Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder ∞
I recently started using this product about a week ago. I feel like I’m constantly in search of the perfect bronzer - not only to warm up my look during the fall/winter seasons, but I’m also a big fan of contouring my face. I’d been using E.L.F.’s Blush/Bronzing Duo for quite some time up until now. Yes, now that I’ve found the love of my life that is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder…. That SMELLS like chocolate. (Contains real cocoa).
No, really. It’s AH-MAZING. My husband actually told me that my face smelled “sweet” once I started using it. If you’re a little stand-offish by that, don’t worry. It’s a very subtle scent.
This matte bronzing powder retails at Sephora for $29.00. A bit pricey, but so worth it in my opinion. I find that it’s a tad bit more difficult to achieve a smoother contour or application with matte bronzers. They tend to give off splotchy and uneven contours, that can even look like we just threw dirt on our face. O_O. Nobody wants a dirty looking face.
Now, with the right brush and a light hand, avoiding that splotchy contoured face is easy with any matte or semi-shimmery bronzer. BUT.. I found it extremely easy to achieve my desired look with this particular one. Very smooth application, blends beautifully. Again, love that it’s matte. And the compact is suuuper cute. :)
My favorite bronzer thus far, hands down.
If you’re a chocolate/makeup/bronzer lover, I would highly recommend this to you.
27 Dec 2011
The Body Shop - Body Focus Toning Soap Scrub
For a bar of soap, this one is a bit unique. As you can see, it contains tiny beads all throughout the bar of soap to help you get rid of dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling smooth. It also claims to improve the texture of your skin. The smell is lovely - a fresh, citrusy scent. The product contains Glycerin and Shea Butter to moisturize, Apricot seed powder and lemon peel to exfoliate.
My experience: Works fantasically as an exfoliator. Smells great. Unfortunately, I don’t like my soaps to have that ‘drying’ effect after it’s rinsed off. Just a personal preference of mine (I’ve been using Dove moisturizing soaps for years) If you don’t mind it, you’ll probably love this.The beads can also be a little rough on the skin, so scrub gently.
I personally will not be repurchasing this, but it is a great exfoliating soap. :)
20 Oct 2011
Review: Skinfood’s Shea Butter Hair Mask ∞
So I have a slightly different review for you today. It’s a product I purchased during my trip to Seoul (South Korea) just this past May.
If you’ve never heard of Skin Food, here’s a little information about the brand according to their website:
“Under the motto of ‘good food for health is also good for the skin’, SKINFOOD is the first food cosmetics brand developed with a differentiated unique concept of ‘food’. SKINFOOD delivers complete nutrition to the skin through the strict selection of foods that are good for the skin, including avocado, which is even listed in the Guinness World Records, rice that is reliable for taking care of health, fresh milk, and sturdy tomato. Our products are scented and bottled according to their design and formulation concepts, to indulge you with the freshness and nutrients of their main ingredients. SKINFOOD always looks for skin-affinitive food to bring you the best products.”
For more information on the brand, please visit: http://eng.theskinfood.com/
I saw so many Skin Food stores while I was in Korea, and I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t pick up more stuff from them! :( But anyways, yes - It is a Korean-based brand. The only U.S. locations are in California that I know of, so if you don’t have a storefront near you, you can order these products online. (I believe they can be found on amazon.com, as well as a few other sites.)
On to the product! I decided to pick up a hair mask because obviously, with my processed hair, comes dryness. And we don’t want that! Anytime you bleach, dye, or process your hair in anyway - It loses it’s moisture, and can become quite unhealthy and dry-looking. You want to retain a healthier look by putting these much needed nutrients back into your hair by using products like deep conditioners and hair masks.
The consistency of the mask is quite thick. And yes, it does smell like shea butter!
How to use: I put this in my hair for about 10-15 minutes (yes, a few more minutes than the directions advised, but its okay) and then rinsed the product out. I proceeded to shampoo and condition my hair as I normally would. Sprayed in some heat-protectant, and then blow dried.
- PROS: My hair looked/felt amazing! The shea butter really gave it a healthy shine and silky texture. It was also pretty cheap - about 5900 Korean Won = $5 USD or even less. Keep in mind that if you purchase it online from Amazon or somewhere like that, it may be a little higher.
- CONS: The formula is REALLY thick. I found it a little difficult to apply onto my hair, but not a major issue. The smell may also be a little overwhelming at first, but nothing serious either. I really don’t have anything bad to say about this product, overall.
Sidenote: One thing I LOVED about shopping at the Korean cosmetic stores - They give you SOOO many samples! I have a whole bag full that I may have to show you guys later. :)
25 Aug 2011
Review: Wet ‘N Wild “Bare It All” matte lipstick ∞
I’d been looking for a nice wearable nude lipstick for some time. I came across the Wet ‘N Wild section at my local Wal-Mart and noticed these matte lipsticks. The price was $2.99, I mean…How do you beat that!? So I decided to go for it (even though I’d told myself NOT to buy any..more…makeup. O_O) The price sort’ve won me over. (Buying on impulse is sooo bad!)
So it is a very matte, very opaque lipstick..which is exactly what I was looking for. Let me tell you, I absolutely LOVE this shade. It is currently my favorite nude lipstick (even over my higher-end neutral lipsticks). I’m fairly tan (NC40) - So it’s very easy for someone my skin tone to go with the absolute WRONG neutral shade and look like horribly washed out. Unless…that’s what you’re going for. :)
However if you’re right around my skin tone, this shade is perfect. Gives you just the right amount of ‘nude’ without going too light. I’ve been using this almost every day. :)
The only negatives I must point out is that it is a bit drying - So I highly recommend pairing it with a lip gloss on top or a lip balm underneath (you should do this with all lipsticks anyways). Also, the packaging. I like that it’s nice and simple, but I found that it’s a bit flimsy. But, again. For $2.99… You really can’t complain much if the product is really amazing. :)
I really hope Wet ‘N Wild doesn’t discontinue these lipsticks! I may have to get back-ups just in case.. LOL.
You can find these at any local drugstore that sells Wet ‘N Wild products (usually CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart).
22 Aug 2011
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 Oil-Free ∞
This is currently what I use for my ‘everyday’ face. I feel like when it comes to tinted moisturizers, my skin is kind’ve picky - Because I haven’t had much luck with any of the drugstore tinted moisturizers I’ve tried. (The last one I tried was Physician’s Formula’s Organic Wear, and the smell was just..horrendous to me. It’s really not THAT BAD to other people I’m sure, but it smelled like straight up trees, and bark…and leaves. O_O I know it’s organic, but DAMN. It just wasn’t happening for me. Maybe I had a bad batch. I don’t know, but I’m not using it again..LOL) Okay I keep getting sidetracked, sorry guys!
Anyways! I decided to try Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer instead. And I absolutely LOVE it. Definite re-purchase when I run out. The consistency is just right - Not too watery, but not thick like a foundation. I apply it with my fingers (using just a pea-sized amount) and just even it out throughout my entire face.
Coverage is buildable with this, and I even think it can actually be a foundation if you really wanted to use it that way. I got the oil-free version because I have combination skin in the summer.
This tinted moisturizer gives off a bit of a ‘dewy’ finish. I typically just keep it that way, but apply powder to my T-Zone area to avoid too much shine.
My shade is Sand. (Shown below)
(What it looks like blended)
OH! And if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably already know that.. I LOVE that it’s in a squeezable tube! :D Huge plus in my book. It makes life so much easier when you can control the amount of product you’re using - and be hygienic as well.
It typicaly will stay put for approx. 8-10 hours without retouching/powdering. It does have a very faint smell to it that sort’ve reminds me of sunscreen - but nothing overpowering. Plus, I personally like the smell of sunscreen….LOL.
The cost is $42 at Sephora, a bit pricey but worth it if you’re looking for a lightweight tinted moisturizer that protects your skin, hydrates, and provides ample coverage.
08 Aug 2011
Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary Palette - $55 (Urban Decay, Sephora, Ulta, select Macy’s)
How gorgeous is this palatte? I recieved mine in the mail about 3-4 weeks ago (purchased from Ulta), and am loving it. This is a limited edition palette, but since it’s currently one of the most sought after makeup items of the summer, I don’t foresee Urban Decay discontinuing this any time soon. BUT since the demand is so high and a discontinue date is unknown, I would advise anyone who is remotely interested to GET THEIR PALETTE NOW!
There are 15 shades. All of which are brand spankin’ new, never-before- seen eyeshadows in honor of Urban Decay’s 15th year anniversary. The palette consists of mostly gunmetal, shimmery shades. The ONLY matte shadow in this palette is “Blackout”, which I found sort’ve disappointing to tell you the truth.
There are an array of eyeshadows suitable to create both daytime/evening looks.
Pigmentation, as expected of UD, are quite amazing. You really don’t need to dig your brush into these shadows, as only a little bit will do the job just fine. Texture is smooth and “buttery”, making it very easy to blend.
The shadows that instantly caught my eyes were the super-bright “Junkshow” (the hot pink shade) and ‘Deep End”, a beautiful, bright turquoise. I haven’t used these colours yet, but I’m looking forward to creating a look with these soon. Really, you don’t even need to use these as the focal point for a specific look if you didn’t want to - These bright colours would be awesome used as that little “pop of colour” for a neutral look.
Now, the packaging - The unique box, resembling a jewelry box was beautifully crafted. Good job UD! When you open the top, the back of the cover is a full-size mirror. Also, you can lift the actual eyeshadow tray that reveals a velvet keepsake box. Very clever!
Again…the only negative thing I must say is: There weren’t enough matte colours. :( I would’ve loved it so much more if they’d just thrown in a couple more matte eyeshadows. I feel like if you’re doing a look SOLEY using this palette - An :all shimmery look” can be way overpowering. I created a look for a friend of mine using “Chase” as the lid colour, and “Buck” from my Naked Palette* for her crease because I didn’t the shimmery effect to be too overpowering. Plus, “Chase” is a very shimmery, metal-toned eyeshadow. Absolutely stunning, but overdoing it is easy I think if you add MORE shimmer to it. Butttt that’s just my opinion. The look turned out gorgeous and I’m still mad I didn’t take a picture of her. :(
Was this palette worth the hype? I’d say so!
I haven’t taken any swatch pictures yet - But will do if you’d guys like. I’m sure there are a handful of other makeup blogs that may already have really nice, up-close swatches. :)
Until next time my loves!
08 Aug 2011
Lipstick of the moment: (Short Semi-review) ∞
Maybelline’s ColorSensational Lipstick in “Coral Lustre”.
I’ve really been into the coral/reddish-orange lips lately. This one is gorgeous and goes quite well with my skintone. It’s a lustre finish and gives off a really nice shine just by itself..You really don’t need a gloss over this one.
If you can tell, the colour is a bit on the sheer side - But the good thing is that it is buildable. I had to swipe it 4-5 times to get it up to a semi-opaque finish.
I picked this up at Target for $6.99 I believe?
Overall, it’s a nice lipstick. Not my favorite, but I don’t hate it either. :)
28 May 2011
Maybelline’s FitMe Foundation ∞
I recieved a request from one of my lovely followers to do a review on Maybelline’s FitMe foundation. Now, there are ALOT of mixed reviews out there about the FitMe foundation, and I do want to point out that it is really up to how YOU like the product. This is my personal opinion, based on my experience of using it. So let’s start! :)
- The finish is really between dewy/matte, and goes on very smoothly.
- Blends really well. I personally use my stippling brush to apply it.
- The coverage is light-medium.
- This is my everyday go-to foundation for work, home, ”lounge-around” days.
- Doesn’t settle into pores/doesn’t create fine lines like some foundations.
- Doesn’t look cakey as long as you don’t apply a super heavy layer.
- Makes pores less noticable.
- Great price - $6.00 at any drug store.
- The shade was perfect for me!
- Not very long lasting - I also apply primer and a finishing powder to set it.
- I’ve found that if you use too much - It does tend to get a bit greasy.
- Rubs off easily.
- NO PUMP! :(
Overall: I really like this foundation. As I stated in my “Pro’s”, it is my go-to foundation for an every-day/casual look. I have combination skin (where my T-zone does tend to get a bit oily) and this worked fine. So if you’re combination/normal/dry skin, this foundation will probably work best for your skin type. I do not recommend it to oily/acne-prone skin because it does have a tendency to get a little greasy after a few hours or if you’ve applied too much.
If you’re looking for something to use as an every day foundation with light-medium coverage. This will NOT give you full coverage and I wouldn’t recommend building it up.
Would I buy this again? Yes. :)
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25 May 2011
Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge - $9.99 at Target
I picked up this blending sponge at Target some time ago, and havent been using it until now. In my opinion, its best for creamy or thicker foundations - It buffs, rather than blends very smoothly for a flawless finish. (I’ve tried using it with Maybelline’s Dream Smooth Mousse foundation and my MAC SFF and it worked wonderfully.)
To use: Wet the sponge, and squeeze out the excess water. With the damp sponge, apply your foundation using a dabbing or “jumping” motion until you’ve achieved the coverage you want. Set foundation. Voila! Happy face.
To clean: Dampen the sponge by running it under water. Squeeze out the excess, do not rub. (Rubbing can cause the sponge to tear/rip). Add a pea-sized amount of cleaner (I use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo). Massage the sponge (GENTLY) and rinse as you would with a regular kitchen sponge. This does take quite a bit of rinsing, and then dry by squeezing out the excess water. Let it air dry.
Cons: It does absorb a little more product than usual. (It is a sponge, after all.) It’s also a bit inconvenient for me because when I want to use it, I have to run to my bathroom, dampen the sponge, and then run back to my room to apply my foundation. Not a big deal, but it is a little time consuming.
Overall, I adore the lovely finish this little blending sponge gives me. Not only can it be used for foundation, but it can also come in handy for concealer, cheek stain, cream blushes, or any product with a cream/liquid consistency. :)
24 May 2011