Today’s review is about a longtime favorite product of mine – TARTE’s Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara!
As a teen in the 90’s I gravitated towards the ever popular green and pink tube of Maybelline Great Lash – but oh boy, have I learned since then! In my 20+ years of being a beauty lover and my almost 10 years being immersed directly IN the beauty industry I estimate I’ve tried about 100 different brands and types of mascara. So the fact that whenever I’m not being sent a new product to try and I’m in need of mascara I pick up a tube of Lights, Camera, Lashes EVERY time is saying a lot!
Now I’ve got to say that this mascara is my ‘everyday use’ mascara. It won’t give you sky high glossy, jet black, touching your forehead, lashes (I’ve got other products for that which I’ll share in the future!) but you (likely) don’t want a mascara that daring in your every day routine anyway – you want nice, clump-free, definition that doesn’t flake or give you raccoon eyes after only a few hours of wearing it – and Lights, Camera, Lashes will make you proud.
The tube itself is this really cool, quilted packaging that DOESN’T ROLL OFF YOUR COUNTER!! SO key because how often have we put our mascara down to wipe off a stray bit, or curl your lashes…and it rolls right off the counter?! But awesome packaging aside, this mascara is great. For those of you who are swimmers or criers Lights, Camera, SPLASHES is also available and is the waterproof version (disclaimer: as I am not a swimmer, nor much of a crier, I have not tried this particular product).
Now, the bad news…this mascara is a bit on the pricey side…it’ll set you back about $25 and as you all should be doing, mascara should be replaced every 3-4 months so this may be a bit of a bite in the bank account. I personally think it’s worth it. I have other products I prefer on the ‘lower end’ of the scale so splurging for a particular product which always comes through is worth it.
Today’s product is the NARS Pressed Finishing Powder! NARS is a company that doesn’t disappoint – they have a wide array of products and are up on the latest trends – but not shoving them in your face. NARS provides a nice blend of classy and stylish makeup. And they are cruelty free which is extremely important to me.
The NARS pressed finishing powder will set your makeup and add a luminous sheen to your face – giving it an airbrushed look. It lasts a long time and sets your makeup beautifully. Upon first glance this white powder may be intimidating to some (not me since I’m super pale haha) but it truly does melt into your makeup and lock it in with a gently glowy (not JLo glowy!) look so I’d recommend it no matter what your skin tone is. If your skin is dry it can look slightly cakey – but if you use a finishing spray as well that will help it settle into that no-makeup look.
The first few times I picked up this product I grabbed the loose version – I liked it but found it a wee bit messy (as loose powders can be!), then one time I went to pick some up and my local Sephora was out of the loose, so I picked up the pressed. At first I found the pressed a wee bit harder to work with, since I was used to the loose, but actually found myself re-buying the pressed on my last trip since it is a bit more convenient to work with. It’s easier to travel with as it comes in a smaller container, and is easy to use on-the-go if you need to.
NARS has a wide range of colored pressed powders to match your skin tone, and they are great products, but I prefer this white pressed finishing powder. I find it easier to work with and happier with the results on my skin.
I have some friends who are professional makeup artists and their kits are loaded up with products from the higher end brands that they work for/prefer…but recently two of them admitted to me that they carry a special, extra low priced secret weapon in their stash…
The secret is Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge! It’s a light, yet heavy duty concealer which can be used to conceal, well, just about anything! I picked up a tube a few months ago and have been quite impressed. I dab just a little on my red areas, and any small breakouts, and it covers surprisingly well, lasts a long time, and most importantly, doesn’t go super cakey – even at the end of a very long day! I’ve also used it on top of a few more serious pimples I battled about a month ago and it covers those well too. Dark circles are a wee bit of a challenge for this product – if yours are light this may be worth a try, but mine are super duper so I need to use a different product.
Glamoflauge is a good sized tube and a steal of a deal – I believe it’s about $6 a tube. This product REALLY holds up to a lot of the fancier, much more expensive brands.
I didn’t really want to do two lip products in a row for Product Review Friday but a friend recently introduced me to the most amazing lip balm ever and I just have to share! It’s the Bare English and Co lip balm and it, my friends, is amazing.
This wonderful little tube of joy isn’t sticky but is luxuriously moisturizing and leaves a very gentle sheen to the lips. Available in 12 flavors, there’s truly something for everyone. The company is proud to use only natural waxes, oils and tea infused flavors. I have tried the Fresh Grapefruit, and am now using the Vanilla Coconut – and I am IN LOVE with this lip balm! The flavors are amazing, and the two I have tried have definitely smelled exactly like the description, without being fake or syrupy sweet as you so often find with flavored lip balms.
The only SLIGHT issue I have with the balm is that it is packaged in an oval container so applying it can be a wee bit messy, either overlapping your lips with product or having to manuever the tube sideways. This is something super easy to get over however since it is such an amazing product. And the thing that makes up for it is that THE TUBE WON’T ROLL OFF YOUR COUNTER! Amazing. Brilliant. Buy this product!