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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Review + Swatches

marc jacobs enamored lip gloss


I’ve been asked some questions regarding the new Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick (0.074 oz: $28) and nothing excites me more than knowing that there’s a new lip product to investigate, especially the ones that are from MJ Beauty.


marc jacobs enamored lip glosses review

The Enamored Lip Gloss is basically a lip gloss in a stick that’s meant to condition and hydrate the lips while delivering a glossy finish. At first glance, the product’s packaging feels really easy on the hands especially with its teardrop-shaped applicator that makes it precise to apply on the lips. The colored caps of each tube seems to accurately match the shade of the lip gloss as well. On the outside, this product looks like a lipstick, that is, until you start applying it on the lips. It feels really emulsifying and it melts on the lips easily like butter. I wouldn’t call it creamy, but it’s more like a lip oil, or pretty much like a very pigmented lip gloss. It does glide effortlessly on the lips and it’s very lightweight as if you didn’t apply anything on. I didn’t notice any sticky feel all throughout my usage of the product, and it’s really comfortable to wear. I love that it has this nice subtle peppermint scent which is really on point this summer and I wish all lipsticks and lip glosses smell like that. Also, this Enamored Lip Gloss is super hydrating from the moment you apply this to your lips and even after it fades away, leaving the lips feeling supple and smooth.


Here are five of the eight shades.


marc jacobs enamored hydrating lip gloss stick


marc jacobs enamored lip gloss swatches


Mocha Choco-lata!nude pinky beige, perfect nude for light or light/medium skintones.


Uh-Huh Honeybrown sugar shimmer, a very wearable brown sugar tone that’s packed with glitter.


One Mauve Timerose mauve, a deeply saturated perfect mauve shade for those with slightly pigmented lips.


Black Cherry Babybronze cherry, appears dark red-brown at first glance but it’s actually quite sheer and can be easily worn by anyone with light/medium to deep skin tones. Reminds me a bit of Clinique’s super popular “Black Honey“.


Candy Bling red raspberry, a perfect pop of color this summer.


marc jacobs enamored lip gloss stick swatches


Lasting power for me with this Enamored Lip Gloss is pretty short, about 3 hours to 3.5 hours maximum. It fades away easily after eating or drinking and it’s not staining, so that’s kind of my beef with this. I’m also not keen on taking this outside with the Summer heat, fearing that it might melt easily due to its oily or buttery consistency. Speaking of its consistency, this lip gloss on a stick actually reminds me a lot of the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick (reviewed HERE) and the rest of the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lineup (HERE). Also, it’s quite similar to the Dior Addict Lacquer Stick (swatched HERE). So, there are a lot of products that may seem comparable to this Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss, however, it has a fairly wearable lineup of shades and its scent is something to consider for.


marc jacobs enamored hydrating lip gloss review


Overall, this is a great hydrating lip product that looks like a lipstick but feels and applies like a lip gloss with a nice shiny effect on the lips. It won’t stay long on the lips, so you’ll need to reapply quite often but it’s comfortable, non-sticky, super lightweight and it comes in cute wearable colors.


The Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick is currently available at Sephora, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, and Net-A-Porter


marc jacobs beauty enamored hydrating lip gloss review and swatches



Best Lengthening & Volumizing Mascaras

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Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara


What’s up, everybody!  I’ve been looking for a very good mascara for quite some time now, and my search for the best and brightest ended up being an overwhelming one. With all these latest lengthening and volumizing mascaras being released in the market lately, I’d say there’s really a lot of contenders out there. I pretty much tested a bunch of mascaras to see which one is a stand out for me. Given the fact that I don’t have a lot of lashes, plus they’re short, stiff, and straight, finding the one that’ll work for me has been quite challenging. Nevertheless, I found some that are really really great, and the difference among them can be very subtle. Let’s see which mascaras made the cut.


Benefit BADgal Bang! Volumizing Mascara, Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara


Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara (0.22 oz:  $27.50) – This has a slightly curved brush, a bit like an S-shape. The brush itself can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because its shape can reach and coat the inner corners of the eye which has tiny lashes in it, so it’s quite accurate in that sense. However, its S-shaped brush can also be a challenge as it doesn’t curl the lashes well. Formula-wise, it’s more of a lengthening mascara as opposed to being volumizing.


L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara ($9.99) – This is probably the best affordable mascara you can find nowadays. It’s waterproof, smudge-proof, gives a decent volume and lengthening effect on the lashes, but it’s not that dramatic. It does a good job of evenly separating my lashes with decent volumization, but it doesn’t give me that big fat lashes that I want. However, this is worth looking into if you’re on a tight budget.


Benefit BADgal Bang! Volumizing Mascara (Mini/0.14 oz: $12, Standard size/0.30 oz: $24) – This latest release from Benefit has a nice edgy packaging that looks very unique. This is a good everyday mascara if you don’t care that much about extreme volumization and lengthening effect but prefers a more lightweight substance. I find the formula to be quite wet but not necessarily smudgy, it just takes a while to dry. It’s a 36-hour water-resistant mascara so it might be difficult to remove for some, but for me, it’s not that bad really.  However, this particular mascara has quite a flimsy brush that a lot of us may not be used to, and can be a turn off for some.


Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara


Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense Fortifying Volumizing ($67) – This is probably the most interesting and most unique mascara I’ve ever owned. As you can see in the photo below, the brush looks like no other mascara brush before. It is shaped like a comb with very very tiny bristles. I’ve always been skeptical for its volumizing ability, given its tricky brush shape of course, and also for its exorbitant price. True to my suspicion, and in all honesty, this isn’t the best volumizing mascara in my experience, that is unless of course, if you already have long natural lashes. However, this mascara’s formula and brush applicator really lengthen the lashes and is the best at it. Since the brush itself is very fine, it can really reach into corners and can coat lower lashes, so it’s very accurate. The formula is very long-wearing too and it can withstand extreme humidity without any issue. I took this on a trip to one of the most humid places on earth, and my lashes remained long and coated but not necessarily curled or volumized.


Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense Fortifying Volumizing


Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (0.44 oz: $23) – I like this mascara a lot. It’s one of the best in volumizing and lengthening lashes without any fuss. It doesn’t smudge, it’s long-wearing, it delivers, it works, and I really don’t have any issues with it, except that it’s getting harder and harder to find.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s always in demand or that it’s gonna be discontinued soon. But for me, this is one of the best mascaras in the market that won’t disappoint anyone. It’s similar to Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and it’s great for anyone with sensitive eyes and for those contact lens wearers.


Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (Mini/0.21 oz: $14, Standard size/0.32 oz: $26) – I’m actually quite surprised at how much I love this mascara. It’s very volumizing and the formula is also very reliable. In fact, this mascara is at the top of my list as being one of the best. It gives big dramatic long lashes that last for hours and hours without smudging. I can’t complain.


Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara (Mini/0.13 oz: $12, Standard size/0.33 oz: $25) – This is probably my most favorite Lancome mascara as of the moment, and it’s also one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. It’s really very volumizing and very lengthening, it’s indeed true to its name. The formula is creamy and it coasts the lashes well, making them big, dramatic, and long. The effect lasts for hours without smudging or clumping. No wonder it’s Allure’s Best of Beauty 2017. Oh, and I love the cute pink accent on its packaging too.


Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. tom ford waterproof extreme mascara


Chanel Le Volume Waterproof Mascara (0.21 oz: $32) – I’ve had a few samples of this mascara before, but I just kinda ignored them because the formula looks goopy and clumpy around the brush. At first, I thought I may have just gotten some bad batch of samples, but one day I decided to try one of them and I was actually impressed at home dramatic and volumized my lashes looked. The formula is not really clumpy and smudgy once you apply it on the lashes. In fact, it actually helps to coat each strand of my lashes in order to make it look thick and full. The result is one super volumized dramatic lashes that makes you look very awake.


YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara (0.28 oz: $29) – This mascara truly gave me the shock. It’s the best-scented mascara I’ve ever tried, and it really smells good. Apart from that, it’s also very volumizing, lengthening and overall very good in terms of performance and wear time. I like that it curls the lashes very well and you only need one coat to get that very dramatic lash look. This is really awesome and I truly recommend it.


Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme Mascara (0.27 oz: $45) – This mascara is one of the reasons why I love Tom Ford’s makeup products. It’s a very reliable, all-around perfect mascara when it comes to volumizing and lengthening the lashes. It doesn’t smudge, it’s not runny, it’s easy to remove, it doesn’t flake, it withstands humidity, it’s basically perfect, but it’s expensive of course, so if you’re looking for a very good high-end mascara, you won’t be disappointed with this. For me, this is a holy grail. Hallelujah!


Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (Mini/0.17 oz: $12, Standard size/0.27 oz: $23) – This is the mascara that started my love for mascaras. It’s the best in volumizing, lengthening, and complete lash drama. It’s also great for Asians, or for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of lashes because it really gives you that extra volume to make your eyes look wide awake and poppin’. This can be difficult to remove though, but the pink tube which is the non-waterproof version is a bit easier to take off and it is long-wearing as well. Anyhow, this mascara doesn’t smudge, it’s super reliable, and it’s my favorite mascara of all time.


Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara


Bottom line, I am in love with all the mascaras reviewed here and I’ve been alternately using them because it’s just so hard to choose just one product as being the best. What was once a quest to find the perfect mascara ended up of me collecting some great products with reliable formulas. If I have to recommend some, I’d say, if you’re looking for a very very affordable and reliable mascara, go with the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, but if you want a very good high-end one, get the Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme. Other than that, you won’t be disappointed with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, YSL The Shock, Chanel Le Volume Waterproof, Lancome Monsieur Big, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, and Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara.



Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hi Guys! What’s trending lately? There’s been a couple of new beauty releases, and they’re pretty much drool-worthy. Part of those releases are the eyeshadow palettes by Marc Jacobs. Oh, I know what you’re thinking, they’ve been on my watch list too. LOL, and guess what? they’re mostly sold out now. Yep, that’s how hot the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes are ($49).


Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette glambition swatches

When I saw online that these are going be released soon, I wasn’t too smitten with them at first. For its price and the number of shades on the palette, I feel like you could probably get more bang for your buck with some other palettes. That is, until I set eyes on them at my local Sephora. I was like “those are really beautiful shades of eyeshadows”, even more so when I swatched them on my arms. Oh men, so pigmented, so soft, and what gorgeous packagings!


Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette review swatches

As you can see in the photos above, I brought home two palettes that I think might suit well with my dark almost-black hazel eyes. I love earthy neutral tones and some warm shades, so I picked Glambition and Scandalust. I know, they have such catchy names, right? Each palette came with a free sample of Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Eye Primer, which is awesome. I was contemplating whether I should get the Edgitorial shades or not, but in the end, I decided to skip on that for now. To be honest, there are lots of beautiful shades in each palette, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pull-off most of them, so here are the two beautiful shades I got.


Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette review


720 Glambition – The shades in this particular palette probably has the most neutral sort of “Urban Decay Naked (1st) vibe” (reviewed HERE). It’s great to wear as an everyday eye makeup because it has a nice array of bronze, neutrals, and gold. You can never go wrong with this.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette glambition review swatchesMarc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette 720 Glambition swatch

740 Scandalust – Gorgeous Dahling! Gorgeous! Has a bit of an Urban Decay Naked Heat vibe (seen HERE), due to the presence of the brick red shade, rusty browns, and mid-tone brown. This specific palette looks well-curated and very beautiful. It adds warmth, depth, and nice colors on the lid.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette 740 Scandalust swatch



Three things that really stood out for these palettes; First, they’re well-pigmented both on the palette and upon application. They’re probably one of the few eyeshadows or eyeshadow palettes I’ve tried that truly deliver strong pigments at first swipe, using an eyeshader brush. In my experience, I swiped a shade on my lids more than twice and I already started looking like a raccoon. LOL. Some of those other very well-pigmented eyeshadow palettes are the Lorac Pro Palette (reviewed HEREAnastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette, and the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette (seen HERE) to name a few. 



Second, these MJ Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes feel very fine, very soft, and almost creamy in their overall texture. Even though there are some glittery shades in each palette, I find that they have very minimal fall outs and they really adhere very well on the lids. Since these are so pigmented and long lasting, they’re also easy to work around the lids. You can pack the colors, layer them, or blend them more. They’re pretty much flexible to use.


Third, that sleek packaging is TDF. It may look elongated to you, but I actually like it because the mirror on these palettes is wide like the rearview of a car, which gives you enough visibility as to what’s happening with your eye game. They’re also easy to open, just push the little button in the middle and voila! Another thing I wanna point out is that the packaging is pretty flat which makes it so easy to pack. Take note of these in your next vacay soon.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette swatchesI believe these eyeshadow palettes are worth their price. They have incredible pigments, beautiful array of shades, luxurious packaging, and they’re easy to travel with. I definitely recommend these and they go very well when paired with Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (reviewed HERE).


For sure it’s hard to pick just one of these palettes. The million dollah question is, which palette are you gonna get?


The Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes are available at Sephora, Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus, &


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