Mehron Metallic Powder in Gold

So I recently went to the Makeup Show and was able to stop by the Mehron booth. Now I've always known Mehron as a huge special effects and theatrical line, but I DID hear they had amazing foundations (WHICH THEY DO!!! REVIEW COMING SOON!) that I wanted to try out!

Anyhow, I was able to chat with the gorgeous Stephanie - the Creative Director of Mehron to talk about her favorite products from Mehron. She mentioned these metallic powders were some of her favorites. In one swatch, I knew why.
I received the metallic powder in gold - these are so versatile. You can use these alone for a gorgeous, pigmented color or because its so incredibly finely milled - you can mix it with a mixing liquid and get a super intense foiled look. Every time I put this on my eyes for shadows - I always get compliments! I also love to lightly tap this on my lips for a gorgeous golden sheen!

Left is the powder alone, right is mixed with Mehron Mixing Liquid

Color: Although this is gold - they come in 6 different shades. The color is extremely pigmented without anything... with mixing liquid it is unreal!!

Longevity: The powder without a base will last, but easily wipeoff-able. When I put a base, it lasted the day, but faded in color. When you put the mixing liquid - it will be on there for the WHOLE day! The golden color seriously didn't budge at ALL once I put it on!!! It is even water resistant.

Texture: It is incredibly finely milled and soft. It is a loose powder, so you will have to play with it a bit.

Ease: I'm not a huge fan of loose powders, however - this one was super fun to use and play with. I will say though, my brushes and table did get very golden and slightly messy. However, it was totally worth it!

Price: You receive 1 oz for 10.95 - in my opinion that is SOOOO cheap! For the amazing product you get - you get a TON of it for just less than $11! A total steal if you ask me!!!

Overall - I more than highly recommend this product!!! In fact - I want to pick up the other 5 shades LOL! (And it def wont even break the bank!) You can find this at Mehron online... however you can't find them at your usual makeup stores - they are sold in a wide array of theater and party stores that you can find here.
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Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigan Swatches


So I had to run into sephora yesterday to get a quick touch up on my lippie before I head to meet felix and I ran into the amazing Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen Palette!!!


The line was too long, so I wasn't able to purchase it yet, but I wanted to share swatches with you!

First impressions - AMAZING QUALITY as are most of Becca's powder products. Another thing I noticed was the blush was more pink than I imagined and the bronzer was more matte and universal than I imagined. Also, the highlights are a bit more glowy and peachy that would be perfect for the summer nights!


Here are some swatches as of now! I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this for real!

This palette retails for $46. You can purchase this at beccacosmetics, sephora, or ulta.   

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A little bit of my heart about mother's day

Hey everyone!

Happy Mother's Day weekend! I was going to just make a post about mother's day gift ideas, but it was hard for me to write that post in a happy way without feeling completely fake. I was inspired by my good friend Wendy to just be honest about this.. more emotional holiday for me.

As some of you may know, my mother passed away from cancer when I was in high school. Since then, every time I hear about mother's day, I feel a pang of jealousy for others who celebrate their mothers here on earth. It's a loneliness that over 10 years has still never fixed. And as a married woman with the most AMAZING mother-in-law, I almost feel guilty for feeling sadness on a day where I should be celebrating such an amazing gift in my life.

So as I shop for Mother's Day for all the incredible mothers in my life - I take the moment to remember the incredible gifts and strengths my mother gave me and cherish those that I have in my life right now.

Below are the products that I would recommend :)

The first this I would recommend is the La Mer Moisturizing Creme for your leading lady. It's actually the gift we're giving my mother-in-law this year. And I dont think I have to explain why - because this is obviously the best LOL! :) 

Next are Sugarfina Champagne bears - I would give this to someone who is like my sister who loves her gummies and chocolate, but isn't a huge fan of alcohol. Now you can celebrate her being an awesome mother. 

Below is the Sugarfina "green juice" candies. I thought this was so super fun and unique. It would be great for healthy mamas out there. You can pair this with a juice subscription or a workout outfit, or even a pretty personalized water bottle! 

Next is the ItCosmetics travel face and eye essentials brush set. I thought this was so perfect for the on the go mama who is legit too busy for life running around. Its the perfect set to throw in your purse. It would pair perfectly with a travel sized eyeshadow or face set! 

Lastly, I have the ItCosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Rose Lip treatment. I think this is perfect for the minimalist mom! Someone that needs something practical (like a lip treatment lol), but this can spice up her day a little bit with a flush of color! 

I hope you enjoyed reading my recommendations! -- and to anyone that struggles like me...just waiting for this holiday to pass you by, no matter what your situation is - know that you are SO loved. 

XOXO 

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Swatches and Review

I've been so obsessed with all of UD's lip products, I forgot (nor have I ever tried!!!) about their face products! This is one of my first times trying out their powder and creme face products, so I was super excited!! And they (as usual) didn't disappoint me! In fact, I'm ready to stick this into my makeup artistry kit because I feel like it's such a great staple with a great range of shades.

I picked this up at the Makeup Show, so was able to try it out a bunch before the official launch (Today!!) This comes in two different shades: Light Medium and Medium Dark. On one side, there are four powders: dark contour, medium contour, light contour and a highlight.



Dark contour, Medium Contour, Light Contour, Highlight

On the other side, there are 5 creme products: dark contour, light contour, 2 correctors (one can also serve as a matte highlight) and a highlight.

Dark contour, light contour, corrector, corrector/highlight, highlight 

Here is my breakdown of the products:

Packaging: I am a huge fan of this packaging. Its dense enough to make you know that it's durable, but its small and compact enough to travel with. I love that BOTH SIDES of the products have a mirror which makes life SO much easier for me! It did NOT come with a brush like many UD products, but this allows you to be flexible to use whichever  tool you are used to.

Color: I love the color selection here. I love that the contour shades have one slightly warmer and one slightly grey. I also LOVE the corrector colors - its everything I love in one! All shades are very pigmented - however the highlight shades on both sides just give more of a luminous glow - but not quite the crazy pigments that highlighters these days have.

Texture: The powders are extremely finely milled and pigmented. A little bit goes a long way with these and its so incredibly soft and blendable. The cremes are silky and thin and allow for good blending time and turn into a powder form when dry.

Long Lasting Ability: It was a very long lasting product for me. The powders stayed on all day for me. I haven't used the cremes long enough to know the lasting ability. My skin gets sweaty and splotchy a lot - so I couldn't get an accurate read on the cremes yet!

Overall - I think this is an amazing staple product for every makeup artist. I'm literally putting this into my kit ASAP. I love the versatility of this product - you can use it for virtually anyone, do it for the perfect day or night look. Super excited to use this product more!

This product is $45 and is now available at sephora online

If you are interested in WINNING one - definitely come along for the ride on my IG @jessicalee422 :)
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Benefit Galifornia Blush Swatch and Review

Gal-i-fornia girls la la la!

Was so excited to receive the new Benefit Galifornia Blush! Not going to lie - even though I llooooove the Benefit boxed blushes, I quickly dismissed ordering it since it looked similar to my other fave blushes (lol!) However... the amazing little fairies at Benefit sent over this awesome blush to me along with these fun glasses! So now of course... I have to try it :P

Below are swatches of the blush:


First time using on Cheek (spray overlay is on cheek)

Without direct sunlight

In the sun!! :) So glowy <3 



Here's my breakdown:

Color: This is definitely a glowy pinky-coral color. When you first use it, there is gold spray overlay on it - however once you use that up, there is still some golden sparkle within it. The color is definitely sheer when u first put it on, but is very buildable.


Longevity:  with a primer and foundation, it lasted all day for me. The glow looked beautiful! When I first used it, the golden overlay was a bit much for my face - however once the spray was gone (one to two uses), it left the perfect golden look.

Smell: OMG it smells SO GOOD. I can't stop smelling it. In fact... I would use it just for the smell! I can't quite put my finger on it - it smells kinda like coconut and vanilla, but with a hint of citrus. It's refreshing yet beachy and I can't get enough of it!

Packaging: I love their box powders because its super compact, yet it comes with a mirror as well as the brush. The brush is actually the perfect companion as it allows for more pigmentation than when I used my usual blush brush!


Overall: it's a gorgeous summer color to wear and now I use it daily.. however, it's not incredibly unique as I feel like I may have some similar colors... however, what does make this product unique is the smell! With the smell and the ease of the packaging, it definitely is a wonderful product to bring along with you!!!

You can purchase this product for $29 from Sephora, Ulta, Benefit, or wherever Benefit Cosmetics is sold! :)

ftc. PR sent this to me for review. Thank you!





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Becca Sunlit Bronzers Swatches and Review

May 3, 2017 | | 0 comments

Oh Becca - always blowing me out of the water! :) I already love their blushes and highlighters so much... so it wasn't a surprise that I'm obsessed with their bronzers as well! 


According to the Becca website, their new Sunlit Bronzers are 

Inspired by sun-drenched destinations, Sunlit Bronzer is like a day at the beach without ever having to step foot in the sand.

It comes in five gorgeous shades that fit different skin tones. 

From lightest to darkest they have:
Bali Sands: soft golden-beige to give warmth to fair skin tones 
Capri Coast: warm golden-brown for light to medium skin tones
Bronzed Bondi: Medium amber for medium skin tones 
Ipanema Sun: Medium Auburn brown for medium to dark skin tones 
Maui Nights: Ultra rich Sienna Kissed bronze for deep skin tones 

Here are swatches of each shade: 
In direct sunlight - top to bottom: bali sands, capri coast, bronzed bondi, ipanema sun, maui nights

Outdoor, in shade - top to bottom: bali sands, capri coast, bronzed bondi, ipanema sun, maui nights

Color: I love these because they all kind of run in the golden family (except Maui Nights looks a bit more reddish). However I do think they really would fit most ranges of skin tones. I work best with Capri Coast, but could also use Bronzed Bondi if I wanted a more done up look. Because I have the whole range, I decided to play with some of the deeper shades... and although Maui Nights is very red - I used it very lightly on my face as a bronzer-blush and it was GORGEOUS! :) 

Texture: Like most other Becca products, these bronzers are extremely milled and apply beautifully. They are buildable since first application was a bit more sheer. They also have slight shimmer but it isn't so noticeable until you are in the sunlight - when you look so golden! (I love it!) 

Longevity: with a primer and foundation, it lasts nearly all day. By the end of the night, even though it has worn off a bit, the color is still there. 

Overall: I'm really loving this. Although its not incredibly unique, I love how becca products are very consistently great for me - they are long lasting, finely milled, don't irritate my skin and have the perfect amount of shimmer for a 'sunlit glow' :) 

These are available for $38 each at ulta, beccacosmetics.com and sephora.com
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The Best Scrub Ever?!? M-61 Vitablast C Scrub and Mask Review

Apr 30, 2017 | | 0 comments
I've had this product for a week now and I'm so incredibly impressed after two uses that I have to share this with you right away!!! 

After going to visit the amazing offices at Alison Brod Marketing and Communication, they sent me home with a couple of M-61 products. I personally have never heard of this brand - so I was interested in trying it. This brand was created by Bluemercury Co-Founder and CEO Marla Malcolm Beck. If you don't know Bluemercury, it's an awesome beauty store and spa with great highend brands. 

Here's what the website says about M-61

M-61 Powerful Skincare combines dermatologist-loved ingredients with power-packed naturals and is 100% free from harmful parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Marla took Bluemercury’s 13 years of experience performing over one million treatments and blended it with input from more than 300 Bluemercury makeup artists and estheticians. The result is a technical skincare line that provides maximum results with minimal time.

So this product is a 1-minute face exfoliant mask. It has vitamin C, papaya, gallic acid and natural amber powder to soften the skin, clear off dead skin and promote a bright complexion. It also has add products like natural passionflower to add some soothing and calming benefits! 


When I first tried this product, I was thinking "eh, it'll be like any other scrub" --however I was so incredibly impressed, I've never felt a product like this before! 

During the process: It was definitely a scrub, however the scrubbies were so incredibly fine that it felt as if it was really cleaning off my skin. It gave a slight tingle, which made my skin feel really refreshed. I tried my best to get you a very close up photo of how tiny the scrubbulars are - so hopefully you can see just how fine the scrubs are! 

After the process: After I washed it, it felt amazingly smooth and soft. My skin definitely looked more radiant and bright. Usually more abrasive scrubs cause my skin to redden with blochiness, but my skin was not blochy at all. I was able to then use my regular skincare regimen and it definitely felt like the products were going deep in my skin since it did end up looking more plump than usual! 

I would definitely recommend using this 1-2x a week as it is quite a strong product. I definitely did feel my skin feeling renewed.. however I think once tolerance is built, you can definitely use it daily! .

Super excited to have this product for a longer period of time to see the benefits on my skin especially since I see a difference already in a week! 

This product is $44 and your can purchase it at a bluemercury store or at bluemercury.com
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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Face Mask Review


Rather than talking all about different kinds of face masks.. I decided... I'm going to talk about my current FAVORITE face mask. Now Fresh has been one of my favorite skincare brands for a long time. All through out college I was religious with the soy cleanser and mists... and when I moved back to NY, my friend and I were obsessed with going to get facial at the Fresh store!

Fast forward a couple years, the Umbrian Clay mask and Rose Masks have always been my go to.. but now a new one that is pushing the rest to first place. So back then, my skin was always very clogged and oily (hence why i loved the umbrian clay) or temperamental (hence why i loved the rose mask). However now, my skin seems to just be dull. As I'm getting older (another birthday in 8 days ehhh), I'm finding that all I want to do is brighten my skin.

Along came this beauty and I'm so glad it came to my doorstep. Here's what they say about the Vitamin Nectar Face Mask:
Get glowing skin instantly with Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask. This powerhouse treatment improves the skin's radiance and glow by 31 percent after one use, and by 49 percent after four weeks of use. The revolutionary formula is powered by 50 percent real crushed citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, and clementines, naturally containing AHA fruit acids that work to gently refine and smooth the skin. This fruit blend comes in the form of a paste, which is made from lemons cultivated in the Mediterranean region—providing double exfoliation by offering a pleasant scrub, while the AHA fruit acid content offers a chemical peeling effect. A proprietary vitamin fruit complex is a potent blend of vitamins, citrus fruit extracts, and minerals that help revitalize dull skin for a vibrant, healthy-looking glow and soft, smooth texture. 
Here's what the product looks in the jar - kinda like jam! :P 

Here's the product smudged all over (this is about the thickness I would use it for on my face) 

Here is a break down of my thoughts: 

How I used it: On my clean face, I put the mask on my skin, I massaged it in which gave a nice exfoliation to my skin. I left the product on for around 10 minutes. After, I splashed my face with warm water and gently rubbed it a little bit. Then I took a warm wash cloth and wiped it off. Usually after this, I take a shower and rewash my face before putting on moisturizer etc. 

Texture: So the texture is kinda weird. It's gunky and lumpy and once you put it on your face and leave it for a couple of minutes, it begins to slightly tighten and dry into a sticky-ish, harder product. It doesn't dry down, but it just becomes tacky. The first time I used it, I had SO much trouble getting it off... I realized I should read the instructions and use a warm wash cloth (which worked effortlessly) 

Smell: I can't with this smell. ITS SO GOOD. Literally it makes me want a peach bellini on a summer day. I'm surprised I haven't "accidentally" licked it yet LOL 

How it feels during the mask: When I first put on the mask and massaged it in, it felt SO good. While I was letting it sit on my skin, it definitely tingled my face. At first, I was freaked out because I thought I was going to have a reaction, but then I realized it was probably the AHA cruise acids which create a slight chemical peeling effect. It didn't irritate my skin (no redness afterwards), however, if you have extremely sensitive skin, I would recommend you trying it on a patch of skin first! 

How it feels after I wash it off: My skin definitely felt more radiant. It was definitely a great double exfoliation (when you first massage it, and then the fruit acids afterwards) for my skin. I would say my immediate reaction was "omg my skin feels so soft and smooth" which is always a great reaction - however I also feel like my skin felt really invigorated (the way it used to feel when I would use the clean and clear citrus cleanser in the morning). 

Overall, I absolutely recommend this product... I mean it IS currently my favorite! I would definitely recommend using it the way I use this product because the first handful of times I tried this product I definitely had difficulty getting it off and what not! Thank you Fresh SO much for sending these masks over or else I would've been stuck in my mask bubble and wouldn't have gotten to try this one!

You can purchase yours from sephora , the fresh website or from the physical stores :) This product costs $62 for 3.3 fl oz.  
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Becca First Light Priming Filter Review

Todayyy we shall be talking about the (kinda not that new) Becca First Light Priming Filter. I was sent this months ago and have been using it regularly (whenever I wear foundation) and now I have lots to say about it. lol :) 

The one thing I'm ALWAYS trying to do is brighten up my skin complexion. As I'm getting older (ugh birthday soon :-X), I find that dullness is becoming my worst enemy. I'm constantly looking for products to not only even out skin tone but to brighten.

Becca came out with this new primer to do a couple of things: 
A wake up call for the skin, First Light Filter Face Primer brightens lackluster and dull skin and instantly refreshes the complexion. It’s perfect for flaunting a fresh canvas for all-day makeup wear. Cool Light Technology softly scatters translucent, cool violet light to brighten and even out imperfections. Mineral-rich spring water, prickly pear flower, and sodium hyaluronate capture moisture to hydrate and revive skin. Ginger energizes the complexion and the fresh citrus notes create an awakening experience. The primer looks violet but goes on sheer, and the energizing citrus scent is the perfect first step for your morning routine. 
 Sounds great right? :P As a skeptic, I decided to give it a try for more than a couple of weeks to really see if it improved anything. I find that this is one of those so extremely subtle things, its hard to miss!

First off, I LOVED how it came in their pump. I have so many primers that are not a pump and I get them all over the place. One pump was more than enough for my whole face. 

Here is what one pump of product looks like.

Here is it spread out - but with a slightly thicker coat than I would usually spread on my face. This is just to give you an idea of the tones that you'll see. Definitely still spreads to a violet color. 

Here's the product completely spread out. 

So a breakdown of my thoughts: 

Hydration: It was definitely a hydrating primer, which I appreciated.. no ashiness, nor back lighting when taking photos. Almost felt like a gel moisturizer. It's also very fast absorbing.

Finish: Obviously, it leaves a luminous finish... However... I've tried Becca (and other companies') dewy primers and its slightly different. Whereas others give you just a 'dewy' affect, this one gives a different sheen (almost opal-ish). This results in a more subtly fresh look, rather than a highlighted look. The closest thing I can compare it to is to the "girl meets pearl" by Benefit, but without all those dang sparkles. 

Long lasting ability: It did a nice job of holding up my makeup throughout the day. Generally speaking, my makeup does a nice job of lasting, so I didn't see any differences or shortages in this area. 

Smell: This is the one thing I feel like people may complain about. It does have a relatively strong citrus smell. It actually smells like my favorite kitchen cleaner.. which I totally don't mind LOL. Once you place it on your face, in like 10 seconds when its absorbed in the skin, you can't smell it anymore. 

How I applied it: If you are going to put a full coverage foundation on - forget it. LOL, you definitely won't see this at all. On a day to day basis, I don't wear foundation. Instead, I just wear a little bit of concealer. When I primed with this product, and I put a light layer of concealer, I actually got multiple compliments that my skin looked super nice (someone thought I was pregnant too because of my glow.. UGH. nope. LOL). It had a healthy look without it looking like I put on highlight. 

Overall, I think this is an impressive product that could work for everyone. Although I know people want BAM! or BOOM! on your face, this is more of a subtle radiance that really shines through. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out! :)

This retails for $38 for 1 fl. oz. You can purchase this at sephora, ulta or beccacosmetics.com 

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Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Lip Balm Swatches

 GUYSSS... you know how I love me some lip products.. so it was definitely not surprising when I was jumping and stalking when the Hourglass Lip Style Lipsticks were coming out! Not only is the packaging so sleek, but the product itself is JUST AS GOOD!!!

I love the idea behind these lipsticks - as Jenny Shimizu says:
There's no better beauty product than a lipstick to remind us to use our voices, fuel our passions, drive a purpose and make a change.
As a teacher, these are always the things that I'm trying to instill in my students and these lipsticks bring it back full circle for me. Not only does it have an AMAZING stand - each lipstick has an empowering name. Seriously... loving this concept so hard.“here’s no better beauty product than a lipstick to remind us to use our voices, fuel our passions, drive a purpose, make a change.

I received three of these amazing lippies from hourglass - Top to Bottom: 
Influencer, Creator and Leader 

Creator - pinkish nude on me

Influencer - perfect MLBB on me. By Far my favorite! 

Leader - Gorgeous deep pink 

Formulation: The formulation of these are like a really glossy, hydrating lipstick (although its advertised as a lip balm, the color pay off is of a lipstick). It goes on effortlessly and smooth, leaves a gorgeous shine and overall just feels super comfortable on the lips. 

Color: The color payoff is amazing! Usually these types of lippies have a tendency to be more on the sheer side, but these do NOT skimp on pigmentation! They are high pigment for sure, even the nude colors! 

Hydration: I legitimately use this as like a lip balm because they are so incredibly hydrating and comfortable on the lips. If it weren't for the price point, I would definitely have so many right now LOL. I do also find my lips begin to feel a bit more plump after a lot of use - probably because of the hydration level! 

Lasting ability: Because of the nature of this formula, they do not last as long as other lippies on me. The nudes are about 2 hours and the deeper shades are about 2.5 before I begin to reapply. However, because this is such a nice formula, I would want to reapply often anyways! :P 

Price: These run for $32 each, which to me is quite steep for a lip balm. However, I do think that having tried this product and formula, I would splurge on this product, for sure. The packaging and product, with the twist up makes for a fancy high end item. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product, despite its price point or lack of longevity. I think that the positives by far outweighs those items because you would definitely want to keep reapplying anyways and because the packaging is just so sleek and functional, you don't want to be without it! I am waiting for Sephora's Spring 15% sale to pick up more!!!! I'm eyeing achiever, futurist and liberator :D 

You can purchase this product at Sephora, Hourglass or any other store that may carry hourglass cosmetics :) 

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