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.

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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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September Boxycharm: Featuring the PÜR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette

Hello there, how’s it going? I’m finally getting this post up! I realize it’s October already, and I’m just now posting about a September box. Though this post might be helpful to you if you’ve been considering purchasing the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. I will also be talking about the other items in this box as well. I have tried everything, except for the MAC brow liner. I don’t use brow liners anymore really, and stick to my Milani Brow Fix Kit. I do have a picture of a swatch of the MAC brow liner, and can try to tell you what my first impression is from that alone. The theme for the September Boxycharm box was Boxy Baddie.

For those of you that don’t know about Boxycharm, this is a monthly beauty subscription box. It costs $21/month, but you receive 5 (or in this box’s case 6) items a month. The items are usually a mix of makeup, skin care, hair care, or even a nail polish. These are usually  full-sized items. There might be a rare deluxe size, but I can’t recall that happening. September’s box contained $141 worth of products! That is a great deal for only $21/month. There is usually a waiting list that can last a few weeks or up to a month or so. 

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First, we’ll take a look at the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. It’s definitely the star of September’s Boxycharm.  This palette retails for $34. It contains 4 matte shades, 4 satin shades, and 4 shimmer shades.

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This palette is a good mix of neutral, copper, and bronze shades. I read that you can use the colors in the vertical rows, from top to bottom, to create different looks. That does make it easier if you’re not sure what colors you want to put together. The pictures down below are pictures of each row with pictures of their swatches underneath. These are all finger swatches done without primer.

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Most of these shadows are very pigmented. When I say most, I’m talking about the first 2 rows. The bottom row of shimmers do look pigmented in the finger swatches. However, I had a hard time using a brush to apply the shimmer shades. I had to use my finger, but it was still a little difficult to build up the color on my lids. I felt like I had to really dig in there. I am not fond of whatever formula they used for the shimmer shades. I really like the other shades. They blend well and I had no trouble with applying those. I will still keep playing around with it, It’s a nice neutral palette to have.

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The next item, is the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. This size retails for $20. I really like this one a lot. After shampooing, you just apply this to your hair and leave it on for 10 minutes. I like this a lot because it’s not too heavy. I have a lot of hair, but it’s more fine. This mask doesn’t weigh down my hair and it’s just the right amount of conditioning if you deal with oily roots. It won’t make your hair feel greasy at all. I liked it so much, that I bought another online from the Briogeo website for a backup for when this one runs out.

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This is the bareMinerals Face Perfecting brush, it retails for $28. It was meant to be used with the bareSkin liquid foundation. It has a “fluid reservoir” that is designed to hold your liquid foundation…

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This brush contains synthetic fibers and is very soft. I was really excited to get this brush. It’s really convenient to be able to pump your foundation on this brush and I think it works well. It’s not my most favorite face brush to use. I would rather use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush instead. I feel like that one works better when it comes to buffing out my foundation. This brush was more difficult to clean. The foundation would get caught deep down in the middle, and you really have to get down in there to get it cleaned properly. If you received a different variation of September’s box, don’t feel too bad. The other variation contained some eye brushes I believe.

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This is the Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush. There is no shade name listed, and it’s not listed for sale on the actual Studio Makeup website. The only place I could find to purchase this blush, is on the Boxycharm website or on Amazon. This blush retails for $35. It’s such a beautiful shade! I would normally not be too thrilled to get a loose blush because of the mess, but it’s so worth it! It looks very natural and is long-lasting. I feel like this shade is very flattering for my skin tone, and it’s the perfect shade I’ve been looking for, but I just didn’t know it! Some of the other Boxycharm subscribers received the Studio Makeup Translucent Loose Face Powder.

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Everyone received a Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in various shades. I’m not a fan of the Ultra Matte formula, but I do like the Ultra Satin and Glossy formulas. This retails for $6. I got the “greige” shade Mess Around. When I opened my box and saw this shade, I was kind of excited to try such a different shade. I normally go for nudes, pinks, or peachy shades. I tried it on though and was disappointed. It just did not look how I imagined it. I just don’t think it’s right for my skin tone, and I probably won’t be wearing it again. There are a lot of people that can pull off this shade, but it wasn’t for me…

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Lastly, is the MAC eyebrow pencil in the shade Lingering. This retails for $18. I had heard that we were going to be receiving MAC in our boxes, but I was surprised to see a MAC eyebrow pencil. There were two different shades that you could get in your box. The other shade is Spiked, which is a much darker shade. There are a total of 10 shades on the Mac website. I haven’t used this on my eyebrows because like I said, I have been really happy with just using my Milani Brow Fix kit. I like using powders because they just look more natural on me. I”m not sure if I will ever actually use this pencil. I’ve only swatched it (picture down below), and it feels a little more on the drier/stiffer side. Though that is just my first impression from swatching it.

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Here are a couple of pictures of myself wearing some shades from the PÜR cosmetics palette, and I’m wearing the Studio Makeup blush. I used the shades Mogul, Gala, Twinkle, and Stunner. As you can see, the Twinkle doesn’t really show up on my lids. My lids are not twinkling…

Well that’s it for this post. I really do like Boxycharm and I highly recommend them. You can check out their website here. If you didn’t catch it, you check out my August Boxycharm post here. As much as I do love Boxycharm, I have decided to cancel my subscription for now. I canceled it because I feel like I’m pretty overwhelmed with makeup right now. How can that happen right? I will probably sign up again sometime in the future. The only subscription that I’m getting right now is Ipsy. I can do a post on this month’s Ipsy bag, let me know if that’s something you would like to see and read. Feel free to ask any questions about this post in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Take care! ❤

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***Edit: After seeing a November sneak peek, I re-subscribed to Boxycharm. It happened sooner than I thought!***

Makeup Favorites

Happy December! I hope all is well with you. I can’t believe Christmas is almost here and 2016 will be over. Who is ready for a new year? I know I am! Today, I am going to be talking about my Makeup Favorites. I am not going to go too much into these products because this isn’t a review. These are products that I’ve been using for a while. I know everyone is posting their monthly favorites right now, but I just wanted to share with you my favorites that I’ve been loving lately…

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
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I’ve been using this foundation for quite a while and it’s been the best foundation I’ve ever tried! At least for me that is. I was hesitant to spend $40 on a foundation since I had never bought a “high-end” foundation. I can tell you though, that it was totally worth it! I love it so much because it truly does feel “weightless” on the skin. Matte foundations seem to be a popular choice, but a lot of them felt really heavy on my skin. This demi-matte foundation makes your skin still look like skin, yet it has great buildable coverage. I wear the shade 0.5 which is a pretty fair shade with pink undertones. This line offers a wide variety of shades, which a lot of makeup brands are lacking. I really like the packaging and I love that it has a pump as well.

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Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder
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Up next, is the ever popular Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder. Say that 5 times fast! What I love about this powder is how light-weight it is and it doesn’t settle into my creases. It has a very silky finish and I feel like it can be used with any skin type. I guess my skin type is “normal,” whatever normal is. I wear the shade 10 Porcelain and this comes in 7 other shades as well. I purchased this from Ulta for $10.99. I have a picture of what it looks like down below. No, my sponge isn’t really that clean. I just turned it over to the clean side for this picture.

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
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I’m pretty sure everyone in the makeup world has heard of this crazy popular concealer, and I’m sure it doesn’t need much of an introduction either. This sought after concealer is always going out of stock. Luckily, I happened to find mine one day in an Ulta store. I bought it not long after it came out. This concealer is full coverage, creamy, and doesn’t settle into fine lines. A little bit goes a long way! My favorite method of applying this, is to use my Real Techniques blending sponge. I have this concealer in the shade fair, which is described to be for “fair skin with pink undertones.” You get a lot of product with this and it has a huge wand. Definitely worth the $24!

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Essence Contouring Powder
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This budget friendly contouring powder by Essence has been a long time favorite. I specifically only use the bronzer part, since I’m not too keen on the highlighter. This is in the shade Light 01, and they also have the shade Medium 02. I feel like this shade of bronzer is a great option for fair skin. It blends really well and doesn’t look too overdone. You can pick this up for $3.99 at Ulta, or on the Essence website and Target’s website/select stores.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
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My favorite highlighter lately, Moonstone is a pale gold shade that leaves a nice natural finish. No glitter chunks with this highlighter, Becca knows their highlighters! I actually purchased this in a set, The Glow On The Go Moonstone set for $20. I think that’s a great way to go if you don’t want to drop $38 on the full size version of this pressed powder. I purchased mine online from Ulta. The set also includes the Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Moonstone. Which is the liquid version you apply with a wand. I haven’t used it yet, so I can’t really tell you how I feel about it. I’m definitely going to be pulling it out to use soon though.

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Moonstone swatch

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Moonstone blended

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Pencil
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Anastasia knows brows, that’s a fact! I have never tried the Brow Wiz, I just went straight for the Brow Definer. Some people might prefer the Brow Wiz because it has a fine tip, while the Brow Definer has a thicker triangle-shaped tip. I feel like this tip covers more area and it doesn’t take as long to do my brows. I picked this up from Ulta for $23 in the shade Taupe, which is a nice light ash brown. I have also been using this along with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe. The Nyx one seems to be a tad bit lighter and has the finer tip like the Brow Wiz. I like to use the Nyx pencil to get those inner small hairs, while I focus the Brow Definer on the tail ends. The difference in shades gives a nice effect.

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 Brow Definer swatch

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Triangle tip

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The Brow Definer also has a spoolie at the end. 

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Mascara
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Another bargain treat from Essence, the Make Me Brow gel mascara is said to be a dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow. I wouldn’t know for sure because I have never used the Gimme Brow. I had my hands on it once, but passed it on to my Mom. I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, I wasn’t really into using a product like this and never tried it. Anyhow, This brow gel has a nice little brush that makes it easy to get to those little fine hairs. It’s tinted and contains little fibers to help fill in your brows. I really love it and it gives the perfect finish to my brows. I have the shade Blondy Brows 01. There are two other shades: Browny Brows 02 and Soft Browny Brows 03. I bought this for $2.99 at Ulta, what a deal!

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Mac Lipstick in Magic Spell & Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In control
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These two aren’t something that I have been using for a long time exactly, but they’re already a favorite! I have received a lot of compliments wearing this combination. These two belong in a set that also came with the Vamplify Lipgloss in Tuned In. I assume you use all 3 of these together. I haven’t used the lip gloss yet. The lipstick on it’s own already has a nice shine. The set is called the Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Kit. The lipstick in Magic spell is a mid tone mauve nude with a cremesheen finish and the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control is a brown mauve. The Vamplify Lip Gloss in Tuned In is a mid tone rosy nude. I ordered this set online from Nordstrom for $39.50. Right now, it’s 20% off and you can get for $29.63. I will link it here. This set also comes with a cute pink and burgundy cosmetic bag.

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Mac Lipstick in Magic Spell 

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Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control

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Mac Vamplify Lip Gloss in Tuned In

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Mac Lip Gloss in Tuned In contains a doe foot applicator.

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Top-Bottom: Tuned In, Magic Spell, In Control

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Mac Nutcracker Cosmetic Case

Sorry this post was a bit longer! I hope that you enjoyed reading it though. What are some of your favorites lately? Let me know in the comments. I hope you all have a great week!

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