Sweet Peach Frenzy

Earlier this month I received my order of the re-released Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette. I’ve been trying out the shadows and so far am loving the quality and range of shades! I’ll have a full review on it sometime soon.

Last night I was able to order the Sweet Peach Glow palette and the Papa Don’t Peach blush from the Too Faced website around 10pm PST (it was officially released online at 12EST on 12/14).

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Once again the website was bombarded with people trying to place their orders. This time around the company was prepared with an online queue system. I didn’t have to wait long at all (despite having 4000+ people ahead of me) as I was able to open up another browser window, bypass the whole queue and place my order.

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With my purchase I was also able to get the Sweet Peach Beauty Bag. Of course now the bags are completely out of stock.

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I can’t tell by the photo but I’m assuming it’s bigger than a pencil case. Possibly the size of a small makeup bag? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see when it arrives.

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Earlier in the day I ordered the Peach Oil Lipgloss in the shade ‘Tickle Me Peach’ from the HSN website. Evidently they were able to release just that particular color to the public. I took advantage of it and added the Better Than Sex mascara to my order as I had a 20% off code. Shipping was free so I got both for less than retail!

From what I’ve read online (replies to tweets and IG comments from the people at TF), the eye shadow palette will be a permanent item. As far as the other items in the collection, that remains to be seen. However, I’m sure they have more than enough in stock for everyone.

I have to say, I’m not normally this into buying new makeup. Really! It’s been quite a while since I’ve gone on a new makeup binge. Since paring down my collection a few years ago I’ve been using (and using up) My staple/holy grail items. Getting all these new products is fun as they’re replacing/upgrading my old stuff. So far I haven’t been disappointed!

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Makeup Monday : Blush

Over the years I’ve tried quite a few different blushes from low to high end, baked formulations, powders and creams. For a while I was happily rotating between a few MAC blushes (Springsheen, Dainty, Peaches, Coy). However, all of those were put away (and put to shame) once I discovered Nars.

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This is my current collection and as you can see, some are very well loved. A couple shades (Deep Throat and Angelika) have been re-purchased multiple times over the years because I’ve used them so much.

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Left to right :

Angelika
Torrid
Deep Throat
Sertao
Sin
Madly

PROS :
– fantastic pigmentation
– wide range of shades
– highly blendable
– lasts all day
– shimmer isn’t obnoxious

CONS :
– a little pricey
– packaging gets tacky/sticky over time (use Clorox wipes to clean residue off)

OVERALL :

For the more concentrated shades like Angelika and Torrid, I only need to use the tiniest bit. The color pay off is great for all of these shades, they go on smoothly and stay on. Mind you, I currently have normal to dry skin so if you’re on the oily side, your mileage may vary.

There’s something about NARS blushes that just works – at least for me. It’s no wonder a lot of make up lovers consider it to be their holy grail. While the price ($30) may put off some people, I feel it’s worth the splurge for a quality product.

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Pretty Peachy

My presale order of the long anticipated re-release of Too Faced’s Sweet Peach palette arrived today!

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The packaging alone is quite adorable and very pink! Upon opening the palette the scent of peaches is pleasant, not overwhelming or fake (well, it is technically, but y’know what I mean).

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I can’t wait to play with these shades! There’s a good mix of mattes, shimmers, neutrals and bold colors. They’ll look awesome come Spring/Summer, too.

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Makeup Monday : Foundation

My current favorite foundation is (surprisingly) a drugstore brand. I use the Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth foundation ($8) in the shades 210 Sandy Beige and 220 Natural Beige.

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Pros :
– medium coverage but buildable
– does not oxidize
– light weight and blends easily
– lasts all day
– dries to a powder-like finish; no need to set w/ powder
– affordable
– oil free
– does not irritate my sensitive skin

Cons :
– no pump!
– glass bottle
– shade range could be better
– can highlight dry patches

Overall :

I find that it does minimize my pores, even when used without a primer. It dries to a powder-like finish and I usually leave it at that most days. When the weather is warmer I powder my t-zone just in case and it lasts all day. I would definitely recommend this foundation if you’re looking for a good drugstore product.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

After missing out on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette earlier this year, I’d forgotten all about it. That is, until Jerrod Blandino teased about the restock this Summer. BUT! It wasn’t just a restock, it was a full on peach infused collection! One that would include a blush, a highlight/blush/bronzer palette and lipglosses. That pretty much rekindled the flames for everyone that missed out the first round. Including myself.

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On December 1st, during the Sweet Peach launch party, the palette was pre-released on the Too Faced website. I happened to catch the IG post earlier that evening so I knew around 9:45p PST they were going to have a limited amount available for early access.

9ish is usually bedtime for my little monsters and that’s when I’m laying next to L and nursing him to sleep. It was a great time for a pre-sale launch, ha. I logged into the Too Faced website and made sure to have my info ready as it would be the first purchase I’d make via their site (I usually get everything on Sephora for VIB credits).

Once 944p hit, I reloaded the direct link to the palette and was able to add it to my cart. I started to check out but the website refused to load after I’d selected to pay via PayPal. After witnessing the site lag and then ultimately crash I figured I would just have to wait until 12/14 to order/try again. The queue was over 8000 (and climbing) at that point and I was ready to give up and go to bed.

On a whim, I opened a new browser window and the site loaded! The palette was still in my cart so I went ahead and checked out via Paypal. I was surprised others were still waiting in a queue at that point as I was able to check out without an issue. It must’ve been some kind of technical glitch. However, I’m surprised the company wasn’t fully prepared for influx of traffic for such a coveted palette.

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In any case, my order went through and I received an email confirmation right away. Now we’ll see how long it will take for this much hyped, long awaited, peach scented palette to arrive.

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Makeup Monday : Ulta Beauty Haul

Today’s Makeup Monday features a small haul from Ulta. I was doing a bit of holiday gift shopping for our niece last week and ended up picking out a few things for myself. It’s so hard to not find things I want when I shop for others, ha.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil (ash brown)
NYX Eyebrow Pencil (taupe)
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation (210 & 220)
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
Clinique Moisture Surge gel
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Extensions mascara (very black)
Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes (flat contour, tapered blush, tapered shadow, oval shadow and arched powder)

The brushes were 30% off and I read good things about them so I figured why not? I’ll definitely post a review when I’ve had a chance to use them.

As samples I received Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss (fudge) and Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity eye cream – Can’t wait to try these out!

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