First Impression: Body Shop Honey Bronzer

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I will probably be doing a few mini/quicker reviews this week since this time of the year is very busy for me (and many others). However, I did want to talk about this little gem that arrived in my mail the other day.
I’m not a huge bronzer fanatic, mostly because most bronzers tend to make me look orange. I think this is a problem for many people with very pale skin. However, I’ve seen Essie from EssieButton talk about this bronzer a million times, and when I finally found it for 50% off and with free shipping on The Body Shop’s site, I decided to give it a try.

I got the shade light (duh) and it is indeed very light and very matte. That’s right, there’s no shimmer in this baby and that’s downright amazing. I applied this after I contoured my face using Nyx’s blush in “taupe” and this bronzing powder did not look orange, and it did not turn orange throughout the day. I went to a dinner/baking party last night and when I left 5-6 hours later I noticed my face still had a pretty nice (but very subtle) bronze glow to it.

I now see why Essie raves about this product so often.

Pros:
-Very suitable for pale skin
-Decent amount of product (11 g total)
-Beautiful packaging and presentation
-Long lasting
-No orange/red tones
-Matte

Cons:
-Price. It’s $20 regular price, which is higher, but the body shop has sales so often that it would be easy to catch it at a great price.

Overall, I’m very happy with this product and will continue to use it as my go-to bronzing powder for now during the Winter. I would definetely reccomend this to any other pale friend out there that struggles to find something that doesn’t look orange on their skin.

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Review and Swatches: Benefit Blush Palette

Before I begin this post, I would like to point out that the name of my blog has changed. I have been wanting to change it for a bit to reflect both of my daughters, Harmony and Piper. Luna is (one) of Piper’s middle names and Faye is (one) of Harmony’s middle names, in case anyone was curious about how Luna Faye is connected to them. Thanks for reading and stopping by!

Ah, the holidays are upon us which means food, family…and holiday makeup collections. I am a sucker for the cute packaging and smaller product sizes that come out this time of the year. However, I am actively trying to avoid buying everything, so I told myself I would only get what I felt was worth the money and would be something I would use.

Telling myself that alone helped me to really research the things I wanted and figure out what I was going to buy. My birthday is November 15, so I am currently using the “it’s almost my birthday!” excuse to buy a few things that I have had my eyes on for a bit. The first thing on my list was the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot palette. I have always heard so many amazing things about the Hoola bronzer, but I could never justify it to myself to spend $28 on just a bronzer.

This palette is $36, and comes with 5 blushes, a bronzer, and a small cream highlighter. Considering one blush/bronzer from Benefit costs $28…I was sold solely on that. The products are not full sized, of course, but from what I have read Benefit’s blushes and bronzers tend to last quite awhile.

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This is what the packaging looks like. It’s extremely Christmas-y. I can’t say I am too excited about the packaging, but the inside of the packaging makes up for it. The packaging itself is kind of bulky and reminds me of the corny candy tins from drugstores, but I was willing to try and overlook that. Side note: the little roof thing does come off for easier storage.

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Look at that beauty. I have read that the “bellabomba” shade in this set was discontinued, so I am assuming that if this was a shade that you wanted in the past this may be your last chance to get it. I’ve also read that these can be depotted and put into a z palette by taking them out of the foam. I may wait and see if someone makes a video about it because I do not want to risk messing anything up, personally. There’s also a clear plastic screen that came with the set to show the names of colors so that you know the colors even after the stamp on the product wears off. I would keep the plastic handy if you feel you need to know the names after they wear off.

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Swatches from bottom to top:

Dandelion, Bellabomba, Sugar Bomb, Hoola, Coralista, and the shade swatched underneath everything is Rockateur. I tried to make a decent swatch of the “watts up” cream highlighter, but I am so pale that it doesn’t look like anything more than a sparkle on my skin. However, there are tons of swatches throughout the internet of this product. It’s loved by many.
I have a feeling that I am going to be using Dandelion, Hoola, and Rockateur often. I love all of the colors though. There’s not a shade in the set that I can’t see myself using.
I totally feel like this holiday set is worth the $36 despite the minor packaging problems. What are some holiday sets that you have on your wish lists this year?