Tarte Holiday Sets 2014

Tarte Holiday Sets 2014

It’s never too early for discount makeup deals! All the best brands join in the fun, Tarte, Urban Decay, Too Faced, even Mac, Nars and Marc Jacob. There are a few that will be exclusive to Sephora, Ulta or the brands website. Tarte always puts out high value and exclusives, this year is no different, the theme is “Sweet Dreams”. Ugh, just take all my money!

Chick to Cheek – Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set $35

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What does Tarte do best? You bet it’s blush! This set of four deluxe size blushs is a great addition to you collection or the perfect way to try out this brand. Don’t worry about dupes, these are all limited edition shades! This set is a Tarte.com exclusive and included in the set is:

• amour (candy pink)
• classic (soft apricot pink)
• prim (plum nude)
• daydream (rosy pink)

Kiss and Bell – Deluxe Lipsurgance  Lip Set $34

Tarte - Kiss & Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set

Love, Love, Love this set! Lipsurgance is one of my favorite lip products, they last forever and don’t dry out my lips. Included in this set:

– 4 x 0.056 oz Deluxe LipSurgence lip tints in Dreamy (cool raspberry), Alluring (mauve), Innocent (warm nude), Dainty (pink)
– 2 x 0.056 oz Deluxe LipSurgence matte lip tints in Eternal (pinky nude), Fancy (plum berry)
– 2 x 0.05 oz Deluxe LipSurgence lip glosses in Kiss (light pink), Belle (raspberry)

Bon Voyage Collector’s Set – $59

Tarte - Bon Voyage Collector's Set And Travel Bag

One of the best deals around and the most perfect gift of the season. The value of this set is unreal, I purchased 2 of their large sets (like this) last year, gifted one and kept one for myself. This one is a Sephora exclusive and sold out long before December last year, so don’t wait or you will miss out! This amazing set has:

– 0.13 oz Deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara
– 0.17 oz Limited-edition deluxe cheek stain in Muse (soft nude)
– 0.27 oz LipSurgence lip gloss in Visionary (apricot)
– 0.06 oz LipSurgence lip tint in Romantic (peachy nude)
– 0.23 oz Deluxe maracuja oil
– 0.07 oz Deluxe smooth operator Amazonian clay finishing powder
– Limited-edition collector’s travel bag
– 16 x 0.07 oz Amazonian clay eye shadows

Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay Blush Palette – $42

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This palette makes me want to go on vacation, and take this with me…what a nice gift, for me! They also included 2 hair pins, although I have no idea why!?!? Last year the blush set came with a cute cuff bracelet, that at least had value. This is a Sephora exclusive and the colors included are:

– 5 x 0.158 oz Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes in exclusive shades: breathless (pinky beige), embraced (plummy rose), whimsy (light pink), bashful (rosy peach) and irreplaceable (mauve rose)

Sweet Dreams Best Sellers Collection – $19

sweet dreams best-sellers collection

This is a great budget friendly gift and includes the best of Tarte’s best skincare and cream blush. This limited-edition set features:
• deluxe maracuja C-brighter™ eye treatment
• deluxe maracuja oil
• deluxe cheek stain in dreamer (pinky nude)

Brushed with Destiny Bamboo Brush Set – $44

brushed with destiny set of 5 bamboo brushes & makeup bag

This brush set is an awesome value, but I hate duel ended brushes so I will pass on this one. If you don’t mind that then snap this up, at $44 for 5 brushes this is drugstore pricing for high end brushes! The limited-edition set features:
• contourtionist™ bamboo cream blush & contour brush
• the balancing act™ bamboo foundation brush
• the buffer™ airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush
• double-ended bamboo eyeshadow brush
• undercover lover™ bamboo concealer brush
• limited-edition collector’s brush & makeup bag

There is also a eyelash curler set with a mini mascara, but the mini “pears” all over the handle just looks uncomfortable to use and I didn’t feel like post it, haha!  There should be a few more sets showing up at Ulta, but they aren’t showing up on the website just yet. I’ll be sure to update this post if I come across anything new.

*Update: So just after I posted this Ulta posted their Tarte holiday items, all are listed above except this one…

Petite Treats 12 Days of Tarte – $37

This was a big hit last year and there was speculation that it would be at a higher price point, but at just $37 this will sell out fast. Also rush over now because there is also a gift with purchase with this set.

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014


This is my 3rd Birchbox and I’m really loving this sub! I never thought the samples stood up to my Ipsy bag, but I’ve really found the products to be better then my last few months at Ipsy (I’ve canceled my Ipsy and haven’t missed it at ALL).


This months samples blew me away! I did get to pick one sample from a choice a 5 or so, I picked the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser with a muslin cloth. This sample was a full ounce, which I feel is a good amount to test a face wash out and I really like the muslin cloths for days I need to exfoliate dry skin. I’m oily, but have dry patches if I over use certain products. This sample came in a cute blue box that reminds me of Tiffany’s little blue box, love it! The full size is $21.50 for 3.3 oz and the cloths are sold in sets of 2 for  $6, so my sample is valued at $9.51!


Next up is a fun sheet mask by Dr. Jart+. I love sheet masks, they are fun and easy to use and who doesn’t love looking crazy for 20 minutes. This one is the Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal mask and claims to be good for pimples, large pores and excess sebum…this sounds like it was designed specifically for me! This is a full sized single use treatment valued at $7.50.


I also received the Perlier Shea Butter body balm. This wasn’t the most exciting thing in the box, but it’s a 1 oz sample that I can throw in my handbag and have soft skin on the go. The full size 6.7 oz for $28.45, my sample is valued at $4.24.


I get to try my first Cynthia Rowley product, a eyeliner in silver! I don’t normally use silver liners, although a few times on New Years or at a holiday party. This sample is a pencil that needs to be sharpened and is .03 oz, almost full sized!! The full sized pencil is .04 oz and sells for $16, my sample is valued at $12!!


This last item by Catherine Malandrino, would most likely be my favorite (from what I can smell), but the spray top isn’t working. Normally I don’t like getting fragrance samples, but this one smells great. It reminds me of BCBGMaxazria Bon Genre that Glossybox sent out a few times. I did contact Birchbox to attempt to get a new spray sent in my next box, they were unable to do that, but the did credit me 100 points!! I couldn’t believe it, that’s a $10 credit!! Loving the Birchbox customer service!


There is a 20% off coupon for the BIrchbox store with code TAKEOFF20 and it’s good on your entire purchase!

Glossybox September 2014 Collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar Full List of Spoilers

Glossybox September 2014 Collaboration with Harper’s Bazzar!

This months Glossybox is a collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar! I find most of their collaborations to be fantastic, although none will ever beat the Bergdorf collaboration. To be clear, this is the regular September box and not an additional for purchase box, so every subscriber will be enjoying this. They are placing a value of $60 on this box, here’s the breakdown:

OCC  Lip Tar (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics)

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This first one is what I’m most excited to get, I own a few of these and they are really different from your normal lip product. They are like a stain in there lasting ability, but you can easily mix them to create custom shades. The options are Black Dalia (a gorgeous berry red) or Authentic (a orange shimmer that’s wearable).  They are each FULL SIZED!!! .33oz with a value of  $18! This makes the box for me, so happy to get one of these!!

Vichy Liftactiv Night

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So I had a little trouble finding the item pictured in the spoiler photo, it’s a white jar and all the Vichy night creams are blue?!?! Maybe the sample is just provided in a white jar? I’m not 100% sure what to think…ether way the creams run $50 for 1.7 oz and claim to combat the signs of skin aging by visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles & helping to boost skin’s firmness. The size in the box is 0.51 oz with a value of $14.70.

Benefit, they’re real! Mascara

Benefit Cosmetics - They're Real! Mascara

Not this old thing again! Well for those of you who love it this maybe an exciting item, but for me I’ve received too many of these to care. The formula isn’t my favorite (some people love it), I find it dry, the wand to be blah and most importantly my lashes don’t look anywhere fake or good for that matter. I have tried the full sized and the sample size, both yielded the same lack luster lashes. The size will be 0.1 oz with a value of $7.66.


Essie She’s Pampered or Essie Madison Ave-Hue

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This is the other FULL SIZED product!! The colors a both wearable and the brand is one I enjoy, double score, I think She’s Pampered is my favorite of the two. Nice to see this brand and pricing runs $8.50 per 0.5 oz polish.





Bvlgari Eau Parfume eau thé vert Conditioner or Bvlgari Eau Parfume eau thé blanc Conditioner

This will be the second month in a row I’ve received conditioner, but at least last month we also received the shampoo. I know Glossybox likes to send out this brand, but this item looks like it’s been discontinued! The same thing happened with a Bvlgari parfume in October or November  of last year. The only place selling this is amazon…$6.66 2.53 fl oz.


Overall I’m excited to get this box, the lip tar and polish are A+ for me. As far as the face cream, I’ve tried the brand and wasn’t overly impressed, although I really enjoy La Roche Posay (a sister brand to Vichy) so I’ll give it a shot. The mascara and conditioner are going to be re-gifted to a friend who will like them more. The total value for this box is $55.52 with most of the value being in the products I like!