Sunday, November 29, 2015

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette review

Too Faced chocolate bar review

Too Faced chocolate bar review

Sometimes you're so late to the party on something that the party happened last year and that's how I feel about the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.  This isn't even the second version of this palette-no, this is the original that I have owned for maybe two years and only opened up this last couple of weeks.

I'm going to admit, when I bought it I thought the outer packaging was vile and the smell of the shadows (chocolate apparently) was overwhelming and nauseating.  They were the days when I could smell a whole lot more, but bizarrely post cancer my sense of smell is shot.  Now the palette smells of nothing.

On the face of it, this is a really great palette that is right up my street.  There is a wide selection of shades and finishes-and a good smattering of those 'can't live without' neutral palette tones I go so gaga over.  There's also some pink, purple and olive to liven it up.

So does this palette have everything a girl could need and can I bin all my other palettes? (*recoils in horror)

Too Faced chocolate bar review

Too Faced chocolate bar review

Well no.  I actually do really like this palette and I think it's a good all rounder but I just haven't felt wowed by it.  I'll talk you through the shades, pointing out where I have been underwhelmed.

Too Faced chocolate bar review

Too Faced chocolate bar review

Too Faced chocolate bar review

The mattes (White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Semi Sweet, Triple Fudge, Strawberry Bon Bon and Salted Caramel) are good.  They're really easy to blend and will be a good suite of transition shades for all skintones.  I find myself using a combination of milk chocolate and salted caramel in my crease as a bade transition shade.  Strawberry Bon Bon is the shade I wouldn't use personally as I would look like a rabbit.

The glittery shades (Guilded Ganash, Cherry Cordial and Candied Violet) are disappointing to me.  They look glittery in the pan but the glitter doesn't translate to the eye.  But it does seem to translate to the cheek.  They aren't huge pigmented and do feel a little dry and chalky if I am honest.

The shimmery shades are the type of shades I LIVE FOR.  When I swatched these I was seriously swooning and thinking that this was my perfect palette.  Marzipan, Amaretto, Hazlenut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate and Champagne Truffle.  If the palette was just these shades I would be in a happy bunny.  But there is just something a little off about them.  They're just ok.  I think it's down to the pigmentation, it's just not pow.  I wanted Amaretto to be amazing because look at the swatch!!  But on the eye it just doesn't translate.  It needed to be a little more.  A little more pigmented, a little smoother, a little more opaque.  And I feel the same about them all really.

The biggest let down for me is in the lasting power though.  Ok so I do tend to wear my eyeshadow from 7.30am until I take my make up off at in the evening but I find by the time I get home, despite using an eyeshadow primer my natural oils just eat through the colour on my lid.  From a distance it's passable and looks like there is something there but up close it's a hot mess.

In conclusion, I have a horrible feeling now I have tested it out, that this palette is going to go back into a drawer to gather dust.  And that is something I am getting more uncomfortable with these days.  Maybe blogsale.....
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Friday, November 27, 2015


It's my annual blog sale!

I am travelling to the UK on the 11th December so please please please understand that items may not be posted to you before the 15th when I actually get back to my parents house and I cannot post earlier than that.

This blogsale is open for two weeks only-from today until the 10th December-I will not bring any unsold items to the UK.

The "rules"
**To purchase, please leave me a comment with the item(s) you would like and your email address.  First come first served.  Happy to answer any questions-you can leave a comment, email or tweet me @expatmuaddict with your question.  If you can't comment on the post (you should be able to post as a guest) please just tweet or email me**

I will try and keep the blogsale up to date as much as possible as things sell.

If you came to my house you would know WHY I need to do a blogsale even if I love these items lol! THERE ARE NO PR SAMPLES IN HERE-all purchased with my own pennies.

1-Prices are in GBP and I would prefer to only post to the UK-if you are an international buyer please leave me a comment and I will quote you on postage.  I will not be able to send perfume or nail polish abroad.  *If I post abroad I cannot be held responsible for any customs charges you may incur in your home country*

I know some people may feel that the prices on some items are high BUT some of these products are £££ (Sunday Riley Good Genes, By Terry Densillis foundation and Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale cream foundation for example).  

If you live in Dubai and wish to purchase from the sale you MUST be able to collect from my office in the DIFC.  Please convert the GBP price to AED using the current FX rate of 5.7

2-Postage will be £2.50 +30p for each additional item and will be sent on a trackable service.  Please note again that items will not be posted before 15th December.

3-Payment is by paypal only using 'send money to friends and family' service. *please note my paypal email address is NOT my blog's email address-I will give you the correct email to send the funds to on paypal*

4-Payments must be made within 24 hours

Please use google for swatches-I have been honest about the size and condition of each item.

Ok, boring stuff done, lets have some shopping fun!  Y'all know I will just use the money to buy more make up!!

This years blog sale is so huge that I have divided the items into sections to try and make it easier for you.


Illamasqua Skin Base in SB02 (lighter than NARS Mont Blanc and NW/NC15 or less)
Used once (wrong shade) £20 + pp

NARS Sheer Matte foundation in Mont Blanc-2/3rd left £18 +pp

NARS All Day Luminous Lightweight Foundation in Mont Blanc-used twice-in box-£20 +pp

By Terry Cover Expert foundation in the shade 01 Fresh Biege-used only once-in original box-great match for a pale skintone-very similar to Laura Mercier Silk Creme-retails for £45-selling for £25 +pp

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (sorry about the poor quality photo) in NW15-used twice £12 +pp (NB I love this foundation, but this is an odd shade-its very yellow toned so much more suitable to those with an NC type skintone) SOLD

By Terry Terribly Densillis foundation-in shade in Cream Ivory (Mont Blanc/NW15 good match) used once-£45 (this RRP is £76)

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale cream foundation-in Rose Pale-in the box  (Mont Blanc/NW15 good match)-used three times £70 +pp (RRP is £140)

Dior Airflash spray foundation-used once-shade 1 (NC20 ish) £15 +pp SOLD

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shade 51 (Mont Blanc/NW15 good match)-used once- £6 +pp SOLD

Tarte Amazonian Clay full coverage foundation in Ivory (fair skin with pink undertones)-used once-£18+pp

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Balm-used once-in box-shade SB01-good colour match for nw/nc15-20 but too light coverage for me RRP38, £20+pp

Vichy Dermablend in 15 Opal-used once-£8+pp

MAC Select MoistureCover concealer (I love this concealer but I bought the wrong shade at the airport!)-brand new in box-NW20 £6+pp SOLD

Benefit PoreFessional Agent Shine Zero-brand new in box-£15+pp

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer primer-over half left-£15 +pp  (retails for £51)

Limited edition YSL Palette Lumiere Du Jour-used twice-£22+pp

Bobbi Brown loose powder in Pale Yellow-used once-£15+pp

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay finishing powder-used once-£17+pp

Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette-swatched only-£17+pp (retails for £28) SOLD

Limited Edition Guerlain Les Meterorites Perles Du Dragon illuminating powder-used a handful of times only-has the protective sponge to stop the balls moving around in transit-£25+pp

Tarte The Sculptor contour pencil in Park Ave Princess-used only once-£12+pp SOLD

MUFE Super Matte Loose Powder in shade 16-BRAND new-bought from the MUFE store in Dubai, opened at home and realised immediately it was too dark for me (prob NW20-25) and sealed back up-includes brand new puff-I have bought the right shade for me but they wouldn't exchange!! £17+pp (and it's really good-I reviewed mine here)


Since my cancer diagnosis last year my skin has changed a lot and there and certain ingredients I can't use now so I have a LOT of BRILLIANT brand new, unused skincare that needs a lovely new home!

Sunday Riley Good Genes-in original box-1/2 left-£35+pp (retails for £85) SOLD (sorry I know a lot of people wanted this)

Trilogy Hydrating Toner Mist-half left-£5+pp SOLD

Georgia Louise Cleanse and Heal Duo Balm cleanser (so gutted I can't use this) Brand new-the lid has a small dink in it where I dropped it-bought from Space NK for £46-selling for £30+pp

Decleor Aroma Night balm with Neroli-brand new in box-£15+pp SOLD

Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin serum-used twice-in box £40+pp (retails for £79) SOLD

Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil £8+pp SOLD

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil-brand new and unused-£14+pp SOLD

Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Lotion-brand new in box-£32+pp (retails for £50) SOLD

Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Serum 50ml size-used a handful of times-£20+pp (retails for £43.50) sold

Aesop Purifying Facial cream cleanser-brand new and still sealed-£17+pp SOLD

Tarte Maracuja Oil-brand new and unused £7+pp SOLD

Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil Gel-used 3 times-in box-bought from Sephora US-£15+pp SOLD

Avene TriAcneal-brand new in box £10+pp

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream-brand new-£18+pp

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream-brand new-£30+pp (retails for £70) SOLD

Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment-over half left (30ml +)-hygienically dispensed, retails for $85-buy for £15+pp

Aveda Kinetics 40ml Hydrating Lotion-brand new-£8+pp SOLD

NUDE perfect cleansing oil-3/4 left-£12+pp SOLD

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil-as shown-(cat not included) £10+pp (or £1,000,000 with the cat) SOLD

Malin and Goetz Glycolic toner pads-brand new and unused-£22+pp (retails for £38) SOLD

Origins Mega Mushroom skin relief serum-brand new in box-£27+pp (retails for £40) SOLD


 Charlotte Tilbury eye palette in The Sophisticate-as shown-reviewed here by me-£22+ppSOLD

Armani Eyes To Kill eyeshadow palette in 11 (so beautiful but I cannot wear grey :( )-brand new and unused-£29+pp (retail for £45)

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette-light usage-£20+pp SOLD

Limited edition Chantecaille eyeshadow palette-bought for a ridiculous amount of money-about £70 I think-as shown-£30+pp SOLD

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencils-as shown-sharpened once each-

Left-Golden Quartz £11
Middle-Bronzed Garnet £11
Right-Amber Haze £11
all plus pp

Dolce and Gabbana Eyeliner in Bronzo-used once and sharpened-£8+pp

NudeStix eye pencils in Pewter and Smoke (swatches here)-used once and sharpened-in the original tin

£10+pp each (retail for £24)

Make Up Geek eyeshadow in In The Spotlight-as shown £5+pp SOLD

NARS Soft Touch Shadow Stick in Iraklion-brand new in the box-£12+pp

The Balm Shady Lady eyeshadow palette-as seen-some shadows untouched-£15+pp

Armani Eye Tint in shade 11 (kind of rose gold-I love these-this shade isn't flattering on me) but I have raved about these on my blog)-used once-£15+pp (retail for £27)

Marc Jacobs Eye Con in The Enigma palette-usage as shown (minimal)-reviewed here by me) £23+pp

Gucci Mono eyeshadow in Antique Gold-usage as shown-£18+pp

MAC Dazzle Lash-brand new in box-in black-limited edition-£13+pp SOLD

Lancome Artliner in Chrome-used twice-£7+pp

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in the shade Peach (I love these but picked up the wrong shade)-brand new in box-£14+pp (retail for £21) SOLD

KIKO shadow shock cream eyeshadow in the shade 104 (pretty sure this was limited edition)-used once-£5+PP

Estee Lauder Doublewear eyeshadow base-usage as shown-tons left-£10+pp

Brand new in box Lorac metal eyeshadow gift set £15+pp

Limited Edition MAC Kelly Osbourne eyeshadow quad-swatches here-in the original box-swatched only £20+pp

LIMITED EDITION YSL SWAROVSKI COUTURE CRYSTAL PALETTE #4 NEW YORK.  Please note, the packaging is slightly peeling on the bottom left corner.  RRP£69, used twice, selling for £25 +pp

MAC limited edition Masat Al Lail quad (Rondelle, Waft, Gentle Fume and Carbon), swatched only £20+pp

Dior Holiday 2014 5 eyeshadow palette in Golden Shock -used once only £22+pp (comes in original box and velvet sleeve) SOLD

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick eyeshadow palette-swatched only-as seen-£22+pp (this is beautiful but I cannot pull off greys) SOLD

YSL Full Metal Shadow-swatched only in box-shade 4 Onde Sable £12+pp

Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette-brand new and unused in box-£4+pp SOLD

NARS limited edition Dual Intensity palette-usage as shown-extremely minimal-never used wet-brush not included-£30+pp SOLD

Dior eyeshadow quint in 034 Gris Gris-brand new and untouched-the old Dior formula which I think is the BEST-£20+pp SOLD

YSL Full Metal Shadow-swatched only in box-shade Aquatic Copper £12+pp

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle eyeshadow quad (again beautiful but grey...)-as shown-very very minimal usage-£20+pp

Colour Pop eyeshadow in Rebel-usage as shown £4+pp SOLD

Colour Pop eyeshadow in To-A-T-usage as shown £4+pp SOLD

Colour Pop eyeshadow in Selfie-usage as shown £4+pp SOLD

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel-used twice only-£9 (I will discount postage)

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade-usage as shown-tons left-no more than 10 times used-shade Blonde-£8+pp SOLD



Brand new limited edition YSL Chromatics Wet/Dry eyeshadow quad in #5 £18+pp

 Limited edition YSL Chromatics Wet/Dry eyeshadow quad in #9 (top right shade used once only) £14+pp

Brand new limited edition YSL Chromatics Wet/Dry eyeshadow quad in #10 £18+pp

Brand new, deluxe sample size NARS Larger than Life eyeliner in Via Veneto (black) £6 +ppSOLD

Limited edition Tom Ford eyeshadow palette in Emerald Lust-usage as shown-swatched only-£30+pp SOLD

Limited edition MAC Mineralize eyeshadow in Leap )from the Lightness of Being Collection-minimal usage-as shown-£15+pp

Limited edition Guerlain eye duo in Two Rock-as shown-beautiful heavy compact-£20+pp

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lash mascara in black-brand new and unused £14+pp SOLD

Limited Edition Sephora v Craig & Karl liquid liner set-all brand new and unused expect the white which has been used once-comes as shown-black, brown, navy, green and white-£20+pp

Milani eyeshadow in Bella Sand-usage shown-£3+pp SOLD

NARS limited edition dual intensity eyeshadow in Telesto-usage shown-£12+pp SOLD

KIKO eyeshadow stick in shade 25-found a swatch here-used once-£4+pp

MAC limited edition pro longwear eyeshadow-the large pan size not the normal pan size-shade Thru The Night-swatched only if used at all-£10+pp

MAC limited edition Bossa Blue mineralize eyeshadow-large size pan-unused-£10+pp

MAC limited edition Glamora Castle mineralize eyeshadow-large size pan-usage shown-£10+pp

MAC limited edition prolongwear eyeshadow in Weathered-large size pan-unused-£10+pp

MAC Pro Palette eyeshadows-all magnetised on the back-all used only once or twice

L-R Honesty/ Blanc Type/ Dazzle Light/ Vapour-ALL £5 +pp

Origins Ginzing Brightening Cream Shadow in Coffee Buzz-swatched only £7+pp

Brand new limited edition Dior palette in original packaging/box-palette contains eyeshadow, highlighter and liner

NARS Limited Edition Christopher Kane eyeshadow duo in Outer Limits-usage as shown-£14+pp SOLD

Dior 'Blue Lagoon' limited edition eyeshadow palette from last years 'Birds of Paradise' collection.  Almost perfect condition, the bottom right and middle colours have a tiny dent in them. RRP40, selling for £15 +pp

Brand new limited edition 'Feather' Dior eyeshadow from last years 'Birds of Paradise' collection. £12+pp


NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration-usage shown-swatched and used once £17+pp (retails at £30)

Limited edition NARS Guy Bourdain palette-used maybe twice-Laguna and the highlighter untouched as is the bottom right blush but it has a tiny dent where I caught my nail in it-£40+pp

Dior Limited Edition Tie Dye blushes-both used once-come packaged as shown with original box and mini Kabuki brush

Top shade-Coral Sunset SOLD
Bottom Shade-Pink Sunrise SOLD

£23+pp each

Stila Convertible Colour cream blush/lipstick

Top left-brand new-shade Tulip £10+pp
Top right-swatched only-shade Gladiola £8+pp
Bottom-swatched only-shade Poppy £8+pp

MAC limited edition Wash and Dry collection blush in Crisp Whites-used one-£12 +pp SOLD

Becca Beach Tints-used twice only

Left Dragonfruit
Right Watermelon

Both £7+pp SOLD

NARS Blush in Dolce Vita-used once-in perfect condition-£12+pp SOLD

Limited edition MAC Lightness of Being mineralize blush in Please Youself-swatched only-£14+pp

Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in Mood Exposure-used two times maximum-£15+pp SOLD

Limited edition MAC Lightness of Being mineralize blush in Uplifting-swatched only-£14+pp SOLD

Milani 'Luminoso' baked blush-used a couple of times only-£3+pp SOLD

By Terry Cellularose blush glace-used once-
Frozen Petal £10+pp


Brand new in box By Terry Baume de Rose-RRP39, selling for £22 +pp SOLD

Brand new Dior Addict gloss in Rouge Defendu 863 £12 +pp

Make Up For Ever lip line perfector-new and sealed £7+pp

Tom Ford Lip Shine in Chastity-used twice-£20+pp SOLD

Tom Ford Lip Shine in Bare-used once-£20+pp (you can search a review on my blog) SOLD

Brand new Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 22 £7+pp

Limited edition MAC Osbournes collection lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum-in limited edition packaging-brand new and unused-£15+pp SOLD

NARS larger than life lipgloss-brand new and unused-shade Viva £10+pp

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lisptick in Confession-brand new (bought two by accident)-LIMITED EDITION SHADE £20+pp SOLD

MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Shy Girl-used twice-£9+pp

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick in Have Paris-used twice-£15+pp
Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Voila-used twice-£10+pp
L'Oreal Color Riche in Scarlett Creme £4+pp (brand new) SOLD

Charlotte Tilbury lip lustres in:

Left Candy Darling
Middle Portobello
Right Hall of Fame

Please google for swatches as all are very sheer
All used once or twice
£10+pp each

By Terry limited edition gloss in Darling-brand new and unused (it's sparkly!) £10+pp


Left to right

Sample size KVD liquid lipstick in Lolita-swatched only £7+pp SOLD
Chanel Darling Pink gloss duo-used once-£7+pp
MAC Pro Longwear lip gloss-brand new-shade Whoops-£7+pp
Tarte lip gloss in Visionary-brand new-£7+pp
Armani Gloss D'Armani in Pink 510-brand new-£13+pp

Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Easy-used once-£3+pp SOLD

Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in Pinky Groove-used once-£10+pp

YSL Gloss Volupte #3 Rose Fusion-brand new in box-please google for swatches of this £12+pp

MAC limited edition Sheen Supreme lipglass

(top) Gwi-Yo-Me, (middle) Blushing Berry-used once-£8+pp EACH

Urban Decay lip gloss in Nooner-brand new and in original box-£8+pp SOLD

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pop Water Glossy Stain in Wet Nude-swatched only-limited edition-in box £12+pp SOLD

Sleek Matte Lip Colour-brand new in box-shade Russian Roulette-£3+pp

MAC Dazzleglass Creme lipgloss-used twice-limited edition shade-Julia-£6+pp SOLD

MAC Amplified lipstick in Up The Amp-used once-£8+pp SOLD

MAC Mineralize glass from the Lightness of Being collection-swatched only-shade Poetic-£12+pp

Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Enjouee-used twice-£14+pp

MAC lip liner in Naked-used once and sharpened-£9+pp SOLD

Marc Jacobs lip gloss in Paint it!-brand new-£8+pp SOLD

Chanel Rouge Allure lip gloss in 71 Reflexion-used once-£12+pp

YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in 9 Caress Pink-used once-£10+pp SOLD

Tom Ford lips and boys mini lipsticks-left is Patrick and right is Alexander-usage shown-£12+pp each

Anastasia liquid lipsticks-all used once
Left Lovely SOLD
Middle Sweet Talker SOLD
Right Baby Pink

All £10+pp

Anastasia liquid lipstick in Retro Coral-used once-£10+pp PENDING PAYMENT


Jo Malone-Nectarine and Honey Blossom 100ml-soon to be discontinued by Jo Malone-usage shown, retails for £85, £50+pp SOLD

Jo Malone limited edition 100ml Sakura Cherry-retailed for £85-usage shown-£50+pp (NB in Dubai we did not get the bows on the bottles) SOLD

Diptyque Eau Moheli-usage shown-100ml-£35+pp PENDING PAYMENT

Jo Malone 30ml Earl Grey and Cucumber-usage shown-£15+pp SOLD

Jo Malone limited edition Sweet Lemon 30ml-usage shown-£20+pp SOLD

Mini Benefit 'my place or yours Gina' perfume-brand new £5+pp


Hourglass mini handbag retractable kabuki brush-used once- £15+pp SOLD

Brand new unused Victoria Secret body spray in Candied Violet-£7+pp

Show Beauty Working Texture Spray-used a couple of times-small dint in the tin-£15+pp (retails for £30) PENDING PAYMENT

MAC limited edition glitters
Left 3D Silver £12+pp SOLD
Middle 3D Pale mint £12+pp SOLD
Right 3D Black £12+pp 

All brand new

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