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L-R: Tarte CC Undereye Corrector in Light-Medium; Tarte CC Eye Primer Stick

With the Monday post being a review of Tarte’s new collection for fall, I thought I’d bring you a few new pieces they’ve added to their permanent range: the Colored Clay CC Eye Primer* and CC Undereye Corrector*. We’ve all seen the whole CC/BB cream affair go down in the beauty world, so when Tarte was kind enough to send these over I was a little skeptical. According to the brand, the Undereye Corrector is meant to: “instantly mask undereye discolorations and dark circles while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture over time.” I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I can’t say much in the way of the skin under my eyes seeing much improvement, but I will say that this really does give a flawless, airbrushed effect under the eyes. It comes in two shades, Light-Medium (swatched above on the left) and Medium-Dark. Since the product is meant to be applied underneath your normal concealer, the shade isn’t much of an issue; overall, it gives a gorgeous brightening effect that really lifts the face without being drying or caking throughout the day. Love. What struck me first about the CC Eye Primer was the packaging; I find it eliminates the faff of having to dig your finger into a Mac paint pot to get a similar effect that evens out eyelids and gives a neutral base for eyeshadow in a convenient pencil form. It’s quite nice to use on the lower lashline as well because of its design, which means less time spent fiddling with smudging primer under your eyes in the morning (and less time getting ready overall- win). However, because I have quite oily eyelids, I didn’t find this to do much in the way of preventing eyeshadows from creasing throughout the day. I would say that if you don’t experience creasing with the formula of Mac’s paint pots, this is an excellent alternative, but I would skip on picking this up if you’ve got oily lids like me.

Have you tried any of Tarte’s new Colored Clay products?

 

AN ODE TO NARS SHEER GLOW.

DSC_0326Can we skip the part about how late I am to the party on this one? I know, I know, everyone and their mother is in love with this stuff and you know what? I am too.  Rewind a couple of weeks and you’ll see me at my local Nars counter (finally) getting color matched and picking up a sample. Rarely do I encounter love at first sight with beauty products but ladies and gents, I think I’ve found the one. The shade Cadiz was perfection, coverage was on point… Not to toot my own horn, but it was one of those ‘my skin has never looked so good’ moments that never, ever happens to me. After strolling through a few more counters at Saks I went to get color matched for YSL’s Touche Eclat just to see how the two compared and I had to stop the woman from applying the product on my face before wiping off Sheer Glow from underneath because she didn’t realize I was wearing any foundation the product blends so well. Fast forward slightly and I’m still in love with the stuff even a week after, and so the trouble begins. I’ll spare you my desperate journey for Sheer Glow, but I basically bought Sheer Matte instead on accident and then ended up buying (and loving) both. Review to come on the latter, but I digress. I. Love. This. Stuff. With just a single pump it’s incredibly smoothing and perfecting on the skin, making pores disappear without having to layer on product. If you’re in need of extra blemish cover it can be layered easily with absolutely zero cake factor added. Lasting power is also ridiculously good on this one; foundation especially seems to disappear on my skin like nobody’s business but somehow this withstands even the über humid Florida heat waves, so massive props to Nars for engineering that kind of wizardry. I know I keep harping on about the shades, but as someone with very in-between-undertones and darker skin I find it insanely hard to find a base that’s the perfect match. Nars have got it going on with their massive range of shades from almost paper white to deep tawny, so if you have trouble like me finding the perfect match this may just be the answer to your prayers. I know it’s called Sheer Glow, but it’s not the dewiest of foundations on the market, something I find to be right up my street. It’s more of a satin-y finish that let’s your natural sheen-iness peek through: basically, it looks like skin, no matter how much you layer on. (I told you it’s magic.) I find that on my dry-combination skin and an oily t-zone I don’t need to powder this one down, though adding a touch to set everything does help prolong staying power throughout the day. Let’s just say this: I’ve found the Holy Grail.

Have you ever tried Nars Sheer Glow Foundation?

 

14 WEEKS OF MELODIES, #7.

 

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Birdy- Without a Word

Drumroll please. Yes, this is the halfway point of the blog hop. Which is to say, I have actually successfully completed a post a week for the hop for seven weeks. Points for dedication. If you’re not familiar with this hop, you’re meant to write a post on a song you’ve been loving for the past week every Tuesday until December 31st. Interested? Have a look at the host blog, Beauties Unlocked, here.

So does anyone watch the vampire diaries? I’ve been obsessed with the show since it came out; I’m really not into the whole vampire shabang, but this show seriously has some of the BEST writers out there. Aside from the script, there’s literally not one single actor on the show that’s unattractive. I kid you not. So in summation, it doesn’t hurt that the show is basically a Dylan’s Eye Candy Bar. But I think one of the aspects of the show that drew me in the most was the soundtrack. Oh. My. Goodness. I’ve discovered so many songs from having heard them on the show (Medicine by Daughter, anyone?), and this week’s favorite is no exception. We’ve all heard the songy Skinny Love by Bird(or the original by Bon Iver), but another of her songs made its Vamp debut a few weeks ago during the scene where Bonnie’s friends gave her a memorial service. I immediately recognized her voice, but I had to google the lyrics to find the actual song. It’s called Without a Word, and I cannot stop hitting replay. Her voice is dreamy, and her lyrics are actually meaningful, contrary to most mainstream stuff these days. Set to a chilling piano score, it’s beyond beautiful. What songs have you been loving recently?

 

 

HELLO, OCTOBER.

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I’ve recently come to the realization that this month has to be my favorite of the entire year, topping even my birthday month (it’s March, by the way, in case you wanted to send me some fantastic present). Think about it. Yes, Autumn officially starts in September. But let’s be honest, the whole month, we’re all still in shock that summer’s over, and can’t seem to grasp the idea that it might be time to start breaking out the scarves and boots. We’ve just spent three entire months fawning over salt sprays and Victoria’s Secret-worthy tans, lusting after coral blushers and neon nails. But then September hits, and the fact that maybe it’s time to put the beach umbrellas away and give the summer a hearty farewell starts to set in, and on the inside, we’re all suffering from a little PTSD from watching it go. What is it Lana calls it? Summertime Sadness?

Well, it happened. And now it’s gone.

So October comes in, guns blazing, and all of a sudden we’ve accepted that summer’s time is up and we start humming Christmas carols under out breath. Well. Not everyone does that. It could be just me, but who really knows? The point is that when the month begins, we start getting into this weird, bewitching autumnal holidays-are-a-coming feeling that’s pretty incredible, if you ask me. And we start to feel a little bit of hope fill the void July left behind as it rode off into the sunset. So yeah, I guess you could say I’m a little bit in love with this October guy.

Onto a new product. *Cue drumline* … It’s a candle! I haven’t really blogged about them at all, but I’ve gotten really into these kids lately, and this one from Bath and Body Works is just. There are no words. It’s called Fresh Balsam, and it has this incredibly rich pine scent to it, like you’ve just  walked past a Christmas wreath and gotten a  whiff of its merry goodness. It’s quite warm and comforting, and great for getting into that fall spirit. If you haven’t, and you need a candle to do it for you, then that’s not a good sign. But if you do, give this one a go.

Coincidentally, one of my absolute favorite blogs is named Hello October (see what I did there?). To be honest, I might have possibly perhaps named this post after it because I’m that in love with it, but you know. If you haven’t seen it yet, go look NOW. It’s run by the impossibly beautiful Suzie, and the entire blog is just gorgeous. I love the quirky-ish SoHo chic layout, and she does such a great job writing really honest reviews and making fun videos. Have a look here.

Hope you’re enjoying your October!

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT I’M WEARING: BACK TO SCHOOL

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DSC_0333School starts next week, and  of course that can only mean one thing. Well, that’s not true. It also means tests and essays and an entire assortment of other nasty, awful things. But mainly, back-to-school means shopping. Out with the old, in with the new. I’ve been rebooting my skincare and makeup recently as well, so I’ll be doing a post on it shortly. My closet, however, is a different story. The clothes stay. That is, I’ll be re-wearing all of last year’s clothing, at least until labor day sales show themselves on the horizon. To be honest, I don’t need the reboot in terms of garments, so I’d rather not waste money on unnecessary items.

The first day of school, among other things, stands out as being one of the most stressful days of the year. The others are every single day afterwards until summer. But amongst these strong contenders, day one of the year is budding with with nerve-wracking potential, both good and bad. A new year can mean a new, fresh start, or, after the first day, things can take a turn for the worse, and we can end up on a path straight into the land of no return. First impressions on this very important day, as you might expect, are essential. I’ve planned my first outfit of the year to show you all today, so I hope you like it!

The top is from one of my favorite stores in New York, the massive, four-story Uniqlo. If you’re looking for staple items for a great price, that’s the place to look. They have an amazing selection and are incredibly affordable. Check out their website here. The shoes (not pictured) are a pair of Prada loafers I picked up on my last trip to The City at Saks’ shoe sale. If you’ve been to the Saks on Fifth Ave. in NYC, you know that the eight floor is shoe paradise. A few years ago, I walked into Prada and spotted these, begging (and even crying about it in the store) my parents to buy them for me. But, being the young child that I was and the shoes being around $490, it was a no-go. Imagine my surprise when I spotted them for just $175 at Saks? It’s still a pretty high price, but the quality is fantastic and they’re incredible versatile, smart shoes. I prefer to invest in a pair than buy twelve that run down in a year. You can get them here. The bag is a Cambridge Satchel in the 15-inch, their largest offering. It’s wonderfully sturdy and fits slim books and a laptop perfectly, it’s a great option for college students, since it’s beyond stylish and incredibly functional. You can pick and personalize your own Cambridge Satchel here. Last but not least, I found the necklace at Ann Taylor one day for $10 on the sale rack, so unfortunately you can’t get it anymore, but any statement collar/necklace will do! I just went for something more subtle for school, but the shirt is merely a blank canvas; accessorize to your liking. The pants were a bargain buy for just $7.80 at Forever 21, and here I’ve just rolled them up slightly.  There you have it! Be sure to let me know what you’ll be sporting for back-to school this year :)