Top Five: Blushes

4/21/2015




Alright, this was bound to happen sooner or later - hello, my name is Selma and I have a beauty addiction. I'm a nail polish and blush hoarder. We'll address the nail polish situation but, for now, let us evaluate the blush issue. I find blushes to be extremely appealing! Their packaging is an unlimited playground regarding the packaging, the look of the surface of the blush, texture, finish, color etc. Plus, blush as a product really makes a visible, noticeable difference to any face shape, complexion, facial features. I find blush to have most impact on my face along with concealer, mascara, eyebrow pencil and lip balm. That pretty much sums up my 'face rescue kit'. As for the hue variation, I've tried most shades out there and I feel most comfortable with natural shades although I have been known to rock the odd vivid blush every once in a while. My skin tone is neutral to warm but I've noticed that a cool toned pink rarely looks good on me (same goes for cool toned pink lipsticks). However, I've found dusty pink shades to suit me. I've also found out that I prefer blushes with some fine shimmer as opposed to completely matte ones. Those are a tad more high-maintenance and I like the good old slap'n'walk out the door technique (shimmer is really forgiving - but not glitter, let's just be clear on that). Blush I've used the longest and I still haven't made a dent in it is the lovely, universally flattering Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Blush in Rosa Pesca. It's the ideal soft pink hue which, I believe, would look amazing on most skintones. It's the definition of the everyday blush which goes well with any kind of make-up (regardless if you play-up your eyes or lips). A beautiful blush that is warmer in undertone and works wonders for my skin tone is the NYX Baked Blush in Foreplay. This is the only baked blush I ever fell for and it really is beautiful. Just a perfect peachy/pink with a subtle amount of shimmer - it acts as a blush and a light highlight. Cheekbones look plump with it on and I'm still interested in purchasing the fabulous Chiffon shade. If Rosa Pesca is a pale, soft pink and Foreplay is a peachy/pink than MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen is the perfect peach! The golden micro shimmer sculpts cheekbones like nothing else yet it remains to be so refined. You can really tell that it's a good quality blush and it stays put on my skin during the entire day. Maybe the most prized out of all blushes in my collection is the stunning Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat. I was actually surprised to see how more pink pigment it contains compared to the rest of my faves. I could've sworn they're all too similar as it is a pinky/coral - but I am glad that I'm not stacking exactly same blushes over and over again (there is some versatility here). It has some reddish hue somewhere in there and it translates as radiant, healthy perky skin on me. I love it and I'll probably purchase one more blush from this collection (I have gotten over the entire packaging issue by now - I've grown so much!). And, of course, the most pigmented of all blushes - the ruler of the drugstore blush category - the mighty Sleek Blush by 3 in Flame. Pigmentation can be a drawback as well as a leverage as it requires more attention and time to be applied in order to avoid patchiness (especially the matte shades). But boy, does it look fabulous or what? I'll gather all my courage to wear it as soon as I get the slightest tan (that means, probably July but oh well..). It's not for the faint of heart or the fairest of skins. This fiery palette looks best on medium and dark skin tones. This coral/red is wonderful and it'll probably outlive me. Well, how do these look to you? Have you tried any of them and please do share your own favorites - I'm always on a lookout for something new:)

Uredu, mislim da sam znala da ce do ovoga morati doci prije ili kasnije - ja se zovem Selma i imam ovisnost o lakovima za nokte i rumenilima. Sakupljam ih bez reda ili plana i ne kajem se. Kasnije cemo se dotaci teme lakova za nokte a danas je dosao red na rumenila. Jednostavno rumenila smatram prekrasnim kozmetickim proizvodima u svakom pogledu! Pakovanje je igraliste na kojem se moze izraziti kreativnost, potom se mozete poigrati sa povrsinom samog rumenila, teksturom, nijansom itd. Na stranu sa svim ovim - ono sto je odlicno kod rumenila jeste sto pruzaju vidljiv, zaista primjetan efekat i razliku na licu bez obzira na njegov oblik, ten ili crte lica. Primjetila sam da na mom licu upravo je rumenilo to koje 'podigne' cjelokupnu situaciju i rumenilo je dio mog 'face rescue kita' koji se uz rumenilo sastoji jos od korektora, maskare, olovke za obrve i balzama za usne. Sto se tice nijansi, vjerujem da sam isprobala dosta razlicitih boja a na sebi najvise volim vidjeti prirodne nijanse iako sam sklona povremenom izletu sa zarkim bojama. Rekla bih da je moj ten neutralan do toplog podtona i zaista rijetko koja ruzicasta boja hladnog podtona izgleda prirodno na meni (isto pravilo mogu primjeniti i glede ruzeva za usne). Doduse, pronasla sam par 'prljavo' ruzicastih rumenila koja mi odgovaraju. Takodjer sam naucila da mi vise odgovaraju rumenila sa malo finog shimmera u odnosu na potpuno mat rumenila. Mat rumenila su malo zahtjevnija po pitanju nanosenja a licno preferiram sve sto mogu koristiti 'u hodu' (mikro shimmer oprasta i greskice - samo da budem jasna, ne mislim na sljokice). Rumenilo koje koristim mozda najduze bez prekida i jos ga nisam 'izlizala' kako spada je univerzalno lijepo Deborah Milano Hi-Tech rumenilo u nijansi Rosa Pesca. Idealne je mekano ruzicaste nijanse za koju vjerujem da bi lijepo 'sjela' na vecinu tonova koze. Ovo rumenilo je definicija blago zarumenjenih obraza u sklopu svakodnevnog make-upa. Zgodno je jer se uklapa u svaki look (naglasene oci ili usne - lijepo ce upotpuniti izgled lica). Jos jedno krasno i univerzalno lijepo rumenilo nesto toplijeg podtona kojim sam izuzetno zadovoljna je NYX peceno rumenilo u nijansi Foreplay. Ovo je jedini peceni komad kozmetike kojim sam odusevljena, sto zasigurno govori samo za sebe. Radi se o savrsenom omjeru breskvastih i ruzicastih primjesa koje na kozi djeluju fantasticno a fini shimmer cini da se rumenilo ponasa i kao njezni hajlajter. Istice jagodice na suptilan nacin i jos uvijek sam zagrijana za kupovinu elegantne Chiffon nijanse. Ako je Rosa Pesca savrseno 'prljavo' ruzicasto a Foreplay idealno breskvasto/ruzicasto rumenilo - onda je MAC Sheertone Shimmer rumenilo u nijansi Springsheen najljepsa breskvica! Zlatni mikro shimmer istice jagodice na jako efektan no istovremeno i suptilan nacin. Zaista je jasno da se radi o kvalitetnom rumenilu jer se na mom licu zadrzava cijeli dan. Rumenilo koje najvise volim i cijenim iz cjelokupne kolekcije je zasigurno fascinantno Hourglass Ambient Lighting rumenilo u nijansi Diffused Heat. Cak sam se dosta iznenadila koliko ruzicaste primjese sadrzi u odnosu na ostale favorite jer bila sam uvjerena da su svi gotovo isti. Sada mi je drago sto ovaj ruzicasto/koralni ljepotan ima svoj karakter - a mozda mi je najvise drago sto ipak nisam bila toliko blesava da gomilam apsolutno ista rumenila (razlikuju se, makar razlike bile minorne). Ovo rumenilo ima neke blage crvenkaste primjese a na kozi ustvari zablista i cini je blistavo lijepom. Predivne i posebne je teksture. Mislim da cu sebi nabaviti mozda jos jednu nijansu iz ove linije rumenila - uspjela sam vremenom preci preko 'problema' sa pakovanjem (osjecam se tako odraslo!). I za kraj imamo rumenilo najimpresivnije pigmentacije - apsolutni vladar kategorije drogerijskih rumenila - jedan i jedini Sleek Blush by 3 u nijansi Flame. Fantasticna pigmentacija moze biti prednost ali i mana u ovom slucaju posto zahtijeva vise truda oko nanosenja kako bi sve bilo ravnomjerno (pogotovo sa mat nijansama iz palete). Ali zar ne izgleda impresivno? Sakupiti cu svu hrabrost koju imam da ga iznesem cim dobijem barem malo preplanulosti (sto znaci, nista prije jula - morati cu biti strpljiva). Ova vatrena paletica nije za one slabog srca niti za one blijede puti - najbolje pristaje srednje tamnom i tamnom tenu. Ova crveno/koralna ljepota ce me vjerovatno nadzivjeti jer je nemoguce potrositi. Kako se vama cine moji favoriti? Da li ste isprobale neke od njih i slobodno sa mnom podijelite vlastite preporuke - uvijek sam u potrazi za necim novim :)

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