MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Swatches, Dupes, and a Bit of a Review

Monday, August 12, 2013

I am sure you all know by now that Marc Jacobs has released his own line of cosmetics. I have one word for this...dangerous.

I was at the mall with my husband, and we strolled into Sephora to pick up some "necessities". As we were leisurely walking around, my beauty senses started tingling, and BAM there it was... the MARC JACOBS BEAUTY stand. I wasn't sure if it was going to be available in store, and to my wallet's disadvantage, it was standing right in front of me.

We started swatching everything!!! My husband was swatching things as soon as I started running out of room on my arms. The excitement was just too much for the both of us (I know Keegan just plays along to make me happy, and it works.) so we picked out a couple things to bring home.

Marc Jacobs 116 Happy Ending Lip Gel

I am so in love with this formula! It is very similar to Dior Addict lipsticks, except these lip gels have more of an intense pigmentation. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with my dear Dior Addicts, they are still perfection to me. These lip gels just give the option of having a moisturizing wear with more color:) Also, the packaging is something out of this world. It is so heavy duty, and is magnetic so you don't have to worry about losing a lid in your hand bag!

Here are some other SIMILAR lip colors I found in my collection. I couldn't find any exact dupes.

Left to Right:

Marc Jacobs Lip Gel 116 Happy Ending

Maybelline Fuschia Flash

Dior Addict Extreme 476 Plaza

The next item I had to have was this stunning bright pink blush

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush 216 Rebellious

Take a minute to just take in the beauty of this packaging...ahhh. I love this little silver push button that allows for easy reveal of the prize inside. This blush is BOLD and the formula is silky smooth. I could not believe that this little brush was usable, but it is, and I used it:)

Here is the most similar blush in my collection to Rebellious

Left to Right:

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush 216 Rebellious

LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush Flaunt

Flaunt is a bit more blue based, and takes more swipes to get a bold color. Rebellious takes one, to two swipes for a bold, yet refined look. There is no comparison when it comes to formula. Marc Jacobs hit it out of the park with his blush formula! I have read some not so great reviews. All I know is, the blushes I have swatched, have beautiful silky smooth formulas, and amazing pigmentation.

Oh glorious eye shadow palettes!!! I want them all...
Being a budget friendly shopper, I only picked up ONE eye shadow palette. My husband and I are so proud. So without further waiting around, here is THE STARLET!!!

Marc Jacobs 204 The Starlet

This palette is absolutely stunning McMuffins times a million. The formula is so smooth, glowy, pigmented, and luscious. You have to go swatch some of these bad boys in store!

This palette is perfect for summer bronzy looks that will take you well into fall and winter. These colors are so versatile and neutral, yet bold enough not to be boring and lumped in with your average neutral palette.

Let's get on to swatchin!
I did find some dupes in my collection that I thought you guys would be interested in. Even though these shadows have dupes/impostors, their look alikes do not have the same smooth formula.

These shadows were swatched with a MAC 213.


The bottom swatches are The Starlet Palette swatched in order, and the the top swatches are the dupes.

Left to Right Dupes

The Starlet 1 DUPE: 
NARS Ondine

The Starlet 2 DUPE: 
LORAC Pro Palette Champagne

The Starlet 3 DUPE: 
NARS Galapagos 

The Starlet 4 DUPE:
LORAC Pro Palette Garnet

The Starlet 5 DUPE:
Urban Decay Half Baked

The Starlet 6 DUPE:
Urban Decay Glinda Palette Oz ( the silver half)

The Starlet 7 DUPE:
Urban Decay Pistol

I hope this dupe/impostor list was helpful! I really hope everyone goes to swatch town at Sephora soon, because I think you guys will really love Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Overall, I am beyond pleased and happy with the items I picked up. I am sure I will be adding more Marc Jacobs Beauty items to my collection!

See my Video Review:

GET YOUR ANTI AGE ON! Lady Soma Renewal Serum REVIEW

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I get so many questions about my skincare routine, and what products I use to keep my skin in excellent condition. The truth is ladies, my skin is never in excellent condition. I always use the magic of makeup to cover my imperfections! That is until recently, when I started using Lady Soma Renewal Serum.

I have battled redness, random breakouts, and discoloration from cystic blemishes since we have moved to Washington state. I don't know what it is about this climate, but it always has my skin doing something weird. I have never had skin issues like this until we made the move here.

About a month ago I was asked to do a review for Lady Soma Renewal Serum. I had never heard of the brand or a serum quite like it, so out of curiosity and a bit of desperation to get my skin on track... I said YES. 

I have never used a serum in my skincare routine, so I was really excited to see the benefits of using one. I have been using "anti-aging" products for a couple of years, and have seen a bit of improvement of fine lines and pore size. I have never seen results so immediate like the results I saw with this serum.

Here are the claims from the Lady Soma website:

The Renewal Serum penetrates deep into the dermal layer of the skin to repair damaged skin. The serum stimulates the development of new skin cells with the power of Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin A. The formula diminishes the appearances of lines, minor scars, age spots, and sun damage for fresh looking skin. It may be used as a skin brightener to restore complexion and enable an even skin tone.

Paraben free & hypoallergenic
Organic ingredients

Key Benefits 
• Clears damaged skin cells by penetrating the dermal layer 
• Enhances glow and clarity 
• Regenerates healthy skin cells 
• Repairs facial scar tissue 

These are some amazing claims for one little serum! I do know that hyaluronic acid and vitamin A are must haves for an anti-aging product to work. Now lets see my before and after photos. The time between the before and after photos is about 3 weeks.
WARNING these may scare you, my face is NAKED.

So sorry...
Let's get past these terrifying images and talk about the results. As you can see, I have a major reduction in:

Uneven Skin tone

You really can't argue with these results. My skin just looks over all healthier and more vibrant! I cannot say enough good things about this serum. I have noticed that if I have even the smallest blemish, this serum kicks it in the butt and off my face. I mean how cool is that?

Lady Soma went from an unknown brand, that I really had my doubts about, to a household name in my book. My face is simply a different face. A fresher face for sure! 
If you are looking for a serum to add your routine, I highly recommend Lady Soma Renewal Serum. When you get into your 20's, it is time to really start thinking about an anti-aging skin routine. I am so glad I started one.

Rating A++++++++
(that's a lot of plus signs because this serum did a lot of hard work)

Price: 42.00 

Check out my video review: