The Monthly Meow : VetriScience Perio Plus Feline Bites

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Welcome back to our latest installment of The Monthly Meow! February marks a full year of doing this series, so thank you so much to Chewy.com and those of you who enjoy these posts for supporting it! It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m looking forward to the next.

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This month, my favorite black cat, Daechir, is bringing you a review on the VetriScience Perio Plus Feline Dental Bites*. 

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These come in a  4.23oz  (60 pcs) size and retail for $4.79 on Chewy.com.

 

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A look at the ingredients above, and a the benefits of this product. (Copied from Chewy.com)

  • Support dental health in between cleanings with a dual action delivery system
  • Outer layer contains natural ingredients such as Yucca Schidigera Extract, Champignon Mushroom Extract, Cinnamon, Spirulina and Parsley work together to freshen breathe and cleanse the mouth
  • Inner core contains minerals such as Zinc and Taurine to support gum health
  • High palatability that even the most finicky felines will love these chews
  • Helps reduce the buildup of bacteria 

As you can see, these have super high quality ingredients and come in at a low price tag, which is totally up my alley.

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The little flower shape is super cute, and they’re not too hard, so they’d be good for mature cats or cats with dental issues.

However, Daechir just really isn’t a fan of these. She’ll lick them until they’re soggy and gross, but won’t actually eat them. The only way I can get her to eat them is by putting them into her food, which totally works for me. If I can get her to eat a healthy treat that is this good for her, I’ll do it any way I can. It isn’t necessarily inconvenient.

So to sum it up, I think these are great treats. Vet quality at an affordable price, doesn’t get much better than that. Even though Daechir wouldn’t eat them outright, she’ll eat them in her food so I give one to her every meal.

However, Daechir does prefer the Prime Taste Dental Treats* (specifically the Super Salmon flavor), also available at Chewy.com.

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These are $2, and they’re tooth-shaped, which is cute, and something about the shape actually forces her to chew them instead of just inhaling them.

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They work really well, and keep her breath not smelling exactly like Friskies, which is a huge plus when she’s breathing in my face at 2 in the morning. (I did purchase these myself, in case you were wondering. I blog with Chewy, but I’m also a loyal customer!)

Either way, if the VetriScience treats seem like something your furry friend would enjoy, I do recommend them. If you’ve got a super picky cat like I do, slip one in their food at meal time or go with the Prime Taste treats, since they seem a little more appealing to finicky cats.

And that’ll do it for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have please be sure to stop by next month for the next Monthly Meow post!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. I was sent this product in exchange for an honest review via Chewy.com

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Growing Up With Chewy: Kong Wobbler Dog Toy

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Welcome back!

Today is another Growing Up With Chewy post! I hope you’ve enjoyed watching our puppies grow as much as we have, so let’s take a look at them now.

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As you can see, Jefferson (left) especially looks even bigger than he did last month, and he’s weighing in at 75 lbs. Saoirse looks about the same, coming in at 53 lbs. She’s definitely the petite one between the two of them.

This month we had the opportunity to review the Kong Wobbler Toy*.

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These come in both small and large sizes (we clearly have the large size) and retail for $15 on Chewy.com (small is $13).

This is a lot like the Friskies Pull And Play toy we reviewed in the Monthly Meow last summer, where you have the hard plastic toy and you fill it with treats and the dogs are supposed to knock the toy around to get the treats out. The bottom part of the toy is filled with sand so it never fully falls over, just wobbles. Think Weebles.

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I need to start this off by saying that these puppies are MERCILESS when it comes to toys, especially Saoirse. She murders a new toy typically within a day. Kong is notorious for making high quality toys that can withstand even the toughest dogs you can imagine, and this one was no exception. The photo above is a before picture, and the one below is after them playing with this toy for about 3 weeks.

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As you can see Saoirse really did do a number on this guy, but it hasn’t started to crack or come apart anywhere, despite how rough she’s been on it. And I’m happy to report that the puppies absolutely LOVE this thing, Saoirse especially. We’ve been filling it with Cheerios or some other corn free cereal, or training treats and they go absolutely insane trying to knock the snacks out. It’s fun for them to play and it’s a lot of fun to watch them figure out how to get the treats out. If we tell Saoirse to ‘hit it’ she’ll send it flying across the carpet with her paw. I tried to get a short video of them doing this, but they just didn’t turn out because the dogs were running so fast.

Final verdict, this is fantastic, especially if you have a dog that tends to be really rough on their toys. If they ever manage to destroy this, I will absolutely buy them a new one!

With that, we end today’s post. Thank you for reading, and thank you to Chewy.com for sending this to me for review!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review via Chewy.com

Easy, Affordable, and a DIY Makeup Brush Cleansers (3 Options) + How To

Welcome back, or if your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today we’ll be tackling every makeup lovers least favorite thing – brush cleaning. The vast majority of us absolutely detest doing this, but it must be done. Makeup brushes harbor all of the bacteria and general ick that’s on our faces and eyes, so they need to be cleaned very often to reduce the chance of said bacteria and ick causing infections. Without further ado, let’s talk about some methods and products that you can use to clean those brushes!

Spot Cleaning  

If you’re anything like me, you let your brushes get shamefully filthy before washing them. Spot cleaning is what you can do to keep them from getting totally disgusting between deep cleans. I also use this method to clean my brushes between colors I’m using during makeup application, since it dries quickly due to the alcohol in most formulas.

My personal favorite spot cleanser is the Elf Cosmetics Daily Brush Cleanser.

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Simply spray a bit onto the bristles of the dirty brush and rub into a washcloth, paper towel, etc. It’s that easy! Highly recommend doing this after each use of your brushes to prolong need to deep clean.

Deep Cleaning 

I would recommend doing a full on deep clean of your brushes once a week, but do it whenever you deem appropriate. There are so many different ways to clean your brushes, but I’ll share three of my favorite methods and products.

Biggest tip about this, no matter what method you’re using, do not get water into the ferrule (the metal part that attaches the bristles to the  handle). That is where the glue that holds everything together is, and if you get it wet and get product into it, the glue will weaken and the brush will fall apart.

#1 – Swirl + Sparkle Natural Solid Brush Cleanser 

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This is a solid, all natural soap that has little plastic ‘diamonds’ and other little odds and ends that help cleanse and scrub your brushes.

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Basically, you get your brush wet and swirl it in the soap. There are tons of different beautiful designs and scents to choose from, and it’s a really simple and effective way to clean your brushes.

#2 – DIY Brush Shampoo.  

There are tons of different recipes online to make your own brush shampoo, but I’ll share the one I personally use.

I use only water, olive oil, and dish soap.

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As for measurements, I just eyeball it, but I keep it to around 1 part olive oil, 1 part dish soap, and 2 parts water.

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I transfer all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake it up, and you’re good to go.

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Spray generously onto the bristles of the brush and clean under running water. You can get fancy and use a brush cleaning glove with grooves, but I’m lazy so I just rub it against my hand, and it works like a dream. Super affordable and super effective.

#3 – Bar Soap  

Yep, your standard bar of soap. I like to use Ivory, because it’s incredibly pure.

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This is the same idea as the Swirl + Sparkle cleanser, where you just swirl your brush all over the bar in running water and continue doing so until the water runs clear. This is my preferred method of cleaning my beauty sponges as well.

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This is by far my favorite method of cleaning my brushes. It’s super easy, smells amazing and cleans my brushes and sponges flawlessly. Use whatever bar soap you like, but I do prefer Ivory, and it’s super affordable.  I have a demo using this method HERE on my Instagram.

After the brushes are clean, I just gently pinch out the extra water.

Once your brushes are actually their original color, they’re ready to dry. There are plenty of brush drying trees you can buy that will hang them upside to dry, but I personally just lay them all out on a towel in a safe place overnight and that typically does the trick.

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And that’s it, the secret to clean brushes. I hope this has been helpful for you, and if you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive email notifications of future posts.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. All products purchased myself. No affiliate links used.

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today will be a “Worth The Hype” post, where we talk about a seriously hyped up product and find out if it’s really worth buying or not. And today, we’re tackling the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette.*

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If you’re not familiar with this palette, this was a limited edition release in the spring or summer of 2016 and it totally blew up. Everyone wanted this, no one could get it. A few months pass and the majority of us stopped caring about this palette.In December of 2016, they announced a relaunch and decided to make the palette permanent, so I picked it up.

As with other Too Faced palettes in this format, it does in fact smell like peaches. Many people say it smells like the peach ring candies, I think it’s more like a fresh peach scent.

This palette retails for $49 and is available anywhere Too Faced is sold. (Ulta, Sephora, etc).

With the details out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the palette and swatches.

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First things first, the box and the outer packaging is just crazy adorable. I love the peachy/orange ombre, and the little peaches on the palette.

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As you can see, these swatch beautifully, with the exception of “Tempting”, “Talk Derby To Me”, and “Delectable”. These were built up to show the color. All of the colors with the exception of those three are very smooth and pigmented, very on par with the quality of the Chocolate Bar Palettes.

I know what you’re thinking, for a peach palette, shouldn’t it have more peach shades? Yes, but according to Jerrod Blandino, the co-founder of Too Faced, this palette was inspired by all of the colors you may see on a peach. From the stem, to the leaves, to a bruise.

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So there are the shades. I really love the color selection in here. I know a lot of people weren’t crazy about it, but I find it very wearable for everyday, with the ability to add a little color with the peach shades.

I find that you can really get a large variety of looks out of this palette, from very dark and smokey to light and fresh.

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I really love this nice, natural, yet colorful look and I think I’ll be wearing it a lot in the Spring!

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So, for the big question, is it worth the hype? Absolutely. I love everything about this palette from the scent to the versatility. If you love neutrals but want to add something a little special, this is definitely the palette for that. With that being said, Emilynoel83 did a wonderful video on drugstore alternatives to this palette if this is either not your cup of tea, or out of your price range.

And with that, we end today’s post! I hope this has been helpful in your decision to either purchase or avoid this palette. If you want more ‘Worth The Hype’ posts, subscribe!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. I purchased this myself.

 

 

3 Easy Valentine’s Day Looks!

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Welcome back! Last week I had the opportunity to do a guest feature on Glittered By Cassie’s blog, but figured I’d post it here for anyone who wanted to see these looks for V-Day!

 

If you’re anything like most people, when you think of Valentine’s Day, you think of pinks and reds, romantic rose colors. I wanted to incorporate those classic Valentine’s colors while keeping the looks wearable and easy to recreate. Without further ado, let’s get into the looks!

Look #1 – Simple Romantic Mauve  

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Face: 

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation* (201)

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer* (Fair) 

-The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer on cheekbones and bridge of my nose. 

The Balm Cindy Lou-Manizer on apples of cheeks.  

Vintage By Jessia Liebskind lip gloss in “Pink Sequin”.

This is such an easy look, but I love the soft matte mauves with the shimmery inner corner. The skin is very minimal and light with emphasis on blush and highlight, and I kept my lips bare and topped them with a sheer shimmer gloss.

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Eyes: 

Lorac Pro Palette* shades “Taupe” as a transition, “Mauve” in the crease, and “Light Pink” on the lid”.  

-Coastal Scents Hot Pots in “Fine Wine*” and “Maroon Berry*” in crease. 

Naked Cosmetics pigment in “Sierra Nevada 02” on inner corner.  

Jordana “Continuous Almond” liner in waterline.

Ardell Natural 110* lashes. 

This will look stunning on any eye color or skintone, though specific shades will most likely need to be adjusted depending on skintone.

Look #2 – Smokey Liner & Red Ombre Lips.  

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Face: 

-L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation (201) 

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer* (Fair) 

Elf Cosmetics Contour Palette  *

-The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer highlight.  

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons* in “Truffle” on lip line, and “Red Velvet” in the center, lightly blended together.  

This look is a little more flawless than the previous, with a stronger contour and emphasis on the subtle ombre lips. It’s a little different take on the classic red lips and winged liner look.

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Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette* in shades “Golden Ochre” in the crease, “Tempera” on the lid and inner corner, and “Cyprus Umber” as the wing. 

Ardell Demi Wispies* lashes. (If I were to do this look again, I would sub in more natural lashes or skip them completely. They add a beautiful cat eye effect, but did cover the wing quite a bit.) 

 

Look #3 – Greige  Eyes & Lips.

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Face: 

-L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation (201) 

-Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Fair) 

-The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter 

-Elf Cosmetics Contour Kit. 

-Lips lined with Essence “Satin Mauve” * lip liner and topped with Lime Crime Velvetine in “Cashmere”.  

This is my favorite look out of all three, specifically because it’s a little out-of-the-box without being over the top. Greige (grey-beige) is not typically a shade that comes to mind when one thinks of Valentine’s Day, yet it really seems to work. This look focuses on monochromatic lips and eyes, and the skin a little more subdued and natural.

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Eyes: 

-Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette in shades “Warm Taupe” as a transition, “Buon Fresco” in the crease, “Tempera” on the lid, and “Vermeer” in the inner corner.  

Hikari Liquid Liner in “Iris” for the wing. 

Ardell Soft Touch #162* Lashes.  

For me, these lashes make the look. They’re wispy, while still adding a lot of structure and shape but not overwhelming the eyes.

And with that, we end today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and gotten a little Valentine’s Day inspiration!

Thank you!

-Samantha

Coastal Scents Hot Pots – Review + Swatches!

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Welcome back, or if it’s your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today we’ll be talking about some of the most affordable eyeshadows I’ve ever come across, the Coastal Scents Hot Pots*.

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If you’re not familiar, hot pots are Coastal Scents single eyeshadows. These are magnetic and fit into Coastal Scents’ empty palettes or your standard Z Palette. There are over 300 shades to choose from, so making an order can be incredibly overwhelming. I have 40 shades to share with you today, and hopefully this can give you a little guidance on your next Coastal Scents order.

First things first, pricing. These retail for $1.99 on an every day basis. However, a few times a year these are on sale for only $0.99 each! They’re a great price either way, but saving a dollar a shadow can go a long way. If you want updates on when these are $.99, follow my Instagram, that’s where I’ll post about it.

For my order, I bought a 28 pan empty palette*, a 12 pan empty palette*, and 40 different hot pot shades.

Here’s an overview of all of my hot pots, with names.

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12 Pan Palette

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As you can see, I have very specific color preferences, apparently. Now, let’s check out the swatches and talk about each of these shadows.

As always, these are swatched on bare skin with no primer with my finger, starting with my 28 pan palette.

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The two shades out of this group that really disappointed me were Wild Raisin and Deep Cider. There’s barely any pigmentation and they’re just really lackluster. However, I’m happy to report and every other shade is really impressive. They’re very pigmented, they blend effortlessly and look absolutely stunning on the eyes.

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Moving on to my 12 pan palette.

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All of these shades perform beautifully on the eyes with the exception of Opal Black. It is much like Wild Raisin and Deep Cider, not pigmented and dry. Deep Viridian swatches badly, but applies beautifully to the eyes.

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Overall, I absolutely adore these shadows. There is an endless amount of shades to choose from, and the vast majority of them are fantastic quality. I recommend these over and over to everyone!

And with that, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, be sure to subscribe to see future posts!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

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GUEST POST: Glittered By Cassie – Tarte Maneater Palette Review + Valentine’s Day Look

Happy early Valentine’s Day beauties!

I am so pleased to have the opportunity to guest post on Makeup In Montana’s blog. It’s so refreshing to know another beauty blogger in the last best place, Montana. Samantha’s content is fresh and valuable.

Now, on to my Valentine’s Day date night look.

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I was so excited when I walked into Ulta last week and laid my eyes on the Tarte Cosmetics Maneater Eyeshadow Palette. I have been looking for a palette that can be both neutral and dramatic and this palette is definitely it. Plus, look at the cute printed packaging. We all know I’m all about cute packaging.

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When thinking of a Valentine’s Day look, I wanted something fairly dramatic with a mauve undertone.

Here’s what I used:

Face: 

Maybelline FitMe! Foundation in 110

Lancome Blush Trio Subtil Palette in Petal Push

-Highlighter: Lace from the Tarte Cosmetics Maneater Palette.

Eyes: 

-Lancome Grandiose Liquid Eyeliner in Brown

Kiss Faux Mink Lashes

-Tarte Cosmetics Maneater palette colors: Meow for the browbone, Saucy for the transitional color, Foxy on the lid, and Hypnotic in the crease. (IN LOVE WITH THIS PALETTE).

Brows:  

-Wet ‘n Wild Brow Kit

Lips:  

BH Cosmetics Metallic Lip Stick in Lovey.

I am absolutely in love with this palette. It’s extremely versatile and highly pigmented.

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I hope you all enjoy this look. What looks do you have in mind for Valentine’s Day? Would you rather have a more natural look for date night? Let me know in the comments below.

Also, be sure to check out my blog for more posts like this as well as product reviews and features.

Thank you for checking out my guest post on Samantha’s lovely blog! ❤

Cassie

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Tarte Maracuja Oil VS Botanical Beauty Maracuja Oil – Is It A Dupe?

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Welcome back!

I’m starting a new series called ‘Is It A Dupe?’! Basically, it’s exactly what it sounds like. We’re going to find products that other people say are dupes, or products I think are similar enough to be compared to each other and find out if it’s really a dupe or not.

Today, we’ll be comparing the infamous Tarte Maracuja Oil* and the Botanical Beauty 100% Pure Maracuja Oil*.

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If you read my Top 5 Skincare Products of 2016, you’d know that I really, really love the Tarte maracuja oil. I’m starting to run dangerously low on my sample, so I decided to do a little digging and learned that ‘maracuja oil’ is actually just oil from a specific type of passionfruit. The only other ingredient in the Tarte oil is a vitamin E compound. After some research, I purchased the Botanical Beauty Maracuja Oil from Amazon for $12.95.

I purchased the .5 oz size, and the Tarte oil is $15 for the same size. The savings come into play when purchasing the full size. 1.4 oz of Tarte Maracuja Oil retails for $48, where 4 oz of the Botanical Beauty oil only runs you $25, nearly half the price of the other.

These both come with similar medicine dropper applicators, though the full size of the Botanical Beauty Oil does come with a pump.

droppers (Tarte, Botanical Beauty) 

Now the big question, how does the more affordable one stack up to the Tarte oil?

First of all, the texture does seem ever so slightly different, the Tarte oil feels just a bit thicker than the other. The biggest difference to note is the scent.

Many pure essential oils will have a natural fragrance, but this one is very pronounced in the Botanical Beauty oil. Personally, I’m really not fond of the scent. It’s kind of a salty nutty fragrance and it’s just kind of bizarre. The Tarte oil does have a fragrance, though not nearly as pronounced. The scent isn’t necessarily offensive, but it definitely isn’t my favorite smell.

With that being said, once it’s on my face I really can’t smell it anymore, but it should be noted nonetheless.

As for the effectiveness of the Botanical Beauty oil in comparison to Tarte, I really don’t see a big difference between them. Both hydrate my skin beautifully and help keep my skin texture at bay.

When the Botanical Beauty is half the price, I don’t see myself purchasing the Tarte oil in the future.

So to answer the question, is it a dupe? The answer is YES! The Tarte oil is great, don’t get me wrong. But I feel like you’re really paying for the name. Botanical Beauty is just as effective at half the price.

And with that, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, be sure to subscribe to see more ‘Is It A Dupe?’ posts in the future.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored.