CP At Forest Site and Morphe Jaclyn Hill Vol II look

Today I really wanted to use the Raw Beauty Kristi Colourpop collab but I also really wanted to use the second Morphe Jaclyn Hill collab. Fortunately, the two compliment each other!

I pulled crease colors from the Jaclyn Hill palette and the lower lash line color.f

From the Colourpop palette, I pulled darker colors to add depth to the look and the lid colors.

I wanted to blend Evergreen into West Coast to the out end but West Coast was too yellow gold for what I wanted to i layered Evergreen on top instead.

Other products used:

  • WetNWild Photofocus foundation dewy in Golden Beige. I usually go for matte but this has the perfect satin finish, not dewy at all!
  • Maybelline age rewind in 120 light. I used to really like this but lately it’s been feeling dry on my skin
  • Marc Jacobs Finish Line powder
  • Doll 10 Popstar Peach. I usually use this under powder but I forgot and figured I’d try it over. I didn’t notice any affect on my foundation but it made for a much brighter blush when I layered a powder over it. This was a Jen Phelps, on YouTube, recommendation and it’s hands down one of the best formulas. In not sure how I feel about the scent though. It’s a nice, yummy vanilla but it feels weird applying it to my face. I haven’t noticed it affecting my skin though
  • WetNWild Mellow Wine blush over to set (can skip two blushes but I don’t)
  • Smashbox Cali Contour palette for bronzer/contour and highlight. I like but don’t love. I want to love this palette so I keep it around
  • Urban Decay Horchata lipstick – the vice lipsticks were reformulated and the new ones are some of the most hydrating matte lipsticks I’ve tried
  • WetNWild Brow Sessive in Medium Brown. This is $1.99 on Target’s website and Amazon. I’ve really been loving this pencil, it’s soft and blends is perfect for my needs – which is just to fill in and brush out
  • Essence lash princess mascara – the purple one

Hope everyone has a happy Thursday

The Nightmare Before Christmas palette remix

When I found out Colourpop was coming out with a Nightmare Before Christmas palette I was stoked to see what they would put out. Not that it mattered because I was going to buy it anyway, haha.

I forgot to take a picture before remixing my palette but the bottom quad is less cohesive in real life and the entire left half required too much effort for me.

I ended up only replacing five colors of the original palette but I feel like this is more usable.

Frog’s Breath is such a pretty color, I applied it over glitter glue. I love the contrast between that and No Drama

How do you feel about “remixing” your palettes?

Niacinamide Serums: Glow Recipe, Juvia’s Skin and Good Molecules

Something I still struggle with is uneven skintone and texture. My cheeks get red spots that sometimes comes through my makeup and it’s something that still makes me feel self conscious.

Any serum that’s meant to focus on reducing redness or hyperpigmentation immediately has my attention.

Today I’m talking about three products, which are all on sale for 2021 Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, Juvia’s Skin The Niacinamide Serum* and Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum

The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops can be used to hydrate visibly reduce hyperpigmentation and correct the look of dullness. The description also says it provides a “reflective glow” but that’s not something I’ve noticed. I can’t say I’ve used it long enough to notice a difference in my skin but, it is nice and hydrating and feels gentle on the skin.

The Juvia’s Skin The Niacinamide Serum is new, the skincare line in general is new, and it comes in a very similar looking bottle as the Glow Recipe product. It also clames to reduce hyperpigmentation and brighten the skin. With this one, I feel like my skin needs added moisturize.

The difference in the hydration made me take a look at the ingredients. I’m not an any kind of chemist or even someone who often checks ingredients so everything I say here should be taken with a grain a salt (what does that actually mean btw?).

The biggest difference I noticed is that the Glow Recipe product contains 10% Niacinamide and the Juvia’s Skin product contains 20%. Niacinamide is also the second product listed on the ingredient list on the Juvia’s Skin product while it’s listed as the fifth. I vaguely remember hearing that the higher up on the list an ingredient is listed, the higher amount of that chemical is used in the formulation.

There were a few other common ingredients, and some that were not found in one or the other. This got me to wondering which product would be considered the better deal.

I was focused on the Niacinamide. I did some Google-ing and found that you only need 2-5% Niacinamide to make a difference in your skin health. I also noticed that Juvia’s Skin provides 1oz of product for $20US (regular price) and Glow Recipe has 1.35oz for $34US. That actually makes the Glow Recipe product cheaper.

In my Google research, I also found that Good Molecules (found on Beautylish, Ulta, and other places) also has a Niacinamide Serum at $6 for 1oz. This is the only product I haven’t tried but I wanted to include it because of its price and because Good Molecules is a brand I enjoy and feel comfortable recommending.

In the end, I don’t know if a higher amount of Niacinamide makes a difference but, I can say the Juvia’s Skin product was noticeably less hydrating than the Glow Recipe product. Between the three, the Good Molecules product shares more ingredients with Glow Recipe product which leads me to believe it would be more hydrating than the Juvia’s Skin product.

Have you used any of these products? I’m especially interested in hearing how the Good Molecules product is.

Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful or entertaining in some way.

*Juvia’s Skin The Niacinamide Serum was sent complimentary for review through BzzAgent with no obligation to post.

Melt Cosmetics Matte Lipstick

I am all about bullet lipsticks and the more matte they are, the better! This usually means extra lip balm and nighttime treatment but every now and then I find a nice matte lipstick that doesn’t suck the life out of my lips.

Melt Cosmetics released some matte lipsticks in May but since I was holding out for the Sephora VIB sale (Nov 5-15) I just discovered them.

On-the-go is described as a “dusty rose pink”. The forumla is very comfortable to wear and it fades nicely throughout the day leaving my lips a bit stained. The compact packaging makes it easy to take with you. It has a magnetic closure and a nice weight to it.

I also picked up Old Rose and have since ordered a couple more shades.

Have you tried these? Are you interested in these lipsticks?

Not so great Vol 1

Do you ever have a bad makeup day and realize it’s because the products you used just aren’t working out?

For the most part I try to post positive reviews, which means I post or share products I like but, I realize posting about what I don’t like is equally helpful.

Today was a “bad” makeup day. To me that means I don’t like the way my makeup looks and there are two reasons why.

The PUR On Point mascara did nothing for my lashes. I applied 3-4 coats and it still looked like I had run a clear mascara through my lashes. I even waited a few minutes for the second to last coat to dry. It didn’t even work for my lower lashes.

The second product is the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip liquid lipstick. I purchased the holiday set from last year and I’ve spent all year trying to like this product. I finally gave up today and I’m throwing them all out. The colors are great but the formula is so dry and flakey. If I apply a balm or gloss my lips don’t feel like ten day old raisins but I’m not a glossy lip kind of person

Do you tag brands in negative reviews? Whar are some products that didn’t work for you?

Rephr Modular Vanity System

Last week I discovered the Rephr Modular Vanity System and was intrigued enough to purchase a couple of sets.

The unique aspect of the system is that it’s “vanity system comprised of individual modular components that can be integrated together with magnets”

From Rephr Site. Available here

I have a few acrylic storage pieces here and there but very few match and it felt like it was just everywhere.

Each section is $20 but I purchased it when it was on sale (as of 10/24 the sale is still live).

I have a lot of palettes and brushes and store the rest of my makeup seperate so I wasn’t going to get components E or B but in the end I picked up one of each to test the entire system.

I picked up 3 of component “A”, which is two “cup” holders for brushes, two component “C”, designed for palettes and has a few staggered short fronts, two component “D”s which are described to be to extend component “C” and one component “E” and one component “B”

My packaged arrived fairly quick, within a week of ordering and I set it up right away. My immediate complaint is the frustrating packaging. Each component comes in a seperate box that has the little lip thing on the side that slides into the slot on the top. I ended up just ripping most of the tops off to get the product out.

Once I got everything out it was pretty simple to snap the pieces together. Like I thought though, component “C” and “D” don’t tie in together well. The different sizes of the front panels make it too awkward to use side by side. In hindsight I would get only component “C” or “D”, but I don’t think both are necessarily (or functional together). Since I purchased two of each, I placed each type together. One component “A” fits perfect behind two of the other components, which makes me wonder why those aren’t sold as sets of two as well.

The magnets are sturdy and the entire system holds together nicely. I love that I don’t have to worry about the individual components getting knocked around when I have products stored in them. I also thing the almost fully opaque black gives the system a sleek look. The three “A” components fit perfectly across my two cube bookcase.

As I was writing this, I realized components “C” and “D” aren’t meant to go side by side. “D” can be used to extend “C” in depth. I can’t set my components up like this because of the depth of my bookcase.

I used components “A” to hold slimmer palettes and brushes. And most of the other spaces were also used for different size palettes.

Overall I like the system, the way everything clips together with the magnets and the uniform look.

Do you need this? No. Are there more inexpensive options? Yes. But it’s a nice investment and I would definitely recommend it.

Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2021

I received my ipsy August bag this weekend and here is what I got

Lately my favorite part of the subscription have been the bags. These are perfect to organize my bag or to just carry the essentials around with me. I love this design and the clasp feature.

For the products:

BRTC Korea Vitamin B5 Velvet Mask & Vitamin A Velvet Mask Duo
m2ΓΌ nyc Eye Primer in Nude
Shades by Shan Highlighter Single in Irma
Tatcha The Rice Wash
TheBalm Bronzilla


Well, just realized this never made it out of my drafts and I’ve already received October’s bag. Oops.

The one item I’ve been consistently using from this bag is the Tatcha Rice Wash. It has just a bit of texture that feels like it’s washing away any dirt or oil stuck in your pores.

The only items I haven’t used are the face masks, I haven’t really been using them lately. The rest of the products are all nice and will be perfect for travel or even to keep in your purse to lightly even up after a long day.

Do you get ipsy and what did you get in November?

Good Molecules eye gel

A while back Good Molecules gifted me a few of their most popular products and since then I’ve been interested in trying more products.

If you don’t know what Good Molecules is, it’s the affordable skincare brand sold on Beautylish.

They offer a nice variety of products to fit different skin concerns without being overwhelming.

Today I’m talking about the Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel. (not gifted)

I was initiag surprised at this squeeze tube packaging. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an eye cream come in thus type of packaging but you know what? I like it! I like the idea of being able to squeeze out the very last bit of the product, haha.

Even though I knew it was a gel, the texture itself surprised me as well.

The only thing I can compare it to in looks and expectation is vasaline. But, it’s not actually anything like it.

The gel went on nice and smooth and quickly absorbed into my skin. The yerba mate is used to achieve more radiant, energized skin.

Like with all skin products, I’ll need to continue to use this to see the lasting effects but for now, at $6US, I would definitely recommend trying this eye gel.

WetNWild Incognito Concealer

I recently picked up the new Mega Last Incognito All-Day Full Coverage Concealer, available for $4.99US on their website, and I have been loving it!

Available here

It provides medium to full coverage, blends out smoothly and doesn’t make my under eyes look cakey.

It wears well under setting powder and really lasts all day.

Its available now in 21 shades.

KISS Lashes and Glue

I don’t wear lashes often because I’m not a fan of waiting for the glue to dry, or worse, you wait only to find out you didn’t shake well enough, or waited too long or it’s still too wet.

I used the KISS Felt Tip Glue Liner Lash Adhesive and the lashes were so easy to apply! My mom was wish me as I was using it for the first time and mentioned her friend uses the liner glue and had told her it was easy but I didn’t believe it. This felt like I touched the lashes down and they were on!



Since the glue is in black, all I had to do was apply where I would my liner and pop the lashes on! It was so easy and comfortable. The felt tip made the liner super easy to apply too.

Available at Ulta

The lashes I used are KISS My Lashes but better in Blessed. The band is clear and nice and flexible. They were easy to trim down, apply and remove and clean. They were very lightweight even though they added a nice amount of volume.

Available at Ulta

The only downside to the glue is that I applied my mascara first so applying liner after can clump up my lashes. To avoid this, I waited until the mascara was dry, applied the liner glue then ran a clean mascara brush through my lashes to seperate tnem

I would definitely recommend both these products!