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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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!

Hello friends! Today I’m feeling all sorts of emotional. I’m a little nervous, super excited and very appreciative all wrapped up into one. If you’ve been following this little makeup journey of mine for awhile now, you’ll know just how much I truly love makeup and every detail that goes into it (holler at my fellow makeup junkies who keep beautiful packaging). Glossier is one of those brands that draws you in and before you know it, you’ve spent an hour on the site and have 10 things in your cart.

Today I’m excited to announce that if you need to do some shopping on Glossier, you can now do it through my page! You can find it HERE and it looks like this:

If you want to shop with me on the site, which does help a sista out, just click the “Shop With Me” button on my page. Now let’s talk about some of their products I love:

Skin Tint – Light: This product has a very thin, lightweight consistency. It is truly what a “no-makeup makeup look” is all about. Lately my under-eye area has been super dry and I haven’t been able to wear concealer. I’ve been mixing 2 drops of this into my eye cream as concealer and it’s been doing the trick. To cover my whole face I need 5-6 drops.

Balm Dotcom – Coconut: I’m borderline obsessed with this balm and will probably be ordering it in every flavor minus the mint (I’m not a mint lip product person). I lost this in my purse for 2 days and was having a 2007 “Where’s the Chapstick?” moment (if you’re too young for that reference, I’m sad).

Boy Brow – Blond: I used to be loyal to the Benefit Gimme Brow. I think that it’s a great product, but I like it better after 3 months or so when it’s started to dry out. Boy Brow feels like how I always want Gimme Brow to feel right from the start and with some serious hold.

Haloscope – Quartz: While this product can totally work over makeup, I actually like it best on bare skin. It is such a natural, moisturizing glow that really performs best when it’s the star of the show.

Cloud Paint – Dusk: I’m normally not huge on cream blush because I feel like by the end of the day it ends up on your chin if you don’t set it with a powder. Not this stuff. Dusk a great warm, deep apricot shade and doubles as a pretty blush/bronzer for quick makeup looks. You only need to use the tiniest amount and I buff mine out with the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush. I definitely need the shades Haze and Puff in my life next.

Mega Greens Galaxy Mask: I don’t think I would call this max “detoxifying,” but I do think it’s balancing. If you’re looking for a pore-vacum mask that hardens and cracks off, this is not the mask for you. I really like using this because it helps balance me out if I’m oily without irritating my sensitive skin.

Moisturizing Moon Mask: I slather my face with this mask once a week for some serious hydration. I wipe this off and don’t even feel like I need moisturizer once I’m done because it is so moisturizing. If you have oily skin, use a thin layer and only apply it where you need it.

I am extremely grateful to work with a brand like Glossier. They’re all about taking care of your skin, getting your glow on and having fun. I’m excited to try more Glossier products, so if you have any favorites that I missed, let me know! Thank you for all of the love and support,

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Finally, summer. I couldn’t be more relaxed writing this blog post. I just wrapped up a gorgeous yoga practice (Happy International Yoga Day) and now am eating an evol. Steak Burrito Bowl (they’re so delicious and good for you). Now that it’s finally warm out, I wanted to share a few of the things that help get me through summer!

  1. Jergens Skin Firming Lotion: Let’s be honest – nothing is going to get rid of cellulite. With that said, I still really like this lotion on my legs in the summer. I’m a body butter gal, but that’s too intense in the heat for me. This lotion is a little bit on the thicker side so you feel hydrated, plus it gives your skin a nice smoothing effect.
  2. Soap & Glory Instant Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion: While I’ve tried some self tanners that I really like, I’ve determined that I’m far too lazy with maintenance. Enter this lotion. It has olive undertones rather than orange so you don’t look scary, doesn’t transfer, has a hint of shimmer and smells like a tropical dream. Sold.
  3. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist: This mist is great if you are prone to redness. While it’s pricey, I love applying it before my makeup to tone down the redness and add a little extra hydration.
  4. Clinique Pep-Start Sunscreen: This sunscreen is perfect under makeup and is great by itself. It has the slightest yellow tint to help even out your skin and has SPF 50.
  5. Nad’s Body Wax Strips: I’ve tried the Sally Hansen strips, which are so painful, and the Nair strips, which didn’t remove a thing for me, and these are the best. The strip is soft like fabric, not stiff and plastic feeling like other at-home waxes. While these are for body, I’ve cut them up before for my eyebrows. Definitely recommend.
  6. Tweezerman Step-To-It Foot File: This foot file helps keep your feet sandal ready. It has two sides depending on what you need for your at-home pedicure.

Now, a giveaway! I’ve teamed up with 3 of my blogger friends for a HUGE makeup giveaway worth over $200! To enter, check out the Instagram post here. Good luck!