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.

$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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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.

5 Brands that Excite Me + Some that Don’t

5 Brands that Excite Me + Some that Don’t

Hey Everyone and Happy Monday!!

I was inspired to create this post after watching my favorite YouTuber, Emily Noel, create a video on this topic. It really got me thinking about not only my favorite products from the brand, but also just how excited I’ve been getting over their new releases.

These aren’t necessarily my very favorite brands of all time, but they’ve definitely had my attention the most lately. Oddly enough, most of the brands in my list are drugstore! I definitely feel like the more affordable brands have really upped the quality of their products over the last few years. I’ve really come to appreciate how great it is to diversify my makeup collection with more affordable items, rather than splurging on one or two high-end products. (Don’t get me wrong, Hourglass, Marc Jacobs, and LM still have my heart!)

This post will be a relatively broad overview of brands/products, but I am happy to do a more thorough review on anything y’all would like to see more of! Just let me know! All products mentioned are linked in each brand description. 

I’d like to add that the brands that DO NOT excite me are not inherently “bad” quality or poor in performance. They just disinterest at the moment due to over-production of new products or other various reasons I’ll get into later. This is not intended to bash any one brand or create negativity.


First, I’ll discuss the brands that are MOST EXCITING at the moment and mention the products that I love the most


Revolution Beauty

 

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My GOODNESS has this brand been absolutely blowing me away lately. The quality of the products I’ve tried out from them have been crazy good and they have an ultra-affordable price tag to match. Lately, I feel that they’ve really come out with unique products that grab my attention to want to try out. All the eyeshadow palettes I’ve picked up have provided really interesting color variations that I didn’t have in my collection previously.  You never feel like you’re walking away with a boring, over-produced range of colors.

Most importantly, I think Revolution has been a leader in inclusivity of all ages, skin tones, genders, etc.. They have AMAZING shade ranges for complexion products to meet the needs of their consumers. It just makes my heart happy to find a line of products that can be loved by all.

In my opinion, that’s the real beauty of the beauty industry.

LOOK at the gorgeousness in their Visionary Palette I recently picked up for only $7.00!

The set of colors just inspires me. PERFECTION.

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I’ve also recently talked about how good their Fast Base Foundation and Bake and Blot Powders are in previous posts, so I won’t harp on it again. If you missed those reviews, you can find them HERE and HERE. Just shockingly high-performing.

I know I haven’t really scratched the surface of all the different things RB has, but I can’t wait to try more. SERIOUSLY SO, SO GOOD! 

Send me your recommendations on what to pick up next!


bareMinerals 

 

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This is another brand that has been absolutely killing it with new releases lately. I feel that this brand is definitely WAY underrated. I hope the brand continues to grow and gain the respect it deserves.

BM has consistently prided themselves on creating “clean beauty” products, even before it was trendy. In my mind, this brand really set the standard of what should and shouldn’t be in your cosmetics. I also think they have some of the best price points compared to other high-end brands. I’m also really interested in trying out something from their new skincare line.

I’m making a bold statement with this, but their lipsticks are my absolute favorite among all other high-end/prestige options. Their Gen Nude line of matte liquid and radiant lippies released a few years ago was (and still is) a complete game changer for me. If I’m wearing a liquid lipstick these days, there’s about a 95% chance its a bareMinerals one. I absolutely adore their formulas and they are top-notch in terms of comfort.

Favorite bareMinerals Matte Liquid Lip Shades:

  • Weekend
  • Swag
  • XYZ

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Favorite bareMinerals Radiant Lipstick Shades: 

  • Notorious
  • Honeybun

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I’ve obsessed over their new Hydrating Foundation Stick in a previous post HERE. It is a dry-skinned person’s dream come true and I love the unique gel-cream consistency it has.

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The newest BM discovery for me is their Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palettes . The quality is OUTSTANDING and the shadows are a buttery dream to work with! I also love how compact they are — these would be perfect little palettes to travel with. I have the Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral, and its been such an easy addition for beautiful everyday looks. I highly recommend you check this line out!

SO MUCH LOVE for you, bareMinerals!! 


Milani Cosmetics 

 

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I am absolutely loving SO many things from Milani at the moment! Everything they release is packaged beautifully in their signature gold color. It is truly one of those lines that visually pulls me in and makes me stop and look every time I run across it online or in stores.

Milani is my personal favorite affordable/drugstore brand for lip products and blush! They have SO many new items I have my eye on for purchase soon. They just have so many standout products that I consistently use in my collection and I just love them so freakin’ much.

Of course, my first Milani love is their baked blush in “Luminoso”. I swear this blush is universally stunning on everyone! It just holds a special place in my heart and immediately puts me in a good mood each time I apply it. I also LOVE their blush shade in “Berry Amore” — it’s what berry + bronzy dreams are made of!

 

I need their entire line of blushes in my life. If this photo doesn’t make your heart flutter, I don’t know what will!

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Image sourced from Milani Cosmetic’s Instagram Account

I have so many lip products from Milani that happen to be my very favorites! I’ve tried several different formulations in their line, and they are consistently so GOOD! Their Color Statement Line is fantastic and feels like a nourishing dream to wear. I’ve got the gorgeous shades Blushing Beauty and Plum Rose from this range so far!

I’ve also been a big fan of their Amore Matte Creams, I’ve repurchased the shade “Precious” several times! This is a super comfortable and pigmented cream texture and looks super hydrating on the lips. Their line of Keep It Full Lip Glosses is one of the best gloss formulas I’ve tried to date- the shade  “Luminoso” is stunning. They’ve also got a new Luminoso face palette with blush and highlights I’m dying to try!

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Image sourced from Milani Cosmetic’s Instagram Account

Here’s all the lippies I mentioned above swatched:

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Next, I plan to try out more of their face products and this eye-shadow palette! 

 

Milani, if you need a new full-time product tester — I’m your girl!! 


 

Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild is definitely a brand that can release some hits and misses. However, it’s really hard for me to complain about the “misses” because this brand is SO AFFORDABLE!

I really respect the fact that Wet n Wild wants all makeup lovers to have access to great products without breaking the bank. They always tend to release products that keep up with current makeup trends for a fraction of the price you’d pay for other brands. No matter what your budget is, they’ve got a great product to try out. I have specifically had a lot of luck with their face products!

A more recent purchase from Wet n Wild is their Photo Focus Primer Water in Cucumber. As a cucumber scent-fanatic, this product is the PERFECT mist to refresh and hydrate my skin. It’s just an instant pick-me-up and I love to use it in several different ways [more on that in a future post! 😉].

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I’ve been SO pleased with the foundations from Wet n Wild, and they so happen to be the most affordable ones on the market! Their Mega Cushion Foundation absolutely blew me away (I’m wearing it as I write this!). The Photo Focus Liquid Foundation could outperform a ton of prestige brands, and costs less than $5.00!

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**Image sourced from Wet n Wild’s Instagram

One of my absolute FAVORITE highlights in my entire collection is their Boozy Brunch Reflect Palette. It’s just golden-pink champagne perfection! For some reason, its a little tough to find so if you have the opportunity — pick this one up! I’ve also mentioned HERE how much I love their Brow Highlighter Stick to brighten the lower waterline and the arch of my eyebrow. It is a spot-on dupe for the Benefit High Brow Pencil!!

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Wet n Wild is just such a cool brand and there’s so many new things I’m super curious to pick up. I love the affordability of the products and the fact that they’ve always been dedicated to being Cruelty Free!

*ALSO: I’m in the process of testing one of their newest products that will be posted soon– stay tuned!


 

ELF Cosmetics

ELF is such an interesting brand to me. They’ve been coming out with cool products that have really intrigued me to want to try out more and more. Once gain, they have some misses in the line, but the hits are amazing ones!

I can remember years ago when ELF was that brand packaged in all black in white that I could only find in a small section at Target. It was crazy to me that pretty much everything cost around $1.00!

My first purchases from the brand were their makeup brushes. To this day, I use ELF brushes daily and they are some of my absolute favorite! Of course, now they have gained more popularity so the prices have gone up a little–but I’m so thankful that this brand puts out affordable makeup tools that work beautifully.

My HG Makeup Brushes from ELF: 

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ELF has also really stepped up their skincare game, and they have several new masks/serums that I’m dying to dry out! It just really excites me to see affordable brands create skincare that can work for any budget. I really LOVE their Illuminating Setting Spray Mist. It’s so awesome for the price and sets my makeup like a dream.

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I think ELF has the biggest variety of makeup primers to choose from, and they have one that can cater to all different skin types in SO many formulations (sticks, liquids, mists, and of course the infamous putty primer!)

I finally got my hands on the putty one, review coming soon! 

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I also picked up their Instant Lift Eyebrow Pencil, and I absolutely LOVE it. It works great and is just as easy to work with as the ABH Brow Definer for me, and it only costs $2.00 (this is over 10x cheaper than ABH for $23.00!)  

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Image Sourced from Elf Cosmetics’ Instagram account

As I mentioned, ELF is just one of my favorite brands to watch because they put out great products at such an affordable price. They also tend to run a ton of specials on their website, from % of entire purchases to free shipping! I’m really interested in trying out so many products from their Spring launches, the Beauty Shield Collection (photo below) is really calling to me.

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Image Sourced from Elf Cosmetics’ Instagram account

 

I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next, ELF!    🙂



 

Now, for the brands that haven’t been holding my attention lately….

  • Tarte
    • I have several products from Tarte that I really love and enjoy. I respect them as a company and I think they’ve definitely made significant contributions to the beauty community. My main disinterest in their line comes from the seemingly constant output of new products that don’t always deliver the quality for the price you pay. There’s been a lot of products that receive so much hype and ultimately don’t work for me. Their most current releases just don’t interest me at the moment, but hopefully they’ll come out with a product I love and want to share!
  •  Urban Decay
    • Once again, I have an enormous amount of respect for UD as a brand and they have some fantastic products. Just personally for me, I don’t love their most recent new releases. I’m not a Game of Thrones fan (don’t hate me!), so I can’t get super excited over their GoT collection. I feel like many of their releases over the last few years just haven’t spoken to me in terms of the color palettes/tones chosen.
  • Kat Von D
    • I’ve never had a ton of products from KVD’s line, but I can say objectively her liquid eyeliner and liquid lips are good products. For personal decisions, I no longer choose to purchase her products or promote them on my site. We have differing ideologies on certain issues, so it is not a brand I can consciously support.

 


 

So now its y’all’s turn, please share your most/least exciting brands at the moment! If you feel like creating a whole post, tag me in it! I think it was a lot of fun to put some serious thought into what makes each brand special. As a makeup lover and consumer, I think it’s important to take a critical look at what different brands are bringing to the table.

Please share your thoughts! Also let me know of ANY product you’d like more information on –I’m happy to provide a thorough review! 

Thanks for Reading!

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 really appreciate your support of my blog! 

*Some photos are from the Milani Cosmetics, Wet n Wild Cosmetics, and ELF Cosmetics’ Instagram Accounts

 

3-in-1 Makeup?!?

3-in-1 Makeup?!?

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

 

There’s nothing better than getting sucked into an Amazon.com marathon shopping session. I’ve spent hours on end searching for random makeup products, skincare, clothes, shoes. etc.! I’m not sure how I ever lived without this website.

Having said this, I’ve ended up purchasing a lot of random products, especially beauty-related ones. Being the blush-loving human that I am, I stumbled upon these 3-in-1 Lip + Cheek palettes from UNDONE BEAUTY that claims to “Blush, Highlight, and Tint” with customizable “sheer-to-opaque color.” Naturally, I was curious.

I took a closer look at the UNDONE brand, and found a ton of makeup products they offer with the same concept of customizing your own depth of color/coverage. I found the brand as a whole to be super interesting, their goal is aimed at creating problem-solving products for everyday use at an affordable price point. I also really appreciated the fact that they use “natural” ingredients which are vegan and cruelty free.

Each of the Palettes retail for $7.00 USD each on Amazon.com HERE

Of the 3 shades available, I decided to purchase the blush in the colors — “Berry”  and “Blazen”. Here’s how these unique little palettes are laid out:

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  • “Blazen” (described as a sunny coral with warm undertones) is pictured to the left
  • “Berry” (described as a rich raspberry with blue undertones) is on the right

Hopefully, you can tell that the palette is sectioned out in 3 “layers”. Each layer has a different formulation, with a suggested use based on the amount of pigmentation it provides. 

  • The Top Layer is the most sheer — use for lips and dewy* touches
  • The Middle Layer is considered medium coverage- for lips and cheeks
  • The Bottom layer is described as intense — use for lips, liner, and “long-lasting blush”

*The dewy finish is claimed to be from the ingredient of coconut extract

Side Note: I REALLY loved the sleek, minimal packaging these guys arrived in– cute little holographic pouches! 

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I didn’t waste much time to swatch these out and see if they lived up to the claims….

Individual Photo of “Blazen” along with its swatch below:

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This swatch goes from L to R: top section, middle section, and bottom section. I built up each swatch with 2 layers.

Here’s the Photo and Swatch of “Berry”

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Swatch of “Berry” — from L to R: Bottom Section, Middle Section, Top Section

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As I was going through to swatch each “section”, it was really cool to notice the marked texture difference in each. The most sheer layer was a little bit more stiff and had more limited blend-ability, the bottom (high coverage section) was very emollient feeling and deposited color effortlessly. The “slip” of each section increased as the coverage went up. Playing with these was honestly so much fun and surprising to see how much of a difference each formulation change made. I can definitely see the glow and radiance that the blushes provide.

In terms of application, I found it easiest to apply the product to my hand to first warm it up, then use a dense stipple brush to pat and blend in. Like my normal makeup application routine, I find it easiest to apply my bronzer first, then add in this product for blush.  I like to apply a generous layer of the middle section as a base color, then add color to the apples of my cheeks with the bottom section. SO GORGEOUS!


Lip Application: 

As I might have mentioned earlier, with each step up of color intensity the formula gets more opaque and matte. It’s super easy to apply these to the lips; I usually go in with the most intense layer and apply with a fingertip. To add a gloss-like finish, I’ll add some of the top layer for a shiny look. Overall, these feel like a very nourishing lip balm that doesn’t emphasize texture or fine lines on the lips.

The most fun thing about these products and the UNDONE brand, is that you can play around with the different finishes/colors to create YOUR own custom look. I’ve layered both colors together on my cheeks/lips at the same time and created some really beautiful looks. For more precision, you can also use a lip brush to apply the product and smooth or blur the outer edges for a perfected look.

*Check out my FAVORITE lip detailer brush in this set. Such a game-changer!


Overall, I just think this brand has some of the most unique and innovative products I’ve used in a while. I love that you can just play with and layer the different formulations to create your own look. I’m super impressed with the quality of the product for such an affordable price tag, and I think this is just a fun addition to your collection!

I just ordered the concealer product from this line, and the highest coverage formulation is claimed to cover TATTOOS! I can’t wait to play with it.

I’ll keep y’all posted!!

So what do y’all think, is this a brand you might want to check out? If you have some of the UNDONE products, reply below and share your thoughts! I love this little new brand discovery so far! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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. 

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Nostalgic Makeup

Nostalgia is such a weird thing; at the same time, you can feel a little happy and a little sad. Reflecting back on another time in your life can help you appreciate where you’ve been and understand where you are now. (Too deep? Sorry.)

I’ve always had such a fascination with makeup. As a kid, I can remember being at my grandmother’s house and going through endless drawers of beauty products. She had all kinds of free gifts from department store makeup counters or old lipsticks and blushes she insisted were “too bright” so I should take it. I would have the time of my life swatching things and being so excited to go home and add it into my polka-dotted makeup caboodle.

Still to this day, I find my 28-year old self feeling giddy to go to Sephora, Ulta, or the makeup aisle at the grocery store. I love looking back and thinking about a few products that really sparked my love of beauty and helped define my personal makeup style.


Let’s Go Down Memory Lane….

 

 

NARS Blush in “Orgasm”

This is probably an old favorite for many people and not the most original choice, but boy do I love this gem. I can remember first starting to wear it in high-school. I was embarrassed to say the shade name “Orgasm” to my mom, so when I needed to re-purchase one I would just say that I needed more “NARS”. The peachy pink shade of this blush is just timeless—it looks great on everyone and pulls together just about any look. I would load this stuff up on this old scratchy brush I had and go to town with the application. I literally think this is the only blush I wore daily throughout my high school and college years and there’s no telling how many times I’ve repurchased it. I can remember frequently scraping the last few bits of powder out of the pan so that none would go to waste. Still to this day, I’ve got a regular size compact of it and a travel size as a back-up. I love my “NARS” so much!

Revlon Illuminance Cream Eyeshadow 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know why I was so drawn to these cream shadows, probably because I wasn’t good with eye makeup brushes and I could just dab this stuff on with my fingertips. I remember sitting in front of my bedroom window with a small mirror in natural light and thinking this was the best makeup product money could buy. It had such a luminosity to it I’d never seen in eyeshadow powders, so I felt like some kind of 16-year old makeup guru patting it all over my lids. I loved the rose gold/warm tones and would use this little pallet in all sorts of ways. When I bought the Metals one (pictured to the right), with a few darker shades, I felt like the edgiest girl in school (I wasn’t).

Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer 

I can distinctly remember walking around Sephora and spotting this compact on the display shelf. I thought it was the most unique, beautiful product that I had ever seen. Of course, I begged my mom to get it for me and the rest is history. I don’t think I understood at the time what a “bronzer” was or how to correctly apply it. Was this a blush? Was it a bronzer? I didn’t know but I would take my single very old brush and dust this stuff carelessly all over my cheeks and forehead. I probably re-purchased this 4 or 5 times, mostly due to it getting broken or lost. I’m still a sucker for leopard and I would buy it again if ever re-released in a heartbeat.

Britney Spears’ Perfume

 

One of the highlights of my life at the time (and probably now) was in 2000 when I saw Britney Spears live in concert. I was a super fan and loved everything about her. Naturally, when she started releasing fragrances I would have to buy them all. First came Curious, then there was Fantasy. For years around the time of their release, it was always understood I would be needing a new bottle for my birthday or Christmas. I proudly displayed and admired the bottles on my bathroom vanity or a shelf in my bedroom. I would douse on her perfumes anytime I left the house, there was no such thing as “too much”—-I practically bathed in the stuff. My mom always joked she knew I was getting ready to go somewhere when the smell of my perfume made its way all the way downstairs from my room upstairs. When I smell these scents to this day, I feel instantly nostalgic and thankful.

 

I have to say,  this was probably one of my favorite topics to put together so far! It’s so fun to look back and think about how much you loved something or how happy it made you feel; I would encourage y’all to do the same. With the constant release and availability of new products, it is so easy to forget about the things you loved first.

As we get all the new let’s not forget to appreciate the old, shall we?

So what beauty products make you feel nostalgic? Is there anything you want to re-purchase? Let’s chat about it!

xo,

Jena

 

 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This content is not sponsored. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate and images are from Amazon.com