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Smokey Copper Face of the Day

Published July 9, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m still in some pain but feeling better than I was yesterday.

Today I am wear Marc Jacobs 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 Sephora) and I also used a touch of Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade 3 on the high points of the face. For foundation today I chose NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil ($13 at Ulta) in the shade Beige Camel. I contoured my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep. I bronzed up the face using Juvia’s Place Shade Stick Foundation ($16 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website) in the shade Guinea. I concealed my under eyes using a sample of the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade 1N – fair with neutral undertones. I highlighted the high points of the face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Light Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Spotlight. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade translucent. I then added a little ColourPop Pressed Bronzer ($8 on their website) in the shade Talk to the Palm to warm up the perimeter of the face. I added ELF Metallic Flare Highlighter ($6 on their website) in the shade White Gold to the high points of my face. For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade translucent.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using 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 ($9 on their website) in the shade Illustrate (fair flesh color). I set my brow line using the Wet N Wild Color Icon Single ($.99 at Walgreens) in the shade Sugar (iced white – shimmer). For today’s eye look I used shades from the ELF Opposites Attract Palette ($14 on their website). I started by combining the shades Fresh (flesh toned – matte),Warm (warm mid-toned brown – satin) and Sassy (coral – matte) as my crease shade. I deepened the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using a combination of the shades Warm (warm mid-toned brown – satin) and Smooth (deep chocolate brown – matte). For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I applied the shade Bold (deep rose gold – metallic). I then took the shade Daring (chocolate – metallic) and patted that over the demarcation between the inner 2/3 and the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I then took a mix of Darling and the shade Spicy (golden bronze – metallic) and tapped that lightly over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid for added dimension. For the lower lash line I created a drop shadow on the lower lash line with more of the shade Warm and then tapped more of the shade Bold over the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners of the eyes with a combo of the shade Low-Key (dusty white with a pearl reflect – satin) and the ELF Metallic Flare Highlighter ($6 on their website) in the shade White Gold. I lined my lower waterlines using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer). I coated my upper and lower lashes with Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lash Mascara ($29 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Glossy Black and popped on a pair of ColourPop Falsies Faux Lashes ($8 on their website) in the shade Hunni.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I chose the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 on their website) in the color story Soft. I used a combo of the 2nd shade of the 1st row (pale coral) and the 1st shade of the 1st row (pale rose). I then went in with more of the ELF Metallic Flare Highlighter ($6 on their website) in the shade White Gold to lift the high points of my face a little more. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Good & Plenty (deep rose) and filled in the lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix ($7 on their website) in the shade Parker (mid-tone warm nude – matte) and then topped off my lips using the ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Glossy Lip ($8 on their website) in the shade Moon Child (pinky nude with gold glitter).

Final Thoughts:

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer in the shade 1N 

I want to change my grade of this one to a solid A+++ : Again it’s billed as a medium to full coverage, weightless concealer that perfects, hydrates and blurs, with 12 hours of crease-resistant wear that won’t crease. It claims that it flexes with skin to seamlessly conceal under eye darkness and facial imperfections with all day hydration creates a crease-resistant, natural finish.

It comes in 22 shades with 5 shades for deeper skin tones and I tried it in the shade 1N fair with neutral undertones.

Yesterday I said that this one looked look a bit crepey and that it not as hydrating and that it looks very dry when you set it with powder.

Today I tried a new method to apply and set this concealer. I used only 1 dot for each under eye and used an ELF “C” Brush to smooth out the concealer and really worked to buff it in. I then took my damp beauty sponge and pressed the loose powder over my under eyes and that left the under eye looking flawless.

I still have about maybe 2 more days worth of the sample card left and I think I will be purchasing this one on my next beauty buy day.

ELF Opposites Attract Palette

I grade this one a solid A++ : It’s billed as having 9 warm-toned and 9 cool-toned shades with neutral and vibrant pops of color to achieve subtle or bold looks with a lux formula is smooth, creamy, blendable and ultra-pigmented.

I had so much fun creating this look with this palette. It was easy to blend the mattes and when buffed into each other the shades did not skip or go patchy.

The metallic shades were easy to work with but had a drier formula for a metallic than most of my other palettes.

The only reason I didn’t grade this one higher is because there is no real brow bone highlight and there isn’t a deep neutral brown or even a black to get a super smokey outer corner of the eye with.

I do have other 18 pan palettes for ELF but I just wish they each had these 2 crucial shades to round out the looks better… instead of having to pull colors from other palettes.

Other then that, this palette is amazing!

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, Nita

Smokey Blue Glam Face of the Day

Published July 8, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m still in a heap of pain (I think that will be my new norm for a while, since it’s the rainy season here in Florida) but my energy levels are starting to get on the rise.

Today I am wearing Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne perfume. I also used 2 eye shadow palette for this look today …. I’ll be reviewing a few of my newer products in Final Thoughts….Let’s get into today’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

I primed my face using my 100 point perk of Dior Backstage Face & Body Primer ($36 at Sephora) and primed my pores using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta and Sephora). For foundation today I mixed equal parts of MAC Strobe Cream ($35 at Ulta and MAC) in Pinklite with Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Velvety Matte Foundation ($14 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website) in the shade #650 Alexandria. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 a Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Medium/Deep and then bronzed up the face using Juvia’s Place Shade Stick Foundation ($16 at ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website) in the shade Guinea. I concealed my under eyes using a sample of the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade 1N – fair with neutral undertones. I highlighted the high points of the face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Light Wand ($38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Spotlight. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). I set the rest of my face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade translucent. I then added a little ColourPop Pressed Bronzer ($8 on their website) in the shade Talk to the Palm to warm up the perimeter of the face. I added ELF Metallic Flare Highlighter ($6 on their website) in the shade White Gold to the high points of my face. For touch ups I am using Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade translucent.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear and then filled in my bows using 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 & Ocean Palette ($14 on their website) and the ELF Retro Paradise Palette ($14 on their website). I started with the Retro Paradise palette and set my brow line using Canvas (creamy vanilla – satin). I then used a combo of the shades Dijon (mustard tan – matte), Fuego (pastel coral – matte), and Sandy Bum (light toned brown – matte) as my crease shade. I then switched to the Earth & Ocean palette and went into a combo of the shades Oasis (slightly blue grey – matte) and Abyss (deep ocean blue – matte) for the outer 1/3 of my mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. I them used the shade Saltwater (silver with w opal duo-chrome – shimmer) for the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid and then into the shade Lagoon (powder blue – metallic) and patted that over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid to blend the outer and inner 1/3 together. For the lower lash line I first used what was left on my crease brush (the one with the combo of Dijon, Fuego, and Sandy Bum) to create a drop shadow. I then went into the Retro Paradise palette and took the shade  Royal (classic royal blue – matte) close to the lash line and then buffed it out with a clean fluffy brush to blow and smoke the lash line out. I then took what was left on the brush I used for the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid (and the outer v of the crease) and buffed that close to the lash line to deepen it up a bit. I then went back into the Earth & Ocean palette and into the shade Drip Drip (vibrant blue – metallic) and buffed that into the lower lash line to add depth. I highlighted the inner corners of my eyes using the shade  Sip Sip (baby blue – metallic) from the Retro Paradise palette. I lined my lower waterline using Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze- shimmer). I coated my upper and lower lashes with Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lash Mascara ($29 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website) in the shade Glossy Black and popped on a pair of ColourPop Falsies Faux Lashes ($8 on their website) in the shade Hunni.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I used a combo of 2nd shade of the first row (pale coral) and the 1st shade of the 2nd row (pale mauve) of the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 on their website) in the colorway Soft colorway. I lightly set the blush using the shade Spiced (a red based mid-toned coral – matte) from the Retro Paradise palette. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Another Round (rosy nude) and filled in the lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix ($7 on their website) in the shade Cookie (warm brown nude – matte) and then topped off my lips using the ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Glossy Lip ($8 on their website) in the shade Moon Child (pinky nude with gold glitter).

Final Thoughts

Dior Backstage Face & Body Primer

I grade this one a solid A- : 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.

I would have graded this one an A+ save for the fact that there is a strong rose scent. It does dissipate but it’s very strong at first application.

It’s very smoothing of the skin, I almost didn’t need my pore primer (almost). It’s also very hydrating and sinks into the skin quickly. The site says this can be worn alone as sort of a smoothing step to your skin care …. I honestly agree with that claim.

I did notice that it leaves the skin slightly tacky but not in an uncomfortable way.

Foundation went over this primer flawlessly.

I did enjoy this primer and think I may be purchasing the full sized once I’m out of the 100 point perk bottle.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer

I grade this one a solid A- : It’s billed as a medium to full coverage, weightless concealer that perfects, hydrates and blurs, with 12 hours of crease-resistant wear that won’t crease. It claims that it flexes with skin to seamlessly conceal under eye darkness and facial imperfections with all day hydration creates a crease-resistant, natural finish.

It comes in 22 shades with 5 shades for deeper skin tones and I tried it in the shade 1N fair with neutral undertones.

This is a very nice concealer, with the perfect shade and tone for me however it did look a bit crepey. Now, this could be because I’ve slacked on my skin care routine this past week so my under eyes are not a supple as they normally are or purchase I used a touch too much for my under eye.

At any rate despite the crepiness it was a very nice concealer …. full coverage … no need for a color corrector…. sets well and did not seep into my fine lines.

I only graded it a A- because it’s not as hydrating as I expected from the description and it also looks very dry when you set it with powder …. this does change once you add setting spray and lightly press it with your damp beauty sponge but until then it does look very dry.

I have enough left from my sample card for another 2 more uses …. I will decide after I’ve used it up whether or not I will purchase the full sized.

ELF Metallic Flare Highlighter in the Shade White Gold

I grade this one a solid A++ : It’s billed as a multidimensional, high-luster glow that’s buttery soft.

This is such a pretty highlighter! It gives such a beautiful glow to the skin without emphasizing texture and without having there being any glittery mess. It’s not a beaming highlight but it’s a seamless glow.

ELF Retro Paradise Palette

I grade this one a solid A++ : It’s billed as a vibrant, Bahamas-inspired eyeshadow palette with high-shine metallics and ultra-pigmented mattes in bright and neutral shades.

This is such a gorgeous palette!!! The mattes are super pigmented, finely milled, and buttery smooth. The mattes blend smoothly and buff into each other perfectly with no skipping, patchiness, or muddiness.

I’ve really been having fun playing around with this palette.

ELF Earth & Ocean Palette

I grade this one a solid A+++ : It’s billed as being inspired by grounded, earthy vibes and mesmerizing ocean views with a mix of mattes, satins, and shimmers ranging from warm browns to yellow hues and rich blues that are smooth, creamy, blendable, and ultra pigmented for effortless application.

This truly is a stunning palette! There are several color stories all in 1 18 pan palette ….. the only thing missing is a brow bone shade and a deeper matte brown … I feel that would have rounded this palette out nicely.

The mattes in this palette, again, are buttery, finely milled, and blend like a dream … they buff into each other without going patchy and do not go muddy either.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

I grade this one a solid A +++ !!! : It’s billed as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide with an extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver instant color payoff. It comes in 37 shades and 3 finishes.

This is a freaking amazingly beautiful eyeliner! It’s creamy and doesn’t tug at the delicate eye area. It doesn’t skip or smudge or transfer outside of the line. There is high quality pigment payoff from 1 swipe of this liner.

I enjoyed using this one so much that I already put 13 other shades in my cart to purchase later this month.

I also love that it’s a self sharpening pencil so I never have to worry about wasted product whilst sharpening.

ColourPop Falsies Faux Lashes in the Style Hunni

I grade these a solid A++ : It’s billed as having the fullest lashes with these criss-crossed patterned faux mink falsies with longer fibers in the middle of the lash creates a volumized doll-eyed look.

I did not have to cut these lashes down… they were a perfect fit for my eye width.

The band isn’t super thick but it’s thick enough not to be flimsy.

They seem to be top notch quality for this price point and I can tell I will probably be able to get 10 uses out of these 1 pair of lashes.

The ends did not poke or stab at my inner or outer edge of the eye lash line and I didn’t need to add liner to hide the band.

I’ve super impressed with these lashes.

ELF Cream Blush Palette in the Colorway Soft

I grade this a solid A+++ !!! : It’s billed as being richly pigmented buildable, and give you gorgeous, customizable color and are formulated to last all day. It comes in 2 color ways : Soft (the one I have) and Bold.

Out of every single cream blush product I have tried this one is the best of the best! Hands down better than even the high end blushes I’ve been testing out.

The pigment is rich but not over saturate so you don’t have to worry about too much pigment at first application. You can build up the intensity without worrying about the blush gong patchy or lifting up the products underneath. This bush palette even layers well over light powder.

This formula is so amazingly beautiful. Unlike most of the cream blushes I have tried …. this one does not loose it’s pigmentation once you set your face with powder.

It doesn’t emphasize texture (not even the pores), it doesn’t skip or go on patchy, and you get the same even , seamless coverage whether or not you use a sponge, your fingers, or a stippling brush to apply the product.

This is a definite always will keep in my collection.

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Glossy Lip in the Shade Moon Child

I grade this one a solid A+++ : It’s billed as a high shine gloss with medium-coverage, pearlescent finish in a moisturizing and non-sticky, comfortable formula.

It’s such a shame that this one is limited edition! I could see me repurchasing this one time and time again.

It’s the perfect formula! Not at all sticky, very hydrating, and even though there is fine glitters in this formula you can not feel them … there is zero grittiness to the glitter base.

It lasts fairly long and evenly on the lips and did not transfer out of the lines.

The only thing keeping me from giving this a grade with exclamation marks after it is the scent! This one smells like old kid’s makeup. Like a cross between plastic and old Vaseline. It doesn’t linger but does stick around for sometime. This is one of those cases I wouldn’t have minded a slight vanilla scent …. or even no scent at all…. now I don’t know why it has this scent that it does, but I just didn’t like it at all.

Other than the scent this is an amazing lip gloss!

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

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

XOXO, Nita

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

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

2nd Beauty Haul of June 2020 with Swatches

Published June 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag
All the items in this haul were purchased through the ELF website

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. My eye is still pretty sore and still healing so of course there will be no Face of the Day post today again… but I’m coming to you with the 2nd beauty haul of June 2020.

So let’s get started ….. * Remember all swatches are done on bare skin with no primer and in 1 pass *

I purchased only 2 brushes in this order. The concealer brush $4.00 which I purchased to do cut creases with and the precision dual-sided eyebrow brush $6.00
The Color Correcting Stick in the shade Correct Dark Circles Light $4.00 for .11 ounces of product. These correcting sticks come in peach for dark circles (in both light and deep), in green to correct redness, and purple to correct sallowness.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Lip Lacquer in clear $3 for .08 ounces

Lip Lacquer in the shade Fantasy (slight nude with gold shimmer) $3 for .08 ounces. The first picture of the right side is without flash and the second one is with flash. These lip lacquers smell like vanilla cake and are not overly sticky and is formulated with Vitamin E and comes in 11 shades.

Tinted Lip Oil $6.00 for .10 ounces of product in the shade Nude Kiss (slightly pinkish nude).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The Tinted Lip Oils are infused with Jojoba, Apricot, and Vitamin E and comes in 8 shades and have that classic vanilla cake scent.

The Jelly Pop Dew Primer $10 for 1.01 ounces of product that is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Watermelon Extract, and Vitamins A,C, and E and is billed as a multitasking primer has a unique gel texture that works like glue to grip makeup to ensure it stays put. The Jelly Pop Watermelon Jelly Cleanser $8 for 3.38 ounces of product and is billed as a  gentle, watermelon-infused gel cleanser infused with skin-loving ingredients Watermelon extract and Vitamin B5.

Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum $8 for .47 ounces of product and comes in 5 shades with 2 for deeper skin tones. I purchased mine in the shade Fair/Light. It’s billed as a weightless silky formula that 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 infused with Vitamin A, C, & E, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and Goji Berry to help brighten, restore, nourish and protect the skin.

For being a serum foundation it’s got a thicker consistency instead of a runny thinner one.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. It also has SPF 25.

Halo Glow Setting Powder $8 for .24 ounces of product and comes in 3 shades light, medium and deep. I have it in the light shade. This is 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.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. One thing I noticed when I first swatched this setting powder is that it’s so similar to my beloved Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder. It leaves behind this really pretty little lilt to the skin.

Retro Paradise Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow (limited edition packing for their Liquid Glitter Shadows and in this packaging comes in 3 shades) $5 for .10 ounces of product. The first picture of the right side is without flash and the second one is with flash. The Liquid Glitter Shadows come in 8 shades, I have it in Flirty Birdy (a spot on dupe for Kitten Karma from Stila). This is billed as a gel-based formula that is long-lasting, quick-drying where you can get an amped up eye look with one-swipe glitter coverage that is a comfortable wear with minimal fall out.

Jelly Highlighter $6 for .44 ounces of product and comes in 3 shades, I have it in the shade Dew (bronze gold) and is billed as a smooth, jelly-textured highlighter that blends into the skin for a luminous, glowing skin effect.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The one thing I noticed with this swatch is that this highlighter dries completely down to a transfer proof formula.

Metallic Flare Highlighter $6 for .18 ounces of product and comes in 4 shades, I have it in the shade White Gold. This is billed as a multidimensional, high-luster glow.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. This is a harder pressed formula that blends out beautifully.

Prismatic Highlighting Duo $4 for .32 ounces of product (I received this as a free gift with purchase). This comes in 3 shades and I received it in the shade Siren’s Call. It is billed as a radiant, iridescent glow.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. This is a very hard pressed powder that doesn’t swatch well at all and after just 1 swatch I had hard pan.

Primer-Infused Blush $6 for .35 ounces of product and comes in 7 shades …. I picked it up in 3 more shades … this one is Always Peachy (a bronzey peach). It’s billed as a long-wear, matte blush that’s infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of perfectly placed blush.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Primer-Infused Blush $6 for .35 ounces of product and comes in 7 shades …. I picked it up in 3 more shades … this one is Always Earthy (a neutral peach). It’s billed as a long-wear, matte blush that’s infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of perfectly placed blush.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Primer-Infused Blush $6 for .35 ounces of product and comes in 7 shades …. I picked it up in 3 more shades … this one is Always Cheeky (pale mauve). It’s billed as a long-wear, matte blush that’s infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of perfectly placed blush.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Primer Infused Bronzer $6 for .35 ounces of product and comes in 3 shades of which I have the shade Constantly Bronzed and is billed as a long-wear, matte bronzer that is infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of bronzed, sun-kissed glow. 

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash.

Cream Blush Palette $8 for .64 total ounces of product making each pan .16 ounces of product and comes in 2 color ways I have it in the Soft colorway (we have a pale rose, pale coral, pale mauve, and pale blue toned pink) and is billed as being richly pigmented and formulated to last all day. The first picture of the right side is without flash and the second one is with flash. From the swatches I have found that these cream blushes are extremely creamy and blend out perfectly.

Retro Paradise 18 Piece Eyeshadow Palette $14 for an 18 pan palette that is billed as a  Bahamas-inspired eyeshadow palette with high-shine metallics and ultra-pigmented mattes in bright and neutral shades allow you to create your own tropical fantasy!

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Canvas (creamy vanilla – satin), Sandy Bum (light toned brown – matte), Rise & Shine (Vintage Gold – metallic), Spiced (a red based mid-toned coral – matte), Paraiso (coral based bronze – metallic), and Coconut (deep purple based chocolate brown – matte).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Dijon (mustard tan – matte), Sea Salt (bright white with a silver flip – metallic), Fuego (pastel coral – matte), Sip Sip (baby blue – metallic), Baja Mar (pastel yellow based green – matte), and Tropicana (pastel purple – matte).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Caliente (terracotta – matte), Cacao (deep chocolate with a hint of a green under-tone – matte), Fortuna (bronze – metallic), Royal (classic royal blue – matte), Disco (blue bell with a lilac flip – shimmer), and Nightlife (dusty black – satin).

Opposites Attract Eyeshadow Palette $14 for an 18 pan palette that has 9 warm-toned and 9 cool-toned shades with neutral and vibrant pops of color and that is billed as a  luxe formula that is smooth, creamy, blendable and ultra-pigmented. 

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Fresh (flesh toned – matte), Spicy (golden bronze – metallic), Sassy (coral – matte), Low-Key (dusty white – satin), Calm (mid-toned grey – matte), and Clever (deep taupe with a silver flip – metallic).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Bold (deep rose gold – metallic), Cheeky (orange based coral – matte), Happy (deep mustard yellow – matte), Witty (grey-toned taupe – matte), Smooth (deep chocolate brown – matte), and Chill (cadet blue – satin).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Saucy (yellow based tan – matte), Daring (chocolate – metallic), Warm (warm mid-toned brown – satin), Easy Going (blue based lilac – satin), Wise (mid-toned forest green – matte), and Genuine (dusty black with a hint of green -satin).

18 Hit Wonders Colorful Eyeshadow Palette $14 for an 18 pan palette that is billed as a vibrant, colorful 18-pan palette containing only the best, most swatch-worthy shades, designed to inspire bold, vibrant eyeshadow looks. It’s a mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades. The luxe formula of this vibrant eyeshadow palette is smooth, creamy, blendable and ultra-pigmented for effortless application.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Supreme (red based mid-toned brown – matte), Vibrant (silver – metallic), Moss (copper with a duo-chrome of moss green – metallic), Peachy (dusty light peach – matte), Quartz (light peachy beige – shimmer), and Pave (slight peach with a silver flip – shimmer).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Velvet (blackened royal purple – metallic), Electric (vibrant light blue – satin), Evergreen (dusty mid-toned green – matte), Solar (dusty bright yellow – matte), Heat (deep red based orange – matte), and Candy (coral pink -shimmer).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Royal (royal blue – satin), Shade (grey green based taupe – matte), Element (grey based deep brown with a red green duo-chrome flip – metallic), Summer (yellow orange – matte), Penny (copper – metallic), and Danger (deep rose gold – metallic).

Earth & Ocean Eyeshadow Palette $14 for an 18 pan palette that is billed as being inspired by grounded, earthy vibes and mesmerizing ocean views, the Earth and Ocean palette will 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, so you can create multiple eye looks. The luxe formula of this versatile palette is smooth, creamy, blendable, and ultra pigmented for effortless application.

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Trenches (black – satin), Underwater (sea green with a teal duo-chrome metallic), Can’t Kelp It (dusty brown green – matte), Desert Storm (khaki – matte), Sahara (yellow based light green – metallic), and Spruced Up (deep olive green – matte).

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Abyss (deep ocean blue – matte), Drip Drip (vibrant blue – metallic), Lagoon (powder blue – metallic), Rock Bottom (tan with a slight green flip – metallic), Gold Rush (gold – metallic) and Sun Yourself (yellow – metallic),

The picture on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. The shades are: Siren (steel grey – metallic), Oasis (slightly blue grey – matte), Saltwater (silver with w opal duo-chrome – shimmer), Tundra (silver – pressed glitter), Fuji Feels (vintage brushed bronze – metallic), and Mojave Mami (mid-toned sand brown – satin).

Well dolls … that’s all for now. 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

Fun Rainbow Eye Face of the Day

Published June 23, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up extremely late today. I was woken up around 3 AM to have to vomit …. and continued to vomit on and off until around 6 AM. I slept in until 1 PM and didn’t get started on my makeup until around 3:30 or 4 PM …. still vomiting on and off all day … not sure what it is …. but with my Fibromyalgia I do get days like this when I’m just vomiting for no reason. It could also be because of my wisdom tooth, which is going to be extracted next month. At any rate, needless to say, I am not having a good day ….

I wanted to play around with the JKissa X ELF To the Rescue Palette ($20 at Ulta) today and I have to say I really love the look I came up with.

Obviously I am not wearing and perfume today since my tummy is upset. Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day …..

Base:

I primed my face using Too Faced HangoveRX ($34 at Ulta) and I primed my pore areas using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta). I then used Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3. For foundation today I chose a combo of 5 pumps of BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta and Sephora) and 3 Pumps of Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation ($44 on their website) in the shade 040. I contoured the perimeter of my face and my nose using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I bronzed my face using Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I highlighted the high points of my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Spotlight. I concealed my under eyes using Makeup Revolution Supersize Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer ($7 at Ulta) in the shade C 6.5.  I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I set my bronzer using Makeup Revolution Bronzer Reloaded ($7 at Ulta) in the shade Take a Vacation. I set my highlight using 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 set the rest of the face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta) in the shade Translucent.  For my setting powder I’ve chosen BH Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (usually $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade 230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General stores) in clear and filled in my brows using NYX Micro Brow Pencil (regularly $10 but on sale for $7.50 at Ulta) in the shade Brunette. I carved out my brow line and primed my 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 shades from the palette I created from CoulorPop and The JKissa X ELF To the Rescue Palette ($20 at Ulta). I started with the ColourPop palette. I used the shade Bel Air (cool taupe – matte) as my transition shade. I then used the shade Sea Stars (medium yellow brown – matte). I then switched to the JKiss X ELF Palette. I started with the middle 1/3 of my mobile lid and using the shade Millie (a true orange – matte). I then used the shade Casey (a true red – matte) on the inner 1/3 of the mobile lid and also buffed this shade a little into the middle 1/3 shade. I then went into the shade Yosemite (a true yellow – matte) and buffed that into the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. I kind of messed up on the lower lash line, I should have started with the green shade on the lower lash line but instead I started with the blue …. I forgot the order of the rainbow …. but I think it still looks pretty good. For the lower lash line I started on the middle 1/3 of the lash line and went into the shade Peaky (a true green – matte). I then went into the shade Cannoli (a bright light blue – matte) over the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line. For the outer 1/3 of the lower lash line I used the shade Sadie (a bright purple – matte). I then went back to the mobile lid and layered over the red shade with the shade Strawberry (a berry red – shimmer). I went over the orange with the shade Tsuki (an orange with slight silver reflect – shimmer). I went over the yellow with the shade Firefly (a yellow – shimmer). On the lower lash line I went over the blue with the shade Bailey (a bright blue – shimmer). I then went over the green with the shade Reagan (a bright green – shimmer). I went over the purple with the shade Confetti (a purple – shimmer). I then took a combo of the shae shades Sea Stars and Bel Air from my ColourPop palette and buffed that bellow the colors of the lower lash line to create a drop shadow effect. I highlighted the inner corners using the Dazzle shade from the Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up The Light Highlighting Palette ($42 at Ulta and Sephora) in the Light color way. I tight lined my upper and lower lash lines using the Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner ($7.99 on their website and at most drug stores like Walgreens and CVS) in the shade 01 Linked on Black. I coated the top and lower lashes with Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($25 at Ulta and Sephora). I then popped on a pair of lashes I had in my lash case … I don’t remember what style they are in.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush today I am wearing Tarte Sugar Rush Beach Cheeks Cream Blush ($15 at Ulta) in the shade Beaches and Cream (peachy pink). I set the cream blush using Makeup Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 at Ulta) in the shade Rhubarb & Custard (a coral matte). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippe Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Another Round (rosy nude). I then filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix (Only offered in the limited edition Big Box of Lippie Stix Vault from ColourPop and is no longer available) in the shade At Twilight ( warm muted coral – creme).

Final Thoughts:

I placed a few orders on line for my June Beauty Buys.


I have a huge order coming from ELF that should be here by 6/25.

I have a skin care order and an eyeliner from Charlotte Tilbury coming from Beautylish that should be here by 6/26.

I have a smaller order from Makeup Revolution that should be here sometime this week – I made the mistake of ordering off the UK site intend of the US site so all of my items were shipped from over seas and I’m not sure how long that will take.

I also place an order from ColourPop (I created another 24 pan palette) and purchased one of their Ultra Gloss Lips and 2 pairs of false eye lashes) that should be here by 6/27.

So stay tuned for a huge Beauty Haul post.

Well I’m starting to feel queasy again so I’m going to end my post now. I hope tomorrow I’m feeling better. I really think it might be my wisdom tooth bothering.

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

Rainbow Glam Face of the Day

Published June 17, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up around 10 AM today. I still feel nauseous so I’m not wearing any perfume.

I decided to play with the new ELF x JKissa To the Rescue Eyeshadow Palette ($20 at Ulta). I want to do a Rainbow series so today I was just playing around with the shadows to get a feel for them. My eyes are really watery today so I had a hard time with it also I put down a crease shade in light brown however … this made the JKissa shadows go on patchy. So let’s get into today’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

I primed my face using Too Faced HangoveRX ($34 at Ulta) and I primed my pore areas using Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta). I then used Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3. For foundation today I chose Makeup Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Radiance Foundation ($12 at Ulta) in the shade F5.7. Since I was doing a full on rainbow glam I kept most of my face neutral and so I skipped my contour and opted to bronze lightly using the Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. I highlighted the high points of my face using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Spotlight. I concealed my under eyes using L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer ($13.49 at Ulta) in the shade 360 Cashmere.  I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Ulta and Sephora). I set my bronzer using Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($15.99 at Ulta) in the regular bronzer shade.  I set my highlight using 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 set the rest of the face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta) in the shade Translucent.  For my setting powder I’ve chosen BH Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powder (usually $9.50 but on sale for $4.75 on their website) in the shade 230.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General stores) in clear and filled in my brows using Milani Stay Put Brow Color ($8.49 at Ulta) in the shade 05 Dark Brown. I carved out my brow line using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and then primed the rest of my 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 the ELF x JKissa To the Rescue Eyeshadow Palette ($20 at Ulta). I first set my brow line using the shade creme from the ELF The New Classics Palette ($14 on their website). I then used a combo of the shades Truffle and Uptown from the same palette to warm up the crease. I then switched to the JKissa palette and started with the red matte shade called Casey and went all the way through to the purple matte shade called Sadie patting a little over the last shade to blend the shades together. I then decided to take the color all the way to the brow itself. I then went back over all the shades with the corresponding shimmer shades starting with the red shimmer called Strawberry and ending with the purple shimmer called Confetti. For the lower lash line I started at the outer corner with the deep purple matte called Pretty girl and ending with the deep red matte called Pepper. I then used a bit more of the shade Strawberry (the red shimmer) on the red at the inner corners. I tight lined my lower and upper waterlines using BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 at Ulta) in the shade Black. I coated my lashes in Milani Dangerous Lengths ($9.99 at Ulta) in the shade 112 Black. I then popped on an old pair of Velour Lashes ($26 at Sephora) in the style Fluffy and Wispy.

Cheeks and Lips:

For blush I used Tarte Amazonian 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Natural Beauty (rosey red). I lined and filled in my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade BFF (warm nude) and then topped off my lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix (only available in the Big Box of Lippie Stix Vault that was limited edition) in the shade Dream Date (pale warm nude – creme). I finished off my look with Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up The Light Highlighting Palette ($42 at Ulta and Sephora) in the Light color way … I used the middle shade called Soft Focus as a finishing powder.

ELF x JKissa To the Rescue Eyeshadow Palette : I grade it a B+ : There is a learning curve to this shadow formula. It can be a bit patchy and messy. The fall out is major with this shadow palette… I mean major! I had to use a ton of makeup remover to clean up all the fallout on my face. and the Kickback in the pan is just as bad. I think the shades are pretty but the mess is just so major. I’ll keep trying to work with the palette this week to see if I can get use to it. I wonder if I just went to ambitious with my first ever rainbow eye look…. so maybe I can try something a bit more simple tomorrow and see how the shadows perform then.

I also don’t really like today’s look. I think maybe it’s because I took the eye shadow all the way to the brow …. maybe I don’t know … I just really don’t like the look. Perhaps it’s just that I’m not use to so much color all at one time? At any rate …. I will have to keep toying with this palette to see how best to use it.

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 little lipstick.

XOXO, Nita

Glam Cut Crease Face of the Day

Published March 18, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I am feeling so much better today. My throat is still very sore and I still feel very weak, but the rest of my flu symptoms are dissipating. I have a moderate pain level today, around a level 6 …. but for me that is my normal baseline…. I wanted to do a glam look today so I decided to do a tricolor cut crease. So let’s jump into today’s scent and Face of the Day….

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Armani Code. This is the first luxury scent I ever purchased. I purchased it back in either 2006 or 2007 when it first came out. I purchased it at Ulta for I believe $70 for 1.7 fluid ounce. The scent notes are: Bitter Orange, Sweet Italian Orange, Tunisian Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine Sambac, Ginger,Seringa Flower, Lavender, Honey, Sandalwood, and Vanilla. This is such a multi faceted scent. It isn’t overly feminine…. in my opinion this is a unisex scent…. even though there is a male version of this scent offered. It’s very clean and crisp and unassuming. It’s a great everyday work appropriate scent. I’ve been through maybe 4 bottles of this scent and will always continue to repurchase it. 

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my face using Believe Beauty Pretty and Primed Hydrating Primer ($5 at Dollar General). My foundation today is a combo of 1 squeeze of Pixi by Petra Flawless Beauty Primer Hydrating Glow Primer ($22 at Target and on the Pixi Beauty website) and 1 glob of Wet n Wild Photofocus Dewy Foundation ($6.49 at Ulta) in the shade Soft Beige. I lightly color corrected my under eyes using Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate ($12 at Target and on the Pixi Beauty website) in the shade Brightening Peach. I used 5 dots for each under eye of ELF Hydrating Camo Concealer ($6 at Ulta) in the shade Light Sand. I set my full face using  Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 at Dollar General) in the shade Translucent and warmed up my face using Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($30 at Ulta). For touch up powder today I am using Flower Beauty Light Illusion Perfecting Powder ($13.99 at Target) in the shade Beige L4-M1.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and set that using RCMA No Color Powder ($15 on the Beautylish website) For today’s eye look I used the Too Face Chocolate Bar Palette ($49 at Ulta). For my transition shade I used the color Milk Chocolate (muted brown matte). To deepen the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the crease I used the shade Semi-Sweet (medium brown matte). I went in at the very top of the transition shade and used a touch of the shade Salted Caramel (soft fawn matte) to add a bit more dimension. I used more of the P.Louise Base to cut my creases and then used the shade Marzipan (rose gold metallic) on the inner 2/3 of my mobile lid. I then went in with the shade Amaretto (deep pinky bronze metallic) and placed that on the outer edge of the cut crease. I then went in with the shade Creme Brulee (antique gold metallic) and placed that in the middle of the cut crease to blend the inner and outer colors together. I then went in with the shade Cherry Cordial (deep plum brown matte with a hint of  purple sparkle) and placed that on the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and outer v. For the lower lash line I used more of the shade Salted Caramel to create a drop shadow and then deepened the lash line using more of the shade Cherry Cordial. To highlight the inner corners I used the shade Champagne Truffle (ballet slipper pink metallic). I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Creme Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (a rose gold metallic). I set my brows using Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($6.99 at Ulta but I purchased mine from Amazon) 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 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 White Chocolate (creamy beige matte). I popped on a pair of Ardell Studio Effects Lashes ($5.99 at Ulta) in the style Wispies and coated my upper and lower lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($8.99 at Ulta).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                               For blush today I am wearing the ELF Primer Infused Blush ($6 at Ulta and the ELF website) in the shade Always Punchy (a bright coral matte). Today I highlighted the tops of my cheeks, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s Bow, and high points of the brow using Revolution Beauty Highlighter Reloaded () in the shade Dare to Divulge. I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil (no longer sold by itself… can be found in the Lippie Pencil Vault) in the shade Oh Sis (smoked paprika) and I filled in the lips using BH Cosmetics and It’s My Raye Raye Lipstick (is limited edition and no longer available) in the color Rosy Raye (a beautiful mid toned rose red matte).

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Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                  I’m finally starting to feel better. I knew it was only the Flu. I still feel weak but I’ll get my strength back in a few days time as long as I rest up.

The P.Louise Base is some amazing stuff!!! It made doing my cut creases a breeze. I placed an order for a back up because I can already tell that I am not going to be able to put this primer down.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you have a great rest of your day/night, that you are safe and healthy, and that you are in good spirits. Remember dolls… Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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

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