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.

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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!

 

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

 

My Favorite Skin-Like Foundations

My Favorite Skin-Like Foundations

Hey everyone! 

As I mentioned in my previous blog HERE , I have a bit of a foundation obsession right now. Some of these I’ve loved for awhile and others are a newer discovery for me.

All of these foundations, in my opinion, provide an almost undetectable “your skin but better” effect. They all have a natural radiant finish and range from medium to full coverage. Any of these options would be great for everyday wear—they are all super lightweight and comfortable formulas.

***If you have normal/dry/combo skin—this is the list for you!

All product links are included below!

I’ll just hit the main points for each—if y’all would like a more thorough review, I’ll be happy to post!


Here’s my picks (In no particular order): 

 

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick— SPF 25

I CANNOT say enough good things about this foundation. Here’s a few specks for it:

  • Comes as 0.35oz/10gm stick for $32 USD
  • 20 shades available in the range with SPF 25
  • I find that the stick packaging is very sleek and compact (great for travel). It also has a magnetic closure to make sure product seals & doesn’t dry out
  • Blends effortlessly –I recommend using a brush for the most coverage

Y’all this foundation is gorgeous. It is the most weightless, comfortable formula and makes the skin look naturally hydrated and supple. It has more of a natural/radiant finish and builds up to a full medium coverage. It doesn’t emphasize my lines/wrinkles or build up on textured areas. As you apply this foundation, it has a gel-like cooling effect that almost feels like a skincare product. I didn’t expect this at all, but I think this one secured a spot into my top 5 all-time favorite foundations. Beautiful, beautiful stuff and I highly recommend for normal or dry skin! A++

**Check this foundation out HERE

  • Has SPF 18
  • Claims to achieve a naturally luminous and radiant finish (I agree)
  • Comes in glass bottle (no pump) with 1oz of product
  • Very affordable —(less than $6 USD) and available at a variety of retailers (Walgreens, Target, Amazon, Walmart, etc.)
  • I find it to be a very comfortable and lightweight formula

I have no idea where I’ve been these last few years, but I am just now trying this foundation and it is absolutely stunning. It definitely lives up to the claim of providing a super SMOOTH finish—it glides over the texture I have and doesn’t emphasize any dry patches or fine lines. The skin looks hydrated and perfected with no cakey or mask-like look. I think it looks great applied with a foundation or damp sponge and blends seamlessly. I usually do set it under my eyes and lightly all over my face with a light-weight powder to extend the wear time. Really, really love this one!!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC + Illumination Cream 

  • Full coverage with SPF 50
  • Provides a radiant finish
  • Comes in a 1oz tube with a pump (I LOVE the packaging)
  • Also comes in the Original CC cream (more of a natural finish) and Matte formula (I have not tried this one)

This line claims to be a CC cream (it does color correct), but performs more like a full coverage foundation. I’ve loved and used the Original CC Cream for a while –highly recommend that one too! I was super curious when they expanded the product line for a while, so I had to break down and pick up the illumination one. I love this stuff for so many reasons! One of the best features about it is that it literally has it all in one step—it can serve as your primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Its just so easy and low-maintenance! This is the only foundation/CC cream that I apply with my fingers and it sets up beautifully. I can’t say this foundation will take you from early morning to night without a little fade, but it touches up great and can be refreshed with a hydrating spray or touch of powder. This one is just SO good!

Face atelier Ultra Foundation 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my latest foundation love from Face atelier. I won’t rave too much about it–I did a full 2-day wear test HERE . This gem just blew me away. It truly has a skin-like finish and looks like a radiant dream. I love the dewy finish, but I would use a little setting powder in the T-zone for longevity in wear . I think it would look great on aging skin and doesn’t emphasize any uneven or textured areas. Try this one out, y’all!

Swatches Below: Some shades match better than others 😂😂

Swatches from Left to Right: bare Minerals Stick (Cashew); IT Cosmetics +Illumination (Medium Tan); Maybelline Dewy +Smooth (210 Sandy Beige); Face atelier (Shade 5)

So that’s my “foundation that doesn’t look like foundation” roundup. I’m super curious if anyone has tried these or is planning to? Also, let me know if you have any other must-have foundations!

Have a great weekend!!

xo

Product Links:

  1. bareMinerals foundation stick: bareMinerals.com
  2. Maybelline smooth + dewy: at Amazon
  3. IT Cosmetics CC Cream +Illumination: at Sephora
  4. Face atelier Ultra Pro Foundation: at Amazon

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. Opinions are honest and my own–I will never link a product that I don’t love, recommend, or use myself.

*Some links are affiliate

Face atelier Ultra Foundation: A 2-Day Wear Test

Face atelier Ultra Foundation: A 2-Day Wear Test

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Hey y’all!

Lately I’ve been on a foundation kick. I’ve been searching my collection to rediscover old favorites and purchasing a few new ones to test out. Although I’ve seen an improvement in my acne, I am struggling with a few textured and dry areas on my cheeks and between my eyebrows. My lines on my forehead and around my eyes are more prominent than usual since I’m overdue for Botox (first world problem). All that being said, I need a foundation that addresses all of these “issues” and won’t cake or dry me out. I want to look in the mirror and still look like myself.

Cue: FACE atelier Ultra Foundation. I’ve heard about this foundation from a ton of glowing reviews on YouTube and it has had me curious for a while. It’s more of a pro makeup artists’ brand and is less known in mainstream beauty communities. You can definitely tell it is geared towards makeup professionals with the minimal packaging and availability to purchase all the shades for bulk pricing. I so appreciate the toned-down, sleek look of the packaging. You are paying for the QUALITY of the actual product, not the pretty plastic it comes in. FACE atelier is a cruelty-free, PETA approved Canadian brand and is exclusively sold on their website [linked below], QVC, and Amazon [check reviews to make sure product is authentic—I did purchase mine from Amazon with no quality issues and fast shipping].

A Few Things to Know……

  • This foundation is oil and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and claims to not require the use of a primer (it is silicon based).
  • It comes in 2 sizes; I purchased the smaller one– 0.68 oz. or 20mL for $36 USD that comes in a plastic bottle with a pump.
    • A really cool feature that the FACE atelier website offers is that you can purchase a sample size in any shade for only $1.00.
  • Comes in a range of 18 shades, with some of them being “adjusters”, where you can deepen/lighten or adjust the undertone of another shade.

***I think that this customization option will help most skin tones find a shade that works, the formula is also pretty forgiving and seems to adjust with your natural skin tone as you blend it in. I purchased the shade #5 sepia –“cool-medium skin tone with yellow undertones”. It is pretty spot on shade-wise for me, but I feel like going up/down a shade could work just as well.

One of the claims for this foundation is that it doesn’t require a primer. However, I always use some kind of primer and I had just received a new one from Sephora I was dying to test out. I started out with a full pump of the foundation and dotted it equally all over my face, then blended with a foundation brush. [Note: I think that a damp beauty sponge would work with this, but a brush will give more coverage using less product]. Once I got the first layer blended, (with minimal effort), I was seriously BLOWN away. It instantly looked like a second skin with an absolutely stunning natural finish. My deep-set lines weren’t emphasized and meshed with the foundation perfectly; the textured areas looked smoothed and blurred. I used another full pump to provide an additional layer of coverage. The overall effect for me is a solid medium coverage, with a very lightweight and breathable feel. I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful of a skin-like finish this foundation provides, y’all. The website describes the formula as flexible to your own skin, which is an absolute perfect description of it. It blended seamlessly with my bronzer/blush and looked like I was having an awesome skin day. It is probably most ideal for normal/dry skin, as it does give a natural glow. Oily skin might require the use of matte primer/powders and more maintenance touch-ups throughout the day.

***A few more details to note about my experience with this foundation: I wore it with a very hydrating primer that I was also trying out for the first time— the MILK MAKEUP Hydro Grip Primer. I can say that I would not recommend this combination of foundation + primer, I would reserve the primer for more matte, full coverage foundations. With the exception of my under eye concealer, I did not set my face with any powder or setting spray.

Here’s the Breakdown: 

I applied the foundation at 9 AM–took the pic at 9:30AM — it looked beautiful!

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By about 1 PM/1:30PM, I did notice that my face was getting shiny and my pores were more visible, but the foundation was intact and not broken up. Here is a pic about 2:30ish later that day, let the meltdown begin.  Woof!

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By 3:30PM (6.5 hours in), my face was way too shiny and I noticed the foundation broke up a little bit above my eyebrow and near parts of my hairline. I was genuinely horrified when I saw the amount of shine. EEEEK!!  I really, really think that the primer was the culprit of the excessive “dew” here. My husband said he thought I had on some type of gel face mask! 😂😂😂

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I did touch up at 3:30PM with a light dusting of Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder all over my face—this really eliminated the shine . Here is a photo after the touch up at 3:45PM. A little dry looking, but better!

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Finally, here is the last photo of the day, at about 8:45PM. This was almost 12-hours of total wear. It was expectedly more broken down and the shine is definitely back; However, It did hold up really well most of the day after my one touch-up. As mentioned before, I think I might have over-applied the primer or the 2 products simply don’t play very nice together.  Don’t mind my smeared eye-makeup– I’m having terrible allergies and issues with my contacts. There’s also flash here since the sun was gone for the day!

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On to Day 2……

I wanted to give this foundation another go to see if I could increase the staying power and avoid the literal meltdown again from the day before.  I knew I would have to change my application approach so I did a few things different this time:

        • I did NOT use the MILK Hydro-Grip Primer (it was in time-out for bad behavior—I will bring it out another day).
        • Instead, I used the Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick in light/medium. I just applied this in my T-zone (still relatively new to this product but it has some very promising results so far).
        • I did not set my face with powder. However, I did use a setting spray—-I am absolutely LOVING the Wet N Wild Photofocus Cucumber Setting Spray. The sprayer is goooood.

I wore the Face atelier for a little over 8 hours on day 2. It wore significantly better with different primers—it didn’t get nearly as shiny throughout the day (just some shininess on the forehead as per usual). No touch ups were required, but I would not categorize this foundation as long-wearing—- not a deal breaker for me since it looks SO pretty most of the day and keeps my dryness at bay.

Here are 2 photos of me, one in natural sunlight and the other a little darker light. This was about 5 hours after initial application. (That hairstyle, though 🤣🤣)

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Lesson learned: Primers can make or break you, guys. (Sorry, another first world prob) 

Final Conclusions:

I really, really like this foundation and I’m very pleased with the effect it has on the overall look of my skin. I think it looks beautiful and natural and I’ll definitely continue to reach for it. It is SO wearable for day-to-day and would look amazing on skin of all ages—it is very nice to fine lines/wrinkles. If you are in the market for a new foundation to play with, pick this one up or try a sample from Face atelier’s website. (I also love supporting less-known, cruelty-free brands.) If you have tried this before or plan to, let me know. I’m so excited to hear your thoughts.

*P.S.—– Let me know if y’all would like a more thorough review of the MILK Hydro-Grip primer. It has some interesting ingredients and warrants some further testing…

If you’re curious, take a look at the MILK primer here: Sephora.com

Product Links:

Face atelier Ultra Foundation: https://amzn.to/2Fk2sgI   OR https://www.faceatelier.com/

Maybelline Master Blur Stick (I have light-medium shade): https://amzn.to/2FmaWnL

Wet N Wild Photofocus Setting Spray (Cucumber): https://amzn.to/2W


 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. Opinions are my own, honest reviews and experiences. Some links are affiliate links and product images are from Amazon.com

Hot Product of the Day🔥🔥🔥

Happy (Skincare) Sunday! 

Today I want to introduce a fun series where I will share a brief post featuring my current “hot” product of the day. This can include a product that I’ve loved forever or something relatively new to me I want to share.

For my first post, I want to share something I’ve loved for several months:

The NuFACE Prep-N-Glow Cloths


**Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/2ObKyQe

If any of y’all have been on the search for skincare that actually works lately, this product is SO GOOD. I am the type of person that always feels rushed to wash my face or take my makeup off; It always feels like a struggle I’m not always psyched about doing.

Then I found these gems! 

I love me a good face wipe, so when I found these multitaskers I was thrilled. It is a soft cotton cloth that comes double sided— one side for cleansing first, then the other with the most delicious little micro-dots that gently exfoliate and smooth your skin. Bonus: you don’t have to rinse after using them!!  They also come individually wrapped, so you don’t have to worry about the whole box drying out on you (such a bummer!) The product claims to gently clean and exfoliate, while also adding some hydration to your face. The wipes are loaded with hyaluronic acid and other minerals to help seal in moisture.

After using these for 2-4 weeks pretty consistently, I saw a noticeable improvement in my skin. My acne scars and discoloration had slightly improved, but I really noticed an improvement in skin’s radiancy. These wipes really “shine” (pun intended) 🤣 at adding the life back to your skin–I was dealing with a lot of dullness in my complexion all winter. It just creates a natural, youthful glow. They do not cause any sensitivity, irritation, or redness for me (be gentle around the eyes though–I would not use the bumpy side near the eye-area!). They also make the skin feel refreshed and clean– I don’t feel any tackiness or sticky-ness after using them.

I use these cloths in 2 different ways:

  1. To cleanse/refresh in the AM —-They are great to remove excess oil/makeup on your face in the morning.
  2.  To Double-Cleanse in the PM—-After using a cleanser to remove most of my makeup, I’ll go in with the soft (cleanser) side to remove the excess, then use the bumpy (exfoliator) side to finish off. Apply your favorite serums and moisturizers next, then you’re done! Super quick, super easy, and SUPER effective. 

BTW: If y’all aren’t double cleansing, try it for awhile and be amazed about how much cleaner and clearer your skin will start to look and feel. 🙌

***You can purchase the wipes here (it comes in a 10-count & 20-count box): https://amzn.to/2ObKyQe

Y’all give these a try and let me know what you think!

xo,

Jena

 

 

 

**Not sponsored, I genuinely love, use, and recommend this product. 

*Affiliate link used along with image from Amazon.com