Thursday, August 25, 2016

Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit Review and Swatches

In case you've been living under a rock, this is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit. It's a website exclusive, and for awhile, was limited edition. Luckily, they made it permanent, and for good reason! You can get it, with free shipping, for $40. Sounds a little steep for a highlighting palette, I know, but if you've ever played with an Anastasia glow kit, or really anything they produce, then you know it's worth it. Even if the quality wasn't insanely on point, I think it would be worth it for the fact that, hello, where else have you seen a color range like this for highlighters?

While I for sure think that anyone can wear any kind of makeup they want, I would have to say that I think this is best suited for people with cooler skin tones. Just by looking at it in the pan, I would have also said lighter skin tones, but if you have a dark complexion and aren't afraid to stand out, the swatches they've posted on their Instagram on African American skin are beyond gorgeous.

As far as quality goes, it's so good. Some of the shades are smoother than others when you're swatching, but I haven't noticed that making a difference when applied to the face and blended out. Speaking of blending out, you don't really have to do that too much unless you want to. Something I think is really cool about this palette is that you can choose what kind of intensity you want. If you're light handed and blend it out, then you can get a nice, soft glow with just a hint of the sheen of whichever color you choose. Alternatively, if you pack it on and only blend out the edges, then its pigmented enough that when you turn your head and catch the light, there's no mistaking what color is on your cheekbones. That's how I like to wear it, especially for night time.

From top to bottom:
Blue Ice | Star | Purple Horseshoe | Pink Heart | Lucky Clover | Blue Moon

The one and only downfall is me trying to take a good picture of the swatches. No matter if I had the best camera in the world (okay, so I just use my iPhone lol), it won't do something like this justice at all. You have to see the way the light catches the shades to truly understand what kind of angelic situation is going on here. Luckily, I was able to make a gif that captures some of that gorgeous sheen. Still better in person, but I do what I can.

So, let's talk about my thoughts on each individual color. My favorites are for sure Purple Horseshoe, Pink Heart, and Lucky Clover. Not that I don't enjoy the other three, it's just that they are very similar both to each other and to other highlighting shades. They don't look like it in the pan, but when they're on the skin they all kind of have a silvery iridescent look without much actual color. They would be good for a low key day or just a day when you're not feeling all that adventurous. But out of those ones, Blue Ice definitely is the most unique, which is ironic since it's probably the least impressive looking one in the actual pan. This is the part where I should say not to judge a book by its cover, right? Lame, but kind of true in this case, possibly for all of the colors.

Did you pick this up or are you going to pass? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Thanks for reading and I'll talk to y'all next time!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Makeup Tips For Beginners: Brushes, sponges, etc.

No matter how old you are when you first decide to start wearing makeup, chances are you don't know all the tips and tricks that other people have picked up over the years. There's also a really good chance, especially for young girls, that you're going to develop some kind of habit that's going to make you cringe in a few years. For me, that would have to be either wearing eye makeup with no foundation or anything else on my face, or possibly my affair with too much black eyeliner. Lots of people feel that one, I'm sure. Being a preteen is hard, lol.

Even though getting good at makeup really does just take practice, using the right techniques and products for your skin are super important. So, I thought that I would make a little series covering all the stuff I've learned over the years in hopes that it might help somebody else.

So let's start with the basics-- the tools of the trade. All of those little sponge tipped applicators that come with your eyeshadows? And that stiff mini brush that came with your blush? They go right in the trash. Things like those are decent in a pinch if you have no other options, but you will never get the same look using those as you would if you used actual brushes. You might be thinking that you're on a budget and you need to use those disposable items just because they were free with the product you bought, but honestly, you don't. E.l.f. makes some wonderful beginner brushes that range between $1 to $3 and they last a long time if you take care of them. Besides, those little disposable things aren't exactly washable, which means that they harbor bacteria, which is especially troublesome if you're acne-prone like most younger girls (and lots of people in general!) tend to be. The only disposable item I would ever recommend anybody keep would be the sponge or puff that comes in powders, and that's only because its good for touching up on the go. You can also replace those with new ones, so no oil and bacteria issues.

The point is that you definitely need brushes for your eyeshadows, blushes, and foundations. If you use a liquid foundation instead of a powder, you could skip the brush if you really didn't want to buy one. A lot of people say not to use your hands to apply foundation, but depending on its consistency, I don't see anything wrong with doing that as long as you have clean hands. For example, when I use my NYX BB Cream, I always use my hands. Its quick, easy, and it doesn't look any better applied with anything else. On the flip side though, I have the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation that is more on the thin side, so using a brush (I like this Real Techniques one) is mandatory. The same applies to my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation that's exactly the opposite from the Urban Decay one. Its really thick, so I like to use the Real Techniques sponge for that. Basically, its a lot of trial and error to see what works and what doesn't. Different foundations, your skin type, and the coverage you want are all contributing factors to what method you'll prefer. It's really another post altogether, which I may do if there's any interest.

So, where do you get a good quality set of brushes without making your bank account cry? Like I mentioned, e.l.f. is a great place to start. They have a best-selling set of 12 brushes for only $12, which I think is perfect for beginners. It comes with several different shapes of eyeshadow brushes, a blush brush, a foundation brush, a powder brush, and a couple of other odds and ends as well. If you're not wanting a whole set, you can also buy single brushes from them. Real Techniques and Eco Tools are two other affordable brands that I love and would recommend above the e.l.f. ones if you're willing to spend a little bit more. They have kits as well as singles, too.

I think that just about covers it as far as basic tools go! If there's anything I left out, or if you have any comments or questions, let me know in the comment section below. Otherwise, talk to you next time!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Influenster Sprout VoxBox

Recently, Influenster reached out to me and sent me a box full of sample and full sized items to try out. Only one of them is beauty related, but since I found two items that I truly enjoyed and have actually already repurchased, I wanted to write a quick post to discuss everything I got. You never know what you might like if you haven't ever heard of it!

In case you're just here for the beauty stuff, I'll cover that first. Unfortunately, the packaging got thrown away already, but the item was a sample of both the Clairol Hair Food Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I personally have about eight million shampoos to use up, so I passed this along to my cousin with the condition that if I gave it to her, she had to give me a detailed review in return, lol. She said that it smelled really good and that it had a good lather. Her only complaint, which might not be a complaint for everyone, is that it got her hair ultra clean. I can attest to that because the night after she used it, she wanted me to French braid her hair, which was actually very difficult because it was so clean and smooth. If you've ever tried to braid or style very clean hair, you'll know what I'm talking about. Her overall thoughts were that if that duo were to come to her again she would gladly use it, but she didn't love it enough to purchase it.

Key Points:
Silicon-, paraben-, and mineral oil-free
Infused with honey and apricot fragrance

The next item was a cleaning supply called Ecos Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent in Magnolia and Lily. It was a small sample, but it was enough to wash a medium load of clothes. I have sensitive skin, so I liked that it was hypoallergenic and appeared to be made from gentle, natural as possible products. I wasn't a huge fan of the scent, but I'm also not really a floral loving person either. That's just preference though, so I won't hold that against them. Two valid complaints that I had were the longevity of the scent and the suds it produced. While I didn't like the scent, it also didn't linger after the clothes were washed and dried. This wasn't a bad thing in this case, but had I enjoyed the scent, I would have liked to be able to smell it after the laundry was done. This detergent also didn't produce very many suds, which I suspect is because of the gentle blend of ingredients. It for sure got my clothes clean, but it just didn't have that cleansing look to it when I poured it in and the sloshing water didn't made it soapy. Again though, I'm not going to hold that against the product since I'm sure it worked just fine, and I can appreciate the gentle ingredients enough not to worry very much about how sudsy it gets.

Key Points:
Plant-derived cleaning agents
Fragrances from essential oils and natural sources
For use in HE and standard washing machines

The rest of the items were definitely my favorite-- food! First up were the Eatsmart Spicy Black Bean Tortilla Chips. I think there were a few other flavors that you could have received, but this was the kind I got. I normally wouldn't ever choose anything spicy on my own, so I'm glad I got something I wouldn't usually try. As far as the flavor goes, I think they have a really great taste. I'm not very into spicy anything, but these aren't too bad unless you eat a lot of them at one sitting. Then they get pretty dang hot, which, if nothing else, might keep you from eating the whole bag at once, haha. While I probably wouldn't purchase this flavor again, I would definitely be interested in trying a different one, like the sea salt kind.

Key Points:
Gluten free
14g whole grains
2g fiber

My next food item was more of an add-on than an actual food. For me, this Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder couldn't have come at a better time. I'm currently trying to phase meat out of my diet, either wholly or almost wholly, so naturally I knew that I would probably need to find a protein powder in order to stay healthy, at least while I'm learning how and what to eat. This was a really great option since its plant based. They have a couple of different flavors, and as far as I can tell, everybody got vanilla in the VoxBox. In the package, it gave a brief smoothie recipe including the powder, a banana, and almond milk. I added some peanut butter to mine and it was actually quite good. I've heard that protein powders can be gritty and chalky, but this one was fine for me. I've never tried another one before so I don't have anything to compare it to, but like I said, I don't have anything to complain about.

Key Points:
Organic, plant based protein
21g protein per serving
5g carbs per serving
No added sugar
Gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free

Last but certainly not least is my very most favorite product in the box-- the Curate Dark & Tempting Balsamic Fig and Hazelnut bar. I know what you're thinking when you see the word 'balsamic' and you're right. It contains vinegar and that sounds pretty nasty. But no, it's literally so good. The vinegar gives it just enough of an acidic flavor that it cuts through the sweetness of the figs. After I tried this bar, I immediately knew that I had to have more. From what I can tell, they're only avaliable at Target or if you'd like to order them from Amazon. We don't have a Target very close by, so I'm actually pretty tempted to just order some. The last time I was near a Target though, you better believe that I picked a box up. I don't know why I only got one, but I did, so sadly I don't have anymore right now. They have a ton of other flavors too, all of which I would love to try. I mean, they made balsamic vinegar taste good in a snack bar, so imagine what they could do with traditionally tasty flavors.

Key Points:
Soy- and gluten-free
6g protein
6 different flavors

Alright, there we go! I hope that you enjoyed reading this review and will decide to look into some of these products. My number one pick is absolutely the Curate Snack Bars, so check those out for sure. Let me know if you've tried any of these items or if you have any specific feedback on any of them!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Current Skin Care Routine

I don't know if most people have a set skin care routine or not, but I bet if they do, they don't always follow it down to the very last product every single time. I know that I definitely don't, but I do try as often as I can. What can I say though, sometimes I'm lazy-- who isn't?

Quick Morning Routine

So, on the mornings when I have to work (AKA gave myself 15 minutes to get ready), I tend to keep it really simple. I keep this Borghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser* sample in my shower for easy access. I got it in a Birchbox and honestly, I'm just trying to use it up. I don't find that it does a whole lot for my skin, but at the same time, its just a cleanser so I don't really expect too much out of something that's on my face for less than a minute. It does leave behind that squeaky clean feeling though, if you're into that.

Once I'm done with that, I follow with the Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiant Protection Energizing Serum*. This is a product that I got as gratis at work, but I can tell you right now that I absolutely wouldn't spend the $60 on it. It feels good and smells like awesome citrus, but again, its something that I don't find does a lot for me. I will say that I think you could get away with it as a daytime moisturizer if you wanted something super lightweight.

Finally, I finish off with the H2O+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment*. Its gratis from work too, and I really wanted to love it. If I had oily skin, I would. It's not really hydrating enough for my super dry skin, but its decent enough if I use it while my face is still wet. I'm not crazy about that, but I'm wanting to use it up.

Complete Morning Routine

I do a much better job at my morning skin care when I'm not rushing like a psycho. I start off with Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel Superfruit + CGF. This is another sample from a Birchbox, and while I certainly don't have combo to oily skin, I really like it. I don't find that it dries me out or does anything bad at all, which is great. I probably only have a couple uses left, and I'm considering purchasing it whenever I get through backstocked stuff I want to use up.

Second step is the Bliss serum again, since I want to use it up.

For my daytime moisturizer, I'm using up a sample of IPKN Pore Apple Sun Cream. I like this because it has SPF 40 in it. I know that its vital to wear sunscreen everyday, but man I don't like it. I hate the feeling of it on my face and heaven help us all if it gets anywhere near my eyes. Literally, expect the next several hours of my life to be filled with tears that I can't get to stop no matter what I do. This isn't so bad as long as I'm careful though. It also helps that it smells like apples, lol.
Final step is the Acure Organics Eye Cream w/ Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell. I really love this stuff and will almost definitely repurchase when I run out. I definitely find that it helps keep my under eye area hydrated, which I especially notice when I have concealer on.

Nighttime Routine

Naturally, all of the good stuff happens at night. To remove my makeup and cleanse my face since it can do both, I use the Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil. I realize that its more or less does what coconut oil does, but it's way more convenient and I love much that I have two more waiting to be used once this is all gone lol.

I exfoliate a couple times a week, and when I do, I use this Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion*. Its fine, but not worth the price. It was another freebie from work and it does the job, but I wouldn't say better than any other decent exfoliating product. It has a nice lemony scent, though.

If I'm going to do a mask, I do it at night. I usually do one a week if I remember, and maybe another one if I take a bath and want to really get into full relaxation mode. Currently, I have these random Naisture White-C sheet masks. I just bought them from Marshall's because they looked cool and I wanted sheet masks. I don't know if I'll ever be able to find them again, but if I do, I would buy more, provided I could find out their animal testing policy. They smell nice, they feel good, and you definitely get your money's worth with how saturated they are. My other mask options are the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask* that I'm just trying to use up and the (Malin + Goetz) Clarifying Clay Mask, which I mostly will only use if my skin is having issues with breaking out.

Another work freebie is the Philosophy Time In A Bottle Serum*. I'm on the fence about this. It feels really nice and they throw out some pretty big claims as to what it can do, but it has a ton of alcohol in it, which concerns me. I'm going to use it for a little while and see how that does, but I'm also ready to discontinue it if I need to.

My moisturizer can be one of two things. If I'm feeling really dry, I go for my Bioelements Really Rich Moisture. It's the richest, creamiest, most luxurious moisturizer I've ever used. If your skin is super dry and you've got the extra money, it's worth every bit of the price tag for sure. If I'm not feeling that, I use my Acure Organics Argan Oil, which is simply an argan oil that's not insanely priced. If I'm feeling really crazy, I'll mix the two for super duper hydration.

Let me know what your skin care routine is in the comments. I'm always interested in hearing about new products!


*I am aware that not all of these products are vegan/cruelty free. I'm still transitioning all of my beauty products to be cruelty free, and during that transition, I don't see any reason to be wasteful and throw away products that I have already purchased/acquired. However, anything that I use or mention that is not cruelty free will not be repurchased no matter how much I enjoyed the product in the past.*

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Products I'm Currently Using, But Don't Actually Like

I hate wasting things. It drives me crazy to throw away a bottle of something that I know I can get more out of if I just put some effort into it. Sometimes its a pain to have to cut the packaging open when the company could have just done a better job at making all of the product more accessible, but its whatever. Its no big deal to do what I have to to get my money's worth, lol.

Along the same lines as hating to throw stuff away unfinished, I also hate to have things and not use them just because I don't like them. That probably sounds kind of crazy, but hear me out. I sometimes buy stuff to try that maybe doesn't do anything good, but also doesn't do anything bad. Or maybe I have something that I liked okay until I found something that I like way better. A lot of the time I'll have stuff that I got as a gift or as gratis from work that I don't love. Sometimes, it's not so much that I don't like the product, but that the company isn't cruelty free and I'm just trying to get it out of my collection. In all of these scenarios, these products don't hurt me. I don't like them, but since they aren't doing anything harmful, I don't see the point in just throwing them away if I can't get someone else to take them or if they aren't returnable. So, that's what this post is going to be about-- products that I'm using up even though I don't like them.

Essence Long Lasting Nude Lipstick in Wearing Only A Smile -- On their site, Essence claims that this product is creamy, long lasting, and lightweight. I'll agree that it's lightweight, but it's only that way because it's completely sheer. And to say that its long lasting is a huge joke. I get that I only paid $1.99 or so for it, but other Essence stuff that's cheap is really great, like their gel eyeliner. This lipstick though...I had high hopes because I'm always looking for that perfect nude lipstick, but this most certainly didn't do it for me. It was sheer, patchy, accentuated dryness that wasn't really there, and overall pretty pointless to even put on. I'm not really sure how I'm going to finish a product I so intensely dislike, but we'll see. It's probably just going to be something I put on when I'm watching tv just to for the sake of using it up. Here's a close up of how it looks:

NYX Matte Lipstick in Hippie Chic -- NYX says that their mattes are smooth, long wearing, and not drying. I don't think that they feel overly drying, but they look like they are. This shade that I have is an almost pastel pink, which probably contributes to it looking so dry on my lips. It does apply smooth, but again, it doesn't look like it. As for being long wearing, its not. It doesn't dry down into being transfer-proof, so of course its not going to stay on while you're eating or drinking. The only way I think I'm going to use this up is to mix it with something else. There's a NYX Macaron lipstick I have in a lavender color that looks really pretty and springtimey when I put it with this one. Here's what it looks like on it own:

NYX Wonder Stick in Light -- I don't hate this product, but it just doesn't work for me. It was hyped up a lot when it first came out and it was actually pretty hard to get ahold of, at least in the shade I wanted. Unfortunately, I was disappointed when I used it. I don't feel like it has very much pigmentation in either the contour or highlight shade. I was excited to have cream products because I definitely didn't want to shell out the money for the Anastasia palette, but I guess I got what I paid for. I guess the Wonder Stick is okay if you want a really subtle contour, which a lot of the time is fine with me, but I don't like that you can't build it up to make it look more dramatic. The best way I've found to use it though is to use it as a base to give my powder highlight and contour a little more oomph and staying power. Here's some swatches of what the shades look like. They're really beautiful and you can build them up on your hand, but they blend away into mostly nothing on my face:

Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser -- I don't dislike this product because it doesn't work. It does exactly what it says and melts your makeup away when you apply it to dry skin and them apply water. The only reason why I want it out of my collection is a) its too expensive to repurchase, b) I wouldn't repurchase because Bliss isn't cruelty free, and c) it burns my eyes so bad. It doesn't say that it won't, but when you're using something to remove your eye makeup, I feel like that's something important to mention. I'm going to use it up because it's otherwise fine, but after it's gone, I'll stick to plain coconut oil or Pacifica's Instant Karma Cleansing Oil.

Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Ends Plumper -- So this product is supposed to go on the ends of your hair to help them look more plump and like you've got more hair than you do. When I bought this, it was because the ends of my hair were looking awful and instead of cutting them off, I wanted to try and save them, even if only in appearance. I didn't notice that this really did anything when I used it in damp hair as per the directions, and when I tried just a little in dry hair, it made it sticky and worse looking. On the plus side though, it smells heavenly. I'll continue using it just for the scent.

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Moisturizer -- My number one complaint about this is that it has a very strong scent. When a product is all natural, I don't think that it should smell like anything. Adding fragrance to a skin care product isn't always the best because whatever has been used to add the scent could be irritating to the skin. Aside from that though, I don't like the way that this feels. Its supposed to be a night time moisturizer, but I use it whenever I want to because my skin is super dry and can absorb it with no problem. Their site says that its supposed to target dull, dry skin that has lost elasticity. My skin can be dull and dry but I don't feel like this has helped anymore than anything else. Its just a little sample I got from work, so it shouldn't take long to get it out of my collection.

H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment -- Again, another moisturizer that I don't think does anything special. I also think its kind of inconvenient because you have to use it while you're face is wet, which kind of stops me from using any kind of serum in between washing my face and moisturizing. Since that's the case, I usually use this right after I get out of the shower just because my face is wet. Its taking a long time to use up, but eventually. It was another freebie from work.

ELF Eye Refresh -- About the only thing that this product does is feel nice. It actually feels really good because its cooling on its own and then is also applied through a rollerball, which adds even more coolness from the metal. Its supposed to help with puffiness and dark circles, but I don't think it does. If I kept it cold, like in the fridge, I think it probably would help with some puffiness just from being really chilled. It was just a $3.00 purchase that I thought wouldn't be much of a loss to try, which it wasn't since I didn't expect very much to begin with. I have no way of knowing how much is left, but I'll use it until it stops coming out.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repaing Gel Mask -- I got this as a gift in a mini trio that also had a cucumber mask and a pumpkin mask. I'm about halfway done with this little mask and I'm just not impressed. Its supposed to help moisturize, brighten, and help with fine lines. I have all of these issues, but I'm not really sure it's done anything. Maybe it would if it was used in conjuction with their coordinating cleanser, but I don't plan on shelling out the money to find out. I definitely wouldn't purchase this mask full sized. I have to say though, that you get a lot of uses out of that tiny little jar, so if I continue to only use it once a week, it's going to take awhile to get through.

That's all for now! I know that this is kind of a weird post lol, but I thought it was unique and I really wanted to get something put out there tonight! I'm not sure if anyone is going to be interested in this kind of thing, but I probably have tons more items that I want to use up just for the sake of using up. I'd be glad to do this mini-review type of thing for them too if anybody would want to read it. Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if you're like me and you hate the thought of trashing perfectly good products!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Next up from Too Faced this year is their limited edition Sweet Peach Palette. If you've so much as glanced at Instagram, then you've seen how hyped up its been and how excited everybody is to get their hands on it. It is in the same style as their Chocolate Bar lineup, packaged in a long metal tin. I really think the packaging is beautiful and creative, but I would expect nothing less from Too Faced. For this palette, the tin is ombred from a light peach to pink to bright orange. Inside, there are 18 shadows, rather than the standard 16 that come in the palettes in the Chocolate Bar range. As always, a Glamour Guide is included for inspiration.

Overall, the colors fit the peach theme pretty well in my opinion. I have heard lots of complaints that there aren't enough true peach tones or that the darker colors don't make sense, but I don't agree. There's only so many ways to do one color, so I'm not sure how they could have stretched a peachy color any further than they did. As for the dark colors, I think they're essential if you're wanting to be able to use just this one palette to create a look. You have to have something different for crease and outer corner colors.

The biggest complaint I have is what was supposed to be the main selling point: the scent. I don't like it at all. I can tell that its supposed to be peach, but its so fake smelling to me that I'm beyond thrilled that you can't smell it once its on the eyes. To me, it smells like a Cabbage Patch Kids doll which I never liked as a kid, either. It's not unbearable, especially if you don't mind fake fruit scents, but if you're really sensitive, you might want to go smell it before you spend the $50.

And come on, I can't not mention the names of these shades. I just freaking love how they reference the South! Obviously that's because of peaches and Georgia, but oh man, I just love it so much. A silly reason, but it definitely nudged me even more towards getting it.

Here come the swatches!

White Peach | Luscious | Just Peachy | Bless Her Heart | Tempting | Charmed, I'm Sure

White Peach is described as a "matte vanilla cream."

Luscious is described as a "pearl peach champagne."

Just Peachy is described as a "shimmering peachy pink."

Bless Her Heart is described as a "golden moss."

Tempting is described as a "bronzed black."

Charmed, I'm Sure is described as a "matte medium cool brown."

Nectar | Cobbler | Candied Peach | Bellini | Peach Pit | Delectable

Nectar is described as a "pearly peachy cream."

Cobbler is described as a "peachy pinked bronze."

Candied Peach is described as a "matte coral with violet shimmer."

Bellini is described as a "gilded peach."

Peach Pit is described as a "satin perfect raisin."

Delectable is described as a "matte smoky amethyst."

Peaches 'N Cream | Georgia | Caramelized | Puree | Summer Yum | Talk Derby To Me

Peaches 'N Cream is described as a "matte milky peach."

Georgia is described as a "matte peachy pink."

Caramelized is described as a "dark gilded bronze."

Puree is described as a "metallic dark bronze."

Summer Yum is described as a "matte gingerbread."

Talk Derby To Me is described as a "shimmering black violet."

At the end of the day, like anything else, you have to look at the pros and cons. I've heard a lot about the pigmentation not being great, but I can't agree with that. The only thing I can say in that respect is that the shades Candied Peach and Talk Derby To Me don't apply as glittery as they look in the pan. You have to be really specific in how you apply them in order to get any glitter to show up. On that same note though, I feel like most glitter shadows are like that. Another con, at least to me, is the scent. I don't like it, but its not a huge deal either. You can't smell it when its on your eyes, of course. Those are the only bad things I have to say, and honestly I don't feel like they're even that bad. The only thing about this palette is that I feel like its the kind of shade range that you either know you're going to love or hate. While it was super hyped, I don't feel like its the kind of thing most people would like aside from wanting it just to have it. I like it a lot, but I know that most of that comes from the fact that I have blue eyes, and peachy tones on blue eyes are just freaking perfection.

Let me know in the comments what you think! Is it a must have for the spring and summer or is it just another over-hyped palette?


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette

Too Faced's Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeshadow Palette is their new, limited edition release that just came out within the last couple weeks. It contains nine shades in their iconic, easy to travel with tin packaging. Like in all of those tins, there are three big shades and six smaller shades, and they're all arranged in a way that shows which colors compliment each other best. As always, they include a Glamour Guide that details three quick and easy looks to get you inspired.

The colors inside are, for the most part, very warm toned neutrals. There's two purple shades that make up the "jelly" aspect of the palette. Since most of the eyeshadows are more or less neutrals, I would say that you could probably find close dupes fairly easily. You might already have them, especially if you've got both the Chocolate Bar and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palettes, the latter of which this was inspired from. Most of the time when people talk about finding dupes though, its only really worth it if you're after one or two colors. If you like majority of the colors here, then I think it's definitely more cost effective to just look at getting this specific palette, rather than tracking down and spending way more to find alternatives.

The most unique thing about this little palette is the scent. It smells just like peanut butter! Specifically, I think it smells like the inside of a peanut butter cup, which I'm just way too happy about. If you happen to be allergic to peanuts, don't worry! This doesn't contain any actual peanuts, so you're safe to pick it up.

Let's get into the good stuff- swatches!

Spread the Love | Peanut Butter | Peanut Butter Cup

Spread the Love is described as a "medium peach with gold sparkle."

Peanut Butter is described as a "matte medium orange brown."

Peanut Butter Cup is described as a "metallic golden bronze with gold sparkle."

Bananas | Peanut Brittle | Jammin'

Bananas is described as a "soft peachy gold with fine gold shimmer."

Peanut Brittle is described as a "metallic burnt orange."

Jammin' is described as a "dark chocolate with golden sparkle."

Extra Creamy | Jelly | Nuts About U

Extra Creamy is described as a "matte creamy beige."

Jelly is described as a "vibrant orchid."

Nuts About U is described as a "matte brown with red."

I really love this palette and to be honest, I wasn't expecting to. I bought it because I figured I would like it, but I had no idea that it would be as useful and pretty as it has turned out to be. I think what I like most of all is that all of those warm, orangey neutrals look so good up against blue eyes, which I have. Everything in the palette just blends out so nicely too, especially so if you use Extra Creamy as a base. Another thing that I really like is that you can use these colors subtly or boldly, depending on how much you blend--they all are quite buildable, which I think is great for eyeshadows. It adds even more versatility and usability.

I have Extra Creamy all over the lid and all the way up to the brow bone. Bananas is on the lid, Nuts About U is blended out really well into the outer corner and the crease, and I put more Extra Creamy on the browbone to blend and add some brightness. On the bottom lash line I have Jelly layered over top of Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Vice. I've been having a great time coming up with a different look every time I use this palette, so let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more! Also let me know if this is something you plan on picking up!