Feeling Flushed

I had a look through my makeup collection and picked out some blushes / highlighters that will be perfect for summer. So here are my picks.

Summer Blush

MUA Shimmer Kisses Blush £3.00 for 7.3g – this blush quad is really pretty and can be used as a blush or a highlight. I tend to swirl my brush around and pick up all four colours. It’s a really soft pink and very easy to wear, it isn’t too dusty and I find it wears about 5 / 6 hours on me before the colour starts to fade. It has a slight shimmer to all the colours but nothing too over powering. This is also a great product to travel with as you can get alot of great blush shades from it and the packaging is quite slim and compact.

Me Me Me Shimmer Stack in Bronze £9.99 for 12g – This is very versatile and for £9.99 you get alot of product for your money. It comes with 5 shades from a cream, bronze, gold and a rose gold. They can be used individually and make lovely eyeshadows too. As a blush it gives the same look as Mac MSF in Soft and Gentle. It is very pretty and gives a lovely metallic shimmer, all shades are very pigmented. I’ve loved using this and would highly recommend it.

Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam £10 for 6.5g – Wow this is a big highlighter and the packaging is so cute although it doesn’t have a mirror. It is a little bulky to travel with but I really like using it, mostly as a night-time highlight. On the top of the cheeks it leaves a very pretty sheen. It is gold and very pigmented so a word of warning, use with a light hand otherwise you will end up with far too much shimmer. This will last you forever so is very good value for money. I can’t see me ever finishing it.

Summer blush

e.l.f Baked Blush in Pinktastic £3.75 for 6g – I have some really fantastic e.l.f products in my collection and their baked blush & bronzers are some of my favourite. Amazing value for money and you get 6g of product. They are a little chalky but if you tap off the excess product you will be OK. This Pinktastic blush is a very subtle pink, I’d say it was more of a highlight than a blush but either way it gives your skin a healthy glow. I plan on taking this with me on holiday as its is quite small and compact.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Rose $11.95 for 7g – This came in a beauty swap I did last year & I admit I wanted it solely for the packaging and the love heart detail looks so pretty. But all that aside it is the perfect touch of pink, great for summer. It isn’t the most pigmented product but it leaves you looking healthy and fresh-faced & not like you have overdone it. The down side to this is the packaging is a little clumpy and not great for travel but I love the blush.

Cute Blush for Summer

Benefit High Beam £19.50 for 13ml – I have both high beam & moon beam and love them both but if I had to pick just one then high beam would win. It is on the pricey side and I have seen a few people blog about great dupes but this 13ml bottle lasts forever. I have mixed it in to my foundation for a radiant all over glow (Only a drop needed) and it looks great on the cheek bone for a real beach look. I am a huge fan of this and wouldn’t be without it in my collection. It can make quite a subtle highlight if you dab it on lightly and when the light hits you just looks radiant and glowing. Very summery.

Avon 24k Golden Glamour Duo 8g – I can’t find this for sale online, I paid £6. I have spoken about this Avon blush and highlight duo on my blog quite a few times & if you want to see a swatch you can here. I love the blush part of this duo so much it’s quite a frosty pink and looks really pretty for day or night. The highlight shade is a creamy peach shade and just adds the right amount of glow to the tops of your cheeks. I often travel with this as it is two products in one & again you get 8g of product which will last you a long time. Pixiwoo have done a video using this blush here.

Mac MSF in Soft and Gentle £21.50 for 10g – I only bought this in December and so was massively late to the party. How I lived without this I will never know (bit dramatic). Pretty isn’t a good enough word to describe this but it just gives your face a fantastic glow. I need to be careful that I don’t apply too much around my outer eye / top of cheek area as it does gather in my fine lines ( I am 35 this year). I have used this non stop for 5 months and it looks like new, like I haven’t used it. This is one product where a little goes a long way. I love having it in my collection.

So they are my 8 cheek products for the summer. Looking at them now I seem to have an obsession with baked products, I do love them and how they look. Let me know If I have mentioned any of your favourites or if I have mentioned something you have never tried before.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Vicki x

Face it


Face it
I’ve accumulated a few concealers and liquid highlighters and I thought I’d quickly run through what I think of them.

Benefit high beam 

This is a popular highlighter and I sometimes mix a small amount with my foundation for a glowing look. I do really like this and this small bottle lasts the longest time. I’ve heard about a couple of pretty good dupes so I’m going to pick up those to see how they stand up. I like having this in my collection as it is a versatile product and I like the dewy look. My skin is quite dull naturally & I like to make it brighter and healthier looking and Benefit high beam is perfect for that.

Bourjois Bio Detox Organic Concealer

I’ve two of these, one in light to medium &  the other in bronze to dark. I picked them up in the poundshop and the dark shade is a little too dark unless I am tanned (that’s not often). The light to medium shade is good for covering spots but not for under eye as it’s a little too dry and is hard to blend. I have dehydrated skin under my eyes and this just settles in my fine lines. I wouldn’t pay full price for it.

Garnier Caffeine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll-on

I’ve spoken about this quite a bit on my blog  and have grown to really like it. It’s a short time fix & it’s not a concealer that lasts all day I use it when I’m just popping out for a couple of hours or I use a little bit before I put on my heavy-duty concealer. I like the feeling of the cold roller ball under my eyes. Its cooling and gives a little colour.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Every blogger owns this or has owned it I’m sure. I use the shade 2 light. I only use this on covering up blemishes and it lasts me for ages. It’s a complete bargain and recommend everyone try it.

Benefit Boi-ing industrial strength concealer

I use the shade 02 in this and have repurchased it on quite a few occasions  I love it for covering redness around my nose, chin and a little on my cheeks. It is very long wearing and if you warm it up in your fingers it’s easy to blend. I always have a pot of this in my collection.

e.l.f Radiance Enhancer

I was quite shocked at how good this is. With budget beauty brands you don’t expect too much. I use this as a highlighter down my nose and under my eyebrows. It’s a pretty highlighter and is so cheap £3.75. I use the shade colour spotlight

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 Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer & Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

I have the shade Warm Beige & Pale Yellow. I have mixed feelings about this. If I take the time to put this on properly it looks good. But I need to power it as it doesn’t last well on me. But I often don’t want to spend 15 mins putting it on and can look a little heavy if not blended well. I would repurchase this.

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

I love this on my cheekbones and in the inner corner of my eyes. It’s a lovely highlighter and makes a difference to my dull looking skin. If you blend it well you don’t need much product. If you can find this discounted then I’d buy it. I never pay full price for it.

Bobbi Brown Corrector

I have the shade light to medium Bisque. Now this I do like. I have very dark under eyes, they’re just naturally dark and always have been so to have a product you can use to counter that is great & this works so well. It’s quite thick so need warming up & its easier to blend. Don’t be tempted to use too much just blend well and it will work wonders.

Do you use any of these products? Or do have any concealer or highlighter recommendations.

Shimmer Anyone

Bronze Shimmer Kisses / Pink Shimmer Kisses

It took a while to track both of these down – my Superdrug was always sold out and I can see why. They may look like your average blush / bronzer but they pack a punch. I was really impressed with them. I had them sat on my desk for a while waiting to take photos of them before I used them (I know I’m not the only one who does that). When I finally got round to using them I was really thrilled with the quality of them

As you know MUA is a brand with its emphasis on budget but they by no means scrimp on the quality. Both the Bronze Shimmer Kisses and the Pink Shimmer Kisses are £3 for 7.3g of product. Both have 4 colours to swirl your brush in for that perfect wash of bronze or blush. I have even been using the lightest colour for a brow and inner eye highlighter. They are quite the multi use product in my opinion. Which makes them even better value for money.

On the cheek they both give a lovely sheen – they’re not glittery at all. In fact they give a really nice shimmer. When the light hits your cheeks it makes you look fresh and glowing.  I’m thrilled I picked them up and have purchased a couple for Christmas Presents.

If I had to pick one over the other I think It would be the Bronze Shimmer Kisses as I have really pale skin and this is the perfect colour for me and it gives me a little healthy colour during these colder months. Have you tried either of these? Do they work for you?

I’ve Hit Pan On

I saw Essie Button do a post on ‘Products that have hit pan’ – so I dug mine out and discovered that the’re mostly face powders. There were only 6 products in my collection that  have hit pan. This must mean I don’t wear much makeup or I’ve too many products. Hmmmm I wonder which is true.

1. Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NW25 – This is my goto face powder. I use it on top of my foundation to give a little extra coverage and I love the finish it gives.

2. Pixi Eyeshadow Trio in Miranda - (gutted this is almost finished). I don’t think this is even sold anymore. It’s the old style packaging and I love it too. I’ve completely used up the lightest colour and am almost done with the other 2. It’s such a nice trio and I’ve enjoyed it a lot

3. e.l.f Clarifying Pressed Powder in Rosy Beige – This is just an easy alternative to using my Mac powder. I tend to pop this in my bag if I’m going out as I don’t mind if it gets damaged. It’s a nice powder and does the job.

4. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque – This has been a great investment and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. I see such a difference in my under eyes when i have this on. It really makes them a lot brighter. I will be very sad when this runs out. I really recommend this if you suffer from dark or discolouration under the eyes.

5. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealor Kit in Warm Beige – This is an OK product some days I like it and others it annoys me. I think when my under eyes are a little dehydrated then it really settled in the creases & looks bad but when my skin is OK it looks really good. I’m still undecided as to whether I’m  going to repurchase. What are your thoughts on it?

6. Benefit 10 bronzing and highlighting duo – I use this so much. It is also the only bronzer / highlighter i take on my hols. It’s an old faithful and it never lets me down. I’ve hit pan on the bronzer side but its only a matter of days until I see pan on the highlighter side too. This looks so lovely on the cheeks. I will be re purchasing this for sure.

 What products have you hit pan on?