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E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

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E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. has a new line of bronzers out that I mentioned last month, and now I have one of them to show you.  This is the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I really like the somewhat new Pressed Mineral Blushes, so I am very excited that e.l.f. has released bonzers in the Pressed Mineral line.  I had heard that Tan Toffee was a matte shade, and I was anxious to see how closely it resembles Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have some comparison swatches at the end, but first let me talk about this bronzer.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Pressed Mineral Bronzers: “Create a healthy looking glow year-round with this sculpting bronzer. The silky smooth texture of this pressed formula is blendable for everyday wear. Infused with Vitamin E and Grape to help nourish the skin for a more revitalized feel.”  I really like this formula.  It feels silky soft and goes on smoothly and evenly.  It actually has a higher end feel, in my opinion.  The pigmentation is great, and it lasts on my skin all day.  The only issue I have with the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer is that it is so soft that you have to be careful what brush you use with it.  If you have a good soft brush, you should be fine.  Just remember to tap off before you apply.  If your brushes are a little coarse, or if you have a heavy hand, you can kick up a lot of product in the pan.  You should never have to “dig” into a product, and if you feel you do, then you should probably be using a better quality product.  If you use a light hand, you shouldn’t have much of an issue, but otherwise things can get a little messy.  That issue aside, the formula is fantastic.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee is a medium bronze shade with subtly warm undertones.  It is not actually matte.  It’s more of a matte-satin with just the slightest sheen.  It is difficult to detect the sheen on the skin, but it is there if you look very closely.  I feel that it is matte enough for me to contour my cheeks and forehead, but not my nose.  I don’t find it too warm for me, but my skin has a warmish-neutral undertone.  People with cooler toned skin, especially if it is also fair, may find Tan Toffee too warm for contouring.  I am not someone who contours on a daily basis, and like to just warm up my face with bronzer, so Tan Toffee is a great color for me.  If you have medium-tan skin or darker, Tan Toffee will be too light for you.  It should work well for anyone with light-medium skin or lighter.  Now, let’s see how it stacks up against other well-known bronzers.

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Here I have swatched NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.  I don’t want to just compare color, but also quality.  These three products were swatched exactly the same way.  As you can see, NYC Sunny, the cheapest of the three by far, looks patchy.  It doesn’t look at all like the other two.  The e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee swatches just as smoothly as the much more expensive Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have never had issue with NYC Sunny, and think that it is a good drugstore bronzer, but you do have to work with it to get the same color payoff as the other two bronzers.  As far as color goes, Tan Toffee is darker than NYC Sunny, and also not as warm.  If NYC Sunny is too warm for you, Tan Toffee may be a good option.  Chocolate Soleil is pretty darn close in color to Tan Toffee.  They have similar pigment and depth, but Tan Toffee is warmer toned than Chocolate Soleil.  The E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer retails for $5 and is .14oz.  A full size Chocolate Soleil is $30 for .35oz.  If the two products were the same size, e.l.f.’s bronzer would retail for $12.50, still a significant savings to the higher end alternative.  Are the formulas exactly the same?  No.  But they have enough similarities to make e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee a worthy alternative.

Overall, I am very pleased with E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I think that the formula is great, and the color works with my skintone.  I definitely recommend taking a closer look at the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzers.  I believe the lightest shade is a peach highlight, but the two darker shades are definitely bronzers.  If you have lighter skin with a warm or neutral undertone, give Tan Toffee a try.  It is only $5, full price, and it stands up against higher end products of its kind.  I you plan to order online, be sure to take advantage of one of the many sales e.l.f. has going.  You may be able to pick it up for even less.

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July 2014 Favorites

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Monthly Favorites for July 2014

Monthly Favorites for July 2014

It’s the first day of August, so you know what that means.  It’s Monthly Favorites time!  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites feature those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  July was a lot of fun.  I celebrate my birthday all month long, and my niece came in from out of town, so I was pretty busy and there were several nice dinners out.  I did a lot of experimenting with makeup this month, so my favorites were a little harder to narrow down because there was so much variety.  These were the products that anchored my looks.

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner

First, let’s start with skincare.  I ran out of my Michael Todd Cranberry Antioxidant Toner, so I went back to the Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner.  I remembered really liking it, so I wanted to give it another chance.  What I like about it is that it is really gentle, alcohol free, fragrance free, and lanolin free.  It’s a basic, gentle toner formulated for sensitive skin.  When push comes to shove, I do prefer the Michael Todd Cranberry Antioxidant Toner, but it is $18.  The Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner is less than $5.00 at Target, and does it’s job very well.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia  and Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia and Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance

I have been really into perfumes lately, and have been trying to remember to apply a different scent every day.  The two scents that I am just loving are Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia  and Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance.  Oh my god, you guys, they smell so good!  I like rollerballs because I can have many fragrances without having to invest in an entire bottle.  Acqua di Gioia is probably my absolute favorite scent right now.  It is a fresh, clean, aquatic scent, with light citrus and floral notes.  It transports me to the Mediterranean, and I can’t get enough of it.  Also, I smelled the men’s version recently and it is just as divine.  I may have to pick it up for the Hubs.  Midnight Romance is a little heavier.  It is really a beautiful fragrance that is feminine, sexy, and sophisticated.  Feminine florals combine with a little bergamot and black vanilla and a slight touch of berry that keeps it from going too dark and heavy (without turning fruity).  I fully recommend both of these fragrances.  They are not similar, but they are equally fabulous.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

So, we need to talk about Coastal Scents Forever Blushes for a moment.  They are so good!  I have a full review coming for the seven shades that I purchased during the last half off sale, but I had to mention Poetic in my favorites post because I have been really loving it.  Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish.  It is gorgeous, and so great for this time of year.  I tend to stick to blushes with a brown-ish undertone in the summer, and Poetic is lovely.  The Forever Blush formula applies smoothly and they blushes are crazy pigmented.  I will definitely be reviewing them soon.

 

NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler

NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler

For lips, just like last month, I am still loving bright orange and coral.  I am also still loving the NYX Butter Gloss, this time in Peach Cobbler.  I have been really impressed with the Butter Gloss formula, and find them very comfortable to wear.  Peach Cobbler is a fiery red-orange shade that really pops.  It is a great summer shade.  I am not usually a gloss lover, but NYX really won me over with these Butter Glosses.

Nivea Kiss of Cherry Lip Balm

Nivea Kiss of Cherry Lip Balm

Next up is the Nivea Kiss of Cherry.  When I didn’t have bright lips on, I went very natural with this tinted lip balm.  It feels just like a regular Nivea lip balm, which are my favorites, but it has just the slightest light red tint to it.  The effect is just enough to brighten your face up a little, but it is extremely sheer.  The lightweight formula is so comfortable and works so well at keeping my lips healthy.  I do wish that the color was a little less subtle, but I am still enjoying it.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Last but not least, is Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.  Summer is the time when bronzing is at it’s peak for me.  Chocolate Soleil is a medium matte brown that looks great as a contour shade.  It isn’t too warm like some bronzers can be, and it doesn’t give you that odd orange cast.   And yes, it does smell very convincingly like chocolate.  Yum!  This is a deluxe sample size, but I can definitely see myself purchasing the full size when I am out.  If you have very fair skin, Milk Chocolate Soleil would be a better shade for you than the original.  Otherwise, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is a very good choice.

July 2014 Favorites swatches

July 2014 Favorites swatches

Here is a swatch of the color cosmetics items mentioned in this post.  Everything looks pretty spot on, except that the Nivea Kiss of Cherry Lip Balm is pulling very cool toned next to that fiery NYX Lip Butter.  (Natural lighting, what can you do, you know?)  It looks almost berry in this shot, but in real life it is more red.  It is definitely that sheer, though.  I hoped that you liked my favorites for July and saw something that sparked your interest.  What were your favorites this past month?  I am a little sad that July is over.  I had such a good Birthday month.  I am excited that we are progressing through summer rather quickly, though.  It is my least favorite time of year, but I love fall and winter.  August can not go by fast enough for me.  On the horizon are more giveaways as we celebrate three years of doing this blog.  My three-year Blogiversary is August 12, so keep an eye out for good stuff coming your way.

Monthly Favorites January 2014

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January 2014 Favorites

January 2014 Favorites

Today’s post is the first monthly favorites post of 2014.  For those of you who are new to the blog, monthly favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  January’s favorites are more focused on skincare than makeup, but I do have a couple cosmetic items to show as well.  So, let’s get started.

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Food

I’ve been loving Soap & Glory Hand Food for my dry winter skin.  When the weather is dry and cold like this I feel like applying lotion often, and Soap & Glory Hand Food is very nice and the scent is delightful.  What’s great about it is that Hand Food gives me the moisture that I need without feeling greasy.  The lotion dries down pretty quickly.  I hate lotions that linger after I rub them in and make me want to avoid touching anything for a few minutes.  No one’s got time for that.  Hand Food smells amazing and makes my hands soft without taking up too much of my time.

Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food

I’ve been using Weleda Skin Food off and on for about a year, but it has been a real savior for me the last two months.  For some reason my feet decided that they wanted to resurface themselves, so they’ve been extra dry, cracking and peeling.  I don’t know what happened because I didn’t to anything different, but my skin just freaked out in a major way.  Using Weleda Skin Food really helped and healed my skin.  It’s a thicker balm-type of product, so it’s great for nighttime use.  It has a very earthy smell, which could be a turn off for some, but it is a little miracle worker for troubled skin.  Weleda is sold at health food stores like Earth Fare and it’s also sold at Target, as well as online.  If you have super dry areas that need a little extra help, I really recommend Weleda Skin Food.

Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey

Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey

I have a new favorite lip balm in Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey.  It is creamy without being waxy.  There is no noticeable taste or scent.  It’s a very unassuming lip balm that feels fantastic and leaves my lip hydrated and happy.  I enjoyed the Nivea lip butter in Macadamia kiss, but don’t like balms that come in a tin.  I prefer this type of convenient mess-free balm.  I really like the formula because it’s extremely moisturizing, but also lightweight.  I am definitely going to stock up.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

I bought this Too Faced sample kit from Sephora over the Chistmas buying frenzy, and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer was one of the included items.  I have heard so much about what an awesome product it is that I decided I needed to see for myself.  Honestly, bronzer isn’t an item that I get very excited about, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d like Chocolate Soleil.  As it turns out, I really like it a lot.  It’s such a great shade for contouring.  The picture above makes it look warmer and lighter than it does in real life (sorry, I was having lighting issues because of the weather).  In reality, it is a medium matte brown that looks great as a contour shade that’s not too orange, but those with lighter skin may want to use caution.  It would be too dark for fair skin, or those with light skin that use a heavy hand.  (If that’s the case, Milk Chocolate Soleil would be a better shade for you than the original.)  And yes, it does smell very convincingly like chocolate.  Yum!

Maybeline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk

Maybeline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk

I pulled out Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk this month and have really been enjoying the looks I am creating.  It looks beautiful alone, and also as a color base to use with my Naked 3 palette.  I forget how great these Color Tattoos are, and then I pull one out and get obsessed all over again.  They are especially good for quick and easy looks because you can definitely wear them all by themselves applied with a finger, and they last all day without creasing or fading.  At least they do for me, but I don’t have oily lids to contend with.  Pomegranate Punk is a beautiful shade for brown eyes like mine, and I definitely need to use it more often.

Chocolate Soleil Bronzer on top and Pomegranate Punk on the bottom

Here is a swatch of the makeup items.  Too Faced Chocolate Soleil is on the top, and Pomegranate Punk is on the bottom.  January was a really good month.  2014 has kicked off to a great start and I am looking forward to the months to come, but it has been stressful.  I will be moving across the country later this year and I am realizing just how much is going to be involved in that trek.  I don’t have all of the details (it’s a work thing so there are other factors) and the not knowing is a major stressor in my life.  I am a little “OCD” and find comfort is lists and plans.  Not knowing the when, where, and how is going to cause me issues, so the next few months will be all about a growing experience in learning to let go and trust that things will work out in their own time.  Wish me luck.  :/  On the upside, I have been enjoying the cold winter weather.  I know that many of you are praying for Spring, but I am happy as a clam snuggling up in my sweaters and slippers.  Things are good.  🙂