Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Like most neutral matte eyeshadow lovers out there, I really enjoy the first Tarte Tartelette palette that came out. It was all matte and I still use it frequently and really enjoy it. So when the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom palette came out, I,  you know, caved and got it (because I really needed another neutral eyeshadow palette).

I like that this palette has a few shimmery shades thrown in, but is still mostly matte. Funny Girl, Rocker and Firecracker all have some shimmer to them. I find applying Funny Girl with my finger to be the best, since it does have some glitter in it and this minimizes fall out. Like with the last incarnation, I love the mattes. They do kick up a small amount of powder, but overall they are good shadows. The are pigmented, blend well and last all day with a primer. They aren’t the creme de la creme of a matte eyeshadow formula, but they are nice and perfect for everyday application. I love the shades, you get a good mix of cool and warm shades. I personally prefer to mix cool and warm shades in the same eye look (you get an extra layer of contrast). For instance, I will use a warm shadow in the crease but then a cool dark brown in the outer corner. Or use a cool taupe on the lid and a warm shadow in the crease. Its adds some interest to a look and its one of my favorite tricks to make your eyes pop.

Swatches of the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette on my NC/NW20 Skin

You do get the bottom row of pinky-red toned shades, in the first Tartelette palette you got some purple toned shadows (personally, I prefer purple shades on the eyes to reds, though I do like reds). I’m not a big fan of the light pink shade Sweetheart (I think it makes me look like I have pink eye) but the two darker shades in that row are really pretty and don’t make me look sick (serious plus).

I think this is a great all-around palette. Especially if you love neutral palettes with plenty of matte shadows. Many of the shades are very dupeable but they are well formulated and in a nice array (my favorites in the palette are Jetsetter, Flower Child and Smarty Pants, but I also really love Funny Girl). This is one of those palettes where you get a bit of everything. You get a champagne, a taupe, a bronze, matte highlight shades, good crease shades and good shades for added depth. Its got it all.

You can get the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette at Tarte, Sephora and Ulta for $45.

The rundown: B+


Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel Locks my Brows in Place

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Rich Brown

I picked this brow gel up after seeing it in a YouTube video (whoops). It just looked so easy to apply and natural in the brows, which is a combination I’m all about.

This is a pretty simple product, its a tinted brow gel. Heres the good part though, its amazing. This brow gel comes with a really small brush, so its very easy to apply and doesn’t get all over the place. I also love that its tinted, since it adds some dimension to the brows while it holds them in place. I really recommend this if you have some natural brow hairs, you just swipe and go (which is what I have been doing lately). You can also use it to set/tame after you have used a powder or pencil or what-have-you, but this doesn’t create the appearance of brows where there aren’t any (if you have blonde hair this can catch some hairs and make them darker, creating a fuller brow look). I also love the texture of this one. The Anastasia clear brow gel is amazing (and my favorite before this) but its like super strong hold hairspray for your brows. It can get a little crispy and crunchy. This brow gel is comfortable to wear (you don’t feel like your brows will crack during the day) and doesn’t flake or go crumbly throughout the day.

bare, unruly brow
with Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Rich Brown

While this is a very simple product, it is beautifully executed. I have been using this alone a lot of days, since I have naturally fuller brows (aka am hairy) and I have been loving it. Its a stellar everyday product that I also love to pair with my beloved Hourglass Arch pencil if I am feeling a more defined brow.

You can get this brow gel at Sephora and online for $21.

The rundown: A+

The Makeup Shakeup for Spring 2015 – The Nude Trend

the shadows

This Spring one trend is nude/natural makeup (or at least the trend I am most looking forward to). Usually Spring is all about pastels (and they are still here this season, don’t get me wrong) but nude collections are popping up as well. I have to say, I much prefer the look of Spring nudes and neutrals, it flattering and refreshing (plus it doesn’t make me look like I’m 8 years old like pastels tend to, big plus).

I have been changing out the products I have been using to suit this trend, and with the weather here in Philadelphia, PA finally above freezing, I’m feeling the Spring fling. I am enjoying nude shadows (per usual) but actually even more simple (like just using the new NARS duo in  St-Paul-De-Vence). Think all matte eyes (like the Tarte Taretelette), or blush tones (like the NARS Dual Intensity Shadow in  Eurpoa) with just a brown in the crease. Super simple, clean, and pretty. Pair that eye with a classic black winged liner and you get something flirty and girly, my version of Spring makeup.

the blushes

I am always reaching for nude blushes, but my favorites are Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger  Pop (Who else saw there are new shades!? I’m freaking out), Charlotte Tilbury Sex on Fire (my one true love), and NARS Deep Throat (an oldie and a goodie). Make sure you pick a blush that adds some warmth and color (Charlotte Tilbury First Love is also great for this) but doesn’t deposit too much color. Think bronzey/plummy. It is really beautiful and gives a sculpted look to the cheeks. Its sophisticated.

the lips

For lips you can use a tint of pink (like in my beloved Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01) or just go from a nice nude like the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Bitch Perfect. Use any finish your heart desires, from Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon and lipliners (my favorites are MAC Boldly Bare and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk)  to glosses. I love a good nude lip (as some of you may know) it makes lips appear fuller, which I am all about.

This trend really lets you play with finishes since the colors are all muted. Go for metallic lids with glossy lips (Break the rules! Have fun!), or matte shadows and matte lips. You can even mix and match (this is actually a more wearable combination, but I like having fun with finishes), while keeping the blush nude to balance it all out and add some structure to the look.

I am really enjoying this trend, what about you guys? Do you like it? Hate it? Do you have any products you love using for this kind of a look?




The Tarte Tartelette Palette is Beautiful Matte Eye Looks Personified

the packaging

I kind of spilled the beans during my February favorites video, but I have been loving this palette. The Tarte Tartelette palette has 12 matte shadows, comes in a petty purple case, and doesn’t have any fussy unused space (this keeps the palette slim and conveniently sized).

the shades


Oh the many ways I love this palette, let me count them for you. One, the gradient from very light to very dark shadows, it makes creating depth and definition on your eye so easy. Two, the different color options, from warm to cool to purple toned, they all look amazing on and the variation is handy. Three, the formula is nice and blendable (important for mattes), these are a tiny bit powdery, but not so much that it bothers me (for reference the Lorac shadows are too powdery for me). Four, they are really beautifully pigmented, so you don’t have to go back to the palette over and over to get pigment (the only shade that was a bit lacking in pigment was Power Player, but it still built well on itself). Five, you have great color coordinated looks by using them in rows, but when you mix and match it still looks great. Six, this palette can be used alone for a chic work appropriate look or matched with a shimmery/metallic shade on the lid for some interest (thats one of my favorite ways to wear matte palettes, pairing this with an Ardency Inn Modster single is perfection). Okay, you get the picture, the shadows are a beautiful formula and the colors are stunning. I love it.

swatches from the left: Free Spirit, Force Of Nature, Dreamer, Multi-Tasker, Caregiver, Natural Beauty, Best Friend, Bombshell, Super Mom, Wanderer, Power Player, Fashionista

I honestly love this palette, I also really love matte shadows so I’m a bit inclined to love this. I have been using this daily for a sophisticated all-matte eye for work, it just looks so put together. I love using the rows to get an eye look, it is just so easy and they all look so good.

You can get this awesome all matte palette at Sephora and online for $44.

The rundown: A+ (I have been using this tons, I love it)


A Wishlist

Hey guys, I am always scoping out the new makeup launches and this past January had a bevy of good ones. As a result I have quite a long wish list going. Mine is below, but please let me know whats on yours in the comments!

First, NARS. NARS always gets me and this past month is no exception. The dual intensity palette looks stunning! And I can always use another great travel NARS blush palette (I have plenty, but who doesn’t need another!?)


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photo from Sephora – Link Here


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photo from Sephora – Link Here


Tarte came out with an all matte eyeshadow palette and after swatching it in my local Sephora, lets just saw I’m sorely tempted.

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photo from Sephora – Link Here


I’m always on the look out for foundations, because well, I love them. Currently the Givenchy Teint Couture currently tops my list but I am also eyeing the MUFE HD with interest.


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photo from Sephora – Link Here


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photo from Sephora – Link Here


Enough of my list, whats on yours?

Tarte Blush in Blissful Warms Cheeks to a Glow

Tarte Blush in Blissful

Beauty blogger confession, I have never before owned a Tarte blush. I have always heard such amazing things about them, but as a steadfast NARS blush girl, I never took the plunge. Thankfully, I finally caved and got one. I picked up Blissful, which Tarte describes as a shimmery peach.

Tarte Blissful

I have been really loving this blush, surprise surprise, the formula of this guy is fantastic. Its long wearing (this lasts all day on me, which is about 10 hours), well pigmented, blends beautifully and looks like skin. The color is very natural and beautiful on. Its one of those colors that just adds life to your face and brightens the complexion. To be honest, I don’t see a lot of the shimmer in this shade, it comes off more matte to my eye.

Tarte Blissful Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

The color has bit of a pink tone to it, so its not really the peach Tarte claims but I don’t really mind (but I am also a big coral blush lover). I would suggest being careful when you dip your brush in since this shade is quite pigmented, but with a light hand you get an amazing natural flush.

Wearing Tarte Blissful on my Cheeks

I have really been enjoying this blush and I am glad I finally found out what all the Tarte-blush-fuss was about. You can get Tarte blushes online and at Sephora for $26.

The rundown: A


My Favorite Powder Foundations

my loves

I got a comment recently asking me about which powder foundation I would suggest for another oily skinned gal. I have done some reviews of these separately, but I wanted to compile my favorites and go through the pros and cons of each.

-MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

This one is great one for light coverage with a natural finish. I tend to only use this one to sent my liquid foundations since it doesn’t really bring coverage to the party. I do really love the natural (hence the name) finish of this one, its not flat or dewy, its just pretty.

-Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation

This powder foundation is of the loose variety, but its worth the mess. This foundation can be built up to full coverage and has a beautiful glowy finish. I actually really love this one as a powder foundation to use with just concealer. Its great.

-Too Faced Chocolate Powder Foundation

I really have been enjoying this powder foundation. Look out for a full review later this week, but I have been using this as both a setting powder and a full-on powder foundation. Its works well both ways.

-Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation

This one is very matte and, very high on the coverage. If you are not into stark matte foundations, this one is not for you. It is a solid medium/full coverage. I have gone through a few compacts of this, its great. I love using this as both a setting powder and a powder foundation.

-Tarte Full Coverage Powder Foundation

I don’t think this one is quite full coverage, I would say more medium. It is also has a dewy finish, but less so than the Laura Mercier powder. It is loose, which I live with, but its not great (slightly less worth it than with the Laura Mercier). Its a good one and, like many of the others I use this for both a setting powder and a powder foundation.

I hope this helps some, I really love all these powders. They are always being rotated through my vanity. If you have any specific questions about them, please let me know in the comments below. Do you have a favorite powder foundation I haven’t listed? Am I missing out!? Makeup obsessed minds need to know!