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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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Makeup Monday ~ elf Beautifully Bare Lash Tint

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to a new week! My week has already started out swell … I had to take my truck back to the shop. It had been in the shop for well over a week, and I was so excited to get her back Friday. Until I got down the road. So, back she went today! I really hope it’s a quick fix, because my daughter leaves in just over a week, and we have lots of errands to run between now and then. Since this was a quick trip to town, I did some quick makeup.

elf almost always has a “free gift with purchase” deal going on. I LOVE that they do that! I gives me the opportunity to try products that I might not normally go for. That had to be how their Beautifully Bare Lash Tint, in Naked Noir, ended up in my collection. I scoured the elf website and I could not find it anywhere!

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I think my lashes are decent, without any product on them. They aren’t the worst I’ve seen, for sure. Here’s what they look like without anything:

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Haha well, you really can’t see them, can you? I have some, I swear! Like I said, I was just running to town to drop my truck off at the repair shop, so no need for full glam. I did try out some different shades in the Trolls palette from PÜR Cosmetics. (I am really having some thoughts about this palette, so look for my thoughts on that in an upcoming post.) Imagine my surprise when I pulled the wand out and saw this:

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Ummm … whaaatttt??? This is not marketed as a lower lash product. Just so you have some perspective, this is the elf wand next to the L,Oréal Lash Paradise wand:

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Insane, right? There is no way, this teeny tiny wand is going to do anything for my upper lashes. Because I already had this weird little thing out, I was committed. Here’s the result, y’all:

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I am actually pretty impressed!! Now, to be fair, it’s not really a mascara, but a lash tint. It sure performed like a mascara, though! My lashes are definitely lengthened and fanned out a little. It didn’t do much in the way of adding volume, but I don’t think that was part of the deal. Tint does just that, tints whatever you put it on. I think what it did do was already going above and beyond any expectations I had.

I’m pretty glad the people at elf chose this product for my “free gift with purchase”. I never, ever would have chosen a lash tint before this. Score one for the folks at elf!! What do you guys think? Have you ever used a lash tint? Did you see good results? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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LOL what a week (and a mini haul)

Hahaha good Friday, lovelies! I dunno about y’all, but this has just been a week and I am incredibly glad it’s Friday. Not only have we had unpleasant weather, I’ve had awful flares AND I was plagiarized. I got so excited yesterday, looking at all the views I racked up … then I realized the views were mostly me, grabbing links to address the nastiness that happened. Sigh … ahhhh Life, I see you … you funny beast! If ever there was a lesson in humility, it’s been this entire week. And that’s okay … obviously this was a lesson Life thought I needed. I didn’t need to be slapped quite so hard in the face, though. I can grasp subtlety, for future reference.

Yesterday’s posting was supposed to be my Ipsy and Birchbox unboxing. Of course, I cannot find that stuff anywhere! Also, I was on my laptop, literally all day, researching copyright information and violations, ways to make my blog less easily copied, etc. I’m also too trusting of a soul, apparently, and I forget the world is full of selfish, heartless people. They aren’t all like me, or you.

So, instead of making myself crazy looking for everything I need for that post, I thought I would post a little haul from e.l.f. I dunno about you guys, but I LOVE their makeup and most of their skin care products. Their eyeshadows and blushes are very well pigmented, lip products are outstanding, foundations are incredible (mostly lol). You get the picture. I honestly don’t know how they do it at their price point.

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The first product I am loving is the hydrating gel mist. It’s such a confusing product!! It’s quite thick in the bottle, but it sprays out wonderfully and it somehow transforms into a more water-like product, once it hits the skin. My parched cheeks are in love so far!

The eye shadow is the Island Breeze palette from the new Ultra Pigment Cushion line of shadows. I’m not real sure why it’s called a cushion shadow, because it’s not at all similar in formula to cushion correctors or foundations. It’s definitely powder. It is buttery and soft, but not cushion-y. The website says they melt into a cream, and have a dewy finish. I didn’t see any of that happening on my hand. The satin finishes are not all that pigmented, as you can see from the finger swatches, The shimmer shades, though, are incredible. The shade closest to my knuckles is the silvery one, first on the bottom row. I swatched totally backwards haha I figured we all know what black liquid liner looks like, so I didn’t swatch. (Please disregard the fact that it looks like I have no fingers in these swatches. My nails are in terrible shape this week haha and no one wants to see that mess.)

The blush/bronzer duo is called St Lucia and I think it will go really well with my skin tone. The blush is a peachy tone, which I don’t normally go for, but it just looks really pretty! And can we talk about this liquid highlighter real quick?? I’m not sure how this will work on top of powder or foundation, or if it will even show up under those things. Mercy, it’s beautiful, though!!

Finally, we have some lippies! The first is part of their new matte liquid lipstick line, in Wine Tour. The color is just gorgeous, and it’s not streaky, which can be tough for darker shades. The other is a lightly pigmented lip balm with SPF 15. This would be a great on-the-go lippie to keep in your purse to ensure you have some sun protection on your lips. It’s easy to forget that our lips need protection, too, and lipsticks won’t do it. I think this shade is light enough that you could put it on under other lippies, and it won’t alter the shade too much. It is pretty sheer, once applied. I went a little crazy in the swatch so you could see the color, which is listed as pink. Hmm, ya don’t say haha

Also, for my budget bougie peeps out there … Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale, starting today and running through August 6. Lots of fantastic deals in beauty! Some products are nearly half off!! The link I added goes straight to the beauty section of the sale. I looked through it this morning and there may be a few things in my cart hahahaha Prices go up August 7. Don’t miss out on this awesome sale!

I think that’s all I have in me for today, lovelies. Let’s cross our fingers that next week will be a quiet, calm, peaceful week. No flares, no thievery. Just you and me, trying to get through this life as best we can, with the cards we’ve been dealt, and looking great while we’re doing it!

Carrie♥

 

 

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