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Too Faced Cosmetics Memorial Day Sale

Hi everyone! just dropping in to let you know Too Faced Cosmetics is having a 4-day Memorial Day Sale with 20% off + free shipping on all orders on their website – (use code: MEMORIAL20)

All purchases qualify for 2 free samples including their new Born This Way foundation which is due to launch in June.
 

SHOP Too Faced Cosmetics HERE

Too Faced Cosmetics Memorial Day Sale

I just stocked up on my Melted liquid lipsticks and Chocolate Soleil bronzer so if you need to do the same or try any of the Too Faced products, this is a great time to do it ;)

 

Happy shopping and have a great weekend!! xx

 

Bronze Bares All

Hi beauties! I hope you’re all having a good week so far.

I know we’re bombarded with so many products…new releases, old favorites, limited editions, sets and packs and it can get quite overwhelming. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I’m quite selective in what I feature on my website, I don’t want to recommend just anything. So, today is one of those “must-have” sets which I just spotted on the Sephora website and it’s well worth the purchase that I had to share with you.

It’s called Bronze Bares All featuring 8 already renowned products by amazing brands, which three are full sized including Urban Decay, NARS and Sephora!

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The set includes the following products, all in shimmering nude, bronze and brown shades covering everything from face, lips, eyes to nails. I included review/swatch posts of the products that are some of my all time favorites in the list below.

0.085 oz Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal – review/swatches HERE
0.05 oz Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Madeira
0.13 oz Formula X Nail Color in Evocative
0.18 oz Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Supervixen
0.04 oz Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 Hour Wear in #14
0.06 oz Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess
0.08 oz Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – review/swatches HERE
0.05 oz Urban Decay Split Pan Eyeshadow in Half Baked/Twice Baked

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The reason I’m particularly keen in recommending this set is cos I know how long some of the featured products last, even though some may be minis – especially the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer and Becca Opal highlighter. The Urban Decay eyeshadow pot is full size with two gorgeous shades in the one pan which will take care of all your shimmering summer eye makeup looks. You get a full size NARS gloss and a Sephora pencil – again, all in rich bronze/brown shades. And of course the rest of the cult favorites like Tarte, Formula X and Bite Beauty which are well worth a try if you’ve been hearing about them but never got around to trying them.

The Bronze Bares All set is $39 and considering a full size NARS lipgloss alone retails at $26, this is a fantastic value set to kick start your summer makeup kit.

SHOP Bronze Bares All Kit HERE

 

What are some of your staple makeup products for summer? xx

 

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Tutorial

Hi beauties! After my feature of Tarte’s limited edition Rainforest After Dark Palette – review here, I had a few request to do a tutorial with it. I went couple of steps further and created three versatile looks: Everyday, Classic and Glam to show you how convenient this palette is.

I used 4 shadows starting from the bottom right side: Don’t Turn A Brown, Tang-led Up In You, Up To No Gold, Plum Away With Me

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Classic, Glam and Everyday eye looks created using Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

I only used this palette, including eyeliner! I applied the dark brown eyeshadow with a wet brush to create a smooth liquid liner and it worked perfectly! The only additional product was my favorite black mascara: Lancome Hypnose Drama – review here

And of course I haven’t been able to put down the BlendIT Beauty makeup brushes since I got them so I used three key brushes from this brand – full review here

EVERYDAY LOOK

This is such an easy yet effective style for everyday looks. Just a quick sweep of a neutral eyeshadow all over the eyelid (building it up a little extra on the outer crease), dark brown or black eyeshadow smudged along the top and bottom lash line, finished off with a good coat of mascara. You can pair up any lip color and you’re good to go.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Using BlendIT Beauty flat shader brush, press down Tang-led Up In You from the palette all over the mobile lid; blend and build the color for more intensity on the outer crease with the fluffy blend brush. With the angle brush, smudge the dark brown shade (Don’t Turn A Brown) along the top and bottom lash lines. Curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara. Optional: false lashes.

CLASSIC LOOK

If you love contrasting colors but don’t want to go as intense as a smokey eye, this is a classic look to add just enough drama to your eyes. This plum/brown shade from the palette is a stunning color! but you can most certainly use other shades for softer looks. You can go as light or heavy as you like with this.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Apply Tang-led Up In You all over the mobile lid with the flat shader brush. Blend with the fluffy blend brush. Starting from the outer corner of the eye, blend Plum Away With Me, again using the fluffy blend brush. Once you achieve the desired intensity, apply this shade along the lower lash line too. Using the angle brush, spray either water or MAC Fix+ on the bristles and dip into Don’t Turn A Brown til the shadow becomes liquid liner consistency. Apply this on along the upper lash line as thick or thin as you prefer. Dry the brush on a piece of tissue and apply the same dark brown shadow along the lower lash line to blend with the plum shade. Curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara. Optional: false lashes.

GLAM LOOK

Considering the color family of this palette (and if only using this palette like I did), this is probably as glam as you can get with the featured shades. Plum, brown and gold are a match made in heaven and they certainly translated so much nicer in person than I could capture with the camera.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

Repeat the same steps as the Classic look above. Once you complete all the steps to the classic look, with the fluffy blend brush, start building Don’t Turn A Brown on the outer corners of the eyes. This will help add more depth and contrast. Bring this color down to the lower lash line also. Spray the flat shader brush with water or MAC Fix+ and dip into the Up To No Gold shade until you create a smooth paste. This makes the color and the shimmer pop. Apply this to the inner third of the mobile lid. Blend the edges with the fluffy blend brush to make sure all the colors merge seamlessly. Using the angle brush wet, go over the top lash line with Don’t Turn A Brown – also apply it to the water line for added drama. Apply your favorite black mascara. Optional: false lashes.

Taking into account, there are two other eyeshadows within this palette that I haven’t even used, a highlighter, bronzer and a blush which can also double up as eyeshadows if need be, you can get really creative and achieve countless looks with this palette. Travel friendly, convenient and great quality, at $38 and being limited edition, I would again highly recommend this palette before it sells out.

Get Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette HERE

 

Which one is your favorite look? What’s your go-to look if you have this palette? xx