I know I haven’t posted in quite awhile but honestly that’s because I haven’t purchased any new makeup in a long time. My makeup collection is super condensed these days and I’m blogged about all the items before, so no new info to share. However, I was going through the folders on my computer recently and came across some old swatch photos of the Face Stockholm cream highlighter in Mystik (0.14 oz, $25) that I must have taken ages ago. I don’t even think they even make this highlighter anymore (although I think it’s still available for purchase through various online vendors)…and I can see why. Mystik is perhaps the worst mid- to high end cream highlighter that I ever had the displeasure of trying.
I recently took a bit of a break from blogging to chill and recharge. Maybe it’s just me but the makeup world hasn’t been all that exciting or inspiring for me. I haven’t purchased very many new makeup items lately, just repurchasing staples that I’ve mentioned before, so there hasn’t been anything blog-worthy to report. I’ve actually culled a few more items from my collection and I can honestly say that I’ve been quite happy with my smaller stash. Perhaps I’ll blog about that next.
However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect all over lid brightening powder eye shadow that I can layer over my bareMinerals Candlelit Peach primer/shadow. To that end, I decided to buy a four of the L’Oreal mono shadows which I believe have mostly positive reviews. I purchased mine from CVS where they were $5.99 each.
I’m a huge fan of RMS Beauty. I love their Buriti cream bronzer, Living Luminizer was my favorite cream highlighter until I discovered Tata Harper’s Very Illuminating, and their “Un” Cover-Up is a really solid multi-tasker. Besides those three products, I think RMS is most known for their Lip2Cheek products which I meant to try earlier but never got around to doing. However, when I saw they had discontinued Curious ($36), the one Lip2Cheek shade that interested me, I knew I had to hunt it down and try it before it completely disappeared forever.
I decided to skip the Sephora sale this year and shopped bareMinerals instead. The main reason? I didn’t meet the VIB spending threshold last year, so I was knocked back down to regular Beauty Insider status. The 10% discount that lowly Beauty Insiders receive barely covers tax, so the sale wasn’t worth it in my opinion.
Meanwhile bareminerals.com had been running flash sales and 20% off sales these past few weeks which were much better deals. I picked up their 5-in-1 eyeshadow in Candlelit Peach for only $9 (originally $19) during one such flash sale which I’ve already swatched and reviewed. And during a 20% off site-wide sale, I got the new Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer in the lightest shade, Fair to Light ($28), and an All Over Face Color in the shade A Little Sun ($21).
I just wanted to share with you all my new favorite “one and done” eyeshadow”: bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the shade Candlelit Peach ($19).
I’ve owned, blogged and raved about two other shades, Soft Linen and Barely Nude, in the past and out of all the makeup I’ve ever owned, they’re the only two eyeshadows that I’ve ever completely used up. Put simply, I love bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 shadows!
Why do I love them so much?
- Application is a breeze. Just dab a tiny bit onto the eyelids and blend out with a fingertip. No brushes necessary.
- They can be worn alone and have the opacity to cover and brighten eyelid discoloration, at least the three colors I’ve tried.
- They work great as eyeshadow primers and can be worn underneath powder and cream eyeshadows.
- The 5-in-1 shadows are very long-wearing. I’ve tried using concealers and foundations on my eyelids before to cover up discoloration but because those formulations are so much more emollient and because my eyelids fold very close to the lash line, those products all tend to crease on me. The 5-in-1 shadows are great because they have the coverage and neutralizing properties of a concealer and color corrector but the budge-proof cling of an eyeshadow primer. I haven’t had any issues with creasing when I’ve used the bareMinerals shadows.