Tarte ‘Off The Cuff’ Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Review

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Today I have a gorgeous blush palette to show you!  The Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay Blush Palette is a Sephora Exclusive palette for Holiday 2013!  I have been eyeing this palette for awhile, and I was floored when it showed up in my mail.

Tarte Off The Cuff

This sleek little palette contains 4 blushes and 1 bronzer, as well as a cute cuff you can wear!

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I love the sparkly gold look of the palette.  The cuff is a cute little accessory to go along with it.

The Cuff

The cuff <3

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Inside the palette we have the 4 blushes and a bronzer as well as a mirrored lid.  The Off The Cuff palette has a magnetic closer and the inside of the palette is a metallic gold.

Palette Open

The colors from left to right are: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface and Park Ave Princess

Off The Cuff Swatches

Here are swatches.  This is applied with a light hand, which is how I wear them.  Again from left to right: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface and Park Ave Princess

Shade Descriptions:

Crave:  Matte Coral

Dazzled: Rosy Pink with a hint of shimmer

Darling:  Melon Matte

Dollface: Matte Pink

Park Ave Princess:  Medium toned Tan


This is a stunning palette.  They have amazing pigmentation, are super soft and apply incredibly well.  I’ve owned a few Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes and have never had an issue with them.  They last all day on me without having to reapply.  The blushes within this palette are full size, and they usually retail individually for $24.00 – so to be able to snag 5 full sized in a palette for only $42.00 is unbelievably good!

Price: $42.00 ($110.00 Value)

Where to Buy:  This is a Sephora Exclusive.  It is sold out online, but hopefully you can find one in your local Sephora!

If you can find this palette, I suggest you snap it up!  Would make a perfect gift for anyone and the price is a STEAL!

What do you think?  Will you be picking up the Tarte Off The Cuff Palette?


Kaunis Facial Mask Review

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I’m always in search of good skin care items.  When Kaunis (which means ‘beauty’ in Finnish) approached me to review for them, I took a look online at their product and was hooked from online reviews – so I accepted.

Kaunis Facial Masks take very little effort to use and work beautifully.  I received 2 boxes which contained 6 masks each.  Each mask is in it’s own foil packet (which makes traveling a breeze too since I can just grab a packet and go!) and are single use.  There were 2 different types of masks:


The purple box contains Soothing Facial Masks


The pink box contains Anti-Aging Facial Masks.

I have used both a few times now, and I prefer the Soothing Facial Masks – but both worked well and brought some much needed moisture to my dry skin.

When I received the boxes, I liked how nice the presentation was.  The boxes aren’t flimsy and have a great professional look to them.  Packaging can usually get me to buy something, whether I need it or not.

Opening the box, this is what I saw:

Kaunis Pack

The first of 6 Kaunis Facial Masks nestled within the box.  I removed the first pack from the box and followed the simple instructions:


This isn’t a typical mask that you squeeze out of a packet, slather it all over your face and wait for it to dry/harden and then rinse off.  When you open the foil packed, you pull the mask out,  peel off the protective plastic layer, and find a soft fabric mask saturated in a serum. There are holes and slits around the eyes, nose and mouth as well so you can still function with it on.

The mask itself was a lot wetter than I thought it would be, but I got use to it quickly.  It isn’t dripping wet, but there is plenty of excess on each mask to smooth extra serum over your neck and hands during this process.  It didn’t feel slimy at all either, the serum feels light on the skin and there is a soothing and cooling effect while you wait for it to dry during those 20 minutes.

Mask on

Attractive picture… I know – but this is what the paper mask looks like on.  Very odd and my son wasn’t sure what to think when he saw it on me.  When I got out of the shower I put the mask on (which is why my hair is also wet).

I left this on for 20 full minutes, removed the mask, and smoothed in the remaining serum that was on my face and left as is.  I didn’t add any cream after because I wanted to see how it felt without any added help.

Overall, my skin has felt smoother, softer and isn’t flaking all over the place like it sometimes does this time of year.  I have been thrilled with the effects of Kaunis Facial Masks.  I’ve been using 1 mask a week since I got them, and it’s a routine I look forward to every Friday night.

Kaunis Facial Masks are made from natural organic ingredients and is a cruelty free product.  Kaunis is Leaping Bunny and Ecocert Certified as well.

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Would I repurchase more Kaunis Facial Masks? Yes!  I have 3 packets left and I plan on picking up more of the Soothing Facial Masks.

Price: $79.00 for 6 single use packets or $15.00 for just a single packet

Where to Buy: Kaunis Website

I know the price seems a little high, but I find it worth the splurge now that I’ve tried them.  Because I’m on a budget I will probably back off to using 1 ever 2 weeks so that one box will last me 12 weeks instead of just 6.  Kaunis Facial Masks are definitely a treat for my skin so I’ll keep splurging on them!


Face Atelier Facade, Ultra Sheer and Lip Glaze Swatches and Review

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I have the pleasure of reviewing 6 FACE atelier products and a few of them have definitely become staples!

Face Atelier open

From the FACE atelier website:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

At FACE atelier, you are your beauty icon.  We believe that being beautiful is all about being the best  that you can be.  FACE atelier refuses to present an image of how we think a woman should look.  Instead, we strive to provide you with sophisticated and versatile makeup that helps you look and feel beautiful.  FACE atelier is makeup that simply works.  And works simply.

I will be showing you 2 Facade shades, 2 Ultra Sheer shades, a lip putty and a lip glaze.


Facade makes creams obsolete as its one-of-a-kind, silicone-based, liquid-to-powder formula provides translucent, non-streaking, buildable matte color that sets with a natural glow. Silky soft and extraordinarily light, Facade comes in five shades for face and lips.

I will be buying more and more of FACE atelier Facade products in various shades.  I was absolutely blown away by it!  It is hands down the most comfortable, light weight and gorgeous products I’ve come across in a LONG time.  I cannot say enough about it!

For a cheek color, it blends easily and I was able to sheer it out to the color I wanted.  A little goes a long way with this!

Arabesque and Chameleon

On the left is Arabesque and on the right is Chameleon.

Arabesque is a beautiful raspberry shade and Chameleon is a rose pink.

On the lips:


This is Arabesque, a nice raspberry shade.  I used 2 coats of Arabesque over FACE atelier lip putty.  Just 1 coat gave my lips a nice pinky tone, but 2 coats is actually a great shade for me.


Chameleon is slightly more neutral than Arabesque and a great everyday shade.

Both of these were incredibly comfortable as both a cheek color as well as a lip color.  You can tell right away that these have silicone in them, the feel is unmistakable.  It goes from feeling like an airy gel formula to a soft powdery formula instantly.  I absolutely love it.

Price:  $27.00 for an 8ml tube

Ultra Sheer

Silicone-based Ultra Sheer is magic in a bottle.  Hydrating yet oil-free, add it to Ultra Foundation to subtly alter its hue, or use it over Ultra Foundation to highlight.  Apply it over your moisturizer for a diaphanous finish that floats on your skin as it luminates.  It’s a blush.  It’s a bronzer. 

I have been adding Ultra Sheer to my moisturizer every day for a nice highlight to my skin.  It’s subtle, but your skin gets a natural “dewy” look to it when used.

Champagne and Opal

Ultra Sheer Champagne is on the left, Ultra Sheer Opal is on the right.  You can see my skin has a sheen to it in the 2 spots it’s applied.

With a flash:

Chamagne and Opal lighting

I used flash for this photo to show the subtle color differences.  This is taken without mixing them into moisturizer.

Again, a light weight and easy to use product.  What I really like is that you get the nice glow without it settling into fine lines and making you appear older than you are.  I’ve had that happen several times with products that have a illuminating effect and it’s frustrating!

Price: $40.00 for 1 oz

Lip Glaze

Impossibly shiny and smooth as glass, our non-sticky, moisturizing formula is a cinch to apply with its sanitary, slant-tip applicator. Highly concentrated and pigmented, long-lasting Lip Glaze gives a high-shine effect while hydrating and mositurizing your lips. And as per usual (for FACE atelier), a little goes a long way.

I don’t usually do lip glaze or glosses.  Most are too sticky for my liking.  Not FACE atelier Lip Glaze!  I received Paradise to review and I’ve actually ran out already from wearing it so much (time to buy more!)


Paradise is a sheer medium coral.  It gives enough color to show up, but it doesn’t overpower.  I have been wearing this on my minimal makeup days and I enjoy the shade on me.

Price: $26.00 for a 15ml tube

Lip Putty

Used under lipstick, velvety Lip Putty fills in those pesky fine lines in and around the lips, eliminating colour bleeding, blurring and blotching. 

At the same time, Lip Putty moisturizes and hydrates the lips because of its singular combination of essential oils and vitamins.  And it also provides organic ultra-violet protection.  Naturally.

All 3 lip swatches above had Lip Putty as a base.  It’s a nice base for lips, very soft and hydrating without looking too wet if you want to wear it alone.

Lip Putty

Pictured above is just a sample, the actual Lip Putty comes in a lipstick tube.  I applied with a lip brush and really liked this.  I will be repurchasing this when I run out as well!

Price:  $24.00 for a .14 oz tube

Overall, I am pleased with all of these products.  The standout product for me though was Facade!  As I said before, I plan on purchasing more in both of the shades shown above as well as additional shades FACE atelier carries.  Lip Putty is definitely another item I will be repurchasing.  I liked wearing it both with and without a lip product over it.

FACE atelier does not test on animals.  In adherence to PETA principles, FACE atelier products have not been tested on animals. They do not buy ingredients from vendors who test on animals, nor do their vendors buy from manufacturers who test on animals.  I know that is very important to many of my readers, so I wanted to point that out.

I know for some the price points are on the higher end.  Some, even for me.  But I also know that some products are just worth the splurge.  I would rather have 1 or 2 amazing products instead of having 10-20 “so-so” items.  For me, these products are worth the splurge.  They feel luxurious and are better than most products I already own.

For more information - check out the FACE atelier Website.  There are several more products I have my eye on!

Make sure you check out the FACE atelier Facebook Page as well for more reviews, demos and product information

Have you tried FACE atelier?  I’d love to hear about it if you have!


Studio Gear Cosmetics The Pink Kit – Beauty Kit of The Month!

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Be pretty in pink this month for all of those fighting breast cancer and those who have fought in the past. Shop The Pink Kit for the hottest hues, as well as helping out a great cause.

50% of the proceeds from these kits will be donated to breast cancer research.


Lipstick in Capricious
Luscious Lip Shine in Tickled Pink
Eyeshadow in Starlet
Powder Blush in Angel Baby
A $65 Value.

Only $45 this month (a $20 savings!)  Plus – use SANCTUARY13 at checkout for an additional 10% off

Where to Buy:  The Studio Gear Website

Price: $45.00  ($40.05 if you use the 10% off code –  SANCTUARY13)

Don’t forget : 50% of the proceeds from these kits will be donated to Breast Cancer Research!

I’d love to hear if you snag this awesome set!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream Review

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Tonight I have my first CC Cream review!  This is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+.  Although it’s a tube the product is in, the tube has a pump at the end which makes dispensing the product really easy!


What is a CC Cream?  It’s a cream that provides Color Control (I’ve also heard Color Correcting) and helps even out skin tone and diminishes redness.  You may have noticed that there has been a surge in BB Creams, CC Creams and even DD Creams within the last few years – for me, CC Cream is actually what I need most.  My skin has patchy redness and larger pores than I’d like to admit.  Nothing out of the ordinary, but it still can be annoying!

Here is a little more about Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+:

It’s your full coverage foundation, brightening color, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector, moisturizing day cream, plus UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical only SPF 50+ all in one easy step! Infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%. Formulated with plastic surgeons to merge high-performance skincare with the benefits of color-correcting makeup. Plus, it delivers luminous and healthy looking skin with powerful anti-aging repair benefits for perfect coverage. Your supple and flawless skin but better!

• Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum ( 50+ Hydrating Anti-Aging Peptides, Essential Lipid-Rich Oils, Vitamins, Extracts & Soothing Botanicals)
• SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Physical Only Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

I’ve been using IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ for a few weeks now and I’m happy with the results!

I received my CC Cream in the shade Medium:


I didn’t think this would be the right tone for me when I initially saw it, but it actually blends into my skin perfectly.  Medium is a mid tone beige shade that blended into my skin nicely.  I did notice some settling within fine lines after about 7 hours of wear.  Not too bad really!  Most foundations I use start settling after about 2 hours.  It does have a VERY faint citrus smell, nothing irritating and it doesn’t linger for long.

And now a picture of me with IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream:

CC Cream

IT Cosmetics CC Cream has SPF 50+ in it,  which is a huge plus with cosmetics. Another huge plus? It doesn’t break me out!  I get good coverage without regretting it and without needing to apply more to cover up more blemishes created from use.  It doesn’t feel caked on and greasy to me, but it is a little thicker than what I usually wear.   Because it color corrects and evens out my skin tone, I’m ok with it being a little thicker because it is actually less product for me to apply (instead of cover up plus color corrector THEN foundation).  This also minimizes the appearance of pores (and trust me, I need that!)

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Medium blends in beautifully on me, doesn’t feel drying and gives me a nice even skin tone.  Definitely a product I will continue to use!

Would I recommend?:  Yes!

Price:  $38.00

Where To Buy: On the IT Cosmetics Website or on QVC

What do you think of CC Creams?  Willing to give them a shot?  I’d love to hear about it!


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