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Beauty Favourites 2015: Face

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During the summer I loved my Honeypie Minerals Foundation, which I purchased the full size of. In the colder months or for a night out I prefer my Rituals Gemstone Foundation. For liquid foundations I’ve been using Boots Botanics – All Bright Radiance Balm as a base for a couple of months now, it gives a nice glow to the skin.

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To set my makeup I almost exclusively used MUA’s Pro Base Prime & Conceal Powder, which I actually bought for a Halloween look if I remember correctly. It does a great job though. I mix all the colours and apply it lightly and my makeup stays matte for a while.

A purchase on a whim turned out to be my favourite everyday blush: MUA’s Lolly. A long time favourite of mine, and unfortunately not available anymore, is Catrice’s Multi Colour Blush in Gone With the Wind [Hollywood Fabolous Fourties Limited Edition]. Last year I mentioned my Everyday Minerals’ blushes and they are still products I use on a regular basis.

I think in the last two years, a lot more products have found their way into my makeup routine. Not necessarily on a daily basis, but certainly when I feel like putting on a full face of makeup. When I never seemed to bother with Contouring and Highlighting in the past, I know have a couple of favourites for both categories.

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I would say Beauty UK’s Baked Box Halo 3 is my No. 1 highlighter. I also really enjoy Topshop’s Glow Highlighter in Polish and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Mirage. For highlighters cream products work quite well for me. Not so much for contouring though. I have Illamasqua’s Cream Pigment in Hollow, but although the colour is great I just never really reach for it. Instead my current favourite is Makeup Revolution’s Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love, which I use as a contour shade. It is very pigmented and suitable for pale skin.

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7 Shades of Pink… Blushes

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Steffi from Smoke & Diamonds started a blog series called 7 shades of… where bloggers present 7 shades of one colour in one category, e.g. eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish and so on. Until the 8th June you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour pink. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. See also my previous post on 7 Shades of Green and my 7 Shades of Pink… Lipstick.

The oldest blushes are the Manhattan ones from a Limited Edition that was released during the Oktoberfest time in 2011. They are baked and very pigmented, I only need a tiny amount when I use them, and I still do when I want some bright pink cheeks. The Sleek blushes, i reviewed them recently here, are the very bright and shimmery Mirrored Pink from the Aqua Collection and Pomegranate, one of my favourite Sleek blushes. I also recently posted about my two Illamasqua blushes, which last really long on me and are again of bright pink colour. Last but not least my Everyday Minerals Blush in Nick Nack, which is a brilliant everyday blush that is subtle, yet makes you look more refreshed and defined.

  • (1) Everyday Minerals – Mineral Blush in Nick Nack
  • Sleek – Blush in Mirrored Pink 846 (Aqua Collection LE) [now available as part of the Eye & Cheek Palette in Dancing ’til Dusk]
  • (2) Manhattan – Zuckerl Rose 55V (Oktoberfest LE)
  • (3) Illamasqua – Powder Blusher in Hussy [also available as part of the Face Palette in Semblance]
  • (4) Manhattan – Gaudi 65V (Oktoberfest LE)
  • (5) Illamasqua – Powder Blusher in Thrust
  • (6) Sleek – Blush in Pomegranate 923 [also available as part of the Eye & Cheek Palette in See You at Midnight]

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Sleek Blushes

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Sleek Blushes (£4.49/8g)

What Sleek says:

Our blushers are long lasting and highly pigmented available in a variety of finishes. Each shade glides on smoothly and enables you to create an array of stunning looks. We offer a wide range of shades to complement any skin tone, no matter the occasion.

What I say:

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Mirrored Pink was part of the Lagoon LE in 2013. It is now available in the Eye and Cheek Palette in Dancing ’til Dusk. I love this shiny pink colour, particularly in spring and summer.

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Pomegranate is probably my favourite blush by Sleek and is part of their standard product range. It is also available as part of the Eye and Cheek palette in See You At Midnight. I would describe it as a mix of pink and red with a slight shimmer to it.

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My first Sleek blush and probably also one of the most hyped ones out there is Rose Gold. Many bloggers compared it Nars Orgasm, which I don’t own, but I will link you some comparisons below.

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The Honour blush was part of the 2012 Limited Edition Collection they released during the Olympic Games. It is a brownish red that I personally love to wear in autumn.

Overall I think these blushes are a good option in the drugstore, as they are very affordable and generally also very pigmented. Sleek says they are long lasting, however in my experience they kind of disappear after a while. Other blushes like the ones by Illamasqua or Everyday Minerals last a lot better on me. That being said, I do enjoy using them and think for what they cost they are good quality.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Mica, Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Pentaerythrityl Teraisostearate, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Chloroxylenol May Contain [+/- CI. 77891, CI. 15850, C1 45410, CI. 77360, CI. 19140, CI. 15985, CI. 77492, CI. 77491, CI. 77499 CI 77742]

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Sleek Blush by 3 (£10.00/20g)

What Sleek says:

The ultimate cheeky palette offering you three times the impact. Includes three complementary shades, each designed with its own distinctive finish, from rich shimmers to intense matte shades.

  • Available in eight unique colour combinations designed to suit all skin tones
  • Each shade can be used alone, or layered for a unique look
  • Each palette has a versatile selection of shades to take your makeup from day to night and keep it on trend from season to season
  • Set in a mirrored compact, ideal for touch-ups throughout the day

What I say:

The above Blush by 3 is the Sugar one, which includes the blushes (1) Turbinado (2) Muscovado and (3) Demerara. My favourite colour out of the three is the one in the middle, which is also the most pigmented one. I sometimes use it as an eyeshadow as well. The two other matte shades are a lot more chalky and take more effort to blend them nicely. Overall, a handy palette if you are traveling because you have several colours to choose from.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil , Petrolatum , Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ozokerite, Beeswax, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake, Iron Oxides (CI77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

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Illamasqua Blushes

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Left: Powder Blush in Hussy; Right: Powder Blush in Thrust

Illamasqua Powder Blush (£21.50/4.5g)

What Illamasqua says:

Illuminate, radiate, make your face come alive with the colour and drama of Illamasqua Powder Blusher. Colour-intense and highly pigmented, use it to shade, brighten, enhance and define the shape of your face. Be bold, be daring, be the centre of attention.

What I say:

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Hussy is a beautiful matte, pink blush with a coral touch to it. It is also available in the powder blush duo blush set together with Lover or in the Multi Facette Palette in Semblance that I have reviewed before.

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Thrust is a matte, magenta blush with a purple tone to it. Both blushes are very pigmented and I only pick up a tiny amount of product when applying. This also means that it is very buildable. Both last on me all day long and are certainly of better quality than any drugstore blushes I have ever tried.

They are not the cheapest option when it comes to a nice blush, however, Illamasqua often offers special discounts, which is when I tend to pick up things from their website. Because it is so pigmented, the product will last you a long time though. I am very happy with my powder blushes and would certainly consider to pick up more shades from their selection. I am kind of intrigued by Naked Rose and Disobey.

As a side note, these blushes might NOT be vegan, as some shades can contain Carmine.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

TALC, DIMETHYLIMI- DAZOLIDINONE RICE STARCH, MICA, AQUA (WATER), MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-150, SILICA, RICINUS COMMUNIS OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, QUATERNIUM-26, METHYLPARABEN, GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, ETHYLPARABEN,CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), CANDELILLA CERA(EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, STEARIC ACID, PROPYLPARABEN, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), TETRAHYDROXYPROPYL ETHYLENEDIAMINE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL,CERA ALBA(BEESWAX), PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CARMINE CI 75470, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007, RED 36 CI 12085, YELLOW 5 LAKE CI 19140, RED 7 CI 15850, RED 21 LAKE CI 45380, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE CI 77163, YELLOW 6 LAKE CI 15985, MANGANESE VIOLET CI 77742, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510, RED 40 LAKE CI 16035, RED 27 LAKE CI 45410] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE.

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Everyday Minerals – Blush

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Everyday Minerals Blush in Nature’s Sweet Side and Nick Nack. Both blushes are easily blended and you only need the tiniest amount of product. Nick Nack is a very nude peach colour that is best for pale skin and those who just want a very natural flush on their cheeks. Nature’s Sweet Side however is a bit more intense once applied, I particularly like to wear it in fall time.

Everday Minerals products are always vegan and cruelty free. Everyday Minerals can be found on PETA’s list of approved companies.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Lauroyl Lysine. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Mica: Is a naturally occurring mineral noted for its transparent sparkly luster.
Lauroyl Lysine: An all-natural amino acid derived from coconut fatty acid, contributing to the products silk like creamy texture and spreadability qualities.
Titanium Dioxide: An inert white mineral that is used as a color adjuster.
Iron Oxides: Cosmetic pigments used to add depths of color.
Ultramarines: An inorganic vibrant pigment used to add color.

Where to buy?

The blushes retail around £8 in the UK. Sometimes you can also find mini sizes.

 

NewIn: NYX Products

NYX Blush in #11 Taupe

NikkiTutorials compares her favorite blusher NYX Taupe with MAC Taupe. She uses this blush for contouring, which is why I decided to give it a go as well. Absolutely love it, especially during winter when I am extra pale.

NYX Lipliner in (from top to bottom) #817 Hot Red, #836 Bloom, #838 Purple Rain and #54 Pale Pink

Interesting comparison of NYX Lipliners with the ones by Mac at Crueltyfree Kit.

NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in #604 Milk and #623A Purple Velvet