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Terrifically Tarte

September 16, 2014


After numerous times of perusing the Tarte Cosmetics section in Ulta, I finally bit the bullet and bought some items to try and I am so glad that I did!  If you haven’t already heard of Tarte let me fill you in, they are a green line of cosmetics formulated from all natural ingredients.  The line was founded by Maureen Kelly in 1999 when she set out to create a makeup line that was formulated from healthy, all natural ingredients, for real women that was easy to apply and stylish to carry.  She wants every woman to feel comfortable about what they are putting on their skin and the package it comes in, she calls it “health couture”.  Her line of cosmetics is labeled eco-chic beauty and filled with skinvigorating ingredients like Amazonian Clay, Maracuja Oil, and several vitamins.  I have constantly heard rave reviews of her products from friends, magazines, and bloggers.

The Maracuja Creaseless concealer has been raved about in magazines and on several blogs I personally follow.  Now I get it!!! This stuff is truly AMAZING!  It covers dark under eye circles like no other and like it says doesn’t leave a crease.  If you try one product of theirs this has to be the one.  I have used many, many different concealers over the years and none covered as well as this one.  It feels so lightweight on your skin and blends so nicely.  It not only works for under the eyes, but also for covering those pesky blemishes and the spots they leave behind.  I love that it didn’t just cover, but also brightened up the areas where I put it on.  I love the fact that it has skin soothing and anti-aging ingredients in it so I don’t feel bad when I am wearing it.



I have been a long time user of the standard kohl pencil when it comes to eyeliner and finally decided to give liquid eyeliner a try.  The lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liquid eyeliner was much easier to use than I expected and I am not someone with super, steady hands!  The ultra-thin, flexible tip made it so simple to use and I was very impressed the first time I used it.  I struggle with getting an symmetrical looking cat eye on both eyes and this was very easy to achieve with this eyeliner.  I definitely would recommend this for any liquid eyeliner beginners out there.  A great thing about this eyeliner is that it is powered by provitamin B5 which helps to moisturize and soothe the skin while thickening the appearance of lashes.  The only thing I wish was that they made this eyeliner in more colors, I would love to have a softer brown to use for everyday and just use the black for night and special occasions.  (Right now this eyeliner is on sale at Ulta for only $10, so now is a great time to give it a try!)


I received a free sample of the gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara with my purchase at Ulta and I am very pleased with this product as well.  My favorite thing about this mascara is that it aims to promote lash health not just lengthen and thicken.  It glides on easy and was very easy to remove at the end of the day.  It is formulated with Amazonian clay that balances, nourishes, hydrates, replenishes, and repairs to promote healthy, voluminous lashes and prevent the loss of lashes.  It is supposed to work over time to to keep the lashes intact and strengthen them.  A product that instantly amps your lashes while also making them healthier?  That is a no brainer in my book, I will be purchasing this mascara in the future!


All in all I was extremely happy with my first experience with Tarte cosmetics and I can’t wait to try some of their other products.  I really love the fact that their ingredients are good for your skin, so I don’t feel so bad for wearing makeup everyday.  Let me know some of your favorite Tarte products so I can decide what to try next.

Beauty, Featured

Beauty Breakdown

August 22, 2014



I recently tried Clinque’s Color Correcting Superprimer and was presently surprised with the results.  I  have tried other primers in the past and never felt like they really did much for my face.   This peach colored primer however is fabulous!  As soon as I applied it I noticed a brightness in my skin and a more even skin tone.  I have blemishes and some light scars from past blemishes and this primer helped hide them better than just using foundation and concealer alone.  I also have very oily skin and usually find mid-day that my makeup has slid off my face, this primer definitely keeps my make up in place all day and my face looking matte.  It goes on easily and makes your skin feel very soft.  My foundation and powder go on much easier and I don’t need as much when I use the primer.  I will certainly be purchasing this again and recommend that you go check out their other formulas to find the one best suited for your skin issues.

Clinique Super Primers

I’ve lost track of how many dry shampoos I have tried in the last few years, trying to find one that would work for me.  I have oily hair that needs to be washed every day or its not a pretty sight.  Redken’s Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo has been an answer to my prayers!  This is my saving grace on days I wake up late and have no time to wash my hair.  I don’t need to use a lot and it blends in well with my hair color.  The formula gives my fine hair a lift and absorbs all the oil without caking up and making my hair feel full of product.  Also it has a fresh almost minty scent that is wonderful and not too strong.  This is on the pricier end for dry shampoos, but it’s worth the money.  You can also use this to add texture and body to updos, I like to use it to add some volume to my ponytail.





I have recently started using several of the Moroccan Oil products. Not only do they smell amazing but I love the way they make my hair feel. One of my favorites is the Restorative Hair Mask. It is a 5-7 minute mask, meant to be used once a week, that revitalizes and quickly repairs hair that’s weak, damaged or color-treated. Its high-performance formula is rich in argan oil and protein. It actually infuses protein back into the weakened hair shaft, so hair becomes stronger and more beautiful. My hair is very fine and most of the masks I have tried in the past have weighted my hair down leaving it limp and without any body. This mask did not do that. Did I mention how good these products smell? 



To state it mildly, I am a Benefit fanatic! I have never used one product I didn’t love! I was, however, skeptical to try the lemon aid color correction eye lid primer. I thought to myself, can this actually make a difference? To my delight, I was hooked after one use. The warm yellow hue helps to hide redness and discoloration with just a dab. It immediately made my eyes look refreshed and bright! Another added benefit is the fact that it makes your eye shadow stay in place and last longer. I constantly used to get frustrated when I would put on eye shadow and it would get all over my eyes and in my eyelashes. Now when I go to apply eyeshadow it sticks to the primer and stays put all day long! Thanks Benefit, for yet again giving us another fabulous product!