Pretty Pink Cheeks

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Abnormally winter-esque weather despite it being March aside, we’re in spring and I don’t want to depress myself by continuing with the winter makeup trends I’ve been rocking for too long so now is the time to toss away the wine coloured lipsticks and bring out the brighter hued lipsticks and blushes. I tend to go out there with blush. I’m known to wear my beloved Taj Mahal by NARS, a bronzed and burnt orange, fire truck reds or bright purple blush when everyone’s wearing a conventional pink. However, this spring I’ve decided that there’s no harm in sporting a simple pink blush and I’ve tried my fair share to report back to you:

Obviously I’d start off with an intense pink blush, and the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Dare* is the gorgeous flush you’d get after hours and hours on the treadmill (minus the sweat and shine of course) but my lazy nature would never have me doing that much physical activity so Dare it is. It’s a liquid so it’s incredibly easy to apply and it dries down into a matte finish and it’s also pretty much budge proof. Another Daniel Sandler blush I love is the Watercolour Creme-Rouge Blusher in Hot Pink*. I never thought I’d see the day where I’d be able to wear a hot pink blush and not look like I’m resembling a Barbie doll but it’s a slightly toned down hot pink that grown ups can wear!

However if you’re looking for a true hot pink, look no further than the super affordable but incredibly pigmented La Femme Blush in Framboesia which you can get your hands on for just… £1.90 and yes you did read that right! But if bright pinks aren’t your thing and you’re looking for something more natural and calmer, then INIKA’s Mineral Blush in Rosy Glow*, a pretty powdery pink is perfect.

February Favourites

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So we’re in March which is insane considering it was only January a week ago, but it’s a new month for new beauty discoveries and last month I found some amazing products that I have to tell you all about:

Mavala Nail Polish in Moscow* – First of all, I love the cute and teeny weeny bottles Mavala nail polishes come in (5ml to be exact), but what I love even more is the classic red Moscow. It’s such a timeless colour that would look perfect on casual short nails or on a formal night out.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief *- I’ve used this before and after long haul flights to prevent my skin from drying out which it usually doesn’t do. However, my skin’s been so dry and flaky as of late and no amount of exfoliation would work. I’ve been using products with glycolic acid, facial oils and the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief to get my skin back to normal and it’s worked a treat!

Burberry Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation* – I’m not sure why I haven’t talked about my love for Burberry cosmetics but their Lip Mist in Copper* is one of my favourite nude lipsticks of all time, and I’m not even a fan of nude lipsticks so that’s saying something! Moving on to the Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation, I don’t even know where to begin. My skin is covered in marks and slight hyperpigmentation from breakouts in the past but just a dab of concealer over the marks and a dusting of the powder is enough to cover everything. It gives me instant confidence whereas before I couldn’t even dream of not wearing something high in coverage. It also smells gorgeous too; like powdery roses.

Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Hummingbird – This is actually bittersweet; I discovered this gorgeous berry coloured lip gloss in February but Becca will no longer be available in the UK anymore. Anyone have any other alternatives?

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush* – There’s a rule: every blush junkie must have at least one Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in their makeup stash. It’s an absolute must! The unique liquid formula makes it easy to apply with the Daniel Sandler Waterbrush*, a stippling brush or your fingers. After applying, it sets perfectly and is pretty much budge-proof. I have quite a few shades, but my favourite is Spicey.

Archipelago Caramel Soy Candle – Okay, so this isn’t quite beauty but it’s the things that I do whilst it’s flickering in the background that count, right? I light it when I’m in the bath, doing a DIY facial, getting ready.. pretty much everything beauty related. The scent of the candle either makes me want to stuff my face with toffee and caramel or satisfies my cravings. Also, the scent fills your room even when it’s not lit.

Vichy Idealia Smoothing & Illuminating Cream* - I like my moisturisers simple – no fussy ingredients whatsoever and that’s why I like this moisturiser from Vichy for combination skin. It’s uncomplicated in its nature, but it’s quite effective at helping to treat dullness and uneven skin texture as it’s enriched with kombucha, a powerful tea extract. It also contains Vichy Thermal Spa Water like all of their other products!

Say Go Cinderella, Go Cinderella, Orgasm Blush, Lipstick and Concealer..

NARS’ Orgasm blush is a true cult beauty product that can’t be matched! Women across the globe of a variety of hues love the blush and even Drake‘s been singing and rapping about us being fancy and wearing Orgasm!

I’m wearing this loud and proud today to give me a healthy flush but I also find this to be an amazing highlighter. People tend to go for a golden toned highlighter but Orgasm with its peach/pink tone and golden specks, it works brilliantly as a highlighter and leaves your skin luminous!

Is It Possible to Love the Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blush Any More Than I Do Right Now?

My blush collection is almost obscene with the amount I own, but I get rather bored of them easily but every now and then I rediscover the love I once had for the odd blush and right now I’ve rekindled the flame with Giorgio Armani’s Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blush in Sicilian Orange. The range of shades are amazing with a few other favourites being Raspberry and Scarlatto but I have yet to get my hands on them.

The blush isn’t doesn’t have the word ‘fabric’ in it for no reason; it honestly feels like velvet! Applying with a blush is usually a tedious chore but with this, you’ll want to apply it all day long! The reason behind this is probably that the blush is a blend of water soluble pigments and lacquers and its water base makes it easily buildable so you’ll never look like you’re wearing too much in one go unlike with powder blushes. In the swatch of the blended blush, you can see just how subtle it is but you can build up the intensity to give off the whole cliched ‘glowing from within’ look. I have the worst diet known to man and this blush just makes me look like the healthiest woman ever.

Not only is it one of the best blushes I’ve had the pleasure of coming across, but it works quite well as a lip tint too. Cream and water based blushes work incredibly well on the lips so whenever you’re purchasing them, think of yourself as getting a 2-in-1 product!

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