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Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It […]

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Review 

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Review 

Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer has blown up the internet over the past year, and first things first: I’m a believer. I use concealer almost every single day, but nothing compares to the Tarte Shape Tape for me.  I have two colors in this concealer, one […]

Tarte Skin Twinkle Volume II

Tarte Skin Twinkle Volume II

Tarte is one of my favorite brands on the market, if not my absolute favorite. Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer took the makeup world by storm in 2016, but I have always loved their products– it’s a brand that never lets me down!

It seemed like it took a while for Tarte to release a highlighting powder, and Tarte’s original Skin Twinkle palette caught my eye, but I decided to purchase Volume II because of its wider color variety. The palette contains four shades: Daylight, Skylight, Spotlight, and Candlelight. As a bonus, it smells faintly of chocolate, a little like the Too Faced chocolate palettes!

Daylight: a beautiful champagne gold

Skylight: A wearable white, which is a pale highlight without being too icy

Spotlight: bronze gold

Candlelight: shimmering bronze

Tarte Skin Twinkle Volume II
Left to right: Daylight, Skylight, Spotlight, Candlelight

They’re all gorgeous, and if I layer them I can wear them all. Of course, the two lightest shades (Daylight and Skylight) are my favorites, and I like wearing both of them together or separately. I rarely reach for Candlelight, but I think it would be great for deeper skin tones. I love the variety in this palette, and that Tarte caters to all skin tones.

The formula is smooth and buildable. I like that it can be a subtle or blinding glow. I really want to try more Tarte highlighters! The only con is that sometimes there is slight inconsistency in the texture: I find that sometimes there is a chunk or two that wasn’t so finely milled, but I only notice this when I’m swatching the palette with my fingers (never when applying it to my face).

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes Review & Swatches

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes Review & Swatches

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands. I think I have liked every single Tarte product I have ever bought! It’s such a high-quality line, and their natural products never irritate my skin (even the sensitive skin around my eyes). So when I was […]

Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette Review

Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette Review

The Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte has been a go-to for me since Christmas. It is an ideal staple because of its varied neutral matte hues. The shades are all cool-toned or neutral; there are no warm colors in this palette. The palette can create many […]

March Favorites: Beauty and Literature

March Favorites: Beauty and Literature

March was a great month (Spring Break, warm weather, Easter, what’s not to like?)  Over the past month, there are a few products that have stood out as exceptional and unique.

First of all, I’ve been loving the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. This concealer gets a lot of good press, and for good reason! It is creamy and pigmented. Because it has a lightweight texture, it doesn’t crease much, and I find that it both brightens my under eye circles and conceals them better than any concealer I have ever tried. I use the lightest shade, “Fair.”

I’ve been reaching for my Tarte Blushing Bride Cheek Stain almost every day. I love adding it on top of a bronzer, dabbing a little on the cheek right from the bottle, or applying a heavier layer of the stain from the apple of my cheek towards my temples and blending with a damp sponge. It’s a bright pink that blends into a soft, natural pink on my cheeks. The applicator tube makes it very easy to apply, which is part of why I use it so often. It doesn’t last as long as I would like, but it’s easy to bring along with you.

The Naked Flushed Palette by Urban Decay was perfect for my spring break trip to Arizona. You can mix all three colors together for a nice natural blush, or use the bronzer, blush, and highlighter separately. I love the highlighter, which is a natural looking, pearly color, and I’ve been swirling my blush brush over the whole palette before applying the mix to my cheeks. The pink color is a little too bright in my palette if it isn’t blended, but I got this on sale for $15 so no complaints. I have the color “Native.”

The Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly is my favorite lip gloss — probably even my favorite lip gloss ever. It has a tingly, minty feel to the plumper, but it doesn’t burn my lips. The formula is thick without being to sticky, and glossy without being to glittery. The mauve hue of Dolly adds a pop of color and shine to my natural lip, and I think it would be flattering on all skin tones. It is my second Buxom Lip Polish, and I have loved both of them. I wear it all the time, and if you love or want a natural but finished lip, look for Buxom next time you are at Sephora or Ulta.

My key to summer skin is the Mary Lou-Manizer by the Balm, a bold champagne highlight with a silky texture. I like this highlighter because it does not have any chunky glitter, and it applies evenly and smoothly to the skin. The formula is gentle and comfortable, but highly pigmented. This highlighter is affordable and high quality. As a bonus, it is actually a highlighter and an eyeshadow, so swipe it on your eyes and cheekbones to tie things together and look luminous for the summer.

The Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Sugar is the perfect pinky-nude shade. I like that it doesn’t dry out my lips or fill in all the little cracks on my lips. It is a beautiful color for spring and summer, and the applicator is easy to use. This might just be my favorite lipstick right now.

I like to try to set my concealer to make it long lasting, but my concealer doesn’t usually crease. however, I always found that adding a setting powder on top of my undereye concealer always made it crease more. I finally found the perfect under eye setting powder, the e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder. This product is very affordable, and it helps make my undereye concealer bright and keep it in place on my face all day!

 

 

I’ve been reading The Last Days of California by Mary Miller, and I’ve been loving it so much that I don’t want it to end! This book tells the story of a family’s exodus, in the form of a road trip, across the country to California. Jess is a young teenager who is on the road with her evangelical parents. Jess’s father is convinced the rapture is about occur, and wants his daughters to see California before the world ends. The Last Days of California is reminiscent of YA fiction hits like John Green’s novels, but it is more sophisticated in its portrayal of family life and in its language. Miller’s novel is both touching and humourous, and I love reading about the relationship between Jess and her sister, Elise. Stay tuned, a review will be posted soon!