Older Girl Beauty

tarte “Journey to Natural Beauty” QVC TSV

You guys know I love me a good Beauty TSV on QVC. And today’s deal is pretty amazing. It is the tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Six-Piece Collection, today only, for $59.94 (*a $165 value, fyi).

tarte journey to natural collection

The collection includes:
(1) Amazonian butter lipstick in “plummy rose”
(1) Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 foundation in choice of shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Deep
(1) lights, camera, flashes! statement mascara
(1) brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer
(1) Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in “fearless”
(1) limited-edition airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush
(1) cosmetic bag (*measures 10-1/4″L x 10-3/4″H x 1/2″W)

I’ve been playing with this collection for a while and a couple of the items really stood out for me and have become staples in my bag lately. First, the butter lipstick – creamy, moisturizing and almost balm like on my lips. And the color is almost nude on me, but just color in it to make my lips look not so pale in these winter months. Second, the brush – holy smokes! The softness this brush was so good that I just sat around brushing it on my cheek and arm for many days before I even moved it to the bathroom to use to put my makeup on. I just wasn’t ready to dirty it up yet. And then, when I finally DID use it – it buffed my foundation whisper smooth. And the bag – it has already become my new travel makeup bag. Done and done.

As for the other items, the foundation was a true full coverage product. Which means it was too opaque for me and my freckles. But, it felt good on, not heavy like some full coverage can be and it seemed to last a good 6-7hours on me before I saw any fade. It felt moisturizing, without getting all greasy, which was nice on my sometimes dry skin. I wasn’t a big fan of the blush, but that was ONLY because it was too sparkly/shimmery for me – those just never look good on me any more. On you? I bet it would be really pretty. 🙂
I need to play with the mascara and the brow shaper some more, because the both look to have nice potential – the mascara has a really nice sized brush head on it and the brow pencil is multi-purpose in one stick.

So, if you are looking to add some new tarte products to your stash, or even just wanting to get started with them for the first time, I highly suggest you nab this TSV today. What say you? Do you guys already use tarte on the regular?

*Disclaimer: These products were provided by PR for editorial consideration.

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Makeup Wars: Valentine’s Day Look


Makeup Wars Valentine's Day Look

In this edition of “Makeup Wars” we are talking about our Valentine’s Day looks. In my case, I associate Valentine’s Day with Pink and tend to stick with that color family, but keep my eyes pretty simple since Pink around my eyes ends up making me look like I have another case of “Pink Eye”, so, no good on me.

Check out what I would use:

  • Three Custom Color “The Sweetest Thing” Palette – I used the deceptively sheer “Icing on the Cupcake” eyeshadow as a wash on my lid, as it reflects different colors depending on how the light hits it. I use the “Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain” for a bit of color on my cheeks.
  • mark Make It Rich Lip Color Crayon in “Peony” – This lip pencil is a bit more purple & glossier dupe of my beloved NARS 413 BLKR Pencil, which got stolen last year. With the mark pencil only $11, less than half of the NARS pencil, I’m not in a super rush to replace it when I have this fab pencil stepping up.
  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – this BB works like a great tinted moisturizer for me, giving me light coverage, but still knocking down some of my redness.
  • Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender – Pretty sure I have beat you over the head with my love for this finisher. No questions.
  • L’Oreal HiP high intensity pigments™ Color Chrome Eyeliner in “Violet Volt” – get a bit of metallic shine with this vivid purple, playing off the multi-color reflecting eyeshadow. And it lasts all day on me.
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – I use this double duty product to cover up dark circles under my eyes and then I use it above my brows to highlight my upper face to distract from what the concealer can hide.
  • Covergirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara – This latest LashBlast version lets me layer on the mascara and not make me have to separate everything out at the end, because it’s already done. And the flat side of the brush makes it easy for me to get my bottom lashes, which I would do for a night out. I don’t do them for my day to day look.
  • Mally Beauty 24/7 Brow Express – this dual-ended wand lets me shape my brows up with the pencil end and then set them in place with the powder coated sponge on the other end. They don’t move when they are done.
  • butter London Nail Lacquer in “La Moss” – The one way I *will* vamp it up for Valentine’s Day is on my nail and this deep, dark red is just great for that.
  • So, this is what I would use. What do you do for your Valentine’s Day look? Do you vamp it up? Go all sweet and romantic? Or is it just another Thursday to you?

    Now, go check out what these other lovelies are doing for their Valentine’s Day:

    *Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration, and some I spent my hard earned wages on for my own amusement.

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    Beauty Spotlight 2/3/2013

    Beauty Spotlight Team 15 Minute Beauty shares how her at home laser hair removal has been going. Is it worth the cost of the unit?

    Pink Sith says the Limited Edition Dove Winter Care Body Wash is not only a super moisturizing body wash that can help your winter dry skin ails, it can also allow you to communicate with new species!

    Burberry Fans rejoice! Their new Lip Glow in Pink Sweet Pea (LE) exceeds the hype, and Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog thinks it is worthy of a backup before they disappear!

    The only Mariah Carey CD Jessika from polish insomniac will listen to is her Christmas one, so will she be able to bring herself to wear the Mariah Carey by OPI polishes? Find out!

    Prime Beauty has a riddle for you. What’s pink and peach, heart shaped and imparts a glowy natural flush? Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush!

    Beauty Info Zone is ready for their big trip. We’re taking Face Stockholm’s World Traveler kit and planning on fun times.

    As we head towards Spring, Visionary Beautyshows us the good and not so good that Burberry spring has to offer

    London Makeup Girl takes a look at the cult lip tint Clinique Almost Lipstick Black Honey. Is it really a universal shade?

    Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed tries on lips from across the pond with Sleek MakeUP’s True Colour Lipsticks shade extension! Check out her swatches and see if they have you craving some tea and crumpets!

    Pammy Blogs Beauty is making good on her 2013 Beauty Resolutions! Her first step? Building Strong & Healthy Nails with a new 2-step treatment from Julep!

    Modesty Brown shares swatches of the Hourglass Illume Bronzer Duo in Sunset as part of her current swatch project.

    Even trying so many new things, there are a few things that Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, buys over and over again. Check out what they are!

    Perilously Pale rounds up her coverage of the beautiful Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2013 Arty Stone Collection with a look featuring the products. Check out why this collection has won her heart.

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    Beauty Spotlight: Pink Sith on a Desert Island

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    This week the Beauty Spotlight has abandoned The Pink Sith on a desert island. It was probably Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed that suggested it. While the Sith is pretty ticked off about being abandoned, she is looking forward to the 4 S’s of desert island living: Sun, Sand, Surf and Sunscreen!  She has compiled a list of 12 essential items she must have during this exile, and yes, it even includes some beauty items for when she is rescued by Chris Hemsworth (The guy who played Thor) or some suitable facsimile there of.  Enjoy!

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    Mally Made Beyonce Look Good at the 2013 Inauguration

    Mally and Beyonce

    By now, we’ve all heard about the controversy about whether or not Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem during the Inauguration of President Obama. Now, I’m not sure either way, but either way, we have all seen the clip of it so many times that we KNOW she killed it no matter what. The only thing I am certain of from watching that over and over is the fact that she looked AMAZING. And, it’s really not surprising considering the makeup artist who beat her face that day was none other than one of my favorite’s – Mally Roncal.

    And Mally has shared her tips to get this look at home, where you can sing along, or lip-sync, to anything you want:

    · To first set the skin, apply my Perfect Prep Poreless Primer all over the face and my Cancellation Concealer directly underneath the eyes.

    · To achieve natural-looking coverage, first, apply my Ultimate Performance Liquid Foundation. Next, add a sweep of my NEW Diamond Unpowder that will illuminate the skin followed by brushing on my Effortless Airbrush Highlighter and Blush Duo to the cheeks in order to provide a soft, radiant glow to the skin.

    · To achieve a rich, smokey eye – try my Evercolor Shadow Stick in “Saddle Shimmer”. Apply this all over the eyelid and underneath as well. Next, select a few shades from the Mally Beauty In the Buff Palette and sweep that onto the eyelids. Finish the look by applying a small amount of my Age Rebel Shadow Stick in “Chocolate Diamond” on the bottom lid right under your eyelashes to open up the eye followed by using my Lightwand Eyebrightener to the inner corners to instantly brighten this area. Lastly, to achieve this bold eyeliner at-home, try using the Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in “Midnight”, layered with the Ultimate Performance Ink Eyeliner (which is exclusive to QVC.com).

    · Compliment this confident eye by pairing it with a mascara that will enhance the overall look – such as the Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara and/or my NEW Instant Impact Mascara. To create glossy, Beyoncé worthy lips try my High Shine Lip Gloss in “Mally’s Look” or “Mally’s Baby”.

    · And last but not least, before you leave the house, apply the Mally Beauty Face Defender to lock your makeup in place and Perfect Prep Hydrating Under Eye Brightener to make the eyes pop!

    All of these products can be picked up at MallyBeauty.com and QVC.com.

    *Disclaimer: As a Mally Beauty ambassador, I have tried several of these products gratis, but there are some I have paid for myself and some I still want to try.

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