Subscription box look

This year I decided to cancel my boxycharm subscription so I can focus on the products I have, including all the products I’ve received via boxycharm and Ipsy; the only two subscriptions I’ve had for several years.

I am keeping my ipsy subscription because you can skip months and I like the sample subscription.

Using January’s products and a palette previously received in Boxycharm I came up with this look

The Ace Beauté Scarlet Dusk palette came in the January 2020 boxycharm box but I hadn’t used it at all so I pulled it out for this look. The a Kevyn Aucoin mascara came in the Boxycharm premium May 2020 box.

I like the formula of Ace Beauté’s shadows and I have a palette that I purchased on my own. The shadows apply pigmented and are easy to blend. Using a glitter primer I was able to apply a shimmer shade (Hibiscus) without having to wet my brush.

I think the Kevyn Aucoin mascara is ok. I like it but I wouldn’t pay full price for it. The brush is small with tight bristles that seperates lashes nicely and with a couple of layers it made my lashes look nice.

The January ipsy bag came with a blush and highlighter and blush, along with some face masks, a color correcting cream and a hyradte and glow oil. I didn’t think to use the color corrector but I did use the highlighter and blush.

I was surprised at how much I liked the Ciaté London Glow to Illuminating Blush in Matchmaker. Overall I have not been impressed with this brand so I didn’t have high hopes, plus I prefer matte blushes but this was a nice blush. The pigment is perfect for a blush and it isn’t glittery.

The highlighter is Catrice Luminous Highlighter in Lumi and it gives a beautiful wet highlight look.

I haven’t used the other products I received in the ipsy bag but I’m happy about the products I received.

I liked being able to use the products in my bag and enjoyed shopping my subscription box stash for this look.

Colourpop Sandstone V2

Returning to work after a nice long break has thrown me off balance so today is the first day I’ve done a full face of makeup.

I’ve been wanting to revisit CP Sandstone since the color story is easy to use

For skincare, today I used:

  • Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash
  • Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner and Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream
  • FRUDIA Citrus Brightening Toner
  • Fresh Kombucha Treatment Essence
  • Dr Denese HydroShield Moisturizing Face Serum
  • Tatcha Indigo Cream
  • Dr Jardt+ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment (works amazing for redness!)

I like to switch up my face wash, toner, essence serums and creams but I usually try to incorporate what I listed above.

For makeup I used:

  • P Louise base in Rumour 2
  • Colourpop Santstone palette (I indicted the colors used in the picture above)
  • Natasha Denona Magic Primer
  • Tatcha The Pearl in Soft Light
  • Makeup Forever
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette
  • Elf putty blush in Bali
  • Maybelline Fit Me Age Rewind Concealer in
  • Laura Mercier Loose setting powder in Translucent
  • Wet n Wild Photofocus Loose powder in Medium (my favorite!)
  • KimChi Bronzer in
  • Colourpop blush in Parakeet and highlighter in Made Me Do It
  • Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara

Violet Voss Flamingo Palette

I’m not sure what it is about the brand but whenever Violet Voss comes out with a palette I need it.

I managed to hold off on the Flamingo Palette until a couple of months ago when it was on sale through Boxycharm (Violet Voss’s shipping is OUTRAGEOUS). Even then it took me this long to use the palette.

I’ve become a lot more comfortable with color over this last year so I was eager to use Beach Ball.

I started with Lemonade, added Beach Ball then tried to darken with Sandals because I wasn’t feeling confident enough to pull off the green.

I immediately regretted adding Sandals but I kept going and added Tidal Wave, over NYX glitter primer. Once Tidal Wave was down I darkened the outer third with Beach Ball again and loved the result.

I have to remind myself to trust the process and I’m so glad I stuck with this look!

How do you feel about using color in your look, makeup or clothes?

Natasha Denona Glam Palette

When I first saw the ND Glam palette I didn’t think I’d add it to my stash. This is too cool of a color story for me but, a friend and my love for her shadows quickly changed my mind haha.

The biggest difference between this palette and others is that the shades don’t have names, instead they’re labeled by what part of the eye it’s recommended to be used on. I’m not the biggest fan of this but I can see how it would be helpful to someone starting off.

One of the my favorite thing about Natasha Denona is how many tutorials she puts out using her palettes. Between those and the labeling here it’s a great palette for someone starting or for a quick look.

I’m curious what others think of this naming convention. Would you prefer names or do you like this method?

ABH Subculture 3 looks

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette is probably my favorite, despite the negative reviews it received.

I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite palette but if I did, I think it would be this one. Anytime I pick up this palette it’s easy to continue to use it day after day.

Here are three looks made using this palette

Look #1: I used Dawn to set my base (MAC pro paint pot in Soft Ochre), then I used Edge in the Crease, darkend the crease and applied to outer V with Mercury and finally Rowdy. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and applied Adorn. I used Edge all across the lower lash and Mercury in the outer lower lash.

Look #2 : I used Dawn to set my base (MAC pro paint pot in Soft Ochre), then I lightly applied Mercury in the crease, added Destiny to outer V and used Untamed to smoke out the look. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and applied Electric. I used Destiny all across the lower lash and Untamed in the outer lower lash.

Look #3 : for look #3 I pulled in the Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder palette. This came in a BoxyCharm last November and I haven’t used it much. The color story is very similar to Subculture and it paired nicely.

Again started with Dawn to set the MAC Soft Ochre base, then went in with Edge, Mercury and Zero Gravity. I was hoping Zero Gravity would darken the outer V but it’s didn’t add much to a mercury so I added Storm Dust to add depth to the outer V. I used NYX glitter primer and applied Eternal Light but it wasn’t very pigmented so I layered Cube over it.

I like the variety of looks I was able to come up with and am still loving this palette.

A Lil Ray Of Sunshine look

I hadn’t done a matte look in a while and this past week I did three!

I find all matte eye shadow looks to be more intimidating because there’s no shimmer to hide application or product imperfections but, this Colourpop palette demanded I try.

I’m talking about the Lil Ray Of Sunshine palette

This color story is so pretty to me, and maybe it’s because yellow is supposed to bring instant happiness but whatever the case, it makes me want to just use all the colors.

I started by priming my eyelids with a neutral base, close to my natural eye lid color. I added the last shade on top from my crease up to my brow.

Then, to make sure it would have a good base layer (or something) I added the yellow shade all over my lid. To be honest, I was not satisfied with how this color was applying. On one lid, there was a patch in the center of my lid that I could not get the pigment to stick to. So I went in with a pigment primer and tried to add the color on top again. I ended up having to start over on one eyelid because the yellow was showing up as a brown yellow and super patchy.

Once I cleaned up the lid and started over, I was happier with the way the yellow looked. I then used the bottom row to darken up the look by adding it to the outer lid and softly bringing it into the crease.

I finished off the look using CP liner Joy Ride (which applied beautifully!).

Here are my thoughts:

  • Nice color story but may need accompanying products since it’s all mattes
  • Small and compact for easy storage and travel
  • Easy to blend despite having a lot of kickback
  • Yellow requires finessing to avoid patchiness
  • Good value

What do you think about this palette?

Matte Eyeshadow Look

I rarely do all matte eye looks, but this week I’ve been wanting to use red lispticks and want to keep the focus on the color so I decided to give it a go.

Sydney Grace: Dirt Road, Be The Sunshine
Makeup Geek: Cocoa Bear, Dark Roast, Mocha
Coloured Raine: Gingerbread
Colourpop: She’s in Bold, Liquid Courage, Overtime

I had to really build up Dirt Road on the lid, and go back in after I darkened the look. I think it may just be too light for my skintone but in the end I liked the way it blended out and came through.

What are your favorite eye looks?

Wander Beauty Mascara

If you have any kind of beauty subscription you’ve probably received some variation of the Wander Beauty mascara more than once.

This gold packaged volume and length mascara is the latest one I’ve tried.

I used two coats on top and one on the bottom. Overall I like the way it made my lashes look, it wasn’t too wet when first opened and it gave me good volume. I did notice that in between the two coats, which I applied one eye then second eye, back to first eye then second eye, seemed to dry fast.

The one thing I can’t get down with is the packaging. I’m sure it’s better than a tube, because you can squeeze the last of the product onto the wand, but it’s too unconventional for me. The other thing I noticed, which it didn’t say on the packaging, is that this is waterproof, which I prefer not to use.

I like the mascara and would recommend it if you’re looking for a volumizing waterproof mascara.

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Colourpop Liquid Eyeliner

I’m back on that Colourpop, lol.

I picked up a black liquid line, Numero Uno, regular price $8, to get to free shipping. This was the first time I purchased this style liner.

I have to start with saying, I hate CP’s pot liners. They’re hard to work with, they’re chunky and I can’t get them to apply smoothly no matter what deity I pray to. The pencil liners are fine, nothing special to be honest, so I wasn’t expecting much.

The most important thing for me when it comes to makeup is that it has to be easy. So, to test this out, I decided to use this liner for the first time in a moving car.

OK, it wasn’t planned but that’s how it happened.

I’m not the best at applying eyeliner, something to keep in mind, but overall, this eyeliner was pretty easy to apply. I did have to shake it a few times, and shake it in between applications, but it didn’t leak or apply too much.

I like the matte black finish and that I was able to apply a thin precise line but I’m interested in seeing how long it’ll take before it’s “empty” or too dry to use.

My eyeshadow is a combination of Makeup Geek and Sydney Grace singles and Colourpop SSS on the lid.

Have you used these liquid liners before? What do you think of them?

Morning must haves

It’s officially heater season and with it comes dry skin and a runny nose for me.

Fortunately I’m not having to worry about people seeing my flaky skin but it’s still a concern so I’m doing everything possible to protect my skin.

With all the skincare I have, I probably overdo my routine but I do have some staples I stick to:

Saturday Skin 10% Glycolic Acid + Pore Control Compkex (gifted) : helps refine and smooth skin’s appearance. I use this 4-5 times a week

Peach & Lily The Good Acids Pore Toner : an exfoliating toner that’s gentle enough for daily use. It’s designed to wipe away dead skin cells and has ingredients to keep your complexion clear, which is perfect for mask enduced acne.

Innisfree My Lip Balm : this is a mousse texture balm that instantly hydrates your lips. I apply this right after toner and leave on while I finish my skincare routine and makeup.

Fresh Beauty Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence (gifted) : this is for smooth, luminous skin and makes my skin feel instantly hydrated.

Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream with Avocado (gifted) : helps with dryness, dark circles and puffiness. This adds instant hydration to my undereye area.

Tatcha Serum Stick: a concentrated treatment and touch up balm. I use this on my chin, my eye socket area and between my brows. These are my driest and most wrinkled areas so I figure they require the high intensity stuff

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence (gifted) : help with dryness, dullness, uneven texture and oiliness. This is described as “an essence that drenches the skin in esencial moisture” and that’s exactly what it does.

Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (gifted) : helps with dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. This is a great moisturizer that doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and is lightweight.

Are any of these part of your morning routine? What are your must haves?