chose Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) in the shade Bitch Perfect (peachy nude). It’s billed as a moisturizing lipsticks with a satin, cashmere-soft finish.

This is the perfect peach shade for everyday wear. It’s long lasting and very comfortable on the lips… doesn’t bleed out of the lip line and I find that I don’t have to reapply this lipstick much.

For a cool toned smokey look I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) in the shade Kidman’s Kiss (rose petal pink).

This shade has the perfect tone for a coll toned smokey look but also can look very pretty with a neutral look as well.

Whenever I need my lips to be pale but still have some life to them I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) in the shade Kim KW (pale pure nude).

This is the perfect pale lip with out look dead or washed out. It’s the perfect nude for a deep smokey eye and for a everyday simple look.

For my elegant neutral days I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk (nude pink). Its’ billed as featuring a long-lasting, buildable, and hydrating formula.

This is such elegance in this simple nude pink. I love the look of this lipstick so much.

I would chose MAC Amplified Lipstick in the shade Blankety (soft pink beige) ($19 at Ulta) for days with I just need a simple nude lip. It’s billed as an ultra-creamy formula features a smooth glide, bold color payoff and medium to full buildable coverage. 

It’s just a very unassuming shade that pairs beautifully with a simple dressed down look.

For days when I need a my lips but better lip I would chose MAC Matte Lipstick ($19 at Ulta) in the shade Kinda Sexy (neutral pinky rose). It’s billed as a creamy rich formula with high color pay-off in a no-shine matte finish.

 

Whenever I wants a brownie nude I always reach for MAC Matte Lipstick ($19 at Ulta) in the shade Velvet Teddy (deep-tone beige). It’s billed as a creamy rich formula with high color pay-off in a no-shine matte finish.

This was the first shade I ever purchased from MAC and it’s just an amazingly beautiful nude.


My perfect coral shade for every look is BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love $24 on their website in the shade Tulip (warm pinky coral). It’s billed as being an instantly moisturizing lipstick for pure color in one swipe, infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate.

I already purchased a back up of this shade because I finally found my perfect coral in the perfect formula. It’s perfect with neutrals and smokey looks.

Any time I need my lips to feel hydrated and still have that pretty neutral look I would chose BECCA Lush Lip Colour Balm $22 on their website in the shade Café Au Lait (peachy beige). It’s billed as a hydrating, tinted lip balm that nourishes and smooths with sheer, satiny-soft color.

It’s perfectly formulated as a hydrating balm but with great color payoff. It’s the perfect throw in your purse lippie.

The Lip Liners:

I don’t really own many high end lip liners … I’ve never been one for spending money on them, I would rather chose an affordable lip liner that I love than to spend higher price tag on one. I do have a few MAC liners but the only one I truly would have in my collection is Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk

Whenever I need that perfect nude pink lip liner I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Pillow Talk. It’s billed as a smooth texture for seamless application and lasts up to six hours with no smudging.

I have gone through 3 of this lip pencil! It’s so amazing and such a pretty shade.

The Brow Products:

I have only ever the sahde out 2 brands of high end brow pencils and only have 1 that I would choose for my collection.

My all time favorite brow pencil would have to be Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil in the shade 4.5 ($24 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as an ultra-fine tip makes adding detailed definition to your brows easy, by drawing incredibly natural-looking, hair like strokes that last up to 12-hours.* This rich, waterproof** eyebrow pencil is ideal for spot filling sparse or over-tweezed areas, and the smudge-proof formula is firm enough for precise application, yet glides on effortlessly to bring symmetry to your brows and your entire face.

I have not found another pencil with such a great formula as this one. It’s the perfect brow product.

The Eyeliners:

I never used gel pot liners or liquid liners until I got really into watching YouTube makeup stuff. I always had 1 colorful liner, 1 or 2 brown, 1 nude/white, and 1 black liner. Most of the time if I wanted a different eyeliner look I would just use eyeshadow.

For my lower waterlines I would have to chose the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Liner ($27 at Sephora) in the shade Eye Cheat (nude). It’s billed as a hybrid, waterproof kohl eyeliner pencil with a long-lasting formula that combines the silky application of a liquid liner with the sultry, smudgy texture of kohl in waterproof formula with 14 hours of wear.

This is the perfect lower waterline nude. It’s creamy, doesn’t tug at the delicate skin of the eye, and doesn’t bleed.

For days when I’ve done a full glam deep smokey eye I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Audrey (classic brown). It’s billed as an eye-powder pencil that creates a soft, subtle blendable line.

The deepness of this brown is perfect for a smokey eye.

For everyday neutral and low maintenance days I would chose the Sephora 12-HR Colorful Contour Eyeliner ($11 at Sephora) in the shade #14 Cocoa (chocolate brown). It’s billed as a slick pigmented waterproof texture for an intense and flawless line in just one stroke.

This pencil is so creamy and stays put all day. The tone of this brown is perfect for neutral eye looks.

Anytime I want a polished look or a classic wing I would chose the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Intense Black (Jet Black). It’s billed as Stila’s #1 selling waterproof liquid eyeliner glides on with ease, dries quickly and won’t smudge or run, day-into-night. The fine marker-like tip offers precise application for everyone from novices to pros and results in beautifully defined eyes that will leave a lasting impression.

This pen makes it so simple to create a super sharp wing and flexible enough for a very thin line along the lower lash line. This is my go to liquid liner for when I need an effortless fast liner.

Whenever I need a deep dark tight line I would chose Ardency Inn’s MODSTER SMOOTH RIDE SUPERCHARGED EYELINER ($20 on their website) in the shade Black. It’s billed as a  creamy waterproof eyeliner supercharged with pure pigments. The soft and creamy formula of MODSTER Eyeliner glides on effortlessly, allows enough time for blending, then sets to a long lasting finish that won’t budge

This is an intense black liner perfect to tight line with. It wont budge and wont fade.

For that pop of something polished and unexpected I would chose the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze shimmer). It’s billed as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes.

This shade is just so understandingly beautiful. It adds the right amount of depth to any look.

The Mascaras:

I was never one for false lashes until I started my blog and saw the potential that lashes make for pictures…I’ve always had multiple mascaras that I would mix and match to get the type of lashes I was going for.

  My go to high-end mascara would be Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara in Black ($25 at Ulta). It’s billed as an eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts, and curls…while the instant curve – setting formula holds for 12 hours.

This is just the perfect everyday mascara that you can combine with any other mascara for that falsie effect.

When I need just a little more volume I would choose The Balm What’s Your Type? in Black ($19 on their website). It’s billed as the ultimate lift formulated with vitamin E, Panthenol and bamboo, a volumizing mascara strengthens and conditions. Layer an extra coat (or two) and push lashes to the max!

I love to combine this one with the Roller Lash to add that extra glam to the lashes. It’s a great one by it’s self too.

For low maintenance and natural makeup days I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes ($29 at Sephora) in Glossy Black. It’s billed as a multitasking, five-in-one mascara formula that curls, separates, boosts volume, and lengthens lashes for maximum drama.

I don’t believe you get drama with this mascara, but I do like it for that perfected natural lash look.

I use the MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash ($19 at Ulta) in Black for my lower lashes and anytime I just need to add a bit of something to the upper lashes that isn’t intense. It’s billed as a breakthrough lightweight waterproof formula creates beautiful defined lashes with a petite brush. This long-wearing mascara lasts up to 16 hours, yet the washable formula removes easily with warm water thanks to an innovative thermal-sensitive technology. 

I normally only use this one as my lower lashes but I also travel with this one and use it for natural makeup days too.

The Setting Sprays:

I have always love setting sprays! Even before they became main stream. When I was younger (like high school age) I would use a small squirt bottle filled with coconut water, aloe, and witch hazel as a setting spray … I didn’t know that’s what they were called I just knew it made my makeup look less cakey and my skin look brighter so it stands to reason that when setting sprays became a thing I’ve always had 3 or 4 in my collection at any one time but have only ever used 2 high end sprays.

For days where I need to really lock my makeup in place I would chose Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ($33 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as giving 16 hours of protection with this microfine mist that ensures all day flawless makeup that won’t settle into fine lines, melt or fade. Featuring patented Temperature Control Technology, this weightless setting and finishing mist actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to lock in your look.

This is the real deal all day all night setting spray. My makeup doesn’t budge with this one not even in the Florida heat.

For days when all I want is to knock the dust off my makeup but don’t need it to lock makeup in place I would chose MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Primer and Setting Spray ($28 at Ulta). It’s billed as a lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. This holy grail of hydrating mists can be used with other products in near-endless ways to improve the wear of makeup, or moisturize and soothe tired skin.

I use this one for days when I don’t need my makeup to be locked in place all day. I also use this as a hydrating step before I do my foundation. I also use it to foil eyeshadows.

Well there you have it dolls my entire high-end makeup collection if I wasn’t a “Beauty Influencer”.

What would your high-end collection look like?

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember …Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

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