Two Skincare Products Doing It All

Two Skincare Products Doing It All

Hey Friends! 

I just have a short and sweet post today about some important developments in my skincare routine! 

All products mentioned are linked below!


I just wanted to come on and chat a little bit about my new(ish) additions to my skincare routine. I’ve been pretty diligent with taking care of my skin each day, and making sure that, at the very least, I’ve removed my makeup before going to sleep. Since becoming more and more consistent with my skincare, I’ve come to enjoy taking off my makeup and giving my skin some much needed care and attention.

The specific step that I believe has made the most dramatic improvement in my skin is using a toner, both in the morning and evening. Prior to incorporating toner, I felt as if my skin was unbalanced and not getting the full potential benefits of my prescription treatment and moisturizer. A few months ago, I really decided I would be consistent with using my Thayer’s Witch Hazel as a toner product after cleansing.

**Note: I use this by soaking a cotton pad and sweeping it over my face 1-2 times. I also sometimes use this more like an essence, by pouring some in my hands and gently pressing the liquid in to absorb. 

Photo of My Current Bottle, a back-up, and my back-up’s back up!! ūüėČ

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I can’t really describe how dramatically this has helped my complexion. My skin is noticeably smoother and less prone to irritation. I also feel like it has helped with texture, as well as keeping my lines/wrinkles somewhat at bay while I’m in between Botox treatments (I have an appointment Monday ;-)!!!)

I can remember taking about a 2-3 week break from the toner after running out and not repurchasing. I really didn’t think too much about skipping it until I saw my skin begin to take a turn back to look more dull and my pores more visible. I also felt like my skin defaulted back to an overly-dry “mode”, and I was seeing dry patches pop up. Since then, I have kept this stuff stocked in my collection and I’ll never go back!

I was so blown away by the benefits I was seeing from using a toner, I  decided to take the routine to the next-level by incorporating Caudalie’s Grape Water Spray— which also has toner-like qualities to hydrate and soothe. The “grape” ingredients in this mist are extracted from grapes in the Bordeaux, France wine region.

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The grapes multi-task in providing extra hydration, as well as reducing skin sensitivity (it is recommended for the most sensitive skin types/conditions, such as eczema.) If I am feeling irritated from cleansing or doing a new face mask, I will always pull out this guy to immediately soothe and calm my skin. This spray just feels SO gentle and refreshing! I think that it works hand-in-hand with the Thayer’s to re-balance my skin to take in the benefits of moisturizer/serums. Because I have seen the marked benefits from using it, I only use the Caudalie for skincare–I do not use this as a makeup setting spray. I’ve just seen such a marked improvement by using these two very effective (and very gentle!) products in tandem.

Overall, using the 2 “toners” has significantly increased my hydration and overall look of my skin. I’m also seeing less sensitivity from my prescription treatments and daily serums. Toning has basically just helped “mesh” all the products together, and I’ve been starting to see significant benefits from everything in my routine! I like to think of toner as the “glue” to your skincare products — it just enhances and elevates your whole skin game!

 

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If you feel like you’re in a skincare “rut”, and you aren’t seeing the benefits you should be from your products, I highly recommend evaluating your use of toners! I just can’t say enough good things about using the 2 products together.

 

I’m SO curious now:

What are y’alls thoughts on using toners, and what are your favorites? Feel free to share below! 

 

Thank you so much for reading! ūüėČ

xo

Jena


 

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

How To Get “Glow-From-Within” Skin!

How To Get “Glow-From-Within” Skin!

Hey Friends!

I think it is safe to say one of the most popular makeup trends at the moment is creating a look of natural “glow” to the skin. While applying a highlighter alone can give a gorgeous glow, it doesn’t necessarily create a skin-deep, full-complexion radiance. I find that adding products in light¬†layers¬†can really enhance the skin and achieve a natural, I-Woke-Up-Like-This Luminosity.

Think of this post as your guide to creating a “no-filter” filter!¬†

All products mentioned are linked below!


Moisturize!

This “step” is obviously not ground-breaking or new, but starting out with a hydrated base is SO key! It is always best to find a moisturizer that is most tailored to your skin type, and it can definitely be a trial-and-error process. For me, the Bobbi Brown Vitamin-Enriched Face Base has literally improved almost every aspect of my skin. It is very rich in texture, yet so lightweight and hydrating! This one is a splurge, but it’s life-changing.

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Spritz! 

After moisturizer, I love to spritz my whole face with elf’s Illuminating Mist & Set. It creates a such a gorgeous luminosity that acts like a glass-like backlight for the rest of your complexion products. I love that this one is vitamin and green tea-infused, so you’re also giving your skin a dose of good-for-you ingredients.


Liquid Glow! 

Before applying foundation/powders, I like to use a small amount of liquid highlighter to the highest point of my cheek and brow bones. This may seem like an unnecessary step, as the addition of foundation may seem to “cancel-out” the glow; however– this helps create a more dimensional luminosity that will reveal itself more and more throughout the day. There are plenty of great liquid highlights out there, but the most important factor to keep in mind is to avoid¬†those with glitter. Overly shimmery highlights can emphasize pores and skin texture. I love BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter in “Opal” or Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Liquid Highlighter.

The Benefit one is a great choice for more textured skin types. Because it is matte, it won’t emphasize skin unevenness. It really gives such a gorgeous pinky-colored brightness to the complexion. I also love to use this one on my brow bone for an instant lifted effect.

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Top of With a Powder Glow! 

After applying foundation, concealer, and matte setting powders— it’s time to amp up the glow! I can’t even write this post and try to recommend a $25-$30 highlight. I haven’t found many products that hold a candle to my beloved Pure Nude Highlights from essence cosmetics.¬†The shades¬†“Be My Highlight” and “Sunlighter” just rock my world. Like honestly, I would probably bathe in these if I could. These will¬†not¬†give you that blinding, beaming from outer space metallic effect– the look these give is pure creamy, dreamy natural radiance. Think of these as a very delicate “kiss” of glow.

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Seal it In! 

Immediately after you apply the powder highlight, give your skin one last good spritz of setting spray. Of course I love the elf one mentioned above, but I also like to finish off things with my favorite scent from Mario Badescu. This helps seal in all that glow and melts all your makeup together for long-lasting radiance.

TIP:¬†If you’re really feeling like a beaming angel, add another layer of powder highlight before the setting spray drys!

 


 

I really enjoy having a glow that feels understated yet noticeably healthy. I personally feel most confident when my makeup enhances my features rather than covering them up– especially when it comes to my complexion. A good skin day is the best day!

How do y’all like to glow?? Please share all your thoughts below!

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

 

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

 

Foundation Friday: A Matte Foundation for Dry Skin?

Foundation Friday: A Matte Foundation for Dry Skin?

Hey friends!

Today I have a new (to me) foundation to discuss!

I was looking through my sample stash of makeup that I’ve acquired over the last few months, when I found a few shades of Dior Forever Wear High Perfection Skin-Caring Matte Foundation SPF 35.

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I ended up mixing the shades 3N and 4N in a 1-to-1 ratio, as well as my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer to further brighten.

Specs: 

  • Claims to provide medium-to-full coverage that stays flawless for up to 24 hours
  • Velvety matte finish
  • Dior recommends for Normal, Dry. Oily, and Combo Skin
  • 1oz is $52.00 USD
  • 28 Shades Available categorized by 6 different undertones

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Pansy Extract Hydration Booster
  • Rose Hip Extract

 

My Sample: (I misplaced the top of the 3N, so it isn’t very photogenic)

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**It looks like Dior updated the formula on this recently, I’ve never tried either so I can’t provide any personal comparisons between the old vs. new.**

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Image Source: Nordstrom.com

 


My skin has been on the dry side the past few months and I’m going on my 3rd month of a prescription retinol. However, it has been getting HOT and humid here in Tennessee (as I write this, the high today was 86 degrees with over 50% humidity!) WOOF! As summer gets closer and closer, I’ve been noticing that my dewy foundations haven’t been looking so great after a few hours of wear (mostly just in the T-Zone). I’m not sure if this is my skin adjusting more to the retinol, or if I’m on a good moisturizing regimen, or if the humidity is just making me a little bit more oily?

Regardless, I wanted to use a more matte foundation to see how it would hold up for me!

I really didn’t know what to expect with this product, the only 2 foundations I’ve ever tried from Dior have been 2 totally different experiences: I absolutely LOVE Dior Airflash Spray Foundation, but the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation was horrendous on me.


I’ve applied this foundation with both a sponge and foundation brush — I found the brush applied the product MUCH easier. The sponge made it a little bit harder to work with and took about twice as long to blend out. It tends to set up relatively fast, so I would recommend applying this foundation in sections—it’s not one that you want to dot all over your face before blending.

The consistency of the liquid is a little bit more on the thick side. If you put a drop on your hand (I always do this test), it won’t move much or run down.

Small Drop to Get an Idea of the Consistency: (I lightened it with concealer for a better shade match–this is 4N)

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I was really surprised how lightweight it felt and looked on my skin once I got it completely applied– I was able to build it to full coverage using a brush. It’s definitely not a foundation that feels uncomfortable or mask-like. It also has a very subtle scent of sunscreen, but that dissipates very quickly once it gets blended out.

The final look was SO PRETTY– I couldn’t believe how even it made my skin look! My fine lines also looked minimized (I’m about 2 months overdue for Botox), and it didn’t emphasize any dry areas. The finish is just a really natural soft matte look. I didn’t have any cakey areas in my “trouble” zones — near my nose and forehead.

Such a beautiful finish!

Photos Taken in Natural Sunlight at 1:52PMРabout 1.5 Hours After Initial Application: 

 

I ventured out in the heat for a few hours for errands, so I was really curious to see how it was going to hold up!


Here’s my mid-day check-in, a little over 4 hours of wear:

  • You can start to see some “dew” after being out that afternoon. Pores are a little bit more visible, but the coverage is holding strong with no cake! No touch ups needed.

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Here’s the 8PM check-in — Total of 8 hours of wear. You can see I have some shiny areas, and it was broken apart near my jawline. I have a horrible habit of resting my chin on my hand, so this happens more often than not!

 

This foundation really surprised me! I didn’t feel the need to touch up or powder all day. My pores really didn’t get much worse or more visible after the mid-day check in. I also didn’t have issues with texture/scarring being emphasized. The foundation didn’t break apart anywhere else except near the chin, which was because of my horrible face-touching habit. It’s a REALLY gorgeous foundation, and it just perfects the complexion without weighing you down.

This one was a winner for me–I’m picking it up for summer!

 

………..Wait, am I a matte foundation person now?

 

 


 

Has anyone tried this magic before? People with dry/normal(ish) skin: what other matte-foundations do you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!!

 

Thank you so much

xo

Jena

 


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I used samples of this product. Some images are sourced from http://www.nordstrom.com. Some links are affiliate– Thank you for your support!

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

Hey Everybody!

I wanted to talk about a few awesome (super EASY!) skincare routine products. Sometimes its SO NICE to have a group of products you can rely on to be convenient and fuss-free.

The reality is, I don’t always have the energy for a 10-step skincare routine or the time to spend 45+ minutes on makeup. I’m always interested in trying out effective beauty products that provide maximum results with minimal effort.

All products are linked with each description below!


Here’s Some of My Quick & Simple Favorites:¬†

Olay Daily Facials — Hydrating 5-in-1 Cloths

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I was instantly hooked after receiving a sample of this product from Olay. I was skeptical that just a single cloth would breakdown all my makeup, but these guys really work so well! After using my sample cloth, I went online and ordered more the same day!

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These cloths might be the epitome of easy, lazy-day skincare- Olay claims that these provide 5 different benefits in 1 step: remove makeup, scrub, tone, mask, and cleanse. They are amazingly effective at removing makeup, and my face feels super clean after using them.

They are also just a fun experience to use — you wet a dry cloth and it turns into a really rich lather. The formula is soap-free, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve just stripped off all the hydration in my skin. They literally just wipe away all my makeup, including my face and eye products. The areas around my eyes are most prone to irritation, and these do not sting/burn me. These are just a super refreshing experience, and I don’t feel the need to do any additional steps other than moisturizer/SPF (I wouldn’t recommend skipping these).

I don’t use these consistently everyday, but I find myself using them at least¬†once a day (in AM or PM) several times per week. I find the price-point relatively budget-friendly, you can purchase a 66-count box of cloths for $8.99 USD on Amazon. They are just such an effective time saver, and I would especially recommend them for rushed early mornings and travel.


Aveeno Positively Radiant 60-Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser 

This product is SO GOOD! I’ve been trying random sheet masks here and there, along with my Drunk Elephant Baby Facial. I love the DE Mask, but you have to invest the time into applying it, letting it sit for 20 minutes, then getting up to rinse it off. This sounds embarrassingly lazy, but some days I’m just SO TIRED. I just want to remove my makeup,¬†have perfect skin,¬†and be done with it!

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I found this gem browsing Amazon because…….online shopping of course! It sounded kind of cool and interesting, and I’ve always loved Aveeno products.

Specs:

  • Formulated with glycolic acid and kaolin clay
  • Also contains moisture-rich soy and lemon-peel extract
  • Claim from Aveeno: “Skin brightening facial cleanser works with the steam of shower to deeply but gently exfoliate dead skin, dirt and oil. It transforms dull, tired-looking skin into bright, velvety soft skin in just 1 minute.”

Just as the name suggests, you apply this in the shower on damp skin for 60 seconds. I like to spend about 20-30 seconds massaging it in and the rest of the time I just let it soak up the steam.

The consistency is pretty thick but it feels SO super nourishing and moisturizing. It contains little “scrubbies” as I like to call them, to provide physical exfoliation. I haven’t had any irritation or weird reactions to it.

I can’t speak to this product improving my skin “texture and tone” right away, but it literally makes my face feel the smoothest it has ever felt. It leaves my skin baby soft and nourished. I typically use this at night when I shower, but I know it also preps and smooths the skin for makeup application beautifully. If you need super easy “I-just-got-a-facial” feeling skin, try this out!


Jergens Moisturizers/Self-Tanners

Can’t stop won’t stop obsessing over these products from Jergens, y’all!¬†

I’ve raved about their Wet Skin Moisturizer that you apply after a shower. It softens and gives such a natural healthy glow after a few uses. It has really transformed my skin after using it consistently over the last few months. If you’re not into self-tanning, they have other options in the line that both smell and moisturize heavenly. My husband teases me because we have so many empty bottles I need to clean out of the shower, and I’m always having a new bottle delivered. Obsessed.

I’ve also started using Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Self-Tanner (the opposite time of the day that I shower). It really goes beyond just providing color— it actually feels very moisturizing on the skin.

Side Note: I buy the Medium to Tan shade, but both products also come in Fair to Medium

I just love that these products give you a little bit of a base tan and hydrate the skin in one-step. I rarely feel the need to apply actual self tanner now, so it keeps my routine simple and fast!


Drybar Double Standard Cleansing & Conditioning Foam

I’ve talked a little bit about some of my go-to hair products in a previous post. I like to keep my hair routine simple and easy– I really don’t get excited about spending time styling it or buying a ton of new haircare products [with the exception of dry shampoo].

When I saw this foam from Drybar that claimed to cleanse and condition in a 1-step wash, it definitely had my attention.

 Image Source: Amazon.com

This product was a little bit of a learning curve for me- it was definitely not a love-at-first use experience. However, after several uses and tweaking my methods of application, I’ve really come to love this stuff! It cuts my shower time almost in half, and its SO perfect for days when you need to get ready and out the door quick!

The initial consistency of this product feels like a silky, gel-like cream. You then work it into a foam by rubbing it between your hands BEFORE applying it to your wet hair. I have found that about a quarter sized amount is perfect for meРa little goes a long way! The first time I used this, I used WAY too much and although my hair was super soft, it was too weighed down and looked very flat.

Once I got the hang of using this, it now literally takes seconds to wash/condition my hair. The foam rinses out very easily with no leftover residue, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive scalp. Also, I don’t feel the need to use additional leave-in products after– the shampoo/conditioner balance provides the perfect amount of clarity and moisture. I just absolutely LOVE the ease and convenience of this stuff!


Have y’all used any of these products? Also please share some of your go-to products that simplify your life!

Comment Below!

Thank you so much

xo

Jena


FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all the products myself. Olay did send me one (1) single-use facial cloth, I purchased the 66-count box. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for your support!

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

Hey Everybody!

I wanted to talk about a few awesome (super EASY!) skincare routine products. Sometimes its SO NICE to have a group of products you can rely on to be convenient and fuss-free.

The reality is, I don’t always have the energy for a 10-step skincare routine or the time to spend 45+ minutes on makeup. I’m always interested in trying out effective beauty products that provide maximum results with minimal effort.

All products are linked with each description below!


Here’s Some of My Quick & Simple Favorites:¬†

Olay Daily Facials — Hydrating 5-in-1 Cloths

IMAGE 2019-04-25 17:50:55

I was instantly hooked after receiving a sample of this product from Olay. I was skeptical that just a single cloth would breakdown all my makeup, but these guys really work so well! After using my sample cloth, I went online and ordered more the same day!

IMAGE 2019-05-01 07:33:09

These cloths might be the epitome of easy, lazy-day skincare- Olay claims that these provide 5 different benefits in 1 step: remove makeup, scrub, tone, mask, and cleanse. They are amazingly effective at removing makeup, and my face feels super clean after using them.

They are also just a fun experience to use — you wet a dry cloth and it turns into a really rich lather. The formula is soap-free, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve just stripped off all the hydration in my skin. They literally just wipe away all my makeup, including my face and eye products. The areas around my eyes are most prone to irritation, and these do not sting/burn me. These are just a super refreshing experience, and I don’t feel the need to do any additional steps other than moisturizer/SPF (I wouldn’t recommend skipping these).

I don’t use these consistently everyday, but I find myself using them at least¬†once a day (in AM or PM) several times per week. I find the price-point relatively budget-friendly, you can purchase a 66-count box of cloths for $8.99 USD on Amazon. They are just such an effective time saver, and I would especially recommend them for rushed early mornings and travel.


Aveeno Positively Radiant 60-Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser 

This product is SO GOOD! I’ve been trying random sheet masks here and there, along with my Drunk Elephant Baby Facial. I love the DE Mask, but you have to invest the time into applying it, letting it sit for 20 minutes, then getting up to rinse it off. This sounds embarrassingly lazy, but some days I’m just SO TIRED. I just want to remove my makeup,¬†have perfect skin,¬†and be done with it!

jJ4N5oTVT4a7OEXenADJCw_thumb_105e

I found this gem browsing Amazon because…….online shopping of course! It sounded kind of cool and interesting, and I’ve always loved Aveeno products.

Specs:

  • Formulated with glycolic acid and kaolin clay
  • Also contains moisture-rich soy and lemon-peel extract
  • Claim from Aveeno: “Skin brightening facial cleanser works with the steam of shower to deeply but gently exfoliate dead skin, dirt and oil. It transforms dull, tired-looking skin into bright, velvety soft skin in just 1 minute.”

Just as the name suggests, you apply this in the shower on damp skin for 60 seconds. I like to spend about 20-30 seconds massaging it in and the rest of the time I just let it soak up the steam.

The consistency is pretty thick but it feels SO super nourishing and moisturizing. It contains little “scrubbies” as I like to call them, to provide physical exfoliation. I haven’t had any irritation or weird reactions to it.

I can’t speak to this product improving my skin “texture and tone” right away, but it literally makes my face feel the smoothest it has ever felt. It leaves my skin baby soft and nourished. I typically use this at night when I shower, but I know it also preps and smooths the skin for makeup application beautifully. If you need super easy “I-just-got-a-facial” feeling skin, try this out!


Jergens Moisturizers/Self-Tanners

Can’t stop won’t stop obsessing over these products from Jergens, y’all!¬†

I’ve raved about their Wet Skin Moisturizer that you apply after a shower. It softens and gives such a natural healthy glow after a few uses. It has really transformed my skin after using it consistently over the last few months. If you’re not into self-tanning, they have other options in the line that both smell and moisturize heavenly. My husband teases me because we have so many empty bottles I need to clean out of the shower, and I’m always having a new bottle delivered. Obsessed.

I’ve also started using Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Self-Tanner (the opposite time of the day that I shower). It really goes beyond just providing color— it actually feels very moisturizing on the skin.

Side Note: I buy the Medium to Tan shade, but both products also come in Fair to Medium

I just love that these products give you a little bit of a base tan and hydrate the skin in one-step. I rarely feel the need to apply actual self tanner now, so it keeps my routine simple and fast!


Drybar Double Standard Cleansing & Conditioning Foam

I’ve talked a little bit about some of my go-to hair products in a previous post. I like to keep my hair routine simple and easy– I really don’t get excited about spending time styling it or buying a ton of new haircare products [with the exception of dry shampoo].

When I saw this foam from Drybar that claimed to cleanse and condition in a 1-step wash, it definitely had my attention.

 Image Source: Amazon.com

This product was a little bit of a learning curve for me- it was definitely not a love-at-first use experience. However, after several uses and tweaking my methods of application, I’ve really come to love this stuff! It cuts my shower time almost in half, and its SO perfect for days when you need to get ready and out the door quick!

The initial consistency of this product feels like a silky, gel-like cream. You then work it into a foam by rubbing it between your hands BEFORE applying it to your wet hair. I have found that about a quarter sized amount is perfect for meРa little goes a long way! The first time I used this, I used WAY too much and although my hair was super soft, it was too weighed down and looked very flat.

Once I got the hang of using this, it now literally takes seconds to wash/condition my hair. The foam rinses out very easily with no leftover residue, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive scalp. Also, I don’t feel the need to use additional leave-in products after– the shampoo/conditioner balance provides the perfect amount of clarity and moisture. I just absolutely LOVE the ease and convenience of this stuff!


Have y’all used any of these products? Also please share some of your go-to products that simplify your life!

Comment Below!

Thank you so much

xo

Jena


FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all the products myself. Olay did send me one (1) single-use facial cloth, I purchased the 66-count box. 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! ūüėČ


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.

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

Hey everybody! 

I’m here today to chat about a moisturizer I’ve been trying out a little over a week now, the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer from GLOW RECIPE.

I got a little 0.3oz/10mL sample size of this guy from Sephora, I’ve been SO excited to give it a try for months now. I haven’t had the courage to purchase anything from the brand –I was still a little skeptical and nervous to make the investment in another possible skincare disappointment.

Image of my Sample:

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Product Specs: 

  • Standard size comes in 2oz/60mL bottle and retails for $39.00 USD¬†
  • Mini size is also available as 25mL bottle for $21.00 USD
  • Can be purchased at Sephora or GLOW RECIPE’S official website

The whole GLOW RECIPE brand has taken social media by storm, as their products are beautifully packaged and Instagram-worthy. I’m a huge fan of all things watermelon– I LOVE anything that promises to have a watermelon scent or flavor. You can’t help but notice that this moisturizer has the same exact scent of a watermelon jolly rancher, which I love. For me, the scent isn’t super overpowering and it does dissipate shortly after you apply. However, if you are very sensitive to smells in your skincare this could be a pass for you.

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The consistency of this moisturizer is very thin and water-based. It doesn’t have a creamy or rich feeling to it at all — I would almost describe it as a very¬†lightweight gel. Of all the gel/water based moisturizers I’ve tried, I think this one might be the most thin. Calling this product a watermelon “juice” moisturizer is a very accurate name to classify the viscosity.¬† It does have a very light pink-colored hint to it as well.

Images of the Product’s Texture/Consistency:¬†

 

 

 

Per the GLOW RECIPE website, it is suitable for dry, sensitive, normal, and oily/combo skin types. It claims to hydrate, brighten, soften, and smooth the skin.

Some highlighted ingredients:

  • Watermelon Extract
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Antioxidants

 


My Thoughts: 

I’d first like to point out that¬†skin is currently on the dry side due to my prescription retinol use (most of the time my skin is relatively normal).

That being said, I do not feel that this moisturizer provides me with adequate hydration when used alone. Once I get it applied evenly in a thin layer, it ultimately just ends up feeling sticky and I don’t feel as if it is adding much moisturization to my skin. Even when I added more product to try and build it up, it just got more tacky and didn’t seem to fully absorb. Each time I used this moisturizer, I really felt the need to go in with an additional product to feel like my skin was properly hydrated. I did notice a very slight stinging sensation that quickly went away in areas near my eye/temple on the first few uses. So far, it has not caused any new break outs on me.

Unfortunately, this one will be a pass for me to purchase in the full-size– my skin is just too dry at the moment.

  • If you have oily skin this one might be a great, lightweight choice to try out (it is an oil-free formula)
  • For normal skin, I think this would work best in an AM skincare routine (you might need more moisture in your PM routine.).

I don’t think this product is “bad” or a poor choice, it just isn’t a fit for my skin situation at the moment. I have to stress that every person’s experience is unique. If you like this product- I LOVE IT! I think it has some really nice ingredients, Sephora considers GLOW RECIPE to be a “clean” skincare line. I’m still interested in this brand, so I hope to find a product that is better suited for my skin type.

To Summarize, here’s my personal¬†PROS/CONS:

PROS

  • Beautiful packaging
  • I love the watermelon scent
  • Does provide my skin with a radiant glow
  • Oil-free with a “clean” ingredient seal from Sephora

CONS

  • Not enough hydration for dryer skin types –I had to use an additional product
  • I did experience slight stinging/irritation
  • Comes with a high-end price tag ($39.00 USD for 60mL)
  • Dry down is sticky/tacky on me

 


 

I’m super curious to hear your thoughts if you’ve tried this one out! Was it a PASS or PURCHASE for you? What else have y’all tried from GLOW RECIPE? Also, if you have dry skin what are your go-to moisturizers?

Please share all your thoughts/suggestions in the comments!! 

 

Thank you so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored, all opinions are honest and my own. Product came in a value set purchased by myself. No affiliate links used.