Two Faced Honey

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Gorgeous New Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallic Lipsticks


The Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipsticks.

I love Matte Metallics lipsticks, but I have nothing in my collection that compares to these metallic shadeshifters from Maybelline's Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick Collection.These lipsticks are available in dazzling earthy metallic tones. The heavy metals on the periodic table, that we all know and love, are represented– bronze, steel, gold, and copper – but they’ve also included some unconventional earth tones like jungle green, stone grey, and a deep navy blue. 

So, I couldn't contain my excitement when I received 2 of the 10 matte metallic lipsticks in the collection complimentary from Influenster's contest, in exchange for this review.  I received both Molten Bronze, and Smoked Silver.  As you probably already realize, the term “metallic matte” finish is kind of contradictory. Metallic, suggest shininess, but it's also matte, which is clearly the opposite. How do you create a finish in real life that is definitely unique, it's metallic… but not? The creamy formulation glides over the lips for a smooth application.  Just think of a metallic nail polish that is full of colorful sparkles. This is also true for these creamy lipsticks, but the while the mattifying quality lessens their ability to shine, it doesn’t necessarily dim their sparkle.The sheer creamy matte finish is buildable, so you can wear just a hint of metallic shimmer or go ham for maximum metallic shine.  

Smoked Silver on my skin tone comes off as a muted, medium lavender with
more neutral lavender undertone paired with a silvery iridescent metallic finish. It has medium pigmentation, which is buildable to a semi-opaque coverage. I just couldn't achieve full opaqueness. This one will need a primer or lip liner underneath it to work well. This shade wore for just over four and a half hours on me with a bit of color that had pulled into my lip lines over the course of the day. 
PRO TIP: (Darker Skin Tones) conceal lips and line with a lip liner in order to get maximum wearability and pigmentation on these Metallic mood shifters.
Molten Bronze is not bronze at all, it has more of a plum undertone that shifts to a bronze/green duo chrome metallic finish,  let’s get that out of the way first. The only tone it shares with bronze is the multi-tonal shimmer the makes it a little bit brown, a little bit red, and a little bit of a green shimmer all at the same time. But if I had to pick a base shade for this lipstick, it would be plum. This is a plum lipstick with some serious duo chrome shifts going on, but it’s definitely not bronze. Okay, now that we have that out of the way: this color is amazing! Photos don’t do it justice, despite my efforts, but you can kind of see the teal green/gold duo chrome that occurs when light hits the lipstick. I can’t really explain the way in which this lipstick behaves on my lips. It’s reflects at least three different shades and sheers out to a deep berry purple. Whatever it is, it’s gorgeous!

Maybelline Matte Metallics lipsticks creamy, but matte formula is a plus for me, and I love both shades. Both Smoked Silver and Molten Bronze are definitely for the more adventurous, there are, however, more subtle shades in the collection.  These lipsticks aren't for everyone, but if you are a matte metallic lover, like me, you will love these. They are Brie approved. 

Do you have a favorite shade from this collection? What the heck is going on with these colors? 

TwoFacedHoney sometimes uses affiliate links. If a purchase is made through one of these links, I am given a percentage of the sale.  My opinion will never be affected by compensation of any kind. I will disclose any and every time a product is sent to me for free in exchange for review or compensation. We do not store your information, sell your information, or use your information for more than basic web analytics. TwoFacedHoney also contains some sponsored content, which you can recognize by seeing "Dedicated" in the category list directly beneath the title. These posts rarely appear on the front page and never appear in RSS feeds. (For more info, see our Disclosure.)

Saturday, September 2, 2017



I had to learn this the hard way, Oily/Combination Skin need hydration too! After using cleansers that dried my combination skin out along with the Summer Sun, my skin would look and feel like leather! Ouch! Boy has my skin been thirsty! 

So, I'm trying out Simple's Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash. I was sent this product from Influenster and Simple Skin Care free for my review and opinion of this product. This light, hydrating water-gel wash is specially designed for dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin. This gave me pause, but my skin is sensitivity, and the Summer Sun has really left my skin dehydrated.  So, I gave it a try. The Facial Gel Wash claims to have "a light, hydrating water-gel formulation and is specially designed for dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin to gently and effectively cleanse while leaving skin feeling supple, comfortable and instantly refreshed. No over-drying or feelings of tightness!" Now must cleansers that I use for oily/combination skin do over-dry skin! Simple I'm ready for my Water Boost!

For Best Results

 Step 1: Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand and gently massage into wet skin to form a soft, silky lather. 

Step 2: Rinse off thoroughly.

Step 3: Finish by applying a Simple moisturizer of your choice. For best results, use morning and night.



Wow! I was surprised by this product! If ingredients are important to you, like they are for me, then you will love the fact that the first ingredient is none other than WATER! There are no harsh chemicals or perfumes to upset my sensitive, but oily/combination skin. My skin was left hydrated and balanced, not greasy or tight feeling, and that important because Oily Girls need hydration too! I actually like it and will try the other water boost products in this line. I do recommend Simple Skin Care Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash.

 If you would like to receive free products like I do, just click➠Influenster and sign up!

TwoFacedHoney sometimes uses affiliate links. If a purchase is made through one of these links, I am given a percentage of the sale.  My opinion will never be affected by compensation of any kind. I will disclose any and every time a product is sent to me for free in exchange for review or compensation. We do not store your information, sell your information, or use your information for more than basic web analytics. TwoFacedHoney also contains some sponsored content, which you can recognize by seeing "Dedicated" in the category list directly beneath the title. These posts rarely appear on the front page and never appear in RSS feeds. (For more info, see our Disclosure.)

The Honey



Saturday, August 5, 2017



How to Step from under the Instagram ShadowBan 

Are you a Victim of the Instagram ShadowBan?


The Instagram ShadowBan, the "Ban," like the comic book character, has "The power to cloud the
minds of men."So, if you've reached this post it’s likely you’ve felt the sting of Instagram's ShadowBan and/or heard the continuous chatter around Instagram about it. I heard about the ban some months ago, but I didn't think anything about this term until it actually meant something to me, which was, lost followers, comments and likes. The Ban looks for Community Guidelines, violations, Policy and Terms of Service violations and "spammy" behavior that sends your posts to the feed of your followers only, this translates to limits to your account's growth. Now if you're a Social Entrepreneur like me, this impacts your bottom line. Like anything I've heard on social media, I just took it with a grain of salt, but the Instagram Shadowban has been around for sometime and affecting thousands of Instagram accounts, including my own. In an effort to "step into the light," and lift the Ban from my own account, I found a few things that will help you determine whether your posts are being banned, and some actions that can help you avoid or remove it.   

Is this happening to your post?


If you are trying to grow your Instagram account, the Ban will drop your post, no further than your follower's feed, so your hashtags are ineffective to help you reach a larger audience. As soon as I started seeing a decline in my followers, likes, and comments, I immediately started seeking answers as to why this was happening, (I'm just proactive like that). My first thought was this was a result of my recently linking my Facebook Business account to my Instagram. Facebook Business account owners must pay to promote their post in order to reach a larger client pool. So, when the Gram was sending offers for me to pay to promote a post, I igored them! My first thought was, this is about the money, and they want mine. Nah, I will pass. Now, from my research, that may be the bottom line that Instagram will never put in writing, but there are more things that need to be avoided in order to avoid having your posts slammed with a ban!

First things first: Are you violating the Gram's Terms of Service?

You need to know the Ban may be a direct result of your own actions. Listen, I know that's harsh, but it's true. The first thing I found out, was that I was violating Instagram's  Terms of Service. I have so many social media sites; Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Polyvore, Twitter, Zcast, Youtube, and a few others, so using a scheduler for my post sounded like a good idea. Having to post one post to more than one site at a time is really time consuming, so you can imagine that having an app that can post to my multiple sites at one time was a tool that I felt that I needed,  well guess what, that was my first "No, no!' My violation fell in the same category as using apps that are meant to gain followers, comments, and likes. Say, bye, bye to any type of automated services, if you're trying to avoid being banned. No Bots, mean no bots at all. One violation down, on to the next.


A violation of daily and hourly engagement limits 


Okay, who knew that you were limited to your daily and hourly engagement on Instagram? Damn, strike two! Engagement is the number one tool that I use to grow my account! So you can imagine, how I felt finding out that my posts are being banned when my active followers engage my post and really respond with a high volume of likes and comments. What I  have found out is, that depending on how long you have had your account, you shouldn’t exceed 150 likes, 60 comments and 60 follows/unfollows per hour on your follower's page. I have had follow trains that were meant to gain me new followers, that could net me that in several and put me over both the daily and hourly limits. Like I said, I work for myself, so I have nothing but time on my hands to respond and engage new followers. Lesson Number #2 Learned: The new logithrims on Instagram can possibly see this as "bot-like" activity. I don't recommend it. 

ICYMI: (In Case You Missed It!): Hashtags, can be Mashtags!

Who isn't guilty of this one! Okay, let me speak for Moi, Guilty as charged! Hindsight can be 20/20. I should have known that Youtubers don't always get receipts. Following some YT advise on how to get 30 additional hashtags to get a higher reach on my posts. Oh! the Abuse! I also learned that a hashtag that I use often, #beautyblogger (Source: Instagram's Blog) can become overwhelmed with tasteless posts filled with nudity, spam or racially inappropriate material. OMG! What's a beauty blogger to do! I appreciate Instagram taking notice and quick action, to remove offending hashtags or limit it’s usage,  this also has the potential to prevent the remainder of your tags not being ranked at all. The lesson learned here is, don't abused hashtags, and be weary of adding potential banned hashtags to your posts in order to avoid the potential of a ban. 

The InfoWarrior


Spam, infringement, and posting improper content, etc)., all reported and brought to Instagram thanks to your friendly invisible "InfoWarrior" whether the information is factual or not. Being Blocked from accounts fall into this category also. I can see the potential abuse in this! So tread lightly when you are threatening to block someone else's  page because others can return the favor. Instagram may fully disable your page or they may just throw you in "The County ShadowBan Jail." I can honestly say, I have never had my page disabled, but quite a bit of my faithful followers have, this however, has caused a large decline in my follower base. 

Measures to Try to Lift the Ban

What am I doing to lift the Ban from my Page? Like Instagram has expressed, start with good content, which I have always tried to do. Listen,  Instagram's Blog is an excellent source of information on policies and guidelines, announcements, and post regarding account issues. You can also contact ➠Instagram, if you feel that you have been banned unfairly. But, first how do you find out if your post are being banned? You can links to this Instagram articles under your account setting, under options. Not sure if your posts are being banned, here's a site that I found that will allow to find if your account has been SHADOWED! Click Right here➠Are you Worried About the ShadowBan?

Most importantly, do not use Automated Services whatsoever. If you're using such apps on your Instagram account you will have to revoke the permissions, and clear them from your account.  How is this done?, just go to "Edit Profile" and revoke the permission to all services that violate Instagram's Terms of Service and Community Policy.

Next, make sure your engagement with your followers meets the  Guidelines for Follower Engagement. No Hashtag Abuse, period! Your hashtags mustn't exceed the maximum, nor can you use abused and/or banned hashtags on your post. Hey, these are self-explanatory,; don't Spam other's feed, infringe on copyrights, and don't post inappropriate content, enough said!

Just unplug! It has been suggested that if you LOGOUT of your account for 48 hours and log back in, after that time frame, your posts should be clear of the ban, that is conditional upon you not violating any other guidelines. Who doesn't need to unplug from the Matrix from time to time. Well, here is your chance to reconnect with loved ones, friends, and enjoy what life has to hold, instead of worrying about lost followers, likes, and comments. Finally, to deal with the first thing I mentioned, which is the issue of what to do about "The Book."

Now, the hardest for me is Facebook. My linking my Facebook to my Instagram was the first time that I noticed my posts were receiving less engagement, but it has also been an excellent tools to give me insight on post engagement. Having insight into the gender & age of my followers and the engagement rate of my posts and stories is a tool that I am not willing to let go of  just yet! So I will be following my own advice and logging out. See you in the Next 48, stepping out of the Shadow and into the Light.

If you have found this information of some value, please subscribe, like, share. Have you shared a similar experience and how did you handle the Ban? I would love to hear your comments.

Thanks
The Honey 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Conquering the Beauty Beast


According to Shoshanna Delventhal's article, "Cosmetics Industry Disruptors Target Millennials," Contributor for Investopedia.com, "the booming global cosmetics industry is now worth an estimated $56.7 billion, with skincare making up 36.1% of the whole...". As the targets of their product campaigns, we are the key to their profits, but where does that leave our pockets? Dry!

Like everyone else, I can't wait for the next palette to drop, and to spend my hard earn coins to say I got it first! As an Influenster, I test these same industry products out for free, but as a consumer, the cost can be astronomical for these same products, if I didn't find ways to lessen the blow. Here are a few ways in which I tame the Beauty Beast.

Investing

As a Social Entrepreneur, it's imperative that I understand the value of my dollars, and with that said, I wonder how many, so called, "Beauty Gurus" own stocks in the very brands that they support? Better yet, How many Youtuber collaboration deals, with big Cosmetics Giants, result in company stock as a part of their contracts? Just some things that make you say, hmmm?! Does anyone remember the Youtuber, Nikkie Tutorials',  deal that went bad?! Question? Do you know at least one of the top traded cosmetics line stock symbol? Inquiring mind would like to know? Well, I was surprised to find out that one was one of my favorite cosmetic line with the stock symbol of EL: Estee Lauder. Yep, that's right, I said, Estee Lauder. I was even more surprised to find out that Estee Lauder also owns quite a few well known cosmetic lines as well. (Disclaimer: Seek the advisement of a licensed Financial Advisor) Yes, I own Estee Lauder stock. What better way to invest in my retirement than to own a piece of the $56.7 billion dollar pie! The bottom line is the demand for beauty products worldwide is still growing and regularly offer new products that help them to dominate their competitors, and that means an offering of stable and regular dividends checks to their investors. Check out some of the stocks of your favorite cosmetics and skin care brands. Investing not your thing, there are always other ways to help put money back in your pocket! 

*Quick Quiz: 

What are the names of these top traded Cosmetics and Skin Care Lines? Stock Symbols: EL...LRLCY...UL...LVMUY...PG...ATTARTP... Some are easy, but some will surprise you. *Check the postscript for the answers.


Give Us Free!


Listen, the best thing that I could have done for myself is to, accept an invite to Influenster.com. Receiving free products for my opinion, helps to let companies take steps to improve their products, and it makes me feel that my voice matters. The first free product I received to try and review was the Laura Mercier TSLP Med Deep retailing for $38.00, since then I have received several Influenster boxes. Now, any makeup artist or makeup enthusiasts knows the value of receiving name brand cosmetic products for free. I currently have received over $400.00 worth of products, and at this writing opening up my new VoxBox that I received for review. If you would like to join me in receiving free products, (products are not limited to makeup, there are everyday items too) just click my link and sign up I got it Free!

Rebates

Getting cash back is definitely a reward programs that I have really learned to love. Shopping for items that I use on a regular basis and receiving a "Big Fat Check" at the end of the cycle is a nice treat to receive in the mail. This program is a beauty junkies dream, yes, I have received ebates for top brands such as Estee Lauder, Tarte, and a few others. This programs has rewards for clothes, shoes, electronics, and such much more! The best is the Tell-A-Friend incentive. Hey Friend, join me on Ebates and receive your first $25 Big Fat Check for your everyday shopping. Click here⇨ Ebates Rewards


Doing Good By Sharing

This is the one of the best ways that I know to Earn and give back at the same time. Earn while you socialize, and use your earnings to do good through Charity! With so many ways to earn Wow Coins, you can earn from; shopping with rebates and/or earn Wow Coins, tounlocking your Screen, playing games, surveys, and building your social networks, their are numerous to earn and give back! The beauty is you can cash out at any time for real cash! Sweet! I have been so blessed in my own life, I can't help but, to  pay it forward by giving back, if you believe in giving back, join me on my journey of doing good! Click ⇒Wow! I Want to Earn and Share!

The Bottom Line

Whether your interested in investing or cash back programs, or something in between, it is always best to be an educated consumer, and based your decision on  your personal lifestyle, financing, and comfort level, and always, always seek the counsel of a professional, and read through the fine print to make sure of your obligations and exactly what you are signing up. There are so many programs to choice from, so do your research!

I do hope that you found some value in this article, and if you do,  please,  like, share, comment, and subscribe. 

Thanks,
The Honey

*Answer: Estee Lauder, L'Oréal, UniLever, Louis Vuitton (which owns Sephora, Surprise!), and Tarte. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

 In a Perfect World there is Origins!


I received my complimentary Influenster VoxBox from Origins, and I am also excited to have been asked to join the new product launch of their, A Perfect World Collection.™ This invite includes the ultimate pampering experience with a free mini-facial using products from this new collection. Origins claims, A Perfect World™ Collection, is a "... youth-protecting collection (that) is infused with antioxidant-rich White Tea to help ward off free radical damage and prevent premature signs of aging."  The collection is infused with Silver Tip White Tea to fight signs of aging and is recommend for all skin types. Who doesn't want to ward off free radical damage and prevent premature signs of aging, Duh?! I"m excited about the new product collection, and  free mini-facial, and to discover my destiny with, Tasseography, the art of interpreting patterns with tea leaves, a Tea Leaf Reader, now how cool is that!  I can't wait to  put the product claims to the test for you guys. If you would like to join me for a little pampering and a zen moment, just click on the link below, and I will see you there!

Book Now, time is running out!

Now, I don't know about you, but, I have never heard of Silver Tip White Tea. So, here is a quick video by Origins that provides some basic information on the subject:  


Now for the unboxing, of my Voxbox! I received five samples from the Best Sellers Skin Care collection: Checks & Balances, A Frothy Face Wash; Ginzing Eye Cream, A Refreshing Eye Cream; Ginzing Moisturizer, A Lightweight Oil-Free Moisturizer; High-Potency Night-A-Mins,  A Mineral-enriched Renewal Cream; and Clear Improvement; A Purifying Charcoal Mask, all came within the Origins VoxBox.

The Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash

The Checks and Balance active ingredient is Tourmaline (Yes, a gemstone from Sri Lanka!), along with Broad Leaf Kelp Extract, and Wheat Protein to discourage excessive oil production and brighten. It is has a fragrance that reminds me of a scent from childhood, and when I looked into the ingredients, low and behold, it was the aroma of Bergamot, an ingredient in the hair pomade my Mom put in my hair when I was a girl, that with a hint of Spearmint and Lavender. So, I'm digging the back home vibe the wash is giving me. The Wash reminds me of a white pearlized Caress. A little goes a long way with the Wash, even with the .5 fl./.oz. liq./15 ml sample size, it will last for quite some time. The Wash left my face feeling super clean, now the claim is that this frothy wash is best for combination skin and doesn't leave your face feeling tight, but for my combination skin this was a bit much, it did indeed feel tight, but the visible difference in my pores and fine lines was seen in one use! That is a big bonus in my book!

GinZing Eye Cream & Enegy-Boosting Moisturizer

Now for the refreshing GinZing Eye Cream and Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. The active ingredient in the eye cream and moisturizer is, none other than, Coffee; with the help of, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners, and for all you coffee lovers such as myself, this eye cream is refreshing just like a fresh pot of coffee, pun intend! Lol! This Zingtastic eye cream does depuff tired eyes, but due to hyper-pigmentation, I really am going to have to use this product as a part of my skin routine in order to see a brightening affect. The real question is, did it refresh my tired eyes as claimed, as a matter of fact, it did! With the same amazing ingredients as the eye cream, the Energy-Boosting Moisturizer is lightweight and oil-free, which is great for my combination skin. It really is  light-weight, which didn't do quite enough to combat the dryness or tightness in my skin from the wash and the clay mask. In my opinion, it is better suited for someone who has oily skin. Moving right a long!
                                 

High-Potency Night-A-Mins

All I can say about this vitamin-packed and mineral-rich night cream is, ooh its so good! This Night Cream is fortified with resurfacers that are time released, so it renews your skin while you sleep and moisture-rich replenishers that refresh the skin. My skin felt instantly moisturized and balanced. Out of the items I was sent, this product is my favorite! Now for my least favorite.

Clear Improvement

The active ingredient of  Bamboo Charcoal along with, White China Clay, and Lecithin acts to clear pores, absorb environmental toxins, and dissolves impurities.This product reminds me of Loreal's clay mask in texture and consistency. My skin just couldn't tolerate this mask. I thought it was because I exfoliated in the morning before I received my VoxBox, I watched a Influenster's video on the proper order of application, and used that method, but it was still a no! No worries, I will address this concern with the Origins staff at my mini-facial, in hopes of finding something more suited for my skin.  I had high hopes for this product, but what doesn't work for me, may work for you. I feel this is a product is for someone with less sensitive skin or oily skin.  Be sure to check the website for details and the ingredients list to make sure these products will work for you. 

The bottom line is, do I recommend these products, Heck Yes, I do! These products are meant to used together to get the maximum results. My skin feels super clean and balanced, a perfect canvas for my motd.  Even though there were some items that I was on the fence about or just won't use, the others exceed my expectations.  I highly  recommend you visit Origins' user-friend, artistic and beautifully designed website for products that are designed for your specific skin type. I especially liked the beautiful images on the Discover Our Ingredients page. All you would need is Spa Radio on Pandora and those images and swear you're at a luxurious spa. I found the information on the gemstone Tourmaline, a stone from Sri Lanka, fascinating. The site is pack with informative information as well as serene and upbeat videos. You should check it out, the link is above. Thanks again Influenster and Origins for this wonderful VoxBox, so I can say I got it free!

If you would like to know, What's a VoxBox, and how you qualify for one? Click this link right here → VoxBox. Go ahead you know you want to!

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TwoFacedHoney sometimes uses affiliate links. If a purchase is made through one of these links, I am given a percentage of the sale.  My opinion will never be affected by compensation of any kind. I will disclose any and every time a product is sent to me for free in exchange for review or compensation. We do not store your information, sell your information, or use your information for more than basic web analytics. TwoFacedHoney also contains some sponsored content, which you can recognize by seeing "Dedicated" in the category list directly beneath the title. These posts rarely appear on the front page and never appear in RSS feeds. (For more info, see our Disclosure.)


Thanks,
TwofacedHoney

Saturday, March 25, 2017


 
Senior Prom is a rite of passage into adulthood for every teenager, a time when they experience their first in a line of first, i.e., first dance, boyfriend, kiss, sexual experience, etc., but for many young ladies they are unable to handle the cost of paying a makeup artist to do their makeup or buy their makeup products. 

I have been very fortunate and blessed to be able to give a very deserving graduating Senior a chance to win all of the products above. I am giving away this Prom makeup haul to help you/her get ready for that very special day. So if you are a Senior or know a Senior who is graduation this June 2017, just follow the rules below:

Contest Rules

*This is not a sponsored contest
  1. Write a 200 word Essay explaining why you or "the Senior" deserves to win (Must be a 2017 Graduating Senior).
  2. Subscribe to my Blog, once you have subscribed send your essay via email.
  3. Follow me on Instagram:@twofacedhoney
  4. Repost my Instagram Post on your IG, use hashtag #twofacedhoneyblog.
  5. Tag a friend
  6. The Winner will be noticed by email, (no DMs Please!)
  7. Post your product unboxing and hashtag #twofacedhoneyblog

Giveaway Items

  1. Ruby Kisses Cosmetics: RK by Kiss (12) Makeup brushes (small and large, c-curve, tapered eyeshadow, concealer, brow, eyeliner, foundation, angled, large powder, duo fiber, and fan)
  2. NYX Cosmetics:Limited Edition Unraveled Lookset03, Conceal, Correct, Contour Palettes: Light, Medium, Dark, Cream Highlight & Contour Palette Medium, Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, Eyeshadow Base White ESB01, Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer: Skin Tone, Rouge Cream Blush: Glow & Boho Chic, Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk, Lip Lingerie: Corset, Beauty Mark, Ruffle Trim, Soft Matte Cream: Cairo & Stockholm, Glitter Primer, Matte lipsticks: Honeymoon & Summer Breeze, Control Freak Eyebrow Gel, Face and Body Glitter: GLI 05 & GLI 06 & 
  3. Ardell Professional Natural Lashes #106 Black

Contest ends: Midnight, Friday March 31, Eastern Standard time, I will make the announcement Saturday, April 1, 2017. Stay tuned and Good Luck!

*Muah,
TwoFacedHoney



Sunday, February 26, 2017

What's the 411 Hon? Laura Mercier Medium Deep TLSP. 

I received the TLSP Medium Deep complimentary for review purposes.

I am so excited about receiving the New Translucent Setting Powder in Medium Deep ($38) for deep skin tones complimentary of  Laura Mercier for my review. Laura Mercier's TLSPs are cult-favorites with beauty gurus and influensters as the go-to setting powder. These loose powders feel sumptuously dense and incredibly soft and silky-light on your skin. I love the super silky application that goes on smooth and evenly,  and blends to a velvety finish and provides great wear.  These TLSPs will set your  makeup without adding weight or texture.


The Youtube reviews that are currently popping up are basically saying the same thing, that for most part, the Medium Deep setting powder is too dark to use as an under eye setting powder, and they would be absolutely correct. 

So the question is, "What is a Setting Powder?" According to the Laura Mercier website, "Laura uses setting powder to set foundation and prolong its wear, so she applies it after foundation, concealer, and camouflage, and before applying powder-based colour...Normal setting powders aren't ideal around eyes, so use Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes in that area." So basically, woman of color have been using the original translucent setting powder as the brightening powder because there was never a shade formulated for darker skin tones.

I must admit, when I  tapped the powder into the lid, my first thought was that it is too warm for me, but to my surprise it blended my foundation to a flawless finish with no flash back!  Since, the Medium Deep powder matches my skin tone, I will be using it as an all over setting powder. This powder is just as smooth and silky as the rest of the Laura Mercier TSLPs, and no, it did not settle into my fine lines or pores and doesn't look cakey. Medium Deep is too dark for brightening my under eye area. Mixing the original and the medium deep is a solution to brighten your under eye just a bit, but I am a fan of the original TLSP so, I will continue to use the original as my under eye brightening powder. This shade will make an excellent eye brightener for my clients that have a deeper complexion with red undertones. I swirled the the provided puff into the lid and rubbed the puff together to make sure the powder doesn't leave patchy areas as I apply it. I used the suggested press and roll method to achieve a photoready finish, with no flash back,and no caking

 I agree, the average WOC will use this shade as either a setting powder, for those on the lighter side of the spectrum, or an eye brightener, for those on the deeper end of the spectrum. Well thanks goodness, Laura Mercier and Influenster have listened to our concerns for a TLSP for deeper tones. I,  personally, give the NEW Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Medium Deep a thumbs up! I recommend this product. 


TwoFacedHoney sometimes uses affiliate links. If a purchase is made through one of these links, I am given a percentage of the sale.  My opinion will never be affected by compensation of any kind. I will disclose any and every time a product is sent to me for free in exchange for review or compensation. We do not store your information, sell your information, or use your information for more than basic web analytics. TwoFacedHoney also contains some sponsored content, which you can recognize by seeing "Dedicated" in the category list directly beneath the title. These posts rarely appear on the front page and never appear in RSS feeds. (For more info, see our Disclosure.)


Thanks,
TwoFacedHoney






Thursday, January 5, 2017

Don't Believe the Hype!


Now, after the Holiday frenzy is over, the buyers remorse begins. I, like everyone else is guilty of this one. Those damn Influencers, they made me do it! I happily visited my favorite YouTube channels and Instagram accounts for holiday inspiration and boy did I find it, online I went with enticements of deep savings and discount codes and my pocket felt it!

Morning News from the Today show to The Talk was raving about the ease of Online shopping! I took in this delivery fiasco about to blow up. I was online shopping prior to Thanksgiving and was surprised that items I purchased in the States was taking longer to arrive. There were various factors that contributed to this; Hurricane Matthew, torrential rains in Louisiana, California wildfires, and flooding in West Virginia, all of which, had an impact on the USPS. UPS workers' demands for fair health care, in the midst of benefits cuts and company expansion, slowed delivery due to strikes. Several other carriers such as FedEx and others were affected by Winter storms. Long distance trucker shortages are one of various contributors to the delays, that prompted the American Trucking Associations to look into to the technology of Autonomous commercial truckers or as they called, "Driverless Trucks," as a mean to help elevate the problem.  On the International side, shipper and postal strikes only added to our all ready compounding delays stateside. Now, on to the nitty gritty!

Now come on y'all, who didn't run out to buy that so called "limited edition" item that your favorite, cosmetic company, YouTuber, Instagrammer, didn't shove in your face, I throw myself in this lot too, and said, "This is great, go buy it!"All I know is those claims of the deep savings and discount codes had my name written all over them. Ugh! The shopping bug has got me! I said I wouldn't do this to myself, but I justified each purchase with Ebates, Amazon, and member points, and even getting free samples, how pitiful! To add injury to it all where the crashing company websites, products being sold out before the sale began and poorly equipped customer service departments. The Peach palette by Toofaced and several of the Kylie Jenner kits are just a few samples of this. There are customers still waiting to receive shipments after the holidays!

Now, as I'm looking at my palettes that I purchased over this holiday season from high-end to drugstore, all I can say is, Dam it Man!" They all look the same, what can I say, I like what I like, but do I really need 30 palettes of the same shade! Ain't hindsight a bitch?!

My best advice is to check out the shipping, return and dispute policies of companies prior to your purchase. In my search for answers in delays, I found that most shipping carriers list on their websites, delivery alerts that offer information on those situations that affect delivery and sometimes areas that are affected. The sites offer other helpful tools that can help reduce your "DSS" delivery stress syndrome. And for goodness sakes, don't be enticed by those crafty spinners of tales, you know the Social Media Gurus! Take a little time to think over your purchases before you dive in. How about getting out and do a little swatch testing yourself to ensure you have a good match. You will be surprised that the sales associates are there to help you make an informed decision, and answer answer your questions, all you have to do is ask. Where the hell was hindsight when I needed Her?!

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Thanks,
The Honey