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Julep Insta Filter Powder review

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This powder launched in the same collection as the Cushion Complexion (review here) and the illuminating and mattifying primers way back in May/June. This was actually the first thing I received from the collection, and at first I was a little wary of it. I’ve seen many pictures of white setting powders and flash photography together (hint: it doesn’t go well).

I finally got around to testing as I went into summer and less willing to do a full face of makeup. Plus, my only other powder was loose and as I’ve learned before, traveling with loose powders is messy and a general bad idea.

So I brought this powder and the matching Julep foundation all throughout Italy, New York, and all the other places I visited this summer. I’ve been using it so much that I’ve got a pretty big dip in the pan now!

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Winky Lux whipped cream primer review

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So I tend to keep an eye out for gimmicky products. I mean, what do I want more: a product that looks cool or a product that works? Sometimes both, but I’m mostly looking for things that do their job.

That’s why I was incredibly skeptical of this product. I’d checked it out on the website before I received it as PR and was really surprised that so many people liked this product. After I got it, it took me forever to test it out because primer isn’t something I wear when I’m trying to get my makeup done quick and I was testing out two other primers at the time.

Here’s the thing about Winky Lux: they boast that their prices are affordable, when in reality they’re sort of a middle ground between brands like Colourpop and brands like Too Faced. The prices are actually quite similar to brands like Covergirl or L’oreal- brands that were once cheap but are now drastically raising their prices.  At $19, it was the cheapest in my collection featuring the Hourglass mineral veil primer ($19/3 oz or $54/1.01oz), the Julep illuminating and mattifying primers ($28/1 oz), and my all time favorite BECCA first light priming filter ($38/30ml).

However, $19 still isn’t exactly cheap, so how does this stack up?

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Burt’s Bees matte lip crayon review

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I’d always loved the Burt’s Bees normal lip balm, so I was super excited to test out their pigmented crayons. I bought mine based off the recommendation of Stephanie from the Beauty Bucketeer (read her review here) and loved the way Niagara overlook looked on her. When I got to the store, I was worried Niagara overlook would be too dark, so I picked up Sedona sands first. Later, I bought Carolina coast and most recently picked up Niagara overlook which I mentioned in a recent haul.

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Julep Cushion Complexion review

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I bought this the day it launched which is something I’ve never done before. I’d been so excited about this from when I first saw it teased back in November. I love how Julep used online surveys of what women are looking for in a foundation and what shades women were looking for. As far as I know, no other brand does this and I find it super helpful that Julep does.

I was so impressed with how I was able to pick my perfect foundation shade on my first try using only their resources online. The thing that was so different then the swatches other brands provide was that Julep had women matched to each shade. So instead of looking at a pure swatch and wondering how that would match my skin, I found it much easier to look at a woman and say “I’m darker than her,” or “I’m lighter than her.” This is only available here on the Julep website, not on Ulta.

After I purchased my perfect shade (120 Linen) and used it for a few months, I was sent some PR from julep including a few things from their new complexion collection. That means that I have a fair amount of shades from this line that I wouldn’t have purchased simply because they don’t match my skin. As always, all opinions are my own and for clarification, this post is not sponsored.

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Gone swatching: Glossier boy brow

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I was recently at the Glossier HQ in New York which was incredibly cool. It was an amazing experience to have, the coolest part being that I got to swatch and photograph every single thing they sell (which means you should expect a ton of posts with all of the glossier products). This post will be about one of their best selling items: the boy brow.

I was super excited about this except for one catch: would the brown be too dark? I’d seen varying images on social media about how strong it is so I was unsure.

As far as brows go, I’ve only used two brow products in my life (besides, horror of horrors, a shimmery eyeshadow), which was the Julep Don’t Leave Your Brows at Home and the Benefit brow gel. The Benefit brow gel left my brows crust and shiny in an unnatural way and the Julep pomade was both bad and way too warm for me.

So with that being said, I went into this experience excited, but a little hesitant. Would it be like the Benefit gel? Would the color match my brows? What was in store for me inside the Glossier Showroom?

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Test drive: Glossier priming moisturizer

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So a few weeks ago, I tested out the priming moisturizer by Glossier because I received a sample of it with my most recent glossier post.

However, as I sat down to write this post, I realized I didn’t have my camera with me that had all of my photos on it for this post.

Nice job me.

Luckily I had written down some notes about what I thought, so I was still able to write the review, but this post is a few weeks later than I expected. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on yet another product from this super hyped brand!

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Gone swatching: RMS luminizers

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Today I’ll be sharing some swatches of the RMS luminizers, including the living luminizer, magic luminizer, and the master mixer.

I’ve recently reviewed the living luminizer here, and I’ve everything about it. For more of my thoughts on the formula, click the link above to see the full review.

I want to start out by mentioning how much I love the packaging for the RMS products. They’re all so elegant with the white screw tops and frosted glass bottoms.

For now, keep reading to view the swatches of the various hyped highlights RMS offers!

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Test drive: Sephora birthday gift

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Welcome to Test Drive, where I’ll be reviewing free samples, gift with purchases, or other forms of smaller makeup products. First up is this birthday gift available for Beauty Insiders, VIB’s, and VIB Rouges at Sephora. There are three available gifts, but I picked the makeup option from Tarte cosmetics.

First, I’m sorry to say that this is the only makeup option and it’s clearly directed at people with fair skin. It’s a light blush and a light liquid lipstick that clearly won’t work for anyone darker than a light-medium skin tone. I hope Sephora realizes this and makes two offering for makeup or a more adjustable option like a red lipstick and deeper blush that can be more universal.

I love Tarte and they’re one of my favorite brands, so I was excited when I saw this. Let’s take a look!

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Kiko Milano Mini Divas baked eyeshadow review

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I recently did a whole post on the Kiko Milano mini divas collection here, and I didn’t have a lot of positive takeaways. The short reason is that I felt the entire collection as a whole was overpriced for what it was, especially this eyeshadow, and you can read that post for my explanation as to why.

So you might be thinking this:

“Okay, it’s overpriced. So what? It’s a capsule collection, of course it’ll be more expensive. Why shouldn’t I get this anyways?”

Here’s why: the quality is clearly lacking in this eyeshadow. Don’t make the same mistake as me.

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