Blueberry pancakes, eggs, hash browns, refill after refill of piping hot coffee (with extra cream and a teaspoon of sugar)…
Oh, man… My muffin top just quivered with delight. It’s only Thursday, and I’ve got Sunday brunch on the brain! It’s all Tarte’s new $30 Awakening Cheek Stain’s fault.
There’s just something so right about going out for weekend brunch or breakfast noms wearing minimal makeup, ya know? I usually lack the coordination/motivation to do a full-on look early on a Sunday morning, so out come my five-minute minimal makeup routines, like this one here: brows, tinted moisturizer, under-eye concealer, mascara, gloss and barely-there cheek colors like Tarte’s Awakening, a nude pink gel blush that’ll leave your brunch buddies wondering whether you’re wearing any blush at all.
Being a part-time lazy girl, I love this thing. I swipe the stick twice on each cheek either directly on bare skin or tinted moisturizer. Then, I blend in the edges with my fingers and bam! — pinched, flushed cheeks that look like I just finished a brisk walk.
Awakening gets the whole “no-makeup makeup” thing totally right. Just enough color for perky cheeks, and I think the slightly shiny finish, with its faint hint of shimmer, keeps it from looking fake or flat.
I bet low-key Awakening could also be a fantastic starter blush for gals/guys a little afraid of wearing color on their cheeks (it won’t leave you looking clownish). Next time I see my friend Cindy — who’s a total tomboy when it comes to makeup — I plan to put a bit on her in the hopes of converting her to the dark side, mmmwahahahaha!
Really, really great job, Tarte! Now if you’d be so kind as to knock a couple of bucks off the price…
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Not Tarte related, but…
If you plan to be in the SF Bay Area later this month, Saks Fifth Avenue will be hosting a Bobbi Brown master class on Thursday, March 28, with Marc Reagan, Bobbi Brown’s Manager of Artistry for North America.
For the Bobbi Brown class on March 28, it’s $100 to reserve a spot, which is then redeemable toward the purchase of products.
Two 2-hour-long sessions will be held, one at 2 p.m. and the other at 4:30, and you can reserve a spot by calling the Saks Bobbi Brown counter at (415) 438-5488, or by e-mailing Alexandra, one of the friendly Bobbi Brown artists, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be at the 2 p.m. class. If you’re able to make it, I’d love to meet you while you’re there.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,