Tarte Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set

While the first quarter of 2017 may be done, I am still sorting through my 2016 holiday haul. Naturally, beauty-loving friends went a little Black Friday gaga and pooled our US purchases for shipping to Manila. The first of my buys making a debut for review here is the Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set (USD 10). *Note that this is a limited edition set for Black Friday that is no longer being sold, but there are resellers still offering this set.

Tarte Intro to Tarte

Quick Specs: Mascara 4 ml / 0.13 fl oz manufactured in Italy and assembled in Taiwan ; lipstick 1 g / 0.035 oz made in Italy ; blush 1.5 g / 0.05 oz made in China

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Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip

Admission: Before seeing the promotional pics for the Alexis Ren X Colourpop collab, I had no idea who Alexis Ren was. This is just a testament to my lack of IG guru knowledge. (For that matter, it is a testament to my general lack of influencer “who’s who” knowledge. Sorry! 😦 ) But the teaser photos were enough to pique my interest, especially after seeing the lipstick swatches. A small group of beauty junkie buddies pooled our orders to have the collection shipped to Manila, and now I give you my review for the Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip in Lexi (USD 5)

Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip in Lexi

Quick Specs: 1 g / 0.035 oz ; made in USA

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Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer

This might sound blasphemous to some, but I don’t have the best of relationships with matte liquid lipstick. I neither like the dry feeling, nor do I appreciate how most of them will go crumbly and re-apply unevenly after meals. In short, comfort is a major factor in lip color, so I’ll only start using a liquid lipstick that feels right even if it isn’t necessarily a flat matte. A perfect example is Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Black Licorice Pop (PHP 1,100 ; USD 18.50).

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Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour and Primer

Quick Specs: 6 ml / 0.2 fl oz; made in Italy

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Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

I like to think that part of the appeal in playing with makeup is the addition of a “magic touch” to FOTDs. It doesn’t always have to be a major transformation. It could be a hint of sparkle here and there or a lit from within glow, subtle alterations that can brighten up the face. One such product that has a reputation for giving lips a flattering rosy boost is Lipstick Queen Frog Prince (USD 25).

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Quick Specs: 0.12 oz / 3.5 g ; made in Canada

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The Saem Eco Soul Lip Oil

Lip balm was my very first beauty product, and I haven’t been without it since the mid-90’s. I may be all about the lipstick now, but I still put on a lip moisturizer every night before bed. And just when I thought that lip butter was the height of sophistication for lip care, the lip oil trend has exploded! There’s even tinted lip oil now. Currently, I am starting with the more basic stuff and using The Saem Eco Soul Lip Oil in Honey (PHP 320) from Althea Korea.

The Saem Eco Soul Lip Oil

The Saem Eco Soul Lip Oil

Quick Specs: made in Korea

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