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Don’t make me BLUSH: Tarte Pin up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Palette

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Hey Friends,

For my Birthday (which was a while ago) a friend purchased this beautiful Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Palette. I do not own too many palettes, just a few eye palettes, so this was an awesome addition to my collection! Prior to the addition of the Tarte Palette I owned: Bobbi Brown “Spice,” BareMinerals “ French Kiss” & a Stila “Coral” pH Blush. I definitely did not own an overwhelming amount, but I had some good options for an everyday look & an evening look.

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One aspect of blush that I never considered could be displaced, was the fact that the blush I would wear at 8:30am was gone by 12pm (with or without primer)! I never considered it a problem; it was just a fact of life.

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So now getting back to this Tarte palette, as I said, a friend got it for me for my birthday, naturally when she gave it to me, I HAD to swipe it on- even if it meant wearing an intense pink blush while hiking–which was exactly the case here. I took my blush brush and swiped the color I wanted and began dabbing it on my cheeks.

WELL FOR STARTERS, ummm.. I guess I have a heavy hand, but this little dab ended up being a lot – so  a very light hand is needed to get the optimal amount (SCORE)!

Second, the color payoff was amazing! I love the way it looked on my skin tone, making this palette an incredibly South East Asian friendly!

Third, so as I said before, I literally wore blush on a hike, hours later we had a photo session and the BLUSH was still on and still looking good!

I love makeup and I obviously love blush. I think it is a very rare occasion that I apply makeup without using blush, like very, VERY, very, rare occasion. Ever since I was gifted this palette, I honestly can’t remember where I placed the other blushes – so that is very telling about how much I love this palette. I hope you can get your hands on one and I hope you can try it out. I realize that it may be sold out now, but hey Amazon –Ebay could lead you to this awesome palette.

Peace & Love

Product I Continuously Buy

I am a beauty and food addict. Sometimes beauty is a little challenging to write about it, because  there is so much good stuff out there, and requires a more detailed review, but I would love to share products with you that I continuously buy:

  1. Moroccan Oil (I purchased this 4 times–since trying it 3 years ago). It’s a great product, and now it’s like conditioner, body wash & shampoo– it’s apart of my routine. I put it in my hair after I shower, put it in my hair after I’m done styling it!
  2. TRESemme Heat Protectant Spray (the red bottle– I’ve purchased this 3 times since trying it in 2011). I feel like this is a great product –and hopefully it’s doing what it’s suppose to –because i feel like it is and it smells greats and curbs the frizz mid going out or mid-dinner with friends!
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar (bought this twice since buying it in October, 2013). I am obsessed and will have a WHOLE post dedicated to it! Needless to say: great for your HAIR, SKIN AND WEIGHT!
  4. NARS “Larger Than Life” lipgloss in Place Vendôme: OMG LOVE IT! AHHHH but I hate the price tag ($26). I only wear it for special occasions/going out & the quality and consistency is awesome, it’s thick, glossy, stays put, leaves my mark on glasses, and has a pretty residual effect!  when i wear it people always notice it and my girl friends are always trying to “borrow it”  so it’s  WINNER! and once i get some time I’ll go out and purchase it again!!
  5. Revlon  Lip Butter in Candy Apple: I’ve purchased it twice. great color, feels great, and doesn’t flake or dry out!
  6. Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner: I’ve been buying it since 2009. Salon quality product – i like the lather.
  7. Foaming make-up cloths:  I usually buy Oil of Olay or Ponds, which ever one is on sale – they’re both great. i use them alot when i’m worried about over working my skin with the Clarisonic!
  8. Neutrogena Grapefruit Body Wash and Face Wash: (Purchased this 4 times!) It seems natural and I like the grapefruit aspect.
  9. Make Up Forever’s Black Eye Liner: LOVE THIS. i use to wear regular drugstore liner (Revlon, Cover Girl, etc) but it would always end up ON my contacts and then at some point during the night my eyes would feel irritated and my vision would blur! Ever since buying this I can say that it’s NEVER HAPPENED. I love this product, and WILL be purchasing it again ($20).
  10. Falsie’s Mascara with the bottom lash brush: LOVE this mascara. My relationship with it is turbulent because it dries out out my lashes and sometimes flakes — but I the results i get with Falsie’s does not compare to any other brand i’ve tried — it’s just AWESOME – people always compliment my lashes. I have purchased at least 5 or 6 tubes!

The Clarisonic

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(Here is my Clarisonic! The little brush is the deep pore cleansing brush, the big brush, which is attached, is the body brush. I love the Aveeno face scrub -I use it regularly in the morning. I use the OXY product at night with my Clarisonic. This way, not only am I taking off my makeup, but I’m protecting my skin against acne. The Neutrogena toner was inexpensive, and is an awesome, easy, addition to my daily skin care routine)

The Clarisonic is  the best purchase I have made for the year 2012. I bought the Clarisonic in September of 2012, and I must say I am still avidly using it & still in love with it!

I did not take before and after pictures, but I can tell my skin has improved by leaps and bounds. I have always been into skincare. I have used a variety of facemasks and washes, but with the Clarisonic, I do not use them as much, since I feel like I may be over working my skin if I do use a plethora of other products. Also, I am seeing such great results–why mess up a good thing?

I purchased my Clarisonic from Amazon.com (using my prime account). I paid around $180 for the full Clarisonic, which has 4 speed options, and a body brush. I know you can purchase it at Ulta, Sephora, or a variety of other stores (but why would want to pay $220, when you can buy it online for $40 less?).

I recently purchased replacement brushes, which were a tad pricy ($18 a brush). I bought the deep pore cleansing brush. Prior to using the deep pore cleansing brush, I used pore strips, and like most of my pore strips, they were grossly filled with blackheads & whiteheads. After using the brush for two to three weeks, I used a pore strip, and there were virtually no whiteheads or blackheads on it! I was actually a little annoyed that I had wasted a pore strip!

If you’re considering buying one I would go for it. I personally think I’m saving money, since I’m not wasting money on other products, or buying deep cleansing face cloths (which I used religiously to take off my makeup, prior to the Clarisonic).  Also, I feel like my toner is more efficient in helping even out my skin tone, and I feel like my drug store acne medicine is actually being absorbed by skin.

I hope this was helpful.

P.S. Here is an  Amazon link to purchase the Clarisonic!

P.P.S. If you have any questions/comments about which Clarisonic to purchase or general skin care questions or comments I’d love to read them or attempt to answer them! Do you have a Clarisonic? Do you love it?