Thursday, March 4, 2021

My Fenty Favorites

Fenty Beauty always puts out some fantastic beauty products. I wanted to share my 4 top brand favorites today for you all and hopefully you all will share your favorites with me in the comments below.

First up is the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 370. Shade 360 is really close to my skintone as well. I like the coverage this foundation provides as well as the 40+ shade range. I know I'm always going to be able to find my shade in this range. If you can't wear matte foundations because you have drier skin, I suggest trying their dewy foundation range which provides a more wet finish and comes with just as many shades as the original foundation. I have been told by some friends that this foundation has made them breakout (not an issue for me) so I suggest seeing if you can get a small sample to test out the foundation before purchase.

I am absolutely in love with Fenty's six shadow palettes. They are miniature in size and fit comfortable in the palm of your hand. They are small and durable enough to toss into your travel makeup back without worrying that you will have shattered your eyeshadow palette upon arrival at your destination. Since I'm a melanated girl, my favorite palette is the Peach shade since the shades provide a soft natural look on my skintone. Each palette contains a variety of matte and shimmer shades which are easy to apply on the lid and blend with both the fingers and a set of brushes.

My next favorite product from Fenty Beauty is their Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow pencil ($20). I have naturally black hair as a South Asian woman, but I use the shade Dark Brown for my brows for a more natural and soft look.

My final product favorite is the Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer ($26) in shade 370. The concealer shades directly match their foundation counterparts so there is no guesswork here. Once you've found your foundation shade, you've also got your concealer shade (unless you like your concealer to be a few shades lighter or darker). The concealer is matte as well so it works perfectly for me with the foundation. On days when I want a less full coverage look or just more breathability when wearing makeup, I will just spot conceal with this concealer and blend everything out with my makeup sponge. 


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

All Time Favorite Morphe Cosmetics Products

Today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite all time Morphe Cosmetics products.

First up is the Morphe Bake and Set Setting Powder. I use the shades Banana and Banana Rich. The powder is finely milled and mimics the effect of the more high end Ben Nye Banana powder or the Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana powder, but is more affordable at $12 for 0.31 oz. I use it to set my under eye area after applying concealer. I take just a tiny dab and dust off my brush to set my under eye area. If there is any remaining power, I will use it to set the rest of my face.

My second favorite product from Morphe is the original Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette. A huge drawback is that it's a bit bulky to travel with. However, it has a huge selection of neutral shades and a few pops of color (blue, green, purple) for if you want to create a more dramatic look at an affordable price point ($39). It includes a variety of finishes as well ranging from matte, satins, and shimmers.

My final favorite product from Morphe is their FLUIDITY FULL-COVERAGE CONCEALER. I wear their concealer in shade 3.45 (Fenty 370 skintone). The concealer is $10 and provides great affordable coverage for all of my imperfections and dark under eye circles. I usually just dab the product under my eyes and on some hyperpigmentation spots on my face and blend out the product with my blending sponge. The concealer is buildable if you want to build it up. However, I suggest using your fingers for this as the blending sponge can sheer out the product.

What are your favorite products from Morphe? Do you have any products you think I should try?


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Juvia's Place Nubian 3 Coral Palette Review

I wanted to review the new Juvia's Place Nubian Coral Palette today. This palette has very nice performance on the eyes. The mattes don't swatch well on the skin/hands (below), but don't let that stop you from investing in this palette if that is what you chose to do since these colors perform beautifully on the lids. Pigmentation for all the shadows (matte and shimmer) is not an issue. I did feel like the palette has a limited color story (although beautiful) since I don't typically gravitate to grey/blue shadows so I don't touch those shades as much as I do the coral/brown shades. As for a bit of history on the brand, Juvia's Place is a black owned makeup brand (#BOMB) and is inspired by African culture.
Here are the swatches: 

Middle Row:

Bottom Row:

Top Row:

Monday, June 1, 2020

Function of Beauty Shampoo and Conditioner Review

I recently (March 2020) treated myself to a pair of Function of Beauty's shampoo and conditioner in the rose scent. Function of Beauty is a customizable, mail order hair care company. These bottles are fairly pricy compared to your average hair care product and comes with the additional hassle of placing an online order; I'm the type of girl who likes to go to the store and pick out her shampoo and conditioner for maximum instant gratification fulfilment. Both the shampoo and the conditioner smell amazing in the bottle. They smell just as nice on the hair but they are not as heavily perfumed on the hair despite carrying the scent on the hair much longer than regular shampoo. There is an option online to get fragrance free products if that is an issue for you. 

After about two uses, my hair felt a bit softer than normal and a bit less tangled (which can be a blessing if you have curly/wavy hair). The conditioner had a cooling effect on my scalp probably due to either tea tree or eucalyptus in the ingredients. After a week of use, my hair was super soft, but my scalp felt a bit dry and itchy. This was unfortunate since I had wanted to get this hair care set to alleviate some of the dry, itchy scalp issues I was having due to the cold winter weather.

After two months of use (May 2020), it was hard to tell if this shampoo/conditioner combo was actually making a difference on my hair. Any benefit I had noticed upon starting to use this product seemed to have disappeared. I then decided to switch back to my normal shampoo/conditioner (Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree line) because my hair felt like it was falling out and shedding more than normal.

Currently, I am still using this product, but I have started alternating it monthly with my normal shampoo and conditioner to keep the benefits of this product.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Viseart Mon Petit Chou Chou Palette Review: Swatches + Looks

So I was waiting to grab this palette on the Sephora VIB sale this spring, but it sold out before I had a chance to nab it. Luckily, the palette was still on Viseart's website and they had just debuted the new Spritz palette I was eyeing. I went ahead and ordered them both together despite telling myself that I would wait to grab the Spritz palette. I will be reviewing the Spritz palette in a separate upcoming blog post. 

I am really excited to be supporting Viseart right now. They are a fairly small makeup brand compared to other companies and have extended their Pro makeup artist discount (all products for 20% off) to all essential workers and healthcare personnel during the current global crisis. You just have to sign up to get put on the Pro mailing list here.

Here are swatches of the top row of the palette:

And here are the swatches of the bottom row of the palette:

My thoughts on the shades:

The mattes are really nice to work with. They may not feel buttery soft to the touch like some mattes from other brands, but they perform very professionally on the lid (and that's honestly what counts in an eyeshadow palette). The sparkly pink shade and the pale peachy nude shimmer work well on the lid as well. Keep in mind that I usually apply my first coat of any eyeshadow on the lid with my fingers and then blend with a brush afterwards. The shades wear for quite a long time on the lids with a primer under them (8+ hours). I haven't tried the silver or dark brown shimmer shades on my lids yet so if anything changes I will keep you posted.

Here is the first look I did with this palette (which could be easily replicated with the Viseart Petit Pro 2):

I used the coral shade in my crease and layed that down first and blended. Then I took the sparkly pink shade on my finger and laid it down on my main lid. On the inner and outer corners of the eyelid, I cheated a little bit and used a dark brown shade from my Colourpop Mar palette. When I had the shades placed where I wanted them, I cleaned the outer part of the eye look with the brush I used to lay down the coral shade to blend everything in.

My second look:

For this look, I took the darker matte brown shade (it's more my skintone), and applied it to the crease of my eye. Then on the first half of the lid I placed the peachy shimmer shade on my lid. To finish the look, I added the matte pink shade to the outer v.

My final thoughts on this palette:

This is a limited edition palette for $30. And while it is a great palette in terms of performance and delivers the quality so common of Viseart, the color selection is limited to only neutral brown/nudes and pinks. Unless these are your everyday colors that you gravitate towards, I would suggest passing on this palette and saving your money for a more everyday palette from Viseart such as the Apricotine which is the same price point but more neutral. 

Hope this review was helpful. I'm curious, did any of you grab this palette for spring?