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Cool Toned Smokey Eye Face of the Day

Published February 10, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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

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

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Eyes: I primed my lids using NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Medium 1 Custard and set that using Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I used The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette ($42 still available at Camera Ready’s website) for most of my eye look today. For my 1st transition color I chose the shade Matt Singh (a dusty mauve matte). For my 2nd transition color I used the shade Matt Rosen (a cool toned chocolate brown matte). To deepen the crease I used the shade Matt Garcia (a cool toned mid-tone brown matte). I moved to my mobile lid and took the shade Matt Malloy (a bright flat white matte) all over the mobile lid. I then took the AOA Studio Velour Eyeshadow ($1 on the Shop Miss A website) in the shade Virgin (an icy pink cream to powder) all over the inner 2/3 of my mobile lid. I then took the shade Matt Wood (a cool toned deep brown matte) to the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and to also deepen the outer v. I then took more of Matt Garcia and patted it over the middle 1/3 to help blend the outer and inner 1/3 of the mobile lid. On the lower lash line I created a soft drop shadow using the shade Matt Singh and then using Matt Garcia I lined the lower lash line. I highlighted the inner corners using Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow () in the shade Urban Cowboy. I set my brows using Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer ($10 at Target) in clear and then filled in my brows using ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 at Ulta and on the ELF website) in the shade Dark Brown. I carved out my brow line using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set that using more of the shade Matt Malloy. I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic). For mascara I used The Balm What’s Your Type? in the shade Black.

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

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Final Thoughs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO

Everyday Neutral Look Face of the Day

Published February 9, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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

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

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

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

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Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO

Makeup Geek Review and Face of the Day

Published December 5, 2019 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hi dolls. Hope you are having a great day. Today it’s not as cold as it has been so hopefully my pain level starts to come down. Right now I’m at a 7. I finally slept and have a few spoons left over from my morning responsibilities. Well let me share my face of the day and review of Makeup Geek Cosmetics.

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Face of the Day ….

Today I use the Makeup Geek palette I created. I was excited for this order to get to me. Makeup Geek does not have primer, foundation, concealer, setting powders , mascara, or brow products so I had to pull those from my stash for these items.

Base: For my primer I chose It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer ($49 on It’s website), Concealer today is Too Faced Born This Way Concealer ($28 at Ulta) in the color Light Medium,Foundation is Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector with broad spectrum spf 20 ($36 at Ulta and on Urban Decay’s website) in the color Medium Light, I set my eyes with my ELF Smooth and Set ($4 on ELF’s website) and my face with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora), I bronzed my face with a mix of Makeup Geek bronzer ($14.99 on Makeup Geek’s website) and their contour pan ($9.99 on sale for 3.99 on their website) in the color Complicated.

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Eyes: I primed my lids with my Tarte Shape Tape ($27 but on sale for $19 at Ulta) in the color Light Medium Honey, I created a 9 pan palette from Makeup Geek for 57.99 total which includes the z palette, each eyeshadow costs $6.00…. The color I set my Shape Tape with is Peach Smoothie and I also used this color as my transition shade by deepening the transition with extra layers of Peach Smoothie, as my crease color I chose Pumpkin’, I used Dark Roast in my outer V and on the out 1/3 of my lid, I picked I’m Peachless for the remaining 2/3 of my lid and So Pale as my brow bone highlight, and then I used Shimma Shimma on my inner corner highlight, on my lower lash line I used Pumpkin’ and Dark Roast, For mascara I used The Balm What’s Your Type? ($19 on the Balm website), for eyeliner I chose Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22 at Ulta) in the color Intense Black, in the lower water line I used NYX Faux Whites ($8 at Ulta) in the color Linen, for my eyebrows I really liked the look I got with yesterday’s product so again I used the ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on ELF’s website) in deep brown paired with ELF Wow Brow ($4 on ELF’s webstie) in the color Deep Brown.

Cheeks and Lips: My highlighter today is Makeup Geek Midnight Sun ($14.99 on the Makeup Geek website) and my bush is their single blush pans ($9.99 on the Makeup Geek website) in the color Heart Throb, Lip Liner I didn’t purchase because I forget, so I used Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner ($18 at Sephora and the Kat Von D website) in the color Lolita II and my lipstick is Makeup Geek Iconic Lipstick ($14.99 on the Makeup Geek website) in the color Naive.

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The Review …

I am not sure how I feel about the Primer… it gives a white cast to the skin that doesn’t go away and causes flash back with flash photography, but it does blur the pores… not sure if it’s worth the $49 price tag when there are better primers on the market way cheaper. The Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid foundation is one of my all time favorite foundations. It goes on like a bb cream but had way better coverage. There are 6 shades in the rang, 3 for darker skin. It isn’t the type of foundation that drys down so you do need to set this one with powder. I have repurchased this one 4 times since it came out and will continue to repurchase it as long as Urban Decay continues to sell it. As for the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, which comes in 12 shades (3 for deeper skin), I don’t really have an opinion of it. It’s just ok for me. I remember when it first came out everyone was head over heels for it, but as many times as I have tried it, it just doesn’t speak to me in anyway, there are certainly better concealers on the market.

Now on to the Makeup Geek Review:

Let’s start with the Highlighter and Bronzer. Midnight Sun Highlighter is a Golden Tan with a Peach reflect. It goes on so powerfully and it’s a smooth highlighter, not at all chalky like some highlights can be. I liked this highlighter until around 4 pm when I looked in the mirror. The color had vanished and all that was left behind was glitter… I ended up having to reapply it to refresh my makeup and normally I don’t have this problem. Now there could be a number of reasons the highlight diapered, anything from the foundation I am wearing to the fact that my hair is down, so I wont give my final thoughts on this one yet until I’ve tried it out a few more time, but what I will say is it is a beautiful color and makes the cheek bone glow perfectly. The bornzer I chose is too light. I didn’t notice that it was for fair skin so it took 3 applications to get coverage for me, now with that being said, this bronzer is beautiful on the skin. It’s a peach tan bronzer that is a bit chalky but it buffs out wonderfully. I will be ordering the next color up when I place my next Makeup Geek order. I did use the Contour powder in the color Complicated to deepen my bronze today. It is a red toned tan and it is smooth and blends into the skin well, even over the dry patch I have on my forehead today. As for blush, I made a mistake and ordered 3 of the same shade …. I am not mad at that at all because the color I picked is beautiful …. I purchased Heart Throb. I felt that this color is a true coral but the makeup Geek website bills it as a salmon brown with a matte finish. best suited for fair skin tones, however this color showed up on my light medium skin tone in 1 pass. These blushes are amazing they aren’t silky but they aren’t chalky either. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is pretty good, a little difficult to apply at first, I tried to do a thin line and ended up with a thicker than I wanted line. This eyeliner comes in 8 colors and I believe it is definitely worth the price. I may not repurchase this one as there are other liquid liners that I like a little bit more. I am really enjoying the combo of the pencil and wow brow from ELF … I am most definitely repurchasing both these products and dare I say they are loved more than the brow powder I have been using for the past 2 years. The Balm mascara is starting to sneak it’s self into my heart. I love the way it looks, I still love my Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black, I would say this is my 2nd favorite mascara.

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The Iconic Lipsticks are impressive, not sticky, highly pigmented and they don’t bleed into my fine lines in the lips. I again chose the wrong color … it was too pale on my lips so I had to completely fill in my lips with Lolita II from Kat Von D before I could make Naive work for me. The Iconic line only comes it 7 colors and I really wish there was a coral color in the line or a pinky nude. They are comfortable on the lips and they stay put on the lips with no corner of the mouth transfer. They aren’t long lasting by any means, I had to reapply at least 2 before I switched to their Show Stopper Creme Stain ($11.99 on the Makeup Geek website). Can we talk about these creme stains!! At first I thought it was a liquid lipstick and was fully prepared to tell you I hate them because it felt too dry and uncomfortable. That is because I applied a thick layer to build up the color … when I looked on the website and realized that it was a stain I took it off and reapplied a thin even layer and I am in love now!!! My lips feel like skin not dry and cracked. This stain doesn’t transfer and doesn’t feather or bleed into the fine lines. The color I have is called Jitterbug, it’s a high impact true coral. Out of the two lip products I think I will be purchasing more of the creme stains. Only because I don’t like having to reapply my lip product over and over.

On to the eye shadow palette I created.

Makeup Geek offers 3 empty palettes to choose from, The travel Vault ($12.99) that can hold 9 shadows (or a combo of shadows and blushes), The Mega Vault ($24.99) that can hold 28 shadows (or a combo of shadows and blushes), and The Empty 9 Well Palette ($11.99).

What I have is the empty 9 well palette and the colors I chose are: Shimma Shima, a pale peachy flesh tone with a silver reflect. So Pale, a light vanilla matte. Rapunzel, a pale peach with gold reflect. Sand Dollar, a pale grey matte, Peach Smoothie, a true peach matte. Pumpkin’, a coral-orange hybrid matte. I’m Peachless, a pale peach with pink reflect. Tuscan Sun, a dusty coral pink matte. And finally Dark Roast, a dark true brown matte. The pigmentation on these shadows is crazy!! Super pigmented. The mattes are a bit chalky but blend well and the shimmers are buttery smooth.

My final thoughts on the Makeup Geek line ….

I am in love with the Makeup Geek brand. The quality of these products is insane! The prices are on par with some of the other smaller brands and the quality of the packaging is in my opinion better than some of the big brands out there. I will definitely be purchasing more products from Makeup Geek.

Well Thanks for sticking with me dolls. I hope the day finds you with plenty of spoons and as always save a spoon for a bit of makeup …

XOXO

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