Here at LIY, we like to think it’s never too early to start looking ahead. And by “looking ahead”, I mean start thinking about the holidays. Now I know what you might be thinking, “whoa, whoa, whoa pump the brakes Erin, it’s only September”. I get it, BUT hear me out. I’m still holding on to every last drop of sweet summertime, but fall is, well, falling here in Indiana. One minute we’ll be watching football and eating chili, then in the blink of an eye it’ll be time to make a holiday shopping list– and check it twice. And if there’s anything I’ve learned from years past, last minute stress-shopping to cross everyone’s name off said list is NOT how I want to spend my holly jolly season. Like I said, never too early! So whether you’re still holding onto the warm weather or fully anticipating what’s next, tarte is giving us something to be excited about right now.
If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you know I’m no beauty guru. If a product is quick, easy and looks halfway decent on my face [bonus points if it comes with a free brush or tool], I’m sold. Insert tarte cosmetics. By now, you might also know my love for all-things tarte runs deep. Why so much hype about tarte, you ask? First and foremost: free shipping. But more importantly, tarte offers cruelty-free cosmetics as well as hypoallergenic and vegan skincare. Every product is jam-packed with naturally-derived ingredients and formulated without the junk like parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan & gluten. In simple terms [for us non-gurus], it’s all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff– something I can totally get down with.
Here’s where the holiday talk comes in. tarte just launched their brand-spankin’ new Holiday Collections and it already has visions of stockings stuffed to the brim dancing in my head. We’re talking gift sets so good, you’ll want to keep them for yourself and deals to help you cross off every name on your list without breaking the bank. Think “one for me, one for you” mentality here, folks. So go ahead and treat yourself while you’re at it, you deserve it.
We’ll start with what we know best: the basics. You’ve probably heard me rave about Shape Tape concealer once or twice or five hundred times [seriously, it’s ahh-mazing and the entire LIY Team uses it], but have you heard of the Face Tape Foundation? Introducing, the concealer of your dreams in a foundation form. It helps smooth you skin’s texture and blur the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Bonus: it’s waterproof and sweatproof. So needless to say, I slather on this full-coverage stuff [without the full-coverage, cakey feel] frequently. If you’re new to Face Tape, may I suggest a custom set that includes foundation, primer, blush AND setting spray all wrapped in a cute little bundle?
If you’re less of a full-coverage gal and prefer lightweight, buildable coverage– this is your stop. A tinter hydrator [ie. tinted moisturizer] keeps your skin bright and hydrated with a weightless feel. My favorite benefit of a radiant, dewy finish? It disguises my sweaty self as a healthy, natural glow. And remember when I mentioned my love for all-things quick and easy? tarte Foundcealer is a moisturizer, concealer, foundation and SPF all in one. How’s that for multitasking?
Moving on to lashes, lips, and lids– last, but certainly not least. I’ve gotten into a bad habit of trying a new mascara every single time my old one runs dry. But two that never seem to let me down: Tarte Maneater and Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1. They leave my lashes long, luscious and un-clumped. In the words of tartecosmetics.com, “like a push-up bra for your lashes”. Sign me up, Scotty! Quite possibly my favorite part of the tarte Holiday Collection are the sets. From mascara sets to eyeshadow palettes and everything in between, tarte is bringing the heat this holiday season. With beauty products I can feel good about and sets for every beauty lover on my list, I’m turning to tarte to get the job done– and treating myself while I’m at it.
Founder and creator of LIY, Erin turned her dream of a hobby blog into a full-time career which she now runs alongside the LIY team! When not in front of her computer screen [with a La Croix or wine in hand] or in front of a mirror taking mirror selfies, you can find Erin spending time on the water, cuddled up with her two pups and husband most likely watching the latest Shark Tank episode, or getting lost in an easy beach read.