The MakeupDrop: Better than a Beauty Blender?

The MakeupDrop: Better than a Beauty Blender?

Hey y’all!

I am SO excited to chat about the newest beauty sponge I’ve tried out:

The MakeupDrop Hybrid! 

Sl3bLdcYR8SVjaJucBF73w_thumb_c62

I am a super-fan of using sponges for makeup application and I love putting them to the “test” to see how they perform. I use a sponge for it all— foundation, concealer, liquid blush/bronzer, applying setting powder, etc.. Each sponge I try seems to have its own unique pros/cons, and its interesting to see what new feature different brands come up with.

I think that many people would agree that the Beauty Blender set the stage for the hype of makeup sponges—it’s the “standard” for what all new releases are compared to. I have a pretty good collection of different brand’s products, and I must say the Beauty Blender is a special experience. It offers a softness and bouncy-ness that just hasn’t been identically replicated yet. I would have to imagine that because a Beauty Blender is the OG sponge on the block, they will never lower the price. Because I have found SO many affordable sponges that work really well for me, I haven’t bought a new BB in awhile. If I’m going to spend over $20 at Sephora, I’d rather pick up a new lip product or something that I can use more than a few months.

Don’t get it twisted though— I still love me a brand new, bright pink Beauty Blender (I just wish they were cheaper!)

***I’ll list pricing of each sponge mentioned below, but I think it is first important to know that the Beauty Blender and MakeupDrop Hybrid both retail for the same price —- $20 USD.


Naturally when I found this MakeupDrop Hybrid sponge/silicone thing, I HAD to order one and see how it stacked up to the competition.

The design of this sponge is unique– it is designed to be a 2-in-1 tool, with a silicone top and a sponge base for blending. The addition of the silicone is intended to avoid product loss that would otherwise be soaked into the sponge. The suggested use of the MakeupDrop is to apply the product (liquid or cream) directly to the silicone side and “dab or sculpt” the makeup into the skin. Finally, you use the sponge portion to blend your makeup in for an “airbrush finish.”

 

LXD+Ki%HSLeNzjZv+Wm7gw_thumb_c68

*Notice the silicone part separates itself out of the sponge portion to minimize product loss. I must say, I love the overall design of the BeautyDrop. It’s a beautiful blue color that really POPS and the brand logo on the back is a really cool touch. 

 

Here’s a Comparison of the BB vs. MakeupDrop DRY 

*****I must apologize in advance— all of my sponges are clean but most have makeup stains I just can’t get out. So not lovely to showcase.

IYaOYHlSRei8OrWaU7YWQw_thumb_c66

As you can see here, the sponges are pretty similar in size/shape when dry. A big factor that sets the two apart, is the TEXTURE of the sponge. As I mentioned above, the BB is softer and more bouncy than the MakeupDrop both wet and dry. If you feel that the softness level is the most important factor in a sponge, the BB definitely wins.

Because the two sponges are the exact same price, my expectations were pretty high for the MakeupDrop. 

In my opinion, what really sets the two apart is that each sponge has unique pros/cons depending on your application method.  

 

PROS/CONS Each

  • MakeupDrop Hybrid
    • PROS:
      • I did feel it required much LESS product to build to the same coverage I would get with a BB. The product goes directly from the silicone to your face.
      • More precise application— because the MUDrop has more defined edges, you can really control the location/amount of product you want to add.
    • CONS:
      • The texture is less soft/bouncy than the BB
      • Concealer application is not ideal—the very defined/less spongy edges of the MUDrop made it more difficult to blend product near the inner conner of the eye.
  • Beauty Blender
    • PROS:
      • Soft, bouncy, and more comfortable to use.
      • Superior for blending out concealer
    • CONS:
      • Absorbs product easier, which results in product loss/waste.
      • Less precision in application.

 

Because I’m a nerd, here’s all of the other brand name sponges I have for further comparison: (Again, clean sponges with stubborn stains). I LOVE and recommend all the affordable sponges as well. They each have little unique details I enjoy. I thought the dark pink sponge on the far right was a L’Oreal sponge I love (and can’t find), but it is actually another Real Techniques!

Sponges are dampened here, and you can see that the bottom of the MakeupDrop definitely becomes more dense when wet. I should say that although it does swell up a good bit, the exterior material of the sponge gets extremely soft. Of all the sponges pictured below, the MUDrop definitely wins in terms of smoothest outer surface. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s a more direct comparison of the BB/MUDrop when dampened: (Yes the MakeupDrop has a DROP of water….the irony isn’t lost on me ;-))

 


 

I think that the takeaway here is that each sponge has different qualities that make them great. I really appreciate the innovation that the MUDrop offers. To be competitive in today’s makeup market, you really have to bring something “new” to the table to keep consumers’ interests. I think this product is fun and definitely mixes up my normal makeup routine, I’ll keep experimenting with different formulas and products to see this sponge’s full range of use. If you want to spend $20 on a cool new makeup tool, I would say give this one a go!

Is this product a “DUPE” for the Beauty Blender, I would say no. But then again, I don’t feel like it’s trying to be! 😉

 

Shop ALL Sponges Discussed Here:


 

I’m dying to hear y’all’s thoughts on this!

Would you purchase the MakeupDrop Hybrid Sponge?? Also, share your favorite sponge(s) or other beauty tools below!! 

 

THANKS SO MUCH!!

xo,

Jena


 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for supporting my blog!

REVIEW: OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer

REVIEW: OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer

Happy Hump Day!!

I hope everyone is having a GREAT week!


 

I finally picked up the OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Primer I’ve had my eye on the last few weeks!! 

I was immediately drawn to this product when I first saw it being advertised. Something about the idea of banana skincare and the word bright just calls to me! I started to see mostly positive reviews start to roll in for this product, so I couldn’t wait any longer to get my hands on it!

I really didn’t know if the “banana” aspect of the product meant it was infused with actual banana or if it has a banana-like tone seen in some powder products. I did a little research and found that it had a few other ingredients that surprised me:

  • Vitamin C: To target visible signs of aging
  • Banana Powder- Inspired Pigments: To instantly illuminate
  • Vitamin E: To nourish and condition the skin –also helps to stabilize the Vitamin C in the formula

The basic claims of the product are to “illuminate to deliver instant radiance while improving and extending makeup wear”. Also, it is suggested to “blur imperfections and hydrate” for DRY, NORMAL, COMBO, and OILY skin types. OLEHENRICKSEN is also vegan and cruelty free.

  • It retails for $36 USD for 1oz/30 mL of product

 

Now, let’s get to the formula itself!

I resisted the urge to immediately apply it all over my face, and wanted to first get a close look and feel for the formulation.

Here’s a little pea-sized amount of product, you can definitely see that it is banana-toned cream. 

1dTkOFrMS+Wk8eaPQpQ%dw_mini_c2d

 

The cream feels very lightweight. It has more of a cream moisturizer-like quality to it, as opposed to several of my other radiant or luminous primers such as the Becca Backlight Primer or the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, which feel more gel-like.

It does have a hydrating feel initially, but it does set up within a few minutes. For normal skin, I think this could serve as a moisturizer/primer in one product. Oily skin may need the addition of a mattifying product in the T-zone. For dry-skin people like myself, I found it looked best with using my normal moisturizer.

To my surprise, the scent was a fresh, citrusy-orange smell. I guess I was expecting banana-scented? Either way, it smells really nice and light and reminds you that you’re getting a dose of vitamin C!

Swatches: 

Swatch on my forearm in more dim light (a very shadowy area in my bathroom) with no flash. I was able to get a little bit more natural light in the second photo.

IoeOAi93Rs6C3DvqEZP03Q_thumb_c27

kag2pCOvRDaEsXBc%iZLgw_thumb_c2c.jpg

Photo WITH Flash:

CAEf1IozStq27OdCfy39Vw_thumb_c28

Hopefully you can see the luminance and subtle sheen that the pigments really give off. For the swatches, the product was applied pretty concentrated to one area of my arm, so you could see the difference in my nearby skin.  When it is applied on the face more sheered out, you really see an overall instant brightened effect. It does not look shimmery or glittery on my face. I didn’t feel like it discolored my skin in anyway, and the time to “set” or “dry down” wasn’t too long– maybe 2-3 minutes.


 

I think the real strength of the product is that it does visibly brighten your complexion instantly without looking oily/greasy. It blended great with my other makeup–I was wearing a more radiant foundation with it (Make Up For Ever Foundation Stick), and it didn’t break it down faster or look oily throughout the day.  I think that in this instance, it did live up to the claim of extending makeup wear. I wouldn’t say that it completely blurred any texture/pores on my skin (I still felt the need to apply a light dusting of setting powder), but the brightness it provides helps eliminate darkness and dull areas significantly. It didn’t emphasize my fine lines/wrinkles which is a huge plus!

Overall, I REALLY think this is a great primer. I think it is pretty versatile and can be made to work for a variety of skin types. It also looks beautiful and somewhat glowy when worn alone for a no-makeup-makeup-look. For foundations that are overly matte, this would be a great addition to mix in to create a more natural finish.

I’ll continue to experiment with a variety of foundations, but so far I’m quite impressed! I think it is definitely worth trying out!

***Available for Purchase HERE

gGzpxZ8jSvWj3U0UiVKuZA_thumb_b23


 

What do y’all think—is this something you have tried or want to?? Please share your thoughts! 

…AND in honor of a primer-related post—tell me your go-to’s! 

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

xo

Jena


 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all products were purchased by myself. Thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for supporting my blog! 😉

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:

IMAGE 2019-03-28 18:18:52.jpg

  • “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! 

0Rf%EnXFQV+xDE964IUfzg_thumb_975.jpg

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:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

IMAGE 2019-03-28 18:52:18.jpg

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”

IMAGE 2019-03-28 18:54:20

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

IMAGE 2019-03-28 18:55:24

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. 

How I Fix My Dark Circles

How I Fix My Dark Circles

 

Happy Monday, Y’all!

In honor of my early AM airport drop-off and long work day, I wanted to chat about my current dark circle staples. Thanks to Spring allergies, dehydration, and lack of sleep—-my eyes are looking particularly panda-like.

Me, IRL: 

panda
Photo by Cesar Aguilar on Pexels.com

 

It may seem like using 3-4 separate products is over-kill, but I promise each step serves a specific purpose to achieve the most flawless under eye ever!

Here’s the line-up:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

I love this eye cream. It has a super smooth consistency, yet feels very lightweight for daytime wear. It doesn’t feel overly rich or heavy, even when other products are layered with it. It really serves to provide a hydrating “primer” to the area and helps prevent my concealer from looking cake-y or overly heavy by the end of the day. What I especially appreciate about this cream is that it gives you instant gratification—-the brightness is immediate and it doesn’t take weeks/months to start to see a benefit from it. It has a gorgeous pearl-like sheen that gives the appearance of a well-rested, bright complexion. I just use a small amount (about pea-sized), apply to the back of my hand to warm it up, and then lightly pat it in with a fingertip. Super easy and effective!

**Get it HERE

 

Benefit Cosmetics –Boi-ing Brightening Full Coverage Concealer (I have the shade light/medium)

In the featured image for this blog, you’ll see this pictured as “Erase Paste”. This was the old name for this concealer—Benefit Cosmetics re-branded it awhile back, but the formula and effectiveness is the exact same! I accidentally grabbed my older one when I took this photo (another lovely side effect of sleep deprivation!).

**Check out the newest version HERE.

I love this product because it helps to actually correct the darkness. A bright concealer alone will still show darkness coming through on more moderate/severe dark circles. One of my favorite YouTubers described this so well: It’s like having a bruise on your leg and trying to cover it up with sheer, white pantyhose. If you want to take your dark-circle correction to the next level, try a peachy colored (light-medium skintones) or orange colored (medium-deep skintones) product first!

I’ll usually just apply this concentrated in the inner most part of my under eye, and blend it outward with a fingertip or damp beauty sponge. You shouldn’t need more than 1-2 thin layers of this stuff.

 

Too Faced — Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer 

In my opinion, this is the most hydrating yet full-coverage concealer I have in my collection (NARS Radiant Creamy is a VERY close second). This is a must-try concealer If you have a dry under-eye area that needs coverage without the cake. There’s plenty of great full-coverage concealers that I also really enjoy, but they tend to dry me out and look overly heavy by the end of the day.

The formula of this concealer is infused with hyaluronic acid and coconut water to add hydration, yet the finish is natural and not dewy or oily-looking. I also really enjoy the huge doe-foot applicator wand. This is the perfect last product to finish off the process by brightening and smoothing out the skin!

*Check this one out HERE 


**OPTIONAL last step: Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder

If you’re a person that LOVES the regular LM Setting Powder, but sometimes struggles with the dryness it can cause — this one is for you!

The Secret Brightening Powder is super unique in texture and finish. I would compare the feel of it to an ultra-fine powder sugar. It’s super light-weight and sits on the skin like a dream. The formula is said to be specially formulated with micronized pigments to smooth and brighten the skin.

Due to the fact that it does have white-colored pigments, I would not recommend applying this heavily all over the face. (They also have an option for more medium-deep skin tones if you’re concerned about it being too light). Occasionally, I will take the lightest amount possible on a large fluffy brush to areas that need a little powder to set or brighten. If you’re having a photo taken with flash photography, I would warn that it can cause some flashback.

That being said, it’s gorgeous for day-to-day use and makes the under-eye skin look absolutely flawless. To really melt the product in my skin for a lasting-effect, I use a very small amount on the tip of a damp beauty sponge and softly press it in right away.


 

I really hope this process doesn’t seem too overwhelming for y’all! Over time, I’ve changed/added different things to really perfect the final look. I can really incorporate each product without it slowing down my daily makeup routine. This combination is ultra-effective for me and works wonders on transforming my stubborn dark circles!

Does anyone else feel like a mad scientist trying to fix their dark circles?? Please comment below to chat about your products and routine for this. Sharing is caring, right? 😉

 

Thanks for Reading!

P.S.-Don’t forget to get some rest and hydrate!! Have a great week! 

 

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.

WANDERLUST Eyeshadow Palette

WANDERLUST Eyeshadow Palette

Hey everyone!

I checked the mail today and found a literal rainbow waiting for me—the Wanderlust Palette by Profusion Cosmetics!

I couldn’t wait to get it unboxed and get behind the camera. I resisted my urge to swatch it right away, and managed to get a few photos.

For now, I’ll just share my first impressions and include photos of swatches. I will definitely spend a little time playing with it to provide a more thorough review. I was just too excited not to share! 🌈🌈

 

She is definitely a beauty!

This 21-pan palette is available at a very affordable price of $10.00 USD. It also comes with a brush that seems like it could be pretty promising.

I have to say, my eyes were immediately drawn to this section of the palette. Something about that green and brown! 💚

 

Now, let’s swatch!

First Row:

Shades are listed and shown in left to right. The first photo was taken with no flash, the second with flash.

Shades: 

  • Illusion
  • Tranquil
  • Chill
  • Serious
  • Frosting
  • Gravity
  • Love Story

If I’m being honest, the top row was pretty underwhelming. Many of the shades were gritty in texture and were pretty difficult to build up pigmentation. A number of shimmer shadows had more glitter than I usually like, so I would plan to experience some fall out and use a tacky primer before applying these. Despite a few disappointments, the shades “Chill” and “Love Story” did look more pretty in person and just didn’t photograph very well.

 

Second Row: 

Shades shown and listed from L to R:

  • Majesty
  • Hypnotic
  • Jade
  • Stormy
  • Splash
  • Regal
  • Nimbus

Photos of Second Row:  No Flash (top), With Flash (bottom)

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_96aUNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_969

The second row is where the magic really starts to happen. I really love the green shades here and those blue shades are SUPER vibrant. It might take some courage to play with the brighter colors, but they are beautiful shades.

 

Third Row:

Shades Listed and Shown from L to R:

  • Coast
  • Statement
  • Nostalgia
  • Cruise
  • Enigma
  • Retro
  • Go Girl

Photos of third row: Top Photo (no flash) ,Bottom Photo (with flash)

IMAGE 2019-03-28 15:29:42IMAGE 2019-03-28 15:29:50

I really appreciate the different shades of brown in this row— its a good mix of warm and cooler-tones. This gives a great variety of transition shades for different skin tones and can correspond well with whatever look you want to achieve. It might be worth pointing out here that there’s no black shadow— I know many people like having that as an option for a more well-rounded palette. The blues in this row are bold and beautiful, the pigmentation for these are apparent right away and I love the shades chosen. Although they are bright, something about them seems a little bit more wearable than other blues I’ve seen in colorful palettes. I also love the unique jewel-toned hue that “Cruise” puts off. The “Go Girl” shade is probably my favorite color in the palette and gives me all the pink Barbie vibes!


Based on first impressions, I think this is palette is really pretty and I can’t wait to see it live in action. I will definitely put some time and effort into seeing how these shadows perform in application and provide details on my final thoughts. As mentioned earlier, it is a very affordable option for the quality and shade/texture variety. Most importantly, it inspires me to step out of my neutral box and play with some color!

**I purchased my palette HERE

So what are y’alls thoughts on this palette? Is anyone planning to purchase? If you already have it, I’m so curious to hear from you! Comment below!

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and I purchased the products myself. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Some Spring Strobin’ and Glowin’

Some Spring Strobin’ and Glowin’

Happy Thursday, Y’all! 

I’ve spoken about my personal favorite spring lip trends HERE. In the spirit of the new season, I’m really loving things that can work to create a glowy, soft-focused brightening effect to the skin. I think that adding in a few key products will give your complexion a little pearlescent pick-me-up! All links are included in each product description*

Note: Some of the photos might have flash. The softness of these products made photography difficult to show the full dimension and glow when used on the face.  


Highlights/Strobing Products:

bareMinerals Loose Highlighting Powder in “Clear Radiance”

If you’re on the hunt for products that give a soft, ethereal look to the skin….you’ll love this powder. I’m all about the glow-from-within look and this product delivers exactly that.  The powder is soft and finely milled, which sits on the skin to create a beautiful sheen.  It doesn’t emphasize pores or texture, so it would also look great on aging skin. If I wanted to wear highlight for work or an interview, this is my main go-to. I like to apply this to the high-points of my cheeks, my brow bones, and the tip of my nose if I’m feeling a little more fancy. The “Clear Radiance” shade has a pinkish undertone with a perfect subtle hint of soft, pearly glow. So much gorgeousness! Oh bareMinerals, how I love thee!

Swatch of Clear Radiance: (I had to take this one with flash—I couldn’t get a photo to show the pearly dimension of the powder. It definitely performs best on the face!)

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_928

 

 

Benefit Cosmetics — Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter 

This highlighter is also a gorgeous option for creating a soft, natural sheen. It also has a subtle pink tone to it with a pearlescent luminosity. I feel that this highlight can be built up a little bit more than the bareMinerals one, especially if you use a more dense highlighter brush. It just has such a great formula with a soft consistency to create an effortless glow. I highly recommend this one! (It can be purchased full-size for $30 USD or mini $16 USD)

**Also, if you’re craving that highlight but want to avoid the more luminous finish, I absolutely LOVE Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid. It has that gorgeous pinky-nude shade to it, but with a MATTE finish in a liquid form. It’s super easy to work with and I apply it by tapping it in lightly with my fingertips or using a damp sponge. It is such a unique formula and I especially love to use it to highlight my brow bones for a fresh, bright-eyed effect. I’ve also used it as an under eye brightener for my dark circles as well!

Swatch of Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid (to the top and left) and Dandelion Twinkle Powder (to the bottom and right)

 

MAC Cosmetics — Strobe Cream in the shade “Pinklight” 

I love this product for so many different reasons—-its such an awesome multitasker and can be used in several different ways. First you can use it as a moisturizer/primer, the cream is very moisturizing and gives the skin a brightened, plumped look. I especially love using it like this on days when my skin looks dull and needs a little radiance added to it. (Bonus: it has a subtle scent of fresh laundry!). It can also just be worn alone on no-makeup days for lit-from-within glow, applied to specific areas in a sheer layer, or concentrated areas to highlight after face makeup is applied.  If the pink tones aren’t really your cup of tea, there’s an additional 4 shades to choose from (I want the peach one next). 

I put a good amount of the Mac Strobe Cream on my hand in the photo below to see the sheen in action:

wcgUwVKGTee2f4R%r5WxcQ_thumb_87d

 

Essence Cosmetics —“Be My Highlight” shade 

Ahhh this highlight is SO unbelievably good and affordable (less than $5.00 USD). I was genuinely shocked when I finally got to see this little gem in action. It comes as a little dome-shaped compact, but transforms into the most silky, butter-like powder. It sits on the skin beautifully and gives the most angel-like luminosity. I would say that of the products mention in this post, this product has a more light champagne tone to it. For medium to deep skin tones, the sister product to this is the “Sunlighter” shade. Also gorgeous and I will reach for this one out quite a bit as well. Because the formula is so smooth and seamless, I will multitask these as an eyeshadow or to give dry areas on my skin a very light dusting with a large powder brush. (When used sparingly, this effect is somewhat similar to the Hourglass finishing powders or the new Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Glow Powder).

Swatches of “Be My Highlight” on the top and “Sunlighter” below

IMAGE 2019-03-28 07:39:22

 

 

*Other Honorable Mentions: 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette- Use the Shade “Champagne Truffle” 

I am definitely not suggesting you purchase an entire palette for 1 shadow, but if you happen to have this palette on hand—experiment with using the large panned pinkish shade “Champagne Truffle” as your highlight. It gives off a beautiful pearly sheen to the skin to help achieve that ethereal glow. [That being said, this is a FABULOUS palette for creating just about any eye look with its wonderfully neutral shade range. If you’re on the fence about purchasing –DO IT. It’s SO good.]

I just love a good multitasking product!

Photo of the Champagne Truffle swatch, shade in the pan, and the entire palette overview

 

Worth the Splurge: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lightning Powder – “Luminous Light”

I’ll keep this one short and sweet due to the price:

This strobing powder is definitely more luxe and high end. It’s a gorgeous formula that blurs yet brightens the skin in such an indescribable way. It just a stunner and it would probably be my product of choice on aging skin. (Available in Regular and Mini Size HERE)

Swatch of Luminous Light:

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_930

 

**Purchase my (very affordable) Brush of Choice to Apply Powder Highlighters HERE.



 

So these are my favorite pink/pearl highlights that really give that natural glow! I have highlights in my collection that are a little bit more bold and bright for special occasions, but I tend to reach for the more subtle ones day-to-day. Let me know if you want a separate post on these!

What do you look for in a highlight? Comment below to discuss your favorites!

You glow, girl! 

xo

Jena

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Hey Everyone!

I recently discovered the brand Sydney Grace from a few influencers on YouTube, Instagram, etc.. I was really impressed by the reviews and I love supporting smaller brands, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. Not fully knowing what to expect, I ordered 3 of the pressed pigment shadows.

SO. MUCH. BEAUTY.

I immediately started snapping photos. The delivery arrived super quick, and was thoughtfully packaged in a sweet little box. Then of course, I had to get to swatching!

The pressed pigment shadows come individually as 1.8g/0.064 oz of product and retail for $6.00 USD each.

img_2834

Initially, I was amazed by the smooth, buttery texture of the shadows. They swatched effortlessly and seem to glide right on my skin with an almost cream-like finish. So beautiful! The pigmentation is rich with great color payoff —the shades I have almost seem to morph into multiple tones in different types of lighting. So complex and duotone-y! It wasn’t easy narrowing down which ones to purchase, but finally I decided to buy the shades “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed”, and “Peace”

Swatches in natural sunlight:   Left to Right — “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed, “Peace”

Swatches in darker light with flash:

 

Individual Swatches:

Hot Stuff” —I especially love the unique olive/brown/red complexity of this one.

img_2838-1

“Blushing” — Rose-gold/light copper perfection.

img_2839

Peace” —A delicious purple/mauve taupe.

 

So far, I am absolutely in LOVE with these shadows and how great they perform. I think they are at a very affordable price point for the outstanding quality and pigmentation. I can’t wait to play with these a little more and create some fun looks!

As I mentioned, I love supporting lesser known brands, and I hope Sydney Grace gains more attention for all the fantastic products. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend y’all check this company out and see what you think! They also have other product varieties -(cream shadows, loose glitter, matte shadows, blush, highlights, etc.), I definitely want to try out more!

Has anyone purchased anything from this brand yet? Please share your thoughts!

**Link to the Website Here: http://sydneygraceco.com/

 

xo,

Jena

FTC: This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products myself and all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links.