Jouer Mermaid Collection: Unicorn and Skinny Dip Topper!





Jouer Cosmetics launched a new summer collection: Mermaid Collection of fun pastel colors! The products launched are 5 highlighters, 4 shadows, 4 new lip cremes, a lip topper, and a luminizing body lotion! 

I was (of course) most excited about the new lip cremes and lip topper! I picked up Unicorn naturally because of its name, which is a matte soft lilac and I picked up Skinny Dip which is a GORGEOUS shimmery glittery fun lip topper that can make any matte lip creme rock! 

You all know how much I already LOVE the Jouer matte lip formula - you can find my review here. The weightless lip creme is consistent throughout all shades and does not disappoint. Many of the shades dry down to a darker matte finish than shown from the tube - however, Unicorn doesn't. It remains true to the color in the tube. Below is a swatch - I apologize for the terrible lip job because I had no mirror and used my cell phone camera, so its not as precise as I like it :P 

Unicorn

Skinny Dip - for me was by far the star of the show. It's unique sparkly fun is the perfect addition to any matte lip. It brings any lip color life, fun and sparkle! I'm not usually a sparkly lip fan, but this one just adds such an elegance and fun (reminds me so much of what Jouer stands for!), it was a must have. It's gorgeous golden sparkle is a creamy lip gloss-ish formula. It doesn't dry down and allows your lips to feel more hydrated like a lip gloss would. This actually is kinda turning me to the dark side of more metallic, sparkly colors... and now i'm COMPLETELY regretting not getting the other metallic lip cremes (especially fairy!) 


Unicorn with Skinny Dip on top!

Skinny Dip (Top), Unicorn (Bottom) 

Swatches with unicorn LOL! 
And I mean come on --- look at that glittery goodness in all its glory!!! :-D

You can purchase the whole collection on Jouercosmetics.com :) Will you be picking anything up!?!? 


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Godiva 90th Anniversary Chocolates!

May 27, 2016 | | 0 comments
Ooof... maybe I'll start my diet tomorrow.... after I finish these. :P 
 Today I'm celebrating 90 years of Godiva with this limited edition collection featuring nine chocolates! Each chocolate is a little bit of history with its own story to tell :) They have traditional pieces to even a new rose flavored chocolate!


My personal favorite -- you see that log with the milk chocolate drizzle? OH THAT ONE. I didn't let anyone eat either of them, because I wanted both to myself (ha ha). It has delicious hazelnut praline and puffed, crispy rice enrobed in dark chocolate and then dipped in milk chocolate. omg. so good! 

They have lots of different size boxes - for anyone to celebrate along with Godiva ;) You can find the link here


ftc. chocolates were sent to me.. but i thoroughly enjoyed every last morsel ;)
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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

I didn't want to give into the hype but...

YOU NEED THIS PALETTE! Set your alarms for May 26, because this will sell out! This limited edition face palette retails for $52.. and it features 2 highlighters and 3 blush shades.
The blushes from left to right:

Rose Spritz: soft peach pink with pale gold shimmer
Amaretto: Matte toasted almond 
Pamplemousse: Matte warm coral Pink



The Highlighters on the bottom from left to right: 
Champagne pop (old): soft white gold with pinky peach undertones
Prosecco Pop: warm gold



From top to bottom: Champagne pop, prosecco pop, rose spritz, amaretto, pamplemousse

I highly recommend these. Like all becca face products, they are super soft, buttery and pigmented. Most of these swatches were done in one swipe!! It blends effortlessly and you can really make it a day look or make it an evening look. Either way, this versatile palette is a must have! :) 

Here they are in their glory! look at the shimmery goodness!!! <3 

These go on sale exclusively at sephora - launch on sephora.com on 5/26 at noon and in Sephora stores on 6/16 :) 

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ActivESSENCE Fragrance Mist Review



I will start off by saying... I'm NOT a fragrance mist person. When I first think of fragrance mist, I think of myself in middle school buying bath and body works sprays, spraying myself after gym and then having a sneeze attack because the scents were so potent that my nose couldn't handle it (lol). So you can imagine my hesitation to try these products when the brand reached out to me. However, I decided to conquer my fear of fragrance mists and here are my thoughts!

ActivESSENCE says that it is a high quality, affordable fragrance that offers up to 12 hours of fragrance plus instant refreshment and skin-loving benefits. It has time release microencapsulates which extend the wear of fragrance while leaving your skin soft and fresh all day long. It's packed with essential oils, natural extracts and vitamins! It even claims to provide instant moisture and soothes skin after exposure to sun, heat and other stressors! 

I decided to try it in the morning. I only used one or two sprays, so I can't be certain of the moisture or soothing qualities (and I dont really anticipate me spraying it multiple times to try and get there) however, I did notice right off the bat how strong the scent was. Although it was initially very strong, the scent began to meld into my skin and left a beautiful scent. 

As I went about my busy day (like I was SUPER busy!) I kept getting whiffs of scent. It was surprising because even my 'best' perfumes don't last longer than 6 hours. I generally have a travel size in my bag to respray! However, by the time I got home from work and an event at night - I will say, it did last. It was still holding tight, lingering on after a 15 hour day. 

These two were by far my favorite two scents. The french vanilla lavender has a gorgeous floral, sweet lavender scent that I really loved putting on after a shower. The scent lingered all night!!! But I'm always partial because I love the lavender scent!!

Tropical Coconut coast was such a fun, sweet but tangy scent! It has coconut blossom, tiger lily, amber and verbena. It was the perfect mix to make you feel like you're celebrating summer. It is a fun scent without too much sweetness!

I quite liked exotic cherry blossom as well. I feel like you can really do cherry blossom incorrectly.. but they did it right! It is sweet, but floral - a little citric-y and the perfect blend for a sophisticated scent. I would actually consider wearing this as a 'perfume'!!

Moroccan Orchid and Amber was an incredibly warm scent. It is spicy, vanilla-y, and very warm. I imagine this would be a great scent on a cool winter evening. 

Lastly was the Citrus Splash. This scent was a bit young for me - so I would never actually wear this on my skin. However, It made the perfect 'bathroom' or 'kitchen' scent. It has just the right amount of brightness to smell fresh! 

I also wanted to note that the spray was very fine and the spray diameter was very large. In one spritz, it covers a lot of surface area! I feel like because of this you'll be able to use these for FOREVER!! 

Overall, I really enjoyed these. Although I'm still not the biggest fan of fragrance mists, I could see why people love them. I think these are a huge step up for all the fragrance mists out there in this world - these are so long lasting (LIKE REALLY LONG LASTING) and their scents are getting more sophisticated! These would definitely be worth a shot since they are relatively inexpensive and you can throw them in your bag! 

You can find these for $7.99 at Walgreens, CVS, target.com, amazon.com or drugstore.com :) 


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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer and Foundation


Way back when the Naked Skin line came out - I had purchased the UD concealer. Why I stopped, I'm wondering that now LOL!
One of the most unique things about the Naked Skin concealer is this awesome doefoot!!! Their doe foot applicators are one of my favorite applicators I've found yet! It dispenses just the right amount of product onto your face. 

 From L-R: Foundation shade 4.0, Concealer shade light to medium, Concealer shade medium to dark

Let's begin by talking about the foundation! This is the first time I've ever used UD foundation - and this one is really lovely! It claims to be lightweight and invisible and leave a semi matte, luminous finish. As you can see - it did a nice job of covering my face slightly - it almost seems like a nice soft focus feel. I can still see some blemishes peeking through, but definitely less visible! It was very weightless and felt like skin. It took a bit to dry (definitely over 5 minutes), but it did leave me with a semi matte finish. It didn't leave my face looking so caked up and flat a regular matte foundation! I am in shade 4, and although it was a perfect match for me - I could see how it could potentially be too yellow for some skintones - so hopefully they have other colors in their range!  

Then I took this lovely product to the next step and used the concealer as a highlight for my undereyes and anywhere the light would hit! I love this concealer as it is extremely pigmented, yet also weightless on the face. The only thing I will say is that I need to pick a lighter shade as almost every product seems to oxidize heavily on my face. This one didn't seem extremely drastic, but it was enough for me to notice half an hour later. 

Here we're trying to contour by using a shade darker and I'm placing it where my cheek bones would be and above my temples! -- seems like the perfect effortless look! 

And here we are - a perfectly contoured face that looks like my cheekbones are JUST that good! I like that this product doesn't allow my face become ashy as many products do. This one gave just the right bit of luminosity to make my skin look like 'my skin'!




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Lancome Juicy Shaker Review

I've been testing these new Lancome Juicy Shaker products for a while now since they first came out and my dry arse lips have not been happier!

These are Lancome's newest pigment infuse Bi-Phased Lip Oil: basically speaking, a tinted lip oil. It's a pretty unique product as I haven't seen many of these products out except the YSL lip oil tints and the Milani ones. However whenever I can get my hands on anything oily and hydrating for my lips I will definitely do it!

This comes in a cute little tub (thats in the shape of a shaker, I die) and the thought behind it is to shake the two step products: the oils and the pigment. In turn, you get this super beautiful sheer wash of color on your lips thats hydrating and nourishing!

Top to Bottom Swatches: Show me the Honey, Piece of Cake, Vanilla Pop 

Below are swatches of my lips of the three shades I have. You will see if how as I got to the darker shades, lip flakes started to disappear since it was becoming more and more hydrating on my lips! :) 

Show Me the Honey

Piece of Cake (my favorite shade of the bunch!) 

Vanilla Pop 

And now my breakdown of the product:

Packaging: I love this packaging. I love the idea of it being in a shaker and the sponge tip packs in so much product that it makes it so easy to apply! It's such a unique packaging product. Usually I'm using a small doefoot to swipe over and over again, but I find I only need to swipe this once!

Smell: This product is much lighter than other lancome products, but still has its light floral scent to it. It's much fainter than other lancome products and I don't notice the scent when placed on my lips.

Formula: I love that this formula is packed with 5 different nourishing oils to pack in a gorgeous array of great benefiting products for your lips. It has apricot oil for hydration, rose oil for soothing properties, cranberry oil for antioxidants, peach oil for softening and sweet almond oil for nourishment. The more I used the product, the more my lips did feel hydrated and smooth. You will see in photos how the more I swatched, the less dry my lips looked lol! It provides a sheer wash of color on your lips with a gorgeous, smooth, nonsticky feeling.

Color: It ranges from light colors to some darker ones, and even a 'blue' clear color as well. Because of its sheer formula, however, I found that many of the lighter shades looked the same on me. The darker shades definitely stood out to me if you want more of a tint! Similar to other oil products, the longer your wear, the color will begin to fade quickly, but the hydration will still remain.

Longevity: I think this is where I would have to say the product lacked most in. It lasted about an hour before I had to reapply and the color faded within about 40-45 minutes for the lighter shades, whereas the darker shades lasted a tad longer. However, this is a very compact product that I was happy to apply often since it was so nice! :D

Overall - this is definitely worth trying! I think that its a super unique product that packs a lot of goodness into a little package. I think getting all 20 shades is not necessary since many of the shades look similar on the lips, however trying a bunch of the different types shades is definitely a must!!

They retail for $21.00 each and I ordered mine from Ulta.com and Sephora.com! :)

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NEW: Becca Luminous Blush Review and Swatches

May 4, 2016 | | 0 comments
Wow! I'm really on a high streak with amazing new products. My face has never been happier... and now with these new Becca blushes - my face is even happier and brighter than before! 







Packaging: I love the sleek, slightly industrial look of these blushes. It's their signature packaging, and I love becca for it! Its easy to carry around, easy to open and doesnt get gross and dirty quickly like other packaging. It also has a cute compact mirror in it, so you are able to touch up easily.

Formula: At first look, these look so extremely sparkly, but it's just an overlay. Once the sparkles dissipate, you are left with a gorgeous color that has a slight sheen/luminosity to it. Each color is extremely pigmented, so a very light hand is needed. The product is soft, but not too powdery that it breaks. Just the right amount to make it very buttery to the touch. Some of the deeper colors, great for darker skin tones, I think are so amazing - I've been using them as eyeshadows too! 

Colors: The range of colors is excellent. It packs in 6 different shades from a pale pink, medium pink, coral, orange-ish, deep pink and brownish pink. It gives such a nice range that no matter what skin color you are, you'll be able to find a nice match for yourself (my favorite being snapdragon which is the PERFECT natural pinky coral ;D) 

Longevity: Becca products have always lasted a nice while on my face. Because of its great pigmentation and buttery formula, it lasted a good 4-5 hours before starting to fade. This outlasted many of my other blushes I own! 

Price: It's at a pricey tag of $34 for each blush... however, you don't need a lot of product for each use. In fact, I definitely use way less swipes of product on my face than other products, so I think this will last a good while! 


 

L-R: Foxglove, Dahlia 

L-R: Tigerlily, Camilia

L-R: Snapdragon, Blushed Copper

L-R: Foxglove, Dahlia, Tigerlily, Camilia, Snapdragon, Blushed Copper 
Overall, I'm so delighted to have the opportunity to try these blushes out because they give the most amazing natural flush... or the boldest pop that you want. You can dress it up and wear it down - these versatile products are good for anyone! Even though the pricey is hefty - it is a small price you have to pay for how long you will probably have this product! 
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Surratt Beauty: Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand


thebeautyprofessor made me do it! I saw her post on the new Surratt Beauty Foundation Wand and knew I had to try it! Luckily for me, this $65 priced product was during the VIB sale so I did get it cheaper! However... I will say, it was worth every penny spent. If I had to purchase this product when the sale was NOT going on, I totally would! 

Top is blended out, bottom is a single swatch
First off, the formula of this product is so lovely. It's smooth and weightless. It has sheer - medium coverage, which is perfect for the natural look but could definitely be built up to a more full coverage foundation. Also, luckily for me, it is fragrance free as well! The one thing I will note about this that was really nice was that I didn't need to set this product because after a couple of minutes, it didn't feel like the usual foundation that needed to be set. It almost felt like it set itself and didn't need any extra product. I realized going about my day without makeup being set, pretty much felt like it was set. *mind blown* After about an 8 hour day, it was still nicely on my face. It actually also helped my blush and bronzer stay on a bit longer, although it didn't last as long as my foundation lol. I am in shade 05 - and I'm an NC 25ish in mac. 

Super soft delicious wand - but it is not detachable! :( 
The one downside to it for me was with the packaging. Now I'm very partial to my beauty blender, so it takes a LOT for me to convert to something else, however, the brush was nice. It took a bit longer than a beauty blender, but did a really nice job of blending and covering my face (and its SO soft!). However, I couldn't figure out any way to take the brush off in the event that I wanted to wash it. I didn't want to wash it with the brush still attached because I didn't want to run the risk of making the product wet. For any of you that have used this product already, is there a way to detach the product? Or should I wash it directly?

Overall, the formulation of the product and the actual brush are fantastic. Man... now it makes me want to branch out to more Surratt products.....!!! What should I try next?! lol :) 

I purchased mine off the sephora website for 65 real deal buckaroos! 
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Paula's Choice Skincare Line Review

I've seen so many people hyping up Paula's Choice Skincare products, I wanted to give in and see what the hype was about. Are they right? Or is it just another gimmick (which let me tell you, i've fallen for many times LOL)

The first thing before you choose any of your products, is that they set up a consultation with a Paula's Choice specialist. You're able to tell her (or him) what your skin is like, your skin concerns - they ask questions and get to know your skin. From there, they are able to curate a whole regimen catered to your skin. I thought that was awesome and unique - not many (or any!?) companies want to get to know your skin before you purchase their products!

For me, my skin is combo/oily and I get eczema around my nose and eye area. My biggest problems for my skin are clogged pore and dullness. I die for women that have beautiful bright skin (purple correctors can only do so much for me! LOL).

They recommended me to 7 different products. I've been using these every morning (and most at night, except the SPF products). Another thing to note is that ALL of the products are clinically proven non-irritating, 100% fragrance free, no added dyes and no animal testing. Here are my thoughts in the order I put it on my face:

Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser: This to me was one of the biggest hits for my face. I have not found ANY (literally ANY) foam cleanser that does dry my skin out to pieces and make my eyes burn. This is the first product for me that not only was foamy, but it took off my makeup and helped make my skin clear without feeling tight and dry. Especially for a girl that has sensitive areas on my face, I was SO impressed by this product!

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner: This was a great lightweight toner that is supposed to minimize pore size, eliminate flaky, dehydrated skin. I will say for SURE that after using this regimen, my pores have definitely been minimized. I don't know if its this product in particular, or the mix of products, but it was definitely this particular regimen for sure. I also did notice a substantial decrease in my flakiness around my nose and eyelids!

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid: This... was definitely the star of my show. I will never want to be without this. Given though... I've never really used a full on Salicylic Acid liquid (only for spot treating, etc), but O M G. Life changer!!! My skin before I started using this was GROSS because I just moved - dust was everywhere, my skin was a mess. This singlehandedly helped to clear my acne, and reduce all the red garbage that was growing on my face. This exfoliant is a MUST in my day and night routine.

Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment: This product claims to impart instant radiance, diminish dark spots and reduce wrinkles. I would have to say, I was a bit disappointed because I didn't see any diminishing in my dark spots and I didn't have wrinkles to diminish. I will say because of the slight opal-ish finish to this product, it did leave a nice luminous glow. I will have to further try this product to see if there is any difference with longtime use!

Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid + Resist C15 Super Booster: I loved this combo! I've been using it every day. I love that this moisturizer is very liquidy and light... and has SPF 50! It was such a nice formula that didn't feel like I was clogging my skin. It was lightweight and felt great (lol). It definitely also helped to smooth and firm my skin. The Super Booster is a 15% Vitamin C with Vitamin E + Ferulic Acid. This combo helped to add radiance to my dull skin!

Calm // Redness Relief: I WISH I had multiple faces so I could use all these different moisturizers lol! I used this on days where my skin was more inflamed and needed some calming. Rather than using my hydrocortisone, I used this product. It did a nice job of moisturizing my skin while helping my inflamed skin calm down. I also loved that this was a SPF 30 mineral moisturizer!!!

Overall, I've seen a huge improvement in my face. I've seen my redness decrease, my pores minimized and my skin definitely feels smoother and more radiant! The stars of the shows for me were definitely the 2%BHA liquid, cleanser, and the two moisturizers. I'm definitely in the boat now to find a good dark spot corrector and eye cream to go along with it -- so onto the website I go to find more :D

ALSO, if you're interested in trying some products yourself.. definitely set up a consultation to figure out the best products for YOUR skin! I have a 20% code for you and FREE SHIPPING! :) to use to get yourself started - just follow the link! You could also download the Primp App for other reviews and coupons for awesome beauty products!

Have you ever tried Paula's Choice before? Would love to know your thoughts! :D

FTC: This post is in partnership with Pretty in My Pocket (THANK YOU!!) and Paula's Choice! So thankful and all these opinions are my own :)
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Too Faced La Matte Lipstick Review


Because the Too Faced La Creme lipsticks are some of my favorite lippies, I was so darn excited to try these la matte lippies to review! Too Faced actually mailed me the whole collection, but because of my move - we have some sneaky fingers that stole them... so to whoever has my la matte lippie collection -- I hope that you are enjoying your lipsticks! >:(

Top to Bottom: When in Doubt, Pitch Perfect, Maneater
Anyways - I still went to Ulta to go pick some up, because I was so intrigued by these! They are a matte formula lipstick with a balm like texture.. they are supposed to be moisturizing and hydrating... and let me tell you, THEY ARE! <3 *hearts* 

L-R: When in Doubt, Pitch Perfect, Maneater


If you know me, you know I have the most chapped, dry lips ever (probably because I need to drink more water lol sigh), but I have a deep deep love for matte lippies, which make my lips look terrible. This formulation is sensational though, it leaves a matte finish, yet leaves my lips feeling extremely hydrated. They are all very opaque in one swipe as well! These to me are very reminiscent of them Loreal Pro Matte Lippies! 


The one thing is, if you have extremely dry lips like mine, not all the colors will work on you. You will see below that the darkest shades did not look good on my lips (although it looked beautiful on other lips!). I would recommend definitely lip scrubbing and hydrating prior to using these if you are going to use a darker color. I also put the lippie on top of a balm, which also helped, but it left a more sheer look than the opaque matte lip color it promises (although equally as gorgeous!) 


My lips were SOOO chapped in this, and once I put it on, although they were still chapped, you couldn't really see the 'chapped-ness' anymore. It did a good job of actually hydrating my lips throughout the day. 

My favorite of the bunch - don't my lips look SO hydrated? (I can tell you they were cracked prior to wearing this) The color looks seamless and did not feather throughout the day. 

I was SO excited to try this color and when I put it on I was thinking "YES! THIS FEELS SO GOOD!" Then when I looked in the mirror, I kinda freaked out because it was slightly patchy and fell in the creases of my lips. I wanted to show you this as a worst case scenario type thing - once I put on a balm, scrubbed or hydrated before, it was must less chapped and evened out. This is a GORGEOUS color, but took way more maintenance than I imagined.

Overall, it had a couple hours of wear - the darker colors ended up slightly staining my lips (similar to the melted lippies) which was nice to not have to reapply. However, I LOVED reapplying this product because it just added so much more hydration to my lips! I feel like matte lipsticks that do that don't come by frequently! Sorry not sorry will be my next purchase (or the peach palette.... or the PB & J palette..... LOL!)

These are exclusive to Ulta and toofaced.com and run for $22 per lippie! Will you be picking any up!? 
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