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!

REVIEW: OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer

REVIEW: OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer

Happy Hump Day!!

I hope everyone is having a GREAT week!


 

I finally picked up the OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Primer I’ve had my eye on the last few weeks!! 

I was immediately drawn to this product when I first saw it being advertised. Something about the idea of banana skincare and the word bright just calls to me! I started to see mostly positive reviews start to roll in for this product, so I couldn’t wait any longer to get my hands on it!

I really didn’t know if the “banana” aspect of the product meant it was infused with actual banana or if it has a banana-like tone seen in some powder products. I did a little research and found that it had a few other ingredients that surprised me:

  • Vitamin C: To target visible signs of aging
  • Banana Powder- Inspired Pigments: To instantly illuminate
  • Vitamin E: To nourish and condition the skin –also helps to stabilize the Vitamin C in the formula

The basic claims of the product are to “illuminate to deliver instant radiance while improving and extending makeup wear”. Also, it is suggested to “blur imperfections and hydrate” for DRY, NORMAL, COMBO, and OILY skin types. OLEHENRICKSEN is also vegan and cruelty free.

  • It retails for $36 USD for 1oz/30 mL of product

 

Now, let’s get to the formula itself!

I resisted the urge to immediately apply it all over my face, and wanted to first get a close look and feel for the formulation.

Here’s a little pea-sized amount of product, you can definitely see that it is banana-toned cream. 

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The cream feels very lightweight. It has more of a cream moisturizer-like quality to it, as opposed to several of my other radiant or luminous primers such as the Becca Backlight Primer or the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, which feel more gel-like.

It does have a hydrating feel initially, but it does set up within a few minutes. For normal skin, I think this could serve as a moisturizer/primer in one product. Oily skin may need the addition of a mattifying product in the T-zone. For dry-skin people like myself, I found it looked best with using my normal moisturizer.

To my surprise, the scent was a fresh, citrusy-orange smell. I guess I was expecting banana-scented? Either way, it smells really nice and light and reminds you that you’re getting a dose of vitamin C!

Swatches: 

Swatch on my forearm in more dim light (a very shadowy area in my bathroom) with no flash. I was able to get a little bit more natural light in the second photo.

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Photo WITH Flash:

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Hopefully you can see the luminance and subtle sheen that the pigments really give off. For the swatches, the product was applied pretty concentrated to one area of my arm, so you could see the difference in my nearby skin.  When it is applied on the face more sheered out, you really see an overall instant brightened effect. It does not look shimmery or glittery on my face. I didn’t feel like it discolored my skin in anyway, and the time to “set” or “dry down” wasn’t too long– maybe 2-3 minutes.


 

I think the real strength of the product is that it does visibly brighten your complexion instantly without looking oily/greasy. It blended great with my other makeup–I was wearing a more radiant foundation with it (Make Up For Ever Foundation Stick), and it didn’t break it down faster or look oily throughout the day.  I think that in this instance, it did live up to the claim of extending makeup wear. I wouldn’t say that it completely blurred any texture/pores on my skin (I still felt the need to apply a light dusting of setting powder), but the brightness it provides helps eliminate darkness and dull areas significantly. It didn’t emphasize my fine lines/wrinkles which is a huge plus!

Overall, I REALLY think this is a great primer. I think it is pretty versatile and can be made to work for a variety of skin types. It also looks beautiful and somewhat glowy when worn alone for a no-makeup-makeup-look. For foundations that are overly matte, this would be a great addition to mix in to create a more natural finish.

I’ll continue to experiment with a variety of foundations, but so far I’m quite impressed! I think it is definitely worth trying out!

***Available for Purchase HERE

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What do y’all think—is this something you have tried or want to?? Please share your thoughts! 

…AND in honor of a primer-related post—tell me your go-to’s! 

 

THANK YOU 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.