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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Topshop’s Terrific $12 Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea

Published in: Face, Makeup, Topshop, Unsung Heroes

Topshop Afternoon Tea Blush

Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea, $12

Do you have to be simultaneously sipping tea out of a dainty teacup while wearing Topshop’s $12 Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea to fully appreciate the nuances of either product?

No, you do not.

It does, however, help. :)

And it also helps to appreciate a great deal.

Topshop Afternoon Tea Blush

Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea

(Incidentally, if you decide to brew a pot of Earl Grey, I’ll take mine with cream and two lumps of sugar, please.)

I almost can’t believe this pretty pink cream-to-powder blush is only $12. It’s a total unsung hero in my book. On my unpredictably combination oily, and sometimes dry, cheeks, I swear it looks exactly like the $38 Le Blush Creme blushes by Chanel, and it lasts just as long. I get from eight to nine hours if I do a minor touchup around hour six.


Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea
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For Queen B Cheeks, Try Matte Tan Rose NARS Almeria Blush

Published in: Face, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

NARS Almeria Blush Swatch

Wearing the new NARS Almeria Blush on my cheeks and, yes, I’m standing in front of a fan, Beyonce-style

“Just to warn you…I look completely insane.” A good thing to broadcast right before you enter a room if you’re wearing NARS Blush in Almeria ($30) but didn’t spend enough time blending.

If, however, you did invest the time in blending — because you’ll need to with this intensely pigmented matte tan rose from the new NARS Holiday 2014 Laced with Edge collection — then you shan’t need to warn the general public, because your cheeks will look so naturally fabulous and flushed that witnesses will just assume that you’re Beyonce, and that you wake up like this. :)

NARS Almeria Blush

NARS Almeria Blush


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When You Want Marvelous Medium Coverage and Natural-Looking Skin, There’s Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation: Pores Don’t Fear It, But Pocketbooks Might

Published in: Face, Makeup, Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Caramel, $80 (OMG!), one of 15 shades available now at Tom Ford counters and online

Yeah, this foundation is $80. It’s Tom Ford, so it comes with 10,000 volts of taser-like TF sticker shock.

Traceless Perfecting Foundation is a new addition to Tom’s permanent line, liquid foundation formula, available in 15 shades for $80, and that gets you a 1-ounce bottle.

The medium-coverage formula has a super subtle sheen and a velvety finish, so skin looks natural, real and not flat, and you can sheer it out even more to enhance that.

The formula doesn’t do much by way of controlling oil, so if you have oily skin, it may not help you out there, but for normal or dry skin, this would be a good, lightweight, natural-looking foundation for everyday wear.

With a fairly painful price.

To be honest, the coverage doesn’t dazzle me in pics, where I like my coverage closer to full and opaque, and my pores are totally unafraid of this stuff. I wish it blurred them into the background a bit better, but that’s me. If you already have perfect skin, you’ll be fine, but homegirl needs more help. Seriously, it takes a village.

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Caramel
Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation
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L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush Is a Tad Too Short-Lived to Be a Minor Makeup Miracle

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Face, Loreal, Makeup

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush Review

The new L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushes, $12.99 each

One day you may find yourself half-jokingly agreeing to run a half marathon.

Then, later, as the illustrious day approaches, you may find yourself hoping that the people who invited you to run the race with them, forget (oh please, oh please, oh please!).

Chances are, they won’t.

So you start training.

During your first 10-mile training run on the treadmill, maybe you develop a wicked case of chafing, and maybe it’s directly under the middle strap of your sports bra, right there on your solar plexus.

Maybe it hurts (it does, a lot).

And maybe the only painkillers that seem to work at all are happy thoughts.

Happy thoughts about happy things, like blush. :) Like the new L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushes ($12.99 each, and available in three shades).

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushes from the left: Soft Pink, Soft Berry and Soft Peach

From the left: Soft Pink, Soft Berry and Soft Peach

Hello, genius! That’s what these new blurring blushes are, especially if you’re a dame of a certain age (if you catch my drift).

Imagine the slick, slippery, silicone-like feel of a Smashbox primer, but in more natural-looking colors, like light peach, medium pink and medium berry.

Introducing the L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushes.

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushes with a MAC Lipglass for scale

With a MAC Lipglass for scale

They feel kind of like a mousse…and I think they definitely make the skin tone and texture of my cheeks look more even and smoother.

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur in Soft Peach

Soft Peach

These are really great disciplinarians when it comes to those pores that are constantly trying to out-diva each other. I have some on the apples of my cheeks that are like Christina, Mariah, Beyonce and Celine, and these blushes make everyone play nice. :)

Whenever I wear one of them, my pores look mellower and smaller (but aren’t completely gone, of course), and I swear my skin looks smoother.

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur in Soft Pink

Soft Pink


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The New Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: Chic Cheeks Are Just a Couple Swipes Away

Published in: Face, Hourglass, Makeup, Product Reviews

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette blushes from the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hello, gorgeous. Good afternoon. I don’t want to keep you from the fun I hope you’re having (it is Friday, after all), but do you have time for a 2-minute review? I hope so, because this is one I think you’ll like. :)

Are you ready? OK, I’m turning over the hourglass now…

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette blushes from the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

From the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 2-minute review

  • A limited edition palette containing three Hourglass blushes, two of them re-promotes and one brand new blush shade.
  • Price: $58 US, $67 CDN
  • Coming October 2014 to Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora and Space NK stores, as well as online to hourglasscosmetics.com.
  • The two re-promoted blush shades are Luminous Flush (a champagne rose blush fused with Ambient Powder in Luminous Light) and Mood Exposure (a soft plum blush fused with Ambient Powder in Mood Light).
  • The single new shade, exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, is called Incandescent Electra, a cool peach blush blended with Ambient Powder in Incandescent Light.
  • Handle with care! Even the packaging indicates that the palette is fragile, so this beauty may not be fit for whirlwind travel.
  • Incandescent Electra, the new peach shade, is much more pigmented than I thought it would be at first blush/glance. One layer is enough for a natural-looking flush.
  • Go really easy on Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, because you’ll probably only need a bit of either one.
  • All three of these are, unsurprisingly for Hourglass, a breeze to blend, and the powders don’t appear heavy at all on the skin.
  • I think they also look great in pics. Skin doesn’t look oily, and pores don’t look extra-large.
  • Wear time clocks in around 8-9 hours.
  • Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A (an A+ if the packaging felt more fit for travel, but I’m nervous about the blushes breaking!)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Luminous Flush

Luminous Flush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Incandescent Electra

Incandescent Electra

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Mood Exposure

Mood Exposure

Hourglass Blush Palette Swatches

From the left: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Mood Exposure

Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Luminous Flush

Luminous Flush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Incandescent Electra

Wearing Incandescent Electra

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
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