HOW TO: PAMPER YOURSELF
by Kailey

With stressful lives and the gloomy weather, feeling blue in the last legs of winter is almost inevitable. In times like these, I think we all deserve an hour or so just to ourselves for self care in the form of relaxing and pampering. Since I’ve been feeling a little glum myself, I thought I’d outline some of my favorite ways to "treat yo self"!

Put On Your Favorite Lipstick
Is it just me, or does putting on lipstick put anybody else in a good mood? I have found that devoting a couple minutes to experimenting with your makeup makeup collection has always been a bit therapeutic! After wanting and saving for months, I finally splurged on a Tom Ford lipstick (in Paradiso) and it is heaven. Another favorite? Too Faced’s Juicy Melons.

Since I currently have a pretty intimidating backup of products to properly review, I thought I’d do a group mini review of what is on my face currently and kill five birds with one stone. These were all c/o also, getting that out of the way.
Urban Decay Naked Basics: This has already been mentioned twice, go see the swatches & monthly favorites here. In summary, though: Matte, pigmented neutral shadows in travel friendly packaging. Kind of an essential. 
Jane Iredale Finishing Powder: Also reviewed here before. I’m trying to give my skin a break from layers and layers of makeup so I’ve just been using sunscreen, concealer and this when I have to wear makeup for work. 
Olay Total Effects Moisturizer SPF 15: Light moisturizer with tiny amount of SPF. I have pretty red skin right now from a harsh acne breakout and dryness, this did tone correct like it promised, but not a huge amount. I also don’t think SPF 15 is saying much. I am not incredibly impressed but if you have oily skin with a small amount of redness you might appreciate this. I’m not quite sold. This is probably most useful as something to be layered on top of — you can find other products that do all of what it offers, but better. 
Buxom Menace Lipstick: Satin finish, rich wine color. The raspberry / rich wine lipstick family is my favorite so obviously I’m in love. This is satin finish, super vivid — one swipe does it. VERY moisturizing, also, probably one of the more hydrating formulations, but not to the point where it slips on your lips and looks sloppy. Very impressed, and it has beautiful packaging. Call me a fan. 
Too Faced Highlighting Powder Duo: I prefer liquid highlighter (Benefit’s High Beam, forever) because especially with my dry skin, shiny highlighting powder like this just looks chunky and noticeable on me even with a light, light hand. It’s a good product for me in the summer but right now, I’m a sad panda. 
So — mixed bag. Kept it short and to the point though. Let me know if you’ve tried these products and what you thought about them — especially the Olay and Buxom! I haven’t heard much hype about either.  High-res

Since I currently have a pretty intimidating backup of products to properly review, I thought I’d do a group mini review of what is on my face currently and kill five birds with one stone. These were all c/o also, getting that out of the way.

  1. Urban Decay Naked Basics: This has already been mentioned twice, go see the swatches & monthly favorites here. In summary, though: Matte, pigmented neutral shadows in travel friendly packaging. Kind of an essential. 
  2. Jane Iredale Finishing Powder: Also reviewed here before. I’m trying to give my skin a break from layers and layers of makeup so I’ve just been using sunscreen, concealer and this when I have to wear makeup for work. 
  3. Olay Total Effects Moisturizer SPF 15: Light moisturizer with tiny amount of SPF. I have pretty red skin right now from a harsh acne breakout and dryness, this did tone correct like it promised, but not a huge amount. I also don’t think SPF 15 is saying much. I am not incredibly impressed but if you have oily skin with a small amount of redness you might appreciate this. I’m not quite sold. This is probably most useful as something to be layered on top of — you can find other products that do all of what it offers, but better. 
  4. Buxom Menace Lipstick: Satin finish, rich wine color. The raspberry / rich wine lipstick family is my favorite so obviously I’m in love. This is satin finish, super vivid — one swipe does it. VERY moisturizing, also, probably one of the more hydrating formulations, but not to the point where it slips on your lips and looks sloppy. Very impressed, and it has beautiful packaging. Call me a fan. 
  5. Too Faced Highlighting Powder Duo: I prefer liquid highlighter (Benefit’s High Beam, forever) because especially with my dry skin, shiny highlighting powder like this just looks chunky and noticeable on me even with a light, light hand. It’s a good product for me in the summer but right now, I’m a sad panda. 

So — mixed bag. Kept it short and to the point though. Let me know if you’ve tried these products and what you thought about them — especially the Olay and Buxom! I haven’t heard much hype about either. 

Quick FOTD — I decided to mimic the eyeliner method Lisa Eldridge used in her latest video (she’s kind of the patron saint of powder doom, we both love her TO THE END OF TIME). I don’t really do makeup like this very often, but I think it came out quite nice. 
Here’s what I used: 

Nothing new here, really — I guess this is the first time I’ve worn Siren (the lipgloss) on PD though! It’s fantastic isn’t it?! I sprayed over everything with Mario Badescu’s Aloe Vera Spray and I’m in love, it really moisturizing and brightens up the face and makes it less…. ”done”. I’m a fan. My eyeshadow is just a mixture of Wet n’ Wild and Urban Decay shades from the previous Holiday collection and 50th anniversary palette, respectively, but the Naked palette should have similar colors.  High-res

Quick FOTD — I decided to mimic the eyeliner method Lisa Eldridge used in her latest video (she’s kind of the patron saint of powder doom, we both love her TO THE END OF TIME). I don’t really do makeup like this very often, but I think it came out quite nice. 

Here’s what I used: 

Nothing new here, really — I guess this is the first time I’ve worn Siren (the lipgloss) on PD though! It’s fantastic isn’t it?! I sprayed over everything with Mario Badescu’s Aloe Vera Spray and I’m in love, it really moisturizing and brightens up the face and makes it less…. ”done”. I’m a fan. My eyeshadow is just a mixture of Wet n’ Wild and Urban Decay shades from the previous Holiday collection and 50th anniversary palette, respectively, but the Naked palette should have similar colors. 

Some of you have been asking what our favorite lip balms and glosses are, so here you are! Sorry there are no drugstore picks here, but neither of us have been very impressed with what drugstores have to offer in terms of glosses lately. Revlon always has nice glosses though, if you are wondering where to look. 

Click the grey box for information on where to buy & more info.


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Some of you have been asking what our favorite lip balms and glosses are, so here you are! Sorry there are no drugstore picks here, but neither of us have been very impressed with what drugstores have to offer in terms of glosses lately. Revlon always has nice glosses though, if you are wondering where to look. 
Click the grey box for information on where to buy & more info.

I received a bunch of different Too Faced products two weeks ago and have been trying out the lip and powder products since then, and today I wanted to swatch the Glitter Dusts for you. 

Top Row: Blue Angel (Rainbow glitter), Pink Fire (cool pink), Nude Beam (gold), Glampire (the duochrome) Glitter Dusts swatched over Too Faced Glitterbonding Eyeshadow Primer.

Second Row: Same, only swatched over Gorgeous Cosmetics Glitz Fix

Third Row: Same, swatched without any base or primer at all (which is why you can’t even see two of them!)

My favorite is Blue Angel, though it’s also the most gritty. It adhered best to the Glitz Fix because of the texture — the grittier, chunkier the glitter, the better the primer works. If you are going to buy this buy the Too Faced Primer to prevent fallout and for maximum oomf; you can definitely see the difference between using a primer and not in this case. The primer gives the glitter something to adhere to and brings out the duochrome and dimension in the shadows. You definitely don’t need glitter dust if you’re a casual makeup aficionado, but for parties and more elaborate looks they’re fun to have and you can mix loose pigments such as these into clear lip gloss for a unique lip look, too.

 I think the middle two glitters aren’t very unique, Glampire is absolutely gorgeous in person though and I think Blue Angel is very unicorn tears like so naturally I love it. Let me know if you have any questions!

Blue Angel Glitter Dust leopard bronzer candlelight

Too Faced sent me a bunch of their products for consideration, I am so excited to show you! I couldn’t wait to unwrap the glitters (I’m a lil’ obsessed with pigments right now, I even took a quick video of my hand after unwrapping these. Covered in unicorn glitter.)

Here is everything:

Since I’m quite sure you’ve seen reviews of some of these products before on other blogs — are there any in particular you want me to review myself or provide swatches for, any that you’re curious about? Let me know. :)