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Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Too Faced Everything Nice Palette

Claims: Create any makeup look you desire for the holidays with this versatile, must-have makeup palette. The deluxe-size Better Than Sex Mascara and 20 pigment-rich eye shadows with exclusive new shades are perfect for creating show-stopping eyes. Brush on a winter glow with the two blushes, including Papa Don’t Peach and two bronzers, featuring the antioxidant-rich Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. This set includes three gold glitter, Cruelty-Free Teddy Bear Hair brushes that make perfect beauty tools for completing any look. The limited-edition party-ready, pink glitter zip bag makes for a fun party clutch, and the step-by-step, how-to glamour guide with three beauty looks helps you get ready for every occasion.
Price: $56
- 20 x .06 oz Eye shadows
- 2 x 0.14 oz Bronzers in Chocolate Soleil and Inner Light
- 2 x 0.14 oz Blushes in Papa Don’t Peach and Sweet Pink
- 3 mini Gold glitter Cruelty-Free Teddy Bear makeup brushes
- 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
Where to Purchase: Sephora  

Hello my loves! So today I am doing a review of the Too Faced Everything Nice Set. This review marks the first time where I have reviewed Too Faced products! I've been eyeing this set for awhile now, unable to decide whether or not I should pick this up or not. Last year I missed out on the My Favorite Things palette from them and I really regretted not picking it up! I eventually caved in and bought this palette! I've only tried two things from the set prior to purchasing this palette, the Better than Sex Mascara and Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Everything else from this palette is brand new to me (I have never tried any of their eyeshadows, blushes, and highlighter)! So, stay tuned for this lengthy review of this makeup set!

Packaging: Too Faced completely nailed it with the packaging of this set. As a self professed lover of all things pink, I love the makeup bag that it came with the set. The pink glitter bag is absolutely gorgeous! While I'm not sure if the glitter will stay 100% intact on the bag, I do think that the actually makeup palette itself is a nice size, I don't think it is too heavy or light. Biggest downside of this makeup bag is that the palette itself won't fit instead the bag (which you would think the brand would do if it came along in a set...)! The design on the palette is, however, appealing and the names of all the individual eyeshadows, blushes, highlighter and bronzer is written below the product!

From Left to Right: Turtle Dove, Dream On, After Hours, Fawned of You, Knockout, Paper Roses, Kindess is Free, Mauvelous, Be You, and Secret Lovers

Too Faced Eyeshadows:
Turtle Dove is a sheer, true white matte eyeshadow. Dream On is a matte cream color that is perfect for the brow bone highlight. After Hours is a metallic warm gold. Fawned of You is a matte light brown (with a warm undertone) that is a nice transition color. Knockout is a matte dark brown (with a warm undertone) that is great for adding depth and for smoking out an eye makeup look.

Paper Roses is a sheer, baby pink matte eyeshadow. Kindness is Free is a shimmery pink eyeshadow. Mauvelous is a shimmery silver with a purple/mauve undertone. Be You is a matte taupe brown that is a really good cool toned transition color. Secret Lovers is a matte dark brown that is great for smoking out an eye makeup look.

From Left to Right: Heaven Shiny Happy, Honey Pot, Don't Settle, Girly, Totally Fetch, Live it Up, Too Glam, Head Over Heels, Chocolate Moon

Heaven is an off-white matte that is a great for a brow bone highlight. Shiny Happy is a silvery eyeshadow with a shimmer finish. Honey Pot is a warm gold with a light shimmery/metallic finish.
Don’t Settle is a shimmery gray-brown eyeshadow. Girly is a duochrome blue brown shimmer.

Totally Fetch is a metallic hot pink eyeshadow. Live it Up is a metallic purple eyeshadow. Too Glam is a shimmery sea green eyeshadow. Head Over Heels is a shimmery dark blue eyeshadow. Chocolate Moon is a black eyeshadow with shimmer.

Overall, I have been enjoying all of these eyeshadows. The majority of these eyeshadows are pigmented, smooth, and very buttery. However, some of these eyeshadows require extra work to place onto your lids (Mauvelous, Shiny Happy, and Head Over Heels). With these eyeshadows, I find it best to wear a eyeshadow base underneath, like the Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil. My favorite eyeshadows from here is Mauvelous (even though I have to pack this on more, it is SO beautiful on the eyes!), Be You, Shiny Happy, Honey Pot, Don't Settle, Girly, and Too Glam. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: This mascara formulation claims to "achieve high-volume and thickens, lengthens, and curls lashes for a dramatic eye look". I personally am not particularly fond of this mascara. In my opinion, I think this mascara is best for those who are naturally blessed with really nice eyelashes. This mascara does add a little bit of volume for my lashes, but the effect isn't as strong as the Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara that I adore. If you have sparse and short lashes, I wouldn't recommend this mascara for you

From Left to Right: Sweet Pink, Papa Don't Peach, Chocolate Soleil, Inner Light

Too Faced Blush in Sweet Pink: This blush is a warm pink with a satin finish (and a light sprinkling of shimmer). The shimmer in this blush is not as prominent as the blush Papa Don't Peach, so I think a lot of people will find this blush to be more appealing as a result. I favor warm pinks more the cool pinks because I think it flatters my skin tone a lot more. I can see this blush working well for light to tan skintones.

Too Faced Blush in Papa Don't Peach: This blush is a warm peach with a healthy amount of shimmer. I find that when I use this blush, I can skip out on highlighter. I don't find that this blush is too overpowering on the shimmery effect. Out of the two blushes, I like this one more (mainly because I favor peaches more then pink) and this is also the blush that is more pigmented. Papa Don't Peach is best suited for those who have light to medium skintones.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: This bronzer is ideal for light to medium skintones. It is blendable and pigmented. This bronzer does not get muddy or orange on me, which is a huge plus! I find that the lasting power of this is pretty good, lasting for a good six hours on lighter base and lasting 10 hours for a heavier, long lasting foundation. In my opinion, I think this bronzer is more suited for me in the summer when I am a bit tanner, but I can definitely work with it due to how easy it blends. One big con for me is the smell of this product (which a lot of the beauty community do enjoy). While I do like the smell of chocolate in food, the fragrance of chocolate immersed in the bronzer isn't appealing to me. I do anticipate using this bronzer frequently, but the scent will deter me from using the bronzer as much as I would want to (and as such, I will stick to Benefit Hoola Bronzer or Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light).

Too Faced Highlight in Inner Light: This is a white gold highlight with an overpowering amount of shimmer when swatched. The insane shimmer thankfully does not translate very well when placed on the tops of the cheekbone, but that is mainly a result of this highlighter having moderate pigmentation. Out of all the cheek products in the palette, this is my least favorite. It doesn't last too well on my skin, I didn't see it lasting longer than four hours with a long wearing foundation.

Makeup Brushes: This kit has three makeup brushes (a general face brush, eyeshadow brush, and a liner brush). The makeup brushes are cruelty-free and are one of the softest makeup brushes I own. The face brush isn't the best for contouring or applying blush and highlighter, will work in a pinch but not the best. The eyeshadow brush is not dense enough to pack on color, but it is okay for adding a light wash of color on the lids. It will take a bit of effort to use this eyeshadow brush to blend out color (basically, don't expect it to have the magical powers of the Mac 217 Blending Brush). The eyeliner brush doesn't pick up color as well as I would like, making it difficult to use it to apply eyeshadow as eyeliner. Overall, I don't think I will use these brushes much... but they could work if I need them too.

Final Verdict?: I think this palette is a great value for what you are getting size wise. If you only are interested in using the face products or even the eyeshadow products, I'd say go and buy this because you are getting SO much product for the value of this palette. If you are new to Too Faced and wanted to try the brand out, I think this is a good selection of products here for you to try out. There are some duds for me in this palette (the mascara, the highlight, the brushes ETC). That doesn't necessarily mean that this would be a bad thing for everyone. If you are a beginner, I think that not having exceptional pigmentation in the highlighter is a necessity if you are just starting out in makeup. I can see the mascara working well for those of you who are naturally blessed with nice lashes (plus, mascara is such a hit and miss with people anyways!) I do enjoy the eyeshadows here even though some of the eyeshadows are a hit and miss at times. The majority of these eyeshadows are really nice and pigmented, the others you would have to pack on a little bit more (and might require an eyeshadow base) but are still decently pigmented. As such, I would give this product a thumbs up!

What do you guys think? Are you guys going to pick this up? Let me know in the comment section below.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 2014 Favorites

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog! Today I will be sharing with you the products I have been loving in October! The past month has been a month full of adventures and I'm now looking forward to my favorite month (November, because its my birth month and all)! That being said, lets get right to my beauty favorites this past month!

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown - Review
This tried and true product has been used heavily this month (mainly because I had extra long days and I knew I can trust this product!) If you are unsatisfied with the lasting power of your eyebrow products, definitely give this one try. I don't think I will try any more brow products from any makeup line because this product is just that good. It might take a little more time to do your eyebrows using this product, but I promise the result is worth it!

Benefit They're Real Mascara
I completely adore this mascara! It's one of my favorites from what I have tried, drugstore and high end. This creates really nice length (and a tad bit of volume) for my sparse and short eyelashes. The power of this mascara was shown when I actually got asked if my eyelashes were real! However, this formula is especially if you do not like dry formulas stay away from this mascara!

IT Cosmetics Eyeshadow Brush for Ulta #105 Airbrush Blending Crease
Prior to this brush, I only owned one eyeshadow blending brush and that was the Mac 217. I didn't realize the usefulness of a big fluffy crease brush until I owned this one...and I did not regret this purchase one bit! This brush really makes sure that my eye makeup is diffused and does not have any harsh lines. I'm so happy that I purchased this brush, it is uber soft and I have not noticed any shedding at all! I have a feeling that I might splurge a little bit more for my brushes now that I have tried one It Cosmetics Brush (this was not a slippery slope that I thought I would encounter!)

Jordana Twist and Shine Balm Stain in Cranberry Crush and Honey Love - Review
While I may not be totally sold on the formulation of these lip products, I love the color payoff that these two products have on my lips. Honey Love is a beautiful dark, pinky nude and Cranberry Crush is a beautiful sheer (but buildable) berry. These have stuck around in my travel makeup bag for the past month or so and I don't see them leaving anytime soon!

Mary Kay Clear Proof Toner
I received this product in my most recent Influenster box to review (coming soon!) and this product has impressed me a lot! I'm not sure what to think of the rest of the Clear Proof line yet, but I really like how this toner balances and cleans up my face (and the fact that it is infused with salicylic acid which should help prevent future breakouts!) I've long been a fan of infusing either salicylic acid or other acne treatments in my skincare so that I can try to minimize future I'm even more happy to stumble upon this! However, if you are more on the drier skin side, I would not recommend this toner to you because it is a tad bit drying.

Nars Blush in Deep Throat
Whenever I am aiming for a peachy blush this month, I gravitate towards this one (as predicted in my Fall Makeup Picks)! It's an absolutely stunning blush that I truly feel will been flattering across all skin tones. The golden shimmer in this blush is light enough where it isn't overpowering and doesn't emphasize my pores. If you are looking for a blush to invest in, I highly recommend you check this one out!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
This product is well loved, but yet under appreciated at times. I usually gravitate towards this setting powder to set my base but lately I have been loving this product to set my concealer underneath my eyes. Even though this powder doesn't make me stay matte the longest, I still like using this because it is reliable and I know that I won't look cakey when I use this!

Sleek Blush in Pumpkin
This beautiful orange blush definitely not for the faint hearted, but until you try, you never know whether or not you will like it! I've fallen in love with this blush within the past couple of months and I think that is something that has become irreplaceable in my collection (I also featured this in my Fall Makeup Picks)!

What are your favorites this past month? Let me know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain

Claims: Moisturizing Balm Infused with a Light-Weight Stain. Applies with a Glossy Finish then Transforms into the Perfect Flush of Color. Long Lasting.
Price: $2.99
Size: .095 oz/2.7 g
Shades: 8
Where to Purchase: Jordana, Walgreens

From left to right (first swatch being one swipe across, second one being a more pigmented swatch): Cranberry Crush, Honey Love, Rock n Rouge, and Sweet Pink

Hey guys! So today I will be doing a review of the Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. I currently own four colors (Cranberry Crush, Honey Love, Rock n Rouge, and Sweet Pink), and I now feel after trying it for over a couple of months year now I am finally ready to review them!

My favorite Balm Stain out of the ones I own is Cranberry Crush. For me, this is a wearable berry that I think a lot of people would wear, and not be afraid to do so. Honey Love is very reminiscent of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. It is a tad bit darker, but is still a flattering my lips but better lipstick. If you are looking for a brown nude lip product that is similiar to the whole Kylie Jenner craze going on right now, think about getting Honey Love (its also a bit more wearable because of the shine). Rock n Rouge is a blue toned red. While blue toned reds are nice to have on hand, I prefer a much deeper red (I'm still trying to find something to replace my beloved Mac Viva Glam I). Sweet Pink is a blue toned baby pink. Initially, I did not like this color but it keeps growing on me... but to be honest I haven't used it that much.

These lip products are sheer at the first swipe of application, but they are very buildable. One shades that exemplify buildability of these lip products is Cranberry Crush. Looking at the initial swatch above, you would think that this would be a sheer product. However, the more you layer this one the more the true color shows through. As such, this berry is a very wearable one. The range of pigment with these pigments I feel will satisfy a wide range of people   from beginners who may want to branch out to bright lip products but want to go slowly to lip junkies like me who sometimes need a multitasking lip product where the amount of color on the lips can be controlled simply by the pressure of application.

The staying power is about the same as a normal lipstick. For me, I don't mind that these do not have a long staying power, but I know I can not depend on these lip products to carry me through on a long day. I also find that these bleed outside my lip line as the day goes on. I don't find that these lip products ever actually set, they remain glossy through their wear and will transfer to your drinks, straws, or even chin (but maybe the whole lip products transferring to the chin occurs because I have big lips and all).

Cranberry Crush

Honey Love

Rock n Rouge

Sweet Pink

My final thoughts? To be honest, I do not think these will be something I will gravitate to often. My favorite out of here is Cranberry Crush and Honey Love and I know I will be wearing these often in the Fall, but I don't anticipate getting much use out of Sweet Pink and Rock n Rouge. To be honest, I kind of sick of the jumbo lip product trend... I prefer the formulation of a lipstick much more than jumbo lip products. I'll probably still get sucked back into the trend if I find something I really love... until then I'm going to stick to lipsticks. I only see myself repurchasing Cranberry Crush and Honey Love if they run out (mainly because those two colors are a bit more unique in my collection). If you are looking for a versatile lip product where you can control the color payoff, these might be something you may want to look into.

What do you guys think? Have you guys tried these before? Let me know!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Makeup Picks

Welcome back my friends! Today I will sharing with you my fall makeup picks! Thanks to the lovely weather we are currently having in Florida, it is still summer here. However, to many of you it is now fall (and borderline winter) weather! Fall is my favorite season, I love the change in weather and the beautiful color change of the greenery! Of course, I always love the changing trends in makeup when fall occurs. I scanned my makeup collection and picked out pieces I know that I will use in the fall a lot more (and products I highly recommend to my friends!) That being said, lets get going to why I recommend this products!

Inglot AMC Eye Shadows - Review
One of my favorite eye makeup looks is using the gold (AMC Shine 07) and cranberry (AMC Shine 12) from this Inglot palette during the fall (this old blog post being an example of a similar look I've created using different makeup products!). I've raved about Inglot eyeshadows multiple times on this blog now and they are one of my favorite eyeshadows I own. If you have an Inglot counter near you, I implore you to go there and swatch your life away. I promise you that you will be impressed with the quality of these shadows.

Inglot AMC Pigment in 69
This antique gold pigment is to DIE for. While I have used this pigment in other months, this shade of gold will look stunning in the fall when its paired with cranberrys or green (example using the pigment). For those of you who are concerned with fall out, I can assure you that as long as you tap away the excess you should not have much issue with eyeshadow fall out.

Jordana Twist n Shine Balm Stains in Honey Love and Cranberry Crush
Jumbo lip pencils are a great lip product to have on hand. These ones by Jordana are moisturizing and the color intensity can be built up from sheer to medium! Honey Love is a darker nude that I love wearing when the weather gets warmer. Cranberry Crush is a perfect sheer berry or a bold statement. I don't see these having a staining effect, but I do enjoy them nevertheless.

Nars Blush in Deep Throat - Review
While Orgasm certainly gets a whole lotta love in the blogger world, I have to say that Deep Throat knocks it out of the park (in my humble opinion). This peachy pink blush has a slight amount of shimmer while Orgasm has a huge amount of shimmer which can make it slightly unwearable. My love for this blush is seen by my feature of Deep Throat in Top High End Blushes. Within the past month or so, I have consistently used Deep Throat on days which I have been wearing makeup. If there is one blush from Nars you should try out, definitely go for this one! I will certainly pick up the full size of this blush when I run out!

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Enhancing Shadow & Liner Smokey Hazel Eyes
An old staple of mind in my makeup collection, I have to say that this little eyeshadow palette screams fall to me (thanks to the beautiful taupe and cranberry). This is a very well loved drugstore palette of mine and I used to travel with this constantly before the packaging broke on me! I highly recommend using a sponge tip applicator for these eyeshadows, for some reason or another using a flat eyeshadow brush won't pick up color as effectively with this formulation.

Sleek Blush by 3 in Pumpkin
I have fallen in love with blush in Pumpkin Pie (yes, the orange blush)! I initially did not think it would look good on me with my yellow undertone, but this blush gave me a really nice surprise! Its the main blush I use in the palette mainly because I'm too attached to it. A little bit of this bad boy goes a long way, especially if you have light/medium skintone. I use either the Elf Studio Complexion Brush or Real Techniques Multitasker Brush to apply and I have not had an issue with over application (but if you do accidentally over apply, just dab a bit of translucent powder on a brush and then start blending away!).

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Stellar
I hate to recommend a limited edition blush, but this is a honestly my favorite blush to wear during the colder months. This is a brown blush with a hint of shimmer that I adore (as seen by the fact that I have hit pan on it. If you don't like how brown this blush is, Exposed by Tarte is a bit more on the pink/mauver side from the swatches I've seen online.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone
This is another eyeshadow palette I love dearly (but pretty much only use in the colder months). On the left side, this palette has some beautiful browns that will create a beautiful natural makeup look. And on the right side, there is a complementary selection of greens. The right side has my favorite eyeshadow color, the definer color. I created a look here using this palette last holiday season and I have to say that this palette is worth getting just for this definer color. It's just that special!

What are the products that you'll be gravitating towards during the colder months? Let me know in the comment section below if you have any recommendations for me!

Friday, October 17, 2014

#MakeuplessMonday Review: Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

Hey guys! So this is my last old video that I need to post before my blog is currently up to date with my youtube videos. Which now means I will post new content soon (YAY!) For this video, I will be reviewing the Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. I think that this is a good moisturizer for those of you looking for one that is really gentle! For more of an in depth review, do check out the video!

What cleanser have you been using? Let me know in the comment section below!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Top 20 Under $20 Makeup Products

Hey guys! This is the second to last video I will be posting that has been delayed from being on my blog! This video talks about the products I feel are products that are affordable and worth checking out! All of these products I would recommend very strongly! I'm hoping these suggestions would be great for those of you who are just starting out with makeup and have literally no idea what to buy. Hopefully I could help some people out here ^_^ And if you wanted an update to where I've been, check this post.

Products Mentioned:
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown - Review
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation in Medium Beige - Review
Elf Studio Golden Bronzer in Golden
Elf Studio High Definition Powder in Sheer
Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
Inglot AMC Eyeshadows - Review
Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond - Review
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in Nude Beige
Mac Lipsticks (Brave, Rebel, and Syrup)
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Milani Blush in Luminoso
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner
Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer
Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Mellow Wine
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment
Wet n Wild Fergie Take the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas - Review

What are your favorite products under $20? Let me know so I can add to my never ending to buy list!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#MakeuplessMonday Review: Lush Cupcake Mask

Hey guys! For today's delayed video post, I have here a review of the Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. This has been one of my favorite masks that I have used for awhile now! Definitely try it out if you have oily skin! This makes my skin soooo smooth and deep cleans my face pretty well. Hope you find the review informative! And if you are interested in where I've been, I made a post about it here

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