I feel like I’ve really turned a corner and no longer spend my extra pennies on the latest beauty releases… instead I’m focusing on exciting things like new windows and garden furniture. I would say that last part was sarcasm, but I’m just excited for my house to look nicer and for somewhere nice to sit when the sun is out! Before I ramble on too much, I did decide to invest in a few goodies from Tarte Cosmetics as they were recently offering a makeup bag full of 6 best selling products for just over £50 and I for one couldn’t say no. Keep reading for my first impressions on these new-in Tarte products…
Although there was a fair bit of controversy surrounding this product and its shade range, a part of me still wanted to give it a try as I’m drawn to anything with the word ‘hydrating’ in the title due to my recent battle with dehydrated skin (a new series on this skincare journey will be coming your way soon). I went for Porcelain, the palest shade in the range, which is a great match for my fair skin, and I’m enjoying that this foundation gives a nice medium coverage that still looks natural but is also buildable. I haven’t noticed the foundation clinging to any dry patches, however I would say that it does fade during a normal working day so lasting-power isn’t the best I’ve seen.
I was looking for a high coverage concealer that would hide any imperfections but still look natural, and I think I might just have found it in this haul! This creaseless concealer, packed with maracuja oil and Vitamin C, is really easy to apply and blend, and does a great job of covering blemishes, scarring, redness and also dark circles. It’s definitely an all-rounder that I’ll keep reaching for during my morning makeup routine.
Already a fan of the Amazonian Clay blushes, I was excited to add the shade Blushing Bride to my stash. This is a gorgeous rosy pink that may look like a more appropriate shade for autumn/winter, but it’s one that I’ve found great for adding a pretty flush of colour to the cheeks in the summer months too. The blush is nicely pigmented and easy to blend on the skin, and does stay put during a working day so it gets a massive thumbs up from me!
I’ve already dabbled a fair bit in cream shadows but never managed to add a rose gold shade to the collection, so I jumped at the chance to add this little pot to my basket. This product can be used as both a waterproof liner and cream shadow and does a fab job of staying put all day long. I like to add a wash of Rose Gold to my lids, a quick swipe of liquid liner and a coat of mascara and I’m good to go in the mornings.
Now this is the product I was most excited about trying. I’d heard so much in the past about the Lights, Camera Lashes Mascara and when I saw that it was included in the bundle deal I jumped at the chance to order it. I have to say, I absolutely love it so far. The formula is wet enough to coat the lashes without transferring, the brush is a great shape for lifting the lashes and giving them lots of oomph, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen my lashes look so long and separated without using lash curlers. It’s a great look for everyday wear but I love that it can also be built up without needing to worry about your lashes looking clumpy and spidery. If you go on to try anything from this haul, I’d recommend making a bee-line for this mascara!
Last but not least is a lip crayon that, although it’s in a lovely berry shade and isn’t the most wearable right now, I’m very excited to use in the coming months. It includes a fine tip that I’m sure will make applying easy enough, and I’m already eyeing up a few lipsticks to pair this shade with in autumn and winter (MAC Plumful, I’m looking at you).