GRWM | Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

It's been some time since I've done a makeup look for you guys, so today I wanted to show you my current go-to look when it comes to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (my favorite palette right now). I'm on a mission to master winged liner and I think I did pretty good this time around, but please let me know what your favorite trick is! This look may be a little intense for work, but you can still wear it during the day if you're meeting friends for lunch or going shopping, and of course you can wear it at night. Since I did this GRWM-style, I started with no makeup at all which added quite a bit of time to this video, so let me know if you like a full tutorial or if you prefer my usual format where I start with my foundation/concealer already on. I also want to do more makeup looks for you in general, so please tell me what kind of tutorials would you like to see next! I hope you enjoyed the video!

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Products used:

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 100 Ivory
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser in 60 Brightener
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (formerly Medium Ash)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Stila Waterproof Eye Liner in Stargazer
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude
NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed (200)
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Milk Chocolate
Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo
NYX Round Case Lipstick in Chic
NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

I haven't done a proper book review in a while, but The Fault in Our Stars is something I just have to speak up about. I may be one of the last people on Earth to finally get to it - so many people I know have read this book in the past two years and loved it. Why did I stay away? Well, to be honest I judged The Fault in Our Stars before I read it: in my mind this was a depressing piece of literature about the heroism of the sick and the ungratefulness of the healthy. I thought this was going to be a book that spells out a "message" or a "lesson" and I really don't like when that's the case. But, if you've already read this, you know how wrong I was. And if you haven't and you are perhaps thinking the same thing - forget all about that and just read it. You're missing out.

The story is told through the eyes of a 16 year-old girl named Hazel. She has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs, but because of an experimental treatment that unexpectedly worked she is able to live. Her mother decides that Hazel is depressed and makes her attend a support group. Unenthusiastic at first, Hazel ends up meeting a boy there - Augustus Waters. You can probably guess where this is going next, but this isn't your typical love story by any means.

The Fault in Our Stars is brilliant on so many levels. John Green manages to make the teenage dialogue sound natural, but also provide so much food for thought and not make it sound too basic. I actually really loved the language used and the way the book was written. It's also surprisingly funny in an ironic/sarcastic way, though of course there were a few moments where it suddenly started raining on my face. The book doesn't make you feel bad for being who you are - if anything, it actually made me feel inspired. Don't think it's an overly embellished story either - there is plenty of realism and the author makes a point of not sugarcoating the "bad days". Still, The Fault in Our Stars is beautiful as a whole and it has definitely made it to my favorites list.

You know when you read a book and it's so good you want to devour everything the author has ever written? That's what The Fault in Our Stars is to me, because I haven't actually read anything by John Green before (I know, ridiculous). Which one of his books should I read next?

Five Things Friday | 4.11.2014

Happy Friday, everybody! As you might have noticed, I didn't do a Five Things Friday post last week and that is because I posted my monthly favorites video. I thought that was quite enough favorite things for one week. Today I am back with more stuff that I'm loving and it's a bit of a lifestyle edition, since I've been talking a lot about beauty lately. It also turned into somewhat of a "lately on Instagram" post and that's due to my 100 Happy Days challenge - I've been posting something that makes me happy every day. And if you don't follow me on Instagram, you definitely should. Hope you enjoy! 

1. Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut Candle

I'm sure you guys know about my scented candle addiction, but occasionally I find something so amazing I want to stock up on it for the rest of my life. This Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut candle from Bath & Body Works is such a thing. It's described as the "delight of a freshly-baked vanilla cake donut covered in sugar crystals and crushed cinnamon" and what I like about it is that it doesn't have an overwhelming fake vanilla scent to it. It's a perfect sweet bakery candle (if you're into that kind of thing) that provides just enough scent to fill the room, but doesn't suffocate you with sweetness. Most of what I smell is sugary dough, but I can definitely smell vanilla and cinnamon as well. Basically, if you're into bakery scented things you NEED this. My friend Lindsay from haveaparade.com is just as obsessed with it as I am. We actually have conversations about it. It's a problem. 

2. Midi Rings

I am SO late to this party, but these cute little things are seriously my new favorite accessory. When I first saw them I thought they were a bit weird and they also looked like they would slide off the fingers really easily. Which turned out not to be the case, by the way - they stay on very well. Here is what happened: I was wandering around the mall and saw that Forever 21 had a sale on their jewelry. I've always been able to find a lot of cute stuff in their jewelry section, so I decided to stop by and check it out. I saw a ton on these midi rings and started trying them on just to "see how silly this looks", and ended up falling in love with them. I've always preferred dainty jewelry to statement pieces, especially when it comes to rings, and I really don't think it gets any more dainty than stacking these skinny bands on your fingers. I know this trend has been around for a couple of years now, but I hope it sticks around longer so I can keep enjoying it.  

 

3. My new Kate Spade iPhone case

This is kind of cheating, since it's a very recent purchase. I literally just bought it yesterday, but I am so in love with this case - I just had to include it. It's a clear snap-on cover with multicolored glitter all over it (I got it from the Apple Store). I have been wanting to put a case on my new iPhone 5c because I've been known to randomly drop it on occasion, but I didn't want anything too bulky. I also really like the pink coral color of it, so I didn't really want to cover it up completely. That's why when I saw this Kate Spade case I thought is was perfect: it's pretty slim and light, I can see the color of my phone through it, but the glitter makes it even cuter. I also love that the glitter is subtle, which doesn't make my phone look like in-your-face bling. 

 

4. The Fault in Our Stars

Another thing I'm very late to the party for. To be honest, I have purposefully stayed away from this book because it sounded downright depressing.  Here is the summary blurb: "Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten." Basically, I was pretty sure I would never read this, despite the glowing reviews. Then a couple of my friends read it and proceeded to tell me that I must give it chance, so I did. And I'm loving it. Having trouble putting it down. I think what gets to me is that while the subject matter is far from cheerful, this book manages to NOT depress the wits out of you and is actually quite funny in an ironic way. The best way I can put it is that it's about Life rather than surviving. I think everyone should read this. I'm almost done with it, so stay tuned for a full review within the next few days. 

5. Game of Thrones

It's BACK! The words cannot convey my excitement about this. Absolutely loved the premiere of season 4, but at the same time I'm terrified of what happens next because if there is anything the past three seasons have taught us, it's that nobody is safe on that show (or in those books, if you're reading them). At this point I'm scared to name my favorite characters out loud. For those who have seen it: what do you guys think of this new house Martell that showed up? Oberyn seems like he doesn't joke around much and perhaps Lannisters will finally meet their match? NO SPOILERS, please! Just speculations. And for those who don't watch this show: what are you even doing?!

Nails of the Day: Butter London Fiver

I've been really into painting my nails lately (hence the surge of NOTD posts - I hope you guys don't mind), but I've also been really into those pastel spring colors. Enter Fiver by Butter London: a pale seafoam-green creme I've been eyeing for a while, and finally purchased during the 2 for $15 deal on Butter London polishes at Ulta. This shade is VERY similar to Essie's Mint Candy Apple (which is one of my favorites right now), except Fiver is greener. As a bonus, this nail polish actually makes my hands look a little tanned!

Fiver is fully opaque at two coats (shown above). I had some initial concerns because I've heard from a few people that this particular shade has a thicker formula and doesn't apply very smoothly. I did notice that the first coat was a bit patchy due to the thicker consistency, but the second coat took care of that. Just like my other Butter London polishes, Fiver wears very well. Overall, I didn't find the formula very problematic since wearing one coat of nail polish has never been a goal of mine, and I didn't think it was too thick anyways. I love this shade - it's my perfect minty green this spring!

Do you have a favorite pastel nail polish at the moment?

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Where to buy:

Fiver was a part of Butter London's Spring 2013 collection and is now permanent.
I got mine from Ulta, but you can find it wherever Butter London is sold.

Skin and Body Care Haul: LUSH + Sabon

You know when you go into a LUSH store to get two things and come out with a bag full of stuff? That's what happened. And then I also decided to go exploring into Sabon (this is a US only website - google for locations in other countries), since I've never been and it always looked interesting to me. If you have one by you, I highly recommend stopping by - it's really a lovely store to visit and it has so many things to try!

Here is what I got:

LUSH 

  • Mask of Magnaminty - hands down, my favorite mask from LUSH. Cleansing, refreshing, and I love the peppermint scent.
  • Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub - I think it's the third or fourth time I've purchased this scrub. If you're into salt scrubs for face or body, definitely give this a try!
  • H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment - a great nourishing and softening hair treatment if you have 20 minutes to spare before you wash your hair. But does anyone actually know how to pronounce the name? Anyone?
  • Let the Good Times Roll Face Cleanser - a gently exfoliating everyday facial cleanser that smells like sweet popcorn. I'm so glad this is in their permanent collection now!
  • Grease Lightning Tea Tree Cleanser - giving this a try as a spot treatment after hearing a lot of people rave about it. 
  • Happy Hippy Shower Gel - smells like grapefruit juice. A perfect shower pick-me-up.

Sabon NYC

  • Foot Cream - the best foot cream you'll ever try! Based on menthol and camphor, it's a cooling and soothing treat for your tired feet.
  • Eye Cream - contains natural ocean plants. This has a light and liquidy consistency, but seems to be pretty moisturizing so far.
  • Deodorant Stick in Patchouli Lavender Vanilla - a natural deodorant that actually works! I am in love with the scent too.

If you want to see and hear more about all of these lovely products, check out my video!
Have you shopped anywhere fun lately?

My NYX Butter Gloss Collection (so far): Review + Swatches

Some of you may already know that lip products are my favorite beauty items, so it should come as no surprise that when I discovered the famous NYX Butter Glosses I became a little obsessed. I've been building my collection slowly but surely, thanks to the abundance of buy 1 get 1 50% Off sales on NYX at Ulta, and I am pretty sure I won't stop until I have all of them. Today I wanted to show with you what I have so far, so if you want to see some swatches and a brief overview - keep scrolling!

Left to right: Apple Strudel, Crème Brulee, Angel Food Cake, Vanilla Cream Pie, Merengue, Sugar Cookie, Cupcake, Peach Cobbler, Cherry Pie

There really isn't much to say about these that hasn't already been said. These glosses are very creamy, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and smell deliciously sweet (the scent kind of reminds me of caramel). I think it's a pretty unique formula as far as texture goes: they definitely feel buttery and perhaps thicker than other glosses out there, but it's a good thing - they almost feel like I'm wearing a lip balm! All of the Butter Glosses I've tried so far have about a semi-opaque color coverage, though some a bit more sheer than others. I didn't find that any of these glosses stained my lips and the wear depends entirely on what I'm doing, but unless I'm eating I usually get a few hours out of these. 

Now onto the shades: I currently own nine, which to a normal person is probably a bit excessive. However, if you've tried them you might understand my obsession because you know how great they are. The tubes look pretty small, but at 0.27oz they are very comparable to everything else out there. Besides, for $4.99 a piece can you really complain about the size? 

Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee

Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

The first three shades are perfect for everyday wear. Starting on the left, Crème Brulee was the first shade I bought and it's a very neutral pink beige. On me it's a bit sheer, due to the fact that my lips are quite pigmented, but I love wearing it when I'm going for very subtle lips. Apple Strudel is also a great subtle shade similar to Crème Brulee, but it has a hint of coral to it. Finally, Angel Food Cake is a beautiful mauve that is my go-to darker MLBB (my lips but better) shade.

Vanilla Cream Pie

Vanilla Cream Pie

Merengue

Merengue

Next up is Vanilla Cream Pie, which is a great everyday pink if you're looking for something that's a step up from a nude, but still pretty tame. Merengue is a very cool-toned lilac pink. I'm really loving this shade right now and I like that it can be built up or sheered out. I think both of these look very springy and feminine. 

Cupcake

Cupcake

Sugar Cookie

Sugar Cookie

Now for something more adventurous, I have Cupcake and Sugar Cookie. If I'm in the mood for hot pink lips, I need to look no further than Cupcake - really bright, almost neon. Sugar Cookie is a striking fuchsia pink. It looks a bit more purple in the tube, but don't be fooled - it's definitely a pink that will make your lips stand out.

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Finally, I couldn't have walked away from a couple of reds. Peach Cobbler is a beautiful hot coral red, which is a color I always have a weakness for. Last, but certainly not least is Cherry Pie - a classic cherry red shade you just can't go wrong with. Both of these look beautiful layered on top of lipstick as well.

Are you a fan of NYX Butter Glosses like I am? What are your favorite shades?

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Where to buy:

The NYX Butter Glosses come in a variety of permanent shades and are available wherever NYX is sold.
I keep shopping for them at Ulta and they're pretty easy to find in stores and online.

Nails of the Day: Butter London Keen + Lucy in the Sky

When I first saw the six nail polishes in Butter London's Boho Rock collection, I knew I couldn't pick just one. The first beauty to call my name was Keen - a delicate peach creme with a bit of pink to it. I've been searching for a shade like this one for a while and Keen looked just perfect. As for Lucy in the Sky - I have to admit, it won me over with the name. How could I not love a nail polish named after a Beatles song?! After taking a closer look at it, I realized that this was a great choice as well: Butter London describes this shade as a "sheer, iridescent, gold and silver glitter suspended in rosy pink base". It's definitely the iridescence that makes this polish special because when the light hits it you can see flashes blue, green and purple in it. 

When it came to application, Keen wasn't as smooth as I would have liked it to be. The first coat looks a little patchy, though the second one fixed the issue (two coats shown in the photo above). It seemed a little thick for my taste as well. Lucy in the Sky is pretty sheer, as expected, so if you're looking for an opaque effect you're going to need three coats. I'm wearing two  coats in the photo above and you can still see a bit of my nail through it. This polish was definitely thicker than usual, but in turn that makes it easier to pack the glitter on. Overall I'm very happy with both of these polishes and the minor application issues are definitely worth the final result for me. I love pairing them together!

What's your go-to nail polish pairing this spring?

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Where to buy:

Keen and Lucy in the Sky are a part of Butter London's Boho Rock Spring 2014 collection. I got both of these at Ulta, but you should be able to find them wherever Butter London is sold. If you're curious about the rest of the collection, you can view a full list on Butter London's website here.