Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe Review | Holiday 2016

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I’m a sucker for the holidays in pretty much any way, shape, and form, and the holiday releases from my favorite beauty brands are most definitely my weakest spot.  Since I wasn’t overly impressed with Too Faced’s releases from holiday 2015, I swore I wasn’t going to get hooked this year..and then I saw the holiday collection.  Christmas in New York is like a dream to me, and with the stunning shades and adorable packaging, I quickly broke my vow. I knew the collection had to be mine.  I ended up buying all 3 eyeshadow sets, as I couldn’t decide on one.  Today, we’re taking a look at the Grande Hotel 3 palette set.  

The Too Faced Grande Hotel is a collection of 3 individual eyeshadow palettes (Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Gingerbread Cookie) that can be given as gifts (there’s even a To/From label on the back of each one) or can be kept as a set and includes a deluxe mini of Better Than Sex Mascara.

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First, let’s talk about the packaging.  Grande Hotel Cafe comes in a gorgeous box that’s shaped like a hotel you’d find in the heart of NYC.  When you remove the roof and open the doors you see the stunning interior decorated with Christmas trees (complete with famous Too Faced products underneath them) and you’re clearly meant to be sitting at the hotel’s coffee bar, where you would order one of the holiday beverages the palettes are named after. It’s genius packaging, and I’m not going to lie, the packaging definitely helped sell me the products.   Read more

August Favorites 2016

August Favorites Blog

Guys, tomorrow it’s September!  Can you even believe it??  This month I have a few favorites I’ve been dying to share with you.  

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palettes: I rediscovered both of my Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes and fell in love all over again.  The matte (and two subtle shimmers) shades in the palettes are great for everyday wear.  I found that when I didn’t really want to do my eyes, but want to have the no makeup look going on, creating an eye look with the shades in these palettes made my eyes look amazing without looking “done up.”  I’m very pleased that I decided to dig these out of my drawers and I know I’ll be getting a lot more use out of them.  The Naked Basics 2 is more cool toned than the original Naked Basics palette, but they’re both outstanding additions to any collection. 

Bare Minerals Pro Powder FoundationI wanted a new quick and easy foundation that (much like the eyeshadow) efficiently gave some coverage to flaws without making me look like I had a mask of face makeup on, and this new foundation by Bare Minerals did the trick. I did buy the brush that was released with this foundation. It’s a nice retractable brush that’s densely packed for better coverage.  Do you need it? No, but I like that it’s covered so I can easily throw it in my purse. 

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Products- I have a new lip obsession, and it’s the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Line.  They have 3 different formulas, and I’m obsessed with them all.  The product I’m loving least of this trio is the matte liquid lipstick, and it’s simply because I am not convinced that my lips  can use matte liquid lipsticks, period.  After trying quite a few formulas, this Gen Nude formula is light, smooth, and doesn’t feel the least bit drying. There is minimal transfer after it dries, and it’s comfortable to wear. Bonus: it smells amazing! Like a chocolate pudding pack I used to put in school lunches.  My only issue is that I feel like it settles into my lines and defines them more, but I’ve had that issue with every single liquid matte lip I’ve tried, and it’s not nearly as bad compared to others. 

The Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks are absolutely divine.  They go on buttery smooth, feel amazing, and have great shade options(medium coverage), and a glossy finish.  I would reach for this product when I wanted to hydrate my lips, not just put on a dose of color.  I love love LOVE these lipsticks. Read more

Sephora Play! August 2016

Sephora Play August

It’s always a happy day when my Sephora Play! box comes in the mail.  I didn’t do any posting about it last month, but I discovered a few new things that I love thanks to that box, so I figured why not start telling people whats in the subscription?  Since I canceled my Birchbox subscription last month, my Sephora box is currently the only beauty subscription I currently have. 

Each month Sephora has a theme, and August’s theme was “The Eye Openers.” As one who currently struggles with things like under eye circles and puffiness, I was anxious to see what was inside my box.  Here’s what I found:

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544

I am a huge fan of the MUFE Artist Shadows.  They’re smooth, buttery, and blendable, so I was super excited to see this beautiful pink granite shade in my box.  I was a little less excited when I discovered it was a shade I already had in my MUF Artist Palette Vol 1.  Either way, it’s a beautiful color.  

Full Size: 0.07 oz @ $21

Sample Size: 0.02 oz

Sample Value: $6.09

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Benefit Cosmetics New Brow Collection Review

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I haven’t always been on the brow game train.  It wasn’t until rather recently that I started paying attention to my brows at all, and at first it was only because my sister complained about how lame and sparse they were.  After finding my discovery and use of the original Benefit Gimme Brow and the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil, I truly began to appreciate how much better done brows made me look and feel.  While I don’t think I will ever have the skills to make my brows “on fleek,” I do pay attention now, and because of that I managed to obtain a few of the items in the new brow collection from Benefit Cosmetics, and I wanted to give you my two cents about them. 

While there are 10 products in the brow line (who knew we needed 10 different products?!), I am only going to be talking about 3. These happen to be the 3 that I think are most practical to own: Gimme Brow, Goof Proof Brow Pencil, and Ka-Brow cream-gel color.  While I purchased the Goof Proof pencil because I needed a new brow pencil, but I obtained the other two in sample sizes,; one from my Birchbox and one from a bonus with a Sephora order.  While they aren’t all full size, I feel this gives me enough experience with them to justify a review.

The way I want to talk about these 3 products is in terms of coverage, like with foundation. I actually really like all 3 of them for various reasons, but I found it very easy to classify each as a light, medium, or full coverage eyebrow product, and I find all 3 to be useful for different reasons Read more

June 2016 Favorites

June Favorites
Styling MousseLush Facial Scrub | Lancome Juicy Shakers | Champagne Pop Palette | Buxom Eye Shadows | Yogurt | Waitress | It’s Not Okay

Guys..we are halfway done with 2016!  What kind of craziness is that??  Anyway, I’ve been way busy with non-blog related things, so my favorites are a little late, but since there were some things I’ve been dying to tell you about, I figured better late than never was appropriate here.  Enjoy!

Surface Curls Firm Styling Mousse: During the summer I like to let my hair air dry and let the little bit of natural wave do its thing.  This mousse is one of the more sticky foaming products I’ve tried, but it really gets the job done.  I just put a little leave in conditioner in my hair and then flip my head over and scrunch a golf ball sized amount at the ends and I get separated, textured, and curly looking locks that are perfect for that natural, air dried look we love for summer. 

Lush Smugglers Soul Facial Scrub ($13.95): I hate to mention this because this product is a limited edition for Father’s Day (but as of this post it’s STILL available!!), but I want you all to be aware of this for next year.  This is a scrub that was actually geared towards men (at least that’s what I’ve been told) as a facial exfoliant, but once I touched it in store, I knew I had to have it.  There are bamboo granules ground up in here and it reminds me of the fine ground feel of a paste made with baking soda (which I’ve used as exfoliant in the past), which really gets the job done without feeling too abrasive.  My skin feels amazing after using this.  Bonus: it has the faint smell of sandalwood, which is so nice.  Be ready for it next year, because it’s definitely worth picking up.    Read more

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box | May 2016

I finally got off the waitlist for the coveted Play! by Sephora subscription box.  Yes, a subscription box by Sephora.  It’s a beauty addict’s heaven! For $10 a month you get 5 or so deluxe sized samples (roughly 100 point perks) delivered to your door. Anyway, I got my first box this month, and I filmed the unboxing.  To keep the post easy, I’m going to post the video below, but I mentioned pricing the products to see if I got my money’s worth, so those are below.  Enjoy!

Orange Sanguine Cologne: $5 value

Briogeo Hair Mask: $9 value

Origins Maskimizer: $0.34 ; Masks $0.76 each.  Total: $1.86

Korres Rose Mask: $12.06

Tarte Lip Crayon: $1.80 value

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick: $8.66

Total Value: $38.38

 

April 2016 Favorites

April Favorites

Colour Pop Shadow | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Rebel | FitBit Alta | Jade Citrus Mint Tea | Gilmore Girls

 

I can’t believe it’s already May!  We’re in the second quarter of 2016, the weather has finally started to warm up, and we’re getting ready for the glorious joys that summertime promises to bring.  In the meantime, I have a few things that I loved using and enjoying during the month of April.  Check them out!  Read more

Popsugar Must Have Box | April 2016

April Popsugar Must Have Box

 

Popsugar Must Have Box is one of my favorite subscription boxes.  Containing 5-6 full sized products from beauty, fitness, food, home, and lifestyle categories, getting this box every month feels like a present to myself that’s filled with some great surprises.  For $39.95 a month you get a box that is worth a lot more than what you pay for it, and who doesn’t love a good deal like that?  Popsugar Must Have Box is a great way to discover a whole bunch of new products without having to do any shopping. Here’s what I got in the April 2016 box: Read more

Popsugar Must Have MINI Box | April 2016

Popsugar Must Have Mini TitleI’m sure many of you have heard of the Popsugar Must Have Box.  It’s a subscription box that contains around 5 full size products from various genres (beauty, fitness, home, food, lifestyle) shipped to your door for $39.95 a month.  Over time I’ve fallen in love with this box, despite its higher price tag.  With the Must Have box I really feel like I’m getting a nice gift, rather than a bunch of little samples, and since most of the items are a surprise, it brings me great joy to open it. 

If the price tag for the regular Must Have box is a turn off, you’re going to love this.  This month Popsugar released a new subscription: the Popsugar Must Have MINI Box! This is the same idea as the regular box, but in a smaller package.  Rather than containing 5 items, the mini box only contains 2 full size products and costs $18.95 each month (plus tax).  While I only have one box so far, I can tell you that I got more than my money’s worth in the April Mini box and the products chosen are just as lovely as in the normal box.  

*Note: The 2 products you get in the Must Have Mini box are completely different from the products in the regular box, so if you’re thinking of subscribing to both, know that you won’t get duplicates* Read more

April 2016 Wish List

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Every month I like to put together a list of products that have snuck there way onto my wish list for one reason or another.  This month you can tell I’m focused on a little bit of a clean look and a spring refresh, which is perfect for the new season. With a little bit of fashion, beauty, and home all mixed up, these are the things that have caught my eye lately and I’m dying to get my hands on.  Read more