New Yoooork!

Just got to NYC today for the second half of my internship today. Since I’m staying around the SoHo area, shopping is a given, and of course I had to check out the Sephora on Broadway. I tried out a few items and ended up buying the MUFE Aqua Cream for Lips and Eyes in #5 and Fresh Lip Treatment in Rose.

So here are my thoughts on some of these two:

Make Up Forever Aqua  Cream Lips & Cheecks #5

What drew me to these initially was their beautiful eye-catching colors, they were all so intensely pigmented and shimmery, simply irresistible. I tried on a few colors, but ended up loving #5. The first thing I thought when I swatched the color on my hand was “my God, this looks just like Orgasm!” The resemblance between this and the famed Nars Orgasm blush is absolutely striking. Both are a peachy pink color with golden shimmers. I haven’t tried the Orgasm multiple yet, but if you are looking for a cream (and waterproof) version of Orgasm, I would recommend checking this out. The color also look amazing on my cheeks, a natural flush of color (my favorite part about cream blushes) with just enough shimmers to give a nice glow but not so much that it looks glittery.

Fresh Lip Treatment in Rose

I’ve been lusting after these for a while, ever since I saw my roommate using it last year! The packaging just creams luxe, it has a nice SPF15, a gorgeous tint, and delivers a surge of moisture on the lips. What’s not to love? Well…the price. If it wasn’t for the $22.50 price tag, I would have snagged up this baby a long time ago. However, as you can tell, I finally gave in and bought it today. I thought about getting the new shade in Sugar Plum, but it looked too dark to me. But mostly I have just been dying to get my hands on the Rose. Who knows, if get addicted to this tube I just might give the Sugar Plum a go too.

At first glance, this is like the perfect lip balm. Like I’ve mentioned, the packaging is amazing. The tube is made of a matte metallic material, in a light shade of pink. The cap is twisted on, which is the signature feature of this product and it’s genius because you don’t have to worry about it coming off in your purse (which has not happened to any of my lipsticks yet, but you never know). The balm itself is a bright rosy red, but goes on the lips as a sheer rosy tint – just enough color to enhance your natural lip colors, but sheer enough to not look made up. The balm feels great on the lips and it’s definitely good to know that it also has SPF. This will definitely be one of those products that I put on when I don’t want to bother with make up but also not look completely bare. It will also be a good stable to keep the purse since it’s so easy to reapply throughout the day.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain with LipSurgence Technology

I tried the color Charm in store. It’s a bright pink, goes on creamy, and gives a glossy feel. The Lip Stain is highly pigmented and definitely not drying. However, I’m not sure about it staying power. When I wiped the product off from my lips, it left a nice stain. Overall, I thought it was a nice product, but I’m not sure if I like it enough to spend $24 :\

I will do a more extensive review on the first two products as I try them out in the next couple of weeks. However, please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to know about them, or if you have tried any of these I would love to hear your thoughts on them!


Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner

Tarte emphasEYES waterproof shadow/liner


Price: $22.00

What you get: a pot of liner and a double-ended liner. One end of the brush is flat for smudging and creating the smoky effect. The other end has a pointy, smaller brush that is recommended for creating thin lines.

Where to buy: Sephora (and your local Sephora stores, though they might not have all colors in stock), QVC (it is currently selling for $19.97 + $3.97 S&H), Tarte Website (it’s currently out of stock there).

Description from the Tarte website:

Infused with micronized clay and reinforced by our natural waterproofing agent, these plush shadow/liners are a must for creating intense and long-lasting high definition eyes. Our high-performance natural™ Amazonian white clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient, lending deep color pigments while nourishing skin, reducing surface oil and improving overall texture for smooth application.Our botanical waterproofing agent is earth engineered from a blend of natural plant waxes to form an impermeable layer that protects against rain, sweat, tears and creasing. The fusion of technologies results in an intense yet smooth cream that can be smudged onto lids as an all over shadow or used as a high definition liner using the double-ended brush included with each shade. emphasEYES™ shadow/liners are housed in an airtight jar to keep product cushion intact from start to finish, so no matter the look the result is a precise and waterproof finish. Continue reading