I don’t wear makeup when I am at home so the whole month of March I was makeup free. By the time April rolled in, I decided to wear some makeup every once in a while just to have fun and feel good. I have to say it does feel weird wearing a full face of makeup to do laundry 😀 but then again it was fun to experiment. Makeup has always made me happy ..simply admiring a beautifully made compact or opening a beautiful eyeshadow palette or swatching some lip products, so during these strange times it still offers some level of comfort.
It is also funny that these days when I do step out of the house for a quick stroll, the last thing on my mind is wearing makeup! With a mask covering half my face, sun glasses and hat ..there is very little facial skin to display 😀 So in a way things have reversed, no makeup outside the house and makeup inside the house when I feel like it 😀
Here is a quick sneak peak of makeup I’ve been enjoying:
Do check out my youtube video below where I talk about and swatch all these lovely products!
How often do you buy makeup and then forget to open it or just sit and admire it but never use it? I am guilty of the second misdemeanor, and this blush from Gosh Cosmetics was one of my victims. I picked this up when I went on holiday to Europe many moons ago, and it just sat there in my drawer and I always picked it up and admired it but never got around to using it. Thankfully that changed! The last 6 months I have used this quite often and I absolutely love it!
Excuse the scruffy lid in the picture. The security label left a pretty sticky mess on the lid which just refuses to come off. Gosh cosmetics, is a Denmark based cosmetics brand and I think they are available in Canada but not the US to the best of my knowledge. I have heard good things about the brand so decided to try their blush out when I saw their products in Europe. I must have paid around 10 Euros or something for this blush, which isn’t too bad.
The packaging is quite sturdy and perfect for travel. The first quadrant is the lilac shade which is matte followed by the lovely warm pink shade which is also a matte. The next shade is the orange/coral shade which has some gold shimmer bits in it and the last quadrant is a matte rosy brown shade. Each quadrant is big enough to fit a standard size blush brush so you can use these shades individually. However, I love to use this all swirled together. It looks very healthy on the skin. It gives the perfect sheen on the cheeks without highlighting pores and it lasts all day. I love the natural flush it gives my cheeks.
Overall, I am very impressed with the blush. I would love to try more products from the brand. Have you tried Gosh Cosmetics products? What are your favorites from the brand?
Hello! These days I find myself drawn to the makeup aisles at T.J Maxx. They seem to have a lot more makeup from well known brands these days. I have found everything from Becca, Estee Lauder, Kevin Aucoin to K beauty stuff there. I recently found the PUR Cosmetics midnight masquerade palette at T.J Maxx and decided to give it a whirl since I have not tried anything from the brand till now.
The palette comes with 4 face products on one side and 6 eyeshadows and a tiny strip mirror on the other side. Overall it is quite compact and I like the layout. This palette smells like delicious buttercream frosting by the way! It is quite mild but it makes me hungry every time I open it.
The face products consist of 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. I like the lace patterns on these although they will eventually fade away with use. I feel these work best if you have a deeper skin tone. On my medium skintone I can just about carry off these products. I have to use a fluffy blush brush and be extremely careful since these are quite pigmented. The bronzer is shimmery and I might mostly use this as eyeshadow since its too bronzy on my skin. The highlighter gives a really nice subtle glow to the cheeks and I love it. It is almost my skintone so it meshes well to give a natural glow.
The set of eyeshadows on the other side of the palette are equally impressive. They are very pigmented and I love all the shades included. My favorite is the shade Mash Off which is a lovely green gold.
The swatches below are with a brush and a single swipe. Quite impressive I think!
Overall, I really like this palette. The palette is made in China which I didn’t actually expect and noticed only after purchase. However, so far I do not have any skin reactions or issues with the palette so all is good in that department. The price tag I got this for at T.J Maxx makes this an amazing steal since the products perform so well. If you do find it at your local T.J Maxx give it a shot especially if the colors appeal to you!
Hello everyone!! A few weeks back I received a nice little coupon from Ulta in the mail and so I decided to do some makeup shopping although I don’t really need anything 😛 Most of the holiday releases this year from the big brands were kind of meh to me. This face palette from the MAC 2018 holiday collection caught my eye since I have never tried their extra dimension formula. The palette also had some good reviews on Ulta so I decided to pick this guy up.
The face palette comes in 2 shades: Fair and Medium Deep. I was kind of torn on which one to get. The highlighter in the Fair compact looked lovely but I heard that the bronzer does not pick up well with a brush. The bronzer in the Medium deep looked scary but I eventually bought the medium deep because the blush in this one is totally my jam! The fair compact comes in a silver compact and the medium deep comes in a pink compact. Frankly, I hate the packaging! The cloth like material makes it look tacky especially in combination with the hot pink
The inside of the palette looks much better! The highlighter looks very golden in the pan but I was able to make it work on my medium skintone without it looking like gold stripes on the top of my cheek bones 😀 However, this is my least favorite item in this palette. When I apply this on my skin I do detect tiny glitter particles. This is not a very smooth formula compared to the blush and bronzer. You can see what I am talking about in my brush swatches coming up below.
Next up, the blush! This was what drew me in..I love peachy pinky blushes and this fits the bill. It look lovely on the skin. The formula is amazing! It becomes one with your skin and gives your cheeks a natural looking radiant glow.
The bronzer looks scary dark in the pan and I was quite intimidated by it! However, I found that when applied lightly it works very well for my skintone. It is quite pigmented but I still don’t think it is dark enough for very deep skintones. The bronzer reminds me of chocolate whenever I look at it.. 😉
All 3 products require a stiff brush to pick up the powders. There is minimal powder kickup if any actually!
As you can see from the brush swatches of the 3 pans, the highlighter swatch doesn’t look as smooth as the blush and bronzer. However, it is still a workable product and if you like the blush and bronzer, I think it is worth buying especially at the current sale price 🙂
Did you pick up anything from the Shiny Pretty Things collection from MAC ?
I love pretty packaging. That sure can be a problem sometimes especially when shopping for makeup! I fell for this highlighter from Clio because of how beautiful the compact looks. Adding more pretty things to your makeup drawer is okay right..especially if it is a highlighter 😉
The compact is plastic but looks and feels sturdy. The art work is printed on it and also on the outer box. I didn’t have the heart to throw away the outer box since the print looks like a water color painting.
There are 3 shades of this highlighter available. 01 pearl white is the one I picked up. The other 2 shades are gold toned and rosy toned. Having a medium color skin tone, I kind of shy away from white based highlighter since they can look frosty on my skin coloring. I decided to take a chance with this one and am happy I did!
As you can see it is a baked product and gives a lovely sheen to the skin. It is not a chunky highlighter nor is it the very intense type of highlighter people seem to like these days. This is a soft and subtle highlighter like the Bobbie brown shimmer bricks can be. It looks lovely when buffed into the skin.
The compact comes with a nice mirror and also a brush which feels really nice. I have not used the brush but I am sure it will work fine in a pinch.
As you can see, this highlighter lets your skin peak thru a bit when it is buffed into the skin ( I swatched the highlighter with a brush) and that makes it look a bit more natural. I love the glow it imparts and it stays put all day too.
Overall, I am extremely happy to own this highlighter. I might just go ahead and pick up the other shades too some time soon 😀
It is getting chilly these days..sunny days are precious! Baby boy is not loving the cold chilly breeze in Boston city, neither is his mama 🙂 Recently, I realized I have been grabbing the same products quite often and decided to share them here with all of you.
Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream: I have a love hate relationship with this one! it is greasy in the summer but in the colder months it is perfect for my skin. It has almost no coverage, but it does give a little pep talk to your skin before you apply anything more. I find it comfortable and it does not cling to any dry patches.
Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Brique-a-brac: I love the color! It is probably more of a summer color but I love this pinky brown shade and personally find it appropriate to wear all year round 🙂 The formula isn’t the best but with a lipbalm it is works well!
Bobbie Brown Shimmer brick in Bronze: Again more of a summer time choice but I love using the first 2 strips mixed together as a highlighter. It is subtle yet strong and gives the most elegant highlight on your cheek bones. I do use the darker shades as eyeshadows once in a while. Overall, I love the shimmer bricks! They are versatile and last forever!!
Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in 04: The texture of these blushes is great. The shade 04 is matte and blends beautifully into your skin. I find this shade quite unique and it is perfect for fall. It is a cool toned violet pink which is something I shy away from usually. This color doesn’t look weird on my yellow under tone skin so yay for that 🙂
I have a small confession to make..despite being a makeup junkie, I have till date tried nothing from Benefit Cosmetics. What! How come you may ask? Well the main attraction for me has always been the box powders from the brand. I just could never decide which ones to get. All their holiday kits which have an array of their box powders get mixed reviews every year, plus they come in bulky packaging. However, this past holiday season I spotted the Get the Pretty Started palette which had the sleekest packaging I have seen from Benefit till date 🙂
Its so pretty to look at! This compact travel friendly palette comes with 2 of their hit powder products ; Hoola Bronzer and Galifornia Blush. The highlighter included in this face palette is the Watts Up highlighter which is a cream product. I am not a fan of palettes that contain cream and powder products together, but in this case I was willing to over look that detail because the price tag was 20$ 🙂 The pan sizes are generous and overall its an awesome way to sample some of their products without breaking the bank.
The texture of both Hoola and Galifornia can be best described as being buttery soft. They do kick up powder if you go on a stabbing spree with your brush so I like to gently tap my brush in the pans. Both, Hoola and Galifornia blend really well on the skin. I like the undertone of Hoola ..not too red not too ashy..I now understand why it is so popular 🙂 Galifornia is a pretty blush but I don’t find it unique enough to spend 28$ on the full size. I found it quite similar to some of the other blushes I own. Both the powders are scented and I was surprised that I actually like the scent 😀 I usually hate scented makeup products.
Above are heavy brush swatches of the 3 products in the palette. I really like the cream highlighter. I usually shy away from cream products since I find them a bit bothersome to use but the Watts Up highighter is so gorgeous I feel like taking the extra effort 😀 It is the perfect highlighter for no makeup makeup days.
Overall, I think this palette is a steal for 20$. I do reach for this palette quite often ever since I got my hands on it. I see it still listed on Sephora, so do grab this palette if you’ve always wanted to try some of the powders from Benefit. The cream highlighter is a lovely bonus. It would be nice to see benefit come out with more sleek palettes like this!
Are you a fan of Benefit Cosmetics? What else do you recommend from the brand?