My Favorite Blushes!

I have a weakness for blush. As you’ll soon find out, my favorite shade to wear is a very warm toned, peachy-pink. I find these are very complimentary to my olive skin tone and usually match the bronzey makeup looks I do on a regular basis. In my opinion, blush brightens my overall look and provides a natural flush of color to my cheeks that I otherwise do not have. I don’t go a day without it because I feel that it marries my bronzer and highlight together, filling in any gaps of bare skin. Even my “no-makeup” makeup looks incorporate blush application. I think it’s one of the easiest ways to look more awake too! By providing this flush of color, you will liven your complexion and create a youthful glow.
 


I’ve tried out so many blushes, ranging from inexpensive to very high end. I really think I’ve pinpointed my favorite formulas based on smoothness of application, pigmentation and longevity. By far, the best blushes I’ve tried and own are the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes. These babies are in a league of their own! I’ve never found a blush that’s anywhere close to as good as these are. They apply softly on the cheeks and the color does not fade throughout the day! Tarte advertises that they’re a “12-hour wear” formula, but these have definitely lasted on my skin for much longer! It’s really rare that every blush shade in a brands collection is equally as amazing and these truly are! I have no doubt that any color you choose will be your new favorite! I started wearing these blushes five years ago and they are still the ones I keep repurchasing to this day! Here are my absolute favorite shades that I would categorize as must-haves! 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $28. Top Row Shades: “Peaceful” and “Natural Beauty” Bottom Row Shades: “Tipsy” and “Glisten”


  

The next blushes that I love are from Too Faced! The Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes are really nice! Very pigmented and apply super evenly on the skin. I personally think the formula is more on the sheer side, which is nice if you prefer to build up color in a natural way. I definitely stand behind the claim that these last for 16 hours! I do think they start to fade after that point, unlike the Tarte blushes! Also I’m obsessed with the packaging of these blushes because they remind me of Polly Pocket, so cute! The next blush I have from Too Faced is their Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush! These boxed blushes are also in adorable packaging that holds the beautiful, baked, ombré blush inside. I think this color is so pretty when I swirl my brush to pick up all three colors at once. The formula has fine gold shimmer throughout and shows up on the cheeks as a subtle glow that’s perfect for summer! Although Too Faced doesn’t advertise this as a long-lasting blush, this particular color held up for an entire work day on my skin and did not lose any vibrancy over time. I highly recommend you check out the other shades in the range because they have something for every skin tone! 

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush, $26. In the shade: “I Will Always Love You.” Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush, $30. In the shade: “Sparkling Bellini.”


Lastly I wanted to include the Becca Afterglow Palette, which can be found exclusively at Ulta. I found this palette was a great way to try some of Becca’s Mineral Blushes as well as their Shimmering Skin Perfectors! I already owned the white-gold highlight in the palette called “Moonstone” and use it to achieve an intense icy glow on the tops of my cheekbones. The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Rose Gold” and “Topaz” are more of a blush topper for me personally! I apply these on top of the blush I’m wearing to give me an all-over illuminated glow. The Mineral Blush in “Wild Honey” and the Mineral Blush in “Flowerchild” are absolutely stunning! Both are extremely different in color, but equally as gorgeous. My personal favorite is “Wild Honey” because it’s unique to any other shade of blush own and is universal enough to match any makeup look! The Becca Mineral Blushes in this palette sadly only last about 6-8 hours on me before I feel like I need to reapply, but with that said, the smooth texture and pigmentation on these products outweigh any cons. I’m so excited to try more of these colors and put them to the test during the Spring and Summer months! 

Becca Afterglow Palette, $39.50. The blushes and highlight in the palette are in the shades: Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Moonstone.” Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Rose Gold.” Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Topaz.” Mineral Blush in “Wild Honey.” Mineral Blush in “Flowerchild.”


I hope I gave you some good suggestions on different brands of blushes to try! I know a lot of the shades are similar, but these peachy-pink tones are my favorite to wear! Let me know your favorite blushes because I’m always willing to step out of my comfort zone and try new ones! Thanks for reading! 

That Glow Though!

A major Spring beauty trend is to look glowy and fresh! By using products that have shimmer and other light reflecting properties, you can give your skin a “lit from within” look. Sometimes it’s hard to maintain a glow without looking greasy throughout the day. If you have combination to oily skin, you may find it hard to incorporate this trend into your daily routine. However, I have some strategies to help you create that healthy, natural glow without looking oily.

  
For this entire makeup look, I am using the new Anastasia Glow Kit in the color “That Glow.” This is an incredible value when you break it down and realize that for only $40 you are getting FOUR very different, but wearable highlighters! The formula on this product is amazing! The smooth texture gives more of a dewy effect, rather than straight shimmer on your face, which is nice if you want to go for a more natural look! 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, $40


 

Swatches of each shade on my olive skin tone!

  

   
To begin this look, you need to start by priming your face. This will create a smooth canvas for foundation and powder to lay on. Some highlighters are problematic in the sense that they cling to texture on the face. If you have a breakout or enlarged pores, you may find that your unprimed face will emphasize these areas with added shimmer. 

   
I choose to use a combination of a hydrating primer and a mattifying, pore minimizing primer. My favorite combination is to use the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer all over my face and the NYX Angel Veil Primer in my oily t-zone and the places I have enlarged pores.

     
With a damp beauty blender, I begin applying a mattifying foundation all over my face to make sure my natural oils do not break through the rest of my makeup throughout the day. A great, inexpensive foundation is the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation. This will make sure your highlight doesn’t turn into a slippery mess within a couple hours of wear.

     
The most important step, is to set your face with a translucent powder! My favorite is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder because it never looks cakey and does not alter the color of your foundation. This will lock in all of the liquids applied to the face and create a soft canvas to blend powders on! 

      
The next step is totally optional, but it’s what makes my highlight last all day long. With my fingertips, I place some of Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up cream highlighter on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, underneath my eyebrows and on my Cupid’s bow. These are the areas on the face you want to highlight, since they naturally catch sunlight. I set those places I placed the cream highlight with whatever powder highlight I choose for the day! I’ve noticed I receive the most compliments and questions on the highlighter I’m wearing whenever I do this extra step! 

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, $32. NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer, $15.99. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation, $12.99. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38. Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter, $30.

Now check out these awkward photos of me trying to capture the difference between an all matte face and a highlighted one! 

Before

  

After


  

I hope you enjoyed this in depth look at highlighting and learned some great tips along the way! And I know when that highlight bling, that can only mean one thing…(that you did in fact read this blog post.)

Holy Grail Mascara Routine

When asked, “What makeup item could you never live without?” My instant response is MASCARA! One coat and my entire appearance changes. It was the first beauty product I was gifted by my Mom when I wanted to begin wearing makeup, so it holds sentimental value as well.   

Over the years, I have tried dozens of different mascaras, both from the drugstore and high end beauty retailers. I finally believe I have perfected the look of my lashes and found the secret formula to keeping them lifted all day long. Not to mention, flake free and ultra black. 

My favorite aspect about this routine is it features two mascaras, which only cost a combined total of $20! This is less than a single mascara from a high end brand! Not to mention, you can usually find coupons for drugstore brands, such as L’Oreal and use them towards this purchase! Keep reading to find out how I achieve a false lash look on a daily basis with drugstore mascaras!

What you will need:  

Tarte Eyelash Curler , $18

   

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara in Blackest Black, $7.99 and L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara, $9.99

 

To begin this process, I first curl my eyelashes with my favorite Tarte Eyelash Curler. This will create a clear visual for your mascara application and allow you to see the lash from root to tip.

 
Next, apply one coat of the L’Oreal Miss Manga Rock mascara to your top lashes. Wait about 20 seconds for that to dry and then apply a second coat. This will build up your volume and the ultra black formula covers even the lightest colored eyelashes.

After that has set for about 30 seconds, proceed with one coat of the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara. Although this extra step may seem unnecessary, this particular formula is focused on lengthening lashes and removes any clumps from the previous Miss Manga Rock mascara. 

Then repeat this process on your lower lashes if you enjoy the look of both top and bottom mascara. I find that this personally gives me the wide-eye effect I prefer. 

Look at the difference I made by just adding mascara on one eye! 

I timed this mascara routine and found it takes about four minutes from beginning to end to complete. This included the inevitable mistakes of dotting mascara on my eyelid and having to remove it after. An important tip is to let the mascara dry when you accidentally get it on or around your eyelid area. Then once it sets, take a Q-Tip and gently wipe away to remove all traces of the spot! This trick has prevented the frustrating smudging and smearing that comes with prematurely fixing mascara mistakes! 

Please keep in mind that this mascara routine works for me because I enjoy the look of bold, defined eyelashes! Feel free to use one mascara or a dark brown formula if you enjoy a more natural effect to your eyelashes! The best part about makeup is it washes off, so enjoy trying different techniques and see what works best for you! Thanks for reading! 

  

Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Color correcting has been the latest beauty trend featured across all social media. Many makeup brands have created new product lines to keep up with the demand. On my bare face, it is clear to see that dark circles are my problem area. To counteract the blue tones underneath my eyes, it is recommended to use a peach colored corrector to brighten and lift.

Becca Cosmetics is a brand that I have always trusted and never experienced a skin sensitivity with, so I decided to pick up their “Under Eye Brightening Corrector.”



I would recommend this product to anyone that feels their dark circles are not fully covered by concealer. The light reflecting properties in the formula brighten beautifully and make a difference in the way any concealer blends and settles on top of it. I noticed this product also extended the wear time of my concealer and kept my under eyes looking bright for 12 hours!

In this comparison, the top photo shows my bare under eye area without any corrector or concealer. The photo underneath is with the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I see a visible difference between the two photos. After I applied the product, I achieved a  brighter and more lifted appearance.


This magical pot of gold retails for $30 at Sephora and Ulta. I know what you’re thinking, 0.16oz. is a small amount of product for that price…however, when it truly does exactly what it claims to do, I see the value in the product. Also you need the tiniest bit to completely cover your under eye area. You’ll be able to get the most out of your money with this type of product that offers longevity and coverage.

I found this product is applied best by using patting motions with your ring finger. The warmth from your hand will smooth the creamy formula on, while your ring finger delivers the least amount of pressure to ensure a wrinkle-free application. I then used concealer over top of the corrector to match my under eyes to my foundation. I recommend using the Urban Decay Weightless Concealer, applied with a damp beauty blender. This step pulls everything together and gives a natural, but brightened look.

Please leave a comment below if you’ve tried the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector or if you have any suggestions for future product reviews!