Jouer Springtime in Paris

Hey there beautiful faces! ❤ How’s your week going? Mine hasn’t been too eventful. My boyfriend and I recently took my Mom out to lunch for her 60th birthday. That’s quite a milestone! It seems like there are a lot of people I know that have their birthdays in August. Anyway, enough with the small talk. We’re here to talk about the Jouer Cosmetics Springtime in Paris Eyeshadow palette. Jouer is a new favorite brand of mine. You might recognize the feature image from my Instagram. I just recently ordered and purchased this palette from the Jouer Cosmetics website. *I am only starting to use it, so as a disclosure, my thoughts in this post are only my initial thoughts.* I also ordered the powder highlighter in Rose Gold and the high pigment lip gloss in the shade “Champs-Élysées.” Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris, France by the way. I’m not really THAT sophisticated, I just googled it.

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This palette was inspired by the cherry blossoms lining the streets of Paris. it contains 12 shadows. There are 8 matte shades, 4 metallic shades, and 1 satin shade. I think that’s a pretty nice mix myself. The plastic packing is a light blush pink with a shiny gold design on the cover. This palette seems like it would be very easy to keep clean, which is nice. There is a nice-sized mirror inside the palette, and I think this palette would travel well. A couple of times, when I tried to open it, it was a little bit of a struggle. So, it’s pretty secure!

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The shades in this palette are wearable for any time of the year, and you could get many looks from it. I see myself using the darkest shades more as liner shades. For some reason, I always get a little scared to use dark shades on my lids themselves, maybe this palette will help me overcome that fear.

Here are some watches. These are finger swatches without any primer. That’s how I usually do my swatches.  Here are the top row swatches…

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Middle Row…

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True Gold (warm metallic gold), Camel (warm matte light brown), Midnight (cool metallic navy blue), and Rouge (warm metallic burgundy).

Bottom Row…

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Cinnamon (warm metallic chestnut), Ash Brown (deep matte ash brown), Amethyst (warm satin purple), and Slate (cool matte graphite blue).

I listed the shade names and their finishes according to what the Jouer website lists them as. It seems like some of the mattes still have some traces of fine glitter in them. I’m wondering if that’s just because they are stored with metallic shadows, and it spreads around in the palette? Let me know what your thoughts are on that. The shade Midnight, isn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be when I swatched it. Of course, add some primer or use a wet brush, and it could be just fine on the lid. I did use it as a liner shade on my lower lash line. You will see that in the pictures down below. I probably should have sprayed some setting spray on my brush to get Midnight to pop more on my lower lash line, and maybe even extend the wear time.

Jouer claims these shadows are crease resistant and are long-wearing. Well, I totally screwed up testing that…After I got home from lunch today, I took a nap in the afternoon. I fell asleep for 5 hours! The shadows were still there when I woke up, and still visible on my lids. I did’t notice too much creasing either. However, since I was sleeping, it’s hard to really judge their performance. I’m so so sorry for that! I was really tired!

Tip: If you’re ever having trouble with a shadow’s pigmentation: A) Be sure to use a good eyeshadow primer. My favorite is the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. B) Try applying the shadow to your lid using your finger. Not the most ideal way to apply shadow, but it definitely helps in some circumstances! (C) Try wetting your brush, spray your makeup brush with setting spray before application.

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For my eye look: I used Petal as an all over base, Camel as a transition/crease shade, True Gold all over the lid, Ash Brown for the outer corner, Crème as a brow bone & inner corner highlight, and Midnight on my lower lash line.

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I didn’t use any liner on the top lid, I didn’t want it to take away from the eyeshadow.  I used Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on my Top lashes, and Tarte’s Maneater mascara on my bottom lashes. The Maneater mascara seems to work great for that, and it’s also great to use for when you’re applying false eyelashes.

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The True Gold shade didn’t show up too well on my lid in this picture. It shows up more like a gold “sheen.” I was just going for a more neutral everyday look, with a pop of color on the lower lash line. On my brows, I used the Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light and the Essence Make Me Brow gel in blondy brows.

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For the rest of my makeup…I used the Glossier Moisturizing Primer, Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in the shade N0, W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder, Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in dollface, Bareminerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder in Glow, and Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray to set my makeup. On my lips, I used the Jouer High Pigmented Gloss in Champs-Élysées, which I love! ❤ The perfect “my lips but 10x better” shade. It’s very smooth, creamy, and pigmented! I love that it’s NOT sticky whatsoever! I completely forgot to use the Jouer highlighter in Rose Gold. It slipped my mind! Maybe I will do a post on highlighters soon.

Overall, I love the Jouer Paris in Springtime palette.  I feel like it was worth it, and am so glad I purchased it! I thought about getting the newest Jouer Shimmer Foils palette, but I’m not quite THAT fancy! Haha! 😀 Maybe I will change my mind about it later…I don’t know. A link to the Jouer Paris in Springtime Palette is HERE. That’s it for this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week!

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My Perfect Find: J.cat Beauty Cushion Compact Foundation

Hello there! How is everyone doing? I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! Have you gotten your shopping done? I pretty much have mine done, but I have a couple of loose ends to tie up. In today’s post, I am going to be talking about a new favorite of mine from J.cat Beauty. J.cat Beauty is an indie brand, though they’re becoming more popular. You can find J.cat products on their website or some select items on the Ulta website. I first discovered J.cat through Ipsy, which is a monthly beauty subscription. J.cat Beauty has grown and added more products since I’ve been ordering from them. They’re a cruelty-free brand as well, and their products are reasonably priced.

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“ALL IN ONE ONE-STEP [SKINCARE + MAKEUP]” – J.cat Beauty website

This foundation is currently only available on the J.cat Beauty website. I had been wanting to order this foundation for quite a while, but my shade was out of stock. The shade I have is “CCC101 Porcelain,” which is the lightest shade. I usually wear the lightest shade in most  foundations. This foundation also comes in 7 other shades. They have swatches of all the shades on their website, and very detailed information, I’m pretty impressed!

“What it does?

Daily Sun Exposure 45+ Protector
*Flawless Natural Coverage
*Boost&Lock In Hydration
*Weightless Texture & Easy To Touch Up Makeup”

                                                                                       – J.cat Beauty website

The packaging is a black compact that reminds me of a hockey puck. It has a silver design and lettering on the front, and other detailed information on the back. When you open it up, it has a pretty nice mirror, and it comes with a flat black sponge-like puff for application…

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When you lift up the sponge, underneath there is a cap that opens up containing a cushion with the good stuff…

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It is important to keep the top securely closed when not in use, so that it doesn’t dry out…I’m assuming. It’s really easy to use. All you do it press your puff down on the cushion and it picks up the foundation. Then you use your puff to apply it to your face using a tapping motion. It blends evenly and easily, and I love the coverage! The coverage is anywhere from medium to high. You can layer it and it builds up very nicely. I usually do about 2 layers, and it really is weightless on the skin. It has a natural finish; which I really like, and it seems like it has a subtle, dewy type of finish. I have a ‘normal’ type of skin, with a couple of dry patches. This foundation is supposed to be good for all skin types. I feel like the Porcelain shade is a prefect match for my skin tone. I find that this foundation is lasting on my skin, and if you do need to do a quick touch-up throughout the day; the compact fits nicely in your purse. I think this would be great for those of you that are always on the go.

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The picture above, is a picture of the ingredients and information on the box it comes in. On the other sides of the box, there are also instructions and details about the compact as well. They also give you a great tip, you can fold the puff in half to apply in smaller areas; such as the corner of your eyes or around the nose. I purchased this compact for $17.99, which is not bad at all for the quality. When you run out, you can simply order a refill for $12.99. I will definitely be repurchasing a refill when the time comes. At this time, J.cat Beauty only ships within the U.S and Canada.

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In the picture above, I am wearing this foundation. If you follow me on Instagram, you will recognize this photo from there…

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Makeup Details…

FaceFoundation is J.cat Beauty Compact Cushion Porcelain.    
Concealer is Tarte Shape Tape in Fair.                           
Powder is Maybelline Superstay Better Skin in Porcelain. 
Bronzer is Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronzer.
Highlight is Becca Glow on the Go in Moonstone.

BrowsAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Taupe, Nyx Cosmetics Micro Brow in Taupe, and Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows.

EyesEyeshadow is from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. 
Eyeliner is Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Black.
Water line eyeliner is Rimmel Kohl Kajal in Nude.
Mascara is IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara.

LipsMac Lipstick in Faux.

Well that concludes this post. I hope you enjoyed reading! I try to post at least once a week, preferably on Mondays. I don’t have a set schedule, but that’s what I am aiming for. Occasionally, I might post on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead. I try to get on WordPress to read your posts/answer comments at least every other day or every couple of days. Have you tried anything from J.cat Beauty? If so, what are your thoughts? What is your current favorite foundation? Let me know in the comments below! I look forward to hearing from you, even if it’s just to say hello!

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