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.

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A Full Face of TOO FACED!

A Full Face of TOO FACED!

Hey Friends!

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

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

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

Such a treasure! Please Too Faced bring it baaaack!

 

Images from Amazon.com and nordstromrack.com, respectively

 

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


Complexion:

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

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

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

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

 


 

Setting Powder and Spray

TF Primed & Poreless Powder 

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

TF Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray

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

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


Blush/Bronzer

Bronzer:

 TF Sun Bunny 

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

TF Beach Bunny

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

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

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Blush:

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush — “Sparkling Bellini” 

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

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

 

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Eyes

Eyeshadow:

Sweet Peach Palette

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

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

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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Image Source: Nordstrom.com

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

Specs: 

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

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Pansy Extract Hydration Booster
  • Rose Hip Extract

 

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

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

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Image Source: Nordstrom.com

 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Such a beautiful finish!

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 


 

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

 

Thank you so much

xo

Jena

 


 

 

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

$8.00 elf Cosmetics Face Palette LOVE!

$8.00 elf Cosmetics Face Palette LOVE!

Hey Everybody!!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Image Source: elfcosmetics.com

 

My Swatches in Dim Light with Flash

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

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

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

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

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

What do y’all think?? 

 

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

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


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

 

 

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

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

SHOP IT HERE!


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

 

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

COMMENT BELOW!

Thanks so much,

xo

Jena

 

 


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

My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

Hey everyone!

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

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

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

With no further ado…..


My Sephora Sale Recommendations:

Facial Cleanser/Makeup Remover:

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

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

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Primer:

Ole Henriksen — Banana Bright Face Primer:  $36.00

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

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Foundation:

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

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

Setting Powder: 

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

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

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


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


Bronzer:

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

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

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

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

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

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Blush:

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

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I think this is THE blush for blush lovers. 

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

Swatches of “Love Glow”

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


Lip Products: 

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

Fenty Beauty Glosses — $18.00

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

NARS Velvet Lip Glides — $26.00

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


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

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

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

COMMENT BELOW AND HAPPY SHOPPING! 😉


Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

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

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

Hey everybody! 

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

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

Image of my Sample:

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Product Specs: 

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

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

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Image Source: Sephora.com

 

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

Images of the Product’s Texture/Consistency: 

 

 

 

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

Some highlighted ingredients:

  • Watermelon Extract
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Antioxidants

 


My Thoughts: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROS

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

CONS

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

 


 

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

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

 

Thank you so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

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

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!