My Reviews

Review: Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation

I’ve been testing out the Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel foundation for a little over a week now and I’m ready to discuss! Spoiler alert: I really really like it.

The Genius Gel foundation is a silicone-based oil-free gel foundation with a natural, satin finish and medium coverage. It runs $48 for one ounce (30ml) of product in a glass bottle with a pump top. While Sephora carries 12 shades, it looks like the full range on the Marc Jacobs Beauty website features 16, ranging from Ivory Light (10) to Cocoa Deep (86). I wear shade no. 10 – Ivory Light, described as “very fair with pink undertones” which is a pretty accurate description for my face.

A note about the company: Marc Jacobs Beauty is a cruelty-free brand owned by Kendo, Sephora’s cruelty-free branch (they also own Kat Von D Beauty and Bite Beauty). Please note, while Marc Jacobs Beauty is cruelty-free, their fragrance line is not and Marc Jacobs perfumes are sold in China (where they are required by law to test on animals). Cruelty Free Kitty has a great breakdown about licensing and both Marc Jacobs brands, which you can read here.

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My Reviews

Anti-Haul: Spring 2017

If you haven’t yet watched one of drag queen/YouTuber Kimberly Clark‘s “Anti-Haul” videos, you are seriously missing out. Kimberly is on a brilliant mission to encourage us, as consumers, to do our research and make educated decisions when it comes to our wallets and what we put on our faces. This is my written version of Kimberly’s famed Anti-Haul series, just in time for the upcoming Sephora VIB sale later this month. ~what I’m not gonna buuuuyyy~

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral eyeshadow palette – $59.00 / 24g – Oy, another one!? Too Faced has been cranking out these massive palettes one after another lately, and they have all been so underwhelming. First of all, no one needs 30 shades in one palette – this instantly becomes a “sit on your desk and look pretty” palette rather than one convenient for traveling (which to me, is the only real reason worth owning a palette over eyeshadow singles). Moving on, even if you did need 30 neutral eyeshadows in the same palette (you don’t), there are at least 3-4 nearly identical pink shades and another several nearly identical brown shades. If you like the Too Faced eyeshadow formula, you do you, but this palette is unnecessary on every level.

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette – $30.00 / 5.7g – My criticism of this palette has very little to do with the four holographic highlight shades, they are actually pretty gorgeous. My issue with this is the price, the shape of the packaging, and how late it is to market. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit is nearly identical to the Alchemist palette, but boasts six shades with nearly 5x as much product for $40. Further, the pans of the Alchemist palette are incredibly small, which is fine for eyeshadow, but for use as a face highlight, using a larger fan brush or other highlighting brush will be pretty difficult. The shape of the palette itself is yet another “sit on my desk and look pretty” design, completely impractical for any on-the-go usage. As pretty as these shades are, I’ll be sticking to my Moon Child Glow Kit and duochrome shades from Makeup Geek and Concrete MineralsAll products mentioned above are cruelty free.

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My Face

Full Face: Bright Colors & Dehydrated Skin

The Boyfriend requested a “bright surprise” for a recent date night and I delivered. I loved the balance of super bright eyes with pretty neutral lips (which is a favorite move for nights out so I can still eat whatever I want). This is not a tutorial, but I often get asked about which products I’m using so I thought I’d share a full product list for one of my go-to styles. These photos have not been edited in any way.

SKIN PREP

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer

MAC Strobe Cream

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My Hits & Misses

Top Five: Body Care Favorites

My skin already leans dry, but this time of year it can get a bit crazy. Now that we’re almost through the depths of winter, I thought it was a good opportunity to share some of my favorite body care products for keeping my skin smooth, soft, and nourished.

ShaveWorks The Cool Fix  ($21.00/10ml @ Sephora) – If you tend to break out or get ingrown hairs after waxing your brows or upper lip, this little guy is just for you. A soothing, skin resurfacing and conditioning treatment in a convenient rollerball stick, I apply this all over my brow area and upper lip after waxing (and for the next few days). It calms the skin and has done a great job of curbing post-wax breakouts and ingrown hairs. There is a larger format tube for bikini and other larger waxed areas available too, but I haven’t tried that one yet.

Not gonna lie, I half bought this just to see how much of a gimmick it was, but my skin was so well behaved after waxing earlier this month! 🐌 I used @shaveworks The Cool Fix lip & brow formula (it's a rollerball style applicator) around my eyebrows for three days after waxing and not a single ingrown hair or clogged pore in sight. 🔬 Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate soothe the skin, while salicylic and glycolic acids gently exfoliate to keep skin smooth and clear, highly recommend to anyone prone to redness, ingrown hairs, or other post-waxing issues. Pretty damn impressed. 🐝 #makeup #makeupnerdery #makeupaddict #makeuplover #skincare #shaveworks #brows #waxing #hairremoval #skincarescience #science #glycerin #humectant #BHA #AHA #chemicalexfoliant #cool #photography #photooftheday #igdaily #beautyblogger #blogger #blog #bbloggers #smoothskin #browsonpoint

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash ($25.00/16oz / Ulta) – I have had pretty strong allergies most of my life, but the last few years my itchy skin has driven me absolutely mad. This past year I finally started investigating the ingredients my products had in common and stumbled upon sodium lauryl sulfate and all its buddies – it’s a cheap surfactant that isn’t inherently evil, but can cause dry and itchy skin for those who are sensitive to it. This body wash is definitely pricey, but it’s one of the best sulfate-free products I’ve tried and it leaves my skin feeling soothed and clean instead of itchy and dry.

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My Reviews

Lime Crime: Perlees & Superfoils

A few weeks ago, I put up a full post all about Lime Crime’s Velvetine liquid lipsticks, one of my favorite formulas. That post was so long that I figured I’d split my Brand Highlight into two and share my thoughts on their Perlees and Superfoils separately. If you’re a fan of glitter, glow, and/or metal, these might just be for you.

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I ordered these online and when they first arrived my immediate thought was “oh hell I’m never going to wear these.” I am pleased to say I was so very wrong. These metallic bullet-style lipsticks are creamy, comfortable to wear, and look like foiled metal on the lips. They’re not the most long lasting, but survived my sushi and are very easy to reapply so I’m not too bothered by it.

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Lime Crime Perlees in Denim & Charmed

Denim – The perfect denim blue to kick off anyone’s “unusual” lipstick shade collection.
Opaque, creamy, it ticks all the boxes for a good bullet lipstick and then it’s metallic blue too.
What more could you want?

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