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Fave: I took the plunge and bought the palette I've wanted for 5 years and could never justify: **PMG Mothership I: Subliminal** and oh my god, it is so beautiful. Lilac Dusk is the shade I've been searching for forever, Blitz Blue is stunning, and the special shades are so good. I'm thrilled with it.
I love Lilac dusk too! It is such a beautiful smokey purple.
Best Product: MUFE Lip liner in “Wherever Walnut” LORD, I LOVE THIS COLOR. It’s literally so perfect for me. I have the hardest time looking for lip liner. They either wash me out or they’re too dark. But this looks so natural on my lips. When paired with a clear gloss in the center, it gives me the juiciest lips! (my foundation shades are Nars Fiji/Punjab, MAC Face & Body C3, L’Oréal 24Hr Freshwear 430 for reference if anyone wants to look for a natural lip liner with the same skin tone as me)
- Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer, I’m so glad I bit the bullet and purchased this. It’s sooooooo good and natural under my eyes. Doesn’t dry me out. Doesn’t do any weird clinging. It’s as GOOD as it gets. And if fades so beautifully throughout the day whereas some concealers cake up or leave patchiness.
Meh: NYX Butter Gloss in the clear shade. It’s such an interesting gloss. When I first apply it, it seems like it’s giving nothing. But give it about 30 sec to 1 min and it literally transforms on the lips and becomes so wet and dewy! I literally can feel it transforming on my lips. It’s an interesting sensation. However, the glossiness does not last long AT ALL. 30-1 hr at best. That’s my only gripe with it. But at the price, you really can’t beat it.
Wherever Walnut is incredible. I love that color and that pencil!!! I’m glad it works so well for you
That gloss sounds super intriguing - I think I’ll give it a try!
Totally agreed on the Dior concealer! It is a great product and my HG (so far). I use it every day for dark circle coverage and it works pretty much flawlessly with just the right texture and coverage for that area- plus a great shade range with olive options.
**Fail:** Nomad Cosmetics Studio 54 quad. That one is kinda on me tbh. I really wanted it when the quad came out, but all the review put me off saying it was too hard pressed to use.
Well, when picking up the below mentioned Haunted Europe palette I impulse grabbed the quad thinking Nomad must have fixed the issue by now. NOPE. Still unusable unless you straight up dig out chunks of product.
**Belated fail** (sorta): YSL Rouge Voluptes. I absolutely raved about them as recent faves. Well turns out they irritate my lips (no fault of the product, my lips are very sensitive). I decluttered them to my mother and I remain forever salty.
**Fave:** Nomad Haunted Europe palette. It's discontinued as of this November so there's probably no point in an in-depth review but I'm so delighted with it and every time I use it I'm happy I got it
Haunted Europe is so FUN. I love the shades and all the unique textures and finishes.
Yes!! And I just love the whole experience of using that palette, with the fun packaging and the colour combos that push me and the embossings
Fave: the Vichy tinted moisturizer. I just went back to liquid base after 3 years of exclusively wearing mineral powders and i am very impressed. The last product i used like this was the NYX tinted skin veil. That was pre-tret and didn't do much for me.
It takes some getting used to blending and distributing liquid over my face evenly without mushing the sunscreen and skincare underneath. Perhaps i shall watch some base tutorials that i always skipped past because i wasn't using similar products.
Fave but also still figuring it out: the Charlotte tilbury concealer. Again, liquid concealer after a while, with this one it's especially a learning curve to get the right amount, the right application technique to make it look nice. Shade, coverage, and packaging, though, A+. It seems to oxidise a little bit if not immediately blended out. Is that a thing?
Fail: the T3 airebrush duo, but not it's fault. Let me explain. So my current hair routine is wash at night, sealing product, air-dry. Next morning apply heat protectant, use the ghd hot brush, seal ends, then bun or braid while i get dressed. Smooth, shiny wavy hair that lasts 5 days.
I got somehow "influenced" to believe that to make my hair healthy i need to blow dry it and that air-drying was bad. I wanted to try the Dyson, but had reservations because i really hate blowdrying. The noise, the hot air drying my skin, my hair getting unreasonably poofy, and it takes so long. I tried a normal hairdryer (borrowed from partner) and brush routine, but it was poofy and i still needed to hot brush after. Waste of time. Then i decided to try the T3 airebrush duo. It looked like what I needed with the paddle brush shape that works well for me. I had tried the Revlon in the past but i hate the round brush thing which makes my hair get knotted.
Turns out I still just really hate blowdrying. Did half my hair with the paddle extension, it was poofy and after air-drying the other half the difference the next morning is minimal. Just less poofy. Didn't get smooth or straight or save me time with the hot brush. Plus it's so loud i can't do it in my down time while watching TV. I'll give it props for being quieter than any other blow dryer I've seen, and for being gently warm instead of scalding hot (ahem Revlon) , but the lesson here is for me to stick with what works. Chasing some fantasy is just expensive and time consuming.
There is only one small study comparing blow drying to air drying and it was comparing blow drying at a distance on low heat. I doubt that using a blowing brush where you use tension and heat directly on the strands is actually healthier than air drying.
For what is worth the Dyson supersonic is very hot. It's popular because of the design and because it dries your hair fast.
I know whoever said that “blow dying is better than air drying” was just tryna sell some blow dryers cuz every hair stylist in the business has never recommended putting heat in your hair unless you have to. Lol.
Edit: word typo
I think there is an argument for using a diffuser (less direct heat) for women with very curly textured hair which takes ages to dry! In which case, leaving your hair wet for hours is probably worse.
Thank you for the much needed reality check lol
Air drying is much better for your hair, the less heat the better! Especially if you're trying to grow it out. I have hair down past my waist at this point and I use my Dyson to dry it on occasion. It does greatly speed up my dry time than a regular blow dryer. However, Most of the time I like to put it in braids when it's half air dried and let it finish drying in braids to add some volume/waves to my stick straight hair.
This definitely makes it easier to stop lusting after the Dyson things. Thank you!
You're welcome! I love the Dyson for when I am drying my hair because it cuts my hair dry time in half (which is very long already because of my length), but it's disgusting anyone would tell you air drying is bad.
I’m curious about your sealing product. Could you tell me more, please?
Olaplex No 9 followed by Redden anti snap leave in. Sometimes mixed together. Sealing the ends? Chi dry oil blend. But oil after heat styling not before. Heard that somewhere, probably on Blowout Professor on YT.
That Vichy tinted moisturizer is beautiful! Pity that it's not more known. I have oily skin though so it's noty favourite formula, but it would be perfect on the winter for me. Another problem is I don't find a good match. The closest match I found is only for when I'm really tan which means summer and the formula is too dewy. But I could totally see drier skin loving it.
**Dermablend cover care concealer:** Why is no one talking about this? This is the best concealer I have ever used. I have the shade 5C which is not a brightening shade on me, similar to Nars radiant creamy in Vanilla. It's full coverage but not the fullest of full coverage like hourglass vanish which I like but it's a little too matte for this time of year. It's not drying and it's the perfect satin finish. It's super easy to blend but it doesn't overblend. I use three dots around my eyes and dot some where I need additional coverage on my face. I then blend with a small flat brush under my eyes and a kabuki brush on my face. It's so quick and it's more natural than using full coverage everywhere.
**Make up for ever reboot:** This is not new but I don't know why I haven't been using this more. It's such a beautiful light coverage foundation and it pairs well with the concealer. I has a natural radiant finish. It's not super dewy. And it's quite smoothing.
**Dermablend loose setting powder:** I have the white one which is brightening. This is so finelly milled and works great around my eyes. I also have a mini sample of the banana which I use when I need to warm up my foundation shade.
Anyway there you have it, my current favorite skin combo. I look like I am barely wearing any makeup and my problem areas are fully covered.
Givenchy Le Rouge Sheer Velvet.
My only Black Friday purchase. This formula is right up my alley - a thin, powdery blurry matte. Very similar to MAC Powder Kiss, but feels much less siliconey which I really like. Looks great applied in one swipe and equally as good layered for a more opaque effect. I got the shade 27 Rouge Infuse first, it is a strawberry red, but somehow muted, a very unique shade. I liked it so much I had to get another one in a refill form before the sale ended so I got 37 Rouge Graine a few days later. It is a more classic pinky red, but again, slightly muted so it doesn't appear garish on me as some cool reds do because of my olive undertones. The colors are similar to violette fr's matte balms which I'm unable to buy (and, frankly, don't really want to due to the atrocious reviews. But her colors are soooo beautiful)
**Fave**: **KVD Dazzle Eyeshadow Stick in Hail Surge** - this product definitely has a learning curve to it and I think I've figured out the way it works best for me. I apply a small amount to my finger from the stick, gently pat it onto my lids (on top of primer) and do no more than 2 sheer coats, then I just do some shading with a matte colour in the socket. It gives a really beautiful glossy lid, like a sheer wash of fine glitter. If I go in straight from the stick or try to build it up too much then the product highlights texture and bunches up on itself. The staying power is decent and I don't get any glitter drop down or fallout (even without using a glitter glue). While I don't think it's the most unique product ever (for this shade in particular I think you could get a very similar look from Colourpop SSS in Frog), I do really like it and I'm glad I bought it.
Glossier's Swiss Miss Balm Dot Com. I received it about a week and half ago, and holy moly donut shop, I've gone through quite a bit! Which I personally like, because I do not tend to use anything quickly unless I *really* like it or find it useful. The downside however is it's limited edition, though I'm glad I did get the three pack. Biggest thing that separates it from the other BDC's is the formula. Each one seems to have a different consistency, and this one is the most nourishing to me -- it's most similar to Lavender, which was their latest before this one I think. Tastes just like Swiss Miss cocoa (and thanks to it, I've been drinking a lot of cocoa, lol) and I'm ngl I lick my finger after application... lol... Anyway, the color is beautiful too. A sheer cool brown which is so hard to find. There's a small part of me that wishes I'd bought more, but I'm sure I'll find something new in the future. It will be so very missed however.
Florasis Luozidai Floral Eyebrow Define Powder Pencil Chisel Tip (what a mouthful) in Taupe. I've been struggling y'all with finding an eyebrow pencil that I like since ABH decided to support war. I was using their Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, which looks like a warm brown in all the photos online, but on me comes off as a cool medium brown. I've tried quite a few drug store options but finally caved and bought a more pricey one for $19. It's a perfectly creamy cool brown (tad darker though), and with the way it's shaped it takes a little practice but you can either get full or precision strokes. Honestly, Florasis almost always hits it out of the park for me.
Brand new Fav: Elf cream eyeshadow. I have only tried the shade ‘canyon’ so far which is a peachy coral. Bit wetter than a Mac paint pot. Has great coverage, easy to blend out, you have time before it sets but it doesn’t slide around. There was a tiny, minimal bit of creasing towards the end of the day. I really like this product, it’s so quick & easy to apply with a fingertip. I will probably get more colours.
Fail - NYX’s serum concealer is a fail to me. People touted it as a dupe of the Kosas and I don’t agree. I like the shade I bought and the formula is good. But it is very light coverage vs the medium coverage I get with Kosas. If I didn’t get it on a discount, I’d return.
Fave - This isn’t makeup technically but I have to share it. I got the Kinlo tinted sunscreen in the darkest shade. I’d say it’s similar to what Ilia is is doing with their tinted sunscreen. The Kinlo is spf 50 and gives a good glowy base for me to put the rest of my makeup on. Kinlo was created by Naomi Osaka so I definitely recommend to my brown and Black girls.
Meh - Not a fail but not a rave either but I tried the Lancôme Teint idole concealer (again). I first had a terribly light shade then I got a better one. It’s medium coverage but isn’t the best to blend. I like the final look I get with it but it’s not perfect. And it should be for its price.
Totally agree with NYX. On top of having less coverage than I expected, I also found it a bit too heavy on my skin. I much prefer Benefit Bright-On for light coverage, and the formula is light, hydrating and skinlike. Or Kosas if I want more coverage (though nowadays I prefer CdP for the same coverage level).
My skin just seems to eat makeup, and I don’t really know what to do with it. I guess I would describe it as combination skin? Growing up it always felt dry and sensitive. Nowadays I hydrate it well, my skin barrier is healthy, it never feels rough or flaky anymore. But if I, for example, skip a product in my routine for more than like a day, it’s right back to feeling dry. BUT on a daily basis, it makes any base I try look either fade by noon or look greasy and gross.
All this to say in my perpetual search for a base product that works I tried the new **Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation**. Tbf I did set myself up for failure at the start. After a lot of research I chose shade 4.5 which was “light with cool undertones”. I am more of a neutral that leans cool, but thought that would work based on videos I’d seen. I cannot figure out what it is that makes it look off, and it’s in only certain lighting. It’s either that it’s too dark somehow or too cool?
The first few hours look really good. And tbf, it does last an extremely long time in the sense that it does not come off until I take it off. Sometime around lunch tomorrow though, I start to notice that I don’t look as great. Shortly after, my skin looks very oily, and it’s like it’s shining a flashlight on all of my textured skin. I keep using it because I don’t have anything else, and it really does last. I also waffled on whether or not I could make the shade work, or whether or not I was imagining it not looking right, and now it’s too late to return. So like….**75% fail, 25% fave?** maybe more 80/20.
**A more decided Fave: Merit Flush Balm in Cheeky.** I ordered the trial size with a Sephora order not expecting to be impressed and I love it. The shade is a perfect natural looking flush for me, it blends like a dream, and lasts all day. I have like 10 blushes that I was rotating through depending on the day, but I’ve worn this one every day since I got it.
fave: heroine make long and curl mascara - i’ve heard so many good things about this on reddit and tiktok so i figured i’d try it. i have slept and cried in this mascara and the center lashes stayed up and curled!!!!! normally, either of those things will make my lashes lose their curl so it’s a miracle. however it is super fucking annoying to remove. it’s hard to tell if i got it all off since my lashes are naturally dark as well but i use baby oil and it seems to do the job. i want to try the advanced film version next but i’ve tried tubing mascara before (glossier lash slick) and it didn’t work out so i’m skeptical it’ll work as well as the waterproof.
fave: nyx butter gloss in praline - this is a great everyday nude shade for me! it’s not too warm or too cool and i like that it’s sort of sheer. less sticky than i remember it being.
meh: kikumasamune high moist lotion (pink bottle) - i can’t tell if this is doing anything for my skin at all or not. i started breaking out at first but i was on my period so im trying it again. my face seems reddish and has more texture than usual but i’m also working outside so i don’t just want to blame it on the product. maybe if i try using glycolic acid a couple times a week, it’ll clear up? idk
meh: peach slices snail rescue all in one deep moisture cream - the peach and lily/peach slices rep at ulta kinda talked me into this. feels nice but not as long last hydration as i’d like for colder weather, even with the kiku essence. doesn’t seem to break me out though!! nice baby steps into snail mucin and cheaper than corsx at ulta.
In my experience, the Advanced Film version works as well as and is as waterproof as the Waterproof version. The only difference is that the Advanced Film is SO much easier to remove.
okay awesome!!! i’ll definitely try it out after i finsih the other one
I agree-- I have the remover stuff which I think makes a big difference, despite how unsanitary it is.
I think I need to try this to see if this can wean me off Hourglass Unlocked Mascara. I love the Long & Curl WP since (re)discovering it this week but would love to have another one that's as smudge proof but easier to remove.
Just got my Lisa Eldridge order and the new pompadour shade is stunning. Looks even better in person!
Undecided on velvet enchantment… might be too muted for my complexion but I’ll wear it.
I can't wait for my order to arrive!
I ordered only the shade enchantement because I'm muted, but I've been confused with the few swaches I've seen. Does it lean pink or red?
I’d say red over pink for sure. It is balanced with warm and cool tones like Lisa described. If a muted red is what you’re looking for I think you’ll love it!
Thank you! I'm trying to find something close to this lipstick I had like 12 years ago, just from my memory of the color, and it's been hard haha
So, is it as muted as it seems in the official pictures from the website?
I think so! I own a lot of reds and this one is definitely different. It almost has an earthy quality to it but no actual brown tones. My favorite color has been velvet dragon and even that appears to have more brightness to me than enchantment.
That's great, thank you again, it sounds exactly like what I've been looking for
I just put it on with different makeup and I will say it is nice. Perfect daytime red lip color that isn’t too much. Let me know your thoughts when you get it!
Of course! It seems like it will make for a really pretty blotted/blurred kind of lip look
* **Ellis Faas Blush in S301 Warm Dusty Pink**: Packaging: so aesthetic. Sharp enough to kill a man. The blush: colour looks dope, just on the right side on "old gum" à la Hannah Louise Poston, but the formula just.wont.sit.right on my cheeks. There's a bit of shimmeriness in it that accentuates my pitted acne scars, and the rests sits weirdly on top and won't blend properly. Also the brush applicator isn't the best, I wish it was more like a tube opening because product leftover gets either gunked up in the bristles, overflows, and totally messes up the cap. On the other hand, when you opt to clean out the brushes after applying the whole applicator will dry shut making you click endlessly the next time you want to use it. Hence: I'd rather not. Maybe if I were a only one product of each type of minimalist, I wouldn't run into these problems, but I'm not, so I do. Off into the bin this one goes.
* **Stila Convertible Color in Lilium**: Again, the colour is really flattering and easy to wear, but something in the formula makes my cheeks itch. Also, the formula is too sticky and my hair gets caught on my cheeks all the time wearing this. Binned.
* **Fenty Gloss Bomb Cream in Candy Milk**: I realize I don't care for glosses with high pigmentation. I'm team translucent/jelly all the way. Candy Milk creeps into my inner lip ring in a very unflattering way, and the high pigment makes me rather wear a proper lipstick instead.
* **Lisa Eldridge Velvet Lipstick in Velvet Sorcery**: Ooooh! Honestly though this just arrived today but on the first wear (just gently patted on) it seems like a winner already. Can't wait to see this in natural daylight.
* **Nars Soft Matte Concealers**: I got these in Chantilly, Vanilla and Macadamia and mix them according to my level of tan/time of the year. Together with the **Pat McGrath Blurring Undereye Powders (Light/Medium)** (used to press onto the concealer with a dry blender for extra longevity) they are the perfect combo for my post-pill skin that's still breaking out months later.
Bought 2 more InnBeauty Project Lip Glazes, because I love #1 Candy Apple.
#2 Berry Jam is my exact lip color so it looks like a clear gloss on me lmao. But my lips do look juicy so there's that.
lots of Mac faves: I went ahead and got some new things and repurchased some things for their sale recently
eyeshadows - Last Dance(pink glitter), All That Glitters(peach beige shimmer), In Living Pink(peach pink shimmer), Give A Glam(eyeliner color, deep choco brown).
lip liner - Subculture - natural lip color that matches my lips, it makes them look fuller without looking like I am wearing lip liner
I want the Paintpot in Art Thera Peachy(ulta sale next tuesday)
**Fail - Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Foundation**
Ok to begin with, I got a shade that was too light for me (F8.5, I should have gone for 9.5)
Putting that aside though, I just didn't seem to get along with this - I've heard it described as "demi matte" but to me this is MATTE and full coverage, too matte for my liking. You need only a couple of dots on each part of the face to get a full beat, which is great if you like that kind of thing. I thought it applied fine with either beauty sponge or a brush. It's very lightweight despite being so high coverage, I hardly feel it on my face when I'm wearing it.
The main thing for me is just the finish - I found it very flat and it only looks nice on me if I've added highlighter and set it with a dewy setting mist. It looks better throughout the day as my oils come through, however I have found small little bumps to appear on my face after I've been wearing it.
I favour more lightweight, dewy foundations but wanted to try something different, unfortunately this didn't quite agree with me. I really like NARS Sheer Glow which is what I would consider satin-matte, it's not \*dewy\* but not fully matte either, still has life to it. If anyone has suggestions for other similar foundations let me know! I'm aware they have a Conceal and Hydrate version and wonder if that would suit me more.
Your current hair routine sounds awesome. What products are you using?
I think you meant to respond to someone else's comment.
**Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl WP Mascara**
Someone suggested this recently when I asked for mascara suggestions that are smudgeproof. My previous favourites no longer work since I started using eye cream and hydrating concealers for my extra dry under eyes. Saw this available on Amazon Germany and got it in 2 days.
It does not make my lashes as lush as my Lancome Monsieur Big but it does make my lashes still looking fluttery and very long considering their original length. Fortunately I don't need help with curl. But also happy to see how it holds up perfectly the entire day throughout workdays and 90-min intermediate Vinyasa yoga classes (I *really* sweat).