I was quite the Flowerchild back in my Becca Halcyon Days. Yup, they called me Damselfly…
When Flowerchild and Damselfly, two of Becca’s flawless Mineral Blushes from last spring’s Becca Halcyon Days collection, worked their way into my heart and my everyday makeup routine, it was just like the first time I tasted bubble tea. I wanted, needed, craved them 24/7 for weeks.
Mmmm, tapioca pearls…
With the Balearic Love collection, the compact Becca Mineral Blush clan grows by one member. Bolero ($32), a bronze with faint reddish tones and the sole blush in the release, is just as pigmented, easy to apply, long-lasting and resistant to fading as the other Mineral Blushes I’ve tried, but those pluses aren’t even my favorite things about it.
What makes Bolero really stand out to me is how it just seems to look better and better over the course of the day.
I’ve been trying to unravel its secret, and I keep coming back to one thing: the finish. Becca loves combining shimmers and mattes (like Cabrera liner, also from Balearic Love), and with Bolero and its semi/demi-matte finish, they’ve done it again.
Bolero rides into town on a mostly matte finish with a super subtle sheen, but as the day wears on and oil builds up on my skin, Bolero turns up the radiant shine (picture a gal holding her surfboard on the cover of Shape). I’ve been wearing it as both a blush and a bronzer for sun-kissed, sculpted looks.
I also love how Bolero
caters to my lazy side looks when it’s worn with minimal makeup. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve tried it on top of bare skin, tinted moisturizer and full-coverage liquid foundation, and it seems like the less makeup I wear with it, the better Bolero looks.
Not that I don’t also like the way it looks with a full face (primer, foundation, powder, etc.). I just think I like it more when I’m hardly wearing anything at all (maybe a little concealer on my trouble spots, or perhaps a tinted moisturizer and little else).
If you’re a makeup minimalist who rarely wears a full-coverage face, Bolero could be a great summer blush for sculpting your cheeks and/or bringing out the bronze tones in your tan.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Becca counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (pricey, but almost perfect)
Breakfast noms from San Francisco’s Samovar Tea Lounge
I had a blast at breakfast this morning with my friends Marisol and Heather, and of course I had to bring my camera. We ended up at the Samovar Tea Lounge in the Yerba Buena Gardens, right across from the big Marriott hotel downtown (the one that looks like a giant jukebox).
If you’re ever in the area, the lounge is centrally located, just a few blocks from Union Square, and has a pretty eclectic Asian-inspired menu. Here are a few of the noms…
Heather’s drink; I think it was a green tea
I had a chai
The Smoked Salmon Quiche
Braised Tofu Jook
Paleolithic Tea Service with Braised Tofu
Cherry Oat Scone with Devonshire Cream and Jam
Platter of Tea Sweets
The folks at Samovar take their tea very seriously. They carry a wide variety of flavors, and they’ll even suggest teas to bring out the flavors in your meal.
Good food, a cozy atmosphere and a wonderful view of the Yerba Buena Gardens. Oh, and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Bliss Spa at the W Hotel.
I’m just sayin’.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,