August Favorite – My Blush Palettes {Shopping My Stash}


I enjoyed all my Tarte, La Femme and Coastal Scents blushes in the month of August. I think these new MAC palettes are the best on the market and great value for money. Eight dollars per palette and although it is not magnetic that can be easily solved by using stick on magnets from Walmart, ebay, Amazon or Michaels. 

I depotted all my Tarte blushes except one from a palette. Tarte blushes are super easy to depot, pigmented and long lasting. All one needs is a pin. The La Femme blushes are another great value for money, roughly $3.50/blush. These blushes have been extensively reviewed and are super pigmented. The Coastal Scents palette is the largest pre-made palette I own.

I LOVE BLUSH!!!!!!!!!!!


Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian clay blush set – Review

PhotoGrid_1418585509593Dance “chic to cheek” with this delightful, 4-piece set of best-selling, long-wearing blushes infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay. The heavenly, limited-edition shades deliver up to 12 hours of fade-free, flawless wear, even as you’re up in the clouds, dancing the night away. This romantically designed set also comes in gorgeous gift box packaging and is ideal for any blush enthusiast on your gift list. Includes 4 deluxe, limited-edition blushes. Description courtesy of

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

 I picked up this set of travel size blushes from a holiday sale on Tarte last year. I love all four blushes and they work well and compliment my skin tone perfectly. My favorite is a toss up between Daydream and Classic. As with  the Tarte full -size  Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes these smaller versions are just as good. hey are long wearing, extremely soft and blendable. Tarte’s Amazonian clay minimizes oil and pores  in order to balance skin, reduces the appearance of dry flaky skin, restores moisture while naturally hydrating the skin and keeps products in place (well at least for 12 hours). I am a big fan of Tarte blushes and I think sets like these are a great value for money.


TARTE Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette – Review & Swatches

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This limited edition palette has been inspired by the rain forest’s deep orchid hues at dusk. Infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it supports oil control and specifically addresses individual skin & complexion concerns.  
Color Clays: rose – soothes skin around the eye area makeup provides longer wear and truer color payoff, vanilla – helps control oil to keep pigment in place, gold – maintains gentle skin balance and moisture. Tarte’s innovative technologies is sourced from the Brazil and glides on and delivers rich color—without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.

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                                             From left to right: Champagne (highlighter), Park Ave Princess (bronzer) & Unleashed (blush).
The highlighter is very pretty and can work as a shadow too. The bronzer a lot lighter and way more matte than the one I already have and its online description of a highly pearled light yellow gold. It will work perfectly as a transitional crease color. The blush is described as a nude rose. This was a very hard to swatch and does not seem pigmented.



The shadows from left to right: Bare to Explore (pink beige – a bit difficult to pick up the color), Make a Mauve (plum mauve – not seeing this color on my skin tone), Plum Away With Me (dark plum- very smooth and pigmented), Up to No Gold (gold – also well pigmented and very blendable), Tan-gled Up in You (tan), Don’t Turn A-Brown (dark brown – also difficult to swatch but is a nice multi purpose color).

Overall I am quite please with this palette and rewarded myself with it after purging quite a bit of un-used makeup from my collection. 

Sephora – Tarte High Performance Naturals Haul

Taking advantage of Sephora’s BeautyFALL promotion and used a free shipping code to get these two mini Tarte kits. 

Thoughtful Treasures Best-Sellers Set ($19) on top and the Tarte The Bright Time Deluxe Maracuja Oil & Eye Treatment ($10) on the bottom.

I’ve used everything and I really like them. Each kit contains a 0.5oz of Maracuja Oil. The Thoughtful Treasures kit also contains a deluxe LE Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Thankful (in golden pink) and a LipSurgence™ Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy (etherial pink). 

 Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Thankful (in golden pink) and a LipSurgence™ Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy (etherial pink).


The blush was swatched 3 times to highlight the pink color but it is lovely when applied with a light hand. The lip tint although doesn’t appear to have any color is actually very very tinted. I applied it think it was just a balm but then looked in the mirror after a few minutes and my lips we super pink. I’ll use it lightly but I really like it. The claim of the LipSurgence is that is increases the lip’s moisture content by a whooping 6000%. I’ll have to really test this out.

EOTD: Purples

Eyeshadow- NYX For Your Eyes Only- Versus Palette #8 (lilac shade all over the lid); MAC Palace Pedigree quad Palace Pedigree in the crease; Wet nWild Lust the two matte purples in crease and over V
Base – MAC Morning Frost 
Primer – TFSI 
Mascaras – Tarte eyelash primer, Loreal Voluminous
Eyeliner – Amuse Perfect liner in Light brown and Urban Decay Whiskey (not in pic)

NARS Haul – Sephora

Brace yourselves my friends for what has got to be one of the best deals of the month. Full size NARS eyeshadow singles for $8 from Sephora. I was browsing Sephora online Wednesday night and saw that NARS was having a sale on e/s for $8 (regular price $23)
Whenever I shop at Sephora I try to get as much bang for every buck I spend. I was proud of myself this time I only got the two shadows. So here’s what I got for $16.
 L to R: Night Sun and California

Gorgeous, very pigmented, smooth and even though Night Sun has gold flecks there is no fallout and they do not seem chunky. Described on as a bright marigold with gold flecks. California is said to be like molten copper. I like these very much and I think these would be a great pair for Fall among the changing leaves.

I got the following samples includes a Thierry Mugler Womanity sample (shown in 1st pic):

Oh before I forget I also cashed in 500 beauty points for this Tarte collection:
I’ve been wanting this bronzer forever!!! it’s absolutely gorgeous 🙂