Checking In: Chocolate Epiphanies, Too Faced Better Than Chocolate Palette, Second Interviews and Shiseido

Checking In: Chocolate Epiphanies, Too Faced Better Than Chocolate Palette, Second Interviews and Shiseido

Checking In: Chocolate Epiphanies, Too Faced Better Than Chocolate Palette, Second Interviews and Shiseido

I don’t know when it happened, but sometime within the last few months, I switched from being on Team Milk Chocolate to Team Dark Chocolate, which is crazy to me because for years now, I’ve said to anyone and everyone who’ll listen that dark chocolate tastes like punishment, LOL!

They say that your sense of taste changes as you get wiser, so this isn’t a big surprise, but still.

It’s kinda weird to be at the checkout counter at Trader Joe’s and reach for impulse chocolate and buy dark instead of milk. Side note, who am I kidding? It’s not impulse chocolate when you buy it all the time. LOL!

Anywho, while we’re on the subject of chocolate, it’s been a minute since I’ve worn a Too Faced palette. I tried out their new Better Than Chocolate palette recently just for funsies to see if I still was feeling it…

It’s like a mashup between their Better Than Sex and Chocolate Bar themes.

Sigh, I dunno. Their first Chocolate Bar palette came out a decade ago (!), and I can’t believe they’re still recycling the same idea. One would think that in 10 years they could whip up something new, but I guess they really like to stick close to what they know.

Blending and pigment were fine, but I felt like the warm browns pulled very red on my skin (I’m an NC 42 in MAC, by the way). It’s a very distinct type of look, and I’m not always a fan of it on my skin tone because I feel like it makes me look like I’ve been crying, so I probably won’t be adding this palette into my regular rotation anytime soon.

Oh goodness, speaking of regular rotations, apparently now I’m on the “second interview” merry-go-round. I had one on Monday via video and a second one in person yesterday.

I defaulted to my usual MAC neutral lipstick, Velvet Teddy, to keep things “profesh” (air quotes), but after I saw myself in pics, I kinda wish I wore a brighter lip.

Hopefully, I’ll get a few more chances to do second interviews, and if that’s the case, I’ll be switching it up to something brighter. 😀

I was happy with the skin in this look, though. Good ol’ Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation never lets me down, but I recently saw a reel from Sam Chapman on Instagram with Shiseido Revitalessence Skin Glow foundation and powder, and now I’m itching to try something new. The combo looks really pretty and not too heavy. WANT!

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Happy Wednesday to you, by the way. We’ve made it to the hump!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  • Caitlin says

    November 29th, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Karen,
    Speaking of brands sticking close to what they know, I really wish Urban Decay didn’t discontinue their Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara. I actually first tried it out several years ago from one of your blog posts. I remember it used to be a HG of yours.
    Have you found a good replacement?
    I have straight lashes, and everything I’ve tried so far (even Asian mascaras) just doesn’t compare.


  • Christine says

    November 29th, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    Wait, this Too Faced palette is new-ish? It looks like a mashup of their other chocolate-themed palettes.
    Haha, I’m the opposite! I was Team Dark Chocolate and now it gives me a headache. Also the last time I visited my in-laws in Austria, all we ate was Milka brand milk chocolate (the GIANT bars) and no headache!
    Good luck with your job search, I know how much energy they can consume (the anticipation, then the waiting for decision argh!). You’re lucky you can pull off bright lips brilliantly. I used to be able to but it just doesn’t look flattering on me anymore. I loved brights!
    We’ll wait (with anticipation!) on the new job news!


  • Tatiana says

    November 30th, 2023 at 11:33 am

    I didn’t even realize Too Faced was still in business. I guess if I can’t find it at one of my local Sephora stores (both of which are on the smaller side) or my local Nordstrom I tend to not think about the line.
    I’m the same, any shadow with the slightest bit of orange, pink or red tends to make me look like I’ve been bawling my eyes out.
    Good luck with the continuing job interviews. Every interview gets you one step closer to the job.


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