March Favorites | Empties | Declutter | Fails

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Empties #1 | November 2017

Indie Lee – Calendula Eye Balm
– fantastic, full review here

L’Oréal – Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Mascara
– builds volume and separates
– I always have one on hand

Soap & Glory – The Righteous Butter
– mild scent that goes well with other scents
– would repurchase if it goes on sale, but I’m not loyal to it

Bare Minerals – Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara
– separating and lengthening
– wouldn’t repurchase because it didn’t build enough volume

Real Techniques – Miracle Complexion Sponge
– a staple in my makeup bag
– only downside is that it begins breaking up within a month or two

Miss Spa – Restore and Brighten 24k Gold Radiance Mask
– hard pass
– would not recommend to anyone because it’s serum/residue us a thick layer of gold glitter that makes a big mess

L’Oreal – Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – Review

Two weeks ago I picked up of the L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – Cowboy and Matador – and have been really putting them to the test!

Two weeks ago I picked up of the L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – Cowboy and Matador – and have been really putting them to the test! While I love the colors, I am really disappoint by the formula. I tried them out about half a dozen different ways because they seemed to be getting really good reviews around the interwebs so I was determined to make them work but I really could not.

I really do like the shades in the line – I wish these liquid lipsticks had worked out for me because I could list off another 3 – 4 shades that I would like to have! These liquid lipsticks are also very comfortable to wear – they dry down completely but do not feel drying at all.

With that being said – the wear on these is garbage. These liquid lipsticks take 15+ minutes to dry down completely and if you can not speak, drink, eat for until they are completely dry then you are golden. BUT, if you so much as close your mouth completely then they wear time is awful. I have tried these both with and with and without balm, with and without exfoliating, and with different applications. I found that the best wear was without any balm and with a very thin layer (which I think is standard) and the wear time was … an hour? or two? other combinations began flaking off within like 15 minutes.

I honestly don’t know how people were able to make these work for them, if you have tried the L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipsticks and have had a great experience with them, please let me know! I would love to make these work because I am in love the the shades of this range.

Ulta Haul – Fall 2017

Ulta recently had a 20% off sale and I not only made a few staple repurchases, but also tried out a few new products too. I’ve had these products for about a week so I’ve included mini reviews!

Ulta recently had a 20% off sale and I not only made a few staple repurchases, but also tried out a few new products too. I’ve had these products for about a week so I’ve included mini reviews!

I picked up a few fall lip colors. I’ve heard great things about L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipsticks. While they are a really comfortable because they don’t dry down completely, they can survive coffee but not a whole meal. But, the don’t wear well at all – they tend to flake off after a couple hours. I do like the colors I bought (Matador and Cowboy) so I’m still playing with them to find the best way to wear them.

I really like the L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint Matte Metallic – I own Moon Lust already – this formula is not long lasting or transfer proof, it’s wear is similar to a metallic lipstick. I pick up the color Brick Metal and I really like the color.

L’Oearl Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Mascara and Essence Volume Stylist 18hr Lash Extension Mascara are both staples for me. They both add volume and separate the lashes, the only differences are that Essence has a bristle brush and will transfer off the bottom lashes and L’Oreal has a plastic brush and is going nowhere.

I’ve been using micellar waters for cleansing in the morning and Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is a decent, budget friendly option – theres nothing really outstanding about it except the price.

The primary ingredient in Little Barn Apothecary Coconut + Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist is aloe juice and it also contains fermented radish root… and dead sea salt? I’m going to do some reading up on that because I have never used a face mist with dead sea salt in it. I really like that they have travel sizes of this face mist so I can test out the brand for cheap.

The e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer was a miss for me – it’s basically a silicone primer and I just do not like that texture on my face. I have used it a few times and it was fine so you might be interested in it if you like silicone face primers.

The internet has been loving Vegas Nay lashes for Eyelure, but most of the pairs are just too intense for me. (My favorite lashes are the Kiss Trio Lashes). I saw that there were new Vegas Nay styles out and the style I ended up buying was Easy Elegance and I like that the lashes are crossed and longer in the center. A+.

Current Stash – Concealers Fall 2017

The other day I was reorganizing my makeup and I realized “holy cow, I have way too many concealers!” But, as I sifted though them, I realized that each one is very different from the others and I use them all for different reasons. I will admit, that there are a few I wouldn’t repurchase, but that’s mostly because I have some replacements on my wishlist!

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Tarte Shape Tape in Light – I enjoy everything about this concealer except the fact that it is so, so drying. I am pretty dehydrated and it really takes a toll on my eye area if I wear this concealer more than a few days in a row without properly prepping my eyes (Pur Cosmetics HydraGel Lift). I love this because nt only is this a true, full coverage concealer, it doesn’t need to be set with powder, it lasts all day, it is a great primer for eye shadow, and it comes in a giant tube (0.33 oz to the average 0.11 oz).

L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer in Fair – I love this concealer for days when I am wearing no other base products. It is thin and watery consistency and has light coverage with a natural finish and a short wear time. Because the coverage is so light, I don’t like wearing this concealer with foundation. But, if all I want is a minimal look with mascara and cream blush, I will put this concealer under the eyes just to brighten them a little bit. This is one of the concealers I will not repurchase – I’d like to try the Glossier Stretch Concealer instead.

BareMinerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Light  –  I was so blown away by this concealer, it is hydrating, brightening, and just healthy looking. It’s not full coverage and doesn’t completely take care of my dark circles – it falls into the category of “your-face-but-better” products. In order to get this concealer to last all day, I do need to set this with a powder, but then I find that you loose a little of the healthy, natural radiance.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in Porcelain  –  I bought this concealer in a shade or two lighter than my natural skin tone for highlighting. On the average day, I don’t put on my concealer in the “triangle of light” under the eyes, but I wanted to have that option so I decided to buy a great, full coverage inexpensive concealer just for those full face special occasions. Honestly, I like this concealer better than Shape Tape and I probably will repurchase this one in a shade that matches my skin after my Shape Tape runs out… 3 years from now.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla –  This NARS concealer is honestly the one of the makeup products I have repurchased the most because it is my one-stop-shop on an average day. I works well under the eye, it works well to spot conceal, and it works well for days when I use concealer as foundation. Its not a super long wearing concealer, but it does fade nicely throughout the day. I;m not sure if I will buy a replacement when this runs out – I’m getting a little bored and I’d like to try the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer instead.

10.23.17 Makeup Diary – Pur Cosmetics – Soiree Diaries

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Pur Cosmetics – Soiree Diaries

Set the lid with – Private Party
Brow bone – Mogul
Transition – Socialite
Crease – Gala
Outer 1/3 of lid – Snazzy
Inner 2/3 of lid – Dazzle
Buffed crease and outer edges – Stunner
Lower lash line – Snazzy and Stunner

I think this palette would be great for beginners – it has a great range of colors, it’s easy to blend, it has both mattes and metallics, and you can get a variety of looks out of it. I wish the darkest shades were more pigmented – it takes a lot of layering to build them up and even then they never do look as deep and rich as they are in the pan. But the lack of pigmentation does make it easier for beginners because it’s almost impossible to go overboard building up pigment in sheerest layers.

Pur Cosmetics – 3D Silk Lashes in Dive

Charlotte Tilbury – Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

NYX Cosmetics – Tinted Brow Mascara in Black

Tarte – Shape Tape Concealer in Light

Pur Cosmetics – HydraGel Lift 

Pixi Beauty – Lower Lash Mascara

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Pur Cosmetics – No Filter Burring Photography Primer

Too Face – Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation in Snow

Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Makeup Revolution – Blushing Hearts Highlighter in Goddess of Love

Charlotte Tilbury – Swish and Pop Blush in Love is the Drug

L’Oreal – Infallible Lip Paint Metallics in Moon Lust

Rimmel – Exaggerate Lip Line in East End Snob

Current Favorites – Lips Fall 2017

I noticed that there a few products I’ve been reaching for very regularly this fall and these products have creeped their way into my purse.

I noticed that there a few products I’ve been reaching for very regularly this fall and these products have creeped their way into my purse. (An honorable mention goes to Maybelline  Color Sensational in Touch of Spice and Colour Pop Ultra Glossy Lip in Fairy Floss).

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Matte in Tongue Tied – This matte lip paint took me way out of my comfort zone! Generally, I like lip liners with a gloss or balm on top because they are comfotable fade very gracefully,  this product manages to deliver both! It is a warm, brown nude, it isn’t drying, and it doesn’t flake throughout the day. I really like layering this over bolder lip pencils to create different toned nude lips.

Laura Mercier, Lip Colour Sheer in Baby Lips –  I originally bought this because I read somewhere on the internet that this was Joan’s lip color on Mad Men (Christina Hendricks) – I highly doubt that, but i have no regrets. This lipstick is just the perfect your-lips-but-better color (not a classic red, dear mysterious internet article) with a comfortable, satin formula and vanilla cake flavor. This is the lip product that I can just slap on to look more put together.

Bite Beauty, The Lip Pencil in 22 + Pixi by Petra, LipLift Max in Sheer Rose – I want every single one of these Bite lip pencils! They are creamy, but not greasy, and long lasting, but not drying – they remind me a lot of the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners. The Pixi gloss is a great color to add glossiness without taking away pigment. I don’t think it is plumping and it is a slightly sticky gloss, but its a beautiful, sheer rosy color. I know I didn’t like the flavor of the gloss when I bought it (I think it was a chemical-mint) so I have since added few drops of peppermint essential oil to it!

I have an itch to pull out the reds and deeper berries and I can’t wait for some holiday parties to rock some bolder lips! What lip colors have you been loving this fall?