Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

I purchased the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen in hopes of finding a primer to use under my foundation and what I discovered instead has left me in heaven. It is confidence locked in a bottle. tarte bb cream


What it Does:

Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skintone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Remarkable Coverage:


For me, this product does more than any BB Cream I’ve ever tried. Using my Beauty Blender Sponge, it applies evenly and protects my face from harmful sun rays. It also leaves my face feeling softer and smoother than before I first used it. The top two images show my barefaced complexion without makeup. The bottom two show my face once I’d applied this product. This is DEFINITELY a product I will purchase again. I can use it as a primer and cover it with foundation or I can wear it alone and still feel ready to face the day.


Completed Look:

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With the addition of eye makeup, blush, and lipstick, I’m ready to take on the world.

Miracle Skin Transformer: Complete Starter Beauty Transformation System

Just when I thought it wasn’t possible to make a product better than what was already available, Miracle Skin Transformer owner Sarah McNamara does just that.

Introducing the Complete Starter Beauty Transformation System


Currently you can find Miracle Skin Transformer at places like Sephora and Nordstrom, but this amazing kit is only available on their website. Included in this kit is the tried and true Treat & Conceal and Face SPF20, as well all the all new HydroActive Cleanser, HydroActive Microderm and a Refining Brush.


The purpose:

To prep and transform your skin into a flawless complexion.


Prep Skin:

Day & Night: Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Cleanser

Refining Brush & HydroActive Cleanser

The hydroactive cleanser gently dissolves dirt, oil, makeup, and other impurities from your skin, making it perfect for morning and night use. The product starts out in a whipped texture and transforms into a comforting cream when you begin to blend it against your skin with water. It has been formulated to maintain your skins natural moisture levels while it melts away your makeup. What you end up with is a refreshed face that is not only clean, but soft and hydrated.

Key Ingredients:

The Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Cleanser is infused with the M3 Complex, a powerful botanical antioxidant blend that works hard to fight free radicals. In addition, EcoPhysalis, Manuka Honey, and Vitamins help soothe and soften, for clarified and luminous skin.

Rating: A+


Occasional Usage: Miracle Skin Transformer  Hydroactive Microderm

Refining brush & HydroActive Microderm

The hydroactive microderm combines micro-exfoliants, natural extracts, and high-grade micronized magnesium oxide crystals to smooth, refine, and polish skin’s texture. By gently polishing the skin, dead skin and cells are removed, leaving your skin feeling smooth. Continued use of this can renew your skin by softening and refining the look of your skin and even diminish the visible signs of aging. The product smells amazing, reminding me of Philosophy’s the microdelivery peel.   Owning the product just mentioned, while I like it, I prefer the simplicity (and cost) of this product.

Key Ingredients:

Infused with the M3 Complex, a blend of marine collagen algae, vitamins and antioxidants, allow for increased hydration and more luminous skin.

Rating: A-

The Refining Brush

The Refining Brush is one of the many features of the Starter System and while it is not as complex as the Clarisonic, the two attachments provided (sponge and brush) are easy to attach and simple to clean. Massages the product into your skin while providing the quality cleaning you hoped to achieve. Currently you cannot purchase the brush as a standalone item.


Transform Skin

Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Face and Treat & Conceal

After you have prepared your face for makeup, the second phase of this system provides you with the Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Face and the Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal. Both of these products are hands down a staple in my day-to-day routine and have become Holy Grail items since first use.

Before and After Using Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Face & the Treat & Conceal

The Miracle Skin Transformer Face does five jobs in one (hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify, and protect) while the concealer focuses on correcting, covering, and protecting your skin. Both products come in four shades to choose from and contain the same M3 Complex that works to safeguard your skin while making you appear red carpet ready with flawless skin. As you can see in my Before and After pic above, I have some breakouts on my cheeks and dark spots under my eyes. With a small amount of this product (emphasis on small), my face appears flawless and my confidence soars.

Rating: A+ for both products.

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Review Recap:

  • Price:$39.95 USD /$40.60 CAD
  • Availability:Kit sold only at www.miracleskintransformer.com, individual products sold at Sephora and other fine beauty establishments.
  • Selection:Four shades on Transformer Face & 4 shades of Treat & Conceal to choose from.
  • Overall: The refining brush is a great tool to use on your face and by purchasing the kit online, you save money instead of buying each item separately in the stores. Some people like to purchase products in person, creating a slight disadvantage for that population. The brush is not sold individually.
  • Rating: A-

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Let MANNA Erase Your Flaws

Imagine for a moment, the soft and supple feel of honey gliding across your skin. As you cover your face, you know all pores and fine lines are being erased. Now imagine a product that does this for you – MANNA’s CAMERA READY primer ($42 USD).


On the left, you see tired and worn out eyes; puffy skin and dark circles (in all fairness, I was dealing with a death in the family when I snapped these photo’s). On the right, you see refreshed and glowing skin and all of it is thanks to the MANNA makeup line.


This particular look was achieved using the MANNA Camera Ready AND a light application of the MANNA Sheer Glow ($29 USD) to the areas I would typically highlight with a light shimmery powder.

According to MANNA, Camera Ready is:

…an essential makeup base that gives a matte, silky smooth finish that will keep your makeup in place ALL day.  As a bonus, Camera Ready smoothes skin texture and minimizes the appearance of fine lines & pores.

According to MANNA, Sheer Glow is:

…an incandescent liquid that lights up skin with all over radiance.  Mix with foundation or wear alone to provide a luminous glow for all skin types.  This is an especially amazing product for mature/dry skin that provides a youthful glow and dewy finish.  Use on face and/or body and get glowing!


Both of these products can be used alone or combined to create the perfectly glowing, matte face. Very similar to Smashbox Photo Finish, it’s a few dollars cheaper and provides phenomenal coverage, allowing you to look picture perfect all day, everyday. I was very pleased with these results and once my product runs out, I will more than likely be looking to buy more.

Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR. This site does not offer paid or guaranteed reviews, only honest opinions of the products tested.




Genie in a Bottle


Every time I look at the now “old” packaging of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, cleverly duped UDPP, the Christina Aguilera lyrics to Genie In a Bottle start to escape my lips.

Not by choice, possibly the influence of the URBAN*DECAY, I have to fight the urge to break out into dance as I belt out the following:

If you wanna be with me, baby
There’s a price you pay
I’m a genie in a bottle
You gotta rub me the right way

The packaging was gorgeous, but as the lyrics suggested – it came with a price. In the beginning, everyone rubbed the packaging the right way, but as the product wore down, sure enough rubbing the right way became harder and harder.

Less than half of the product could be used before the container made it nearly next to impossible to use. Before URBAN*DECAY could say NO! NO! NO! women and men alike were taking their good kitchen knives to the container. I even made a video showing how I cut my UDPP in half. That’s how AMAZING this product is. YES! It’s so great, we’d risk cutting off our appendages to keep using it.

Finally, URBAN*DECAY caught on to all the pleas we made and came out with a new packaging. Now you get 25 mL more than the original packaging for about 25% more cost (new suggested retail is $45 USD). Honestly, price wise, I don’t mind. I am willing to pay for a product that is going to be easier to use and keeps my makeup in place all day long.

Thank you URBAN*DECAY for listening to the gripes, moans, and complaints of all of us. Your attention to detail is greatly appreciated! Now hurry and do this with the other UDPP’s you have out.

Will YOU buy this when your current UDPP runs out? I will!

Easier Than Falsies: Shiseido Mascara Base

eyeshadow primer

If you are anything like me, you open a drawer to your makeup world and you are faced with choices. Which foundation to wear; which base to prime with; which eyeshadow combination to apply. The choices are relentless and time consuming. This does not bode well when it’s 5:15 a.m. and I have an entire day ahead of me!

While staring at my mascara bin hoping something would jump out at me the other day, something shiny (oohh, shiiinney!) caught my attention. Pushing mascaras aside, I found the shiny thing – only to push it aside and realize my Shiseido Mascara Base was underneath it – and had barely been used.

Immediately, I went to applying the base. It’s not like most eyelash bases you have seen on the market. Both drugstore and high end bases I have seen are white. This one is almost an opaque gray that reminds me of a face primer. The results are pretty amazing though and no gluing is involved 🙂


Just a few swipes (I take it very slow to make sure I coat my lash from base to tip) and my lashes are instantly longer. Switching to the next eye, I allow time for the base to set and for the protein coat to harden (if that is in fact what it’s doing) causing my lashes to appear longer.

Once a sufficient amount of time has passed, I applied the first mascara in my bin that my hand could reach and applied it sparingly. My one and only complaint with this base is that even though my lashes look a full inch longer with this product, when I put a mascara on top of it, the mascara wand pushes my lashes together. If there is something I hate more than drawn on eyebrows, its clumpy looking eyelashes. Using my spooly, I pulled my lashes apart and they looked much better.

If you are willing to use the spooly and work the lashes apart, this product is great. It does what it set out to do and you use so much less mascara, the cost is worth it in the long run.

Do you use a base/primer for your eyelashes?

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Funny The Way It Is” by Dave Matthews Band


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