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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WHAT’S IN MY BAG- APPARENTLY READY FOR MARCH

As I was reaching into my bag for some chapstick, I realized that I’m more prepared for St. Partick’s Day than I thought. A lot of the items in my little pouch were green, gold or minty- I just had to snap a picture:

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These are the things that (lately) I can’t leave the house without.

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=22993546

This is seriously one of my favorite chapsticks- it’s smooth, mousturizing, and minty. It’s perfect for wintertime- but in the summer I find it goes on a bit thick. During winter, I’ll take all the moisture on the lips I can get.

Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara: http://wnwbeauty.com/product.php?cid=15&pid=89&subid=24

So far, I’m enjoying this mascara. To be completely honest, I hate brand new mascara- it seems to go on too thick for my fair/redheaded complexion, but once the tube gets “broken in” I’m sure I’ll love it. I haven’t really noticed if the proteins in this bottle have done anything to improve my eyelashes, but it seems to be staying on all day and is quite black.

Wet n Wild Coverall Pressed Powder in Light: http://wnwbeauty.com/product.php?cid=17&pid=929&subid=35

Apparently I’m on a Wet n Wild kick- but I do love their products! This powder is great for touching up under the eyes or around the t-zone throughout the day. Since it’s winter, I definitely moisturize before applying for a smooth finish. And, as you can tell from the picture, my pressed powder is very loved.

Essie “Good as Gold” nail polish: http://www.essie.com/Effects/mirror-metallics/good-as-gold.aspx

I’ve tried out lots of gold nail polishes- gold is one of my favorite colors so I am quite picky when it comes to shades of gold. Out of all the golds I found at the drugstore, this one has to be my favorite. It’s not see-through when you apply it, and is very shimmery and matches all of my gold jewelry- which is quite important.

Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Liner in Black Onyx: http://www.target.com/p/sonia-kashuk-twist-up-longwear-liner/-/A-14264328

This is one of the smoothest eye liners I’ve ever bought. You barely have to touch it to your skin and it just melts (in a good way, I promise) onto your skin in a beautiful line. I got it on clearance at Target, but it might become a regular in my collection. I also love that I don’t have to sharpen anything- it twists up with more product easily. It comes in different colors, and I might just have to try them out.

The makeup brush came in a brush set from Walgreens about a year ago- but I really like angled eyeshadow brushes for everything powdery.

And of course- Extra Spearmint Gum: delicious. And the gum itself is a bit of a neon green color which always makes for interesting gum bubbles.

What are some constants in your bags lately?