First of all..Happy International Women's Day! We are getting stronger every day, as we should be because we make the world run smoothly! Never ever doubt your femininity, your strength, because ladies, you can do ANYTHING you want in life. Never let anyone tell you what you can't do (haha, a classic line from my favorite show ever, Lost). This year, I have so many goals that I hope will let my femininity shine through one being growing this blog and make it a go-to place for conscious fashion, beauty, and art, as well as growing my brand, my fine art, and more. I have so many exciting things in the works that I can't wait to share with you!
Anyway, on to the post. I have been on a mission for the last year or so to find the best in cruelty-free and natural beauty, and finding it was part of the reason I decided to start this blog. I saw a need in the market to show fun, creative, and wearable looks that suit my aesthetic and feminine personality. I also think many many women I know want to find the best products out there that perform well and also have great ethics backing them, and I want to provide solutions! So get yourselves ready for reviews, youtube videos, creative looks, tutorials and more.
I purchased some new makeup products and thought I would give them a shot and give a little review for you on the blog. Some of them have even made it to my favorites pile that will be on Youtube coming up!
The first item I wanted to talk about is the Pixi By Petra x It's Judy Time Lip Palette. I wanted both the eye and lip palettes, but I could only get my hands on the Lip one, so we will just be happy with this one! Pixi is a great drugstore brand that you can find online as well as in Target here in the USA. You can always tell it by the kiwi green packaging, which is such a cute signature and a great detour from the usual black used by most brands. Their products are in a mid range price point, not being super duper affordable, but they aren't in a high end price point either. The lip palette retails for $24.00 and you get 12 shades, which I think is quite a lot of bang for your buck. I think this palette is awesome for color mixing to get a custom shade, getting the ombre stain effect, and generally a soft lip look. Overall I like the palette, but due to the fact that it isn't too portable in size, I'm not sure how often I would reach for it. I like to be able to put a lip product in my bag for touch ups.
Pretty Good Color Payoff
lots of shades for the $$
Not super portable, pretty big palette
Need to use a brush or fingers, can get messy
Does contain talc as well as mineral oil
Colors aren't very moisturizing, need to start with balm or gloss over top for a more moisturized look
These are my favorite 4 shades from the palette, left to right the colors are Sweet Cherry, Sultry, Chewy, and Miya Bear. In the look you see above, I used Chewy and Miya bear mixed together for a darker nude. I do also have a lip oil over the top and lip liner.
Now on to the NYX BB Cream. First of all, I am obsessed! I have used this as a primer a few times now, and I think this product is amazing for that purpose! NYX makes a ton of products, they are cruelty-free (should note their parent company isn't), and the spectrum of things they offer and colors is all over the board. The BB cream here only comes in 3 shades, which is typical of a BB, but used as a primer as I have, that isn't a problem for me. I love that it evens out my skin tone, and provides a sheer amount of coverage before foundation. I normally don't love to double layer foundation so that is a big plus for me. Also, it hasn't yet irritated my sensitive skin. I got the shade natural, which is classified as 'Light medium with peach undertones' and it is a good match for me. It retails for $13 and you can get it online which I have linked as well as a variety of drugstores here in the USA. Have you all tried this yet? Let me know in the comments.
Great as a primer or alone
Sheer color payoff
Does contain parabens
Now on to the foundation, which I think is the real star product here. I bought this on a whim at Sephora, never having heard of it before. I know Josie Maran is famous for her Argan Oil products, but I wasn't aware she made a foundation! This is the Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid , and I have on a combination of shades Cosmic G15 and Euphoric which is RG20. The makeup artist at Sephora gave me samples of both colors, which I tried for the look here and I bought the lighter shade. Upon wearing, I think the darker shade would be better for me now that it is spring and I am wearing self tanner and am in the sun more. This foundation is incredibly hydrating, pretty long wearing, and definitely gives you the your skin but better finish! When you first apply it, it looks a bit 'wet', but once you use concealer and powder, it dries to a more natural matte finish. It retails for $45.00 which is on the pricier side, but with the array of natural and organic ingredients, I am in love. I also appreciate that there is a wide array of shades, 14 available, and a nice variety in the darker tones!
As far as pros and cons, there aren't many for this one in the Con side that I can find. I intend to wear it for a longer period of time and more often to see how I feel it wears all day long, but for the 6 ish hours I wore it I was highly pleased! I love the natural finish, it isn't too matte or too full coverage, nor is it too dewy. I think depending on what finish you prefer, that would be the con here. Also, you do need a couple of layers for it to be super duper full coverage, but since I used the BB cream as primer, I didn't mind that.
The one other product I wanted to mention in this post is the Physician's Formula Matte Highlight and Contour palette that I used for this look. This brand is well known for their bronzers, and their awesome drugstore prices! This product runs $14.50 for 3 shades, and I only used the middle shade for this look. I felt the darker one was better for light bronzing, and I wanted more of just a contour here. I did also dust it on my forehead. Overall, I really like it! Sometimes powder contours can look very patchy, and this one performed well. My one 'bad' takeaway to this shade is that it does have slightly gray tone, but on me it blended well with my blush and highlight, so I didn't mind. I think if I had done a heavy nose contour, it would have been more noticeable. Also, this is definitely best suited to light skintones, but I hear PF is working on their shade range, which impresses me. Overall I like it! If you are looking for a good matte bronzing/contour palette, this is an affordable cruelty-free option. It is also paraben free, gluten free, hypoallergenic, oil free, and more!
In this look I also used the Too Faced Peach Eye Palette and Blush palette as well as Better Than Sex Mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow in Auburn , Rouge Bunny Rouge Satin Eyeliner in Freisian, and the new Burt's Bees Lip Oil in Shimmering Sunset (These are amazing!) .
Which products would you try? Tell me below.