Monday, February 6, 2012

What Makes You Blush?

What makes you blush?  It takes a lot for me.   My husband?  Not so much.  I think he blushed for the first year of our relationship because he was getting used to my family and I being so open about everything, haha!  That, and he is of 100% Irish descent, so his skin is very fair and turns red at the drop of a hat!

But, I am not actually planning to talk about blushing for real today.  I am talking about blushing "for fake."

I got a lot of good feedback on my last make-up post so I thought I would try another!

So, here is my blush round-up.  These are all products that I have tried myself and are my favorites.  I am not getting paid to write this post, these are all my own opinions :)

Photo from Stila

1. My fave Natural/Everyday Option
Stila Convertible Color  $25
This is by far my favorite at the moment.  This product is in a very creamy, user-friendly form.  You just stick your finger in there, pat it on to blend, and you're done.  You can layer more on to make the hue more intense, or really blend it in to be subtle.  The best part?  It's not just for cheeks!  It looks great on lips too!  I like the color "Lillium" because I am fair-skinned.  It's a really pretty soft peachy-pink color.  It definitely lasts all day, and you can even layer some powder blush on top if you want.  It is WELL worth the price, it will last forever and is a high-quality natural product (no parabens, etc.)

Photo from Vincent Longo

2.  My fave Evening/Date Night Option
Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain $22.50
This is a fabulous, long-lasting, and highly pigmented option.  I love to use this when the occasion calls for a little more drama!  It can be a bit challenging to get the hang of and can make a mess of your fingers if you aren't careful.  I have found that the applicator is NOT what you want to use to apply it.  While it is a gel, it is still quite liquidy.  With the high level of pigments, anywhere you put it will be pretty permanent (at least for a day or so) so you need to be careful!  If you follow their instructions and have well-hydrated skin and lips before application, it will glide on and blend smoothly.  Yes, I said skin and lips because this is another multi-tasking product!  If you use it on your lips, a nice gloss over the top looks fantastic.  I have the color "Baby Boo".  This is another one where a little goes a long way, so you can spend the money knowing it will last a long time!

Photo from LORAC

3.  A Powder Option for layering
LORAC Powder Blush $20
This is a great, high-quality powder blush.  I use the color "Soul" which is a brownish-rose color.  It can almost double as a bronzer too.  I use powder blush over a cream option usually, to add extra staying power or to brighten the apple of my cheeks.  Powder blush is also great for contouring.  Another bonus?  It is very easy to apply!

Photo from Physicians Formula

4.  A Bargain Option!
Organic Wear (TM) 100% Natural Origin Blush $11.95
This is a great line of products created by Physician's Formula.  You can get it at Drugstores, Grocery Stores, and Ulta.  This line is the first ever in the cosmetic world to be certified as having Organic ingredients!  (There are other products that have FDA certified ingredients- this is a new cosmetic certification).
I love their face powder, and this blush is fantastic too.  It can be soft, or you can add more to build up intensity.  I love the color "Blushing Organics".  I highly recommend  the entire product line as all that I have tried are fantastic (and the price is right!)  The only drawback at all is that the pallet tends to wear out where it bends, but its magnetized so you can still keep the lid on in your drawer- it's only a problem if you are traveling.  They use recycled packaging instead of plastic though, so its hard to complain!

So there you have it, my blush round-up.  I hope you learned about a new product that you haven't tried yet!  Feel free to let me know about your favorites below, I am always excited to hear about something new!

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  1. My everyday blush color is MAC Hipness--too bad it's a limited collection item from the To The Beach collection two summers ago :( Thank you for sharing your tips.

  2. I love MAC! They do have special edition colors a lot though so it does stink when you can't get it anymore!!! Thanks for sharing and for coming by!

  3. Where can you buy the first few blushes? I know I haven't seen them at places like Target. I am sure there are at a more high quality store.

  4. Vicki- you can get most of them at Sephora or Ulta, but if you get them at you get free samples so that's what I usually do!

  5. I really need to find a blush that looks natural and not like a clown. I think it looks great on other people, but I never wear it because I feel weird!

  6. Lisa- you should totally try the Stila Convertible color! It can go on really light- then you can build it to the color you want!

  7. Hi, stopping over from the Winky Linky Hop on Misadventures in Motherhood. Thanks for the reviews, I am in the market for some new makeup! I LOVE Vincent Longo's lip glosses!

    I'm hosting a hop this weekend too if you want to link-up:

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Thanks Jessica! Will check out your hop!


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