Hot off the presses and newly arrived on my door step is the uber giftable Tarte Bow & Go Set. This set will be available on QVC for one day only- Tomorrow, Nov. 18th. For only $49 you get three gift-ready sets to split up or give as one value-packed kit. It even includes the gold bow to top it off!

*press sample*

Tarte Bow & Go Set

See how pretty it looks by the tree?!

What you get:

– Palette of 16 eyeshadows in an array of dazzling neutrals

– Set of 4 full size LipSurgence Pencils in shades Wonder, Promise, Thoughtful, and Precious

– Set of 2 full size Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara and 2 full size SmoulderEyes pencils in Brown and Fig

I didn’t have a chance to get swatches up (we had some seriously nasty weather this weekend!) but here is a close up look at the palette and the LipSurgence Pencils:

Tarte Bow & Go Eye Set  Tarte Bow & Go Palette 2

Tarte Bow & Go Lip Set

Tarte LipSurgence Wonder


Tarte LipSurgence Thoughtful


Tarte LipSurgence Promise


Tarte LipSurgence Precious


This set is too cute for words! If you like Tarte as much as I do, you won’t hesitate in snagging this set tomorrow. It’s an excellent value for everything that’s included (seriously, 16 eyeshadows PLUS everything else…all full size?!). Head over to QVC tomorrow and pick this up, but don’t forget to get two– you know, one for someone else too. It is Holiday shopping season after all.


Whenever I hear that Tarte is releasing a new shade of their amazing Amazonian Clay Blush formula my ears instantly perk up. This time, however, they are not just releasing a new shade of blush, but also a new LipSurgence and Maracuja Divine Shine Lipgloss in a brand new set.

This set of shades is named for an actual tree that comes from the tropical regions of North and South America, the Achiote.

Nicknamed “the Lipstick Tree” because Native Americans used the Achiote to make body and lip paint. Who knew? Tarte is bringing that ancient coloring agent to all of us in their natural line up and the truth is I couldn’t be happier about the pairing!

Achiote Amazonian Clay Blush

Achiote LipSurgence lip luster

Swatches L-R: Maracuja Divine Shine Gloss, LipSurgence Lip Luster, Amazonian Clay Blush

It’s a gorgeous reddened peach- a guava. All three are nicely pigmented and work well in conjunction with each other. I have reviewed all of these formulas before but in case you didn’t know, the clay blushes rank in my top echelon of blush formulas for their wear time and pigmentation and the LipSurgence Lip Lusters are a great balmy lip color. The gloss isn’t sticky but provides solid wear time and a nice shine.

I also thought I’d show what the Achiote blush looks like compared to other shades in the Amazonian Clay line:

Clockwise from left: Charisma, Achiote, Blissful

Swatches L-R Charisma, Achiote, Blissful

Charisma is more pink and contains shimmer while Blissful is matte and also more pink. Achiote has a more reddened tone than the other two.

Wearing Achiote Maracuja Divine Shine Liploss

Wearing Achiote Blush and LipSurgence

Wearing Achiote Blush, LipSurgence and Lipgloss

This set is a fun addition to anyone’s collection, particularly if you love Tarte’s all natural and cruelty-free approach. The color is universally flattering and can be worn more heavily or sheered out depending our your skin tone. The set retails for $42 and can be found at Sephora or on Tarte’s website.

*Items in this post were provided by PR for review purposes only*


I don’t know about you, but I go hot and cold with using primers. I used to think they were an unnecessary step and just took more time to apply then they were worth. Then after trying some nice ones I changed my tune. Sometime over the winter I got a little lazy and primers (for eyes and face) fell out of favor with me again. Urban Decay primer potion used to be my go-to but the wand application is not my cup of tea (I have older versions) but there were some shadow formulations it didn’t seem to help. I also realize that my oily skin benefits from a nice pre-makeup base. Always in search of the next best thing, I looked to Tarte for a new solution to my primer woes.

The Clean Slate line really intrigued me. There are two face primers- one for more oily skin (Poreless, shown above) and one for more normal/dry (Brightening, not pictured) . The Poreless primer was the obvious choice for me as my issue is really staying matte and smoothing over any larger pores in my T-zone. The thing I *love* about Tarte’s line is that they formulate their products without parabens and sulfates AND they are cruelty free, which means their line is pretty much for everyone.

L-R: Clean Slate Poreless Primer, Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Primer

Both blend out to be clear and create a nice, even canvas with which to start your day and come housed in squeeze tubes (which I love) with cute bamboo caps. Both boast 12 hours of wear time. A lofty claim, indeed. The Poreless primer definitely enhances the wear time of my makeup, no question. I also like the feel it gives to the surface of my skin. It has a silicone texture- but not overly so. It makes applying foundation or tinted moisturizer easier. I was a little disappointed that it didn’t mattify my skin a bit more- though it does help. My blush wear time seems to have improved as well, still noticeably on my cheeks 9+ hours into the wear.

The eye primer, though has impressed me the most. My results? Judge for yourself:

I took this picture about 3 hours into the wear time of my makeup- eyes in perfect condition, no surprise for only 3 hours. But a funny thing happened, when I got home that evening after a looooong day at the office….

I noticed my eye makeup was still *just* as I applied it 11.5 hours in. This was taken at around the 11.5 hour mark with NO touch ups. Nothing, I didn’t add or take away a single thing. I didn’t use any other base and these are just regular MAC eyeshadows. I am blown away by the power of this primer. Even the L’oreal Infallible cream shadows last all day without creasing when used over this primer.

The Clean Slate Poreless primer retails for $30 and the Clean Slate 360 degree Creaseless primer retails for $19. They can be found on Tarte’s website and on I also found a great little trio of the primers for those that want to try all three before you buy, you can purchase a set of three deluxe samples for $9. What a great idea and massive props to Tarte for giving their customers a chance to sample and find out which ones fit their skin types before committing to a full size.

I can’t say enough about these primers and am so glad they came into my life. How about you, do you skip primer all together? Use it just on your eyes? Dish!

*products were provided by PR for review only*



I love a good giveaway. That’s why I try to do them somewhat often for all of you, as a thank you for sticking with me and making this so much fun.

This one I think you are really going to enjoy!

Ahhh! So much spring-y goodness!

(1) winner will receive the following:

Just follow the instructions below, and good luck!

Tarte has released several exciting new products and shades for spring this year and I have been really antsy to try these beauties out…

That eye candy! Although I am not the biggest fan of click pen type packaging, the cute and spring-like designs on these make that detail easy to overlook. Plus, I have actually found that it’s quite handy for on-the-go application because it can be done with a single hand (unlike twist up glosses or ones with a removable wand).

They are infused with maracuja oil and retail for $21 for .12oz of product. They are formulated without:

I counted and it takes about 51-55 clicks to get the gloss to come out initially (I know, slightly annoying). But once the gloss has been, well initiated, it’s all easy street from then on. 1-2 clicks dispenses enough gloss to cover my lips. If you prefer a thicker coverage you may need another click or two. I would err on the side of caution though, because it’s easy to get too much out of application methods like these and make a mess out of the cap.

L-R: Tipsy, Flush, Amused, Charmed

I will be reviewing 4 of the shades in this post, but you can also see me wearing Natural Beauty in this post. You might be seeing another shade or two come up in a giveaway and look for other shades coming soon in FOTDs. 🙂

Swatches L-R: Tipsy, Flush, Amused, Charmed

I find the glosses to be neither sticky nor slippery. It also has a slight minty scent and a hint of a tingle on the lips. I dislike most “lip plumping” products because I find the tingle to be more of a burn and irritation. That’s not the same feeling I get with these. It’s a slight cooling sensation and I quite like it. They are quite shiny and last about 3-4 hours on me (if you add eating and drinking it would probably reduce to 2 hours). There is a nice color selection in shades that are creamy or shimmery. If you are looking for really high pigmentation you probably should look elsewhere as that’s not what you get here.

Tipsy (my personal favorite next to Natural Beauty)




I really enjoy the feeling of these glosses (and this is coming from a person who has really been more into lipstick the last several months). I like that as they wear off my lips feel moisturized (must be the maracuja oil) and soft. It’s not like some glosses that I put on and feel like my lips need chapstick or balm underneath.

The packaging alone won me over, but the formula within doesn’t disappoint. If you are looking for something pretty to carry in your bag this spring, I suggest heading over to Sephora and giving these a look 😉

*the products in this post were provided by PR for consideration and review only*