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Maslow & Co - Global Beauty Box | December 2016

28 December 2016

The latest Maslow & Co box has arrived! This box celebrated all of the destinations visited throughout the first year of Maslow & Co's release, inside are items from Australia, Korea, the UK, New Zealand and the USA.


Benefit Hoola (USA) - Sample size 3g, value $19.00
Everyone knows about this bronzer! It's a favourite of mine so I'm very happy to have a little travel version, the packaging is great, super sturdy plastic with a snap closure, so I'll be holding on to this for when I'm on the road!

Wyte Luxe Whitening Applicator (Australia) - Full size 5ml, RRP $29.95
Tooth whitening gel pen, I think we are all fairly familiar with how these work. I quite like gel whitening pens, they are easy to use and there is zero mess involved, I'll happily hold on to this one.
Handy little item.

NeoGen Bio Peel+ Gauze in Lemon & Wine (Korea) - Full size (single sheet) x2, RRP $2.50 each ($5.00)
NEOGEN. DEAD! I adore NeoGen and I'm super pumped to try these, they are essentially an exfoliating pad that you use after washing your face, after swiping over your face you simply rinse with water and continue on with your skin care routine.

Manna Kadar Day Dream Palette (USA) - Full size, RRP $53.00
A face and eye palette that really surprised me! Nicely pigmented shades with some matte crease colours, my only gripe is that the bronzer is very gold toned and very shimmery but would make a lovely eyeshadow or body highlight during the summer.


Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask (UK) - Sample size 15ml, value $47.00
This is supposed to be an instantly firming and refining mask, I'm super excited to try this out because any mask that has instant visible results is a winner in my book!

Beenigma Face Cream (New Zealand) - Sample size 5ml, value $17.95
When I was filming my unboxing I felt like this was a familiar product and I was right! It's been hyped in the past, pair that with the fact that it contains bee venom and you can probably guess that I'm keen to give this a whirl.

TonyMoly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar - Full size, RRP $8.95
A super cute tinted lip balm that HAS A BUNNY HEAD FOR A LID. Stop it!

Total value of contents: $180.85

The last item is the Shu Uemura Art Series Restorative Conditioner for Damaged Hair, this was the Maslow Maven Gift that came in 3 different variants (I assume sent out based on your hair type), this item is valued at $58.00

This concludes a year of being subscribed to Maslow & Co, I have opted not to resubscribe simply because I am trying to save for some expensive stuff, however I let this one go with a lot of fear of missing out, I expect Maslow to bring some awesome boxes to the table in 2017.

To round up the year I'm going to give a little break down of what a year of Maslow & Co boxes consists of.

Subscription cost $240.00AUD for six boxes (now $318.00, introductory pricing has ended)
Total number of items received: 44 ( 28 full size, 16 sample size - does not include Maslow Maven gifts)
Total value of contents over the year: $910.44

If you're looking for a high end subscription box to sign up to in 2017, I highly recommend Maslow and co, to find out more about their service you can check out their website here.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Marie Claire The Parcel - December 2016 | Summer Edition

26 December 2016

My very last Marie Claire box has arrived, the Summer 2016 edition is jam packed but failed to impress.


Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturiser in Light/Medium - Full size 221ml, RRP $10.99
Gradual tanner that I'm actually interested in trying out, I'm not one to fake tan but I think I'd be happy to give this a go on my legs.

Banana Boat Sun Comfort Lotion SPF 50+ - Sample size 59ml, approx. value $5.72
This is supposed to allow sand to brush off easily, not sure if that claim would be true, it feels no different to other body sun lotions and I'm not really interested in testing it out because sand is Mother Nature's way of torturing people, however the sunscreen smells great, kind of like pineapple and coconut, so I will happily use it.

Avene Micellar Lotion - Full size 200ml, RRP $30.95
Makeup remover, handy item.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor - Full size, RRP $14.25
This is my favourite item in the box, something I feel is necessary but overpriced and hate spending money on. Happy camper.

Klorane Quinine Conditioner - Full size 150ml, RRP $13.95
Conditioner aimed at preventing hair loss by strengthening the hair at the root, would happily try it out but it smell heavily of cheap cologne.


Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads - Sample size 5 pads, approx. value $2.49
Glycolic acid based face wipes, I've used these in the past and they don't really impress me but work fine as a quick toner application.

Moroccan Oil Treatment - Sample size 10ml, approx. value $5.99
Probably one of the most well known hair oils on the market, my hair responds well to this stuff so I'm happy to have it.

Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask - Sample size 10ml, approx. value $2.85
I'm sure I've heard good things about this mask so I'm willing to put aside the fact that it's a sachet sample and give it a go.

Nude By Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream - Sample size 15ml, approx. value $14.97
Light coverage BB cream, colour is too dark for me so I won't hang on to this.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Lotion - Sample size 50ml, approx value $1.47
Coconut oil based body moisturiser, I'll patch test this since I've had reactions to a Palmer's product in the past and if all goes well I'll definitely use it.

Approximate value of contents: $103.61

Looking back at a year of Marie Claire The Parcel boxes:
Cost of subscription: $99.00AUD (4 boxes)
Total # of items received: 37 (17 full size, 20 samples)
Approximate value of contents over the year: $416.38

I really don't mind Marie Claire's The Parcel, it's on the affordable side and sometimes they really hit the mark with the boxes but I'm ok with letting this one go in 2017.

If you want to know more about this subscription service you can check out Marie Claire's The Parcel website.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Christmas 2016 Giveaways!

23 December 2016

Another year is almost done so that means it's time for Christmas giveaways!

To enter simply use the Raffle Copter widgets below, the only mandatory entry is being subscribed to me on YouTube.

Rules are also very simple:
You must be 18 or over or have your parents permission to enter, if you win I will need your postal address, so make sure it's ok with Mum or Dad first.

This giveaway is open Worldwide.

All entries will be checked and verified, anyone found to be doing anything dodgy will be disqualified.

After the winner is drawn the notification email will be sent out, please try to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn.

Please be aware that the email will be sent to the address that was use to sign in to the Rafflecopter widget, I highly recommend using your main email address to avoid disappointment. Please know that your information is safe with me and I would never sell or use your email address for personal gain.

Prizes will be shipped to your nominated postal address at my own cost.

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Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Bare Minerals - You Better Not Pout Lipstick Collection

19 December 2016

The Bare Minerals You Better Not Pout Lipstick Set is just one of the many items in their Christmas 2016 collection, the pack contains 7 mini Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks in a range of shades including nudes, pinks and red.

The set retails for $44.00AUD and contains a total of 10.5 grams (1.5 gram per lipstick), which means you're getting about $78.00AUD of value in product alone.

The formula of the lipsticks is exactly like a full size Marvelous Moxie Lipstick which is very pigmented, creamy and hydrating, however, they are not long wearing. They have a slight peppermint scent due to containing peppermint oil and they do leave a slight cooling sensation.


My only issue with this set is that the colours that you see on the packaging aren't a great representation of what is in the box so I would definitely recommend swatching shades in store if you can. Two shades in the set, Act Natural & Watch me are shimmery shades and not sold in the standard range.



Act Natural - A cool shimmery, translucent pink. Personally I feel this would only work as a topper for other shades.

Speak Your Mind - Rose toned pink with the standard cream formula.

Fly High - Light mauve, standard cream formula.

Never Say Never - Vibrant fuchsia, standard cream formula.

Call The Shots - Blue based red with  the standard cream formula.

Watch Me - Really interesting, nude coral with a little shimmer.

Break Away - Dark mauve-ish nude, cream formula.

The Bare Minerals You Better Not Pout Marvelous Moxie Lipstick set reatils for $44.00AUD and is available at Mecca Maxima, Mecca Cosmetica and online at Mecca.com.au.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Bare Minerals - The Wish List Palette

Bare Minerals The Wish List Palette was one of three Christmas palette releases from Bare Minerals for 2016 and the only palette that featured just eyeshadows, the packaging is made up of sturdy plastic, a firm magnetic closure and a large mirror.

Inside are 12 eyeshadows, all on the natural spectrum, each shade is 'limited edition' but some are repeats from past palettes (Chance was featured in the 2016 Nudes palette & Daydream in the 2016 Neutral Palette for example).

This palette is very similar to the Nudes palette brought out earlier this year, promotional pictures of this palette made it look quite red toned and very on-trend, however it doesn't deliver that at all, if you own the Nudes palette that was release earlier in 2016 you certainly won't need this one but if you happened to miss out on the earlier release this would make a great alternative.

The formula of the shadows are typical Bare Minerals, very pigmented, soft, easy to blend and apply nicely with a brush, the only two shades that had me scratching my head were Good Spirits and Boardroom which feel significantly drier in the pan than their usual matte formula, however they still perform very well.


Merry - Shimmery, cool pale pink, good pigmentation for a light shade.

Bubbles - Metallic rose gold, fantastic pigmentation.

Come True - Matte, light neutral brown, great pigmentation.

Granted - Matte, light peach toned brown, great pigmentation.

Yes Please - Warm, medium toned brown with gold sparkle, pigmentation is ok, doesn't swatch well but applies nicely with a brush.

Stiletto - Dark plum brown with gold and purple sparkle, pigmentation is ok, doesn't swatch well but applies nicely with a brush.


Chance - Matte, cool off white with good pigmentation.

Day Dream - Matte, warm light beige with good pigmentation.

Bling - Metallic pewter with great pigmentation.

Gold Leaf - Metallic gold, great pigmentation.

Good Spirits - Matte, warm dark brown, pigmentation is ok, doesn't swatch well but applies nicely with a brush.

Boardroom - Matte blacked dark brown, pigmentation is ok, doesn't swatch well but applies nicely with a brush.

Overall The Wish List is a nice neutral palette that is easy to wear and delivers good quality shadows, however, since the palette is very similar to the Nudes palette they released earlier in the year and the promotional pictures presented this as a more red and plum toned palette I find that it really didn't live up to my expectations and it makes it a little bit difficult for me to love it, personal feelings aside, the palette is very nice though and would me a lovely addition to any nude makeup lovers collection.

Bare Minerals The Wish List palette retails for $66.00AUD and is available at Mecca Maxima, Mecca Cosmetica and online at Mecca.com.au

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Laura Mercier - Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette

16 December 2016

Laura Mercier never lets the team down with their Christmas releases and this year was no exception, the item that made me throw my money at them was the Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette.



This four pan highlighting palette it comprised of a sturdy plastic with a leopard print finish and a mirror large enough to do a full face of makeup. It's light weight but feels sturdy and has a push button closure so I feel like this is one of the few highlighting palettes I own that I would be confident to travel with, however I would still wrap it in a weeks worth of clothing before putting it in my suitcase.

The four shades it contains are all minis of Laura Mercier's Face Illuminator collection so if you already own one or more you may be a little disappointed to see there aren't any new shades, however if you don't own any you now have the opportunity to own every shade in the range.

The value of the palette is pretty damn good, it sells for $65.00AUD and instead of paying $8.33 per gram of product with a full size face illuminator you are only paying $4.92 per gram of product, if we take in to consideration the usual price per gram then this palette contains $109.95 worth of product alone. Laura Mercier kicking goals in the season of giving.

If you're wondering whether the formula is what you will find in a full size compact you can rest assured that it is, Laura Mercier haven't cut any corners.


The formula of these highlighters offer a natural glow rather than a wet or metallic finish, they can certainly be built up for more intensity but if you take them too far they can look powdery so be careful not to push them too far.

Indiscretion - A gorgeous neutral light beige with tones of pink and yellow sparkle, the kind of thing you just want to rub all over your face and body.

Addiction - A pretty classic gold with the softest hint of lavender sparkle.

Devotion - Stunning cool, translucent pink with subtle hints of blue and purple sparkle, I'm dead for this shade!

Seduction - Rich warm copper, this will certainly be too dark for many people but I have found that it makes a nice body highlight now that I've developed a very slight tan, I'm planning on giving this a good go over summer as my tan develops.

While this palette won't suit everyone as a personal use item, if you're in the light to light/medium spectrum and are known to tan naturally or artificially, then you could very well get use out of all the shades throughout the span of a year. This would also fit really well in to a pro kit since there is a shade to suit all skin shades. This one get's a huge tick of approval.

The Laura Mercier Fall In Love face Illuminator Palette is currently only available in Sephora Australia stores (not online) and retails for $65.00AUD.

What do you think of the Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette?


Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Aromatherapy Associates - Star Jewels Christmas Set*

15 December 2016

I have a huge amount of respect for the power of aromatherapy so when I was asked if I would like to try out an item from the Aromatherapy Associates Christmas line I happily accepted.

The Holiday line consists of 6 gift ideas ranging in price from $22.00AUD to $138.00AUD.


I was provided with the Star Jewels set which retails for $70.00AUD and contains 3 x 9ml bottle of bath and shower oil. It is recommended to use 1/3 (or two caps full) of a bottle in a warm bath or 1/3 of a bottle massaged on to your body in the shower while taking slow, deep breaths to obtain the benefits of the aromatherapy properties.

Aromatherapy is believed to stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell - the olfactory system. Through the inhalation of essential oils a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves memories.


The oils included in the Star Jewels kit are Deep Relax which helps encourage a good night sleep, De-Stress Mind to assist with clear thinking and focusing thoughts and Revive Morning to help awaken the senses and get you ready for the day.

I'm not much of a bath person, for the sole reasons of not wanting to wash the bath before use and not really having the spare time to soak in one so I have been using these in the shower, I like to apply these after washing my body with a standard shower gel and while standing outside of the shower stream for just a minute or two I give myself a body massage with the oils, as the scent of the oil fills the shower I take deep breaths and when I'm ready I simply rinse off the excess, my skin is left feeling soft and hydrated without being overly slick or greasy.


I really love that Aromatherapy Associates have made accessing suitable aromatherapy blends easy, when I was young my Mum would spend hours in health and well-being stores choosing oils and carriers to take home and mix up herself, we literally had a cupboard dedicated to tiny bottles of essential oils and large bottles and tubs of carrier oils and creams, now we have the option of buying blends that are ready to go rather than finding the time to research and purchase the type of blend we need for the issue at hand.


The Aromatherapy Associates Star Jewels set retails for $70.00AUD and is available at Sephora Australia or Aromatherapy Associates.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Hourglass - Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light

13 December 2016


Keeping with tradition, Hourglass has released another Ambient Lighting Palette for the Holiday season, this time it's the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light.



There is no denying that this palette is a bit of a wonder to look at, the pretty marble finish is very fitting, it was a wildly popular finsih for just about anything beauty or household decor related in 2016 and their blushes and bronzers have a colourful marble effect in the pans. The packaging is plastic, has a fair amount of weight to it with a sturdy snap closure and a decent sized mirror.


This palette has been marketed as a 'nude' palette which is what drew me to it, we have stepped in to Summer here in Australia and I like to wear more 'natural' looking makeup, pair that with the fact that the packaging is pretty and I like Hourglass Ambient Lighting products and suddenly I'm $116.00 poorer and have a teeny tiny, but very pretty, new face palette in my collection.

When we look at value of the palette it's really not looking good:

Product
  Price Per Gram in Full Size Item 
  Value of Product in Palette 
Finishing Powder 
$6.70
4g = $26.80
Blush
$13.09
1.4g (x2) = $36.65
Strobe Powder
$11.95
1.4g = $16.73
Bronzer
$6.54
1.4g = $9.15


Total - $89.33

That means we are paying over $26.00 for plastic faux marble packaging, I have no doubt that the packaging was expensive to manufacture but personally, the value irks me.






Hourglass haven't let us down with formula though, if you're familiar with the Ambient Lighting range then you won't have any nasty surprises, everything is just as it is in the full size pans.

Another upside to the palette is that all of the shades are exclusive and new, however, that's not to say Hourglass won't release some of them in singles during 2017.


Finishing Powder in Surreal Light - Light, neutral skin tone, honestly the first Ambient Lighting Powder that I would consider usable for me in winter, the singles in the line are either too dark, too purple or stark white and I have to be careful with placement, I think this would make a great addition to their permanent range because it requires less thought when applying it and can be dusted over areas that you want more glow without concern.

Blush in Surreal Glow - Stunning dusty peach shade, I'm living for this blush at the moment and so happy to have it in my collection.

Blush in Surreal Effect - This blush is much brighter in colour and has surprisingly punchy pigmentation, if you like bright pink blushes you'll likely be a fan of this but I personally find it difficult to wear.

Bronzer in Surreal Bronze Light - Gorgeous bronzing shade but reflects a lot of light, when you pair a large forehead with light particles and a buffing motion you end up with glowing spotlights, I've been enjoying using this around my face, down my neck and on to my collarbones.

Strobe Powder in Surreal Strobe Light - A gorgeous, subtle golden glow, when paired with the finishing powder and blush in Surreal Glow you have a recipe for makeup perfection!

Overall I like the palette, it has it's draw backs for me but they are very personal things, if my forehead wasn't so big and I liked bright pink blush there wouldn't be any issues with the powders themselves, however I still enjoy it enough to continue experimenting with the shades to find ways for them to work for me so I can't poo poo it. The value does turn me off though, it's hard for me to recommend something like this confidently when the value isn't awesome because I know many people won't necessarily use every shade in the palette which means you're not getting your moneys worth. I guess the bottom line is; if you like all the shades, can and will use them and can afford the palette, then you won't be disappointed.

What do you think of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light?

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Real Techniques - Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge | Miracle Sculpting Sponge | Ultimate Base Set*

12 December 2016
Real Techniques have expanded their makeup sponge range recently and when I was given the opportunity to try some of them I gladly accepted.




The newest editions include a twin pack of the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges, the Miracle Sculpting Sponge and the limited edition Ultimate Base Set which contains two best sellers and an exclusive brush.



The Ultimate Base Set contains a Miracle Complexion Sponge, Expert Face Brush, a Deluxe Concealer Brush which is exclusive to the set and a brush pouch. It's worth noting that the Deluxe Concealer Brush is the same as the Deluxe Crease Brush just with a different handle colour and the brush pouch will only hold thinner brushes from the Real Techniques line.




One of the newer additions to the Real Techniques range are the Mini Miracle Eraser Sponges, these are designed to fix makeup mistakes like flaking mascara but if I'm going to be totally honest I would say don't try to fix anything with these, simply use them for concealing and highlighting, they are the perfect size, density and shape for applying concealer under the eye, around the nose and treating small problem areas, these do what the Beauty Blender Micro Mini failed to do.


I also love to use these for highlighting cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose and the cupids bow. When it comes to contouring the nose they are fabulous too. If you like using sponges in your routine these are a must have!




The Miracle Sculpting Sponge is designed for contouring and highlighting, the large flat edge is used for contouring the face while the small flat edge is for highlighting.

Personally I didn't have a whole lot of luck with this sponge but I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of cream contouring/highlighting and I think if you used this method often in your routine you may have an easier time than I did.

I can say I've had a good experience using this as a bronzing sponge, I use both ends to apply NARS Liquid Laguna and the results are great.

I would recommend this for any cream contour/liquid bronzer lovers who would like a dedicated sponge for the job.




The Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set retails for $45.00 RealTechniques.com.au
The Real Techniques Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges retails for $16.99 RealTechniques.com.au
The Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge retails for $16.99 at RealTechniques.com.au

Have you tried any of the new additions to the Real Techniques range?


Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Too Faced - Christmas 2016 | Grande Hotel Cafe Palette

9 December 2016

Another Christmas another Too Faced Limited Edition Christmas Collection!



For live swatches and my thoughts on the palette you can check out my video review.

My picks from this years array of products were the Grande Hotel Cafe Palette & Merry Kissmas Liquified Lipstick Set (review here).


The Grande Hotel Cafe Palette is similar to their 2015 Le Grande Chateau Palette (review here) in layout and packaging, you have a little building style box that opens up to reveal 3 mini palettes and a deluxe sample size Better Than Sex Mascara.


This year the palettes are supposed to be scent themed, Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte & Gingerbread Cookie, on opening the palettes for the first time they all just smelled sweet with no real scent relating to their names except for Eggnog Latte which had a wonderful cinnamon scent, however after owning the palette for a couple of weeks it has lost the cinnamon scent and just smells sweet like the other two, it hasn't maintained that wonderful smell like the chocolate bar or sweet peach palettes have.


The colour themes of the palettes represents what you will find inside which helps you to work out which palette to grab without opening them all up to find the shade you want.


My issues with the palettes is primarily with shades and formula (no surprise there) I'll start with colour selection.

Each palette contains a white, off white or light cream and they are so similar in colour that it seems like overkill and a waste of potential. The matte colour option for those who like a matte crease or all over lid colour are pretty woeful, aside from the three very light white spectrum colours you have a matte pink, light brown, dark brown and horribly pigmented black so if you have hooded eyes and tend to only use matte shades in your crease the looks you can create will be quite limited.


These palettes also contain a glitter bomb formula, similar to the Urban Decay Moondust shadows in the fact that they have a base colour and a crap load of glitter, they lack in pigmentation and have horrible fall out, they need to be layered heavily for them to look pretty but then continue to fall on your face throughout the day, a super sticky glitter glue like base would be helpful holding them in place and if you can manage to keep them in place and apply them densely they do look super pretty, you're just going to have to put the work in.


All of the shades vary in pigmentation, some are great, some are rubbish, some swatch like a dream but apply horribly. All of the shades can be built up for nice colour intensity but a lot of them require work to get there, if you're willing to put that time in you will be able to create some beautiful looks.


The coloured face powders consist of pink blushes and a shimmery bronzer, they are a little powdery but not completely horrible, it's typical Too Faced Holiday stuff, if you've ever purchased any of their Christmas palettes, you will be familiar with it!



  • Ginger Cream - Matte, light cream shade, average pigmentation.
  • Maple Syrup - Matte, medium grey toned brown, good pigmentation.
  • Gingersnap - Metallic gold, applies badly with a brush.
  • Winter Dream - Lavender glitter bomb, messy to apply and doesn't go on well with a brush.
  • Cup of Joe - Dark grey toned brown with a matte base and gold micro glitter.
  • Black Coffee - Matte black with bad pigmentation
  • Gingerbread - Bronzer with a gold sheen.



  • Peppermint Cream - Matte white, good pigmentation.
  • Christmas Blend - Champagne pink, strange chunky formula with average pigmentation.
  • Peppermint Mocha - Satin, red toned medium brown, ok pigmentation.
  • Candy Cane - Matte baby pink, average pigmentation.
  • Sprinkles - Shimmery bright pink, average pigmentation.
  • Coffee Chip - Satin, grey toned dark brown, good pigmentation.
  • Santa Baby - Bright matte pink.



  • Frosty Nog - Matte off white, bad pigmentation.
  • Eggnog Latte - Light white-ish gold with a chunky, shimmery formula, average pigmentation.
  • Iced Coffee - Bronze satin, ok pigmentation.
  • Skinny Latte - Matte light brown, average pigmentation.
  • Cold Brew - Mid toned brown glitter bomb with silver, gold and pale lavender glitter, bad pigmentation.
  • Central Perk - Satin forest green, average pigmentation.
  • Peach Cobbler - Matte pink with a hint of coral, average pigmentation.

If you're the type of person who is happy to put extra time and effort in to working with shades to get nice colour depth then you won't have an issue with this palette, a lot of the shades can be made to look beautiful but if you just like to slap stuff on and go you may find that you're disappointed with the palette.

For me this palette is more of an 'ornamental treat', something that I purchased to keep on display and use occasionally, which is exactly what I have done with all of my Too Faced Holiday Palettes and personally I think there is nothing wrong with that, if makeup makes you happy then it's a lovely item to have in your personal space that you can admire for the pretty packaging and open up on the days when you have more time to work with the shades.

To see what I thought of the Too Faced Merry Kissmas Liquified Lipstick Set you can check out the post here.

What are your thoughts on the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe Palette?

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..