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!

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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.

SHOP IT HERE

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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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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!