Tarte – Create Your Own Beauty Kit Review

Two posts in one week? What is this? I just received the “build your own custom beauty kit” from Tarte and I couldn’t resist sharing.

I’m sure many of you took advantage of this great deal, but for one day only you could get¬†7 full-size items of your choice plus a makeup bag and brush for $63! It launched the day before my birthday, so I decided to treat myself ūüėČ

The packaging was super cute. Tons of bright colors and unicorns.

First up is the bag. Pictures do not do it justice. It’s holographic and unicorn-inspired and I love it. If it wouldn’t be weird, I would use this as clutch. It’s SO pretty.

Tarte Unicorn Bag

Next up is the¬†Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Fair – Light Neutral. To be honest, I think it will be a bit too dark for me. I am super pale, but I’m hoping that I can make it work. The container is gorgeous and I think it’s an interesting idea to have the mesh sifter so that you can just dip your brush in instead of tapping out the powder. It prevents it from going everywhere.

Next is blush. I chose the Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Dollface. This is a shade of blush that I don’t own, so I thought it would be fun to have and the name sounds adorable. It’s really soft and velvety.

I could not resist the packaging of the Limited-edition Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Festival. I was *thisclose* to picking up the bright mint Fairytale shade, but I resisted at the last minute and I’m glad I did. This is the perfect “your lips, but better” shade. I’m really impressed by it. I’ve had it on for hours so far and it does not feel drying and it looks just as good as when I applied it, even though I’ve had things to eat and drink.

I’m less enthused about the eyeliner and mascara¬†only because I have yet to find products that don’t irritate my eyes. I’m going to cautiously give these a try. I picked the Skinny SmolderEYES¬†Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in amethyst and the Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara¬†in black.

Then finally I chose the Timeless Beauty Blush Brush. I really like the floral detailing on it, and it feels really soft.

Tarte Brush

All in all I’m really happy with this beauty kit. I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for next year’s deal! It was a really nice way to try out a ton of their products for an awesome price.

Did you end up creating your own kit? Which item was your favorite?


Ipsy Bag Review – May 2017

Hi everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve blogged that everything looks completely different and I don’t know what I’m doing! ūüėČ

After a very long hiatus from subscribing to Ipsy, I decided to renew my subscription. Having extremely sensitive eyes can be a bummer when it comes to makeup bag subscriptions since they generally include at least one product for eyes. I’m not sure if Ipsy has upped their game or if I was just lucky this month, but I didn’t get one eye product and I was extremely happy with the contents of my bag!

Let’s dive in!

Ipsy May 2017 Contents

First of all, the bag is adorable. The theme this month is Summer Friday and the picks are supposed to “help make all your warm weather dreams come true”. I love the ice cream and popsicle print. Now let’s get into the contents!

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin¬†– I am all about highlighters lately, and I think I will end up getting the full size of this product once I’m done with the sample. It’s lightweight and I love the champagne color. It’s really sparkly and glowy without being over the top.

Adesse New York¬†Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl – I haven’t painted my nails with this yet, but right off the bat I like that it is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. I normally wear pretty dark nail polish in the fall and winter months, but this pastel blue shade is a nice contrast for the summer months.

Ipsy May 2017 Nail Polish

tr√®StiQue¬†Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine – This is the only product I was hesitant about from this month’s bag because I remember getting the same product in a different shade awhile back when I was subscribed and I did not like it at all. I don’t know if I just got a dud last time, but I really like this lip crayon. It feels moisturizing and smooth, but is matte. The wine shade seems a bit more fall/winter for me, but definitely something I will be using a lot because I love a good wine-colored lip.

Hey Honey¬†B√©same Mucho – I think this might be my new favorite lip product. I don’t get super chapped lips, but they definitely get dry and I’ve been having a hard time finding the perfect solution. This lip balm is light, creamy, and super hydrating. It doesn’t feel sticky or gloppy, which I really appreciate.

Ipsy May 2017 Lip Balm

Luxie Beauty¬†Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 – Is it bad that most of the brushes I own I’ve gotten from makeup subscription bags? Probably, but I think it’s a nice way to build up a collection. I started out applying my foundation with a brush and have since moved to a beauty blender, but I’m happy to have this on hand to give a try. It seems like it is a nice quality and feels really soft.

Ipsy May 2017 Brush

That’s it for my glam bag this month! Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What was your favorite product this month?

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Christmas is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start buying gifts for loved ones! I know having so many choices can be overwhelming, so I’ve put together a gift guide to provide some inspiration for what to get the important women¬†in your life.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Her


Holiday 2015 Beauty Wishlist

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means a lot of gorgeous gift sets and holiday beauty releases have come out. Here are some of my wishlist picks for this holiday season.

Holiday 2015 Wishlist


Which items are on your beauty wishlist?

Beauteque BB Bag October 2015 Review

I received my October Beauteque Monthly BB Bag, so it’s time for another unboxing and review!

October Beauteque

SNP Cactus 90% Soothing Gel – The packaging of this caught my eye right away, it’s in a funky green bottle with a little picture of a cactus¬†peeking through. This product is supposed to hydrate, soothe, and firm skin and you “apply to face and body where skin is dry and sensitive”. It has a light aloe scent, and the gel is cooling and blends into the skin nicely without leaving a sticky residue.

October Beauteque FaceBody

Secret Key Glam Romance Perfume Body Lotion – I received “Glam No. 1”. I do like that this isn’t a heavy or greasy lotion, but it has a strong perfumey scent, so unfortunately it’s not for me.

Happy Bath Facial Yogurt Foam Cleanser – I received the grain essence version of this product, which is supposed to be gentle for sensitive skin. I haven’t used this product for a long time so I don’t know how it affects my skin, but so far I really like the formula and my face feels soft after using it. It’s a lot thicker than other cleansers I’ve used in the past and it lathers nicely. It smells like baby powder, but the scent isn’t overpowering.

October Beauteque Brush

Beauteque Contour Brush – I love the colors of this, it’s definitely one of the prettiest brushes I own. Although it’s not a luxury brush, it’s pretty decent quality and I’m always happy to try out new brushes.

October Beauteque Lipstick

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Easy Looks Soft Lipstick – I got shade 02. I wasn’t quite sure if I’d like this color because it looks so bright, but it’s a lot more muted when applied. You can build the color to have it more sheer or opaque, depending on your preference. It’s very moisturizing and smells like fruit to me (maybe mango?). I see myself getting more use of this during spring and summer because I gravitate towards a darker, bold lip in the fall and winter, but the formula is good and I’ll happily add this to my lipstick collection.

October Beauteque Swatch

October Beauteque Mask

AngelLooka Hand Mask – One thing I’ve always enjoyed about the BB Bag is all the different mask types I’ve been able to try since subscribing. I’d never heard of a hand mask before, but since the weather is cold now it’s a perfect time to use one. I got the warming variety, which really worked. It warmed my hands to a very nice temperature – not too hot, but definitely pretty warm. The warmness lingered after taking the mask off, which I appreciated because I’ve been cold all day. Any dry patches that I had were silky smooth after use.

Do you subscribe to the BB Bag? Which item was your favorite this month?

Ipsy Bag Review – October 2015

My Ipsy bag came super early this month! I didn’t even get my tracking¬†email, but¬†it showed up in my mailbox in its pretty pink envelope as a nice surprise the other day. This month’s theme is “Alter Ego”. I don’t think the products particularly fit the theme this month, but it’s fun nonetheless.

October Ipsy Bag

Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant – Ipsy seems to have this brand frequently, but I have yet to use any of the products. I don’t like to change up my skincare routine too much, so this is probably a no-go for me.

Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance-Free Hand and Body Lotion – I don’t particularly seek out vegan products, but I am always happy to use them. Maybe I should make the switch someday. Anyway, lotion is always needed and appreciated, so I will definitely make use of this.

October Ipsy

The bag design was fun, as usual! I have so many of these bags saved up because they’re too cute to part with, but I don’t know how to utilize them better.

October Ipsy collage

Skone Cosmetics Pretty Eyes Eyeliner in Plum – It’s a pretty color, but it swatched a bit streaky/clumpy, so not totally sold on this.

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed – The scent threw me off at first (vanilla-mint) but it’s grown on me. I thought this was a lip gloss when I first got it, but (as the name states) it’s a liquid lipstick. The pigmentation is great and I like the matte finish.

DOSE Color Pill Nail Polish in Stormy – I love the color, especially for fall. It’s a gorgeous gray-violet. It’s 5-free, which is always a plus in my book when buying nail polishes. The only negative I have to say that although the¬†bottle is cute (supposed to look like a pill to give a “dose of saturated color”) it doesn’t stand up, which makes it awkward to store and apply.

What was your favorite Ipsy item this month?

Beauteque Monthly September 2015 BB Bag Review

The Beauteque Monthly BB Bags were sent out a little later this month, but I received mine on Monday, so review time is finally here!

Beauteque Monthly September

The theme this month is “Soothing Spa”, and it lives up to its name pretty well, as usual.

Beauteque Monthly September Skincare

Aritaum Aloe No Wash Cleansing Water – This product claims to cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize the skin. It removed my makeup with no problem the other day, so I’ll happily use it as a makeup remover. My skin did not feel particularly moisturized after using it, however.

The Saem Mint Jungle Foot Cream – This product is my new favorite thing, ever. My feet were very tired the other day, and after a nice foot rub from my husband with this cream, they feel SO soft and so much better than they ever have. It has a really light scent, and it’s very moisturizing.

Beauteque Monthly September Mask

Inner Kallia Special Care Modelling Pack in Vitamin – I have not used this yet, but I’m looking forward to it. It starts as a powder and turns into a gel which you can peel off. I’ve only used sheet masks and wash-off masks before, so I’m excited to try this one out.

Beauteque Monthly September Bowl

Modelling Pack Bowl with Stirrer – This product is meant to be used with the mask from above, which is really convenient. This will come in handy, and it’s a lot more adorable than my Tupperware and plastic spoon I’d been using.

Beauteque Monthly September Pigment

Secret Key Secret Kiss Holic Pigment Glitter in Glittering Brown – This eyeshadow is VERY glittery and has the potential to be very messy. A little goes a long way. I have not tried it on my eyes because they’re very sensitive, however just from swatching it, I imagine that there would be fallout, so be careful if you try it!

Beauteque Monthly September Swatch

It is very pigmented and I like the shade, but I will not be using this, unfortunately.

Beauteque Monthly September Cream

Acqua Gems Herbal Soothing Cream – This is supposed to be a multitasking product that will moisturize, repair dry skin, and even soothe burns. I used it on my hands and it is very light and moisturizing, and felt slightly cooling. I’m not a huge fan of the scent¬†–¬†it’s sort of strong and minty/herbal¬†–¬†but it’ll work as a hand cream for me.

Do you subscribe to Beauteque? What was your favorite item this month?