review: jaclyn hill x morphe palette

Happy Monday, loves! Today we are taking a look at one of the most anticipated releases of this summer. I’m sure many of you beauty lovers know that Jaclyn Hill has been working with Morphe Brushes for two years to create this palette to perfection & I will let you know if it lives up to those expectations!

The palette features 35 brand new shades with a special formulation that had to pass Jaclyn’s exceptional standards. The shades have the most basic neutrals, fiery warm tones, and even features some fun greens and purples. The palette has varying finishes in mattes, shimmers, satins, and metallics.

prices range:

$38.00 at morphebrushes.com

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I have always liked morphe palettes in the past. I own a few and they are pretty decent quality especially for the price but Jaclyn blew this out of the park. The quality is incredible especially for the price. I find the formulation to be similar makeup geek, but makeup geek shadows will set you back $6 a piece and more for any foiled formulations. Don’t get me wrong I love makeup geek shadows but my z palette cost much more than $38 and it is still not 35 shadows!

Jaclyn’s shade range gave me almost everything I would want in a palette with good crease colors and blending shades while still keeping things interesting with some slightly more bold choices. Because there are so many shades, those bold colors seem much more wearable, So often in palettes it is 5 neutral shades and a bright blue that is very difficult to work into a look with the accompanying colors. Jaclyn and Linda crafted shades that pair seamlessly to create a holistic palette.

The mattes blend effortlessly with the perfect amount of pigmentation. One of my favorite unique characteristics of this formulation is that the shimmery and foiled shades are just as pigmented applied with a brush as with a finger. My usual favorite foiled shades apply with almost no metallic sheen on a brush and then when I use my finger tip they look like melted metal. It one of my larger pet peeves with shadow because I have stiletto nails which make it more difficult and I hate getting crap on my hands. I almost never remember to wash my hands after I do my makeup so I end up leaving the house with copper shadow on my hands that usually ends up all over me 🙂 So thank you Jaclyn for saving me from that!

I only have two small critiques of this palette. The first is that I wish there was a matte cream-ish colored shade. I wanted something matte like makeup geek mirage. I tend to use concealer as my shadow base and I have kind of hooded/droopy eyes so I am prone to creasing. I will set my concealer but my best bet is to then begin my shadow routine with a matte base and the shadows blend more easily and last longer. I think a matte base color is a staple that I wish this palette wasn’t missing.

The only other critique I have of this palette is the shade twerk. When you look at it, it looks like a royal blue. I used it a few days ago as my lower lash color with a warm burnt orange eye look on the lid. I wanted a summery look with a royal blue pop. When I applied twerk it was much more purple than it was blue. During work everyone complimented me on my purple eyeshadow which just confirmed that twerk was not the color it looks to be in the pan.

My two issues with the palette are minor and definitely do not take away from the incredible work Jaclyn and Linda have done on this palette. I highly recommend you grab yourself one. The first batch sold out and the palette will be restocked tomorrow July 18th at 8 am PST.  This is the link to the restock page that allows you to enter your email to be notified when it is restocked!

If you have the palette let me know what you think and what looks you’d like to see me create with it! As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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review: touch in sol metallist & glitter duo

Happy Monday, loves! This week we are taking a look at another eye product! If you spend anytime around the beauty community you have probably heard a blogger raving about this duo. Lets see if its worth all the crazy hype.

prices range:

$25.00 at sephora.com

$25.00 at urbanoutfitters.com

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I own the shade margaret which sephora describes a champagne. I definitely wouldn’t call this a champagne shade it is much more on the copper spectrum. Now because of everyones good words, I had high expectations for this shadow duo. Luckily, all of those were met!

The liquid side has a flat sponge-like applicator that smooths on the shadow easily. You will still have to blend out edges with a brush but I love how pigmented the product comes out even on the applicator. Often I have issues where the product only comes out as foiled and smooth if I apply it to my finger first but this one smooths on perfectly. The liquid is not too oily or too thick. It is the perfect consistency for a liquid shadow and allows you enough time to place the foil on top before it dries. Once it does dry you don’t have to worry about any transfer or smearing, it is locked in place.

My favorite part of the duo is the foil side. The applicator is slightly curved and rubber which allows you to to really pack on the foil while minimizing the mess. There still is a little fall out but I think its worth it for the final product. I don’t have any other product that creates a look like this one does. It truly does look like foil. Its super metallic but also creates a unique texture that I really enjoy.

The duo comes in six shades and I will definitely be grabbing more in the future. I think this is a definite thumbs up and would suggest any of you who like glitter or metallic shadows pick this one up. Let me know if any of you have given this a shot & what you think!

As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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review: dose of colors eyedeal duo

Happy Monday, loves! This week we are taking a look at a product that I haven’t seen tons of blogger talk about, dose of colors eyedeal duo. The duo contains a cream shadow and a glitter in a dual layered container.  The product comes in 13 different shades from more neutrals to stand out greens.

prices range:

$25.00 at doseofcolors.com

$25.00 at ulta.com

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I purchased the shade disco because I have been looking for a good silver glitter for quite a while. I like the product in concept but not as much in execution. I think its a great idea to have a cream shadow or primer to help lock in the glitter but this one didn’t work for me. I found the cream to be too oily and slippery to actually secure the glitter and it feels as though it moves around on your lid. I much prefer the Too Faced glitter glue to secure my glitters.

On the other hand I do actually enjoy the glitter. It is vibrant and very finely milled. It is not as chunky as most of my other glitters and ends up looking a little more metallic rather than glittery which is not necessarily a bad thing. As with all glitters, it is pretty messy. I think you’re best bet for decreasing the mess is using a more tacky primer than the one that comes with it.

Although I like the glitter, I find the price tag to be too steep for what you are getting. I much prefer my violet voss glitters that will only put you out $9.00 each. If you’ve had your eye on one of these duos for a while than go ahead and grab it, just know you might not get much use out of the cream. If you are just looking for a good glitter or want to get started in using glitters, I would check out violet voss glitters and splurge a little on a better primer like the too faced glitter glue!

As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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review: artist couture diamond glow powder

Hello loves! Today we are taking a look at one of instagram’s hottest products. A lot of you have probably seen videos of tons of beauty gurus raving over these highlighters. The clips of bloggers swatching the loose highlight have gone completely viral on every social media site. So I decided to order one and put it to the test!

prices range:

$26.99 at artistcouture.com

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I ordered the shade coco bling which is one of the lighter shades in the range. The collection does offer a wide range of shades for all highlight needs which I greatly appreciate. The product is a loose powder which can be kind of messy if you aren’t entirely careful. This highlight is meant to be super finely milled and pack a serious highlight punch. I’ll admit from all of the hype I had seriously high hopes for this product that weren’t entirely met.

I love a super intense highlight but I expect it to be smooth, creamy and not have any chunks of glitter. The diamond powder is not as smooth as I hoped. I feel like once its on my cheeks it is super glittery and doesn’t give that JLo glow more like a 9 year old girl playing with costume makeup glow. I much prefer my becca or anastasia highlighters to this one. Those may not be as immediately intense but build up beautifully and don’t have any glitter.

If you want a poppin’ highlight to give you glow and not glitter I would skip out on this one. As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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review: huda beauty liquid lipstick

Happy Monday loves! I wanted to start out this weeks post by thanking all of you who stuck with me through my absence. School and work definitely got the best of me and I just needed to take a little break from blogging for the sake of my own mental health. This time I am back for good and I have a huge stock of beauty products to tell you all about.

Today we are looking at the one of the most anticipated products from one of instagram’s   biggest beauty stars. Most of you have probably seen an instagram video from Huda Kattan whether you knew it was her or not. She is probably one of the most beautiful women to grace this earth and is one of my person favorite beauty icons. I especially love that she features tons of artists on her instagram. Theres a rumor that her products are sold every six seconds in the middle east and hopefully i will soon get my hands on the new 3D highlighting palette but first lets talk about one of the original products from her line.

Huda Beauty’s liquid lip is unlike most on the market. I find it is actually true to the name liquid lipstick. Usually when we think of a liquid lip we are thinking of the kind ABH or NYX or Colourpop put out that are super pigmented and super matte. Huda’s is more like an actual liquified lipstick. It reminds me of a much better version of the Too Faced melted lipsticks.

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The formula is super lightweight and feels kind of watery when you first apply it to the lips.  It has a basic doe-foot applicator and a light vanilla scent. The lip doesn’t feel like it dries completely but it does dry pretty fast and become transfer proof without completely drying out your lips! The finish reminds me of more of a satin than a complete intense matte which I kind of like because it doesn’t dry out the lips and it keeps from emphasizing any lines or imperfections in your lips. Because it doesn’t feel super dry I didn’t think it would be super long wearing but every time I go to check on it, it still looks great. It will last through eating and drinking as long as you aren’t having anything too oily. The crazy light feel is something I had to get used to because most of my lip products are a lot more noticeable to me as I wear them throughout the day but it keeps everything super comfortable and I really enjoy it.

I own the shade bombshell but she just came out with an even wider range of nudes for various skin tones so you know I will be grabbing some more shades soon! I love these liquid lipsticks. Although I play a good game, I actually rarely wear lipstick because I don’t want to touch up and I really prefer the feeling of nothing on my lips. I think if you are a little more low maintenance lip girl like me you’ll really love these too!

As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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review: maybelline the colossal big shot mascara

Hello loves! Many of you may have seen or heard about the new big shot mascara from the huge advertising campaign with lots of beauty gurus at the head. Every one has been talking about Manny MUA being the first man to ever represent maybelline and I’m ready to tell you if he stuck his name to something worth while!

prices range:

$6.94 at walmart.com

$6.99 at target.com

$8.49 at cvs.com

$8.49 at maybelline.com

$8.49 at ulta.com (buy one get one 50% off)

$8.49 at walgreens.com

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Now this may not be a long post because its pretty simple. This mascara is incredible! The formula is the perfect consistency. It isn’t too wet and isn’t dry enough that it flakes off. The brush is the perfect size to get into the root of the lashes without creating a big mess. As my dedicated readers know, I tend to like the brush bristles better than plastic or silicone bristles because I find it gives more realistic lashes.

This mascara gives tons of volume and lengthens. The volume is dramatic without being clumpy. It looks like my real lashes are strong thick and long. It just looks like you have beautiful natural lashes. This mascara is so good I actually have been wearing it in place of any false lashes. I feel confident that my lashes look amazing enough all day  and that my eye look is still tied together to wear it instead of lashes because honestly sometimes my eyes just need a break from glue.

I think this mascara is one of the best I’ve tried and I would recommend it to everyone! It may be my new go-to and I will definitely be repurchasing which is a rarity for any makeup product with me. Run out and pick this up so you can lash like a boss too!

Tons of new products are coming out for spring so if you see something of intrigue that you want to hear about, let me know! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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*disclaimer: I did receive these products from Influenster for testing purposes but as always these are my true honest opinions.

review: banish acne scars starter kit

Hello loves! A few weeks ago Banish Acne Scars reached out to me and sent me their starter kit to test out and review for you all. I’ve been trying the products out for a while and gathered call my thoughts for you guys!

Banish Acne Scars is natural brand based out of Pasadena, California and run by a lovely lady named Daisy. All of the products are packed with awesome for your skin ingredients that are meant to help heal not only acne scars but texture and  pigmentation issues from breakouts. I have never personally suffered from really bad acne but when I get a breakout I end up having really bad hyper pigmentation for weeks after the blemish has disappeared.

This year I have had more skin issues than ever before. Some of you know that I get botox for migraines and that has really messed up my skin and caused redness and lots of breakouts around my hairline. Every time Ive used the banish system the next morning my face looks amazing. The hyper pigmentation from former breakouts is always better. I was honestly so impressed at how well this helped my skin issues.

The first time I used it, the vitamin c burned a little when I applied it but I haven’t had an issue since. I only do the system before bed because I get really red after I use the banishers but by the morning my skin looks completely renewed. Since Ive used the system, my skin texture and pigmentation has improved immensely. I will definitely continue to use this whole system in my skincare routine!

The starter kit includes

  • Banish Oil ( Vitamin C Serum)
  • Vitamin C Beauty Elixir
  • Medium Banisher
  • Pen Banisher
  • Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
  • Activated Charcoal Clay Masque
  • Pore Smasher

I use the products about once a week or once every other week. My routine with the kit is

  • use one of the masks (my favorite is the pumpkin enzyme)
  • take the pore smasher out of the freezer and roll it over my whole face
  • sanitize both banishers with alcohol
  • roll the medium banisher lightly over my entire face
  • use the pen banisher over the more concentrated pigmentation issue areas
  • take 3 drops of the banish oil and smooth it over my face
  • spray the beauty elixir in my hands and smooth that over my face ( I do not spray it on my face because i don’t want to get it in my eye area)

 

I’m super pleased with all of the banish acne scar products and I would definitely recommend the kit to anyone with scarring, texture, or pigmentation concerns. It is so easy to use and the kit provides thorough easy instructions to make getting perfect skin a breeze. Let know if you’d like to see a blog post on my full skincare routine or any other blog ideas you all have for me!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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*disclaimer: I did receive these products for testing purposes but as always these are my true honest opinions. I ensure you that I go through thorough discussions with each company I work with to guarantee I can always give my full honest review to you all.