Sephora & Ulta Haul

I haven’t been makeup shopping in a very long time and I was running out of a few necessities so I decided to take a trip to Ulta and purchase some goodies. Makeup shopping is seriously like an addiction so of course, I had to pick up a few goodies at Sephora as well.

Watch the video to see what goodies I picked up 🙂 Let me know if you have any recommendations that I should try out!

 

xo, Jess

 

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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

May Beauty Favorites | 2015

I have finally been able to upload my May favorites! I apologize for uploading it so late. I promise my June favorites will be on time haha. I had a few good items in this favorites video so make sure you check it out!

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What were your favorites for last month? Any recommendations?

xo, Jess ♥

Glowy Longwear Foundation Routine

It seems like mother nature decided to skip Spring and go straight to Summer here in NY. The weather has been super hot the last few days, thankfully it has cooled down a bit but it looks like it will be hot again soon.

Since the weather was really warm the last week or so I had to change my foundation routine. I wanted something a little more fresh and glowy looking. I tried out a few different methods and this by far was my favorite. It lasted all day and made my skin look flawless!

I hope you guys enjoy this routine as much as I do, leave me any questions you have below and don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel!

PRODUCTS USED:

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xo, Jess ♥

April Beauty Favorites | 2015

Once again, another month has come and gone. April was fun for me because I was able to attend IMATS and buy new makeup. I haven’t been purchasing too much new makeup lately because I don’t have enough storage space. Don’t worry though, I am working on that! I can’t wait to one day have my own beauty room/office space. I digress..

I hope you guys enjoy this video. If you have any recommendations on new products for me to try let me know below in the comments. As always don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, like, share, and comment if you enjoyed my video 🙂

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • Murad Blackhead Remover
  • First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream
  • Smashbox Primer Water
  • M.A.C Fix+ Setting Spray
  • Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer
  • Sonia Kashuk Liquid Line Precision Marker
  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
  • Makeup Forever Instant Brush Cleanser
  • Formula X For Sephora Top Coat
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara

What were your April favorites?

xo, Jess ♥

Anastasia Beverly Hills Creme Contour Kit | Demo + Review

Contouring is one of the many beauty trends that has blown up and taken a life of its own. So many companies have contour kits now that it’s hard to keep up. Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my favorite beauty brands, from her eyebrow products to her eyeshadows and lip products, it just gets better every time. I decided to invest in the creme contour kit because I already own the original powder contour kit and I figured it would be just as good.

I put it to the test in this video so take a look if you want to see a demo of how it applies!

Price: $40.00

Where Can I Purchase? Macys.com, Anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Anastasia Claims: “This best-selling, easy-to-use palette contains six highlighting and contouring shades that work together to help you sculpt, define, and enhance your natural features. Create the illusion of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead, a softer jawline, or a slimmer nose with these smooth, velvety formulas that blend seamlessly while imparting a subtle, dewy sheen.” – Anastasiabeverlyhills.com

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Packaging: As soon as I got my hands on this baby I couldn’t stop admiring how beautiful it looked. I love that Anastasia decided to leave the front clear so you can see the creme shades. The packaging is so slim and lightweight making it super easy to throw it in your makeup bag or kit. Definitely travel friendly!

Consistency: This product is obviously a creme BUT I do think Anastasia could’ve made them a little creamier. They blend out easily but I had a hard time while applying the actual product to my face.

Finish: Anastasia claims that this product is supposed to leave a subtle, dewy sheen but I didn’t really see that after I applied it. I definitely felt like it was a matte finish. It did accentuate and cling on to some of my dry areas so I don’t think I would recommend this to someone with dry skin.

Overall: Anastasia did a great job with the packaging for sure. Just looking at it makes you want it, even if you aren’t a fan of contouring. The creme itself is ok. I don’t think I love this product as much as I thought I would. It is definitely creamy (obviously, its a creme product) but I wish it were a little creamier, if that makes sense. When I was applying it, I felt like it was a little difficult to get the product on to the brush and then on to my skin. If it were creamier that step would’ve been easier. I definitely think you have to make sure you are using brushes specifically made for creme products since like I mentioned before, it is hard to get the product on to the brush and on to the face. Once I went to blend it out, it blended like a dream. I definitely think this is a good kit if you’re a makeup artist because you can replace each creme once it runs out. I will continue to use this creme contour kit, but it definitely isn’t my favorite as of right now.

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Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? Do you have any other Creme Contour Kits that you would recommend?

xo, Jess ♥