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…

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.

-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.

-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?

Orange Lipglass. Can you dig it?

Orange lips anyone? You know I’m down. Then again, if it came in a hue warm enough for my skintone, I’d rock a blue gloss. Oh wait…I have. Point is, I’m a gal who knows no limits when it comes to different color lip glosses.

Take MAC’s Caqui for example.

This is another wonder from the MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions collection. I fell in love with Hocus Pocus, took All of My Purple Life to the beach and now Caqui is my newest BFF. Described as a persimmon orange, Caqui was the only other lipglass from the collection that I felt so inclined to buy. This gorgeous lippie did not disappoint me either.

The cool thing about orange lip glosses is even if you don’t like them, you can always warm up the shades with a pinker or browner lip pencil. I happen to like this gloss by itself though. It’s pigmented and opaque enough to wear alone aaaaand works beautifully on top of a red lipstick too. I just found this kid to be incredible versatile and quite flattering.

Not bad, eh?

A girlfriend of mine told me that she didn’t think she could pull off an orange lippie. One swipe of Caqui changed her mind.

And she isn’t exactly the most daring gal in the world. 8) I say give Caqui a try. You can still grab it online at MACCosmetics.com. But run, don’t walk, darlings. I’m not sure how much longer Caqui will be around for.

Are you a fan of orange lippies? Or not so much?

All of My Purple Life. Purple lips=LOVE

Okay, so why am I just now doing a post on this gloss? I don’t know. I’m weird. I will be so totally in love with something for days, weeks and months at a time and forgot to do an actual blog post about it. Haaaaa! My bad, fam. All of My Purple Life made its debut in the MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions collection.


Now we all know how I don’t have a favorite color, right? If, and only if I had to choose one, it would be a rich jewel-toned purple like this baby.

Stunning, right? Nothing rocks more than a highly pigmented gloss. When you don’t feel like messing around with lip brushes and lip liners, a gloss with intense pigment like this is what a gal needs. All of My Purple Life does not disappoint.

At the same time, if you want to take AOMPL down a notch, you can always blend it with a clear or light pink gloss. I’ve heard a lot of ladies say how they just can’t rock a purple lipgloss.

Excuse me? Says who? Girl, you better rock a purple gloss and rock it hard. I love how unexpected a purple lip is. Red lips? Seen it. Pink lips? Yawn. Burgundy lips? Go away. But a purple lip? It’s a total surprise. It’s memorable and any one who dare rocks one OWNS it, baby.

Even at the beach.

You were able to grab All of My Purple Life? It was released and then it was sold out. Then he was re-released and according to MACCosmetics.com, it looks to be sold out AGAIN! But keep checking. Hopefully they’ll restock again soon.

All hail purple lips!

The MAC Blogger’s Obsession collection is back!

….but you better act with the quickness, because I’m not sure how long it will last. I first talked about the collection here. Last night I heard from Afrobella that the collection has returned and I’ve been giddy ever since. In fact, I wore All Of My Purple Life today in honor of the re-launch.

Yeah, I know…I STILL haven’t done a complete review on that lippie yet. Remind me to crank one out in the next week or so, okay? In the meantime, check out my review and FOTD of The Makeup Girl’s Hocus Pocus. Oh! And below is a video of all of the bloggers from the collection rappin’ on the inspirations behind their lipglasses and eyeshadows. Ca-uuuute!

Get your shop on quickly before the collection runs out…again. 8)

FOTD Friday: MAC’s Hocus Pocus is magical!

It’s been a while since a makeup collection has made me actually want to spend money. Which sounds horrible but between attempting to find financial security and feeling like I have enough when it comes to makeup, I’ve got to be really selective when it comes to bringing home new beauty stuffs. The MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions collection had me super hyped up.

While I only snagged a shadow and two glosses, I want to feature them individually. Because they are just that awesome. First up is The Makeup Girl’s Hocus Pocus.

Watch the magic behind this stunning shadow…

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MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions collection

When I found out that MAC Cosmetics gathered some of their favorite bloggers to put together a collection of their customized lippies and shadows, I was geeked up. I mean, hello, this showed that bloggers have voices that are valued! I saw it as an enormous step up for dedicated bloggers everywhere.

And then I saw promo photos of the collection…

I’m supposed to be on makeup promotion. Just what in the world am I going to do now?



You can’t tell me that every shade isn’t calling your name.
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Guest Post: Review and swatches of MAC Quite Cute collection

MAC’s latest collection Quite Cute was released earlier this month on April 7th. I have a weakness for pastels so I picked up a few things from the collection. I also picked up a Gold Deposit Mineralize Skin Finish. It’s a part of the other collection released this month from MAC, Bronze Everyday. I was almost out of my favorite foundation MAC’s Pro Longwear (NW50) so I picked up my second bottle. I am addicted to it. It lasts longer than any other foundation that I have tried. I just set it and forget it, I’m good for ten or more hours. Amazing!

Check out the pictures and swatches of my haul.

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