So Choix | November 2016

I’m really thinking this subscription box may be my new favorite! I just love getting 5 designer samples (that I choose) for only $15 a month! I love how everything is packaged. It’s the perfect subscription box for those who love trying out new products but don’t feel like going to stores, like Sephora, to try out. You can try them out at your leisure throughout the month…extremely convenient and I appreciate convenience.


As you all know, I have been on a mission to find the perfect illuminator, so I added 3 to my box this month, plus a mascara and a lipstick. Let’s see what I received and what I thought about everything.

Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in LM Candlelight, $35.00

I wasn’t able to really try this product out the way I wanted to because the jar they put this is was a little on the small side. The jar was big enough to fit a shadow brush in, but not a blending brush. From the little bit I was able to get on my brush, I swiped on my hand and noticed a nice little glowy shimmer. I’m not sure if I would buy this because I’m more a fan of liquid illuminators over powder illuminators. I actually like to limit the amount of powders I put on my skin since my skin is more on the dry side.

Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara in 01 Jet Black, $29.00

It’s really hard to review this product. I was expecting to receive a sample brush like the one that comes with the actual mascara. Instead, I received a regular mascara brush. So, I am unable to say whether or not this really gives the cat eye effect. If this had the actual brush, lashes are supposed to be extended and fanned out.

Burberry Lip Velvet Lipstcik in Velvet Oxblood, $34.00

I thought this shade would be darker, but either way, I really like the color. It’s a deep berry and perfect for fall. The formula is also very smooth and moisturizing. I don’t think it’s worth the $34 price tag, but I guess I’d be paying for the name and the packaging if I actually chose to purchase this in the full size. 

Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow, $49.00

I considered buying this a few weeks ago when Sephora had their VIB sale. I decided against it because the sales associate recommended another product. I saw that I could get a sample of this from So Choix, so I decided to get it. I really love the glow I get from this. It’s a very healthy, dewy glow. This illuminator is also a moisturizer, so you do not have to moisturize your skin prior to application. My skin feels very hydrated once applied. The nude glow is a universal shade and it works on all skin tones and skin types.

Givenchy Mister Radiant Healthy Glow, $41.00

The name of this product is spot on! You truly get a healthy glow with it! It is a transparent gel that contains a high water content and soft beads of glowing color that sink into your skin to achieve a natural, sunlit effect. After application, my skin feels very smooth and soft. Also, this product has a light floral scent.


Have  you tried any of these products? If so, what were your thoughts? 

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Beauty Bakerie 

I was super excited to finally receive my first lip whips from Beauty Bakerie! One of my friends introduced me to this black owned brand, so I knew I had to support! I thought I would start out with two lip whips, since they are sold for $20 a pop. Although I loved how they are advertised as 100% smudge proof and the swatches look amazing, I wasn’t comfortable going crazy purchasing all of the colors I loved.

I decided to try out Cranberry Stiletto first. It’s a beautiful deep red! I love a good red lip, so purchasing this shade was a no brainer for me. Since these lippies are matte, I went about my normal process to apply the lip color. First, I exfoliated my lips using a lip exfoliator by e.l.f. Cosmetics. Then, I applied a lip primer by Bite Beauty. I let the lip primer set for about 30 seconds and then I applied the lip whip. I used the doe foot applicator to line my lips with the color and then I filled it in. The liquid to matte formula takes about 30 seconds to fully dry.

Applying my lip color is the last thing I do before walking out the door. After about 5 minutes, my lips felt EXTREMELY dry! I looked at my lips in the mirror and noticed how patchy the color looked. I refreshed the lip color and then it started to peel. I was so upset all day at work because my lips were extremely uncomfortable and I couldn’t change out my lip color because that was the only lipstick I had with me and due to this being 100% smudge proof, you need an oil based lip color remover and I didn’t have that with me. In order to alleviate some of the discomfort, i applied chapstick on top of the color. That helped quite a bit. But I just didn’t feel like I should have had to do that! Overall, I was just completely disappointed in this lipstick.

I’m in the process of trying to figure out some ways to prevent this from happening because the colors are so beautiful and I really want to be able to love this brand!

 

Cranberry Stiletto


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Fall Edit by ColourPop Review + Swatches

I know, I know! I’m obsessed with ColourPop! How can one not be obsessed though!?! The brand is super affordable and the products are high quality! They are constantly releasing new products (almost weekly) and every product they release is a must have!

A little over a month ago, ColourPop started their Fall Edit collection with tons of new lippies and shadows! So of course, I had to add some new lippies to my collection! I purchased 4 (Viper, Love Bug, Baracuda, and Mama).

3 of the 4 of the lippies are the ultra matte formula. The fourth lippie is an ultra satin. I’ll describe this formula when I talk about that shade. Anyway, the ultra matte applies liquid and dry matte. The matte formula lasts all day without fading too much. The only issue is after about 6 hours of wear, your lips begin to feel dry. When that happens, I just apply a little chapstick and the dryness goes away and the color is still vivid!

 

Left to right: Viper, Barracude, Love Bug, Mama

Ultra Matte Lip in Viper, $6.00

This is actually my least favorite shade out of the group. It is a much lighter  pink than I expected it to be and much lighter than the swatch on my forearm. It’s supposed to be a dusty rose, but on my skin tone, it just looks pink. LOL! One of my friends suggested that I line my lips with a darker color, maybe plum, and blend it with the lip color. So I will try that out and see if the color grows on me.

 

Viper

Ultra Satin Lip in Baracuda, $6.00

Barracuda is an ultra satin formula. It applies very smooth and soft on your lips. It is longwearing, however, it is not completely smudge proof. Baracuda is more of a dusty rose color in my opinion, and for me, more wearable. I actually think this one may be my favorite!

Baracuda

Ultra Matte Lip in Love Bug, $6.00

Love Bug is another shade that I like! It’s almost a nude on my lips which makes this a color I will wear when I do not want to really look like I am wearing lipstick. I will also use this shade to darken my lip colors. I applied it on top of Mama the other day and I loved the way it looked! I may actually be able to apply it on top of Viper to achieve the shade I really wanted Viper to be.

Love bug

Ultra Matte Lip in Mama, $6.00

I love this color! I don’t normally wear orange shades, but this one just works for me! It is still a little bright, but I can work with it! I’ll definitely wear this shade throughout the fall and on sunny winter days! This shade will actually end up being worn year round. LOL!

Mama


Have you tried any of these shades? If so, which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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Fall. Is. Hereeee!!!

If you know me, you know that Fall is my favorite season! I can wear all of my dark lippies and nail polishes. I can finally pull out my scarves, cardigans, and booties! All of these positives just puts a huge smile on face! Lol!

In honor of the season change, let me share with you my go to lippies for this season! It should be no surprise that every lippie is from my favorite brand, COLOURPOP!!! ColourPop has been dropping shades perfect for this season left and right for the past month and I’m HERE for them all! Let’s get into my new faves!

Ultra Satin Lip in Hutch, $6.00

I love this color! It’s a very deep purple and it is gorgeous for the fall! It is a liquid formula, but it dries very smooth and creamy. It does smudge a little if you accidentally touch your lips, so be careful of that. But, other than that, it lasts pretty much all day without having to really be touched up!

Ultra Matte Lip in Notion, $6.00

This shade may be favorite out of all of my fall lip colors. It’s a reddish violet. The color payoff in this liquid to matte formula is so rich! I just love it! The only time you have to worry about this product fading is if you eat something greasy, like pizza. I really feel like it’s the perfect fall color! Just look at my picture below! How can you not love this shade! From what I have seen on ColourPop’s social media, this color is beautiful on every skin tone! So, it’s definitely a must to add to your collection! This color is so beautiful, I’ll probably end up wearing it year round! LOL!

Matte Lippie Stix in Dukes, $5.00

This deep berry is so beautiful and so fall! When I saw it on the site, I knew I had to get it! This lipstick has a matte finish, but it’s not drying at all. The application is also very smooth, compared to their Matte X formulas.

Matte X Lippie Stix in Chateau, $5.00

I love this brick red color. What I’m not a huge fan of is the matte x finish. It applies very dry and actually feels weird on your lips, even with a lip primer (I use this one). When I wear the matte x formulas, it’s usually for a short period of time. They are still beautiful though!

Matte X Lippie Stix in Chateau


What are your favorite lipsticks for Fall? Let me know in my comments!

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February Favorites!

It’s that time again! I swear these months are flying by. I feel like it was just yesterday when I recapped my January favorites! But, nonetheless, lets get into some of my favorite products!

ColourPop Ultra Matte in LAX, $6.00

I had been searching high and low for a matte, blackened red lippie for the LONGEST! When I saw one of my friend’s wearing the exact color I had been looking for, I had to ask her what the color and brand was. She told me and I immediately went online to purchase it! This is my absolute favorite lipstick now! I wear it all of the time and just love how sexy I feel wearing it! I love that it lasts all day without fading away. It’s just the best ever! I purchased this lippie in Guess as well. Click here to check out that color!

Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind in Pink Sequin | $21.00

If you read my ipsy review from this month then you know how much I LOVED this lip gloss! It is very smooth and so glossy! The shimmer in it is POPPIN without being overbearing! I just love, love, love this and I’ve gotten soooo many compliments every time I’ve worn it!

Olay Fresh Effects Bright on Schedule! Eye Awakening Cream, $14.99

I have never really used an eye cream before, but I am glad I decided to purchase this one! I use it in the morning to reduce puffiness and make my eyes look brighter. Once you open the tube, you squeeze a little product out and use the tri-roller ball to massage the cream in. The cream, in conjunction with the metal roller balls, gives a cooling effect to your eye area. My eye area feels super refreshed after applying this! It is a sheer cream and absorbs quickly into your skin. It is oil free which means that it will not clog your pores! Also, it has a very pleasant cucumber scent.


 

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Lip Monthly Review + Swatches | February 2016

This month was my make or break month for Lip Monthly. I was not too satisfied with the products I received in my first two bags. Click here for my December bag and here for my January bag. The total value of this bag was $43.00, which isn’t bad since the bag is only $12.95 a month. I was really hoping that this month would be better, so let’s see what I received.


Seraphine Botanicals Vegan Berry Tint in Cherry Cream, $18.00
  This was my favorite product in this bag and actually the only product I liked! I love the rich pigment of the lip color! You really do not need to apply a lot of product to get this pigment. It is a liquid to matte formula that doesn’t leave your lips extremely dry. My lips felt pretty moisturized for a good while.

Prim Botanicals Lip & Cheek Glow, $22.00

These lip tints were okay. I probably won’t wear them ever because I like a little more pigment on my lip colors. But, the formula was surprisingly very creamy. I was thinking it would be difficult to remove the product from the case, but it wasn’t. It applied very smooth and had a lot of moisture to it.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Creamy Caramel #440, $1.99
 If you have been following my blog, you know how I feel about nude lips. Also, if you saw my review of my Lip Monthly bag last month, then you know even more about how I feel. This color is no exception. I HATE it! My lips look ashy and my face looks washed out. I will NEVER wear this color…ever! Lol!

Harvey Prince Organics Sincerely Body Cream, $24.00 I received a Harvey Prince body cream in an Ipsy bag a couple of months ago and ever since, I have been a huge fan of their products. They are extremely moisturizing and smell delicious! I definitely keep these sample size bottles in my purse and on my desk at work.


Overall, I was very disappointed in not only this bag, but the last two I have received. Because of that, I have unsubscribed from Lip Monthly. No worries, I subscribed to another beauty subscription and I can’t wait to show you all next month which one it is!

How did you feel about the products I received this month? Let me know in the comments!

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ColourPop Gift Card Giveaway! Click to enter!

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In this giveaway I will be giving away a $30 Gift Card to ColourPop Cosmetics!!

To enter, you must:

1. Subscribe to my blog.

2. Follow me on Instagram (@jewellslipsandtips).

3. Tag TWO (2) friends on my giveaway post on Instagram.

3. Comment below with your Instagram name and your favorite ColourPop product.

4. Be 18 years of age or older.

5. For a bonus entry, repost this picture on your Instagram page with the hashtag #jewellslipsandtip AND tag me on the picture (make sure your profile is public).

6. NO GIVEAWAY ACCOUNTS!!!

This giveaway will run from February 15, 2016 through February 26, 2016.

*This giveaway is not sponsored by ColourPop.*

ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip Color Review + Swatches

Last month I got a chance to try out ColourPop Cosmetics lipsticks for the first time and I fell in absolute LOVE with them! The quality was fantastic for the price and the color range is so broad! There is a literally a color that will look good on anybody’s complexion and will be perfect for any occasion. So after that purchase, of course I had to buy more lip products!

This time, in addition to their lippie stix (there will be a review of these later), I had to try out the Ultra Matte Lip Colors. The ultra matte lip colors come in a liquid to matte formula. They have a doe foot wand applicator which makes applying the lip color super easy and precise. The formula is not drying like other liquid to matte formulas and the color payoff is super rich and opaque! Also, the color lasts forever without fading! I ate and drank and really didn’t have to reapply. It’s best that you exfoliate your lips prior to applying and apply a lip primer to make the application smooth and less drying on your lips.

Now, on to the good stuff! I purchased these in the colors LAX and Guess. LAX is a deep blackened red…almost like a rust color. It is so beautiful on! It looks great on all complexions! I have been looking for a deep red like this and am so glad I finally found a winner! I have worn this color so many times within the last couple of weeks. It is my new go to!

Guess is a blackened purple. Super vampy and super sexy! I love a dark purple lip and this one is definitely it! I used to wear Cyber by MAC as my go to dark lip, but over time, it just seemed to not be as dark as I wanted it to be. Enter Guess by ColourPop and I am sold! It is my new go to color for a night out! I cannot wait to wear it on my next night out on the town.

Ultra Matte Lip Color in LAX

Ultra Matte Lip Color in Guess

What do you think about these colors? I think I will give them away for my next giveaway! Thoughts? 

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review + Swatches

I have been on the prowl for a liquid to matte lipstick for a while. I have tried a few which I have reviewed here and here. I have been looking for a formula that dries matte, but that is not extremely drying on my lips or sticky when it dries. I believe I found what I have been looking for in this product! I purchased the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the color Coppenhagen from Target the other day. I really love the color. It is a berry wine shade. The doe foot wand applicator made applying the lip cream super easy. It dries matte after 15 seconds or so, which means you have to work quickly to clean up any mistakes. The formula was matte without being drying. I did not feel like I needed to keep reapplying or anything. I did prime with Aquaphor to add some moisture to my lips before applying the lip cream, but I do that with ALL of my lipsticks.The color barely faded after eating and drinking and it lasted for hours, without ever feeling dry on my lips. I definitely look forward to trying some of the other shades that this product comes in!

Have you tried this product before? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments! 

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Je Beau International Cosmetics Review + Swatches

*Although the products used in this review were provided by Je Beau International, the thoughts and opinions set forth in this article are solely mine and are 100% honest*

Recently, the founder of Je Beau International reached out to me and requested that I try out some of her company’s products. I happily obliged! I love trying new products, especially from brands that are not as mainstream, and introducing them to my followers!

Je Beau International in Beverly Hills, California, has a line of beauty products representing Hollywood Glamour with more than 100 celebrities using our products, as well as the everyday consumer. Je Beau International introduces only the finest ingredients in all of our luxurious products to bring out your true beauty.

Backed by more than 25 years of experience, our products transport you into a world of luxury and fashion by enhancing your unique style. Je Beau’s president, Julie Beauchesne, believes “Beauty and Glamour are possessed by all. And when you look your best, you will achieve your greatest.”

-Je Beau International

In the look below, I tried out several products from Je Beau. I tried out their luxurious lipstick, mascara, and eyeliner. They also sent me a lip liner. I did not use it in this look because I didn’t want it to take away from the lipstick, but I did swatch it below. Scroll down below to read my review of each product.

Luxurious Lipstick in Legendary, $18.00

I really loved this lipstick. It is a red shade with a little shimmer to it. It is not a true red, at least not on my complexion. But, it is a very pretty red. It is like a coppery red. It’s a nice change up to my everyday red lipsticks. The lipstick applied very smooth and lasted for hours. It was very moisturizing, with a very satiny feel. The lip color was also very pigmented. I definitely look forward to trying some other lipstick shades. It comes in 13 other shades.

Cat Eye Liquid Eyeliner Pen, $18.00

If you keep up with my blog, you know how much I love eyeliners! This eyeliner has a black felt tip. It applies super smooth and easily. The thickness of the pen helped make the application easy. The line came out very smooth and dried a matte black. It created a perfect winged look. I will be adding this to my rotation for nighttime eyeliners.

Movie Eyes Mascara, $20.00

I do not wear mascara too often, but I did notice a difference in my lashes after applying this mascara. This mascara added a lot of volume and lengthened my lashes. It is a smudgeproof and waterproof formula, so I had to really scrub with my makeup remover wipes to remove it. It is also a sensitive eye formula, so it does not irritate your eyes the way other mascaras may.

Luxury Lip Liner in Vermouth, $16.00

I do not use colored lip liners very often, unless I am creating an ombre look. I mainly stick to clear lip liners. But, if you are a fan of colored lip liners, I think that this one is nice. It applied smoothly and the color payoff was great. It would look nice paired with the lipstick in this review. It is a pencil lip liner, so you will need a sharpener if you purchase. This lip liner comes in 3 other colors.


 

Overall, I am a fan of this brand. I do find some of their products to be a bit pricey. However, the quality is really good, which makes paying the additional money worth it. I would definitely recommend the lipstick and eyeliner, as they were my favorites. Head over to their website and check out all of the other amazing beauty products they offer! Also, like their Facebook page; follow them on Instagram; and follow them on Twitter.

What are your thoughts on these products? Will you try this brand out? Let me know in the comments!

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