Review: Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara


I initially received a sample size of this mascara at Sephora (100 Point Reward). I used up the sample in less than two weeks and rushed to my nearest Sephora to grab a full-size, only to learn that the store that I had visited was sold out 😓 I immediately went on the Tarte website and to my surprise, there was a sale on 😍 So, I bought two Tarteist Lash Paint Mascaras, without any hesitation, and this is why 😀

I will begin by stating that I already have quite thick, dark and volumous curly lashes, so my purpose, with regards to using mascara, is to add more drama, length and volume as well as for lash separation. After applying one coat of this mascara, my lashes were instantly thicker, longer and more defined (in that there was more curl). However, this mascara, true to its name, has a paint-like consistency – it’ s thick!!! and takes longer than any other mascara I have ever used before to dry. While the mascara dries, it is crucial not to let your lashes touch your lids (especially if you have eyeshadow on!), as colour transfer is bound to happen and this product isn’t so simple to remove once it touches skin! I had to wait about 3 minutes before applying my second coat and thats when I really fell in love because I usually need at least 3 coats of mascara to achieve the look I go for and managed to get it in just 2 coats with Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. Here is a picture of what my lashes looked like after two coats.


I find I get better results when I apply this mascara after I have primed my eyelids and applied eyeshadow (I think the color that falls off and settles onto my lashes helps to build up the volume of the mascara).

This mascara stays put on my lashes for about 8-10 hours before I notice particles of it on my face. It seems fairly easy to remove with a (preferably, an oil-based) face wash/cleanser, although I have struggled to find a makeup remover that can get rid of ALL traces of this mascara. Despite removing my makeup with built for make-up wipes, and washing and toning my face at night, some mornings, I still wake up with black crud in my eyes and on random parts of my face 😬

Nonetheless, Tarte has outdone itself with this mascara which Tarte claims on its website is vegan friendly as well as safe for contact lens wearers.

Have you tried this mascara? Share what you think 🙂

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New Season, New Skincare – Spa @ Home

A change of season calls for a change in your skincare routine! Switch up your skincare routine and treat every skincare woe thanks to the new line of products from Spa @ Home by Masque Bar! Available exclusively at Walgreens and Target, these K-Beauty innovations are the perfect remedy to minimize pores, even out skin and soothe while cleansing deep down dirt!


Smooth your completion with the Spa @ Home Pore Refining Crème Mask! This soothing crème mask gently smooths, exfoliates, and minimizes the appearance of pores with raspberry extract, lemon fruit extract, and vitamin E. ($9.99 for 3 mask sachets)


Eliminate pore-clogging impurities while you brighten uneven skin tones using the Spa @ Home Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask. Infused with collagen, papaya extract, and witch hazel, this foamy bubble mask is formulated to balance skin tone and even out texture. ($9.99 for 2 mask sachets)


Gently cleanse skin during the cold, months ahead with the Spa @ Home Melting Cleanser. This luxurious, 3-in-1 cleanser deep cleans, soothes, and purifies with lavender extract, witch hazel extract, and aloe. ($19.99 for 4 fl.oz)


Available at Walgreens stores nationwide.


Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost ($47 CDN) is a new lightweight gel facial moisturizer that is water-based, packed with marine antioxidants as well as free of phthalates, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfates, gluten and parabens!!!

The first time I tried a gel moisturizer was two years ago when I was in Hong Kong. I remember being enthralled with the rose scent and wishing  thatI could have re-purchased the product when it finally finished, but I was NOT willing to pay exorbitant customs charges and could not find a local supplier ☹

A few weeks back, when I saw an advertisement for Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost on the Tarte website, I was hyped to learn it would be available in the Canadian market soon, because I couldn’t wait to test out this gel moisturizer.  Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost was released alongside a line of other skincare (including SPF and a cleansing gel) as well as make-up products and brushes. The packaging for these items is super cute – gold embossing on turquoise, pink and purple!

The moisturizer comes in a jar, which I prefer, since I can use as much as I need. However, be mindful not to leave lidded products open for too long as this usually compromises on their quality. The moisturizer is thick, clear and has a strong floral (lavender) fragrance.

Once I applied the gel onto my freshly washed and toned face, I noticed that it felt very refreshing and hydrating. It also absorbed quickly and easily into my skin.

I had no issues applying my regular makeup routine on top of this moisturizer although I did find that I looked “shinier” (the moisturizer I was using prior is advertised to reduce pores and sebum flow, and to be anti-shine and mattifying). I also used this as a PM moisturizer and found that my skin remained hydrated throughout the night.

Although I am not sure I will disregard all moisturizers I have used before (nor can I say that I will refrain from trying new products on the market), I can safely say that since I’ve been re-introduced to the world of gel moisturizers, I don’t know if I could return back to cream moisturizers. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost really provides a boost of hydration to my skin and feels refreshing and light. Not to mention, this gel is packed with anti-oxidants.

Currently, Rainforest of the Sea Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost is only available either at, Sephora stores, or on

If you’ve had experience with this product, please share your thoughts.

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Kryolan Professional Make-Up NYC Grand Opening

Kryolan Professional Make-Up is finally opening its first NYC store!


LULU was doing live sketches at the opening party.

The new store is located at 277 Bleecker St at Jones St.

About Kryolan:

Kryolan have been supplying the film, theater and television industries for over 70 years, which makes it one of the world’s first professional make-up brands. They’re still the number one choice for make-up artists today, thanks to their extensive range of over 16,000 high-quality make-up products and accessories.
Kryolan’s chemists have been developing their professional range from their headquarters in Berlin for over six decades. During this time, they’ve created and perfected 750 color-intense shades in over 16,000 products, which are currently used in more than 80 countries in every continent worldwide. Their qualified chemists are continuously developing new products and looking for raw materials with exceptional qualities – which led to the development of their Dermacolor range, attracting the attention of clinical dermatologists all over the world.

For more information, please visit


Get The Look: NYFW Edition



1) Create a natural middle part and loosely blow-dry with The Beachwaver Co. On Set Styling Brush.

2) Using The Beachwaver Co. Darby Clips, section the hair starting at the bottom and working your way up. Curl the hair with The Beachwaver Co. BEACHWAVER S.75, but leave 2″ out to create soft, natural wave.

3) Smooth over the ends with The Beachwaver Co. Coast Pro Styling Iron and add pomade for a subtle texture on the ends.



INSPIRATION:  A modern take on the French woman

LOOK: French beauty meets boho-chic, fringe and grunge

  1. Apply PHYTO PHYTO Phytokeratine Repairing Spray and PHYTO Intense Volume Mousse, section by section.
  2. Then distribute PHYTO Phytolisse Serummid-lengths to the ends.
  3. Blow dry while raking fingers through the hair.
  4. Use tongs of a 1 inch or half inch curling iron (depending on hair length) to create a ridge sort of texture on hair. Style large sections at a time.
  5. Brush out the hair with a large comb or fingers.
  6. Attach the fringe/bangs clip (match extensions color to hair color) in which have already been texturized using the PHYTOIntense Volume Mousse and PHYTO Phytokeratine Repairing Spray.
  7. Cut the fringe to the right length.
  8. Apply PHYTOPhytovolume Actif Spray all over then shake the hair out.



  1. Prep the hair withPHYTO Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray from root to end.
  2. Add a pea size amount of PHYTO 9or PHYTO 7 from mid-shaft to end, depending on hair texture.
  3. Section hair in the fringe area and add a few light mists of the PHYTO PhytoPlage Protective Sun Veil.
  4. Sweep a section of hair behind the ears, leaving the fringe section up front.
  5. Smooth and set the hair close to the head with hands.
  6. Add a pea size amount of PHYTO Professional Strong Sculpting Gel from root to eye line.
  7. Diffuse hair with a sock diffuser.
  8. Throughout the diffusing, sprayPHYTO Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hair Spray to set the hair]



INSPIRATION: The hair mixes masculine and feminine elements for a tight, soft, yet structured look.

LOOK: Sophisticated juxtaposition. 90’s minimalism meets graphic realism.

  1. Prep and saturate hair with PHYTO Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray.
  2. Comb and smooth hair. Spray PHYTO Phytovolume Actif to create texture and a wet look.
  3. French braid hair from the crown of the head to bottom. Secure with elastic.
  4. Create hair wisps around ears for a soft, romantic look.
  5. Finish with PHYTO Professional Phytolaque Soie Hairspray.
  6. Smooth ponytail end or flyaways with PHYTO Phyto 7or Phyto 9.



LOOK: Beautifully-undone

  1. Begin by cleansing skin with Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser to remove excess oil and makeup, revealing a balanced, luminous complexion
  2. Spritz the face with Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence to deliver long-lasting, oil-free moisture and minimize the appearance of pores
  3. Apply Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum to promote a visibly healthy, radiant appearance
  4. Use Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer for balanced hydration with a smooth matte finish
  5. Apply Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crèmearound the eye area for a bright, rested look
  6. Finish with indulgent Tata Harper Fortifying Body Lotion for intense hydration and a glowing body from head-to-toe
  7. Lastly, to create a relaxing backstage experience, apply Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment and Tata Harper Aromatic Irritability Treatment to pulse points inside wrists, on temples, and each side of the neck. Rub onto palms and inhale deeply for the ultimate calming experience.



LOOK: Natural with an edge of universal and tribal (Dinka Tribe)

  1. Cleanse skin with Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser to removes excess oil and makeup for a fresh, radiant start
  2. Spritz the face with Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence to deliver long-lasting, oil-free moisture and minimize the appearance of pores
  3. Apply Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum to promote a visibly healthy, radiant appearance
  4. Use Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer for balanced hydration with a smooth matte finish
  5. Apply Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crèmearound the eye area to refresh and restore
  6. Finish by applying Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment to pulse points inside wrists, on temples and each side of neck. Spread over palms and inhale deeply for a luxurious, relaxing experience




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