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.

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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?”

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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…

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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!

Makeup Wars: Brand Wars

Weeee, it’s time for another Makeup Wars! This go ’round we’re sharing our love for our favorite brands. Well, at least one of our favorite brands. Each girl picked a brand and we’re showcasing our favorites from that brand. Guess which brand I picked…?

Tarte Cosmetics

Yes. Yessssssss. I love me some Tarte. A few weeks back I did a post on 5 Reasons Why Tarte Rocks and if that didn’t show hard I fangirl for that brand, I don’t know what will. I could easily be an ambassador for them because I love everything that they stand for. And it’s very rare that I run into a Tarte product that I don’t like.

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I do wish that they had more of a wide range of products for various skin tones. I love you more than gluten-free bread, Tarte but c’mon, y’all. It’s 2013 and there are soooooo many beauty lovers of all kinds of shades. You should be catering to us all.

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But change takes times and I’m hoping in the next few years we’ll be seeing darker foundations shades from them. And while I know Tarte is on the more expensive side of things, I can appreciate how they are regularly on QVC. Their QVC-exclusive collections give you more bang for your buck and you can pay spread your payments out a bit more.

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It’s hard for a beauty blogger to pick one favorite brand but Tarte really embodies everything that I love from their natural approach, beautiful packaging and fragrance-free products. Hey Tarte, are you listening?! I guarantee you, if you add some dark skinned beauties modeling your products, you’ll appeal to a whole new demographic. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard “Well, I didn’t think Tarte was for me because I’ve never seen anyone as dark as me wearing their products.”

Tarte Wild lipstick

Well, now you have, brown girls…now you have. Go Tarte go!

Check out the other brands that my Makeup Wars sisters picked…

5 Reasons Why Tarte Rocks

*This post includes a paid link.



“What’s the type behind Tarte Cosmetics, B?” I get asked this alllll the time. Mainly because I feel like some brand ambassador for Tarte. I am always bragging about one of their products and claiming how I just can’t get enough. And it’s true. If I had to pick a brand that embodied everything awesome and then some, it would be Tarte. And here’s why…

They have the best packaging!  

Every time Tarte releases something new, I am blown away at how beautiful the packaging is. They use actual bamboo and sustainable items and every product just feels very REAL in your hand. The use of natural products goes with the natural concept and it’s as if the brand really puts a lot of thought behind how a product looks from the inside and out.

They have brown girl friendly cosmetics. Kinda.

Okay, so they don’t have an enormous amount of darker concealers and foundations but they have a good selection and this is HUGE for a natural cosmetic brand. Many brands seem to exclude the fact that we live in a multi-ethnic world and so beauty lovers of a darker hue are often left out when it comes to shade selection. I am happy to see that Tarte caters to women and men of all complexions. Kinda.

Their holiday sets are just fabulous.

You’ve seen their holiday sets, haven’t you? They are mind blowing! Even if I already own the products, I still make it my business to purchase at least one of the sets. Again, it’s just the packaging that sells me. Tarte has this really nifty way of making you feel like they’ve created an entirely new product just because of how gorgeous the holiday sets are.

They really are fragrance-free.

I’ve come across so many brands that claim to be fragrance-free but yet their lipsticks or glosses have just a faint vanilla-y smell. Tarte really is a fragrance-free brand and this totally speaks to my can’t wear fragrances because they’ll trigger a migraine soul. If Tarte ever decided to toss fragrances in their products, I know they’d pick natural fragrances and not any of that synthetic stuff.

Maracuja oil is everything.

Yeah, I know Tarte didn’t invent maracuja oil but they brought my attention to it and I can’t thank them enough for it. I’m an oil lovin’ girl and I just don’t know where I would be without that magical serum. I have never come across a more perfect all-purpose oil.

Any other Tarte lovers out there?

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

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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

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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

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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.

Makeup Wars: My Top 3 Favorite Oils

This week my Makeup Wars sisters and I are talking about oils. Weeeee!!

Cosmetic oils

Oils are totally a fad and er’thing now but honey, when I was growing up, oils were staples. Just like the butters. Brands think they are being all innovative by dumping naturally extracted oils in their products  but I’ve been using these oils in their original origins for yearsssss. I hoard many because they all have their uses but my favorite are these three…

Coconut oil

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Yes, girl. Yes. Coconut oil is the TRUTH! I use it daily and on every part of my body. Coconut oil gets slathered all over after a shower. I use it in my hair. I use it to remove makeup. I put it on my baheh, I use it to lubricate the nips after pumping (TMI nothin’…if you’ve ever put your nip in a baby’s mouth or in a flange, you know how badly the nippies need to be soothed afterwards) and I use it to moisturize cuticles. And if I’m craving an omelette or green smoothie, I’m using a teaspoon of coocnut oil. We don’t use PAM cooking spray. We use coconut oil. And don’t even get me started on coconut milk. Basically, El Coconut needs to run for President so that I can be its Campaign Manager.

Maracuja Oil

I hadn’t heard of maracuja oil until Tarte released it. And then I fell in love. It’s far from cheap if you get it from them but it’s worth the investment because this is one oil that doesn’t feel…oily. It’s amazing! I can slather this stuff all over and don’t feel like I can slip and slide down the tile floors. Elle’s super dry skin loves maracuja oil. Her skin sucks it up and while it won’t leave an oily film, it still feels nice and moisturized. Tarte also sells a version of this in a roller ball dispenser.

Best idea ever because now I can oil up on the go!

Argan oil

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I first learned of argan oil when I was aimlessly scrolling on TV and got trapped by QVC. Josie Maran was talking about her argan-infused products and I made my first purchase and then fell in love. To be such a light oil, argan oil is powerful! A little goes a long way and like maracuja oil, it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. I also really adore argan oil because it plays nicely when placed in other products. I’ve even mixed my BB cream with this stuff and it didn’t cause any problems.

 

Honorable Mentions:
-Jamaican black castor oil
-grapeseed oil
-olive oil
-sweet almond oil
-jojoba oil

Check out some of my Makeup Wars girls’ favorite oils.

Do you have a fave?

How To Create A Mascara Cocktail

One product women have a big love/hate relationship is mascara. We love it because of its seemingly magical powers to make our eyes look more open and awake. We hate it because if we choose the wrong formula we can end up with raccoon eyes. Love it or hate it, mascara is a must in nearly everyone’s beauty arsenal. If I find a formula that isn’t quite perfect for me on its own, I don’t toss it, I create a mascara cocktail!

Mascara cocktails involve using two different formulas on the lashes. When paired together, the result is so satisfying that you are nearly drunk with joy at the masterpiece you’ve created. My lashes never go naked, and when I get bored, I test out new ways to maximize my mascara stash.

Here are some favorite cocktail combos:

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara + Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

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These are actually two mascaras that I really like solo. However, when paired together, well…that’s when the magic happens. Gifted, is great at adding volume and some length, but Lights, Camera, Lashes! is like a push up bra for your lashes. It gives them curl, and an added lift that Gifted doesn’t. When paired together, the two create the perfect mascara look.

Urban Decay Cannonball + Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

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Cannonball is a waterproof formula, and because of this, it will hold a curl well when paired with a lash curler. However, Supercurl, which features a curved wand, actually curls the lashes on its own sans separate curling device. Cannonball is a light gel formula which makes it ideal for layering. Together, this dynamic duo will give you curled, lifted and waterproof lashes. Just be sure to use Cannonball as your final coat to reap the waterproof benefits.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara in Black + Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara in Brown

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A trick I love to wear to make my eyes look really open and awake is using black mascara on my top lashes, and a brown one on the bottom. You could actually use this technique with any black & brown mascara, but this is the combo I tend to use most. Stila Stay All Day gives the most amazing volume to those with sparse lashes. The wand comes with a unique brush/comb combo that lets you load up the product, and then comb through to separate and lift your lashes. It’s really hard to find good brown mascara, and Ecco Bella is the best I’ve found. While it isn’t fully waterproof, it is water resistant, which means no smudging, unless of course you are going deep sea diving.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara in Black + Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara in Ultra Black

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This is the newest of my cocktail creations. Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Mascara is the first drugstore formula that did my lashes right. On its own it adds amazing length; I mean truly impressive insane kind of length. I think this is probably the most underrated drugstore mascara out there. When I first tried FakeOut, I didn’t see a big difference between this formula and the Lash Boosting formula. However, after I paired them together is when the fireworks happened. FakeOut is a fiber mascara, and the first that I’ve worn that hasn’t irritated my contact lenses. The lengthening combo of the Lash Boosting formula plus the added fibers from FakeOut created the most fabulous false lash like
effect. Plus, all of the ingredients are natural!

So if you ever find yourself unhappy with a tube of mascara you purchased, don’t toss it! Try pairing it with a different formula and mix up your own mascara masterpiece! I don’t ever recommend physically mixing the formulas in the tube. Simply layer the two different formulas; apply a coat of one formula to your lashes, followed by a coat of the other until you reach the desired look. Remember when using a waterproof formula, you should always end with the waterproof one as your final step.

What are your favorite mascara combos?

More about Lisa:
Liza N. Chung is cruelty-free beauty blogger and makeup artist in Connecticut. Using only synthetic makeup brushes, she works to raise awareness about animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Her makeup area of specialty is weddings and special events. After working for various cosmetic brands and working as a teen model, she found her place behind the scenes helping people look and feel their best. Visit Lisa’s blog and follow her on Twitter.

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 Girl Meets Gloss Collector’s Set

Welp. Tarte does it again. Like they alwaysssss do it. They always know how to make me swoon. Look at these glosses…

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Don’t they look all juicy-fied? I’m hoping they aren’t a holiday-exclusive thing because honestly, I’m going to need to have access to these year-round. All 5 shades are perfect for all complexions. They are sheer enough to wear solo but you can also layer them for some extra moisturization and shine to your lippies.

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One day moisturization will be a word but until then I’m going to keep rockin’ it regularly. M’kay? :cool:

Like all Tarte products, these are preservative-free so they are free from sulfates, phthalates and parabens so if you’ve got crazy sensitive skin issues, these should be okay. Tarte has been on this maracuja oil kick (not that I’m complaining) so the glosses all have a dose of the magical oil in them. Tarte also says that the inclusion of the oil is supposed to help plump the lips but honestly…my lippies are already pretty grande so it’s hard to tell. Ha!

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The family….

Curious is a sheer petal

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Bubbly is a sheer rose.

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Chic is a watermelon berry

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Preppy is a bubble-gum pink

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Sparks is a cotton candy

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Cost: The set goes for $35

Where To Get It From: Sephora and Sephora.com

Get yo gloss on, girl.

 

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