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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!

POW! BAM! ZAP! tarte is having a sale!



The long holiday weekend may be over, but you can still celebrate!  Didn’t get what you wanted on QVC this weekend?  Check out and pickup some of your favorite beauties!  Just pick out your favorites (True Blood excluded, sorry) and use code FRWRK at checkout.

I think I might grab a couple more 12 Hour Blushes or maybe some Smooth Operator tinted moisturizer!

Rose Red, Blood Red, True Blood!









Now, I’m not so in to the vampire thing myself, but I have to say – this is a pretty awesome kit!  Inspired by True Blood, the HBO take on the vampy trend, this limited edition set from tarte is GORGEOUS!  Now, if you’ve been reading here, you know i LOVE LOVE LOVE tarte.  They are all natural, paraben free, and yummy products and I’ve been building up my collection.  I think I will have to snag these – even though I need more makeup like a hole in my head.

These little beauties are ONLY available for Beauty Insiders, so if you’re not a BI – sign up now!

1.  Eye Palette with 17 (holy cow!) eye shadows, and a sneaky pull out drawer on the bottom with a black black black aqua gel eyeliner, a big ole Lights! Camera! Lashes! Mascara (a personal fave) and a Lifted Natural Eye Primer to keep it all in place.  $52

These are bound to create a very dramatic look.  The eyeshadows look gorgeous and soft, like most of tarte’s shadows.  They are VERY pigmented and a little goes a long way.  The Lights Camera Lashes is a FANTASTIC mascara, that I love.  I don’t know about the primer yet, but the Aqua Eyes liners are some of my faves too!  This is a RIDICULOUS value since they are full size shadows.

2.  Redder than red, blood red, cheek stain.  I have two cheekstains that I adore.  I’m still playing with them, but they last forever!   A little goes a long way and they really last.  Set them with an Amazonian Clay blush and you’ll glow for DAYS!  $30

3.  Rose red, blood red limited edition LipSurgence lip tint.  I am addicted to these!  I have the shiny ones, the regular ones, the matte ones.  The darker shades are true lip tints, and they stay put for hours.  I love those!  A deep dark red is perfect for a smoky light eye and those hot nights out.  $24

Get ye to Sephora!  Oh wait, I think I have a coupon here somewhere…

Use Ebates and right now save an additional 8% shopping on line!