First off, my apologies for being gone for over a month. I have been trying to grow my cooking blog, and I also posted my first ever sponsored post over there! I also managed to hurt my wrist AGAIN. So what with cooking, visiting the chiropractor, planning Helen's birthday party, taking photos for relatives, visiting with relatives, getting sick, getting the winter blues...I haven't had the energy to post here. But I hope to do better in the coming months!
On a related note, I've been considering what direction I want to take Simple Days. My interests have expanded in the fashion/beauty world, and I'd really like to share about it more regularly. It would be in the realm of outfits of the day, makeup tutorials/reviews, and hair tutorials. I would, of course, still include posts about our everyday life. Thoughts? Sound off in the comments about what posts you most like to see here.
BUT ABOUT MY TARTE COLLECTION:
Over the past 2-3 years, I have collected various Tarte makeup products. Nearly all of the items were either on sale or gifts. You see, Tarte is a high-end natural makeup company. Their products are wonderful, but on the pricey side.
I'll talk you through how I came by each item and give a little review:
A few years ago I purchased a couple of Tarte kits from HauteLook for Christmas presents for my and Reuben's sisters. I didn't think they would be interested in these brushes, so I kept them (Muahaha). They are double ended.
I LOVE the angled/spoolie brush (similar HERE). It's perfect for doing my eyebrows. At first I thought the bristles were too hard on the angled end, but it's just right for applying the brow mousse (see next photo).
The smudge/liner brush is fine, but it isn't stellar. I wouldn't pay big bucks for it.
The plum eyeliner and brow mousse came in the same sets from Haute Look. I purchased the pink cream eyeshadow from the Tarte website when they were having a huge sale + free shipping.
The gel eyeliner (shade "Blackened Plum") is a lovely color and it doesn't smudge easily. I don't get a large amount of use out of it simply because I prefer a brown liner on a day-to-day basis.
The pink cream eyshadow is one of my favorite makeup products of all time. It's a lovely, flattering, rosy, shimmery shade. It's not too pink so as to make your eyes look tired and red. I'm so bummed that the color is no longer available. I'll probably cry when I run out.
The brow mousse is da' bomb! I have it in the shade medium brown. It's not too red/orange. It looks very natural and matches my brows quite well. And I think it even helps to keep my hairs in place!
Here are the swatches of the cream products: [left to right] brow mousse, eyeliner, and eyeshadow.
I own two Tarte palettes. The larger face and eye palette (the Rainforest After Dark Palette) was a Christmas gift from my sister this year. The smaller eyeshadow palette was purchased at the same time I got the kits from HauteLook - I don't think it's available anymore.
I love both of these palettes. The Rainforest After Dark Palette has everything I need for eyeshadow, blush, bronzer and highlighter. It's an awesome travel palette. The bronzer isn't too orange and it blends nicely. The blush is a lovely, natural rosy color. The highlighter gives you a nice glow without being glittery. All of the eyeshadows are soft and blend nicely. I am so pleased with the entire palette.
This is a nice little palette as well. You could really get by with just these three shades for everyday eye looks. I use the light peach shade to set my undereye concealer as well. I actually hit pan a few days after I took this photo. I think it's the first makeup product I've ever hit pan on.
For individual powders, I have the travel size of the Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface and a sample size of the pressed mineral powder (exact product no longer available).
The blush I bought on ebay for $10. It has lasted quite a while. I like the shade, but it tends to accentuate the redness on my cheeks. It's really pigmented, so I have to use a light hand when applying.
The setting powder is nice, nothing stellar. I prefer the eyeshadow shown above for setting my undereye area.
I have the full-size Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara and a travel size of the Gifted mascara. The LCL mascara was a Christmas gift, and the Gifted mascara was a free sample with purchase.
I really like how the LCL mascara makes my lashes look - bold without looking fake. It does flake a bit on me. And this tube is expired, so I'll have to let it go. *sniff sniff*
The Gifted mascara is very nice. It's quite natural and separates my lashes. I does tend to smudge a bit, but nothing major.
I want to get my hands on Tarte's waterproof mascara next...
FACE AND LIP PRODUCTS
When Tarte was having a sale on HauteLook, I snagged the Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer (in shade fair, now called ivory). I was a bit iffy about this product when I first tried it. It didn't seem to give me any coverage at all and didn't sit well on my skin. After trying different methods of applying it, I now really enjoy it. I find it works best to use my fingers or a sponge. It is perhaps a bit warm and dark for my winter skin, but only slightly.
The Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (shade fair, a Christmas gift) is simply amazing. I love it for under my eyes or on blemishes. This one took a while for me to fall in love with as well. I find that patting it onto my dark circles with my finger works best. And I like to set it. Let's face it - if you have creasey eyes, concealer is just going to crease.
The Maracuja Bronzing Serum (travel size) was a Christmas gift as well. I have yet to try this out since I want to be tanning the rest of my body while I use it.
Last (and certainly not least) I have the Tarte Butter Lipstick in Angelic Nude. It is such a lovely, light color (see swatch below). This will be wonderful for spring and summer. It's also handy to lighten up a lipstick that's a bit too dark. It has a nice minty smell. And the packaging is just adorable.
Anyhow, now you know how
obsessed interested I am in makeup.
What are your favorite (can't-live-without) makeup/beauty products?
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