29 December 2015

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a lovely Christmas! I've been a bit MIA recently because I was at work everyday in the run up to Christmas so between that and getting presents sorted and wrapped I have had absolutely no time to blog. Thankfully though I'm back to my normal shifts at work and I feel like I have a lot of lovely new products I got for Christmas to post about, I wanted to start with the one I am most excited about though, Too Faced recently launched their new Chocolate Bon Bon palette in America and on their Twitter I saw a post saying it wouldn't be available in the UK until February so I had actually asked for it for my birthday which is in February, however Debenhams had it on their website in December and my lovely boyfriend said I could have it for Christmas instead which was so exciting! So I got it on Christmas day and fell in love!

It is the third Chocolate Bar palette Too Faced have released, I have the original one and when I saw this one I knew I had to have it, you get 16 matte and shimmer shades and what I love about this one is that it is so different to the other Chocolate Bar palettes, I feel like you can do a lot more with this and have a wider range of looks. You get brights and neutrals so you can use it for any occasion, plus like the other palettes it also smells like chocolate which I love! 

The packaging is so pretty and girly as expected from Too Faced I feel like all their products look amazing! The box the palette comes in looks like a chocolate bar and then the actually palette is in a pink tin with embossed hearts, I love it so much! I think it's so sweet that the pans the eyeshadow comes in are heart shaped as well, so different and it fits in so well with the whole palette's feel.

There are 14 new shades in this palette and 2 existing ones, I think I definitely prefer the shimmer shades to the mattes, it's not that the mattes aren't good it's just that some of the shimmer shades are so pretty!

- Almond Truffle. Matte mauve toned taupe
- Satin Sheets. Pale pink with strong gold iridescence 
- Sprinkles. Pink with gold iridescence 
- Molasses Chip. Metallic bronze
- Malted. Satin matte deep brown with sparse shimmer
- Cashew Chew. Satin pink toned beige
- Cotton Candy. Cool bright medium pink shimmer
-  Cafe au Lait. Taupe grey shimmer
- Bordeaux. Red toned deep matte brown
- Mocha. Warm matte brown
- Black Currant. Deep purple shimmer
- Dark Truffle. Dark cool brown shimmer
- Pecan Praline. Matte pale grey taupe
- Totally Fetch. Hot pink shimmer
- Earl Grey. Deep teal toned grey shimmer
- Divinity. Matte ivory

I was so excited to get this palette however I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like it as much as the original Chocolate Bar palette, thankfully though I love it just as much! I don't think their is necessarily one I prefer because they are both very different. I had more reservations about this one as there is a few cool tones which I tend to stay away from but I actually don't mind them. They definitely won't be the shades I reach for first, particularly Pecan Praline and Cafe au Lait but I will use them when I'm wanting to try something new. I do have my favourites and they are Satin Sheets, Sprinkles and Molasses Chip, they are so pretty and so pigmented! On Christmas day I used Molasses Chip on the centre of the eyelid with Bordeux on the outer and inner section of the lid with Mocha in the crease and I really loved that, quite different to something I would usually do but I'm so pleased with how it looked. The only way that I can say I prefer this palette over the original is definitely the packaging, I'm just obsessed with it!

The quality is definitely up there with Too Faced standards, so pigmented and long wearing and very easy to work with as well, I'm definitely an amateur when it comes to eyeshadow, I definitely don't have the knack for it and it takes me a lot longer to come up with something that I'm happy with but I found this very easy to use, also you get the little glamour guide with this palette which tells you how to create three looks and it comes with a little how to section which is really helpful when you don't really know where to start. This palette really isn't cheap, it retails for £39 from Debenhams which is expensive however if you are on the fence about it I can definitely say that the quality is amazing and you can do so much with this palette so you will be getting your moneys worth! I'm just in love, definitely my favourite make up product I got for Christmas and I will be reaching for this a lot! I was just wondering also what people's thoughts are on What I Got For Christmas posts, I've been wondering to do one or not because I'd never want it to seem like bragging however I personally love reading these types of posts and seeing all the lovely gifts everyone got, let me know in the comments what you think about them!


15 December 2015

Too Faced Hangover Primer

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to finally be writing this post because it's a product I have been after for ages but I couldn't buy it anywhere in the UK until I was having a look on Debenhams recently and saw that they had it in stock and it is the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face primer. I have wanted it for so long because the description of it matches exactly what my skin needs perfectly, plus Too Faced has never disappointed me, it is probably my favourite brand! It isn't cheap at a price of £27 so I was really hoping it would be worth the money (spoiler: it really doesn't disappoint!)

Even before I had tried it or read any reviews on it this primer appealed to me so much, first of all I'm primer obsessed I know some people aren't too bothered about them but because my skin is problematic I think a primer can make the world of difference to how my make up looks. 

"It's infused with coconut water, probiotic-based ingredients and skin revivers that work together to boost skin's radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate while locking down make up for fresher, longer and more flawless wear". 

For someone like me who has very dry, dull skin this sounded like my saviour, I'm always looking for hydrating, radiance boosting primers so this sounded perfect for me.

The packaging is so pretty which is just a given for Too Faced, but the interesting thing is that it looks like a very tall squeezy tube with a very big lid however this actually comes with a pump which I think is so useful because it means you can use up every last drop of product. Also you get 40ml of product which is a little bit more than the usual 30ml so whilst it is expensive you do get more product.

I absolutely love the consistency of this, it is so light and creamy but still very moisturising. I also have to point out that this smells AMAZING. When I first used it I couldn't get over how good it smelt, it has the most refreshing coconut scent however it isn't too overpowering at all, I feel like my face smells so good after I've used it! I 100% agree with everything the product claims to do, it makes my make up application so much nicer, I find it so hydrating but it also gives a really nice radiant glow, I wouldn't say it's very dewy however this may because my skin is dry but it is a really natural glowy finish. I do feel like my skin is a lot softer after wearing it as well, but it really does make dull skin like mine look so much better. I've been using it with the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and I think they are a match made in heaven! This is also perfect for when you've had a rubbish nights sleep and you can see it on your face, so I agree that it helps solve your 'beauty hangovers'. I don't feel like it necessarily made a difference to the staying power of my make up, however it did help my foundation apply so much smoother and created a much nicer base for application which is a big plus for me.

This could definitely be my new holy grail primer, if you are like me and have dull skin that needs a boost than this will be perfect for you and I would suggest you go and buy it now because you will love it! It isn't cheap but I think it is definitely worth the price, I'm so happy I've found a combination of products that give my skin a nice glow in winter because normally my skin looks awful and dry and it is so hard to find products to help combat that. Let me know in the comments if you've tried this product and what you think!

10 December 2015

The Christmas Tag

Hi everyone! I saw the Christmas Tag floating around recently and I never normally do these types of videos however I absolutely love Christmas, I just broke up from university today and I'm feeling all festive so I really wanted to do this post to make me even more excited and I hope it makes you feel excited as well! 

1. What are your favourite Christmas movies?

Home Alone without a doubt is my favourite Christmas movie! Only 1&2 though, the other two are so pointless. I watched it for the first time this year yesterday and it made me feel so happy. The other one I love is so random because it's definitely not a popular one but it's Christmas With The Kranks, it's so weird because I feel like hardly anyone has heard of it but I find it so funny! I have a major unpopular opinion in the fact that I don't really like Elf, I could just never get into it! I've also never seen Love Actually but I'm going to get round to that this year! Also it's just came into my head and it might not seem like a Christmas film but it is actually counted as one and it's Gremlins, it's so cheesy and weird and fake scary, but it still makes me feel like it's Christmas.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Christmas morning always! I know some people do things like open one present on Christmas Eve but I would have to save everything for Christmas morning, it's just so much more exciting that way. I'm almost 21 but you still cannot beat the feeling of going downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing all your presents!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

This is going to sound so depressing but I don't really have one that sticks out, divorced parents meant that the past few years I've had to have a Christmas where I have to go all over the place, kind of like spreading yourself too thin so they haven't been too fun. As well this will be my boyfriend and I's fifth Christmas together but for the past four we have hardly got to spend anytime together because we felt like we had to please everyone so we put what we wanted to the side, this year though we decided to just do what we want, I'll still be all over the place but we will be doing it together so I can't wait to finally make lots of good memories this Christmas!

4. Favourite festive food? 

There is so many that I love! I get so excited for my Christmas dinner every year and I'm going out for it this year so I'm even more excited. Pigs in blankets and turkey definitely have to be up there, and stuffing and mash potato, you can get them all year round but they are just so much better at Christmas! I'm really not one for festive starters and desserts like prawn cocktail and Christmas pudding, I actually couldn't think of anything worse but the actually dinner itself is my favourite, I love everything about it! 

5. Favourite Christmas scent?

I don't really have a favourite scent at this time of year, there are a lot of festive candles that get brought out that smell really good but I'm not in love with them, Snowflake Cookie by Yankee Candle comes pretty close though, I'm going to say the smell of Christmas dinner cooking, there is nothing better!

6. What tops your tree?

In my house I actually live with the Grinch (my Dad) so he won't put Christmas decorations up, how rubbish is that! My boyfriend's Mum got me a little tree for my room though, however it doesn't have anything at the top of it so that's a bit rubbish as well, however I'm waking up at my boyfriend's house Christmas day this year and I just helped them decorate their tree this week and they put a star on top, if I had my own tree I'd definitely go for a star as well. 

7. As a child, what was one extravagant gift you always asked for but never got?

This is so easy, I always wanted a puppy but it never happened! This was an all year round thing as well, not just at Christmas, but I used that opportunity to ask again, didn't ever get one though!

8. What is the best thing about Christmas for you?

Giving people their presents definitely, I think I have done well buying gifts this year if I say so myself and I can't wait to see people's faces when they get them! Also receiving presents isn't bad either if I'm being totally honest...and the Christmas dinner! 

I actually had so much fun writing this, I feel so Christmassy now however that will probably end in a couple of hours when I have to go to work...retail life at Christmas, if you work in retail as well then you will know exactly how I'm feeling. If you do this tag let me know in the comments, I'd love to read yours!


9 December 2015

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a lovely December and are getting excited for Christmas, once I break up from university tomorrow I will definitely be in the Christmas mood! I've said this before and I'll say it again but I am far too lazy when it comes to skincare, and I've finally become fed up of being jealous of other people's nice skin and decided to do something about it! I've wanted to try Kiehl's for so long but obviously it isn't the cheapest brand out there and it always put me off, plus I never really knew what to try first. On Black Friday Debenhams had discounts on their beauty range and I decided to just bite the bullet and try something, and since my skin is so dry and it is even worse now that it's so cold I decided to buy the Ultra Facial Cream.

I decided to buy the smaller 50ml size just to make sure that I actually liked it, I had really high expectations actually when I bought this because I'd heard so many good things and also for the price it had better be good!

"Inspired by our original beloved Ultra Facial Moisturiser, this 24 hour, light-textured daily hydrator leaves skin comfortable and visibly well-balanced, particularly in harsh weather conditions. Our formula is made with Antarcticine - a Glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers and notable for an ability to protect skin from cold temperatures - as well as Imperata Cylindrica, a plant indigenous to the Australian desert which possesses superb water retention properties in dry conditions"

I am absolutely in love with this product, I'm so happy that it lived up to expectations! I used it as a night cream after I'd used all my other products and my skin instantly felt so much more moisturised and when I woke up it will still so soft and felt so much springier and healthier. Also it has a slight scent but nothing over powering, however I love the smell it smells really fresh and clean.

I think that some people may be put off by the fact that it is a cream as they can be quite heavy and leave you feeling a bit greasy, however it's surprisingly light. Not light enough for a day cream in my opinion but you can wear it so comfortably on a night and it doesn't feel overly heavy on the skin. I don't know how well people with oily skin would like this, maybe something a bit lighter would work for them but I think if you have normal or dry skin you will absolutely love this! I noticed a difference to my skin overnight and I can't wait to see how my skin improves over time using this. Obviously it isn't cheap at £24 for the 50ml and £43.50 for the 125ml but it really won't disappoint and if you suffer from dry skin especially at this time of year I would definitely say it's worth the money. I really want to try the Creamy Avocado Eye treatment next as I have fallen in love with this brand. Let me know in the comments if you've tried any Kiehl's products and what you'd recommend!

1 December 2015

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Hi everyone! So excited to be writing this post because it's a product I've wanted for ages, it's been so hyped about especially for people with dry skin so I had to get it and it is the Too Faced Born This Way foundation. I really love Too Faced but I only ever really use their eye shadows but they have never let me down with them, and when they released their foundation and everyone was talking about how great it is and perfect for anyone with dry skin I was so desperate for it! However in the UK I can only get it online, I buy Too Faced from Debenhams and I never have any issue with this usually as I tend to buy their palettes, so I was really wary of buying this foundation because I was scared I'd get my shade wrong as I couldn't test it out in person. So I caved recently and told myself to just get it, I usually use Findation to match me to new products but as this is a newer foundation it hasn't been added onto Findation yet. I basically had to scour the internet for swatches until I found one I kind of liked, I settled on Warm Nude and....I got it wrong! How annoying is it when that happens! The most frustrating thing is you can't send it back because you need to test it to make sure it's right and as soon as you do you can't refund it, I see Youtubers from America talking about how lots of shops let you return used products if they weren't right for you and it makes me so jealous! I absolutely loved the formula though even though the shade is too dark for me so I bought it again in the shade I was going to get and this is much better, I'm stuck with two of them now so I have put the other one on Depop in the hopes someone will take it off my hands.

The shade I have now is Vanilla which is better for me however it isn't as perfect as I would want it, but what can you do, I'm not going to buy a third bottle! I was so excited to get it though, the packaging is so gorgeous which is just expected from Too Faced really, they never disappoint. It's really girly in a really pretty pink box, the foundation is in a frosted glass bottle although this doesn't make it too bulky thankfully and I love the gold writing, it's just too pretty! Plus it comes with a pump which is a bonus as who really wants to buy a high end foundation AND a pump for it as well, so thank you Too Faced! 

I absolutely love the formula for this, it really did live up to the hype! I feel like if you have dry skin like me then you need this in your life! It's infused with coconut water to keep your skin moisturised, alpine rose to brighten skin's appearance and improve elasticity and hyaluronic acid to make your skin look smoother. For me having dry skin makes finding a good foundation really difficult because all the ones that work give a dewy finish, I love the dewy look however it's not what I want all the time and it felt impossible to find a foundation that kept my skin moisturised but also not full on dewy, just really nice radiant smooth skin and that is exactly what this product does. 

Too Faced claims this is a medium to full coverage foundation and I would definitely agree, it has a fairly thick consistency and when you blend it the coverage is really good, only thing is it took a bit more work to blend but once I had it covered up the majority of my blemishes, only the really bad ones needed some more concealer on them. I'm always wary of fuller coverage foundations as I never want to feel like I'm wearing a mask but I didn't get that from this product, it definitely didn't feel light on the skin and I could tell I was wearing make up however it didn't leave me feeling cakey. It says on the box that it will provide natural coverage, I agree with this and at the same time I don't, it did make my skin look like it was in really good condition however you could tell I was wearing make up so I wouldn't say you would think I just had really great skin, it did look like I had foundation on, this isn't necessarily bad though, my skin just looked so much better and way more flawless that it obviously was the foundation. It doesn't make you look like you have a ton of make up on though don't worry! 

Biggest bonus for me right now though is that with the smoother, radiant skin it also covered up my dry patches which is a huge feat for any product to achieve right now as my skin seems to have lost all moisture this winter! Also my red pigmentation on the lower section of my cheeks was basically coverage up which never happens with foundation I feel like usually it is just emphasized as there is also light texture on the pigmentation. 

This definitely isn't the cheapest foundation at £29 however if you are looking for a foundation to help with your dry skin, that is medium to full coverage and gives a really nice satin finish then this ticks all the boxes, I'm so impressed with it! Definitely could be my new favourite foundation, I will have to use it for a couple more weeks to see if it can replace the Luminous Silk foundation but it's looking good so far, let me know in the comments if you've tried this and what you think!
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