Wet N Wild Mega Protein Mascara

I’m not usually picky when it comes to mascara, in fact my favorite mascara is an Essence Lash Princess mascara that’s $4. However, when it comes to this WNW mascara, it is awful.

I picked it up hoping it would be another great inexpensive mascara (also because I didn’t have a mascara on me and didn’t want to spend money on one, haha), but it’s not. It feels greasy, maybe it’s the “protein”, and it doesn’t do much for my lashes. It actually clumps them up and makes them look sparse. Even though it stays feeling greasy, it does get hard to comb through which is how I’ve managed to get my lashes to look decent.

I’m trying to use this up, because I’m stubborn and because I hope it somehow becomes better. Once this is gone I’ll be sticking to my Essence mascara.

Love in London V2 look and life

Oy, it feels like it’s been a year since I last posted. I’ve been trying to stick to a Monday and Friday schedule but even that seems to be too much for me. I’m going to continue to keep that as a goal but more than anything I want to keep blogging because I want to, not because I feel obligated.

With that said, here is a look using BH Cosmetics Love in London palette in different lighting.

I’m surprised at how much I’m loving this cool toned palette. It’s been so easy to combine shades and they’re so wearable.

Have you tried any BH Cosmetics products?

Love in London palette look

The BH Cosmetics Travel Series collection has several location eyeshadow and highlighter palettes and so far these are the only palettes I’ve tried. The destination theme is a little sentimental because they can be of places you’ve traveled to or want to travel to, which is exactly how they got me *face palm*. Once I tried the first palette I was hooked and purchased a couple more palettes.

Today’s look is using the Love in London palette. This palette has a more neutral, lighter color story than I typically gravitate towards.

The palette is about half matte and half shimmer colors. The mattes build up nicely and blend out easily. They are a little powdery but that doesn’t affect the quality.

The shimmers are nice and buttery. They can be applied with a wet brush or over a sticky primer to show up more pigmented.

I used the two mattes, Cheers and Picadilly, in the crease and to darken the crease and outer part of the crease/lid. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and went in with Duchess on the outer part of my lid, over Picadilly, to smoke out the look more. Then I applied Biscuit over the rest of the lid and finished the look with Palace in the inner corner.

I used Picadilly and Duchess on the lower lash line.

I loved how this look turned out and am excited up try out more looks.

Do you have any of these palettes?

LA Girl VIP Desert Dream look

These are the two latest palettes from LA Girl, VIP Desert Dream and Main Stage Desert Dream.

(what’s a PRE-PS? I’m not a color expert) The Main Stage palette has a nice colorful color story with some pastel and darker jewel tones. The VIP palette has warm, neutral tones which are more my style.

Of the three mattes I used for this look, thr yellow and rust were pigmented and easy to blend. The dark brown that I used in the outer corner took more layers to build up to the darkness I wanted.

The metallic shade I used has an interesting texture. I think the best way to describe it is like soft chunky glitter. I found the best way to apply this is to go in with you finger, lightly rubbing the pan to get product on your finger, then applying it to the lid. I used NYX glitter primer on the area where I applied that shade to get it to stick on better and reduce fallout through the day.

Overall, I like these larger LA Girl palettes. They usually retail for $15.99US and are available at Ulta, Target, CVS and Walmart to name a few stores and they go on sale pretty often for 40-50% off.

The only think I would change, and this is a personal preference, is the front of the palette has a plastic, jelly like texture.

Have you tried any of the LA Girl 16 pan palettes? What do you think of these two palettes?

Both palettes were gifted but reviews and thoughts are my own honest opinions.

Mini Walmart haul

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Walmart (we don’t have any conveniently near us) but I ran out of a couple of items so I took advantage and found one to go to.

I repurchased the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. Theywere out of Sand which is what I’ve been using so I grabbed one shade lighter to try out. I felt like sand was a little too dark anyway so I think this one will be good.

I was also repurchased the WetNWild Photofocus loose powder in Banana. This is hands down my favorite powder and yesterday I fianlly ran out, I even removed the plastic stopped to use up every last dust spec lol. I contemplated holding off on replacing this one since I have a few others to use up but I couldn’t resist it.

The WetNWild blush is an existing shade, Mellow Wine, that was repackaged in this Valentine’s Day packaging.

I grabbed the elf mascara for about $2 to give it a try and the highlighter was $5 I believe. I like the highlighter, it gives a nice golden glow without any glitter. The mascara is ok, I’ll have to keep testing it because it’s still too new and too wet to really decide how I feel about it.

I couldn’t resist the cute little Caboodles tote. I’m always looking for a convenient way to carry my motd through the house as I look for a comfortable place to apply it lol. It comes with several compartments for brushes and makeup products. It’s actually a nail kit tote but it works for this too. The center compartment comes out for easy cleaning.

The last (actually it was the very first lol) item I picked up was a cute fluffy sloth for my niece.

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

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?

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?

Rust eyeshadow palette

Happy Black Friday if you’ve gotten up, or will get up, in hopes of finding all the good deals.

I’m a little sad to say there isn’t really anything that has captured my attention this year. It could be because I still have so much unpacking to do that adding more boxes seems like too much, lol.

For today’s look I used the Melt Cosmetics Rust palette. These gorgeous colors are perfect for fall looks and the quality is superb.

The colors I used were (in order): Erode/ Rust/ Mar/ Rott along upper and lower lash line

The shimmers are all beautiful, even though I much prefer the mattes in the palette, but I wanted to use something brighter.

For the lid I used Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Campfire; part of the collaboration with RawBeautyKristi.

I was able to use Rott on a flat definer brush as eyeliner and I loved the effect it had.

For my highlight I used the Jaclyn Cosmetics highlighter quad. I used the Colourpop lippie stix Beeper and CP CA Love lux lipstick.

How was your week? Are you doing any shopping this Black Friday or Cyber Monday?