What’s in my makeup bag: November

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Both September and October went by without a “WIMMB” post and here we are, already in November. This month’s makeup bag does contain some products I already talked about- like my favorite Lip Colors for Fall, Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry collection, and Pixi’s Matte Last Liquid Lips. I won’t waste your time talking about those products again, but feel free to check those posts out for my reviews and swatches. Now, let’s see what else is new.

Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette

Isn’t she a beauty? Last year, I skipped on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette- which was the Vol 3 release. This year, Hourglass released two: Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4 and Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette. I knew I probably wasn’t going to get both, and to be honest, I wasn’t even tempted to. The Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette features six, all-new shades with 5% of profits going to support the Nonhuman Rights Project. SO, it was a no-brainer when it came to deciding which one to get.

The Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette includes Ambient Lighting Powders in Soft Light and Filtered Light, Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Golden Bronze Light, Ambient Lighting Blushes in Nude Glow and Mood Flush and Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder in Champagne Strobe Light. Hourglass never fail me with the quality of their products (powders especially) so it’s no secret that I’m already in love with this palette. I will have a full review and swatches of this beauty up on the blog later this week.

Another new arrival in this month’s makeup bag: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation. My sister picked up this foundation a while ago but it didn’t work very well with her skin type. I gave it a go, loved the way it looked and felt on my skin, but the shade she picked (#150) was NOT a good match for me. From the description, it seemed like it would work (light skin with neutral undertones) but there was nothing light OR neutral about it. By the time I got to the office, I looked in the mirror and my skin looked orange. The finish was beautiful, but it did look like I’ve had a pumpkin attached to my neck. Not a good look.

I already figured that the Pro Filt’r Foundation must oxidize because I would never leave my house had it looked that warm when I first applied it. I went to Sephora and picked up a lighter shade (#120) also described as one that would have a neutral undertone (for fair skin with neutral undertones, to be precise). At first, it looked a bit too light, but since it did oxidize after a few minutes, it matched my skin better. Still, I am disappointed to say that again, there is nothing “neutral” about its undertones once the product sits on the skin for a few minutes. I set it with my favorite Hourglass powder Diffused Light– it’s a pale warm yellow, but it doesn’t look warm on my skin at all and somehow helps to counteract the warmth of the Pro Filt’r Foundation.

Another foundation addition is Maybelline’s Superstay Long-Lasting Full Coverage Foundation. I was SO excited to try it, but it doesn’t work too well with my currently dry skin. The plan is to try it out again once my skin adjusts to my new medication and is no longer so dry. My sister, on the other hand, fell in love with it and it seems to work beautifully with her oily skin. She’s actually staying with us and I have to say that it’s been SO fun, having her close and being able to raid the beauty isles together and compare results. This is probably one of the best things about being older- actually getting along with your sister. Yes, we used to “hate” each other’s guts when we were much younger. :)

I also finally got my hands on Anastasia’s Cream Contour Palette and I’m a little underwhelmed as I expected these to be a bit easier to blend. Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Flash & Fantasy is one of those products that I always come back to. It’s a beautiful blush for those who don’t love using cheek/blush products. Flesh and Fantasy is perfect for adding just a bit of color to your complexion.

These new Gel Eyeliners from Esqido*- ahhhmazing. They are mechanical liners and include a precision sharpener at the other end/tip which allows for a sharp and precise application. These are very creamy, go on smooth and are probably among some of the long-lasting eyeliners I’ve tried so far. They don’t smudge, smear or fade throughout the day. The colors available are black and brown.

Back in September, I talked about some of my favorite lip colors for Fall, and I still rotate between that bunch. For a more subtle look, I still love Urban Decay’s Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion glosses. Right now the two that I reach for all the time are Midnight Cowgirl and Fuel. MUFE’s Ultra HD Lip Booster in Light Pink is another beautiful, delicate lip product that adds a nice, non-sticky gloss. Covergirl Vitalist Lip Oil in Guava Goodness is another favorite for the “no makeup” makeup as it adds a nice glossy finish, without feeling sticky. I love the formula, but I think it’d work a lot better if it had an applicator that picks up more product. Sadly, I think that this lip oil is no longer available, which is a shame.

Flesh & Fantasy, Maybelline Superstay Foundation in 110, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation in 120, Esqido Gel Liners in Balck + Brown, Urban Decay Hi-Fi glosses in Midnight Cowgirl and Fuel, MUFE Ultra HD Lip Booster in Light Pink and Covergirl Vitalist Lip Oil Guava Goodness. 


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    Christine C.
    November 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Such a great post. I haven’t tried the Fenty foundation YET but mostly because I have no idea what shade I am and need to go in the store to try to match it. Now I know to be really careful! Also, I Think you’ve sold me on the Hourglass Palette. They are always so beautiful and their powders are incredible!!!

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      Paula @
      November 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      Definitely try the foundation before buying it. I’d recommend swatching and waiting a few minutes for it to dry, because the difference is quite big. It looks beautiful on skin though, especially if you like a nice, soft matte finish.

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    November 6, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Thank you for sharing! I’m about to do some shopping and this post will help me ❤️ especially, I’d like to try the Esqido Eyeliner in black!

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    Linda Libra Loca
    November 6, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I will put the Maybelline Super Stay Foundation on my list of foundations to try then. Your sister doesn´t happen to write a beauty blog where she shares her recommendations for oily skin, does she?

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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    November 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Gosh darnit. Now I have to buy the Hourglass Palette. I’ve been checking it out for some time now and I think I’d just the chance on it. I know it won’t exactly work for my skin complexion but I’d love to have this in my professional makeup kit. My medium to fair clients would LOVE this!


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      Paula @
      November 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

      The palette is beautiful, I don’t think anything else can compare to Hourglass powders. I think it’d be great if they considered releasing more versions of these LE palettes (like light, medium and deep) so that everyone could find something that suits their skin tone. I do think that out of the two palettes released this year, this one is more suitable for medium/olive skin tones though.

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    Valeria Chizhova
    November 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    You have such great products in your bag!
    Have a nice day ♥

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    Danielle Alexa
    November 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    So many items here that I completely adore!

    Danielle xx

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    November 8, 2018 at 4:51 am

    I definitely need to get that hourglass face palette! It looks stunning!

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    November 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I didn’t know Esquido did makeup other than eyelashes, love the Super Stay foundation for my oily skin and really love sharing clothes and makeup with my sister! Great post Paula, the MJ blushes look divine xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    Miss Beauty Saver
    November 8, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Gorgeous selection of makeup in this month’s makeup bag Paula! You have reminded me about how beautiful the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palettes are! The new Edit Unlocked Palette looks especially lovely. The CoverGirl Vitalist lip oil in guava sounds like a very natural looking product for minimal makeup days.
    Hanna Rose
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      Paula @
      November 9, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Thank you, Hanna! I always love their holiday palettes, this one is probably one of my favorites so far. x

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