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.

 

 

REVIEW: KKW Beauty -Mrs. West Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: KKW Beauty -Mrs. West Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Friends!

I’m so excited to finally have the KKW Beauty Eyeshadow Palette from the Mrs. West collection! I remember seeing the collection announcement a few weeks ago and thinking how absolutely GORGEOUS everything looked. I’m an unapologetic lover of neutrals. They are my comfort zone, and I find that I always end up getting some of my favorite looks out of these kinds of tones.

Everyone definitely has their own opinions about the Kardashian/Jenner family, but I think Kim was an absolutely stunning bride! I love the classic, neutral-nude tones she went with. It all came together for a timeless bridal, soft-glam makeup look!

I also LOVE her long-term makeup artist Mario! You might remember his eyeshadow  collab with ABH a few years back– it’s such a gorgeous palette! He’s just mega-talented, and I could get lost for an hour looking at his Instagram account.

Kim looking like an actual goddess. 

 

 

 

Images Source: https://www.instagram.com/kimkardashian/

 


 

Sorry for all the major fangirl-ing, I’ll get into the palette details now…..

First of all, I love the minimal packaging the KKW line has! It is simple, yet very statement making! The palette is very compact and travel-friendly- you could easily take this on a trip and achieve a a variety of looks with it. It isn’t the most luxe-looking product, but the component feels sturdy and I love that it has a mirror.

  • Comes as a 6 pan-palette with 4 matte shades + 2 shimmer shades
  • I picked up my palette on the official KKW Beauty Website for $30.00 USD. Much of the collection is currently sold out, but I would anticipate a re-release soon!

Pretty Box it Came In + Exterior Design of the Palette:

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What’s Inside!

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Swatches

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I don’t think there’s anything too particularly unique about this range of shades. You could probably find similar colors in other palettes you may already own. I will say that the “Pleeease Marry Mee!” shimmer shade is really gorgeous, and it has a beautiful balance of pink/gold without being overly rose gold (if that makes sense).

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Image Source: www.kkwbeauty.com

The mattes aren’t particularly powdery feeling or have much kick-up. The texture is a little bit more “stiff”, but I found them really easy to work with and control. The pigmentation is more buildable and forgiving in these, which I don’t mind when I’m working with especially dark tones. The experience with these mattes is quite different than ABH or Lorac matte shadows; if you are familiar with the consistency of Too Faced mattes these are pretty comparable.

I really love the shimmer shadows they put in this palette! They are gorgeous when applied, and I haven’t found them to have fall-out or cause a glitter explosion under my eyes. I wouldn’t say they are the most buttery consistency that I’ve seen in shimmer formulas, but they are very smooth and look gorgeous applied directly to the lid with a finger. For even more intensity, I think they would also work beautifully wet. They definitely make a shimmer statement, without looking chunky or gritty. Because the tones are soft and neutral, you could easily get away with wearing any of these tones to work/school (or at least I would!).

As I mentioned above, this palette isn’t groundbreaking or overly unique in terms of shade variety. What I will say is that every single shade builds and blends together seamlessly to create your look. Because it isn’t a 15-20 shade palette, you can skip the sometimes overwhelming guess-work on which family of shades to work with. Almost any combination of colors you can come up with using this palette is super complimentary, universally flattering, and they all work together so WELL! I would almost describe this palette as a scaled down, more concise version of Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette.*

*Not suggesting it is an exact dupe for now. 

I feel that this is a product that can be fully utilized for just about any occasion: bridal/wedding makeup (obviously!), day time, night time, professional events, etc.! The price breaks down to $5.00/shadow, which is very in line with many higher end cosmetic brands.

All and all, if you’re interested in a really soft/pretty neutral palette..I think this is a great buy. I’m really happy with my purchase and I love that I can reach for it any day to create effortlessly flattering looks!


 

So now I am SUPER curious: did y’all buy anything from the Mrs. West Collection, or do you own anything else from KKW Beauty? Please comment your thoughts/opinions below!! I have definitely had my eye on a few other things in this collection, so I am anxious for them to do a re-launch! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading,

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and I purchased all products mentioned myself. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links may be affiliate. Thank you in advance for supporting my blog!

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!

 

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.

Glossy, BERRY Lip Obsession

Glossy, BERRY Lip Obsession

Hey everybody!

I’ve recently become obsessed with berry-toned lip colors. More specifically, GLOSSY berry-toned lip colors. I have come across some really amazing lip formulas that feel just as good as they look.

I’ve rounded up 3 different products that each give off a uniquely gorgeous BERRY-like shade.

 


 

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick — “Gleaming Plum” 

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I have raved about this line of lipsticks from L’Oreal over and over! They are just SO GOOD!

The shade “Gleaming Plum” is probably one of the most rich, unique lipstick colors I’ve seen in a while. It is just so gorgeously complex in tone, and indescribably plum-y in the best possible way! This shade has a perfect balance of cool/warm tones that makes it look beautiful to wear year-round. “Gleaming Plum” is definitely a color that really surprises you in the best possible way!

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The formula in these lipsticks are probably the most nourishing I’ve ever tried; They truly feel like a super-hydrating lip balm. I would not say that this product is long-wear– I do feel the need to touch it up after eating/drinking. That being said, they are SO comfortable to wear and easy to re-apply.

The shine and radiance these guys have really create a “glass lips” finish.

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GORGEOUS! 


 

Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick — “Risky Berry” 

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I absolutely LOVE this line of lipsticks– the consistency is smooth and nourishing. I would definitely describe the texture as having an emollient “slip” to it. Per Maybelline, this line is “oil-in-stick” and consists of 60% reflective oils to amp up the shine. The packaging is also really beautiful- the shiny rose gold tube looks very luxe. I will definitely be picking up more shades in this range!

You can definitely tell that this is an oil-based formula, but it doesn’t feel like its going to slide around and melt all over your face.

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The pigment in the “Risky Berry” shade blew me away –the color is SUPER vibrant and luminous. It is definitely not a “purple” berry shade — it has some pink in it that can come off a little fuchsia. It’s such a fun spring/summer shade! The swatch above was after just 1 swipe of product!

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Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Cream — “Spiced Berry” 

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Y’all. I seriously can’t believe that this good of a formula exists in the drugstore for less than $5.00! When I saw this line of lip creams be referred to as a “dupe” for this Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Balm (photo below) that has been getting rave reviews, I did not hesitate to order it online the exact same day!

 

Image Source: Nordstrom.com

The feeling this product has feels so moisturizing and smooth on the lips. I would describe the feeling as a creamy gloss that shines. It has the soft consistency of a cream product, while still being light weight and never sticky.  It comes in a squeeze tube, and I find the application pretty easy to use- it isn’t hard to get an even layer of color.

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Image Source: Amazon.com

The “Spiced Berry” shade is GORGEOUS and has a very obvious luminosity to it. In my opinion, this shade is a true, more traditional “berry” color on me.

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I would say that of all the lipsticks mentioned in the post, this one is the most long wearing and slowly fades away leaving a really pretty “stain” on your lips for hours. These just have SUCH a soft, luxurious feel!

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Swatches of All Shades shown left to right – “Gleaming Plum”, “Risky Berry”, “Spiced Berry”

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Just completely OBSESSED with these tones! 

Shop these shades here!:


 

Do y’all like berry shades? What are your favorite ones I need to try next? Please share below!

 

Thanks for reading

xo

Jena


 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. All products were purchased by myself. Some links may be affiliate. Images sourced from Nordstrom.com and Amazon.com