Makeup Wars: The 5 Minute Face

 photo makeup-wars.png

This week Makeup Wars is focusing on creating The 5 Minute Face. A lot of women think that putting on their makeup is a time consuming chore, and it can be for more complicated looks, but for a pretty everyday look, it can be surprisingly simple and take as little as 5 minutes. Using a palette or kit makes it even easier. In this post I’m using Too Faced All I Want For Christmas kit ($45) from the Holiday collection to make my 5 minute look easy-peasy.


Purchased by me

Create your signature holiday look with this party-ready set designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald, and encased in a chic metallic gold and aqua cosmetic pouch. Take all your beauty basics and the best of Too Faced wherever the spirit of the season takes you. 

“You’ll be ready for your Mistletoe moment with this on-the-go kit that has all your beauty basics.”—Jerrod Blandino, Too Faced Cosmetics co-founder and creative director

Too Faced All I Want for Christmas

2013-11-10 04.02.25 (480x360)

It contains:

An Exclusive Eyeshadow and Blush Compact

Too Faced All I Want for Christmas

This split compact is perfect for travel or to drop into a makeup bag. The blush is a lovely peachy pink with very soft shimmer. The eyeshadows are a matte vanilla cream and a very pretty bronze. On my warm skin it appears as a peachy bronze; on cool skin tones I’m sure it will pull more brown or taupe. This compact is universally flattering and absolutely perfect for quick looks.

Too Faced All I Want to Christmas

Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in black-  a girl can’t have too many black eyeliners, am I right?

Lash Injection Mascara – three-dimensional polymers wrap around each lash to create tubes that build, stretch and curl for more volume, length and drama.

Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer – THE best eyeshadow primer on the market and a must-have for every over 40 woman. Prevents against fading, creasing and smudging. The skin-soothing formula evens out skin tone and smoothes fine lines to create a perfect canvas for shadows.

La Créme color Drenched Lip Cream in Exclusive Shade Believe – La Créme lip creams are ultra creamy, richly pigmented and moistuizing. The exclusive shade Believe is a gorgeous rosy coral with a balm-like feel.

2013-11-10 04.08.16 (360x480)


2013-11-10 04.10.27 (480x204)

Super cute makeup bag

2013-11-10 04.03.27 (480x360)

The only things I need to add for a full face are:

Makeup primer–I use Reviva Labs Makeup Primer, it’s reasonable priced and smooths out lines, wrinkles and imperfections beautifully.

Foundation – I’m currently using Boots No. 7 Lift and Luminate, reviewed here or Sensai reviewed here.

Concealer – my go-to is bareMinerals Color Correcting Concealer. It’s rich but lightweight, creamy but gives full coverage. No matter what you’ve got to hide, bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer has you covered.

Eyebrow pencil – I’ve been using IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Power. It’s a marker style pencil developed with leading plastic surgeons that contains a blend of brow-conditioning ingredients including saw palmetto, nettle extract, green tea, biotin, lecithin, grape seed, panthenol, and vitamins A, C, E.  Your brows really do make a difference and can frame your eyes beautifully so don’t forget this step!

The final look and the breakdown:

2013-11-10 04.13.58 (480x360)

 Step #1 Face: prime, foundation, and blush  2 minutes

Step #2 – Eyes: eyebrow pencil, eyeshadow, liner and mascara  2 minutes

Step #3 – Lips: lipstick  1 minute   = TOTAL 5 minutes!

Bottom Line: Too Faced All I Want for Christmas is a great set of neutrals perfect for every over 40 woman and for all year ’round!

Let’s see how the rest of our bloggers achieve a 5 minute face!

  • You look beautiful!

  • I almost picked this up during the sale! I am loving the lip shade and the whole set looks amazing on you!

    • It’s just so easy, ya know?

  • What a great set! Perfect colors for you too! Now I’m going to check out your foundation reviews!

  • Great colors on you 🙂

  • Very, very pretty look, especially the lipstick. Your eyes are fabulous!

    • It’s a great, easy kit.

  • I’d want that set for the compact alone. The rest of the items are just a bonus! You look so pretty and polished.

    • I know, I love the packaging!

  • That set is not only beautiful but it’s perfect for this challenge. I love that it’s all there and you could even pick it up and run out the door with it to put on at work.

  • I really love this set! The taupe is sooo pretty!

    • Yep and the lipstick is a great shade to brighten your look.

  • Love Too Faced and really love their kits – you created a gorgeous look using this one!

    • It’s basic but great for quick looks!

  • This set is perfect for you! And I can’t stop raving about the IT Cosmetics pencil either!

  • Michou

    I am so excited! I ordered this two days ago and should be getting it on Monday. Your review sealed the deal for me. I can’t wait to bring it on my trip to France this holiday and have a quick and easy five minute face that’s great for photos!

    • That’s perfect use for this set!