Try a little magic with tarte eye makeup remover wipes and blotting papers

I’m sure by now you all know the good things about tarte cosmetics. tarte is the leader in eco-friendly products. They’ve gone to faraway places to discover ingredients that are good for us (I’m sure they have a magic carpet for that). I’m always happy when I receive tarte to review. But now I’ve discovered that tarte has hired a magician to work for them. This is a little known fact, actually I may be the only one that knows this, but I’m sure it’s true.

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

The reason? tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes. These are truly magic. When I first received these I wondered what I could say about remover wipes that I hadn’t said before. But that was before I used them. From the first day I opened this package of 30 wipes and used one I was blown away. It was like being a kid again and seeing that rabbit being pulled out of the hat.

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

These wipes are the best eye makeup remover product I’ve ever used. Seriously! I can’t believe how little effort it takes to remove every bit of my eye makeup. I’m not shy when it comes to eye makeup; most days I wear the whole shebang. I love eyeshadows that are very pigmented, I crave rich black mascara, I adore eyeliner. When I use my other eye makeup removers I use a cotton pad and put a liberal amount of remover on them, hold for a while, and wipe several times. Then I usually have to go back and remove my eyeliner better with a cotton swab. But the magician that created fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes made them work in a very short time and made them non-greasy. I have only once had to work a little harder at removing an eyeliner – once!

tarte not so slick blotting papers and fresh eyes - size comparison

tarte not so slick blotting papers and fresh eyes – size comparison

The premoistened eye makeup remover wipes are about a third the size of a facial wipe yet one wipe removes makeup from both eyes. Fresh Eyes don’t drip with moisture, they are a little on the dry side. You wouldn’t think they could be the magic that they are when you felt them. They have a fragrance from the fruit extracts combined with maracuja. The fragrance is noticeable when I open the package and then it’s gone. I don’t notice them to be oily at all but if I were reapplying eye makeup I’d probably wipe my eyes with water first. But using them at night before bed leaves the nourishment of the ingredients to help moisturize and help with the signs of aging.

Here’s what tarte has to say about the ingredients: Powered By: maracuja: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin C known to replenish and rebuild for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and maximum hydration; grapeseed oil: rich in antioxidants and fatty acids known to moisturize, fight free radicals and brighten dark circles; papaya extract: contains enzymes known to exfoliate skin to improve tone and texture; pineapple extract: contains enzymes, vitamin A and C known to promote exfoliation and anti-aging properties

Here’s what I have to say about the ingredients: it’s magic!

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

Another product to check out from tarte is the not so slick oil- absorbing blotting papers. This convenient pack of 30 papers is excellent for that mid-day shine or oil slick. The blotting papers are weightless yet they are infused with green tea which is rich in polyphenols and is an excellent anti-oxidant. I’m impressed with how quickly they work. Since tarte is so eco-friendly I’m not adding to waste in the environment with plastic type blotting papers. They don’t add a powder like some. They don’t disturb makeup. They just work.

tarte fresh eyes and not so slick

tarte fresh eyes and not so slick

Add some magic to your life with these tarte products. Then maybe the founder of tarte will introduce us to her magician or at least get him/her to work on more amazing products. Have you tried these yet? If not I can assure you that you need to do so! — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

 

Blush, bronze, and blot with Mai Couture

You know how you look perfect and fabulous in the morning, before you go out for the day?  And then, at the end of the day, you look in the mirror and think, what happened??  I looked so great this morning…but now I look pale, shiny, and my blush had disappeared!  Well, maybe this doesn’t happen to you…but it sure does to me.

I don’t want to carry a whole case of makeup with me wherever I go just so I can always look fresh.  I want something quick, easy, and SMALL to help me freshen up throughout the day.  But when Mai Couture sent us a box of products to check out, I was extremely skeptical.  I have this ‘thing’ about not being shiny…ok, maybe it’s a bit of an obsession.  But when I continually blot all day with powder, I end up looking…powdery.  Not a good look.  So I have tried blot papers before, and I am sorry but they just don’t work for me.  Maybe they work for normal people, but my t-zone is an oil slick, even though I am in my mid-forties. Blot papers have never even come close to doing the job for me.

I took the oil blot papers with me on a day of shopping – they have two to choose from, Lavender and Vitamin C+E.  I tried them and guess what?  They work!!  No oil, no powdery look!  My mom even tried them and thought they were terrific.  I showed everyone my shiny nose, and asked them to watch me use the blot paper.  Everyone raved at how well it worked – all were suitably impressed.  (And let me tell you, there is NOTHING like blotting for an audience!!  Sometimes I cannot believe what I do in the name of research.)  They come with a super cute black wallet that stores easily in your purse, and there are 100 sheets in a pack.  (Those gold chains pictured are just for looks, not included with your order!!)  Normally, I probably powder my nose once an hour.  I only needed two sheets for the entire day.  Totally worth it at $24 for the wallet and papers.

Next, I tried the bronzer papers.  Again, I thought oh this is going to be a disaster.  I can just picture a big smear of bronze on my nose, chin, cheeks…but NO.  It took away my oilies and gave me a really terrific glow, just enough to brighten up my complexion and make me look healthier.  Loved it.  There is only one color, Light-Medium, and it worked great for me (I have fair to medium skin).  The bronzer papers are bit more expensive at $33.00 for 100 papers and wallet.

Finally, I tried the blush sheets.  I was really hoping they were great.  I have lots of trouble with blush lasting for me, and I thought this would be a fabulous way of making sure I keep a bright complexion by the end of the day.  How awesome – no need for a brush, or a blush compact – just a slim wallet with these papers.  Mai Couture sent me the Sunset blush, which is the second in the picture.  First is named Prettyful, and the third is Uptown.

So at the end of the day, I put Sunset on, and here is how it looked on me (excuse the horribly messy hair and goofy expression):

I put it on more heavily on one side so you can see the difference – you have a choice between subtle and more dramatic.  (Again, the things I do to my face in the name of research!!)  There are 50 sheets in the blush pack, and it goes for $28 for the papers and wallet.  I have to say, I am really truly impressed with this super unique product.   I definitely want to try the other two colors.  All of the papers have a very slight fragrance, the blush ones seem  a bit more so than the others.  I do not find that the fragrance lingers once applied, however.

You can find Mai Couture products here.  I can’t recommend them highly enough!  – Lisa

Disclosure:  Some item(s) in this review were sent from the company for consideration for a review.    This article was based on our personal experience with the item(s) and was not influenced by any source.  Marcia and Lisa were not  compensated for this article. Feel free to read our disclosure page  for more information.