tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 Holiday Gift Set QVC sale!

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1If you are a tarte lover, get ready – the Sweet Indulgence 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set ($59.94) is on sale for one day only at QVC, November 10th.  Set yourself a reminder so you can order this fabulous limited edition set.  This is a ‘one for you, one for me’ holiday set for sure – or you can also break up the set and make it three separate gifts.  The BIZ was sent a sneak peek so we could give you the low down before the sale.  Two removable eyeshadow palettes house 16 different eyeshadows, plus the set includes two brand new blush shades, two lip creams, one lip gloss, three LE eyeliners, and 2 full size mascaras.

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1 QVC

For so many products, this is a very tight little box that doesn’t take up much room.  There are three separate ‘books’ housed inside the light purple with gold floral box.

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#mysweetindulgences

All three books open up like this.  #mysweetindulgences

All three books open up like this. #mysweetindulgences

The first book is all about eyes.  The eyeliner shades are plum, charcoal, and bronze.  These are basic pencil eyeliners that work best on the upper lid – they do smudge when I wear them on my lower lash line.  Out of the three shades the bronze shade is the standout.  Also included are two full-sized lights, camera, LASHES mascara, one of my favorite go-to mascaras.

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

tarte eyeliners, left to right:  bronze, plum, charcoal

tarte eyeliners, left to right: bronze, plum, charcoal #mysweetindulgences

The second book is all about lips and cheeks.  There are two new Amazonian clay 12-hour blush shades – hooray!  I adore this blush and new shades are always so much fun.  The first is savored, a golden rose; the second is pampered, a soft melon.

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

Blushes  #mysweetindulgences

Savored and Pampered blushes #mysweetindulgences

There is one LE LipSurgence lip gloss in the shade indulging, which is a raspberry pink.  This is a sticky but longer wearing lip gloss, and the color is very pretty.  Plus there are two LipSurgence lip cremes:  wonder, a poppy pink, and rare, a peachy nude. The Lip Cremes are self-sharpening and have a slightly minty taste. True to their name they are very creamy when first applied and they eventually dry down to a stain that lasts for hours on me.

Raspberry pink lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Indulging LipSurgence lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

The third book has two removable palettes with 8 eyeshadows each.

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

The first palette shades:

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#mysweetindulgences

pinky promise (pink mauve), taupe of the world (deep taupe), you look mauveless (mauve plum),  just malt away (creamy malt)

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#mysweetindulgences

pampered pink (light pink), dare to be gold (gold), show plum love (rich plum), wind down brown (rich brown)

The second palette shades:

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vanilla candles (soft beige), coming up roses (plum rose), hazelnut bon bons (medium brown), champagne bubble bath (shimmering pink)

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#mysweetindulgences

bronze cuff (golden hazel),  feeling grey-t (pebble grey), espresso yourself (espresso), cinnamon latte (shimmering cinnamon)

This is a great set to buy for any cosmetics lover.  The only items that I could do without are the eye pencils, but if you have dry skin they will probably work well for you.  A great thing about tarte is their shades are more on the neutral side, so you really can’t go wrong with these as gifts.  Take advantage of the TSV sale on November 10th…I have a feeling this holiday special set is not going to last for long.  You can buy it right here:  http://qvc.co/tarte-SweetIndulgences – Lisa

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Plump without pain with City Lips

How often do you look in the mirror and wish you could easily change a feature of yours? I know I’m never going to be perfect and I don’t really expect to be. I’m not that critical but every time I’m excited about my makeup, I’m usually not excited about my lips. That’s what I’d like to change but without fillers. No shots for me. Not taking a chance of having duck lips that I’ll regret.

When City Lips offered to try one of their lip plumpers I was happy to give it a go. I had actually used the brand many years ago but in the shuffle of trying so many products I’d forgotten about them. This was a welcome reminder.

City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips

City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips

City Lips Advanced Formula is one of the original lip plumpers that doesn’t burn or tingle. My first foray into lip plumpers made me sit and gasp in pain for the first 15 minutes and then after that I’d hate the smell that never seemed to go away. It scarred me so much that I tried to block out the name (Lip Venom). City Lips isn’t like that at all. Instead it’s a gloss that’s designed to give you lush lips that are shinier and plumper. It’s a treatment as well as a cosmetic product.

There are many shades available ($40 each, $35 for clear): Nude York, Tinsel town, LosAngeLips, Sin City, Plum Springs, Tokyo Kiss, SunDiego and Clear. I have LosAngeLips, a light pink that has some glisten to it. This is the type of color I like on my lips on a daily basis. If I were brave though I’d chose something like Sangria which is the most beautiful red burgundy and perfect for fall and winter. Other shades include Orchid, Sangria, Sundiego, and Holly.

City Lips Advanced Formula shades

City Lips Advanced Formula shades

City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips, light pink with a gold glisten

City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips, light pink with a gold glisten

City Lips Advanced in Sangria

City Lips Advanced in Sangria

The way to wear City Lips is to apply it and wait. After a few minutes you can put lipstick over it but I’d wait 10 minutes before doing that so you get the full effect of the plumping.

The main ingredient that does this magic is something we all need, especially once we hit 40: Hyaluronic Acid. You’ve heard Lisa and I rave about products with this ingredient in it because we love what it does for our skin and lips. Hyaluronic acid is a compound which is naturally found in the human body. With its ability to hold several times its own weight in water, it is one of the most effective natural moisturizers. It also contributes to skin elasticity and stimulates the growth of new and healthy cells. In CITY Lips, it contributes to the “instant plump” that happens on application as well as supporting the formation and maintenance of collagen.

City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips wand

City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips wand

City Lips helps lock in the moisture in your lips. It’s a great nighttime treatment which is why the Clear is great to have. I’ve only used it in LosAngeLips but since it’s so light it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing color to bed. The plumping effect lasts for a few hours but when I reapply it does its magic again.

From City Lips website:” City Lips utilizes exclusive ingredients and natural lip enhancers that work painlessly and safely to pump up the volume. City Lips will stimulate lasting natural collagen production with continued use.

  • Instantly delivers dramatic plumping effects with HA Plumping Spheres
  • Stimulates new collagen development with twice the collagen peptides for long-term plumping
  • Provides instant fullness, definition, & hydration with long-lasting plumping benefits
  • Diminishes and fades the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Works safely, painlessly and without irritation or numbness”

    City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips

    City Lips lip plumper in Losangelips

What really made me notice how effective my Losangelips worked was when I was hospitalized. At first I didn’t even look in the mirror, but when I finally felt well enough to do so I realized that my lips no longer had that longer lasting effect that City Lips had given me. Now I like to use it at least once a day to give me some glamour and not make me worry about my thinning lips. Unfortunately there’s no long lasting solution that doesn’t involve needles but the next best thing is City Lips and you can have it in your choice of color. — Marcia

CityLips.com before and after

CityLips.com before and after

INGREDIENTS:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Methicone, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Petrolatum, PPG-51/SMDI Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Microcrystalline Wax, Tribehenin, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl PCA, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, Benzyl Nicotinate, Flavor, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Tallowate, O-Cymen-5-OL, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose Distearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Sarcosine, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Potassium Aspartate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate

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Hydropeptide Perfecting Gloss BCA Perfectly Pink Gloss Set

I am still discovering wonderful BCA sets this month, and my recent obsession is the Hydropeptide Perfecting Gloss BCA Perfectly Pink Gloss Set ($55, a $76 value).  Not only is the set a discounted price, but for every set sold $5 is donated to Look Good Feel Better, an organization that helps the quality of life and self-esteem for those undergoing cancer treatment.

Hydropeptide BCA 8

I first saw the Hydropeptide line at a makeup and skin care trade show in Chicago a few years ago.  I remember my friend Jen was raving about the line and she purchased several items.  I can’t remember now why I didn’t buy anything from them, but I know I have regretted that decision ever since, so I was excited to try this set they sent us.

Hydropeptide BCA

Hydropeptide BCA 2

Perfecting Glosses have some terrific ingredients that makes lips full and ultra-moisturized.  There are four different kinds of peptides that plump up lips and do lots of reparative work with continuous use.  More plumping happens thanks to chili pepper and niacin, which sort of warms lips but doesn’t give the major, sort of uncomfortable tingle of other lip plumpers.  Hyaluronic acid moisturizes and improves elasticity so fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable.  They are also extremely moisturizing thanks to the Meadowfoam estolide.

The Perfectly Pink Lip Gloss Set includes two Perfecting Glosses – one in Beach Blush and one in Nude Pearl.  Both have very little tint.

Hydropeptide Beach Blush Perfecting Gloss

Hydropeptide Beach Blush Perfecting Gloss

Hydropeptide Beach Blush Perfecting Gloss

Hydropeptide Beach Blush Perfecting Gloss

Hydropeptide Nude Pearl Perfecting Gloss

Hydropeptide Nude Pearl Perfecting Gloss

Hydropeptide Nude Pearl Perfecting Gloss

Hydropeptide Nude Pearl Perfecting Gloss

Beach Blush has a very slight pink tint, and Nude Pearl is more of a clear shimmer.  Both feel absolutely awesome on my lips.  I am not sure if they truly makes my lips look bigger from the plumping or if it’s just from the shine, but they are so nice I don’t even care, I keep wearing them!

Hydropeptide Perfect Gloss swatches in Nude Pearl (left) and Beach Blush (right)

Hydropeptide Perfect Gloss swatches in Nude Pearl (left) and Beach Blush (right)

October is a great month for wonderful limited edition sets and values, and the Hydopeptide Perfecting Gloss Perfectly Pink Gloss Set is a great one to try.  Anything that brings attention to breast cancer treatment, support, or research has my attention.  If you haven’t had your yearly mammogram yet – please schedule it now.  It could just save your life.  – Lisa

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tarte cosmetics holiday: away oui go portable palette and collector’s set

Many lines come out with holiday sets, but I think I look forward to tarte’s more than any other.  I have beautiful sets from years ago that I still use…they definitely stand the test of time.  Tarte recently sent us the away oui go portable palette and collector’s set ($48, a $410 value) and it does not disappoint!

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

Away oui go is a limited edition set that is an Ulta exclusive.  It’s one of the sets available in the new Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection.  It includes:

  • four removable eye and cheek palettes with a total of 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay eye shadows and four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes
  • three deluxe sized Maracuja lip glosses
  • a deluxe lights, camera, lashes mascara
  • teal fabric stitched with pearls collector’s compact that holds the removable palettes

The lights, camera, lashes mascara is a staple for me.  It gives great volume and length and doesn’t smudge.  I love it.  The lip glosses come in three shades:  Nice, a creme mauve; Cannes, a shimmery pink; and Paris, a creme raspberry.

left to right:  Paris, Canne, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

Paris

Paris

Cannes

Cannes

Nice

Nice

left to right:  Paris, Cannes, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

They are typical tarte lip glosses that are just slightly sticky and nicely glossy, although the applicator is different.  The brush is beyond stiff – it’s frozen.  I’ve had other lip glosses with a brush that started off that way, but if you bent it the bristles released.  These don’t.  It’s interesting, and I am not sure if I am a fan or not.

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

with a palette inside

with a palette inside

I adore the compact.  It’s very vintage looking and the palettes fit in it just perfectly.  It also has a nice mirror inside, so this really is a great item for travel.  I am actually storing the box the set comes in and leaving the palette on my vanity, switching the palettes out every few days.

The eyeshadows are all beautiful, with a great selection of shades and variety of finishes in each palette.  I think my favorite palette is the one with the intrigue blush.  I have always adored tarte blushes, so four eyeshadows and a full-sized blush makes my knees weak.

tarte away oui go palette 1

left to right:  macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

left to right: macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

envisioned blush

envisioned blush

Eyeshadows:  macarons for you is a matte light pinky- brown; champagne & chocolat is a shimmery champagne brown; kisses under the Arc is a shimmery copper/pink; art in Montmartre is a bronze shimmer.  Blush: envisioned is a shimmery light peach.

tarte away oui go palette 2

left to right:  private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

left to right: private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

irresistible blush

irresistible blush

Eyeshadows:  private chateau is a matte vanilla, café for crème brûlée is a matte golden brown, tea for two is a warm shimmery brown, marvel at the Mona Lisa is a matte chocolate-brown.  Blush:  irresistible is a matte light pink.

tarte away oui go palette 3

left to right:  snow angels in the parc; navigating the Metro; midnight stroll; liaison at the Louvre

left to right: snow angels in the parc, navigating the Metro, midnight stroll, liaison at the Louvre

intrigue blush

intrigue blush

Eyeshadows:  snow Angels in the parc is a light shimmery gold, navigating the Metro is a medium shimmery taupe, midnight stroll is a dark plum with a tiny bit of shimmer, liaison at the Louvre is a matte deep reddish-brown.  Blush:  intrigue is a medium matte pink.

tarte away oui go palette 4

left to right:  Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

left to right: Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

limitless blush

limitless blush

Eyeshadows:  Champs-Élysées shopping is a matte clay, stargazing on the Seine is a shimmery light golden brown, Eiffel Tower engagement is a matte greige, secret soiree is a dark shimmery plum.  Blush:  limitless is a shimmery medium peachy-pink.

By the way, did you notice that sells for $48, but it’s a $410 value?  My prediction is these won’t last long.  Get to Ulta and get one for yourself and one for a holiday gift.  It is totally worth it.  – Lisa

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More BCA goodies: Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection

The best makeover I ever had was by Bobbi Brown waaaay back in the day – like in the 1990’s.  Bobbi was at my local Neiman’s, and she was an absolute doll.  I bought every single thing she recommended for me, and Bobbi Brown has been a staple in my cosmetics stash ever since.

Bobbi Brown Pretty in Pink BCA Lip Gloss Set

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink BCA Lip Gloss Set

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics sent us the new Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection ($60), their ‘gloss for a cause’ set.  This is a limited edition set of four pink lip glosses, Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss; Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss, and for every sale Bobbi Brown donates $12 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Gloss Set

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Gloss Set

The formula is quite emollient and includes vitamins C and E.  This gloss leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated, and has a minty taste.  They have a nice lip feel that isn’t sticky at all.  The wand has a doefoot applicator (remember when these had those terrible brushes that splayed immediately?), and these are about half the size of a regular lip gloss.   I actually really like this size for a lip gloss – I never seem to finish a regular size lip gloss before it starts to go bad.

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss

Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss is a warm pink rose that is definitely sheer, imparting a very slight rose tint.

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lip Gloss

Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss is a bright pink with pearl.  This is definitely high shimmer!  Lips are ultra sparkly and shiny.

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Soiree Lip Gloss

Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss is a baby pink with light shimmer.  This is pretty sheer, but it sure gives a matte lip color lots of oomph with pearly pink shimmers.  This color is limited edition, made just for this collection.

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss

Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss is a bright hot pink.  On the website this is called Bright Lilac Lip Gloss – they must have changed the name to be more aligned with the ‘Pretty Pink’ theme.  It’s the most pigmented shade and can definitely be worn by itself.  This is a limited edition color made just for this collection.

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Glosses left to right:  Pink Tulle, Pretty Pink, Pink Ribbon, Soiree

Bobbi Brown BCA Pretty Pink Lip Glosses left to right: Pink Tulle, Pretty Pink, Pink Ribbon, Soiree

The Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Set is indeed a pretty little set with a nice mix of shimmer and shiny lip glosses.  If you have pigmented lips, you can wear all four by themselves – if not, then you may want to layer them over color.  Pink Ribbon is the only one pigmented enough to wear by itself.  But they are all pretty, feminine shades that will make your lips happy and also help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  – Lisa

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Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Lip Gloss Set

Three Mally Beauty favorites: Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet, Volumizing Mascara, and Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Watching QVC is definitely addicting, especially when Mally Beauty is featured.  Mally sends the BIZ quite a few products to try, and here are three of my favorites that I love to use together for a polished, pretty look.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

1.  Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Violet ($15)

Deep Violet is a fabulous color.  It’s not as harsh as black, and a little more exciting than brown.  The eyeliner pencil has a creamy texture that glides on and smudges out for a smoky look.  Then it sets and stays in place all day.  It doesn’t last the whole day on the waterline, but it lasts as long as any other pencil eyeliner I have.  Deep Violet goes with so many colors I reach for it more than any other pencil eyeliner I have…in fact I will need to replace this soon!

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

2.  Volumizing Mascara in Black ($20)

Volumizing Mascara is a terrific mascara that definitely gives my lashes tons of volume and drama.  I use two coats for day, three coats for even more drama.  This is a wet mascara so I have to be careful until it dries, otherwise I end up dots on my upper lids because it makes my lashes so long and full.  Once it’s dry, it is perfect – no clumps, flakes, or smudging.

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Swatches of Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink and Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Swatches of Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink and Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

3.  High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Party Girl Pink ($20)

The High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen is a wonderfully creamy, emollient lipstick/lip gloss hybrid that is exceptionally glossy.  The texture is velvet smooth, and Party Girl Pink is a stunning peachy/pink shimmer.  Party Girl Pink is one of my most favorite lip colors, and I love it paired with Deep Violet Eyeliner and the Volumizing Mascara.

Wearing my trio of favorite Mally products:  Deep Violet Eyeliner, Volume Mascara, and Party Girl Pink High Shine Liquid Lipstick

Wearing my trio of favorite Mally products: Deep Violet Eyeliner, Volume Mascara, and Party Girl Pink High Shine Liquid Lipstick

Mally Beauty has a huge amount of winning products and gorgeous colors on both QVC and the Mally Beauty website.  I’ve shared my three favorites, now tell me, what are yours?  – Lisa

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Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 collection review and swatches part two

Yesterday, I reviewed the primers and concealers from the exciting new tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection.

tarte fall 2014 collage

Today I have the rest of the items tarte sent us.  I love that the packaging features snake skin, because these products are as adaptable as a snake shedding its skin.tarte fall 2014 best in fauxbest in faux lash extending fibers ($19) is very interesting.  The fibers are black, not white, so it almost seems like putting on two different types of mascara.  Start with the tube of lights, camera, lashes mascara to prep lashes for grabbing onto the fibers, follow with the best in faux fiber wand, then finish with another coat of mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

prep, extend, and finish with tarte Best in Faux

prep, extend, and set with tarte Best in Faux

Typically I have big problems with fiber lash enhancers – the fibers bother my eyes and make them very uncomfortable.  But this system works fantastically for me – big huge lashes that wear perfect through the day with no fallout!

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24).  Holy smokes this is good stuff.

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner in Brown/Black

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner in brown/black

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner Brown/Black swatches

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner brown/black swatches

The dual eyeliner comes in a large glass jar with two shades of gel eyeliner.  I have the brown/black duo.  The brown is not a flat brown, it’s more of a shimmery bronze.  This is a super creamy, easy to apply gel liner that has a little play time before drying down to a smudge-free line that just doesn’t budge.  I love using the black on the top lash line and the brown on the bottom lash line.  This dual liner also comes in a green/black duo and a plum/black duo, and I am most definitely buying both of them.

The colored clay tinted brow gel ($21) was a surprise to me.  I am so used to larger, mascara-sized brushes for brow gels that this tiny little brush took me aback at first.

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel in medium brown

The tiny little brush packs a big punch.  I absolutely adore what it does for my brows…they look polished and perfect with just one swipe.  This is a seriously great brow gel that fills in brows and keeps them in place all day.  And the tiny brush is a stroke of genius – the larger ones always leave extra gel that I have to wipe off, so my on-the-thin-side brows love this.

I can’t have a complete eye look without curling my lashes – mine are stick straight without the help.  The be charmed limited edition picture perfect eyelash curler ($19) is a great option that isn’t too small for larger eyes.  Plus, this one includes a removable snake charm and a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

close up of the removable charm

close up of the removable charm

be charmed eyelash curler up close

be charmed eyelash curler up close

Lots of eyelash curlers are too small for my eyes, but the be charmed eyelash curler works with room to spare.  It gives major curl that doesn’t droop by the end of the day.  Take the cool snake charm off and put it on your purse or keychain – snakes are a symbol of spiritual guidance and personal growth, so it’s a perfect reminder that you are on the right path!

wearing best in faux, eyeliner duo, and brow gel

wearing best in faux, dual eyeliner, and colored clay tinted brow gel

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, brow gel and best in faux

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, colored clay tinted brow gel and best in faux

That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, Envy.

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy – check out the gold snake-skin cap!

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy

tarte lipsurgence in envy swatched

tarte LipSurgence in envy swatched

wearing tarte lipsurgence in envy

wearing tarte LipSurgence in envy

envy is a matte yet shiny mauve berry shade.  It’s a natural shade that gives lips a little ‘oomph’ of color plus a lot of glossy shine.  It keeps my lips looking and feeling moist and lush.  Love it.

Overall, the tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection is pretty darn fabulous.  The biggest surprises for me were the dual eyeliner and the colored clay brow gel.  I think my favorite items are the best in faux lash fibers and the be charmed eyelash curler…although there isn’t a clunker in the bunch.  tarte has definitely outdone themselves with this collection.  Thumbs up!  – Lisa

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tarte cosmetics 'eye of the day' with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics ‘eye of the day’ with the Fall 2014 collection