BareMinerals New GEN NUDE® EYESHADOW PALETTES Review

BareMinerals is one of the pioneers when it comes to makeup brands with the wide range of foundation shades. Besides, the brand is also known for its mineral ingredients that are really good for your skin.

After their successful release of 60 shades of nude lip colors in 4 finishes (as always, with a range of complexions in mind), BareMinerals decided to take their skin-tone matching expertise to the next level, releasing a complete eye collection for four types of complexions.

I’m lucky to receive some of the products from the GEN NUDE eye collection and I’m really happy to share my review on these goodies. The Gen Nude Collection includes eye shadow pallets, mascaras, brushes, eye pencils and creamy eyeshadow + primer. In this post, I’ll share my review about the new eyeshadow pallets and will keep the rest for the upcoming posts.

NEW GEN NUDE®
EYESHADOW PALETTES

This collection consists of 4 different neutral eyeshadow pallets for every skin tone. Each pallet is designed with a specific complexion type in mind, which makes the idea of finding the right color palette for your skin tone much easier. Meanwhile, you can always mix and match shades from different pallets as well, but if you are unsure, you already have the guide for it:

Rose GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for fair to light skin tones.

Neutral GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for light to medium skin tones.

Copper GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for medium to tan skin tones.

Latte GEN NUDE® Eyeshadow Palette for dark to deep skin tones.

If you look at each pallet, you can see that each of them consists of six shades presented in metallic, satin and matte finishes. The eyeshadows are also infused with anti-age formula, particularly cucumber extract (soothes and depuffs), moisturizing borage oil (to soften), and antioxidant-rich algae (to protect the skin).

In each column of the pallet if you look from top lightest shade to top darkest you’ll see a guide for a complete eye look! This will be really helpful for beginners or people who are not so make-up savvy. Moreover, each pallet includes a booklet with step-by-step guides for three different looks.

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I have received Rose and Latte eyeshadow pallets.

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First Impression

I’ve swatched these eyeshadows when they just got released at Sephora and before I received them for review. I was really surprised by how packed the pigment is! You don’t really need a lot to get a shadow out of the pallet. Just a slight touch and the color is already of your fingers or your brush.

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This kind of pigment is possible due to the cold-press technology, that also saves all the nutrition. According to bareMinerals, this collection is the creamiest eyeshadows they have ever created. And indeed, they feel like butter. However, if you take too much on your brush don’t forget to tap it off – the pressed pigment especially of metallic shades can cause fallouts under your eyes.

Color and Formula

ROSE PALLET

It a little tricky for me to describe the eyeshadows in Rose pallet. Some people felt really misled because of the wrong shade interpretation at Sephora’s website where the colors are obviously more pinkish than in real life. To my eyes, the Rose pallet is more about muted rose shades with ashy undertones.

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Interestingly, but eyeshadows in the left column has slightly warmer shades compared to the right column.

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To describe the pallet more precisely, I’d say that the Rose pallet resembles me of Urban Decay Naked3 pallet. Here is a quick comparison of shades:

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bareMinerals Rose Pallet swatches in white, Urban Decay Naked3 in black

When swatched, both Naked3 and Rose pallets have a similar color pay off.

When applied to the eyelid, they indeed feel smooth and the softness on my skin remained even after I took the makeup off. The pigment is rather soft and blendable which is good from one point of view since it’s so hard to ruin your eye look with these eyeshadows. For better color payoff you would need to use an eye primer underneath or wet the brush with the setting spray.

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The pigment in satin finishes seems less intense compared to mattes and metallics.

For my light-to-medium complexion with brown eyes, the Rose pallet gives more as a smokey eyes kind of look with a hint of graphite undertone. It’s more on the cooler side than on a warm side, however, the shades are still within the neutrals which makes them still workable for me. Again, even with the darker shades, it is so hard to overdo your eyes, which is especially good when you’re preparing for work in early mornings. The eyeshadows are very blendable and you can actually build up a pigment for a nighttime look.

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I used a primer underneath for better color pay off

LATTE PALLET

Latte pallet has more golden-amber shades with overall warm undertones.

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The left column has more yellow undertones, while the column on the right has cooler undertones.

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The shade selection reminds me of Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Pallet.

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bareMinerals Latte Pallet swatches in white, ABH Soft Glam in black

When compared, matte eyeshadows of Soft Glam pallet seem slightly more pigmented, however the difference is barely noticeable. The rest of the eyeshadows are similar in color and pigment payoff.

Interestingly, bareMinerals highlighted that the shades in Latte have greater depth of pigment in order to match darker skin tones. This is explained by having 4 metallic shades out of 6 in a pan.

Same as with the Rose pallet, when applied to the skin the eyeshadows from Latte pallet are soft and blendable, keeping your look in a neutral range. The color selection of the Latte pallet gives my skin more of a sun-kissed look, especially when I place the golden foil shade in the middle of my upper lid.

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Since the eyeshadows are soft, I like that I’m not getting a crazy amount of glittery pigment on your lids. This kind of metallic eyeshadows will also look good on mature skin. At the same time, you can use fingers instead or spray a brush with a setting spray to get the most from the pigment.

Ingredients:

In general, the ingredient list stays true to bareMinerals, except for the added dyes which according to some reviews, can cause irritation to people with extremely sensitive eyes. Nevertheless, the eyeshadows are ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lenses.  I didn’t get any kind of irritation after trying these eyeshadows.

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The eyeshadows are paraben-free, phthalate-free, talc-free, gluten-free and fragrance-free. Here is the complete list of ingredients for both pallets.

ROSE PALLET

Stargazer:
Mica, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Lauroyl Lysine, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Magnesium Myristate, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Pixie, Soul:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Boho:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Tin Oxide, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Free Spirit:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Haze:
Mica, Boron Nitride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

LATTE PALLET

Destiny, Firefly:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Tin Oxide, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Feels, Solstice:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Fringed:
Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Tin Oxide, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Spirit:
Mica, Boron Nitride, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Caffeine, Mannitol, Diatomaceous Earth, Zinc Sulfate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Packaging

Each eyeshadow pallet comes in a beautiful plastic package with marble design on top and the full-size mirror that can be fixed in the desired position. The size of the pallet fits into the palm, which makes it less bulky to store and more travel-friendly. The total net weight of eyeshadows is around 6.6 gr/0.18 oz.

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In some of the reviews, I’ve found out that people are struggling with opening the package. It was a little hard to open first too, but here is the trick how to do it fast and without ruining your manicure or using a knife.

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Use your thumb to press the right side of the pallet away from yourself while using the thumb on another hand (not your nail!) to lift the lid.

From another point of view, such latch protects the eyeshadows during transportation.

Bottom Line

Both of the pallets work really well with my complexion even though Rose pallet is designed for fair to light skin tone, while Latte is initially for dark to deep skin tones. This highlights the fact, that you can choose whatever color pallet you like most and since all of the shades fall under a range of neutral shades, they will still suit you. The pallet is quite small and the selection of neutral shades makes it indeed travel-friendly.

I especially like that the eyeshadows are formulated with anti-aging elements and how my skin feels moisturized after using them. Since they are so soft and blendable they are really good for days when I’m running late (which happens quite often, my husband can tell!) but still will give enough definition for my eyes.

According to bareMinerals guide, my perfect pallet would be Neutral since my complexion is light-to-medium. However, I really love the shades that I’ve received – no surprise I had Naked 3 and Soft Glam in my collection!

With this in mind, I’m having quite a hard time picking between Rose and Latte – one can help me create nice smokey eyes or add a bit of definition to my eyes while the other can spice up my brown eyes and the highlights in my hair.

The eyeshadows are available at bareMinerals.com, Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta for $29.

Which of these pallets do you like the most? Let me know in the comments down below!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

 

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4 Beauty Products I Hated First But Love Now

The relationship with some beauty products may not always be a love from the first sight. Sometimes, you really need to understand the formula and find the right way of using the product before you can make your judgmental decision.

I test a lot of products on myself, and honestly, “it’s not always rainbows and butterflies“. I usually get rid of the products I don’t like right away. However, after starting this blog, I’ve become more open-minded, especially after learning about the basket/pan projects and accepting its philosophy  – understanding the product and its formula as you use the product continuously till you hit the pan. Moreover, fair return policies in my favorite stores are very supportive in discovering the products more thoroughly. With this in mind, it makes more sense to try the “failed” products again, and to my surprise and excitement, some of them are really worth giving a second and even a third chance. Here are my four recent discoveries.

 

‘The Original’ MakeUp Eraser

I got a sample of the MakeUp Eraser in my first Allure beauty box, and as you might have understood already, I didn’t like it. I was surprised to find it was really soft, but I didn’t see myself replacing my two-step cleaning routine with a piece of wet towel. Moreover, I found it harder to clean eye-makeup and it me took longer to finish the cleansing. After trying the MakeUp Eraser for a couple of days, it went back to a plastic it came with and was left in my drawer for a while.

A week ago, I decided to give this product a second chance and to my excitement, it came in handy removing the residues of eye makeup without putting cleansers into my eyes.

The life-changing tip about this cloth is that you need to use a warm water and continuously make it wet since it dries much faster than you think. Moreover, you should start with the “short-haired” side as it is designed to remove waterproof makeup. Yes, both of the sides are different and should be used for different purposes!

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The MakeUp Eraser indeed cleanses your face without any product. It is super travel-friendly, easy to wash and will last you for up to 5 years.
I’m definitely not dumping all my cleansers, but I’m going to use it more frequently than I thought I would.

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The Original’ MakeUp Eraser, $20 (Buy Now)

By the way, you can get a sample of this one for free ( along with other 14 different samples) when you shop at Nordstrom! Check this link for more details.

Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

I got this mascara the same week it was released and when I tried it for the first time, I remember texting my friend saying how terrible this mascara was. I had a sample size, so it kept sitting in my makeup bag for a while. A couple of months later, I decided to try the mascara one more time before I can toss it, and it felt and looked completely different.

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Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, $12-$24 (Buy Now)

What has changed in my understanding, is that in the beginning the formula was too fresh and once it dried out a little in the tube it became as it was supposed to be. It really lengthens, curls your lashes and this curl stays for the whole day! I especially like how black this mascara is and now it’s one of my favorite products.

Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment

I tried the avocado eye cream in a sample for the first time, and I didn’t like the thickness of the product. Moreover, with any eye cream, I expect the product to help me in getting rid of my dark circles. Unfortunately, this product is not designed to brighten up the under-eye area, and therefore, I didn’t consider it as a right product for me.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $29–$48 (Buy Now)

I was looking for an eye cream I can use under concealer and after seeing tons of positive reviews, I decided to give this product a second chance. And I’m so glad I did because it is much creamier and smoother than it was in that sample – it probably dried out there before I even had a chance to experience the real formula.

I’ve also posted about this product in a separate review. You may want to check it out here.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

I got this mask in a set with other masks from Kiehl’s during the winter sales. The set of 5 different masks was a perfect deal to try different products for a decent price.

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Kiehl’s ‘Rare Earth’ Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, $33 (Buy Now)

I’ve heard different opinions about the pore cleansing mask from praises to allergy reactions and breakouts. When I tried this one for the first time, I didn’t notice any difference in my pores and I was a little disappointed. As well as the other products, it kept sitting in my drawer until I decided to give this mask a second try to be loved. After trying it for the second time, I’ve realized that it really worked and now I use it regularly. It indeed cleanses my pores within 10 minutes without causing irritation to my sensitive skin.

What I think I didn’t do right the first time is probably the timing. Because I wasn’t sure about the reaction it can cause, I probably kept it for less than 10 minutes.

These are my recent re-disroveries. For sure, it’s not always the case with the products that I didn’t like from the first application. There isn’t a guarantee that all of the so-called “failed” products will actually perform better with use. However, as long as there is no serious irritation from the product, I’m willing to give it another chance.

What is the one product that you’ve changed your negative opinion about after trying it for a while? Let me know in the comments down below!

P.S. You can support my blog by using the links in this post to purchase these products!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade: Finding The Perfect Shade

Brow products come in a variety of forms. One of the most popular creamy brow product today is Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade.

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First of all, it is waterproof, suitable for oily skin and can stand humidity really well. Smudge-free and, at the same time, creamy formula will help you define your brows the way you want them to be from a messy natural look to polished Instagram brows. The formula dries pretty fast and stays on all day.

Secondly, you can choose from 11 shades – no other brand on the market can offer such a shade-inclusive brow product line with natural shades in mind. They are highly-pigmented and matte.

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ABH Dipbrow Pomade Waterproof Brow Color ($18, Buy Now)

Nevertheless, this relatively vast range of shades can pose challenges in picking the right color. Here is the quick guide on how to find a perfect color match for your ideal brows.

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Swatches for 9 out of 11 shades

In general, we can discuss the shades from the perspective of undertones: WARM (RED) and COOL (ASHY). The right shade and undertone mostly depend on your complexion, including your hair and skin color.

To underpin my swatches with more details, here is the guide that Anastasia Beverly Hills recommends when finding your perfect match. I compiled them in this table so that it is easy to identify the right shade based on the product color, its undertone, hair and skin tone.

SHADE UNDERTONES HAIR TONE SKIN TONE
BLONDE WARM Golden Blonde to Dark Blond with Warm Tones Light to Medium
TAUPE                        (ASH BLONDE) COOL Light to Dark Blonde with Cool/Ashy Tones Light to Medium
MEDIUM BROWN (MEDIUM ASH) COOL Light to Medium Brown with Cool/Ashy Tones Light to Medium
MEDIUM BROWN (MEDIUM ASH) COOL Silver, Platinum, Gray, Pastel Shades Light to Medium
SOFT BROWN WARM Medium Brown with Warm Highlights Light to Medium
CARAMEL WARM Light Brown with Golden/Red Undertones Light to Medium
AUBURN WARM Strawberry Blond to Auburn and Burgundy Light to Medium
DARK BROWN (BRUNETTE) WARM Medium to Dark with Warm Tones Light to Deep
CHOCOLATE WARM Dark Brown with Warm Tones Light to Medium; Adds warmth to Deep Skin with Cool Tones
ASH BROWN COOL Brown to Black with Cool Tones Light to Deep
EBONY WARM Dark Brown to Black with Warm Tones Medium to Deep
GRANITE COOL Very Dark Brown to Black with Cool/Ashy Undertones Light to Deep

Here is another comprehensive diagram that matches each particular shade of the Dipbrow pomade to a different hair color.

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My perfect match is Medium Brown, since I have light/ light-to-medium complexion and Medium Brown hair with ashy undertones. To avoid complete ashiness on pictures, I also finish my brows with Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso, because it has more red undertones. I’ve learnt this trick from Anastasia herself during her Master Class in Houston. By the way, there are a lot of other useful tips that you want to consider in your brow game – and you can learn them in this post!

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What is your go-to brow product? Let me know in the comments down below!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

 

Tom Ford Lumière Lip vs Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

This season we are seeing sharp contoured full-coverage matte lipsticks being slowly replaced by lip balms and sheer lipsticks. Moreover, lip glosses are having a huge comeback, as we find new products from different brands on the market.

The glow all-over-the-place is finally touching our lips too. With the overwhelmed number of new products, we decided to review and compare two recently launched and trending lip balms –  Tom Ford Lumière Lip and Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm to see which one is  really worth the hype.

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Tom Ford Lumière Lip

Tom Ford Lumière Lip is a new lip balm from their recent Soleil 2018 collection. The lip balm is only available in one shade: Lumière 01. Even though it looks orangish (or how it is described – a shade of papaya) in a bullet, it is almost translucent with a satin finish. What makes this lip balm exceptional, it reacts to your pH, creating a customized “naturally-enhanced” lip color. The lip balm is infused with hyaluronic acid for the voluminous look, different antioxidants and natural plant extracts to condition and soften your lips. The lip balm comes in full-size, in classic Tom Ford white and gold packaging. The retail price is $54 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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NARS ORGASM AFTERGLOW BALM

NARS’s Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm was also recently launched within NARS’s Orgasm Collection. Similar to the one from Tom Ford, it is available only in one color, that NARS calls Orgasm – peachy pink shade with golden shimmer. The balm also has a nice satin finish. Because of its translucency, it gives a pretty sheer wash of color to your lips, adding a natural flushed touch to them. However, when compared to Tom Ford’s latest lip balm, Afterglow has definitely more pigment and tiny sparkles. It is also formulated with antioxidants for lip protection and features NARS’s Monoï Hydrating Complex for smooth and supple comfort. The lip balm comes in a beautiful mirrored rose gold packaging and is also a full-size product. The retail price is $28 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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COMPARISON

When compared to each other on my lips, I can say that both of the balms feel the same on my lips. Tom Ford has a strong vanilla fragrance, while NARS’s lip balm has a less noticeable coconut flavor.

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Lumière Lip added more peachy undertones to my lips, while NARS kept them more pinkish and slightly more radiant. Nevertheless, the difference is almost unnoticeable on the lips and it will differ from one complexion to another.  As you can see on the pictures below, both of the balms add just a wash of color to bare lips, so don’t expect tons of pigment from either of the lip balms.

From Left to Right: TF Lumière Lip, my bare lips and NARS Afterglow Orgasm

If you take a look at the swatches below, you can see how they compare to each other as well as to other similar sheer lipsticks that I have in my collection.

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From left to right:

Shiseido Veiled Rouge Lipstick in PK304 Skyglow – ($25, Buy Now)

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm ($28, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Lumière Lip in Lumière Lip 01 ($54, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Sheer Lip Color in 15 Nina ($36, Buy Now)

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I’m pretty sure that both of the lip balms will work with all complexions: Lumière Lip will pop natural undertones creating a custom lip color, while Afterglow Orgasm shade was created with an idea to be worn by everyone.

Both of the lip balms are instantly hydrating and add an amazing natural glow to my lips. Because of the dramatic difference in the price point, you may say that NARS is a better choice since you get pretty much the same result for a far better value. However, since Tom Ford creates a custom lip color, for me, this whole idea adds exceptional value to luxurious Lumière Lip. Moreover, Lumière Lip has a less-comedogenic ingredient – jojoba oil, compared to Afterglow’s coconut oil. At the same time, I can’t say that Afterglow is worse since it definitely adds more radiance and I really love this refreshing peachy pink shade. By the way, the difference in shade is more noticeable in real life though, and this is another reason why it is so hard to pick one.

As you already understood, I couldn’t pick just one lip balm so there is no better or worse product in this post. Moreover, they both are really worth the hype in each and every aspects and will perfectly complement your healthy glowing skin.

What is your favorite lip balm? Let me know in the comments down below.


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Must Have Drugstore Concealer

Many years ago, in my childhood, I remember my mom’s friend saying that you can’t go cheap with skin care and makeup, it has to be a high-end product. And this has become my philosophy especially after I stumbled with some drugstore products several times while growing up.

However, this statement is not always true.

The product that has just become my Holy Grail is sold at every drugstores and groceries. It’s Maybelline Makeup Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer.

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I tried at least a dozen of expensive concealers so far, including Tarte, YSL, Chanel and etc, you name it. However, neither of them can beat this one in many aspects. To name a few, it’s lightweightness, hydrating properties, and crease-free finish.

Active Ingredients

The formula is infused with goji berry extracts and Haloxyl. Goji Berry is known for its skin benefits, such as improving hydration, brightening, lighting and toning effect  – thanks to vitamin C inside – without causing irritation.

Haloxyl is another active ingredient, widely used in the beauty industry today, as it combats the look of dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines. Together, they contribute to a more radiant, youthful eye contour area.

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Wearing nothing more but the Maybelline Concealer and Dior DreamSkin Perfect Skin Cushion

Formula & Coverage

The concealer has a medium coverage and once my skin absorbs it, the color seems to adjust better to my complexion. It has more of a natural matte finish and doesn’t crease or overload my under-eye area. It is very lightweight and covers my dark circles without any dryness because of the ingredients listed above. And it doesn’t melt away during the day!

Maybelline Concealer

Applicator

I would argue the applicator since such applicators are usually impossible to clean and they are in direct contact with skin and the product can easily get contaminated and contribute to bacteria breeding. Fortunately, this one is anti-microbial.

Pro Tips

Whenever I’m having a good sleep and my dark circles are not that bad I’m using this product alone. In other cases, I use a peach corrector underneath to cancel the darkness and this concealer on top for more of a awaken effect.

I usually use my fingers to blend out the edges of the product.

The product comes 12 shades, including Neutralizer (works the same as orange/peach concealer) and Brightener, that you can use to add luminosity to the inner corner of your eyes, brow bones, cheek, bridge of the nose. The best matching shade for me is Light.

 

Overall, indeed it’s a product everyone must have. The beauty of it, that you don’t need to break the bank to own a good product like this. And yes, beauty can be affordable.

Have you ever tried this product? If yes, share your opinion in the comments down below!

References:

Haloxyl Skin-lightener | Target Under-eye Dark Circles

Goji Berry for Skin, the Long-Lived Anti-Aging Fruit – Annmarie Gianni


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Best 20 Products to Get at Sephora Spring Bonus Event

Hello, my dears!

Let’s be honest: good makeup and skin care are usually pricey and from my personal experience, this statement work in 98% of the time.

And I’m very excited to know and share with you that Sephora Spring Bonus Event is starting right now, which means it’s discount time!

While there is a lot you can consider buying during this event, I’d try to narrow down the list of things I’m getting for myself OR have already tried and they are indeed worth any penny.

For me, it’s a perfect time to stock up, before the next bonus event (read real discounts) is expected in late November.

What should you know about this event

The event starts on April 20th through April 23rd. You can visit a store or shop online at sephora.com – as long as you are a Sephora Beauty Insider member you qualify for discounts! If you are not a member it is easy and free to sign up by visiting sephora.com.

How much off can you get during the event?

10% off for Sephora Beauty Insiders members. Use code YAYINSIDER at the checkout.

15% off for Sephora VIB members. Use code YAYVIB at the checkout

15% off for Sephora Rouge members.Use code YAYROUGE at the checkout

Can I get everything on discount?

Well, it is almost everything, there are some restrictions though. *copy-pasted*

*Offer valid for Beauty Insider members on merchandise purchases made on 4/20/18
through 11:59 PM PT on 4/23/18 in Sephora U.S. stores, Sephora Canada stores, Sephora inside JCPenney stores, and online. Offer not valid on jcp.com.
Not valid on purchases of customizable sets online or through Sephora’s Customer Service. Not valid The Ordinary, on previous purchases, purchases of gift cards or eGift cards, FLASH, PLAY! by Sephora, gift wrap, taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson-branded item and three Drunk Elephant-branded items per SKU per transaction. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Sephora is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen promotion cards. Promotion card has no cash value and may not be altered, sold, or transferred.

Relevant Beauty Insider status must be attained prior to redemption. No minimum purchase required. Due to heavy demand, Sephora FLASH delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion.Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Sephora and JCPenney employees are not eligible for this offer. Offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time. If you recently qualified for a new tier, please check your email for an updated offer.

For more details check Terms and Conditions.

What should you buy during this event?

If you think strategically, as I do, think of products of high/daily usage or those that have short shelf life. I’ll feature the products that I’ve tried and loved! – one item per a type of product. I shared my thoughts on this products in my stories on Instagram – now in my Highlights! Feel free to check it out for more details!

Under this category, I would mention several products:

  1. Sheet Masks
  2. Beautyblenders
  3. Brushes for Clarisonic
  4. Blotting Papers
  5. Exfoliating Pads
  6. Tools Cleaners

Featured Products:

ESTEE LAUDER

Advance Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, pack of 4, $80 (Buy Now)

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This foil mask is a 10-minute step in getting instantly glowing and youthful skin that lasts for several days! *tested on myself* Buying a pack of 4 is the best investment advice I would give to you since it’s $25 per a separate mask! Plus, discounts are just in time!

BEAUTYBLENDER

Two.BB.Clean, $45  (Buy Now)

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With the total value of $58, this is another value set I would recommend for you. Taking into consideration that you need to change your beauty blender every 3 to 6 months, this kit will last you for a year! PLUS it comes with cleansing solutions that will put another “tick” on our list.

CLARISONIC

The Essentials Set, $79 (Buy Now)

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If you use Clarisonic for cleansing, this is another amazing value kit with the total value of $108 will last you at least for a year! You can mix and match different heads for different need. I got a similar one during winter event, and still enjoy them!

TATCHA

Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, $12 (Buy Now)

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The top-rated blotting papers made of 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flakes absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal fresh skin anytime, anywhere. *puts into the cart*

NEOGEN DERMOTOLOGY

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling – Lemon, $27 (Buy Now)
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K-beauty Innovative way to exfoliate your skin both manually and chemically with these 30 gauze pads that gently remove dead skin.  The formula includes AHA chemical exfoliant that deeply penetrates to dissolve dirt and oil in the skin and the vitamin C (lemon extract) for skin brightening benefits.

SEPHORA COLLECTION

The Cleanse: Daily Brush Cleaner, $15 (Buy Now)

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To maintain the life of your tools (brushes and sponges) and prevent bacteria from spreading you need to clean your brushes after each use. While it sounds troublesome to wash them after each time( and which is not good for the brushes as well) I recommend using sprays. At Sephora, you can find several types of sprays. I especially like the quick-dry formula of this alcohol-free cleaner as it reduces the downtime and I can use my brushes in a matter of minutes! Plus, the formula is very mild and natural and suitable for sensitive skin.

 SKIN CARE

In this section, I’d like to share some products that yield WOW results – tested on myself. Again, speaking of strategical shopping, you would definitely need new skin care products until the next big event and discounts are the real pay off for that. Plus, we all deserve it some at-home spa time.

SK-II

Pitera Welcome Kit, $110 (Buy Now)

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Do not get scared of this price tag! I tried face cream and the essence and it literally transformed my skin! You get instant glow, hydration, softness and overall my skin looked so refreshed I even had a youthful blush like I spent a good amount of time outdoors. I believe that the toner will only enhance the effect of these two products. By the way, when you layer them, they absorb so fast that it can easily be used under makeup! And, did I mentioned that the total value is $156?

SUNDAY RILEY

Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit, $85 (Buy Now)

SUNDAY_RILEY_Power_Couple_Duo_Total_Transformation_KitAnother value set (total value $105) that you want to have! I got this set last week during the Rouge Early Access and this is another power couple that works wonders overnight! The Good Genes contain lactic acid and the Luna Sleeping Oil has retinol inside. Together, they contribute to even, glowing, hydrated and smooth complexion. While you can feel changes overnight, give these two guys another 3-4 weeks – rumors say the effect builds up! I have special feelings for Sunday Riley, I tried 5 of their products and they are all amazing!

Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, $45 (Buy Now)

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Speaking of Sunday Riley, I also need to mention this cleanser. I can’t remember any other product that would make me feel this clean and soft at the same time. Plus, my pores are instantly visibly smaller.

LA MER

The Eye Concentrate, $205 (Buy Now)

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Another skin care product that worth every penny – the eye concentrate from La Mer. Again, I bought it during winter sales and still have some in the jar! Little goes a long way while it is indeed one of those eye creams that erase dark circles like you had a good sleep yesterday and a day before, and every single day. It works even better when used with the small roller that comes in a pack.

LANEIGE

Lip Sleeping Mask, $20 (Buy Now)

laneige_lip_sleeping_maskThis soft and nourishing lip mask just melts on my lips! I just got it and I love it a lot. I wake up with lips prepped for the lipstick, how about that, ladies?

KIEHL’S SINCE 1851

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, $45 (Buy Now)

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Whenever something goes south, this is the mask that restores my skin. It soothes and provides hydration. Also, I love how it smells, it is so relaxing!

MAKEUP

And for sure, there will be luxury makeup products that you would want to treat yourself with.

I stumbled on selecting the one and only eye shadow pallet so that I’m going to share two here.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette, $42 (Buy Now)

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The recent and already very popular and highly rated eyeshadow pallet from ABH. It is perfect for day and night, it has matte and shimmer eye shadows and the color selection is just fantastic for the spring season. The pallet comes with a two-end brush and a mirror.

PAT MCGRATH LABS 

MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette, $55 (Buy Now)pat_mcgrath_labs_MTHRSHP_Sublime_Bronze_Ambition_Eyeshadow_Palette

I have to admit, I had a crush on Mothership Eyeshadow Pallets when they just got released, but it was a way too expensive for me – $125 per pallet. Hopefully,  smaller versions of those pallets have been released for a more of “affordable” pricing – $55 per pallet. If you have ever swatched those pigmented eyeshadows at Sephora, you will never be able to skip on them.

MatteTrance™ Lipstick, $38 (Buy Now)

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This is the most moisturizing matte lipstick I’ve ever tried in my life. I have also been talking about this lipstick in my Youtube video – the pigment and the formula are just fantastic. These lipsticks flew so fast it was hard to get the shades that I wanted, hopefully, all shades are available for sale right now, but I think, not for so long.

TOM FORD 

Boys & Girls Lip Color, $36 (Buy Now)

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If you prefer sheerer lipstick, think of Tom Ford Boys&Girls Collection. While it gets so complicated to chose only 1 shade out of 100 ( because you want all of it) you can narrow your search with “Girls” only – the white body lipsticks are definitely sheerer compared to “Boys”. The best part about this line is the price: $36 for a smaller TF lipstick versus $54 for the regular collection.

DIOR

Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $82 (Buy Now)

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This product is on my wishlist ( read “cart” now) for several reasons:

  1. Dior has amazing skin care products. I tried one serum on my hand at the store, and I swear, later that day I noticed that the patch of skin looked so much better that the same spot on my other hand.
  2. It has SPF 50 in it. As the warmer season is approaching, sunscreen is very important to consider in your daily routine
  3. and finally, it comes with one refill, and you can always get another one later for half price.

Hair Care

Supersonic Mother’s Day Gift Red Edition, $399 (Buy Now)

If you ever dreamed to get this amazing hair dryer from Dyson (still in my wishlist) it is time to get it with the discount provided! Plus, now it comes with beautiful in red with matching case!

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Fragrances

I can’t decide between these two, so that I highlight two fragrances in this post.

VIKTOR & ROLF

Flowerbomb, 1 oz, $85, (Buy Now)

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The Flowerbomb from V&R is perfect for spring. It’s hard for me to describe the scent, but it feels like it’s no longer winter, but still, summer is yet to come.

TOM FORD 

Soleil Blanc, 1 oz, $145 (Buy Now)

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This fragrance is “forever summer” for me. It just makes my day brighter whenever I use it and reminds of my sunny vacation days by the sea. The best part of it is that now it comes in a smaller size and therefore is for a more “affordable” price. Plus, don’t forget about discounts!

 

This is quite an extensive list! I know that most of the products are from the “luxury line”, but let’s all agree that we are worth it. PLUS, each of these products qualifies for discounts, so if you ever doubted about expensive miracle products, now is the perfect timing!

Once again, I put all my thoughts and knowledge in this post. Everything here comes from my honest opinion and personal experience. I hope you will find this blog post helpful.

I would remind you to use the codes at the checkouts as they are not added automatically.

If you are ready to purchase something from the list, please use the Buy Now link – this is the way you can thank me without paying any extra!

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AND finally, sign up for Ebates to save some more cash! It’s a user-friendly and free cash back system. You’ll get 10$ upon signing up using  this green button below.

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Happy shopping, my friends!


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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New Youtube Video!

Hey guys!

It’s been a while since I filmed a video review so I’m really excited to share my new video today!

This video review is about two products: BareMinerals BarePro Concealer that I’ve talked about earlier in this post, and my recent purchase  –   Naked On The Run travel kit from Urban Decay.

Enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

There is also a makeup tutorial video on my Instagram account where I’m using the products that I’ve mentioned above to create natural everyday look (read “on the run”).

My new video review of @BareMinerals #BarePro Concealer and @urbandecaycosmetics Naked On The Run is now on my Youtube channel! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Meanwhile, here is the 1-minute video about how I use these make up products to create my look on the run!✨ Products used: @maccosmetics Prep+Prime Fix+ in Coconut @diormakeup DiorSkin Nude BB Creme in 002 @urbandecaycosmetics Naked On The Run @anastasiabeverlyhills Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso + brush 12 @bareminerals #BarePro Concealer in Fair Cool 01 I’d like to thank @influenster and @bareminerals for sending me the concealer #complimentary for testing 💕 Music Credits: Champagne Ocean by Ehrling @ehrling
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P.S. I’d like to thank bareMinerals and Influenster for sending me a sample of BarePro Concealer complimentary for testing purposes.


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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