DEPOTTING PRODUCTS TO STORE IN Z PALETTES

I recently posted a photo of my new Z Palettes on Instagram and was surprised when a few people asked me what they were. They weren’t aware that you can “de-pot” your makeup products and store them in Z Palettes! So, I immediately realized that I needed to write a blog post!

Z Palettes

Honestly, I think that the best way to learn how to de-pot is to go to YouTube and search “how to de-pot makeup products”. Also, the Z Palette website has an entire section on de-potting and it includes de-potting videos. FYI, the method I use is the hair straightener method where you set the product on a hair straightener to melt the glue and loosen everything up. You then take a small pointed tool and pry the pan of product out of it’s packaging. From my trial and error I can tell you – do NOT use tweezers (they will scrape your product) or toothpicks (they will break) If you are looking for a tool, Z Palette actually made a de-potting spatula that you can purchase. My husband’s art kit has a tool that looks very similar so that is what I have used.

IMG_1636

In my experience, some products have been incredibly easy to depot and some products have been RUINED by my de-potting (a couple of MAC eyeshadows, a MAC blush, etc). So, my first piece of advice is to be very careful and know that there is a slight chance that you will ruin your product. If you are OK with that, then let’s move on. My second piece of advice is to choose your products wisely. My favorite products to de-pot are ones that are packaged in bulky, clunky packaging (MAC eyeshadows, Milani blushes) OR products that are packaged in ugly, cheap looking packaging (Wet N Wild Blushes). I did go a little de-pot crazy a couple of years ago and there are a few products that I actually REGRET de-potting because the original packaging was gorgeous (NARS & Laura Mercier blushes – what was I thinking?!)

 

Z Palette

The biggest perk of Z Palettes and de-potting is that you save so much space. I can’t tell you the amount of space in my vanity that I have saved by de-potting MAC eyeshadows and other bulky products and storing them in Z Palettes. This also makes them very travel friendly. Another thing I have seen people do (but I haven’t done myself) is to de-pot eyeshadow palettes so that you can combine all of your favorite shadows in one Z Palette. I don’t personally plan on doing this because I love the look and feel of my individual eyeshadow palettes but I do think it would be amazing to take all of my favorite shades from my favorite eyeshadow palettes and combine them into one Z Palette!

Z Palette with MAC Eyeshadows

If you have any tips on de-potting or any creative ideas you have for storing things in your Z Palettes – post them below!!

 

Advertisements

WHY I RETURNED THE JACLYN HILL X BECCA COSMETICS CHAMPAGNE COLLECTION EYESHADOW PALETTE

UPDATE: If you follow Jaclyn Hill on Snapchat, she just told her followers that this eyeshadow palette is being dropped from the collection due to it’s poor quality (they were on a time crunch so Becca sent this palette to a different lab than normal to be produced). If you follow me on Snapchat then you know that I had a major rant afterw hearing this news. I am disappointed with Becca Cosmetics for putting out a sub-par product, but what is even MORE upsetting is that I have yet to see a single YouTuber that I loyally follow complain about this palette. In fact, they have all raved about it. It’s sad that this beauty community has turned into an industry full of people lying about the quality of products (that they receive for free) to make money. I hope y’all know that I will ALWAYS give you my honest opinion, no matter what! Ok, rant over. Here is my original blog post before I heard that this palette was being dropped:

Let me start by saying that I LOVE Jaclyn Hill. Her Champagne Collection Face Palette is one of my favorite makeup releases of 2016. However, I was EXTREMELY disappointed with the Jaclyn Hill x Becca Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette. Take a look at this photo and you might see one of the reasons why:

Jaclyn Hill x Becca Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette and Ombre Rouge Palette

The palette on top is the new Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette and the palette on the bottom is the Becca Cosmetics Ombre Rouge palette. Notice any similarities?!?

Let me start by saying that I absolutely love the Ombre Rouge palette. In fact, it is one of my most used eyeshadow palettes. The colors are very wearable and they all work really well together. I find myself wearing this to work all the time because they are not crazy, in-your-face-pigmented. I found the Jaclyn Hill palette to not at all be the same. These colors are dry and not very pigmented.

My other major complaint is that these palettes are almost identical. There was absolutely no way that I could justify keeping the Jaclyn Hill palette when I had an almost identical palette, with more pigmented shadows.  I do not blame this on Jaclyn. If you listen to her Snapchats and YouTube videos, she makes it clear that she was responsible for designing Champagne Toast, the ONE different/unique color in the palette. Becca was responsible for the rest of the palette. I was very disappointed that Becca would choose to fill this palette with colors that were so similar to their LAST palette. I really hate when brands do this – it almost “punishes” their loyal customers. That sounds dramatic, but you know what I mean…

The bottom line is that if you want to try a Becca eyeshadow palette: buy the Ombre Rouge palette. If you want to buy a Jaclyn Hill product: buy the Champagne Collection face palette.

MY FAVORITE HAIR MASK: AMIKA NOURISHING MASK

For the past few years I have been obsessed with the Oribe Signature Moisture Masque. I love it but it costs $62 for 5.9 oz. I am happy to announce that I have found my new holy grail hair mask!! I discovered the haircare brand Amika after a hairdresser friend raved about their dry shampoo. I bought it and instantly fell in love. So, I was thrilled when I recently received their Nourishing Mask ($40 for 16.9 oz, $28 for 8.5 oz or $10 for 2 oz).

Amika Nourishing Mask

This mask is paraben free, sulfate free, and phthalates free. Y’all know that after a recent conversation with my hairstylist, I am now making the decision to only use paraben free and sulfate free products on my hair. This mask is SO hydrating. I could tell a difference in my hair after using this product once. It’s also not too heavy where it is hard to rinse out or leaves your hair oily. You can use this product either as a daily conditioner or a weekly treatment. I prefer to use this mask as a weekly treatment because I like to treat myself to an at home “spa day” every Sunday. I also love the bright, vibrant packaging and it has an amazing scent.

Amika Nourishing Mask

Honestly, I have zero complaints about this mask. I personally have the 16.9 oz size so I am hoping that it lasts me FOREVER! Have y’all tried this mask? What did you think? I have a few other Amika products that I am currently testing, so stay tuned for more reviews 🙂

PRODUCT REGRET: BENEFIT CHEEKATHON PALETTE

Y’all, I am so sad to write this post. I was SO excited to purchase the Benefit Cheekathon Palette. The Benefit Hoola bronzer has been my favorite bronzer since high school but I have never tried any of the Benefit boxed blushes. I honestly have no idea why – they are very popular and the packaging is adorable. So, when I saw this palette I knew it would be an amazing and cost-effective way to try a lot of the Benefit blushes.

Benefit Cheekathon Palette

My first impression of this palette was that the packaging could NOT be cuter. I took a ton of photos for my blog and Instagram and was trying to figure out how to display it on my vanity. The packaging is a little bulky and heavy, but I expected that from Benefit, and I honestly do not mind.

Benefit Cheekathon Palette

I started by trying the blush Dallas which looked absolutely gorgeous in the pan. I was surprised that it wasn’t very pigmented. I am someone who likes a lot of blush so I really had to build this up (4+ applications) to get even close to the coverage I was looking for. Once I built it up, the color was gorgeous, but I was disappointed in how long it took me to see some color.

The next day, I tried the blush Coralista thinking it would be perfect for the Spring. This blush did not show up on me at all. I then tried Rockateur – but it just deposited glitter on my cheeks (which in my opinion is even worse than not being pigmented). My friend told me that this is just a glitter overlay but I absolutely HATE when brands do that. Why on Earth would you do that?! Now I have to either have glitter on my face for weeks, or scrape off the glitter overlay just to get to the actual product. Since I had not had luck with the other shades – I thought I might as well try Dandelion next. I could tell just by looking at it that it was not going to be my type of color – and this one did not show up on my skin either.

Benefit Cheekathon Palette

I am so disappointed. The interesting thing is that I have reached out to a few friends that have this palette (who have a lighter skin-tone than me) and they all LOVE it. In fact, I just checked the Sephora website and this product currently has 103 5-star reviews.  The packaging is adorable, there is a very nice array of colors, and it is a great value (it costs $58 and is valued at $145). However, if you are like me and have a deeper skin-tone, enjoy a very pigmented blush, and already have a pretty great blush collection – I would pass on this palette.

Disclaimer: I have received feedback from a lot of fellow makeup lovers that has made me wonder if I received a “dud” product. I am actually considering purchasing another palette to see if there was something wrong with the first one that I bought.

REVIEW: TATCHA BALANCED PORE PERFECTING WATER GEL

Tatcha Beauty

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am obsessed with Tatcha skincare (see my review here). So, I was thrilled to receive one of their new products – the Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel ($68 for 1.7 oz). This product is basically a super lightweight moisturizer that is great for oily skin.

First, let’s start with the obvious – the packaging is stunning (as is all Tatcha packaging).
Second, the product is perfect. Seriously. If you have combination to oily skin this product is a must have. I even included it in my makeup essentials for oily skin blog post. I absolutely love applying this moisturizer in the morning underneath my makeup. (I use a heavier moisturizer at night). The texture is watery and lightweight and it absorbs into my skin very quickly.  Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel

Here is what the Tatcha website says about this product:

“Features Japanese Wild Rose, Leopard Lily and Dokudami extracts to balance and clarify skin, while visibly tightening pores in 28 days. A dust of 23k gold imparts an exquisite, shine-free glow.”

This product has been my go-to moisturizer in the mornings and I think it will be great for the summer months. If you have oily skin you will absolutely love this product!  Have you tried anything from the Tatcha line? I am also loving the Camelia Cleansing OilPore Perfecting SunscreenGentle Rice Enzyme Powder, and the Moisture Rich Silk Cream.

Tatcha Pore Perfecting Water Gel

MAKEUP ESSENTIALS FOR OILY SKIN

As you may know, I have incredibly oily skin. Throughout the past couple of years I have found a few skincare and makeup products that I think are absolute MUST-HAVES if you have oily skin.

IMG_1661

Mattifying Lotions: There are a lot of skincare products that are great for oily skin. However, I am going to focus on the final step of my skincare routine: moisturizers. I have found three moisturizers that I absolutely love wearing under makeup and are particularly good for oily skin. The MOST mattifying moisturizer I have ever tried is the Murad Oil Control Mattifier. This product is amazing if you have really oily skin. Two other moisturizers that I really enjoy applying prior to my makeup are the Epionce Renewal Lite Facial Lotion and the Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel.

Mattifying Primers: I personally don’t like applying a mattifying primer by itself but I have found that I really enjoy mixing mattifying primers with pore minimizing primers. My favorite mattifying primer is the MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Treatment Soin.  I particularly enjoy this primer combined with the Benefit Porefessional (a combination that Casey Holmes once recommended).

Matte Foundation: I am happy to report that I have two foundations that I absolutely love for my oily skin. Both of these foundations provide great coverage, have a beautiful finish, and hold up very well throughout the day. They are the Estee Lauder Double Wear and the Lancome Teint Idole Stick Foundation. Yall know that I love my high-end makeup but if you are looking for a drugstore alternative, my two favorites are the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation and Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation.

Setting Powder: I have tried so many setting powders but the one that is the absolute best for controlling my oil is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This powder prolongs the wear of your makeup and controls your oils throughout the day. It is an incredible product!

Blotting Papers: I own a ton of powder compacts but I find that I never use them to touch-up throughout the day. When my skin gets oily, I would much rather use blotting paper to remove the oil rather than apply more product on top of the oil. The best blotting paper that I have found so far are the Shisheido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers. They are a little pricey but they are coated with a small amount of translucent powder that they apply onto your face so it is like blotting paper and powder combined. Also, I can usually find these at Marshall’s or other discount stores.

Setting Spray: If you have oily skin, I highly recommend that you set your makeup with a setting spray. My two favorites are the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray  (the oil control version) and the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

What are your favorite makeup products for oily skin? I would love to try some of your recommendations!!

 

APRIL/MAY 2016 FAVORITES

IMG_1616

So, April 2016 was a big makeup month for me. I bought and/or received a TON of products and was constantly trying new things. As a result, I decided not to post an April Favorites blog post. As an avid blog reader/YouTube video watcher, I do not want to hear about products that someone has tried once or twice and enjoyed. I want to hear about products that someone has consistently used and can not get enough of. Hopefully y’all feel the same. So, now that I’ve spent more time using these products, here are the products that I am currently obsessed with for the past few months:

Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette – The packaging on this palette is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been leaving it out on my counter because it is just so pretty. I just reviewed this product so I don’t want to be too repetitive but the blush Amaretto has quickly become one of my all-time favorite blushes. I am also in love with Prosecco Pop – it is the perfect highlighter for the summer. Check out my full review here.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer – I absolutely love this formula and the color is a perfect match for me.Check out my full review here.

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette – I held off on buying any Natasha Denona products for a very long time. After analyzing the Beautylish website for hours, I finally ordered the 5 shadow palette in the color 02. The formula is amazing and the colors in this palette are incredibly wearable (even the purple shade!).

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer – Y’all know I am not big on drugstore makeup products so this product must be damn good if it made it into my monthly favorites. I can not get enough of the smell! It is VERY strong so if you are sensitive to scents I would not recommend this. This bronzer might end up being a little too light for me in the summer, but right now it is absolutely gorgeous.

Buxom Eyeshadow Palette – I held off on buying any Buxom eyeshadow palettes for a really long time too. I also spent hours choosing the shades for my custom palette. I am REALLY happy with every single shade that I chose. (FYI, I chose the shades Style Icon, Mink Magnet, Bold Bling, Invite Only, Big Spender and Filthy Rich). The formula of these shadows is amazing and I love that you can create your own palette.

Clinique Lip Pop in Bare Pop – The color, formula and packaging of this product make it the perfect lipstick to keep in your purse. The color is very neutral and wearable, the formula is comfortable and non-drying and the packaging has a mirrored top that you can use when you apply your lipstick. Check out my full review here.

MAC Eyeliner in Teddy – This is the perfect brown eyeliner and goes with all of my eyeshadow looks. I bought this after I saw Monika Blunder use it on her channel!

Hourglass Blush in Incandescent Electra – The Hourglass blush in Mood Exposure has been my favorite blush for the past few months. So, I was super excited when I bought the Hourglass blush trio palette from a fellow beauty blogger. I absolutely love the shade Incandescent Electra – it is the perfect pinky-peach shade for summer!