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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

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!

 

 

Colourpop: 20% Off Haul

About a month ago Colourpop hosted a sitewide 20% off sale. Usually when I see a 20% off sale, I brush it off. I mean seriously, come back when you’re actually giving me a discount worth my time! Can you hear the tight wad in me? In Colourpop’s instance though, their products are already extremely inexpensive, so 20% off actually made a significant enough difference for me to go ahead and snag a few things I had had my eye on for a while!

I got five lip products with two being a matte formula, one of their new matte X formulas, and two ultra matte lips. From left to right:

Hype Girl has become my new favorite neutral lip! It is so creamy and smooth and I love the pigmentation. Colourpop has their lippie stix formula perfected. Heart On and Privacy Please are close seconds on my favorites of the order. I am all about a rich bright pink and Heart On definitely delivers.  I had never tried a rich plum pink color before, and I really like it on me! Privacy Please wears quite nicely. Barely There is a very vibrant coral, almost red color and it makes a great statement lip. The only lip product I was disappointed in was Are N Be and ironically it was the shade I was most excited to try. It is described as a rich mauve plum, but it’s a lot deeper in tone than what the websites photo depicted. It looks quite dark, almost black on my lips, which on my fair skin tone, is the first step to looking like a creature of the night. Not my look. Nope.

Four out five is not bad considering I wasn’t able to try any of the shades before I ordered them! I would like to caution you on the Ultra Matte formula if you have particularly dry lips. As with all liquid lipsticks that dry matte, it will be drying. It’s not painful on me, but I recommend putting on a lip oil or chapstick while you are doing your makeup and then you can wipe them away and put on the lipstick.

I also got three of their Supershock shadows. I have tried their shadows before and I absolutely love them! The texture is like nothing I’ve ever experienced with an eye shadow. They are soft and pillowy, and actually give a little when you touch them like a sponge.

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I have been trying to incorporate more color into my eye looks lately so I decided to get this bright sky blue. I love to wear it on the lower lash as just a pop of color, which I think is so fun for spring and summer! Porter is part of the Where the Night Is collection created by KathleenLights, one of my all time favorite Youtube beauty gurus. In the pot it looks red-brown to me, but it has a lot of purple undertones in it. It looks really pretty on the eyes and I love the small flecks of shine in it. It really makes it pop on the eyes. This would particularly nice on green eyes. It is so beautiful! The last color is Wattles and I absolutely love putting this all over my lids and into my crease for a simple everyday eye. It has a lot of pink undertones, but it doesn’t make you look sickly. That always worries me with pink eye shadows. Nobody wants to look diseased! Wattles on the lid and Porter on the outer corner are a stunning combination. The colors play off of each other very well.

I only spent $33.60 for eight products, which is not too bad at all! I love how inexpensive Colourpop is. I’ve only gotten one product so far that I’m not crazy about and I’ve ordered from them several times before.

Izzy of course had to get in on the swatching action as I was finishing up shooting all the products. She is so gracefully modeling Privacy Please for your viewing pleasure. I just had to include this! If Izzy and Lailah come in while I’m doing my makeup they always want some too. Generally, I’ll just put some highlighter on their cheeks so they’ll be sparkly and they think it is just the coolest thing ever.

I hope you enjoyed this haul! Let me if you want to see these lip products on me and I can of course do another post about that. I hope you’re having a great day!

Simple Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial


I created this really simple eye look with my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. It is such a gorgeous and versatile palette and I am so happy I purchased it! I never put down my Urban Decay Naked palette before, but as soon as I got my Chocolate Bar and got a whiff of that delicious chocolate sweetness I was grabbing it way more than my Naked palette. Don’t get me wrong UD, you made a rockin’ palette, but the Chocolate Bar has so many colors that you don’t. I still love you. Okay, moving on.

 

 

I buffed Salted Caramel into the crease using a fluffy blending brush, being careful to keep it off of the lid as much as possible.

Then I used Milk Chocolate in the crease using a fluffy blending brush again making sure to keep it off the lid.

Next with a slightly denser brush, I focused Semi-Sweet into the outer corner of the eye, focusing on making more of a V shape.

On the lid I used Marzipan wetting it with eyedrops to intensify the shimmer. Using eyedrops is a dupe for using Mac Fix+ to enhance shimmery shadows. This is my favorite shadow in the palette next to Hazelnut. It is so gorgeous! I love wearing it so much!

Then to add some drama I did a brown wing liner…sort of. It was trying to play me, so I had to go with it before I had wings up to my eyebrows. You know what I’m talking about. The struggle is real y’all! This is such a simple eye makeup look, that you could just as easily skip liner, or do a thin liner to simplify it even more.

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Here is the final overall look. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Travel Makeup

I don’t know about you, but I am a chronic over-packer. I’m one of those ladies who likes to have my options. And by options I mean at least 6 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip, because I’m not sure what mood I’ll be in when I’m ready to pick out some shoes on the trip. This problem extends to my makeup as well. I have been known to pack 4 eyeshadow palettes for a quick trip, I’m not gonna lie. For the sake of my sanity, and my back, I’m trying to pack much lighter these days! Especially with having to pack for my girls, I’ve got to cut back wherever I possibly can. If you’ve never traveled with kids, then I don’t know if you understand the sheer magnitude of crap lovely children’s things you have to bring for kids. Diapers, pull-ups, so many shoes, extra outfits for the inevitable messes, and then extra outfits for the extras for the additional messes, toys, etc… It looks like we’re moving every time we take a short trip. I digress.


Here is my severely restrained collection of makeup I pack to travel lightly. This is probably still too much for some, but I felt like I did pretty well. I got this bag as a Lancome “free” gift, as in free if you spend at least $35, when I was a teenager.

I made this travel makeup brush case that I can easily roll up and tuck into my bag and I packed a handful of face and eye brushes. I’ll talk about my favorite brushes in another post, so I won’t go into detail here.

I like to have a variety of lip options, so I covered the spectrum of neutrals to bright lippies. The first three are Colourpop: Ultra Satin in Echo Park, Ultra Matte in Lumiere 2, and Ultra Satin in The Rabbit. The last is my Too Faced Melted lipstick in Melted Melon. You can see swatches of all of these except Lumiere 2 in this post.

For the face I pack a highlight, blush/bronzer, liquid bronzer, setting powder, primer, setting spray, and my booklet with a range of bronzers. I love to use my Dew the Hoola as an all-over face color. My Benefit Porefessional is my absolute favorite face primer!

This is my highlighter baby: Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop. Enough said. I just don’t leave home without it. If you haven’t seen it in person, just go to your nearest Sephora and swatch it. It’s magical!

I love this Laura Geller blush in Sunswept! It adds the perfect bronzy glow. It is very pigmented, so I have to be careful when I apply it, just FYI.

This Too Faced Book of Bronzers is amazing! You get to sample all of their amazing bronzing products, plus a blush and blush/highlight. I am a sample girl at heart, because it’s just not that often that you use up an entire pan of bronzer or contour powder. At least I don’t!


For the eyes I pack what is, for me, the bare necessities. I bring an eye primer, under eye corrector, concealer, brow pencil, eyeshadow palette, brow highlighter, mascara, gel eyeliner, clear brow gel, and my favorite Colourpop shadow in Puppy Love. I feel like you just can’t go wrong with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette! They knew their target demographic when they made the thing smell like chocolate. Done! Sold! Give me three already!

You may have noticed that I don’t have a foundation. If I’m not planning on going to any fancy event it’s just easier for me to use concealer to cover up any spots I may have. Plus, if your highlight is shining to the heavens, no one is going to notice that zit 😉

I hope you found this enjoyable and not completely boring. When it comes to makeup, I find nothing boring, so I hope you are the same way! Have a wonderful week!

Here is a detailed list of the products I mentioned:

Lips

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My Favorite Spring Lipsticks

My latest makeup craze has been all about lipsticks. I have fallen in love with rocking a lot of bold, bright colors that I think are perfect for the spring and summer time. They definitely put me in a springy mood at least! Bright lips are a perfect way to dress up a more neutral, casual eye makeup look, which has been a favorite look of mine here lately. On the other side of the spectrum though, I have a few colors that are more on the nude side which I love to pair with a bold cat eye and smokier eyeshadow looks. Then there are days when I just throw the makeup “rules” out the window and do that cat eye/bold lip combo. Le gasp! (I tried to do that in a snobby French accent, but I’m Texan so I don’t think I pulled it off) Seriously though, don’t be afraid to do what looks you love on yourself. Makeup is an art, not a series of strict rules to be followed. How boring would that be?!

Before we get started on my favorites, I want to talk about one of the most important steps that is often overlooked: moisturizing. Prepping your lips beforehand will make your lipsticks go on smoothly and look their absolute best and your lips are less likely to dry out during the day and look crackly. I personally use a lip scrub every couple of days. I haven’t tried any store brands to be able to recommend to you, but I make up my own lip scrub here at home as a cheaper alternative. It is a 1:1 ratio of coconut oil and sugar and it works so well for me!


For moisture I use either the Aquafor healing ointment or the new Milani moisture lock lip treatments. Milani has several different kinds and the one that I have been using is the rose hip one. I use the coconut scrub during my bedtime routine and put on the Milani lip treatment to wear overnight. When I do my makeup in the morning, I will put more of the Milani on and wipe it away once I’m ready to put on my lipsticks.

Now, onto the good stuff. I did swatches on my arm and tried the colors on to give you a better idea of what they look like. The tubes can be so misleading sometimes! I wish I could have full on smiled for these pics, but when I do my top lip almost disappears and then you can’t see the color very well…merp.



The products from left to right are:

  • Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in Eastend Snob -$5.99
  • NYX Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in Babydoll -$6.99
  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park -$6.00
  • Tarte Lipsurgance lip creme in Wonder (sample) -$24.00 for full-size
  • Too Faced Melted lipstick in Melted Melon -$21.00
  • Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Radish (sample) -$26.00 for full-size
  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in The Rabbit -$6.00
  • Urban Decay Revolution lip gloss in Anarchy -$14.00
  • Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Backstage Bambi -$20.00

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This is the Rimmel liner with the NYX Babydoll over the top. The NYX is too nude for my personal taste, so I pair it with a nice pink liner all over my lips to add some life to it.

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This is the Colourpop Ultra Satin lipstick in Echo Park. This one is a bit more of a warm brown, pinky nude. This is my go to everyday lip color.

This is the Tarte Lipsurgance in Wonder. This one is a nice almost watermelon/strawberry pink that is opaque and does not have extreme neon or bright pink tones. So if you’re uncomfortable with extremely loud lip colors, this would be a good one to check out!

This is the Too Faced Melted lipstick in Melted Melon. It is, in my opinion, the perfect blend of coral and pink. I had been searching for a coraly pink for awhile and was thrilled when I found this! This just screams summer to me!

This is the Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Radish. This is a deep hot pink and I am absolutely in love with it! It smells exactly like a red starburst candy and I just want to eat it. Technically I could since Bite Beauty uses all-natural ingredients for their lipsticks, but it probably wouldn’t taste very good…so I won’t…maybe.

This is the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in The Rabbit. This is another vibrant hot pink with more of a cool-toned blue base. Another absolute favorite of mine! Plus the Ultra Satin formula feels so nice on the lips.

This is the Urban Decay Revolution lip gloss in Anarchy. It’s not as opaque as the lipsticks, naturally, but it does have pretty good color payoff for a gloss. Can you tell I like bright pink lips yet?! This application was pretty messy and I was talking to my husband and forgot to take my headphones out…fail.

This is the Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Backstage Bambi. This is another cool-toned bright pink that is a little more pink and less violet than The Rabbit. This is most certainly not an everyday lip color, but I tend to put it on a lot anyway. It makes me feel like I put in a lot more effort with my makeup than I actually did.

My husband was just over my shoulder looking at all the colors and his personal favorites on me were both of the Colourpop shades, which are actually the cheapest of all these lipsticks. He also really liked the Tarte one. Just in case you were wondering. I really enjoyed doing this post. Makeup is a bit of an obsession for me. I hope you enjoyed it as well!

Let me know what your favorite spring lipsticks are! Do you prefer a bright, bold lip or a more muted color?

Today’s Makeup

I have a seriously invested interest in makeup. It’s bad. Just ask my husband! It’s something I simply have a lot of fun playing with and coming up with different looks, and practicing that perfect cat eye over and over; which can be like cleaning your house with children around – impossible.

On most days I try to keep my eye makeup fairly basic, so this is a look I tend to do quite often. I always punch up my lip color when I don’t have a lot of color or eyeliner going on. I know this lipstick won’t be for everyone but I have been digging bright pinks for spring! I think they work very well for blue eyes, but they are fun for anyone! I used to be scared to wear any bright colors. It’s not that I thought I would look bad in it, because I loved reds and bright pinks on other people. I simply had to push myself out of my comfort zone and realize that it’s just makeup and it washes right off if I’m not comfortable with it. Plain and simple!

Here’s what I did:

I used my Milani Prime Shield in Mattifying and Pore-Minimizing all over to prime my face and then combined my Revlon Colorstay for normal/dry skin in 200 Nude and my Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation in Light Neutral on the back of my hand. I mixed them at a 1:1 ratio, dabbed it on my face and blended out with a dense face brush.

Then I applied my Benefit Dew the Hoola liquid bronzer all over my face and down my neck a bit, making sure it was blended out well. I love this stuff so much! It adds such a nice wash of color, like you got a nice tan over the weekend and it’s not shimmery so you’re not just slathering straight glitter all over your face and wondering how your 4 year old’s glitter exploded and ruined your makeup. Anyone? Just me?

Next, I applied my Lancome Miracle CC Cushion in Pinky Peach to cancel my dark circles and then used my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in light neutral, blending it out with my damp Real Techniques sponge. Then I set my under eye area with the Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder to prevent creasing.


To finish up the face I lightly contoured using my Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer, applied Mac’s Spellbinder blush to my cheeks, and highlighted the tops of my cheekbones with Becca’s Champagne Pop. Now here’s when I don’t mind slapping some glow on my face! It’s not like glitter-gone-wild though. The Becca highlighters have a very beautiful finely milled texture and they go on smoothly and blend out well.

Now to move on to the eyes! I applied the Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later eye shadow primer all over my lids and then blended out a little of my Urban Decay concealer that I used earlier to cover any veins on the eyelid. I used the Milani eyeshadow in Bella Champagne in my crease and then put Colourpop’s super shock shadow in Puppy Love all over my lid.

Then I finished up the eye with this Estee Lauder Sumptuous mascara


…and got it everywhere.

Yeah.

But have no fear! Wait for the mascara to dry and then swipe it away with a clean dry Q-tip and it’s like it never happened! That has been one of the handiest little tips I’ve ever picked up.

Next, I filled in my brows using the Colourpop Brow Pencil in Dope Taupe and set the brows in place with the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. It’s like super glue for your brows, so if your eyebrows like to wander around your face like little annoying jerks pick up some of this! You won’t regret it. Then I highlighted the brow bone and the inner corners of my eyes with the Benefit High Brow.

Now for my favorite part! I used the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi.

Last but not least, I set my whole look with the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, which is imperative on hot days for keeping everything where you put it in the first place.

As I finished typing this I wish I hadn’t worn so much makeup. It sounds like way more when you’re typing it out though! I swear it’s not so bad. At least, that’s what I like to tell myself. Obviously, a full face everyday is totally not necessary. I am still hunting for a good BB or CC cream or a tinted moisturizer for days when I want to keep the face on the easy side. But this eye look is about as easy as they come! I hope you enjoyed this look!

Do you have any recommendations for a CC or BB cream or tinted moisturizer? I would love to find a good one!