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Too Faced always comes out with the most eye appealing cosmetics along with show stopping packaging that absolutely sucks me in each and every time.  However, as cute as the packaging is on this particular product, I was really intrigued to get this palette because it included the shades available from the Love Flush Blush collection which I haven’t had the opportunity to get my hands on just yet.  Today I share with you the Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe Palette and my thoughts and swatches on this product.  Just a little note, when I checked the Too Faced site yesterday, this palette was still in stock, but as of this morning, it is labeled Sold Out.

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The Too Faced Love Flush Wardrobe ($36.00) includes 6 gorgeous blush shades that are long wearing, fade proof, smudge proof and keeps your cheeks perfectly flushed for up to 16 hours.  This palette includes high impact shades that will provide a pretty pop of color an any skin tone.  Each blush applies to the cheeks easily and is very pigmented providing color that is show stopping.  The shades include a range of nudes, pinks, corals and berries so each tone of blush you could need is included in this selection.  The blushes have a net wt. of 2.0g/0.07 oz each which is quite a bit considering the price point for the whole palette.  If you were to buy these shades individually (as they are sold on the site) it will cost you $26.00 each blush so the palette is not only convenient but it also offers you great quality and product for the price.  My biggest issue with this palette is not the quality, but that it is listed as a limited edition product.  I think it would be a great deal if it was permanent.

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The packaging is really nice.  The palette is much larger than I thought it would be which gives you a great amount of product for the price.  But I also enjoy that it comes with a mirror which makes this perfect for travel.  Each blush is housed in a cute heart shape with the Too Faced logo imprinted on it (with use that will eventually disappear) and the names of each blush are posted right below the pan which make it easy for reference.

The blush shades work well layered together and that is how I have been using them over the last several weeks, though Love Hangover has become my favorite of the set and one I find I’m using consistently.  The shades in the palette include:  Love Hangover, Baby Love, I Will Always Love You, How Deep is Your Love?, Justify My Love and Your Love is King
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While Baby Love is a bit light against my skin and sometimes does not show up, it makes a great base and blending shade for sheering out a color that may be too bold for me – like Your Love Is King.  Ultimately, I’ve been able to get great use out of this entire palette and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up before my Makeup Spending Challenge began.  It’s a great little palette that includes 6 of Too Faced Popular blushes so I think it’s a great buy overall.  I wasn’t immediately intrigued with the single Love Flush Blushes and I think it was just meant for me to wait a while because this baby was released for me to try them all.
Each of the blushes have really nice pigmentation, so when applying them (especially the deeper and brighter shades) I suggest a lighter hand or a fluffier brush so you are not packing color onto your cheeks.  Since there is so much color that comes off – honestly, a little of the blush goes a really long way.  I love that these blushes are long wearing.   I wouldn’t say that it last 16 hours since I don’t wear my makeup that long normally.  But, after applying in the morning, by late afternoon and into the evening, I notice that I still have remnants and a hue of the color left on my cheeks.  That is great since many blushes wear off on my skin in a matter of a few short hours.  I definitely think these offer long wear in comparison to blushes I have used in the past.
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I am using the Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover on my cheeks in the look above.  That color lasted on my cheeks all day and into the evening.  I truly enjoy how these blushes work so well with my skin tone as many times I do not use certain blushes because they can cause my skin to look too white or too ashy.  These worked so well – I’m loving them.  For a GRWM style video as well as a look at the products used in that look, click here.
The packaging is just absolutely cute and adorable as is most and anything that Too Faced offers.  I love the details and how sweet and feminine it is but I also enjoy the fact that it really is sturdy.  As I mentioned before, if you are one who loves to travel with your blushes, I think this would make a great companion.  Everything seems nicely compact and sealed in its packaging well.  Even after I have dropped it many times, I didn’t notice any chipping or breaking which is a huge plus.
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I’m bummed to see that this palette is sold out online after just seeing it in stock yesterday.  I’m hoping that Too Faced will restock it soon or make it permanent.  As I mentioned above, this palette includes shades that Too Faced already offers in the Love Flush Blush collection so if there is any particular color you are interested in or want to have as a single, you can find those available on the website.
Head on over to my YouTube channel and check out the video I have talking about the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette and this one – the Love Flush Blush Wardrobe – here.
Overall – I really enjoy this palette, a lot more than I thought I would.  Do you own any of the Love Flush Blushes or this palette?  If so, what are your thoughts on it?  If not, is this something you may have your eyes on?  Comment below and let me know.
xo
Signature Honey
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A full list of ingredients for each shade can be found here.  As with all products you get from Too Faced, you can be assured that it is from a company that is Cruelty Free.  Hi Clover!

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.

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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.

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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.

xo

Signature Honey

 

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.

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Roses, candy, kisses and love… sweet nothings and candle light are all things that remind me of Valentine’s day.  Each year I look forward to creating a new look for this day of love and this year I am creating a Valentine’s Day Makeup tutorial in collaboration with my friend Beth. I bring to you a quick look featuring Too Faced and the semi-sweet Chocolate bar palette and Beth will be creating a look using the chocolate bar Palette. Her look will be for daytime,mine for nighttime.

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I went with a soft smoky, wearable look that can easily be created.  The reason behind this look is that I wanted it to showcase the lips and soften the eyes.  I’m 35 (as of January) and wanted to create a look that beauties in their 30s and 40s could wear easily and apply quickly.  Check out the Video Tutorial embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

To create this look, I am using the following products:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance – eye primer
  • Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette – eye shadows (Peanut butter – transition shade, Coconut Creme (browbone highlight), Truffled (applied into the crease), Bon bon (lid shade), Peanut butter / truffled (lower lash line), Caramel (inner corner highlight)
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Waterproof Gel Pencil in Black Point – tightline and waterline
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Waterproof Gel Pencil in Espresso Last – upper lash line
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara and L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (light bronze, all over warmth)
  • Too Faced Sweetheart Blush in Candy Glow
  • Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder for a light highlight glow
  • Jordana Easy Liner Lip Liner in Rock n Rose
  • Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Peony
  • Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Nude
  • Chrislie Formulations Brow Gel in Caramel (swept over the brows for a natural look)

Too Faced Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

If you are looking to bump up this look a bit for some extra drama, add a pair of whispies or dramatic lashes to the eyes and a bold berry or even bright pink lip.  A red lip can work with this look as well.

Beth’s Daytime look feat. the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette can be found here.

I hope you enjoyed this Sweetheart makeup look for Valentine’s Day.  Don’t forget to head on over to my friend Beth’s channel to check out her tutorial as well.  Stay tuned as I’ll be having another Valentine’s Day look coming your way in the next week.  Happy Day!

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Ah, Too Faced has done it once again with a new addition to their Chocolate line.  I have been sitting on this palette now since before the holidays, playing with it and using it in looks and now I am comfortable sharing my thoughts on the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette with all of you.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

Released just before the Christmas Holiday, Too Faced rolled out their Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette retailing for $49.00 on the website as well as via Sephora.com which is where I purchased mine.  This palette 16 antioxidant rich shadows, that are cocoa powder infused and include a mix of matte and shimmer shades.  Caramels, deep mocha shades, bronze tones and chocolate hues all offer a gorgeous array of eye shadows as well as a pop of blue and a sugar topper shade.

Each shadow has a net weight of 0.95g/0.03 oz for a total weight of 13.3g/0.42oz for the entire palette.  Just like with the original Chocolate Bar palette from Too Faced, when you open the palette, you immediately get hit with the scent of chocolate though it is not powerful enough to last on your face after application.  Be sure to check out my video review here for my live thoughts on this palette.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette vs Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette.

I reviewed the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette around this time last year (you can see that review here) and it truly is a palette I love and have enjoyed using.  While the Semi Sweet Palette is very similar in packaging, it is thinner than the original and one change Too Faced did was to include the names of the shadows on the palette itself which I really like.  While I enjoy it’s slimmer packaging, I do think the magnetic closure on the Semi Sweet Palette is not as strong as the original and because of this, when I dropped the palette, one of the shadows shattered.  I have dropped the original palette many many times and none of the shadows have broken over the last year that I have owned it.

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Besides the packaging… I’m loving the Semi Sweet palette just as much as I adore and love the original.  While some of the shades in both palettes are similar in tone, I still consider them different and I’m glad that those are in each because that will allow me to create one look with just one palette instead of going back and forth.  I think the similarities in each palette are some of my staples… so therefore, if similar, it doesn’t bother me.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

The shades in this palette offer a range that is a little warmer than that of the original, however – if you are one for cool-toned shades, I still think there are ways to make this work.  Overall the palette itself is a great neutral toned palette offering a variety of neutral based shades.  Blueberry Swirl and Pink Sugar are the two shades in the palette that I think I will not get as much use out of but I think they are still pretty.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches

The shades in the top row (pictured above) are gorgeous and Coconut Creme has been my go-to browbone highlight because it blends out nicely offering just a light and natural looking highlight.  Hot Fudge (which is the shade I shattered) is one of my favorites and I think works well as a lid shade, worked into the crease or as a wash of color.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches

The middle row of shadows (pictured directly above) offers two shades that while I think are cool, I think they definitely could have been replaced with something else.  Pink Sugar is like a topper type shade.  It reminds me a flakie glitter I would use on my nails and applies as such.  There is no even application and it can barely be seen on its own.  I use this particular shadow as a topper over other shadows for an extra sparkle.  While a cool concept (if that is what it was meant to be), I think it definitely was a miss for me in this palette.

The blue shade in this row – Blueberry Swirl, is a gorgeous blue shade but it does take some time to build the shade up.  If using in your outer v or to deepen the crease, I think this would be a great shade to build up without overdoing it, but on it’s own, it may take some finesse and a little effort to get it to the pigmentation level if used as a lid shade.  It’s gorgeous… but does require a little work in my opinion.  I don’t think it’s a shade that makes the palette, but it is a nice addition.

I have been using Peanut Butter as my transition shade for most of the looks I have created using this palette.  It’s such a gorgeous color and blends so nicely.  Considering this is a matte shade, it offers great pigmentation, silky feel and has been my go-to transition shade for my looks lately.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches

The third row of shadows sports a gorgeous gold shade which I have been enjoying as a highlight shade on the inner corner of my eye.   I think all of the shades in this row could be used in an every day look or all over the lid shades as well.  Mousse is a great transition shade too.

Used with and over a primer and /or base, you can expect these shadows to last all day.  I used them one day over regular primer and it didn’t budge till I removed it 10 hours later.  All of my swatches are done on my bare arm in natural lighting.  While you can use these shadows without a base or primer, it is certainly suggested.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

Overall I’m very impressed with this palette.  I’ll be honest in saying that I think I really needed both of them – original and this one, but seeing as this palette was purchased at a discount and deal, I did get a great buy.  If I had to really choose one of them, I would say go with the original Too Faced Palette.  I will say however, I haven’t really put down the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette since I bought it and have been loving it.  While a few shades in this palette are not for me, I think I do love it regardless.  The palette does come with a Glamour Guide so you can use those as inspiration or step by step to create looks utilizing the shades in your Semi Sweet palette.  Remember… this palette seems to not have the durability as the original when it comes to closure, so I would be careful with travel though this palette does offer a nice size mirror and is compact if needed on the go.

Quick little tidbit… Too Faced Co-Founder & CCO Jerrod Blandino was inspired to infuse antioxidant-rich cocoa in makeup while getting a chocolate facial at a Hawaiian Spa.  Being a Hawaii girl, I thought that was such an interesting and fun fact and I wanted to share that with you.  Research has shown that the smell of cocoa can improve your mood and make you more relaxed… yum – I think I’ll grab me a piece of chocolate now. 😉

Have you tried any of the Too Faced Chocolate Infused products?  If you have, what are your favorites?  What about the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes, which do you prefer?  Do you own them both?  Do you have any on your wishlist?  I’d love to hear from you so leave a comment below and let me know.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next time!

Signature Honey

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My normal summer makeup routine is a bare face… maybe some mascara and lip balm, but for the most part – I rock out a no makeup look.  Why?  Well, because I live in Paradise and the ocean’s serenade is constantly calling me.  But, when I want to wear makeup and rock out a look, I try to go for a soft – lightly bronzed eye shadow look and a pop of color on the lips.  Four Fourth of July I posted a look similar on my Instagram, but decided I wanted this one to have a little summery bronze shades added to it. Today I bring to you a makeup tutorial that is super easy to create, utilizing Colour Pop eye shadows and my Lorac Pro palette.  I hope you like it.  Scroll down to see photos of the look and don’t forget to watch the tutorial.  Happy Summer!
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Check out my makeup tutorial embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Products used:

Brows – Chella Dazzling Brown Eye Defining Pencil and NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel

Eyeshadow Base – Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond

Eyeshadows – Colour Pop shadow pots in: Cheeky (transition shade) Amaze (outer v and outer  3rd of my eyelid as well as lower lash line), I Heart This (inner corner highlight, inner lower lash line and inner 3rd of my eyelid).  Lorac Pro Palette: Sable (outer v and outer 3rd), Taupe (crease shade) and Cream (brow highlight)

Eyeliner – Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eye shadow Pencil in Tenacious Brown (lower lash line), Mally Evercolor Sparkle liner in Midnight (tightline) and NYC (New York Color) black liquid liner (winged liner)

Mascara – L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Blackest Black Mascara

Bronzer – NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep

Highlight – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Dim Light (all over face) and Radiant Light (highest part of cheekbones), NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder to highlight highest parts of the face, cheekbones, forehead, etc.

Blush – Colour Pop’s Cheeky Shadow (smoothed onto the cheeks and blended for a beautiful peach glow)

Lips – Milani Color Statement Lipliner in Haute Pink topped with L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Baby Doll.

My Flower Crown is from Claires.

Summer Love Makeup tutorial

This week I wanted to create a look using products from my May Ipsy Glam Bag – Fresh Picks.  Since the theme is super cute, I thought this would be a great way to show a flirty side of me.  I chose to name my look “My Secret Garden” because I used inspiration from one of my favorite Books and Movies – The Secret Garden.  Spring and Summer remind me of floral scents and flowers in an array of colors.  Purple being my favorite color, I decided a purple and white-gold look would be fitting for a soft and wearable creation.  It kind of reminds me of the Jacaranda that grow so heavily here in the Spring time and grace our roads and lawns with beautiful lavender flowers.

The Secret Garden inspired Makeup using Ipsy Glam bag

I have a really hard time making up my mind – so I thought I would use a few different florals to style my  pictures.  Utilizing the goodies I received in my May Ipsy Glam Bag, I created a look that I thought would incorporate the items perfectly.

Many say that my makeup looks all seem to mesh together and look the same, but I like it – because makeup is about style and creativity… and most importantly – it’s about beauty.  Check out my makeup tutorial for this look embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.  A list of products used can be found in this post.  I hope you enjoy!

The Secret Garden - Ipsy Glam Challenge Look

On my eyes I am using the following products:

Eye shadow primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadow base – City Color Cosmetics White Gold Cream Shadow/Highlight

Eyeshadows

  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette – matte medium brown shade (transition color)
  • Pacifica Natural Beauty Duo #2 in Unicorn – white/gold shade (lid color)
  • Pacifica Natural Beauty  Duo #2 in Moonbeam – plum purple shade (crease color and applied to lower lash line)
  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette – matte nude/cream shade (highlight color)

Eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil liner in Zero (tightline/waterline) and NYC Liquid Eyeliner (winged liner / upper lash line)

Brows – Chella Brow Defining Pencil and Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Blonde

Lashes – Chrislie Mascara/Primer Duo and KISS Lashes in 09

The Secret Garden Makeup Tutorial

Products used on my lips:

Lip Balm – Revo Watermelon Lip balm

Lipstick – NYX Matte lipstick in Audrey

Lip gloss – NYX Butter gloss in Angel Food Cake

My Secret Garden Makeup look - Ipsy May Glam Bag

 

Products used on my Face, Hair and Body:

Bronzer – Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in Sunset

Blush – Milani Limited Edition Rose Powder Blush in Warm Petals and MAC Sunbasque blush

Highlight – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Radiant Light and City Color Cosmetics White Gold Cream Highlight (cupid’s bow)

Hair – To help define my curls I used the eva-nyc Rock-a-Wave Curl Cream Leave in Cream (from Ipsy May Glam Bag) as well as Coconut Oil

Body – For SPF/Sun screen I used Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen and to moisturize my body I used the Lulu Blossom Body Balm and to exfoliate my elbows, knees and heels of my feet I used my Derma-e Microdermabrasion Scrub.  All of these products were received in my Ipsy Glam bag.

Don’t forget to check out my Makeup Tutorial on YouTube and Subscribe for more videos.  I truly enjoy creating looks for all of you and look forward to doing more this summer.  Keep on the look out for a bronze summer goddess look that I have planned coming up.  I hope you enjoyed my makeup look that I created using the goodies from my Ipsy May Glam Bag.  Have a wonderful rest of your Spring and Summer.

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Yay me!  I swear, I am always amazed with the perks that come with being a Blogger, but more so when I get to try out new and exciting things and realize how lucky I truly am.  I had the awesome opportunity to receive the April POPSUGAR Must-have Box and it was filled with goodies different from my normal that I’m used to receiving from other Subscription boxes.  Check out what I got and all the goodies inside.

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POPSUGAR Must-have April Box Check out my reveal video – watch the embedded video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

If you watched my reveal video – you can see that I am and was definitely excited to receive all the goodies in my April box.  It was filled with awesome Spring goodies to get me excited for the season and looking forward Summer.  Are you a Monthly Subscription junkie like me?  If so, the POPSUGAR Must-have box may just be a great fit for you.  It includes a variety of products from beauty, food, home, fitness and more and is just $39.95 each month with free shipping.  What I love about this box is that you receive FULL SIZED Products, many of which are Premium items.  Check out past Must-have boxes to see if this is something you may want to sign up for.  Interested in signing up for POPSUGAR’s awesome Must-have box… click here to check it all out.

Included in April’s box was a total of 6 items – I have them outlined for you as well as the price break down for your reference.

Blue Avocado (Eco) Shopper

THE BLUE AVOCADO (ECO) SHOPPER – retails for $25.00

This awesome little shopper was a joint effort between Lauren Conrad and BlueAvocado.  It is a collapsible tote (perfect for carrying groceries) and is made from upcycled plastic bottles.  It folds neatly into a wallet-sized pouch and fits perfectly into my purse.  This is awesome!  In Hawaii – on my island, stores no longer offer you plastic bags and many require you have your own shopping bag for groceries so I will make great use out of this.

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TOO FACED NATURAL EYES PALETTE – retails for $36.00

I was beyond excited to hear that this product was in other people’s boxes and certainly could not wait to get my hands on it.  I have been eyeing this palette for a while and being a huge Too Faced addict, I was jumping for joy inside.  This palette is perfect for the gal who loves a natural look.  It includes nine different shades and the color range is perfect for every age and every skin tone.  Included is a glamour guide (like most Too Faced palettes) that you can use to create looks or be inspired and the shades included are a combination of matte, satin and shimmer.  I’m seriously diggin’ this!

POPSUGAR Must-have April Box

GRAPHIC IMAGE POCKET NOTES – retails for $20.00

This awesome little notebook is sweet, stylish and a great size to throw into the purse.  Made with silver edges, acid-free paper and a flexible cover with the words “Run the World” on the cover – I am surely inspired to keep blog posts and more in this notebook that fits perfectly in the pocket or in my purse for on the go inspiration.

CALDREA ROSE WATER DRIFTWOOD HAND SOAP – retails for $10.50

Who doesn’t need hand soap?  As a mom of three boys, we have hand soap everywhere in the house and I’m always on the hunt for new scents that I love.   This hand soap has  a combination of floral aromas that have a light but great scent.  The soap is gentle but hardworking and free of any harmful chemicals.

POPSUGAR Must-have April Box

FRESH PASTRY STAND TOTALLY AWESOME TEA TOWEL SET – retails for $18.00

Seriously… how “Awesome” is it to display something that says “totally awesome” in your kitchen.  Since nothing but awesome grinds come from my kitchen (yes, I’m bragging – lol), I was very excited to get something like this.  The Awesome tea towel set is such a fresh take on a cute design and I love the bright and bold colors that is so fun for Spring and Summer.  They are handmade from a water-based ink and completely lint-free (woohoo!).  I am looking forward to having fun with these.

NATUREBOX POPSUGAR MUST HAVE MIX – retails for $5.00

Hello goodies and snacks!  Let me first say that I am in love with how awesome these taste but I won’t go into any details since I’ll be doing a full post on my blog all about these goodies in the future.  NatureBox teamed up with Lisa Sugar to design this custom snack mix especially for POPSUGAR Must Have.  NO artificial flavors, NO artificial colors, NO corn syrup and NO hydrogenated oils.  They include a bunch of my favorite snack treats like almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries – a satisfying crunch for any die hard snacker.  I am seriously addicted to these.

My Thoughts Overall…

Overall – I’m definitely impressed with the April POPSUGAR Must Have box.  It includes a variety of items I know I will get great use out and each product offers great quality.  So let me break it all down for you with regard to how much product you are receiving and the amount you pay.

You pay $39.95 each month for this box.  This month I received a total value of $114.50 worth of products.  I got over $70 additional worth of products and I think it was well worth it.  If you are looking for a monthly subscription box that offers you a variety of products from beauty and home to fitness, health and food – then this definitely may be the box for you.  Click here to sign up or to learn more about the box itself and to check out what past boxes looked like: http://popsu.gr/sCKU  And if you sign up – be sure to stop on by and let me know what you think of your first box.

Have you tried POPSUGAR Must Have box before or have you been interested in trying it out?  What do you think of my April box, is it worth the $39.95?  Thank you so much for your time in reading my post.  Wishing you all a wonderful week!

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Melted Violet lipstick Too Faced

I am absolutely in love with Too Faced Cosmetics’ Melted lipsticks.  I got Melted Violet and Melted Peony and I swear, if I could I would be rocking out Too Faced Melted Violet every single day.  I’m working on a post for review so I won’t get into too much detail, but let me just say… it’s stolen my heart. <3

It was a Too Faced kind of day today… since I recently got my POPSUGAR Must-Have box in the mail (post on that coming soon), I had to dip into my Natural eye palette – I decided I would rock out Too Faced products today.  It is a rare thing that I use majority of one brand but with exception to my eye liner and my brows, everything was from Too Faced.

Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:  Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – Cashmere Bunny (crease shade), Honey Pot (lid shade),  Heaven (brow highlight), Chocolate Martini (lightly blended into the Outer V and blended under lower lash line)

Eye liner:  NYC HD Liquid Liner (upper lash line – slight wing) and Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof liner in Black Orchid (water line/tight line)

Lashes:  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips:  Too Faced Melted Violet lipstick

Brows:  Cailyn Gelux Brow Gel in Cocoa

I opted for an eye and lip look today so I don’t have any face makeup on – no blush, bronzer or high light.  Have you tried any of the melted lipsticks?  I have been smitten with the two I own and I’m seriously considering picking up a few more shades.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

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Oh… quick note – I want to share a giveaway with all of you.  Check it out – there will be 8 winners.  Click on the link below if you are interested in entering.

 

Happy Easter Love Bugs.  I hope you all had a great and fun filled day.  I was quite excited today because my husband was able to get the day off, so we got to spend the day together as a family… Yay Us!  I figured I would share with you the makeup I rocked out today as well as a few photos from our day.  Read more to find out my Easter FOTD.

Easter FOTD

My choice of makeup today was super simple because I wanted a soft sweet look for Easter.  I only had my phone on me so all my photos were taken using my Note 2.  I am truly terrible at taking pictures of my makeup looks on a consistent basis, so I’m working on making it a point to take photos of my looks – even if only with my phone to post.  I used the following products:

Easter FOTD Products

I like to be festive for the Holidays so I pulled out my trusty bunny ears (had these for about 5 years now) and earlier in the day I dressed in a bright yellow dress.  I figured my eye makeup was perfect for the day since it was wearable but still offered a statement.

Easter 2014 FOTD

Of course, no Easter look is complete without a flower crown on your head.  I thought it was very “spring” and I got a lot of compliments on it.  Easter was a lot of fun and I enjoyed dressing up.

Easter Sunday 2014

My parents came up to spend time with the boys and I was able to get a quick camera opp with my sissy – who came up to spend a little time with us too.  The boys got to find eggs two times today, since we spend the day with both my side of the family and then later in the day with my hubby’s.  I am so lucky to be able to have these opportunities with my family – because we know that moments like this are never guaranteed and we need to really enjoy them and take advantage of them when we have them.  I’m truly blessed and had a great day.

I hope you all had a fabulous and wonderful day.  Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it and those who do not – I wish you a fabulous Sunday!

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I have had my Too Faced A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette now since Christmas.  I have used it a few times for soft everyday looks – but really wanted to create something that had a little bit of drama, but that was still wearable for someone who wanted to use it during the day or out and about.  This look utilizes some of my favorite colors in this palette and I love how easy the colors are to blend.  I named this look Honey Bella Rosa because my middle name is Rosa and the name of the Blush I chose is name Bella Rosa.  Since Bella Rosa means beautiful rose… I thought… “Honey Beautiful Rose” would be sweet.  Those that know me know that Lavender Sterling Roses are my favorite that my husband orders for me… and this look reminded me of these gorgeous roses.  I hope you enjoy the look! <3Honey Bella Rosa Makeup tutorial - Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things

Check out the video embedded below for a step by step tutorial or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Honey Bella Rosa Makeup Tutorial

Products used:

  • Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Eyeshadow Base – NYX Shadow Base in Skintone (applied to the lid & lower lash line and stopping at the crease)
  • Eyeshadow Palette – Too Faced A Few of My Favorite things Palette (Limited Edition) Ooh la Orchid (crease and lower lash line), Honey Honey (lid), Chocolate Milk (blended above the crease as transition shade), Soiree (deepen the outer v), Pure Glam (deepen the outer v), Cream Colored Ponies (highlight), Moon on Their Wings (inner corner highlight / shimmer)
  • Brow Highlight – Milani Brow & Eye Highlight in Vanilla
  • Lower Lash Line pop of color – Jordana 12 Hour Made to last eye shadow pencil in Prolong Purple
  • Waterline & Tightline Liner – Mally Starlight Waterproof Liner in Midnight
  • Winged Liner – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • Mascara – Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara layered with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara
  • False Lashes – KISS 01
  • Contour – Starlook’s Cream Blush in Emphasize topped/set with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Blush – Milani Baked Matte Bronzer in Bella Rosa
  • Highlight – Laura Geller’s Baked Blush & Brighten in Como
  • Lips – The Body Shop Lip Butter in Coconut (applied prior to doing the tutorial), Milani Color statement Lip liner in Nude topped with Milani Color statement lipstick in Nude Cream and NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake
  • Brows – Cailyn Gelux Brow in Cocoa set with NYX Brow set gel
  • Cupid’s Bow highlight – Benefit Wats Up

Note:  I always apply my lip butter or balm prior to doing the tutorial so that it moisturizes my lips before hand and my lipstick/gloss/liner application will go on smoothly.  Applying just before applying your lip products can cause your lips to be too slippery for your lip products to adhere and can cause movement or feathering.  If your lip balm/butter is still to slippery – blot your lips prior to applying your lipstick, etc.

As you see in the tutorial – I did not and do not use Face Primer or Foundation and concealer.  If I do use any of these products I’ll be sure to list them – but I have discontinued the use of these products since it has not been good for my sensitive skin.  I haven’t really used Foundation/Concealer in over 2 years.

Honey Bella Rosa - Makeup tutorial using Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things palette

 

I hope you enjoyed this look.  As many of you know I love purple and I really wanted to finally do a tutorial using the Too Faced A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette – I’m glad I was finally able to create a look for you.

Honey Bella Rosa

 

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

xo

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When I first set my eyes on this palette I didn’t think that I “needed” to have it.  But, let’s face it – I say that about every single makeup item I own and after waiting a week, sometimes two… I feel the “need to have it” fever come over me and I splurge.  There’s no secret that I am a huge Too Faced Cosmetics fan – Shadow insurance is my go-to HG (holy grail) product.  I use it consistently and have bought new ones many times.  So when Too Faced came out with this palette and it was filled with neutrals with a purple in there, I got over my “I don’t need it attitude” quickly and asked the hubby if I could get it.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

The packaging wass probably one of the biggest selling points for me with regard to this palette.  It’s cute and not only represents the palette and the contents, but the theme itself is very prominent through out.  The palette is fairly sturdy, though I wish that it had a stronger magnetic closure.   The palette is a metal type / tin material that is a tad bit bulky – but nearly as bulky as palettes that Too Faced has come out with in the past.  I think this palette would be perfect for travel and should hold up well with packing in your carry-on or checked baggage.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Toofaced.com has this palette for sale for $49.00 (currently sold out on the site).  You can also purchase this on Sephora.com (that’s where I got mine) and Ulta.com as well as the freestanding stores for the same price.  There are 16 shades included in a variety of textures… matte and shimmer.  What I love so much about this palette is that it currently has what my other neutral palettes does not – it includes a purple.  While I would have hoped for a more matte purple shade, this sparkly purple will suffice and I love the palette’s color selection in a whole.  The palette comes with a Signature Too Faced Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started in using your palette and I love that the larger shades (White Chocolate & Champagne Truffle) are bigger so that you can use them both as an all over the lid shade or highlight.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

The matte shades actually work really nicely.  They blend nicely which I like a lot – because mattes are not always easy to work with.  The shimmer shades that have micro-glitters in them tend to have a kind of gritty texture (Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet and Cherry Cordial), but while it feels gritty on the fingers, when using on a brush and applying to the lid – it doesn’t feel gritty at all.  I love the colors regardless because it really holds the shimmer after applying.

I have included all of the swatches for each color in the palette.  All swatches are done on bare/dry skin without a base or primer and photographed in natural lighting – no flash was used.

Chocolate bar palette swatches row 1

The mattes in this palette are nicely pigmented which I like.  I really enjoy having a matte highlight shade in any palette so I love that it is offered here in the Chocolate Bar.  You can certainly create a wide range of looks from a daytime/work look to something worn at night or more on the smoky side.  If you are a “color addict” then this palette doesn’t offer you much selection with regard to colors (bright and bold ones) – but I think this is a great neutral palette for anyone, especially since it includes that purple shade I have been wanting in other neutrals in the past.

Chocolate bar palette swatches row 2

Strawberry Bon bon – while a nice shade to have in a palette of neutrals was probably not my favorite matte shade.  I felt like every time I tried to use it – it lightened to an almost white shade so it lost the color impact you see in the palette.  I would definitely suggest using Strawberry Bon bon over a pink base to intensify the shade so that you can see its true color.

Chocolate bar palette swatches row 3

Creme Brulee is probably one of my favorite shades… it applies easily like most metallic/shimmer shades do and the color impact is nice and bold with minimal fall out.  I found myself using the bottom row of shades a lot more than the rest of the palette (with exception to Champagne Truffle which I haven’t used much) because they seem to be easy to work with but also shades I gravitate to a lot in other palettes as well.

The 16 shadows are made with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and the palette was inspired by their Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.  The shadows have a pretty good amount of product:

14 Eye Shadows Net Wt. 0.95 g / 0.03 Oz.  Total Net Wt. 13.3 g / 0.42 Oz. (Gilded Ganache, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge, Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate & Cherry Cordial)

2 Eye Shadows Net Wt. 2.8 g / 0.10 Oz.  Total Net Wt. 5.6 g / 0.20 Oz. (White Chocolate & Champagne Truffle)

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle

For the look I have pictured, I used Champagne Truffle, Cherry Cordial, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Triple Fudge and White Chocolate.

You can see the video tutorial for this look here:  http://youtu.be/pMiyNi_IGo8 and the blog post with more photos can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1icLXzA

While I am very much in love with this palette for what it offers as I mention in my Video Review I was not stoked or happy about the fact that the plastic sheet with the names on it was something I had to hold on to since the names are not printed on the palette itself.  It’s a pain in my butt and in the past with other palettes, I have always thrown that out – so it nags me a lot!  When creating looks – it drives me nuts to have to stop and look at the sheet so that I can write out the list of colors I used… this is a major fail to me and I may have to figure out a way to fix this myself.  The rest of the palette I think is showstopping… attention to detail was taken on every other aspect – including the scent of the shadows… yummy!

Check out my Video review below as I talk about the palette first hand with all of you.

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So – tell me… are you a Chocolate lover?  Have you splurged and picked up the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and if not… will you? I would love to know your thoughts 😉

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The rainy weather has not been agreeing with me lately.  So when I created this look, I could not get a good photo of it and I had to film the tutorial using lights instead of the natural light coming in from my window – but nonetheless, I digress and move forward.  I created this look because I haven’t had the opportunity to do any makeup tutorials using my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and I’ve been playing around with it for a few weeks now.  I used the look book included with the palette as inspiration to create this look, but I did switch it up a little.  I hope you enjoy this.  I thought this would be a really sweet Valentine’s Day look without being too dramatic or over the top, but definitely on the smoky side and sultry.  It’s super easy to create and definitely wearable for a day or night out.

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle

Products used:

Eye Shadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow Base – NYX Eyeshadow base in skintone

Eyeshadows – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Champagne Truffle – used as a sparkle transition from the crease to just below the brow, Cherry Cordial used on the inner and outer lid, Creme Brulee used on the inner lid, Haute Chocolate used in the crease and blended onto lower lash line, Triple Fudge used to deepen the crease “just a little”, and White Chocolate as the brow highlight.)

Eye liner – Jordana 12 Hour Made to last gel pencil liner in Black (waterline/tightline and lower lash line), Jesse’s Girl Waterproof eyeliner pen (winged liner)

Mascara – Perfekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel topped with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara

Lips – Milani’s Color statement liner in Spiced and YSL’s Ulimate Beige Lipstick

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle

As I mentioned earlier, lighting was not ideal so I was not too happy with the photos I was able to get before the rain came down harder and the sky darkened.  I take all of my photos outside in natural lighting so it was a bit of an issue, but at least I have some photos to show.

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle
Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle
Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle
Hope you all enjoyed this look.  I hope to be back next week with another Tutorial for Tutorial Tuesday! 
Smooches!
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