So Tarte took a group of YouTubers to Bora Bora to launch their new Tarteist Pro collection (Tarteist Pro Palette, Tarteist Pro Glow, and Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lippie Paints). I followed every minute of it on Snapchat and almost purchased E V E R Y T H I N G.

I purchased the Tarteist Pro Palette when it launched and decided to swatch and review it for you guys! I skipped out on the Pr Glow palette since, historically, Tarte isn’t known for having brown girl friendly highlighters. I’m waiting for these to hit Sephora shelves so I can swatch IRL before committing. Check out the video for my full thoughts on the new Tarteist Pro Palette!

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Another day, another Glossier release it seems.

The quickest way to my beauty heart is through skincare. From the very start of my career, I’ve been fascinated with the science of skincare, how products come to be, and how they work on the skin. When Glossier launched The Supers, I thought a) very serious b) I need it now! What got me the most was the fun little video clearly outlining the differences between each serum and who should use what (and when!). Me being me, I bought all of them. Why the hell not?!

They’re supplements for your face: potent, fast-absorbing treatment serums packed with vital nutrients to bring your skin the boost it needs today. Because you’re not just a “skin type”—your needs change throughout the month, and your product lineup should help you adapt. Some days skin feels dull, like after an all-nighter. Enter: Super Glow. Some days it’s stressed and breaking out—sounds like a job for Super Pure. Super Bounce eases tight, dehydrated skin (think: hangovers, long flights). Use after cleansing, before moisturizer.

Super Glow

The claim is when you’re feeling dull, to reach for Super Glow. It’s formulated with Vitamin C to brighten and Magnesium to energize skin even when you spend all even binging on Stranger Things. In terms of consistency, it’s SUPER watery which made me a bit nervous. Like, does this thing really work, y’know? It’s quick to apply and doesn’t feel sticky or tacky on skin. It sinks in really quickly and I don’t have to worry about waiting around for anything to dry.

Super Bounce

I bought Super Bounce (well I bought the set because $) since it’s made for when you’re feeling dry. As the temperature dips, my skin tends to get very dry in the colder months so consider this preventative measures, feel me? It has one of my favorite skincare ingredients—Hyaluronic Acid—which locks in that moisture as well as Vitamin B5 for elasticity. Get it…bounce? According to Glossier dot com this is “good for skin depleted from hangovers, long layovers, blasting a/c, or high high heat.” Me. Me. Me. And me. With my love of wine, work trips, office AC, and my love of indoor heating I believe this was made for me. I haven’t started using it yet since I have other skincare concerns which brings me to…


Super Pure

This is my jam. Super Pure is for stressed out skin in need of some serious tender love and care. Two days after this arrived at my doorstep, Mother Nature also came knocking and hormonal breakouts are a bitch. Pair that with my excessive love of pizza and fried foods, I relied on this (and my trust Mario Badescu Drying Lotion) to get rid of the monster breakouts. Formulated with niacinamide and zinc, Super Pure soothes redness, help calm blemishes, and flushes out impurities like excess sebum. It’s got a water-gel formula so it’s pretty slippery but, like the others, doesn’t feel tacky or stick on skin. I’ve been using this basically everyday and have noticed a difference and lack of breakouts. Thanks, G.

I mix and match these throughout the week. Just like some days I like a bold lip and others bare, some days I want Super Glow and others I need Super Pure. For example, I’ll use Super Glow in the morning to keep oil in check and then Super Pure at night. Admittedly I do still use my Advanced Night Repair in the evening. The great thing is these are so lightweight I don’t feel bad about layering other products on top. My skin never feels slick or like it’s clogged.

Do you need all of them? Maybe not. Super Pure is so far the best but I’m still testing these out so stay tuned. I haven’t had much luck with Glossier products (sadly Topaz broke me out) so I’m hoping this really is The One.

Each serum retails for $28 and can be purchased on If you purchase from this affiliate link, you get 20% off your first purchase! Buy all three of them and you save $19 (which is what I did). Let me know if you’ve tried this (or any other Glossier products) in the comments.

The Shopbop sale is back! I love using this as an opportunity to pick up the one (or two, or three) items I’ve had on my list for some time but haven’t managed to bite the bullet.

Below I’ve picked out a few items that caught my eye because I believe in sharing.

Recently I was invited (last minute) to a pretty fancy party and I was left without a dress. How do I not own at least one fancy party dress, I do not know. Luckily Rent the Runway came through but it got me thinking that a gal should have at minimum one festive dress. Don’t get caught slipping once holiday season comes around.

Autumn is all about cozy clothes for me. Sweater dress, oversized sweaters,

I almost always use the Shop sale as an opportunity to pick up a new bag. I may not spend a lot of money on clothes but bags and shoes? Yes, please. You already know of my love of the Pashli tote and my Alexander Wang Emile and Rockie. Contemplating the mini Rockie, because, why not?!

Every season I contemplate getting a new coat. Maybe this time I go for it.

If fall rolls around and you don’t wear booties, did fall even exist?

I love the look of a sleek over the knee boot. It’s casual yet chic at the same damn time.

Use code MAINEVENT16 at checkout. Some exclusions apply. The sale ends October 14, 2016, at 11:59 pm PT so get to it!

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maybelline-superstay-lipcolor_When Influenster sent me the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Lip Color for review, a piece of me was a tad bit weary as I distinctly remember trying these out a few years ago and not liking it. That said, it’s been a few years and my tastes and preferences have evolved over the years. I gave this a go and to be honest I’m still on the fence.

I couldn’t tell you why I didn’t like this back in the day. I just remember hating the experience. This time around, when I first tested this it was just a swatch on the back of my hand. The swatch stayed PUT. I took a shower, washed my hair, and scrubbed every bit but it was still there! I had to remove with an oil based cleanser. This got me excited.
maybelline-superstay-lipcolor_constant-toastNext was a lip application. I recommend prepping lips by exfoliating and applying a lip balm but ensure that you wipe off the excess. This does not go on well if your lips are glossy. Give it a few minutes to dry and if you like, you can apply the conditioning balm on top. I found the balm to be pointless. The lip color goes on wet but dries matte and isn’t uncomfortable or drying. It has a strong candy scent that was a tad bit annoying but not a deal breaker.

After a few hours of wear, I decided to apply the balm on top just to hydrate my lips. I was instantly reminded why I didn’t like this product many moons ago. The lip color crumbled everywhere! What a disappointment. Not sure if it was just the shade I was wearing but it was no bueno.
Although the lip color crumbled in my initial test, I have found ways to wear this. I would recommend solely wearing the lip color (there are 30 different shades to choose from) or just wearing the balm alone — just not together. While this isn’t 24 hour wear, I would consider this a strong longwear lip option for those who want something they can apply and forget out. Bonus points for the price.

Maybelline SuperStay 24 Lip Color is available at drugstores near you and at Ulta.

I received Maybelline SuperStay 24 lip color complimentary from Influenster, but all opinions are my own.

Every now and then a limited edition makeup collection comes out that just speaks to your soul. I think the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder is the one for me.
victoria-beckham-estee-lauder-swatchesAlthough I work for the brand, I wasn’t directly involved with this project and it KILLED me. I’ve always been a fan of Victoria Beckham and truly admire how she went from pop superstar to fashion designer extraordinaire. Her collection with Estée Lauder is everything you’d imagine it to be: classic, chic, and stunning.
As anticipated, the collection pretty much sold out online but you can still find a few pieces online and in select stores. I was lucky enough to have been gifted a few products from the collection (score!) and below are my picks.

Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Eye Palette ($95) (yes, $95!!)

Not going to lie…I saw the price of this palette and nearly choked. This palette features six shimmery powder eyeshadows that can be worn wet (super intense) or dry (much softer). The powders themselves are very soft and apply very smooth. It’s pretty finely-milled and has a buttery feel. I don’t get a lot of kick up when going in with a brush which is ace.

Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Lipstick in Chilean Sunset and Brazilian Nude ($45, each) & Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Lip Gloss in Moroccan Heat ($36)
Chilean Sunset is an orangey red lipstick with a warm undertone that goes on like a comfortable, smooth matte (demi matte?) finish. It’s not drying like your typical matte lipstick, goes on smoothly, and has a very good wear time. I would highly recommend exfoliating lips before applying this lipstick. Brazilian Nude is a medium-dark peachy brown with warm undertones. It has a soft sheen to it and thoroughly surprised me in terms of how brown girl friendly it actually is. It’s a great every day nude color that applies evenly and is the my lips but better category. This is my favorite lip product of the three in this collection. Moroccan Heat lip gloss is a nude gloss that can be paired with Brazilian Nude or worn alone.

Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Highlighter in Modern Mercury ($65)
I screamed “YAAASSS!!!” when I first saw and swatched this highlighter and with good reason. Modern Mercury was released a few years ago and became a coveted beauty item. I didn’t have the original so this was my chance. Along with the eyeshadow palette this was on my list as a must buy (I planned on purchasing them but they sold out so I teared up inside when this landed on my desk). Modern Mercury is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. The powder are finely milled, super soft, and easy to blend. Depending on the brush you use, you can easily get a soft highlight or a more intense, Instagram worthy highlight if that’s your style. Don’t wait, buy it now or forever hold your peace.

Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Eye Ink in Black Myrrh ($45)
This eyeshadow has a gel-creme formula that blends pretty easily with little to no fallout. The shade itself is a deep, rich, almost-black shade with a touch of pearl. This is really a one stop shop for a beautiful, rich smoky eye that’s easy to do and fuss free. Wasn’t on my list but I was pretty happy when a coworker gave it to me since she wouldn’t wear it. There are two more shades (Charred Emerald and Bitter Clove) that are just as beautiful.

The Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder collection is available now in select stores (Macy’s, Saks, Net-a-Porter) while supplies last.