Too faced romantic eye palette: swatches & review 

Anyone who reads my blog on a regular or knows me personally will know my love for Too faced cosmetics. I literally love everything Too faced! Excellent quality and beautifully packaged products. And the chocolate bar & Cocoa contour products? Erm HELLO! who doesn’t want pretty cosmetics that do what they say on the tin and smell like chocolate?! 

I own many too faced items but there are still sooooooo many more on my wishlist. 

I’ve owned this palette for a couple of months now and wanted to share its fabulousness with you guys. 

9 pretty, girly shades that are suitable for day & evening wear. With matte, satin & shimmer shades the amount of looks you can create are endless. And check out the names! 

 Shown here in natural light
  Shown here with flash 
Colours from L-R: 

  • Un veil
  • First dance
  • Bouquet toss
  • Soul mates
  • Kiss the bride 
  • I do
  • Cut the cake 
  • Honeymoon
  • Ever after 

Pigmentation is perfect and the shades blend like butter. As always too faced are consistent with their shadows. 

The tutorial cards are really easy to follow especially for beginners.  And as I already said its so easy to go from day to night with this cute little palette.

For day I wear bouquet toss all Over the lid, soul mates as a brow bone highlight & inner corners. Then for night just add either unveil or first dance to the upper & lower lash lines & outer corners of the eyes and your good to go! 

It’s definitely up there with my favourites. 

Here’s a look I created at the weekend using shades: soul mates to highlight, bouquet toss as a base, I do in the crease & unveil on he outer corners & lower lash line.   

Have you tried the Too faced Romantic eye palette? 

Let me know what you thought in the comments section 🙂 

This weeks manicure

It might be Autumn but Im not ready to give up my bright shades just yet! This week I’m wearing Gelish in ‘scandalous’ a gorgeous bright red.  


Is there anything particular you guys would like to see on the blog? 

Let me know in the comments 

Hope you enjoyed.

Sam 🙂 x 


    30 day blogger challenge: Contents of my handbag 

    Not exactly the most exciting of posts but it will hopefully give me a kick up the backside to finally get rid of all the crap in there! 

    So here’s my lovey handbag and its contents 


    I’ll list the contents just In case you can’t see it very well. 

    • River island purse
    • Illamasqua make up bag
    • Mac velvet teddy lipstick (of course!) 
    • Elemis pro radiance illuminating flash balm
    • Illamasqua blush in lover – minus a brush might I add!  Makes no sense to me either 
    • Mac soft & gentle highlighter-again see above ? Must have been half asleep this morning
    • Random pens I’ve stolen from people
    • Hair clip
    • Hand food hand cream – another essential. Smells amazing! 
    • Random allergy medicine- stupid dust! 😬
    • Lash curlers not that I ever use them
    • Various lids that my bag steals from my perfumes everytime they enter my bag
    • Random keys- I haven’t got a clue what they are for or how they got there?! 
    • An Allen key- incase I need to urgently assemble some furniture 
    • Givenchy hot couture perfume 
    • Collection 2000 concealer (my holy grail product!) 
    • Car keys
    • Neutrogina lip balm 
    • Tweezers 
    • Doritos- gotta have a little emergency snack

    And while I’m being completely honest, here’s the rest of the unimportant crap that was in there  

    This weeks manicure! 

    I’ve decided to go short and dark to get into the Autumn spirit. I used Gelish in ‘Bellas Vampire’ a lovely rich, deep purple. 

    Tomorrows post is on my favourite concealers.

    Enjoy your evening.

    Sam 🙂 x 

    30 day blogger challenge: Bold lips 

    Hi, Hope you are all enjoying the lovey weather On this sunny Sunday afternoon! 

    Today’s post as you probably guessed by the title is bold lips. 

    I very rarely wear lipstick but when I do it’s far from bold! I’m a nude lips kinda gal. (Mac blush teddy is my all time fave!) So it’s very rare to see me with any kind of colour on my lips. 

    However I recently attended an Urban Decay make up masterclass and received a sample (hence the size) of their Revolution lipgloss in ‘Scandal’ so I thought I’d give it a try. Check it out Here 

    Even for a sample they didn’t scrimp on the packaging and the full size is just as pretty.  It’s a gorgeous fuchsia pink and the pigmentation is fantastic, it doesn’t have that horrible sticky feeling and it wears off well. It left a subtle wash of pink after 2 hours of wear and I didn’t feel the need to have to reapply. I’m definitely impressed.

    It may not be enough to sway me to wear more bright colours, but I’m definitely putting this gloss on my wish list for when the spending ban is over but in a more wearable everyday shade.  

     Have you tried the lip revolution range? Let me know what you thought. 

    This weeks mani!   

    Gelish in ‘sweet thang’ matted with gold filigrees over the top. Find them Here they are a great way to transform your regular manicure in seconds! 

    Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s post on ‘my favourite eyeliners’ 

    See you there 🙂 

    Sam x

    30 day blogger challenge: my make up brushes 

    I never realised just how important make up brushes were until about a year ago. 

    I’d always used my hands and a sponge applicator until I discovered the real techniques brushes on the pixiwoo channel. They literally changed my life. And I’m not exaggerating. It’s amazing how those tiny wooden sticks with fluff on the end can completely transform the way you apply your make up.

     I went on a bit of a mad one a while ago buying brushes in all different shapes and sizes and by different brands, high street & high end until I finally learned how to use them and what each one was for. It was an expensive mistake put it that way. As a lot of them I don’t even use. 
    I’ll go through my favourites just to show how many from my collection I actually use regularly to hopefully give you an idea of what not to waste money on if you only wanted to invest in maybe one or two.

    I have a mixture of brands from high end to high street: Real techniques, Mac, Sigma, Royal & Langnickel, Bare minerals, Lancôme, Illamasqua, Japonesque etc. And I used to be a firm believer in ‘buy cheap buy twice’ but to be completely honest with experience it isn’t necessary to spend a lot. 

     My Real techniques collection 

    My ‘couldn’t live without’ brush has to be the real techniques buffing brush. (5th from right) 

    I use it every day to buff in my foundation, it gives nice even coverage but can also be used to apply blush/bronzer/powder.

    The expert face brush is a close second. (4th from right) I use this on the days where I need extra coverage. 

    The sculpting brush (far right) is perfect for those that are new to contouring. But I personally prefer the actual contouring brush (3rd from right) it’s just a matter of preference. 

    The stippling brush (second from right) is good for achieving that ‘airbrushed’ look. I use it on a night out where I sometimes wear a bit more make up. It’s also nice to apply cream products (cream blush or highlighter) 

      Mac contouring brush & real techniques sculpting brush. 

    I do use my Mac contouring brush occasionally, it gives a more precise contour (if you like the really chiselled cheekbone look then this is for you) but I’d say it’s probably best for a make up artists kit rather than an everyday make up brush. So In my opinion don’t bother, it is on the pricey side too at just under £40.

     Eyes  L-r Sigma blending e25, Mac 239,253,212 & royal & langnickel bc445

    The Mac 253 & 212 push liner brushes are my favourite for lining. I can’t apply liner to save my life wether it be from a pot,liquid liner, cake etc but these little lovelies make my life easier. The push liner gives a nice soft line for daytime when used with black or brown eyeshadow, also a perfect look for older ladies as it’s less harsh than a dark black liquid or pencil liner. 

    The Mac 239 is again one I use every day, perfect for packing colour onto the lid. But it isn’t an essential. There are many more that will do the same but it was a brush I THOUGHT I needed months ago. 

    The sigma e25 & R&L bc445 are my favourites for blending. Blending used to be something that was hit and miss for me but these brushes literally do all the hard work for me. So id definitely recommend them, they are reasonably priced too. I picked up the R&L brush at the Olympia beauty show for less than £6. And the sigma was less than £10 although customs charged me £14 for the set I purchased 😬 

    Crown & karla brushes are on my wish list but if you’ve tried them let me know your recommendations! 

    So they were my brushes! Hope you enjoyed! 

    Do you have any favourite brushes that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments! 

    Tomorrow’s post is my favourite mascaras. 

    Sam 🙂 x

    30 day blogger challenge: Favourite palette 

    It’s day one of my ’30 day blogger challenge’ that I’m setting myself. 

    Choosing my favourite palette was harder than I thought. It’s like someone asking you to chose your favourite child. But I decided on one in the end. It was the smell that won it. (Yes the smell!) No I haven’t lost the plot (yet) all will be revealed shortly.

    The winner was……

    Too faced semi-sweet chocolate palette! 


    Eyeshadow & chocolate, 2 of my favourite things combined! What’s not to love? 

    16 shades of chocolatey deliciousness made with 100% natural cocoa powder. The smell is to die for! But on the downside if you’re on a diet maybe this one isn’t for you. 

    It’s a mixture of mattes & shimmers that can take you from day to night in an instant. And for those that sometimes struggle with which colours go with which or where to apply what, the too faced palettes will really help you out as they all come with the how to’s leaflets which will help you recreate some of the looks on there. 

    Here’s a quick swatch taken in natural light   
    Colours from top to bottom:

    • Licorice 
    • Coconut crème
    • Nougat
    • Truffled
    • Hot fudge
    • Cocoa chili 
    • Pink sugar
    • Puddin’ 
    • Blueberry swirl
    • Peanut butter
    • Frosting
    • Rum raisin
    • Mousse
    • Caramel
    • Bon Bon 
    • Butter pecan

    See what I mean about the diet thing? Just listing the names has made my belly rumble.

    I purchased this from Debenhams for £38 so it is on the pricey side. It’s not something I would buy on a whim and I had admired it from afar for over a month before taking the plunge. 

    So that was my fave palette. Have you tried any of the too faced palettes? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments 🙂 

     Day 2 of my challenge will be ‘things that stress me out’ so prepare for a long one! You have been warned 

    Sam x 

    Bloggers beauty award!

    Sorry (again) it’s been a while I know. I promise to be more regular after the school holidays are over next week.

    As you all know I haven’t been doing this for long at all, so it’s lovely that my little blog has been noticed by someone other than my family who read because they have to. Love you guys 😉

    I’d like to thank Kaitlynskollection for the nomination! Make sure you stop by her blog!

    So on with the post…..
    The rules…

    • Tag the blogger that nominated you
    • Answer the questions you were given
    • Nominate 10 people who’s blog is about beauty or fashion
    • Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer
    • Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them

    My questions…

    • What is your worst beauty habit? I don’t really have any habits but one of my beauty ‘problems’ as some (my husband) might say is being a brand whore. If there’s something new being released from my favourite brand I HAVE to have it. If I could find a brand that would swap items/people for products I’d be living in a box on the street with my make up collection and no family.
    • What is your favourite beauty product? Collection – lasting finish concealer. Cannot live without that little beaut.
    • What is your favourite beauty brand? I can’t choose just one! That’s like asking me to sacrifice my first born 🙊 I love Illamasqua, Too faced & Urban decay equally.
    • Face or eyes first? On myself face first. But doing someone else’s make up eyes first.
    • Do you keep the same make up look everyday or change it? I try to change it up everyday. Like I’m on a mission to wear every eyeshadow I own at least once. I should be done by the next millennium.
    • Foundation or concealer first? Foundation then concealer but there are sometimes bad days when I need to repeat the process a few times to look slightly normal.
    • Where would you most like to go on holiday? At this precise moment- anywhere! But I’d love to visit Dubai.
    • What is your greatest acheivement? Buying our house. It was something I thought was far in the future. But we did it in December and couldn’t be happier.
    • What keeps you motivated to blog? My followers. I love that people actually like reading my ramblings. Every time I see a like or a new follower on my blog it makes me smile. I want to be able to be honest and say exactly what I think about products I buy rather than lie because a company sent me something for free. If I waste my money on a product and my blog stopped 1 more person wasting their hard earned cash on the same thing then I’ve succeeded in what I set out to do.
    • Who is your favourite blogger/Vlogger? I love pixiwoo! Sam & Nic are so normal and down to earth. It’s refreshing to watch. I particularly like their tutorials as they aren’t telling me to contour the crap out of myself so I look like a completely different person, to the point my husband wants to sue me when he wakes up next to me in the morning!

    My nominations!

    Your questions:

    • What inspired you to start blogging?
    • What beauty product could you not live without? 
    • What make up/fashion trends do you think will be big this year?
    • Your favourite high street store? 
    • What advice would you give to a new blogger? 
    • What products are on your wish list? 
    • Your best beauty/fashion tip?
    • Your favourite holiday destination? 
    • What’s your favourite perfume/aftershave? 
    • Favourite make up brands? 

    Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed. Looking forward to reading the nominees posts!

    Samantha xx