Pardon My French, but Holy Wow! Is That the $49 Too Faced Pardon My French Set?

Published in: Kits and Sets, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews, Too Faced

Too Faced Pardon My French

Wearing products from the new $49 Too Faced Pardon My French set on my eyes

Alright, then I will attempt to say it in French. “Ladurée, macarons, Gerard Depardieux…”

S’il vous plait, mademoiselle! Please pardon my French. I know that it isn’t very good, but that’s what you get for not paying attention in high school French class. And it’s even worse than usual when I’m sleep deprived.

Over the past few days, I’ve averaged about three hours of sleep per night, but ya know, that’s the price one pays for excitement, and it’s been an exciting few days.

I’m back at home in Novato now, recovering from my trip to Nashville, which leads me, in an obviously contrived segue, to something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about for a while — the new Pardon My French set by Too Faced Cosmetics ($49). :)

Too Faced Pardon My French Set

Available now at Sephora stores and, this limited edition cutie-pie comes with five pieces, but it’s more like 13 (because one of them’s a palette). There’s an eyeshadow palette with nine powder eyeshadows, a tiny eye primer, a full-sized eyeliner, one mini mascara and a makeup bag.

The $49 Too Faced Pardon My French summer set comes with…

  • One tiny 0.11-oz tube of Shadow Insurance
  • The Bonjour Summer Eye Palette with nine shadows in Plumeria (a vivid pink), Cocoa Beach (a plummy brown sugar), Firefly (a copper), Chocolate Sun (a shimmery rich brown), Mermaid (a muted teal), Toasted Coconut (a matte caramel), Seashell (a shimmery dusty rose), Sand Dollar (a peachy shimmer) and Sunbeam (a pale golden shimmer)
  • A mini 0.25-oz tube of Lash Injection Extreme Volume Mascara
  • A full-sized 0.04-oz Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black
  • One awfully cute makeup bag

Too Faced Pardon My French Set

If you just experienced a moment of déjà vu, it may have been caused by the Bonjour Summer Eye Palette. If the shades look familiar to you, that’s because it’s essentially last year’s Summer Eyes Palette in different packaging, with the addition of a couple new shades.

This one trades last year’s shimmery, peachy golden Peach Fuzz and satiny Coral Crush for matte beige Sand Dollar and shimmery copper Firefly, which don’t constitute a dramatic change in the overall color vibe, but it’s enough to tell the difference.

Too Faced Pardon My French

Wearing Eyeshadows in Sand Dollar Eyeshadow (all over lids), Toasted Coconut (crease and lower lash line), Chocolate Sun (outer corner and lower lash line)

I think the addition of Sand Dollar and Firefly warm the palette overall, and the addition of Sand Dollar, a matte beige, is just downright practical.

You know the old saying (that I just made up): a girl can always use another matte beige as an all-over lid color. They ain’t flashy, but they’re soooo useful.

As for Firefly, the shimmery copper, you know, I can’t really say I’m crazy about it, to be honest. I wanted to love it because I’m kind of going through a shimmery copper phase, but I find its glitter gritty, and I notice quite a bit of fallout.

So, yeah. Not my fave.

Too Faced Pardon My French

That’s Shadow Insurance Primer on my lids, Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner on my upper lash and water lines and Lash Injection Mascara on my lashes

If you picked up last year’s Summer Eyes palette, unless you’re a die-hard Too Faced hoarder, you may not need this one.

That said, if you’re new to the brand or just new to eyeshadow palettes in general, I think this would be a good place to start. It has a little color and some killer neutral shades.

Too Faced Pardon My French Swatches from the left: Seashell, Plumeria and Cocoa Beach

Swatches from the left: Seashell, Plumeria and Cocoa Beach

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Show the Camera Who’s Boss With This Quick Red Carpet Tip From Neutrogena Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman

Published in: Beauty Tips

Red carpet beauty lesson

Ready for the red carpet!

Here’s a really great photo trick straight from the red carpet (well, sort of, by way of my hotel room and iPhone) and Neutrogena celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman.

Amy works with a lot of celebs on their red carpet looks, so she knows a ton about posing for pics.

All you do is this: right before someone snaps your picture, you tilt your head at an angle from the camera — you don’t want to be looking at the camera straight on. Then, you roll your shoulders forward, tilt your neck forward, and tilt your chin down, and what this does is sort of elongate your neck and create more angles in your face, which for some reason just looks better in pics.

Hmm… It takes some practice to do it quickly without feeling goofy, LOL! But I think I can see a difference in the before and after pics.

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They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright On…

Published in: Daily Photo

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

…Broadway! (on Broadway!)

It rained last night in Nashville, and it was quite a beautiful sight.

Here are just a few quick snapshots I took from the back of a cab. These are of downtown Nashville’s famous Broadway Street, which is lined with lots of restaurants and entertainment.

I’m back in the Bay again now, and no rain here at all. Air travel is so weird, isn’t it? One minute you’re in the rain, and the next you’re not.

Someday I hope to make it back to Nashville for a longer visit, ideally on a sunny day when I have more time to explore. From the short time I was there, it seemed like a very cool town.

I overheard a couple of people call it “Nash Vegas,” and it does kind of have that feel. I would’ve walked around downtown more, despite the rain, if I’d had a little more time and, um, didn’t have to worry about my blowout… But I’d just gotten my hair done earlier in the day by Neutrogena celebrity hair stylist Sam Leonardi (who is a very charming man, BTW), and I was not about to leave its fate to the rain, LOL!

Priorities, ya know? :)

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

Downtown Nashville, TN, Broadway Street in the Rain

30 Days of NARS: Angelika Lip Gloss, Day 6

Published in: Daily Beauty

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

Sheer, cool-toned pink Angelika Lip Gloss is one of the 23 shades NARS carried over from their previous Lip Gloss line into the brand new formulation arriving on counters this week.

I wore the previous version from time to time and always liked the color, but it was never a staple of mine. Maybe if I hadn’t been so obsessed with Sweet Revenge (which is even better now in the new non-plasticky smelling formulation), I would have worn it more.

A little on the cooler side, it’s a perfectly acceptable pink, but not altogether unique.

Pretty, though… You can’t really go wrong with a basic sheer pink.

It kind of look like it would be glittery based on the tube, but it’s less so on the lips. Just a tad, but it’s not a super glitter-fest.

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

Angelika ($26) and its 29 siblings in the newly reformulated NARS Lip Gloss line are available now at NARS Boutiques and, and coming to NARS counters and Sephora stores May 1.

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

NARS Angelika Lip Gloss

The 30 Days of NARS series features a different NARS Lip Gloss every day

Things Are Sweeter in Tennesee

Published in: Daily Photo

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

There were a lot more caramels in this shot before I started eating them.

Oh, my gosh!

So, I found this. There’s a local candy company out in Nashville called the Bang Candy Company. They make these bomb-@ss boozy caramels with Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream (and, um, bourbon), and girl! — let me tell you, I’ve had many, many caramels in my day, but these are probably the best caramels I’ve ever had.

I am seriously, like… There were about 20 caramels here before I picked up the camera, but then one thing led to another as I was composing.

But anyway! :) These caramels are super sweet, so incredibly soft and just effing lovely. They have enough, like, chewiness to them, but they’re not so sticky that they get stuck in your teeth for days.

They’re just the best freaking caramels I’ve ever eaten, and who knew I’d find them in Tennessee??

If that got your sweet tooth’s attention, you can find them online at (Although, brace yourself, the website says they’re currently sold out. I don’t know, though. I’d check anyway.)

I’m actually thinking about getting a few more (with “few” being polite for “many”) of these, hopefully for myself, but maybe also for others, LOL! Great for Christmas or birthdays or whatever, but I have a feeling that if I do get some as gifts, I’ll probably just end up eating them.

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

Bang Candy Company Caramels from Nashville, TN

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