Tarte Rainforest After Dark

Sunday, July 20, 2014

After doing a bit of browsing for makeup the other day, I stumbled across the new Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette and knew that I wanted to try it out. First off, the name and packaging are both so mysterious and unique that I was sucked right in. I love that gold snake with the crystal on the lid! 
The palette itself is quite large and comes with six eye shadows, a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter. Each product is nicely pigmented and finely milled, so they are very easy to work with. A little bit goes a long way and they're all very buildable. The first time I used it I went for the three purple toned shades for my lids. They blend well together and have really good color payoff. The dark purple looks intense, but trust me it's very wearable, even for daytime. The blush is such a beautiful rosy pink and gives the cheeks a natural flush. I would expect no less from a Tarte blush! I really like the warm shade of the bronzer, too. Probably one of the best bronzer colors I've found in a while. My only complaint would be that the shape of the bronzer and highlighter sections make it a bit difficult to fit a larger brush in them.
Overall I am absolutely loving this new palette from Tarte and am really excited to try some different combinations with it! Are any of you thinking of trying this?

Minimal Vacation Makeup

Saturday, July 5, 2014

My husband and I have been on vacation for the last week (more of a stay-cation) and it has been so relaxing and refreshing! No plans, just doing as we please each day- sleeping in, eating out, and watching lots of Netflix! While I've been on vacation, my go to makeup has been quite minimal. I want to be able to get ready in as little time as possible, but still look and feel good for wherever we may go for the day.
Some days I will wear a sunscreen on my face or a tinted BB cream, but this week I've skipped those and been going straight into concealer, using the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in Light. I just pop on a little under my eyes and finish blending it in with my fingers. To bring a bit of vibrancy to my cheeks, I've been using the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface. It's a bright pink that gives a nice, natural flush to the face. My brows always need a boost, as they're naturally light and sparse, so to give them some shape I do a quick once-through with the Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium. I've been skipping shadows and simply curling my lashes and putting on some Maybelline The Rocket mascara on the top lashes only. Lastly, as my lips have been feeling a little dry lately, I've just been using Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched to add some hydration and shine. 

Those are my minimal makeup must-haves for a look that takes just a few minutes, but is still pulled together. What are your low maintenance makeup favorites?

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