New tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigments, part one

tarte Cheek Stains

tarte Cheek Stains

The iconic Cheek Stains are the gel/cream blushes that first fostered tarte cosmetics amazing reputation for cutting edge, quality products. Not only does tarte have 8 new Cheek Stain ($30) shades, they also have matching Power Pigments ($24), pencil lip tints with tons of color and lots of shine. Today, I have reviews and swatches of four shades:  Blissful, Flush, Natural Beauty, and True Love. Tomorrow Marcia will have her review and swatches of the other four: Tipsy, Exposed, Fearless, and Blushing Bride.

Tarte’s Cheek Stains are gel (with one exception that’s cream) blushes that give a ‘glow from within’ look. They come in a push-up container and are usually applied straight onto the cheeks. They go on a little wet, with quite a bit of play time to blend perfectly before drying down to a lasting, natural looking flush. Not only do they look beautiful, they are also great for the skin. They have five superfruits that are full of antioxidants to fight free radicals, including maracuja, goji, açaí, acerola, and pomegranate. These superfruits have tons of Vitamin C that brightens skin and moisturizes dry areas.

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments are extremely moisturizing and they quench dry lips while also healing them with antioxidants. In addition the color is fabulous thanks to that powerful pigment and the thinner pencil allows for a more precise application than is normally found with lip crayons. Ingredients include Vitamin E for antioxidant power; shea butter for emollience, and canauba wax for a super smooth application.

The Cheek Stains in today's review

The Cheek Stains in today’s review

The matching Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments

I tend to be drawn toward darker shades while Marcia prefers lighter ones, so today is all about berries and reds (well, one peach shade snuck in there!!)

Blissful

Blissful Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Blissful swatches

Blissful swatches

Blissful is the lovely warm peach shade that snuck its way into the shades I chose to review. This is the lightest of my four today and it is a very soft, pretty peach that doesn’t lean too brown. The cheek stain is better suited to lighter skin tones, but the lippie will work for anyone who wants a warm peach without a ton of drama.

Flushed

Flush Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Flushed swatches

Flush swatches

Flush is a sheer berry shade. This is the shade that first drew me to the tarte line so many years ago! I find this shade is very natural. It looks like you just came in from a chilly day or a quick run. I love it.

Natural

Natural Beauty Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Natural swatches

Natural Beauty swatches

Natural Beauty is a sheer rosy red shade. This is the only cream cheek stain in the bunch, which is why it has a difference appearance – the others have a rounded top, while this one is decidedly flat. The texture is different as well. It doesn’t go on as wet and the coverage is much less sheer for the cheek stain. The Power Pigment has the same texture, shine, and staying power as the other lippies. I think this fresh, healthy-looking shade is my most favorite of them all.

tarte True Love

True Love Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

True Love swatches

True Love swatches

True Love is a sheer watermelon shade. While the Cheek Stain looks incredibly dark, it goes on quite sheer and natural looking. The Power Pigment is certainly a deeper shade and they complement one another beautifully.

These four new tarte shades are all winners in my book and they all get tons of play from me. I love the matching cheek and lip colors – all of the lip shades are deeper versions of the cheek shades, making simply perfect mates for one another. If you prefer lighter shades, be sure to stay tuned for Marcia’s review tomorrow!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks are so berry pretty

Pur Mineral Lip Gloss Sticks

Pur Mineral Lip Gloss Sticks

I’m about to review something and then tell you to buy something different. Yes, I’m crazy like that. My review is for 4 different Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks that I was sent to review. I’ve been using them so much that I forgot that I was supposed to write about them. They’ve just become part of my daily life. When I went to do a little research I found that Pur Minerals had come out with a fabulous set that includes 3 shades of these Lip Gloss Sticks plus 3 shades of eyeshadow sticks in a set called Show Off. One Lip Gloss Stick sells for $15, the set is $28. Now do you see why I’m telling you this?

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

Let’s go backwards a little. Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks are terrific if you like easy to use, non-sticky lip products, sheer lip color that you can build up and lips that are moisturized.

They are very lightly fragranced; I’m not one for fragrance in facial products but they don’t bother me in the least. I’m so busy feeling how much softer and conditioned my lips feel that that’s all I care about.  I will put one on when I’m sitting alone at the computer at night just because it feels so good on my lips. You don’t have to worry about sharpening these since you just wind these chubby lip gloss sticks up and you are done.

The 8 colors these come in are: Honey Pie, Coraline, Berry Pretty, Rum Raisin, Beach Bum, Daredevil, Spiked Punch and Game Day. When you hover your mouse over the color names on the order page you’ll see the Lip Gloss Stick change so you can get an idea of the color.

The Show Off Kit has totally different shades which I bet are just as pretty: Pucker (light pink), Fling (misty mauve) and Taunt (raspberry) for lips and Exposed (vanilla cream), Unveiled (gold shimmer) and Staged (toasted raisin) for eyes.

Pur Minerals Show Off

Pur Minerals Show Off

Pur Minerals Show Off set (3 eye crayons, 3 lip crayons)

Pur Minerals Show Off set (3 eye crayons, 3 lip crayons)

I’ve been a fan of pencil type lip products for a long time. I find them to be easy to use and mess free. These are different than most of the ones I have since they are more of a lip gloss than lip stick. Even though Pur Minerals describes them as being vibrant colors, I don’t find them to be nearly as vibrant as a lipstick is. The shades I have aren’t in the kit so maybe you’ll decide to buy one or more of these instead.

Rum Raisin is the darkest of the 4 shades I have. It looks dark in the packaging but not on my lips. I was sure I wouldn’t be using this color but I was wrong. Once on it just deepens my natural lip color and looks glossy yet sheer.

Pur Minerals Rum Raisin

Pur Minerals Rum Raisin

Berry Pretty is my favorite of the group. It is berry pretty indeed. It looks like a “my lips but better” shade on me while it emphasizes the rosiness in my lips.

purmineral stick gloss berry pie closed

Pur Minerals Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick

Pur Minerals Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick

Honey Pie is a nude that’s not really nude. It has a warm undertone and a natural lip color at the same time.

Pur Minerals Honey Pie

Pur Minerals Honey Pie

Coralline is just too pretty for words. When I think of the color coral I usually think of a reddish orange. Coralline is a pinkish orange, heavy on the pink side of orange. This is the one that brightens my lips the most. It’s a very happy shade that’s not dark so it’s easy for me to wear.

Pur Minerals Coralline

Pur Minerals Coralline

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks: Coraline, Honey Pie, Berry Pretty, Rum Raisin

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks: Coraline, Honey Pie, Berry Pretty, Rum Raisin

Whether you go for the bargain of the Show Off Kit or a single Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick, you should consider these for your lip wardrobe. If I had to pick just one I’d pick Berry Pretty but I’m enjoying all 4 of these shades. Pur Minerals is widely available at Ulta and websites like Ulta.com, zappos.com, kohls.com. If I got that Show Off set in my stocking, I’d definitely be showing off. Do you have any favorites? — Marcia

#sent for review *images from purminerals.com and personal

 

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

*sent for possible review

 

 

Tarte’s LipSurgence Collector Set will make you swoon

tarte Lipsurgence Collector’s Set

I hate thinking about holiday shopping already but it really is the perfect time to do so and there’s nothing quite like tarte cosmetics to make sure your dollar goes far with amazing holiday sets. We are enamored with so many of these sets but the one that has my name written on it is the 5 piece LipSurgence™ Collector’s Set. I’m a huge fan of tarte’s LipSurgence™ crayons and even picked one for my favorite summer lippie in Makeup Wars and took that same one with me on my desert island sojourn. The color I picked is Sweet and it was from a QVC set I’d purchased and not available elsewhere. Well guess what? You can now have Sweet along with 4 other LipSurgence™ products for only $34. A single LipSurgence™ is $24! I’m shocked at the price of this set. For $10 more than a single you get 5 and they are beauties.

Lipsurgence set

The 5 shades are

* LipSurgence™ Lip Luster in Escape

*LipSurgence™ Lip Luster in Sweet

* LipSurgence™ Lip Tint in Enchanted

* LipSurgence™ Lip Tint in Elite

* LipSurgence™ Matte Lip Tint in Exposed

Escape is the lightest of the group. The packaging is a light lilac and the color on me is a light cool pink. It actually shows up without making me look ghostly.

Escape

Escape

Sweet is the sweetest in the bunch (my opinion obviously), it’s a midtone pink that I think is neutral since I can wear it with just about anything in my makeup collection. There’s a little bit of shimmer in both Escape and Sweet which gives those more of the luster finish.

Sweet

Sweet

Enchanted has more of a cool undertone and is one of the darkest shades. But since these are basically sheer they aren’t as dark as they appear on the lip crayon.

Enchanted

Enchanted

Elite is a coral pink. Both Enchanted and Elite are a little darker than the others. They also leave a tint behind when the color wears away.

Elite

Elite

Exposed is a nude with a peach undertone on me. In some pictures Exposed looks brown but it doesn’t really look brown once on. I’d classify it as a peach/nude.

Exposed

Exposed

All 5 of these have the trademark peppermint smell which I love. They are refreshing to put on not only because of the scent but because they are so fabulous in feel. The Lip Lusters are a little sheerer than the Lip Tints but very similar. The Matte Lip Tint is matte obviously but it doesn’t show every line since it’s still just as moisturizing. The color selection in this set is terrific. They go from light to semi-dark and almost every shade is universal.

Top swatches: Escape, Sweet and Exposed. Bottom swatches: Elite and Enchanted

Tarte is available at Sephora, Ulta and their own website.

Whether you put this limited edition set on your own wishlist or buy it for gifts (you can divide up the 5 lippies as stocking stuffers), you’ll be sorry if you don’t get this. Do you have a favorite tarte lipsurgence? If not you could have 5 pretty soon! — Marcia

*sent for review

Glowing with Tarte’s Radiant & Rested Volume II set

Tarte Radiant & Rested Volume II from Sephora

One of the many things I love about Tarte Cosmetics (and there are many) is that they are so consumer friendly. Come holiday time, especially, they create the most amazing kits filled with their wonderful cosmetics. One in particular you should know about is RADIANT & RESTED: VOLUME II.This is a set of 5 of Tarte’s incredible products packed together for only $42. I’m amazed at the price and even more amazed at what’s inside.

Tarte Radiant & Rested Volume II

*Smooth operator Amazonian clay illuminating serum: like so much of Tarte’s incredible line this contains Amazonian clay, tea extracts and vitamins. This serum reminds me more of a primer than an actual serum. This is a 0.5 oz size, the perfect amount to try this out; it’s also the perfect size for travel. This helps create some radiance to your skin. It’s a light golden shade that brightens my skin up tremendously. Not only does it look wonderful mixed with my foundation or applied first, it has no fragrance! Lisa has reviewed this if you’d like to read more.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian clay illuminating serum

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian clay illuminating serum

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian clay illuminating serum blended

*LipSurgence natural lip tint in Sweet: this is a new shade and my absolute favorite of all the colors I’ve got. I prefer a light natural look for everyday and this suits me perfectly. I love wearing this because it looks good, feels good and has a slight minty freshness to it. It’s a golden pink and looks perfect with the blush in the kit and with the shades of eyeshadows I love to wear. The LipSurgence lip tints are a delight to wear, they are smooth, easy to apply, don’t need sharpening and they look fabulous on.

Tarte LipSurgence in Sweet swatched

Tarte LipSurgence in Sweet

*Amazonian clay 12 hour blush in Glisten: this shade is new and not sold separately. It’s a glorious peachy pink with some gold shimmer to it. I already knew I loved these blushes since the pigmentation is amazing and they last so well, now though I have a fabulous easy to wear shade that works well day or night.  This is 0.11 oz so it’s smaller but don’t let that stop you – it’s great for your makeup bag and big enough for any blush brush you use. 

Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Glisten

LipSurgence in Sweet, blush in Glisten, highlighter in Champagne

*Provacateur Amazonian clay shimmering powder in Champagne:  continuing with the beautiful golden tones of Radiant & Refresh: Volume II this shimmery highlighting powder is a beautiful gold shade. I can’t wear glitter so I worry whenever I see the words “shimmery” but this is so subtle and works so well with this kit that I can’t help but love what it does. A little along my cheekbones to highlight them makes me feel more vibrant. I also love this as a highlighter on my browbone. This is a surprise treat for me in this kit.

Champagne highlighter and Glisten blush swatches

*The bright side double-ended eye brightener: this is a pre-launch and currently only available in this box. Side one is a shimmering champagne (recommended for day), side two is a shimmering pink champagne (recommended for night). Both sides are perfect day or night in my opinion. They are perfect for the inner corner of your eye as well as underneath your lower lashes to brighten your look. Actually there are many ways you can use this. This is a full size product (as is the LipSurgence).

Tarte Double Ended Eye Brightener Pencil

Whether you choose to wear this kit together or separately I don’t think you’ll find a better bargain out there. Make this a gift to yourself or someone else.  It’s simply mahvelous darlink. — Marcia