tarte’s Beauty in the Basics kit (available today only!!)

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As my shirt says, Hello!

I’m back with another “Today’s Special Value” by tarte that is on QVC today May 11th! The kit is pretty darn awesome for only  $47.64 That’s correct. . . under $50 for the entire kit. Click here to purchase the kit!

Here is what’s included:



Look at that glorious quad. Oh the possibilities! The foundation is really creamy, and it helps a lot to have a brush to work it into your skin. I think without the brush it would be a bit more challenging to blend in nicely.

The final look was lots of lashes, depth along my inner rim, and a fun pink lip!


Watch the video tutorial here!




earrings are Petite Pastel Druzy Studs

Typically these kits sell out fast, so just keep that in mind if you are interested. tarte has been a brand I’ve loved for a long, long time so I was thrilled to be able to work with them on this look + telling you about this great deal. My first “TSV” collab with tarte was back in February, you can watch the video here but that kit is no longer available.

*this post was created in partnership with tarte, all opinions are my own.


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Daisy - émoi émoi says · 05.11.15

Love this look, very pretty and natural!! 🙂


Melanie says · 05.11.15

Wow, what a steal and what great products to add to a simple makeup routine. Thanks for sharing!!


Kelly says · 05.11.15

can you share where the shirt is from?

Summer says · 05.12.15

I’m also wondering where your shirt is from. It’s darling!

Great make-up look. Very natural and pretty.

Kate says · 05.12.15

it’s from J.crew factory 🙂

The Busy Brunette says · 05.11.15

I think you may have given me the push I needed to purchase the kit! I was on the fence when I first heard about it through QVC… and now I think I need it in my life.
Thanks, Kate!
“The Busy Brunette”

Lauren says · 05.11.15

I’ve been looking at this. Is the “light” shade foundation in this kit more of a pink or yellow undertone? I’m more pink so I’m just wondering if it would work for me. Thanks Kate!

Kate says · 05.11.15

I think it leans toward the yellow side a bit, but not too much

Kayla says · 05.11.15

Hi Kate! Thanks for the tutorial. Very beautiful!

I also love your hair! Any chance we’ll see any hair tutorials soon, or perhaps an FAQ video? I’ve been curling my hair almost daily, and I tease it for some extra volume. But every time I tease my hair I lose some of the curl. Any tips to avoid this?

Thanks for all your awesome posts!

Beth says · 05.11.15

Sadly, I have NOT had good luck with Tarte products. Which is a bummer, because I really WANTED to like them. The Fiber lashes bothered my eyes so badly that I had to return them, & I’ve had to take my amazonian clay powder back to Ulta THREE TIMES because the color simply is not right for me. Too dark, too orange-y, now too light & I feel like it simply doesn’t blend well with my skin & looks cakey. Humph.

Karen says · 05.11.15

What color did you get light or fair?

Suzie says · 05.11.15

Hi Kate, just wondering how you find tightlining with your contact lenses? I have real trouble with anything on my waterline or anything ‘heavy’ on my upper lashes…any tips?

Jill Conner says · 05.12.15

Wow! What a wonderful colors! I am so in love with them! I will definitely get one of this kit!

Stefanie says · 05.12.15

Hi, Kate! Thanks so much for this thorough tutorial! I watched it and then purchased the kit last night. I am also glad we appear to have the same skin tone so it made choosing the foundation color a lot easier. It’s really hard to gauge what to pick when you can’t physically try it on first.

Christina says · 05.12.15

I love your earrings in these shots! Is it from your wonderful sister’s shop? Which reminds me too – how has the healing of your earring hole surgery going? that’s an awkward question, but I have never heard of it being fixed before. I think it’s great!

Rachel says · 05.17.15 Reply
ashley e says · 05.12.15

I love your earrings!!! Have been looking for ones just like that…do you mind sharing where they are from?

Rachel says · 05.17.15 Reply
Megan says · 05.12.15

I can’t wait to get my Tarte package!

Meghan says · 05.13.15

Absolutely loving this whole set!! Thanks for posting. I have a feeling Tarte products will be a staple in my makeup bag from now on!

Elainea says · 05.13.15

This looks like an amazing kit! Also, you’re gorgeous 🙂


Kristi says · 05.14.15

I have only purchased 3 tarte products but I really liked them, so I bought the kit! Can’t wait for it to come. I got the fair shade of foundation so I hope it works. I’m pale and freckled. Thanks for sharing and showing how to use it. I have to say i pretty much suck at doing my hair and makeup but your videos and blog have coached me along so I’m not so pathetic at it all. So thanks! But now I love shopping at Ulta a little too much….

Abbie says · 05.16.15

This is SO gorgeous, I love it!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Courtney says · 06.29.15

Hi Kate,

I love this look on you! I was curious what color the lipgloss is? I missed the sale but I was hoping I could still buy get the lip color. Thanks!

Ashley says · 08.03.15

Really love this look. So natural…I haven’t tried any Tarte items yet so will have to purchase some I think :_)