Tarte Tartist Lip Gloss – Full Collection Review & Swatches

Tuesday, 17 May 2016



Hello Beauties! I hope you’re all well and had lovely weekends – although it’ll probably be mid-week by the time you see this (bad blogger, I know…full time work means my days of posting every day are long gone unfortunately). Last week I was lucky enough to be invited down to the ‘Tarte’s in London’ party in the very swanky Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill and while I was there I was fortunate enough to be able to take a look at all of the new, just-launched, tarte goodies..and of course, I wanted to share my opinion with you.

I’m starting with the new Tartist Lip Glosses as they’re by far my favourite new launch and pretty much one of the only things I’d been missing from my collection. There’s been so much hype recently surrounding the Kylie Lip Gloss and the Anastasia Beverley Hills Lip Glosses but in my opinion, you really don’t need them if you’ve got a couple of these in your collection – they’re that good.

The Tartist Lip Glosses are a full cover glosses, meaning that the colour you see on the tube is exactly what you see on your lips once applied, much like the Kylie Lip Glosses. I’m a big lip gloss fan (if you couldn’t already tell by the name of this blog) but my collection was definitely lacking anything so pigmented in gloss form, as I’ve always been more tempted by the clear, sheer glosses. Apart from the amazing pigmentation, I’m blown over by the formula and longevity of these glosses. The long and thin doefoot applicator means that the gloss applies brilliantly and makes getting right into the corners of your lips so easy, which is especially important with the darker, brighter colours. I also didn’t find any need to line my lips before application as there was no fraying or patchiness, and I have to say, once they’ve been applied they’re here to stay. I actually wore these on a night out recently and I barely felt the need to reapply the gloss throughout the night, despite the fact that I was eating and drinking all night. I’d say that on an average day, you can get around 2-3 hours out of these glosses, which is pretty good going for me as I’ve usually managed to wipe them off within the first 10mins of wear.

Swatches:




The collection contains eight shades in total, including a range of nudes and brighter red and berry shades: 


  • obvi - a light nude with warm undertones (perfect if you love peach blossom by MAC)
  • double tap - a cool mauve shade and very Kylie Jenner-esque
  • goals - a warm rosy nude and my favourite of the collection
  • hella - a light pink nude, perfect for fair skin tones 
  • poison - a black plum shade, perfect if you love more vampy shades
  • wcw - a beautiful true berry shade
  • fave - a plum berry shade (I can see myself loving this during winter)
  • slay - although this is named snap on the photo, slay is a lovely orchid shade

As you can see, the shade selection is pretty good considering this is a new launch, but I would have loved some more mid-tone and brighter pink shades, as there seems to be a big gap between the nudes and the brights. 

Overall, I'm thoroughly impressed with these glosses, and I'd even go as far as to say they're the best that I have in my collection at the moment. At £14 (on the tarte website) they're not the cheapest gloss in the world, but as these are more along the lines of a glossy liquid lipstick, I don't think the price is extortionate. The good news is that tarte now ship to the UK, although shipping is pretty expensive (around £12) so if you're going to place an order I'd definitely recommend doing a batch order or teaming up with your friends to spread the cost of the shipping.

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation

Thursday, 12 May 2016



Hello Beauties! When it comes to foundation, I'm pretty picky. Having difficult skin means I rely heavily on my base products to achieve a flawless look, so I refuse to settle for less than perfect - and really why should we? Makeup isn't what it used to be, the industry has completely revolutionised in recent years and brands are under continuous pressure to release the 'next big thing'...so why is it that so many of them leave us wanting more when it comes to our base? However, after many painful years of testing different foundations (seriously, my foundation graveyard is depressing) I think I've finally found something that's really worthy of 'Holy Grail' status. I have a couple of foundations in my 'holy grail' bank - Estée Lauder Double Wear, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and L'Oreal Infallible Matte, to name a few - but the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation from Tarte really does take things to the next level.

Available in 12 shades, tarte's newest foundation is described as a complexion perfection innovation designed to be lightweight and skin-perfecting, floating over your skin to deliver full, hydrating coverage and skin-care benefits with every application. The antioxidant-rich formula is said to help diffuse the appearance of imperfections, leaving skin looking flawless.

Like me, you're probably wondering what 'rainforest of the sea' is and why tarte decided this should be the name of their latest collection...The name rainforest of the sea comes from the formula's key ingredient, algae. Algae is known for its various skincare benefits, such as it's anti-inflammatory properties and skin-healing powers, so it's no surprise that my skin's been looking especially healthy since I started using this foundation on a daily basis...in fact, my skin hasn't been this clear in months, if that's not a reason to love this foundation then I don't know what is. As a vegan brand, tarte ensure that their algae is harvested sustainably to protect the eco-system of the ocean. Aside from this foundation being great for your skin, it's also brilliant as a base product...in fact, I'd even go as far as to say this is the best foundation I've tried in years.

Let me begin by talking about the packaging, as it's a little unusual in my opinion. The foundation comes in a thin, frosted glass bottle with a metallic purple and gold lid to match the rest of the collection, however instead of having a pump, this foundation has a pipette applicator due to the thin consistency of the product. Honestly, I think the pipette is a little unnecessary and as it slows me down a little in the mornings, I'd much prefer a pump on this foundation...I still apply the foundation to the back of my hand before application so a pump or pipette wouldn't make much difference to the actual application of the foundation - just the ease of use.

What I love most about this foundation is definitely the consistency to coverage ratio it offers. I love a full coverage foundation (I have a lot of imperfections to hide) but this often means I'm left with extremely thick, heavy foundations which feel uncomfortable on my skin. However, tarte's latest offering is littlerally like applying water to my skin, yet still offers me the same coverage as Estee Lauder's Double Wear, for example - what is this sorcery?! Applied with a damp beauty blender, the tarte rainforest of the sea foundation covers everything I need it to (without any need for concealer) in one thin layer, which is perfect if you're like me and love the look and coverage makeup offers you, but hate that sticky, heavy feeling it can leave you with. As far as full coverage foundations go, this one also offers you an extremely natural look, whilst still covering everything you need, so you don't look like you've completely masked your skin and caked your face with makeup - never a good look!

Along with the consistency and coverage, the finish of this foundation is perfection. Unlike most water-thin foundations, this doesn't apply wet and set to powder (thank god - those foundations always cling to every tiny dry spot). The tarte rainforest of the sea foundation has a demi-matte finish on my oily skin which is exactly what I'm looking for - matte enough to control my shine, but not so matte it flattens your face completely. Essentially, this foundation lets my natural radiance shine through without making me look like a greasy mess. You'd also think that a foundation as hydrating as this would cause oil breakthrough pretty quickly, but this lasts so well on my skin - easily as well as my Double Wear (and I never thought anything would come close). On my oiler days and when the weather is slightly humid I'll need to blot after about 5-6 hours but that's pretty much it as far as touching up my makeup went...my blusher and bronzer was still in tact, it hadn't sunk into my pores and the oil breakthrough hadn't caused any irreversible damage to my makeup.

Overall, I am completely in love with this foundation (if you couldn't already tell) and am already considering bulk buying back-ups to last me through the summer. I can't stress enough how perfect this foundation is, and I'd highly recommend ordering yourself a bottle as soon as pay day rolls around - you definitely won't regret it.

If you are considering picking up a bottle, I'd really recommend purchasing it from the tarte website here. They now ship to the UK and it works out much cheaper than buying through QVC - and when you're buying a £28 foundation, every penny saved counts!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo


Look Incredible Beauty Box - April 2016

Monday, 9 May 2016






Hello Beauties! First of all, let me begin by apologising for the lateness of this post, I meant to get this up before I went away, and since my return I've been working non-stop, so it completely slipped my mind. If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll know I'm a big fan of beauty subscription services, and I think I may have just found one of the best. The Look Incredible Beauty Box is fairly new to the market and aims to bring lust-worthy beauty treats from well known and well loved brands straight to your door every month, all for £18.99. 

Now, I know that £18.99 may sound a bit steep at first, especially when you compare it to the likes of Birchbox, etc, but trust me - you get so much more from Look Incredible. In fact, this month's box contained 5 full size products and should have set me back a whopping £85, making £18.99 look like pennies. 

Featuring an excellent selection of well known brands and new discoveries, Aprils box played host to an array of makeup and skincare products perfect for Spring, and included some new favourites of mine:

1. Laura Geller Spackle Under-Eye Primer | £20.00

When I first saw this product, I thought it was a little odd - as I've never heard of an under-eye primer before. Ive got a whole pile of eye primers, but they're meant to help your eyeshadow last...so what exactly was the point of an under-eye primer? Well, if you've heard of Benefit's 'Puff Off' then you'll be pleased to know it's pretty similar. The Laura Geller Spackle Under-Eye Primer is designed to give an instant plumping and lifting effect, giving you long-lasting hydration for youthful-looking eyes and extended makeup wear.

Much like Puff Off, this product also has a cooling metal applicator, with curved edges to soothe and cool the under-eye area. I've actually been keeping this in the fridge so that the metal tip is lovely and cool on my skin, which has been a blessing this weekend with all of these scorching days we've been having! 

2. Smashbox Blush Soft Light Duo | £15.00

Needless to say, I was pretty impressed to see this Smashbox blush duo included in the box. Smashbox is a brand I've not really explored, as the price has always put me off, despite the one or two products I have tried being absolutely wonderful. The Blush Soft Light Duo contains a blush and matching highlighter, which together make the perfect day look. The blush is a super pretty medium pink shade which is so blendable and also buildable if you wanted a more intense look. The Soft Lights highlighter gives you exactly what the name would suggest, a soft light. The sheer shimmer is extremely pretty and looks perfect layered over the blush for a glowing everyday look.

3. L'Oreal Nutri Gold Silky Day Cream | £8.99

The L'Oreal Nutri Gold Silky Day Cream is a face cream which contain silky oil, calcium and jasmine that promises to protect and nourish your skin throughout the day. Unfortunately, this cream is a little on the heavy side so I just know it won't work with my oily skin (especially in this heat we've been having!) - however if you've got dry skin then this would probably be perfect for you.

4. Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Colour | £14.00

Again, I was very pleased to see this lip colour from Urban Decay sitting inside April's box. Despite Urban Decay being one of my favourite brands at the moment, the colour is right up my alley and something I'll definitely get loads of use out of. In my opinion, the super saturated lip colour is kind of a hybrid between a lipgloss and a lipstick - it's very moisturising and has a glossy finish, but it's also very pigmented, something I wouldn't expect from a simple gloss.

5.Velvet 59 My Fair Lashes Mascara | £19.99

April's box also contained a brand I'd not heard of before - Velvet 59. The My Fair Lashes Mascara is a bit of an odd one if I'm honest - the wand is very thick, but has no bristles on one side and also has a spiky ball on top for adding extra length. Having quite long lashes naturally, I often struggle to find a mascara which will help flare them out without clumping them, as so many mascaras are designed for short, straight lashes. However I actually really liked this one, as it made my lashes long and fluttery without clumping them or turning them into spider's legs. I don't think you'd love this is you had shorter, straighter lashes though as I doubt it would give you the volume you needed.

Overall, I'm extremely pleased with April's Look Incredible box - £18.99 for 5 full size (high end in some cases) products is a great deal, and I loved that it wasn't just the odd 'I would never wear this' colours included in the box. If you're interested in trying the Look Incredible box for yourself (I highly recommend that you do), then you can do so here.

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

Urban Decay Setting Sprays

Friday, 6 May 2016



Hello Beauties! I've always been a little sceptical when it comes to makeup setting sprays after being stung one too many times by some drugstore duds. However, since trying these setting sprays my opinion has completely transformed, and I can no longer leave the house without giving my face a quick spritz. 

On a recent trip to Sephora, I picked up both the De-Slick and All Nighter setting sprays from Urban Decay in the smaller sizes - as I wanted to try them before committing to a larger size, although I'm now kicking myself for not bulk buying! 

The de-slick setting spray by Urban Decay is for those with oilier skin types and provides you with weightless oil control to keep your skin looking beautifully matte. Created by Skindinavia, the De-Slick setting spray features Urban Decay's patented Temperature Control Technology, so it actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to help prevent shine breakthrough and keep your makeup in place - amazing, right?! I've honestly never tried an oil-control product that works so well, when I use this with a normal to matte finish foundation I don't have to powder all day, no word of a lie - and that's pretty unheard of for me as my makeup has normally melted away before lunch. The de-slick setting spray also allows me to wear more dewy foundations, something I'd never of been able to do before. When I've gone for a more dewy makeup look, I do find that I still need to powder slightly, but nowhere near as much as I'd had to before. 

Much like the De-Slick setting spray, the All Nighter spray is also developed by Skindinavia and contains their patented Temperature Control Technology to help keep your makeup cool and oil-free. However, instead of making your makeup shine free, the All Nighter prides itself on making your makeup stay in place for a seriously long time. The All Nighter spray is designed to keep your makeup looking freshly applied for up to 16 hours, through humidity, sweat and heat - so it's perfect if you've got any tropical summer holidays planned. 

The All Nighter setting spray is fairly similar to the De-Slick spray in terms of results (as I find the de-slick also prolongs wear time), so if you've got the de-slick one, then I don't think you really need both. I do however much prefer this one for nights out when I need my makeup to last a very long time in hot conditions on the dance floor, as it does work slightly better than the de-slick on these occasions. 

At first I was a little worried about using a setting spray, as I thought the wet-ness would break down all of the powders I'd applied, but I couldn't even notice these on my skin once applied as it dried instantly, and actually found the whole process quite refreshing. 

Overall, I'm extremely happy to have these babies in my makeup collection, and they've quickly become holy grail cannot-live-without items for me. If you suffer with makeup meltdown or oily skin, I'd definitely recommend picking up one of these bad boys - I promise you, you'll never look back. Both of the Urban Decay setting sprays are available in the smaller 30ml travel size (£9) which I've got, or the larger 118ml full size bottles (£22) from Debenhams here. 


Lots of Love,

Becky xo


Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primers - Original & Candlelight

Thursday, 5 May 2016






Hello Beauties! I make no secret of the fact that I love a good bargain. Yes, my tastes in makeup may be expensive, but that doesn't mean I want to pay high end prices every time. One of my favourite places to pick up makeup bargains is my local TK Maxx. I've often found Nars, Too Faced and theBalm in the beauty isles and my latest trip was definitely a good one for bargain hunting, as I managed to pick up both of these Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primers for only £5 each! 

Much like the famous Urban Decay Primer Potion, the Too Faced Shadow Insurance is an eyelid primer which is designed to stop fading and creasing of your eyeshadows, whilst also increasing the vibrancy of your eyeshadow and prolonging the wear-time. I have to say, Shadow Insurance definitely delivered on all of the above points. I found that when I primed my lids with shadow insurance, it helped my eye look to appear more true to the colour shown in the eyeshadow pan, and the wear-time was excellent. I found that when I came home from work, my eyeshadow was pretty much still in tact, with the exception of a little wear and tear - something that would be unheard of had I not have primed my lids. So needless to say, I'm completely blown over by it's performance. 

However, I'd be lying if I said that the packaging didn't play a part in my decision to pick these primers up. I love all Too Faced packaging - it's girly cuteness is right up my street and they just look so pretty sitting in my muji storage. 

Of course the price (and the pretty packaging) helped me in my decision to buy both shades, but I decided to pick up both the original and the candle light variations as the candle light shade looked so pretty and shimmery when I swatched it in-store. Too Faced describe their candlelight version as romantically lit with the shimmering golden glow of candlelight - I have to say, as far as brand descriptions go, this one is pretty accurate as it definitely gives you that 'lit from within' look. 

Over the past few weeks I've managed to test out both formulas and whilst I love both, I definitely get more use from the Original formula, as it's brilliant for everyday looks. However if you really wanted to go to town with your eyeshadow, perhaps for a night out, the candlelight primer really gives your look that something extra, as the shimmery base helps to really brighten the area and intensify the shimmer in your shadow. I have to say, after trying both the Too Faced and Urban Decay primers, I much prefer the Too Faced Shadow Insurance as I found the results to be far superior. 

Have you tried the Too Faced Shadow Insurance?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Callisto

Wednesday, 4 May 2016




Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and heading back to work this morning wasn't too much of a struggle! This weekend one of my best friends, Frankie, visited and we headed to the Selfridges beauty hall. It's been a plan of ours since were were at University, that when we both had paying jobs we'd plan a day out shopping on Oxford street and spend a few hours browsing the counters in the Selfridges beauty hall. Of course while I was there I couldn't resist picking up a few bits, and one thing I'd had my eye on for months and months was the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows. 

As these are pretty pricey at £21 a pop, I spent a fair bit of time swatching all of the shades before deciding on Callisto, as it was such a unique colour. Callisto is described as an 'icy pink silver', however I'd say its more of a metallic taupe with subtle cool undertones and hints of lilac running through. As I said, it's a very unique colour and unlike anything in my collection so although I think I paid over the odds for such a small eyeshadow, it was worth it in my opinion. I normally like to create a whole eyeshadow look using two or three eyeshadows at least, but I find with a colour so unique and beautifully metallic, that it's the only shade I need...a 'one wash wonder' if you will. 

After speaking with the kind makeup artist at the Nars counter, I learned that the dual intensity eyeshadows can be applied either wet or dry, for two completely different looks. Applied dry, Callisto was a semi-sheer wash of colour, giving a beautiful metallic sheen to the eyes which makes for a pretty day look. When the eyeshadow was applied wet with a dampened brush (I used setting spray to do this instead of water for longer wear), the colour was almost completely opaque and lasted for a good eight hours. 

Overall, I'm completely in love with this eyeshadow from Nars and I'll definitely be adding more to my collection - it makes my everyday eye makeup simple and easy, but with beautiful results, and the unique colour of Callisto is something I've yet to be seen produced by another brand. Although these little shadows are pretty pricey and I've read a lot of comments about these being easily duped, I'm still to see a dupe as pretty as the originals, which in my opinion makes these worth every dime. The Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are currently available from Selfridges here for £21.00. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

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