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Makeup Monday ~ Full Face (almost) First Impressions

Happy Monday, lovelies! I hope you all had a restful and peaceful weekend. Mine was pretty productive, which is a bit unusual for me haha. My weekends usually consist of a whole lotta nuttin’. I have had to do a lot of clothes shopping lately. I have lost nearly forty pounds since the beginning of the year, which makes most of my existing wardrobe comical. My weight loss hasn’t been on purpose, it’s health related. I might be more excited about it if it was purposeful. Regardless of the hows or whys, a new wardrobe is a necessity. Because it’s between seasons, I’ve found most everything on serious clearance, so YAY for that! Everything except for undergarments. Why on earth are ladies’ undergarments so insanely priced?? I can’t buy them just anywhere, either. Being more well endowed than the average woman, I have to go to higher end department stores. That isn’t even a guarantee. And guess what? Losing weight didn’t affect my bust size, in the least. Seriously?? The adage that women lose weight in the bust first does not apply to me, apparently. On another note, how about that eclipse??? It absolutely took my breath away. We live in the path of totality and it was a truly stunning and humbling experience.

Random ramblings aside, I have gotten lots of new makeup lately, so I thought I would do a full face impressions for today. Well, nearly full face. I didn’t get any new brow products or setting powder. Here’s everything I used:

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Let’s start with the foundation.

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I used the Lorac Natural Performance Foundation. I just did not like it. It was a pretty light coverage formula, (it does say natural) and it didn’t really build up very well. It doesn’t look too bad in these photos. I dunno, I’m going to continue playing with it and see if I can figure out how to work with it. The Lorac Touch Up To Go concealer/foundation pen was just weird. It has an actual brush tip, and you push a button at the bottom of the pen to dispense the product. It sputtered out all over my desk and I couldn’t get a decent amount to come up into the brush. It blended out nicely with my micro.mini beauty blender, which was a positive. I might keep playing with this one too. I don’t know … I don’t know if the aggravation is worth it.

Next up was the Elevation highlighter and Balm Springs Long Wearing Blush, from The Balm. I liked these! I got a nice amount of bling from the highlighter and the blush was a really pretty color for my skin tone. Win!

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I used a lot of elf products lol The bronzer/blush kit is in St Lucia and I only used the bronzer. It looked a little but muddy, but that could have been the lighting. I have used the blush previously, and I really liked it. The formula of these is fantastic, though. They are nicely pigmented.

Sigh … that matte palette is a hot mess. I used the two blue shades that are next to each other and they were a blending nightmare for me. A friend, who isn’t into makeup like I am, even remarked at how patchy my eye shadow looked. I’m going to try again, using some different brushes and see what happens. Otherwise, this will be going in the bin. In the Aqua palette, I used the white shade at the top and the frosty blue at the bottom. These weren’t bad! I had to use a dampened brush, but I think that can be par for the course with a lot of shimmer shades, if you really want impact.

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For mascara, I used this Make Up For Ever sample that came in one of my subscription boxes. It was alright. The formula seemed quite dry. I don’t know if that’s just how it is, or if it’s been sitting in a warehouse, waiting to go into a subscription box haha. I couldn’t seem to build it up, and it didn’t give me near the lashes that the L’Oréal Lash Paradise does. “Excessive Lash” and “arresting volume” are quite a stretch as descriptors, at least for my lashes anyway. Have I mentioned how much I love crayon-style lippies? I own several from Clinique, tarte, and Cover Girl. They make application a no-brainer. Super easy! And this particular formula from Clinique is fantastic! Well pigmented and very smooth and creamy!

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Finally, my tools. These are all new in my collection. The micro.mini beauty blender came in this month’s Play! box and the brushes I ordered from PÜR. I’m on the fence with the mini fan brush. It did fine, really. It just feels really small in my hand haha The second brush is a concealer blending brush. I didn’t use it for that, but it worked great for setting my concealer! It’s the perfect size for that, and it’s very soft. The micro.mini is the perfect size for blending out concealer, and my under eye area was much less crepe-y and the concealer didn’t settle into my fine lines when I used this. That’s a HUGE win!

I was extremely unhappy with my makeup, and how I looked in general. The majority of that was the eyeshadow. Those blues just did not want to blend! I will give them a second chance, though. And, I’ll keep working with the foundation and concealer. My mind is made up as far as the mascara, though. It’s just too dry. Anyone know how to fix that??

So, what do y’all think? Any of you who have this newest matte palette from elf, did you have trouble blending the shadows, too, or is it just me? Haha, that’s entirely possible! Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Hey Hey, It’s Sephora Play!

Well, technically, it’s Play! by Sephora, but that wouldn’t rhyme! Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Mine certainly got better at the end. I got three deliveries, one from Sephora, one from Pur Cosmetics, and one from Macy’s. We’ll be talking about all of those next week. When I checked my mail today, I was shocked to see my Play! by Sephora box inside. That box usually doesn’t come until later in the month and it’s never gotten here before Ipsy or Birchbox! YAY!

This is my third month with this subscription service, and I’m pretty pleased so far. I’m quite happy with all of my subscriptions, to be honest. I love being able to try out a product, with minimal investment. If I don’t like it, it’s not a big deal, and there have been some products that just weren’t my cup of tea. Overall, though, everything has been great. One thing I particularly like about Sephora’s service is you get five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample. I’ve become a bit of a perfume junkie lately, and this is a GREAT way to find new scents. In fact, I have found a few new fragrances that I cannot live without now … looking at you Versace Bright Crystal!!

Let’s jump on in!

For starters, how flipping cute is this bag??? And I love that they used the Periodic Table to talk about beauty ingredients! As always, you get 50 free Beauty Insider points with purchase, but they have to be used in-store. That’s a big bummer if you don’t have a store nearby. I think one was recently built in our JC Penny store, but I haven’t been there in ages. Guess I should go and check it out! Also, these points are not good forever. They expire on the last day of the month after you get your bag. In other words, these 50 points I got with my August box expire September 30th.

Lets dig into these goodies, shall we?

Starting with skin items, there’s a mini Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation stick in the shade Shell ($46). It looks light enough for my skin tone, so YAY! Next up is Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum ($98/1oz). This is something I am SUPER excited about! It looks very glittery in the bottle, but doesn’t seem to be too much on the skin. I just had to put a drop on the back of my hand, once I saw it haha It smells wonderful!! This has actual Greek saffron and, from what the paperwork says, it takes 150 Krocus flowers in order to produce one gram of saffron. Finally, we have the beautyblender micro.mini sponge applicator ($18). These are the perfect size for concealer, and maybe using a damp sponge will keep my under eye area from looking so dried out and crease-y.

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I’m not really a huge fan of the hair products that come in these boxes. Most are texturizing sprays or volumizing sprays. My hair has plenty of both haha and sprays just make my hair out of control or sticky. This spray from Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist ($30/4.8oz) is both volumizing AND texturizing, so it should be interesting! This has a wonderful citrus scent, so I will definitely try it out. I’m just not going to have high hopes hahaha

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This is an interesting product, Clinique’s HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo. This must only come as a mini, because I cannot find it on the Sephora website anywhere. I have never used a lash primer before, and this claims to be moisturizing, which I could probably use. I try to only use waterproof mascara (watery eyes and living in the South haha) and that has to be hard on lashes. It also says using the primer will create more a more vibrant and longer lasting eye look. I am looking forward to seeing what effect this will have on my mine!

Finally, we have my favorite part of the Play! bag:

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I had to laugh when I read the description of My Burberry Black ($72/1oz) … “inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat” What??? It features a blend of jasmine, candied rose and amber. How do those scents jive with a trench coat, exactly? It also has peach and patchouli. Don’t get me wrong, it smells incredible. I just don’t understand how a trench coat was the inspiration for the scent hahaha

So, that’s my August Play! bag. This service is $10 a month and I think it’s well worth that price. If I went out and bought full sizes of these products (not including the Clinique duo), the total cost would be $264. What do you think? Do you subscribe to any of these boxes? Which ones are your favorites? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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