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! 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: “Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost” and “Aquacealer” Review

I’ve always loved the brand Tarte. Their beauty products are created with all-natural, dermatologist tested ingredients. They exclude popular cosmetic toxins from their formulas, specifically parabens and phthalates, which I greatly appreciate. Their products are highly pigmented and long lasting, which is rare to find in an all-natural beauty brand. Basically, you can feel good about what you’re putting on your face whenever you use Tarte. With this said, they’ve been one of my favorite brands for years and I’m always drawn to their newly released products.      

Recently, they have launched their “Rainforest of the Sea” collection that claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines through their proprietary blend of algae and marine flower. Other natural ingredients promoted throughout this line are coconut for hydration and cucumber for calming and smoothing. You can imagine my excitement to test out these products. I love makeup in general, but I really love makeup that incorporates skin care benefits into their formulation. You can find this limited edition collection exclusively at Tarte and Sephora

 I decided to only test out the two products I was most drawn to in the “Rainforest of the Sea” collection. Spoiler alert: I could not be more impressed with the way they performed on my skin! 

 

I love the blue and purple packaging for this collection!


                                                                             
My first impression of the hydrating boost is I LOVE IT! Perfect for moisturizing and priming all in one step. This product went on with a smooth, gel-like consistency. I felt a noticeable cooling effect on my skin too. Once I let this sink into my skin and dry a bit, I was able to effortlessly blend in my foundation. I believe this product contributed to the longevity of my makeup and also hydrated my skin throughout the day!

TARTE Rainforest of the Sea Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost , $39

 

I had very high hopes for the concealer in this collection because of the hydrating properties in the “Rainforest of the Sea” blend. My under eye area not only suffers from dark circles, but also fine lines and dryness.       

TARTE Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer, $26

I decided to lay my Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector underneath my eyes first, to completely cancel out the blue tones in my dark circles. This way I could apply a lighter layer of the Aquacealer concealer over top and prevent product build up, which causes creasing! A tip for blending out fine lines is to look up, take your damp beauty blender and blend back and forth over the concealer, then dip your beauty blender in loose translucent powder and tap in those areas! Then when you look down, you’ll see completely set under eyes that are bright and crease-free! 

I am using the shade Light-Medium. I like to choose a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than my skin tone for a brightening effect.

After testing these products out for a couple weeks, I believe they really work in the ways they claim to. The moisturizing boost definitely calms and hydrates my skin. It primes really well and the rest of my makeup lays beautifully on top. I noticed this product did extend the longevity of my face makeup! 

The Aquacealer concealer is my new favorite! It is such a light, almost watery formula; it feels like you’re not even wearing concealer! It doesn’t crease and the color will not fade throughout the day! I unfortunately would not recommend this product to someone with oily skin because I think it could look patchy if added moisture began breaking through. If you have combination, normal or dry skin, I think you would really enjoy this product. This is going to be the perfect Summer makeup item because it’s not heavy and you won’t have to worry about it melting off! 

    

 I hope you enjoyed this review, let me know other products you would like for me to try out! Thanks for reading!