mmm delicious... too faced chocolate bon bons

Thursday, December 31, 2015

As a huge fan of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, I was definitely excited when I heard about the Chocolate Bon Bons palette. I jumped on my first chance to get it, and how could I not? It comes in cute pink packaging, the shadows are heart-shaped, and (of course) it smells like chocolate! 

The eye shadow addict in me is completely smitten with the palette. Aside from being cute in appearance, it really delivers in quality, as you've come to expect from Too Faced shadows. The shades have a strong pigmentation and the color selection in the palette is well rounded, making it a great palette for traveling.

The highlights in the group are exactly what you'd need- Satin Sheets is a shimmery champagne highlight and Divinity is a nice matte highlight for under the brow bone. The mattes are fantastic transition shades- I've been reaching for Almond Truffle constantly. Molasses Chip stands out as one of the true stars of this group with an incredible amount of pigmentation and a gorgeous metallic sheen! 

Gretchen Wieners finally made fetch happen! Totally Fetch is an eye catcher and would make such a fun bright liner! Glam rock at it's finest. :) I used Earl Grey as a soft blue-grey winged liner the first time I pulled out this baby and loved the effect of the subtle cool color.

Out of all the shades, the paler ones were the most meh for me, as a couple of them took a few swipes to built up to the color payoff I was looking for. Not terrible by any means, just not packing the punch that some others did. Aside from that, I'm seriously impressed with these shadows. If you're looking for a palette with both beautiful everyday shades and some fun pops of color, you'll love the Chocolate Bon Bons shadows. 

Now all I'm thinking is, do I need to give the Semi-Sweet palette a shot? I never paid much attention to that one, but if it's as good as the original or the bon bons, maybe I need it to round out the group! ;) Let me know what you think about these shadows or your feelings on the Semi-Sweet palette if you've tried it! Have fun on new year's eve and I talk to all of you in 2016! 

birthday haulin'

Monday, December 28, 2015

One of the best parts of any birthday are the presents, amiright? As I said in my last post, my parents took me and Steve out to dinner for my birthday. After dinner they surprised me with a birthstone Alex and Ani bracelet- so pretty! Of course, I ended up going a little nuts with online shopping a few days later. I had about a zillion coupons and birthday freebies for every store imaginable, so I clicked the "Place Order" button a few times... 

I picked out a couple of books that Steve bought for me. One I've always wanted to read (The Great Gatsby) and one that had recently been released to continue the Miss Peregrine series I've been making my way through (Library of Souls). Because a woman can't say no to a handbag, especially one that's on clearance for $20 (with a coupon code), I went for the Steve Madden BPrivate crossbody clutch in the black and brown version. Baublebar's coupon sucked me in as well so I chose the Crystal Flurry Collar Necklace. I wore this out to dinner recently with a faux leather peplum top and it made the whole outfit look so much more festive!

I went a little makeup shopping crazy and placed not one, but two orders from Sephora. I picked up my birthday Nars lip pencil minis in Cruella and Rikugien. (So excited to try Cruella!) I also tossed into that order a repurchase of the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, a Bobbi Brown shadow stick in Shadow (a cool gray), and the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava/Moonstone. The second order was the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz, which I've wanted for ages and have been using daily for a glowy boost, and the new Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette (review to come!).

So there you have it, this year's birthday haul. Not too shabby and I'm sure there will be reviews coming your way for some of the makeup bits that I picked up, so keep an eye out for that! Also, just wanted thank you for all of the positive and sweet comments on my last post- it means a lot to have such lovely readers! Hope you all had a great Christmas!

So this is 30

Thursday, December 24, 2015

I'm officially 30. There. I said it out loud (sort of). Yes, as of December 6th, I became part of club 30's and left behind my fabulous 20's. Turning 30 has been a life event that I've been dreading and trying to ignore for quite some time. I liked being in my twenties. There's something about saying that I'm twenty-something that always seemed more palatable than saying I'm thirty. I enjoyed feeling like a young chicky, and being 30 seems instantly less fun. I suppose that wisdom and experience come with age, so there's that. I'm trying to deal with it positively and embrace it, though. It's just a number after all. Let's just hope I've inherited my grandma's anti-aging genes and always look much more youthful than I am!

The day itself was pretty low-key. The 6th was a Sunday and on the Friday before, Steve had sent me an Edible Arrangement at work to surprise me. (Chocolate covered fruit FTW!) On Sunday we ran a few errands and he cooked a delicious dinner of lobster tail, scallops, and rice, followed by a grand finale of a mouth-watering cheesecake sampler tray that we picked up that afternoon. My parents took us out to dinner the next day for Mexican at one of our favorite spots, too.

This birthday has kicked in an awakening of sorts for me. Reality seems to have set in that several decades how now come and gone, and there's plenty of things I'd like to do as I move forward in this next chapter.

Get healthy // I eat garbage and barely move most days, so I really want to get my butt into gear on the whole health-front. Steve and I are consciously starting to eat better- I'm cutting way down on sugars and am down about 6 lbs so far! We also joined a gym. That's a phrase I never thought I'd say. I've never belonged to a gym before, but I'm pleasantly surprised by it so far. I actually enjoy going and trying new machines that I've never used before. I'm really just looking to get back to a healthier weight and get a bit stronger. It's all about realistic goals right now.

Try new things // Instead of saying 'I always wanted to do that' I want to actually start doing some of those things. First up- snowboarding! It's something I always wanted to try, so I suggested it to Steve (who used to snowboard) and we decided to jump on it. Two days later, we got the necessary gear and headed out to the slopes, about an hour and a half away from our house. I only managed to make it down the bunny hill once and I was ridiculously sore and bruised the next day from just practicing (and falling - a lot), but I'm looking forward to going back soon! I will say, it was hands-down the most physically exhausting sport I've ever tried in my life. Especially being as out of shape as I am (lol- see previous paragraph).

Declutter and get organized // I don't know about you, but my house seems to be in a constant state of messy at all times. It's starting to drive me nuts, so it's near the top of my to do list to get on top of it. A good closet clean out is in order and some better organization for everything that tends to pile up is much overdue.

Read more // Making the time to read more is something that I'm really striving for from now on. I used to read so much and with everything else that needs to be done every week, it's just fallen off as a priority. I have a whole stack of books next to my bed that I'm determined to make time to get to. Next up on the nightstand is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

So there you have it, the big three-oh here and gone and I've survived to tell the tale. Honestly, it wasn't so bad and I'm grateful for every year that I'm given to be able to experience more in life! Hope you're all having a great day!

The Hourglass powder trio has me hooked

Monday, December 14, 2015

I didn't need the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, but I definitely wanted it. I'd heard the hype, read plenty of reviews, and gazed at it on the Sephora site, but I still didn't truly understand how a trio of powders could get everyone so psyched. Until I swatched it, of course. That pretty much sealed the deal for a purchase.

The swatches alone were glorious. Intensely smooth, finely milled, and each serving a different purpose. The Hourglass powders when applied are supposed to mimic flattering lighting and make your skin appear more luminous. I've been using these every single day since I bought it and now I'm at the point where I can't imagine not owning them. Uh oh...

After applying my base products, I've been using Dim Light to set the concealer under my eyes and on my forehead and chin. Incandescent Light, since it's a brighter shade, looks best applied down the bridge of my nose and the tops of my cheekbones, if I'm not using any other highlight for the day. Radiant Light has an almost bronze tone to it, so I'll add a light dusting of that all over just to warm up my skin in a natural way. Since they're all such fine powders, they blend into your skin seamlessly and really do make you look like that glow is allll you! 

I really want to try out the Mood Exposure blush from Hourglass next. I don't have anything like it, and since I've been so pleased with the quality of these powders, I'm guessing I'll love the blushes too! 

Hope you all had a great weekend! Steve and I walked around Canalside in Buffalo for a while on Saturday night before meeting some friends for dinner. It was all decorated for Christmas and the skating rink was open, so we got some coffee and watched the skaters and a group that was curling for a while. There were also a few little stores open, so I ended up finding a Christmas gift for my mom and a skirt for myself! One for you, one for me, right? :)

A $3 Brush for a Flawlessly Blended Crease

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It's as if you've struck gold. That feeling you get when you find a brush that's inexpensive, but does a fantastic job, and you're using it in a completely different way than what it was made for. Well, it's happened. This is not a drill, people. Enter the e.l.f. Flawless Concealer Brush

This baby is only $3, so already this is looking like a great find. Now I said it's meant to be a concealer brush, right? Sure, I suppose it would be just fine for that. But if you're thinking outside the box, then it's big and fluffy enough to big a great crease blending brush. I loooove it for that! I've been pulling it out as the last step in my smokey eye shadow game and it's perfection for that final blend through the crease to ensure  all of your shadow is looking seamless and merged. #flawless

What brush do you use in a different way that's now a go-to for you?

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