Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - Worth The Hype?

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - Worth The Hype? | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Hello gorgeousness! I know, I know. I am late to the bandwagon. I couldn't help myself. Tati, being my absolute excellent makeup and beauty consultant and I do not own her most favorite concealer of all time?? Can't relate. So I went out to Sephora Sunway Pyramid and finally got my hands on it.

I had really high hopes for this. Lots of beauty gurus love this stuff. I mean, sure it is a really good stuff if they keep raving about it, right? Anyway, let me tell you something. It retails for RM 115 for 0.34oz of product. It is not an affordable concealer. At least, that's what I thought when I first saw the advertisement in my email. I personally wouldn't want to spend a 100 ringgit just for a tube of concealer. But I did it anyway.

Speaking of tube, I am actually surprised at how noticeably large the tube is and how much product you get! Yes, you get more product with Shape Tape versus other concealer - Nars Radiant Creamy concealer (RM 112) for 0.22oz, Too Faced Born This Way concealer (RM 126) has 0.16oz and Urban Decay Naked concealer (RM 108) has 0.16oz. So, take your pick. 

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - Worth The Hype? | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

PACKAGING

Shape Tape concealer comes in a tube with a gigantic doe-foot applicator. It's so incredibly big that it picks up a lot of product in one dunk and that one dunk is all I need for my whole face. I think the huge and wide applicator (aside from the amount of product you get) is a great tactic to justify the price tag. It feels high quality and heavy duty. 

PIGMENTATION/ COVERAGE

This stuff is FULL COVERAGE through and through!! When my internet friends say it's full coverage, it's full coverage. It's not a false alarm. They mean it! The coverage is tip-top. It covers everything - blemishes, super dark and blueish under eye circles, you name it. Apart from that, a little goes a long way with this bad boy. What I always do is I take a little bit of product from the applicator with a blending brush and blend away. It blends really well and it will not lose its pigmentation. You don't need a lot of it, I tell you!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - Worth The Hype? | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - Worth The Hype? | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

TEXTURE, FORMULA & LONGEVITY

It's thick, hence the coverage. Even though it's thick, it goes super smooth under the eyes! You know sometimes concealers tend to make your under eyes look dry and 'crispy'? This, doesn't. As far as longevity goes, this stuff stayed put all day long. All. Day. Long. It did settle in my fine lines because that's the nature of having fine lines. Products like this will cling on to those lines. HOWEVER, nothing major. I swear I have had worse cases with concealers before and this is nothing near as dramatic as the others.

It also doesn't fade off or break apart or budge at all, at least on me. The key is not to apply too much because it WILL get cakey. I have a feeling this concealer is the one that will cake up if you use too much. I warned you.



What I like about it:

  • The coverage is totally impressive; full coverage and appears smooth and luminous under the eyes.
  • A tiny bit goes a loooong way. One dunk is all I need, I don't need to take more product.
  • The concealer is so smooth that I don't have to set with powder. It looks amazing all day either you set it with powder or not. I always prefer to set my concealer with powder to ensure its longevity but I am fine with not setting it anymore. I have an oily skin and this says a lot.
  • Long-lasting. Considering how oily my skin is, this stuff is amazeballs. It's an oily-skin-friendly kinda product is what I am trying to say. 
  • No major creasing or accentuating lines. I would say minimal and still look good and smooth all day!
  • Even though it doesn't claim to be waterproof but I think it is.
  • It can lasts up to more than 3 months since I only use a tiny bit of it.
  • You actually got a ton of product with that price. I guess, I am over the crazy price tag for a tube of concealer. I am over it. 

What I don't like about it:

  • The product dries quite fast. This is not the type of concealer where you can take your own sweet time blending. You gotta be ready to blend once you apply it to your face.
  • It does feel a tad heavy at times and will get cakey if you apply too much. Be warned.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - Worth The Hype? | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Final thoughts:

All in all, this is the best concealer I have ever used. I have been wearing non-stop ever since I got it. No exaggeration! It does so much more than just spot concealing. I have been ditching my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and use Tarte Shape Tape (only!) instead. God knows how much love I have for that foundation and now I am slowly getting rid of it. Wow. Within just a few weeks of usage, it has skyrocketed to one of my holy-grail! Tarte Shape Tape really did that. So, back to the real question - is it worth the hype? YES! A thousand times yes!

Have you tried Tarte Shape Tape before? What are your thoughts about it?
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Friday, February 01, 2019

How I Revamp My Old Blog Posts & Give Them A New Life

How I Revamp My Old Blog Posts & Give Them A New Life | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Hello gorgeousness! I feel like this tag (or label, if you will) particularly has been touched very little on my blog. Mainly because I always picture myself as an amateur. 9 years down the road doesn't give me the ticket to talk about lots of blog stuff, I guess? Anyway, if I am being honest, some of my older posts make me cringe to the core. Just the thought of opening them and worst case, anyone else reading them. Ugh!

So I thought today it's about time for you and me to start revamping those older blog posts again and just bring them back to life through and through. I talked about these few tips before on this entry but that's that. If you have more tactics to share, comment them down below! #SharingIsCaring

  • General text/ typo errors/ choice of words improvements - These are the first up because, well, you are changing from time to time. You are not yourself anymore 5 or 6 years ago. Your choice of words might be better now and while you're at it, double check for any spelling errors. I always spot errors but I can't get away with it, still. There's always that one lil mistake that is so hard for you to spot.

  • Updating and replacing links - You do know that links can break, right? Broken links are bad for your SEO. It could be one of the reasons your SEO score is declining. The best way is to renew them and if you happen to have newer related posts to it, just add them in. The more the merrier. 

  • Adding things in - As I mentioned to adding things in, you're not restricted to only add links, y'know. I mean, let's say you have reviewed a product before and your opinions changed a year after that or your skincare routine has changed and you're not using most of the products in that post anymore. Adding things in to justify the old content is always useful and relevant. Just like what I did here.

How I Revamp My Old Blog Posts & Give Them A New Life | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

  • Keeping it fresh with better photos - Some of us don't like chunks-and-blocks-of-word-only kinda post. It doesn't hurt to add an image to accompany your blog post, no? If you don't have all the professional equipments, you can always opt for stock photos. However, if you want to take new photos by yourself, then by all means. It's all up to you. [Worth reading]

  • Do not simply delete them - Revert them to your draft instead. I know as we grow, some things are not necessary in our life anymore but that doesn't mean you have to cut ties with it immediately. They were once your source of traffic y'know. Just prevent them from the public eyes and that's what I did. I keep them in there forever at this moment until I change my mind to repost them again. But for now, they are safe and sound in my draft.

How do you revamp your older blog posts?
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