An exciting giveaway for Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

Welcome to the newest giveaway on Beauty Info Zone. We’re excited to be part of this group to give one reader the fabulous Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette. The good news is that the giveaway is open internationally. It ends on January 30th so get your entries in now and cross your fingers!!

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Makeup Wars creates looks for Too Faced Cat Eyes

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Makeup Wars is back again with more eyeshadows. We’ve decided to all use the same palette to show you how many looks you can do from just one palette. The Makeup Wars bloggers are all different shapes and sizes and ethnicities. Our eyes aren’t the same shape, our skin tones are all different. That’s what is going to make this week’s Too Faced Cat Eyes post so much fun.

I’m not an exotic cat eye person. I look old and ridiculous with the beautiful cat eyeliner look. I’ve tried it and I won’t scare you away with those pictures. But I think I’ve achieved a look that gives the illusion of a cat eye liner in my own way.

Day look

Day look

This is what Too Faced chose as the Day Look. My interpretation using the Day shadows is 100% different but I love it nonetheless.

Too Faced Cat Eyes - my version

Too Faced Cat Eyes – my version

Cat Eyes day shadows

Cat Eyes day shadows

I love almost all the shades in this palette. I’ve sometimes had problems with glitter and glitter fallout with Too Faced but the Cat Eyes palette is magnificent. It’s got some shimmer but no big glitter chunks (the one exception is Kitty Glitter which obviously is glittery). The shadows went on easily and blended dreamily no matter which I picked from the palette. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer with these looks, I always use a primer and it’s usually the TF one.

The day look uses three shades: PURR which is a slighly frosted creamy white, it’s not a stark white and on my pale skin is great for the brow bone area. TIGER’S EYE is a golden copper that had no shimmer, it’s more of a satin. It looks lighter in the palette than on my eye. LEOPARD can be used wet or dry (as can the last column in each row). I could see obvious glitter in the palette but it didn’t translate that way on my eye. Instead I ended up with a beautiful dark brown with some shimmer. I used this wet as an eyeliner. Then I used it dry, with a very thin eyeliner brush, and extended a thin line upward to approximate a cat eye. Later I blended that in better.

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Here’s another look that used the pink and purple of Classic but with this one I wasn’t thinking “cat eyes”, just thinking “I love these colors, let’s play”.

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

For this look I started with a light mix of MEOW and KITTEN on my brow bone area. I wanted a touch of pink but not too much. On my lid I used PUSSY CAT, a pink/lavender with very subtle shimmer. Above that in the crease I did a windshield wash of TIGER’S EYE (from the Day Look) and then used JUNGLE LOVE very darkly on the outer third of my eye and blended into the corner. Jungle Love is a dark purple that is actually a matte yet has some subtle purple shimmer in it. I used a very thin line of black liquid eyeliner on the top and a little thicker on the bottom.

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

I’m loving this palette and I’m so glad that Makeup Wars chose this as the palette for us to highlight. I bought mine from as it’s not in most stores yet.

Hopefully you and I will get a lot of new ideas on how to use this lovely palette in different ways. Let me know in the comments if you like either of my looks and if you plan on buying this yourself. — Marcia

Top Ten Tuesdays returns with palettes we love

Top Ten Beauty always brings a bit of anxiety. What if I leave something out? What if I put something in and then change my mind? What if when I read all the other posts I see something that makes me slap my face and wonder why I haven’t use that in so long?
I’ve picked 9 palettes that I use all the the time and rely on plus one major wishlist palette.
1. Marc Jacobs The Starlet – I’m sure this surprises absolutely no one who has read Beauty Info Zone. I’m crazy about The Starlet (and The Vamp) and think this line was a great addition to the makeup world. Marc Jacobs takes me from my typical staid and brings out the makeup artist I used to be.
2. Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette – this wasn’t a very popular palette but I love it and pull it out all the time. The shadows are a mix of quality but in general they are well pigmented. There are so many shades I can count on when I need a certain “something”. Unfortunately it’s discontinued but things do pop up occasionally.
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – this is new to me and it’s so wonderful. I resisted the individual Ambient Light singles because I just couldn’t decide. Now I have three so I’m glad I waited before purchasing any.
4. Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kaleidoscope – this is the only blush palette that I use. I use blush every day but the only palette. I usually wear one or two shades at a time with it. It’s great for travel since I’ve got enough variety to keep me happy.
5. Kat Von D True Romance palette in Saint – If you notice I didn’t put any of my Urban Decay Naked palettes even though I have them all. When I want those types of shades I pull out the Kat Von D instead. Of the 8 shades, I wear 6 of them often.
6. TheBalm Shady Lady Volume Three – I could just as easily have picked Volume Two or Balm Jovi or Nude ‘tude since I like all of them. Watch out on Hautelook for TheBalm sales since they have outstanding prices on this brand. It’s the green shade in Volume Three that gets me going.
7.  Dior Bonne Etoile – This is almost too pretty to use. I hate that this was a limited edition because it sold out quickly. I bought both Constellation (purples) and Bonne Etoile (green and brown) but never got around to reviewing them, now it’s too late. But if you can get your hands on either, go for it. Beautifully pigmented, great combinations, stellar design and quality.
8. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes – Too Faced is an eyeshadow lover’s dream and nightmare. They keep coming out with beautiful palettes that I think I can’t live without. Boudoir Eyes is a great neutral palette that I reviewed on Blushing Beauty if you care to read about it.
9.  Bare Minerals The Scenic Route – This is technically not a palette since it just has two shadows but oh what shadows they are. This is my favorite green eyeshadow and I really needed to include it in this post. I don’t wear white shadow often but it just works with the green.
10. Serge Lutens Nude Lip Palette – My wishlist item. I labored over buying this during Barney’s last Beauty Event but the $140 price stopped me in my tracks. I’m still lusting over it but I just don’t imagine myself using it enough to justify that kind of money. Now if my husband gets me mad enough some day —- you never know!!
Thank you for reading my Top Ten Palettes. I’d recommend every one of these. I bought all of these (except Serge) and don’t regret these purchases at all. Any you like or own? — Marcia
Please read what my fellow bloggers have chosen.

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Makeup Wars: Cruelty Free Favorites

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It’s always fun to write a Makeup Wars post like this since it gives me a chance to really think about what I have and what I’d say are favorites. Truthfully I have a lot more products than you have the patience for so I picked 9 items that I’d buy again and again. Several of these were samples (*) but knowing that I will buy them myself led them to be the chosen ones.
1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette – naturally I have all the pictures done and no time to write about this but this is a favorite and will be reviewed soon. Too Faced is known to be cruelty free and their eyeshadow palettes are beautiful. Their palettes are $36 which is great for 9 shadows.
2. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush* – ooh la la! I have both shades of the blush duos and I can’t stop wearing them. There’s a beautiful bright cool toned pink called Mr. Pink and a fabulous pinky coral called Coral Cameo. I could never pick a favorite since they are both out of this world, long lasting and of course cruelty free.
3. Tarte Smooth Operator Concealer* – I love tarte concealers. I truly love them. I recommend them to people all the time. They have a lot of formulas so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs. Smooth Operator Concealer is my new favorite from tarte. I still use my others but this one sort of pushes them out of the way. It’s creamy, not messy, and like all tarte is cruelty free.
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – the last few months I’ve been using mostly BB and CC creams but the minute the weather cooled down a little this is the foundation I took out. I apply it with their Good Karma Optical Illusion Brush and the finish is wonderful. There are so many shades of this that you really need to go in and get matched for it, once you have it though you won’t want to put it down.
5. Bootie Babe Nail Polish* – I’m c-c-crazy about my Bootie Babe! Not only are the bottles the cutest thing this side of Miley Cyrus but the polishes are beautiful and last. This is not the last time you’ll be hearing about Bootie Babe from me!
6. Beauty Blender Sponge – I’ve been using the Beauty Blender sponge for years and years. It’s affectionately known as the Pink Egg around here. Even my 2 year old grandson is fascinated with the Beauty Blender Sponge and is always taking it off my vanity or asking for it. He may think it’s a fun toy but I think it’s great for blending my foundations.
7. DermOrganic hair care* – I love trying new hair care (though not as much as my blog partner Lisa) but you always need a staple to come back to and DermOrganic has made that cut. This argan infused line leaves my hair shiny and easier to manage.
8. It Cosmetics brushes – I don’t own this set but it was a great way to show you several of the It Cosmetics brushes together plus it’s a great buy on QVC. The It Cosmetic brushes are superior cruelty free brushes and every one I have is a delight. The good news is that you’re able to buy It Cosmetics at Ulta now too so you’ll have several places to find this amazing line.
9. Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum* – actually I could have picked one of a dozen Reviva Labs products since they are all wonderful. I’m totally in love with their Makeup Primer, Anti-Irritant Gel, Vitamin E stick and this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I wanted to include some skincare in this post and Reviva Labs jumped to the forefront. You can’t go wrong with this cruelty free well priced line.
Thanks so much for reading about some of my favorite products. Beauty Info Zone isn’t a cruelty free blog but we appreciate products that are and try to mention that in our reviews. There are wonderful CF brands as you can see. Which of these have you tried? — Marcia
Be sure to click on the rest of the links. You’ll be delighted to find products that you might not have realized were CF.

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Makeup Wars introduces our personal Holiday Wishlist items

“I want nothing for Christmas” said me NEVER! Of course I want a gift. I may not get anything beauty but I can dream can’t I?? The Makeup Wars bloggers have decided to put together our wishlists of what we’d like to see under our menorah or Christmas tree this year. My wishlist is 100% beauty related which comes as no surprise at all. The good news is that these are all pretty easy to get, the bad news is that I bought some of it while waiting to publish.

Let’s start with what I bought! After our Favorite Metallic Makeup Wars I was terribly tempted by the Laura Mercier Art Deco shadows that so many of the bloggers put on their list. They were sold out at Sephora which made it even more important for me to buy them. So and my reward certificates came in handy and now I own some of these. While they aren’t on my wishlist since they are on a UPS truck coming to me, they should be on yours!

Laura Mercier Art Deco eyeshadows

What I also bought was one (I promise only one) of the new Burberry Complete Eyeshadow Palettes. I just kept looking at this picture and had to wipe the drool off my face several times. I bought Smokey Grey No. 1 because I have been buying brown shadows galore in 2012. On my wishlist though are more of these. Luckily these are permanent ($59 each). Take a gander:

Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

  • Smokey Grey No. 01 Grays
  • Mocha No. 02 Warm neutrals
  • Pale Nude No. 03 Cool neutrals
  • Dark Spice No. 05 Smoky neutrals
  • Plum Pink No. 06 Plums
  • Pink Taupe No. 07 Pink neutrals

Next on my wishlist is more Too Faced, in particular the Too Faced Bon Bons Set. There’s something so girly and appealing about this $42 box set. Their description makes it even more appealing to me: “As enticing as a box of scrumptious sweets, Shadow Bon Bons features a delicious range of shadows from soft vanillas to rich coffee, an ultra-black LashGASM mascara, a built-in mirror, and a shimmering gold Candlelight shadow primer, making it easy to create bountiful looks. Go from sweet and sassy to subtle to dramatic with this one versatile set.”

Too Faced Bon Bons

Prime Beauty introduced me to the Eye Candy Full Face Collection from Lorac on her blog and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Doesn’t this sound like fun for $59??

– 4 x 0.68 oz Eye Shadow Palette in Ooh La La Vanilla (Nude Eye Shadow Palette), Caramel Love Affair (Golden Eye Shadow Palette), Tantilizing Cocoa (Bronze Eye Shadow Palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (Smoky Eye Shadow Palette)
– 0.17 oz Cream Eye Liner Palette in Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate
– 0.17 oz Cheek & Lip Tint Palette in Indulge in Berry Kisses

Lorac Eye Candy

Let’s move away from the eyes (which is difficult for me). When Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog reviewed the Armani Nude Lip Set ($49) I suddenly had a desire for it.   The set includes Rouge d’Armani #103 and Gloss d’Armani #103. I love my light shades of lipstick and even though I probably have dozens of similar shades there’s just something I like about this.

Armani Nude Lip Set

I have the Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter ($74) on my wishlist because it’s just so pretty. I’d probably never use it, I’d just look at it.  Read this and weep: “A kaleidoscope of colorful powders blend together beautifully to impart a sheer, flattering glow on all skin tones. Unique light-perfecting powders provide a veil of subtle radiance, while flexible polymers ensure long-lasting, comfortable wear. Innovative technology allows the soft, iridescent pigments to be evenly sprinkled throughout the entire powder.”

Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter

On the practical side I’d love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265). After seeing it work in person I’d love to have that glowy skin.

Le Metier Ready, Set, Glow

And one more for the road – I am a Swarovski crystal nut. I love those crystals so when I saw this Tweezerman Swarovski Crystal Mirror ($150) I fell in lust. “Add some glam to your beauty routine while isolating even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. The optically correct 1X/10X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. This gorgeously decorated two-sided vanity mirror will be a beautiful addition to any household. *Made with Swarovski® Elements

Tweezerman Swarovski crystal mirror

Thanks for reading my very long wishlist. My address is available upon request (LOL). Let me know if any of these would be on your wishlist too. Curious minds want to know. Now I’m going to read the rest of the Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlists and probably add many more items to mine just like I did after the metallics. — Marcia

Click on the icons for all the Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their finds.

Too Faced wants to know – are you Naughty or Nice?

Too Faced Naughty and Nice

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town


Excuse me but I do think of silly things at time. When I received Too Faced’s Naughty or Nice Palette I couldn’t do anything but think of this song. And now with Christmas right around the corner, it’s all the more appropriate.

Too Faced Naughty and Nice

Naughty or Nice is two palettes in one – a naughty side and a nice side. Two sides of the same person since we all have a little of each inside us.

Are you naughty?

The Naughty side is pictured by a voluptuous blonde lounging on a chaise wearing sheer clothes and eating bon bons! She has three eyeshadows to create that beautiful smokey eye plus three lip colors to enhance that look. The eyeshadows are Black Sparkle, Lavender and Silver Shimmer and their descriptions fit their names. The most intense shade is Black Sparkle which is very sparkly and very holiday like. The other two shades are a great accent for Black Sparkle. Silver has some shimmer and is a great shade for your wardrobe and Lavender is a lightly shimmered lavender that looks great on its own or with either (or both) of the other shadows.

The lipglosses are called Berry Wine, Golden Mauve and Deep Pink. Since these are in a palette and not in a tube I find that they can be worn more sheerly than they look at first or you can apply more for more depth. My favorite shades in the Naughty side are Silver eyeshadow and Golden Mauve lip color.

Here’s your naughty lips

Berry Wine, Golden Mauve, Deep Pink

The Nice side is the one I have gotten the most use out of. I don’t exactly live a night lifestyle.

Or are you Nice?

Nice is characterized by a voluptuous brunette so even though she’s nice she’s not wimpy! I love all three of the eyeshadows in this side which they’ve named Cocoa Brown, Beige and Bronze. I wouldn’t really describe them that way. These shadows are a satiny finish, no visible shimmer and not matte. I personally love this finish. The lipgloss shades in Nice are all in the brown, natural family. The names are Bronze, Tan and Peach. These aren’t typical shades at all but they look great since they are so natural. Actually if you wanted a little more color you could layer the lipgloss shades like Bronze and Deep Pink to have a unique color that fit you perfectly.

Here are your nice lips

Bronze, Tan, Peach

Each side of the palette has a small mirror plus there’s a pull out brush with a sponge tip eyeshadow applicator and a lip brush. I’m happy to have the lip brush there.

I’m NICE here

And I’m Nice here too.

This is one of Too Faced’s Vintage palettes so you won’t find it on their current website but this beautiful palette is still available at Image Beauty for $29.50.

Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

Are you ready??? — Marcia

*pr sample from Image Beauty

I love the Love Lisa Palette by Too Faced

Too Faced Love Lisa Palette

Ok, so it would be difficult for me to NOT love a palette called the Love Lisa Palette ($32.50). In fact, even if I hated it, I would still love it, as my name IS Lisa!  But I do genuinely love this palette. I would love it even it were called the Love Lizards Palette.  although that’s not fair either – I do one heck of a lizard face. Seriously, I make this face that looks exactly like a lizard. But I digress.

Lisa B.

This palette was inspired by Jerrod Blandino’s (creator of Too Faced) sister, Lisa Blandino. He designed this palette for her because she is fighting skin cancer, and money from the sales of this beauty go to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

As always, the Too Faced packaging is adorable

This is a super pretty beauty kit that has four eyeshadows, two lip glosses, a highlighter and a blush.  It’s not easy to find this kit now, it’s not for sale on the Too Faced website.  But you can still get it online at Image Beauty.

This is a girly-girl palette with golden pinks and soft browns.  As a girl who absolutely refused to wear anything but dresses when I was little, I think it’s just perfect.

Inside the Love Lisa Palette

On the far left is a double-sided lip gloss, the middle is a blush/highlighter, and the right are four eyeshadows.

lip glosses

The lip glosses are moisturizing and a bit sticky.  The raspberry shade gives a pretty, shiny tint to your lips, and the creamy side gives just a hint of gold.

swatches of the lip glosses

Next to the dual glosses is the highlighter/blush.


The top part is pigmented enough to work as a soft, natural peach/pink blush.  The bottom is a great highlighter that really brightens up the complexion.  Initially both are slightly powdery, then the texture becomes quite creamy after they are applied.

highlighter and blush swatched

Next to the blush/highlighter is a quad of pretty, feminine eyeshadows.

eyeshadow quad

Top left is a shimmery pink, top right is creamy yellowish beige.  Bottom left is a dark, shimmery copper brown, and next to that is a pink/beige champagne.

eyeshadows swatched

This isn’t going to get you a ‘smoky eye’, but it is going to give you a beautifully soft and subtle look that is just downright pretty.  While the shades are on the demure side, there is plenty of pigment to still pack a punch.

I love the name of this palette, I love that proceeds go to a great cause, and I love the girly-girl packaging and shades.  Go to Image Beauty and get yourself some love with a Love Lisa Palette!  – Lisa

*pr sample