Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight and Starlight


Kevyn Aucoin Beauty has been around for about 15 years now (and remains an independent company!), but it's been relatively under the radar until the last year or so. The brand was carried almost exclusively at upscale department stores and boutiques until it was picked up by Sephora, and with the help of social media (of course), it's gotten more and more attention and hype. I've never really been that intrigued by any of its products until The Celestial Powders, which are beloved by both industry darlings and consumers alike — it has consistently high ratings and virtually every review of these powders are raves — so I obviously needed to get both of the shades that it comes in. The Celestial Powder is described as "a sheer, opalescent highlighting powder that works to illuminate features with a subtle glow. [It] blurs imperfections, highlights cheekbones, and illuminates any areas that light naturally hits with an illuminating gleam. Sweep this highlighting powder over foundation, bare skin, or dust it all over the face for a soft, ethereal glow that is lightweight and leaves a flawless, sheer finish." They are housed in a rectangular dark burgundy gradient mirrored compact with gold accents, and come with a complementary velvet pouch. Each Celestial Powder contains a total of 3.1 grams of product, and retails for $53. 


Candlelight and Starlight

Candlelight is a light muted warm champagne beige with a soft shimmer-sheen in a satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more gold than MAC Lightscapade, darker and less metallic than Becca Moonstone, less peach and less metallic than Becca Champagne Pop, lighter and more golden than Hourglass Luminous Light, and less metallic than TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer.
Starlight is a light-medium warm muted peachy champagne with a gold shimmer-sheen in a frosted finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more peach than MAC Soft and Gentle, lighter and less metallic than Becca Rose Gold, darker and less metallic than Becca Opal, more pink and more metallic than Hourglass Luminous Light, and more pigmented and less sparkly than Urban Decay Aura.

There are hundreds of highlighters on the market right now, but what sets Kevyn Aucoin's The Celestial Powder apart is in the texture. It's not that liquid-powder hybrid type, or that super-buttery, almost cream-like type, or that baked, super-shimmery type. It's just a really high quality, soft, finely-milled, velvety powder. Neither shade is too bright or too sparkly, but they aren't too subtle, either. Like, they impart gorgeous soft highlights that makes the skin look glowy and illuminated and gently sculpted, but not glittery or wet-looking. Candlelight is the perfect warm beige shade that isn't too light, too dark, or too gold that works flawlessly on fair to medium-dark skintones. Starlight is darker and warmer but doesn't veer too orange or too pink, and makes an ideal highlighting shade medium to deep-dark skintones. Both shades layer and blend out like a dream, and leave the most beautiful luminous glow without emphasizing pores or being too metallic, making them perfect for all skin types and all ages. Basically, if Goldilocks were looking for highlighting powders, she'd end her search with these.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 360

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. What's the key to getting "brows on fleek"? A fine-tipped brow pencil like MAC's Eyebrows, Anastasia's Brow Wiz, or Urban Decay's Brow Beater. They're great for both filling in and defining no matter how much brow hair you have, and you can easily make them as natural or dramatic as you want.

  2. My career advice is to… Do what you're passionate about, and never give up. It's always better to fail at something you love than succeed at something you hate.

  3. My favourite album is __________ because _________. White Pony by Deftones; it's dynamic and innovative, beautifully written with imaginative, almost fantastical lyrics, varied and dynamic in sound and mood and genre, but cohesive as a whole. It's easy to follow along and easy to get into, but it's not so catchy that you'll get sick of it. It's been over 15 years since I first played it, and I still listen to it on a weekly basis.

  4. What goes into making "The Ultimate Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich"? Toasted soft bread, a bit of butter (must be melted into the toast), and a jelly that has some tartness to it, like blackberry, so it plays off the peanut butter.

  5. What makeup do you have in your purse right now?


    I only carry lip products with me in my purse, and it usually changes every few days. But I couldn't decide what mood I was in this weekend so I just kept shoving a bunch of different products in my purse, and this is all the shit I found in there today: Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in 326 Pink Flamingo and 312 Sugar Sugar, Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in Spice Spice Baby, YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in 3 Beige Ultimate, MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass, MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick, MAC Mehr Lipstick, MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control, MAC Have Your Cake Lipstick, and MAC Lip Pencil in Nightingale. I'm obviously in a transition period between nudes and pinks.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday Nine: Sorry

This week's Saturday Nine:


(Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.)


  1. This song is a plea for a second chance. Are you good at forgiving/forgetting? Forgiving? Usually, if I feel like the person is being sincere. But forgetting? Never.

  2. Justin asks his girl to "forget this." What have you done/said recently that you wish could just be forgotten? Nothing really comes to mind. Because I'm in an industry where I have to be sociable, I'm usually pretty good at filtering my words so I don't say something I'll regret.

  3. Mr. Bieber says he needs just 6 hours sleep every night. How about you? How much sleep do you require to feel sharp? I would say about six as well. I would love to get eight, but my sad reality is about four to six regularly if I have work. Even on my days off, I try to get eight, but I always wake up automatically after five and then try to go back to sleep.

  4. Justin prefers D&G underwear, which can cost as much as $102/pair. Sam may be crazy, but there's no way she'd spend that much on underwear. What's something you're willing to splurge on? Cosmetics. I don't even think twice at spending $55 on a lipstick or $150 on a face serum. I would also be willing to splurge on a designer wallet or handbag if I really love the style and I think I would get a lot of use out of it. I have a Miu Miu wallet that I spent $550 on a few years ago, but I use it every day so I don't mind that the initial cost was quite high. I'm currently eyeing a YSL wallet right now, and I might cave in and buy it in the next few months... I've also been wanting the Mulberry Alexa and the Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium for a few years now, though realistically, I won't spend $1,000+ on a handbag until my car and my loan are paid off. Is it weird that I don't even blink an eye at spending like that much on cosmetics in a month, but I have to really think about spending that much on a single item despite its much lower cost per use over time?

  5. He may be picky about underwear but not cuisine. He loves Big Macs. If we were going to McDonald's, what would you order? A Filet O' Fish combo and a Junior Chicken sandwich. I fancy myself a foodie, but sometimes you just need some good ol' fashioned fast food.

  6. When it comes to healthier fare, Bieber has told fans he enjoys snacking on bananas and grapes. What do you reach for between meals? Weirdly enough, I don't snack a lot. But I do have a sick addiction to Presotea's Panda Milk Tea right now.

  7. Performing in Germany, Justin Bieber told a girl who approached the stage, "Ich liebe dich” ("I love you") and she fainted. Have you ever fainted? No. I even had heat stroke one summer when I went to Warped Tour and spent the whole day outside in 35°C (plus humidity) weather, and I didn't faint.

  8. As a kid, Justin was teased for being one of the shortest in his class. What do you recall being teased about in school? Glasses, braces, bad haircuts, having asthma, being chubby, being nerdy, being the new girl... I got teased for just about everything in elementary school because I went to an all girls' school and girls can be fucking vicious bitches. Things got better in high school, though, 'cause I finally got a backbone (it probably also helped that I got contacts, got my braces taken off, grew out my hair, got some inhalers, etc.). I stopped caring about fitting in and just embraced what I liked. I learned that when people are vicious to you, you gotta be vicious back. Bullies feed off of weakness.

  9. Random question: Will you be watching this weekend's Super Bowl? No. I didn't even know the Super Bowl was this weekend. I find that it's a much bigger deal in the US, and not a lot of people here really talk about it or hype it up (or at least the people I talk to). Also, I just don't care for sports in general. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

MAC Flamingo Park: Lipstick in Long Legged & Fabulous, The Fashion Flock, Flocking Fabulous, Nice to Meet You, Silly, Be Silly, and Have Your Cake


Yesterday, MAC launched their major Spring colour collection called Flamingo Park, inspired by "a picnic... a park... a girl of whimsy with a sweet tooth... unexpected guests... a curious flamingo! That's spring, it's an adventure. A little sugar goes a long way... a merry pink flock joins her feathered friend... the whole park goes to the birds... Plunge into the punch pleasures of pink in a freshly made batch of scrumptious colours that let you have your cake, and wear it, too." There is a total of 36 products, of which 18 are new and limited edition, five are re-promotes, and 13 are permanent. Flamingo Park sees the launch of nine lipsticks, of which six are new and limited edition, one is a re-promote, and two are permanent (which will not be reviewed here). Each lipstick is housed in a regular black tube, contains a total of 3 grams of product, and retails for $20. Each lipstick here is redeemable as a free product when you bring back six containers for the Back to MAC recycling program. 

Long Legged & Fabulous, The Fashion Flock, Flocking Fabulous, and Nice to Meet You

Long Legged & Fabulous, The Fashion Flock, Flocking Fabulous, and Nice to Meet You

Long Legged & Fabulous is a light-medium cool strawberry milk pink in a Cremesheen finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and brighter than Creme Cup, warmer and more muted than Saint Germain, and brighter than Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick.
The Fashion Flock is a medium brightened warm flamingo pink in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade, and is online-exclusive. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more pink than Tropic Tonic, darker and more coral than Please Me, and darker and more pink than Sushi Kiss.
Flocking Fabulous is a medium brightened guava coral in a Cremesheen finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque colour pay-off. It is more pink and less shimmery than Pretty Boy, more pink than Crosswires, more muted and more pink than Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick.
Nice to Meet You is a medium muted cool watermelon red in a Cremesheen finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more pink than Sweet Sakura, cooler than On Hold, and brighter and more opaque than Hot Tahiti.

Silly, Be Silly, and Have Your Cake

Silly, Be Silly, and Have Your Cake

Silly is a medium vibrant cool-toned bubblegum pink in a Matte finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2013's Fashion Sets collection, and is limited edition. It has a soft and creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more muted than Candy Yum-Yum, brighter than Pink Nouveau, and darker and brighter than Divine Choice Mineralize Rich Lipstick.
Be Silly is a medium-dark brightened cool fuchsia-magenta pink in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is less purple than Flat Out Fabulous, more matte than Girl About Town, and darker and more muted than Personal Statement Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour.
Have Your Cake is a medium-dark brightened cool magenta-purple in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, creamy texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more pink than Heroine, smoother and more purple than Flat Out Fabulous, and more purple than Tailored to Tease Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour.

It's time to get out of dark, vampy winter mode and into brightness and colour! This collection is not for people who favour the whole '90s brown lip resurgence. This is for people who are ready for fun brights, and who love their pinks and corals. There is not a single dud here; all the shades are formulated in either Matte or Cremesheen finishes (no dreaded Lustres here!), and they are all smooth, creamy, and give off rich, saturated colour. I also found that all the shades here are non-drying and non-bleeding. Now, that having been said, there are quite a lot of dupes of these within MAC's permanent range, so I would check your stash to see if you have similar shades already. Otherwise, all of these would make really fun additions to any lipstick collection for Spring!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

MAC Flamingo Park: Flamingo Park Eyeshadow x 9 Palette


Today, MAC will launch their major Spring colour collection called Flamingo Park, inspired by "a picnic... a park... a girl of whimsy with a sweet tooth... unexpected guests... a curious flamingo! That's spring, it's an adventure. A little sugar goes a long way... a merry pink flock joins her feathered friend... the whole park goes to the birds... Plunge into the punch pleasures of pink in a freshly made batch of scrumptious colours that let you have your cake, and wear it, too." There is a total of 36 products, of which 18 are new and limited edition, five are re-promotes, and 13 are permanent. Flamingo Park will see the launch of one new and limited edition Eyeshadow x 9 Palette. Each palette is housed in a regular black clear-lidded compact, contains a total of 7.2 grams of product, and retails for $48. 

Flounce, Glamour Light, and Floridazzle

Flounce is a light cool-toned milky pink in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is warmer than Yogurt, more matte than Pink Freeze, and more pink and more matte than Phloof!.
Glamour Light is a light warm butter yellow in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more muted and less frosted than Ricepaper, more yellow and more shimmery than Brule, and darker, more muted, and less frosted than Nylon.
Floridazzle is a light muted warm pistachio green in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. There is nothing similar to this in MAC's permanent range.

Flock & Roll, Sushi Flower, and Bird's Eye View

Flock & Roll is a light-medium warm cotton candy pink in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and more matte than Pink Venus, lighter and cooler than Girlie, and cooler and more matte than Da Bling.
Sushi Flower is a medium vibrant warm coral pink in a Satin finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and brighter than Free to Be, darker and more pink than Paradisco, and lighter and more coral than Passionate.
Bird's Eye View is a medium-dark vibrant cool fuchsia pink in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is cooler and more pink than Passionate, darker and more muted than Process Magenta Pigment, warmer and more matte than Fuchsia Pigment.

Free Roaming, Naturally Fabulous, and Weirdly Wonderful

Free Roaming is a medium cool lilac-grey in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and more grey than Idol Eyes, lighter and more purple than Satin Taupe, and darker and more grey than Beautiful Iris.
Naturally Fabulous is a medium-dark muted warm milk chocolate brown in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and less reddened than Embark, more reddened than Espresso, and less reddened than Brown Down.
Weirdly Wonderful is a medium-dark vibrant royal blue with blue sparkle in a Velvet finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and cooler than Freshwater, less purple and more sparkly than Cobalt, and lighter and brighter than Deep Truth.

Flamingo Park is by far the most colourful Eyeshadow x 9 Palette that MAC has come out with, and it is a totally fun and refreshing change from all the neutral palettes we've been seeing everywhere. I found the palette to be great in texture and pigmentation across the board; all the shades felt soft, went on smoothly, blended out easily, and applied with full colour pay-off. I like that there's a great mixture of finishes from mattes to shimmers, and colours from light pastels to saturated brights (and even a couple of neutrals) to make it easier to mix and match shades. It works great on its own for more colourful eye looks and in tandem with neutral palettes to add just a pop of colour. This is definitely a really great palette to get if you're looking to get into some brighter shades but don't want to invest in full-size pans of colour or full-size palettes.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MAC Flamingo Park: Powder Blush in What I Fancy, Spring Flock, Oh, My!, Life's a Picnic, Let's Be Friends, and This Could Be Fun


Tomorrow, MAC will launch their major Spring colour collection called Flamingo Park, inspired by "a picnic... a park... a girl of whimsy with a sweet tooth... unexpected guests... a curious flamingo! That's spring, it's an adventure. A little sugar goes a long way... a merry pink flock joins her feathered friend... the whole park goes to the birds... Plunge into the punch pleasures of pink in a freshly made batch of scrumptious colours that let you have your cake, and wear it, too." There is a total of 36 products, of which 18 are new and limited edition, five are re-promotes, and 13 are permanent. Flamingo Park will see the launch of seven shades of Powder Blush, of which six are new and limited edition and one is permanent (which will not be reviewed here). Each blush is housed in a regular black clear-lidded compact, contains 6 grams of product, and retails for $26. 

What I Fancy, Spring Flock, and Oh, My!

What I Fancy, Spring Flock, and Oh, My!

What I Fancy is a medium warm strawberry milk pink in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is warmer than Pink Swoon, more coral than Pinch O' Peach, and darker and brighter than Rosy Outlook.
Spring Flock is a medium warm guava pink in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and more muted than Fleur Power, warmer and more coral than Lovecloud, and more matte than Peachykeen.
Oh, My! is a medium-dark vibrant warm reddish coral in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade, and is online-exclusive. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is warmer and more coral than Frankly Scarlet, brighter and more red than Pinch Me, and brighter and more coral than Burnt Pepper.


Life's a Picnic, Let's Be Friends, and This Could Be Fun

Life's a Picnic, Let's Be Friends, and This Could Be Fun

Life's a Picnic is a medium-dark vibrant cool watermelon pink in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and brighter than Dollymix, warmer than Rhubarb, and brighter than Whole Lotta Love.
Let's Be Friends is a medium-dark vibrant cool fuchsia pink in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and warmer than Full Fuchsia, lighter and more muted than Rhubarb, and warmer, more muted, and less shimmery than Azalea.
This Could Be Fun is a medium-dark vibrant cool orchid purple in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. There's nothing similar to this in MAC's permanent range; it's more purple than Full Fuchsia, Rhubarb, and Azalea.

Calling all blush fiends — this collection is for you! Here's six brand-new, gorgeously soft, finely-milled, silky, ultra-pigmented blushes for you to play with. While What I Fancy and Spring Flock are geared more towards fair to medium skintones and are ultra-wearable Spring pinks (read: fresh and peppy), the other four shades are definitely designed for darker complexions in mind, or for those who just love an intensely bright blush (read: clown cheeks) in general. For those who want a pop of colour but not in-your-face vibrancy, have no fear — these are very blendable and are easily muted when buffed in with a highlighter, skin finisher, or Beauty Powder. After winter collections of muted neutrals for cheeks, it's about time for some fun brights, and Flamingo Park definitely delivers.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MAC Flamingo Park: Beauty Powder in Sunny Surprise and Pearl Blossom


This Thursday, MAC will launch their major Spring colour collection called Flamingo Park, inspired by "a picnic... a park... a girl of whimsy with a sweet tooth... unexpected guests... a curious flamingo! That's spring, it's an adventure. A little sugar goes a long way... a merry pink flock joins her feathered friend... the whole park goes to the birds... Plunge into the punch pleasures of pink in a freshly made batch of scrumptious colours that let you have your cake, and wear it, too." There is a total of 36 products, of which 18 are new and limited edition, five are re-promotes, and 13 are permanent. Flamingo Park will see the launch of two new and limited edition shades of Beauty Powder, which is described as "a silky-soft 'beauty' powder that's delicately tinted and luxuriously pearl. Goes on as an ultra-fine, shimmering 'veil' to the skin. Can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish." Each powder is housed in a regular black mirrored compact, contains 10 grams of product, and retails for $26. 

Sunny Surprise and Pearl Blossom

Sunny Surprise and Pearl Blossom

Sunny Surprise is a light-medium warm soft orangey peach with a subtle pearlized sheen in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and less frosted than Style Powder Blush, lighter and more frosted than Peaches Powder Blush, and more orange and less shimmery than New Romance Mineralize Blush.
Pearl Blossom is a light-medium cool-toned pink with a silver frosted sheen. This is a re-promoted shade from 2007's Barbie Loves MAC collection, and is limited edition. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium pigmentation and semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is cooler and more pink than Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, more pink and more frosted than Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, and lighter and much more frosted than Well Dressed Powder Blush.

A lot of people get confused as how to use Beauty Powders; are they highlighters, blushes, or all-over finishing powders? Well, all of the above, really. Depending on the colour of the powder and your skintone, you can use them as you see fit. What I love about Beauty Powders is that they have a really soft, smooth, finely-milled texture with a lovely soft pearlized sheen that make them super easy to use and provide a beautiful lit-from-within illumination. Sunny Surprise works beautifully as a soft blush on fair to medium skintones, and more so as a highlighter on dark to deep dark skintones, but will add a warm brightening effect to all complexions. Pearl Blossom generally works better as a highlighter or skin finisher since it has such a strong frost finish, but though those who are very fair can definitely use it as a blush, too. Both shades work beautifully layered with the bright blush shades that are launching with this collection to create more fresh-faced, diffused pops of colour. Long-time MAC fans may already have Pearl Blossom as it's a re-promote from 2007's MAC Loves Barbie collection or last year's MAC is Beauty collection, but if you don't have it or have been waiting for this to be re-promoted, it's definitely worth snatching up now — it's widely flattering and very different from what MAC offers permanently, and at $26 for 10 grams of product, also significantly less expensive than the last time it was launched.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 359

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Do you have a favourite mug? Yup, it's a giant dusty periwinkle mug that I got from the Disney store years ago. It has a watercolour-style illustration of Eeyore on it. I also have the same style in yellow with Winnie the Pooh on it, but Eeyore's always been my favourite.

  2. Can you concentrate with music playing in the background? Typically, yes. The only exceptions are if I'm writing (like blogging or composing an e-mail), during which I can only play instrumental music (like Lindsey Stirling), or watching a TV show/movie/YouTube video (obviously because I need to pay attention to what the characters/people are saying).

  3. Do you like scented powder products, and if you do, what's your favourite one? I am kind of indifferent to scents in my powder products, but my favourite is the Too Faced cocoa powder scent, which is in all of their "chocolate" products (the Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palettes and the Chocolate Bronzer series).

  4. Are you a hot pink lipstick kinda girl/guy? Yup. I'm going to be in a hot pink phase for this spring.

  5. How's your hair today? Clean and up in a messy bun.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Video Love: Kill V. Maim


So remember how obsessed I was with Grimes' new record last month? Well, my favourite song (and arguably the catchiest) off the album is now a single and she just released the video for it a couple weeks ago. As per Grimes' style, this video is weird as fuck (there's a demon... orgy...?), but it's freaking awesome. Fair warning, though: you might have this song in your head for days.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday Nine: Don't You Care? (1967)

This week's Saturday Nine:



(Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.)

  1. What's something that seems to fascinate everyone else, but you just don't care about? The Kardashians/Jenners.

  2. The lyrics refer to "the times we cried and laughed." Which did you do more recently, cry or laugh? Laugh. Come to think of it, I don't cry very often. 

  3. In the song, our hero seems surprised that his girlfriend doesn't believe him. Are you more believing and trusting, or suspicious and skeptical? I think it depends on who it is. In my personal life, I'm pretty trusting until you give me a reason not to be. With strangers, I'm usually pretty skeptical because I find people to be more self-serving than anything else.

  4. This song is just over two minutes long, which seems short for a song but awful long when Sam is waiting for her chicken soup to heat in the microwave. What's the last thing you heated in a microwave? My dinner: Ribs, mushrooms and onions, Brussels sprouts, and roasted potatoes with pesto.

  5. This week's band, The Buckinghams, was one of the first acts to perform at Chicago's premiere summer festival, The Taste of Chicago. Let's think ahead: Have you made any plans for Summer 2016? Well, I'm going to NYC in early May, and I'm going to see Weezer and Panic! at the Disco with my friend Austin at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in July. And I always go to The Ex at the end of August. But it's still January. I'm still waiting to see what bands are coming to town and what restaurants are exciting to try during Summerlicious.

  6. In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone magazine published its first issue. What magazines do you subscribe to? Do they arrive in the mail, or do you read them online? I haven't subscribed to magazines in well over a decade. But if I did, I'd get them in the mail. I don't think I'd ever get used to reading them online. I find ads on websites far more annoying than ads in print.

  7. Country star/American Idol judge Keith Urban was born in 1967. Are you watching the final season of American Idol? No, I never really got into it even when it first premiered.

  8. In 1967, the average cost of a movie ticket was $1.25. By 2015, it had risen $8.60. What's the last movie you saw in a theatre? The Big Short, on Christmas Eve with my brother.

  9. Random question: Sam's taking everyone out to dinner and she's buying. Would you prefer the steak or the lobster? I mean, it depends on whether it's a seafood restaurant or a steakhouse. But in general, I tend to enjoy steak more, so I say steak.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Five: Sense

This week's Friday Five:
  1. How would you describe your sense of direction? Generally pretty good... but it really depends on where I am. I mean, I drive around a lot, and I think the more you travel, the more you know your directions. Like, I would say, "Oh, the restaurant is at the south-west corner of such-and-such" rather than "Oh, the restaurant is next to the gas station that's by that bus stop." That having been said, it's not like I wouldn't get lost in a forest or something. Obviously, then, I would have to know where the sun rises or sets and figure it out from there.

  2. Whose sense of humour is most like yours? In real life, I'd say my friend Austin and my friend Ronsee. In the YouTube world, I'd say Lilly Singh, Ryan Higa, and Rhett McLaughlin.

  3. What film's or novel's sense of place really impressed you? In film, I'd say Amélie. In a novel, I'd say Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

  4. When did you most recently and accurately sense danger? I don't know, I try not to get myself into situations where I sense danger.

  5. How would you describe the scent of your car's interior? Stale cigarette smoke. Gross, I know. But I did just buy this Korean car air freshener that's supposed to smell like peach. I'm gonna put it in tomorrow and see how it goes. I had one that had a "squash" scent. But it smelled really nice — clean, fresh, slightly sweet — and not like squash at all (which would've been a little weird, honestly). So peach might smell like apple, for all I know.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in Spice Spice Baby, Sweet Maple, and Pink Chocolate


After discovering and falling in love with this formula over a year ago, I've made it my mission to own all of them. There's been a lot of hype over their Melted liquid lipsticks, but not nearly the same amount of hoopla over the La Crème formula, and it completely baffles me because they are wonderful. Too Faced describes it as "a rich and creamy lip colour infused with moisturizing and strengthening benefits including white lotus flower and power peptides." There are now 32 shades in total, with 22 available at Sephora, and they have a light lemon cake scent but no real discernible taste. Each La Crème lipstick comes in a slim matted gold tube, contains 3 grams of product, and retails for $26 at Sephora.

Spice Spice Baby, Sweet Maple, and Pink Chocolate

Spice Spice Baby, Sweet Maple, and Pink Chocolate

Spice Spice Baby is a medium warm muted peachy pink in a luminous shiny finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy, balm-like texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque to opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is lighter and more muted than Too Faced Honey Bear, darker and more brown than Too Faced Nude Beach, more brown and more muted than Too Faced Juicy Melons, more pink than MAC Modesty, and sheerer than Bobbi Brown Uber Pink.
Sweet Maple is a medium-dark warm plummy brown in luminous shiny finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy, balm-like texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque to opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is more plum than Too Faced Honey Bear, more brown than Too Faced Pink Chocolate, more muted and more brown than Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss, more pigmented than MAC Viva Glam VI, and more brown than MAC Creme in Your Coffee.
Pink Chocolate is a medium-dark warm rosy plum in luminous shiny finish. This is a permanent shade. It has a soft, creamy, balm-like texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque to opaque buildable colour pay-off. It is brighter and more pink than Too Faced Sweet Maple, darker and more plum than Too Faced Honey Bear, cooler and more berry than Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss, more muted and more brown than MAC Brick-o-la, and pinker and more shiny than MAC Twig.

Too Faced's La Crème is one of my Top 5 favourite lipstick formulas of all time — it's effortless, low-maintenance, and makes lips look flawless. They're creamy but not too slippery, have a luminous shine finish without being too glossy, are ultra-comfortable to wear, and have excellent colour pay-off. Unlike Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine or YSL's Rouge Volupté Shine, which are the most comparable in terms of finish and texture, these ones have a longer wear-time (around four hours), have more opaque colour pay-off, and they remain hydrating like an actual lip balm without getting overly creamy or "melty." La Crème actually reminds me of MAC's Huggable Lipcolor, except these have more slip and more pigmentation. These are an amazing option for those who tend to go for lipstick-lip balm hybrids, but want a more saturated colour pay-off. (Also, they have a most delightful lemon cake scent.) I'm telling you, Too Faced is seriously having a moment right now. I kinda want every single thing they come out with. Like, ten new shades of La Crème have just been released for Spring 2016, and I already have my eye on three of them...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette


So, I bought this palette nearly a year ago, took photos to ready it for review, and used it for months... and totally forgot to post anything about it. I didn't even realize this until I was scrolling through my memory card to delete photos. But since this palette is a permanent member of the Too Faced family, I decided to post this 'cause, you know, better late than never or whatever. The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar is the second palette in the Chocolate Bar family, and it was first released a little over a year ago. Too Faced describes it as "a deeper, warmer version of our best-selling [Chocolate Bar] palette... that features 16 antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused shadows in matte and shimmer shades of warm caramels, deep mochas, bronzy chocolate hues and a pop of sugared blueberry." It is housed in a dark chocolate brown metal case with a mirror on the inside spanning the entire lid, and the exterior box packaging is meant to mimic old-fashioned chocolate bar wrapping. As with all the Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palettes, the eyeshadows are scented like cocoa powder. Each Chocolate Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette contains a total of 15.5 grams of product, and retails for $59 CAD. It is available at all Sephora locations, and online at Sephora and Too Faced.

Licorice, Coconut Créme, Nougat, Truffled, and Hot Fudge

Licorice is a deep dark warm-toned carbon black in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is darker than MAC Carbon, similar to Make Up For Ever M100 Black, less intense than Makeup Geek Corrupt and Urban Decay Blackout, and more intense than NARS Pandora.

Coconut Créme is a light warm cream beige in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is slightly lighter than Too Faced Divinity and Too Faced White Chocolate, warmer than MAC Blanc Type, slightly lighter than Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean, and slightly warmer than Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory.
Nougat is a light-medium warm peachy brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is more peach than Too Faced Cashew Chew, lighter than MAC Soft Brown, darker and more brown than MAC Bamboo, darker than Urban Decay ABC Gum, and lighter than Makeup Geek Crème Brulee.
Truffled is a medium-dark warm yellow-toned brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is more yellow-toned than Too Faced Mocha, similar to MAC Espresso, darker than MAC Cork, lighter than Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate, and slightly cooler than Makeup Geek Latte.
Hot Fudge is a blackened cool-toned brown with gold flecks in a frosted finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is darker and cooler than Too Faced Dark Truffle and Too Faced Triple Fudge, darker and cooler than MAC Mulch, more shimmery than MAC Brun, and darker than Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown.

Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar, Puddin', Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, and Frosting

Cocoa Chili is a dark warm yellow-toned brown with gold flecks in a satin-matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is darker than Too Faced Truffled, lighter and more yellow-toned than Too Faced Malted, lighter and less shimmery than Too Faced Gilded Ganache, slightly lighter than NARS Galapagos, and slightly more yellow than Makeup Geek Bada Bing.

Pink Sugar is a light cotton candy pink in a glittery finish. It has a soft, almost gel-like texture, and goes on patchy and unevenly. It has low pigmentation and sheer colour pay-off. It is difficult to layer and blend out. It is sheerer than MAC Pastelluxe #3, sheerer and more glittery than MAC Pinkluxe #2, sheerer and less glittery than MAC Sweet Acting Pressed Pigment, sheerer and more glittery than MAC Sweet Lust, and lighter and sheerer than Urban Decay Dust.

Puddin' is a medium-dark cool taupe-brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is darker and more brown than Too Faced Pecan Praline, more grey than MAC Charcoal Brown, cooler than Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut, darker and more grey than Makeup Geek Latte, darker and cooler than Urban Decay Primal.
Blueberry Swirl is a medium muted cool greyed blue with blue and green shimmer in a frosted finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is lighter than Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze, lighter and more muted than Anastasia Beverly Hills Peacock, more blue than Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome, more muted and more grey than Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock, more muted and more grey than MAC Steel Blue Pigment, and brighter and more blue than NARS Underworld #2.
Peanut Butter is a medium orange brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is lighter and more orange than Too Faced Mocha, brighter and darker than Too Faced Salted Caramel, lighter than MAC Saddle, more orange than MAC Soft Brown, and darker than MAC Bamboo.
Frosting is a medium-dark golden bronze in a frosted finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is lighter and more golden than Too Faced Haute Chocolate, similar to MAC Bronze, darker and warmer than MAC Woodwinked, lighter than Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth, and slightly lighter than ColourPop On the Rocks.

Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel, Bon Bon, and Butter Pecan

Rum Raisin is a medium-dark warm taupe-brown in a metallic finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is lighter than MAC Satin Taupe, cooler and more grey than MAC Sable, lighter and more brown than Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray, lighter and more muted than Urban Decay Mugshot, lighter than Makeup Geek Moondust.

Mousse is a medium warm brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is lighter and more yellow-toned than Too Faced Mocha, slightly lighter than Too Faced Milk Chocolate, less orange than MAC Soft Brown, slightly lighter than MAC Cork, and slightly warmer than Makeup Geek Preppy.

Caramel is a medium warm golden copper in a frosted finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is brighter than Too Faced Créme Brulee, lighter and more muted than MAC Amber Lights, lighter than NARS Isolde #1, darker than Urban Decay Half Baked, and less metallic than Ardency Inn Copper.
Bon Bon is a medium warm peachy copper in a frosted finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is lighter and more peach than MAC Mythology, darker and more peach than MAC Honey Lust, more muted and more peach than Ardency Inn Copper, darker than Anastasia Beverly Hills Glisten, and more copper than Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn.
Butter Pecan is a light warm champagne gold in a metallic finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is easy to layer and blend out. It is brighter than MAC Ricepaper, more muted than MAC Nylon, more yellow than Ardency Inn Sunday, less yellow than Makeup Geek Rapunzel, and warmer than Anastasia Beverly Hills Legend.

I would say that Too Faced was pretty dead-on in describing the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar as the darker, warmer sister to their original Chocolate Bar palette, which I found to be more muted in general. Though the original Chocolate Bar would be considered a warm palette as well, the Semi-Sweet has far more orange and gold tones in it. Compared to the newly released Chocolate Bon Bons palette, which is relatively cool, this is far warmer. As usual, the eyeshadows in this palette are gorgeous — silky, smooth, pigmented, and ultra-blendable — with the exception of Pink Sugar, which is so absolutely dismal that it's completely surprising and totally out of place in this palette. It has an almost wet, gel-like texture and has a sort of slick feel to it (it's definitely not a powder), and it is so sheer that it seems almost like a glittery top coat of sorts. Except when you try to apply it to the eye, the colour just doesn't want to adhere to the lid, and instead sticks to whatever you used to apply it (whether with a brush or finger). It's not a total deal-breaker, but it is a big disappointment; I'm not really sure what Too Faced was thinking when they included it, especially given the quality of the other shadows in the palette. Anyway, what I really appreciate about Too Faced's Chocolate Bar palettes is the variety in finishes; each one has a good ratio of metallic/frosts, satins, and mattes (something that I find Urban Decay's Naked palettes, arguably their biggest competitors, lacking). This is a great one to look at if you love warm palettes and cute packaging.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette


Last month, Too Faced released the third palette in their Chocolate Bar line-up called Bon Bons. Too Faced describes it as "a candy-coated confection of heart-shaped shadows infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. Includes 16 matte and shimmer shades in delicious pops of color, sugary brights, and beautiful go-to neutrals in the bestselling one-swipe formula you know and love." It is housed in a light pink metal case with a mirror on the inside spanning the entire lid, and the exterior box packaging is meant to mimic old-fashioned chocolate bar wrapping. As with all the Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palettes, the eyeshadows are scented like cocoa powder. Each Chocolate Bon Bons palette contains a total of 16.2 grams of product, and retails for $59 CAD. It is available at all Sephora locations, and online at Sephora and Too Faced.

Almond Truffle, Satin Sheens, Sprinkles, Molasses Chip, and Malted

Almond Truffle is a medium-dark muted neutral mauve-brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more mauve than Too Faced Puddin', more brown than MAC Haux, warmer than MAC Quarry, darker and more brown than Makeup Geek Petal Pusher, and warmer than Makeup Geek Unexpected.

Satin Sheets is a light warm pinked beige with a golden sheen in a frosted finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more golden than Too Faced Champagne Truffle, more pink than Too Faced Butter Pecan, more pink than MAC Dazzlelight, darker and warmer than MAC Phloof!, and slightly cooler than Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma.

Sprinkles is a light-medium warm milky pink with a soft golden sheen in a satin finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more pigmented and less sparkly than Too Faced Pink Sugar, darker and warmer than Too Faced Strawberry Bon Bon, lighter and warmer than MAC Da Bling, darker and warmer than MAC Yogurt, and warmer and more frosted than Makeup Geek Confection.
Molasses Chip is a medium warm copper-bronze in a metallic finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more copper than Too Faced Frosting, lighter than Too Faced Hazelnut, lighter and more copper than MAC Bronze, lighter and warmer than MAC Havana, and more bronze than Urban Decay Chopper.
Malted is a dark warm chocolate brown with copper flecks in a satin-matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is warmer than Too Faced Triple Fudge, darker and more pigmented than Too Faced Puddin',  darker and more reddened than Too Faced Cocoa Chili, warmer than MAC Brun, and similar to Makeup Geek Bada Bing.

Cashew Chew, Cotton Candy, Café au Lait, Bordeaux, Mocha, and Black Currant

Cashew Chew is a light-medium warm pinked beige in a satin-matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler and more pink than Too Faced Nougat, less pink than MAC Malt, lighter and more pink than MAC Kid, darker and more muted than Makeup Geek Sorbet, and darker and more brown than Makeup Geek Confection.

Cotton Candy is a light-medium cool-toned cotton candy pink in a frosted finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler than MAC Da Bling, more muted than MAC Swish, cooler and more frosted than MAC Pink Venus, more muted than Make Up For Ever I864 Baby Pink, and cooler than Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink.

Café au Lait is a light-medium silvered beige in a metallic finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker than MAC Retrospeck, more brown than MAC Vex, darker and more silver than Ardency Inn Sunday, lighter and warmer than Makeup Geek Prom Night, and darker and warmer than Anastasia Beverly Hills Metal.
Bordeaux is a dark warm reddened brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more reddened than Too Faced Triple Fudge, darker and more brown than Too Faced Cherry Cordial, similar to MAC Embark, more reddened than MAC Handwritten, and lighter than Makeup Geek Americano.
Mocha is a medium-dark warm mocha brown in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is cooler than Too Faced Semi-Sweet, darker and cooler than Too Faced Milk Chocolate, cooler than MAC Saddle, darker and cooler than MAC Soft Brown, and darker and warmer than Makeup Geek Latte.
Black Currant is a dark warm plum with purple and gold sparkle in a frosted finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is darker and more pigmented than Too Faced Candied Violet, more shimmery than MAC Fig. 1, darker and warmer than MAC Satellite Dreams, warmer than Makeup Geek Drama Queen, and lighter and warmer than Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple.

Dark Truffle, Pecan Praline, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey, and Divinity

Dark Truffle is a dark warm plummy brown with a pearly sheen in a frosted finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more plum than Too Faced Hot Fudge, darker than MAC Mulch, more shimmery than MAC Mystery, darker and more brown than Makeup Geek Last Dance, and more metallic than Makeup Geek Americano.

Pecan Praline is a light-medium cool taupe-grey in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is lighter and more grey than Too Faced Puddin', more grey than MAC Omega, cooler and more matte than MAC Patina, lighter and warmer than Makeup Geek Bedrock, and more grey than Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige.

Totally Fetch is a medium-dark cool vibrant fuchsia pink with iridescent shimmer in a frosted finish. It has a soft and buttery texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is less shimmery than MAC Fuchsia Pigment, warmer and brighter than MAC Stylishly Merry, cooler and more shimmery than MAC Passionate, cooler than Makeup Geek Simply Marlena, darker and less purple than Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid.
Earl Grey is a dark muted cool teal-charcoal in a satin-shimmer finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is more muted and more grey than MAC Plumage, more teal than MAC Plumluxe #5, more grey and less shimmery than MAC Deep Blue Green Pigment, more muted and more grey than Makeup Geek Time Travel, darker and more muted than Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue.
Divinity is a light warm cream beige in a matte finish. It has a soft and finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It is similar to Too Faced White Chocolate, slightly darker than Too Faced Coconut Créme, warmer than MAC Shroom, darker than MAC Blanc Type, and similar to Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean.

I wouldn't describe myself as a girly girl, but the Hello Kitty-, unicorns-, and sparkles-loving side of me had to get her hands on this palette. It is so freaking adorable, from the pink tin case to the heart-shaped shadows, that even if I didn't receive this for Christmas, I wouldn't have thought twice about buying this for myself. Cuteness factor aside, the shadows are all beautiful — so silky and smooth and pigmented — and there's a great variety of neutrals (both warm and cool) and unexpected shades (like Totally Fetch, a hot pink that is more wearable than you might think, and Earl Grey, which ended up being a lot more unique than I thought it would be when I was searching for dupes). I've been using this for a few weeks now, and it's quickly become my go-to palette because the shades are just so easy to wear together and blend out like a dream. This palette will remain part of Too Faced's permanent range so you don't have to rush out to get it... but what better gift to get yourself (or another make-up loving fiend) for Valentine's?