The First Day of Spring! MOTD

Hello there! Long time no write! I’m so sorry it’s been forever since I last posted. As some of you know, I haven’t been feeling too well and have had a lot going on when it comes to my health. I’m doing a bit better this week and was feeling inspired, so I wanted to write a new blog post finally!

I took a picture of my makeup today, it’s not the best picture, but it’s going to have to do. Do you ever have those days where no matter what you do, you just don’t feel the greatest about yourself? That’s me today. I was trying to look like a more “normal” person, and of course then I start sweating like crazy! I sweat so much in my hair and have increased sweating due to some of the medications that I take.

Anyhow, I wanted to just do a simple Makeup of the Day post today. I tried some new products today, and wanted to give you my first impressions on them. I will be listing everything that I used, and then I will tell you my thoughts. I will let you know if it’s new to me, or if I’ve been using it for a while…

Face…

Primer: Glossier Priming Moisturizer

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I’ve been using this primer on and off for a long time now. I think it’s great for when you want to skip that extra step, moisturizing your face before you apply your primer. It cuts down on a little time in my routine. I really like this primer, I think it would be great for anyone’s skin type. Though you should always be sure that your primer is compatible with the foundation you plan to use with it. Water and oil don’t mix. If your foundation is water-based, be sure to use a water-based primer. It helps to look at the ingredients list for each product. If they’re both water-based, then water should be one of the first ingredients listed.

Face…

Foundation: (NEW to me) It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation

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I tried this for the first time today, and so far I really like it! I have the shade Fair, which is a great match for me! It’s not too dark, not too light, it doesn’t make me look like I’m a corpse anyway! If you have more mature skin, or your skin is more on the dry side, Then I’d recommend this for you. It has more of a natural and dewy finish. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and it doesn’t look cakey. It has a medium coverage, but can be built up to a fuller coverage. I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply it, and I thought it applied very well. I use a blending sponge a majority of the time, but I need to wash some before I open any of the newer ones I’ve been hoarding.

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in the shade Fair Neutral & Color Correcting Fluid in the shade Pink

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I’ve used these together for quite a while now. What I like about them is that they’re not too heavy or dry looking. I feel like the Naked Skin concealer doesn’t settle into my fine lines underneath my eyes as much as the Tarte Shape Tape does. The Tarte Shape tape is thick, has full coverage, and does a great job hiding any other imperfections. The Color Correcting Fluid in the shade Pink is great for canceling out those dark circles under the eyes if you have fair skin.

Face Powder: W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder

Another product that I’ve been using for a long time now, this one is actually 100% natural. It’s a very fine loose powder used to create a soft-focus effect, and blur any imperfections. If you have fair/pale skin, sometimes it works better to use a powder that is translucent. Using a powder that is a little darker, can deposit the color into your concealer when you’re trying to set it; making your concealer look a little off on your skin. That’s always what would happen to me anyway.

Bronzer: Top: Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster & Bottom: Essence sun club matt bronzing powder for lighter skin in 01 natural

First I will be talking about the Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster. In this one, I really only use the middle shade. It’s great for contouring/sculpting since it’s a cooler toned matte bronzer. I’m not into full-on contouring, but I like to use it to try to define my cheek bones. The bottom one in the picture, is the Essence sun club matte bronzing powder for lighter skin types. I use this for all over bronzing. It’s a great shade to use if you’re pale like me, it really warms up my face.

Blush: (NEW to me) Pretty Vulgar Blush in the shade Hush Blush

How cute is this packaging?! It’s Adorable! I recieved this blush in this month’s Boxycharm. Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription. Here is a picture that I posted to Instgram of this month’s box…

Getting back to the blush, I really love this shade! This rose colored blush is matte and looks gorgeous on! I’m really happy with this blush and see myself using it regularly. I applied it lightly because it was pretty pigmented. I wouldn’t mind getting a couple more shades!

Highlighter: (NEWER to me) Laura Gellar Filter Finish Setting Powder

I know this is supposed to be a “setting powder,” but the beautiful sheen it leaves on your cheek bones says otherwise! If you want a radiant ethereal looking glow, but do NOT want to look like glitter bombed on your face, then I highly recommend you try this! This is a new favorite of mine currently!

Eyes…

Brows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light & essence make me brow eyebrow gel mascara in the shade blondy brows…

I know this Milani brow kit doesn’t look too pretty, but it is very much loved! ❤ I use EVERYTHING in this brow kit. I have repurchased this many times. No matter what else I try, I come back to this. I’ve hit pan in the brow highlighter, amazing huh? I love brow powder more than pencils because it looks so much more natural on myself. The powder clings to brow hairs and defines them. My brows are naturally light, so the powder pretty much just darkens the hairs. The essence gel mascara is supposed to be a dupe for the Benefit gimme brow. Some people love it, some do not. I love it, and I love that it’s budget friendly. The brow mascara itself contains tiny fibers that cling to your brow hairs to make them look thicker as well.

Eyeshadow Primer: (NEWER to me) essence eyeshadow & primer

I’ve been using this for a little bit, it reminds me a lot of the Mac Paint Pots. I have the actual Mac Paint Pot in Ochre. Funny thing is, I like this one a lot more! This works pretty well. I use my finger to pat it onto my eyelids. Patting works better than trying to just rub it in. This is very inexpensive! I ordered it from the actual essence website. If you order at least $15 of product from the essence website, shipping is free!

Eyeshadow: (NEW to me) 2 shades from the Made for Boxycharm Pür Cosmetics Palette

For an all over base shade, I used the shade ‘PÜRFECT.’ Then I just kept it simple and popped the shade ‘BAE’ onto my eyelids. I tried to use the new Vintage Cosmetic brushes that came with this month’s Boxycharm, but they really didn’t pick up the eyeshadow very well. So I just used my finger to pat BAE on all over my lids. I just wanted a pop of color today. From what I can tell so far, these shadows are pretty pigmented and I’m looking forward to trying more shades in this palette. Here is my face at the end of the day, you can see that there was eyeshadow there, but it’s pretty much worn off. I will try these shadows with other eyeshadow primers to see if that helps.

Eyeliner: Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in the shade Brown

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I  only used eyeliner for my lower lash line. I wanted to draw more attention to the eyeshadow. I really like these waterproof liners, they’re very lasting and don’t smudge.

Mascara: Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara in very black

I’ve used this mascara on and off for a while now. I really like the wand, it’s easy to use, and it doesn’t seem to take as long to coat my lashes. It’s volumizing, lengthening, and it only seems to flake a little when I use too much…I usually prefer drugstore mascaras over high-end ones. They work just the same if not better!

Lips…

Lipgloss: (NEW to me) Colourpop Kathleen Lights Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child

Going out today, I just wanted to pop on a simple gloss. Moon Child is described as a pinky nude with gold glitter. It’s very shiny and has medium coverage. It wasn’t sticky and I thought it was okay. It wasn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be. I guess I’ve been spoiled using the Jouer High Pigment Lip Glosses. Those are amazing by the way! This gloss was a little too shiny. Maybe I could pair it on top of something else. I won’t give up on it yet though.

That’s all for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! I’m also hoping to post more on a regular basis. I’m going to be having a surgical procedure done for my TMJ. It’s called arthrocentesis. It’s where they drain the excess fluid I have around my jaw joints, then flush them out. It will hopefully help with the pain the long run. It’s the least invasive procedure to treat it. I probably won’t know the actual surgery date for another week or two. So, I will probably be recovering from that for a little bit at some point. I hope everyone is having a great first week of spring! Thank you for stopping by and reading!

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Rose Tones: The L.A. Girl Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review + Other Drugstore Comparison Swatches

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I don’t know why, but that William Shakespeare quote came to mind when I was typing out the title to this post. In today’s post, I am going to be talking about a newer rose toned eyeshadow palette. I will also have some pictures of swatches from other similar drugstore palettes for comparison.

So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I guess I just got caught up with the holidays and then got off track a little bit. I am sorry about that. I’m still trying to find my balance. I have my personal life, a little bit of a social life, and then there is this blog/social media life. You all get it, I’m sure. Anyhow, let’s get on with this post…

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Hmm, this palette might look a little familiar to some of you? It looks like the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to me, but it’s not. It’s the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. It could be a possible dupe, though I cannot say for sure since I don’t own the Naked 3 myself. This palette is apart of the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Collection. There are 3 other palettes in this collection, but they don’t resemble any of the other Naked palettes. The packaging isn’t my favorite. It’s like a flimsy cardboard, glued on to this plastic palette. It does have a mirror in it, but it’s not the greatest. Part of the flap has a little window to see the shadows, and the other part is a mirror just big enough to see your eyes when looking at it. There is a magnetic closure which is nice. It comes with an eyeshadow applicator/small flat brush. I’m sure some of you makeup snobs are turning your noses up right about now, but don’t discount the sponge tip applicator. Sponge tip applicators are extremely useful when packing shadow onto the lid.

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The picture above, doesn’t really do much justice for how it looks in person, but these shadows were surprisingly pigmented. Yes there is fall out, but I have yet to find a good eyeshadow that has none. That’s really not an issue for me though. This eyeshadow palette is very inexpensive, and contains 12 shades. On the L.A Girl website, this palette is only $10, and you can find L.A.Girl in select CVS stores. However, I didn’t get mine that way. My boyfriend was placing order on Amazon, and this palette showed up as an add-on item for only $6.49. He thought I would like it, and added it to his order. He did very good! Normally, I don’t recommend ordering makeup online if it’s not from the company’s website or a reputable website like Ulta/Sephora. This palette came from Amazon itself and not some other seller, so I thought it would be okay, and I’m still alive!

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I really love this palette! It’s one of my new favorite palettes now. It blends out nicely, not that I’m a blending expert…but I feel like I will get a variety of looks from this palette. According to the L.A Girl website, they state that they’re cruelty-free, and they do not test their products on animals. I went to the PETA website, and they are listed as not testing their products on animals.

The L.A. Girl website only ships within the U.S and Canada. Though don’t be too bummed out just yet. If you visit ikatehouse.com, you can get a majority of their products shipped internationally, and they are an authorized reseller.

Comparison swatches from other similar drugstore palettes…

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3

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I really love this palette too. It’s very similar to the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. You get 12 shades in this palette as well. This palette is only $7 on the Ulta website.

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Maybelline Blushed Nudes

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I’ve had this palette for a long time now. I thought I really loved it at first, until I tried other similar eyeshadow palettes. Honestly, I don’t ever reach for it. It’s my least favorite of the palettes I mention here. Only a few of the shades are pigmented. This palette costs a little more, it’s listed for $9.99 on the Ulta website. I don’t think it’s really worth it though. Some shades, you can’t even really see…

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Covergirl TruNaked Roses 

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This palette is newer to me, and I picked it up not too long ago. It only contains 8 shades, but I really do like this one a lot. I also have the nudes and the jewels version. I guess the only one I don’t have, is the goldens. This palette is listed for $11.99 on the Ulta website. It’s the most expensive one that I mention here. These shades are pretty pigmented, with the exception of the 3rd shade from the left blending into my skin tone. This is the only palette in this post, that has actual shade names. From left to right: Almond, Champagne, baby, rose gold, copper rose, dusk, mauvergine, and mousse.

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I’m sorry I don’t have the greatest picture quality in this post. I’m going to try to work on that. I think I need to try to work more with natural light. I am just more productive at night it seems. Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. I also hope that everyone is having a great start to 2017!

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