Makeup That Stays in my Purse – Fall Edition

Spilling what’s in my bag

If I’m ever missing a lipstick or gloss, the first place I check is my purse. I usually have a plethora of lip products in there at any given time. They’re the easiest way to switch up a look in my opinion. I also always have a little powder and some hand cream in a cute Glossier bubble pouch. So here are all of the beauty products I’m currently toting around:

Besame Vanilla Brightening Powder ($22) – this is my favorite setting powder. It looks so natural on the skin and the very slight yellow tint brightens beautifully. I like the packaging because it has a little cap inside that makes sure powder doesn’t fly everywhere and holds a soft powder puff for when you’re out and about. It also smells like vanilla.

Winky Lux Glazed Donut Lip Glaze in Berry Glaze ($13 – left swatch) – this gloss smells delicious. It’s a sheer purple tone with lots of shimmer. It catches the light beautifully and doesn’t feel gritty on the lips thankfully. I find it to be slightly moisturizing throughout the 2 hour wear time.

L’oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Rose ($10 – 2nd from left) – this is a great everyday lipstick. The color is a medium pink with warm undertones that lightens my natural lip color. It feels like a lip balm and wears for about 3 hours.

Tocca Crema de Mano in Florence ($8) – I love this scent! It’s one of the only floral scents I really like wearing and it doesn’t give me a headache. Florence is the gardenia and xxx fragrance. This hand cream is moisturizing, but it’s not too thick, so it sinks in quickly.

Bite Agave Lip Mask in Maple ($26 – 2nd from right) – I’m sure you guys know by now how much I love these masks, so I’m sorry to be repetitive. Maple is a beautiful bronze color that looks really pretty and wearable on the lips. This is the most moisturizing lip product I’ve tried and it lasts for about 4 or 5 hours.

Tom Ford Soleil Lip Balm in 06 La Piscine ($36 – right swatch) – I love this vampy shade for fall. It is a tinted balm, so the color payoff is sheer, but I prefer that because it’s so low maintenance. It’s not very moisturizing, but the color lasts for over 4 hours.

So that’s what’s in my little purse makeup bag. The lip colors are constantly changing, so maybe I’ll do this seasonally!

Weekend Wear: Cozy Turtleneck (OOTD #19)

Loving this crisp weather!

October is my favorite month; I love that you can enjoy being outside without a thousand layers on. The weather is crisp and it’s still sunny quite often, so it’s lovely to walk around. I’ve always been drawn to water (I miss our view of Lake Michigan!), so I’m really thankful we can walk over to the Hudson River and enjoy the piers there.

These Dolce Vita suede sneakers are perfect for walking around the city. They’re really comfy and I love that they slip on easily. They’re also taller, so they cover my ankles, which is great when it’s chilly.

It may be a weird time of year to be getting into lighter colors, but I’ve been loving lighter wash denim lately. I usually wear dark or black denim during the week and then fun patterned or embellished pairs on the weekend. These are different for me because they have a clean finish without any distressing or rips, but the color is laid back. I also like the split hem at the bottom for a more casual finish. Mine are from Loft this past summer, but you can similar options here or here.

October is also the best time to wear cozy sweaters. Turtlenecks are my favorite because I’m usually cold if my neck and chest are exposed. This charcoal one is a mockneck and it’s chenille too, so it’s really snuggly. I’m also eyeing this beige one to finish out fall and this emerald one for the holidays.

I can’t believe it’s already Halloween tomorrow! This month has seriously flown by… A friend is coming to visit and I still have no idea what I’m going to dress up as… Any ideas? Are you dressing up this year?

Weekend Trip Skincare (featuring Bliss, Malin + Goetz, Oribe, Burt’s Bees)

A low maintenance routine

We took a quick trip upstate to see the changing leaves and go apple picking this weekend. It was really lovely to unplug, relax in front of a fireplace, and enjoy a little road trip (which is rare for us since we don’t drive here in the city).

I’m usually quite prepared for trips and pack a few days in advance, but in this case I threw a bunch of skincare and makeup into my tote the morning we left. Here’s the skincare I ended up with:

Borghese Advanced Fango Active Mud (travel size $12) – I love doing masks with friends on trips! This one is great for unclogging pores, but it’s not drying at all (like many mud masks I’ve tried).

Escada Turquoise Summer (limited edition) – maybe not the best fall scent (definitely missed my Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco), but this fragrance is lovely nonetheless.

Malin & Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer (full size $50)- this is hydrating without being heavy and it smells nice. It’s a great basic for day or night. Reed enjoys this too!

Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray (travel size $22) – I’ve been looking for something like this for a while! It basically helps perk your hair back up. This one smells really luxurious, but it doesn’t do enough in my opinion.

Burt’s Bees Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream (full size $9) – I haven’t been using this for long enough to tell if it’s helping with lines, but it gives lightweight moisture, plays well with concealer, and hasn’t given me milia.

Hanalei Lip Treatment in clear (full size $20) – this tiny tube is full of non-sticky lip balm. It feels thick in the tube, but it’s actually very emollient and smooths onto the lips nicely.

Bliss Cold Pressed Olive Oil Foaming Cleanser* (full size $15)- my favorite makeup remover (reviewed here!), especially for travel in this convenient solid form. It takes all of my makeup off and foams up to cleanse my skin too.

Australian Gold Mineral Sunscreen Tinted Face Lotion SPF 50 – I had used this same tiny jar in Mexico, so I just re-filled it for this trip. The matte finish is way better in humid weather – my skin looked a bit dry after applying this.

The whole weekend was about unwinding and it was actually nice to have a more minimal routine for a couple days. Thankfully, I had grabbed some of my favorites, like the Bliss cleanser, Hanalei lip balm, and Malin + Goetz moisturizer. Next time I’ll be sure to bring my Clinique Pep-start SPF 50 instead.

 

Supergreat App Review – What is it and should you join?

An interesting new review app

Recently, I’ve seen a few of my beauty blogger friends on Instagram posting stories about an app called Supergreat. They were sharing fun, casual video reviews and some were unveiling the rewards they received! I thought it was almost too good to be true – free beauty products for sharing reviews I already was doing on my story?!

I created an account and made a few clips while getting ready one morning. It’s very addicting because of the short form video (60 seconds or less!), laidback feeling of the platform, and ease of uploading! I ended up posting 6 reviews in ten minutes!

You can search for any product, like Drunk Elephant above, and then add your own review. You can also very easily add new products because Supergreat pulls the picture, correct name, and link to purchase from online stores.

I really enjoy watching these short reviews because you tend to get the most important info right away (versus a 10 minute YouTube video that usually leaves this info for last). Many people are demoing the product at the same time which is really helpful!

Here’s a snapshot of review I did of the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Stardust. You can see the clip has 34 views. For every 10 views, you receive 1 coin from the app. You can also get a coin per 2 clicks (if someone wants to purchase the product) and for each friend you refer. Speaking of, please consider using my code “jeansandgems” to sign up if you’d like!

These coins translate to rewards on the app. They have sheet masks for only 20 coins or expensive candles for 70, so you can cash in relatively early or save up. I’m totally eyeing this Hourglass Bronzer below!

To redeem the hand cream above, you’d need to get 500 views across all of your clips, have 50 friends sign up, or 100 people click to purchase the product.

So it’s not exactly as easy as it seemed at first, but I do think it’s a fun and unique way to get rewarded for putting out reviews. I’ve been doing more Get Ready With Me stories and video reviews, so the Supergreat app, for me, is like a natural extension of that. It’s another place to save and share my reviews.

It’s refreshing to see less curated/edited video reviews and it reminds me of the original beauty community on YouTube. Absolutely anyone can do it – no fancy backgrounds or expensive lights needed!

So if that sounds like something you’d enjoy, I’d definitely recommend signing up! It’s totally free and you don’t have to contribute either – you can just subscribe to other users and watch, just like YouTube as well.

Bliss That’s Incredi-peel! Glycolic Resurfacing Pads and Eye Got This Holographic Eye Mask Reviews

Easier than a spa treatment!

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I just received these cute masks* in the mail yesterday and I had to try them right away! I’m wearing the Bliss Eye Got This Holographic Foil Eye Masks ($4). These cruelty-free under eye patches are meant to reduce puffiness and brighten. They also have peptides to smooth fine lines and vegetable-derived moisturizing ingredients.

They’re super saturated in serum (and therefore are really slippery for the first two minutes!) and there’s extra serum in the packaging (that I patted on Reed’s under eye haha). I left these on for 20 minutes and they stayed in place very comfortably. My under-eye area does look brighter and feels nicely hydrated as well! I can’t wait to try their other new Holographic Foil Sheet Masks too: the Hangover Fix and The Detoxifier ($4 each).

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I’ve also been testing the new That’s Incredi-peel Spa-strength Glycolic Resurfacing Pads* ($22) for a couple weeks. Before I went to Mexico, my skin was looking really dull and a bit textured. I wanted to book a facial or peel, but I just didn’t have time. I used one of these pads before I left and one the first night there and what a difference that made! I woke up with glowing skin that was much smoother!

These remind me so much of the Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads, but they’re only about $1.5 each versus around $2.8. I have to use the Gentle version of the DDG ones because the regular ones burn my eyes (I don’t go anywhere near the orbital bone, but they have a strong chemically scent that bothers me). These are gentle but still effective (as they have a spa-strength AHA) and they’re fragrance free thankfully!

I love that the Bliss ones are only one easy step too. It works because the pads contain Vitamin E and Witch Hazel to soothe and calm while Calendula and Glycerin help with moisture and retaining that hydration.

Bliss is definitely one of my top five skincare lines and their products are so affordable! I’ve reviewed their stick cleansers here if you’d like to see more from this lovely brand.

Brow Gel Battle – Benefit Gimme Brow+, Glossier Boy Brow, and Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel

Comparing three brow tamers

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I love a good brow gel. It’s such a simple step that really helps frame your face. My brow hairs are longer and can get a bit wild, so I need help taming, but I also have a scar in my left brow, so I like when a tinted brow gel can fill in a bit too.

Benefit’s Gimme Brow ($24) is a classic; I think it was the first of its kind with fibers in the formula to help volumize sparse brows while maintaining some hold. Gimme Brow+ is the new version and I kindly received this from the Birchbox team to create some content. Check out for this video on their feed if you’d like!

This new and improved version is vegan, paraben-free, phthalate-free and has a water-resistant tint. I got caught in a downpour last week on the way home from ballet and I’m happy to report that it held up very well!

What I love most about Gimme Brow+ is the tiny tapered brush. It helps with precise application and I find it holds enough products for both brows with just one dip of the wand. Benefit definitely has the best color selection, with eight different shades and a variety of undertones! The shade 4 is great for my deep brown brows as it’s just a tad warmer and adds dimension.

Then we have Glossier Boy Brow ($16), which has to be one of the most popular brow gels out there as it once had a 10,000 person waiting list! I picked the shade Brown at their Showroom here in NYC. Here’s 10% off  if you want to shop with my link!

I like the mini brush size and don’t mind the straighter shape on Boy Brow, although it does pick up more product than I generally need for both brows. I think the color is nice too; it’s quite dark and more cool toned.

The formula is a lot wetter compared to Gimme Brow+, which means it can transfer onto my skin easily versus staying on my brow hairs. For that reason, I don’t love filling in the scar on my left brow with Boy Brow; it doesn’t look as natural as either of the others!

With Beautaniq Beauty’s Fill and Tame Brow Gel ($12), the formula isn’t too wet or too dry. The color Brunette is pretty dark and neutral in tone. I love the bright green packaging and how affordable this one is too.

The brush is quite similar to the Benefit one because it’s also small and tapered. I think the very tip of the brush helps get some of the tiny hairs at the tail end of my brow and also means there isn’t too much product to disperse.

Fill and Tame definitely adds definition while still looking natural, but it’s not as long lasting as Gimme Brow+ in my experience (it’s also not water-resistant). My brow hairs start looking a tiny bit wild at the end of the day.

Both get my stamp of approval, but I would definitely recommend Gimme Brow+ most. If you’re on a budget, I think Fill and Tame is a pretty close second choice at half the price!

Reviewing Hyped Products – Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops and Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment

Are They Worth It?

I’m sure you’ve seen Tatcha’s The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment and Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops all over Instagram and the blogger community. They have beautiful packaging and raves about ingredients. I do love both brands, but I think their recent launches have been extremely hyped up, so I purchased them during the Sephora VIB sale to test out.

I also picked up another Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask during the sale because I’ve been wanting to try the Maple version. I adore this product; I have the Smashed version in my purse at all times and have gone through an entire Clear one. It may not be the most hyped product, but it’s a thousand times worth it!

Clearly, I’m a huge fan of the Agave Lip Masks, but what about the others? I was expecting The Pearl to be a blendable, hydrating eye cream with a little bit of coverage that turns two steps into only one. I do think it provides a nice level of coverage for every day, but it takes me a while to blend it in. I honestly think I put on regular eye cream and a separate concealer faster. Sarah sent me a great video explaining the best technique to apply The Pearl. It was super helpful! I think my issue is that it’s hard to pick up the correct amount of product, which then makes blending take a while or if there’s not enough, it looks uneven. I also don’t think it’s very hydrating unfortunately.

Thankfully, I love D-Bronzi, but again, I’ve learned that a little goes a long way. It’s a bit hard to control the pump – even one whole pump is too much for my face/skin tone – but once you do, this is such an easy and natural-looking bronzer. It adds a healthy amount of color that looks like the golden glow your skin may have after a sunny vacation. I love that it has protective ingredients that are good for your skin too. I usually rub the product between my fingers and then lightly blend around the perimeter of my face and down my neck. It plays well with other products, like concealer and powder too.

So, do I think these highly raved about products are worth the money? With D-Bronzi, I’d say yes! But with The Pearl, it depends. I prefer more minimal, fast base products and don’t mind taking some time with eyeshadow, for example. I also expect liquid and cream products to be very easy to blend and natural-looking on the skin. If you have ample time when you’re getting ready, you may want to try The Pearl.

Have you tried either of these?? What did you think?