Dabbling with designer makeup brands has become quite an eye-opening experience. I think there are 3 classes of makeup: drugstore, high end and designer. By designer I mean, $85 for a Christian Dior lipstick, because that’s a category all its own. When I first started trying and investigating Marc Jacobs Beauty, I was placing it in the high-end category, because his products seemed comparable in price point. However, if you really do some digging, you might want to bump it up to the designer category. Let’s chat the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition.

This palette comes with 7 gorgeous shades and includes 3 mattes, 3 shimmers and 1 glitter.

Price: Much like when I looked at the price/product amount of the Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter, I found that the amount of product you’re getting is definitely less than other popular brands, meaning it’s actually more expensive than it seems. To compare…

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette = 5.95 grams for $49

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette = 15.6 grams for $54

You’re getting 1/3 the amount of product for pretty much the same price. So, is it worth it?

Quality: The swatches on the left are one swipe without primer. On the right I blended them out with an eyeshadow brush after a few minutes. You can see that they really don’t want to budge and have great staying power. The only two shades that I was slightly disappointed with are Over the Top and Glamour. Over the Top swatches a little streaky and doesn’t blend quite as easily as the other colors, but it’s still very workable. Glamour swatches beautifully but loses some of the pigmentation as you blend it out. This isn’t to say these colors are bad, they simply aren’t as impressive as the others.

Verdict: If you are an eyeshadow enthusiast, I think this palette is worth the money. I’ve pretty much worn this palette exclusively since I received it to test out from Influenster. I also appreciate how nice the packaging is, especially considering the price point.

I do not think this palette is a good pick for you if you go through makeup quickly because you’re getting1/3 the amount of product you might get with another brand. I also don’t think this is a good pick for you if you just want a good basics palette. If you want something that gets the job done without breaking the bank, my two favorites are this Neutrogena quad or this matte e.l.f. palette.

I hope this was helpful if you’ve been curious about the launch of the new Eye-Conic palettes. There are 6 total palettes so if you’re interested, there’s probably a color palette for you!

 

After a lot of trial and error, I have finally figured out my perfect skincare routine to help clear blackheads. I really love skincare and have quite a lot, but I notice a definite difference in my skin if I’m not regularly using the following products. If you suffer from blackheads, I don’t think you should run out and get this whole regime because that’s unrealistic and expensive. If a product sounds intriguing though, give that a try. Be patient and you’ll figure out your perfect blackhead-clearing cocktail too.

Skinfix Foaming Clay Cleanser: Skinfix recently sent me this cleanser to try and I couldn’t be more thankful. This cleanser is a gentler version of the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. It has a great lather and makes your skin feel super clean without drying it out. If you’re more oily though, the Origins might be a good option.

Pixi Glow Tonic: I used to think Glow Tonic was overhyped. Wrong. It’s worth all the hype. Whenever I use this, I’m shocked at just how much dirt and oil is still left on my skin after a face wipe and double cleansing. Since this is strong, I’d start with every other day, then work your way up.

Kate Somerville Anti Bac Lotion: I love this lotion so much I could cry. For the last two years or so, I’ve had the worst clogged pores around my chin and nothing would seem to help. They weren’t quite blackheads, but they were causing a lot of uneven texture. Finally, I picked this up on the recommendation of Tiffany D. Within two weeks, the clogged pores on my chin were clear and the blackheads on my nose had diminished.  I only use the slightest bit on my chin and nose so it should last awhile. If your skin reacts well to Benzoyl Peroxide, you’ll love this lotion.

e.l.f. Nourishing Night Cream: For a long time now I’ve been using various No7 night creams, which I love, but wanted to change it up. While the price tag may be small in the world of skincare, this night cream still hydrates and nourishes your skin for nighttime repair. I think I might need something thicker come winter but right now, it’s perfect.

Philosophy Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel: Let’s start with the price – yes $62 for a mask is steep. However, professional facials can run you upwards of $100, and I can honestly say this two-step mask gives you visible results. Read the directions carefully so you layer the products correctly. This mask opens your pores and pulls all of the gross stuff out. You might experience a breakout the next day since this mask will bring everything to the surface. For me, this is totally worth it because it helps deep clean so my Glow Tonic and Anti Bac can really work their magic on the top.

I hope that maybe one of these products sounds like it might work for you if you suffer from pesky blackheads. Sound off down below if you have any lingering questions!

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While most of you are probably glad the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming to an end, I’m pretty sad. I’m still trying to get the Topshop Stripe Cardigan, so I hope I can scoop that up before it goes full price!

When I was shopping through the sale, I noticed some look-for-less dupes within, so I thought I would round them up. This is always my favorite part of People Magazine, so let me know if you like these posts too!

Stand-out favorites: Those $65 sneakers are WATERPROOF! The bell-sleeve sweater also comes in 10 colors, so I’ll probably pick up one or two for the fall and winter. If I could, those Oscar de la Renta earrings are a silky wonder (literally, they’re silk). A girl can dream…

2017 is absolutely flying by! Today’s post is especially for all of you fellow bloggers out there. I want to share some of my favorite blogging resources with you in the hopes that you find them helpful as well.

I also wanted to take a minute and celebrate a blogging milestone of mine! Earlier this year, I set some goals for myself to continue pushing and improving my content. One of those goals was to join RewardStyle. Not only did I join, but I also just hit my first personal sales goal. It’s small and it’s modest, but I’m so excited that others are enjoying some of my fashion and makeup favorites. I’m also lucky to have friends like Alexandra Lee Photo to snap gorgeous pictures like this one:

I’ve been blogging for 3.5 years now and I finally feel like I’m really getting the hang of things. The following resources are great for blogging inspiration, online networking and even making money. If you want to read similar posts, check the new Blogging Resources tab in the menu bar.

Style Collective: Style Collective is a blogging community you can join for $10/month. I love being in a community of awesome women who are all there to inspire and encourage. There are chat forums, endless resources and even ways to connect with brands. I’ve found it really helpful and definitely recommend.

Helene In Between: If you aren’t following Helene Sula, you are missing out. Helene’s Instagram serves up some major travel inspiration and her blog is full of a ton of helpful content for bloggers. She does webinars monthly-ish that are free and normally have a PDF worksheet. She does have a blogging program you can pay for, but her free content is awesome.

Bloguettes: I’m just going to start by saying how cool I think the Bloguettes are. They have a website full of free info on everything from SEO to building your brand and more. You can pay for their webinars ($10/webinar) and they also have a stock photo program.

Influenster: Influenster is a program anyone can join to receive free products for testing. You are not paid for your reviews, but you do get to try out great products, most of which are new launches. The link I have is a referral code, which helps me earn points. Influenster works on a points system so to speak. The more activities you do in a campaign, the more points you earn, increasing your chances of participating in future campaigns. When you fill out your profile, they will customize what campaigns are best for you.

Social Native: Social Native is another influencer program you can join. You are typically paid for these posts as they involve creating content for larger brands.

Glossier: While I was invited to join as a Glossier rep, there are a number of brands you can apply to to become an affiliate. Check the bottom of your favorite websites to see if there is an Affiliate/Work with Us tab (it’s normally next to a Careers tab). Then, apply! Be prepared to explain both why you love the brand and why your voice will help them online.

RewardStyle: I’m planning on doing a whole separate post on how I joined RewardStyle and tell you how many times I applied before I was accepted. Hint: persistence is key. If you’ve tried applying but haven’t been accepted, feel free to shoot me an email (nicolebolt10@gmail.com) and I can submit a referral link for you.

Comment below or shoot me an email if you have any questions or want me to take a deeper dive into any of the things that I mentioned!

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Finally, a non-Nordstrom Sale post. You’re welcome. Today I have a very quick review on some makeup from Jane Iredale. I received this complimentary kit from Influenster to test out and unfortunately, it was a big miss.

I really like the concept of this kit and think it’s great to have everything in one place. However, the foundation and blush are both dry and chalky. While the eyeshadows are super buttery and pigmented, they’re $22 a piece, which is way too steep for me. You can easily get a whole palette for that amount of money, so I’d have a hard time justifying these. The lip and cheek stain is cute (top swatch), but didn’t seem very practical.

While it’s much more fun to read and write positive reviews, I hope this was helpful so you know what to skip!