Houndstooth, Meet Happiness: The Long-Lasting Dior Diorblush in Pink Happiness Works Overtime

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Wearing the new Diorblush in Pink Happiness #749 ($43)

Along with raising me to respect big hair and instilling in me an appreciation for nonsensical song lyrics (“The reflex is a lonely child just waiting by the park…”), the ’80s also taught me about a certain something awesome called houndstooth.

Every girl I knew had something in a houndstooth pattern. I had a jacket I’d wear whenever I wanted to be “taken seriously,” like at piano recitals, haha!


Tabs would love a jacket like that…

The first words out of my mouth when I opened the new Diorblush in Pink Happiness ($42) were “CLASS OF ’89!!”

(I was referring to middle school.)

The houndstooth pattern stamped on this powder blush duo will help it stand out when it flits on Dior counters with the rest of the Cherie Dior Bow collection this spring.

diorblush pink happiness

diorblush pink happiness

diorblush pink happiness swatch

diorblush pink happiness

John Taylor from Duran Duran (SWOON!) might look at these hot pink matte and shimmery golden, peachy pink powder blushes and say, “I can’t use these to contour my cheekbones!” but I like that they aren’t blindingly intense and pigmented; I think it makes them easier to control.

For a radiant, natural look, I’ll swirl a layer or two of the darker shade on the apples of my cheeks, followed by a light dusting of the lighter shade on my upper cheekbones. Both colors stay bright on my cheeks (but not too bright) for 8-10 hours before fading or beginning to look patchy.


Pink Happiness could be a fab day-to-night blush to keep in your work bag. Sweep a couple layers on when you get to your desk (she works hard for the money!), and then at the end of the day, ramp up the intensity with another layer before cabbage patching your way to ’80s night with the girls.

PRICE: $42
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Dior counters and dior.com

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Quick! — what’s your favorite dance move? Any era.

Hmm… That’s a tough one, but I’m goin’ with the Snake.


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  1. Molly says:

    You might want to read John Taylor’s new autobiography. πŸ™‚ Class of ’92 πŸ˜€

  2. Melissa says:

    Hammer time! Haha! Oh goodness.

  3. Paris B says:

    I have my eye firmly on this blush in the Dior Spring ’13 collection. Glad to know its as gorgeous on skin as it looks in the pan πŸ™‚
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Paris,

      You will love it. It lasts all day and gives skin an effortless flush. πŸ™‚

      Hope you’re doing well. How have you been?

      • Paris B says:

        Ah I love the sound of it already! I’m doing well and I hope you are too, and looking forward to Christmas and the new year – goodness, where has the time gone?! πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          Seriously. I feel like I blinked and now it’s 2013. Are you staying close to home for the holidays, or will you be doing any traveling? El Hub and I will be going back and forth between the families here in Northern California.

  4. lyn says:

    This looks really pretty on you! I can’t wait to land my paws on this blush too. I think I had a houndstooth dress way back then πŸ˜‰
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  5. gio says:

    This is on my wishlist too. The colours are so pretty and they look great on you!
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  6. Teri says:

    This looks so pretty, love the design too. The colour looks so soft and glowy πŸ™‚
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  7. Marina says:

    You look very fresh and feminine with such makeup!
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  8. Marla says:

    That pink blush looks so pretty on your skin. Ugh, how I remember those big hair days.

  9. Sunny says:

    I’ve been really digging this one! It does wear exceptionally well, and the color is so nice and fresh!
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  10. Jennifer says:

    That’s very pretty on you… I’m too fair for it though!

  11. Kim says:

    I’m not usually crazy about pink blushes, but I like this. I’m not sure I $42-like it, but it’s still really nice.

    I, too, had the obligatory 80s houndstooth. I don’t think I’ve worn any in decades, though. Ah, Duran Duran. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Believe it or not, that jacket in the pic above had a matching skirt. It was a LOT of houndstooth to take in at once.

      Please tell me you had houndstooth pants…

      • Kim says:

        I think you just discovered that if a houndstooth jacket was stylish, than more houndstooth meant more stylish! πŸ™‚

        No, I’m sorry, it was just the jacket. But I did have a couple of pair of pinstriped jeans. Do you remember those? And some “awesome” pinstriped, navy Esprit pants. My, how I loved Esprit and Lacoste. I feel warm and fuzzy, just thinking about it. HAHA!

  12. Nina says:

    Its really pretty. I am liking this one a lot!

  13. Liz says:

    wow, that is super pretty. you look gorg!

  14. I absolutely NEED this blush! I have no idea how long it takes for Dior collections to hit India. MAC typically takes anytime between 3 to 8 months. I will keep an eye out for this one. Looks fabulous on you!!
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  15. That Duran Duran comment cracked me up!! hehe
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  16. This looks gorgeous on you–really a natural, spring flush. and thanks for sharing that *awesome* picture of you in the houndstooth!! πŸ˜€
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  17. Angela Hall says:

    I too was a victim of houndstooth.
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  18. Angel says:

    Stop with your bad self! Love your serious houndstooth jacket, and that hair!!! I can smell the Aqua Net from here. I had a pair of houndstooth Capri pants, I felt very Ska whenever I wore them. And OMG, I just finished reading JT’s memoir. I was beyond obsessed with him. I can’t even get into it without embarrassing myself. His book was not great, he left a LOT out. It was very unfulfilling for my inner Duranie so I can’t recommend it. But ohhhh, those cheek bones!!!!

  19. Jessica says:

    Loooovvvveeee! Please tell me the eye and lip colors you are wearing in the top photo! They are beautiful! I am loving this spring collection, just ordered the bow palate, espiegel and the twin set in grey sigh! Can’t wait till I get em!

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