Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Swatches + Brief Review

Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying your time with family and friends, as we prepare to ring in the new year.

As a Christmas gift to myself, I purchased the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette during its second release. If you were not aware, Too Faced Cosmetics has launched an all new peach collection, featuring their infamous eyeshadow palette, a new highlighter palette, a peach blush, and 8 peach oil lip glosses. These are available at Too Faced, Sephora, and Ulta.

I have been eyeing this palette since it came out last year, and am beyond excited to finally get ahold of it. The sweet peach eyeshadow palette retails for $49 – if you want to get $10 back sign up for Ebates using my link, or purchase on HSN (new members get $10 off – coupon code available online).

This palette is absolutely gorgeous, and almost every shade lives up to expectation! The stand-out colors are NectarLuscious, Bellini, and Caramelized. As you will be able to tell from the swatches, those shades are stunning!! The worst shades in the palette are Delectable and Talk Derby To Me (Too Faced can never seem to make a pigmented purple). Those two are very patchy and chalky.

The only other thing to be aware of is the peach scent. It is very sweet and overpowering; you may want to steer clear of this one if you are not a fan of scented palettes. Also, the majority of shades are warm toned, so only purchase this if you can see yourself using peachy bronze shades. Sweet Peach definitely lives up to its hype, but make sure you will enjoy the shades before jumping on the bandwagon.

I really love this palette, and would definitely purchase it again. There is a great mix of mattes and shimmers as well, so you would not need to bring any other eyeshadows with you to create a look.

Below are finger swatches of the palette:


What do you think of the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection? Will you be purchasing any of the products?

For an unboxing photo of the Sweet Peach palette, check out my Instagram @marielelena_

Love, Mariel


Artis Brush Dupe Demo + Review

Today I will be reviewing one of my new favorite brushes! I’m sure you have heard the hype over the Artis face brushes, but have you seen the price tag? I was not willing nor able to shell out $50+ for a makeup brush, so I turned to Amazon for a cheaper dupe of the product. I will link the exact brush I ordered below.


First Impressions: Inexpensive price (tip: I used my Opinion Outpost credits and paid nothing for the brush); soft bristles; gorgeous rose gold color

Pros/Cons: Pros: Brush handle seems to be of high quality material. Good size for foundation, but also works for concealer and powder. Great price and free shipping. Blends liquid makeup into skin nicely. Cons: A few hairs have shed, but I think this brush will last a while.

size comparison: brush to average size concealer tube


Buy or Pass: For me, I would definitely say this brush is a BUY! How could you pass up a $7 brush? It is also a good way to test out a face brush similar to an Artis brush before you decide to purchase an expensive luxury item.

And for my very first demo EVER – check out my Instagram @marielelena_ . I posted a quick clip demonstrating this brush and a concealer. Here is the link:

Artis Brush Dupe –

Thanks for reading! Leave me some love in the comments – I have so much fun reading and responding to you guys.

Love, Mariel

This blog post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own. 

Beauty Wishlist

Hi everyone!!

It’s been a while since I last posted on here. I’m not going to lie, the main reason is that I was lacking inspiration and interest. Finals also took up my free time. But, hopefully the summer will provide many opportunities for blogging!

Today I just wanted to get back in the swing of things and share what I have been lusting after lately. These products are all items I am dying to get my hands on. If only life wasn’t so expensive!! Pictures and links will be provided for everything I share below. I hope my beauty wishlist will enable your shopping addiction and make your day a little more exciting!

1. Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette – $42

The Laura Lee palette also looks fabulous, and it is always a good idea to support a fellow blogger! However, the Holy Grail palette just appeals more to me. The Holy Grail palette has stunning colors, but it is limited edition, expensive, and extremely difficult to get ahold of.

2. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette – $14.50


3. NYX Lip Lingerie Collection – $7


4. Nars Limited Edition Orgasm Blush  – $39


5. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Poured Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector – $38


6. beauty.blusher by beautyblender – $16


What products are on your beauty wishlist? Have you tried any of these items?

Love, Mariel

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. The above links are non-affiliate, and I do not own any of the photos used. 

How to Fuel Your Online Shopping Addiction

Let’s just get it out there: I love shopping. I especially enjoy shopping when I can purchase items online from the comfort of my home, with the simple click of a button. Online shops are some of my favorite places to browse. Having a blog myself, I think it is important to help other people achieve their dreams whenever possible. Not to mention, most independent online shops have unique products, amazing quality, and a great attention to detail. I find many online boutiques through Etsy, Instagram and Facebook. Due to my immense fondness of self-run shops, I thought I would share my favorite ones with you today! This post is not sponsored, I just absolutely adore these shops and hope you will too! Disclaimer: I do not own any of these pictures, all rights reserved to the shop owners.

1. Made With Love Jewelry – Massachusetts-based jewelry store with an affinity for unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets and so much more! This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this shop in my blog, and most likely won’t be the last. Many Disney themed designs, all created by owner, Shana Cohen.

                                                 shop post 62. eff.Y.bee – A jewelry company based in New York that inspires and empowers women to “follow their bliss.” Many boho necklace, bracelet, and ring styles, as well as sorority design options.

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3.  Aritzia – This boutique is a more well known, as it has locations across the U.S and Canada. I just recently learned of Aritzia however, and I must say that I love their site! Aritzia has it all: from sweaters, to pants, to basics, and everything in between. I’m in love.

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4. Ivory Ella – Connecticut based; Offers preppy, adorable, and affordable elephant-themed clothing and accessories, plus a portion of proceeds goes to the Save the Elephants Organization.

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5. Planning Roses – After purchasing my own Lilly Pulitzer planner, I have become obsessed with all things planning/decorating related! It’s actually my new obsession, but I’m totally okay with that. The shop, Planning Roses, offers a wide variety of stylish stickers – perfect for embellishing a notebook, planner or journal. These nail polish stickers are my absolute favorites – I’ve never seen anything like them!

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I hope I’m not the only one addicted to online shopping! What are your favorite online boutiques?

Love, Mariel

P.S. Don’t forget to follow my Instagram @marielelena_ 😉

Kate Spade Surprise Sale Picks

Hi everyone!!

As you may or may not know, Kate Spade is holding a massive surprise sale right now for its email followers! I get email notifications from the brand and I am huge fan of Kate Spade products, so I figured you would enjoy hearing the news as well. I believe the sale ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PT. I love deals so much, and the items in this sale are up to 75% off!  I created a list of my favorite items below. I hope you enjoy and have fun shopping 🙂

  1. Hello Sunshine Phone Case – $20
  2. 2016 Agendamultiple sizes/patterns $25-30
  3. Grant Street Grainy Vinyl Neda Wallet – $59
  4. Kennywood Harmony Baby Bag – $139
  5. Primrose Hill Medium Harmony Bow Bag – $159
  6. Grand Street Calico Bag – $129
  7. Elsie Street Exotic Small Meriwether Bag – $159
  8. Sawyer Street Colorblock Maxi Bagmultiple sizes $99-149

To find my picks and so many more deals, head over to!

Love, Mariel

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, nor am I receiving any sort of compensation for providing  links to these items. 














Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette Review

Hi everyone!!

Today I am reviewing the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette! I purchased this palette in December, so I have been playing around with it enough to have a sense of each of the shades and write an accurate review. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes retails for $36 and can be found at Sephora, Ulta, and the Too Faced website. I am a massive fan of Too Faced’s eyeshadows, and I am happy to announce that this palette does not disappoint!

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You can create many different looks with the 9 shades in this palette, whether you are interested in a neutral or smokey eye look. The shades are overall very pigmented, but my favorite shades are Satin Sheets and Lap Dance because they can be built up for more drama or used lightly depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

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close up of all 9 shades


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first row of shades bottom to top: In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs, Voulez-Vous

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second row of shades bottom to top: Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls, Garter Belt

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third row of shades bottom to top: Birthday Suit, Lap Dance, French Tickler

The packaging of this palette is pink and perfect for all makeup lovers – as always! The palette closes with a magnetic snap and it seems pretty durable. A mirror is also included in this palette – which is a HUGE plus – and a Glamour Guide is also added to help you recreate three easy looks.

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My go to look with this palette consists of the shade Satin Sheets on the lid, Fuzzy Handcuffs in the crease, and Lap Dance with a bit of Voulez-Vous or French Tickler in the outer-v.  I finish off my makeup look with a sweep of In the Buff on the brow bone and a few coats of mascara. You could definitely get away with only using this palette for a variety of looks, which makes it great for travel!

I hope you enjoyed this review. If you did, please leave me a comment with your thoughts. Do you have this palette too? What do you want me to review next?

All the love x



Desk Decor

Hi everyone!!
Today I thought I would share my desk’s layout to give you ideas on how to organize your own work space. I was inspired to share my desk by my good friend Brooke; you can view her designer desk over at I would totally recommend checking her blog out if you haven’t done so already. Hopefully my desk decor will give you some ideas on how to style your own working area.

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My desk has a mint/teal green and gold theme with a few light pink accents. I like to display cute packaging from brands such as Too FacedUrban Decay, and Benefit that fit my color theme as well. I also included one of my favorite Topshop nail polishes, as well as a beautifully packaged perfume bottle. If you move over to the right side of my desk I have a few books stacked up. My current favorites are Sally’s Baking AddictionLove Tanya, and the Lauren Conrad Beauty book. On top of the stack of books is an inexpensive glittery sign I purchased from Icing (go figure!!). Lastly, on the far right I added a decorative binder, my copies of People Style Watch and Seventeen. To top things off, I have my mint green Instax camera complete with a few Polaroids of my friends. My teal Kate Spade journal lays at the front of my desk, full of tons of new blog post ideas! My journal sits next to my teal headphones and my laptop computer – covered in stickers 🙂

Let me know if this post gave you any ideas on how you style your desk, and please share and follow me to be notified of my next blog post. And if you can see them, leave me a comment sharing what laptop sticker of mine is your favorite. It’s too hard to choose.




Etsy Must Buys

Hi everyone!!

Sorry for being inactive on here, I know I haven’t been posting a lot. Not to worry though, I have a long list of post ideas that should keep me occupied for quite some time 🙂

Today, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite items that are available on! I have over 340 favorites on my Etsy wish list, so I thought you would be interested to see what items I adore. There’s a ton to choose from, so I’m only going to be sharing a few of my top picks. Some of these items may be things I own, things I want, or things I bought as gifts for others. This post is not sponsored, I simply thought my followers would genuinely enjoy seeing what listings I’ve been loving. Maybe you’ll even get some gift ideas for a friend – or yourself!! To shop my picks, just hold your cursor over the photo to view a caption with the link for an easy purchase.

  1. I purchased this gorgeous crown ring as a present for my friend’s birthday! It’s absolutely stunning and is a perfect example of why I am in love with all the jewelry AOS DESIGN offers.

2. This next item is something I have been admiring for a few months. This makeup bag is so precious and has the trendiest print! Prepare to fall in love with this item and all the other makeup pouches, pillows, and posters over at Miss With-It on Etsy!

3.  I consider myself a major Gossip Girl fanatic, so naturally once I found these pencils I freaked out! Kudos to DottieRocks for bringing out my inner fangirl! I think I may just have to pick up a few of these pencils ASAP – xoxo Gossip Girl

4. While I’m definitely not getting married anytime soon, these magnets from CorkCountryCottage sure make me wish I was 🙂


There are so many more items I adore, but I don’t want this post to get too lengthy. Etsy is one of my favorite websites, and I check it on the daily. You can always find something new and exciting to purchase as well!

Hope you enjoyed! Comment below what item you love the most and share this post with your friends.




Holiday Gift Guide

Hi everyone!!

I hope you all had a fun and blessed Thanksgiving with your families and friends! Now that Thanksgiving is over, December is approaching quickly. We all know that Christmas shopping can be stressful task (especially for those “impossible to buy for” people!!), so I have put together a Christmas gift guide to help you purchase presents for everyone on your shopping list. I have created collages of gift ideas for the women, men and children in your life. These collages were created on Polyvore (my username is marielelena), so you can simply click on the item you like and it will open  in a new tab. This post is not sponsored and I did not receive any sort of compensation for sharing these products.

Gifts for Him and Her

Holiday Gift Guide: Children

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Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Hi Everyone!!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I put together a series of looks that will be perfect for Thanksgiving. Both options are cute but the first look is more dressy, while the second look is more casual and comfy. I created these collages on Polyvore, so the clothing in each collage will have links to help you find the items on the Polyvore website under my username marielelena. Keep in mind that many other stores also carry similar items to the ones in my collage for less money. My favorite shops to buy cute, inexpensive fall clothing are Forever 21, Target, and Charlotte Russe.
 Thanksgiving Look #1
Thanksgiving Look #2
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and that it gave you a few ideas on what to wear this Thanksgiving! Leave me a comment telling me which outfit was your favorite, and if you make a Polyvore collage leave the link down below so I can check it out!!