Saturday, September 22nd, 2012


Tarte Holiday 2012 Collection

Carried Away Collector’s Set ($54.00) ($512 value) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Travel beautifully with this impressive collection of tarte essentials. The all-inclusive set features six eye shadow quads for a show-stopping palette of bold, high-payoff shades in both shimmering and matte formulas. The deluxe maracuja glosses will perk up any pout with a mix of neutral and stunning shades, ranging from pale petal pink to deep crimson. The kit also includes an Amazonian clay 12-hour blush and complementary domed brush to brighten complexions, finishing powder to balance skin, and dramatic mascara for voluptuous, attention-getting lashes.

6-Piece SmolderEYES and Skinny SmolderEYES Collector’s Set ($39.00) ($144 value) (Limited Edition)

These pure, powerful, and always-pretty smolderEYES™ liners glide on like butter and impart a precise line for a sleek look. Use the built-in smudger to go sultry and smoldering and enjoy the completely waterproof finish. Amazonian clay ensures longer wear, while nourishing lids, reducing surface oil, and improving overall texture. No matter how you wear these versatile shades, the rich pigments boast true, bold color.

Picture perfect Curler & Deluxe Lights, Camera, lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (Limited Edition)

This eyelash curler is dressed to the nines with an exclusive print silk-screened around the handles for a bold, colorful pop— the ultimate collector’s piece for any vanity. The curved angle and wide mouth suits all eye shapes and promises not to painfully pinch or crimp. The four-in-one mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions for dramatic, attention-getting lashes.

Fantastic Foursome 4-Piece Amazonian Clay Blush Enthusiast Set ($35.00) ($60.00 value) (Limited Edition)

4 x 0.1 oz Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Angelic (shimmering champagne), Fantastic (soft fuchsia), Magic (pink coral), Stellar (shimmering nude)

5-Piece LipSurgence Collector’s Set ($34.00) ($120.00 value) (Limited Edition)

5 x 0.1 oz LipSurgence™ Lip Luster Natural Matte Lip Tint in Escape, Enchanted, Exposed, Sweet, Elite

The Stand Outs Besters Kit ($25.00) ($58.00 value) (Limited Edition)

Discover this set of Tarte favorites for beautiful lips and eyes. The full-size lip luster delivers a surge of moisture for a naturally plump appearance, while peppermint adds a refreshing burst of flavor to each application. Line and define eyes with the full-size Amazonian clay waterproof liner for precise, high-definition or use as a smoky, sultry shadow. Apply this creamy formula with its counterpart, a double-ended liner brush, that makes the process easy and effective. Complete the look with the all-in-one mascara for dramatic, thick lashes.

For the Love of Lipgloss 15-Piece Maracuja Lipgloss Collector’s Set ($32.00) ($120.00 value) (Limited Edition)

Contains 15 shades of maracuja lipgloss, exclusively at Ulta.

The Big Thrill Color Collection ($48.00) ($435.00 value) (Limited Edition)

16 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 3 glosses. Exclusively at Ulta.

Availability: ULTA, Sephora

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Thursday, June 7th, 2012

5 Effortlessly Natural Blushes

My go-to for a great natural cheek color is Korres #15 Natural, which gives my cheeks a little warmth and natural color without being too pink or plum. I also really love Tarte Exposed, which gives a little more color but still retains a soft, natural result.

  1. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane — soft medium brown
  2. Burberry Russet — medium-dark brown with orange undertones
  3. Korres #15 Natural — medium-dark brown
  4. Tarte Exposed — muted rosy plum
  5. Burberry Cameo — muted plum

What’s your go-to blush for a natural cheek color?

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

5 Fantastic Matte Blushes to Try

I’ve had several requests to share some more matte finishes in the 5 Ways posts, so I thought blushes might be a nice way to go!

  1. Tarte Blissful — vibrant coral
  2. NARS Exhibit A — rich orange
  3. MAC Mocha — dirty plum pink
  4. Tarte Exposed — neutral beige with pink undertones
  5. Burberry Tangerine — neutral brown-tangerine

What’s your favorite matte blush?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

5 Fantastic Coral-Pink Blushes

If you’re not enamored of corals as much as I am, you may lump them all together as “coral,” but there is a definite distiction between a coral-pink and a coral-orange (and to an extent, coral-red!). There are corals that pull pinker, so they appear less warm, peach, and orange on the skin tone, while there are corals that pull warmer, so they appear redder, more orange, and peachier.

  1. Tarina Tarantino Parasol — shimmering coral-pink with a champagne shimmer-sheen
  2. NARS Orgasm — classic pink base with golden sheen that translates to a pink-coral
  3. theBalm Frat Boy — coral pink with just a faint sheen
  4. MAC Posey — pink-coral cream blush
  5. Tarte Glisten — medium-dark pink base color with a golden sheen

What’s your favorite coral-pink blush?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00) is a pop of medium pink with a hint of warm coral and a golden shimmer-sheen. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is pinker, less golden. NARS Orgasm is very similar. Guerlain Blush G is also similar. Rock & Republic Call Me is more coral. theBalm Frat Boy is similar in the base color but lacks the golden shimmer and sheen.

It’s lovely and all things pretty, but at the end of the day, it’s one of those shades that every brand seems to have some iteration of. Some are pinker, some are more coral, and others are more orange. They’re often more universally flattering, and coral blushes are always sought after. I like having options, and there is always room for another coral blush in my heart, I can tell you that! Tarte’s variation is gorgeous on the skin, though it wears seven to eight hours on me, which is about average for blushes (definitely not the 12 hours the brand claims).  The texture is fairly soft, though not quite as soft as their non-shimmery shades.  It has nice blendability, and the way it lies on the skin looks natural.

P.S. — The blush arrived the way it was photographed–since I really just needed the color, it still served its purpose!

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It's lovely and all things pretty, but at the end of the day, it's one of those shades that every brand seems to have some iteration of. Some are pinker, some are more coral, and others are more orange. They're often more universally flattering, and coral blushes are always sought after.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened light pink with blue undertones and a natural sheen. The hue reminded me of recently reviewed Bobbi Brown Nude Pink, which has more of amatte finish. NYX English Rose offers a barely-more-affordable dupe with a touch less brightness. Urban Decay Quickie is similar but in cream form. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is lighter. MAC Well-Dressed seems like it would be lighter, not quite as bright.

The texture of Tarte’s Amazonian blushes is so, so soft, though it tends to kick up excess powder, so use a lighthand and look at the pan before you over-swirl!  It’s very finely-milled, which allows for superb blending and naturalness in the finish.  Dollface wore for just over eight hours, and there was certainly some hanging around after ten hours, it was noticeably faded.

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I wish Tarte wasn't so specific about their 12-hour claim! It's a really nice formula overall, with the exception of the wear, which I've yet to achieve a full 10 hours of, let alone 12. This is an excellent shade for an everyday blusher for cooler complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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