Jordana Spring 2015 Collection Swatches + Review

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Jordana has some fun products for Spring 2015 and I’m excited to share them with you! This is my first opportunity to use anything from this line and I have found quite a few products that are a love!

Jordana Complete Cover 2-in-1 Concealer & Foundation ($4.99 // Jordana). 12 shades are currently available (all are swatched below) and the shade that matched me the best was 02 Classic Beige (for reference I’m MAC NW20 but am neutral). This foundation is touted as “INSTANT COMPLEXION PERFECTION. The Ultimate Multitasker Conceals DarkSpots, Imperfections, Dark Circles and Evens Out Skin Tone For a Flawless Look. Flexible Coverage – Full To Maximum. Long Wearing, Water Resistant & Oil-Free”.

Pros: It applied easily, covers well and is also buildable. I wore this alone to test drive and got about 2 hours before the coverage began to fade out. The next time I wore it I only dusted a setting powder over-top and got to 4 hours. Cons: I noticed that while it did even out my skin tone and covered minor flaws it didn’t conceal the pigmentation on the tops of my cheeks (aka melasma) while my usual foundation always does. This also accented all of the dry parts of my skin. Why is that interesting? Because I didn’t think I had any. My skin is mostly oily, particularly in the t-zone, with my cheeks sometimes being dry if I get lax with my moisturizer. I noticed some dry flakes show up around my nose when I used this. For the price, if you’re not looking to hide serious skin imperfections but still like a full coverage foundation, it’s definitely worth trying out. For me personally to wear this daily I’d have to use extra concealer for the melasma as well as a powder over-top to hold it in place longer.

L-R: 01 Fair Beige, 02 Classic Beige, 03 Golden Beige, 04 Natural Beige, 05 Creamy Natural, 06 Honey Olive, 07 Neutral Olive, 08 Golden Olive, 09 Golden Caramel, 10 Toffee, 11 Golden Toffee, 12 Mahogany

Jordana Color Tint Blush Stick($2.99 // Jordana). 12 shades are currently available (half are swatched below) and this product is touted as being “Blendable Creamy Cheek Color • Provides a Healthy, Natural Glow • Convenient Pocket Size, Twist Up Application • No Brush Necessary.”

I enjoyed this product, probably even more so because the price is so right. This blush stick is super creamy and easy to tap on with fingers and blend. The color looks heavy at first but will sink in a bit and turn into a nice flush. Start off slowly and add product as needed. I got around 4 hours or so before I noticed that I needed more. When you set it with a powder blush it holds the color in place much better.

L-R: 10 Sunkissed, 12 Golden Sheen, 07 Baby Pink, 08 Hot Hot Hot, 09 Peach Nectar, 11 Rouge Romance

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick($2.99 // Jordana). 12 shades are currently available (all are swatched below) and this product is touted as being “a Winning Combination of High Payoff Pigments and Special Ingredients that Comfortably Extend the Wear. Expertly Selected Shades Have an All-Day Wear Without the Typical ‘Dry Lip’ Finish that Feathers and Cracks. Talc and Paraben-Free“.

For an extremely inexpensive matte drugstore lipstick I’m majorly impressed with these. They’re smooth to apply, nicely pigmented and not drying in the least. I didn’t even feel like I needed to exfoliate before wearing them (because I didn’t lol shhh) and they got the same wear time of matte lipsticks that are 10 times their amount (around 4 hours, the deeper shades left a bit of a stain and stuck around longer because of that). You probably saw me mention these originally in this post.

L-R: 01 Matte Bare, 02 Matte Blush, 03 Matte Frappuccino, 04 Matte Tease, 05 Matte Classy, 06 Matte Adorable, 07 Matte Popular, 08 Matte It Girl, 09 Matte Dare, 10 Matte Pretty, 11 Matte Calliente, 12 Matte Style

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain($2.99 // Jordana). 10 shades are currently available and 2 are swatched below in 09 Gorgeous Peony and 10 Fresh Fig. These are touted as being “moisturizing with a light-weight stain, applying with a glossy finish then transforming to the perfect flush of color, long-lasting“. I found them to apply easily with good color pay-off and lasting around 2 hours or so. I love to layer Fresh Fig over Matte Bare Modern Matte Lipstick – it’s the most gorgeous berry mauve you’ll ever see in your life.

Jordana Lip Out Loud Super Shiny Gloss($1.99 // Jordana). 12 shades are currently available and 1 is swatched below in BRB. These are basically just touted as having a soft applicator and fabulous shine… no other claims. BRB had decent opacity and tasted yummy… like melons. Very easy to apply and nice to wear – not sticky at all!

Jordana Easyliner for Lips($2.49 // Jordana). 13 shades are currently available and 2 are swatched below in Pink Love and Rose Crush. These are touted as having a “Silky Smooth Soft Glide Formula, Excellent Color Coverage; Rich Semi-Matte Finish, All-Day Wear“. I didn’t think they applied easily but there was good pigment and coverage. Wear was several hours sans eating and drinking. I tend to like a bit smoother of a liner because I’m lazy and don’t like to take my time but for the price these are going to give you everything you desire in a lip liner.

Jordana Easyliner for Eyes($2.49 // Jordana). 17 shades are currently available and 4 are swatched below in Tantalizing Teal, Khaki, Blackest Blue and Jet Black. These liners are touted as having a “Silky Smooth Soft Glide Formula; Doesn’t Tug Delicate Eye Area. Excellent Color Coverage & All-Day Wear“. Definitely pigmented, definitely smooth and easy to wear. These lasted all day long on my lids but my big test for liners such as this are on my waterline. Rarely do any liners stand the test of time as a waterliner (even those that are actually called waterliners). Even after 6 hours I only had a bit of fading on the waterline when I used any of the shades sent to me. Color me impressed. I needs them all.

Jordana Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil($2.99 // Jordana). 6 shades are currently available and 3 are swatched below in Soft Brown, Light Taupe and Midnight Brown. These pencils are touted as having a “creamy, long-lasting formula“. None of the shades matched up with me very well, Soft Brown was probably the closest but it pulled very red when applied. I just wore them around the house which doesn’t offer much activity, but it did apply easily and stay on well. It was easy to wipe off in the evening.

What are your faves from Jordana? I definitely need to pick up more of those eye liners!

In addition to purchasing these products on the Jordana website you can also find them at Walgreens, KMart, Duane Reade and Save Mart Supermarkets.

Valentine’s Day Red Lips & Pretty Gifts // Gift Guide

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. But you knew that. Chances are your plans this weekend are to go see 50 Shades of Grey this evening with your girlfriends and drink pitchers of Long Island Iced Teas (which may or may not have been an option for me) and then tomorrow spend the day getting ready for the date night to end all date nights. Sunday equals recovery day. All weekend the major things on a gals mind are red lips and pretty gifts. Here are some of my current faves of both.

My friend’s little girl, who just turned 6, was getting ready for her Valentine’s Day party at school and asked her mom if she could wear red lipstick. “Why?” her mom asked. “Because you wear red lipstick on Valentine’s Day. Every one knows that”. I mean… truth. For V-day I absolutely auto-reach for red. Day-to-day I wear a nude or pinky-nude lip… sometimes just a lip balm. But on Valentine’s Day, or during a Valentine’s Day activity (such as a party) I reach for the red. In honor of this Hallmark Holiday here are some excellent red or reddish choices that you can buy to wear this Valentine’s Day (or any date night, really!).

(L-R: Lather Cinnabar Silk*, Milani 66 Matte Passion*, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Dior 758 Lys Rouge Rouge Dior Balm, NARS Carmen Audacious Lipstick*, Jordana Matte Style*, Cle de Peau 311 Extra Rich Velvet Lipstick, Make Up For Ever 8 Iconic Rouge Aqua Rouge Lip Color, Too Faced Melted Ruby and Fresh Sugar Cherry*.

In addition to red lips there is also minor major pampering involved in V-day. You want to look, feel and smell the prettiest. (Note: even if you’re not going anywhere do this anyway, because every one deserves all the pampering they desire!). And, you know, buy all the things because instant gratification is awesome too.

Clinique is synonymous with Happy. Everyone knows about Happy. But have you checked out Happy Heart? Happy Heart Perfume Spray*($38.00 // Clinique) is like a warmer, softer and more floral version of Happy and I’m seriously in lust with it. It may or may not have to be my actual Valentine. $10.00 of the purchase price goes towards the Happy Hearts Fund. In addition to the perfume there is a Happy Hearts Chubby Stick in Plumped Up Pink* ($17.00 // Clinique) available.. you know I love me some Chubby Sticks. This particular one also benefits the Happy Hearts Fund so $3.00 of each one sold will be donated to the organization.

Sherrieblossom ICEbOX*. The end all be all of ALL of the makeup organizers and storage out there. It’s pricey but then you get what you pay for. If you’re into luxe and quality, this is the one you want your makeup to live in. I reviewed the ICEbOX Wide here but I have my eye on the Little London next!

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish* ($12.50 each // Ulta). You need to have your nails looking fresh on Valentine’s Day. While the OPI Infinite Shine system didn’t last any longer on me than their usual polishes but the shine could not be beat throughout the entire wear test (which I showed on my Instagram account). My nails were just as shiny on Day 1 as they were on Day 5. I’ll have swatches and a better review up next week.

Nail Butter*($24.00 // NailButter.com). If you’re going to be flashing the Infinite Shine you better make sure your cuticles aren’t all raggedy. Nail Butter is fantastic for making your cuticles look renewed without worrying about greasy hands or gooping on too much product. Keep using and you’ll have the healthiest looking hands out of allll your peoples. Unless they use it too in which case at least you’ll match. It’s also great for those awful dry areas on your elbows, toes, feet… just bathe yourself in it.

Peter Lamas has two products currently out that you should consider putting into your routine. The ExfoliatingPumpkin Facial Scrub*($19.36 // Amazon) and the Nourishing Buriti Oil Moisturizer*($19.00 // Amazon). I’m not super crazy about the scent of the moisturizer but it feels SO GOOD. The “oil” aspect threw me off because I expected greasy and it definitely was not. This is meant for the face and neck but since I’m so prone to break outs I’ve been using it on my hands. The scrub smells amazing and isn’t too abrasive. I have sensitive skin so it’s something I could only use once a week or so, but it does a great job at polishing my skin and making it glow.

ALEX AND ANI got with The Child Mind Institute and Charity by Design to launch the Little Brown Bear charm ($28.00 // Bloomingdale’s) which will directly benefit the Child Mind Institute, the only independent nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to transforming mental health care for children. 20% of bangle sales will go to the Child Mind Institute. The charm, with its teddy bear image, is a reminder of the carefree days of childhood.

Lather has 100% All-Natural Lip Balms* now available three tinted versions ($7.50 each // Lather)! These feel, smell and taste soooo good. Super nourishing it’s seriously like a treat every single time I use one. Today is the last day to enter their giveaway on Instagram so run!

I feel like this listing also serves as a gift guide of sorts. Personally, I’d flip out in happiness to get a goodie bag with all or even some of these things inside. Add in some Godiva and I’m yours.

What is your go-to lip shade for Valentine’s Day/date night?

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