The QVC-exclusive Tarte Journey To Natural Beauty collection

Confession. I have messed around and become just a wee bit obsessed with QVC. I’ve made a good 3 purchases in the past month and that is soooo unlike me. Pregnancy insomnia has turned into newborn sleep deprivation and I’m just not in my right mind, y’all. And it doesn’t help when my favorite beauty brands have these QVC-exclusive deals.

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Like this one from Tarte. This journey to natural beauty 6-piece collection is so ridiculously swoon-worthy that it don’t make no sense. Sometimes when things are so awesome, you have to drop the formalities of proper grammar ‘n stuff. Available TODAY only, this darling collection contains the following…

The NEW Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement mascara (retail price – $23)

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I am beyond excited about trying this out. The last Tarte mascara I tried rocked my freaking world so I’ve got high hopes for this one. Oh. And it says it’ll increase lash volume by 752%. That’s a lofty promise but dang, I’d be okay with like 492%. Ya know?

Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation (retail price – $32)

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Ma’am and Sirs – if you have never tried a Tarte brush, you need to hop to it. I will likely be using this brush for all over powder because it is just so so soft.

Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Fearless (retail price – $26)

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Well, we all know how I feel about those Amazonian clay blushes. Obsessed isn’t even the word. Fearless is the newest shade on the block and this warm pink looks like it will compliment all skin complexions beautifully. See…

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It’s got a nice pop of golden shimmer too.

The very NEW Amazonian butter lipstick (retail price – $24)

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Oh geez, this is wonderful and I’m hoping tarte releases a ton of these in various colors. I thought I loved those Amazonian lipsticks and I do, but this creamy lipstick follows the balm meets lipstick concept and you’re left with pigmented but super moisturized lips. Yassss! And the shade Plummy Rose isn’t too bad.

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Brow Architect Shaper, Liner & Definer (retail price – $25)

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A 3-in-1 product for brows? Um…wow. Way to go, Tarte!

Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation (retail price – $38)

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Stay tuned for a full review of this baby but considering THIS comes in the set and the retail value is more than half of the price of the entire collection, well…that pretty much means you NEED to get this QVC-exclusive. Just sayin’…

This entire collection of fabulousness comes toted in a gorgeous travel-friendly bag. This really is one of the best Tarte QVC-exclusive collections I’ve seen in quite some time.

Lé Deets:
Availability – Available on QVC on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ONLY
Cost - $59.94
Pre-order Item # – A233578
February 5th Item # – A231029

This will likely sell out so if you feel like you can’t live without this collection (totally understandable yo), get to pre-orderin’.

Any Tarte lovers in the house? How wonderful is that butter lipstick? ZOMGGGG.

Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks, Part 2

I’m back with part 2 of the glorious Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipsticks from Tarte. I reviewed the first 4 here. I am still so in love with these lippies and love how Tarte has given us such a diverse color palette. There are shades for bold color lovers and those that prefer nudes alike. Ironically, in this post I’ll be featuring two reds! The best lipstick color evaaaaa. But then again, y’all know how I feel about reds. :cool:

Aren’t they pretty? From my original post, you’ll know that despite the fact that these are clay lipsticks, they are incredibly moisturizing. Of course you’ll still have to wear a balm for added moisture but these aren’t half bad.

I am still impressed with the crazy amount of shine and pigment that these lipsticks give. Far more than most traditional lipsticks! And just to think…these are without parabens and all of those yucky preservatives. This is why I love Tarte. They don’t comprise quality even though their products include natural ingredients.

(l-r) Whimsy, Fierce, Inspired, Wild

Whimsy is described as a bright pink and the swatches on the Sephora website don’t do this baby ANY justice. I find it too cool for me to wear alone but it’s a gorgeous pink nonetheless.

Fierce is an orange toned bright red and as much as I love reds, I prefer blue toned reds but this is still very nice.

Inspired looks a lot like Pure. They are both rose-y pinks. This one is more on the lines of a dusty rose and while I don’t wear a lot of light pinks, if I were to wear one, it would likely be a sweet and dainty one like this.

Wild is my kind of red! It’s a cool red that I think looks great on me.

To get an in-depth review of these lipsticks if they are worth they steep price tags of $26 a pop, check out this post. In the meantime, if you’re still stuck on deciding which ones you may want to snag, I highly recommend one of the reds (Fierce or Wild) and Foxy. Foxy is a beautiful deep pink that I think will flatter anyone.

Way to go, Tarte! Can’t wait to see what these cosmetic geniuses come up with next…

Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m impressed!

It’s a samples box! I’ve reviewed several of these before but this is my first time reviewing one from Influenster and reviewing one that focuses on natural beauty and health. Holla! What’s Influenster? Their website explains it best and chances are that if you are a blogger and/or have a strong online influence, you can be a candidate to receive Influenster boxes.

Okay soooooo…here we go with their first ever Naturals VoxBox!

At first glance I got a bit giddy because I spotted TWO brands that I was familiar with. That’s a good sign. Y’all know how much of a snob I am about skincare and while I love featuring all brands, I really only use natural skincare products on my crazy sensitive skin. Also, keep in mind that this box isn’t necessarily a “beauty” box. I was prepared to see all kinds of goodies up in this box.

Glad to see Influenster included a list of what was in said box…

First up is a single packet of EBOOST ($28 for box of 20 powders).

I don’t use products like these as I’d rather supplement with vitamins or at the very least get the “added”  vitamins in the food that I’m eating. And since I’m pregnant, I don’t want to try anything new. I suppose this would be great for those suffering from colds but I’m the type to sip some echinacea tea. I’m granola like that. :mrgreen:

Next up was the stick of GeoDeo.

What’s that? An all-natural deodorant? So up my alley! In fact, I’ve sworn off of traditional deodorants for quite some time and while it took me some time to find a brand that works, I’m pretty confident knowing that I’ll never go back to traditional deodorants. This brand is new to me and I was happy to see that it was “okay” in terms of natural deodorants.

It’s still not 100% natural because it’s got that Parfum (Fragrance) in it but hey…not bad. However, I tested it for a few days and smelled like a goat each day I used it. Ah well. My feelings aren’t hurt. I’ve tried enough natural deodorants to know that they are tricky. Some works and others don’t. I do like the packaging and concept behind this one though.

CleanWell Individual Hand Sanitizer Wipes ($29.99 for 50 pouches)

I’ve actually purchased and used CleanWell several times and love this alcohol-free hand sanitizer. I didn’t know they made wipes though. I prefer this over alcohol-based hand sanitizers because the ingredients are milder than other hand sanitizers.

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap.

Popular among the black girl natural hair community, Shea Moisture just happens to be one of my favorite skinare brands on the market. I’ve declared my love for Shea Butter manyyyyy times so I was excited to see this bar of soap. Plus I’m having a baby. And I have eczema. Perfect pick for me! I think I’m going to save this for when Baby Clumps is a little older and I’m hoping her precious skin won’t have to endure eczema. But if she gets it…I’ll be prepared. I’ll be honest though – the chances of me trying this before she is born are extremely likely! Oh, and Shea Moisture always impressed me with their lack of horrible ingredients.

Nectresse Natural No Calorie Sweeteners

Call me a snob but I’ve never been a fan of sweetners because they’ve always tasted artificial to me. Yes, even Splenda. I opt for agave nectar, honey and brown sugar and sometimes white sugar. That said, this isn’t a product that I would ever use. Oh and…what is monk fruit????

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer

Look! It’s a lip balm. I got all excited when I saw this. As a fan of lip balms, bees and shea butter, I had high hopes for this balm. And it delivered! Ingredients-wise, it’s not too shabby.

The packaging is adorable…

And the product feels great on the lips. It has very light mint-ish scent and it feels nice and smooth on the lips. This is a product that I’d purchase again. In fact, had I seen it in stores, it’s likely that I would have purchased it before receiving this sample.

And lastly…The Original Dish Drying Mat ($4.99)

I’ve never seen anything like this but supposedly this mat helps to conserve energy and the use of paper towels because of its absorbency. Hmm. Okay. I haven’t found a real use for it just yet I like the concept.

Overall, I was VERY impressed with the Influenster Natural VoxBox. I’m more impressed than what I thought I’d be. While every product didn’t woo me, the majority of the did. So much so that I’ll be repurchasing most of them. Not too shabby!

How’s this for a natural centered sample box? Not too bad, uh?

EcoTools.com has a free gift with purchase!

So you gals know how much I love EcoTools, right? Apparently the Clumps of Mascara crew loves EcoTools too because everyone goes gaga when I feature their awesome brushes or want to give some away. Remember how I was all like, “Ooooh, EcoTools’s website now has a store?” Wellllls, for the next few days, they are offering their exclusive Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Bag as a free gift with purchase of $20 or more in product.

It’s kind of a big deal because this bag regularly retails for $9.99 and it’s the perfect size cosmetic bag for everyday use. Oh…and it’s cute too! This deal only lasts until October 8th so if you’re staring at your current brushes and know it’s time to re-up, you may want to get to shoppin’. My recs? The Bamboo 6 Piece brush set ($12.99) is perfect for makeup beginners or for those wanting to give EcoTools a whirl for the first time. I’ve also got to get my hands on that adorable Kabuki Set ($14.99). I likely wouldn’t even want to use those kids. I’d just want to look at them. Yep.

Get your shop on over at EcoTools.com. The more I think about the more I feel like I HAVE to buy that kabuki set. Okay yeah. I’m buying it. :cool:

St. Ives eliminates even MORE bad stuffs from their products!

I know many folx think this whole “preservative-free” and “natural skincare” thing is just another way for brands to trick us into thinking we HAVE to buy their products. Many brands tote titles like cruelty-free, all natural and organic to convince us that their products are more superior than the ones that don’t tote these titles. As a skeptic, beauty editor and consumer, I raise a side eye to all of ‘em. But at the same time, I do celebrate when brands claim that they’ve eliminated harmful ingredients from their products. Since I suffer from skin issues that are exacerbated when I use products that are drowned in fragrance, sulfates and other artificial preservatives, I LOVE when brands remove them altogether. Three cheers for St. Ives! And why?

Their scrubs are now sulfate-free. In the past few years, they have also removed parabens and phthalates from their products as well. Way to go St. Ives!

The sulfate-free scrubs include the following:

  • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
  • St. Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub
  • St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub
  • St. Ives Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub

I’m excited. Now if they add a fragrance-free scrub to their line-up, I’Il be their BFF ‘fo life yo. I’m serious. I know fragrance-free is tough for brands because people love to smell pretty but let’s face it – artificial fragrances can oftentimes be as damaging to skin as phthalates. And don’t even get me started on the migraine triggering they can do. By the way, like all St. Ives products, you can grab these at drugstores nationwide for no more than $6 a bottle.

Are you more likely to use a brand if they claim to be preservative-free? Or are you all about using what works for your skin and lifestyle?

 

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…

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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?

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!!!] 

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!