Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks, Part I

Ask me to list one of my Top 5 Favorite Brands and I’ll always list Tarte. I’ve been in love with this brand since first swatch. Everything from the packaging of the products their lack of harmful ingredients makes me love ‘em. Aaaand, unlike many “natural” brands, Tarte has a nice selection of brown girl friendly concealers, foundations and powders. Yes!!

If you pop into Sephora and stroll by the Tarte section, you’ll probably spot these beautiful babies. Look at them. Look at them, I say!

Forget the glitzy and shiny lipstick wands. I like these bamboo-inspired ones so much more. Aren’t they beautiful? Even more, the beautiful and colorful designs on each lipstick box and wand represent the color inside. Cute, right? Tarte has put Amazonian clay in a lot of their products and their inclusion in these lippies is to restores the lips’ natural moisture content with nourishing and hydrating properties. (source)

It’s hard to tell how large these wands are if you’re lookin’ at them online but in person, they are pretty long. So one would think that a larger wand means more product, right? Meh. Not really. You’ll get about the same amount of product in these as you would in a lipstick from MAC Cosmetics.

It doesn’t look that way at first but holding them eye-level will reveal that they’re about the same.

Tarte has given us 8 beautiful and complimentary shades for women of all complexions – which I can appreciate. They’ve got everything from nudes, berries, reds and a bright pink. Swatches of the first 4…

(L-R)
Foxy, Bold, Pure, Playful

Guess which one is my fave? Just guess.

Foxy, of course! Described as a deep pink, this is the brightest lipstick out of the bunch. I haven’t seen Tarte do a lippie this vibrant before and for this to be one of their firsts…they knocked it out of the park. The online swatches of this lipstick (well, all of them) doesn’t even do it justice. If you don’t get any other color, Foxy is the one you’ll want to get.

Bold is coral that I find severely unattractive on me. Then again, y’all know how I feel about corals anyway. Pure is a light rose that I found to be an ideal neutral shade for anyone. It freaked me out at first swatch but but it’s actually okay. And lastly is Playful is a purple rose.

This is my second favorite as I find it to be the most wearable. Foxy rocks but it isn’t exactly work-appropriate. Playful, on the other hand, is a great day to night lipstick.

Pro’s
-Extremely versatile shade selection.
-Long-lasting. In fact, the darker shades transform into a stain.
-Very nice and creamy formula. Achieving an opaque finish is super easy.
-Beautiful natural-inspired packaging. I like this more than my fancier lipstick wands.
-Like all Tarte products, these are free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates.
-Includes shea, mango and avocado butters.

Cons
-Smells a bit like clay. It actually doesn’t bother me but may annoy others.
-A bit pricey at $26 a pop.
-Not as moisturizing as I would have liked. But I have yet to find a lipstick that is, ya know?

Stay tuned for my review of the other 4 of these. If you just have to just get ONE, I’d say snag Foxy if you’re a gal who loves bright shades or Playful if you want something beautifully wearable. These are currently available at Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Have you seen these in Sephora yet? How adorable is the packaging?

Mascara Monday: NYX Za Za Zu mascara

I’m just truckin’ right along with NYX’s Boudoir Mascara collection. You’ve heard of this collection, right? It showcases 7 mascaras with 7 different functions. Yup. Each mascara claims to give you the lashes that you desire. I don’t know why I waited this long to review Za Za Zu but alas…here she is!

Price: $6 at NYXCosmetics.com and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Motherof all mascaras. Fiber infused to darken, lengthen, and volumize.Soft, bristle brush large enough to cover all lashes in one swipe.” (source)

The Truth: Meh. I’ve used better fiber mascaras.

What I Loved About It: I love to see a fiber mascara where you can actually SEE the fibers. Yas!

What I Didn’t Like: Despite seeing those fiber thingies, I didn’t really experience much volume overall.

Overall: I am so so excited to see a fiber mascara in this Boudoir Mascara collection. I am a huge fan of fiber mascaras as I find them to be super duper effective for those wanted plumper and longer lashes. They also remove easier than most mascaras and tend to last longer than non-waterproof mascaras too. Of course it takes some time to learn how to effectively use a fiber mascara but once you’ve passed that learning curve…you’re in there!

Za Za Zu has a massive wand but ironically that wasn’t my main problem with this mascara…

Yep, it’s a hefty wand alright but the bristles are nice and and long enough to allow easy root to tip application. But even after several coats, I didn’t notice much of a different volume-wise in my lashes. Fiber mascaras almost always guarantee added length and I got some of that but the volume? It just wasn’t there for me. I think a lot of it has to do with the formula.

While it wasn’t a pain, the formula was just…so so. I’m used to seeing fiber mascaras on the thicker side and that wasn’t the case with this one. Lots of fiber thingies but I didn’t get the darkness and thickness that I would have expected from a fiber mascara. It’s not a total lost though. I was able to get some good use out of it. I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging and it lasted throughout the day with no problems. This mascara made my lashes super wispy and I’m just not a fan of wispy lashes.

Not a total bust but I would have loved to see more added volume from this kid.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Only if you realllllly want to try a fiber mascara. I think NYX has better picks in the Boudoir Mascara line-up.

Okay fiber mascara lovers…have any of y’all tried this mascara yet?


EcoTools 5 piece brush set + giveaway!

I’m back with another quick review of one of my favorite brush brands everrrr….EcoTools! I’m still a bit upset at myself for shelling out a crap ton of money on those higher-end brushes back in my makeup newbie days. Someone should have knocked me on my head and told me about EcoTools.

But hey…you live and learn, right? And when you’re a beauty blogger, you try to help fellow beauty lovers not make the same expensive mistakes you did. Aaaaand that’s why I’ll always be bragging about EcoTools. Check out this Bamboo 5 piece brush set…

These are some itty bitty babies, uh? While ideal for everyday use, I think these may be a better fit for those wanting to test out EcoTools’ products or for travelin’ mamas who need brushes that get the job done.

Lé Specs…
-Durable handles of each brush is made from bamboo.
-Cosmetic case is from natural cotton and hemp.
-Brushes are 100% cruelty-free.
-The aluminum on the brushes are recycled aluminum ferrules.
-Affordable at only $9.99.

The cosmetic case is the perfect size. It fits comfortably in the hand which means it’s the perfect fit for purses, bookbags and carry-on luggage.

The brushes, despite their small handles, are actually really good at makeup application. I usually carry normal size brushes with me when I travel, but toting these along will definitely save space. And I just love the beautifully etched handles.

Quick intro of the kids…

 

Mineral Powder Brush

Ideal for applying powder or mineral foundation. Also works great with blush application. This brush, like all of them, is SUPER soft.

 

Concealer brush

Great for liquid or mineral powder concealer. It’s a pretty stiff brush so it’s also great for applying concealer to blemishes.

 

Eye Shading Brush

I’m not sure how great this is for eyeshadow application but I love it for blending and applying eyeshadow to the browbone.

 

Baby Kabuki

An itty bitty kabuki brush that helps buff powder. Don’t judge her small size – she fits nicely in the hand.

 

It’s another stellar EcoTools set that is not only available in drugstores and at Ulta but on EcoTools’ new e-store! But wait…if you feel like you’ve GOT to get it now, why not press your luck and try to win it?

One lucky Clumps of Mascara reader will score this 5 piece brush set. That includes my guy ‘n gals livin’ outside of the U.S. too. That’s right! It’s an International-friendly giveaway.

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Enter your information in the Rafflecopter below. If the Rafflecopter does not load immediately, give it a few seconds. If you’re still having trouble entering your information, shoot me an email with the subject EcoTools 5 piece brush set giveaway. Otherwise…good luuuuuck!

 

[Winner has been selected. Congrats to Sejal K!!!] 

Pretty Polishes: Jesse’s Girl Julie G polishes

Back in the days when I was an active YouTube vlogger and watcher, I came across the effeversent and bubbly Julie G. I loved everything about her videos. She had the “BFF” vibe, and was always showcasing something beautiful when it came to beauty and nails. I met her in person at The Makeup Show NYC and she was just as sweet in person. A while back, Jessie’s Girl Cosmetics and Julie G. partnered up to launch a Julie G. nail polish line.

Um…that’s only the biggest deal EVER. Who runs the world? Clearly bloggers and vloggers! :cool: I’ve only got a few of these polishes to showcase (Jessie’s Girl isn’t sold in my area *tears*) but luckily I can order more online. Woo hooooo!

Gelato in Venice is a green mint that reminds me a lot of pistachio gelato. It’s creamy and like most pastel shades it gave me a few troubles with uneven application. I only had to apply 2 coats to straighten it out though. I’ve been wearing this shade for FOUR days now. I love love love!

Fierce and Fab is a pleasant surprise because it’s a matte! ‘Scuse the ugly bottle on this one. I’m not sure how the image got all wonky. I was annoyed with matte polishes when the whole world was doing them but now that they aren’t so popular, applying this one gave me so much joy. It’s a gorgeous magenta and I think I’ve seen this shade somewhere before but who cares. I am loving revisiting mattes.

Pink Tiara is a sparkly pink that is completely opaque with only 2 coats! It does great as a layering polish too. One coat will give you just enough to cover a polish but it’s refreshing to come across glitters that don’t require 30 coats to completely cover the nail lines.

Dance in the Dark is a blue polish with neon purple glitter. The glitter is pretty muted on the nail and I wish it translated more the way it does in the bottle. Still – it’s a very pretty true blue with personality.

Julie G. nail polishes are sold at Rite Aid and online for only $3.99. There are a toooon of beautiful shades and finishes so if you’re not feeling any of these, chances are you’ll run into something you like. More than anything, I think this collection appeals to me because it just shows how much of a positive impact us beauty vloggers and bloggers have when it comes to brands. I’m not gonna lie – I get a bit emotional about it. I am so so proud of Julie and will continue supporting her.

Have you tried any of these polishes yet? And who else desperately needs a Rite Aid in their city?

15 Melbourne: All Natural Skincare

Natural skincare lovers – I’ve discovered another brand that I think you’ll love. There’s a special place in my heart for brands that who pride themselves on using natural ingredients. Many have jumped the bandwagon but there are only a few that have done it well.

File 15 Melbourne under “pretty spectacular”. I’ve only tried a few products from the line but color me impressed. Let’s start with a product that I know all too well.

Castile soap! I’ve raved over this magical stuff for years. I use it for EVERYTHING. Regrettably, I had to stop using it for my skin a while back (it can be too drying for us eczema suffers) but castile soap has a gajillon other uses. How does this compare to Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap? The difference is the formula. Castile soap is made from 100% olive oil and Dr. Bonners uses a blend of oils but it’s not true castile soap.

I find them to be pretty comparable in look, feel and overall performance. 15 Melbourne’s 16 oz bottle runs for $15 and I believe Dr. Bronner’s is a little less than that. If you’re not familiar with castile soap, please oh please introduce yourself to it. This stuff is fantastic for body and hair as well as using as a cleaning agent for household chores. There really isn’t anything it can’t do. And since I’m a fan of lavender, I just love how relaxing and calming this smells.

Lavender & Chamomile Creamy Shea Butter Soap ($5)

Bar soap lovers rejoice! This bar of soap is currently sitting in my guest bathroom and the gal pals that come to visit can’t stop complimenting me on it. If you’re not a fan of lavender (I know many aren’t), you’ll appreciate how lightly scented this is. In fact, both the lavender and chamomile are subdued. Which is nice. This soap gives off a very nice and creamy lather.

Unlike many bar soaps, it doesn’t leave the hands and body streaky clean but cleansed and moisturized instead.

Organic Whipped Shea Butter-Pink Grapefruit ($7.50)

Oooooh how I adore shea butter! Especially white shea butter. I find it to be less nutty in smell in comparison to yellow shea butter. While I’m okay with my shea butters being fragrance-free the subtle whiff of pink grapefruit bodes well with me. It’s really hard to scent shea butter so it isn’t a prominent smell. The pink grapefruit really doesn’t last long on the skin but it smells pretty and citrus-y at first application.

Peppermint Lip Butter ($5)

Oooh la laaaaa. While I’m not a fan of dipping my fingers into lip products, I have actually just take this tin and rub the product over my lips. I’m not sure how much more sanitary that is but hey….it works. The primary ingredients of this lippy are shea and mango butters, argan and avocado oil. Oh, and that decadent essential peppermint oil too. It feels divine on the lips and I find myself using it more than my beloved Sugar Lip Balm. It works beautifully as a base for lipsticks too.

15 Melbourne has a ton of lovely homemade products and I think most have a nice price point. I love supporting smaller independent brands so it was my honor to feature this brand. I love how a great deal of the products are unscented and I’d also love to see some more products in their line-up. Maybe a natural body splash and body oil? Hmmm…

Check out 15 Melbourne and if you make any purchases, tell ‘em B from Clumps of Mascara sent you!

Mascara Monday: Prestige My Waterproof Lashes mascara

Lemme tell you something…want your lashes to grow longer? Stop wearing mascara. Yep, I said it. I went a week without wearing mascara and I’ve found my lashes to be far more plush. That means if I stopped reviewing mascaras, I’d have super long and amazing lashes! Whoooo knew? Buuuut, since I’ll never stop reviewing mascaras for you ladies ‘n gents, I will keep my mediocre lashes.

Aren’t I a doll? I know. Now here’s a brand that is making its first appearance on Clumps of Mascara. Say hi to Prestige Cosmetics! And say another hi to the mascara they call Prestige My Waterproof Lashes mascara.

Price: $9.95 at PrestigeCosmetics.com and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “With all the benefits of our MY BIGGEST LASHES MASCARA Intense long lasting color NOW with WATERPROOF protection! My biggest lashes now paired with our new limited edition waterproof version for a special value.” (source)

The Truth: Well…it’s a darn good waterproof mascara.

What I Loved About It: It lasts allllll day.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just so so in the volumizing department.

Overall: So while this is my first time actually reviewing something from Prestige Cosmetics, I’ve seen the brand around for quite some time. When I go beauty stalking at Ulta, I always spot Prestige but haven’t had the nerve to buy anything from them yet. Why? I dunno know, girl. These things happen. I’ll pass over a brand without even knowing that using their products could change my life.

Or something less dramatic than that. ;)

So yes, Prestige is around and the next time you’re in Ulta, I urge you to take a peek. You may or may not see this mascara riding solo. It came in a set with its sibling My Biggest Lashes mascara. My Waterproof Lashes is actually the SAME thing as My Biggest Lashes except it’s waterproof. Confusing? Yes. But that’s why I’ve got ‘yo back in this mascara world.

Zee wand…

Not bad but nothing to write home about. I’ll tell you one thing though, I think it’s a fabulous lengthening wand which is interesting because it’s a volume mascara. I usually see volume mascaras with those plush wands that some may argue are too big. Not the case with this one. And that’s okay. You can still get away with volumizing the lashes with ease. A perk is that if you wiggle through the lashes, you won’t have any problem getting some added length too.

I wouldn’t say the volume outcome is all that spectacular. I found it to be decent at best. For those who prefer natural and the “I’ve just got a wee bit of mascara on.” looks, this will be just fine. But for those of us who look at the lashes of drag queens as inspiration…not so much. But while I wasn’t too impressed with the volume of this baby, the longevity blew me away. This mascara lasts for hours and hours without one bit of flaking or smudging. Wow! I found this to be impressive; even for a waterproof mascara.

So yeah – the wand makes application easy, the formula is nice AND it lasts all day. Not a mascara I’d grab if I wanted insane lashes but if I need my mascara to last ALLLL day and then some, I’d be pulling this out of my stash.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats



Do I recommend it?: Sure! Especially if you’ve been looking for a great waterproof mascara.

Any Prestige fans in the house? Have you ever tried any of their mascaras?


It is an eyeshadow quad or alien spacecraft?

Remember back in the day when beauty lovers never considered getting eyeshadow from drugstores? A lipliner, lipstick and blush…maybe. But many of us beauty snobs people rigidly judged drugstores and assumed that their eyeshadow selections just weren’t on par with what the higher-end and department stores. Welp. Those days are gone, y’all. I actually find myself drawn more to drugstore cosmetics than the ‘spensive higher-end stuff. Take this Nuance Salma Hayek Beautiful Blends Eye Quad for example…

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…this CVS-exclusive alienesque piece of coolness not only has the packaging that would appeal to beauty lovers of all skill levels but its performance is stellar too. Oh! And it costs less than $9. Which rounds out to like $2 and some change per eyeshadow. Wicked.

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Packaging alone is enough to warrant a passerby to be curious enough to pick this up. And why?

  • It’s in a box.
  • It’s got an “interesting” design.
  • It’s in a box.

I’ve seen it all in the beauty world but I’ve never seen a quad in a box.

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I love when beauty brands have the little “apply by number” diagrams. It’s SO helpful for beauty newbies. It’s also helpful for people like me who look at a palette and don’t know where to start.

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When using this quad, I ended up not really paying attention to the diagram. I just applied whatever where ever. Because I’m a G like that. Ha! The quad itself is such an interesting little contraption.

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I don’t necessarily love it but I don’t hate it either. I’m not sure how travel-friendly is since it packs a bit of bulk but it looks super cool on a vanity. I don’t think it’s practical for everyday display though because it’s easy to knock down and scoot over. More than anything, it is definitely a conversational starter. While I think it may be a bit bulky for tossing in a suitcase, it fits nicely in the hand.

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Opening it up to reveal the shadows is a bit tricky but on each side of the quad, there is a little indention that makes popping it up open easy. See?

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And bam – you’ve revealed the glorious shadows.

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Pretty cool, uh? That little thingamajig in the middle is a little eyeshadow sponge.

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It’s not something I’d use but I’m not taking it out because I find it to aesthetically pleasing. I know. I’m weird like that.

Swatches-wise, I found the shadows to be amazingly buttery and smooth. It appears that each shadow has the same formula (frost?) and while I like that formula, I would have loved to see a matte thrown up in there.

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Not too shabby, uh? I found Toast Almond to be a little too frosty for my liking but I managed to crank out a quick look using all 4 shadows anyway.

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The next few times I use this quad, I’ll be sure to use a colored base underneath. I used just a simple primer and I think the look would have POPPED more if I used a gold eyeshadow base. There’s a lot of experimenting that I can do but overall, I’m pretty impressed with the quality and performance of the quad.

Way to go Nuance Salma Hayek! Another stellar product from the brand. I’ve also reviewed the Facial Cleansing Towelettes and the AMAZING Ulta-Defining mascara. I’m making my way around the Nuance goodies and I haven’t been too disappointed yet. Woot!

Where To Buy: CVS stores and CVS.com.

Cost: $8.49

 

Have you tried anything from the Nuance Salma Hayek line? How cool lookin’ is this quad?

The NEW Clarisonic Aria. My wallet groans…

I have a love/hate relationships with Clarisonic. And I’m not ashamed to admit this either. We all know why I LOVE the brand. I’ve publicly bragged about them  more times than I can count. I’ve purchased the Mia, played with the Plus and swooned over the Mia 2’s newest colors. Any time I’m asked about my favorite skincare products, I tell folx to save their pennies and get a Clarisonic.

So how I can hate Clarisonic at the same time? Because these magicians keep coming out with MORE Clarisonics that I feel like I HAVE to purchase. And just how in the world do you justify having more than one Clarisonic? How? You can’t. And for that I both scoff and jump for joy every time I see a Clarisonic doused in a new shade. And in this case…an entirely new brush.

Her name is Aria. A beautiful name for such a beautiful device. These press photos don’t do her any justice but she’s a beaut. And she’s glossy. Glossy! That’s like a synonym for glitter. Beauty lovers love glossy and glittery packaging.

Check out some of the specs of Lady Aria herself…

  • three speeds make for a variety of customizable cleansing options
  • an illuminated bezel indicates speed selection as well as pause and charging modes
  • a USB enabled p-Link charger allows you to recharge Aria
  • the convertible drying stand, which can be used on your sink or in your shower, converts into a charging cradle by simply attaching the pLink charger
  • beautifully modern high-gloss finish
  • two-year warranty ensures longevity

 

Dude, this chick is fancy yo. She comes with a USB charger and an illuminated bezel? I mean…wow. Priced at $199, she sits comfortably between the Mia ($119) and the Plus ($225). *sigh* I hate that I feel like I need it. I hate that I’ll be dreaming about this bloody thing until it’s in my possession. But I love that it exists.

The Clarisonic Aria is currently available online and in Sephora stores. For Clarisonic lovers who are like me and can never say “no”, give my condolences  to your wallet.