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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Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

You guys. This mascara.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I am a mascara freak. And the majority of my favourites are drugstore brands:  Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes and Almay Get up and Grow are ones that I’ve repurchased time and time again.  Since mascara should be used up within 3-6 months, I’m comfortable with spending about $10 or less to replace it.  However, there’s always exceptions to that rule, right?  In this case – YES.  Call me crazy for indulging in a $33 mascara, but the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is by far, the BEST mascara I have ever used in my entire lifetime. If I’ve said that in the past about another mascara – scratch that. Because this one has beat them all.

Now, everyone’s preference for mascara is different. Some only like length, some only like volume, etc. To each her/his own!  This mascara – I’m telling you – delivers it ALL.  Volume, length, thickness, super black-ness and maximum impact!  All without clumping or flaking.

I’m not exactly sure how this does it all but it does.  I already have pretty long eyelashes and this gives me even more length it’s actually pretty scary (but in the nicest way!).  It makes my lashes super full and blacker than black, which is awesome – I’m an everyday-eyeglasses-wearer and this just makes my eyes look a lot bigger and less “lost” behind my specs.

This is not a waterproof formula, however I haven’t found it to flake or smudge throughout the day.  Of course when I do happen to rub my eyes, this will smudge, but I have to forcefully rub to do any real damage.

Oh! And this keeps my lashes lifted and curled for the entire day – no sad, limp lashes for me!

If you’re looking for a serious mascara that does it all, try this out. I’m almost positive you won’t regret it.

Have you tried this mascara out?  Like or dislike?

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Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara

You’d think that with the amount of mascaras I have on rotation I have 12 sets of eyes but that didn’t stop me from trying out the brand new(ish) Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara.

According to the Revlon website:

Our innovative, high-impact formula delivers 5 lash-transforming benefits, while our Revlon Power Mini Brush™ leaves no lash behind. Choosing the one has never been so simple.
• Revlon Power Mini Brush™:
      – Mini oval shape designed to reach every lash
      – Unique mini oval shape for easy application
      – Hollow core designed to deposit formula for mega lash impact

So, I’ll let you know right off the hop that I’ve seen very mixed reviews on this new product – the majority being on the negative side.  All makeup products, in my humble opinion are “to each her own”. Depending on skin type (oily, dry), formula preferences (liquid, stick), finish preferences (dewy, matte) colour preferences, makeup look (natural, glam) and so on and so on… makeup is very subjective.

When it comes to mascara this is no exception. Some gals are blessed with long, lush lashes; others with barely there lashes.  Depending on what you have to work with finding the right mascara can illicit that moment you hear the angels singing!

A lot of reviewers had really high hopes for this mascara as it claims to Do.It.All. – thicken, lengthen, volumize, define and curl.

Firstly, look at that brush.  When I first opened the tube, I was like WTF? How is this little thing going to make my lashes spectacular?  It’s a very small, plastic oval brush and quite spiky which is meant to be able to reach every single lash.  Other than my Clinique Bottom Lash mascara (click for my review!), I’ve never seen a ‘normal lash’ mascara this tiny.

When I first applied this I was a bit scared actually. The tiny size and plastic spikes of the brush made me feel that the chances of poking my eye out were a done deal.  I’m glad to say, no eyeballs were hurt during the application of this mascara. 🙂

The formula seems a bit thick, which causes a lot of product to deposit onto the brush. So when I pull it out, it tends to be a bit gloopy. My theory is that because the brush is so small, it’s picking up so much product where with a normal sized mascara brush, the amount of formula would be just right.  Wiping off the excess helped me to get a decent amount to work with.  As long as I do this, I avoid the clumpiness this can create.

This takes a bit more time to apply because of the size of the brush – a couple times of back-and-forth over my top lashes to coat every single lash.

It definitely defines – it’s very good at separating my lashes.  I can’t say that it makes me look like I have thicker or curlier lashes.

The one other good thing about this mascara is it’s great for lower lashes – again, the design and size of the brush is ideal for those tiny hairs.

I’ve worn this on a typical day – about 12 hours of wear – and it does not flake off or make my lashes fall flat.  I don’t think this is a waterproof formula, however this definitely had staying power.  And at the end of my day, removing this with makeup remover or cleanser was a breeze.

Revlon has a few other mascaras in this new collection that claim to to define, lengthen, volumize and a fiber one – each one is identified with a different coloured cap (blue, purple, green, and pink). Maybe I’ll try one of these out one day.

Overall, I like this mascara, but I don’t love it.  I will not re-purchase this mascara. I don’t like how long it takes to coat all my lashes with this tiny brush – very time-consuming.  And the fact that it doesn’t really do much for my lashes except for defining them, is a miss for me.  I think I’ve had this mascara for about a month now and I’ve maybe reached for it 2-3 times. I’ll probably use it for my lower lashes but that’s about it.

Drugstore-wise, the Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes mascara will still be my all time fave (and one that I always recommend to friends!)

I purchased this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $6.99 Cdn (on sale).

I give the Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara: a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried this mascara yet?  Like or dislike?