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. ๐ŸŽˆIn case you’re wondering, the swatches are from the Fiona Stiles shadow quad in ‘Meier’.๐ŸŽˆ

*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

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

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,

Gem or Junk

Becca Pressed Highlighters: High Life or Over Hyped?

I received this in a sample with some things I ordered from Ulta (I got two other Becca Highlighters that I’ll be reviewing pretty soon). To be perfectly honest, I assumed Becca was one of those brands that pretty much bought all the love it gets. Pretty much paying for trade. I thought it’d be interesting to test this out and see if it’s really deserving of all the praise. Before we find out if the church should say Amen, let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand:

  1. Becca is pretty much known for their highlighters.
  2. Much beloved beauty guru Jaclyn Hill, had a fantastic collab with the brand that Still seems to leave a lasting impression.
  3. The brand’s site has free shipping on All U.S orders.

Now let’s do the deed. The pressed highlight sample I have is in the shade ‘Opal’. The highlighter is priced at $38.00. 

I’ve gotta admit, the swatch left me pretty impressed. Despite being a pressed powder, it applies pretty effortlessly. The shimmer is beautiful and is certainly eye catching.

So this is a Fantastic highlighter. It blends so well. My favorite part is that it doesn’t really emphasize the texture of your skin like some other highlighters do. To be honest, I get why people speak so highly of it. The glow is stunning!

All that being said, I do still feel like it’s a tad over hyped. It really is a great product and I do really like it. I just don’t see myself paying $38.00 dollars for it. There are so many other amazing highlighters out there for half the price. 

What do you think? Is Becca the highlight of your life?

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

Mikasa Beauty Brushes: Glam Game On?

A couple of weeks ago, this brilliant little brand contacted me in hopes that I would review some of their products. Before we find out if they made the right move, let’s go over a few quick facts about the brand:

  1. This brand’s home is in the heart of Vancouver.
  2. There’s a whole team of experienced professionals behind this brand.
  3. They are committed to making the best brushes with the best prices.

Let’s get down to business. 

I received the lemon drop sponge (S100) free of charge for review purposes. While I did pay for the foundation brush (F300) and the eye shadow brush (E320) with my own funds, Mikasa provided me with a special 40% off coupon code in order to do so. Regardless of how I received these items, all opinions on them, as stated in this blog, are 100% my own, promise.

Although I received these in a bit of a special way, we’ll examine them as if I hadn’t. The foundation brush I picked (the F300) is priced at $16.00. The eye shadow brush (a tapered blending brush, E320) was priced at $12.00. The lemon drop sponge (S100) is $11.00. Since the company is Canadian, shipping to the states was a bit steep. The shipping was $9.95. It only took about a week for everything to arrive. 

OK, so I may have gotten worked into a frenzy over the packaging. The boxes are a foiled gold and black with the brand name embossed on the top. One side tells you how to properly care for the items and another describes how they work. I love the detail and effort put into it.

*as you can see, I snapped a lot of pictures.

I used the lemon drop first. I used it to blend in a little purple concealer under my eyes. It’s extremely soft and the point of it worked well.

It blended out pretty well!

Next up I gave the foundation brush (F300) a whirl. I used it to put on my foundation and then I used the lemon drop sponge to blend it out. The brush was decent. I did find it a little too stiff for my liking but it certainly didn’t make for difficult application, and the brush didn’t seem to soak up much product.

While the lemon drop was great for my concealer, it just couldn’t handle the battery it met when dealing with my entire face. It’s so soft that it wound up malformed. Poor little baby. Maybe I was a little too rough. The packaging does say it can be used wet Or dry so maybe next time I won’t wet it. 

I must admit, both products did my face justice. They have their pit falls but they work pretty well as a team. 

The best brush of the bunch is Definitely the tapered blending brush (E320). I used it for my bottom lid and fell in love. The bristles are light and just a tad separated so you can really pick up pigment. 

I have certainly found a new brush bff. Even though it’s fluffy, when I used a palette with kickback, none of the shadow got into my eye. This is brush boo for sure.

I must admit, I’m pretty happy. I do prefer my Pรผr Cosmetics sponges to the lemon drop and the foundation brush is a tad stiff (though that will Not stop me from using it). That eye brush is literally amazing. I love it and am so happy I got a chance to try it. I can see more wild eye looks in the Very near future.

Are you in the market for a few good brushes? Would you give Mikasa a try? Does their packaging also remind You of really nice business cards?

Until Next We Meet,

Gem or Junk

E.L.F Shimmering Facial Whip: Oh Glow On?

I picked this up a little while ago when E.L.F had this massive sale. I just Had to take advantage of it. It took me so long to get this out because I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.  Now I’ve already given all the major deets on this brand here and here so if you wanna check that out, feel free to do so. 

That being said, let’s get down to it. I snagged the $1.00 whip in the shade ‘Pink Lemonade’. 

I was originally excited for the shade. It’s such a rosy color. Soon enough I was worried it would be too rosy for my skin tone. I knew on fairer skin it would be a nice pop of color. I was worried that it would look like I smeared pink ChapStick all over my face. 

Luckily, it was more of a natural glow. It didn’t show up anywhere near as saturated with pink as the swatch did. This would make the perfect blush topper. The best part is definitely the price.

For $1.00 we could all glow crazy!

Until Next We Meet,