I refuse to believe it is September. Seeing as it was 91 degrees today, at least it seems like the weather agrees with me. In denial, I painted my nails Julep Vicki, a very vibrant not-quite-neon pink nail polish. It is significantly brighter and cooler toned than the “swatches” on Julep’s website. While I love the colour of the polish, the formula is even thicker and gloopier than most Julep nail polishes so that was a struggle, but I managed to apply it somewhat smoothly. I would consider myself pretty good at painting my own nails, so if you don’t I would recommend staying away from Julep Vicki. I do really like the finish though – it’s very shiny and almost gel-like.
Here are some things I am currently loving this month!
Summer in Boston
Boston is beautiful in the summer, and I’ve been having a great time exploring my new city! From just hanging out and reading on the Common to going on a sunset cruise for our five-year anniversary, there’s always something to do (at least now while it’s warm!).
H&M stretchy pants
I looove these pants, and have seriously been finding an excuse to wear them almost every day. They are so comfortable and are easy to dress up or down. It is easy to take them into pajama territory though so I’ve careful about not wearing anything too baggy with them. While this colour isn’t listed, I’m pretty sure they are the H&M Loose Fit Pants, and they’re on sale for $6.95!!
Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
This stuff has been a life saver during the summer. It is a very finely milled translucent setting powder that mattifies and smooths your skin, and makes your foundation last so much longer. It does seem pricey, but you get a ton of product – I just finished my first pot and it lasted about 9 months of (liberal) daily use. After one day of being out-of-control shiny, I immediately repurchased. It is a little messy to use, and you have to be careful when opening it, but the loose powder has better reviews than the pressed version so I’m sticking with it!
The second part of my birthday Tarte haul (read Part One here) was two Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipsticks. These came out a couple of years ago, but it looks like Tarte has discontinued them as they were on sale for $11 (over 60% off!), and aren’t on their website anymore. There are still a few colours available some places, including Sephora for $16 (hurry!) and Macy’s, but I will try and keep the gushing to a minimum. Seriously, these may just be the best lipsticks I have ever tried, and I would highly recommend picking
all of them one up before they are no longer available!
Like the amazonian clay blushes and full coverage foundation, which I also adore, the Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipsticks are infused with clay to make them longer lasting. They are super pigmented, opaque, and bright – the swatches below are one swipe – and the colour lasts for HOURS. Like 6-8 hours looking exactly like it did when you first applied it, and another few hours as a stain. I was actually shocked at how long they lasted. The formula is so creamy, and applies with a slightly glossy finish. They are no where near as drying as other long lasting lipsticks.
I got the shade Foxy (left), a bright fuchsia pink, and Timeless (right), a coral-red Aqualillies for Tarte limited edition colour that was released in 2013. Timeless is definitely out of my comfort zone when it comes to lipsticks as it is more warm toned, but I’ve been liking it a lot! The only negative is that the tubes, while pretty, are a lot longer than regular lipsticks and take up a lot of space in my bag…also that apparently they are discontinued now.
So why are you still reading this and not placing your order??
So, I love Tarte. Especially when their whole website is 30% off for
my birthday their Friends and Family Sale, and my fiancé is in desperate need of present ideas. I kind of hate the word “haul” when applied to birthday gifts, but since I picked these out myself I’m going for it!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blissful
I adore Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes and already own multiple shades. They are so pigmented, come in a fantastic range of colours, and are the only blushes that last longer than a couple of hours on me. I wear the shade Exposed literally every day, but after a year and half of constant use, the compact is rapidly approaching the end of its life (I don’t want to talk about it). I wanted to try out a new everyday shade, and have been wanting to pick up the shade Blissful since for a long time.
I was definitely not disappointed. Blissful is a really pretty, brightening pink coral shade, with the staying power of all the Tarte clay blushes. I’m kind of wishing I owned this for the last few months because it’s so summery!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 in Ivory
I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. It sounded a lot like my favourite foundation of all time, Laura Mercier Silk Creme, but cheaper and with cooler toned shades, SPF 15, and more natural ingredients.
I got it in the shade Ivory (of course), and while it’s still a match I was hoping it would be a little more cooler toned. Like Silk Creme, the texture is definitely thick and mousse-like, and you only need a little bit of foundation for great coverage, though slightly more than Silk Creme. It is very buildable. Because of the clay ingredient, it is long lasting (though definitely not the 12 hours Tarte claims), and I think is a little bit more natural looking than Silk Creme. I am really liking it so far as a cheaper alternative to Silk Creme!
Stay tuned for Part Two, featuring some Tarte lipsticks!
4th of July = fireworks, food, friends….and red nails, of course. This past weekend I chose Julep Rose, a slightly pink-toned red creme that is opaque in two coats. It was the perfect addition to my blue and white outfit!
I hope everyone had a great J4!
(First nail selfie in the new apartment!)