If you're new to the Tarte line, QVC is a great place to score some awesome deals such as the Tarte Intro to Beauty 5-piece Best Sellers Discovery Kit, Stay All Day set, Spring Fever 5-piece Trend Kit, Vitamin Infused Lipgloss Trio powered by Borba, Lip Locked Lipgloss Trio, All Eyes Complete Look Eye Palette with Brushes and the Little Black Dress palette with 2 brushes.
Monday 30 April 2007
Sunday 29 April 2007
Jelly Eye Coor #18 Ice Blonde
Brilliance Eyes #5 Mauve Pearl
Nail Color #36 Sweet Pink
Nail Color #37 Peach Cream
Lash Expander Neo - revamped version of Lash Expander for a greater lengthening effect. This is a fibre-based mascara.
Lash Bond - mascara base
Jewelling Pencil - shimmery eyeliner pencil
Rouge Majex - liquid rouge
Majo Kiss - menthol lip cream
Saturday 28 April 2007
Friday 27 April 2007
Wednesday 25 April 2007
Monday 23 April 2007
The Jewel lips have a sheer, glossy consistency that can be layered for greater intensity. But I think the photos of the models on the official website are somewhat misleading as you're not going to get that opaque creamy finish like what you see on the models' lips. Still, these are quite worthwhile checking out if you prefer lightweight, glossy lipsticks. Especially for people like me who find it hard to finish a tube of lipstick, these mini lipsticks are an affordable option for trying out new shades.
Sunday 22 April 2007
1. Majolica Majorca Honey Pump Gloss (4.7 stars)
2. Agnes B. Nude Ponpon Lipgloss (5.8 stars)
3. House of Rose Classic Pooh Sweet Nectar Lipgloss (5 stars)
1. Lavshuca Gloss Stick (4.6 stars)
2. Kiss Dessert Chocolips (4.5 stars)
3. 草花木果 lipstick (4.7 stars)
1. Anna Sui Sui Lip Gloss (5.4 stars)
2. Cosme Decorte Lipgloss Perfect (5.6 stars)
3. Ayura Aqua Fix Gloss (5.1 stars)
1. RMK W Lip & Gloss (5.3 stars)
2. Lunasol Skin Modelling Lips (4.8 stars)
3. Aube Aqua Rouge Dress (4.6 stars)
1. Lancome Plump Secret (4.4 stars)
For glossy shine:
1. Esprique Precious Rouge Stylish Liquid Type (5.6 stars)
2. Anna Sui Sui Lip Gloss (5.4 stars)
3. Majolica Majorca Honey Pump Gloss (4.7 stars)
1. Esprique Precious Rouge Stylish Liquid Type (5.6 stars)
2. RMK W Lip & Gloss (5.3 stars)
3. Maquillage Sheer Climax Rouge (4.4 stars)
Saturday 21 April 2007
Eyes: Eye Color Select BU1, Eyeliner Pencil BK1, Mascara Base, Perfect Mascara (Volume)
Face: Perfect base (UV), Stick Concealer (Light Beige), Liquid Foundation Ochre B, Face Powder (Lucent), Cheek Color (PK1)
Thursday 19 April 2007
Frozen Splash Eyes (cream eyeshadows) in 6 shades, 840yen each, 4g. These are very shimmery and dry down quite nicely with a texture and shade selection that is almost identical to Pied Nus' Sparkling Eyes as you can see in the photo of the swatches where I swatched some PN Sparkling Eyes besides the Frozen Splash Eyes. I guess that's not surprising since both PN and MM are made by Shiseido but still I can't help but think that it's just lazy that the creators at MM don't even bother to come up with more unique shades rather than just rehash what has already been done before. These are still an affordable, good buy as the texture is actually quite good, smooth without being oily, spreads evenly and dries down nicely to a sparkley finish that is just as shimmery as PN Sparkling Eyes. The packaging does feel much cheaper than PN Sparkling Eyes which comes in a heavy glass pot. The Frozen Splash Eyes are packaged in a small, light plastic pot which is convenient for travel. The texture is also similar to that of Shiseido The Makeup Hydropowder Eyes but I think Shiseido The Makeup has more vibrant shades. The Frozen Splash Eyes series come in mostly cool icy shades. The most appealing colours are GR782 (light green that has less teal tones than the PN version) and BL213 (light metallic blue). The GD shade is also quite lovely but the YE is just too yellow. The good news is that these are permanent.
Wednesday 18 April 2007
Also got news on the upcoming summer collection from the very friendly SA. The collection will be released in early June. The good news is that there is a new Brilliance Eyes palette in white, pink, blue and black and the bad news is that it will be limited edition. There will also be two permanent new shades of Eye Jellies in white and khaki (similar to the limited edition version from Summer '06 but more red-toned), new shades of Lip Lustres and nail polishes as well as nail seals. The Brilliance Eyes palette will probably be the most sought after as it is limited edition and JS LE items have an annoying tendency to sell out on the first day of release. So I will say here first that I am NOT doing CPs for this palette as they will be next to impossible to obtain. So please do not PM me to CP it. If I do get extra palettes, I will probably only have enough for a few close friends as the counters here do not allow customers to buy more than one per person and there are only so many Jill Stuart counters that I can go to.
Tuesday 17 April 2007
These palettes are tiny! But I like how compact and portable they are. They are about the same size as a Kiss palette but in a much more elegant case with a pink metal lid. The texture and colour payoff is also very similar to the Kiss palettes except that all the shades in the Gransenbon palettes are powder eyeshadows. Each palette comes with a double-ended sponge-tip applicator. I've found that these sponge tip applicators look flimsy but they are actually much better than brushes for applying these eyeshadows as they help to 'pack on' the colour for greater intensity whereas if I use a brush, I need to apply several layers to get the same level of intensity. The colour combinations are pretty, feminine shades that complement one another well. These are 1680yen each, which is not too bad as it comes up to still less than the price of one MAC eyeshadow :-)
Monday 16 April 2007
Mazatlan (light golden tan/ bronze/ deep bronze)
Vallarta (shimmering pearl/ rose nude shimmer/ muted burgundy shimmmer)
Sun Shimmer Dry Oil
What I really liked though was the new limited edition Shining Design Powder that I had posted about earlier. If you're looking for an illuminating bronzer or highlighter for a healthy sunkissed glow, this is definitely worth checking out. The powder is extremely silky and velvety to touch with a fine shimmer and no loud glitter. All four shades are gorgeous and flattering, not too warm or dark but also not frosty. Unfortunately, it's not that cheap at 2625yen for the refill and 1050yen for the case.
Saturday 14 April 2007
2. Light, Camera, Splashes! (US$18): a waterproof lenthening and thickening mascara in a denim tube
I was disappointed that Tarte did not release a larger eyeshadow palette but nevertheless, the collection is still worth checking out. Just to add, another must-have Tarte product currently available only on Sephora.com is the Lovin' The Fast Stain set which includes True Love Cheek Stain (sheer watermelon red) and a mini Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain in Cherry (sheer red) (US$30). True Love is my favourite Tarte cheek stain after Flush.
Thursday 12 April 2007
The current line-up includes the following items. I've also included their average star rating on @Cosme. Each sheet mask contains 27ml of moisturiser.
2. Sheet Mask RM (purple packaging): For dry skin. Contains trehalose, hyaluronic acid and cactus extract. (4.7 stars)
3. Sheet Mask SK (beige packaging): For deep moisturising and countering skin discolourations. Contains birch extract and alpha arbutin for whitening. (4.2 stars)
4. Milky Bath 180yen (4.3 stars): has a rose fragrance, hyaluronic acid and collagen
5. Hot Bath 180yen (5.3 stars): Supposedly improves your skin by making you sweat!
6. Clear Gel 1890yen (4 stars): for exfoliating
7. Cream 2100yen (4.6 stars): Described as an "aqua gel", this is a moisturiser in a gel formula. Contains egg protein, pearl extract. On this webpage, just scroll down to the middle to see what it looks like upon application.
Kate Glam Trick Eyes (4.8 stars)
The palettes are also ranked in terms of how shimmery and pigmented they are:
For a shimmery effect
In terms of intensity of colour:
Glosswear Sheer Shimmer #337 Camisole Shimmer, 2100yen.
Blushing Blush in #3 Snow Flake, 3675yen.
Shimmering Tone Powder in #1 Shimmering White, 3990yen.
Colour Surge Eyeshadow Quad #113 Prism White (in pearlescent purple, gold, green and pink), 4725yen