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Thursday, January 30, 2014

REVIEW: Tarte "Be MATTEnificent" CC Palette

Tarte is a wonderful, wonderful makeup line that is slowing pulling money out of my wallet. I'm already a fan of their "BB" tinted moisturizer, their amazonian clay blushes, their tinted primer, the works! But I've yet to purchase any eyeshadows, mainly because I'm not that adventurous and I feel like my Urban Decay naked palettes serve me just fine. However, when this new Be MATTEnificent palette came out with a huge launch of other 2014 Tarte products, I new I was gonna buy it.

Okay, Ryan bought it for me. But I bought dinner, so.

From Tarte's website:
Our first ever all matte palette features 8 new limited-edition eyeshadows and 1 blush in universally-flattering shades for an endless variety of everyday looks. Amazonian colored clay mattifies as it helps control oil for better application, longer wear and truer color that won't fade, crease or budge. Color-correcting Amazonian colored clay brightens, evens and soothes skin on the cheeks and eyelids while the velvety formula glides on smoothly without settling into fine lines.

First, The packaging. I don't think I have typical packaging taste. Some of it looks so overdone and it makes me wanna barf. But I don't wanna barf on this, it's beautiful. The MATTEnificent palette is, you guessed it, all mattes. It contains 8 eyeshadows (2 are meant to be used as liner), a new blush color, and a double ended eyeshadow brush. Also take note of the very large mirror inside. There is no wasted space in this palette, that's for sure.

Far left: Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in 'Elevated'.
Middle, top: Amazonian Colored Clay Eyeshadows in 'Sand Out of the Crowd', 'Peach for the Stars', 'Two Plums Up'
Middle, bottom: 'View from the Taupe', 'Rose to the Occasion', 'Pink Outside the Box'
Far right: Amazonian Colored Clay Liners: 'Dream in Chocolate' (top), 'Don’t Stand Black' (bottom)

The colors in this palette remind me of the Naked Basics palette, if it had a slightly more cousin. I personally think these colors work great with my NW15 skintone. All my pale cool sistahs, take note! The eyeshadows are very nicely pigmented, and easy to make into an everyday look or something more dramatic. And as far as the actual clay goes, Tarte claims:

Colored clay: specifically addresses individual skin & complexion concerns
- Rose clay: soothes sensitive skin around the eye area
- Vanilla clay: helps control oil to keep pigment in place all day

Now personally, I can't attest to that. Those kinds of things just go unnoticed by me. I have pretty oily lids, but I wear a primer so I can't say that these shadows offer any special oil control. But hey, it's a nice thought! I basically love everything in this palette, save for the clear slip that sits on top of the product and is the only thing that indicates the color names. C'mon, I'm going to lose that. I think this is a great palette for traveling light. It's nice and compact for all the products in contains, and the lid snaps firmly shut so you won't worry about it busting open in your bag.

Oh, and Cooper approves of it, too.

Price: You can pick it up for $36 at your nearby Ulta or Sephora, as well as online at For 1 blush, 8 eyeshadows and a double ended (usable) brush, I'd say that's a fantastic deal.

This is just a glimmer of the new Tarte products in the Spring 2014 collection. Have you guys gotten anything yet? How do you like it? I personally am eyeing the colored clay CC primer and the collector's-edition super size maracuja oil. A girl can dream, right?

For real, though: I wrote this review on my own accord, with products I purchased on my own. All the opinions are my own and done just because I enjoyed it.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


So what the hell, right?

Let me tell you about a girl. A girl with a laptop. A girl with a laptop that crapped out inexplicably back in August, which put this whole crazy train on hold until she could afford a new one.

...Oh, that's the whole story.

Yes, my friends, my trusty laptop bit the big one. And after some thought, paying to fix something vintage (that's what they told me my 5 year old laptop was-- the nerve!), seemed a little like putting off the inevitable. So I decided to save, and wait, and wait and save, until I could get myself a brand spankin' new iMac! It's beautiful. And now I feel like a person of the modern world again. But I bet you've been wondering what this old girl's been up to, huh? Well, I went to New York! We painted the town vaguely red for a whirlwind 3 (4? IDK WHIRLWIND) days and had a blast. AND, we moved! Yes, the stars aligned and we found the right place at the right time, and now we have a lovely new little apartment.

And well, that's kind of it. But they were big things! And now I'm back, so get ready.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

REVIEW: Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post back in July. Things have happened, and this isn't getting posted until January. I'll explain later. For now, just go with me on this and let's take a little trip back in time when you read this, okay? Thanks, carry on!

I've been patiently waiting for the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers to make in over to the US since I first saw all my favorite UK beauty bloggers talking about it. Oh sorry, did I say talking? I mean raving. In the UK they're called the ApocaLIPS (seriously, a way better name), so you'll have better luck searching that in google if you want to look into these further. It seems like Rimmel brought it with these guys, so when word got out that Walgreens had started carrying them, you can bet I was there. Here's what Rimmel has to say about it:

"The earth-shattering lip lacquer from Rimmel London combining the intense color of lipstick with a lacquer like shine, Show Off Lip Lacquer is an explosive make-up phenomenon that represents the end of color as you know it. Packed with pure color pigments, its lusciously creamy, conditioning formula promises a never-before combination of color, shine and comfort that last and last."

Doesn't the description make so much more sense when they're called the ApocaLIPS?? Ugh, whatever. That's a lot to promise, don't you think? So did I. Here's the breakdown:

Monday, July 8, 2013


Celebrations galore! Between friends birthdays, my birthday, and America's birthday, it's been a pretty good couple of weeks. If you've had a birthday recently, holla!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Get Out Your Loose Change!

Hey everyone! My BFF Mayette of Looks Cute Though is holding her first ever blog sale for all her spare makeup goodies. Everything is awesome and super cheap, so if you're interested then you better head over before everything is gone!
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