I Love Bon Bons….Too Faced’s New Palette

Hello all!  Truth be told, I’ve never purchased or used any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes or any of Too Faced’s earlier Chocolate Bar or Semi-Sweet palettes.  I just wasn’t convinced that I would ever need that much variation in eyeshadow colors. And then along came the Chocolate Bon Bons palette:Bon BonThis is just lovely!  The majority of shadows are contained in heart-shaped pans which is a Too Faced favorite.  I was mistakenly concerned that the chocolate fragrance would be overpowering but it’s quite light and does not linger.  The shadows are creamy and blendable and offer a nice mix of matte and shimmer as well as neutral and bright shades. Here’s how the swatches look on me (I’m NC25 – 30):

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From left to right: Mocha, Bordeaux, Cafe au Lait, Cotton Candy, Malted, Molasses Chip,  Pecan Praline, Cashew Chew, Sprinkles, Satin Sheets, Divinity, Dark Truffle, Totally Fetch and Earl Grey. I seem to have missed Black Currant but it’s a lovely deep aubergine shimmer.

I’m thrilled that Too Faced included larger pans for Satin Sheets and Divinity as these are the colors that I tend to use the most for base color and highlighting. My other current favorites are Cashew Chew, Cafe au Lait, Pecan Praline and Dark Truffle but there’s not a bad color in the entire line-up.

The case is nice and sturdy and contains a good size mirror. This does make me more interested in trying other palettes so let me know your favorites.

Have a great ‘Galentine’ Day!

Perfect ‘On The Go’ Concealer

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The Laneige Cushion Concealer is something I picked up on a whim during a recent Target haul ( we all know how those go!).  It’s limited in color range (Light and Medium) so my hopes were not high that it would work but it was wonderful!  The pen applicator (you click like a pen) fills the cushion tip with the concealer and you can easily apply and blend in with the cushion tip.  It offers light to medium coverage, is hydrating and has fairly good staying power (definitely no creasing).IMG_1410

It’s the perfect concealer to carry in your bag as its quick and easy and has a ‘window/meter’ on the side for you to know how much is left.  This is probably one of the first concealers that I’ve tried recently which has me thinking about swapping it out for my Nars Creamy Concealer.  The Laneige Cushion Concealer is definitely a better price!  I’m picking up another one to keep in my drawer at work but do wish they would offer a wider shade range.  It appears that they offer more shades in Korea so here’s hoping these are extended to the US.

Happy New Year!

My French Noel Palette – 2015 Holiday Edition

I picked this up in the recent Sephora Rouge VIB sale because I need another palette, right?  Well, according to this post and this post, I need one like I need a hole in the head but I’m afflicted.  Call it Palette Addiction.  So let’s take a look:IMG_1420

The case is solid metal and is quite hefty so no worries about breakage.  Inside, there’s a generous size mirror along with printed tutorials.IMG_1422The palette contains 6 eyeshadows (Beige Matte, Gold Shimmer, Copper Shimmer, Gray Pink Shimmer, Mauve Pearl and Deep Purple Shimmer), 2 lip colors (Cherry Red and Rich Burgundy) and a Lip Base.  The lip products are kept clean by a flip lid.  A double-ended brush is also included.IMG_1421Many of the colors are included in their Audacity in Paris eye palette that was created by Lisa Eldridge but I happen to like have everything together although I know I’m in the minority.

A festive little palette for the holiday season!

The Lowdown on Face Paint: The Story of Makeup

Face Paint, the book recently released by Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist extraordinaire, is a lush, beautiful and fascinating look at the history of makeup.Face Paint

If you love makeup, this is a good addition to your ‘wish list’.  Unlike other makeup artist releases, Face Paint is devoted to the history of makeup and is definitely not a ‘how to’ book.  If you’re interested more in a tutorial, head no further than Lisa’s YouTube channel.

Back to the book.  Divided into separate sections exploring specific colors, themes, trends or materials used throughout history, the book covers everything from the ancient Egyptians up to the present times and the science behind future developments.

Pictures are GORGEOUS!  Behold:Eye Paint

And fascinating photos of vintage makeup products and compacts:IMG_1339IMG_1345

In case I haven’t enticed you enough, Face Paint: The History of Makeup, is not a chronological book and is easy to dive in and out when time permits.  No need to be concerned that you need to follow the book from start to finish.  In other words, my kind of book!

One last picture…..check out this vintage Rimmel cake mascara.IMG_1346

Are you dying?  I do love a good book and hope you enjoy this as much as  me.  Face Paint is available at Target in the US and Amazon in other countries.

Smith & Cult – Lovely, Lovely Lipgloss

I first became aware of Smith & Cult owing to their drool worthy nail colors: Lovers Creep, Filth Noir and Stockholm Syndrome to name a few. However, I was unexpectedly wowed by the lip glosses.IMG_1372The two colors above, Her Name Bubbles and The Warning, are lightweight, non-sticky colors that are transparent enough to layer over any lip product or wear on their own for a hint of color.

The packaging is short and chunky and easy to hold thanks to a thumb print indent on the cap.  They also have an awesome clear doe-foot applicators.  Who doesn’t love a doe-foot??!!IMG_1374

Infused with coconut essence, the gloss is comfortable to wear with good longevity. Interestingly, Smith & Cult is the new company founded by Dinah Mohajer who famously started the successful Hard Candy line.  She later sold Hard Candy to LVMH  and a few years later, Smith & Cult was born.

I’m dying to get my hands on Life in Photographs and The Queen is Dead. The glosses are a perfect stocking stuffer!

May Coop – Something Special

Hello all!  I was going to include this in a later post on my new skin care routine but I am head over heels in LOVE with the May Coop Raw Sauce!  This is an essence from a new company out of Hong Kong that is composed of acer mono sap (otherwise known as maple tree sap). May Coop Raw Sauce

Tree sap is smaller than water molecules and is more easily absorbed into your skin.  The sap also delivers a nice mixture of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to combat dehydration, sagging and dullness.  The Raw Sauce is Ecocert Organic  as well.

That’s the ‘how’ but the ‘why and wow’ are it’s amazing ability to provide and hold hydration and the unique consistency.  As an essence, I apply this after toning but before serum and moisturizer.  Truth be told, there have been many days lately where I can skip a separate moisturizer as the Raw Sauce and my serum have been more than enough. If you’re wondering, it’s not sticky but it isn’t as watery as the SK-II or Missha Time Revolution Essence.  It’s a slightly denser droplet and has a very light fragrance that dissipates after it dries.  You can apply this with a cotton pad but I’m not wasting product so I get 2 – 3 drops in y hands and apply directly to my face.

If you’re never tried an essence, this would be an excellent entry point.  Sephora offers a smaller size if you’re not sure about committing to the full size.

Let me know what you think!

Korean Beauty: Where to Start

Hello lovelies!  You may know by now that I have a love for Korean beauty products as described in this post and herehere and here.  My experience has been that the skin care products are on the cutting edge of new technology and ingredients and the make-up is available in innovative formulations.  As an added bonus, nothing beats the packaging.

If you’re unsure of where to start or would like to expand your collection, I’m pleased to offer a special coupon for MemeBox. MemeBox sells highly curated boxes of Korean beauty products (by guest editors or themes) as well as individual items.  Just use the code WELCOME before November 15th to receive 15% off you first order (one time use only).

Looking for suggestions?  Here’s a few of my favorites.  The Shine Easy Glam Eyeshadow Palette from PONY.
Pony EyeshadowBerrisom Face Masks as described in this post. The masks are currently reduced to $2.00 per mask and they currently offera special Halloween mask.

Berrisom Masks

Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick.  An oil-based cleanser delivered in a solid stick format.  Incredibly convenient.
savon-a-la-rose-miracle-rose-cleansing-stick-sum-37As the name suggests, MemeBox also curates their own special boxes of Korean makeup and skin care.  Newbies might want to try the Korean Beauty Starter Kit which contains 4 full size products including an easy intro to double cleansing with black sugar cleansing oil and a pomegranate cleansing foam, serum for added moisture and a facial mist (check out the packaging).

Pocke Bunny MistThe products are all from well known and respected brands including SkinFood, It’s Skin, Tony Moly and Goodal. Do take a look!

Let me know if you have any questions on where to start.  Enjoy!

Too Precious To Use – Beautiful and Untouched

After reading another blogger’s dilemma of not wanting to ruin beautifully crafted make-up, I remembered my own ‘pretty but untouched purchases’.  Let’s take a little trip down memory lane:Nars Bento BoxNars 2010

The Nars Holiday Bento Box from 2010.  The handmade box contains porcelain cups with hand-poured lipstick in two highly pigmented and bright shades (Maiko and Sakura).  While I actually have used this a few times, it’s too fussy for frequent use but I love it so much that it still retains a treasured spot in the Apothecary.

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The infamous cat lipsticks from Paul & Joe.  I was mesmerized by these and picked up two shades, Clair de Lune and Moon Shadow.  Ultimately ended giving these away to someone at work for his daughters to play with……I never even tried them!

 

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I purchased one of the RMK Vintage Sweets eyeshadows this summer in Sugar Brown.  Can’t bear to disturb the stripes so this remains untouched…..weep, weep.

 

Save The Wolves

 

All of the special edition palettes by Chanticaille have been high on my wish list forever.  I restrained myself on picking up any of these as I knew they would remain untouched and pristine.  Currently, I’m lusting after the Protect The Wolves trio but would be equally enamored of the others including Save The Bees, Save The Sharks, Tiger In The Wild (eye and cheek palette) and Papillons.

Any beauties hiding in your stash?

Becca Blotting Powder

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I decided to pick up the Becca Blotting Powder Perfector in Translucent after reading an awesome review on Beautopedia.  I previoulsy used MUFE’s HD Pressed Powder to set my concealer but recently ‘hit pan’ and needed a replacement.

This powder is Translucent but it also comes in a Tinted shade for darker skin tones. I can happily report that it makes my concealer last all day and does not look cakey or too dry on my skin.  Since I already have dry skin, this is a welcome change!IMG_1316

The compact does come with a velour puff but I tend to use my Bobbi Brown Powder Brush for a lighter finish.  As an added bonus, the blotting powder can also be used to turn any lipstick matte.  I haven’t tried this yet but will update later this month.

Blot away!!

Holika Holika Healing Nails Finger Gloves

Trust me, there is a mask for everything.  I was more than thrilled when I ran across this on my recent trip to Singapore.  If you follow my Instagram you will have already had a sneak peek.IMG_0787

Each packet contains 10 finger gloves that separate and slip over the tips of your fingers.  It’s recommended that you leave on for 15 – 30 minutes and I’ve been using these at the same time as a facial mask.  The material is also screen friendly so if you can’t bear to be aware from your phone, you can now complete a beauty treatment and play Angry Birds at the same time.  Bonus!

Inside the gloves is a moisturizing serum for your nails and cuticles.  As someone who doesn’t like using cuticle oil, these offer a nice alternative and leave no oily residue.

Pretty clever!