Beauty on the Cheap: Joe Fresh

Let me start off by saying that I had no idea Joe Fresh did make up. I’ve purchased their clothes in the past, both for myself and my son, and I’ve been more than impressed. The combination of price point and quality is spot on, so naturally I was curious as to whether the make up line would be the same.

I grabbed two items: a palette from the clearance bin and a full priced long-wear lipstick. The palette included a trio of coordinating eye shadows, a matte lipstick, and an eye shadow brush.

Joe Fresh palette in Just Peachy

Joe Fresh palette in Just Peachy

The palette was on sale for $6, which was just over 50% off. For that price, I really couldn’t pass it up. The shadows look like they have a bit of a shimmer in the pan, but I found that they went on with more of a matte finish. The brush was a surprise. Most brushes that come in sets like this are abysmal, but this one is actually decent, and will be good for touch-ups on the go.

The lipstick is a great colour, but I wasn’t sure about the quality when I first applied it. It looked dry, and seemed to gravitate towards the creases in my lips. For me, the mark of a good matte lipstick is that it looks matte and feels cream. This wasn’t really giving me that, so I played around with application a little to make it work. By applying a lip balm first and lining with a MAC lip pencil in Subculture, I found the finish to be quite nice. It lasted fairly well, but I did need to reapply after eating if I wanted the best look.

For my eyes, I used the peach-pink all over my lids, blending up towards my brow bone. I used the brown in the outer corners of my crease, and the vanilla as a highlighter under my brow. The colours work very well together, and I’ve also used them separately to great effect. They blended well and had a nice amount of pigment payoff, but keep in mind that I always use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion when I apply any type of eye colour.

Here is the final look:

Just Peachy Face and Maven NailsI had already been outside for a large chunk of time that day, but sweating and being in the sun had no adverse effects on the products. When you have hot summers, this is always a plus. I don’t know if I would pay full price, but on clearance this palette was a  hell of a deal.

Now, for the long-wear lipstick. I’m a huge fan of long-wear lipsticks; the less I have to worry about what my lip are doing throughout the day, the better. This is especially true now that I have a little grabbing at my face all the time. If I can put something on and know that there’s less chance of him smudging it, all the better. I have several lipsticks already that do the trick; I needed to know how this one compared.

Joe Fresh Fuschia Long Wear

As you can see, the box claims that it will go for six hours. Most long-wear colours that I have claim eight or ten, so this made me curious right off the bat. What was different about this formula that took the time down to six hours? I figured that out right when I applied it the first time. It’s a much creamier formula that similar products I’ve tried, and love, like Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick and Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Colour. It also does not dry to the touch. Even after having it on for several hours, it will come off if I, or Finn, touches my lips. If I eat or drink there will be colour transfer, but it still hold up well. I didn’t feel the need to reapply. The colour pay out is great, application was smooth, and it didn’t dry my lips. That was a huge bonus.

Here it is in action:

Excuse how crazy my super high prescription glasses make my face look. I am blind; it cant be helped.

Excuse how crazy my super high prescription glasses make my face look. I am blind; it cant be helped.

I really like the colour, and it feels great on my lips. If it didn’t get on my son’s hands so easily, I would definitely go back for more, especially at $8 a tube.

For an impromptu purchase, I’m happy with what I got, and I suggest giving the Joe Fresh line a look-see. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have any of the products up on the website anymore. I’m not sure if this is because they’re going to be discontinuing the collection or because they want the site to be more focused on the clothes. Either way, hit up a Superstore and check it out.

Products used in both looks:

~Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer

~Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

~Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation in Fair Sand

~Make-up Forever Super Matter Loose Powder in Translucent Natural

Products used in top look:

~L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara in Blackest Black

~Nyx Blush in Pinched

~POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine

Products used in bottom look:

~Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner in Black

~Diorshow Blackout mascara in Kohl Black

~Nyx Blush in Pinky



Shopping in the Rain and Family Time

My brother came over today to help us relocate our treadmill to his house. It has been occupying the room that we’re turning in to a bedroom for the Tiny Human, and we just don’t have anywhere for it to go. My little brother, on the other hand, has a fully functional training gym in his basement, but it was lacking a treadmill. Giving it to him and being able to go over and use it whenever we want seemed like a lot less work than trying to sell the damn thing.

Between Shawn, Firs (which is my nickname for my brother, don’t ask, it’s a long story) and my dad, they had more than enough man power to get the thing in the truck and to my brother’s house. Mum and I could have tagged along, but there was really no point. Besides, it was raining and my brother’s house (formerly my house) is always cold. We decided to run some errands instead.

There were a few boxes that had to be taken to the Goodwill donation centre, mostly of wedding gifts we had no use for and couldn’t exchange and things we just didn’t need anymore. We also had a few questions for the people there about what kinds of things they accept, as furniture will need to be donated as the spare room gets converted in to the Tiny Human’s new space. With that done, it was on to Home Sense to try an locate a picture of the Eiffel Tower that my mum had her eye on, but that we’d seen at a different location.

Alas, the particular picture we were seeking wasn’t there. We found a few others that had some potential, and a few nice gliders and pieces that would work really well in my house, but after over an hour of wandering around, we left empty handed. Nothing was really reaching out and grabbing us (aside from furniture pieces that just aren’t in my budget right now). The party moved down the strip to the maternity store.

I decided to give Thyme Maternity another chance. The one Kingsway Mall was horrible, but perhaps a free-standing store would be a better option. Not only was the store we were visiting bigger, but the stand alone stores tend to have really good sales. When we walked in, I wasn’t giving much hope to the service. The only girl working was on a personal phone call behind the counter and didn’t look up or acknowledge us in any way. This is a huge pet peeve. I was on a mission, though, and decided to keep looking through the store. The selection here seemed miles above what I had seem at the previous location, and while the prices for regular stock were still high compared to Motherhood, there was an enormous sale section in the back. This warranted some exploration.

Everything in the clearance section was 50-70% off the regular price, with an additional 50% off the last marked price. If I didn’t find something in there that I liked, I would have been seriously disappointed. Luckily, though I still grabbed a few misses, I walked away with a new pair of jeans, two sweaters and a denim tulip skirt for $48.00. That’s right, less than fifty bucks for four pieces I can mix and match with almost everything I already own. I added up the original retail value of the items when we got home, and the total came to $232.00! I got a short sleeved red sweater for $3.50, down from $55.00. I must say, I don’t always go hunting for a deal, but I won’t pass one up when it slaps me in the face like that. The original mission of getting a pair of black leggings was a failure, but I’m not going to complain about that when I came away with so many other fabulous things.

The other sweater is long, dark blue with mauve-ish stripes and 3/4 sleeves. I love the way it looks, but it definitely makes my bump pop out. There is no mistaking that I’m growing another person when I have that sweater on, and I love it. I’m not one of those women who is going to spend my entire pregnancy in loose, baggy clothes, trying to hide my bump. I love the way I look with it, and I have no problem flaunting it for everyone to see.

We did end up heading back to the original Home Sense location where we found the other picture. It was an essential purchase for my mum, who loves Paris (as does my dad) and enjoys accenting her house with tasteful pictures of the city, some of which they took on their last trip there. By the time we grabbed the picture and I talked myself out of buying the Tiny Human an owl costume for Halloween next year, the rain wasn’t just misting or gently falling anymore; it was falling in earnest. That was a clear sign (aside from the fact that I was hungry) that it was time to head home.

My dad made a fabulous dinner for the five of us using his new smoker. The two chickens he put in with the maple chips were delicious, and the leftovers are going to make amazing sandwiches tomorrow. Combine that with the tender potatoes he does so well, and the fresh chocolate chip cookies he baked up for dessert, and it was a hell of a meal. We ate 1.5 of the chickens, all the potatoes (and corn), and polished off the full 2.5 dozen cookies by the time our game of Cards Against Humanity was half way through.

The day started out crappily, with a weather induced migraine having plagued me for most of the morning and the previous two days, but the right combination of drugs and distraction has managed to make it go away. Finally. The day was really great, and I’m actually looking forward to starting the purge of the storage room tomorrow. It’s going to be just as good of a day tomorrow. I can feel it. It must be the new jeans the fact that I’m full of cookies.