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Amber Neutral Eye Face of the Day

Published May 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I slept in until around 10:45 AM. I’m still in some pain and my energy is pretty low today but I was able to do my makeup, blog a few posts, and cook an amazing dinner … tonight on the menu is Pollo Guisado (stewed chicken over white rice).

Today’s perfume is Marc Jacob’s Daisy Twinkle …. I will be reviewing several of the my new Juvia’s Place items in Final Thoughts….Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

I first primed my problematic pore areas with ELF Poreless Putty Primer ($8 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer ($45 at Ulta). I then used the MAC Strobe Cream ($35 for the regular sized bottle at Ulta) in the shade pinklite. My foundation today is Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation $20 for 1 fluid ounce (but on sale for $14 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website) in the shade 650 Alexandria (light skin with neutral undertones). I skipped corrector today to see how the concealer performed …. I concealed with 2 dots of Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Concealer $14 for .34 fluid ounces (but on sale for $8.90 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website for $11) in the shade 23. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora, on the Beautylish website, and on the Charlotte Tilbury website) in the shade Medium Dark to contour the perimeter of my face and down the bridge of my nose. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand  ($38 on the Beautylish website, The Charlotte Tilbury website and at Sehora) in the shade Spot Light and then I went in with just a touch of Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3 $12 for .31 ounces of product (on sale at Ulta for $8.40). I bronzed the perimeter of the face using Juvia’s Place Shade Stick Foundation $16 for .34 ounces (on sale at Ulta for $11.20 and Juvia’s Place website for $12) in the shade Guinea (for dark skin with neutral cool undertones). I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 only at Dollar General Stores) in translucent. I chose the Wet n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder ($5.47 on their website but on sale now for $3.57) in the shade Neutral Beige as my touch up powder for the day.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Joah Brow Down To Me Precision Brow Pencil ($9.50 on their website) in the shade Brunette. I carved out the brow line using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5. For today’s eye look I used mostly Juvia’s Place The Warrior II palette. I also use a single shadow for the mobile lid. I started by using the Zaz (eggshell white matte) to set my brow line and then went into the shade Kana (rosey dove grey matte) from lash line to brow line. I then went into the shade Yodit (dark mustard brown matte) on the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eyesahdow ($6.46 at Walmart) in the shade Amber Rush (bright rose gold amber metallic). I then went into the shade Kufuru (syrup brown matte) and used it on the very outer part of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the very outer of the outer v (making sure not to take this shade into the crease at all). I then went into the shade Daura (salmon coral matte) and buffed in into the middle 1/3 of both mobile lid and the upper crease and then took whatever was left on the brush that I used the shade Kana on and buffed out the edges of the middle 1/3 of the lid. For the lower lash line I first went in with more of the shade Yodit and created a drop shadow that I further intensified with more of the shade Daura and buffed that 1/2 way down the drop shadow and intensified the lash line using more of the shade Yodit. I highlighted my inner corners using more of Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3. I tight lined my upper waterline using  Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Black Cocoa (a deep brown) and my lower waterline using ColourPop BFF Creme Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic). I coated my upper and lower lashes in 1 layer of NYX On The Rise Volume Liftscara ($11 at Ulta).

Cheeks and Lips:

For my blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 24-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade B-Day Bae (a rosey pink matte). I highlighted the highest points of my cheek bones, center of the chin, Cupid’s bow, bridge of the nose, and brow bone area using more of Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3. I lined my lips and filled them in using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Whipped Caviar (rosey mauve nude) and topped my lips off using Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Lip Cream ($8.49 at Ulta) Guava Mama (coral).

Final Thoughts: Product Reviews….

I Am Magic Foundation in the shade 650 Alexandria (light skin with neutral undertones). I grade this one an A+:

It’s very pigmented and very little is all that you need. I did 1 1/2 squirts for my face, neck, and ears and still had product left on my palette.

This is an extremely thick foundation but doesn’t feel heavy on the face whatsoever. In fact I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything at all.

Their website says that this is a velvety matte long wear foundation. I agree that it’s matte but I don’t understand why they say it’s velvety… it really isn’t. It’s a true matte foundation and not at all demi-matte as I thought it would be based on my swatch from yesterday’s Ulta Haul .

Like most matte foundations this is a very full coverage one but unlike most matte foundations on me … this one did not emphasize any texture and did not grab at my fine lines.

The shade is a perfect match for me and did not oxidize.

There is no scent to this foundation (a welcomed bonus) and it sets down almost all the way (I did have to powder lightly as there was a slight … very slight tack to the skin after application).

Juvia’s Place continues to surprise me with both their quality and performance of their products.

This is a welcomed addition to my ever growing foundation collection.

I Am Magic Concealer in the shade J23 (for fair skin with neutral undertones) I grade this one an A- :

This one, again, is a very pigmented product that only needs the slightest amount for coverage. I used 1 dab and 1 tiny dot to completely cover my under eyes.

Their website claims this is weightless… It is to an extent. I don’t feel it under my eyes but it is super thick (thicker than the Tarte Shape Tape).

It’s just the right formula of creaminess. It doesn’t sink into the fine lines and it set beautifully.

The reason that I only gave it an A- is because this one does emphasize some texture under my eyes (now this could be the combo of this concealer with the powder that I used, that is plausible).

This concealer did not oxidize at all and is very long lasting. I did not need to touch up at all and I’ve been wearing it for 8 hours now.

This is a pretty good concealer.

Shade Stick Foundation in the color Guinea (dark skin with warm undertones) I grade with one A++:

This one is billed as full coverage …. I find it to be high medium coverage.

This is a creamy formula with little to no slip that does not set down on it’s own.

I purchased this deep shade because I thought it would make a great bronzer …. and it did not disappoint me.

It’s easy to apply and does not disturb the products underneath it and I used a touch more after I powdered my face and it went on beautifully without getting splotchy or patchy.

I don’t have much to say about it because I am only using it as a bronzer so I don’t know what the performance would be as face product but as a bronzer this one is stunning!

I am thinking of picking up shade Tokyo to use as a cream highlight for glam makeup.

The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3 for light skin. I grade this one an A+++!!!!

This is such a gorgeous highlighter, very reflective.

I didn’t want a full on powerful highlighter so I used a very light hand and dusted it over the high points of my face in circular motions and that made my face glow beautifully!!

This is a finely milled, low kick back, firm pressed powder highlighter.

I already know I more than likely will be reaching for this one a ton… and I will have to force myself to put it away and give some love to my other highlighters …. it’s just the way it works with me when I find a highlighter this amazing.

The Warrior II Palette I grade this one an A+++!!!!

This is an all matte palette.

The shadows are firm pressed in the pans but the they are still buttery.

There was no kickback in the pan… and I mean ZIP!!! There is just something about Juvia’s Place shadows that is magical …. I very seldom come across a shade in their collection that has any kickback whatsoever.

There was also NO FALLOUT on the face either.

The shadows are highly pigmented and buff out effortlessly without skipping or being patchy and they buff into one another without going muddy.

Each shade layers over the top of the others wonderfully.

They do not crease or fade throughout the day … Again I’ve been in my makeup for going on 9 hours now and my eyes are still as vibrant as they were at the start of my makeup application.

This is a great palette to have in my collection and I can get all types of looks form just this one palette and maybe a few single metallic shades for those days that I want a bit of shine.

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

Makeup on the Chopping Block Follow Up

Published May 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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

I’m just popping in to give a follow up on what I kept and what I decluttered from my Chopping Block makeup .

There were 3 mascaras … after testing them out this past week I have decided to keep them in my collection. Those mascaras are:

  1. NYX On The Rise Volume Liftscara $11 at Ulta
  2. The Balm What’s Your Type Mascara $19 on their website.
  3. Physicians Formula Lash Contortionist Mascara (discontinued).

There were 9 concealers …. after testing them out this past week I have decided to keep 5 of them …. the one’s I am keeping are :

  1. BH Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer $6 on their website.
  2. Joah Cosmetics Truly Yours Dark Circle Concealer $8.50 at CVS and on their website. 
  3. Private Society Coveted Concealer $22 on their website.
  4. .AOA Paw Paw Liquid Concealer ($1.88 on the Shop Miss A website).
  5. Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25-HR Breathable Light Weight Medium Coverage Concealer $4.99 at Target and Walmart. 

the ones that I am decluttering are:

Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer $28 at Ulta. I tried this ever way possible and just can’t get into it. It’s super thick, very creasy , and not easily blendable. I just really disliked this concealer from the first time I used it to the last time I used it.
Physicians Formula Conceal RX (discontinued). This one is hard to blend out, very sticky, and never truly sets … even after powdering. It’s not pigmented enough to cover dark circles and it oxidizes.
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Concealer $4.49 at Ulta. This one is super dry and super streaky. It’s just not a good concealer at all.
Tarte Creaseless Concealer $26 at Ulta. This was the newest concealer to my collection at the time of the Chopping Block post. I strongly disliked this one from the first time I tried it until yesterday. This is meant to be a “Creaseless” concealer … says so right in the name … but this one creased worse than any other concealer I have ever tried. It wan’t pigmented enough to cover my dark circles and didn’t work well with a color corrector underneath, and it was very drying.

Well there you have it dolls … out of the chopping block I have decluttered 4 of the 12 items.

Well that’s all for now ….. hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night.

Remember … save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOX

1st Beauty Haul of May 2020 (Quick Haul, Swatch, and Review)

Published May 4, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Photo by Beatrice Cornejo on Pexels.com

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I received my order from No. 7 (also called Boots No.7 outside the US) today. I’m only hauling the foundation I purchased and not the face serum since it’s the same serum I’ve used everyday for the better part of 3 years…. Let’s check out the foundation I purchased….

No. 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation ($15.99 for 1 fluid ounce) in the shade Calico. I purchased mine directly from the No.7 website but it can also be found at Walgreens (and their website), Target (and their website), Amazon, and theBoots website.  This foundation comes in 12 shade with 3 for deeper skin (though it would be for the lighter skin ebony beauties… there are no shades currently sold for our deeper skinned ebony beauties) and again I purchased it in the shade Calico, which is the 2nd lightest shade, however this foundation appears to have a grey undertone so for our lighter skinned dolls out there the lightest shade is Porcelain but because of the grey undertone I don’t believe that this shade will be good for lighter than my skin tone as it will give an almost muddy cast to the skin.

This foundations boosts that it instantly perfects the appearance of skin, concealing blemishes and blurring the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores while providing 24 hour hydration and that it is enriched with age-defying skincare ingredients from No7s Protect and Perfect ADVANCED Serum, No7s most effective anti-wrinkle technology. It claims that with continued use it reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores while SPF and antioxidants protect the skin.

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

The review:

I give this foundations a grade of A-: I would score it higher but the shade range is deplorable …. it’s 2020 I don’t understand a brand that launches products that are not all inclusive and our ebony beauties deserve better!

Now … what I love about this foundation:

I love that this comes in a plastic tube because when I get low all I have to do is snip the tube with a pair of scissors and presto … I have access to the last little bit of the foundation remains.

I love the grey undertone … I thought I would hate it but I really don’t. It gives the areas of my face that have some sallowness to it life again.

I love that you really don’t need much to completely cover your face, neck, and ears.

I love that it is medium coverage that builds up to high medium…. I don’t always want a full coverage foundation.

I love how dewy and healthy my skin looks in this foundation… even after setting the face with loose powder (for reference I use Too Face Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Power in translucent) my skin still looked healthy and dewy.

I love that it has SPF 50 sunscreen in it. I personally choose to use only 50 SPF or higher (I’m in my 40’s so sun protection is a must for me). I love that this product has this SPF in it because foundation is typically one of my last items I put on and by the time I’m done my makeup a minimum of 1 hour has lapsed so the added SPF means I have a little more time with my sun protection. *side note: layering items with SPF in it does not give you more SPF protection… let’s say you use a sunscreen with 60 SPF and then you use a foundation with 30 SPF in it …. you are still only being protected at the 60 SPF level.

I love that there is no scent to this foundation what so ever… you can’t even smell the SPF in it.

I love that even thought there is SPF 50 in this foundation… there is no flash back in pictures taken with flash.

Now … what I don’t love about this foundation:

I don’t love that this foundation doesn’t set down… it remains very tacky, so much so that I had to go in with 2 light layers of loose powder … normally with foundation I only ever need 1 layer of loose powder… I never go in with 1 heavy layer of powder because that gets dry and cakey it’s best to go in with 1 light layers of powder giving a little resting time between the layers so that the first layer soaks in a bit before you add an additional layer.

I don’t love that this foundation has such a terrible shade selection. There is not enough shade differential for for our paler skinned dolls and there is most definitely not enough shade differential for our ebony skinned dolls. This is one of my biggest pet peeves for makeup faux pas.

I don’t love that it seemed to not want to grab onto the skin around my nostrils. I had to go in with a detailer brush and pat extra product onto that skin area wait a few moments…. and then pat more product onto those areas and then immediately set that area to get the foundation to stick. (this is not the first foundation that I have this problem with but it’s nonetheless still annoying).

Final Thoughts:

While there are a few things I didn’t like about this foundation over all I really love this foundation. I will continue to use this tube and I more than likely will repurchase it when I’ve used it up.

Well that’s all dolls. I hope and pray that you have a great rest of your day/night and that you have both good health and spirits.

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

XOXO

April 2020 Beauty Favorites

Published May 2, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I had a pretty good day … but it’s night now here in Florida and I am starting to hurt pretty badly…. I think I over did it today.

I noticed that I haven’t done any Monthly Beauty Favorites so I thought I’d start a new series for this blog… hope you like it.

Before we start I just wanted to shade with you what I made for dinner tonight! I am so proud of myself. I’ve never made Salmon on my own… I always just order it from a restaurant… but with the national quarantine and all the sit down restaurants being closed I’ve had to step out of my  comfort zone and teach myself to cook things I normally would order out! so …. here it is …

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Honey lemon Salmon and garlic butter and corn white rice. This dish was so sublime that I don’t think I’ll ever order Salmon when we go out to eat again!

Not all categories will have a high end and drugstore entry. Please Note that I am not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the products or companies that I mention in this blog post. * Warning this will be a long post … just grab a snack, something to drink and settle in … I promise you wont be sorry for reading this post….. Well … Without further ado …let’s get into my April 2020 Beauty Favorites.

Favorite Beauty Store:

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Beautylish has got to be my all time favorite place to shop for all things beauty!! 

I’ve been shopping at Beautylish for well over 5 years. Their customer service is of the highest quality. Their shipping rate is a flat rate of $5 on all orders (in the US it’s $5 on all orders under $35 anything above $35 is free shipping). The only downside is that they are unable to ship to P.O. boxes. They offer flex payments on orders of $100 or more where you pay a down payment and then they spread the rest of the bill over  3 to 4 payments depending how much the bill comes to. The down payment amount also depends on the amount spent… For example: I just placed an order for $102. I paid $37 as the down payment and the rest was split into 3 equal payments to be due on the 1st of each month. The due date depends on the date of purchase. I tend to pay my flex payments off faster than the allotted time, but it’s great to know I have the 3 months just in case I need them. Beautylish also ships international the the following countries: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium,Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, U.K., and U.S. Beautylish carries the following brands:

I truly love to shop with them because the take time to package my purchases with care, it never takes more than a week to get my packages (except for now, it’s taking about 2-3 weeks because of the Corona Virus), and they have a great return policy: Their website states that their return policy is: If you are less than completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return your order within 60 days (from the delivery date) for a refund. We regret that we are unable to cover return shipping costs or refund the original shipping and duties charges unless the return was due to our error. Products must be returned in new or gently used condition. If your product arrived either damaged or defective, please contact us right away. Sets/bundles are sold as-is and products cannot be substituted, customized, and/or returned individually.

I’ve never had any issues with their services, in fact there was 1 time around 3 years ago that I ordered something from the brand It Cosmetics and the wrong item was delivered to me, I contact them straight away and they sent me out the product I had originally ordered that same day and as a way to apologize for the mistake they even allowed me to keep the product that I had received in error.

 

Favorite Amazon Beauty Finds:

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Pixnor 5″3″ Stainless Steel Makeup Palette with Spatula Tool $6.99 on Amazon: I am so happy I purchased this!!  I use to apply foundation to the back of my hand and then bonce my sponge off my hand … what I found is that this would cause waste of product because some of the foundation would sink into my skin and I would have to use more foundation… now I just apply a few pumps onto the palette and there is zero waste. I also love the spatula because I can use it to scrape moisturizers out of the jar without having to use my fingers. I also use the spatula to mix dew drops into my foundation and now I don’t have a big mess on my hands. 

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Segbeauty 5.4oz/160ml Continuous Spray Plastic Squirt Bottle With A Fine Mist $14.99 on Amazon: This bottle is a curly hair girls dream!! It provides just the right amount of moisture without over-wetting your hair. It has a 360 degree sprayer and it’s perfect for re-wetting hair in the morning to restyle and freshen up curls. This bottle has changed my hair game for the better.

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Every Drop Beauty Spatula $5.89 on Amazon. I’ve always hated the thought that there was still product in the bottom and sides of my products after I’ve run out. I started cutting plastic tubes open to get every last drop on product out but with bottles you just can’t do that. I came across this little baby when I was just browsing the beauty tools section of Amazon one day and thought OH! PERFECT!!! This spatula gets all the way to the bottom, the sides, and even the shoulders of bottles! I now have zero waste with my beauty products. I love this item so much that I have ordered it’s baby sister product the Every Drop Lip Spatula for $5.49 I ordered 2 one for lipsticks and lip glosses and one for concealers and other small wand items. This has truly helped me not waste my money by allowing me to get every last drop of product out of their containers.

Favorite Makeup Tool:

Face Halo Makeup Remover Pads: $17.60 for a 3 pack on Amazon. This little puppy is the perfect accompaniment to my vastly growing Eco-friendly arsenal. I find that I do not use as much of my Bioderma now because I am not using it to take off my makeup before I use it as my first cleanse…. 1 round is enough to completely remove all of my makeup from my face, neck, and ear lobes! You just soak it with warm water and remove your makeup… and it does remove 100% of my makeup, including lash glue! I just simply wash it after every use and it dries quickly too. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a way to reduce your carbon foot print on the planet!

Favorite Makeover Product: 

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Schwarzkopf Keratin Permanent Hair Color Cream in the shade 4.6 Intense Cocoa $9.97 on Amazon (but Amazon only allows you to purchase 1 so I ordered 3 more from Walgreens.com buy 2 get 1 free for the same price). This was the first time I used this product and I’ve gotta tell ya … This has got to be the BEST boxed hair color on the market. It has Anti-Breakage Technology called K·BOND-PLEX technology (that repairs inner hair structure) and a Pre-Color Serum (that leaves your hair looking healthy and strong, with less hair breakage). It also doesn’t have that harsh hair dye smell to it. In fact my hair smelled so good that it was like I had just simply washed my hair. The conditioner it comes with left my hair so smooth and soft and fluffy. I believe they use the same technology as Olaplex does because my hair felt as if I had just done an Olaplex treatment to it. This will definitely be a product I repurchase again and again. 

Favorite Candle:

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Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel 3 Wick Candle: This sadly is my last Vanilla Bean Noel candle… I purchase this scent every year at Christmas time … I stock up when they have their holiday sale and typically purchase 20 of them… it’s just the best scent ever

Favorite Body Care Item:

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Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion with Almond Oil $5 at Walmart for 16.9 Fluid Ounces: I use to use Bath and Body Works body creams but with my Fibromyalgia I tend to get very sensitive itchy skin and have noticed that the Bath and Body Works creams would aggravate my already sensitive skin … So on a whim I picked this up a few months ago. Firstly a little of this goes a long way. It’s very creamy and very hydrating and has a soft Almond scent to it. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave me body feeling greasy. I’m pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this product is.

Favorite Hair Care Item:

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Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother $28 for 3.3 fluid ounces at Sephora and No 7 Bonding Oil $28 for 1 fluid ounces at Sephora: These two products work together you add a few drops of the oil into the smoother and mix it together. I use this once about ever few days to revive my curls… since I don’t wash my hair everyday I need something to help my curls revive. I typically only wash my hair 1 time a week since I don’t put any hair products into my hair. This not only smells amazing, it leaves my hair soft and replenished and defines my curls when they start to go a bit frizzy. A little bit goes along way I only use a quarter sized amount of the smoother and about 5 drops of the oil. This is another item that has seriously upped my curly girl hair game.

Favorite Movie : (I know this isn’t beauty related, but I take my movie time to do my spa treatments … so I included it as a favorite.)

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Synopsis: When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. This was a very well thought out movie with lots of twists and turns. Highly Recomend.

Favorite Spa Day Item:

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Revolution Skincare x Jake-Jamie Avocado Face Mask $11 for 1.6 ounces at Ulta: This mask is amazingly moisturizing. I use it once a week and my skin feels heavenly afterwards.

Favorite Skincare Item: 

I tried a ton of skincare in the month of April and there were several things that I loved but I would have to say that my all time favorite item(s) are as follows:

My 2 whole face (including eyes) serum routine: #1. Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum $12 for 1 fluid ounce through Beautylish (it’s also sold on the Good Molecules website) and it’s function is to target fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. #2. Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum $6 for 1 fluid ounce through Beautylish (it’s also sold on the Good Molecules website) and it’s function is to replenish your skin’s moisture by drawing moisture into the skin for deep hydration.  My skin has never looks this good since I was in my teens. Both these serums are light weight and sink into the skin quickly and you only need 1/2 a dropper for your full face and neck … I also use whatever is left on my hands to rub into my hands as sort of a treat for my hands.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Face Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60: $29.99 for 1.7 fluid ounces and I purchase mine through Amazon. Ever since I starting using this sunscreen I have decluttered all other facial sunscreens. This is the perfect consistency for me. It’s light weight and hydrating. It sinks into the skin amazingly fast. It doesn’t interfere with my makeup application and it doesn’t have that sunscreen scent. BONUS: It’s a 60+ sunscreen which is the ideal level of protection for the face. 

 

Favorite Face Primer: 

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 for .5 ounces at Ulta and Sephora: I typically switch up my face primers every day or two but the one that I use everyday is this one. It just fills in my pores so well that I reach for it time and time again over all of my pore primers.

Favorite High End Foundation:

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation $44 for 1 fluid ounce through Beautylish (but can also be purchased through Sephora and the Charlotte Tilbury website). As I said in my haul of this item this is such a beautiful foundation. I just can’t stop looking at my face anytime I’m wearing it. This full coverage foundation leaves my skin looking youthful and flawless. It plays well with dew drops mixed in and plays well with any primer. I will always have this foundation in my collections.

Favorite Drug Store Foundation: 

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Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation: $5 for .85 fluid ounces only at Dollar General Stores. This foundation surprised me I truly didn’t believe that this was going to be a good foundation, however it is a FANTASTIC foundation and is  is a medium to full coverage. This is a semi-dewy foundation. What I mean is it’s just dewy enough to give you that youthful look without being to extreme. It lasts all day and doesn’t break down. I hope they never stop making this foundation!

Favorite High End BB/CC/Tinted Moisturizer: 

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Tarte Maracuja Tinted Moisturizer $29 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. This is a super dewy product but not in a greasy sort of way. It’s light coverage and sets with powder nicely. This is such a beautiful product.. so much so that I purchased a back up just in case they pull it off the shelves. I find that it’s best to apply this one with your fingers since it’s such light coverage that using a sponge with soak it all up and using a brush will leave it looking streaky.

Favorite Concealer:

NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer $9 for .14 fluid ounces at Ulta. This is such a beautiful concealer! It doesn’t settle into my fine lines as long as I set it straight away upon application. It doesn’t crack throughout the day. A little tiny bit is all you need. It’s full coverage without being super thick. It gives an amazing glow to the under eye that can still be seen even after you set it with powder. I’d probably go out on a limb and say this may be my favorite concealer all year.

Favorite Cream Bronzer/Contour: I wont be having 2 categories for this one… mainly because I don’t have a drug store option for this category as of yet, I have since purchased a drug store option today.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand in the shade 2 Medium/Dark $38 for .41 fluid ounces purchased through Beautylish (but can be purchased at Sephora and the Charlotte Tilbury website). I can’t believe I am saying that this is my favorite!! I have loved the Chanel Soleil De Chanel cream bronzer for so long that I didn’t think anything would ever replace it! Sad to say the Chanel bronzer was discontinued and a new cream bronzer replaced it … it looks more hydrating than the one I have so I’m keen to try it however … let’s talk Hollywood Contour Wand shall we!? This is the first cream contour product I’ve ever tried (bronze to me didn’t seem as scary as cream contour did). It is easy to use, easy to blend in, and gives the skin a natural looking contour. This is a light weight very pigmented product. You don’t get much product for the price tag, however a very little goes a very long way. I use 1 squeeze ever 2 days (it’s a sponge tipped applicator so the product stays in the sponge… I just squeeze 1 time and have enough product left over on the sponge that the next day I just have to dot what remains over the perimeter of my face. Unlike the Chanel bronzer this product doesn’t disrupt my foundation underneath. I love this product so much that I place an order today for a back up. 

Favorite Matte Bronzer/Contour:

Mac Bronzing Powder in the shade matte bronze: $30 for .35 ounces of product. I’ve had this compact for probably way too long because it’s starting to get hard pan, so I scraped the hard pan off … the powder works fine. The picture of the hand on the left is without flash and the one on the right is with flash. It’s just the perfect everyday natural looking bronzer. You can’t over do it with this bronzer since it’s so light of coverage. I always love my look when I’m wearing this one.

Favorite Glowy Bronzer :

Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer $34 for .55 ounces of product at Ulta. I do love a good glowy bronzer and this one does not disappoint! It’s the perfect shade, has just the right amount of glow without having shimmer to it … it’s just this glow from within! I just love how my skin looks with this bronzer on.

Favorite Dewy Primer: 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in the shade #3 Light/Medium $44 for 1.01 fluid ounces on the Beautylish website (can also be purchased from Sephora or the Charlotte Tilbury website). Ever since getting this product in I have not been able to put it down! It’s freaking amazing!!! AMAZING! It has just enough of a tint that this could be worn alone for “No Makeup” makeup days and has the perfect amount of glow without having any shimmer to it. 1 swipe per zone is all you need of this primer. It’s not sticky or greasy and it does hold foundation nicely.

Favorite Cream Highlighter: 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand $39 for .41 fluid ounces on the Beautylish website (can also be purchased from Sephora or the Charlotte Tilbury website). I have tried many cream highlighters and hate every single one, until this one came into my life! This highlighter is just magical! It doesn’t disrupt the foundation under neither, it melts into the skin seamlessly, and it has no glitter to it… just a natrual looking glow. The glow can still be seen even after setting it with powder! I haven’t been able to stop using it because I’m so in love with it.

Favorite High End Face Powder:

Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder in the shade Translucent $33 for .53 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. This powder has the most beautiful finish ever! It give a slight glow to the skin without looking like glitter or shimmer. This one has taken the place of my beloved Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in my heart. I just never want to be without it!!! It doesn’t take much of this powder to set the full face either. I tap 3 shakes into the cap and that sets my full face! It even looks amazing under the eyes.

Favorite Drug Store Face Powder:

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Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder in the shade Translucent $5 for .14 ounces of product sold only at Dollar General. This is such a light weight powder that sets the face flawlessly. It is matte but doesn’t leave the face looking cakey or dry. It even looks good under the eyes. I have repurchased this 2 time since discovering it and I have 2 back ups.

Favorite High End Finishing and Touch Up Setting Powder:

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder $45 for .28 ounces of product on the Beautylish website (can also be purchased at Sephora and on the Charlotte Tilbury website). This gives the prettiest soft focus to the face and doesn’t change the look of your makeup when you touch up with it. I find on days that I wear this one as a finishing powder I don’t have to touch up at all. I don’t quiet like this one as a setting powder, just as a finishing powder and touch up powder and sad to say I have hit pan … this is the most expensive pressed powder I own but it’s so worth it and I will definitely be repurchasing it when I’ve finished it.

Favorite Drug Store Finishing and Touch Up Setting Powder:

JCat Beauty AquaSurance Compact Foundation $13.99 for .31 ounces of product at Ulta. This is a spot on dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. It’s basically a fuller coverage version and I can use it to set my set as well and I never have to touch up at all when I use this powder.

Favorite Powder Highlighter: 

Benefit Boxed Highlighter in the shade Cookie $30 for .28 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. OH BABY! This highlighter is so pretty and little is all you need. This is a beaming highlighter so definitely not for low maintenance makeup day but add this to your full glam look and watch out…. it’s the perfect highlighter to be noticed in.

Favorite Blush:

Tarte 12-HR Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade Captivating $29 for .2 ounce of product at Ulta and Sephora. This is the best just pinched shade I’ve ever owned. I wore it a ton in April and for good reason. It goes with everything from “No Makeup” makeup looks to full on glam looks. It lasts all day and is probably my all time favorite blush shade.

Favorite Lip Combo:

L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte) a few dots of Makeup Geek Creme Stain ($11.99 on their website) in the shade Jitterbug (an intense coral matte) a touch of NARS Lip Gloss ($24 on the NARS website) in the shade Stripe Tease  (Sheer champagne nude). This makes the perfect shade for every look. I’ve worn this only for the past few days of April but I can already tell it will be worn a ton in the month of May.

Favorite Powder to Set My Under Eyes:

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder $28 for .14 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora. This just leaves the under eyes looking flawless and it sets every concealer I own except the Dermablend concealer (that concealer is just too heavy and took emollient that nothing really sets it and I would return it but I lost the uni-carton it came in so Ulta wont take it back). I wish this came in a larger jar because I just know I will be repurchasing this over and over. It gives this soft focus glow to the under eye area that isn’t shimmery or glittery … just a sort of glow from within look.

Favorite Brow Pencil:

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil $24 at Ulta and Sephora for .27 ounces of product. I have purchased this pencil 2 time since discovering it and I have 1 back up. This is just the most effortless brow product ever. I almost never have a bad brow day when I use this pencil. It’s a definite recommend in my book.

Favorite Brow Gel: 

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Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel $4 for .2 ounces of product sold only at Dollar General. Even though it’s only got .2 ounces of product this brow gel lasts a long time. You only need 1 pass of the wand to fully set your brow. It is never crunchy and never goes flaky. The picture is of my back ups … this sucker goes fast at the store so I pick up 2 or 3 every time I go to Dollar General so I never run out. I adore this one so much that I never reach for my other brow gels.

Favorite High End Eye Shadow Palette: 

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Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $45. It has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades and you get .48 total ounces of product and is sold at Ulta and Sephora. Some of my all time favorite looks this past month have come from this palette! I just adore it so much. Too Faced really hit it out of the park with this one.

Favorite Drug Store Eye Shadow Palette: (I have 3, 1 is a bit more pricier, 1 is mid-ranged and the other is super inexpensive)

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ColourPop Bare Necessities 30 Pan Eyeshadow Palette $34 on the ColourPop website. I have created so many beautiful neutral eye looks with this palette! With 30 shades I never get bored of this one.

 

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Believe Beauty Eyeshadow Palette  in the color story: Nearly Nude $5 only sold at Dollar General. It’s just simple an amazing palette. I was highly impressed with this one. I got a few looks out of it and it’s the perfect size for travel.

 

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Catrice Basic Bae Eyeshadow Palette $14.99 at Ulta. This was the first thing I ever tried from Catrice and I was super impressed! The shadows are super pigmented and blend like a dream.

Favorite Eye Liner:

Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Powder Eye Pencil in the shade Audrey $22 on the Beautylish website (but can also be purchased at Sephora and on the Charlotte Tilbury website). Now this one was a surprise to me. I hated this pencil when I first tried it…. I could never get it to work… Well I finally figured it out and I am in love. It gives such a effortless look to the eyes when I use it. This will be a repurchase when I run out.

Favorite Mascara: 

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Milani Dangerous Lengths 3D Mascara regularly $9.99 nut currently on sale for $7.49 at Ulta. This is another item that surprised me but ever since I’ve been conditioning my lashes with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil my lashes have been looking so nice and combined with the mascara I just fell in love…. I can’t believe I have a favorite mascara and it’s, for the first time in years, not the L’Oreal voluminous Carbon Black!!! This just gives a nice fluffy airy look to the lashes.

Favorite Inner Corner Highlight:

Hikari Creme Pigment in the shade Honey Dew $15 on their website. I have been using this for a few years now but I just can’t seem to stay away. It just give the prettiest lilt to the inner corners.

Favorite Setting Spray: (I have 2 this month)

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ColourPop Hyaluronic Acid Setting Mist $12 for 3.72 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and on the ColourPop website. This setting spray smells like the beach and leaves the skin looking dewy and healthy. It holds your makeup fairly well … I don’t really need a setting spray that will hold my makeup on until the wee hours of the morning, I just need a spray that will take down the powderiness of freshly applied makeup.  I’ve been using this bottle for 2 months and I’m almost out of it. This makes me sad because it’s sold out everywhere. I think this may just be my favorite setting spray of the year.

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Belif Aqua Bomb Mist $34 for 2 2.02 fluid ounces of product on the Beautylish website (but can also be purchased at Ulta and Sephora). This one adds tons of hydration to the skin and I love it as a touch up spray too. Lately I have been using it in combination with the other setting spray just to add a bit more hydration to my under eye area. 

Favorite Find of the Year So Far: 

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HonHey Portable Hand Held Rechargeable Fan. $13 on Amazon. I purchased this back in the beginning of March but it has quickly become my favorite beauty extra! It helps me dry my setting spray and lash glue. It also helps keep me cooler when the hot lights of my makeup table start to make me over heat. It has a great charge life as well. 

Well … We have reached the end dolls. Thank you ever so much for hanging in there with this post …. I know it was a long one … but this is the flagship post of this series and I thought I should be as thorough as possible with at least the first in the series… Now that’s not to say I wont have heaps of favorites in any given month, but I may just have a few favorites in other months too.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that your spirits are high and your health is good! Remember dolls, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Gold Neutral Eye Face of the Day and Product Review

Published April 28, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day going? Great I hope. I’m doing OK today. Still in a bit of pain but much better than I have been. I didn’t sleep well last night, was up several times, this happens a lot with people who have Fibromyalgia… we often do not get a restful sleep… So I’m a bit sluggish today.

I’ll be doing another food related post today. I’m making homemade Puerto Rican Chicken Soup. It’s different from American Chicken Soup… it’s heartier and more of a thick stew … it’s a meal all in it’self and is amazing for rainy or chilly days (it’s a bit on the chilly side here in Florida so soup it is).

For today’s perfume I am wearing JLo Love and Glamour. I didn’t really has a dirrection I wanted my makeup to go in today, I just developed the look organically as I went…. Now, let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day …

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I first primed my problematic pore areas with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using VDL Pantone Collection Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta). My foundation today is Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($39 for a full size bottle at Ulta) in the shade 27N Light/Medium Neutral. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Glodgasm. I concealed my under eyes using 3 dots of  NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Fair. I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the  Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                           I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette ($20 at Ulta). I started with the 3rd shade of the 1st row (Nude Brown Matte) from lash line to brow bone. I then deepened the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using the 2nd shade of the 3rd row (Brown matte). I then patted the 2nd shade of the 2nd row (Light Gold metallic) over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid and then I patted the 1st shade of the 1st row (Iridescent Pink metallic) over the inner 1/3 of the mobile lid. I felt that the middle 1/3 needed to have more of a pop so I used a bit of NYX Glitter Primer ($6.50 at Ulta) and then pat more of the light gold metallic shade over top of that. I then highlighted my brow line using L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eyeshadow ($9.47 at CVS) in the shade 899 Endless Pearl (a creamy vanilla matte). I created a subtle drop shadow using more of the Nude Brown shade and then deepened the lash line with more of the Brown shade. I them took more of the Light Gold shade and ran that along the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line and then buffed more of the Brown shade over top of that to add a hint of dimension. I highlighted the inner corners using Hikari Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honey Dew (icy pink with slight silver reflect metallic). I lined my lower waterlines using ColourPop BFF Gel Eye Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic) and then coated my upper and lower lashes with 2 coats of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta).

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

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Final Thoughts:

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Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette: Grade A+++: This is the first palette I have ever owned from Juvia’s Place and I’ve gotta say it is DIVINE! The shadows are finely milled and not to creamy (there are somewhere in the middle of creamy and dusty … it’s a perfect blend). The shadows have the perfect pigmentation… not to over powered and definitely not understated. There was just a tad bit of kickback in the pans but there was zero fallout on the face. The shadows blended out perfectly without going patchy or skipping. The shades buffed into one another seamlessly to perfection. I am so in love with this palette! I have already placed several more Juvia’s Place palettes into my cart for next month’s beauty buys.

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Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes: Grade A+++!!!: In yesterday’s haul post I said that because this powder is so light that I didn’t think it would set my concealer well. I now take that back. Just the smallest amount of this powder set my under eyes so well that I now understand the hype behind this product. It doesn’t feel like I have powder on and it doesn’t look like I have powder on. There are several key pros for this powder. #1 this powder did not deepen my under eyes (most powders I’ve used to set my under eyes causes my concealers to oxidize). #2 I truly only went in with the smallest of taps of this powder and it set the under eyes beautifully. and #3 This powder brightened the under eyes superbly without giving a white cast to the look. My under eyes have never looked so good before! See…. I knew there was a reason I love Laura Mercier so much… She just does makeup products so well. I already know I will be repurchasing this powder… in fact I have another jar already in my cart for next month.

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VDL Pantone Collection Lumilayer Primer: Grade A+: In yesterday’s haul post I said that because of the  slight pink pearlescent sheen that this wouldn’t be the type of primer that can be used on it’s own… I rescind that statement. Once this primer is blended into the skin it just leaves the skin luminous and healthy looking with no pearlescence at all. I’m not sure how well this one will hold the foundation all day, but I don’t even care about that…. this primer just makes the skin look amazing and foundation over top just glows (lit from within, not greasy looking). I’m glad I tried this one…. I purchased it after watching Robert Welsh’s YouTube Video called Zoom Makeup Tutorial | makeup for video calls FaceTime zoom and Skype . I saw how beautiful it looked on his skin and just couldn’t help myself… I purchased it straight away. Dolls …. I am so glad I did. I can already tell I will be repurchasing this one when I run out.

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NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer: Graded A+++!!!!: This concealer deserves 4 billion exclamation points behind it’s grade mark! This is such a pretty concealer and a little went a long way. I added only 3 dots and it completely covered my under eyes. It also completely covered my dark circles. It’s super creamy without being overly emollient. It didn’t sink into my fine lines and it didn’t go cakey or patchy even with using a sponge. I truly like this concealer. It left the under eyes looking fresh and dewy and didn’t look heavy at all. This is 2nd concealer from NYX that I have fallen for and I hope and pray that they do not discontinue this one! I can see that I will be repurchasing this one on repeat.

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Tarte  Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Grade A+++: This foundation left my face looking super supple! It left my skin looking radiant and hydrated. It’s really truly pretty. I only purchased the mini (Tarte foundations are hit or miss for me so I didn’t want to commit to a full sized just yet) and now I’m kicking myself in the behind for it. It leaves the skin looking like skin without looking like a mask or cakey or patchy. The only thing was I had to pumps several pumps… this pump dose not disperse much product at one time. I really love this foundation and will be purchasing the full sized next month.

Well that’s all for now dolls. Stay tuned later when I shade my recipe for homemade Puerto Rican Chicken Soup. In the meantime I pray that you are in good spirits and health and that you enjoy the rest of your day/night. Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Soft Neutral Face of the Day and Product Review

Published April 27, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up around 9 AM. Slept in to try and help my body heal a bit from market day. I’m hurting still but not as bad as I was yesterday as I am grateful.

For dinner tonight I am making my hubby’s favorite meal… Whole Italian roasted young chicken on a bed of potato medallions and corn on the cob and homemade lemon-aid.

I finally got my last order from Ulta … I’ll be posting a quick beauty haul next.

For today I am wearing YSL Parisian perfume. I will be reviewing a new foundation and lipstick in my Final Thoughts.

My hair isn’t cooperating with me today … I think it’s time for another Olaplex treatment… so please forgive how 80’s puffy my hair looks today …. So, let’s jump into today’s Soft Neutral Face of the Day…

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Base:                                                                                                                                                           I primed my face using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 at Sephora) and just a tad bit of Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) around the pores of my cheek area. I used Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 on the Beautylish website) in the shade #3 Light/Medium to give my skin that lit from within glow. For foundation today I am using Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation ($44 on their website) in the shade 040. I concealed my under eyes using 5 of the tiniest dots of Tarte Creaseless Concealer ($26 at Ulta) in the shade 20N Light. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Medium/Dark. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Glodgasm. I then set my full face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder ($4 at Walmart) in the shade 011 creamy natural as my touch up powder today.

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I started with my brows. I’ve been doing this a lot lately and I think it works out the best … I don’t have to touch up my foundation or my eyes doing it this way… and I also haven’t been using my brow highlighter as much … which I miss but this seems to be the routine that has been working out best for me.  I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the BH Cosmetics Ultimate Matte 42 Color Shadow Palette (regularly $28 but on sale for $21 on their website). I started by using the 4th shade of the 4th row (a soft camel brown matte) from lash line to brow bone. I then went in with the 4th shade of the 2nd row (a mid-toned orange based tan matte) on the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and in the outer v of the crease. I highlighted my brow line using 1st shade of the 1st row (a creamy vanilla matte). I then used a little dab of NYX Glitter Primer ($6.50 at Ulta) on the remaining 2/3 of my mobile lid and then patted L’Oreal 24-HR Infallible Eye Shadow ($9.49 at CVS) in the shade 892 Amber Rush (a mid-toned rose gold metallic). I then went back into the mid-toned orange based tan and smudged that on my lower lash line. I highlighted my inner corners using Hikari Creme Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Honey Dew (an icy pink with a slight silver flip).  I lined the lower waterlines using L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner ($4.49 at Ulta) in the shade Nude (a creamy flesh tone). I then coated my upper and lower lashes with 2 coats of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                            Once again I opted not to use a powder highlighter. I really have been enjoying this lit from within, skin like glow that I am getting from the Charlotte Tibury Beauty Light Wand. For blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). I lined my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude). I then topped my lips off with L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($5.99 at Ulta) in the shade 448 I-Tease (a soft taupey pink matte).

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Final Thoughts:

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Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation: Grade A+++!!!: This foundation is the first foundation to match my skin tone spot on … where it melts into the skin and you can’t tell I am wearing any foundation! They have a shade finder quiz that you take and it matches your skin tone spot on. This foundation is light weight and I would say medium coverage but you can build it up slightly. It dries down almost all the way so a light layer of setting powder is needed, but this is a healthy, demi-matte, seamless foundation. I am so happy with this purchase. I still have 12 days to try it out to see if I like it before I buy it, but I don’t need the extra time. I can already tell that I am in love with this foundation and most definitely will be repurchasing this one when I run out. 

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L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain in the shade I-Tease: Grade A+++!!!: I so love the formula of this liquid matte stain. It’s light weight, non drying, and has a soft wash of color. I do notice that it’s not the longest wearing formula but when you reapply it doesn’t go cakey or crumbly. This is a very effortless lipstick. I am so glad I purchase multiple shades and I-Tease is the perfect nude shade.  

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

No Face of the Day Today Because ….

Published April 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

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Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I chose not to do my makeup today because I woke up with intense pain and I had to make a market run today so I just new I would be completely out of sorts if I tried to take the time to do my makeup on top of running to the produce store, the Spanish supermarket, and  the discount store to get cleaning supplies … Plus it’s the time of the month when I make our homemade Latin condiment called Sofrito (more on that in the next blog).

So I just wanted to pop in and apologize for not getting a Face of the Day done… I just need the day to rest after shopping and meal prep.

But I wanted to show you the face spa masks I did this week and let you know what I think about them.

Revolution Skincare x Jake-Jamie Avocado Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces of product at Ulta.

How to use : Apply 1-2 times a week. Allow to work for 10 – 15 minutes. Massage into skin for 30 seconds then rinse well.

I would give this face mask a grade of A++. It smells just like a fresh avocado! There are chunks in it that seem like they might be actual avocado but they felt hard (not like a ripe avocado that the pieces would be creamy and squishy). There is also micro granules of oat for exfoliating.  This mask felt cooling and soothing. It left my face feeling so soft and hydrated. I thoroughly enjoyed spa day with this mask.

Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask $11 for 1.06 ounces at Ulta.

This one is meant to be a night mask, however I love my sin care routine too much to skip my night skin care in place of an overnight mask so I just use this one as a 30 minute mask treatment.

How to use: Apply to cleansed skin to soak in overnight, avoiding the eye area. Cleanse any residue or massage in upon waking. Use 1-2 times a week.

This is a super thick mask that just melts nicely into your skin. It tingles a little when you first put it on but that sensation goes away after a few minutes. It’s another mask that’s very cooling.

I left it on for 30 minutes and than washed it away with warm water. It took a bit of fussing to get the mask off since it’s such a thick mask, but when I did my face felt so soft and so hydrated. It made my face so smooth and supple.

 

I plan to do these 2 masks twice a month, along with my homemade honey and rice powder mask that I already do twice a month.

Now … on to a quick mention about a dish I learned how to do yesterday….

 

I learned how to make Cuban Ropa Vieja!!

My husband made a mistake a few days ago when I sent him to the food market to get steaks… He came back with flank steaks (which is used to make ropa vieja but I’ve never worked with flank steak so I sent him back to the store to get regular steaks for dinner  for that night’s meal and I set out to research how to make this delicious Cuban dish.

The recipe called for 2 pounds flank steak, 1 large red and 1 large green bell pepper, 1 large Spanish onion, Cumin, Bay Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, 1 can of tomato sauce, olive oil and oregano.  I used 2 tablespoons of the Cumin, 3 bay leaves, a tablespoon of salt 1/2 a tablespoon of pepper, 3 tablespoons of garlic powder (and I threw in 2 tablespoons of fresh garlic), and 1 tablespoon of oregano.  I used about the equivalent of 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

In a preheated skillet I put the olive oil, peppers, and onion. I let that hang out on medium high heat for about 5 minutes and popped in all the condiments and the fresh garlic and cooked for an additional 5 minutes.

I then added the flank steak and the tomato sauce and simmered the whole think for 45 minutes (the Cuban recipe says to simmer for 2 hours, but I just didn’t have the time to wait so I cooked it for 45 minutes). I then turned it over and let it simmer for an additional 15 minutes. I then shredded the steak (this is when I realized why you should let it simmer for 2 hours…. it was very tough to shred. I ended up having to pop the steak into a Nutribullet, this made the steak a lot finer than if I had shredded it by hand , but it still came out very tasty.

Well that’s all for now dolls…. Stay tuned for my next post when I teach you how to make homemade Sofrito (a classic Latin staple).

Remember … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

“No Makeup” Makeup Look Face of the Day and Mini Product Review

Published April 25, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up around 8:30 AM but was in a world of pain for I decided that I would just do a “No Makeup” makeup look since it doesn’t take me long to do and it’s simple and I really need to rest my body so I don’t end up hurting worse. I also didn’t sleep very well so the lines under my eyes are very pronounced today … nothing I could do about that, well I could have done a Collagen eye mask treatment but I just don’t have the energy for the extra step today.

I will also be reviewing 2 new products in today’s Final Thoughts….

Today I’m wearing Versace Red Jeans perfume. Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day.

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my face using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 at Sephora) and just a tad bit of Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) around the pores of my cheek area. I used the slightest amount of Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 on the Beautylish website) in the shade #3 Light/Medium to give my skin that lit from within glow. For foundation today I am using Tarte Maracuja Tinted Hydrator ($29 at Ulta) in the shade 20N Light Neutral. I took this up under my eyes as well since it’s such a light weight product. I chose not to contour today since the base is so light weight I thought it might be too heavy to contour. I highlighted the high points of my face using  Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($39 on the Beautylish website). I then lightly concealed my under eyes using 5 of the tiniest dots of Tarte Creaseless Concealer ($26 at Ulta) in the shade 20N Light. I then set my full face using Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Translucent. I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta). I am using Flower Beauty Light Illusion Perfecting Powder ($13.99 at Ulta) in the shade L4-M1 Beige as my setting powder.

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Eyes: Today                                                                                                                                             I started with my brows.  I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5 and I also used a little of this to cut my brow line. For today’s eye look I used the ColourPop Bare Necessities Palette ($34 on their website). I took a combo of the shades On Holiday (soft beige matte) and Hustler (light peach matte) and used it all through my crease up to almost touching the brow bone. I then took the shade Full Expose (creamy vanilla matte) and used that on my brow bone. For my mobile lid I used a combo of the shades Idol Hour (warm ivory with a pale peach sheen metallic) and Rumored (silvery taupe metallic). For the lower lash line I first used the shade Complicated (warm rust brown with gold pinpoints sequin shadow) and then I went back over it with more of the shade On Holiday to mute the intensity. I highlighted my inner corners using Hikari Cream Pigment ($15 on their website) in the shade Fairy Tale (icy white metallic). I coated my upper and lower lashes with 1 coat of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta). I lined my upper and lower waterlines using Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Audrey (classic brown).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                            Once again I opted not to use a powder highlighter. I really have been enjoying this lit from within, skin like glow that I am getting from the Charlotte Tibury Beauty Light Wand. For blush today I am wearing Burt’s Bees Blush ($9.99 at Ulta) in the shade Bare Peach (a nude peach satin). I lined my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude). I then topped my lips off with Il Makiage INFINITY LONG-WEAR MATTE LIP CREAM ($22 on their website) in the shade Gala (a dusty pink coral matte).

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Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                      I think this look would have been a bit better if I would have not done the eye liner and maybe not have done the mascara on the bottom lashes. To me it’s looking very bottom heavy. I may have to test that theory out tomorrow if I wake up not feeling good. I do have other products to try so I hope to be feeling well enough to do a more substantial look.

Now on to the product review….

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Tarte Maracuja Tinted Hydrator: Grade A+++!!!:                                                                                    This tinted moisturizer is so amazing! I finally found one that I like!! I liked it so much that placed another tube of it in my cart for next months beauty buys! It’s very light weight and also light coverage. It gives just enough coverage to even out the skin but your skin still shows through. There is no scent and it’s not too greasy (even with the Maracuja oil in it). It wears well throughout the day (it’s been 5 hours since I put it on and I have not had to touch up my face at all). It’s the perfect shade as well. I used my fingers to apply it, like a moisturizer. I can tell this is not the type of product you can apply with a sponge or a brush… you really do need to get in there and apply it with your fingers. I hope this is one that Tarte keeps around for a long time. I can already tell it will be a definite repurchase for me. 

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Tarte Creaseless Concealer: Graded A+++:                                                                                               This is an incredible concealer. Light weight and very skin like. It does need to be set with a powder, however I used only the slightest amount of powder and normally when I do that I still get creasing and I didn’t get creasing with this one). I think this maybe my new favorite concealer. It’s got great pigment and I didn’t use a color corrector or glow drops under my eyes and this concealer did a great job at brightening my under eyes. 

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good health and spirits. Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Copper Smokey Eye Face of the Day and Mini Product Review

Published April 24, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. It’s raining here so naturally I am in a heap of pain. I got up at a pretty decent time (around 8 AM) but now it’s 4:17 PM and I feel exhausted… I really hate Fibromyalgia.

I will be doing product reviews in my Final Thoughts today.

Today I am wearing Bath and Body Works Rose Champagne (notes are Clementine, Bergamot, Apple Blossom, Pink Pepper, and Blonde Woods).

Now let’s jump into this Face of the Day ….

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my face using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54 at Sephora) and just a tad bit of Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta) around the pores of my cheek area. I used the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 on the Beautylish website) in the shade #3 Light/Medium to give my skin that lit from within glow. For foundation today I am using DermaBlend Flawless Creator Liquid Foundation Drops ($40 at Ulta) in the shade 30 N (light skin with neutral undertones).  I first tried this with the MAC Strobe Cream ($35 at Ulta) in the shade Goldlite (golden pearls) mixed in (3 drops of the foundation and 3 squirts of the strobe cream) and that just diluted the pigment in the foundation so I added another light layer of just the foundation over top of that. I took the Hollywood Flawless Filter up under my under eyes so I chose not to use a color corrector today instead I just used 2 dots of the DermaBlend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 15N Fair/Light. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 on the Beautylish website) in the shade 2 Medium/Dark… I used it around the perimeter of my forehead, hollows of the cheeks, and the bridge of my nose. I then highlighted the bridge of my nose, cupid’s bow, tops of the cheeks, center of the chin, and high points above my brows using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($39 on the Beautylish website). I then set my full face using Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 only at Dollar General) in the shade Translucent. I am using Flower Beauty Light Illusion Perfecting Powder ($13.99 at Ulta) in the shade L4-M1 Beige as my setting powder.I then warmed up the perimeter of my face using Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer ($34 at Ulta).

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Eyes:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5. For today’s eye look I used the ColourPop Bare Necessities Palette ($34 on their website). I started with the shade Tabloid (deep caramel matte) from lash to brow bone. I then put a light layer of NYX Glitter Primer ($6.50 at Ulta) all over my mobile lids and then patted the shade Fuzzy (true red copper metallic) over the top of the primer. I then went into the shade Hot Gossip (toasted nude matte) and buffed that at the top of my eye lids in the transition area to lighten and buff out the shade Tabloid. I then deepened the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease using the shade Taboo (deep brown matte). I then went into more of the shade Tabloid and buffed away any harsh edges of Taboo. I lined my upper and lower waterlines using Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Audrey (classic brown). I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil ($24 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade 4.5 and then I carved out my brow line using the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and set the brow line using the shade Full Expose (creamy vanilla matte). I coated my upper and lower lashes with 1 coat of Milani Dangerous Lengths Mascara ($9.99 at Ulta) and popped on a pair of Kiss Natural Effect Lashes ($11.99 at Ulta for a pack of 5) in the style Flirty. I highlighted my inner corners using the shade Idol Hour (warm ivory with a pale peach sheen metallic).

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Cheeks and Lips:                                                                                                                            Since I did the cream highlighter and was really loving the effect of it I chose not to use powder highlighter today. For blush today I chose ELF Primer Infused Blush ($6 on their website) in the shade Always Punchy (a pink coral matte). I lined my lips using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Wipped Caviar (a reddish pink nude). I then topped my lips off with Il Makiage INFINITY LONG-WEAR MATTE LIP CREAM ($22 on their website) in the shade Gala (a dusty pink coral matte).

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Final Thoughts:                                                                                                                                      I forgot to mention yesterday that I have hit pan on a few of my makeup products this month!! It’s both very exciting and very sad to hit pan on loved makeup products. I hit pan on  #1. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder ($45 at Sephora) #2. The color Soothe Matte in the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette ($48 on her website) #3. Benefit Mini Hoola Bronzer ($17 at Ulta and Sephora) and #4 Believe Beauty Brighten Up Color Correcting Concealer ($4 only at Dollar General).

I’m hurting so bad today. It’s supposed to rain until Sunday so tomorrow I may just be doing another “no makeup” makeup look… just so that I can look put together without taking too much time sitting up… the longer I’m sitting straight the more pain I’m in so minimizing that would be best.

Now… Let’s get into the review of the new products I used today….

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DermaBlend Flawless Creator Liquid Foundation Drops: Graded A++ : The formula is beautiful and the shade is perfect. The reason that I didn’t grade this an A+++ is that it is a bit temperamental when paired with a glow drop formula. I noticed that when I added this to my MAC Strobe Cream it kind of went streaky in some areas and cakey in other areas. However, when I used it alone over top of what I already had on it went on smoothly and was actually very  pretty. I am going to try this one again but instead of mixing it with a glow drop I will just mix it in with my primer. It’s too early to tell if I would repurchase it but so far I like it. 

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MAC Strobe Cream: Graded B+:  This glow cream is pretty, it just doesn’t pack the punch that something like the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter or BECCA Backlight Priming Filter does. I noticed straight away that this is not the type of glow product that can be mixed into a foundation… it’s more of a product to use under foundation. I’ll have to play around with it more to see just how best to use it … and I do not see me purchasing a full size or even another mini.

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DermaBlend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer: C-: This concealer is so thick. Even with 2 small dots it still was thick and settled into my fine lines, even after I powdered it. This concealer looked pretty before I set it with powder… very hydrated looking… but after I lightly (and I mean lightly) powdered the under eye area it just looked horrible. It was creepy, cakey, and dusty dry. It also still settled into the fine lines and I had to buff it back out and add more powder which just exacerbated the situation. The reason I didn’t grade it lower is throughout the day this concealer actually looked better. (more hydrated and less creppy). I’ll try and use this one a few more times but I really feel that I may be returning this one if I can’t get it to work.

Tarte Limited Edition Park Ave Princess Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer: Grade A- : This is a pretty bronzer. It pulls just a tiny bit orange on me so I have to be careful not to go over board. It has a pretty sheen to it that looks like a natural glow to the skin and less like I’m wearing a shiny bronzer. I’ll have to try this one out on a “no makeup” makeup day and see how it does on it’s own with no contour underneath it. I will definitely be reaching for this one again. It’s such a big pan that I don’t see me needing to repurchase it anytime soon.

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NYX Glitter Primer: Grade A+++: This primer is the real deal!! I mean wow!! I use to use the Too Face Glitter Glue and that didn’t work as good as this one does. I used the thinnest of layers and it still packed a punch. Normally ColourPop metallics are pigmented when you apply it with a finger on just a bare lid but when applied over top of the primer it was as if I wet the shadow before laying it down and I only needed 1 layer instead of a few layers to reach ultimate opacity. I also noticed that ,without this primer, if I touch my lid the metallic shade transfers but, with the primer, when I touched my lid today there was no transfer of the metallic shade. It held fast and has not faded. I am super impressed and can already tell I will be repurchasing this product again in the future. 

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Il Makiage INFINITY LONG-WEAR MATTE LIP CREAM: Grade A+++: This is such a beautiful product! It’s comfortable, it’s lightweight, and it doesn’t get crusty. It feels like a satin on the lips. I also noticed that with most liquid matte products that it tends to pill up around the center of the lid area on me… this one hasn’t and I have not had to reapply it in the past 4 hours and I have eaten greasy food and had a coffee and a pop and still my lipstick is in place. This one is only a mini, but I have already added this to my shopping list for next month’s beauty buys. I want a few shades because this is such an amazing formula. 

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

XOXO

Rusty Eyed Face of the Day

Published April 2, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! Hope you are having a great day/night. I’m having a bad Fibro day today…. very high pain level. I received my purchase from Joah Cosmetics today! So I thought I’d put the products I purchased to the test today …. I’ll give my review of them in Final Thoughts. Today I am wearing Modern Muse by Estee Lauder. *** SIDE NOTE *** the Joah Setting Powder that I used is causing a white cast in the pictures, it’s a translucent powder but it’s casting very pale on my skin…So let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day ….

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Base:                                                                                                                                                         I primed my face using L’Oreal Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer ($12.99 at Ulta) and then used a bit of Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Sephora) to blur my pores. For foundation today I used Joah Cosmetics Truly Yours Natural Finish Foundation Drop ($6.65 on their website) in the shade Natural Ivory (this shade is just about 1/2 a shade too light for me). I color corrected my under eyes using Joah Cosmetics Truly Yours Dark Circle Concealer ($8.50 on their website) in the shade Neutralizer. I used 4 dots of Joah Cosmetics  Wand Me Up Concealer ($6.50 on their website) in the shade Ivory. I set my full face using Joah Cosmetics Selfie Ready Setting Powder ($9.50 on their website) in the shade Translucent and then warmed up my face using Benefit Boxed Bronzer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Hoola. For touch up powder today I am using Catrice Prime and Fine Mattifying Waterproof Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade transparent.

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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 today I chose not to set the base. For today’s eye look I used the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette (normally $48 but on sale for $36 at Sephora). For my transition shade I used the color Samael (dusty fawn matte). To deepen the crease and the outer 1/3 of my mobile lid I used a combo of the shades Ludwin (peachy bronze matte) and Succubus (rich rust matte). On the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used a few layers of the shade Knit (a caramel rose gold with a golden flip) from the Rachh Loves X Pixi The Layers Highlighting Palette ($24 at Target). On the lower lash line I created a drop shadow using more of the shade Samael (dusty fawn matte). I then went in close to the lash line and used the more of the shade Succubus (rich rust matte). I highlighted the inner corners using the shade Clutch (soft white yellow gold) from the Rachh Loves X Pixi The Layers Highlighting Palette ($24 at Target). I lined my water lines using ColourPop BFF Creme Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic). I created a winged eyeliner using Joah Cosmetics I’m So Fly-liner ($5.99 on their website) in the shade Black.  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 Joah Cosmetics Brow Down To Me Precision Brow Pencil ($6.65 on their website) in the shade Black Brown. I carved out my brow line using the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte sides and set the brow line using the shade Liberatus (pinkish ivory matte). I popped on a paid of Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes ($11.99 for a 2 pack at Ulta) in the style Flirty and then I 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 tonight I chose NYX Sweet Cheeks Matte Blush ($7.50 at Ulta) in the shade Summer Breeze (Coral).  I highlighted my Cupid’s Bow, tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and high points of the brows using the Rachh Loves & Pixi Beauty The Layers Highlighting Palette ($24 at Target) and using a combo of the shades Knit (a caramel rose gold with a golden flip) and the shade Clutch (soft white yellow gold). I lined my lips using ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Little One (light pinky nude) and topped off my lips using ColourPop Lippie Stix ($7 on their website) in the shade Dream Date (pale warm nude matte). I then added a tiny bit of the shade Knit (a caramel rose gold with a golden flip) from the Rachh Loves & Pixi Beauty The Layers Highlighting Palette ($24 at Target)  to the lipstick to give it a bit more dimension.

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Final Thoughts:

Joah is a K-Beauty inspired makeup company who’s parent company is Kiss. You can also find Joah Cosmetics at CVS and on the CVS website.

Joah Cosmetics Truly Yours Natural Finish Foundation Drop: A                                         This foundation retails for $9.50 but is currently on sale for $6.65 on their website. You get 1.01 fluid ounces of product and it’s offered in 12 shade with 4 for deeper skin. It’s billed as being a skin enhancing natural finish foundation perfects your complexion in every way…hydrating, brightening, smoothing, accentuating your youthful glow with a flawless finish. This is a super thin liquid foundation (almost serum like). It has a demi-matte finish and is a light medium coverage. I didn’t try to build it up because I purchased a shade that was just a hair lighter than I am and didn’t want to look to pasty. I didn’t try it with a mixed in glow drops because I wanted to see what type of finish it gave first and I didn’t try it with my foundation mixer to deepen the shade because I thought since it wasn’t too far off from  my natural color I would be OK… Well it did make me look pale so tomorrow I will try it again with my foundation mixer to deepen the color a bit and then I will try it on Saturday with glow drops to see if it accepts mix ins well. For right now what I can say is … #1 there is no scent to this foundation at all. #2 It’s a light medium demi-matte coverage foundation. #3 It does hold up to about an 8 hour wear… I touched my nose a lot today because it’s still running and I didn’t notice any wear away from doing that. #4 This foundation does well with emollient moisturizers and #5 A little of this product goes a long way. I used 2 full droppers of the foundation and still had some left over (even after carving out the top side of my brows). So far it’s a pretty nice foundation. Very light weight, I could barely tell I was wearing it (that was until I set my face) and very natural looking (again until I set my face). I liked it enough that I want to give it a try with my mix ins to see how that does … if it doesn’t work than I will repurchase this in the correct shade … I liked it enough that I do really want it part of my collection.

Joah Cosmetics Truly Yours Dark Circle Concealer: B-                                                            This concealer comes in 11 shades with 1 for medium deep skin tones. 2 of those shades are corrector shades (1 neutralizer and 1 brightener). This concealer retails for $8.50 and you get .24 fluid ounces of product in a tube with a sponge tip applicator. I never you the sponge tip on concealer products, I just don’t like them, so I immediately pulled the sponge tip off. This concealer is billed as being a lightweight and oil control formula instantly erases dark circles and fine lines.  I think I might have purchased the wrong corrector … I purchased the neutralizer shade …. I think I may prefer the brightening shade and will be purchasing that one on my next beauty buy week…. it was OK at helping with the darkness around my mouth area but I just needed a bit more brightness than this shade had to offer for my under eye. It’s a thin formula but does a good job and concealing. It does sink into the fine lines so the claim that it erases fine lines is a bust. It’s just an OK concealer in my opinion … I will have to see if I like it more once I buy the brighten shade.

Joah Cosmetics Wand Me Up Concealer: A-                                                                          This concealer only comes in 5 shades and none are for deeper skin. It retails for $6.50 and there is nothing on the website or packaging that says how much product you get, whoever it’s the same size as the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s billed as being a natural coverage wand concealer hides imperfections and leaves skin looking flawless. This is a pretty good concealer. It’s really creamy and doesn’t set down so you do need to set this one to keep it from creasing and you need to do this where ever you use this concealer… I added a tough of this concealer to my forehead and it creased in between my brow area and I normally do not have this issue with any other concealer. Once I blended it back out and set it with powder it was fine the rest of the day. I liked it enough that I will use this one up … but it’s too early for me to know if I will repurchase it or not.

Joah Cosmetics Selfie Ready Setting Powder: F !!                                                                     This setting powder retails for $9.50 and you get .35 ounces of product in a slide to close sifter jar. It comes in 3 shades …. translucent, banana, and peach. It’s billed as being a lightweight translucent powder that sets your makeup perfectly with an all-day natural matte finish. #1 There was nothing “NATRUAL” about this powder …. it left my face dusty and cakey, and so dry looking that I actually looked like I had crapey skin. #2 This powder has heaps of dust up. No matter how light of a hand you go in with there is powder every where. #3 There is a weird scent to this powder … almost like school chalk. #4  There is bright flash back/ white cast with this powder. I have the translucent shade and it’s a chalk white powder that just seemed to make my skin look paler than I started with, and #5 It looks terrible under the eyes…. my fine lines stood out so bad today that you can actually seem them in my pictures… normally you can not see my fine lines.  …. this one was just a hard pass for me….

Joah Cosmetics I’m So Fly-liner: A+++!!!                                                                                      This brush tip liquid liner retails for $8.50 but is currently on sale for $5.95. You get .5 fluid ounces of product. It’s billed as being having a flexible brush tip for precise application and as being buildable, highly pigmented, long lasting, and water resistant. For me out of all the products I tried from Joah Cosmetics today this was the stand out winner for me. It’s super black, went over my shadow perfectly without tugging or skipping. This brush tip is the closest drug store dupe for the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I will be purchasing a few more on my next beauty buy week.

Joah Cosmetics Brow Down To Me Precision Brow Pencil: A++ This brow pencil retails for $9.50 but is currently on sale for $6.65. You get .002 ounces of product in this double ended mechanical pencil (1 end is a really nice spoolie and the other end is a perfect pointed brow pencil). It is billed as being like a magic trick for brows and as having an  ultra fine tip that creates fine hair-like strokes.When I first tested this pencil on the back of the hand I just knew I was going to hate this product. It felt waxy and hard and tugged at the delicate skin on the back of my hand. MAN WAS I WRONG! It was super pigmented and creamy and did not tug on my brows at all. It was super easy to use and dare I say this pencil is my new favorite drug store brow pencil …. it is really super good. I will be purchasing a few back ups on my next beauty buy week.

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

XOXO

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