Review & Swatches: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Barcelona

Another day, another foundation review! This time, I'll be reviewing NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Barcelona and the color is for those with "medium skin tone with olive undertones". For color reference, I'm around a MAC35 (with more yellow tones), generally all Maybelline Foundations in Natural Beige, and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Beige. The claims include giving full, but natural, coverage for 16 hours with just one drop. It contains 1 fluid ounce / 30 milliliters of product and retails for $48.
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Review & Swatches: Lorac Pro Matte Palette

The Lorac Pro Matte Palette contains 8 eyeshadows that are all matte and can supposedly be used wet or dry. Lorac also came out with a metallic palette at the same time, but this palette fit my collection a lot better and I knew I would use these colors more. Overall, the palette has neutral undertones but some lean a bit more warm. The palette contains 0.144 ounces / 4 grams of product and retails for $28.

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Review & Demo: Geo Tri Color Gray Circle Lens

I recently received the Geo Tri Color Gray Circle Lens and this will be my first circle lens review! Geo has always been one of the brands I've heard the most about and grey lenses were also something I've always wanted to try. These particular pair of lenses retail for $20.90 on the LoveShoppingHolics website and they also come with a cute pair of animal lens case. I also received the Toyoepin Eyelashes in No. 23 Japan Style Eyelash (review here), which I will be reviewing in a separate post for those more interested in false lashes!

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Review & Demo: Toyoepin Eyelash in No. 23 Japan Style Eyelash

The Toyoepin Eyelashes in No. 23 Japan Style Eyelash (3 Pairs) was sent to me recently and they're definitely something different in my collection! I normally aim for short and straight lashes so that they could blend in and just slightly lengthen my natural lashes. These have a mixture of straight and criss crossing that is concentrated in the middle to add more volume. The band is also clear and so you don't need to set down a black liner base to hide the band either. This set retails for $9.99 right now on the LoveShoppingHolics website. I also received a pair of the Geo Tri Color Gray Lens, which I will be reviewing in a separate post here!
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Review & Swatches: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

I made my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase last week and it was the super hyped up Filmstar Film Bronze & Glow! I was in such a 'TREAT YO SELF" mood after doing some overtime at work. Just my luck that I bought this before I found out that they were also going to come out with a darker version. There is 0.16 grams / 0.56 ounces of product and retails for $68. 

My wallet is crying.

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The Daily Morning Makeup Bag!

I wake up around 6:30 AM on weekdays and I share a room with my roommate. I don't want to wake her up so early and so I often put my "must have" items in a makeup bag to take out in the living room to do my makeup.

These items have consistently been in the bag and I usually take most of these items when I'm away from my apartment for the weekend as well!

In my small Z-Palette, I have some neutral staples that can create no-makeup makeup looks to more dark and smokey looks. 

The products -
  • Benefit Blush in Rockateur (review here)
  • theBalm Eyeshadows in Sultry, Seductive, Sleek, and Serious
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Virgin
  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand
  • Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette - rose gold shade
  • Pony x Memebox Eyeshadow in Easy Brown
As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I love to use the Pony x Memebox Eyeshadow in Easy Brown as a contour and the Benefit Rockateur is the perfect every day blush for me. I really like rose gold eyeshadows as well since they're a slight twist on neutral shades. Makeup Geek Grandstand is more of a cool toned rose gold and the one from the WNW palette is slightly more warm, but not as pigmented or metallic. I also always need a golden bronze eyeshadow like theBalm Seductive since they suit my eyes the best. 

theBalm eyeshadows are the perfect size once depotted because they're pigmented and small enough to fit even more things into custom palettes like Z-Palettes. In a pinch, I also use Serious (matte black) as an eyeliner to slightly define my eyes. 

More Eyes & Brow Products
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown (review here)
  • L'oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Saddle Shimmer (review here)
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara
  • Urban Decay Subversion Mascara Primer (review here)
  • Marc Jacobs Gel Highliner in Blacquer (review here)
  • Wet n Wild x Fergie Eyeshadow Primer (review here)
I don't actually like the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara that much because it's a bit too wet for me. It often gets on my lids and smudges my eyeshadow, but it was the only waterproof mascara at the time and so I wanted to use it up before buying a new one. 

Lately, I've just be layering the Benefit They're Real on top of Urban Decay Subversion + any waterproof mascara "base" to give me thicker and longer lashes. I don't wear false lashes often and they're definitely too much for office work, and so this primer + extra mascara combo gives me what I need while still look fresh and professional. 

The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is a cult favorite, but it kind of flakes on my inner corners. It bothers me, but not enough to fully stop using it. I really love the brush applicator though because it gives me the most precise wing in one go ever. I recently bought two liners from Asian brands that I'm trying out that are also brush type. They're highly talked about and so I have high hopes!!

If I only have a little time, I just wiggle the L'oral Brow Stylist Plumper all over my brows and then comb them up to give them a more bushy and full appearance. Personally, that's all I need but I sometimes use a brow pencil like the Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill in gaps as well. 

The base products
  • Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G40 (review here)
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in No. 54 Beige (review here)
  • Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Milani Rose Powder Blush in Blossomtime Rose
I feel like I haven't found a great primer yet, but I do really love the Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer to fill in my pores. I don't know if I find the wear time prolonged, but it does smooth out my face. The Smashbox Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer is a much thinner version of that, but it's still thicker than the original Smashbox primers. 

I have praised the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops whenever I could and so I won't go into it too much, but it's great for building up coverage. I also love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, but it gives too much of a glow (and then oily appearance) for me right now since it's summer. 

The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is definitely more warm and it's showing up very orange in the above picture, but it's a very nice bronzer. I can use it to contour in a pinch, but it shows up too warm in pictures to wear if I think I'm going to get photographed. 

I have also praised the Milani Rose Powder Blushes non-stop and the Limited Edition shade in Blossomtime Rose is no exception. It's like a mix between NARS' Orgasm and Deep Throat. It was the base color of Deep Throat but the gold shimmer of Orgasm. 

I also want to give a shoutout to Wet 'n' Wild Fergier Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow (review here), but mine broke!!! I was going to rebuy it, but I'm going to hold off and try to use some of my other highlighters first. 

What are your daily necessity beauty products? What are your must have products in the morning?

Ps. Second shout out to Vietnamese coffee. You're my best friend <3
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Review & Swatches: Pony x Memebox Shine Easy Glam 3 Eyeshadow Quad in #3 Orange Bloom Palette

After getting and reviewing the Pink Bloom palette, I immediately wanted to get the Pony x Memebox Shine Easy Glam 3 Eyeshadow Quad in #3 Orange Bloom! It contains one satin, one glitter, and two shimmery shades. All the shades work really well together, but I had wished that there was a midtone transition shade. The palette retails for $18 and it contains 6.5 grams of product.

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Review & Swatches: Anastasia Brow Wiz Skinny Brow Pencil in Soft Brown, Taupe, and Medium Brown

I got my first Anastasia Brow Wiz Skinny Brow Pencil while working at Ulta and I've been hooked ever since. My first shade was Soft Brown and then I eventually got Taupe and Medium Brown to use when my hair was silver and grey. I recently repurchased Soft Brown and I figured it was about time I wrote up a review about these pencils. They retail for $21 each and contain 0.085 grams / 0.003 ounces.
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