Tarte’s Fabulous New Waterproof Eye Products

Is your eye makeup running off of your face in the heat, humidity and water sports of the summer?  I don’t wear tons of eye makeup in the summer, but a little shadow, liner and mascara really makes the look.  I usually swipe one neutral shadow over the lid and line my eyes with brown or plum in the daytime and black or navy at night.  Finish with a nice coat of waterproof mascara and the look is perfect for the season!

The following tarte products are beautiful for the summer.  Add a coat of Lights, Camera and Splashes! waterproof mascara for a swim-able eye look!

tarte emphasEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner ($22.00 with brush at tartecosmetics.com).  Infused with micronized clay and reinforced by a natural waterproofing  agent, these plush shadow/liners are a must for creating intense and  long-lasting high definition eyes. The high-performance natural™ Amazonian  clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient, lending deep color pigments while nourishing skin, reducing surface oil and improving overall texture for smooth  application.

The shades available are Brown, Black, Indigo, Plum, Bronze and Green. I have been enjoying the Bronze and Indigo.  The Bronze I use for everyday, even to the pool.  It does not budge in the water.  The Indigo is my going out shade.  It is so pretty paired with a soft shadow (like tarte’s Seashell Pink cream eye shadow).  I have heard that it dries out quickly, but I have been using it for a few weeks and it is fine.  I think the trick is to place the lid on very tightly so air does not get in.  The double ended brush that is included is fantastic, too.  The thinner end works will with lining the inner rims of the eyelids and the thicker end can smoke out the liner perfectly.

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner ($18.00 for one and $28.00 for a duo of the same shade on QVC.com) — This one-of-a-kind eyeliner pencil glides on for a silky-smooth application, while Amazonian clay balances eyelids for long wear. Infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay, this liner glides on buttery smooth to create gorgeous, defined eyes that won’t budge. The retractable component makes this liner easy to apply. Just twist up the tip of the eyeliner pencil and glide along the lash line–no sharpening required. You can make the line as thin or as thick as you desire, depending on the look you want to create.

This is available in three shades in the singles; Black, Brown and Plum and includes two more in the Duos; Navy and Turquoise.  I’ve been using the Black and it is very, very black. It would be great as an inner rim liner.  I use it on my top lash and the Brown or Plum on the bottom.  This is a more subtle look that is fun to try.  The pencil itself is very soft and breaks easily, so don’t push too hard. It did seem to last a long time, although I find the liner in the pot is longer-lasting.

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Shadow Pot w/Brush ($42.00 reg. price, on sale for $22.80 on QVC.com) — A richly pigmented cream shadow that is a must for creating long-lasting, high-definition eyes.  Micronized Amazonian clay intensifies color pigments while working to nourish skin, reduce surface oil, and improve overall texture for smooth application. Thanks to a botanical blend of natural plant waxes, the shadow glides on smooth and forms an impermeable layer that protects against sweat, tears, and creasing for hours of wear time. Not only is it super long-wearing, it works to infuse delicate eyelids with Amazonian clay, aloe leaf extract, beeswax, and vitamins A and E.  Use the custom designed cream eye shadow brush to sweep shadow on lids and blend it into the crease for softly defined, beautiful eyes.

Currently you can purchase this in 5 shades and if you get it at QVC it comes with a very nice brush (you can always use your fingers, too).  The shades are: Moss, Beach Bronze, Slate, Shimmering Plum and Seashell Pink.  All of the colors are gorgeous; Slate may be a bit misleading because it is not gray at all.  It is more of a taupe.  I love these shadows because the shades are buildable so that you can wear them as sheer or opaque as you wish.  Once you apply them, they are on for the day.  I have even swam in the Seashell pink and it is still on when I am done.

I highly recommend all of these fab tarte products.  If you haven’t yet, this line is one to dive into! Enjoy!

tarte’s Spring 2011 Collection​

tarte has introduced some great new products for spring, that include products with fresh colors that are infused with Amazonian clay. These not only look great on, they are so good for the skin.

Some of the new products are: 

Amazonian clay 12-hour blush($25.00 USD) in 8 shades. These solar-baked blushes are infused with Amazonian Clay, nature’s most perfect ingredient. These nutrient rich and skin-nourishing Amazonian clay blushes restore harmony for a flawless finish that lasts all day. The soft blush is great for all skin types:
          Oily skin: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place
          Dry skin: Amazonian clay hydrates skin naturally to restore moisture so your blush wears better & longer
          Dull skin: Amazonian clay improves the appearance of skin clarity and skin texture — Combination skin: Amazonian clay is completely intuitive; gives skin an overall smooth
          & even appearance
 
Available in 8 shades: amused (bright pink), blissful (warm peach), blushing bride (plummy rose), dollface (light pink), exposed (nude), flush (deep berry), natural beauty (red) and tipsy (coral).
 
LipSurgence™ natural lip luster ($24.00 USD).  As a follow-up to the best-selling LipSurgence™ natural lip stains, these shimmering lip lusters give a high dose of color and shine in an easy twist-up stick. Just like the original, our LipSurgence™ technology delivers a surge of moisture on a cellular level for a naturally plumped up appearance while natural peppermint adds a refreshing burst of flavor with each application.

Earth engineered from a proprietary blend of plant bio-nutrients our LipSurgence™ technology quickly absorbs into the skin delivering a surge of moisture on a cellular level while boosting peptides stimulate skin’s own regenerative system and assist in the formation of collagen. This proprietary blend increases skin’s water content for a ‘plumped up’ appearance. The result is naturally fuller, healthier lips without any irritation or stinging. Available in 6 shades: fever (red), pouty (berry), frisky (bright pink), adored (light pink), glisten (peach) and buff (nude)
 
neutralEYES natural eye palette ($44.00 USS)  — Straight from the Runway, neutralEYES natural eye palette has all of your eyessentials for spring! This versatile palette contains 10 Amazonian clay-infused shadows in neutral & universally flattering shades, emphasEYES™ aqua-gel eyeliner in brown, a double-ended shadow brush & a free sample of lifted™ natural eye primer with Firmitol™. Apply lifted™ first as a long-wear shadow base that also helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by 51% (in just 10 minutes). Then using the double-ended shadow brush create the look of your choice by using the softly milled shadows (tip: you can also wet them for a more dramatic effect). To complete the look, we suggest applying emphasEYES™ aqua-gel eyeliner in brown, which glides on smooth and dries down to a long-lasting finish.
 
neutralEYES™ natural eye palette includes:
10 Amazonian-clay infused shadows
             Top row (L-R): matte bone, matte taupe, matte olive green, shimmering bronze, matte
             deep teal
             Bottom row (L-R): matte soft pink, shimmering soft peach, matte brown, matte plum,    
             matte navy
emphasEYEs™ aqua-gel eyeliner: brown
double-ended eyeshadow brush
 
Visit www.tarte.com to purchase and learn more about these products.

Smashbox Cosmetics In Bloom Collection

Smashbox Cosmetics In Bloom Collection

I love spring makeup because of its ability to freshen and brighten my pale winter skin. The colors this season are romantic and much softer than the bold winter hues.

A fab collection that embodies the new lovely spring colors is the In Bloom collection from Smashbox Cosmetics. The look on the spring runways were delicate and girly –from radiant, lit-from-within skin to hazy, neutral eyes and glossy nude pouts. With light, luminous looks for eyes, cheeks, lips and skin, In Bloom is your ultimate spring beauty update.

The In Bloom Collection includes:

IN BLOOM EYE SHADOW PALETTE & BRUSH ($48.00 USD value $180.00 )-ballet pink, lavender grey, golden pink, warm taupe, bone, soft violet, marine blue, shimmering copper, moss, nude — Spring beauty is in full bloom with this ten shade palette of ultra-luxe shimmers and wearable mattes, arranged vertically in duos for effortless customization. Apply with the included eye shadow brush for a flawless finish.

CREAM CHEEK DUO in BLUSHING/PEONY ($26.00 USD) -soft pink/bright pink — This duo of creamy, rose shades offers a sheer natural flush to cheeks and lips anytime, anywhere. Wear alone or pair together for a rush of custom color. Apply with fingertips or a Foundation Brush and blend.

SOFT FOCUS POWDER EYE LINER ($22.00 USD each) -heather grey or dark brown — This innovative powder formula creates a soft smoldering look in seconds. Before using, shake well and tap off any excess powder before lining the lashline.

LIMITLESS LONG WEAR LIP GLOSS WITH SPF 15 ($21.00 USD each)-Timeless (soft pink) or Endless Kiss(coral pink) — Get juicy color and long-lasting shine with added pout protection from SPF 15. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this unique formula benefits and boosts lips. Apply to bare lips or layer over your favorite Smashbox lipstick for gorgeous color and shine that lasts up to six hours.

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT LUMINIZING POWDER ($20.00 USD) -shimmering soft nude — Inspired by top-selling Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion, this soft shimmering powder highlights and brightens for a radiant glow. Apply to inner corners of eyes, down the bridge of nose, above brows and to the tops of cheekbones with the targeted applicator. It can also be mixed with body lotion and applied to arms, legs and décolleté for a subtle shimmer.

I have tested the Timeless lip gloss and the cheek duo. Both products give beautiful color. The lip gloss is sheer and so pretty on. It is a bit sticky, but does last a long time and is moisturizing on dry lips. I also love that it includes SPF, which is perfect for sunny spring and summer days.  The cheek duo looks brighter in the pan then on the face. It is so soft and pretty on. I love the glow that cream blush gives, plus you can put it on your lips for a pretty monochromatic look.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Smashbox.com, Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, Ulta, Nordstrom, Beauty.com, and select Macy’s — Enjoy!

LORAC 3D Multidimensional Beauty Collection

The 3D Multidimensional Beauty Collection from LORAC is a great way to infuse your Spring makeup look with some shimmer. The products below are very unique in that many of them include holographic pigments. The products are:

MULTIPLEX 3D LASHES MASCARA ($22) – This volumizing and thickening mascara takes your lashes to the next level by instantly delivering 3 times the volume.  MULTIPLEX 3D LASHES has a buildable, smudge-resistant and multidimensional formula that creates a dramatic lash look.  Featuring beneficial ingredients like silk and keratin to nourish and condition.  The professional curved brush easily grabs, lifts and curls for maximum coverage and length.

3D LIQUID LUSTRE ($16) – A shimmering top coat that lets you amp up your look.  This paraben-free, long-lasting, shimmering coat can be applied over eye shadow or worn alone on eyes and cheeks for a luminous, prismatic 3-Dimensional sparkle and shine.

3-in-1 WATERPROOF EYELINER PENCIL ($18) – Get sexy, smoldering, defined eyes with this no-smudge, no-budge waterproof eyeliner pencil.  This new eyeliner features a creamy, velvety-smooth texture and intense rich color that easily glides on for a clean, precise line.  This transfer-resistant retractable pencil is equipped with its own sharpener and “smudger” for effortless, versatile application.  Available in Ultra Black, Chocolate and Eggplant.

MULTIPLEX 3D EYE SHADOW PALETTE ($38) – This Sephora Exclusive Limited Edition Palette contains high-wattage 3-Dimensional color with 6 velvety-smooth shadows infused with luminous, prismatic, holographic lustre, long-lasting pigments and versatile color.  The shadows can be worn dry for a soft, natural finish or wet for a more intense color pigment.  It can even be worn wet or dry as an eyeliner.  The faux animal print palette fits perfectly in your purse or clutch and is very on-trend for the season!

MULTIPEX 3D LIP GLOSS DUO ($28) – Get two glam and gorgeous shades of our popular Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss for the sexiest lips ever!  This innovative, paraben-free lip gloss contains holographic pigments, long-lasting color and high-lacquer shine.  The duo features 2 shades – 3D (Rose Bronze with glitter) and 4D (Bubble Gum Pink with glitter).

MULTIDIMENSIONAL BEAUTY COLLECTION ($35) – This ULTA Exclusive Collection contains everything you need for MULTIDIMENSIONAL eyes and lips.  Featuring 3 prismatic light-reflecting shadows for dramatic shimmering color and MULTIPLEX 3D Lip Gloss in ULTA GLAM for super glossy 3D lips.  All enclosed in a metallic mesh makeup case that can double as your evening clutch.

I tested the 3D Eye Shadow Palette and the 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil. I love the shadows because not only do they give a great variety for many looks — the multi-dimensional shimmer is really gorgeous. The color included are Opalescent Gold with Pink Pearl, Amber Bronze with Gold Pearl, Red/Brown with Green Pearl, Silver with White Pearl, Royal Blue with Electric Blue Pearl, and Midnight Black with Holographic 3D Glitter. The ones I have been loving are the gold with the pink pearl because it is soft and pretty and the red-brown with green because it is so amazing. I dust it over my lid and when I turn my head the color changes. So cool! The shadows are also very long-lasting.  

The eyeliner is very good, too. It has a fairly soft consistency and can give a light or heavy line. It is also very pigmented and stays on all day!

Visit www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com, and www.loraccosmetics.com to learn more and purchase. Enjoy! 

Give The Gift Of Beauty With Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier

Makeup palettes are the perfect gift for makeup lovers. Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier all have fabulous sets for all of the beauty junkies on your list! 

Stila’s Eye for Color Palette($18.00 USD, $130 value) features 13 new, ultra wearable eye shadow shades for countless, easy-to-create looks!  Great gift for that Stila lover on your shopping list! Shades include: Petal Pink, Burgundy, Bronze, Coffee, Moss, Green, Blue Green, Navy, Lilac, Orchid, Porcelain, Bisque and Black. Visit www.stilacosmetics.com or www.ulta.com to purchase.

Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Palette ($59.00 USD, $260.00 ) No wonder this mega palette sells out every year! It’s the biggest, boldest gift you could give any beauty junkie, with nearly 80 shades for endless color combinations of eyes, cheeks and lips. You’ll even get a FREE step-by-step guide to create a festive holiday look. A portion of proceeds benefits the Children’s Miracle Network.

Includes:
49 eye shadows
10 cream eye liners
6 brow powders
1 brow wax
8 lip glosses
2 blush
1 bronzer
1 highlighter
4 mini brushes (eye shadow, eye liner, angled brow and lip)

You can purchase this at www.smashbox.com

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler ($48.00 USD) Mix, match and be merry with this amazing selection of fun and festive Laura Mercier Eye Colours – packaged in a portable case with a double-ended Eye Colour/Smudge brush for on-the-go application. Shades Include: Sparkling Dew, Chocolate, Latte, Pink Tulip, Ultra Violet, Pink Copper, Mica and Black Ice. Available for a limited time at www.lauramercier.com.

Fab Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $10.00

Hey all! I’ve got some great ideas for stocking stuffers for women and teens! I love finding beauty items in my stocking (I usually don’t get them though, I’m the one who gives beauty). I know that I’m not alone. Try one of these affordable and really good products, and the recipient will thank you! 

LUSH Maple Taffy Lip Balm ($4.95 USD) — This delicious balm is made with 20% maple syrup for that authentic, sweet flavor. It is also packed with  moisturizing butters like shea and illipe to make lips soft and smooth throughout the winter. Visit www.lushusa.com to purchase this balm and other affordable stocking stuffers such as bath bombs and soap, all handmade.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara ($8.95 USD) — L’Oréal Paris’ newest addition to the cult-favorite Voluminous line claims to “deliver instant impact without any clumps, amplifying your lashes to millionaire lengths. Its innovative brush precisely combines long and short bristles to capture and evenly coat every lash from root to tip. Additionally, the new Clean-Sweep Wiper System uses stretch technology to adjust to every bristle, remove excess mascara and wipe the brush free of clumps, leaving just the right amount of mascara needed for an ultra-volumizing look.” Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers nationwide.

Those purveyors of eco-freindly cosmetic brushes, ecoTOOLS, has recently released their Recycled Retractable Foundation Brush ($5.99).  The heavily tapered hairs of the foundation brush mimic upscale designer cosmetic brushes, pioneering maximum luxurious functionality at minimum cost and harm to the earth. This is a very soft brush that smooths primer and foundation on beautifully. And you can’t beat the price!

Palladio Shadow & Liner Herbal Crayons ($6.00 USD) — Is a natural, shimmery, three-in-one cosmetic must-have. They “chill” when applied and offer an all-day cooling sensation. Featuring ingredients such as aloe and glycerin (a natural humectant), the soft gel formula glides on effortlessly and eliminates the need to “pull” or “tug” at sensitive eye areas. Use as an eyeshadow, eye liner or color-enhancing shadow base. Visit www.palladiobeauty.com to learn more!

So pick 1 (0r 2 or 3) of these great stocking stuffer and make someone’s Christmas special!

3 Custom Color Helps Create A Smokin’ Smokey Eye

A smokey eye is a sure sign that Fall has arrived. This year there is a new take on the smokey eye — it is a modern and sleek take on the smokey eye – eye shadow washed all the way to the brow bone complimented by contoured cheeks, and flawless skin.

3 Custom Color Specialists has released gorgeous products and fantastic tips to make a very sexy, yet wearable, smoky eye.

Here are the steps and products as created by Chad Hayduk, makeup artist and co-founder of 3 Custom Color Specialists:

Step 1:
Apply our Crème Concealer/Foundation with our Concealer brush below the eyes to eliminate any darkness and onto the eyelids to create a smooth base. Pro Tip: This step helps shadow wear longer.

Step 2:
This modern smokey eye features a gradation of color that’s deepest at the lash lines and blended out. First, use our All Over Eye Shadow Brush to apply Cool Black Eye Shadow along the upper and lower lash lines. Next, apply Cool Smoke Eye Shadow and blend the shade up towards the brow bone. Apply a small amount of Champagne Eye Shadow near the tear duct and under the brow bone and blend. Pro Tip: For the daring, two-toned look featured on some runways, layer on a brighter shade. Try Peacock Eye Shadow or Warm Lilac Eye Shadow.

Step 3:
Using our Eyeliner Brush, line the inner rims of the eyes, and the upper and lower lash lines with our smooth, water-resistant Opaline Crème Eye Definer in Aurora. Blend the crème eye liner into the lashes with a small eye shadow brush with densely packed bristles, such as our Contour Brush. Pro tip: For that intense, rock star glam look, line the eyes again!

Step 4:
Finish the eyes with a coat of mascara and groom the brows with Tinted Brow Gel. Pro tip: A groomed eyebrow is essential for a smokey eye to look polished.

Step 5:
Apply Kiss My Apricot Crème to Powder Blush to the high points of the cheeks. Use Shane Sheer Lipstick for an enhanced, but sheer lip tint.
Pro tip: The eyes should be the main focus here, so keep everything else minimal.

 Visit www.threecustom.com to learn more and to purchase these products. Enjoy!