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Cool Toned Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published February 10, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m having an OK day. I’m in a ton of pain and have very low energy today, but I got up…showered…and did my makeup before having to rest today. Today I have 5 more products to test out to see if they will remain part of my makeup collection or not. Those items are… CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, Loreal True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette, The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette, Makeup Geek Fair Skin Bronzer, and ELF Sheer Tint Finishing Powder. As per the norm I will discuss these items in Final Thoughts. So let’s jump into the Face of the Day ….

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Base: I primed my face using Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($45 at Sephora). I color corrected using Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 on the Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Light-Medium. My foundation today is CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation (discontinued but still available at Walmart for $10.99) in the shade 740 Natural Beige. To conceal my under eyes I used Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 at Ulta) in the shade No. 5. I set the face using ELF Sheer Tint Finishing Powder ($6 on their website) in the shade Light-Medium. The foundation and powder combo made my skin look so dark that I ended up baking most of my face …. I set my under eyes, baked my jaw line, tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and center of the forehead using RCMA No Color Powder ($15 on the Beautylish website). After I dusted off the bake I lightly bronzed the perimeter of my face and nose using Makeup Geek Fair Skin Bronzer (discontinued do to the rebranding) in the shade Sunkissed.

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Eyes: I primed my lids using NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Medium 1 Custard and set that using Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I used The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette ($42 still available at Camera Ready’s website) for most of my eye look today. For my 1st transition color I chose the shade Matt Singh (a dusty mauve matte). For my 2nd transition color I used the shade Matt Rosen (a cool toned chocolate brown matte). To deepen the crease I used the shade Matt Garcia (a cool toned mid-tone brown matte). I moved to my mobile lid and took the shade Matt Malloy (a bright flat white matte) all over the mobile lid. I then took the AOA Studio Velour Eyeshadow ($1 on the Shop Miss A website) in the shade Virgin (an icy pink cream to powder) all over the inner 2/3 of my mobile lid. I then took the shade Matt Wood (a cool toned deep brown matte) to the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and to also deepen the outer v. I then took more of Matt Garcia and patted it over the middle 1/3 to help blend the outer and inner 1/3 of the mobile lid. On the lower lash line I created a soft drop shadow using the shade Matt Singh and then using Matt Garcia I lined the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners using Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow () in the shade Urban Cowboy. 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 at Ulta and on the ELF website) in the shade Dark Brown. I carved out my brow line using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set that using more of the shade Matt Malloy. I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic). For mascara I used The Balm What’s Your Type? in the shade Black.

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Cheeks and Lips: For blush today I chose Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the color Blissful (a rose pink matte). I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s Bow, and center of the forehead using Loreal True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette ($11.99 at Target) in the color Sun Soleil. I lined my lips using Loreal 6-HR Infallible Never Fail Lip Liner ($8.99 at Target) in the shade Coral. I then filled in my lips using The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes ($17 on their website) in the shade Doting (a coral based peach). I then topped the lips off with Physicians Formula Butter Lip Cream ($8.49 on their website) in the shade Guava Mama (a bright coral peach).

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Final Thoughs:

CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation:                                                                                  I really love this foundation so much. It looks beautiful on the face. However, the shade I have is way too dark for me now. I didn’t really even need to bronze my face, that’s how dark this foundation is. You can still find this foundation on Amazon and at Walmart, but the shade I need is 725 Buff Beige and it’s $20 on Amazon only…. I refuse to pay $20 for a drug store foundation! As much as I love this foundation I have decluttered it from my collection since I can’t get the shade I need.

Loreal True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette:                                                      When I purchased this palette from Ulta 2 of the shades were completely smashed and I never got around to calling them for a replacement. The 2 shades that survived are a bit too dark for me, and then there is the fact that this highlighter is glittery. I just don’t enjoy this highlighter. I have decluttered it from my collection.

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette:                                                                                                I purchased my palette on the Brigettes Boutique website for $40, this can also be found on the Camera Ready website. I don’t reach for this palette a ton, mainly because I have a ton of eyeshadow. I really love the looks I can create with this palette. There is barely any kick back in the pans and no fall out on the face. The shades blend out so easily and the shades buff into each other with out going muddy. The shadows are a tad bit drier of a formula but there doesn’t seem to be any skipping or patchiness.  I will not be decluttering this palette from my collection.

Makeup Geek Fair Skin Bronzer:                                                                                                       I am so hoping that with this rebrand that Makeup Geek comes out with bronzers and blushes in the same shade family that I already have. I truly love this bronzer. It’s a great everyday tone. It never goes on patchy and it buffs into the skin wonderfully. I will not be decluttering this from my collection.

ELF Sheer Tint Finishing Powder:                                                                                               This shade range is so bizarre. For being a light-medium shade this shade is so orange. It’s a nice powder but the shade just doesn’t do it for me. I may at some point pick up the fair-light shade, but for now I have decluttered this one from my collection.

Well there you have it …. out of the 5 products on the chopping block, I chose to declutter 3 and keep 2. My makeup collection is starting to come together nicely and tomorrow I will be testing another handful of products to see if I will declutter them. In the meantime, I hope you have a great rest of your day/night, and that you are with as low pain as possible (for those of you with auto-immune illnesses) and that you are with plenty of spoons. Remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Everyday Neutral Look Face of the Day

Published February 9, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How are you doing today? Great I hope. I woke up really late today, around 9:30 am. So I got a late start to my makeup. I just finished around 2 pm. Had to rest up a ton today, very low on spoons. I started to not want to do my makeup because I just don’t have much energy, but my husband reminded me of my motto… to save a spoon for a bit of lipstick… and so I dusted myself off and jumped into makeup. I decided to do just an everyday look mainly because my energy wouldn’t let me do much this morning. I also am testing out 3 products that I wanted to see if I would declutter or not… Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation, ELF HD Lifting Concealer, and Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder. As I have been doing lately I will be discussing these products in Final Thoughts. So let’s jump into the Face of the Day ….

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Base: I primed my face using Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($45 at Sephora). My foundation today is Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation ($43 at Sephora) in the shade Y235 Ivory Beige. I color corrected using Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta) in the shade Light-Medium. I concealed my under eyes using ELF HD Lifting Concealer ($4 at Walmart and on their website) in the shade Light. I set my face using Loreal Infallible Pro Mate 16-HR Powder ($7.29 at Target) in the shade 200 Natural Beige. I warmed up the face using Makeup Geek Contour Powder (discontinued do to rebranding) in the shade Complicated (a cool medium bronze). I set my under eyes and baked the jaw line, bridge of my nose, and center of the forehead using RCMA No Color Powder ($15 on the Beautylish website).

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Eyes: I primed the lids using NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer () in the shade Mediun 1 Custard and set that with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder () in the shade Translucent. For my eye look today I am using the palette that I created from Makeup Geek (discontinued do to rebranding , however you can build your own palette under the rebranding for $49.41), this was before the rebranding. As my 1st transition color I used the shade Peach Smoothie (a pale peach matte). For my 2nd transition color I mixed the shades Punkin’ (a mid-toned coral orange matte) and Dark Roast (a deep mid-toned brown matte). On my mobile lid I 1st laid down a base of cream highlighter on the inner 2/3… I used AOA Studio Dewy Creme Highlighter ($1 on the Shop Miss A website) in the shade Silk (a deep coral champagne). On top of that I used the shade I’m Peachless (a pale peach with pink shift shimmer). I then took more of the shade Punkin’ and placed that on the middle 1/3 of the lid. I deepened the outer v, low down on the crease, and outer 1/3 of the mobile lid using more of the shade Dark Roast. I then layered the shade Rapunzel over the middle of the inner and middle 1/3 to blend those shades together more. I lined my upper lash line using Iglot Eyeliner Gel ($17 on the Beautylish website and on Amazon) in the shade 90 Brown and lined my lower waterline using Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Gel Eyeliner ($5 on their website) in the shade Nude.  I set my brows using Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer ($10 at Target and on their website) in clear and filled in my brows using ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($4 on their website) in the shade Dark Brown, and then I carved out my brow line using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set that using the shade So Pale (a cream matte). I used the shade Punkin’ to create a drop shadow on the lower lash line and then went in with more of Dark Roast to darken the lower lash line. I then buffed more of Peach Smoothie on the lower lash line to blend the drop shadow out. I highlighted my inner corners using the shade Shimma Shimma (a pale white champagne). For mascara today I am using Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes ($29 on the Beautylish website) in the shade Glossy Black.

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Cheeks and Lips: My blush today is Makeup Geek Blush (discontinued do to rebranding) in the shade Heart Throb (salmon brown matte). I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, center of my forehead, bridge of the nose, and Cupid’s Bow using Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade Precious Petals (a golden champagne with a slight pink flip). I lined my lips using Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Liner ($6 on their website and at Target) in the shade Rose (a bright rosey pink) and then topped that using Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($5.49 at Target) in the shade Pink Bliss (a rosey pink).

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Final Thoughts:

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation:                                                    The shade I have is a spot on shade match for me. I like this foundation. It looks nice on the skin and bends in quickly. It doesn’t set down all the way so you do need to set it with powder. It’s a high medium coverage foundation. It’s not a foundation that wows me, but I do like using it. So I will use up what I have but I will not be repurchasing it. I will not be decluttering this one from my collection.

ELF HD Lifting Concealer:                                                                                                              First of all, the shade I have is the shade light…. it’s in no way light. It’s a perfect shade match for my skin tone, but it’s not light. I don’t have much of this concealer left. They do have the shade fair which is lighter but it’s always out of stock. I have decided I just don’t like this concealer enough to keep it …. I have decluttered it, I may in the future try it in the shade fair, if I can ever get my hands on it, but for now it’s been decluttered.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder:                                                                                      I never reach for this highlighter. I keep forgetting I have it. I really love this highlighter and I don’t have another one that is similar to this one. I have moved it to my everyday drawer to try and get some more use out of it. It’s a tiny bit on the dusty side, but once you use setting spray it melts into the skin beautifully. There is no glitter in this one either, something that drives me crazy…. yes we all know how much I noramlly harte glitter….but I really do love this highlighter and I will not be decluttering this one from my collectiion.

Well there you have it, out of the 3 things on the chopping block, I have decluttered 1 item and have decided once I have used up another one, I will not repurchase it…

I hope you have an amazing rest of your day/night and remember…. save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Valentine’s Day Inspired Face of the Day

Published February 8, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!!! How you doing today? Good I hope. I woke up a bit later than I had planned to but I am feeling pretty good today. It’s a bit cold so I’ve got myself bundled up to help keep from getting extra pain. I woke up wanting to do a Valentine’s Day makeup look so this is what I came up with. Today I still am testing 5 items to see whether or not I will be keeping them as well. The products I chose are…. ELF Illuminating Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (in the shade Lolita II). I will review these products and tell whether or not I decided to keep them in Final Thoughts but for now …. let’s jump into the Face of the Day….

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Base: I primed my face using NYX Pore Filler ($14 at Ulta and on the NYX website). I color corrected using Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Light-Medium. For foundation I chose Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation ($50 at Sephora) in the shade Beige 3. I concealed my under eyes using MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ($25 at Ulta and MAC) in the shade NC 30. I set my face using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($3.97 at Walmart) in the shade 011 Creamy Natural. I warmed up the face using Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($5.99 at Target) in the shade Bronzer. I set my under eyes and baked my jaw line, bridge of the nose, and center of the forehead using RCMA No Color Powder ($15 on the Beautylish website).

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Eyes: I primed my lids using NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Medium 1 Custard and set that with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. For today’s eye look I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($42 at Ulta). As my 1st transition color I used the shade Burnt Orange (a tan based orange matte). My 2nd transition color is the shade Venetian Red (a dusty mid-toned blue based red satin). On my mobile lid I used the color Vermeer (a pale champagne shimmer) on the full lid. I then deepened the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v and low down on the crease using the shade Red Ochre (a deep maroon red matte). I then took the shade Primavera (a golden champagne shimmer) on the inner 2/3 of my mobile lid. I then took more of the shade Venetian Red and patted that in the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to mesh the inner and outer 1/3 together. For my drop shadow on the lower lash line I used more of Burnt Orange followed by Venetian Red. I highlighted the inner corners using more of the shade Vermeer. I then deepened the lower lash line with more of the shade Red Ochre. I lined both the upper and lower waterlines using Iglot Eyeliner Gel ($17 on the Beautylish website) in the shade 90 Brown. I set my brows using Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer ($10 at Target) in the shade clear and then filled in the brows using ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 at Target and on the ELF website) in the shade Dark Brown. I carved out my brow line using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set that using the shade Tempera (a pale peach based vanilla matte). For mascara I chose NYX On the Rise Volume Liftscara ($11 at Ulta and on the NYX website) in the shade Black.

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Cheeks and Lips: For blush today I used Flower Beauty Flower Pot Powder Blush ($8.98 at Walmart, Ulta, and on the Flower Beauty website) in the shade Warm Hibiscus (a rosey pink with a gold sheen). I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, bridge of my nose, Cupid’s bow, and center of the forehead using ELF Illuminating Palette ($8 on their website) and mixing all 4 shades together. I then lined and filled in my lips using Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner (normally $19 some shades on sale for $8 at Sephora and the shade I used was a limited edition shade no longer available) in the shade OG Lolita (a pinkish terra cotta nude). I first tried to top the lips using Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($21 at Sephora) in the shade Lolita II (a deep terra cotta nude matte) but it felt so dry and so tight that I promptly took it off and re-lined and re-filled my lips with OG Lolita. I then topped my lips off with NARS Lip Gloss ($24 at Sephora and on their website) in the shade Stripe Tease (a pale beige nude).

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Final Thoughts:

ELF Illuminating Palette:                                                                                                               This palette isn’t that old but I hardly ever reach for it. It’s a very powdery and dusty formula that is a subtle highlight. I have tried it several different ways and nothing really seems to wow me. I have so many highlighters that I just don’t want to keep one around that doesn’t make me happy to use it. I have decluttered this one from my collection.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette:                                                            When this palette first came out I could not put it down. I wore it almost every day. But I haven’t really reached for it much in the past year and 1/2. I used it today because I had never tried the red shades. The reds blended out so wonderfully but there was tons of kick back in the pans and fallout on the face. I have most of the neutral colors in other palettes and I did just order the new ColourPop Valentine’s Day palette which is chalk full of reds. The shimmer shades don’t wow me as much as most of the shimmers I have in other palettes so I have decided, reluctantly to declutter this palette from my collection.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation:                                                                                                     The shade I have is a spot on skin match. This foundation is a bit weird. Sometimes it is glowy and sometimes it goes on matte. I think this is do to the primer I am using. For instance I used a pore filler primer and today this foundation went on matte… it also didn’t need to be set down, it wasn’t tacky at all, but if I use let’s say the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter… this foundation is dewy and stays tacky. I do love the way this foundation looks on my skin and I enjoy the coverage it gives (a sort of high medium coverage). I will not be decluttering this foundation from my collection.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer:                                                                                                    This was the 1st MAC product I ever purchased. I do love the way this concealer looks under my eyes, I just wish it was lighter in shade. NC 30 is my exact shade match I think NC 20 would have been better from my under eyes. I haven’t used this concealer a ton because I just have so much concealer, but I do really enjoy this one. I think I will use it up and then purchase it in the shade NC 20. I will not be decluttering it from my collection.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (in the shade Lolita II):                                              This is the last of my KVD liquid lipsticks I have left in my collection. I had decluttered the rest of my stash. I kept it because the shade has sentimental value to me. I used it on my niece for her prom and I just couldn’t part with it. It’s just so stiff on the lips that I don’t enjoy wearing it. I have decided to declutter it from my collection.

*** as a side note, most of the products I have decluttered from my collection I have gifted to either my niece or to a friend… there are a few products I have just tossed in the bun but mostly these products have been given a new home ***

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Well that’s all for now dolls. I will be receiving my ColourPop All That Palette on Monday so I will be doing another Valentine’s Day look on Tuesday. I will still be testing out other products that I’m on the fence about to see whether or not to declutter them, so stay tunes… in the mean time I hope you are in good spirits and that you have a good rest of your day/night. Until tomorrow dolls… remember save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Dupe Alert! Naked 3 vs Rose Gold Nude

Published December 4, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey dolls! Guess what? I found my first dupe totally by accident!!!

I purchased the E.L.F. Rose Gold Nude palette ($10 on ELF website) as an after thought to when I purchased a full face of products to do a review on ( you can find the review  here -> E.L.F. Makeup Review and Face of the Day ).

This palette is a spot on dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette ($54 at Ulta, Sephora, and the Urban Decay website) . The only differences are that The Rose Gold Nude palette only has 10 shadows while the Naked 3 has 12 (Rose Gold Nude doesn’t have a dupe for Liar or Mugshot), and the Naked 3 palette has .05 ounces of product while the Rose Gold Nude palette has .49 ounces of product.

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches

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ELF Rose Gold Naked Palette Swatches

Now the Naked 3 palette’s shadows vs the Rose Gold Nude palette. The Naked 3 has tons of kick back where the Rose Gold Nude does not… there is a little kick back but not enough to be a bother like with the Naked 3.

The shadows in the Rose Gold Nude are silky; even though they swatch a bit chalky they are in fact buttery. The Naked 3 doesn’t blend together as well as the shadows do in the Rose Gold Nude palette.

The shimmery shadows in the Rose Gold Nude are just a little bit less metallic than with the Naked 3 but you can make them a bit more shiny if you use a bit of MAC fix plus ($28 at MAC or Ulta) or even the ELF makeup mist and set ($5 On the ELF website), which incidentally is a spot on dupe for the MAC fix plus … ha there you go a bonus dupe!

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ELF Rose Gold Nude Palette

The Naked 3 palette is just a bit drier than the Naked 3 palette, as far as texture goes, but like I said as long as you use a bit of setting spray, like the ELF mist and spray, the ELF palette is about the same quality as the Naked 3 palette.

I also find that the Rose Gold Nude is more pigmented than the Naked 3 palette.

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The Rose Gold Nude is a great quality and a great value. It’s a smaller palette too, great for traveling.

The last difference is that the Rose Gold Nude doesn’t have a mirror, for me that’s not an issue because the Rose Gold Nude is such a great palette.

Well that’s all for now dolls…. remember save a spoon for a bit of lip gloss.

XOXO

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