I’ve filled up another little bag with empty products that I used up over the past season. As is typical, most of the bag is full of skincare—I managed to go through 6 serums, actually, which is some sort of accomplishment. There’s also cleansers, moisturizers, a little bit of makeup, and some hair and body care. In general, I really liked a lot of the stuff I used up, too!
I have some new stuff I’m trying out thanks to an Ulta 21 Days of Beauty special, the recent Sephora sale, and another shopping trip to Too Cool for School. Of the products I ended up with, maybe half of them were things I’d been really tossing around the digital cart for a while and half were more impulsive purchases. I just read that sentence back and it’s not right, the majority of these things were pretty impulsive. And it was fun to shop.
Up until the summer, I had been reviewing the products I finished up on a monthly basis, but once I started traveling at the beginning of the summer I had to change my approach a little. It wasn’t practical for me to save up the empty containers and I found that I was too short on time to keep up with the monthly posts, and so instead I just kept a list and made a note when I finished something up. Now that I’ve recently come home, it’s a great time to review some of the products I used up while I was away.
I recently posted some photos of the this lovely palette from Tarte, and today I’d like to share a full review and some photos of it in action. I purchased this beauty during Sephora’s VIB sale a few weeks back and have enjoyed incorporating it into my daily looks. This is a really nice day to day palette with beautiful colors that are easy to coordinate, and it has been packaged in a nice compact styled to look like a clutch with faux leather and snakeskin on the exterior.
I’ve had the chance to try out Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara thanks to the Sephora Beauty Insider 100 point perk, and have really been enjoying it. This is advertised to be a long-wearing, vitamin-infused formula that adds dramatic length and volume to lashes. The brush has rubber bristles, and actually has two sides featuring different kinds of bristles: one side has shorter, denser bristles for volume and the other has longer, sparser bristles for length and definition.
I grabbed Tarte’s famous Maracuja oil as a Beauty Insider 100 point perk from Sephora about two months ago and have since been playing around with it. This is an organic, cold-pressed oil from the plant Passiflora edulis, or passion fruit, that acts as a lightweight facial moisturizer. I love the deluxe sample size of this because it will definitely last a very long time – you only need two or three drops of it for an application. The oil is advertised to provide essential fatty acids and nutrients including vitamin C as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits.
For the recent VIB sale at Sephora, I kept things simple by mostly purchasing gifts and throwing one item in the cart for myself. I’d been eyeing all of the holiday sets from Tarte, as they had released a handful of great sets at attractive price points. Some of their larger sets offered almost unbelievable value for the money, but since I have very limited space for larger palettes and collections the smaller Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek palette (not a holiday release, actually) was calling my name.