Morphe 35 O3 Look

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas primer and Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut primer
Face: Covergirl Full Spectrum Matte Ambition All Day Foundation. I think I have the lightest shade in this collection, definitely made for more melanin rich peeps.
Measurable Difference Concealer Collection. We received this in a Boxycharm box three years ago and I’ve kept this since then, still plastic wrapped. I love how well this product performs! I used it for contouring, bronzing and concealer
Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder for under the eyes and NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop powder for all over
ABH Contour Kit powder
Smashbox Bronze Lights Warm Matte
Colourpop Interstellar pressed blush
Marc Jacob’s Gilty O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer NYX glitter primer for the lid area where I applied the shimmer shade
Shadows: Tempting/ Flame Game/ Red Alert/ Power Play/ Trance
@nyxcosmetics Fill and Fluff in Espresso
Tarte Big Ego Mascara
Kylie Cosmetics Madeline

The NYX glitter primer made a big difference in how the shimmer shade applied and how long it stayed on!

Natasha Denona Metropolis Look

Yesterday I was watching Alicia Archer (kinkysweat on YouTube) do two looks comparing the Natasha Denona Bronze and Metropolis palettes and she inspired me to use the Metropolis palette.


I love the way Symbol, Shield and Imperia blended into each other.
I used Rhizome in the crease to blend the colors up

Other products used:

  • Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX10
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Loose powder
  • The Balm Time Balm concealer in Medium
  • Natasha Denona Sculpt and Glow palette
  • Chanel Bronze Makeup Base (discontinued and reformulated)
  • Colourpop Top 8 matte liquid lipstick and Cruel Intentions SSB
  • MAC Totally Taupless
  • Chantecaille Elephant Smitten

Natasha Denona Tropic Palette

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!

Monday Makeup Vol 1

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

June BoxyLuxe

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

Over all I’m very happy with this box

Beauty Bakerie Lipstick

I love the entire concept of the Beauty Bakerie’s theme. The packaging and naming is so cute!

The only thing I’ve been able to try is a mini matte lipstick and I was not disappointed!

The name is Desserts First, the price is $10 and the packaging is cardboard!

The formula is matte but comfortable and the color payoff is great!

I would definitely recommend this lipstick and can’t wait to try more!

Morphe 18B

You guys remember my no spend 2020?

Yeah, me either. Haha!

I fell off the wagon hard this month, like, really hard so next month I’m going to have to kick it into overdrive and remind myself I have a goal.

In the meantime look at this beeeuuuuteee

I’m a sucker for names

I’ve recently been OBSESSED with green eyeshadow and have yet to find the perfect olive/army green.

Hopefully this palette can satisfy my needs!

“Bubble Bubble No more Trouble”

I’m the kind of person that hates washing my face. There, I said it.

There’s something about having product in my face as I blindly splash water up in the hopes of rinsing everything clean.

When I saw The Creme Shop carbonated bubbling oxygen clay mask I was intrigued. I’ve used bubbling sheet masks in the past and have liked them, but this one was more than just a sheet mask.

Here are the claims off their website:

All-in-one cleanses, exfoliates, unclogs pores.

Our Bubble Bubble, No More Trouble Carbonated Bubbling Oxygen Clay Mask is a powerful all-in-one that deeply cleanses, exfoliates skin of dead skin cells, blackheads, and unclogs pores by removing dirt, oil, and sebum.

Additional nutrients like Collagen, Green Tea, and Lavender replenish and smooths the skin for a soft complexion and youthful glow.

That’s quite a bit of action!

I had a CVS 40% off coupon so I decided to try it. I thought maybe the bubbling action would make it exciting enough for me to want to wash my face.


Day 1: I wasn’t sure what to expect so I applied a layer just thick enough to cover my face. I rubbed it on using my fingers and waited for it to do its magic. It didn’t take long to start to tingle, not in a bad way, and bubble and soon the five minutes were up and it was time to see the results. I could tell it had removed all of my makeup, avoid eye contact (and make sure your mouth is fully closed, this doesn’t have a pleasant taste) but it left my skin feeling dry.

I used it again the next day, this time using a thicker layer of product


I noticed more bubbles this time, and it was easier to rub off as I rinsed my face but again, it left my skin feeling very dry and stripped.

I’ll have to continue using it to see if it’s something my skin needs to adapt to or if it’s too harsh for daily use.

Overall I think it’s a cute idea that works well. I can’t decide if I would recommend this yet because of how dry my face is left.

Natasha Denona makeup

This year, at Sephoria, I learned Natasha Denona has primer and foundation so during this holiday Rouge sale I picked up the Magic Primer, the Foundation X+ and the Contour Sculpting Powder.

I’ve used the sculpting powder twice and the primer and foundation three times and here are my thoughts:

  • The primer works well and does what it says. It kept my face from looking shiny and felt hydrating. I used it on my t-zone only, as recommended and used a hydrating primer everywhere else
  • The foundation is great, it’s matte and full coverage so I only used a little. You have to shake it very well before using because it does separate. I was a little concerned because some of the reviews stated that it ended up seperating by the end of the day but I did not experience that at all. I have an oily t-zone and dry outer face.
  • I got the sculpting powder in warm and this works as a perfect bronzer for me. It’s best to start with a light hand and build up. It blended well and lasted all day

I think the price point for these are all fairly reasonable and comparable to other high end products.

Overall I would definitely recommend these products!