Yay, I finally got to play with my Glam Bag products! Now I want to talk about them, so you get to get ready with me while we chat. Not literally. Just for the purposes of this blog post.
This is what I look like after I've showered and done my normal rosacea skin care routine. Awesome, right?
|It's time for someone's eyebrow wax|
Primed, I am still red but less shiny. The Mirabella Prime went on very smooth...I love the way silicone-based primers feel on the skin - so luxurious! I should probably make a primer part of my daily routine.
Someone over at makeuptalk posted the following video from Goss Makeup Artist (love him) about why you should only combine silicone-based primers with silicone-based foundations, not water-based. It involves science, and was therefore a total OH, DUH, WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THAT moment for me.
Armed with my newfound knowledge, I searched for a compatible foundation.
Haha, just kidding! I was totally dying to try the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm out. I don't care what it's made of, I slapped it on right over the Mirabella Prime.
|I used this much twice, then dabbed a bit extra on the areas I'd use concealer if I were less lazy|
Since I had to go to work and therefore look presentable (aka not bright red), I slapped on a layer of my beloved MAC studio fix powder over top. It didn't really turn me yellow (I was in a rush and didn't notice how bad that shot was, sorry!), but it did actually make me think I could get away with the BB Cream on the regular. The primer and beauty balm were a great base for the powder, and my skin looked pretty and smooth and not cakey at all. I hope it has staying power, this could be a game changer!
I blow dried and straightened my hair, then went off to work to answer some emails before I could sneak off to finish my makeup. Time management is not my strongest skill.
I don't own many loose shadows, but my stint with Bare Minerals prepared me for how to not make a total mess when applying them. I grabbed a little container from a shower set so I could dump some of the NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Mink Pearl into it. I probably needed a flatter brush to really pack it on, but I wanted a more subtle effect for work so I just used the London Soho New York Smudge Brush Ipsy gave us a few months ago. It's a really nice brush for getting a nice wash of color all over the lid in addition to the regular smokey eye use.
Unfortunately, the shadow did not photograph well AT ALL. This color is really beautiful...it's a golden toned brown (or a brown toned gold?). I have been obsessing with gold looks for the holidays, but the brown tones down the gold and makes is much more appropriate for daily use. It is really SO MUCH PRETTIER on in real life than I have shown here.
I finished the look with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero. This is already my go-to eyeliner, so I obviously am a fan. I prefer preversion to zero for a blacker black, but zero is a good daytime back. The UD eyeliners go on very smoothly and are highly pigmented.
The Be A Bombshell gloss in Hot Mess (still the best name ever) is not as shockingly red on the lips as it is in the bottle. It's a very wearable red, which is perfect for someone like me who isn't very adventurous in lip colors. It has a bid of a weird scent, but it isn't sticky. It came off all over my diet coke, but has decent staying power if you aren't pressing your sweet sweet caffeine dispenser up to it every 8 seconds.
|Before on the left, after on the right|
And now for the ratings...
Mirabella Prime: I feel like I don't wear primer enough to be really qualified, but my face makeup is holding up well after a few hours, which I never would have guessed would be possible with an american beauty balm replacing my full coverage foundation. So I'd repurchase it, and I'll give it an A-.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm: It isn't the best choice for my rosacea, so I wouldn't repurchase. The scent is nice, it applies smoothly, doesn't cake...but I have to give it a B- for the lack of coverage. It would be in the A range if I was looking for a minimal coverage, "my skin but better" type of balm.
NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Mink Pearl: So pretty! I want all 10! A
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: My holy grail pencil liner, will definitely repurchase. A+
Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess: A for the name, B for the gloss. Just okay, I'll use it up but won't likely repurchase.
Note that I haven't tried out the Mai Couture papers. It looked like it might be too orange / weirdly colored for a daytime highlight, so I didn't want to risk it while at work.
I may update if there are any more important pieces of information after wearing it all day...otherwise, hope you enjoyed this! How do you like your Ipsy Glam Bag?
End of day update:
Okay, so I just did a quick makeup check (9 hours after application). My stupid pics won't send, but I can tell you that my eye makeup hasn't budged, and there is SHOCKINGLY little rosacea bleed through for just having a beauty balm and some powder on my face. There is a little bit of "makeup pooling" and you can tell I'm a red person, but I still look in the realm of normal (unlike my makeup-free face in picture 1 above). This leads me to believe that primers are not bullshit, as I previously thought. I am going to experiment more with the Naked Skin, but it might be a nice alternative to foundation - my skin is soft and doesn't feel like it has tons of crap on it. My lip balm is long gone, but that is to be expected. Will post the pics tomorrow.