IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzer.

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I like the idea of IT Cosmetics. The reality is often something else though for a couple of reasons. If you follow Jackie Aina on YouTube, she details how the foundations are too light for her. The one foundation she had been able to use, left her looking corpsey. I can use the last shade in most of their lines, Rich, pretty well. However I do get the grey cast that she talks about as well. The undertones on their foundation products for deeper complexions are…lacking.

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Becca x Chrissy Teigen Face Glow Palette.

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I was so excited when I heard that this palette was gonna be a thing. I mean, a brand that I appreciate and Chrissy Teigen team up to create a palette? Yeah, I’m there. Also, if you’re not following her on Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram, then I don’t know what to tell you about your life, cause she is hilarious!

So I heard about the palette about two weeks before it dropped, and I was able to get it from Sephora a few days before it officially launched as an app exclusive offering. As with any highly anticipated launch there were all sorts of problems happening in the background. Pre-launch orders got cancelled before they shipped, cause apparently Lazership was breaking everything. Luckily mine came intact, albeit way later than a usual Sephora shipment.

A lot of people were comparing this to the Jaclyn Hill palette, although this one only has four shades and costs $46. To some the colours looked the same, I can’t really say since I never did get my replacement for the one that came broken from Sephora, hey Lazership! The major difference with this palette though and something that I can definitely get behind, is that it’s a warm golden toned palette where the Jaclyn Hill, like most Becca products is neutral. 

Cue the complaints that this palette isn’t suitable for fair skin tones and the expected clapback on Sephora.com. It’s really, truly funny to read them cause let’s face it, if you follow Chrissy you’re likely a clapback queen, even if you didn’t start out that way she’s taught you well. Anyway on to the palette.

This one feels a lot heavier than the Jaclyn Hill palette even though it has less product. The design of this is more subdued, classy if you will, I did find the JH palette to be a bit gaudy. Since Chrissy has a different, arguably more mature demographic it falls in line with that. 

It’s a muted pink with rose gold lettering, and the palette itself is bordered with that same gold as is the interior of the palette. The shade names are written on the outside of the palette, which for me is disappointing since there is more than enough room inside, but it’s not unexpected.

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The palette contains three new shades and one from the permanent line. There’s a luminous blush in Hibiscus Bloom a coral pink with gold undertones. One of the new Sunlit Bronzers that debuted a while back in Malibu Soleil, described as a medium amber and is only available in this palette. Two highlighters, one of which is Rose Gold part of the regular line up and Beach Nectar a golden apricot which also works well as a blush topper. I had plans to pick up at least two of the bronzer so it’s nice to be able to play before I buy. 

Since Chrissy is a WOC of Asian extraction with a tanned skin tone and very warm, I don’t understand why people were up in arms that her collaboration palette with Becca would reflect this? Like what the hell did you think was gonna happen people? Um…everyone else with a collab did the exact same thing, Nikki’s palette was only wearable to very fair toned people so…?

That being said, for very dark skinned people this is definitely not a must have. If you’re tanned to medium-dark, say an NC30/35 to an NC45 then this is a perfect palette and you’ll get use out most if not all the products. If you’re darker than that you’re only going to be able to use only two colours and the bronzer is definitely gonna be a miss. Swatches below.

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This palette disappoints me in the sizes. I would have preferred a larger blush and bronzer, rather than two large highlighters since those are the two that will have less product used. As for the products themselves, because this is Becca the quality is top notch. No fallout, applies smoothly. I find Rose Gold to be a little but chunky but it blends out well. I had a very weird experience with the bronzer. 

As you can see from the photo above, it’s basically the same colour as my arm. Luckily my arm is darker than my face, even so I was prepared to write it off as a face powder, cause that’s how these things usually play out when you’re my complexion.  

When I used it though, I looked lightly bronzed and more golden. I find it odd since right now, I’m out of winter colouring so in the winter time this should work wonderfully. 

The blush is very pigmented but needs to be built up. You can get a very good, vibrant colour from it. Unfortunately for me because of my very golden undertones, I had a a harder time with it as it seems to want to disappear. But generally speaking I have trouble with the luminous blush line from Becca, they sort of all perform like this one me so there’s that. 

I still get good colour from it but it ends up looking like a very natural wash of colour which I’m fine with it. My only issue is that it fades rather quickly, I got maybe four hours of wear from it. Below I’m wearing the blush with Beach Nectar and you can just barely see it, it shows up better in real life though.IMAG0139_1_1

 

Final Thoughts.

This isn’t going to be a must have palette for everyone, and no palette ever is. But it’s a great palette to have if you’re tanned or medium-dark toned and warm. Which let’s be real, most palettes don’t usually take those skin tones into consideration so I for one am happy that it’s here. 

Becca did a bang up job, so did Chrissy. As for me, I don’t know yet if this palette works enough for me to keep it. I’m curious to see how well this performs for me in the winter when I’m more yellow than golden, and I feel like no matter what I’m gonna bang through that blush. 

Regardless, it’s a quality palette, it’s just not gonna be for everyone. This is a perfect summer palette though if it works for you, and it is a LE item that keeps selling out, so if you want it you should grab it now.

NEW!! Jouer Cosmetics Limited Edition Spring Collection.

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Since I’ve been trying to get posts back on the site after losing most of them, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of purchasing because I’ve been distracted. But like the Too Faced collection, I had actually set an alarm for this launch way ahead of time and was checked out of the website probably five minutes after it dropped. In fact I was done minutes before I received the official launch email from Jouer. *attempts to pat self on back and fails*

The collection is mostly rose gold themed and contains an eye shadow palette, two lip products in a rose gold shade and a powder highlighter also in, yeah, rose gold.

The lip cream is probably my least favourite so far, but I sort of knew that going in.

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Jouer LE Mermaid Collection.

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This is my first bonafide Jouer purchase. I remember that I got a lip gloss in a Glossybox some time ago, and while I thought it was ok, I didn’t run out and get a bunch of stuff from the brand because I wasn’t all that impressed cause, I’m not a gloss kinda chick. And real talk? It seemed like a real white identified line.

I’ve been eyeing a few things on the site though since some of my fave brown bloggers (@JackieAina and Danielle) seem to like them so…

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Makeup Revolution Chocolate Vice Palette. Sweet Peach Dupe Maybe? Hmmm…

This one goes out to all the girls that wanted a Too Faced Sweet Peach palette and were unable to get one, because they were completely sold out everywhere in under five minutes. It goes out to all the ladies that were completely and utterly disgusted by the s&%tty marketing tactics employed by Too Faced in making this palette less than widely available. And this…is to all those people who purchased 10 palettes and turned around and sold them on eBay for over a hundred dollars. A giant FU to those a-holes.

Makeup isn’t supposed to be this hard man. I mean this palette had been so hyped up on social media for so many months that Too Faced knew the demand would be crazy. Yet, they still didn’t make enough for their website (or enable enough servers to keep the site from crashing yet again, what is that they say about experience informing wisdom? Clearly we’ve been lied to) or enough available to their distribution partners like Sephora and Ulta. By the time that I was able to get a Sweet Peach palette (Ulta released it two weeks early for 24hrs to platinum members), I was so thoroughly disgusted by all the shenanigans that I passed on it just on principle. Fast forward months later, and I found myself unwittingly purchasing two dupes, having no idea that’s what they were. I’m only gonna do one today though.

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Experimenting With The Drugstore: Beauty Treats (Picture Heavy and Detailed).

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I can’t remember who exactly it was that I heard raving about this brand, but I was intrigued. Since I don’t use a lot of American drugstore brands  beyond the ones that are main stream and super popular, me not having heard of something is not really a surprise. When I went to check this brand out, I quickly learned that it has something of a cult following owing not only to it’s very inexpensive price points, but also to it’s highly pigmented, very functional products. Once again, I got almost every thing here from BeautyJoint. I can’t remember if I told you guys last post or not, but BeautyJoint’s shipping is ridiculous (starts at $14) for anything under $70, which is when they start offering free shipping, and so it just made sense for me to order the stuff that I wanted here even though I didn’t get everything that I wanted.

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BH Cosmetics x Ashley Tisdale Illuminate Collection.

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When I first heard about this collection on Instagram I was so stoked.  I pretty much stalked the the BH site and signed up for email alerts and bought what I wanted five minutes after I got the email. Unfortunately there isn’t very much to the collection at this point, I was told that later on in the summer highlighters would also be launching, but right now the collection consists of two full face palettes, six lip and cheek tints and six lip glosses. Since I don’t wear lip gloss, those were a hard pass, but I did pick up one of the palettes and three of the lip & cheek tints. I almost got all of them, but some of the colours straight up looked like they would do my beautiful brown no justice. I also went ahead and did my normal summer haul of new BH products, plus every single shade of liquid lipstick that I’ve ever wanted since the stars seemed to align and they were all in stock at the same time. I’ll have those up soon-ish. I’ve been pretty shaky on posts lately cause I started a new job a month ago and it’s a grown up one so by the time I get home in the evenings I barely have time to get my stuff ready for work the next day, pictures and posts get forgotten somehow.

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Wayne Goss Thinks This Is The Best Makeup Line Hands Down.

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Spoiler Alert! He’s wrong.

The brand in question? Parisian brand Makeup Atelier. This is probably one of the most hit or miss higher end brands that I’ve used. Luckily it’s not quite so expensive so I’m not all that mad about it, but ugh. I did a haul from Beautylish a few months ago and I’ve used the items I got probably three times cause they’re just not worth the amount of effort it takes to make them work.

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By Terry’s Impossibly Beautiful Sun Designer Palette.

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I told you guys that I wasn’t giving up on the By Terry Brand, I’m sorry it’s just too pretty. This was the palette that I’d mentioned I was waiting to get. I was waiting because this sucker is expensive, $82. Yeah. The is part of the Sun & Cruise Spring/Summer (2016) line that also includes sheer plumping balm lipsticks in some sexy colours and a $116 bronzer serum thingy that briefly made me lose my mind and consider making it mine.

You can get this at SpaceNK for sure that I know of, and I’m assuming that it’s also going to be available at Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, Neiman’s and Saks. I waited and got mine from Beautylish because I have a very good relationship with them, and they rock. Someone is always available for a consult if you need it for whatever reason, from skin care to makeup struggles. Beautylish is like having your own personal makeup and skin care shopper, and all you have to pay for is the products.

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