Sunday, April 17, 2011

Neutral Blushes

Many people generally go crazy for nude lips and nude eyeshadow. How about nude blushes though? You all know what I am talking about: Neutral coloured blushes that give you the right amount of natural blush and will magically sculpt your face without being obvious.

Nude/neutral blushes are generally warm/neutral toned with hues of light brownish pink, peach or plum. Most nude blushes I have seen are either matte or satin for a natural appearance. The perfect nude/neutral blush for you personally depends on your skin tone and undertones.

After looking through my blush collection of nude/neutral blushes, I realized that it's fairly moderate sized. In the past, I haven't really been thrilled about them...well, until about a week ago. You may ask why? Well, I just love my peaches and light pinks. But after having been wearing my favourite nude blush for the past week, I am sold! I am talking about Nars Madly, which I have owned for a while. Nude blushes lift your face without being overpowering. You can simply wear your favourite foundation, a neutral blush and mascara and you are ready to leave the house. Minimal, quick and really beautiful.

Neutral blushes can also used to bronze up your face or in correlation with a more pigmented blush on the apple of your cheek.

Below you will see my nude blushes, including swatches.

In order of appearance: Nars Madly, Clinique Bashful Plum, MAC Prim & Proper (LE) and Barry M Natural Dazzle

Estee Lauder Deluxe All-Over Face Palette (LE)

Me wearing Madly.

Also wearing MAC SFF NC25, L'Oreal Voluminious and MAC Jazzed

What is your favourite nude/neutral blush?


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chanel Haul

Hi lovelies,

After hearing about Chanel discontinuing their Pro Lumiere foundation, I finally decided to cave in and buy it. I am currently a MAC NC25 in SFF. I tried both 30 and 40, but found that 30 was slightly darker than NC25. The difference between 30 and 40 is about half a shade, so technically I could get away with either. 40 would probably be an NC30 - 35 equivalent and great as my summer shade. That being said, I did find that this foundation is a little heavier and probably best for spring/fall and winter. So I went ahead and chose 30 cendre.

I had also heard amazing things about the Teint Innocence foundation (liquid) and that it was unfortunately discontinued as well. However, the counter I went to, still had them! Woohooo! And with a $20 discount and vouchers from work, I simply had to try it as well. I chose 40 in the Teint Innocence as it felt lighter and suitable for summer. I will probably use this more in summer or even mix the 2 throughout the year.

I will write an in-depth review with swatches once I have tested the foundations enough.

Have you tried Chanel foundations?


Saturday, April 2, 2011

March Favourites

Hey guys!

For some reason I tend to be quite boring and stick to a similar look with neutral eye shadows and the same cheek combo. Also, for the 2nd half of March I was in Germany and only took a limited amount of make up with me. Without further ado, here are my favourites for the month of March!

On my face I have been wearing MAC's SFF in NC25 mixed with Nars Sheer Glow in Punjab for a more dewy look. This combo allows me to have a semi-matte finish with a glow that will last for most of my workday. MAC's dainty has been my favourite blush this month - again. On some days, I skipped the blush tho and only used MAC's bronzer in refined golden.

As far as eye shadows go I pretty much wore a light shimmery neutral all over the lid (MAC prance or naked lunch) and a darker shade in the outer corner and crease (MAC satin taupe or mulch). Sometimes I would also use one of the darker shades on my bottom lash line for a more sultry look. Even tho the cooler toned eyeshadows prance and satin taupe look gorgeous together, I must say that the combination of prance and mulch brings out the cooler brown tones in mulch. If you own both eyeshadows, you must try this!

On days with minimal makeup I generally just slapped on MAC's bare study (which I am trying to finish) and tons of L'Oreal's Voluminous Mascara.

What were your favourites last month?

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