Tarte Spring 2011 Collection

Tarte has some gorgeous, highly pigmented items out for Spring 2011.  I am totally loving the new blush and the lip gloss pencils.

The Amazonian Clay Long Wear Blush ($25) is stunning.

It has a beautiful scene etched into the powder:

In the picture it looks more pink than it actually is. This is Natural Beauty,  a gorgeous red.  It gives you those ‘Snow White’ flushed cheeks.  The pigmentation is awesome, so you need to use it sparingly.  Here is a swatch:

This is a blush that lasts and lasts and lasts, hooray!!  It barely faded on me even after 10 hours.  The blush has vitamins C and E in it, and the Amazonian Clay locks in all the fruit and plant nutrients, so it retains its  skin pleasing properties.

Another standout from Spring 2011 are the LipSurgence natural lip stains ($24). These are terrific chubby lip pencils that are a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss.  Here is Fever, a sheer red to go with the Natural Beauty blush.

Love this – it goes on super smooth, with more heft than a lipgloss, not quite as much opacity as a lipstick.  Initially, the feel is slick, then after a while it dries down to a stain.  The only caution I would give is I find it works best when you initially use a clear lip pencil.  I found that after several applications, the color can seep into any fine lines without it.  Here is how Fever, a sheer, buildable red, looks on:

Another great color is Frisky, which is a bright pink.  Check it out:

According to Tarte, their studies show that after 28 days of LipSurgence use, there is a 6000% increase in lips moisture content.  That’s certainly a plus!

Here is a quick pic of my Tarte Spring 2011 face:

They have other products I am dying to try – the shimmering powders, illuminating serum, and the inner rim brightener sound amazing.  I am so impressed with what I have tried so far that these other items are going right to the top of my wish list.  What’s on your wish list for spring?  – Lisa

Disclosure:  items reviewed were PR samples

Bare Escentuals 2010 holiday

I am a Bare Escentuals Addict.

There, I said it.

I mentioned in my last posting how much I love this line, and, if possible, I love it even more during the holidays. BE creates many different sets in all price ranges. Some are available in all of their retail doors, and some are exclusive to one venue, but all are great values.

Today I’d like to talk about 3 of their holiday offerings, which are unique in the fact that none of the kits contain any jars of loose minerals. Now, I LOVE the loose mineral products, but it’s fun to take a look at BE’s other items, which in my opinion are wonderful as well.

DeLISH is a lip gloss palette featuring 3 kit-exclusive shades of 100% Natural Lip Gloss- Vanilla Spice (sheer sparkle), Pink Sugar (shimmery baby pink) and Jelly (shimmery sheer plum). The gloss formula is full of natural ingredients like Monoi D-Tahiti Oil, Vitamin E  and  Cupuacu Butter- so your lips feel moist and soft without any stickiness.  There is a soft fragrance that reminds me of a bakery- pleasant but not overpowering. The colors are all sheer enough to be flattering to everyone, and the pink and berry are much intensified when worn over a similar shade of lipstick or gloss. The compact is pretty solid, about the size of a hotel soap (just a little thicker) and features a mirror on top that slides open and shut with a springy snap. You can safely slide this into your purse (which is where mine is right now) without fear of it opening and creating a mess. The price for the compact is US$22 and you can find it in ULTA locations and Bare Escentuals Boutiques, as well as online.

Big & Bright features smaller versions of 2 of the newer products in the BE line, Big & Bright eyeliner and Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara. The Big & Bright eyeliner is a creamy pencil which is blendable when applied and then stays put. The kit shade is Bronze, a coppery brown that I find very flattering to my green eyes. FD Volumizing is an amped-up version of the original FD mascara that I love. It makes your lashes not only longer as the original does, but thicker, and does not clump, smudge or crumble. This limited edition set is a great way to try both of these items for only US$15. You can find it at the venues listed above as well as Sephora.

My next item is a Sephora exclusive lip set called ‘Buxom City Slickers’. Buxom is a line that has branched off from BE. It started with plumping lip polishes and grew to include mascara, lip sticks, liner pencils, cream liners and cream shadows.

Buxom City Slickers is a set for lip lovers. It contains:

Four 0.07 Mini Big & Healthy Lip Polishes in Amber (washed peach), Brandi (candied plum), Denise (cool pink), and Michelle (raspberry rose)

Four 0.05 oz Mini Big & Healthy Lip Sticks in Bombay (poppy rose), Marrakech (beige nude), Fresno (blackberry wine), and Vienna (pink lilac). (color descriptions courtesy of sephora.com)

The Lip Polishes are a plumping formula, which means you’ll feel a slight minty sort of tingle upon application. It doesn’t sting, but it does exist. If you prefer your lips tingle free, then check out the lip palette I reviewed earlier in this post. The Lip Sticks are more like fat liners in a twist-up plastic case; they have a point at the end so you can use them to line as well as fill in. They also have a little tingle to them, but not as much as the lip polishes do.

The packaging shows the sticks and polishes in pairs (Bombay/Michelle, Vienna/Denise, Fresno/Brandi, and Marrakech/Amber), but to me this set just invites mixing and matching. I think anybody could wear all of these colors. My favorite combo is Fresno/Brandi, but I do love them all! If you like playing with colors and don’t mind tingling lips, Buxom City Slickers is an excellent value for US$39.

Disclosure: items reviewed were PR samples to the person writing the guest review

Comfort food ala MAC Cosmetics

Today I want to talk about my comfort food face. I’m guessing that most of us have one. The items we reach for when we need to get ready quickly; the items we reach for when we want to look natural yet polished; or the items we reach for because we just feel great in them. My typical comfort food (other than a grilled cheese sandwich on egg bread) comes from MAC.

Since I always start my makeup with my eyes that’s what I’ll describe first.  As an eyeshadow base I’d use Painterly Paint Pot ($16.50). My eyeshadows will be Style Snob, Satin Taupe and either Vanilla or Shroom ($14.50). Style Snob is probably my all time favorite LE eyeshadow from MAC. It was released in November or December of 2009 and I wore it obsessively. I never ever use up eyeshadow since I have a “few” but I’ve actually used up an entire Style Snob. Luckily I have two friends that didn’t care for it (who are these people???) and passed theirs on to me so I have backups. Style Snob is a taupe with a slight purple undertone. To my eye it’s two shades lighter than Satin Taupe which has similar tones but is a darker shadow. Satin Taupe is another shadow I’ve used up but it took me years to use up my first one. I’ll wear Style Snob on the lid, Satin Taupe in the crease and on the outer lid and finish my eye by using a light sweep of Vanilla or Shroom on my browbone.

To line I prefer MAC Graphic Brown Fluidline ($15) but that was also limited edition and I’m almost out of it. A great substitute for it though is Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Gel Liner. Another recent alternative is Superslick Liquid Eye Liner ($17.50) in Defiantly Feline which also might be limited edition – sigh!

While I’m not a huge fan of MAC mascara I do buy them occasionally and I currently have MAC Opulash mascara ($14) open. I didn’t care for this when I first bought it but I’ve found it has aged well and I like it much better nowadays. Of course it’s also coming to the end of its lifespan which is typical.

Face products: I have several MAC foundations that I’ve bought over the years. They aren’t my favorite foundations but I can certainly use them for my comfort food face. Currently I’m using Pro Longwear foundation in NC 15 ($29.50) but I usually count on Select SPF foundation ($26) if I’m choosing MAC.

I have just about every concealer MAC makes too. My favorite is Select Moisturewear ($16.50) and I’ve used up a few Select Cover-Ups too ($16.50).

For powder I have to pick MAC Blot Powder ($22) since I’ve used that for years and recommend it often. For me it’s a great finishing powder that keeps the oilies at bay.

As much as I love cream blushes those aren’t among my favorite MAC products. Instead you’d find me wearing either Well Dressed or Pinch O’Peach ($18.50) powder blush with those eyeshadows. Well Dressed is my go-to blush. It’s the one I pick when I need to grab the perfect color for me. It’s a light cool toned blush that looks just right on my pale skintone. Pinch O’Peach is another I’ll often pick because it is a pink with just a pinch of peach, how clever is that!

The last items I put on are lip products. My all time favorite MAC lipstick is Fabby ($14.50). It’s another that I’ve actually used up and repurchased. It’s a midtone pink lipstick with maybe a touch of mauve to it. It’s the one that I feel most natural in and can usually wear no matter what colors I’ve chosen for my face. I don’t always line my lips but for this review I’d choose Whirl ($13) since I think it’s the most versatile one that MAC makes. I know people raved about Spice for years but it never worked for me, it just turned orange on me. Whirl is close to my natural lip shade which must be why it works for me. As far as gloss, well I’ve bought dozens and dozens of MAC lipglasses ($14.50). The one that’s stood the test of time is Nymphette but for comfort food I’m going with Viva Glam VI. I like light pinks and this one works best for me plus it’s Viva Glam which is the most worthwhile thing MAC has ever done.

I’m finished, I can go face the world now knowing I am wearing colors and textures that work best for me. I can wear this while eating a grilled cheese sandwich and milk or when I’m having Beef Wellington and an apple martini.

What’s your comfort food face?? – Marcia

Sunday Spotlight – Julie Hewett

Julie Hewett isn’t the best known name in cosmetics but she should be. Her credentials are impeccable. According to her website: She is one of the foremost beauty makeup artists actively working in Hollywood today. and is also a member of the exclusive Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, of which there are only 150 members internationally in the Hair and Makeup Category. This honor is bestowed to those having demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in the art of Motion Pictures.

Her line is well appreciated at emakemeup.com by a wide variety of review panelists. Marcia has already shared her Beauty Info Zone review of her love for Cheekies and the Chubby Cheekie brush and now we’d like to share some other fabulous reviews with you.

Ammie happens to be a huge fan of Julie Hewett and her collection from this line is large. We have it on good word that an order was just recently placed in May for new goodies. She has several reviews that you should read including the fabulous Petit Four Palette and Nude Noir lipliner which has been repurchased several times by Ammie.

Blizzie is another fan, most likely influenced greatly by Ammie. Blizzie loves Nude Noir lipstick.

You can also visit Blizzie, aka Jeanie, at her own blog, Makeup Merriment.

Speaking of lipstick, we have two different reviews for Thandie lipstick, Beth loves it as evidenced by her review but it’s not one of Alisa’s favorites. Please visit Alisa’s blog too.

We wish we could spotlight all the other Julie Hewett reviews but if you check out the Cosmetic Reviews on Emakemeup.com you’ll find 25 reviews of products like Omit Concealer Pencil, the red lipstick collection, Bud of Rose and other palettes and Cheekies. I bet we can sway you to put a little bit of Julie in your shopping cart.