Makeup Review: Paul and Joe Beaute New Year Glow

Get ready for some cuteness because Paul & Joe Beaute gifted me their New Year Kit. With the philosophy of fun-loving sophistication, the brand’s beauty products promise charming packaging, luxurious textures, and rich colors.

Of course, the packaging is cute and luxe. It was the reason why I wanted to try this. I like that the packaging is not just cute, they are also of high-quality and are just so nice to look at.

Moisturizing Foundation Primer S in 01

The Moisturizing Foundation Primer S ($36) is formulated with jojoba seed oil, white lily extract, orange flower water, apricot extract, apricot oil, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, and sodium hyaluronate to condition and moisturize.

This has a serum-like texture. The Shade 01 has a tint and if it’s lighter than your skin color, it will give a white cast. I got a bit but what it did was even the tone of my skin. Those who have lighter complexions can use this alone as it offers enough coverage for a casual and light weekend look. It leaves a tacky finish on my skin but I think those with dry skin will love its moisturizing benefits. I thought for sure this would look messy on my skin but I like how even my skin looks whenever I use this. Paired with an oil-control mist, this leaves my skin dewy-looking. I’m just surprised by this because even if I have to add more mattifying products to make this work, it looks so good on me. It makes my skin look even, bright, and glowy.

Stick Highlighter in 001

The Stick Highlighter ($30) is a cat-shaped highlighter formulated with silver, gold, and orange pearl extracts to create a natural-looking glow. I like that it looks like a lipstick and the tip is shaped like a cat because it provides precision highlighting. Subtle glow, it isn’t though. The shade 001 has a silver undertone on my skin and gives off a dewy sheen. Because of the tube packaging, it’s easy to control how much you would want. And control you need because even though it’s creamy, it sets easily. When highlighting larger areas, I use a brush so I can easily buff it out. If you don’t, it can easily appear streaky, like a strip you put above your cheeks. I like applying this with my fingers and using it on the tip of my nose, above my lip, on the corners of my eyes, and under my brows.

Eye Gloss in 004

The Eye Gloss 04 ($25) aims to provide a glowing clarity to the eyes for a radiant and dewy look. With an emulsion base, this promises to provide moisture to the eyelids. This is a fun creamy shimmer shadow that contains visible flecks of glitter. I wouldn’t call it a gloss, however, because blending it out makes it appear like your normal shimmery shadow and applying it directly with the brush tip applicator without blending it out makes it too glossy and will move around the eyes. I would say this can be used as a topper to matte shadows for an added shimmer. For my oily lids, though, this did not last. It’s my least favorite in the kit and I think this would be better used as a highlighter.

Plus, a photo no one asked for. Here’s a photo of me wearing all there.

Paul & Joe Beaute New Year Glow was provided by @paulandjoe_beaute and @octoly #OctolyFamily. Available individually or as a kit for $91 at paul-joe-beaute.com

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Monthly Favorites: December 2018

Felt Formula Restart Silky Way Cream

Claiming to be texture obsessed and formula focused, Felt Formula promises to create skincare products designed for sensitive skin that balance botanicals and actives to protect the skin from environmental stressors. Their products are also made without artificial colors, fragrances, alcohol, and parabens.

The Restart Silky Way Cream promises to act as a protective barrier to the skin, help restore the skin’s external barrier, and nourish the skin. It contains squalene to hydrate, vitamin e to protect, rose fruit to retain elasticity, peony root to treat inflammation, and rosemary to relieve skin congestion. All these ingredients also help revive, smooth, and firm your skin. It also doesn’t contain sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, triclosan, microbeads, PEG compounds, and talc.

Silly old me assumed thought this #moisturizer would be on the heavy side because of the silky tag. However, this is so runny, light, and watery that when I scooped out some product with my finger from the back of the lid, it slipped down within seconds. The texture is unlike anything I’ve tried in a moisturizer before. I like like like it, really. It’s light, dries matte, and feels incredibly moisturizing. It doesn’t clog my pores and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. This, for me, is best used at night as it still makes my skin a tad oily when I wake up. However, I didn’t mind because this moisturizer nourishes my skin. After cleansing in the morning, I trust that this I will have bouncy soft skin.

This product was provided by Felt Formula for review. Available for $21 at felformula.com

Flamingo Shave Set (Taro & Rose Gold)

Flamingo helps with body care starting with your hair, which, if you’re like me, is everywhere. I’m not what other people would call hairy but you have to understand, I have had a beautiful part of my life without needing to shave, wax or pluck then suddenly, there’s hair everywhere – wearing a skirt is not so simple anymore and waving your arms excitedly requires a double check.

The Shave Set contains the shaving essentials. It has the Flamingo Razor with German-engineered blades in a Razor Handle that has a flexible hinge, hydrating strip with aloe vera, weighted ergonomic handle, and textured rubber grip. I have long tried to search for a sharp razor that will that cut my ankles. I have finally found it. This razor, which also comes with a Shower Hook, provides me that sharpness of a men’s razor in a handle that is able to protect my skin. It gets every hair, even in the most difficult parts.

The set also has a Foaming Shave Gel that promises to soften hair, condition the skin with aloe vera, and add a cushion to your shave. I love that they really thought about everything. The shaving gel is in a rust-free container so it wouldn’t leave a ring on the bathroom tiles. To be honest, I rarely use a shaving gel, I mostly use my moisturizing body was, but this does the job in helping me shave.

They also have the Body Lotion, formulated to hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin using white willowbark extract, papaya fruit extract, and squalane. With a fruity and feminine smell, the product applies evenly, leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth. It is recommended to use the product to soothe the skin on shaving days, but it can be applied liberally depending on the need.

Using the set made me feel how thoughtful Flamingo is about their customers. They thought about everything that goes in a woman’s shaving journey and covered all the bases to provide the perfect shaving experience. I’m in love.

This set was provided by Flamingo for review. Available for $16 at shopflamingo.com

47 Skin Silver Chitosan Regenerative Serum

The experimentation of water purification led to the accidental founding of 47 Skin. Mixing a single atom of silver with chitosan because a new skincare formula that promotes anti-bacterial and protective benefits. After a series of tests, they have also found that the mixture helps in the regeneration of skin cells, reduction in the signs of aging, less inflammation, and eduction in breakouts and acne.

The Silver Chitosan Regenerative Serum promises to hydrate and firm using the silver and chitosan mixture. It also helps soften fine lines.

I like the minimalist packaging. It’s simple but doesn’t look cheap even though it’s in a typical serum bottle. It has a pump instead of a dropper, which works so well for my clumsy ass who have toppled many a serum bottle and wasted product. It has a runny light texture and a citrusy smell. It also applies thinly and feels very lightweight on the skin. It dries instantly so I can use this day and night. It does have a slight oiliness (because of its oil ingredients like bergamot fruit, grapefruit peel, orange peel, and tangerine peel) to it but it doesn’t feel tacky on the skin. For my #oilyskin, this hydrates but I would still need more hydrating serums to reduce oil production on my skin. What I like about this serum though is that it feel nourishing and moisturizing (because of shea butter and allantoin) to my complexion. I like using this at night as it goes well with the actives I use and helps maintain the softness of my skin. I don’t have enough fine lines to test its anti-aging benefits but I can attest this gives me healthy-looking and plump skin. I didn’t experience breakouts while I was using this so I was impressed with its protective benefits.

Overall, I was impressed with how well this aids the other skincare products that I’m using and how this gives me a smooth and glowing complexion after each use. I would recommend this to those looking for a moisturizing serum that will go well with stronger products and help the skin have a healthy-looking glow.

This product was provided by 47 Skin. Available for £29 at 47skin.com

Ladysuite The Lady Business Botanical Oil

I’m an early adaptor to oils – I have only begun to appreciate the benefits of face oils and the wonders of body oils. Now, this. The Lady Business Botanical Oil from Ladysuite is a concept that it foreign to me. Of course, I’m willing to give it a try.

This botanical oil is specially created for our delicate skin down there to nourish, calm, revitalize, and brighten. It contains Organic Jojoba and Sesame Seed Oils to help support skin elasticity and suppleness, Meadow Foam + Carrot Seed Oils to firm and tone, Organic Tamanu Oil to soothe, soften and decrease feelings of discomfort, Eclipta Prostrata Extract to combat minor skin discomforts including razor burn and irritation from ingrown hairs. It also contains Cedarwood + Sweet Orange Essential Oils. It’s also made without parabens, phthalates, GMOs, petroleum, silicones, sulfates, carcinogens, or artificial colorants and synthetic fragrances.

I have never tried anything like this oil so I was very excited to use it. It has a very oily texture and has a subtle sweet smell that doesn’t overpower all the other products I use in the shower. I use this every day but I apply liberally after waxing or shaving. After a couple of months of use, this has kept everything down there smooth and moisturized. It feels gentle and helps with soothing and softening the skin. I will continue to use this and I’m encouraging everyone to give it a try. We apply products on our face, following a lot of steps and I think we should also take care of the other skin in our bodies.

This product was provided by Ladysuite for review. Available for $46 at ladysuitebeauty.com

Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush

When Amika via @octoly sent the Polished Perfection Straightening Brush, it came at the right time. I have already fine straight hair and coupled with me choosing sleep over more time to get ready, my hair just goes wherever it wants during the day. As a result, I almost always wear my hair into a bun. The few times I want to let my hair down, I would really need to style it because if I don’t, my hair looks like a confused “am I wavy, am I straight, or can I be both” state.

The Polished Perfection Straightening Brush promises to provide #hairspiration by easily achieving a sleek style And create smooth hair in a single stroke. Per its instructions, this is meant to be used on dry hair as you would a styler for a smooth, sleek look, sliding the brush through the hair at a moderate pace from root to tip.

For someone who never using hair tools, this is pretty easy to use. I like that it doesn’t get too warm, it’s just in that “just right” temperature that will easily straighten my hair for that sleek look I have always wanted to achieve. I use a hair oil before using this to really get the sleekness that I want and I only spend about 15mins to style my hair and make it look effortless.

This product was provided by Amika and the #OctolyFamily for review. Available for $120 at loveamika.com or at sephora.com