Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme Review

Happy Sunday Beauties!

 

Today I’m reviewing the coveted Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme in the shade ‘Yours to Try’. I initially discovered this shade watching Youtuber Amy Macedo- she did a bronze goddess type of glam and was wearing this shade. It was so gorgeous on her that I knew it had to be mine!

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THE DEETS:

This product is available in 6 nude shades ( I love that they focused on nudes) and is formulated with collagen and Brazilian cupuacu butter for hydration. This promises an 8 hour wear without cracking or drying. I bought this at Sephora for $38CAD ($28US).

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THE PROS:

-The applicator is easy to use

-The product feels like nothing on the lips

-The package shows the true colour through the transparent circle

-Doesn’t dry out lips or crack

-Very pigmented

 

THE CONS:

-Very expensive

-Marc Jacobs cruelty-free policy is vague

-Doesn’t last 8 hours (more like 4-5)

-Looks weird when it fades

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THE VERDICT:

4/5

First off, I do think this is a lovely product but not necessarily worth all of the hype. When this faded on me, it always looked like I was only wearing a nude lip liner, rather than a natural, blotted type of fade. It’s a comfortable product on the lips and works well with lip toppers, but I found it a bit too warm toned on me. If you are fair skinned, I wouldn’t really recommend this as it will give you beige lips and isn’t the most flattering unless you are tanned. For summer, I will probably wear this all the time. For now, I don’t feel like the shade works for my rainy-Vancouver light skin- I got a lot of mixed reviews from friends.

Overall it is a nice product, but I think you can get similiar results from the NYX Liquid Lip Suede, and even the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. If you are a Marc Jacobs fan then go ahead and grab it, but it’s not a ride or die for me.

 

xo J

Nars ‘Beach’ Pressed Powder Review

Hi Beauties,

As a self-proclaimed Nars whore, I can’t believe I never owned the famous ‘Beach’ powder. I actually bought this several months ago after a makeup artist used it on me and I fell in love with the colour. I initially didn’t want to spend $46CAD ($37US) on a powder, but it was one of those things I just kept on thinking about. Honestly, I think the name sucked me in! I’m such a beach glam type of girl that anything tropical or vacation inspired just calls to me.

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THE DEETS:

This powder is triple-milled to have a fine, silky feeling to it. They claim this fills in fine lines and pores for an undetectable finish, doesn’t build up on skin and absorbs oil. This powder is also available in a loose formulation as well, but I generally detest loose powders as I find them SOO messy and always feel like I waste product. I bought this at Sephora although it was hard to find as they kept being sold out.

THE PROS:

-Great for skin with yellow tones

-Helps makeup to stay in place

-Super easy to blend

-Absorbs oil/helps prevent oiliness

-The mirror is awesome

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THE CONS:

-Expensive AF

-Not good for baking- makes my under eyes look dry AF

-Not light enough for baking (product looks lighter online)

-Is a bit noticeable on the skin

 

THE VERDICT:

3.5/5

I have a love-hate with this product. I originally bought it for baking/setting my under-eye area because I was hoping the yellow would brighten, but I found that baking with this made my under-eyes looked too dark. Setting it with a brush is fine however, but the formula is very dry. I also have dry skin but I can bake just fine with the Maybelline Fit Me Translucent Powder ($7), but the Nars powder just makes me look crepey.

I now only use this to set the foundation on my neck (don’t judge me, it’s always raining in Canada!), and I also often set my chin and jawline as I notice those areas are the first to fade. Since my skin is dry, I avoid using this on my cheeks or around my nose, unless I’m using an extremely dewy foundation-like the Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation. All in all, I will probably repurchase this once I’m out simply because I love the shade.

 

xo J

 

Sephora VIB/VIB Rouge Spring Sale Dates 2017!

Hi beauties,

If you’re as beauty obsesssed as I am, you know that the best time to stock up on products from Sephora is when they offer a discount! Every year, the annual sale kicks off in April with a 15% discount on all merchandise. While 15% off is kind of lame, it really adds up when you need a new $37 Nars concealer or when your skincare runs out and it’s $80 a jar. 


This year, the sale dates are as follows:

VIB Rouge Members– April 18th-24th

Online code: ROUGESPRING

VIB Members: April 19th-24th

Online code: VIBSPRING

Beauty Insiders can also take advantage of the sale, but the discount is only 10%.

Beauty Insiders: April 20th-23rd

Online code: BISPRING

I like how they made the sale all in the same weekend for everyone but staggered the dates according to member level. The last VIB Rouge sale split the varying members into different weekends, giving Rouge members one weekend, then VIB then next, and BI’s after. This wasn’t very smart because when I wanted to make another order and my dates were over, the system wouldn’t let me and I had to sweet talk store employees instead. Oh, the hassle.

Are you guys going to be shopping the VIB sale this spring?
xo J

Tarte Haul! 

Happy Sunday Beauties,

I finally got my Tarte order in! It actually shipped faster than expected and only took about 5 days for it to arrive. This was my first time ordering from Tarte directly instead of just shopping at Sephora, but they had way more selection and I got free shipping to Canada for spending over $75.


My Beauty News Alert post that showcased the Tarte spring 2017 collection ended with me doing some serious browsing on their site and this haul was the result! It was so hard to choose what to get, but I wanted to pick most items that were not available from Sephora. 


Of course, I made sure to snag a Shape Tape Concealer, and I noticed they came out with a setting spray that was not available at Sephora either- it’s the Ready Set Radiant Setting Spray and it was only $16CAD! I also snagged the adorable “Don’t Quit Your Daydream” Palette as well as a full size of the Park Avenue Princess Lipstick and a travel size Hotel Heiress Bronzer and Exposed Highlighter.


I cannot wait to play around with these goodies!! 

xo J

L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara Review

Hi loves,

You know how sometimes you hear the same people on Youtube talk about their all time favourite product and you hear it so much that you don’t want to buy it? Well that’s what happened with me and the L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara- I just got sick of hearing about it so I never tried it.


Well, I was in need of a new mascara recently and didn’t want to drop $33 on my beloved Marc Jacob’s Velvet Noir, so I headed to the drugstore and the Telescopic Mascara just happened to be on sale for only $7 so I snagged it. I don’t know about you, but drugstore prices keep going up up up and it’s a bit irritating. I mean yea I get it, inflation and what not- but why should brands like Revlon and L’Oréal be charging up to $16 for their mascara these days?! This isn’t Sephora! 


THE PROS:

-Lengthens a lot!

-Can be layered for volume 

-Doesn’t flake 

-Seperates lashes

-Great for lower lashes 

THE CONS:

-Wet formula means mistakes will happen 

-L’Oréal isn’t cruelty free (despite their company statement)


THE VERDICT:

4.5/5

This mascara really is great and I honestly wish I gave it a shot sooner! The only thing about it I don’t like is that it’s a wet formula and the bristle end is quite long, so it’s easy to accidentally poke one side of your eye. Also, L’Oréal says they are cruelty-free but according to this article from Cruelty Free Kitty, they have many loopholes to get around this and still are involved in animal testing.  If you’re looking for a cruelty free product, this won’t be for you.

Overall, this performs really well and lengthens my lashes a lot.  Actually, it’s almost as good as my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir and it works better on my lower lash line. This is probably one of the best drugstore mascaras I’ve ever tried.

xo J

March Favourites! 

Hello loves,

I’m so happy March is over because it means we’re closer to spring! It’s been SO rainy and cold here in Vancouver, I just can’t wait to be able to plant flowers and get a tan. This month I have a few things that I discovered (and rediscovered) and definitely used a lot!

 

THE FAVOURITES:

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Prosecco Pop/ Amaretto split.

Okay so I totally forgot I even owned this because the highlight is so golden it’s best for summer. BUT the blush is to die for! 

L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara

I’ve heard so many Youtubers rave about this over the years but I stubbornly never wanted to try it. Well I was wrong!! This mascara f***ing rocks my socks! 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I tried a sample of this and loved the finish but I never bought the full size, until now. This truly does last all day, has great coverage and I love how natural it looks.

Makeup Forever Artist Gloss 

This nude metallic gloss is a great topper for a nude lipstick, and the applicator brush sweeps away excess product.

Clinique Chubby Stick Highlighter

I got this as a 100 point perk and it’s actually a decent size. This looks so natural and dewy and incredible on the cheekbones.

Nars Highlight in ‘Albatross’

This soft yellowy toned highlight is stunning and super rich.

Do you ladies like any of these products?

xo J

March Ipsy Bag Review

Hi Beauties,

Finally my March Ipsy bag has arrived. It turns out it was waiting at the post office for me. In Canada, our post system can be really annoying. Sometimes they deliver packages to the door, and sometimes they just give you a delivery slip and you have to pick up the package- even if you’re home when they come by! It’s really stupid and unfortunately that’s often why my Ipsy posts are late. ANYWAYS, let’s see what I got:

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I actually really like this month’s Ipsy bag. I feel like last month was a bit ho-hum and the bag was really ugly. This month it’s all blush tones and cuteness. Aside from one product, I really like what I got sent! I also love the cute ‘You are Beautiful’ card. I definitely am going to keep it and display it,  despite them suggesting you pass it on to someone else- oopsie. Consider me sharing it with you as passing it on 😉

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WHAT I GOT:

INT Cosmetics Eyeshadow in ‘Goddess Gold’

I’ve never heard of this brand before, but it’s cruelty free and the eyeshadow is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a large pan similar to the size of Makeup Forever eyeshadows. The only thing is, loose pans can be messy and annoying to use unless you have a magnetic palette to put them in- I don’t have one at the moment.

Tarteist Lip Paint in ‘Delish’

This is the third sample size Tarte Lip Paint I’ve gotten now and it’s almost like I don’t need to buy one hehehe. The colour is actually wearable for once, it’s a faded brick nude and it’s lovely. I like the formula of these, but I don’t find them to be as good as Kat Von D or Too Faced liquid lippies.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

I’ve been trying a few things from this line lately and I’m honestly not a fan. I don’t find this or any of their other products moisturizing enough for my dry skin, and they use a lot of cheap fillers in their products like dimethicone, urea, alcohol and EDTA. Those ingredients are NOT worth the high prices they charge.

OUAI Treatment Mask

This is the third Ouai sample I’ve received in the last few months but I’m so happy about it because the other two samples (wave spray and hair oil) have been lovely and I’m excited to try this product!

PUR Cosmetics Disappearing Ink 4-in-1 Concealer in ‘Medium’

Okay, this is the one product I’m not excited about because it’s way too dark for my skin right now! I don’t know why they keep sending my medium-toned products because my settings are not for medium skin. The formula of this does seem quite full coverage and it was difficult to wash off my hand, so I think if I do get a nice summer glow, this might be a great product.

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There we go, another month, another Ipsy! Did you ladies get any of these products and what are your thoughts on them if you did?

xo J

 

 

 

 

Current Nails: Marble!

Hi beauties,

 

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my manicures with you, and I’ll admit there were some great ones that I never posted. This month, I opted for marble. I love how it’s kind of a neutral but fun and I’ve gotten countless compliments on these.

march2017marblenailsThese are acrylic nails with shellac over top. My nails have always been seriously thin so I have to get fakes to make sure they last. I’ve had people ask me if these nails are press on or stickers (yuuuck!) but nope, my nail tech is awesome and she hand painted the marble design.

Happy Sunday loves!

 

xo J