IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzer.

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I like the idea of IT Cosmetics. The reality is often something else though for a couple of reasons. If you follow Jackie Aina on YouTube, she details how the foundations are too light for her. The one foundation she had been able to use, left her looking corpsey. I can use the last shade in most of their lines, Rich, pretty well. However I do get the grey cast that she talks about as well. The undertones on their foundation products for deeper complexions are…lacking.

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Becca x Chrissy Teigen Face Glow Palette.

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I was so excited when I heard that this palette was gonna be a thing. I mean, a brand that I appreciate and Chrissy Teigen team up to create a palette? Yeah, I’m there. Also, if you’re not following her on Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram, then I don’t know what to tell you about your life, cause she is hilarious!

So I heard about the palette about two weeks before it dropped, and I was able to get it from Sephora a few days before it officially launched as an app exclusive offering. As with any highly anticipated launch there were all sorts of problems happening in the background. Pre-launch orders got cancelled before they shipped, cause apparently Lazership was breaking everything. Luckily mine came intact, albeit way later than a usual Sephora shipment.

A lot of people were comparing this to the Jaclyn Hill palette, although this one only has four shades and costs $46. To some the colours looked the same, I can’t really say since I never did get my replacement for the one that came broken from Sephora, hey Lazership! The major difference with this palette though and something that I can definitely get behind, is that it’s a warm golden toned palette where the Jaclyn Hill, like most Becca products is neutral. 

Cue the complaints that this palette isn’t suitable for fair skin tones and the expected clapback on Sephora.com. It’s really, truly funny to read them cause let’s face it, if you follow Chrissy you’re likely a clapback queen, even if you didn’t start out that way she’s taught you well. Anyway on to the palette.

This one feels a lot heavier than the Jaclyn Hill palette even though it has less product. The design of this is more subdued, classy if you will, I did find the JH palette to be a bit gaudy. Since Chrissy has a different, arguably more mature demographic it falls in line with that. 

It’s a muted pink with rose gold lettering, and the palette itself is bordered with that same gold as is the interior of the palette. The shade names are written on the outside of the palette, which for me is disappointing since there is more than enough room inside, but it’s not unexpected.

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The palette contains three new shades and one from the permanent line. There’s a luminous blush in Hibiscus Bloom a coral pink with gold undertones. One of the new Sunlit Bronzers that debuted a while back in Malibu Soleil, described as a medium amber and is only available in this palette. Two highlighters, one of which is Rose Gold part of the regular line up and Beach Nectar a golden apricot which also works well as a blush topper. I had plans to pick up at least two of the bronzer so it’s nice to be able to play before I buy. 

Since Chrissy is a WOC of Asian extraction with a tanned skin tone and very warm, I don’t understand why people were up in arms that her collaboration palette with Becca would reflect this? Like what the hell did you think was gonna happen people? Um…everyone else with a collab did the exact same thing, Nikki’s palette was only wearable to very fair toned people so…?

That being said, for very dark skinned people this is definitely not a must have. If you’re tanned to medium-dark, say an NC30/35 to an NC45 then this is a perfect palette and you’ll get use out most if not all the products. If you’re darker than that you’re only going to be able to use only two colours and the bronzer is definitely gonna be a miss. Swatches below.

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This palette disappoints me in the sizes. I would have preferred a larger blush and bronzer, rather than two large highlighters since those are the two that will have less product used. As for the products themselves, because this is Becca the quality is top notch. No fallout, applies smoothly. I find Rose Gold to be a little but chunky but it blends out well. I had a very weird experience with the bronzer. 

As you can see from the photo above, it’s basically the same colour as my arm. Luckily my arm is darker than my face, even so I was prepared to write it off as a face powder, cause that’s how these things usually play out when you’re my complexion.  

When I used it though, I looked lightly bronzed and more golden. I find it odd since right now, I’m out of winter colouring so in the winter time this should work wonderfully. 

The blush is very pigmented but needs to be built up. You can get a very good, vibrant colour from it. Unfortunately for me because of my very golden undertones, I had a a harder time with it as it seems to want to disappear. But generally speaking I have trouble with the luminous blush line from Becca, they sort of all perform like this one me so there’s that. 

I still get good colour from it but it ends up looking like a very natural wash of colour which I’m fine with it. My only issue is that it fades rather quickly, I got maybe four hours of wear from it. Below I’m wearing the blush with Beach Nectar and you can just barely see it, it shows up better in real life though.IMAG0139_1_1

 

Final Thoughts.

This isn’t going to be a must have palette for everyone, and no palette ever is. But it’s a great palette to have if you’re tanned or medium-dark toned and warm. Which let’s be real, most palettes don’t usually take those skin tones into consideration so I for one am happy that it’s here. 

Becca did a bang up job, so did Chrissy. As for me, I don’t know yet if this palette works enough for me to keep it. I’m curious to see how well this performs for me in the winter when I’m more yellow than golden, and I feel like no matter what I’m gonna bang through that blush. 

Regardless, it’s a quality palette, it’s just not gonna be for everyone. This is a perfect summer palette though if it works for you, and it is a LE item that keeps selling out, so if you want it you should grab it now.

To Faced Cyber Monday 2015 Mystery Grab Bag.

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Yup, I did it again this year. I mean after last year, I kinda had to didn’t I? I figured it could go one of two ways, I would absolutely love everything that was in it. Or hate it with a passion, not really an in between with this one at all.

I wasn’t all that worried, because generally speaking, Too Faced tends to be inclusive colour-wise, they tend to mostly swing cool toned, but usually darker skinned ladies and fair ladies are represented.

Now, while I didn’t love everything that was in the bag, I didn’t hate any of it either. It was more a case of most of those items not being things that I would pick for myself. This year the bag was advertised as having a value of $137, and costs $4 more than last year at $39. I was able to stack it with a 20% off coupon and got the mystery bag and one other product for a total of $47 with free shipping as the mystery bag always ships free.

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Brown Girls Rejoice! Your Bronzer Has Finally Arrived.

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I spied this baby today when I went to Sephora to pick up the Teint Fusion foundation. Some wonderful soul named Paige, had given me a birthday gift card, so I was able to get them both. Plus we both wanted to check out the foundation, she has the pale girl problems to my brown girl bemoaning when it come to makeup. I’ll have a review of that foundation coming up soon, but I must say, Sephora has definitely been impressing me all year starting with the Marsala debut.

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Kiko Milano LE Lovegrove Summer Collection.

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Isn’t that packaging to die for?!?!

So I’d told you guys that I did another Kiko haul right? I’d hauled their two new collections, The Artist and this one. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the hell packed this stuff because almost all of it came smashed to bits. Yeah, sad as hell cause the blush from this collection that came broken is hella pretty when applied, much more so than the one that survived intact. Kiko doesn’t send out replacements unfortunately, they just refund you and then you have to repurchase, something I’m opting to not do at the moment, I may revisit it again, but I’m unsure. I really hate those refund and repurchase policies, particularly when it’s your fault that my stuff came broken. /rant.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer… And What The Hell Do I Do With It?

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I saw swatches of this online and I fell in love with it. I was all oohhh, liquid bronzer yeah! I saw it swatched on fair skinned girls, medium skinned girls and dark skinned girl, each time it looked not only fabulous, but a wee bit sparkly. Clearly people have been playing with the Photoshop and it’s knockoff cause this…? Nars Laguna Bronzer is an icon. Everyone swears by it. As a darker skinned chick, you know bronzers are tricky, and I’m by no means a Nars aficionado, so I thought since everyone my complexion, lighter and in between loves this stuff… Ok, let’s break it down.

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NYX Go-To Palettes.

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I for serious wish that NYX would debut all their new stuff at once, you know, to save this princess from having to order like every flippin’ week.

I saw the Go-To Palettes on the site when I went to check my order status, for the last order that I had placed. They look remarkably like the Avant Pop Palettes so at first I didn’t realise that they were new. Like the Avant Pop Palettes, these are $17, but instead of having 12 shadows, you get six, a highlighter, a blush and a bronzer.

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All Bases Covered; Blushes and Such.

Ok, so this is the second part and this is going to include some illuminators and illuminating finishing powders. Blushes as well, but like I mentioned before, I just tend to get blushes wherever without sticking to brand, high or low, so this is just going to be a list of the best performing lost cost blushes that I’ve found to date, with a few comparisons. I’m not sure that I’ll be doing lipsticks or not, because to be honest, a huge chunk of the drug store lip products that I’ve gotten just do not perform all that great. If I do wind up doing that, it’ll be a much shorter post.

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Sephora VIB Haul 2016: Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation and Friends.

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I picked up some Kevyn Aucoin during the VIB sale. I’d only really wanted to get one thing, the new foundation, but wanted to try the Neo Bronzer since the summer so I went ahead and got it along with the new-ish Guardian Angel highlighter. I dunno, over the last few years or so, I’ve not really been into KA as much as I once was. The brand just seems to be lacking in innovation as well as quality, but I guess I was nostalgic here. Lemme tell you though? This foundation is quite possibly the worst foundation I’ve tried this year, and I’ve tried a lot if you’ve been keeping track.

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Holiday 2016: Tarte Tarteist Paint Palette Collectors Set

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This is the Tarte big boy this year. This one is an Ulta exclusive, there is another one that’s available at Sephora, but from all reports it sucks butt and the shadows have little to no pigmentation. I almost got it too, but once I’d seen this on Instagram along with the blush palette, I decided early on that those were going to be my Tarte Holiday purchases this year. So I held out thankfully, because the blush palette turned out really well.

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