Best 20 Products to Get at Sephora Spring Bonus Event

Hello, my dears!

Let’s be honest: good makeup and skin care are usually pricey and from my personal experience, this statement work in 98% of the time.

And I’m very excited to know and share with you that Sephora Spring Bonus Event is starting right now, which means it’s discount time!

While there is a lot you can consider buying during this event, I’d try to narrow down the list of things I’m getting for myself OR have already tried and they are indeed worth any penny.

For me, it’s a perfect time to stock up, before the next bonus event (read real discounts) is expected in late November.

What should you know about this event

The event starts on April 20th through April 23rd. You can visit a store or shop online at sephora.com – as long as you are a Sephora Beauty Insider member you qualify for discounts! If you are not a member it is easy and free to sign up by visiting sephora.com.

How much off can you get during the event?

10% off for Sephora Beauty Insiders members. Use code YAYINSIDER at the checkout.

15% off for Sephora VIB members. Use code YAYVIB at the checkout

15% off for Sephora Rouge members.Use code YAYROUGE at the checkout

Can I get everything on discount?

Well, it is almost everything, there are some restrictions though. *copy-pasted*

*Offer valid for Beauty Insider members on merchandise purchases made on 4/20/18
through 11:59 PM PT on 4/23/18 in Sephora U.S. stores, Sephora Canada stores, Sephora inside JCPenney stores, and online. Offer not valid on jcp.com.
Not valid on purchases of customizable sets online or through Sephora’s Customer Service. Not valid The Ordinary, on previous purchases, purchases of gift cards or eGift cards, FLASH, PLAY! by Sephora, gift wrap, taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson-branded item and three Drunk Elephant-branded items per SKU per transaction. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Sephora is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen promotion cards. Promotion card has no cash value and may not be altered, sold, or transferred.

Relevant Beauty Insider status must be attained prior to redemption. No minimum purchase required. Due to heavy demand, Sephora FLASH delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion.Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Sephora and JCPenney employees are not eligible for this offer. Offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time. If you recently qualified for a new tier, please check your email for an updated offer.

For more details check Terms and Conditions.

What should you buy during this event?

If you think strategically, as I do, think of products of high/daily usage or those that have short shelf life. I’ll feature the products that I’ve tried and loved! – one item per a type of product. I shared my thoughts on this products in my stories on Instagram – now in my Highlights! Feel free to check it out for more details!

Under this category, I would mention several products:

  1. Sheet Masks
  2. Beautyblenders
  3. Brushes for Clarisonic
  4. Blotting Papers
  5. Exfoliating Pads
  6. Tools Cleaners

Featured Products:

ESTEE LAUDER

Advance Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, pack of 4, $80 (Buy Now)

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This foil mask is a 10-minute step in getting instantly glowing and youthful skin that lasts for several days! *tested on myself* Buying a pack of 4 is the best investment advice I would give to you since it’s $25 per a separate mask! Plus, discounts are just in time!

BEAUTYBLENDER

Two.BB.Clean, $45  (Buy Now)

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With the total value of $58, this is another value set I would recommend for you. Taking into consideration that you need to change your beauty blender every 3 to 6 months, this kit will last you for a year! PLUS it comes with cleansing solutions that will put another “tick” on our list.

CLARISONIC

The Essentials Set, $79 (Buy Now)

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If you use Clarisonic for cleansing, this is another amazing value kit with the total value of $108 will last you at least for a year! You can mix and match different heads for different need. I got a similar one during winter event, and still enjoy them!

TATCHA

Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, $12 (Buy Now)

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The top-rated blotting papers made of 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flakes absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal fresh skin anytime, anywhere. *puts into the cart*

NEOGEN DERMOTOLOGY

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling – Lemon, $27 (Buy Now)
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K-beauty Innovative way to exfoliate your skin both manually and chemically with these 30 gauze pads that gently remove dead skin.  The formula includes AHA chemical exfoliant that deeply penetrates to dissolve dirt and oil in the skin and the vitamin C (lemon extract) for skin brightening benefits.

SEPHORA COLLECTION

The Cleanse: Daily Brush Cleaner, $15 (Buy Now)

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To maintain the life of your tools (brushes and sponges) and prevent bacteria from spreading you need to clean your brushes after each use. While it sounds troublesome to wash them after each time( and which is not good for the brushes as well) I recommend using sprays. At Sephora, you can find several types of sprays. I especially like the quick-dry formula of this alcohol-free cleaner as it reduces the downtime and I can use my brushes in a matter of minutes! Plus, the formula is very mild and natural and suitable for sensitive skin.

 SKIN CARE

In this section, I’d like to share some products that yield WOW results – tested on myself. Again, speaking of strategical shopping, you would definitely need new skin care products until the next big event and discounts are the real pay off for that. Plus, we all deserve it some at-home spa time.

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Pitera Welcome Kit, $110 (Buy Now)

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Do not get scared of this price tag! I tried face cream and the essence and it literally transformed my skin! You get instant glow, hydration, softness and overall my skin looked so refreshed I even had a youthful blush like I spent a good amount of time outdoors. I believe that the toner will only enhance the effect of these two products. By the way, when you layer them, they absorb so fast that it can easily be used under makeup! And, did I mentioned that the total value is $156?

SUNDAY RILEY

Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit, $85 (Buy Now)

SUNDAY_RILEY_Power_Couple_Duo_Total_Transformation_KitAnother value set (total value $105) that you want to have! I got this set last week during the Rouge Early Access and this is another power couple that works wonders overnight! The Good Genes contain lactic acid and the Luna Sleeping Oil has retinol inside. Together, they contribute to even, glowing, hydrated and smooth complexion. While you can feel changes overnight, give these two guys another 3-4 weeks – rumors say the effect builds up! I have special feelings for Sunday Riley, I tried 5 of their products and they are all amazing!

Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, $45 (Buy Now)

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Speaking of Sunday Riley, I also need to mention this cleanser. I can’t remember any other product that would make me feel this clean and soft at the same time. Plus, my pores are instantly visibly smaller.

LA MER

The Eye Concentrate, $205 (Buy Now)

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Another skin care product that worth every penny – the eye concentrate from La Mer. Again, I bought it during winter sales and still have some in the jar! Little goes a long way while it is indeed one of those eye creams that erase dark circles like you had a good sleep yesterday and a day before, and every single day. It works even better when used with the small roller that comes in a pack.

LANEIGE

Lip Sleeping Mask, $20 (Buy Now)

laneige_lip_sleeping_maskThis soft and nourishing lip mask just melts on my lips! I just got it and I love it a lot. I wake up with lips prepped for the lipstick, how about that, ladies?

KIEHL’S SINCE 1851

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, $45 (Buy Now)

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Whenever something goes south, this is the mask that restores my skin. It soothes and provides hydration. Also, I love how it smells, it is so relaxing!

MAKEUP

And for sure, there will be luxury makeup products that you would want to treat yourself with.

I stumbled on selecting the one and only eye shadow pallet so that I’m going to share two here.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette, $42 (Buy Now)

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The recent and already very popular and highly rated eyeshadow pallet from ABH. It is perfect for day and night, it has matte and shimmer eye shadows and the color selection is just fantastic for the spring season. The pallet comes with a two-end brush and a mirror.

PAT MCGRATH LABS 

MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette, $55 (Buy Now)pat_mcgrath_labs_MTHRSHP_Sublime_Bronze_Ambition_Eyeshadow_Palette

I have to admit, I had a crush on Mothership Eyeshadow Pallets when they just got released, but it was a way too expensive for me – $125 per pallet. Hopefully,  smaller versions of those pallets have been released for a more of “affordable” pricing – $55 per pallet. If you have ever swatched those pigmented eyeshadows at Sephora, you will never be able to skip on them.

MatteTrance™ Lipstick, $38 (Buy Now)

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This is the most moisturizing matte lipstick I’ve ever tried in my life. I have also been talking about this lipstick in my Youtube video – the pigment and the formula are just fantastic. These lipsticks flew so fast it was hard to get the shades that I wanted, hopefully, all shades are available for sale right now, but I think, not for so long.

TOM FORD 

Boys & Girls Lip Color, $36 (Buy Now)

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If you prefer sheerer lipstick, think of Tom Ford Boys&Girls Collection. While it gets so complicated to chose only 1 shade out of 100 ( because you want all of it) you can narrow your search with “Girls” only – the white body lipsticks are definitely sheerer compared to “Boys”. The best part about this line is the price: $36 for a smaller TF lipstick versus $54 for the regular collection.

DIOR

Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $82 (Buy Now)

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This product is on my wishlist ( read “cart” now) for several reasons:

  1. Dior has amazing skin care products. I tried one serum on my hand at the store, and I swear, later that day I noticed that the patch of skin looked so much better that the same spot on my other hand.
  2. It has SPF 50 in it. As the warmer season is approaching, sunscreen is very important to consider in your daily routine
  3. and finally, it comes with one refill, and you can always get another one later for half price.

Hair Care

Supersonic Mother’s Day Gift Red Edition, $399 (Buy Now)

If you ever dreamed to get this amazing hair dryer from Dyson (still in my wishlist) it is time to get it with the discount provided! Plus, now it comes with beautiful in red with matching case!

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Fragrances

I can’t decide between these two, so that I highlight two fragrances in this post.

VIKTOR & ROLF

Flowerbomb, 1 oz, $85, (Buy Now)

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The Flowerbomb from V&R is perfect for spring. It’s hard for me to describe the scent, but it feels like it’s no longer winter, but still, summer is yet to come.

TOM FORD 

Soleil Blanc, 1 oz, $145 (Buy Now)

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This fragrance is “forever summer” for me. It just makes my day brighter whenever I use it and reminds of my sunny vacation days by the sea. The best part of it is that now it comes in a smaller size and therefore is for a more “affordable” price. Plus, don’t forget about discounts!

 

This is quite an extensive list! I know that most of the products are from the “luxury line”, but let’s all agree that we are worth it. PLUS, each of these products qualifies for discounts, so if you ever doubted about expensive miracle products, now is the perfect timing!

Once again, I put all my thoughts and knowledge in this post. Everything here comes from my honest opinion and personal experience. I hope you will find this blog post helpful.

I would remind you to use the codes at the checkouts as they are not added automatically.

If you are ready to purchase something from the list, please use the Buy Now link – this is the way you can thank me without paying any extra!

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Happy shopping, my friends!


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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New Youtube Video!

Hey guys!

It’s been a while since I filmed a video review so I’m really excited to share my new video today!

This video review is about two products: BareMinerals BarePro Concealer that I’ve talked about earlier in this post, and my recent purchase  –   Naked On The Run travel kit from Urban Decay.

Enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

There is also a makeup tutorial video on my Instagram account where I’m using the products that I’ve mentioned above to create natural everyday look (read “on the run”).

My new video review of @BareMinerals #BarePro Concealer and @urbandecaycosmetics Naked On The Run is now on my Youtube channel! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Meanwhile, here is the 1-minute video about how I use these make up products to create my look on the run!✨ Products used: @maccosmetics Prep+Prime Fix+ in Coconut @diormakeup DiorSkin Nude BB Creme in 002 @urbandecaycosmetics Naked On The Run @anastasiabeverlyhills Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso + brush 12 @bareminerals #BarePro Concealer in Fair Cool 01 I’d like to thank @influenster and @bareminerals for sending me the concealer #complimentary for testing 💕 Music Credits: Champagne Ocean by Ehrling @ehrling
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P.S. I’d like to thank bareMinerals and Influenster for sending me a sample of BarePro Concealer complimentary for testing purposes.


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Lip Sets Battle: Huda Beauty vs Pat McGrath Labs

Hello, my beauties!

Today’s post is about comparing two lip sets: one from Pat McGrath Labs called LiquiLUST 007 in Divine Nude/Bronze and the other one is from Huda Beauty called Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Muse/Angelic.

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Why did I decide to do this?

Both of these brands are relatively new and both are very responsive to beauty trends. The two products that I’ve picked for comparison today have a lot in common, starting from the point that both of these sets have gained a lot of popularity among bloggers and beauty experts. Meanwhile, being so similar, there is definitely something distinctive about them, and there should be a reason why someone would prefer one set over another.

I picked mauve shade in both of the sets on purpose to see how they will be different while being of the same shade.

Packaging

The first thing that you will notice is a difference in packaging. Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set comes in a lip-shaped tin with 3 products in a set. This tin can be easily reused for storing small objects or makeup.

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On the contrary, Pat McGrath’s LiquiLUST 007 comes in a sealed plastic bag filled with iridescent purple sequins and 2 products in a pack. I had so much excitement when I was doing my “unboxing video“. However, the package goes straight to trash, unless you want to fill a jar with these sequins to decorate your room.

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Both of these sets are limited edition and both are available at Sephora. While Contour & Strobe Lip Set is available in 5 different shades, LiquiLUST 007 Divine Nude version is presented exclusively at Sephora in one shade. There are also two more variation with the same number of products, however it is presented exclusively on the official website and currently is sold out.

Pricing/Value for Money

The lipstick and lip strobe from Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set come in mini size, while you get a full-size lip pencil. The price for the set is $25, while if you buy full-size products individually you will pay $57 in total. On the contrary, Pat McGrath Labs LuquiLUST 007 contains 2 full-size products. The price for the set is $38, while it’s value is $47. Interestingly, but you cannot really buy each of these items separately. Meanwhile, if we add lip pencil from the same brand ($25), the total for the “full set” from Pat McGrath Labs will cost $63 which is a little more than same “full set” from Huda Beauty.

Undertones

Even though both of these sets contain mauve shade products, they differ in undertones. There might be a minimal difference when you apply the products on your lips, but as you see on the swatches on the back of my arm, Muse from Contour & Strobe Lip liquid lipstick has cooler, more purplish undertone compared to Divine Nude liquid lipstick from LuquiLUST 007 with more of a rose undertone. Interestingly, but the lip pencil shade from Huda Beauty almost matches the liquid lipstick from Pat McGrath Labs!

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As for the lip strobes and lip glosses, Angelic Lip strobe from Huda Beauty is more pigmented and has a warmer light peach rose undertones with gold reflections compared to more transparent Astral Vinyl Gloss from Pat with beautiful fine golden sparkles.

Formula

Huda Beauty’s Lip Contour Matte Pencil in Muse is a very creamy matte lip pencil and glides on easily on your lips.

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Muse lipstick is a liquid matte creamy lipstick which is very pigmented and has a thick formula. Similarly, Divine Nude is also a liquid matte creamy lipstick, but has a rather thinner formula and feels lightweight on the lips. They both provide nice full coverage. I prefer the wand from Pat McGrath more, as it distributes the product more evenly and there is no need to use any additional brush to apply the lipstick to the lips. For Huda Beauty, I had to use a lip brush and wait extra time for it to dry because of the thickness.

                                Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Muse               Pat McGrath Liquid Lipstick in Divine Nude 

As I mentioned before, Angelic lip strobe has more pigment and is much thicker, while Astral Vinyl Gloss in Bronze is more transparent. The first one makes your lip pop even more as it reflects the light better, while the last one has more of a natural finish and those fine sparkles only compliment the matte liquid lipstick. Angelic lip strobe comes in a package identical to Muse liquid lipstick, while Astral Vinyl Gloss in Bronze comes in a tube. I apply the last one with my fingers as seen in commercials.

                                       Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic                      Pat McGrath Astal Vinyl Gloss in Bronze

The Feel

When using all three products from the Contour & Strobe Lip Set, I felt that I have too much of products on my lips. It may be perfect for pictures as the light hits your lips making it look plumper, but in real life, it looked a little too much for me. Moreover, the shade is darker and it’s purple undertone, in my opinion, does not really go well with my complexion.

Divine Nude, on the other hand, is more lightweight and it is much easier to apply because of the smoother formula and wand. Interestingly, Bronze gloss only enhances the look and makes lips even softer. I even had a feeling that these two product are made to be used together.

Verdict

Personally, If I had to pick a winner from these two, I would say that I’ve liked Pat McGrath lip set more as I found those shades and formula work better for me even though it cost $38 and you get only two products. You can definitely tell how natural it looks on my lips.

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wearing LiquiLUST 007 in Divine Nude

If you prefer more of a stand-out look, plumper lips, definitely go for Huda Beauty. By the way, there are new sets of Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks which you don’t want to miss!

Have you tried either of these two lip sets? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below!

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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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bareMinerals BarePro Concealer

Hello, my beauties!

Today I’m sharing with you my review about a product that I have received complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster!

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I was very excited to get the VoxBox from Influenster as this is my first time when I’m being sent a product in exchange for my opinion. And it counts!

Once again, this blog post is not sponsored and everything you read here is based on my honest opinion. Let’s get started!

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First Impression

This is the New BarePro 16-hour Full Coverage Concealer from bareMinerals. It comes in a variety of shades, 15 in total, ranging from fair to deep. I have received 01 Fair-Cool shade and have already been testing it on my skin for a while.

 

The concealer comes as a cream stick. The formula is creamy, yet it is very lightweight and has a matte finish. The Bamboo Stem Extract indeed smoothes the lines and pores, but the coverage is rather medium-to-full than full. Besides, there are also extracts of Raspberry Seed Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil and Sea Lavender which are considered as powerful antioxidants that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin against environmental stressors.

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Even though it’s a cream stick concealer and has such a nice list of ingredients, it dries very fast, so it blends best the moment you apply it to your skin. I use my ring finger to blend the product as I feel that the heat from the fingers makes it more flexible to blend and I can achieve a more natural look. I don’t use a lot of a product at once, I rather build up the coverage steadily until the desired coverage is achieved.

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I have to admit that unfortunately, I received a wrong shade which is at least 1-2 tones lighter than my skin is (my complexion is light-to-medium almost in all foundations and concealers). However, in small amounts the shade that I received still worked to lighten up and cover my under eye area. It has a little bit of crease after several hours, but not as much as other concealers like Shape Tape Concealer from Tarte. The last one works perfect only on pictures but it is very thick, heavy, creases in fine lines and emphasize pores.

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I’ve applied the concealer only under my right eye, keeping my left eye bare to show you the difference.

Summing up the above, here are the key things to consider:

Pros:

  • creamy lightweight formula
  • smoothes the appearance of pores and small fine lines
  • non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic
  • water-resistant, smudge-proof
  • 15 shades from fair to deep
  • natural look

Cons:

  • dries fast, less time to work with
  • not a full coverage formula
  • creases a little after several hours
  • doesn’t last for the whole day

Verdict:

Overall, it’s a good concealer to try as it feels weightless and minimizes pores and small lines. Because of the wrong color, it is a little tricky to fully evaluate the product, so I’m thinking of getting my shade at Sephora ( I believe it is Light/Medium-Neutral 05) to see how that will work as well. However, there is definitely room for improvement of the formula to make it truly long-wear so that it really can become a five-star product. Right now, I have to rate this product with 3.5 stars even though I like bareMinerals a lot.

Acknowledgement:  I’d like to thank bareMinerals and Influenster for this amazing opportunity to be a part of the program.


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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation: Hit or Miss?

Today’s review is the longest and the most detailed compared to what I’ve done before.

Let me know if you like such detailed posts in the comments down below!

The Story

I had a very hard time with this foundation. The whole story starts from the moment when they just have been launched at Tarte.com. I used a quiz to find my “perfect match” and I’ve ordered Hydrating Foundation in Light Neutral and some other things the same day. When the package finally arrived I’ve realized that I picked a wrong shade: I also ordered Shape Tape concealer in the same shade and tried it first – appeared to be 1-2 shades lighter than I am. I didn’t even try the foundation – I already new that I was lighter than I needed and didn’t want to waste the product and returned it.

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Then I waited till they will be available at Ulta to get the right shade. When it finally happened and I got to the store, the assistant showed me the stand with the foundations and I asked her to pick the right color to me. She picked the Light-Medium Sand. I asked if there were more neutral shades but she said Hydrating line don’t have them only the Matte Foundations. I wanted the hydrating line so I decided to go with this color.

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation Shades. tartecosmetics.com
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Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation Shades. tartecosmetics.com

First Impression

When I came home and applied the product all over my face I saw a round yellow face looking at me in the mirror. It was horrible. I was upset with my purchase, but didn’t take it off as I wanted to test the formula since I’ve already used it.

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By the end of the day, it looked horrible as well: patches of foundation were missing on my cheeks around my nose although I was using my regular primer underneath and applied the foundation with the round brush.

I decided to read the reviews on this products to see if other people have the same issues. At that moment (finally!) I realized that there are much more shades for each type of the shape tape foundation. I was even more upset that the assistant in Ulta didn’t tell me that I could get the right shade online if they didn’t have it in store!

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How shades of my other foundations compare to each other(from left to right): ABH Stick foundation in Beige; Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation in Light-Medium Sand, Armani Silk Luminous Foundation #5; Dior NudeSkin BB Cream #002

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know how upset I was with this service. Nevertheless, I still decided to test-drive the formula one more time. This time with pictures doing my best to disregard the shade.

I’ve looked through the shade names today again and realized that Hydrating and Matte shade names don’t match! This is what caused the confusion to the assistant: there are neutral shades but they are just called differently.

Tarte Cosmetics, but why so?

Final Test-Drive

Packaging

The foundation comes in a glass bottle. To open it you need to unscrew the lid and it pops with an applicator – the same that comes in their Shape Tape Concealers but in a bigger size. From one side, it is really convenient to apply the foundation straight on your face. From the other side, such applicator can easily breed bacteria inside of the bottle and cause breakouts to your skin.

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The Shade Selection

Although there was a dispute about scarce selection for deep completions, I still think they have a really nice range of shades. Moreover, they promised to release 10 more shades for the people who’s complexion shade is missing.

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If you plan to buy it online, I would recommend testing the shades in store first. As I was told by Tarte Customer Service, Hydrating Foundation best matched with the Hybrid Gel/Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation. If you have not used this product before you can try it at Sephora. Or go straight to Ulta, but make sure no one convinces you about lack of shades in any of the formulas.

One more tip: don’t try to match the shade name of the concealer that you have to the new foundation, chances are that this idea might mislead you.

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation Shades. tartecosmetics.com
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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer Shades. tartecosmetics.com

Formula Expectation

Here is the information from the brand about key ingredients:

  • biopolymer filling spheres: expanding spheres help smooth surface imperfections while promoting water retention & hydration
  • hyaluronic acid: naturally-occurring ingredient in the human body which delivers moisture, firmness & suppleness to skin
  • collagen: helps plump the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • barley extract: helps restore the lipid barrier to smooth over fine lines & wrinkles
  • dermal filler: cross-linked hyaluronic acid that works overtime to help restore skin volume & smoothness
  • vitamin C: antioxidant free radical fighter that helps prevent premature signs of aging & brightens skin
  • Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear

Above is very promising, so I decided to test it on my skin. My skin is normal both in oil and hydration level and I prepared my skin with scrubs, masks and a stronger primer for the sake of this test.

Here is what I expect from this foundation :

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Screenshot from tartecosmetics.com

 

Formula Reality

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The formula is thicker than I normally use. Despite the thickness, the coverage is light-to-medium. When I tried to build up the coverage, even by using a damp beauty blender to blend out the foundation all over my face I still saw that it is a little patchy. I tried to smooth it out and filled the gaps with the foundation to ensure that all my face is covered.

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It looks so much better on the pictures but not in real life: Yes, it add glow to the skin, covers the blemishes but also reveals the texture
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I had a hard time blending this foundation

After that, I set my face with translucent powder – I do not use it that often, but today I’m doing everything to prove that my first impression is wrong. After I completed my regular day makeup, I applied the All-nighter Setting Spray all over my makeup.

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I managed to neutralize the yellow shade by using bronzer as a contouring powder on my cheeks and eyes and also the blush. I also used highlighters as regular.

When I look at myself in the mirror, I can’t say that I really like it as I don’t see the promised smoother and fresh & healthy-looking complexion. Neither, did I noticed it when I used it for the first time without the setting powder and setting spray. And don’t be fooled by the pictures! Camera eats up the texture of the skin that is revealed by this foundation.

In the next few hours I’ve noticed that on the parts of my cheeks where i didn’t use any bronzer or blush, the skin looked oily and pores look enlarged. Yes, foundation added luminosity to the skin, but huge pores is definitely not something I was aiming for. It also starts to come off slightly.

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The oilier it became, the more I would feel it on my skin. And honestly, I don’t remember the last time my skin was this oily.

If you can see the darker line around my nostril then you see how the foundation disappeared around my nose. The more I was keeping it on, the less foundation was on my nose. I used a blotting paper on my cheek at it removed the “healthy” shine. As I understand from this, the ingredients in foundation increased the oil production in my skin that from one side adds luminosity but it also melts the foundation from the other side.

The skin became patchy in that area and no longer lightweight – you can also see it on the photo above. By the way, the photo was taken before I used the blotting papers. I removed the whole makeup by the end of the 6th hour of wearing it.

My Verdict

Although my first and second impressions were not so good, I still wanted to give this foundation a chance. It somewhat performed better when I used tons of other products to keep it in place longer, but it definitely not what I was looking for.

Yes, it adds luminosity but it makes my skin produce more oil. I felt oily even on the next day and this doesn’t add points to this foundation.

The formula is thick and quite hard to blend, even with a smooth primer underneath and a damp sponge. It also reveals the texture.

The coverage is too light and uneven for the thickness that we get and the shine that appears on my cheeks eats up the makeup and makes my pores look even larger.

It definitely won’t stay for the 12h: only maybe if you keep reapplying the setting spray.

But really, why so much hassle for $40?

Yes, I agree that the formula and ingredients sounds very good, but feels like it didn’t work for me that well. For this price I expected something better.

My experiment showed me that I need to search more for my perfect foundation and it’s definitely not Shape Tape.

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know if you liked it or not!

 


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5 Beauty Tips To Steal From The Golden Globes 2018

Hello, my beauties!

While everyone is talking about all stars following #WhyWeWearBlack theme (and indeed wearing all black outfits) at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards to support the #TimesUp movement, we cannot get distracted from their flawless beauty looks this year.
In today’s post, I’d like to share with you top 5 makeup tips from these looks everyone should add to their makeup routine this year.

  1. Do not overload your face with highlighters. Pay attention to your skin and foundation instead

    Interestingly, but despite tons of astral high shine highlighters that we see on Instagram, the majority of stars were not wearing highlighters at all. At some, there is only a subtle glow, but still, not as much as we are used to see. Instead, the focus is on their flawless foundation and skin. We can see Zoe Kravitz’s cute freckles as she rocked the red carpet with her beautiful bare healthy skin.

  2. Embrace your perfect nude lips

    Regardless, of how their eyes were done, most of the stars arrived to red carpet with nude lips. There is a trick how to find your perfect nude color, you can find it here in our blog.

  3. Open up your gaze by swiping beige pencil on your lower waterline

    According to Pat McGrath, influential Makeup Artist, it also works as a concealer for your eyeballs as it reduces the redness in your eyes*. It is not as harsh as white color and will it works perfectly on everyone even with a minimum color on your face! Just as seen on Saoirse Ronan.

  4. Do not forget to wear blush

    In the times of harsh contouring and bronzing blush is sometimes neglected. However, as we see on the pictures, it freshens up the look by making it more healthy and youthful. Just make sure it matches your lipstick: if you plan to wear cooler shades for lipstick, wear same pallet on your cheeks.

  5. Make a Statement

    While most of the guests kept their eye makeup to minimum, some stars such as Zuri Hall opted for adding a pop of color to her eyes. I love her blue sparkling eyeshadows!

    Be bold, ladies. Make a statement and stand out.

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    I believe these tips will transform your makeup and take it to another level.

    What is your favorite beauty look from the Golden Globe Awards this year?

    Let me know in the comments down below!

    Reference: 
    *Allure Magazine,The Eye Guide 2018, p.30



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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Inspired Make Up For Everyday Look

Hello, my beauties!

Since Pantone, the Global Color Authority, announced Ultra Violet as a Color of 2018, this color is gaining more popularity in fashion and beauty.

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Violet is one of my favorite colors and I’m really excited that this is the color of 2018!

If you go through pretty much every beauty brand today, you can find lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows and etc all in this shade. However, you may feel uncomfortable wearing such a bold experimental color to work or to school, but still want to catch up to the trend. If so, then this post is definitely for you.

Here are some tips of how to add twists of violet to you everyday look, and yet, keep up with your personal style.

Although there might be a little deviation from exact Ulta Violet color, all shades of purple and violet are still considered trending.

P.S. You can scroll down to the video where I do my makeup and then get back to the text to  read all the steps in details!

Eyes

For me, eyes are the most comfortable area to experiment with color. Violet is a shade that goes well together with all eye colors.

If you don’t feel comfortable covering your full eyelid with this bold color, consider pairing it with the trending mauve shades. Create a transition of shades from a light mauve color adding a tiny amount of violet to the edges and to your crease.

I like violet shades from Too Faced Chocolates and Peaches pallets, they blend in very naturally to the skin. I use Livin Lavish shade from Gold Chocolate pallet.

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Add violet color to your lower lash line. My favorite shade for this is Osiris from Prism Pallet  by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

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Here are single eyeshadows for more matching color:

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As an option,  you can also apply an eye pencil to the lower lash line and blend it.

My top favorite is from Sephora in shade 32 Tango Night.

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If you are a big fan of cat eyes and can’t live without lined eyes, consider using violet liner instead of black.

Interesting fact: Butter London has partnered with Pantone this year and released a collection in Ultra Violet once the color has been announced.

Today, the only place where you can find the complete collection is only butterlondon.com. Interestingly, Ulta.com also has their products displayed on their website, but almost all of them remain “sold out”. But don’t despare: Ulta as well as Nordstrom has same shades of same product in stock. They just don’t have a Pantone sticker on the packaging.

Butter London features the Glazen Lustrous eyeliner in Ultra Violet.

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If this color is too bright for you, consider its sister Magnetic. It’s a deeper shade and still looks more violet than blue on the skin.

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To complete your eye makeup and open up the look, add Gumdrop from Anastasia Sugar Glow kit to outer corners of your eyes. It’s a dual chrome pink/lilac shade. For a bolder look, you can use Spectra Shade from Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit.

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I suggest to finish with black mascara to keep the look more wearable for everyday.

Nails

Nails are another place where you can safely use violet color to be in trend.

Here are the nail polish shades from Pantone 2018 Color of the Year Collection by Butter London.

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Misty Lilac  – Purple Rain – Marvelous – Ice Lavander – Hydrangea – Ultaviolet

You can keep it simple and substitute your signature nude/white color with Hydrangea.

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As you can see, mauve shades also count.

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For a bolder look, use a deeper shades with some sparkles like the Purple Rain.

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How it all looks together? Watch my first makeup video on my instagram account!

 

My first make up video is inspired by @pantone color of the Year 2018! 💜 How to add a violet twist to everyday look (and not over do it !) details in my new post! Link in bio✨ Wearing today: @hudabeauty Mauve Obsession eye shadow pallet @toofaced Chocolate Gold @toofaced Better Than Sex mascara @sephora Contour Eye pencil in 32 Tango Night @anastasiabeverlyhills Prism Eye Shadow Pallet @anastasiabeverlyhills Sugar Glow Kit @maccosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Pallet in Medium @maccosmetics Studio Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20 @chanelofficial Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ébène @chanelofficial Powder Blush in 99 Rose Pétale @butterlondon Glazen Lustrous Liner in Magnetic @shophudabeauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Muse/Angelic 💜💜💜 #beautyblogger #pantone #pantone2018 #makeup #makeupvideos #trending #ultraviolet @ultabeauty #tfchocolate #ultabeauty #sephora

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