Hi, My name is Jennifer and I'm the editor of Mrs Q Beauty. I started this blog as a creative outlet to talk about all things beauty and my love for makeup. I've been lurking in the background reading beauty blogs and watching YouTube for years now, and I decided to start my own beauty blog to connect with fellow makeup lovers.
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.
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?
Last week, I kept my makeup simple. I pulled out products that I know work for me and I don't have to think too much about how to apply it. Winter doesn't want to go away, and last week I needed to get ready as quickly as possible to deal with the snow and car. Let's hope this week is milder.
Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries Palette: If you don't want to think too much about your makeup look, a neutral palette is a great choice. I really like the Soiree Diaries palette because it has every thing I look for in a palette. It's also very neutral and I don't have to think too much about what i'm wearing.
Tarte Toasted Palette: If I'm looking for a warmer toned eye look, this one is good. It's not too warm, not too orange or red toned. I love the shimmers in this palette. I wanted to use this palette because I hadn't used it much since I first bought it, and I still really like it.
Essence Blush In Adorable: Essence blushes are so nice, they blend so easily. They last all day on my skin and I don't think you could go wrong with an Essence blush. This is one of those blushes that you can apply a generous amount and not go overboard.
Estee Edit Bronzer in Light/Medium: Unfortunately, this bronzer is no longer available. It's one of my favorite bronzer. It's perfect on my fair skin. It's not too cool, not too warm and blends so quickly. Again, a bronzer I can apply and not worry about how I'm applying it.
ELF Highlighting HS Powder in Starlight Glow: If you haven't tried the new ELF highlighters, you really should. They are beautiful on the skin. I've used this highlighter quite a bit now, and it's a "go to" for me.
The Morphe 15D and 15N palettes launched for the holiday season, but Morphe has announced that they are now in stock and no longer limited edition. If you're a fan of the 35O palette, you will like the 15D palette. This palette is very orange, and warm toned which I love. It has enough shades to do an all matte look, and has enough variety of shimmer shades if that's what you like. The mattes are very nice and blend easily. The shimmer are nice but work best sprayed with a setting spray. They're not as intense and soft as Morphe's usual shimmers. Does it make me like this palette less? no, I still really like it. I really like an intense shimmer which not all people are looking for. It is housed in a hard black plastic case which I really like, and it has a mirror which is great for traveling. This is one of my favorite every day palettes at the moment. (Purchase here)
This palette retails for 15$ and I think it is a great buy. Even with shipping, and customs I still think Morphe palettes are worth it. Why? I really like Morphe's eyeshadow formula. I like that they're pigmented but not scary pigmented where I'm intimidated by the palette. I can build my look and like my finished look each time. The eyeshadow lasts all day, and I know what I'm getting when I pick up a Morphe palette. They're consistent and a brand that I'm loyal to. I do like these smaller palettes of 15 shades, it's not as overwhelming when trying to put together a look. I really like these 15 pan palettes, they're very nice for every day and great for travel. I hope Morphe release more of these size palettes.
If you're curious about the 15N Palette, my review can be found here.
If you're looking for an affordable, and effective makeup remover, stick around I have something I want to tell you about. In all honesty, if I would have seen this on the shelves, I would have never picked this up on my own. I heard about it through the blogging community. It's not a product that you hear about frequently but it has been around for so long. It's a "tried an true" product that I wanted to test out. I've been using this for about a month, and let me tell you- it works. At the end of the day, I want a makeup remover that will remove my makeup, not burn my eyes and leave my skin feeling hydrated and not stripped. This cold cleanser does all of the above. I wash my hands, take a small amount of the cream out of the pot and apply it to my face. I massage the cream into my skin, around my eyes and the makeup melts away. I use a polyester cold to wipe it away, and then I wash my face as usual. It's so quick, easy and no panda eyes in the morning.
I'm quickly learning that I like balms and cream cleansers to remove my makeup over other cleansers. I've tried oils, and micellar waters- both have not worked for me. I refuse to use makeup wipes, it's too expensive and I haven't found any that I really liked. Oils feel messy, and micellar waters burn my eyes. If the Pond's Cold Cream feels a little too thick, I quickly dip my hand under the faucet to add a little bit of water to thin it out. My skin feels so hydrated and refreshed when I'm done. As a first step to remove my makeup, I couldn't ask for more. It does it's job wonderfully. It does have a slight scent to it, but nothing that would bother me and I'm very sensitive to scents.
I've been having alot of fun with these weekly product rotation post. I make a point to rotate my collection, and make sure that I'm using 5 new products each week. It allows me to use my products, and take a look at what I have. This is what I used last week: Morphe 24G Grand Glam Palette: I only used this eyeshadow palette last week. That never happens to me, I always pull in a second palette. I've been loving this palette so much that I stuck with it. The pans in the palette are huge and I truly love each and every color in this palette. I'm so happy that I ordered it. It was actually the only makeup product I bought in the month of January.
Essence Volume Stylist Mascara: This curl and hold mascara works really well on my lashes. It gives me volume and length, doesn't clump. It's very affordable and one of my favorite mascara's. If you're looking for a new mascara, try this one out. Essence has some really great mascara's and I love trying them out.
Physician's Formula Healthy Foundation: I love this foundation, and I can't get enough of it. I love the doe foot applicator, it makes applying it so quickly. My favorite thing about this foundation is how quickly it blends into the skin. I don't have to set it and it leaves a nice health glow to my skin. I don't see myself putting this away for awhile.
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara: I finished my Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel, and didn't feel like buying another one. Those are so pricey. Yes, it works like glue but I didn't feel like it was necessary for my brows. This mascara was on sale and I decided to give it a try. The brush is nice, not too big. It holds my brows well, and washes off easily.
Makeup Revolution Highlight Palette: I pulled this highlighter palette out of my collection this week. I mostly stayed with the white highlighter in the trio. I have very pale skin and I do like a white tinted highlighter. This highlighter melts into the skin and doesn't emphasize any texture on my skin. Have you tried any of these products?
Colourpop collaborated once again with Youtuber Kathleenlights and released the Dream St palette along with some lip products. I've previously purchased Kathleenlights collabs with brands and loved them. I was excited to pick up the palette and happy to support Kathleen. The Dream St palette is a warmed toned palette with nice pops of color that retails for 16$. Like other Colourpop palettes, this has 16 shades. It has mattes, shimmers and satins. This palette was so hyped up that I couldn't wait to give it a try. The mattes are wonderful and blend really well. The shimmers do take a bit of work which I feel like no one really talks about. I really have to build them up, spray them or apply with my finger otherwise they don't show up that much. If you watch Youtubers applying the shimmers, they always spray them.
Shooting Star: matte soft golden brown
Magical: matte yellow peach
Star Dust: metallic true copper
Twinkle: metallic true rose gold
Sweet Dreams: metallic soft champagne with a peachy pink flip
Water Bearer: matte cool teal
Potion: matte vivid reddish rust
Spark: matte neon red
Kaleidoscope: metallic intense silvery nude
Elfish: matte rich red brown
Moony: satin soft baby pink
Mermaid Boy: metallic deep teal
I really like that this palette can give you a neutral look or you can amp it up with the other shades. Water Bearer and Spark are really fun shades to try. Stardust and Twinkle do look similar in the pan but they do look different on the eye. The shadows are on the soft side, and you will get kick up. I've noticed this will all my Colourpop palettes. It doesn't really bother me, but I know some others don't like it. They shades last all day on my eyes, and don't have any issues with fading. Again, I do prefer the mattes over the shimmers in this palette. If you're familiar with Colourpop's other pressed eyeshadow palettes, I will say the shimmers perform different. I'm not a fan of using my fingers to apply lid shades, I prefer using a brush and that did leave me a bit disappointed. Overall, I do like the palette. I like the color selection and will continue to use it but I don't think it is my favorite Colourpop palette.
January was a great reading month for me. For someone who loves reading, I don't like starting new books and I found that jumping right into the next book was a great way to keep the momentum up. I will have full reviews posted on my Book Blog Mrs Q Book Addict but I will keep my monthly wrap ups here.
The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig. Rating: 4/5 Stars Source: Library Released: 2015 Book Thoughts: The Other Daughter was an interesting read that kept me reading. The plot flowed very well and the characters were engaging. The story opens with Rachel working as a governess and recieving a letter that her mother is very sick and she must return to England immediately. When Rachel arrives home she finds out very quickly that her mother has passed away. Reeling from her mother's death, she finds a photo in a newspaper that resembles her father. The problem, her father is dead...Rachel is an only child who is now without a family. Could her father be alive? Could he be an Earl? She vows to figure out the secrets that need to be uncovered.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover Rating: 3/5 Stars Source: Library Released: 2017 Book Thoughts: Colleen Hoover is a great writer and each of her books are unique and hold their own. She does not follow a formula that can be expected in her next book. Without Merit follows a teenager named Merit who is on a slippery path. Her family life is dysfunctional and her relationships with her siblings in almost non existent. This book really makes you question the idea of perception and how you think you see something until someone forces you to see a different perspective. Merit is a likable character, and as a reader you really want her to do better. You want her to succeed. Of all the Colleen Hoover books I read, this wasn't my favorite. It was good, but I've really outgrown the Young Adult genre. I can't really relate anymore.
The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford Rating: 4/5 Stars Source: Personal Library Released: 2015 Books Thoughts: This psychological thriller has been on my ereader since it released and I finally decided to give it a try. I don't read alot of thrillers but I'm trying to branch out in my reading. Dana wakes up from an drunken afternoon to discover her neighbor and sometimes friend has been murdered. Dana doesn't have much memory of the afternoon but she does know she had a few drinks with Celia. Dana becomes worried that she might have done some thing wrong. Dana is such an unreliable character that you really don't know what to think. It wasn't predictable and I highly recommend.
Bootlegger Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor Rating: 4/5 Source: Personal Library Released: 1991 Book Thoughts: This play is set on an Ojibway reservation and centered around Martha. Martha listened to a "friend" and now has 143 cases of beer to sell for a church fundraiser. If she doesn't sell the beer, she's out of money and has nothing to give the church. We see Martha trying to solve her problem and help her family at the same time. Her son Andrew has fallen for a girl that she tells him is his cousin. This may or may not be true. Her daughter, Marianne is bored with her husband and finds herself attracted to a powwow dancer. This humorous play will make you laugh and be sad to leave the characters when the story is over. I will be looking to read more from Drew Hayden Taylor this year.
Still Life by Louise Penny Rating: 4/5 Source: Personal Library Released: 2005 Book Thoughts: I've heard alot about Canadian writer Louise Penny but this is the first book of hers that I read. Set in the Eastern Townships not far from where I live, the setting really drew me in. Inspector Gamache and his team are sent to the small town to investigating a death. Inspector Gamache is a character and investigator that you trust immediately. He's real, he's warm and his approach to solving murders is unique. The small town characters are quirky and the book is fast paced. I will continue to read this series.
You Don't Have To Tell Me You Love Me by Sherman Alexie Rating: 5/5 Source: Library Released: 2017 Book Thoughts: Diary of a Part Time Indian is one of my all time favorite books, that has been banned over and over. I really wanted to read this memoir by Sherman Alexie and was happy to see my library purchased the ebook after I recommended it. When Sherman's mother passed away, he did what he does best- write. He grew up on a reservation, one of four children. They were poor. His father was an alcoholic, his mother a recovered alcoholic. Sherman tries to come to term with his difficult relationship with his mother. Grief is difficult, it's strange and you don't know how you will feel until you have to. This book features 78 poems, 78 essays, his mother passed away at 78. This is a powerful read, that will stay with me.
The Morphe 15N (Night Master) palette was released as a holiday collection with Morphe. I'm a huge fan of their palettes, and couldn't wait to start using these shadows. It is currently sold out, but the 15D Day Slayer is still available through Morphe. This palette claimed to help create a perfect evening look while the 15D was a more "day" appropriate palette. I use both for every day looks. How often am I going out in the evening? not much...lol
This palette has a mix of shimmer and matte shades and it is housed in a very nice hard plastic case with a great quality mirror. The newer packaging feels nice and looks even nicer. It also has a nice weight to the palette. I would make a great travel companion.
I had no issues using this palette the mattes build and blend very well. You can create a complete look with this palette. It also includes a pale color to set your eye primer. The shimmers are shimmers, and you will have to foil them if you want a more metallic look. Many of Morphe's metallic shades in other palettes are chunky, but these are not. I will say that this palette didn't swatch very well for me, but the shades do perform really well on the eyes. I have no issues with lasting power or pigmentation. Between the two, I prefer the 15D because has all the orange shades I love.
Last week I tried some new palettes, and pulled out some older face palettes that I really enjoy using. My weekly rotations give me a chance to use up different products otherwise, I would forget about them. This wasn't intentional, but these products are all very affordable. Here is what I used last week:
Makeup Revolution Pro Glow Palette: This palette is always a "go to" highlighter palette for me. It has great highlight shades that can be built up and I like to mix and match shades. Some of the shades are too dark for me, but I could always use them as eyeshadow. This is a great every day palette to wear to work. (Purchase*)
Morphe 15D (Day Slayer) Palette: This was a Christmas gift and you know I love Morphe products. It has a mix of matte and shimmer shades. I love the warmth of the palette. If you like the Morphe 35o, this palette will be for you. I love that it has quite a few shimmer lid shades to pair with the mattes. The packaging is hard plastic and it has a mirror which is different from the Morphe palettes in the past. I really do like this palette. I will have a full review coming. This is limited edition but still available through Morphe. (Purchase*)
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Pressed Powder: I've been using this pressed powder to quickly set my face and I really like the end result. It is a translucent powder that gives me a nice smoothing effect. It feels very lightweight. When foundation sets into my lines, this helps to smooth it out. I do use a dense powder brush to pick up the product because it is tightly packed in the pan. (Purchase*) Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer Palette: What can I say, I love eyeshadow palettes and face palettes... I find it so quick to take out and make a selection. Last week, I kept using the matte bronzer, and rosey blush. I do have a review on my blog, if you're interested. (Purchase*)
Colourpop All I See Is Magic Palette: I love Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadow Powders, and this palette did not disappoint. I stayed in the neutral category but I will try the green at some point. I have blue eyes, and I don't like pairing green with my eyes. I will try it though. Again, a full review will come soon. (Purchase*) Hope you have a great week! *Post Contains Affiliate Links
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