Prompt: Cringe+Review: Tarte Pout Prep

Hi everyone. Happy Sunday!

My lips tend to dry out quickly. Not even exfoliators could help them. Few months ago, I noticed Fresh Tinted Lip Treatments helped moisturize my lips longer. But those around $24. And if their tinted, I want more shades. But I don’t want to spend that much on a lip balm.

Exfoliators are supposed to help with prepping your lips and I heard it also helps a little with the drying out. I’ve tried so many. From Dior’s expensive Lip Sugar to the cheapest I’ve heard so far E.L.F.’s in their lipstick package. I even tried making my own.

In between those two, I tried Fresh’s Lip Polish and its new wand type. I didn’t like the wand one as much for exfoliating, but it gave a nice glossy finish to my lips. As for the original Lip Polish, it was alright giving it a second try. Back in college I never liked it. Trying a sample again,  it’s ok. I think I’m not into brown sugar for exfoliating though. And I wanted more in an exfoliator.

GlamGlow’s lip scrub was nice and felt similar to Milani’s. However, I Cringe[d] with the taste in my mouth when little pieces found its way inside (YUCK!). I couldn’t tolerate it. Plus, there was something missing in it.

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Lip Scrub in a pencil/marker packaging was cool to try. But it got really messy. And it didn’t seem to be working on my lips.

Bite Beauty’s both original lip scrub and Agave. Their whipped one was interesting to try. It applied on my lips without any sugar texture- just creamy. I didn’t think it did the job and don’t understand how it’s meant to exfoliate without the granules.

Agave was better than the original. But I couldn’t stand the smell. Is that just me??? Plus, I’m not into brown sugar scrubs (mainly for its smell).

Lush’s homemade lip scrubs that are delicious! They are popular, but I’m not into the dry texture. Plus, I wanted my lips to be conditioned. They just felt dried…. But it tasted so good (especially Popcorn)!

Milani Sweet Sugar Scrub was so sweet and was like putting a really nice desert on my lips. But let’s face it, it just wasn’t for my tastebuds.

E.L.F’s $3 lip scrub in a lipstick packaging is amazing. But breaks off when I use it. And it’s also missing something. But I’d use it if I didn’t keep breaking them.

Now, I’m sure I’m missing some others I have tried. But before this gets any longer, let me introduce to you the exfoliator I have tried and found I love more than all these.

Tarte has come out with another exfoliator called Pout Prep. I tried locating YouTube videos and haven’t found much on it. It retails for $16 and only has two reviews with ratings of 4-5 stars.


I ordered mine with a 15% off discount as a first time customer on their website. I am not new to their company. I’ve been buying their products from Sephora and Ulta.

Pout Prep is a “minty lip scrub and treatment Balm with moisturizing maracuja, shea butter, and exfoliating sugar to gently buff away flakes and treat thirsty lips.”

Both maracuja and shea butter sink deeply into lips to hydrate, firm, and protect from future drying, cracking, and/or chapping.

This product has vitamins C and E, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Carnauba Wax. If you’re not into wax in lip products, this may not be for you as it does contain wax.

When reading about this product, I thought of the $33 Dior Lip Sugar.


This product is designed with concentrated granita texture that gently transforms into a balm as it melts on lips. Both products consider themselves as a balm.

Are these similar? Perhaps in how their designed to be used. But the textures are completely different. You apply Dior’s like a lip balm and the sugar immediately melts onto your lips. Pout Prep’s sugar doesn’t immediately melt away. And you can remove by rinsing it.

I find when using Pout Prep first time, the sugar did melt onto my lips creating a balm like texture. But other times I’d have to rinse it off.

What is/are your favorite exfoliators?

NARS’s Velvet Lip Glide

Velvet Lip Glide is soft yet strong. Effortless and intense. Polished and provocative. It encourages you not to compromise.

These thirteen NARS Velvet Lip Glide’s are $26 each. Sephora sells a holiday Mind Game Lip Glide Set for $45. This set contains six minis (three cult faves and three limited editions).

Velvet Lip Glides are “high-pigment formula that glides like a gloss, cloaks like a lipstick- and feels like nothing else.”

These lip glides are non sticky, semi-matte without the dryness. NARS’ lip glides are “developed with Oil Infusion Complex, an innovative concentration of precious oils, fused to create a smooth-glide effect. Fully coats lips on contact with smooth, saturated, semi-matte style.

Named for the personal power and play of ’70s counterculture, Velvet Lip Glide shades invoke the era’s new vibe with references to legendary venues and unforgettable attitude.

Mineshaft: Above is mineshaft. This is a bright yellow-red shade that I love. It’s bright for a summertime day. Summer is over, but this color gives you something to hope for. This shade looks more orange on me. At least, it does to me. I love this one. It doesn’t seem patchy or inconsistent when applying. It glides on like NARS claims.La Main Bleue: A rich berry shade. This is the first one I purchased at Sephora store before buying the set and Mineshaft online.

I have worn this one at least two full days. I love this shade. Although it may not last all day for me, it’s easy to reapply at lunch time.Bound: Above and below pictures show a beautiful nude shade called bound. Bound is a soft rose pink on NARS’ site; on Sephora’s as a soft magenta.

Looking at the picture, this shade does not seem too much on me. It looks okay. But off the camera, I feel like this shade does not cover my dark spots on the outer areas of my lips as much as other colors.

No. 675: This shade is one of the three limited edition shades. This is a deep peach shade. Off camera, it looked like a brownish shade on me. I think it was due to the lighting. Overall, I really love this shade.

Chez Claude: I love this shade ever since my first swatch at Sephora store! Chez Claude is a warm pink. Usually pinks are my least favorite to wear on me. La Main Bleue and this are two of my favorites I have tried so far with this product. Chez Claude is another of the three limited edition lip glides.

Unspeakable: Described on Sephora’s site, Unspeakable is a reddish pink. NARS describes it as a Garnet color on theirs. On me, this doesn’t seem to have any pinks. It looks more dark brown with some reddish shade.

Plato’s: This is another favorite shade and it is a limited edition shade. This shade is described as a deep pink. This is another shade of pink I’m loving.

Toy: Toy is described as a deep plum on Sephora; however, on NARS’ site- deep aubergine.

Sephora’s how to use list three ways on applying these lip glides. Apply to bare lips for best color pay off and wear.

For more dramatic look, line the lips with NARS’ Velvet Lip liner for definition. Then, fill in with the lip glide for more intense, semi-matte color.

Blot lips and allow color to set for a few minutes for a sheer look.

Finally, for a stain effect, apply by pressing pigment into lips with the fingertips.

I never liked lip glosses. But this velvet textured lip glide doesn’t feel sticky and too much on my lips. I love the color pay off and that there is more than one way to wear it. There are thirteen shades and three limited edition included in the six mini holiday set. These feel moisturizing. They never make my lips feel dry or cracked/chapped.

This lip glides are semi-matte, as NARS claims; therefore, they do not dry fully matte and transfer can be expected. Depending on which of the three ways you apply it, transfer can range from little to a lot. Read below for the three ways to apply.

Each mini sized lip glides contain 0.12 oz/3.5 mL of product. Full size products contain 0.2 oz/5.9147 mL. The set is $45 and contains six mini. Each individual full size sells for $26.

Prompt: Subdue

Today, is a rather Subdued kind of day. I can’t shake this feeling I have felt since last September.

No matter what I do, I feel like a failure. Useless. Worthless. No one needs me.

I spend my money because the only place I can roam off to, if not home, is the shopping centers. Squander every dollar, every penny.

Somehow, I have not touched my emergency funds envelope I started this month for a class I’m taking.

An African American lady yelled at me- how I’m blocking the whole damn street- in her own words. She almost hit my car to make me reverse. Stubborn me just honked my horn not moving. Was I right? Was I wrong? Maybe that was a battle I should have walked away from.

But this is why I stayed. I sat there waiting for a parking space for like 5 minutes. I turned the correct way where the arrows show entrance. She just comes from the opposite side and knows I’m there. The lady walking knew I was there.

Yet, this lady in the car decides to ask her if she could have that parking space.

I felt invisible. I felt hurt. Why do people have to be so rude? And then she has the nerve to call me rude for I’m entering the area correctly and waiting patiently for a parking space when she’s coming from the other end and saying I’m blocking the street. I wanted to tell her lady, this is not a street. But I decided not to.

Julep Zodiac Nail Polish & Matte Lip Mousse

“If you can put it on, you can pull it off. #bravepretty” -Julep

Hello, everyone. After a long struggle in removing my package from the mailbox, I have received my package from Julep! I ordered their Zodiac nail polish collection and a It’s Whipped: Matte Lip Mousse in Beso.

Beso is an orange shade. I love their “Kiss Me” shade. However, this orange shade does not apply very well for me. I feel like the coverage was not great. I had to apply at least 2-3 coats before my dark area was covered. It looks and feels less smooth. This orange shade is not that bad. I would wear it if only I did not have to apply too much and it felt a little more smoother. But I will try again! These matte whipped mousses sell for $16 each.


The next and final thing I had in the package, Zodiac collection nail polishes.


This collection comes with 12 nail polishes nicely packaged. The packaging is adorable. This also comes with a small booklet talking about each Zodiac polish shade. This collection is a $168 value priced at $98. I have not yet tried these shimmering 12 month shades, but they look so gorgeous I plan on trying it soon. As soon as my Formula X ones begin fading off my nails.

Lancôme Lip Primer

Apparently, this little bullet is the best there is; moisturizing, smoothing, and keeping your lipsticks last longer, especially the dry down mattes.

Pardon the slight pinkish ombré-ness. I had used this before applying my Julep’s Whipped “Kiss Me” and Smashbox’s Always On “Miss Conduct”.

With or without this primer, I like how Julep liquid lipstick feels on my lips. It’s not overly drying at first. I haven’t worn it all day to see the longevity and feel of it, though.

However, this primer underneath Smashbox’s gave my lips a nondrying feel as this dried down to its matte finish.

When I first wore Miss Conduct couple months ago, I was able to have little to no transfer. It was mainly the red shades that had more transfer. This was obviously worn without the primer, since this is my first time trying a primer other than Too Faced one I purchased few years ago.

Today, with the primer, there is a lot of transfer. However, once it’s fully dried down, the transfer may be lessened or none.

I did not test Julep’s for transfer proof. I had forgotten! But I am sure if this primer was worn underneath there would be some transfer like Smashbox’s.

I mentioned I had tried a Too Faced Lip Primer before. That one was my least favorite. It was the first and the last primer I ever used on my lips. I didn’t like it one bit.

Too Faced Primer didn’t come in a bullet packaging; rather, it came in a lengthwise packaging similar to liquid lipsticks and lip gloss kinds.

Opening it up, there is a wand applicator for applying. I didn’t have any problems with the wand. There really wasn’t much wrong other than the texture itself.

Once applying something over that product, my lips didn’t feel good at all. It felt horrible like there was too much on my lips and I just had to remove it immediately.

I was a bit iffy on buying Lancôme’s because of the price $30.50. I did check out the drugstore area. The makeup artist at Ulta said he preferred Lancôme’s over Nyx’s. In the end, I decided on Lancôme and I am very happy with my decision.

Although the price is high, I love the feeling this bulleted lip primer in shade #00 Invisible gives. It goes on clear, yet there’s a bit of shimmer, which you can clearly see on the lipstick itself that there is a shine.

Personally, I love this lipstick. I’m wearing it before bedtime because I feel like it helps my lips feel moisturized and it’s not overwhelming me the amount I applied. I feel like you can’t go wrong with the amount of product applied. I applied over and over and still didn’t feel like too much went on.

Looking on Lancôme’s website, I didn’t realize all their individual lipsticks shades are in this same formula. I am interested in trying some more of their other shades. This one specifically can be used as a clear base before applying any matte lip stains.

I’m sure all the other ones will do the same. But because of their color pigmentation, the clear one will be more go-to as an underneath primer.

Also, something Ulta’s Makeup Artist/Sale’s Rep told me- during the day you can reapply this primer right ontop of the liquid lipstick you are wearing that day without removing it. You don’t need to reapply the liquid lipstick if you are reapplying the base. Reapplying the base will not mess up any part of your liquid lipstick.

Neutrogena Moisturizing Color Stick

Hello everyone! Today, I noticed Neutrogena had newer shades added to their original eight Moisturizing Color Sticks. When did they do that? I am not sure. I know these are not brand new, they may be a year old. But I’m just noticing them.

The first original eight shades were more sheer and shimmer finishes. That is why at first, they weren’t my go-to or my favorite. CVS store I went to, these sticks had “new” sticker on them, which is why I thought they were new. Even Neutrogena website mentions the “new” on the packaging still.

Neutrogena describes their product as a balm-like formula that is easily glidable. They provide a sheer wash of moisturizing color that last for hours. It instantly moisturizes lips, while conditioning them continuously, leaving lips softer, smoother, and moisturized in just three days with nothing on them.

These sticks are made with fruit extracts, mango, and shea butter. Packaging has a twist up allowing for perfect application everytime. No sharpener needed! They are dermatologist tested and comes now in 16 shades including the eight original, sheer and shimmering colors (10-80). These second half of the 16 shades (90-180) are more bold with a creamy finish. Neutrogena website says to apply these sticks frequently to keep lips soft, smooth, and moisturized. Therefore, these are not long-lasting and they do not claim it to be.

I purchased #130 Wine Berry and #150 Cherry Pink. Youtuber, emilynoel83 describes Wine Berry as more reddish. When first applying, I applied too much of Wine Berry. Applying too much made me feel a build-up around the inside that may eventually leave white/pinkish bleeding. I was worried it might look disgusting later. So you may want to be careful when applying. Too much application felt like a lip gloss texture.

The second shade, Cherry Pink, I applied better. When trying on this shade, I held the stick towards the end to glide it on lightly. I loved the look and feel of it. It didn’t have that gloss texture where eventually the insides will bleed and those white/pinkish stuff looks and feels like wax to me. People think I’m crazy when I say that; so, if you can describe it any better, please let me know.

After removing Wine Berry to try Cherry Pink, I noticed my lips looked beautiful as if the color was still there; yet, the color did not leave a stain. My lips still felt moisturized as well. I haven’t removed Cherry Pink.

I am in love with these two shades and would like to buy some more eventually. I want to use these for the next three days to see whether or not they live up to Neutrogena’s claim- lips will be softer, smoother, and moisturized in just three days with nothing on them. However, if it is something needing reapplied often, I cannot fathom using it during work because I cannot stop watching kids to worry about my lips.

I will be trying this tomorrow to get a feel for this and see whether it’s worth trying for three days and how my lips will look if I do not reapply until after five hours of wear. I am rather picky about my lips these days because of the dark areas that show. The dark areas are not as bad as they used to be, but still there’s some areas of it.

Below are the lip swatches and the wear of #150 after wearing for couple minutes.

Cherry Pink:

After one hour wearing Cherry Pink, see below.

Wine Berry:

Below: When Wine Berry was removed.


Have any of you tried these? What did you think of it?

Nyx’s Butter Lipsticks!

So buttery and so moisturizing. These bulleted butters have lasted mostly all day for me with a little amount of fading. Adding The Body Shop’s Mango Lip Butter made these lipsticks look and feel so good after my break ended. That, and reapplying if I didn’t want to use the lip butter. Either way, this lipstick gave me options!

Originally, I had purchased Licorice, Moonlit Night, and Thunderstorm. These I kept among the ones I purchased later to try.

Today, I added two more shades into my collection and plan on adding more soon because Ulta is having a sale on Nyx lip products! Both in store and online, Nyx’s Butter Lipsticks are sold for $3.99. That’s half the price! Also, Nyx’s other products, I believe, are included in this sale.

*When you visit your Ulta stores, be sure to sign up for their October drawing if they have one. You can choose to donate to Breast Cancer Awareness as well. If you choose not to, you can still sign up for the drawing, which ends at the end of this month.*

The first new addition to my 5 lipsticks from Nyx’s Butter Lipstick collection- Lifeguard. A beautiful dark red shade. This and Mary Jane were my favorite I tried today. I didn’t realize they were on sale until I saw the cashier ring them up. Otherwise, I’d have purchased a few more shades.

Next addition- Ripe Berry. I thought this would be more pigmented or darker for some reason. But it looked more nude on me. Can’t complain though as I like this as a nude color on me. I don’t have many nudes and I rarely like nude shades. I wonder if it looks darker on other skin tones?

Thunderstorm! Though, thunderstorms are often not fancied, this beautiful shade is gorgeous on the lips. I love this shade and it was one of the three I first purchased. For me, this is as dark as it gets and I’m quite happy with that because it doesn’t overwhelm me or worry me if it’s work appropriate or too much. I love this color!

Moonlit Night (a.k.a. Licorice)- I have two of these considering one store sold it as Licorice and another as Moonlit Night. Didn’t realize they were the exact same shade at that time (face palm!). This shade isn’t one I’d wear often. I love the color and would have used it more daily back when I was into the dark, bolds. Now, I feel this shade is too much on me. I used to not be able to wear any light colors, only dark. Amazing how things can change. Now, after used to of lighter and more different, vibrant colors- thunderstorm from Nyx, Rose Pop and Pow from Clinique, I can no longer see myself in that dark shade.
I love these Butter Lipsticks! They are my favorite drugstore brand lipsticks. They feel buttery and moisturizing. There’s a variety of shades to pick from. Therefore, there’s a shade for everyone! It last most of the day. You can reapply or add a nice lip butter or balm over the nice slightly faded stained lips.

Paired with Smashbox’s gel Mattifier, you can transform this Buttery texture from a creamy/buttery to a Mattified finish. See example below with Nyx’s Lifeguard.