Tarte Magical Moments Deluxe Best Sellers Essentials Set

A few months overdue, but for Christmas, my bestie Jenn surprised me with the Tarte Magical Moments Deluxe Best Sellers Set.  I was so excited to receive this because it included three samplers of products that I knew I would use!

The blush is in the colour Unstoppable; the lipstick is in the shade Living; and the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara is in black.

I’ve hummed and hawed about indulging myself in a full-size Tarte 12-hour Amazonian Clay blush but I just could never justify paying $35 for one – even though this blush is probably one of the most raved about FOREVER amongst beauty and makeup fanatics.  When I saw that this little gift set came with a mini version of the Amazonian Clay formula I was super excited to give this a go and see if the the hype is really all that it is!  After wearing this blush pretty much everyday since I got it – YES!  The Tarte clay blush formula is really long-wearing, with a beautiful, smooth, radiant finish!  This shade in particular – Unstoppable – is a great muted, neutral pinky-nude shade that is awesome for everyday.  This makes me think that the $35 for a full-size Tarte blush isn’t all that ridiculous now – this mini will probably last me at least a year or two (or three); a full-size would last waaay longer than that!

The lipstick is a mini of the Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick formula. It’s a creamy matte formula with very high pigmentation. When I first applied this, I really didn’t expect too much, but wow – talk about creamy, lightweight, comfortable AND high colour pay off. This is a matte formula but it feels so nourishing, creamy and light on the lips!  The shade I have is Living and it’s a deep pink – a dark pinky brown (on my lips anyway).  This wears pretty well through out the day and if I don’t disturb it too much (i.e. eating, drinking) I’m left with a nice stain on my lips. The full-size lipstick retails for $26 and I think this a pretty reasonable price for the quality of the product.

And lastly, the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara that claims to lengthen, volumize, curl and condition. I think this mascara is OK – it doesn’t really do anything spectacular for my lashes but it does enough of a good job that I will continue use it.  For the price point ($25 for the full-size), I’d actually prefer my Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes mascara from the drugstore for $4.99 to give me decent looking lashes for day-to-day.

Overall, I’m very happy with this set!  I’m sure I will finish all the products up eventually and it’s given me a very good idea of what Tarte products are all about!

Have you tried any Tarte products?  If so, what’s your fave?

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bareMinerals GEN NUDEs: Radiant Lipstick and Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Last year bareMinerals came out with a new line of lipsticks, lipglosses, liquid lipsticks, and lip liners: The Gen Nudes range.  When I came across the display in Sephora I was seriously hypnotized by all the beautiful colours and formulas. Of course, I picked up a couple products from the new line:

Radiant Lipstick in Panko and Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Friendship:

The Radiant Lipstick is a super creamy formula and feels like a nourishing balm on my lips. It’s formulated with natural oils, so this makes for really comfortable wear. I’m kind of addicted to this formula!  The shade Panko is described as a ‘spiced coral’.  I love this on my lips – the coral colour (not super bright) compliments my medium skintone and with some bronzer on my cheeks this definitely finishes off a sun-kissed look. This can be worn sheer or built up to a pretty full coverage lipstick. Because this is so creamy, it doesn’t have lasting power – frequent sips of coffee or eating will fade this off the lips, but re-applying this is a treat because it feels very good on the lips!

The Matte Liquid Lip Colour is a very comfortable liquid lipstick. This has the lightest, whipped-like texture that it glides on so easily onto the lips and is a joy to apply – not to mention the vanilla/cake scent – yum!  This goes on creamy and then dries down to a matte finish.  Make sure you exfoliate and moisturize your lips well before applying this so it doesn’t accentuate any dry spots. The shade I have is called Friendship and is described as ‘antique rose’ – on me, it shows as a medium to deep pink/mauve shade which is pretty wearable for everyday.

 

The Gen Nude range quite possibly has the best nude lip product selection I have ever seen in my life.  All skin tones – from very fair to very deep – I’m pretty sure, will find their ‘perfect nude’.  And because the colours are mostly neutral (beiges, browns, pinks, corals, mauves, reds – both lighter and deeper versions of all of these), I truly believe that so many skin tones will be able to wear a lot of these shades. If any of you are on the hunt for some great, natural lip colours in a variety of formulas, I really really recommend you take a look at this range!

There’s a very good chance I’ll be picking up at least another colour in each of these formulas – excellent quality for the price ($20-$25Cdn). And for sure, I’ll be picking up one of the Gen Nude Buttercream lip glosses to try out eventually.

Have you tried any of the bareMinerals Gen Nude lip products?  Which ones, and like or dislike?

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Bite Beauty Multistick: Mascarpone

When this product came out I was instantly drawn to it – a lipstick, blusher and eyeshadow in one?  I suppose any makeup product can go beyond what it’s meant to be (I’ve used lipstick as blush before!) but to have something officially marketed as a 3-in-1, well, I got suckered in!

This is the Bite Beauty Multistick in Mascarpone:

As per Sephora:

What it is:
A multistick that applies like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless color application—just apply with your finger or a brush on the eyes, lips, and cheeks.

What it does:
With 35 percent powder in each Multistick bullet, this silicone-free formula creates a soft focus finish that’s blendable, breathable, and buildable. It features universal shades for the eyes, lips, and cheeks that compliment all skintones and are formulated to use anywhere on the face.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Bite Beauty products are free of petrochemicals and silicones.

The shade range of the BB Multisticks are awesome – from nudes, pinks, corals, to deeper red and brown shades – there is something for every skintone. It was hard for me to choose just one shade to start with, but I settled on Mascarpone – a deep pink shade that I thought would look great on my medium skintone and would be a perfect transition shade into the autumn season – still fresh and natural, but with a bit more depth.

On the cheeks, I use the stick directly on my face, apply a couple little swipes and blend with my fingers. I use the Beauty Blender to clean up any wonky edges.  The finish it leaves is exactly as how Sephora describes:  “applies like a cream and wears like a powder” and “creates a soft focus finish”.  The lasting power of this as a blush is actually quite impressive – a full 8-hour day at work and by the time I get home the colour is still there.

On the lips, this gives a semi-matte finish. It’s surprisingly creamy to apply and feels comfortable on my lips, in spite of it being matte.  The colour pay-off is pretty amazing, easy to build up and doesn’t seem to cling to any dry patches. The lasting power is decent – not as long as a liquid lipstick but longer than a cream-formula.

I have not tried this on my eyes and probably won’t in all honesty – the shade I chose was one that I wanted primarily for my lips and cheeks. However, some of the deeper brown shades in the range would probably look amazing as eyeshadows.

The Bite Beauty Multistick is a great product for travelling – whether in your everyday makeup bag or if you’re going away  – you potentially have 3 products in one little bullet!

I’m already eyeing up another shade to purchase – loving this product.

Purchased at Sephora for $28Cdn.

Have you tried the Bite Beauty Multistick?  Like or dislike?

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