concealer declutter . make up reset

another day plowing through my make up and decluttering those products that just don’t work for me anymore, for whichever reason, leaving the hoarder’s guilt behind and curating my collection to a more manageable – even pan-able – status.

today, concealers. those tiny helpers that, not being as interesting as make up palettes, are there for me even on no-makeup days, helping me out when I want a bit or a lot of coverage. absolute staples, my friends.

Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation

’tis an Up Close and Poresonal, my friends! where I do a thorough wear test, show you how the complexion product performs on my face with regular check-ins and no filters (should go without saying, but ’tis what ’tis), and at the end of the day compare the product’s performance against its claims.
I’m the only test subject, so it’s as subjective as it comes, but if you have tastes and concerns similar to mine, maybe you can infer some useful conclusions.

for reference: my skin is combination/oily, smooth in texture bar the pores, with occasional hormonal breakouts (which have been mostly under control), hyperpigmentation (which I like to cover) and worn like a 42 year old skin can be – so yes, some wrinklage.

I prefer a natural/satin/luminous finish but without feeling too sticky or slide-y, a versatile medium coverage that can be sheered down or built up without caking, and, being an analog human who lives life in the non-digital world, I crave for long-wearing power (10 hours is my gold standard) and fading with dignity instead of a frazzled break down. I don’t mind a learning curve nor adjusting some steps to make it perfect, but at the end of the day it has to be worth my time and money, and, more importantly, if it’s not compatible with my sunscreen, it’s the end of the road for us.

so hop on the video and enjoy a day spent with the Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation.

I have shade 7, but I always advise doing some swatches and tests in store whenever possible and, even better, getting some samples and try before committing.

At the time of this post, the best price I found for it was £46 (around 52€) at Cult Beauty.

august empties ’22

it’s a bit late, but empties are empties are empties, and there’s a few interesting products in the mix, so I couldn’t pass on posting this video.

Danessa Myricks Yummy Skin Blurring Balm Powder

the names in these things don’t even leave room for the rest of the title…

this is an Up Close and Poresonal, my friends! where I do a thorough wear test, show you how the complexion product performs on my face with regular check-ins and no filters (should go without saying, but ’tis what ’tis), and at the end of the day compare the product’s performance against its claims.
I’m the only test subject, so it’s as subjective as it comes, but if you have tastes and concerns similar to mine, maybe you can infer some useful conclusions.

more info this way

travel skincare essentials

on the road again, this time for work, I’m leaving to the Barcelona are for a week.

so of course I had to do a roundup of my skincare essentials.

I’m not concerned with packing light or liquids limitations, since I’ll have to check my bag anyway. so this is basically my skincare essentials all nested in a nice travel bag!

If you’d like a vide on what I decided to pack make up wise, let me know!

Products mentioned:

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singles declutter pt 2 . neutrals Make Up Reset

had to post this one right after the previous video so that the flow wouldn’t be lost.

I got rid of SO MANY eyeshadows in this category, it’s crazy!

Most of my eyeshadow singles are from Make Up Geek (no longer exists), Colour Pop, NYX (doesn’t have singles anymore), Make Up Forever, and Sephora Collection.

single eyeshadow declutter part 1 . make up reset

I love single eyeshadows – they allow you to create your own colour stories and palettes, are great for travelling, and you can pick individual shades to customise your collection without the bulk and redundancy of buying pre-made palettes.

nowadays many brands provide magnetised palettes, from which you can pop out the eyeshadows and use them as singles, so I decided to compare my singles to those “pop-able” shades… it took me more time and effort, but I ended up with a far more accurately curated selection of my truly favourite and unique shades.

on this video, I’m focusing on the bright colours.

most of my magnetic palettes are from Z-Palette but highly recommend the My Kit Co ones, and the bigger one is Adept Cosmetics through Amazon.
my singles are mainly from Colour Pop (which constantly discontinues shades), Sephora Collection, Make Up Forever, Make Up Geek, NYX (no longer exist/sell singles) with a sprinkle of Nabla, Sugarpill Cosmetics (now only has singles in the US website, so customs apply) and some other random brands.

the special shades that I featured at the beginning of the video are from With Love Cosmetics (UK), JD Glow (USA), The Glam Shop (Poland) and Glaminatrix Cosmetics (AUS).

my pop-able palettes are from Natasha Denona, Colour Pop, Lethal Cosmetics and Viseart.

mini haul – new make up

yes, my make up reset is a main priority in my life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get some new things to play with once in a while, mainly things that have been on my Wishlist for quite some time and I couldn’t get out of my head ;)

I mentioned the store Kitchen Make Up Boutique, if you’re in Portugal.