Wet n Wild Dual-Ended Contour Stick in Medium/Tan Review

Contour products are starting to become as addictive as concealer to me. I’m always up for trying something new, especially from the drugstore. I’m not into buying contour palettes because I feel like I’d end up using only a couple of shades, so I’m always gravitating towards products like the Wet n Wild Dual-Ended Contour Stick. It comes in Light/Medium and in the shade I got, Medium/Tan. While the Burberry Contour Pen is nice, I’d still prefer to find something cheaper and it doesn’t include a highlight shade.

Here are my thoughts.

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NYX Wonder Stick Review

Contouring and highlighting have become mainstays in my makeup routine, but I’ve been sticking primarily to powders to get the job done. I saw the NYX Wonder Stick at Target and figured, why not give it a go? It seems like all the rage in those mini Instagram videos I’m always seeing, blending the cream products into face sculpted perfection. And the price point was perfect for trying out something new.

The box give step-by-step written and visual instructions for using the product, which I think is great even for those not so new to the whole makeup game. I definitely used the pictures as a reference, although I didn’t follow them strictly.

The duo comes in a double ended twist up stick which is fine, except I noticed that the cover sometimes comes loose just from being bounced around with other products in my drawer.

There are I think three different shade options this comes in, I ended up getting the universal shade because that’s what was left. The contour isn’t bad, it glides on easily and the actual color isn’t too bad. It’s a bit warmer than I’d like for a true contour shade, but I found that it blended pretty easily with a brush (I used the Sigma angled kabuki). On my skin it’s not super pigmented, I did need to build it up after the initial layer and blending to make it more visible. The highlight shade I wasn’t crazy about for using as shown in the pictures because it has some shimmer to it. Instead, I used a lighter concealer to brighten up under my eyes, bridge of my nose, center of my forehead, chin and Cupid’s bow. I used the highlight stick like I use my powder highlight, just on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and Cupid’s now. I’m not in love with it, I still wanted to put my usual powder over it to get more glow.

You might notice that I don’t show any pictures of me wearing this to accompany the review. That’s because I wanted to test it out a few time before taking photos so I could get a feel for the best way to use it, but it broke me out! Everywhere I put the contour was affected. It took forever to clear up and I just couldn’t bring myself to give it another go.

So here’s the breakdown.

Packaging. Overall it’s functional, not super fancy, but fine. The covers can get loose so something to keep an eye on. Rating: 3/5

Performance: I can’t sing many praises here mainly due to it causing a breakout. I also wasn’t liking the shimmer in the highlight side, but the shade of the contour was okay. It blended easily with a kabuki brush without any crazy streaking. Rating: 2/5

Price: Probably the best part of this product. At $6.79 a pop, it’s a steal. I’m glad I didn’t spend a ton on a product that I’m probably never going to use again. Rating: 5/5

Total rating: 3.3/5

I’m obviously not buying this stuff or using it again, but if it hadn’t freaked out my skin I probably would have enjoyed it more. It was kind of fun playing around with a new contour/highlight method, I just wish it hadn’t been so short lived.

Has anyone else given the NYX Wonder Stick a try? What did you think?

The Foundation Edit

This has been a loooong time coming, but I finally bit the bullet and decided to sort through my foundations (and concealers and setting powders) and do a purge. I have issues letting go of things, even makeup so old it’s just not even okay to use anymore. Gross, I know. And although the pile of ‘keepers’ was bigger than the throw always, I have to admit I felt strangely liberated by the process of it. It made me feel like I had the power to let these things go and it just felt good.

I decided not to talk about the items I kept, because I obviously like them and would recommend them. I did want to share to throw always because not everything here is all bad.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation. This was basically way too old to keep and way too dark. I obviously took my tanning very seriously back in the day because I more than than I want to be and this is still too dark. You can see in my keep pile that I have another bottle in my correct shade because I do like this foundation. I think it gives a good medium coverage and photographs well.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H. I can’t attest to a full 24 hours, but I did use this foundation on my wedding day. I wore it from 7AM-12PM and it held up amazingly well without many touch ups because I was so crazed that day. It has full coverage and is good for oily/combo skin types. It’s just way past its expiration date so I’m letting it go (I got married 3 years ago, yes, I’m a hoarder). It does have SPF 15, but I had no problem with any white cast.

L’Oreal True Match. A good drugstore foundation that also is just too old to keep. I think the True Match line is awesome, and a great affordable buy. The finish is pretty natural, if you’re oily/combo I’d powder with this one. I found the coverage to be medium.

Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation. I liked this for awhile, but it was just okay. I think the shade match was off so I just stopped using it. I didn’t like piling this on so the coverage was on the lighter side for me. I did like it for quick coverage on workdays because I’d just swipe it on and blend it my fingers or a brush.

Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous. I actually really like this foundation, but the color is a bit too pink for me. I really wish drugstores had testers! But I have this foundation in my keep pile as well in a better shade (still slightly dark, but workable). It gives medium to full coverage and has a natural finish.

elf High Definition Powder. As you can tell from the packaging, this stuff was just too messy. And I felt like my face looked powdery after using it. Just not a fave and since I haven’t used it in years I just had to get rid of it.

elf Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder. I actually reviewed this here. It has some tiny glitter particles that I just wasn’t crazy about so I just never reached for it again after doing the review. If that kind of thing doesn’t bother you, it’s not a bad setting powder for 3 bucks.

Neutrogena Shine Control Powder. This was just another okay product that I just don’t like enough to use and is way past its prime. I think it gave me too much of a powdery look as well, it’s a white setting powder in pressed form. I think that’s why I tend to stay away from any white setting powders, although the white veil doesn’t last forever, I just don’t like the look until it fades.

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. I used this more as a setting powder than as a powder foundation because the color match was off. I thought it might be a good cheaper alternative to the MUFE Duo Mat, but I just didn’t like it as much.

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation. This I actually like and have repurchased a couple of times. This one was pretty much all used up and I just hadn’t thrown it out yet. The coverage is good and they have a wide shade range.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. These are good, just so old I was starting to see some separation in them and thought, it’s time. I do think they’re a good drugstore alternative to the Nars Creamy Concealer, just not quite as pigmented.

MUFE Full Cover Concealer. Another product that I did like, but just kind of got put on the back burner because I’m a serial concealer buyer and I never used it up. It’s also just too old to keep using.

Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer. I got this on Haute Look and it ended up being too dark for me. It was also almost too creamy for me and I would end up with a lot of mascara smudging when I’d wear it.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer. This stuff was just felt too heavy for my undereye area and tended to settle in my fine lines. The MUA recommended it in NW 25 to help to counteract undereye darkness, but then when I didn’t like it for that purpose I couldn’t even use it to cover blemishes. Oh well. It’s also pretty old, I really should not have held onto it for so long. I’d love to try their Pro Longwear Concealer at some point.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend! I’d meant to get this up on Sunday, but we’ve had a busy last couple of days. M wanted to have a BBQ last night so we had everyone over last minute, but it was a great time! Ava got to play with her friends and we don’t get to see our friends as often as we used to, so all in all it was a good night. But I couldn’t sleep this morning, so I figured I’d wrap up this post and get it up early. Hope it’s helpful!

Wearing lately & a quick FOTD.

Just wanted to share what I’ve been wearing lately that isn’t so ‘mom’. Because us moms still like to get a little fancy once in awhile too. And by ‘fancy’ I mean anything but jeans and a T-shirt.

On M’s day off, we went into the city for our family day and something about going into town makes me want to look a little nicer. So of course I decide to wear a $17 trapeze dress I got from Forever 21. I belted it with a brown leather Coach belt that I actually thrifted a few years ago. I topped it off with a panama hat from Target and to be honest, I did not wear those platforms from Forever 21. I wanted to, but since I knew we’d be doing a lot of walking around, I ended up changing at the last minute into those Steve Madden ‘Donddi’ flats that I’ve been wearing all summer.

Ava and I went to a baby shower over the weekend and I wore this yellow dress from Forever 21 that I’ve actually had for forever (ha!). I remember when I was younger I used to feel like I needed a new outfit for every party. And when you have a big Filipino family, there are a lot of parties. Nowadays, I’m more practical and I’m not afraid to recycle. This dress was a steal and it’s held up surprisingly well over 5+ years. And the shoes I was really excited to wear, they’re strappy suede slingbacks with pom poms on the front that I got probably at least 8 years ago and have never worn. No joke. I’m not quite sure why these have never seen the light of day, but since they have a lower (3 inch) heel and are a taupey purple shade, they’re neutral enough and comfortable enough to work with the dress and an active toddler. 

For date night last week, I wore a pale pink blouse and navy shorts. I always get cold in restaurants and I thought the light fabric of the top would help me feel a little more covered, but not super hot since the evenings are still quite humid here. Red always feels like a neutral to me and I didn’t feel like wearing heels, so I wore these red pointed toe flats from Zara. A classic black shoulder bag completed the look.

I thought I’d throw this in because I just liked my makeup on baby shower day. Just another one of my usual neutral eye looks. I won’t bore you with the play by play, but I wanted to share what I used, especially since most of it is drugstore. I think my palette of the month is going to be the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1, if you don’t have a big neutral eye shadow palette yet and you don’t want to spend a ton, I’d recommend this! You can read more about it and see swatches here. Also, the lipstick I wore is MAC Brave.

I hope everyone is making it through the midweek slump! Ava is sick this week and her clingy nature has reached an all time high! Like literally latching onto my leg when I try to walk away. So cute, yet so exhausting!

Current favorites: August 2015

It’s that time again, and I’m actually a little sad. The summer didn’t really fly by for me, but I’m still sad it’s getting closer to fall. It was actually more on the cool side today, which was a welcome relief from the usual humidity, but it almost felt too fall-like. Then again, fall is my favorite season, I just wish it lasted longer and it never got so cold.

Here’s the beauty stuff that dominated August.

Nars Virtual Domination Palette. I got the this palette awhile ago, and while I liked it, it just never hit heavy rotation. I pulled it out again and started using the Laguna bronzer and Final Cut blush (the matte peachy shade). I’ve been using the bronzer a lot more lately, I think it just looks better on me when I’m tan. And I love a peachy blush in the summer so this palette just worked. You can read my review on it here.

MAC Creme Lipstick in Vegas Volt. I don’t have lip favorites that often because I tend to just jump around a lot, but I have to say I really enjoyed this lipstick in August. I was just craving brighter colors and I always go for lips when I want to do color. And this orangey coral shade was perfect for that.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. This was a Sephora point perk that I was pretty excited about for obvious reasons. I feel like all makeup lovers have heard about it. I didn’t want to invest in it because I don’t need it, so this was the perfect excuse to get my hands on it. And I’m definitely buying the full size if I ever use it up. It’s a beautiful pale golden shimmer that I can’t stop reaching for.

Stila Nouveau Natural Palette. I’ve noticed that I kind of stick to one palette every month lately, whichever one I’m missing most I attach myself to and this one was it. Mostly because I’ve been obsessed with Kitten on my lids. It just brightens my eyes and makes them seem bigger. All in all, it’s a great mix of neutrals that for me work day to day.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liner in Jet & Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Liner in Via Veneto. I grouped these together because they are equally good, gliding on easily and definitely staying put all day. I use them mainly to tighline and I pick whichever one my hand lands on first. I will say that I like that the Nars version is retractable so I don’t need to sharpen it.

Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler. I mentioned this product in my recent beachy waves post. I use it pretty much everytime I wash my hair because I’m just not into blow drying it and having it straight lately. It helps my hair to air dry without looking completely frizzy and crazy, and helps to bring out some of the natural wave it has after some scrunching.

I’m still holding strong with my semi no-buy, but there are so many new releases lately that I’m just dying to try! Has anyone got there hands on the new MUFE Ultra HD Stick Foundation? And Charlotte Tilbury has a LIMITED EDITION Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette for medium to dark complexions. There’s no way I’m going to run out of a bronzer or highlight ever. What products have you been lusting after lately? Not that I need anymore ideas, but hey, a girl can dream. 🙂

Beauty mini round-up & review

When I was posting daily, I’d been doing beauty mini quickies in which I’d do short reviews of some of the beauty samples I’d been trying. Since I started posting a few times a week, I thought I’d move on to a new format where I talk about several of them in one post. I’ve been wanting to make mention of these products of quite awhile since they’ve been building up since I went to vacation in May. I figured this would be the most efficient way to do it!

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover. I brought this on vacation since it’s in the perfect travel sized bottle. I’ve heard rave reviews about it, but could never bring myself to pay more than the drugstore price for such a product. And honestly, I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t feel like it removed my waterproof makeup any better than my Neutrogena one. I expected it to remove everything much faster, but I didn’t notice a significant difference.

Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover. This however is good stuff. It removed every little trace of my waterproof mascara and eyeliner in record time. I didn’t feel like I had to work super hard to get everything off like I usually do. I’ve been reserving using this for days when I do all out winged liner, waterproof mascara and tightline. I’d actually purchase the full size of this just for said purchase and use my drugstore remover for lighter makeup days.

Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel. I didn’t feel like this worked any better than the Garnier cleansing oil I’ve been using for months now. The one thing I do like better is that since it’s a gel-oil hybrid, it’s not as runny. But, not enough for me to buy the full size.

MD Skin Sciences Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen. When I first applied this I was in love. It has a kind of light mousse-like consistency and is very easy to apply. It almost dries down to a velvety finish with no white cast. BUT THEN IT BROKE ME OUT.

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. I’ve been using this at night before bed and it really does work well to hydrate my lips. And I love that it’s in tube form. I’d actually repurchase this once I run out of all my fancy lip balms.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet.  I’ve said before that all the sample sizes black eye pencils have managed to keep me from ever having to actually buy one. But this one would be worth getting in full size. It’s super creamy and applies beautifully to tightline and does not budge. It looks just as good as the first application more than 12 hours later. I usually end up with some transfer or fading, but not here.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. I can never resist a mascara sample and am always disappointed. Again, this just didn’t work for me. It smudges and doesn’t hold a curl, but it’s also not waterproof. On my mediocre lashes, I just don’t get the volume I’m after.

Dior Diorshow Mascara. Another fail here. At least on my Asian lashes. This is the ‘new and improved’ Diorshow, but the formula just weighed down my lashes. Another issue is that I felt like this sample didn’t have enough mascara to coat the massive brush that is associated with it. And still with the panda eyes. Another no on this one.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. I was so excited to see this as a sample because of all the hype surrounding it. And it’s real people. This has trumped the highlighter in my Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow. It’s just so pretty and shimmery and gorgeous. It packs a punch so I definitely use a light hand and build up as needed.

If you’ve tried any of these minis, please share your thoughts! I know this is a super abridged version of what I thought of these products, but I hope you still find it helpful.

Current favorites: July 2015

No new products this month, everything here is an old, but reliable favorite. There are a couple new hair products I got this month, but I’m still trying them out. Since deciding not to buy any new makeup unless truly necessary, I’ve just been really trying to make use of what I have instead feeling like I’m never going to run out of anything because I have too much. I was looking through my foundations and realized I have some expensive ones that are too old to keep using and I probably only used halfway! Anyway, let’s get started.

1. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream. Seriously, some brands go a little overboard with the naming. But in this case all is forgiven because this CC cream is good. I’ve reviewed it here. I’ve been applying it with my fingers for more sheer coverage, but it’s definitely more full if using a brush. It has SPF 50, which I love for summertime and it doesn’t make my face feel overly greasy–also a plus for this time of year.

2. Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder. The packaging of this products leaves much to be desired, the cover of mine is all cracked up. But it definitely keeps my T-zone at bay when the heat hits. I mostly use it for a midday touch-up around my nose and forehead, after using a blotting sheet. After that I’m pretty good for the rest of the day without worrying about getting too shiny again.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brow Powder in Ebony. I’ve had this since I started filling in my brows a few years ago and it’s still going strong. I like that it has a darker and lighter shade to give some dimension and I’m just enjoying the softer look it gives. I usually set it with a lighter brow gel to balance out the color.

4. Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liners. I have a few of these, but my most used shades are East End Snob and Natural. My lips are slightly darker along the edges so these help me even out the color and keep my lipstick on longer. I also use them to make certain lipsticks that are too bright or too light more wearable.

5. MAC eyeshadows. No particular faves here, just the shadows in general. I’ve been using this palette daily just to create a little definition in the crease and give an even base to my lids before doing winged liner. It’s just easy since the palette has all the colors I need.

Hope everyone had a great July and is ready for a new month to begin!

Chanel Double Perfection Lumiere Powder Foundation Review

I’d been using the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder (review here) since last year and was looking for something new for the summer. Something more matte for my combination skin and a darker shade since I’d be getting more tan. After browsing online extensively, I finally settled on the Chanel Double Perfection Lumiere Powder Foundation. It was between this and the Dior powder foundation, but I felt like I found a better shade match from Chanel. I’ve tried the Makeup Forever Duo Mat (which I’ve repurchased many times), the Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation (which I also like, but not enough to repurchase), the MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural (looks awesome, but no oil control), and Bare Minerals (too messy). The Duo Mat is probably my favorite of all in terms of oil control, but I was never totally happy with the shade match (I wear 207 for reference) and sometimes, a girl just wants to try something new. I’ve been using the Double Perfection for around two months now, so I feel ready to give a review on it.

The packaging here I like aesthetically, but honestly, it’s just a little too bulky for my taste. Instead of the typical round compact, Chanel decided to do a rectangular shape with the powder next to the sponge. It’s nice that it lends itself to a huge mirror under the cover, but really it’s kind of huge. Here’s a picture of the compact next to a typical one. I don’t usually bring a powder to touch up unless I’m going to some special event, but if I’m going to a special event I’m probably going to carry a clutch and this would take up some valuable real estate. Otherwise, I like the shiny compact with the classic Chanel logo. The dust bag I honestly don’t care for much, it does help keep things clean, but I usually forget to replace it afterwards. There’s also a little insert in the box with some information on the product.

I use my e.l.f. kabuki brush to apply the foundation after my concealer. This stuff can definitely get messy because the powder is so soft, as soon as I dip my brush into the pan it goes flying. It gives a good medium coverage as a powder foundation, you can use it wet with a sponge, but I haven’t tried it that way. I like that it doesn’t give an overly powdery matte look-which is something I’d grown to dislike about the Duo Mat. I do use it with a primer, I think it acts a a good base for the powder to ‘stick’ to and helps it to apply more smoothly.

It’s definitely a foundation that starts to look better as it settles into my skin and kind of melds with the natural oils of my face. I can get a good 2-3 hours of wear before I need to touch up in my T-zone, longer if I set it with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. It actually holds up quite well everywhere else on my face that’s ‘normal’, this would work awesome on someone with all over normal skin who doesn’t need a ton of coverage. I typically use this when I’m just out for a few hours with Ava running errands and I don’t need it to last too long. By the 5 hour mark without a touch-up, the coverage has faded around my nose, on my cheeks it’s hanging in there. I’ve also used this to touch up when wearing liquid foundation and I think it works well for that, especially in places where the coverage starts to fade. I wouldn’t use it to set a liquid because I just feel like it’s too pigmented for that and would just change the look of what I’d used in the first place.

L to R: Initial application; 3 hours later; 5 hours later

So let’s get to the breakdown.

Packaging: 3/5

It’s asthetically pleasing, but functionally annoying. If it was the typical powder compact size I’d give it a 5.

Performance: 3/5

I love the more natural finish and medium coverage despite it being powdery. It doesn’t hold up against oily skin for too long, but it’ll get you through a few errands. It also works nicely as a setting powder.

Price: 3/5

I get it, it’s Chanel. It’s pricey at $55. I think if I could get a few more hours of wear it would be worth it, but since it doesn’t hold up against my oily T-zone long enough I’m probably not going repurchase.

Overall rating: 3/5

I’d say if you have normal to dry skin, this would be worth a try. But for oily to combo skin, it may not be right for you.

I’m planning on trying the It Cosmetics powder foundation that a couple of people have recommended here next, but I want to go through one of the others I have already before getting another. If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to know!

On a sidenote, I’ve been MIA for quite some time because we thought our laptop was broken. Come to find out, the outlet we usually have it plugged into just needed to be reset. Then Ava came down with hand, foot, & mouth disease (not pleasant), so that held me up a few days longer. She’s pretty much recovered and her usual happy self. I hope you all have been doing well and again, thanks for reading!

The Lipstick Tag

I was tagged by Joy of Styled with Joy to do this tag, and a few others (I swear by the end of the year(ish) I’ll have done them all!), and it’s definitely a fun one. If you’re in any way curious about my lipstick life, keep reading. 🙂

The Rules

TAG 3 bloggers to answer these same questions.

Those bloggers will TAG 3 more bloggers of their choice with the same questions & rules.

No tag backs.

The Questions

1. How many lipsticks do you own? 68

2. What was your first ever lipstick? I don’t remember the actual brand or name, but it was a dark, maroon type color I got in middle school because that’s what all the ‘cool’ girls would wear. And I don’t think I wore it more than twice because my mom was not having it and I was never confident enough to really get into it.

3. What is your most worn lipstick? Maybelline’s Warm Me Up

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks? Probably MAC, I think the overall quality and color selection is great and the price isn’t so extraordinate to make me feel guilty.

5. What is your favorite finish? A matte finish is my favorite, I love the lasting power and I can always add a gloss if I feel like it’s looking a little flat.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought? MAC’s Vegas Volt.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? Okay this is just bad and I have no excuse but sheer laziness. I have 10. Don’t judge. I tend to have my purse downstairs and I take whatever I’m using that day and bring it down with me as I’m leaving. The rest hasn’t made its way back up yet.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip? MAC Ruby Woo or Stila Beso.

9. How do you store your lipsticks? Also embarrassing.

Meh. I really need do a purge.

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over? I’m dying to get a Tom Ford lipstick, but ugh, the price tag!

I’m so late on this I’m pretty sure everyone reading has been tagged already! But, if you haven’t and would like to do this one, you’re it!

Summer Blush Favorites

I wanted to share some of my favorite summer blushes, the ones that I’ve been reaching for the most since the weather has started to warm up. Like everyone else, I tend to gravitate more towards the peachy, orange tones during the season and for the most part they’re the only colors I want to wear on my cheeks. These shades just make me feel brighter and strangely feel more fun. It must be true that we associate certain colors with certain feelings and these blushes have me channeling the beach, sand, backyard BBQs, and feeling the warmth of the sun on my face.

Clockwise from top left: MAC Modern Mandarin, MAC Immortal Flower, MAC Warm Soul, Tarte Dollface, Milani Coral Cove

The first two blushes I wanted to share are both from the MAC Tres Cheek Collection that came out sometime in 2012, and unfortunately are limited edition. But, you all know how MAC loves to re-promote products so I’m sure they’ll both make their way back onto the counters at some point. I picked up Immortal Flower first, it’s a gorgeous light peachy shade that has a satin finish. I remember being a little worried it wasn’t going to show up much on my skin tone, but after trying it on I was hooked. It actually adds a nice brightness to the cheeks and has great pigmentation. I’ve been reaching for this one most days as of late. Modern Mandarin (also a satin finish) I ended up getting a few days later because I couldn’t stop thinking about the amazing orange color. I didn’t pick it up the initially because I was intimidated by the color, but since it was limited edition, I was worried I’d never see it again (at the time I didn’t realize MAC did the whole re-promote thing). I’m so glad I did because it’s one of my favorites. You definitely need to start slow when applying it, but it definitely doesn’t apply as strong as you would expect. It’s such a gorgeous pop of color that fits perfectly in the summer. The next blush is the most recent addition to my stash, MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul (review here). I love the golden beige sheen it gives when you have a summer tan. When I’m going for a pink cheek, I’ve been reaching for Dollface from the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush collection. It’s a light pink shade that give a nice flush of color to the cheeks. Lastly is the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove. This one you definitely need to use a light hand with, I usually end up blending it a little with my foundation brush after applying because it’s so pigmented. The color is amazing and bright, I like it when I’m going easier on the eyes and lips, but still want something to stand out.

I wore Modern Mandarin today with neutral eyes and lips. I noticed it’s back on the MAC website, I have no idea if it’s permanent or another re-promote. If you’re looking for a fun summer blush that’s a little out of the norm, definitely check it out!

What blush are you wearing the most this summer?