December 16, 2010


I have a secret to share. Well, I actually have three. I know I have mentioned BEFORE that I really enjoy sample beauty items, and because of the holiday season, stores are handing them out like CRAZY. 

I have been testing out tons of them, and I have found three new loves in my life.

 Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

I have always been a fan of Benefit's "That Gal" primer, but I find myself constantly running out of the product, in a very short amount of time. I feel like the focus is places more on the packaging, and less on the product. So this time around, I decided to test my luck and go with something NEW. Enter Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer. This baby is amazing. It turns my skin into a fresh canvas, and illuminates my skin with a healthy glow. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I am not usually a foundation gal. I pride myself on wearing tinted moisturizer, and letting my skin breathe. But as the years have gone by, my skin has changed. Lately I have been noticing that my tinted moisturizer leaves me oily after just an hour or so.  Imagine my excitement when I tested a 7 day sample of this baby. After LONG days at the office and a LONG night at the restaurant, my foundation was STILL in place and still looking very fresh. 

Smashbox O-Plump Gloss
I am self admittedly a lip gloss JUNKIE, turned lip stick fan, turned BACK to lip gloss LOVER after this little guy. Never before have I loved a lip gloss so much. I love the natural pink it lends my lips and that the color lasts for hours.

What are YOUR favorite new beauty items!?

Shawni Marie


  1. Oooh I want to try the pearl primer! I have been meaning to get my paws on some of that stuff it always looks so pretty on people.

  2. i am SO buying that pearl primer after the holidays :) i love this post - i'm a beauty products junkie!!

  3. How lovely!! I love love love the Lash Stiletto Mascara! It is the best mascara I have EVER used!!! and with this horribly dry weather I have been using blistex lip balm all the time!!!

  4. Oh how fun of you to post this! I actually ordered some makeup from Sephora & one of the free samples I picked was the Tarina Tarantino Primer, so yay! Now I know its good♥


  5. oooo i'm definitely going to try out that primer! i'm dying to find a good one. thanks for sharing!

  6. im def going to have to try the primer. i've been using the smashbox primer forever...i want something different. thanks!

  7. I absolutely adore Cover Girl's wetslicks lip gloss in "peaches n gleam." I tried it after reading about it in another blog and love it! :)

  8. CLINIQUE CLINIQUE CLINIQUE!!!! Lancome has THE best primer but it is way out of my budget! How expensive was the Tarina Tarantino??

  9. grrrreat. i am always looking for new skin recently cleared up and now i can use tinted moisturizer and i am PUMPED. i am definitely a clinique girl.

  10. i'm running low on all my makeup/face products. thanks for the tips, i may try the lipgloss!

  11. I feel like SUCH a boy when I read your blog you lovely lady you. Why oh why can't you live closer?! My friends here suck, you're amazing. Point & Win! ♥

  12. Double wear is such a heavy foundation. Try Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer.. it comes oil free and regular. They also make an oil free primer that controls oil throughout the day.. if you're set on the double wear, try the double wear light.. lighter coverage, same staying powder.. make sure you have an excellent makeup remover/face wash, that stuff is really hard to remove. They sell a special remover for it. ( I used to freelance for estee lauder) or try makeup forever's HD foundation.. my favorite. Beautiful finish, and very natural looking. :-) cheers