I have been a long neutral eyeshadow lover, and the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette is raved about so frequently I decided to give it a go.
The palette has 9 shadows, 4 of which are matte (which is amazing). I love the top row of all matte shades, since I do matte eye looks when I am in a rush before work. Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso, and Nude are the mattes in this palette. Pushup and Honeypot are gorgeous shimmer shades. Then Erotica and Chocolate Martini have gold glitter in them (which I find did not produce fall out). Silk Teddy is probably the only shade I don’t love the texture of, its a bit chunky and gritty (these some glitter in this one). I think if you tap off your brush before application it’ll go on better.
The shades are amazing, and I find the formula smooth, easy to blend, and pigmented. I didn’t get fall out with the shades that have glitter or the dark shades. These aren’t powdery or messy either (thank goodness). There are colors from light cream to dark browns, which makes it easy to create an eye look with depth and dimension. The variation of finishes, from matte to shimmer to some glitter helps to create that as well. I find these creased a bit on me (with the NARS primer on) on a very hot, and long day (upwards of 10 hours). These wore well for a normal day, say 8 hours and below 100F (there is some extreme makeup testing going on right now).
My favorite colors have to be Honey Pot, Push-Up, Cashmere Bunny, Nude, and Chocolate Martini, but the combinations with this palette are endless. I tend to break the rules and use colors from the different rows together, but they make great trios if you don’t want to think in the morning.
All in all, this is a great compact palette with beautiful everyday colors. Win in my book. You can get this palette online, at Sephora and Ulta for $36.
I have been itching to try sheet masks, since they sounded so much neater than traditional masks but promised similar benefits. I decided to give Karuna a shot since its available in Sephora and I’m in there all the time (seriously). I grabbed the Hydrating+ mask because its been so hot (like, 102F/39C) and dry where I am on a business trip this week. My oily skin was parched (which is strange for me, so I hoped this would help).
This mask is just what the doctor ordered. The Japanese soybean and hyaluronic acid really plump and refresh skin while licorice helps to renew skin. I peeled out the mask (its kind of messy but I use the excess serum on my neck and hands, which is a suggestion I got from the package, its a great idea, try it!) and lay down with Netflix (I’m currently re-watching The West Wing) to relax. I left the sheet mask on for about an hour (an episode worth) but the package says to let sit 10-20 minutes, so that should do if your’e in a rush. After I peeled off the mask I massaged the left over serum into my skin.
This mask was so lovely and relaxing to use, and the results were amazing. By the time I peeled it off my skin felt so much better. I lost that tight, dry, flaking skin in favor of hydrated and plumped skin. I really love this mask, and I plan on trying more from this line. Have you tried any of these? Or any other brand of sheet mask (I live for suggestions!)?
You can get this mask at Sephora and online for $8 for one and $28 for 4.
For my trip I needed a new mini can of dry shampoo so I took the opportunity to try something new. I have been an avid user of the Batiste dry shampoos, and those are still my favorites at drugstore prices, but this stuff is a cut above.
The Klorane dry shampoo feels lighter in the hair and more refreshing then any other dry shampoo I’ve tried. I don’t get the same gunked-up feeling when I use this then when I have used other dry shampoos. I love that this comes in a white and natural tint. White dry shampoos are really hard to blend into dark hair. The natural tint version is just tan enough that its easier to blend into my hair but its not so dark that lighter hair color can’t use it. Its more like a one-size-fits-all tint instead of a blonde, brunette, dark brunette lineup.
This stuff sops up oil (sorry, gross I know) really well. I can go two days without washing my hair with this, and by the end of the second day my hair doesn’t feel gross or weighed down. I really love this stuff. Its lighter weight, feels refreshing on, and works to keep my hair from looking greasy (which it usually is, lets be real, my oily nature is not contained to my face).
You can get this dry shampoo (in both white and natural) at Sephora, online, and at Birchbox for $20 for a full bottle and $9 for the travel size.
I love Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner so when I saw she came out with Tattoo Brow, I was all over it. I grabbed Medium Brown, since my hair color is naturally pretty dark.
I love this pen. The brush tip makes drawing in fake hairs amazingly easy. I am crazy about how nicely and naturally this fills in brows. Its a great idea, a brow pen, it works beautifully. My only problem is the shade. In some light Medium Brown runs a bit red. I swatched it next to my beloved Hourglass Arch in Dark Brunette to demonstrate.
I took these pictures in different lighting so you can see what I mean. While in cooler light Kat Von D Medium Brown looks ashy, you can tell that the Hourglass pencil looks ashy in both lights (warm and cool). I really find that ashy toned brow products look the most realistic on me (this can vary some based on your hair tone). I think Kat Von D Tattoo Brow looks great most of the time, but it does bother me that it has some red undertones in it.
You can get this really amazing brown pen (which I wish was more ashy) at Sephora and online for $19 (comes in three shades, blonde, light brown, and medium brown).
I am an old hand at traveling, and you can see plenty of posts on my tips for packing light. This time though, I decided to go ham. I’m also on the road for two and a half weeks this time, so that also contributed. For me, thats a pretty long trip.
The only thing that didn’t make this shot is the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Plus (holy grail foundation). I went bananas on the blush and eyeshadows, because right now I am feeling a bit uninspired with makeup (ideally the YSL Avante Garde palette will help) . I’m hoping I can shake some of my complacency loose while I am away (so I packed lots of options to inspire some creativity), and I brought some products to review as well.
I made sure to get a bunch of travel sizes of my favorite products, like the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and Hourglass Veil Primer. I took a foundation (MUFE Mat Velvet Plus) thats compact and in a plastic case. The powder I brought (Too Faced Chocolate Powder) with doubles as a powder foundation and a setting powder.
What about you guys? Are you overpackers? Or do you only bring bare bones? Do you bring more color (eyeshadow, lipstick, blush) or base products (foundation, primer, concealer)?
I have loved bright pinky-coral lipsticks for summer for years, and while I have written about each of these amazing lipsticks on this blog before, I wanted to gather them up. These shades are almost all identical (its and addiction, I know), but each formula is really amazing. Depending on what you enjoy in a lipstick formula, a different one of these will suit.
The biggest standout, formula wise, is the Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Dressing which is a matte formula but somehow (magic I’m sure, but probably more likely chemistry) still comfortable and moisturizing on the lips. MAC Crosswires and Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral are both lovely and smell of vanilla. I prefer the Charlotte Tilbury formula, I find it longer lasting and more moisturizing, but the MAC version is much easier to get a hold of in the US and much cheaper. Bite Beauty Rose is another stellar formula thats moisturizing and only uses food grade ingredients (which I actually really appreciate). Rose and Coachella Coral a bit warmer while Rose Dressing and Crosswires are more red.
What lipstick shades do you reach for in the summer time? Have you tried any of these formulas?
I have been using waterproof mascara lately and getting it off has been a whole new struggle for me. I find in the summer (and just generally now that I live in an area where it rains frequently) a good waterproof mascara is priceless since I don’t get smearing or transfer anymore. I hate looking in the mirror part way through the day and finding out I have had panda eyes without knowing it.
I have never liked duo-phase makeup removers, the oily texture bothers me since I have naturally oily skin (I just don’t like the feeling, I know some people with oily skin don’t mind). But duo-phase makeup removers do a much better job at removing waterproof makeup, so I got a sample of one at Sephora. The Lancome Bi-Facil is one of the better rated eye makeup removers, and I have to say I really like it. I only use it on my eyes, because of the residue it leaves behind. I find the residue moisturizing (and yes a bit oily) but not so much that it irritates me when I use it on my eye area, and it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Plus, it does a great job of removing tough eye makeup gently (which was the goal here).
I really enjoy this kind of eye makeup remover in conjunction with waterproof mascaras. I think its a must have, and Lancome Bi-Facil is a great one. You can get this online and at Sephora for $29 for 4.2oz or $39 for 6.7oz.