A Full Face of TOO FACED!

A Full Face of TOO FACED!

Hey Friends!

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

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

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

Such a treasure! Please Too Faced bring it baaaack!

 

Images from Amazon.com and nordstromrack.com, respectively

 

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


Complexion:

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

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

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

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

 


 

Setting Powder and Spray

TF Primed & Poreless Powder 

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

TF Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray

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

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


Blush/Bronzer

Bronzer:

 TF Sun Bunny 

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

TF Beach Bunny

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

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

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Blush:

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush — “Sparkling Bellini” 

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

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

 

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Eyes

Eyeshadow:

Sweet Peach Palette

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

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

SHOP IT HERE

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

I did a pretty natural “daytime glow” look:

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

Mascara

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

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Lips

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

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

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

Swatch:

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

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Final Look: Glowy, Daytime Glam

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

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

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

COMMENT BELOW 😉

Thanks for reading

xo

Jena

 


 

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

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SPRING Makeup Inspiration

SPRING Makeup Inspiration

Hey everybody!

Last Saturday, I was casually scrolling through my Instagram feed when I found this STUNNING makeup look posted on Smashbox Cosmetics’ UK account.

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Every element of the look just spoke to me and I had to stop and admire how gorgeously fresh and bright it is for Spring. I’m not sure if its the combination of colors, the mix of tones, or the perfect balance between bold and soft glam that just really makes the perfect statement for me.

I just LOVE this look and it inspired me to look through my collection to see if I could pull something similar together. I’ll chat about the key products used to create my look:

All products linked in each product description section! 

 


Here’s what I ended up using:

Foundation:

1-to-1 Mixture of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation & NARS Sheer Glow Foundation 

  • I wanted a full-coverage base to look hydrated but not overly glowy [these two are my HG combination for a perfect makeup day!]

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Setting Powder:

To create that bright and fresh under eye the model has, I pulled out my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. I LOVE this powder to visibly brighten dark areas, with a smooth/semi-matte finish. It NEVER gets cakey or overly dry on me!

Blush/Bronze/Highlight: 

Blush: In order to keep the emphasis on the eyes and lips, I decided to reach for a more subtle blush that still looks great in photos, so for this I decided to use the shade “Dallas” from Benefit Cosmetics. This is such an interesting product to me— it looks pretty unassuming in the pan, but takes on such a gorgeous and unique color once applied. LOVE!

Bronze: I don’t really see where they applied a very heavy, defined contour on her. It looks more like they used a matte bronzer to give the cheekbones a little bit more of a “pop”. For this, I used the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder  in the hollows of my cheek, along my hairline, and my neck/jawline. This is probably my favorite bronzer of life…….its just so freakin good.

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Highlight: You can really tell where they focused her highlight, mainly on the high points of the face. It looks like a more glow-from-within type of product was used for this, so I decided  to use my beloved Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter from Benefit Cosmetics (this one from Essence Cosmetics would also give a similar effect!).

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Eyeshadow:

This was the most fun group of products to get together! The combination of her hazel eye color and the shades the artist used just mesmerize me. This look would be especially gorgeous on brown/green eyes.Her crease is pretty defined with a warm reddish-brown tone, so I knew right away what the perfect product for this was: The ABH Modern Renaissance Palette .

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This is the photo of the palette looking shiny and new from Amazon.com.

  • It is definitely a better representation than my photo of the boldness and beauty this palette has!

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Shades Used:

  • Mix of “Raw Sienna” and “Burnt Orange” shades in the crease with a fluffy brush–this creates the perfect “not too warm, not too cool” transition shade
  • I took the same shades on a more defined, dense eyeshadow brush to deepen and darken the crease area for further definition.
  • Next (with a light hand), I took the shade “Red Ochre” with a defined crease brush for the slight pop of red she has.
    • Take your time to slowly build the color up, this shade is VERY pigmented. 
  • Then, I went back to “Raw Sienna” on a fluffy blush and softly blended away any harsh lines.
  • For the brow bone highlight, I used “Tempera” for the perfect addition of brightness — this is one of my favorite shades of all time to lift and brighten the eye!

As you can see in this photo, my palette is VERY well loved. (It has been dreary and cloudy outside, so the lighting in all my photos is pretty terrible–sorry about that!)

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*For that GORGEOUS purple shade she has on the lid, I used my Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow Stick in “Plum”. For more control, I applied with my fingertip and patted it on my lids until I reached the desired color intensity.

Finally, To sheer out any harsh lines between the lid and crease area, I then went back in with a fluffy blush with “Raw Sienna” from ABH to complete the shadow!


Eye-Liner: 

It looks like she has her top eyelid tightlined with a matte black liner, and possibly a very thin line just above her lash line. To achieve this look, I used this pencil liner from Sephora in “black lace”.

Her bottom inner eye area looks very open and bright, so I decided to add in this Wet n Wild Brow Highlighter to mimic her a wide-eyed look. (This is basically an 8-hour night of sleep in a pencil!)

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Mascara:

I don’t think the model has any false lashes on, and mascara appears to have only been applied to her top lashes. I used THIS mascara (my FAV of all time) to give my lashes volume and length.


Lips

This was the trickiest part of the look to re-create. I’m still not 100% happy with how the lip combo turned out, but my lipstick collection is mostly neutral. I would consider her lip color shade to be a true fuchsia, so I had to pull out my pharmacist hat to do some mixing and investigating to DIY it! It was difficult to find a combo that wasn’t too purplish/vampy, or too soft of a pink.

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I’m sure a single lip product similar to the one in the photo already exists–please send me suggestions if you know of something closer! I think it might be Smashbox Cosmetics Always on Matte Lipstick in “Throwback Jam”

 

Here’s the products I ended up using:

The Kaja Cushy Vibe High Pigment Lip Stain in “Cashmere” .

This is such a COOL product-it has a soft whipped consistency and the pigmentation is unreal!

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Next…..I topped it off with this NARS Velvet Lipglide in “Rapture”. If you’ve never tried this line of lippies from NARS, you should! The formula is like an ultra-pigmented lip gloss that is SO comfortable to wear. It’s a very unique consistency!

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Here’s the swatches separately and then mixed together— I really sheered out the Kaja product and applied it in thin layers to lighten it. 

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Here’s the final look I came up with!

 

 

I’m definitely not a pro MUA or model like in the photo, but this was SO FUN!

I think that’s the beauty of makeup and the entire creative process; you can find something that excites you and sparks inspiration, then add in personal touches to make something of your very own.

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 **I have to give credit to the makeup artist’s Instagram account that came up with the look —@heatherjacksonbeauty posted on @smashboxcosmeticsuk

The model in the photo on Instagram: @che1seaelizabeth

Also, follow ME on Instagram 🙂 @jj_beautyblog


 

I hope y’all can all take some time this week to find a source of inspiration and create something! I know that’s what sparks the most JOY in my life!

What are y’all’s sources for drawing inspiration in your makeup, beauty, or just life in general? Please share in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena

 

 

 

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by me. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Source photo from Amazon.com and @Smashboxcosmeticsuk Instagram 

3-in-1 Makeup?!?

3-in-1 Makeup?!?

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

 

There’s nothing better than getting sucked into an Amazon.com marathon shopping session. I’ve spent hours on end searching for random makeup products, skincare, clothes, shoes. etc.! I’m not sure how I ever lived without this website.

Having said this, I’ve ended up purchasing a lot of random products, especially beauty-related ones. Being the blush-loving human that I am, I stumbled upon these 3-in-1 Lip + Cheek palettes from UNDONE BEAUTY that claims to “Blush, Highlight, and Tint” with customizable “sheer-to-opaque color.” Naturally, I was curious.

I took a closer look at the UNDONE brand, and found a ton of makeup products they offer with the same concept of customizing your own depth of color/coverage. I found the brand as a whole to be super interesting, their goal is aimed at creating problem-solving products for everyday use at an affordable price point. I also really appreciated the fact that they use “natural” ingredients which are vegan and cruelty free.

Each of the Palettes retail for $7.00 USD each on Amazon.com HERE

Of the 3 shades available, I decided to purchase the blush in the colors — “Berry”  and “Blazen”. Here’s how these unique little palettes are laid out:

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  • “Blazen” (described as a sunny coral with warm undertones) is pictured to the left
  • “Berry” (described as a rich raspberry with blue undertones) is on the right

Hopefully, you can tell that the palette is sectioned out in 3 “layers”. Each layer has a different formulation, with a suggested use based on the amount of pigmentation it provides. 

  • The Top Layer is the most sheer — use for lips and dewy* touches
  • The Middle Layer is considered medium coverage- for lips and cheeks
  • The Bottom layer is described as intense — use for lips, liner, and “long-lasting blush”

*The dewy finish is claimed to be from the ingredient of coconut extract

Side Note: I REALLY loved the sleek, minimal packaging these guys arrived in– cute little holographic pouches! 

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I didn’t waste much time to swatch these out and see if they lived up to the claims….

Individual Photo of “Blazen” along with its swatch below:

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This swatch goes from L to R: top section, middle section, and bottom section. I built up each swatch with 2 layers.

Here’s the Photo and Swatch of “Berry”

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Swatch of “Berry” — from L to R: Bottom Section, Middle Section, Top Section

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As I was going through to swatch each “section”, it was really cool to notice the marked texture difference in each. The most sheer layer was a little bit more stiff and had more limited blend-ability, the bottom (high coverage section) was very emollient feeling and deposited color effortlessly. The “slip” of each section increased as the coverage went up. Playing with these was honestly so much fun and surprising to see how much of a difference each formulation change made. I can definitely see the glow and radiance that the blushes provide.

In terms of application, I found it easiest to apply the product to my hand to first warm it up, then use a dense stipple brush to pat and blend in. Like my normal makeup application routine, I find it easiest to apply my bronzer first, then add in this product for blush.  I like to apply a generous layer of the middle section as a base color, then add color to the apples of my cheeks with the bottom section. SO GORGEOUS!


Lip Application: 

As I might have mentioned earlier, with each step up of color intensity the formula gets more opaque and matte. It’s super easy to apply these to the lips; I usually go in with the most intense layer and apply with a fingertip. To add a gloss-like finish, I’ll add some of the top layer for a shiny look. Overall, these feel like a very nourishing lip balm that doesn’t emphasize texture or fine lines on the lips.

The most fun thing about these products and the UNDONE brand, is that you can play around with the different finishes/colors to create YOUR own custom look. I’ve layered both colors together on my cheeks/lips at the same time and created some really beautiful looks. For more precision, you can also use a lip brush to apply the product and smooth or blur the outer edges for a perfected look.

*Check out my FAVORITE lip detailer brush in this set. Such a game-changer!


Overall, I just think this brand has some of the most unique and innovative products I’ve used in a while. I love that you can just play with and layer the different formulations to create your own look. I’m super impressed with the quality of the product for such an affordable price tag, and I think this is just a fun addition to your collection!

I just ordered the concealer product from this line, and the highest coverage formulation is claimed to cover TATTOOS! I can’t wait to play with it.

I’ll keep y’all posted!!

So what do y’all think, is this a brand you might want to check out? If you have some of the UNDONE products, reply below and share your thoughts! I love this little new brand discovery so far! 

Thanks for stopping by!

xo

Jena

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by me. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate. 

How I Fix My Dark Circles

How I Fix My Dark Circles

 

Happy Monday, Y’all!

In honor of my early AM airport drop-off and long work day, I wanted to chat about my current dark circle staples. Thanks to Spring allergies, dehydration, and lack of sleep—-my eyes are looking particularly panda-like.

Me, IRL: 

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It may seem like using 3-4 separate products is over-kill, but I promise each step serves a specific purpose to achieve the most flawless under eye ever!

Here’s the line-up:

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Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

I love this eye cream. It has a super smooth consistency, yet feels very lightweight for daytime wear. It doesn’t feel overly rich or heavy, even when other products are layered with it. It really serves to provide a hydrating “primer” to the area and helps prevent my concealer from looking cake-y or overly heavy by the end of the day. What I especially appreciate about this cream is that it gives you instant gratification—-the brightness is immediate and it doesn’t take weeks/months to start to see a benefit from it. It has a gorgeous pearl-like sheen that gives the appearance of a well-rested, bright complexion. I just use a small amount (about pea-sized), apply to the back of my hand to warm it up, and then lightly pat it in with a fingertip. Super easy and effective!

**Get it HERE

 

Benefit Cosmetics –Boi-ing Brightening Full Coverage Concealer (I have the shade light/medium)

In the featured image for this blog, you’ll see this pictured as “Erase Paste”. This was the old name for this concealer—Benefit Cosmetics re-branded it awhile back, but the formula and effectiveness is the exact same! I accidentally grabbed my older one when I took this photo (another lovely side effect of sleep deprivation!).

**Check out the newest version HERE.

I love this product because it helps to actually correct the darkness. A bright concealer alone will still show darkness coming through on more moderate/severe dark circles. One of my favorite YouTubers described this so well: It’s like having a bruise on your leg and trying to cover it up with sheer, white pantyhose. If you want to take your dark-circle correction to the next level, try a peachy colored (light-medium skintones) or orange colored (medium-deep skintones) product first!

I’ll usually just apply this concentrated in the inner most part of my under eye, and blend it outward with a fingertip or damp beauty sponge. You shouldn’t need more than 1-2 thin layers of this stuff.

 

Too Faced — Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer 

In my opinion, this is the most hydrating yet full-coverage concealer I have in my collection (NARS Radiant Creamy is a VERY close second). This is a must-try concealer If you have a dry under-eye area that needs coverage without the cake. There’s plenty of great full-coverage concealers that I also really enjoy, but they tend to dry me out and look overly heavy by the end of the day.

The formula of this concealer is infused with hyaluronic acid and coconut water to add hydration, yet the finish is natural and not dewy or oily-looking. I also really enjoy the huge doe-foot applicator wand. This is the perfect last product to finish off the process by brightening and smoothing out the skin!

*Check this one out HERE 


**OPTIONAL last step: Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder

If you’re a person that LOVES the regular LM Setting Powder, but sometimes struggles with the dryness it can cause — this one is for you!

The Secret Brightening Powder is super unique in texture and finish. I would compare the feel of it to an ultra-fine powder sugar. It’s super light-weight and sits on the skin like a dream. The formula is said to be specially formulated with micronized pigments to smooth and brighten the skin.

Due to the fact that it does have white-colored pigments, I would not recommend applying this heavily all over the face. (They also have an option for more medium-deep skin tones if you’re concerned about it being too light). Occasionally, I will take the lightest amount possible on a large fluffy brush to areas that need a little powder to set or brighten. If you’re having a photo taken with flash photography, I would warn that it can cause some flashback.

That being said, it’s gorgeous for day-to-day use and makes the under-eye skin look absolutely flawless. To really melt the product in my skin for a lasting-effect, I use a very small amount on the tip of a damp beauty sponge and softly press it in right away.


 

I really hope this process doesn’t seem too overwhelming for y’all! Over time, I’ve changed/added different things to really perfect the final look. I can really incorporate each product without it slowing down my daily makeup routine. This combination is ultra-effective for me and works wonders on transforming my stubborn dark circles!

Does anyone else feel like a mad scientist trying to fix their dark circles?? Please comment below to chat about your products and routine for this. Sharing is caring, right? 😉

 

Thanks for Reading!

P.S.-Don’t forget to get some rest and hydrate!! Have a great week! 

 

xo,

Jena

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and all products were purchased by me. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Some Spring Strobin’ and Glowin’

Some Spring Strobin’ and Glowin’

Happy Thursday, Y’all! 

I’ve spoken about my personal favorite spring lip trends HERE. In the spirit of the new season, I’m really loving things that can work to create a glowy, soft-focused brightening effect to the skin. I think that adding in a few key products will give your complexion a little pearlescent pick-me-up! All links are included in each product description*

Note: Some of the photos might have flash. The softness of these products made photography difficult to show the full dimension and glow when used on the face.  


Highlights/Strobing Products:

bareMinerals Loose Highlighting Powder in “Clear Radiance”

If you’re on the hunt for products that give a soft, ethereal look to the skin….you’ll love this powder. I’m all about the glow-from-within look and this product delivers exactly that.  The powder is soft and finely milled, which sits on the skin to create a beautiful sheen.  It doesn’t emphasize pores or texture, so it would also look great on aging skin. If I wanted to wear highlight for work or an interview, this is my main go-to. I like to apply this to the high-points of my cheeks, my brow bones, and the tip of my nose if I’m feeling a little more fancy. The “Clear Radiance” shade has a pinkish undertone with a perfect subtle hint of soft, pearly glow. So much gorgeousness! Oh bareMinerals, how I love thee!

Swatch of Clear Radiance: (I had to take this one with flash—I couldn’t get a photo to show the pearly dimension of the powder. It definitely performs best on the face!)

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Benefit Cosmetics — Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter 

This highlighter is also a gorgeous option for creating a soft, natural sheen. It also has a subtle pink tone to it with a pearlescent luminosity. I feel that this highlight can be built up a little bit more than the bareMinerals one, especially if you use a more dense highlighter brush. It just has such a great formula with a soft consistency to create an effortless glow. I highly recommend this one! (It can be purchased full-size for $30 USD or mini $16 USD)

**Also, if you’re craving that highlight but want to avoid the more luminous finish, I absolutely LOVE Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid. It has that gorgeous pinky-nude shade to it, but with a MATTE finish in a liquid form. It’s super easy to work with and I apply it by tapping it in lightly with my fingertips or using a damp sponge. It is such a unique formula and I especially love to use it to highlight my brow bones for a fresh, bright-eyed effect. I’ve also used it as an under eye brightener for my dark circles as well!

Swatch of Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid (to the top and left) and Dandelion Twinkle Powder (to the bottom and right)

 

MAC Cosmetics — Strobe Cream in the shade “Pinklight” 

I love this product for so many different reasons—-its such an awesome multitasker and can be used in several different ways. First you can use it as a moisturizer/primer, the cream is very moisturizing and gives the skin a brightened, plumped look. I especially love using it like this on days when my skin looks dull and needs a little radiance added to it. (Bonus: it has a subtle scent of fresh laundry!). It can also just be worn alone on no-makeup days for lit-from-within glow, applied to specific areas in a sheer layer, or concentrated areas to highlight after face makeup is applied.  If the pink tones aren’t really your cup of tea, there’s an additional 4 shades to choose from (I want the peach one next). 

I put a good amount of the Mac Strobe Cream on my hand in the photo below to see the sheen in action:

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Essence Cosmetics —“Be My Highlight” shade 

Ahhh this highlight is SO unbelievably good and affordable (less than $5.00 USD). I was genuinely shocked when I finally got to see this little gem in action. It comes as a little dome-shaped compact, but transforms into the most silky, butter-like powder. It sits on the skin beautifully and gives the most angel-like luminosity. I would say that of the products mention in this post, this product has a more light champagne tone to it. For medium to deep skin tones, the sister product to this is the “Sunlighter” shade. Also gorgeous and I will reach for this one out quite a bit as well. Because the formula is so smooth and seamless, I will multitask these as an eyeshadow or to give dry areas on my skin a very light dusting with a large powder brush. (When used sparingly, this effect is somewhat similar to the Hourglass finishing powders or the new Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Glow Powder).

Swatches of “Be My Highlight” on the top and “Sunlighter” below

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*Other Honorable Mentions: 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette- Use the Shade “Champagne Truffle” 

I am definitely not suggesting you purchase an entire palette for 1 shadow, but if you happen to have this palette on hand—experiment with using the large panned pinkish shade “Champagne Truffle” as your highlight. It gives off a beautiful pearly sheen to the skin to help achieve that ethereal glow. [That being said, this is a FABULOUS palette for creating just about any eye look with its wonderfully neutral shade range. If you’re on the fence about purchasing –DO IT. It’s SO good.]

I just love a good multitasking product!

Photo of the Champagne Truffle swatch, shade in the pan, and the entire palette overview

 

Worth the Splurge: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lightning Powder – “Luminous Light”

I’ll keep this one short and sweet due to the price:

This strobing powder is definitely more luxe and high end. It’s a gorgeous formula that blurs yet brightens the skin in such an indescribable way. It just a stunner and it would probably be my product of choice on aging skin. (Available in Regular and Mini Size HERE)

Swatch of Luminous Light:

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**Purchase my (very affordable) Brush of Choice to Apply Powder Highlighters HERE.



 

So these are my favorite pink/pearl highlights that really give that natural glow! I have highlights in my collection that are a little bit more bold and bright for special occasions, but I tend to reach for the more subtle ones day-to-day. Let me know if you want a separate post on these!

What do you look for in a highlight? Comment below to discuss your favorites!

You glow, girl! 

xo

Jena

 

 

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

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Hey Everyone!

I recently discovered the brand Sydney Grace from a few influencers on YouTube, Instagram, etc.. I was really impressed by the reviews and I love supporting smaller brands, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. Not fully knowing what to expect, I ordered 3 of the pressed pigment shadows.

SO. MUCH. BEAUTY.

I immediately started snapping photos. The delivery arrived super quick, and was thoughtfully packaged in a sweet little box. Then of course, I had to get to swatching!

The pressed pigment shadows come individually as 1.8g/0.064 oz of product and retail for $6.00 USD each.

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Initially, I was amazed by the smooth, buttery texture of the shadows. They swatched effortlessly and seem to glide right on my skin with an almost cream-like finish. So beautiful! The pigmentation is rich with great color payoff —the shades I have almost seem to morph into multiple tones in different types of lighting. So complex and duotone-y! It wasn’t easy narrowing down which ones to purchase, but finally I decided to buy the shades “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed”, and “Peace”

Swatches in natural sunlight:   Left to Right — “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed, “Peace”

Swatches in darker light with flash:

 

Individual Swatches:

Hot Stuff” —I especially love the unique olive/brown/red complexity of this one.

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“Blushing” — Rose-gold/light copper perfection.

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Peace” —A delicious purple/mauve taupe.

 

So far, I am absolutely in LOVE with these shadows and how great they perform. I think they are at a very affordable price point for the outstanding quality and pigmentation. I can’t wait to play with these a little more and create some fun looks!

As I mentioned, I love supporting lesser known brands, and I hope Sydney Grace gains more attention for all the fantastic products. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend y’all check this company out and see what you think! They also have other product varieties -(cream shadows, loose glitter, matte shadows, blush, highlights, etc.), I definitely want to try out more!

Has anyone purchased anything from this brand yet? Please share your thoughts!

**Link to the Website Here: http://sydneygraceco.com/

 

xo,

Jena

FTC: This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products myself and all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links.

My Favorite Skin-Like Foundations

My Favorite Skin-Like Foundations

Hey everyone! 

As I mentioned in my previous blog HERE , I have a bit of a foundation obsession right now. Some of these I’ve loved for awhile and others are a newer discovery for me.

All of these foundations, in my opinion, provide an almost undetectable “your skin but better” effect. They all have a natural radiant finish and range from medium to full coverage. Any of these options would be great for everyday wear—they are all super lightweight and comfortable formulas.

***If you have normal/dry/combo skin—this is the list for you!

All product links are included below!

I’ll just hit the main points for each—if y’all would like a more thorough review, I’ll be happy to post!


Here’s my picks (In no particular order): 

 

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick— SPF 25

I CANNOT say enough good things about this foundation. Here’s a few specks for it:

  • Comes as 0.35oz/10gm stick for $32 USD
  • 20 shades available in the range with SPF 25
  • I find that the stick packaging is very sleek and compact (great for travel). It also has a magnetic closure to make sure product seals & doesn’t dry out
  • Blends effortlessly –I recommend using a brush for the most coverage

Y’all this foundation is gorgeous. It is the most weightless, comfortable formula and makes the skin look naturally hydrated and supple. It has more of a natural/radiant finish and builds up to a full medium coverage. It doesn’t emphasize my lines/wrinkles or build up on textured areas. As you apply this foundation, it has a gel-like cooling effect that almost feels like a skincare product. I didn’t expect this at all, but I think this one secured a spot into my top 5 all-time favorite foundations. Beautiful, beautiful stuff and I highly recommend for normal or dry skin! A++

**Check this foundation out HERE

  • Has SPF 18
  • Claims to achieve a naturally luminous and radiant finish (I agree)
  • Comes in glass bottle (no pump) with 1oz of product
  • Very affordable —(less than $6 USD) and available at a variety of retailers (Walgreens, Target, Amazon, Walmart, etc.)
  • I find it to be a very comfortable and lightweight formula

I have no idea where I’ve been these last few years, but I am just now trying this foundation and it is absolutely stunning. It definitely lives up to the claim of providing a super SMOOTH finish—it glides over the texture I have and doesn’t emphasize any dry patches or fine lines. The skin looks hydrated and perfected with no cakey or mask-like look. I think it looks great applied with a foundation or damp sponge and blends seamlessly. I usually do set it under my eyes and lightly all over my face with a light-weight powder to extend the wear time. Really, really love this one!!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC + Illumination Cream 

  • Full coverage with SPF 50
  • Provides a radiant finish
  • Comes in a 1oz tube with a pump (I LOVE the packaging)
  • Also comes in the Original CC cream (more of a natural finish) and Matte formula (I have not tried this one)

This line claims to be a CC cream (it does color correct), but performs more like a full coverage foundation. I’ve loved and used the Original CC Cream for a while –highly recommend that one too! I was super curious when they expanded the product line for a while, so I had to break down and pick up the illumination one. I love this stuff for so many reasons! One of the best features about it is that it literally has it all in one step—it can serve as your primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Its just so easy and low-maintenance! This is the only foundation/CC cream that I apply with my fingers and it sets up beautifully. I can’t say this foundation will take you from early morning to night without a little fade, but it touches up great and can be refreshed with a hydrating spray or touch of powder. This one is just SO good!

Face atelier Ultra Foundation 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my latest foundation love from Face atelier. I won’t rave too much about it–I did a full 2-day wear test HERE . This gem just blew me away. It truly has a skin-like finish and looks like a radiant dream. I love the dewy finish, but I would use a little setting powder in the T-zone for longevity in wear . I think it would look great on aging skin and doesn’t emphasize any uneven or textured areas. Try this one out, y’all!

Swatches Below: Some shades match better than others 😂😂

Swatches from Left to Right: bare Minerals Stick (Cashew); IT Cosmetics +Illumination (Medium Tan); Maybelline Dewy +Smooth (210 Sandy Beige); Face atelier (Shade 5)

So that’s my “foundation that doesn’t look like foundation” roundup. I’m super curious if anyone has tried these or is planning to? Also, let me know if you have any other must-have foundations!

Have a great weekend!!

xo

Product Links:

  1. bareMinerals foundation stick: bareMinerals.com
  2. Maybelline smooth + dewy: at Amazon
  3. IT Cosmetics CC Cream +Illumination: at Sephora
  4. Face atelier Ultra Pro Foundation: at Amazon

 

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored. Opinions are honest and my own–I will never link a product that I don’t love, recommend, or use myself.

*Some links are affiliate