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: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

 

Hellooooo Friends!!

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

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

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

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

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

The Microbubbles:

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 Image from Nordstrom.com

Intrigued yet??

Other Highlights/Specs: 

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

My thoughts: 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

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

SHOP IT HERE!


 

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

 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

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

 

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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Image Source: Nordstrom.com

 


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!