I have been wanting the Tropic palette since it launched but because it received such bad reviews I held off.
It went on sale this year for 50% off so I thought about getting it during the Sephora Beauty Insider sale but my friend kept reminding me of the bad reviews so I held off some more.
Finally, now in July, I was no longer able to resist it.
As with all my Natasha Denona palettes I was super happy to open this baby up and just play with it.
The first day I didn’t do a full face but played with some of the colors.
I used Gusti and a lid shade and, just as expected, it was a very sheer, shimmery topper. I wanted to play with some of the colorful shades so I used Laguna on my lower lash and was surprised at how pigmented it applied. I used Limoncello as an inner corner highlight and it applied beautifully!
My second day I did a full face of makeup and tried other colors. To my surprise I was very happy how everything turned out.
I did use my finger to apply the green and I had to get quite a bit of product on my finger but it applied nicely and I didn’t have to worry about fallout.
So far I’m really enjoying this palette and for 50% off (at Sephora) I would definitely recommend it!
When I started my blog I started with the intent of using it to list everything I used on my face in case anyone was interested. Then I realized how time consuming it is and didn’t do it, lol. Now that I have more time I figure I’ll give it a go and try to establish a habit.
Skincare: Tatcha Water Cream and Indigo Cream, Dr Jart+ Tigar a grass Color Correcting Treatment Primer: Joah Beauty Pore De-activator and Instant Prime Activator Base: Covergirl Full Spectrum in FS 110 Blush: base is Get Leid SSB topped with Kiko Milano Square of miracles Bronzer: Chanel bronzer base (discontinued) topped with Kiko Milano Sweet Honey Concealer: some super light Morphe one I can’t find at the moment (oops) Powder: WNW Photo Focus Loose setting powder in banana Eyes: Colourpop Fortune for this eye look: Ben/ Mo Problems / Fortunate /Strike It /Stacks /Trove Mascara: Essence Forbidden Volume (don’t love) Brows: Nyx Fill & Fluff in Espresso Lips: Armani Lip Maestro in 101
I’m actually really happy with this month’s box! The box contained-
– Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash MSRP $24 – Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30 MSRP $35 Tula Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening eye Balm MSRP $28 Tarte Cosmetics Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette MSRP $49 Hallmart Collectibles Satin Pillow Case & Mask Set MSRP $50 Billion Dollar Brows Charcoal 5-Piece Brush Set MSRP $55 Pure Heals Propolis 80 Sleeping Mask MSRP $55 Bodyography Lip Pencil Set (Pouty and Rosewood) MSRP $28
Total value $324 Cost $55.11 (to southern California)
I used as many products from this month’s Luxe box as possible
I used the Tula cooling and Brightening eye balm, I liked the nice cooling sensation it gave me but I didn’t notice much brightening.
The Purlesse BB Cream feels like a light sunblock but doesn’t have a scent. It looks darker and thicker than it applies. I had to use my hands to apply it, you can see how light the coverage is in the pictures below, it gives a nice healthy glow and does even my skin out a bit. I used powder to set it
I used all the Billion Dollar Brow brushes – the cream bronze/contour wasn’t stiff enough for my cream bronzer but I think it would apply cream contour nicely. I used the powder brush for both my bronzer and blush. The bristles are loose enough that it applies a light layer of color, great for building up product or getting a natural look. The concealer brush – OUCH. I would recommend roughing this up a bit before using on your undereye, it’s too stiff and pokey
I already own the tarte palette and love it. I used: Bold /Whimsy /Edgy /Smoked /Trendy and Glam. Also used Glam as highlighter
It’s been a little over 11 weeks since I’ve been working from home and I’ve been focusing on keeping a routine as much as I have been on being productive.
As easy as it may be to remain in my pj’s, skip: showers, hair brushing, makeup, I’ve been focusing on not doing these things.
I mean, my weekly outfits have become one set of bottoms for sleep, one set for awake time and different tops every day but at least there’s some variety!
The other thing I’ve been focusing on is my skincare routine and applying makeup everday. I’m able to focus more on my skincare because my skin spends more time without makeup on than it did before and I’m not in a rush to get going, but applying makeup is the real pick me up to my day.
I’m loving getting to expirement with more colors, colors I wouldn’t usually wear to the office, and trying different formulas I wouldn’t in the past.
So far I’ve learned I don’t hate shimmery blushes and bronzers as much as I thought I did and maybe dewy foundation actually works better than matte.
Some days I only apply lisptick, or eyeshadow and mascara. Even doing the simplest of makeup helps lift my spirits.
I believe that sticking to these routines have really helped keep me grounding in these uncertain times.
Mamonde gifted me with these face masks This face mask is so thin and feels like a second skin while my face absorbed all the “skin loving ingredients”! It had a nice scent that made relaxing so easy and it didn’t slip around at all. After 20 minutes my skin felt soft and hydrated. The best part is these masks are biodegradable! The other part of this brand that I really connected with is the the work they’ve put in to help protect honey bees
Thank you again to Mamonde and Octoly for the opportunity to try this product
I received a lip trio from the brand Henné Organics to try and here are my first impressions
I like the sleek and simple packaging. All of the products close with a satisfying “click” that makes you feel like everything is staying tightly sealed and fresh.
The serum lid twists off and the serum is applied with a nice 24k plated metal roller ball. What I liked best about this is that it applied easily and did not get stuck as some of these types of products tend to do. It doesn’t have a heavy oily feeling and it has a berry scent that reminiscent of a berry candle. The scent is a bit strong for my liking but it fades away after application. This is meant to “help firm the lips and reduce the appearance of lip lines” but is not meant to replace a lip balm.
The balm was surprisingly soft, but that could have been because of the heat when it arrived, and also felt very nourishing and hydrating. It has a slight coconut scent, but it’s the real coconut scent, not the usual artificial almost piña colada scent.
The lip tint has the slightest color, the one I received is in Intregue, perfect for a light touch of a black cherry tint of color. It also has a nice coconut scent leaves the lips feeling hydrating and is available in four shades.
I was gifted the new Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer to test and here are my first impressions:
The first, and most important (to me), thing to note is this does NOT smell like papaya. The moringa definitely drowns out the papaya scent with its fresh and springy scent.
Second, this isn’t your typical gel moisturizer that feels wet and gooey. I would say it’s more of a hybrid between a gel and light cream moisturizer.
It’s vegan, cruelty-free and contains four types of hyaluronic acid.
Overall it left my skin feeling hydrated and not at all oily.
While I enjoy the packaging I wish it came with a scoop to help get the product out, or it came in a more hygenic container.
It claims to help clear pores and reduce shine as well as soothe minor irritations. I’m excited to keep using this and see if I notice a difference in my pores and the amount of shine my skin has. (while I don’t want to have dull skin I also don’t want to look like I’ve been well oiled throughout the day)
I never thought this would be an actual physical thing we would have to do but here we are.
Given the outbreak of COVID-19 we were advised to work from home as much as possible which for me means waking up right before I have to turn on my computer, haha.
I am the kind of person that needs a routine to stay in sync, so to say, so I’ve been focusing on my skincare routine more this week. I’ve also made it a point to apply some makeup, even if I’m not going out.
Both of these actions help keep me in the “normal” mentality and help me push through the work I need to get done while keeping my cool during this time of stress.
I’m also going through my makeup stash and rediscovering old loves, or decluttering items I know I’ll never touch.
Is there something in particular you’re doing to distract yourself?