The Power of Makeup

When I was younger, confidence was something I knew nothing about. I looked up to my family members who mostly consisted of women, and thought that they were so beautiful and that I could never compare. As the years went by, I struggled with my self-esteem and confidence all throughout Middle school and High school. Although it may have seemed like I was a happy-go-lucky teenager, behind closed doors I was really struggling to find myself. Eventually, I started watching YouTube videos and would see girls applying their own makeup and looking so confident while doing it. I began to play with makeup myself and liked the way it made me feel.

Makeup was a way out for me. It was the blanket that covered all of my insecurities for a very long time. It got so bad that I would never leave the house without it on. I ONLY felt comfortable with myself when I had makeup on.

As I got older, through many meltdowns and mental breakdowns, I finally became stronger. I started seeing myself in a different light and I knew that in order for me to be successful and actually make a difference in my life, I was going to have to change something. I wanted to be happy and at that moment I knew what had to change. I started watching many self-help and inspiring Youtube videos, I would go to my local bookstore and for hours read self-help books, and eventually I saw small changes in me.

Now, I can proudly say that although I have my off days, I am more confident than I have ever been. Makeup is no longer necessary for me. I wear it because I love it and because I enjoy it, NOT because I need it to feel comfortable anymore.

I hope that this inspires you all to be confident with or without makeup. We all have struggles and we all go through hard times, but never forget that the real beauty comes from the person you are within.

Tarte Tartelette Palette | Review

Although I own tons of neutral eyeshadows when I saw Tarte’s Tartelette palette I was so drawn to it! I own one or two tarte palettes and I enjoy them alot so since everyone was raving about this one I decided to pick it up on a trip to Ulta.

I know, I know, better late than never, right?

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Price: $44.00

Where can I purchase: Ulta.com, Sephora.com, Tartecosmetics.com, and anywhere else Tarte is sold.

Packaging: Tarte did such a great job with this palette’s packaging, I absolutely love it! It is so durable and comes with a huge mirror that is perfect when you are traveling. Also, the size of the palette itself is perfect to take it with you on the go.

Consistency: These eyeshadows like most of Tarte’s eyeshadows are very smooth but not powdery. They blend out perfectly and are packed with pigment.DSC03587

Overall Thoughts: This palette has become pretty much my every day go to palette. The colors are perfect for everyday use. I specifically love using these shadows for day time looks. They are the perfect combination of neutral colors and the consistency of the shadows makes it so easy to apply and to blend. I recommend this palette to anyone who doesn’t already own a neutral eyeshadow palette because it will definitely become your most used palette.

Do you own this palette? What are some other palettes you recommend?

xo, Jess

First Impression | NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Life has been so crazy lately, I have had no time to post on here and I do apologize. I really need to start making more of an effort.

I had recently purchased the NARS Sheer Glow foundation and was dying to try it. I saw so many people using it on Youtube and even my manager purchased it and her skin looked flawless!

I decided to show you guys my initial reaction of the foundation in the video:

Price: $49.00

Where Can I Purchase? Narscosmetics.com, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, and anywhere else that sells Nars products.

Nars Claims: “A glowing, natural radiant finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, it leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves the skin’s brightness and texture.” – Narscosmetics.com

Packaging: Nars always has amazing packaging, like most of their items the black top has that velvet feel to it. The glass bottle is very luxurious. The only thing is that when opened, it does not have a pump which I don’t like because I feel like you end up using more product than needed.

Consistency: I found that this foundation is lightweight but it does have a little bit of tackiness to it when applied. It felt a little sticky until I set it with a powder. It didn’t feel heavy on the skin at all when applied.

Finish: The finish was in between matte and dewy. I did set it with a powder but I loved that it didn’t look too matte. It was the perfect in between foundation!

Overall: This has become one of my favorite foundations so far. I love that it gives me full coverage but looks so natural. It is a little sticky and can take a while for it to completely dry but other than that I absolutely love the finish. It isn’t completely matte but not too dewy either. It makes my skin look very healthy! I have definitely seen a difference in my skin since using this foundation but I cannot 100 percent attribute that to the actual foundation (because I have been switching up my skincare routine as well). I have noticed my skin looking brighter and definitely more soft and smooth. I would recommend this foundation to anyone who likes a full coverage foundation but wants it to look more natural and not so cakey.

 

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

xo, Jess

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette | Review

I am a sucker for fun eye shadow palettes. It is so rare for me to buy separate eye shadows because I can never decide what colors to purchase, so when I see that there is a new palette out with colors I don’t own I automatically have to have it. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette was one of those. I waited a bit after it came out to purchase it because I wasn’t sure if the hype was real. When I went to swatch it at Ulta, I instantly fell in love! I had to have it!

– Now I know this is a limited edition palette so I do apologize if you can’t get your hands on it but it is still out for sale, I have seen it. So if you want it go get it soon before it sells out!IMG_3566

Price: $30.00

Where Can I Purchase: Ulta, Sephora.com (I checked the ABH website but they are sold out).

Anastasia Claims: “This limited-edition, fashion-forward eye shadow kit is the ultimate makeup artist’s palette. Twelve heavily-pigmented shades ranging from a neutral dusty rose to a dramatic emerald green—deliver smooth, intense color so you can create an endless array of looks.” – Anastasiabeverlyhills.com

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Packaging: The packaging is so fun and summery. It definitely does look artistic, hence the name of the palette. It has a magentic close just like all of her other palettes. For the most part it’s sturdy and it is small enough to travel with.

Consistency: The eye shadows are so soft and buttery but pigmented at the same time. Usually I find that eye shadows like these end up being chalky, but that was not the case with this palette.

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Overall Thoughts: If you’re looking for a fun summer palette that has a variety of colors definitely pick this one up. There aren’t many neutrals or crease colors, but there is a good variety of matte and shimmery shadows. I personally did not own any colors like the ones in this palette so for me it was definitely a good buy. The shadows aren’t unique per say, but if you’re like me and don’t own many loose shadows then you probably want a palette like this. They are pigmented but buttery and blend so easily! Also, many eye shadows crease on me and these don’t do it as much. I have been loving this palette this summer and I think you guys will enjoy it as well!

 

What are your favorite summer palettes? Do you own this one? thoughts?

xo, Jess