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Tart(e)ing Up


posted by on Blushers, Eyeshadows, Lipsticks, Mascaras, QVC, Tarte Cosmetics, Tried & Tested

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A couple of days ago, I posted on the arrival of Tarte to British shores via the vessel that is QVC. Now I’ve had a play with the make-up.

I used the Sultry Sunset palette, mascara, Amazonian butter lipstick in Rose and the pink coral hue of the Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Fearless. Foundation and gel eyeliner were non-Tarte choices.

The make-up was applied at 10:30am (yes, I remember the approximate time) and these photos were taken around 7:30pm on the same day. I didn’t reach for a touch-up on the eyeshadows and blusher at all so what you see is how the make-up looks after nine hours wear.


The eyeshadows have held up amazingly with no major creasing. I used a primer (Urban Decay’s Primer Potion) and NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk to help bring out the colours of the eyeshadows. I’ve discovered first-hand how some really big brands’ eyeshadows have failed miserably with a primer after a few hours, so Tarte gets a massive tick mark for passing the crease-resistance test.


They are very soft, powdery eyeshadows, easy to pack on with no fall-out and although some of the shades are not what I would normally go for, they are very flattering.

I used Exotic Guava all over the lids, Wild Orchid in the crease and Twilight Plum in the outer corners before highlighting with Golden Skies.


Fearless is a new shade for spring but it isn’t very pigmented. I had to layer and buff it a few times to get to a tone of colour I was satisfied with. Even then it is still very soft – no chance of looking like aunt Sally then. Having said that, the blusher didn’t budge and remained as even as it was first applied. I’ve read that previous Amazonian clay blushers had a stronger pigmentation and I am curious to try them.

Moving onto the lipstick, I found it to be very moisturising. It’s not a sticky feeling like lipgloss and its scent is minty. I love this colour as it looks so natural on me yet has a hint of colour that’s creamy and light on the lips. I’ve not tried the other two lipsticks, which I am guessing won’t look as convincing on me as Rose does. I also find the eco-friendly cardboard lipstick case is wonderful – light in weight yet solid to grip.

The all-singing all dancing mascara which is housed in a very unusual casing claims to lift, curl and condition the lashes. Don’t expect bambi-esque lashes, again the emphasis is on natural beauty but the wand separates the lashes and there is no clumping.

I’m not usually one for barely there make-up but my opinion has shifted towards curiosity with Tarte. I really like the eyeshadows and the blusher for a natural, daytime look, and to a certain extent the lipsticks. The mascara is one I would not miss personally in an over-saturated market. I am intrigued, however, to try the foundation and will watching QVC attentively on 28th March when Tarte launches on the channel.

What are you looking forward to the most from Tarte?

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Naked 3 uncovered


posted by on Eye pencils/eye liners, Eyeshadows, Make-Up, Tried & Tested, Urban Decay



I think it’s safe to assume there were a lot of happy faces at Christmas with many of you finding a Naked 3 palette in your stockings. A part of me feels guilty for relegating 1 and 2 to the back in favour of this but it’s so fiiiiine. I have been really enjoying using the Naked 3 palette with my absolute favourite shade being the sexy and dark Blackheart (I can see me hitting the pan on this one).


Here’s a smoky look I did recently. I used UD’s Primer Potion in Sin with its champagne coloured base and patted on the pink Buzz over the lids and the russet Trick in the inner eye corners before smoking out with Blackheart.


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These pictures were taken after 7 hours wear so it’s a very good indication of Urban Decay eyeshadows’ lasting power.

Which shades do you gravitate towards on Naked 3? Are there any unusual combinations you’ve come up with this palette? Do let me know!

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Naked 3


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The rumours were true, the reality has surpassed expectations. Urban Decay’s much anticipated Naked 3 palette is almost within the clutches of make-up junkies and last night I got to see it, touch it, try it and take it home.

I’m sure many of you have already scoured the other beauty blogs for everything and anything about Naked 3. In short it is full of rose-hued shades, it’s in a gorgeous rose gold coloured tin case with a rippled effect and it’s available to buy online and in store on Monday 16th December. It completes #theperfect3some in the series of Naked palettes from Urban Decay. That’s all you need to know, right?

Naked3 comes with 12 brand new shades, it’s the first time Urban Decay has created a palette with a dozen never-before-seen shades that aren’t available anywhere else. It has mattes, pearls and metallics and of course they are deliciously smooth, rich in colour and heavenly to blend. And they will suit all skin tones.


The shades I made a bee-line for were the darker ones: Blackheart (smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift) and Factory (pinky-brown satin). Hnnnghhh! Seriously sexy colours. Unlike the previous palettes, I can certainly see myself using all the shades from Naked3. I wonder if Urban Decay have finally cracked the code with this one.

It feels like my birthday has come a few weeks early. I’m more excited over Naked3 than its predecessors and I love those (and Naked Basics).


Naked3 costs £37 and will be available from Debenhams and House of Fraser, as well as online at,,, and

Are you going to get Naked for the third time?

*Naked3 is a PR sample, Naked and Naked2 are my own purchases

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