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Blushed : Glowy Cheeks

August 25, 2015


I haven’t been applying much makeup, lately – ain’t nobody got time for that. Concealer, blush, a bit of mascara and I’m out. However, I’ve been really enjoying anything related to the cheeks department, making sure I look luminous (which is ironic considering I feel anything but that). It’s all about that glow, people.

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Blushed : Benefit’s Rockateur blush

December 20, 2013

We’ve all heard about the Benefit’s Box O’ Powder blushes. I’ve had the chance to try out a few of them which I all really loved. After knowing that a new blush was added to their collection, Rockateur, I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

According to Benefit “this rockin’ rose gold cheek powder gives a famous provocative flush that turns heads on-stage and off”. It comes with a little brush, as all the Box O’ Powders, that I surprisingly enjoy using. They’ve changed the shape and the bristles of their brushes making them softer and easier to use. I hated the old ones, they always ended up thrown away.

At first, it had some sort of golden spray which was quite scary and making me a bit nervous. I don’t use frosted blushes very often. Fortunately, it was immediately and beautifully blended with the rest of the blush after the first swirl.

In the pan, it looks like a very pretty rose gold with lovely flecks of shimmer (it doesn’t appear like that due to the terrible lighting in my house – sorry!). However, the biggest surprise, for me, was how it ended up looking on the cheeks. If you actually try it on your skin – not swatching it on the back of your hand – you’ll find it very natural and flattering. I ended up with a natural warm pink flush on my cheeks. This is why I mostly enjoy satin finishes or blushes with a bit of sheen to them, rather than a matte finish that can sometimes look chalky and fake.

I must admit, I’m bummed about the packaging. I always have high expectations when it comes to Benefit packaging. I also hoped that a bit more shimmer would transfer onto the skin. But that doesn’t seem to be a big of a problem.

I find that this is an amazing blush for everyday, especially if you fancy natural looking skin. I believe it would work on any skin tone and any makeup look whether you’re going for a natural eye or a smokey eye. It also smells fabulous!

A bit of good news, I finally have a few weeks off. School, exams and university applications have been driving me nuts and they’ve been taking over my personal time hence the long absence on the blog.

Have you tried this blush? What is your favorite Benefit blush? Leave a comment below 🙂

– Zein xx

Blushed : Review of Dandelion blush by Benefit

November 30, 2012

Dandelion is the main reason why I bought this Benefit kit. I’ve heard so many good things about it and seen it everywhere. Every time I would step into Sephora, it would scream my name… Seriously.

I’m not going to waste my time and yours trying to describe how this product blends wonderfully on the cheeks as there are tons of reviews about it on the net. Everyone included it in their favorites and described it as the best blush in the market.

At first, I thought it would appear chalky on my medium skin, but it didn’t. It appeared rather sheer leaving a sheen to my cheeks. It’s very subtle, hardly any color showed up because the pink in it easily blended into my skin giving it a healthy flush.

Did it last all day you ask? Hell no! The little amount of noticeable color became unnoticeable after 7 hours, maybe. What was left on my cheeks? Shimmer!

How does it work best? With a pigmented blush under it. Before applying it, I like to apply Pinch O’ Peach first. These two make a lovely combo!

In daylight : blended; swatch
With flash: Blended; swatch

Would I repurchase this? Maybe… I love the effect that it gives. But what bugs me the most is its lasting power. I wouldn’t say that it’s a must have, but there will always be room for a subtle blush in a makeup collection 😉 

If you like overpowering blushes, then you’re going in the wrong direction… We can all agree that Dandelion is definitely not made for you. However, if you prefer just a sheen, then this blush is perfect for everyday.

Have you tried this blush? How do you enjoy applying it? Leave a comment below!

– Zein xx

Blushed : Review of Love Lust blush by Tom Ford

November 21, 2012

I’ve finally managed to review Tom Ford’s Love Lust blush after I’ve tested it in different ways and I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts about it with you guys!

If you follow me regularly then you might have seen this blush on the blog already. If you don’t, it’s never too late 😉

Tom Ford has by far the classiest packagings. I think we all agree on that… I mean, who doesn’t love gold plate with “Tom Ford” carved on it, on a luxurious blush packaging that comes in a soft pouch?
I have to say, I do feel like Queen Nefertiti only by holding it.

Before choosing the color, I did a little research on each and every blush color in their collection and compared them with what I had… Btw, I won this with Mai’s contest and I got to choose the color I wanted. Check out her blog here, she’s amazing!

After what I’ve seen and read on the net, I finally came down to Love Lust. Apparently it’s very similar to Orgasm by NARS (which I don’t own, unfortunately NARS isn’t available in the UAE anymore). Plus, I read that a pan can last for ages! 

Try taping your finger lightly on the blush, A LOT of product transfers to your finger as it is super pigmented!

It has a coral orange/pink color with gold shimmer (by far the shimmeriest blush in my collection) The blush is amazingly soft, it’s almost creamy! It has a velvety texture to it. It reminds me a bit of the UD eyeshadows as it is very blendable and looks a bit metallic in swatches. The color is buildable, you can achieve a soft flush or a dramatic night out look.

It looks absolutely divine when applied to the cheeks. That shimmer I’ve been talking about turns into a lovely sheen and it doesn’t emphasize my pores. And most importantly, it stays put during the whole day! (Reminder: I have oily skin)

Without flash, in daylight 

With flash

Now Tom Ford is a high end brand and its price tags normally make people faint… Let’s say they’re not pocket friendly. But it’s definitely worth every penny! 
I’ve been using this every time I do my makeup now, whether it’s night or day I always have this blush on my cheeks. 
I believe this will last me for ages as a little goes a long way!

Have you ever tried Tom Ford products? Any recommendations? Leave a comment below 🙂 

– Zein xx

Blushed : Review of Reflex Blush by Chanel

October 30, 2012

I planned to take these pictures yesterday, but it turned out to be a cloudy day. As the lighting wasn’t great, the colors didn’t really turn out as they are supposed to look like. But I tried my best to match the colors of Reflex blush by Chanel to the ones in the picture.

Reflex, being part of the Joues Contraste powder blush line, comes domed in a round shaped pan with a small brush applicator on the side.
The packaging is, of course, the very well known black mirrored (from the inside) package with the double ‘C’ on the front. Very simple, elegant and chic.

I’ve had this blush for quite some time now as you can see the scratches on the outside and the amount of product left.

Without flash

At first sight, the coral color with gold shimmer looks scary and vibrant in the pan. However, once it’s swatched and blended it would look rather sheer. But not too sheer.

I know that most people complain about Chanel blushes because they’re not pigmented enough. But I believe that it gives the most beautiful natural and healthy glow to the cheeks.

 With flash .. Can you see the amount of shimmer??

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you would know that I step away from shimmery products. But I’m starting to love them. It’s like ballet… At first you hate it, then you’ll learn to love it. 
Above: Blended
Below: Swatched heavily 

This blush looks great for everyday during daytime. You might want to skip this one if you’re not a fan of shimmer.
In the UAE, you can find Chanel counters at Sephora, Bloomindales, Paris Gallery, Sax Fifth Avenue or other beauty department stores. 
Which blush gives a natural, healthy glow to your look? Leave a comment below 🙂 
– Zein xx

Blushed : My everyday blush combo

October 20, 2012

Normally a blush combo would be a mix of two blushes from the same scheme of color. Well, this combo is a mix of Gingerly and Lovecloud both by MAC and both TOTALLY different!

Step 1 
Dust very lightly Gingerly between the hallow of the cheek and the cheek bone. Bring into the blush area. I find it a bit orange-y, so I wouldn’t recommend using it completely as a bronzer.

Step 2
With the same brush, take Lovecloud and sweep it across the end of the apple of the cheek and the cheek bone to have a “lifted face” effect.

Step 3
Take a big fluffy brush like this one and make sure everything is blended. Harsh line are not acceptable!

Et voila!

Here are swatches of both colors

Top: Lovecloud; Bottom: Gingerly

This shouldn’t take much time.. I do this in my everyday make up which takes me literally 5 to 10 minutes!

To apply both blush colors, I normally reach out for my go-to brush. Click here to check it out!

What is you favorite blush combo? Leave a comment below 😉 

– Zein xx