Category Archives: Too Faced

Too Faced Beauty Balm Face-Off: Challenge Accepted

When Too Faced presented its new Tinted Beauty Balm and asked us to measure it against our daily foundation routine, we invoked two words often spoken by one of the greatest television characters ever (HIMYM’s Barney Stinson): CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!  Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is the brand’s version of a “BB Cream.” The adaption of this product into the U.S. market is thrilling.  We love that it’s part makeup, part skin care.

While it’s definitely a staple summer product due to its multi-tasking abilities, I find BB Creams to work year-round. The boost of hydration and soothing properties are perfect for colder weather. Too Faced’s Beauty Balm has a multi-mineral complex with vitamins A & E as well as chamomile to nourish skin. Sun protection is pretty decent with the addition of SPF 20.

During the Face-Off Challenge, I tested Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm (in shade one, Vanilla Glow) exclusively without any other SPF, moisturizer or makeup primer to see how it held up. I wore it for about 15 hours at a time and put it through the ringer. I compared it directly to a liquid foundation in my beauty routine that I quite love. So how did it fare? Let’s dissect the results.

Across eight categories, Too Faced won in six. Vanilla Glow is an ideal match for my fair-medium skin tone and melted in seamlessly. It reflects light and diffuses all imperfections. No additional highlighter needed! I was impressed with the coverage. I have a lot of redness around the nose, and this did a stellar job at evening it out. When I say diffuses imperfections, it really does that. It held up well all day without primer, and didn’t accentuate any dryness. However, I think for winter I will start to couple this with additional moisturizer.

As for the two areas it didn’t win out, it’s a bit of a split. While this didn’t accentuate my pores (because they’re small-ish), the product is really glowy. A slight dusting of setting powder on the forehead would have softened that for me and improved the longevity (which admittedly was already great). The formula is something I wavered on. I think Too Faced created a pretty awesome BB Cream. My hangup is the additon of Propylene Glycol so early on the ingredient list (#3). It’s used as a skin conditioning agent, but it’s an iffy ingredient. You’ll see this on a lot of products, but I wish it weren’t so high up on the label.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is $32 and available at Too Faced. Considering how well this fared in the challenge, we’d recommed giving it a try.

Currently Loving for Summer: Monochromatic Bronze Makeup

Over the long holiday weekend, I found myself reaching for a familiar few products to give me a bronzed look with a touch of shimmer. It’s an easy summer look that feels natural that takes no more than five minutes. I’ve been a stickler for skin care this summer. Determined not to get too much sun (or any on my face, really) and keep my skin in balance. It’s been working, and as a result I’ve been able to abandon a lot of face makeup. My hero product to thank (not shown here) is definitely the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads.

Here’s the rundown on my other bronzing essentials:

Stila All Over Shimmer Duo - Both Carla and I use this constantly. On the eyes, on the cheekbones. Anywhere goes. I find I dust the lighter portion on my eyelids and along my cheekbones and take the darker shade and apply just under my browbone. It gives some dimension to my eyes without really wearing eyeshadow.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse - Finished brows are critical to any makeup look, but especially a “no-makeup” look. They pull everything together and give the face some structure. I use Tarte’s Brow Mousse (exclusive to QVC right now) in Taupe. I love the formula and the brush it comes with too! It gives a very natural look, and the Taupe is a perfect match.

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart MascaraTarte makes amazing mascaras – and the best part is they contain ingredients that help repair and strengthen your lashes. This is crazy volumizing and really opens up my eyes. Oh, and no flaking or smearing. It’s not waterproof, but I haven’t experienced any breakdown on a hot (and sweaty) day. And, it’s only $19. If you’re a Dior girl, you should yourself the $$ and give this a try. It’s better.

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment - Sugar Honey is a rosy nude with a hint of brown (see swatch below) and is very natural on the lips. It also has SPF 15!

Fresh Sugar Honey swatch

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Rock Candy – These liners wowed me from the start, and I’ve been favoring the sparkly bronze Rock Candy liquid eyeliner lately. It’s more fun than a matte version and easier to apply than a cream, gel or pencil. Perfect for summer.

NARS Laguna Illuminator – I squeeze out about two drops on the back of my hand, take my MAC 131 (a flat duo-fibre powder brush) and blend as a counter on the cheeks, along the sides of my face and along my jawline. It’s a sparklier formular, but it doesn’t look glittery on the face, just bronzed. It feels wonderful on the skin too — the liquid is a blast of cool which I welcome when the humidity level in my bathroom is high.

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer – If I’m going for a bronzed look, I’ve got to keep my pores in check. This primer does tthe trick by creating a flawless canvas. It contains vitamins A & C, Mulberry extract and a dose of retinol to perk up tired skin. It comes out of the tube in a nude color but blends into skin without color.

Beauty VIP of the Week: Eye Brightening Pencils

You guys, I’m living for the eye brightening pencil this week. I’ve happily added another step into my morning beauty routine and find it is well worth the 10 seconds (each eye) that it takes. I’m in a rut, which I blame on winter. I look tired, even though I’m well-concealed and brightened, and eyeliner on my lower lash line seems to be weighing me down. A few swipes of an eye brightening pencil along the waterline is saving me.

I’ve been using three:  Tarte EmphasEYEs Inner Brightener, Too Faced Mineral Water Eye Brightener and MAC Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20, but have really grown to rely on one.

L-R: Tarte, Too Faced, MAC

Too Faced’s version has a nice pink tone that is flattering and it also has a cooling effect which I like. MAC’s Chromographic is the thickest of the three and a good multi-tasker — to cover a blemish or redness. But, Tarte’s EmphasEYES takes the cake. The color is perfect on my waterline and the best part? It lasts ALL day. As I type this, I’m nine hours into wearing makeup and it is still on my waterline. It’s definitely my savior this week, and I’m convinced I need this always.

Too Faced's Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm with SPF 15

too-faced-love-lisa-luxury-lip-balm-spf-15 I was just about to check out when I was in Ulta on Monday when I saw this adorable little Too Faced Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm with SPF15. Even though I need another lip balm like I need a hole in the head, I thought I’d pick it up anyhow… it gave me a chance to use my favorite excuse for buying a new product, “it’s for charity”! ;) In fact, Too Faced is donating 25% of the net proceeds to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Besides having a cute little charm that jingles attached to it, this Too Faced Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm with SPF15 is fantastic. It’s a little on the pricey side for it’s size but fantastic nonetheless. It’s texture is right up my alley, it’s super thick and just coats your lips in moisture. It doesn’t hurt that it smells so delicious, it smells and even tastes like you’re taking a bite straight out of a creamsicle. I keep re-applying it even when I don’t need to just for that smell!

Shop Pink: Too Faced's Betsy Baby Eyeshadow Duo

Out of all of the products I’ve seen this month for Breast Cancer Awareness, this eyeshadow duo is the one product that intrigues me the most. I love the story behind it.

Too Faced Betsy Baby Eyeshadow Duo Too Faced’s founder Jerrod Blandino is close friends with Sephora’s very own Sr. VP of Marketing Betsy Olum. When Betsy was diagnosed with breast cancer, Jerrod was there for her and during one of their chats, she joked about him bringing back her favorite discontinued shadow named Heiress. Not only did Too Faced bring the shadow back but Jerrod worked with Betsy to develop a coordinating highlighting shade. This is how Too Faced’s Betsy Baby Eyeshadow Duo was born. What’s even better is the amount donated per purchase. Sephora and Too Faced are teaming up to donate a combined $9 for the sale of each duo to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Too Faced’s Betsy Baby Eyeshadow Duo is a beautiful duo and the shades are very wearable. If there’s one BCA product you should have, it’s this one. It’s easy on the wallet and goes on beautifully.

New Too Faced Galaxy Glam Shadows

Too Faced Galaxy Glam Eye Shadow Last week I told you about Too Faced’s Galaxy Glam Eye Shadows and how gorgeous they are. Too Faced has expanded these eyeshadows by introducing four new shades and they are a great compliment to the existing shades, I already picked up a few more. The new shades are:

Amber Asteroid: dark brown with yellow gold
Cocoa Comet: dark brown with sky blue and peach
Magenta Moon: dark brown with vibrant magenta
Mocha Meteor: dark brown with peach champagne

I picked up Amber Asteroid and Cocoa Comet and I’m absolutely in love with Amber Asteroid. The description Sephora gives is a little misleading but it gives a look an intense golden shimmer… very pretty!

Out of This Galaxy

My latest makeup obsession is dark, shimmery eyeshadows. I fell in love with Gallapagos from NARS the moment I saw it and then yesterday I fell in love with a whole new set of eyeshadows from Too Faced. The hard part is deciding which ones to give a home to.

Too Faced Galaxy Glam Eye Shadow Too Faced’s Galaxy Glam Eye Shadows are simply gorgeous and have the potential to create the most stunning smokey eyes you’ve ever seen. These black shadows have opalescent pigments baked right into them to create gorgeous new shades. Don’t get discouraged by their swirly appearance, the result is simply stunning. They wear a lot differently than what their exterior leads you to believe. These eyeshadows are very richly pigments and wear for quite awhile.

If you’re a fan of the smokey eye, you need to check these shadows out. You’re bound to find one you love in Deep Space (black with cobalt blue), Moonbeam (black with laser light green), Shooting Star (black with galactic gold), and Supernova (black with peach and pink). I was leaning heavily towards Deep Space but I want them all!

Big Kisses

Too Faced Cosmetics have always introduced adorably-packaged, clever products but I never fell in love with a single item.

Years ago, I searched for the perfect lip plumper and found TF’s Lip Injection to be the best performing on the market at the time. The gloss went back to Sephora the very next day when I discovered how sticky the formula was. I recently decided to give Lip Injection another try, this time trying Lip Injection Extreme.

Too Faced's Lip Injection Extreme This product is touted not as a gloss but as a serum, meant to be used twice a day just like every other product in your skincare routine. The company claims that the product will have permanent results if used regularly. While I cannot attest to the long-term use of this product, I am happy with what I’ve seen so far. At first glance, Lip Injection Extreme appears to be a little opalescent but goes on clear. It has a sponge-tip applicator and the serum smells very fruity like grape bubblegum. Once applied, I endured 30 seconds of tingling then peeked into a mirror. I was astounded at how dramatic the results were. There was a definite increase in plumpness, as well as a darkening of the pink color in my lips. I decided to even out the color using a nude lip liner, then layer a great lip gloss (Smashbox gloss in 35mm) to get the full effect. I have never had such sexy, plump lips – I swear Angelina Jolie herself would have been jealous. This is definately love!

Glamour To Go

Too Faced's Glamour to Go I saw this at Nordstrom’s last week and I thought to myself… “this is a good deal!” This is Too Faced’s Glamour to Go palette. Considering their eyeshadow goes for $17, for $18.50 you have an eyeshadow quad and 6 lipsticks. Who gives you all this for less than $20? I wasn’t too crazy about the lipsticks. Most of the shades were a little too pink for me but I really liked the eyeshadows. The colors would make for a nice, soft, everyday look. I’m a big fan of their Label Whore eyeshadow and I imagine these eyeshadows are just as good. This is a Nordstrom’s exclusive.

Too Faced Liquif-Eye Shadow Collection Speaking of eyeshadow, this has been around for a little while and I kept meaning to say something about it… might as well do it now. This is Too Faced’s Liquif-Eye Shadow Collection, an eyeshadow palette with 12 shades and their Liquif-Eye transformer that turns eyeshadow into eyeliner. I haven’t tried this myself but I’m tempted to get it everytime I set foot in Sephora. If nothing else, it’s a good way to sample 12 of their eyeshadows for a good price.

Do You Like Pop Rocks?

Toofaced_frozenlotion_1 Then you’ll love this product. Let’s say you have spent the whole day outside in the sun. How about a way to cool down quickly? Too Faced Frozen Lotion has come up with a really fun product that will get the job done. The outside of the bottle is cute, can’t you picture that drawing on some type of t-shirt?

This lotion has almost a mousse consistency to it and once you put it on, your skin is instantly soothed and cooled down. That’s not the fun part though, spread it around your arms and you’ll get a kick out of the texture. It actually feels like you’re spreading pop rock candy on your arms. Once you’re done, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by sparkle this lotion has left behind.

At $22.00 a bottle, this is a little expensive for my taste but it’s definitely worth a try next time you’re at your favorite makeup counter.