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tarte Parisian-Inspired Holiday 2014 Collection: Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set

tarte Away Oui Go  Portable Palette
 

tarte cosmetics has done it again with their holiday sets.  This year, they released a limited edition Parisian-inspired Holiday 2014 Collection that featured beauty sets that aligned with what most people do during the holiday season – travel.  The beauty sets featured in this holiday collection are not only travel-friendly, they also come ready for gifting due to their beautiful packaging.  This means you’re spending less time wrapping and packaging gifts.

tarte provided me with one of the nine sets available in their holiday collection, the Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set ($48). It was an Ulta exclusive set that included an array of beauty items perfect for creating multiple beauty looks on-the-go.

The tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set includes the following:

  • 16 full size, French-inspired Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows (0.07 oz. each)
  • 4 full size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes: Irresistible (soft melon), Envisioned (sheer coral), Limitless (peach rose), Intrigue (rose petal) (0.158 oz. each)
  • 3 deluxe Maracuja Lip Glosses: Paris (raspberry), Cannes (light pink), Nice (nude mauve) (0.06 fl. oz. each)
  • Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Portable collector’s compact (0.14 oz.)

I like that the set includes one of my favorite mascaras, the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. This one is portable, and small enough to fit in your purse without taking up too much room.

The three Maracuja Lipglosses are beautiful, too. The colors, Paris, Cannes, and Nice, are named after popular Parisian cities that I hope to one day visit. Int he meantime, I guess I’ll have to settle with these glosses. They’re beautiful neutral shades that compliment any skintone.

Away Oui Go Palette  Swatches
Although the set included four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes, only one was suitable for my complexion, which was ‘Intrigue’.  The other shades included in the tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set , although pretty, were too light, and appeared chalky, at least against my complexion.

tarte away oui we go palette
There were a few shadows in the set that also gave off a chalky appearance against my complexion, and had were patchy when applied, which you can see from the swatches.  Most of the eyeshadows exhibiting this property were the lighter matte shades with a few of the darker matte shades following suit.  My favorite shades, which I used to create the look you see in this post were: ‘Navigating the Metro’, ‘Midnight Stroll’, and ‘Liaison at the Louvre’.  I love deep purple tones, and these looked great used together to create a smoky eye.  I also liked ‘Marvel at the Mona Lisa’ for blending.

away oui go palette makeup look
Let us not forget about the beautiful, quilted pattern, Tiffany Blue travel case with pearl-like accents. This is a cool feature since it allows you to pop in any one of the four palettes to tote along with you while you’re on the go.  The compact also includes a mirror. Score!  I don’t know about you, but, applying makeup on-the-go, unless it’s lip gloss is a ‘fail’ situation.

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Even though there were some items in the tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set that didn’t quite work out well for me, I do think it was a pretty decent set for someone with a more fair complexion.  Plus, for $48, it was a great value.

Although, this set is currently sold out at Ulta, you can stop by tartecosmetics.com to check out all of their other amazing products like their mascara, brow products, and other best-selling items.

Tell me, what do you think about the tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collectors Set? Is it something you would gift or would like to receive as a gift?

Disclosure: Product provided by PR for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.


Holiday Lips featuring MUA Makeup Academy Lip Products

Holiday Lips MUA Makeup Academy


Holiday season means tons of holiday parties, photo ops, and more.  This means, your look must be on point (or “on fleek”).  It’s one thing to have your outfit, and hair looking nice, but your makeup should also compliment your ensemble for the occasion.  One way to easily spruce up your look is by adding a nice lip color.  Thankfully, MUA Makeup Academy has some beautiful lip colors to help you achieve the perfect holiday lips.

A popular, yet timeless holiday lip most seen during the holidays that take place during the month of December, is a classic red lip.  MUA Makeup Academy’s High Shine lipstick in ‘Poppy’ is a gorgeous red with a hint of shine.  ‘Poppy’  can be turned up by pairing it with winged liner and falsies, or toned down by wearing it with a neutral face.  Either way, you can’t ever go wrong with a red lip.

MUA Makeup Academy Frosted Nude
For those women who just can’t get into brighter lipsticks, and just want to add just a hint of glam to their look, using MUA Makeup Academy’s ‘Frosted Nude’, which, by the way, is the perfect nude for my skin tone, is the way to go. It pairs well with a neutral makeup look with a golden glow, or turn it up with a smoky eye.  For added glam, you can take your holiday lips to the  next step by adding ‘Frosted Nude’ to the center of your lip, and poppy on the perimeter.  Thank me later for your gorgeous pout.

Holiday Lips MUA Makeup Academy Frosted Poppy
Lip stains are perfect for creating holiday lips. Why?  Because the color doesn’t budge.  If you’re attending a lot of holiday parties, gatherings, etc. you need something that doesn’t move throughout the night, especially if you’re planning on taking pics.  Nice face, but nothing on the lips? No bueno! Your look will just look unfinished.  This is why I like MUA Makeup Academy’s lip stain in ‘Wine’.  It’s such a beautiful purple-toned lip color, and it’s brown girl-friendly.

Holiday Lips MUA Makeup Academy Wine Lipstain

Before creating your holiday lip, be sure to follow these tips:

1.  Exfoliate with a combination of sugar, olive oil, and a hint of honey.

2.  Moisturize

3.  Line your lips to prevent the lip product from bleeding

4.  Apply the lip color, blot, and then apply another coat.

Now you have kissable, smooth, holiday lips!

 

What’s your favorite lip color to use when you’re creating a holiday lip?

Disclosure: Product provided for review consideration.


L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints: Hot Mess, Babydoll, Bombshell, Coy, & Blushing {Swatches & Review}

LA Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paint
 

I’m a fan of L.A. Girl Cosmetics not only because they’re affordable, but also because they carry quality products.  I mean, I own every shade of their Pro Concealers, which I use daily so that should tell you something other than I hoard makeup.  Recently, I purchased five of the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints because of a great deal I caught on Groupon;  they were 5/$12.99.

As a lipstick-only girl who mostly indulges in matte finish lipsticks, I was still intrigued by the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lipsticks for several reasons besides the price.  The L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints had colors that I liked, and seemed similar to the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks I’ve been dying to try, too.

After wearing and playing around with the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints, I realized how similar they are to Lip Tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in formula, wear, and usage.  The L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints highly pigmented, which for some shades can lead to staining of the lips, similar to my experience when wearing certain Lip Tar shades.  Similar to Lip Tars, the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints can be mixed with each other to create different shades.  Both products contain peppermint oil, so if you have an aversion to peppermint oil, you may want to stay away.

I do find the consistency of the the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints to be runny, similar to Lip Tars; however, the consistency is a lot more goopy, in a sense when compared to Lip Tars (not the stained gloss).  Plus, in my opinion, Glazed Lip Paints are a lot more hydrating than Lip Tars.  I do like the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints aren’t sticky like other glosses I own and have used, but still maintain the gloss with a higher color payoff.

I find that when applying the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints, using the applicator tip is impractical since it makes for messy, streaky application of the product.  These lip paints apply better with a lip brush, especially for more precise application.  I noticed if you use too much of the Glazed Lip Paints, you run into the product running off of your lip. Also,I find that if you are not a fan of the glossy lip look, using less of the product creates a less glossy finish.

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Swatches
I was excited to get my hands on ‘Coy’ (purple shade) since it reminds me of one of my favorite Lip Tar shades, ‘Katricia’ (view post), that I lost.  ‘Blushing’ is also a favorite, especially for day wear and for work.  ‘Bombshell’ and ‘Hot Mess’  are beautiful fuchsia and orange shades for my complexion, and are definitely brown girl friendly.  My least favorite of them all is ‘Babydoll’, especially since it was the only one that leaked out of the packaging all over the place, and the color was not flattering against my complexion.

Overall, I’m happy with this purchase.  It was honestly a steal since the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints retail for $3.99 at your local drugstore or beauty supply, and I picked them up for about $2.60 each.  As I mentioned previously, if you have a sensitivity to peppermint oil these are not for you.  But, if you’re looking for an affordable alternative to lip tars, that come in amazing shades, I’d suggest checking these out.

 

Have you tried the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Glazed Lip Paints? Do you like them?


The IT Girl Set Limited Edition CC+ Lip Serum Holiday Collection Review + Swatches

The IT Girl Set
IT Cosmetics has brought us one of the perfect gifting options for the “IT” girl in your life with The IT Girl Set.  This is a limited edition CC+ Lip Serum Holiday Collection featuring three holiday-themed, exclusive shades:  Under The Mistletoe, Snow Bunny, and Joy to the World.

What is a CC+ Lip Serum?

The IT Cosmetics CC+ Lip  Serum features ingredients like collagen and peptides for anti-aging purposes like reducing the appearance of lines, and hyaluronic acid, plus 9 essential butters and oils so that your lips can stay hydrated and supple.

The IT Girl Set Limited Edition CC Serum  
 

My Thoughts

What I like about The IT Girl Set Limited Edition CC+ Lip Serum Holiday Collection provides both color and hydration, and isn’t sticky.   The lip colors included in the set, in my opinion are perfect for a “no makeup” look.

I would say that the shades are universal; however, for my skintone, Snow Bunny was just too light.  I know some people like the milky lip look, but, it’s just not for me.  It would look best mixed with a lip pencil or over your favorite lip color.  But, for fairer skinned ladies, it would work best.

My favorite shades from the set are ‘Under the Mistletoe’ and ‘Joy to the World’.  Both are brown girl friendly, especially the berry tones of ‘Under the Mistletoe’.  Ahh I so love this shade! ‘Joy to the World’ is the perfect neutral shade for my complexion.  A bonus is how soft and hydrated the CC+ Lip Serums make my lips feel, which is something everyone needs in a lippie during the cold fall and winter days.

Get it!

I definitely recommend picking up The IT Girl Set for the “IT” girl in your life, or maybe you should just treat your lips right this winter by getting this set for yourself.  The IT Girl Set Limited Edition CC+ Lip Serum holiday Collection makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer retailing for just $39.00 ($72 value).  The set can be purchased at it cosmetics.com, QVC and qvc.com, and Ulta stores and ultra.com.

 

What do you think of The IT Girl Set?

 

 

Disclosure:  The IT Girl Set was provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own and are honest.