Hope yours is going well. I have yesterday's face for you today, created using these products.
As usual, I missed one but you'll see it when I get to the eye products.
I started with the Benefit Porefessional primer.
I used just a small amount starting with the more troublesome areas in the center of my face and worked my way out from there. I then used the Beauty Blender...
...to apply the ELF Serum Foundation in Light. Because the foundation is a perfect match for my current skin tone, I used the Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow to warm things up, also applied with the Beauty Blender. Used the Beauty Blender to blend out the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Brightening - used that tip, which worked but...we'll talk more about the Beauty Blender at the end of all things.
Set the undereye with the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder then used the SPF 45 powder on the rest of my face.
Bronzer, highlight, and blush came from these two ELF palettes.
That's the Contour Palette on the left and the Blush Palette in Dark on the right. Used the left side of the contour palette for bronzer and highlight - kind of over did the highlight but then, is that even possible?
I've said it before and I'll say it again, that highlight doesn't have a lot of shimmer to it. It's quite subtle - unless you overdo it, which I do believe I did. It kind of affected the blush I used, which is the one in the top right of the Blush Palette.
I used a stipple brush to apply since this is so dark. It didn't take much at all. I then used a clean brush to blend everything together.
For my eyes, I used these.
I set the ELF Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer with the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder then used the Wet n Wild shadow palette in Walking on Eggshells.
Followed the 'directions' imprinted on the pans. I was a bit afraid this would come out too glittery since each of these is quite shimmery. Behind the glasses, however, didn't really matter. Everything tends to disappear behind the glasses no matter what I do.
I used the crease shade below my lower lashes but used a black eyeliner on the top. That's the product missing from the group photo.
This is the ELF Eyeliner & Shadow Stick. The liner is called black but it is more like a charcoal and not a dark black. The shadow stick end is called Smoke and is a silvery gray. Since I was using a black liner, I almost took the plunge to do that wing but chickened out in the end. Still, I do like that darkness next to my upper lashes.
I used a new mascara from Maybelline this time - The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara.
This one has a rather interesting applicator.
Not your typical spoolie but worked well at darkening, defining and pushing up the lashes.
I had heard some bad reviews but decided to chance it. I did curl my lashes before application and this is a waterproof formula. I have to say that my experience is a little more positive.
My lashes grow straight with no curl whatsoever. Normally, even though I use an eyelash curler, they will eventually straighten out. Not this time. As I'm writing this last night, my lashes are still pointing upward. I've seen no flaking or transfer whatsoever. I'm pretty much liking this stuff. I'll continue to use it to see if it continues to perform well.
For my brows, I used the darker side of the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde.
I still don't use that waxy stuff to the left. It's too hard to get to with that little spoolie. I used to use the lighter powder but since my hair is darker now...you get the idea. Still looks red on my brows even though it looks brown here.
And here's how it all turned - well, the eyes, at any rate.
Finished everything up with the L'Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray then, on my lips, I used the ELF Mineral Lipstick in Barely Bitten.
There is a gold shimmer here that doesn't translate to a swatch....
...or to the lips.
Which is fine with me. I just like the color. These lipsticks feel pretty good on, too.
And the overall look.
Now for some opinions.
As far as the Beauty Blender is concerned....sorry to say, I prefer the Real Techniques over the Beauty Blender. Here's why.
The Real Techniques has that flat end that works so well beneath the eyes and around the nostril area. It's also more efficient at blending foundation - any foundation - into the skin. On the other hand, the Beauty Blender just seemed to soak up whatever it picked up so that I had to use more foundation.
Now, the foundation I used was a bit on the runny side so maybe that was the difference. All I know is I could see foundation pooled in pores pretty much everywhere, even on my chin. The foundation looked like it just sat on top of my skin instead of blending in, like I usually see with the Real Techniques.
I'll be out and about today so I will be applying makeup again. I'm going to use the same face products but this time use the Real Techniques and see if it was the sponge at fault or the products. I'll keep you posted.
Overall, I just wasn't as impressed as all the hype around this product seemed to indicate I should be. I just like the Real Techniques better and since it costs way less than the Beauty Blender - $6 versus $20 - I'll stick with the Real Techniques, thanks.
Now for that BB cream. While it worked wonders to warm up the pale left by that foundation I used, any luminosity it was supposed to provide, got lost with the application of powder. Just didn't seem worth that extra step to me. But I'll try it alone at some point in time and see if it works better.
There's your FOTD. Next week you can look forward to more haul posts as well as a special box from Allure. Hopefully, some of the other boxes will come in next week. I'm really anxious to see that Boxycharm box. I already know a few things that might be in there. Needless to say, I think Boxycharm will once again blow the other boxes out of the water for the month.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned.