Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Review


I have never been excited about a new launch as much as I was about this one.  Tarte cosmetics is one of my favorite makeup brands,  turquoise is my favorite color and I love the theme.  Oh man…this was the most beautiful collection I have seen.  I got the Water Foundation, the Aquacealer, and the Marine Boosting Mist.  As you can see in this picture, my skin looks even and radiant thanks to these products.


1. Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation ($47.00):


It comes in a dropper form, which I don’t mind.  It can get a little messy if you’re not too careful.  You need to shake it well  before you apply it and surprisingly, it is a full coverage foundation…something I didn’t expect.  It blends beautifully covering all redness and discoloration and has a very good lasting power.  It does not cling to dry patches, does not sink into pores and looks like beautiful skin.  The best part is how lightweight it is.  I feel like I have absolutely nothing on my skin.  It also contains an spf of 15.  It really has everything I am looking for in a foundation.  It is definitely my current favorite.

2. Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer ($31.00):


This also needs to be shaken well.  It’s a liquid formula and once you set it, it does not crease and does not sink into fine lines.  The coverage, however, is not the best.  If you have really dark under eyes, it will not completely conceal it.  You will have to color correct first.   I like the applicator but I feel like it will be very hard to get all the product out of this glass container…I really do think that a lot of product will go to waste.

3. Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist ($30.00):


This is a four in one mist: primes, sets, hydrates, and refreshes.  If you come across this collection, please spray it on your face and smell the goodness that comes out of this spray.  It is a spa in a bottle.  It will make you feel so refreshed and relaxed.





cover pic

Ever heard of   m i c r o b l a d i n g? If not, you are about to, and not just from this post. You will start to see it a lot more on social media because this procedure is gaining so much popularity nowadays. This is the new trend.

Microblading – also known as eyebrow embroidery, feathering or semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo – is a procedure that uses a small blade to deposit pigment under the skin.

Unlike a regular eyebrow tattoo, the very fine blade helps create hair like strokes that blend with your own eyebrow hair to make it seem like it is all your natural eyebrows. But because the pigment is not deposited too deeply into the skin, it generally lasts 1-3 years depending on your lifestyle and your exposure to sun and many more factors.

The question that I get asked the most is does it hurt? The first few strokes do sting but after the numbing cream sinks in, you will be much more comfortable.

Healing process:
The healing process takes 10 days. Let me attempt to break it down for you based on my experience:

I didn’t notice much of a difference in how my eyebrows looked in the first 3 days other than the fact that they did get darker on day 2. There was no pain; they didn’t feel sore or uncomfortable unless I made strong facial expressions.  The following picture shows right before and right after the procedure.  The three pictures below that one show the first 3 days of my healing process.  Day 2 is the darkest your eyebrows will be.


This is when I noticed scabbing and itchiness. I still went to work and no one noticed anything. I also went to a bridal shower on day 5.  You would have to be very close to people for them to notice your scabbing. This period is critical because you have to be very careful not to scratch or touch your eyebrows although you will be tempted due to itchiness. I found that tapping my fingers around my eyebrows helped relieve the itchy feeling. Also, be very gently when washing/rinsing your face because if you remove/pick on your scabs, you also remove the strokes. Finally, apply lots of coconut oil because your eyebrows need it in order to heal properly.


Day 5 – some scabbing at the tail of my eyebrows

This is when the pigment fades and settles into the skin. You will notice your eyebrows looking more natural and 1-2 shades lighter then when you first had your session. Since everyone heels differently, a touch-up appointment is necessary to achieve your perfect brows. After my first session, I realized I would like an even fuller brows and Arabella did an amazing job creating exactly what I wanted but with her added professional advice/guidance.  I don’t have pictures from days 7-10 but here is the before and after 4 weeks.  It is definitely more defined and I look like I have more hair but still very natural.

Touch up*
For my touch up, I decided I wanted fuller brows and this is exactly what Arabella did.  This picture shows my eyebrows before my first session and after my touch-up session.

I am going to end with a great picture taken by Arabella to give you an idea of the whole process:


*Microblading was done by the talented Arabella Trasca.  See contact below for  more information:



Makeup Haul/Mini Review






Alright, let’s do this…

1. Mac Gold Deposit:
This is a shimmery bronzer/highlighter.  I use it as a bronzer topper on the higher points of my face to add some glow and it makes my skin look really healthy and glowy.


2. Anastasia Beverly Hill Liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood and Lip Gloss in Undressed:  
I like the colors and formula in both of these.  I am wearing Pure Hollywood here with a little bit of Undressed on top.  I like the colors and formula in both of these.


3. Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer: 
This is like magic.  It is truly a lipstick transformer.  It feel like a silicone primer that you dab on your lips to transform any lipsticks into a matte one.  Check out my lipstick transformation in the picture below!


4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit:
It contains 4 beautiful highlighters that you can mix together to custom make your perfect glow.


5. PeterThomasRoth Oiless Oil:
It feels and looks like oil but without the film or residue face oils can leave behind, so your skin can still breathe.  I fell in love with it as soon as I tested it on my hands at Sephora.  It is extremely hydrating and feels really luxurious but yet, it absorbs quickly into the skin.  It also claims to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  I can’t wait to start including this in my skin care routine.


6. Makeup Forever Chromatic Mix in #11 :
If you have a foundation that you love but is a bit too dark, you can just add a drop of this into it to lighten it and match your skin perfectly.  The picture in the middle has one side without the chromatic mix and the other side with one drop.  The last picture compares the 2 sides.  I love it.

7.Mac Fix Plus:
This is a repurchase.  I went through 2 bottles already.  I use it for everything.  To prime the face, to set the face, to refresh the face, to wet eyeshadows/pigments and make them more metallic and more pigmented…etc.



8. Mango Seed Oil: 
I got this one from the Face Shop.  It’s a very rich oil so I only use it when my face feels extremely dry.   I really enjoyed it.  It’s also more affordable and you get a lot of product.


9. Makeup Geek Eyeshadows:
One of the best eyeshadows on the market.  Also really affordable.  Here are my top eyeshadows which are also a repurchase (in the order they are placed in the palette): Mirage, Rapunzel, Crème Brule, Desert Sand, GrandStand, Chikadee, Frappe, Coco Bear, Americano.



10. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer:
Another repurchase.  It has great coverage and lasts a long time.



I know this was a long post but I hope that my mini reviews and pictures can help… Let me know if you have any comments or questions 🙂

5 Makeup Brushes You Need

NARS Yachiyo Brush


Makeup brushes are just as important as the makeup itself. If you have good makeup products and don’t have the right tools to apply them, you will not be able to get the best out of your products.
For the average girl who wear minimal makeup, I think those 5 makeup brushes are important for flawless makeup application.  Let’s get to it:
1. Fluffy Eye Blending Brush
These brushes are so important to blend out eyeshadow in the crease and to soften hard edges so you get a well blended look. you always want to blend your eyeshadows so your makeup looks more natural and more professional.  Always remember, you don’t want to see hard edges in makeup.  My personal favorites are Mac 224, Sigma E40 and NYX #17.
2. Tapered Blending Brush


These brushes are less fluffy and have less movement then the previous ones.  They are meant to deepen up the crease color and add darker colors in the outer V of your eyes.  My favorites are Mac 217, Sigma E25, and Morphe M433.
3. Angled Brush (liner/brows)
These brushes can be used for multiple things.  you can line your eyes, fill your eyebrows, or even use them in the crease to create the cut crease look.  These are brushes I don’t think you need to spend too much money on.  Unlike the first 2 eye blending brushes that are almost impossible to find at the drugstore.  These ones are found everywhere. the E.l.f. small angled brush is only $3 and is amazing.  It is the one in the middle.
4. all purpose face brush (bronzer/blush/set the face):


Like the title suggests, these brushes do it all, you can bronze you face, apply blush, apply powder foundation…etc.  They shouldn’t be too big so that you can have more precise blush and bronzer application.  I love the Mac 129 and the Real Technique all purpose face brush.
5. Face Tapered Brushes
These brushes are also multipurpose.  Because of the way they taper to a point, they are perfect to set your under eye concealer with powder, to highlight the high points of your face as well as to contour.  The E.l.f. small tapered brush is amazing as well as the Sigma f35.  The one in the middle is the NARS Yachio Brush.  It is an investment but it is my favorite brush of all time.  I love the handle, the bristles and the way it picks up product and applies it.  It is perfection.  I have never loved a brush as much as this one.
P.S. you might wonder why I didn’t add an eye shader brush or a concealer brush or even a foundation brush.  That is because I think your fingers are a very good tool for these specific purposes.  My personal favorite way  to apply foundation and concealer are with a damp beauty blender or just my clean hands.  My fingers are how I apply my lid shadows because they give me the best color payoff.  I hope this post was useful and if you have any questions or requests, please let me know 🙂