Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette Review and Swatches

Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Friday Everybody! You may remember back in April when I purchased Becca's Sunchaser Palette, that I was excited for the Becca x Chrissy Teigen collaboration. I finally purchased the palette (ULTA) and surprisingly it has exceeded my expectations. I have a few quirks. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the packaging. Both the palette and the box mimics the funniest looking marble (rose gold, pink, yellow & white) I've ever seen. But I can deal with it. It's also a pretty substantial square-shaped palette (will fit your entire hand, from wrist to fingertip if you have large hands HaHaHa). Let's get to what I love. I love the sleekness of the palette and the real treasure is inside! It contains a substantial mirror for use and this palette contains two (2) highlighters (ROSE GOLD is OLD & BEACH NECTAR is NEW), a (1) NEW bronzer (MALIBU SOLEIL) and a NEW (1) blush (HIBISCUS BLOOM). As you'll see from my swatches, all the shades are very pigmented and lovely. I found they blended very well with my makeup. I bronzed my face with Malibu Soleil. I added Hibiscus Bloom to my cheeks. I used Beach Nectar on my nose and cupids bow. I used Rose Gold as a highlighter on my cheeks. They all really compliment one another. There has been a lot of discussion as to whether this was a dupe for the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Palette. They look very similar in the palette, but when swatched they are different. I re-swatched Jaclyn Hills for you below, so you can see the difference. Click on the link above to see my full review and compare pictures to this palette. The Jaclyn Hill gives me an entire different look. So I'm happy I purchased this palette. I love the colors. I love how it makes me look. It will be perfect for Summer. I feel this palette does a great job brightening me up. I wish the bronzer and blush were the same size as the highlighters! But I have a feeling (just a hunch), Becca may come out with full sizes of these (as they did with the Jaclyn Hill ones). Because the size of these (blush & bronzer) feel like "teasers" :D Just sayin! I'm probably wrong! HaHaHa Have a great weekend!

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette is Supersweet

I also included a few Snapchat snapshots from the Becca x Chrissy Teigen launch party. 
Various YouTubers (and of course Becca) were invited to Chrissy & John Legends house.
I loved the candy bar, pizza & fry packaging and pink footie pajamas. How about that donut wall?

Whipped Cream: American Ballet Theatre

Monday, May 22, 2017

If you live in New York or plan on visiting soon, get tickets to see Whipped Cream (May 22 - July 1, 2017) performed by The American Ballet Theatre at The Metropolitan Opera. I found out about Whipped Cream over the weekend, and it literally made my heart skip a beat. It's about a boy that overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. The boy dreams of an assortment of sweets that help him escape from his attending physician. Schlagobers (the Austrian word for Whipped Cream) was originally premiered at the Vienna State Opera in 1924. This latest version has brilliantly been re-imagined by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and artist Mark Ryden. The set, costumes and artwork for Whipped Cream are the masterful & talented works of Mark Ryden. The score is by the late composer Richard Strauss. If you're in love or smitten (as I am) with the artwork of Whipped Cream, there is a Mark Ryden: The Art of Whipped Cream Exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery from May 20th - July 21st, 2017). This exhibit will feature drawings, sketches and paintings created for the production of The American Ballet Theatre's Whipped Cream. Many are comparing Whipped Cream to The Nutcracker Suite, however Whipped Cream displays both a sweet & dark side. It looks dreamy!

artwork & photo credit // mark ryden, stageandcinema

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

You've probably read countless reviews praising Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm! Well I'm here to AMEN those sentiments! I used some of my Sephora reward points last year to get a deluxe sample. I loved it so much, I purchased a full size jar. I've tried all kinds of of makeup removers such as DHC, Bioderma, Pixi + Caroline Hirons, MURAD, Pixi Cleansing Balm, but none of them compare to Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It's a creamy balm (not super hard), that's easy to apply. IT'S NOT GREASY! IT'S NOT OILY! I DON'T DETECT A SCENT (just checked ... 100% Fragrance Free)! As soon as you apply it, you can see it break down your makeup! THERE'S NO BURNING! THERE'S NO TINGLING! And then you just wash or wipe off! Your face is not irritated afterwards. It strips off the hardest of makeup WITHOUT stripping your skin. Your skin feels soft & dare I say moisturized. I love it! Plus, since it's a balm its easy to transport. For the demonstration below, I used my Marc Jacobs Neo Noir Lipstick. You know how messy RED LIPSTICK can get! Just look how it wipes away so cleanly after application :) There have been many times when I've used other makeup removers on red lipstick and look like the Joker afterwards! HaHaHa The only negative I can think of, is if you are a CONTACT LENS wearer (like myself). Remove them before applying this! If you don't your contacts will have a film on them. Another thing I love about this cleansing balm is I can apply it all around my eyes and it won't irritate me. It removes eye makeup easy. I'm not sure if you know ... I didn't, until I looked on Sephora's & ULTA's website ... Clinique has a COLLECTION of 'Take The Day Off' products! Did you know that? I made a little chart below. They have cleansing oil, milk, eye makeup remover sticks and even towlettes! I haven't tried any of those, but would love to in the future. For smaller makeup removal, I still love my Neutrogena & Aveeno makeup wipes and Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Have you tried any of these Clinique products? What's your favorite makeup remover?

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is Supersweet