Just Charlie G
27. 05. 2013

It was my birthday last week, I’d like to pretend at my ripe old age I don’t get excited but I really do! Mostly I had money and vouchers as I’d hoped for and so I mostly got clothes which is lovely.

I did however get a couple of lovely bits from Too Faced. Namely the Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder and the Sweethearts  Perfect Flush Brush. Absolutely love the packaging and the products contained within. If you’ve not yet tried anything from Too Faced I recommend you do, everything I’ve tried has been exceptionally good quality.

Too Faced

I’m going to start with showing you the Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder (£26).

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

It’s not only a beautiful looking product, it does pretty beautiful things to the skin too. I’m not going to lie, there was less product in the pot than I thought there’d be judging by the promotional shots I’ve seen, it’s pretty much as you can see in the picture above, there aren’t any beads below that layer. That said, actually there’s a lot of product there.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

What you’ve got is a little pot of gold, tan, peach and pink hearts. Sweep your brush over them and then apply. I use all over as I think it’s pretty radiant rather than sparkly or shiny, I don’t think there’s enough glow there to use this as just a highlight unless you wanted a very subtle look But over the entire face? Hello glow!

The other item I received was something I’ve wanted for months, the Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush (£24). I’m so incredibly cross with myself as I dropped my camera on it before I had chance to photograph or use it!

Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush

A really beautiful blusher, again this is one for fans of glow. Three stripes of pink, peach and coral. I’ve not used these individually, I’m just swiping my brush all over and applying. It’s so gorgeous, even nicer than I thought it was going to be and I had high expectations!

The best way to show you what I mean by the glow imparted by these products is to show you. So here’s my face of the day and I’m wearing both of these. And I’ve been photobombed by Lola!

Too Faced Make Up

Too Faced make up
My husband bought both of the above from beautybay, one of my favourite retailers!

As an aside and completely none cosmetic related, my favourite present was the one I bought myself. I love my Printstagram!

I’ve been looking forward to Too Faced’s Spring collection for so long, it’s only a small collection, consisting of a face palette, an eyeshadow palette and a blusher, and I’d rather have liked them all…. alas I could only afford one thing and I knew it exactly what that would be months ago when I heard about this collection!

Well after my absolute adoration of the Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette, my pick from the Spring Boudoir collection just had to be the No Makeup Makeup Face Palette.
Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette
Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face PaletteThere have been a few changes, in the format, but mostly it is the same as the Natural Radiance Palette. The first change, for the better, is that this palette comes in a tin. Much more hard wearing. Fab. The main difference between this and the Natural Radiance palette are the blushers, which are pink, very pink, much more so than my photographs here show, the light was quite bad on the day I took the photos. The Bronzing Veil, Concealer, Luminizer and Brightener are all at first glance the same but I can’t help but think they’ve been reformulated somehow. The Bronzing Veil is pale and golden but seems much more pigmented. And the texture of the other three seems different…but not in a bad way. They are fab.

I’ve done some hand swatches which show the  textures and the shades of pink much better than in the pans. They are shown here in the same order as they appear in the tin.

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

Like the Natural Radiance Palette this comes with guides for the different looks you can achieve with the palette which are very useful (for someone as inept as me anyway!). I like very much that the looks are not just in diagram form but also shown on a model. Not that I look anything like her when I’m wearing it, but you know, a girl can dream!

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face PaletteToo Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

I’ve played with this quite a few times now and I really do love it. I’ve attempted all of the guides which are very easy to follow, and have also just had a play about doing it my own way.

For the following I roughly followed the Nude Radiance Guide.

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

All in all, this palette is £31 which isn’t cheap but I do really love it. As much as I thought I would. I don’t mind the duplicate products, I like having to only get one palette out to complete my face and I love the finished effect of all the looks, I wouldn’t quite call it a No Makeup look, but it’s certainly a nice fresh look which does flatter the skin.

I bought mine from BeautyBay and I highly recommend them as always.

Last night I was thinking about how my product of the year was a no brainer…until I remembered something so obvious I can’t believe I  forgot about it!

Anyway without further ado. My Top Two products of the year, in absolutely no order of preference because they are both wonderful.

Omorovicza Complexion Perfection BB SPF 20

Omorovicza Complexion Perfection BB SPF 20

Not a cheap product at £80 but this is perfection in a bottle. You can read my full review here, but in short I’ve nearly run out of this and am thinking about my next bottle…I can feel the panic rising. So good on my skin it feels like skincare (which it is actually), feels so light you might be wearing nothing on your skin, but gives amazing glowing coverage! Doesn’t give coverage to the reddest of blemishes but makes you look glowing and healthy whilst offering surprising amounts of coverage…

The other item I’m awarding Product of the Year to is of course the Too Faced Natural Radiance Palette.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Palette

You can find my full review here. I raved about it and nearly a year on I’m still loving this, in fact despite regular use I still have plenty of product left which was my only concern, I thought it may get used up quickly, but when so little product goes so far, this lasts and lasts. Contains everything you need to get a healthy glow on and to sculpt a bit of structure to your face, this instant healthy glow in a palette. I’ll be getting a replacement for this in due course and I cannot WAIT to see the new No Makeup Flawless Face Palette which looks to be similar but different shades. I have very high hopes indeed.

So those are my top two picks of 2012 and used together you’re going to look absolutely radiant, no doubt.

I’d love to know what products you rated this year?

Anyway, whatever you are up to this evening, I wish you all a Happy New Year. I will be sat at home doing nothing, and thats just how I want it to be!

So Christmas will very soon be upon us and it can be hard to know what to buy for the beauty lovers in our lives at times. Those friends, sisters, Mums, Aunts, colleagues can all be hard to buy for but a make up set is always a success. So when there are so many products out there offering similar things it can be hard to know where to start.

I’m going to compare a couple of similar products, which retail at the same price (£30) and help you decide where your money would be better spent.

Two products I chose look completely different but both offer similar things, a selection of cheek and eye colours and a mascara.

Behold the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty and the Stila Snow Angel Palette.

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty and the Stila Snow Angel Palette

I’ll talk about both sets separately before doing a comparison at the end. Starting with the Stila Snow Angel Palette.

Stila Snow Angel Palette

 

Stila Snow Angel Palette

Undoubtedly a VERY pretty looking palette This contains 12 cheek colours, 18 eye shadows, a black mascara and a handy little booklet with some suggested ways of using the product.

Swatches of the cheek shades:

Stila Snow Angel Palette

Swatches of all the eye shades:

Stila Snow Angel Palette

I didn’t enjoy the mascara, for me it did very little to my lashes. As for the eyeshadows, I found the majority of the shades to be very pale or sheer, with just a few deeper shades to add contrast BUT, all the shadows can be used wet or dry for maximum impact which is a plus. The black eyeshadow is worthy of a special mention for just being so fabulously black. The cheek colours are lovely and there is something there for everyone from baby pink to bright red. All in all I’d recommend this set for someone who like neutral shades and a less dramatic eye look. There are so many shadows and blushers and I think nearly all would suit most people.

Then we have a closer look at the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty:

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

 

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

 

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

In this palette we have less shades to choose from. There are two blushers, a highlighter, a pale bronzer, twelve eyeshadows, a mascara and the addition of a mirror under which you can find a pale neutral pinky lip gloss.

Swatches of the cheek shades and lip gloss:

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

The Eyeshadows:

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

The quality of the products in this set are very high. The mascara is fabulous, the cheek colours are pigmented but highly blendable and the eyeshadow shades all pack a punch. The three palest shades don’t show up so well in swatches as the are close to the colour of my skin, but regardless they are apparent in the flesh and of course, useful. The eyeshadow shades are really beautiful also, with a couple of really stand out shades (the right two on the middle row). They also wear exceptionally well. They are however not especially subtle, and most of the shades create quite a striking look.

So there we have it, so to compare. I think I’ve been unable to hide the fact that I’ve a clear favourite. The Too Faced one offers, in my opinion so much more, despite having far less colours to choose from. The quality seems so much better, in that what you see in the pan, is what you get on your eyelid. I found the black eyeshadow a little disappointing in this one, whereas in the Stila Snow Angel set the black is outstanding.

What this really boils down to for me is quality over quantity and even the case for the Too Faced set is much sturdier than than the Stila one, which does seem a little flimsy. So if you’re looking to spend £30 on a cosmetic gift for a loved one this Christmas, the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty definitely gets my vote, and is the one I’d be the most happy to receive.

There is a caveat though and that at the end of the day this does come down to taste and if the person you are buying for favours a more natural or subtle look then the Stila is a very beautiful gift indeed, the quality isn’t bad, it’s just not in the same league as the Too Faced palette.

So there we have it.

If you are looking for quality and deep colours then go for the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty.
If you are looking for lots of choice, with a good range of sheers, neutrals and blushers then go for the Stila Snow Angel Palette.

I purchased both of these from http://www.beautybay.com/. The Stila Palette was £29.50 and the Too Faced Set was £30.

*This post has been written for www.Vouchercodes.co.uk, who provided the funds to purchase the gifts.*
*You can be in with a chance of winning one of these or any of the other beauty gifts chosen by bloggers by re-pinning any of the images you will be able to find HERE, at the time of writing, they are not yet up though so keep your eyes peeled*

 

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Y’all know me by now. My big ‘thing’ at the moment is brows. I’m obsessed. I spend far longer on my brows each morning than I do on any other part of my make up and regularly have them maintained by my HD Brows lady.

It would seem however, I’m not the only brow obsessed person around at the moment and Escentual.com are holding Kate Middleton entirely responsible and I have to say the facts do sound rather compelling. Escentual have experienced sales of eye brow kits and accessories that have been through the roof, in June sales were 600% higher than the previous June and the biggest sales spike  was over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, on the days Kate appeared a lot on the TV, such as the Thames river boat procession and the Jubilee pop concert, there were record sales of brow products. Escentual Marketing Director Louise Reed said:

“Over the Jubilee celebrations we sold nearly
five months worth of stock in three days – and it can only be down to Kate
Middleton.” She added: “Clearly this was a time when a lot of the country were
watching Kate on TV and she looked absolutely amazing so many women went online
to try and emulate her eyebrow look. From now on, whenever there is a major
televised event that Kate is attending we make sure that we stock up on key products
to try to keep up with demand.”

So if you have a desire to have brows like Kate’s then you have loads of options available to you. There’s the sell out Clarins Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit or the bareMinerals Brow Colour, or indeed the kit I’ve been trying out, the Too Faced Brow Envy Kit.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

This kit has everything you might need to get those brows into shape and I’ve been using it religiously for a week or two now. It’s fantastic. It has setting wax, (non shimmery) highlighter, blonde brow powder, brunette brow powder, tweezers, spoolie brush, angled brush, templates and a pencil. Oh and there’s instructions, I do love a kit with instructions and this is my second Too Faced kit and I think they excel in this department.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

For me the stencils are a waste of time, its not that they don’t work, they do work very well, and in fact they stick to your skin so are much easier to use than others I’ve tried, but I have my eyebrows shaped by a professional so I’m not about to start trying to do that myself. Everything else I use. I comb my brows, fill in with powder (both shades actually work for me and so I just decide on the day whether I want a full on brow or a slightly more subtle one), then I add in final details with the pencil, then go over with the setting wax before going under my brow with the highlighter.

I only have one gripe, and it’s a tiny one, it’s just that having one brush to apply your highlighter and brow powders as well as the setting wax means cleaning the brush thoroughly between each product so I tend to use my own brush just for the highlighter, then I don’t have to worry about getting dark powder in it, other wise this kit is amazing.

Have a look at these babies. Ta-daaa!

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Love it, I did try to take a picture of both my eyebrows but all I got was this pre-lipstick beaut.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

haha! So anyway, thanks to Escentual for the brow kit and for increasing my love for Too Faced, think I’ll get one of the eye shadow kits next.

So for all your brow needs and to get the “Middleton Effect”, head over to Escentual.com who I often recommend anyway, especially for Clarins!

*not a sponsored post although it reads like one, but the Brow Envy Kit was sent for review purposes*

I’m so excited to share this product with you just because it’s amazing. I received a press release for this a month or so ago, maybe longer, and waited waited waited for the release date and then bought it the second it came out. That’s how keen I was to get it.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

I’ve never tried Too Faced cosmetics before, well not as far as I can recall, but something about this really captured me as soon as I saw the press release. Perhaps I was imagining a sculpted face, supermodel stylee, either way. I bought it. The packaging is lovely. Up there is the lovely outer packaging. You open that to reveal this box:

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Obviously, it’s what’s inside that’s important though.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Okay, so what you have is a box that closes magnetically, with a mirror in the lid. Then six products, two powder and four cream as follows. Powder Bronzing Veil, Creme Blush, Powder Blush, Concealer, Luminizer and Brightener.

You may be forgiven for thinking that the Brightener and Luminizer sound like they are probably the same but they are not. Take a little look at the swatches of all of the above.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

All lovely soft natural shades, with the luminizer definitely shimmery whereas the brightener isn’t. The main reason I really wanted this kit though was the idiot’s guides that come with it. I LOVE a guide because quite frankly, I’m a cosmetics dunce, the more guidelines the better. These are FAB!

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Of course you can use the products however you wish to, but should you want a bit of help, these are invaluable and they really work.

I wanted to take photographs of these products in use but of course because they are subtle, its hard to make them show up on photographs! I’ve taken some pics anyway to show you, using the “Classic Radiance” card, and I have to say, I really think I look radiant! The last picture in particular shows the light bouncing off the areas with the brightener and I just love the look of these products.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Other than the Natural Radiance Face Palette, I’m wearing Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (104), Clarins Pink Coral Joli Rouge Sheer Lipstick, MeMeMe FatCat Mascara and Mac Mega Metal Shadow in Dalliance.

I do have one reservation about this product though I have to say and that is that I do as a rule tend to avoid creme products in pans. They never seem to last long as there never seems to be much product there so I’m anxious that I may not get my money’s worth out of this. If this lasts me a good while it will be £31 well spent but, well, we’ll see.  I do love this SO much I’m half tempted to buy a back up… I have no idea if this is a limited edition item or not so I don’t know what to do!

I love this palette more than I can say! I paid £31 and bought it from Beautybay, who I highly recommend. The order included some fantastic free samples and delivery was speedy.