7.30.2014

Too Faced Brings Out Your Inner Chocolate Goddess

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Too Faced has taken chocolate to a whole new level. First, it was their beautiful bronzer, Chocolate Soleil. Then they launched the Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette. Now, they launched a new powder foundation, Cocoa Powder Foundation,  that gives an airbrushed finish and leaves behind the slight scent of decadent chocolate.


What makes this powder foundation different? Chocolate, for one! This foundation definitely smells of cocoa. My Chocolate Bar didn't have that much of a scent, but that isn't the case for this powder. If you love chocolate, you'll never put this down.

(wearing Vanilla Glow BB Cream and Cocoa Powder in Golden Light)

Even better than smelling so sweet is the fact that it contains crystalline powder. This kind of powder provides a diffused finish, like the power of photoshop in your palm. You can layer the powder throughout the day and provided you use a light hand, it won't get cakey or dry looking!

I personally prefer to wear it on top of Vanilla Glow, Too Faced's lightest BB Cream option. I like how it makes my skin look. And that finish stays throughout the day.



I apply the Vanilla Glow Beauty Balm with my fingers and smooth it out with a flat top buki. I then apply the Cocoa Powder Foundation with a looser buki brush from Too Faced and blend until I'm happy with the finish.


Afterwards, I like to add a little touch of bronzer from the Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer to my cheek hallows, to the tip of my chin and along my hairline. The Cocoa Powder Foundation is available in eight shades from Fair to Deep Tan. The end result is one deliciously perfected glow!

The foundation retails for $34. Check it out wherever Too Faced is sold.


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7.29.2014

A Lo-Fi Deep Conditioning Treatment That Works Better Than Almost Anything Else

After recently going blond, my hair was parched and not feeling the love. I've got really expensive conditioners out of the wazoo and even purchased a specific system to restore my hair's texture to it's former glory. While the Joico worked nicely, I needed more hydration the following morning.


I know you've read it before and I've certainly said it before, but coconut oil is magical. Yup, the organic stuff that comes in a simple, glass bottle and looks like white candle wax. It's cheap, it's pure (get food grade oil) and it lasts forever.

(Un)luckily for me, my air conditioner was dunzo and my oil was already melted. It would have been easier to apply if it was in the white, globby form, but the liquid was fine--once I stopped making a mess. I sectioned my hair and after trying several times to scoop out a handful of oil and apply it to my hair, I eventually resorted to dunking full sections of my hair into the liquid (white) gold. Ringing my hair out after each dunk, I piled my hair on top of my head and went about my business for about three hours.


Later, I washed my hair twice with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioned like normal. My hair was amazing, smooth and easy to comb while wet and shiny. SO SHINY. I'm talking mirror-like shiny. My parched, dry, super-bleached hair was restored to its previously glorious state of healthy, happy, bouncy hair. And it's so shiny, it's bananas. You'll have to use coconut oil as a pre-wash treatment if you want to keep up the shine, it won't last past one or two shampoos. But over time, the effect is definitely long term!

While this may be the best deep conditioning treatment I've done at home, it does have its risks. If your hair is thin, not thirsty or historically limp, this may be too heavy of a treatment for your hair. Be very sure to allow warm water to run through the shower for about a minute after you've rinsed out the coconut oil. The oil could solidify in your pipes, causing a major blockage. Washing it out directly with shampoo will help with this to some degree. Coconut oil seems to work really well on hair that is thirsty from chemical damage. Oddly, it doesn't seem to work as well on hair that has been damaged by heat. I'm guessing it has to do with the porosity of the hair, but I'm not scientist.

Have you tried it? Did it work for you? Tell me all about it!


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7.28.2014

Makeup Wars: Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

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Who doesn't get excited about new Too Faced Palettes? I know I wait with bated breath for each one of them! The Cat Eyes Palette is no exception; it's beautiful and full of twinkling shades, deep blacks and sexy sheens. With so many ways to wear a cat eye, why only complete the look with liner?


As with most Too Faced Palettes, you'll get the shades to complete a Day Look, a Classic Look and a Fashion Look. Each "look" uses three colors, all arranged for sheer ease. The Day Look uses bronze shades to create a suitable-for-work eye.



You'll also get a booklet that shows you the exact steps to get the look. Once you've mastered those, branch out, mixing and matching. You're going to use that black constantly. It's great on the waterline and smudged on the upper lid. Normally there are at least one or two shades I'm not that into, but that isn't the case with this palette (or with the LORAC Pro 2). All of the colors can be used wet or dry, which is great for creating a sharp line using the dark colors.


The Day Look includes the top row of shadows: Purr, Tiger's Eye, Leopard
The Classic Look includes the middle row: Meow, Pussy Cat, Jungle Love
The Fashion Look includes the bottom row: Kitten, Kitty Glitter, Panther



Because I have fairly hooded eyes, cat eye looks aren't always the easiest for me to pull off. So I came up with a different way to wear a cat eye. Call it an Egyptian Cat Eye or whatever you will, this is what works for my very hooded lids.



Take the lightest-colored shadow and place it from lid to slightly above the crease.

Then take the darker crease color and using a pointed, wide brush, make a line that would mimic the cat eye, but very wide from the outer corner of the lid, tapering down to the center of the iris. Blend slightly and do not apply any crease color.

This gives your eye the appearance of being stretched out and slightly wider, like an Egyptian Cat.



Try it and see if you like how it slightly changes the shape of your eye!

Pick it up wherever Too Faced is sold for $36.00.

For more Too Faced Cat Eyes ideas, check out the Makeup Wars tiles below!


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7.27.2014

Lipstick League: What Did You Love This Summer?


Question of the Week: What are some products that you discovered this summer that you’ll continue to use throughout the year (and beyond)? I am IN LOVE with the new "aqua" foundations. The lighter than air, consistency of water foundations that give amazing face. I'm talking about the It Cosmetics CC Veil in a Pan, 3Lab Aqua BB, BareMinerals bareskin and the new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. They change the way you look in foundations!

  Prime Beauty - is part of an EPIC blogger giveaway. Enter to win an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with each blogger's favorite shade!

  Phyrra - shows you how to achieve a sexy smokey eye with the new NARS NARSissist Smokey Eye Set!

  we heart this - Cocoa brown, toasted marshmallow, bright aqua, peacock teal; the Essie Haute in the Heat collection is all over the map and all kinds of gorgeous.

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber just checked out one of the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints, they're supposed to be good dupes for Too Faced's Melted Liquid Lipsticks. Tell us what you think after this review and swatches!

  EauMG - Let’s take an olfactory journey to paradise! Here’s EauMG’s list of perfumes inspired by Hawaii. Fruits, flowers and sand...

  Gouldylox Reviews - Save 15% on the eyeshadows you've been drooling over. (They are so amazing...I want them all.)

  My Beauty Bunny - has found a magic balm that is great for every skin condition: EVER BALM!

  Pink Sith - Introduces you to Haughty Cosmetics, a cruelty free brand that gives back to help stop domestic abuse. Plus, there is a GIVEAWAY for US readers!

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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7.25.2014

New! Tarte Rainforest After Night Palette

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Tarte recently released Rainforest After Dark, a new Cheek and Eye Palette. It was created to capture the orchid hues of the rainforest at sunset. Since the shadows and cheek color are made from Amazonian clay, the shadows sport an extended wear time and provide some oil control.


In other words, if you have oily lids, you need to start using products with this clay to help keep your shadows looking true and fresh.


With this palette. you'll get a mix of six matte and shimmering colors as well as a cheek color, highlighter and bronzer.


You can use Champagne (highlighter) or Park Ave Princess (bronzer) as a shadow as well, making this palette really versatile!


Each shadow can be worn on its own or blended with the champagne highlighter to add a little shimmer to the more matte shades.



You can blend quite a few beautiful colors with this palette if you don't mind letting your inner artist come out to play!


My favorite shadow in this collection is Up To No Gold. It's shimmering and perfect for the corner of your eyes, as a gentle wash of shimmering lid color or when used damp as a lower lash liner. It's gorgeous!


Pick up this palette anywhere Tarte is sold for $38. It's limited edition, so grab it while you can!


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