REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Hey Friends!

Whew. It has been a minute since I’ve posted on here. I hope some of y’all can relate to going in and out of “creativity” mode. I think I’m especially prone to this when it comes to writing, I definitely have to be in a certain mind set to sit down and clearly articulate my thoughts in words. I fully plan to get back into consistently posting 3-4 times/week!

Anyhow,  I’ll spare you further wordy-ness and jump into the review!


I had a little single-use sample size of the GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Cleanser, and I was definitely eager to give it a try! It can be used a few different ways: a general cleanser, a makeup remover, and as a mask. I was drawn to trying it out as a mask, as I have several different cleansers/MU removers in my rotation that I love and use regularly.

**For more info about Glow Recipe as a brand, check out my previous post HERE!

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Review as a Mask:

To use as a mask, GLOW RECIPE suggests to apply to clean, dry skin and simply rinse off with water after 5 minutes. I really love the simple, no-fuss ease of using the product this way— it’s not a mask that requires you to leave it on for 20+ minutes and then clean up a ton of residue on your skin. It leaves my skin SO super smooth and soft, and I don’t find it to be too terribly drying/stripping to my skin. The smell is beyonddd! It is my favorite kind of scent—super fresh and fruity

I really loved the results from masking with the sample size, so I decided to pick up the little $10.00 mini (30mL/1oz) size for a little further investigation (without the investment of the full-size for $34.00).

Review as a General (Makeup-Free) Cleanser:

The consistency of this cleanser is a full-on gel. It isn’t watery or runny in the least, but it does have a lightweight feel on the skin.

Close up to note the texture/consistency of the gel:

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As the cleanser comes in contact with water on your face, it does begin to foam up. I really feel like the aim of this product is to clarify and really cleanse. it isn’t one of those cleansers that you feel iffy after using– it is super effective and you won’t be left wondering if your skin is really “clean”. That being said, I think this product would probably best suit normal, combo, or oily skin. If you are very dry, I think you may want to consider something more nourishing. As we get more into summer, this one is working well for me, as my skin is leaning a little bit more normal and much less dry!

Review as a Makeup Remover:

If I am being totally honest, I haven’t done a ton of testing on this for makeup removal. I did use it once or twice, and I felt the need to take an additional cleansing step to remove excess makeup. My favorite cleanser/makeup removing product is by far the Slaai Balm from Drunk Elephant— it’s just SO hard to beat that one! That being said, I don’t think this one is best utilized for makeup removal for me.


I really enjoy using this one as a quick little 5-minute mask and as an AM cleanser. It is super cleansing and refreshing, and I think it is really great for oil/dirt removal during these very hot summertime days in the South. I think y’all might enjoy this as long as you aren’t dealing with excessive dryness. As I mentioned above, you can get the mini one to try out before committing to the full-size (a little does go a LONG way!). The fruity scent is deliciously refreshing, and I LOVE starting out the day with the little pick-me-up it gives.

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Comment Below! Has anyone tried this cleanser or anything else from Glow Recipe? Let me know your thoughts! 

Thank you so much for reading,

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all products mentioned were purchased by me. The sample size was a gift with purchase from Sephora. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used.

REVIEW: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette

REVIEW: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette

Hey Friends!

I picked up Natasha Denona’s Bloom Blush & Glow Palette during the Spring VIB Rouge sale a few weeks ago. I wanted to spend some time playing with the palette and getting a solid understanding of how it performs before putting a “formal” review together.

I definitely have some thoughts on it, so let’s dive in!


 

First, I’ll just go over the general specs & layout of this palette:

  • Retails for $55.00 USD
  • Contains 4 Large Pans with a mirror

Pan Contents: 

  • Two Cheek Products: 1 Cream and 1 Powder
    1. A Cream Blush in “Fuchsia” –described as a deep cherry red with a subtle gold shine
    2. A Duo Glow in Vibrant, Golden Coral (I use this like a blush topper)
  • Two Highlight (or Glow) Products: 1 Cream and 1 Powder
    1. Glow Cream Base in “Peach”
    2. Glow Extreme in “Light Rose” — described as a nude champagne shade

 

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First Thoughts:

The packaging is stunning and feels high-quality. The overall look of it is an eye-catching mix of vibrant pops of color and brilliant shine. The colors are a stunning variety of pinks, light golds, and peachy-pink tones.

I really appreciate the thought put into the design and layout of the palette– it contains 2 cream products and 2 powders. To shield the creams from getting contaminated with powder, ND added in a little plastic cover to keep them protected; I just find this to be a really awesome, problem-solving feature.

Suggested Usage Per ND:
-Apply the cream blush on the apples of the cheeks with a blush brush.
-Apply the Glow Cream Base on the upper cheekbones with your finger or a highlighting brush.
-Apply the Glow Extreme Powder on top with a highlighting brush or your finger for an extreme shine.
-Apply the Duo Glow Powder on top with highlighting brush or your finger for a multicolored shine.

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And Because I am a Visual Learner/Nerd Here’s the Steps Mapped Out:

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Swatching: Left with Flash, Right is Natural Light

From Top to Bottom: Duo Glow, Glow Extreme, Cream Blush, Glow Cream Base


 

Palette Performance:

As mentioned, this palette has a variety of cheek/face products and formulas that can be used together or separately to achieve the “ultimate glow”. I found the swatches to be absolutely gorgeous, and each product is designed to add a unique dimensional complexity to the overall look.

If I am being honest, the first few times I used this palette I found myself feeling a little bit overwhelmed– it definitely comes with a little bit of a learning curve. I also struggled to find the best application method for each formula– it was trial and error in finding tools that applied each product evenly and seamlessly.

It would be worth mentioning that I applied these products after other powder products (setting powder, bronzer, etc..). I didn’t have any issues with the cream products disrupting my foundation or looking cakey.


Palette Breakdown:

Glow Cream Base

  • This is probably the most disappointing product in the palette. While it does look gorgeous swatched and in the pan, I don’t really find that it had much impact when applied. It is a little bit more difficult to blend out evenly, and the overall effect it gives is a VERY subtle and colorless sheen. For me, I found a damp sponge to be the most ideal way to apply it. I am assuming the primary function of this cream is to act as a “glue” to the highlight products.

 

Cream Blush

  • This blush shade is INTENSE y’all! I would recommend using a light hand to very slowly build the pigmentation up using a damp beauty sponge, especially for fair to light skin tones. I found that gently tapping and pressing the cream in helps create the most even application. This was definitely the most intimidating product in the palette!
  • That being said, the color is absolutely beautiful and gives the most gorgeous brightening effect to the complexion. It would be such a perfect bold shade for special occasions or photographs, and it is very long-wear!

 

Glow Extreme

  • This highlight is really pretty and easy to work with–I use my normal highlight brush from Real Techniques to apply it. The neutral champagne tone it has is gorgeous and versatile, you could make this work with warm and cooler-toned makeup looks.
  • You can definitely build the intensity, and it doesn’t have a chunky or glittery look on the skin. It does have some potential to accentuate texture/pores, so I would use a little bit more sparingly if this is something that bothers you.

 

Duo Glow

  • I really enjoy using this as a blush topper. It adds a gorgeous, multi dimensional sheen and peachy/coral glow that I LOVE. This would probably be the product I would reach for to use on its own to give my blush a little extra pop of glow. Most of the time, I don’t feel the need to apply any additional highlight if I have this one on.
  • It is buildable and easy to work with–I apply it the same way I would any other blush with this brush (for a more subtle sheen, a highlighting brush would work too!). The formula is also superb– it is pure buttery, velvet deliciousness!

 

Final Thoughts:

This palette is no doubt excessive and pricy. It can be a little bit impractical, as I have to use different tools to apply each individual product.

Do I think it is a collection necessity? No.

***HOWEVER***

This product is definitely geared toward blush/highlight enthusiasts, or makeup lovers that want a very specialized face palette for their collection. It takes some time and effort to work with, which is fun and really appealing for those interested in expanding their makeup horizons. I do think you can spend the time layering all the products together, or you can pull it out for individual use to accent other blushes/highlights.

The palette has some gorgeous appeal to it, and I am definitely excited to experiment with the formulas more and more! For me, it was worth the extra spend.


 

DISCUSSION TIME:

What do y’all think of this palette? Do you plan to purchase it? If you did pick it up, please share your thoughts!!

Thanks for Reading!

xo

Jena


 

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

Two Skincare Products Doing It All

Two Skincare Products Doing It All

Hey Friends! 

I just have a short and sweet post today about some important developments in my skincare routine! 

All products mentioned are linked below!


I just wanted to come on and chat a little bit about my new(ish) additions to my skincare routine. I’ve been pretty diligent with taking care of my skin each day, and making sure that, at the very least, I’ve removed my makeup before going to sleep. Since becoming more and more consistent with my skincare, I’ve come to enjoy taking off my makeup and giving my skin some much needed care and attention.

The specific step that I believe has made the most dramatic improvement in my skin is using a toner, both in the morning and evening. Prior to incorporating toner, I felt as if my skin was unbalanced and not getting the full potential benefits of my prescription treatment and moisturizer. A few months ago, I really decided I would be consistent with using my Thayer’s Witch Hazel as a toner product after cleansing.

**Note: I use this by soaking a cotton pad and sweeping it over my face 1-2 times. I also sometimes use this more like an essence, by pouring some in my hands and gently pressing the liquid in to absorb. 

Photo of My Current Bottle, a back-up, and my back-up’s back up!! 😉

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I can’t really describe how dramatically this has helped my complexion. My skin is noticeably smoother and less prone to irritation. I also feel like it has helped with texture, as well as keeping my lines/wrinkles somewhat at bay while I’m in between Botox treatments (I have an appointment Monday ;-)!!!)

I can remember taking about a 2-3 week break from the toner after running out and not repurchasing. I really didn’t think too much about skipping it until I saw my skin begin to take a turn back to look more dull and my pores more visible. I also felt like my skin defaulted back to an overly-dry “mode”, and I was seeing dry patches pop up. Since then, I have kept this stuff stocked in my collection and I’ll never go back!

I was so blown away by the benefits I was seeing from using a toner, I  decided to take the routine to the next-level by incorporating Caudalie’s Grape Water Spray— which also has toner-like qualities to hydrate and soothe. The “grape” ingredients in this mist are extracted from grapes in the Bordeaux, France wine region.

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The grapes multi-task in providing extra hydration, as well as reducing skin sensitivity (it is recommended for the most sensitive skin types/conditions, such as eczema.) If I am feeling irritated from cleansing or doing a new face mask, I will always pull out this guy to immediately soothe and calm my skin. This spray just feels SO gentle and refreshing! I think that it works hand-in-hand with the Thayer’s to re-balance my skin to take in the benefits of moisturizer/serums. Because I have seen the marked benefits from using it, I only use the Caudalie for skincare–I do not use this as a makeup setting spray. I’ve just seen such a marked improvement by using these two very effective (and very gentle!) products in tandem.

Overall, using the 2 “toners” has significantly increased my hydration and overall look of my skin. I’m also seeing less sensitivity from my prescription treatments and daily serums. Toning has basically just helped “mesh” all the products together, and I’ve been starting to see significant benefits from everything in my routine! I like to think of toner as the “glue” to your skincare products — it just enhances and elevates your whole skin game!

 

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If you feel like you’re in a skincare “rut”, and you aren’t seeing the benefits you should be from your products, I highly recommend evaluating your use of toners! I just can’t say enough good things about using the 2 products together.

 

I’m SO curious now:

What are y’alls thoughts on using toners, and what are your favorites? Feel free to share below! 

 

Thank you so much for reading! 😉

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are honest and my own, and I purchased all products myself. Some links are affiliate — thank you for your support!

How To Get “Glow-From-Within” Skin!

How To Get “Glow-From-Within” Skin!

Hey Friends!

I think it is safe to say one of the most popular makeup trends at the moment is creating a look of natural “glow” to the skin. While applying a highlighter alone can give a gorgeous glow, it doesn’t necessarily create a skin-deep, full-complexion radiance. I find that adding products in light layers can really enhance the skin and achieve a natural, I-Woke-Up-Like-This Luminosity.

Think of this post as your guide to creating a “no-filter” filter! 

All products mentioned are linked below!


Moisturize!

This “step” is obviously not ground-breaking or new, but starting out with a hydrated base is SO key! It is always best to find a moisturizer that is most tailored to your skin type, and it can definitely be a trial-and-error process. For me, the Bobbi Brown Vitamin-Enriched Face Base has literally improved almost every aspect of my skin. It is very rich in texture, yet so lightweight and hydrating! This one is a splurge, but it’s life-changing.

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Spritz! 

After moisturizer, I love to spritz my whole face with elf’s Illuminating Mist & Set. It creates a such a gorgeous luminosity that acts like a glass-like backlight for the rest of your complexion products. I love that this one is vitamin and green tea-infused, so you’re also giving your skin a dose of good-for-you ingredients.


Liquid Glow! 

Before applying foundation/powders, I like to use a small amount of liquid highlighter to the highest point of my cheek and brow bones. This may seem like an unnecessary step, as the addition of foundation may seem to “cancel-out” the glow; however– this helps create a more dimensional luminosity that will reveal itself more and more throughout the day. There are plenty of great liquid highlights out there, but the most important factor to keep in mind is to avoid those with glitter. Overly shimmery highlights can emphasize pores and skin texture. I love BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter in “Opal” or Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Liquid Highlighter.

The Benefit one is a great choice for more textured skin types. Because it is matte, it won’t emphasize skin unevenness. It really gives such a gorgeous pinky-colored brightness to the complexion. I also love to use this one on my brow bone for an instant lifted effect.

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Top of With a Powder Glow! 

After applying foundation, concealer, and matte setting powders— it’s time to amp up the glow! I can’t even write this post and try to recommend a $25-$30 highlight. I haven’t found many products that hold a candle to my beloved Pure Nude Highlights from essence cosmetics. The shades “Be My Highlight” and “Sunlighter” just rock my world. Like honestly, I would probably bathe in these if I could. These will not give you that blinding, beaming from outer space metallic effect– the look these give is pure creamy, dreamy natural radiance. Think of these as a very delicate “kiss” of glow.

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Seal it In! 

Immediately after you apply the powder highlight, give your skin one last good spritz of setting spray. Of course I love the elf one mentioned above, but I also like to finish off things with my favorite scent from Mario Badescu. This helps seal in all that glow and melts all your makeup together for long-lasting radiance.

TIP: If you’re really feeling like a beaming angel, add another layer of powder highlight before the setting spray drys!

 


 

I really enjoy having a glow that feels understated yet noticeably healthy. I personally feel most confident when my makeup enhances my features rather than covering them up– especially when it comes to my complexion. A good skin day is the best day!

How do y’all like to glow?? Please share all your thoughts below!

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

 

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

 

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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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!