REVIEW: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil + Meet Sasha

REVIEW: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil  + Meet Sasha

Hey Friends & Happy Monday!

Another day, another skincare review!

This one might be, well……unpopular.

Herbivore is a brand I’m sure many of you are familiar with. Their skin and body products are minimal, yet gorgeously packaged with jewel-toned hues. As a result, the brand has a huge social media presence, so it’s no surprise that the beauty community seems to be all abuzz about this Seattle-born brand.

I actually ended up with a deluxe sample size of the Emerald Glow Oil as a GWP from Sephora, and I was SO excited to try it out.


Here’s a few Specs/Product claims:

  • Facial oil containing 100mg CBD + adaptogens 
  • Product claim per the Herbivore website the CBD in the oil can “soothe stressed-out skin in need of calm and relief from redness, irritation, and environmental stressors”.
  • Retails for $58.00 for 1oz/30mL bottle with dropper
  • **Because this product contains CBD, the Emerald oil specifically can only be purchased and shipped in the US only (this is on the Herbivore website – I’m not sure about other retailers such as Sephora, Beautylish, etc..)

 

Thoughts:

On a completely superficial level, the bottle and product itself is beautiful. The oil is a stunningly gorgeous green color that definitely catches the eye of any one who glances at it. I would say the hydration component is there, I woke up the next morning with some glow to my skin. I can’t speak for the “soothing” of my stressed out skin, however. Personally, I would not want to apply this in the morning, it would feel too bothersome. I put this on at bedtime immediately before going sleep.

**Also: I used as recommended, about 4-8 drops!

Here’s where my disconnect is: I really don’t think I like facial oils. I’ve never used them really. I love serums and I love good moisturizers of course, but oils are just another story I guess. They just make me feel like I’m trapped in my own face. Is that completely weird? I really can’t say that that’s a knock on this product specifically or face oils in general, but I really just feel very turned off and averse to them now. I would assume this is because they just feel too heavy. Oils aren’t really anything I can massage into my skin or get to “soak in”, they just kind of hang out on the top barrier.

Here’s my other gripe–the scent is just a little *too* on the nose. I’m not a prude y’all, I went to a party school for college. I just don’t particularly love for my face to smell like a joint.

Maybe there would be more long-term benefits to this one if I used it consistently– but honestly it is always an unpleasant experience! 

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On a much brighter (and cuter!) note, I got the sweetest Toy Poodle puppy about 3 weeks ago. I lost my other Poodle after over 16 amazing years, she’s still very much in my heart and I miss her more than words can express. Our new pup (Sasha) has helped us regain some joy again and we love her SO much already! I’ve been sharing photos of her on my IG, follow me if you aren’t already for more Sasha (and of course, beauty!) adventures.

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Has anyone else tried the Emerald oil?? Please share all your honest thoughts below– I’m so curious!! 

Thanks for reading!!

xo

Jena

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used.

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

 

Hellooooo Friends!!

Here with another Skincare review. It’s funny how my content has shifted from primarily makeup to skincare-focused. Makeup will always have my heart and I’ll always continue to chat about makeup that makes me happy, but as I approach 30, skincare seems like more of a priority.

Which leads me to this (quite juicy) gem……..

Fresh Beauty’s Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum. 

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I picked this up on Nordstrom’s website (it is a Nordstrom exclusive for some reason) completely on a whim–No outside recommendations, no Instagram, no YouTube reviews, just me, believe it or not! Something about the combination of words “Glow”, “Juice”, “Vitamin”, “Nectar” just drew me in & had me super curious (and thirsty?).

I read the description to find that this serum is juice-based and contains 480,000 nutrient-based “microbubbles” to give the skin an energized healthy look.

The Microbubbles:

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 Image from Nordstrom.com

Intrigued yet??

Other Highlights/Specs: 

  • Inspiration for the product came from cold-pressed juice.
  • Microbubbles have coconut oil, vitamins C and E and beta-carotene blend with the watery base of fruit extracts and minerals.
  • Skin is “energized” with 24-hour hydration and antioxidant protection.
  • Retails for $28.00 for 15mL bottle.
  • *Direction Discrepancy:
    • The Fresh Beauty Website claims it can be used AM & PM,
    • Nordstrom.com‘s directions say AM or PM

My thoughts: 

  • I have used this for 3 weeks now, and I’ve been absolutely LOVING this!
  • I was a little hesitant because it does contain coconut oil, but I haven’t had any new breakouts or excessive oil production.
  • It smells exactly like orange juice — SO YUMMY!!
  • I frequently use this twice daily in the AM/PM, but I always apply in the evening.
  • It didn’t cause any irritation for me at all, such as stinging/burning.
  • It absolutely gives my skin an instant “glow” and look of vibrance, which I really love!
  • It doesn’t completely dry down and does have some degree of tackiness to it. However, it does not feel heavy, greasy, or oily once applied — the formula is very forgiving!
  • No issue layering with other moisturizers or makeup– I didn’t notice any piling up!

 


 

**A Potential Con/FYI of this Product: I purchased this 3 weeks ago, and after mostly using it twice daily, I am already out! Admittedly, this could very well be my fault for being a little bit too heavy-handed with it. It does feel more like a nourishing moisturizer rather than a “harsh” treatment such as a retinol, acid, etc., so it is definitely more easy to get carried away.

 


 

Overall, I really LOVE this serum!! I almost used it more as a liquid-based moisturizer rather than its (assumed?) intended usage to use a little bit more sparingly.

It really gives the skin such a gorgeous, luminosity that doesn’t look greasy. Because of the unique formulation of this product, I really think all skin types could benefit from the skin-loving vitamins it has. I will be re-purchasing it, and I am fully addicted to the GLOW it gives!

SHOP IT HERE!


 

Do y’all have any new(ish) skincare favorites??  Please comment + share below!! 

 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate. Thanks so much! 

 

New Skincare Favorites

New Skincare Favorites

Hi Friends!

I’ve been on a skincare kick lately. While my skin is definitely enjoying the new purchases, my wallet is a little concerned….

Anyhow, I have a few new products that are really upping my skincare game and I just wanted to post a quick round-up of what I’m loving!

All products linked below!


 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask 

I know, I know. I fell deep into social media’s trap of “Instagram-made-me-buy-it” with this one (Shameless Plug: follow me on IG if you aren’t already @jj_beautyblog).

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Something about the simple, yet eye-catching packaging just sucked me right in. That being said, there’s really something amazing about this product. It is said to hydrate and soothe “stressed skin” with a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gentle exfoliating extracts. According to Summer Fridays, you can apply a thick layer clean/dry skin for 10 minutes and remove any excess after (no-rinse required). I personally prefer to use it as a makeup primer/moisturizer or a sleeping mask. I use a little bit more than a pea sized amount and it really preps my skin to be soft + smooth. I just really love it this mask and I find it to be the perfect amount of nourishment for AM or PM use.

Dry/Combo skin sufferers rejoice! 


 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask 

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Ugh. I hate how much I love this stuff. It is heavily watermelon-scented in the best possible way, and I can’t put this on and not feel instantly amazing. Because the ingredients are naturally-derived and separation occurs, you have to mix it up with each use and the texture is what I would describe as “gloopy”. The key ingredients in this formula are watermelon and hyaluronic acid (HA)— a match made in dry-skin heaven.

I put this on before bed and wake up the next day with the softest, most moisturized skin I’ve probably ever had. This is a BOLD statement, but, you kind of need this in your life and the hype is REAL.


 

Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration Mist 

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If I am being completely honest, I absolutely did NOT need another facial mist, but here we are.

This mist is intended to be an ultra dose of deep hydration for the skin in the AM/PM or throughout the day. Once again, this product has my favorite ingredient at the moment HA. Aloe Vera is a star ingredient as well and really helps soothe sensitive or dehydrated skin.

The scent of the mist is sort of botanical-like, probably related to the aloe in it—  definitely not my favorite scent (THIS one is) and the mister is a little weaker than I would prefer. That being said,  I love how super hydrated I feel after spritzing this on. I think this one is also great for summertime and oily skin because it doesn’t have a dewy or “wet” effect— it simply just absorbs right in and plumps the look of skin. Really enjoying this so far!


 

I am curious to know what skincare y’all are loving at the moment? Does the change in seasons drastically change your beauty routine? Comment below!! 

Thank you so much

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all products myself. Some links are affiliate.

REVIEW: Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask

REVIEW: Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask

Happy Weekend, Friends!

There’s nothing quite like discovering a good skincare product you can’t wait to tell all your pals about! I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy trying out different kinds of sheet masks; I find them an easy and effective way to give my skin a little hydration and radiance.

A big trend in the beauty world at the moment is watermelon-scented products. I love it, I’m here for it, and I am trying out as much as I can (watermelon-themed post coming in the VERY near future).

I found the Purlisse Watermelon Sheet Masks as I normally do, perusing Amazon.com.

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If you aren’t familiar with the brand Purlisse, The CEO/Creator is Jennifer Yen (she’s gorgeous), and she was inspired by her grandmother to create a skincare line that embraced her Asian heritage. Purlisse is also cruelty-free.

 


As I mentioned, I picked up a box of 6 masks for around $18.00. You can also purchase a single mask for around $5.00.

The Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask is a natural fiber material infused with watermelon, aloe vera, and cucumber. These ingredients work together to fight free radicals, as well as soothe and nourish the skin.

  • Watermelon: locks in moisture
  • Aloe Vera: reduces inflammation
  • Cucumber: soothes skin

I have been doing these masks in the morning, as they are very hydrating and leave my skin with a subtle glowy radiance. I think that this mask is a great way to start the day or as an afternoon pick-me-up. The masks are undeniably very watermelon-scented. You can definitely smell it the entire time the mask is on, but it does dissipate after removing the mask. I happen to LOVE watermelon-scented things- I find the smell very revitalizing and instantly mood-lifting!

The directions are to unfold the mask, wear for 15-20 minutes, and not to rinse it off after. I have left the mask on for longer than 20 minutes, and it didn’t irritate or sting my skin at all.

I have found this mask to have the perfect amount of moisture to it. It isn’t dripping in essence and running down your neck, but you are left with leftover serum to pat into the skin. The formula is slightly tacky for awhile, but it does eventually dry down and plays well with other skincare/makeup. The material of the mask isn’t overly delicate to the point where you might rip it while unfolding. It feels very durable and fits well on my face.

I’ve used 4 of the 6 masks, and I must say that I really LOVE these. They just leave the skin with instant brightness and hydration, while being SO gentle! I plan to use up the box and repurchase again to keep in my mask rotation.

Highly recommend these if you complexion is suffering from dullness, dehydration, and just needs a little boost of radiance!

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Are y’all loving the watermelon-scented skincare trend? Also, let me know if you’ve tried anything else from Purlisse– I am very curious to try more!

Thank you!

xo

Jena

 


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all products mentioned myself. Some affiliate links used. Thank you for your support!

 

 

REVIEW: KKW Beauty -Mrs. West Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: KKW Beauty -Mrs. West Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Friends!

I’m so excited to finally have the KKW Beauty Eyeshadow Palette from the Mrs. West collection! I remember seeing the collection announcement a few weeks ago and thinking how absolutely GORGEOUS everything looked. I’m an unapologetic lover of neutrals. They are my comfort zone, and I find that I always end up getting some of my favorite looks out of these kinds of tones.

Everyone definitely has their own opinions about the Kardashian/Jenner family, but I think Kim was an absolutely stunning bride! I love the classic, neutral-nude tones she went with. It all came together for a timeless bridal, soft-glam makeup look!

I also LOVE her long-term makeup artist Mario! You might remember his eyeshadow  collab with ABH a few years back– it’s such a gorgeous palette! He’s just mega-talented, and I could get lost for an hour looking at his Instagram account.

Kim looking like an actual goddess. 

 

 

 

Images Source: https://www.instagram.com/kimkardashian/

 


 

Sorry for all the major fangirl-ing, I’ll get into the palette details now…..

First of all, I love the minimal packaging the KKW line has! It is simple, yet very statement making! The palette is very compact and travel-friendly- you could easily take this on a trip and achieve a a variety of looks with it. It isn’t the most luxe-looking product, but the component feels sturdy and I love that it has a mirror.

  • Comes as a 6 pan-palette with 4 matte shades + 2 shimmer shades
  • I picked up my palette on the official KKW Beauty Website for $30.00 USD. Much of the collection is currently sold out, but I would anticipate a re-release soon!

Pretty Box it Came In + Exterior Design of the Palette:

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What’s Inside!

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Swatches

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I don’t think there’s anything too particularly unique about this range of shades. You could probably find similar colors in other palettes you may already own. I will say that the “Pleeease Marry Mee!” shimmer shade is really gorgeous, and it has a beautiful balance of pink/gold without being overly rose gold (if that makes sense).

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The mattes aren’t particularly powdery feeling or have much kick-up. The texture is a little bit more “stiff”, but I found them really easy to work with and control. The pigmentation is more buildable and forgiving in these, which I don’t mind when I’m working with especially dark tones. The experience with these mattes is quite different than ABH or Lorac matte shadows; if you are familiar with the consistency of Too Faced mattes these are pretty comparable.

I really love the shimmer shadows they put in this palette! They are gorgeous when applied, and I haven’t found them to have fall-out or cause a glitter explosion under my eyes. I wouldn’t say they are the most buttery consistency that I’ve seen in shimmer formulas, but they are very smooth and look gorgeous applied directly to the lid with a finger. For even more intensity, I think they would also work beautifully wet. They definitely make a shimmer statement, without looking chunky or gritty. Because the tones are soft and neutral, you could easily get away with wearing any of these tones to work/school (or at least I would!).

As I mentioned above, this palette isn’t groundbreaking or overly unique in terms of shade variety. What I will say is that every single shade builds and blends together seamlessly to create your look. Because it isn’t a 15-20 shade palette, you can skip the sometimes overwhelming guess-work on which family of shades to work with. Almost any combination of colors you can come up with using this palette is super complimentary, universally flattering, and they all work together so WELL! I would almost describe this palette as a scaled down, more concise version of Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette.*

*Not suggesting it is an exact dupe for now. 

I feel that this is a product that can be fully utilized for just about any occasion: bridal/wedding makeup (obviously!), day time, night time, professional events, etc.! The price breaks down to $5.00/shadow, which is very in line with many higher end cosmetic brands.

All and all, if you’re interested in a really soft/pretty neutral palette..I think this is a great buy. I’m really happy with my purchase and I love that I can reach for it any day to create effortlessly flattering looks!


 

So now I am SUPER curious: did y’all buy anything from the Mrs. West Collection, or do you own anything else from KKW Beauty? Please comment your thoughts/opinions below!! I have definitely had my eye on a few other things in this collection, so I am anxious for them to do a re-launch! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading,

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and I purchased all products mentioned myself. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links may be affiliate. Thank you in advance for supporting my blog!

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Hey Friends!

Whew. It has been a minute since I’ve posted on here. I hope some of y’all can relate to going in and out of “creativity” mode. I think I’m especially prone to this when it comes to writing, I definitely have to be in a certain mind set to sit down and clearly articulate my thoughts in words. I fully plan to get back into consistently posting 3-4 times/week!

Anyhow,  I’ll spare you further wordy-ness and jump into the review!


I had a little single-use sample size of the GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Cleanser, and I was definitely eager to give it a try! It can be used a few different ways: a general cleanser, a makeup remover, and as a mask. I was drawn to trying it out as a mask, as I have several different cleansers/MU removers in my rotation that I love and use regularly.

**For more info about Glow Recipe as a brand, check out my previous post HERE!

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Review as a Mask:

To use as a mask, GLOW RECIPE suggests to apply to clean, dry skin and simply rinse off with water after 5 minutes. I really love the simple, no-fuss ease of using the product this way— it’s not a mask that requires you to leave it on for 20+ minutes and then clean up a ton of residue on your skin. It leaves my skin SO super smooth and soft, and I don’t find it to be too terribly drying/stripping to my skin. The smell is beyonddd! It is my favorite kind of scent—super fresh and fruity

I really loved the results from masking with the sample size, so I decided to pick up the little $10.00 mini (30mL/1oz) size for a little further investigation (without the investment of the full-size for $34.00).

Review as a General (Makeup-Free) Cleanser:

The consistency of this cleanser is a full-on gel. It isn’t watery or runny in the least, but it does have a lightweight feel on the skin.

Close up to note the texture/consistency of the gel:

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As the cleanser comes in contact with water on your face, it does begin to foam up. I really feel like the aim of this product is to clarify and really cleanse. it isn’t one of those cleansers that you feel iffy after using– it is super effective and you won’t be left wondering if your skin is really “clean”. That being said, I think this product would probably best suit normal, combo, or oily skin. If you are very dry, I think you may want to consider something more nourishing. As we get more into summer, this one is working well for me, as my skin is leaning a little bit more normal and much less dry!

Review as a Makeup Remover:

If I am being totally honest, I haven’t done a ton of testing on this for makeup removal. I did use it once or twice, and I felt the need to take an additional cleansing step to remove excess makeup. My favorite cleanser/makeup removing product is by far the Slaai Balm from Drunk Elephant— it’s just SO hard to beat that one! That being said, I don’t think this one is best utilized for makeup removal for me.


I really enjoy using this one as a quick little 5-minute mask and as an AM cleanser. It is super cleansing and refreshing, and I think it is really great for oil/dirt removal during these very hot summertime days in the South. I think y’all might enjoy this as long as you aren’t dealing with excessive dryness. As I mentioned above, you can get the mini one to try out before committing to the full-size (a little does go a LONG way!). The fruity scent is deliciously refreshing, and I LOVE starting out the day with the little pick-me-up it gives.

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Comment Below! Has anyone tried this cleanser or anything else from Glow Recipe? Let me know your thoughts! 

Thank you so much for reading,

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all products mentioned were purchased by me. The sample size was a gift with purchase from Sephora. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used.

REVIEW: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette

REVIEW: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette

Hey Friends!

I picked up Natasha Denona’s Bloom Blush & Glow Palette during the Spring VIB Rouge sale a few weeks ago. I wanted to spend some time playing with the palette and getting a solid understanding of how it performs before putting a “formal” review together.

I definitely have some thoughts on it, so let’s dive in!


 

First, I’ll just go over the general specs & layout of this palette:

  • Retails for $55.00 USD
  • Contains 4 Large Pans with a mirror

Pan Contents: 

  • Two Cheek Products: 1 Cream and 1 Powder
    1. A Cream Blush in “Fuchsia” –described as a deep cherry red with a subtle gold shine
    2. A Duo Glow in Vibrant, Golden Coral (I use this like a blush topper)
  • Two Highlight (or Glow) Products: 1 Cream and 1 Powder
    1. Glow Cream Base in “Peach”
    2. Glow Extreme in “Light Rose” — described as a nude champagne shade

 

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First Thoughts:

The packaging is stunning and feels high-quality. The overall look of it is an eye-catching mix of vibrant pops of color and brilliant shine. The colors are a stunning variety of pinks, light golds, and peachy-pink tones.

I really appreciate the thought put into the design and layout of the palette– it contains 2 cream products and 2 powders. To shield the creams from getting contaminated with powder, ND added in a little plastic cover to keep them protected; I just find this to be a really awesome, problem-solving feature.

Suggested Usage Per ND:
-Apply the cream blush on the apples of the cheeks with a blush brush.
-Apply the Glow Cream Base on the upper cheekbones with your finger or a highlighting brush.
-Apply the Glow Extreme Powder on top with a highlighting brush or your finger for an extreme shine.
-Apply the Duo Glow Powder on top with highlighting brush or your finger for a multicolored shine.

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And Because I am a Visual Learner/Nerd Here’s the Steps Mapped Out:

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Swatching: Left with Flash, Right is Natural Light

From Top to Bottom: Duo Glow, Glow Extreme, Cream Blush, Glow Cream Base


 

Palette Performance:

As mentioned, this palette has a variety of cheek/face products and formulas that can be used together or separately to achieve the “ultimate glow”. I found the swatches to be absolutely gorgeous, and each product is designed to add a unique dimensional complexity to the overall look.

If I am being honest, the first few times I used this palette I found myself feeling a little bit overwhelmed– it definitely comes with a little bit of a learning curve. I also struggled to find the best application method for each formula– it was trial and error in finding tools that applied each product evenly and seamlessly.

It would be worth mentioning that I applied these products after other powder products (setting powder, bronzer, etc..). I didn’t have any issues with the cream products disrupting my foundation or looking cakey.


Palette Breakdown:

Glow Cream Base

  • This is probably the most disappointing product in the palette. While it does look gorgeous swatched and in the pan, I don’t really find that it had much impact when applied. It is a little bit more difficult to blend out evenly, and the overall effect it gives is a VERY subtle and colorless sheen. For me, I found a damp sponge to be the most ideal way to apply it. I am assuming the primary function of this cream is to act as a “glue” to the highlight products.

 

Cream Blush

  • This blush shade is INTENSE y’all! I would recommend using a light hand to very slowly build the pigmentation up using a damp beauty sponge, especially for fair to light skin tones. I found that gently tapping and pressing the cream in helps create the most even application. This was definitely the most intimidating product in the palette!
  • That being said, the color is absolutely beautiful and gives the most gorgeous brightening effect to the complexion. It would be such a perfect bold shade for special occasions or photographs, and it is very long-wear!

 

Glow Extreme

  • This highlight is really pretty and easy to work with–I use my normal highlight brush from Real Techniques to apply it. The neutral champagne tone it has is gorgeous and versatile, you could make this work with warm and cooler-toned makeup looks.
  • You can definitely build the intensity, and it doesn’t have a chunky or glittery look on the skin. It does have some potential to accentuate texture/pores, so I would use a little bit more sparingly if this is something that bothers you.

 

Duo Glow

  • I really enjoy using this as a blush topper. It adds a gorgeous, multi dimensional sheen and peachy/coral glow that I LOVE. This would probably be the product I would reach for to use on its own to give my blush a little extra pop of glow. Most of the time, I don’t feel the need to apply any additional highlight if I have this one on.
  • It is buildable and easy to work with–I apply it the same way I would any other blush with this brush (for a more subtle sheen, a highlighting brush would work too!). The formula is also superb– it is pure buttery, velvet deliciousness!

 

Final Thoughts:

This palette is no doubt excessive and pricy. It can be a little bit impractical, as I have to use different tools to apply each individual product.

Do I think it is a collection necessity? No.

***HOWEVER***

This product is definitely geared toward blush/highlight enthusiasts, or makeup lovers that want a very specialized face palette for their collection. It takes some time and effort to work with, which is fun and really appealing for those interested in expanding their makeup horizons. I do think you can spend the time layering all the products together, or you can pull it out for individual use to accent other blushes/highlights.

The palette has some gorgeous appeal to it, and I am definitely excited to experiment with the formulas more and more! For me, it was worth the extra spend.


 

DISCUSSION TIME:

What do y’all think of this palette? Do you plan to purchase it? If you did pick it up, please share your thoughts!!

Thanks for Reading!

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. All products mentioned were purchased by myself. Some links are affiliate.

Two Skincare Products Doing It All

Two Skincare Products Doing It All

Hey Friends! 

I just have a short and sweet post today about some important developments in my skincare routine! 

All products mentioned are linked below!


I just wanted to come on and chat a little bit about my new(ish) additions to my skincare routine. I’ve been pretty diligent with taking care of my skin each day, and making sure that, at the very least, I’ve removed my makeup before going to sleep. Since becoming more and more consistent with my skincare, I’ve come to enjoy taking off my makeup and giving my skin some much needed care and attention.

The specific step that I believe has made the most dramatic improvement in my skin is using a toner, both in the morning and evening. Prior to incorporating toner, I felt as if my skin was unbalanced and not getting the full potential benefits of my prescription treatment and moisturizer. A few months ago, I really decided I would be consistent with using my Thayer’s Witch Hazel as a toner product after cleansing.

**Note: I use this by soaking a cotton pad and sweeping it over my face 1-2 times. I also sometimes use this more like an essence, by pouring some in my hands and gently pressing the liquid in to absorb. 

Photo of My Current Bottle, a back-up, and my back-up’s back up!! 😉

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I can’t really describe how dramatically this has helped my complexion. My skin is noticeably smoother and less prone to irritation. I also feel like it has helped with texture, as well as keeping my lines/wrinkles somewhat at bay while I’m in between Botox treatments (I have an appointment Monday ;-)!!!)

I can remember taking about a 2-3 week break from the toner after running out and not repurchasing. I really didn’t think too much about skipping it until I saw my skin begin to take a turn back to look more dull and my pores more visible. I also felt like my skin defaulted back to an overly-dry “mode”, and I was seeing dry patches pop up. Since then, I have kept this stuff stocked in my collection and I’ll never go back!

I was so blown away by the benefits I was seeing from using a toner, I  decided to take the routine to the next-level by incorporating Caudalie’s Grape Water Spray— which also has toner-like qualities to hydrate and soothe. The “grape” ingredients in this mist are extracted from grapes in the Bordeaux, France wine region.

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The grapes multi-task in providing extra hydration, as well as reducing skin sensitivity (it is recommended for the most sensitive skin types/conditions, such as eczema.) If I am feeling irritated from cleansing or doing a new face mask, I will always pull out this guy to immediately soothe and calm my skin. This spray just feels SO gentle and refreshing! I think that it works hand-in-hand with the Thayer’s to re-balance my skin to take in the benefits of moisturizer/serums. Because I have seen the marked benefits from using it, I only use the Caudalie for skincare–I do not use this as a makeup setting spray. I’ve just seen such a marked improvement by using these two very effective (and very gentle!) products in tandem.

Overall, using the 2 “toners” has significantly increased my hydration and overall look of my skin. I’m also seeing less sensitivity from my prescription treatments and daily serums. Toning has basically just helped “mesh” all the products together, and I’ve been starting to see significant benefits from everything in my routine! I like to think of toner as the “glue” to your skincare products — it just enhances and elevates your whole skin game!

 

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If you feel like you’re in a skincare “rut”, and you aren’t seeing the benefits you should be from your products, I highly recommend evaluating your use of toners! I just can’t say enough good things about using the 2 products together.

 

I’m SO curious now:

What are y’alls thoughts on using toners, and what are your favorites? Feel free to share below! 

 

Thank you so much for reading! 😉

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are honest and my own, and I purchased all products myself. Some links are affiliate — thank you for your support!

How To Get “Glow-From-Within” Skin!

How To Get “Glow-From-Within” Skin!

Hey Friends!

I think it is safe to say one of the most popular makeup trends at the moment is creating a look of natural “glow” to the skin. While applying a highlighter alone can give a gorgeous glow, it doesn’t necessarily create a skin-deep, full-complexion radiance. I find that adding products in light layers can really enhance the skin and achieve a natural, I-Woke-Up-Like-This Luminosity.

Think of this post as your guide to creating a “no-filter” filter! 

All products mentioned are linked below!


Moisturize!

This “step” is obviously not ground-breaking or new, but starting out with a hydrated base is SO key! It is always best to find a moisturizer that is most tailored to your skin type, and it can definitely be a trial-and-error process. For me, the Bobbi Brown Vitamin-Enriched Face Base has literally improved almost every aspect of my skin. It is very rich in texture, yet so lightweight and hydrating! This one is a splurge, but it’s life-changing.

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Spritz! 

After moisturizer, I love to spritz my whole face with elf’s Illuminating Mist & Set. It creates a such a gorgeous luminosity that acts like a glass-like backlight for the rest of your complexion products. I love that this one is vitamin and green tea-infused, so you’re also giving your skin a dose of good-for-you ingredients.


Liquid Glow! 

Before applying foundation/powders, I like to use a small amount of liquid highlighter to the highest point of my cheek and brow bones. This may seem like an unnecessary step, as the addition of foundation may seem to “cancel-out” the glow; however– this helps create a more dimensional luminosity that will reveal itself more and more throughout the day. There are plenty of great liquid highlights out there, but the most important factor to keep in mind is to avoid those with glitter. Overly shimmery highlights can emphasize pores and skin texture. I love BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter in “Opal” or Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Liquid Highlighter.

The Benefit one is a great choice for more textured skin types. Because it is matte, it won’t emphasize skin unevenness. It really gives such a gorgeous pinky-colored brightness to the complexion. I also love to use this one on my brow bone for an instant lifted effect.

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Top of With a Powder Glow! 

After applying foundation, concealer, and matte setting powders— it’s time to amp up the glow! I can’t even write this post and try to recommend a $25-$30 highlight. I haven’t found many products that hold a candle to my beloved Pure Nude Highlights from essence cosmetics. The shades “Be My Highlight” and “Sunlighter” just rock my world. Like honestly, I would probably bathe in these if I could. These will not give you that blinding, beaming from outer space metallic effect– the look these give is pure creamy, dreamy natural radiance. Think of these as a very delicate “kiss” of glow.

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Seal it In! 

Immediately after you apply the powder highlight, give your skin one last good spritz of setting spray. Of course I love the elf one mentioned above, but I also like to finish off things with my favorite scent from Mario Badescu. This helps seal in all that glow and melts all your makeup together for long-lasting radiance.

TIP: If you’re really feeling like a beaming angel, add another layer of powder highlight before the setting spray drys!

 


 

I really enjoy having a glow that feels understated yet noticeably healthy. I personally feel most confident when my makeup enhances my features rather than covering them up– especially when it comes to my complexion. A good skin day is the best day!

How do y’all like to glow?? Please share all your thoughts below!

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. All products mentioned were purchased by myself. Some links are affiliate. Thanks for your support!

 

A Full Face of TOO FACED!

A Full Face of TOO FACED!

Hey Friends!

I think it’s SO much fun to put a single cosmetic brand in action for a makeup look. It can really provide some insight in the true versatility within a brand’s line of products. In the industry today, not every brand is able to put out high quality products for each category of makeup. For instance, some brands are stronger in putting out complexion products and some are more known for their high-quality eye shadows or skincare.

Of course “quality” is a subjective term, and we are fortunate to be able to choose from a wide variety of cosmetics to try out. For me personally, Too Faced Cosmetics has always been a brand I can get excited about when it comes to new releases and repurchasing old faithfuls. Of course some of their collections have a mix of hits and misses, but generally I am very satisfied with my TF purchases. When we first got a Sephora in my area, I can remember always wanting to go and admire everything at the Too Faced counter. It was just a sea of pink and sparkly whimsy— I wanted to swatch and try out all of it!  I can’t think of a more appropriate brand for me to do my first “full” review on!

Side Question: Do y’all remember TF’s Pink Leopard bronzer/blush? I swear it mesmerized me and I thought it was the most gorgeous product I had ever seen. I would put that stuff all over my face everyday for years and I would give anything to get my hands on it again. I remember having it in the little box and when they re-repackaged it in the gold compact.

Such a treasure! Please Too Faced bring it baaaack!

 

Images from Amazon.com and nordstromrack.com, respectively

 

***Everything I used for this look was all Too Faced, with the exception of my brow products and eyeliner! 


Complexion:

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TF Born This Way Foundation   —I have the shade “Natural Beige”

This is one of my most re-purchased high-end foundations. I always keep it stocked in my collection! I find this foundation to be super versatile — I truly think it could work for most skin types. The shade range is also generous, with 35 options available. It has great coverage and the staying power for me is top-notch. In terms of application, I like to use a foundation brush to buff this in one section of the face at a time. Just the best!

TF Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting ConcealerI have the shade “Light Beige”

There’s just nothing about this concealer that I don’t like. It has amazing coverage and still manages to be one of the creamiest, most lightweight concealers I’ve ever tried. It also has a HUGE doe-foot applicator, which seems to apply the perfect amount of product in one application to all the areas I need it. I believe that TF has recently expanded the shade range in these as well. I really can’t recommend this gem enough.

 


 

Setting Powder and Spray

TF Primed & Poreless Powder 

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Admittedly, this one has not been one of my most used powders, and I haven’t reached for it in forever (I have the loose version, and now it’s only available as pressed). I’ve honestly gotten carried away with picking up newer and more popular setting powders–this one completely got put on the back burner. After pulling it back out to get my thoughts together for this post, I’m seriously regretting not using it WAY more! It is a GORGEOUS powder, and creates such a flawless finish. It’s matte but not in a drying or cakey way– I really saw my pores minimized and fine lines blurred. I can’t think of a better way to describe it other than leaving you with an airbrushed finish. SO STUNNING and I will be picking up the pressed version. Sorry for doubting you, Primed & Poreless! 

TF Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray

This mist is a go-to in bringing my face “back to life” after applying all of my face powders. In general, I’m not really a fan of coconut-scented products, but there’s something about this one that I love (it is infused with coconut water). I just find it to work SO well to help my makeup melt together with a hydrated finish. I’m a huge fan of this stuff and I do highly recommend trying it out! That being said, I have a ridiculous amount of setting sprays I need to finish before repurchasing this one.

**I also love the Hangover liquid primer! I’ve purchased that one several times but I don’t currently have it stocked in my collection. Highly recommend for dry/normal skin!


Blush/Bronzer

Bronzer:

 TF Sun Bunny 

I have a trial size of this one on hand and after using it pretty consistently lately, I have to say that it is a new favorite! It can bronze and very lightly sculpt to create a very subtle luminosity. For me, it is one of those rare bronzers that is the most perfect tone for me in creating a very natural-looking bronze. Gorgeous!

TF Beach Bunny

I used this one to create a little extra “glow”. The lightest shades create such a gorgeous highlight on the highest points of my face. I have to apologize that I am just now realizing that this one isn’t available anymore! The Sweet Tea Bronzer is just as beautiful and I highly recommend that one! TF’s bronzers are an absolute favorite and they consistently create the most universally gorgeous glow!

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Bronzer in “Sweet Tea”A Holy Grail! (Not used in today’s post)

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Blush:

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush — “Sparkling Bellini” 

Ahhhh this blush just makes me so happy. This blush isn’t for the faint of heart, it definitely has some shimmer and shine to it. That said, it is very easy to work with and you can slowly build it up with a light hand. This is definitely one for me that I can never stop applying and I have to force myself to put down the blush brush and walk away! I also love TF’s Love Flush blush line — I have them in a little palette and it’s one of my favorite makeup purchases ever!

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**I also used my Too Faced Mr. Right Powder Brush. I’m usually team “affordable makeup brushes”, but this guy is really a collection favorite for applying bronzers. It feels so super soft and applies product seamlessly. It’s just such a fun collection piece!

 

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Eyes

Eyeshadow:

Sweet Peach Palette

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This is another TF product in my collection that I have fond memories of. I can remember the night before it was going to launch, I set my alarm to make sure I could be one of the first to purchase it as soon as it went live on the website. I ended up waking up a little before the alarm because I was SO excited to get it– social media was all a buzz about it and I was determined to get my hands on one. I was able to place my order and then TF completely sold out within a few hours! To this very day, I am still always so excited to play with it and I think it has some gorgeous tones!

I really enjoy the formula of TF shadow– the do have a more “firm” feel to them. They are super easy to work with, and I never stress about having to clean up fallout or the powders being overly pigmented. The mattes are effortless to blend and layer. I would recommend TF for those who are still getting comfortable with applying eye shadows.

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Image Source: http://www.toofaced.com

I did a pretty natural “daytime glow” look:

  1. Mix of Puree and Summer Yum in the Crease
  2. Peach Pit in the outer corner
  3. Blend in “Georgia” to eliminate harsh lines
  4. “Just Peachy” on the lids
  5. Back to “Summer Yum” to add warmth to the crease
  6. “Nectar” to inner lid for highlight
  7. “White Peach” to highlight the brow bone

Mascara

TF’s Better Than Sex Mascara is SO close to being one of my favorites –I have sort of love/hate relationship with it. It adds volume beautifully and does provide length to the lashes. I also love the wand on this — it’s large and has a really nice hourglass shape to it. The issue that I have with Better Than Sex is that it almost always transfers a few hours into wear! For this look I used an eyelash curler and applied 2 coats on both eyes– it did end up smearing a bit near my under-eye.

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Lips

Sweet Peach Lip Gloss — “Papa Don’t Peach” 

This line of glosses from Too Faced might be one of my favorite formulas ever. The texture is unique and feels so incredibly nourishing to the lips. Despite being an oil based formula, it doesn’t make your lips feel heavily coated or greasy. The consistency is described as being a “whipped oil”, which is a really accurate description of how it feels! These are infused with Vitamin E and coconut oil, so you also get some lip treatment-like effects from it as well. It also has that delicious signature peach scent that Too Faced has in the entire Sweet Peach collection.

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I love the shade “Papa Don’t Peach”— it is such a unique peachy-brown on me. It is definitely one of those glosses that can hold its own as a single lip product or look gorgeous paired with something else.

Swatch:

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I also went back and added a little bit of “Sunday Funday” in their Peach Matte Finish line. I wanted to dial back the warm brown in the gloss and create a more neutral lip. I don’t often reach for a matte lip but the formula on these is so rich and creamy–the packaging is also JUST stunning!

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Final Look: Glowy, Daytime Glam

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I apologize if this post is a little bit rambly and all over the place. I just wanted to walk you through my thoughts on several products I have within the Too Faced line. Of course I have other TF things in my collection, and it was hard to narrow down what I wanted to feature today. I’ll continue to be excited about all of TF’s releases, and I just appreciate the innovation they bring to the cosmetic industry.

I’d love to do additional reviews on any other TF products y’all might be interested in– feel free to let me know! 

Share your thoughts below: How do y’all feel about Too Faced? What brands do you have the most things from in your own collection? 

COMMENT BELOW 😉

Thanks for reading

xo

Jena

 


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored, all products were purchased by myself. All opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for your support!! 

Foundation Friday: A Matte Foundation for Dry Skin?

Foundation Friday: A Matte Foundation for Dry Skin?

Hey friends!

Today I have a new (to me) foundation to discuss!

I was looking through my sample stash of makeup that I’ve acquired over the last few months, when I found a few shades of Dior Forever Wear High Perfection Skin-Caring Matte Foundation SPF 35.

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Image Source: Nordstrom.com

I ended up mixing the shades 3N and 4N in a 1-to-1 ratio, as well as my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer to further brighten.

Specs: 

  • Claims to provide medium-to-full coverage that stays flawless for up to 24 hours
  • Velvety matte finish
  • Dior recommends for Normal, Dry. Oily, and Combo Skin
  • 1oz is $52.00 USD
  • 28 Shades Available categorized by 6 different undertones

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Pansy Extract Hydration Booster
  • Rose Hip Extract

 

My Sample: (I misplaced the top of the 3N, so it isn’t very photogenic)

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**It looks like Dior updated the formula on this recently, I’ve never tried either so I can’t provide any personal comparisons between the old vs. new.**

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Image Source: Nordstrom.com

 


My skin has been on the dry side the past few months and I’m going on my 3rd month of a prescription retinol. However, it has been getting HOT and humid here in Tennessee (as I write this, the high today was 86 degrees with over 50% humidity!) WOOF! As summer gets closer and closer, I’ve been noticing that my dewy foundations haven’t been looking so great after a few hours of wear (mostly just in the T-Zone). I’m not sure if this is my skin adjusting more to the retinol, or if I’m on a good moisturizing regimen, or if the humidity is just making me a little bit more oily?

Regardless, I wanted to use a more matte foundation to see how it would hold up for me!

I really didn’t know what to expect with this product, the only 2 foundations I’ve ever tried from Dior have been 2 totally different experiences: I absolutely LOVE Dior Airflash Spray Foundation, but the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation was horrendous on me.


I’ve applied this foundation with both a sponge and foundation brush — I found the brush applied the product MUCH easier. The sponge made it a little bit harder to work with and took about twice as long to blend out. It tends to set up relatively fast, so I would recommend applying this foundation in sections—it’s not one that you want to dot all over your face before blending.

The consistency of the liquid is a little bit more on the thick side. If you put a drop on your hand (I always do this test), it won’t move much or run down.

Small Drop to Get an Idea of the Consistency: (I lightened it with concealer for a better shade match–this is 4N)

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I was really surprised how lightweight it felt and looked on my skin once I got it completely applied– I was able to build it to full coverage using a brush. It’s definitely not a foundation that feels uncomfortable or mask-like. It also has a very subtle scent of sunscreen, but that dissipates very quickly once it gets blended out.

The final look was SO PRETTY– I couldn’t believe how even it made my skin look! My fine lines also looked minimized (I’m about 2 months overdue for Botox), and it didn’t emphasize any dry areas. The finish is just a really natural soft matte look. I didn’t have any cakey areas in my “trouble” zones — near my nose and forehead.

Such a beautiful finish!

Photos Taken in Natural Sunlight at 1:52PM– about 1.5 Hours After Initial Application: 

 

I ventured out in the heat for a few hours for errands, so I was really curious to see how it was going to hold up!


Here’s my mid-day check-in, a little over 4 hours of wear:

  • You can start to see some “dew” after being out that afternoon. Pores are a little bit more visible, but the coverage is holding strong with no cake! No touch ups needed.

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Here’s the 8PM check-in — Total of 8 hours of wear. You can see I have some shiny areas, and it was broken apart near my jawline. I have a horrible habit of resting my chin on my hand, so this happens more often than not!

 

This foundation really surprised me! I didn’t feel the need to touch up or powder all day. My pores really didn’t get much worse or more visible after the mid-day check in. I also didn’t have issues with texture/scarring being emphasized. The foundation didn’t break apart anywhere else except near the chin, which was because of my horrible face-touching habit. It’s a REALLY gorgeous foundation, and it just perfects the complexion without weighing you down.

This one was a winner for me–I’m picking it up for summer!

 

………..Wait, am I a matte foundation person now?

 

 


 

Has anyone tried this magic before? People with dry/normal(ish) skin: what other matte-foundations do you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!!

 

Thank you so much

xo

Jena

 


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I used samples of this product. Some images are sourced from http://www.nordstrom.com. Some links are affiliate– Thank you for your support!

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

Hey Everybody!

I wanted to talk about a few awesome (super EASY!) skincare routine products. Sometimes its SO NICE to have a group of products you can rely on to be convenient and fuss-free.

The reality is, I don’t always have the energy for a 10-step skincare routine or the time to spend 45+ minutes on makeup. I’m always interested in trying out effective beauty products that provide maximum results with minimal effort.

All products are linked with each description below!


Here’s Some of My Quick & Simple Favorites: 

Olay Daily Facials — Hydrating 5-in-1 Cloths

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I was instantly hooked after receiving a sample of this product from Olay. I was skeptical that just a single cloth would breakdown all my makeup, but these guys really work so well! After using my sample cloth, I went online and ordered more the same day!

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These cloths might be the epitome of easy, lazy-day skincare- Olay claims that these provide 5 different benefits in 1 step: remove makeup, scrub, tone, mask, and cleanse. They are amazingly effective at removing makeup, and my face feels super clean after using them.

They are also just a fun experience to use — you wet a dry cloth and it turns into a really rich lather. The formula is soap-free, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve just stripped off all the hydration in my skin. They literally just wipe away all my makeup, including my face and eye products. The areas around my eyes are most prone to irritation, and these do not sting/burn me. These are just a super refreshing experience, and I don’t feel the need to do any additional steps other than moisturizer/SPF (I wouldn’t recommend skipping these).

I don’t use these consistently everyday, but I find myself using them at least once a day (in AM or PM) several times per week. I find the price-point relatively budget-friendly, you can purchase a 66-count box of cloths for $8.99 USD on Amazon. They are just such an effective time saver, and I would especially recommend them for rushed early mornings and travel.


Aveeno Positively Radiant 60-Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser 

This product is SO GOOD! I’ve been trying random sheet masks here and there, along with my Drunk Elephant Baby Facial. I love the DE Mask, but you have to invest the time into applying it, letting it sit for 20 minutes, then getting up to rinse it off. This sounds embarrassingly lazy, but some days I’m just SO TIRED. I just want to remove my makeup, have perfect skin, and be done with it!

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I found this gem browsing Amazon because…….online shopping of course! It sounded kind of cool and interesting, and I’ve always loved Aveeno products.

Specs:

  • Formulated with glycolic acid and kaolin clay
  • Also contains moisture-rich soy and lemon-peel extract
  • Claim from Aveeno: “Skin brightening facial cleanser works with the steam of shower to deeply but gently exfoliate dead skin, dirt and oil. It transforms dull, tired-looking skin into bright, velvety soft skin in just 1 minute.”

Just as the name suggests, you apply this in the shower on damp skin for 60 seconds. I like to spend about 20-30 seconds massaging it in and the rest of the time I just let it soak up the steam.

The consistency is pretty thick but it feels SO super nourishing and moisturizing. It contains little “scrubbies” as I like to call them, to provide physical exfoliation. I haven’t had any irritation or weird reactions to it.

I can’t speak to this product improving my skin “texture and tone” right away, but it literally makes my face feel the smoothest it has ever felt. It leaves my skin baby soft and nourished. I typically use this at night when I shower, but I know it also preps and smooths the skin for makeup application beautifully. If you need super easy “I-just-got-a-facial” feeling skin, try this out!


Jergens Moisturizers/Self-Tanners

Can’t stop won’t stop obsessing over these products from Jergens, y’all! 

I’ve raved about their Wet Skin Moisturizer that you apply after a shower. It softens and gives such a natural healthy glow after a few uses. It has really transformed my skin after using it consistently over the last few months. If you’re not into self-tanning, they have other options in the line that both smell and moisturize heavenly. My husband teases me because we have so many empty bottles I need to clean out of the shower, and I’m always having a new bottle delivered. Obsessed.

I’ve also started using Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Self-Tanner (the opposite time of the day that I shower). It really goes beyond just providing color— it actually feels very moisturizing on the skin.

Side Note: I buy the Medium to Tan shade, but both products also come in Fair to Medium

I just love that these products give you a little bit of a base tan and hydrate the skin in one-step. I rarely feel the need to apply actual self tanner now, so it keeps my routine simple and fast!


Drybar Double Standard Cleansing & Conditioning Foam

I’ve talked a little bit about some of my go-to hair products in a previous post. I like to keep my hair routine simple and easy– I really don’t get excited about spending time styling it or buying a ton of new haircare products [with the exception of dry shampoo].

When I saw this foam from Drybar that claimed to cleanse and condition in a 1-step wash, it definitely had my attention.

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This product was a little bit of a learning curve for me- it was definitely not a love-at-first use experience. However, after several uses and tweaking my methods of application, I’ve really come to love this stuff! It cuts my shower time almost in half, and its SO perfect for days when you need to get ready and out the door quick!

The initial consistency of this product feels like a silky, gel-like cream. You then work it into a foam by rubbing it between your hands BEFORE applying it to your wet hair. I have found that about a quarter sized amount is perfect for me– a little goes a long way! The first time I used this, I used WAY too much and although my hair was super soft, it was too weighed down and looked very flat.

Once I got the hang of using this, it now literally takes seconds to wash/condition my hair. The foam rinses out very easily with no leftover residue, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive scalp. Also, I don’t feel the need to use additional leave-in products after– the shampoo/conditioner balance provides the perfect amount of clarity and moisture. I just absolutely LOVE the ease and convenience of this stuff!


Have y’all used any of these products? Also please share some of your go-to products that simplify your life!

Comment Below!

Thank you so much

xo

Jena


FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all the products myself. Olay did send me one (1) single-use facial cloth, I purchased the 66-count box. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for your support!

$8.00 elf Cosmetics Face Palette LOVE!

$8.00 elf Cosmetics Face Palette LOVE!

Hey Everybody!!

I had to jump on here and share a new elf cosmetics discovery that I’m really LOVING!

I picked up their Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette. I’m really not sure if this product is “new”, or if I’m just late on trying it out? Either way, the pretty packaging really caught my eye along with the soft, spring-y tones it has. I love me a good makeup multi-tasker, so I thought it was a pretty practical purchase (I love alliteration).

It’s a 4-pan palette with a mirror and contains a highlight, 2 blushes, and a bronzer. 

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I’m REALLY impressed with the packaging elf put out on this — it’s a really pretty mirrored finish on the outside. I thought it was a cool detail and gave it a luxe touch (it doesn’t look like it only costs $8.00!). It’s also a very compact size and won’t take up much room on your vanity or makeup drawer. I love the fact that it has a large mirror — it really makes it perfect for travel or touchups throughout the day!

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Of course I wasted no time unboxing this beauty and swatching her out!

 

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Image Source: elfcosmetics.com

 

My Swatches in Dim Light with Flash

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Highlight and Bronzer in Natural Light on a cloudy day (I don’t think they have an official name)

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Then, the 2 blushes in Cloudy Natural Light: The darker one on your left, the lighter to your right

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I wasn’t initially blown away by the pigmentation of the shades swatched. That being said, sometimes swatches don’t always tell the full story of how makeup actually performs and looks on the skin, especially with face products. The consistency of the powders are SO silky and soft, I found them super easy to blend. They also don’t sit on the skin chunky or chalky, which is especially a deal breaker in highlights for me.

I’m really particular about bronzers, when they apply streaky or blotchy it can totally ruin a whole face of makeup for me. I was SO impressed with the bronzer in the palette, it applied so seamlessly and evenly with my beloved elf pointed powder brush, and I just found it easy to build up and work with.I also used the bronzer in the creases of my eye as a transition shade to give my eyes more definition.

The neutral tone it has is a perfect balance between cool/warm. For my skin tone, I can get dimension as well as an overall look of warmth to my complexion from this shade. I couldn’t help but immediately be reminded me of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer ($30.00) The elf is a little less pigmented than Hoola, but the shade and overall effect on my skin is pretty dead on.

What do y’all think?? 

 

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The highlight definitely isn’t a blinding, super noticeable one. It is more subtle and gives more of a natural radiance effect. I think this one would be ideal for people that struggle with pores/textures that some formulas tend to emphasize. It’s just the perfect amount of “gleam” and a really perfect choice for daytime looks or school/work. The consistency is buttery and doesn’t create that “stripe of glitter” on the cheeks. Personally, this is my favorite kind of highlight and the glow looks very “lit from within”.

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After applying the bronzer, I used a brush to highlight the high point of my cheek. To finish the final look, I used my elf illuminating mist & set spray and added another layer of highlight before the mist could dry and set. This step really locked in the staying power of all the powders.


I really LOVED the 2 blush shades in the palette! The lightest one is more of a warm pink color, and the darker blush pulls a little bit more peachy-coral on me. I used them both in the photo below, with the darker color being on my apples/upper cheeks. I used the lighter color to bring a little “pop” of brightness to the top of my apples only. Really pleased with these!

 

 

Overall, I think this palette is an awesome buy. It does exactly what it claims, in creating a “natural glow” makeup look. The colors are fresh and soft which made me feel feminine and polished for the season. It really does create a flattering, glow-y look that you can put together in 10-15 minutes. I just find everything in the compact to be useful and practical–you could definitely use more of the shades to create a soft and bright eyeshadow look. This palette is everything you need to put together pretty, effortless-looking makeup!

The major drawback of this palette would be she shade range. I think that dark medium to deep skin tones would have trouble getting some of the blushes to show up. Deeper skin tones might also have an issue getting a sculpted effect from the bronzer –it might serve as a better blush. I hope that elf will come out with one of these palettes where all shades are suited for deeper skin tones.

SHOP IT HERE!


You can beat the price of this compact for $8.00! Many high-end palettes containing similar 4-powder products, could easily run between $40-$60! It has really nice shades and it has some similar tones to high-end products. It’s just easy, pretty, springtime makeup!

 

What do y’all think of this palette? Worth the $8.00 or not? 

COMMENT BELOW!

Thanks so much,

xo

Jena

 

 


FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all products mentioned were purchased by myself. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

Hey everyone!

On a previous post, I talked about a few things I was planning to purchase in the Sephora Spring Bonus Rouge Event. I thought it would be fun to also chat about things that I love and highly recommend to check out. All products mentioned today are things I feel very familiar with and have been using consistently for months/years!

All of the products mentioned are holy grail, zero-regret items! 

I’ll try to list out products from the order I use them in my application process. For the purposes of keeping this post concise, I won’t list out a recommendation for every category of makeup. That being said, please feel free to comment below or message me for a specific recommendation on the category you are looking for (e.g.: I won’t post an eyeliner or brow product, but I’m happy to share my thoughts on good options!)

With no further ado…..


My Sephora Sale Recommendations:

Facial Cleanser/Makeup Remover:

Drunk Elephant — Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser:  $34.00 USD

I did a review on this in a previous post HERE, so I’ll try to avoid sounding like a broken record: In short, this cleanser is next-level good. It literally takes off all makeup without a trace and leaves my dry skin feeling hydrated and SO super clean. I love it, I recommend it, and I don’t want to live without it. SO SO GOOD!! 

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Primer:

Ole Henriksen — Banana Bright Face Primer:  $36.00

My goodness this primer is so pretty. Once again, this is a product I’ve posted a rave review on you can find HERE. It just has a beautiful look on the skin without makeup, you can see that it has the most gorgeous subtle sheen. It feels nourishing and I can tell it just softens and smooths my complexion. I’ve found it does help the wear of my makeup throughout the day, and I’ve used it with several foundations with no piling or other texture issues. It honestly feels like a lightweight skincare product that brightens and gives an immediate boost of radiancy. You can also get it on the Ole Henriksen wesbite, they run really great sale promotions from time to time!

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Foundation:

There’s just no way I can only list one, y’all. I’ve got about 2-4 foundations that could be considered my HGs. To only pick one would be like admitting which child is your favorite! I’ll just quickly list ones that I love and I’ve used for years. I’m happy to give additional comparisons on these if y’all would want to see that in another post!

  • Too Faced- Born This Way Foundation: $39.00
    • This was one of the first high-end foundations I ever purchased. It makes your skin look  SO SO good, builds up to provide natural-looking full coverage, and it lasts ALL day on me. I think if used with the correct primers/setting powders, this foundation will work for any skin type. It’s just a go-to for a good makeup day for me.
  • 3. NARS– Sheer Glow Foundation: $47.00 USD
    • Do you ever have makeup products you literally want to hug? Is this weird? If I wanted to hug any of my makeup, I’d have to love on this one. It’s just GORGEOUS and somehow completely perfects and smooths my skin with medium coverage. I’m a fan of the NARS All Day Weightless Foundation as well, but this one holds a special place in my heart. It’s a dream come true for dry or normal skin and I just can’t live without it. ❤

Setting Powder: 

I could write a novel about the different nuances in my collection of setting powders. I’ve got so many powders I love and could sit here and rave about endlessly. Because my under-eyes are the only area that I always set 100% of the time, I’ll just recommend  my favorite one for this purpose.

**I talk about my dark circle products in detail HERE if you’re interested.

Laura Mercier — Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes: $28.00 


I can’t quite describe the magic sorcery that is this setting powder, and it is something you have to feel to understand the uniqueness it has. It is ultra-lightweight, and it brightens my under eyes unlike anything else I’ve tried. I do have lines around my eyes that will get extremely emphasized if I use the wrong powder. While I do still love it, I find that sometimes the Regular LM Setting Powder can get a little heavy on me. This sits on my eye area beautifully and creates a blurring effect that isn’t overly matte or drying. Beautiful stuff! 


Bronzer:

This is another hard category for me to narrow down to one product! Finding a good bronzer is SO personal. What can be a beautiful shade on me, might be too cool or overly warm on you. To further complicate this issue, some people prefer different finishes of bronzer (some like shimmer, others only wear matte finishes).  I do not contour in the most traditional sense–I use my bronzers to give my face a little bit of warmth and definition, I’m not really doing any sculpting per se.

I’ve got 2 products to recommend: a fantastic bronzer for the matte lovers out there, and more of an illuminating one for those on team glowy.

  • Matte Bronzer: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder- $42.00 USD
    • If I had to live with just one bronzer forever, this would be it! It does have a matte finish, but it also has a really sneaky look of radiance to it as well. I have texture on my cheeks/jaw area that can look super emphasized if I use something over-illuminating with shimmer/sparkle. This bronzer works beautifully for me, it blends like a dream and doesn’t ever look streaky or “choppy” to apply. It sits on the skin so beautifully and it is a no-fail product in my collection.
  • Illuminating Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer- $52.00
    • I promise I’m not contradicting myself by saying illuminating bronzers look horrible on my texture. They typically do! However, Hourglass obviously has some kind of magic fairy dust they put in with all of their powder products. It gives the MOST GORGEOUS glow to the skin, and I find that it just glides over and blurs my textured areas seamlessly. I really think this bronzer might be the “exception” for people who prefer matte finishes. It’s JUST.SO.PRETTY! 

Swatches: I have shades “02” and “03” of the LM & Hourglass is “Luminous Bronze Light”

*My hands are much lighter than the rest of my body from self-tan*

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Blush:

I could (and might) write a rather lengthy post on all of my favorite blush formulas/shades. To avoid overwhelming you right now, I’ll just talk about the beauty of that is the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in “Love Glow”

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I think this is THE blush for blush lovers. 

It’s fun to use and when actually applied on your cheeks, it is draw-droppingly stunning.  It has some subtle glow to it, but not in a way that emphasizes pores/texture. This blush just creates the most stunning “lit from within” glow, and I always get questions on what blush I have on when I wear it. You can’t put it on and not feel instantly happy and beautiful. The “Love Glow” shade has so much complexity in the tone; some days it looks like a true warm-toned pink on me, and sometimes it takes on the most gorgeous peachy-coral color. CT is a luxury brand with a luxury price tag to match, so I think that a sale event is the perfect time to pick this up!

Swatches of “Love Glow”

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[Now I’m SO tempted to pick up another shade :-/]


Lip Products: 

To be honest, most of my current favorite lip products can be found at the drugstore. I’ve found so many great formulas with awesome price-points lately that it’s hard for me to justify spending 3-4x the price at Sephora. That being said, I do have 2 higher-end recommendations if you are looking to pick up some new lippies during the sale.

Fenty Beauty Glosses — $18.00

The formula on these glosses have quickly become a collection-favorite. They are high-shine and plumping, without being sticky or greasy feeling. I love the lightweight feel these have, and they also wear really great and hydrate throughout the day! Not to mention, they have the most delicious, fruit-like smell that I’m obsessed with. Definitely give these a try if you haven’t already!!

NARS Velvet Lip Glides — $26.00

I own so many shades in this line, and I just absolutely LOVE them all. This is such an ideal formula for me when I want the pigmentation of a liquid lip and the shiny finish/comfort of a gloss. The shade range is beautiful and I just love the unique consistency in this line. I highly recommend checking these out!


I really enjoyed putting this list together –It’s so fun to share products you LOVE!

Makeup is expensive and it can be really stressful to find something worthy of your hard-earned dollars. I try not to put so much pressure on myself to buy everything and anything during a sale. That’s why I love reading what others’ recommend and try to do some research on what I truly feel MOST excited about purchasing. I also set a budget for myself this year to help prioritize products that would be of the most value to my collection.

Now I’m super curious to hear y’all’s thoughts: What do you plan to pick up on sale? Also, do you set a budget or make a list for yourself beforehand?

COMMENT BELOW AND HAPPY SHOPPING! 😉


Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored, all opinions are honest and my own. All products mentioned were purchased by myself. Some links are affiliate.

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

Hey everybody! 

I’m here today to chat about a moisturizer I’ve been trying out a little over a week now, the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer from GLOW RECIPE.

I got a little 0.3oz/10mL sample size of this guy from Sephora, I’ve been SO excited to give it a try for months now. I haven’t had the courage to purchase anything from the brand –I was still a little skeptical and nervous to make the investment in another possible skincare disappointment.

Image of my Sample:

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Product Specs: 

  • Standard size comes in 2oz/60mL bottle and retails for $39.00 USD 
  • Mini size is also available as 25mL bottle for $21.00 USD
  • Can be purchased at Sephora or GLOW RECIPE’S official website

The whole GLOW RECIPE brand has taken social media by storm, as their products are beautifully packaged and Instagram-worthy. I’m a huge fan of all things watermelon– I LOVE anything that promises to have a watermelon scent or flavor. You can’t help but notice that this moisturizer has the same exact scent of a watermelon jolly rancher, which I love. For me, the scent isn’t super overpowering and it does dissipate shortly after you apply. However, if you are very sensitive to smells in your skincare this could be a pass for you.

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The consistency of this moisturizer is very thin and water-based. It doesn’t have a creamy or rich feeling to it at all — I would almost describe it as a very lightweight gel. Of all the gel/water based moisturizers I’ve tried, I think this one might be the most thin. Calling this product a watermelon “juice” moisturizer is a very accurate name to classify the viscosity.  It does have a very light pink-colored hint to it as well.

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Per the GLOW RECIPE website, it is suitable for dry, sensitive, normal, and oily/combo skin types. It claims to hydrate, brighten, soften, and smooth the skin.

Some highlighted ingredients:

  • Watermelon Extract
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Antioxidants

 


My Thoughts: 

I’d first like to point out that skin is currently on the dry side due to my prescription retinol use (most of the time my skin is relatively normal).

That being said, I do not feel that this moisturizer provides me with adequate hydration when used alone. Once I get it applied evenly in a thin layer, it ultimately just ends up feeling sticky and I don’t feel as if it is adding much moisturization to my skin. Even when I added more product to try and build it up, it just got more tacky and didn’t seem to fully absorb. Each time I used this moisturizer, I really felt the need to go in with an additional product to feel like my skin was properly hydrated. I did notice a very slight stinging sensation that quickly went away in areas near my eye/temple on the first few uses. So far, it has not caused any new break outs on me.

Unfortunately, this one will be a pass for me to purchase in the full-size– my skin is just too dry at the moment.

  • If you have oily skin this one might be a great, lightweight choice to try out (it is an oil-free formula)
  • For normal skin, I think this would work best in an AM skincare routine (you might need more moisture in your PM routine.).

I don’t think this product is “bad” or a poor choice, it just isn’t a fit for my skin situation at the moment. I have to stress that every person’s experience is unique. If you like this product- I LOVE IT! I think it has some really nice ingredients, Sephora considers GLOW RECIPE to be a “clean” skincare line. I’m still interested in this brand, so I hope to find a product that is better suited for my skin type.

To Summarize, here’s my personal PROS/CONS:

PROS

  • Beautiful packaging
  • I love the watermelon scent
  • Does provide my skin with a radiant glow
  • Oil-free with a “clean” ingredient seal from Sephora

CONS

  • Not enough hydration for dryer skin types –I had to use an additional product
  • I did experience slight stinging/irritation
  • Comes with a high-end price tag ($39.00 USD for 60mL)
  • Dry down is sticky/tacky on me

 


 

I’m super curious to hear your thoughts if you’ve tried this one out! Was it a PASS or PURCHASE for you? What else have y’all tried from GLOW RECIPE? Also, if you have dry skin what are your go-to moisturizers?

Please share all your thoughts/suggestions in the comments!! 

 

Thank you so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored, all opinions are honest and my own. Product came in a value set purchased by myself. No affiliate links used.

Glossy, BERRY Lip Obsession

Glossy, BERRY Lip Obsession

Hey everybody!

I’ve recently become obsessed with berry-toned lip colors. More specifically, GLOSSY berry-toned lip colors. I have come across some really amazing lip formulas that feel just as good as they look.

I’ve rounded up 3 different products that each give off a uniquely gorgeous BERRY-like shade.

 


 

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick — “Gleaming Plum” 

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I have raved about this line of lipsticks from L’Oreal over and over! They are just SO GOOD!

The shade “Gleaming Plum” is probably one of the most rich, unique lipstick colors I’ve seen in a while. It is just so gorgeously complex in tone, and indescribably plum-y in the best possible way! This shade has a perfect balance of cool/warm tones that makes it look beautiful to wear year-round. “Gleaming Plum” is definitely a color that really surprises you in the best possible way!

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The formula in these lipsticks are probably the most nourishing I’ve ever tried; They truly feel like a super-hydrating lip balm. I would not say that this product is long-wear– I do feel the need to touch it up after eating/drinking. That being said, they are SO comfortable to wear and easy to re-apply.

The shine and radiance these guys have really create a “glass lips” finish.

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GORGEOUS! 


 

Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick — “Risky Berry” 

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I absolutely LOVE this line of lipsticks– the consistency is smooth and nourishing. I would definitely describe the texture as having an emollient “slip” to it. Per Maybelline, this line is “oil-in-stick” and consists of 60% reflective oils to amp up the shine. The packaging is also really beautiful- the shiny rose gold tube looks very luxe. I will definitely be picking up more shades in this range!

You can definitely tell that this is an oil-based formula, but it doesn’t feel like its going to slide around and melt all over your face.

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The pigment in the “Risky Berry” shade blew me away –the color is SUPER vibrant and luminous. It is definitely not a “purple” berry shade — it has some pink in it that can come off a little fuchsia. It’s such a fun spring/summer shade! The swatch above was after just 1 swipe of product!

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Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Cream — “Spiced Berry” 

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Y’all. I seriously can’t believe that this good of a formula exists in the drugstore for less than $5.00! When I saw this line of lip creams be referred to as a “dupe” for this Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Balm (photo below) that has been getting rave reviews, I did not hesitate to order it online the exact same day!

 

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The feeling this product has feels so moisturizing and smooth on the lips. I would describe the feeling as a creamy gloss that shines. It has the soft consistency of a cream product, while still being light weight and never sticky.  It comes in a squeeze tube, and I find the application pretty easy to use- it isn’t hard to get an even layer of color.

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The “Spiced Berry” shade is GORGEOUS and has a very obvious luminosity to it. In my opinion, this shade is a true, more traditional “berry” color on me.

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I would say that of all the lipsticks mentioned in the post, this one is the most long wearing and slowly fades away leaving a really pretty “stain” on your lips for hours. These just have SUCH a soft, luxurious feel!

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Swatches of All Shades shown left to right – “Gleaming Plum”, “Risky Berry”, “Spiced Berry”

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Just completely OBSESSED with these tones! 

Shop these shades here!:


 

Do y’all like berry shades? What are your favorite ones I need to try next? Please share below!

 

Thanks for reading

xo

Jena


 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. All products were purchased by myself. Some links may be affiliate. Images sourced from Nordstrom.com and Amazon.com

5 Brands that Excite Me + Some that Don’t

5 Brands that Excite Me + Some that Don’t

Hey Everyone and Happy Monday!!

I was inspired to create this post after watching my favorite YouTuber, Emily Noel, create a video on this topic. It really got me thinking about not only my favorite products from the brand, but also just how excited I’ve been getting over their new releases.

These aren’t necessarily my very favorite brands of all time, but they’ve definitely had my attention the most lately. Oddly enough, most of the brands in my list are drugstore! I definitely feel like the more affordable brands have really upped the quality of their products over the last few years. I’ve really come to appreciate how great it is to diversify my makeup collection with more affordable items, rather than splurging on one or two high-end products. (Don’t get me wrong, Hourglass, Marc Jacobs, and LM still have my heart!)

This post will be a relatively broad overview of brands/products, but I am happy to do a more thorough review on anything y’all would like to see more of! Just let me know! All products mentioned are linked in each brand description. 

I’d like to add that the brands that DO NOT excite me are not inherently “bad” quality or poor in performance. They just disinterest at the moment due to over-production of new products or other various reasons I’ll get into later. This is not intended to bash any one brand or create negativity.


First, I’ll discuss the brands that are MOST EXCITING at the moment and mention the products that I love the most


Revolution Beauty

 

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My GOODNESS has this brand been absolutely blowing me away lately. The quality of the products I’ve tried out from them have been crazy good and they have an ultra-affordable price tag to match. Lately, I feel that they’ve really come out with unique products that grab my attention to want to try out. All the eyeshadow palettes I’ve picked up have provided really interesting color variations that I didn’t have in my collection previously.  You never feel like you’re walking away with a boring, over-produced range of colors.

Most importantly, I think Revolution has been a leader in inclusivity of all ages, skin tones, genders, etc.. They have AMAZING shade ranges for complexion products to meet the needs of their consumers. It just makes my heart happy to find a line of products that can be loved by all.

In my opinion, that’s the real beauty of the beauty industry.

LOOK at the gorgeousness in their Visionary Palette I recently picked up for only $7.00!

The set of colors just inspires me. PERFECTION.

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I’ve also recently talked about how good their Fast Base Foundation and Bake and Blot Powders are in previous posts, so I won’t harp on it again. If you missed those reviews, you can find them HERE and HERE. Just shockingly high-performing.

I know I haven’t really scratched the surface of all the different things RB has, but I can’t wait to try more. SERIOUSLY SO, SO GOOD! 

Send me your recommendations on what to pick up next!


bareMinerals 

 

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This is another brand that has been absolutely killing it with new releases lately. I feel that this brand is definitely WAY underrated. I hope the brand continues to grow and gain the respect it deserves.

BM has consistently prided themselves on creating “clean beauty” products, even before it was trendy. In my mind, this brand really set the standard of what should and shouldn’t be in your cosmetics. I also think they have some of the best price points compared to other high-end brands. I’m also really interested in trying out something from their new skincare line.

I’m making a bold statement with this, but their lipsticks are my absolute favorite among all other high-end/prestige options. Their Gen Nude line of matte liquid and radiant lippies released a few years ago was (and still is) a complete game changer for me. If I’m wearing a liquid lipstick these days, there’s about a 95% chance its a bareMinerals one. I absolutely adore their formulas and they are top-notch in terms of comfort.

Favorite bareMinerals Matte Liquid Lip Shades:

  • Weekend
  • Swag
  • XYZ

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Favorite bareMinerals Radiant Lipstick Shades: 

  • Notorious
  • Honeybun

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I’ve obsessed over their new Hydrating Foundation Stick in a previous post HERE. It is a dry-skinned person’s dream come true and I love the unique gel-cream consistency it has.

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The newest BM discovery for me is their Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palettes . The quality is OUTSTANDING and the shadows are a buttery dream to work with! I also love how compact they are — these would be perfect little palettes to travel with. I have the Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral, and its been such an easy addition for beautiful everyday looks. I highly recommend you check this line out!

SO MUCH LOVE for you, bareMinerals!! 


Milani Cosmetics 

 

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I am absolutely loving SO many things from Milani at the moment! Everything they release is packaged beautifully in their signature gold color. It is truly one of those lines that visually pulls me in and makes me stop and look every time I run across it online or in stores.

Milani is my personal favorite affordable/drugstore brand for lip products and blush! They have SO many new items I have my eye on for purchase soon. They just have so many standout products that I consistently use in my collection and I just love them so freakin’ much.

Of course, my first Milani love is their baked blush in “Luminoso”. I swear this blush is universally stunning on everyone! It just holds a special place in my heart and immediately puts me in a good mood each time I apply it. I also LOVE their blush shade in “Berry Amore” — it’s what berry + bronzy dreams are made of!

 

I need their entire line of blushes in my life. If this photo doesn’t make your heart flutter, I don’t know what will!

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Image sourced from Milani Cosmetic’s Instagram Account

I have so many lip products from Milani that happen to be my very favorites! I’ve tried several different formulations in their line, and they are consistently so GOOD! Their Color Statement Line is fantastic and feels like a nourishing dream to wear. I’ve got the gorgeous shades Blushing Beauty and Plum Rose from this range so far!

I’ve also been a big fan of their Amore Matte Creams, I’ve repurchased the shade “Precious” several times! This is a super comfortable and pigmented cream texture and looks super hydrating on the lips. Their line of Keep It Full Lip Glosses is one of the best gloss formulas I’ve tried to date- the shade  “Luminoso” is stunning. They’ve also got a new Luminoso face palette with blush and highlights I’m dying to try!

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Image sourced from Milani Cosmetic’s Instagram Account

Here’s all the lippies I mentioned above swatched:

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Next, I plan to try out more of their face products and this eye-shadow palette! 

 

Milani, if you need a new full-time product tester — I’m your girl!! 


 

Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild is definitely a brand that can release some hits and misses. However, it’s really hard for me to complain about the “misses” because this brand is SO AFFORDABLE!

I really respect the fact that Wet n Wild wants all makeup lovers to have access to great products without breaking the bank. They always tend to release products that keep up with current makeup trends for a fraction of the price you’d pay for other brands. No matter what your budget is, they’ve got a great product to try out. I have specifically had a lot of luck with their face products!

A more recent purchase from Wet n Wild is their Photo Focus Primer Water in Cucumber. As a cucumber scent-fanatic, this product is the PERFECT mist to refresh and hydrate my skin. It’s just an instant pick-me-up and I love to use it in several different ways [more on that in a future post! 😉].

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I’ve been SO pleased with the foundations from Wet n Wild, and they so happen to be the most affordable ones on the market! Their Mega Cushion Foundation absolutely blew me away (I’m wearing it as I write this!). The Photo Focus Liquid Foundation could outperform a ton of prestige brands, and costs less than $5.00!

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**Image sourced from Wet n Wild’s Instagram

One of my absolute FAVORITE highlights in my entire collection is their Boozy Brunch Reflect Palette. It’s just golden-pink champagne perfection! For some reason, its a little tough to find so if you have the opportunity — pick this one up! I’ve also mentioned HERE how much I love their Brow Highlighter Stick to brighten the lower waterline and the arch of my eyebrow. It is a spot-on dupe for the Benefit High Brow Pencil!!

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Wet n Wild is just such a cool brand and there’s so many new things I’m super curious to pick up. I love the affordability of the products and the fact that they’ve always been dedicated to being Cruelty Free!

*ALSO: I’m in the process of testing one of their newest products that will be posted soon– stay tuned!


 

ELF Cosmetics

ELF is such an interesting brand to me. They’ve been coming out with cool products that have really intrigued me to want to try out more and more. Once gain, they have some misses in the line, but the hits are amazing ones!

I can remember years ago when ELF was that brand packaged in all black in white that I could only find in a small section at Target. It was crazy to me that pretty much everything cost around $1.00!

My first purchases from the brand were their makeup brushes. To this day, I use ELF brushes daily and they are some of my absolute favorite! Of course, now they have gained more popularity so the prices have gone up a little–but I’m so thankful that this brand puts out affordable makeup tools that work beautifully.

My HG Makeup Brushes from ELF: 

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ELF has also really stepped up their skincare game, and they have several new masks/serums that I’m dying to dry out! It just really excites me to see affordable brands create skincare that can work for any budget. I really LOVE their Illuminating Setting Spray Mist. It’s so awesome for the price and sets my makeup like a dream.

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I think ELF has the biggest variety of makeup primers to choose from, and they have one that can cater to all different skin types in SO many formulations (sticks, liquids, mists, and of course the infamous putty primer!)

I finally got my hands on the putty one, review coming soon! 

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I also picked up their Instant Lift Eyebrow Pencil, and I absolutely LOVE it. It works great and is just as easy to work with as the ABH Brow Definer for me, and it only costs $2.00 (this is over 10x cheaper than ABH for $23.00!)  

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As I mentioned, ELF is just one of my favorite brands to watch because they put out great products at such an affordable price. They also tend to run a ton of specials on their website, from % of entire purchases to free shipping! I’m really interested in trying out so many products from their Spring launches, the Beauty Shield Collection (photo below) is really calling to me.

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I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next, ELF!    🙂



 

Now, for the brands that haven’t been holding my attention lately….

  • Tarte
    • I have several products from Tarte that I really love and enjoy. I respect them as a company and I think they’ve definitely made significant contributions to the beauty community. My main disinterest in their line comes from the seemingly constant output of new products that don’t always deliver the quality for the price you pay. There’s been a lot of products that receive so much hype and ultimately don’t work for me. Their most current releases just don’t interest me at the moment, but hopefully they’ll come out with a product I love and want to share!
  •  Urban Decay
    • Once again, I have an enormous amount of respect for UD as a brand and they have some fantastic products. Just personally for me, I don’t love their most recent new releases. I’m not a Game of Thrones fan (don’t hate me!), so I can’t get super excited over their GoT collection. I feel like many of their releases over the last few years just haven’t spoken to me in terms of the color palettes/tones chosen.
  • Kat Von D
    • I’ve never had a ton of products from KVD’s line, but I can say objectively her liquid eyeliner and liquid lips are good products. For personal decisions, I no longer choose to purchase her products or promote them on my site. We have differing ideologies on certain issues, so it is not a brand I can consciously support.

 


 

So now its y’all’s turn, please share your most/least exciting brands at the moment! If you feel like creating a whole post, tag me in it! I think it was a lot of fun to put some serious thought into what makes each brand special. As a makeup lover and consumer, I think it’s important to take a critical look at what different brands are bringing to the table.

Please share your thoughts! Also let me know of ANY product you’d like more information on –I’m happy to provide a thorough review! 

Thanks for Reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. I really appreciate your support of my blog! 

*Some photos are from the Milani Cosmetics, Wet n Wild Cosmetics, and ELF Cosmetics’ Instagram Accounts

 

REVIEW: Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Sheet Mask

REVIEW: Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Sheet Mask

Hello Everyone!

I hope y’all had a great week!

I had to get on here and share about my experience with a new mask I recently discovered. I’ve really been loving sheet masks lately; They are definitely less fussy than traditional wash off face masks and I LOVE the added hydration you get from leftover essences!

I’ve seen the brand Saturday Skin on social media and on several different retailers’ websites, so I became really curious to try something from the line. The brand was started in South Korea, where all the skincare magic is happening, so I was so eager to try something out from the line!

I’ve always struggled with dullness/tiredness in my complexion. No matter how much I hydrate or exfoliate, I haven’t found a lot of skincare products that immediately provide me with a natural radiance or glow.

 


After reading several “glowing” (pun intended) reviews on the Spotlight Sheet Masks, I decided to give it a whirl.

Some highlighted ingredients that claim to “reveal natural radiance” and revitalize dull/tired complexions:

  • bilberry
  • licorice
  • lotus extract

It is FREE OF: Parabens, sulfates, and added fragrance & dyes. The brand is also vegan.

The suggested use is pretty straight-forward: you remove from the packaging by carefully unfolding the mask, smooth to conform to your face, and allow to set for 20 minutes.


My first impression of the mask is that it is quite a bit more thick than other sheet masks I’ve tried. It seemed very unique to me, as the “fabric” is much more durable than others. It doesn’t have the paper thin feeling that you might accidentally rip it that other sheet masks tend to have. I would describe the feeling of the material as mesh like— it has the feeling of a more thin, breathable medical gauze.

*I took photos of the mask AFTER I finished using it below — hopefully you can tell it is a super durable material, with 2 separate layers. I think this design helps to allow the mask absorb and deposit the serum into the skin.

 

 

The mask itself was completely saturated in the essence, but it wasn’t dripping or running down my neck as I applied it. It easily stayed in place once I had it smoothed out — I was able to walk around the house without it sliding or falling off my skin. (Of course UPS dropped off a package when I had it on! ;-/). It really didn’t have a detectable scent and the leftover serum in the pouch was clear and gel-like.

I kept the mask on the full 20 minutes, and I didn’t ever have any stinging or issues with irritation. (I’ve been dealing with sensitivity issues since starting a prescription retinol, so I was very pleasantly surprised).

It just felt SO cooling and hydrating —which I absolutely LOVE in a skincare treatment!

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After taking it off, I used the excess serum left over in the pouch and smoothed all of it onto my face and neck. This is not a required step, but I decided to use my chilled jade roller to further press the product in for maximal absorption

SO much relaxation for a weekday afternoon!

I really, really enjoyed this mask, and I feel like it did plump up my skin and just overall revitalize my complexion. It feels like one of those gentle skincare products that you see benefit from pretty quickly without over stripping or drying out my skin. I’ll definitely keep this in my skincare rotation, especially for special events or times when I need an extra radiance and glow! It’s also just an amazing pick-me-up after a long, stressful day. Such a nice product!

*Here’s my before/after photos, taken about 1 hour apart:

 


 

So what do y’all think? Do you see any improvement or is the before/after about the same? Please share your thoughts below!

Also, please comment your favorite sheet masks!


 

*Again, you can purchase the masks in a 5-count pack for $30.00 HERE 

 

 

Thank you SO much!

xo,

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. I appreciate your support of my blog!

 

Luxury Dupe Series: Revolution Beauty Bake & Blot Powders

Luxury Dupe Series: Revolution Beauty Bake & Blot Powders

Hey everyone!!

Today’s post will be the first in a series discussing new affordable makeup finds that could be considered “dupes” to high end, luxury brands.

I should say that I don’t love the term “dupes”. That word feels very limiting to me.

As a textbook perfectionist over-analyzer, that word just makes everything seem so black and white- it feels like I’m suggesting that two products are exactly alike with no grey area. I would never want to mislead or make anybody feel that I’m putting out disingenuous information.

I feel more comfortable in saying that upon application, these products perform and create a very SIMILAR effect compared to more expensive items.

Regardless, these products really impressed me and I couldn’t wait to share them! For simplicity and all-intensive purposes in this series, I’ll just refer to these as “dupes” instead of “very similar performing-products.” 

I decided to split up the products into different posts to make sure each had an equal amount of detail and discussion, without overloading y’all with a long-winded novel!

 

Without further ado, let’s get to the first DUPE…


 

Luxury Item:

Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in “Mirage Filter 40” — $49.00

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The “Dupe”:

Revolution Beauty— Bake & Blot Powder in “Banana” — $8.00

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I picked up the Revolution Beauty powder kind of on a whim, I had seen it online/stores and something about it really intrigued me. Everything that I’ve tried from this brand so far has been great quality and completely exceeded my expectations. I do like to reach for a banana powder when I want an added level of brightness to my under eye area, center of forehead, etc.. I’ve loved the Marc Jacobs palette for awhile, it mattifies and brightens beautifully! It is my go-to product for touch-ups throughout the day as well. The consistency of the powder is silky and it just feels overall luxe.

  • The Revolution Beauty powder is super similar in texture to the MJ, it feels smooth and lightweight in application and has a very obvious blurring effect. I do think the Revolution one is slightly less matte than the MJ, which is more beneficial to my dry skin. It blurs pores and I haven’t had issues with it settling in my fine lines! I also love that it almost has a pearlescent quality to it in light, but it doesn’t look shimmery or glittery. That being said, I do still think it is a versatile powder and would work for a lot of skin types and textures.
  • I’m really LOVING this one so far, and you really can’t beat the awesome price ($8.00)!
  • It’s also available in 10 (!!) different shades, so I think many skin tones can find a nice match. SO GOOD!

Swatches:

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I also did a side-by-side wear test (about 7-8 hours total) to compare the 2 powders

  • I applied both powders the same, with 2 different clean Beauty Blenders
  • I didn’t feel that either one had superior staying power over the other

This photo was taken about 45 min-1hr after first applying

As you see it on the screen: Marc Jacobs is on your left & Revolution is to your right.

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What do y’all think? Does any side look better/worse/the same??


 

Has anyone tried the Revolution Bake & Blot powders or anything else from the brand??Please share your comments/thoughts below!

 

*You can pick up the Revolution Bake & Blot Powders HERE

 

I’ll be back soon with more dupe-tastic discussion! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo

Jena

 

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

 

 

 

 

SPRING Makeup Inspiration

SPRING Makeup Inspiration

Hey everybody!

Last Saturday, I was casually scrolling through my Instagram feed when I found this STUNNING makeup look posted on Smashbox Cosmetics’ UK account.

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Every element of the look just spoke to me and I had to stop and admire how gorgeously fresh and bright it is for Spring. I’m not sure if its the combination of colors, the mix of tones, or the perfect balance between bold and soft glam that just really makes the perfect statement for me.

I just LOVE this look and it inspired me to look through my collection to see if I could pull something similar together. I’ll chat about the key products used to create my look:

All products linked in each product description section! 

 


Here’s what I ended up using:

Foundation:

1-to-1 Mixture of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation & NARS Sheer Glow Foundation 

  • I wanted a full-coverage base to look hydrated but not overly glowy [these two are my HG combination for a perfect makeup day!]

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Setting Powder:

To create that bright and fresh under eye the model has, I pulled out my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. I LOVE this powder to visibly brighten dark areas, with a smooth/semi-matte finish. It NEVER gets cakey or overly dry on me!

Blush/Bronze/Highlight: 

Blush: In order to keep the emphasis on the eyes and lips, I decided to reach for a more subtle blush that still looks great in photos, so for this I decided to use the shade “Dallas” from Benefit Cosmetics. This is such an interesting product to me— it looks pretty unassuming in the pan, but takes on such a gorgeous and unique color once applied. LOVE!

Bronze: I don’t really see where they applied a very heavy, defined contour on her. It looks more like they used a matte bronzer to give the cheekbones a little bit more of a “pop”. For this, I used the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder  in the hollows of my cheek, along my hairline, and my neck/jawline. This is probably my favorite bronzer of life…….its just so freakin good.

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Highlight: You can really tell where they focused her highlight, mainly on the high points of the face. It looks like a more glow-from-within type of product was used for this, so I decided  to use my beloved Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter from Benefit Cosmetics (this one from Essence Cosmetics would also give a similar effect!).

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Eyeshadow:

This was the most fun group of products to get together! The combination of her hazel eye color and the shades the artist used just mesmerize me. This look would be especially gorgeous on brown/green eyes.Her crease is pretty defined with a warm reddish-brown tone, so I knew right away what the perfect product for this was: The ABH Modern Renaissance Palette .

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This is the photo of the palette looking shiny and new from Amazon.com.

  • It is definitely a better representation than my photo of the boldness and beauty this palette has!

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Shades Used:

  • Mix of “Raw Sienna” and “Burnt Orange” shades in the crease with a fluffy brush–this creates the perfect “not too warm, not too cool” transition shade
  • I took the same shades on a more defined, dense eyeshadow brush to deepen and darken the crease area for further definition.
  • Next (with a light hand), I took the shade “Red Ochre” with a defined crease brush for the slight pop of red she has.
    • Take your time to slowly build the color up, this shade is VERY pigmented. 
  • Then, I went back to “Raw Sienna” on a fluffy blush and softly blended away any harsh lines.
  • For the brow bone highlight, I used “Tempera” for the perfect addition of brightness — this is one of my favorite shades of all time to lift and brighten the eye!

As you can see in this photo, my palette is VERY well loved. (It has been dreary and cloudy outside, so the lighting in all my photos is pretty terrible–sorry about that!)

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*For that GORGEOUS purple shade she has on the lid, I used my Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow Stick in “Plum”. For more control, I applied with my fingertip and patted it on my lids until I reached the desired color intensity.

Finally, To sheer out any harsh lines between the lid and crease area, I then went back in with a fluffy blush with “Raw Sienna” from ABH to complete the shadow!


Eye-Liner: 

It looks like she has her top eyelid tightlined with a matte black liner, and possibly a very thin line just above her lash line. To achieve this look, I used this pencil liner from Sephora in “black lace”.

Her bottom inner eye area looks very open and bright, so I decided to add in this Wet n Wild Brow Highlighter to mimic her a wide-eyed look. (This is basically an 8-hour night of sleep in a pencil!)

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Mascara:

I don’t think the model has any false lashes on, and mascara appears to have only been applied to her top lashes. I used THIS mascara (my FAV of all time) to give my lashes volume and length.


Lips

This was the trickiest part of the look to re-create. I’m still not 100% happy with how the lip combo turned out, but my lipstick collection is mostly neutral. I would consider her lip color shade to be a true fuchsia, so I had to pull out my pharmacist hat to do some mixing and investigating to DIY it! It was difficult to find a combo that wasn’t too purplish/vampy, or too soft of a pink.

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I’m sure a single lip product similar to the one in the photo already exists–please send me suggestions if you know of something closer! I think it might be Smashbox Cosmetics Always on Matte Lipstick in “Throwback Jam”

 

Here’s the products I ended up using:

The Kaja Cushy Vibe High Pigment Lip Stain in “Cashmere” .

This is such a COOL product-it has a soft whipped consistency and the pigmentation is unreal!

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Next…..I topped it off with this NARS Velvet Lipglide in “Rapture”. If you’ve never tried this line of lippies from NARS, you should! The formula is like an ultra-pigmented lip gloss that is SO comfortable to wear. It’s a very unique consistency!

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Here’s the swatches separately and then mixed together— I really sheered out the Kaja product and applied it in thin layers to lighten it. 

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Here’s the final look I came up with!

 

 

I’m definitely not a pro MUA or model like in the photo, but this was SO FUN!

I think that’s the beauty of makeup and the entire creative process; you can find something that excites you and sparks inspiration, then add in personal touches to make something of your very own.

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 **I have to give credit to the makeup artist’s Instagram account that came up with the look —@heatherjacksonbeauty posted on @smashboxcosmeticsuk

The model in the photo on Instagram: @che1seaelizabeth

Also, follow ME on Instagram 🙂 @jj_beautyblog


 

I hope y’all can all take some time this week to find a source of inspiration and create something! I know that’s what sparks the most JOY in my life!

What are y’all’s sources for drawing inspiration in your makeup, beauty, or just life in general? Please share in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena

 

 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by me. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Source photo from Amazon.com and @Smashboxcosmeticsuk Instagram 

FAVORITE Stick Foundations

FAVORITE Stick Foundations

Happy Monday Y’all!!

I feel like stick foundations are definitely having a major “moment” in my life. I wanted to hop on here and list out my favorite ones. I like to reach for a stick product when I want to pull a really pretty makeup look together fast and get out the door. Something about the stick formulas just agree with my skin and tend to work best for me. The easy and effortless blend-ability of these formulas can literally blur and perfect the look of the skin in seconds. Each one has little nuances that make it great in a unique way.

***I should also add that all these foundations (except this ONE) are MOST ideal for dry, normal, and combo skin types.

All products are linked with each product description and again below!


Let’s Discuss……..

 

MAKE UP FOR EVER — Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

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I don’t even know how I can adequately explain how good this foundation is. It’s my first foundation stick love and has a special place in my makeup-loving heart!

When I take a break from using this and come back to it, I have to ask myself why I would use anything else? Of all the stick products, this one probably makes my skin look best. It’s “HD” and designed for photography/being on camera, and there’s a reason for that. It just perfects and smooths my complexion unlike any other.

The coverage is full but doesn’t look heavy— I’d wear this everyday. The finish is gorgeously skin-like and natural. It does get more radiant throughout the day on me, but not in a way that looks greasy or overly oily. It sits on the skin like an absolute DREAM! I like to use a foundation brush for maximum coverage and minimal product loss. This is just one that has to be seen to be believed.

  • It retails for $43.00 USD for 0.44oz\12.5g of product
  • Cost is approx. $3.44 per gram.

 

This one is SO worth the splurge! 

 


HOURGLASS— Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

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Of all the foundations mentioned in this post, this one is the most VERSATILE for ALL skin types (dry, oily, normal, combo). This guy packs some serious pigmentation, and it doesn’t take much product to get SUPER FULL coverage. With my dry/normal skin, I don’t have to set this with any kind of powder and it lasts all day.

This effect this one gives off is sort of hard to describe. For me, the finish isn’t dewy/radiant or “skin like”, but I wouldn’t classify it as matte either. It is just a true natural finish that doesn’t budge all day. All foundations discussed today (and my foundation collection as a whole) tend to get more radiant and glowy throughout the day, but this is one of the few exceptions. It blends seamlessly (as the name suggests) and provides crazy coverage that feels ultra-lightweight.

This foundation is IDEAL for special events or more glam makeup days– it photographs beautifully. Because it can withstand more oil or moisture-filled conditions, this is one of my favorite summer foundations. It is the perfect middle ground finish and looks absolutely gorgeous no matter what!

I also love the triangle bullet it comes in— you can be super precise on application for sculpting/contouring.

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The packaging just screams luxury to me— it’s one of those products you want to stop and admire on your vanity. HOURGLASS knows how to put out game-changing products, and this is no exception.

This beauty retails for $46.00 HERE


BareMinerals — Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick

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This is another dry-skinned person’s dream! The consistency is very creamy, but it has a unique gel-like feel that provides a cooling-sensation when first applied. I’ve raved about this product in a previous blog HERE, so I won’t ramble on it again too much–But WOW is it such a great foundation!

The coverage is more on the medium side for me, but it just smooths the skin and makes the complexion look freshly hydrated! This is a great foundation for day-to-day and creates a radiant “no makeup-makeup” look.

The packaging is also very luxe; it comes in a gorgeous gold tube and has a magnetic clasp to seal the formula from drying out.

  • It retails for $32.00 USD for 10g of product and is available for purchase HERE

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I really LOVE this one and I’ll definitely keep it stocked in my collection. I’ll repurchase a darker shade soon for summer!

 


Makeup Revolution –Fast Base Stick Foundation

This is the most recent addition to my collection and it completely blew me away!

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The formula is rich and creamy, and it glides right on to create a gorgeous second-skin finish. The application is seamless with a foundation brush—you can create a fresh, full coverage look in seconds. It’s one of those foundations where you look in the mirror at the end of the day and feel so pleasantly surprised at how good your skin looks.

Makeup Revolution puts out great formulas on SO many different products for crazy-affordable prices! The fact that this super high-quality product only costs $9.00 astounds me. In my opinion, this gem has outperformed tons of high-end foundations that have similar claims.

If you’ve been wanting to check this one out, DO IT!


 

Shop My Favorite Sticks:

 

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So is anybody else a big foundation stick fan? Which ones are your favorites and what brand should I try next? Comment all your thoughts below! 

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

xo

Jena


 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. Thank you SO much for supporting my blog!

The MakeupDrop: Better than a Beauty Blender?

The MakeupDrop: Better than a Beauty Blender?

Hey y’all!

I am SO excited to chat about the newest beauty sponge I’ve tried out:

The MakeupDrop Hybrid! 

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I am a super-fan of using sponges for makeup application and I love putting them to the “test” to see how they perform. I use a sponge for it all— foundation, concealer, liquid blush/bronzer, applying setting powder, etc.. Each sponge I try seems to have its own unique pros/cons, and its interesting to see what new feature different brands come up with.

I think that many people would agree that the Beauty Blender set the stage for the hype of makeup sponges—it’s the “standard” for what all new releases are compared to. I have a pretty good collection of different brand’s products, and I must say the Beauty Blender is a special experience. It offers a softness and bouncy-ness that just hasn’t been identically replicated yet. I would have to imagine that because a Beauty Blender is the OG sponge on the block, they will never lower the price. Because I have found SO many affordable sponges that work really well for me, I haven’t bought a new BB in awhile. If I’m going to spend over $20 at Sephora, I’d rather pick up a new lip product or something that I can use more than a few months.

Don’t get it twisted though— I still love me a brand new, bright pink Beauty Blender (I just wish they were cheaper!)

***I’ll list pricing of each sponge mentioned below, but I think it is first important to know that the Beauty Blender and MakeupDrop Hybrid both retail for the same price —- $20 USD.


Naturally when I found this MakeupDrop Hybrid sponge/silicone thing, I HAD to order one and see how it stacked up to the competition.

The design of this sponge is unique– it is designed to be a 2-in-1 tool, with a silicone top and a sponge base for blending. The addition of the silicone is intended to avoid product loss that would otherwise be soaked into the sponge. The suggested use of the MakeupDrop is to apply the product (liquid or cream) directly to the silicone side and “dab or sculpt” the makeup into the skin. Finally, you use the sponge portion to blend your makeup in for an “airbrush finish.”

 

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*Notice the silicone part separates itself out of the sponge portion to minimize product loss. I must say, I love the overall design of the BeautyDrop. It’s a beautiful blue color that really POPS and the brand logo on the back is a really cool touch. 

 

Here’s a Comparison of the BB vs. MakeupDrop DRY 

*****I must apologize in advance— all of my sponges are clean but most have makeup stains I just can’t get out. So not lovely to showcase.

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As you can see here, the sponges are pretty similar in size/shape when dry. A big factor that sets the two apart, is the TEXTURE of the sponge. As I mentioned above, the BB is softer and more bouncy than the MakeupDrop both wet and dry. If you feel that the softness level is the most important factor in a sponge, the BB definitely wins.

Because the two sponges are the exact same price, my expectations were pretty high for the MakeupDrop. 

In my opinion, what really sets the two apart is that each sponge has unique pros/cons depending on your application method.  

 

PROS/CONS Each

  • MakeupDrop Hybrid
    • PROS:
      • I did feel it required much LESS product to build to the same coverage I would get with a BB. The product goes directly from the silicone to your face.
      • More precise application— because the MUDrop has more defined edges, you can really control the location/amount of product you want to add.
    • CONS:
      • The texture is less soft/bouncy than the BB
      • Concealer application is not ideal—the very defined/less spongy edges of the MUDrop made it more difficult to blend product near the inner conner of the eye.
  • Beauty Blender
    • PROS:
      • Soft, bouncy, and more comfortable to use.
      • Superior for blending out concealer
    • CONS:
      • Absorbs product easier, which results in product loss/waste.
      • Less precision in application.

 

Because I’m a nerd, here’s all of the other brand name sponges I have for further comparison: (Again, clean sponges with stubborn stains). I LOVE and recommend all the affordable sponges as well. They each have little unique details I enjoy. I thought the dark pink sponge on the far right was a L’Oreal sponge I love (and can’t find), but it is actually another Real Techniques!

Sponges are dampened here, and you can see that the bottom of the MakeupDrop definitely becomes more dense when wet. I should say that although it does swell up a good bit, the exterior material of the sponge gets extremely soft. Of all the sponges pictured below, the MUDrop definitely wins in terms of smoothest outer surface. 

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Here’s a more direct comparison of the BB/MUDrop when dampened: (Yes the MakeupDrop has a DROP of water….the irony isn’t lost on me ;-))

 


 

I think that the takeaway here is that each sponge has different qualities that make them great. I really appreciate the innovation that the MUDrop offers. To be competitive in today’s makeup market, you really have to bring something “new” to the table to keep consumers’ interests. I think this product is fun and definitely mixes up my normal makeup routine, I’ll keep experimenting with different formulas and products to see this sponge’s full range of use. If you want to spend $20 on a cool new makeup tool, I would say give this one a go!

Is this product a “DUPE” for the Beauty Blender, I would say no. But then again, I don’t feel like it’s trying to be! 😉

 

Shop ALL Sponges Discussed Here:


 

I’m dying to hear y’all’s thoughts on this!

Would you purchase the MakeupDrop Hybrid Sponge?? Also, share your favorite sponge(s) or other beauty tools below!! 

 

THANKS SO MUCH!!

xo,

Jena


 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for supporting my blog!

My EASY + AFFORDABLE Haircare Routine

My EASY + AFFORDABLE Haircare Routine

Hey everybody! 

I’ve recently started a new job, which has led to some changes in my daily makeup/beauty routine. I don’t really have the luxury of spending too much time getting ready each morning, so I’ve definitely worked toward simplifying things to get myself up and out the door in a pinch.

I should say that when it comes to my hair, I’ve always tried to keep it simple. This is the complete opposite of my approach to makeup/skincare, I could devote hours experimenting with products and trying new techniques. For my hair, not so much.

I’m pretty impatient with it and I’d be happy to clip it up or wear a cute ponytail any day of the week. With that being said, I also don’t like spending too much money on my haircare. I typically keep all my hair products affordable and I almost exclusively purchase them at Walgreens, Target, Amazon, etc..

To be as clear and concise as possible, I’ll first outline the steps of my routine:

  1. Shampoo about 2-3 per week (I typically do not use conditioner)
    • I use a dry shampoo in between washes
  2. Spray in a detangler/leave in conditioner while still wet
  3. Brush out with a Wet Brush
  4. Use my Revlon 1-Step to Dry/Style
  5. Use favorite hair accessories to complete the look

For reference: My hair is straight (sometimes frizzy) and more on the dry, fine side. I have it cut to about my collar bone.

***All products are linked in the paragraphs below!


Here’s my haircare product picks to keep things quick & simple: 

Shampoo: 

As I mentioned above, my hair is overall dry and I have a sensitive scalp. I wash my hair about 2-3 times per week— I find it easier to style and build body this way. I opt to skip conditioner most washes, because I don’t like my hair feeling weighed down or product building up. I reach for shampoos that feel more lightweight and cleanse without over drying. Over the last 6-12 months, I often end up switching between this Head and Shoulders one (I LOVE) and this one by The Honest Company.

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Yes, The Honest Company one is technically baby shampoo! I was having issues with skin allergies and this is the only shampoo I could find that didn’t break me out or cause any irritation. I use the lavender one and it is gentle and very lightly scented.

***This is super random, but this shampoo is also AH-MAZING at cleaning my beauty sponges. It makes the process ultra quick and effective!

Try this one out if you’re a sensitive skin type of guy/gal! 


Dry Shampoo:

Oh dry shampoo, how I love thee.

Is there a national dry shampoo appreciation day?

…….No?

There should be! 

I love this stuff. I keep it with me always. Literally, I keep some in my car! You never know, right?? I honestly haven’t been perfectly loyal to one dry shampoo over the years, I do like to try different ones every now and then.

My most important dry shampoo criteria are:

  • It can’t have a weird smell
  • It can’t turn my hair gray/white
  • It can’t have a powdery finish (I want it to feel like a volumizing spray — I don’t need that much oil absorption) 

Because I do tend to go through dry shampoos pretty quickly, I really try to purchase ones that are affordable (less than $10). The only exception to this is one by the brand amika. Their Perk Up Dry Shampoo is worth the extra splurge, and gives my hair an unbelievable amount of body and texture. It smells fresh and clean and doesn’t leave a white cast in my dark hair—-this one is just crazy good! (TIP: I’ve also seen amika products at clearance retailers, such as TJ Maxx or Marshall’s).

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My current AFFORDABLE dry shampoo favs: 

  • Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo:   NEW FAV 
    • This one is my favorite as far as the scent goes! It smells SO fresh and clean. I really feel like this one gives my hair a freshly cleansed look and feel. It isn’t the most volumizing formula for me, but its great to lightly re-vitalize my hair day-to-day without a heavy, weighed down feel. This line also contains aloe as an ingredient, which helps to calm my scalp without any irritation. Really love this product!!
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  • Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo   OLD FAV
    • This product has a lot of negative reviews, mostly having to do with the nozzle getting clogged up. I’ve never had this problem, and I have consistently re-purchased this dry shampoo the most often. It works the longest throughout the day for me, and doesn’t take much product to make my hair feel super fresh. It’s kind of my go-to dry shampoo when I want something I can rely on to “wake my hair” up and get on with the day. It has sort of a nostalgic hair spray-ish scent to it, which fades quickly and doesn’t smell bad to me. I don’t have issues with this dry shampoo caking up or discoloring my hair either. It just feels like a familiar favorite that never lets me down and I’ll always keep on hand.
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Detanglers/Leave in Conditioner:

Most of the time, I skip conditioner in the shower and use a de-tangler or leave in conditioner instead. For me, this method keeps my hair feeling light and enables me to retain and build some body. It’s also way easier to style when it hasn’t been weighed down by a heavy, cream-based conditioner. Typically, I’ll spray my hair down immediately after showering and leave my hair untouched until I’ve finished my makeup for the day. My go-to affordable product that I’ve used for as long as I can remember is the Aussie Leave-In Conditioner. This doesn’t take much product to soften and smooth my hair right away, and I love the sweet scent!

Although it is a little bit more pricy, I ADORE the UNITE 7 Seconds Detangler Leave-In Conditioner. This one was a recommendation from my hair stylist. It is more expensive on the front end, but a single bottle will last me forever. A little definitely goes a long way!

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The Wet Brush

Once the conditioner has “marinated” for a little bit, I reach for my beloved Wet Brush to comb everything out. I don’t know what kind of magic is in the bristles, but it works wonders at removing tangles while your hair is still wet. I’m in the process of recovering from significant hair loss from one of my prescription meds I used to take, so this brush is a savior at helping me maintain my hair strength and preventing breakage. It’s also just a great brush for day-to-day use on dry hair and makes smoothing your hair completely effortless. It is comfortable to use, it doesn’t poke or feel sharp and stab-y to your scalp. If you are tender-headed, have extensions, or just have hair that is harder to manage, this is a MUST HAVE in your hair care routine. Plus, it comes in so many pretty designs and colors. LOVE!!! 

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Drying My Hair:

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer 

I should first say that this is not the most affordable product on my list. HOWEVER, it was worth every single dime I paid and has made my life SO much easier. I purchased this about a year ago and rave about it any chance that I can. It’s simply a HERO beauty product.

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There are so many potential uses for this dryer and it makes my life so easy! First of all, I no longer need to flat-iron my hair. For as long as I can remember, I would blow dry my hair AND straighten it with my flat-iron to help tame the frizz. This obviously took up more time and caused SO much heat damage. My hair got really prone to breakage, loss, and just lacked overall shine.

What I love about this thing is that it dries my hair and makes it look smooth/sleek, yet gives that “va-va-voom” factor if I need to add some body to it. If I’m in a hurry, I just brush and dry with no real regard to my layers. If I’m feeling more fancy and want a more blown-out look, I’ll layer my hair in small sections to dry it. Either way, it dries my hair fast I’m super happy with the final result. It just simplifies my routine like none other! I use these clips to section my hair off to dry it and clip it out of face for makeup application.

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LIFE. CHANGING.

[Side Note: My hair is not very thick, so if you have to flat-iron after using this— that is perfectly fine! I just don’t have the need/want for any additional steps.)

It comes with 2 heat settings and a cool air setting. In between washes, I will use dry shampoo to create a little bit more style to my hair using one of the lower settings. Its also great for just freshening up and removing sweat and oil if you can’t shower after working out

Trust me y’all—-you need this in your life! Check it out HERE


Accessorize!

There’s no way I can talk about my hair without a shout-out to my favorite ponytail holders. I got these as a Christmas stocking-stuffer one year, and my life was forever changed.

At first glance, they look like an old-school telephone cord and I always get questions about what’s going on in my hair. Not only are these a real-conversation starter, they will truly give you the best ponytails of your life!

Behold: the Kitsch Spiral Hair Tie

I do have pretty thin hair, so finding a ponytail that doesn’t slide out of place and actually HOLDS my hair is rare to find. These things can create a perky pony that doesn’t fall out of place all day! They’re also great because it doesn’t take out some of your hair with it each time you remove it or cause the dreaded crease if you want to wear your hair down later. I love these for little top knots or just wearing in a tight or loose bun style. They are super versatile for styling without damage and I end up wearing these at some point every single day.

I promise your hair will thank you!!


All of these different product combos + techniques keep my hair routine pretty minimal and simplistic. I don’t like to stress about my hair, and it leaves time for me to have a little bit more fun with my makeup. The less fussy, the better!

Since I started washing my hair less often and reducing its amount of heat exposure, I’ve noticed how much more healthy my hair looks and feels. More specifically, my hair is less prone to damage and getting a lot of split ends.


I really hope y’all enjoyed this wordy post and got a little insight on how to simplify your own routine. Please share your own thoughts, approaches, and favorite products below!

Also, I am super curious: are you a hair minimalist or  a “more-is-more” kind of person??

Thanks for stopping by,

xo

Jena


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

3-in-1 Makeup?!?

3-in-1 Makeup?!?

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

 

There’s nothing better than getting sucked into an Amazon.com marathon shopping session. I’ve spent hours on end searching for random makeup products, skincare, clothes, shoes. etc.! I’m not sure how I ever lived without this website.

Having said this, I’ve ended up purchasing a lot of random products, especially beauty-related ones. Being the blush-loving human that I am, I stumbled upon these 3-in-1 Lip + Cheek palettes from UNDONE BEAUTY that claims to “Blush, Highlight, and Tint” with customizable “sheer-to-opaque color.” Naturally, I was curious.

I took a closer look at the UNDONE brand, and found a ton of makeup products they offer with the same concept of customizing your own depth of color/coverage. I found the brand as a whole to be super interesting, their goal is aimed at creating problem-solving products for everyday use at an affordable price point. I also really appreciated the fact that they use “natural” ingredients which are vegan and cruelty free.

Each of the Palettes retail for $7.00 USD each on Amazon.com HERE

Of the 3 shades available, I decided to purchase the blush in the colors — “Berry”  and “Blazen”. Here’s how these unique little palettes are laid out:

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  • “Blazen” (described as a sunny coral with warm undertones) is pictured to the left
  • “Berry” (described as a rich raspberry with blue undertones) is on the right

Hopefully, you can tell that the palette is sectioned out in 3 “layers”. Each layer has a different formulation, with a suggested use based on the amount of pigmentation it provides. 

  • The Top Layer is the most sheer — use for lips and dewy* touches
  • The Middle Layer is considered medium coverage- for lips and cheeks
  • The Bottom layer is described as intense — use for lips, liner, and “long-lasting blush”

*The dewy finish is claimed to be from the ingredient of coconut extract

Side Note: I REALLY loved the sleek, minimal packaging these guys arrived in– cute little holographic pouches! 

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I didn’t waste much time to swatch these out and see if they lived up to the claims….

Individual Photo of “Blazen” along with its swatch below:

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This swatch goes from L to R: top section, middle section, and bottom section. I built up each swatch with 2 layers.

Here’s the Photo and Swatch of “Berry”

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Swatch of “Berry” — from L to R: Bottom Section, Middle Section, Top Section

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As I was going through to swatch each “section”, it was really cool to notice the marked texture difference in each. The most sheer layer was a little bit more stiff and had more limited blend-ability, the bottom (high coverage section) was very emollient feeling and deposited color effortlessly. The “slip” of each section increased as the coverage went up. Playing with these was honestly so much fun and surprising to see how much of a difference each formulation change made. I can definitely see the glow and radiance that the blushes provide.

In terms of application, I found it easiest to apply the product to my hand to first warm it up, then use a dense stipple brush to pat and blend in. Like my normal makeup application routine, I find it easiest to apply my bronzer first, then add in this product for blush.  I like to apply a generous layer of the middle section as a base color, then add color to the apples of my cheeks with the bottom section. SO GORGEOUS!


Lip Application: 

As I might have mentioned earlier, with each step up of color intensity the formula gets more opaque and matte. It’s super easy to apply these to the lips; I usually go in with the most intense layer and apply with a fingertip. To add a gloss-like finish, I’ll add some of the top layer for a shiny look. Overall, these feel like a very nourishing lip balm that doesn’t emphasize texture or fine lines on the lips.

The most fun thing about these products and the UNDONE brand, is that you can play around with the different finishes/colors to create YOUR own custom look. I’ve layered both colors together on my cheeks/lips at the same time and created some really beautiful looks. For more precision, you can also use a lip brush to apply the product and smooth or blur the outer edges for a perfected look.

*Check out my FAVORITE lip detailer brush in this set. Such a game-changer!


Overall, I just think this brand has some of the most unique and innovative products I’ve used in a while. I love that you can just play with and layer the different formulations to create your own look. I’m super impressed with the quality of the product for such an affordable price tag, and I think this is just a fun addition to your collection!

I just ordered the concealer product from this line, and the highest coverage formulation is claimed to cover TATTOOS! I can’t wait to play with it.

I’ll keep y’all posted!!

So what do y’all think, is this a brand you might want to check out? If you have some of the UNDONE products, reply below and share your thoughts! I love this little new brand discovery so far! 

Thanks for stopping by!

xo

Jena

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by me. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. 

REVIEW: Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

REVIEW: Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

Hey everyone!

I came to chat about my latest impulse purchase from Drunk Elephant, The Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. I saw it on DE’s Instagram and knew I wouldn’t be able to pass this one up.

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I bought mine online for $34 USD from Sephora. (I am pretty sure the Drunk Elephant website ships to more international locations than Sephora)

I love a cleanser that takes off all my face/eye makeup easily, without having to do 1000 extra steps to clean up leftover product. Considering the claims and high quality Drunk Elephant always tends to have, I had pretty high expectations for this one.

Just a few quick specs on it:

  • Its a rich oil, balm formula that claims to melt all dirt, makeup, & sunscreen off (even water-resistant formulas)
  • DE recommends for normal, dry, combo, and oily skin types
  • A few key ingredients are non-fragranced fruit extracts (blueberry, kiwi, and strawberry) and fruit oils (cranberry seed oil, acai fruit oil, watermelon seed oil) for moisture
  • It also comes with a small tube of Bamboo Booster— a mix of bamboo and charcoal powder to help exfoliate away built-up dead, dry skin.
    • This is an optional step recommended to use 1-2x/week along with the balm. (Due to excess irritation, DE doesn’t really recommend using the booster with retinols. I’m on an RX retinol, so I decided to skip this step for now). 

*Here’s a photo of the Bamboo Booster that comes with the cleanser (not sure if they are planning on selling this separately or not?). It’s a small little 3gm sample tube.

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Suggested Use:

  • Apply to dry skin, and massage the product in with dry fingertips
  • Add water to activate, rinse with warm water, and pat dry OR remove with a soft, damp cloth

**I used this with a full face of makeup on as directed, and rinsed with warm water.

 

The first thing I immediately LOVED about this product was the packaging. I do really like several other balm cleansers that come in a jar, but contamination is always an issue if you dip into it with makeup-covered hands.  DE solved this problem brilliantly, by providing a little scoop that has a magnet to attach perfectly on top of the container. SO CLEVER!

Here’s a photo of the magnetic scoop that comes with the cleanser:

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Random Q: Am I the only one that LOVES how each product in the DE line has its own individual color? Just such a fun little detail I really appreciate! 💚💚

On my first use of this, I think I used about scoop and a half, which was probably a little too much. You really don’t need much product to cover your whole face with a thin layer. I love how you can just rinse it off with water—some products with this consistency require you to use some type of cloth to actually pull the product off your skin.

didn’t have any issues with burning or sensitivity in my eye area. It will cause a little bit of blurriness if it gets in your eyes; if you’re a contact lens wearer like me –you might want to remove your contacts before using this. The balm is also completely odorless, so you don’t have to worry about it being over-fragranced. 

When I washed it off, I was genuinely shocked at how SOFT my face felt right away. It did basically remove all makeup on my face, including mascara and eyeliner.  My skin felt super clean, but not stripped or that overly “tight” feeling. It truly felt like a cleanser/moisturizer all in one step. I didn’t feel the need to go in with another cleanser or micellar water, but I did use my favorite toner on a cotton round.


 

I’ve used this product about 3 or 4 times total, and so far I am so so happy with it. It just works SO well and truly melts everything off. I would compare the effectiveness to the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, which I also love; but this one really provides a higher level of moisture and noticeable smoothness to my skin. Because the effects of this cleanser aren’t really “dewy” or radiant, I think this would work on all skin types. It just provides so much nourishment and softness.

I just LOVE this product so much. As of now, it’s a game changer for my skincare routine and really exceeded my expectations. I’ll definitely keep using it and update on any more long-term effects seen from it.

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Has anyone bought this or is planning on picking it up? Please tell me ALL your thoughts about it!!

Thanks so much,

Jena

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by me. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links may be affiliate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WANDERLUST Eyeshadow Palette

WANDERLUST Eyeshadow Palette

Hey everyone!

I checked the mail today and found a literal rainbow waiting for me—the Wanderlust Palette by Profusion Cosmetics!

I couldn’t wait to get it unboxed and get behind the camera. I resisted my urge to swatch it right away, and managed to get a few photos.

For now, I’ll just share my first impressions and include photos of swatches. I will definitely spend a little time playing with it to provide a more thorough review. I was just too excited not to share! 🌈🌈

 

She is definitely a beauty!

This 21-pan palette is available at a very affordable price of $10.00 USD. It also comes with a brush that seems like it could be pretty promising.

I have to say, my eyes were immediately drawn to this section of the palette. Something about that green and brown! 💚

 

Now, let’s swatch!

First Row:

Shades are listed and shown in left to right. The first photo was taken with no flash, the second with flash.

Shades: 

  • Illusion
  • Tranquil
  • Chill
  • Serious
  • Frosting
  • Gravity
  • Love Story

If I’m being honest, the top row was pretty underwhelming. Many of the shades were gritty in texture and were pretty difficult to build up pigmentation. A number of shimmer shadows had more glitter than I usually like, so I would plan to experience some fall out and use a tacky primer before applying these. Despite a few disappointments, the shades “Chill” and “Love Story” did look more pretty in person and just didn’t photograph very well.

 

Second Row: 

Shades shown and listed from L to R:

  • Majesty
  • Hypnotic
  • Jade
  • Stormy
  • Splash
  • Regal
  • Nimbus

Photos of Second Row:  No Flash (top), With Flash (bottom)

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The second row is where the magic really starts to happen. I really love the green shades here and those blue shades are SUPER vibrant. It might take some courage to play with the brighter colors, but they are beautiful shades.

 

Third Row:

Shades Listed and Shown from L to R:

  • Coast
  • Statement
  • Nostalgia
  • Cruise
  • Enigma
  • Retro
  • Go Girl

Photos of third row: Top Photo (no flash) ,Bottom Photo (with flash)

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I really appreciate the different shades of brown in this row— its a good mix of warm and cooler-tones. This gives a great variety of transition shades for different skin tones and can correspond well with whatever look you want to achieve. It might be worth pointing out here that there’s no black shadow— I know many people like having that as an option for a more well-rounded palette. The blues in this row are bold and beautiful, the pigmentation for these are apparent right away and I love the shades chosen. Although they are bright, something about them seems a little bit more wearable than other blues I’ve seen in colorful palettes. I also love the unique jewel-toned hue that “Cruise” puts off. The “Go Girl” shade is probably my favorite color in the palette and gives me all the pink Barbie vibes!


Based on first impressions, I think this is palette is really pretty and I can’t wait to see it live in action. I will definitely put some time and effort into seeing how these shadows perform in application and provide details on my final thoughts. As mentioned earlier, it is a very affordable option for the quality and shade/texture variety. Most importantly, it inspires me to step out of my neutral box and play with some color!

**I purchased my palette HERE

So what are y’alls thoughts on this palette? Is anyone planning to purchase? If you already have it, I’m so curious to hear from you! Comment below!

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and I purchased the products myself. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Some Spring Strobin’ and Glowin’

Some Spring Strobin’ and Glowin’

Happy Thursday, Y’all! 

I’ve spoken about my personal favorite spring lip trends HERE. In the spirit of the new season, I’m really loving things that can work to create a glowy, soft-focused brightening effect to the skin. I think that adding in a few key products will give your complexion a little pearlescent pick-me-up! All links are included in each product description*

Note: Some of the photos might have flash. The softness of these products made photography difficult to show the full dimension and glow when used on the face.  


Highlights/Strobing Products:

bareMinerals Loose Highlighting Powder in “Clear Radiance”

If you’re on the hunt for products that give a soft, ethereal look to the skin….you’ll love this powder. I’m all about the glow-from-within look and this product delivers exactly that.  The powder is soft and finely milled, which sits on the skin to create a beautiful sheen.  It doesn’t emphasize pores or texture, so it would also look great on aging skin. If I wanted to wear highlight for work or an interview, this is my main go-to. I like to apply this to the high-points of my cheeks, my brow bones, and the tip of my nose if I’m feeling a little more fancy. The “Clear Radiance” shade has a pinkish undertone with a perfect subtle hint of soft, pearly glow. So much gorgeousness! Oh bareMinerals, how I love thee!

Swatch of Clear Radiance: (I had to take this one with flash—I couldn’t get a photo to show the pearly dimension of the powder. It definitely performs best on the face!)

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Benefit Cosmetics — Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter 

This highlighter is also a gorgeous option for creating a soft, natural sheen. It also has a subtle pink tone to it with a pearlescent luminosity. I feel that this highlight can be built up a little bit more than the bareMinerals one, especially if you use a more dense highlighter brush. It just has such a great formula with a soft consistency to create an effortless glow. I highly recommend this one! (It can be purchased full-size for $30 USD or mini $16 USD)

**Also, if you’re craving that highlight but want to avoid the more luminous finish, I absolutely LOVE Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid. It has that gorgeous pinky-nude shade to it, but with a MATTE finish in a liquid form. It’s super easy to work with and I apply it by tapping it in lightly with my fingertips or using a damp sponge. It is such a unique formula and I especially love to use it to highlight my brow bones for a fresh, bright-eyed effect. I’ve also used it as an under eye brightener for my dark circles as well!

Swatch of Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid (to the top and left) and Dandelion Twinkle Powder (to the bottom and right)

 

MAC Cosmetics — Strobe Cream in the shade “Pinklight” 

I love this product for so many different reasons—-its such an awesome multitasker and can be used in several different ways. First you can use it as a moisturizer/primer, the cream is very moisturizing and gives the skin a brightened, plumped look. I especially love using it like this on days when my skin looks dull and needs a little radiance added to it. (Bonus: it has a subtle scent of fresh laundry!). It can also just be worn alone on no-makeup days for lit-from-within glow, applied to specific areas in a sheer layer, or concentrated areas to highlight after face makeup is applied.  If the pink tones aren’t really your cup of tea, there’s an additional 4 shades to choose from (I want the peach one next). 

I put a good amount of the Mac Strobe Cream on my hand in the photo below to see the sheen in action:

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Essence Cosmetics —“Be My Highlight” shade 

Ahhh this highlight is SO unbelievably good and affordable (less than $5.00 USD). I was genuinely shocked when I finally got to see this little gem in action. It comes as a little dome-shaped compact, but transforms into the most silky, butter-like powder. It sits on the skin beautifully and gives the most angel-like luminosity. I would say that of the products mention in this post, this product has a more light champagne tone to it. For medium to deep skin tones, the sister product to this is the “Sunlighter” shade. Also gorgeous and I will reach for this one out quite a bit as well. Because the formula is so smooth and seamless, I will multitask these as an eyeshadow or to give dry areas on my skin a very light dusting with a large powder brush. (When used sparingly, this effect is somewhat similar to the Hourglass finishing powders or the new Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Glow Powder).

Swatches of “Be My Highlight” on the top and “Sunlighter” below

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*Other Honorable Mentions: 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette- Use the Shade “Champagne Truffle” 

I am definitely not suggesting you purchase an entire palette for 1 shadow, but if you happen to have this palette on hand—experiment with using the large panned pinkish shade “Champagne Truffle” as your highlight. It gives off a beautiful pearly sheen to the skin to help achieve that ethereal glow. [That being said, this is a FABULOUS palette for creating just about any eye look with its wonderfully neutral shade range. If you’re on the fence about purchasing –DO IT. It’s SO good.]

I just love a good multitasking product!

Photo of the Champagne Truffle swatch, shade in the pan, and the entire palette overview

 

Worth the Splurge: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lightning Powder – “Luminous Light”

I’ll keep this one short and sweet due to the price:

This strobing powder is definitely more luxe and high end. It’s a gorgeous formula that blurs yet brightens the skin in such an indescribable way. It just a stunner and it would probably be my product of choice on aging skin. (Available in Regular and Mini Size HERE)

Swatch of Luminous Light:

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**Purchase my (very affordable) Brush of Choice to Apply Powder Highlighters HERE.



 

So these are my favorite pink/pearl highlights that really give that natural glow! I have highlights in my collection that are a little bit more bold and bright for special occasions, but I tend to reach for the more subtle ones day-to-day. Let me know if you want a separate post on these!

What do you look for in a highlight? Comment below to discuss your favorites!

You glow, girl! 

xo

Jena

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Hey Everyone!

I recently discovered the brand Sydney Grace from a few influencers on YouTube, Instagram, etc.. I was really impressed by the reviews and I love supporting smaller brands, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. Not fully knowing what to expect, I ordered 3 of the pressed pigment shadows.

SO. MUCH. BEAUTY.

I immediately started snapping photos. The delivery arrived super quick, and was thoughtfully packaged in a sweet little box. Then of course, I had to get to swatching!

The pressed pigment shadows come individually as 1.8g/0.064 oz of product and retail for $6.00 USD each.

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Initially, I was amazed by the smooth, buttery texture of the shadows. They swatched effortlessly and seem to glide right on my skin with an almost cream-like finish. So beautiful! The pigmentation is rich with great color payoff —the shades I have almost seem to morph into multiple tones in different types of lighting. So complex and duotone-y! It wasn’t easy narrowing down which ones to purchase, but finally I decided to buy the shades “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed”, and “Peace”

Swatches in natural sunlight:   Left to Right — “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed, “Peace”

Swatches in darker light with flash:

 

Individual Swatches:

Hot Stuff” —I especially love the unique olive/brown/red complexity of this one.

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“Blushing” — Rose-gold/light copper perfection.

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Peace” —A delicious purple/mauve taupe.

 

So far, I am absolutely in LOVE with these shadows and how great they perform. I think they are at a very affordable price point for the outstanding quality and pigmentation. I can’t wait to play with these a little more and create some fun looks!

As I mentioned, I love supporting lesser known brands, and I hope Sydney Grace gains more attention for all the fantastic products. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend y’all check this company out and see what you think! They also have other product varieties -(cream shadows, loose glitter, matte shadows, blush, highlights, etc.), I definitely want to try out more!

Has anyone purchased anything from this brand yet? Please share your thoughts!

**Link to the Website Here: http://sydneygraceco.com/

 

xo,

Jena

FTC: This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products myself and all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links.

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Nostalgic Makeup

Nostalgia is such a weird thing; at the same time, you can feel a little happy and a little sad. Reflecting back on another time in your life can help you appreciate where you’ve been and understand where you are now. (Too deep? Sorry.)

I’ve always had such a fascination with makeup. As a kid, I can remember being at my grandmother’s house and going through endless drawers of beauty products. She had all kinds of free gifts from department store makeup counters or old lipsticks and blushes she insisted were “too bright” so I should take it. I would have the time of my life swatching things and being so excited to go home and add it into my polka-dotted makeup caboodle.

Still to this day, I find my 28-year old self feeling giddy to go to Sephora, Ulta, or the makeup aisle at the grocery store. I love looking back and thinking about a few products that really sparked my love of beauty and helped define my personal makeup style.


Let’s Go Down Memory Lane….

 

 

NARS Blush in “Orgasm”

This is probably an old favorite for many people and not the most original choice, but boy do I love this gem. I can remember first starting to wear it in high-school. I was embarrassed to say the shade name “Orgasm” to my mom, so when I needed to re-purchase one I would just say that I needed more “NARS”. The peachy pink shade of this blush is just timeless—it looks great on everyone and pulls together just about any look. I would load this stuff up on this old scratchy brush I had and go to town with the application. I literally think this is the only blush I wore daily throughout my high school and college years and there’s no telling how many times I’ve repurchased it. I can remember frequently scraping the last few bits of powder out of the pan so that none would go to waste. Still to this day, I’ve got a regular size compact of it and a travel size as a back-up. I love my “NARS” so much!

Revlon Illuminance Cream Eyeshadow 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know why I was so drawn to these cream shadows, probably because I wasn’t good with eye makeup brushes and I could just dab this stuff on with my fingertips. I remember sitting in front of my bedroom window with a small mirror in natural light and thinking this was the best makeup product money could buy. It had such a luminosity to it I’d never seen in eyeshadow powders, so I felt like some kind of 16-year old makeup guru patting it all over my lids. I loved the rose gold/warm tones and would use this little pallet in all sorts of ways. When I bought the Metals one (pictured to the right), with a few darker shades, I felt like the edgiest girl in school (I wasn’t).

Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer 

I can distinctly remember walking around Sephora and spotting this compact on the display shelf. I thought it was the most unique, beautiful product that I had ever seen. Of course, I begged my mom to get it for me and the rest is history. I don’t think I understood at the time what a “bronzer” was or how to correctly apply it. Was this a blush? Was it a bronzer? I didn’t know but I would take my single very old brush and dust this stuff carelessly all over my cheeks and forehead. I probably re-purchased this 4 or 5 times, mostly due to it getting broken or lost. I’m still a sucker for leopard and I would buy it again if ever re-released in a heartbeat.

Britney Spears’ Perfume

 

One of the highlights of my life at the time (and probably now) was in 2000 when I saw Britney Spears live in concert. I was a super fan and loved everything about her. Naturally, when she started releasing fragrances I would have to buy them all. First came Curious, then there was Fantasy. For years around the time of their release, it was always understood I would be needing a new bottle for my birthday or Christmas. I proudly displayed and admired the bottles on my bathroom vanity or a shelf in my bedroom. I would douse on her perfumes anytime I left the house, there was no such thing as “too much”—-I practically bathed in the stuff. My mom always joked she knew I was getting ready to go somewhere when the smell of my perfume made its way all the way downstairs from my room upstairs. When I smell these scents to this day, I feel instantly nostalgic and thankful.

 

I have to say,  this was probably one of my favorite topics to put together so far! It’s so fun to look back and think about how much you loved something or how happy it made you feel; I would encourage y’all to do the same. With the constant release and availability of new products, it is so easy to forget about the things you loved first.

As we get all the new let’s not forget to appreciate the old, shall we?

So what beauty products make you feel nostalgic? Is there anything you want to re-purchase? Let’s chat about it!

xo,

Jena

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Skin-Like Foundations

My Favorite Skin-Like Foundations

Hey everyone! 

As I mentioned in my previous blog HERE , I have a bit of a foundation obsession right now. Some of these I’ve loved for awhile and others are a newer discovery for me.

All of these foundations, in my opinion, provide an almost undetectable “your skin but better” effect. They all have a natural radiant finish and range from medium to full coverage. Any of these options would be great for everyday wear—they are all super lightweight and comfortable formulas.

***If you have normal/dry/combo skin—this is the list for you!

All product links are included below!

I’ll just hit the main points for each—if y’all would like a more thorough review, I’ll be happy to post!


Here’s my picks (In no particular order): 

 

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick— SPF 25

I CANNOT say enough good things about this foundation. Here’s a few specks for it:

  • Comes as 0.35oz/10gm stick for $32 USD
  • 20 shades available in the range with SPF 25
  • I find that the stick packaging is very sleek and compact (great for travel). It also has a magnetic closure to make sure product seals & doesn’t dry out
  • Blends effortlessly –I recommend using a brush for the most coverage

Y’all this foundation is gorgeous. It is the most weightless, comfortable formula and makes the skin look naturally hydrated and supple. It has more of a natural/radiant finish and builds up to a full medium coverage. It doesn’t emphasize my lines/wrinkles or build up on textured areas. As you apply this foundation, it has a gel-like cooling effect that almost feels like a skincare product. I didn’t expect this at all, but I think this one secured a spot into my top 5 all-time favorite foundations. Beautiful, beautiful stuff and I highly recommend for normal or dry skin! A++

**Check this foundation out HERE

  • Has SPF 18
  • Claims to achieve a naturally luminous and radiant finish (I agree)
  • Comes in glass bottle (no pump) with 1oz of product
  • Very affordable —(less than $6 USD) and available at a variety of retailers (Walgreens, Target, Amazon, Walmart, etc.)
  • I find it to be a very comfortable and lightweight formula

I have no idea where I’ve been these last few years, but I am just now trying this foundation and it is absolutely stunning. It definitely lives up to the claim of providing a super SMOOTH finish—it glides over the texture I have and doesn’t emphasize any dry patches or fine lines. The skin looks hydrated and perfected with no cakey or mask-like look. I think it looks great applied with a foundation or damp sponge and blends seamlessly. I usually do set it under my eyes and lightly all over my face with a light-weight powder to extend the wear time. Really, really love this one!!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC + Illumination Cream 

  • Full coverage with SPF 50
  • Provides a radiant finish
  • Comes in a 1oz tube with a pump (I LOVE the packaging)
  • Also comes in the Original CC cream (more of a natural finish) and Matte formula (I have not tried this one)

This line claims to be a CC cream (it does color correct), but performs more like a full coverage foundation. I’ve loved and used the Original CC Cream for a while –highly recommend that one too! I was super curious when they expanded the product line for a while, so I had to break down and pick up the illumination one. I love this stuff for so many reasons! One of the best features about it is that it literally has it all in one step—it can serve as your primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Its just so easy and low-maintenance! This is the only foundation/CC cream that I apply with my fingers and it sets up beautifully. I can’t say this foundation will take you from early morning to night without a little fade, but it touches up great and can be refreshed with a hydrating spray or touch of powder. This one is just SO good!

Face atelier Ultra Foundation 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my latest foundation love from Face atelier. I won’t rave too much about it–I did a full 2-day wear test HERE . This gem just blew me away. It truly has a skin-like finish and looks like a radiant dream. I love the dewy finish, but I would use a little setting powder in the T-zone for longevity in wear . I think it would look great on aging skin and doesn’t emphasize any uneven or textured areas. Try this one out, y’all!

Swatches Below: Some shades match better than others 😂😂

Swatches from Left to Right: bare Minerals Stick (Cashew); IT Cosmetics +Illumination (Medium Tan); Maybelline Dewy +Smooth (210 Sandy Beige); Face atelier (Shade 5)

So that’s my “foundation that doesn’t look like foundation” roundup. I’m super curious if anyone has tried these or is planning to? Also, let me know if you have any other must-have foundations!

Have a great weekend!!

xo

Product Links:

  1. bareMinerals foundation stick: bareMinerals.com
  2. Maybelline smooth + dewy: at Amazon
  3. IT Cosmetics CC Cream +Illumination: at Sephora
  4. Face atelier Ultra Pro Foundation: at Amazon

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. Opinions are honest and my own–I will never link a product that I don’t love, recommend, or use myself.

*Some links are affiliate