One day sale! tarte Shades of Clay Collection, February 4 on QVC

The tarte Shades of Clay Collection, a one day only sale on QVC, is definitely one of the best sales/collections I have ever come across. The Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. The TSV Price is $59.96, and the total value of this terrific collection is $202.00.

tarte shades of clay collection

tarte shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

The Shades of Clay Collection includes:

  • 0.68-oz colored clay SPF 15 liquid foundation and 0.51-oz colored clay CC primer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep
  • 0.31-oz clay blush bronzer in Pink Bronze
  • 0.27-oz LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love, a sheer raspberry shade
  • 0.10-oz clay eyeliner in Black
  • 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Bamboo foundation brush
  • Bonus Makeup bag
all the goodies inside

all the goodies inside

I have been using every single item in this collection every day since receiving it and it gets an A+ from me. This set is a seven-piece collection that features colored clay for a whole routine that creates a natural, glowy look. The set is pretty much everything you need for a full face of gorgeousness. It’s fantastic.

I also found a little gift inside, a crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus. Wow, is this stunning!!

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

wearing my gorgous necklace

wearing my gorgeous Crystal Cactus necklace

Amethyst is my birthstone, so I was really happy to find this jewel inside that huge raspberry makeup bag.

What else was inside?  The truly unique colored clay CC primer.

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer that includes color correcting lavender and green

CC Primer swatch

CC Primer swatch

Mine is in shade light. This is a color-correcting stick that neutralizes imperfections, brightens the complexion, and primes skin for foundation. Just smooth it on and then tap it in with fingers. The CC primer melts right in and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application.

Once you have primed with the CC primer, next up is the colored clay liquid foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (a World-wide Launch, by the way!) using the bamboo liquid foundation brush.

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation - see the mesh?

colored clay liquid foundation – see the mesh?

swatch of Light shade

swatch of Light shade

bamboo foundation brush

bamboo liquid foundation brush

The colored clay foundation with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage gives medium but buildable coverage with a satin finish. The bamboo foundation brush is stellar – just press in onto the mesh sifter inside the foundation container then buff onto skin, going from the center out.

Follow that with the colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze (yet another World-wide Launch).

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

I can hear all the oohs and aahs and this beaut certainly deserves it! It’s a combination of pinks and golds that warms the complexion and adds a natural glow. Dust it all over for instant warmth, and layer it on the cheeks as a blush.

Moving on up to the eyes, line with the colored clay eyeliner in black (woohoo, another World-wide Launch!) followed by two coats of the stupendous lights, camera, LASHES™ 4-in-1 mascara in Black.

mascara and eyeliner

lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara and cc eyeliner

CC eyeliner in black

CC eyeliner in black

eye look with eyeliner and mascara

eye look with CC eyeliner and lights, camera, LASHES mascara

For my eye look above, I am wearing a wash of MAC Painterly. I defined and lined my top lash line and waterline with the new colored clay eye liner in Black, which is a velvety eyeliner that truly glides on easily. Then, I finished with two coats of  lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascara. This is a seriously fantastic mascara, one of my top mascaras ever.  It gives great length, volume, and curl, plus it never smears on me. Love it.

The final touch for your tarte Shades of Clay look? The golden raspberry LipSurgence™ lip gloss in true love (can I get a World-wide Launch here?)

lip gloss

LipSurgence lip gloss in true love

eyeliner and lip gloss swatched

CC eyeliner and LipSurgence true love swatched

lip gloss on

true love lip gloss on

LipSurgence(TM) Lip Gloss in true love is a wonderfully flattering sheer raspberry shade with tiny golden shimmers. It has great slip and feels terrific on – this has found a permanent home in my purse.

My tarte shades of clay FOD

My tarte shades of clay FOD

I think every product is a winner and the shades are incredibly flattering. Plus, at this price you just can’t go wrong! Set your timer, leave yourself a note, do something so you don’t miss this sale. Again, the Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. You will be glad you remembered!  - Lisa

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tarte Holiday 2013: Off the Cuff

My goodness, tarte sure has some out-of-this-world holiday sets this year! Flying off the shelves is Off the Cuff ($42), a Sephora exclusive that is a $110 value ($95 of which is cosmetics). Unfortunately it looks like Off the Cuff is sold out online right now. I sure do hope they get more in stock because this is a terrific holiday gift option.

Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff

the cuff

the cuff

Off the Cuff is a pretty blush palette that comes wrapped with a bracelet. The bracelet is a black faux-leather cuff with a gold bow. There are two different closure snaps on the back which is great for different wrist sizes.

the palette

the palette – four blushes and a bronzer

up close

left to right:  Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess

The black and gold palette houses four (almost) full size blushes and one (almost) full size bronzer. The shades include Crave, a matte warm pink/coral; Dazzled, a shimmery satin berry rose shade that is part of the permanent collection; Darling, a matte melon; Dollface, a matte cool pink that is part of the permanent collection; and Park Ave Princess bronzer, a satin warm gold brown that is also part of the permanent collection.

left to right:

left to right:  Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface

Park Ave Princess swatch

Park Ave Princess swatch

I like that this has a few ‘new’ shades plus the permanent shades are some of my favorites. I adore tarte powder blushes and bronzers because they are so pigmented. It doesn’t take much to get great color that lasts all day.

Keep an eye out for this set – even if it’s sold out online, I am sure there are some still available at Sephora stores. How can you resist such gorgeous shades all wrapped up in some bling??  - Lisa

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Neutrogena healthy look cosmetics

Neutrogena

Neutrogena

Have you heart the latest news that Julie Bowen, aka Claire Dunphy of Modern Family, has been named (again) as the face of Neutrogena? I think of Neutrogena as a clear face cosmetic company. I don’t think of smokey eyes and bright red hot lips with Neutrogena. My impression has always been of a look like Julie Bowen represents. Good choice on both their parts.

julie bowenI can just picture her wearing the products that Neutrogena sent to test out. Subtle yet clear colors that bring out your best looks. With these products you don’t see your makeup, you see your face at its best.

Neutrogena Blush & Bronzer in Natural Glow

Neutrogena Blush & Bronzer in Natural Glow

The first product I want to share is Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer. I have this in the lightest shade, #10 Natural Glow. It comes in 4 color combinations (also Posie Glow, Rosy Glow and Raisin Glow) so you should be able to find a combination that’s great for you. I couldn’t have asked for a better shade for me since everything about Natural Glow is understated and effortless. Back when I did my Top Ten bronzer post I mostly had to pick wishlist items rather than products from my collection. If I’d had this Blush & Bronzer then, I’d have had one of my choices.

Neutrogena Blush & Bronzer in Natural Glow

Neutrogena Blush & Bronzer in Natural Glow

Natural Glow

Natural Glow

While the blush isn’t a typical “blush” shade it works perfectly with the bronzer. Both give me warmth without turning me orange. When I am looking wan this is a great combination to use. I can add a little pink or peach blush on the apples of my cheeks and I’m set. I haven’t seen many drugstore bronzers that weren’t sparkly or fragranced which makes this is a great choice. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer retails for $11.50 but you know you’ll find it for less.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Sticks

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Sticks

Neutrogena also makes my lazy girl favorite – lipstick crayons. I’m a huge fan of this kind of product since you get glossy color that’s easy to apply and hard to mess up. Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Sticks ($8.49) come in 8 shades. You can find these by number (10 to 80) which gives you an idea of the depth of color. But even better they name their shades which can be a rarity. I have #30 Sweet Watermelon, #50 Warm Caramel, and #60 Soft Raspberry.

Neutrogena Sweet Watermelon, Warm Caramel and Soft Raspberry

Neutrogena Sweet Watermelon, Warm Caramel and Soft Raspberry

All of these are easy to wear and impart a lot of moisture. According to Neutrogena after 3 days of wearing MoistureSmooth your lips would be softer and smoother. They contain fruit extracts including mango and shea butter. They have a very fruity fragrance which lasts. I’m a lip biter so these only last about 2 hours before I notice the color is gone but they are easy to reapply. And they are twist up so they are great to put in your makeup bag.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth in Sweet Watermelon, Warm Caramel and Soft Raspberry

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth in Sweet Watermelon, Warm Caramel and Soft Raspberry

I’ve used Neutrogena Unscented Facial Cleansing Bar for years and always had confidence in the company. Now I can start exploring their cosmetics with the same confidence. What Neutrogena products are your favorite? Let me know in the comments since I’m feeling a shopping spree coming on! — Marcia

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Prolonging my summer with Rayito de Sol 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Gel

I admit it…I am missing summer already. I am just a summer girl. I love the beach and the fresh air. I love glowing, sun-kissed skin. I miss it…so I am getting my summer fix from Rayito de Sol.

Rayito de Sol

Rayito de Sol 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Gel SPF 15

I had heard fantastic things about this line, which just happens to be the top sun care brand in Latin America. So I was very intrigued when they sent the BIZ their 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Gel SPF 15 ($14.99) to test.

Rayito de Sol is based in Argentina and it’s a family owned company that has been in business for over 90 years. This line is available in 15 different countries including the U.S., Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Paraguay. Rayito de Sol specializes in products that instantly create that ‘iconic Latin glow’. They are the first line with products that give immediate color plus SPF protection. They have wonderful looking products like lotions and sprays and I was happy to try the gel.

swatch

My initial swatch…it looks so dark!

swatch smoothed out

swatch smoothed out…still a little scary

after

after smoothing in, skin looking fantastic and glowy

The 2-in-1 Sport Bronzing Sunscreen Gel SPF 15 I tried is the Instant Medium Color. It also comes in Natural Color, which I am assuming is a lighter shade. The initial swatch looked soooo dark, I was a bit alarmed…but it definitely lightened up when I smoothed it in. My skin tone is somewhere in between light and medium, and this gel gives me a slightly deeper color with a lot more ‘glow’ than I normally have. The gel has an interesting texture that is quite pleasant. It has lots of slip at first and it feels slightly wet for a few minutes before drying down completely. Plus it has a cooling effect that lasts for about 20 minutes. I use it on both my face and body with excellent results.

Even if it’s no longer summer, we all still need sunscreen. Why not get a beautiful Latin glow while you are at it? All the wonderful things I read about this line were true, I was not disappointed. They’ve got the goods and I can’t wait to try the other products. And some really great news – right now there is a 50% off coupon for online orders – just use the code 50off at checkout. Keep that summer glow and stay protected from those harmful rays with Rayito de Sol!  - Lisa

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Lisa’s Top Ten Self Tanners

Self tanners have come a long way, baby. Years ago they were difficult to apply, smelled horrific, and turned you an unnatural looking orange. There are some truly great options out there today, options so great no one should be afraid to faux tan! I put my self tanners into two categories:  one night stands (these only last until you wash them off) and marriage material (these give you more committment – at least one week). Here are my top ten self tanners. The first five are my favorite one night stands and the next five are my favorite marriages.

1.  Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Gleam Body Radiance

Four fantastic color options, this one night stand is also the perfect remedy for any bad ‘marriages’.

2.  Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Red Carpet Kolour

Oh my this is a terrific one night stand…it makes any skin flaws disappear with beautiful tint and soft shimmer.

3.  Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

Le Metier Bella Bronzer

The best liquid bronzer for the face and decolletage, hands down.

4.  Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow

A beautiful golden tan that is waterproof (hello swimming!) but not soap proof (hello one night stand!).

5.  Carlene K Shine Bronzer Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

Carlene K Shine Body Glow

There’s a reason this is a favorite of Hollywood starlets – it’s gorgeous, easy to use, and I love the beautiful golden shimmer.

6.  Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

Jan Marini

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Sunless Self Tanner

I love this especially as a face tanner.  The color adjusts to your skin so it’s extremely natural looking.

7.  Supergoop Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

Supergoop SPF 20 Gradual Self Tanning Sunscreen Mousse

This sunscreen is also a gradual self tanner, which is a great way to build up to that commitment.

8.  Tan Towels

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

Tan Towels take away those tan lines!

See the tan lines? Tan Towels are a super convenient way to make them a thing of the past – even if you have the tan lines of a blogger.

9.  Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

Make Me Smooth You Glow, Girl

I buy this self tanner over and over because it gives gorgeous color and I can get it in any scent I want. My most frequent pick is Day at the Beach, which is a “Coconut infused scent potion that will take you back to lazy days spent at the beach.”

10.  Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self-Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan Body Self Tanning Lotion

This is a marriage, all right – it takes some time but it applies beautifully, gives deep dark color, and is total marriage material.

Happy faux tanning!  - Lisa

Senna Summer Sunglow 2013: the Emerald Isle Collection

Senna’s Summer Sunglow 2013 Collection has two looks that capture the latest summer shades of orange, emerald-green, and bronze. The Senna Emerald Isle collection is ‘warm with rich bronzed skin and emerald eyes with fiery lips that burst with energy and adventure.’

Eugenia Weston, founder of Senna, has a terrific makeup tutorial at http://youtu.be/sl3CMIOrPyO .

This gorgeous collection for face, eyes, and lips includes a bronzer, bronzer brush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lip gloss.

Senna

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Sunset

All the products have the beautiful new Senna packaging that is truly chic as well as extremely durable. The Emerald Isle collection features the Sunset Bronzer ($42), a baked mineral powder that be sheer or layered for more intensity.

Senna

Senna Sunset

Senna

it actually does look like a sunset, doesn’t it?

Senna

Sunset swatched – gold and deep bronze

You can use just one shade at a time, the highlighter is great above cheekbones with the bronzer below to sculpt and define. Or you can mix the colors together for an all over complexion brightener. This is a gorgeous bronzer that feels incredibly silky to the touch. Every bronzer is unique and has its own pattern, and you won’t find any oils, talc, or fragrance anywhere.

Senna

Senna Powder Point 33

The perfect brush for applying this bronzer is the Powder Point 33 brush ($38).

Senna

Powder Point 33 brush head

Senna

another view

This is a fabulously soft and silky brush that has just enough stiffness to make application a breeze. The pointed tip makes precision easy and the brush feels fantastic on the skin.

Moving on to eyes, the Senna Emerald Isle collection features, but of course, an emerald-green eyeshadow.

Senna

Senna Emerald Eyeshadow

Senna

Emerald swatch

Oh my goodness this is one stunning eyeshadow. The Emerald Glow Eyecolor ($18) has a buttery texture and the color is rich and complex. It sheers out beautifully, but I especially like it as an eyeliner for my brown eyes.

Also in the Emerald Isle collection is the Ultra Last Eyeliner ($20) in Ultra Black.

Senna

Ultra Last Eyeliner

Senna

Senna Ultra Last Eyeliner in Ultra Black

Senna

Ultra Black swatch

This is a really neat auto liner. There is a rubber section in the middle of the barrel that helps you grip for precise application. It’s also waterproof and smudgeproof, perfect for summer wear.

And for lips, there is the Lip Laquer Ultra Shine Lipgloss ($20) in Bonfire, a blood orange shine.

Senna

Senna Bonfire Lip Lacquer

Senna

Bonfire applicator

Senna

Bonfire swatch

This is a fabulous shade for sun-kissed skin! The lip gloss has shea butter, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and mango seed butter so it’s extremely moisturizing.

Senna Emerald Isle FOD

My Senna Emerald Isle FOD

The Emerald Isle collection is an absolute winner. The products are top-notch, and the shades are just gorgeous for summer.  Marcia will tell you all about the Bronzelite collection tomorrow, so be ready to agonize over which collection is your favorite!  - Lisa

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One night stand or long-term committment? Tarte has great options!

Park Avenue

Park Ave Princess bronze & glow

So, are you an immediate gratification kind of gal? Or do you prefer a slow to develop, long-term committment? Either way, tarte has a product for you that will give you a gorgeous summer glow.  Take a look at the various ‘relationship options’ they sent to the BIZ.

Glow side

the glow

For a ‘one night stand’ – or should I say ‘one day stand’ – check out the Park Ave Princess bronze & glow™ matte bronzer & cheek tint ($32). The top is a gorgeous, shimmery peachy pink cheek tint that you apply directly to cheeks then blend in with your fingers.

bronze side

the bronze

Tarte has taken the ever popular Park Ave Princess bronze shade and turned it into a mousse bronzer. The bronze is right under the glow, just twist the top off.  Smooth this over bare skin or over foundation to contour. It’s a beautiful matte bronzer that can be layered for even deeper color.

swatched

Park Ave Princess bronze and glow swatched

What if you are looking for a little no-committment, immediate gratification for the body? Check out the Maracuja Rainforest Glow ($34). This is available only at Ulta and Ulta.com.

Maracuja

Maracuja Rainforest Glow

Maracuja Rainforest Glow provides an instant golden tan that is waterproof (so it stays on while you swim) but not soap-proof (so it says goodbye when you shower).

arm without

arm without

arm with

arm with

This applies so easily. It has a color guide so you can tell where you have put it and where there might be streaks. It hydrates the skin with maracuja oil, making it beautifully soft. And you get an instant tan that helps hide stretch marks, blemishes, uneven skin tone and veins. All this in only 30 seconds, and it won’t transfer to your clothes. The Maracuja Rainforest Glow is a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am experience you are going to truly appreciate.

Brazilliance

Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner and Blending Mitt

But of course, there are those of you who want that committment, those of you who sing Beyonce’s ‘Single Girls’ at the top of  your  lungs. If you want to ‘put a ring on it’ you need tarte’s Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner and Blending Mitt ($37).

Brazilliance top

Brazilliance top

How do I love this self tanner?  Let me count the ways!  First, it doesn’t have that awful self tanner smell. In fact, it has tarte’s proprietary PUREshield™ scent-control technology to ensure a good smelling experience.

Mitt

the Blending Mitt

Second, this self tanner is extremely easy to apply. It has a color guide so you can see potential streaks, plus the Blending Mitt is fantastic.

Mitt up close

Blending Mitt up close

The Blending Mitt has small spongy holes that create a perfect self tanner application, so a ‘bad self tanner experience’ is pretty much impossible. Third, the self tanner is full of maracuja, which means your skin gets totally hydrated and super soft. And fourth, the color is fabulous. It looks completely natural. Regardless of how many times I apply this or how much I slather on, I never turn orangutan orange. Yup, this self tanner is total marriage material.

If you love committment but are feeling a little fickle, check out the Golden Opportunity tarte to go kit ($10, a $19 value!) for a great combination.

Golden Opportunity

Golden Opportunity

Golden Opportunity is a travel set with a small size (0.5 oz compared to a full size 5.5 oz) Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner and a small size (0.11 oz, compared to the full size 0.32 oz) Amazonian Clay Bronzer powder in Park Ave Princess.

Park Ave Princess Bronzer

Park Ave Princess Bronzer

Park Ave Princess swatch

Park Ave Princess swatch

The powder mineral bronzer is a great compliment to the self tanner, and it certainly is the right size for your purse or for traveling.

Whether you crave immediate gratification or desire something for the long haul, tarte has an option for everyone.  Find your perfect relationship at tartecosmetics.com, Ulta.com, or Sephora.com.  - Lisa

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