For the last couple of years, Juvia’s Place has been one of my favorite go-to brands. Not only is their price point hard to beat, their products are genuinely incredible and I’ve never been disappointed by a new launch. Additionally, Juvia’s Place is a proud Black-owned business, and all of their products are designed to be inclusive and workable for all skin tones.

With that being said, I was super excited when I checked my email on Black Friday and saw that Juvia’s Place was offering an amazing deal- a mystery bag for only $35. In the mystery bag, you would receive one 16-pan palette, one six pan product, a highlighter, a lip product, and a mystery product. For the price point, it seemed like an amazing deal to me, so I went ahead and ordered a mystery bag on the spot. My only reservation about the order was that I may receive a palette I already own; as far as I know, there are only two 16-pan palettes, and I already own one of them. However, I figured that if I got a second copy of the Magic Mini, the palette I own already, I could simply re-gift it to a friend.

The package arrived in a fairly reasonable amount of time- I ordered it on Black Friday and it was at my doorstep the following Wednesday. I received five products in my mystery bag, and as expected, everything was in beautiful, vibrant packaging. I sadly did receive a second Magic Mini palette, but I gifted it to a good friend of mine, who is super excited to try it out! The six pan palette I received was The Taupes palette, which is absolutely beautiful, the Heroine Loose Highlighter, a liquid lipstick in the shade Rouge, and a passion fruit scented lip balm, which was the mystery item. 

I decided to try out all the products in one look (minus the palette I re-gifted,) so that I was able to have a well-balanced first impression of everything. First and foremost, I was so happy with the six pan palette, The Taupes. Although I do love crazy eyeshadow colors, I do appreciate a solid neutral collection as well. Particularly since I’ve been doing a lot of makeup on others, I think these colors are going to be extremely versatile and flattering on a variety of skin tones. As expected, the color payoff and blendability was extremely impressive as well. I’m eagerly looking forward to buying more of these single color-story palettes, especially The Pinks and The Nubian Glow!

I was absolutely amazed by the loose highlighter- I’ve never used a loose one before and I didn’t know what to expect, but now I literally CAN’T stop putting it everywhere. I’ve been brushing it everywhere, from my brow bone to my inner corner, and my upper lip to my cheekbones. It’s truly such a glamorous, pigmented highlighter powder, and I’m excited to see what other highlighter colors Juvia’s Place comes out with in the future. 

Now, let’s move onto the lip products. I love a good matte lipstick, and especially a red/pink toned one, so I was really excited when I unboxed this Velvety Matte Lipstick in the shade “Rouge.” It looks a bit darker on the site, but when I swatched it on my hand I discovered that it is actually a lovely, deep, muted fuchsia. I really enjoy the finish it leaves on my lips as well; it’s matte and velvety without looking dry or cracked. As someone who is prone to dry lips, especially in the wintertime, this is a huge perk!

I think the product I am most excited about, even more than the highlighter, is the “mystery product”- the passion fruit lip balm. It may not sound like a very groundbreaking product, but listen- I am OBSESSED with this lip balm. For one thing, it tastes like a fresh, tropical smoothie, so I feel like I’m truly pampering myself when I put it on. It’s also slightly tinted, but not too tinted, so I can throw it on when I’m having a no-makeup day and still feel luxurious. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a friend or makeup lover, this lip balm is a perfect choice.

Overall, I’m really happy with this mystery bag and I’m glad I decided to buy it! When taking into consideration the reasonable price point and the extremely high quality of the products, I think it’s hard not to love this amazing deal. I admire Juvia’s Place for the hard work and clear dedication they put into their products, and I’m looking forward to trying new items in the future. What makeup products would you like to see me try next? Let me know in the comments below!

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Apologies for being a bit behind on posting! Life has been crazy with all the turbulent changes in Massachusetts, particularly with moving home and trying to sort out the rest of my education. Luckily, I’m currently on spring break anyway, so I’m trying to dedicate extra time to writing and other creative projects. As you know from clicking on this article, these are all my product empties in March. Several of them were purchases I made over winter break, so four months isn’t too bad for a shelf life! I hope you enjoy and find this helpful. 


I Am Magic Full Coverage Foundation | Juvia’s Place | $20

As someone with oily, textured, and sensitive skin, I am always looking for a new full coverage foundation to try. I was especially drawn to this one because of its low price point, and I was really impressed by NikkieTutorials’ review of the product as well. Even though the tube looks small (it is), a little drop of this product goes a long way. I’ve been using this foundation almost every day for the past three months, and it’s still got a bit of product left in it! It probably goes without saying, but I will definitely order another bottle of this foundation once I officially run out of my current tube. It’s affordable, it works incredibly, and the shade range is inclusive for all skin tones.


Insta Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the e.l.f primers for years now, but I decided over winter break that it was probably time for me to expand my horizons a bit. I was initially surprised by the consistency of this primer- it feels like putting a lip gloss on your face- but I came to love it immediately and started using it every day. If you also struggle with oily skin, this is the perfect primer for you. It literally makes your foundation stick to your face like glue, and the mattifying qualities help to prevent me from getting shiny throughout the day. The bottle isn’t completely empty yet, but it’s getting there. I’ll definitely be sure to buy it again in the future!


Gentle Cleanser | Differin | $11

I’m a pretty adamant face-washer, so I go through cleansers more quickly than any other product. Lately, I’ve been using the brand Differin on my skin. My mom bought me a few of their products for Christmas, because my skin was absolutely atrocious and my forehead was popping up with cystic acne. The formula for this brand is definitely very aggressive, and my skin even went through a pretty intense ‘purging’ period, but it’s definitely been clearing up over these past couple of months! My skin at this current moment looks great, with only a few little blemishes here and there. Everybody’s skin is differen(t), but for me, this brand is really doing the trick to combat my acne!


Redrum Liquid Lipstick | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $18

I’ve tried quite a few red lipsticks in my life, and this one is up there in the top three with Lisa Eldridge and Ohii Cosmetics. I got this lipstick in the rainbow Equality bundle, which means I only have the sample size, but I have efficiently used it down to the last drop. The sturdy applicator helps me to make clean, crisp lines, and the lipstick manages to stay on my lips all day without any signs of smudging. Being a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, it’s definitely a bit out of most people’s price range, but I would say it’s definitely worth the investment (if you’re looking for a great-quality liquid lipstick). Because I don’t have a paying job, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to buy it again for a while, but I’ll definitely order it again at some point in the future.  


Stay All Day Liquid Liner | Stila | $22

RIP to my fourth tube of this amazing liquid eyeliner. If you struggle with making your eyeliner look clean and perfect, I promise this is the perfect product for you. The thick yet precise felt-tip makes it easy to use and navigate, and the pigmentation of the black is extremely opaque. It is a bit pricey, but if you wear liquid eyeliner every day like I do, it’s honestly worth the investment. I can’t afford to buy more of this eyeliner right now, but the good news is, I have a cheaper dupe lined up next. 😉 


Matte Liquid Liner | NYX Cosmetics | $8

This is yet another fabulous liquid liner I have sadly come to the end of. I bought it a few months ago after realizing the Stila liner was a bit too pricey for me at the moment, and while they aren’t exactly the same, they both do the trick for me. The brushes are different, for one thing, and this liner may be a bit more difficult to use than the handy felt-tip I love in my other liners. Nonetheless, once you get the knack of it, using this liner is easy peasy. Even better, the tube has lasted me quite a while, so I know that I can stretch this product out and make it last for four months, at least. I will almost definitely be buying this again, unless I somehow find an even cheaper and even better alternative. 


Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner | Thayers | $11

If you’re an OG reader, you probably recognize this product as being one of my all-time favorites. Seriously, I’ve been using this stuff twice a day for what feels like forever, and I continue to be happy and amazed with the results I see on my face. Not only does it smell wonderful, it also makes my skin feel incredibly soft and acts like a primer/base for my foundation. Also, a little goes a long way- I’ve been using the same bottle for months and months on end. It probably goes without saying, but I am definitely going to be purchasing this again once I use up that last little bit. I’ll probably go for the rose petal bottle again, though the rest of the scents sound equally fresh-smelling and lovely.

I actually bought this palette quite a few weeks ago (if not a month or two ago), but I had so many other reviews to punch out first, this is my first chance to cover this palette! Honestly, though, I think it was almost better for me to wait so that I could have ample time to try out as many of the colors as possible. Today, I’m going to guide you through all of my thoughts about this palette, from the performance of the pigments to the longevity of wear. 

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First of all, it’s important to establish that this is not really a Jeffree Star palette; it’s a Morphe palette in collaboration with Jeffree. Morphe is usually not as pricey or luxury as the Jeffree Star brand, but the quality of the products is still really impressive and high-grade. The only thing I’m not a fan of regarding Morphe is their recent formula change- their Jaclyn Hill palette recently became NON vegan after being vegan for about three years, and they didn’t think to notify their customers about the change in formula. So I definitely thought that was a little shady.

Anyway, let’s talk about the palette. I bought mine at Ulta for $35, along with the new pink Morphe setting spray for $18. It’s definitely not cheap makeup, but like I said, the quality is consistently amazing and I also really loved the color range. I like that you can create plenty of neutral looks using shimmers and browns, but you also have the ability to create some more creative, colorful eye looks, such as the one I’m wearing below.

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For the eyeshadow look I’m wearing in the picture, I actually used a combination of the Jawbreaker palette and the Artistry palette. The formulas were definitely a tad different (Jawbreaker is a bit dustier,) but altogether, all the shades were highly pigmented, easily blendable, and absolutely gorgeous on the eyes. Purples are especially hard to work with, but I didn’t have any problems using these two palettes. There was quite a bit of fallout in the pan, but honestly, that doesn’t bother me as much as it bothers other people. I would rather my eyeshadow be pigmented and have fallout than not have an fallout and barely any color payoff, if that makes sense.

The only other negative I feel about this palette pertains to the lighter, shimmery shades. I have to say, even though the mattes were very brightly pigmented, these light shimmers were NOT cutting it for me. In fact, I even have drugstore shimmer shades that perform better than these Morphe shimmers. I was a bit shocked that they were so lackluster, considering Jeffree Star is all about the glitz and the shine, but I don’t know if that’s so much his fault as much as it is Morphe’s. I will also say that the shades that didn’t perform very well were pressed MUCH harder into the pans than the other shades, so maybe it was just a manufacturing error that made them perform so poorly. Nonetheless, I probably won’t be reaching for those lighter, glittery shades too much, unless I want to wear a really subtle highlight. 

I liked the setting spray as well; I’ve used Morphe setting sprays before in the past and I’ve always loved them. I wasn’t crazy about the strawberry scent, it was a bit too artificial for me, but I think the pink packaging is absolutely adorable. 

Anyway, my final thoughts about this palette is that it’s pretty good, but it’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever reached for in my life. That being said, I am very happy I decided to buy it, and I’m really looking forward to playing around with it more in the future. What do you guys think about these colors? Have you tried the palette yourself? Let me know in the comments!

I’ve tried a lot of makeup brands in my life, and even though I’m certainly not a pro, I consider myself well-versed in distinguishing quality, price, and overall performance of a product. I also don’t like to shit all over brands because of a bad product- just because something didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for somebody else with a different technique, right?

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To be honest, the things I’ve heard about Beauty Bakerie aren’t 100% on the positive side. They released a foundation at some point in the last couple of years, and the reviews were not flattering. Let me first of all start off and say the packaging for their products is ADORABLE. Seriously, it’s indisputable how cute the packaging is. Nobody had complaints about that. The thing people really had a problem with was the formula, for being too drying and unflattering on the skin. It really is a shame the foundation was a dud, because like I said, PACKAGING. 

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I was actually pleasantly surprised when I saw that Ulta carries some Beauty Bakerie products online. Sure, I’m not going to be spending $28 on an iffy foundation, but they have to have some good products, right? I was immediately drawn to the Mini Cake Pop Lippies, because the shades looked gorgeous and the packaging (per usual) was really cute. The mini lipsticks are $14 each, and I ordered 3 of them in the shades Bastani Ice, Picnic on Peachtree, and Cinnamon Churro. They seemed like a fair price at the time, but now that I actually have them in my hands, I’m actually dumbfounded by how small they are. Seriously, it feels like I am holding a free sample in my hand. The tube is also made out of a slightly flimsy-feeling cardboard, which surprised me, considering this was a kind of pricey MINI lipstick.

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This is the shade Cinnamon Churro on me, and like I said, I actually don’t hate it.

I know it probably sounds like I’m dragging this brand, but I really don’t want it to come across that way. 2 of the 3 lipsticks didn’t work for me, but one of them looked absolutely gorgeous and went on super buttery. The shade I liked is called Cinnamon Churro, and it’s a pinky-brown nude shade with a matte formula. Interestingly, even though it is labeled as a “matte” formula, it felt a lot creamier and shinier than the other two shades (which were, in turn, labeled as creme formula). I did notice that the lipstick was bleeding at the edges a bit, but it was nothing a little concealer couldn’t fix. It was also very easy to take off at the end of the day, being a creamy formula and not a drying liquid lipstick.

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Is it just me, or is that a disappointing amount of lipstick for $14?

Moving onto the shades I didn’t like. Bastani Ice is a light brown nude, and I can’t tell if it’s the formula that looks terrible on me, or the color itself (or maybe both?). Either way, it feels very waxy, patchy, and just really unflattering on my lips. I wish I liked the formula of Picnic on Peachtree more, because I LOVE orange lipstick shades and genuinely do love this color. It’s just this formula that goes on way too thick and chunky.

To recap, the things I liked are the packaging (of course), and the Cinnamon Churro “matte” lipstick. I was less happy with Bastani Ice and Picnic on Peachtree, but maybe I can find another use for them, such as cheek blusher. I also feel that they are rather pricey, considering what you actually get, and would have at least expected them to be in plastic tubes instead of a flimsy cardboard I could crush with my hands. I’m going to give Cinnamon Churro an 8/10, the other two shades a 5/10, and a solid 7/10 for the brand as a whole.

I doubt Beauty Bakerie is reading this, but if you are, I’m sorry for sh*tting all over your lipsticks. Despite this moderately disappointing review, I will continue to keep a lookout for more products from Beauty Bakerie and potentially give some other products a try in the future. Thank you for tuning into my beauty review this week, and I’m so excited to tell you about even more products in the future!


Note: One of my fellow bloggers who I adore, misswongx, also published various detailed articles about Beauty Bakerie (including the lipsticks!). I’ll link her main article here so you can check it out: https://www.misswongx.com/ive-spent-over-300-on-beauty-bakerie-see-whats-my-favorite-and-what-i-returned/


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