Makeup Monday – Face in Five

Five products, five minutes, and here’s my clean, no-makeup-look, face:

  1. Fill in eyebrows and wax into shape with Urban Decay Brow BoxBrow Box in color
  2. Apply foundation all over with NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Product Image, click to zoom
  3. Highlight cheeks and forehead with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer 
  4. Apply mascara (it was raining, hence the tube mascara) Blinc Mascara Tube Forming mascara, Tube mascara
  5. Now for lipstick! MAC Hot Gossip Lipstick 

Makeup Monday: Ipsy, September 2016


This was an interesting assortment.  Not much in the way of actual makeup…

  1. |★★★★☆| Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment ($15) – I’ve reviewed this before, and to reiterate, it works really well, but I don’t like the feeling of product (any product) in my hair, so…
  2. |★★★☆☆| Dr. G My Skin Mentor BB Cream ($32) – I would never pay that much for a cream that I’m not quite sure what it’s purpose is, but I do like it.  I’ve been using it as a tinted moisturizer, essentially, and it has good coverage.  Feels slightly heavy, but for something w/sunscreen, that’s not so bad.
  3. |★★☆☆☆| Too Faced Lip Injection ($28) – I’m really torn on this one.  It made my lips look amazing – berry colored, plump (god that’s a gross word, isn’t it?).  But, it made them feel tight, burning, chafed (also a gross word).  For someone who is prone to cold sores (yup, I’m just on a roll with the gross stuff right now), using it makes me nervous.
  4. |★★★★☆| Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum ($38) – This seems…fine.  It hydrates, which is in the name, so that’s good…right?  Honestly, I can rarely tell the difference between moisturizers.  As long as they don’t have a lot of perfume or chemicals that irritate my face, I’m good to go.
  5. |★★★★★| Coastal Scents Elite Bamboo Collection Medium Shadow Brush ($3) – I LOVE this brush.  I couldn’t find the exact one for sale outside of a set, but no matter.  It’s great!  Big enough to apply to the lid or the highlight in one sweep.


Makeup Monday: Smashbox Palette Deal

I’ve been shopping around for a good smokey eye palette for the wedding. I have most of the stuff I need, but I needed a quality black/dark shadow for the crease. I also wanted a good light, shimmery pink for the lid. Yes, I’d considered the wide variety of Naked palettes, but there are too many to choose from AND they’re all expensive (buh bye $54…see ya never).  Many other palettes I’ve looked at have either all shimmery colors or all matte.  That seemed to be the biggest selling point of Urban Decay’s Naked one – it has a good mix of both.

Well, my friends, while strolling through Nordstrom Rack I found the Smashbox Double Exposure palette for ONLY $24!!!  It has the dark, matte shadow I need with a variety of light, base choices ranging from champagne to rose to mauve.  All with so much less fall out than my Too Faced palettes and more pigment than my Sephora brand shadows.

I was pumped.  So far, for wedding makeup stuff, I’ve purchased a full new set of Royal and Langnickel brushes for only $20 from Marshall’s and now a palette with a brush and 14 shadows for only $24.  The real cherry on the top was finding the Smashbox Full Exposure (very similar, but not meeting my needs as well) at Macy’s for FIFTY TWO DOLLARS.

Dontcha just love a bargain?

Makeup Monday: Ipsy, August 2016


The bag this month is really pretty and I’m loving the mascara, eyeliner, and nail polish!

  1. |★★★★★| Ciate Spinning Teacup nail polish ($13) – Beautiful matte, pale purple polish.
  2. |★★★★★| Rodial Smokey Eye Pen ($21) – Great, dark black eyeliner.  Goes on smoothly; only smudges a smidge.
  3. |★★★☆☆| Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara ($23) – Decent mascara.  Not super voluminous, but it does multiply lashes – giving you natural, feathery lashes.
  4. |★☆☆☆☆| Beaute Basics 3 Tone Bronzer – Too bronze/fake tan for me, but seems nice if you’re into that.
  5. |★★★☆☆| Madame CJ Walker Beauty Culture Blow Out Creme ($26) – It did seem to stay straighter, but still needed a flat iron to hide the frizzies.