tarte — Maracuja Oil Review

I received this Deluxe (7 mL) bottle of tarte’s popular Maracuja Oil in a recent Ipsy bag, and I was so excited because I’d really been wanting to try it.

My skin has always been dry, but now that I’m in my late 30s, I have found it getting drier and flakier each winter. Using facial oil layered over my moisturizer has helped to keep my skin less dry.

In the past, I’ve tried Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil, and Cocoon Apothecary Organic Rosehip Oil Moisturizing Serum. My favorite by far has been the rosehip oil, which noticeably helps my skin to heal when it has redness and blemishes. The other oils have not been particularly outstanding—they work fine as oils to keep moisture in my skin, but there have been no other improvements to my skin’s appearance when using them.

tarte’s Maracuja Oil is derived from the Passiflora edulis plant, a species of passion flower native to Brazil. The oil itself is extracted from the seeds in the passion fruit.

Passion Fruit & Passion Flower
Mmmm, passion fruit.
Image: biologicalexceptions.blogspot.com

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Ipsy fivezero's Glam Bag "Carpe P.M." December 2016

Ipsy — December 2016 Glam Bag “Carpe P.M.”

I was going to moan about yet another nail polish-less Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link), but it turns out that there weren’t even any nail polishes distributed by Ipsy this month!

A few of things I did notice that Ipsy have recently changed:

  1. They updated the Profile Quiz, so retake it if you’re a subscriber! They’ve added some more detail.
  2. You can’t seem to review individual items in your Glam Bag, anymore—just the bag as a whole. I hope this isn’t really the case, as I’m not sure how they will be able to tailor your the Glam Bags as well. (How else will I complain about getting endless black eyeliners and haircare products?!) They giveth with the Profile Quiz, and taketh away with the product ratings…
  3. You have four months to finish reviewing items from previous Glam Bags.
Ipsy Glam Bag, December 2016, Carpe P.M.
Image: ipsy.com

This month’s bag is pretty decent, nevertheless! I did get an email from Ipsy last month asking me to choose one of the items I would receive, which was cool. The options given were:

  • Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Pin Up
  • City Color Be Matte Blush Trio
  • Hanalei Lip Treatment
  • NYX Prismatic Shadow in Bedroom Eyes
  • NYX Prismatic Shadow in Jaded
  • OUAI Wave Spray
  • tarte Deluxe Maracuja Oil
Ipsy, December 2016, Carpe P.M., Choose Your Own Glam Bag Pick
Choose Your Own Glam Bag Pick (Ipsy December 2016). Just one hug & kiss.
Image: Email from ipsy.com

I almost picked the tarte Maracuja Oil, as I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, now, but in the end I’m a sucker for nail and lip stuff, so I went with the Ciaté lipstick.

Turns out I received the Ciaté lipstick, plus the tarte Maracuja Oil, plus the Hanalei Lip Treatment. Score!

What I Received

  • Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slick in Pin Up (2 mL mini; 6.5 mL full size US$19)
  • Hanalei Lip Treatment (5 mL mini; 15 mL full size US$20)
  • OFRA Eyeshadow/Highlighter in Bliss (4 g full size pan; pan in compact US$15)
  • Royal & Langnickel MODA Angle Shader Brush (full size, comes in a six-brush set USD$19.99)
  • tarte Maracuja Oil (7 mL deluxe sample; 15 mL travel size US$15/CA$19, 50 mL full size US$48/CA$60)
  • Ipsy makeup bag
fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, December 2016, Carpe P.M.
fivezero’s Ipsy Glam Bag, December 2016, Carpe P.M.
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Ciaté: 30% off any purchase with code IPSTER (through 01/31/2017, US only)
  • Hanalei: 30% off any purchase with code LIPTREATMENT30 (through 01/31/2017, US only)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 01/31/2017)
  • Royal & Langnickel: 20% off any purchase with code ipsy20 (through 01/31/2017, US only)
  • tarte: 20% off any purchase with code IPSYDEC (through 01/10/2017)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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