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!
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer gets a lot of hype for being both a gorgeous highlighter and a natural beauty product. Created by makeup artist Rosie-Marie Swift, RMS Beauty aims to not only create makeup products that are natural and organic, but to create makeup that actually heals and revives the skin, by using Certified Organic ingredients that are not over-processed. Living Luminizer comes in a little, round glass pot, which I’m not the biggest fan of because the product gets kind of gross when you stick your finger or a brush in it, but I think it is necessary for the product consistency. I mentioned in my 13 Favourites of 2013 post Benefit High Beam as being the perfect highlighter for night time- well this is its subtle day time counterpart.
It is a pearly, creamy balm that imparts a beautiful, luminous sheeny glow without shimmer when dabbed on your cheekbones. The change is very subtle and natural, yet still very pretty and transformative. It looks like the light is just catching your skin, but….inside. It layers very well over foundation/powder/blush without getting cakey.
Since I have oily skin, it does not last long on me at all and does fade after a couple of hours, which is unfortunate. It is very easy to bring with you and re-apply though, as I find it best to just apply with your fingers. It is pricey, but the little pot will last forever since you only need such a tiny amount. I also didn’t notice any improvements to my skin, though you might if you have drier skin. Despite these negatives, I still like the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer a lot…it’s just so pretty!
I wanted this weirdly named but beautiful limited edition eye shadow palette by Nars for months, visiting it often on the Sephora website and googling reviews and makeup looks. It was sold out at one point, which made me want it even more. Luckily Nars And God Created the Woman came back in stock, and I finally convinced my boyfriend to get for me Christmas (a.k.a. I bought it while I had a 20% off code and then let him know he owed me $50). It has six neutral and versatile shades that go well together, and also came with a decent brush and a mini tube of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It is a pretty tiny palette, about the size of a pack of cards, but I was expecting that and it will be good for traveling.
The shades are (clockwise from top left): Alhambra (shimmery rose champagne), Bellisma (matte grey taupe), Kalahari (shimmery light bronze), Galapagos (warm brown with gold glitter), Coconut Grove (matte cool toned brown), and Night Clubbing (black with gold glitter).
The eye shadows are very pigmented and blend easily. The matte colours do not apply as chalky as they appear in swatches, and the glitter shades definitely do not look as glittery as they do in the pan when applied.
In the look below, I am wearing Kalahari all over the lid, with Bellisma in the crease, and Alhambra as a highlight on the inner corners. The bottom three colours in the palette are definitely darker than the eye shadows I’m used to wearing, but I’m trying to step up my eye shadow game in 2014 so I’m looking forward to experimenting with them!
Inspired by my friend Lisa, here are my 13 favourite/best/most used things of 2013, in no particular order!
1) Real Techniques brushes: I never really used makeup brushes, besides for applying blush and bronzer, before 2013. This year I discovered what a massive difference using good brushes makes in makeup application, especially in applying foundation and eye shadow (yes, I used to use my fingers to apply powder eye shadow). Real Technique brushes are both great quality and value.
2) Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eye Shadow in Bad to the Bronze: I mentioned back in October how much I love this eye shadow, and I’m still wearing it pretty much every day. It’s the perfect bronze-y brown colour, and really does last all day. I wish there were more shades available that I would actually wear, instead of teal and bright purple.
3) Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil: I love using this super moisturizing face oil at night, especially after using a face mask, and went through a few bottles this year. It is definitely expensive, but it feels so nice to use and definitely moisturizes and plumps my skin. This is the only face oil I’ve tried so far, but I do have some samples of other oils I need to try!
4) Klorane Shampoo with Chamomile: I never purposely re-purchased or sought out a shampoo until this one- I love it! I have to try really hard not to use it every time I wash my hair.
5) Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butters: I have these in about 4 or 5 shades, and they are the lipsticks I reach for the most in the morning when getting ready for work. They are easy to apply, moisturizing, and the colour is buildable. Only downside is they are not very long lasting. I definitely recommend these as a drugstore option for lipsticks!
6) Stila Convertible Colour: I don’t own any of these blushes in the individual packaging, but this year I fell in love with both the warm trio (which I received as a birthday present) and the cool trio (which I managed to purchase for only $10!). They are great for a more dewy looking makeup look. Read my full review of the warm trio here.
7) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: This combo dry shampoo/hair spray is ridiculously expensive (though the price is lessened dramatically with Birchbox promos and points), but just makes your hair look so fantastic. It adds volume, gets rid of oil, smells amazing, and roughens your hair up just enough to make it look inexplicably cool. Love.
8) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour: These blushes are amazing. They are very pigmented, come in a ton of shades, and the colour lasts for hours. These are the only blushes I’ve found that give me more than 3 hours of wear. The shade Exposed is the most perfect nude-pink shade you will ever see, and is my go-to blush for pretty much any occasion.
9) Benefit High Beam: I used this sheeny pink-champagne liquid highlighter on my cheekbones (ha) pretty much anytime I went out in 2013. It is the perfect cool-toned highlighter for night, is easy to apply, and is just so pretty. It is a little too shimmery for day time use though.
10) Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me: This is the perfect no-mirror tinted lip balm. I used it almost every day in 2013, and even managed to use up two whole tubes!
11) Candles: Kind of random but this year I got really into burning candles. There’s just something so relaxing and cozy about having a candle burning away next to you! I bought a ton of really pretty Illume candles for more than 50% off at the store I work at, including this Starlight Tin candle in Island Coconut. They don’t have the greatest throw but they are pretty and smell good.
12) Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Mask: This mask was definitely my favourite and most used of 2013. It contains hydroxy-fruit acids to even skin tone, clay for pore cleansing, and bamboo to soothe skin. It really helps balance my oily skin and make it feel clean, though it is a little drying.
13) Marc Jacobs Daisy: I love this fresh smelling, floral perfume, and the adorable packaging. Plus, it’s named after me- what’s not to love?