I have fallen head over heels for The Balm. Granted up until these two products I have only tried the Nude Tude Palette and the Mary Lou-Manizer (reviews to follow), but the quality of the products is very impressive and the price is great. Hot Mama Blush and Plump Your Pucker Gloss arrived recently from Cloud10Beauty.com. I have been using them both daily for the past month so it was high time for a review.
I know it’s been a while since I posted, tut tut! I thought I’d let you all know I’m back to daily posting :) If you frequent my blog you know I’m a die hard fan of Make Up For Ever products. I get all excited when I hear about their product launches. Next to arrive on our shores is the new HD Blusher, Second Skin Cream Blush. I have heard great reviews from those of you in the US who already has access to them so I can’t wait to try them. (Giveaway below)… What is it? It’s essentially a cream blush with HD technology that melts onto the skin. It gives a natural flush of colour. I find cream blushes can sometimes be a bit gaudy on my skintone so the ‘natural flush’ grabbed my attention. It’s said to be better than cream and powder blush because of its second skin finish. This means you can’t see the texture of the product on the skin, the blush looks like its your own, no trace of makeup. Usually cream products need to be applied before powder but this one can be used under or over powder. Another pro is that its completely lightweight. It doesn’t interfere with the makeup beneath it and is said to hide imperfections whilst lasting all day on the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, oily skinned girls rejoice! Application These blushes are applied with a brush, HD sponge or fingertips depending on the look you’re going for. Shades There are 16 wide and universal shades to suit all skin tones. Available in 4 levels of skin gradation as well as cool shades and warm shade tones.
- Light Skin (2xx)
- Medium (2xx)
- Tan (4xx)
- Deep (5xx)
- # 220 – Pink Sand (-Cool Shade / Light Skin).
- # 210 – Cool Pink – (Cool Shade/ Light Skin).
- # 215 – Flamingo Pink – (Warm Shade/Light Skin).
- # 225 – Peachy Pink – (Warm Shade/Light Skin).
- # 315 – Peachy Beige – (Warm Shade/Medium Skin).
- # 410 – Coral – (Cool Shade/Tan Skin).
- # 515 – Tangerine – (Warm Shade/Deep Skin).
- # 415 – Light Rust – (Warm Shade/Tan Skin).
- # 335 – Fawn (Warm Shade/Medium Skin).
- # 425 – Brown Copper – (Warm Shade/Tan Skin).
- # 420 – Indian Rosewood – (Cool Shade/Tan Skin).
- # 310 – Rosewood – (Cool Shade/Medium Skin).
- # 320 – English Rose – (Cool Shade/Medium Skin).
- # 330 – Rosy Plum – (Cool Shade/Medium Skin).
- # 510 – Raspberry – (Cool Shade/Deep Skin).
- # 520 – Blackcurrant – (Cool Shade/Deep Skin)
They will cost €27 a piece and arrive in Ireland in two weeks time! I’ll be back with a full review, tutorial and pics of how it looks on when they are released. In the meantime…
Make Up For Ever Dublin have kindly offered me two of the new HD blushes to give away to my readers!
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Ah, blush makes me smile… sigh! Have a great day everyone. I’ll have my next post up tomorrow morning :-)
*Update – Congratulations to Sinead K and Carolina Pelzer. My sister picked the names out of a hat :)
I recently recorded a video rave on Isa Dora’s Glow Stick. I’m officially a huge fan. I thought it best that I swatch it for you. The review video can be found below the swatches.
The colour reminds me of Nars Deep Throat (awful name, but cult blush). It’s the same tone, it could be worn by many skin tones. I prefer the finish of these glow sticks to the nars multiples.
And here’s how it looks on the cheekbones….
And here’s the review video and a little demo of how I apply it (in case you missed it!)
I have been loving this product for weeks now – Isa Dora Glow Stick. I can’t seem to make myself use other cream blushes. Here’s a review and a little demonstration showing how I like to apply it.
I’ll post some photo swatches next, with some pictures of what the lipstick looks like on.
Thanks for watching!
I have had an on off love affair with MAC’s Ladyblush over the years. Since I use it so often I thought it was about time it got a mention on my blog. Very often my most used products are the ones that are over-looked.
Ladyblush is a cream product that works best when applied over foundation and under powder.
It’s foolproof to apply. I tend to use a duo fibre brush to apply, like the MAC 187. I dip the brush in lightly, be careful a little goes a long, long way. I them stipple the colour on the apples of my cheeks. When the majority of the pigment is placed there I gently stipple the brush up towards my cheekbone. It’s worth bearing in mind that the area you first apply the brush will have the most pigment.
Here’s a little swatch, I took the photo in natural light…
Ladyblush is described as a ‘demure, cool pink flush’ on MAC’s website. I think that’s probably the best description. It’s perfect for fair skintones although you can build the colour up if you have darker skin. I should point out that here is no shimmer or glitter, woo hoo!
I find MAC’s blushcremes very long lasting, although I always apply a sheer coat of powder or some Fix+ to set my make-up.
I have heard that some people have an allergic reaction to Blushcremes so it’s worth testing some on the the inside of you wrist before you buy. That being said, I have very reactive skin and have had no problems. I have heard that they are going to remake the Blushcremes due to large amount of customers who have experienced reactions. I wish they’d do the same with Studio Finish Foundation, I love the coverage but it always ends is an allergic reaction for me.
If you have oily cheeks I think I’d pass on cream blushes and stick to powder and I would definitely keep this one away from large pores – it will make them look like potholes!
What I love most about this products is that it gives that appearance of a natural flush, that kind of ‘lit from within’ effect. I like to pair it with a bronzer, usually Bourjois, Prestige or Benefit Hoola.
On another note I would just like to let you all know that normal blogging has resumed :) I’ll have my 3 posts per day tomorrow. It’s been crazy lately but I am back in the swing of things. Thanks for all your support.
What are your thoughts on cream blush? Any recommendations? (cos you know I needs more!)
I finally got my hands on MAC’s Stereo Rose MSF, man I love Birthdays! When I heard they were still in stock last week I ran in to MAC in Brown Thomas and bought a few more for giveaways (link on the left side of the website)
And here is my darling…
I’m sure you’ve heard enough about this beauty but I’m going to go ahead and rant about it anyway.
For those of you who are wondering what the hell I’m going on about – Stereo Rose is a limited edition rosy toned Mineralised Skin Finish that was released with MAC’s In the Groove collection. It was released in a previous collection years ago and MAC lovers have been waiting impatiently for it’s re-release.
It’s a rosy toned highlighter that can also be used as a blush. There is no glitter (hallelujah), it leaves the skin with a soft sheen.
I only had one MSF in my collection, Perfect Topping from the Sugar Sweet collection. I love it and use it a few times a week but I was looking for an MSF with a little more colour.
Stereo Rose has some gorgeous gold veining running through it which almost has a rosy bronze effect on my skin. I have worn it almost every day since my Birthday. It means I only need one product – no bronzer, no highlighter, no blush, just Stereo Rose.
This is such a unique product, I’m in love!
Did you buy anything from the In the Groove collection? What are your thoughts on MSF’s?
My Nars collection consists of Sheer Glow Foundation, Lola lola eyeshadow, Orgasm blush, Deep Throat blush and Turkish Delight lip gloss. Only 5 items!
Thanks to my MAC Pro card I feel guilty about spending money on other high end brands. My rationale goes something like this, For one Nars gloss I could get 2 with the MAC discount. Sometimes I listen, mostly I ignore haha
I find that everytime I look at Lollipop26’s or Miss Natty’s blog they have a photo of themselves looking amazing in Nars products. I add them to my Lust List and then I don’t buy them. I can feel change in the air.
Some of the Nars products I am lusting after…
- Albatross (highlighter)
- Lovejoy (blush)
- Casino (Bronzer)
- Penny Lane (Cream blush)
- Nepal (eyeshadow)
Oh my poor laser card!
What are your favourites from Nars? Anything you recommend?