Review: Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Set

(Photo Credit: Too Faced)
(Photo Credit: Too Faced)

Whether you are thinking of a holiday gift or a little something special for yourself this Too Faced Makeup Set could be a great option for you.  I personally was immediately drawn in by the packaging and cleverness.  A compact that holds products perfect for a purse and enough that you have a touch-up kit to take on the go.    The compact contains: 11 eyeshadows, a blush, a bronze and a Limited Edition iPhone 5 case designed by interior Mary McDonald (and Bravo TV Star).

First the compact and iPhone case, completely sturdy and good looking in person.  The other thing that I liked was you can flip the makeup around and clip it in backwards so that it stays protected in a purse or makeup bag.

The makeup of course is great quality and the palette contains eye shadows that will work for any skin tone as well as take a day look to an evening look.  For me the shade of the bronzer is a shade that if I use lightly could double as a powder for a quick on the go touch up.

Overall for $25 it is a great gift for a glamour girl and fun to have!  Keep in mind this is a Holliday Limited Edition gift, so it is out now until it sells out.

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OCC Fragmented Alice Lip Tar

ImageObsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a brand that I found several years ago and since then they have blown up and create some amazing products and shades.  The cruelty-free vegan line has rich pigments, incredible staying power and can create both beauty and editorial looks.

There award winning lip tar has become a huge hit, Lip Tar is a hybrid of a lipstick and a lip gloss, the pigment is so saturated that a little goes a long way.  I promise this is one where you really want to apply with a light hand. 

To my surprise I was very interested when I learned that OCC was releasing a new color Lip Tar and it would make its debut at San Diego Comic Con.  Luckily San Diego is my home town so I sent my brother on the mission to acquire the Tar before it hit the shelves.  Why did I go nuts for this?? 

“Fragmented Alice” Lip Tar is a take On Alice in Wonderland.  Symbolist painter Gail Potocki, helped create the color, Inspired by Potocki’s uniquely macabre take on the Alice in Wonderland mythology.  The color is a metallic green, hints of gold and something that is fresh and new.  OCC describes the color as “acid-green, gold laced metallic”.  Packaged with an applicator for $14 USD.

Keeping true with the formula of Lip Tar it is glossy and has a shimmery effect.  Yes the color is definitely green and does have a gold sheen in it.  If you are not sure that you are ready to rock such a strong color, it looks very cool on top of a neutral pink shade and gives your lips a reason for a second glance.  However, if you are not inspired by the color then look into all of the Lip Tar shades and pick a fun one that you would love.

OCC will be conjuring up a limited edition collection full of curious colors inspired by the world of ‘Fragmented Alice’. 

Z Palette Review

Photo Credit: Z Palette)
Photo Credit: Z Palette)

As a professional makeup artist, we carry a lot of products around with us.  The clients see us coming with our big wheelie’s full of goodies and products that help with all of our beauty tricks.  I am constantly trying to get my kit to be efficient as I fly with it as a carry on, no way is this girl going to check a bag and worry the entire flight, that I will arrive for the job without a bag of goodies.

I came across Z Palette at a trade show and thought this could be something in my quest for less containers.  Of everything my eye shadows are taking over, tons of MAC containers.  Z Palette is a customizable makeup palette that is magnetized on the bottom of the rectangular container and a clear window on top.  You can take apart your makeup containers, de-pot, and then put them into a palette.  There are several sizes and of course styles, I went for the leopard print.

I took home my palette’s and went to work on depotting and mixing the brands of products to make neat palettes.  The powders were very exciting as now I have all of the shades in one easy palette and when I am on a job, no more individual containers.  However, even better is the eye shadow’s.  I was able to place 20 eye shadows both circular and square in one palette.  First goal met, less containers and more efficient.

The second and final test, going thru TSA from Miami to DC roundtrip with my cosmetic wheelie and Z palette’s in tow.  Placed them in the container and thru they went with not one question.  I really am a huge fan and purchased a small one for my personal makeup, easy to put in a purse.

If you have not heard of them, you should definitely give it a look, I think that you will find it can de-clutter your makeup bag.

Garnier BB Cream: Skin Renew Review

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(Photo Credit: Garnier)

I remember a few years ago when the hype was HD Makeup, and now it is BB Cream.  Everyone seems to make it and it is the must have product.  Many clients have been asking me what is it and do they need it.  BB Cream is actually not a new product it was originally formulated in 1960.  BB Cream stands for Beauty Balm and is promoted as an all in one product that can replace your moisturizer, serum, foundation and sun protection.  

I was fortunate to receive a sample of Garnier BB Cream: Skin Renew to test out.  It is the company’s first BB Cream that combines hydration with tinted minerals and Vitamin C.  I found that the product was very creamy and smooth, reminding me of a moisturizer and tinted to match my skin tone.  The product gives a good amount of coverage and evened my skin tone.  I was surprised that the coverage lasted longer than a tinted moisturizer which I personally am not a fan off, and more like a traditional foundation. 

It is a great option for the upcoming Spring and Summer months, easy to use and not a strong scent.  Skip the tinted moisturizer which does not hydrate as well as a BB Cream and gives minimal coverage if any.  I would still recommend to clients to use a moisturizer after washing your face and a serum based on skin type.

MAC Cosmetics: Archie Girls Collection

Are you Team Betty or Team Veronica?  The classic Archie comics featured a rivalry between the girl next door, Betty and the smoldering Veronica.  MAC Cosmetics is releasing their Spring Limited Edition Collection inspired by the timeless rivalry between Betty and Veronica.  For Betty, MAC created a sugary sweet pink and peach collection to cater to your softer side.  The Veronica collection is dramatic, vampy and caters to your cool, striking side.  Whether you are Team Betty, Team Veronica, MAC has also created accessories that feature the epic love triangle.

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Archie’s Girls: Betty

Betty Lipstick – $16.50

  • Girl Next Door Vivid Blue Pink (Lustre)
  • Betty Bright Light Vibrant Peach (Satin)
  • Oh, Oh, Oh Sheer Brown Plum (Lustre)

Betty LipGlass – $16.50

  • Summer Sweetheart Light Peach
  • Stay Sweet Light Lavendar Pink
  • Kiss & Don’t Tell Bright Coral

Caramel Sundae: Eye Shadow X4 – $44.00

  • Cheryl Chic Light Coral Pink (Frost)
  • Dreammaker Pale Frosty Yellow (Frost)
  • Caramel Sundae Midtone Warm Tan (Satin)
  • Showstopper Dark, Cool-Toned Brown (Matte)

Betty Nail Lacquer – $17.50

  • Comic Cute Bright Coral
  • Pep, Pep, Pep Light Peach Nude

Betty Powder Blush – $22.00

  • Cream Soda Light Neutral Coral

Archie’s Girls Pearlmatte Face Powder – $30.00

  • Flatter Me Golden Peach with Coral Hearts

Betty Pigment – $23.00

  • Cheers My Dear  Light Lavender
  • Lucky in Love  Shimmering Light Blue Green

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner – $16.50

  • Lord It Up  Bronze with Pearl
  • Black Swan Black with Gold Pearl

Betty Opulash Optimum Black – $17.50

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Archie’s Girls: Veronica

Veronica Lipstick – $16.50

  • Daddy’s Little Girl Midtone Pink Violet (Satin)
  • Ronnie Red Bright Red (Matte)
  • Boyfriend Stealer Deep Blackened Plum (Cremesheen)

Veronica LipGlass – $16.50

  • Mall Madness Midtone Pink Violet
  • Strawberry Malt  Bright Red
  • Feelin’ So Good  Deep Blackened Plum

Spoiled Rich: Eye Shadow X4 – $44.00

  • Pin-Up Purple Midtone Orchid (Frost)
  • Spoiled Rich Rich Purple (Frost)
  • Ron Ron Ron Deep Navy (Satin)
  • Gravel Charcoal (Matte)

Veronica Nail Lacquer – $17.50

  • Past Curfew Deep Berry
  • Double Trouble Deep Navy

Veronica Powder Blush – $22.00

  • Prom Princess Midtone Violet Pink

Archie’s Girls Pearlmatte Face Powder – $30.00

  • Veronica’s Blush Silvery Pink Base with Deep Pink Hearts

Veronica Pigment – $23.00

  • Black Poodle Blackened Pink
  • Magic Spells Blackened Teal

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner – $16.50

  • Petrol Blue  Deep Navy with Pearl
  • Designer Purple Violet with Pearl

Veronica Opulash Optimum Black – $17.50

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Archie’s Girls: Exclusives

Archie’s Girls Brush Kit– $49.50

Includes a five-piece brush kit, brushes handles are covered with hearts and in a logo embossed tin case.

Young Hearts Mirror – $25.00

Online exclusive heart shaped mirror with white faux-patent slipcase.

Yours Forever Tote– $49.50

Online exclusive, white faux-patent tote with heart shaped front pocket and red piping.

Jingle Jangle Coin Purse – $33.00

A heart shaped faux-patent coin purse, with a zippered closure and red piping.

Just a Flirt Makeup Bag – $38.00

A white faux-patent heart shaped makeup bag with a red zippered closure and piping.  Ultra chic and portable for keeping all of your essentials.

The National Release of Archie’s Girls is officially February 7th.  MAC Cosmetics did release the collection for purchase online starting today!  If you love a color or an accessory don’t hesitate as it is limited edition and will sell out.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

(Photo Credit: DHC Care.com)
(Photo Credit: DHC Care.com)

I recently received a sample sized DHC Deep Cleansing Oil treatment.   It was sent in a “mom” package with goodies for my son and the Cleansing Oil was my bonus.  The card in the box said that the Oil would give me clean, fresh, glowing skin.  I typically do not use oil products as my skin is combination and the last thing I need is more oil.  However, living on the East Coast in winter, with heaters running everywhere my skin is very dry.

I found that the oil did an amazing job at removing makeup at the end of the day and hydrating my skin.  It even removed waterproof eyeliner and mascara easily, without a greasy feeling.  The oil once emulsifies with water it turns into a lotion that rinses completely and gives you a fresh feeling.  I continued to use the product over two weeks and found that my skin looked better and my complexion had improved.

Try the Deep Cleansing Oil if your skin is like mine or you are looking for a new product to try.

Creating Drag: MAC Makeup Class

I had the pleasure of being able to attend a MAC Cosmetics pro makeup class, “Creating Drag”.  I was so excited to meet the instructor Romero Jennings as he has been a MAC Pro for many years and he has mastered the art of beauty makeup along with editorial makeup you find in Hapers Bazaar, Vogue and other major publications.  I knew that the class was going to be a great lesson in creating contour and highlights in a face not to mention some amazing glamour.  However, I learned more in those 2 hours than I expected, added to my bag of tricks and had a blast.  The transformation was amazing and I thought that I would share some photos so that everyone can see the before and after.

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