Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

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This is one of my favorite brushes!

I use it to apply my Bare Minerals foundation.  It blends flawlessly and leaves my skin with an airbrushed finish.  I find that using this brush allows for excellent coverage over any blemishes and skin imperfections.

The bristles on this brush are super soft…they are not at all coarse or stiff.

I’ve had this brush for well over a year and clean it on a regular basis and it never sheds and seems to be holding up well and is in nearly the same condition it was when I received it.

 

Pros:

  • Super soft bristles
  • Excellent quality
  • Provides an airbrushed and flawless finish

Cons:

  • Can’t really come up with any : )

 

Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation

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This was my first time using any type of spray on airbrush foundation for my face.  I love the results but I don’t love the process of applying it.

This comes with a dial twist top that allows you to pick between three different shades…to me this was somewhat complicated because there wasn’t a clear indicator of which one you picked….all had the little arrows pointing forward.  Anyways, you are supposed to hold and spray your face from 10 inches away, which I did.

The coverage is great!  It concealed any blemishes and imperfections and evened out my skin tone completely.  It’s also very buildable and you can give yourself extra coverage if needed.  The finish definitely looked flawless and airbrushed.  (Better than I expected it to look!)  It also leaves a dewy finish so if you want a matte finish you’re going to need to apply a finishing powder or some kind of mattifying powder.  It feels very lightweight and not at all heavy or thick and greasy.  It also sets and dries very quickly as well.  I’ve had it on for a couple of hours now and so far it’s holding up great!

Now the downside….it’s MESSY!  Being that you are spraying this on, you have a pretty good hold on where you are spraying it, but, since it is a spray, there’s always going to be a little extra that goes elsewhere unfortunately.  I would suggest wearing a shower cap over your hair when applying this.  Just pulling it back isn’t going to do the job because your going to end up with this spray on your roots and hairline.  Also, I would suggest doing this with either an old shirt on or wrap a towel or some kind of salon cape around your shoulders when applying it.  I had an old hoody on when I applied it and ended up with a nice mist of foundation over the shoulder areas from where the extra mist fell.  You really need to be careful when spraying it because if you’re not careful you will end up with tinted walls and countertops or carpeting.  Because of the messy factor, I would not use this product for any touch ups on the go because when you’re in a hurry, who has time to go through all these steps to prevent the product from getting all over themselves and their surroundings?

Overall, I will continue to use this product but only when I have the time to apply it at my house when i’m not in a rush and I will never use it for touchups on the go unless by some miracle I find a way to keep it from ending up on other areas aside from just my face.

 

Pros:

  • Applies quickly
  • Excellent coverage
  • Buildable coverage
  • Provides a flawless and airbrushed finished look
  • Lightweight
  • Long lasting

Cons:

  • Messy
  • Not great for touchups on the go

Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio

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I’m a huge fan of this little set….and most Tarte products in general!

This was another purchase I made on a whim while browsing the pages of Sephora.  Even though I really start to like certain products, I am always up for trying new ones and thinking that I may just like them more.  I also love these smaller travel sized sets because they are great for trying out the product before shelling out all the money for the full sized product, they fit perfectly in a makeup bag or purse for touchups and of course for they are great for travel!

The set includes three pieces for $9.00:

Clean Slate Creaseless 12-hr Smoothing Eye Primer 0.09 oz.

Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer 0.25 oz.

Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Primer 0.25 oz.

I was skeptical of the Poreless Primer when I first tried it only because I never used a primer with a consistency like this.  It’s a thick translucent primer with a waxy-like texture.  Initially, I put way too much on the first time I applied it and was having quite the time trying to get it blended on my face.  I was also put off by the waxy-like feeling as I was blending it (I was used to creamier textured primers) and was concerned that none of my makeup following this was going to apply smoothly or evenly.

I was wrong.  After applying the primer I applied the rest of my makeup and LOVED the final results!  My face was definitely poreless!  I don’t naturally have very large pores but I do have some and this concealed them perfectly.  My makeup went on overtop of this smoothly and evenly and gave me a very airbrushed looking finish.  This is definitely a favorite of mine.

The brightening primer is great too but not my favorite when compared to the poreless primer.  This one has a creamy consistency (one that I was more familiar with) so putting this on was a lot easier for me.  This definitely gave my skin a bright and fresh glow.  My other makeup went on overtop of this primer easily and smoothly.  The results were a very smooth and glowing finish.  (However this one doesn’t have the same airbrushed finish as the poreless one).

The eye primer is great as well!  I put this on before applying shadow and liner (obviously) and it seems to really hold everything in place.  Now I do find that near the end of the day the eye makeup may start to shift a little.  I wouldn’t really say it makes the 12 hour mark like they say it does.  My eye makeup definitely isn’t worn off but it starts to move a little….which I can’t stand.

Overall, I would recommend this product.  If you’ve never tried Tarte or are debating on whether you want to buy any of these products in the full size version (but haven’t tried them yet) I would suggest buying this little trio.  These are small sizes but the product in them lasts a long time and a little definitely goes a long way with these.  (I believe Sephora is all sold out but I’ve seen them elsewhere online.)

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Great to try before buying the full sized versions
  • Great for travel or touchups on the go
  • A little goes a long way
  • Poreless primer really does leave skin looking poreless and flawless
  • Brightening primer really does leave skin looking bright and fresh
  • Eye primer extends the length of eye makeup wear

Cons:

  • Doesn’t ever seem to actually last 12 hours

 

Chic Week Beauty Haul from Sephora

To say that I am not a sucker for a sale would be an understatement and to say that I made a couple purchases during Sephora’s Chic Week 15% off sale would be an ever bigger understatement.  (To say that my credit card isn’t hurting because of it would be one of the biggest understatements I could currently make at the moment.)

So…I shopped (again and again and again) and this is what I ended up with (reviews to follow as I try these goodies out):

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Sephora Nano Lip Liner (02 – Cute Caramel): $4.25

(Orig. $5.00)

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Dr. Jart+ The Original BB Cream Set: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Tarte Beauty & The Box and SmolderEYES Duo: $17.85

(Orig. $29.00…on sale for $21.00)

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Sephora Collection Nourishing Hand Cream: $2.55

(Orig. $3.00)

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Sephora Collection Double-Ended Waterproof Smudge Liner: $2.55

(Orig. $9.00…on sale for $3.00)

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Sephora Collection Moisturizing Bronzing Body Lotion: $4.25

(Orig. $16.00…on sale for $5.00)

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Sephora Collection Professional Clear Natural Mascara: $4.25

(Orig. $10.00…on sale for $5.00)

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Sephora Collection Silk Shadow Quad (Ballroom Romance): $5.95

(Orig. $25.00…on sale for $7.00)

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Sephora Collection Urban Luxe All Over Powder Palette: $5.95

(Orig. $14.00…on sale for $7.00)

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Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer: $8.50

(Orig. $29.00…on sale for $10.00)

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Korres Butter to Go Body & Lip Butter Duo: $8.50

(Orig. $15.00…on sale for $10.00)

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REN the Fab 4 Kit: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer: $12.75

(Orig. $15.00)

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Sephora Favorites In the Glow Set: $38.25

(Orig. $45.00)

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Sephora Favorites Glitz and Glam Party Sampler: $38.25

(Orig. $45.00)

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Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20: $28.90

(Orig. $34.00)

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Jennifer Aniston Perfume (1 oz.): $22.95

(Orig. $39.00…on sale for $27.00)

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Make Up Forever Mist & Fix (0.84 oz.) $8.50

(Orig. $10.00)

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Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation: $7.65

(Orig. $20.00…on sale for $9.00)

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Too Faced Hot Cocoa Collection: $8.50

(Orig. $10.00)

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Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation: $30.60

(Orig. $36.00)

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Too Faced Primed, Poreless & Perfected To Go Duo: $12.75

(Orig. $15.00)

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

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This is my favorite BB Cream that I’ve used so far.

I like a little bit of a heavier coverage and this provides that.  I used Too Faced BB Cream prior to this one and I liked this one a lot more.  I feel like it lasts most of the day but I definitely think it starts to wear off mid afternoon.  (Not completely but I notice less coverage.)

For someone who prefers wearing less makeup and a very natural look you could easily getting away with wearing just this.

Pros:

  • SPF 35 – sun protection
  • Medium coverage
  • Natural looking
  • Hides blemishes and imperfections

Cons:

  • Wears off mid day

Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Micro Mist

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It could be a really great product….if it actually worked for me!

This isn’t my first time trying this product….I’ve actually tried it quite a few times.  I always start out liking it until about the second or third time I use it at which point I decide that I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy (probably because I am so pissed off at it).

I used this product once on Friday night in combination with a different sunless tanner lotion.  (I spray this on after applying the lotion because I feel like it evens out the lotion).  While spraying, the nozzle seemed to clog up a little but I shook it a couple of times and it seemed to work ok again.  I woke up the next day with a pretty golden glow….no streaks or nasty orange color.

I used it again on Sunday afternoon after taking a shower.  This is where it all went downhill.  I put on the other sunless tanner lotion first and started spraying.  Once again, the nozzle seemed to start clogging up because it started spraying less and less.  I shook it multiple times which didn’t do anything.  Then, after I did one half of my left leg, it wouldn’t spray at all.  I shook it, nothing.  I popped the cap off and made sure it wasn’t clogged up (which it wasn’t) and tried to spray it again, nothing.

So, now I have a left thigh that’s darker than the lower half and a right left that didn’t even get sprayed….COOL! (Thanks Neutrogena, that’s exactly the look I was going for….NOT!)  And, I’m also out the 9 bucks it cost me with over 3/4 of the bottle remaining and I can’t get my money back because the product has been used.  (Which I understand…but it still sucks).

This is what happened almost every time I’ve used this product in the past.  Since it’s still selling and out there on the market…I’m going to say it’s me or maybe I just have the luck of getting every “lemon” out there of this product.  Ugh.

Pros:

  • Doesn’t leave streaky-orange marks
  • Produces a pretty golden glow
  • Not the worst smelling sunless tanner out there
  • Easy to use (when it works)
  • Delivers an even application
  • Doesn’t stain hands
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Stops working after the 2nd or 3rd use (at least for me it does–deal breaker!)
  • Nozzle clogs up
  • Doesn’t smell very pleasant when you sweat….and for some reason it seems to make me sweat more easily than normal (gross, I know)
  • Cannot get it wet for a while after applying
  • Doesn’t dry super quickly
  • Can dry out skin