Friday, December 4, 2015

FOTD Friday

Happy Friday!

Today's FOTD is courtesy of Wednesday. 

Products used:

You also get to see some of the brushes I used in this pic. One reason I decided not to crop it down.

Face basics:

Forgot the primer - why is it I'm always forgetting something when putting together these pics?

I've been using primer again and it seems to be helping keep my foundation intact - around my nose, especially. 

And speaking of primer, I'll be trying something new but I'll get to that a little later. First, let me explain what I did differently with my foundation for this look.

I started with the ELF Flawless Finish Foundation in Sand and mixed in some NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam.

As you can see, this illuminator is quite pigmented. The foundation was a bit dark so mixing the foundation with this illuminating product not only lightened up the foundation but gave a subtle glow to my entire face.

After the Brightening concealer from Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind line, I set my undereyes with the HD Undereye Setting Powder from ELF and set the rest of my face with ELF's Sunscreen Powder. 

And for contour/bronze/highlight:

Are you getting tired of seeing this one yet? Because I'm sure not tired of reaching for it. I think this ELF Contour Palette is possibly one of the best things they have ever come up with. Still only used the left half of the palette - the bronze for contour and bronzing and the lighter color for highlight and to set the primer on my lids. I then used Milani Baked Blush in Rose D'Oro on the apples of my cheeks and sweeping back toward my hairline.

This blush has plenty of sparkle in the pan but doesn't leave me looking like a disco ball. Just leaves behind a warm flush of color. I use a stipple brush to apply it.

And speaking of eyes (we were?):

Brows received the darker powder from the NYX brow kit and lashes were coated in the ELF Eye Enhancing Mascara in black, which has quickly become a favorite. This doesn't give me much length but does a good job of giving me some serious volume.

Now for that shadow palette from Wet n Wild.

By the time I got to thinking of shadow, I couldn't decide what direction I wanted to go. So, I opened the top shadow drawer, reached in and this is what I pulled out. This is the Vegan Culture Palette that I found at Walgreens. Not sure if this is limited edition or not. 

Out of this palette, I used all of the shadows on the left as well as the one in the upper right. The pale green in the center on the left went all over my lid. The darker green below it went in the outer half of my crease as well as the outer half of my lid. The near white one on the top left served as brow highlight. To give the lid even more punch, I added the shadow in the top right and used it to blend out the line between dark and light. Then, using a small smudger brush, I used the darker green to line both upper and lower - outer half on upper and fully lined on lower.

Here's the result.

Before I put on my lipstick, I used the L'Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray. I know I've showed it before but said not that first word about it. But I am now.

The full size of this is kind of pricey, but it works like nobody's business. The mist that comes out of this is truly a mist. My face doesn't feel saturated when I'm done spraying like it does with the ELF setting spray. I think between this spray and using primer, my makeup is truly lasting me all day long. Almost makes me wish I worked in an office somewhere - ok, no it doesn't, but I'm thinking that if you want your makeup to last all day, primer and setting spray - this setting spray - are your best friends. 

For my lips, I put on Milani Matte Lipstick in Matte Darling.

Just a nicely pink shade with a matte finish. Definitely a new favorite you'll probably be seeing a lot of. I did also put a colorless lip balm over this to give my lips a bit more moisture. This is a matte and wears slightly dry without the lip balm.

The overall look:

Fresh and glowing with a pop of color on eyes and lips. 

Now. For that new 'primer' product I mentioned. 

I got the idea from YouTube (where else?) and decided even though it's kind of weird, it's not nearly as weird as what some people have tried for primer - Monostat being one of those. Don't ask.

This, on the other hand, makes a bit more sense - even if I'm not the gender it's aimed at.

Wow, forgot to crop this one. Oh, well. Welcome to the mess that is my current makeup table.

Anyway, apparently this stuff makes a pretty decent primer. Some even say it works better than the high-end primers they usually use. Nikkie from Nikkie Tutorials on YouTube first discovered a new use for this product when she didn't have access to her usual moisturizer and primer. She picked up her boyfriend's shave balm and used that then found that her makeup lasted much longer. She still uses it. Watch any of her makeup tutorials after April of this year and you'll probably see her using it.

The second ingredient in this is glycerin, which apparently is what helps foundation stick to the skin and stay put. I'll be trying this with my next makeup so I'll be able to report back how well it actually does work. One word of warning, though. This is scented but I hear the scent doesn't last long. I'll report back about that as well.

I should also say that I think I purchased a different version of this product than what some of the others are using but it has the same ingredients so it should work the same. At least, I hope so.

So there's your FOTD for this week. Still waiting anxiously for the first December box to arrive. I've already gotten confirmation on the added content for my Birchbox and can't wait! I've also received shipping confirmation of the Laura Geller stuff I ordered from Hautelook - eeek! Can't wait to try out my first high-end products.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


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