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Smokey Neutral Face of the Day

Published May 3, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I was able to sleep well last night and woke this morning with less pain than I was in yesterday.

Today was family breakfast day. I made Disney Contemporary Chef Mickey’s Breakfast Pizza from a recipe that I found on the Disney Food Blog and I added sausage and bacon to the recipe … it was super yummy and super simple to make and look how yummy it looks:

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what it looks like before you bake it

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what it looks like after baking … and was super yummy

Today I am wearing my Bath and Body Works Champagne Rose body spray. Now let’s jump into this Face of the Day….

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Base:                                                                                                                                                          I first primed my problematic pore areas with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using NYX Angel Veil Primer ($16 at Ulta). I also prepped my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora and the Beautylish website). My foundation today is Il Makiage Woke Up Like This foundation ($44 on their website) in the shade 040. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand ($38 on the Beautylish website). I concealed my under eyes using 5 dots of Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade No. 3. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the  Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using MAC Bronzing Powder ($30 at MAC) in the shade Matte Bronze. I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using  Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the ColourPop Bare Necessities 30 Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($34 on the ColourPop website). I started with the shade Velveteen (tawny brown matte) from lash line to brow bone. I then went into the shade Crack On (chestnut brown matte) and applied it on the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and outer v of the crease. For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used the shade Designer Duds (rose gold pink metallic) and then went into the shade Rumored (silvery taupe metallic) and tapped that over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid and then went back into Designer Duds and blending it into the middle 1/3 to blend all the shades together. On the brow line I used a combo of the shades In the Buff (neutral pale pinky beige matte) and Full Exposé (creamy vanilla matte). For the lower lash line I did a drop shadow using more of the shade Crack On and then highlighted the inner corners using Idol Hour (warm ivory with a pale peach sheen metallic).  I coated my upper and lower lashes with 1 coat of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta). I lined my upper and lower waterlines using Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Audrey (classic brown).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For my blush I did it a bit different today. I applied my blush with the rest of my cream products since I was using a Super Shock Cheek blush…. and then set it when I set the rest of my face and I think it gave me a pretty flushed look. I used ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8 on their website) in the shade Quarters (a mid-toned peachy coral satin). I lined and filled in my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude) and then topped that off with L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte) and felt that this was too muted so I tapped a few dots of Makeup Geek Creme Stain ($11.99 on their website) in the shade Jitterbug (an intense coral matte) and then I felt that this was too dry looking so I topped the whole lip off using NARS Lip Gloss ($24 on the NARS website) in the shade Stripe Tease  (Sheer champagne nude).

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Final Thoughts:

I got an email from ColourPop that says they will begin processing their back orders now!! Yahoo because I have 2 orders that I am waiting for and am stoked to try out that new Mulan palette.

I have a few beauty buys this month… not as many as last month because we are trying to stay above water with the bills… but I will have a few things to haul for you soon.

 

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The reason I’m so late with my post today is I had to rest for a little bit and then I had to cook dinner. For tonight’s dinner I made Polish Meat and Potatoes   from AllRecipes.com . Mine didn’t come out as pretty as the picture on the website but dolls….. this is one tasty dish!!

Well that’s all for now dolls. 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

Golden Bronze Face of the Day

Published April 30, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I finally slept well!! I got up around 8:30 AM. It’s raining here in Florida so I am in a world of pain today…. because of it I wont be cooking dinner… we are going to have sandwiches and chips instead.

Today I am wearing Michael Kors Sexy Blossom perfume.

I have been hurting so much that instead of going around my makeup collection and picking out products to use for the day I have simply been swapping out my foundation and concealer and just utilizing the products I have been for the past few days … I probably will be swapping out my daily makeup basket tonight as I am running out of looks for the Juvia’s Place palette.

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

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I first primed my problematic pore areas with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using It Cosmetics Pores No More Primer (discontinued) and I then added a bit of glow to the skin by using BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). My foundation today is Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4 Medium Neutral.  I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand ($38 on the Beautylish website). I concealed my under eyes using 3 dots of  NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Fair. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the  Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette ($20 at Ulta). I started with the 2nd shade of the 1st row (an orange based tan matte)… I buffed it in from lash line to brow bone. I then used the 2nd shade of the 2nd row (light gold metallic) on the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid. I went in with the 4th shade of the 2nd row (bronze gold metallic) and patted that over the middle 1/3 and a little into the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then went in with the 3rd shade of the 1st row (nude brown matte) and buffed that into the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. I then took a bit more of the bronze gold metallic and tapped that over the middle 1/3 again to blend the inner and outer 1/3 together. I then went in with a combo of the nude brown shade and the 2nd shade of the 3rd row (brown matte) and deepened just the very outer part of the outer v and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then highlighted my brow line using L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eyeshadow ($9.47 at CVS) in the shade 899 Endless Pearl (a creamy vanilla matte). I created a subtle drop shadow using more of the orange base tan shade and then I took more of the nude brown and then the brown matte shades and buffed those into the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners using Hikari Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honey Dew (icy pink with slight silver reflect metallic). I lined my lower waterlines using BH Cosmetics Powder Pencil (originally on sale for $8 but on sale for $6 on their website) in the shade Beige Nude. I then coated my upper and lower lashes with 2 coats of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta).

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ooof that nose contour is harsh today I didn’t notice it until just now 

Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). I lined and filled in my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude) and then topped that off with L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte) and felt that this was too muted so I tapped a few dots of Makeup Geek Creme Stain ($11.99 on their website) in the shade Jitterbug (an intense coral matte) and then I felt that this was too dry looking so I topped the whole lip off using NARS Lip Gloss ($24 on the NARS website) in the shade Stripe Tease  (Sheer champagne nude).

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Final Thoughts:

First I’d like to apologies for my harsh nose contour… boy was I heavy handed today!!

I can’t wait for my brows to full grow in. I want to reshape them so badly so that they at least have the same round about shape to them. I have 1 straight brow and 1 Instagram arched brow. I don’t know how that happened seeing as though I have my brow Micro-bladed but it’s the bane of my existence.

I’ve been collecting a ton of Fibromyalgia memes that I am going to be doing a blog post on shortly… I thought it would be a fun little post.

I’ve also seen a few Instagram makeup looks that I’m keen to try.

Let’s see how I feel tomorrow on whether or not I’ll try one of those looks or not.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and thank you for spending time with me…. Remember ….. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

2nd Beauty Haul of April 2020 With Swatches

Published April 23, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

 

 

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Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m coming at ya with my 2nd haul of the month…. This one is from Ulta Beauty (as you could probably tell from the picture). This one’s a bit long so let’s jump into it…

 

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Kiss Natural Effect Lashes in the style Flirty $11.99 at Ulta.  These lashes are light weight and the perfect size for my eye shape. They have quickly become my favorite lash when i am doing a more glam look.

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Kiss Natural Effect Lashes in the style Shy $11.99 at Ulta. Again these lashes are light weight and the perfect size for my eye shape. These lashes are my all time favorite natural lash look.

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Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil $24 at Ulta. This pencil comes in 12 shades. I have it in the shade 4.5 (natural deep brown). It has an ultra-fine point and is the perfect consistency for the brows. It never tugs at my hairs and it never skips. I purchased 2 so that I would have a back up on hand. This is my all time favorite brow pencil.

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Urban Decay Brow Beater Brow Pencil $21 at Ulta. This pencil comes in 7 shades. I have it in the shade Neutral Nana (neutral brown) The package says it’s waterproof, however when I was wiping off the swatch for this pencil it came off super easy with just a baby wipe. This pencil has a tear-drop shaped tip. When I swatched it, it was extremely  hard to get a swatch, very dry and waxy and it tugged at the back of my hand.  It was so hard to swatch that I am almost afraid to try it in my brows for fear that it will pull hair out.  I also realized that this was not the pencil I meant to purchase… I wanted to try out the new Brow Blade Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil & Ink Stain pen… oh well … I’ll have to add that one to next month’s beauty purchases.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil $10 at Ulta but on sale for $7 so I purchased 2.  This pencil comes in 8 shades. I have it in the shade Espresso. This pencil has a fine point and glides through the brows like a dream. This use to be my all time favorite brow pencil until I tried the Benefit one.

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Duo Brush-On Adhesive With Vitamins $6.49 for .18 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. I purchased 2 back ups … I have 1 open and another back up but this was on sale for $3 something so I purchased 2 more. This is a latex free formula. It’s got all day hold and comes off very easy.  Just a bit of warm water is all it takes. This is the only lash glue I have ever used ever since I first tried it and it’s the only lash glue I will ever use. It’s just that good.

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NYX Glitter Primer $6.50 at Ulta but is on sale for $4.55 so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s billed as being  formulated to lock glitter and foil into place and is a light and creamy formula sets and then holds on tight. It is a creamy vanilla color when you first squeeze some out but it goes clear when it’s ready for the glitter and pressed pigments. This stuff is #1 super sticky and #2 a little goes a very long way. I squeezed out just a pea sized dot and that covered most of the back of my hand. It also holds on to glitter pretty darn well. I swatched and tested it out and this stuff is the real deal for glitter.

 

I loaded my finger up with glitter from the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Palette and just simply pressed it over the glitter primer and, as you can see from the picture on the right, almost every last piece of glitter is gone from my finger. When I went to removed the swatch I had to use soap and water… I could not remove it with simply a baby wipe.

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Revolution Skincare x Jake-Jamie Avocado Face Mask $11 at Ulta. This mask is billed as being designed to nourish, smooth, and gently exfoliate the skin. Formulated with avocado oil to moisturize, glycerin to prevent moisture loss, shea butter to nourish, and natural scrub granules to gently exfoliate.  The directions are so simple … apply 1-2 times a week. Allow to work for 10 – 15 minutes. Massage into skin for 30 seconds then rinse well. There is a warning that says to avoid the eye area.

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This mask smells just like a freshly cut avocado! It even has little chunks of avocado in it. It felt light weight and no as sticky as I thought it would feel. I can’t wait to try this one out tonight.

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Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask $11 at Ulta. It’s billed as being  formulated with sweet almond oil to encourage smooth and soft skin and vitamin E to moisturize. The directions say to apply to cleansed skin to soak in overnight, avoiding the eye area. Cleanse any residue or massage in upon waking. Use 1-2 times a week. This one also says avoid eye area.

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This one is super thick and sticky. I will not be using it as a night mask as the directions state. I will use this one as a day time lazy day, laying on the sofa binge watching some Netflix mask.

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L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara $8.99 at Ulta. This is my all time favorite mascara. I just opened a tube and I only had 1 backup so I ordered another one to make sure I wont run out. This mascara is billed as having a unique formula of panthenol and ceramide-R that builds and thickens voluptuous lashes while conditioning them, so they remain supple and healthy. This mascara is amazing, never clumps, never flakes, and never gives me spider lashes.

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Mini MAC Strobe Cream $16 at Ulta. The full sized is $35 for 1.07 fluid ounces at Ulta and comes in 3 shades. In the mini it only comes in the shade Goldlite (golden pearls). This is billed as being super-powered with potent botanicals, it boosts the look of dull, flat, or tired-looking skin with nutritious vitamins and a mega-dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Adds the softest glow to skin in sunlight to spotlight.

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It comes out of the tube white and feels like a gel. I’m a bit disappointed in this one. It’s extremely subtle. Barely any glow at all. I’ll have to play around with it and figure out how best to use it.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer $34 for .55 ounces of product at Ulta. It’s billed as a long-wearing, waterproof formula delivers a universally flattering, instant bronze for your face & body. It’s a super silky, lightweight powder instantly evens skin tone & delivers a natural-looking bronze wherever applied. Covers & blurs the look of imperfections while giving a more-toned appearance. Amazonian clay for better, longer, truer wear. I’ve always wanted to own this bronzer and thought I’d give it a go since I’m already almost done my Benefit Hoola and will have a space for another bronzer soon.

The picture on the left is with flash and the one on the right is with no flash.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. I didn’t know this bronzer was a glowy bronzer … I’m starting to fall in love with the glowy dewy look so I am excited to try this one out.

NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner $4.00 for .03 ounces of product at Ulta. This is my all time favorite lip liner color. I have 1 back up and 1 open almost done so I purchased 2 more back ups.

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L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain in the shade I Create (soft nude rose). $5.99 for .23 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This lippie is billed as providing the color impact of a liquid lipstick with a weightless, bare-lip sensation. This formula is HEAVEN! I love this product so much, I owned 2 other shades before this one and decided when I placed my order to pick up 3 more shades.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash.

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L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain in the shade I Empower (soft nude peach). $5.99 for .23 fluid ounces of product at Ulta.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash.

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L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain in the shade I Tease (soft taupey pink). $5.99 for .23 fluid ounces of product at Ulta.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash.

DermaBlend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer $28 for .33 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This concealer comes in 16 shades with 5 shades for deeper skin tones and I purchased the shade 15N Fair/Light. This is a full coverage concealer … a super full coverage concealer and a very little goes a very long way. It’s thick and remains tacky to the touch so you would do best with setting this one as soon as you blend it in.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. This is the swatch with a very thin pea sized layer. I could have covered the whole hand and still have some left over. I’m looking forward to trying this one out.

Tarte Creaseless Undereye Concealer $26 for .23 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. It comes in 30 shades, 13 shades for deeper skin and I purchased the shade 20 N Light. This product is billed as being able to cover dark circles, hyper-pigmentation & redness with a waterproof formula doesn’t crease or sit in fine lines and powered by vitamin C-rich maracuja for firmer, brighter & smoother-looking skin. This one felt a but sticky at first but blended out to be soft and hydrating on the back of my hand.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. This is another concealer that where a little bit goes a long way. I’m not sure about the creaseless claim… I did see it seep into the fine lines of the back of my hand … I’ll have to keep you posted.

NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer $9 for .14 fluid ounces at Ulta. It comes in 24 shades with 10 for deeper skin and I chose the shade Fair. It’s billed as being a micro pearl-infused illuminating concealer that blurs imperfections adding instant radiance and brightening the appearance of a dull complexion and as being formulated to perfectly match their Born to Glow Foundation.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. This one isn’t as tacky or thick as the last few in this post but it is high pigment so you wont need much to correct the undereye.

DermaBlend Flawless Creator Liquid Foundation Drops $40 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta. It comes in 22 shades with 10 shades for deeper skin and I have the shade 30 N (light skin with neutral undertones). This is the 2018 Allure Best of Beauty Winner. It’s billed as a water-free, oil-free liquid foundation that has a unique, silky texture that provides weightless, full coverage and a natural finish. Formulated with only 10 ingredients, you get pigments at their purest: a little goes a long way. Use alone or mix drops with your skincare products, such as a face moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, and more. Customize your coverage: for lighter coverage use 1 drop, for maximum coverage use up to 4 drops. Developed in true-to-tone, fade-proof shades. Never cakey or masky for an even and natural look. Provides 16 hours of comfortable wear that is smudge-and transfer-resistant.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. Dolls when they say a little goes a long way they were not kidding. After taking this swatch picture I tested to see just how far I could get this swatch to spread… It spread from the back of my hand to 3 fingers up my wrist! I am intrigued by this one and will be putting it to the test tomorrow.

Tarte Travel Size Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $15 for .33 fluid ounces of product … the full sized is $39 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. The travel size comes in 6 shades with 1 for deep skin and I chose the shade 27 N Light/Medium Neutral… in the full sized bottle comes in 30 shades with 12 for deeper skin. This foundation is billed as a skincare foundation and  delivers an ultra-comfortable, natural radiant finish & medium customizable coverage and that it helps hydrate & give the appearance of plumper skin while minimizing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. This one says medium buildable coverage however I found with this swatch it was straight full coverage. It felt thick on the back of my hand so I have a feeling this one is going to feel mask like on the face … I’ll keep you posted.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation $30 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. This one comes in 12 shades with 5 for deeper skin and I am in the shade 4 Medium Neutral. This one is 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. I have the travel sized that I hauled a few months back and so I have a great understanding of this foundation. This is a beautiful foundation. It’s not too heavy and doesn’t cake up or go patchy. It doesn’t break down throughout the day. I really truly like this foundation.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. In pictures this foundation looks as if it’s too dark… but in person it’s a spot on match for me.

Tarte Maracuja Tinted Moisturizer $29 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta and is also offered in a travel sized bottle for $15 but is only offered in 3 shades for the travel size. In the full sized tube it comes in 30 shades with 15 for deeper skin and I chose the shade 20 N Light Neutral. It’s billed as an ultra-lightweight & hydrating tinted moisturizer that delivers a sheer wash of color while infusing skin with maracuja super fruit for 12-hour hydration & wear. It also says the best way to apply is with the fingers.

The picture on the left is with no flash and the one on the right is with flash. This is a super light weight product. I look forward to trying it out. I have yet to find a tinted moisturizer that I like and from swatching this one I really think I’m going to like this one. I’ll test it out on my next “no makeup” makeup day.

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Well dolls… that’s all for now. I hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you remain in good spirits and health.

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

XOXO

Orange Eye Face of the Day

Published April 19, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m still having trouble sleeping. Woke up a ton last night. My muscle close to my rib just hurts a ton.

Today I am wearing Lancome La Vie Est Belle perfume. Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day ….

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Base: Today                                                                                                                                             I primed my face using L’Oreal Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer ($12.99 at Ulta) and Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) to fill in the pores on the cheek area. My foundation today is a combo of 3 pumps Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($45 at Sephora) in the shade Dew You? and 7 pumps ELF Flawless Finish Foundation ($6 on their website) in the shade Sand. I color corrected the under eyes using Believe Beauty Brighten Up Color Correcting Concealer ($4 only at Dollar General) in the shade Light/Medium and concealed my under eyes using NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Medium 1 Custard.  I set my full face using Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 at Dollar General) in the shade Translucent. I warmed up my face using Benefit Boxed Bronzer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Hoola. For touch up powder today I am using Milani Conceal + Perfect Shine Proof Powder ($10.99 at Walgreens) in the shade 02 Nude.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5. For today’s eye look I used the Pixi by Petra Hello Beautiful Face Case ($24 at Target and on their website) in the color story  Hello LA Angel. For my transition shade I used the color Casual (a mid toned coral matte) from lash line to brow bone. On my mobile lid I used the shade Sand (gold with a slight rose undertone metallic). I then used the shade Earth (a mid-toned terracotta orange matte) to deepen my outer 1/3 on the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. I then took the shade Natural (a fiery red toned orange metallic) and patted that over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to help blend the inner and outer 1/3 together. For the lower lash line I created a drop shadow with more of the shade Casual. I then deepened the lash line with more of Earth. I then took more of Natural to add dimension to the under eye. I highlighted the inner corners using the shade Sunny (icy white with a gold shift metallic).  I lined my lower and upper waterlines using Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Audrey (soft dark brown) I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Believe Beauty Brow Defining Pencil ($4 Only at Dollar General) in the shade Dark Brown. I carved out my brow line using the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the shimmer side and set the brow line using the shade Clean (a bright vanilla matte). I coated my upper and lower lashes with Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I chose Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Seduce (rosey nude matte). I highlighted my the tops of the cheeks, Cupid’s Bow, center of the chin, bridge of the nose, and high points of the brows using Benefit Boxed Highlighter ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Cookie (a golden pearl). I lined and then filled in my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude). I topped the lips off using ColourPop Creme Lux Lipstick ($8 on their website) in the shade Layover (a medium rosy beige creme).

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Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                      I should be receiving my Beautylish order tomorrow. It’s just a few items but I am excited to get it. I still am waiting on 2 orders from Ulta and a foundation that I ordered from Il Makiage. The order I want most is the Mulan Collection I ordered from ColourPop … but will have to wait for them to be back to business as usual before that order will be mailed.

If you are familiar with the mobile app TIkTok, than you know they have videos that have hacks for beauty … I just learned one that is genius for when you are washing and rinsing your face off. So that you don’t get water dripping down your arms and elbows you can put a scrunchie on your wrist… this way the scrunchie catches all the water and keeps the water from getting everywhere.

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

XOXO

 

Smokey Bronze Eye Face of the Day

Published February 14, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! Hope you are having a great day/night. I actually woke up early today!!! I feel pretty OK today. My body is stiff today but my pain level is around a 5. I received a bunch of new makeup in the mail today so I got to play with some new stuff. I was feeling like a smokey eye today, I’m all Valentine’s Day Look fatigued, so I decided to just go glam. Hope you enjoy it… and Hope that you are in good spirits….Let’s jump into the Face of the Day ….

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Base: I double primed my face today…. I used Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer ($45 at Ulta and Sephora) and then layered that with AOA Studio Wonder Skin Illuminating Primer ($1 on the Shop Miss A website). I color corrected using Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate ($12 on their website and at Target) in the shade Brightening Peach. For foundation today I am using a repurchase new foundation to me Too Faced Born This Way Undetectable Medium to Full Coverage Foundation ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Warm Nude. I concealed my under eyes using a brand new product to me Too Faced Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Vanilla. I set my face using Pixi by Petra Colour Correcting Powder Foundation ($20 on their website and at Target) in the shade No.2 Nude. I warmed up the face using BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer ($10 on their website and at Ulta) in the shade Bronze Babe. I set my under eyes and baked the jaw line, center of the forehead, and bridge of the nose using RCMA No Color Powder ($15 at the Beautylish website).

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Eyes: I primed the lids using NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Medium 1 Custard and set that using Laura Merceir Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. For today’s bronzey smoke eye look I used the Private Society Cosmetics Girl Boss Palette ($35 on their website). For my transition shade I used the color CEO (an orange based tan matte). For my crease shade I mixed the shades Brunch (a mid-toned terra cotta matte) and Money Maker (a mid-toned muddy brown matte). On my mobile lid I used the shade Iconic (a muddy bronze metallic) on my inner 2/3. I deepened my outer v and the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid using the shade Friyay (a deep true brown matte) and then went in with the shade Instafamous (a copper metallic) on the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to help blend out the edges of the inner and outer 1/3. On the lower lash line I created a drop shadow using first the shade CEO then the same combo of Money Maker and Brunch. I then deepened the lower lash line using more of Friyay and then buffed the whole lower lash line using more of the shade Brunch. I highlighted the inner corners first using Socialite (a pale champagne satin) and then I layered Dazzle (a pale champagne with silver glitter) from the Too Faced Turn Up The Light Complexion-Enhancing Highlighting Palette ($42 at Ulta and Sephora) in the Light color way. I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Creme Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic). I tight lined the upper waterlines using NYX Slim Eye Pencil ($4.50 on their website and their store and at Ulta) in the shade Black. I set my brows using Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer ($10 at Target) in clear and then filled in my brows using ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on their website) in the shade Deep Brown. I carved out my brows using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the shimmer side and set that with the shade First Class (a true vanilla matte). I primed my lower lashes with Loreal Voluminous Primer ($6.79 at Target) and then put on a pair of lashes that I can’t find the name off anywhere. I then created a baby winged liner on the upper lash line and used Pixi by Petra Lash Booster Mascara ($15 on their website and at Target) in the shade Blackest Black on the lower lashes and to meld my upper lashes in with the falsies.

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Cheeks and Lips: For blush today I chose Private Society 8 Blush Palette ($42 on their website) in the color way Secret Admirer and using the shade Sweet Romance (a deep warm toned peach). I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, Cupid’s Bow, bridge of the nose, and center of the forehead using Benefit Powder Highlighter ($30 at Ulta) in the shade Cookie (a white gold pearl). I then used the Too Faced Turn Up The Light Complexion-Enhancing Highlighting Palette ($42 at Ulta and Sephora) in the Light color way using the Soft Focus powder as all over finishing powder. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (regularly $7 on sale for $4.90 on their website) in the shade 951 (a warm nude with a hint of burgundy) and filled in the lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix (regularly $7 on sale for $4.90 on their website) in the shade Daydream (a plummy brown matte).

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Final Thoughts:

Too Faced Born This Way Undetectable Medium to Full Coverage Foundation: A+++!!!!      I had tried this foundation when it first came out and loved it. I used it up but never repurchased it. Whilst I was on the Ulta website purchasing other products I decided to repurchase it too. I am so glad I did. This foundation is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love how glowy it is and how perfect it looks on the face. I did forget that a little goes a long way and ended up using way too much today, but even so the finish didn’t look cakey at all. I am so in love with this foundation and am super excited to have it back in my collection.

Too Faced Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer: B-                                                                                This is a super thick concealer. It did great at highlighting the high points of my face but, because I hadn’t used this one before, I used too much for the under eye and it seemed to just sink deep into my fine lines. I chose to give this a letter grade of B- because it did crease and seemed to lift up off the under eye as I tried to blend it in. I don’t know, I think I just need more time to work with this one to see if I can get it to work better. Now, the reason for it seeping into my fine lines may be because I let it sit too long before blending it in, this may be the type of concealer that you have to work is small sections to get it to work out. So I will try it again tomorrow and see if I get a better outcome, if not then I will just use this one to highlight the high points of my face.

Too Faced Turn Up The Light Complexion-Enhancing Highlighting Palette: A-                        This is a trio complexion palette. It comes with a soft focus powder in the middle, a softer focus highlighter, and a chunky glittery highlighter. I think the soft focus finishing powder is beautiful and the softer focus highlighter is pretty, but that 3rd shade is just to inundated with glitter to work for highlighter. For this reason I chose to give this a A- grade. I would have much rather liked to have seen either a bronzer or a blush in this palette over that glittery hell Too Faced calls Dazzle. I can’t use this as a highlighter at all, but I can use it as an inner corner highlight for my eyes.

Benefit Powder Highlighter in the Shade Cookie: A+++!!!!                                                      OM GOSH!!! This highlighter is so stinking beautiful!!! It’s so reflective that it almost looks like wet skin! I wasn’t going to get it because I already have a Benefit highlighter, and well, I have a stock pile of highlighter… But I purchased it as a last minute impulse buy and am so glad I did. It is highly reflective without having any glitter what so ever. If your are light skinned to tan skin and are in the market for a knock your socks off product…. this highlighter is the one for you.

ColourPop Lippie Pencil in the Shade 951: A++                                                                                I purchased this lippie pencil as part of the Big Box of Lippie Pencils ($79 on sale for $68 on their website). This is such a pretty shade, and I normally don’t do deeper nude lip pencils. This one has a slight burgundy shift to it that would make it perfect for contouring the lips. It’s creamy and doesn’t feather into the fine lines of the lips.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in the Shade Daydream: A+++                                                                    Again, I purchased this lippie stix as part of the Big Box of Lippie Stix ($115 on sale for $99 on their website). I never use deep vampy nude shades ever, but it was in my box set and I thought I might as well try it out. I am so glad I did. This shade is beautiful!! It’s creamy and doesn’t transfer outside the lip line or get on the teeth. It’s a matte formula, but it’s a comfortable matte formula that doesn’t pill up on the inner rim of the lip. It’s long wearing and fades down nicely.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Stay tuned soon for a new makeup haul and review. I hope you have a great rest of your day/night and that you are having a low pain/high energy day/night. Until tomorrow, remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Benefit Cosmetics Revisited and Face of the Day

Published December 30, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Good morning dolls. How’s your day going? I’m doing good today.

Today I tried a new to me Benefit foundation. This is a full face of mostly Benefit products and short review….. Enjoy….

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BASE: I primed my face with Benefit POREfessional Hydrating Primer ($13 for mini, $32 for full sized on their website). I color corrected my dark circles with Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium. I used Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($13 for mini and $22 for full sized on their website) in the color No. 5 Medium. I used Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation ($15 for mini and $30 for the full sized on their website) in the color No.4 Medium. I set my under eyes with the ELF Undereye Setting Powder ($4 on their website) and then set the rest of my face with Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation ($30 on their website) in the color No.4 Medium. I bronzed my face with the Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette ($30 on the Beautylish website) in the color Hoola.

 

EYES: I primed my lids with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. For my eyes I used the ColourPop Eyeshadow Palette the I put together ($28 on their website). I set the Shape Tape with the color Hear Me Out (a light cream matte). As my 1st transition shade I chose Issues (a soft orange creamsicle matte). For my 2nd transition shade I chose to mix Bel Air (a dusty grey toned tan matte) and Wake Up Call (a dusty peach toned tan matte). My crease color is Criss Cross (a red toned burnt orange matte). I then deepened my outer v with the color Feathered (a reddish brown matte). As my drop shadow on my lower lash line I used Feathered close to the lash line and then blew it out with Criss Cross. I did my brows the same way I did them yesterday …. using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 on their website) and Benefit Gimme Brow Gel ($24 on their website) in the color 4.5 Neutral Deep Brown. I carved my brow line out with the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side. I set the brow line with Hear Me Out from my palette. I used the Benefit Vanity Flare Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($34 on the Beautylish website) for my lids … for the inner 2/3 of my lid I used the color Pink Pearl (a pale pink shimmer). I did a wing eyeliner today using the Benefit Roller Liner ($12 for the mini and $22 for the full sized on their website) in black and then used Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($25 on their website) in black.

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CHEEK and LIPS: I used the Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette ($30 on the Beautylish website) for my blush and highlight… on the cheeks I used Rockabye (a mid-toned true coral satin) and I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, brow bone, and cupid’s bow with Dandelion Twinkle (a pale champagne). On my lips today I have ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip ($6 on their website) in the color Speed Dial (a brow toned deep peach) and lined with ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the color Oh Sis (a smokey paprika).

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Final Thoughts….

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer: B-                                                                                    When I reviewed this concealer yesterday I had tried it without color correcting to see what kind of coverage I would get. It didn’t do well at covering the under eye circles so I gave it a C. I tried it today with color corrector and it worked out better. It’s still too dry for my under eye but it doesn’t cake up and it doesn’t crease. It’s an OK concealer. I’ll use up the mini and if I do repurchase this it will also be the mini; it’s not one I think I want to own a full sized on.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation: A+                                                    This foundation is billed as a 12 hour wear that gives you a natural satin finish. You get 1 fluid ounce in the full sized bottle and .33 fluid ounces in the mini sized bottle. It comes in 12 shades, 5 of which are for deeper skin.  The color I chose was No. 4 Medium and it’s billed as a neutral but it is a little too yellow based… I was able to make it work once I used the powder foundation on top of it. It’s a soft focus foundation that looks beautiful on the skin. It’s a medium coverage foundation that builds well, I did 2 coats and it did not go patchy or streaky. It does not emphasize pores or lines and buffs into the skin seamlessly. I will use the rest of my mini up and then I will purchase the full sized.

Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation: B+                                                                      I stand by my rating of this product from yesterday. It’s a nice powder foundation that gives a tad more coverage to your look. I still don’t think this works as a stand alone powder foundation, but it works really good as a finishing powder and touch up powder. It’s not too powdery or cakey. I wasn’t sure yesterday if I would repurchase this one, but I think I will… it’s a nice powder.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil and Benefit Gimme Brow Gel: A+++                                     I stand by my rating of this product from yesterday. This by far is my favorite find of the whole Benefit line. I am definitely repurchasing both the pencil and gel in bulk so I am never without it.

Benefit Roller Liner in Black: A-                                                                                                         I don’t like this one as much as I like it in brown. It’s a bit more glossy, it’s not matte like it’s billed. It went on a little streaky and once it dried the look is a bit crunchy, not at all smooth like the brown liner. It’s still pretty good and was easy to use, however …. I made a mistake and when I went to clean it smeared the liner everywhere…. so I had to correct it quickly to avoid a big disaster. I still like it but I will not repurchase it in black … I will repurchase it in brown though.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: A+ I stand by everything I said in yesterday’s review of this product. It was a little bit drier today than it was yesterday but it still gives such length to the eyelashes. I will definitely use the one I have up, and I really liked it as a lower lash mascara so I will be repurchasing it to use it as such.

Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette: A+                                                                                            I changed my mind about the highlighter in this palette. Yes it has some glitter but once you use a setting spray it melts into the skin so beautifully that I really love it. This here is the reason I don’t do first impressions…. my first impression was like “ugh glitter, yup I hate it.” and then today I am in love with it. I also tried it on wet and that went on so glowy that I will see myself reaching for this palette a ton over the next few months.

Yesterday in Final Thoughts I said that Benefit as a whole was a B++. The foundation I tried today makes me want to re-evaluate this …. I would give the company as a whole an A-. I still truly hate the eyeshadow palette I purchased, but I also hated the foundation and upon trying the Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation I now really want to try another eyeshadow palette to see if I can get a better result.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Have an amazing day and as always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Benefit Cosmetics Full Face Review and Face of the Day

Published December 29, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey. How are you today? Good I hope. I’m having an OK Fibromyalgia day… low pain day and have a few spoons left.

Today I will be reviewing the full line (minus a lip product) of Benefit Cosmetics. I decided to do just 1 post today because I’m running low on spoons and this makeup day has put me in a bad mood…. Spoiler ….. I truly hated applying makeup today… read on and you’ll understand why….

BASE: I primed my face using the Benefit The POREfessional Hydrating Primer ($13 for the mini on their website). I didn’t color correct so that I could test out the concealer to see how well it covered. I concealed using the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($13 for the mini on their website) in the color No. 5. I purchased 2 foundations to try so today I chose Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation ($10 for the mini on their website) in the color 4 Medium Neutral. I set my full face using the Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation ($30 on their website) in the color 4 Medium Neutral. I bronzed using the Benefit Hoola Bronzer (it came as part of a trio for $30 on the Beautylish website).

EYES: I primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape ($25 at Ulta) in the color Light-Medium Honey. I set the Shape Tape with Wet n Wild Color Icon ($.99 at Walgreens) in the color Brulee. I started to try and do an eye look with the  Benefit Vanity Flare Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($34 on the Beautylish website) but it was just a horrible mess, so I took off my makeup and started again…. I pulled in my Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette ($25 on their webstie and at Nordstrom Rack) and after priming and setting the primer with Brulee …AGAIN …. I used, from the Urban Decay Palette, Faith (a mid-toned grey based brown matte) as my transition shade. I used, from the same palette, Lockout (a slightly deeper grey based brown matte) for my crease color. on my lid I used, from the Benefit Vanity Flare Palette, Shimmering Nude (a deep champagne gold shimmer). I deepened the outer v with with Black Jack (a dusty black matte, from the Urban Decay Palette). Along my lower lash line I used Extra Bitter (a burnt orange matte, from the Urban Decay Palette) and I then took what was left on the brush into my transition shade to warm it up a bit. I defined the lower lash line by using the color Faith again. I highlighted my inner corners with Satiny Heather (a pale pink shimmer, from the Vanity Flare Palette). I lined my water line with BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 on the BH Cosmetics Website) in the color Beige. I did a wing liner using the Benefit Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner ($12 for the mini on their website) in the color Brown. For my brows I used the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($14 for the mini on their website) and Gimme Brow Gel ($14 for the mini on their website) in the color 4.5 Neutral Deep Brown. I carved out my brow line with BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on the BH Cosmetics website) on the matte side. I set the brow line with Wet n Wild Color Icon ($.99 at Walgreens) in the color Sugar. For mascara I am using the Benefit Roller Lash mascara ($13 on their website).

CHEEKS and LIPS: On the cheeks I am using, from the Babe on Board face palette ($30 on the Beautylish website … it is limited edition), Rockabye (a mid-toned Coral satin). I highlighted my cheek bones, tops of the brow bone, and cupid’s bow with Dandelion Twinkle (a pale champagne). I didn’t like any of the lip selections through Benefit so to line my lips I chose NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in Whipped Caviar and then filled in my lips using ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip ($7 on their website) in the color Gingham (a mid-toned true Coral).

Hold on to you seats dolls … I have plenty to say about this Benefit purchase ….. so here we go.

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Benefit The POREfessional Hydrating Primer: B                                                                          This primer is billed as being a primer that moisturizes and refreshes skin, as having a natural finish, and as being able to minimize the look of pores and fine lines. You get .75 fluid ounces for the full sized and .25 fluid ounces for the mini sized. There is nothing special about this primer. It did nothing to minimize my pores or my fine lines. It did not feel moisturizing at all. It’s a tacky primer that grips on to foundation, but does nothing it claims to do. It’s just an OK primer. I’ll finish using it but I will not be repurchasing it.

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer: C                                                                                           It’s billed as being a lightweight, 24 hour long wearing concealer that doesn’t cake up. It comes in 12 shades, 4 of which are for darker skin. You get .17 fluid ounces for the full sized and .1 fluid ounces for the mini sized. The color I chose is spot on perfect for my complexion… but you should only use the smallest amount possible. I used a bit too much and had to blot it away. It did not cover my under eyes well at all… you can still see the dark circles under my eyes. It does emphasize the fine lines but did not look cakey… it just looks dry and dull …. there is nothing special about this concealer. I’ll use up what is left of this concealer but it’s a hard pass for me … I will not be repurchasing it.

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation: D                                                                              It’s billed as being a light medium coverage, that blurs imperfections and has a natural matte finish. You get 1 fluid ounce in the full sized bottle and .2 fluid ounces in the mini sized bottle. This foundation comes in 12 shades with 5 shades for deep skin. The shade I purchased was billed as being medium neutral but has way too much yellow undertone in it. This foundation emphasized every pore I have. It also clung to dry patches I didn’t know I had. It went on patchy and streaky and took forever to buff in. It didn’t look good at all … that is until I powdered and used setting spray… then it looked half way OK. I wont be using up the mini I bought I threw it out and definitely will never repurchase this foundation.

Benefit Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation: B+                                                                  It’s billed as being lightweight and breathable and having a natural matte finish. You get .25 ounces of product. It comes in 12 shades, 5 shades for deep skin. It’s finely milled and creamy. It gives a descent amount of coverage and in the color I purchased was said to be neutral medium in color … it was a perfect match. It is a good finishing powder… I don’t think it’s a good foundation powder, but it works as a finishing powder. I will use it up but may not be repurchasing it.

Benefit Babe on Board Face Palette: A-                                                                                        This is a limited edition face palette offered on Beautylish’s website. It comes with a Hoola bronzer (it seems to be a bit lighter than the one I have in the box version) a blush in the color  Rockabye (Beautylish says it is a warm rose with a natural finish, however it’s more like a true mid-toned coral with a satin finish) and a highlighter in the color Dandelion Twinkle (Beautylish describes it as a nude pink with a shimmer finish, it’s more of a pale champagne with a slight pink shift). This is a descent face palette. It gets an A- because there is glitter in the highlighter … I didn’t give it a lower score because of the glitter because the glitter seems to dissipate with wear so it doesn’t bother me as much as other highlighters with glitter do. I really like this palette and this is the first Benefit blush I have tried and I love the finish of it. I am definitely picking up a few more blushes. I will not be able to repurchase this as it is a limited edition palette.

Benefit Vanity Flare Nude Eyeshadow Palette: F!!!!!                                                                This was the worst palette I have ever tried in my life…. no that’s not hyperbole …. that is straight up fact. There is no pigment to these shadows … the mattes are not mattes they are satins and the satins are not satins they are shimmer … I tried to make this palette work, really I did, but after 6 layers of the mid-toned colors with no color payoff at all I got fed up and washed my makeup off and started over. When you apply the darker shades to the crease and transition you don’t get color you just get this weird shimmery mess that picks up on every little spot of dry skin  on your eyes. The kick back is terrible with this the pan was covered in shadow… and the fallout is just as bad …. this is just a hot mess… I know that Benefit has other shadows but after this experience I am hard pressed to not even attempt to purchase another eye palette…. it’s a definite hard pass for me. I’ll be using it in tomorrow’s Full Face of Benefit, only because I still need to test out the other foundation I purchased… then I am tossing it straight into the trash…. to bad I had already tossed the uni-carton or I would have returned this palette to Beautylish.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil: A+++!!!                                                                                      It is billed as having natural looking hair like strokes that lasts for 12 hours. It comes in 12 shades. You get .002 ounces for the full sized and .001 ounces for the mini sized. After trying the eye shadow palette I was deflated and getting moody and really starting to hate this brand. This pencil is heaven! HEAVEN I SAY!!!! I was able to block my eye brows out fast and without skipping or having to retrace my lines. I was able to fill in my bald spots without having the pencil pull at my brow hairs. The color is a perfect match for me and I think this is the best my brows have ever looked. I am so happy I purchased this product. It went a long way to helping my mood about doing my makeup today improve. This product didn’t bead up on my skin, it didn’t smear, it didn’t yank at my hairs, It didn’t get crumbly around the hairs that are growing back…. I love this brow pencil. I am so going to use this product up and I am most definitely repurchasing this in bulk.

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel: A++                                                                                                      This product is billed as a brow tint that volumizes and tames brows for a buildable natural looking brow that is water resistant and long wearing. It comes in 8 shades. This gel held my brows perfectly without being to crunchy. The brush applicator is the perfect size and doesn’t rip at the hairs. There is perfect amount of product on the brush and doesn’t get messy. I really like this brow gel. I will use up my mini and then purchase the full sized version. Definitely a good brow gel. I think it’s better than the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: A+ This product is billed as a mascara that grabs, seperates, lifts, and curls lashes. It claims to hold the curl of the lashes for 12 hours.  It comes only in black. You get .3 fluid ounces for the full sized and .14 fluid ounces for the mini sized. I missed the boat on this mascara when it first came out. I backed away from it because of the fact that it has a plastic bristle wand and I hate those. This mascara is great. I really like it. With one coat my lashes looked strong and full. I used a 2nd coat to see if it would over power the lashes and it didn’t it just defined my lashes even more. I will definitely use up the mini and then I will purchase the full sized.

Benefit Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner: A+                                                                                    This eyeliner is billed as being a matte liquid eyeliner that goes on smooth and is water proof and lasts for 24 hours.  It comes in 2 colors… black and brown. You get .03 fluid ounces in the full sized and .01 fluid ounces in the mini sized. I normally steer clear of liquid eyeliners with a felt tip because they catch on the fine lines of my lids. This liner went on effortlessly smooth and pigmented. It was the easiest time I had doing a winged liner. I really like this product. I will definitely use up my minis and I will be purchasing replacements once I’ve used the minis up (i purchased both the black and brown). The brown is a deep brown color and it goes on super opaque. It’s a great liner.

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Final Thoughts….

All in all Benefit seems to be a good company. Some of the products were just OK for me but others were true winners in my book… despite the drama with the eyeshadow palette. There were more products I loved verses products that were either just OK or that I hated. I would give the brand as a whole a grade of B++.

Well that’s all for now dolls… stay tuned tomorrow when I do a Revisit of Benefit with the second foundation I purchased.

I hope your day is good and as always save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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