Chronicled Beauty

One girl's journey through the makeup industry

First Impression – tarte Amazonian Clay full coverage 12-hour Foundation February 17, 2013


This foundation can be found at Sephora for $38 online.  Unfortunately, at Sephora and tarte’s website there are only 8 shades to choose from.  But I chose the shade “light” and I found that it matched perfectly.  I’m always excited to try a full-coverage foundation and one that says it stays in place for 12-hours, well, that’s my kind of foundation!

Here are tarte’s claims about this foundation:

“Whether oily, dry or combination, “skin-smart” Amazonian clay will intuitively adjust to meet and address your skin concerns for makeup that wears better, longer, and truer. This revolutionary foundation reduces the appearance of pores, discolorations, and imperfections and ensures a perfectly flawless complexion every time.”


Here is a swatch of the foundation in the shade light

Right off the bat, as you can tell from this swatch, it does completely cover any imperfections and discoloration.  You can see the bluish color of my veins on my hand right above the blended out swatch and they completely disappear when the foundation is blended out.  The texture is silky, almost mousse-like, which I love – almost a cream, almost a liquid.

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I apologize for the harsh lighting, still working on the settings for my new camera! Nonetheless, this is my bare skin with only moisturizer and eye cream.

I did not apply any sort of primer, as I want to see how well the foundation would last throughout the day and also a primer would help even the texture of my skin, so I wanted to see how tarte’s claims held up!

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Here the foundation is applied with just one layer all over and applied additionally to any problem areas, such as hyper-pigmentation or current blemishes.

As seen in this picture, the foundation is full coverage and it really does blend into the skin beautifully.  My dark circles, unfortunately, had to be hidden by my holy-grail of concealers, Amazing Cosmetics – Amazing Concealer (which, if you’re like me, don’t sleep well, have a toddler and your dark circles haunt your dreams, check it out!!)

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Here, the foundation has been on for 12 hours.

Hopefully, you can tell the foundation still looks just as good as it did when first applied.  It did settle into my smile lines and creases under my eyes but that’s typical for my skin and any foundation.  

Overall, I do LOVE this foundation.  I think it’s mousse-y texture is a dream to apply and it blends so well.  I did find that my nose got a little flaky through the day, as I was using tissues to get my sickyness out!  Other than that I think it’s great.  It seemed to work well with my dry areas around the perimeter of my face and as well with my oily t-zone.  I think this foundation would work great on all skin-types as it really does adjust to work for any problem areas.

The only negative I could see is the shade-range.  I hope since this foundation has had such great reviews in the past that they’ll bring out a better color range for those who are very fair or darker skin tones.

I give this foundation a B+.

You can find this foundation at or on tarte’s website at

If you have any products you want reviewed, or a First Impression on, please leave comments below!



tarte discover the Amazon 3-piece kit February 16, 2013

After hearing countless raves about tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation, I decided I had to try it myself! In the colder, winter months I prefer a medium to full-coverage foundation to hide any blemishes, acne scaring and discoloration in my skin so just the name of the foundation caught my eye.

I found a set at Sephora that had a sample of the foundation along with the Pure Maracuja Oil and tarte’s Gifted mascara so I thought this would be a more economical way of testing the foundation, while receiving a few extra goodies at the same time!


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I was so happy to see the box and bag that came with the 3-piece set! The beautiful design reminds me of spring, which immediately put a smile on my face as it is dreary and cold outside today! I can’t wait to put my everyday makeup essentials in the clutch-size bag to keep in my purse.

Now, on to the products included in the set.



This foundation is definitely a medium to full coverage foundation and the finish is a natural satin finish.

Look out for my First Impression post on this foundation later tomorrow as I’m wearing it throughout the morning and evening today to see how I like it.


Pure Maracuja Oil


This oil is super hydrating for the face and neck and has essential fatty acids and Vitamin C to brighten and tone skin. It is not greasy feeling whatsoever. The silver roller ball is cold to the touch so it feels soothing when applying the product!


Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara


This mascara is the first I’ve tried from tarte’s collection and I LOVE it so far. The wand has densely packed bristles and doesn’t leave my lashes clumpy at all and I found it was super lengthening as well.

Here is a demo.

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One eye without mascara
The other with the gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara

Overall, I’m happy with this purchase from Sephora! Everything that came in the kit seems to live up to what it claims. As said before, check back tomorrow for my First Impression review of the Amazonian Clay 24-hour full coverage foundation.

You can find this set together at It’s a new addition to Sephora’s site and is sold for $34.50. Everything included is originally a $68 value, so well worth the price!

You can also check out the tarte website at to purchase these items individually.

I hope this helps you all out when thinking about purchasing any of the items discussed!

If you have tried any three of these products, or all, please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought about them!

See you soon, for my First Impression review tomorrow!



Makeup Favorites from The Grammy’s 2013 February 12, 2013

The 2013 Grammy’s were this past weekend and I unfortunately had a bad sleeping situation with my daughter so we were watching Disney instead! Do not fear, I’ve been scouring the net for my favorite looks from the night and I want to share with you the celebrity makeup styles that stood out to me.


Katy Perry
Makeup Artist – Jake Bailey

First off, how beautiful is the neckline of this dress!?! I’m in love with this woman – now officially my female crush! She looks so glamorous and elegant at the same time and the contrast between her sea-foam green dress and that jet black hair is just out of this world! I think her makeup artist executed this look with perfection – the soft smokey eye, feathery lashes and nude lips works magic against the drama of the gown.


Makeup Artist – Mylah Morales

Rihanna’s uber talented makeup artist did such an amazing job with her red lips! It’s often difficult to match red lipstick if wearing red in your wardrobe – you have to be so careful that the hues don’t clash or take away from one another! Lucky us, Mylah Morales tweeted the exact lip combo she used on Rihanna for the Grammy’s – she lined her lips with Cherry lip pencil, filled them in with Ruby Woo (one of the best colors, IMO, made by M.A.C.), and placed Lady Danger in the center and blended. The simple black liner adds perfect dimension to the lash line and leaves such a polished look! BRAVO!!


Makeup Artist – Michael Ashton

Adele can do no wrong in my book. She is such a stunning woman in so many aspects of the word – her voice:like an angel, her confidence: contagious and she always has such flawless makeup. Her signature look of full-on lashes, soft pinky-nude lips and contoured cheekbones was in full-effect in only a way she can pull off! Another beautiful aspect of this look was the hair… it looked so effortless and whimsical. As always, A+ from me, Adele, A+!

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Alexa Chung
Unfortunately, after much searching, I could not find who her makeup artist was!

Alexa’s messy updo and soft makeup fit her subdued style perfectly. The orangey-red lips are such a beautiful pair with her fair complexion – it gives her a fresh and young look that works so well!

And last but surely not least


Justin Timberlake
Makeup Artist – not needed!

Really. Really! Justin Timberlake got so much buzz for his slicked back hair and for good reason! This polished look is so different from the curly-cue heartthrob we all feel in love with in the 90’s. His grown-up Grammy look is a refreshing change, and we can all hope to see more of it… although he could be covered in mud and grit and still be charming.

So there are my favorites from The Grammy’s 2013.

If there were some favorites of yours that I missed, let me know I’d love to see!



Street Style – New York Fashion Week 2013 February 9, 2013

Fashion Week is in full effect in New York as we speak and as much as most enjoy watching the new styles of the runway, I can’t get enough of the Street Styles that the show-goers are flashing on the sidewalks of New York!  While I do like to view the new collections from top designers, and wishing I could be there all the same, I LOVE to see how everyday women take their own style to the runway shows.  It’s about being comfortable and WEARABLE to me.  So here are a few of my favorite looks that ladies are wearing during Fashion Week 2013 on the streets of NY.






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I love this casual look with a red lip to add a little drama!

I’m loving the natural makeup with a pop of pink/red color for the lips- it’s so fresh and relaxed!

Would you rock these outfits?  I want to know your thoughts and any feedback is welcome!!

Until next time 🙂



Fashion Feature: Pieces Boutique February 6, 2013



Pieces Boutique is located in Uptown Martinsville, VA and owned by the beautiful Ashley Simpson.  This amazing boutique has been open since 2005 and has done so well in our small community!!  In the town of Martinsville unique clothing boutiques that cater to the fashion-friendly are few and far between but Pieces is doing it just RIGHT.  They have such a wide variety of clothes, accessories, shoes, etc to suit EVERY woman, no matter the age!

I like to say they bring “the big city” trends to our small town.  I’ve never been the type of girl to wear the most trendy clothing, or even get out of my usual blue jeans and t-shirt too often.  While I still enjoy my lounging clothes, Pieces has introduced me to a more trendy closet that grows by the shipping loads that enter the boutique!  The unique vibe of Pieces is unbeatable around here and it’s brought a new sense of style and a fresh look to this town!!



Check out this rack! Everything on it is PERFECT for Valentine’s Day!











Have to show off the mustache scarf!

Over the last few months Ashley, Bronwyn and I have grown to have such a beautiful professional relationship and personal friendship! They both inspire me to step out of my comfort zone with fashion and try things I usually wouldn’t have and I can only hope to do the same for them both!  They are both such a delight to work with when I can get the honored opportunity and they both have such a beautiful sense of style and vision. 

Bronwyn and Ashley

Bronwyn and Ashley

They receive new shipments of clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc. on a weekly basis so be sure to check them out online or in store each week!

 I hope you ALL can either go into the boutique yourself or visit their re-vamped website at

Also, check out Pieces Facebook page at for new items and get the chance to see customers styling their new digs and the amazingly gorgeous Ashley and Bronwyn modeling clothing and accessories!

Store hours

Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 to 5:30
Saturday 10:00 to 4:00


Telephone: 1 (276) 806-7649



Rodan + Fields Skincare February 4, 2013

Honestly, I had never heard of this brand and am always skeptical of ANY skincare brand because there are countless products on the market that claim “this” and claim “that” but  ultimately do not deliver, for me at least.  When I arrived at a recent Rodan + Fields skincare party I was blown away by the information provided.  This company is owned and operated by the same two ingenious women that created Proactive – and we all know how well Proactive works for most who try it!

“Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields founded Rodan + Fields® Dermatologists in 2002 to extend their vision of bringing dermatology-based skin treatment to everyone. Originally available as a top-selling clinical skincare brand in high-end department stores, the company realized the Doctors’ vision could never be fully realized when confined to the department store counter.In an unprecedented move, Rodan + Fields became the first prestige skincare line to exit the department store for the world of direct selling. And today, there are numerous Rodan + Fields independent business owners experiencing the income associated with sales volume that far exceeds what leading department store chains were able to achieve.  The power of the individual, combined with Rodan + Fields’ brand legacy, clinically proven products and a proprietary systematic approach to independent business management, makes Rodan + Fields an opportunity like no other.”


The idea behind Rodan + Fields is to categorize skincare needs on a personal level.  There are 4 categories of skincare treatments – Anti-Age, Reverse, Soothe and Unblemish.  Aside from the main 4 categories of skincare, there is also an Enhancement line and Essentials line.

Below I will describe each category.

  • Anti-Age: regimen for wrinkles, pores and loss of firmness.  This line includes a daily cleansing mask, a pore minimizing toner, a triple defense treatment and an overnight restorative cream.


  • Reverse: regimen for brown spots, dullness and sun damage.  This includes a deep exfoliating wash, skin lightening toner, skin lightening treatment and broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen.


  • Soothe: regimen for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness.  Included are a gentle cream wash, sensitive skin treatment, moisture replenishing cream, and a mineral sunscreen.


  • Unblemish: regimen for acne and post-acne marks.  Line includes acne treatment sulfur wash, spot fading/clarifying toner, and a dual intensive acne treatment.


I explained to the ladies hosting the event that my main problems are sensitivity, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.  If I were to target all of my skin issues I would have had to buy all four of the regimen’s, and I couldn’t bring myself to make such a purchase.  So I decided to purchase a few of the anti-age products just to give it a shot!  I was splitting at the seams to get this package in the mail as I’m always cautious but excited to give a new skincare product a try.

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I decided to purchase the Anti-Age Daily Cleansing Mask and the Anti-Age Overnight Restorative Cream

The cleansing mask is supposed to be used twice a day, in the morning and at night.  You apply a quarter-sized amount with wet fingers to your DRY skin and leave on for two minutes, rinsing afterwards and patting dry.  The overnight cream is, of course, only used at night after cleansing with the mask.  You place a dime-sized amount evenly on clean skin and let absorb.  I have used both products twice and I’m not sure if these are SUPER products or if my mind is playing tricks on me but I feel like I can already tell this stuff works wonders.  I took all my makeup off tonight and looked in the mirror before cleansing completely with the mask and I thought to myself “Wow, you’re skin looks better without all that makeup on!” and wow, as a makeup artist, those are some strong words to come out of my mouth!

I did take a couple of pictures in between uses but unfortunately you can’t see much of a difference on my camera so I will post more as time goes and I use the products more!

In conclusion, I’m going to be doing a weekly follow-up review of these two products for a month so you all can follow my results and decide for yourself how you think it’s working!

If you’re interested in try any of the products I’ve explained PLEASE contact Amy Hooper at or Ashley Ullstein at (clever email, huh?)

Go visit for more information on all products and much more!

See you all back in a few days with an update on how my skin likes these Rodan + Fields products…. I have a good feeling! 🙂


January Favorites February 1, 2013

When it comes to my makeup, the only way I can determine if something is a “favorite” of mine is when I grab for it everyday!  I’ve seen so many products come and go from the top of my vanity to STUFFED into one of my vanity drawers but there have been some things in the month of January that I’ve made sure to keep in clear sight so I won’t forget them.  Here are a few makeup products that my face hasn’t been able to live without this month.


Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink

This cream blush is great for my skin in the colder months – it doesn’t dry my cheeks and gives a subtle glow alongside a beautiful pinky rose hue.  It also has Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it’s 100% organic, chemical-free and as an added bonus you can use this on your lips or eyes for a rosy pout or youthful looking eye.

Nivea Lip Butter in Rasberry Rose Kiss

I had been eyeing this lip balm for awhile now in my local drugstore and FINALLY got it a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did.  I use this on a daily basis for either a base for my lipsticks or alone as a hydrating lip balm.  It smells divine but the KICKER for me is that it doesn’t TASTE at all.  I’m the type that can’t stand tasting my lipstick, lip balm or gloss so this product gets two thumbs up!

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation 

Let me tell you, this is one amazing drugstore product.  I’m weary about buying foundations from the drugstore because there are NEVER, ever, samples to test the shade, consistency, scent, etc.  I’ve read and heard so many great things about this foundation, I had to try it myself.  The first day I tried this foundation my husband came home from work and gave me such beautiful compliments so that told me all I needed to know!  I did a full “first impression” review on this product as well:

 Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush

I’ve had this in my collection for awhile and unfortunately had not touched it in way too long!  My daughter, Ava, who LOVES going through my vanity drawers and pretending to put on makeup just like her mommy, pulled this out and said “Have it?” in the most adorable voice you could imagine.  Thank you, Ava, for re-introducing me to a beautiful shadow that I use constantly now!  It’s a highly-pigmented pale, pinky, bronzy color (like that description, don’t you?) and it’s the shade I’ve been wearing on a daily basis since Ava pulled it out.

On to the lipsticks, my new obsession…

Maybelline Color Sensational in Fruit Punch, Covergirl Lip Perfection in Flame, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum and Maybelline Color Sensational in Peachy Scene

Every, single, day I have worn one of these lipsticks.  I think it’s become a problem because each time I put one on I feel like I’m cheating on another – it’s almost sad how much I love these colors.  Each one has a great consistency and while I may need to touch some up more than others, I’m more than willing to do it.  The color payoff for these is great as well.   I think because it’s been so flippin’ freezing here in Virginia recently these lipstick shades all remind me of those warm spring days and summer nights that I can’t wait any longer for!!  So thank you Maybelline, Covergirl and Revlon for giving me a bit of springtime jitters, every day!

Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter 

I received this sample from Sephora as a birthday gift a few days into January and I’ve been constantly using it.  It’s a beautiful champagne shade and I think it gives a perfect subtle amount of glow to the skin.  I am running out of it quicker than I anticipated so the full-version will be on my vanity very soon!

So that’s it, my favorites for January 2013 are right there!  I can’t wait to share all the things I’m loving each month with you makeup loving beauties.

Now, I want to know what has been your #1 product you have grabbed for the most this past month?