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Cheeky Faves

Following on from my Top 5 Lip Products post, I thought I would do a similar thing for my favourite Blushes/Bronzers. I love trying out new cheek products and have quite a few in my collection which is why narrowing it down to only 5 was tough. So here’s a look into what made the cut…

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From L-R – MAC Blush in Desert Rose, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Sleek Blush in Rose Gold, Nars Laguna Bronzer, Bourjois Bronzing Powder in Shade 51

1. MAC Blush in Desert Rose

This blush was my first ever MAC purchase, and it didn’t disappoint. If you’re after a matte blush that is highly pigmented, long lasting and perfect for a natural look, then MAC Desert Rose has got you covered.

2. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Being an avid Youtube watcher of beauty videos, this was a blush I heard raved about many times. Milani is a brand that isn’t readily available in store in Australia, so I had to result to doing an online shop (oh what a shame) and ended up purchasing this from Cherry Culture a while back. As you can see from the swatch it’s a gorgeous coral colour, and has a slight shimmer when applied that’s just enough for a nice glowy look. I’ve got my eyes on Berry Amore for winter time, it’s just too pretty to resist.

3. Sleek Blush in Rose Gold

If you’re more of a shimmer on the cheeks kinda girl, then this is definitely the one for you. Lately i’ve been going through a Rose Gold phase, so this blush had my name written all over it. I have heard this blush compared to various high end blushes, so if you’re looking for a pink blush with gold shimmer then definitely check this out before investing in something that’s triple the price.

4. Nars Laguna Bronzer

As mentioned in my Get The Look post, this was definitely a bit of a splurge for me but was well worth it. Nars Laguna is a great bronzer for adding colour all over or for a bit of contour to the cheekbones. Either way, I would highly recommend this product if you’re fair skinned like me and can’t seem to find the right shade of bronzer. I can gurantee you will fall in love with it just as much as I did!

5. Bourjois Bronzing Powder in Shade 51

Last but certainly not least, this Bourjois Bronzer is more of a recent addition to my collection. It is often referred to the ‘chocolate’ bronzer as inside it is shaped like a block of chocolate, but that isn’t the only good thing about it. When I first swatched it in the shop I was a bit hesitant due to the orangey tinge it has to it, however despite my worries I purchased it and I’m so glad I did. This is slightly more pigmented than Nars Laguna, so I love using it when i’m doing more of a heavy look as it’s perfect for contouring. As far as i’m aware it isn’t available in Australian stores, although it can be purchased from www.asos.com.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my favourite cheek products, I tried to incorporate some drugstore and high end loves so there’s something for everyone!

Sarah x

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Get the Look: Red Lips & Winged Liner

One of the most classic makeup looks of all time is of course Red Lips and Winged Eyeliner. There are many different versions of this look, with countless shades of red lipstick out on the market to suit varying hair colours and skin tones. I love a bit of winged liner but i’m definitely more of a subtle cat eyed girl. Here’s my take on the look…

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Base
If i’m wearing red lipstick it’s most likely for a special occasion, as it’s not something i’d be brave enough to wear on a daily basis. To balance out the bright lips I like to go for a higher coverage foundation. The one that does the job is the Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin. This foundation has quite a lightweight formula but is still enough to give medium to high coverage. To apply it I use the Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki (F88) which effortlessly buffs it into the skin.
My go to concealer when I want something that will wear well and give me that little bit more coverage is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer . I mainly apply it on any blemishes I have, around my nose and under my eyes.
To set the foundation and concealer I use the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder which is perfect for all over to ensure my makeup stays put all night.

Cheeks
When i’ve got more of a heavy look going on I like to keep my cheeks nice and natural. A subtle but stunning blush is Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll, which adds just the right amount of colour without going overboard.
Having pale skin means I can’t wear a muddy brown bronzer or it looks like i’ve just been playing in a pile of dirt. Literally. So, a colour that does compliment my skin tone well is Nars Laguna. Although this was a bit of a splurge I have had a lot of use out of it and still haven’t hit pan… isn’t that just the best feeling?
One of my more recent finds that I save for an evening look is theBalm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter. If you’re looking for a fine powder to use as an eyeshadow colour, add a sheen to your cheeks or as an all over finish before a night out then this is the one. I usually just apply this to my cheekbones with the Real Techniques Setting Brush and it helps to enhance and highlight parts of my face.

Eyes
My favourite type of eye look to wear with red lipstick is light shimmery colours with a bit of black in the crease. The Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay has all the colours you need in one handy palette. Firstly I apply bootycall all over the lid, tease in the crease as a transition colour and then to finish it off verve & blackout in the outer corner. My go to liquid eyeliner is Maybelline Master Precise, I use this product daily and it is the perfect eyeliner for beginners and for creating that sophisticated flick. In the waterline I use Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in black, and to complete the look I add a bit of Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

Lips
And now for the star of the show… the red lipstick I have chosen to use for this look is Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm . This is a matte red lipstick and is a great, affordable option. As this isn’t a high end product it doesn’t wear as well as some other ones would, however it is easy to reapply and to do so I use a lip brush to get a more precise look.

Let me know what your take on this classic look, i’d love to hear about it in the comments 🙂

Sarah x