Esqido Lashes Review!

Esqido Lashes-Little Black Lash
Esqido Lashes-Little Black Lash

Hey everyone!  Over the past year or so I’ve been wearing false lashes a bit more often. While I’m no lash aficionado, I’ve become a lot more comfortable using them for special occasions like weddings, and believe me I’ve been to a ton of weddings recently! I literally just got rid of my last pair of E.L.F. lashes when I was contacted by Esqido Mink Lashes days later, letting me know about their brand and product. Timing couldn’t have been better considering I was looking to get a new pair and a new lash glue to boot (my dark tinted DUO glue was not cutting it)! So needless to say, I was thrilled they reached out to me and honored to work with them on this blog post!

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January 2018 Beauty Favorites!

January 2018 Beauty Favorites
January 2018 Beauty Favorites

Hey everyone! We’re just about at the middle of February and what better time to get to my January favorites? That was a joke, I’m always late with these kinda things. So this is my first favorites post ever. I don’t know why it’s taken me over a year to do one. Empties posts are easier for me to do since you can easily quantify those by month-everything just goes into a pile and that’t that. With favorites I have to think back to what I’ve enjoyed the most over that time. Not hard, just not what I’ve typically done for my blog.  So here are a mix of both older and newer products in my stash that I’ve used and enjoyed in January- there’s quite a bit so lets get started!

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November & December 2017 Empties and Declutter

Hi all! Welcome to my first empties post of 2018! I think it’s neat seeing what and how much I finish in a month. I always learn something through these-how long it takes for me to use up a product, patterns. I notice that I don’t repurchase maybe 80-90% of what I finish. And not always because they stink either. I just don’t consider them staples or haven’t fallen in complete love. Some things I try just to try, which hey-never know what might end up being a favorite!

My journey in minimizing my skincare has been well underway, and I finished off a ton of products last year and have made a conscious effort to keep going and see what I enjoy, and of course I want to continue do the same with my body care and makeup. Skincare is just so much easier cause I use so many of the same things everyday. So let’s get into November:

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Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation Review

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation
Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Last year I was on a mission to try different liquid foundations in the  mid-higher end range. I have my drugstore favorites by L’Oreal, but it had been quite a while since I’ve used much else and figured it was time to branch out again.

My skin can get oily so I need foundations that will hold up and look reasonably decent after a few hours. I usually go for medium/full coverage since I am prone to breakouts and hyperpigmentation after they heal or are in the process of healing. The Urban Decay All Nighter foundation sounded like something worth trying for both coverage and staying power. This foundation I think was released in 2016 so it’s been out for a while, but new to my collection last summer.

Product background: According to the description on the Ulta website: All Nighter Liquid Foundation by Urban Decay provides full coverage with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone. Get all-night wear and a blown-out effect you never thought was possible for a flawless-looking complexion that looks amazing and stays that way. Perfect for all-night affairs and other scandalous activities, this revolutionary formula is also comfortable enough to wear every day. 

You get 1 oz of product for $40, so it’s not cheap by any means. But is it worth it? I’ll break it down for you based on my experience.

Packaging. Very cool pump bottle in an edgy, fun design true to the Urban Decay brand. The bottom rises as you pump product out so you won’t have to scoop anything out at the end. Less waste and you know you’re using up every last bit! Thumbs up there.

Coverage and Application. This is a very pigmented, fuller coverage foundation and more so if you use a foundation brush, but I find that when using a brush it looks a little cakey. Less is more in that situation but even so it still looks a little too heavy for me. I prefer applying it with a damp beauty sponge which helps with the cakiness, but then you lose some coverage and need more product and concealer in trouble zones. Not a big deal if you don’t have much to conceal, but I definitely need coverage so I have to work more into the skin.

Many have said this gets darker or “oxidizes” on their skin and I can confirm that to be 100% true, at least with the shades I tried. Originally I got it in the shade 6.0 but it turned much darker and orangey about a minute after applied, totally not how it looked in the bottle. Since I’m not one to like the Oompah Loompah look I returned it for 4.0 which was a much better fit. So yeah, I would recommend going a shade or two lighter.

Finish.  On the dry/matte side, at least at first. If you’re looking for a hydrated dewy look you might want to stay away from this. I like to use my MAC Fix+ or Milani Make it Last spray to take away some of the dry appearance. I also like mixing this with my L’Oreal Lumi foundation-with this combo I get a foundation that is long wearing and keeps the fuller coverage, but is a lot more natural looking and hydrating. As the day goes on though it definitely doesn’t look as dry, perhaps because my skin naturally gets oily.

How it Wears. The formula feels very comfortable on the skin and stays put for a good part of the day. No sliding around which I can appreciate, though there is a little shine in my T-zone after 5/6 hours (not too bad) which I can easily blot away with a little powder. Even with that said, my skin still looks evened out out and smooth overall.

On the flip side, this tends to settle into lines and emphasize texture or bumps, so not particularly flattering in trouble zones. If you have zero blemishes or younger skin you probably have nothing to worry about. Even so it might age you since it’s drying in areas and can appear heavy depending on how it’s applied.

Here are some before/after swatch pics:

No Foundation
No Foundation
With Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation
With Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Overall Thoughts. Though I found ways to make All Nighter work for me and it can look nice, as mentioned it emphasizes texture in some spots and can settle into lines and other parts of my face. I don’t think it’s terribly noticeable unless I look really close, but then again I always look close :).  For the most part it stays in place and looks smooth and not masky. The little bit of dewiness on my T-zone after a few hours isn’t a big deal, most foundations will do this on me no matter what they claim. It doesn’t feel greasy nor do I feel it on, also good points.

I will finish it and use it with a blending sponge or mix it with my Lumi foundation, but I don’t know if it’s definitely a repurchase. It’s a good foundation, not sure if it’s quite “ride-or-die” status at the moment, or different enough to warrant dropping $40 on again. If you are oily and have relatively smooth skin, it may be worth trying. Just don’t forget to go lighter!

UD All Nighter
UD All Nighter

Have you tried this or found your holy grail foundation? What are your favorites? Til next time, Jen <3

September and October 2017 Empties/Declutter

Hey everyone! So I’ve been terrible about keeping up with the monthly empties posts. I don’t know if it’s just that the months go too fast or there are just too many that build up. If you follow my blog, you can tell I do empties posts pretty religiously. I’m doing a lot of phasing out of older products (that are still usable of course) from my stash or just getting rid of products, period. This is a combined empties post for September and October so I can actually catch up. I might make empties a bi-monthly thing from now on since I fall behind way too often. So here they are:

September Empties

September 2017 Empties
September 2017 Empties

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and concealer review
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

I had an itch to expand my foundation collection recently. It’s been a while since I’ve had more mid/high-end foundation (I’ve been so satisfied with L’Oreal Infallible), but felt it was time to branch out again. Last year I tried some foundation samples that were nice, just not quite what I was looking for so I put my search on pause.

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L’Oreal Lash Paradise First Impression/Review

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
I’ve had my eye on the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara (9.99 at Ulta) for a little bit since it was getting so much hype, but in addition to that L’Oreal is hands down one of my favorite mascara brands. I am in love with their Telescopic and Voluminous mascaras so when I heard about Lash Paradise, well you know that was going to make it into my stash at some point! This review is based on having tried it a handful of times since I pretty much just bought it last week. Naturally I found myself comparing this mascara to the other L’Oreal ones I have. I got mine in the shade blackest black which is my usual mascara shade preference.
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Even Deeper Cleansing Oil by International Face Station

International Face Station Even Deeper Cleansing Oil
International Face Station Even Deeper Cleansing Oil
Hey Friends! Summer has officially started and I’m back to my blogging ways! Teaching is over for a bit and though you’d think I’d welcome days off with open arms, it does take a few days for me to get into the summer rhythm. I’m sure I’ll get over it though!

Disclosure: This product was sent to me for free. All opinions are my own.

I’m reviewing the Even Deeper Cleansing Oil by International Face Station. I’ve always been a little weary of using oils on my face even though they’re supposed to be OK for different skin types (I get oily for the record). I’ve tried different brands before and stopped just because I didn’t see any benefits but who knows if I was even using them correctly. Since receiving this, I’ve become more interested in how they are actually used. Cleansing oils can be used alone or in conjunction with another cleanser of your choice (double-cleansing I guess is the official term).  Anyway, here are details about the product:
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Wish List/On-My-Radar Product Reviews!

On-My-Radar Product Reviews
On-My-Radar Product Reviews
Hey friends! I was able to get my hands on the four products I’ve been wanting from my last On My Radar post. I didn’t get all of these at once but over the course of the last two months. Most of these are higher-end except for the Milani. I don’t frequently buy more expensive items but have no problem dropping more if I personally think I’ll like something or just want that luxury feel here and there! I’ve had these for a little now, so at this point I wanted to follow up and share my thoughts!
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Current Favorite Brow Products!

My current favorite brow products
Favorite Brow Products
Hey guys! April and May have been pretty inconsistent for my blog-I have been zoning in at work, mom stuff-baby boy just turned 3 so we had a little party for him, and…who really knows?! Life.

But back to the topic- brows. I didn’t always do my brows as part of my makeup routine unless it was for special events, but now I can’t imagine NOT doing them! Brows have become part of my daily routine. I’ve mainly used pencils in the past but have wanted to try different forms of brow products (pomade, brow gel/tint, powders…I love to play after all!) and I wanted to share current brow products that I’ve been enjoying so far and a little about how I use each. This post will focus on the colored brow products I use most.
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