the makeup bag

I’ve really been enjoying doing my makeup lately. I love getting to play with different colors and textures and seeing the finished product. It also doesn’t hurt that I have been doing a LOT of makeup shopping lately. Someone please take my wallet. I’m still testing quite a bit of those products out, so I won’t be showing them just yet, but I wanted to share what I have on my face today. Because it is my day off, I wanted something a little more dramatic on the eyes, with the rest of my face pretty bare.

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For my base, I used one of my new favorites the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Hazel. This is such a great tinted moisturizer. It says it is matte, but I find it still has some sheen to it. I have found that on me, if I have a random dry patch, it can cling to it. It’s not bad and I can usually fix it with a bit moisturizer. I like to use a brush with it on most days because it is a bit drier than other tinted moisturizers. It leaves a great skin like finish on my skin and lasts all day. I don’t ever feel the need to powder before leaving my house with it on. I love the matte packaging as well. It’s simple, but looks kind of fancy.

For concealer, I used Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Honey. I kind of kicked this to the curb a few months ago and had a long affair with two other concealer, but I have rediscovered my love for it recently. I like to use this concealer in conjunction with the corrector in Peach. I find it pretty much cancels out my dark circles. It doesn’t crease and it doesn’t turn gray on me, which I have found a lot concealers for tan and dark skinned women do. It lasts all day as well. It can be a little full on at times, but I like to use it when I’m going for a smokey eye. It covers great so I don’t get panda eyes.

Now on to my favorite part of my makeup today, the eyes. I recently purchased the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze. Oh-my-gawd. What a lovely, silky, bronze jewel. I can’t believe I didn’t own this sooner. It glides on beautifully. You can just put a small amount on your ring finger for a quick, light wash of bronze goodness or you can dip your finger (or brush) in there and build up to a dark smokey eye. It sets to an almost powder finish, which means it’s not going anywhere. There isn’t any noticeable hunks of glitter which makes it more wearable. It’s the early stages, but I definitely think this is going to be a staple in my collection for years. On a side note, the pot is small which makes it a pain when you are trying to stick your finger in and get some product. It is totally worth it though. I decided to pair the eyeshadow with an eyeliner that is also relatively new to me, the Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal Intense in Black Coffee. Now I will be honest, I went to the Bobbi Brown counter to try this thinking it would be a dark brown. When I swatched it, it was so dark, it looked black. Yes, I should have realized from the name of it that it would be a rather dark color. Nevertheless, I purchased it. I’m very glad I did. It complements darker eyeshadow shades like the Tarte one very well. It is also a dream to put on. It glides on quite easily and is blendable, which you need for a smokey eye. It doesn’t budge though, giving it an A+ in book.

For the cheeks, I decided to keep very bare and minimal, just swiping on (very lightly) some of the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Spiced Cider. It’s a tan apricot shade with some shimmer running through it. It’s beautiful and I recommend this to any tan or dark skinned women. It gives a flushed look.

I finished the rest of the makeup with some of the Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown through my eyebrows and some of the L’oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara (waterproof version) in Blackest Black.

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