Late August/September was another great few weeks of huge beauty buys. These are my hits and misses for September!
I’ve been on a total Tarte kick lately so from a Sephora order I have the new Drink of H2O hydrating gel, the limited edition clay pot liner in Unicorn Kisses(sky blue) and Fairy Wings(matte lilac), the limited edition naughty nudes lip paint in Grunge(dark brown), and the waterproof Amazonian Clay 12 hr concealer.
The Amazonian Clay waterproof 12 hr concealer is super creamy which I love and I really like that it’s waterproof. I didn’t have any problems at all with creasing. It gave really good coverage and stayed put all day long. This concealer costs $29.00 and I would say it’s worth every penny.
I picked up the new Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Gel from the Rainforest of the Sea collection. This moisturizer has a really light weight gel texture. It doesn’t feel greasy or sticky. For $47.00 you get 1.7oz of product, which is 0.7oz more than your average tube of foundation. I think this is a really great value because you only need a tiny bit of the product. It leaves my skin feeling great, I would definitely say it’s worth it.
I picked up the Naughty Nudes Lip Paint in the limited edition shade Grunge; which is a dark brown from their 90s inspired collection. I really, really love the rich brown colour, the name is definitely suitable. I love the lightweight whipped texture of the lip paint. It’s super pigmented. It’s pretty long wearing but I wish this was more transfer proof; this particular colour is not good for wearing while eating and it does look pretty bad as it wears. My standards for liquid lipsticks are incredibly high because of KVD. Overall I would say it’s worth the $24 but I do need to pay attention more than I usually do with Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and touch up as needed.
This Lariat Style Choker is from Dynamite Clothing. My plaid blanket scarf is from Garage Clothing and choker is from HigherGroundJewelry on Etsy.
The Clay Pot waterproof liners came in super cute limited edition shades, Unicorn Kisses and Fairy Wings. I saw a girl use Unicorn Kisses on her waterline on the Tarte Snapchat so I assumed they were waterline safe. For my first look: Unicorn Kisses applied really well along my waterline, it was a smooth application and vibrant colour. Fairy Wings was super creamy, maybe too creamy. It was difficult to get crisp lines with an angled brush so I tried using the brush that came with my black clay paint liner. I had to do a couple layers of Fairy Wings because it applied uneven and trying to apply another layer before it dried just seemed to rub it off. It wasn’t easy to get a wing and it ended up with a thicker line than I would have liked upon my first try. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t a pro with a liner brush.
I really liked creating pastel looks using these liners with my ABH Moonchild high light palette and some pastel lilac lips. These are also super cute for putting on the waterline for just a pop of colour on days where I wear less elaborate makeup looks or with a super dramatic smoky eye. I was super impressed with how long wearing they were; they lasted the entire day without fading or wearing off, even along my waterline. Overall I’m pretty happy with the colours and I’m excited to improve my skills and create awesome looks with these liners.
This choker is from HigherGroundJewelry on Etsy
I got a 15% off coupon code for the Tarte Cosmetics website so I decided to grab a couple Christmas Presents and they had just released the Limited Edition Color Vibes Amazonian Clay palettes as part of the Holiday Collection so I decided to grab one for myself (haha). You get 20 full sized eye shadows for $60, the component is pretty large and features a full sized mirror. There are a lot of champagne shades, purples, pinks and blues on this palette that work well with the Fairy Wings and Unicorn Kisses clay pot liners so that’s great. I think it’s funny that these are what’s considered “Color Vibes” for Tarte because they’re still pretty subtle and there are mostly neutral/brown shades. The colours are super gorgeous and it’s just such a versatile palette with so many shades for base colours, transition shades, darker colours for creating drama etc. I was a little disappointed that this palette didn’t smell as amazing as the Tartelette Tease palette I bought before. The packaging is very cute, and the palette feels pretty heavy and sturdy.
I also picked up the new Nicol Concilio brushes from Tarte and a set of the new false lashes. You can read all about my thoughts here. And for my thoughts on Tarte blushes, bronzer and tinted setting powder go here.
Shop online with Tarte and receive 15% off your first order, plus earn Tarte Tokens! My Tarte orders take an average of 10 business days to arrive.
I got myself the limited edition Project Chimps shade in the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks from Kat Von D Beauty. This shade is to promote cruelty free beauty and 20% of the profits are being donated to a chimp sanctuary to help rehabilitate chimps that were test subjects. I ordered 3 of these; two for myself abd one as a gift for my sister in law because it’s a great cause. It’s a warm brick red in colour; I would say it has sort of an orange/rusty undertone and that’s how it differs from the other reds in Kat’s line. My In Laws also got me the shade Ayesha from this same line. I’ve been trying to get my hands on this bright lilac purple since April but it was always out of stock. The formula is super long wearing but is a little drying because it is a liquid to matte finish. Both of these colours went on super smooth and opaque with just one layer, and no streakiness and no flaking. This lipstick is $24.00 a piece and definitely worth it.
Both of these chokers are from HigherGroundJewelry on Etsy.
In the photo where I am wearing Ayesha, I am wearing Fringe from the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (shown below) along my bottom lash line.
I also got the new Lock It Setting Powder from Kat Von D. I’m not very good with loose powders but this powder stuck well to my brush and wasn’t messy. It’s translucent but it’s not bright white so you don’t get glares or flash back in photos like you do with some white setting powders. It didn’t cling to any texture or dry spots. It gave me a matte finish but that effect didn’t last as long as I would have liked. The component design is very cute. You get a pretty large tub of product for $38.0o. As much as I hate to say it; Overall, I’m not sure that I would spend the money on this setting powder again.
A couple other Kat Von D products I picked up includes a full sized Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick. This Mauve Nude is my favourite for just day to day, more casual looks. It’s like a “your lips but better shade” that looks so natural but gives your look a subtle and pretty pop of pink. I used 500 of my Beauty Insider points to pick up the Kat Von D kit that includes a mini Ink liner in Trooper, Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira and Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral as well as a little vegan leather makeup bag which is very cute. The products here that I haven’t tried before is the Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown, the Ink liner and the Studded Kiss lipstick in Cathedral. Tattoo Liner is an amazing formula, brown just isn’t a colour I typically use for my liner. Cathedral is a really pretty rosy brown nude, great for just every day looks and is a perfect shade for fall. I prefer the Tattoo Liner to the Ink Liner; the brush of the Ink liner is very stiff where as the Tattoo liner gives you great precision but is still soft enough to curve with the shade of your eye. The Tattoo Liner is also much more comfortable to use since the brush is softer.
I also got the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Matte Rescue mattifying gel. I really like this gel; it’s not sticky and it helps keep my skin matte while making my pores look smaller. I use this just on my T-Zone and spots where my pores are largest. I wouldn’t use this as a primer alone. It’s $36 for 1.6oz of product and I would say it’s worth it.
I also got the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment eye shadow palette on sale at Sephora for only $30.00. This palette is full of super vibrant shades that are a bit out of my comfort zone but since it was on sale I made the plunge. My first impression was that the colours were so fun and the packaging was super cute. The component is really durable and it has a giant mirror which is great. These are pressed pigments so they are like 20x more pigmented than your average eye shadows. There is a disclaimer on the box saying that the shades Slowburn (middle shade, top row), Savage (second shade from right, top row), Jilted (second shade from left, bottom row) and Urban (middle shade, bottom row) are not to be used around the eye, which is like WTF? It’s a pretty unclear disclaimer but I’m pretty sure it’s just because using it on the waterline can cause irritation. I really like this palette, it’s a bit out of my comfort zone for eye looks but it’s fun for throwing in a pop of colour every once in a while. I would definitely say that since I got it on sale, it was worth the buy and I can’t wait for these bright colours to inspire me.
In this look I have Savage (second from right, top row) on my lids and Thrash (left end, bottom row) along my lower lash line. In my above photo of the Ayesha lipstick I am wearing Fringe (right end, top row) along my lower lash line.
I also picked up the Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush on sale at Sephora for $10.00. For applying liquid liner I would prefer something smaller and denser but this is great for creasing on the eye lid, defining brow lines with concealer or highlighter or applying shadow along your lower lash line.
I also picked up a few items from Lush including the Tea Tree Water toner, Grease Lightning Cleanser, Enchanted Eye Cream, Roots Hair Treatment, Dark Angels Cleanser and Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask. You can read all about my thoughts on these items here.
Overall I would say that September was a pretty good month!