Can you believe it’s September? I can’t. It’s already the first month of fall! That’s craziness. Time really doesn’t give an eff how topsy-turvy the world gets. It just keeps on keepin’ on…
I guess makeup is kinda similar in a way… The world around us may be b-a-n-a-n-a-s, but you can count on that pan of Stila cream blush to keep doing its thing.
Speaking of Stila, their makeup has been a nice respite from the stress of this summer, which so far has been a era in which I’ve been doing things I never thought I would, like drafting a six-page family pandemic emergency response plan, or writing a pros/cons list to send Connor back to preschool — a list that includes Health Department metrics for COVID.
Like I said, bananas! 🍌
But blush is just blush. Nothing more, nothing less. And there’s something comforting about that.
Here are some of my faves from Stila I’ve been having fun with this summer…
Convertible Color in Peony and Gerbera, $25 each
This creamy blush blends seamless gradients and dries to a satin finish, all while adding soft, translucent color to cheeks. My pick for tanned and darker skin is Peony, a brownish rose, which I adore and have been wearing a ton for 5-minute makeup looks. If your skin is lighter than mine, try Gerbera, a rosy peachy pink.
Complete Harmony Lip & Cheek Stick in Sheer Gerbera, Sheer Lilium and Sheer Peony, $26 each
Like the Convertible Colors, these twist-up cream sticks can be worn on cheeks and lips. They’re like a less expensive NARS Multiple, but much sheerer ($26 vs. $39), so if you’re into barely-there, natural-looking cheeks and lips and a matte finish, they just might be your new favorite thing.
Double Dip Suede Shade & Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows in Camera Ready, $24
I’m a little obsessed with this long-wearing cream shadow duo, which comes with a velvety matte purple on one side and a glittery purple on the other, because it’s one of the fastest ways I know to do an easy colorful look. Start by sweeping the velvety matte from your lash line and fading up toward the crease and brow bone. Then push the glitter toward the base of your lashes before coating them with mascara. Takes all but five minutes!
Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Bronze, $32
Creamy and soft to the touch (so easy to blend with just fingers!), this golden bronze highlighting powder lights up skin with a warm, shimmery glow.
In the Buff Powder Spray in Illuminating, $15
This luminous, loose setting spray comes in a spray pump. So fun! I like to dab a little on top of matte cream blushes to set them without altering the color, while also adding the tiniest touch of barely-there shine.
Magnum XXX Mascara, $23
This one’s for long, separated lashes with lots of curl, and it lifts and layers well, too.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,