Review: Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

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I initially received a sample size of this mascara at¬†Sephora (100 Point Reward). I used up the sample in less than two weeks and rushed to my nearest Sephora to grab a full-size, only to learn that the store that I had visited was sold out ūüėď I immediately went on the Tarte website and to my surprise, there was a sale on ūüėć So, I bought two Tarteist Lash Paint Mascaras, without any hesitation, and this is why ūüėÄ

I will begin by stating that I already have quite thick, dark and volumous curly lashes, so my purpose, with regards to using mascara, is to add more drama, length and volume as well as for lash separation. After applying one coat of this mascara, my lashes were instantly thicker, longer and more defined (in that there was more curl). However, this mascara, true to its name, has a paint-like consistency – it’ s thick!!! and takes longer than any other mascara I have ever used before to dry. While the mascara dries, it is crucial¬†not to let your lashes touch your lids (especially if you have eyeshadow on!), as colour transfer is bound to happen and this product isn’t so simple to remove once it touches¬†skin! I had to wait about 3 minutes before applying my second coat and thats when I really fell in love because I usually need at least 3 coats of mascara to achieve the look I go¬†for and managed to get it in just 2¬†coats with Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara.¬†Here is a picture of what my lashes looked like after two coats.

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I find I get better results when I apply this mascara after I have primed my eyelids and applied eyeshadow (I think the color that falls off and settles onto my lashes helps to build up the volume of the mascara).

This mascara stays put on my lashes for about 8-10¬†hours before I notice particles of it on my face. It seems fairly easy to remove with a (preferably, an oil-based) face wash/cleanser, although I have struggled to find a makeup remover that can get rid of ALL¬†traces of this mascara. Despite removing my makeup with built for make-up wipes, and washing and toning my face at night, some mornings,¬†I still wake up with black crud in my eyes and on random parts of my face ūüė¨

Nonetheless, Tarte has outdone itself with this mascara which Tarte claims on its website is vegan friendly as well as safe for contact lens wearers.

Have you tried this mascara? Share what you think ūüôā

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Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost ($47 CDN) is a new lightweight gel facial moisturizer that is water-based, packed with marine antioxidants as well as free of phthalates, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfates, gluten and parabens!!!

The first time I tried a gel moisturizer was two years ago when I was in Hong Kong. I remember being enthralled¬†with the rose scent and wishing ¬†thatI could have re-purchased the product when it finally finished, but I was NOT willing to pay exorbitant customs charges and could not find a local supplier ‚ėĻ

A few weeks back, when I saw an advertisement for Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost on the Tarte website, I was hyped to learn it would be available in the Canadian market soon, because I couldn’t wait to test out this gel moisturizer.  Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost was released alongside a line of other skincare (including SPF and a cleansing gel) as well as make-up products and brushes. The packaging for these items is super cute Рgold embossing on turquoise, pink and purple!

The moisturizer comes in a jar, which I prefer, since I can use as much as I need. However, be mindful not to leave lidded products open for too long as this usually compromises on their quality. The moisturizer is thick, clear and has a strong floral (lavender) fragrance.

Once I applied the gel onto my freshly washed and toned face, I noticed that it felt very refreshing and hydrating. It also absorbed quickly and easily into my skin.

I had no issues applying my regular makeup routine on top of this moisturizer although I did find that I looked ‚Äúshinier‚ÄĚ (the moisturizer I was using prior is advertised to reduce pores and sebum flow, and to be anti-shine and mattifying). I also used this as a PM moisturizer and found that my skin remained hydrated throughout the night.

Although I am not sure I will disregard all moisturizers I have used before (nor can I say that I will refrain from trying new products on the market), I can safely say that since I’ve been re-introduced to the world of¬†gel moisturizers, I don’t know if I could return back to cream moisturizers. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost really provides a boost of hydration to my skin and feels refreshing and light. Not to mention, this gel is packed with anti-oxidants.

Currently, Rainforest of the Sea Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost is only available either at Tarte.com, Sephora stores, or on Sephora.com. 

If you’ve had experience with this product, please share your thoughts.

Review: Bare Minerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor

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I was at Sephora the other day and redeemed 100 of my points to pick up this reward: Bare Minerals GEN Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in the shade called Swag.

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As soon as I opened the bottle and moved the application wand towards my nose, I fell in LOVE with the scent of baked goods that instantly fluttered through my nostrils and flooded my senses. But, it wasn’t until I tried this liquid lipcolor¬†on (and kept it on) that I fell in love with the amazing product that it truly was!

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Before I provide my detailed review of this product, let me share some info that bareMinerals has noted on its website with regards to it (Please note I am NOT being paid or endorsed by anyone to share my review).

The bareMinerals website¬†states that GEN MATTE Liquid Lip Color was formulated in¬†20 nude liquid lip colours that come in¬†4 finishes, therefore providing “countless ways to go nude”.

Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Colors are supposed to “compliment every skin tone and lip tone,whether you want an edgy, blanked-out nude look, a natural your-lips-but-better nude, or a deeper neutral contrast color, you’re guaranteed to find shades for any look. Blend and layer colors and finishes for infinite ways to go nude”. The product is Primer-infused so that it shoud give “a gorgeous soft focus effect, and helps with transfer resistance; helps prevent feathering/bleeding” and contains¬†Plant-based waxes so it should feel¬†“moisturizing feel on lips”.¬†This lip color is also reportedly¬†gluten-free, was not tested on animals and is made without petrolatum,¬†parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Usage Instructions

  • Apply with the paddle applicator for full-coverage color in one sweep, or use the slim end of the Double-Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush for a more precise application
  • Finish your look: Use Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liner before or after lipcolor to create more definition around the edges
  • For best results, wait 10 minutes before eating or drinking to allow the color to set

I was certainly pleased with the overall look of this product when I applied it with lip primer and lip liner (Not bareMinerals brand), and found that this product fared well in standing the tests of time and talking, in that it did not crease or flake. However, there was nothing to be seen or found on my lips other than lip liner after I drank and ate dinner, despite my best efforts to drink with a straw and to eat without touching my lips with the food I was eating. Nonetheless, I am a fan of this product and will definitely buy the regular 4 mL size when I runs out of Swag, although I am not sure about trying out other colours unless bareMinerals offers a set with various minis, which always takes some of the commitment-fear out of trying new shades and products for me.

Let me know what you think if you’ve tried this product.

For more information on this product and on the company bareMinerals you can click the links embedded in this post as well as visit their social media pages @bareMinerals #SkinSoGood