I haven’t baked anything in ages, but right now I’m in the mood. (Ooh…maybe a pan of gooey brownies.)
Normally, I would blame a sudden urge like this on PMS, but not today. Today the cause is NYX.
Their new line of Baked Blushes is just as sweet as can be (and they’re only $7 each), from the darling black bow on the front closure to the dainty shades. The pink, peach and tan ones here look almost as good as frosted cupcakes.
They’re designed to be applied wet (for more oomph) or dry. I prefer dry because I think they look a little more delicate that way.
After playing with four of the 12 shades, I came away impressed…but only after I broke through their tough outer layer. Like my BFF Cindy’s personality, they’re tough on the outside, but sweet and gentle on the inside. Just gotta chip away at that bad-@ss exterior, which doesn’t take much to get through (I swirled a dense kabuki brush around for a minute or two in each pan).
After you shave off that top layer, eureka! — makeup gold. You reach a soft, easy-to-blend powder with a radiant sheen. Two or three layers quickly blended with a blending brush creates a lovely flush, and it doesn’t look like you’ve tried too hard.
Yup, I think these blushes would be total heartbreakers if it wasn’t for the sketchy wear time… Even on my dry cheeks, which usually hang on to everything, I only get from 4-5 hours.
Still, I wouldn’t mind reapplying at all if the packaging was sleeker. Don’t get me wrong — I think the boxes are adorable, but they’re also bulkier than Tabs when he strikes his Jabba the Hutt pose…
I also get the sense, because they’re very soft, that the powders could break quite easily (once you get through the exterior layer), so I don’t think I’ll just be tossing them into a crowded makeup bag.
PRICE: $7 for a 0.23-oz pan
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores, Ulta and nyxcosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Do you hear that…?
Great Caesar’s ghost, it was loud in here today! But it’s quiet now, finally.
Sweet, blissful quiet…until tomorrow morning when the construction resumes at 8.
Yup, not sure I’m gonna make it through two weeks of this, LOL! And silly me, thinking it was hard to concentrate back when the noise was coming from the neighbor’s house. It’s even harder when the hammering is on your walls!
On the #glasshalffull side, I did find some interesting white noise videos on YouTube today. Here’s a cool one of hard rain that goes on for, like, 10 hours.
I might have to stress shop tonight at Target, and if a few goodies fall into my basket while I’m buying almond milk (SMOOTHIES!!!), so be it.
Hope your day was lovely and, um, quieter than mine.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,