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Monday, October 3, 2016

Too Faced Christmas In New York Grande Hotel Cafe Review, Swatches & Giveaway

Get excited! I have three days of Too Faced giveaways for you guys! Christmas in October? Why not!?! LOL Today, let's start with the Too Faced Christmas In New York Grande Hotel Cafe. I knew this was going to be cute, but when I opened it ... my eyes lit up like a Christmas tree! It is absolutely gorgeous.

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe is Supersweet


Too Faced -Christmas In New York - Grande Hotel Box - Outer Packaging

The outer packaging (box) was inspired by one of Jerrod Blandino's favorite hotels in New York. On the box, the hotel is pink & green with a Too Faced wreath. The back of the box shows what is "inside" the hotel. What's inside? Girl, keep on reading!

Too Faced - Christmas In New York - Grande Hotel Cafe

Once you open the box above, you then pull out the actual Grande Hotel Cafe. It has a removable roof and the doors open to reveal two Christmas trees, The Grande Hotel Cafe, three (3) eye shadow palette booklets, and a mini size Better Than Sex Mascara. The artwork & details that went into making this was absolutely extraordinary. It reminds me of a doll house! It is so pretty! The cafe has a coffee station, sweet treats, diner tables & chairs, Christmas wreaths and a cute couple sitting inside. Beneath each painted Christmas tree are "Too Faced products" such as their Better Than Sex mascara, Chocolate Bar Eye shadow Palette, and Sweetheart Collection. It's magical!

Too Faced - Christmas In New York - Grande Hotel Cafe - Eggnog Latte Eye Shadow Palette

There are three (3) little booklets housed in The Grande Hotel Cafe. This is Eggnog Latte! Eggnog Latte has a lot of neutrals (L-R): Frosty Nog, Eggnog Latte, Iced Coffee, Skinny Latte, and Cold Brew. Central Perk is a gorgeous metallic green! Peach Cobbler is highly pigmented peach blush. All of the shadows in this group displayed excellent pigmentation & quality. I only used Smashbox primer on my hand. The booklet displays all kinds of Christmas baubles & ornaments...tied with a string of course! If you wish to give them as gifts, there's a To and From for each on the back. There's a slight scent of Eggnog, but only slightly.

Too Faced - Christmas In New York - Grande Hotel Cafe - Peppermint Mocha Eye Shadow Palette

The next booklet is Pepperming Mocha! Peppermint Candy Canes & Lollies decorate the outer cover of this booklet. These shades remind me of berries & chocolate! A very nice combination indeed. From L-R you have, Peppermint Cream, Christmas Blend, Peppermint Mocha, Candy Cane (the only disappointing one out of the group...very chalky), Sprinkles and Coffee Chip. The blush is called Santa Baby :) Love that song! The quality of the eye shadows & blush were superb except for Candy Cane. Did the palette smell like peppermint mocha? I didn't pick up anything.

Too Faced - Christmas In New York - Grande Hotel Cafe - Gingerbread Cookie Eye Shadow Palette

The last booklet in the collection is called Gingerbread Cookie.  I LOVE a gingerbread theme and this is THE CUTEST booklet in MY book! LOL It's a cookie theme. It shows cookie Christmas trees, stars and of course gingerbread men! The shades in this booklet are L-R: Ginger Cream, Maple Syrup, Ginger Snap (GORGEOUS!!!), Winter Dream, Cup of Joe (gorgeous rich dark brown with gold, but it shows up dark on my hand) and Black Coffee. The Gingerbread BRONZER (but I'm going to use it as a BLUSH) is super awesome! I thought the other blushes were a little loud, but I love the Gingerbread bronzer/blush LOL. I wish they would make it by itself. HaHaHa There are a couple of shades in each palette (Eggnog Latte, Cold Brew, Christmas Blend and Winter Dream) that look like metallics, BUT they're more like a foil. It's a very cool effect. I haven't played with foil shadows. I know Lime Crime came out with some, but these are very cool! I think Too Faced calls theirs shimmer shadows. Does it smell like gingerbread? Faintly! LOL I didn't pick up any major scents with any of these.

Grande Hotel Cafe How To Glamour Guide

And finally, you know Too Faced is going to give you a Glamour Guide of Looks! How cute are the names!?! Cocoa Cappuccino, Spiked Eggnog, Gingerbread Gurrl and Peppermint Pop! Love them! I can't wait to play with these palettes!

My Final Thoughts: I think Too Faced did a superb job with the The Grande Hotel Cafe! I absolutely adore it. The quality from the packaging to the eye shadows was superb. Only one eye shadow disappointed me (candy cane) and I was looking forward to some yummy scents (non-existant), but everything else wow'd me. If you were thinking about getting this, don't hesitate. It is well worth the money and I feel surpasses The Christmas In New York Chocolate Shop Palette (which costs way more). I included Jerrod Blandino's YouTube video explaining the entire collection below.

Now for the GIVEAWAY! I bought one for YOU! One lucky reader of A Very Sweet Blog will win their own Too Faced Christmas In New York Grande Hotel Cafe. This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE (anywhere USPS will ship). Good Luck! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Read the fine print on the Rafflecopter widget.



  1. I really like the colours in the peppermint mocha palette Kim! :) These are such cute sets for Christmas too - perfect gifts! I'm going to nee to start thinking about Christmas presents soon, eek!

    Hope you've had a wonderful weekend :) Thank you for the giveaway!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. That peppermint mocha palette is amazing!! Love the swatches. Great packaging for all these bits and pieces, too x

    Emma |

  3. What a nice way to wake up on a Monday. This is just beautiful!

  4. Gosh! Too Faced does the cutest packaging, and good to know the products are good as well! What a great giveaway, Kim:)

  5. Wow! This is indeed extraordinary the attention to details and designs that went into creating this! I love the colors in the palettes, absolutely beautiful! How kind of you to host such an amazing giveaway, girl! Thanks for hosting and sharing this review; I hope you have the most amazing week ahead, beautiful!



  6. The packaging is seriously spectacular! You make mew ant to get Too Faced palettes and i'm definitely checking for them on Sephora!

  7. Too Faced outdid themselves with this packaging. It 's all so cute and festive. All the colors are so pretty too especially the Gingerbread Cookie Eye Shadow Palette.

  8. The packaging of this set is just unreal - Too Faced has outdone themselves, and I honestly didn't know that was possible. I love the Gingerbread Cookie eyeshadow palette. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway, Kim! My fingers are crossed ;)

  9. Great giveaway Kim, you're always so generous! I love these colours! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  10. The packaging is brilliant! I has always dreamed of spending a Christmas in NYC. Someday. :) Gingerbread too? A holiday favorite of mine. The shades are so beautiful in these sets.

  11. I love absolutely all SHADES which rarely happens... what a treat Kim!!

  12. I LOVE the packing so adorable! My favorite palette is the Eggnog Latte Eye Shadow Palette. That great that only one shadow out of the bunch was a let down. That is pretty good overall! You swatches are always so professional looking and your review is so detailed. Thanks so much for a great review and for giving away a set to one of your lucky readers! My fingers are crossed!

  13. OMG Im so excited 😱😍❤️🙋🏻 I Love Holiday sets! 😍 🎅🏼☃ thanks for the opportunity, you are always so generous, I would love to win because don't sell Too Faced in my country. Good luck to all!

  14. Ahhhhhh you know I'm entering haha! Thanks for the generous giveaway. Too Faced always sucks me in with their cuteness!

  15. I was hoping the Peppermint Mocha would smell good. Haha! I do love the shades in that little collection pretty! I love TF packaging, seriously the cutest! I've actually NEVER purchased any of their holiday collections...don't know why!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  16. This collection is so pretty Kim! I loveee hey gingerbread bronzer, but I think I'd wear it as a blush too! I love all the colors and the swatches are gorgeous. They totally should have made these smell like the scents they are named after lol!! The packaging is way too cute, and I like the idea of Christmas in October lol!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Confession: I don't wear anything but mascara but I am a SUCKER for cute packaging like this! It's so freaking darling!
    The Adored Life

  18. What an awesome idea for the name. Totally ingenious! Not only did a lot of details go into this, a lot of thought went into it too. Pigmented is definitely a plus, huge plus. But whattt??? The booklet has a display too? Ok I am blown away. Like that's not enough, the names of the how to glamour guide are oh so cute. This is so amazing! So much so I forgive the candy cane LOL. OUTSTANDING!!! Kudos Too Faced, I'm sold on this! Hey girl, this is an amazing review! Enjoy your week.

  19. I've stayed away from too faced limited edition collections despite the absolutely adorable packaging. I'm so glad to see that the quality is there! All your swatches are seriously soo beautiful! Thank you so much for doing a giveaway :D

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  20. I saw your swatches on IG Stories and they look amazing, Kim! Thank you so much for doing another amazing giveaway, Kim!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  21. Loved the packaging of these palettes, so cute. Loved the shades too, perfect for this season.
    Nina's Style Blog

  22. Hoping to win this giveaway, love everything about the products! I've been wanting to try it, but promised not to shop too much for a while. :)) Great review and pics!

    Much Love,

    Soon cuteeee!

    Kate x |

  24. I looove the packaging, so cute!

  25. Such a adorable gift set. The three palettes look amazing:)

  26. How pretty! The absolute best gift set ever!
    -Kate //

  27. this is such a cute little kit, perfect for gifting during the holidays<3

  28. Cute kits for the holidays, I love the colors.
    Have a wonderful day,
    ❤ Johanna.

  29. This looks so cool. But I will pass on this one. I have already far too many eye shadow palettes, lol. Anyway it looks really cool THx for the reciew, Kim.

  30. I love the pretty. the packaging is lovely too


  31. All the shades are so pretty! This is def one of the best kit from Too Faced. Thanks so much for holding this giveaway <3

  32. The packaging, the products, the shades I love everything!

  33. Holy crazy awesome giveaway!! You're always so generous with the giveaways you host Kim :D
    The attention to detail on this line is insane. Just makes it 100x better!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries
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  34. Omg! The package is too much cute :3 Btw the swatches are very pretty, ideal for Christmas night makeup, nice giveaway I am participate and hope have luck this time :D

  35. Too Faced always has some of the cutest christmas set. I just love them. Amazing giveaway!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  36. Love the packaging and the swatches look gorgeous! Thanks for the giveway's Kim! You're a Doll! xo, Gina

  37. Thanks Kim! Fingers crossed! :)

  38. My Bloglovin name in bubble10, I made an error in the Raffle. Thanks for the chance !

  39. Those shades are gorgeous! Too bad they aren't scented like the palette names! lol Thank you for doing the little movies where you show the live action shots to show off the shimmer/frost/foils swatches! I've never seen anyone else do that! Awesome idea! Thank you for this generous giveaway! =)

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