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Tarte Toasted!

I️ got this palette not because of the shades as they are quite common and can easily be found among any brand whether it be high end or drug store. However after purchasing the Tarteist Pro palette I’ve learned that the pigment and the creaminess can hardly be replicated by any other brand.

Tarte shadows blend unbelievable well regardless of what brush you’re using or what look you’re going for.

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nally I️ use the Morphe crease brush along the hood of my eyes because the point of the brush creates a very defined area for me to work with. With Asian slightly hooded eyes, the hardest part is carving out the shape of where the shadow should be applied and the Morphe brush works effortlessly.

I️ use an all over blender brush from IT Cosmetics at Ulta to blend out the outer corner. (By far the only brush I️ trust to complete an all around blend regardless of brand of shadow, although I️ notice high end shadows prevent creasing a bit more.)

For the inner corner I️ typically like to use a light shade whether it be matte or shimmer and I️ always use my finger. I️ use the regular Urban Decay potion primer for all over the lid and after the blending of the edges I️ then apply another UD Primer in the shade Sin to make sure the shimmer stands out as much as possible.

As you can probably tell from the photo, the shades aren’t as ‘toasted’ or red as it would appear. It’s very similar to the new Naked Heat palette from Urban Decay which my last review was on.

I️ would recommend the Tarte Toasted palette based on the quality of the shadows. The shadows are blend easily, smells amazing like always, and can create any warm fall look.

If you’re looking for the amount of shades in the warm copper family, I️ would still recommend the Naked Heat palette purely because of the number of shades available to you. It has a very decent number of matte options compared to the other Naked palettes.

At the end of the day though, if you’re looking for just a handful of shades that are your fundamental copper shades, the Tarte Toasted is a good deal and gives you exactly that!

Other products used: Laneige moisturizer, Benefit Porefessional, Makeup Forever liquid foundation, Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner, Better than Sex mascara, Nars radiant creamy concealer, Various Benefit Brow products, Hoola Bronzer, Anastasia sun kissed glow kit, UD settingspray.

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The One About the KKW Collab

Taking a break from the review of my Sephora haul, I’m going to review the KKW Collaboration with Kylie Cosmetics! Before I get into it I do have to make a full disclosure.

I literally cannot stand Kylie Jenner, She drives me crazy.

But, when you have a best friend who’s super into Kylie Jenner, and you yourself like Kim’s taste, the KKW collab seemed to be the perfect gift to express myself while giving her something I knew she would like.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I liked the NARS lip gloss in the shade Chelsea girls and that I only gave that shade a try because I saw Kim with it in a magazine article and fell in love with the color. The four shades in the pack are pretty much all just a VERY slight variation of that shade.


The outer packaging is nice, but I don’t really know how I feel about it. It’s a semi hard cardboard and somehow it just comes off as way too extra (although with Kim Kardashian, I should expect as much). High end products just don’t need that kind of packaging?

Here are the swatches of the shades. Like I said, nearly identical.

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The first shade, I tried here is Kimberly. It’s a really light nude, which with my Asian skin tone pretty much washes me out. I’m not a huge fan. I just don’t think this color is warm enough to be flattering on many skin tones. In my mind I can picture my bestie (very fair skin) being more washed out than me. Or just a dark skin tone with a bright white lip. It’s just not a very flattering color in my opinion but perhaps some people like it that light.

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The second one is Kim. It’s a little warmer than Kimberly. It’s a shade I think I can wear with a more pastel theme or when I just need a natural nude. In a way Kimberly was a more dramatic nude in my opinion just because of how white it was compared to Kim which is a little more natural.

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Third up is Kiki. I like Kiki. It has the most pink in all four shades of the collection. It’s a really pretty natural pink. I personally and not be biggest pink love but I can imagine this color looking good on virtually anyone.

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Last up is Kimmie! My absolute favorite shade in this pack. It’s warm, it’s natural, and it’s light enough so that it’s still “cute” glamor but dark enough so that it doesn’t wash out my other features but complements them.

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I used the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette today and created his nude/pink/light brown shade to pair with these lip shades. (Side note, if you still haven’t tried the Urban Decay Setting Spray even after people have been raving about it all these years because you think it’s just overhyped? I’m telling you. ITS NOT.) All of these pictures were taken with no touch up at 8pm after leaving my house at 7:30, working all day, and coming home at 7pm. That spray is like super glue for your face.

The packaging was okay but the actual bottle of the lip gloss could have been higher quality. They just didn’t feel high quality in my hands. The brush applicator for each was really scratchy and I felt like I was literally brushing out my lips throughout the application process The “crème lipstick” is more of a creamy lip gloss as well. Colors aren’t as highly pigmented as they show on the website or in any of Kim Kardashian’s Instagram promos. Divided up, it costs approximately $12.50 per shade not including tax. I guess it’s an okay buy? Ideally, it cost maybe $7-8 max per shade it would be a good deal. However for $48 or $45 (I forgot the price), it’s just not worth your money. Unless you’re one of those people who purely buy products to support the celebrity promoting them, I would not recommend this.

If anyone really likes the last shaded I spoke about, Kimmie, I have a dupe for you! The Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the Shade Goals is absolutely amazing. Tarte products are always beautiful, applies incredibly naturally and glides smoothly across your lips. It is more pricy at $20 a tube but trust me, it’s worth it. It’s got the same level of pigment as this collection minus the smearing.

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The One with the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Review

I spent way too much time and money at Sephora this weekend. But you know what, after everything with my ex went down, this is going to be my breakup present to myself.  So 15% off isn’t that much of a discount, but it’s better than nothing and it made me buy several palettes and such. I was going to review everything at once but I bought so much I figured it was best to do it one at a time.

First up, the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette! What a mouthful, I’m gonna call it the Tarte Pro from here on out. This is my first Tarte product ever and I think I’m about to start a great relationship with this brand.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

I’m gonna review out to in. First off packaging is beautiful. It’s a very sleek black palette but now I understand why every Tarte Pro palette tutorial I watched online had fingerprints all over the front. Unavoidable.

I love the gold inside, so gorgeous and classy. It comes with 16 matte shades and 4 shimmer/glitter shades. I tried each row independently and then started creating my own look and its just beautiful. It’s a super pigmented palette, and the shades are so creamy and blendable even without super pricy brushes. (I just can’t with super pricy brushes, I’d rather direct that money towards makeup)

In YouTube tutorials, a lot of people talk about kick back during application but honestly, the color is so pigmented that if you’re just pressing lightly and do a gradual application there’s no reason why kick back should happen.

I created this look with the Tarte Pro palette today!

I started as always with my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer Eden all over my lid. I then used the shade Classic (First shade in first row) all over my lid to create a base. I used the shade Bold (second shade in the last row) in my crease.

The shade No Filter I think has become my favorite shade of all time. Out of all the palettes I’ve tried and been using I haven’t run into such a natural, yet royal, rich, and regal color. I’m using it in my corner crease (third shade in the second row).

I then brightened up the inner corner with the shade Glam (second row glimmer shade).

Overall, I would highly recommend this palette, the packaging is beautiful, the shades are pigmented and combine perfectly to create really natural looks but give you the ability to glam up any look with the shimmer shades. It was I believe $53 but I had the 15% off.

Rest of my makeup: Benefit goof proof brow pencil, NARS under eye concealer, NARS lipgloss in the shade Chelsea Girls, MakeUp Forever foundation, Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner, MakeUp Forever mascara, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Benefit WattsUp Highlighter, Urban Decay setting spray.

So much new makeup to play with! I’m unsure what the next one to be reviewed will be, but we’re off to a good start with this one. It’s so pretty!

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