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This to That: Setting Powder and Powder Foundations.

Hello, friends! I hope that your day is going well today! This was supposed to be posted on Wednesday, but, alas, time got away from me. I hope that you enjoy it all the same, as we dive back into our makeup journey! Today’s post I wanted to go through all of my setting powders and my powder foundations, share my thoughts about them, and then discuss what I plan on replacing them with. ❤

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, mini size, translucent. $23.99. I’ve heard so many people rant and rave about this product, and I admittedly bought into the hype and purchased it. However, I cannot say that I think it lives up to the hype. It works okay, but I find that my skin is still oily after using it. I also feel as though you must use a lot of product in order for it to work. Their website says that they are cruelty free, but not vegan. Also, the design of it is such that unless you’re willing to cut open the top (like I was), you will likely waste a lot of product. This product is quite expensive, I didn’t care for how it worked with my skin, and it is not vegan, so no, I do not plan on buying it again. Additionally, I am trying to buy products with less plastic, and this product is pretty much all plastic. I scanned this one on the Think Dirty App and it was given a score of 8, which is considered dirty. I tried to scan each of these products on the Think Dirty app, and this was the only one that I found. So, unfortunately, this is the only one with a score!

Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation, Shade Olive 2. $32.99. I really adore this foundation. It gives medium to heavy coverage, which I appreciate. It is also vegan and cruelty-free. I currently have the shade Olive 2, which is a bit dark for my skin currently, I would probably do better with Olive 1. This product is also mostly plastic, so I would maybe buy it again, if I couldn’t find an alternative with less waste. I would definitely recommend the product itself, as it has served me well, and it lasts a very long time.

Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder. The one that I have is a sample size, so I don’t have a price on it. It was given to me when I went to Ulta for my birthday, a couple of years ago. According to Sephora’s website, the full size one would be $28.50. This blotting powder is okay, I don’t think that it’s life-changing, but it does the trick. It definitely gives a more natural, no-makeup makeup look. However, Clinique is not a cruelty-free brand, so I do not plan on purchasing this item again.

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder, in Shade Neutral Buff. $5.49. This powder works okay. I love that it is cruelty-free AND vegan, however, I feel like I need to put so much powder on to make my face a consistent shade. I think that’s amplified by the fact that this shade doesn’t quite work for me, which is, of course, no fault of the company. That being said, this powder doesn’t quite work for me. If I was ever in a pinch, I would buy it again, but this product is not one of my favorites.

Besame Cosmetics Violet Brightening Powder. $22.00. This product works SO well for lightening up your under eye circles, which, if you’re anything like me, is near impossible. I really like this powder, I just wish that the container was a bit bigger! From my research, this powder is vegan, but if you’re buying from Besame, just a heads up, not all of their products are vegan! I would definitely buy this product again, the only drawback being that is quite small, and is all plastic.

What do I plan on replacing these with?

I plan on buying Elate Cosmetics’ pressed foundation. What interests me about this powder is that you’re able to buy the compact and the powder insert, and when you go to repurchase it, you’re able to buy just the insert, and you can pop it into your compact. The compact is made of bamboo, and I enjoy that this product doesn’t contain plastic, as I’m trying purchase less plastic when possible. The foundation and the compact together is priced at $42.00, and when purchasing just the powder insert, it will run you $32.00. It is certainly pricy, but since I’ve stopped recklessly spending money on makeup, I feel okay about spending a little bit more, as my purchases are few and far between. It’s totally understandable that not everyone wants to spend so much on makeup, and I don’t want anyone to feel bad about not purchasing any of the products I talk about. I never want my blog to feel as though I’m trying to push products on you, I just want to share my life with all of you! Never feel pressured to buy what I mention! And the other way, too! If you LOVE any of these products, please don’t feel as though I’m judging you. Nothing is one size fits all, especially makeup, so some of these powders may be PERFECT for you! It’s all just my experience!!! I’d love to hear from y’all!!!

As I’m writing this, I’ve recently used up all of these, except for the Wet N Wild one. I hope to be purchasing the Elate Cosmetics pressed foundation soon, and I will be sure to create a blog post reviewing it.

I know this may sound silly, but the more beauty products I use up, and the smaller my collection grows, the happier I feel. I have such bad buyer’s remorse, and I feel guilty for buying things that I don’t have great use for. I used to be such an impulsive shopper, and I feel like I’m still paying for it! It’s so great feeling like I’m creating a collection of makeup compiled with products that I can feel good about, and that I genuinely enjoy! It’s so wonderful to have just the products that you LOVE. Every time I use something up, I can’t help but think that when we end up moving, it’s one less thing we’ll have to pack up. This of course extends to other areas, like skincare products, clothing, and shoes, to name a few.

Thank you so much for reading, my dear friends!

And as always, if I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know!


Mattie Mae

Makeup Looks · Uncategorized

Minimizing my Makeup Collection.

Hello, my dear friends! I’m writing this post for you on another day that is just on the cusp of fall. And once again, it has me feeling very cozy and content.

I wanted to write a blog post today about minimizing my makeup collection. My makeup collection is decent sized, I would say. I think some people could view it as me having way too much stuff, and some people could see it and think it’s nothing! It’s just somewhere in-between, I think. I wanted to start another segment on my blog about my journey with not only condensing my makeup, but also what I plan on replacing the items with once they’re used up.

The categories I’m going to feature are:

  • Blush
  • Bronzer/Contouring Products
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow Singles / Eyeshadow Palettes
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Lipstick
  • Lipgloss
  • Eyebrow powder/pomade/pencils
  • Highlighter

Makeup is so fun to experiment with, and I don’t think that I’ll ever not love it, but, I want to be more mindful in my purchasing of makeup. I want to still have fun products that I can play with, but I don’t want to have makeup that I don’t like or don’t use. I want to find the best of the best for each category of makeup, and I thought I’d take all of y’all along for the journey!

I’m one of those people that can’t seem to get rid of makeup no matter how old it is, or how unflattering it is on me. I hate getting rid of makeup when it can still be used! So, my goal for this is to use up all of the makeup products I do not care for, and replace them with items that are better for me, and better for the Earth!

I’m thinking as I do each makeup type, I’ll link them so that you can go read all of them through this blog post!

I’m really excited for this process, and I’ve been doing some research on different products and companies, and I’m so excited to share everything I’ve learned with all of you! This post is kind of the equivalent to a movie trailer, I suppose. A little teaser! I’m hoping to start our first segment of it on Friday, so look out for that!

Thank you so much for reading, my friends!


Mattie Mae

Makeup Looks · My Favorite Recipes

My No-Nonsense Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe.

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday to you all! I can’t believe that every day is bringing us closer and closer to September! How the heck did summertime pass so quickly? Personally, fall is my favorite season, so I’m getting really excited. I can’t wait to start decorating for fall.

Today’s blog post is all about my mashed potato recipe. I’m sure it’s nothing new or too unique, but Bobby and I really enjoyed it when I made it the other day.

Ingredients Needed.

  • Four medium red potatoes. (You can, of course, use whatever type of potatoes you prefer, but red potatoes are my absolute favorite. And of course you can use more or less potatoes, depending on how much you want. This ended up making six servings!)
  • Earth Balance Vegan Butter. (You don’t need to use vegan butter, but Bobby and I love how the Earth Balance tastes.)
  • Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. (AGAIN, you don’t have to use almond milk, but it’s just what we end up buying instead of other types of milk.)
  • Garlic Powder.
  • Kernel Seasoning’s Garlic Parmesan Popcorn Seasoning.

Okay, friends! Here we go. When I cook, I tend to freestyle it. I taste it and then decide if it needs more of this or more of that. SO, this “recipe” isn’t going to be very exact.


  1. Wash your potatoes!
  2. Cut up your potatoes into evenly sliced pieces. I cut mine up pretty fine because I like my mashed potatoes to be very smooth, but if you like your mashed potatoes a little chunkier, I would cut them into slightly bigger pieces.
  3. Put a pot of water on the stove to boil.
  4. After the water has begun to boil, you can plop your potatoes into the water. I cooked them for about twenty minutes, which made them VERY tender.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, I put them into my mixer.
  6. At this point, I began to put in some almond milk. I poured some in, turned on the mixer, and repeated until it was the consistency I wanted. I would say it ended up being around half a cup.
  7. After the almond milk, I put in about two tablespoons of vegan butter.
  8. I mixed it all together so it was nice and creamy.
  9. My last step for all of this was to put in some of the garlic powder and then the garlic parmesan seasoning. I alternated between the two until I got it tasting juuust right!

I served it with a protein and a vegetable and it made for the perfect meal! It’s nothing revolutionary, but I thought I would share it with all of you, my dear internet friends!

Thank you so much for reading, friends!


Mattie Mae

Makeup Looks

Playing with Makeup: Sunset Eyes.

Hello, my friends! Today’s blog is dedicated to a makeup look that I did yesterday. I feel like I don’t need to say that I’m not a professional makeup artist, but I will say it nonetheless. I will also say that taking photos of makeup is so tricky! Seeing your skin up close like that is sort of scary, haha. And moments like that are where I try to remember that not every photo I see on social media is the real deal. Some are very, very edited. And my skin is my skin, and for that, I need to love it!


I generally stick with this everyday makeup look, but I was feeling adventurous. yesterday. And scrolling through Pinterest gives you plenty of inspiration!

I did my face makeup the same as I usually do it, I just added a bit more product.

As for my eyes, I used my concealer as a base and then put translucent powder over it. After the prep, we’re ready for the fun stuff!

I began by putting a color similar to my skin tone on my eyelid.

Then, I broke out the sparkles! I used the yellow from the Sephora: Star Catcher palate, and put that all over the lid.

And then over that, I put on a beautiful gold glitter

I chose to use the Star Catcher palate for the rest of the colors as well. I used an orange for the crease, and added just a touch of pink to the outer corner, although I don’t know if you can see that much in the photos.

I was feeling extra fancy and decided to put some of the orange onto the bottom lash line as well!

I didn’t add any eyeliner to this look, but I did heap on the mascara!

And then to finish the look off, I used Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick, in the shade Lolita.

This blog post isn’t mean to be a tutorial exactly, but I thought I’d explain what I ended up doing for this look!

Again, I’m not a professional, but it’s really fun to play with makeup!


Thank you so much for reading!


Mattie Mae