Hey everyone! Happy New Year!
Im so sorry I haven’t made a post in so long, but I am finally back! I have been so busy recently; finished my first year of university, passing my exams and being accepted back for my second year of university this year, and I have also been working a tonne to support my shopping addiction! Hehe! But today I’m going to be doing a haul of all the makeup products that I got for christmas!
I am so super excited for this blog post and I really hope you all enjoy it!
So for christmas I really wanted to get makeup products that I have never tried before and from a new brand so that I can just try out new things and explore really!
I knew I wanted more Tarte makeup items as soon as I brought my mascara in August of 2016, so for christmas I chose to get the tartelette in bloom palette, the tartiest contour palette, and the tartiest mascara. I also got the Benefit eyebrow kit in “Bigger & bolder brows.” And OMG now I wonder how I even lived without these products before!!! So I have decided that along with photos I’m also going to give a full and honest review of these products too!
Tartelette in bloom eyeshadow palette:
This palette is literally everything you would want and more in an eyeshadow palette! It is quite small and compact which I love because it will make travel super easy! Taste have designed this palette in a way where you are given enough colours to make 3 eye looks, 1 look per row giving a shimmer shade in each row which I love! I am a massive fan of shimmer shades myself so I knew as soon as I swatched these I would be in love with this palette! I can honestly say that for the past few weeks all I have been using to create eyeshadow looks is this palette! The pigmentation, is to say the least, incredible. I have never owned a palette, whether it be drugstore or high end, that has had both mattes and shimmer shades both be a massive hit with me. This palette has all 12 shades at a high quality. The shimmer shades have little to no fall out, and the matte ones are the best mattes I have seen being buttery and smooth without feeling chalky or hard to blend.
The packaging is also something that drew me to this palette, I mean how beautiful is it?! I also wanted to mention that the full size mirror across the top of the palette is incredible and very useful! I thought i would also say that I have been using ‘charmer’ as an all over lid colour and brow bone colour as a base, then moving into ‘smart pants’, ‘sweetheart’ and ‘rebel’ as crease colours, and the I have been loving ‘funny girl’ as a lid colour. I still need to play around with this palette though and make some super cool darker looks and more sultry looks too as the colour scheme gives so much to play with!
Tartiest contour palette:
This palette was one that I saw on the website, but to me personally was a product that I would want to ask for someone else to buy me and not put my money into it because I wasn’t sure on the shades that were in it or what the quality would be like. Boy was I wrong! I have never owned a palette that has had a corrected, contour, blush and highlight all in one, so I was drawn to this palette for this very reason. I use contour shade 3 for myself personally as I am quite far, and I am amazed at the pigment! One pat with my brush and there is enough pigment for me to apply to my face! And that is one pat, not even a swipe! It is also very buttery but very smooth and bendable, and you can also build up your contour without it looking cakey or muddy which is definitely a bonus! As for the correcting colour, I mainly use this underneath my eyes, as I’m not sure where else to put it, but it works for me. I think tonight I will have to look up reviews of this palette to see where other people are putting that. Number 5 in the palette is ‘accentuate’ which is basically a blush. This is quite a dark blush compared to other blushes that I own, and I was nervous for this considering that I have fair skin! But it is easily build able and it gives me just enough rosiness on my cheeks without me looking like a full blown clown!
Now I have to be honest with the highlight shades; I was a little disappointed to begin with. The pigmentation isn’t what I thought it would be doing finger swatches, and the colours were a bit odd to me. But after using them, by swirling them with my brush and mixing them together, they give just the perfect amount of glow to the skin to wear as an everyday highlight if you are looking for something nice and subtle, which I like because a lot of highlighters these days are “wham!” in your face. But I also like that too! So a win win I say.
This packaging is gorgeous with gold and black details, very appealing. And it is also very sturdy and quite heavy suggesting good quality right off the bat.
After getting my Tarte ‘Lights camera lashes’ mascara in August 2016 I knew I needed to try another one out! I chose ‘Tartiest’ because I was drawn to the applicator which is like a plastic wand instead of having any fibres or anything like the other taste one I own does. This mascara actually ended up being my most favourite one out of all my mascaras, beating the Too Faced ‘better than sex’ that we all rave about. It separates my lashes without them feeling heavy or too sparse which often happened with my other mascaras. And the volume: OMG! Incredible! The length is something that I love too as I love having long lashes and it is my most favourite part of my makeup routine, and a part I cannot live without. Lets just say that this mascara is my new holey grail thats for sure!
Benefit brow kit “Bigger & bolder brows”:
I’ve jumped n the bandwagon and been ‘all about brows’ lately, and although I love my NYX cake powder for my brows, I wanted to try and find something else that I would also love. I decided to grab a benefit brow kit that they are now coming out with so I got the “Bigger and bolder brows” one. It comes with ‘Ka-Brow’, ‘Ready set brow’, ‘High brow’, and a stencil holder. To be fair, I got this palette because I wanted to try out the ‘Ka-Brow’, and thought that I may as well have gotten the kit to try out the other products too. Ready set brow, is a brow setting gel and if I’m honest once again, not something that I would have got on its own if it wasn’t for this kit. But I love it! The applicator is super funky and actually really well designed! It stinks my brows in place literally all day too! Have been using this since I got it and I really do think I would repurchase it again after it runs out!
‘Ka-Brow’ is a cream gel product, and I have never used a cream product on my brows which is why I wanted to give it a go, and I LOVE IT! the applicator is super small which I actually personally like because I like to be very precise with my brows and having a small brush definitely helps with this. A little goes a long way with this product, and even though Ive been using it basically every day for a few weeks now, Ive hardly made a dent! they have also filled the product right up to the top, so I know its going to last a while!
High brow is something I’ve never used, and though I haven’t used it everyday, I do like to use it more so when I think I’m having a ‘good brow day’ as it accentuates my brows and gives a bit of glow to them too. The only thin in this kit that I don’t use nor see myself using is the sentcils, but its a great added bonus to put in and I can see it helping a lot of people and being easy to use too!
So there you have it girls! Thats the makeup products that I got for christmas 2016! I can honestly say that I recommend all these products to you all, which is great because I usually find each time I order multiple products theres always at least one product, or shadow etc that I don’t like!
I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did writing it! What did you all get for christmas? Let me know!
Keep ready for my next post, I am having so much fun writing it!
Stay cool & stay tuned,