19 August 2015

Brija Cosmetics Haul + Mini Reviews

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen that I placed an order with Brija Cosmetics during their two year anniversary sale.  Started by natural/nontoxic Youtuber Brianna (iluvjesse444), Brija Cosmetics makes natural mineral makeup that's vegan and cruelty free, as well as free of gluten and synthetic dyes and additives.  I received my order almost two months ago, so I've had lots of time to try these things out and am overdue to give you my thoughts on them!


Mean Girls Blush Collection
Despite not actually being a big fan of Mean Girls, the launch of this collection in the spring was what convinced me I needed to finally place an order with Brija.  I bought mini jars of three of the six shades in the collection and all three are lovely.  The colors are vibrant and pigmented - but not overly so to the point where they're hard to work with - blend easily, and have just the right amount of shimmer.  

Regulation Hottie is my favorite of out of everything I purchased.  A beautiful neutral pink, it's that effortless blush that you never have to think about because it goes perfectly with everything.  

Beware of Plastics looks very orange both in the pot and when swatched, but it has pink tones that become visible on the cheeks, turning it into more of a bright coral.  Especially gorgeous for summer!

Jungle Madness is the only color I'm a little disappointed with.  I wanted it to be a more vibrant version of Silk Naturals Abstract blush, one of my all-time favorite blushes, but on me, the magenta/purple tones aren't very noticeable and it leans mostly pink.  Still a pretty color, just not quite what I'd been hoping for.  



You Know Who Highlighter
You Know Who is gorgeous.  Part of Brija's Harry Potter collection, it has a pale cream/white base with multicolored sparks throughout, but no chunky glitter.  I was happily surprised by how wearable this is.  It's buildable, so a light dusting lends a beautiful natural glow and luminosity to the skin, while a more generous application works for a more intense highlight or strobing.  Either way, it looks beautiful and doesn't settle into or enhance pores, which is often my problem with highlighters.  It also works great as an inner corner highlight.

Jelly Balms
The Jelly Balms are described as having a smooth, silky lip balm-like feel and sheer color, which, as a tinted lip balm lover, sounded right up my alley. 



Yvonne is a sheer purple.  It looks dark and intimidating in the tube, but it applies as a sheer plum that's very easy to wear.  It's pigmented enough that I wouldn't be comfortable swiping it on blind, without a mirror, but it's nowhere close to full opacity.  

Sprinkles was a limited edition gift with purchase during the sale, but I hope Brianna will consider adding it to the permanent line.  It's a beautiful, barely there peach shade with gold shimmer.  Sprinkles also has added cocoa butter - which isn't in the permanent collection Jelly Balms - so it smells delicious, although I think I slightly prefer the feel of Yvonne on the lips over this one.  

(Top to Bottom) Sprinkles, Yvonne, You Know Who, Jungle Madness, Beware of Plastics, Regulation Hottie

I also picked up a couple samples (Hoola Hoop bronzer and Bachelor Watson eye shadow) and got a couple others free in my order, but I haven't used them much yet, so I'll have to update on those later.  

Have you tried Brija Cosmetics? 

12 comments:

  1. I haven't tried any of the cosmetics. Love the colour of the Yvonne jelly balm x

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  2. I haven't tried anything from Brija, but I love the way she themes collections. The Yvonne jelly balm looks gorgeous. :) x

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    1. Me too! The themes just add a little something extra :)

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  3. Lovely haul Caitie! How's the texture of the jelly balms? I've been wanting to try them but nowadays I'm veering more towards highly pigmented lippies. I'm drawn to the You Know Who highlight too but wished it was pressed!

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    1. Thanks Ru! The jelly balms remind me of a soft lipbalm. They're firm enough for a tube, obviously, but still a little softer than most balms. Not highly pigmented, like you said, but very pretty sheer shades and comfortable on the lips. You Know Who is completely worth the extra hassle of a loose powder! And it's not bad to work with - no fall out all over your face, plus much easier to get a subtle highlight than I was expecting :) Or, you could always press it yourself?

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  4. I haven't tried Brija yet, but I love how cute everything looks. I'm particularly drawn to Jungle Madness, and Beware of Plastics, the colors are very pretty :)

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    1. They really are! I've been into brighter, more vibrant blushes this summer and they're both just the ticket :)

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  5. I've been wanting to try out Brija Cosmetics! And Yvonne is actually a lot more wearable than I had presumed.

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    1. Yup! It's very purple, but sheer enough that it's pretty easy to wear :)

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  6. i am constantly planning brija orders and then i don't do it because i don't actually needed eyeshadow and blush, haha. i think i might need regulation hottie though... :)

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    1. Same here! I filled my cart so many times before this and just never checked out. Regulation Hottie is beautiful - definitely a new blush favorite around here :)

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