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A Tarte Tale: My Thoughts.

posted on: 16 April, 2014

I realise I’m a little late to the party here, but it was time I shared my thoughts on the Tarte releases now they’re a little more readily available in the UK. If you haven’t heard, Tarte are now available on QVC – great news for us British girls. I have been trialling the products for a little under a month now, and I’ve tried everything here so I thought it was time for a full on review! I realise quite a few bloggers have already done a similar post, but I always like to have a good ‘weeks later’ review of the products too. Quite often I buy a product (ahem, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil) love it for a few weeks and then start to wonder what all the fuss was about.

I’ll start with the brilliant Tarte Amazonian Clay 12Hr Blushers, these are currently sold out or unavailable on QVC but I believe they were around £23 when they were up. I have these in a couple of shades and I completely adore them – I have to say they have given me a whole new love for powder blushers! These are just as delicious as everyone makes out, they blend seamlessly in to the skin and always look so incredible on the skin. So natural yet so perky too. I love True Love the most, that deep cool pink on the left.
I recommend you bookmark these sexy things and keep checking back for them, if you don’t already own one. If you buy one thing etc etc.

Another great love of mine that I’ve already given my seal (arf) of approval is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Cover Airbrush Powder Foundation (£34) which also comes with a handy buffing/kabuki brush. One thing I will say is that the Tarte brushes are seriously good, I’ve been all over them – sometimes when you get free brushes it’s a bit… well, you don’t expect much do you? These make the product so it’s almost worth it for them alone! Back to the powder, this loose wonder has been my base of choice lately and I’ve been getting ALL the compliments.  I posted about this in full here so I won’t go in to too much detail, but let’s just say Tarte have thought of everything here. Even the packaging is amazing and doesn’t allow for any mess! It’s flawless and so lovely when applied.

I also love the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (£32), which also comes with a super amazing brush. It’s that one in the top right, with the lighter bristles. It’s FAT. And phat. The darker one is a smaller brush that goes with the powder, if you’re wondering.
When I first dispensed this on to my hand, I couldn’t help but notice that it has almost the exact same consistency as my much loved Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – that kind of mousse-y formula that applies like a dream. This is actually pretty similar in every way, it applies beautifully and is really perfecting, concealing all blemishes while looking natural on the skin. I don’t really need a full coverage foundation so I use a tiny amount and really blend it in – I do this with Silk Creme too, which is also full coverage, and the results are always amazing.

I haven’t given the Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer (£22.50) much time, I thought I quite liked it for around the eyes but I’m not sure – I think it’s a little heavy for my needs. I adore the double-ended brush though – great for eyeshadow! I do, however, love the Waterproof Eyeliners (£20) – these are amazing as cream eyeshadows. I have the three shades but only Bronze is seen here (the larger of the pots underneath that blusher) – these are so, so creamy and they smudge beautifully. I lightly work them in to my lower lashes, but I have applied them like a liner too – they’re not really dark enough for what I like but still lovely.
I will probably stick to using them as cream eyeshadow, I think it’s the ultra creamy formula that makes them so sultry when blended and smudged.

I also gave the Waterproof Brow Mousse (£24) a go too, despite being happy with my brow routine. All I can say is WOW – these are incredible. If you like definition, these will be for you. The brush is flawless, once again too – that slanted edge allows you to get such an incredible shape, but also a very hair-like result. These are so creamy and offer so much pigment, it’s actually fun to apply them because the results are incredible. I will have to give you a little brow demo soon as I think you will love them.

Also here is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (£17.76) – I think this is another one of the brands hero products as I posted about it on Nouvelle and so many people said that it was the best mascara they had tried. I love the 4 in 1 action, meaning it lengthens, curls, volumises and conditions. I adore big lashes so of course this was a hit with me, I really love it. Not sure about the packaging though? Interesting.
Finally, the Tarte Sultry Sunset Eyeshadow Palette (£26.50) – I really didn’t need any more palettes so I was thinking of avoiding this but I started using it yesterday and I actually love the shades. It’s very easy to work with as the texture isn’t crumbly, and the warm shades are actually very flattering. I don’t think I’ll keep this but I guess if you actually need an eyeshadow palette (I definitely don’t! Is that an ok thing for a blogger to say?) then it could be the perfect purchase. There’s a good mix of matte and shimmery shadows which is great to see – a really lovely palette all in all.

Overall, I am LOVING Tarte. I can’t express my joy at the brand being available in the UK, I do hope they branch out and come in to stores as I think it would be great to see them in person and be able to swatch the shades and just get a feel for the products. Until then, QVC UK it is!

Has anyone purchased anything so far?

Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel.

posted on: 15 April, 2014

Elemental Herbology are a brand that make up a big chunk of my skincare routine; I’m pretty loyal to a good brand when I find one, I come to trust their products and regularly trial new bits and pieces. Over the last couple of years I’ve made many repurchases from Elemental Herbology, and I’ve never tried a product I don’t completely love. I’ve been moving towards more natural skincare for some time now, and my latest choice is just one of the many reasons why.

I have had a sample size of the Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel (£39) in the past, it was the 30ml size from the Weekend Facial Kit (£30) – which I really recommend! It’s great to sample their masks, I gave them all a go and then waited until I had finished each up (and some other masks I needed to use up!) and then chose which one to repurchase – it was between this and the Facial Detox Mask but with my acne-scarred skin at the moment, this was always going to win!
The Facial Glow mask is a peel mask – this means it exfoliates away the dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, fresher complexion. The EH offering is packed with skin-loving nutrients and botanical extracts to pump skin with everything it needs to look clear and healthy – these botanical ingredients are the reason why I keep coming back to EH and their products.
To use, I tend to just remove my makeup, cleanse my face and then apply a liberal amount of this all over my face and neck, before leaving for four minutes. That’s the beauty of radiance masks, they usually work in no time. I then remove with a face cloth under warm water, I can always notice a difference to my complexion straight away.

I find radiance peels the most effective products, they slough away dead skin cells which are clogging the pores and dulling the skin’s surface – have you ever noticed your pores a little on the large size or your skin isn’t as bright as usual? You need a lil peel action up in there! It also helps to promote cell turnover, which means that it encourages the production of new cells, thus a fresh complexion in no time.
The brightening ingredients work miracles on uneven tone, acne scars and even just a dull complexion – and it’s quite gentle too (remember, it’s all natural) so you can rest assured that it won’t irritate the skin. I love using this once a week, I find the overall look of my complexion improves so much, and it helps to even out any problem areas. The mask also does wonders for any dry patches or skin that has been exposed to the elements for too long (if you’ve been out in the wind, cold, sun or live in the city).

Overall, it’s a little pricey but I’m always prepared to pay a little more for natural products AND face masks – I expect to get a lot of use out of this as the 30ml sample size lasted me ages!

Have you tried anything from Elemental Herbology?

Going For Foundation Powder.

posted on: 14 April, 2014


For the past few months, I’ve been switching up my typical routine and opting for a powder instead of a liquid base. My skin is looking a little better on the acne-front these days but I still have some scarring, so this routine is perfect if you have blemishes or whatever – don’t be put off if you usually opt for full coverage foundation, this is exactly up your street.

To start, I use the Erborian CC Creme HD (£35). This stuff works miracles, it’s pretty much a moisturiser, primer and tint in one – I don’t know how else to explain it! It’s a little like Origins VitaZing in that it has a sheer tint to it, which doesn’t do much in terms of coverage but it really, really helps to smooth over the skin, conceal blemishes and minimise any imperfections. It’s pretty amazing. It translates as a flattering glow on the skin, rather than full cover, but it is super perfecting! I can apply only this on lazy days and feel so happy with my skin.
I then use the Stila One Step Correct (£24), this is a colour-correcting primer that helps to minimise redness, brighten the skin and deal with sallowness. I actually tend to mix these two together, I guess just because it’s quicker but also I think the result is nicer. The Stila primer is also very hydrating – it leaves skin looking so dewy, which is important if you’re going to use a powder, you need heaps of hydration laid down first. 

My powder of choice at the moment is the Tarte Amazonian Full Cover Airbrush Foundation Powder (£34), which has been a staple in my routine lately. I’m obsessed with this stuff, I can’t believe how perfecting it is! You guys asked me what I was wearing in my brow tutorial post a little while ago, and this is the stuff. Any signs of scarring or blemishes, this powder (combined with that handy little brush) just evens out my skin tone, perfects my skin and leaves it looking so natural and glowing. It doesn’t feel heavy or drying on the skin, though I always remember to use a hydrating base, and it lasts well throughout the day too.
The coverage is meant to be full but I tend to use less and blend more and the result is perfect. I don’t even need to use concealer and it’s really easy to build it up where you need a little extra coverage.

I’m definitely set in my ways with this quick routine, my skin has never looked better.

Have you tried a foundation powder? Can your recommend another one for me to try? 

This Week’s Most Loved… #80.

posted on: 13 April, 2014

Ooh, a round number! Well I just had to have a jazzy (who says that) background this week to celebrate such a milestone. As you can see, my weekly selection has a slight summery theme – despite zero signs of warmth here.

To start, I finally got my hands on the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (£21), you may have noticed that this stuff has done a pretty impressive job of being sold out everywhere so I was very keen to make it mine. Always the way, isn’t it? So many of you  have recommended this stuff to me, and I love any makeup remover that whips off my makeup efficiently. I’ve used this two or three times already and I have to say I’m impressed, the balm is a little like coconut oil but slightly softer – you can get your hand in there to dig it out yet it’s still quite firm. It melts on contact with warm hands and you can massage it in to skin really easily. It really does remove makeup so well – even tough eye makeup. It doesn’t leave a film on the skin either which is ideal! I’ll be sure to review this in full in no time.

A new addition is this Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion (£2.49) – I always use gradual tanners over self-tanners as I find the result it way more natural and it’s almost impossible to go wrong with. I have tried many gradual tanners in my time but I think I’m pretty settled on this Dove offering, I get the ‘Fair to Medium’ version because I like to gradually build it up, but there is a deeper offering too which I used to always get – it works just as well. This has virtually no scent when applied, although I usually do it before bed so it develops over night. Lovely stuff for us pasty girls!
To tan my face, I’ve been using the Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning (£15.80) which is a primer with a tint, that also develops in to a subtle but flawless glow within a couple of hours. I love this as it actually smoothes and refines the skin and adds an instant caramel tint to. Then, it becomes a lovely glow that lasts a few days. I tend to keep up with application though as I like more colour than just a glow. Again, you really can’t go wrong with this!

Last of all, I’ve been reaching for this Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in Elusive (£7.99) – I’ve mentioned before that I’m not really a matte kinda girl but this is just delicious! It’s so, so creamy – unbelievably creamy! I have quite dry lips and I don’t often care for them but this hides any chaps and helps to smooth over the lips – it’s such a velvety, flawless formula. Elusive is also the perfect pink, it’s cool-toned and effortless. Just the way I like it.

Have you tried any of these?