January Favorites…

…because sometimes it’s OK to have a favorite

Happy New Year Readers!

2018 has sure gotten off to a flurry of a start, literally, it’s been below freezing for 13 consecutive days and we got nearly two feet of snow where I live. I am also not wearing makeup in the picture above which is just so out of character for me so you know the storm was bad. That’s what I’ll be writing about tonight, that’s right, this posts for my makeup lovers! (Or even non makeup lovers for gift ideas for the makeup lovers in your life).

I got this idea from my favorite YouTube makeup artist, Emma Pickles. She’s truly the sweetest person on and off camera and I highly recommend her YouTube videos. For the New Year, I decided once a month I’m going to share with my readers something in my makeup bag that I absolutely love and write about why I love it!

This week I want to talk to you about Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation. For years, foundation reviews never occurred to me because I always used MAC studio fix or Revon Colorstay Whipped Foundations, both are fantastic so I never felt the need to change it up until I watched my favorite YouTuber Emma Pickles rave about this product in one of her tutorials. What did I have to lose? After years of wanting to try this foundation and being talked out of it every time by a overly made up Sephora employee I decided to take a ride out to Ulta and pick it up.

Let me begin by saying, for me to write about something on here and share it with all my fellow makeup fanatics and readers in general alike I got to really love it. So it’s definitely a very special product!

Here’s the 411:

• $39.00

• Full coverage

• 12 hour wear

• SPF 15

• Vegan

• Cruelty Free

  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love a good, full coverage, lightweight foundation and the first thing I fell in love with as far as this foundation goes is how light and natural it is! Also it’s used with all natural products so your not exposing your skin to any harsh elements found in other foundations.

Tarte has a shade system which helps you pick out the color which most matches your unique skin tone, mine was Medium Natural and I got to say I was impressed. In this picture I still have the remnants of my MAC concealer on but my cheeks are ALL Tarte and look how flawless they look?! This is a no filter photograph and look at the difference between my upper forehead and chin versus my cheeks/sides of my face. There’s no caked on, yellow or orange tones which drown out your natural skin tone. You look like you’re not wearing makeup.

The first thing I noticed was the texture. Despite it being very thick it doesn’t feel thick and is more like a cream than a liquid so a little definitely goes a long way.

The coverage, in my opinion, is medium coverage but it can be built up, not to mention it’s on the pricier side, which is why I gave it 4/5 stars (I’m a harsh critic with products). I recommend two layers for a more full coverage but natural look. The photo above I have two types of foundations but I can totally see the difference. The MAC has a darker tone (more yellow in person) while the Tarte is more (medium beige). I would also recommend using a moisturizer and concealer for under your eyes (which I didn’t do in this picture) prior to using the foundation but otherwise I think I found my new Go-to foundation!

I personally like to wear no more than two layers of the foundation, to balance out the color of my skin (cancel out the redness in my skin) and then use concealer to cover darkness around/under my eyes and any obvious blemishes. Never put more than two layers of foundation on cause otherwise you risk it looking cakey and creasing.

The finish is matte but if you’re prone to getting oily in areas I would recommend setting those areas with a translucent powder (NYX makes an excellent one!) to prevent the foundation from breaking up and making sure it sets properly. I didn’t have this issue but many of reviewers on Ulta and Emma Pickles herself did experience this the first time they tried it.

Have you tried this foundation? What is your go-to foundation? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to check out my Podcast ‘Are You There Friday? It’s Me Brittany’ available on Apple Cast and Google Play Music and Anchor. Episode 3, Nate Francis and I discuss animals, shelter, and the stereotypes surrounding vegans and meat eaters.

Love you. Mean it.



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