Monday, May 14, 2018

Revolution Pro Goldmine Palette (Review)

When I wake up in the morning and I'm looking for a paletteg that will go with anything, I grab this one by Revolution Beauty. This palette is from their Revolution Pro range, which I believe is similar to their previous Freedom Pro range. It was released along with 7 other palettes. I picked up this Goldmine palette and the Revelation Palette. The Revelation Palette looks like a dupe for the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. I will have an upcoming post on it. Stay tuned! What I really like about this palette is that it has every thing that I need for an eye look. It has my fair shade to set my primer, my transition shades and it has darker shades. I prefer a dark brown over a black to deepen up a look, and this palette has both which was another positive for me. I can keep my eye looks very neutral and/or a little warmer.

It is housed in a plastic case with a clear lid. I do like the clear lid, it makes it easier to see which palette I'm looking for. The shadows perform very well, a little powdery but not bad. Tap off your brush, and you will be good. The pigmentation is great. It is not too pigmented and will allow you to build the color. The shimmers are very nice. I have no issues with lasting power and was very surprised by how much I enjoy this palette.

Overall, Revolution Beauty (Makeup Revolution) is a brand that I really enjoy. They release a ton of new products every year and there is always something for every one. Pricing for a Canadian is not bad, and shipping is affordable. It takes a few weeks for receive and I'm usually very impressed with their products. I didn't get a chance to swatch these but I will try to add in a picture.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Curating My Makeup Collection (Declutter, Simplified Storage)

Curating My Makeup Collection (Declutter, Simplified Storage)

I've been struggling with my makeup collection lately. It had become overwhelming and too much. I stopped my Boxycharm because I noticed I wasn't using the products. They were put away and forgotten. I don't have alot of space for makeup and decided I needed to organize. I decluttered around 10 palettes and gave them away to family. I had this letter stand on my dresser with another 4 drawer unit and I decided to only have this letter stand with one drawer on my dresser. This unit has become my "weekly" basket and getting ready in the morning has been great. It has lots of space for palettes which are my favorite, and the drawer holds the smaller stuff I use. I do have two foundations on my dresser as well. When it's time to get ready, I'm no longer overwhelmed and can quickly find what I need. 

I'm also on a low buy because makeup is makeup. I have to realize that I'm an average makeup wearer and there's no point to have such a huge collection. I'll admit that eyeshadow and face palettes are a weakness, but I need to be more selective. It's so easy to get caught up in buying more and more products but if you're not able to enjoy them, what's the point? If I'm going to use a product, write a review and put it away...I'm not enjoying it. I'm trying to follow this in different areas of my life as well. I've been decluttering and cleaning and that's what I do when I get overwhelmed. 

Being on a low buy does make me wonder where this blog will go. I don't want to feel like I need to buy products to keep this blog going. I'll have to come up with some creative content. I'm not ready to give up on this blog, but it's not going to be an excuse to buy more products. I'm a much happier person when I have organization. I do well when every thing in my home, has a home and can be easily put away. 

What do you think of your collection? Do you need to declutter?

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?
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