Too Faced and NYX Buys

I decided to spoil myself this holiday season and order myself some items from Too Faced Cosmetics. I don’t usually purchase items directly from cosmetics brands as I am not very particular on which brand I use. Over the holidays, I kept hearing about a few things from Too Faced that I had to try.

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Everyone was going wild about the Peach palette but the colors were not what I normally find myself wearing. Instead, I ordered the Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette and the Selfie Powders.

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First off, these are my first ever branded palettes, and I’m hooked. I absolutely love the looks I can create with the Totally Cute palette. There are unique colors (My favorite is I<3TF and Shooting Star) that I love to use to accent my eyes.

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The Selfie powders are absolute magic. They keep my makeup looking matte and they really do create a beautiful glow to my face in both natural and artificial lighting. (Below are the selfie powders taken without flash and with flash – From the top: Sunrise, Totally Toasted, Moon River)

 

On a recent trip to Ulta, I grabbed a few Liquid Suede lipcolors from NYX that were in the clearance rack. I don’t normally go for wild colors but purple is my husband’s favorite color so I had to take a chance.

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I love matte lipcolors, they tend to keep me from biting my lips and they make my lips look fantastic. I immediately swatched the colors to see how they looked on my caramel skin tone.

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From the top: Sway, Respect the Pink, Subversive Socialite

The colors come out pretty opaque with one swipe and they dry matte within a few minutes. I personally like the pink color “Respect the Pink” but “Sway” and “Subversive Socialite” also look amazing against my skin color. I can’t wait to wear these out with a wild vintage look.

 

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E.L.F Haul

Budgeting and shopping for makeup don’t always go hand in hand. I typically shop at Ulta but if I need an item quickly and without spending over $30, I head to my local drug store. I was introduced to the E.L.F cosmetics line this way and just recently I snagged a box full of makeup at less than $25.

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I received primer, two moisturizing lipsticks, blush, a brow kit, lip exfoliator, two lipliners, eyeliner and mascara (not all pictured). All my items arrived in perfect shape except for my mascara which I received a refund due to its damage.

The lip liner in Deep Red is amazing. I love the way it goes on and it even has a blending brush at the other end. This is one of the most important items in my makeup kit since I wear a LOT of red lipstick.

I also can’t get enough of the lip exfoliator. I’ve just started to get to know makeup and realized how important it is to exfoliate your lips before applying matte lipstick. It not only keeps lips healthy but maintains the integrity of the lip color through the day. I’ve found that this lip exfoliator leaves my lips soft and has a sweet taste to it.

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Still being brand new to the makeup game, I’m no expert but these items from E.L.F are excellent and affordable staples. If I need something in a hurry, I can always pick up items at my local CVS but their website is always having sales and things like lipstick can be as little as $0.40 a piece. Such a great deal, how can you not splurge a little on it?

Bésame and Victorian Stripes

Yesterday, I was ecstatic to receive two items (technically three) that I had lusted over for months. Bésame Cosmetics lip colors I purchased from an Ipsy sale and Laura Byrnes Cigarette Pants in Victorian Stripes purchased from a Swap & Sell.

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I couldn’t have been happier with the fit of the pants. I was a little worried about the size. I grabbed these, size 2X, instead of the size I thought I would be, XL. Thankfully, they fit just perfect around my hips which are the hardest area for me to fit in pants.

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These trousers give me a wonderful shape and silhouette without feeling like a sausage. With some cigarette pants, I find myself having to hide my extra poof with a flowy top, but I could actually tuck in my shirt with these.

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The lip colors were just as satisfying. I received the Tango Red (Reproduction from 1939) and American Beauty (Reproduction from 1945) colors and they are perfectly vintage.

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My favorite of the two is the American Beauty. I find that I prefer red lipcolors with bluer undertones and darker tints as opposed to orange undertones. The texture is quite nice on the lips and the color stayed on through eating and drinking.

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Tango Red
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The trousers originally retail for $92.00 but I got them on the Swap & Sell for almost half the price and in fantastic condition. The lip colors normally retail for $25.00 each and I received them both at a price of $19.00 from Ipsy. They are definitely worth the price but I’m so glad I was able to get them within my budget!

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Items featured:

Cigarette Pants in Victorian Stripe by Laura Byrnes from Pinup Girl Clothing

Tango Red and American Beauty Lip Colors by Bésame Cosmetics

Brea Cross Strap ballet flats in Black by Top Moda from Amazon