Hey. Hi. Hello!
It’s Monday, my dudes! (Actually it’s Sunday and I’m writing this in the Orlando Airport, but for the sake of consistency, we’re going to pretend it’s Monday). My body still needs time to recover from this weekend. I was sufficiently scared at Halloween Horror Nights, and definitely ate to the point of almost exploding at the Food and Wine Festival. We even got to watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks while lounging on our deck, and honestly there’s nothing better.
During the past month, I shook up my makeup routine a little, and tried some products from some brands I’ve never tried before. Some of them are newer brands, some of them are definitely staples for a lot of people that I just couldn’t ever be bothered to try. Most of them I hated and returned, but a few proved to be some great discoveries. I really want to push myself to try new products and companies more, especially if I plan on keeping up a blog about cosmetics.
One day I hope I can be like a walking encyclopedia of cruelty free cosmetics. Just like Pokemon, I want to catch them all. my wallet may not like that idea, but my head sure does, so definitely let me know if there are any products or brands you’re interested in hearing about.
I just want to share a little about me before diving into my reviews of the products I tried. I’m super particular about how I like my makeup. I had my makeup done for prom, but ended up re-doing it after. I try experimenting with different products and looks from brands that I love, but ultimately end up returning to the same things time and time again. I love change, especially if that change enhances my life. But, if a product doesn’t hold up to my favorites, then it’s trash. So, with that being said, take my reviews with a grain of salt, and don’t let this be the be-all-end-all of you trying any of the products I talk about. But, I hope you listen at least a little bit!
Marc Jacobs Brow Wow Eyebrow Pencil
Abso-fucking-lutely not. That’s all I have to say. Marc Jacobs makes some sick-ass products. That one foundation is great. Their eyeliner pencils? Spectacular. This?! NO WAY. I deadass felt like I was dragging a crayon across my eyebrows. There was no color payoff no matter how hard I pressed. It was not soft enough to create natural brows. Don’t even bother.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Skin-Perfecting Primer
I haven’t actually tried any IT Cosmetic products before this, but was really excited because I knew they had really good reviews, and also great skincare benefits. Right off the bat, I didn’t like that the primer had a pump applicator. I prefer to squeeze out my primer because I don’t use a whole lot, and one pump is always too much. However, that’s about all I didn’t like. It had the same slippery texture as a silicon primer, but was a lot more light-weight. My skin felt really nice throughout the whole day, and it definitely held my foundation in place, but didn’t really do anything on the “bye bye pores” front. Good, but not great. Didn’t thinkt it was worth the money.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Matte Foundation
The girls at my old job didn’t like this foundation, but I was excited to try it out. I used the my Sephora color match to choose my shade, and was a little nervous doing that beacuse I know they’ve never color-matched me correctly. However, the shade match was great! The brand is known for their highly-inclusive shade range, so that’s always a plus. The consistency is pretty watery, which I thought would make it a light-coverage foundation, but not true. It’s a nice medium coverage, but easily buildable. It blends out really well with a brush or a beautyblender (I prefer the blender). It oxidizes slightly, but not in an overpowering way. The only thing I didn’t like was that it really didn’t hold up to sweat well. I’ve never had an issue working out in makeup, but after a cardio workout my foundation at completely sweated off. Excited to see how this holds up in some cooler climates.
BareMinerals Bareskin Serum Concealer
Like IT Cosmetics, I had never tried anything from this brand, but was excited to do so because I knew so many people who swore by it. This brand is pretty well-known for delivering products with a “natural” look, but I still held out hope that it would do a good job under the eyes, considering it’s called “complete coverage.” This wasn’t the case. The concealer went on well and blended out easily, but was way too light coverage. It didn’t do anything for my undereye area, which is the only place I wear concealer. You could still see the lines and freckles that live in this area. However, I think it would be a great product if you’re a spot concealer!
Ciaté Bamboo Bronzer
As a pale white human, bronzers are tricky. I’ve really only found one that doesn’t look completely orange on me when I apply it, especially if I want it for some contour. This product, while definitely looking more orange than I would’ve preferred, still did a good job. It blended out well, and lasted throughout the day, which is more than I can say for most other products. As my foundation oxidized throughout the day, the bronzer started to look more natural. Decent for around the face, not great for the nose area, was definitely way too orange there. Kept it just because I can still work with it.
Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush
Pretty Vulgar has a blush that is literally hot pink, which I’ve played around with before so I know they’re v pigmented products. Going in, I literally tried to lightly dip the bristles of my brush into the powder. Even at that, the color was THERE. I prefer lighter peach/nude blushes, so I got the lightest shade (Sweet Revenge) and hoped for the best. It doesnt’ take a whole lot, but it sits so well on the skin. Whereas most days I feel like you can’t see my blush after an hour, this was definitely there by the end of the day. Gave a nice color to the cheeks, and I think would definitely be a good blush for a full glam lewk.
Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Prismatic Amethyst
I had this product since it came out, and never once touched it. It’s a pink/purple highliter (amethyst, as the name suggests), so I’m not really sure what I expected. You could definitely see the color on the face, along with chunks of glitter. I’ve recently been into wet looking highlighters, so it was weird to go back to a very glittery highlighter, but it wasn’t overbearing. I don’t mind tinted highlights, as the ABH MoonChild palette is one of my faves. Would love to see what some of their more natural highlighters look like.
Huda Beauty Dessert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette
I still don’t think I have a clear answer of whether or not this brand is cruelty free, but I think it is, so I got it. Like pigeons and that crab from Moana, I’m attracted to shiny things, and needed to have this. I didn’t once stop to think about the daily functionality of a palette like this (which is very on brand for me). The colors themselves blend out well, and all go really well together, so you don’t have to worry about reaching for other palettes…except if you want a natural lewk. This will not give you that. It’s mainly shimmers, with most of the remaining matte shades not being great for an everyday thing. On top of that, the shimmers lose their luster throughout the day, so what even is the point.
Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara
As someone who doesn’t and has never smoked the weeds, this was an interesting concept. I’m pretty sure I read that this mascara is infused with CBD oil or something like that, so lowkey thought I was gonna get a contact high putting mascara on. Instead of that, I got beautiful, lengthy (lengthier than what they already are) lashes. The mascara lifts and seperates the lashes, even after two coats, which is great! And, it didn’t crumble under my eye throughout the day. The only thing I didn’t like was the brush was a rubber brush, but that’s just a minor inconvenience.
BareMinerals Round the Clock Cream Eyeliner
Where the first bareminerals product I tested fell flat, this rose about everything. I thought I had hit a jackpot with the Smashbox pencil I was using, but man I was missing out on this. It goes on so smoothly, is incredibly easy to touch up without erasing existing product, and literally stays in place all damn day. I don’t mean that there’s still a little bit of product at the end of the day. No, I mean it literally looks exactly the damn same at night as it did in the morning and honestly, I’m shook.
Grande Cosmetics HydraPlump Semi-Matte Lipstick
I love lip-plumping products, and I love liquid lipstick. I overlooked the “semi-matte” part here, because I didn’t care about that. However, this was really the worst lip product I’ve ever tried. It smelled terrible, the applicator was not easy to use, and it didn’t even fucking plump my lips. When I mean it smelled terrible, I mean that throughout the day I could literally smell it on my lips and wanted to die. BUT, on the positive side it was transfer-proof, and didn’t need to be retouched all day so that’s cool? But still not worth it.
Cover FX High Performance Setting Spray
Me and setting sprays that aren’t Urban Decay All-Nighter do not mix. But, I was doing it for the blog, so here we are. This is no bueno. I need a mist. I need to feel refreshed, and like I’m lying in a cabana in the middle of some tropical island. Do you know what I mean? This did not meet thos requirements. They spray was aggressive. It was a spritz, not a spray. It felt sticky on my skin, and didn’t really dry down at all. I don’t know what their aim was with “high performance” but it didn’t live up that that name.
Sooooo, that’s what I think of those. Some highs. Many lows. Glad I found some great new things to add into my routine. But, probably will stick to what I know for a while (at least until I have some more money to buy new products again).
Until next time.