Saturday, July 15, 2017

Jaclyn Hill Palette

Sorry for the fingerprints. I was TOO excited to swatch!

As many of you know, Jaclyn Hill is a YouTube makeup artist who has been doing videos for about 3 to 4 years now. I never really followed her until about a year ago and just fell in love with how she does her makeup. I will admit, she rambles A LOT in her videos so I don't watch them all, but when there is a video about something i'm interesting in, like her bright red hair color or drugstore makeup looks, I like to tune in. She recently partnered with Morphe Cosmetics and made a palette on her own, with her own color choices, textures, and finishes. The palette went live on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9am MST and I knew I had to get it. There were many reviews showing that the colors didn't transfer well onto brushes and didn't stay on, but I wanted to make my own decision on it. I ended up purchasing it and received it within a week and had to start playing with it as soon as I got it.

 

I started off by swatching it onto my arm and I think I nearly cried from excitement because the colors were SO pigmented. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this palette. The colors are so creamy and smooth. Only one swipe of the color was all that was needed to achieve a full pigment. The first one that caught my eye was an aqua blue in the very bottom left corner, called pool party, and it swatched sooo beautifully. I would probably use it under my eye, if I wanted to use it at any point. I saw a YouTube video of a girl that swatched each color with her finger, a dry brush, and then a wet brush, and it came out so bad with the brush on most of the colors that it made me question how it would be with a brush. I took a fluffy brush and picked up some color and applied it to my eyelid and it actually went on so wonderfully and actually stayed. In the video, the girl used a flat synthetic brush and wasn't packing it on, but rather swiping, and I think that's why she didn't get a lot of color onto her lid. I also tried it with a flat synthetic brush and packed it on, and it picked up a lot and stayed on, no problem. For the 4th of July, I decided to use just her palette on my lids to see if it was blendable, pigmented, and long lasting and I can honestly say that it supersedes those requirements. It lasted the entire day and did not come off easily; I had to wipe it off at the end of the day with makeup remover to make sure it was all taken off. My favorite colors to use is Queen, Faint, Beam, Creamsicle, Cranapple, Jacz, Hillster, Central Park, Soda Pop, and Obsessed. I have not gotten all extreme with the colors just yet, but they did swatch beautifully. They are creamy and smooth. Each color is unique in its own way, whether it be the finish or the texture. I am absolutely obsessed with this palette.

All the colors and their names. Sorry if it's somewhat blurry.

So to those of you that are not sure if you should get this palette or not, my recommendation is a big thumbs up! I think it's absolutely gorgeous and I've used it every single day since I bought it, whether it be a full eye look or just 1 or 2 colors. I'm absolutely happy with this palette and I do recommend anybody else that is wanting to get it, to do so. It will be restocking again, this Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 9am MST. The cost of the palette is $38. I used a coupon code 'JACATTACK' for 10% off and with shipping, the total cost came down to $42.15. Here is Morphe's page link so you can get yours!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Indecisiveness.

For some reason, I can never be satisfied with a decision I've made. Whether it be my hair, nail color, or outfit, I always end up second guessing myself. I honestly don't know why it's so hard for me. I believe it's because I overthink everything. I look at my hair and think, will this be able to match my skin tone and any outfits I choose to wear? I look at my nail color and think, will this be a universal color that can match any outfit? And, I look at my outfit and think, does it match my hair and nails and if not, I gotta change something. I always like to look good because when I look good, I feel good. I like to feel happy and joyful and by looking good, I am able to achieve that. My indecisiveness can be a big headache if I can't come to a conclusion fast enough. I sometime frustrate myself when I overthink about things.

I also think that decision-making can determine your path in life. Whether you chose to go to school or not, or if choose to spend you life with somebody or not, can play out a major turn in your life. The question "Will it matter in 5 years from now?" is a stupid question because everything does. If you choose to be with someone, you will most likely be with them in 5 years and possibly own a house, maybe have some kids... But if you choose not to, you could end up alone in 5 years without any of that. Decisions play a huge rule and to me, I take them seriously. Maybe that's why I'm always changing my mind about the way I look... I'm not sure.

I recently changed my hair color and went lighter. I told myself I would never be this light (almost blonde) but I also did promise myself I would step outside my comfort zone. So, I will embrace this light hair. (Not like I have a choice since my hair has been processed 1 too many times). I've been debating on dying it back to a dark chocolate color but I think I will just leave it and learn to embrace it... for now.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Summer Essentials!


It's JUNE!! I can't believe we're already into the 6th month of 2017! What! I feel like we're still in March! It's crazy how time flies.

Since it's almost time for summer, I thought I would do a summer essentials post! I have provided a list of things I believe every girl needs for their 2017 summer!

  1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. I know we all wanna get our tans on, but ladies, sunscreen is a MUST. It will protect you from the sun's rays, which in result will save you from skin cancer, but it also does give you a great tan... not as fast, but you will still get one, nonetheless. I use this one (below), it comes in a bottled lotion and spray form. I like to use the spray for my body and the bottled lotion for my face. Sometimes I'll even have sunscreen specifically for my face but if not, I use that one and I'm still good!
  2. Swimsuits! I know this is one of my favorite seasons and it's primarily because of the cute swimsuits. I recently bought a few from target. One of my favorites is an olive green one-piece. This is the one that I bought and absolutely adore, in the color "Green Earth". This one-piece is very cute as well! I have found that one-piece swimsuits are very "in" right now, as well as any patterned tops, such as this, this, or this. I also really love this one-piece swimsuit in red. Something about that red color really makes me love it!! And of course, make sure you have a towel if you're going to the pool or beach. 
  3. Makeup. I know that may girls want to wear makeup and slay in the hot weather, but you really don't need that much to slay. The only thing that I like to wear is mascara and maybe a pop of highlight. That's it. I know what you're thinking, is she crazy? I love makeup as much as the next girl but when the weather is beautiful out, there is no need to go all out. Maybe for dinner or going out at night, but for daytime, you really don't need as much. Now, I'm not telling anybody what to do with their bodies, but all I know is, all of us can slay with and without it. This Voluminous Waterproof Mascara is my absolute FAVORITE mascara ever! It truly is waterproof and is amazing when I put it on my lashes. L'Oreal even came out with a Better-Than-Sex drugstore dup, known as Voluminous Lash Paradise and it's literally the same because it covers my lashes the same way and is affordable! And, of course, my favorite highlight is Champagne Pop by Becca. I've been using it ever since it came out and I'm still obsessed.

  4. Water. Make sure you stay hydrated so you don't pass out. The sun can cause many people to pass out if they become dehydrated, so please carry at least 1 water bottle with you wherever you go. I carry one in my car at all times. This is the one that I have, directly bought from Amazon. I like it because it's not a plastic bottle so it's not exposed to the sun and the chemicals from the plastic won't effect the water, as well as keeping my water cool all day. 
  5. Music. There are a lot of summer hits already. The song that pops into my head is Swish Swish by Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, as well as I'm the One by DJ Khalad, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper Lil Wayne, and Quavo. For my Bosnian folks, I've been obsessed with Lana Jurcevic - Kim Kardashian, Milica Todorovic - Cure Privode (kinda old), and OBSESSED with Sandra Afrika - R.I.P. 
  6. Sunglasses. I recently was sick of all the sunglasses I had and decided to purchase a good quality pair. I went with Quay x Desi Perkins with the black frame and silver inside. They just came in the mail the other day and I am in LOVE. They are so comfortable and cover my eyes entirely. I think they are really great quality and want to buy one in every color now.

What are some of your go-to summer essentials!? Is summer your favorite season too?! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Impressions - Jeffree Star

For those of you that don't know, I'm obsessed with makeup. I think it's such an art and the fact that you can take it off and do it all over again makes it that much better. You can do your makeup however you want and if you don't like it, you always get a second chance to redo it. Eyeliner, for example, is my arch nemesis because although I love how great it looks, I constantly have to keep redoing it so it looks nice. But, I enjoy doing it because it gives me practice. That being said, I am not a big fan of lipsticks, primarily because the second I put food in my mouth, it washes off. I was told by a couple coworkers that Jeffree Star makes really great ones and they last all day. I wanted to try them out so I ended up buying 3 of them.
From left to right: Androgyny, Celebrity Skin, Unicorn Blood

When I received them, they all came in little pink packages with Jeffree Star's logo on them:
To be honest, when I took them out of the box, I was a little disappointed in the size, as I was expecting them to be bigger. They each come in a 0.19oz tube as shown above. They can each fit into my palm and my palm isn't very large. I do wish they were bigger, but for $18 a piece, I was really hoping they were worth it.
So far, I've tried all 3. My favorite would have to be Androgyny. I know that everybody has raved about it and I couldn't figure out why, but after using it a couple times in the 1 day I've had it, I can definitely see why. It's a very mauve color. It's almost a dark nude with some dark purple undertones. I find that it fits my complexion very well. Celebrity Skin is a very nude color. I had to put on a few layers to get the desired color that I wanted. Unicorn Blood is a very dark, true red. It does not make your teeth look yellow as most reds do. I would say it has blue undertones that help with that. It's a really great dark red color.
From top to bottom: Celebrity Skin, Unicorn Blood, Androgyny

As for my thoughts on this, I am in love.
Whole-heartedly. I put some on last night before bed and forgot to take it off. When I woke up this morning, it was still on my lips, same texture and same color. If that doesn't prove to you that it's long lasting, then I don't know what does. I am not a fan of Jeffree Star, I don't follow him or his videos or any social media, but I will give credit where it's due. I am a fan of these liquid lipsticks and highly recommend them to anybody that wants a lipstick that lasts a long time. I also recommend doing a lip scrub and putting some sort of chapstick on before, so it doesn't dry out your lips.

Have you tried his velour liquid lipsticks?! What's your favorite shade?!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Makeup Remover

I wanted to write a beauty post and figure my first blogged one would be about removing makeup. I have always switched from towelettes to water-based formula removers. I have found that I do not like the towelettes only because I find that I break out more and if they stay stored for a while, they can get dried up and then it's just useless to have. I recently switched to Garnier Micellar Water and have fallen in love with it! I bought it a couple months ago and at the time they had the regular pink one and a waterproof blue one. I decided to get the waterproof one, even though I don't wear waterproof makeup, only because I wanted to remove any and all makeup as much as possible. Well, I absolutely fell in love with it. I take a cotton pad and soak the makeup remover in it and then use it all over my face. I usually take one side for my eyes and the other for the rest of my face. I would say that it does a pretty great job at removing my makeup. I am left refreshed and my face feels like I just splashed some water on it. It dries within minutes and it doesn't make my face feel tight or dry. I find that it usually cleans up most of my makeup. I will say that sometimes, I do have makeup left over but that may be just me not cleaning it thoroughly.

SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover

As days and weeks have gone by, I ended up using all of it and it was time for another bottle. Now, Garnier had come out with a green colored version, known as the Matte Micellar Water. I absolutely hated it. Now, I am someone that loves looking matte. I'm not into the dewy looks that other people obsess over, I would rather look matte with my foundation, bronzer, lips, the whole thing. However, when trying this makeup remover, it dried me out so bad and it did not even remove my makeup. Every time I used it, my skin would feel very tight as if I just used some kind of exfoliater for too long. I would also use it to remove my mascara and go to bed, but when I wake up in the morning, my eyes would be raccoon-like from the mascara because it didn't come off from the makeup remover. I also noticed that I would start breaking out randomly when I didn't before. I have given it plenty of chances. I've used it for about 3 weeks and I've finally decided to pour it down the drain because I could not stand how it felt. I would not recommend this to anyone, unless your skin is extremely oily because then the mattifying and drying of it would work wonderfully with your skin. My skin is oily/dry combo, so using this was very drying.
SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Mattifying
Just wanted a post on my favorite makeup remover. Have you tried any other ones by Gariner? What do you think of these? What is your favorite?!  I'm willing to try new things!