Was Getting ipsy’s Gold Holiday Collection Worth It?

Okay so on Black Friday I decided that I was going to give into marketing and order the 22-piece set, now if you have read any of my ipsy unbaggings you know how much I enjoy having an ipsy subscription and let’s be real if I could afford to shell out $25 a month to get the glam bag plus when it becomes available for the general public I would because I love getting and trying new beauty products. 

            So was it worth it? I think so, yea. I like what I got and I only got two repeats from what I have gotten in other glam bags this year and a repeat product from the Summer Fabfitfun (which I will be able to type one day without going back and making sure that I have the three F’s in the right order, today was not that day.) box but I like the product so I wasn’t too upset that I got another full size of it in this bag.

            Waiting for this bag was a pain in the butt because it was delayed at least three times, I understand that this time of year because there is such a high volume of things being shipped because it is something called the “holiday season” I get it. I was just a little worried with the fact that I had no tracking information for days at a time before I finally got it on Tuesday of this week. (Unlike the last thing I unboxed I was not disappointed by this package.) Now this wasn’t like a usual ipsy unbagging because I knew what I was getting, it was all listed and pictured on the website when I bought it. I mean it would have been really cool to have the option to have a mystery 22-piece set as an option as will but this makes sure that when you order it you know you are not going to feel as if you have been gypped (who picked the spelling for that word, I want to talk to them) with the products that were included in the bag itself. 

            After three paragraphs of exposition lets dig into the bag, it’s about two times larger than a standard bag and I am a huge fan, when I saw it on the website I thought it had gold feathers on it, I was wrong it is many gold eyelashes and that makes more sense than feathers for a beauty company. Gold interior and it is a nice tan light canvas, I really like the bag and wish that all of their products came in bags this bag but five little products would get lost like Hermione’s bag in Harry Potter or Mary Poppins purse and so it wouldn’t really make sense for five trial sized products to go in a bag this large. 

            Two items were on the outside of the bag and that was the Coola sunscreen and the Ouai Memory Mist which is a spray to make your hair more resistant to heat when styling and I am completely for that because I color my hair so when I do straighten it I worry that because of the combination of dye and heat that my hair is just going to start snapping off. It won’t happen like that but it is always a fear. 

            Now what was in the bag you may ask, I split this up between makeup, skin care, and misc. After I took all of the packaging off of the products everything fit into the bag, with the exception of the single pan blush and eyeshadow I got because I didn’t want to have loose eyeshadow and blush rolling around in my new bag to damage the bag, the other products, and the original products. I am not going to write a bunch about each product because this post would be so long and after my last post which was like 2600 words I don’t think I need to write another one that is quite that long.

Makeup:

            Most of the products that were in the makeup category were from brands that I recognized and I was very pleased with what I received. Let’s go from left to right, back row first. 

Doucce Maxlash Mascara- I got this one in one of my first Glam Bags and I am a huge fan of Doucce with the products I have tried which is this mascara and one of their eyeshadow palettes and its kind of nice to have a backup travel size of this product. 

Eyeko Eye Do Liner- I got a different Eyeko liner in my July ipsy glam bag and I normally am not a liner wearer because by the time I’m done fixing my wings to be even I look like I just walked out of a coal mine. Though I have heard really good things about Eyeko as a brand and the liner that I got in July did go on nice and smooth even though my wing was crooked. I don’t know if this is a different formula but I am hopeful that it is roughly the same. 

Lorac Pro Satin Lip in Blush- I love Lorac as a brand but this is my first one of their lip products, the color is really nice and I am excited to actually have a reason to do more than just swatch it. 

So Susan Liquid Lipstick in Pumpkin- I expected it to be orange, it is not orange and it is actually a rather pretty late autumnal shade which will take a look to go with but I am excited to have a look to put with it. I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t orange or had more of an orange tone to it, it’s more of a burnt dark orange with red tones as well. Super pretty, in my opinion.

Pacifica Nebula Highlight- Okay this highlighter is beautiful. I know Pacifica for their skin care, I used their makeup wipes for years and they smelled like coconut and were great before I discovered micellar water and have not looked back (sorry). I swatched this and I want to bathe in it, it’s a beautiful iridescent and I can’t describe it any other way, the packaging is amazing and I love it. If I like it as much as I did swatching I see a full sized product in the future.

Front Row from the left!

Helios (I love that name) eyeshadow in Pinky Up!- It has so much glitter in it with a rose gold base, it’s not super pigmented but that is okay because there is so much glitter in it that it makes up for it pretty well.

Ittsē single eyeshadow in metamorphosis- It’s super pretty and with the eyeshadows I found a theme, rose gold/copper/gold was the tones for all of the shadows in this bag, I like the shadow and it was already magnetic so it went into my magnetic palette right after I took the picture, the pigment is so-so but I feel like with a lot of single shadows it is like that for many brands that I have encountered because of my ipsy bags.

Space Case Eyeshadow in Love Potion No. 3- I loved the outer packaging on this one because it was so cool, really hard to open but so cool. I really like the shade and while I would not pair these three shadows together in one look in their own individual looks they would be great. 

Lottie blush in Zayn- It’s a nice pinkie blush with pretty good pigment, went right in the magnetic palette because it came as just a pan in a bubble plastic with a small outer box. The packaging on this one was great too, I cannot get over the packaging for so many brands, they always seem to find a way even with simple packaging to blow me away. 

Skincare: 

            This was the largest category and I split it up between products and masks so products first. From left to right.

            Pūr-Lisse Lip Nourisher- Not a brand I have heard of but that clearly means nothing. It has mango and shea-butter in it so I know that it’s going to be pretty great and we are getting into the season of dry and cracking lips so having something to protect them makes me very excited.

            Barefoot Venus (another great brand name) Lemon Freckle Hand Cream- First impression, it smells like lemon pound cake or lemon meringue pie and I am not mad about that. It is thick and moisturizing. I am one of those people who loves lotion but hates the feeling of it on the skin because most of the time it’s greasy; this one actually isn’t too bad and it smells great both in the tube and on the hands. It’s been about 10 minutes since I put it on and my hands feel really silky and there is no more greasiness so that is a super plus in my book. 

            Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint moisture rich hydrating balm- I prefer natural scents when it comes to any kind of mint if I can get it, I prefer natural scents for a lot of products but that is for another time. I am one of those people who have 7-10 tubes of chapstick or lip balm around, none of them are finished, and I can only find two so having another one is not a bad thing. 

            Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer- I have used one primer for years now and one other before that, both are green tinted because of a skin condition that I have that leaves my cheeks red and ruddy, though I am willing to give anything with it comes to beauty a try so I am excited to try this as well. I would open it while I am writing this but I have lotion on my hands and the cap is on really tight. 

            Dermadeli Pumpkin Seed Serum- I am not a user of serums (that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be) but I am really excited to try this because according to the ipsy description of this product it can help with inflammation of acne and help prevent it in the future and as someone who used to struggle with more breakouts than I do now this is a product that I probably should have been using for years and I hope that it does help with those things as I give it a good test in the next few weeks.

Youth to the People Adaptogen Moisture Cream- I am excited to use this, I have sensitive skin and according to the description on this one it soothes that kind of thing. 

Timeless Beauty Bar sheet masks in Up in the Clouds and Glam and Glow- Okay I love sheet masks, I don’t use them as often as I should and I have a collection of them but I love the packaging on these two, it gives you a “best for” situation on them and I love that, it also tells you what it is meant to do, for example the Up in the Clouds one is hydrating and refreshing and best for frequent flyers. I love the packaging it is classy and very informative while still being modern, love it looking forward to using them. 

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels- Again something that I have thought about purchasing in the past, maybe not this specific brand but the idea behind them is pretty cool. I am excited to try them, maybe they will help me look less tired while I walk through life trying to look less tired. 

Last section! I promise and this is miscellaneous, things I didn’t really have a category for and it’s only three things so bear with me just a little longer.

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo- I am usually a user of Batiste dry shampoo but I am always in the market for something different or something that will work better with my hair so I am excited to try this and see if I like it better. 

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Lacquer (or polish) in Kiss Kiss, Darling- To be honest from the packaging I thought this was soap, it didn’t say nail polish anywhere in English. I mean I love the color but the packaging had me confused. 

Slmissglam R60 Blending Brush and R61 Angled Eyeshadow Brush- Love new brushes and everyone knows it. I love the color of the synthetic hairs on the brush, I love the tiny jewels on the metal part of the handle, I am hoping those don’t come off when I wash them. I am excited to give them a try one of these days.

So do you think it was worth it? 

See y’all Tuesday with another post!

-MJ

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5 More Eyeshadow Palette Favorites

So I did a post like this a few months ago in regard to my top 5 favorite or go to eye shadow palettes. I feel like I could do five or six of these posts to actually get through my palette collection. I need to stop buying palettes but let’s be honest they come out with so many a year that are amazing that I want all of them.

I tend to roll through three or four eyeshadow palettes at a time where I use those palettes over and over again until I get tired of them and move on to another palette, I do go back to palettes do not get me wrong but like I had my original Top 5 I have 5 more to show you today.

Like last time I am going to talk about each palette individually.

IMG_8069.jpgTarte-Tartelette Toasted

Okay this one has been one of my favorites since it came out last year. I have used it a lot since then. I think Tarte is one of my favorite brands for eyeshadow I love their formula and their eyeshadow smells great. That’s not normally something you think about when it comes to eyeshadow, smell. It has a pretty even distribution of shimmer and matte shades all in warm tones that are perfect for the fall. I think this was my go to palette last fall in my YouTube videos and whenever I needed to wear makeup because it is small and compact enough to carry around unlike some of my larger palettes. This is the only tartelette palette that I own but I have the tartist pro (that was in my top 5 post), their magic star palette that came out around Christmas, and the Be a Mermaid & Make Waves palette.

 

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Too Faced- La Petite Maison

Normally the time of your that I buy Too Faced is the holiday’s I got this palette a few years ago. I love the formula for Too Faced, their Sweet Peach palette is one of my absolute go to’s when it comes to a lot of looks. I use this one usually around the holidays or during the winter because it has some beautiful colors in it and the packaging it came in was amazing, I finally got rid of it about four months before I moved from Indiana. I love Too Faced packaging especially around the holidays. They never disappoint on the color pay off or the pigmentation of the color.

 

IMG_8070.jpgLorac- Pro 3

Lorac is a relatively new brand in my makeup bag or even in my collection, I think my first palette that I got from that brand was the California Dreaming palette and I have not looked back since. The only problem I have with this one is the color Medallion in my palette is pressed too loose and it comes out in chunks and flakes instead of coming off nicely on the brush and nicely on the eye but that is the only color that I have encountered that was not pressed all that well but it is one of my favorite colors in the palette so that makes me a little sad. I love Lorac’s formula because it goes on well and blends well and all of the colors in this palette are a nice neutral so it goes with all looks and can be used year round.

 

IMG_8185.jpgUrban Decay X Kristen Leanne- Kaleidoscope Dream

This is probably the most daring palette in my collection and I am not mad about it. This palette is so colorful and so pigmented, there is even and iridescent shade in it that is a combo of two colors, I have worn it sparingly on my eyes and it is beautiful. The colors are so out there and amazing to say the least, I swatched these and my arm looked like a rainbow. I cannot speak more highly of this palette, again Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands. I think my first good foundation was an Urban Decay powder foundation in probably 2007 so this brand has been in my makeup bag for quite some time now and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I love to see brands do collaborations with people and this is no exception.

 

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Morphe is a great brand, their packaging is simple but their products are amazing. I have been obsessed with Morphe for a little over a year now. I was so happy when I was able to get it at Ulta because I am one of those people who like to see the makeup before I buy it and also I don’t trust shipping when it comes to makeup especially with eyeshadow because I don’t want to open up my package and find half of the pans cracked. I love Morphe though and this palette is so multi-functional when it comes to colors and looks because there is such a variety of color throughout the palette.

 

I have come to the conclusion that I need to wear more makeup because I have so many amazing products that I don’t actually use enough because I don’t wear makeup frequently. I love to look at it, swatch it, and then let it sit in a drawer until I want to write a blog post with it. It’s not a good method because all of these products are just calling for me to use them. I feel like sometimes I am limited by my skills when it comes to makeup but then again I remember that I actually need to do my makeup to get any better, it’s such a paradox. Or getting new palettes and having to play tetris to get them all in the drawer, I don’t have a lot of makeup storage space at the moment (I am working on it) but I keep adding to the collection and I need to stop until I have the space to actually put things in.

 

What are some of your favorite eyeshadow palettes or single shadows?

 

-MJ

July Beauty Haul

I wasn’t really expecting to be doing this post this month because I honestly didn’t think that I would be buying many beauty items this month and then…I did. Well let’s get into it then. MJ bought more than she was planning on this month and that’s okay because sometimes that happens.

I only went to two places for beauty this month and that was Ulta and then Marshall’s. (A place that I went to for a purse but walked out with makeup instead.)

Let’s run through Ulta first.

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I went into the store early in the month and picked up the Urban Decay Born to Run palette because I saw it on Instagram and I wanted it so bad because he had some interesting colors in it and Urban Decay always not only has great packaging but also their pigmentation is amazing, if you have read my Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes posts you know how much I love Urban Decay, I feel like one of their palettes was in my Makeup Bag Essentials also. I love the color spectrum in this palette because the colors are so vibrant and so unique so I knew that I had to have it and I love it.

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A few years ago I got a NYX advent calendar and I finally ripped all of the little boxes that had the pans of eyeshadow apart and I purchased this tarte magnetic palette (1) to house them. I am a fan of the depotting things trend so I needed a place to put all of my depotted things. I still need to get magnets to put on the bottom of the pans to make them stick to the new palette but that is something that I am still working on.

I got an email telling me that a Morphe palette was on sale I went and jumped on it, it was the Natural Glow palette (2). I am a huge fan of Morphe and this palette seems like a great neutral palette, also it looks like a great autumnal palette so I am excited to actually use this. Morphe changed their packaging again and they now have the plastic insert with the shade names and I was excited because it makes it so much easier to talk about the colors with a name attached to them.

I have never been on the setting powder train but I have been watching a lot of YouTube beauty guru’s in the last few weeks and so I figured, why not try it. I bought the Revolution Luxury Baking Powder (3) because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that I may not enjoy using. I got it in the shade ghost which is white, it looks like straight talcum powder, (yes talc is an ingredient but still) like I feel like if I put it on I am going to look like a real ghost.

The last thing I got at Ulta was a RealTechniques 300 powder brush (4), I don’t actually have a loose powder brush, I don’t know why but I do not so I found myself needing one. I know that you can use a beauty blender to put your setting powder on, I don’t know I will try both. I love the coloring of the brush because it is an ombre pink and purple and that’s amazing.

 

Marshall’s is not a place I usually look for makeup but I was wandering around there and I found some really good items.

Now I was a little shocked to see some of the items that I did there this time because normally the makeup that you find at Marshall’s is from brands that I have never heard of but this time was different. Maybe it’s because I moved and there is a different selection here then there was in Northern Indiana.

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I have been thinking about getting a beauty blender sponge quite a bit recently because I am eventually going to do a foundation application blog post, granted I did not buy a beauty blender brand sponge because they are expensive. I bought a knock off and these pictures are damp (right) and dry (left). The rose water bottle is just for scale, though the rose water was in my Current Favorites video so if you want to check that post out; go ahead. I went and purchased a second one of these because you are supposed to get rid of them after a few months because of the potential for bacteria build up.( Yes I know that the pictures are at slightly different angles, it was hard because it took the sponge quite some time to fully dry and get back down to its original size because I didn’t think about taking the comparison photo until after I had run it under the tap. When damp it is probably almost double the size it is when dry.)

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The next item was something that I have been thinking about again for a while, I have been seeing the trend of magnetic lashes (1) online recently and I have never used fake lashes anyway but the magnetic ones seemed really interesting so I am looking forward to trying them out.

These next three I was really shocked to see there because they were all designer brands.

I found an Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit (2)  and I was shocked to see it there. I finally swatched the colors and I was blown away, I feel like most of my current highlighters are all peachy or golden hues but these are more interesting and variable and I am a huge fan of that glow pop they give. Super looking forward to incorporating them into a look or more than one look because they promise to be very beautiful.

I found a Lorac (3) crème lipstick in the color Girl Next Door, I am not a big user of crème lipsticks anymore but I feel like the colors that I have in crème lipsticks are all more on the pink side of the spectrum than my liquid lipsticks.

The other lipstick I found was an Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick (4) in the color “Stripped” it is amazing and yet another nude lipstick to add to my collection. I am looking forward to using this as well.

I went a little crazy in the makeup and beauty buying department this month but that was okay because I got some great products and some great deals out of the equation.

Did you buy any new makeup or beauty products this month? Did you add anything new to your beauty routine?

 

-MJ

Some Current Favorites

Well it’s been some time since I have actually done a favorites post and I kind of missed it. I feel like I have not had too many favorites in the last few months just because my life has been a little busy.

 

So these favorites are over the last few months (April, May, and June) I did do an April Favorites video over on my YouTube channel but I never actually wrote a blog on it (oops, my bad.)  Also, to be honest May and June got away from me. I feel like most of them are beauty related because those are what I have been using and that is why I remember them.

 

First thing is first, this product was in my spring fabfitfun box, the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. I use this product every day, I love it so much, there are very few lotions and skin care products so when I find one that doesn’t make my skin irritated I cling to it. I cannot say enough nice things about it, I actually bought the Oli-Control Mattifier lotion as well which is also a sun screen so it has really been saving my skin and I love that just as much. Seriously one of my favorites for the last few months.

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This was one of my favorites throughout April and into the summer months and that is my Lorac Malibu palette, it is four eye shades and two cheek shades, I normally don’t use the cheek shades when they are included in an eye palette but I have found myself using them throughout the summer because I actually have a tan. I love the summery and more neutral colors of the palette, it stays on pretty well and I found myself reaching for it over and over again when I just wanted to do a normal simple every day look when I don’t use my NYX Cosmetic Metals palette. If you want to read my normal makeup routine, you can, here.

 

I not only got tan this summer but I also burned, that is my usual summer plan, burn, and then back to being translucent. I had a friend tell me to use rose water on my burn to rehydrate my skin. It helped so much and I also use rose water with my moisturizer and the one that I have been using is the Soo AE Revitalizing Rose Mist and I have been using it religiously because I do not hydrate my face enough. It for sure helped my burn though and I am happy to say it did tan out which was the hope.

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I am one of those people who keeps lotion everywhere no matter what because I always need it because my hands are always dry, I think part of it is the air conditioning and I have been spending a lot of time outside in the hot. One brand that I can only get in limited form is Zoella Beauty, I have been following her channel on YouTube for quite some time now and I have not been without a tube of Wonder Hand in a while now and it is one of my favorite lotions at the moment.

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So I bought a CD in June that I loved and have been waiting for the release of for quite some time was the new Panic! At The Disco album Pray for the Wicked. I listened to it three or four times on release day and I love its sound. I can’t ever describe Panic! At The Disco’s sound because it has evolved so much since their first album that I listened to in middle school. I have grown up with Panic and I am always happy to hear new music from them, it’s a new sound, it’s a good sound, and I was here for it.

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One final thing in my current favorites. I had to get a new pop clip for my car, I have one so I can put my Popsocket into a holder in my car. I had one that was adhered to my dashboard but in early May it came off my dash. Well when I was in Indiana in May I got a new pop clip that is fitted into the vent in the car instead of sticking to the dash and I have found it so much easier and so much nicer to use because my phone screen is actually visible instead of being toward the sky. I am a huge fan of the pop clip and because I spend so much time in my car it has really saved my sanity in the car, I listen to a lot of music in the car so it’s nice to be able to have a better control over it when I am at stop lights without moving it from its holder.

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There were some of my current favorites, I am hoping that for this month (July) I will have more to share next month (August) when I actually post that blog post.

 

Do you have any favorites this month that you can’t find yourself living without or find yourself reaching for over and over again?

 

-MJ

 

MJ’s Makeup Bag Essentials

I feel like every time I turn around I am purchasing something new to put in my makeup bag, but I am thinking of these products specifically that I take with me to special events or make sure I have with me on vacation.

Some of the brands of products may change depending on what I have at my disposal at the time but for the most part my makeup bag essentials stay pretty constant.

Now I also call this my “wedding bag” makeup, this is my normal routine when it comes to going to a wedding. There may be some variance when it comes to what eyeshadow palette I take because I am an eyeshadow palette hoarder and I have a problem. This is also true with lipstick because lipstick colors really depend on what season it is. Spring is light colors or subdued nudes, summer tends to be brighter colors or more pink nudes, fall tends to be deeper colors and a mix of metallic shades, as does winter but winter also tends to circle back to the more subdued nude shades. This is all for me, this is how my lipstick palette shifts through the seasons.

 

 

I am going to divide this into two sections; Section 1: Tools and Section 2: Productions.

Let’s dive right in, shall we!

Here is an overall shot of all of the products that are actually in my bag.:

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Section 1:

I don’t actually use many tools if we are honest because I don’t wear all that much makeup, granted when I have to go to an event I do wear a considerable amount of product on my face and I can’t wait to scrape it off at the end of the night.

 

Foundation Brushes: Now I have found recently (since I took this picture) I have been using a silicone beauty blender to put my foundation on. I purchased the applicator at Ulta and it was their brand so it wasn’t that expensive and I am not wasting any product when it comes to applying my foundation. I also tend to favor the paddle brush (I have also heard it called a mermaid brush) when it comes to applying my foundation because I find that it applies more evenly than it does with a flat brush.

 

Concealer Brushes: Again I started this post over a month ago and then I had some more products added to my arsenal, my normal go to for concealer is the ELF concealer brush but I got the Vasanti concealer buffer brush in my April ipsy Glam Bag and I have been using that exclusively since then. I do prefer a round tipped brush when it comes to concealer application because it provides a better blending ability.

 

Eyebrow Brush: Now I have only been filling my eyebrows in for about a two and a half years or so, I was watching a YouTube video and the person said that they didn’t understand why people didn’t fill in their eyebrows and I had never thought about that possibility before so I started to do it. I have gotten considerably better since then. I use the it cosmetics number 12 brush which can be either and eyeliner or eyebrow brush. (I don’t wear eyeliner anymore, I haven’t since I used to wear too much in middle school.) I find that it picks product up well and allows for precise movement through the eyebrow itself while still allowing it to be easily shaped. I have used the brush that comes provided in my eyebrow product and it’s just too small to handle so I prefer having a standard sized brush for application.

 

Cheek Brush: I didn’t really start my foray into cheek products (blush, bronzer, highlighter, etc.) until about a year ago because I prefer looking like I have never seen the sun in my life. Like if I go outside I am going to burst into flames or I will be so blindingly pale that people will have to look away from me for fear of burning out their retina’s. (Y’all can’t see me but I am laughing right now.) I bought this brush because I had purchased Real Techniques brushes in the past and they have never disappointed me. This instapop cheek brush was no different. Highlighter has become a standard in my makeup bag, I also carry blush to special events and since very recently bronzer as well. I like the angle on the brush for going over different contours of the cheek and it provides relatively even coverage where you need it.

 

Eyeshadow Brush: The eyeshadow palette in this post has a brush with it but some of my palettes didn’t come with a brush so I tend to carry an eyeshadow brush for that specific reason. I tend to reach for my Lorac Cosmetics double ended brush, one end has a very fluffy brush and the other a more densely packed smaller more circular brush. I use the fluffier end for most of my eyelid and use the smaller end for under the eye and the inner corner. I really like having a dual ended brush instead of carrying around a number of brushes because my makeup bag is already bulky enough.

 

Section 2:

This will be in order of application rather than just a list like the tools.

Primer: First and foremost, I always start with a primer, I have a red complexion because I have rosacea which is a dermatological condition that makes your skin complexion much more red so I have to wear a green tinted primer. I live in this primer whenever I have to look nice for something. I used Smashbox for years but I found that NYX for me also does the job even if the coverage isn’t as complete.

 

Foundation: Now my foundation rotates to be honest, sometimes I don’t want to spend $40 on foundation but I find that my skin also doesn’t react as adversely with more expensive foundation than it does with more inexpensive brands. I have sensitive skin so I have to be so careful with what I put on it. Currently I use the Urban Decay All-Nighter (Waterproof Longwear Liquid) Foundation in the shade 0.5 (That is the lightest color it comes in and I still think it’s still just a little too dark for my actual skin tone.) It covers really well though and I am in love with it.

 

Concealer: This is the only concealer that I have ever used and that is the Urban Decay Naked Skin (Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer) in the shade Fair Neutral. It provides enough color that I don’t use blush and stuff, which is not a good excuse not to use blush and bronzer because I look a little dead if I go without something on my cheeks. It’s easily blendable and it provides pretty solid coverage for long term wear.

 

Eyebrows: Again, this is the only product I have used on my brows in recent memory, when I first started filling in my eyebrows I used ELF’s eyebrow gel and I switched to Rimmel well over a year ago, pictured in the spread is my new one (which I still haven’t opened) because my other one is down to the pan in some places but I don’t want to throw away the rest of the product. I find that I prefer using the gel to the powder in my eyebrows so I have found that Rimmel’s Brow This Way in medium brown is perfect for my needs and my brow color.

 

Cheeks:

  • Highlighter: This is a staple in my normal routine because it provides just enough color that it does the job I want it to. I use the Urban Decay After Glow palette and I think this is the original After Glow and I almost bought the other palette but decided on this one and I haven’t looked back. Highlighter is a pretty new concept to me even though I have always liked how it looked.

 

  • Blush: So blush is something I wear rarely because I always have red cheeks and I don’t want to emphasis that when I am wearing a full face of makeup. I do use very light colored blush when I do wear it and I normally reach for my Too Faced Love Flush (long lasting 16-hour blush) in the shade Baby Love. It’s not a pigmented and for me that is something amazing because it still has a nice color and provides a rosy tint without being overbearing. Whenever I see overbearing blush all I can think of is a little one who gets into their mother’s makeup and has a grand old time.

 

  • Bronzer: Bronzer is something that I have worn only a few times but I tend to (and it’s not pictured here) to use the Hoola bronzer from benefit. This is a super recent thing for me, if you read my April Beauty Haul then you know that I got it last month and I have been using it ever since. It provides just enough color that I don’t shine in the light with how pale I am.

 

Eyes:

They are going to get their own section because this is where I spend most of my time when I do any makeup application.

  • Eyeshadow Primer: Now I only use eyeshadow primer when I have the need to wear eyeshadow in a long wear fashion but for the most part I use Lorac Cosmetics Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer and I love it. I wore it to a wedding recently and my eyeshadow was on lock from about 1PM to midnight and I was very pleased with it. No smudging, no cracking, no nothing and I was very happy with it.

 

  • Eyeshadow: Now my palette changes depending on the season as well but there is a good chance that the palette I have in my bag is all neutral colors because normally to weddings you don’t want to look too crazy when it comes to makeup. The wedding I went to in late April I wore a Lilly Pulitzer outfit and it’s loud enough that I wanted to do a very understated makeup look and I was very pleased with it overall. The palette pictured is the Urban Decay Smoky palette which is one of my absolute staples when it comes to a look. My Tartist Pro palette is another, if you read my Top 5 Eyeshadow Palette’s post this is not news to you. When you are going to a formal event you don’t want to look like it is just a stop off before you go out to a club so neutral for me is a must when it comes to eyeshadow.

 

  • Mascara: Now When I travel and I don’t check a bag (aka I am driving, not flying) I bring two mascara’s I normally take my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and it is my absolute go to when it comes to mascara, I cannot tell you how many times I have reached for other mascara’s and I find myself coming back to this one. I always bring a second tube of mascara with me because it is habit and I tend to gravitate toward my Roller Lash from benefit. I also in recent memory have carried around NYX’s Worth the Hype because it is a much less expensive alternative to some of the other one’s that I have used. Both provide length and volume and they both came with me to the wedding.

 

Lips: Final thing, now like I said above my lipstick color palette changes with the seasons, normally in my bag (depending on the season) is a nude shade that goes with the feel of the season, a full color liquid lip that also goes with the season and normally a metallic shade. Because who doesn’t love a little bit of drama in the makeup bag and also allows some versatility in case you have to attend a second event or something that you didn’t plan in your original look, like going to an after party or club or bar.

What are the essentials in your makeup bag?

-MJ

March Beauty Haul

There is a good chance that in any given month I am going to walk into Ulta a couple of times, wander around for ten minutes, and leave with makeup that I hadn’t planned on buying because everything in the store I look at and say, “I need this.” The voice in the back of my head disagrees but there is another, louder voice saying “yea you do!”

This month was no different in that department, I was really looking forward to a few items that I don’t have yet because my store was out of them and I refuse to order makeup online. (I have had things come broken and I am too socially anxious to complain.)

So my first haul happened about the beginning of the first full week of March because I have control issues when I walk into the store. I went in for a fan brush and came out with a fan brush and a few other items.

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The fan brush I bought was a Morphe M310 brush (1), I really like Morphe as a brand. (I have a few palettes as well.) The fan brush is really simple and I want to use it for highlighting, which in the last three months or so I have actually started to do when I do an actual full face of makeup.

Next was something that I actually needed, I have been living with the wrong shade of foundation for quite some time. I love the foundation that I have (Too Faced Born This Way) but it’s difficult to use because the shade is the wrong one for my skin tone. I spent a good 15 minutes looking between three or four different brands and I finally decided on Urban Decay’s All Nighter liquid foundation (2) in shade 0.5. (I am super pale.) I haven’t actually tried it yet but I am hopeful for it to be a much better match for my skin tone. I really like Urban Decay’s foundation products because the only concealer that I use is their concealer and I have loved it since the moment I started using it well over two years ago. I actually just had to replace my tube because I ran out.

In most cases it is the packaging that gets me and for sure Urban Decay always has some great packaging.

The next two things I saw in an email first and then I wanted to try them. Normally I am not a fan of glosses when it comes to lips because they stay sticky, I have been on the matte liquid lipstick train for quite some time now. NYX is normally my favorite brand for lipsticks so I decided to give the Strictly Vinyl lip gloss.

The deep purple is called Night Walker (3) and it actually looks pretty great.

The more mauve shade is called Baby Doll (4) and it also looks pretty great.

The final item I bought was the Lorac Pro 3 Palette (5). I feel like Lorac is a relatively newer brand to my makeup collection, I think the first palette I bought from Lorac was the California Dreaming palette and I love that palette so I have gone back and bought other things from the brand because I loved the quality of that item. I went with this specific palette because the shades are more attuned to my personal style when it comes to what I put on my eyelids. I am looking forward to using this product as well for more everyday looks.

 

Also in March I went into Sephora, which I do not do very often. Don’t get me wrong I love Sephora but it also has more designer makeup that I want but cannot afford so I avoid it and avoid the temptation as well (my wallet thanks me).

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I went in with the intention of purchasing, to try, the Dr. Jart Shake and Shot mask (1) because I had seen a lot of people trying it online and I wanted to see if it was worth the $12 price tag of a one-time use mask. (I’ll let you know) I feel like the reviews of it are already played out but you know what I want to do it anyway. Also the fact that the top is a baby’s face is a little off putting but I still think it is an interesting marketing technique because it makes you think about it and it is a conversation piece.

 

The second thing I purchased was something that I saw on Instagram. (shakes fist at Instagram for making me want things that I don’t need!) The Kristen Leanna and Urban Decay collaboration eyeshadow palette Kaleidoscope Dreams (2). I swatched the shades and I already love all of the shades, again I wanted something that was a bit more daring in my makeup collection and this was definitely a showstopper of a palette. I am absolutely in love with the Leo + Brixton shade because it is iridescent and it’s amazing. I am looking forward to actually using this palette in small quantities for nice pops of color in my eyeshadow looks.

 

Very late in the month I walked into Ulta with the intention of buying some skincare items (and a free sample of a highlighter), they did not have them in the store so I walked around and got myself into some trouble. Ulta is nearing the end of their 21 days of beauty event and those deals suck me straight into the store.

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I purchased the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter highlight and contour palette in light/medium (1). It has four powder shades and five crème shades and I am terrible at contour I never got on the heavy contour train but I would like to be able to make myself look like I actually have cheekbones. It was half off so I decided that now was the time to purchase it and experiment with some contouring. Big fan of the two sided mirror in the packaging though.

I also got as a sample a Becca highlighter in the color Opal (2), it’s a beautiful golden color and I am looking forward to an event where I need to wear a highlighter so I can rock this color.

The last thing that I got at Ulta this month was a silicone beauty blender (3), I want to do a comparison of foundation application tools and I have seen this silicone applicator rolling around the internet for a while now so I’m going to give it a try. I will let you know how it goes.

 

Did you buy any new makeup or beauty items this month?

 

-MJ