Lancome Juicy Shakers

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! A couple months ago, Lancôme released a line of lip oils called Juicy Shakers. The Juicy Shakers are made with “bi-phase technology.” The first phase is a non-sticky, transparent blend of five different oils that help moisturize and condition your lips. The second phase provides pigment for a light wash of color.

I purchased Great-Fruit (sparkling grapefruit) and Cherry Symphony (cherry pop). Great-Fruit had a peachy stain to it, while Cherry Symphony is a bright cherry red.

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lancome juicy shakers great-fruit cherry symphony swatches

The Juicy Shakers are very easy to apply! All you do is shake the little tube (I think it looks like a cocktail mixer!), unscrew the cap, and dab the pigment-soaked cushion onto your lips, adding more or less til you reach your desired opacity. My personal favorite is Cherry Symphony. It gave me that just-ate-a-popsicle stain! Great-Fruit smelled amazing, but I didn’t see any noticeable change on my lips.

Although the oils don’t dry down, I found that they last a decent amount of time! I got roughly 3 hours of wear, with no eating and only sipping some water, before I re-applied. They also taste awesome! I’d previously tried the YSL Tint-in-Oils but I was never crazy about them because of the way they tasted. But the Juicy Shakers taste exactly how they smell! To me, the scent isn’t overpowering, but if you’re sensitive to scents you might want to sample these in-store prior to purchasing.

All in all, for $20 a pop, I think the Lancôme Juicy Shakers are excellent lip oils! The packaging is cute and sturdy, the scents & color ranges are great, and they do an awesome job of hydrating your lips. Although I love YSL’s cosmetic line, I think the Juicy Shakers are a much better alternative in terms of cost, shade range, and taste.

Have you guys tried the Juicy Shakers? What do you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

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Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Review & Dupe Test!

Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a special (and slightly lengthy) post for you all. Pat McGrath’s new Skin Fetish 003 sets, like her previous releases, have been taking the makeup community by storm. The set contains a cream highlight and balm stick, a stippling brush, and a pressed pigment highlighter for $72 USD. The sets come in two different shades—Golden and Nude (shown below).

In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Skin Fetish set and also reviewing two dupes—the Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoria and NARS Cassiopeia.

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Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003. First things first, the packaging for this is beautiful but not the most user-friendly. In order to keep everything contained (in case of a return) I had to store the bag and sequins inside of a Ziploc bag because they got everywhere if I didn’t. The packaging of the pressed pigment and balm/highlighter stick is functional but looks a little cheap for the high price tag. I noticed some air bubbles under the label on the stick and also under the label on the brush. The brush was nice, with soft bristles and a sturdy handle, but the fact that there was a sticker label on it made it look very cheap also. The packaging of the pressed pigment is sturdy but, like the other products, is very basic and looks cheap.

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Now let’s talk performance. All 3 products from the Skin Fetish package performed nicely. The brush was soft and worked with both the cream and pressed pigment. The highlighter and balm were both creamy and applied evenly. The pressed pigment had a dry formula but was very pigmented and applied smoothly over bare skin and well over the cream products. I did have some issues with “stacking” the products on my skin, AKA using them the way they were intended to be. I have severely dry skin, so when I tried to apply the cream highlighter over my foundation, it did not cooperate with my skin. Applying the highlighter with the brush and a stippling motion helped, but when blending the pressed pigment over top of it, it caused my foundation to break up more. However, I’m inclined to believe this is due to the fact that I have severely dry skin, not because the formula is lacking. When I applied the pressed pigment just over foundation, I had no issues at all.

In short, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish is a collection of well-formulated, nicely performing products. I think for $72, the packaging of the products has a lot of issues that could be improved, but the formulas themselves are awesome. I wish the products were sold separately because buying the pressed pigment separately would be perfect for me.

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoric. The Ultra Strobe Balm is a cream highlighter available at Ulta. The price is $9, much better than the Pat McGrath collection! The Strobe Balm is the closest color dupe I’ve found to the Skin Fetish pressed pigment.

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However, the formula leaves a lot to be desired. It’s an extremely dry balm that bunches up when swatching on your fingers, but it applies decently over bare skin. I tried applying Kat Von D’s Thunderstruck eyeshadow on top also, but Thunderstruck proved much too warm to be a true dupe for the Skin Fetish highlight.

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When I applied the MUR Ultra Strobe Balm over my foundation, it was extremely hard to work with. I tried to apply it straight from the pan with the Pat McGrath brush and it was hard to get even pigmentation as well as a sheen. After reading some tips on Reddit, I tried swirling a drop of water around the pan and applying it with my finger, but it caused my foundation to lift up and become patchy. As a Hail Mary, I wiped my cheek off, reapplied my base, then tried the Ultra Strobe Balm with a droplet of Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil. It caused my foundation to break up extremely badly, so I gave up.

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The Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm formula leaves a lot to be desired but like the Pat McGrath highlighter & balm, I can attribute part of my issues to my super dry skin. I feel like someone with normal or oily skin would not have nearly as many troubles applying this.

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NARS Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was my last attempt at finding a good dupe for the Pat McGrath pressed pigment! I searched the internet high and low and just decided to take a chance on this eyeshadow. At $29, it’s pricier than the Ultra Strobe Balm, but significantly more wallet-friendly than Skin Fetish.

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pat mcgrath skin fetish dupe nars cassiopeia

It arrived in the mail today and I compared the two shortly after I got home from work. In swatches, the two look slightly different—Cassiopeia is a little more cool-toned. But I think the difference is minute when applied to the face. It takes a little more product for Cassiopeia to build up to the same intensity, but I’m very happy with how it looks and consider this the ultimate winner!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this super long post and found it helpful in your decision about whether or not to buy Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 or either of the dupes mentioned above! Have you found any others? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs. Neutrals Palette

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! The weather has been so beautiful here and I’ve really enjoyed spending time outdoors and with family.

I recently picked up the New-trals vs. Neutrals palette by Makeup Revolution when I was at Ulta. It’s a 16 shadow palette that costs only $10! That’s a crazy deal.

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The New-trals vs. Neutrals palette is a dupe for both the Lime Crime Venus I and Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palettes. The formula is very buttery, similar to Morphe and Lorac’s formulas. The palette has a decent mix of matte and shimmer shades to create a wealth of day or night eye looks.

Although the palette is separated into a different color scheme on each row, the colors work well together across the aisles. I found the pans swatched easily and were quite pigmented, the only exception being the brown shade at the end of the New-trals row. That shade was ultra dry and powdery. I had to really dig into the pan to get any on my finger, but most of it did not transfer in the swatch or with the brush.

Other than that anomaly, the shadows applied well and blended out nicely with both synthetic and real brushes. Some of the shadows needed a little Fix+ on the brush to make them pop, but that’s to be expected for some shadows and I can’t fault the palette for that.

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While I think the original Venus and Naked 3 are higher quality than this palette, I can’t deny that New-trals vs. Neutrals is a better deal. This palette is a great choice if you’re on a budget and wanting to explore red/orange eyeshadows and would like to tie them in with traditional neutral shades. At $10 for 16 colors, you just can’t beat choosing this palette. It will allow you to try a fair amount of new colors without breaking the bank.

Have any of you tried this palette? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments ❤

Ulta haul!

Hey everyone! I got these products over the last month or so using gift cards from my birthday and Christmas. I picked up some old things, some new things, some makeup and skincare!

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Here’s everything that I got:

  • OGX Tsubaki Blossom Shampoo – This is a repurchase. I switched to the OGX line after the Herbal Essences Colorstay Shampoo I had been using started breaking my scalp out. The Tsubaki Blossom is definitely my favorite! It makes my hair super soft and smells amazing.
  • Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – This was an impulse purchase that I saw when I was standing in the checkout line. Omg. Best impulse buy ever. It’s so gentle and removes makeup effortlessly. I can remove my whole face using only 2 cotton rounds, and with micellar water, you don’t even have to rinse! It’s extremely gentle and my face doesn’t feel irritated or tight after I use it. I definitely recommend it.
  • Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation – This is a new product that Maybelline recently released. I’ve never been into matte foundations, but the fact that it was matte and hydrating piqued my interest. The shade I picked, 10 Porcelain Ivory, was a touch too pink. I’m not completely sold on matte foundation yet, but this formula didn’t feel drying, which made me really happy. I’m going to continue to play with this and see if it mixes well with other foundations.
  • Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey – I wanted to love this product so much, as it’s a cult favorite among makeup enthusiasts. It was a bit too dark for my liking though. I ended up returning it before I took the swatch pictures below.
  • Urban Decay Tonic eyeshadow single – I’ve been wanting this eyeshadow for months, but it’s been sold out online or in-stores every time I’ve tried to buy it. I managed to snag the last one when I was in Ulta last time, and I’m pumped about it! It’s such a beautiful lavender color with a blue duochrome shift.
  • Becca Moonstone – I love this highlighter. It’s a lovely white gold color that can give you a soft glow or be built up to highlight on fleek levels. Becca’s formula is unparalleled, too. Their pressed highlighters are so finely milled and creamy, which make them really easy to work with.
  • Anastasia Self-Made palette – This is a great palette overall. It has a great mix of neutrals with brighter colors. The eyeshadow formula is very pigmented and buttery, but Spirit Rock and Pink Champagne are a little chalky. All shadows swatch well with minimal fallout.

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Overall, I’m really happy with my haul! I’m excited to really dive into everything more and to create some new looks. Do you guys have any of these products? What do you think of them? ❤

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Product Review – IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

Hey guys! I hope everyone’s had a great week and is looking forward to this weekend. I know I am! 🙂

The IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Palette is my first contour palette! I’ve seen a few reviews that it’s great for light and fair skintones, so I decided to buy it to try it out.

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First things first, I’m not crazy about the design of the front of the palette. A lot of IT Cosmetics’ products, like the CC creams and powders, have a very minimal and sleek look, but I wish that look was carried over to this product as well.

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The inside of the palette, however, looks very nice. The pans are large enough for contour brushes to fit. The contour powders are pretty light and are offered in warmer and cooler shades so you can customize your contour the way you want. The palette also comes with a matte white highlight and a shimmer light pink highlight.

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While the powders in general were soft and finely-milled, some of them had pigmentation issues. The white matte highlight was a little chalky and hard to build up, as was the 4th swatched shade and the darkest shade. The rest were decently pigmented, but this palette was clearly made for a more natural, subtle contour. Blending the contour shades was fairly easy as well, which is always a good thing.

All in all, this palette is suitable for lighter skintones. But since it only comes in one shade, WOC would likely be better off trying a contour kit that caters to specific skintones rather than a one-size-fits-some version such as this.

Given the quality issues, however, I’m not entirely convinced this was worth the price ($38) for only one truly suitable contour shade and one effective highlight. I wanted to love this, but I just don’t think it’s the contour palette for me.

Has anyone else used this palette? Let me hear your reactions to it! ❤

Sephora & Ulta Haul!

Since the Sephora sale was this past weekend, I decided to buy some things for myself and a gift or two. 20% off all purchases is nothing to sneeze at, and I have to admit I went a little ham. Ulta was also having a really great promo, 200 bonus points on a purchase of $45 or more, so I got a few things that I’d been wanting from there as well! Here’s the full haul:

From Sephora, I got: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette, Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Boscia Supercharge Overnight Moisture, Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Serum, and the Boscia Sake Treatment Water. I also redeemed some points to get the 500-point YSL set, a deluxe-sized MUFE HD Loose Powder, and a deluxe-sized Glamglow Flashmud Treatment. I’ve been wanting to try the MUFE Loose Powder for a while, so I had to jump on these point perks. The YSL set contains deluxe-sized mascara, Touche Eclat Blur Primer, Tint-in-Oil, and Black Opium perfume. The Blur Primer is one of my HGs, but I am really excited to try the other products!

I ended up placing two orders, so in the second one I added the Playful Perks sample bag rather than the 20% off Rouge code. It has a ton of samples in it, including NARS Audacious mascara, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara, Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil, Stella McCartney perfume, Sephora Oil Infusion in Bubbly Grenadine, Glamglow ThirstyCleanse Hydrating Cleanser, and Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. This sample bag was available with only a $25 purchase, so I think it’s a pretty great deal. You get to try so many different products!

From Ulta, I got: Becca Backlight Priming Filter, NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks in Sandstorm and Tea & Cookies.

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I’ve already tried several samples of the skincare products by Boscia and Fresh, so I’m expecting to really like them! The Caudalie Vinosource serum is one of my HGs. It’s so moisturizing and works really great with my sensitive skin. I’ve also tried a couple samples of the Becca primer, so I’m really pumped to dive into the full size. It makes my skin looks so luminous and amazing!

The Kat Von D Palette, NYX lipsticks, and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer were all impulse purchases. I decided to try them all tonight to see what I thought. As for the Kat Von D Palette, I love it so far! The design of the palette is really cool and there are so many colors! It’s a great palette to add to your collection if you’re a color junkie or if you’re like me and have a ton of neutral palettes and want to add a little variety to your looks. I’m really impressed with the shadow formula—it’s very buttery, soft, and extremely pigmented. There is a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows, as well as neutrals, so you can totally do a cohesive eye look using just this palette.

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kat von d mi vida loca neutral swatches

kat von d mi vida loca eyeshadow palette swatches

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The Kevyn Aucoin SSE and NYX lipsticks, however, are not keepers for me. I picked the wrong shade for the SSE, so it was much too fair. The formula is extremely thick and can be used as a concealer, highlighter, or as a foundation. It didn’t work with my moisturizer when I tried to mix it, and looked extremely cakey when I applied it straight to my skin, so this will definitely be returned the next time I go to Sephora.

The NYX lipsticks were okay. They have a very creamy formula that is easy to work with, but they don’t dry down matte like I expected them to. They just stay tacky on the lips, which bugs me to death. I know plenty of other people who love this lipstick formula, but it’s just not for me. Sandstorm, a tan-nude, isn’t a bad color. It reminds me a lot of a slightly darker KVD’s Bow N Arrow. I’m not feeling Tea & Cookies, though, as I’m not into baby pink colors. It also took a few layers to look completely opaque, so it felt… gunky on my lips.

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All in all, I think this was a pretty successful haul! I can’t wait to start using all my new things. Did you guys pick up anything during the Rouge sale? Let me know what you got in the comments! ❤