Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Foundation Review

I tried the new Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Foundation and took it on a pretty extreme wear test – in the 95+ degree fahrenheit Mississippi August heat! If you haven’t experienced mid to late August in the deep south, you can’t truly understand it. It’s hot, it’s humid, you sweat, it’s just misery. I don’t know why the Mississippi Book Festival is outdoors and in August but I’ve since talked to some of the organizers about maybe moving it indoors or changing the time of the year.

Please note that while I did receive a free retail sample of the foundation (which you can too, see below) I did not receive a review sample or any compensation for this review.

jane Iredale beyond matte liquid foundation

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte (TM) foundation  retails for $50 and comes in 18 shades, which is not a huge shade range but 6 of those shades are “deep” or “deeper.” If you have a Soft Surrounding nearby you can get a sample in their beauty section! If not they do have a shade finder quiz that you can take on their website.

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte foundation review

Iredale describes the foundation as: A clean, weightless, multitasking 3-in-1 foundation with buildable, stay-put coverage and a natural-looking semi-matte finish. Formulated with skin-nourishing, plant-based ingredients. 100% vegan and always cruelty-free.

  • Three-in-one primer, concealer, foundation.
  • Semi-matte, photo-ready finish.
  • Available in 18 self-adjusting shades.
  • Lightweight and long-wearing.
  • Medium-to-full, buildable coverage.
  • Reduces the appearance of shine and creates the look of smooth, even skin.
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Free from phthalates, parabens, GMO, artificial dyes, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrance, talc, nanoparticles and heavy metals.
  • Certified clean and safe: clinically tested, dermatologist tested, allergy tested, sensitization tested, noncomedogenic.
  • 100% color match guarantee.
  • Skin-loving Ingredients
  • PoreTect An eco-friendly ingredient made from Linseed and Celery Seed Extracts, PoreTect brings firmness, tone and density to the skin, reinforcing the structures that hold pores tight.
  • Peptides minimize the appearance of shine and promote a smooth, semi-matte, photo-ready finish.
  • Xilogel® A proprietary blend of Tamarind Seed and plant-based Hyaluronic Acid, Xilogel enhances the ability to improve skin elasticity, smooth and moisturize the skin.

Big claims! Especially the “100% color match guarantee” and that it is self-adjusting.

I made a mistake

In my video, I did mess up and use a primer which you DO NOT need with this foundation because it is a three in one primer concealer foundation. I do not think I will ever NOT use a concealer because of my dark circles but if you watch the video you will see that I think it is actually the Coola sunscreen that reacted badly to the tarte Pore & Prime balm, not the foundation.

Helpful to know

My skin is aging of course as I am 38. I tend toward dry and consider my skin normal-dry. My struggles are fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, natural very dark circles, some forehead wrinkles, and visible pores. I did not find the foundation drying but I was told to set it all over with powder which I don’t usually do so it did feel like I was wearing a lot of makeup on my face, although I don’t feel like it looked like a lot of makeup.

Overall thoughts

I like the foundation, I think it held up very well in spite of the extreme heat that I put it through! I did not feel like it minimized the appearance of my pores but you can see for yourself in my updates throughout the day in my video. I do not think that it is worth $50 but I do not think any foundation is worth $50! If you can afford it, I do not think you will be disappointed. Jane Iredale is not a flashy social media brand, they are geared more toward aging skin and everyday wearable looks but they are very high quality. They do have offers on their website that you can use to save some money but like I said in my video it’s almost a bad idea when I get samples from my friend Lucy who works at Soft Surroundings because all of the makeup and skincare samples she gives me are great quality and it makes me want to buy them. Don’t try it if you don’t think you will want to pay $50 for it because you will probably like it.

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation Review

DIY Marble Counter for Photo Background

 Create a professional background for product photos

If you want to be a content creator, you already are a content creator, or even if you just enjoy looking at beautiful photos of makeup or other products online, you may wonder how all these people have beautiful marble countertops for these photos.
The answer is, they don’t! I made a quick DIY marble photo backdrop for $8 and I’m going to walk you through what I did.

contact paper can turn any surface into beautiful marble

To start off, I purchased two rolls of different marble print self-stick paper on Amazon. I chose DC Fix 346-0306 Decorative Self-Adhesive Film, Grey Marble 17″ x 78″ Roll and that is what you see pictured here. I also bought Marble Paper 17.17″ x 78.7″- Granite Gray/White Roll Kitchen countertop Cabinet Furniture is renovated Thick Waterproof PVC Removable Waterproof Stain-Resistant Marble Contact Paper but it did not have enough veining in the print. I felt like for a smaller space that it did not look enough like marble. On Amazon you can look at user photos that are included in reviews to see how people have used both of these for covering furniture and updating countertops!

The key to professional looking instagram photos is the right tools

My 2019 goal as an amateur content creator on Instagram and YouTube has been to improve the quality of my photo and video content. Up until this project I had been using some vinyl tiles that were left over from when my husband & I redid the floor in my old house. The problem with that was that I had to photoshop out all the ugly lines! See the photo to the right for an example.
The need to airbrush out those lines made getting photos ready for instagram very time consuming! I wanted something that was a larger surface to avoid the need to do that much touching up.

how to create a marble photo backdrop

To start off I grabbed the largest cardboard box that I had in the house which was the Chewy autoship box. We get two big bags of dog food so this thing is huge!

I put it on a small table that would be ok if I accidentally damaged it. First I found the seam that held the box together. Then I proceeded to cut the box at that seam to get the largest unfolded piece of cardboard possible.

Once the box was unfolded, I used the contact paper to measure a slightly larger piece of contact paper and used the guide lines on the back to cut it. The back peeled off pretty easily and I smoothed down the contact paper a couple inches at a time until the box was covered.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to work

Unfortunately I am not great at spacial reasoning so I did not cover it all before running out of contact paper so I had to order another roll! I was able to use the two pieces to get a good photo of my new Jeffree Star x Morphe brushes but as you can see in the zoomed out photo, there was still a seam which is what I was trying to avoid! I still think that this contact paper makes a much more beautiful photo than the vinyl tiles I was using before this.

Morphe x Jeffree star brush set

I think the Morphe x Jeffree Star brush set looks really gorgeous on the new backdrop! By positioning and cropping the photos away from the seam I was able to get shots with the bright white marble veined background that look incredible without it being obvious that they are on a DIY photo space.
If you like these photos, make sure you are following me on Instagram, Not26AnymoreBeauty.

Jaclyn Hill Hillsters Do Not Play! Angry Fans Attack Over Honest Reviews of Jaclyn Hill x Morphe

I have had so many amazing conversations with people in the last few days about the JaclynHillxMorphe palette. Because I don’t have millions of subscribers, I am very lucky that I have not gotten irrationally attacked by many people. I watched Jeffree Star’s Snapchat rant, y’all know I am a big fan of his so I was a little disappointed in his reaction. I have defended him many times but using the “c” word is something I should not have overlooked in the past. But this is not about Jeffree so, moving on.

Honest reviews of the jaclyn hill x morphe palette

Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette honest fan review and swatches JaclynHillxMorphe PaletteOne thing I do agree with Jeffree on is that people have different experiences with the same products. I may love a product you hate. Plenty of people that I respect hate the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and I can’t understand how that is possible because it’s the best formula I have ever used, it’s practically perfect. We all have different skin, different lips, different things we struggle with like dryness, oiliness, etc, so the products are going to look different on different people. What I personally hope for from a brand is that it has continuity in that it looks the same on most people and the quality doesn’t vary.
Some people don’t love the palette but don’t hate it either and that’s ok. I have seen bigger YouTubers who straight up said “buy this palette, you will not be disappointed” that is a direct quote and this person was brutally attacked because she did not fall all over herself being in love with the palette and that is so messed up in my opinion! How can you attack someone for saying “buy this palette, you will not be disappointed”?!?!? Just because you think they need to be more excited about it or because they did take issue with the cheap packaging, which yes it is cheap packaging. Look at your Makeup revolution packaging, or even your other Morphe palettes, and then this cardboard and the packing IS low quality, there is not arguing that. Be honest and stop being reactionary.

I am using the jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette every single day for a week

Sunset look using Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette tutorial

I used the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette to create this sunset look

My video was a first impression. I have had a lot of great conversations about different ways to use this palette! My disappointment came from LOVING Jaclyn and wanting to LOVE this palette, I was not setting out to not like it. Otherwise my attitude would be “ha! I knew it!” not “man, I’m really sad about this.” I expected it to be the best palette I’ve ever had which is why I was disappointed. Many people have said that wetting the colors is the best way to get a color that is exactly like finger swatches. Several people suggested using different brushes. Some people wet with a setting spray like Fix+ so there are lots of ways to use products! I admit to being lazy, I am a regular person who gets up and goes to work so I am not spending 2 hours on my makeup on a weekday morning. I think I am the typical 30-something makeup wearer, that’s the whole basis of my blog. When you work full time, when you have kids, when you have lots of responsibilities like most people do in their 30s and 40s, even some in their 20s, you do not have the time nor the desire to spend hours and hours on your makeup at 6am. Let’s just be real. Even high school students, I know y’all are not getting up and spending 2 hours on your makeup before school. It’s just not realistic.
I decided that I am going to create a different look every day this week using ONLY the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette in order to come back with another video and give you all a full review. My first video was my first impression, it was billed as my first impression, I didn’t try to characterize it as anything other than my first impression.

Why are we so mean to strangers on the internet

Steel Magnolias If you can't say anything nice to say come sit by meThe most savage attack that I got, and believe me what I have gotten is not anything compared to people with legions of subscribers, the person accused me of “swatching wrong” and also of doing a purposely bad swatch with just one swipe of a brush. That alerted me to the fact they hadn’t watched the live swatches, so I said, did you watch the video? Because I knew people were going to freak out and I live swatched, most of those swatches were multiple swipes with the brush. Then the person admitted they didn’t watch it and they were “tired of all the negativity” and that “influencers have an obligation to tell the truth.”  Well duh. I don’t consider myself an influencer, I don’t have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. I’m a real person who loves makeup, loves learning about it, loves trying it – I don’t claim to be a professional makeup artist, I’m not a chemist, I don’t make cosmetics. All those experts are out there and I watch them just like everyone else! It’s funny to me that someone accused me of making a judgment on a product without giving it a chance but made a judgment about me and my swatches without even bothering to see how they were done when it was right there in front of them.

The psychology of social media

It got me wondering about why we feel like it’s ok to be really horrible to strangers on the internet. My actual career is in mental health, I’m a social worker and have worked as a therapist and with mental health nonprofits. I have a master’s degree. So while I might not be an expert in cosmetics I am pretty well versed in human nature – that’s why I examined my own reactions to the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and here’s what I realized:

We feel like we know the people that we follow on social media and watch on youtube, we consider them friends

the psychology of social media why are we mean to strangers on the internetThis is not new information. We peer into the lives of the people we follow on Youtube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter – they share intimate moments of their lives with us and tell us some of their innermost thoughts. We have close relationships with them and yet we do not know them, we have never met them in most cases and have never spent time with them. Because of the intimacy of social media though, the experiences we have “shared” with them are akin to those of our family members and close friends, so we defend them as we would our family members and close friends.
I have always felt defensive when people attack Jeffree Star, because I love his lippies and also because I remember him from the Myspace days. I empathize with his struggle being androgynous but not transgender, even now there is really not that many people like Jeffree Star out there. I have felt like an outsider myself so his experience resonates with me. I realized that my degree of overreaction over the quality of the palette had to do with feeling like I had been misled by people I trust – Tati, Jeffree Star, even Jaclyn Hill herself. People that I “spend time with” by watching them on YouTube, people whose opinions I trust based on a “relationship” that is not really real. All of these people run a business powered by YouTube. They are not my friends, they are not my family, while I feel that I know them, I honestly don’t. I probably would not even recognize them on the street without the lights and makeup – well Jeffree is recognizable but I’m just saying would I recognize Tati if she was walking down the street in jeans and minimal makeup? Probably not. So while it did hurt me to feel attacked by strangers, I realized that these people are defending Jaclyn in the irrational way that we all defend our best friend or our sister. While some of them are very young and may not be able to take a step back and look critically at the behavior, I can and so I did.
As Jeffree himself said in his disturbing Snapchat rant, it’s just makeup. It’s just an eyeshadow palette. I did spend $60 to buy Morphe brushes and I don’t have a lot of money for makeup right now. I am opinionated myself which is part of why I love talking about makeup. These are all our opinions, these are our experiences. They don’t have to be the same to both be valid. Chocolate ice cream and vanilla ice cream can both be the best in the eyes of the person who has that flavor as their favorite, even though I might (ok I do) say: “Who would pick vanilla over chocolate? Chocolate is clearly the best!” We aren’t all the same, and that’s ok. I am fine with people who think this palette is a holy grail and have different experiences. I want to share my experience, which is why I talk about makeup on the internet. I want to affirm people who have different experiences as well as those who like me were disappointed. I want to get along, mostly, because there is so much negativity and conflict in the world I would like makeup to be a place that we can come to for solace and strength – where we support one another and encourage each other’s creativity.

Makeup saved my life

green makeup geek eyeshadow typhoon enchanted MUG shadowsPerhaps not so dramatic, but makeup saved my sanity. I became more interested in makeup when I was laid off from a job that I still to this day describe as “my dream job.” I was also going to graduate school and it ended up being better that I wasn’t trying to work at the same time but it was a blow to my self esteem. I’d had struggles with people who formed opinions based on things that weren’t true, like that I had somehow “taken” the job of the person who had it before me, even though that person had quit. It was difficult for me to be disliked but an important lesson in that there’s always going to be someone that doesn’t like you, for whatever reason, and I had to learn to live with that. I grew a lot, I learned a lot, and it helped me be a better person. I was struggling though, I was laid off, I was hurt, and one day I went into Ulta and I picked up some makeup that was more creative than my typical conservative, natural look. I started watching YouTube and subscribed to Jaclyn Hill and Jeffree Star, I bought my first Velour Liquid Lipsticks, I tried a liquid foundation, little by little I began to use makeup as an outlet for my creativity. As I became stronger emotionally, I took more chances with colors and styles that I may not have before. My love for makeup blossomed during a very difficult time in my life and I have continued to grow in my knowledge, technique, and skill. I am by no means a professional, nor will I ever be, but I love makeup and the community that I have found online. There are wonderful people on Facebook and Instagram that I consider friends that I would never have met had it not been for my love of makeup.

Haters gonna hate

If you like it let it be and if you don't please do the same cause i fight with love and I laugh with rage you gotta live light enough to see the humor and long enough to see some changeI did know going into YouTube that eventually I would get “hate.” People, especially immature people, enjoy trolling to get attention. Any attention, even negative attention, fulfills them. It took a lot longer to get my first “Your [sic] too old for Instagram” comment. I actually expected it on YT first. I expected to be called fat and old, but mostly everyone is wonderful and supportive and positive. I know as I continue to grow, especially with this controversial opinion about the Jaclyn Hill palette, I will likely get more “hate” but that’s just the flip side to the coin I guess. There’s always some good with the bad. I set out to share my opinion and experience and I tried to be as respectful as possible to Jaclyn Hill, someone I do respect and am still a fan of. What people choose to say to me because of my opinion, whether or not they actually take the time to KNOW my opinion, says way more about them than it does about me, even though I do have feelings and yes it hurts.
If you are interested in my opinion and experience, please stay tuned for the conclusion of my week-long use of the Jaclyn Hill palette. And if you don’t care about my opinion or experience, as MannyMUA says, no one is forcing you to watch my YouTube or read my blog so please feel free to leave. With all due respect. We can disagree in constructive, positive ways.
Much love,

Starting out on YouTube is not as easy as it seems!

Let me start off by stating what should have been obvious: It is really tough creating a Youtube video. That being said, my very first Youtube video is live!! Check out my channel.
My YouTube Pixi by Petra Review
My first video is a review of Pixi by Petra’s Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes, and their Shades of Brows Palette. I decided to start a YouTube channel for two reasons. First and most importantly, I love makeup; I buy a lot of makeup; and I have a lot of opinions about makeup! I was writing long reviews on my instagram posts and I thought, “you know, people probably aren’t reading these, wouldn’t it be more fun to make a video talking about it?” The second reason is that I have a lot more time on my hands since I have been working from home and I hate being bored! I also watch a love of makeup reviews and tutorials on YouTube and they make it look fun and easy. Well it’s fun but it sure ain’t easy! One day I spent about an hour doing my makeup, sat down in front of my laptop, and realized that the lighting sucked, there was no audio, and this was going to be a lot more complicated than I realized.
So I did the logical thing, I went to YouTube! I watched a bunch of videos about lighting, cameras, backgrounds, what to do, what not to do, and I started over. It took about three weeks for the first video to make it onto the internet – and it is NOT perfect. The audio sounds great on my computer but some people reported that they couldn’t hear me. That’s not even to mention all the things that did not make it into the video! Here’s what I learned making my very first YouTube video.

  • My dogs have very full lives until I sit down in front of a camera. Once that happens, they want to be on my lap, licking my face.
  • Cameras pick up every sound! Even though my first video had some sound issues, what I found was every sound in the house ended up on the video! The dogs whining, the fan in the other room, and even worse the camera that I had chosen so carefully makes clicking sounds when it focuses. So that one had to go back and I got a new one on ebay.
  • You learn a lot watching yourself on video. I begin 2/3 of my sentences with the word “so.” I wave my hands around when I talk. I ramble when I get tired. That’s another thing –
  • It’s tiring! It takes a lot of energy to be upbeat and speak in front of a camera. With the time it takes to make myself up and shoot a video, I’m pretty beat by the end of it.
  • No matter how much light you have, you could stand to have more.
  • Editing takes 4-5 times as long as shooting.
  • It’s not cheap to start.

I’m actually going to be making a video about starting a channel. There are tons out there but sharing our unique experiences on video is kind of what YouTube is about. Even though it’s been an adventure, with good parts and tough parts, I plan to keep doing it. for a new video on my channel every Monday! I figure Mondays are everyone’s least favorite day so why no throw some new makeup in there?

How I achieved the almost perfect home blow-out

My hair is the bane of my existence. It could partially be because I live in Mississippi and we frequently have super high humidity. I learned that blowouts are worthless in 90+ percent humidity, it was a tough lesson. It wasn’t always like this. My hair used to easily do whatever I wanted. I air dried it, I colored it myself with lowlights so good that professional stylists told me I should go to school and be a colorist. Then, sometime around age 30, my hair decided that it needs to be wavy. I was a teenager in the 90s, so I wanted curly hair. I actually got perms. Then, when I no longer wanted curly hair, poof! Waves. Not the kind of waves that you want with a lob (long bob) but this shit curls up at the ends so hard the ends are at my ears. It’s ridiculous. I can no longer air dry my hair because even straightening it won’t completely fix it.
When I get a blowout at the salon, it looks like this:

Smooth. Shiny. Perfect.

I thought about buying the products that they use, but it’s $58 Kerastase spray and that’s just way more than I’m willing to spend on a hair product. I feel weird spending $30 on hair products. So I set out about four months ago to figure out how to get my hair to look a closely to a salon blowout as is humanly possible, without using ridiculously priced products.

IMG_7760This is the result of my four month journey, I look oddly surprised or stoned in this picture, so just ignore that messed up expression. The photo on the left is my hair after I gave myself a blow-out at home yesterday. Not quite as shiny and smooth, but I can’t afford to get blow-outs at the salon every two days; although I told my stylist that if I’m ever rich I will go to the salon to get blowouts every two days and I was really not kidding. If you’re a professional woman in your 30s, appearance matters a lot. We want to pretend that it doesn’t, but it does in most industries.

I have a lob or really a “mob” a medium bob with an angle cut. It’s not a no fuss style. The first thing I learned about home blow-outs is that technique and having the right tools means everything. About 15 years ago, maybe even longer, I tried a round brush in my hair. I have really thick hair so it got tangled and stuck, and I never used a round brush again. I didn’t realize there’s actually different sizes for different hair lengths! Drybar actually has a great video on that! I use the Cricket Technique Tourmaline Thermal Round Brush X-Large 1-3/4 from Ulta. It’s a good mid-priced brush at $16.95 so you’re not investing a ton of money.

For technique, you cannot beat YouTube tutorials. There are literally thousands of how-to videos on YouTube.

This is a great short video of round brush technique but the main difference I have found for short to medium hair is to pull straight out or even up. Drybar also has a great video on technique. The main thing I have found for myself is that my hair is too thick to go back up the hair once the round brush is at the end. This is another good one for lobs!

So here’s what works best for me.
I use just a plain old basic bought at Target conair blowdryer and straightener. Both of these are under $30. I also use a diffuser instead of the attachment that concentrates the air. I also bought this kick-ass holder from Bed, bath and beyond. It’s metal so you can put your straightener in it while it’s still hot so you don’t have to worry about letting it cool down before you put it away. Love it!

Next is products. I have tried sooooooo many different things over the years. Because I color my hair, I found the “sexy hair” products because their shampoos and conditions are sulfate free. I decided to try the styling products and I’ve been really happy with them. IMG_7767I start off with the Smooth Sexy Hair Encounter Blow Dry Crème right after I get out of the shower and comb my hair free of tangles. I usually do a few other things like moisturize and put concealer under my eyes. Then I spray it with Style Sexy Hair 450 Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Out Spray as a heat protectant, it smells like strawberries! Next I blowdry my hair til it’s damp, just about 85% dry. I had been making the mistake of using a round brush the entire time I dried and that was a HUGE mistake. It makes it so much more time consuming and your arms start to hurt after a while! Definitely don’t make that mistake.
Once it’s mostly dry, that’s the point where I section off IMG_7745my hair.

I am not the most patient person and I really hate blow drying so I only do it in a couple parts. I twist up the top layer left and right, and the top layer of the back and use butterfly clips to keep it out of the way. I also bought mine at Ulta because I shop there way too much but you can get them anywhere. This is where you start using the round brush. At that point, it doesn’t take very long to get the bottom layer completely dry. Maybe 2 minutes. The other thing I learned from youtube is that the “cool” button on the hairdryer is actually really helpful. Who knew?!?

The way it works is this. When you blowdry your hair, the heat opens the hair follicles. This is part of why you always want to dry DOWN the hair shaft toward the end and have to hold the stupid blowdryer way up over your head. That thing gets heavy.  Anyhow, if you hit it with a shot of cool air, it closes the follicles to seal in the style. The point is, it’s nice and straight and it’s curling under not over. Because, left to its own airdrying devices, this shit will be insane. I’m not even kidding. This is what it looks like when I take it down from the clips and it is NOT due to it being twisted, I promise you.
Just NO.
So before you take the butterfly clips down, you want to clip the dry portions back out of the way. The most important thing at this point is that your hair is 100% dry. Not 95%, not 98%. Take your hand and feel it and dry it more if it’s even slightly damp. Some people use a straightener at this point but I don’t because I’m not trying to add extra steps to it. It takes me long enough in the morning without making it more complicated! Keep the back clipped up, just unclip the left and right sides. At this point just repeat with the round brush, blowdrying the sections pulling straight out, or up. Also, in case you didn’t watch any of the youtube videos I linked to, make sure you are following the brush with the dryer so the heat is consistently on whatever hair is on the brush.IMG_7755 Once both side of your hair are completely dry, unclip the back and continue drying with the round brush. I usually make sure to dry the back straight up to make sure to get some volume back there. Again, I cannot stress too much that you need to dry it 100% dry. Then, once it’s dry. I push it behind my ears and do my makeup. This is why I don’t flat iron until the end. Even though it’s dry, I want it out of the way so I can do my makeup before I style it.
I have tried this many different ways but it’s quickest for me if I dry first. I do this naked in my bathroom because I get sweaty when I blowdry. Hey, it’s Mississippi and it’s July. It’s f***ing hot. So I get dressed, do my makeup, and then I actually run a hair straightener over my hair if necessary, and style it. The final result, is this nearly but not quite as good as salon blowout.

IMG_7758 IMG_7759 So there you have it! Home blowout, nearly as good as a salon. It’s taken a lot of time, frustration, products, fits of rage, tears, and mornings late to work to figure all this out. I hope that y’all can learn from all of my frustration!