Monthly Archives: April 2017

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Love

My addiction to the I Heart Makeup chocolate palettes continues.

Did I need another palette?  No!  (honestly, I don’t need another palette for the rest of my life), but I just love collecting these chocolate bars from TAM beauty.

This pink beauty is called the Chocolate Love palette it is a dupe of the Too Faced, Chocolate BonBons palette.  I don’t own that palette to do a comparison for you, but they are certainly extremely similar to look at.


Image credit: Too Faced Cosmetics website

Of all the chocolate palettes I Heart Makeup have released, Chocolate Love was the one I didn’t think I would get much use out of.  For some reason I found the bright pink shade really off-putting, but actually I have very much enjoyed this since I purchased it.


Chocolate Love: left side of palette


Swatches of left side of palette: left to right, top to bottom

I think the key to me falling in love with this colour selection was covering up that bright pink.  It is SO not my colour and it distracts me from all the truely beautiful shades that this palette does contain.  If you can ignore that pink, this is actually a neutral lover’s dream!

Unlike the Too Faced palette, the Chocolate Love palette has a large pan of a really lovely mid-toned, matte mauve/brown which is my PERFECT crease shade.  I love that this is in a large pan as I use it nearly every time I use this palette.


Chocolate Love: Right side of palette


Swatches of the right side of the palette

The quality of these shadows is really nice.  I very much enjoy the matte and satin formula shades as I find these easiest to work with.  The very shimmery, metallic shades can be a little tricky to pick up on the brush as they are extremely buttery and there is almost too much mineral oil in them.  I find that I either have to dig quite firmly with my brush or use my finger for best results, but you can’t fault the pigmentation!  Also, the shades Whipped and Candy are a little flakey, but I find that they are still workable, particularly with some fixing spray.

This palette has been a pleasant surprise for me.  I have enjoyed the colour selection more than I thought and have particularly appreciated the large pan of my favourite crease shade!

If you would like to check out the I Heart Makeup Chocolate palettes for yourself you can find them on the TAM beauty website which ships internationally.  You can find reviews and swatches of the I Heart Makeup chocolate palette range here on my blog 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

P.S.  this palette does have a sweet, faintly chocolatey smell 🙂

E.L.F.: Blush Palette – Light

I purchased this blush palette from E.L.F. after hearing lots of good things about it on Youtube, and it does not disappoint.  I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the E.L.F individual studio blushes (detailed review to come), so I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but the quality of these blushes is so much better in my opinion.


I really like the packaging of this palette.  It has a good quality mirror and the pans are removable.  Although you can’t buy individual pans, you can customise a palette by mixing and matching across the range which also includes a contour palette and illuminating palette.

The powders themselves are really lovely.  They are smooth, pigmented and quite finely milled, particularly when compared to the E.L.F. studio blush singles which I think are quite grainy and powdery.  These blushes are also really nicely pigmented!


Swatches run bottom to top = top to bottom and left to right on the palette.

In terms of shade selection we have a cool baby pink, a peachy-nude, a rose and a brighter coral.  The coral shade (bottom, right pan) does contain some shimmer particles but as you can see from the swatch (top swatch) I don’t find that these transfer when applied to the skin.  The other shades are matte.  These also blend nicely and wear quite well for me lasting throughout my 8 hour work day without too much fading.

I really enjoy these blushes.

I paid AU$8 for this palette and I think it is an EXCELLENT purchase for that price.  I have now put the ‘dark’ version of this blush palette on my wish list 🙂

If you would like to read my review of the E.L.F. contour palette, also from this range, you can find it here.

Have a great day!

theBalm: Mary-Lou Manizer

I feel like writing this blog post may be a bit redundant.  Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm is a cult classic highlighting powder and everyone probably already knows about it and/or owns it BUT it is new to my collection this year so I figured I would add my 2 cents to the literature on this product.


Firstly, the packaging of this highlighter is quite funky.  The compact itself is nothing special, although it does have a nice sized mirror, but it is the imagery on the lid that is so iconic of theBalm’s style.


theBalm: Mary-Lou Manizer

The powder itself is smooth, soft and finely milled.  The colour is a lovely champagne that pulls a bit gold when applied to my fair skin.  Gold shades of highlighter can be very hit or miss for me with my fair complexion, but this is shade pale-girl friendly.  This is a pigmented product so you only need to tap your brush in lightly.  It is certainly better to build this up slowly rather than getting overzealous and then trying to tone it down.


Mary-Lou Manizer swatched


Aside from the shade, I really enjoy how well this highlighter blends into the skin.  I apply this with a highlighter brush and then buff it in and it is extremely illuminating without sitting on the skin in an unnatural way as some powder products tend to do.

My verdict?  This is definitely worth the hype!

I love highlighters and I have WAY too many in my collection but having now tried Mary-Lou Manizer, I can safely say that if you already have this in your collection, then you  have all the highlighter goodness that you need.

TheBalm is a cruelty-free brand, but in Australia, they aren’t exactly budget-friendly.

Glow on my friends 🙂



ColourPop: Brow Pencil – Dope Taupe

I am very lucky to have brows that are naturally well shaped arches that are quite filled in.  The act of ‘doing my brows’ merely involves some light filling in at a couple of points and then setting with a clear brow gell.  As such, I am not sure why it is that I find myself purchasing more and more brow products!  I have so many in my collection already that are perfectly good so I don’t know why I’m tempted to try more, but so far this year I have already purchase two new pencils (including Dope Taupe) and a pomade.

I’m out of control.

Someone call the makeup police!

As the consumer damage has been done, it seems appropriate for me to share my thoughts on this brow product from ColourPop.


Mechanical pencil with a very fine tip

I like this product!  It is a thin, mechanical pencil with a spoolie on one end and a very fine tip.  The product is quite firm, which works for me, as it allows you to build a natural brow without needing to be overly careful, as you might need to be with a creamier pencil.


ColourPop Brow Pencil: Dope Taupe swatch

I have medium brown hair but this taupe shade works well for me for a natural look.  It lasts well throughout the day and doesn’t fade, even in the heat and humidity.

My only qualm with this pencil is that the mechanism for twisting the pencil up only works in the UP direction – you can’t retract the pencil, so you really need to be mindful of only twisting up just what you need.  Also, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of product (0.09g) so I suspect that I will use this up surprisingly quickly, even within the context of my ridiculous brow product collection.

I paid USD5 for this brow pencil from the ColourPop website.  They do international shipping for all orders over USD50 so if there are a few things you want, it is worth grabbing one of these in your own shade for a try.

Have a great day!