What’s to come…

This amazing #beautyhaul is just a preview of things to come.  Some call them first impressions but I use review.  Some of these products are in heavy rotation in my daily routine while others are new to try.  I should probably confess that writing here has given me the gusto to try things that I’ve not been bold enough to try now.  I’m talking about loose pigments held by adhesive and glitter 🙃. I’ve already raved about my favorite primer Hourglass mineral primer, if you missed it).  While these would be considered premium and luxury brands I am working on quite a few things for a drug store #beautyhaul which will highlight some of the usual favs and many secrets.  Please also know that Morphe will be in heavy review as I just received my first palette and now have a brush subscription (yes, I plan to review this services).

I strive to provide an unbiased opinion and assessment of the products that I come across.


Beauty Splurge

Yesterday I went to Sephora to touch lots of things and do some testing.  I haven’t spent so much time there in a really long time.  I was able to really delve into Hourglass and learn so new things.  I purchased the Mineral Primer and I have to say that this product might have revolutionized the industry.  It is a primer that makes makeup sweat and waterproof.  Every piece of tissue that touches your face will no longer look like you need a bath.  When the temperature is rising you will no longer have to worry about horrible streaking due to lines of sweat.  Hourglass you have been the magician that I have been longing for with this primer.  Another bonus is that it comes in a travel size so you don’t have to fight to find a container small enough to travel.  This is certainly essential to folks on the move such as myself. 

While I am living you all are learning.  The world of beauty is every changing which is a parallel to life itself.  

I’ve been distracted 

These lashes arrived and I love the packaging. I’ve been playing with the bottom lashes because let’s face it. I love the old Liza and Barbara looks. Can’t wait to review these House of Lashes. Still awaiting the arrival of the mink lashes that are on back order. Since I’m planning to talk about lashes rest assured that I will be giving updates about the various adhesives. 

Clean face makes for a beautiful canvas 

My daily skin routine has been a frequent request for everyone that knows I enjoy an artful face daily. If I had to select a focal point of the cleansing routine it would be the night time use of Shu Umera Cleansing Oil. I’ve been using this for more than 10 years. This brand is one of the first to have a cleansing oil on the market. The different formulations help to address multiple skincare needs. This product is non stripping so my skin doesn’t feel parched and dry. 

I use this to fully remove all make-up. It reminds me of the cleaning effects of “cold cream” without the thickness and weight. It also foams up once water is added to help the oil bind to the grit and grime and wash it away. 

While the sponges do an amazing job with application this oil helps me reverse the flawless effects of a well applied look. 

The routine is complete with eye serum or eye cream depending on what’s going on with my skin (Northeast weather or allergies), a serum and night cream. For my lips I use Aquaphor overnight to lock in moisture and keep chapped lips away. 

Seriously, this oil is hands down the best of the many that I’ve tried. Believe me as a product endorser I’ve tried many. No brand even comes close to this.  


Even more sponges

Hi all, today I got even more sponges.  It’s amazing how many options are out there.  Today’s delivery included sponges by Fiery Youth and a set from Emax Design.  All sponges are latex free.  I am not even half way through all the sponges that have yet to be reviewed and tested.  At the end of this week I can say that I am happy to endorse the Real Techniques sponge.  If you must know why, here it is:

  • Size covers large areas of the face.
  • Has essentially three usable surfaces.  
  • Fits easily in the hand. 
  • Extremely easy to clean and dries relatively quickly.  
  • Non abrasive
  • Great price point when compared to other popular sponges.

For the sponge novice, this is a great product to get you started in the amazing world of beauty sponges.  

Real Techniques 👍🏾👍🏾✔️✔️✔️

Sponge Week continues… 

  I’m still working with the same three sponges but more arrived yesterday and the review continues. I must apologize as I neglected to say that I was my sponges after each use to keep them clean and germ free. I’ve been using the Beauty Blender cleansers (liquid and solid). I think I prefer the solid for cleaning larger size sponges. It just feels like I have more control. The liquid in the pump bottle works better for small sponges and brushes, in my opinion. Since I clean after each use the process is quick. 

Let’s not forget that this is a review… At this point in the week I have all but given up on the Ulta beauty sponge. I’ve really been working with the Real Techniques and my fave, Beauty Blender. I use the Real Techniques more often during night applications when I tend to wear fuller coverage and go for more dramatic looks. 

Repurpose and try again

Yesterday I talked about my ungfavorable experience with the Ulta sponge.  Today I decided to give it another try.  I used it for the purpose of applying a correcting product to a few spots on my face.  I am forced to admit that it might just be growing on me.  I used the real techniques sponge again today and I am still very impressed.  While my flawless face was looking amazing today it did not feel amazing.  I was able to save my skin and my sinuses thanks to Sephora’s First Aid Beauty Sampler (rewards gift) which has a cleanser, moisturizer and a couple other things.  This is great to keep at your desk for an emergency cleaning.