BRAND FOCUS: TARTE COSMETICS

I would consider myself new to the beauty world, but one brand that I see and hear many beauty gurus out there recommend is Tarte. Of course I had to see what the fuss was about, so when my Wet ‘n Wild mascara had coated its last lash (RIP) I decided to head to my nearest Sephora and try out Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes mascara. Let me just say, this experience changed my life and Tarte is now one of my favorite brands. Here’s my current Tarte collection which is sure to grow in the near future!

IMG_4230 These five products are my holy grail. Seriously can’t leave the house without almost all of them on my face.

PicMonkey CollageThese two lip products are amazing. The shade “Grateful” is a good everyday shade with a bit of tint, but also very moisturizing. “Blushing Bride” is the shade I apply when I’m going out for the evening. I have quite pink lips already, so this shade magnifies my natural color but doesn’t look unnatural. I can’t wait to add to my lip collection, because the formula for these really work well for me and my lips.

PicMonkey Collage1This mascara…words cannot describe how it has changed my life. Just one coat of this and my lashes are longer, thicker, and darker looking than ever before but still look natural. It also lasts all day, but isn’t hard to wash off at the end of the evening.

PicMonkey Collage2I never used to fill in my brows. A few weeks ago I tried Tarte’s brow powder in blonde and I couldn’t believe the difference it made. My face just seemed more…put together. Polished. I have very light red eyelashes and brow hairs, so mascara + brow powder = perfection.

I’ve been on the market for a tinted moisturizer, and after testing out a few different brands and reading reviews I decided Tarte was the best option for me. And I’m sure glad I did! The Amazonian Clay seems to be great for my skin, and the coverage is enough to balance out the skin but not cover up everything. Perfect for everyday, and also build-able and can be layered with your favorite foundation.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my makeup collection! Tell me below what your favorite Tarte product is at the moment, and if you use anything I mentioned. I love hearing your experiences!

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MY EMPTIES FROM MARCH

This month I didn’t really empty that many products- but I have been trying out a lot of new things! Here are the products I finished up and what I thought of them:

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Suave Professionals Rosemary & Mint Shampoo and Conditioner: Loved this stuff- mostly for the smell. But I also loved the formula and it seemed to work well with my hair. I started the bottles in September and since I had a pixie cut throughout most of these bottles’ lives I JUST NOW finished them. One good thing about short hair- the ability to have a bottle of hair product last a looooong time. Would I buy these again? Yes.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser:Ā You know those travel-sized bottles that most department stores have? Well I was in Target one day and they were having a 50% off little bottles sale and I decided it would be the perfect time to try out new products- and if I don’t like them I’m only out 50 cents. I picked up this bad boy and really liked it. I think I’ve used it before but I like to try out new skincare products to keep my skin from getting used to a product. This stuff was gentle, and when applied it makes your pores tingle- which to me was a good sign that it was getting my face super clean (I think?). It was also really relaxing, and I sometimes would put it on and let it sit for a few minutes in the bath. How luxurious. Would I buy this product again? Yes.

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub:Ā This was another skincare product I decided to give a go for a mere 50 cents. This one I wasn’t as impressed with. My skin is dry and sensitive, so I tend to stray away from a facial scrub unless I feel like I really need it. This scrub smelled lovely, but all in all nothing to write home to. Granted, I did use it up, but I wouldn’t buy it unless it was on sale.

Bath & Body Works CO Bigelow MENTHA Lip Balm Stick:Ā I have to say, I loved this lip balm to the very end. Perfect moisturizing-ness for wintertime chapped lips and a great scent. If you haven’t already figured out that I love mint then you must be blind. I’m super sad it’s gone, and the next time I walk by a Bath & Body Works I’m definitely getting a new one.

Dried Cranberries: Oh man, I’ve been obsessed with these guys all month long. I’ve been putting them in everything: salads, yogurts, and even granola (check out my blog post for a recipe). Super good for you and a healthy snack for on the go. I know this bag isn’t technically empty, but it’s the second one I’ve bought this month. Give me a break. šŸ˜‰

What were your favorites this month?