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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: Hit or Miss?

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Is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar worth it? Umm, yes! A thousand times yes! I love this palette so much; the quality of the eye shadows is outstanding and all the colors go together beautifully. Continue reading

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Dupe Alert For LVX Nail Polish Serene

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I don’t know about you but I am just such a fan of dupes! There is something so supremely satisfying about finding a product that is the same color or formula (or both) and at a significantly lower price! Continue reading

Marble Nail Art

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Marble Nails

I was scrolling through Instagram one day and came across this really easy looking marble nail art tutorial. I decided to try it out and see if actually was that easy, because don’t they usually make it look so easy and then once you try it you wonder who possesses the special magical powers to make their nails look like that? Luckily for me and you, it was easy and all it takes is supplies you already have at home!

Supplies

  • Nail polish, two different colors
  • Saran wrap
  • Piece of paper

 

Begin by painting your nails with the base coat of polish. I used Pop Beauty in Mint Magic. Be sure to let it dry completely before you move on to the next step.

Take a small piece of saran wrap and wad it up into a little ball. Add a small drop of the second nail polish color to the paper. Here I used Sally Hansen in 110 Wedding Glitters.

Take the saran wrap and dab in the nail polish. Working quickly, dot saran wrap onto dry nails and keep dabbing until the “marbling” effect is to your liking.

After all nails are done let dry completely. Clean up any nail polish on your skin with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. I changed up my middle finger and ring finger and painted them gold instead of the turquoise. I like how it changed up the effect ever so slightly!

Add the top coat of your choice and enjoy your own at home salon quality nails! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you try it out and what color combinations you come up with. Have a great hump day!

 

 

KathleenLights and Colourpop Are Back At It!

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Colourpop x KathleenLights haul: Alyssa, November, Mr. Bing, and Krinkle

Once more KathleenLights and Colourpop have teamed up again for a new collaboration! I was so excited when Kathleen announced that she was coming out with some new products with Colourpop! She ended up doing three new lip colors in Colourpop’s Ultra Satin lip finish, a creme gel color (potted eyeliner), and a creme gel liner. I ended up snagging two of the lip colors and the eyeliner pencil and I am just in love!

Colourpop: Alyssa, November, Mr. Bing, and Krinkle

 

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I picked up the Ultra Satin lipsticks in Alyssa and November and the creme gel liner in Mr. Bing, as well as a Supershock shadow in Krinkle. (Not a collaboration item.) I have tried the ultra satin formula before and absolutely love it, so I knew I would love the lipsticks, but this was the first liner I had tried from Colourpop. I am so impressed with it! It glides on so smoothly, without any of the tugging or pulling that can sometimes happen with other eye liners, and it is quite long-wearing. I’m really itching to pick up a few more of their liners now after trying this one!

The eye shadow in Krinkle was just an impulse buy as I was about to check out. It’s a really pretty silver blue with lots of silver reflects in it. I’ve got this look in mind of a dark halo eye with this in the center. That’s definitely more of a special occasion look for me, so I don’t know how usable this shadow will be, but it’s fun!

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The creme gel liner, Mr. Bing, is described as a rich warm brown in a matte finish. In the picture above I used it to line my upper lash line and my water line. I love how warm and rich the color is and it wears like a dream! I’m also wearing November on the lips. I actually posted this picture on Twitter and Kathleen retweeted it! Aaaahhh! Craziness! Let’s just say it made my day!

As you fellow Friends lovers might have picked up, this liner is indeed named after Chandler Bing, specifically from the scene where Monica is pretending she’s not sick and tries to seduce Chandler by calling for “Dr. Bing to the bedroom”. I cracked up when Kathleen explained the name for this one! Someone mentioned that if Kathleen does another collaboration with Colourpop, she should name something “Mrs. Chanandler Bong”. I would die laughing if that happened! Brilliant idea nameless person whose comment I happened to see on Instagram! I wish I could give you proper credit.

Alyssa is described as a dusty neutral pink. I love this shade as it’s a lovely everyday neutral color. It’s one of those that if you’re not sure what lip color to pick, just pick Alyssa because it will go with everything.

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November is described as a mid-tone warm peachy pink. This is just the perfect pretty pink, which is something I was lacking in my collection oddly enough. I love how much life it brings to my face when I wear this shade.

That’s it for my Colourpop x KathleenLights haul! I hope you enjoyed and be sure to check out the Colourpop website as well as Kathleen’s Youtube channel. Colourpop is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite affordable brands.

I’ll see you soon in my next post! Have a great day!

 

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette Review

I got the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette early in the year as a gift from my mom. Seriously, it’s one of the best gifts ever! She said she bought it on a whim and then decided she didn’t want it because it didn’t have a black eye shadow, which is a staple for her in picking out palettes. I was more than willing to take it off her hands!

The Chocolate Bon Bons palette is the third installment in Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette collection. It retails for $49.00. I will go through each of the colors and show swatches of all the eye shadows as well as give you my overall opinion of the palette itself.

Overview

The packaging is like all the other Too Faced palettes with a sturdy metal case that feels heavy and secure. For travel purposes I like a nice sturdy feeling palette like this, so I don’t feel like I have to worry about my eye shadows breaking up. It is held shut by a magnetic closure and I haven’t had any issues with it popping open like I know can sometimes be a problem with magnetic closures on palettes.

When you open the palette it has a nice sized mirror and the eye shadows are in heart-shaped pans, except for the two highlight shades which come in larger rectangular pans. The only complaint I have on the interior is that a few of my shadow pans pop out sometimes and skitter all over the place. I don’t know if a lot of people have had this happen or if it’s just a default in mine. I can easily glue them down, but it’s still a minor irritant.

The color arrangement is surprisingly versatile with a range of cool tone transition colors to warm neutral shades. There are a few pops of color to add a little fun as well. There are 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer/metallic shades. (I’m sorry for how janky my palette looks. My 2 year old got into it one day and savaged it so it’s pretty messy #wasntme)

The pigmentation of the eye shadows is on par with all of the other Too Faced shadows. They have a very rich, easily blendable formula that does not crease on me even after 8 hours of wear.


My favorite eye shadows in this palette are Divinity and Satin Sheets, which are the two in the large rectangular pans. Divinity is the most beautiful subtle highlight shade that has the slight sheen to it that really brightens up the eye. I love to use it under my brow and in my inner corner for a subtle highlight. Satin Sheets is a beautiful pinky frosty champagne color that is super pigmented and looks great as a pop of color on the lids!

The colors that I feel aren’t easily wearable, especially to the non makeup artist like yours truly are Cotton Candy and Totally Fetch which are two of the pink shades in the palette. If you have any suggestions on how to use these I am all ears!

Let’s dive into the swatches starting with the first row:

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Second Row:


Third Row:

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Final Thoughts

I think this is a unique and surprisingly versatile palette. At first glance it seems like very few of the colors will work well together but it is a beautiful blend of cool tones and warm tones.

Having already purchased the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette I was not planning on purchasing this one, but I lucked into it and as a makeup junkie I’m really glad I have it. That being said, would I have bought it for myself? Probably not, but not because it isn’t a beautiful palette, but since I already owned one of the Chocolate Bar palettes I didn’t see myself buying anymore. So, practically speaking, unless you are a major Too Faced fanatic or like to collect their palettes, I don’t think I would buy this if you already own one of their other palettes.

I hope you enjoyed this review and that I covered everything I needed to. Let me know if you have any other questions!

 

 

DIY 3 Ingredient Makeup Remover Pads

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I have tried numerous other at home makeup remover recipes in the past and had pretty much lost hope that they could actually work as effectively as store made removers. They either took off hardly any makeup, basically rendering them ineffective, or they would spoil and separate and not blend well. I stopped buying makeup remover wipes a few months ago because I got so tired of spending all that money on something I felt like I should be able to make at home myself! I started using Purity facial cleanser to remove my makeup, which does a great job at removing almost everything but the most stubborn gel eyeliner and mascara.

I decided to give the whole DIY makeup remover thing another go, and this recipe nailed it! I already used up a whole batch and have made another one. This recipe is very simple and I already had all the things at home that I needed. Another huge bonus for me is the fact how inexpensive it is do make this at home yourself!

Price Breakdown

  • Mason jar – $0.66/jar in 12 pack
  • Coconut oil – $0.18/tablespoon
  • Baby shampoo – $0.09/three-fourths tablespoon
  • Cotton rounds – $0.75

Cost – $1.68

Cost of Leading Drugstore Brands

  • Equate Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (40 sheets) – $3.48
  • Pond’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (30 sheets) – $4.66
  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 sheets) – $4.47
  • Neutrogena Natural Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 sheets) – $6.25
  • Aveeno Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 sheets) – $5.99

Here’s how to make the makeup remover:


Supplies

  • 1/2 pint (8 oz) mason jar
  • 4 oz water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 tbsp baby shampoo
  • Cotton pads

First measure out enough water to fill whatever jar you use half way. Boil water and then add to jar. Stir in coconut oil and shampoo and stir together.

Add cotton pads, a few at a time, allowing makeup remover to absorb into pads before adding more. Enjoy your makeup remover pads!

 

 

Battle of the Setting Powders

One of the absolute most important steps in my makeup routine is setting my under eye concealer because otherwise it will be a creasey mess! For a long time I just used a powder foundation but in a past Ipsy bag I received a small Tarte Amazonian clay setting powder that I ended up loving and am still using that small sample to this day. That’s the good thing about loose powders! They will last forever!

I have since ended my Ipsy subscription service and have now signed up for Boxycharm. For June Boxycharm sent out an Ofra pressed powder that can be used for setting your makeup. It is for oil control so I didn’t think I would be able to use it until I realized I could use it to set my under eye. I have normal to dry skin so I wasn’t sure if this would work for me or not.

I decided to pit the two powders against each other and see which one worked better for setting my concealer. I took photos periodically throughout the day to see how each one was holding up and here are my results:

I used the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay setting powder under my left eye and the Ofra Oil Control pressed powder under my right eye. Initially I like the look of the Ofra powder as it is brighter and lightens my under eye a little more than the Tarte powder. However, with it being so white I’m sure there would be a white cast in photos.

Here is how the powders are looking at the 3 hour mark. They are both holding up well and I didn’t notice too much of a difference.

This is after the 6 hour mark. Both powders seem to be doing well. I haven’t had to smooth any creasing under the eye, which I sometimes have to in summer if I’m sweating a lot, but I was mostly working indoors that day so I didn’t have that issue.

This is the final checkpoint at the 9 hour mark. As you can see, this is where it started going downhill.

I had a tiny bit of black smudging under my left eye with the Tarte powder, but not enough that I’m offended, especially after 9 hours. The right eye though…I mean I don’t want to have to be worrying about looking like a hot mess with mascara trailing down to my cheeks. No. Do your job!

Final Thoughts

The Tarte setting powder definitely won the day on wear time and functionality. The Ofra was great as an under eye brightener, so I’m wondering if I could use it over the Tarte powder if I wanted a little more brightness on certain days.

Another factor to consider with the Ofra setting powder is that it’s designed for oil control whereas I have normal to dry skin. Sometimes my T zone is oily and other times it’s dry as a bone. (I’m noticing in my check up pictures that my forehead looked a bit shiny so maybe I should have gone in with the Ofra powder!) So, do consider that if you have oily skin and are looking for a powder. It might work perfectly on someone with a different skin type.

Here are the prices and weights of each powder:

  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay setting powder (0.30 oz) – $33.00
  • OFRA Oil Control Pressed Powder (0.35 oz) – $39.95

They are similar in price as you can see. I think when I run out of my Tarte sample (in 2 years I bet) I will order the RCMA No Color Powder which is highly recommended by Kathleen from KathleenLights and several other Youtubers that I’ve watched. It’s 3 oz for $12.00 which is an insanely good deal, especially if it works as well as they say it does.

I hope you found this post useful! Let me know if you have used either of these setting powders and what your thoughts on them are. What’s your favorite setting powder? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful hump day y’all!

 

My Skincare Routine


I was never one to be very vigilant with my skincare until this past year. Once I started watching Youtube makeup artists more often, they always impressed the importance of skincare over and over until I finally decided that it was something I should start doing. It began as a hassle where remembering to do my moisturizer was a big chore, but now I’ve expanded my list of products and I have a regime that I follow twice daily. It’s such a habit for me now and it’s become enjoyable because it makes my skin feel so good.

I’ve slowly experimented with different products and I’ve narrowed it down to these 5:

  1. Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser 16 fl oz – $36.00
  2. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum – $56.00
  3. Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – $27.50
  4. Tony Moly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick – $12.00
  5. FAB Ultra Repair Cream 6 oz – $30.00


I had tried several other facial cleansers in the past because I thought the Purity cleanser was a ridiculously overpriced hype product. I tried a tiny bottle of it finally because I wasn’t completely happy with any of the others I had and I fell in love. My skin feels so clean and smooth and it removes all but the most stubborn eye makeup. Sometimes I still have to use a little makeup remover to get my gel eyeliner off as it is pretty much waterproof. In the morning I simply splash my face with cold water instead of cleansing and then use my serum and moisturizer.

Next, I go in with this serum and press it into my face. It smells like roses which is the main reason I tried it out, but it works so well and makes my skin so radiant. I got it in this kit to try it out and I also ended up liking the facial mist, but I buy this one now because it smells the same and does the same job and is significantly cheaper.

Once the serum has sunk in I apply the Origins GinZing moisturizer. I love the smell of this moisturizer and it absorbs quickly into the skin so I don’t feel greasy and sticky.

As the moisturizer is soaking in, I apply the eye stick under my eyes. I’m going to be honest, this was mainly a packaging purchase because the panda is just so darn cute! I haven’t noticed too much of a difference in my under eyes, so I can’t claim this is a bad product, but it doesn’t seem to do too much. I will use it up though before I buy something else though, because I do like the cooling sensation.

The last moisturizer is for when my skin is feeling especially dry. I have normal/dry skin so I only use it when I’m having dryness issues because it is a seriously moisturizing and rich cream! I used it all winter, but it became too much for me in the spring time. Now I just use it for spot treatments, but I know I’ll use it all winter long when my dryness is the worst.

What are your favorite everyday skincare products? Do you use any of the ones I use? Have a wonderful week!

Mom Makeup Routine

Since I became a mother a little over 4 years ago my whole life changed. Having children is a huge blessing and a huge adjustment. Our lives are really just a series of adjustments though from leaving your parent’s home and setting out on your own, then to marriage and then, if you so choose, children. I’ve always loved doing my makeup, but I was pretty much a minimalist because my job involved a lot of sweating and hard work so there wasn’t much point to putting too much time into it.

I’ve adapted my teenage makeup routine to my everyday “mom” look, a.k.a my minimalist approach, on days where I can’t take the time to go full glam or I’m just plain not in the mood for it. My main focus is to brighten and smooth my complexion a bit without a full face of makeup and to make my eyes look brighter. Here’s the before and after:

Here are the products I used:

  1. Lancome Miracle CC Cushion – Pinky Peach ($39.50)
  2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer – Light Neutral ($28.00)
  3. Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder – ($33.00)
  4. Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer – ($29.00)
  5. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – ($23.00)
  6. The BrowGal Clear Brow Gel – ($20.00)
  7. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette – ($52.00)
  8. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipstick – Echo Park ($6.00)

I applied everything in the order I listed above. I still go in with a color correcting primer under my eyes on minimal makeup days because I’m fairly self-conscious of my under eye circles and the pigmentation in my cheeks. The CC Cushion does a fantastic job of cancelling my under eye circles and it smooths my skin a bit like a primer before I go in with my concealer.

I draw the concealer in a V under my eyes and blend with my damp Real Techniques sponge. Then I set both of those with a setting powder so I don’t have any creasing going on.

Next I put on my eye primer mainly to cancel my eyelid veins, which really helps to brighten and lift my eyes. I then set the primer with my setting powder again, which also acts as a smoothing powder.

Then I put on my mascara, brush through my brows with my clear gel so they don’t get too crazy throughout the day. I got this brow gel in my May Boxycharm (referral link) which was super lucky since I had just run out of my other brow gel. Winning! I use the blush Amaretto every day because it adds just the perfect amount of color on minimal days. If you would like to see swatches of it check out this post. I like to top it all off with a nude lip on my easy peasy days.

I used this hair tutorial from The Small Things Blog. I love her tutorials so much! They are so easy to follow and to recreate. If I want to do something aside from a ponytail, I go over to Kate’s site for some inspiration. I’ve used her tutorials for a couple of years now. I recommend y’all check her out if you haven’t heard of her before.

That’s it for my everyday, minimal Mom makeup. It’s easy and quick and it makes me feel fresh and put together, which always makes me more awake and productive. Enjoy!

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette

I’m here today to talk about my latest favorite makeup investment: the Becca and Jaclyn Hill Face Palette. It is a collection of three blushes, 2 mineral blushes and 1 luminous blush, and 2 highlighters. The three blushes are all exclusive to the palette as well as the newest highlight to the collection. The other highlight is a permanent part of the Becca line, Champagne Pop, which was created last summer by Jaclyn Hill in collaboration with Becca.

I am a huge fan of Jaclyn Hill’s so I was so excited to hear that she had teamed up with Becca once again. She had a hand in the creation of each shade in the face palette and I love the colors she came up with!

The blushes from left to right are Rose Spritz, Amaretto, and Pamplemousse. The highlights from left to right are Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. All of the

I reach for this palette every day! I am so in love with it! The powders are so creamy and soft and this is a great palette to travel with. I don’t have to take any other blushes with me, as Amaretto is my perfect everyday blush color while Rose Spritz and Pamplemousse are great when I want to be a little more glam.

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Rose Spritz and Pamplemousse are highly pigmented so all you need to do is just barely tap your brush in them and then tap off the excess. It’s very easy to go crazy clown pink with these if you dig your brush in there. I love Rose Spritz for summer when I am going for a glowing look, and it is also beautiful as a blush topper to Pamplemousse. I know Pamplemousse looks scary, but if you have a light hand, it is just gorgeous!

I also always grab it because the mirror in this palette is a beast and I love it. It is large and in charge and I’m so glad because palette mirrors are usually tiny and do absolutely nothing for me.


The highlights, or Shimmering Skin Perfectors as Becca has called them, are fabulous. The first highlight I ever purchased was Becca’s Opal based on Jaclyn’s recommendation in one of her videos. I fell in love and haven’t purchased any other brand of highlights. I’m the kind of person that once I find something I love I feel like I’m wasting my money trying to find something I like as much as that product. Champagne Pop is a gorgeous champagne color with very slight pinky undertones. Prosecco Pop is a true gold highlight without being a straight yellow line across your face.


Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop are beautiful blended together as well. From left to right: Champagne Pop, Prosecco Pop, the two blended together. They create this beautiful golden champagne color. It really softens the gold and almost cancels the pinky tones in Champagne Pop. You would just have to try it because I am so terrible at describing colors! Sorry!

These are highlights that are going to be beaming to the heavens on your cheekbones, so if you are more of a fan of that lit from within subtle glow, I don’t think you would like these as much. I have been able to get a very light shimmer with natural hair brushes or duo fiber brushes which diffuse the highlight well and give a lighter coverage. Just a fair warning though!

This palette is only a part of the Champagne Collection, including Champagne Pop in pressed, poured creme, and liquid. Previously Champagne Pop was only available in the pressed form. There was an eye shadow palette, but due to a new manufacturing warehouse that Becca selected to get everything ready by the release date, the quality appeared to be sub par according to a lot of reviews. Some of the palettes were great and had the same Becca formula, but others were apparently patchy and dry, and not up to snuff. Jaclyn went on her Snapchat to explain why the eye shadow palette would no longer be part of the collection, and apologized for the inconvenience. The other pieces in the collection were made in Becca’s usual lab, so their formulas are all fantastic!

If you already have colors like this, I might pass on it. I am a huge fan of Jaclyn Hill so I wanted to buy it to support her, but I also don’t have any blushes that look like the ones that come in this palette. The packaging is hands down the prettiest I have ever seen. It’s bright and beautiful and I just love looking at it.

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The Champagne Collection face palette is limited edition and can be purchased at Sephora, online and in stores, including JC Penny Sephoras. It is $52.00, which is definitely pricey, but you do get a lot of product. The highlights and blushes are not as big as the full size, but unless you do full face highlights every day, these will last quite a long time! If you want this, I recommend grabbing it while you can as it will sell out very quickly. I was luckily able to nab it the night Becca had a party in honor of Jaclyn Hill and the collection in New York. They released a limited amount on Sephora that night and it sold out within 90 minutes.

Have a wonderful Friday!