Beauty, Makeup

Touch in Sol Eyeshadow and Glitter 

It’s no secret that I’m a huge glitter expert, but even I have my limits. Enter the Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo, which retails at Sephora for $25.

I think it’s pretty evident even from the picture that this glitter is really chunky. What I mean by “chunky” is that the individual particles of glitter are quite large. Some products have smaller particles that result in a different type of finish. Typically, the larger the particle, the more dramatic the look. This is one end of the spectrum, but on the other end would be the products where the particles are so small the finish just looks shimmery and it’s almost impossible to discern between the particles.

Also, as a rule of thumb, the larger the glitter particles, the more fallout you’ll probably get. Fallout is when the glitter migrates to other parts of your face (in the case of eyeshadow, this usually means that you’ll start to see glitter on your cheeks by the end of the day). This was definitely the case with this product, and I was disappointed in the amount of fallout. It was even more evident due to the size of the particles.

As for the metallic part of the shadow, I thought it worked pretty well. Like most liquids, it will crease if you don’t use an eyeshadow primer before application, but I did think it was pretty. I will say that it is quite bold though, so this is not the product for you if you’re just looking for a sheer wash of metallic color.

Now, even though I didn’t like this, it’s worth noting that a lot of people have been giving this rave reviews. I might just be a bit biased because I received a gold shade, which does not compliment my skin tone, and I’m not super thrilled by chunky glitter (I much prefer a more finely milled product).

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? Please, let me know in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Glitter in the Age of Anxiety

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Some of you may have noticed that I wasn’t around last week. I had no new blog posts and I was mostly absent from social media. I’d like to say that I was fabulously busy with many glamorous things to do, but that would be a lie. The truth is that my anxiety was feeling debilitating and it took all my energy just to get up and go to work. By the time I got home, I attempted to do my homework (poorly) and then I just sat there waiting to fall asleep and try again the next day.

Anxiety comes in many forms. While I have generalized anxiety that can pop up at any time, I’m also a hypochondriac. People joke a lot about hypochondriacs, and I know it seems so irrational to people who don’t suffer from it, but it’s actually pretty overwhelming. I’m hypersensitive to bodily sensations, so a small pain in my side or abdomen or leg (something so insignificant that a “normal” person would be able to just ignore it completely) feels like a catastrophe waiting to happen. I fixate on it until my muscles clench and then the pain is exacerbated. Over the past three weeks, I’ve been absolutely convinced I had a hernia, ovarian cancer, a blood clot, an ulcer, and carpal tunnel. Right now, I’m pain free and not worrying about a specific health concern, but there is still this looming feeling of dread because I know how my mind is so conditioned to overreact and it’s only a matter of time (maybe even just minutes) before I start panicking again.

On the outside, I’ve been as glittery as ever (I even had the opportunity to dress up as a unicorn for a special children’s Halloween event at the library this week!) While there are many perceptive people in my life who could tell that I’m experiencing anxiety, most people I encounter don’t realize that anything is wrong. I think that makeup is a fantastic form of self-expression, but this week, it’s just been my mask. I’ve been trying to project a put-together image to distract from what’s going on inside. It’s fooled a lot of people, but I haven’t tricked my mind into feeling okay just yet.

I know I don’t normally get very personal on this blog, but I felt compelled to be honest about this because I don’t know who is reading this and what you’re going through. Anxiety is a very common thing, but it feels incredibly isolating to those who are going through it. It makes you feel like you’re too abnormal to relate to other people. It keeps you from trying fantastic things. It feels completely insurmountable most of the time, especially when you don’t have a support system. So, I just wanted to say to anyone who is going through something similar that you are not alone. I’m anxious too, and I’m wishing you all the best. You are not damaged beyond repair, and neither am I. Feel free to reach out to me if you’re feeling alone and need someone to talk to. My contact information is right here.

Since it’s taking much longer for me to accomplish everyday tasks, and I still have to work and do schoolwork, I probably won’t be able to continue blogging 5 times a week for a while. So, for now, I’m going to try to blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

Tiffy

Beauty, Makeup

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection

Full disclosure: I love glitter and I am utterly biased towards products that contain glitter. So, when I saw the Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection at Sephora, I didn’t blink at the $45 price tag and immediately purchased it!

A lot of beauty bloggers have complained about this palette, so I’d just like to start by addressing their two complaints. First, people have been complaining that the colors aren’t pigmented enough. I love these pigments! They are very buildable and you can use water or the black base to intensify the colors. Second, people complain about glitter fallout. There is some fallout (unless you apply with water – more explanation of that later) but I don’t care because I love glitter. If I see flecks of glitter on my cheeks during the afternoon because of this eyeshadow, I am totally okay with that because it’s just the sparkle and not the color that has been migrating.

So, now I’m going to explain the three different ways that you can apply these:

  1. Apply the glitter eyeshadows by themselves with a brush – this results in a sheer wash of color with lots of sparkle. This is perfect for daytime looks. Yes, there will be some fallout of glitter, but you can just imagine that it’s some extra highlight on your cheeks.
  2. Apply the glitter eyeshadows on top of the white or black bases – this will intensify the colors. The white will brighten up the color and enhance the glitter while the black will intensify the color and make it much darker and more dramatic. I was terrified to do this at first because black is such a harsh color, but it worked so well. First, I applied the white base on my lid from the crease to the brow bone and then covered it with the shade “Fairy Dust.” Then I applied the black on every part of the eyelid below the crease and then put the shade “Glitter Goals” on top. It was so vivid! Yes, there was still some fallout, but I loved my super dramatic evening look.
  3. Apply the glitter eyeshadows with a wet brush – this really intensifies the glitter and color without making it darker. The water (or you can use makeup setting spray instead) fuses with the glitter like a glue and can help to prevent fallout. It also leaves a more crystalline look for maximum glitter impact!

I have absolutely zero regrets about buying this palette! Will I use it every day? No. But I love it for when I want to experiment with more dramatic colors. I highly recommend it for glitter enthusiasts like myself.

Are you interested in trying this palette? If not, what palette are you currently obsessed with? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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