3 Products I Bought at Sephora to Achieve Clear Skin

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I’ve tried many different products and samples to maintain clear skin. Some products were ineffective, while others stopped working once my skin acclimatized to them. The products I currently use are soothing on my sensitive skin while still effective for breakouts.

1. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel 

This brightening gel cleanser from Tarte is gentle enough to use daily to cleanse and reduce breakouts. It does not foam or leave any residue, which keeps my skin clear without clogging my pores. This cleanser is the main product I apply as part of my skin care routine.

2. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment 

I like to apply a heavy-duty cleanser once a week. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a thicker mud mask that minimizes pores while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. It contains active charcoal and salylic acid to lift away dirt and other skin-clogging debris. This mask refreshes my skin and decreases any blemishes I may have.

3. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask 

One skincare product I don’t use diligently is a moisturizer. On days when my skin is dry and just needs extra moisture, I apply this hydration mask from Clarins. It is a cooling, cream-gel mask that delivers hydration. While it does not cleanse or brighten my skin, it effectively hydrates and refreshes my skin. If my skin appears drier or dull this mask is the perfect product to introduce more moisture into my skin.

What skin care products are you currently using? let me know in the comments below! 


REVIEW: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

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I received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel recently at Sephora. This face cleanser is one of the products in Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea skincare line. This gentle cleanser is both an effective skincare product and makeup remover, which makes it one of my favorite multi-purpose products! The cleanser brightens, hydrates, and gently cleanses.

The Packaging 

Like other Tarte products, this product comes in a colorful bottle. The cleanser is packaged into a bottle with a pump to easily dispense it. The package features an intricate pattern of delicate leaves. The bottle is lightweight and the pump design ensures that the product is mess-free.

The Product

I enjoy using face cleansers that are soft, lightly-fragrant and non-irritating. This cleanser from Tarte is a must-have for me. The cleanser itself is cool and clear, and it gently lathers when you rub it between your fingertips. Once massaged into the skin, it rinses quickly without leaving a residue. After 1-2 uses, my skin appeared softer, hydrated, and I noticed fewer blemishes.

How to use it?

This cleanser is my go-to on mornings when I only have a few minutes to spare on my skincare. Dispense the product onto your fingertips before gently rubbing them together. Once a lather forms, massage the gel into your skin in circular motions before rinsing with warm water. I like to use this cleanser on a daily basis to supplement my skincare routine.

Tarte’s Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is a gentle, soothing, and effective cleanser. Because it may be used as a cleanser or makeup remover, it can be included throughout your skin care routine. It is gentle and leaves your skin feeling moisturized. The product retails for $30 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush 

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I recieved a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush during a recent Sephora trip. I use my NARS blush religiously, and was excited to try a new brand. This blush is a beautiful pale pink.

The Packaging

I adore how lightweight this blush package is. The glossy pink compact features Tarte’s logo. Inside the compact is the pressed blush. The blush is texturized with ridges. The compact colour matches the blush inside.

The Colour 

I own the shade Risque. It is a pale pink with nude undertones. When applied to the cheeks, it gives the skin a soft pink flush.

The Formula

A little product goes a long way. I am light-handed when I apply this blush. It is infused with Amazonian clay. This clay is harvested from the Amazon river then baked into the blush formula. This blush is powdery but soft to the touch. The colour is richly pigmented.

The Wear

I adore the wear time of Tarte blushes. It does not settle into my pores and stays pigmented for hours. I typically remove it after 8 hours of wear without any fade.

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush comes in a range of 13 shades:

  •  Paarty – Deep pink
  • Exposed – Nude
  • Sensual – Golden nude
  • Seduce – Rosy nude
  • Risque – Peachy nude
  • Dazzled – Soft rose
  • Dollface – Light pink
  • Blissful – Bright rose
  • Captivating – Bright peach
  • Glisten – Peach-pink with shimmer
  • Natural Beauty – Muted strawberry red
  • Blushing Bride – Plum-rose

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush retails for $35 at Sephora 

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer

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I received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer at Sephora. This moisturizer is oil-free. It is a daily moisturizer that illuminates and hydrates the skin. (I adore multipurpose products!) Tarte’s Brighter Days Moisturizer launched earlier this year with Tarte’s Athleisure skincare and makeup line.

The Packaging 

This product comes in a tube with a gold-coloured cap. Its lavender container is fun and bright. The moisturizer itself is white and creamy. The full-sized tube holds 1.69 oz of product. It is unscented.

The Illumination 

I read reviews stating that the moisturizer is glittery. Once I applied the moisturizer to my skin, it gave a light sheen. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the moisturizer. I use highlighter as part of my beauty routine. I like that this shine/highlight didn’t overpower my skin.

The Texture 

The gel-like texture dries fast. Because it is oil-free, the moisturizer is not slick on the skin.

How to Use It 

Apply a thin layer onto the face and neck after cleansing the skin. I sometimes dab it into my cheekbones to substitute for highlight. This achieves a soft glow. The product is perfect to wear on its own, or underneath makeup.

I am impressed with this moisturizer. It left my skin softly illuminated and refreshed. Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer retails for $42 from Sephora.

What is your favourite moisturizer?


REVIEW: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

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I received a sample of Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer during a Sephora trip. This moisturizer is a lightweight gel that is water based. It hydrates the skin with hyaluronic acid and Tarte’s exclusive antioxidant complex.
The Packaging
The container features a metallic gold cover. Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea products come in whimsical packages. The packages feature blue, purple, and aqua designs. This design is fun and pleasing to the eye. Each sample-sized jar is lightweight.
The Product
This moisturizer is a cooling gel. It absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. The gel has a thick texture. When I first tested this product, I was unsure of how it would feel on my skin. When I began using the moisturizer it felt mildly sticky . Once the product adjusts to your skin type this feeling disappears. To my surprise, it did not leave a residue and dried within a second. I enjoy the light lavender scent. It offers a light hydration to prime the skin for makeup. The moisturizer contains water and sea-salt extracts to replenish moisture in the skin. It does not contain parabens. It is also hyperallergenic.
How to use it 
Apply to cleansed skin 1-2 times per day. I apply it once in the morning. It is also suitable to use in the morning and night. My skin is drier. I like to use it twice per day to replenish lost moisture.
The full-sized jar retails for $47 at Sephora. This moisturizer is also available as a sample.

5 Festive Lipsticks


At the beginning of December my lipstick choices change to suit the holiday season. I favor bold reds, subtle nudes, and wines. I decided to sort through my collection to share the top five lipstick shades.

1. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira 

A deep reddish burgundy compliments any outfit. I searched for this specific shade of red, and found it in Vampira. This is the darkest shade of red I own. I’m interested to pair it with my typical glittery, gold holiday eye makeup. (I’ll test this in the meantime!) Liquid lipsticks are a mainstay in my makeup bag. I adore the longevity of the formula, and count on it to last me through holiday parties.

2. M.A.C. Lipstick – By Special Order 

I add one pink lipstick to my holiday makeup each year. A reddish-pink shade balances out the darker reds and wines. By Special Order is a deep reddened fuchsia. The subtle pink undertones add a pop of bright colour to the accessories I wear during the season. (Tons of glitter and gold!)

3. Too Faced Melted Matte in Queen B

This is a surprise addition to my list. Queen B is a mauve shade, so you may be curious about why I include it. The colour is soft but still stands out. I often wear this lipstick with my Naked Smoky or Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palettes. The shade pairs well with the palettes. I reach for these palettes most often into the holiday season.

4. TARTE Tartiest Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Manbun

MANBUN s a dark berry. The shade is perfect to achieve a deep berry, almost brown lipstick look. It appeared darker on me the first time I wore it, but I soon began to warm up to the shade. (Stay tuned for a complete review!)

5. Sephora Collection Rouge Creme Lipstick in R02

This shade is my go-to red lip. I wear it often during the holiday season.  Deep red tones make it ideal to create a darkened, wine-coloured red. A bonus aspect of this lipstick is the creme finish – it doesn’t dry my lips, but stays in place for hours!

Below is a photo of each shade. From top to bottom: Vampira, By Special Order, Queen B, Manbun and RO2.

Have you tried any of these shades? What is your go-to holiday lipstick colour?


REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Tease palette 

As part of my Sephora purchases last week, I bought the Tartelette Tease palette . The full-sized In Bloom palette was beautiful. I did not buy it as I already ordered the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I purchased this palette after reading reviews, but I was also interested in the size. My current palettes are generally difficult to transport when travelling. This one fits right into my purse!

The Packaging

This palette comes in a sturdy, gold-coloured cardboard case. The cover is fun and colourful. This palette is compact, making it ideal for travelling. Included in this palette is a mirror, and a magnetic closure.


The Eyeshadows

Tartelette Tease contains six shadows – two lustre shadows and four matte shadows. The shade BFF is a light plum. FIRST KISS is a shimmering mauve, while WINK is a a matte soft pink. CRUSH is a taupe shimmer. WHISPER is a pale pink. The final shadow, HEARTBREAKER, is an earthy brown. Both CRUSH and FIRST KISS are lustre/shimmer shadows.

Tartelette tease

Each of these shadows are formulated with Tarte’s signature Amazon clay.

Below are swatches of each shade. From left to right: Whisper, Crush, Heartbreaker, Wink, First Kiss, BFF. 

Tarte Tartelette Tease Palette swatches

The Wear 

These shadows are highly pigmented, and give a great colour payoff. They have a soft texture, making them a little difficult to apply. The second time I wore these shadows, I applied a primer underneath. This increased the longevity of the colours. Each of these colours blends into the lid without creasing. These shadows are vibrant.


Tartelette Tease is available for $25 from Tarte Cosmetics official website or Sephora’s official website.

If you have tried Tartelette Tease or Tartelette in Bloom, I’d love to hear about your experience with the palette!