Makeup Bag Monday #2

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Last week March 21, 2016

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This week


Happy Monday! Last week I started a new series here called Makeup Bag Monday, where I select makeup products to try for the first time, re-discover, or rotate for a full week. I will come back every Monday with what worked, what did not work, and my new selections for the upcoming week. This series will help me clear out my makeup collection and curate it to be filled with products that I truly love. Hopefully this series will also share with you some in-depth reviews on multiple items and inspire you to rotate your makeup and purge the unwanted as well from your own makeup collection. Make sure to check out last weeks Makeup Bag Monday post here.

Purging From My Makeup Collection (what didn’t work)

Unfortunately very early on I found two items that just did not work for me. The Bobbi Brown Everything Eyes palette exclusive to Nordstrom and the Bare Minerals Lash Domination Petite.

Bobbi Brown Everything Eyes Palette

I was so excited when I first read about this exclusive to Nordstrom palette by Bobbie Brown on Raeviewer’s blog. The kit looked like the perfect palette for all of your needs. I should know by now there is no such thing for me. This will be the struggle for the rest of my makeup loving life. At first glance the palette looks beautiful, full of neautral mattes and shimmers. I found the colors to be too muted for my tastes. The beautiful shimmer champagne shade was also more of a pressed glitter that did not easily apply. If the sales associate helping me hadn’t been so rushed to get me out, I might have had time to do a bit more investigating and swatched the colors myself before purchasing. Most of the shadows are smooth and creamy. High quality overall, just not the right color combination for me.

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BareMinerals Lash Domination Petite

I had a feeling this mascara might now work out for me. The original Lash Domination formula was not to my mascara tastes. I found the formula to be too sticky. The petite brush is defiantly an improvement from the original, especially for my Asian eyes and lashes. I love the applicator and sleek packaging, just not a fan of the actual mascara formula. If you like a heavier, thicker, consistency to your mascaras, you should try this one.


To Keep In My Makeup Collection (what worked)

There were a lot of items that worked very well for me and I was happy to re-discover a few oldies from my makeup collection. Let’s start off with the powders.

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Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder in Universal

This baked powder does an amazing job at setting your makeup with a radiant finish on the skin. I really enjoyed the lightweight powder that brightens up my whole complexion. This powder doesn’t do a lot in terms of keeping you shine free or matte, but if you have dry skin and are looking for a radiant finish, try this setting powder.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

There is a reason this highlight is raved about all over the beauty community. Becca makes the smoothest, creamiest, pigmented powder highlights on the market. Opal is a golden champaign highlight that packs a punch. Seriously a gorgeous long wear powder highlight that every makeup collection should have. A little goes a long way, I also love using this in the inner corners of my eyes, center of my lips, and my cupids bow for an all over glow from within.

Becca Minearl Blush in Wild Honey

I forgot how much I love this blush. Wild honey is the perfect neutral blush shade. It brings color and warmth to the complexion without looking like you are wearing blush or makeup. The mineral powder finish is smooth, even, and blend-able. I hear the new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush  is even smoother and more finally milled, can’t wait to try it out! Beti from Makeup Sessions did a great blog post on it here.


BareMinerals BARESKIN complete coverage serum concealer in light

I picked up this serum concealer because it was one of Victoria’s unsung hero products from In The Frow, plus I have been eyeing it for awhile. I’m happy to report that I love the concealer. I find it just the right consistency for under the eyes. It sets nicely with the Laura Gellar filter finish setting powder and looks natural on the skin, while being full coverage to cover those pesky dark circles.

Glossier Stretch Concealer in medium

Already a favorite ever since I tried it a few weeks back, I just haven’t been able to put this concealer down. It works great at correcting any discoloration or masking blemishes. When I’m in a hurry I use this all over the face as well as under the eyes and it just moves with my skin and looks flawless. Definitely a must buy! There are still a few days to use my discount code for $5 off any purchase (good thru 3/31/16) watch my full review on new glossier makeup here.

Cover FX Perfect Pencil in N Light

This little perfect pencil works great as a lip liner! I have been using this to line just outside of my lip line to make my lips look fuller. If I picked up a shade darker I could use it for pesky blemishes, but the light shade is perfect at highlighting the fine points of your face. Not necessarily a must have in a makeup collection, but defiantly a fun product to keep around.

BareMinerals Lash Domination ink liner

I was quite surprised by this ink liner. The felt tip is precise and also a bit stiffer than the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, which actually makes it easier to work with. I was able to create smaller more precise wings with the ink liner vs. a lot of my other felt tip liners, so defiantly check this one out next time you need a new felt tip pen liner.

Glossier boy brow in black

HUGE fan! Reminds me a lot of the Benefit Gimmie Brow, but less stiff. The glossier boy brow is a unique wax texture that thickens, fills, and tames your brows. I like to use a brow powder to elongate the ends of my brows, then go in with boy brow to fill in and tame my brows.

NUDESTIX lash lengthening mascara

Long time favorite, the ingredients will actually lengthen your lashes over time, so pack this baby on!

Color Me foundation applicator

Loving this applicator! Defiantly a unique tool that helps make your foundation go on flawlessly. Unlike the beauty blender I find the coverage is better, faster, and does not soak up any product. Also a lot more sanitary than the Beauty Blender, of course I still love my beauty blender for a more natural to sheer finish. More on the Color Me Foundation Applicator in my review and demo video here.


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This Week


Glow Minerals Tinted Primer IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eyes Illumination

Natasha Denona Blush Glow


The Complexion

Glo Minerals Tinted Primer SPF 30 in Light $36

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes illumination in light $24

Natasha Denona Face Glow cream shimmer in light $42

Natasha Denona blush duo in 10 (toutou and sheer peachy nude) $38


The Eyes

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 in #8 and #12 $48

PUR Cosmetics Hydra Gel Lift $26

PUR Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara $22




Have you tried any of the products? I would love to know your thoughts on the.



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    • Serein Wu
      April 3, 2016 / 11:54 pm

      Thanks for visiting Jasmine! Defiantly add to the list of to try 🙂

  1. March 29, 2016 / 6:09 am

    I’ve really been wanting to try the Natasha Denona Blushes or Eyeshadows but they’re so pricy! I do have the glow powder and love it

    • Serein Wu
      March 29, 2016 / 11:46 am

      Yeah I am still holding off on the giant palette, not sure about them just yet. I bet the glow powder is amazing! thanks for reading!

  2. Lili
    March 29, 2016 / 2:14 am

    In love with this series. Such a great idea and I love hearing your thoughts!

    • Serein Wu
      March 29, 2016 / 11:47 am

      Thank you so much Lili!

  3. March 28, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Ooh you got Glossier’s concealer?? I’ve been wanting to try it! I tend to favor heavier concealers but have been on the hunt for a lightweight one. It seems like it just melts into the skin!


    • Serein Wu
      March 29, 2016 / 11:47 am

      Get this one! I am in LOVE with it!

    • Serein Wu
      March 28, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      You need it! It’s so beautiful and very French :-p

  4. March 28, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Yay – glad to see you kept Becca’s Opal and Wild Honey, I love them, daily staples for me. Such a shame about the Bobbi Brown palette, though!
    Looking forward to seeing what you’ve kept from this week’s makeup bag. That Natasha Denona blush duo looks stunning. xx

    Daniela |

    • Serein Wu
      March 28, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you Daniela! Yes defiantly bummed about the Bobbi Brown Palette. I had really high hopes for it. I filmed a full face of Natasha Denona and I have to say it’s so far a keeper!

  5. Jenn S.
    March 28, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Super surprised about the Bobbi brown palette but also glad I didn’t splurge on it while I was in Nordstrom. And funny – the girl I spoke with had just done a masterclass and clearly wasn’t interested in helping me because she couldn’t even label the samples she made… I just caved and bout the Laura Mercier artist eye palette – I’m really excited – and I’ll probably splurge on the Bare Minerals concealer and Cover fx Pencil as well. I just got the Cover fx highlighter in moonlight and it’s really pretty.

    Sadly, I’m not sure if I will get anything further from Laura Geller or Pur cosmetics as they tend to irritate my eyes. It makes me sad because I really love Laura’s baked blushes! I’m so in love with this series because most of what works for you also works for me 🙂 happy Monday!

    • Serein Wu
      March 28, 2016 / 6:32 pm

      Aw I’m so happy you are really enjoying this series! I hate when I feel pushed aside at a store/counter. We have good money that we are wanting to spend! LOL. Well I can’t wait to find out how you are liking the Laura Mercer artist eye palette. I hear mixed reviews on it, but I am tempted to buy it. Hope you enjoy the concealer and pencil when you pick it up! I’ll have to look into moonlight.

      I’m so sorry to hear that Laura Geller and PUR irritate your eyes! Defiantly safer to stay away if you know your irritated easily by it. Thanks for reading!

  6. March 28, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I’m actually surprised about the Bobbi Brown palette, I would have thought the quality would be exceptional. Maybe because it’s a Nordstrom exclusive that’s why the quality is lacking? Shame that you didn’t like Lash Domination Petite, I have never tried the Petite version actually wasn’t even aware they have this version but I do like the original. It curls and gives lots go length to my lashes.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Serein Wu
      March 28, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Yeah really bummed about the Bobbi Brown palette. So happy you now know about the petite version of Lash Domination! For whatever reason the stick formula doesn’t hold a curl for me, but again that’s why it’s so great to share info because we all have different needs and preferences. Thanks for reading!

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