So staying on the topic of makeup for a few more posts, I thought I would go through my Revlon Lipstick collection and tell you what colors and finishes I currently have. I was prompted to try out the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick after finding them on sale for $4.99(Cnd) so at that price, it did not hurt to try. I really liked the feel and finish so I bought a whole bunch more. I would like to say all of the colors I bought were perfect but you know that would not be true
I don’t recall the first one I bought was but I was impressed, So far the only one I really don’t like is Plum Velour which has sheer coverage. I have very small lips and was never able to get them to look right even when overdrawing my natural lip line. As of writing this I still have not been able to use the Show Stopper color yet but seeing as I still have some free time I think I may be able to fit it in soon (I hope).
Another great thing is they have windows in the lid which makes it easier to see what color you are reaching for, except on the Matte versions. I like this idea even though I keep all mine with the label facing up so I can read the names.
One last thing I have to say about these is that I really love the presentation on Love is On. The packaging reminds me of higher-end brands and with the color and writing on the inner tube, it just looks really fancy to me.
So after Christmas and before my accident I had been able to pick up some new makeup. I was hoping for some quiet time after the holidays were over but things did not turn out like that. But I guess I can post up the new makeup I was able to get. The pictures are not the greatest because I was not able to walk around the house to get the best light for the pictures.
Just a little after Christmas I found some of the E.L.F. Holiday kits on sale at the local drug store for 60% off. I grabbed a new 48 color Eyeshadow kit that came with eyeshadow and blending brushes which themselves would be well worth the price I paid for it. Not sure I will even use the eyeshadows since I have barely been able to even use half of the colors from the last E.L.F. set I bought last year so I may give this to my wife and keep the brushes for myself as she has a decent set of brushes. I was super happy with the set of eye brushes I picked up last holiday season. It’s amazing how much more detail and control you can have using the right tools for the job instead of the crappy little sponge applicators you normally get with eyeshadow.
The second kit I picked up was an E.L.F. Contouring kit that also came packaged with a nice wide brush for application. I started some practase last summer using contouring and I really liked how it looked. The brush that came with this kit seems like it will be a real help seeing it’s a thick wide shape to help.
Maybelline products have been high on my lists recently because I tried there Matte+Poreless foundation and I was amazed at how it felt, the coverage and even how it looked in pictures too. I have tried some of their lipstick, mascara, eyeliner and highlighting kits all which I am so far really liking. So when I first saw the adverts for their new Color Sensational Made For All lipstick shades I knew I had to pick up a few. More specifically Red For Me and Ruby For Me seeing as I have been going for more vibrant reds lately. I am really happy with other Color Sensational lipsticks I have and am hoping these ones are just as good.
Red For Me is a Matte red and the Ruby For Me has a great sheen too it from what I have seen in ads and videos on the net. All the new cases have a similar color as the lipstick inside with a matte finish on the Red For Me. I have yet to try these but I am hoping that sometime soon I will be able to sit down and try all this new stuff seeing as with my injury I am going to be off my feet for a bit longer while everything heals.
Normally I never start dressing until at least late October, but this year I was given the opportunity to start in August, a very hot August.
The summer here in South Eastern Ontario was brutally hot, so even though I had the opportunity to dress, it was too sweltering to do so most times. I tried, I really tried to dress on some of the warm days not wanting to waste the time that I had, but in 25-degree heat, I was sweating again after even having a cold shower and foundation does not apply well at all on a sweaty face.
But now that fall is starting to creep in and the days and nights are getting cooler it’s way better. And with the extra time I have had in this seasonal transition period I have been heading out of doors for some better picture taking. I was able to head out last weekend and get some pictures of myself in the beginning of the layering/sweater weather season.
I started with working on my makeup, using mostly products from the Maybelline Fit Me lines I have been picking up. I am really, really loving the Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation in Buff Beige (130). The coverage is awesome and the match is what I have been dreaming of. I was also trying out the Maybelline Master Blush Color and Highlight kit. This is the first time I have really used a highlighter and I really liked how it turned out, just an extra little POP.
For my lips, I used some Maybelline Color Sensation lipstick in Blissful Berry (410), it’s a gorgeous berry shade but does not really show up great because my cameras are not the greatest. I spent a lot of extra time on my eyes this time and used my Covergirl Trunaked Dazed palette which has some really striking colors in it if you are trying to make a statement.
So after I had my makeup all done I decided to start casual with just a pair of jeans and a few tops and get a bit dressier from there. The first top is longer with slits on both sides. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but it has a red metallic thread woven throughout the top which gives it a really nice look.
I first tried A infinity sweater. I think these were popular about 5-6 years ago but I have not seen any recently. It looked okay, but with the ammount of extra fabric this piece has it’s probably easier just to get a basic top and a scarf.
I then moved onto a knee length cardigan which I think is my favorite look of all. I love how this sweater trails behind you in the wind when you walk. With the extra large holes in the knit, I doubt it would be the warmest but it lookes nice.
I changed from the shimmery top to a sleeveless wrap top with a ruffle. This is more of a summer top but with the right sweater it could be a bright pick me up into the cooler fall. I paired it with a black ruffled bolero.
I moved on from the tops and pants and tried a dress that I had purchased back at the start of 2016 but have not worn a lot. It’s long sleeved, so it’s perfect for cooler weather and the fabric is a bit heavier. It has a slit up the leg on the left side. With the long sleeves I would not wear a sweater with this but I may try and pick up a shawl to go along with it
So there are some of my fall picks. I am sure as the weather gets cooler andI still have some decent time outside I will have some more posts to throw up.
I love trying new brands, looks and styles. I love being able to sit down at my makeup mirror and just practise putting it all on and seeing how much better I get each time. The only thing I really need now is more time to use it all in.
So here for you to see is all the products I am using or testing out.
Just like everything else you need the right tools for the right job, same goes for makeup. I have invested in some decent, but not overly expensive brushes and sponges that seem to be working for me.
I have brushes from Still Cosmetics, E.L.F. and EcoTools. I have also been using Joe Fresh foundation sponges along with a Quo Blending sponge.
Moisturiser gets your skin ready for your makeup. This is all I apply before as I don’t use primers or anything else. Olay complete had lots of positive reviews and really works well in my opinion. It does not leave your face feeling greasy and sets in really quick.
Recently I finally found my perfect match with Maybelline Fit me Matte + Poreless foundation in Buff Beige (130). I really like the finish and so far it looks good in pictures. I had picked up a couple of different shades and I know I will have to get some more because right now I am still tanned from working outside all the time
Currently using Maybelline, Covergirl and E.L.F. The Covergirl and E.L.F. are both stick style and the Maybelline is a liquid type.
I have been using Covergirl CG Smoothers powder and just recently picked up some Maybelline Fit me loose finishing powder which I am really enjoying to use to set my foundation.
Blush and Highlighter
When it comes to blush or highlighter I am a total Noob. To be honest I always forget that I even have a blush palette to use most of the time. But if I do remember, My E.L.F. Eyeshadow palette contains a entire blush collection plus I bought a E.L.F. Rose gold blush/highlighter combo. I have tried the highlighter a couple of times now and really like the way it looks so I will be working more with it.
My second favourite makeup product and you can tell by the amount I have of it. I love how I can mix colours to make new types of looks. Using E.L.F., Covergirl and Wet n Wild.
Mascara and Eyeliner
I’ve never really had luck with pencil style eyeliners, but lord knows I tried. I find they always jump causing a dotted line effect or maybe I’m not doing it right. I have taken the plunge and started using liquid eyeliner and I gotta say I really, really like how they work. It takes no pressure at all to leave a nice dark line along the eyelid. Does take some extra time to use and learn though.
I have liners by Mary Kay, E.L.F. and Maybelline.
Hands down my favourite part of my makeup routine. I started with very muted shades at first but have moved up to very vibrant reds and pinks.
Been using Covergirl, Revlon, Maybelline, L’oreal, Mary Kay, Lancome and E.L.F.
Eye Makeup Remover
To take my eye makeup off I have been using the Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover. I have not tried many other methods, but this seems to work really well. Takes off all the shadows, liner and mascara. It does not take very much at all to completely remove everything.
I don’t have the package for these because they work so well for me the contents outlasted the box. They are Olay Daily facials, and are great for removing all the rest of the makeup off your face.
They are dry and you just add some warm water and foam them up. Plus if you want to get even more mileage out of them you could cut them in half. I am not sure if this style is even made any more.
So there you have it, everything that I usualy use in my makeup routine.
I was a little bored the other night and while searching the vastness of the internets came across some makeup question tags on various blogs. I decided to have a little fun and answer them for myself. Over the years my appreciation for makeup has grown and I love to use and practise with it every free chance I get.
I pulled these questions from 3 different blogs and kinda mixed them all together and also deleted questions I could not answer, and then added a few of my own.
While reading this just keep in mind that my makeup knowledge is limited to the few drugstore brands and only one other that I have been able to try in all my Dressing. I wish I did, but I do not have the budget to go off and try everything that I would like too. That list is far too long and expensive.
I have added the links at the bottom of the post to where I found these questions. I am not trying to steal anything and want to give credit back to where I found them.
1: Do you remember your first makeup item? Yes, Way back sometime in 1996 the wife was gracious enough to take me out and help me purchase my first makeup. Some really bad eyeshadow and some fire engine red lipstick. Looking back not the best color choices but I needed to learn.
2: What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation? Full.
3: What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? M.A.C.
4: Favorite drugstore brand? Covergirl, Revlon or E.L.F.
5: Do you wear fake eyelashes? No
6: What is your most cherished beauty product? The very first “Real” brush set I ever purchased.
7: How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? Usually, I’ll wait and save some money then splurge.
8: Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? I hate to say it but freely.
9: Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards, and sales when you shop for cosmetics? As much as possible.
10: What type of product do you buy the most of? Lipstick, with eyeshadow a close second.
11: Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand? I don’t think I have tried one yet that I would say I can’t stand.
12: Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? Mostly Shoppers Drug Mart, sometimes Rexall.
13: Favorite bath and body brand? Olay
14: If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose? My favorites are all over the spectrum of brands. I could not pick just one to use at this point.
15: What brand do you think has the best packaging? I always thought the Mary Kay compacts were a good idea. Although their eyeshadow pans are very small you could customize 3 eyeshadows, blush and a lipstick.
16: Do you belong to any online makeup communities? Yes, MakeupAlley
Well the summer of 2018 is almost over and what do I have to show for it.
It’s been hot here in South eastern Ontario, one of the hottest that I can ever remember. We had almost a whole week with a heat warning in effect where the temperature was in the high 30’s and when you factor in the Humidex it felt more lit it was in the 40’s, not fun to be in at all.
But heat aside the Summer was a pretty good one for Family and Myself, we have had time to get out fishing and swimming and just spend some time together. Also I have been able to get some dressing in which I normally never do until the colder months like late September, but I was given the opportunity and took it.
Before dressing though I was able to save up some money and treat myself to some new makeup, I may have went a little overboard on the Lipsticks but what can I say, I love a bold red lip now. Between my saved up money and my points from Shoppers Drug Mart. I spent no more than 35.00 on new lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation and mascara which when you think about it is not a lot at all.
I picked up all the make up with sale prices of at least half off and some I had coupons for that gave me mega points towards money off again so all in all it was a very good deal. My favourite’s right now is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks, I love the feel and I love the colour pay on this brand. I was able to pick up 4 new ones which were 2 creams and 2 mattes. The colours were Certainly Red, Love is On, So Lit! and Red Rules the World.
The only tried the cream ones so far, but both really really pop when on and don’t seem to make me look too bad.
Along with my my Lipsticks I also picked up some new Mascara as I have never used it very much and need all the experience I can get with it. I picked up some Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express. The formulation seems to be okay and does seem to add some volume to my lashes, but I did not pay attention and picked up blue. Does not seem to make a big difference.
And seeing as I love eyeshadow as well I had to pick up the new Covergirl Trunaked pallet in Dazed. I have 4 of these now and I really like the way they go on and how much coverage I can get out of these.
But Possibly my best buy of all was some new Fit me Matte+Poreless foundation from Maybelline in 130 Buff Beige. If you have ever read my blog before you will know I have spent years trying to find the right shade of foundation with no luck yet. Someone on Twitter told me to try and Maybelline Fit me line and I was not disappointed. I did pick up a few and ended up getting one that to me seems to be a great match. It covers well and seems to leave a nice surface that does not accentuate my pores, which other foundations I have tried do. I am so happy I found this.
I decided since I have the time and there is no snow on the ground, I was going to leave my comfort area and head out of doors which I don’t normally do while dressed. I do live in a very rural area, but it’s not uncommon for people to just either head up to the house or just show up unexpected. Needles to say I did feel exposed while outside of the house in broad daylight, but it was a thrill and I can’t wait to do it some more. It was pretty hot while dressed so I am hoping by the time fall rolls around I will have more pictures to take.
So the last time I was trying to use my makeup I was having a hell of a time, I have so much stuffed into a small box it’s almost impossible to find what I want to use. I decided it was time to sit down and really take a look at what I had, what I needed and what I could get rid of and start getting it a little bit more organized.
We don’t have a lot of space to store all my stuff, and since it’s not really a priority it has to be all packed away after I am done using it. That’s where my overflowing makeup bins comes into play.
There is way more stuff packed into here than there should be at this point and I have already down sized (A bit) by giving some stuff to the Wife and Kid. Plus now I need to add all the stuff I picked up on sale from the Holidays. What to do?
I headed off to the Dollar store and picked up the same type of box I already have most of the makeup in because I dropped the other one and it’s pretty much done.
As well as a new box I also picked up some drawer organizers and a cosmetics case to keep all my new brushes in. I would rather have a roll-up brush holder because I think these would be a better option to protect the brushes, but at this time I can’t seem to find one. The wife suggested the art store so I may have to take a trip downtown.
I started by emptying the whole box out on the bed and trying to figure out exactly what I have.
Got rid of some and moved some others into a second box for products that I don’t use all the time or brand new ones still in packages like sponges.
I tried as best as I could to separate into smaller piles so I could sort them into their own bins. I figured the smaller pots would work well to hold all my lipstick’s and the larger ones would be better to hold eyeliners and mascara while the last big one would hold all my eyeshadow’s
The drawer organizers do not really fit in the bin like I wanted them to but for the time being, they will work just fine keeping things apart from each other. The only saving grace is that after I put all of my eyeliners and mascara in the bottom pan I was able to stack the upper pan with all of my eyeshadow palettes on top and it still seems to work ok.
Of course, all of my brushes in their protective cases from the store would not fit into the cosmetics bag. Once removed they fit just fine but I was still a little leery about putting my new E.L.F. eye brushes into the case unprotected due to the very small and fine bristles on the head.
I had a great idea to place them into one of the smaller cases before placing them into the larger case, Worked just great. Also, some of the brushes also came with a protective slipcover that pulls up over the bristles, I left them in place for added protection.
This is not my ultimate storage solution but for the time being, it will have to do. Someday I would love to have a nice vanity in the corner where all my stuff can be set out and stay in one place instead of having to cram it back into a box.