Brows: Elf Cosmetics
Lips: Lisa Eldridge
Brows: Elf Cosmetics
Lips: Lisa Eldridge
Makeup of the day 💄
Brows: @essencemakeup Superlast 24h Eyebrow Pomade Pencil Waterproof in 20 Brown, @annabellecosmetics Brow Show Eyebrow Shaping Gel in Medium Dark
Eyes: @urbandecaycosmetics Eyeshadow Primer Potion In Original, @tartecosmetics Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette, @starlookscosmetics Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian (isn’t Obsidian such a satisfying name?)
Face: @fentybeauty Pro Filt’R Primer, @hourglasscosmetics Vanish Stick in Nude, @hourglasscosmetics Veil Translucent Setting Powder, @tartecosmetics Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen palette, @coverfx Mattifying Setting Spray
Lips: @urbandecaycosmetics Ultimate Ozone Pencil, @fentybeauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick in Shawty
Tonight has been one of those nights where I know I have a long list of things I ought to be getting done, but I feel so physically and emotionally wiped that I just know even if I attempt to do them, they won’t be done right and I’ll feel even more out of it. So, feeling inspired by all the Body Lava by Fenty hype, I decided to do a tiny arts and crafts session and smash a highlighter to make my own glowing concoction.
The Body Lava Luminizer, although divine, is so painfully expensive. CAD $69 just seems like too much to make my body shimmer, especially when it’s only warm here for about two months of the year and the rest of the year my body is covered up in layers of sweaters and winter despair. It’s a fun product though, and it reminds me of the Bath and Body Works glitter spray days of my youth (e.g., six years ago, LOL). So I decided to whip up my own shimmery body product.
I recently ordered the Herbivore Citrine Body Oil (CAD $46) and I’m in love! The smell is so sweet and summery, and it soaks into my skin and leaves it glowing and plump. I easily could have used any other oil I had kicking around (sweet almond, argan, etc.) but I have no idea where my bulk sized bottle of sweet almond oil ran off to, so this is what I used.
Secondly, I’ve had the Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen palette from Tarte for a few years, originally purchased because I swatched the Gator Wings highlight in Sephora with a few friends and we all freaked out over it. However, I never think to use this palette so that lovely little highlighter has just been sitting there, lonely and forlorn, not realizing any of its potential.
So I smashed that baby up, awkwardly deposited the fragments of highlighter into my Citrine bottle with a pair of tweezers, shook it up, and then repressed the highlighter with a bit of rubbing alcohol.
Glitter on my pajamas, makeup chair, hands, face, cat, everything. And a cute little bottle of shimmery body oil! My photography skills are not good enough to capture the shimmer via photo, but it left a subtle sparkle on my skin. Not Fenty level shimmer, but a gentle sparkle that with make my skin look like a sun goddess without making me look like a disco ball.
I have TWO days in a row off starting today which hasn’t happened in probably close to six months. I’m so excited to just hide away in my apartment and spend some time with my cat and my tortoise and get the introvert-recharge-time I’ve been desperately needing for the past two weeks.
Here’s my makeup of the day! My skin is definitely not this clear without makeup, but I’m finding that it’s already becoming smoother since incorporating glycolics into my skincare routine. Once I’ve given the glycolics a good go I’m going to share my experience with glycolics and hormone-based acneic skin that is very oily and give a little background on the products I tried.
Here’s what I used:
Face: BECCA First Light Priming Filter, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation, BECCA x Chrissy Palette, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer, GloSkinBeauty Pressed Base, Hourglass Ambient Palette
Eyes: ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, Ciate Wonderwand Mascara, Giorgio Armani pink concealer, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Concealer
Brows: Marcelle Duo Eyebrow-PRO
Lips: TooFaced Melted Matte in Queen B
What I’ve managed to cross off my list:
All in all, I’m making progress. I’ve had a couple of duds, but a couple of products have grown on me. I wasn’t the hugest fan of the Rainforest of the Sea concealer for awhile, but I’m beginning to like it again.
Outside of my goal project pan products, I’ve always used up these in the past week or so:
I don’t mind the Infallible setting spray, but the spray on it is a bit aggressive and can leave your face quite wet if you’re not careful. Young Living, as we all know, is trash, and I’m getting close to using up all of my old products of theirs. I think I’ve got about four bottles of essential oils left from them, and then I should be good. I recently learned a lot of terrifying information about the founder of YL that includes everything from false medical practices to drowned babies, and if even half of it is true, then I am even more embarrassed for having supported this company in any way. I adore how fluffy and smooth the OleHenriksen Transform Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer is! I nearly bought it to use as a night moisturizer today, but I opted for a product from my workplace instead (gotta love work discounts!). The Clinique pep-start sample moisturizer was pretty good, but Clinique does unfortunately test on animals so I avoid buying from them. The Biophora Light Hydration Serum was pretty decent, and I had no complaints! It didn’t really stand out to me, but it definitely got the job done.
Today I caved did a bit of Boxing Day shopping, but after today I think that’s it for makeup shopping until 2019. I’m excited and terrified to see how long I can last in a year-long no buy and how it will change my perspective on what I currently own, my social media consumption, my bank balance, and even my conversations with makeup-loving friends.
Eyes and Brows:
I am loving the glo-minerals pressed base. I’ve been wearing it nearly every day since I got it at work, and it has held up really well against my oily t-zone. Even on days like today where I was on my feet working in a hot, crowded store, only the smallest amount of oil poked through. It’s not as full coverage as a liquid foundation, but I find that pairing it with my tinted primer has been working really well lately as my skin has been somewhat clear.
I don’t give enough of a damn about my eyebrows to buy expensive brow products, so I have been finding a lot of drugstore brow products that in my opinion work just fine.
I love the pigment of Nudestix, their packaging, how they apply, and how long they last, but they are ever so drying. And of course once my lips start to dry, they start to flake. I still continue to wear them because I love the colour, I just put on a thick layer of lip balm first.
If there was a fire in my apartment, the first few things I would grab as I ran out would be my tortoise, my childhood blanket, my cell phone, and my Natasha Denona Lila Palette.