Summer Makeup Picks ~ Makeup Bag Monday #9

Another week, another rotation of makeup products for Makeup Bag Monday. This past week was a difficult one for me. Dealing with personal things, I rarely wanted to wear makeup or leave the house. Fortunately, with the warmer weather, my makeup choices have been on a lighter variety. Transitioning to summer makeup picks usually mean, lighter coverage bases like tinted moisturizers, cc creams, and bb creams for everyday. Lots of pinks, neutrals, and peaches. Bronzer is a must, especially since I avoid the sun for health reasons. Bronzer warms up my complexion and helps my face match my self tanned body. A good setting powder, and natural lip colors. All these summer makeup picks made it a little easier to continue the series and experimenting while moping around the house.

In case you don’t know what Makeup Bag Monday is on my blog, it’s where I select a few makeup products from my current makeup collection, some new, some forgotten, and put the makeup to the test for a full week. This has helped me purge products that are no longer working for me and rediscover my makeup collection. Last week’s post can be found here.

Last Weeks Picks

Many of the products I used in my Snapchat GRWM’s this past week, I’ll try to do at least one a week, so make sure you are following along (sereinwu). A lot of you seem to enjoy the raw get ready with me’s on my snap story, so I’ll keep doing them.

BareMinerals BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer $28

This liquid serum bronzer took a little getting use to. At first trying to use it with the brush that is sold with it, was a disaster. I found the best way to use this unique serum bronzer is to apply 1 to 2 drops in your palm, grab a small round blush brush like the e.l.f. one I used, press and buff the product in where desired. I really love the finish of this serum bronzer. It’s a beautiful, natural, wash of bronze that looks like skin. By far the sheerest natural finish bronzer I have ever played with. If you like natural makeup, try this one.

BareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo $32

This powder duo is perfect if you have dryer skin. The matte finish is gorgeous at setting your makeup. The luminous finish I liked to use to set my under eye concealer. The powder is very finally milled and light weight. If you are super oily, you might need a stronger oil absorbing powder, but if you have normal to dry skin, you’ll love this powder duo.

BareMinerals Lovescape Collection Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Chase Your Dream $18

Unfortunately with my mood, I rarely wore any lip products this week other than a balm. Two times I tried out the new limited edition PUR cosmetics liquid matte lipsticks. By the way, make sure you get some of them if you haven’t! I LOVE the comfortable, mousse texture, rich color payoff,  liquid lipstick that is super long wearing, does not dry your lips, and just absolutely perfection. So while I just gave you a little review on the PUR liquid lipsticks, I did not end up trying out this BareMinerals lipstick at all the past week. #Fail.

BareMinerals Complexion Resuce Tinted Hydrating Gel in #3 $29.50

This has been a continued love hate relationship for me. At first when I tried out the complexion rescue a year ago, I hated it. It slipped and slid all over my face. You can watch the original video here. Then my skin freaked out and became super dry for months. I revisited the complexion rescue and loved it for everyday. I tried it again this week and while it did not slip or slide as bad as the first go round, it didn’t seem to sit on my skin well either. It wasn’t bad, just not anything special either. I love it as a base, if I am dryer. I also love using it as a primer with a mattifying foundation or powder foundation, but on it’s own, I find that Urban Decay’s One and Done is kicking it’s butt. Watch the Urban Decay video here.

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette $55

I hated this palette and returned it before the week was done. The shadows are super soft and really easy to blend, but a lot of the shades did not show up on my lid, even with a base primer. The colors also did not apply as they look, so it just had to go. It wasn’t flattering and I just didn’t have time to try and make a $55 eyeshadow palette work for me.


This Week’s Summer Makeup Picks

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette  $49.50

Boscia B.B. Cream $38

Benefit Air Patrol $29

Benefit Puff Off $29

Soleil Tan De Chanel $48









Many of this weeks picks have not been used before. The Zoeva palette was used once since I purchased it a year ago (embarrassing I know), same with the Soleil De Tan Chanel. Boscia B.B. Cream I used for a full week when I first received it and the Benefit produces are brand new out of the package. There’s a lot of new this week, so hopefully my makeup won’t look like crap.

What have you been discovering as the weather warms up? I’d love to hear about your summer makeup picks.





  1. Lena
    August 24, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I have the Laura Mercier palette, it was the first ‘high end’ makeup eye shadow palette I ever got (on the recommendation of someone in Sephora). If I knew then what I know now, I would have returned it. While some of the colors are great, i think so many are hard to work with that its not worth it. I wish i had ready your review back then. Now that its too late for me to return it, i can (and will) definitely work with it, but it is a hassle.

  2. May 16, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Wow, I’m surprised Laura Mercier would release a palette that is so subpar. That’s too bad – the colors look gorgeous. I am honestly the type of person that sticks with the same makeup products once I find what I like.

    • Serein Wu
      May 18, 2016 / 1:11 am

      I was quite shocked as well. I think some might like it, but I didn’t find it to be worth the hype or money. I use to stick to what I love once I found it, but that was before my days on YouTube, now I get so distracted and want to try everything, my favorites get neglected a lot.

  3. May 16, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Oh, it’s disappointing to know that the LM palette was not pigmented, it looks so beautiful! The BareMinerals Invisible Powder Duo sounds great cause I’m combo/dry so I think it would work perfectly for me. Great post! x

    • Serein Wu
      May 18, 2016 / 1:10 am

      Thank you! Yes, it was quite a disappointment for me as well, I had such high hopes for it.

  4. May 16, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    The zoeva palette is so perfect! I also love seeing so many new products from bare minerals! I definitely want to try their complexion rescue!


    • Serein Wu
      May 18, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Thank you so much! I’m loving BM and the palette is working out really nice so far.

  5. May 16, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Amazing, the colours in that eye shadow palette are just gorgeous! I have to try it! I like your blog by the way, let me know if you want to follow each other! x

    • Serein Wu
      May 18, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Thank you so much for checking out my blog, I’ll defiantly visit back soon!

  6. May 16, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Aww crap, I was most excited for the Laura Mercier eyeshadow palette and it’s disappointing to read that the pigmentation is crap. Oh well, I think I’ll settle for Kat Von D Shade + Light palette instead.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Serein Wu
      May 18, 2016 / 1:07 am

      OH yes definitely go for the Kat Von D one, hands down!

  7. May 16, 2016 / 8:39 am

    The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel sounds interesting especially since you have such a love-hate relationship with it. My skin leans more on the oily side, so I wonder if it’d be a good match. :]

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  8. May 16, 2016 / 7:05 am

    I’m always so intrigued by Zoeva and see this palette everywhere…it’s so gorgeous! I think this is such a good way of using products up in your collection – my collection isnt too big right now, but I definitely get stuck in a rut and just use the same products and kind of forget about the other products I own!

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