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: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil + Meet Sasha

REVIEW: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil  + Meet Sasha

Hey Friends & Happy Monday!

Another day, another skincare review!

This one might be, well……unpopular.

Herbivore is a brand I’m sure many of you are familiar with. Their skin and body products are minimal, yet gorgeously packaged with jewel-toned hues. As a result, the brand has a huge social media presence, so it’s no surprise that the beauty community seems to be all abuzz about this Seattle-born brand.

I actually ended up with a deluxe sample size of the Emerald Glow Oil as a GWP from Sephora, and I was SO excited to try it out.


Here’s a few Specs/Product claims:

  • Facial oil containing 100mg CBD + adaptogens 
  • Product claim per the Herbivore website the CBD in the oil can “soothe stressed-out skin in need of calm and relief from redness, irritation, and environmental stressors”.
  • Retails for $58.00 for 1oz/30mL bottle with dropper
  • **Because this product contains CBD, the Emerald oil specifically can only be purchased and shipped in the US only (this is on the Herbivore website – I’m not sure about other retailers such as Sephora, Beautylish, etc..)

 

Thoughts:

On a completely superficial level, the bottle and product itself is beautiful. The oil is a stunningly gorgeous green color that definitely catches the eye of any one who glances at it. I would say the hydration component is there, I woke up the next morning with some glow to my skin. I can’t speak for the “soothing” of my stressed out skin, however. Personally, I would not want to apply this in the morning, it would feel too bothersome. I put this on at bedtime immediately before going sleep.

**Also: I used as recommended, about 4-8 drops!

Here’s where my disconnect is: I really don’t think I like facial oils. I’ve never used them really. I love serums and I love good moisturizers of course, but oils are just another story I guess. They just make me feel like I’m trapped in my own face. Is that completely weird? I really can’t say that that’s a knock on this product specifically or face oils in general, but I really just feel very turned off and averse to them now. I would assume this is because they just feel too heavy. Oils aren’t really anything I can massage into my skin or get to “soak in”, they just kind of hang out on the top barrier.

Here’s my other gripe–the scent is just a little *too* on the nose. I’m not a prude y’all, I went to a party school for college. I just don’t particularly love for my face to smell like a joint.

Maybe there would be more long-term benefits to this one if I used it consistently– but honestly it is always an unpleasant experience! 

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On a much brighter (and cuter!) note, I got the sweetest Toy Poodle puppy about 3 weeks ago. I lost my other Poodle after over 16 amazing years, she’s still very much in my heart and I miss her more than words can express. Our new pup (Sasha) has helped us regain some joy again and we love her SO much already! I’ve been sharing photos of her on my IG, follow me if you aren’t already for more Sasha (and of course, beauty!) adventures.

@jj_beautyblog

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Has anyone else tried the Emerald oil?? Please share all your honest thoughts below– I’m so curious!! 

Thanks for reading!!

xo

Jena

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used. 93af437cee67e8dfba31874e57ce63445fc3568d9d5710e95a

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum

 

Hellooooo Friends!!

Here with another Skincare review. It’s funny how my content has shifted from primarily makeup to skincare-focused. Makeup will always have my heart and I’ll always continue to chat about makeup that makes me happy, but as I approach 30, skincare seems like more of a priority.

Which leads me to this (quite juicy) gem……..

Fresh Beauty’s Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum. 

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I picked this up on Nordstrom’s website (it is a Nordstrom exclusive for some reason) completely on a whim–No outside recommendations, no Instagram, no YouTube reviews, just me, believe it or not! Something about the combination of words “Glow”, “Juice”, “Vitamin”, “Nectar” just drew me in & had me super curious (and thirsty?).

I read the description to find that this serum is juice-based and contains 480,000 nutrient-based “microbubbles” to give the skin an energized healthy look.

The Microbubbles:

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 Image from Nordstrom.com

Intrigued yet??

Other Highlights/Specs: 

  • Inspiration for the product came from cold-pressed juice.
  • Microbubbles have coconut oil, vitamins C and E and beta-carotene blend with the watery base of fruit extracts and minerals.
  • Skin is “energized” with 24-hour hydration and antioxidant protection.
  • Retails for $28.00 for 15mL bottle.
  • *Direction Discrepancy:
    • The Fresh Beauty Website claims it can be used AM & PM,
    • Nordstrom.com‘s directions say AM or PM

My thoughts: 

  • I have used this for 3 weeks now, and I’ve been absolutely LOVING this!
  • I was a little hesitant because it does contain coconut oil, but I haven’t had any new breakouts or excessive oil production.
  • It smells exactly like orange juice — SO YUMMY!!
  • I frequently use this twice daily in the AM/PM, but I always apply in the evening.
  • It didn’t cause any irritation for me at all, such as stinging/burning.
  • It absolutely gives my skin an instant “glow” and look of vibrance, which I really love!
  • It doesn’t completely dry down and does have some degree of tackiness to it. However, it does not feel heavy, greasy, or oily once applied — the formula is very forgiving!
  • No issue layering with other moisturizers or makeup– I didn’t notice any piling up!

 


 

**A Potential Con/FYI of this Product: I purchased this 3 weeks ago, and after mostly using it twice daily, I am already out! Admittedly, this could very well be my fault for being a little bit too heavy-handed with it. It does feel more like a nourishing moisturizer rather than a “harsh” treatment such as a retinol, acid, etc., so it is definitely more easy to get carried away.

 


 

Overall, I really LOVE this serum!! I almost used it more as a liquid-based moisturizer rather than its (assumed?) intended usage to use a little bit more sparingly.

It really gives the skin such a gorgeous, luminosity that doesn’t look greasy. Because of the unique formulation of this product, I really think all skin types could benefit from the skin-loving vitamins it has. I will be re-purchasing it, and I am fully addicted to the GLOW it gives!

SHOP IT HERE!


 

Do y’all have any new(ish) skincare favorites??  Please comment + share below!! 

 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo

Jena


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate. Thanks so much! 

 

New Skincare Favorites

New Skincare Favorites

Hi Friends!

I’ve been on a skincare kick lately. While my skin is definitely enjoying the new purchases, my wallet is a little concerned….

Anyhow, I have a few new products that are really upping my skincare game and I just wanted to post a quick round-up of what I’m loving!

All products linked below!


 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask 

I know, I know. I fell deep into social media’s trap of “Instagram-made-me-buy-it” with this one (Shameless Plug: follow me on IG if you aren’t already @jj_beautyblog).

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Something about the simple, yet eye-catching packaging just sucked me right in. That being said, there’s really something amazing about this product. It is said to hydrate and soothe “stressed skin” with a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gentle exfoliating extracts. According to Summer Fridays, you can apply a thick layer clean/dry skin for 10 minutes and remove any excess after (no-rinse required). I personally prefer to use it as a makeup primer/moisturizer or a sleeping mask. I use a little bit more than a pea sized amount and it really preps my skin to be soft + smooth. I just really love it this mask and I find it to be the perfect amount of nourishment for AM or PM use.

Dry/Combo skin sufferers rejoice! 


 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask 

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Ugh. I hate how much I love this stuff. It is heavily watermelon-scented in the best possible way, and I can’t put this on and not feel instantly amazing. Because the ingredients are naturally-derived and separation occurs, you have to mix it up with each use and the texture is what I would describe as “gloopy”. The key ingredients in this formula are watermelon and hyaluronic acid (HA)— a match made in dry-skin heaven.

I put this on before bed and wake up the next day with the softest, most moisturized skin I’ve probably ever had. This is a BOLD statement, but, you kind of need this in your life and the hype is REAL.


 

Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration Mist 

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If I am being completely honest, I absolutely did NOT need another facial mist, but here we are.

This mist is intended to be an ultra dose of deep hydration for the skin in the AM/PM or throughout the day. Once again, this product has my favorite ingredient at the moment HA. Aloe Vera is a star ingredient as well and really helps soothe sensitive or dehydrated skin.

The scent of the mist is sort of botanical-like, probably related to the aloe in it—  definitely not my favorite scent (THIS one is) and the mister is a little weaker than I would prefer. That being said,  I love how super hydrated I feel after spritzing this on. I think this one is also great for summertime and oily skin because it doesn’t have a dewy or “wet” effect— it simply just absorbs right in and plumps the look of skin. Really enjoying this so far!


 

I am curious to know what skincare y’all are loving at the moment? Does the change in seasons drastically change your beauty routine? Comment below!! 

Thank you so much

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all products myself. Some links are affiliate.

REVIEW: Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask

REVIEW: Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask

Happy Weekend, Friends!

There’s nothing quite like discovering a good skincare product you can’t wait to tell all your pals about! I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy trying out different kinds of sheet masks; I find them an easy and effective way to give my skin a little hydration and radiance.

A big trend in the beauty world at the moment is watermelon-scented products. I love it, I’m here for it, and I am trying out as much as I can (watermelon-themed post coming in the VERY near future).

I found the Purlisse Watermelon Sheet Masks as I normally do, perusing Amazon.com.

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If you aren’t familiar with the brand Purlisse, The CEO/Creator is Jennifer Yen (she’s gorgeous), and she was inspired by her grandmother to create a skincare line that embraced her Asian heritage. Purlisse is also cruelty-free.

 


As I mentioned, I picked up a box of 6 masks for around $18.00. You can also purchase a single mask for around $5.00.

The Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask is a natural fiber material infused with watermelon, aloe vera, and cucumber. These ingredients work together to fight free radicals, as well as soothe and nourish the skin.

  • Watermelon: locks in moisture
  • Aloe Vera: reduces inflammation
  • Cucumber: soothes skin

I have been doing these masks in the morning, as they are very hydrating and leave my skin with a subtle glowy radiance. I think that this mask is a great way to start the day or as an afternoon pick-me-up. The masks are undeniably very watermelon-scented. You can definitely smell it the entire time the mask is on, but it does dissipate after removing the mask. I happen to LOVE watermelon-scented things- I find the smell very revitalizing and instantly mood-lifting!

The directions are to unfold the mask, wear for 15-20 minutes, and not to rinse it off after. I have left the mask on for longer than 20 minutes, and it didn’t irritate or sting my skin at all.

I have found this mask to have the perfect amount of moisture to it. It isn’t dripping in essence and running down your neck, but you are left with leftover serum to pat into the skin. The formula is slightly tacky for awhile, but it does eventually dry down and plays well with other skincare/makeup. The material of the mask isn’t overly delicate to the point where you might rip it while unfolding. It feels very durable and fits well on my face.

I’ve used 4 of the 6 masks, and I must say that I really LOVE these. They just leave the skin with instant brightness and hydration, while being SO gentle! I plan to use up the box and repurchase again to keep in my mask rotation.

Highly recommend these if you complexion is suffering from dullness, dehydration, and just needs a little boost of radiance!

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

 


 

Are y’all loving the watermelon-scented skincare trend? Also, let me know if you’ve tried anything else from Purlisse– I am very curious to try more!

Thank you!

xo

Jena

 


 

 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all products mentioned myself. Some affiliate links used. Thank you for your support!

 

 

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!! 😉

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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! 😉

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!