April 2020 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you’re well and staying safe.

Below are my beauty faves for April.  As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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I had a pretty good mix of skincare and makeup this month.  I have been wearing a lot of makeup, because I have been doing a palette a day challenge on Instagram (fortyflirtyfab) where I used a different palette each day.  It’s been fun and exhausting! I will be posting my final update soon.

Here’s a close up of the eyeshadow and face palette:

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The face palette it the PUR x Trolls World Tour Top of the Charts Face Trio.  It’s very fun to use.  The blush is my favorite as it really brightens my sad, pale face.  LOL!

The Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette is fairly new, but I want to include it because it’s amazing! So pretty!  I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I’m bringing back my 20 in 2020 palette reviews next month and will be reviewing it soon!

IMG-4173I received the L’Oreal Bambi Eye Mascara and the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter in Double-Gleam in a giveaway from Youtuber Jessica Braun (she’s fantastic).  Both of these are amazing.  The MAC highlighter is natural and so pretty on and the mascara separates and lengthens my lashes.  Love!

I picked up the Tarte Travel Size Timeless Smoothing Primer in my fall Ulta Points Haul. I just started using it, because I finished the pore filling primer I was using.  I do love this.  It works very well.  I might have to pick up the full size eventually.

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I received the Cure Natural Aqua Gel to review on Instagram.  It’s a peeling gel, so you apply it to your skin, let it sit for a minute, then rub your face. The dry skin balls up and rinses away.  It exfoliates it off and leaves skin soft and smooth.

Derma E is one of my favorite skincare brands.  The products are affordable and so effective.  This is the Skin Restore Advanced Peptides and Collagen Serum.  I ran out of my neck cream and have been using this to firm my skin.  It’s so lovely.  It feels amazing on and does firm my skin.

This is the second bottle (first full size) of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer I’ve had.  I received it in my December Boxycharm. I love using it in the morning under makeup.


I can’t believe it’s almost May.  I hope you had a great month at home, and that May is better for us all!

 

Shop My Stash January 2020 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All! Happy Saturday! I’m back with my January Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for January.

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I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these products this month!  And I have decided to keep all of these products for now.

The Colourpop blush and Milani blusher are both amazing products! They are still fairly new to me, but I now have a good idea of how they perform, and I love them.

I’ve found that I don’t really wear lipstick any more, just liner and gloss.  I did wear my MAC Creme in Your Coffee lipstick once or twice.  It is nice and I’ll keep it, but I now want to go through my lipsticks and get rid of most of them. I did a pretty big declutter last year of my makeup, but I really want to pair it down to just what I use.  Would you be interested in seeing that on my blog?

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I used this palette a lot this month!  I tried every shade.  I’ve found that I like it okay.  Many of the shades have to be built up, especially the shimmers.  I am okay with building up mattes, but I like my shimmers to be soft and very blingy.  I do like the variety of the shades and I made a lot of varied looks with it.  I think I’ll keep it for now, but I might pass it on when I declutter.

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Urban Decay On The Run palette in Detour  – I really love this palette.  It’s the opposite of the Emily Edit palette in that it’s very pigmented and easy to use.  The shimmers, especially Dash, are creamy and are very blingy!  And the mattes are so easy to blend.I am very happy to keep this in my collection.

On to my empties:

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I had a lot more empties than I thought I would this month, but I have been trying to go through my products more.  So I’m proud of these.

For skincare, I finished the PIXI Jasmine Oil and the PIXI Collagen & Retinol Serum.  I’ve had the Jasmine oil for a while, but I concentrated on using it the last few months.  I love the scent.  I also liked the serum, which was unscented, but I don’t know if it did much to my skin.  The Glow Recipe Pineapple Bright Serum was very scented like extremely ripe pineapple.  I didn’t care for the scent  but I loved the serum to brighten my skin.  I would repurchase the PIXI Jasmine oil and the Glow Recipe. 

The Laneige Choco Mint lip mask was amazing! I got it in a holiday set with a full size of the berry and another little one.  I use the lip mask every day.  And I will continue to repurchase them so I always have one on hand. I also used up the Body Shop Fall For Pumpkin body butter I purchased in October and two hand creams, Juicy Pear and Mango, from my The Body Shop advent calendar.

For Makeup, I finally used up the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer.  I’ve had it for about 18 months and have been working on using it up.  It’s okay.  It works fine, but was really expensive.  I don’t know if I’ll purchase again in the future.  I also finished my L’Oreal Lash Paradise primer, a deluxe size of the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara and the Pop Beauty lip liner.  I would purchase the lip liner again, I loved it.

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I had fun playing with the products in my Shop My Stash last month.  I’ll be posting my new one hopefully tomorrow.

Shop My Stash July 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my July Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for July.

One product is already gone.  The Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Spoon was waaay to glittery for me.  I tried it once and gave it away.

On the other hand, I used the heck out of the Buxom Lip Creams! I wore one with a lip liner almost every day!  I still have a ways to go to use them up, but I want to use them up by the end of the year.  I will be keeping these!

Here’s photos with the palettes open:

 

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The Maybelline Lemonade Craze palette was my most used palette this month.  I forgot how good it is!  My favorite shade is Strawberry Lemonade because it is so shimmery dry, but very metallic wet!  My least favorite is Main Squeeze because it’s so glittery.  I wore it once and had glitter fall out all over my face.  I guess you can use a glitter glue with it, but I don’t like to bother with it.

I am definitely keeping this palette because you can make so many different looks with it!

IMG-1110 This is the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 Eyeshadow Palette.

I got this last summer.  I haven’t used it a lot before this.  I used it a few times this months and I like it.  The top four shades seem very summery and the bottom four are very fall-ish.  The shades I used the most are Coco-taxi and La Costa.  When I did use this I paired it with the Lemonade Craze palette.

Since I didn’t reach for it a lot, I don’t know if I will keep it.  I might try using it in the fall and see if I use it more.

On to my July Empties:

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I think this is the most empties I’ve had for one month!  I’m pretty proud that I have used all of these up!

My favorite products here that I will repurchase when needed are the Mamonde rose toner, the Beauty Bakerie powder, the MAC fix+, the Urban Decay All Nighter spray and the L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara.  They are all amazing products!

I won’t repurchase the Andalou face wipes or the Colourpop mascara.  Neither of these products impressed me. The wipes didn’t really remove all of my makeup and the Colourpop mascara was so thick and goopy.  And it made such a mess when I removed it.

The other products were all very good and I may repurchase if I run out of skincare.  I have a lot now I am using and testing out, so I shouldn’t have to purchase new skincare for the rest of the year!  LOL!  I’m getting more in for review, too.


This was a really successful month for my Shop my Stash and for empties. I really used most of the products a bunch and I had a lot of empties.

Do you do a Shop my Stash?  How’s it going?

 

March 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  March is almost over!  It was a very long month.  It was fairly warm towards the end of the month, but it’s snowing today.  Yuck!

I have chosen skincare, hair care and makeup for my March favorites.  If I have reviewed them, I will link the post.

My favorites this month are:

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave in Spray — I received this in my January BoxyCharm.  It’s what I use when I air dry my hair.  It leaves it so soft and shiny.  I have another one on reserve, that I won in a recent giveaway (with the lip products below).

Mamonde Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream — I have been enjoying this eye gel.  It’s fairly light on the eyes and hydrates well.  It’s not very quick absorbing, so I use it as an eye treatment.  In the morning my eye area is bright and hydrated!  But, this has a very strong floral scents, so if you don’t like scented creams, this might not be for you.   

Pixi Beauty Milky Tonic — I have just received this and some other Pixi Skintreats a couple of weeks ago for review.  I will be doing a full review next weekend.  I have already decide I love this.  It calms my sensitive skin.  I use it after cleansing and it leaves my skin toned and hydrated.     

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Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette — This is from a recent Colourpop haul.  This is such a pretty pink and purple palette.   To me it leans more pink than purple.  I don’t wear a lot of pink eyeshadow, but I have been using the metallics with brown mattes for really wearable looks.

L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara — So, funny story.  Last week I left my house to run errands.  When I was close to the store, I looked at myself in the rear view mirror and saw I only put mascara on one eye!  It was very noticeable.  So I pulled in to CVS and chose this one.  It’s so nice!  I put it on in the car and it matched my other eye nicely (I think I was wearing the Colourpop mascara).  I like this one more than the Colourpop mascara.  It gives length and volume and you can adjust the wand.  I’ve been using it ever since!

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These are both by Nudestix.  The top one (and right in the swatch), is the Intense Matte lip and cheek in Purity.  The left one ( and left in the swatch) is the Gel Color lip and cheek in Rebel.  I won these in a recent giveaway (there is a photo of the giveaway products up on Instagram @fortyflirtyfab. Let me know if you’d like me to post it here).  Both of these are so nice on the lips.  The nude one is mat ant the coral one is more creamy.  Both formulas are gorgeous!  I will continue to use these during the spring and summer.

Beautyblender Bounce Foundation — I am still loving this foundation that I reviewed a few weeks ago.  My shade is 1.50.  It’s a fair/light foundation with a cool undertone.  It’s a perfect match for me and looks natural, but flawless on.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer — I received this in my February BoxyCharm.  I was so excited to try it, because I’ve heard such good things.  And…I love it!  Just a little goes a long way and it smooths out my skin and prepares it for foundation.  I apply sunscreen before primer, and my skin can get a bit greasy.  This primer brings that extreme glow down and makes my wrinkles and pores less noticeable. And my foundation looks amazing over it!

What products were you loving in March?  Any new discoveries?

 

2018 Annual Beauty Favorites

Happy New Year!  I am so excited to get 2019 started.

I haven’t done a monthly favorites since October — the end of the year has been so crazy!  But I want to look back on a few of my favorites for 2018. I’ve chosen my favorite makeup in each category I use — and a skincare favorite or two.

Even though I am just picking one (or so) from each category, I needed two photos to capture my faves.  And I am going in order of application:

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The two skincare products I’ve chosen are the Derma E Firming DMAE Cleanser and the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.  I featured the Derma E Cleanser in my most recent Project Pan.  I was proud that I panned it, but I’m also sad that I’m all out!  It really cleanses the skin without drying it out.  And it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I just started using the Elemis cream.  It is so beautiful!  I started out using it morning and night, but I’m almost out, so I only use it in the morning.  It’s so nice under makeup.  It’s smooths and hydrates my skin and my makeup applies smoother.

I then like to spritz some Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I discovered it this year and really like using it before pore filling primer.  My favorite has been the Cover FX Blurring Primer.  I’m almost out of it, but I love how well it fills in my pores.  I received it in BoxyCharm and am very impressed bye it. I want to try more primers from Cover FX this year.  I next like to apply BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector before I apply foundation and concealer.  It instantly makes my dark circles look lighter.

My favorite foundation this year is the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation. I have it in the shade LC1. It’s a bit light for me, except for this time of year.  I will probably purchase it in a darker shade for the spring and summer.  It has a natural medium coverage finish which is exactly what I like in a foundation. I have used up a Flower Beauty Light Illusion Concealer and am working on a second one now that I found in my drawer.  I think the first one I used was in Fair and this one is in Light, but they are both so beautiful on.  It’s full coverage but looks very natural. I just panned the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in 10 Fair Light.  I have been using it for most of 2018. It sets the face so nicely and gives a hint of color.

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After I apply my foundation and powder, I bronze with the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.  I purchased this in the spring and have been using it all year! It applies smoothly and blends out so well.  And the smell is divine! The Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighter in #1 Fair is one of my favorites of the year.  I purchased this when I was trying to buy the Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter earlier in the year, but it was sold out.  (I have recently purchased it and will be reviewing it soon). The Natasha highlighter is very blinding, but can be toned down with a little powder.

Speaking of Anastasia, I purchased a Blush Trio in Peachy Love earlier this year at an Ulta sale. I love mixing the first and third color to brighten up my light skin.  I also love the bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in On the Mauve for cooler toned looks. To finish off face products, I want to mention the Urban Decay setting sprays, especially the Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray.  I used it up this fall and don’t have the bottle, but it was my summer setting spray.  It feels so nice on and  my makeup lasts all day.

For eye shadow this year, my favorite is the Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette.  I love the quality and the variety of colors. My honorable mention is one I just received in my BoxyLuxe, the Violet Voss Holy Grail PRO Eyeshadow Palette.  I don’t know when this was released, but it’s new to me! I still need to review it, but spoiler alert, it’s gorgeous!

I have short, sparse lashes so although mascara helps, my lashes never looked amazing until I started using the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer under my mascara.  I received a small sample in an Ulta order in Spring and I purchased a full size.  I think it’s time to get another one, because I don’t want to be without!  The Buxom Lash Mascara works perfectly over it and my lashes look long and lush, almost like I’m wearing falsies!

Although my lashes are sparse, my brows are dark and full.  As I age, they are finally thinning out and I have started to fill them in.  I received the L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil as a free gift the same time I received the L’Oreal lash primer.  The words have rubbed off, so I’m not even sure what the shade is.  I think it’s Blackest Brown.  Whatever it is, it’s perfect for me!  It’s very thin and easy to draw on brow hairs.  And it has a nice spooly on the end.  I’ts only $5.99 so I will be purchasing  new one once I run out.

And lastly is lips.  I am sooooo glad that gloss made a comeback this year!  Light rosy and nude glosses are my favorites.  I love a lot — Buxom, Lorac, Dose of Colors — but my favorite is the Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow.  It’s a beautiful nude-rose shade and is really hydrating, not sticky at all.  My favorite lipstick is the Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes in Nothing But The Truth.  I also love The Truth and The Whole Truth.  These are the original three in the collection, but there are now 6 more nude shades and I want them!  These lipsticks are creamy and hydrating on.  So nice if you like nude lipsticks!

Whew!  That was a long post!  What did you love this year?  Any winners I should check out?

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable Makeup in the Pantone Color of the Year 2019 — Living Coral

Hi All!  I’m sure you’ve heard that Pantone has announced their  Color of the Year 2019 –Living Coral!

Coral isn’t just for spring anymore!  It’s a pretty and wearable color for lips, cheeks, eyes and more!  Here are some affordable options:

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max, Sweet Nectar
Pixi Beauty LipLift Max, Sweet Nectar

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max, Sweet Nectar ($14 USD) —  Volume-maximizing lip treatment with a cooling sensation and glossy finish.  Peptides hydrate, firm and plump.  Added aloe heals, jojoba moisturizes and chamomile soothes. Fresh mint flavor.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Raw Kiss
Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Raw Kiss

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Raw Kiss  ($4.99 USD) — ​Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour delivers high intensity color with a velvety matte finish from the very first stroke! Apply to hydrated lips for long lasting bold matte color!

POP Beauty Prismatic Pop Blush, Coral Crush
POP Beauty Prismatic Pop Blush, Coral Crush

POP Beauty Prismatic Pop Blush in Coral Crush ($12 USD) Beam up your favourite features & make your skin POP with prismatic perfection! This ultra light reflecting illuminator seamlessly blends onto the skin for an ethereal finish; creating a multifaceted, three dimensional, luminous glow.

L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette
L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette
AVANILA Laboratories_ Vanilla + Fire for Strength
LAVANILA Laboratories’ Vanilla + Fire for Strength

LAVANILA Laboratories’ Vanilla + Fire for Strength ($14 USD) — Perfectly aligned with this year’s color is the newest addition of Vanilla + Fire for Strength to the LAVANILA Laboratories’ Elements Collection of healthy deodorants. Pantone credits nature as being one of the leading components behind their selection, and LAVANILA does too. Made with all natural ingredients, LAVANILA Laboratories’ Vanilla + Fire for Strength excludes aluminum and metal ions, and delivers antioxidants and essential oils to the skin instead. It’s time to enter the new year by revitalizing your beauty routine, and embracing the color of the year!

Vanilla + Fire for Strength  An energizing combination of warm and exotic essential oils: red ginger, wild orange and vanilla to ignite your inner power.

What do you think about Living Coral?  Do you have any coral makeup suggestions?

July 2018 Beauty Favorites

I can’t believe it’s August!  It has been hot in Kansas City since mid-May so I am ready for summer to be over.  My youngest daughter is starting high school in two weeks as my middle daughter goes off to college.  So many changes!

And so many choices — at least for my fave July products.  I loved so many makeup products this month.  Here they are:

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Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette — I received this for my birthday in June and have been loving it since! There is such a great variety of shades.  The shadows are so buttery and blend well, too. It will work nicely in the fall and winter months because there are some gorgeous plums and greens.

Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe  Vol.1 — This bright palette came in my June BoxyCharm.  These are normally not shades I would wear — orange, red, blue — but these shades are so creamy and pigmented, it’s hard not to love them.  I use them with a light hand and they are so pretty!

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Smart Tint Lip Color — This is a self-adjusting lip color. It has two sides.  The dark blue shade turns rosy on my lips and the light blues turns a shimmery pink.  Very fun and hydrating!

Urban Decay Chill Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray — I have been using this all summer. This has Temperature Control Technology that actually chills the surface of my makeup to keep it looking fresh for up to 12 hours.  This also helps powders melt into my skin and I look dewy, not dry!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 — I really like this.  It is a comfort matte so it is not too drying, but stays in place all day.  I need it in a lighter shade, but I have been mixing it with a light foundation and it looks great!

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer — I LOVE this!  I got a sample in a free gift from Ulta this spring and bought the full sized one last month.  I use it every time I wear mascara.  It gives length and fullness to my lashes.  My lashes are very short, so they need this! L’Oreal now has a  rose gold primer that’s a part of their Lash Paradise collection, so I’ll pick that up, too!

Pixi Beauty Glow Cake in GildedBare Glow — I received this for review and ever since, I have used it every day. It gives me the perfect summer glow.  I swirl my brush in the whole pan and cover my cheek with it.  I then use the lightest shade as a hilghighter on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow.  Gorgeous!

Pixi Beauty Rose Mist — I love using this in the morning after I wash my skin, before serums and creams.  It helps soothe my sensitive skin and gives a glow. It also helps hydrate, which I love.  Plus, it smells amazing!

What products were you loving in July?