Tarte Rainforest After Dark

YAY for fun fall releases.  Palettes are my favorite.  Are they yours?  Today I have the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette and I am so excited.  It is essentially an entire face (other than foundation and lipstick) in one palette.  You have highlighter, blush, bronzer and SIX eyeshadows.  This palette can take you from day to night and the shades included are neutrals with a touch of purple.  It is a huge disc and has an exotic snake on the front.  Packaging is everything to me and Tarte Rainforest After Dark NAILED IT.  The limited edition Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette is a gorgeous palette to transition you from Summer To Fall.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark

“Inspired by the rain forest’s deep orchid hues at dusk, Tarte’s limited-edition eye and cheek palette has everything you need to create sultry and sophisticated day to night looks. Infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it supports oil control, this makeup provides longer wear and truer color payoff. This modern ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens, and soothes skin, while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color—without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.”

As a girl with oily skin and oily lids I am REALLY excited to try the new colored clay products.  This will be my first go round with them and I am excited.

I am going to take you through the face products first.  The highlighter included is Champagne, the bronzer is Park Avenue Princess (one of my long running favorite bronzers), and the blush is called Unleashed which is a nude rose.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark

There are 6 eyeshadows in the palette and the first three I am swatting are Bare to Explore (pink beige), Make a Mauve (plum mauve), Plum Away with Me (dark plum).

Tarte Rainforest After Dark

The next three are Up to No Gold (gold), Tan-gled Up in You (tan), Don’t Turn A-Brown (dark brown). 

Tarte Rainforest After Dark

This palette is just so pretty that I wanted to make sure I captured it correctly so I took several photos.  I included one in direct sunlight and one in indirect sunlight.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark

The Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette combines shimmer and matte products in both the face and the eye products.  They also included a nice range of shades, from dark to light.  Neutral palettes are a dime-a-dozen here lately (which doesn’t bother me one bit because that is what I personally enjoy) and it is nice to see that this one included some pretty neutral purple tones.  The fact that the blush and bronzer are matte are also a blush.  I like wearing more matte products in the Fall so this is perfectly on trend, but that highlight… That highlight gives such a gorgeous glisten that can be applied heavily but can also be applied very subtly.  Don’t forget that the face shades could totally be used as additional eyeshadows, too!

The Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette retails for $38 and you should totally get it while you can, as it is limited edition.  You can find it at tartecosmetics.com, Sephora, Ulta, and QVC.


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Rainbow Honey July 2014 Mystery Bag

I just got the Rainbow Honey July 2014 Mystery Bag in the mail about an hour ago and I thinkI am making RECORD TIME getting the pictures taken and put up for you to see.  I am doing it so quickly in HOPES that it is still available for you to purchase, as I know these sell out.  I posted a teaser on Instagram about 20 minutes ago and it got a good bit of attention fairly quickly.  Who doesn’t like a good nail polish, right?  Anyway, these mystery bags run $10 a pop.  You can either subscribe to get them every month or purchase them individually as you want them.

rainbow honey july 2014 mystery bag

This box was full of some pretty terrific items, as you can see.

rainbow honey july 2014 mystery bag

I will start with the nail polishes.  Right to left: Chemical Plant, Deep Heart Sea, and Viridis.

rainbow honey july 2014 mystery bag

Chemical Plant is my favorite from the mystery bag.  It is a gorgeous sparkling magenta/violet with sparks of blue and gold shimmer.  I love how it flashes color.

rainbow honey july 2014 mystery bag

Deep Heart Sea is a sheer blue jelly base with white hearts and and multi-size neon glitters.

Viridis is a sheer base with a green tint and contains micro glitters as well as neon green stars and pastel glitters.  I am partial to micro glitters and stars so this one had me at hello! <3

rainbow honey july 2014 mystery bag

The other goodies included in this bag are an Eau de Parfum rollerball, Cuticle Balm, and Cooling Gel.  They are all in the Midori scent which is actually quite nice.  I will say that the rollerball stank of alcohol at first but it dried down to light, fruity fragrance.  The cuticle balm contains vitamin e so I already know I will love it.

rainbow honey july 2014 mystery bag

The cooling gel is quite interesting.  It is a brand new product to the brand.  It is a gel that is enriched with aloe very and has shimmers in it.  I applied it to the back of my hand just to see if the shimmers were annoying and surprisingly, they weren’t.  And I actually kinda liked it!  :)

rainbow honey july 2014 mystery bag

Overall I am super happy with the Rainbow Honey July 2014 Mystery Bag (found on their website) and I plan on getting these monthly.  Nail polish is always fun to play around with and these 5ml sizes are perfect.  I think the non-polish items are always pretty fantastic too!


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NARS Night Caller Fall 2014 Color Collection

The NARS Fall 2014 Color Collection has been announced.  It is called the Night Caller.   Not only is there a gorgeous line-up of autumnal products, this dramatic color palette also features the exciting launch of new Night Series Eyeliners.  I don’t have those to share with you but I am so excited to show you the Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo and the blush named Unlawful.

Dolomites is a beautiful neutral eyeshadow duo.  The left side is described as a rosy pink quartz.  My description is a gorgeous warm plummy, pink taupe.  It has a high-shine, metallic finish and is just beautiful all over the lid.  The right side is described as chocolate and I would agree.  To me it looks like a reddish brown and is the perfect shade to compliment and deepen the lighter shade.
NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo

The texture of this eyeshadow duo is amazing.  They are soft and buttery.  The left side is perfect while the right side kicks up a good bit of powder, but I didn’t experience fallout when I was putting them on my lid.  They blend easily.  Perfection.

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo Swatches

Unlawful blush is a warm amber pink with silver micro-glitters.  It really is love.  There are a lot of those micro-glitters packed in this beautiful blush.  In my swatches you can see them big time but when these are dusted on the cheek the glitters seem to fall away for the most part.  The good thing about these glitters is that when you are using this you don’t actually need a highlighter in addition to the blush.

NARS Unlawful Blush

 

The swatches on my fingers are both this blush but I felt it was important to show you them side by side because it plays with the light beautifully.  You can see that with the movement of your skin you can catch light and it illuminates the cheek bones.  The texture is really nice too.  Finely milled and very soft.

NARS Unlawful Blush Swatches

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Overall I think that NARS Night Caller is a beautiful collection full of colors that are perfect for the Fall.  For some reason Autumn shades really excite me.  I think that it is because the summer is so jam-packed with brights that I am ready for comfortable neutrals.  What is it that you love about Fall makeup collections?


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Summer Beauty Essentials

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During the summer months my beauty routine becomes a lot more simple.  I spend a lot of my time outdoors either at the pool or the beach.  For those kinds of low key days I depend on my summer beauty essentials to keep myself looking and feeling glamorous!  I don’t feel the need to apply a full face of foundation, powder, lip liner or even eye liner.  I tend to throw on some lipgloss and mascara and head out the door.

summer beauty essentials walgreens

I think the one thing that rings true for most ladies is the need for nail polish, especially when it gets warm out during the Summer.  The shoes come off and toes are exposed.  THEY NEED TO BE DECORATED!  Essie is my favorite nail polish brand that I can find at the drugstore.  Three of my favorite Essie polishes are Topless and Barefoot (perfect name for Summer, eh?), Penny Talk, and A Cut Above.  Topless and Barefoot is a beautiful nude polish that seemingly looks good on everyone.  Penny Talk is a gorgeous coppery metallic.  A Cut Above is a beautiful pink multi-size glitter top coat.  These shades are perfect as a mani or pedi and are all easily paired together.

summer beauty essentials walgreens

A new mascara on the market that I have been LOVING lately is the Maybelline Volum’Express Pumped Up Colossal.  I have always liked Maybelline mascaras and many go in my list of top 10 drugstore mascaras.  This one sports their  biggest mascara brush with the double curved stem delivers a double shot of mascara.  The smoother formula has double the collagen and doesnt clump!  WOO HOO!

summer beauty essentials walgreens

Hindsight is 20/20 but I sincerely wish I hadn’t applied so much liner for this look so that you can see how much of an impact this mascara has on my lashes.

summer beauty essentials walgreens

Another BRAND NEW release is the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain.  Revlon always seems to hit it out of the park with their lip products and these definitely do not disappoint.  These hybrid lip products that are hitting the market are fantastic. This one is a gel-like lipgloss that provides a long-lasting stain.  It also packs a big color punch. The wide doe foot applicator allows for easy application and is comfortable on the lip.  The shade I have here is called Barcelona Nights  which is a super bright strawberry pink.

summer beauty essentials walgreens

 

Oh man… does that scream summer OR WHAT?

summer beauty essentials walgreens

The final summer beauty staple for me is aloe vera.  While I was flitting the beauty aisles on my most recent of many trips to Walgreens I discovered they have these scented aloe vera packets.  There were a few but I am a pink gal and I grabbed the one labeled Watermelon Aloe Vera Body Gel based on the color alone.  Well… not solely.  There are actually a TON of beauty uses for aloe vera gel.  For a few examples: (a) can be mixed with sugar for a great body scrub, (b) it takes the sting/itch out of insect bites, and (c) helps sooth sun-damaged skin!  Each of those examples are ESPECIALLY needed for the summer months!

summer beauty essentials watermelon aloe vera

I picked up all these lovely things at Walgreens, which is absolutely my beauty destination.  They always have the newest, coolest products on the market and with all the things I can find there I know they have me covered all Summer.  Right now when you spend $20 on your summer beauty favorites (or personal care excluding baby stuff) you get a fabulous 6-piece travel brush set as a gift.  Check out this promotion link for details.

summer beauty essentials walgreens

So, what summer beauty essentials are you interested in picking up on your next trip to Walgreens?  Tell me in the comments below!


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