Tarte Amazonian Clay Makeup Splurge


Recently, I found a coupon for Tarte makeup on Facebook for 30% off. Kate at http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com (one of my favorite blogs) has always raved about their Amazonian Clay foundation so I was pretty excited to try the foundation which is usually $49.00, for a cheaper price. I also purchased a shade of the Amazonian Clay Blush, and a Liquid Eyeliner Pen (the pen which I have already blogged about). Later, I read a blog on a Limited Edition Tarte Eyeshadow Palette and although it wasn’t available on http://www.tarte.ca I was able to purchase it on Sephora. I am happy with all my purchases and I would like to share the 3 I haven’t shared with you previously today.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12H- Full Coverage Foundation – $49.00 – (sephora.ca) – I was pleasantly surprised by this foundation for several reasons. First of all, it comes in many shades with both yellow and pink undertones. The ivory color with the pink undertones was perfect for me and is the best foundation match I’ve had in a long time.

The foundation is a bit different than other foundations I’ve tried because it is a cream foundation and not a liquid or a BB cream. It is quite thick so a very little goes a long way to spread across your face and give great coverage that leaves your skin UVA/UVB SPF 15 protected. You can also build up this foundation if you want thicker coverage.

In my mind, that this foundation is usually almost $50 works against it but what totally makes it worth it is the fact that you don’t need much foundation for each use. You do need to blend the foundation very well because of its viscosity and I recommend a great foundation brush to blend the foundation well.

Although, initially, the foundation change made me break out a bit after about a week my skin adjusted to the foundation and I have loved it ever since. I love that it stays on all day, does not come off easily, and provides excellent coverage even when you have a bit of a break out.

What made me extremely excited to try this foundation is that it is a mineral foundation made from Amazonian Clay and is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic fragrances, Petrochemicals, Pthalates, GMO’s, and Triclosan — all things I would rather not have on my skin. Best of all, all most all of  Tarte’s make up is made without some of these unwanted ingredients.

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Tarte Limited Edition Amazionian Clay EyeShadow Palette Limited Edition V1 – ($46.00) -(Sephora.ca) – I just received this palette last week and was really thrilled with it. It is a more neutral type palette so it has a lot of sparkly and matte browns as well as some skin colored shades that are sparkly and matte; it  also contains a beautiful sparkly purple and sparkly gold and copper.

There are many mixes of eye shadow looks that I (and you) can do with this palette and it’s 16 shades. The eye shadow has excellent pigmentation and sticks well, especially if you put an eye shadow base underneath your eye shadow — this eye shadow is budge proof.

It comes in a cute purple box with a pink ribbon and is also the perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas present for a special woman on your list. This eyeshadow is formulated without Parabens and Pthalates.

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Tarte Amazionion Clay 12H Blush – (31.00) – (www.sephora.ca) – This long wear solar baked blush is amazing because it has great pigment and comes in so many shades. I bought it in a purplish-pink shade since I was out of that color and I have been very happy with the blush.

It is infused with natural clay from the Amazon river and it minimizes oil around pores on your face to keep the blush color in place. It is also nutrient rich and has nourishing and hydrating properties which is great for girls with dry skin. It is free of Parabens, Sulfates, and Pthalates.

I can attest to the long-lasting skin calming effects of this blush. It never makes my skin oily or causes me to break out. I would like to get a couple more blushes  in a more pinky and a more apricot shade.

All in all, I am extremely impressed with Tarte makeup and highly recommend it to any one who is considering using the products. Most of Tarte’s products are priced well and the one’s that are more expensive are worth the cost. You can also check on http://www.tarte.ca for more Tarte makeup products, as this is where I used the coupon code I found. I also recommend liking Tarte on Facebook.

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Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter & BAD gal Mascara/ Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Reviews


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1. Benefit Watt’s Up – Soft Focus Highlighter for Face – ($36.00) – I purchased this highlighter after buying Benefits Girl Meets Pearl highlighter and not being that impressed with how much the highlighter appearred on my face. I found the liquid to be roughly the same color as my foundation so it didn’t end up being the best product for me although I still use it when I want a more subtle highlight. On the other hand, Watt’s Up is great and a fantastic highlighter! It comes in a cute purple container with a sponge tip at one end to spread the highlighter out when you apply it to your cheek bones, forehead, nose, cupid’s bow, and middle of your chin. On the other end of the highlighter is a cream to powder highlighter that makes the areas you put it on look shiny and glimmery. It is a fantastic wonderful highlighter and I am highly impressed by this product as I have used many highlighter products and not been that happy with many, especially on my lighter skin. It is perfect for sculpting the face in a soft “champagne glow” and because all Benefit makeup products are mineral makeup products Watt’s Up is good for your skin and won’t cause it to break out or clog pores. The only thing you have to be careful  about is that you don’t apply too much highlighter and that you blend well. While Girl Meets Pearl  is on one end of  the highlighter spectrum as being a very weak highlighter, Watt’s Up is at the other end of the spectrum as a very potent highlighter.

Benefit BAD gal Waterproof Mascara – ($26.00) – Benefit’s BAD gal Waterproof Mascara is a “smudge proof, a waterproof, and a

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tear proof” mascara. After trying Benefits They’re Real Mascara I was looking for a Mascara that was as voluminous as it was  but didn’t come off on my eye area, particularly under eye area, as much because my skin is oilier. I am not 100 percent sold on this Mascara either. It’s good but it doesn’t provide enough volume to your lashes. Although, it is waterproof and does not come off nearly as much as They’re Real Mascara it still tends to come off on my eye area and because it is waterproof it is difficult to get off your skin even if you dab it with a Q-tip fast. So this mascara is ‘so so’ but I am still liking my Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long Wearing Formula ($19.00) more because it comes off easier at night but not in the day compared to the  waterproof mascara and ,therefore, is easier on your eye lashes which can take up to 6 months to grow if you lose a few. I am still searching for that perfect mascara, I will have to try a different kind next time I need mascara.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eye Shadow Palette – ($62.00) This palette features a dozen taupe and grey-beige neutral eye shadows. I love Urban Decay’s Naked Palette but after using most of the matte shadow in the eye shadow compact up I wanted to try the Naked 2 as it had more similar colors and some that were sparkly. I can do my usual Naked  eye shadow mixes on my eyes or I can jazz it up with whatever sparkly or different shading shade I want to use. I love it! The variety of colors available are great and it comes with a decent 2-ended eye shadow brush. My favorite neutral colors are  Bootycall, Verve, Pistol, Busted. and Half-Baked. I also continue to use what little color I have left in my Naked palette with the colors in Naked 2Although, it is a bit pricey it is well worth the price for these excellent pigment rich eye shadows that can be worn to work, school, or going out, depending on how you choose to do your eye makeup. For instance, Pistol, would make a great grey-tinged sparkly smokey eye. While Bootycall is the perfect pinkish color to put all over your eyelid in the day create a great subtle pink-nude shimmer.