Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette

Hey everyone! So I have been eyeing the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette for a while because honestly how cute is the packaging? I got mine off of for $29 with a $20 off coupon for new customers.

I got this palette on March 5th and I usually like to make 8 looks from it before reviewing it, but I kept putting this review on the back burner and kept telling myself I will review it next month, but in all seriousness it needed to be done this month.

First let's talk about packaging. It is pink with hearts on the front of it instead of it looking like a chocolate bar. It is super girly and eye catching. I like it is tin because it is sturdy and easy to clean off. It has a magnet closure to keep it shut and mine seems a bit weak compared to the other chocolate bar palettes. I personally would not travel with this palette, well with mine at least since it opens really easy when I did the test where I turn it upside down to see it opens and then shake it. Keeping up with the heart designs on the outside of the palette, you will see that the 14 small shadows are heart shaped and then you have two big highlight pans. You do get the same amount of product in this palette compared to the original chocolate bar and the semi-sweet palette. The names are written by the shadows to tell you their names which is very convenient. The palette has a mirror on it which is really nice because I like to get a closer look to my eye when I am doing my eye look, mascara, and eyebrows. My mirror almost lays completely down. Most importantly it smells like chocolate and is infused with cocoa powder.

I was super excited to get this palette in the mail and was constantly watching the tracking. Well when I saw the palette was delivered I quickly got dressed and went outside to go to my mailbox to get it and then I brought in and quickly opened the packaging. I open the palette and thought it was very pretty and I then took a picture of it before I swatched it. When I was swatching it I thought the colors were very pretty, however I went to make an eye look and was really looking at the palette, I was feeling like something was missing and that it would be hard to make many different eye looks from this palette.

Due to me feeling like something was missing I decided I wanted to get the original chocolate bar to help this palette out to make more looks. As I was thinking about to get the original palette, I was looking pictures of the semi-sweet palette and decided that palette was calling my name. My husband ended up buying me the original palette from HSN with the $20 off coupon and I bought the semi-sweet palette off Too Faced's website with a 20% off coupon. I will be reviewing those palettes sometime in April and May, but I am aiming to get both reviewed in April and then I want to do a battle of the chocolate bar palettes (ie. original vs. semi-sweet, original vs. bon bons, semi-sweet vs. bon bons, and all of them compared together).

I am trying so hard as I am writing this review to not compare this palette to the original and the semi-sweet, so after this point I will not mention the original or semi-sweet and focus 100% on the Bon Bons palette.

I noticed the colors I tend to gravitate to in this palette is: almond truffle, cashew chew, pecan praline, satin sheets, divinity, mocha, molasses chip, cafe au lait, and bordeaux. I am not too crazy about malted or dark truffle. Those two colors are great for the outer v and darking up the crease, but I feel like most of these colors in the palette are very, very light and malted and dark truffle are super dark. Then there are a lot of pops of color and you have: sprinkles, totally fetch, cotton candy, black currant, and earl grey. I feel like earl grey has the most fall out compared to the other shadows and black currant kind of struggles when you put it on. By the way I tried all the shadows in the palette and there were some nights I just played around with this palette and added some other palettes to make different looks, but I didn't take pictures of them. I also have used all the pinks in this palette and I love them and I don't think totally fetch is scary looking, but I only use it as a crease shade.

With the many pops of color I find it hard to incorporate them into an everyday look and I usually do not use colored eyeshadows unless I am wearing the color of that eyeshadow, white, black, or grey shirts. On most days I use neutral colors.

The colors in the palette and their descriptions are:

  • Almond Truffle: is a little matte mauve.
  • Satin Sheets: is a champagne with pinkish hues (it has shimmer in it) and could be used as a highlight on the face.
  • Sprinkles: is a light baby rose/pink.
  • Molasses Chip: is a metallic bronzy gold.
  • Malted: is a dark chocolate brown.
  • Cashew Chew: is a nude.
  • Cotton Candy: is a metallic bubblegum pink.
  • Cafe Au Lait: is a metallic silver/grey.
  • Bordeaux: is a burgundy brown.
  • Mocha: is a milk brown/medium brown.
  • Black Currant: is a deep purple with shimmer.
  • Dark Truffle: is a dark brown with golden shimmer.
  • Pecan Praline: is a greyish taupe.
  • Totally Fetch: is a hot pink.
  • Early Grey: Is a greyish teal with shimmer.
  • Divinity: is a matte white.
All these shadows are super buttery and blend very well. My favorite eyeshadow out of this whole palette is molasses chip.

Here are some looks I created with this palette:

Anyway, I do love this palette, but at the same time I don't because I feel like a lot of the looks look the same.

What are your thoughts on this palette and what is your favorite chocolate bar palette?

Friday, March 18, 2016

March 2016 Birchbox

Hey everyone! I received my Birchbox on Tuesday and this month I received six samples which is nice.

For those who do not know what Birchbox is, it is a beauty service that costs $10 a month and you get five to six beauty products a month. The beauty products can be makeup, skincare, hair products, body, nail polish, makeup tools, and sometimes lifestyle items. You can sign up here if you are interested:

Anyway, back to the review. I chose the Number 4 shampoo and conditioner as my sample choice this month since I have tried their hair elixr and loved it. Also, it is gluten free which is a plus for me. Parlor is gluten free too so I could have chosen either one.

I have only tried the shampoo and conditioner once and will be using the shampoo tonight with a hair masque since I use my Macademia hair masque once a week. I usually wash my hair two to three times a week and use dry shampoo on days that my hair feels oily. My hair is on the drier side. The formula for the shampoo and conditioner are light weight and is not super sudsy. It has a musky scent and I like it because sometimes I can't stand when shampoo and conditioner are super floral smelling. Would I be buying the shampoo or conditioner in the future? I do like it, but I don't think I would purchase it since it is pretty pricey and I do love my Dove shampoo and conditioner.

I got three makeup items this much. I got the Cargo duo eyeshadow in a dark taupe and gold color. I have not tried the Cargo yet and probably won't use it since I have these colors in my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes. I have heard though that the Cargo eyeshadows are pigmented and creamy. I may use it one day or I may do something else with it. I will not be purchasing the palette since I already have enough neutral palettes and enough palettes I love right now, i.e. the Too Faced Chocolate Bar series, Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly, and the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette.

I also received the Balm Stainiac. I haven't tried this either because I really hate lip/cheek stains because I feel like when I use them on my lips they go into creases and look bad and are too red for my lips and I just hate having to blend the stains out really quickly. Plus, I do not like any of the Balm makeup products. I will not be buying a full size.

My last makeup item was Dr. Lipp's Miracle Balm. This product was so hard to get out of the container. I did get some product out of the tube and it is very thick and reminds me of Vaseline and the product only has a few uses out of it. I am not really fond of it because I feel like I could go just put Vaseline on my lips. I will not be buying a full size.

The last product I received was the Khiels Eye Serum. I love eye serums since they are moisturizing for my under eye area and help with puffiness and dark circles. Some also are great for anti-aging and this one is good for puffiness and anti-aging. Since I am only twenty I do not have wrinkles under my eyes so I can't tell if it works for anti-aging, but I do find that it is great to start using anti-aging products. I don't really get puffy eyes either so I can't say it works for that either. I haven't noticed a big difference under my eyes. Will I purchase a full size? No I won't since I do love my Oz Naturals eye serum, but I do feel like this small sample will last for a while.

As you can tell I really did not like this months box and I usually love everything in my boxes. I'm hoping for a better month next month. I am on the fence about what to choose next month. I am either choosing the Hair Mask or choosing the curated box for that Laura Geller blush. Decisions, decisions.

Follow me on Instagram @allthingskayla and on Twitter @allthingskayla. My Instagram and Twitter show makeup looks I do and new makeup products I have gotten. Anyway, what did you all get this month for your Birchbox and what are you choosing for sample choice?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Get Ready With Me: Sick Day

Hey everyone, I'm doing my blog different today and sorry for this blog post being a day late. Instead of reviewing a product I am just going to do a get ready with me. I am sick with a cold and did not feel like doing a review so I decided to show you what I am drinking when I am sick and how minimal my makeup is.

With being sick you want to stay hydrated. I lost my voice with this cold so I having been drinking 2 liters of water a day and drinking herbal teas with honey in them.

I have been drinking a lot of Bigelow's Lemon Ginger with probiotics. I boil water on the stove, then I pour the water into the cup with a tea bag and then let the tea seap for 4 minutes. After the four minutes is up I put a tablespoon of honey into my tea. I also drink Bigelow's peppermint tea and sleepy time tea and I also put a tablespoon of honey into it.

I then took some cold medicine and an allergy pill and filled my 1 liter water bottle up.

I then put some Khiels eye serum under my eyes and Zaija's Goats Milk Day Cream Moisturizer.

Now it is time for makeup. I primed my faced with Benefit Poreprofesional and primed my eyes with Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

I like to put eyeshadow on prior to foundation and concealer. To set my primer I took Cashew Chew from the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette (I did my whole eye look with this palette) on my elf eyeshadow brush and patted it onto my eyelid.

Then, with my elf dome crease brush I took Mocha and put that into my crease and then I went back to my palette and picked up Bordeaux and added that to my crease.

I then took my Luxie 205 crease blending brush and just went over my crease to blend out any harsh lines.

After that I took my ecotools eyeshadow brush and picked up almond truffle and added that to my lid.

Here is what my eye look looks like without mascara.

Usually I am a two to three coats type of girl when it comes to my mascara, but since I'm sick I decided to stay minimal and just do one coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I took a q-tip to clean under my area up since some mascara got onto my skin.

Now it is time for foundation. I used the Tarte Amazonian 12 Hour Foundation in Ivory and I just squeezed some of the foundation onto the back of my hand and took my Real Techniques Expert Sculpting Brush and buffed the foundation onto my skin.

After I finished my foundation I used a concealer from Tarte and the color is in fair and I just drew a triangle under my eyes and took my ecotools concealer brush to blend out the concealer and I used my fingers as well.

For my eyebrows I used Tarte Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe and this gives a natural look.

I then took my Elf Angled Eyeshading Brush and picked up Divinity and put it on my brow bone.

For blush I used Benefit Dandelion since it is a pale baby pink and gives a small amount of flush to the skin.

Lastly, to finish off my look I put the Arrow lip balm on my lips since it is light and moisturizing. Also, it changes color to your pH.

Here is what the final looks like.

Usually with my makeup looks I put highlighter and do my eye looks differently. Stay tuned for another blog on Friday and follow me on Instagram @allthingskayla and on Twitter @allthingskayla1. Did you all like the get ready blog? Should I do more blogs like these?

Friday, March 11, 2016

Better Than Sex Mascara

Hey everyone! Two weeks ago when I got the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette I received the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara.

I have been dying to try this mascara because I have heard many great things about this mascara. This mascara is $23 and you can buy it from Too Faced, Ulta, HSN, and Sephora.

The mascara comes in sleek, pink tube that is slightly heavy and feels luxurious. The brush was designed to be like a woman's body since the brush has curves. Also, it is supposed to hug the curves of your lashes.

I curl my eyelashes and apply this mascara to my eyelashes and this mascara is an inky black and it lengthens my eyelashes and adds volume them and I love it. I love mascaras that make my eyelashes dark and dramatic and this mascara does exactly that.

The brush is pretty big and can make application pretty messy. I decided to put my eyeshadow and mascara on before I put on my foundation and concealer so I clean up any messes from eyeshadow or mascara. Also, I tend to get some mascara onto my eyelids so after I am done all my makeup I go back in and touch up my mascara.

On March 17, 2016, Too Faced will be coming out with a waterproof version of this mascara and I cannot wait since I love waterproof mascaras since I have allergies. The regular version holds up pretty well with water, but it will run after a while if you are underwater for a long time or crying really bad. The mascara does flake a little, but it isn't too bad to where it is super noticeable. The mascara lasts about 10 hours and comes off very easy.

The mascara is very lightweight on your eyes and it just feels amazing. I feel like I am not wearing any mascara. I usually put two to three coats on since it is buildable and does not get too clumpy. You can get away with one coat as well and have it look really good.

When I run out of this mascara I will be purchasing the waterproof formula to see how it is, and if I don't like the waterproof version, then I will be repurchasing this.

Stay tuned to my Instagram and Twitter for updates and also I will be getting something awesome this coming week. I cannot wait to share Tuesday's blog with you all, can you guess based on my Instagram or Twitter what Tuesday's blog post will be?

How do you all like this mascara and will you be buying the waterproof version?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum

Hey everyone! I received the Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum last week for free if I give my honest review.

The Valentia Royal Rose Hydrating Serum comes in a glass bottle that is 1.18 oz and it has a pump. The bottle does remind me of a medicine bottle and does have an herbally medicine scent to it. The serum is white when it comes out of the bottle. The scent does go away after a few minutes when it is on your face.

The serum is light weight and leaves my skin soft. It does not leave a sticky feeling like some serums do.

The packaging says you are supposed to put this on cleansed skin at night. I usually take a cleansing makeup remover wipe to remove my makeup and then I cleanse or put a mask on. Then, after my face is washed I put two pumps of this onto my fingers on put this on my face and then I finish my skincare routine with eye serum and a moisturizer.

This serum is for sensitive skin and is gluten free. It is supposed to hydrate dry skin and it claims to not clog pores. Also, it is supposed to soothe and calm the skin while giving your skin a boost. I noticed this has helped my dry skin and has not clogged my pores. 

I recommend this product for people who are looking for a lightweight serum to wear at nighttime. This product is great for people who have dry skin and since it does not clog pores then this product will probably be great for oily skin too.

This serum costs $35 and you can buy it here: and

This post was sponsored by BrandBacker. Thank you Brand Backer and Valentia for allowing me to try this product.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Too Faced Peanut and Jelly Palette

Hey everyone! You know what time it is? It's Peanut Butter and Jelly Time! 

Isn't the packaging cute? I really love how cute the packaging is. It is a tin case that has a magnetic closure.

I got this palette last Friday before it was offically released on Sunday, February 28, 2016. I actually won this, the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance from a Instagram giveaway. I may have wanted this palette and the mascara a little too much because I entered 52 times and then got banned from commenting on anything from Instagram for a week. A week of not commenting on Instagram is torture, but it was worth it because I got this palette, the mascara, and the eyeshadow primer. By the way, I usually don't enter that many times on a giveaway.

Anyway, the back of the packaging talks about the inspiration of this palette and has a disclaimer about the palette. The inspiration behind this palette is the color Peanut Butter that is from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. And the disclaimer tells everyone that is palette is infused with coco powder like their Chocolate Bar palettes and this palette does not contain peanuts.

This palette does have a mirror and it sits right up and does not lay flat. If you are doing your makeup and like using the mirror in palettes, then you will have to hold the whole palette up.

Each row is labelled and the top is named Soft & Sweet, the middle one is Rich and Creamy, and the bottom one is PB&J.

I took two different pictures of swatches because I wanted everyone to see what the colors look like in natural light and what it looks like in doors. The colors starting from left to right are: Spread the Love, Bananas, Extra Creamy, Peanut Butter, Peanut Brittle, Jelly, Peanut Butter Cup, Jammin', and Nuts About U.

  • Spread the Love is a light to medium peach color that has some gold sparkles to it. 
  • Bananas is a shimmery light gold.
  • Extra Creamy is a matte white and for me this is the perfect highlight shade out of this whole palette.
  • Peanut Butter is a matte orangey brown. I love this color and I alternate it between my crease and my lid depending on the look I am making.
  • Peanut Brittle is very similar to Peanut Butter, but this one is shimmery. Too Faced describes this color as a "metallic burnt orange."
  • Jelly is an orchid purple. I find this color a little disappointing out of the whole palette because I find this one less pigmented compared to the other colors, and this shadow is more sheer. You really need to build it up to get that gorgeous purple. When I have it on my lids it looks more like a purplish pink.
  • Peanut Butter Cup is a shimmery bronze color and it is very gorgeous. 
  • Jammin' in the pan and in certain lights it looks like a deep purple with gold specks, however Too Faced says it is a "dark chocolate with golden sparkles." I do see it being a dark chocolate in certain lights. I would like to say it is a plummy chocolate with gold sparkles.
  • Nuts About U is a brownish red that is matte.
The palette does not smell like peanut butter and jelly, but it does smells like peanut butter and chocolate. It smells really good in my opinion. It does smell like the regular chocolate palettes, but with chocolate.

You can make a lot of different looks with these nine eyeshadows and they are super pigmented and last a long time with no eye primer and with eye primer. I noticed they wear the same amount of time as if you had eye primer on.

Here are some looks I created with this palette:

This was one of the first looks I made with this palette and I created this look because whenever I saw people doing tutorials with this palette it was always the orangey brown look and I really wanted to create a purple eye look. I first put Peanut Butter in my crease, then I added Jammin' into my crease. I put Jelly onto my lids and decided to put Jammin' into my outer V and on my lower eyelashes. 

I put Nuts About You into my crease with Peanut Butter Cup. Then I put Peanut Butter and Peanut Brittle on my lids. I also put Peanut Butter Cup onto my outer V.

I did the row Soft&Sweet which is where I put Peanut Butter into my crease and then Peanut Butter onto my lids. I did try to see how Spread the Love would look like as an highlight and it did not look good, so I put Extra Creamy on top of it.

This is actually the look I did today and I took Jammin' and put that into my crease and put Peanut Butter Cup onto my lids.

I put Peanut Butter Cup onto my crease and outer V. On my lids I put Extra Creamy, Spread the Love, and Bananas onto my lids.

I did the row Rich&Creamy and I put Jammin' into my crease with Peanut Brittle onto my lids. I tried to see if Bananas would look okay as a highlight, and it does not so I masked it with Extra Creamy, and then put a little of Bananas onto my inner eye.

In this look I did PB&J which is Nuts About U in my crease with Jelly on my lids. And in all my looks I put Extra Creamy on my crease.

Like I said, you can get many looks out of this palette and I plan on creating more and I probably will make some looks using this palette as well as some other palettes. I really recommend this palette since it does have very cute packaging and the shadows are gorgeous. It smells like peanut butter and chocolate and you can create gorgeous eye looks with this palette. You could just put some shadow on the lid and it would still look gorgeous. I just LOVE this palette.

This palette is an Ulta exclusive currently and right now you can only get it off of Ulta's website and Too Faced's website. It will be in stores at Ulta on March 13th.

This month and next month I will be reviewing a few other items from Too Faced! So stay tuned to this blog, my Instagram, and Twitter. My Instagram and Twitter gives you all sneak peaks of some items I receive and buy. Just a heads up I will be getting another Too Faced Palette tomorrow and this one I bought, but follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see which palette I bought. My Instagram is @allthingskayla and my Twitter is @allthingskayla1.