Free Sample Friday: Sephora Blush

I am not typically a blush girl. My cheeks are naturally quite pink, so anytime I add any additional blush I end up looking a bit embarrassed. But how have I never tried these blushes?

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Liquid Blushers: High-End vs. Drugstore

Hey friends!

I am a huge fan of liquid highlights and blushes. I think the concept is perfect; swab some on your hands and easily blend into your skin wherever it looks best. They seem to last longer and be extremely pigmented as well.

There are so many options out there though, both high-end and drugstore. Each and every brand has their take on this new trend and everyone is dying for you to test theirs out. That all being said, I chose one high-end and one drugstore to test out for you all and see if one or the other out performs its counterpart.

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For the high-end option I chose the NARS Liquid Illuminator in Orgasm. This is the liquid take on the brands top-selling blush by the same name. It is a slight rose gold blush that is amazingly flattering.

My drugstore option is from Rimmel; the Good to Glow Highlighter in Piccadilly Glow. This one is more of a peach-orange tinged highlight/blusher.

Here are their side by side results:

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As you can see both end up with a nice sheen- wet looking and illuminating. The NARS blush definitely had more color payoff and was more visible on the skin as a blusher whereas the Rimmel option wasn’t as color-heavy and would be more useful as a liquid highlight.

I have found myself reaching for the NARS option more than the Rimmel as I love this option to add a pop of color to the face when I don’t feel like spending too much time on my makeup.

-xobrendykins

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Free Sample Fridays: Nars Illuminator

Hello friends!

 

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This is a keeper. Just going to get that off my chest right at the beginning. If you love highlighting your brow bone, giving your face a little more definition and color, than you will absolutely love this take on the classic Nars Orgasm blush. I am way more of a fan of cream products than powder as I find they stay on my face longer and are much more pigmented- this product being no exception.

The Nars Orgasm blush color is a classic staple for makeup fanatics as its rose gold hue is flattering on any skin tone. Just by putting a small dollop of this product on my two ring fingers and blending it into my cheekbone I have instant coloration and brightness added to my face! I love using this for nights out as it brings glamour to the face, or with natural eye makeup for a day-time appropriate look.

Would I buy this product full size? heck yeah! Just got to save up for its hefty price tag first!

-xobrendykins

Makeup May Day 1: Too Faced Sweetheart Blushes

Hello lovelies and welcome to my attempt at Makeup May!

This month I will be posting all about makeup: tips, tricks, reviews, hauls, and more! I’m going to try to post as much as I can (hopefully twice a week!) Two of my fave YouTubers (MissGlamorazzi and AllThatGlitters21), did Makeup MAYhem on their channels last year, and it really inspired me to try and learn a little bit more about the products available for us shopaholics!

So today I wanted to do a little rave on my new fave blushes! Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a blush user. I’ve always stuck with foundation, powder and called it a day. However I recently came down with a little cold, and needed something to make my face look a little less Dawn of the Dead. Next came a trip to Ulta and these two lovely treats…..

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I went with Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blushes in Peach Beach and Candy Glow, and boy I could not be any happier! Both of these blushes have an amazing consistency- not to flaky or powdery, have a buildable and not too intense pigmentation, and come in the cutest packaging imaginable!

Peach Beach

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This color was my first choice as it isn’t too bright or too pink. When applied, it gives a lovely dusty rose gold finish- almost like a bronzer and light blush combined. I love it for an evening look as it has a slight metallic gold sheen that looks lovely with gold dangly earrings and a little black dress!

Candy Glow

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Although at first glance some might be turned away by the brightness of this blush, it is quite an attractive color on. When blended, the three coral-hues blend seamlessly together to give a slight pink/flushed look to the cheeks. I adore this blush for my daily wear, and it never looks too dark or clown-like!

Well there you have it! What are your fave blushes to try? Any suggestions? Stick around for Day 2!!

xobrendykins