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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette
Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette ($34.00 for 0.55 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, two bronzers, and a lip gloss. You may recognize the eyeshadows from Too Faced’s The Chocolate Bar. Both bronzers have routinely been featured in other palettes and are available individually as well. The lipgloss is a new formula called “La Creme Lip Gloss” that will officially debut next spring. The palette has a strong, chocolaty scent, so if you don’t dig sweet chocolate smells, you may want to look at other Too Faced offerings this holiday.

I think they could have chosen a more versatile set of shades, as I found the three odd to combine; the matte didn’t play as well with the shimmery shades, and when I tried to layer, it tended to look a little powdery/chalky. I think perhaps a more satiny finish for the lightest shade would have helped for combining the three, and if the darkest shade was darker, you could get more versatility out of these three. I just don’t love the way this is done, though the quality is good with the exception of the lip gloss, which was a total miss for me.

White Chocolate is a pale, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft, silky consistency that had good color payoff without being powdery. However, when it layers or blends with the more shimmery shades like Creme Brulee and Haute Chocolate, it seems to make them appear a little chalky at times. I think the thinner texture (in comparison to the other two shades) also makes it less easily blended with them. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Creme Brulee is a brightened, medium-dark gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It is a little drier and thinner compared to the version in the Chocolate Bar, though the pigmentation was still good. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Haute Chocolate is a meidum-dark, bronzy brown with a frosted sheen and warm, reddish undertones. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, though it wasn’t as buttery or as dense as the version in the Chocolate Bar. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer) is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Snow Bunny (Bronzer) is a warm, light-medium gold with orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had a slightly thinner texture, but it was still smooth and blendable on the skin. The more frosted sheen did emphasize pores somewhat, so that may be a deal-breaker. I like it better dusted lightly over Chocolate Soleil as a highlighter, as that lighter application helps to minimize how much gets emphasized on the skin. It wears seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Naked Dolly (La Creme Lip Gloss) is a pink-peach with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lip lines and applied unevenly. The texture was somewhat thick, and it was tacky on the lips. The gloss lasted two hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Happy Sunday!

I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world right now, but here where I’m at, it feels like fall!  I put on a long-sleeved shirt for the first time in months, as the weather had a very gloomy, crisp look (and feel, once I went out) this morning.   I just got back from getting coffee, Mellan’s curled up behind me (which means, I’ll be curling up next to him for at least five minutes after this post), and I’m ready to make this a very productive day.  Hope you have a lovely Sunday! :)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Gray can be a very versatile shade to have in one’s stash, as it can be used to darken (without overwhelming, like a black eyeshadow might) any shade, but it can also be used to add depth and dimension. What are your favorite grays?

  1. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a medium-dark, shimmery gray
  2. Urban Decay Desperation — a medium-dark, lightly shimmered gray with warm undertones
  3. MAC Typographic — a matte, medium gray
  4. MAC Nehru — a matte, medium-dark gray with cooler undertones
  5. Inglot #451 — a shimmery, cool-toned gray

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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Last up, Satins and Mattes from Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadows ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) that I’ll be reviewing (a couple may have already been reviewed).  This post does exclude any shades from the 30th Anniversary Palette (click the link for swatches of those), which I already posted before!  :)

Any favorites?

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades for Fall 2014
Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades for Fall 2014

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Rita (172) Red sangria
  • Showgirl (168) Gold glitter
  • Blanche (162) Whipped creme
  • Louise (160) Soft ballet pink
  • Madame (158) White cocoa
  • Patsy (164) Gunmetal silver
  • Warm Blue (166) Teal turquoise
  • New Wave (156) Cobalt blue
  • Cora (170) Black grape

Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Shadow ($39.00) (New, Permanent)

  • The Seductress (122) Ivory matte, matte midnight black, metallic blue-green silver
  • The Escapist (120) Pink champagne frost, matte deep aubergine, matte lilac gray
  • The Innocent (116) Pearly champagne taupe, matte warm brown, matte nude
  • The Supreme (118) Deep olive sheen with iridescent shimmer, dusty greenish-gray matte, pale creme with golden sheen

Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow ($59.00) (New, Permanent)

  • The Enigma (216) Matte caviar black, deep gray pearl, metallic slate green, peony pearl with gold glitter, soft pink matte, metallic taupe with iridescent shimmer, rosy champagne pearl
  • The Night Owl (214) Champagne sheen with silver glitter, intense black matte with iridescent glitter, metallic golden bronze, matte creme, mermaid sheen with subtle iridescent shimmer, cocoa matte with rose gold shimmer, rich matte espresso.

Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Pink Diamond (326) Light mauve with copper sheen (Sheer)
  • Milkshake (334) Milky light pink (Sheer)
  • Pink Friday (324) Shimmering hot pink (Sheer)
  • Wrecked (332) Shimmering bright red (Sheer)
  • Deeper (328) Shimmering berry purple (Sheer)
  • Rumor (330) Shimmering light reddish brown (Sheer)
  • Gone Bad (216) Coral red (Full)

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Have you used a BB or CC Cream before? How did you use it? Did it replace any other products you used to use? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI have used them before, but I usually used them more as tinted moisturizers than as a replacement for moisturizer or primer (though I don’t typically wear primer, so if it acted as a primer as well, it would be doing double-duty there).

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