How I Fix My Dark Circles

How I Fix My Dark Circles

 

Happy Monday, Y’all!

In honor of my early AM airport drop-off and long work day, I wanted to chat about my current dark circle staples. Thanks to Spring allergies, dehydration, and lack of sleep—-my eyes are looking particularly panda-like.

Me, IRL: 

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Photo by Cesar Aguilar on Pexels.com

 

It may seem like using 3-4 separate products is over-kill, but I promise each step serves a specific purpose to achieve the most flawless under eye ever!

Here’s the line-up:

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Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

I love this eye cream. It has a super smooth consistency, yet feels very lightweight for daytime wear. It doesn’t feel overly rich or heavy, even when other products are layered with it. It really serves to provide a hydrating “primer” to the area and helps prevent my concealer from looking cake-y or overly heavy by the end of the day. What I especially appreciate about this cream is that it gives you instant gratification—-the brightness is immediate and it doesn’t take weeks/months to start to see a benefit from it. It has a gorgeous pearl-like sheen that gives the appearance of a well-rested, bright complexion. I just use a small amount (about pea-sized), apply to the back of my hand to warm it up, and then lightly pat it in with a fingertip. Super easy and effective!

**Get it HERE

 

Benefit Cosmetics –Boi-ing Brightening Full Coverage Concealer (I have the shade light/medium)

In the featured image for this blog, you’ll see this pictured as “Erase Paste”. This was the old name for this concealer—Benefit Cosmetics re-branded it awhile back, but the formula and effectiveness is the exact same! I accidentally grabbed my older one when I took this photo (another lovely side effect of sleep deprivation!).

**Check out the newest version HERE.

I love this product because it helps to actually correct the darkness. A bright concealer alone will still show darkness coming through on more moderate/severe dark circles. One of my favorite YouTubers described this so well: It’s like having a bruise on your leg and trying to cover it up with sheer, white pantyhose. If you want to take your dark-circle correction to the next level, try a peachy colored (light-medium skintones) or orange colored (medium-deep skintones) product first!

I’ll usually just apply this concentrated in the inner most part of my under eye, and blend it outward with a fingertip or damp beauty sponge. You shouldn’t need more than 1-2 thin layers of this stuff.

 

Too Faced — Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer 

In my opinion, this is the most hydrating yet full-coverage concealer I have in my collection (NARS Radiant Creamy is a VERY close second). This is a must-try concealer If you have a dry under-eye area that needs coverage without the cake. There’s plenty of great full-coverage concealers that I also really enjoy, but they tend to dry me out and look overly heavy by the end of the day.

The formula of this concealer is infused with hyaluronic acid and coconut water to add hydration, yet the finish is natural and not dewy or oily-looking. I also really enjoy the huge doe-foot applicator wand. This is the perfect last product to finish off the process by brightening and smoothing out the skin!

*Check this one out HERE 


**OPTIONAL last step: Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder

If you’re a person that LOVES the regular LM Setting Powder, but sometimes struggles with the dryness it can cause — this one is for you!

The Secret Brightening Powder is super unique in texture and finish. I would compare the feel of it to an ultra-fine powder sugar. It’s super light-weight and sits on the skin like a dream. The formula is said to be specially formulated with micronized pigments to smooth and brighten the skin.

Due to the fact that it does have white-colored pigments, I would not recommend applying this heavily all over the face. (They also have an option for more medium-deep skin tones if you’re concerned about it being too light). Occasionally, I will take the lightest amount possible on a large fluffy brush to areas that need a little powder to set or brighten. If you’re having a photo taken with flash photography, I would warn that it can cause some flashback.

That being said, it’s gorgeous for day-to-day use and makes the under-eye skin look absolutely flawless. To really melt the product in my skin for a lasting-effect, I use a very small amount on the tip of a damp beauty sponge and softly press it in right away.


 

I really hope this process doesn’t seem too overwhelming for y’all! Over time, I’ve changed/added different things to really perfect the final look. I can really incorporate each product without it slowing down my daily makeup routine. This combination is ultra-effective for me and works wonders on transforming my stubborn dark circles!

Does anyone else feel like a mad scientist trying to fix their dark circles?? Please comment below to chat about your products and routine for this. Sharing is caring, right? 😉

 

Thanks for Reading!

P.S.-Don’t forget to get some rest and hydrate!! Have a great week! 

 

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.

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Face atelier Ultra Foundation: A 2-Day Wear Test

Face atelier Ultra Foundation: A 2-Day Wear Test

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Hey y’all!

Lately I’ve been on a foundation kick. I’ve been searching my collection to rediscover old favorites and purchasing a few new ones to test out. Although I’ve seen an improvement in my acne, I am struggling with a few textured and dry areas on my cheeks and between my eyebrows. My lines on my forehead and around my eyes are more prominent than usual since I’m overdue for Botox (first world problem). All that being said, I need a foundation that addresses all of these “issues” and won’t cake or dry me out. I want to look in the mirror and still look like myself.

Cue: FACE atelier Ultra Foundation. I’ve heard about this foundation from a ton of glowing reviews on YouTube and it has had me curious for a while. It’s more of a pro makeup artists’ brand and is less known in mainstream beauty communities. You can definitely tell it is geared towards makeup professionals with the minimal packaging and availability to purchase all the shades for bulk pricing. I so appreciate the toned-down, sleek look of the packaging. You are paying for the QUALITY of the actual product, not the pretty plastic it comes in. FACE atelier is a cruelty-free, PETA approved Canadian brand and is exclusively sold on their website [linked below], QVC, and Amazon [check reviews to make sure product is authentic—I did purchase mine from Amazon with no quality issues and fast shipping].

A Few Things to Know……

  • This foundation is oil and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and claims to not require the use of a primer (it is silicon based).
  • It comes in 2 sizes; I purchased the smaller one– 0.68 oz. or 20mL for $36 USD that comes in a plastic bottle with a pump.
    • A really cool feature that the FACE atelier website offers is that you can purchase a sample size in any shade for only $1.00.
  • Comes in a range of 18 shades, with some of them being “adjusters”, where you can deepen/lighten or adjust the undertone of another shade.

***I think that this customization option will help most skin tones find a shade that works, the formula is also pretty forgiving and seems to adjust with your natural skin tone as you blend it in. I purchased the shade #5 sepia –“cool-medium skin tone with yellow undertones”. It is pretty spot on shade-wise for me, but I feel like going up/down a shade could work just as well.

One of the claims for this foundation is that it doesn’t require a primer. However, I always use some kind of primer and I had just received a new one from Sephora I was dying to test out. I started out with a full pump of the foundation and dotted it equally all over my face, then blended with a foundation brush. [Note: I think that a damp beauty sponge would work with this, but a brush will give more coverage using less product]. Once I got the first layer blended, (with minimal effort), I was seriously BLOWN away. It instantly looked like a second skin with an absolutely stunning natural finish. My deep-set lines weren’t emphasized and meshed with the foundation perfectly; the textured areas looked smoothed and blurred. I used another full pump to provide an additional layer of coverage. The overall effect for me is a solid medium coverage, with a very lightweight and breathable feel. I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful of a skin-like finish this foundation provides, y’all. The website describes the formula as flexible to your own skin, which is an absolute perfect description of it. It blended seamlessly with my bronzer/blush and looked like I was having an awesome skin day. It is probably most ideal for normal/dry skin, as it does give a natural glow. Oily skin might require the use of matte primer/powders and more maintenance touch-ups throughout the day.

***A few more details to note about my experience with this foundation: I wore it with a very hydrating primer that I was also trying out for the first time— the MILK MAKEUP Hydro Grip Primer. I can say that I would not recommend this combination of foundation + primer, I would reserve the primer for more matte, full coverage foundations. With the exception of my under eye concealer, I did not set my face with any powder or setting spray.

Here’s the Breakdown: 

I applied the foundation at 9 AM–took the pic at 9:30AM — it looked beautiful!

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By about 1 PM/1:30PM, I did notice that my face was getting shiny and my pores were more visible, but the foundation was intact and not broken up. Here is a pic about 2:30ish later that day, let the meltdown begin.  Woof!

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By 3:30PM (6.5 hours in), my face was way too shiny and I noticed the foundation broke up a little bit above my eyebrow and near parts of my hairline. I was genuinely horrified when I saw the amount of shine. EEEEK!!  I really, really think that the primer was the culprit of the excessive “dew” here. My husband said he thought I had on some type of gel face mask! 😂😂😂

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I did touch up at 3:30PM with a light dusting of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder all over my face—this really eliminated the shine . Here is a photo after the touch up at 3:45PM. A little dry looking, but better!

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Finally, here is the last photo of the day, at about 8:45PM. This was almost 12-hours of total wear. It was expectedly more broken down and the shine is definitely back; However, It did hold up really well most of the day after my one touch-up. As mentioned before, I think I might have over-applied the primer or the 2 products simply don’t play very nice together.  Don’t mind my smeared eye-makeup– I’m having terrible allergies and issues with my contacts. There’s also flash here since the sun was gone for the day!

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On to Day 2……

I wanted to give this foundation another go to see if I could increase the staying power and avoid the literal meltdown again from the day before.  I knew I would have to change my application approach so I did a few things different this time:

        • I did NOT use the MILK Hydro-Grip Primer (it was in time-out for bad behavior—I will bring it out another day).
        • Instead, I used the Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick in light/medium. I just applied this in my T-zone (still relatively new to this product but it has some very promising results so far).
        • I did not set my face with powder. However, I did use a setting spray—-I am absolutely LOVING the Wet N Wild Photofocus Cucumber Setting Spray. The sprayer is goooood.

I wore the Face atelier for a little over 8 hours on day 2. It wore significantly better with different primers—it didn’t get nearly as shiny throughout the day (just some shininess on the forehead as per usual). No touch ups were required, but I would not categorize this foundation as long-wearing—- not a deal breaker for me since it looks SO pretty most of the day and keeps my dryness at bay.

Here are 2 photos of me, one in natural sunlight and the other a little darker light. This was about 5 hours after initial application. (That hairstyle, though 🤣🤣)

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Lesson learned: Primers can make or break you, guys. (Sorry, another first world prob) 

Final Conclusions:

I really, really like this foundation and I’m very pleased with the effect it has on the overall look of my skin. I think it looks beautiful and natural and I’ll definitely continue to reach for it. It is SO wearable for day-to-day and would look amazing on skin of all ages—it is very nice to fine lines/wrinkles. If you are in the market for a new foundation to play with, pick this one up or try a sample from Face atelier’s website. (I also love supporting less-known, cruelty-free brands.) If you have tried this before or plan to, let me know. I’m so excited to hear your thoughts.

*P.S.—– Let me know if y’all would like a more thorough review of the MILK Hydro-Grip primer. It has some interesting ingredients and warrants some further testing…

If you’re curious, take a look at the MILK primer here: Sephora.com

Product Links:

Face atelier Ultra Foundation: https://amzn.to/2Fk2sgI   OR https://www.faceatelier.com/

Maybelline Master Blur Stick (I have light-medium shade): https://amzn.to/2FmaWnL

Wet N Wild Photofocus Setting Spray (Cucumber): https://amzn.to/2W


 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. Opinions are my own, honest reviews and experiences. Some links are affiliate links and product images are from Amazon.com

Hot Product of the Day🔥🔥🔥

Happy (Skincare) Sunday! 

Today I want to introduce a fun series where I will share a brief post featuring my current “hot” product of the day. This can include a product that I’ve loved forever or something relatively new to me I want to share.

For my first post, I want to share something I’ve loved for several months:

The NuFACE Prep-N-Glow Cloths


**Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/2ObKyQe

If any of y’all have been on the search for skincare that actually works lately, this product is SO GOOD. I am the type of person that always feels rushed to wash my face or take my makeup off; It always feels like a struggle I’m not always psyched about doing.

Then I found these gems! 

I love me a good face wipe, so when I found these multitaskers I was thrilled. It is a soft cotton cloth that comes double sided— one side for cleansing first, then the other with the most delicious little micro-dots that gently exfoliate and smooth your skin. Bonus: you don’t have to rinse after using them!!  They also come individually wrapped, so you don’t have to worry about the whole box drying out on you (such a bummer!) The product claims to gently clean and exfoliate, while also adding some hydration to your face. The wipes are loaded with hyaluronic acid and other minerals to help seal in moisture.

After using these for 2-4 weeks pretty consistently, I saw a noticeable improvement in my skin. My acne scars and discoloration had slightly improved, but I really noticed an improvement in skin’s radiancy. These wipes really “shine” (pun intended) 🤣 at adding the life back to your skin–I was dealing with a lot of dullness in my complexion all winter. It just creates a natural, youthful glow. They do not cause any sensitivity, irritation, or redness for me (be gentle around the eyes though–I would not use the bumpy side near the eye-area!). They also make the skin feel refreshed and clean– I don’t feel any tackiness or sticky-ness after using them.

I use these cloths in 2 different ways:

  1. To cleanse/refresh in the AM —-They are great to remove excess oil/makeup on your face in the morning.
  2.  To Double-Cleanse in the PM—-After using a cleanser to remove most of my makeup, I’ll go in with the soft (cleanser) side to remove the excess, then use the bumpy (exfoliator) side to finish off. Apply your favorite serums and moisturizers next, then you’re done! Super quick, super easy, and SUPER effective. 

BTW: If y’all aren’t double cleansing, try it for awhile and be amazed about how much cleaner and clearer your skin will start to look and feel. 🙌

***You can purchase the wipes here (it comes in a 10-count & 20-count box): https://amzn.to/2ObKyQe

Y’all give these a try and let me know what you think!

xo,

Jena

 

 

 

**Not sponsored, I genuinely love, use, and recommend this product. 

*Affiliate link used along with image from Amazon.com