Summer Beauty Essentials by Tarte Cosmetics

On the hottest summer days, like the scorching days we’re currently experiencing in St. Louis, I wear minimal makeup.  There are three beauty essentials, though, that I would never leave home without—mascara, blush, and a bold lipstick.  Of my beauty essentials, two of my favorites are by Tarte Cosmetics, the healthy, eco-chic cosmetics line.

The first product by Tarte Cosmetics that I’ve ever tried was a Tarte LipSurgence natural lip tint.  I loved this lip stain so much that I became curious about other products in the line.  I explored the brand and was pleased to learn of Tarte’s commitment to using high-performance natural ingredients.  As a woman with sensitive skin, I was most thrilled to discover that Tarte cosmetics are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, and synthetic dyes.

Since exploring the Tarte cosmetics line, I started using a couple of products—Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush and Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara—that quickly became staples in my beauty routine.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush:  I bought these blushes after reading a favorable review by a brown beauty blogger I follow.  She was so right.  The blushes come in a range of colors, several of which are flattering on dark skin.  My favorite shades are ‘natural beauty’ and ‘amazed’.  I’m not sure if and how the amazonian clay in these blushes works, but I do know that these blushes are rich in color and long wearing.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara:  This mascara claims to lengthen, curl, volumize, and condition lashes.  It has a peculiar brush with two sides—a shorter and denser side that works on the volumizing, and a longer and firmer side that lengthens and separates lashes.  When I use this mascara, my lashes become magnified.

Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by Tarte Cosmetics.  As usual, all the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.


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