Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tartelette 2 In Bloom Clay Palette Review | Beauty

How is everyone on this fine Thursday?! I'm swell. I've had a bit of a lazy day today, mostly filling out some paperwork and tossing around some ideas for a photography piece I am working on this week. (I cant wait to show you!)
But, because that wont be finished for another week or so, I thought I'd share something else with you! Something I've been OBSESSING over. Tarte's Tartelette 2 In Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette! This, like basically every other Tarte product I've ever had the pleasure of trying, was amazing!
The palette is the second to another 12 shadow matte palette that is wonderful. I personally prefer the Tartelette 2 because of the 3 gorgeous luster shades that accompany the matte ones. The entire palette itself screams elegant, and I have definitely dipped into mine.
When reviewing palettes, I usually focus on 5 things that help me decide whether or not the palette is worth the buy. It seems like a lot of work, but the extra research really ensures you aren't spending your money on a low quality product. In no particular order:
1. Packaging: I cant say enough about how much I love this packaging! It as absolutely adorable! I was a bit surprised with how much I enjoyed the square shape (I usually gravitate toward sleek, rectangular palettes that are easy to travel with, such as the Urban Decay Naked palettes) but it was just as easy to keep in my makeup case as any other. The gold paired with the flower design is really a conversation starter, and as someone who does their makeup over and over again, anywhere and everywhere, I enjoy products with personality! (also the mirror is so huge omg omg)
2. Wearability: I may have made this word up, but the importance is all the same. Am I going to wear the shadows often or will they sit in my dresser collecting dust? This was an easy choice for me, because I love anything that sits juuuust in between nudes and vibrancy. This palette has just the right amount of vavoom to wear out, while the lighter shades are perfect for everyday.
3. Quality: Many times I look at the brand itself for this, because it can be difficult to judge how long the shadow will last or how pigmented it is in the store. Because of my experience with Tarte blushes and mascara (and after reading a few reviews of their shadows) I took a leap and the result was just what I had hoped. The shadows last long, don't crease, and blend easily. #impressed
4. The shades themselves...(self explanatory, lol): I have used every single shadow in this palette and they are all so beautiful and fun to mix and match. There are nine mattes and 3 lusters ranging from light pinks and creams to darker gold and mauve, so it is super easy to use them for lid, crease, highlight and liner if you wish.
courtesy of the tarte website
5. Price: At $45, I'd say this is pretty standard for a nice, long lasting 12 shadow palette. It was definitely worth the money!
All in all, I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars! *applause*
It seems a bit unrealistic to say that Tarte has achieved perfection, but if this was the last palette on earth, I'm not sure I'd even feel deprived. Buy it here!
Have you tried this palette? What did you think?
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Friday, January 1, 2016

The Start of Something New | #HelloJanuary


Woah woah woah! How is everyone? I've missed you! As you all know, today is January 1st, 2016! *happy dance* Its #HelloJanuary! So like every other lifestyle-esque blogger, today's post will be about how I am going to go about heading into the new year and what is on my mind as I attempt to form a list of short and long term goals for 2016.

While I am posting this to inform you all of how great I'll be this year, (LOL) it is meant to be an archive post for myself, so I can look back and remind myself of what is important. So, as uninteresting as it is, here are my goals in list form:   


1. I'd like to learn to stop apologizing so much for just being who I am! Up until this point, I have approached life in an "oh gosh I'm so awkward, I am so sorry for bothering you with my existence" type of way, which is actually quite ridiculous, but I've been like this for as long as I can remember. So, starting today, I shall walk through life as Blair Waldorf would.

2. I want to document the year as much as possible. You may be thinking, "You are a young adult with every social media platform on the planet, and you run a blog....don't you think you document enough of your pathetic tech filled life?!?!?!" NOPE! I feel really great about this year. I just got a rockin new camera for Christmas so my photos and videos will all be top notch, so why not use it as much as possible?

3. Make. More. Friends. In 2016 I really want to focus on meeting new people and making friends, because as much as I love all 476373973489749 of my internet friends, 2015 held some pretty lonely nights. Here's to a friend filled year! *clinks wine glasses*

4. I want to meet more bloggers! I have a few blog conventions and events marked on my calendar for the year, but I'm really hoping to meet some new people locally who love this platform of expression as much as I do. (Expect some collabs!)

5. I am going to stop caring so much, about everything. I know that sounds ridiculous... But seriously, can the anti-anxiety gods please step in for a little while? I'm going to really try to not overthink all of the small things and just focus on living. 

And of course I would also like to drink more water this year, keep up with my manicures, plan more, and all of those little things, who doesn't? But these are the things I am definitely making sure I carry past the end of this week. What about you? Do you have any goals for the new year? :)

January, donuts, and Blair Waldorf..

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