No Buy July Vol. 3

No Buy July Vol. 3 Full Face

No Buy July Vol. 3 Full Face

I have begun counting down the days until I can buy something makeup related. And yes, I have a lengthy list.  So far, I’ve resisted. But I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.

No Buy Jul Vol. 3 Full Face: complete with a blemish that refused to be concealed and a mascara smudge that refused to be removed.

No Buy Jul Vol. 3 Full Face: complete with a blemish that refused to be concealed and a mascara smudge that refused to be removed.

Ok enough of my drama and onto this ridiculously long post.

No Buy July Vol. 3: All the products

No Buy July Vol. 3: All the products

No Buy July Vol. 3 Eye Products

No Buy July Vol. 3 Eye Products

Let’s start with the eyes. I broke out the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which I haven’t used in at least a year. This is a new mini size, but I loved the full size tube I used to have. After I finished it I tried out a few others and didn’t come back because the UD Primer is pretty thick. I prefer the thin texture of the Nars Smudgeproof Pro Prime, but this is an excellent primer and I will definitely try to use up this tube.

For brows, I broke out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in “Blonde.” I think the packaging changed, but you can tell by the state of mine how much I used it. I stopped because I dyed my hair red but since the color has faded a bit and the roots have grown out I decided to try it once more. The pencil is a bit on the hard side so it can be a bit too difficult to get color on the brows. The Brow Wiz is a much better product, but this one isn’t bad.

Onto the eyeshadow. I LOVE the original Lorac Pro Palette, so when Lorac came out with the Pro Palette 2 last year, I jumped on it. This palette is one I have to round out the colors in my collection. While I love the colors in the Pro 2, I don’t reach for it very often because I don’t find the color selection to be as intuitive for me or as functional. I even had to start my look over because I couldn’t find any mid-tone shades and the colors I picked ended up being too dark for day. So while the quality of the shadows is great and I could definitely use this on days when I have more time to pick out my look, it’s not the best for every day rushed mornings.

No Buy July 3 Eye shadows 1

Lorac Pro 2 Shades Used: “Buff,” “Lt. Brown,” and “Cool Gray.”

Lorac Pro 2 Shade Used: "Charcoal."

Lorac Pro 2 Shade Used: “Charcoal.”

I started with “Buff,” a light yellow shade, which I used all over the lid and browbone. I then combined “Light Brown” and “Cool Gray” for the crease, outer corner, and lower lashline. I added “Charcoal” (a deeper gray) to the outer corner for more definition. I finished with “Snow” (a shimmery white) as the inner corner highlight.

No Buy July Vol. 3 Face Products

No Buy July Vol. 3 Face Products

For the face, I started with the Lorac POREfection Mattifying Face Primer. It’s a silicone primer, which I tend to avoid because my skin and silicones don’t really get along. I got a small sample from an Ulta order a while back and although it is small, I can see it lasting a looong time as a pea size amount spreads VERY well and can cover the whole face. I don’t know how much it extended the wear of my base but it is very smoothing and mattifying.

e.l.f. Cream Blush in "Seductress."

e.l.f. Cream Blush in “Seductress.”

After I applied my base, I followed with the e.l.f. Cream Blush in the shade “Seductress.” I like this formula a lot and there’s a lot of product in the container but the color is VERY bright, and doesn’t lend itself to speedy application. Do more than tap your stippling brush in the container lightly and you’ll end up with too much on the face. It’s a gorgeous color and good formula, so I need to work on using more often. Unfortunately, I think this is discontinued, which I didn’t realize until shortly before posting. Sorry!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in "Diffused Light."

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Diffused Light.”

I set my face and under eye area with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Diffused Light.” I really like this powder and I’m not entirely sure why I stopped using it as much. I think it’s because it tends to make me look too shiny on my forehead in pictures. But I need to experiment with it again.

Two more products. Hang in there, we can get through this.

Milani Bronzer XL in "Fake Tan." I used the cool matte shade on the left.

Milani Bronzer XL in “Fake Tan.” I used the cool matte shade on the left.

For contour, I went with my Milani Bronzer XL in Fake Tan. I used the left side of the pan with the matte cool bronzer, which makes for an excellent contour shade on fair to medium skin tones. I actually really love this bronzer but when I got my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, this got pushed to the back burner. While it does have a slight scent in the pan, it doesn’t transfer to the face and this is another product I need to use more.

Givenchy Le Rouge Givenchy Lipstick in “Rose Dressing.”

Givenchy Le Rouge Givenchy Lipstick in “Rose Dressing.”

Finally (yes, finally), I have a sample of the Givenchy Le Rouge Givenchy Lipstick in “Rose Dressing.” This is a beautiful, ladylike pink shade that’s right up my alley. There is a definite powdery and floral scent that some may find off-putting but I didn’t mind too much. I did mind how the wear time isn’t great and it accented the flakes on my lips. To be fair, I didn’t really exfoliate them and could have used a liner and better application, but I feel for a lipstick this expensive, it should have been less fussy. Maybe if I change up my application method it will be better.

Congratulations, you made it to the end! We have two more weeks left this month and quite frankly I’m sick of not buying makeup. I may need to get some samples of foundation to tide me over. Let’s hope my willpower ends it at the samples.

 

Note: I’m not sure why I had photographed the mini Becca highlighter since I do use that often. I did wear it in this look but I didn’t mean to feature it here. My apologies!

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