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Tarte Dark Circle Defense Review and Swatches

Tarte Darck Circle Defense Concealer is getting an overwhelming amount of good reviews on Sephora and MUA. The Muse has been a busy bee flipping through each review as I’m trying to figure out why I’m not loving it as much as everyone else.

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The Muse happens to be a tiny bit obsessed with concealers and finding the perfect one. When she heard about the new Tarte one she was quite on board to give it a whirl.

Available in merely two shades this concealer promises to battle dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines with a good for your formula that’s free of parabens.

Jump ahead to hear my thoughts on it.

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Beauty Bytes: Beauty Brand Blogs

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So you know by now all your favorite beauty brands are out there in Twitter-land tweeting away about life, the universe, and everything. I should hope by now you’re followin’ ‘em and talking to them daily as they are a friendly lot.

But did you also know that your fav brands are bloggin’ it to? More and more brands are beginning to take on the world of blogging. It’s a social marketing media-fest as brands Tweet, Facebook, mySpace, and Blog their way through the Internet. It’s a great way of getting some one on one time with your fav brands.

Jump ahead to learn about more brands who are blogging.

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Tarte ReCreate Foundation Review

The Muse has been fiddling about with Tarte ReCreate Foundation for a few months now. It’s chock full of interesting features one of which is very important, anti-aging. Can’t say there are a slew of anti-aging foundations on the market that I know of. The novelty of a foundation that would aid me in keeping my skin youthful and fresh sounded incredible.

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Jump ahead for the deets and review.

Like many foundation, Tarte ReCreate Foundation has plenty of good points and a few bad.

It’s paraben-free, natural formula is a very good point particularly if you’re super conscious of what goes into your makeup. The fact that it contains an SPF 15 is another good point but I do think that’s a tad low in the sun protection department. And most important of all it’s interesting “wrinkle rewind” technology which holds a claim of being clinically proven to decrease fine lines and wrinkles while increasing moisture, toning, and firming the skin.

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All this is very appealing however I may not be getting the full benefit of it as I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles on my face as of yet so I can’t speak for whether it’s improving any of that. I also can’t say if it’s working at keeping my skin youthful as a few short months of use would never be enough time to judge that however that doesn’t stop me from loving the idea that it could very well be protecting my skin and preventing wrinkles.

The formula is creamy, moisturizing and blends flawlessly onto my skin. It’s a tad on the runny side but not in a bad way as that allows it to easily absorb into my dry skin. It’s not incredibly pigmented but it’s rich enough to allow light to medium coverage but if you have major skin care woes you’re wanting to cover it probably won’t completely help that case (even though it says full coverage I felt it wasn’t pigmented enough for total coverage). I’ve heard it tends to sink and settle into pores but I don’t have large pores so it sits comfortable on my skin and almost feels like a glove…it’s not a silicon feel but it feels interesting during first application.

I’m also a big lover of the packaging. It comes in a pump style tube that dispenses just the right amount of product. Fantastically clean, mess-free distribution makes it a winner in the packaging department!

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Now my main problem with it…

The shades.

All the colors have an incredible amount of unflattering beige to them. Even the very lightest ivory looks like a muddy beige shade. This in itself was a deal breaker for me as it made me look terribly old and uneven. The shade was just wrong. I did do a ton of swatches of other shades and all of them were just sadly wrong for my tone. MAC seems to have a similar problem when it comes to foundation as many of their shades have incredible amounts of either orange or beige and of course drugstore brands as well.

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Overall, if the interesting concept of an anti-aging foundation appeals to me in a major way and I like the formula of the foundation as well as it’s light and feels nice on my face. However, the shade selection does need considerably improvement and I can’t say I’d indulge again once I’m done with this one.

Anyone try Tarte ReCreate?

Love it?

Not so much?

Tell the Muse!

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Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner & Shadow Review and Swatches

Remember how the Muse was telling you how awful she is with liquid eye liner? Seriously, liquid liner is such a difficult medium to work with. Who are these glamorous girls that can line their eyes with liquid and look all beautiful and put together? And why can’t the Muse acheive the same results without poking an eye out in the process?

It’s just not fair.

My mum always told me life wasn’t fair but I’m going to even out the score with Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner. Those glam girls can have their liquid liner while I use Indeliable Wink to line my eyes with liquid but also a nifty little trick allows me to do it quickly and painlessly without losing an eye in the process!

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Skip for it!

What’s the trick? Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner & Shadow comes with a fine sponge applicator that’s loaded with shadow.

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So what the hell does that mean Muse?

Here’s the deal. First off you really have to love the fine tip applicator of the liquid liner. It’s a hard applicator that allows for precise application of liquid liner. Although this hard, thin tip is superb for lining the formula itself is still difficult to work with. I just can’t get the hang of lining well with liquid liner. The good news is I don’t really have to be a genius to get it correct. The key is lining with the liquid and retouching with the powder. It’s simple really after lining my eyes with the liquid I go back and trace over that line with the matching powder shadow to fill in any skips from the liquid and to set the liquid. The results? A perfect lined eye.

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The best part about the shadow is the fact that it sets the liquid so it’s smudge proof and wears long all day. Plus if you skipped a bit using the liquid or your hand was shaking a bit and your line ended up edging around in an unattractive way you can easily fix the mistake using the powder.

Presto!

Instant gorgeous, glamorous eyes.

See? Didn’t the Muse promise you beautifully lined eyes?

Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner & Shadow is available in four shades for $22 each plus snag it now during the Friend and Family event for 40% Off.

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Tarte Fall Collection 2009: Tarte Lifted Primer Review


Ahh primer. The Muse recalls a time without primer, this was during the dark ages when the world of eye shadow had never heard of such an incredible thing like primer. I remember those days well as that was the time I’d come home after a full day to creasing, faded, gross looking shadow all over my lid. It would either be completely gone or creasing so much that it looked like I had a second eye lid eww!

Those days are thankfully long gone and many a brand has released primer of it’s own in some shape and form. I’ve tried many a primer in my day and I’m about to review a brand new one for you!

For it’s new Fall Collection Tarte has released a brand new shadow primer for not only prepping for shadow but also for smoothing lids out for a younger look.

Jump ahead for a review and a peep at Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer!

With an incredible formula that’s free of fragrance, gluten, dye, talc, parabens, and many other harmful ingredients this primer is as green friendly as they come.

Now I can’t speak for lifting my lid as I’m not in any condition to speak on such matters as of yet but supposedly Tarte Lifted Primer works to tighten eyelids and the surrounding area for a younger, smoother look. This could prove a perfect tool for those who are aging a bit and are having issues with fine lines on the lid or a droopy area in and around the lid area. The formula contains something called Firmitol which aids in this firming technique. Again, I can’t really say if it works or not as I don’t yet sport wrinkles around my upper eye area but it sounds quite interesting and unique as many primers don’t have this option.

Rejoice at the packaging as a certain known brand we all love makes us terribly irritated when we can’t get all our beloved primer out. This is a straight line tube so you’ll capture every drop, every time, without waste.

The formula is considerably looser and runny when compared to other primers I tried. This did have me worried as the harder texture of other primers seems to fit over my lid like a glove allowing shadow to sit on the primer and not the lid which in fact makes it last long. Such a loose, runny formula had me worried that it would mix with my shadow and create a bit of a mess. First application is easy with the enclosed sponge applicator. Tap some on your lids and blend out. Your lid will remain slightly wet with the primer for a second or two…again me panicking over this as I thought for sure this wouldn’t work well. I will say it blends very nicely onto the lid and smooths on perfectly.


Now the results….

As I mentioned it’s wet texture had me worried about the results but after a quick dry down period (30 seconds or so. Just do your hair, foundation, or concealer while it sets) all is ready for my shadow application. Shadow application and blending was easy no hiccups with the formula pilling or creating any known problems. As for wear it wears well and it wears long as a good primer should. I can get an entire day/evening out of the primer without fading or creasing of any kind. It keeps my shadow in place without a problem.

Overall, it’s friendly packaging, decent price tag ($20), and easy to blend formula makes it a winner for me. Plus the added benefits of a “healthy” formula could tempt many to change the primer they are currently using to replace it with Tarte Lifted Primer. The ability to lift the eye area is also an interesting perk which I’m sure I’ll be taking advantage of in a few years.

Not bad Tarte on your first real primer release. Likey!

Anyone try yet?

Wanting to haul it?

Do share your fav primers!

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