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Week in Review | September 23rd through September 29th

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! 🙂

What was your week in review like?

My skin tone/coloring:

Favorite look you wore:

Most used product of the week:

Any new beauty discoveries:

Week in Review

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Bite Beauty Holiday 2017

LELimited Edition. $22.00/0.28 oz.

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set ($22.00 for 0.28 ofl. z.) contains four, miniature-sized liquid lipsticks from Bite. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

02. Becca Vanilla Quartz

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini ($19.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

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03. Becca Opal

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03. Becca Opal

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini ($19.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a muted, medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Read full review.

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04. Make Up For Ever Lustrous

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Artist Rouge Lipstick Set ($35.00 for 0.16 oz.) is new, limited edition set for the holidays that features four miniature-sized lipsticks from the brand's permanent offerings. Read full review.

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05. Becca Moonstone

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini ($19.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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06. Bite Beauty Holiday 2017

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 The Perfect Bite Set ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a limited edition, holiday gift set that features four, miniature-sized (about a third of a full-sized shade) Amuse Bouche Lipsticks housed in a ruby red, metallic tin. Read full review.

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07. MAC Easy Babe

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07. MAC Easy Babe

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

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08. Becca Rose Gold

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini ($19.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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09. MAC Mmmmmm

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09. MAC Mmmmmm

MAC Mmmmmm Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, pinky mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a lightly glossy finish. Read full review.

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10. Tom Ford Beauty Ellie

Tom Ford Beauty Ellie Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and pink and gold pearl. Read full review.

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Breakdown |
Sep 23, 2017 — Sep 29, 2017

82%

Average Score
A
47
B
66
C
15
D
13
F
13

Total Reviews (154) — Brands Reviewed (11)

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My skin tone/coloring: Fair, cool

Favorite look you worn: I used 3 of the 4 shadows from Clinique’s Jenna’s Essentials quad, which I haven’t used in ages. I used all but the darkest green/black shadow for a pretty predictable but really nice look. I’d put this quad aside but I liked the finished product so well that I’ll be using it more and more. Sephora Cappucino to line and MJ Skinny Liner in Blacquer to tightline. Dior Rosy Glow on cheeks and MAC Red Necessity (discontinued) on lips

Most used product of the week: Dior Rosy Glow Blush (as I said last week, this just might replace all my blushes, which sounds a little shocking, doesn’t it?)

Any new beauty discoveries: Pixi Overnight Glow Serum…..loving it!

Skintone / coloring : MAC NC 20, med brown hair and eyes

Favorite look worn : I combined my ABH Modern Renaissance and Subculture Palettes. Tempura on the brow bone. Warm Taupe as a transition. Destiny in the crease\deepen crease. Edge on the eyelid. Electric patted on top. MAC Teddy Eyeliner . Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude on lower waterline. MAC Mineralize Multi Effect Mascara in Charged Black. MAC Select Highlighter Blush Duo in Superb / Selected. MAC Jubilee Lipstick.

Most Used : MAC Select Highlighter Blush Duo in Superb / Selected. Lovvvve it!

New Beauty Discoveries : MAC Select Highlighter Blush Duo in Superb / Selected

My skin tone/coloring: light yellow/gold

Favorite look you wore: neutral with red — full-coverage foundation with Bite Beauty multistick in Blondie as a base blush layer under setting powder. UD’s Lost blush (from Pirates of the Caribbean) layered over. MAC paint pot in Groundwork on upper and lower lids and in crease, blended out like a halo. Brown mascara. Besame lipstick in 1935 (on me this is a TRUE cherry red — deep, bright, and beautiful!).

Most used product of the week: It continues to be the MAC paint pot in Groundwork. I’m sequentially wearing each of my red lip product to compare and judge them, and I’m choosing to go with a very neutral face while running this experiment.

Any new beauty discoveries: J One Jelly Pack. I’m going to preface a very long write-up with a disclaimer: If your skin is reasonably normal and youthful, this stuff may be pointless for you, but it has done amazing things for my very problem skin. Moving along …

This stuff has completely changed my face. I did something terrible to my skin about 20 years ago (used a well-known subscription Benzoyl Peroxide product/line and was left with chemical burns and permanent exaggerated sensitivity), and since then I’ve been unable to make my skin look normal. Lotions are never hydrating enough, the hydration effect doesn’t last, and they don’t do anything to help with the constant low-level irritation and flaking. I decided to give this product a try for its makeup primer reputation as I was running out of Mineral Veil. At first I was unimpressed, but then I realized I wasn’t using enough and tried again. Two full pumps patted over my face not only makes my makeup look better on my skin than it did when I was 20, it makes my un-made-up skin smooth, plump, and flake-free (it took about two weeks of continuous use, morning and night, to achieve this effect). I tried it on its own (over damp bare skin, no lotion), and it doesn’t do anything (for me — might do well for others, but my skin is so ridiculously damaged and sensitive that I’m not the best example). But layered over the lotions and potions of my normal routine, it CHANGES EVERYTHING. It’s not going to make my rosacea go away, but my skin honestly seems much less sensitive than it was even a couple weeks ago, and the redness has lightened. This experience reminds me of many years ago when my hands were constantly itchy, rashy, flaky, and dry, and it turned out to be eczema from some of my art supplies. Even wearing gloves and not using the worst culprits didn’t help. Months after I stopped (art altogether), I finally found that a mild but super-emollient hand cream, applied constantly, allowed my hands to heal enough to break the vicious cycle of them irritating themselves with their irritation thereby prolonging and deepening the irritation. I’m now thinking my face has been dealing with the same thing at a much lower level for the past 20 years, but since I couldn’t (and can’t) do super-emollient creams on my face, there’s been no improvement. The Jelly Pack seems to be just the extra nudge I’ve needed to break the cycle. Full disclosure, the more mobile areas of my face (around my mouth and jaw) still have some flaking by the end of the day, but it’s much less than it was, and is really only visible in extreme closeup (10x magnification). I feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Better nutrition and proper hydration (I suck at drinking water) will likely fix the problem entirely. I can’t even describe how that makes me feel.

One question, Alecto; where can one buy this J One Jelly Pack? I ask because I deal with eczema and rosacea on my face, but like yourself, I cannot use anything too heavy and emollient or I will breakout like a 20 y.o.! Catch is, I’m 58, but with very young looking skin that is combination and sensitive. Thanks for posting about this potential miracle worker!

Nancy, I am not Alecto as you can clearly see but I found it on Sephora and looks like it comes in two different “packs” a black bottled one and a white bottled one. Some ingredients are different between the two but both say they are for anti-ageing and moisture and hydration. Says it will work on diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. I think one says to use 1-2 times per week and the other more frequently. They have a couple of other products by the same brand J One Jelly. It is apparently a Korean brand. I was interested because of the amazing results that Alecto mentioned and I am all about beating back the forward marching signs of ageing on my face. I am quite a bit older than you and so the ageing has been going on for 6 additional years. I think I am going to give it a go and see how I like it. It isn’t horribly priced. Thanks to Alecto for telling us about this product.

Thank you so much for clarifying which one of the 2, Alecto! As soon as I read Deborah S.’s comment above, I went onto Sephora, but thought it odd that both the black bottle as well as the white are simultaneously named “Jelly Pack”. Kinda confusing! Although the ingredient list had me believing it would likely be the one in the white bottle because hyluronic acid. Once I finish up both tubs of my Hada Labo Plumping Gel Moisturizer, I will give this one a go!

Glad you found this product. The formulator/face of this product is a KB star. BP was one of my first skincare allergies. I got away with hives down to my waist and minor breathing problems, from face application! Don’t you just love it? Now (69 next month) I STILL have to address acne and am thrilled that differin is OTC, if slow as molasses. I’m going to re-Cosdna the J.One jelly pack and read some other reviews. Thanks for taking the time to post such extensive info, and glad it has helped you so much.

For those who might want to try it, I should warn you that the application is a little annoying (at least for me), and its use may take some practice. I’ve seen youtubers who just smear the stuff on their face, but it’s so viscous that if I try to spread it that way it grabs my skin and pulls at it (not a good thing to do to aging skin). I have to do a light “pat, pat, pat” motion for about a minute all over. It ends up feeling tacky, but I let it sink in while I’m making my coffee, and by the time I’m ready for my sunblock/primer, it’s absorbed perfectly. I looked at the ingredients list before I got it, and quite frankly it’s probably the just hyaluronic acid and glycerin together that really make the difference, but since I’m not of a mind to mix my own products, and this works, I’ll stay loyal to this.

Your skintone/ coloring: Medium w/ olive undertones MAC NC37 or Lancôme Teint Idole Foundation N360, deep brunette, blue-green eyes w/ gold flecks.

Favorite look you worn: Yesterday when I paired Viseart Amethyst Palette and 2 purple Nyx liners for eyes, with Nicki’s Nude & NUDE Lipglass on lips, MAC Oh My, Passion and DoC Mírame on cheeks. Very springy looking, but considering how toasty it was outside, it felt right!

Most used product of the week: MAC Nicki’s Nude Lipstick with NUDE Lipglass! Nyx Ever Slim Lip Pencil with it always.

Any new beauty discoveries: After attempting the spectacular purple/ teal/ lavender eye look Christine did using KVD’s S&S Palette, I found it more iffy using what thought were good enough dupes….the challenge is on to shop my stash for a better duochrome teal and a prettier silver-toned!

Skin tone: Very pale with cool, peachy undertones.

Favorite look: I used the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette all week. (When I buy a new palette I will use it for a few days and then switch to another one and come back to the first palette later. It is unusual for me to use the same palette everyday for 7 days). The look that I liked the most was the first one I created. I used Desert Sand and Dusk as transition, Oud and Musk to deepen the crease, Amethyst in outer V, Royal on center of lid and Twilight on inner 1/3. I really loved how it turned out because I love a good purple/lavender e/s look. I used Becca Shimmering Skin in Pearl for inner corner highlight and brow bone highlight. I used one of my favorite blushes, the Ciate Glow to Illuminate in Summer Love and a 3 product lip combo which was the pencil side of Tarte’s Architect Lip Pencil in Sweet Pea with Nabla Cosmetics Diva Lipstick in Perfect Day and Gilded Cage Charisma Lip Gloss in Copper Rose.

Most used product of the week: Above mentioned Huda Desert Dusk palette.

New beauty discoveries: Nothing this week.

My skin tone/colouring: Porcelain, with pink undertones

Favorite look you worn: I used the bareMinerals Scenic Route duo this week – Spectacular on the lid, borrowed Darkhorse from Naked for the crease and the ivory/vanilla shade above. Very pretty. Paired it with Clarins Jolie Rouge lipstick in Ginger.

Most used product of the week: Nude by Nature BB creme in porcelain and Rimmel Match Perfection Gel foundation in porcelain.

Any new beauty discoveries: Swisse Argon oil – instead of the eye dropper that most oil bottles have, this one has a spray and it’s much easier to use. A beautiful oil for your skin at night, before serum.

Genevieve, I am going to look into the Swisse Argon Oil in a spray. I really hate the whole dropper thing as it seems the oil gets away and drips down my hand or between my fingers and gets onto things. The rim of the bottle is always a little oily which makes taking it with you when you travel and real pain. Thank you for the heads up.

The brand is cruelty free and their skincare products are all good. I am currently using the Sweet Almond cleanser and the Hibiscus Anti Aging Night Moisturiser creme and that’s all lovely too. It is an inexpensive brand that is often on sale at our major budget beauty shops – Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and a stack of supermarkets too.

My skin tone/coloring: Very fair with neutral undertones; magenta/red hair; hazel/green eyes.

Favorite look you worn: Eyes — ColourPop She Palette: Dear (crease), Filly (lids/halo), Chick (center of lids), and Ladylike (brow bone; inner corner). UD 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion (upper and lower waterlines); Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara. Lips — SugarPill Liquid Lip Color in Trinket. Cheeks — Tarte Celebrated; e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow.

Most used product of the week: Kat von D Saint + Sinner Palette; UD Primer Potion in Enigma; e.l.f. HD Powder

Any new beauty discoveries: Apocalyptic Beauty (etsy) eyeshadow in Groovy. It’s a beautiful mauvey-silvery taupe with lots of shimmer. I can’t describe how beautiful it is. *sigh*

Skin tone: medium, warm
Favorite look worn: using makeup geek legend on the lid, I smoked it out a bit, bronzer and highlighted.

New beauty discovery:
Shiseido radiant lifting foundation! I’m 38, skin isn’t perfect, I haven some pigmentation and enlarged pores around my nose. This foundation doesn’t get enough credit. It sits on my skin beautifully. Not for humid days though.
Most used: hoola bronzer

My skin tone/coloring: Light, neutral, MAC NC20

Favorite look worn: Toned down neutral eyes with a bold lip, using three MAC eyeshadows: Blanc Type (inner and center lid), Malt (inner and center crease, transition), and Omega (outer V blended into center) with MAC Chili lipstick. (That eyeshadow description probably sounds kind of lame, but it turned out surprisingly nice. This is an eye look I’ll use often for work when I want to use a bright color on my lips.)

Most used product of the week: Clinique Brow Shaper and Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

New beauty discoveries: I bought MAC Fix+ a couple of months ago because it sounded like a good idea at the time, but haven’t figured out a good way to use it. I didn’t really understand what it was when I bought it, thinking it would be like a fixative setting spray…after all it is called Fix+. Turns out it isn’t a setting spray. Since I don’t like the dewy look and I rarely use shimmer shadows, this product seemed like a bust for me. But I tried something this weekend. I dampened my beauty blender with water as usual and squeezed it in a towel, then sprayed a bit of Fix+ on the damp sponge to apply my foundation. I think it might have helped a little. Or it could just be in my head. Honestly, I think Fix+ is just glorified water, not something I’ll buy again. But since I bought it, I might as well find some kind of use for it. Any other suggestions are welcome!

It’s a fixative spray not a setting spray. Takes cakiness away. Also you can spray your brush or your eyeshadow once on the brush to intensify the color/ help prolong it. Not just for shimmer or glitter shadows. Fyi

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