skincare + selfcare


Tarte 2012 Holiday Collection Sets

It is not even October yet and the holidays are sneaking up on us! Don't get me wrong, I love the winter season! Baking cookies and pumpkin pie :) Yum!  But can we at least get through Halloween :)

Anyway....I recently began spotting some Limited Edition sets at Sephora and Ulta and wanted to share some of the LE items from Tarte as they are a brand I love!

There are a few Tarte exclusive holiday sets on their website :)

Here are the Sephora Exclusive Sets!

 Tarte LE "Carried Away Collector's Set $54 ($512 value)

This set contains:

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Adventurous (shimmering rose)
Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Maracuja Lip Glosses
Light, Camera, Lashes! 4-In-1 Mascara
Face Brush
Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows
Adventurer Bag

Tarte LE 5 Piece LipSurgence Set
$34 ($112 value)

Lip Luster Natural Matte Lip Tint in Escape, Enchanted, Exposed, Sweet, Elite

Tarte LE Fantastic Foursome 4-Piece Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Enthusiast Set
$35 ($60 value)

Angelic (shimmering champagne), Fantastic (soft fuchsia) 
Magic (pink coral) Stellar (shimmering nude)


DIY "Do It Yourself" Facial Masks

I know a lot of you out there struggle with acne.  Acne is a pain in the ass and has many causes! There is no "quick fix" and there are so many treatment options.  Facial masks can aid in healing and clearing acne when used frequently.

Here are a few DIY facial mask recipes I personally use and love.

Strawberry Mask
4-5 very ripe strawberries
1-2 teaspoon of honey

Rinse strawberries and place out to dry on a paper towel.  In a small bowl mash fruit with a fork.  Add honey and mix well, adding more honey for a desired consistency.  

Apply immediately on clean skin.  Leave on 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Banana Mask
1/2 to 1 ripe banana

Apply mashed banana to clean skin and leave on 5-10 minus. Rinse with lukewarm water

Honey is also great to add to this mask!!

Aspirin Mask
5-6 uncoated aspirin 
a few drops of water

Brake aspirins in halves and place in small dish.  Add 4 drops of water and crush aspirin with a spoon until you have a smooth white paste (adding more water drops to desired consistency)

Oatmeal Honey Mask
1/2 cup of cooked plain oatmeal
1-2 table spoons of honey
a few teaspoons of water to make paste

Cook plain oatmeal as directed and let cool.  Add in honey and warm water to mix together and make a paste.  Leave on 5-10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Yogurt Mask
1/2 of plain yogurt

Apply to face and let sit for 10-20 minutes.  You can add honey to make this mask thicker.  Strawberries and also a great option!

Have you tried any of these masks?? What are you favorite DIY masks??



Boots No7 Poppy King Lip Crayons

Have you heard of Poppy King?? Well, she is an Australian Entrepreneur and creator of Lipstick Queen, a 1940's inspired lipstick brand that she created at the age of 17!! Pretty crazy :)  Throughout her years, she has partnered with several companies including Kate Spade and J.Crew to bring luscious lips around the globe! And now....she can be found at Target!!
Poppy has done it again! This time partnering with UK brand Boots to bring us her inspiring colors to the drugstore market.
These are very similar to the whole "crayon" style lipsticks we have seen recently from brands like Revlon, Tarte and Clinique.  These crayon lipsticks come with a built in sharper in the cap which is the only downfall I see. I do wish these were the twist type as it can be a pain in the ass to sharpen but this is actually more hygienic!
This "Rain Drop" is a 70's inspired collection available in five bold colors! Playing (coral red), Singing (berry pink), Skipping (sheer brownish pink), Dancing (raspberry pink), Smiling (a bright red)
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