Summer Must Have: Blushes!

Bright Blush

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope your weekend went well. ūüôā

My ‘Summer Must Have’ series continues with a current obsession: blush!

Let’s dive right in.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral 31

Although I’m not sure why the word coral appears in the name of this blush-even the MUA was confused- this is¬†such a nice pink color that goes perfectly over bronzer.¬† Looks very natural on the skin and can be used as an everyday/work blush.

Burberry  Beauty Light Glow Earthy Blush No. 07

A versatile product that can be used as a blush or contour shade. ¬†This taupe shade has an incredible smooth and ¬†buttery consistency¬†and¬† although there is no shimmer, it has a¬†subtle ‘glowy’ look and is one of the products I reach for when I want the ‘no blush’ blush look.

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Water Resistant  Blush in Los Cabos

A generous sample that I received in my May Birchbox, this is what coral looks like to me. I can’t attest to the water resistant claim but I can say it is long-lasting and¬†nicely pigmented.¬†Blending is easy, I think this would look great on multiple skin tones and if this shade doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what will.

YSL Creme de Blush No. 4 Audacious Orange 

Despite the bright orange color, once blended in, this leaves behind a nice flushed look. Only very little is needed because it’s highly pigmented, it’s easy to work with and holds up in the summer heat. You can’t beat that.

*Note: As I write this, I just noticed that this isn’t readily available anymore but if you can find, I highly recommend it. ¬†A great and inexpensive alternative is the Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek blushes and my favorite shade is Trickery. ¬†You can read my review here.

B Swatches

Bottom to Top: Pretty Coral, Earthy Blush, Los Cabos, Audacious Orange

What are your favorite blushes?

Stephanie

 

Berry Autumn Look!

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Over the weekend I decided to create a makeup look inspired by fall colors/trends.  I think all skin tones can try this with room for modification.

Key Products Needed

Basically, you’ll need an orange eyeshadow, any shade(s) of brown, your favorite eyeliner/mascara and a berry lip color.

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Complete Product List

Face

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 in 2

Nars Concealer in Vanilla

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer

Eyes

Highlight/Brow: MAC Shroom

Lid: MAC Orange

Crease: MAC Texture

Outer Corner: MAC Bronze

Eyeliner (top): Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar Ink

Eyeliner (bottom): Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 HR Wear Waterproof in Cappuccino

Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant

Lips

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody

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And there you have it. ¬†You can also just ¬†wear the orange eyeshadow with a brown on the crease and finish with eyeliner if you want a more basic look.¬†Hope you enjoyed this look and make sure to visit and ‘like’ my Facebook page for additional¬†tips and information! ¬†

Should You CC?

 

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Me wearing Bobbi Brown’s CC Cream SPF 35

After an unfavorable experience with Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Smart Gel BB, I decided to forgo BB creams and dive in to CC creams.  The appeal of a CC (Color Correcting) cream is that it can address issues like redness, dullness, uneven skin tone, age spots and sallowness while providing SPF coverage and a light feel on the skin.  It’s normally aimed at those who have minor skin issues but they can have buildable coverage.

The CC cream I have been testing out for the last couple of weeks is Bobbi Brown’s CC Cream SPF 35 in Warm Nude-geared towards light to medium skin tones-and I love it! Below, the breakdown of my review.

Pros

Feels light on the skin

Excellent in concealing redness

Provides good moisture to my combination skin without feeling oily

Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Cons

Limited Color Selection

Takes a little bit longer to blend than I would normally like

Buildable coverage for those who have minor skin imperfections but not as much as a foundation can provide

Price: $44 1.35 FL OZ

Overall: While in my opinion CC creams don’t replace your skincare routine, they are a great everyday option if you have minor skin imperfections and want light-weight coverage; over time you may see a slight improvement in your skin.  Also, although the inclusion of SPF is a plus and great for when you are in a hurry, I still wear my normal SPF underneath to make sure I apply the recommended amount- 1 teaspoon.

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What’s your preferred medium: tinted moisturizers, BB Creams, CC Creams, foundation or powders?