Chocolate Bronzer!

Hey Everyone!

Let’s talk about the most delicious makeup product I have ever experienced. The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium Deep Matte Bronzer is an incredible multitasking bronzer that is great for contouring as well as warming up the entire face. Like it says in it’s name, it is completely matte with absolutely no sheen, shimmer, or sparkle. Though it is made with cocoa powder, the scent of chocolate is very subtle and dissipates after application.

This bronzer is similar in color to the NARS Laguna bronzer, but is slightly lighter and more of a warm “chocolate” color than a brown-bronze like Laguna. I find that Laguna can look a bit muddy, and doesn’t blend very well ( I know, I know; it’s not a common opinion), but I find that this bronzer blends very well and looks extremely natural.

Too Faced also offers this bronzer in a lighter shade called Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, which is equally fantastic, but less dramatic.

The packaging is a very cute light gold compact with a full size mirror. You can order this bronzer online for $30.00 at https://www.toofaced.com/p-1364-chocolate-soleil-mediumdeep-matte-bronzer.aspx , or purchase it at Ulta or Sephora.

 

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Smashbox Pop of Pink

Hey Everyone! I have been wanting to try more Smashbox products since I love the lipsticks so much, so I decided to pick up one of their “sets”. The one I got is the Smashbox Pop of Pink, which includes the following :

Blush in Pop of Pink : a slightly reddened carnation pink with berry undertones. It has slight shimmer and a satin/matte finish.

Be Legendary Lipstick in Posy Pink : a nude carnation pink with a glossy finish.

Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in Pop of Pink : a sheer bubblegum pink with a slight cotton candy scent.

Full Exposure Mascara : a jet black volumizing and lengthening mascara with a large bristle brush. Medium/dry consistency.

 

Overall all of the products are fantastic. My only complaint is that I much prefer the discontinued Photo Finish Lipstick formula to the Be Legendary formula. The Photo Finish lipstick formula glided over any dry patches and made your lips look flawless, whereas the Be Legendary formula clings a bit more to dryness on lips.

You can get this set at Ulta for $39 : http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5230007#details

 

Holy Grail! Calvin Klein Foundation Review and Swatches

Hey Everyone! I recently picked up the Calvin Klein CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup at Ulta, and let me say  that it was love at first swatch. I first saw this collection in the checkout area at Ulta a while back and thought that the packaging looked a little gimmicky due to cartoon type drawings; little did I know that this was just packaging from their spring collection. But while I was browsing the aisles last time, I saw the brand again and decided to check it out. I am so glad I did!

The foundation is advertised as a daily serum, primer, and foundation in one. It has an SPF of 8, vitamins A, C, and E, and is non-comedogenic. This foundation feels absolutely weightless on the skin. It has the most natural finish and looks, dare I say it, like exactly like skin!

It offers light to medium coverage, but can be built up to a strong medium without any cakeyness, and keeps it lightweight feel. Normally foundations that offer all of these wonderful things melt off or make your look oily throughout the day, but this one stays on perfectly. It applies great with a synthetic kabuki brush, a beauty blender, and even your hands.

If I was reading this review before trying this product, I would probably not believe a foundation could be this good, but I promise you that it is. After only three uses I can already say that this is my HOLY GRAIL foundation. I can’t wait to try everything else this brand has to offer!

I use shade 100 Porcelain. You can get this foundation at Ulta for $30.00 or here —> http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?skuId=2245885&productId=xlsImpprod4270185&navAction=push&navCount=1&subdoc=2cklookreal&categoryId=cat80022

 

Misc. Eyeshadow Collection

Hey Everyone! Since you all seem to be enjoying my makeup collection posts, I thought I would share my miscellaneous eyeshadow collection.  These include single eyeshadows, duos, and small palettes that I have not previously featured in a post. They are all non-MAC eyeshadows as well. If you want to see my MAC Eyeshadow Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-b8

Here we go!

Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eye Palette : This was limited edition so it is selling for about $85 on Amazon. You can get most of these shades individually for $21 at Sephora.

Bone : a matte bisque

Candlelight : a shimmery true champagne

Wheat : a light cool beige

Olive : a sheer glittery olive with gold

Black Topaz : a dark blackened cool green with gold

Rich Caviar : a blackened deep chocolate brown

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes : $32 at Sephora and Ulta.

Concealer : Boi-ing 02

Base Shadow : a light frosty seashell pink

Contour Shadow : a frosty warm pink taupe

Liner Shadow : a blackened plum brown

Nars Key Largo Duo : $34 at Sephora.

left : a satin light apricot

right : a warm bronzed gold

Tarina Tarantino Eyedream Highlight Duo : $19 at http://www.tarinatarantino.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=13518&idcategory=49

Jasper : a super frosty light yellow highlight

Agate : a super frosty light pink taupe

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Batali : a deep blackberry. About $3 on eBay.

Covergirl EyeEnhancers in Fard Accent : a sheer golden rust. About $1 on Amazon.

Maybelline Chic Naturals in Champagne Fizz : a frosty champagne white. $3.99 at Ulta.

Sephora Aspen Summit : a cool icy white with slight silver. $12 at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink : a frosted peachy light rosegold. $22 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy : a light peachy nude with silver glitter. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Lounge :a rusty red brown with intense blue-green duo chrome. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless : a cool sandy taupe. About $9 on Amazon.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow in Mushroom : a light graphite gray with silver sparkle. About $10 on Amazon.

Salty Cosmetics Loose Luxury Mineral Eyeshadow in Glama-Zoid : a white with intense light pink duo chrome. About $15 at http://www.saltycosmetics.com/glama-zoid-large/

MICA Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Earth : a true peach with gold shimmer/glitter. About $11 on Amazon.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Brass Tacks : a slightly coppery brass. $14 at http://www.occmakeup.com/lcc.html

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter in Fae : a heavily textured white glitter with pink. $14 at http://www.beauty.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics-cosmetic-glitter-fae/qxp397754

Bareminerals Eye Color in Greenhouse : an army green. About $9 on eBay.

Bareminerals Eye Color in Violetta : a muted chalky lilac. About $9 on eBay.

Too Faced Glamour Dust in Glampire : a pink glitter with slight green glitter. $17 at Ulta.

NYX Roll On Shimmer in Walnut : a warm medium slightly taupey brown with intense shimmer. $3.99 at Ulta.

Top 10 Best Perfumes

Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my list of the Top 10 Best Perfumes available. Over the years I have tried a lot of different perfumes, and have found that I am drawn to ones that are unique, as well as long-lasting.

When I walk by, I don’t want other people to be able to instantly identify the perfume I am wearing; which nowadays is so easy when everyone wears super popular perfumes like Viva La Juicy. My goal is to intrigue others and to personify the “character” I am feeling like that day. That being said, I find that perfume is a great tool in impressing people with the message YOU want to send. For example, a lot of people say that I look young for my age; so when I need to command respect in a room with people who would otherwise discard me due to my appearance, an extra sophisticated, classic perfume can subliminally change their mind.

With #1 being the most favorite (although they are all very close and I love each one for different reasons), here are the ones that I think are the most unique, long-lasting, and pleasant :

10. Philosophy – Love Sweet Love : is very sweet and innocent. It’s notes include sweet fruits like mango, and light florals. It has a bit of musk as well that makes it not so “childish”. I like wearing this perfume during the day on errands, or even out to lunch. You can get 2 oz for $42 at Sephora.

9. Victoria’s Secret – Sexy Little Things Noir : is the opposite of sweet and innocent. It is feminine in that it has top notes of blackberry and vanilla, but it turns ultra seductive with jasmine, musk, and woody notes. Although I don’t wear this perfume very often, I appreciate its originality, and love wearing it when I want to feel extra sassy. You can get 1.7 oz for $44 at Victoria’s Secret.

8. Dior – Miss Dior Cherie : is young, but smart. It has fruity top notes like cherry mixed with florals like jasmine and rose, and a warm base of caramel and patchouli. I would imagine this to be the perfume of a very young business executive in Paris, who has a youthful love for things like ballet and romance. I enjoy wearing this both day and night. You can get 1.7 oz for $90 at Sephora.

7. Jessica Simpson – Fancy Nights : is one of the most warm and spicy fragrances I have ever experienced. It immediately catches your attention with amber, vanilla, and musk, mixed with seductive florals like jasmine. I like warming up with this on cold winter nights. *this product appears to be discontinued, but you can find it in the 1 oz packaging at Target for $19.99.

6. Burberry – The Beat : is sophisticated with a rock and roll twist. It is woody and musky with unique additions like iris, pink pepper, and tea. I’m not sure how Burberry does it, but something about it just feels british. I like wearing this perfume when I want to feel refined, but a little edgy. You can get 1.7 for $60  at Ulta.

5. Bobbi Brown – Beach : resembles sunblock, but in a really good way. It’s notes of jasmine, mandarin, and sea spray instantly make you feel like its summer and you’re on a warm sandy beach in the tropics. I like wearing this when I need a little summer pick-me-up. You can get 1.7 oz for $67.50 at Sephora.

4. Philosophy – Amazing Grace : is very clean and light. It has notes of musk, freesia, and rose. I wear it when I want to feel ultra feminine and understated. You can get 2 oz for $44 at Sephora.

3. Ralph Lauren – Romance : is extra sophisticated. It has notes of chamomile, ginger, and white musk, mixed with very light florals like freesia and rose. I like wearing this when I want to be taken seriously and command the attention of the room. You can get 1.7 oz for $65 at Sephora.

2. Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely : is classy, sophisticated, and ultra feminine. It has soft white musk with lavender, and a touch of citrus. It is very intimate and soft, and I like to wear it when I want to invite people to come in closer. You can get 3.4 oz for $68 at Macys.

1. Tocca – Florence : is a perfect blend of white musk, gardenia, rose, and jasmine, with a hint of fruit. When I wear it, I feel like a powerful queen who is just a touch evil. It embodies power, sophistication, beauty, and class; and has become my signature fragrance. You can get 1.7 oz for $68 at Sephora.

Let me know what your favorite perfumes are, and if any of these made your list!

Resort Palette Dupes!

Hey Everyone! So I know I have been raving about the Sigma Resort Palette ever since I got it at IMATS LA earlier this year, but I thought it might be helpful to do a post about possible options for dupes of the shades in this palette. If you are just interested in getting the palette itself, you can get it for a limited time at : http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Resort_Palette_p/ep007.htm

The Resort Palette costs $42.00 plus shipping, but you can all the dupes for it for only about $30.00 ! All together it’s not a HUGE difference in price, but if you are just interested in a few of the shades, it’s a good deal.

**the Sigma Resort Palette Shade will be first, followed by the corresponding dupe**

Lets start with the eyeshadows! (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Muse : a cool charcoal grey with slight silver shimmer

NYX Glam Shadow in Boomerang : a slightly deeper cool charcoal grey with silver shimmer

Fawn : a cool bronze taupe with sliver shimmer, slight glitter chunks

Essence eyeshadow in Party All Night : a metallic warm taupe with slight bronze; slightly warmer than Fawn

Luna : a golden linen with slight gold shimmer

J.Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder in 102 Vanilla : a warm frosty light vanilla highlight; not as yellow as Luna

Topaz : a very warm medium brown

NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Dance The Tides : a warm medium brown. almost identical to Topaz, very slightly darker

Papaya : a medium peach coral with slight golden shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Tropical : a medium peachy coral. almost identical to Papaya, slightly more coral

Moonbeam : a blue toned lilac purple with slight pink undertone

NYX eyeshadow in Purple : a light blue toned purple with fuchsia/pink undertone. much pinker than Moonbeam.

Neela : a bright turquoise with slight silver shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Irises : a bright turquoise blue with silver shimmer. deeper than Neela.

Midori : a bright kiwi green

Ulta Eye Shadow in Going Green : a bright lime/kiwi green. lighter and more lime toned than Midori.

Blush :

Heavenly : a muted neutral/warm coral with slight peach undertone.

** the shade papaya / NYX Tropical is very similar to the Heavenly, and could act as a dupe.

Liquid Highlighter :

Luminesce : a light yellow gold

** I could not find an affordable dupe of this product, but the shade Luna / J.Cat Beauty 102 Vanilla would offer the same effect.

Eye Pencils :

Daydream : a bright and deep turquoise

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner in Lively Turquoise : a bright aqua turquoise. more frosted than Daydream.

Earth Goddess : a warm deep brown

J.Cat Beauty Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner in 105 Bistre : a warm deep brown. almost identical to Earth Goddess.

You can get these dupes at…

ULTA :

NYX Glam Eyeshadow – $2.99 each

NYX Eyeshadow – $2.69 each

Essence Eyeshadow – $2.49 each

Ulta Eye Shadow – $6.00 each

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner – $5.99 each

 

J.CAT : ***

Shimmery Powder – $2.99 each. http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=56

Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner – $2.49 each.  http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=59

 

 

Mascara Reviews and Pictures!

Hey Ya’ll! This post features the mascaras that I have purchased and gotten samples of from the past year or so. And no I don’t use year old mascara! I simply have kept them for the purpose of reviewing later. 🙂 Here We Go :

Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara – has a medium sized tapered bristle brush and is medium wet in the consistency. It is great for lengthening as well as volumizing. It does not smudge and lasts all day on top and bottom lashes. $16.00 at Sephora. One of my favorites. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara – has a medium sized bristle brush with a slightly tapered tip. It is a wet formula, has great staying power, and is volumizing as well as lengthening. $16.00 at Sephora.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval bristle flexing brush and a very wet gel-mouse formula. $6.99 at Ulta. 

Maybelline One By One Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval rubber flexing brush and a medium wet consistency. It provides average volumization. $7.99 at Ulta.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – has a small spiraled bristle brush and a semi-wet formula. This mascara clumps easily and I highly dislike it. $5.49 at Ulta.

Loreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara – has a medium-large bristle brush and a wet consistency. I prefer using this mascara over a dry mascara to add extra volume, rather than on its own. When used by itself it can clump and smudge. $8.99 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion – has a thick medium sized  rubber brush and a flat top. It’s a medium-dry mascara and adds a good amount of length and volume. $9.49 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume – has a thick medium sized rubber brush with a flat top and a medium consistency. It is a holy grail mascara for me and add tons of length and volume when worn lightly or built up. $8.99 at Ulta.

Origins Underwear for Lashes – has a tapered spiraled bristle brush. It is essentially a lash primer that claims to add volume by attaching white fibers to the ends of your lashes. I don’t feel that this product works well at all, and is just a messy unnecessary extra step.   $16.00 at Origins.

Origins Full Story Lush-Lash Mascara – has a small-medium bristle brush and a wet consistency. This mascara clumps and smudges horribly; especially when paired with the Origins Underwear for Lashes. $15.00 at Origins.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara – has a thick medium sized bristle brush and a medium-dry formula. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras because it add the most incredible amount of volume and thickness to the lashes and is smudge proof. $18.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Benefit They’re Real – has a medium extra spikey plastic brush with added spikes to the tip. It is a medium-wet formula and is also one of my favorites. It quickly adds volume and length to your lashes and when applied heavily, it can look like you are wearing natural looking false lashes. $23.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow – has a medium sized slightly tapered bristle brush and a medium consistency. This mascara is volumizing but frequently flakes and smudges. $18.50 at Ulta.

The Balm What’s Your Type “The Body Builder” Mascara – has a small bristle brush and a very wet formula. It is volumzing, but clumps and makes your lashes look messy and goopey. $19.00 at thebalm.com .

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes – has a very tapered bristle brush and a wet-medium formula. It adds mega volume and length and last all day and night.