I have talked about the brand Billion Dollar Brows several times in the past… and for good reason, I truly enjoy their products. I have tried different types and was so excited to be given the opportunity to try out their newest product, the Billion Dollar Brows, Brows On Point Micro Pencil. Today I’ll share with you swatches, my thoughts and more on this pretty cool product from a brand I have enjoyed the last several years.
The Brows On Point Micro Brow Pencils are waterproof and retail for $16.00 – available in 4 shades. This brow product has been my go-to for my brows over the last 3 – 4 weeks and I have been enjoying it tremendously. These awesome brow pencils are dual-ended, one side being the retractable and twist-up pencil and the other side a spoolie to help brush through your brows. The pencil is so small that it allows you to create hair like brush strokes with precision but not too small that it gets lost in the movement and you have to work extra hard to make sure that the parts you filled in can’t be seen. I love a good mechanical pencil (seriously – I have no time for sharpening) and this brow pencil has a super-fine self-sharpening tip which makes use a breeze.
The four colors available – Blonde, Light Brown, Taupe and Raven are not only a great selection for those different color hair, but it allows you to custom create the shade that works for you. Blending and layering your pencils is easy to create the color that would suit your hair right. I tend to use Taupe on it’s own but like to blend in a little of Raven for defining my brows more and giving them shape or Light Brown when I want my brows to look put together, but very natural. Each shade is versatile and really allows you to customize the colors to fit your needs.
From Left to Right: Blonde, Light Brown, Taupe and Raven
Did I mention that the formula is waterproof and smudge proof? The formula of these pencils are creamy but firm and glide on with ease. Again, they allow you to create tiny brow hairs when filling in your brows and the waterproof formula lasts all day. I can put these on in the morning and still have “brows on point” for the entire day until I take my makeup off at night. While I haven’t tried going into the ocean or pool to test these out… I can tell you that my stay-all-day brows literally keep it’s color and look great for many hours – even with the hot weather here in Hawaii.
I have mentioned the brand Billion Dollar Brows here on my blog many times as many of the products from the line are ones that I use daily as a part of my brow routine. I was really look forward to trying something like this – thin enough for me to use (since their other brow pencil is a little thicker) and would last all day. I’ve been enjoying it the last several weeks and really love how it has improved my every day brow routine. Using this brow pencil is quick and painless… Literally fill in my brows, brush in place if need and set with my Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel and I’m good to go.
The photo above is of me showing off my brows in my Snapchat. I just LOVE this product. I have naturally full brows with lots of brow hair and often times some products can make me look too done up or make my brows look too bold. Some brow products require you use a light hand or some practice to get it right and a good brow pencil should have those issues. I can literally just scribble them on (haha – don’t scribble on your brows like me) and I’m good to go. Of course, if I wanted to go bolder, I always have that option – but I love when a product allows me to wear it as I normally would and just gives my every day a look a little something extra.
Overall – after using several of the Billion Dollar Brows products, I can honestly say that I really enjoy the Brows on Point micro brow pencils. I really enjoy them, love their longevity and staying power and love the size of them. These pencils are great for travel because they are small – but you still get a lot of product considering the price you pay. What makes them the best in my opinion is that I don’t have to worry about my brows getting dry or flaking like many other brow products can do and they wear well on me. These are definitely going to be products I’ll continue to purchase and buy over the years.
You can purchase these products as well as others I have mentioned and discussed from Billion Dollar Brows here.
Have you tried these products or anything from BDB before? If so, what did you think about them and if not, are these products you think you would want to check out. Comment down below and let your girl know.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything else on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? I am a huge fan of Too Faced and was so excited to hear that they were releasing the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette. Since I already own the Original Chocolate Bar Palette and the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, I knew I had to get my hands on this one and I haven’t been disappointed. This gorgeous palette is themed around candy-coated confection and today I’m going to share it with all of you.
The Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette ($49.00) includes an array of 16 matte and shimmer shades in cool pops of color, sugary brights and beautiful neutrals. Each eye shadow is infused with the chocolate-scented goodness we have come to love – that antioxidant-rich cocoa powder formula. The Chocolate Bon Bons palette is the third in the best selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection and it comes with a signature Glamour Guide that includes three beauty looks that you can use for inspiration.
Just like the other Chocolate Bar palette, the Chocolate Bon Bons palette comes in a tin packaging that is sturdy and makes for great travel. It includes a good size mirror and I love that it also includes the name of each shadow on the palette itself to make for ease of use. I own the original Chocolate Bar palette (1st edition) and that was one of my complaints, that the name was not on the palette and shades. I still hold on to that little piece of plastic so I know what to call those babies. lol As mentioned above, each shadow is infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and smells of a sweeter chocolate scent then the other two (in my opinion).
The palette includes 14 brand new shades plus 2 cult favorites that will help in providing a limitless amount of eye looks. The shades in this palette are perfect for me as they include a purple (black currant) that blends well with other shades to create a show stopping eye look with pizzazz. The palette has heart shaped pans and the colors include rich candied bright shades that make such a great addition to the Chocolate Bar family. I absolutely love it.
The first row of shades are perfect for anyone that loves a neutral eye look or something for every day. Molasses Chip has become one of my favorite eye lid shades and Satin Sheets makes for a great inner corner highlight. I also love using Satin Sheets as a cheek highlight too.
Cashew Chew (2nd row) is the perfect transition shade for my skin tone, as is Mocha and Black Currant and Bordeaux have been shades I love to use for deepening my eye look or creating more definition in the crease.In the 3rd Row one of my favorite shades is Totally Fetch. Not only is the name a winner, but this gorgeous hot pink shade makes a great pop of color and blended with other shades it can tone down for a subtle hue. Divinity is a great brow bone highlight shade and is matte but blends effortlessly.
At first glance I really didn’t think I would get much use out of the Chocolate Bon Bons palette, especially since I had so many similar shades in others… It took me at least a month to dive in and pick it up. I decided that I couldn’t resist and I’m glad I picked it up because it has been a favorite palette to use since I got it. I created the look below using colors from this palette and was amazed at how easy it was to blend in Totally Fetch in my look.
A tutorial/walk-through on the look above can be found here as well as a full list of products used.
Research has show that the scent of cocoa is a natural mood-booster, however – the palette and the way it looks (it’s bright pink packaging) would make anyone smile. I’m very impressed with this palette overall and it has easily become a favorite among many in my collection. If you haven’t picked it up yet and have been on the fence, I highly suggest it. I’ve been a huge fan of Too Faced products and the brand for years and I’m absolutely loving the Chocolate Bar line. The Chocolate Bon Bons palette was a great addition in my opinion and I’m really enjoying the palette and the gorgeous shades it includes.
Check out the video review embedded below:
Watch the video above directly on YouTube, here.
What about you? Do you have a favorite Too Faced palette? Is your favorite a part of the Chocolate Bar line? If you haven’t gotten your hands on this gorgeous thang yet, I highly suggest checking it out. You can sign up with Ebates and get 4% cash back on your purchase – woohoo! And, you can also sign up at Toofaced.com and get a nice discount towards your purchase. Also – spend $50 or more and get FREE US Shipping on your order. If you have tried this palette, comment below and let me know.
Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this subject. Affiliate links are posted through out.
While going through my highlighters in my makeup collection the other day, I stumbled upon the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette tucked in the drawer next to my other favorites. It’s absolutely no secret that I love highlighter and this palette has been an absolute game changer for me. Last year my husband purchased it for me as a gift and I continue to use it like it’s liquid gold. As many times as it has been featured in tutorials, I was surprised that I never discussed it or did a full review here, so I decided that I would do that for you today.
I don’t own many things from Hourglass, I have this palette, the blush palette and a few lippies but I truly enjoy them all and I’m glad they are a part of my collection. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58 USD) includes three shades of the Ambient Lighting Powders. These high-tech, soft focus finishing powders are used to recreate the most flattering types of light, giving your skin the perfect glow. Available at Sephora and Hourglass Online, this palette was once a limited edition creation and has since been made permanent (woohoo).
So what exactly does this palette and the powders within it do? This groundbreaking collection of finishing powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light reflects on skin. These are different than traditional powders that merely cloak imperfections because the Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photo-luminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of your complexion. The powders deliver a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer and lit from within. This palette of finishing powders enhances skin in any type of light – including flash photography.
“I learned early on how different types of light can truly flatter the complexion. Growing up, my mother had pink light bulbs in all of the lamps throughout the house. She loved pink light because it was the softest and most flattering, and she always wanted to look good. I used this concept of lighting in Ambient Lighting Powder.” —Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder
Dim Light is a neutral peach beige powder that blurs your imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
Incandescent Light is a shade exclusive to this palette. It is an opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.
Radiant Light is my favorite out of the three and is a sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow.
These gorgeous powders are so finely milled that they feel like silk against the skin. I apply each one with a fluffy brush so that it gives a “kissed with highlight” look upon my cheekbones. But, while that is where I apply it most – I love to literally take these powders and apply all over my face. These powders add a finishing touch to your skin – completing your look and giving you that “effortless” glow.
If you were to purchase any of the Ambient Lighting powders separately – you will pay $48.00 for one (0.35oz Net Wt.) I know that unless I use my powder often or daily, I will never get through an entire compact so the choice to pick up this palette was an ideal one for me. If there are others that I want to try – then I’ll pick them up in full size. There is a lot of powder in each shade included in the palette and definitely a great buy and worth the price.
I have been enjoying this palette the last year since I first got it and it has easily become a must-have and a holy grail product for me. As I mentioned previously – Radiant light is my favorite shade as it looks great against my warm skin offering a subtle “lit from within” glow that looks great on me year round. The other two shades have been getting much use as well. I would suggest this as a purchase to anyone looking to try Hourglass and I absolutely love it.
I’ll be sure to stop back and share with you my thoughts on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette as well – which unfortunately was a Limited Edition. However, my hope is that they will bring it back & make it a permanent part of their line as they did with the Ambient Lighting Palette. We shall see. Have you tried this palette or any of the Ambient lighting powders within? What are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were purchased by my husband as a gift to me. There may be affiliate links through out this post.
Happy Monday. I haven’t been using much makeup lately, since I’ve been on mommy mode and a bit lazy, but since it’s Monday, I figured for Makeup Monday I would share a palette that I’ve been enjoying. I have been a huge fan of Missy Lynn (Start2FinishMUA) for quite a while and was excited with the release of her Missy Lynn palette a few months ago through BH Cosmetics. I purchased it immediately after it was released and I wanted to share my thoughts on this palette with you.
“Start with Confidence.
Finish with Success.”
– Missy Lynn
For those who don’t know, Missy Lynn, otherwise known as Start2FinishMUA (via YouTube and social media) has been a YouTube Beauty Guru now for quite some time and winner of the NYX Face Awards 2013. I started watching Missy Lynn years ago when she first started on YouTube and have been a fan since. An active Military member by day and Glam diva by night.
The BH Cosmetics Missy Lynn Eyeshadow and Baked Highlighter Palette retails for $18.95 (CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR $11.95) and includes six (6) large sized eye shadows and two (2) baked highlighters. This palette boasts shades that can be used on any skin tone (which I love), and can take the wearer from a day-to-night look easily. It is a limited edition palette so I wanted to share it with all of you should you decide you want to pick it up.
The purple, gold and bronze shades in this palette have really made it a winner for me to use. The colors offer nice pigment and I like that there are a blend of satin and metallic type shades. The highlighters in the palette also do double duty for eye shadow shades as well. I think overall this palette will offer anyone something perfect for on the go (it travels really nicely) and while the shades are pigmented, they can also be worn sheer or softer with a light hand.
I have noticed lately that a lot of makeup palettes I’ve been purchasing have had issues with a layer on the top of them that require me to take a tissue or paper towel and lightly wipe the top layer. This was definitely the case in this palette, especially for the lighter shades. At initial swatch, before using the napkin to remove the top layer, testing the product yielded light pigmentation. After using the napkin however, each color picked up nicely and the pigmentation of each shadow was definitely there. The darker shades and those that have metallic texture are the ones that are buttery and offer high color payoff off the bat, where as the satin and lighter shades took a bit to build up on – but that was just initially. I find that they work well now after using it a few times.
The highlighter shades are gorgeous and really pigmented. They blend out nicely and are not as powdery as I would expect a baked anything to be. They wear nicely wet as a foiled shadow but I’ve been enjoying them as a soft highlight on my cheek bones. Highlighter swatches are done dry on bare skin, no primer used. Each photo was taken in natural lighting.
This palette is allergy and clinically tested which make it a plus for this lady who has sensitive skin. I love that it is not only non-irritating, but it is also Cruelty Free.
Smashbox released the Full Exposure Palette in December 2013. I have had this palette for a couple of months and wanted to share my thoughts with you.
This palette is a neutral based tone palette that is perfect for anyone looking to have a palette that can be used from day to night and all year round. If you are a neutral color lover when it comes to eye makeup – this palette offers a wide range of shades to create those gorgeous every day looks and smoky eyes.
Check out my video review embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.
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The Full Exposure Palette comes with 14 shades, 7 matte and 7 shimmer and come in a range of nudes to blacks. I especially love that the Matte shades are fairly easy to blend considering they are matte and many mattes can be difficult. While the shimmer shades are absolutely gorgeous – they do provide a significant amount of fall out because of the type of shimmer in the eye shadows, so patting motions when applying the shadows are suggested. Also – I think it’s best to use them over a sticky base.
This set contains:
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
– 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
– Get-the-look eye shape chart
Swatches were done on bare skin and are dry. As you can see from the swatches – the shimmer shades, while pigmented and vibrant do have micro glitter in them that can cause the fall out mentioned previously. Overall – I think it has great staying power, of course – over a base or primer, it will last all day. I love that this palette is one I can grab for any day of the week and utilize it to create a number of looks.
The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios something like it. While on set, they have seen and worked with every single skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a palette that could be used universally, on anyone and anywhere. The artists created the how-to’s to use this palette based on eye shapes so that you could create the most gorgeous eyes possible using this palette.
Overall – I am still pretty impressed, even with the cons I did find in this palette. I will continue to use it in looks to come.