Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches

Yess! I finally got Semi Sweet! I bought it from the same seller I bought the BH Carli Bybel palette from.


I present to you, my dears, the swatches.

Top to bottom: Licorice, Cocoa Chili, Rum Raisin, Coconut Crème, Pink Sugar, Mousse, Puddin’, Caramel.



Top to bottom: Blueberry Swirl, Bon Bon, Truffled, Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Hot Fudge, Frosting.



It looks like I may have cropped out Nougat by accident. I will swatch and photograph it later this week.

Do you own this palette? What are you thought on it? I haven’t properly tested it out yet, but some of these sheer swatches are leading me to not so high hopes.

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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

I hadn’t even heard of Carli Bybel when I read whisperings about her palette for BH Cosmetics on makeup forums. I checked her out, and she’s got a wide range of looks, tutorials and fun videos.

I’m a real sucker for neutrals, so when I came across a seller offering a gently used palette for just $12, I knew it was a good chance to try out Carli’s creation.


I like the cover design. Gold and white looks great together. It looks chic and vanity top worthy.


The palette houses 10 eyeshadows and four highlighters.


The first row. Eyeshadows are swatched in reverse order.


The second row.


The highlighters.


All are swatched in reverse order.

Some of the eyeshadows are more sheer than the others. I’m still in middle of the testing process, but I don’t think there is anything in the palette I absolutely dislike.

I think my $12 wasn’t wasted. 🙂


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Nicka K True Matte Lipstick in Jazzberry Jam

If you grew up or lived for a lengthy period of time in a low-income neighborhood, certain beauty brands were known to you.

One of these brands is Nicka K.

When I was a teenager (and even after that), their $1 sometimes found their way into my purchases. The quality was hit or miss, but it was a fun and economical way to try out new colors.

With the current beauty trends focusing on liquid matte lipsticks, Nicka K has stepped up their game and introduced a line of such products.

I bought one shade only, for testing purposes: Jazzberry Jam.

The website displays a more purple-berry color. Its real color is a very bright, very hot pink.


The wand applicator is firm and durable, yet comfortable. It dispenses the right amount of product.


The color is less neon in person (my dratted camera refused to capture the image well enough). It’s not blue at all so it’s pretty wearable for me.


I applied one layer, allowed it to dry, then applied a second layer. Despite being quite pigmented, the color was somewhat uneven in certain spots. It didn’t even out even with two coats. It wasn’t obvious at  a distance, but if someone were to examine my lips they would see it.

The texture and feel of this was somewhat heavy and felt almost dried glue-like (sort of like if you coated your lips in real paint and allowed it to dry). It wasn’t the most comfortable experience.

I’m willing to try one more shade to verify whether this issue is attached to just Jazzberry Jam or is common among the line. The cost of this was about $2.50, but I have seen it in other stores for $2.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation Swatches

I received a complimentary sample pack of 4 shades from Sephora.

Naturally, I can’t wear all of them. But you all can surely benefit from seeing the swatches. 🙂

L-R: Tan Sand, Medium Honey, Light-Medium Honey, Light Neutral.


The shade that matches me the best is Tan Sand. It leans a little beige so it is not a perfect match.

The coverage is light to medium, but not exactly full. It lasted for several hours without powder and didn’t become greasy. I can see this needing a powder during the summer months.  I stayed at home while testing this, engaging in mild activity. If I were at work or out and about, I think my face would have been oilier after a few hours.

This water-based foundation would work well for normal, combination or dry skin types.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 32

I’ve had a fairly good start to the week. I spent the weekend cooped up in my room, away from my toxic family. I dislike being confined to the room, but it beats being triggered frequently and experiencing my rage resurfacing whenever they bicker and argue.

Here is what’s been good this week:

1) Most of my soapmaking supplies have been ordered! I’m waiting on a couple more things. I need to order sweet almond oil, castor oil and grapeseed oil, but I hope to get those ordered with my next paycheck. I could use some help paying for supplies. If you’re feeling generous, here is my PayPal link:

2) I got this French Connection dress for only $40! Score! It is a huge steal because Kate Middleton owns one in the same style, and if I were to buy it on eBay it would cost so much more.


3) I’m following Instagram accounts for gardens, mansions and opulent locations. It’s fun to scroll through all the beautiful images.

4) There is a real sweet and kind patient at work. Every once in a while she slips me $5 for coffee. I used that money to buy myself fried chicken for lunch. It’s been a while since I had good fried chicken.

5) I’m watching “More Manners of Downton Abbey”. I’m fascinated by the social etiquette of the Edwardian era, so I decided to watch it. The show’s adviser explains how things were executed, how they dressed back then, etc. I found it on YouTube, if you’re interested.

What self care did you do this week?

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Swatches Part III

Here are the final 8 shades from my sample book.

Top to bottom: Conspiracy, Rapture, Amulet, ZZ, Naked, Backtalk, Stark Naked, Gubby.



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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Swatches Part II

Here are the next eight shades in my sample book.

Top to bottom: Rock Steady, Manic, Gash, 714, Disturbed, Blackmail, EZ, Snitch.



I really like Manic, Blackmail and Rock Steady. Which ones do you like?


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Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium Caramel

If you know me, you know my undereye dark circles are the demons in my beauty life. I’m always battling them.

A while back, I picked up this Clinique illuminating concealer. I wanted (and still want) the YSL version, but it’s incredibly expensive. I thought it would be a good idea to play around with the more affordable version.


It comes in a slim, silver capped tube.

The shade that works best for me is Medium Caramel.


It reminds me of the Stila Lip Glaze packaging, with a brush applicator you click product out of.



This is how I use it:

1) Prep the undereye area with eye cream

2) Apply Bobbi Brown corrector in Dark Peach.

3) Tap e.l.f Undereye Powder over that.

4) Apply a little bit of Clinique Airbrush Concealer on top and blend to cover the dark area.

This looks a little too highlighted for me, but in photos my dark circles are gone! I went to a friend’s baby shower and took some photos. For the first time since I was 7, I didn’t look tired or sleep-deprived in a photo. I think this is great for that purpose. In person, however, this looks a touch too pale on me.

It also settles into fine lines. I’m going to use it up but I think I’ll spring for the YSL illuminator next.

This costs $20.50 at Sephora. When I purchased it, it was $17.50.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Swatches Part I

I know what you’re thinking…….

No, I didn’t rob Sephora to get all these lipsticks. I received a sample book of 25 lipstick samples from the revamped Vice line. Awesome, huh?

Today you’ll be viewing the first 8 colors.

Seismic, Pandemonium, Jilted, Firebird, Menace, Big Bang, Sheer Anarchy, Psycho.


I’m definitely getting Jilted (but not at the altar :P).

Which ones do you like?


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Tuesday Talk: Self Sessions Vol. 31

Happy Valentine’s Day, my blogger valentine’s! 🙂

My self-care was much better this week.

1) I am almost done with demoing the Lush Valentine bath bombs. I’m happy to have got them done in time for V-Day. I have just one to do today.

2) I’m having a solitary day today, watching movies and eating Graeter’s ice cream.


3) I called out from work yesterday. I was dealing with a migraine and I just wasn’t going to stress myself.

4) I’ve been remembering to apply lotion and use shower gel. I mainly use the shower gel for the scent (after I scrub with soap). I think the scent has a positive effect on my mind. I also think physical touch and massage can help me.

5) My friends came to NYC and gave me a V-Day gift! It made me so happy!


How has your week been?

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