I’m not disappointed with a tarte product very often but I’m really not impressed with this highlighter. PROS - it stayed all day, which is no small feat for any product when it comes to my oily skin. It also did not make any of my foundation/underlying makeup come off when I applied it, which is a problem I would have expected. The formula was not overly sticky. However... CONS - fingers, sponge, and brush - none of these seemed to work with this highlighter. I tried all of them. The sponge was no good, it seemed to soak up any color and leave behind sparkly flecks of glitter. If you’re into that, this highlighter is perfect for you, but I was hoping for a glowing effect, thanks to the name. The brush didn’t give me a good blending effect, and that’s the biggest problem I had - the more I tried to blend, the more I failed. It doesn’t blend out at all. Where you stick it is where it stays. My fingertips worked the best out of all three but it was still very hard to work with and didn’t look even or diffused once I put it on.
It’s not a horrible product, really. Maybe I was trying too hard to put it on? Either way, I returned it. Even on sale for half off at Sephora I couldn’t see myself wrestling with a highlighter of all things every day.
Love love love this pencil. I use it for my brows after I fill them in to create a sharper shape. It’s creamy but not so soft that the pencil would break - I’ve had no issues with that, and it blends extremely well. The package also says it could be used as a concealer, and once in a pinch I tried it - it never melts off or smudges. Definitely a great pencil to have on hand especially if you do your brows frequently!
This is the best brow gel I’ve come across! I have naturally thick brows but still like to fill them in and shape them up, so I was looking for something that would give my brows a better hold than the ABH gel I’d been using. Tarte’s spoolie on this wand is half the reason to try it out. It’s much smaller and therefore easier to distribute gel and comb it out without feeling like you got gel all over your forehead. Plus, the staying power is amazing. The first week I tried it out, I worked 60+ hours at my job. Even after long days, my brows still held up. The formula also dried completely clear and never flaked off. It’s a little pricey, but you only need a small amount, and the applicator is well worth it. Going to be a staple in my makeup bag.
I received this as a sample in my Sephora box and I was so impressed! The packet had enough product for about three uses, and it didn’t take a lot to cover my whole face. After using an exfoliating/cleansing mask, I decided to try this cream to moisturize and refresh. It smells amazing and goes on smoothly without feeling sticky or greasy, and dried within 10 minutes. My skin felt hydrated and soft to the touch. Not sure if I will make this part of my skincare routine but I definitely loved how it worked!
I am a huge fan of the Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal mask, so I had high hopes for this one. However, it fell a little flat for me... even after a few uses, I noticed no results. The formula is sticky and hard to apply - it takes a little getting used to how much product you should use, because the regular amount I use for a mask pretty much melts off my face as it warms up. I left it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinsed it off, which was a slimy, sticky process. Perhaps given the ‘nourishing’ part of its name, this mask helps your skin from the inside out? Either way, I saw no benefits so I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it again. The only thing I liked about it was the smell. Maybe it would work better for someone with different skin issues.
I am in love with this new face mask! After just one use (I got a sample packet first at Ulta), my skin felt so much clearer. I love the cooling effect it has, paired with the exfoliating texture. I leave it on a little more than the suggested time of 5-10 minutes until it is completely dried. It leaves my skin feeling tight and smooth. I have acne-prone and oily skin, and I find that using this mask once or twice a week really helps with oil control. It also keeps my skin looking healthy and fresh, not dull. Definitely a win from me!
This is my new favorite body wash!! I was out of my usual Lush stuff and hadn't ordered more so I headed to Target and found this. The scent is INCREDIBLE and so so good! I liked all three (Vanilla Bean, Lemon, and Coconut Mango) and ended up going with the last one. I love how fresh and light the fragrance is. It lathers well and I've used it to shave with no issues. Leaves me feeling clean and refreshed, and it was so inexpensive for such a huge bottle. Now I want to buy the other two!
Okay, so I'm a girl but I love woodsy, spicy scents. Kat von D's Sinner perfume is one of my go-to fragrances. I got a sample of Spicebomb in the mail, and although it's a little pricier than what I would usually like to spend on perfume, I think I'm going to get some. It's not an overly musky fragrance - instead, you get more notes of cedar, clove, and other spices that blend beautifully and smell enticing and warm together. Better yet, it is incredibly long lasting and strong. A small amount will do the trick and I noticed the lingering scent all day. Definitely worth the price. If you are in the market for a new fall scent this might just be the thing.
I got a little bottle of Olive Branch in a Lush gift box and was excited to use it - I've loved Lush shower gels in the past. This one smells amazing and needs to be well shaken thanks to the blend of products in the gel. It will distribute the oil before you use it! I love how this leaves your skin feeling. Very soft and hydrated, but not greasy. My only negative (hence the four stars instead of five) was how liquidy it was. If it's called a shower gel, I expect something of that consistency, but this was so thin and watery. You have to use a lot of product to compensate and even then it has a hard time lathering. So basically, I love this soap, but I feel like I'm using three times the amount of this compared to the amount I use of, say, their Don't Rain On My Parade shower gel. (Maybe it was just a bad batch.) if this issue was fixed then Olive Branch would be a great buy!
This bronzer is excellent - very matte and longwearing. I originally purchased the shimmery version of this (in a pebbled faux leather compact), and I liked it but did not want the shimmer. This matte version is amazing and goes on smoothly and blends beautifully. It lasts all day, including through long shifts at work. It's also very buildable, so if you want a subtle bronzed effect you can do so, but if you're in the mood to carve out some cheekbones you can do that too! I have tried applying it with multiple brushes and no matter what it always worked great. I would definitely recommend and will repurchase, which may be a while from now thanks to how much product you get (and how little you have to use for a great effect).