Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: December 2014

December 31, 2014

My Top 14 of 2014 in Beauty

Here are my couldn't live withouts this year in beauty, skincare, and hair..but mostly beauty...not easily narrowed down to 14 :)  Have a beauty of a New Year Everyone!
Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup
nugg Face Masks

Mun No. 1 Aknari Serum  came as a sample vial in one of my beauty boxes this year that I had to repurchase the full size of it. Prickly Pear Seed oil instills radiance and resilience, while Rose and Argan oils transform the appearance of your skin. It's hydrating, brightening, works beautifully as a primer under makeup and it smells amaaaazing. Rotating this with Vitamin C's has been a working combination for my skin.

NUGG face masks are single servings treats for your skin. I loved these for popping in to my bag when traveling. They're single use packs but you can get a good three uses out of them. The formula is light, colorless, thick, and so pampering to the skin. There's a huge variety targeting any skin issue you might need them for. Big fan of the soothing and revitalizing ones.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation is the new kid I've only been using for a couple months, but it's replaced all of my other foundation's in that short time. Lightweight, natural coverage, luminous, and the best color match for my NW15 skintone. To finish perfected skin corrects like EVE PEARL Salmon Concealer for dark circles. I've used this for years now and really nothing compares. For further concealing NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer takes the top spot. Amazing coverage, long lasting, and it doesn't settle in to fine lines so it can be used under the eyes as well. The JAPONESQUE BB Brush is excellent as a foundation brush, the finish is flawless no matter what consistency of product you're using.

COLOURPOP was my favorite new makeup line of 2014 and the eyeshadow's the best new product discovery of the year. $5 a pop, excellent formula, and so many different shades and finishes to choose from. I wear one of these nearly every day as a base or shadow. I don't know how they do it,  these shadows are so good and so inexpensive. (Reviewed them here!)
Urban Decay Naked Palette's. No surprises here, these are cult classics that should be in the favorite's hall of fame by now.  Cailyn Cosmetics Eye Primer was a surprise because I knew nothing of this brand. This eyeshadow primer has a weightless base with a cream concealer look and feel. It enhances vibrancy and locks down your shadows all day.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Only mascara I've ever raved about. Still sexy. Still raving.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick's. The three shades on my rotation at all times are F-BOMB, Anarchy, and Turn On. They wear like nobodies business and feel like you've got nothing but a moisturizing lip balm on...except you've got super awesome pigmented lips on. Creamy Badass Luxury indeed.

Turning it up even more on the bold lips front was Too Faced Melted Lipstick's. Insane true to tube colors and one of the most vividly pigmented yet easy to wear formula's.
Klorane Shampoo with Chamomile hasn't left my shower since I started using it. Moisturizing with chamomile to brighten your hair for a natural sun kissed look, smells really nice too.  Redken Color Rebel's. Unlike messy chalks and powders Color Rebel uses makeup technology with direct color pigments depositing a very fine colored micro-coating on the surface of the hair with a sponge applicator. I loved these for the believable temporary color that truly is temp, 2 washes and you're back to "normal".

Thank you all for continuing to visit M.M.M.! Blogging and doing makeup on the internet wasn't a huge priority of mine this past year, add it to the list of resolutions :) Become less of the elusive under the radar Pisces Artist perhaps?

Getting more active in social media is also something I'm trying to get in to. I've dusted off this twitter account to start using now for blog updates, chit chatting, and makeup things.
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December 27, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a Custom Design Motorola Moto X

Time to "RING" in the New Year with a custom design from Motorola's Moto X Phone! Now that Xmas is over you can get what you didn't get or what you really wanted. For me that was a new phone. My other half has this phone and I was sold on the way you can customize it to reflect your personal style. Half the fun of a phone is making it look cool right?

With the you can fully customize your new phone. There are thousands of ways to make the Moto X unique to you. Choose the colors, accents, leather or wood backs, and decide the details ALL of the details. From the front, back, accents, memory storage, wallpapers, even add a name or short message that is laser engraved on the back.

Keep Reading for how I customized my MotoX!

December 23, 2014

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette Review

Too Faced is sweetening up our eyes with the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. Inspired by Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, this Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is a deeper, warmer version of the original coveted palette. It's very much the gourmet flavored chocolates to the milk chocolate.

But first I wanted to share this adorable present Too Faced sent to me for Christmas because it was so heartwarming...

Isn't that just the most darling bowl? I gifted it to my little bff, our pug Sophia. She loved it! Thank you @TooFaced! Along with it was a Christmas card with a note that a donation was made in my name to BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY for this sweet pup Pirate. I cried! It was such a beautiful and generous act on Too Faced's part. Not only do they make good makeup, they are good people too! That WAS the sweetest thing :)

I loved Too Faced's original Chocolate Bar Palette (see my original review here), it's so versatile for every day use. I reach for it all of the time partly because of the vanilla-y cocoa scent that envelopes your sense and mmm makes you so dang happy. Like having dessert every time you apply your makeup.(p.s. Too Faced says The Ultimate Chocolate Box is coming soon for purchase!)
Add in the new Semi-Sweet version and you've got The Ultimate Chocolate Bar.
Infused with the scent of sweet chocolate, this collection features 16 antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused shadows in matte and shimmer shades with warm caramels, deep mochas, bronzy chocolate, and vibrant sugared blueberry hues. These rich, high-pigment shades are perfect for any season, and it includes a signature how-to Glamour Guide to help you get started with three eye looks.

With the name "Semi-sweet" you might expect lighter shades, but Too Faced describes it as deeper and warmer. I just find it...different! Semi-sweet leans warm, but there's also some cool toned shadows in here as well and that random pop of blueberry. The even mix of matte, satin, and shimmer allow you to create balance within finishes. Semi-sweet has what we've grown to expect from Too Faced Palette's in terms of quality..soft & silky to the touch, pigmented, long-wearing, with that light easy to blend velvety texture.
 Licorice, Coconut Creme, Nougat, Truffled, Hot Fudge
Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar, Puddin, Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, Frosting
Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel, Bon Bon, Butter Pecan
(All swatched over Shadow Insurance Primer)

The only shade lackluster in terms of pigmentation was Pink Sugar. As you can see from the swatches it loses its base color solely to glitter. Maybe it's meant to be like a sugar topping? My favorites were puddin, rum raisin, frosting, mousse (perfect crease defining color), and butter pecan.

What I love about both the Chocolate Bar's is that really anybody can wear these shades, they are so universally flattering to all skin tones and can be used to create soft understated or dramatic looks. If you have the original Chocolate Bar Palette you'll love this, if you don't have it you'll love this too. It's a completely different set of shadow's with that same rich chocolatey decadence.

Spring 2015 at Too Faced is shaping up to be tooth achingly sweet. Along with the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette they've got new shades of the Melted Lipstick's, Soul Mates, and Better Than False Lashes Extreme. I can't wait!..and you don't have to, it's already available at Too :)

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette ($49) is available now at SEPHORA
and at Too on 12/26.

sample provided for review consideration

December 22, 2014

Subscription Box Reviews: Boxycharm, SocialBliss, & Scentbird

After doing 90% of my Holiday gift shopping online I didn't want to overload my UPS man with any more packages. This month I have two of my favorite boxes and one new subscription. Boxycharm's  November & December boxes were full of dazzling beauty gifts. The Socialbliss Style Box I resubscribed to after they had a Black Friday deal of only $16 for their December box, and Scentbird lets you discover a new perfume of your choice each month and you get to pick the scent.

Check out the Nov./December Subscription Box Review

December 20, 2014

The Lip Bar Review - Lipstick's straight up. No chaser.

If you're a sucker for gorgeous makeup packaging The Lip Bar is serving up some top shelf beauty. Each lipstick is bold, fierce, and caters to your own individuality. I have four off the menu to share including the golden stunna for Holiday 2014, Crimson Wonderland, it's THEE red for the Holiday season.
These cases...just look at them! I am crazy over this architectural looking glass design. When you pop the top it's your basic bullet lipstick.
The colors are far from basic. There's everything from Cosmo a traditional bright red to Kamikaze an intense turquoise, and dark n stormy a true to my hometown gloomy charcoal grey.

Sweet Shiraz, Purple Rain, Amaretto Sour, Crimson Wonderland

These lipstick's are as intoxicating as their drink counterparts. Handcrafted with a unique blend of natural ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter and avocado oil, the bold colors glide on creamy and stay put all night long leaving your lips feeling soft and comfy. I really enjoy the super light texture of these and their subtle minty herbaceous scent. Pigmentation and lasting power is high. Vegan, No parabens, mineral oils, animal products, or unnecessary crap!
The shades I received for review other than Crimson Wonderland weren't the most flattering on my very cool skin tone, but that's no reason to knock off points. The colors are all beautiful and with an extensive range there's something at the lip bar to suit every one.
Sweet Shiraz reminded me a lot of OCC Black Dahlia Lip Tar. It has that same patchy transparent finish with a dark gritty brown burgundy base. Worn here with Colourpop Creature Lip Liner.

Crimson Wonderland you must order up while it's still here. I loved this shade the most, it's a slightly deep vivid blue toned red that applies exceptionally smooth and pigmented. That tricked out gold tube looks so chic in your bag for touchups. Bourbon Blues and Kamikaze are the two shades I plan on buying, weird lipstick shades are my guilty pleasure...Whiskey aint so bad either :)

Start a tab and Check out the Full Lipstick Bar at or buy them at Urban Outfitters ($20)

sample provided for review consideration