Gem or Junk

Supergoop! Setting Spray: Ready, Set, Stay?

I love a good setting spray. When I got this in a subscription service I knew I’d be happy to give it a whirl. Supergoop! is a much beloved brand. Before we find out if it’s loved by me, let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand:

  1. The brand is founded by a woman named Holly who had a close friend get diagnosed with skin cancer.
  2. The brand is cruelty free.
  3. Supergoop! products are triple tested before they hit the market.

Now let’s get down to business. The price of this full size is $28.00, though there is a travel size set of this with a lip screen for $22.00 (currently on sale at Sephora for $17.00). Basically you’re supposed to be able to wear this to set makeup, or protect your skin from UV rays throughout the day.

The mister is a dream! It sprays perfectly. Your makeup doesn’t get ruined and it doesn’t feel like you’re getting your face wet. 

The smell on the other hand, is Not my favorite. The scent of it is too much like sunscreen. I’d love if it smelled like something else. 

Now, for the life of me, I couldn’t find anything that talked about how long this mist was supposed to help your makeup last. For me, it lasted about 6-8 hours before my makeup started to shine a little in my t-zone.  To be perfectly honest y’all, I couldn’t even properly test out if it keeps your face matte throughout the day, because I don’t have oily skin. The only part of my face that gets slightly shiny is my t-zone, and it’s so slight that if I weren’t looking so hard, I wouldn’t even notice it.

It’s tough to test these claims of all day UV protection. You sort of just have to have blind faith and hope for the best.

I know it seems like this post is full of complaints, but I actually do like this setting spray. It’s comfortable and my makeup seemed to have staying power. I also like the idea of this spray helping to protect my skin. I just wanted to be clear with you guys about every drawback because I’d want someone to do the same for me. 

I’m all about honest opinions, and it wouldn’t be honest to talk this stuff up as if it were perfect when it isn’t.

Ready, Set, Spray!!

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

NYX Proof It! Eyshadow Primer: Proof in the Primer?

Eyeshadow primers are a dime a dozen. The makeup market is saturated with them. The problem is, it’s not too easy to find one at a good price, with great quality. The old adage “You get what you pay for” often comes to mind. But, is that really true? 

Since I’ve reviewed a NYX product before, there’s no need to go over quick facts about the brand. If you’re curious, or late to the party, don’t worry, we still have plenty of tapas and the bar never closes. You can check out those quick NYX facts here.

Let’s get down to business and let the eyes have it. I picked this primer up at Ulta for $6.00, though NYX is selling it for $7.00. 

*the applicator is a doe foot.

Because what would an eyeshadow primer review be without swatches, I’ve done some. I have some swatches with the primer, and some without. 🎈In case you’re wondering, the swatches are from the Fiona Stiles shadow quad in ‘Meier’.🎈

*here are the swatches sans primer.* 

*here are the swatches with primer.*

It’s obvious the primer helps the shadows pack more of a punch (though they are gorgeous in their own right). 

 I’ll be fair in saying, I never really got to test if this was water proof in a natural way since I don’t have oily lids, or watery eyes. I just tested by rubbing a wet finger across my lid. 

After rubbing my entire lid, a small amount of shadow did come off. However, it’s only a teensy amount and it’s definitely not noticeable on my eye. 

I’m gonna go ahead and say that I love this primer. While it’s not completely waterproof, it is certainly water resistant. Besides, waterproof doesn’t completely matter to me, as I was just interested in it’s ability to showcase shadows on the lid. For $7.00 it’s a wonderful product.

What do you think? Need a little more proof? 

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

Temptu x Boxycharm Liquid Glow: Glow Getter or Glow Away?

I don’t own any liquid highlighters. For some reason, when I’m shopping, I just sort of look right over them. They’ve never really peaked my interest. So when I got this in a Boxycharm a while ago, I thought it would be the perfect time to try one out. Before we find out if I’m a liquid glow girl, let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand: 

  1. Temptu is a well known airbrush makeup brand.
  2. They got their start in body paints and tattoo transfer.
  3. The brand has been around for 30 years.

Now let’s get glowing. This shade was made specifically for Boxycharm and is called ‘Cosmos’. It’s available to buy on their site for $24.00. 

I honestly didn’t like this swatch. While it has some iridescence, it mostly made my skin look greasy. Another thing I wasn’t fond of was the messiness of it. There’s a little metal ball in the bottle which I’m assuming is to help mix the product when you shake it. Problem is, it got stuck on the cap of my bottle. I used a toothpick to dislodge it and highlighter got Everywhere! I know this is a personal problem and normally I wouldn’t factor it into a review, but I can imagine this happening to more than just me. Maybe the hole in it should be a little smaller so that the ball doesn’t get stuck at all. It just seems like an annoying design flaw.

All of that being said, the glow is actually pretty nice. It’s surprisingly easy to blend with your finger (they suggest applying it this way). It sort of melts right into the skin.

For the first time in this blog’s history, it’s a toss up. While I do love the glow, I hate the messiness of it. That puts me in a precarious position. Is it a gem? Is it junk? Should I flip a coin? This is all just a big game of chance. 

It did make me want to try other liquid highlighters though, and that’s good enough for me, at least for now.

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

BioBelle Primer Face Mask: Prime Time or Past Its Prime?

I received this in a Boxycharm box this month. The whole idea of it warranted its own post. A primer in the form of a face mask? This is either some new age innovation, or a bunch of hullabaloo (that word is so fun to say out loud). Before we find out if this is a gimmick, let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand:

  1. Their sheet masks are made from patented Tencel (it’s apparently the pulp of Naturally fallen wood).
  2. They’ve received the European Award for the Environment.
  3. Their products are suitable for All skin types (no specifics!).

Now let’s see how this baby really works (imagine a baby with a hard hat and business suit on. Bet it makes you smile). This particular mask is $4.99 and shipping is free. 

*I love a good mask!

The instructions were pretty simple:

  • Apply mask to clean, dry skin.
  • Leave mask on for 5 minutes.
  • Remove mask and rinse face.
  • Apply makeup as normal

After finishing the mask, my skin was noticeably brighter and tighter. A lot of masks already do this, but not many claim to double as a primer. I was really curious about this aspect in particular. 

As it turns out, this is no gimmick! It was actually a successful primer. It made my face very smooth, and if I wet it, I could feel how slick my skin was. This was great, because I thought it was pretty counterintuitive to rinse off a face primer mask, but it worked really well. It works pretty similarly to Benefit Cosmetics primers (specifically the Porefessional one). If you enjoy those primers but don’t enjoy the price tag, this might be an option (though I could see this getting just as expensive since you have to use a mask each time you do your makeup).

Since I absolutely adore face masks, this was perfect for me. I especially want to make masks apart of my normal skincare routine so something like this is doing two jobs in one. It’s soothing and serves an actual purpose! However, if you don’t wear masks regularly, I would suggest sticking to your regular primer. The price of this would add up pretty quickly. It’s wonderful to try, but don’t get it for the Sole purpose of being a primer. You’d break the bank in no time!

What do you think? Do I have the potential to be a Prime minister? 

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

Kiko Milano Double Color Liner: Double the Trouble?

I enjoy a good liner, and lately, everyone seems to be stepping up their game. There are new formulas, finishes, and even new ways to work a wing. It’s essentially the makeup hunger games. Before we find out if Kiko Milano is Katniss material, let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand:

  1. The brand has been around for 20 years.
  2. There are cosmetic Ingredients the brand has personally blacklisted.
  3. Kiko is an Italian brand that can be found in 34 nations.

Now let’s get in line. I grabbed the liner in the shades blue and white (it’s no surprise I have a thing for vibrant colors). This particular liner is a part of the brand’s holiday collection, so instead of being it’s regular price of $11.00, it’s going for $5.90. 

The liner has a texture that’s pretty different from anything I’ve tried before. It feels almost like a velvet or satin. It glides so smoothly.

The pigmentation is really wonderful. I appreciate that the white is more iridescent than vibrant.

Yes, the liner is great, but it is Not wing ready! Because of it’s smooth and creamy texture, it would be pretty difficult to get a decent wing out of this. The point just turns into a nub. If you’re looking to do a wing, you might have to pass on this one, because it won’t help you fly.

Despite the lack of wing work, I think this is my new favorite liner. I’m not a fan of doing wings anyway, and only ever do them occasionally. The colors are great and the texture is so phenomenal that I’m OK with using another liner on those rare occasions when I want to spread my wings and fly.

What do you think? Am I out of line?

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

Falsies: First Time for Everything?

This blog has not only taught me a lot about beauty, but it’s also taught me a lot about myself. I’ve learned that there are no rules to makeup. It’s an art form and works differently for each of us. I’ve also learned to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Here’s where false lashes come in. I’ve never worn them before and have been mostly terrified at the thought of them, but in the spirit of this blog, and others like it, I’m giving them a whirl. Before we find out if things went terribly wrong, I wanna share with you guys why I’m so wary of falsies.

Back when I was this tiny and cute, I was the world’s bossiest baby. I told everyone what to do because I thought I knew everything. My little cousin had horrible allergies and I had always seen my mom put eye drops in my cousin’s eyes to keep her from rubbing them. I thought I’d do the same thing. Instead of grabbing the eye drops, I grabbed glue instead (baby me couldn’t read and only knew the shapes of the bottles were alike). I put glue in my cousin’s eyes!!! Her lids were glued shut! Of course she was rushed to an eye doctor who gave her parents something to ease her lids open, but I was traumatized. Ever since, I’ve been unsure of falsies because they typically require glue and that was a terrifying moment in my life. I just knew karma would smack me if I ever wore falsies. 

Now, let’s get to it. 

*I’m wearing a lip scrub, so pay no mind to my messy mouth.

I did most of my makeup and here I am sans false lashes. I lined my eyes right under the lid with a blue eyeliner. This was so that I could see where to place the lashes, without drawing too much attention or being obvious.

Here I am with one eyelash on. I was honestly shocked at the difference. I’ve always been a fan of my eyes but they Really stand out with false lashes! The lashes pretty much put my eyes in a spotlight.

*I look like one of those creepily cute dolls you find in the attic of an abandoned house you and your trouble maker friends are snooping around, only to found out that the house is haunted*

Here’s the complete look. I actually really like it! It’s so crazy how a little thing could make such a big difference!

The best part of this whole experience? My eyes didn’t get glued shut!!! Turns out that while the eyelash glue is sticky, it’s nowhere Near sticky enough to glue your eyelids together. And to think, I’ve been avoiding this really awesome thing for no reason.

What do you think? Are my lashes on point, or am I being faker than my falsies?

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

Fiona Stiles Shadow Quads: The Eyes Have It?

There’s nothing more fun than finding a product you absolutely love. A good shadow is a game changer. The best part? A good shadow at a good price. Now, instead of going over a few quick facts about this brand, I’ll refer you to my soft cheek veil review here.

Now let’s get down to business. I snagged this quad for $7.00. It’s currently on sale, and the full price is $28.00. I have it in ‘Electra’. It’s described as a purple/burgundy palette.

The quad is absolutely gorgeous. I really love the color range.

 *For this post I did things a little different. I’ve done swatches both with And without primer so that you guys can really get a feel for the quality of the shadows. I thought this way would be pretty good because while some wear primer, others don’t. It’s important to see both so you know what you’re getting in to. If you guys prefer me to swatch With and Without primer, let me know!* 

*Here are the shadows without primer. They’re very pigmented and the color range is well thought out.  

*Here are the shadows with primer. They definitely have more of a punch this way.

Honestly? The shadows are fantastic! My favorite part is that there’s virtually no fall out! I didn’t even have to tap my brush once! I think this is because of the texture of the shadows. They’re pressed but the powder is so finely milled that the shadows stick in the brush instead of falling you onto your cheeks or anywhere else.

I’ve gotta admit. I have Never wanted to own all of Any beauty product before in my life. Yet, I’ve ordered the other five of these quads. I wholeheartedly want to own every last one of these. Fiona Stiles is making some big changes for her brand, so I suggest you snag one before they go back to full price.
Either way, keep your eyes on the prize.

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

Fiona Stiles Soft Cheek Veil: Making Us Blush?

This is a blush I’ve been eyeing for a while. We’d always see each other in Ulta, make a little polite chit chat and go our separate ways. Each time I walked away, I wound up regretting it more than the last time. Finally, I had to go for it. No more holding back. Before we find out if I made a love connection let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand:

  1. The brand is the brainchild of celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, hence the name.
  2. The brand is currently doing some “housekeeping”. Seems Ulta isn’t what they expected it to be. 
  3. The brand is currently exclusive to Ulta.

Now let’s get blushing like brides. I picked this up for $5.00. The regular price is $20.00.  Now the packaging is what first caught my eye. It may not look like much but it’s brilliant. It’s a deep navy chrome with a nice metal feel. There’s a magnetic latch making opening and closing it a breeze. 

I picked it up in the shade ‘Pomander Walk’ which is described as a bright peony. 

This is honestly the pinkest shade I have Ever attempetes to wear on my cheeks. It’s a beautifully bright pink.

*The Pink Print πŸ˜‚

It has a very nice feel to it. It feels very finely milled. It reminds me of a loose pigment somehow. 

I figured this wouldn’t be for me. I thought my skin tone and a pink this bright would not be friends at all. Luckily, it was love at first sight. This added a beautiful flush of color to my cheeks. Even though it seems really pigmented, it’s actually quite soft. It looks really natural.

*I hope this picture didn’t freak you outπŸ™ƒ

I’m super happy with the outcome. It looks like I’ve found a new makeup soul mate. 

Take a look at my hand. Do I have a royal blush? πŸƒ

Until Next We Meet

Gem or Junk

Ulta Twisted Volume Mascara: Lashes Going to New Lengths?

I picked this mascara up a little while ago. I tend to have pretty mixed thoughts on Ulta as a beauty brand. Some of their items are a bust while others are a blessing. It’s so inconsistent that I try and avoid their beauty products as a whole. One thing I can say, is that I’ve never gotten a bad mascara from them. So before we see if my last statement holds any water, let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand:

  1. Ulta is essentially the Walmart of Cosmetics. 
  2. Ulta’s home is in Illinois.
  3. The process to get your brand into Ulta is pretty straight forward.

Now let’s get to it. I purchased this mascara for $10.50. The reviews are mostly pretty positive. The one thing that I was most excited about was the wand. Apparently the volume of the mascara is determined by the twist of the wand! Mascara Sorcery!

So basically the wand can twist and untwist to match your desired lash volume. In theory this sounds like a splendid idea. Who doesn’t want to have that kind of power? It’s like being a fairy godmother except the only magic I have is control of lash length. 

This works OK. There are no dramatic results or anything. The wand is basically just a gimmick.  This works like a regular mascara. 

What do you think? Is this a bust or a blessing?

Until Next We Meet,