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Sample Saturday – tarte Rainforest of the Sea

tarte started dabbling in skincare some time ago, I am a big fan of a lot of their products but considered them a cosmetics brand rather than a skincare brand. One of my fav Yourtubers raves about a couple of their skincare items and when they popped up as 100 Point rewards at Sephora, I decided to go for it. I tried the Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost and Marine Boosting Mist. I still only have the sample size of the cream because I haven’t been using it a ton but I did purchase a full-size of the mist because I think it is really great.

The Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer is a gel moisturizer that is formulated with hyaluronic acid and electrolyte balancing sea salt. I don’t think I am sold on the sea salt bit however, hyaluronic acid does work really well for me. I break out easily if my skin care is too heavy, this is a potent moisturizing acid that is surprisingly light. It claims to be non-greasy, quick absorbing and plumping. This cream contains some interesting ingredients; algae, marine-flower extracts, hyaluronic acid and squalene – since we don’t know what their proprietary blends contain I can’t say how I feel about them but I do like this cream for the most part. It has a very refreshing citrus scent, it isn’t sticky or greasy and does provide a lot of hydration. I think it feels a tad heavier than a gel which is fine, my skin has become too dry to use gels like I used to and I like that this is a little richer. It doesn’t break me out, and my skin feels nice all day. My one complaint with this product is that it pills under makeup – I could see the cream bunching up around my nose, chin and forehead.

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The mist shares the same scent as the cream and I love this mist for skin prep rather than setting spray. On their site this mist claims to be a 4-in-1 setting mist but I wasn’t crazy about how it made my makeup look. It definitely takes any powdery appearance away but it looked too dewy for my taste. This mist is formulated with lavender oil, coconut oil and orange peel – it makes my skin tacky and feel really hydrated. I love this mist, maybe not for its intended purpose but it’s a keeper in my skincare routine.

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I do still think of tarte as a cosmetics brand but was impressed with these two skincare products. I wouldn’t be opposed to trying some other products from their skincare line and in fact, there is a mask that I am keen to try. The ingredients seem a bit trendy but they do contain some stuff that is actually effective – not a bad introduction to the line!

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