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Published on July 10th, 2011 | by Ruth


Tarte Amazonian Clay: Blushing Through Adventure

Some­times putting on make­up seems like an ex­er­cise in fu­til­i­ty: you know that you’ll go out and, with­in a few min­utes of danc­ing on a crowd­ed floor, sweat it off. Since I usu­al­ly hope to dance the night away, I’m al­ways on the look­out for long-last­ing cos­met­ics. Add to this my nor­mal pal­lor (use­ful for a Hal­loween cos­tume, but fright­en­ing in a less wel­come way the rest of the time), and we have my con­stant quest for The Per­fect Blush. To this end, I tried out Tarte Cos­met­ic’s Ama­zo­ni­an Clay 12-Hour Blush in sev­er­al col­ors.

I tried out my first blush when I was eleven, a Clin­ique hand-me-down in bright, bright pink. As I held the brush, dap­pled in rosy pow­der, my mom looked over and saw my cheeks, flushed with the an­tic­i­pa­tion of try­ing out my first blush. “Too much, too much!” she ex­claimed, and tis­sued my (still bare) face down. My taste in bright col­ors hasn’t changed since then, but I’m al­ways sure to check for blend and the “too much” fac­tor. Flush (deep berry) is such a love­ly col­or that I want to make pil­lows out of it. It would look beau­ti­ful on the dark­er-com­plect­ed, but should be avoid­ed by the pale. Bliss­ful worked well, and is quite ver­sa­tile, though I have to use it spar­ing­ly to avoid the “too ex­cit­ed” look.

To put the prod­uct tru­ly to the test, I wore it dur­ing a hol­i­day trip to the Port­land Wa­ter­front Blues Fes­ti­val. We had un­usu­al­ly hot weath­er for Ore­gon, with tem­per­a­tures in the 80s. Af­ter a full day in the sun with lots of danc­ing (and sun­screen), the blush didn’t need re­touch­ing. When­ev­er a prod­uct seems to have su­per-pow­ers, I’m sus­pi­cious of what sor­cery (or nasty chem­i­cals) it’s suc­ceed­ing with. The Tarte blush­es are cru­el­ty free (no an­i­mal sac­ri­fice need­ed), and even have vi­ta­mins C and E. The Ama­zo­ni­an clay is tout­ed to have all sorts of great prop­er­ties for all skin types- min­i­miz­ing oil for the oily types, and nat­u­ral­ly hy­drat­ing for the dry skin types (me). I’ll ad­mit to not re­al­ly notic­ing an ef­fect one way or the oth­er, but there was cer­tain­ly no neg­a­tive change.

Tarte’s web­site says that the blush­es are “so­lar-baked.” I pic­ture long lines of blush pats spread along a deck, bask­ing in the sun, with a ti­ki bar decked with trop­i­cal flow­ers and cit­rus drinks in the back­ground. Though I doubt the blush is ac­tu­al­ly pro­cessed at a re­sort, the de­sign on the blush al­so sug­gests trop­i­cal ad­ven­ture, mak­ing the pro­cess of ap­ply­ing fun. There’s no syn­thet­ic fra­grance to pull you out of a love­ly day­dream. The blush­es are $25 each- af­ford­able enough to buy and then pack with you as you in­dulge in ad­ven­tures- on the dance floor or at a beach.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.

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