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

REVIEW: Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Sheet Mask

REVIEW: Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Sheet Mask

Hello Everyone!

I hope y’all had a great week!

I had to get on here and share about my experience with a new mask I recently discovered. I’ve really been loving sheet masks lately; They are definitely less fussy than traditional wash off face masks and I LOVE the added hydration you get from leftover essences!

I’ve seen the brand Saturday Skin on social media and on several different retailers’ websites, so I became really curious to try something from the line. The brand was started in South Korea, where all the skincare magic is happening, so I was so eager to try something out from the line!

I’ve always struggled with dullness/tiredness in my complexion. No matter how much I hydrate or exfoliate, I haven’t found a lot of skincare products that immediately provide me with a natural radiance or glow.

 


After reading several “glowing” (pun intended) reviews on the Spotlight Sheet Masks, I decided to give it a whirl.

Some highlighted ingredients that claim to “reveal natural radiance” and revitalize dull/tired complexions:

  • bilberry
  • licorice
  • lotus extract

It is FREE OF: Parabens, sulfates, and added fragrance & dyes. The brand is also vegan.

The suggested use is pretty straight-forward: you remove from the packaging by carefully unfolding the mask, smooth to conform to your face, and allow to set for 20 minutes.


My first impression of the mask is that it is quite a bit more thick than other sheet masks I’ve tried. It seemed very unique to me, as the “fabric” is much more durable than others. It doesn’t have the paper thin feeling that you might accidentally rip it that other sheet masks tend to have. I would describe the feeling of the material as mesh like— it has the feeling of a more thin, breathable medical gauze.

*I took photos of the mask AFTER I finished using it below — hopefully you can tell it is a super durable material, with 2 separate layers. I think this design helps to allow the mask absorb and deposit the serum into the skin.

 

 

The mask itself was completely saturated in the essence, but it wasn’t dripping or running down my neck as I applied it. It easily stayed in place once I had it smoothed out — I was able to walk around the house without it sliding or falling off my skin. (Of course UPS dropped off a package when I had it on! ;-/). It really didn’t have a detectable scent and the leftover serum in the pouch was clear and gel-like.

I kept the mask on the full 20 minutes, and I didn’t ever have any stinging or issues with irritation. (I’ve been dealing with sensitivity issues since starting a prescription retinol, so I was very pleasantly surprised).

It just felt SO cooling and hydrating —which I absolutely LOVE in a skincare treatment!

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After taking it off, I used the excess serum left over in the pouch and smoothed all of it onto my face and neck. This is not a required step, but I decided to use my chilled jade roller to further press the product in for maximal absorption

SO much relaxation for a weekday afternoon!

I really, really enjoyed this mask, and I feel like it did plump up my skin and just overall revitalize my complexion. It feels like one of those gentle skincare products that you see benefit from pretty quickly without over stripping or drying out my skin. I’ll definitely keep this in my skincare rotation, especially for special events or times when I need an extra radiance and glow! It’s also just an amazing pick-me-up after a long, stressful day. Such a nice product!

*Here’s my before/after photos, taken about 1 hour apart:

 


 

So what do y’all think? Do you see any improvement or is the before/after about the same? Please share your thoughts below!

Also, please comment your favorite sheet masks!


 

*Again, you can purchase the masks in a 5-count pack for $30.00 HERE 

 

 

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. I appreciate your support of my blog!

 

Luxury Dupe Series: Revolution Beauty Bake & Blot Powders

Luxury Dupe Series: Revolution Beauty Bake & Blot Powders

Hey everyone!!

Today’s post will be the first in a series discussing new affordable makeup finds that could be considered “dupes” to high end, luxury brands.

I should say that I don’t love the term “dupes”. That word feels very limiting to me.

As a textbook perfectionist over-analyzer, that word just makes everything seem so black and white- it feels like I’m suggesting that two products are exactly alike with no grey area. I would never want to mislead or make anybody feel that I’m putting out disingenuous information.

I feel more comfortable in saying that upon application, these products perform and create a very SIMILAR effect compared to more expensive items.

Regardless, these products really impressed me and I couldn’t wait to share them! For simplicity and all-intensive purposes in this series, I’ll just refer to these as “dupes” instead of “very similar performing-products.” 

I decided to split up the products into different posts to make sure each had an equal amount of detail and discussion, without overloading y’all with a long-winded novel!

 

Without further ado, let’s get to the first DUPE…


 

Luxury Item:

Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in “Mirage Filter 40” — $49.00

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The “Dupe”:

Revolution Beauty— Bake & Blot Powder in “Banana” — $8.00

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I picked up the Revolution Beauty powder kind of on a whim, I had seen it online/stores and something about it really intrigued me. Everything that I’ve tried from this brand so far has been great quality and completely exceeded my expectations. I do like to reach for a banana powder when I want an added level of brightness to my under eye area, center of forehead, etc.. I’ve loved the Marc Jacobs palette for awhile, it mattifies and brightens beautifully! It is my go-to product for touch-ups throughout the day as well. The consistency of the powder is silky and it just feels overall luxe.

  • The Revolution Beauty powder is super similar in texture to the MJ, it feels smooth and lightweight in application and has a very obvious blurring effect. I do think the Revolution one is slightly less matte than the MJ, which is more beneficial to my dry skin. It blurs pores and I haven’t had issues with it settling in my fine lines! I also love that it almost has a pearlescent quality to it in light, but it doesn’t look shimmery or glittery. That being said, I do still think it is a versatile powder and would work for a lot of skin types and textures.
  • I’m really LOVING this one so far, and you really can’t beat the awesome price ($8.00)!
  • It’s also available in 10 (!!) different shades, so I think many skin tones can find a nice match. SO GOOD!

Swatches:

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I also did a side-by-side wear test (about 7-8 hours total) to compare the 2 powders

  • I applied both powders the same, with 2 different clean Beauty Blenders
  • I didn’t feel that either one had superior staying power over the other

This photo was taken about 45 min-1hr after first applying

As you see it on the screen: Marc Jacobs is on your left & Revolution is to your right.

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What do y’all think? Does any side look better/worse/the same??


 

Has anyone tried the Revolution Bake & Blot powders or anything else from the brand??Please share your comments/thoughts below!

 

*You can pick up the Revolution Bake & Blot Powders HERE

 

I’ll be back soon with more dupe-tastic discussion! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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.

 

 

 

 

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! 

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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.”

 

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*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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Photo WITH Flash:

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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

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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! 😉