Topshop – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Fri, 06 May 2016 20:04:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.3 Just Add a Festive Ribbon or Bow to These Topshop 2014 Holiday Kits, and You Have a Perfect Gift http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/topshop-holiday-2014/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/topshop-holiday-2014/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:45 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=173219 OK, so maybe orange and black aren’t the first two colors that pop into my mind when I think of the holidays (with the exception of that scary one with all the candy)… But so what? These new Topshop holiday kits are bringin’ the cute! Slap a Christmassy ribbon on one of these bad boys, […]


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Topshop Holiday 2014

It’s a Topshop holiday party, haaay!

OK, so maybe orange and black aren’t the first two colors that pop into my mind when I think of the holidays (with the exception of that scary one with all the candy)…

But so what? These new Topshop holiday kits are bringin’ the cute! :)

Slap a Christmassy ribbon on one of these bad boys, and boom! — hello, stylish present.

Topshop is one of those makeup lines that flies under my radar a lot of the time, but they have some very cute things, and some of those are in these kits.

The Blush and Lip Duo in Innocent and Illicit ($24)

Topshop Blush Lip Duo Set with Lipstick in Innocent and Blush in Illicit

The Topshop Blush Lip Duo Set with Lipstick in Innocent, and Blush in Illicit

Topshop’s blushes are DOPE. They last like Italian marble and look totally natural on cheeks. They’re also why this set caught my eye.

It comes with Illicit, a nude, cool-toned rose cream blush with a dash of micro shimmer. Coincidentally, it was the shade I was wearing today when I went looking for an illicit encounter with my side-cat, Elsa (but I didn’t see her, boo!).

The set also comes with a creamy cool-toned pink lipstick called Innocent, which is super pretty and looks great with black smokey eyes. Sadly, it also seems to like hanging out in my lip lines…

The Mascara and Kohl Kit ($24)

Topshop Mascara and Kohl Kit, $24

Mascara and Kohl Kit ($24)



For the eye makeup minimalist in your life, there’s Topshop’s 3D Curve Mascara, designed for natural-looking length and curl.

The set also comes with the Eye Kohl in Coal, a rich, deep black fab for smudging.

The Mini Lip Bullet Duo in Wine Gum and Motel ($20)

Topshop Mini Lip Bullet Duo, $20

Mini Lip Bullet Duo ($20)

My perpetually parched pout digs these creamy lipsticks because they’re totally forgiving and don’t get caught on any flakes. Deep plum Wine Gum and nude Motel are two shades I can and will wear all year long.

Topshop Holiday Swatches

From the left: Blush in Illicit, Lipstick in Innocent, Lip Bullet in Motel, Lip Bullet in Wine Gum and Kohl in Coal

Wearing Eye Kohl in Coal, 3D Curve Mascara, Blush in Illicit and Lip Bullet in Motel

These would be great “Oh, snap!” gifts for someone you may have accidentally missed the first time around on your Christmas list. Might be good to keep one or two under the tree, just in case, ’cause you never know who might come calling over the holidays, and you could be all, “It’s so nice to see you! I actually have something for you right here…” 😉

You can find these sets, along with the rest of Topshop’s limited edition holiday collection, waiting to beautify the babes in your life right now at Topshop stores and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Topshop’s Terrific $12 Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/topshop-afternoon-tea-blush-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/topshop-afternoon-tea-blush-review/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:25:56 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=170142 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. (Incidentally, if you decide to brew a pot […]


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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

Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea

Topshop Afternoon Tea Blush with a MAC Lipglass for scale

With a MAC Lipglass for scale…

Afternoon Tea starts with a subtle sheen, which gracefully transitions to a sheer matte neutral pink. The finish is natural to the extreme, and that’s why I love it. It looks neither heavy-handed, nor overdone. It creates a sweet, soft flush compatible with a multitude of different makeup looks, from super casual mascara and gloss, to full-on party looks with glitter, falsies and the whole nine yards. Great for girls (and guys) of all ages and skin types, and hello! — you seriously cannot beat that $12 price.

The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.

To attend this Afternoon Tea, stop by your local Nordstrom or Topshop store (or check it out online).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Have a terrific Tuesday, you. :)


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Outside Neon, Inside Red: The New $24 Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set in Red http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/topshop-lipstick-blush-set/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/topshop-lipstick-blush-set/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 04:00:05 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=151670 In case you ever need to spot your makeup from a mile away… Yeah…the pouch that comes with Topshop’s $24 Lipstick and Blush Set is bright. Yellow highlighter bright. Bright like a beacon of makeup hope to guide you through troubled waters… I want to stamp “FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY” across the front and keep […]


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Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set

Wearing Topshop’s Morning Dew Cream Blush and Rio Rio Lipstick from the $24 Red Lipstick and Blush Set

In case you ever need to spot your makeup from a mile away…

Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set

BRIGHT ENOUGH FOR YA!?

Yeah…the pouch that comes with Topshop’s $24 Lipstick and Blush Set is bright.

Yellow highlighter bright. Bright like a beacon of makeup hope to guide you through troubled waters…

I want to stamp “FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY” across the front and keep it in my go bag under the bed, along with El Hub’s machete and SAS Survival Handbook.

I’m pretty sure El Hub will say that the makeup is extraneous, but he’ll have to adjust. He doesn’t know it yet, but you better believe we’re making room for blush and lipstick.

The tiny two-piece kit comes with one neutral pink cream blush and an orangey red lipstick. Classic colors that don’t appear to belong in such cray-cray packaging, but whatevs. There’s some good stuff here.

Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set in Red

The $24 Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set in Red

There isn’t anything I don’t like about Morning Dew, the cream blush in the kit, and I’m finicky about cream blushes. On bare skin, foundation, layered on top of powder — it handles any face makeup I throw at it, and it always looks smooth, never patchy. It even manages to last all day long, too.

Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set Morning Dew Blush

Morning Dew Blush

Two more thumbs up for Rio Rio, the red lipstick. Smooth and pigmented, it fades slowly over 4-5 hours to a super pretty matte stain.

You may want to pair it with a lipliner, though, to keep it from straying outside of your natural lip line, because it is very creamy. If you can, try the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils by MAC. They’re long-lasting and comfortable, and if you’re looking for a shade rec, I really like Rio Rio with Kiss Me Quick.

Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set: Rio Rio Lipstick

Rio Rio Lipstick

Just add fatty-bo-batty cat eyeliner lines and go! :)

Topshop Lipstick and Blush Set swatches from the left: Blush in Morning Dew and Lipstick in Rio Rio

Swatches from the left of the Blush in Morning Dew and Lipstick in Rio Rio

The kit might be a little hard to track down outside of a Topshop store, unfortunately, but it is currently available online. You might also be able to find the blush and lipstick separately at your local Nordstrom store, since Nordies carries some clothes and beauty products in the Topshop line.

I didn’t see the kit on the Nordies website, but they do carry a bunch of the lipsticks ($16 each) and cream blushes ($12). Check ’em out if you can because a lot of the colors look fab.

PRICE: $24
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Topshop stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Topshop Blush in Flush, You’ve Got the Right Stuff, Baby http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/topshop-blush-in-flush-youve-got-the-right-stuff-baby/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/topshop-blush-in-flush-youve-got-the-right-stuff-baby/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:04:43 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=117439 I am a woman. A woman on a mission. Well, a woman on two missions. The first is cat-related (of course). Tabs is furious — FURIOUS! — over the fact that Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, has not one, but TWO personal maids. I keep trying to tell Tabs that since both El Hub and I […]


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topshop blush in flush

I am a woman. A woman on a mission. Well, a woman on two missions.

The first is cat-related (of course). Tabs is furious — FURIOUS! — over the fact that Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, has not one, but TWO personal maids.

I keep trying to tell Tabs that since both El Hub and I tend to all of his household cleaning and cooking needs, technically, it’s like we’re his “two maids,” but he’s not having that.

As you know, in the feline fashion world, one minute you’re in…and the next minute you’re staring at pics of a fluffy blue-eyed kitten hanging from a Chanel bag.

Appearances are everything.

So now he wants me to hire more “help.”

Aaaaaand these are the days of my life…

My second mission is more exciting. Why? Because it involves helping you discover one of the most universally flattering pink cream blushes I’ve come across this year.

Oh, and my favorite thing about it? It costs a lot less than two personal kitty maids! :) Topshop’s $12 Blush in Flush is everything I like in a pink cream blush — natural-looking, long-lasting and universally flattering.

topshop blush in flush product shot

topshop blush in flush

Like Earth, this peachy pink blush also inhabits the “Goldilocks Zone,” where the color temperature is juuust right, nicely between cool and warm, so it should look great on a wide range of skin tones, and it has the faintest whisker kiss of sheen. It’s easy to sheer out for a dainty flush or build up for a bright spotlight of color, making it an option for pale beauties and darker damsels.

And you know how some blushes slip away in the early afternoon or cling to every little flake (Ugh! — the dreaded patchwork cheeks)? Not a problem for Flush.

topshop blush in flush swatch

topshop blush in flush

It has a knack for clinging to different skin types, so the color on my apples stays solid and true all day long. There aren’t many blushes out there able to handle the combination oily/dry skin on my cheeks, and fewer still as pretty as Flush.

But why stop there? It’s also easy to blend, flexible (works on bare skin, and on top of foundation and/or powder), and looks cute in its packaging, like something I would have doodled in the margins of my history notebook, right next to the lines of loopy script that read, “Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Knight” and “New Kids 4-ever.” :)

If you’ve been looking for a flattering pink blush with all the right stuff, you might want to get your fluffy kitten paws on Flush.

PRICE: $12
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Topshop stores and topshop.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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