22 Jan 2017

Tartelette In Bloom Palette Review (Swatches)

Firstly, let me just say how impressed I was upon first opened this packaging.
It is stunning and has a high-end feel the whole way through. The second thing
I noticed was a lovely smell, that was sort of sweet with a hint of flower. The
palette is 
scented. I had no idea it would be, and fully expected it to be similar to
clay based products (such as Naturals). I have also received a bonus
'Gifted' Mascara sample having spent a certain amount on Tarte
which was a nice little surprise.

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If you keep up with me on social media, you will 
have seen my 'Unhaul' video on
YouTube where I throw out toxic out-of-date 
makeup from my own collection. In it,
I throw out most of my mascara. For the
past five days I've had swelling on my 
eyelids and my eyes are very sore after using out-of-date makeup as a test. For this 
reason only I will not be applying any makeup to my eyes and show you look I can 
create with this palette. Instead, I will swatch it and give an in-depth review. As
as it sucks to wait to use this palette on my eyes, I am too excited to not 
swatch it for my lovely readers.

Note: Click to view larger image

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As you can see there is a variety of Matte Shades and foiled ones as well.
I picked this palette because of the deep matte shades it has. Even though
a couple of the deeper colours go on slightly patchy such as Smokeshow,
Activist and Leader.  Be ready to blend with these three shades. If you apply
it quickly it will look uneven and patchy as you can see in my swatches which
were done using my fingers not a brush. Perhaps this has something to do
with the product being clay based? The formula of these eye shadows
feels silky and almost a bit buttery in texture. As I mentioned above some
of these shades need heaps of blending, and the swatches below were not
done in one swipe. 

A stand out shade for me would be Funny Girl. Not only is this a stunning
pale golden shimmery eye shadow, but can double as a highlighter if you
have a fairly light touch. I had to take a couple photos (below) with and
without a flash to show the beauty of this shade in either conditions. 

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I do recommend this palette for someone who loves earthy-warm tones.
This is also for anyone who wants a palette that is more compact than
Urban Decay's Naked Palettes range, but still has a good selection of

NOTE: All images in this post are property of Samantha Marie and this Blog,
and are not to be used without obtained permission.

This is not a sponsored post, and I am not currently sponsored. 

As always my opinions and views are my own.

17 Jan 2017

~Blogger Recognition Award Nomination~

I actually never thought I would be posting this, and I feel a bit undeserving. A lovely blogger named Jasmine (Blog: 'Thoughts From Jasmine')has nominated me for the The Blogger Recognition AwardShe puts forth an open and honest blog that I find I can relate to. Thank you so very much for this nomination Jas.



  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated
    and provide the link to the post you created.  

When I began this blog, I had just really decided to join the Beauty Blogger
 community. My writing experience has been far longer than my current blog,

therefor I have always been fairly comfortable about writing in general. Back
when I was in High School, I was a writer and editor for my school newspaper.
At one point I had even thought of becoming a journalist one day, but I didn't
end up pursuing that path. Confidence was a hard learned lesson for me,
especially when you're putting your thoughts and sometimes personal
feelings out there for an millions of people to read. The basis of my blog
is to provide my own honest opinions on products and lifestyle situations.
I really do get a kick out of testing beauty products, making tutorials and
using my experiences to hopefully motivate or inspire others.

My Advice for any new blogger is to be be patient and consistent in your writing.
Patience that your readers will not appear out of thin air.  Consistency in
only post something you are confident is factual/true. 

I nomination these amazing bloggers listed below

JOYCE Joyce Lau 
Louise - Louise Loves Beauty
Aspyn Aspyn Ovard 
MelanieLilies Beauty
Alice - Alice Grace Beauty
Emily - Miss Beauty Emily
Danielle -  Danielle Ruppert
Laura - ThePaleGirlBlog
Kirsty - Kirsty WS
MayKatie - WhatKatieDidNext
Daisy - Daisy & Belle

Each of these blogs is unique and amazing in it's own way. Keep up the wonderful work ladies!



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