Sunday, 27 November 2016

Christmas in New York with Too Faced - part two

Holiday Collection Swatches!

Part TWO of the Too Faced Christmas In New York Collection. This post is all about the swatches! To read part one for details & first impressions, check here - Part ONE


THE CHOCOLATE SHOP
Chocolate scented, cocoa-infused powders housed in lavish pink packaging all for $58USD

18 Eyeshadows, 3 Larger Highlighting Eyeshadows, 1 Highlight, 1 Blush, 1 Bronzer
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Mini sized Better Than Sex Mascara, Melted Chocolate Milkshake & Shadow Insurance

Desert's On Me - Frosty White, Satin Sheen Finish perfect for highlighting (Larger pan)
Indulge - Metallic Champagne, pigmented & has some chunky glitters
Cookie Dough - Matte Light Brown base with Gold glitters. Crap pigment, only glitters show really..
Raspberry Rose - Light Baby Pink with a Matte Finish. Soo smooth & pigmented! Love 
Sugared Raisin - Metallic Icy Pink with Silver glitters. Like "Indulge" this is kinda chunky.
Guilt Free - Matte Pale Lilac Grey, perfect for a cool toned crease. Smooth & pigmented
Tootsie - Matte Deep Chocolate Brown. This shadow feels quite dry & swatches super patchy..
Glaze - Matte Off-White. Another good highlighting shade, if you can get it to show up (Larger pan)
Gingerdoodle - Metallic Pale Gold, nicely pigmented & smooth
Chocaholic - Matte Light Brown Taupe. CRAP pigment, had to scrape it to get a good swatch :/
Cake Batter - Matte Light Peachy Brown. Beautiful pigment & so smooth, perfect for the crease.
Butterscotch - Metallic Copper Bronze. A Smooth & pigmented metallic.
Toffee Crunch - Matte Mid-tone Coffee Brown. Like "Tootsie" this shade is quite dry & was hard to get a smooth swatch..
Lava Cake - Blackened Brown base with Pink & Gold glitters. Soft but took a few swipes to get good pigment..
Banana Date - Matte Light Yellowish Cream. A nice pigmented base shadow (Larger pan)
Honey Dip - Metallic True Gold. Smooth & super pigmented
Pound Cake - Metallic Pink Duo-Chrome with Gold shift. My Fave!
Sugar Bells - Metallic Icy Blue Silver. Beautiful pigmentation
Mint Chip - Metallic Deep Teal Blue. Stunning, smooth & pigmented
Jingle Berry - Fuchsia Purple with a Satin Sheen Finish, not a lot of pigment & took a few swipes to build up..
Huckleberry - Matte Blackened Violet with Pink & Purple glitters. Like "Tootsie" & "Toffee Crunch" it feels dry & doesn't swatch well.



Inner Light Highlighter - Stunning Pinky Golden exclusive Highlighter 

Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - The Best-selling Chocolate Bronzer is a medium, warm brown shade

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Blush - Super pigmented, muted bright Pink with a satin sheen finish

Plus a Mini Melted Chocolate Milkshake Lipstick 

A warm, Peachy Brown Nude
This lipstick smells AMAZING! Just like a caramel chocolate milkshake. Be careful not to eat it haha!






This set is better than last years big set (Le Grande Palais) but there are a few shadows that just aren't good, like "Cookie Dough", "Tootsie" & "Chocaholic" with little to no pigment. Or "Indulge", "Sugared Raisin" & "Jingle Berry" that, once the glitter has flaked off, there's not much colour left. But then there are some amazing shades too like "Cake Batter", "Raspberry Rose", "Guilt Free" & "Banana Date", all super smooth, pigmented matte shades. I feel like I might open this palette everyday just for "Cake Batter"! Or the metallics like "Pound Cake", "Honey Dip", "Butterscotch" & "Mint Chip" that actually show up! But I honestly feel like, if you have any other Too Faced holiday palettes, you'll have these shades. It's just nice to see the shadows improving every year & the packaging stays amazing!

GRANDE HOTEL CAFE
Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte & Gingerbread Cookie scented palettes, in a little hotel shaped box for $49USD

3 Scented Palettes with a total of -
18 Eyeshadows, 2 Blushes, 1 Bronzer
+
Mini Better Than Sex Mascara
Eggnog Latte
Frosty Nog - Matte Creamy White. So pigmented for a White shadow
Eggnog Latte - Shimmer Pale Champagne Gold
Iced Coffee - Metallic Bronzed Brown. Smooth & pigmented
Skinny Latte - Matte mid-tone Taupe Brown. Feels smooth but swatches a little patchy..
Cold Brew - Matte Brown base with Gold & Silver chunky glitters. Not as pigmented as what you see in pan
Central Perk - Metallic Deep Forest Green. Stunning & so pigmented! Perfect for Xmas looks
Peach Cobbler Blush - A Matte Peachy Pink Blush. Universally flattering & pairs perfectly with every look.
Peppermint Mocha
Peppermint Cream - Matte White. Another super pigmented White
Christmas Blend - Shimmer Sheer Champagne with Gold glitters. 
Peppermint Mocha - Shimmery Reddish Plum with Golden glitters
Candy Cane - Matte Light Baby Pink. Smooth but swatched a little patchy..
Sprinkles - Metallic Hot Pink with Pink & Purple glitters
Coffee Chip - Metallic Deep Brown with Red & Gold glitters. 
Santa Baby Blush - A Satin Finish Warm Bright Pink 

Gingerbread Cookie
Ginger Cream - Matte Pale Beige White. Yet another smooth, pigmented base shadow.
Maple Syrup - Matte Mid-tone cool Coffee Brown. Pigmented but a little dry so work slowly building it up
Gingersnap - Metallic Bright Gold. So smooth & pigmented, it's like a foiled shadow
Winter Dream - Sheer Shimmer, almost transparent base with tonnes of Silver, Pink & Lilac glitters
Cup Of Joe - Matte Blackened Coffee Brown with fine Gold glitters. 
Black Coffee - Matte Black. A little disappointing, patchy & not very pigmented :/ 
Gingerbread - Light Warm Brown Bronzer with a Satin sheen

I love this set! I think they really improved the shadows in this set compared to last years, (Le Grande Chateau) not that it was bad, but this set is just better! The white matte shades are so creamy, the metallics are so pigmented. There's a couple of misses like "Cold Brew", "Christmas Blend", "Coffee Chip" & "Winter Dream" which all have flaky glitter & not much pigment underneath or "Black Coffee" the matte black shade, is very dry & patchy. But shades like "Eggnog Latte", "Central Perk", "Sprinkles" & "Gingersnap" are super pigmented & consistently smooth in texture. "Gingersnap" is amazing! Once again, if you have any of the other Too Faced holiday or chocolate palettes, you'll have shades like this! The Christmas themed scents are a bit off-putting, they smell more like play-doh or cardboard..


NAUGHTY KISSES & SWEET CHEEKS
Three gifts in one, these mini sets are perfect for Christmas Stocking Stuffers, all for $36USD


3 Mini Love Flush Blushes
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3 Mini Lip Injection Glosses
Lip Injection Gloss - Clear
Crazy In Love Blush - Hot Pink Blush with Golden shimmer

Milkshake Lip Injection Gloss - Sheer Peachy Nude
Baby Love Blush - Neutral Peachy Pink Blush with subtle Sheen

Like A Boss Lip Injection Gloss - Sheer Purple
Dream Lover Blush - Pale Lavender Blush with a Matte/Satin finish

The Lip Injection glosses definitely work! After swatching them, I had 3 red, puffy stripes on my forearm haha. Your lips hurt a little bit at first, like an intense tingling, but goes away after something is applied over it. That's how I like to use them, apply first, let your lips plump up, then wipe off & apply desired colour! Maybe add more on top for added effect. And I love the Love Flush Blushes, they're nicely pigmented, blend in smoothly & have a great range of colours, plus the cutest packaging! I love getting the mini sized ones to try new colours & keep in my handbag. 

And I totally forgot to swatch the Let It Glow set, I'll be sure to do that & add the photos to this post.
But just so you know now, I highly recommend the set for a Christmas gift or if you love Too Faced minis! The little heart shaped brush is too cute & you also get a mini Love Flush Blush in "Love Hangover", mini Snow Bunny Bronzer & mini Candlelight Glow highlighter! All for $25usd
Now let's be real, these are travel sized minis! They're not going to be huge products, you get your moneys worth with this set. I saw a few reviews on the site say they were disappointed with the size, but what were they expecting I wonder? $25 for 3 full sized products? I don't think so haha 



All of these products are available at Sephora or Mecca Maxima (except the Chocolate Shop)

If you want to see Part one of this review, check HERE


LucyLoves! xx


Colourpop X Hello Kitty Collection Haul

Review & Swatches

OH YES! When I heard this collection was coming out, I knew I'd have to make a purchase. I've always been a fan of Hello Kitty & I love Colourpop so this collab was super exciting to see.
With the red, white & blue theme, it works in well with everything happening in the US at the moment, very patriotic! I would like to of seen different coloured product packaging as appose to the usual white, but the lip products do have cute bows etched into the lids for something different. 
This collection is of course, limited edition, like everything these days.. And Colourpop always have new products & collections coming out so I'm not sure how long these will be around, get in quick to get your hands on some cute Hello Kitty prods! 
I jumped on the Colourpop Cosmetics website the day of the release & I couldn't help myself, with all the excitement I bought nearly everything from the collection!

The Hello Pretty Kit

Bento Shadow
Sticker Sheet Shadow
Juicy Apple Shadow
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Fun With Friends Blush
Yummy Cookies Highlighter
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Ribbon Ultra Matte
KT Shimmer Lipgloss

All for $42USD packaged in a cute box with a mirror inside

Bento Box shadow - Pearlized finish Smokey Blue Gunmetal
Sticker Sheet shadow - Satin finish Cool-toned Taupe
Juicy Apple shadow - Glitter Sheer finish soft Gold topped with Gold Glitter
Fun With Friends blush - Pearlized finish Mid-tone Warm Pink
Yummy Cookies highlighter - Pearlized finish Light Peach with a flip of Silver
KT lipgloss - Sheer Light Gold sprinkled with Pink & Gold Glitter
Ribbon liquid lipstick - Ultra Matte true Blue based Red

Mama's Apple Pie Shadow Set

4 shimmery super shock shadows in
Friendship File
Rainbow
Small Gift
School Bus


All for $18USD 



Rainbow shadow - Glitter Sheer White with highlights of Silver & Pink Glitter

Friendship File shadow - Metallic finish warm Peachy Beige with Silver & Pink Glitter

Small Gift shadow - Pearlized finish mid-tone Peachy Pink

School Bus shadow - Pearlized finish Deep Navy Blue

Hello Kitty Collection Singles

I also picked up a couple of the single products, there's more than this too!

Tiny Chum Ultra Satin Lip
Supercute Ultra Glossy Lip
Coin Purse Blush
School Is Fun Highlighter

Lip Products are $6 each
Face Products are $8 each

School Is Fun highlighter - Pearlized finish Soft  Iridescent Duo-Chrome Gold

Coin Purse blush - Satin finish Bright Cool-toned Rosy Pink (the site says it's matte, but it's definitely not!)

Supercute lipgloss - Sheer finish Warm Pink doused with Pink Glitter

Tiny Chum liquid lipstick - Satin finish Cool-tone Nude Pink

Overall, I LOVE this collection! Everything from the shade choices to the packaging is on point. The prices are honestly insane, so affordable for great products. I've said this before about Colourpop, I love everything I've tried from the brand so far, except the Matte shadows.. I just don't find they blend very easily in the crease & take a lot of work buffing. Good thing is, there aren't any mattes in this collection.. But I love the shimmers (used with fingers mostly) & the Glitter Sheers formula is new - its a very sheer, almost transparent base packed with glitters, perfect to add shimmer on top of other shades. I love the face products as well, Highlighters are best used lightly with your fingertips & blushes works well with a brush (I like a duo-fibre). Their liquid lipsticks are hit & miss I find, some are amazing, flawless & long-lasting, some are super drying & crumble off..

This collection would make great Christmas stocking stuffers for any Hello Kitty or Colourpop lover!
Available at https://colourpop.com/hellokitty



LucyLoves! xx

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christmas In New York with Too Faced - part one


Too Faced Holiday 2016 Collection!

I've decided to make some of my blog posts in to two-part reviews so that I actually get them done!
Part one will be mainly about my initial thoughts & first impressions on the product/s with part two showing swatches & talking about each shade. Let me know if you prefer them this way!

 As some of you may have noticed, I'm a total Too Faced junkie & LIVE for their cute products & pink packaging. I always try to get something from each holiday collection because the themes are to die for - this year is Christmas In New York following a similar style to last years Christmas In Paris collection. I wasn't too impressed with the products from that range, I felt that they concetrated more on the adorable packaging than the quality of shadows.. So I thought I'd grab a few things this year & compare them to last year! 
So I ordered The Chocolate Shop set (similar to last years Le Grande Palais), the Grande Hotel Cafe (similar to last years Le Grande Chateau), Naughty Kisses & Sweet Cheeks set (similar to last years Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks) & the Let It Glow minis set 


The Chocolate Shop

18 Eyeshadows
3 Larger Highlight Eyeshadows
1 Highlight
1 Blush
1 Bronzer
+
Mini Better Than Sex Mascara
Mini Melted Chocolate Milkshake
Mini Shadow Insurance

Chocolate scented, cocoa-infused powders all for $58USD

First impressions on this set.. It's better than last year, the matte shadows are definitely better but there's one with nearly no pigment when swatched. The purple shade, as usual for Too Faced, is quite sheer compared to the shade in the pan.. Some of the glitter shades are nearly all shimmer with no base pigment.. I don't know where they go wrong with these shadows considering their other palettes are AMAZING! This would be a great palette for someone just starting out with makeup because it's cute with fun packaging & has a variety to play with, just don't expect the same quality as the Too Faced Chocolate Bars..


Grande Hotel Cafe

3 Scented Palettes with a total of -
18 Eyeshadows
2 Blushes
1 Bronzer
+
Mini Better Than Sex Mascara

Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte & Gingerbread Cookie scents, all for $49USD

Ok, first impressions on this one is YES! On par with last years set, each palette is amazing with perfect colour combinations & consistency. The shadows have full pigment but the palettes smell a little off..like cardboard or playdoh? haha
Each have "To/From" on the back & make great little gifts for friends.



Naughty Kisses & Sweet Cheeks

3 Mini Love Flush Blushes
2 Lip Injection Coloured Glosses
1 Lip Injection Clear Plumper

All for $36USD

I love these sets from Too Faced! Just like last years set, the blushes are all nicely pigmented like the full size shades & the glosses are nice for a change from the Melted range. I love trying new products & these sets are perfect for that. Also these are separated into individual boxes making 3 gifts in one, if you can't decide what to get your friends ;)



Let It Glow 

Heart-Shaped Kabuki Brush
Mini Love Flush Blush
Mini Candlelight Glow Duo
Mini Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer

All for $25USD

Love LOVE this set! They didn't have anything similar last year but it's perfect for trying new products, like the Candlelight Glow I've always wanted to try but couldn't bring myself to buy the full size.. And the adorable heart-shaped kabuki, exclusive to this years holiday collection, is SO cute & might be the reason I purchased this set..haha this would also make an amazing gift for a new makeup lover


Part Two will have swatches of everything but for first impressions, you can probably tell what sets I would & wouldn't recommend. The minis are always amazing, & the Grande Hotel Cafe is a pretty cool Christmas present for yourself or to split up & gift to friends. But The Chocolate Shop is a bit disappointing & I don't recommend spending your money on this set unless for a makeup beginner, but even then I think the Grande Hotel Cafe is better for that.

Keep an eye out on my instagram for blog updates & when the swatches go up - Lucymaria_x



LucyLoves! xx