Tarte Cosmetics Makeup and Skin Care Haul

As you may know (or probably should know by now) I might have a slight obsession with Tarte Cosmetics....

 

Might...

 

Just kidding, I have a HUGE obsession with Tarte Cosmetics and they're products just seem to be getting better and better! They recently had a sale on their website (but let's be honest, they always have some kind of amazing sale) and I just had to take advantage of it!

 

Check out a few (many) of the products I picked up from their online store :)

 

Beauty

 

Shape tape

 

I mean come on... it's shape tape. It speaks for itself.

 

the sculptor slenderizing stick

 

Most natural contouring stick that gives you a flawless skin finish that's easy and creamy to blend. See why I love this more in my June Favorites blog.

 

Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara

 

So far this mascara is ok... but it'll be difficult to keep me away from my Maybelline big shot but I'll give it a couple more chances. It does give me some pretty good volume with a couple layers. 

 

Amazonian clay 12 hours blush in fiesty (rose)

 

It's a bit difficult to get out of the pan (which I've found with most of the amazonian clay products), but along with all the other amazonian clay products, once it does it looks super natural and blends pretty easy. This blush is not too pigmented, which is perfect because I hate pigmented blushes. There's nothing worse than picking up some pink and never being able to blend it off your cheeks.

 

color splash hydrating lipstick in island life (rosy mauve)

 

...not a fan. Just not a fan. It is creamy and hydrated, but I prefer lipsticks that are kiss proof and this color just doesn't work for me.

 

Skin Care

 

Rainforest of the Sea Deep dive cleansing gel

 

I have bought this a grand total of FOUR times now... Yes, 4! It just feels so good on the skin, cleanses everything and is perfect when mixed with an exfoliant. Not really much more good I can say about it. 

 

Rainforest of the Sea marine boosting mist

 

I don't need this during the day (because oily skin), so I use this before applying moisturizer for extra hydration and it works. Smells pretty good too!

 

Maracuja Oil

 

Ride or die product. No further explanation for this!

 

Pack your bags 911 Under eye rescue patches

 

This is my first time using these patches and they feel good! I don't have problems with under eye bags but it's the perfect refresher after a long hot day in Vegas.

 

Is it helping reduce puffiness and brighten? I have no idea. But, will I rebuy them?

 

Absolutely.

 

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3 Essential Summer Skin Care Products

We all know summer is nearly the most important season to pay extra attention to skin care, so since it's finally here... why not load up on some good products?

Here are my top 3 essential skin care products for the summer. *pics at the end!

 

**to be fair, I want to give you a description of what my skin is like so you can judge each product based on your needs

 

MY SKIN PROFILE

Combination

Oily on cheeks and T-zone

Dry around smile lines

Mild texture around cheek bone area

Typically worsens around that time of the month

Enlarged pores around nose and fullest part of cheeks

Mild acne

2 or 3 bad pimples every now and then, never more than that

Tans easy, never been burnt

Like... I'm outside for 10 minutes and I turn darker than night

Mild acne scarring

Since I don't get much acne, I don't have many scars CURRENTLY, but have battled them in the past

 

So now that my skin profile is out of the way, let's get into my essential products!

 

Tarte Maracuja Oil

Add this to your skin routine for deep hydration around extra dry skin. This oil is not greasy or heavy and is the perfect face oil to either hydrate your skin overnight or wear under makeup for extra glowy skin.

 

This worked SO perfect for me when I had dry skin in the brutal winter, so applying this concept to dry skin in the summer just seems right!

 

Benefit Triple Performing Face Moisturizer

 

This by far is my favorite face moisturizer for the summer solely because of the SPF 15 included in the formula! I wear this on the days I know I'm going to be outside a little bit more or my skin is going through a rough patch. This can also double as a primer for your makeup if you know you're not going to be taking pictures (because yes, it has a white texture because of the SPF and WILL flashback!)

 

 

Fresh rose face mask

 

Of COURSE this is perfect for deep hydration (are you sensing a theme?) but this feels soooo soothing on the skin, especially after a long day outside in the sun and heat. It's super cooling, smells amazing and can calm any redness or hot spots on your face. This is great as a morning awakening mask as well.

 

 

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5 Summer Skin Care Tips

It's officially the first day of Summer! (or if you're in Vegas like me, it's BEEN here, aka 116 degrees today...)

 

This comes with great weather but also some potential danger for our skin, and I'm not just talking about sunburn!

 

Dark spots, wrinkles, dryness; all of these things can be results of increased sun exposure and high heat. 

 

Follow these few steps to help protect your skin from the harsh summer weather!

 

1. Hydrate!

Moisture starts from within! Since most of us won't be able to drink a gallon a day which is recommended (yeah, that's a lot of water), try to just keep a water bottle by your side at all times.

Hydration also occurs with your moisturizer. Start using an "intense nourishing" moisturizer at night. Grab a sheet mask or two that hydrates skin for additional night moisture, and relaxation!

 

2. Sunscreen

Let's go ahead and get this one out of the way. Even if you won't be exposed to the sun for very long periods of time, sunscreen is important!

Since I don't enjoy having a white tint on my face, I typically choose to use a day moisturizer with SPF, in addition to foundation with SPF! Double duty coverage to ensure safe skin!

 

3. Sunglasses

These are actually more important than you think! Protecting your eyes from the sun, protects you from those nasty crows feet! Since you don't typically put moisturizers and sunscreen around your eyes, they need a little extra protection. 

 

4. Exfoliate

None of your deep hydrating moisturizers, toners or masks can penetrate your skin barrier if there are dead skin cells blocking entry. Gently exfoliate your skin 1 or 2 times a week to ensure fresh and clean skin prepped and ready for moisture!

 

5. moisturize

Maracuja oil is BY FAR my go to product in my daily routine, but is extremely important in the summer. I have combination skin and it is super dry around the smile lines. Applying the oil ensures deeper hydration in my skin.

I put a bit of this over my entire face after a day out on the strip or sitting by the pool to make sure my skin isn't overly dry! 

 

 

Want to know some of my favorite skin care products for the summer? Stay tuned this week for more summer blogs ;)

 

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Best Drug Store Acne Clearing System

GIRL! Let me tell you...

 

I used to struggle with acne SO bad, until I came across this miracle treatment, and it only includes 3 things.

 

Neutrogena is one VERY trusted brand out there in the skin care market and it is by far one of my favorites, solely because it works, and it's affordable! I discovered their Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne product line a little less than a year ago and I have never turned back. 

 

 

Let me tell you about the products:

 

 

Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Face Wash

 

This has to be my least favorite of the products, but doesn't mean I don't love it. It feels so soft on the skin and has a bit of a smell that refreshens and open pores. However, it feels a bit like lotion when I put it on. The best combo is with this and a mild exfoliant mixed together. 

 

Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask

 

And this has to by far be my favorite of the products! After about a week of use my skin was free of all acne and kept it that way. I used to get pretty bad cystic acne and ever since I started using this, I haven't had one cyst. Not. ONE. 

 

I do recommend following the directions because it can be pretty strong when you first start using it (and you MUST use an SPF with it). Your skin might feel tender, burn a bit and in the case of my boyfriend, peel just a tiny bit after the first few uses, but that is normal! Your skin will get used to it and look better than ever. If you've ever used a retinol, the effects can be similar. 

 

Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Spot Treatment 

 

If you are looking to get rid of redness on a pimple within an hour and disappear overnight, this one is your guy. Obviously cysts will take a little bit longer, but for regular acne this stuff makes it go away, LITERALLY overnight. Like literally. 

 

Check out these products for yourself and let me know how you like them in the comments below!

 

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