Glossy, BERRY Lip Obsession

Glossy, BERRY Lip Obsession

Hey everybody!

I’ve recently become obsessed with berry-toned lip colors. More specifically, GLOSSY berry-toned lip colors. I have come across some really amazing lip formulas that feel just as good as they look.

I’ve rounded up 3 different products that each give off a uniquely gorgeous BERRY-like shade.

 


 

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick — “Gleaming Plum” 

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I have raved about this line of lipsticks from L’Oreal over and over! They are just SO GOOD!

The shade “Gleaming Plum” is probably one of the most rich, unique lipstick colors I’ve seen in a while. It is just so gorgeously complex in tone, and indescribably plum-y in the best possible way! This shade has a perfect balance of cool/warm tones that makes it look beautiful to wear year-round. “Gleaming Plum” is definitely a color that really surprises you in the best possible way!

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The formula in these lipsticks are probably the most nourishing I’ve ever tried; They truly feel like a super-hydrating lip balm. I would not say that this product is long-wear– I do feel the need to touch it up after eating/drinking. That being said, they are SO comfortable to wear and easy to re-apply.

The shine and radiance these guys have really create a “glass lips” finish.

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GORGEOUS! 


 

Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick — “Risky Berry” 

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I absolutely LOVE this line of lipsticks– the consistency is smooth and nourishing. I would definitely describe the texture as having an emollient “slip” to it. Per Maybelline, this line is “oil-in-stick” and consists of 60% reflective oils to amp up the shine. The packaging is also really beautiful- the shiny rose gold tube looks very luxe. I will definitely be picking up more shades in this range!

You can definitely tell that this is an oil-based formula, but it doesn’t feel like its going to slide around and melt all over your face.

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The pigment in the “Risky Berry” shade blew me away –the color is SUPER vibrant and luminous. It is definitely not a “purple” berry shade — it has some pink in it that can come off a little fuchsia. It’s such a fun spring/summer shade! The swatch above was after just 1 swipe of product!

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Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Cream — “Spiced Berry” 

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Y’all. I seriously can’t believe that this good of a formula exists in the drugstore for less than $5.00! When I saw this line of lip creams be referred to as a “dupe” for this Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Balm (photo below) that has been getting rave reviews, I did not hesitate to order it online the exact same day!

 

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The feeling this product has feels so moisturizing and smooth on the lips. I would describe the feeling as a creamy gloss that shines. It has the soft consistency of a cream product, while still being light weight and never sticky.  It comes in a squeeze tube, and I find the application pretty easy to use- it isn’t hard to get an even layer of color.

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The “Spiced Berry” shade is GORGEOUS and has a very obvious luminosity to it. In my opinion, this shade is a true, more traditional “berry” color on me.

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I would say that of all the lipsticks mentioned in the post, this one is the most long wearing and slowly fades away leaving a really pretty “stain” on your lips for hours. These just have SUCH a soft, luxurious feel!

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Swatches of All Shades shown left to right – “Gleaming Plum”, “Risky Berry”, “Spiced Berry”

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Just completely OBSESSED with these tones! 

Shop these shades here!:


 

Do y’all like berry shades? What are your favorite ones I need to try next? Please share below!

 

Thanks for reading

xo

Jena


 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. All products were purchased by myself. Some links may be affiliate. Images sourced from Nordstrom.com and Amazon.com

My EASY + AFFORDABLE Haircare Routine

My EASY + AFFORDABLE Haircare Routine

Hey everybody! 

I’ve recently started a new job, which has led to some changes in my daily makeup/beauty routine. I don’t really have the luxury of spending too much time getting ready each morning, so I’ve definitely worked toward simplifying things to get myself up and out the door in a pinch.

I should say that when it comes to my hair, I’ve always tried to keep it simple. This is the complete opposite of my approach to makeup/skincare, I could devote hours experimenting with products and trying new techniques. For my hair, not so much.

I’m pretty impatient with it and I’d be happy to clip it up or wear a cute ponytail any day of the week. With that being said, I also don’t like spending too much money on my haircare. I typically keep all my hair products affordable and I almost exclusively purchase them at Walgreens, Target, Amazon, etc..

To be as clear and concise as possible, I’ll first outline the steps of my routine:

  1. Shampoo about 2-3 per week (I typically do not use conditioner)
    • I use a dry shampoo in between washes
  2. Spray in a detangler/leave in conditioner while still wet
  3. Brush out with a Wet Brush
  4. Use my Revlon 1-Step to Dry/Style
  5. Use favorite hair accessories to complete the look

For reference: My hair is straight (sometimes frizzy) and more on the dry, fine side. I have it cut to about my collar bone.

***All products are linked in the paragraphs below!


Here’s my haircare product picks to keep things quick & simple: 

Shampoo: 

As I mentioned above, my hair is overall dry and I have a sensitive scalp. I wash my hair about 2-3 times per week— I find it easier to style and build body this way. I opt to skip conditioner most washes, because I don’t like my hair feeling weighed down or product building up. I reach for shampoos that feel more lightweight and cleanse without over drying. Over the last 6-12 months, I often end up switching between this Head and Shoulders one (I LOVE) and this one by The Honest Company.

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Yes, The Honest Company one is technically baby shampoo! I was having issues with skin allergies and this is the only shampoo I could find that didn’t break me out or cause any irritation. I use the lavender one and it is gentle and very lightly scented.

***This is super random, but this shampoo is also AH-MAZING at cleaning my beauty sponges. It makes the process ultra quick and effective!

Try this one out if you’re a sensitive skin type of guy/gal! 


Dry Shampoo:

Oh dry shampoo, how I love thee.

Is there a national dry shampoo appreciation day?

…….No?

There should be! 

I love this stuff. I keep it with me always. Literally, I keep some in my car! You never know, right?? I honestly haven’t been perfectly loyal to one dry shampoo over the years, I do like to try different ones every now and then.

My most important dry shampoo criteria are:

  • It can’t have a weird smell
  • It can’t turn my hair gray/white
  • It can’t have a powdery finish (I want it to feel like a volumizing spray — I don’t need that much oil absorption) 

Because I do tend to go through dry shampoos pretty quickly, I really try to purchase ones that are affordable (less than $10). The only exception to this is one by the brand amika. Their Perk Up Dry Shampoo is worth the extra splurge, and gives my hair an unbelievable amount of body and texture. It smells fresh and clean and doesn’t leave a white cast in my dark hair—-this one is just crazy good! (TIP: I’ve also seen amika products at clearance retailers, such as TJ Maxx or Marshall’s).

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My current AFFORDABLE dry shampoo favs: 

  • Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo:   NEW FAV 
    • This one is my favorite as far as the scent goes! It smells SO fresh and clean. I really feel like this one gives my hair a freshly cleansed look and feel. It isn’t the most volumizing formula for me, but its great to lightly re-vitalize my hair day-to-day without a heavy, weighed down feel. This line also contains aloe as an ingredient, which helps to calm my scalp without any irritation. Really love this product!!
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  • Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo   OLD FAV
    • This product has a lot of negative reviews, mostly having to do with the nozzle getting clogged up. I’ve never had this problem, and I have consistently re-purchased this dry shampoo the most often. It works the longest throughout the day for me, and doesn’t take much product to make my hair feel super fresh. It’s kind of my go-to dry shampoo when I want something I can rely on to “wake my hair” up and get on with the day. It has sort of a nostalgic hair spray-ish scent to it, which fades quickly and doesn’t smell bad to me. I don’t have issues with this dry shampoo caking up or discoloring my hair either. It just feels like a familiar favorite that never lets me down and I’ll always keep on hand.
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Detanglers/Leave in Conditioner:

Most of the time, I skip conditioner in the shower and use a de-tangler or leave in conditioner instead. For me, this method keeps my hair feeling light and enables me to retain and build some body. It’s also way easier to style when it hasn’t been weighed down by a heavy, cream-based conditioner. Typically, I’ll spray my hair down immediately after showering and leave my hair untouched until I’ve finished my makeup for the day. My go-to affordable product that I’ve used for as long as I can remember is the Aussie Leave-In Conditioner. This doesn’t take much product to soften and smooth my hair right away, and I love the sweet scent!

Although it is a little bit more pricy, I ADORE the UNITE 7 Seconds Detangler Leave-In Conditioner. This one was a recommendation from my hair stylist. It is more expensive on the front end, but a single bottle will last me forever. A little definitely goes a long way!

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The Wet Brush

Once the conditioner has “marinated” for a little bit, I reach for my beloved Wet Brush to comb everything out. I don’t know what kind of magic is in the bristles, but it works wonders at removing tangles while your hair is still wet. I’m in the process of recovering from significant hair loss from one of my prescription meds I used to take, so this brush is a savior at helping me maintain my hair strength and preventing breakage. It’s also just a great brush for day-to-day use on dry hair and makes smoothing your hair completely effortless. It is comfortable to use, it doesn’t poke or feel sharp and stab-y to your scalp. If you are tender-headed, have extensions, or just have hair that is harder to manage, this is a MUST HAVE in your hair care routine. Plus, it comes in so many pretty designs and colors. LOVE!!! 

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Drying My Hair:

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer 

I should first say that this is not the most affordable product on my list. HOWEVER, it was worth every single dime I paid and has made my life SO much easier. I purchased this about a year ago and rave about it any chance that I can. It’s simply a HERO beauty product.

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There are so many potential uses for this dryer and it makes my life so easy! First of all, I no longer need to flat-iron my hair. For as long as I can remember, I would blow dry my hair AND straighten it with my flat-iron to help tame the frizz. This obviously took up more time and caused SO much heat damage. My hair got really prone to breakage, loss, and just lacked overall shine.

What I love about this thing is that it dries my hair and makes it look smooth/sleek, yet gives that “va-va-voom” factor if I need to add some body to it. If I’m in a hurry, I just brush and dry with no real regard to my layers. If I’m feeling more fancy and want a more blown-out look, I’ll layer my hair in small sections to dry it. Either way, it dries my hair fast I’m super happy with the final result. It just simplifies my routine like none other! I use these clips to section my hair off to dry it and clip it out of face for makeup application.

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LIFE. CHANGING.

[Side Note: My hair is not very thick, so if you have to flat-iron after using this— that is perfectly fine! I just don’t have the need/want for any additional steps.)

It comes with 2 heat settings and a cool air setting. In between washes, I will use dry shampoo to create a little bit more style to my hair using one of the lower settings. Its also great for just freshening up and removing sweat and oil if you can’t shower after working out

Trust me y’all—-you need this in your life! Check it out HERE


Accessorize!

There’s no way I can talk about my hair without a shout-out to my favorite ponytail holders. I got these as a Christmas stocking-stuffer one year, and my life was forever changed.

At first glance, they look like an old-school telephone cord and I always get questions about what’s going on in my hair. Not only are these a real-conversation starter, they will truly give you the best ponytails of your life!

Behold: the Kitsch Spiral Hair Tie

I do have pretty thin hair, so finding a ponytail that doesn’t slide out of place and actually HOLDS my hair is rare to find. These things can create a perky pony that doesn’t fall out of place all day! They’re also great because it doesn’t take out some of your hair with it each time you remove it or cause the dreaded crease if you want to wear your hair down later. I love these for little top knots or just wearing in a tight or loose bun style. They are super versatile for styling without damage and I end up wearing these at some point every single day.

I promise your hair will thank you!!


All of these different product combos + techniques keep my hair routine pretty minimal and simplistic. I don’t like to stress about my hair, and it leaves time for me to have a little bit more fun with my makeup. The less fussy, the better!

Since I started washing my hair less often and reducing its amount of heat exposure, I’ve noticed how much more healthy my hair looks and feels. More specifically, my hair is less prone to damage and getting a lot of split ends.


I really hope y’all enjoyed this wordy post and got a little insight on how to simplify your own routine. Please share your own thoughts, approaches, and favorite products below!

Also, I am super curious: are you a hair minimalist or  a “more-is-more” kind of person??

Thanks for stopping by,

xo

Jena


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

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Nostalgic Makeup

Nostalgia is such a weird thing; at the same time, you can feel a little happy and a little sad. Reflecting back on another time in your life can help you appreciate where you’ve been and understand where you are now. (Too deep? Sorry.)

I’ve always had such a fascination with makeup. As a kid, I can remember being at my grandmother’s house and going through endless drawers of beauty products. She had all kinds of free gifts from department store makeup counters or old lipsticks and blushes she insisted were “too bright” so I should take it. I would have the time of my life swatching things and being so excited to go home and add it into my polka-dotted makeup caboodle.

Still to this day, I find my 28-year old self feeling giddy to go to Sephora, Ulta, or the makeup aisle at the grocery store. I love looking back and thinking about a few products that really sparked my love of beauty and helped define my personal makeup style.


Let’s Go Down Memory Lane….

 

 

NARS Blush in “Orgasm”

This is probably an old favorite for many people and not the most original choice, but boy do I love this gem. I can remember first starting to wear it in high-school. I was embarrassed to say the shade name “Orgasm” to my mom, so when I needed to re-purchase one I would just say that I needed more “NARS”. The peachy pink shade of this blush is just timeless—it looks great on everyone and pulls together just about any look. I would load this stuff up on this old scratchy brush I had and go to town with the application. I literally think this is the only blush I wore daily throughout my high school and college years and there’s no telling how many times I’ve repurchased it. I can remember frequently scraping the last few bits of powder out of the pan so that none would go to waste. Still to this day, I’ve got a regular size compact of it and a travel size as a back-up. I love my “NARS” so much!

Revlon Illuminance Cream Eyeshadow 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know why I was so drawn to these cream shadows, probably because I wasn’t good with eye makeup brushes and I could just dab this stuff on with my fingertips. I remember sitting in front of my bedroom window with a small mirror in natural light and thinking this was the best makeup product money could buy. It had such a luminosity to it I’d never seen in eyeshadow powders, so I felt like some kind of 16-year old makeup guru patting it all over my lids. I loved the rose gold/warm tones and would use this little pallet in all sorts of ways. When I bought the Metals one (pictured to the right), with a few darker shades, I felt like the edgiest girl in school (I wasn’t).

Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer 

I can distinctly remember walking around Sephora and spotting this compact on the display shelf. I thought it was the most unique, beautiful product that I had ever seen. Of course, I begged my mom to get it for me and the rest is history. I don’t think I understood at the time what a “bronzer” was or how to correctly apply it. Was this a blush? Was it a bronzer? I didn’t know but I would take my single very old brush and dust this stuff carelessly all over my cheeks and forehead. I probably re-purchased this 4 or 5 times, mostly due to it getting broken or lost. I’m still a sucker for leopard and I would buy it again if ever re-released in a heartbeat.

Britney Spears’ Perfume

 

One of the highlights of my life at the time (and probably now) was in 2000 when I saw Britney Spears live in concert. I was a super fan and loved everything about her. Naturally, when she started releasing fragrances I would have to buy them all. First came Curious, then there was Fantasy. For years around the time of their release, it was always understood I would be needing a new bottle for my birthday or Christmas. I proudly displayed and admired the bottles on my bathroom vanity or a shelf in my bedroom. I would douse on her perfumes anytime I left the house, there was no such thing as “too much”—-I practically bathed in the stuff. My mom always joked she knew I was getting ready to go somewhere when the smell of my perfume made its way all the way downstairs from my room upstairs. When I smell these scents to this day, I feel instantly nostalgic and thankful.

 

I have to say,  this was probably one of my favorite topics to put together so far! It’s so fun to look back and think about how much you loved something or how happy it made you feel; I would encourage y’all to do the same. With the constant release and availability of new products, it is so easy to forget about the things you loved first.

As we get all the new let’s not forget to appreciate the old, shall we?

So what beauty products make you feel nostalgic? Is there anything you want to re-purchase? Let’s chat about it!

xo,

Jena

 

 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This content is not sponsored. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate and images are from Amazon.com

Let’s Talk Spring Lips + Tip Tuesday

Let’s Talk Spring Lips + Tip Tuesday

Hi Everyone!

Today I am feeling all sorts of spring vibes! I’ve been really inspired by color lately and am loving a specific makeup look of soft eyes paired with a pink lip!

Anytime I’m wearing a bright lip, I instantly feel so brightened up and fresh. You can look super polished and put together with just adding a pop of color on the lips. I took a deep dive into my lipstick collection and found a few shades that feel especially Spring-y!

*Obviously I am having a major pink/berry moment, the colors I gravitated to ended up (unintentionally) being somewhat similar in color but different in textures and finishes. 

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Here’s the Round-Up…..

1. Milani Color Statement — “Plumrose”

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I am completely in love with Milani’s Color Statement Line! This feels like a nourishing lip balm that provides some hydration and gives gorgeous color to the lips. It is super easy to apply and glides effortlessly right on (it also has a yummy watermelon scent). Because the consistency is lightweight, it gives you the ability to build up to your desired level of color. As a bonus, this formula is infused with vitamins so you get some skincare benefits! I love the “Plumrose” shade, it’s just so versatile and can put together just about any look. This shade is universally flattering for any skin tone and it doesn’t seem to emphasize lip texture or dryness. [Side note and random, but I love pairing berry-tinted makeup with mustard tops or dresses at the moment—-it feels like my color palette inspiration right now]. This is such a good addition to your spring makeup collection– its an effortless pick-me-up!

 

2. L’Oreal Color Riche Shine — “Glassy Garnet” 

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This shade might look pretty similar to the Milani mentioned above, but it does have more of a rosy, cool tone to it. This is just one of those shades that instantly makes me feel pretty and brightens up my whole complexion. The Color Riche line from L’Oreal might be one of the best non-matte lipsticks I’ve tried! The shine and dimension these give to the lips are stunning. “Glassy Garnet” is a great name for this one—it literally has a reflectivity to it that resembles glass with ultra-shine.  The pigment is comfortable and hydrating (it is formulated with nourishing oils). If you are on the hunt for a super glossy, hydrating lipstick—give this one a try! I know I have several other shades from this collection I need in my life.

 

3. NARS Matte Lipstick Pencil — “Let’s Go Crazy’

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Ahhh I swear NARS can do no wrong! I absolutely love the Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil line they have. If you are ever intimidated by color because it can be tricky to apply —give this line a try! The color selection is beautiful and I do have several ones I love, but “Let’s Go Crazy” just spoke to me today. It is a stunning bright, vivid pink with a matte finish. These come in a pencil form, so the consistency is creamy (you don’t get the dried out lips effect) and glides effortlessly. Highly, highly recommend y’all check these out if you haven’t yet. Another favorite shade in this line is “Dragon Girl” if you’re in more of a red mood (I call this one my power red)!

 

4. Milani Color Statement Lipstick — “Blushing Beauty” 

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I didn’t plan on featuring 2 lipsticks from the same brand, but the heart wants what the heart wants! This one is another home run from the Color Statement line. “Blushing Beauty” is more of a true pink shade. It’s just such a sweet, feminine shade that makes you feel really pretty and polished. This shade would also be a great choice for brides as well— it’s such a timeless shade of pink and would look great in photographs!

 

**Bonus QUICK TIP TUESDAY

I’m not sure if I’m the only person in the world that has never used a detailer brush for lipstick application but y’all…..it’s life changing!! This is especially key if you’re wearing a super bold or bright lip that tends to smear or get all over your mouth. You can apply your lipliner/lipstick, then go in with a small-tipped brush to perfect the outline, or “smudge” the lip line to give a blotted, blurred out effect. You’ll be amazed at how much precision this achieves! It’s also great to blend or create an ombre look for 2 different shades. Try this technique if you haven’t before! Get my favorite small detail brush HERE. 


I hope y’all got a little bit of spring color inspiration from these shades! I’m just ready to to say goodbye to this gloomy winter and welcome the spring sunshine!

What colors for spring are you loving at the moment? Any specific products you recommend? Please comment and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Jena

 


 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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