Monday, July 20, 2015

Face Of The Day: Sunday

Happy Monday!

Today I have for you the look I wore the grocery store. Normally, I would go barefaced but I wanted to play with some of the newness in my makeup stash and see if I could come up with a good no-makeup makeup look. 

Here are the products I used.

The only thing missing here is the Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser from Maybelline, which I forgot to add. 

And yes, that is THE Revealed 2 palette from Coastal Scents. I now have all three of the Revealed palettes that are supposed to be exact dupes of the Naked palettes by Urban Decay. Each Revealed palette contains 20 different shadows for around $20 compared to $54 for the Urban Decay Naked palettes that only contain 12 shadows. 

I also managed to get my hands on all three of the tins put out by W7 as Naked dupes: In The Nude, In The Buff and In The Buff: Lightly Toasted. Each tin contains 12 different shadows for less than $10. There is also a fourth 12 shadow tin, In The Night, that isn't really a Naked dupe but is still pretty nice. The shadows in this tin will be good to create a smokey evening eye look.

If you're keeping count, that's 108 shadows in addition to what came in my NYX Smokey Eye kit as well as the other shadows I've purchased along the way. There will be no limit to the eye looks I'll be able to create. You'll definitely be seeing more FOTD posts from me in the future.

Both the Revealed and W7 palettes are available on Amazon, however, the W7 palettes are originally from the UK so unless there is a seller in the US that has them, you'll have to wait a bit to get them. I was lucky that all four were available from US sellers. 

Enough rambling, on to the face I created for yesterday.

It was really hot and muggy around these parts yesterday, which gave me a good chance to road test the Daily Correct CC Cream from Supergoop! My color is light/medium.

I used the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply but I think I'll use the complexion sponge next time. The brush blended this out to a sheer coverage, which was fine for a no-makeup makeup look. I would prefer a more medium to full coverage and the sponge seems to do that much better.

The powders used.

The large one on the left is Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana. The round one at the top is NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder in Light/Medium. The smaller, square one is E.L.F. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder in Sheer. You're seeing the bottom of the jar here and it looks white but is really a pale salmon color.

After applying concealer to my undereye area, I set that with the E.L.F. powder then set my whole face with the NYX powder. I used the bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks and on my forehead and chin. It's quite light but does seem to warm up the paleness of my skin.

On my brows, I used the right pan of the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder Duo in Blonde. This palette also includes a wax but I rarely use it.

For blush, I used NYX Powder Blush in Pinch. Since the natural rosiness of my cheeks was shining through the base, I only tapped this where the rose wasn't showing. I loved how this gave my face a natural, rosy glow.

Shadows used.

left: L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow - top: Endless Pearl, bottom: Iced Latte;
right: Maybelline Color Molton Eye Shadow in Rose Haze
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette, top row, sixth pan from left

I started by laying down Endless Pearl over the entire eye area then added Iced Latte to the lid and crease. Since I wanted a bit more depth in that crease and outer edge of the lid, I used a shadow from the Revealed 2 palette that I thought would go well. I then used the lighter pink in the Maybelline duo on the inner side of the lid. The darker maroon in the duo lined the outer two third of the upper and lower lids.

For mascara, I used the MDMflow Greater Than Mascara that I got in my Boxycharm box for July. There is no color name but this is defintely black.

And this is what it looks like.

Very subtle but shimmery and the lighter colors really opened up my eyes behind my glasses. And no creasing. This picture was taken several hours after I had already been out in the mugginess and heat. Also, I did have a closeup pic of what the mascara actually looks like but my eyes have several veins showing up right now and I was afraid that might gross everybody out. 

Trust me when I say that I am very impressed with the mascara. As much as I hate to say this, I like it a lot better than the Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I used two coats on my lashes and they did not look clumped or anything. They looked just like my lashes only darker. Very impressed.

On my lips, I used Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick in Matte Popular.

When I picked this up at Walgreens, I was afraid it might be a bit brighter than would look good on me but turns out, it was perfect for this look.

Here's the full face.

This is several hours after having been out in the pea soup. The only touch up was to my lips. The lipstick did wear off but left behind a nice stain of itself.

I think the foundation wore pretty well. It did rub off a bit where my glasses sit over my nose and at the end up my nose (thank you, allergies) but overall, I'm pretty pleased with it.

The mascara wore exceptionally well. No smudges and I did put it on the bottom lashes. I have used the Two Faced but only on the top lashes and did have some smudging beneath my eyes. The MDMflow will cost $35 once it comes to the states, but I think it will be well worth it.

I also have to mention again the ClariSEA charcoal and sea salt exfoliant I've been using. I really do think it has helped improve the look of my rosacea. You are seeing the left side of my face here and the rosacea was much worse on that side. I have since purchased the full size of the exfoliator as well as the mask that goes with it. 

The mask comes in a powder state and you have to add water to use it. Not too thrilled about that. It was messy and I ended up wasting product. Despite the hassle, it did an amazing job on my skin. I do believe the redness diminished quite a bit after using it. Walgreens online has a version put out by Freeman that has charcoal as well as black sugar in it. I went ahead and ordered so I'll see how it compares.

I have also stopped using the Ponds Dry Skin Cream and have seen fewer red bumps breaking out on my cheeks and chin. I think the mineral oil in the cream was just too much for my skin. Now I just use the cream on my feet. 

I think that's quite enough for one post. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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