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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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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@Ulta BareMinerals In Store Event. BarePro Powder Foundation.

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While at the event, I was going to get the Complexion Rescue, but I was sitting right next to the display of BarePro and I saw my literal perfect shade or two. I had a choice of Cardamom 23 or Hazelnut 25, both indicated for dark skin but Cardamom has golden undertones and Hazelnut neutral. I dunno if I’ve ever told you guys how I’m often attracted to the darker, wrong colour? I just love deeper colours because they look so rich, I wind up choosing them over the lighter shade that I should and that’s what happened here. I should have chosen Cardamom but I got Hazelnut instead. It doesn’t suck, since it’s only maybe a shade and a half darker so it still looks ok. It’s also not as neutral as they claim it to be. In fact it is kind of golden, I just can’t use too much or else I wind up with that muddy look.

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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.

I Stopped Using Primer For Two Weeks & Here’s What Happened.

So I dunno if you guys remember, but I’ve been moaning for a few months now that no matter what I do, my foundation seems to keep playing slip and slide on my face. 

I’ve switched moisturisers, used a combination of primers at the same time. I’ve used mattifying agents before and after my foundation. Dude nothing worked. All of my foundations refused to set, or my face got oily about two hours after application. 

My routine looks like this. Wash, moisturise, sunscreen, primer, colour corrector, translucent powder over the colour corrector so that it stays in place in that order. Depending on how I’m feeling I may use powder on the oil prone parts of my face before I put my foundation on. 

Then, after all of that, foundation. I have a pretty decent stable of primers, but there are a few that I tend to use more than others. Up until recently all the primers that I’m gonna list worked wonderfully, this problem just cropped up recently. So this may turn into a “Great Primers” post also, two birds y’all.

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My First Time Ever Trying Black Radiance Beauty. A Haul.

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And as I’m wont to do, I went overboard. In my defence though, Walgreens online was having a buy two get one free, and it wasn’t the sort where you get the least expensive item free, it was based on the order that you placed stuff in your cart. Suffice to say, I got most of the higher priced items for free, although this brand is generally quite inexpensive, so I’m not sure  anything I got topped out over $9.99.

If you’re in disbelief that a black girl hasn’t tried Black Radiance Beauty, I’m right there with you. Most of it is because I’m so tragically used to dealing with mainstream brands that mostly cater towards lighter skin tones, that I’m used to having only two, at the most four shades to chose from. 

When dealing with a brand that’s inclusive or geared towards women of colour, specifically black women, the choices become daunting. Since I happen to fall squarely in the middle of black girl melanin magic, with undertones that are mostly not catered to in most brands, I just get lazy and can’t be bothered. 

However, in my bid to explore and support brands that cater to people that look like me, I started with a sale. So you know, if it doesn’t work I won’t feel too much pain. Plus, I’m looking to experiment, I get sick of the trying products from the same old brands, so if you have a contender out there that I should be checking out, let me know.

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NEW! Ulta Collection Complexion Products.

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I’ve been trying to get this post done forever, but I keep having to put out fires which sucks because this is a good one. I’d gotten these when I did the Ulta haul and picked up the highlighters a few months back, and like the highlighters the items I’m reviewing today are mostly on the bomb side.

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