Saturday, October 31, 2015

FOTD Friday - A Day Late

Happy Halloween!

I woke up this morning thinking it was Sunday already but let's pretend it's still Friday and FOTD time.

Here's everything I used.

The products used were mostly from Maybelline this time. I had picked up the Fit Me foundation, concealer, powder and blush about a week ago. I'd been hearing so many good things about the Fit Me line that I wanted to see for myself if it was all true. I'll let you know my findings later in the post.

For this look, I wanted something subtle and as natural looking as possible. Plus I was looking to shave some time off of how long it usually takes me to apply makeup. I did manage to get this done in under 30 minutes.

The foundation I picked up is in the color nude beige.

I was guessing here since most of the lighter colors all look the same in the bottles. When I put some on the back of my hand I was afraid it would be too dark but it blended really well with my skin. I used my Real Techniques sponge to do that. 

This sponge has become my favorite way of applying foundation. I love that it has the flat side, which is perfect for blending even concealer. And it's much cheaper than the Beauty Blender. Just $6.00 on the Real Techniques site and you can sometimes get it even cheaper from other places like Amazon, Target or Walmart. This one is starting to show some wear, but I do have a couple of backups waiting in the wings.

But we were talking about the Fit Me foundation, which is not a full coverage by any means. It might be buildable to about medium, but I just used a single, thin layer for a more sheer look. You've heard the phrase, "your skin only better", right? That's about what this was like. I could still see my skin but the imperfections were less noticeable.

I used the Fit Me concealer in sand sable beneath my eyes.

And yes, that is a chip on my middle fingernail. Always the first to chip for some reason. Anyway, the concealer also looked like it might be too dark but wasn't. However, it didn't brighten the undereye area like the Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. Just made my undereye area blend in with the rest of my face. And it was easy to blend in using the same sponge.

I did, however, set the undereye area with my favorite powder for that purpose, the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder.

That gave my undereye area the right amount of brightness.

I set the rest of my face with the Fit Me pressed powder in buff beige.

By the way, sorry for all the flashiness of the pics here. I was taking them in the waning sunlight of evening and without the flash, they were just too dark.

So, this powder comes with a little puff and mirror stowed away in a compartment beneath the product pan. I used the Real Techniques blush brush to apply it. I find that brush is a little too big for applying blush. At least on my face, anyway. But I do love it for setting powder. I got powder on both sides of the brush then, with a tapping motion, applied the powder without disturbing the foundation underneath. Works quite well that way.

I used no contour, highlight or bronzer for this look. Only blush in the color deep rose.

I used an ELF stipple brush to apply it. I find the stipple brush gives me just enough product without picking up too much. It's also easier for me to control. I just tap the blush onto the apples of my cheeks and carry it up toward my temple. I'll then use the same brush used for powder to blend. If I had used contour, highlight and bronzer, I would have applied all three then used the powder brush to blend them all together.

For my eyes, since I don't have any Maybelline powder shadows, I opted to use one of the Revlon Colorstay quads - Addictive.

I used all four colors. I applied the upper right color all over my lid and a bit into the crease. The lower left color went all in the crease to give some depth. The lower right color I put on the outer corner of the lid and crease then the upper left color went on the browbone and was used to blend out the obvious lines. I then went back onto the inner half of the lid with the upper right color just to put back the lightness in the area. I used the lower right color as a liner.

I then used the Maybelline Colossal Chaotic mascara on my lashes.

No, this will not give you crazy looking lashes if applied as you would any other mascara. I suppose you can get that look if you want but I don't plan to try it. 

And here's the look.

This look is subtle but still gave my eyes some depth. 

On my brows, I pulled out the NYX Eyebrow kit in Blonde.

I used the powder on the far right, which tends to give my brows that reddish cast to go with the red in my hair. It also doesn't look nearly as dark as some of the other brow products I have, which was exactly what I preferred for this look.

For my lips - well, that was kind of a short odyssey all by itself. And it's just dawned on me that I failed to get the lipsticks into the pic above. So hang on while I go and do that right now.

Ok. Here they all are.

l to r: Maybelline Matte in Touch of Spice, ELF Natural Nymph, unnamed ELF, 
ELF Moisturizing in Southern Bell, Maybelline Color Elixir in Blushing Petal

I started out with Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice but it was too dark for the look I was trying to achieve. I then tried an ELF lipstick in Natural Nymph and my lips completely disappeared. 

After adding another ELF lipstick in a more pink shade (no name, by the way, but it is out of the 10 lipstick/gloss set), I topped it off with Southern Bell from ELF then a new gloss from Maybelline in the color Blushing Petal. 

The packaging on this gloss is unusual in that it looks like a regular lipstick but it's really a gloss. What looks like normal lipstick is actually the gloss - kind of a pearlized pink that is sheer worn alone but does a good up jazzing up any lipstick color. I would have shown a swatch on my hand but you couldn't really see it unless the light hit it just right.

And here's the entire look.

So, how did the makeup perform after all day wear? Pretty good, much to my surprise.

The only touching up I did was for lipstick and that is a new one I picked up at my local grocery. I'll tell you about it in the next post, which will be a haul post. I did, however, see some smudging under my eyes from the mascara. It is supposed to be waterproof but I'm thinking not so much. It was also very easy to remove with my usual eye makeup remover wipes.

As for the foundation, I wasn't sure about it until I went to take the makeup off and saw the first wipe full of foundation. I was just a bit shiny at the end of the day, but the foundation apparently stayed right where I put it and felt good all day long. I couldn't even tell I was wearing anything. It truly was my skin only better.

And the lighting is weird in these pictures because these were also taken in the waning evening light. That's why I look so yellow here.

The eye makeup held up pretty well, too.

Despite how it might look, there was absolutely no creasing, even a couple hours later when I took all this makeup off. Really impressed with these Revlon shadows. I got several of them from Amazon for not a lot of money. Most of them were add-ons through Prime. These will also be in the haul post I'm going to do next.

Overall, I am impressed with the Fit Me line of the makeup. My only complaint would be that the foundation doesn't come in a pump.

And just for laughs, here's an outtake of the overall look.

Because if I hold my finger on the picture taking button, the camera just goes to town and caught me in a half blink. Oh, well. Gotta have some laughs, right?

So that's your FOTD Friday on Saturday. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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