Rich holiday reds are so much fun, but sometimes I wanna get low…maintenance with my lip color.
On days like that, I like sets like these. The eight glosses in Tarte’s new $29 limited edition Glossed Over PureOptic Lipgloss Collection make sheer, shiny lip looks as easy as 1-2-3.
Available exclusively at QVC.com, the set includes eight 0.04-oz. travel-size PureOptic Glosses (the full-size 0.14-oz. ones cost $21 each) in Nectar, Nude, Pink Blush, Coral, Warm Pink, Nude Pink, Mauve and Berry.
Ironically, Tarte describes these as pigmented and rich on their website, but on my lips, all eight shades? Not so vivid. Even the brightest one here, Coral, looks rather sheer to me, and increasingly so as I smack my lips a few times.
The glosses are what I affectionately refer to as “clickers,” because twisting the bottom of the tube makes a rewarding “click-click-click” sound and dispenses the product through the applicator brush.
“A color revolution, this multi-chromatic supergloss features tarte’s proprietary PureOptic™ complex; 24 pure pigments blended together to achieve rich, vivid and long-wearing color that applies smoothly and won’t fade away. Always hydrating and never drying, this must-have lip gloss will keep lips moisturized while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to give lips a fuller, plumped-up appearance.”
On all but the lightest lasses, these should look natural and neutral, and since I like to wear a subdued lip once or twice each week, they suit me just fine.
Cruelty-free vegan ingredients; botanicals like açaí berry extract, goji berry extract, jojoba, maracujá and pomegranate; a three-hour wear time; a smooth, non-sticky texture and a faint taste and scent like candy cane? Sheer or not, I think there’s a lot to like here. Great for times when I just want easy lips and don’t want to bother with a mirror.
It might even make a great gift for your favorite low-maintenance gal pal.
If, on the other hand, your makeup BFF can’t live without color, there’s always the punchier tints in Tarte’s $29 Lip Service kit (an awesome value, since you get full-size tubes).
AVAILABILITY: Available now exclusively at QVC.com
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Oh, earlier today reader Advah asked me to describe the free writing exercise that I mentioned I do every morning.
There’s not much to it. It’s easy, and I think it really helps me a lot. Every morning, usually after breakfast, but sometimes while I’m still in bed, I grab my journal, my favorite pen, set a timer for 10 minutes, and write as fast as I can about whatever comes to mind.
The key is to avoid self-editing, which is very hard to do (in fact, I’m doing it right now!), and to just let everything out on the page. Even mistakes. Especially mistakes. No stopping to cross out words, fix typos or grammar, or to look things up in the dictionary. Just. Keep. Writing.
Some of the time I’m just writing nonsense…with too…many…ellipses, LOL! But the exercise isn’t about making perfect sense. It’s more about stretching your creative muscles and finding your voice.
Hit me up in the comments if you’re a fan of free writing or can recommend any other writing exercises.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,