make-up

Makeup Bag

Northwest Pearls: Makeup PouchMy everyday makeup is displayed on a cakestand in my room, but when I travel, I put it all in one of my makeup bags. My best friend gave me this cute Kate Spade pouch for Christmas. It's from The Strand book store in NYC. Makeup from left to right:

I also use tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder and a bareMinerals blush (the color I use is discontinued.)

What makeup do you like to use?

Makeup Hack

Northwest Pearls: Makeup Hack

For the last few weeks I've been saving my almost empty container of bareMinerals Matte Foundation. I had a plan to try to somehow open the container to get the last of the foundation that I can't shake through the opening but hadn't gotten around to it yet.

I found this tutorial on how to get the last of the makeup out of the container. I tried it and it worked! I've now got my container open and about a week's worth of foundation to use that otherwise I would have thrown away.

Before I did the tutorial, I unscrewed the lid, shook all the makeup I could have reached back into the bottom, and then twisted shut the plastic lid that separates the foundation from the accessible foundation. Afterwards I screwed the main lid back on and turned the whole container upside down.

Then I took a penny and wedged the penny under the ridge at the bottom. I turned the container and wedged the penny under different areas and after about two turns of wedging, I popped it off!

Northwest Pearls: Makeup Hack

Do you have any makeup tips to share?

Makeup Review: Pixi Brow Powder Palette

A while ago I picked up the Pixi Brow Pencil/Gel and loved it. (You can see my review of it here.) The Brow Powder Palette was recommended in a magazine I read at the nail salon, and since I loved the pencil so much, I decided to try it out. Northwest Pearls: Pixi Brow Palette and Pencil

*Palette on left, Pencil on right

It is pretty great. It comes in different shades so you can blend to match your eyebrows and also use the lighter shades to highlight your eyes and brows. You have to be careful to not use too much though. I was putting it on and when I looked in a different mirror my eyebrows were way darker than normal. The blending may take a bit of practice, but I really do love the product. I was going between three of the brown shades, the 2nd darkest color worked for part of my eyebrows, and the two next lightest were a little too light or red for me, but I really do love how it fills in my brows. Also, the brush it comes with has two ends so you can apply the highlights with the same brush as you use to fill in your brows.

I've only found Pixi at one Target location, despite looking for it at another three, so I ended up ordering the palette online.

Have you tried out the Brow Powder Palette? What did you think?

Makeup Review: Pixi Natural Brow Duo Pencil and Gel

Northwest Pearls: Makeup review: Pixi Natural Brow Duo I hadn't heard of the brand Pixi before, or if I had, it hadn't registered. But I was looking for an eyebrow pencil so while I stood in the aisle at Target reading eyebrow pencil reviews, a worker asked if I needed help and when I asked her opinion about the two pencils in my hand she promptly led me over to the Pixi display and handed me the Pixi Natural Brow Duo.

She raved about it and after an explanation about why she liked it, waxy but not too wavy, she told me which of the two I had in my hand she liked more. But neither of those two compared to the Pixi in her opinion.

I figured that since she didn't work on commision, the Pixi product might be worth a try. Also- not going to lie- the fact that I didn't have to sharpen it was about 50% of my decision to get it because I was planning on keeping it in my purse.

After one use I put it with my daily makeup at home. I love it. I used to have another eyebrow pencil and I hated it. It was too creamy and didn't stay put. This goes on well but is waxy and stays where I put it. It also has a gel with a brush somewhat like a mascara brush so you can brush your eyebrows into place and they'll stay. The product is amazing and I'm about to go buy a second one to put in my purse.

I got it in Deep Brunette from Target. There is a lighter shade and a darker shade. Some beauticians recommend getting a lighter shade than your hair color, some recommend getting darker. You can figure out for yourself which shade you think you'll look best in, but if you're looking for an eyebrow pencil, I'd highly recommend the Pixi one. It was exactly what I was looking for.

Have you found an eyebrow pencil you've liked?