Monday, April 14, 2014

Review & Swatches: Too Faced La Créme Color Drenched Lip Creams in Nude Beach, Honey Bear, and Razzle Dazzle Rose


Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach, Honey Bear, and Razzle Dazzle Rose

It's taken me a while, but after finding a great deal on HSN paired with a 15% off coupon, I figured there was no time like the present to give Too Faced La Créme Color Drenched Lip Cremes a go! Promising rich, creamy colors with hydrating ingredients, each of these retail for $22 individually (although the trio of shades below is $39 purchased together on HSN). Speaking of, the shades included are as follows:

Nude Beach - Nude Peach
Honey Bear - Toasted Mauve
Razzle Dazzle Rose - Pink Rose

Beyond the luxe-looking (and feeling) brushed metallic tube, the formula feels luxurious on the lips as well. With even application and rich pigmentation, these perform very similar to Revlon's Lip Butters - but with a more even application. Unfortunately, the buttery-soft texture also leads to a short wear-time - about the same as a gloss. That means frequent reapplication and blowing through was is a fairly costly product. Still, for those who battle dry, chapped lips but still want some lush color payoff, each swipe could be worth it. The only other notable quality regarding texture is the slight difference between those that are cream-finish (Nude Beach and Razzle Dazzle Rose), and those that have somewhat of a shimmer (Honey Bear). Although it's subtle - even barely noticeable once on the lips - the shimmer adds a tinge of gritty-ness. Beyond the downside that you might buzz through these pretty quickly, they have a fantastic formula!

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach, Honey Bear, and Razzle Dazzle Rose

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach, Honey Bear, and Razzle Dazzle Rose

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach, Honey Bear, and Razzle Dazzle Rose

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Razzle Dazzle Rose, Honey Bear, Nude Beach

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Razzle Dazzle Rose, Honey Bear, Nude Beach

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach, Honey Bear, and Razzle Dazzle Rose

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach, Honey Bear, and Razzle Dazzle Rose

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Nude Beach

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Honey Bear

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Honey Bear

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Razzle Dazzle Rose

Too Faced Color Drenched Lip Cremes in Razzle Dazzle Rose


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review, Swatches, & Tutorial: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
I held off for as long as I could, but the sweet, confectionary appeal of Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette was too much. At first glance, it looks similar to so many neutral palettes available. But a closer look, and a swatch or two, will show a different side to this palette. In addition to a slew of neutrals - both shimmery and matte - the collection also includes rich purples and plums. An array of textures, a mix of shades, Too Faced shadow quality, all wrapped up in a delicious-looking chocolate bar tin with a magnetic closure? Count me in.

In this palette you get:

Gilded Ganache - cool, deep brown with gold sparkle
White Chocolate - matte cream
Milk Chocolate - medium neutral matte brown
Black Forest Truffle - deep blackened plum with gold sparkle
Triple Fudge - cool deep matte brown
Salted Caramel - medium matte camel
Marzipan - light, shimmery warm champagne
Semi-Sweet - deep matte chocolate
Strawberry Bon Bon - matte baby pink
Candied Violet - medium shimmery purple base with gold sparkle
Amoretto - medium bronzed-plum
Hazelnut - medium bronze
Créme Brule - shimmery gold with a hint of green
Haute Chocolate - cool medium shimmery brown
Cherry Cordial - deep matte burgundy
Champagne Truffle - light pink champagne shimmer

All of the shades come together to create a palette that's not overwhelmingly warm or cool - perfect for an array of skin tones. What's more is that I found a few of the matte shades functioned well as bronzers, and the highlighting shades could be used on the face as well! For tips on how to use both on the face, check out the tutorial below.

So shadow-lovers, is this yet another palette you need to add to your collection? I say yes - with a provision. While the neutral shadows in this palette are of excellent quality, they aren't necessarily unique compared to what you might find in your average "naked" palette (important mostly if you already own one or two, that is). What makes them unique is their pairing with the pinks, plums, and purples. If you aren't a fan of the color additions, I would consider checkout out the LORAC Pro Palette (click for a review and swatches) - a shade selection that offers the same amount of texture variation, but tends to stay grounded in the neutrals, with a few colorful outliers. But overall the palette is a fantastic mix of colors and textures, and well worth the $49.

Have you tried the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Row 1

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Row 2


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Row 3
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Look 2
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Look 1

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Look 3


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Top 5 in Under 5: Concealer Palettes



Think there's no place for a concealer palette in your everyday routine? Think again! Different palettes have distinct features that can make them more than just concealing tools for a wide range of skin tone. In fact, they can be great multi-taskers, consolidating a slew of steps in your daily routine. To learn more about the palettes available and find out which one could be right for your routine, check out the video above!

Products Mentioned:

  1. Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette (tutorial)
  2. em Cosmetics shade play concealer palette (favorites)
  3. temptu concealer wheel
  4. MAKE UP FOR EVER concealer palette
  5. BH Cosmetics Concealer Palette (review)



Monday, April 7, 2014

#BeautyInspiration: taking your makeup looks from winter to spring


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#BeautyInspiration: winter to spring makeup looks without breaking the bank!

Spring is in the air, but is it in your daily makeup routine yet? Switching up my look is always something I look forward to with the change of seasons, but with other things going on during the winter-spring transition (hello, spring cleaning and taxes!) it's often at the bottom of my to-do list. To help those of you who may be in the same boat, I've created 2 makeup looks using the same set of Rimmel products to show you how easy it can be to transition your look into spring While some of the product I used have been long-time favorites, I went to Walmart for an easy way to find the rest of the product I used! For a complete how-to, you can check out the video or picture tutorials below, but here are some general tips I use when making the transition:
  1. Matte isn't just for winter. Frequent readers might know of my love for Rimmel's Stay Matte Foundation throughout winter. It's perfect for providing the full coverage, matte finish that tends to be on trend for the season. But it doesn't need to fall by the wayside with spring! Rather than applying it all-over, keep the application to your t-zone - an area that tends to need some mattifying during the warmer months - while still letting your natural skin features shine through.
  2. Shift the focus on your eyes. During the colder months, I'm all about deep, sultry shadows to emphasize my eyes. While there's nothing that says you can't still rock a smoky eye on a summery night, you can still lighten up your daytime eye look without making them disappear altogether. The trick: layering your mascara. Rimmel's Retro Glam is a great mascara for doing so. The formula is thin enough to lengthen lashes without making them clump up with multiple layers. After a few coats, my peepers were still just as potent with soft, subtle colors as they were with deeper winter hues.
  3. Your blush is a multi-tasker. When you need a change-up from your go-to winter shadows, look no further than your favorite blush! Odds are it's brighter and more colorful than your everyday shadow choices, making it perfect for a bright, springy look.
How are you transitioning your current makeup collection from winter to spring?



Rimmel at Walmart

What You'll Need:

Get the Look:

  1. Apply Chestnut Taupe Eye Shadow Paint to the eyelid, blending and smoothing edges with your finger
  2. Using a flat shader brush, apply the lightest shadow to the inner corners and brow bones
  3. With the same flat shader, apply the shimmery gold to the rest of the eyelid
  4. Using a small domed brush, apply the darkest shimmery shadow to the outer corner of the eyelid
  5. Line eyes using the widest par of the Thick & Thin Eyeliner
  6. Add a small "flick" at the outer corner with the most narrow section of the liner tip
  7. Apply 1 coat of Retro Glam Mascara to top and bottom lashes
  8. Apply Stay Matte Foundation 
  9. Conceal and brighten with Match Perfection concealer applied under the eyes in the shape of an upside down triangle.
  10. Bronze and contour the cheeks, temples, and jawbone using the Natural Bronzer
  11. Apply a pink-leaning mauve blush to the tops of the cheeks
  12. Finish the look with All Day Seduction - a gold-laced pink gloss.

Get the Look:

  1. Prime eyes with Match Perfection Concealer and Highlighter
  2. Deepen crease using Natural Bronzer in Sun Light
  3. Apply the lightest shade in the blush to the inner corner using a flat shader brush
  4. Using the same flat shader, apply the pink from the blush over the rest of the eyelids
  5. Draw an elongated wing on the upper lash line using the Thick & Thin liner
  6. Apply 3 coats of Retro Glam Mascara to the top lashes for extra drama
  7. Apply Stay Matte Foundation to the t-zone for more natural coverage
  8. Bronze the cheek bones, temples, and jawbone using Natural Bronzer in Sun Light
  9. Apply blush to the tops of the cheek bones
  10. Using the lightest shadow in the quad, highlight the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of nose, and cupid's bow
  11. Apply All Day Seduction for a natural spring look...
  12. or go bold and bright with Show Off Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic!
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review & Swatches: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses





Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses are a new addition to the LipSurgence line! With the same nourishing ingredients of the original formula, these promise a long-wearing glossy finish with the "pigmented performance of a tint." There are 9 shades within the lin:

Blissful: warm peach
Blushing Bride: Mauve pink
Fearless: Shimmering pink coral
Exposed: Nude rose
Flush: Berry rose
Natural Beauty: Sheer, shimmering red
True Love: Watermelon
Park Ave. Princess: Shimmering gold nude

While the line has a great mix of shimmery and creamy-finish shades, none of them are completely opaque, and many of the colors are similar when worn. Still, each of them offer up shine I've never seen in another lip gloss line, and the formula is thick enough (although non-sticky) to last on the lips for hours without bleeding outside of the lip lines or sinking into small creases. These definitely live up to the plush, soothing, high-shine promises, but given how similar some of the shades look, you only need a few shades to get your gloss fix!

Will you be trying Tarte's new LipSurgence lippies?
Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Blissful

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Blushing

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Fearless

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Exposed

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Flush

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Natural Beauty
Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | True Love

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Park Ave. Princess

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss | Tipsy


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