The Scoop on Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

Hi friends! We got our first snow of the season on Saturday and it was absolutely FREEZING. So aside from working out, going on a cleaning frenzy and cooking, I laid low over the weekend. It was really nice, and well-timed, since I started a new job yesterday (woohoo!). Anyway, let’s dive into my new product review. I shared my go-to foundation (for almost ten years!) a few months ago, but I always enjoy trying new makeup products. So, last month I picked up Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Vanilla Glow, curious to see how it would compare to my favorite tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier. 

I’ve enjoyed using this product several times throughout the holiday season and have been surprised how well the product has stayed on my face for both long days and super cold, windy days. Winter can be rough on our skin, so I wasn’t sure if testing out a product during this season would be totally fair. Or, maybe it is the perfect time to see how well a makeup product works

Nonetheless, I am impressed. Similar to my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm goes on very smooth and blends in easily. The product has a bit of a sheen too, that makes your skin look fresh and dewy (definitely a bonus in the dead of winter!), but not at all greasy. In addition, this product has SPF 20, which will be an added bonus in warmer months.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

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On the downside, this beauty balm has light to medium coverage, on par with most tinted moisturizers. I was able to build up the product with multiple applications on blemishes and it worked pretty well. However, it would be most ideal to use a concealer with any serious blemishes if you are using Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm.

In comparison to Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, this product is a little more translucent, offering slightly lighter coverage. It was a little more difficult to build up the product in any places I felt needed some extra coverage. Because of this, I noticed I was using more of the beauty balm than I would have if I was using my go-to tinted moisturizer. That said, at $25, the price for Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is $20 less than Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer.

I’ll be curious to see how well this product works for me in warmer months as well, especially on humid days. I’ll be sure to update you all. But, if you’ve had any personal experience with Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm, I’d love to hear about it.


Sarah Camille


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Making 2017 Plans with my Erin Condren Planner

What if I told you you’re 42% more likely to acheive your New Year’s resolutions if you wrote them down?

Well this is true, according to a recent study. In fact, if you are serious about acheiving your 2017 resolutions or goals, I’d encourage you to get a planner and write down different sub-goals or supporting goals on your calendar that will lead to your acheivement.

During the later half of last year when I was job searching, I got into a weekly rhythm of looking at my week or weeks ahead, creating to-do lists and writing down goals or plans. I began doing this at the beginning of the week and realized just how helpful that time was in keeping myself focused on the tasks I wanted to accomplish.

As a part of this routine, I wrote down my to-dos, reminders, events, etc. in an agenda I got from Target. While this agenda worked fine and had the main layout one needs in an agenda, I started thinking last month about getting a fancier 2017 agenda to help me continue this planning routine into the New Year.

So, of course, I dove into a blackhole of internet research for hundreds of planners and agendas. It was really annoying to me that so many agendas started in August 2016 and continued to December 2017. I mean I am not the only person who is not in school that uses a planner, right? And then, these companies are making agendas that end in December.. so wouldn’t they also make ones that start in January? Anyway, I digress. I finally decided on getting the Erin Condren LifePlanner™.

I really liked the design of the LifePlanner, the different layouts and how customizable it was. For my planner, I chose the 12-month calendar and the “in bloom gold metallic” design for the front/back cover. Then, I chose the vertical layout (pictured below) with the colorful theme. I also chose to add-on a to-do list dashboard that snaps into my planner. The great thing about this dashboard is that it can be moved to a different page of your planner and can be easily reused throughout the year because you use wet erase (or dry erase) markers on it.

Overall, I am enjoying this planner so far and would recommend it to anyone. The biggest downside is the price, which is high compared to traditional planners, especially if you start adding several accessories for the planner to your cart. However, if getting a stylish and personalized planner will entice you to use your planner regularly and keep you focused on the things you want to accomplish, then it is definitely worth it in my mind. The planner comes with a lot of stickers, as well. I’m not sure how much I’ll actually end up using them, but I know that might be a big plus for some. Erin Condren also has tons of office accessories, notebooks and other planners for specific things like making lesson plans for school or wedding planning.

In general, I just find it so refreshing to write things down on paper. Electronic calendars can definitely be useful, but there’s something about writing a goal down that makes it stick. If you have a favorite planner, I’d love to hear about it.

Here’s to everyone acheiving their goals in 2017 – cheers!


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Reflecting on 2016

Happy New Year everyone!

I truly hope 2017 brings you more peace,  happiness and opportunities to grow. I was reminded this morning of the quote below that I found on New Year’s Day 2015. It still rings true to me, so I thought it was worth sharing as I reflect on 2016.

Now that 2016 is over, I feel like it is time for me to take an inventory of my year and reflect on the highs and lows, the lessons I learned, the mistakes I made, the challenges I faced and the successes I celebrated.

For me 2016 felt like a roller coaster, with several ups and downs. My job situation presented the most challenges throughout the year and brought me a lot of stress and feelings of disappointment in my career. I was repeatedly feeling drained and uninspired at the end of the day. It was clear to me that I needed a change, but deciding what I wanted that to look like, looking for jobs and interviewing was stressful. Especially when your work environment leaves you feeling unaccomplished at the end of the day, it can be hard to feel motivated. And while I worked very hard to find a better work environment before the end of the year, I was unfortunately let go before my new job came to fruition. I was left feeling like the wind was taken out of my sails and the rug was swept out from under me by people who I thought were on my side.

It was very difficult and upsetting to me, but I knew I needed to regain confidence and momentum in order to end up in the better place I envisioned. I had been feverishly looking for a job for four months, and thankfully my hard work paid off — just two weeks after I was let go, I had a job offer in my hands. It was a whirlwind, and not something I would wish upon anyone. I am glad I started looking for a job when I did, but of course it was difficult to stomach being let go when I was repeatedly trying to keep my confidence high for job interviews. In hindsight, this experience taught me an important lesson about self-worth, showed me how many awesome people I have in my life to support me and made me realize how strong I can be in tough situations.

In hindsight, I see how toxic a bad work environment can be. We spend so many hours of our week at work, and it is truly not worth it to be living the majority of those hours upset about your job. I also see more clearly now how those terrible work days were effecting other parts of my life. Almost instantly, I felt a relief leaving that job behind. I am SO much happier now that that chapter is closed. I have forgiven the people who I felt like let me down, and I can see how my new-found happiness has helped my relationships with friends and family.

While that job situation was the most difficult challenge I faced in 2016, the year had tons of wonderful, positive moments. I had some amazing trips, like my trip to the west coast with my mom and brother and my trip to Jamaica with Will. I also had an important revelation just how meaningful the relationships in my life are when it comes to maintaining a happy life. Below are a few of my favorite photos of 2016.

I feel like there are always goals to be achieved in a New Year, but I think it is also important to make room for those surprises or the ways we might surprise ourself, as Neil Gaiman’s quote mentions. I shared my job struggle because so much of that experience was a surprise to me. And while I thought at the beginning of 2016 that the year would go very differently than it did, I feel now that I can be grateful for the struggles that I faced in 2016 because they made me stronger and taught me important lessons.

I hope some of you can relate to my experience or find it helpful during a time when you are struggling. Life can be rough, and I’m sure it will have its ups and downs. My hope is that with those, we can remain focused on the good things and look for the lessons that come out of our struggles.

Cheers to a lovely New Year!

Sarah Camille

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