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Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos

Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This was one of the first months that I just chose a regular Julep Maven box without adding on any additional products — mostly because this was the first month that I got a Maven box for FREE (yay!) with my Julep points (called “Jules”). I’ve used Julep points on other things before, but I realized during the September Maven reveal (at the end of last month) that I actually had 2,000 Jules saved up, and, as any Maven should know, 2,000 Jules = one free Maven box.

If I had added any add-ons this month I would have had to pay extra for those, so I kept it simple and stuck with the bare minimum (three items) so I wouldn’t have to pay anything. I ended up being pleasantly surprised when I saw an extra polish added to my box anyway — every Maven received the new Julep signature cream color, aptly named “Julep”, as a freebie this month. So awesomeness all around 🙂

Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick in "Wink". Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick in “Wink”

Each month Julep debuts a new beauty product or an update on one of their existing beauty products as part of the monthly Maven reveal. This month Julep came out with a few new colors for their Light On Your Lips lipstick line, making the lipsticks the featured beauty product for September. I really liked this lipstick the first time it came out so I was happy seeing additional colors added. I went with a couple bright colors last time, so I decided to order a more neutral color this time around.

Julep Light On Your Lips Full Coverage Crème Lipstick ($22 or $17.60 for Maven subscribers, 0.12 oz.; julep.com): A full-coverage lipstick that “floats on and feels weightless”, formulated with hydrating shea butter, antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, and Julep’s Power Cell Complex™. This lipstick promises to glide on easily to hug the contours of your lips and stay in place without feathering and it comes in 15 different shades. I received this lipstick in the color “Wink”, which is described as a “Tea rose crème.”

Julep Nail Color in Ellis (top) and Zoey (bottom). Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in “Ellis” (top) and “Zoey” (bottom)

These were the two nail colors I chose this month from the new September collection. You would think by now that I wouldn’t need any more nail polishes — being subscribed to Julep Maven for at least the last year-and-a-half — but each month there always seems to be new nail shades that I absolutely need (of course). 🙂  I probably should have posted swatches of how these look on my nails … I will definitely remember to do that next month though!

Julep Nail Color in “Ellis” ($14 reg., on sale right now for $10, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A shimmery silver-y lilac that Julep describes as a “pink dawn linear liquid holographic” shade.

Julep Nail Color in “Zoey” ($14 reg. or $11.20 for Maven subscribers, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): A pretty blue-grayish “sea spray crème” shade.

Julep Nail Color in Julep's signature 2015 shade, called "Julep". Julep Maven September 2015 Review + Photos. Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Nail Color in Julep’s signature 2015 shade, called “Julep”

The last item this month was a special extra added to every Julep Maven box for free. I’m not sure why, but this color is currently unavailable to buy. I don’t know if it’s sold out, or if Mavens just got a sneak peek and it won’t actually be released until later on.

Julep Nail Color in “Julep” ($14 reg., currently unavailable, 0.27 oz.; julep.com): This is Julep’s new signature creme — a really pretty purple-ish orchid shade. This went on beautifully and the finish almost made it look like a gel manicure. I’m really glad I got to try this one out!

 

Subscription Box Breakdown:

I really liked the September Julep Maven box and the best part about it, of course, was that I got it completely for free. Julep actually has a really great points program and I feel like I was able to save up 2,000 Jules rather quickly, especially since I got points for every monthly Maven box that I bought. The nail colors this month were great and I absolutely loved the surprise gift this month — Julep’s new signature creme shade. I also was happy to see new lipstick colors this month and I’m loving the nude pink-y peach that I chose.

Pricing & Availability:

Julep Maven is a monthly nail and beauty subscription box that costs $24.99 per month with options to upgrade. To subscribe click here, or visit Julep.com for more information.

 

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Julep Maven March 2015 Review + Photos: “The POP! Collection”

Julep Maven March 2015 Review + Photos: "The POP! Collection". Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Julep Maven — March 2015

I was super excited about the Julep Maven collection for March and I couldn’t wait for the box to arrive! This month Julep debuted “The POP! Collection”, its first new collection for spring that included pretty new pastels with a “retro vibe,” Julep’s new “soft focus” semi-matte finish, a new hydrating lipstick formula and Julep’s newest Fluid Eye Glider eyeliner pen.

Julep is a customizable nail and beauty subscription so each month you can choose what goes into your box. There were three base products this month and then you can pick a number of other items to add-on to your box. I chose three add-ons this month and when you choose three or more you get a free gift!

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Haute Pink Summer Lips – New Lipstick & Gloss Shades from BUXOM

Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BUXOM Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB Set: 3 Brand-New Lip Shades. From left to right: Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress

I received these three BUXOM lipgloss and lipstick shades in a Sephora VIB gift a few weeks ago — it was available in stores, but I never saw a code for it online. I’m not sure if this set is still available, but the full-size versions definitely are and they are all new BUXOM colors. I wanted to do a post because each formula is amazing (all three are different), and the colors are beautiful and perfect for the summer. That, and the photos I took actually came out okay (you can actually notice the difference between the three colors), even though I took the pictures at night.

BUXOM Lipstick and lipgloss swatches. Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

So before I go into each lip product individually, I just wanted to show the swatch photo I took – I just took one swatch photo of all three shades side by side instead of three individual pictures; this way you can see the contrast between the colors a lot better. On the left is the lipstick, which does come out a bit creamier-looking when applied to the lips (you can see that in the photo below); then the full-bodied gloss (my favorite one); and then the sheer lipgloss.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in "Mistress" review and photos. Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

(Mini) BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”

The first product was a mini version of Buxom’s Full-Bodied Lipstick. This shade wasn’t exactly HOT pink, but it was very pink nonetheless. I love Buxom products, especially their lip products (their lip liner is the only liner I use), and this lipstick was no different. I loved the creamy consistency and the color payoff was amazing. I’m really trying to branch out and wear different, brighter colors on my lips, and even though this one is really almost like a nude baby pink, it is still very noticeable and it looks great with a light/natural makeup look for the day.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in "Mistress" review and photos. Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21 for 0.13 oz.; sephora.com) is a “full-coverage lip color” that has a “gentle plumping effect.” It really made my lips look pretty and full (without the plumping tingle). I’m more of a lipgloss girl than a lipstick girl, but this is one of my favorite lipsticks, especially since it doesn’t come out cakey and it has a satin finish. It is described as a “smooth, creamy, ultra-hydrating lipstick” that contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres to help promote hydration and fullness, as well as shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and vitamins C and E to help moisturize, soothe and protect.

BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole review and photos. Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

(Mini) BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole

The next product was a much brighter pink, described as a “shimmering strawberry,”  in Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish formula. This is Buxom’s sheer lipgloss formula and, even though it is considered “sheer,” the color is definitely very, very noticeable. It’s not sticky and it also has a plumping technology to make your lips look full and prettier.

BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole review and photos. Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BUXOM Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish ($19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, high-shine lip polish” that creates the look of “fuller, more voluptuous lips.” It has a “gentle plumping effect” that comes along WITH the tingle (unlike the lipstick and the other gloss, below), and it contains vitamins A and E, which help to keep lips soft, supple and protected.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in "Sweet Thing" review and photos.Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

(Mini) BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in “Sweet Thing”

The last lip product is my favorite one. This is Buxom’s “Full-Bodied” Lipgloss, and it totally lives up to its name — the color came out beautifully and it was definitely way more “full-bodied” than the sheer Lip Polish (above). This gloss is also very moisturizing and feels super nourishing on my lips (which are usually pretty dry), and it also plumps the lips, but without leaving the tingle effect.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in "Sweet Thing" review and photos.Haute Pink Summer Lips - BUXOM's Newest Pink Lipstick & Gloss Shades. BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress review and photos. Photo copyright 2014: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in “Sweet Thing”

 

Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss ($19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “shimmering, hydrating gloss with a no-tingle plumping effect.” It is an “ultra-hydrating” gloss that contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres that help promote hydration and fullness, as well as jojoba oil and vitamin E to help moisturize and protect lips.

 

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All three of these BUXOM shades are available exclusively in Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com!

 

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Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box

Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This is only my second month of receiving Beauty Box Five because I finally decided (two months ago) that the price of $12/month is totally worth it and I love having a new beauty subscription arrive on my doorstep! I have been subscribed to all of the other boxes I receive for at least a year now, so BB5 is still new and fresh and exciting (well, all of them are exciting, really, I just can’t say no to a surprise package of goodies every month).

Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This subscription box features a little bit more affordable (cheaper) makeup and beauty products, and I love the fact that they send out lots of full-sized items. They send out five products each month, ranging from makeup to skin care to hair care, as well as beauty items and accessories (all in a cute little turquoise box).

Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Each month, items are sent out based on a theme (like most of the other box subscriptions), and each box includes a card detailing the products sent out that month. This month’s theme was “Shades of Beauty,” simple products for a pretty beauty routine.

Jergens Natural Glow - Three Days to Glow Moisturizer. Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Jergens Natural Glow – 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer

I have been meaning to try out the new Jergens 3 Days to Glow formula so I was happy to see this sample in this month’s Beauty Box Five. Also, it’s nice that they sent out samples for three whole days (instead of just one single packet) so you can really test out the “Three Days” claim. I haven’t used it yet, but I am planning to use it this week (spring is finally here!).

Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer ($9.99 for 4 oz.; ulta.com) is described as a self-tanning moisturizer that “creates a color that’s gradual, flawless and captivating.” You can “jump-start your color and achieve a skin tone one full shade darker” in just three days. This moisturizer provides fast, natural-looking color and has no sunless tanning odor.

Blum Naturals All-Purpose Cleansing Wipes review and photos. Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Blum Naturals All-Purpose Cleansing Wipes

It seems like every time I run out of a beauty product that I need and use every day it magically appears in a monthly subscription box, just like these cleansing wipes. I was kind of hoping to use these as full face makeup-cleansing wipes, but these are “mini wipes” and they don’t really work exactly like how I need them to work, so I’m still going to have to pick up another set of full-sized makeup wipes when I go to the store. But, either way, these are good for removing eye makeup and they are super cute (and portable!).

Blum Naturals All-Purpose Cleansing Wipes ($7.50 for set of three containers with 30 wipes in each; beautybox5shop.com) are super affordable — 90 wipes for under $8! There was only one container that came in the April Beauty Box Five box and I received the “Citrus Scent.” These wipes are infused with aloe vera, super convenient (especially for travelling purposes) and they are “just the right size to remove eye makeup or correct minor cosmetic mistakes.” They are hypo-allergenic, paraben-free and cruelty-free.

Bonne Bell Lip Definer and BH Cosmetics California Collection eyeshadow palette review and photos. Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Bonne Bell Lip Definer (top) and BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Trio

Wow, I haven’t used Bonne Bell anything since being obsessed with Lip Smackers when I was little, so I was pretty surprised to see this lip liner in my April BB5. I can’t seem to find this product anywhere for sale online, but I’m sure that it’s available in any drugstore that sells Bonne Bell cosmetics. This liner is actually not bad, and I never really buy lip liners for myself so I am always happy to receive one in a subscription box. I received this liner in the “Apple Cider” color, which goes perfectly with the Nicka K lipstick (below).

Bonne Bell Lip Definer ($3.95 for 0.04 oz.; local drugstores) is described as a liner that’s “perfect for a precise pout,” keeping lipstick from feathering and it also “makes for a lovely natural look when paired with a clear gloss.”

Bonne Bell Lip Definer and BH Cosmetics California Collection eyeshadow palette review and photos. Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

BH Cosmetics Hollywood Eyeshadow Trio

I actually received this same mini palette in an Ipsy Glam Bag months ago, but I think I gave it away to a friend so I’m going to try to use it this time around. The above photo didn’t come out too great — the purple color is a pretty, bright, yet deep, grape color. This is a small sample of the regular BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow and Blush Palette, which comes with 16 eyeshadows and four face powders. The California Collection comes in three versions: Hollywood, Malibu and San Francisco. I received the “Hollywood” palette (same one as what I received in the Ipsy bag).

BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette ($18.95 for 16 eyeshadows and four face powders; beautybox5shop.com) is described as a “vibrant palette inspired by striking celebrity looks from the red carpet.” Each set contains “feminine blushes, bright shadows and vampy reds” and the mini “Hollywood” palette that I received contains a deep purple, shimmery light brown and shimmery golden shade.

Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick review and photos. Beauty Box Five April 2014 Review + Photos: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box.

Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick in “Concerto”

This was the product I was most impressed with this month. This lipstick from Nicka K New York goes on very smooth and it is hydrating, which is just what I need for my chapped lips. At just $5 a pop, this lipstick is super affordable and the packaging is so sleek and pretty for such a low price. I was pretty shocked. I’m not saying it’s the best lipstick ever but it’s great, especially for the price, and it looks so nice. I received this product in “Concerto,” which is a light, shimmery, cider-y color. I never wear reds and this really isn’t very red at all, it actually looks very nice when I wear it.

Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick ($4.99 for 0.12 oz.; beautybox5shop.com) is described as a “lipstick junkie-approved,” hydrating and paraben-free lipstick that “feels light but delivers luscious, full-bodied color that lasts through your first cup of coffee.” To make sure your lipstick doesn’t budge, Beauty Box Five suggests you apply your first layer of color, then use a blending brush to add translucent powder, pressing it in until your lips are mattified, and then apply your second layer of lipstick.

 

Overall I was very happy with my second Beauty Box Five and I think it’s so worth it to receive almost all full-sized products for only $12. I love the Nicka K lipstick and the Bonne Bell liner matches it perfectly (the liner is also really not bad at all), and the mini cleansing wipes are all-natural and super convenient. I’m sure I’ll put the mini eyeshadow palette to use and if I get good results from the Jergens lotion packets I’m definitely going to buy the full-sized tube.

 

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Beauty Box Five is a monthly beauty subscription box that costs $12 per month. To subscribe, click here, or visit BeautyBox5.com for more information.

 

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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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The New Smashbox Summer 2014 Collection is Here! Smashbox's The Santigolden Age Collection review and photos. Photo courtesy of Smashbox cosmetics, appearing on Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The New Smashbox Summer 2014 Collection is Here! Smashbox’s The Santigolden Age Collection

The New Smashbox Summer 2014 Collection is Here! Smashbox's The Santigolden Age Collection review and photos. Photo courtesy of Smashbox cosmetics, appearing on Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Smashbox Summer 2014: The Santigold Collection [Photo: Smashbox.com]

I know Smashbox debuted their new summer collection about a month ago, but the products have finally hit shelves so I just wanted to do a post going over all the awesomeness that is their new Santigolden Age Collection.

The Santigolden Age Collection was created by artist Santigold, who fused unexpected vivid colors and elements into the collection the same way she does regularly with her amazing fashion sense and all-around artistic boldness. This exclusive collection is influenced by Santigold’s “strong creative sense of collage,” with a “vivid and playful” color palette that is really unlike any beauty collection I have seen recently.

The New Smashbox Summer 2014 Collection is Here! Smashbox's The Santigolden Age Collection review and photos. Photo courtesy of Smashbox cosmetics, appearing on Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

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The whole collection is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on those eyeliner pencils. Besides the fact that the colors are amazing and there are a bunch of different products to choose from (from shadows to liners to lipgloss to nail stickers and even a lipstick ring), the artwork and packaging design is really over-the-top beautiful, so these items will definitely be some great collectors’ pieces.

The new Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection for the summer contains five different items, four of which have two different color combinations:

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Apocalypse Now. [Photo: Smashbox.com]

Smashbox The Santigolden Age Eye Shadow Collage ($36 for 0.17 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as a “one-of-a-kind collaged and mirrored palette with five dramatic wet-to-dry eyeshadows.”

Apocalypse Now” (above) consists of a shimmery oyster shade, shimmery tea, sparkling pewter, matte black and bright golden orange.

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Earth As We Know It. [Photo: Sephora.com]

Earth As We Know It” (above) consists of a soft sparkling cream, kelly green, dark matte blue, raisin with rosegold pearl and a dark sparkly forest green shade.

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Double-Ended Limitless Liner. [Photo: Smashbox.com]

My favorite items in the collection are these gorgeous, versatile, bold eyeliners. The Smashbox Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Liner ($24 for two 0.02-oz. pencilssmashbox.com) is described as a “double-ended eyeliner with eight-hour staying power and limitless possibilities.”

There are two different liner pencils in the new collection with two different shades on each one: Yellow Dwarf/Green Martian (a bright yellow and a mint green — on the left of the photo above); and Azurite is Never Wrong/El Dorado (a bright azure blue and earthy gold — on the right of the photo).

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Be Legendary Lipgloss in All Gold E’rything (left) and Hot Lava (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]

The next two products are Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipgloss formula in two very “Santigolden” shades. Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Gloss ($20 for 0.20 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as “a vibrant, glassy-finish gloss hand-picked by artist Santigold.”

All Gold E’rything” is described as a “sheer copper sparkle” and “Hot Lava” is described as a “sheer red-orange.” I’m loving the gold color so I will definitely be picking that one up (red is not really my thing, even though this red looks lovely).

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Nail Polish Art Strips in “Serpent Charmer” (left) and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]

These sweeeet nail polish stickers come with two different designs in one pack and I have a feeling they will work pretty well, since they’re made by Smashbox (I usually have such a problem with these things). Smashbox The Santigolden Age Nail Polish Art Strips ($22 for set of two different patterns; smashbox.com) are described as “one-of-a-kind, mistake-proof nail strips designed by artist Santigold,” who is known for her collage art and strong creative sense, which influenced the whole collection’s “vivid and playful color range.”

Serpent Charmer” (left) is a black snake pattern on what looks like a glittery gold background; and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right) is a creepy-cool (and yet pretty at the same time) silver eye design on a black background. I love the design and colors of the black eye pattern strips and, even though I’m not usually into snake-print anything, the gold one is pretty cool. I could definitely rock these.

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Be Legendary Lipstick Ring in “Still Kickin.” [Photo: Smashbox.com]

The last product in the collection is a jewelry-and-makeup-in-one deal. This is a really pretty lipstick ring that is actually not tacky (in my opinion). I usually find these things to be either childish (‘cuz they’re usually for kids) or just tacky-looking. These are actually really nice.

Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Lipstick Ring ($49 for one ring in size 8; smashbox.com) is described as “a collectible snake ring that holds a limited-edition shade of Be Legendary Lipstick inside.” This is the only product in the collection that comes in just one shade, but it’s a pretty “golden reddish coral.” I’m definitely picking this one up too.

I might as well just get the whole collection at this point (maybe just one eyeshadow shade, though, and just the gold lipgloss, not the red one). This collection is gorgeous and I usually don’t do posts as previews for new beauty collections, especially when I haven’t even bought the collection myself yet (using the official photos), but this one was way too pretty to pass up.

 

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Smashbox’s Summer 2014 “The Santigolden Age” Collection consists of five different products in a range of prices (see prices above). It is now available in stores and online at Smashbox.com, Sephora.com, Beauty.com and other retailers that carry Smashbox cosmetics.

 

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