Tarte’s Power Pigments Have Motivated Me To…Run!

I kinda want to start this post off complaining about the cold, but I won’t. Mainly because I live in Florida and you guys think I’m bonkers when I complain about the cold. But I also complain about the heat too so see…I am an equal opportunist hater.

And in random news, yours truly is running a 5K on Saturday. I’m freaking out. Because I’m so not ready but I SO need the challenge. I received these goodies a few weeks ago and while I was sauntering by the beauty wall the other , I glanced at these Tarte Power Pigments and lost my mind.

Tarte Power Pigment

Because how could I let them sit there that long without playing with them? These are absolutely gorgeous. And I know, I know. You’re all like, “Doesn’t Tarte already have pencils that look like these? How are these different?”

Tarte Power Pigment lipstick

Good question, honey bunny. And I asked myself the same question when I first saw these. Inspired by Tarte’s newly designed cheek stains, these lip tints aren’t just pretty on the lips, they also moisturize the lips. And by moisturize, I mean you snowbirds up North may actually prevent cracking lips with these. With a color selection of 8 lippies, I would have loved to see wilder colors (like a deep purple, burgundy or orange, even) but I’m hoping that Tarte will consider this in the next few seasons.

However, the shades that I DID get are just, well…you tell me.

Tarte Flush

Flush is a sheer berry and it’s my favorite. I mean, look at it! Simple, sweet, perfect for meetings and perfect for fancy shmancy events.

Tarte Blushing Bride

I’ve been wearing Blushing Bride forever and a day because this plummy rose is just fantastic for daily use. She’s a bit on the “blah” side, but believe it or not, some days I just want plain-lookin’ lips. And for that, this shade totally works.

Tarte Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty is a sheer berry rose (Tarte loves using the words berry and rose, huh?) and while it looks decent up close, far away I find that it has a bit too much coral in it for my liking. I love this darkened up with a lip liner.

These self-sharpening pencils seriously keep the lips hydrated. There is also a hint of mint that my nose detected and I really liked the non-sticky formula. Seriously, they feel good and they last a good 4-5 hours on the lips. Oh, but if you’re thinking that that the color at the bottom of the stick matches the lip color…

Tarte Power Pigment Lips

They don’t. Which, I think, is a good thing as I prefer the color in the tube over the color displayed outside. Woot! You can grab these at Sephora and Sephora.com for $24. Pricey? Maybe. Worth it? Definitely

That said, I think I’ve found the lippy that I’m wearing to my race on Saturday. I can’t promise that I’ll be one of the first few to finish, but…I’m going to try!

Win a jar of the blinged out Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips!

Nothing like  good spontaneity on a regular ole’ Wednesday, huh? Remember that time I showed off that gorgeous jar of Vaseline and you went around fuming because you didn’t think you could get one? Think again, sister! I’m giving one away!

Vaseline Rosy Lips Therapy

This is going to be a super and quick giveaway though in that you will only have 24 hours to get your entry in. I will be picking a winner on Thursday evening. Sound easy enough?

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips – Blinged Out!

I love brands like Vaseline. They are both predictable and unpredictable and I LOVE that. I mean yeah…they’ve been making the same product for many many years. And the product hasn’t really changed! You can get regular ole’ Vaseline practically anywhere. While they stay consistent with that, on the other hand, they’re gettin’ all fancy with releasing spray lotions and colorful Vaseline for lips and all. I mean, dang. You are just too fly for your own good, Vaseline.

On a gloomy very rough day, I received this glorious jar in the mail.

Vaseline Lips

Can you even deeeeeal???? I can’t. I just can’t. Now we’ve seen the bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy jars before but how much prettier is she all decked out in her rosy tint? I’m in love. I had to hide it from my Mom and sister because they were itchin’ to snag my jar during Thanksgiving.

I use the regular Vaseline at night because it traps the moisture in my lips and keeps them moisturized at night but wow, I didn’t see a tinted Vaseline a comin’.

Vaseline Rosy Lips Therapy

Bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy

It makes sense though! Now to be quite honest, I didn’t see much of a rosy tint in my lips when I applied this.

Vaseline on Lips

I reckon this would do better with a lip liner. The Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips is also scented! It has a rose/vanilla/berry scent and I don’t know….I found it to be really heavy on the floral side and I’m perfectly okay with rockin’ scent-free Vaseline.

Rosy Lips swatch

Still. You can’t tell me that this baby isn’t gorgeous. The un-bejeweled Vaseline Rose Lips is at drugstores nationwide for only $1.99.

Vaseline Lip Therapy

Her very luxurious older sister is $45 at New Beauty at Fred Segal, Santa Monica or you can call 310-394-8509. But only until Christmas Day 2013 because after that, this limited edition shiny mama of a Vaseline jar will disappear.

Meanwhile I’ll be putting mine behind a glass window. Yeeeeep.

3 Lipsticks From Cargo. Wait…3 AWESOME Lipsticks From Cargo!

Need a new brand of lipsticks to try? Duh!! Of course, you do? I mean…who doesn’t? I’m not sure what took them so long but CARGO Cosmetics recently launched their first ever lipstick collection.

Cargo Cosmetics

“Seriously B? They should have done that a long time ago.”

Cargo Essential Lip Color

Hmm mmm, girl. I said the same thing. I received 3 of the 13 lippies from the collection but whoa, I’m impressed. Aren’t I always impressed from CARGO stuffs? Yeah, I am. I got these lippies to review and I thought I’d quickly highlight the shades and talk about the awesome formula.

Cargo Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a pale beige, and let’s be honest. This shade is anything but flattering on me. But what it is, is a pleasure to use! Seriously, I love how creamy and opaque it was with only minimal application. This shade would definitely look better as a nude lippie on my ivory and olive mamas. It can also work nicely if (and only if) it is paired with a brown lip liner.

Cargo Punta Cuna

Punta Cana is a bright fuchsia that just screams “Look at my lips!” You either love it or don’t and I am definitely here for this bright richness of a lipstick.

Cargo Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a deep wine and if this doesn’t scream FALL, I don’t know what shade does. I don’t traditionally wear shades this deep and dark, but I don’t know…I think I’ll be making Bordeaux my signature shade this season.

These lipsticks are more than just hydrating. They apply beautifullllllyyyyy. And I know I’m all dramatic about it, but the silky smooth formula is just everything that I could ever hope for in a lipstick. And I’ve found that they last for a good little while. You know, for a lipstick.

Cargo Cosmetics lipstick

Fantastic quality, Cargo! Quiero mas. You can scoop these lippies up for $22 at CargoCosmetics.com or at ULTA.

5 Cruelty-Free Brands That You Have To Check Out

Cruelty Free Beauty

The Makeup Wars crew is back and this time we’re highlighting our favorite cruelty-free products. I have my own theories about what “cruelty-free” actually means but I’ll save my rant for another day. I do know that there are many of you cruelty-free lovers out there so I know that you guys and gals will love this post. And so without further ado, check out 5 of my favorite cruelty-free brands.

Tarte Cosmetics

It’s no surprise, is it? I love me some Tarte. From their skincare products, to their lippies and liners, everything that Tarte releases impresses me. And it’s not just the quality of the products either. The packaging of all of their beauty goodies ALWAYS rocks. The Tarte team clearly thinks about branding and they rock. If you like higher-end cosmetics with a “natural” spin to it, you’ve got to check out Tarte Cosmetics.

NYX Cosmetics


Girl yes. I love me some NYX. Where else will you get affordable makeup, that is great quality and easy to find? And what other brand releases an entire collection of just mascara? Yeah. NYX will always have my heart.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

OCC Lip Tars

I’ve been rollin’ on the OCC train for quite some time. Saying I’m obsessed with them would be just a little too cheesy but it’s certainly accurate. This brand is not for the weak. If you love supporting semi-indie brands and aren’t afraid of color, mixin’ and being BOLD, OCC is the way to go. I can’t waiiiiiiit to stop by their booth at The Makeup Show Orlando later this month.

St. Ives


I’m a total skincare snob but I am open to using any brand as long as they are low in fragrances, dyes and synthetic crap. And that’s why I love St. Ives. They have recently reformulated a lot of their products and they are even more amazing. Three words: Green Tea Scrub.

[NOTE: Welllll, it looks like St. Ives may not be cruelty-free anymore but to be safe, check out the brand Desert Essence. They are definitely cruelty-free and one of my favorite skincare brands!]

Salma Hayek NUANCE


I love love looooove this CVS-exclusive brand. Their skincare products are pretty awesome but so are their cosmetics too. And it’s a brand that caters to brown girls so the pigmentation of their shadows, lippies and blushes are dead on. Woot!

Check out some of the other cruelty-free brands and products of my Makeup Wars girls.

The Lip Balms I Almost Ate…

So Clarins has these lipsticks that they only release during the summer and it’s quite a shame. These bad boys are so dang fabulous that it’s a pity they aren’t available year round.

I got ’em to review and it has taken everything in me to not bite them.

Clarins lips

Yah. Like bite bite. They just look so luscious.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Clarins lipsticks

I’m not crazy though. No lipsticks were harmed in this feature.

Clarins packaging

To sum it up, these are fantastic. They look like lipsticks but they feel like balms. They are sheer in color, long-lasting and have a sweet and fruity smell.

Crystal Mandarin has a juicy and sweet orange tint to it. I didn’t think this would work so well but surprise…it does!

Clarins Crystal Mandarin

Crystal Rose, I think, is the most wearable shade for all complexions because it has enough red and pink in it to compliment ladies of all skin tones.

Clarins Crystal Rose

Crystal Gold Plum is really more of a gold and while I’ve never liked gold on my lips, this is subtle enough to actually work kinda well.

Clarins Crystal  Gold Plum

Crystal Berry is a subtle vamp of the family.

Clarins Crystal Berry

They are spectacular. Clarins, please make these available year round. Please! They retail for $26 a pop at ClarinsUSA.com and at Clarins counters. I’m all for sheer lipsticks. Sometimes you just don’t want a super pigmented lip, ya know?

By the way, I’m still trying not to bite these. Don’t judge me.

The cute and dainty COVERGIRL Smoochies Lip Balm

So COVERGIRL has these new lip balm-y type thingies and they take me back to being in middle school.

Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm

Did anyone else buy lip balms that looked a lot like these at the hair store? Hmm. Okay, maybe that’s just me. These are definitely better than the hair store ones because the quality is nice and they don’t smell like artificial cherry gone bad. Every few years just about every big drugstore beauty brand releases this kind of product. COVERGIRL’s Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balms are super affordable and I like to dub them as the gateway beauty product for pre-teens and teens. This is how a beauty addiction starts, y’all. They always start with something as innocent as a lip balm.

CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm

CoverGirl Smoochies

I’d let my preteen daughter wear them because the color is subtle and they lippie is actually moisturizing. I’m rockin’ Tru Luv here and I kinda how faint this is. If it were any deeper, this shimmery mauve probably wouldn’t compliment me too much.

CoverGirl Tru Luv on lips

CoverGirl Tru Luv

Not too shabby, huh? You can find these anywhere COVERGIRL products are sold for under $5. There are 12 shades of these and if you’re in the market for lip balm, you may like these. I totally want to hoard them all. Especially for nostalgia purposes.

Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar Stained Glosses ROCK!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Just the sheer utterance of those words sends sparks flying. I could marry a beauty brand, I would marry OCC. We’d get along great too in our happy, vegan, multi-purpose world. OCC is just…amazeballs. And yes I know I featured them last week but baby, I’m back!

OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss

And then some. I was sent these new stained Stained Glosses of theirs and well, yeah…I’m in love. Esposo, baby, you better watch out. These glosses are stealing my heart!

OCC Lip Tars

Have I told y’all bout my reoccuring obsession with all things rainbow? I fell hard for rainbows when I was in elementary school. Somehow the bug has bit me again and now I can’t stop hoarding rainbow’y stuffs. Or giving rainbowd’d kisses.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

I know. I am just in love with color these days. Or…everyday. Let’s do a rundown of these beauties, shall we?

OCC Jealous

Jealous is a popsicle pinkish red. I find this Lip Tar Stained Gloss to be the most wearable out of the 6. Jealous is just perfect by herself. I didn’t need an additional or anything. Sheer perfection!

OCC Androgyne Lip Tar

OCC Androgyne

Androgyne is a sheer orange gel. I almost looks neon in the tube but it’s surprisingly wearable once worn on the lips. I didn’t think I could pull this one off but I love it!

OCC Voyeur

Voyeur is a yellow glaze and I’m pretty sure this won’t look flattering on anyone. I reckon this gloss will better be used as a mix with other glosses.

OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar

OCC Rhythm Box

Rhythm Box is my absolute favorite of the bunch. This purpled burgundy is just stunning and I could easily wear it every day. I found it to be the most pigmented of all of the Stained Lip Glosses.

OCC Lip Tar Meta

OCC Meta Lip Tar

Meta is a red orange shellac and I didn’t think it would work well for me, but it did! I tend to wear blue toned reds but this one shocked me. She is a beaut!

OCC Lip Tar New Wave

New Wave is a glassy neon pink. It isn’t as neon on the lips as it is in the tube. Still pretty nice though.

Mixin’ the lippies…


Man, I love these. It’s really hard not to love stuff from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics though. These are $18 a pop at Sephora so they aren’t cheap but I’ve spent my lunch money on OCC lippies more times than I count. My favorite? Jealous and Rhythm Box are niiiiiice. I hope OCC does more of these Stained Gloses. The “stained” power wasn’t as long-lasting as the regular Lip Tars but they blend nicely, moisturize the lips and are more pigmented than I thought they’d be. So yes. I adore them. And I want more. I needs more!!

Any OCC lovers in the house? Have you tried the Stained Glosses yet?