I don’t know about you, but over the past few days, it’s really started to feel more like autumn to me. The weather is noticeable cooler, the nights are darker and the leaves are slowly starting to turn a bit brown. And to be honest, I’ve been really rather excited about this change of seasons this year; we’ve been so lucky with the weather all summer – we’ve had actual sun! – and I think that’s made me all the more ready to embrace all that autumn brings. Cozy jumpers, candles, hot chocolates – the whole shebang.
So with that in mind, I thought I’d dedicate this week of posts to the coming autumn months, kicking off with some new autumnal additions to my make up stash from one of my favourite beauty brands, Tarte. While I’m a big ole fan of adding warm winter wear into my wardrobe – love a good scarf and hat combo – it’s really the seasonal beauty additions which get me most excited and this new(ish) drop from Tarte is no exception.
My favourite bit from the bunch is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (c/o £29.50), a loose translucent powder that comes complete with one of the softest powder brushes I have ever used. It’s amazing. The powder itself is also pretty immense. It feels like air on my skin – and yet manages to smooth over my make up and banish unwanted shine, leaving my complexion looking about as flawless as it’s ever going to.
Then there’s the Tarte Prismatic Eye Color Enhancing Shadow Palette (c/o £29) which is tailored to suit individual eye colours and comes available in Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes and Green Eyes. And while I actually have blue eyes, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and embrace the brown eye palette (I know, I’m wild). Eager to try out some colours that I wouldn’t usually use – the blue eye palette is made up of brown-y neutrals – I’m really enjoying testing out the purple-toned shadows included in this palette. Formula-wise, they’re a dream. Buttery smooth and long-lasting, I’m a big fan.
I was prepared to be a bit meh about the Tarte Eyelash Curler (c/o £14) – mainly because I’m so head over heels for my Japonesque one – but I have to admit, it’s not half bad. They’re springy ones, which means they naturally stay apart and I think this makes it a bit easier to get your eyelashes in there pre-curling. They’re not quite as wide as the Japonesque ones but leave my lashes looking pretty darn curled after use, so I’m not going to complain!
The only item in the collection that I’ve found a bit difficult to get to grips with is the Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer (£24). I love the concept of this product – an easy-to-use colour correcting formula which glides on to the skin, reduces pores and generally leaves your skin looking sweet as anything. My issue is that it really doesn’t seem to work underneath make up which makes the primer aspect a bit redundant. It has quite a slippery texture which isn’t an issue when it’s used solo but underneath make up, it gets a bit slide-y.
So at the moment, I’ve resigned it to the back of my beauty drawers and will pull it out on those days when my skin is feeling and looking good and I just want a bit of help smoothing it over and perfecting it – not that this happens too frequently, I’m sorry to say. On those fine days, with a bit of powder on top, it works a real treat.
Make sure you tune in again tomorrow for the next instalment of autumn-y goodness…!