Tarte BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreenReview

BB cream popularity continues.  I recently reviewed Urban Decay’s BB cream.  I thought it was ok, but there were a few things about it that prevents me from wanting to purchase it. You can read my full review here.  My mom recently bought herself some L’Oreal BB cream.  I personally try to avoid L’Oreal until they are cruelty free, but I did apply my mom’s for her once and I was not at all impressed.  It is super sparkly and didn’t seem to do much of anything in my opinion.  Those experiences were all that I had with BB creams until I bought Tarte’s BB cream about a week ago.

WOW!  This stuff is AMAZING!  It is a million times better than Urban Decay’s, in my honest opinion.






It comes in 4 shades: fair, light, medium, and tan.  I bought the light.  The consistency is thick like a cream, but very soft and velvety feeling.  It glides over the skin with ease and dries soft and smooth.  This amazing cream acts as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen.  The sunscreen is broad-spectrum and chemical-free SPF 30 using  titanium dioxide & zinc oxide!

Let’s take a look at how it performs on my skin:

and here it is on just half of my face to show the difference a bit more:

















I love the coverage it gives.  I have been wearing it mostly alone, as I feel it is sufficient coverage for everyday needs.  I have used my MAC Studio Fix Plus over it a couple times, and they worked well together.  I also used my Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation over it once and that gave me a nearly flawless look!

Tarte claims: “This 12-hour longwear, anti-aging, oil-free tinted treatment primer offers light-to-medium buildable coverage that helps even skin tone and conceals discoloration, acne and other skin imperfections. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth, hydrates skin and blends easily leaving you with a natural, flawless finish while the broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.”

I agree with all of it 100%.  I have been and will continue to use this everyday and can not sing it’s praises enough!

Have you tried this product yet?  Do you use a different bb cream?  Let me know your thoughts below!!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara Review

I have been trying out Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, which is supposed to be a 4-in-1 mascara, meaning it claims to 1.lengthen, 2.curl, 3.add volume, and 4. condition your lashes.

It is only available in black (but even most extremely fair completed blonde’s wear black mascara, so who cares?) and comes in this neat purple packaging.  Like all Tarte products, it contains only natural ingredients and contains no parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances, which is the number one reason why I love Tarte so very much!

But lets get down to the nitty gritty!  How does it really perform?  I will let pictures speak for me!

It certainly does all that it claims in my opinion – it is  lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning!  However, it does have a tendency to clump if you are not careful or do not use a mascara primer.  Mascara primers are great anyway – look at the difference it makes:

Tarte has their own lash primer called multiplEYE™ lash enhancing primer, which I did not use because I do not have it.  When I run out of my studio gear primer, I think I will try it out!  (I will update this post if/when I get it to show how this mascara performs with it!) Anyway, I find that the clumping of this mascara can also be dealt with by letting it dry and then gently combing through your lashes with a basic eyelash comb.

Overall, I highly recommend this mascara!  It is my new favorite!  It is available in a regular and waterproof formula for $19 at Sephora, Ulta, or of course, tarte’s website.

Have you tried this mascara?  What is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Review

In one of my orders from Urban Decay last month, I received a sample of Urban Decay’s new BB cream, which became available for purchase on their website on Thursday.  BB creams have become crazy popular lately and it seems every brand from drugstore to high end have them now.  This is my first experience with a BB cream, so I do not have anything to compare this to, but I do plan on trying some others soon.

I like the feel of this on the skin and did not notice any smell.  It comes in one universal shade that looks rather orange coming out of the tube, but I am rather fair and it blended into my skin very easily with just my fingertips.

My skin has been in terrible shape since my hives episode last month, but I am going to show you before and after pictures anyway!  In the before I have absolutely nothing on my skin except my regular moisturizer.

In an effort to show it as well as possible, I also took a picture while applying it – here it is on just half of my face:

Urban Decay claims that it has “Optical blurring pigments” that “instantly evens out skin tone and minimizes pores, lines, wrinkles and redness.” I do feel it does a good job with that!  It certainly doesn’t give any true coverage, but it also does not claim that it will.  They do claim that it primes your skin for makeup.  I have applied both Naked Skin Foundation and MAC Studio Fix over it and it did indeed wear well over it all day in both cases.

Urban Decay also claims this BB cream has Vitasource™ and dGlyage® to “firm skin, improve elasticity and provide measurable anti-aging benefits”.  After only using this for a week, (and still being fairly young), I can not attest to these claims, but certainly can not deny them either.

The last thing their beauty balm is supposed to do it protect against the sun, with an SPF of 20 and something called Pepha®-Protect, which is supposed to help inhibit DNA damage.  Regrading the sunscreen, I am pleased that it contains a physical sunscreen – zinc oxide!  However, it also contains a chemical sunscreen, octinoxate.  Personally, I wish they would have left this out!  Like many other chemical sunscreens, there is strong evidence that octinoxate is a human endocrine disruptor.  For this reason, I will not be buying or using it anymore.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm is is $34 for a 30ml / 1 oz tube and can be purchased at Urban Decay.

I hope you all found this review helpful!  Have you tried Naked Skin BB yet?  What did you think?  What other BB creams have you tried?  Do you have a favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!! :)



Benjabelle Brush Tree Review

For Christmas, my awesome hubby bought me one of the coolest makeup tools I have ever seen! The Benjabelle Brush Tree!

I am so in love with this ingenious product!  The Benjabelle brush tree has 14 soft silicone like openings to hold your makeup brushes.  The openings are large enough to accommodate the largest handled brushes, yet still grip the smallest detailer brush as well.  (I put 2 of my smaller brushes in each opening, although it is not necessary.  The opening will grip a single small brush, but it will hold it at more of an angle by itself than when 2 or 3 are put in it.)

You can push the brushes up through the bottom, pointing down as I have shown here, for the purpose of drying your brushes.

This is the reason I really wanted this brush tree.  I feel that drying your brushes laying flat is ok, but it allows water to stay sitting inside the ferrule, which overtime can break up the glue that holds your brush together.  You can prop something under your towel  or roll the edge up to allow the brush to lay at a somewhat downward angel to help with this as pictured here:

Another option is sliding brush guards on your brushes and sitting them in a cup to dry as seen here:

However, I am not a huge fan of brush guards for drying purposes.  (I do like them for travel, though!) They are a mesh fabric, so they do allow air to get to the brush, however, they also compress the brush rather tight, and in my experience, while the outer hairs of the brush will dry well using this method, the inner hair tends to stay damp for quite a while, especially on very large dense brushes.

Anyway, the Benjabelle Brush tree is the most perfect solution for drying your brushes.  It keeps them completely pointed down, so all the water can drip out while not compressing the hairs or damaging the handles.  Plus, you can also flip the brushes pointing up to use it as a brush holder/display.

The Brush tree easily pops together/apart so it is travel friendly, and it is easily wiped clean.  Other than the pretty pink color I have, it also comes in black or white.  Each brush tree is hand made in Ben & Jan’s workshop in Madison, WI, so your purchase supports small business.  You can purchase your own brush tree for $34.95 at http://www.benjabelle.com

*Disclaimer* I was in no way compensated for this review, and I do not now, nor will I ever do a paid review.  I always give my true opinion of products, and promise to always do so. You can read my disclosure policy here.


Hey everyone!

I hope 2013 is starting off great for you all!!  Anybody going to IMATS LA later this month?  I sure wish I was.  It is a huge goal of mine to be able to go someday.  Considering that I live on the other side of the country, I will probably make it to IMATS NYC before I ever make it to LA.  NYC is in April, maybe I can make it this year. We’ll see.  Anyways, in case any of you lucky ducks are going to the LA show, I wanted to make sure you know about this deal:

So make sure BFTE is on your list of booths to stop by first so you get your free gift, because with all the color selection and awesome products they have, I know you will not be able to leave their booth without buying something!

Also, let me know any tutorial or look request you might have. I am trying several new products, so I will have some reviews for you very soon!