InTruBeauty: 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe {Review}

I have to admit that the first time I saw this in store and the first time I saw it swatched on Temptalia I thought mewh, boring! Then I spotted it again at Sephora and actually swatched it and I was an instant convert. I'm embarrassed to have thought so poorly of this set upon first glance. It has quickly become one of my favorite holiday beauty purchases so far! Basically what I love most about this is that the quality of the eyeshadows is superb, there is a nice mixture of colors and finishes, the face products are flattering and easy to use and it is incredibly travel friendly.
About: Instantly elevate your wardrobe with this ethereally elegant palette, featuring an expertly coordinated assortment of eye and cheek colors. Choose one of the two included looks, or mix and match for year-round glamour.

Regal (velvet plum), Treasure Hunt (shimmering taupe), Natural (light buttery peach), Cognac (gilded bronze), Namaste (sandy brown), 500 Thread Count (airy pink), Romp (iridescent lilac), and Flash (matte purple clay)
The Skinny Dip (light tan), The Love Letter (warm mauve), and The Summer Fling (creamy peach), bareMinerals READY Luminizer The Brilliant Sunset (array of light)

What was your unexpected favorite this holiday season? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear form you!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Tarte Cosmetics Greatest Glitz

I am in disbelief that the holidays are almost upon us and if you're a last minute shopper like me, you've still got plenty of people left on your list to buy for. I love gift ideas that in my opinion if you gave it to someone, they couldn't help but love it! For me that's exactly what Tarte's Greatest Glitz is. If you've got a woman on your list who loves makeup and loves glitz, then this is for sure a winner!
Press Sample
One of my favorite things about this set is the reusable gift box that it comes in. This is a good sized box to use for something like jewelry or to keep your favorite makeup items handy. Personally I love all things girly and so of course I loved the lid with all the sequins on it. Housed inside is three makeup palettes. Each contains 8 eyeshadows and one blush. The product sizes are more than adequate and I love how handy these are for traveling. Another great feature is a huge mirror on the inside once opened. This would be the perfect box to have on your vanity to help while you're getting ready in the morning. 
Product Description:

Fall in love with 3 removable eye and cheek palettes in neutral, rose gold and smokey eye pairings to seamlessly sweep, blend and define anywhere, from workday to soiree. Finish with Tarte's best-selling mascara and a "flashy" new shade of the supremely silky LipSurgence Lip Crème, and you'll be flashing a smile all through the holidaze.

Dermatologist tested. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten. 
Retails $49,
Another great feature is the pull out drawer in the gift box. Inside it is a mini lipsurgence and lights, camera, lashes mascara. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras so I'm always happy to see it included in sets. The lipsurgence flasy is a really wearable warm pink as well. The gift box and palettes alone are well worth the price tag in my opinion so I really see these as two awesome little extras! 
Note: this drawer does pull out fully, it can just be a little more difficult to pull out while the plastic insert is inside. 
Palette 1 Shades:
  • Toasted Marshmallow Shadow (matte)
  • Vixen Shadow (shimmer)
  • Chestnuts Roasting Shadow (matte)
  • Spiked Cider Shadow (shimmer)
  • Cookie Swap Shadow (matte)
  • Twinkle Lights Shadow (shimmer)
  • Vio-Let It Go Shadow (shimmer)
  • Dipped in Chocolate Shadow (matte)
  • Warmhearted Blush (matte watermelon)
Palette 2 Shades
  • Joy To The Pearl Shadow (shimmer)
  • Glitzy Blitzen Shadow (shimmer)
  • Waltz Of The Flowers Shadow (shimmer)
  • Rose Such A Clatter Shadow (matte)
  • Blush Stilettos Shadow (matte)
  • Sparkling Punch Shadow (shimmer)
  • Rose Golden Rings Shadow (shimmer)
  • Evening Affair Shadow (matte)
  • Impress Blush (matte peachy pink)
Palette 3 Shades
  • Cheers Shadow (matte)
  • Slate Bells Ring Shadow (shimmer)
  • Mint Sprig Shadow (shimmer)
  • Smoke & Mirrors Shadow (matte)
  • Jingle All The Grey Shadow (matte)
  • Platinum Bling Shadow (shimmer)
  • Bedazzled Spruce Shadow (shimmer)
  • Black Tie Beauty Shadow (matte)
  • Bubbly Blush (shimmer apricot)

So, what do you think of this set? What has your favorite holiday set been so far this season? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Gifts from L'Occitane

There are some brands for me that I just trust and love so much that I just know my friends and family are going to love them as well. L'Occitane is one of those brands! I've been using L'Occitane products for years now and it is extremely rare there is any product I don't love. For someone sensitive to scents and perfumes, it's refreshing to have a brand that has perfumes and scented products that I can actually wear without sneezing! A lot of their holiday sets just make me think of great gifts for friends, in-laws and sisters. One thing I love is that they make it holiday shopping so easy! They have some great gift sets that are ready to go for you and contain some L'Occitane favorites. I also love that their packaging is always beautiful and it can save you some wrapping as well! 
Press Samples
The set retails for $60 and contains hand cream plus a magic key to get every drop out, hand scrub, cuticle oil.  
For fragrance lovers, there are two amazing new scents. One is Pamplemousse-Rhubarbe and the other is Jasmin-Immortelle-Neroli. Each retails for $62 and is 2.5 fl oz. Both fragrances come in the same type of perfume bottle. The grapefruit one has a slight pinkish orange tint while the jasmine one appears more yellow.
A spicy fragrance imagined by pastry chef Pierre Hermé, combining the scents of Grapefruit and Rhubarb. The grapefruit includes the slightly bitter, white inner skin – its character underlined by the green and crisp aromas of Rhubarb. This beautifully balanced note is soon ruffled at its heart by sensual, piquant spices. In this original composition, woody notes of Cedar conjure up the sensation of mischievous Grapefruit cutting through the tartness of Rhubarb stalks.

Jasmin-Immortelle Neroli Eau de Toilette
Floral and absolutely feminine,the jasmine scented fragrance of pastry chef Pierre Hermé balances the white notes of gardens at dawn with the gold of a flower that still flourishes throughout the Corsican maquis.

What is your go to never fail brand for holiday gifts? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Too Faced Le Grand Chateau

Once holiday beauty sets start coming around, I'm almost obsessive about checking on all the new releases until I can narrow down my holiday list to a few special things I just can't live without! One of the collections that really caught my eye this year was Too Faced's Holiday Collection. Too Faced always has adorable holiday packaging, but I thought they just hit it out of the park this year with the Christmas in Paris theme.
Purchased by me
This adorable (and oh-so-chic) little château opens to reveal three separate palettes with 18 gorgeous shadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and a deluxe size of our bestselling Better Than Sex Mascara. A romantic evening in St. Tropez; a sunny day in Côte d'Azur; a stroll along the Seine at night—there’s a palette for every party, mood, or taste. It’s the perfect gift for any mademoiselle—or gift each palette separately to spread the love! Retails $49. Available at, Sephora, Ulta, HSN.

I'm absolutely in love with the doll house in this set! It has a magnetized front and is perfect for any little girl to play with while you're enjoying your gorgeous makeup palettes! I thought this was a pretty good value for $49 as it contains 3 small to medium sized palettes with 6 eyeshadows, a blush/bronzer product and a mini Better than Sex mascara. 
I did a lot of researching on the Too Faced Holiday collection this year as there were 3 sets that contained palettes and I knew I couldn't buy them all. I wanted to narrow it down and pick one (maybe two!) that I just love. The reviews for this one were mixed from my go to sources (Temptalia and Beauty Broadcast) but based on customer reviews on sites like Sephora, this seems to be a hit. Their biggest holiday set this year is Le Grand Palais and although it is the most expensive at $58.00, it seems to have gotten the worst reviews for the trio. I did look at Le Grand Palais which is exclusive to Sephora and the shades seemed too sparkly for me and looked like they had a lot of fall out, so that was an easy pass for me. Plus, I'd rather have 3 smaller palettes that are easier to travel with than one larger one. 
Upon first glance, this palette above was my least favorite of the three included but I'm pleasantly surprised with how much use I'm going to get out of this. The bronzer is a great color for my fair skintone and I like that I can create a softer look with this. 
These are the types of colors that just speak to me, so this one is my favorite of the bunch! 
I'm loving this blush in here. It creates such a nice soft natural look!

Also included is a mini Better than Sex mascara. This isn't my favorite mascara formula out there, but it is something I find to be decent so I'm glad there was another little goodie in here.

The last of the holiday palettes from Too Faced is La Petite Maison which is $39 and is exclusive to Ulta. I'm still debating getting this one or not. It contains 12 eyeshadows and cute as can be packaging. I'm so happy with the Le Grand Chateau that I may not splurge for another set from Too Faced, but who knows!

Did you purchase any of these from Too Faced this year? Which one is your favorite? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ulta & Sephora My Black Friday Picks!

This is the time I year I feel like I just go crazy with makeup and beauty deals. There are so many amazing gift sets and deals out there that's it's hard to resist. Pretty much on a daily basis, I'm checking Ulta, Sephora, emails etc. to find the latest and greatest. I don't want to miss out on that perfect set at that perfect price!!  I'm breaking it down and showcasing my favorite deals for Black Friday from Ulta and Sephora! Hopefully this helps make it easier for you to narrow down your search and for you to also find that perfect gift at that perfect price.

Ulta Black Friday Deals

Any deals you're going to be rushing out there to get? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear about it! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PUR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Stick

Contouring is huge so I'm sure you've already heard about it and know what it is. Typically, I'm drawn more to powder type products but I'm always up for trying out something new! PUR Cosmetics has recently come out with a dual ended cream contour stick. Also included with this is a pink blending sponge! 
Press Samples
Meet the final word in flawless contouring. PÜR's dual-ended contour stick adds closeup-worthy depth and dimension to your natural features with a creamy, oil-free formula that sets to a picture perfect powder finish. Using light-reflective microspheres, this 2-in-1 complexion innovation emphasizes your face's natural highlights and lowlights while simultaneously blurring the look of imperfections, such as dark spots and fine lines. As you apply and blend one or both shades with the pro blending sponge, your skin also drinks in the skin-perfecting benefits of PÜR's own Ceretin Complex - a proprietary blend of hydrating ceramides and age-defying vitamin A! Available at Ulta & Kohl's, PUR's website.
Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, Deep 
Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, Deep 
Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, Deep 
Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, Deep 
Areas to use highlight:
  • Center of the forehead
  • Under brow bone
  • Down the bridge of the nose
  • Under eye
  • Center of chin
Areas to use contour:
  • Around forehead hairline
  • Sides of nose
  • Under cheekbone
  • Under jawline

Key Ingredients:
  • Light-Reflective Microspheres: Spotlight the skin's natural highlights while blurring the look of imperfections like dark spots and fine lines
  • Ceretin Complex: Nourish a more youthful radiance with a proprietary blend of mega-moisturizing ceramides and gently renewing vitamin A
  • Sodium hyaluronate: Draws moisture to the skin's surface for a naturally plumper, smoother and softer look and feel
Final thoughts: 
  • I like that they offer a variety of colors for different skintones. I found the directions easy to follow. 
  • For me the best color matches were light and medium. I had good luck with the lighter shade in both the light and medium and found that it blended well with my skintone. I didn't have as much luck with the darker shade. The shades seemed to be a little more cool toned and they were more noticeable on my fair skin even after blended. 
  • For the price point, I would like to see more product included but I did like that they did include a high quality blending sponge. I had better luck using the sponge wet. You can use it either wet or dry. 
  • The only other issue I had was that the stick was a little too wide when trying to use it around my nose. It was a little trickier to get more precision in that area, but it worked well for the rest of my face.
What do you think of this product? Have you tried it? Do you prefer cream or powder contours? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, November 23, 2015

How to Coordinate Your Holiday Gift Giving

I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is right around the corner! I seriously don't know where the time goes! I'm usually a last minute Christmas shopper, but this year I'm trying to get a lot of my shopping done in advance. I hope to beat the rush, find some great deals and have everything wrapped and ready to go well in advance of Christmas! Fingers crossed! When I'm looking for a gift for someone and may not have any specific ideas in mind, I try to find one thing that reminds me of that person. It could be something as simple as the color blue. I then work off that idea to coordinate a special gift for them. 
Press Samples
One easy idea is finding that person's favorite color in a nail polish and pairing it with a coordinating watch. Both are useful gifts that most women would love. Plus, I'm just loving the designs from Q&Q. Each watch retails at $40. There are 16 different color selections available in the Smile Solar Series on their website so you can find the perfect design for anyone in your life! They also have other collections available, so be sure to check out their website!
These watches are powered by light and can run for 3.5 months after they are fully charged and are made from recycled materials!
When you purchase a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated to TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa and Asia.
More about TABLE FOR TWO:
In our world of 7 billion, 1 billion suffer fom malnutrition, while another 1 billion suffer from obesity. TABLE FOR TWO rights this imbalance by simultaneously addressing the two opposing problems through a unique "calorie transfer" program. By partnering with over 600 corporations, universities, restaurants, and organizations implementing our program in their establishments and products. TFT has served over 50 million healthy meals to both sides of the "table". On one side people are eating healthier meals, and on the other children are receiving nutritious school meals. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Holiday Wish List: Palettes & Sets

Around this time of year I'm always keeping an eye out for holiday palettes. This is one of my favorite times in the beauty world! Holiday palettes to me means great deals on products, lots of gift ideas for friends and family and super cute packaging. What's not to love!? I'm compiled an early list of my top favorite sets out there so far! Comment and let me know if there's another must have I should add to my list!* 
Holiday Wish List

Smashbox ART. LOVE. COLOR. Master Class, $65
A set of 40 Smashbox must-haves for cheeks and eyes in packaging inspired by groundbreaking artist Yago Hortal.

MAKE UP FOR EVER15 Artist Shadow Palette, $59
A limited edition, collectible eye palette featuring MAKE UP FOR EVER’s coveted Artist Shadows. This 15-shade palette featuring the breakthrough Artist Shadow formula lets you create endless eye looks with infinite combinations

Too Faced Le Grand Chateau, $49
A set with three giftable eye shadow, blush, and bronzer palettes with a deluxe-size mascara in a limited-edition dollhouse box. Le Grand Chateau features an adorable and chic chateau that opens to reveal three separate palettes with 18 high-impact eye shadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and a deluxe size of Too Faced’s bestselling Better Than Sex Mascara. It includes three step-by-step glamour guides for each palette, and each one celebrates a romantic evening in St. Tropez, a sunny day in Côte d'Azur, and a stroll along the Seine at night.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind, $25
Best Bite Rewind features a universal and festive, hydrating, lip crayon collection in four matte finishes. Premium triple-milled pigments provide powdery light, highly pigmented payoff, while naturally derived orange peel wax naturally protects and seals in moisture

Too Faced Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks, $36
This holiday set features three deluxe Melted Lipsticks and three coordinating deluxe Love Flush Long Lasting 16 Hour Blushes.

Too Faced Beautifully Blushed & Bronzed Set, $25 (travel sized)
Beautifully Blushed & Bronzed Set has all the essentials you need for a glowing makeup look. Featuring two bronzers and now introducing new long-wearing, high-impact blushes. The collection includes two pigment-rich shades of Love Flush Blush for a 16-hour flush. With two bronzers in deluxe sizes—including the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in a matte/deep matte and Sun Bunny Bronzer in Natural—they’re sure to give you a natural-looking, allover glow

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials, $34
A five piece collection of Josie’s Argan-infused color essentials—housed in a whimsical, pop-up style box for the holiday season. Every product in this Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials collection is infused with multitasking Argan oil.

A three-palettes-in-one kit with 16 bestselling shades and a double-ended brush to contour the brows, face, and eyes. The palette is a chic, portable go-to for sculpting your cheekbones, perfecting your nose, creating an arched brow, and enhancing your eyes with each stroke of alluring color and-richly pigmented line.


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