Beauty, Project Pans

GRWM Using Project Pan Items & SUBCULTURE

 

Hey all, hope everything is going well for you on this Wednesday.  When thinking about what I wanted to post for today, I was stumped for a bit.  Then I thought, I haven’t really done a GRWM type of post in a while, especially using some of my Project Pan items.  So, I thought this would be perfect!  Plus, I am going to be using SUBCULTURE on my eyes and show a look that I wear often and get tons of compliments on.  Also, I will share how I use it to get this palette to work for me.  So, if that seems something you may be interested in, then just keep on reading!

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To start out, I always do my face makeup before my eyes.  That is how I have always done it, I’ve tried switching it up and didn’t like it.  Before putting on anything, my face was already washed and moisturized.  First up, I spray the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US).  This product I have not really enjoyed because it looks and feels so greasy, however, I’ve gotten it to work really well as a primer spray.  It helps give a little bit more moisture for the foundation.  Then, I take a small pea-sized amount of the Milani Prime Shield Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US) and press that into the areas where I have really large pores, around my cheek area, nose, forehead, and chin.

For foundation, I mix half a pump of Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation in L42 ($35 US) with about a pump and a half of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation in L2 ($13.99 US).  The Lock-It foundation is extremely light on my skin and the FLOWER foundation is a little too dark.  Mixing them together helps give me a better shade match (though, I still manage to look ghostly lol) and helps make the FLOWER foundation not look SO dewy by the end of the day.

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Next onto concealing and setting my face.  I take my Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair ($27 US) and literally do one dot underneath my eyes closer to the tear duct area and one dot on top of my eyelids to use as a primer.  I am VERY lucky to not have terrible darkness under my eyes.  It didn’t really show up on the previous picture.  Plus, this concealer is extremely full coverage and very drying so using very little does help combat the dryness.  To set the concealer, I’ve been taking the Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US) in the lightest shade.  It is a mixture of Lucid & Lyric (I mixed them together and repressed them).  To set the rest of my face, I’m using the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder ($22 US).  It is pressed into my old Rimmel compact because I have learned I truly hate loose powders haha.

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For the rest of the face, I took my No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand ($12.99 US) and warmed up this ghostly complexion in the “3” method, then took a little bit of Sombre from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US) and contoured my cheekbones and dusted just a little down the sides of my nose.  For blush, I used the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection blush in Amaretto (limited edition) and highlight I dusted Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator (discontinued) on the high points of my cheekbones, brought that up around my eyebrow and lightly on the tip of my nose and cupids bow.

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LeahERaven.com | GRWM Using Project Pan Items and SUBCULTURE

Moving on to the eyes!  First up, I took the shade MERCURY (a matte deep gray) from the Anastasia Beverly Hills SUBCULTURE Palette ($42 US) and dusted that in windshield wiper motions in my crease.  What I do is literally dip a fluffy brush ONCE into the palette and on a towel that I keep by my side to do my makeup, I dab the excess onto the towel once or twice and it is the perfect amount for my eyes.  For me, this doesn’t bother me, because I’m used to dipping my brush into all of my products, not swirling.  So, just thought I would share that just in case you have this palette and have a hard time using it.

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LeahERaven.com | GRWM Using Project Pan Items and SUBCULTURE

Next, I pick up the shade FUDGE (a warm matte poop brown) on a slightly smaller, more dense brush and do the same with this shade.  I tap ONCE into the shade and dab off the excess.  I then take it and work it into my outer V area and slightly bring it into the crease.

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Now, on an even smaller brush, I use the Morphe M506 Brush ($6 US), I pick up the shade ROWDY (a matte deep purple), same method as FUDGE, and place that on top of where I laid down FUDGE, bringing it in a little bit further on my lids.  Now, I know it looks weird right now, unblended, looks like it skips, just stick with me on this!

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Now on a smaller fluffy brush, I picked up the shade ALL STAR (a matte maroon), did the same thing of tapping in once, dabbing off the excess, and worked that into my crease.

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To blend everything together, I then took a little bit of the shade DAWN (a warm, light beige shade) and swept that over the edges.  See, looks a bit better now don’t you think?

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For the lower lash line, I first took a little bit of ROWDY and blended it about 3/4 of the way towards my inner corner, then blended it out with a bit of MERCURY.  Then, I took a bit of my face highlight and put that in my inner corner.  Used a little bit of a nude eyeliner in my waterline and put on a couple of coats of mascara.  The eyeliner I used is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kajal Kohl Eyeliner in 005 Nude ($4.99 US) and the mascara is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara ($26 US).  I then set my face using the FLOWER Beauty Hydrating Setting Spray ($12.99 US) and 2 squirts of the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US).  Yes, I only did two squirts, you do more than that and you look like a grease ball, not a glowing goddess lol.

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For my eyebrows, I’m still using my beloved Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Graphite ($20 US) and setting them with my NYX Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel ($7.99 US).

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Lastly, the lips!  I took the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Sandstorm ($ US) and outlined my lips.  Then filled them in with Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Bow N Arrow ($20 US) and dabbed a little bit of the bareMinerals Gen Nude Gloss in Yaaas ($18 US).  And here is the completed look!

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LeahERaven.com | GRWM Using Project Pan Items and SUBCULTURE

This has practically been my Go-To look for work every day.  It helps me use so many different shades from the SUBCULTURE palette.  I also get tons of compliments on it, practically every day.  They do say that purple helps bring out green eyes.  Also, don’t mind the crazy hair.  I had a side head shave a while ago and am now dealing with the grow out… it is not enjoyable haha.  I’m also going by to my original hair color, so I am going to be looking wild for quite a bit haha.

Well, that does it here from me.  I hope you found this helpful or interesting, if you did, let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear from you!  If you have the SUBCULTURE palette, what other color combinations do you enjoy pulling in from it?  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

September 2018 Empties!

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Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!  Today I’m going to be sharing my September empties.  Sadly, this month I don’t have too many products, HOWEVER, I have some really great makeup empties!  I’m beyond thrilled about my makeup empties.  So, without going too long on the intro, let’s get into the products I’ve been able to use up this past month!

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LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Febreze Air Effects Fresh-Fall Pumpkin Air Refresher

Febreze Air Effects Fresh-Fall Pumpkin Air Refresher ($4.94 US for 2-Pack)
I am pretty sure I have had at least one of these every single month since I’ve started documenting my empties.  I’m trying to use up my backstock.  I still have 8 of these… I know, I know.  However, I absolutely love this spray, it smells amazing!  Unfortunately, Febreze is not cruelty-free so I would not repurchase this product whenever I use up all of them.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Shower Gel

Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber Shower Gel ($12.50 US)
I say it takes me roughly two months to use up a shower gel, so I am slowly trucking along with my Sensual Amber back stock.  It really pisses me off that Bath & Body Works decided to start selling in Mainland China because this body wash is my absolute FAVORITE.  Now, after I use all of my backstock, I am going to have to go searching for a good amber body wash.  If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below!

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Assured 100% Pure Cotton Rounds

Assured 100% Pure Cotton Rounds ($1 US Dollar Tree)
Yet another packet of cotton rounds down.  I love going to the Dollar Tree and picking these up, they work great for me.  I use them with Micellar Water, with my Toner, and with removing nail polish.  Can’t complain!

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer in Fair ($9.99 US)
This was apart of my 13 By Halloween Project Pan and I am beyond thrilled to move out a concealer, especially a concealer that is not cruelty-free!  It does have a nice creamy formula and I understand why it is such a cult classic.  But, you can find plenty of other wonderful, creamy concealers that don’t attribute to animal cruelty.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Warm Light ($4.99 US)
Yet another product from the Halloween project pan.  I am so happy to move this out.  I am personally not a fan of this powder.  As I said in my last update, I felt I had to really dig into the product in order to get a decent amount of product on my brush.  Then, it didn’t even set my makeup.  It was still tacky, regardless of how much product I felt I was using.  Great price point, but not a product I will be repurchasing.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Empties - Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder

Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder in 05 Fair ($7.99 US)
Guys, I cannot believe this one!  I am so blown away that I finished up a loose setting powder!  Usually, these things take ages!!  But I have been working diligently on this powder, using it to set my Wet N Wild powder actually.  The Wet N Wild powder was a tad dark and this powder was ghostly, so it did help almost balance each other.  This was a nice powder, but as we know, not cruelty-free.  I also really hate loose powders.  So, Leah.  If you are reading this.  Do not buy any more loose powders, you hate them! lol  This was also the last product in my powder collection that was not cruelty-free.  I’m getting there guys!

 

Alright guys, so that does it for my September Empties.  Like I said, I didn’t have too many products this time around, but I am really thrilled about my makeup empties.  Some big items for me.  What are some products that you used up this month?  Let me know in the comments!  Anything you were particularly proud of?  The loose powder blew my mind!  Well, I don’t really have too much left to say, except I hope you have had a great Monday and until next time!  Thanks for stopping by!

Beauty, Project Pans

13 By Halloween Project Pan – Update #2

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan Update #2

Hey everyone!  So sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been a little preoccupied with other things and every time I think about posting something, I get sidetracked.  But here we are, happy Friday, and today I am bringing my 2nd update for my 13 By Halloween Project Pan.  I’m really excited to share I have additional empties this time around and some great progress on other products.  Last update I had finished up 6 out of the 13 items.  If you want to see what those items were, you can check out my 13 By Halloween Project Pan Update #1.  But, if you are interested to see where I am currently at with this project, then just keep scrolling!

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LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan Update #2

1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer in Fair ($9.99 US)
FINISHED.  I am so happy to say I have finished off this bad boy and currently have all cruelty-free concealers in my collection!  I believe this is the second concealer I have ever finished and I am so thrilled!  I did enjoy the formula of this, very creamy.  It also worked great to cancel out the discoloration on my eyes and be a great eyeshadow primer, but not cruelty-free and my other concealers do just as well as this product.

 

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan Update #2
Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder – Intro

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2. Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Warm Light ($4.99 US)
FINISHED.  I knew, once I finished up the Rimmel powder with as much pan that was showing in this product, that I could easily finish up this powder.  I am personally not a fan of this powder, I felt I had to really dig at the product in order to pick up product on my brush.  I also felt that it did not set my makeup, everything was still tacky.  At work, hair would be sticking to my face more than normal.  So, happy this is out of my collection and I will not be repurchasing.

 

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan Update #2
No7 Match Made Bronzer – Intro
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No7 Match Made Bronzer – Update #2

3. No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand ($12.99 US)
Dear God, the bronzer that won’t end!  I mean, it is a good bronzer, a little warm on my skin, but I can make it work.  But I SWORE I would have pan showing this update.  I mean, I could see the outlines of the rings, but nope.  I even took a pair of tweezers in the center to see how much product was on top of the pan.  Yeah… I don’t think I’m going to be hitting pan anytime soon.  Bronzers man, I tell ya.  Gotta keep on keeping on with this bad boy.

 

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4. PUR Correcting Primer in Illuminate & Glow (discontinued)
DECLUTTERED.  I have tried with this primer, the first little bit, I kept forgetting about it.  However, this past month I have been pretty diligent with it but every time I used it for a couple days in a row, I would break out.  I’d stop using it, my skin would clear up, go back to using it, boom.  Breakouts.  Granted, I’ve mentioned this before that I don’t get terrible breakouts, maybe one or two very small zits, but when I’m used to practically clear skin, just a bit of texture, yeah.  That’s not going to work for me.  I also don’t have sensitive skin, so.  This is going to be decluttered.

 

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Project Pan Update #2
Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee – Intro

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5. Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 US)
FINISHED.  After I posted my first update, within a few days, this bad boy was done.  I really came to fall in love with this shade again but with so many cream shadows in all the palettes I own, I don’t need to purchase it.  Plus, I’m not the biggest fan of single shadows.  I don’t own a Z Palette and I tend to forget to reach for them.  If you like single shadows and are close to my skin tone, I really feel you would truly enjoy this product if you have not tried it.  Plus, it’s only a buck so yay on affordable products!

 

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6. Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Fragrance Mist ($14.50 US)
I have been making amazing progress on this product.  I am so proud of myself.  I have had this product for almost 3 years now and putting it in this project has really made me focus on it.  I don’t think I will be able to finish it by the next update but I feel I will be really close.  I’m thinking about doing the 19 in 2019 year long project next year and if I don’t finish this up by the end of this year, I will definitely throw it into that project.

 

7. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo ($28 US)
Now, as I’ve said before I have a hard time using dry shampoos and on top of that, I have no idea where I am.  I think I’m little more than halfway done with this product but honestly, no idea.  This past month, however, I have made it a habit to use it on Wednesday’s.  I tend to wash my hair Saturday nights, so Wednesday is when I reach for this product to freshen up my hair a bit.  I know I won’t have it done by the end of this project, but hey!  Progress is progress!

 

So that’s it guys, that is currently where I am at with my 13 By Halloween Project pan.  I am so beyond thrilled that I have been able to stick with this project, work on these items and make a dent in my collection.  Have you been participating in this project as well?  If so, what progress have you made on your items?  Let me know in the comments!  Hopefully, I can get back on track with posting.  I don’t want to promise anything today, but I am definitely going to try.  I hope you guys have a great weekend and I will talk to you guys on Monday!

Beauty, Reviews

Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!  In Seattle today, it is absolutely gorgeous!  It’s a beautiful sunny day, there’s a light cool breeze, and not a cloud in the sky.  Some of the trees are already turning colors and I am in love!  However, that’s not what I came to talk about today.  Today is my review on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now and I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the foundation.  So if you are curious as to what I think about it, then let’s get into it!

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FLOWER Beauty, if you don’t know, is actually Drew Barrymore’s brand. It started off in Walmart and is also now carried in Ulta.  The foundation comes in a glass bottle with white and rose gold packaging, has a pump, and comes with 1.01 fl oz of product.  On Ulta’s website, it retails for $13.99 US and they offer 12 shades.  Referencing Ulta’s website, the foundation is supposed to have buildable coverage, a soft luminous finish, and feel weightless on the skin.

With the basics out of the way, let’s get onto the actual review, shall we?  For the application, I prefer using a sponge.  I’m not a fan of brushes, but I did try both with this product.  With a sponge, you definitely get less coverage, but for me, it is not significantly less.  The brush side looks really nice as well but a bit streaky so I just smoothed it over with a sponge. Upon first use, I did not use any primer, I just washed and moisturized my face as normal.  Everything applied evenly and smoothly.  Right away I noticed how dewy it was.  My skin looked so glowy but not greasy.  I have normal to combination oily skin.  I get really oily on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.  I put on a small amount of concealer, just under my eyes then set my entire face with a translucent powder.  I finished the rest of my makeup and went throughout my day.  Within about 3 hours, my oils started really showing through and it was downhill from there.  I didn’t look glowy, I looked greasy.  I kept this foundation on for about 11 hours that initial day and by the end of it, I looked like I sank my face in a tub of oil.  HOWEVER, this foundation did not break down anywhere.  Not my nose, not in between my eyebrows, not my chin, nowhere.  It stayed fully intact.  I was THOROUGHLY impressed.

Fast forward to roughly 2 months later.  I have tried this foundation several ways, with different primers and have tried mixing it with other foundations and here is what I learned.  For one, I do really love and enjoy this foundation but I cannot wear it on its own (but I will try on its own during the winter time to see if I have the same results as in summer).  I like it best with a pore-filling, mattifying primer in my oily spots and mixing it with an extremely matte foundation.  My favorite foundation (holy grail status) is the Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate.  When mixing the Light Illusion foundation with the Fiona Stiles, it did take a little longer for my skin to appear greasy.  However, mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation, my skin had more of a demi-matte finish initially and had a bit better control on keeping my oils at bay.  Also, quick side note, I fucked up and grabbed the wrong shade of both the FLOWER Beauty foundation (L2 which is too dark) and Kat Von D (L42 way too light).  Mixing them together not only gives me an ideal finish but an ideal shade!

So, for this review, I am going to showcase it in my ideal method which is mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation and a little bit of the Milani Pore-Filling + Mattifying Primer.  I did a little over a 10-hour wear test, with no touch-ups, blotting, or powdering throughout the day.  The only thing I changed was my lip color.  Also, these photos are unfiltered, and the only “editing” I did was cropping, adding the borders, and text.  I did not touch up the photos in any way.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

I applied my foundation at about 8:15 in the morning with a beauty sponge.  Overall, it looked really smooth, didn’t look heavy or cakey anywhere, but I did notice it looked a little weird on the top of my nose.  I did set my face with a light translucent powder all over to help set the foundation because it was still a bit tacky and because I do get oily.  As you can see from the pictures above, I feel my skin has a demi-matte finish and looks really smooth, and did not feel heavy on the skin.  Quick side note, don’t mind the crazy hair.  It’s been dyed black and I had a side head shave and am now growing it out to my original color… so I’m going to be having crazy hair pictures for a while.  Plus, I don’t mess with my hair anyway.  It always goes up in a ponytail.  Anyway, all of my products, concealer, powders, etc. blended out and melded onto my skin without any issue.  I also want to note, I always set my face just to meld all the powders together, but for this one, I just used a basic setting spray, that didn’t affect wear time or finish.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

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My first check-in was about 4 and a half hours later around 12:45pm.  I did notice a slight oxidation throughout the day, I’d say about half a shade darker but not super noticeable.  At this time, it did start looking oily on my T-Zone area and was getting slightly cakey looking around my mouth, but nothing excessive and it was wearing off the tip of my nose only because I kept messing with my nose.  Looking really up close, the foundation combination was not breaking apart due to natural wear.  It still, in my opinion, looks really good, I actually like the level of dewiness up to this point.  It also still felt very lightweight on the skin.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

My final check-in was about 6:30pm, which was a little over 10 hours of wear.  I started getting a migraine and wanted to wash everything off and go to bed.  Looking up close at the foundation, it was still a bit cakey looking around my mouth area, but it looked about the same as the first check-in, so it did not seem like it got worse throughout the day.  My oils were definitely poking through at this point and I did look pretty greasy.  It also wore off a little around my mouth because I ate a very messy sandwich, which who can really blame any foundation for wearing off then, right?  However, just like in the first check-in and every time I have worn this foundation, it did not break apart ANYWHERE on me.  My nose was still intact, cheeks, forehead, it didn’t get weird or patchy anywhere.  I could not believe how well this foundation held up.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In - Powdered

I also wanted to show you guys how it looked powdered.  Besides the mouth area, putting just a little bit of powder in my really oily area toned down the oils significantly and least, in my opinion, looks almost as good as when I first applied it.  What do you think?

Overall, I really love this foundation.  I’m excited to try this foundation by itself in the winter time and see if my oils don’t pull through as quickly as during the summer.  I was absolutely blown away by the fact that my oils did not break apart the foundation when wearing it alone or mixing with other foundations, because most of my other foundations do.  I would say this foundation has about a medium coverage, but buildable.  When wearing it alone, when I went to build up certain areas, I was able to get a bit more coverage and the foundation did not bunch up, look cakey, or move around the first layer.  I would recommend this foundation, if you can find your shade and if you like really dewy foundations.  I think this would be great for extremely dry skin up to combo oily skin.  I have a few dry patches around my nose and I did not notice it emphasizing the dry patches or texture on my skin.  If you are straight up oily, I think you might like it, but you would need to be diligent about powdering or blotting every few hours.  I’m not a chick who blots my makeup or powders throughout the day.  The only thing I ever touch-up is my lipstick.  Whenever I run out of this foundation, I will absolutely pick it up again, this time in the right shade.

Well, this was yet another long review.  I tried to be as thorough as possible and I hope I covered all the points.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments and I’ll try and answer you as soon as I can!  If you have tried this foundation already, let me know what you thought of it.  Do you love it?  Hate it?  So, so?  Let me know!  Also, do you have any cruelty-free foundation recommendations?  I also love trying new foundations, although I do need to get through with some in my collection right now, I don’t mind making a list of to-try.  I feel I have blabbered on long enough.  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty, Reviews

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit – The Wants

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Hey everyone!  I am so excited about today’s post, I have truly been looking forward to it.  Today I am giving my review on the RevolutionXEmily collaboration, The Emily Edit.  For this post, it’s going to be all about The Wants palette.  I have been playing with it for almost 3 weeks at this point.  Now, before you say anything, I know that I said it was in my September makeup basket, but I’ve been playing with it since the day it was delivered, which was before the makeup basket was posted.  Just wanted to clarify that.  So, if you are curious what I think about this palette, let’s get into it!

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Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

First off, let’s talk about the packaging.  I ordered both palettes (The Wants and The Needs) from both the Revolution Beauty website as well as the Ulta website.  Yes, I have two of each, no I am not crazy.  Both palettes were individually wrapped in lots of bubble wrap from each retailer and not a single item was damaged.

The Wants palette weighs in at just under a pound (13.16 ounces), I would say is a light peach color, and has a full-size, high-quality mirror.  Even though it is on the larger side of a palette, it is still quite thin and I feel very travel-friendly.  It contains 24 shadows which include 13 mattes and 11 shimmer/metallic shades.  Revolution Beauty is certified Cruelty-Free by Peta.  This palette is NOT vegan, however, because it does contain Carmine.  Each shade contains about 0.03 ounces or 0.85 grams of product, making the total amount of product you get 0.74 ounces or 20.4 grams of product.  It retails for $20 US on both the Ulta and Revolution Beauty websites and is apart of Revolution Beauty’s permanent line.  I repeat this is NOT limited edition.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Before I continue, I would like to give you a little information about Emily, just in case you don’t know who she is.  She is a Beauty YouTuber, her tag name is EmilyNoel83.  She has been on YouTube I believe 11 years this upcoming November.  For me to try to accurately describe what type of videos she puts up I feel would be a disservice to her and her channel.  She does it all.  Not too long ago, she did a video trying to dupe lip colors in her collection that matched Disney princesses.  Oh yeah, she went there.  Click here if you’d like to check out that video.  For me, she is just such a positive light to YouTube, one that when I sit down with a cup of coffee, I don’t feel I’m watching a YouTuber, I feel as if I’m listening to a friend.  I don’t know how else to describe her, other than just wonderful.  Her daughters are some of the most PRECIOUS kids I have ever seen.

 

Now, back to the palette.  From my understanding, Revolution Beauty gave Emily free-range on the creation of these palettes.  When creating the Wants, she was looking to create a “Complete” palette.  Meaning, she wanted to be able to have light shades such as “the cream,” mid-tones for great transition work, to set up the looks, and rich deep shades that don’t muddy up or lose strength is pigmentation.  She wanted each shade to be able to stand out amongst whatever look someone might create.  To get a full background and full understanding of the palettes, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Emily’s video, which I will link here for you.  She goes more into depth about the palettes, what went into the thought process of the palettes, tips and tricks, and so forth.

Before I get into the review, I will give you some swatches.  I will do it by rows from left to right.  I did the best I could to give acurate swatches, but this is not really my forte.  If you want to know the inspiration behind the names, I don’t want to take that joy away from Emily.  I highly recommend you just watch her reveal video, again I will link that here for you.  At the very end, I will showcase a few eye looks that I have created using this palette so you can see some of the shades in action.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

We have The Cream, Hobby, Prayer, Grateful, Good Vibes, and Side Hustle.

 

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Up next we’ve got Midwest, Dues Paid, Eve Rose, Belle Violet, Capricorn, Pi Phi.

 

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Here we’ve got Oh Heavens!, Love Tons, Pizzazz, Family, Top Story, and Apartment.

 

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Last we have Cupcake, Laughcry, Cheer, Heartbeat, Corduroy, and Dark & Early.

 

Now onto my review of the palette.  Like I’ve said in the intro, I have been playing with this palette for about 3 weeks now and I have used every single shade.  Let me just get this out of the way, yes I know I love Emily and that automatically is going to make me somewhat bias to this palette, I understand that.  However, I am still going to be honest about this palette, give the pros and the cons regardless of how I feel about her.  So you can take that information how you will because I really do love this palette.  If something happened to this palette, I would 100% go out and purchase it again.  Once I get into the pros and cons of this palette, I think you will understand why.

For one, there are no repeat or similar shades.  If you look at the palette, you might think Midwest, Dues Paid, and Prayer are similar.  Nope, all completely different and all 3 do show up completely different on the eyes.  With every shade, I did not have a single problem with blending.  There was no patchiness, skipping, or muddying of shades.  It was extremely effortless.  They are all pigmented but not overly pigmented.  What I mean is you don’t have to be afraid of accidentally getting too much and be fearful of ruining your eye look or not being able to blend them out.  All of these shades were meant to be built up.  So you grab a little bit, place the shadow where you want and then you can bump up the intensity.  From what I remember, Emily wanted this palette easy to use and beginner friendly.

There were only a couple of shades that took me a bit more building than the others and that was Hobby, Corduroy, and Side Hustle.  When dipping my brush into the shades, only one had a little bit of kick up and that was Dues Paid, however, it still performed without issue on the eye.  The only other thing that I noticed was when using some of the shimmer/metallic shades.  Belle Violet and Heartbeat got a little bit of a hardpan when using my fingers to apply the shades (as you will see below).  I got a little hardpan on Cupcake and Grateful when using my fingers, but not as much as with Belle Violet and Heartbeat.  However, Emily recommended in her video using a flat brush, then press and swipe the color onto your lid for best results.  So just keep that in mind.  I use the ELF Professional Eye Shadow Brush ($1 US) and have had no issues since sticking with the brush.

For my personal tastes, this is a perfect all around, complete palette.  It helps get me out of my comfort zone and use color, without feeling overwhelmed.  There is a wonderful mix of cool, warm, and neutral shades, and excellent balance between matte and shimmers, a light cream shade and a matte black.  Seriously, she thought of it all.  For my tastes, this palette is not missing anything.  For others, if you love more blue, pink, or yellowy shades, this might not be your jam.  However, not every palette is going to please every person.  You need to evaluate what you have in your collection first, then look at a palette that is interesting you.  I highly recommend going in store if you can before purchasing, that way you can get an up-close look at the palette as well as possibly touch and swatch before deciding if you want to buy it or not.

Let’s also discuss staying power.  For one, I use my concealer as my eyeshadow primer, but I don’t use an actual designated eyeshadow primer.  I set my lids with a shadow close to my skin tone, then I go into creating an eye look.  With all the shadows, I did not have any trouble with fading or creasing throughout the day.  The shadows were just as vibrant as when I put them on.  Let me give you a little bit of info on what I put my makeup through.  I usually put my makeup on around 5:45 am and take off my makeup around 8-9pm at night.  I am a dog groomer, so I deal with heat, humidity, dog hair, dander, wind, water, EVERYTHING.  These shadows have stayed put, have not creased, and have not faded.

Overall, I truly feel this is a fantastic palette that so many people could get great use from and a wide multitude of looks.  I’ve gotten glam looks, everyday looks, fall, spring, this palette truly can do it all.  Yes, it is not a perfect palette, it has a couple of flaws, but it does not take away from this palette in the least.  Also, the price is phenomenal.  You get such an amazing deal with this palette.  If you are apart of the Ulta rewards system, you can get coupons and money off, making it an even better deal.  Also, you are further supporting a truly genuine person who put their heart and soul into this palette and I feel it absolutely shows.

So that’s it.  That does it for my review on the RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit The Wants Palette.  Is there anything I missed?  If you have any further questions about the palette, go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  I’m not trying to promote that you need to go out and buy this palette.  However, if you were already debating on purchasing this palette, have looked through your collection and didn’t find anything similar and were wanting to pick this palette up, I truly feel you will not be disappointed.  Sorry for such a long post, but I just wanted to make sure I covered everything.  Well, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check this post out and until next time!

The Wants Palette on Ulta ($20 US)
The Wants Palette at Revolution Beauty ($20 US)
Emily’s Reveal Video

 

A few looks I have created using this palette.  Remember, I am NOT a makeup artist.  Just your average, everyday makeup wearer.  Shit ain’t going to look perfect, so just FYI.

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

For Look One, I first used a shade close to my skin-tone to set my lid.  Then I took the shade Oh Heavens! all over the lid, into the eye corner, up into the crease, and on my lower lash line with a flat eyeshadow brush.  Then, I took Capricorn on smaller crease brush and worked that into my outer V, slightly blending it into the crease, and onto the lower lash line.  I then took Oh Heavens! under the brow bone.  This look was inspired by smokey looks done by Charlotte Tilbury.  I notice she does a lot of shimmer work into the crease and the models look so beautiful.  I just wanted to give it a try.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

For look number 2, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I took Hobby on a fluffy crease brush and worked that into the crease.  Then on a smaller, denser crease brush, I took the shade LaughCry on the outer third of my eye, mostly the outer V area and packed that on as well as smudged in on the outer half of my lower lash line and connected it to the upper eye area.  Then, on a small shader brush, I picked up the shade Cupcake and worked that over the rest of my lid and pulled it into the inner corner.  I also smudged it on the inner part of my lower lash line.  On a very small brush, I picked up a little of Oh Heavens! and placed that on top of Cupcake in my inner corner.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

For look 3, the last look I’m going to share, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I picked up Dues Paid and worked that into my crease with a fluffy crease brush, then took a denser brush and worked that same shade on the outer V area.  I also pulled that shade on the outer half of my lower lash line.  Then for the lid and inner corner, I kept it simple and pulled in Oh Heavens!  This is the type of two shadow look I would wear to work often.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

 

 

Beauty

YouTube Made Me Buy It: EmilyNoel83 Edition

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition

Hi everyone, how was your weekend?  Do anything fun or interesting?  Or were you like me and had to work?  Well, whatever you had to do or had the pleasure of doing, I hope it was enjoyable!  I thought today I would do another edition of YouTube Made Me Buy It, this time talking about products EmilyNoel83 influenced me to purchase.  I absolutely adore Emily and just to give you a heads up, this Wednesday I am bringing you my review on The Emily Edit, The Wants Palette.  So if you’ve been wondering about that, stay tuned!  But enough blabber, let’s get into it!

Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Em Cosmetics True Gloss

EM Cosmetics True Gloss ($17 US)
She absolutely SOLD me on this formula.  This shade isn’t up her alley, but it is up mine!  The shade I have is called Truffle Haze, a sheer grey nude shade.  This gloss is comfortable on the lips and not sticky, which I fucking hate.  I’ve been getting into lipsticks and glosses lately, shocking I know, but I’ve been selective on what makes the cut.  This gloss definitely makes the cut.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick

Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick ($22 US)
The color I have is Red Velvet 1946 which is described as a mid-tone neutral red.  Oh, and it is absolutely STUNNING.  Besame Cosmetics is a brand dedicated to recreating vintage shades in modern formulas.  Their packaging also stays true to that.  I absolutely love the look of the 1940’s era and I wish I could pull off a red lip, but sadly I don’t feel comfortable in a bold red lip, but I will NEVER get rid of this.  It is way too beautiful.  It also has a very comfortable formula.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush

Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush ($6 US)
Now I am not particularly a fan of Morphe but when Emily recommended this brush, I picked one up the next time I was at Ulta and man, this brush is a game changer.  I never thought a brush like this would work so well and never thought I would actually need a brush like this.  I can perfectly get into my outer V without going overboard and completely blowing out a look too far.  It’s a perfect brush.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder

Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ($9.99 US)
This powder has reached holy grail status for me, no lie.  It sets my makeup without it looking powdery on my skin and still gives me this natural, slightly radiant finish without looking greasy.  I cannot be without it.  I haven’t used it in so long and I’m dying over here.  I’m trying to currently use up the other powders in my collection before returning back to this one.  I’m counting down the days.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit

RevolutionXEmily: The Emily Edit
The Wants Palette ($20 US) & The Needs Palette ($15 US)
Now, I’m pretty sure you KNEW this one was coming.  With how excited I was about her surprise launch and how much I love this girl, you knew this one was coming.  I know I can support her by just watching her videos, commenting, liking, yadda, yadda, yadda, but I wanted to also support her makeup collaboration.  She’s never done one before and even though these are permanent, I had to pick them up right away.

So that does it for today’s post.  I know I’ve asked this before, but if you watch beauty YouTube, what are some products that you purchased that were influenced by some of your favorite YouTubers?  Any regret purchases or did you find some holy grail products?  I would love to hear about them in the comments, maybe we can have a discussion!  Thank you so much for your time today, I really appreciate it.  Definitely stop by Wednesday if you’d like to read my review on The Wants Palette.  Fair warning, it’s going to be a long one!  Until then!

Beauty

Makeup Inventory – Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes

Hey there, how’s it going?  Hope all is well where you are.  Today is going to be part 5 in my Makeup Inventory Series, where I am going through my entire collection and noting what I have.  We are over the halfway mark, which I am really excited about.  Well, I haven’t had a short but sweet intro in a hot minute, so let’s get into the palettes!

Note:  This post DOES contain affiliate links.

Total: 15

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette ($42 US)
I know, I know.  The amount of backlash over this palette was absolutely insane.  Personally, I felt it was a bit overkill and overdramatic.  But hey, that’s me and my humble opinion.  I actually really love this palette.  Quality wise I feel it is fine.  It is extremely pigmented, so a little bit truly does go a long way.  The only problem I had with this palette was one shade not blending well, the Destiny shade, other than that, no issues.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette

BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette ($24 US)
There has been so much buzz and hype around this palette and for good reason.  When I picked up this palette, it wasn’t talked about at all yet.  I solely picked it up because it was based off the Zodiac (huge Astrology buff here).  I was absolutely blown away by the pigmentation, blendability, and the brilliance of the metallic shades.  I saw Charlotte Tilbury just upload a video showcasing her new Pillow Talk quad and did a look.  I plan to recreate that look here using this palette.  I definitely think it’s possible!  So be on the lookout for that!

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Huda Beauty

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Huda Beauty

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette ($65 US)
I’ve used this palette a handful of times now and I really enjoy it, however, I only use a handful of shades.  I am not a fan of purples and definitely not interested in Cosmo (it’s a pressed glitter).  I’m debating about making this palette my Pan That Palette for next year because I want to become better versed with using different shades, shades out of my comfort zone.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette ($27 US)
I fucking LOVE this tiny palette! I have used every single shade and love them all.  This is a very simple palette, but very easy to use and create pretty looks out of.  There is not much more I can say about it.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Kat Von D Beauty

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette ($48 US)
This was my first high-end palette purchase and it is the original one with the original packaging.  Yep, I have had it forever.  I absolutely adore this palette, although I definitely need to pan it due to its age.  I took this picture a little bit ago and since then I FINALLY hit pan in the shade all the way at the end, Latinus.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad in Smoke

Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad in Smoke (discontinued)
I have used this quad only one time but I am happy I picked it up.  I’m aiming to finish up my Shade & Light palette first before moving onto this one.  I tend to enjoy more greys on my eyes than any other shade.  That’s why I knew this quad would be perfect for everyday makeup for me.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Milani Soft & Sultry Palette

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Milani Soft & Sultry Palette

Milani Soft & Sultry Palette ($14.97 US)
This has been a more recent purchase.  When these bad boys just launched, I was getting my oil changed at Walmart and saw these on a display.  I could not say no to the Soft & Sultry palette, because I have been looking for more cool-toned palettes that did not revolve around purples, blues, and pinks.  Milani answered that prayer for me, lol.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - NYX Professional Makeup

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Cool Neutrals

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette Cool Neutrals ($17.99 US)
First off, I have not used this palette yet.  It’s been sitting in my collection because honestly when I received it, I was completely turned off by it.  Online it looked so different than in person.  It also is a lot smaller than I anticipated.  Maybe next month I will pull it into my makeup basket and give it a go before I completely write off this palette.  I will say, it did have really good reviews on Ulta’s website, so.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter in Gloomy Days

NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter Gloomy Days Palette ($19.99 US)
As with the previous palette, I have yet to actually try this palette out on my eyes, however, I am really excited about it.  The colors came out more vibrant on the swatches and there is enough of a difference between shades that I don’t think they will muddy up amongst each other.  I will make it a point to use it soon!  Also, quick side note, I did NOT pay full price for either of these palettes.  I picked them up when NYX was 40% off at Ulta.  Always wait for sales if you plan on purchasing something.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel The Emily Edit

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel The Emily Edit The Needs Palette

Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel: The Emily Edit – The Needs Palette ($15 US)
Seriously, The Needs is a perfect name for this palette.  I have used every shade in this palette and they all work wonderfully!  It is a phenomenal all-in-one palette and is not complicated.  Love this little gem!

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel The Emily Edit The Wants Palette

Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel: The Emily Edit – The Wants Palette ($20 US)
Oh, The Wants.  I don’t want to go into too much detail, because a full review is coming.  I have used EVERY SINGLE SHADE on my eyes, multiple times.  Just know, it is great.  Period.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Dragon Scales (Limited Edition)

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Dragon Scales ($2.99 US Limited Edition)
I’m going to be honest, this is yet another palette I have not used, but it is newer.  This, along with the Fit For A Queen quad was apart of the Fire & Ice collection.  I picked it up because it was apart of the Fire side and because of the green shade.  Once I use it, I will let you know my thoughts on it, if you’d like.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow in Fire (Limited Edition)

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow in Fire ($4.99 US Limited Edition)
Yet another one that I have not used.  I’ve swatched and they look beautiful, but I only bought it because it was apart of the Zodiac collection.  Fire being my element.  If you have learned by now, I’m a huge sucker for anything related to the Zodiac focusing on Sagittarius and anything dealing with Fire.  Can’t help it.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Fit For A Queen (Limited Edition)

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Fit For A Queen ($2.99 US Limited Edition)
Haven’t used this one either.  Picked it up because it was apart of the Fire side on the Fire & Ice collection and it has a BOMB red shade.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Lights Out

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Lights Out ($2.99 US)
Oh look, another palette that I have not used.  Clearly, I went on a drugstore palette rampage and just grabbed them all and have yet to try them.  I will trust me.  If you want me to do an update on them, what I think of them, let me know, because I most certainly can.

 

So that’s it.  That does it for my palettes currently in my collection.  I’d love to hear about what palettes you have in your collection!  Do we share any?  Let me know.  Also, let me know which ones are your absolute FAVORITES, like you could not be without this ONE palette, just for curiosity sake.  Well, I thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check out my palette collection.  I hope you have a great day, or night, wherever you are and until next time!