Super Tarte Deal!

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Tarte has a super deal that would be great for Mother’s Day or as a gift for yourself! I love Tarte products and this kit has everything you need for a complete look. Just the foundation sells for $36.00 and blush is $28, right there you are already saving $10 and the rest are just a bonus….a really good bonus! AND you get to pick your colors!!! Click here to scoop one up!

First you get a choice of 3 bags:

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Next you choose your foundation and you can choose from over 15 color choices:

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Then choose a blush from these 4 choices (True Love, Flush, Frisky or Glisten):

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Then choose a Lip Tint from these 3 choices (Desire, Graceful or Splendid):

 

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Now on to eyes, choose from these 4 shadows (Slate, Plum Smoke, Shimmering Bronze or Shimmering Moss):

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Next choose from 3 dual eyeliners and a dual ended brush (Plum/Black, Green/Black or Bronze/Black):

 

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Lastly they are including a Cream Eyeshadow Brush:

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Over all this is one of the best deals I’ve seen all year and I was quick to scoop it up! A special thanks to ValentineJoy at ourbeautytalk.com for letting me know about this!

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Jouer puts out a limited edition Mother’s Day Box!

Jouer has a LE Mother’s Day Box for all those wonderful mothers out there! Will you be getting one for your mom…or yourself??? Check it out here!

New Le Matchbox subscription from Jouer

There is a new subscription box from the makeup brand Jouer! This is a quarterly box and costs $45, now lets just stop a moment to revive the people who fainted at the $45 price tag….That IS pricey and I had reservations about shelling out the big bucks, but after seeing full spoilers on Instagram I jumped in with both feet!

Jouer wasn’t a company I was very familiar with until recently, they are sold at Nordstrom, Birchbox, their website online and a few boutiques. I picked up their Moisture Matte foundation from Birchbox and fell in love with it, so this box was exciting…but $45 is a lot to spend not knowing what you’ll get. Lucky for us they put out enough early promotion boxes that the word got out! The box has a value over $100 and every product is Full Sized!!

First you take a quick survey asking eye color, skin type and a few other questions to determine if you are cool or warm toned. They are sending variations of the box bases on this, but the product are all the same, just suited to your needs. Up first is the big ticket item that is worth more then the cost of the box!

This is a Full Size either or product depending on your skin type, the Daily Repair Treatment Oil is for those with dry skin and the Daily Clarifying Treatment is for oily skin types. Personally, I love that they didn’t try to give everyone the same facial oil and then some people lose out on the biggest ticket item in the box.  Also being an oil slick kinda gal I really like that they made a formulation that will work for me…I want to be on the face oil bandwagon too!

Value $48

Next is a Full Size Jouer mineral powder blush, the colors will very here too and I love that I won’t end up with a blush better suited for a cool toned gal! The early reviews are that they are very pigmented, but can be sheered or built up depending on your preference. Did you notice the odd sides of the packaging? Jouer products connect to one another, so you can make your own face case! Really cool idea!!

Value $24

 

The next products are Full Sized for the lips! Not sure how these are distributed though out the boxes, other then the colors will go along with your undertones.  I’m hoping for the lip gloss, but will be happy to try out the lipstick too.

Value $24 for the lipstick and $22 for the gloss

This Full Sized Creme Eyeshadow Crayon comes in 5 colors on Jouers website, but I’ve only seen black in the early boxes. I would be happy to have black to use as an eye shadow base or a easy smoky eye look.

Value $24

Jouer Travel Eyelash Curler

This item is a travel sized eyelash curler and I couldn’t find it for sale on the Jouer website. The design looks interesting and I love having travel sized items. While I don’t normally need to curl my lashes, I’m excited to try this out.

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There is also a bonus sample sized Parfume Oil being included!

Over all the value on this box is at least $120! All the products are ones I’m excited to try and they fact that they are tailored to my skin type and tone is what most boxes do wrong. I mean why have me take a survey if none of that information determines the products I will receive?!?!?! Hello are you listening Glossybox, BoxyCharm and Ipsy??? This could be a nice long term relationship….

This sold out once, but is back in stock…run girls run!

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Tarte Miracles From The Amazon Review

Tarte Miracles From The Amazon

tarte Miracles from the Amazon 6pc. Collection with Bag

This set is a QVC exclusive and is an amazing value at just $65.95 ($3 shipping)! I have to admit I’m not a QVC shopper and nievely thought that TV shopping was really old school, however with exclusive deals like this I’m a convert. Everything is full sized, even the foundation is full sized at .5 oz. I’m calculating the value to be $167, based off similar products, since these are all exclusive to QVC. That value is crazy!

What’s included:

  • 0.51-fl oz Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer
  • 0.27-fl oz LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite, a berry mauve shade
  • 0.24-fl oz Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in black
  • Amazonian Clay Eye and Cheek Palette with:
  • one 0.20-oz blush in Talented (peachy coral shade)
  • six 0.035-oz Amazonian Clay eye shadows (Pink Beyond, Taupe for the Best, Dreams Plum True, Out of This Pearl,  Thistle be the Day, and Paint the Brown)
  • Double-ended eye shadow brush
  • Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer brush
  • Makeup bag

Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer

I have to admit I hate the name, why Tarte why, but it is really good foundation with full coverage, while still being a lightweight product. It is true to the other foundation color names Tarte uses. I’m Tan in everything Tarte makes, which is fantastic for ordering new products that I haven’t swatched. Not every brand keeps their color names consistent, side eyeing you here Nars! The dropper applicator is interesting and I only needed 2 drops to cover my whole face, I even skipped concealer and felt good about it. This lasted on my extremely oily skin for a solid 9 hours, it claims 12, but I was pretty haggard at the 12 hour mark.

LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine

I love Tarte’s lip products and this LipSurgence is no different. It has a perfect blend of staying power without being sticky and smells like vanilla frosting, yum! The color is a great everyday, your lips but better kind of shade. I think it would work really well with a dramatic eye shadow look. This lasted 5 hours, that included lunch and a drink. The color was mostly gone, but there was a little shine and moisture left after the meal.

Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

I haven’t tried this yet, I have a mountain of mascaras to get through, but I did gift this to my Vegan sister in law and she likes it a lot. It’s really hard to find Vegan mascaras that preform well and she swears by this stuff.

Amazonian Clay Eye and Cheek Palette

I love this set up, it’s perfect for days when your short on time and just want everything to work. The 6 eye shadows play nicely off each other and the blush is a nice flush of color. I used 4 of the 6 eye shadows for my eye look today and felt like I could get quite a few everyday looks with the colors provided. The blush was soft, but visible and the formulation is long lasting and easy to blend. This palette would be a great all in one for travel, I would just grab a few colorful singles to round out a week long vacation.

 Dual Ended Eye Shadow and Foundation Brushes

Holy kitten fur and clouds Batman, this foundation brush is by far the softest brush I own! It’s totally synthetic and the quality is top notch. I’ve over the moon in love! This thing is a powerhouse and could be used for foundation, powder, blush or conture and handle them all with ease. It’s hand made as well, in another line this brush could easily sell for $50+.

Now for the less great, although this should be prefaced with the fact that I tend to hate dual ended brushes…I found this brush to be good on both ends, it’s soft,workable and well made. I like to store my brushes upright in containers for easy access, so any 2 ended brush ends up with one side smashed. I chose the fluffy blending brush to keep and the the flat side will be unused from now on.

This is a repeating order item with QVC and they will send out another set in June and October for the same price, although the products will change slightly. Here are photos of the next two bags:

June

June TVS

I’m less excited about this one, they are including a Tarte Bronzing Serum and with my dark skin I won’t use it. The palette looks great and the eyeliner and eyeliner brush are a nice addition. I think I will have to cancel the auto renew for June, but wait…

October

 October TSV

This is more my speed, I love the Tarte Maracuja Oil. It works so well with my oily skin and is my Holy Grail eye cream. Well not a cream, but it works wonderfully to hydrate my under eye area and blends well with every concealer I use. I’ll be back for this one!

Birchbox February 2015

Birchbox has quickly become my favorite beauty box, edging out others because of the price and awesome rewards program. The fact that I can choose to pick a curated box , pick a sample, or choose to be surprised really makes it extra fun. Also, I’m totally kind of a control freak, so I love the options and knowing I will love at least one thing. I do find myself choosing the curated boxes more often then not.

This month was no different, I picked the Rent the Runway box. There were other pick your sample choices that I wanted too, but I was interested in trying everything in the curated box. It included:

The Balm Read My Lips Gloss in Bam

theBalm® cosmetics Read My Lips™ Lip Gloss - Bam - rose-pink

The fact I’ve never tried a lip gloss from The Balm and that I’m a gloss junkie made this super exciting. The full size is $15 and .3 oz, my sample is .08 oz and worth $4.

 

Fekkai Blowout Dry Shampoo

Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo – 1.7 fl. oz.

I’m always up for a product that makes my hair last an extra day. I was on second day hair when my box arrived, so I quickly busted this one out. It worked well on my dark hair and didn’t leave any white cast, it also smelled very fresh. Not sure it will replace my HG Batiste for brown hair, but I think it will give it a run for it’s money. I received a Full Sized Travel Size at 1.7 oz with a value of $10.

 

DermaE Anti-Wrinkle Exfoliating Cleanser

derma e® Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub - new

I’ve tried a scrub from this line before and it was great, so I really wanted to try this too. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I highly doubt you can get anti-wrinkle effects from a cleanser…you leave it on for less then a minute and wash it down the drain. That said, I am happy to try another product from DermaE. The full size is $12.75 for 4 oz, my sample is 1 oz and worth $3.18.

 

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in The stuff that Cupid dips his arrow in (because sometimes fate needs a assists).

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This product has the longest, cutest name in the history of body wash. That mouthful didn’t draw me in (it’s is cute and all), but the Blackberry and Vanilla description sounded fantastic and it is! Yummo! I just want to keep sniffing myself…but that’s just weird. The full size is $16 for 13.61 oz, my sample is 1.5 oz and worth $2.64.

 

Sumita Eyeliner in Raina

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner Exclusive Set

I’ve received these a few times from other subscriptions and while they won’t replace my favorite eyeliners, they are good enough quality for me to gift them to friends or family. This was sent out in multiple colors, but I received a basic black. I know sometimes boxes get a lot of hate about basic black liners, black is such a staple in peoples routine that it’s understandable.  The full size is $11 and .06 oz, my sample is .024oz and worth $4.40.

*update: After closer inspection I received Raina, which is a dark navy blue.

The last thing in my box was a coupon for Rent the Runway, $30 off order of $75.  Rent the Runway is an online service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals. The dress prices run from $40 to $800 and accessories run $5 to $400. I doubt I’ll ever use this, I prefer to try things on and shop at a discount, so $45 to use something once doesn’t appeal to me. If you’d like the code just comment below, first one who does gets it.

Over all this was a winner and I’m happy with every single sample!! Couple that with the 50 points I will get for the Birchbox store and this is why I love me some Birchbox.  My box is valued at $24.22 without any value placed on the coupon, along with that the 50 points = $5 in the Birchbox store. The real value is I will use everything in this box, yay!