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2nd Beauty Haul of July 2020

Published July 7, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I still feeling run down and in heaps of pain (it’s raining horribly today) so I probably I wont be doing my makeup today.

I received 2 of my orders (1 was ordered last month and the other I ordered on the 1st of July)…. Let’s dive into my haul …. * NOTE: All swatches are done on bare skin, with no primer, and in 1 go and as always the swatch picture on the left (or top) will be taken with no flash and the one on the right (or the bottom) will be taken with flash*

Dior Backstage Face & Body Primer (this bottle is a 100 point offer on Sephora but a full bottle is $36) It’s billed as a lightweight, universal primer that helps makeup last longer, blurs imperfections, and delivers up to 24 hours of hydration for an enhanced complexion.

What I’ve learned from this swatch is that this is a very hydrating primer that is clear and not sticky. It has a very strong rose scent to it so I am hesitant to try this out on my face … I’ll test it out on a day when I wont be wearing my makeup for a long day just in case the fragrance irritates my face.

Sephora Collection 12hr Colorful Contour Eyeliner $11 at Sephora

This gel pencil comes in 14 shades, I purchased it in the shade Cocoa (chocolate brown). This one is billed as a waterproof eye pencils formulated in a slick pigmented waterproof texture for an intense and flawless line in just one stroke.

What I’ve learned from this swatch is that this is a superbly pigmented and easy to use eye liner. There was no tugging or skipping and it sets fast. This is truly a waterproof liner …. I had to use soap to remove this swatch.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner $26 at Sephroa

This gel pencil comes in 37 shades and I purchased it in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer). This one is 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 is the first eye product I’ve tried by Marc Jacobs. What I’ve learned from this swatch is that this is on incredible formula. It’s super creamy, glides on softly and pigmented. It did not tug and did not skip. It’s a super pretty shade as well. This one also is very waterproof. I needed soap to remove it and I had to wipe at it a little bit longer than with other liners.

ColourPop Falsies Faux Lashes $8 on their website and are billed as being able to get the fullest lashes with these criss-crossed patterned faux mink falsies! Longer fibers in the middle of the lash creates a volumized doll-eyed look!
ColourPop Falsies Faux Lashes $8 on their website and are billed as having plush synthetic fibers create full-on drama to your look with length, tapered fibers, and its unique cluster and criss-cross pattern.
ColourPop Create Your Own Palette $45 on their website. You get 24 singles shadows ($4.5 each on their own) and an empty Z palette.

The first 12 shades from left to right are:

What’s Yo Sign (yellow peach with gold sparkle – sequin) – this one is a repurchase, Koi (soft warm orange – matte), Side Tracked (terracotta with gold flecks – sequin) – this one is a repurchase, Charge It (soft rosy pink -matte) – this one is a repurchase, So Good (warm chestnut brown – matte), Painted Lady (icy peachy orange – metallic) – this one is a repurchase, Come & Get It (duo-chrome rose with a gold flip – metallic), Turn Tables (orangey coral – metallic), The Vibez (true bronze – metallic), Misty (pinky rose gold with baby blue glitter – metallic) – this one is a repurchase, Humble Brag (burnt orange with gold flecks – sequin), and Anthem (bright pinky copper – metallic).

The last 12 shades from left to right are:

Thank U Next (rosy bronze with a copper duo-chrome flip – metallic), Sugar Sugar (icy mauve – metallic), Snake Eyes (pale pink taupe – metallic), Call You Mine (deep red plum – metallic), Facet (deep red brown – matte), Tea Garden (duo-chrome red with a green gold flip – metallic) – this one is a repurchase, Glass Bull (duo-chrome lavender icy-blue – metallic), Wishful Winking (teal with an eggplant duo-chrome flip – metallic), Paradiso (violet – metallic), Luv That For U (deep orchid – metallic), Cater 2 U (pinky fuchsia – metallic), and For Shore (neon warm pink – matte).

Well dolls … that’s everything in this haul.

I do have a few more hauls coming sometime later next week.

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

Green Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published July 6, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. My wisdom tooth is killing me today, the rain is killing my spoonie bits, and I’m a bit exhausted… but I am in great spirits so I’mm doing good.

Today I am wearing Marc Jacbos Daisy Twinkle…. Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day …..

Base:

I primed my face using Too Faced HangOveR RX Primer ($34 at Ulta) and primed the pores using Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer (38 at Ulta). I used the VDL Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta) to add a hint of glow to the skin. For foundation today I am wearing a combo of 1 squeezes of MAC Strobe Cream ($35 at Ulta) in the shade Pinklite and Revolution PRO Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation ($15 on their website) in the shade F3 (fair skin tones with a neutral/ pink under tones). I color corrected my under eyes using Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate ($12 at Target) in the shade Brightening Peach and then concealed my under eyes using Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer ($10 on their website) in the shade C3 (fair skin tones with a cool under tones). I set the under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I contoured my fore head, cheek bones, jaw line, and bridge of the nose using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade medium/deep. I bronzed the face using Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I set the bronzer using  using ColourPop Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8 on their website) in the shade Talk to the Palm. I applied Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Glow Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Spotlight to the high points of my face and set that using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type (a softer champagne). I set the rest of the face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade translucent. 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 Benefit Gimme Brow ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4 and then filled in my eye brows using AOA Studio Sculpting Brow Pencil ($1 on the Shop Miss A website) in the shade Dark 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 (fair flesh color). I set my brow line using the shade Canvas (creamy vanilla – satin) from the ELF Retro Paradise palette ($14 on their website). For today’s look I used the ELF Earth and Ocean Palette ($14 on their website). I started with the shade Mojave Mami (mid-toned sand brown – satin) as my transition shade. I then went in with the shade Desert Storm  (khaki – matte) for my crease color. To deepen the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease I used a combo of the shades Can’t Kelp It (dusty brown green – matte) and Spruced Up (deep olive green – matte). For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade  Sahara (yellow based light green – metallic). I then went into more of the shade Spruced Up (deep olive green – matte) and patted that over the middle 1/3 to blend the outer and inner 1/3 of the mobile together. For the lower lash line I used more of the shade Spruced Up (deep olive green – matte) and then tightlined the lower lash liner using Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil ($27 at Sephora) in the shade Eye Cheat (beige). I used 1 coat of Flower Beauty The Warrior ($10 on their site) mascara in the shade Fiercest Black.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I used a combo of all 4 shades of the  ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 at Ulta and on the ELF website) in the Soft colorway and then promptly set that using the  Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Peaches & Cream. I lined and filled in my lips using the ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 in their website) in the shade Brink (terracotta rose) and then toppped my lips off using the ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($7 on their website) in also the shade Brink (terracotta rose).

Final Thoughts:

I have been really enjoying these ELF palettes. They are so pigmented and a joy to blend and buff into the eyes.

Well dolls, that’s all for now. I hope you have a great 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.

4th of July Eye Liner Face of the Day

Published July 4, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up not feeling my best so the look I had planned for today I had to scrape and instead opted to go for a simple red, white and blue winged liner and a bold lip, no contouring, and not glowy base. Just simply foundation, bronzer, highlighter, blush, eyes, and lips.

I reused some of my new products that I hauled the past few weeks testing them out some more … I will be updates about them in Final Thoughts.

We aren’t planning anything for today. I don’t celebrate the 4th of July anymore. See today holds my heart in pain and sadness. I lost my Grandmother 2 years ago today. She past so peacefully in her sleep while we were all gathered around her in her home…. I miss her terribly everyday, especially around my birthday, Christmas, New Years, and most Thanksgivings will also be very tough for me … those were the special days we would all get together in her home to celebrate. Whilst I use to love the 4th of July I just can’t bring myself to be happy on this day … at least not for a while … She was the matriarch of our family, our keystone, the glue that held our amazing family together … and she’s gone …. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years …. the pain is still so real and raw and terrible.

Today I am wearing Katy Perry Royal Revolution Perfume…. Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day…..

Base:

To prime my face today I used ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Primer and ELF Poreless Putty Primer. For foundation today I chose to retest the Revolution PRO Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation ($15 on their website) in the shade F3 (fair skin tones with a neutral/ pink under tones). I concealed my under eyes using Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer ($10 on their website) in the shade C3 (fair skin tones with a cool under tones). I set the under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I used the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3 on the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead. I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the shade light. I bronzed my forehead, chin, cheek bones, and bridge of the nose using ColourPop Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8 on their website) in the shade Talk to the Palm. For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade translucent.

Eyes:

I used the soap brow method to set my brows. I filled in my brows using Flower Beauty Draw the Line Eye Brow Pencil ($7.99 at Ulta) in the shade Dark Brown. then used a light layer of the ELF Wow Brow ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Deep 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 Eyeshadow Base ($9 on their website) in the shade Halo (white). For today’s eye look I used several shadows from different palettes. I started with the ColourPop single shadow in the shade Hear Me Out (white peach – matte) to set my brow line. I also added this shade to my mobile lids. I took a combo of the ColourPop single shadows ($4.50 each single on their website) in the shades Sea Stars ( medium yellow brown – matte), Issues (medium-dark peach – matte), and Wake Up Call (warm sand – matte) and buffed that into the crease and also lightly buffed this combo on my lower lash lines. I then took a combo of the ColourPop single shadows ($4.50 each single on their website) Painted Lady (icy peachy orange – metallic), Party Favors (duochrome peach with a gold flip – metallic), and Ringer (champagne – metallic) and tapped that all over the mobile lid and than took more of the first combo to buff over the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then took more of the Cut Crease Canvas and created a thick long wing on my upper lash lines. I then took the shade Jarawa (mid-toned red – matte) from the Juvia’s Place The Warrior III palette ($20 at Ulta and on their website) and covered the inner 1/3 of the liner in this shade. I then took the shade Matt Malloy (pure white – matte) from the Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude palette (limited edition and no longer available) over the middle 1/3 of the liner and then blended it very lightly into the red shade. I then took the shade Royal (classic royal blue – matte) from the ELF Retro Paradise palette ($14 on their website) and patted that from the outer 1/3 of the liner all the way through the tail of the liner and also lightly blending it into the white. I then took the shade Undefeated (ruby red – metallic) from the ColourPop x Mulan Palette (was $22 but is currently sold out on their website) and tapped that over the red part of the liner. I took the shade Sea Salt (bright white with a silver flip – metallic) from the ELF Retro Paradise palette ($14 on their website) and tapped that over the white part of the liner. Finally I took the shade Drip Drip (vibrant blue – metallic) from the ELF Earth & Ocean palette ($14 on their website) and patted that over the blue part of the liner. I then went back in with the red, white, and blue matte shadows and just tickled the colors over the lines of demarcation between the colors to get a seamless blend. I tight lined my upper and lower waterlines using Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner ($7.99 on their website) in the shade 01 Linked on Black. I coated my upper and lower lashes in Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($25 at Ulta and Sephora) in black.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I am using Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Peaches & Cream (dusty light peach – matte). I added Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type (a softer champagne) to the tops of my cheeks, center of my jaw, cupid’s bow, bridge of my nose, and high points of my forehead. I lined and filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Bossy (classic red) and then topped the lips off with the ColourPop Lippie Stix ($7 on their website) in the shade Jam Sesh (true blue red – matte).

Final Thoughts:

I wont be giving final thoughts on the ELF palettes today … I still need just a bit more time to play the palettes some more before I truly can give them a grade.

ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Primer

I grade this one a solid C – : This one is billed as a lightweight, hydrating primer to prep your skin to create a silky smooth canvas that is  infused with hyaluronic acid (aka ha) and coconut water to support skin hydration. I don’t know about this one. Every time I use it I like it less. I don’t like the scent of this primer. It’s sticky … not tacky like let’s say the Milk Hydragrip primer or the ELF Jelly Pop Dew prime …. it is literally sticky like I have a light layer of honey on my face. I just don’t get it. It’s meant to be a hydrating primer but I never feel hydrated when wearing this one. I just feel like there’s this film on my face. It doesn’t allow foundation to blend well and when I finally do get my foundation on this primer just sits so heavy on the skin that I find myself wanting to remove my makeup and let my skin breath. I really am not getting on with this primer …. I think I will declutter it from my collection.

Revolution PRO Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation

I give this one a grade of C : Again this one is billed as the most hard-working, multipurpose foundation. Perfect for dry to combination skin and offers sheer to full buildable coverage, whilst leaving the skin hydrated and protected. Yesterday I gave it a tentative grade of B+ and said that my skin did not feel hydrated at all with this foundation on. I said that it just looked like it sat on the surface of my face. It felt heavy, drying, and cakey. I still felt the same way today when I tried it out with a different primer. I noticed today that even when I applied 1 layer my face still felt super heavy and drying. I have normal skin and don’t typically have an issue with my skin feeling tight or dry. This is meant to be a hydrating foundation yet it’d s demi-matte foundation that just seems to suck the moisture out of the skin. I’ll have to try this one paired with as many of my foundations as possible to see if I can find a good primer/ foundation combo for this one .. if I none of my primers work with this one I think I will declutter it from my collection as I just do not enjoy it at all.

Revolution Cut Crease Canvas in the shade Halo

I give this one a a solid A++ : It’s billed as a full coverage eyeshadow base with an innovative built-in brush for easy application and claims to be the shortcut you need for a defined canvas for a cut crease with glitter, foil or eye shadow. I really enjoyed working with this base today. As I said yesterday, it has a similar consistence to the P.Louise Base, mind you it’s not a spot on dupe but it’s got some similarities. I found that this one blends into the lids perfectly. It does crease a bit more than the P.Louise one does, but this one is still a very good eye base. Shadows blend well over this base (as with the P.Louise one) and the shadow pigmentation lasts all day as well. I’m glad I picked it up in a white and a flesh color. I think I might pick up in the deep shade to use when I do smokey eye looks. I think the deeper tone would make an incredible base for smokey eyes.

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

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Brown Colorful Eye Liner Face of the Day

Published July 3, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling a little better today. So far it’s not raining and even though I didn’t sleep well last night my energy level seems to be moderate today. My wisdom tooth is killing me I can’t wait for the next 2 weeks to pass so that they can pull my tooth already.

In yesterday’s Face of the Day I recreated the look from a YouTube video by the Dubai makeup artist named Hindash. The video is entitled How To: Brown Colorful Eye Liner. I didn’t use the correct products and even though I still liked the look I got from it I wanted to recreate it again to see if I could get it closer to the talent that he creates.

The picture on the left is a still taken from Hindash’s video of the look I was trying to recreate and the one on the right is my version of the look. I still have a little work to do to get it as stunning as his work is but I think I captured it better today. I did order the eye liner he uses in the video and I don’t own a bronze eye liner (which I also ordered today) so I used a rose gold liner instead but at least today I remember to use a pencil liner and was even pleased to see that I had a chocolate brown liner in my collection. Perhapse when the liner gets here I will sit down with the video and recreate this look step by step following along with his video to see if I can reach perfection with the look ….

For now, let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day … also I am wearing for perfume today  Silver Coast Body Spray by Good Chemistry. I also used more products from my recent ELF haul and also some of the items that I hauled this morning so I will review those in my Final Thoughts…..

Base:

I primed my face using the ELF Jelly Pop Dew Primer ($10 at Ulta). I also used the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3 on the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead. For foundation today I tried out the new Revolution PRO Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation ($15 on their website) in the shade F3 (fair skin tones with a neutral/ pink under tones). I contoured using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sehora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the high points of my face using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Spotlight. I bronzed the perimeter of my face and the bridge of my nose using Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I concealed my under eyes using Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer ($10 on their website) in the shade C3 (fair skin tones with a cool under tones). I set the under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I set the bronzer using Rimmel London Natural Bronzer ($3.99 at Target and Walmart) in the shade 022 Sun Bronze. I set the highlighter using Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Just My Type (a softer champagne). I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the shade light. For today’s touch up powder I am using Milani Conceal & Perfect Shine-Proof Powder ($10.99 on their website) in the shade 02 Nude.

Eyes:

I set my brows using the soap brow method. I filled in my brows using Flower Beauty Draw the Line Eye Brow Pencil ($7.99 at Ulta) in the shade Dark Brown. then used a light layer of the ELF Wow Brow ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Deep 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 the P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5. For today’s eye look I used shadows from 2 different ELF eye shadow palettes. Starting with the ELF Retro Paradise palette ($14 on their website). I used the shade Canvas (creamy vanilla – satin) to set down my brow line and also on the whole mobile lid. For the crease I used the same palette and the shade Sandy Bum (light toned brown – matte). I then created deep wings on the upper lash line using NYX Eye Pencil ($4.50 at Ulta) in the shade Brown (a deep chocolate matte). I also used this liner to create the cat eye v at the inner corners of the eyes and to tight line my lower waterlines. I then took the shade Lagoon (powder blue – metallic) from the ELF Earth & Ocean palette ($14 on their website) and smudged that over the middle 1/3 of the upper lash lines right over the brown liner. I then went back over the outer edges of the middle 1/3 for a bit more brown liner to help blend the liner and the shadow together at the edges. I then went back over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid’s eye liner with the shade Sip Sip (baby blue – metallic) from the ELF Retro Paradise palette to brighten that area just a tad more. I then took the ColourPop BFF Creme Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold – metallic) and ran it alone the lower lash line and then smudged that out to soften the line. I coated my upper and lower lashes using Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 only at Dollar General Stores) in the shade Black.

Cheeks and Lips:

For my cheeks today I used the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 at Ulta and on the ELF website) in the Soft colorway and using the 1st shade of the 1st row (a pale rose). I set the blush using Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Peaches & Cream. I lined and filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Another Round (rosy nude) and then topped off my lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix (this shade only available in the Big Box of Lippie Stix Vault, currently sold out) in the shade At Twilight (warm muted coral).

Final Thoughts:

ELF Jelly Pop Dew Primer

I grade this one a tentative C- : This one is billed as a multitasking primer with a unique gel texture that works like glue to grip makeup to ensure it stays put. ELF totes this one as having

  • Hyaluronic Acid 
  • Niacinamide
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Watermelon Extract

With so many skin loving ingredients and the a name like Dew Primer you would think this primer would be hydrating and well … dewy. I don’t know if I just put too much on or if I didn’t put enough on because my foundation looked a hot mess over this primer! I will give it credit that it is a truly sticky base though. I mean SUPER sticky. In some areas of my face it looked flawless but there were spots all over my face where the foundation that I used just did not look good. Now I did put a glow primer over the top of the high points of my face over this primer and under the foundation so I have to take that into account as well. This is why I did not give it a solid grade and instead gave it a tentative grade… I will test this one out again with out the glow primer and with foundations that I know are amazing to see if this primer is any good. There are too many variables of new products that I used today that I can’t be certain that it’s that this primer is the catalyst. I will hold off from giving it a final grade until I’ve had to chance to test it with the Believe Beauty foundation since that is my favorite foundation that has never looked bad on my skin. One thing that’s worth noting is that this primer smells amazing! I love the Watermelon scent of this primer!

Revolution PRO Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation

I grade this one a tentative B+ : This one is billed as the  most hard-working, multipurpose foundation. Perfect for dry to combination skin and offers sheer to full buildable coverage, whilst leaving the skin hydrated and protected. Now, I did try other new complexion products so I can’t be sure of this or not, but my skin did not feel hydrated at all with this foundation on. I tried to use just 1 layer of product however the foundation was patchy (again this could be in part due to the primer base I used today) so I have to add an additional layer which made this a full coverage foundation that just looked like it sat on the surface of my face. It felt heavy, drying, and cakey. I plan to test this foundation out again with a more hydrating primer and perhaps just 1 layer before giving a final grade for this product.

Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer

I grade this one a solid B+++!!!! : This one is billed as being suitable for everyone looking for a lightweight finish with a boost of moisture. Offering all-day hydration thanks to an infusion of hyaluronic acid, it covers blemishes, evens skin tone and counteracts dark circles, while drenching skin with moisture. Designed for drier skin, the sheer, satin finish won’t settle into fine lines. This one is definitely sheer and satin but it builds up to about low medium coverage with a second layer. I really like this one I just did not feel that it was all that hydrating. It wasn’t drying at all but for a product toeing that it was designed for drier skin I kind of wish that it was just a little more hydrating. With that said it did not crease and I barely set my under eyes so that I could better test this concealer. I like the formula better than the Conceal and Define Concealer.

Revolution Highlighter Reloaded in the shade Just My Type

I grade this one a solid A+++!!! : This product is billed as being an intensely pigmented powder that will instantly brighten your complexion. A high-impact finish with a super-flattering shimmer. The silky formula glides on smoothly. These highlighters are some of my favorite in my collection. They are very pigmented, finely milled, and never accentuate texture on the skin. An added bonus is that you get so much product for such a reasonable price.

ELF Retro Paradise palette

I grade this one a solid A+ : This one is billed as a  vibrant, Bahamas-inspired eyeshadow palette with high-shine metallics and ultra-pigmented mattes in bright and neutral shades. This palette is just so amazingly beautiful. Both the mattes and the metallics are highly pigmented, apply well, and buff in without getting patchy.

ELF Earth & Ocean palette

I grade this one a tentative B+ : This one is billed as being inspired by grounded, earthy vibes and mesmerizing ocean views transform your eyes with depth, brightness, and rich color. With a mix of mattes, satins, and shimmers ranging from warm browns to yellow hues and rich blues with the luxe formula of this versatile palette is smooth, creamy, blendable, and ultra pigmented for effortless application. I only tested out one of the shimmer shades today … it was pigmented and very shimmery but I found it to be just a bit flaky …. I think this formula would do better applied with a finger. I want to play around with the palette some more before giving it a final grade.

ELF Cream Blush Palette

I grade this one a solid A+++!!!! : This one is billed as being richly pigmented and formulated to last all day and buildable, and give you gorgeous, customizable color with every use. These blushes are so amazing! I would have to say that this palette has my favorite cream blush formula that I have tried thus far. This blush applied beautifully, did not lift the products underneath, and layered up perfectly. I even went back over my cheeks after I set my under eyes over the area when I had taken my powder too far down and it applied perfectly over the powder as well.

Revolution Blusher Reloaded in the shade Peaches & Cream

I give this one a solid A+ : This one is billed as a sheer velvet powder blush. This one is so pretty. It’s a dusty peach that has this subtle beauty about it. Alone it gives a natural flush to the cheeks. I used it to set the cream blush today and it has just enough pigment to add a little depth to the color without over powering the pretty shade I had initially laid down. As with the highlighters…. this blush formula is one of my favorite powder blush formulas.

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

Remember, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

1st Beauty Haul of July 2020

Published July 3, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m feeling pretty crummy today. It’s our rainy season here in Florida so the Barometric Pressure is really wreaking havoc on my Fibromyalgia.

I just received my first beauty buy of July 2020 so I’d thought before I dive into these new items I’d give you a quick look see….

All the products of today’s haul are from Makeup Revolution (Revolution Beauty). They were meant to be here in the month of June, however I purchased them from the UK site instead of the US site so it took longer than normal to get here. It’s only a small order placed because I didn’t have much left in my Beauty Buy Budget for the month of June but I managed to spend less than what I had and that money I rolled over to the month of July.

Well … let’s take a look at what I purchased….

NOTE: All swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass. Also all pictures taken of the swatches are done with flash.

Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer $10 for .45 fluid ounces of product.

This concealer is available in 50 shades (18 shades for deeper skin tones) and I purchased it in the shade C3 (fair skin tones with a cool under tones). I could have gone up 1/2 a shade but I still think this shade will work out good for me.

This one is billed as being suitable for everyone looking for a lightweight finish with a boost of moisture. it claims that it covers blemishes, evens skin tone and counteracts dark circles, while drenching skin with moisture thanks to an infusion of hyaluronic acid and that it was designed for drier skin with a sheer, satin finish that won’t settle into fine lines.

What I noticed upon swatching this one is that this one is not lightweight at all and a very little of this product goes a very long way. It also doesn’t set down and remains pretty tacky so this one definitely will need to be set with powder immediately after application.

Revolution Cut Crease Canvas $9 for .15 fluid ounces of product.

This eye shadow base comes in 4 shades (white, fair, medium and deep). I purchased 2 shades… Halo (white) and Illustrate (fair). It’s billed as a full coverage eyeshadow base with an innovative built-in brush for easy application and claims to be the shortcut you need for a defined canvas for a cut crease with glitter, foil or eyeshadow.

What I noticed about this product upon swatching it is that it’s very emollient and remains tacky to the touch. For some reason the white shade spreads further than the fair shade does. This has a similar consistence to the P.Louise Base, mind you it’s not a spot on dupe but it’s got some similarities. I don’t particularly like the applicator on this one (it’s s short fat square shaped bush applicator) but I will just put this one on the back of my hand and use it with the same synthetic brush that I use to apply the P.Louise Base.

Revolution PRO Define & Fill Micro Brow Pencil $8 for .004 ounces of product.  

This product comes in 3 shades: Ash Brown, Warm Brown, and Dark Brown (I repurchased it in the shade Dark Brown, this is a replacement as I just finished my last one off last month). It’s billed as  an ultra fine brow pencil that creates the most convincing hair-like strokes for a natural and soft looking brow with a weighted component that sits comfortably in the hand in order to support precise application.

This is the 4th time I have repurchased this pencil. It’s my 2nd favorite pencil ever. (My first being the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil).

This pencil is creamy with just enough waxiness to keep you from going over board. It’s a great drug store priced pencil.

Revolution PRO Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation $15 for .87 fluid ounces of product.

This product comes in 20 shades (7 shades for deeper skin tones). I purchased it in the shade F3 (fair skin tones with a neutral/ pink under tones). It is billed as the most hard-working, multipurpose foundation. Perfect for dry to combination skin, this Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation SPF30 offers sheer to full buildable coverage, whilst leaving the skin hydrated and protected with hyaluronic acid & collagen and works to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles whilst offering long lasting coverage that doesn’t feel cakey or heavy on the skin.

What I noticed about this product upon swatching it is that a little goes a long way. I only disbursed 1 pump of foundation and that covered from my knuckles to about an inch past the tattoo on my wrist. It’s high light coverage that builds to almost full coverage with a second layer.

I left the swatch on for 5 minutes to see if it would oxidize and it did not, it also did not set down … so you will need to set this with powder.

Revolution Blusher Reloaded $7 for .26 ounces of product.

This one comes in 12 shades of which I now own 3. This one is in the shade Peaches & Cream. This is billed as having a sheer velvet powder formula.

What I noticed about this product upon swatching it is that this shade is pretty light for my skin tone … I knew it might be … it gives a super cute flush of color but I purchased it as a blush topper for the days that I wear cream blush.

Revolution Blusher Reloaded $7 for .26 ounces of product.

This is the shade Coral Dreams. This one is so much more vibrant than it looks on line. What I noticed about this product upon swatching it is that this one is very pigmented and seams to be a bit less powdery than the Peaches & Cream one is.

Coral is my favorite shade of blush (and lipstick) so I jump at the chance to always pick up a coral shade when I can, and while I already own the shade Rhubarb & Custard (which is a dusty coral shade) I think I truly may have found my perfect coral shade in Coral Dreams.

Makeup Revolution Highlighter Reloaded $7 for .35 ounces of product.

This highlighter comes in 8 shades (of which I now own 2: Dare to Divulge (a deeper champagne) and this new one which is called Just My Type (a softer champagne).

This one is billed as the ultimate glow-up with an intensely pigmented powder that will instantly brighten your complexion. A high-impact finish with a super-flattering shimmer. The silky formula glides onto cheekbones seamlessly.

This is a great highlighter formula and super glowy.

Well dolls…. told ya it was a small order. I did place a few Beauty Buys for this month, some lashes from Obsidian Cosmetics, 2 eye liners from Sephora, and a full complexion purchase from the BECCA website.

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

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

XOXO, Nita

Brown & Green Eye Liner Face of the Day

Published July 2, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m still recovering, still have no energy and I hadn’t intended to do makeup today but I saw this incredible YouTube video by the Dubai makeup artist named Hindash. The video is entitled How To: Brown Colorful Eye Liner where he takes a brown liner and creates a wing and then he takes a super pretty duo-chrome pigment and places it in the middle of the eye liner to create this beautiful halo looking gradient liner and I just simply had to try it. I don’t think it turned out so bad for my first attempt, however I didn’t have a blue to match and decided to try a green duo-chrome instead and I also realized after my liner was on that instead of using a pencil liner like Hindash uses in the video I had used cream gel liner …. it didn’t come out half as beautiful as what Hindash created however I truly did enjoy the process of this look and I really did like the final outcome …. I plan to recreate this look again tomorrow, except I will be using a brown liner pencil and I will try and locate a different duo-chrome pigment to use that hopefully will recreate his look better.

I have to say I’ve only been following Hindash for a few weeks but he has this natural incredible talent that just speaks to my inner makeup spirit animal.

While this look is so other worldly beautiful, because of the shadow I chose as my liner topper, it doesn’t photograph well so I have included a few close up shots of the eyes ….

Today I am wearing Silver Coast Body Spray by Good Chemistry (it’s a body mist I picked up at Target, it’s a target exclusive brand, when I went back up North over a few summers ago to visit my baby sister). I will be reviewing a few of my new ELF products in Final Thoughts. Well … let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day.

Base:

I primed my face using NYX Angel Veil Primer ($16 at Ulta) and then I prepped my pores with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta). I also used the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3. For foundation today I tried out the new ELF BEAUTIFULLY BARE Foundation Serum ($8 on their website) in the shade Fair/Light. I contoured using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sehora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the high points of my face using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Spotlight. I bronzed the perimeter of my face and the bridge of my nose using Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I color corrected my under eyes using the ELF Color Correcting Stick ($4 on their website) in the shade Dark Circles for Light Skin Tones and then concealed my under eyes using Il Makiage F*uck I’m Flawless Multi-Use Perfecting Concealer ($26 on their website) in the shade 2.5 and then I set the under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I set the bronzer using ELF Primer Infused Bronzer ($6 at Ulta) in the shade Constantly Bronzed. I set the rest of my face using ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website) in the shade light. For today’s touch up powder I am using Milani Conceal & Perfect Shine-Proof Powder ($10.99 on their website) in the shade 02 Nude.

Time to re-color my hair … the grey situation is real!

Eyes:

I set my brows using the soap brow method. I filled in my brows using the Joah Brow Down to Me Precision Brow Pencil ($9.50 on their website) in the shade Black Brown and then used a light layer of the ELF Wow Brow ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Deep 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 the P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5. For today’s eye look I used 6 of my ColourPop single shadows ($4.50 each on their website). I started by setting my brow line using a combo of the shades Hear Me Out (white peach – matte) and Let Me Explain (ivory – metallic). I also used Let Me explain as my mobile lid shade. For my crease I used the shade Pretty Please (cool taupe – matte) and then enhanced the outer part of the crease using a light bit of the shade Wake Up Call (warm sand – matte). I then took the ColourPop Creme Gel Colour ($6 on their website – but the shade I used was limited edition) in the shade Stew (warm dark brown) and used it on the inner 1/3 of the upper lash line and also along the lower lash line (which I buffed out with more of the shade Wake Up Call to soften the line). I then took the Inglot Gel Liner ($19 on their website) in the shade 90 (deep brown) and created a wing on the upper lash lines connecting it to the inner 1/3 liner. I then took more of Stew and created a cat eye for the inner corners. I then took the shade Tea Garden (duochrome red with a green gold flip – metallic) and tapped that over the liner starting where my lashes naturally start at the inner corner of the eye and ending just before the lashes end at the end of the mobile lids. I then buffed the liner brush with what ever was left on the brush over the inner and outer part of my lash line to soften the line of delineation of the shade Tea Garden. I then took more of Tea Garden and buffed that over the liner on my lower lash line and then took the shade Ringer (champagne – metallic) and highlighted around the cat eye point in the inner corners. I lined my lower waterlines using Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil ($27 at Sephora) in the shade Eye Cheat (beige). I used 1 coat of Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution ($10 at Ulta) for both my upper and lower lashes.

Cheeks and Lips:

For my blush today I used NYX Bare With Me Jelly Cheek Color ($10 on their website) in the shade Coral Dream and then set that with ELF Primer Infused Blush ($6 at Ulta) in the shade Always Peachy (a light coral based peach). I touched up my highlighter with the Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up The Light Highlighting Palette ($42 at Ulta and Sephora) in the Light color way and using the shade Glow. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (this shade is only in the Big Box of Lippie Pencils Vault – currently out of stock) in the shade Oh Sis (smoked paprika) and filled in the center of my lips using MAC Amplified Lipstick ($19 at MAC and Ulta) Blankety (Soft Pink Beige). I then topped off my lips with a bit of ELF Lip Lacquer ($3 at Ulta) in the shade Fantasy (nude).

Final Thoughts:

ELF Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

I grade this one a loose B- : It’s billed as a weightless silky formula melts into skin for a radiant and youthful-looking glow. The luminous, dewy finish helps boost suppleness and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for flawless coverage. It comes in 5 shades (2 for deeper skin tones). While this shade is spot on for my skin tone and is weightless (as it should be since it’s a SERUM foundation) none of the other claims are valid. This isn’t a radiant, luminous, or dewy finished foundation at all. At best it’s a demi-matte finish. It’s light coverage, buildable to low medium coverage. It sort of just sits on top of the skin never truly sinking in. Now, this could be because of either the primer I used or the fact that I reapplied my sunscreen before I applied my base products. However, it could also just be that this isn’t a truly good serum based foundation. I will have to try it again with a more hydrating and glowy primer to see if that makes a difference. Perhaps I will try it again tomorrow and see how I feel then. For now… this foundation just didn’t wow me. It’s just an OK low medium coverage demi-matte light weight foundation with nothing really to show for it.

ELF Color Correcting Stick

I grade this one a solid B+ : It’s billed as being able to instantly help correct and neutralize color imperfections. The creamy formula melts into skin for seamless blendable coverage. Infused with Vitamin E to help hydrate the skin. The peach color helps to illuminate and conceal dark circles or hyper-pigmentation. The green color helps to reduce redness like that from Rosacea, sunburns, or blemishes. The lilac color helps brighten sallowness or yellowness for a healthy-looking glow. While the peach shade did in fact cancel out the light dark circles under my eyes and the slight hyper-pigmentation on my upper lip (I had stopped my skin care routine for about a week 1/2 do to being ill so the brightening that the Niacinamide was doing was now starting to reverse some) and it was a tiny bit creamy it was hard to buff into the skin seamlessly at all. It’s worth noting that this is also no where near close to being hydrating what so ever. In fact, it actually made my under eyes super crepey. Now again, this could be do to the primer I used and it could be do to the fact that I reapplied my sunscreen prior to doing my base makeup, however, I remember swatching this one annd thinking it was hard to blend into my hand and it felt a bit stiff. It’s worth also noting that this one is thick and you really can feel the weight of it on the skin, however it doesn’t sit on top of the skin it does sort of melt in to the skin. I think I’ll try this one with no primer under my eyes with a bit more eye cream first and see if that helps this corrector work better. I really was hoping I had found a truly affordable color corrector … for right now I’m not sure this is the one for me.

Il Makiage F*uck I’m Flawless Multi-Use Perfecting Concealer

I grade this one a solid A- : This one is billed as a long-wear, lightweight concealer that instantly covers under-eye circles, blemishes, dark spots & hyper-pigmentation that is omfortable, lightweight, and long-lasting wear with medium-to-high buildable coverage. This one comes in a whopping 30 shades with 10 for fair, medium, and deep skin tones. This one is in fact a comfortable lightweight and long-lasting however it is no where near medium to high buildable coverage. At best you will get low medium coverage and I do not see this one covering hyper-pigmentation or dark circles on it’s own. I’ll test this out again to see if it can be built up to at least high medium coverage and see how well it does to combat the dark circles without the aid of a corrector.

ELF Primer Infused Bronzer

I grade this one a solid A : This one is billed as a long-wear, matte bronzer infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of bronzed, sun-kissed glow that is smooth and easy to apply, while adhering to the skin for long-lasting wear. This bronzer is very easy to apply and is super pigmented (a very light hand is needed or things will go wrong real fast). This is a very long wearing bronzer, but this is a very heavy orange based bronzer … there isn’t enough red in this one to ever look truly sun kissed and for that I can’t grade with one higher that an A.

ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder

I grade this one a solid A+++!!!!: It’s billed as a silky, weightless texture that drapes the skin for a dreamy, blurring, soft-focus finish. Created with finely-milled synthetic sapphire particles to give your skin a soft glow, help smooth the appearance of fine lines, and blur imperfections that is formulated to keep shine at bay and ensure makeup looks and feels fresh throughout the day. DOLLS!!!!! I think I have found a truly affordable dupe for my beloved Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder !!!!! This loose powder is so pretty and buffs into the skin so beautifully!!! Out of everything I’ve purchased from ELF in the past few months THIS is my all time favorite product! I loved it so much that I promptly placed an order for 2 back ups just in case it goes out of stock. This powder doesn’t look like I’m wearing any powder at all and has this healthy glow to it. It blurred my pores and fine lines and didn’t cling to the rough patch I have on my forehead (again I’ve missed my skin care regimen for about a week 1/2 and am in desperate need of exfoliating and deep mask treatments). If I could only recommend 1 product to you from their line …. THIS WOULD BE THE ONE!!!!

ELF Primer Infused Blush in Always Peachy

I grade this one a solid A+: This is billed as a long-wear, matte blush infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of perfectly placed blush that is easy to blend, perfectly pigmented for ease of application, and grips your cheeks like second skin. It comes in 7 shades of which I own 4. Again this is a very long wearing product that buffs into the skin beautifully. It’s not super pigmented but I like that, it allows me to be able to build up the intensity of the color to how much I want it to be instead of being locked into what the creator wants it to be. These blushers are so good.

ELF Lip Lacquer In Fantasy

I grade this one a solid B+: This one is billed as providing maximum color and brilliant shine. Formulated with Vitamin E to moisturize lips. Perfect for wearing alone or layered over lipstick for a bold lip statement. It comes in 10 shades, of which I own the clear one and Fantasy. Whilst I love the clear Lip Lacquer (I tested that one whilst I was getting ready today to keep my lips hydrate) the one in Fantasy just doesn’t seem to be of the same formula. Some how it feels thicker and stickier and doesn’t last nearly as long as the clear one did. Worth noting is that Fantasy is almost clear in color with just a hint of mica shimmer to it so I can’t a test to the claim that you can get maximum color shine. I can say that without a doubt this one is no where near hydrating, in fact my lips felt dry and sticky after using both the clear and the nude and, at least for the nude one, it is so short time wearing that I found I had to reapply this product every 20 or so minutes. I think the only way to use this product would be if I apply a lip balm first so that my lips don’t end up feeling so tight once the lip lacquer wears off. I chose to grade it a B+ solely based off my experience with the clear one, because that one lasted all through my makeup application process and I ended up having to remove it to apply my lip products. It may just be that there is mica in the Fantasy shade and so it will be a bit more of a drier formula but I just don’t see myself wanting to reach for this one often and I will definitely not be purchasing other shades… save for the clear one … in the furture.

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

The Makeup Marvels Makeup Tag

Published July 1, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I was catching up on some of my favorite YouTuber’s videos (I am very behind in my YouTube subscriptions, I think I’m on my June 19th videos right now, because I’ve just been feeling so crappy with between my Fibromyalgia and my Hashimotto’s and everything and since I typically binge my YouTube subscriptions whilst I’m doing my makeup I really haven’t been able to catch up on the videos… but little by little I am getting through them.

One of my favorite YouTube Channels is Seeking Alexandria. She recently came out with a video where she created a fun 8 topic makeup tag entitled #MakeupMarvels and I though oh wow how fun. We all know by now I love to do makeup tags when ever I can fit them in. So I present to you her tag for my blog ….

*Note: Remember that all swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass …. the picture on either the left or the top will be the picture without flash and the one on the right or the bottom will be the picture with flash …. I do this so you can better gauge the colors.

As I’ve explained there are 8 topics for this tag :

  1. Lady Prime : A primer that actually works

2. Ripe & Hype: Makeup that was actually worth the hype

3. The Late Bloomer: A product you waited to try & then wished you tried sooner

4. Tentative Tingles: A palette you were on the fence about but now are obsessed with

5. Game Changer: It is a product that literally changed how you do your makeup or a part of your routine

6. Lady Lash: A mascara that actually looks like the b*tch on the box

7. Shine & Dine: This is a gloss that is shiny without that fly paper effect

8. Anti Cake: A powder that sets without being all kinds of doughy nasty on your face

Lady Prime : A primer that actually works (I have 2. a regular primer and a pore primer)

Option 1

NYX Angel Veil Primer $16 at Ulta for 1.02 fluid ounces of product and is billed as a lightweight super silky, light and fresh formula that creates a comfortable cushion on your skin and is a smooth, uniform canvas that minimizes shine to enhance makeup application makes everything flawless. 

This primer does exotically what it claims to do. This one is a spot on dupe for the Hour Glass Veil Mineral Primer that will set you back $54 for 1 fluid ounce of product, however in my opinion I feel that the NYX Angel Veil Primer is better. It doesn’t give you that white cast to the skin that the Hour Glass one does, doesn’t have that thick mineral scent to it, and is not as thick feeling on the skin.

It just blurs the skin so well. If you compare the picture above to the ones in this picture you can see just how well this primer smooths out the skin.

Option 2

Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 at Ulta for .5 ounces of product and is billed as a melt-in smoothing primer with innovative blurring and filling technology for a youthful appearance perfectly primed for makeup application, a smoothing and filling primer formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Once again this product does exactly what it says it does. I use it on the apples of my cheeks and the sides of my nose to blur and fill in the pores and between my brows to blur the little 11 wrinkle I have there. I little of this product does go a long way and you do need to be careful not to over use this one because it will pill if you do, but just a pea sized amount leaves my more problematic areas flawless. It also has a mattifing way about it that just leaves my nose perfectly matte all day. (side note the ELF Poreless Putty Primer is a close dupe for this one … not as pore filling and doesn’t really do anything to mask soft wrinkles and is much more emollient than the Tarte one, but it’s a pretty good alternative if you’re on a budget.)

You can truly see just how mattifying this primer is and just how well it blurs all the imperfections.

Ripe & Hype: Makeup that was actually worth the hype

Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation $5 for .85 fluid ounces and only sold at Dollar General Stores (here in the states) and comes in 18 shades with about 5 shades for deeper skin tones and is billed as a medium to full coverage foundation that blends effortlessly for a flawless look.

This foundation is everywhere right now. All over Instagram. All over TikTok. Many YouTube creators are raving about it. For very good reason! I have to say I purchased this one full believing I was going to have to throw it out because it wasn’t going to be as good as everyone was claiming it it. Dolls!!! I was so darn wrong about this one!!

This foundation leaves the skin flawlessly glowy and healthy looking. A little bit goes a very long way. I use about 2 1/2 dots the size you see above and that covers my whole face, my ears, and my neck and leaves just enough on my sponge to let me blend any other cream products into the skin seamlessly.

Not only is this the perfect shade for me, it’s my dream formula! Out of every foundation I own …. high end and drug store priced … this is my favorite foundation …. I dare say it may make it into my best and worst products of 2020.

The Late Bloomer: A product you waited to try & then wished you tried sooner

Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette $20 at Ulta. This palette was launched in 2016 and I did not purchase it until the first part of this year, so 5 years AFTER it was launched.

Juvia’s Place had been on my radar I just didn’t think I would like the shadows because at the time I wasn’t into warm browns and very seldom was I into neutral shimmers.

Darn was I wrong about this palette! This is the palette that sparked my love for this brand in general. I ended up doing a huge purchase after testing out this palette and in fact have about $200 worth of more palettes I’m purchasing tomorrow from the brand.

The mattes in the palette are so buttery and so pigmented and blend like a dream. The shimmers are stunning and long wearing. I so wish I would have tried this brand sooner I would have been hooked from the first swatch and would have been able to collect a lot more than what I have in my collection now.

The shades do not have any names but the shades are:

iridescent pink metallic, tan matte, nude brown matte, champagne metallic, light gold with pink undertones metallic, light gold metallic, antiqued coppery gold metallic, bronzed gold metallic, dark auburn metallic, mid-toned brown matte, dark brown metallic, and a ebony brown matte.

This is just simply put heaven in a palette formula.

Tentative Tingles: A palette you were on the fence about but now are obsessed with

ColourPop Bare Necessities Palette $34 on their website. This is a 30 pan neutral palette. When it first came out it didn’t really spark my interest. It wasn’t until after watching a few YouTube videos about it that I was like, “OK maybe it might be worth a shot”. Still it just looked like a bland palette to me.

When I purchased it and swatched it for my ColourPop haul I was totally hooked. As you can see by the state of my palette, I truly use this one a ton! The shades are amazing and the shimmer shades are so pretty.

I didn’t take a flash and no flash picture of this one since I already had swatches in my media log … the shades from left to right of each picture are:

idol hour (warm ivory with a pale peach sheen- metallic)
in the buff (neutral pale pinky beige – matte)
silk teddy (nude champagne – metallic)
on holiday (soft beige – matte)
rumored (silvery taupe – metallic)
banter (cool toned stone – matte)
full exposé (creamy vanilla – matte)
tease me (pale creamsicle with gold flecks – sequin)
the talk (champagne peachy gold – metallic)
hustler (light peach – matte)
complicated (warm rust brown with gold pinpoints – sequin)
crack on (chestnut brown – matte)
hot gossip (toasted nude – matte)
all 4 u (dusty mauve pink – matte)
designer duds (rose gold pink – metallic)
spree (rosy blush with gold flecks – sequin)
act a fool (dusty mid tone mauve – matte)
cufflinks (rosy purple with a pink sheen – metallic)
haute (terracotta with copper flecks – sequin)
fuzzy (true red copper – metallic)
tabloid (deep caramel – matte)
genie (golden bronze – metallic)
taboo (deep brown – matte)
dutch process (plum brown with silver flecks – sequin)
velveteen (tawny brown – matte)
prix fixe (antique bronze – metallic)
stiletto (warm deep brown with soft gold pinpoints – sequin)
revel (deep red brown – metallic)
baubles (deep cool toned brown with silver flecks – sequin)
spy glass (deep true black – matte)

Game Changer: It is a product that literally changed how you do your makeup or a part of your routine

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand $38 for .40 fluid ounces and is sold on the Beautylish website and also at Sephora. It comes in 2 shades fair/medium and medium/deep. It’s a soft-focus, semi-matte contour wand with sponge applicator.

I purchased this from Beautylish on a whim since I’ve always steered clear of cream based products. I just never really thought they would work for me. But I purchased this and a beauty light wand and have been in love with cream products ever since!

This contour wand was just the right color and consistency for me to dip my toes into the water. It was super easy to blend and made contouring my face a breeze.

As a result of trying, and falling in love with, this contour wand I have now added cream blushes, highlighters, and bronzers to my repertoire of makeup items and I have to say I’ve been loving how my complexion looks more now than I have ever done in the past.

Lady Lash: A mascara that actually looks like the b*tch on the box (I have 2. I can’t help it. I love both of these so much that I just can’t choose and sometimes I even layer them together)

Option 1

I have loved this one for years and years and many many MANY tubes

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara $8.99 for .23 ounces of products at Ulta.

I have used this mascara for years. I love this one. It was my one and only holly grail mascara for the better part of 6 years. It give volume and length and doesn’t flake. It holds the curl perfectly and when layered with my Option 2 I’ve been asked what false lashes I am wearing.

Option 2

This is a newer mascara to my collection, I think I purchased it in either February or March

Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution $10 at Ulta but could not find how much product you get with this one.

I was really thinking I would not like this mascara when I first opened it up because the wand on this one is huge and thick, however it does work well and looks pretty by itself and also layered with my option 1.

This one holds a curl great, also doesn’t flake, and is super black. This one gets me noticed for sure every time I wear it.

Shine & Dine: This is a gloss that is shiny without that fly paper effect

NARS Lip Gloss in the shades Stripe Tease (nude), Turkish Delight (pink sherbet), Chihuahua (guava), and Dolce Vita (dusty rose)

Nars Lip Gloss $24 for .18 fluid ounces of product on their website (they sell some shades at Ulta and Sephora but your best place to find better shades is on the NARS website.)

I use to have a ton of these but I only kept 4 when we moved from our apartment to our house 3 years ago. This is by far my all time favorite lip gloss formula. It is never sticky or tacky. I never get that weird stingy mess between my lips. It never travels outside the lip line and never disrupts any of my lipsticks that I may wear underneath either. The best part is that it has no scent to it either.

I do have plans to restock some of the other shades of this lip gloss because honestly 100 % this truly is my all time favorite lip gloss formula.

Stripe Tease (nude), Turkish Delight (pink sherbet), Chihuahua (guava), and Dolce Vita (dusty rose).

And finally …..

Anti Cake: A powder that sets without being all kinds of doughy nasty on your face

Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder $33 for .56 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. This comes in 3 shades: translucent, translucent medium, and translucent deep.

Anyone who has been following for anytime could already have guessed this would be my pick for this topic. I freaking LOVE this powder!!! LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! It’s just the most amazing powder I have ever tried! At the start of my blogging life I use to sing the praises of the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (which I still use from time to time) but ever since this one came into my life I just can’t get enough.

There is some sort of vudo magic in this little powder I’m convinced! (just joking but seriously … it’s something other worldly). It blurs the skin and gives you a soft focus look to the over all complexion. It never looks powdery or dusty, never emphasizes texture or clings to dry patches of skin (when I have it… which isn’t often but on those days I know I can use this powder and will not have a problem with it).

I don’t ever feel like I need to use a finishing spray when I’m wearing this powder. It’s so light weight and buttery smooth and so finely milled that you can even set your under eyes with it. It gives the slightest lilt to the skin too which is super pretty.

Well dolls…. That’s all for this tag …. I had fun putting together my list of 8 products for this tag … what would you chose for your picks for each catagory?

Well I hope you have a great 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

THE DREAM PALETTE CHALLENGE DAY 2 : DREAM SHIMMER PALETTE

Published July 1, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
This is a challenge that was created by newlipstickclub1 , shimmershanny , and pan.o.ramics on Instagram.

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

So we are now on to day 2 of this fun beauty tag …. let’s see what I came up with.

Here is the full Dream Palette Tag provided to me by newlipstickclub1

Day 2: Dream Shimmer Palette: Pick 9 of Your Favorite Shimmer Shades & Swatch Them to Make Your Own Palette!

  • As always the 1st picture will be the picture with no flash and the one on the 2nd one will be the one with flash …. All swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass.

For this palette creation it was so much easier for me than with the matte palette. I adore shimmer but I already knew which were my 9 top favorite shimmer shades.

The shades in my 9 Pan Shimmer Palette would be:

The 1st shade of the Juvia’s Place The Nudes Palette (peachy champagne with silver pin point – metallic). This is my favorite inner corner pop of shimmer. I even love it lightly pressed into the center of the mobile lid.

Soothe Metallic (warm champagne gold – from the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette). I just love the whole row of the shade Soothe but this shimmer is so metallic it’s breath taking.

Aura Metallic (champagne – from the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette). This is my favorite mobile lid shade when I’m using a camel color in the crease. I’ve even used this shade as a highlight on my nose as well.

The 1st shade of the Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette (iridescent pink – shimmer). This is just such a pretty shimmer shade. There’s just something about the way it catches the light that just pops so pretty!

Miser (terracotta with blue-green duochrome – metallic – a ColourPop single shadow). This is probably the prettiest metallic shade that ColourPop has ever put out. I love to use this as the blending shade for the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid it gives such an amazing sunset vibe to any subtle look and yet looks amazing mixed into a smokey eye. I also love how in certain lights it looks coral and in others it truly takes on the duo chrome blue green shift.

Marz (icy moss with a silver sheen – metallic – from the ColourPop She Got Solstice Palette). This is the shadow that sparked my intrest for green shadows. I particularly love to pair this one with Miser or with any of my coral shades. I’ve also used this one over top of a deep brown to add a hmmm …. there’s something about that eye …. pop of surprise.

Nefertiti (shimmering 18 k gold – metallic – from the Juvia’s Place The Nubian II Palette). I typically don’t like gold foiled looking shadows but this one is so reflective and so pigmented that it’s just stunning. I’ve been loving to pair it with a deep chocolate smokey eye just right under the lower lash line for that pop of BAM!

Painted Lady ( icy peachy orange – metallic – a ColourPop single shadow). This shadow doesn’t photograph well but it’s such an amazing shade. Yes it’s peachy orange but there is just enough peach in it to have it lean more towards coral than orange. This is another one of those shades I just love to wear as an all over wash of color or in a halo eye look.

Tea Garden (duochrome red with a green gold flip – metallic – a ColourPop single shadow). This shade is so multifaceted that it will keep you guessing as to what shade it actually is. I love this shade in the center of the lower lash line to add that wow factor to a smokey eye. I love it all over the mobile lid. I love it on the middle 1/3 of the mobile … I just simply love this shade.

Well there you have it dolls. My Dream 9 Pan Shimmer Palette…. What are your go to shades you couldn’t live without if you only were able to choose 9 shades for an all shimmer palette?

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

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

The Dream Palette Challenge Day 1 : Dream Matte Palette

Published June 30, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
This is a challenge that was created by newlipstickclub1 , shimmershanny , and pan.o.ramics on Instagram.

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

So after posting my Dream Matte Palette from yesterday I had been speaking with newlipstickclub1 on Instagram and turns out there were some rules for the challenge that I didn’t know about. So I thought it would be fun to redo this challenge the right way …. so let’s get started

Here is the full Dream Palette Tag provided to me by newlipstickclub1

Day 1: Dream matte Palette: Pick 9 of Your Favorite Matte Shades & Swatch Them to Make Your Own Palette!

  • As always the picture on the left will be the picture with no flash and the one on the right will be the one with flash …. All swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass.

If I had to (gulp) only chose 9 mattes …. I would have to opt for a basic neutral palette because I feel that I could get the most millage out of a basic neutral matte palette more than if I had fun pops of color mixed in.

The shades in my 9 Pan Matte Palette would be:

Matt Malloy (pure white – from The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude palette), I chose the white shade because it can help me lighten some of the mid tone browns and also act as an inner corner and brow line highlight. I’ve even used this shade to brighten up my under eyes and also as the center spot of my mobile lid for an all matte halo eye.

Here Me Out (white peach – ColourPop single eye shadow), I chose this as my brow bone highlight because it’s just the perfect undertone for my brow line. It’s also stunning on the mobile lid with just a hint of color through the crease.

the 4th shade of the Juvia’s Place The Nudes palette (light rose), I chose this shade because I can’t not have a coral type shade in any palette I own. This is a rose that leans coral and is so pretty as an all over wash of color or even just through the crease with a bit of shimmer on the mobile lids.

Bel Air (cool taupe – ColourPop single shadow), It’s a cool taupe must I say anything else? This is the perfect contour shade for the crease when you don’t want a “makeup” makeup look. It’s also great to help deepen the light rose shade, and it’s a great under eye shade as well.

the 6th shade of the Juvia’s Place the Nudes palette (deep yellow camel), I love me a good camel nude. This one is so simply beautiful all over for a wash of color it also loves amazing paired with the white peach shade.

Maple (yellow based tannish brown – from the Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eye Shadow palette ), My all time favorite shade Too Faced has ever come out with! I live for this shade. When I hit pan I will totally repurchase this palette just so I can have this shade still in my life.

Sea Stars (medium yellow brown – ColourPop single shadow),  This shade again is just so beautiful as an all over wash of color with just a pop of shimmer in the middle of the mobile lid. It’s also a great blender shade for deeper colors.

Soothe Matte (camel – from the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 palette), This has to be the prettiest camel shade I have ever owned. Tati knows what she is doing with her color selection because this palette in general is fire! But soothe is my all time favorite shade of the whole palette.

and the 1st shade of the Juvia’s Place the Chocolates palette (deep chocolate brown). I was torn been between needing a deep brown and a black … but this shade is the perfect amalgamation of the two. It’s deep enough that I just don’t miss having a black matte in a 9 pan palette with this one in it.

Well there you have it dolls. My Dream 9 Pan Matte Palette…. What are your go to shades you couldn’t live without if you only were able to choose 9 shades for an all matte palette?

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

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Quick 3rd Beauty Haul for June 2020

Published June 30, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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

I have a very short haul for you. So let’s jump into it….

I purchased (with the try before you buy option) the new Il Makiage F*uck I’m Flawless Multi-Use Perfecting Concealer ($26 on their website) . You get .23 fluid ounces of product with a doe foot applicator. This concealer comes in 30 shades (10 for fair, 10 for medium, and 10 for deep skin tones) and I purchased mine in the shade 2.5. This concealer is billed as a long-wear, lightweight concealer that instantly covers under-eye circles, blemishes, dark spots & hyperpigmentation with an advanced vegan, cruelty-free, oil-free & paraben-free formula. A long-lasting wear with medium-to-high buildable coverage.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash… this was swatched on bare skin with no primer and in 1 go.

What I noticed from swatching this concealer was very light-weight with, I would say, a solid medium coverage. I left the swatch on to see if it would sink into the fine lines of my hands and it did not. I’m really excited to try this concealer.

Free gift with purchase

I received the Il Makiage InkLiner ($21 on their website for .04 fluid ounces) in the shade Black as a free gift with purchase. It’s billed as an intensely pigmented, extremely long hold waterproof liquid inkliner for thin, natural or dramatic eye definition. Velvet matte finish with up to 14 hours of wear time.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash, again done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass.

What I have noticed from swatching this one is that #1 it is insanely pigmented. This has got to be the deepest black liner I have ever owned. #2 It will bleed … as you can see from the swatches it seeps into the fine lines of the back of my hand. #3 I do not think this one is water proof at all. I left this on for a few minutes for it to dry down completely and barely touched a baby wipe to it to try and remove and it completely came off in one swipe.

I purchased this with my skin care order from Beautylish

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Liner ($27 on the beautylish website for .04 ounces of product) in the shade Eye Cheat (beige). These eye liners come in 7 shades and are billed as the ultimate sexy, smudgy “bedroom eye”. A silky-smooth glide of a liquid liner and the soft, sooty, pigment-rich payoff of kohl with a a waterproof, long-lasting formula that sets after 30 seconds that lasts for up to 14 hours.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. This swatch was done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 swipe … it looks like it skipped but it didn’t the pencil is very soft and broke whilst swatching.

What I have noticed from swatching this one is that the pencil is soft but hearty. It’s super pigmented and does in fact set down in 30 seconds. This one is truly waterproof. I had to use oil to remove it.

Well dolls … that’s all for now … I do have 2 orders from my June beauty buys that are still in the mail so I will have to haul them with my July beauty buys …. I will mark them as purchased in June so that you can see what I purchased in June.

I hope you have a great 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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