So, while Tarte had a beautiful packaging-Sephora decides to go all bleh and give us-How awesome! At least the wrappers color code with the box.

This just makes me wish I saved opening Tarte’s for last.

Anyways, onto what I purchased from Sephora. A total of six products are in this box including samples. Sephora, if you didn’t give lots of samples, I’d still be sad with your packaging. But your samples (I requested)… guess will do for the low down packaging.

Honestly, for the amount people pay, you think Sephora would have enough to make some nice packaging and gift wrappings.

I ordered the Fresh Sugar wand, which I already have. I just was to impatient to wait for my order in the mail I drove to Sephora for another one. What was in my head? I don’t know. Just excitement and curiosity.

Seriously, Fresh’s Lip Treatments are amazing. Returning the two I had owned was a downer. Their’s is more moisturizing and longer lasting than all the other lip balms I have tried. I love it. Currently, I am trying their Advanced lip therapy. It’s not tinted, but it works. I still think their tinted lip treatment is amazing and my favorite.

As for their Sugar Wand, I never liked their Sugar exfoliator. But I decided to give this a try. It’s their little newbie. I feel like this goes on like a sticky gloss. It does exfoliate. I like it better than their original exfoliator. But I feel like it could be better. And that’s something to say for all products. All of them in every company could be better. There’s always that one area in my corner that doesn’t feel exfoliated. But I still like the wand. And I’m still gonna try it. And now, I have a backup. It’s all good.

Next is Fresh In the Buff Bundle. This is the other I had purchased. The rest are just from points and samples/promotions.

In the Buff contains a Sugar Cream Lip Treatment in Buff, their original Sugar Lip Polish (exfoliator), mini size Advanced Therapy, and Sugar Nude lip balm. All but the exfoliator and advanced therapy I am excited to try. I have already tried the other two.

The others were from points, promotions, etc. From that, I chose Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder sample, Giorgio Armani sample Fluid Sheer, Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Beetroot, and both Tarte and Bobbi Brown’s 500 points.

Tarte’s 500 points contained an eye treatment, highlighting moisturizer, 4-in-1 mascara (I currently own and used to own waterproof), hydrating boost moisturizer, and tinted moisturizer.

Bobbi Brown’s Cult Favorites contain Sand Dune Long Wear Creak Shadow Stick, Black Smokey Eye mascara (used to use), Brownie Lip Color, Hydrating eye cream, and medium bronzing powder.

Have you tried any? What’s your favorite?


Hello everyone! I ordered from Tarte the other day and my package came back. It’s so gorgeous! Made me want to blog.

By the way, I have a new blog site just started few days ago. I hope to add more on it in the long run as I start my Avon business. The site is and my Avon site: Please check that out as I have only one lonely blog up and hoping for more post on it!

Now, lets live “tartefully” as the box says. This recent purchase, I bought Quench Lip Rescue in Cherry, Pout Pep Lip Exfoliant, and Color Splash Lipstick in Yachting. I also received Tarteguard 30 for free. I had 15% off each purchase because it was my first time shopping on their site.

I love their Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue line in Rose and Berry. They are my faves! I also love their Color Splash line. I have Island (mini) and Berry Mojito (full size). Now, I have Yachting to add to my collection. I tried also 5’Oclock and Boardwalk. I also swatched a few others in Sephora. 

The lip exfoliant, I am excited to try. As for the sample tarte guard 30, I am iffy because I’m not sure is it meant for oily or dry skin. I am hoping it’s ok for my normal to dry. Anyone have any thoughts on it?

Update: Rani Cosmetics

Hello everyone! How are you? Remember these?If you do, great! If you don’t, these are by a newly launched makeup company, Rani Cosmetics.

Rani Cosmetics was created by a YouTuber TotalMakeupJunkie101 (aka Eshani Patel). For more information on her first lipstick launch, please visit her YouTube page TotalMakeupJunkie101. You won’t regret it! 🙂 Also, a previous blog of mine describes her lipsticks more in depth.

For now, here’s an update!

Eshani created these as her very first launch to her new company Rani Cosmetics. She plans on expanding the company with other cosmetics besides lipsticks. Because she loves her lippies, she decided they would be the first.

She says she plans on launching more lipstick formulas. These were the first to launch because in a world full of matte’s, she wanted to find something different- innovative. A business can only run if it has something unique, something of its own and not what everybody has. So, her launch is not another matte, or a cream, or a liquid. Rather, it’s glitter!

If you love glitter, these are for you! If you don’t, you may turn into a glitter lover with these. Or, you may still find glitter so unflattery. ;-( (poor glitter)

Either way, Eshani has created six shades that are designed more for the darker, tan skin tones. Even with this, these still flatter all skin tones.

My last blog has three shades reviewed. I just received the nude shade Tattoo. I ordered all these on my own. Each lipstick sells for $18. It’s pricey, but if you think about it, it’s worth it. Eshani isn’t someone who is rushing to make products just for selling. She puts her whole heart and mind into it. She wants the best of the best even with the detailings.

I tried the nude for a few mins, but forgot to take a picture. It’s shimmer shows and I feel like it’s a great shade on me. But when I think of a nude, I think of something more true to your lip color. This one is more of a orangey-tone. I love the shade. It does stand out more than I thought it would.

Overall, I love these lipsticks. But I feel, for me, I would want to wear it on a special occasion. I keep thinking Latte is one I can wear daily and I can. But when I see the shade on me, my head is thinking glitter. I remove it because of that.

Also, I’ve been wanting moisturizing lip products these days. That’s my biggie and I stand by it. If these were more moisturizing, I’d totally wear Latte. My go-to lip products these days been more natural shades that moisturize- neutrogena lip gloss, bite beauty smashed lip treatment, Fresh Sugar (Rose and Coral). Sometimes, I apply a light touch of Clinique’s Pop+Primer in Icon over the Bite Beauty’s smashed.

Eshani’s lipsticks are so gorgeous. The amount of time she put into these shows. I support Eshani with her makeup line. Six shades makes it easier for some to stay focused on what sort of shade they desire. I feel these flatter all skin tones, even mine, which usually does not happen. Usually when a company mentions their shades flatter all skin tones, I see myself in the color and feel uncomfortable or too much. Not with these.

These do have a unique scent to them. Unique, meaning each has its own individual scent. Such as Latte has a chai latte scent; Lassi smells like mango; etc. These are tolerable and subtle. But if you can’t stand scented products, these wouldn’t be for you.

One con I have noticed that makes these something I don’t want to wear daily, other than it not be as moisturizing as I want it to be, is the glitter can transfer. I will find my chin or around my lips may have glitter on it. It’s not that badly noticeable. But once I see it, I become aware of it and think it is noticeable. If you’re one like me, be aware these do transfer.

These claim to go on sheer to full coverage. I can’t get the sheerness on my lips. When I try, I end up with a medium coverage. It can be built up to its full opacity.

These are awesome lipsticks. I am not here to down on them. I love these lipsticks. But for me, I’ve been finding them as only for special occassions. But that’s just me. Some people on YouTube who were never glitter fans grew into these. If I see glitter, I cringe. When I tried these I didn’t cringe. My first thought, “It’s not so bad”. These are amazing. And I would wear them daily if only I was that bold and my head wouldn’t think one tiny glitter on my face!

Overall, these are worth a try. But be fair warned, she isn’t accepting returns on used products. Therefore, if you want to try these but are unsure if you’ll love them and don’t want to spend so much money, try one. If you want more, go for it! I do plan on purchasing the last two in her collection. And I’m hearing she’s coming out with more products within two to three months! 😀 If you’re planning on purchasing just one, the shade most everyone loves is Tattoo.

Have you tried these?? What did you think? Has she turned you into a glitter fan?

Pictured below are Lassi, Bhindi, and Latte. As I mentioned, I just received Tattoo; however, forgot to take a picture of it.

Poetry: Bound

Baby given up with no name;

Until someone took her in- shelter from the storm;

Once nameless, now framed with a name;

Adopted by a family, last name changed;

Growing up, a feeling she never could ignore;

Secrets kept, she never once implore;

Memories lost she couldn’t restore;

Bound lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused;

A house that felt like no home;

A family disconnected;

Betrayed of lies;

But one remained hidden deep inside;

Within her heart, a longing she couldn’t sway;

A face once without a name, named.

Had a home.

Had a family.

Had a life beyond some.

Yet, deep within,

A child once nameless,

Could never separate her from reality;

Deep within, her heart bound by

Lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused.

Recognition Not Competition


Activist and Protector together.

These Girl Lip Stylos are very moisturizing. When the color fades some will stay on, but these do not stain. When eating the color does not last. Hourglass never claimed it would. They have twenty shades- ranging from nudes to pink/purple to reds. I have shades Achiever- deep mauve and Protector- rich berry.

These are priced at $32 each and are sold at Sephora and Hourglass website. They are 0.8 oz and do not need sharpening. Each crayon has a precise tip. 

• The silky, weightless formula blends modern color with luxurious hydration for a lustrous finish.

• Features a hydrating blend of shea butter, jojoba, mimosa and sunflower seed to provide moisture and nourish dry lips for a silky, soft finish. 

• The precision tip allows for easy and precise application throughout the day without the need for sharpening.

• .08 OZ / 2.4 G

Peacemaker – peachy nude

Idealist – honey nude

Futurist – mauve nude

Believer – peachy beige

Dreamer – peachy pink

Creator – soft pink nude

Seeker – pinky rose

Activist – neutral rose

Achiever – deep mauve

Influencer – deep rose beige

Inventor – soft rose

Explorer – soft pink coral

Leader – vivid fuchsia

Lover – vibrant red orange

Innovator – neutral red

Icon® – blue red

Visionary – brick red

Protector – rich berry

Liberator – deep berry

Warrior – deep plum 

Precision color meets luxurious hydration. GIRL Lip Stylo features the color intensity of a lipstick fused with a luxurious blend of shea butter, jojoba, mimosa and sunflower seed for softer, fuller lips. The silky formula glides across lips for a second-skin feel with a lustrous finish. 

Smashbox Liquid Lip Pigments+Metals

Smashbox came out with some new lip products. These are liquid lipsticks that have gloss. They have 19 shades and two finishes- metallic and vynl. I had purchased two from the vynl since I like a daily wear. However, some shades in the metallic collection can arguably be great for daily wear.

The top three photos shows “Girl, Please”, which is a pink/brown pigment. A lady at Sephora said it was a coral shade. It looks a bit coral on me, at first. But now after trying it more times, it looks more brown. I was just excited I found a coral shade that looks good on me. But I didn’t.

The pics below shows “Mauve Wife”. It is a cool mauve pink pigment.

These are very tacky. When you remove them your lips have a slight stickiness. But they aren’t drying. They aren’t matte. Smashbox never claimed they are. They will transfer. Their one swipe pigmentation feels comfortable and soft on the lips. They aren’t long wearing compared to matte’s. They don’t stain your lips and are easy to remove. These lip pigments and the metallics run for $24 each.