Tarte Gifted Mascara


This is my mascara obsession at the moment. I think Tarte Gifted has become my new, all time favorite.

With just a few quick coats it gives amazing volume and definition. It’s not really a super lengthening mascara, but it does coat all my lashes incredibly well and makes them look longer and fuller. I really can’t get enough of this mascara and everyday that I don’t use it, I regret it.

Perhaps the best feature of this mascara is that I get very little or no smudging when I wear it. It stays put and I have only had a couple of instances where it transferred to my lid.

The wand is very thick and brush-like, which I find makes it quick to apply and coats every lash in the first go. It builds very well so you can go in later and continue to layer it on and it doesn’t make your lashes go all clumpy.

I only wish that I hadn’t fallen in love with a high-end mascara, because now I am going to be forced to repurchase it and pay the price.

Never mind, it’s worth it.



ELF Blush Brush


You can’t beat ELF prices.  They have a few stand out products that everyone raves about, so I thought I’d pick up a brush.


Makeup Menu: Back to Basics


After recent dabblings in high-end bases (and a particularly long stint of loyalty to the Diorskin Nude BB Crème) I have regressed to some old favorites.


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Scorch

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This eyeliner is my new waterline favorite!

It is a bright, true gold that applies super pigmented in just one swipe.  I like using this on the waterline to brighten up warm smokey eyes and add some sparkle.  Gold will compliment any eye color and this pencil really adds something special.

I have spoken about the L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Highlighter as my favorite rose gold highlighter for the waterline, but this Urban Decay eyeliner has WAY better staying power.  While these pencils are $20 and much more expensive than the L’Oreal version, the lasting power is worth the splurge.

Instead of using the typical black or nude on the waterline, a bright gold is fresh for fall and worth a try.


L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte


I really enjoy these Infallible Eye Shadows from L’Oreal (my favorite is obviously the shade Amber Rush).  They are essentially a pressed pigment and provide a very metallic, glittery effect.

Iced Latte is a very pigmented white shade that can be used all over the lid or as a highlight shade.

As far as I can tell it is a great dupe for Mac’s Vanilla pigment; this eye shadow is just not as loose.

My favorite use for this product is as a dramatic inner corner highlight and occasionally I use it under the brow bone.  You can even dust it sparingly on the tops of your cheekbones for a cheek highlight.  Who says you can only use eye shadows on the eyes?

This is an impressive drugstore highlighter and I think it adds just the right amount of impact to any dramatic eye look.  It may not be for everyday, subtle highlighting, but it is quite beautiful if you’re looking for something a tad more striking.