Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bougie Brie's Monthly Best in Beauty - November

This month has seen some impressive products launch and along with old-time favorites, I have compiled my Monthly Best in Beauty. Full reviews of some of these products will follow in the coming weeks and the oldies but goodies may already have a review on my site! Let me know what you think!

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation
I am a matte finish girl all the way. I do not look very attractive in a natural finish or a dewy finish. I want my makeup to be flawless and that starts with a good foundation. Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation is a FULL coverage foundation and it not for the faint of heart. If you want some serious coverage, this might work for you. The only drawback is that the foundation oxidizes, so I have two shades that I mix together in order to compensate for the change in color.

Natasha Denona Lila Palette
This is a beautiful palette with colors that look amazing on my dark eyes. I admit I am biased. I love Natasha Denona, but I promise you that I have yet to be disappointed in her eyeshadows. It’s an investment for sure, that’s absolutely true, but I think I am worth it!

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette
I am not necessarily a warm tone person. I tend to lean more neutral and cool, but this palette is so beautiful and blends so well, that I can help but create looks that are appealing and compliment my skin tone! Some people made the comparison to this palette & Colourpop’s Yes Please! Palette (which I also own), and although I see the similarities, the quality is comparable.

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
I have been using this powder consistently for the last month or so. It is super lightweight, controls shine, and smooths skin. I purchased the color medium and it was a wonderful match. I enjoy this powder so much that I purchased two backups, which I caught on sale at Ulta. It is extremely affordable and long wearing!

Jordana Easyliner for Lips Retractable Pencil in Cabernet

I have been using this lip liner since College. It is my absolute “Ride or Die” lip liner and I love it for the fall/winter time. It is a deep cranberry/purple liner that goes on very smooth and evenly. The kicker about this product is that is great quality and costs about $1.29

A Palette & A Partner - Week 29

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Product Review & Haul ***Tarte Fall/Holiday Collection***

Price & Purchase Process & Packaging:

The Tarte Holiday 2017 Collection is impressively large and has many options for consumers ranging from face products, to cheek products, to eyeshadow palettes. The collection is being sold in its entirety on Tarte’s website and at other well-known merchants such as Sephora & Ulta. I purchased the Magic Star Collector’s Set & the Blush Bliss Blush Set from the Ulta location on Kirby here in Houston, Texas and I ordered the Limited Edition Treasure Box Collector’s Set, the Limited Edition Blush Bazaar, and the Limited Edition Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette from Sephora. I also ordered the Limited Edition Happy Girls Shine Brighter Eye & Cheek Palette, the Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, the Blush Book Volume III, and the Limited Edition Goddess Glow Highlighter directly from the Tarte website on October 19, and I have yet to receive a shipment notice.

Pigmentation & Color Payoff & Performance:

I will admit that I am bias when it comes to Tarte products. A lot of people in the beauty community comment on how dry the face, eye, and cheek powders are and view the powders as chalky. People assume that if a powder’s formulation is a little on the dry side that it isn’t as pigmented and it’s more difficult to blend. Part of that may be true (drier products tend to be less pigmented), but in all honesty, I’d rather spend a little time building up a color that deal with an over-pigmented product that is difficult to blend out. Not every product is the same, as you well know, and a simple adjustment in application and technique can really make a difference.

Tarte’s blushes are amazing. Hands down some of the best blushes in the business. They are people of color friendly, come in a variety of shades, and build up so nicely on the skin. The Blush Bazaar and the Blush Bliss Blush Set (I haven’t received the Blush Book Volume III) are completely in line with Tarte’s regular blush line. Often, companies cut corner on holiday items, but these blushes are truly worth the money.

Now, some brands market themselves in such a way that the consumer knows what to expect from them. For example, brands like Urban Decay and Kat Von D are known for being a little more daring and stepping outside the box. They are progressive with bright, fun, pigmented, colors, their packaging is creative and different. Then there’s Tarte…So, this is what you get with Tarte…Neutral brown tones, with similarly colored shimmers. You get a color for the transition and crease and a color to deepening up the outer v and a shimmery brown/gold color. Every palette is pretty much the same, which speaks to the brands consistency, but in all my years of using Tarte’s powder products the most colorful and creative powders materialize in their unicorn collection. If you like neutral colors and many variations of the same shades, the Tarte is your brand. I do want to mention that they kill it in the packaging department. The holiday collection, as with most of Tarte’s releases, has the most stunning, detailed, and beautifully put together colors & figures.

Overall Product Presentation:

I really like the holiday collection from Tarte, but I am flexible and gauge my purchases on what the brand offers consistently. Tarte does not tend to deviate from their formula, or color dynamic. They are consistent in their gorgeous packaging presentation. I would not go to Tarte and purchase something colorful or different because that’s not their lane. They stay pretty neutral, so if that’s what you’re into, then check out the holiday collection.

Rating: 4/5