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Tart(e)ing Up


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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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Firstly, apologies for the delay in a follow-up post. I descended into the pit of over-indulging in unhealthy food over the festive period whilst at the same time, the cogs of blogging ground to a halt, not to mention I was at work during Christmas too. Any way! I know many of you are curious about my findings with using the Tria.

To recap, if you haven’t read my introductory post, it’s here. If you want it summed up in a sentence, the Tria is the first permanent hair removal device for home use AND it’s cordless.

I decided to focus on my underarms first. It’s less surface area to cover and personally the one area I am concerned about the most since I abhor fuzzy pits! I am also determined to eradicate the final bits left over from the professional laser treatment I had nearly five years ago.

The cooling gel is highly recommended when using the Tria at the highest level but if you are feeling hardcore then don’t let me stop you. (Ohh it’s a deep burn! Oh, it’s so deep. I can barely lift my right arm…)

I decided to watch a movie (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in case you’re wondering), smeared the gel on the skin and pressed ‘start’ on the Tria. The action kicked off on level 3 and once I was comfortable, I moved it up a notch to level 4 (5 is the highest).

The stronger the level setting, the more effective the results are said to be and the fewer treatments you will need. I found the sensation of the laser isn’t the same all over. It was more noticeable in the centre region of the underarms and on the outer, I didn’t feel a thing so I happily went over some patches repeatedly.

It took about 250 flashes to cover one pit which was around 15 minutes so not long. Fortunately I didn’t have a reaction or any redness from using the Tria. That said if users experience this, then it should dissipate within 24 hours.

As I had warmed up, I decided to do a patch on my left leg, which again took between 5-10 minutes and didn’t hurt. I estimate it would take an hour to do half a leg, maybe? I could power through the Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back. I’m not sure how long a fully charged Tria would last but possibly enough to cover both lower legs. Then again, if you’re an Amazonian goddess with legs up to your armpits, then the battery could die out sooner.

After one treatment two weeks later, I can see small patches of bare skin and some follicles that are very short (almost like stubble), perhaps indicating where the Tria has been successful. Bear in mind everyone’s growth varies in speed and thickness depending on their hormones.

With regular use I can see the hairs disappearing. Tria claims results will be significantly noticeable after 3 months…3 months is 12 weeks…12 weeks is 6 treatments in total (considering the Tria is used once a fortnight).

I have a hectic and sometimes messy life so to find an hour to myself for hair removal is asking for a lot especially when shaving takes a few minutes. However, you can use the Tria whilst watching TV for example. It’s not messy or complicated, and doesn’t require much concentration or absolute accuracy.

I should point out that laser is a different kind of ‘pain’ to waxing or epilating, the latter probably inflicts more hurt but I won’t bat an eyelid at putting myself through it. However, I do wince a bit with laser, I suppose it’s because it’s akin to an electric shock combined with a rubber band pinging on your skin.

It is difficult to distinguish which parts you may or may not have covered, so you do have to overlap.  However, once you invest in a Tria, the cost of it stops right there. The device has no limits or battery life so you can zap away to your heart’s content. To be honest, most people would be grateful to see a reduction in unwanted hair and a Tria is a far more worthwhile investment at £375 than thousands through a clinic or salon.

I’m going to do another follow-up post in 10 weeks with pictures. After one treatment, it’s too early to see any significant results. Many of you have sent me messages on Twitter enquiring about what the Tria is like to use and how I’m getting on so I hope this account has answered a few questions. Don’t forget you can post a comment below if you have any other burning questions.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is available from Space NK, Selfridges and TRIA beauty directly.

*PR sample