It’s been a few months since I’ve last written a post. Life has been… crazy, to say the least! Crazy in good and bad ways. A lot of change has happened to me, and I’m typically a person that isn’t so good with change, but I’ve definitely have been faced with many events that have forced me to learn how to be okay with it.
I’ve moved across the country and have settled into my new environment. It was difficult at first, hence the lack of presence on this blog. But, over time, I’ve really grown to love the new place that I am in now- emotionally and physically!
As I’m heading into the new year, I have to decide the direction of my blog. When I first started this blog, it was mainly dedicated to makeup and beauty, because that was my hobby for the majority of 2018. But since making the big move, makeup has not been the top of my list lately. I haven’t had much time to be on top of new releases, nor have I had the time to even film any videos to upload on my Youtube account. That’s just life-sometimes our hobbies have to be placed on the back burner while we focus on what’s happening in the present moment. I’m okay with that. I have a different project that I’m working on, and I hope that it will pan out alright! So I’m excited for 2019!
But don’t worry- I’m still going to be posting about makeup soon enough!
I’ve been on a no buy for almost three months now, so I’m proud of my resilience. Part of that was because I was making a big move and didn’t want to spend any more money on materialistic items. Another part was due to the saturation of products being released. Nevertheless, I have been recently intrigued in a few items that I will mention~
When was this even released? I didn’t even know this existed until I was randomly browsing on the Ulta website. I am initially drawn to this because of the dark fall colors, but it doesn’t get a second look from me. Since I’ve been on my no buy, it takes a really unique makeup product to get me to commit and purchase something. This is a cute pocket palette, but I struggle to find who this is targeted toward? It’s not basic neutral enough for the everyday work person who wants a very basic eye look. It’s not dramatic enough for those of us who like color.
flesh beauty flipbook, $22 USD
This screams INTERESTING to me. Do I think it’s worth the price? WHO KNOWS! For all I know, this could be a traveler’s fantasy. When I first came across this, I thought it was a notepad, which made me seriously question the brand. But this is not a bad idea. Is it going to be a sold out holy grail product that will reach cult status? I doubt it, but I think it helps put the brand on the map. They definitely tried it with the creepy names for their products, and after their initial launch, they fell out of the limelight. I think the fact that flesh beauty came out with this, as opposed to following the trends of the same basic neutral palette or 1023902391293 highlighters saturating the beauty market right now, says something that deserves praise. Will I purchase? Maybe.
The next products I’m going to talk about are quite interesting… I should say that I love items that are multitasking or ones that take up very little space and can be easily taken with me in a carry on bag.
Beauty by Popsugar Face and Eye Trios
What went through my thought process:
Pros: small, compact, great for travel, simple colors
Cons: very little color choices, quite expensive ($27 for eye trio; $34 for face trio)
That completes my list of new makeup items that peaked my interest. What about for you?
It’s my 1st BIG MOVE. I don’t want to go into the details of why I’m leaving the West Coast, other than saying that it’s a move for my career. I leave in a week, but I’ve known for about 2 months now.
Who know that making a big move would be this stressful? It’s my first time sorting everything out on my own, and it was and is still scary to me.
Shipping a carwas harder than I would imagine.
But interestingly, I was shocked to discover how much STUFF I had hoarded in my home! Yet, as I went through corner by corner of my house, I kept holding on to things that I hadn’t used in a few months, a year, or a couple of years! I even tried to use the Konmari method (imagine me standing here, holding an object and asking myself, “Does this bring me happiness?), but it didn’t work.
THE MAKEUP HAD TO GO.
I found myself feeling overwhelmed as I opened my drawers of beauty products. Even worse, I opened my giant drawer of back ups, and I wanted to slap myself for even buying all of these backups that I hadn’t got the chance to open and use yet.
The good thing is that I had heaps of stuff to give to my mom, sister and cousins. I’m not lying when I say heaps. I went through 4-5 batches of declutters. I would declutter the first round, and then find more stuff thereafter to give away.
To give you an estimate, I went from about 55 eyeshadow palettes to about 20. As I’m a total eyeshadow junkie, that is a HUGE accomplishment for me.
I’M A CLASS A HOARDER.
Gee, I didn’t realize how much stuff I hoarded until I had to major declutter and pack. What a lesson to learn, and what a great motivator to take on a more minimalistic lifestyle.
This is NOT sponsored. Sponsored means I was paid to promote these products. I was not paid (I wish I was, let’s be honest haha). Instead, Born Pretty Store reached out to me offering some items in exchange for a review.
If you want to check them out, I’ll list their website here: http://www.bornprettystore.com/ as well as a 10% off coupon code if you do decide to order: QWE6H10. The code is valid on all original priced products.
Born Pretty Store is a beauty supply store based in China. They are mainly known for their nail products but have recently started to sell makeup products. They are known for having very cheap prices, but since they are shipping from China, you can expect your products to take a couple of weeks to get to you. My order was made on May 20 and arrived on June 11.
Let’s get on with the review! I have been trying these products for the last 9 days, so I figured this is a good amount of time to give my honest opinion.
I was gifted three items: an eyebrow gel tint, a dual ended eyebrow brush, and makeup sponges to apply cream products.
First, the eyebrow gel tint, which costs $2.99 USD.
Eyebrow Tint & Eyebrow Dual Ended Brush
Let’s start off with the packaging. It’s small and compact, which I like. But… the pump broke. AKA, I could not pump any of the eyebrow tint out. Trust me, I tried pumping it 100x, and still, nothing came out. What a great first impression, right? -_- However, while the packaging design failed me, I still wanted to try the tint so I ended up taking off the cap and using my brush to apply. I got mine in the shade 02 Dark Brown. The product is a little more watery than I expected and does transfer throughout the day. For the price, it’s workable, but I still prefer my other brow products from Benefit or Essence. If the pump on this actually worked, maybe I would give it a better rating. It gets a 2.5/5 for me.
This is not my actual eyebrow, I wish it looked that good. But I wanted to show you what it’s supposed to look like. I find that if I use a very small amount, it does look decent. So if you ever decide to purchase this, make sure to not go overboard with how much you use.
Second, the Dual Ended Eyebrow Brush, costs $1.19 USD. Again, super cheap!
I really enjoy this brush. The angled brush makes it pretty easy to apply the eyebrow tint, and I can imagine it would be good to apply brow pomades as well. The spoolie is a bit stiffer, which I prefer to brush out my eyebrows. Overall, I give this a 5/5! For the price, it works well.
Lastly, the Makeup Sponges, which cost $2.19 USD for a pack of 8.
I think these are quite self explanatory. I like using these sponges dry when I apply my liquid makeup. I don’t like wearing full coverage foundation anymore, and I find that using these dry in a swiping motion helps to really sheer out my foundation. These are also great because I can just throw them in my bag when I’m traveling. I don’t feel too bad about disposing of them because they are relatively cheap. However, I do think you can just find these at any beauty stores for the same price or even cheaper. So there’s no need to go to this website just to buy these sponges. The color is cute and reminds me of matcha green tea! Overall, 4/5.
Again, if you’re interested in their website: http://www.bornprettystore.com/ as well as a 10% off coupon code if you do decide to order: QWE6H10. The code is valid on all original priced products.
They are initially known for their nail products, so you might want to check those products out. Also, expect shipping to take a few weeks!
Other than that, I hope you enjoyed this review, and I will check in with you guys next time! 🙂
All Things Jenuine
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Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Filter Collection
So I already have a blog post on how I feel about Charlotte Tilbury’s brand (Thoughts on Charlotte Tilbury Makeup ). Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about her new products. Truth be told, I almost caved and bought something! I’m talking about her new collection, the beauty filter collection (ugh, gag at the name).
That’s right, I’m talking about 2 new cream blush duos and some lip gloss with a weird fork applicator. I was very tempted to purchase one of the blush duos. I’m currently into cream products, and I love the no makeup makeup look, but when I went in stores to Nordstrom to swatch them, they were very lackluster. The packaging felt cheap to me, and the duo on the right (Seduce Blush) has almost no payoff. Once blended onto my skin, I realized that I was getting sucked into this for the packaging and brand. I could get this with any other cream blush! This was a pass for me.
As for the collagen lip bath thing, uhh, what? I don’t think this would really do anything. If you want bigger lips, get fillers. Just kidding, but not really. Do you get me? Like, it just looks like a clear lip gloss to me. I could get that from Essence, or Glossier, or Colourpop, etc etc.
Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
What it is: A light- to medium-coverage liquid foundation with broad-spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen.
I was never a fan of Benefit Cosmetics to begin with. I didn’t like their Hoola bronzer, and their Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation broke me out. Glad to say I do not want to try this! I am good on my foundations- I’ve got shades for the winter and the summer, so don’t need to risk breaking out over this one.
3. Lawless Woke up Like This Flawless Foundation
Ugh, the name! Similar to Sunday Riley’s Influencer foundation. Can we not? This is supposed to be a full coverage foundation with a natural finish. This could be a great foundation, but I’ll never know.
4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit
I don’t need another highlighter. EVER! Especially powder ones. Maybe about 2 months ago, I was still in the blinding highlight mood, but recently, I have been loving a really natural look using cream and liquid highlighters. Second, I never reach for large face palettes. If I want to use a highlighter, I’m going to grab one of my singles, not for a gigantic large one, and definitely not one of colorful colors like this.
(This one is from Temptalia)
5. Colourpop No Filter Foundation, Collection
(This photo is from Popsugar)
Another foundation… at least it’s more affordable at $12. I’m really not intrigued at this point. I have good base products that I enjoy (my Double Wear and Luminous Silk). Besides, I don’t wear foundation all over my face anymore. Now, I buff it in areas that have redness or discoloration and then use a full coverage concealer to cover pimples/ acne scars. Plus, I really dislike ordering face products online- you never really know if the color is a good match… and Colourpop doesn’t have a good return policy, so PASS.
6. Violet Voss Flamingo Palette
This is a really pretty palette that has beautiful colors. Will I wear this on an every day basis?
To be frank, NO. I want to be able to wear it everyday. However, I already know I won’t even touch the blues and greens in this palette. I really do want to get this palette because it’s so colorful and vibrant, but I already have colors like this in my Huda Beauty Electric obsessions palette and Huda Beauty gemstone obsessions palette. There’s no need for this.
That’s it for this post! Let me know if you’re thinking of purchasing any of these items or not! Also, if you didn’t know, I have a Youtube Channel and now will shamelessly plug it!
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Happy June 2018~ Wow, the year is just flying by. To be honest, I love summer. Kids are out of school, the streets tend to just be more lively and busier. The sun is out, everything is that much brighter (literally). But the focus of today’s post is talking all about my May makeup favorites! I have mostly new items that I’ve been using throughout the month!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup in 1N2. I bought this during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale. I had heard so many good reviews on this foundation, and even my mom used this at one point! After using it for the first two weeks, I liked it because it definitely covered redness and acne, but I felt it left me feeling too full coverage. I found that the best way I like to apply with by taking little by little on a small buffing brush (I use a Real Techniques crease brush) and buff in circles on my problem areas (chin, forehead and apples of cheeks). Beyond that, I spot conceal. This leaves my skin looking much more natural than a full face of this foundation. Aside from this, people were NOT kidding when they said this foundation is long wearing. My most recent test was from 5 AM on a hot sunny day walking outdoors for hours doing errands to 7 PM. I still looked flawless. I was a bit more luminous in all the right places. There was no dry patches or foundation breaking up. This has become HG status. Oh! I should mention, I don’t need to wear a primer with it and it never has broken me out.
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard. I don’t wear concealer often. More like once every two months. But, I’ve been wearing this 4-5 days out of a week. That says something. I use this only for spot concealing. I used to wear it alone, applying it on my chin and forehead, but I found that it would cause bumps under my skin. So, if you have oily skin like me or are very acne-prone, I’d be weary.
Elf Highlighting Stick in Dewy. I fell in love with this after watching Somegirljess use it in a YouTube video. It doesn’t have shimmer in it, and rather looks like you came back from a nice run. Plus, it’s super affordable.
Estee Lauder x Violette Blush Duo This is part of the Poppy Sauvage Collection that Estee Lauder did with their global beauty director, Violette. She also has a really nice parisian chic YouTube Channel under the name Violette_fr if you’re interested. I really love all the items in this collection but decided to pick only this up. I wish the collection was available in stores here in America. The colors are really beautiful and buildable. The brush works well with applying the apricot brown nude shade on your cheekbone and then applying the brighter pink on the apples of your cheeks.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. I prefer this powder over the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder. What else can I say? It does give me a luminous finish without making me extra oily. I use this after setting powder.
Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss In Papa Don’t Peach. LOVE this shade. It’s so beautiful! I absolutely love this lip gloss. I am allergic to most lip products, and therefore, finding a good quality lip product that doesn’t cause my lips to blister and itch is a dream.
Tarte Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen Spf 30 Powder sunscreen is the best for reapplying spf when you’re outside and don’t want to ruin your makeup or you don’t want your grimy hands to touch your bare face! (Gotta keep that acne away!) This is probably the best bang for your buck in terms of how much product you get (compared to Colorescience, DermaE, Peter Thomas Rothe, Supergoop, etc). Plus, it smells like Vanilla and gives you a slight matte finish.
Mac Paint Pot in Indianwood is such a beautiful bronze cream shadow that I wear on days when I want just a more natural makeup look. Plus, the pot lasts forever! * Tip: I store it upside down so the cream doesn’t dry out as fast!
Wet n Wild Cream Highlighter Stick is actually beautiful and long lasting when applied with my fingers. Just because it’s a drugstore option doesn’t mean the quality is subpar. It has a pink champagne color to it and would best suit fair to light-medium skin tones.
Nxy Blotting Papers help reduce my oil on my t-zone without stripping away any makeup! Love it as a quick touch up when I don’t want to add more powder!
What were your May favorites?
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There comes a time… when we hear a certain call… (anyone else start singing “We Are the World?”) … when we need to DECLUTTER makeup out of our lives.
No, you aren’t losing money by decluttering.
No, you aren’t wasting makeup by decluttering.
No, you won’t be any sadder by decluttering.
Rather, I think it’s a healthy thing to do. When I hoard too much makeup, I find myself having much more difficulty making decisions on what products to use. Or often, I feel pressured into using a product I didn’t like as much or found was lackluster, just because I didn’t want it to “go to waste.” But here’s the thing, by decluttering, I make more room for the products I do like…to shine ✨ with less makeup in my arsenal, I find that I discover older products again. The tried and true of my collection.
So here’s to what I decluttered.
These Wet n Wild megaglo cream sticks. When do I really use cream products? I only really wear powder bronzer, never contouring, so this was an easy pass. The blush shade is just too light for me and looks unnatural. If I’m going for an unnatural blush, I’d pick a powder one and not deal with the fuss of a cream formula.
Another Wet n Wild product. This is one of their newer revamped quads. This one is just so mediocre. The pink is so icy frosty on the lid and doesn’t pack a punk. I don’t think the browns in here go with the pink, and I don’t need another brow bone shade. Bye Felicia.
On the left, an Essence blush and to its right a quad from Miniso. Both underperform. The blush is blotchy and too pigmented. Looks patchy on the skin, while the quad is too chalky and fall out galore. I can get these shades in other palettes.