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Bye Bye Under Eye as concealer, Face Disk, Je Ne C'est Quoi, Bye Bye Pores finishing powder

It’s that time of year!  The sun is shining, it’s warm out and we are using self tanners and bronzers to get that glow without the harmful effects of the sun.  I don’t personally self tan, but I’ve been tempted by a few products to see how they look.

But we’re not here to talk about that!  I’m here to give you my review on the IT Cosmetics Vitality Color Collection!  The TSV will be on July 27th, so keep your DVRs tuned in.  As mentioned in my previous post, this collection includes the Vitality Face Disk, Jumbo Luxe Face Brush, Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in a jumbo size that will probably last you all year, dual sided concealer brush, and the Lip Stain in Je Ne C’est Quoi.

After receiving my kit, I was excited to try the face disk.  I have been use the Bye Bye Under Eye for a while now, and it is one of my favorite concealers.  I was particularly excited about this collection because of the dual sided concealer brush, which allows you to get an airbrushed finish.   The larger end of the brush is perfect for the larger areas of your face, or using the Bye Bye Under Eye as an all over foundation as I did in this picture.  With this product, a very  little goes a way.

The brushes in this kit, like all IT Cosmetics brushes are easily worth more than the entire kit.  The Jumbo Luxe Face Brush is enormous!  A QVC exclusive, this brush alone retails for $58.  Now I’m not saying I would pay $60 for a brush, but a brush of this size and quality is by far worth $30-40.  Professional quality makeup brushes are expensive, and they last for years.  Brushes are an excellent investment if you are looking to build a collection.  Measuring 8 inches in length, from brush head to handle, the brush itself is immensely dense and silky soft.  It’s about 2.5 inches wide, with thousands of bristles.  I have a similar Tarte powder brush which is 7″ long and 2″ wide.  It’s a great brush as well, but the IT brush is just that much better.  Please note:  The IT Cosmetics foundation brush ($48) is the same brush as the Tarte Airbrush Foundation Brush ($32).  I have both of these and they are identical – given that there are limited brush manufacturers, keep that in mind when shopping for brushes.  The only thing I don’t like is that these brushes are made in China.  Also in this kit is the dual sided concealer brush, which I love.  This brush allows you to airbrush your concealer on in the small undereye area, as well as other areas of your face.  The small end is the same as the airbrush side of the retractable concealer brush (which I do not own) and it’s soft and plush.  I love a big fluffy brush like this because it really makes the concealer look flawless.  Before I got this brush, I used a BE soft focus eye brush which was also wonderful.

The face disk includes a large matte bronzer, and a smaller blush, in a bright peach pink, as well as a beautiful pink toned highlighter.  This is a great tool for your makeup wardrobe, as you do amazing things with a little creative bronzer and highlighter!  Want to make a double chin disappear?  Put some bronzer under you chin and on your jawline.  Want nicer cheekbones?  Place highlighter just above your cheekbone, and bronzer just below before adding blush to the apples of your cheeks.  blend this well, and you will look like you have a slimmer face.  As someone with a rather full face and too many chins, I use this trick every day and I get the nicest compliments.

All in all I’m very happy with this kit.  I also own the IT Cosmetics My Sculped Face, which is a great contouring kit in a book format, but I prefer the Face Disk which has bigger pans and is easier to use.  I still use My Sculpted Face when I need a lighter highlighter or a darker contour, and the combination works well.  The great thing about the IT products is they play well together, and you can build a look with 2-3 items easily.

I have already reviewed the lip stains, so please check them out here!

Coming soon – The IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Review!  I have been waiting to get this, and hopefully I will get my hot little hands on it soon.  I’ve been hearing rave reviews, and I want to try it for my self and share with you.

 

Happy glossing!

Silk Road

I’m back!  Did you miss me?  I’m sorry I’ve been off the blog for a while, it’s been a crazy few months.  But here we go:

On Friday, I received the IT Cosmetics No Tug Silk Eyeliner trio.  This trio is brand new to QVC and contains three colors of liner, which is a new product for IT Cosmetics.

I am here to tell you, these little beauties have usurped my Holy Grail Urban Decay 24/7 liners!  Why?  Because even though there are only 3 colors right now, they are simply delicious.

These luxe liners glide on your lids with no pulling or tugging.  These babies are buttery and supple, but thanks to the silk that is included, they flex and bend with your every movement.  I did a test last night; I put swatches of these, and the corresponding shades of UD on my hand.  That was about 6pm; I went about my evening, and washed my hands a few times.  I did dishes.  I took a shower this morning.  Guess what liner was still on my hand looking fresh and beautiful?  IT.

The other key benefit to these new liners is that they are paraben free, and are chalk full of anti aging benefits like silk, collegen, and vitamins E and C.  For someone like me, who has a bit of gravity and droopy lids to deal with, that is important.

The trio includes a matte deep black shade, a matte rich brown shade, and a matte rich plum shade, and is $26 on QVC.  Since that makes them less than $10 each, it’s a steal.  The shades are richly pigmented but are also soft.  They look natural and are smudgeable and bendable for about 30 seconds before they set; once they set, they do not move.  I even smudged them on my lower lids – something I rarely do – and they stayed.  No raccoon eyes!

But don’t take my word for it, try them for yourselves!

This product was provided by the manufacturer for consideration

 

Getting cheeky

You guys know that I have an obsession with the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. I love they way they last all day and how blendable they are.  But, move over you tarte!  Heather my love, there’s a new Sheriff in town!

I recently discovered the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush.  This gorgeous blush, is a cheek stain and powder in one, and it really packs a punch.  Like all the other IT products, these were developed with plastic services, and is hydrating, brightening, and antiaging to boot!

Boosted with the Hydra-Luxe technology IT has become known for, the Vitality Flush has yummy ingredients like plum oil, cherry oil, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate, seaweed extract, grape seed, aloe, and jojoba.  WOW that was a mouthful!  What it means is that all of these things work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin.  And it stays on for days.  I mean days!

Since it’s talc free, there are no fillers.  that means this is pure amazing pigment, which gives you a pop of color, giving you a glow.  A little sweep, and you have a healthy glow.  A bit more, and you have just been out in the sun.

The brush that comes with the duo is plush and soft, and is angled specifically to help you get that pop on your cheeks, and blend it up in to your hairline for a natural look.  Just a smidge though, because this is powerful stuff!  The IT Cosmetics brushes are absolutely lovely.  while I wish they aweren’t made in China, they are so soft and luxurious, I cna’t bear to part with them.  The blush is make in the USA, with no parabens or other ickies.

There are three colors to choose from:

Pretty in Peony, a bright pop of rose pink with peach shimmer

Radiant in Rose, a deep rose pink

Magical in Mauve, an eggplant plum

L-R: Peony, Rose, Mauve

You can see these products in action on QVC this weekend!  A blush / brush duo is $35.  Check out Friday night beauty tonight!

You can also purchase the blushes on Beauty.com for $24.

 

You’re welcome!

A Star is Born!

I admit it,  am powerless against the draw of a TSV!  When I first read about this Laura Geller kit, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to invest my money because I have so much Balance & Brighten, I could open a store.  But, when I looked at the gorgeous blush and the eye primer, I couldn’t resist.  This All Stars kit was designed for the Geller Girl who has everything already, and wants to pump it up.

In this kit, you get:

  • Champagne Spackle, a primer with a light glow
  • Balance and Brighten, a baked powder foundation
  • Blush and Brighten in Pink Grapefruit, a gorgeous light pink blush
  • Waterproof Eye Spackle
  • Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Amethyst/Starburst
  • makeup bag

Laura Geller is known for her primer, which she named Spackle because it “smooths over” the imperfections on your face and creates a flawless base.  The Champagne version is a light, airy glow, with teeny sparkles.  It’s very similar to Ethereal, which is slightly darker and not as sparkly.  Spackle hasn’t made my Top 5 primer list yet, but I need to play with it a bit more.  I find it very slick and slippery, and not my favorite.  C+

The Balance and Brighten is something I use almost every day these days, and it’s a rich, creamy powder foundation that can provide as little or as much coverage as you want.  I use it over my favorite BB cream for a flawless finish, or on it’s own for a light layer on a lazy day.  If you apply it with a damp makeup sponge, or a beauty blender, you get more of a creamy medium coverage.   I currently use Fair, but generally I am Regular (Medium).  The great thing about this product is that there are many colors in one, and you can pick out the colors you need or swirl them together to provide a multi toned product. A-

The Pink Grapefruit Blush and Brighten is gorgeous!  I love this color and I had seen it in another kit at Ulta and was looking all over for it.  This is not a full size, but it will still last you forever.  It’s a pretty bright pink in the pan but when you dust it on the apples of your cheeks, it is a sweet, natural flush.  Remember, a LITTLE goes a long way here!  A

One of my favorite items in the kit is the Waterproof Eye Spackle.  I am constantly looking for the perfect eye primer, as I have super sensitive eyes and many products don’t work for me.  Until recently, Too Faced Shadow Insurance was my fave, but recently, it has been causing me some irritation so I had to search for a new primer.  The eye spackle is in a clicker pen, which makes applying it a breeze.  Just a little dab, blended on your eye, will brighten it up and make it look awake and open, while providing a great base.  Use this, and your makeup will stay all day.  The only down side for this, is that sadly, it contains parabens.  Hopefully, they will be eliminated in the future.  B

The last item in this kit is an eyeshadow duo in Starburst/Amethyst.  The marble eyeshadows are always fun because they have so many colors swirled in to the one.  The Starburst is a pink, gold, bronze int he pan, but when you apply it you get a dark gold bronze glow.  The Amathyst is a purple and gold marble, and when applied it is a darker purple with a golden background.  These are girlie colors and the gold really warms them up.  Again, sadly, there are parabens in the eyeshadow.    B

This kit is $55 on QVC right now, and the TSV had an Auto Delivery option that will give us a new color of blush, eyeshadow and spackle in the future.

This kit is a great value, even if you only keep 2 of the pieces.  While I really didn’t need any more Balance & Brighten, it’s easy to sell that to a fellow makeup lover and make this kit worth every penny.  I have become a bit of a collector of Laura’s eyeshadows, because they are simploy beautiful and the marble effect gives you multiple colors in one.

Over all, I have to give this kit a B because several of the products contains parabens.  If they were eliminated, then this would be an A in my book!  The staying power of the blush and eyeshadow is phenomenal, and I love the baked effect.

Happy glossing!

 

Pure Luxury!

As I previously mentioned, the Bare Escentuals Today’s Special Value for November 18th is a gorgeous kit which contains a new exclusive Ready Duo.  I received mine over the weekend, and was able to wear it yesterday.

This Bare Luxury kit contains a TON of stuff for the price, and the biggest challenge is deciding what to wear!  The Ready Duo in The Phenomenon is a great pair, with Golden Iris being a deep amber with a touch of shimmer, and the Azure Irish being a rich lavender.  These were both created specifically to show off my baby blues, and the amber makes them sparkle.  As with all of the Ready shadows, they are creamy and densely pigmented.  While I wore a primer, I have tried them without primers and they last over 8 hours with minimal movement.

The Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliners are a new launch for Bare Escentauls, and one that I in particular and very excited for.  I have been unable to wear their B&B pencil liners int he past because they turn me in to a racoon.  These glide on easily and stay put for the most part.  I am a bit disappointed that I did have some travelling by the end of the day, but they are excellent formulations that you can sharpen as you use the pencil up.  The 10pm is a deep mocha shade, and the Noon is a rich Navy.

The Marvelous Moxie glosses are something of a cross between Buxoms and 100% Natual lipglosses.  While I am not a fan of the 100% Natural, I am a Buxom addict and these are a great addition.  There is a slightly less intense tingle in these plumpers, and a nice vanilla scent.  The Daredevil is perfect for fall, in a rich berry color.  The Wild One is a light peach perfect for day time.

Also included in this kit is the etheral Rose Gold Radiance.  It’s lighter than a blush, and darker than most radiances, so it makes a very pretty heavenly brush.

Rounding out the kit, the holiday brushes with gold handles are softer than most BE brushes in my opinion, and make a nice addition to your sparkle hoard.  They are made to go with the other holiday brush kits seamlessly.

I absolutely love this kit, and can imagine a ton of looks with it.  The ready shadows are bold, but the Golden Iris color can be a very simple day look, or you can punch it up a bit.  This will probably be one of my go to colors for a while.

The preview ordering is still up, so don’t miss out on this great kit!  For $68, you get a duo, 2 liners, 2 glosses, and 2 brushes.  Plus, new collections seasonally.  The kit will be presented on air on November 18th, and I look forward to watching how Leslie & Jessica use the kit, since it always provides me with inspiration.

Happy shopping!

It’s Perfect!

September marks the changing of the seasons, the start of fall, and, sadly, the last Auto Delivery shipment of Bare Escentauls’ The Perfect Gift.  It was a little bitter sweet to see the last kit arrived, but in true BE form, it was beautiful!

Packaged in the trademark The Perfect Gift style, a cute hatbox showed up with:

  • Silver Lining eyeshadow, a medium grey silver shimmer
  • The Bright Side eyeshadow, a pale yellow linen matte
  • Rosy Outlook blush, a bright pink rose, which looks like a baby’s blush
  • Midnight Moon eyeliner, a deep dark blue
  • Fearless Pretty Amazing Lipcolor, a pinkish natural nude
  • Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil
  • Full Defintion Flawless Mascara
When I first saw other gals wearing this kit, I knew I’d love it.  I haven’t broken in to my PG2 or 3, because the colors turned me off a bit, but now I know I need to.
For this look I started with Missha Cho Bo Yang BB Cream in #2 Calm Beige, followed by BE Fairly Medium in original.  I skipped primer, in order to test the wearability of the BB cream.  Fortunately, it was a great primer, foundation, moisturizer and cover in one!  See my full revie here.  The result was a flawless face to start with!
On my eyes, I used Bright Side from lash to crease dry, and then foiled  on the lid.  Silver lining was added on the outer third up in to the crease.  Finally, to add a bit of definition, I used Queen Tiffany Matte in the crease and lined with Buxom Lashliner in Suede, with Benefit They’re Real Mascara.
On my lips, Fearless Pretty Amazing was followed by Holly Buxom.  Love it!
This is my favorite Perfect Gift Shipment.  I really liked the first one, however I think the colors of this kit suit me more.  It can me worn as a smokey eye, or you can make it a simple day time look.
All in all, I’m glad I got in on this AD and I can’t wait to see the next one that is coming up sooN!
Happy Glossing!

Another day to glow!

If you’re like me, and you love kits, you can’t pass up an Auto Delivery option on QVC. Earlier this summer, I purchased the tarte Glow Your Way to Gorgeous kit from QVC (still available as a single kit here) and now we have some news on the next installment!

The October installment, pictured at right, will contain:

  • Maracuja Concealer (which will be sold on it’s own at QVC starting at the end of this month)
  • LipSurgence Lip Luster in Delighted, a warm peachy pink
  • Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Charisma, a golden apricot
  • Cream Shadow in Deep Sage
  • SmolderEyes Waterproof Amazonian Clay liner in Charcoal
  • Lights Camera Lashes
  • Double ended liner and shadow brush
  • finishing powder brush
  • Quilted Cosmetics Bag

Set to be delivered in early Januray, the last auto-delivery will contain:

  • Maracuja Concealer (which will be sold on it’s own at QVC starting at the end of this month)
  • LipSurgence Lip Luster in Obsession, a dark pink wine
  • Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Dazzled, a pale pink
  • SmolderEyes Waterproof Amazonian Clay liner in Brown
  • Cream Shadow in Pink Champagne
  • Lights Camera Lashes
  • Double ended liner and shadow brush
  • finishing powder brush
  • Quilted Cosmetics Bag

Jealous?  I can’t WAIT to get mine!  Tarte makes some of the most fantastic kits around.  I am collecting the blushes, and I have been wanting the powder brush for a while.

Speaking of SmolderEyes, it’s almost time for holiday gift shopping giving right?  Well Sephora has a beauty of a tarte kit on sale right now.  This limited edition kit has some colors I haven’t seen before (unless they renamed them) in:

  • Golden Beige
  • Moss
  • Violet
  • Espresso (which bears a striking resemblance to the brown above but well…)
  • Smoke
  • Golden Black


$39 for six pencils makes them $6.50 each!  A steal in anyone’s mind.  I ordered mine, did you?

Happy shopping!

 

 

Shine on!

It’s a foggy day here in San Francisco, but as usually, my nose is shining like Rudolph on Christmas Eve.  What is a beauty to do?  Besides the obvious, careful skin care and cleaning and makeup, I have been on the hunt for the perfect mattifier to combat the shinies.

Over the last 6 months, I have tried several, and I’m here to report back to you what my likes and dislikes are.  First of all, I’ll preface this by saying that many moons ago I sold Mary Kay and used the Oil Mattifier extensively and loved it.  I still think that this is a great silicone based product, so if you have a MK rep, please do give it a shot.  $15 for .6 oz is a great price, and the ingredients are very similar to all of the other products listed here.

So, without further fanfare, in order of my personal favorites, and a review:

  1. Mally Poreless Face Defender – this is a solid silicone gel, which diffuses the look of pores and fine lines and gives you a matte finished look.  The unique consistency of this product stops the oil but doesn’t build up like a powder.  This was the longest lasting, for about 4 hours.  $40 for .46 oz solid.  Silicone based.  **Hot news** At press time, there is a Liquid Face Defender debuting on QVC.  So, if you prefer a liquid demattifier, this is my recommendation.  I will review it as soon as I have it in my hot little hands!
  2. Laura Gellar The Matte Maker - is my #1 powder mattifier.  It’s the easiest to carry around, because it’s in compact (though Mally has a travel version which I just got, which is going right in my purse).  The Matte Maker is a light, translucent powder that reduces shine and creates a matte finish.  At first, I thought this looked to powdery on my nose, but it absorbed quickly and lasted about 2 hours.  The key ingredient here is Calcium Carbonate (yes the same thing you take every morning to keep your bones healthy!) which absorbes oil.  The only thing I don’t like is that it also contains Talc, which can clog pores and is powdery.  $22 for .37oz compact of powder.
  3. Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte finish is a creamy gel that claims it has “Microsponge” technology to absorb oil.  Like any silicone based product, it does absorb oil.  This is a great value because it’s 1 full oz for $21 (on sale for $15).  I’ve tried a few Paula’s Choice products and they are as good as any other skin care line and the price point is much better.  Worth a try if you are looking for a new brand.
  4. Evil Shades Matte Silk – another favorite deslick powder, it’s power is Rice powder, as well as silicone.  The combination absorbs oil and doens’t sit on top of your pores like talc based products.  This is the best value, at $10 for a 20 gram jar.
  5. tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder – is not a specific demattifer, but I love the duel purpose of this product.  It contains Amazonian Clay (or Kaolin clay), which is said to balance dry skin as well as oily skin.  I really love this product, and the only reason it’s not high on this list is that frankly, it didn’t demattify for long enough.  However, it is my #1 finishing powder!  $28 for .32oz powder.  Clay based.  My only negative comment about this product is that it is not very portable.  It’s a larger jar, and while the top has a great delivery system, you need a brush and it’s bulky to carry around.

Honorable Mention:

Urban Decay DeSlick in a Tube – This lightweight gel is more of a liquid than the Mally, but it operators on the same premise.  The Silcone based gel absorbs oil and creates a barrier.  I would probably like thismore if it wasn’t so expensive – this tiny tube lasts a long time, but it’s much less product than the Mally.   $28 for .67 oz.  Silicone based.

I actually like all of these products, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Mally Poreless Face Defender.  It is a different delivery system, so if you’re put off by the solid gel, and prefer a powder, try the Laura Gellar Matte Maker.  If you’re looking for a multi purpose product, go for the tarte.

    At all costs, AVOID the ELF matte powder.  It was a total waste of $3.

    There are hundreds of marrifying products out there, but in genearl I feell that the liquid or gels are more effective as powders, particularly talc based powders can settle on top of the sin defeating the pourose.  Multi tasking products such as primers that control oil are fantastic alternatives since they do more than one thing.  Try to avoid any products that have talc or Zea Mays (cornstarch) in them since these sit on top of the skin and can clog your pores.  Zea Mays is often used instead of talc as both a filler and an oil absorbing ingredient, but it is known to cause or irritate acne prone skin.  It also is a hot bed of fungus and other ickies when it gets wet.

    *I did not inclue Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil in this category as it is a finishing powder that is primarily contains Zea Mays.  While I do use this product, I dont’ believe that is is an oil mattifier.

    I feel the vibe!

    If there is one thing I can’t resist, it’s a deal!  I’ve had my eye on this kit for a while, and when a friend was headed to a Bare Escentuals outlet, I asked her to pick it up for me.  WOWZAH!  I was lucky to hit a sale that the outlet had, making the once $35 kit from QVC (which, for two eyecolors, a blush,a nd a liner, is still a deal) about $12.  Steal!

    This kit contains:

    • mini Light Show, a creamy sparkle
    • mini Smoky Violet, grey purple
    • mini B&B liner in teal, makes your eyes POP!
    • E/S size Haute Pink Blush , a bright azalea pink
    • Plumtini lipgloss, a dark cranberry, pinky beauty but very sheer.

    As I said, this is a fantastic value, but more that that you can create many looks with one kit.

    For this look, I started with BE foundation.  I lined my eyes in UD 24/7 liner pencil in Electric, a shocking bright blue green, over Tarte EmphasEyes in Fig.  This was my best approximation at the Teal in the kit, and I adore the way it made my eyes POP!  Today I made my own shadow liner to be a Black Sea/Teal replacement, using Crown, Utopia (which I am sad to say landed on the floor, sob!), a bit of this a bit of that.  I think I have a great dupe, since the B&B liners don’t work for me.

    Next, I foiled Light Show on the lid, buffing it dry to the crease.  Finally, a touch of Smokey Violet in the crease, and Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara to finish, with Haute Pink on the cheeks and Plumtini on the lips.
    The BE Outlets are an excellent source for kits and past colors, and I highly reccomend you join Mineral Madness to have access to the stock lists.

    What do I think?  BUY IT before it’s gone for good!  The shadows can go from a soft day look to a bold evening look.  The Violet can be used as a liner, or worn over a black liner for a pop of color.  The Light Show is a universal cream shimmer.  You can’t NOT have this kit.

    Some items recently added were hugely popular on both QVC and at Sephora:
    Gold Rush Kit, Naturally Luminoius, Brush with Genius.

    Happy shopping!  I mean glossing…

     

     

    Feeling Fiendish

    I hate to admit it, but I don’t even watch True Blood.  But when I saw this collection come out, I knew I had to have it – because I am a True Believer.  In tarte that is!

    Tarte Cosmetics was founded in 1999 by Maureen Kelly, who wanted to find healthy, good for you and fabulous cosmetics.  With its high performance naturals, no parabens, phthalates, or other unpronounceables, I love that tarte is good for you and good for the earth.

    This collection is simploy stunning.  With 17 full size shadows in a rather Jean Paul Gaultier-esqe leather case all laced up, i’ts a steal at $52 (normally 10 pan palettes are $44).  Included in the kit are a trial size lifted natural eye primer, a full size blacker than black emphasEYES aqua gel liner, and a mini lights, camera, lashes mascara.  Have I mentioned that this is my go to mascara right now?  Love it!  These little beauties include the Amazonian Clay in the shadows, and they work double duty healing and treating as they beautify you.

    These colors, like all in the tarte line, are packed with pigment, and rich and creamy, gliding on the skin.  My only fault with them is that, like many pressed powders, you waste a lot of product because they are quite loosely packed, and one swipe releases entirely too much shadow from the pan.  I feel like I will wear through these very quickly because there is too much waste.

    However, while wearing them, VA VA VOOM!  I went for a toned down vampy look today at the office:

    Starting with Maracuja Concealer in Medium, I spot concealed some less than desirables.  This product is ridiculously full coverage.  I think the color is a bit off for me, and I might switch it up to light for my next TSV (Glow your Way to Gorgeous QVC link and REVIEW).  This is a point of contention for me, because the medium foundation is the right shade, and the shade of the other concealer – Calming Concealer – that I use is light.  But more on that later.

    I also used a touch of Calming Concealer in light around my eyes, because I wanted to test them against each other.  The Maracuja concealer is both creaseless as it promises, but all full full full coverage.  The calming concealer is more like a foundation stick and has little staying power or coverage.  Too bad.

    NExt up, the Full Coverage Amazonian Clay Foundation from the 8th Wonder TSV, dotted on, then blended with the famous brush to get that airbrushed look.  I finished my face with Smooth Operator finishing powder.  I love the powder for the poreless airbrushed finish, but I must say I am disappointed it did little to control the oil well on my nose.  For that I rely more on Mally’s Poreless Face Defender, since a little dab’ll do ya for hours.

    On the eyes, I started with the lifted natural eye primer with Firmitol eye primer to lock those shadows on.  I am still playing with tarte’s other primer, the Amazonian Clay Eye Base, but I think lifted has won this celebrity death match round.

    First up, Dusk from last to crease, a medium beige flesh tone, with Fairy, a pale pink frost, to highlight.  Glamour Me, an intense purple went in the crease and outer V, blended out with Dusk and followed by Werewolf, a deeper brown.  I used Urban Decay Corrupt to line – my all time favorte brown bronze liner – and lights, camera, lashes to complete the look.

    On my cheeks, I used Park Avenue Princess bronzer to shape my face, followed by Blushing Bride Amazonian Clay 12-hr blush and let me just tell you, a TINY bit goes a HUGE way!  I packed on a bit too much and had to dust it off a bit.  This is a deep dark rose color that gives you a gorgeous summery flush if you use it right.

    On my lips, I started with Lipsurgence matte in Envy, a nice rose color, followed by True Blood Red.  I cna’t tell you how much I adore these!  Envy, and all the mattes, stay on for hours without drying my ilps out.  The shiny lipsurgences don’t have much staying power but feel fantstic on and look great.

    All in all, this is a huge value, and I suggest you run to your nearest Sephora, or order on line at Tarte before they are gone.  Otherwise, you might have to take a bite out of someone…

    Happy glossing!

     

    From top, left to right

    Row 1:  The Light, Fairy, Dusk

    Row 2:  Dawn, Werewolf, Waitress, Nocturnal

    Row 3:  Charmer, Glamour Me, Stake

    Row 4:  Bayou, Telepath, The True Death, Immortal

    Row 5:  Moss, Legend oops!  Missed that last one!