Vol.1: Beauty Claim-Buster!🤓

Hi Friends!

I thought it would be a fun and (unique?) series to start on my site. I want to feature some of my new-ish products in my collection and review them strictly by answering the product claims from the Brand themselves. 

These can be products that I love, those that I really like, or feel kind of “meh” about, and even products that decide to move forward to candidates “with more experienced skill sets” than me.

Job Hunting Probs, amirite?

Think of the product claims as a sort of benefit “checklist”, and we can see how my experience coincides. I’ll also add in notes on things that I noticed that were really horrific or really awesome that may not have been mentioned. Overall, I’ll try to keep this concise and informative!

Keep in mind, these are my experiences. I’m not a perfect “test subject” and product claims are often purposefully vague. The claim that a cleanser can “Improve the look of skin…” is broad and open-ended, and ultimately left to the user to determine if the change is seen or not. I think there’s also a psychological component to the cosmetic industry, kind of like, “Hey, wait, this cleanser really did improve the look of my skin come to think of it!”

See what I’m saying?

The sometimes fuzzy language seen on cosmetic labeling has more to do with the lack of FDA oversight more than anything (here in the USA, anyways!).

*Takes off Pharmacist hat*

 


**For the purposes of this post, I’ll list each claim. Then my response as a True or False statement. Remember, the statement isn’t truly “true” or “false”, I’m just explaining my experiences with each benefit the brand is suggesting can be seen with the product


Ciate London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer 

The Claim: “A lightweight, multitasking primer to hydrate, brighten, and improve skin’s texture—all while prepping for long-lasting makeup. Featuring watermelon extract droplets that activate upon contact to quench and energize the skin, the silky cooling pink base actively brightens, while refining pores and texture.”

from http://www.sephora.com

T or F? Mostly all TRUE! Hydration and brightening effect were seen right away–my face felt very plump and had a very healthy look to it, it also looked brightened from the slightly dewy look of the primer (not oily/wet).

As for improving my skin’s texture…….I can’t say I’m confident it does. It may help minimize some pores around the center of my face/near my nose during the wear, but not enough to confidently agree with this claim. I don’t know what the brand was implying but, just in case–I certainly can’t see any long term benefits so far from using this product in terms of “texture improvement”.

 

 

The Claim: Delicately watermelon scented, this unique aqua serum primer grips foundation for long-wear and that just-applied glow”

From http://www.sephora.com

T or F? True—but just one thing- The consistency of the primer is definitely water-based. Ciate uses the word “serum” to imply that it is more of a thin consistency, I personally would have used gel. I don’t know if that even matters, but I felt it was worth saying.

  • It does “grip” foundation— I’m thinking of the Milk Hydro Grip foundation, but the Ciate is not as intensely sticky as the Milk one. This one does leave you with some degree of tackiness, but not nearly as much as Milk and I find the staying power also superior.
  • just applied glow” —this is absolutely true. I would almost describe this as a comfortable softening, gloss-like look to the skin. I can/have worn without makeup and I have also used it as a daytime moisturizer- it super refreshing and a nice pick-me-up to start the day.
  • And yes, it is absolutely true that this primer smells like watermelon heaven— if you’re a watermelon lover like myself, prepare to be a fan.🍉🍉

 

So with these features, I won’t draw any final conclusions. This is simply me, as a consumer, sharing my thoughts and opinions with another consumer. I think it’s interesting for you to read over my reactions to the claims, and think about what YOUR thoughts are. Do you think the claims were sufficiently met? Do you think the product had enough claims? Were they too vague, too specific, etc.? If you’ve used it, what was your experience?

I love when we, as a beauty community, can continue to challenge and engage each other. Rather than creating posts like “here’s the product, I used it, I loved it..”, (which I still have and will post,—no shade or judgement!!!), I want to more purposefully try to TALK about the products.

So please, SHARE!! 😉


 

FYI: This Primer Retails for $28.00 USD for 40mL/1.35oz product at Sephora

 

Thank you for stopping by,

xo

Jena

 

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used. Some statements were directly taken and sourced from http://www.sephora.com

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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.

A Full Face of TOO FACED!

A Full Face of TOO FACED!

Hey Friends!

I think it’s SO much fun to put a single cosmetic brand in action for a makeup look. It can really provide some insight in the true versatility within a brand’s line of products. In the industry today, not every brand is able to put out high quality products for each category of makeup. For instance, some brands are stronger in putting out complexion products and some are more known for their high-quality eye shadows or skincare.

Of course “quality” is a subjective term, and we are fortunate to be able to choose from a wide variety of cosmetics to try out. For me personally, Too Faced Cosmetics has always been a brand I can get excited about when it comes to new releases and repurchasing old faithfuls. Of course some of their collections have a mix of hits and misses, but generally I am very satisfied with my TF purchases. When we first got a Sephora in my area, I can remember always wanting to go and admire everything at the Too Faced counter. It was just a sea of pink and sparkly whimsy— I wanted to swatch and try out all of it!  I can’t think of a more appropriate brand for me to do my first “full” review on!

Side Question: Do y’all remember TF’s Pink Leopard bronzer/blush? I swear it mesmerized me and I thought it was the most gorgeous product I had ever seen. I would put that stuff all over my face everyday for years and I would give anything to get my hands on it again. I remember having it in the little box and when they re-repackaged it in the gold compact.

Such a treasure! Please Too Faced bring it baaaack!

 

Images from Amazon.com and nordstromrack.com, respectively

 

***Everything I used for this look was all Too Faced, with the exception of my brow products and eyeliner! 


Complexion:

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TF Born This Way Foundation   —I have the shade “Natural Beige”

This is one of my most re-purchased high-end foundations. I always keep it stocked in my collection! I find this foundation to be super versatile — I truly think it could work for most skin types. The shade range is also generous, with 35 options available. It has great coverage and the staying power for me is top-notch. In terms of application, I like to use a foundation brush to buff this in one section of the face at a time. Just the best!

TF Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting ConcealerI have the shade “Light Beige”

There’s just nothing about this concealer that I don’t like. It has amazing coverage and still manages to be one of the creamiest, most lightweight concealers I’ve ever tried. It also has a HUGE doe-foot applicator, which seems to apply the perfect amount of product in one application to all the areas I need it. I believe that TF has recently expanded the shade range in these as well. I really can’t recommend this gem enough.

 


 

Setting Powder and Spray

TF Primed & Poreless Powder 

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Admittedly, this one has not been one of my most used powders, and I haven’t reached for it in forever (I have the loose version, and now it’s only available as pressed). I’ve honestly gotten carried away with picking up newer and more popular setting powders–this one completely got put on the back burner. After pulling it back out to get my thoughts together for this post, I’m seriously regretting not using it WAY more! It is a GORGEOUS powder, and creates such a flawless finish. It’s matte but not in a drying or cakey way– I really saw my pores minimized and fine lines blurred. I can’t think of a better way to describe it other than leaving you with an airbrushed finish. SO STUNNING and I will be picking up the pressed version. Sorry for doubting you, Primed & Poreless! 

TF Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray

This mist is a go-to in bringing my face “back to life” after applying all of my face powders. In general, I’m not really a fan of coconut-scented products, but there’s something about this one that I love (it is infused with coconut water). I just find it to work SO well to help my makeup melt together with a hydrated finish. I’m a huge fan of this stuff and I do highly recommend trying it out! That being said, I have a ridiculous amount of setting sprays I need to finish before repurchasing this one.

**I also love the Hangover liquid primer! I’ve purchased that one several times but I don’t currently have it stocked in my collection. Highly recommend for dry/normal skin!


Blush/Bronzer

Bronzer:

 TF Sun Bunny 

I have a trial size of this one on hand and after using it pretty consistently lately, I have to say that it is a new favorite! It can bronze and very lightly sculpt to create a very subtle luminosity. For me, it is one of those rare bronzers that is the most perfect tone for me in creating a very natural-looking bronze. Gorgeous!

TF Beach Bunny

I used this one to create a little extra “glow”. The lightest shades create such a gorgeous highlight on the highest points of my face. I have to apologize that I am just now realizing that this one isn’t available anymore! The Sweet Tea Bronzer is just as beautiful and I highly recommend that one! TF’s bronzers are an absolute favorite and they consistently create the most universally gorgeous glow!

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Bronzer in “Sweet Tea”A Holy Grail! (Not used in today’s post)

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Blush:

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush — “Sparkling Bellini” 

Ahhhh this blush just makes me so happy. This blush isn’t for the faint of heart, it definitely has some shimmer and shine to it. That said, it is very easy to work with and you can slowly build it up with a light hand. This is definitely one for me that I can never stop applying and I have to force myself to put down the blush brush and walk away! I also love TF’s Love Flush blush line — I have them in a little palette and it’s one of my favorite makeup purchases ever!

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**I also used my Too Faced Mr. Right Powder Brush. I’m usually team “affordable makeup brushes”, but this guy is really a collection favorite for applying bronzers. It feels so super soft and applies product seamlessly. It’s just such a fun collection piece!

 

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Eyes

Eyeshadow:

Sweet Peach Palette

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This is another TF product in my collection that I have fond memories of. I can remember the night before it was going to launch, I set my alarm to make sure I could be one of the first to purchase it as soon as it went live on the website. I ended up waking up a little before the alarm because I was SO excited to get it– social media was all a buzz about it and I was determined to get my hands on one. I was able to place my order and then TF completely sold out within a few hours! To this very day, I am still always so excited to play with it and I think it has some gorgeous tones!

I really enjoy the formula of TF shadow– the do have a more “firm” feel to them. They are super easy to work with, and I never stress about having to clean up fallout or the powders being overly pigmented. The mattes are effortless to blend and layer. I would recommend TF for those who are still getting comfortable with applying eye shadows.

SHOP IT HERE

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Image Source: http://www.toofaced.com

I did a pretty natural “daytime glow” look:

  1. Mix of Puree and Summer Yum in the Crease
  2. Peach Pit in the outer corner
  3. Blend in “Georgia” to eliminate harsh lines
  4. “Just Peachy” on the lids
  5. Back to “Summer Yum” to add warmth to the crease
  6. “Nectar” to inner lid for highlight
  7. “White Peach” to highlight the brow bone

Mascara

TF’s Better Than Sex Mascara is SO close to being one of my favorites –I have sort of love/hate relationship with it. It adds volume beautifully and does provide length to the lashes. I also love the wand on this — it’s large and has a really nice hourglass shape to it. The issue that I have with Better Than Sex is that it almost always transfers a few hours into wear! For this look I used an eyelash curler and applied 2 coats on both eyes– it did end up smearing a bit near my under-eye.

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Lips

Sweet Peach Lip Gloss — “Papa Don’t Peach” 

This line of glosses from Too Faced might be one of my favorite formulas ever. The texture is unique and feels so incredibly nourishing to the lips. Despite being an oil based formula, it doesn’t make your lips feel heavily coated or greasy. The consistency is described as being a “whipped oil”, which is a really accurate description of how it feels! These are infused with Vitamin E and coconut oil, so you also get some lip treatment-like effects from it as well. It also has that delicious signature peach scent that Too Faced has in the entire Sweet Peach collection.

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I love the shade “Papa Don’t Peach”— it is such a unique peachy-brown on me. It is definitely one of those glosses that can hold its own as a single lip product or look gorgeous paired with something else.

Swatch:

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I also went back and added a little bit of “Sunday Funday” in their Peach Matte Finish line. I wanted to dial back the warm brown in the gloss and create a more neutral lip. I don’t often reach for a matte lip but the formula on these is so rich and creamy–the packaging is also JUST stunning!

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Final Look: Glowy, Daytime Glam

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I apologize if this post is a little bit rambly and all over the place. I just wanted to walk you through my thoughts on several products I have within the Too Faced line. Of course I have other TF things in my collection, and it was hard to narrow down what I wanted to feature today. I’ll continue to be excited about all of TF’s releases, and I just appreciate the innovation they bring to the cosmetic industry.

I’d love to do additional reviews on any other TF products y’all might be interested in– feel free to let me know! 

Share your thoughts below: How do y’all feel about Too Faced? What brands do you have the most things from in your own collection? 

COMMENT BELOW 😉

Thanks for reading

xo

Jena

 


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored, all products were purchased by myself. All opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for your support!! 

My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

My “NO REGRETS” Sephora Recommendation List

Hey everyone!

On a previous post, I talked about a few things I was planning to purchase in the Sephora Spring Bonus Rouge Event. I thought it would be fun to also chat about things that I love and highly recommend to check out. All products mentioned today are things I feel very familiar with and have been using consistently for months/years!

All of the products mentioned are holy grail, zero-regret items! 

I’ll try to list out products from the order I use them in my application process. For the purposes of keeping this post concise, I won’t list out a recommendation for every category of makeup. That being said, please feel free to comment below or message me for a specific recommendation on the category you are looking for (e.g.: I won’t post an eyeliner or brow product, but I’m happy to share my thoughts on good options!)

With no further ado…..


My Sephora Sale Recommendations:

Facial Cleanser/Makeup Remover:

Drunk Elephant — Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser:  $34.00 USD

I did a review on this in a previous post HERE, so I’ll try to avoid sounding like a broken record: In short, this cleanser is next-level good. It literally takes off all makeup without a trace and leaves my dry skin feeling hydrated and SO super clean. I love it, I recommend it, and I don’t want to live without it. SO SO GOOD!! 

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Primer:

Ole Henriksen — Banana Bright Face Primer:  $36.00

My goodness this primer is so pretty. Once again, this is a product I’ve posted a rave review on you can find HERE. It just has a beautiful look on the skin without makeup, you can see that it has the most gorgeous subtle sheen. It feels nourishing and I can tell it just softens and smooths my complexion. I’ve found it does help the wear of my makeup throughout the day, and I’ve used it with several foundations with no piling or other texture issues. It honestly feels like a lightweight skincare product that brightens and gives an immediate boost of radiancy. You can also get it on the Ole Henriksen wesbite, they run really great sale promotions from time to time!

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Foundation:

There’s just no way I can only list one, y’all. I’ve got about 2-4 foundations that could be considered my HGs. To only pick one would be like admitting which child is your favorite! I’ll just quickly list ones that I love and I’ve used for years. I’m happy to give additional comparisons on these if y’all would want to see that in another post!

  • Too Faced- Born This Way Foundation: $39.00
    • This was one of the first high-end foundations I ever purchased. It makes your skin look  SO SO good, builds up to provide natural-looking full coverage, and it lasts ALL day on me. I think if used with the correct primers/setting powders, this foundation will work for any skin type. It’s just a go-to for a good makeup day for me.
  • 3. NARS– Sheer Glow Foundation: $47.00 USD
    • Do you ever have makeup products you literally want to hug? Is this weird? If I wanted to hug any of my makeup, I’d have to love on this one. It’s just GORGEOUS and somehow completely perfects and smooths my skin with medium coverage. I’m a fan of the NARS All Day Weightless Foundation as well, but this one holds a special place in my heart. It’s a dream come true for dry or normal skin and I just can’t live without it. ❤

Setting Powder: 

I could write a novel about the different nuances in my collection of setting powders. I’ve got so many powders I love and could sit here and rave about endlessly. Because my under-eyes are the only area that I always set 100% of the time, I’ll just recommend  my favorite one for this purpose.

**I talk about my dark circle products in detail HERE if you’re interested.

Laura Mercier — Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes: $28.00 


I can’t quite describe the magic sorcery that is this setting powder, and it is something you have to feel to understand the uniqueness it has. It is ultra-lightweight, and it brightens my under eyes unlike anything else I’ve tried. I do have lines around my eyes that will get extremely emphasized if I use the wrong powder. While I do still love it, I find that sometimes the Regular LM Setting Powder can get a little heavy on me. This sits on my eye area beautifully and creates a blurring effect that isn’t overly matte or drying. Beautiful stuff! 


Bronzer:

This is another hard category for me to narrow down to one product! Finding a good bronzer is SO personal. What can be a beautiful shade on me, might be too cool or overly warm on you. To further complicate this issue, some people prefer different finishes of bronzer (some like shimmer, others only wear matte finishes).  I do not contour in the most traditional sense–I use my bronzers to give my face a little bit of warmth and definition, I’m not really doing any sculpting per se.

I’ve got 2 products to recommend: a fantastic bronzer for the matte lovers out there, and more of an illuminating one for those on team glowy.

  • Matte Bronzer: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder- $42.00 USD
    • If I had to live with just one bronzer forever, this would be it! It does have a matte finish, but it also has a really sneaky look of radiance to it as well. I have texture on my cheeks/jaw area that can look super emphasized if I use something over-illuminating with shimmer/sparkle. This bronzer works beautifully for me, it blends like a dream and doesn’t ever look streaky or “choppy” to apply. It sits on the skin so beautifully and it is a no-fail product in my collection.
  • Illuminating Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer- $52.00
    • I promise I’m not contradicting myself by saying illuminating bronzers look horrible on my texture. They typically do! However, Hourglass obviously has some kind of magic fairy dust they put in with all of their powder products. It gives the MOST GORGEOUS glow to the skin, and I find that it just glides over and blurs my textured areas seamlessly. I really think this bronzer might be the “exception” for people who prefer matte finishes. It’s JUST.SO.PRETTY! 

Swatches: I have shades “02” and “03” of the LM & Hourglass is “Luminous Bronze Light”

*My hands are much lighter than the rest of my body from self-tan*

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Blush:

I could (and might) write a rather lengthy post on all of my favorite blush formulas/shades. To avoid overwhelming you right now, I’ll just talk about the beauty of that is the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in “Love Glow”

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I think this is THE blush for blush lovers. 

It’s fun to use and when actually applied on your cheeks, it is draw-droppingly stunning.  It has some subtle glow to it, but not in a way that emphasizes pores/texture. This blush just creates the most stunning “lit from within” glow, and I always get questions on what blush I have on when I wear it. You can’t put it on and not feel instantly happy and beautiful. The “Love Glow” shade has so much complexity in the tone; some days it looks like a true warm-toned pink on me, and sometimes it takes on the most gorgeous peachy-coral color. CT is a luxury brand with a luxury price tag to match, so I think that a sale event is the perfect time to pick this up!

Swatches of “Love Glow”

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[Now I’m SO tempted to pick up another shade :-/]


Lip Products: 

To be honest, most of my current favorite lip products can be found at the drugstore. I’ve found so many great formulas with awesome price-points lately that it’s hard for me to justify spending 3-4x the price at Sephora. That being said, I do have 2 higher-end recommendations if you are looking to pick up some new lippies during the sale.

Fenty Beauty Glosses — $18.00

The formula on these glosses have quickly become a collection-favorite. They are high-shine and plumping, without being sticky or greasy feeling. I love the lightweight feel these have, and they also wear really great and hydrate throughout the day! Not to mention, they have the most delicious, fruit-like smell that I’m obsessed with. Definitely give these a try if you haven’t already!!

NARS Velvet Lip Glides — $26.00

I own so many shades in this line, and I just absolutely LOVE them all. This is such an ideal formula for me when I want the pigmentation of a liquid lip and the shiny finish/comfort of a gloss. The shade range is beautiful and I just love the unique consistency in this line. I highly recommend checking these out!


I really enjoyed putting this list together –It’s so fun to share products you LOVE!

Makeup is expensive and it can be really stressful to find something worthy of your hard-earned dollars. I try not to put so much pressure on myself to buy everything and anything during a sale. That’s why I love reading what others’ recommend and try to do some research on what I truly feel MOST excited about purchasing. I also set a budget for myself this year to help prioritize products that would be of the most value to my collection.

Now I’m super curious to hear y’all’s thoughts: What do you plan to pick up on sale? Also, do you set a budget or make a list for yourself beforehand?

COMMENT BELOW AND HAPPY SHOPPING! 😉


Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored, all opinions are honest and my own. All products mentioned were purchased by myself. Some links are affiliate.

Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Wish-List

Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Wish-List

Hey everyone!

With the semi-annual sale coming up this Friday (4/26) for VIB Rouge Members, I wanted to share a few items I’m planning on picking up!

Sephora only has their big sales event twice a year, so you have to stock up while you can! For this post, I’ll just chat about new products I’ve never purchased before.

**Because I’m constantly buying makeup/skincare and there’s nothing I really “NEED”, I’m trying to keep my budget on the lower side. I own so many products I haven’t even tried yet! I’m going to try my best to only spend around $100! 

Dates of Sephora Sale:

  • VIB Rouge Members (20% off): April 26 — May 6
  • VIB Members (15% off): May 2 — May 6
  • Beauty Insider Members (10% off): May 2 — May 6

*This is totally NOT sponsored in any way: If y’all aren’t beauty insiders with Sephora yet, you should sign up! It’s free to join, and you can acquire points to get free samples, birthday gifts, access to discount events, etc.! 


ABH Norvina Palette 

  • Retails for $42.00 USD

I absolutely ADORE the ABH palettes I have in my collection! Soft Glam and Modern Renaissance are some of my all-time favorites and I’m just blown away by the quality of the shadows.

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When the Norvina palette originally launched, it wasn’t an immediate set of shades that spoke to me and I wasn’t planning on purchasing it. Over the last few months, I’ve been uncharacteristically in more of a cool-toned mood for eyeshadow looks. I think the set of shades in Norvina are very versatile, with a great balance of cool and warmer/neutral tones. I swatched the sample palette in either Sephora or Ulta one day, and it took everything I had to not take it home that day— SO gorgeous!

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I’ve been absolutely obsessed with purple makeup lately, so this palette is basically all my color inspiration in a single palette. I love that the purples in Norvina look more purple-pink rather than purple-grey, which is more flattering for my skin tone. It’s also got some pastel shimmer shades that I’m just dying to play with! I can’t wait to add this beauty to my collection!

 


 

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion

  • Retails for $25.00 USD

I’ve always loved St. Tropez’s line of self-tanning products. I think the brand is one of the best on the market, and I love that the line has a variety of different formulations to work for any skin type.

I am a HUGE fan of anything watermelon-scented, so of course I am super eager to try this out! I’ve been really focused on hydrating and softening my skin for summer, so anything that claims to moisturize while creating a subtle tan is a major plus. The lotion is also infused with hylauronic acid — one of my favorite skincare ingredients at the moment. This product just gives me all the warm and sunny summertime feels!☀️🍉

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Can’t wait to try this one out! 


 

Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette

  • Retails for $55.00 USD

I mean…..I think the gorgeousness in this palette just says it all.

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This beauty looks like a peachy-pinky, glowy dream! I ADORE ND’s eyeshadows, so I’ve been really curious to try out some of her face products. This one has 2 cream formulas and 2 powders, and I need them all in my life! I’m SO excited to put this all over my face!

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Whew. Hurry up, Friday! I’m so excited to try all these products out!

Are y’all planning on buying anything in the Sephora sale? I’m dying to hear which products are on your list!

Please comment your lists/recommendations below! 


 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are honest and my own. Some links may be affiliate. All images sourced from http://www.sephora.com

FAVORITE Stick Foundations

FAVORITE Stick Foundations

Happy Monday Y’all!!

I feel like stick foundations are definitely having a major “moment” in my life. I wanted to hop on here and list out my favorite ones. I like to reach for a stick product when I want to pull a really pretty makeup look together fast and get out the door. Something about the stick formulas just agree with my skin and tend to work best for me. The easy and effortless blend-ability of these formulas can literally blur and perfect the look of the skin in seconds. Each one has little nuances that make it great in a unique way.

***I should also add that all these foundations (except this ONE) are MOST ideal for dry, normal, and combo skin types.

All products are linked with each product description and again below!


Let’s Discuss……..

 

MAKE UP FOR EVER — Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

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I don’t even know how I can adequately explain how good this foundation is. It’s my first foundation stick love and has a special place in my makeup-loving heart!

When I take a break from using this and come back to it, I have to ask myself why I would use anything else? Of all the stick products, this one probably makes my skin look best. It’s “HD” and designed for photography/being on camera, and there’s a reason for that. It just perfects and smooths my complexion unlike any other.

The coverage is full but doesn’t look heavy— I’d wear this everyday. The finish is gorgeously skin-like and natural. It does get more radiant throughout the day on me, but not in a way that looks greasy or overly oily. It sits on the skin like an absolute DREAM! I like to use a foundation brush for maximum coverage and minimal product loss. This is just one that has to be seen to be believed.

  • It retails for $43.00 USD for 0.44oz\12.5g of product
  • Cost is approx. $3.44 per gram.

 

This one is SO worth the splurge! 

 


HOURGLASS— Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

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Of all the foundations mentioned in this post, this one is the most VERSATILE for ALL skin types (dry, oily, normal, combo). This guy packs some serious pigmentation, and it doesn’t take much product to get SUPER FULL coverage. With my dry/normal skin, I don’t have to set this with any kind of powder and it lasts all day.

This effect this one gives off is sort of hard to describe. For me, the finish isn’t dewy/radiant or “skin like”, but I wouldn’t classify it as matte either. It is just a true natural finish that doesn’t budge all day. All foundations discussed today (and my foundation collection as a whole) tend to get more radiant and glowy throughout the day, but this is one of the few exceptions. It blends seamlessly (as the name suggests) and provides crazy coverage that feels ultra-lightweight.

This foundation is IDEAL for special events or more glam makeup days– it photographs beautifully. Because it can withstand more oil or moisture-filled conditions, this is one of my favorite summer foundations. It is the perfect middle ground finish and looks absolutely gorgeous no matter what!

I also love the triangle bullet it comes in— you can be super precise on application for sculpting/contouring.

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The packaging just screams luxury to me— it’s one of those products you want to stop and admire on your vanity. HOURGLASS knows how to put out game-changing products, and this is no exception.

This beauty retails for $46.00 HERE


BareMinerals — Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick

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This is another dry-skinned person’s dream! The consistency is very creamy, but it has a unique gel-like feel that provides a cooling-sensation when first applied. I’ve raved about this product in a previous blog HERE, so I won’t ramble on it again too much–But WOW is it such a great foundation!

The coverage is more on the medium side for me, but it just smooths the skin and makes the complexion look freshly hydrated! This is a great foundation for day-to-day and creates a radiant “no makeup-makeup” look.

The packaging is also very luxe; it comes in a gorgeous gold tube and has a magnetic clasp to seal the formula from drying out.

  • It retails for $32.00 USD for 10g of product and is available for purchase HERE

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I really LOVE this one and I’ll definitely keep it stocked in my collection. I’ll repurchase a darker shade soon for summer!

 


Makeup Revolution –Fast Base Stick Foundation

This is the most recent addition to my collection and it completely blew me away!

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The formula is rich and creamy, and it glides right on to create a gorgeous second-skin finish. The application is seamless with a foundation brush—you can create a fresh, full coverage look in seconds. It’s one of those foundations where you look in the mirror at the end of the day and feel so pleasantly surprised at how good your skin looks.

Makeup Revolution puts out great formulas on SO many different products for crazy-affordable prices! The fact that this super high-quality product only costs $9.00 astounds me. In my opinion, this gem has outperformed tons of high-end foundations that have similar claims.

If you’ve been wanting to check this one out, DO IT!


 

Shop My Favorite Sticks:

 

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So is anybody else a big foundation stick fan? Which ones are your favorites and what brand should I try next? Comment all your thoughts below! 

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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. Thank you SO much for supporting my blog!

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)

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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)

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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.