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E.L.F pressed mineral blush & bronzer

E.L.F. Pressed Mineral Blush & Bronzer

E.L.F pressed mineral blush & bronzer

E.L.F pressed mineral blush & bronzer

I really do LOVE the E.L.F pressed mineral blushes and bronzer (highlighter) that I own.  These are quite expensive for E.L.F. (I paid about AU$5 each) but they are very much worth the money.  While the powders feel quite high-end, the packaging is super light plastic.  These powders are extremely soft, to the point where you need to be very gentle when you tap your brush into these otherwise they will kick up a lot of powder and you will end up with so much product on your brush.  These are also very pigmented so you really do only need a small amount of powder to get a great flush of colour on your cheek.

There are four blushes in this range and I own three.  There are also four bronzers in this range, but I only have the lightest shade which is almost more of a highlighter, but regardless of how you use it, it is beautiful.

From left to right: Wanderlust, Jet Setter, Sweet Retreat and Baked Peach.

From left to right: Wanderlust, Jet Setter, Sweet Retreat and Baked Peach.

While I would describe these blushes as matte, I feel like they have a glow about them on the skin (perhaps it is in my imagination?)  Wanderlust is a plum shade and it is the darkest blush in the range.  I wore this a lot in the winter months (ha – winter does NOT exist in North Queensland, but lets all just pretend that it gets cold enough to warrant winter seasonal colours).  Next is Jet Setter and this is a really beautiful rose-toned blush.  This is perfect for everyday wear and is just so pretty on fair skin.  Finally we have Sweet Retreat and this is a very soft, neutral pink.  Again, this is lovely for everyday wear and this is the one I have been reaching for as the weather is starting to warm up and I’m wanting lighter colours on my face.  The last colour in the range which I don’t own is called Cabo Cabana and it is a warm, coral shade.  It is beautiful but it is not a shade that I can access easily from Australia which is a bummer.

Baked Peach, Sweet Retreat, Jet Setter, Wanderlust

Baked Peach, Sweet Retreat, Jet Setter, Wanderlust

Swatches: Wanderlust, Jet Setter, Sweet Retreat, Baked Peach

Swatches: Wanderlust, Jet Setter, Sweet Retreat, Baked Peach

The other pressed mineral product that I have here is Baked Peach.  I think the name of this product is so lush… baked peach.  It just sounds delicious.  This is marketed as a bronzer and if you are super pale perhaps this would work to gently warm up your completion but it is too light for that purpose on my skin.  I didn’t buy it to bronze though as I had read it makes a lovely highlighter.  Baked Peach is a champagne colour and you can see from the swatch above it does have some gorgeous shimmer to it without being metallic.  I think it is really natural on the skin.  I love this colour for summer when I am just a little more tanned and lean towards bronzier makeup in general.  It is probably a bit too dark for me to wear as a highlighter…  But I wear it anyway…

Rebel.

This is the most powdery of the four pressed minerals that I own and I suspect that this is due to it containing some shimmer.  I would say as long as you work gently, gently with your brush in the pan, this won’t be a problem.  I haven’t tried the other bronzers in this range but I am interested to try them.  They are all matte and are called Tan Toffee, Beach Bronze and Caramel Cabana.  If you own these bronzers I’d love to hear what you think of them in the comments.

Overall, I think these mineral pressed powders blend really beautifully.  I love how they wear and I think these colours are so stunning.  If I had my time again I think I would choose either Wanderlust or Jet Setter as they are very similar colours but I wear them all so I don’t regret my purchase.  You can’t find these on elf Australia’s website so I purchased mine from iHerb.  Plus, iHerb is typically a cheaper place to buy E.L.F. products so it is worth checking their regardless 🙂

Have a fantastic day beautiful people!

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek: Blush and Highlights

When I made my first ColourPop order a while back I purchased two each of their cruelty-free blushers and highlighters. I don’t really have much in the way of cream face products so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I have been pleasantly surprised by these beauties.

They have the same unique texture of the super shock shadows: silky, damp (but not wet), creamy and spongy.  They go on creamy but dry down almost immediately.  They don’t stay tacky and both highlighters and blushers alike last ALL day.  They swatch beautifully and I adore all the colours that I purchased.

Jelly Fish (pearlized) and Prenup (satin).

Jelly Fish (pearlized) and Prenup (satin).

Blush swatches: Prenup (top) and Jelly Fish.

Blush swatches: Prenup (top) and Jelly Fish.

If we start with the blush colours you can see Jelly Fish is a bright red coral shade.  I love this one.  It is really easy to apply with a brush because it is so pigmented.  I blend a little of this out to get a really beautiful flush.  I think this is the perfect blush for the spring time – it is bright and being a cream type product it won’t sweat off!

Prenup is a much more subtle colour.  ColourPop describe it as a mid-tone plum pink and I think that is pretty accurate.  I find this one a bit more fiddly to apply because it is not as pigmented and it doesn’t pick up on a brush as easily.  I tend to pat this one onto the cheeks with my fingers but even then it gives a very natural and neutral look.

Teasecake (pearlized) and Butterfly Beach (pearlized).

Teasecake (pearlized) and Butterfly Beach (pearlized).

Highlighter swatches: Butterfly Beach (top) and Teasecake.

Highlighter swatches: Butterfly Beach (top) and Teasecake.

The highlights are really pretty.  I feel like these are darker tones in person than they appeared on the website but I still think they work for me, even on my pale skin.  I love both these colours and although they look quite similar in my photographs I think they are much more unique in person.  Teacake is a pale pink which looks almost peachy due to a gold, almost duo chrome, finish.  It is so beautiful and you only need a light hand because these highlighters POP.

Butterfly Beach is a muted rose gold highlighter.  ColourPop describes it as soft peach with gold and silver highlights and I can see where they are coming from.  This one is getting close to being too dark for me but I think that in the summer when I get a little more colour it will be beautiful. I have worn it through the winter though and I just blend it out carefully.  These are both lush.

I really like these super shock cheek products.  I would definitely purchase more of these because they have been surprisingly easy to work with, and in tropical North Queensland, Australia where the humidity is horrendous anything that doesn’t melt-off my face gets 10/10 in my book!  These retail for US$8 which is about AU$11 and I think they are well worth the price.

If you would like to have a look at the ColourPop range for yourself you can find them here.

Have a great day!

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Blush & Highlight Palette – Pinks and Fair Contour.

I received this beautiful, six-pan contour palette from Freedom Makeup London as part of one of their special deals.  I was really impressed when it arrived because it is such a nice, small size palette and  I immediately thought how great it would be for travel.  With four blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter there is plenty of colour selection – plus a nice big mirror in the lid!

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

These blushes are really soft to the touch and very pigmented.  I use these with a very light touch but I have to say they do blend beautifully.  All of these products have a satin finish, which I really do love – no glitter in sight!

Pinks and Fair Contour - swatches.

Pinks and Fair Contour – swatches.

I really like the selection of colours in this palette.  I feel like there is one of every pink you could need here including a mauve, a bright pink and a coral pink across the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Then across the second row you have your bronzer/contour colour which is, as the name of this palette suggests, most appropriate for people with a fair complexion.  Then you have a lovely soft rose-toned blush and a pink toned highlighter.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

I have worn these blushes to work for the past week and they last really well.  Although a couple of the colours do look very bright in the pan, I have found them to be really wearable colours, even on my pale, freckled skin.

I have looked on the Freedom Website and this palette isn’t available to be purchase just yet, but I did read that it was going to be released into their range soon.  I am excited to see what different palettes may be available when these are released, and I would certainly recommend them!

Have a fantastic day!

Makeup Revolution: The One Blush Stick – Pink

I received ‘The One Blush Stick’ in Pink as part of a free gift from Makeup Revolution a number of months ago.  I had looked at these blush sticks on the website and recognised them as being very similar to a blush stick product by NARS.  I don’t own the NARS version but I was tempted to try the Makeup Revolution dupe as I have nothing that is remotely comparable in my collection.

I really am a cream product novice.

Makeup Revolution - The One Blush Stick: Pink

Makeup Revolution – The One Blush Stick: Pink

There are eight products available in the complete set including four colours available in two finishes: bold and matte.  These retail for GBP5 which is about AU$10.  I only own the one colour – the bold ‘Pink,’ so I can’t speak to the quality of the entire range but I can tell you that I really enjoy this one that I own.

I would describe this as being almost a cream to powder product, although it is not advertised this way.  It goes on very creamy and is very pigmented.  You certainly don’t want to paint it on in a swipe straight from the tube otherwise it will look like children’t SPF zinc!  I pat this on to the cheeks gently and then blend with my fingers or a stippling brush.  It is very buildable so it is better to start slowly and then work up to the desired colour.  Despite looking a bit scary in the tube I think it actually gives quite a natural flush on the cheeks.

Pink swatches: direct from the stick on the left, and a smaller, blended swatch on the right.

Pink swatches: direct from the stick on the left, and a smaller, blended swatch on the right.

I was surprised how easy this is to work with.  At first I was put off by the brightness of the colour and my lack of familiarity with cream blushes, but this One Blush Stick is pretty foolproof and blends really easily.  Initially I felt that I might need to set this cream product with a small amount of a powder blush but now I realise that that step isn’t necessary and because it sets to a powdery finish once it is blended out you don’t end up with a greasy face.  This blush lasts really well throughout the day and even if my foundation is starting to break down this blush stays put.  Living in the tropics I am always looking for products that don’t melt off my face in the awful heat and humidity, so the long wear of this blush is a big plus in my book.

I really like this blush and I look forward to trying other colours from The One Blush range in the future.

Have a fantastic day!

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Glow Meow and Roar

The Freedom Makeup London Pro Glow powders caught my eye because they immediately reminded me of the Too Faced Leopard Blushing Bronzers.  I don’t have the Too Faced version to do a direct comparison but if you are familiar with the Leopard Blushing Bronzers you will understand why I suspect these Pro Glows from Freedom are intended to be a dupe.

I purchased Meow and Roar from the Pro Glow range which includes four different blush/bronzer colours.  I am not normally about animal prints but for some reason the leopard print in combination with the cute, cat-themed names appealed to me.

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Glows - Meow and Roar

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Glows – Meow and Roar

These powders are really soft and silky to the touch.  I have been using these for the last week and I have found that when you swatch them with your finger is messes up the print but when you tap your brush into them the print actually holds which is nice.  These will kick up a lot of powder if you make the mistake of swirling your brush into them (they are soft!) – but you really don’t need to do that as a gentle tap will put plenty of product onto your brush.

Pro Glows swatches - Meow  (bottom) and Roar (top)

Pro Glows swatches – Meow (bottom) and Roar (top)

As you can see in the picture of my arm above, I have pale skin, but I think that both of these colours work for me.  I use Roar to warm up my face and it gives a nice, bronzy glow.  I have also used it to do a very soft contour of my cheek bones and it even worked well for that (says she who isn’t very good at contouring!).  Meow is more of a dusty-rose bronze and I use this with a light hand as a blush.  Again, I think it is beautiful.

You can see from the swatches that these do have a soft shimmer to them which gives the glow suggested by their name.  In my experience this adds radiance to the face not glitter.  I do like the effect these give.  The only other point I would make about these Pro Glows is that they take a bit of work to blend out.  I think it is worth the work though to get that lovely glow.

If you want to check these out for yourself you can find them here at Freedom Makeup London.  These retail for GBP2.50 which is really reasonable for a pretty, cruelty-free bronzer/blush and they ship world-wide which is a bonus.

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Makeup Revolution: Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit – Ultra Fair and Light-Medium.

I am on a bit of a Makeup Revolution kick at the moment.

It is actually a bit ridiculous how much I have purchased from Makeup Revolution but they meet all my criteria for excellent products – cruelty-free, good quality, and SUPER budget-friendly!  When those powers combine I am powerless to resist…

Today I want to review the Ultra Sculpt and Contour kits.  There are two contour kits in this range: Ultra Fair and Ultra Light-Medium and I love them both.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top - Ultra Light; Bottom - Ultra Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top – Ultra Light; Bottom – Ultra Light-Medium.

These contour kits are really great quality.  The powders are soft and buttery and blend really nicely. If you were to compare the quality of these blushes to the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palettes these feel more luxurious (even though I really enjoy the Ultra Blush Palettes too!).  Both kits contain a matte bronzer, shimmer highlighter and shimmer blush.  The copper blusher in the light-medium kit is an interesting colour for a blush but I think most people would find a use for it – I have used it with a light hand to bronze up my face a little and it was very pretty.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top - Ultra Light; Bottom - Ultra Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kits: Top – Ultra Light; Bottom – Ultra Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit.  Swatches 1-3: Light; swatches 4-6: Light-Medium.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit. Swatches 1-3: Light; swatches 4-6: Light-Medium.

I find the light kit to be really great for everyday wear when I am not looking for a ‘sculpted’ look as much as some colour and warmth to my face for the work day.  The pink blush has a gorgeous gold shimmer to it which is super pretty on the skin and the creamy highlight is also extremely flattering.

The light-medium kit is my most recent acquisition and it is NICE.  The matte bronzer shade is cool-toned and a perfect colour for me to contour with.  The champagne highlighter is lush and I used it today with a very matte, peach blush and it was beautiful – so much so that my husband commented on how nice it looked!  The copper shade that is marked blusher in the light-medium kit is also lovely and an interesting addition to this kit whether used with a light hand as a bronzy-blush or, as mentioned before, to bronze up the face.  I think this kit would also work well as an eyeshadow trio but I haven’t used it that way yet.  Tomorrow 🙂

These Ultra Sculpt & Contour kits are lovely.  I would highly recommend them both and at AU$6.80 each they are a really affordable addition to your collection.  Makeup Revolution ships internationally so they are well worth a look: Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kits

Have a wonderful day!

Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Blush Palettes

I was never really about blush so my recent blush addiction has come as a bit of a shock to me.  I have YouTube tutorials to thank for this blush renaissance because now that I have a better idea about how to apply these pretty powders suddenly I am all about that in my life.  I actually put off buying these blush palettes from Makeup Revolution because I felt like I already had enough blush to last a lifetime (which is probably an accurate assumption) but finally I caved because these just looked so convenient and so pretty and I told myself they would be really practical for travel and, well, here we are.  I purchased two of the palettes from the range which includes four different colour combinations.  The two palettes that I chose are ‘Sugar and Spice’ and then ‘Hot Spice.’

Makeup Revolution: Sugar and Spice Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution: Sugar and Spice Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution: Hot Spice Blush Palette swatches from top to bottom, left to right.

Makeup Revolution: Sugar and Spice Blush Palette swatches from top to bottom, left to right.

The Sugar and Spice palette is a mix of six matte colours and two baked, shimmer colours in pink and neutral colour tones.

Makeup Revolution: Hot Spice Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution: Hot Spice Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution: Hot Spice Blush Palette swatches from top to bottom, left to right.

Makeup Revolution: Hot Spice Blush Palette swatches from top to bottom, left to right.

The Hot Spice palette is a combination of warm, peachy and coral tones including four mattes, two mattes with tiny glitter particles and two baked, shimmer shades.  From the two blushes that contain glitter particles, I have not found that the glitter transfers to the face particularly which is good as I am not really about glittery blush. Overall, these blushes are nicely pigmented, a little bit powdery and the baked, shimmer shades feel quite dry to the touch but I have found them to blend well and once on the cheeks they look lovely.  I think the range of colours in these two palettes is really great and with both these in your life you wouldn’t need any other blush! I like these palettes.  They retail for 6 pounds which is about AU$12 making each blush worth about AU$1.50 – a bargain for good quality, cruelty-free blush!  If you want to try these for yourself you can find them here: Ultra Blush Palettes

Have a wonderful day!