Tarte: Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum & LipSurgence

There was an Ulta right outside my yoga studio in CA, dangerous right? I’d stop in totally exhausted and sweaty from time to time and of course something usually caught my eye. To catch my eye is one thing, to move me to purchase quite another. For a few totally unique gems from Tarte though, it was an easy call.

You know I’m an illuminator fiend, especially when I find one like this that strikes the perfect balance of creating a special glow to the skin without looking glittery or frosty. Used on its own, Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum gives skin a fresh glow, used as a primer the Amazonian Clay absorbs oil for a longer foundation wear time, mixed in with foundation it boosts the look of radiancy.

Here’s a peek.

It’s a light to medium shade that blends into skin well. Deeper skin tones would want to mix it in or use as a primer.
See what I mean? It just gives some glow without a hint of sparkle for grown up radiance. 

I’m also a sucker for anything that goes on the lips, so I grabbed a LipSurgence twist up lip stain.  It’s an almost gel-like consistency that has a sheerness about it, a good pick for a lipstick-phobe who wants color without weight.  I’ve been using mine almost like a balm since it moisturizes well and isn’t sticky.

Crayon applicator with a twist up, no sharpening needed.

Shown in Charmed, a just-right pink that isn’t too Barbie. Just the color boost I needed.

Check out all things Tarte at Ulta.com HERE


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