When The Hype is Meh…

Skin care samples can save a life.

I mean it, skin care samples can literally be a way to save face sometimes. Particularly when you happen to get deluxe sizes that you can use for a week or more, so you can get  decent idea of how well a product will or won’t work for you. I’m lucky that my skin is very reactive and will let me know within a use or two if something is for me, others aren’t so fortunate.

Maybe you’ve been eyeing the newest hot skin care items on the market, but you’re reluctant to pull the trigger on purchasing because they’re hella expensive. For me this is a good route to take because I rarely return things, so I’d rather not get stuck with a hundred dollar jar of something that I can’t use. Usually Sephora point perks do not excite me, but when I got the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette there were a few from brands that I had wanted to try, so trigger pulled.

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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.

Brown Girls Rejoice! Your Bronzer Has Finally Arrived.

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I spied this baby today when I went to Sephora to pick up the Teint Fusion foundation. Some wonderful soul named Paige, had given me a birthday gift card, so I was able to get them both. Plus we both wanted to check out the foundation, she has the pale girl problems to my brown girl bemoaning when it come to makeup. I’ll have a review of that foundation coming up soon, but I must say, Sephora has definitely been impressing me all year starting with the Marsala debut.

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Kat Von D Shade and Light Two Tone Blush.

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No. Really, just freaking no!

Maaaan…look, this is not going to be good, like at. all.

When I first saw that these had finally dropped, I was so happy. They just appeared on the Sephora site all quiet like. I immediately grabbed Hansel & Gretel because that warm terracotta shade called to me, and then I saw Morticia and Gomez and not only for the colour but the name friend, it had to be mine. Nothing can really describe the disappointment that I felt upon finally opening my package, but first let me tell you what these are supposed to be.

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A Sexy 3Sum With Guerlain.

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After my great experience with the Guerlain Meteorites compact, I decided that maybe I needed to explore the brand a bit. I actually had one thing tucked away in the back of my “Never Gonna Use But What The Hell Do I Do With It” drawer, we all have one, don’t front. This is something that my mum had given me a while back, I want to say a year ago, but it may have been longer, the plastic on the box hadn’t even been removed. To tell the truth I have no idea where she got it, she and my sister disappeared for like a week to Miami I think and she came back with this knowing my finishing powder obsession, but like I said at the time I’d thought of Guerlain as a very dated brand, and getting it from my mum did nothing to diminish that perception.

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The Only Colour Correcting Palette Every Brown Girl Needs.

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Colour correcting is all the rage. For newbies anyway. Chances are, if you’re a brown girl, you have in the past had hyperpigmentation spots that you scoured the interwebs diligently trying to find a way to camouflage. In that search you’ve probably come across makeup tips on how to do that, or mute the yellow in your skin tone and other things like that.

Somehow or the other this year, or late last year, colour correcting became a thing. So much so that all the the major cosmetics brands have debuted palettes to address colour correcting. Tarte has one, so does Stila, Becca has individual colour pots, and I’m sure in the coming months there will be many others.

I gave every last one of those others the side eye and kept on trucking with my BH colour wheel, cause if we’re going to be keeping it real (and I always do) all those palettes focus on colour correcting for light skin tones. So once again, if you’re medium-dark to darker skinned, you’ve been left out of the conversation entirely, which is truly ironic considering that darker skin is usually the one more in need of colour correction due to uneven tones and hyperpigmentation. Then Sephora and Pantone went and became super heroes.

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Pinrose Debuts @Sephora!

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Have you guys ever heard of Pinrose?

Well neither had I up until a few months ago, so let me introduce you, I promise you won’t regret it. But first a disclaimer. You lot know that when I’m passionate about or really love something, these posts get rather long-ish, so get a drink or something and read on.

So far as fragrances are concerned, I’m a one fragrance kind of gal. Maybe two, if I’m feeling adventurous and want to switch it up from season to season. But generally speaking, it’s mostly one for at least nine months out of the year, and then another for the summer.

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Skincare Obsessions: Cleansing Oils.

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Recently I tried two cleansing oils. I’ve wanted one for a while now, mostly because I was curious. You guys know that I use olive oil to first cleanse the dirt and makeup off my face and then I go in with a face wash to complete the job. You also know that I’m pretty damn lazy, so I wanted something that would cut that time in half. A built in wash in my face oil, I’ve tried to do it before and the results were not good. Trust me, you haven’t experienced pain until you have an oil and soap mix in you eyes that you can’t wash out.

The problem that I was coming across was that most of the cleansing oils that I saw usually had a heavy amount of Shea or coconut oils and that, for me, is a trip to break out city. I decided to go with a brand that I’ve loved for a while, and another that I’m rapidly falling in love with.

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New! Too Faced Natural Love Collection.

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I haven’t purchased a Too Faced palette since the Chocolate Bon Bons palette that I returned the next day. The brand’s recently been so hit or miss with their palettes that I’ve just been very meh about them and whenever there’s a new Too Faced launch I’m all…ok? When I saw this beauty though with thirty shades, my heart skipped a beat. In fact, my heart skipped a couple beats at the entire Natural Love collection and although the palette was on my list, the things that I truly wanted most was one of the new shades of Melted Matte liquid lipstick, and at least two of the three highlighters.

The aim of this collection is natural beauty, everything is supposed make you look gorgeous, but naturally so. On the face of it, it’s a gorgeous collection, but once you get to it…well…

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