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Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos

Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon

I bought this lipstick a few weeks ago but I only started using it recently because I wanted to take photos of the product and packaging for my blog before I used it all up and made it look less pretty. I am in LOVE with this lipstick and it does absolutely everything I want it to do and more. I’m not really a big lipstick person — I usually wear glosses and balms and just re-apply them all day long because I can never get anything to actually stay on my lips. This lipstick from Tarte actually stays put, has an amazing, creamy color payoff and it’s awesomely moisturizing.

This is my first blog post where I decided to actually take photos of myself. I have been kinda putting it off because I’ve been a litttttle camera-shy and embarrassed over my poor skin this winter (which I talk about in almost every post — it’s just never looked this bad in my life and I have been doing a LOT to try to get it back to normal). My skin finally looks a little better, and I figured no one really looks that great in a camera flash anyway, but at least you can see the makeup (lipstick, in this case) the way it looks when I apply it.

Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon

 

I’m using photos from this set for my next post (a review on Julep’s April Maven box), so I applied the blush with a heavy hand so I can show how the new Julep blush looks when applied. I’m also still getting used to taking up-close photos, showing mostly makeup, and I used my iPhone because I didn’t have time to figure out how to take good personal photos with my good camera. That, and it was dark out, so the lighting is a little off. I just feel the need to put a disclaimer on my photos because I’m still a little shy about posting such big photos of my face in a camera flash here on my blog.

ANYWAY, back to the review …

Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16 for 0.1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a moisturizing, creamy lipstick infused with sustainably pressed Amazonian butters.” It comes in eight different pink/nude/coral colors and I bought “Watermelon,” a “reddish pink.” I never, ever wear reds and this one is definitely more like a pink-watermelon than a red-watermelon. I found that this color came out a little lighter on my lips than it looks in the tube, which was perfect for me. I loved how it came out and I was a little concerned because it looked a little too red in the tube (above).

Some people on Sephora’s website complained the the colors didn’t come out the way they wanted them to, so I think it would be safe to say that these lipsticks all come out a bit lighter than they look in the tube. For me, this isn’t a problem at all. I actually like it better this way.

Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

This lipstick is “inspired by the whimsical colors of the Amazon and infused with naturally-derived ingredients from its lush vegetation.” I love this lipstick so much and I love the color range that it comes in, so  I’m definitely going to be picking up some of the other shades. Even though the color is lighter than it looks in the tube, it is definitely rich and vibrant and I was shocked at how long it stayed on, especially because it’s nearly impossible for me to keep any type of lipstick or lipgloss on.

Each “skin-flattering shade” is infused with “sustainably harvested cupuacu and murumuru butters to deliver intense moisture and help restore and smooth even mature lips.” I have had pretty dry, chapped lips this winter and this lipstick felt soooo smooth and moisturizing on my lips. I didn’t even have to use a balm underneath (which I pretty much always do), and they also LOOKED a lot smoother and hydrated.

Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon, swatched on my arm

Like all other Tarte products, this lipstick contains all-natural, all good-for-you ingredients that just WORK so well. I always find that beauty products with all-natural ingredients work so much better than other products. The Cupuacu Butter in this lipstick contains essential fatty acids and sterols that help firm while drenching lips in moisture and the Murumuru Butter contains essential fatty acids and ProVitamin A to help restore elasticity and soothe lips.

Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick also contains Shea Butter to help retain skin elasticity and mineral pigments that soothe and soften lips. My lips definitely looked and felt all-around better after using this product.

Superstar Products: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Not the best angle, I’m working on it …

This lipstick is formulated WITHOUT all of the questionable, icky ingredients that appear way too often in beauty products that are really not good for your skin (many studies have shown). It is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrances and gluten. Like all Tarte products, this lipstick is also *Cruelty Free*. <3

This is seriously the perfect lipstick for me — I always look for a good color payoff that’s not too bright, something to hydrate my chapped lips, something to plump and make them look prettier, something that will last and won’t come off as soon as I put a cup of water to my mouth to drink, and all-natural ingredients are always a plus. Like I said before, I’m definitely picking up more shades of this lipstick soon (maybe I’ll treat myself for my birthday!).

 

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Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick costs $16 and is available at in stores and online at Sephora.com and ULTA.com. This particular lipstick is not available through Tarte‘s website and I checked a few other online retailers and couldn’t find it there, so I think this is kind of an exclusive item to a few specific retailers.

 

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Superstar Products: St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub Review + Photos -- The Best Facial Scrub Ever. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Superstar Products: St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub Review + Photos — The Best Facial Scrub Ever

Superstar Products: St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub Review + Photos -- The Best Facial Scrub Ever. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

I’m so happy that I’m finally starting to get all my product reviews up and other posts besides just subscription box reviews. It takes a little bit of time to get back into the swing of blogging and developing a good variety of content, so I’m glad that I’m finally getting this whole blogging thing down. I just have SO much to write about and I have so many photos of dozens upon dozens of products to review that have been sitting on my hard drive for months, I didn’t even know where to start.

I just did a little drugstore shopping yesterday at Walgreen’s so I’m going to start with those most recent purchases (I didn’t want to do another haul post, so just individual reviews for the items I bought). I just ran out of my favorite facial scrub, the Blemish Control Apricot Scrub from St. Ives, so I immediately ran out to the store to get a new one. 

I was using the regular St. Ives Apricot Scrub for years and then, about a year ago, my skin changed a little bit so I switched over to the Blemish Control version. I’m 26 right now, going to be 27 next month, and I had near-perfect skin pretty much my whole life, so I was pretty upset and shocked when I started breaking out seemingly out of nowhere.

I did a bunch of reading on it and it’s actually quite common for skin to change like this around your mid-20s, so I had to switch up my skin routine a bit. I don’t have, like, AWFUL skin now, not by any means, I just have never really had any breakouts before in my life so when I was suddenly hit with redness, dry patches and a few breakouts here and there I was pretty shocked.

Superstar Products: St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub Review + Photos -- The Best Facial Scrub Ever. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This is what the scrub looks like — it’s easy to apply and pretty gentle for an exfoliating scrub.

 

The Blemish Control version of the St. Ives scrub seriously makes my skin near-perfect again and I notice a HUGE difference when I don’t use it for a few days. It’s pretty gentle for an exfoliating scrub and I usually use it every day or every other day and the suggested use on the tube is actually up to three times a day. I’ve been leaning more on the every-other-day side since my skin has been extra dry this season.

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub ($3.51 for 6 oz.; drugstore.com) is described as “America’s #1 Scrub” which “gently cleans pores and helps stop breakouts before they occur.” It is formulated with “100% natural exfoliants,” it is paraben-, sulfate- and oil-free, it contains 2% salicylic acid to treat and prevent breakouts, it is dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic with key ingredients of apricot, corn kernel meal and walnut.

This stuff is seriously my favorite drugstore product ever and I always get that deep-clean feeling after I use it. Plus, I usually find that most skincare products I try have little to no results for me and this scrub has given me serious, actual results for years.

 

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St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub usually costs between $3 and $5 (and sometimes less), depending on the store. It is available at most drugstores and mass retailers that sell beauty and skincare products, or you can buy it online at Drugstore.com, CVS.com, Walgreens.com, and any other retailer that carries St. Ives skincare products. For more information, visit StIves.com.

 

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Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Photos & Swatches

Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

SUPERSTAR PRODUCTS are reviews of my favorite products. Most of these items are 
products that I have been using religiously for years, and some of them are newer
items that I instantly loved so much that they deserve to be on my Superstar 
Favorite Products list :)

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I figured this is the perfect time to do my first Superstar Products post about this prettily-packaged blush from Too FacedI have a lot of favorite blushes, and I switch them up on an almost-daily basis, but Too Faced recently added two new blushes to their Sweethearts line and I like the blush a lot better now that there is a darker color option “Something About Berry,” which I purchased a few weeks ago. I find that this blush has amazing blending ability on my skin, which makes it a perfect go-to for me.

I own the aforementioned “Something About Berry,” as well as the original, “Candy Glow.” I haven’t used the third Sweethearts shade, the bronze-y “Beach Peach,” just yet because I’m not sure how exactly I would use it and if I would even use it at all. I tend to wear pinks/corals on my cheeks and even though this shade is considered a blush and not a bronzer, I would probably just use it as a bronzer either worn alone or mixed with a darker, more matte shade since I hear this color is very light. I guess that’s why it’s technically a blush, and not a bronzer.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I only took my own photos and swatches of “Something About Berry” for this post because it was still new and looked pretty in the packaging. My “Candy Glow” blush is pretty old (I’m down to just one color left out of three), and, as I said, I don’t have “Beach Peach” yet. So, all other photos are credited to Too Faced and Sephora.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Something About Berry

The packaging for the Sweethearts blushes is super cute and feminine in true Too Faced fashion. I love all the Too Faced packaging — it’s pretty and girly without being too juvenile-looking (in my opinion).

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

Each Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30 for 0.19 oz.; sephora.com) contains three shades that can be swirled together or applied individually for a “custom flush or highlight.” This blush has a buildable, baked color formula, which allows it to “truly work on all skin tones,” while the multiple shades create “dimensional color” to “provide the look of younger, brighter, healthier skin.”

I have used a lot of blushes that cake up on my skin or just apply too intensely — I always find the blush-buying process to be a little difficult (the same with bronzer), so I end up returning whatever blush I buy about 50% of the time. I was surprised and very pleased when I first tried the Too Faced Sweethearts blush and saw that it blended so perfectly on my skin; it gives my cheeks a glowing (not shimmery) finish and the color is buildable enough to let you create whatever color intensity you prefer.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Something About Berry

This blush also stays put for the duration of my day (with a little help from some setting spray), and it gives off a very pretty glow. I think the colors look a lot more shimmery in the package than they actually are when applied to the skin — they definitely give off more of a glow on my face than the shiny/glitter overload that a lot of other shimmer blushes have. This blush also got very good reviews across the beauty spectrum for the same reasons as the ones that I list here.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Something About Berry

Now, with all that being said, I think that some people found the original color, “Candy Glow” to be too light. I definitely did, and that’s why I was so happy that Too Faced recently released the darker pink/peach/mauve color, “Something About Berry.” What I did like about “Candy Glow,” however, was that I could use the darker color as the actual blush color on the apples of my cheeks and then I would use the lighter colors as a highlight.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something About Berry swatch. Superstar Favorite Products: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Swatches + Photos. One of my all-time favorite blushes. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Something About Berry” (pictured above) is described as a “shimmering mauve pink/golden peach/shimmering magenta pink.” I think that some people found the original color, “Candy Glow” to be too light. I definitely did, and that’s why I was so happy that Too Faced recently released the darker “Something About Berry,” which I’ve been wearing a lot (I have a lot of favorite blushes so I’m always switching them up).

What I did like about “Candy Glow,” however, was that I could use the darker color as the actual blush color on the apples of my cheeks and then I would use the lighter colors as a highlight. “Candy Glow” is described as a “rose pink shimmer/soft coral pink/peachy pink shimmer.”

So, the Sweethearts blushes can almost be like a whole mini face palette, especially when you include the other new shade, the “Beach Peach” bronze-y color, which is described as a “shimmering peach/rosy pink/shimmering light golden bronze.” I haven’t personally used this color yet and I heard it was also on the lighter side, thus making it a blush and not a bronzer, but I totally think you can use it as a bronzer (even though I still have yet to try) and I can definitely see people with lighter skin tones loving this shade. 

As with all Too Faced products, the Sweethearts blushes are 100% cruelty-free. 🙂

 

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush costs $30 for 0.19 oz. and is available at Sephora, ULTA, TooFaced.com and any other retailer that sells Too Faced cosmetics. Right now, the Too Faced website seems to be currently sold out of the Sweethearts blushes.

 

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Welcome to Sugarglow! Amanda's blog for all her favorite things, including: beauty, reviews, monthly subscription boxes, beauty boxes, fashion, makeup, hair, skincare, jewelry, accessories, DIY, food, recipes, etc. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

welcome to sugarglow: amanda’s brand-new makeup, beauty, fashion, diy (everything i love) blog

Welcome to Sugarglow! Amanda's blog for all her favorite things, including: beauty, reviews, monthly subscription boxes, beauty boxes, fashion, makeup, hair, skincare, jewelry, accessories, DIY, food, recipes, etc. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Welcome to Sugarglow! Amanda's blog for all her favorite things, including: beauty, reviews, monthly subscription boxes, beauty boxes, fashion, makeup, hair, skincare, jewelry, accessories, DIY, food, recipes, etc. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

That’s me, Amanda, on the right, with my best friend Natalia this past New Year’s Eve (2014). I just got a new phone so this is my most current photo 🙂

Hi! I’m Amanda. Welcome to my blog. This blog is a an updated version of my old makeup and beauty blog, Hush Beauty/Sugarglow. I took a long break and came back to a non-existant database and lost content, so I decided to start over fresh and incorporate more elements of the things I love into my makeup-obsessed home on the web like fashion, DIY and more.

This is basically an Amanda-themed blog — everything I love (mostly makeup and beauty), photos, outfits, favorite blogs, etc. I am also going to review all of the monthly (and bi-monthly) subscription boxes I receive … I started out subscribing to these beauty/fashion/lifestyle/DIY boxes a few years ago and it has branched out into somewhat of a sick obsession. What better way to document that than on my own blog, right? -_-

I am a college graduate with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Journalism. I was on track to receive my second B.A. in Journalism but life (and a real job) got in the way, so I actually fell just one class short of receiving my second B.A. What I’m trying to say is: I am still very much well-trained in the field of journalism. And I even have the (non-physical) battle wounds to prove it.

I am a writer, first and foremost, and have worked and interned at a few newspapers and other publications. Right now, I am sort of at a crossroads in my professional life. Or at least I feel like I am. I am attending school this spring to get my certificate in Paralegal Studies, as well as a certificate in Public Relations. I put a real career job and graduate school on hold over the last year so that I could work my bar/party planning job and make actual money (fairly good money), leaving myself with little time for anything else. I think that my next step in pursuing these certificates will open more doors for me in the career field(s) I wish to enter, with awesome internship and job opportunities.

I plan on getting my Master’s after I finally fall into a real career (and have ample money to pay for it). I have so many interests – I change my mind every single day on what I truly “want to be when I grow up” — and that’s probably why I have studied a bunch of different subjects.

This blog will definitely reflect most of my more material interests (as stated above), and basically will contain anything that I think is worthy of blogging about. I’m actually glad that my database got accidentally deleted — it gives me a chance for a real, fresh start … and this time I will make sure to backup all of my content properly!

Thank you so much for visiting, and please excuse the lack of content while I work on getting everything up and running once again. 

 

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For questions or comments please e-mail me at: sugarglow.beauty@gmail.com.

 

 

NOTE: This welcome post is basically the same as the static “About” page that appears on the main navigation menu. I guess I could have made the About page a post … but I think it’s easier this way? I’m not sure. All I wanted to accomplish was to welcome everyone to my blog and provide some details about me and my life and why I decided to start my own blog 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting!