FIF: Hard Candy Look Pro Neutral Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

This palette retails for $8 and has been touted as a dupe for the Too Faced Natural Eyes Collection palette.

The Hard Candy palette comes housed in a cute gold tin and includes sample sizes of both their Eyes the Limit Eye Shadow Primer and Take Me Out Liner (in the shade Soy) along with nine matte, satin, and shimmer neutral eyeshadows.  The lid of the tin houses both a decently sized mirror and a little fold out how-to pamphlet.

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The Primer is a pretty standard translucent nude shade and applied similarly to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.

I wasn’t particularly inspired by any of the suggested eye looks and instead opted for my go-to tricolor smoky crease look using shades 1 (matte cream,) 5 (shimmery rose gold,) and 2 (matte tan.)  I skipped the liner and applied a couple coats of Tarte’s Lights Camera Flashes Mascara.  I’m also wearing Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose.


The shadows are nicely pigmented and blendable.  This quality of this palette is on par with (Dare I say?) Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow, which is my long time drugstore favorite.

I highly recommend checking out this palette, and I look forward to trying more products from the brand.

What do you think of this palette?  Have you tried anything from Hard Candy Cosmetics?


Summer ’15 Loves & Let Downs

It’s still hot enough down here that I’m pretending this post isn’t extremely late:


Please excuse my dirty Complexion Sponge; it’s extremely well loved.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
When damp, this sponge gives my foundation and concealer the absolute most seamless, natural looking finish I’ve ever been able to achieve.  I prefer to use it in kind of a sweeping motion, rather than the beauty guru bouncing method which looks nice on camera and with professional lighting but in real life is a bit too high coverage for my taste.

Origins Stay Tuned Balancing Face Makeup
This is a light-medium coverage foundation, and I’ve been loving it really sheered out with the Real Techniques Sponge. This foundation doesn’t contain any SPF, which I prefer for evening wear.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
This is obvi more money than I usually shell out for mascara, but it’s actually kind of worth it.  One coat is defining and a bit lengthening, although it can be built up for more drama without getting clumpy/spider-y.  The formula is long-wearing but not waterproof, which means it lasts on my watery eyes but is easy to remove at the end of the day.

It Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi
This goes on like a sheer balm but quickly develops into a gorgeous, subtly mauve-y light pink flush, which is supposedly unique depending on everyone’s ph balance or body temp or something (idk, science.) This is like the real deal “my lips but better” shade.

IMG_5017Best Fiends
This strategy game consists of connecting like colored tiles to kill evil slugs, which sounds ridiculous but has kind of turned me into a crackhead.  (I’ve been stuck on level 107 for like three days.)

30 Rock
I was never an o.g. fan of this show, but I went back and (re)watched the entire series on Netflix.  I don’t know what to say except that it’s laugh out loud hysterical and Liz Lemon might be my spirit animal.

Jurassic World
I actually didn’t even want to see this, but I’m glad I let my mom talk me into going. Apart from Chris Pratt’s absurd level of attractiveness, it had a pretty decent plot and I got really emotionally attached to those velociraptors. (They’re like puppies, ok?)

Let Down:

America’s Got Talent
I’ve been a pretty big fan of AGT in past seasons, but the results didn’t make any sense this year.  The final acts should’ve been Siro A, Piff the magic dragon, and the Professional Regurgitator.  How Paul the (obvious mouth-moving) ventriloquist won is beyond me.

What do you think of my summer loves and let down?
What things have you been loving lately?


Petit Vour Subscription Box Review

I’ve been wanting to try a beauty subscription box for ages, but none of the popular mainstream boxes seem to be able to ensure the delivery of only cruelty free products.  So I did a bit of research, which lead me to Petit Vour, a vegan beauty box.  June’s theme was Bright Eyed & Fresh Faced, which translated to mostly skincare products and an eyeliner.


FiOR Minerals Organic Eyeliner in Mystic
I was most excited to try the one makeup item in my box, and I had high hopes that its organic, really ingredient conscious formula would wear well on my sensitive, often watery eyes.  This color appears black in the pencil but applies quite sheer, really almost grey.

Jacq’s Organics Green Smoothie Scrub & Mask
I used to be really into mud/clay type masks, namely the Proactiv Refining Mask, but I’ve stopped using them in recent years, as my skin has become more normal and less oily/acne prone.  Hovever, I decided to give it a go anyway.  It did seem to have a slight calming effect on the couple small pimples I had at the time but left the majority of my face too dry and itchy.

Meow Meow Tweet Spot Serum
I tried this serum during an acne flare up but was disappointed to find that it had no effect on healing time, but at least it didn’t irritate my skin or worsen existing zits.

100% Pure Facial Cleansing Brush
The super soft bristles of this brush make it gentleenough to use on my sensitive skin.  I’ve been using this with my everyday cleanser about one or two times a week and have been loving the light manual exfoliation.


What do you think of these products?  Have you used Petit Vour or any other subscription beauty services?


Spring ’15 Loves & Let Downs

It’s basically almost summer here in CFL, so it’s high time I get around to sharing my spring loves while anyone still cares.  (Bueller?  Bueller?)


theBalm Nude Tude
I know I’m like years late, but I’ve finally jumped on the Nude Tude bandwagon.  My favorite shades in this palette are Seductive–a smokey bronze–and Stand-offish, which is a dead ringer for Stila Kitten.  (Stila is no longer cruelty free, upon its decision to sell its products in China.)


theBalm Instain Blush in Houndstooth
Houndstooth is a demi matte mauve-y pink that imparts the perfect subtle flush.  I generally gravitate toward warmer toned blushes, but I find this this shade really flattering.  I was pleasantly surprised that the formula actually does live up to its seemingly oxymoronic claim of being a staining powder blush.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Luminous
This is a gorgeous, peachy gold gloss, which I’ve been wearing with pretty much any lip color.  It’s super flattering popped just in the center of otherwise matte lips for that full/juicy appearance.

Kaushal Beauty
My favorite YouTuber/blogger the past few months has been Kaush.  (In my mind, we’re on a nickname basis.)  Apart from being absurdly pretty, a bit like an Indian British Nina Dobrev, Kaushal’s classy yet modern aesthetic and detailed tutorials make her a captivating and informative beauty guru.

After a recommendation from my cousins Shana and Kaley, I decided to check out Parenthood on Netflix and pretty much binge watched the whole thing.  As a child of the nineties, I automatically love Lauren Graham Lorelai Gilmore, and I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Dax Shepard.  The series captivated me because the characters all seem pretty realistic, including the parents, who are actual people complete with their own struggles and plot lines.  I highly recommend hopping on the Parenthood bandwagon if you haven’t already.  Although the series actually ended recently, I’m only through season 5 (so no spoilers, please!)

I received a Keurig this past Christmas, and I don’t understand how I survived so many years on instant coffee.  The almost instantaneous, individually brewed cups taste just as good as even better than a traditionally brewed pot of coffee, and everyone can have the strength/flavor they prefer (As for me, I never met a medium roast k cup I didn’t like.)  You absolutely need to take the plunge if you’ve been on the fence about getting a Keurig, assuming it’s in your budget.

Let Downs

Fifty Shades of Grey (movie)
To be fair, I never got around to reading the book (which I’m generally pretty anal about).  However, I’m also a firm believer that a movie should be able to stand on its own in terms of character development, plot, et cetera.  The movie is sorely lacking in all of these areas, and I pretty much felt like I was watching one extended PG-13 sex scene (with my mom) for the movie’s entire run time.

The Beginning of Everything
This book read a bit like a watered down version of a John Green novel.  Cassidy Thorpe is a textbook manic pixie dream girl with no discernible qualities other than being mysterious, pretty, and pseudo quirky.  Robyn Schneider’s notion that “everyone has a tragedy waiting for them” is little more than a plagiarism of the first few lines of Green’s Paper Towns, which is infinitely better written.  I wanted to like TBoE, but the characters felt extremely one-dimensional and un-relatable.  I recommend skipping this one and reading Paper Towns instead.  (Unless you already have, in which case, please share your lovely thoughts below.)

What do you think of my Spring Loves & Let Downs?

Please comment below with what you’ve been loving lately.  (Feel free to link to your favorites post.)


Evian Facial Spray Review

Evian lists several ways to use its Facial Spray.  The first is to spray face then pat dry before moisturizing, but this honestly just made me feel a bit like a bad cat.  This method didn’t really do anything for my (normal-combination) skin or makeup application, although it’s said to work wonders for people with dry skin.

I have, however, been using this as a finishing touch after doing my makeup on days that I’ve over-powdered (read: most days) as a kind of setting spray to remedy my cake face.  I’ve actually loved using it for this purpose.


Evian Facial Spray can be purchased at

Have you ever tried a facial spray?
Please comment below with your lovely thoughts.


FTC: Evian Facial Spray was provided to me for review by its exclusive USA distributor, The Wilkes Group.

FIF: Ulta Sculpting Palette

Today’s First Impression Friday is on Ulta brand Sculpting Palette in the shade Astoria.  This palette retails for $10 on


Half of the palette is made up of a bronzer, which is quite a bit more orange than I prefer in a sculpting powder.  It’s also kind of a satin finish, as opposed to being completely  matte.  I used it on a fluffier brush around the perimeter of my face and a bit under my cheekbones

The blush is pretty sheer but does impart quite a bit of sheen to the cheeks.

Because of the shimmer in the blush, I skipped highlighting my cheeks but popped a bit of the highlighter on my cupid’s bow with my pinky.  This provides a natural but buildable luminosity.

Overall: The highlight shade is beautiful, definitely my favorite of the trio (Does Ulta sell this solo?)  However, both the blush and bronzer shades leave something to be desired.  This palette might work for someone who likes warm bronzer and a lot of shimmer, but I wish I’d passed.


Spring Cleaning Sunday: Dresser & Makeup Organization

Last weekend, my good friend Ashlee paid me a lovely three day visit.  I let her stay in my bedroom, and I slept in the spare room, which is even more of a disaster.  I used Ashlee’s visit as an excuse to wrangle my obnoxiously huge makeup collection and other assorted debris.

I (try to) keep the bulk of my makeup in the top two drawers of my dresser, but I end up accumulating a lot of clutter on my dresser top.  So my first course of action was to organize this excess back into the appropriate drawers.

I also have an antique mirrored vanity tray for holding my newer and/or most used products and to (try to) keep loose powder from ending up all over my pretty, Indian inspired runner.


I was able to clear enough space on top of my dresser to fit both my lamps as well as this acrylic sunglass rack and a small picture frame.  I’m making it a point to keep my clutter at bay by returning everything to its place after using it.

What do you think of my makeup organization/storage set up?
Please let me know whether y’all enjoy reading non-beauty posts, as a break from seeing my face all the time.