Brand OCD: Tarte

I’ve liked Tarte products for a number of years. After many months of BB, CC, CC+, -12%, wait… lets just say I’ve had my fill of fancy tinted moisturizers. I wanted to give another mineral foundation a try since my skin is oily and seems to do well with those types of products. I heard Arden (arose186 on YT) talk about how much she loves the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation so I zeroed in on my next target. I settled on the lightest shade (fair honey) which has peach undertones. I thought I could get to work for my skin but it’s very sadly a little dark for me still. Once I get a bit more color during the summer I think it will work perfectly.

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The formula is definitely full coverage which surprised me. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin though. I apply it using the Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush. It’s so dense, stubby and ermegerrd cute; it feels nice in the hand while working the product into your skin. I guess I didn’t need this brush but I really wanted to try the foundation with a super dense kabuki and it matched. So. You know how that goes.

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The wear of the foundation is pretty good. I still need to try it in the warmer summer months (a true test on my skin).  Overall, I’d give this product a 7.9/10.

 

I purchased the Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment. I needed a new eye cream and heard good things about this one. I really am always looking for a good preventative eye cream and one that brightens a bit. I remember loving a Vitamin-C product I got from Whole Foods a number of years back so I figured this one would fit my needs nicely, as the name suggests it’s vit-c infused. I also love love love that Tarte is paraben, sulfate and phthalate -free. That’s like, half it’s selling point in my opinion.

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The eye cream feels fresh, gentle, absorbs quickly and nicely into the skin. It’s thick enough so you feel like it’s definitely hydrating, doesn’t feel silicon-y and doesn’t burn my eyes/eye area. I’ve been using it nightly for about a month and just started using it in the day as well. I’ve never been the type to wear day eye cream but thought it might be a good habit to start forming. So far, I love it. I read some reviews on Sephora’s website that were glowing and then some that said they didn’t feel like this product did anything for their eyes. I guess I will wait to go through it to determine which side of the fence I finally fall on.

What’s your favorite Tarte product? I’m looking into trying the Lights Camera Lashes mascara possibly next!

Valentine’s Day + Birchbox!

I got the most incredibly perfect gift for Valentine’s Day – a year of Birchbox! I had been on the fence about subscribing but when my boyfriend subscribed to the men’s edition, I immediately got jealous and wanted one of my own. He smartly purchased me my own subscription as a V-day present and gave me the first 2 boxes to open! The first “Welcome” box was pretty neat but not my favorite. The first one included:

Gilchrist & Soames Shampoo and Conditioner 1.5 fl oz • 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented 100% Natural Mascara in Black Tea • Reviver Dry Deodorant for Clothes in Original Scent
Welcome box thoughts:
Gilchrist & Soames London Shampoo & Conditioner – These are nice little sample sizes of shampoo and conditioner that somehow remind me of a hotel I’ve stayed in. I’m fairly certain I’ve tried their products during an overnight stay somewhere but can’t exactly remember if I liked it or not. I’ll give them props for the packaging but these products have no special scent whatsoever. I suppose if you’re not the type to like floral or fruity smelling shampoos/conditioners, these smell just kind of ‘soapy’ and you might love them for it. Either way, I’m in no rush to try them & I’ll give them a shot once I run out of the plethora of products I have in line for me to use.
[P.S. Upon looking these products up, they are in fact carried by fancy-pants hotels. For once, my memory serves me semi-right!]
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea – I just purchased a hand lotion by this brand in an Almond-y something or other (Almond Vanilla?) scent that I simply love so I was excited when I realized this was by the same company. I had no idea that they even made cosmetics since Ulta only seems to carry their skin care line. Anyway, the package says this is an ultra lengthening formula which is perfect for my every day use, not to mention I’d love to try something natural that I wear every day instead of the chemically alternatives, should it work just as good. We shall see since it’s an expensive little bugger at $21 for a full size tube!

The January Birchbox was much more impressive than the Welcome box. It included:

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips • Cynthia Rowley Liquid Eyeliner in Black Ink • Reviver Dry Deodorant for Clothes in Original Scent • Klorane Extra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk • Derma E Evenly Radiant Skincare Sampler

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Here’s my initial thoughts on the January products:

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – This stuff is thick like Vaseline but not slick or slimy. It’s thick like a rich butter for your lips and has no taste. I love it after using it all day today so far. I’m sure I’ve mentioned at least 30 times by now that I’m a complete lip balm/Chapstick freak so I was automatically thrilled when I saw this in my box.

Cynthia Rowley Liquid Eyeliner in Black Ink – I never tried any cosmetics by CR but after swatching this on my hand, it is really smooth and wouldn’t rub or smudge off… at all. I had to lick my finger and rub the liner to get it off my hand (gross, I know. Shush.) It dried super fast. I don’t think it’s a black-black, it’s more like a charcoal black… which is fine in my book since I have plenty of black liquid eyeliners to go around. The pen tip is like that of the L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim pen which is my all-time favorite right now. Both of these have super slim flexible felt tips with a sharp point. I can’t wait to try this out for real. BONUS! I just found out on the website that if you newly sub to Birchbox, this liner is a free gift right now!!

Klorane Extra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – I am excited to try this because I JUST bought the Peony Shampoo by Klorane and tried it for the first time yesterday… to then get this the very next day! Are the hair gods trying to steer me towards the path of righteousness? I love me a dry shampoo and will give it a shot asap. A full size of this wittle baby is only $5-7  on Amazon so if I like it more than Batiste, I’m definitely going to order one.

Derma E Evenly Radiant Skincare Sampler  – I never heard of this brand before so I need to do a little research as I’m really picky with my skin products.  It comes with a Brightening Cleanser, Dark Circle Eye Cream, & Brightening Serum. I already am liking the fact they are vegan and all natural which is a huge plus in my book. Since I’m really liking my skin care regimen right now, I’ll probably hold off trying these until I get in the mood for a change.

Reviver Dry Deodorant for Clothes in Original Scent – This is the weirdest thing ever that I got in my first two Birchboxes so far. It’s basically a reusable pad of deodorant for your clothes that you rub on yourself when you stink. Which is hilarious. I always thought that’s was what a washing machine was for. Or perfume. I mean… I guess it would come in handy if I went to a hibachi restaurant, smoky bar (I avoid those like the plague) or was in front of a campfire but other than that, this is probably going to be one of those products you remember years later that never made sense. Flo-bee anyone?