Get Ready with Me & First Impression: Too Faced Chocolate Bar

Another First Impressions/Get Ready With Me video for all of you! And this time, it’s not a limited edition palette! Wahoo! The Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is, I believe, a permanent product. And if not, well, it’s still available just about anywhere that sells Too Faced cosmetics.
I think the first thing that intrigued me about this palette was that it SMELLS like chocolate. I was sort of feeling…eh…about the palette at first glance. But then the sales associate told me to smell it. Not something you usually hear when you’re eyeing up an eyeshadow palette! I tried to play around with a look that I typically wouldn’t wear. It’s a little more “dramatic” than I’m used to, but I liked the end result!
If you’d like to know which colors and tools were used, keep on reading. If you’re interested in seeing my overall opinion on the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and how I put the look together, check out the video at the end of this post!
Face:
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – NW20
Foundation: MAC Face & Body Foundation – N2
Setting Powder: MAC Blot Powder/Pressed – Medium Dark
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Exposed
Eyes:
Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion – Original
Lid Color: Creme Brulee – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Crease:  Semi-Sweet – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Crease: Haute Chocolate – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Outer V: Haute Chocolate – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Outer V: Gilded Ganache – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Lower Lashline: Haute Chocolate – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Lower Lashline: Gilded Ganache – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Brow Highlight: White Chocolate – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Inner Corner: Marzipan – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Lips:
Lipstick: Too Faced La Crème – Spice Spice Baby
Brushes/Tools Used:
MAC 228 – Mini Shader Brush (Outer V & Lower Lash line)
Urban Decay Double Ended Brush (concealer)
e.l.f. Powder Brush (setting powder)

Has anyone tried this palette yet? What do you think? And what are your thoughts on the smell?! Think the chocolatey smell will be good enough to assuage a hormonal craving for chocolate? Haha. Ok, I think I took that a little too far. Until next time, lovelies!

Click below to see my first impressions and review on this palette!




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Get Ready With Me & First Impression: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways (Limited Edition – Ulta Holiday 2013)

So, let’s address the elephant in the room: I’m about 2 months too late with this video. But I really wanted to film another First Impressions/Get Ready With Me video and didn’t have anything new to show you guys EXCEPT for this palette. For those of you that have this palette and haven’t played around with it much yet, this could be helpful! Although I find it doubtful that anyone could keep their hands off this palette for long. I wouldn’t have had I not had the *thing that shall not be named* that’s plagued my eyelid and kept me away from eye makeup for a few months (due to self-consciousness). This could also be helpful for those of you out there that can still get your hands on it. This is no longer available on Ulta’s website, and I have no idea if the stores still have their holiday palettes in stock or if they’ve pulled their stock. But if this is a palette you REALLY want and haven’t been able to find it, you could always turn to Amazon or Ebay and try your luck there. But take that suggestion at your own risk! Use your best judgment and make sure to purchase from a reputable seller.
If you’d like to know what was used in this tutorial, keep on reading. If you’re interested in seeing what I used to put this look together and my overall opinion on the Tarte Gorgeous Getaways holiday 2013 palette, check out the video at the end of this post!

Face:
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – NW20
Foundation: MAC Face & Body Foundation – N2
Setting Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Dim Light
Setting Powder (T-Zone): MAC Blot Powder/Pressed – Medium Dark
Blush: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Ambitious*
Eyes:
Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion – Original
Lid Color: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Great Sphynx & Santorini bikini*
Crease: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Rocky Mountains*
Transition: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Grand Canyon*
Outer V: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Rocky Mountains*
Lower Lashline: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Rocky Mountains*
Brow Highlight: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Serengeti sand*
Inner Corner: Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette – Taj Mahal*
Lips:
Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette Lipgloss – Czech Me Out
Brushes/Tools Used:
Real Techniques – Expert Face Brush (concealer)
EcoTools – Deluxe Fan Brush (all over powder/set concealer)
e.l.f. Powder Brush (T-Zone setting powder)
MAC 228 – Mini Shader Brush (Outer V & Lower Lash line)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending/Transition)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Browbone Highlight)
Products marked with * = Limited Edition – Link unavailable

I might post another Get Ready With Me using this, but I feel like that might be cruel and unusual punishment since the palette is no longer available. Haha. What do you think? Any suggestions on other color combos I should try out? 

Click below to see my first impressions with this palette!



Get Ready With Me & First Impression: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Another blog post! I think I already have 2012 and 2013 beat! Haha! If you’d like to know what was used in this tutorial, keep on reading. If you’re interested in seeing what I used to put this look together and my overall opinion on the coveted Naked 3 palette, check out the video at the end of this post!

Face:
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel mixed with MAC Face & Body Foundation – N2
Eyes:
Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion – Original
Lid Color: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Burnout
Transition: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Limit
Outer V: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Factory
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Factory
Brow Highlight: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Strange
Inner Corner: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Strange
Lips:
Brushes/Tools Used:
Real Techniques – Expert Face Brush (concealer)
EcoTools – Deluxe Fan Brush (all over powder/set concealer)
MAC 228 – Mini Shader Brush (outer V & Lower Lash line)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush (Transition color)
Smashbox Dual ended brush (Typically I would use MAC 227 – Large Fluff Brush) (Brow bone highlight)
One thing I will say that was not included in the video: the color I wasn’t too happy with (Dust) shattered after the palette was dropped once. On carpet. I returned the palette to Ulta in hopes of exchanging it, but all of the Ultas around here are sold out and can’t confirm when they will get more shipment – one of the stores said it would be several months before they get Naked 3 in stock again. What?! Boo! Lucky for me, they’re still in stock online! Hopefully I’ll be able to purchase one with my merchandise credit and see it next week!

Anyone have this palette or planning to get one? What are your opinions?

Click below to see my first impressions with this palette!

Neutral Series: MAC Fall Bronze Tutorial

So it’s been a while since my last blog entry. But if you’ve been keeping up with my recent videos, you know why.

This tutorial is one of the easiest looks to pull together. It’s a great mixture of warm-toned browns and bronze. I wear this look to work (minus the black shadow) and when I’m going out for a night with the girls. And it’s not too dark to be a daytime look. It’s perfect. And since I haven’t done a tutorial using MAC products, I figured why not do a look using some of my favorite MAC shadows?

MAC cosmetics has a ton of really great products. My all-time favorite lipsticks are by MAC, and the majority of my personal makeup and the makeup I use in my freelance kit is MAC. Though I don’t strictly stick to MAC. I use a LOT of great makeup products – both high end and drugstore brands (personally and in my kit). Though all of this is beside the point. Keep on reading if you would like to know what was used in this tutorial. If you’re interested in seeing how I put this look together, check out the video at the end of this post.

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 219 – Pencil Brush (outer v)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline)
Japonesque – Small Detailer (inner corner highlight)
E.L.F. – Complexion brush (blot powder)
Real Techniques (Samantha Chapman) – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
MAC Blot Powder – Medium Dark
MAC Powder Blush – Frankly Scarlet
MAC Sculpting Powder – Sculpt
MAC Cream Colour Base – Pearl

Eyes:
Primer: Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer (with Firmitol)
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid & Crease: MAC Eye Shadow – Woodwinked
Lower Lashline: MAC Eye Shadows (in order)- Woodwinked, Embark, Carbon
Brow Highlight – MAC Eye Shadow – Ricepaper
Inner Corner: MAC Eye Shadow – Ricepaper
Transition: MAC Eye Shadow – Wedge
Outer V: MAC Eye Shadow – Embark
Liner: MAC Fluidline – Dipdown
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler & Japonesque Heated Lash Curler
Mascara: MAC False Lashes Extreme Black

Brows:
MAC Eye Shadow – Omega
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

End-result:

To see the look put together:

Neutral Series: Smashbox Softbox Daytime Taupe Tutorial

Two blog posts?! And less than a month in between?! Amazing! Haha.

Anyway….

I am absolutely in LOVE with the Smashbox Softbox Eye Palette. A great range of colors (all neutral, of course), where 4 of the colors are matte, 4 of the colors are shimmery, and 1 glitter shadow (bleeeegh!). Ok, ok, glitter shadows aren’t THAT bad…when you make sure to use a glitter adhesive. Otherwise you end up with glitter fallout all over your FACE! So annoying. But that’s getting off subject.

As promised in the description box of my video (linked below if you didn’t come here from YouTube), here is a list of everything I used for this look:

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline)
Essence of Beauty – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
Tinted Moisturizer – Mixed The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisturizer mixed with MAC Mineralize foundation
Garnier Nutritioniste Anti-Dark Circle Roller
MAC Mineralize Blush – Warmth of Coral (LE)
MAC Cream Colour Base – Pearl

Eyes:
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Truffle
Inner Lid (last): Smashbox Softbox Palette – Sugar
Crease: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Stone
Lower Lashline: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Sienna
Brow Highlight – Smashbox Softbox Palette – Vanilla
Inner Corner: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Vanilla
Transition: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Nectar & Nude
Outer V: Smashbox Softbox Palette – Sienna
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Whiskey (duo that came with UD Naked Palette)
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler & Japonesque Heated Lash Curler
Clinique High Impact Mascara – Black

Brows:
Wet N Wild Color Icon Pencil – Taupe
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm
Victoria Secret L:ipstick – Cabana
Victoria Secret Lipgloss – Sublime

This was the end-result:

And if you didn’t already see the video:

Neutral Series: Naked Palette Neutral Pink Tutorial

As you all know, I’m a big fan of neutral makeup. With my clients (mainly the models doing fashion shoots) I’m a lot more willing to experiment with brighter/edgier looks, but on myself, I always lean toward the neutral looks.

This look is soft, and great to wear for any occasion. You can keep it simple with only 1 or 2 colors, or you can darken it up with a little bit of black, gray, or dark brown shadows. No pictures this time since I was in a rush to get out the door, but the products I used are listed below.

Brushes:
MAC 227 – Large Shader Brush (All over/brow bone highlight)
MAC 239 – Shader Brush (Lid)
MAC 217 – Tapered Blending Brush (Crease)
MAC 219 – Pencil Brush (Outer V)
MAC 224 – Blending Brush (Blending & Transition)
Japonesque – Medium Detailer (lower lashline/liner brush)
EcoTools – Blush Brush (blush)

Face:
MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NW20 mixed with The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisturizer
Garnier Nutritioniste Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
MAC Peaches Blush
Benefit HighBeam

Eyes:
All over: MAC Eye Shadow – Brule
Lid/Inner Corner: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Sin
Crease/Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Toasted
Outer V: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Hustle
Transition: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Naked
Highlight: Urban Decay Naked Palette – Virgin
Eye Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Whiskey
Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler
Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Brows:
Wet N Wild Brow Liner – Taupe
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Clear

Lips:
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm
MAC Lipstick – Fabby
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss – Peony

To see how I put this look together:

Basic & Budget-Friendly Smokey Eye

One of my most requested makeup tutorials is the basic smokey eye. This look is versatile and can vary in intensity, style, color, etc. Once you get the basics down (and with a lot of practice), you can smoke out almost any look. I mentioned in my video that it took me a lot of practice to finally achieve the look that I liked, so although I would call this a basic tutorial, I still recommend sitting down at your vanity and practicing. You can always learn something new!

This tutorial is a basic smokey eye tutorial using mostly drugstore (or drugstore priced) products and brushes. The higher end products that I used can all be easily duped (duplicated) by drugstore products. The products used for this look are listed below:

Note: Because I have so many allergic reactions to products, once I find a product that I like, I stick with it. So the face products are not drugstore products, but as I said earlier in this post, you can find dupes for almost anything!

Brushes:
Sonia Kashuk Multi-Purpose Nylon Brush – blend NYX jumbo pencil
EcoTools Shade Brush – all over lid color & crease
Essence of Beauty larger crease brush – Outer V
EcoTools Crease brush – blending & transition color
EcoTools Blending brush – highlight
Essence of Beauty smaller crease brush – lower lashline
Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner brush – upper lashline, tightline, waterline
Essence of Beauty angled blush brush

Face:
MAC Studio Select CoverUp Concealer in NW25
MAC Mineralized SkinFinish Natural in Medium Plus
NYX Mauve Blush

Eyes:
Lid: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Slate
Lid/Lower lashline: NYX Smokey Eyes Palette – medium silver/gray shade
Crease: NYX Smokey Eyes Palette – dark silver/gray shade
Outer V/lower lashline: NYX Smokey Eyes Palette – matte black
Transition: MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow
Highlight: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Medium Plus
MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack (upper lashline, tightline, waterline)
Andrea Modlash – #45 Black
Shu Uemura eyelash curler
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara

Brows:
Trucco Eyeshadow – Rootbeer
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara

Lips:
EOS Summer Fruit Lip Balm
Revlon Colorburst lipstick – Soft Nude
MAC Viva Glam V lipglass

This is what the end-result was:


To see how I put this look together: