Like a Good Pair of Kicks, Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel Offers Major Arch Support

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte’s new cruelty-free Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel ($21) comes in three shades, and the one we’re looking at today, Taupe, is actually nowhere near my natural brow color. It’s the lightest of the three shades, and the one best suited for blondes.

Buuut, I thought I might be able to use it for the inner part of my brows to do that whole ombre brow thing, or when I just feel like wearing my Lil’ Kim/Nicki Minaj wig to scare the UPS guy.

Good times, my friend… Good times. :)

Just to see how it would look, I also pulled the color all the way through my brown to the outer tail, and HOLY WOW MAMA! — this stuff is unbelievably pigmented.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Despite it being way too light for me to use as my primary brow gel, Taupe still completely covers Raul, also known as “the bald spot in my left brow.”

Taupe also keeps my stray hairs from flapping in the wind and has so much pigment that it even lightens the overall color of my dark brunette brows by several shades (only while I wear it, of course).

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Kind of shocking, considering that the tiny brush, which doesn’t look like much, has bristles so small that they look like they wouldn’t be able to hold much product at all.

“No frickin’ way,” I thought the first time I saw it, but it works, both the brush and the gel. Together, they fill in all the sparse spots, lay down plenty of color (on the hairs and the skin), and corral those wayward hairs into place.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Taupe

It’s a firm, yet manageable hold, and I can still run a brush through my brows when the gel dries down if I want to, so the hold isn’t as firm or stiff as, say, Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel, which could hold those hairs down through a category 5 storm, I kid you not.

But it is firm enough to hold the hairs in place when I dance in front of my Beyonce fan. #truestory #dontjudge :)

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe, before (left) and after (right)

Before (left) and after (right) Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

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Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing Long-Lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-Tailed Weaver Serenades My Makeup-Loving Soul

Published in: Daily Beauty

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing Long-Lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

*Cue birds chirping!* chirping

I think I may have literally heard a symphony of birds singing outside my window the first time I opened Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing Long-Lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-Tailed Weaver ($25).

It’s like powder eyeshadow makeup LOVE in a pan.

I almost can’t describe it… One minute, I see a beautiful bronzy brown. Next minute, a gorgeous golden tan taupe and oh! — it’s also freakishly smooth.

You know those products that make you fall in love with makeup all over again?

Yeah, this is one of those for me.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge Rufous Tailed Weaver Swatch

What’s Something You Recently Asked a Makeup Artist or Sales Associate About?

Published in: Just For Fun

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Concealer

I rolled up to Sephora about a month ago and asked one of the sales associates if she could help me find the best dang under-eye concealer in the universe.

(That’s how I put it too. “…best dang under-eye concealer in the universe.”)

Then I regaled her with my recent woes related to my under-eye area (you know about all this), and she directed me to a few things I’d unfortunately tried before, like Bobbi Brown’s Peach Corrector, which I’ve liked, but they just haven’t been working well for me lately, on account of the whole dry skin situation.

Then she suggested Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer ($29).

It’s kind of neat. She said it was full coverage, and it has a silicone tip applicator I’ve never seen on a concealer before, so I brought it home and gave it a try.

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Concealer

Well, I like that it’s easy to blend, but I’m not so sure about the full coverage part, because I think I still look very tired.

I dunno… It might be the color I picked, 345 Dark Beige, which has a lot of yellow. I usually wear peachier toned concealers because they cancel out more of the darkness in the inner corners of my eyes, but I wanted to try something new.

Unfortunately, this one doesn’t really seem to be doing a lot for me.

The quest continues, le sigh…

How about you? What’s something you recently asked a makeup artist or sales associate about?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!

TGIF

:)

I Love the Look of These Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads

Published in: Daily Photo

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211. SO PRETTY!

Don’t mind me. I’ll just be in the corner over there rocking back and forth slowly.

See, I need time to deal with the inevitable heartbreak that will strike when I disrupt the gorgeous pattern on these Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads.

The quads themselves are refill pans that don’t come with a case, and they’re a staggering $55 each. On top of that, the case, which is sold separately, is another $25.

Wow.

The brand is pretty new to me (it’s Japanese, not French, BTW… Who knew?), and I’m looking forward to testing their eyeshadows. Here’s to hoping they lead to luxury makeup nirvana.

For that price…they better.

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads in 208 (left) and 211 (right)

Eye Color Quads in 208 (left) and 211 (right)

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 208

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 208

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211

Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 211

The Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick: For Lids So Smooth It’s Criminal

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Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

The new $21 Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick

For lids so smooth that people might think you sold your soul AND your cat to a sketchy character in a shady back-alley deal, there’s Tarte’s new cruelty-free Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick ($21).

I swear, this primer makes my lids, which are usually a hotbed of fine line action, look 10 years younger.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

As it is in several of Tarte’s new fall products, Colored Clay is the star ingredient. It’s supposed to color correct itself on the skin, absorb oil, smooth the skin and, over time, reduce redness.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

When I apply eyeshadows on top of it, I get about 8-10 hours of wear with very little creasing, and whatever I layer on top looks great — smooth, elegant, refined, and not heavy at all.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

I just draw a bit of the creamy pinkish beige on my lids (twist up the pencil, and swipe directly on your skin), blend it out with a finger from lash line to brow bone, and that’s it. Products layered on top look exceptionally smooth, and I really do think my lids look younger.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

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