Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Never Used: 07-08-2014

I have a lot of makeup, more makeup than I will ever be able to use in a timely manner. But I’m okay with that because the makeup serves more of a purpose for me than just going on my face. It is my therapy for helping me to get through the days when I physically don’t feel good and it is my entertainment on the days when I can’t do other things but don’t feel bad enough to stay in bed all day. I don’t feel guilty for having as much as I do and I value all of the makeup I have quite highly.

Every once in a while when going through my makeup I find something that expired/dried up before I got a chance to use it. I thought it might be helpful to post about those things and a bit about why they never got used in the first place as the reasons will not always be the same.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Keep in Mind: June 2014

The month of June saw a massive decline in health for me, to the point where my health problems became visible not just in my need to use a wheelchair outside of the house, but also in my physical appearance and written all over my face. I first developed dark circles under my eyes that were significantly darker than I have ever had to deal with even when not sleeping. Then they turned blue to the point that it looked like I had been punched in the face. I also had bruising elsewhere and no cause for the bruises to be appearing, it was all related to my digestive tract no longer being able to absorb nutrition from my food. We have made changing to my food and the way I am having it so that it is easier for my body to absorb and it seems to be helping, but it will be a while before we will know how much.

During this month I have also been using makeup to help distract me from just how far down I was falling health wise. I applied it to my face, when I couldn’t do that I swatched it on my arms or I rearranged it, and when I couldn’t do that I just stared at it. But this month was one where makeup played a bigger roll in giving me something to do throughout the day because most of the time, I could do nothing else other than that.

Of all of the days that I used makeup on my face this month, I had three where I really liked how it looked and one day where I thought I looked absolutely fabulous even though I felt horrible. That one day, while physically unable to do much of anything, I could not stop smiling about how great the makeup had turned out and how wonderful that was making me feel emotionally.

This one day specifically and this month in general reminded me just how important makeup is to my emotional wellbeing, not because I think it makes me look better. I don’t wear it to hide from others how my health is doing (well, I wear it to keep my parents from worrying too much about me but that is only one time a week). I don’t wear it because it is expected, my husband could not care less whether or not I actually used any of the makeup I have, he just knows it makes me smile when I look at it and when I use it so that is why he keeps buying it for me.

So this month there is not a specific product that I want to remember to use or not use. I just want to remind myself to use the makeup as much as I possibly can because it really does work as a therapy for me to help me get through the pain and the frustration that goes along with having an illness.

When I am looking at the makeup, rearranging the makeup, picking out makeup to apply, and applying the makeup, I am not thinking about the pain I am in. I am not thinking about the things I would rather be doing. I am just thinking about the makeup and how pretty it is, and how I can use it, and what all I can do with it. And that makes it a very important thing for me to have.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Influenster Review: PROFOOT Pedi-Rock

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

This is another product for the feet that I really should not be reviewing, this time because my feet are probably the most ticklish part of my body and even doing a pedicure is a challenge. Oddly, I have tried using pumice stones several times over the past 20+ years that I have been aware of them. I am one of those people who wants to take part in a every beauty ritual I learn of including ones for the feet, but alas, I can never run anything along the bottom or sides of my feet more than once without ending up in hysterics.

For this product I was solely looking to see if I could actually touch it to my feet and not start laughing hysterically.


Influenster Review: PROFOOT Triad Orthotic

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I am the wrong person to do a review for anything related to the feet. I don’t like shoes and I spend the majority of my time barefoot. When I am wearing shoes, they are sandals and they are only worn to leave the house or the running sandals we found so I could exercise on a treadmill and exercise bike. Shoes make my feet feel very restricted and I tend to fall over more in them because I walk with my feet rather close together and so when I am wearing shoes, they catch on the other shoe. I nearly fell over several times while trying to review these inserts. So I did my best, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I didn’t have very high hopes going in to this testing and review period.

For this product I was mainly looking to see if it would make wearing my running shoes that I haven’t used in over five years wearable again because they were custom fit to my foot and even those I can’t stand wearing.


Influenster Go VoxBox: Preview Post

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

This is the preview post I normally do before actually reviewing products received from Influenster. I will admit now and probably before every review posted after this from this series that I was really surprised I qualified for this box because part of the survey to qualify asked for food allergies and I listed gluten and dairy. Two of the food items have dairy and one has gluten. The third one doesn’t have either of those, but it does have stevia which I don’t eat because my brother have a serve allergic reaction to it and I am afraid to eat anything with it. So those three things will be tried by my husband and the review of them will be what my husband tells me.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Samples: Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

I received this sample in the packaging with the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Sunscreen Makeup Foundation in “I’m pure 4 sure” Ivory that my husband got me for my birthday last year. It has taken me this long to actually use it, nearly nine months.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sample: M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid in NW 10

I received this sample of M.A.C’s Studio Fix Fluid in NW 10 when I was at the mall one day before starting this blog, but I had been thinking about starting it. I told my husband it would be a good idea to get shade matched before I started the blog because M.A.C’s foundation shades seem to be commonly used to tell how close someone’s skin tone is to your own so I wanted to know in order to make this blog more useful to anyone who might end up reading it.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Madame Milly Eye Shadow Quad #1



Eyeshadow:    Madame Milly Eye Shadow Quad #1, Top Left Shade


From Left to right:

With Primer/Applied with brush
No Primer/Applied with brush
With Primer/Applied with finger
No Primer/Applied with finger

Applied At:    10:00 PM

Cost: (Without any discounts)    Kits at Kolh's range from $20 to $40.  Kolh's does run regular sales so I always recommend waiting for one of those when considering makeup there.

Shimmer: Yes/No    Yes, shows as a shimmery cream on the lid.

Crease time without primer:   

3:00 am, five hours

Crease time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

8:30 am, faint crease line confirmed by husband because it was so hard to see.  10 hours and 30 minutes.

Fade time without primer:   

3:00 am, five hours

Fade time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

Was removed at 9 am; never noticed fading.

Fallout on to the rest of the face:   

Didn't really notice any when applying or during wear.

Can two colors from the same brand be blended together:   

They don't necessarily blend, but the lines can be soften with a blending brush.

Can I actually see the color on the lid:   

Sort of, it is almost my skin tone color so the lighting influences how well I can see it.

Day or Night makeup:   

Day makeup, it lasted long enough and this would be good for leaving the house and looking polished.

Eyeshadow:    Madame Milly Eye Shadow Quad #1, Top Right Shade


From Left to right:

With Primer/Applied with brush
No Primer/Applied with brush
With Primer/Applied with finger
No Primer/Applied with finger

Applied At:    8:00 AM

Shimmer: Yes/No    Yes, very shimmery.

Crease time without primer:   

Noon, four hours, light but noticeable crease.

Crease time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

1:15 pm, light crease line that I could barely see.  Five hours and 15 minutes, retested because of short time to make sure it was accurate and came up with a similar time.

Fade time without primer:   

Never really faded before removed from creasing.

Fade time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

Never really faded before removed from creasing.

Fallout on to the rest of the face:   

Yes, light fallout during application.

Can two colors from the same brand be blended together:   

The orange shade is very overpowering when used with the other shades in this quad.  When I tried to blend it just above the crease it ended up all over the lid up to the brow bone and none of the other shades survived.

Can I actually see the color on the lid:   

Yes, it isn't quite a true to the orange color of the pan, but it is an orange and it is bright.  This color also had an odd quality of I could only see it on my lid under cool toned lights, when I was under warm toned lights it just disappeared so you might want to consider what kind of lighting you will be under when using an orange shadow.

Day or Night makeup:   

Night makeup, this didn't last very long during its longest wear and the first few times I tried it, it only lasted an hour so I don't have enough confidence in this shade that would last even with the e.l.f. eyelid primer.

Followup Note: The majority of the eye shadow fell out of the pan one day during testing. I was able to press it back in, but it is a very soft shadow so that is something to be aware of when storing and traveling with this. Basically I will never travel with this quad.

Tips:

Use a very light hand with this shadow as it is very strongly pigmented.

Eyeshadow:    Madame Milly Eye Shadow Quad #1, Bottom Left Shade


From Left to right:

With Primer/Applied with brush
No Primer/Applied with brush
With Primer/Applied with finger
No Primer/Applied with finger

Applied At:    10:00 AM

Shimmer: Yes/No    No, I couldn't see any.

Crease time without primer:   

Didn't really crease, just completely faded away to nothing.

Crease time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

Didn't really crease, just completely faded away to nothing.

Fade time without primer:   

4 hours, complete fade, no color left behind.

Fade time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

4 hours, complete fade, no color left behind.

Fallout on to the rest of the face:   

No noticeable fallout.

Can two colors from the same brand be blended together:   

They don't necessarily blend, but the lines can be soften with a blending brush.

Can I actually see the color on the lid:   

It is only a couple of shades darker than my own skin tone when applied so this is not an easy color to see.

Day or Night makeup:   

Night makeup, if I could find a way to make it last long it would switch to day makeup, but four hours generally isn't something I would think was long enough.

Eyeshadow:    Madame Milly Eye Shadow Quad #1, Bottom Right Shade

 

From Left to right:

With Primer/Applied with brush
No Primer/Applied with brush
With Primer/Applied with finger
No Primer/Applied with finger

Applied At:    8:30 AM

Shimmer: Yes/No    Yes, light shimmer.

Crease time without primer:   

5:00 pm, so 8 hours and 30 minutes.  Which is remarkable considering there was no primer.

Crease time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

Never actually creased during the 14 hours I wore this.

Fade time without primer:   

11:45 am it started fading slightly in the center of the lid, so 2 hours

Fade time with e.l.f. eyeshadow primer:   

If it faded at all I couldn't really tell, still visible 14 hours later.

Fallout on to the rest of the face:   

Yes, lots of fallout with this shadow.

Can two colors from the same brand be blended together:   

They don't necessarily blend, but the lines can be soften with a blending brush.

Can I actually see the color on the lid:   

Yes, though how it is used would depend on what other shadows where being used as well.  It is not a very dark crease color, but if used with the lighter shade next to it in the quad it would work as a crease color.

Day or Night makeup:   

Day makeup, with the e.l.f. primer this stuff did not appear to want to budge at all and that is always the most important thing when picking eye shadows that work for leaving the house for the day.

Website for brand:   

    http://www.madamemilly.com/
    http://www.pacificsales.co.uk/madame-milly.html

Friday, May 2, 2014

Keep In Mind: April 2014

This is probably going to seem like something of a “yeah, dud” kind of Keep in Mind, but because of my personality, if someone gives me something, I am going to try and make the best of it, even if it doesn’t really work for my skin tone. The only way I would not use something is if I turn out to be allergic to it and then I would try and find someone to give it to that can make use of it.

So for this month’s Keep In Mind:

Foundation that actually matches your skin tone!

I have a lot of foundations, most from the drug store, all generally the lightest shade in the line because my husband knows that if the lightest shade doesn’t match me it is probably because it is too dark and there isn’t going to be a shade in the line to match me. I have yet to find a foundation that is actually too light for me which is probably why I got shade matched to M.A.C’s NW10.

I have spent what seems like the last whole year using up two Sheer Cover Mineral foundations because my husband’s parents bought a Sheer Cover starter kit for me when I first started getting back into makeup. I don’t know if this kit was in the lightest shade or if it was a medium shade, all I know is that both of the foundations and concealers that came with it are all too dark, but me being the “I can make it work” kind of person that I am, used them anyway. It probably helped that initially I wasn’t wearing the makeup out of the house so the only person seeing it on me was my husband and he is a little too kind and always said it looked fine. No matter how much I tried to convince him that it would be better to let me know if something doesn’t look right than it would be to have me leave the house with funky makeup going on, he always says it looks fine, no matter what.