I have posted pictures of this on Instagram before and I wanted to devote a whole post to it. Last year I was all about neutral blushes, and the love is still going strong this year. Too Faced Love Flush blushes come in a plastic heart in a color corresponding to the blush shade. I’m not really a cute packaging kind of girl, but it being color indicating is nice. It is a bit hard to open, there isn’t much room to get your finger under the overhang to open it (its a magnetic closure).
The color in the cutesy heart is where its at though. I love the nice, creamy texture that blends easily into the skin and lasts all day (my days aren’t 16 hours long, so I don’t know about the claim these have, but it does a good 8 hours on me). The color is very ladylike and pretty. Its a soft muted pink with some gold shimmer. The shimmer, once blended into the skin, just looks like pretty glowy skin. I don’t see chunks or actual flecks of shimmer on my cheeks. It just looks naturally glowy and healthy. Since the shade is so soft, you can really go to town with this. Don’t be afraid to dip your brush in there, it never looks like too much on me. This is a go-to everyday blush for me. Its just beautiful and easy (my favorite combination).
None of the other shades in this line have tempted me (yet) but if you have tried one that you love and think I need, let a girlfriend know. You can get this blush at Too Faced and Sephora for $26.
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 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 love bronzer, and ones that smell like chocolate are only better. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is matte and this shade is the medium color in their matte bronzer range, there is also a milk chocolate and dark chocolate for light and dark skin tones.
I love this bronzer, its just the right tone to add naturally tanned warmth to the face without looking orange. I have been outside more lately (Seattle weather has been so beautiful the last few weeks!) and have been getting a tan (a baby tan, but a tan). Instead of getting a darker foundation, I have been using this bronzer all over to match my face to my body. Its the perfect shade of bronzer to match a real tan, I love it.
This powder blends beautifully, and I’ve found when I apply to much a good buff-out blends it in quickly and easily. I always advocate using a light hand with bronzer, but this one is quite forgiving. It also lasts all day on my skin without fading or going patchy, so it works well to dust all over to color correct. Plus once you use enough bronzer for your whole face, you get a good whiff of chocolate (always a good thing in my book).
You can get this bronzer online, at Sephora, and at Ulta for $30.
I’v heard all the great reviews of this, so I wanted to give it a shot. I recently spent some time with a travel makeup bag, and this mini was my lash go-to.
I found that like most mascaras, I prefer this after its been opened for a few days. I like thicker formulas, and this needed some time to get really great. I can say, that after a few uses this gets fabulous. Its very volumizing and I love the giant brush. I find that this mascara is mostly volumizing but I do get some length out of it as well. Its a great mascara if you love dramatic lashes, because the effect is definitely not subtle. I don’t get flaking or smudging with this mascara either, so its a breeze to wear. The one tip I have is, this can clump up so I like to use long strokes instead of the zig-zag kind.
The one gripe I have is actually the hourglass shaped brush (I feel like its kind of a gimmick). The thicker end makes it very hard to get the wand into the inner part of my eye. I mean, I don’t know if the hourglass shape really contributes to the volumizing effect (I usually get lots of volume from big, natural bristle brushes like this one) but I just prefer differently shaped brushes (like scooped or just tapered).
I really love the big, bold, bedroom lashes this mascara delivers. I would buy a full size tube, its a great formula with a giant brush (my favorite mascara combo). You can get this mascara at Sephora, Ulta, and online for $23 (full tube).
I am on a taupe shadow kick. Every palette I have on rotation lately has a great taupe (the palettes are coming out in droves right now!) and I am just loving how they look on brown eyes. I snagged three of my current favorites for the swatches above (all stunning, let me say). I love how the cool tones set off brown eyes.
Taupe is really just such a great neutral, its flattering on every eye color (I know this is not news or anything but taupe and I are having a moment). I should have an ode to taupe, but I don’t think I could get the rhyming scheme right. But if I could, it would be such a great ode!
I seem to really go through phases with my eye makeup, and right now taupe is my main man. How about you? Do you have phases with your looks? Whats your go-to right now?
I told myself I didn’t need this, I mean lets be honest, how many neutral eyeshadow palettes does one girl need!? Apparently one more. I love the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and once I swatched this one in store, I needed it (clearly need here is literal).
The colors are very warm in the palette, but there is a corner of cooler tones in the bottom left of the palette. I find this palette is a bit less pigmented than the original. But the shadows build really nicely so its not a lot of work to get the pigment you are looking for. With a good primer (NARS has the best one) these last all day and blend beautifully. They are creamy and I didn’t find them powdery. I heard around the beauty blogger block that they are powdery which, I hate, but I haven’t had any problems.
There are a few shades in here that I really don’t see myself wearing, which is a shame. Specifically Pink Sugar and Blueberry Swirl. They are just not my jam. Pink Sugar is mostly glitter, and I am not a glitter person, but if you are you can layer this over a good glitter glue to amp up any look you create with this palette which, is nifty. Blueberry Swirl is just not my kind of blue, I have been scarred growing up in an era of the Drew Carrey Show. With horrors of Mimi style makeup, I just can’t. At best I would use this as a color on the lower lash line. Maybe.
I love that this palette (more than the original Chocolate Bar, at least in my opinion) has more lid shades in light tones. I find the original Chocolate Bar only has one or two shadows that are light while it has great options for pretty brown smokey eyes, but the Semi Sweet has some great light shimmers for lid colors. I also find the Semi Sweet smells much more strongly of chocolate. Even during the day after I’ve applied I can smell the chocolate. Its a bit much, but since it smells good its not that big a problem.
I have been really enjoying this palette. Its a good range of shades that work for everyday and the formula is easy to work with. If you are itching for a new neutral palette, this is a good one. It works.
You can get this palette at Sephora, Ulta, and online for $49.