Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Review

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Chocolate and I have a fabulous relationship. Months back, I discovered that Too Faced Cosmetics had a chocolate bar themed shadow palette, I knew I’d eventually get my hands on it.  I waited, read reviews and finally took the plunge. Does this decadent palette live up to the hype?

DSC_0038I very much feel that yes, the Chocolate Bar palette is worth the hype. First, the colors are versatile and can be used to create eye looks for every season. The colors are pretty neutral but can be built up or applied with a lighter hand to achieve a bold or natural look. The palette contains two brow bone shades – one shimmer(Champagne Truffle,bottom right) and one matte(White Chocolate,Top Left). Champagne Truffle and White Chocolate can be used as a brow highlight, a lid color or even a face highlight. That’s a bonus for me especially since I love products that multi-task.

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The palette is a mix of matte and shimmer shades. My personal favorite shades are Hazelnut, which makes the perfect crease color and Cherry Cordial, which makes a nice lid shade for natural looks. The colors are pigmented and apply smoothly. Did I mention the palette smells like chocolate? It’s heavenly. The bottom line is this palette hits a home run for me. Definitely check it out.

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Best Bit This Week: S’Mores Oreos

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 12.03.55 PMI get grossed out by marshmallows. In my opinion, they are too sweet and I am not a fan of the consistency, especially when they are melted. I love chocolate and graham crackers, just not marshmallows. So s’mores are usually not high on my list of desserts I covet. My kids, however, are a different story. I usually end up making s’more somehow, someway, year-round. Naturally when I saw Oreo’s latest limited edition flavor, S’Mores, the package ended up in my grocery cart.

My kids were ecstatic. ECSTATIC. My daughter had one cookie in each hand before I could stop her. My son, who is pickier, took a small bites and gave it a thumbs down. He handed it to me and I figured ,”What the heck? I’ll try it.” I expected to spit it out and toss the rest of the cookie in the garbage. No, sir. I was hook from the first nibble. The cream doesn’t taste exactly like a marshmallow and I think that was key to me enjoying the cookie.

The cream is lighter and fluffier tasting than the traditional Oreo filling. The chocolate is the typical cream used in the chocolate cream Oreos.  The cookie itself, while tasting a bit like a graham cracker, tended to taste more like a golden Oreo. I behaved myself and treated myself with one cookie here or there but didn’t overdo it.  Bottom line: If you can still get your hands on these limited editions babies, GET THEM (and hide them so you don’t have to share)!

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Macy’s 9-Piece Beauty Bag: A Peek Inside!

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Bathing suit shopping is painful for me. When I found a brand that I fell in love with and knew my size, I became more comfortable ordering suits online. Macy’s had some great selections of the suits I love, so I went online to pick up some new swim gear. Lucky for me, Macy’s was running a promo that if you spend $50 on swimwear, you get a special 9-piece beauty bag, featuring high end brands, for only $25. A quick look at the items and brands and I was totally on board.

What’s included:

  • Laura Geller Mattifying Spackle Deluxe Mini 0.5 oz
  • Too Faced Sun Bunny Clamshell Bronzer Deluxe Mini
  • Tarte Deluxe Maracuja Rainforest Glow Deluxe Mini
  • Butter LONDON Nail File
  • Jack Black SPF Shea Butter Lip Balm Deluxe Mini
  • Essie Deluxe Mini Nail Polish in A-List
  • Zirh Cleanser Deluxe Mini
  • Pink Hairband
  • Cosmetics Bag

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I love these kind of goody bags. It’s like Christmas morning when I open these up. The bag is a beautiful summery pink and perfect for travel. The Jack Black Lip Balm has SPF25, which is needed to protect my lips from the sun’s harmful rays. I am a huge fan of Essie and the color red,  so my fingers and toes will be sporting A List this summer. I tried Sun Bunny from Too Faced this morning and I love it! It gave my face the perfect shade of bronze, was easy to blend and looked very natural. I will be purchasing this in the full size. I am antsy to try the rest of the goodies from the beauty bag and I will  let you know my thoughts.

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Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Squalane Anti-Aging Moisturizer Review


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Everyday I notice signs of aging. I’m just a couple of years shy of the big 4-0 and the fine lines and grays are creeping in.  I have been on the hunt for some excellent, anti-aging skin products. I have more misses than hits and I was beginning to become discouraged. I have always been pretty meticulous about skin care so when the lines started to appear, I assumed there wasn’t much I could do about them. I also noticed the texture of my skin was off – it seemed to thicken up and was extremely dry. It was recommended to me that I try products that contained retinol to help the situation. I’d always heard mixed reviews on Retinol so I was hesitant to try it. My skin is also very sensitive and I believed that Retinol would irritate and burn my skin.

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I decided to give Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Squalane Anti-Aging Moisturizer a chance. I gave a test run to make sure that it wouldn’t irritate my skin. I was surprised by the texture of the moisturizer and the over-all sensation it gave my skin. The moisturizer is a liquid consistency and it was very soothing on my skin. Other anti-aging products with retinol that I have tried left my skin feeling tight and itchy. The Trilane was extremely gently and my skin had no irritation.


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I noticed a change after the second use. My skin texture became softer and smoother. The product is fabulous to apply right before primer; it helped to give a smoother, more even foundation application. My pores definitely look minimized and the extra moisture my skin needs seems to have returned.  I look forward to using Trilane Moisturizer on my skin during these hot summer months because it protects the skin from the harmful effects of the environment.

Trilane Moisturizer is created by Healthy Directions, a company whose products are crafted by physicians dedicated to producing healthy and effective skincare items. I’ve used this for a short time and already it gets high marks.  As a special bonus to my readers, use code SAVERETC to save 20% if you decide to purchase Trilane to try it for yourself.

 

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Coloured Raine Lip Paint: A Review

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Hi all! Popping my head in for another review. This time I am reviewing an indie brand called Coloured Raine, whose products are creating quite the buzz in the beauty world. In recent months, I have tried and reviewed several liquid to matte lip products but I must tell you that Coloured Raine’s Lip Paint is by far my favorite.

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Mars & Marshmallow

Marshmallow is very similar, from my understanding, to Lime Crime’s Velvetine Cashmere. I don’t own Cashmere but based on the pictures I have seen and compared, Marshmallow is, in my opinion, a better and more spot on ‘greige’. I am in love with Marshmallow but I am even more gaga over Mars. Mars, to me, is the perfect ’90’s color. It’s a sassy, mauve brown color that I believe would be flattering on most skin tones.

There’s no smell from these lip paints, which is a bonus. They are easily to apply and manipulate (layering and shaping). They dry within a minute but are not drying to your lips. I keep forgetting I am wearing it. The lip paints also survived the kiss test and came off somewhat easily with a makeup wipe (I did have to apply a bit of pressure). I plan on adding quite a few more to my collection as soon as possible. Coloured Raine Customer Service gets an A+ since the company shipped my items quickly and emailed me with constant tracking updates.

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ColourPop Lippie Stix and Super Shock Cheek Review

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Hi all! Just jumping on here quickly to give you a review on the ColourPop items I’ve tried out in recent weeks. I’ve never tried ColourPop before so I only purchased two products for a test run. This review will be short and sweet as I am working on another assignment and my time is limited. Fear not, friends, I will be back to babble at you plenty next week!

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Prenup $8

This velvety blush glides on smoothly and evenly. It’s so smooth you could even use your fingers to apply it. I love this particular color because it’s a cross between a posey pink and a lilac. I think it would be flattering on most skin tones. The blush has staying power, which is another bonus. The color was bright and did not fade.

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Cake $5

Lippie Stix are super creamy and glide on easy. They moisturize like crazy and are ridiculously pigmented. Cake is a bright coral, which is perfect for summer. I really enjoyed the color and the texture of this lipstick.

In short, ColourPop is another reasonably priced, high-quality cosmetic company. I look forward to trying more of their lines. I’ve heard fabulous things about their shadows and highlighter so those will certainly be amongst my next purchases.

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LAVANILA Rollerball Perfume: A Review

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I may be weird because of this but I am obsessed with smelling like a cupcake. A few years back, I had gotten a sample of LAVANILA Pure Vanilla perfume. I was hooked from that moment on. No matter the season, Pure Vanilla is my fragrance rotation. It’s a sweet scent without being cloying.   The perfume is soft and yes, it does make you smell like a cupcake.

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I’ve been toying for awhile with the idea of buying the LAVANILA Rollerball Trio. As the title indicates, it’s three rollerball perfumes of the LAVANILA scents: vanilla coconut, pure vanilla, and vanilla coconut. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the grapefruit and coconut variations since I am not a fan of either fruit smell. I was able to try a sample of each and that weighed the scale in favor of making this purchase. The coconut is a summery scent that reminds me of the beach and cupcakes – not that those two things go together, but the scent is heavenly. Grapefruit is a melange of sweet scent of vanilla and the crisp notes of the citrus. Again, this rollerball is a winner.

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The scent is long-lasting for each rollerball. The vials are glass but not heavy. I love these rollerballs for travel since they are so lightweight. I plan on taking them with me during my summer travels. This product definitely gets a HUGE thumbs up!

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Sneak Peek! Coming Soon….

2015-04-29 16.44.51I feel horrible since I haven’t had a chance to blog in the last two days. I am on an assignment so it’s hard for me to break away to write. I wanted to wish you all a Happy Friday and give you a sneak peak of what I have planned in the coming weeks.

  • A review of my Mother’s Day gift, the Keurig 2.0 K560. It works as a traditional, single serve Keurig, but has the ability to make a carafe of coffee.
  • I’m eagerly awaiting a shipment of Colour Pop cosmetics. This is my first time trying it so I will give all my thoughts on it with a review.
  • I want to share some of my MAC Cosmetics favorites – some new and some old favorites.
  • “Son Vs. Mom” in video games, coming soon. I know am sure he will whip my butt.
  • In search of some new healthy snacks to try. Please make suggestions 🙂
  • Of course, I will post about my fitness progress.

Please let me know in the comments some suggestions for products you think I should try out or  new coffees for my Keurig. I’d really love some suggestions for VS. videos games (go easy on me, I’m rusty!). Mostly, I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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