Is it Worth the Buy? Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope you all had a great Black Friday weekend! Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on one of Too Faced’s most popular products.

The Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is a medium/deep toned matte bronzer with their famous sweet chocolate scent. I got a deluxe size of this when I bought a little trial set with 5 of their best selling products. You all know that Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is my all time favourite so this one had a lot to compete with. I think the overall tone is nice but for my skin tone it borders on being too warm so you have to be careful when applying it.

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I find that it looks really nice blended around the temples, cheeks and jawline to wake up your complexion and you can get get away with a really soft and subtle contour if you’re careful to not apply too much. My one complaint is that I find it tough to blend and since it’s such a deep tone that can be a serious issue. Building it up slowly with a fluffy powder brush seems to be the best way to deal with that.

Overall I think it’s a really nice matte bronzer with a fairly good tone. I think it works well in the summer time for those of us with fair skin and could work all year on deeper skin tones. Let me know your thoughts on the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer if you’ve tried it. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great Sunday.

-Rach

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Fall Decorations!

I hope you’ve all had a spooky Halloween! It’s been a crazy busy month for me but I’m finally caught up with school work so I figured I’d share with you all some of the decorations I had up for fall and Halloween. These are super easy and they work great for really small spaces!

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I didn’t really like many of the fall decorations I was finding so I figured that I would just pick up some fake leaves and make my own. I got a few that had little wire stems that I twisted together to make sets of three and I also got some tiny loose leaves that I glued to some twine. I put these up all around my room and on my door and they looked super cute! I don’t really have the patience to carve pumpkins so I bought a mini one at a grocery store and took a black sharpie and drew on a jack-o-lantern face. If you want to get more crafty and creative with pumpkins, I’d recommend using fake ones so that you can re-use them. That’ll save you a ton of money and effort!

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What kind of decorations did you have for the spooky season? I’m always looking for new ideas! Now on to Christmas decor! Thank you all so much for stopping by!

xx -Rach

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Drugstore Dupe: Maybelline Master Prime

Hello friends! I hope you’re all surviving winter–only a few weeks left till spring! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, I caught a really bad flu and it’s taken me a while to get back into things. But I’m super excited to share this budget friendly product with you all!

I am a huge fan of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I think the formula and overall quality surpasses any other eyeshadow primer on the market. It’s definitely an expensive product–$26!–so I’m always looking for drugstore alternatives that can top it. When using eyeshadow primers, I’m looking for something that will increase the pigmentation of shadows and make them last all day without creasing, smudging or fading.

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Maybelline has been coming out with a ton of new products recently, one of which is their Master Prime Shadow Base. This product is meant to prep the eye area by creating a smooth surface for enhanced colour payoff and wear. It’s available in three shades: Prime+Smooth, Prime+Matte and Prime+Illuminate. It has a sponge tip applicator which may make it tough to get to all of the product that’s left on the sides of the bottle, but that’s not too big of a deal. I picked up the Prime+Matte version which was about $8.

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I am super impressed with this product, the smooth and whipped texture make it really easy to blend over your eye and it sets really nicely under your makeup. The main thing that disappointed me was that it is not a base that blends into your natural skin tone like many others that I’ve tried. It leaves a brown tint to your skin that will be visible under shadows. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but in my opinion it is the main drawback of the product. However, my makeup lasted all day without creasing or fading which was great, and when it came time to remove it, it came off without any hassle.

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Overall, I think we’ve finally found a drugstore dupe for Primer Potion. And at $8 for .23 oz (vs. $26 for .35 oz) I think it’s a pretty great deal!

Have you tried Maybelline’s Master Prime? What’s your favourite eyeshadow base? Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have an awesome day! Check out more products from Maybelline:
http://www.maybelline.com

xx -Rach

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