Tarte Spring 2015 Collection Review


Tarte sent me their Spring 2015 Collection and I’m excited to share all of the new products with you! The item I’m most excited about is the Tartelette Palette that contains 12 matte neutral eye shadows.  This palette is ideal for any neutral shadow lover or any makeup obsessed person like myself.  I really love how Tarte put the shadow names on the actual palette rather than on a piece of plastic that is likely to get lost and is a nuisance in my opinion.   The Tartelette palette is perfect because you can easily take your look from day to night in a split second.  It has a variety of light, medium, and dark shades.  The pigmentation of the shadows is great as well. IMG_8553 IMG_8555 IMG_8556 IMG_8557


Swatches from left to right: Multi-tasker, Dreamer, Force of Nature, and Free Spirit (Taken with flash)


Swatches from left to right: Multi-tasker, Dreamer, Force of Nature, and Free Spirit (Taken without flash)


Swatches from left to right: Bombshell, Best Friend, Natural Beauty, Caregiver (Taken without flash)


Swatches from left to right: Bombshell, Best Friend, Natural Beauty, Caregiver (Taken with flash)


Swatches from left to right: Fashionista, Power Player, Wanderer, Super Mom (Taken with flash)


Swatches from left to right: Fashionista, Power Player, Wanderer, Super Mom (Taken without flash)

The next new product is the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Celebrated.  It’s a really light matte, soft, neutral pink shade.  I couldn’t get very good pictures when I tried swatching it but it’s a really nice soft color.

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Next is the Park Ave. Princess Contour Palette which comes with a nice big mirror.  It contains a 6.5 gram Park Ave. Princess bronzer and 3 gram blush in Posh and 3 gram highlighter in Champagne Gold.  I absolutely adore this palette because it includes everything you’d need to contour your face, except maybe a matte highlighter, but that’s not a big deal.  The bronzer is the perfect shade for contouring–not too dark and not too light.  It has easily become my go-to contour powder because of its ease of bendability, color, and the fact that it’s waterproof!  However, it may not be dark enough for deeper skin tones.  The blush is a nice matte light, dusty rose shade.  And let me just say, the highlighter is amazing!  It’s super buttery smooth and is exactly what the name says, a beautiful champagne gold with a nice sheen. IMG_8581 IMG_8584 IMG_8586


Swatches from left to right: Champagne gold, Posh, and Park Ave. Princess (Taken without flash)

Swatches from left to right: Champagne gold, Posh, and Park Ave. Princess (Taken with flash)

Swatches from left to right: Champagne gold, Posh, and Park Ave. Princess (Taken with flash)

Next is the Tarte smooth operator Amazonian clay tinted pressed finishing powder in Light.  I’ve already tried the untinted version and I loved it.  I do enjoy the fact that this one has a tint just because it’s able to give you a little something extra when you’re touching up throughout the day. IMG_8597 IMG_8598 IMG_8599

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Taken without flash

Taken with flash

Taken with flash

Now we have the LipSurgence Lip Tint in Glitzy.  It’s a beautiful shimmery rose gold looking color and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately.  It has a slight minty scent as do most Tarte LipSurgences–if not all.


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Another lip product in the line is the Tartelette Amazonian Butter Lipstick in “Ethereal Pink”.  It’s a nice sheer light pink that’s perfect for everyday wear.


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Up next is a huge dense powder brush.  To be honest, I haven’t used it much and could probably live without it.  However, it is a nice, sturdy, well-made brush that would probably be good for powder foundations. IMG_8619 Also included in the collection, is their famous Maracuja Oil.  Personally, I don’t use this as a beauty oil on my face just because I think it may have broken me out a while back.  Instead, I like to mix in a few drops with my body creams and hand lotions for extra skin hydration.  I also use it to moisturize my neck. IMG_8621 The next product is the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Brown.  Let me just say, this a fabulous cream liner.  It stays put all day long without smudging or traveling.  I also do really love the shade of brown.  It’s a matte color, which is something I look for in cream and gel liners.  I’m not really a fan of liners that dry and have a shiny finish. IMG_8623 IMG_8630 IMG_8629 The last thing in the collection is this double-sided liner brush with pairs perfectly with the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner.  I like the fact that the brush has a bent liner side(I find bent liner brushes the easiest to work with when creating a super precise line using gels and creams. IMG_8624IMG_8625 Overall, this collection has really impressed me and I’m enjoying all of the products.

Review: Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette




I recently received the Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette and I’m quite impressed.  I have never tried any Sedona Lace products before.  This palette includes 16 eye shadows, three blushes, and a highlight.

The eye shadows are all very nicely pigmented and extremely suitable for the Fall and Winter seasons.  You can obviously rock these any time of the year but the palette has many taupes, mauves, and a beautiful cranberry shadow that are definitely appropriate for this time of year.  The only con about this eye shadow palette is the fact that almost all of the shadows are shimmery or have a slight sheen to them.  This can pose a problem when trying to create a complete eye look because, normally, incorporating matte shadows is best.  For instance, if the palette at least included a matte cream highlighting shade, a medium matte brown, and a darker matte brown it would be a lot easier to create an entire look and you wouldn’t have to also rely on another eye shadow palette.


The first layer of the palette consisting of 16 eye shadows (Without flash)


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Top row of shadows from left to right (With flash) 


Top row of shadows from left to right (Without flash)


Second row of shadows from left to from left to right (With flash)


Second row of shadows from left to right (Without flash)

The blushes are also pigmented as well and I love the fact that the palette includes a matte cream highlight, which will definitely come in handy when contouring the face.  The blushes are located underneath the eye shadows.  To access them you pull out a little “drawer” on the bottom part of the palette.


The “drawer” the pulls out to access the blushes and highlight (With flash)


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From left to right: The matte cream highlight shade, a shimmery peach blush, a shimmery coral blush, and a matte baby pink blush (With flash)


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Overall, I really do enjoy the Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette.  I love how pigmented each shadow and blush is.  Also, it’s really affordable at only $15.95.

**For $4 off your Sedona Lace purchase use the code beautybycassie93 at checkout.

Recent favorites: April 2014

I’ve been loving a bunch of products the past few weeks and I thought I’d share them with you all.

Here’s a list of the products I’ve been absolutely loving:

  • Vitagoods Spin for Perfect Skin brush, which comes with 4 different brush heads(Use the code BeautyC33 for a 70% discount on www.vanityplanet.com. The final cost will be $30 and includes free shipping for the United States & Canada.) This brush system has been amazing for my skin! In my opinion, it’s comparable to my Clarisonic Mia 2. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and removes all of the dirt and dead skin cells.  I also love how it comes with 4 different brush heads. For a more info on this system check out my separate blog post reviewing it.
  • Next up is the @itcosmetics My Sculpted Face Palette. This bad boy is amaaaazinggg. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, but this one is more accessible since the ABH one is currently out of stock.  The It Cosmetics palette can be found at ULTA for $38.00.  Another reason I enjoy this palette is because the powders are waterproof.  That really is essential for me since I live in the hot, humid South.
  • I’ve also been obsessed with my rose gold @luxielush brushes.  First off, they’re gorgeous! But beyond aesthetics, they have synthetic hair and blend all of my cream, liquid, and powder products out flawlessly.  I can’t get enough of them! Use the code Cassie for 15% off www.luxielush.com/
  • I also adore my @hairandmakeupaddiction brushes. They’re similar to the Luxie Lush brushes in that they’re both made of synthetic hair and are super soft.  I love these guys as well.
  • Another recent favorite has been @tartecosmetics Amazonian clay blush in Captivating.  This is the most perfect peachy, coral blush.  It’s matte and long lasting.  I’ve pretty much been wearing it everyday lol.  Love it!
  • Next is @tartecosmetics Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.  If I recall correctly, I’ve been using this since November of 2013.  I only wear it on my lower lashes since it doesn’t seem to hold the curl of my upper lashes.  However, it looks stunning on my lower lashes! This mascara is great because it conditions your lashes as well.
  • My newest favorite is the @tartecosmetics Brazilliance self-tanner.  I started using this April 24th and it’s pure magic! This was the first self-tanner I had ever used and it definitely changed my opinion of them.  It creates such a gorgeous, natural looking tan and you see results within 8 hours of application! I have a before and after pic on my Instagram(with 3 applications).  So, if you’re in the market for a great, streak-free, “long-lasting” self-tanner, check this out!
  • Next are the @anastasiabeverlyhills Pro Concealers.  These guys are soooo good! (I have a separate blog post reviewing them). But overall, I love them because they provide such full coverage, work beautifully for contouring, and are great for under eye circles.  I never experience any creasing(I always set my face, including my under eyes, with powder).
  • @anastasiabeverlyhills Brow Power Duo in Medium Brown has been a long-time favorite of mine.  I’ve been using it for almost a year and it never fails me! It’s the perfect shade for my hair and has great lasting power on me.
  • @cultureshockcosmetics High Frequency Luster in Joy has been one of my favorite glosses lately since it’s a perfect coral shade for Spring.
  • Next, one of my all-time favorite nude glosses, @alexapersicocosmetics Naked Lip Velour, is something I’ve been reaching for whenever I do a dark smokey eye.  It’s just a gorgeous nude!
  • @alexapersicocosmetics HD pigment in Pixi Dust has been another recent favorite, it’s such a beautiful shimmery golden color that I love to wear on my lid and lower lash line and pair with bronzer for an all-over glow-y look which is perfect for Spring and Summer.
  • The @urbandecaycosmetics Naked Palette, of course, makes my favorites list!  I recently purchased this, I’d say, within the past few weeks–I know… I’m SUPER LATE in jumping on the bandwagon– and I’ve been reaching for it non-stop.  It contains some of my favorite neutral shadows and is easy to create an everyday look without even thinking.
  • So, I’ve recently become a perfume addict and Florabotanica by @Balenciaga has become one of my all-time favorites(how many times can I say favorite? lol).  I don’t even know how to describe it but I’ll try… It’s definitely a classy, mysterious, and sexy scent in my opinion.  The scent definitely develops the longer you wear it on your skin.  The lasting power is phenomenal on me(almost a full work day.  Maybe even longer) and it goes extremely well with my body chemistry.  The notes include: Carnation, Wild Mint, Turkish Rose Essence, Hemp Leaves, Vetiver Roots, and White Amber.
  • My last recent favorite is Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara by @3dlashesbycandicec.  I received this product for review a few weeks ago and now I’m hooked!  It adds incredible length and volume to your lashes(I have an extreme before and after pic on Instagram).  Overall, I love that it’s buildable so you can add minimal length and volume or go all out and achieve super dramatic lashes without falsies.

Review of Tarte Spring 2014 Cheek Stains

All of the 8 cheek stains for Spring 2014

All of the 8 cheek stains for Spring 2014

Here are the new Spring 2014 cheek stains by Tarte.  I’m really loving the cute new packaging! These cheek stains are nicely pigmented and can be built up to achieve more intense stain if desired.  The eight shades include True Love, Natural Beauty, Exposed, Blissful, Tipsy, Blushing Bride, Flush, and Fearless.  The rounded top cheek stains are gel based, while the flat top stains are a cream based formula.  All of the cheek stains are easy to blend and can be applied with your finger tips or a brush.  I prefer using a small stipple brush to apply them.

Besides wearing the cheek stains alone, I like to layer a similar powder blush shade on top for even extra lasting power.  This technique is especially great for hot, humid Summer days.

Tarte cheek stains retail for $30.00 USD each and contain 0.5 ounces of product.  Even though 0.5 ounces sounds like a small amount, the stains are very well pigmented therefore they should last a long time.

Each of the eight cheek stains have a coordinating Tarte Power Pigment shade.  I will be posting pictures and swatches of the power pigments in a separate post.

*Click images to enlarge.

  • The first cheek stain is True Love.  It’s a beautiful sheer watermelon shade.
True Love

True Love

  • The next shade is Natural Beauty.  This is a sheer warm rosy red color.

Natural Beauty

  • Then, there’s Exposed, which is a nude pink.  It’s formerly known as “Awakening”.


  • The next cheek stain is Blissful.  This is a warm peach shade.


  • After that, there’s Tipsy, which is a sheer coral color.


  • Next up is Blushing Bride, a rosy pink shade.

Blushing Bride

  • The next stain is Flush.  It’s a sheer berry color.


  • Lastly, we have Fearless, a pink coral color.