Blush Loving – The best and the worst

 

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Personally, for my pale skin I find it such a hard task to find a blusher that doesn’t make turn me into a beetroot or a cabbage patch doll! It’s taken me a while, (I mean years!) of constantly buying and re-buying of blushers to find my all time faves as well as the ones that make me look horrendous and are not worth the hype.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in 050 Live Pink (what a mouthful!) –

For the price of just £3.99 this blush is a bargain, but for me the cheap price really shows. In comparison to my other blushers I feel that the colour is very dull, and definitely not as vibrant as the Sleek blushes and the pigmentation is not that great. The pink is definitely not bright and I find it very hard to blend and by midday I need to reapply some blusher… something which I’ve never had to do! So all in all, I’m not impressed with this blusher, it makes my make up look very ‘fake’ and the longevity of the product is not great.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty –

This blush is definitely on the pricey side of things with a price tag of £20, but I do love it. At first my relationship with the blusher was not too great… I almost, almost contemplated throwing it out as I really didn’t like the effect of it on my cheeks. However, that moment aside I now really like it, the pink of the blush is almost coral on the cheeks, surprising since it looks so pink in the packaging. I love the soft shimmer and I have to say that the lasting power is pretty good and I am now definitely open to purchasing more MAC blushes!

Sleek Blush in Pomegranate-

Now, I am a MASSIVE fan of sleek blushes, for just £4.49 you can purchase a blush that has great staying power, great pigmentation and comes in a variety of colours – way better than the Rimmel blushes! The only downfall for me with this particular blush is my wrong choice of colour, pomegranate is so so bright and the colour is very rich, something which doesn’t bide well with my skin colour! I think it would look beautiful on more olive and warmer skin tones, perfect for the winter, just way too dramatic for me.

Sleek Blush in Rose Gold-

Now this blush is an all round winner for me, a fail safe, maybe even my holy grail of blushers! This particular blush colour has been reviewed and raved about to death by beauty bloggers and dubbed the dupe of Nars Orgasm and I really do agree with that. I absolutely love love love the shimmer in this blush, it lasts all day on my face, easy to blend and will suit any skin tone, what more can a girl want?

Benefit Sugarbomb-

Now I know what you’re thinking… £23.50 for a blush, are you crazy? Well yes, that price tag makes my bank account weep, but boy is it worth it. I first bought this blush about 2 years ago and really did not like it at all, I thought to myself I do not like a shimmery blush and it is too orangey! But I was lucky enough to be bought this for Christmas and I am now in love with it! For the past 2 months I have worn it every single day without fail, it is the PERFECT summer blush, I can sweat as much as I like in the heat and at the gym and I come out and my blush has remained in tact. Also, I think it looks absolutely gorgeous with a tan! Thumbs up Benefit!

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 (From R-L Benefit Sugarbomb, Sleek Rose Gold, Sleek Pomegranate, MAC Dainty and Rimmel Lasting Finish in Live Pink)

What are your favourite blushers and which ones do you hate? I really want to try Benefit’s Coralista, would you recommend it? Xo

 

An Origins Facemask Review

 

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For months now I have routinely used “Drink Up”, “Clear Improvements” and “Drink Up Intensive” from the Origins skincare range. I have to say I have used hundreds of face masks and these have to be the best I have ever tried! They are perfect for any age group and skin, and range between an overnight mask to a quick 10 minute one. And if you’re like me and are cursed with dull, oily and lifeless skin then the Origins face masks may be perfect for you…

Origins Drink Up Intensive: This mask is unusual in the fact that instead of putting on a very heavy layer of mask to your skin, it’s a clear cream gel-like consistency. It’s perfect to use just before going to bed, swapping your normal moisturiser for this mask and leave to soak all night. It acts as an intensive moisturiser that works amazingly on tired, dull and dry skintypes. Typically, my skin is combination/oily but in the summer months in the heat it can get very dry around my t-zone area so I have found that once I take this mask off in the morning, my skin is glowing and feels . I use a 10p size amount on my face, probably once a week and it works wonders, I definitely feel like I have just been to the spa! And who doesn’t want that spa-like feeling with a drugstore product? The smell is so fruity and fresh and overall I would 100% say that this is worth the £23 price mark, as this has lasted me for months so far and the bottle is nowhere near empty.

Origins Drink Up: This face mask is basically the same as the ‘Drink Up’ Intensive but instead of using it overnight, it gives you similar effects in the space of just 10 minutes. Again, the consistency is gel-like, but I’d say more so than the intensive mask, a lot thinner too. It still has the fruity spa-like smell to it, and feels like you have a thicker moisturiser on as opposed to a heavier typical face mask. In all honesty I feel that in the 10 minutes my face does feel more glowy and refreshed but I prefer the intensive mask as I feel it really does have more of a ‘wow’ factor! If you want a good quick burst of moisture into your skin routine, I feel that you should go for this one, but in all honesty, I wouldn’t say it’s worth the £23 price tag.

Origins Clear Improvements: Now this face mask is in my holy grail list of products I love, it is by far one of my favourite things to put on my skin! I can’t rave about this one enough, the active charcoal within the mask really purifies and cleanses skin to clear pores – a must for any age! The description says that the clay helps to “absorb environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities” so that skin can “breathe a sigh of relief” and for me I really can’t agree more! This mask is typical by the fact it has a thick consistency, something that you can really feel working on your face. I probably use around a 50p size amount on my face and leave it until it is dry, after my skin feels soft and refreshed, and I definitely notice a difference when applying make up, it glides on easier and pores are definitely not so visible! (Which is SUCH an added bonus) I feel that this one is perfect for those who feel that their pores is a problem area or anyone with acne as by using this face mask once a week for the last few months my skin has been so clear, I have honestly barely had any breakouts at all. I can’t recommend this facemask enough, even my boyfriend sometimes uses it (but don’t tell him I said that!). For £23 I would definitely purchase it again and again, it’s one of the best skin care items I own!