Things I encountered this afternoon…
1. A piece of chocolate cake.
Portion control is lame
2. A pinkish coral blush that smells like a mixed berry smoothie (more on this in a minute!).
3. Jeremy Renner doing push-ups in my living room… He texted this morning to ask if he could come over on my lunch break (“Hey, girl, I’m in Novato!”).
Alright, so maybe that third thing didn’t happen. Truth is, Jeremy and I went makeup shopping at Sephora this afternoon…
Okay, okay, I’ll stop!
But seriously, I can’t wait to see Jeremy in the new Bourne movie. Maybe I’ll wear Tarte’s new Cheek Stain in Loving ($30) to the show.
If I do, one thing’s for sure — I know my cheeks will smell good, LOL!
You see, Loving, like Tarte’s other oil-free Cheek Stain shades, is scented. Yup, it’s a fragrant blush (and new for fall 2012), which I admit sounds a little weird…
But it smells deliciously like a strawberry lemonade smoothie, om nom nom.
Like its siblings in the line, pinkish coral Loving is a water-based gel tint, and sure, it looks pretty dark and glittery in the swatch, but it sure comes alive on cheeks.
If you worry (like I do) about glittery blushes drawing unwanted attention to your pores, you might want to use a skunk brush to apply it, as they give a little more control over how much product they apply than applying the stick directly to your cheeks. Most of the time, I apply a few layers, usually with a skunk brush, which delivers a pinkish coral flush with a slightly shiny finish.
“Cheek stains are free of alcohol so they won’t dry out your skin and oil so they won’t clog your pores. They are infused with the tarte t5 super fruit complexâ„¢ for a healthy dose of natural antioxidants.
“The tarte t5 super fruit complexâ„¢ is a proprietary blend of the five most active superfruits: goji, acai, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate. The first blend of its kind, the t5 super fruit complexâ„¢ is loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant rich nutrients and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits with each application.”
For the full effect, though, in all its blindingly bright and shimmery glory, I’ll swipe the stick directly on my cheeks and then blend out the edges with my fingers.
I like Loving on top of bare skin, foundation and/or powder. I’ve tried it a number of different ways, but my favorite is atop liquid foundation and powder, where it lasts between 8-10 hours (versus directly on bare skin, where if my cheeks are even the slightest bit oily, it slides right off).
Oh, and if you happen to be a fan of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Glisten, you have another reason to like Loving. It’s basically the same shade as a Cheek Stain.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora and online at sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. In the event that our earlier talk about Jeremy left you missing Matt, here’s some old-school Bourne for ya.