REVIEW: Farmacy Beauty’s The Mighties Kit–What Are the Essentials?

REVIEW: Farmacy Beauty’s The Mighties Kit–What Are the Essentials?

Hello Again, Friends!

I have a pretty fun review today about a trial skincare kit from Farmacy Beauty!

Farmacy is a pretty buzzed about brand, and for the longest time I hadn’t tried any of their products. I really didn’t know where to begin experimenting product-wise, but fortunately in today’s beauty market– there’s a kit for that. So, I picked up the The Mighties Kit to try out a random assortment of things and go from there!

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Photo Source: http://www.farmacybeauty.com

Some Background FYI on Farmacy if you’re Curious……

They are centered around an ingredient discovery they named Echinacea GreenEnvy™, found Upstate New York. The brand also claims to derive all products from locally sourced, natural ingredients that are environmentally responsible.


Reviews:

Green Clean Makeup Melting Balm — $34.00 Full Size/3.2oz

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  • The texture effortlessly glides on the skin to “melt” makeup away, and it does leave the skin feeling smooth and soft. It also seems to have a soothing effect to my skin (I’m not sure that is an official claim).
  • It has a slight medicinal smell — almost like herbs or menthol maybe? It isn’t overpowering or irritating but I would be prepared it does have somewhat of a scent to it, as well as a green shade to the balm.
  • I Really, really love this! I don’t know if I can say I love it as much as my DE Slaai Cleanser (or if it is just my pride) but this is a win for me, and I would absolutely repurchase it.
  • Final Verdict: Essential! ✅

 


Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer — $45.00 Full Size/50mL

  • Description of product on Sephora.com “A lightweight yet intensely hydrating gel-cream moisturizer formulated with antioxidant-rich honey, hyaluronic acid, and golden cupuaçu butter beads.”
  • On paper, this moisturizer sounds amazing. It sounds innovative and should be my favorite new moisturizer, but unfortunately it was just “meh” for me. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it wasn’t great.
  • For the $45.00 price tag, there are definitely other moisturizers around that range that I’m more enthusiastic about. I just don’t find this one very revolutionary.
  • I’d also like to point out the brand’s description of the product as a “Gel-cream”. It is important to emphasize the GEL in there— It is a very water-based formula.
    • If you have very dry skin, I don’t know that this would be enough hydration. Sometimes it almost goes on me like a serum rather than a traditional moisturizer.
  • Final Verdict: NOT Essential.❌

 


Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm — Full Size $48.00/50mL

  • Claim: “A renewing, lightweight balm that helps moisturize, supports firming and toning, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.”
  • Here’s the product that I’m having the most trouble with coming up with a final “verdict” on, just because I can’t attest to each claim. Also, I am curious to know if there’s a product I can get similar results without the nearly $50 price-tag??
  • I picked this set up at the end of June, so I’ve had it over a month now. I don’t feel like I can say it has helped with “reducing fine lines and wrinkles”. That wouldn’t seem fair or honest. (Also, I get Botox –certain lines I had literally couldn’t be treated with skincare)
  • I will say, this balm is incredibly moisturizing! You don’t need another moisturizer if you use this stuff at night. It feels SO nourishing and soothing on the skin, and you do wake up the next day with skin that looks plumped, firmer, and smooth to the touch.
  • Also, it doesn’t take much of this stuff to get the job done. I made the mistake of loving the results and wanting to cake it on the next night, but that isn’t necessary. A small amount goes a very long way.
  • I also love to put it on and use my jade roller to smooth it out and imagine I am rolling all my problems wrinkles away. So relaxing!
  • Final Verdict: Probably(??) an Essential! 

 


 

Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask — Full Size $56.00/4.1oz

  • Description: “An intensely hydrating, warming honey face mask infused with antioxidants for a glowing complexion and skin that’s plump with hydration.”
  • It took some time for me and this mask to become friends, and I will definitely say that this mask has a warming, albeit, burning effect to the skin; but I have seen such a nice effect in my complexion as far as improvement in dullness and a look of hydration & glow. I have tried many masks in my time, but something about this one is unique
  • I feel like I notice the hydration benefits of this mask hours, if not the next day after using it— I would say it is important to be diligent with your other moisturizers as you use this mask.
  • If you have very sensitive skin, I would stay away from this one.
  • Verdict: Essential! ✅

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Review of the Kit Overall:

The purpose of this post was to share my thoughts on each individual product in the kit. If you are like me and are new to Farmacy, I highly recommend you check out this kit; I think It is a great way to get a sampling of what the brand has to offer in terms of product varieties/textures to address different types.

SHOP THE KIT HERE — $45.00


 

Have y’all tried anything from Farmacy? Comment below and share your thoughts!!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

xo

Jena

 

 

 

FTC: This review is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Products mentioned were purchased by myself and no affiliate links were used.

 

 

Vol.1: Beauty Claim-Buster!🤓

Hi Friends!

I thought it would be a fun and (unique?) series to start on my site. I want to feature some of my new-ish products in my collection and review them strictly by answering the product claims from the Brand themselves. 

These can be products that I love, those that I really like, or feel kind of “meh” about, and even products that decide to move forward to candidates “with more experienced skill sets” than me.

Job Hunting Probs, amirite?

Think of the product claims as a sort of benefit “checklist”, and we can see how my experience coincides. I’ll also add in notes on things that I noticed that were really horrific or really awesome that may not have been mentioned. Overall, I’ll try to keep this concise and informative!

Keep in mind, these are my experiences. I’m not a perfect “test subject” and product claims are often purposefully vague. The claim that a cleanser can “Improve the look of skin…” is broad and open-ended, and ultimately left to the user to determine if the change is seen or not. I think there’s also a psychological component to the cosmetic industry, kind of like, “Hey, wait, this cleanser really did improve the look of my skin come to think of it!”

See what I’m saying?

The sometimes fuzzy language seen on cosmetic labeling has more to do with the lack of FDA oversight more than anything (here in the USA, anyways!).

*Takes off Pharmacist hat*

 


**For the purposes of this post, I’ll list each claim. Then my response as a True or False statement. Remember, the statement isn’t truly “true” or “false”, I’m just explaining my experiences with each benefit the brand is suggesting can be seen with the product


Ciate London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer 

The Claim: “A lightweight, multitasking primer to hydrate, brighten, and improve skin’s texture—all while prepping for long-lasting makeup. Featuring watermelon extract droplets that activate upon contact to quench and energize the skin, the silky cooling pink base actively brightens, while refining pores and texture.”

from http://www.sephora.com

T or F? Mostly all TRUE! Hydration and brightening effect were seen right away–my face felt very plump and had a very healthy look to it, it also looked brightened from the slightly dewy look of the primer (not oily/wet).

As for improving my skin’s texture…….I can’t say I’m confident it does. It may help minimize some pores around the center of my face/near my nose during the wear, but not enough to confidently agree with this claim. I don’t know what the brand was implying but, just in case–I certainly can’t see any long term benefits so far from using this product in terms of “texture improvement”.

 

 

The Claim: Delicately watermelon scented, this unique aqua serum primer grips foundation for long-wear and that just-applied glow”

From http://www.sephora.com

T or F? True—but just one thing- The consistency of the primer is definitely water-based. Ciate uses the word “serum” to imply that it is more of a thin consistency, I personally would have used gel. I don’t know if that even matters, but I felt it was worth saying.

  • It does “grip” foundation— I’m thinking of the Milk Hydro Grip foundation, but the Ciate is not as intensely sticky as the Milk one. This one does leave you with some degree of tackiness, but not nearly as much as Milk and I find the staying power also superior.
  • just applied glow” —this is absolutely true. I would almost describe this as a comfortable softening, gloss-like look to the skin. I can/have worn without makeup and I have also used it as a daytime moisturizer- it super refreshing and a nice pick-me-up to start the day.
  • And yes, it is absolutely true that this primer smells like watermelon heaven— if you’re a watermelon lover like myself, prepare to be a fan.🍉🍉

 

So with these features, I won’t draw any final conclusions. This is simply me, as a consumer, sharing my thoughts and opinions with another consumer. I think it’s interesting for you to read over my reactions to the claims, and think about what YOUR thoughts are. Do you think the claims were sufficiently met? Do you think the product had enough claims? Were they too vague, too specific, etc.? If you’ve used it, what was your experience?

I love when we, as a beauty community, can continue to challenge and engage each other. Rather than creating posts like “here’s the product, I used it, I loved it..”, (which I still have and will post,—no shade or judgement!!!), I want to more purposefully try to TALK about the products.

So please, SHARE!! 😉


 

FYI: This Primer Retails for $28.00 USD for 40mL/1.35oz product at Sephora

 

Thank you for stopping by,

xo

Jena

 

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used. Some statements were directly taken and sourced from http://www.sephora.com

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REVIEW: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil + Meet Sasha

REVIEW: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil  + Meet Sasha

Hey Friends & Happy Monday!

Another day, another skincare review!

This one might be, well……unpopular.

Herbivore is a brand I’m sure many of you are familiar with. Their skin and body products are minimal, yet gorgeously packaged with jewel-toned hues. As a result, the brand has a huge social media presence, so it’s no surprise that the beauty community seems to be all abuzz about this Seattle-born brand.

I actually ended up with a deluxe sample size of the Emerald Glow Oil as a GWP from Sephora, and I was SO excited to try it out.


Here’s a few Specs/Product claims:

  • Facial oil containing 100mg CBD + adaptogens 
  • Product claim per the Herbivore website the CBD in the oil can “soothe stressed-out skin in need of calm and relief from redness, irritation, and environmental stressors”.
  • Retails for $58.00 for 1oz/30mL bottle with dropper
  • **Because this product contains CBD, the Emerald oil specifically can only be purchased and shipped in the US only (this is on the Herbivore website – I’m not sure about other retailers such as Sephora, Beautylish, etc..)

 

Thoughts:

On a completely superficial level, the bottle and product itself is beautiful. The oil is a stunningly gorgeous green color that definitely catches the eye of any one who glances at it. I would say the hydration component is there, I woke up the next morning with some glow to my skin. I can’t speak for the “soothing” of my stressed out skin, however. Personally, I would not want to apply this in the morning, it would feel too bothersome. I put this on at bedtime immediately before going sleep.

**Also: I used as recommended, about 4-8 drops!

Here’s where my disconnect is: I really don’t think I like facial oils. I’ve never used them really. I love serums and I love good moisturizers of course, but oils are just another story I guess. They just make me feel like I’m trapped in my own face. Is that completely weird? I really can’t say that that’s a knock on this product specifically or face oils in general, but I really just feel very turned off and averse to them now. I would assume this is because they just feel too heavy. Oils aren’t really anything I can massage into my skin or get to “soak in”, they just kind of hang out on the top barrier.

Here’s my other gripe–the scent is just a little *too* on the nose. I’m not a prude y’all, I went to a party school for college. I just don’t particularly love for my face to smell like a joint.

Maybe there would be more long-term benefits to this one if I used it consistently– but honestly it is always an unpleasant experience! 

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On a much brighter (and cuter!) note, I got the sweetest Toy Poodle puppy about 3 weeks ago. I lost my other Poodle after over 16 amazing years, she’s still very much in my heart and I miss her more than words can express. Our new pup (Sasha) has helped us regain some joy again and we love her SO much already! I’ve been sharing photos of her on my IG, follow me if you aren’t already for more Sasha (and of course, beauty!) adventures.

@jj_beautyblog

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Has anyone else tried the Emerald oil?? Please share all your honest thoughts below– I’m so curious!! 

Thanks for reading!!

xo

Jena

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used. 93af437cee67e8dfba31874e57ce63445fc3568d9d5710e95a

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

 

Hellooooo Friends!!

Here with another Skincare review. It’s funny how my content has shifted from primarily makeup to skincare-focused. Makeup will always have my heart and I’ll always continue to chat about makeup that makes me happy, but as I approach 30, skincare seems like more of a priority.

Which leads me to this (quite juicy) gem……..

Fresh Beauty’s Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum. 

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I picked this up on Nordstrom’s website (it is a Nordstrom exclusive for some reason) completely on a whim–No outside recommendations, no Instagram, no YouTube reviews, just me, believe it or not! Something about the combination of words “Glow”, “Juice”, “Vitamin”, “Nectar” just drew me in & had me super curious (and thirsty?).

I read the description to find that this serum is juice-based and contains 480,000 nutrient-based “microbubbles” to give the skin an energized healthy look.

The Microbubbles:

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 Image from Nordstrom.com

Intrigued yet??

Other Highlights/Specs: 

  • Inspiration for the product came from cold-pressed juice.
  • Microbubbles have coconut oil, vitamins C and E and beta-carotene blend with the watery base of fruit extracts and minerals.
  • Skin is “energized” with 24-hour hydration and antioxidant protection.
  • Retails for $28.00 for 15mL bottle.
  • *Direction Discrepancy:
    • The Fresh Beauty Website claims it can be used AM & PM,
    • Nordstrom.com‘s directions say AM or PM

My thoughts: 

  • I have used this for 3 weeks now, and I’ve been absolutely LOVING this!
  • I was a little hesitant because it does contain coconut oil, but I haven’t had any new breakouts or excessive oil production.
  • It smells exactly like orange juice — SO YUMMY!!
  • I frequently use this twice daily in the AM/PM, but I always apply in the evening.
  • It didn’t cause any irritation for me at all, such as stinging/burning.
  • It absolutely gives my skin an instant “glow” and look of vibrance, which I really love!
  • It doesn’t completely dry down and does have some degree of tackiness to it. However, it does not feel heavy, greasy, or oily once applied — the formula is very forgiving!
  • No issue layering with other moisturizers or makeup– I didn’t notice any piling up!

 


 

**A Potential Con/FYI of this Product: I purchased this 3 weeks ago, and after mostly using it twice daily, I am already out! Admittedly, this could very well be my fault for being a little bit too heavy-handed with it. It does feel more like a nourishing moisturizer rather than a “harsh” treatment such as a retinol, acid, etc., so it is definitely more easy to get carried away.

 


 

Overall, I really LOVE this serum!! I almost used it more as a liquid-based moisturizer rather than its (assumed?) intended usage to use a little bit more sparingly.

It really gives the skin such a gorgeous, luminosity that doesn’t look greasy. Because of the unique formulation of this product, I really think all skin types could benefit from the skin-loving vitamins it has. I will be re-purchasing it, and I am fully addicted to the GLOW it gives!

SHOP IT HERE!


 

Do y’all have any new(ish) skincare favorites??  Please comment + share below!! 

 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate. Thanks so much! 

 

New Skincare Favorites

New Skincare Favorites

Hi Friends!

I’ve been on a skincare kick lately. While my skin is definitely enjoying the new purchases, my wallet is a little concerned….

Anyhow, I have a few new products that are really upping my skincare game and I just wanted to post a quick round-up of what I’m loving!

All products linked below!


 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask 

I know, I know. I fell deep into social media’s trap of “Instagram-made-me-buy-it” with this one (Shameless Plug: follow me on IG if you aren’t already @jj_beautyblog).

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Something about the simple, yet eye-catching packaging just sucked me right in. That being said, there’s really something amazing about this product. It is said to hydrate and soothe “stressed skin” with a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gentle exfoliating extracts. According to Summer Fridays, you can apply a thick layer clean/dry skin for 10 minutes and remove any excess after (no-rinse required). I personally prefer to use it as a makeup primer/moisturizer or a sleeping mask. I use a little bit more than a pea sized amount and it really preps my skin to be soft + smooth. I just really love it this mask and I find it to be the perfect amount of nourishment for AM or PM use.

Dry/Combo skin sufferers rejoice! 


 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask 

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Ugh. I hate how much I love this stuff. It is heavily watermelon-scented in the best possible way, and I can’t put this on and not feel instantly amazing. Because the ingredients are naturally-derived and separation occurs, you have to mix it up with each use and the texture is what I would describe as “gloopy”. The key ingredients in this formula are watermelon and hyaluronic acid (HA)— a match made in dry-skin heaven.

I put this on before bed and wake up the next day with the softest, most moisturized skin I’ve probably ever had. This is a BOLD statement, but, you kind of need this in your life and the hype is REAL.


 

Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration Mist 

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If I am being completely honest, I absolutely did NOT need another facial mist, but here we are.

This mist is intended to be an ultra dose of deep hydration for the skin in the AM/PM or throughout the day. Once again, this product has my favorite ingredient at the moment HA. Aloe Vera is a star ingredient as well and really helps soothe sensitive or dehydrated skin.

The scent of the mist is sort of botanical-like, probably related to the aloe in it—  definitely not my favorite scent (THIS one is) and the mister is a little weaker than I would prefer. That being said,  I love how super hydrated I feel after spritzing this on. I think this one is also great for summertime and oily skin because it doesn’t have a dewy or “wet” effect— it simply just absorbs right in and plumps the look of skin. Really enjoying this so far!


 

I am curious to know what skincare y’all are loving at the moment? Does the change in seasons drastically change your beauty routine? Comment below!! 

Thank you so much

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all products myself. Some links are affiliate.