First Impression Friday: Too Faced Candy Bar Palette

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The Candy Bar Palette is a teeny little pop out palette housed inside an iPhone 5 case.  The palette contains eleven eyeshadows, a bronzer and a blush.

The shadows look beautiful in the pan, but the look I tried to create (using the bronzy-brown shades) lacked pigmentation and was difficult to blend.  Perhaps they’ll perform better over something like a NYX Jumbo Pencil.

The bronzer was too light for my skintone, and the blush pan is so small I didn’t even bother trying to fit a brush in it.

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If you’re curious to try this palette out for yourself, it’s currently on sale for $15.

Do you have this palette?
What do you think of Too Faced Cosmetics?

XOXO, T

Leighannsays Summer Beauty Giveaway

Gorg beauty guru Leighannsays is giving away an adorbs neon travel beauty bag full of summer appropriate beauty goodies here.Image

 

For every one of you who enters, I get two extra entries, which is pretty rad (like I really need any more makeup!)

Good luck.<br>XOXO, T

Glossybox Affiliate Program

You guys, I just got approved to be a Glossybox affiliate.  I feel like I just became a real live, fancy pants serious beauty blogger.  This means if you click here and sign up, I earn Glossydots, and if a certain number (I think five) of you make a purchase, I get a free Glossy Box to review for all of you.

For those of you who might not have heard of Glossybox, it’s a monthly subscription service that sends you five deluxe luxury beauty products in a pretty, little reusable box.  The price varies a bit depending on how long you’re willing to commit, but it’s $21 if you just want to try out one month.

What do you think of Glossybox?
Have you ever used this or any other subscription service?

XOXO, T

Good Reads Tag

I’ve been using Good Reads for a while now, mostly to find interesting quotes, but also to keep track of my progress through my ever-growing personal library.

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I’m not sure where this little five question tag originated, but I stole it from beauty and lifestyle blog Smoking Peaches, and I thought it would be fun to share with all of you:

1. What was the last book you marked as read?
Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2. What are you currently reading?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

3. What was the last book you marked as to-read?
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. What do you plan to read next?
Unfortunately, I’ve never been much of a planner, so I have no idea what I’ll read next.  (Do you have any recommendations?)

5. Do you use the star rating system?
Most of the time, yes.  However, (like Smoking Peaches) I do wish they’d change it to a 10- instead of 5-star rating system or at least allow half stars.  I’m hesitant to give out perfect scores more than very occasionally, but there would be more of a distinction between 8/ or 9/10 than there exists between 4/5 vs. 5/5.

6. Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?
I have it set to 10 books, which isn’t as high as I’d like it to be, but I’m off to a pretty slow start this year (having finished only two books) and don’t want to overwhelm myself.

7. Do you have a wish list?
Of books?  Not really; I download (free) Kindle book samples from Amazon and use those to keep track of what I might be interested in.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
Please see my answer to the fourth question.

9. Who are your favourite authors?
John Green, John Irving, and Chuck Palahniuk are the ones I keep reading more from.  (I would include Frank Warren, but he’s less of a writer than a compiler, no?)

10. Have you joined any groups?
On Good Reads?  I honestly had no idea these existed.

I tag Christina from Life Being Girly as well as all of you. If you do this tag, please link to your post in the comments section.

XOXO, T

P.S. Please do leave me recommendations of what I should read next.

Children With Hair Loss and My New ‘Do

 

I’ve had long hair pretty much my entire life, but I recently cut it all (okay, somewhere around 9 1/2 inches) off to donate to the nonprofit organization Children With Hair Loss.  Unlike the better known Locks of Love, CWHL gives human hair wigs to sick children at no cost to their families.  I first heard about this organization when actress and all around cool girl Shailene Woodley donated her hair for her role as Hazel Grace Lancaster in the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (easily one of my favorite books ever), which I absolutely cannot wait to see.

 

I might be having a quarter-life crisis (I turn 25 on May 19th), but now seemed like the perfect time for a pretty drastic change.  Since I’d abstained from coloring my hair for years leading up to this cut, my stylist Liana and I decided to go a little crazy.  You already know I’m a huge fan of purple, so we chose all-over auburn highlights with a couple of purple highlights hidden under my top layer of hair.  I’m not sure if purple hair can ever be called subtle, but it only shows in direct sunlight and from certain angles.

 

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What do you think of my new hair?  Would you ever consider donating your hair to Children With Hair Loss?
Please let me know in the comment section below.

Don’t forget to be awesome.
XOXO, T