Jouer Cosmetics Mermaid Collection Palette & Liquid Lipsticks

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing some items from the Jouer Cosmetics Summer 2016 Mermaid Collection. These are the first products I’ve ever purchased from the brand, so I was eager to try them out upon receiving them in the mail.

jouer cosmetics mermaid collection eyeshadow palette and liquid lipsticks

The Mermaid Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette comes in a pack of 4 eyeshadows, each weighing in at roughly 2 grams. The palette is made of 4 eyeshadow singles that interlock to make one cohesive piece. As a result, they can be rearranged or broken up as you see fit. I think this is a pretty unique set up and I can see it working well for travel or if you want to use some of the colors with other Jouer palettes.

All four shades are iridescent. Three are pastels and one, Dreamer, is a deep shimmery teal with a black base. Overall, I think the colors compliment each other well and that they work well together to create a variety of summery looks.

jouer mermaid eyeshadow palette swatches

This was my first experience with the Jouer eyeshadow formula. Coconut, Pink Pearl, and Splash all have a pretty dry, smooth, silky consistency, which is not a bad thing, just a change from the market’s saturation with buttery shadows. These three shadows are not boldly pigmented but because all 3 are consistent, I believe this was the intention of the palette. All 3 apply beautifully and blend with ease. I think it would be smart to use these over a sticky base to prevent fallout and to keep you from having glitter all over your cheeks by the end of the day.

Dreamer, however, has a completely different consistency from the other 3 shades in this palette. When swatching this shadow, the formula feels more moist, dense, and has the tendency to ball up under my fingertip if I swatch too many rotations. There is no shortage of pigmentation with this shade, though. It applies easily and works well with the other shadow formula. I would also use this over a sticky base to prevent fallout. I had no issue with any of the four shadows in terms of longevity. They all wore well and did not crease.

In addition to the Mermaid Palette, I also bought two of Jouer’s newly released Longwear Lip Cremes. I was excited to try these because I had heard so many glowing reviews from various people online. I chose Daiquiri, a warm metallic coral, and Watermelon, a matte true warm red.

jouer cosmetics mermaid collection longwear lip cremes daiquiri and watermelon

Both formulae applied smoothly, evenly, and dried to a matte finish. Both also had a more mousse-y consistency, which made them easier to control when applying. Watermelon did have some issues with sinking into the lines of my lips fairly quickly application, which was very disappointing since it was my favorite shade of the two! Lasting power for both of these was fairly standard for a liquid lipstick.

Between the two different products, I think my favorite was the Mermaid Eyeshadow Palette. The Longwear Lip Cremes were nice, but given that Watermelon sank into lip lines and I didn’t find Daiquiri to be flattering to my skintone, I can’t see myself getting much use out of them. With the eyeshadow palette, I can see it being very useful and being able to transition it into the winter months when paired with the right products.

Have any of you purchased products from the Jouer Mermaid Collection? What were your faves? Let me know in the comments below ❤

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June 3B Box & Sephora Play! Unboxing

Hey everyone! This post is going to be about unboxing the two beauty boxes I receive—the 3B Box and Sephora’s Play! box. This is the second month I’ve received both of these. Last month was great, now let’s see how this month will compare!

june 3b box and sephora play beauty boxes

3B Box

  • Purpletale 5 Steps to Lovely Skin. This set is perfect for anyone wishing to invest more time into their skincare routine—without becoming overwhelmed. 5 Steps to Lovely Skin makes it easy to try the Purpletale cleanser, ampoule, sheet mask, facial cream, and neck cream in one convenient packet.
  • Milky Dress Premium Brightener. This bestselling k-beauty cream is a quick and natural fix for lightening skin tone while providing hydration for up to 10 hours. We love using this as a primer under our foundation or BB cream for a glowing look. Can be used on face and body.
  • Mirai Clinical Body Spritzer. This body mist contains Japanese Persimmon Extract to keep you smelling fresh all day long.
  • Skinfood Black Sugar Serum (Light). This lighter formulation is perfect for the summer heat as it provides immediate hydration and quick absorbtion. It’s refreshing for both oily and dry skin. After cleansing, dispense serum on a cotton pad. Wipe to gently exfoliate dead skin, excess keratin, and other impurities.
  • It’s Skin Todak Todak Pack Nutrition. This wash-off mask contains manuka honey and coconut extract to create smooth, calm, and moisturized skin. We love this in the summer because it’s cooling to the skin without being sticky!

Sephora Play!

  • Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It. Innovative creme adds body and enhances fine-to-medium hair textures for a laid-back, air-dried style.
  • BareMinerals bareSkin Bronzer. Blendable, lightweight liquid bronzer may be worn alone or over foundation to give skin a sheer, natural-looking touch of sun.
  • Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara. Bestselling mascara lengthens, volumizes, coats even the smallest lashes, and features a specially designed brush.
  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter. Shimmering makeup primer acts as a soft-focus filter to blur imperfections and give skin an effortless, luminous look.
  • Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Antioxidant-infused, non-chemical SPF 30 sunscreen moisturizes and protects without leaving a sticky feel.
  • Tocca Beauty Florence. Timeless and romantic, this fragrance conjures long-ago Paris with a sophisticated blend of bergamot, violet petals, and blonde wood.

While I’m pleased with both boxes this month, I think my favorite is the 3B! I want to try all the products. In the Sephora box, I’m happy about the BareMinerals, Benefit, and Becca samples, but I don’t like the smell of the perfume and won’t use the Bumble & Bumble sample. Both boxes are worth the cost though, so I’ll continue to receive both of them.

Did any of you get these boxes? What were your thoughts on the samples? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Khal Drogo Inspired Makeup!

Khal Drogo inspired makeup! ⚔ The collaboration continues 🙌🏻 I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan and when it came time to do a pop culture collab with some fellow makeup enthusiasts, I knew I had to do this look. Be sure to check out @makeupbycarolime @surcules @richelleschuler @emilynotbillmurray to see their submissions as well

FACE

  1. MAC Cosmetics Prep & Prime Skin Base
  2. Makeup Forever OG HD Foundation
  3. Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Foundation Stick
  4. Loreal Pro Glow Foundation
  5. Burberry Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Glow
  6. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  7. Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Fair
  9. Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  10. Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
  11. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder
  12. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Gemini mixed with Kat Von D Lolita II
  13. Lime Crime Velvetine in Salem

EYES

  1. Colourpop Creme Gel Colour and Liner in Swerve

LIPS

  1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Mannequin

Pixi Glow Tonic & Makeup Fixing Mist

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been a little quiet over the last week. I just started a new job so I have been busy trying to get acclimated. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Today I’m going to be talking about a couple cult favorites from the Pixi by Petra skincare line—the Glow Tonic and the Makeup Fixing Mist.

pixi glow tonic and makeup fixing mist

I bought these from Target on a whim. I’m always down to try new skincare products, especially those who are as well-liked as these Pixi products!

The Glow Tonic is described as an exfoliating toner. It helps “tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For all skin types. Alcohol free.” It contains 5% glycolic acid, aloe vera, and ginseng. The formula is very lightweight and smells nice. I applied this to my face with a Shiseido Facial Cotton square and there was no drag at all.

I used the Glow Tonic daily for about two weeks. In that time, I didn’t notice an increase or decrease in the hydration of my skin. The toner did not irritate my face or burn upon contact. However, in this two week span, I didn’t notice any change in my skin at all. I wasn’t expecting miracles, but there was no change in the visibility of my pores, appearance of fine lines, or my redness. While I did not have any dry patches appear, I also didn’t notice any improvements of texture in the dry areas of my face. All in all, this toner is nice, but it did not do anything it claimed to. Because of that, I decided to revert back to my previous toner, the Lancome Tonique Confort Lotion.

The Makeup Fixing Mist is described as an “all-over setting spray for longer wearing makeup.” I have had a lot of experience with setting sprays and face mists, but I’m always on the look out for more hydration! This face mist contains rose water and green tea to comfort, protect & balance your skin, which sounds awesome, but a further inspection of the ingredients list shows that the mist has alcohol and polyvinyl alcohol listed as second and third. Alcohol can be irritating to those with sensitive skin and has been known to bother my skin in the past.

I used the Makeup Fixing Mist nightly for roughly two weeks (not at the same time as Glow Tonic). I did not notice any improvement in my skin. There was no change in the level of hydration, pore visibility, or fine lines. My face was noticeably more red by the end of the two week period and I also had a lot more texture issues than before I started using it. I believe it was the alcohol in the spray but I really have no way of knowing for certain. However, after I quit using it, my skin returned to its previous state.

My overall feeling about these products is meh. I have no doubt that they work well for a lot of people, but they just aren’t the products for me. This just goes to show that skincare products are definitely not one-size-fits-all! What Pixi products do you like? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for more stuff to try! ❤

Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing the new Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette. Most of you have probably seen this palette in Sephora with the really cute display of KathleenLights, MannyMUA, and Patrick Starrr. This palette comes with 5 full-size blush pans (a $145 value) and retails for $58.

benefit cheekathon palette

The Cheekathon Palette contains full-size pans of Dandelion, Hoola, Rockateur, Coralista, and Dallas. I love the packaging of this! It’s made of cardboard, has a magnetic closure, and feels very sturdy. I love the illustration on the front. There’s a large mirror on the inside and the palette also comes with a flat brush like the one that comes with Benefit’s blushes and bronzers.

benefit cheekathon palette inside

benefit cheekathon swatches

As you can see, most of the blushes in this palette are on the warm side, but Hoola is fairly neutral. I was hoping either Rockateur or Coralista could be used as a highlighter, but I think they’re both too dark.

The quality of this palette is consistent with the quality of Benefit’s permanent blush and bronzer line. All the colors swatch evenly and smoothly. The brush that comes with the palette is also decent quality. It’s a great shape and works great for both contouring and applying and blending blush.

All in all, I think this palette is really nice! It’s made well, the quality is great, and you get so much product for your money. The Cheekathon Palette would be great for someone who wanted to try out some blushes or was looking for a cheek palette to streamline their collection.

What about you? Is the Cheekathon Palette on your list? Let me know in the comments ❤

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lustrous Lip Gloss Set

Hey guys! As you guys know, I am a diehard fan of matte lips. I typically hate wearing lip gloss and avoid it at all costs. However, this season I’ve been seeing a lot of cute looks online that incorporate a glossy lip! So I started wondering… Am I missing out?

I saw that this Lustrous Lip Gloss Set by Anastasia Beverly Hills was on sale at Macy’s for only $20 (original price: $40), so I figured why not give it a go? I have seen many good things about Anastasia’s lip gloss collection and I decided that if I was going to delve into the world of lip glosses, I wanted to start with a range that was highly rated.

anastasia beverly hills lustrous lip gloss set

The Lustrous Lip Gloss Set contains eight different shades, ranging from sheer shimmers to creamy, vampy shades. Each gloss smells like cake batter and comes with a flat, rounded applicator. The applicator makes it easy to get a smooth line and an even coat, which keeps it from looking goopy on the lips.

anastasia beverly hills lip gloss swatches gilded dainty sunset strip metallic rose weekend barbie date night socialite black cherry

Most of the shades in the set applied very well including Black Cherry, which I was skeptical about due to its intense pigmentation. Gilded and Metallic Rose are the two standout shades, in my opinion, as they are both really unique, flattering, and could transform any lip color/lip liner you paired them with. I decided I prefer the shimmer glosses over the solid color creams, but that is just personal preference on my part.

None of these glosses were sticky, feathered, or broke up during wear. This set is a fantastic deal, both at the $20 sale price or at the $40 retail price. I am extremely impressed with the longevity these glosses have and I really want to try more from the ABH range!

Who else is feeling glossy lips this summer? What are some of your favorites? ❤

What I Wanted the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette to be

Hey guys! This is going to be a different blog post than usual. As you guys know, Too Faced released the much-hyped Sweet Peach Palette in mid-March. I bought it the day it was released at my local Ulta and was so pumped to get it! I’d been dying over the design of the case, the fact that it was supposed to smell like peaches… It was going to be heaven for me, even though I wished it was peachier. I had seen Temptalia’s review before I purchased it and was a little underwhelmed by the results, but I convinced myself I’d like it anyway. I mean, I’m not that hard to please, right?

When I got home from work that night, I popped the palette out of its box and was ready to play. First off, it smelled delicious. The palette felt sturdy in my hand. But once I started playing with it, I realized that it wasn’t all that I wanted it to be.

too faced sweet peach palette

too faced sweet peach swatches

Don’t get me wrong, the shades are beautiful, but it felt more like a standard warm neutral palette, which I love but don’t necessarily need more of, than a peach palette. The pigmentation was also inconsistent. Some of the shades were up to Too Faced’s general standard, while others were very patchy and chalky. The neutrals were primarily what performed the best, which is especially disappointing since the reason I bought the palette was for the peachy shades!

Since I got Sweet Peach, I’ve actually used it on my eyes maybe two times. Many of the colors are still untouched except for the two times I’ve swatched the whole palette.

Being bummed about Sweet Peach caused me to do some research to build my own version of what I wanted the palette to be. I came across a post on Reddit that showed how someone made their own 10-pan peach palette using only Inglot shadows. I am a big fan of Inglot and already own some of their shadows, so I placed my order on Beautylish as soon as I saw the post and swatches. I didn’t need to be convinced anymore! Here’s a list of shades I got:

  • 26 Shine
  • 612 Double Sparkle
  • 15 Shine
  • 605 Pearl
  • 12 Shine
  • 313 Matte
  • 312 Matte
  • 361 Matte
  • 314 Matte
  • 335 Matte

inglot custom peach palette

inglot peach palette swatches

Beautiful, right? Although the price of buying a custom Inglot palette is higher than the original Sweet Peach, I think it’s justified because I’m getting exactly the colors I wanted and WAY more product (0.95g for each Sweet Peach shadow vs 2.3g for each Inglot shadow). These are exactly the colors I wanted from the Sweet Peach palette too, and to me that makes this custom palette worth it. I do still want dupes for Bless Her Heart and Peach Pit but given Inglot’s extensive catalog of shades, I should be able to easily find dupes and just add them to my 20-pan palette in the future.

Here’s a final comparison pic of Sweet Peach vs Inglot. What do you guys think?

too faced sweet peach versus inglot custom peach palette

May 3B Box!

Hey everyone! I got my first 3B Box in the mail last week. One of my friends who’s a K Beauty addict told me I should try this out, so I did! For those of you that haven’t heard of it, the 3B (Or Beauty Beyond Borders) Box is an Asian Beauty subscription box that gives you samples of popular products each month for only $12 per month.

may 2016 3b box

Here’s everything from the pouch. First off, I’m impressed with the amount of samples they send and the fact that you get a sheet mask too! As someone with super-dry skin, I can’t ever have too many of those.

Here’s a breakdown of everything I received:

  • Leaders Brightening Recovery Mask. This premium coconut gel mask contains Telangyn and Niacinamide to even out your skin tone and restore radiance to your skin for a glowing complexion.
  • Sulwhasoo Essential Firming Cream. This luxurious cream is blended with potent Korean medicinal herbs to instantly firm and tone while stimulating collagen for a long-term lift. Adlay millet detoxifies and promotes elasticity while pomegranate, green tea, and ginkgo fight free-radicals to maintain a youthful radiance. This can be used in place of your AM/PM moisturizer.
  • Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence. Propolis extract is created by black bees and known as nature’s antibiotic. It’s anti-inflammatory, great for acne-prone skin, and non-comodogenic (which means it won’t clog your pores). This essence boasts an impressive list of ingredients with 50% black bee propolis extract, 20% royal jelly extract and 10% royal black honey extract. I’ve actually been using this the past few days. I think I’ll have to wait longer to see the full results but it has helped clear up the few small pimples I did have!
  • Dewytree Blackhead Out Nose Patch. Volcanic ash from Jeju Island and charcoal extracts clean out any clogged pores and remove blackheads. I typically try to shy away from strips because they can be hard on your pores, but I tried one of these and they actually worked very well! I had a couple clogged pores on my nose that were turning into whiteheads and these cleared them right up.
  • Aritaum Fresh Power Essence Pouch Sleeping Pack. Honey is one of our top ingredients thanks to its antibacterial properties and skin-boosting antioxidants. This sleeping mask is perfect for lathering on as your last step in your nighttime skincare routine and waking up with beautiful glowing skin.

All in all, I’m extremely impressed with the 3B Box! I’m already excited to see what June’s shipment will bring. Do any of you subscribe? Let me know in the comments. ❤

Dupe Alert: Morphe 35O vs. Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

Hey guys! As you know, warm-toned shadows are super popular right now. It mostly started with the Morphe 35O palette, but they’ve become widely available since other companies have released their own variations on the trend.

I recently stumbled across the brand Juvia’s Place after seeing some pictures of their palettes on Facebook. I fell in love with the Nubian 1 Palette and decided I needed it in my life. But, when it arrived, I noticed it was extremely similar to my Morphe 35O Palette!

morphe 35o and juvias place the nubian comparison

So naturally, I had to do some comparison swatches. Below is each shade of the Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette with its 35O dupe.

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 1

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 2

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 3

With the exception of the first shade in the second row, I was able to find an extremely close or exact dupe for every. single. color. The formulas are also exactly the same, which leads me to think they’re both repackaged from a generic brand. I’ve known that Morphe has done this for a while now, but I am surprised that two separate brands would each make a palette using almost the exact same colors.

Oddly enough, both palettes are around the same price, but you get 35 colors in the 35O versus only 12 in The Nubian. Clearly, the 35O would be the better deal, but I could see someone choosing The Nubian instead if they didn’t want or need a 35 pan palette.

Personally, I am going to be destashing The Nubian since I already own the 35O and don’t need them both. I suppose the moral of this story is to research swatches before you impulse buy a palette online!

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette, Skin Frost Highlighters, and Gemini Liquid Lipstick!

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Today, I have a mega review post for you—all Jeffree Star. I have the Beauty Killer Palette, the Skin Frost highlighters, and Gemini!

jeffree star beauty killer palette skin frost highlighters gemini liquid lipstick

Beauty Killer Palette. The Beauty Killer palette boasts 10 shades, each weighing about .09 oz. For reference, a standard MAC eyeshadow is .04 oz. The palette itself is cardboard with a magnetic closure and very slim. The shadows come in three different formulae: matte, frost, and glitter. The palette offers both bright and neutral shades. The pans are huge and are arranged into quads to easily create different looks.

jeffree star beauty-killer-swatches

All the shadows in this palette are super pigmented, but Rich Bitch is a bit of a problem child. It’s a beautiful shadow but feels a little gritty when swatched and is a bit of a struggle to apply evenly. The matte shadows do not feel chalky and are easy to work with. My personal favorite is Courtney. It’s such a beautiful shade and is perfect for those transitions! The glitter shadows are also easy to work with, but I do wish there was more glitter in the swatches. I suppose that’s a typical struggle with glitter shadows, though.

The Beauty Killer Palette retails for $45. Honestly, I think the price is a steal for what you get—10 gigantic shadows with a great formula. This palette would definitely be best for someone who is either very comfortable working with bright colors or is interested in trying them out. Overall, it’s an excellent palette and one you could use for a variety of looks. The fact that it contains a transition shade is a huge plus for me because that means you don’t have to pull in shadows from other palettes if you don’t want to!

Skin Frost Highlighters. I am straight up obsessed with these babies. Each compact contains 0.5 oz of product (roughly twice as much as a Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector)! At $29, this product is a steal. I purchased the bundle to save a little cash and to get a chance to review them all. There are some slight discrepancies with the formula between shades. King Tut is much creamier and softer than Peach Goddess and Mint Condition, while Ice Cold feels a little less creamy and more dense.

jeffree star skin frost highlighter swatches

All of them swatch and apply beautifully though. Ice Cold is a white gold on my skin tone. I expected it to be a replica of Becca Pearl, but I actually think this highlighter is much more flattering. I also found that Ice Cold did not leave a white cast on the skin in indirect light. Peach Goddess is without a doubt my favorite of all the Skin Frosts! It’s beautiful in the pan but when applied, it looks like the most perfect peachy gold highlight. Mint Condition may look intimidating, but I found that unless I really packed it on my skin, it looked like a super unique silvery highlight, not straight-up green. King Tut is a beautiful bronze gold, but is much too dark for my skintone, like I suspected.

I would be remiss not to include that there have been reports surfacing online that these highlighters are easily damaged during shipping, particularly King Tut. I did not experience these issues and found that my order was very well packed, with each compact double-wrapped with bubble wrap and paper. However, since I bought the whole bundle AND the palette, that could be why mine didn’t shatter, since the box was very full. I think these are exquisite highlighters and that, unless you’re ordering King Tut, the risk is not large enough to justify not purchasing them. If you’re skeptical, you could always purchase them through Beautylish instead of the Jeffree Star site. I haven’t heard of as many incidents with orders purchased from there, but makeup is particularly fragile and damage during shipping is not necessarily unheard of. I think this is just something we makeup addicts have to deal with from time to time. Luckily, powder compacts can be repressed!

Like I said above, I think the Skin Frost highlighters are exquisite. They are high-quality, unique colors, and very reasonably priced when you consider how much product you’re actually getting. I cannot wait for Jeffree to release more colors in the future, because I will likely want them all!

Gemini Velour Liquid Lipstick. I have discussed the Velour Liquid Lipsticks a few different times on my blog. I recently used Gemini in an FOTD that I posted.

jeffree star gemini liquid lipstick urban decay glitter

It is described as a “terracotta warm-toned nude.” It actually reminds me a lot of Kat Von D’s Lolita II, but it’s not as orange. I found Gemini to be extremely wearable and flattering on my skintone and the formula is just as awesome as ever. This is the first Velour Liquid Lipstick that I’ve purchased for several months and I have noticed a strong rootbeer float scent has been added to the formula. I am not particularly sensitive to scents, but since I’m not crazy about rootbeer (I know, I know) it was off-putting at first. However, the scent does not linger after the lipstick dries down, so I’m cool with it, but I wanted to mention the scent since I know there are people out there who greatly dislike scented cosmetics.

This concludes my Jeffree Star Cosmetics mega-review! Are any of these products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments ❤