I am obsessed with cream blushes at the moment – I sense a video coming :) I know lots of you are cream fans too.
Those of you who had horrible allergic reactions to MAC’s Blush Creme’s can rejoice! MAC have replaced them with Cremeblends. They are an entirely new formulation so maybe those of you who hated them before might enjoy them now.
They are available in 6 shades, all of which have been added to the permanent collection.
- Posey (original blush creme) Warm peach
- Brit Wit (original blush creme) Dusty, rose mauve
- So sweet, So easy – (new colour) Bright yellowy pink
- Something Special – (new colour) Light peachy coral
- Tea Petal – (new colour) Mid reddish brown
- Ladyblush – original blush creme – warm neutral coral
The texture is a little different. Creme blends are a little tackier than the old blush cremes but the colour is practically the same on.
I use the stippling technique to apply cream blushes, be it with a brush, sponge or my fingers. You could use the MAC 188, which is smaller than the 187, it’s duo fibre stippling brush and it’s made for application of products like this. You can also use your fingers of stipple, to be honest that’s how I usually apply them to my own skin.
I’m thinking of picking up Posey, So Sweet, So Easy and maybe Something Special. Oh and possibly Ladyblush. Well, I do really love cream blushes :)
They are available in the US already but we have to wait another few weeks here in Ireland.
Which shade appeals to you? Do you like cream blushes?
A few of you have asked me what I will be buying from MAC’s Wonder Woman Collection when it launches in Dublin on Thursday. It got me thinking…
First, let me say that I’m not a Wonder Woman fan. In fact, I’ve never seen the show, although I’m familiar with the outfit :) I pretty much hate the packaging, it reminds me of those rolls of chewing gum my parents used to bring back from Spain in the 80′s. It won’t look pretty in my handbag so the products need to be amazing for me to splurge.
I have read countless reviews and have formed an impression on the collection before I have even seen it, which isn’t good. I hear the quads aren’t great quality, the penultimate eyeliner is awkward and Golden Lariat MSF is hard to wear.
The blush duos seem to be the highlight of the collection. Amazon Princess and Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo really appeal to me but it remains to be seen whether the packaging puts me off.
I will pay my MAC counter a visit but I suspect the packaging will put me off.
What do you think of the collection? Have you any purchases planned?
Can I buy myself a little pressie for St Patrick’s Day? I have my eye on Lush’s Little Green Bag, uh oh! I wonder what my obsession with gift sets is.
The set contains
- Jungle Conditioner (55g)
- Squeeky Green Shampoo Bar (55g)
- Sugar Scrub (50g)
- Sea Vegetable Soap (100g)
- Each Peach Massage Bar (20g)
- Shampoo Bar Tin
The only product I have tried out of the set is Sea Vegetable Soap, which happens to be my favourite Lush soap fragrance.
The set costs €19.95 which I think is a really great deal. I think I deserve one :) I shall be picking one up as soon as they’re available (March 2011) I will post some pics as soon as I pick it up and do a little review.
Do you buy yourself little pressies? Have you tried any of the products in the set?
China Glaze have launched the Anchors Away Collection for Spring. There are 12 new shades. The créme shades appeal to me most, what stands out to you?
- White Cap: Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white
- Pelican Gray: High shine, cool toned grey créme
- Sea Spray: Calming pale blue créme
- Below Deck: A flirty mix of taupe and violet
- Sunset Sail: Delightful peachy pink high shine créme
- Life Preserver: Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème
- Hey Sailor: Vibrant crème red
- Ahoy!: Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck
- First Mate: Sophisticated and rich navy crème
- Starboard: Hip and playful green crème
- Lighthouse: Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck
- Knotty: Micro-particle beige shimmer
The shades that stand out to me most are Sea Spray and First Mate. Think I’ll pass on the shimmers but I love créme finishes. I’m going to scower some websites and order Sea Spray first, I have to have it.
What do you think?
The postman popped a lovely package from Estée Lauder through my letter box this morning. I’m very excited about trying everything and will post some swatches and reviews early next week. In the meantime, here’s a little look at what arrived. All products are from the Spring 2011 Collection which goes on sale in March.
Pure Colour Nail Polishes
Left to Right – Mega Fuschia and Oyster Cult
Pure Colour Lipsticks
Left to right – Crystal Rose (cream) and Vanilla Truffle (cream)
As I said, swatches and review to follow. What do you think?
If you fancy drooling over make-up this evening here’s a better look at the Yves Saint Laurent Spring Collection 2011.
PALETTE PINK CELEBRATION – Highlighter Palette Harmony €53
OMBRE SOLO N°16
MANUCURE COUTURE No. 5 Favorite Chic €35
Mascara Singulier (No. 6 Deep Plum) €31
ROUGE PUR COUTURE – Pink Collection €31
I find myself drawn to the lipsticks… dare I indulge?! I’m also intrigued by the plum mascara and the blue nail polish.
What stands out most to you?
ESTÉE LAUDER BACKSTAGE BEAUTY DEREK LAM FALL 2011 – NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
Eyes: Silver (metallic finish) and Black (shimmer finish) shades – Two NEW Estée Lauder EyeShadows Tested Backstage – Shades Launching Autumn 2011 Highlight shade – NEW Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Tested Backstage – Launching Autumn 2011
Eyebrows: Automatic Brow Pencil
Lips: NEW Estée Lauder Nude Matte Lipstick Tested Backstage – Launching Autumn 2011
Cheeks: Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer – below cheek
Face: Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder
NEW Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator – Launching Summer 2011
Skin: DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15
- Makeup by Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder
- Nails by Jin Soon Choi for Estée Lauder
- Spokesmodels – Liu Wen and Joan Smalls
What do you think of the look?
The Body Shop are launching their Brush With Fashion Spring 2011 make-up collection this Thursday in Dublin, and Friday in Cork and Galway. The launch is from 5 – 9pm.
To celebrate the launch The Body Shop have teamed up with other retailers to pamper you from head to toe this Valentines Day. Customers will receive 20% off all Body Shop products purchased on the evening.
The evening will be filled with facials, makeovers and hand & nail massages.
The make-up collection was designed in collaboration with the London College of Fashion. See my post on the collection.
I might see you there, I have been meaning to pick up some of their fragrance sprays.
Here’s a little look at Isa Dora’s ‘Fanciful’ Spring Collection which will be on sale on the 7th of February. It looks so pretty.
Lilac Daydream – Eye Focus Eye Shadow €9.95
Glow Stick Blusher ‘Rose Bud’ €14.95
Jelly Kiss Lipstick €12.95
Personally, I’m looking forward to trying the blush stick, the lipstick, the blue polish, ooh and maybe some eyeshadows :) They look so pretty!
I found Isa Dora products in my local Unicare pharmacy. I used to buy the eyeshadow quads and lipglosess a few years ago from Roches Stores, ah Roches – we miss you.
What are your thoughts?
You probably know by now that I’m a fan of Yes to Carrots. I was happy to hear that have launched an anti-ageing range called Yes to Blueberries, age-refresh. The range has been created to fight the signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and diminishing fine lines.
“Yes to Blueberries is the ideal companion to the skins natural ageing process. It actively aids the skins own ability to regenerate, helps reduce signs of ageing while deeply moisturising”.
Overnight Hydrating Cream €19.99 (50ml)
Daily Repairing Moisturizer €19.99 (50ml)
Intensive Skin Repair Serum €24.99 (30ml)
Eye Firming Treatment €22.99 (15ml)
Yes to Blueberrries Daily Smoothing Cleaners €12.99
I’ve tried the cleanser myself and really liked it. It smells like honey and is very mild. I should point out that the product isn’t actually blue like you would expect (I suppose that makes sense since it’s the skin of a blueberry that’s blue).
These products are available at Sam McCauley Chemists, selected pharmacies around Ireland and also online at www.beautyfeatures.ie. If you live in the US you can order directly from the Yes to Carrots website.
Do you like Yes to Carrots products?