Monday, April 16, 2018

Life Update: Losing My Mom

If you've been wondering where I've been and you don't follow me on social media, I lost my Mom in March. She was admitted to the hospital in February, and passed away in March. As soon as she was admitted into the hospital, and I knew she would be going for surgery, I went into "emergency" mode and my blogs were the first to go. You can read my initial post about losing my Mom on my book blog here. It's been 4 weeks since I lost my Mom and every single day is a mental struggle. I feel like I just pretend I'm "okay" to get me through each day. I want to come back to my blogs, but I need to be ready for it. I'm starting to think about it though, which is why I'm posting today.

This has been the hardest thing I've ever had to go through in my life and I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. I'm hoping to come back soon. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see I have picked up some new palettes. Yes, it was total retail therapy. In those first few days; I felt miserable, I looked miserable and I slowly forced myself to apply a small amount of makeup to help me do something for myself. It provides a distraction. Makeup has never been about my physical appearance, it has always been about my emotional/mental wellness. I'm still very grateful to have an interest in beauty and understand how much it helps me.

I will probably keep all my grief posts and more personal posts on my book blog. Feel free to follow me at Mrs Q Book Addict. It's too hard to post to both blogs, when it comes to personal stuff. I'll keep it over there, to simplify it. I'm going to start planning posts and try to piece together my life.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Multi Purpose Palettes: Tarte Cosmetics (Ladies Night Eye and Cheek, Goddess and Glam)

 limited-edition ladies night eye & cheek palette
Ladies Night Eye and Cheek Palette

I love palettes that are "all in one" type palettes, and I purchased two palettes from Tarte around the holidays. These types of palettes are great when traveling, or when I'm in a hurry to get ready for work. The Ladies Night Eye and Cheek Palette has a blush, bronzer, highlighter and 6 eyeshadow in the palette. I also picked up the Goddess and Glam Eye and Cheek set which again has 6 eye shadows, a blush and highlighter. Both of these palettes are nice, but not favorites of mine. I realized I'm not a huge fan of Tarte's eyeshadow formula. The permanent palettes like the Toasted, and Bloom have a very different formula. The shimmers in these palettes are not that vibrant which is something that I go for. Even spraying them with  a setting spray, gives me an "okay" shimmer. Both blushes in these palettes are really nice, and my favorite part of these palettes. The face products are much better than the eyeshadows.

I don't think I will be picking up any Tarte Limited Edition palettes anymore. I also noticed they don't have a great staying power on my lids, including the mattes. By the end of the day, they really fade away. These palettes are good for travel or for throwing in an overnight bag. I will get a nice look but if I'm looking for a night out or a special occasion, I will look for a palette with better lasting power. The shimmers in the Goddess Glam palette are actually difficult to pick up with a brush, they seem pressed harder into the pan. I would prefer a Morphe palette over these two any day. I do prefer the Ladies Night Eye and Cheek palette over the Goddess Glam palette. I will keep my eye out for other "all in one" palettes. I do like having them in my collection.

goddess glam eye & cheek set Tarte Cosmetics
Goddess Glam Eye & Cheek Set 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: Maybelline Superstay 24 hr Full Coverage Foundation

Review: Maybelline Superstay 24 hr Full Coverage Foundation

The Maybelline Superstay 24 Hr Full Coverage foundation has made the round in the beauty community, and I picked it up when I saw it in store. The packaging is very simple, a glass bottle with a white lid and pump. There was a stick label on it that I removed when I opened it. In general, I do like Maybelline foundations and this one was another foundation that I liked. I won't say it's a favorite though. It is very full coverage, and I don't go for full coverage every day. This is a lightweight foundation that lasts all day. it claims to wear for 24 hours and I'm not about to try that out. It does last a full day for me, but does break down around my mouth. Honestly, I don't wear alot of full coverage foundations.  In the morning, I'm looking for something that would even my skin tone and blend very quickly. Since this is full coverage, it does take more work to blend in. I prefer to use a sponge to apply it, since it does soak up the excess product. I did notice that it sunk into my fine lines, and needed to be set with a powder to correct this.

Overall, if you're looking for a full coverage foundation from the drugstore. I would try this. I think it's worth a try. The issues that I did see with it, were typical of full coverage foundation on my skin. I didn't see anything that was alarming. It's a good drugstore option. I have dry skin, and it didn't feel drying on my skin. I'm still going strong with my Physician's Formula Healthy foundation. It suits my needs for every day wear. It is available in 14 shades, I have the lightest and it matched my skin well. I know Maybelline has a foundation with this same name before, I'm not sure if it's just reformulated or brand new.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekly Product Rotation (Pur, Tarte, Essence, Estee Edit, ELF)

Weekly Product Rotation (Pur, Tarte, Essence, Estee Edit, ELF)

Last week, I kept my makeup simple. I pulled out products that I know work for me and I don't have to think too much about how to apply it. Winter doesn't want to go away, and last week I needed to get ready as quickly as possible to deal with the snow and car. Let's hope this week is milder.

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries Palette: If you don't want to think too much about your makeup look, a neutral palette is a great choice. I really like the Soiree Diaries palette because it has every thing I look for in a palette. It's also very neutral and I don't have to think too much about what i'm wearing.

Tarte Toasted Palette: If I'm looking for a warmer toned eye look, this one is good. It's not too warm, not too orange or red toned. I love the shimmers in this palette. I wanted to use this palette because I hadn't used it much since I first bought it, and I still really like it.

Essence Blush In Adorable: Essence blushes are so nice, they blend so easily. They last all day on my skin and I don't think you could go wrong with an Essence blush. This is one of those blushes that you can apply a generous amount and not go overboard.

Estee Edit Bronzer in Light/Medium: Unfortunately, this bronzer is no longer available. It's one of my favorite bronzer. It's perfect on my fair skin. It's not too cool, not too warm and blends so quickly. Again, a bronzer I can apply and not worry about how I'm applying it.

ELF Highlighting HS Powder in Starlight Glow: If you haven't tried the new ELF highlighters, you really should. They are beautiful on the skin. I've used this highlighter quite a bit now, and it's a "go to" for me.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: Morphe 15D Day Slayer Palette

Morphe 15D Day Slayer Palette

The Morphe 15D and 15N palettes launched for the holiday season, but Morphe has announced that they are now in stock and no longer limited edition. If you're a fan of the 35O palette, you will like the 15D palette. This palette is very orange, and warm toned which I love. It has enough shades to do an all matte look, and has enough variety of shimmer shades if that's what you like. The mattes are very nice and blend easily. The shimmer are nice but work best sprayed with a setting spray. They're not as intense and soft as Morphe's usual shimmers. Does it make me like this palette less? no, I still really like it. I really like an intense shimmer which not all people are looking for. It is housed in a hard black plastic case which I really like, and it has a mirror which is great for traveling. This is one of my favorite every day palettes at the moment. (Purchase here)

This palette retails for 15$ and I think it is a great buy. Even with shipping, and customs I still think Morphe palettes are worth it. Why? I really like Morphe's eyeshadow formula.  I like that they're pigmented but not scary pigmented where I'm intimidated by the palette. I can build my look and like my finished look each time. The eyeshadow lasts all day, and I know what I'm getting when I pick up a Morphe palette. They're consistent and a brand that I'm loyal to. I do like these smaller palettes of 15 shades, it's not as overwhelming when trying to put together a look. I really like these 15 pan palettes, they're very nice for every day and great for travel. I hope Morphe release more of these size palettes.

If you're curious about the 15N Palette, my review can be found here.

Morphe 15D Day Slayer Palette

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