Shore Enough, the MAC Hey, Sailor! Blushes Are Softer Than Usual Summer Fare

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I love blush more than drag queens love high heels, more than club kids love glow sticks, and more than cat ladies love fat, fluffy kittens with blue eyes and pink collars with rhinestones.


Coral and warm peach blushes are frequent summer stars, like the two $21 limited edition Powder Blushes from the MAC Hey, Sailor! collection, available online now at and coming to North American counters and stores May 24.

It’s interesting, but peachy Launch Away! and pinkish golden coral Fast Fleet aren’t what I typically expect from summer blushes. Maybe that’s why I like them so much.

I’m used to seeing brighter colors and bolder shimmer on cheeks in summer, but these babes seem fairly subdued by comparison, with a low-key soft focus satin finish.

Both are very forgiving, especially when it comes to my pores and fine lines, and they last an admirable 8-10 hours on my combination dry/oily cheeks.

The two new Hey, Sailor! Powder Blushes

Launch Away!: If you like NARS Sex Appeal blush, you just might love this easy-to-blend peach. It takes two layers to show up on my NC42 skin, but if you’re lighter than I am, you could easily get away with one. Launch Away! might not play well with very dark skin tones, but pale pretties who like the way they look in warm colors are in luck.

Fast Fleet: One light layer of this pigmented pinky golden coral delivers plenty of color. I love how it doesn’t compete for attention with the intense orange and red lip colors in the Hey, Sailor! collection, and I can’t wait to pair it with some of my bright MAC permanent line lip faves like Lychee Luxe, Cockney and Lady Danger. If you wear bold reds or coral lip looks often, ding-ding-ding! We have a winner here. 🙂

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Wearing Powder Blush in Fleet Fast

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Wearing Launch Away!

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Powder Blush in Fleet Fast, $21

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Powder Blush in Launch Away!, $21

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High-Light Powder in Crew; Powder Blush in Fleet Fast and Launch Away!

By going with a satin finish and subdued tones, MAC put an interesting twist on typical summer cheeks. I love how both blushes seem balanced beside Hey, Sailor’s bold
red, orange, blue and green shades.

Every day I find more to like about this collection…

Been meaning to tell you about this…

I was window shopping at the mall last weekend when I saw this little doo-hicky at Nordstrom called the Band Oh!

It’s a reversible tube top for layering under your clothes.

Neat, yeah?

I have a couple of tops that are a little too low to wear without anything underneath them, so I snagged a gray one but have yet to try it out.


I’ll let you know how it goes!

I hope it doesn’t slip down and end up around my waist…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tracy says:

    Fleet Fast looks so pretty with bright lips! Gives a vintage feel I think-rather Mad Men!
    And that Bandoh sounds kind of cool! Hope it works!
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  2. Jennifer S says:

    There is a late night infomercial for a similar product to bando. Love how you look in launch away!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      LOL, sometimes I love watching those things. The last one I caught was for the Insanity workout. And of course I watched it while eating doughnuts.

      Happy, happy Friday! What’s the plan for the weekend?

  3. Amanda Val says:

    the band-oh looks awesome! I know forever 21 sells bandeau tops that like for layering and at a great price-tag – downside is that they’re always all sold out 🙁
    I want to splurge on some Nars blushes soon though.. they are supposed to be pigmented like POW!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Oh, I know! Whenever I go in there to look at necklaces those tops are always MIA.

      So, yeah. NARS blushes. They’re great! I have quite a few and love them. If you need any recs just let me know. 🙂

  4. Agata says:

    I am recently in love with blushes and highlighters too 🙂 And btw, you look stunning in those pictures!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Agata,

      Blush will change your life! Highlighters too. 🙂 What blushes are you currently loving? In addition to these MAC shades, I’ve been loving Sunday Riley’s blushes. They’re pricey, but perfect.

  5. You’re too darn cute with the blue liner, soft cheeks, red lips, and sailor outfit!!!! Bet cha Tabs would LOOOOVE to get in there, but you probably wouldn’t want the pretty tote to be covered with hair 😉
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  6. The Bandoh! looks really cool and I bet it would so come in handy. I like that it’s reversable–I have a few of the regular bandeau bras but sometimes, I a.) wish it were longer (like the Bandoh!), and b.) it wasn’t lacy–because sometimes I do want something under my shirt but lace doesn’t go with it. Definitely will check that out!!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Becca,

      Yeah, I like that these are longer too. And it really is nice to have the option to switch it around to the non-lace side.

      Do you live near a Nordstrom? I found these in the workout wear section.

  7. Nina says:

    I thnk im gong to grab some BandOhs. I have a ton of shirts and dresses that are a bit too revealing for my tastes.

    I didnt buy these blushes because for some reason, they remind me of other blushes I already own. They are really pretty though … esp Fleet Fast!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      Yeah! It seems like necklines have gotten lower in the past few years. I think it might be because layering has gotten so trendy, but that doesn’t always work for me. Hopefully the Band Ohs tops will solve the problem. 🙂 They come in a bunch of different colors — I like the neutrals because they go with everything.

      Anywho, FRIDAY! Are you going on a Sephora run?

      • Nina says:

        Here in Houston in the summer though, a tank underneath a shirt or a dress just gets too too hot! 🙂 A bandeau is always a cooler option.

        I wasnt able to go at lunch, but im leaving at 3 and going then!

  8. Nothing from the collection caught my eye at first, but both blushes (and the highlighter!) are looking prettier and prettier!
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  9. Amy says:

    Shhh…I went back and ordered Launch Away! I’m a ho for blushes and I couldn’t resist this one.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      Haha, I’m a blush ho too! Maybe we should start a support group. 😉

      Happy Friday! Got any exciting plans for the weekend?

      • Amy says:

        Maybe we should! But it might end up being a group of blush-loving enablers… 🙂

        The husband and I are heading out to a biscuit festival this weekend to get our nom on! Very exciting.

        Have a great weekend!

  10. Lucy says:

    Hi Karen! How do you think this will look on NW15 skin? I have very pink undertones & am just wondering if this leans too orange? Thanks! 🙂

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