Dupe? Tarte Exposed Blush Vs. Milani Romantic Rose

Y'all--I feel like it's been AGES since we've talked. I missed this space so much! Always do. I've been busy and I've not been busy. First up, lots of interviews happened--should be hearing answers this week! Crossing my fingers for my top pick. I had a fabulous time at Skyline Park at Ponce City Market, here in Atlanta. It's like a mini old-school carnival games space on the roof. I snapped (ellesees) it over the weekend. Amazing views and lots of fun. How have you been?

Now that we've gotten reacquainted, let's get into another fave subject of mine: DUPES! This is one of my most popular, and longest, series. I'm into dispelling dupe myths and save you some money, if possible! Today I'm comparing two blushes: Tarte Exposed and Milani Romantic Rose.

Tarte in Exposed is one of those blushes that looks good on so many people. It's a great natural-looking every day blush. I have talked about it on here numerous times as a must-have. But at $29, it might turn into a must NOT have for some of us! I decided to check the collection and that's where the gorgeous Milani blush in Romantic Rose comes in. Isn't it gorgeous? And it's only $7!

Tarte $29         Ulta, Sephora, online    

Milani $7 drugstores, Target, Walmart, Kmart, etc, online

Swatch time! Milani is on top and Tarte is on the bottom. I had to really work for the Milani swatch, as it was a little chalkier and a bit patchy.

Tarte is on your left, Milani on your right. Tarte is more pigmented and lasted longer. I'm wearing a BB cream, blush, lip cream, and I'd just awakened from a nap. Naps on Sundays are the best, am I right?

The breakdown:

Appearance in containers: not a dupe (Tarte looks darker)
Ingredients: not a dupe (Milani has synthetic wax, carmine, et al)
Finger swatches: not a dupe (Tarte looks darker)
Quality: not a dupe (Milani is a little chalky/patchy)
Pigmentation: not a dupe
Staying power: not a dupe (Tarte wins this easily)
Arm swatch: really close
Face application: not a dupe application-wise, but color wise, a dupe!

Do you own either of these blushes?
Do you think we have a dupe here?


Trying Something New

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plenty of Fish.

Y'all. I did a thing. A big thing!

I tried an online dating app!

I have never tried anything like this before. This is completely different from unlike anything I've tried.

But I've made a lot of changes this year! I entered a new decade, I lost 40 pounds and wanted to give this online dating thing a shot.

I decided to go with the online dating service Plenty of Fish. I have heard amazing things from friends about POF, and even a few of you have reached out to me--one of you even met your husband on it! I'm looking to find love, and I know many of you are in the same boat, so I thought this would be worth it to give it a shot.

I took a leap of faith and tried Plenty of Fish. And I'm so glad I did!

There are over 150 million users on POF, and I immediately found out why. Because the first thing I did was fill out my profile for POF--this was really easy and quick to do. Setting up a profile doesn't cost a thing.

But then I saw there is a free app, so I downloaded that. It made it easier to keep up with my matches and mail. We have our phones on us all the time, right? I could check things and be notified instantly, no matter where I was, even while blogging. And yes, that's iced coffee in my cup. It has been hot here lately!

You can download the POF app here:

      iOS app: http://apple.co/2sWfmMr
      Android app: http://bit.ly/2rW5Lk6

But what I really love are the conversations. What started initially as a match has sparked some fun conversations with me getting to really know these guys. Online dating seems SO intimidating--I'm kind of shy in general--but with the conversation-focused features that POF offers, it made it a breeze. The ice was immediately broken. And it's all thanks to Spark!

POF recently unveiled a newly redesigned mobile app which includes Spark, a new in-app feature that allows a user to easily initiate a conversation. By picking up and dragging a conversation icon over any aspect of a potential date’s profile, users can instantly quote and comment on profile content – from photos, to interests. Spark is part of POF’s commitment to helping singles connect in a meaningful way, to more confidently and successfully engage with potential dates. 

So far I've had some great conversations and met a couple of guys over coffee. Thanks to POF, I'm still looking for love because there are plenty of fish!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plenty of Fish.



DIY Zodiac Candles

I'm convinced this was the fastest week in history. I had this big list of things to accomplish and pretty much threw it out the window, preferring to relax instead. I tried to stay inside, away from the sticky heat and occasional rain that hasn't really brought relief (but it has brought me tiny tomatoes that are growing--a miracle for this wanna be gardener). I decided to make my space as comfy as possible, and burned some candles instead. Speaking of candles, allow me to introduce my DIY ZODIAC CANDLES.

The idea for these started out as a need for a gift for a friend. She's one of those that has everything, and just happens to be a candle fanatic like I am. I began to research her sign, the scents that would go well with that sign, and it snowballed from there. SHE LOVED IT! It was such a hit, I've made them for many others, using different designs for the label and even trying out different scent and color combos. These take no time at all to make and are just a little something extra special.

You'll need:

essential oil(s)
glass container
label (printer and ink for label)

To make:

If you're reading this, I'm guessing you aren't a professional candle maker. This is the quick and easy version, y'all.

Glue the wick to the bottom of the glass candle container.

Take an old candle or candle wax and melt.

Carefully pour into the glass container.

Add a few drops of essential oil just for your zodiac sign (I used the list here) and stir.

Hold the wick in place by wrapping it around a pencil placed horizontally on top of the candle container. Use tape to hold it in place if needed and allow to cool completely. Trim wick.

Use sticker paper (I used clear) or labels to make your own design.

I've made these all sorts of ways--the possibilities are endless--but for this I wanted a minimalist design and white candles. I'm a Libra, so I chose vanilla, almond, and oak moss for mine.

What's your sign?
Does it describe you?

PS: Want to buy one instead? I'm selling these for $10 each. Email me!


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