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.

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

 


 

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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Image Source: www.kkwbeauty.com

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.