30 Days of NARS: Dolce Vita Lip Gloss, Day 13

Published in: Daily Beauty

NARS Dolce Vita Lip Gloss

This sheer dusty rose is livin’ the sweet life.

No, I mean, that’s what it’s called… La Dolce Vita. Italian for “the sweet life.”

It’s an oldie but a goodie, and it’s one of the 30 recently reformulated NARS Lip Glosses ($26 each) available now.

I keep wanting to sing it like Ricky Martin: “Living la dolce vita!”

Yeah, I know I’m weird. :)

NARS Dolce Vita Lip Gloss

NARS Dolce Vita Swatch

NARS Dolce Vita Lip Gloss

NARS Dolce Vita Lip Gloss

The 30 Days of NARS series features a different NARS Lip Gloss every day

Purple Reigns

Published in: Daily Photo

Purple flowers in the house, y’all!

Well, technically not inside the house, but near it.

In the neighborhood, at least.

I saw these on my walk earlier today… Don’t the ones up there look like crinkly paper?

I’m so glad I had my phone with me because the wildflowers are going crazy right now! All of the trees, flowers and grasses are pretty happy about the heavy rain we got earlier this month.

I always love this time of year when everything’s still green… There are so many beautiful things to see. You just have to look for them. :)

The New Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses in Tipsy, Blissful and Fearless

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Tarte

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Tipsy

Wearing the new Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Tipsy

Here’s batch two of the new Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses in Tipsy, Blissful and Fearless. I think these could be of interest to all card-carrying members of the CAPLGLN (Coral and Peach Lip Gloss Love Nation).

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses in Tipsy, Blissful and Fearless

  • Tipsy: a sheer coral
  • Blissful: a warm peach
  • Fearless: a shimmery pinkish coral

What’s with the funky doe-foot?

It’s curved to fit the contours of your lips, and the pointy tip makes it precise.

Is the doe-foot hard to use?

Not at all. It’s very precise, actually, particularly around the Cupid’s bow — very, very handy when I’m in the mood to wear an overdrawn lip look (where you apply your lip products outside your natural lip line to make your lips look fuller).

Tipsy and Blissful look kind of similar, yeah?

Sheer coral Tipsy and warm peach Blissful do look somewhat similar, yes. On my pigmented lips, they’re tough to tell apart. I do see a slight difference between them, though, if we’re going to split hairs… I think Blissful is a tad more pigmented.

Any dupes?

Off the top of my head, both Tipsy and Blissful look similar to Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Streak.

Tell me all about Fearless, ma!

I love the name and the golden glitter. :) It’s the most distinct shade in this batch — like a sheerer version of NARS Super Orgasm Lip Gloss with larger pieces of gold glitter.

What’s the glitter sitch on that?

Surprisingly, the glitter flecks in Fearless aren’t gritty, considering the size of the pieces (see them in the full-face shot?). This is classy glitter; not “klassy.”

Formula, flavor and finish

The thick, non-sticky formula starts super shiny but wears down to a slight shine over about an hour, and then will last another 2-3 hours after that. In other words, they’ll last through a glass of Two Buck Chuck (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere), but won’t make it through a tuna fish sandwich. As for flavors, yup, it’s a vanilla buttercream flavor and scent.

Meow or hiss?

Meow, although these three shades here may not be flashy enough to really stand out at a big event like your wedding or prom, but for everyday natural — sure.

Where can I find ‘em?

At Sephora stores and online for $19 each.

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses in Tipsy, Blissful and Fearless

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses in Tipsy, Blissful and Fearless

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Doe Foot

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Doe Foot

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Swatches in Tipsy, Blissful and Fearless

Swatches in Tipsy, Blissful and Fearless

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Tipsy Lip Swatch

Tipsy Lip Swatch

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Blissful Lip Swatch

Blissful Lip Swatch

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The New Tarte LipSurgence Lip Glosses in Flush, Natural Beauty and True Love

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Tarte

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Flush

Wearing the new Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Flush

The what

These are a completely new line of shiny, permanent collection glosses from Tarte released as part of Tarte’s summer collection. They’re available now in nine shades (Sephora and online) for $19 each, which gets you a 0.27-ounce tube.

I’ve always liked Tarte’s LipSurgence products (the Lip Tints, Power Pigments, Lip Lusters, etc.) because of how natural they look on my lips, the great plant-based ingredients, and because of how low-maintenance they are (the twist-up pencils that don’t have to be sharpened, and the wearable colors).

When I saw the familiar names — Blissful, Blushing Bride, Exposed, Fearless, Flush, Natural Beauty, Tipsy and True Love — shades that were already in the Power Pigment lip pencil and Cheek Stain lines, I had high hopes for these.

Even Park Ave Princess, another one of the new shades, is also a Bronze & Glow Matte Bronzer and Cheek Tint, so one could get all matchy-matchy if they were so inclined.

Formula, flavor and finish

They feel a lot like Chanel’s Glossimers to me — thick, but not sticky. They’ll make it through a cup of tea, for instance, but won’t make it through lunch.

Officially, Tarte describes them as having a vanilla flavor and scent, which I kind of get as more of a vanilla buttercream…but maybe that’s just my tummy talking. I haven’t had lunch yet.

As for the finish, they start out super shiny but mellow out over the course of an hour or two.

I have very pigmented lips and these shades are the boldest one of the nine, although from the lip swatches you can still see that a lot of my natural lip color comes through.

I initially thought these might be challenging to wear based on how dark they appear in their tubes, but they actually apply semi-sheer on the lips. Despite looking different in the closeup lip shots, Natural Beauty and True Love look almost like the same sheer shiny red from a few feet away.

Product Performance: This hybrid addition to tarte’s signature LipSurgence line delivers all the plumped-up benefits of a gloss and pigmented performance of a tint in an antioxidant-rich formula. Each ultra-hydrating, vanilla flavored lip gloss imparts natural-looking color to enhance your complexion while drenching lips in moisture and mega-watt, non-sticky shine. Infused with vitamin E, jojoba seed oil and flower extract, this multi-tasking formula helps smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles while moisturizing dry lips for a healthy, plumped-up appearance that lasts. The unique applicator wand features an ergonomic tip that gently glides around the shape of your lips for a foolproof application every time.

Available in glossy versions of eight signature tarte shades: flush, blushing bride, tipsy, blissful, fearless, natural beauty, exposed & true love.

Powered By: vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient & antioxidant; jojoba seed oil: natural soothing extract that leaves lips soft, supple & smooth; flower extract: moisturizes for healthy, hydrated lips

-tarte.com

Of these three, Flush, a subtle, creamy neutral pink, is my fave. I definitely think it’s a color that would work well for a lot of different skin tones.

Here’s the first batch of three — the brightest of the nine — in Flush (a berry rose), Natural Beauty (a sheer, shimmering red) and True Love (a watermelon). Stay tuned for the next six… :)

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Swatches from the left: Flush, Natural Beauty and True Love

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Swatches from the left: Flush, Natural Beauty and True Love

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Doe Foot

Doe Foot

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Swatches from the left: Flush, Natural Beauty and True Love

LipSurgence Lip Gloss Swatches from the left: Flush, Natural Beauty and True Love

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Flush Lip Swatch

Flush Lip Swatch

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Natural Beauty Lip Swatch

Natural Beauty Lip Swatch

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When It Comes to Eye Makeup, Are You Adventurous, Where You Frequently Try New Looks, or Do You Generally Stick to One Safe Look That You’re Really Comfortable Doing?

Published in: Just For Fun

Well, I’m adventurous when I have time and really no place to go (other than the living room), but if it’s for a work thing or a family get-together or some other event where I kind of want to play it safe, I’ll usually do some form of neutral brown, bronzy gold cat eye, and lashes if I have the time.

That’s my safe-bet look. I’ve probably done it about a million times before.

How about you? When it comes to eye makeup, are you adventurous, where you frequently try new looks, or do you generally stick to one safe look that you’re really comfortable doing?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I know I’ve been unusually quiet this week. Between the trip to Nashville, entertaining the parents last weekend (which, ya know, I love ‘em, but they can be work sometimes) and all of the big collections coming out, I kind of just needed a mental health day, so I slept in, did some laundry, actually finally unpacked from Nashville (only been a week!) and spent some time with my husband.

We went to see Oculus last night, and it was enough to keep me out of antique shops for the next, oh, rest of my life, actually!

Great horror movie, but seriously, if you don’t want to develop a fear of antique mirrors, stay away from Oculus.

Hope you are doing well out there. Your nephew says “meow.” He’s been getting more emails than I am. I am so not kidding.

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