Tarte’s New Clean Slate Primers are Natural and Long-Wearing — Awesome!

Tarte Clean Slate Primers

A flawless makeup application starts with a clean slate. See what a clean slate can do for your skin with tarte’s primer trio– get poreless, flawless, creaseless and look your best naturally for up to 12 hours. Improve the texture, wear, and feel of your foundation or eyeshadow as you prep and prime skin with your choice of three deluxe size clean slate primers. All infused with naturally derived ingredients that will power through the day.

I have been testing these primers for a few weeks.  The collection includes:

clean slate poreless 12-hour perfecting primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while preventing creasing in fine lines and wrinkles for a healthy, seamless complexion. Prime the skin for an overall soft-focus effect as you extend the wear of your makeup and mask imperfections. Ideal for all skin types, but perfect for those with fine lines and pore problems, this waterproof primer contains natural fruit-and plant-derived extracts to deliver anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits to your skin.

clean slate flawless 12-hour brightening primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while brightening skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Ideal for all skin types, this hydrating base not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear time, it’s also a quick fix for tired or sallow skin–just one application makes the face look instantly brightened and healthy.

clean slate 360; creaseless 12-hour smoothing eye primer ($19 USD) truly locks eyeshadow in place while preventing fallout and migration for true shadow payoff. The universal shade glides on easily and powers through the day into the evening for 12 hours of perfect wear time. clean slate creaseless can be used as both a shadow primer and under eye base to smooth areas around the eye giving you a seamless application and all around 360 solutions.

What I think:  These are fantastic natural primers.  The poreless primer is the one I like to use, it has a silicon feel to it and gives skin a matte finish.  The brightening one has a creamy, pearly texture and would be perfect for dull, dry skin that needs some shine.  My skin has a little bit too much shine in the summer, but it would probably work for me in the winter when my skin is dry.

The eye primer works really well.  It mattifies lids and makes shadows last longer.  The only thing is that it dries a little white, so I suggest to use just a little and rub it in well.

You can purchase these at www.tartecosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.  Enjoy!


Aveda’s Limited Edition Sea Blossoms Collection for Spring and Summer

Aveda’s Sea Blossoms Collection features fresh Spring colors for eyes, cheeks and lips.  The shades are a lot softer than I have seen for the season, and I think they are extremely wearable.

Petal Essence™ Eye Color Trio ($22.00 USD) — is available in two matte color combinations:

172 Violet Coast —   Pale lavender, soft gray and vibrant purple

171 Sea Grass — Warm sand, medium beige and deep sea green

Aveda Petal Essence™ Eye Color Trio

The colors in both of the palettes are pretty, but the color is barely pigmented.  If you purchase one of these, I suggest that you use a primer and go a bit heavy-handed, especially on the very pale shades, like the lavender above.

I also tried the Nourish-mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glaze ($18 USD).  The limited edition shades are:

906 Beach Thistle — Glossy pastel violet

905 Coral Sea — Glossy peachy-pink

Nourish-mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glaze

This gloss has two features I love — fresh mint flavor and a glossy shine!  Both colors are pale and sheer and would look lovely on all skin tones.

You can purchase these at www.aveda.com.  Enjoy!

Paint Your Face Beautiful Naturally, with Josie Maran Cosmetics.

I have been wanting to try and to review Josie Maran’s Natural makeup for a while, because it is glamorous as well as great for you and the environment. Josie Maran is a former top model who had a contract with Maybelline that lasted 10 years — which is amazing. She loved learning makeup trips from the artists, but decided to make a cosmetics line that complimented her natural and organic lifestyle. Thus Josie Maran Cosmetics was born!

I have tested ( and love ) the following products:   

Mascara ($22.00 USD) — First of all this is a great mascara. It lengthens and defines my lashes without clumping or smearing. Plus it is paraben and fragrance free and contains organic ingredients like Jojoba oil, Argan oil and Beeswax to condition and strengthen. I love the fact that my lashes are being treated as I am wearing one of my favorite types of beauty products (I never leave the house without mascara).  Available in Black and Brown.

Eye Shadow ($20.00 USD) — This is  beautiful, velvety eye color that glides on and blends so easy. The ingredients are natural plus paraben and fragrance free — and even cooler is the fact that each shade comes in a state-of-the-art biodegradable compact.  You can apply the shadows dry, or wet for more intensity.  Available in 27 shades. I have Beach (shimmery pale sand), Embrace (shimmery coppery brown), and Divine (matte medium brown). All three shades work together seamlessly to make a natural look or a pretty smoky eye.  

Lip Gloss ($18.00 USD) — I love a good, non-sticky lip gloss — and I have found a great one here! Full of natural and organic ingredients, this gloss contains no parabens. Available in 6 shades. I have Confession, which is a coppery gold. It looked very shimmery in the tube and I thought it might be too coppery for me. But it goes on sheer and very pretty.

Visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com to learn more and to purchase these fab natural products.

Nvey Eco

NVEY ECO Organic Eye Shadow
NVEY ECO Organic Eye Shadow

There are many organic hair, face and body care products on the market today. I have reviewed some here, but have found it is difficult to find organic color cosmetics.

The Australian cosmetic house NVEY Le Maquillage has recently debuted their organic collection of make-up in the United States in 2006. The brand is named NVEY ECO, and it is one of the few organic makeup collections to hit the U.S market.  The NVEY ECO website states, “A pioneer in the industry, NVEY ECO is a luxurious and comprehensive collection of makeup colors suited for all skin types and ages and the only cosmetic brand to be certified organic by the Organic Food Chain.”

The cosmetics contain a blend of natural botanics and powerful antioxidants such as safflower oil, Vitamins C, A, B5 and E, chamomile and jojoba oil. These ingredients are gentle on the skin and make for a healthy and glowing complexion.  

My favorite product that I have tried is the Organic Eye Shadow — ($24.00)  The website states the shadow is , “finely milled with an extra soft base of Corn Silk and Jojoba Oil, NVEY ECO, Organic Eye Shadows can be used in combination to enhance and contour the eye or individually for a flush of color. Chamomile and Vitamins A, C, and E make for a smooth and soft formula excellent for dry and sensitive skin. “

The shadows are very soft and easily blendable. They also have very nice pigments and stay on all day. I really like #268, which is a pearl taupe shimmer. I sweep it all over myeye lid for a neutral color base and then add a little highlighter under the brow and a darker color in the crease. Very pretty.

NVEY ECO has a full range of products on their website www.econveybeauty.com. Check it out if you are looking for quality organic color! 

Yes to Carrots New Lip Tints and Lip Glosses

Yes to Carrots, creators of fabulous natural skin and hair products have just release lip tints and lip glosses. They are 95% organic and paraben and phthalate free, so you can feel guiltless about your pretty lip color!

C Me Blush Lip Tints (approx. $4.49 USD), are like a lip balm with a hint of color.   They nourish  and protect the lips with organic vegetable extracts, vitamin E, coconut, jojoba & sunflower oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Mineral pigments add color naturally. They are available in six fresh colors; Sunset Pink, Natural Smile, Cotton Candy, Coral Sunshine, Chocolate Kiss and Ready Red.

C Me Shine Lip Glosses (approx. $6.49 USD) are shiny, non-sticky glosses that are perfect for every day. They contain essentially the same good for you ingredients of the tints, but offer a more polished look. They also are available in six colors; Flirty Pink, Carrot Kiss, Cocoa Loco, Playful Nude, Rose Bliss and Red Hot.

Both the lip tints and glosses have a minty scent and feel a little tingly on. For the price, they are a very good buy! Visit the website at www.yestocarrots.com to learn more and find a retailer near you.   

Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss

Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss
Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss


Looking for a lip gloss made with natural ingredients? Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss ($16.00 USD) is a great choice! Korres is a Greek company that makes all natural products ranging from skincare, haircare, body products and cosmetics.

This moisturizing gloss comes in 10 different shades. I have Nude which is a sheer pinky beige. It is a great every day color, but this gloss also has dramatics shades such as Red and Fuchsia.

The gloss is infused with Vitamins A & C, cherry and jojoba oil. It is not made with parabens, sulfates, petro-chemicals or GMO.

To see all that Korres offers, check out their website at www.korres.com or to purchase in the US, go to www.sephora.com.

L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara — Natural Ingredients, Wow Lashes

L'Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara
L'Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara

Mmmm mascara. I do love it. Especially when it makes my lashes longer and fuller and doesn’t smudge. L’Oreal’s new Bare Naturale Mascara ($9.99 US at Walgreens) does this, with the added benefits of natural ingredients.

Actually, I was quite surprised with this product. With a name that has the word “Naturale” in it, I automatically think that my lashes will appear bare.  So I chose the darkest color, Blackest Black, for a better chance at the dramatic look I like. When I sweep it on, my lashes instantly appear longer and thicker.  This mascara is a good day look, but not too natural. There is a bit of drama there!

The formula for the Bare Naturale mascara includes jojoba oil, vitamin E and aloe to condition lashes. L’Oreal claims that, “the innovative formula contains 86% natural-origin ingredients, shine-enhancing minerals and is both parabin- and fiber-free.” The brush is made with natural bristles that are not supposed to tug on lashes.

I like that the cosmetics companies are leaning towards natural ingredients. It makes me feel a little better about covering my face in lotions and powders, and especially mascara. Mascara defines the eye and gives a glamorous look. And now it is good for you too! Yay!