Makeup Wars | My Favourite Spring/Summer Blushes Featuring YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush, shu uemura Tint in Gelato Reviews & More

When spring comes I tend to turn to sheerer foundations and tinted moisturizers with natural dewy finishes. This brings with it the transition to cream blushes and cheek stains. Products that look more natural in the harsh (and so desperately yearned for) rays of the sun and more resistant to hotter, more humid, weather. Bring it on!

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Here are some new and old favourites I will be turning to this spring and summer.

The new Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss & Blush ($45 CAD/$40 US) has a light airy mousse texture that blends effortlessly into the cheeks. The finish is a soft satin matte that gives cheeks a natural veil of colour. On lips soft satin matte finish on the lips is comfortable and light without feeling dry and there is no stickiness. I like them best applied lightly for a natural hint of colour. I have the shades No 5 Rouge Effrontee and No 7 Corail Affranchi. A fun thing about these new YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush is the ability to mix and combine any of the 12 available shades for a for a play on colour.

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YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in No 5 Rouge Effrontee

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YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in No 7 Corail Affranchi

The new shu uemura Tint in Gelato ($28 CAD/US) is another light mousse textured cream product with a bit more of a dewy creamy finish that the YSL Baby Doll but still a soft matte. They offer beautiful blendable pigment that applies and wears beautifully and offer a lovely stain. They wear beautifully on the lips with no stickiness and a moisturizing, yet matte, finish.

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shu uemura Tint in Gelato in CR 01, CR 04, PK 01

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YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush No5 Rouge Effrontee, No7 Corail Affranchi | shu uemura Tint in Gelato in CR 01, CR 04, PK 01

The shu uemura Silk Cushion Cheek Blusher in Orange Quartz is a beautiful fluffy, spongy cream blush with a gorgeous luminous glow and silky effortless ease of application.

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The Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush in Cherry ($48 CAD) is a beautiful cream blush with a translucent finish that gives cheeks a beautiful, natural flush of colour.

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The Benefit Tints offer gorgeous colour in a iron wearing stain that will last you through anything you can throw at it. Perfect in the summer for a day at the beach. I can start fantasizing about summer right?

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shu uemura Silk Cushion Cheek Blusher in Orange Quartz, Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush in Cherry, Benefit Posietint and Lollitint

A long time favourite is the affordable Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush.

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, Fresh Pink, Rose Petal, Hot Tamale, and Candy Coral

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, Fresh Pink, Rose Petal, Hot Tamale, and Candy Coral

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Cream Blush Lover or Fearer – Here are Some New Cream Cheek Products to Try

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I love cream blush product for their natural quality. A good cream blush will melt into the skin looking completely natural and part of you. Cream blushes have come a long way from the thick, tacky, sticky products of past decades. If you have always been nervous about trying a cream cheek product and worried about being able to apply and blend properly then now is the time to finally try them. With the light, silky, blendable versions available now application is made easy. Heck, you can even apply most of these with a brush and you won’t feel too out of your comfort zone.

Makeup For Ever HD Cream Blush ($31 CAD/0.09 oz) The perfect balance of Silicone Oils, Dry Oils and Waxes offer infinite blendability in a long-lasting formula. Silica Powders and Synthetic Mica allow for a smooth, comfortable texture, while delivering a satin, soft-focus finish. Clear Mother-of-Pearl and Pigments give natural colour with a luminous finish for a radiant, healthy glow. These cream blushes offer the dewy glow I love with a long lasting formula that feels super light. There is no stickiness and it applies beautifully with a brush or fingers. Available in an amazing 16 shades.

Revlon Cream Blush ($11.95 CAD/0.44 oz) This cream blush offers a huge amount of product for a great price. It feels very light and silky and blends out to a satin finish. It is available in 4 shades.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick ($11.99 CAD/0.24 oz) This new stick blush is wonderfully light and offers a sheer wash of colour. The two shades have quite a bit of shimmer. These are so easy to blend and work with. 6 shades available.

NARS Matte Multiple ($39 CAD/0.26 oz) The new matte version of the iconic NARS multiple is shimmer free and has a matte finish with no dewiness. You can also apply wet for a richer finish that melts into the skin. It feels very light. Silky as opposed to creamy. I absolutely adore the natural soft pink of Anguilla. These can also be worn on the lips.  7 shades are available.

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MUFE 210 & 410, Revlon Coral Reef, Maybelline Just Pinched Pink & Warm Nude, NARS Anguilla

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Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday | Top 10 Primers

This week the Beauty Blogger Top Ten team is focusing on primers. I don’t think I recall a time when there has been such an onslaught of new primer releases. Most of these being blurring/pore refining primers. I thought I would share with you ten that, with the exception of my professional kit staple Benefit POREfessional, are all new to the market. I have divided them into categories to make things a little more coherent.

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Skincare that Performs as a Primer  - Who doesn’t love a product that pulls double duty?

Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin Global Age-Defying Skincare Perfect Skin Creator ($115 CAD) is a new addition to the Capture Totale skincare lineup. This serum is designed to be as effective on the surface of the skin as it is deep down. It has an exclusive and precise blend of two powders, mica platelets with a crystalline mesh and hollow silica microspheres, to smooth skins tone and texture to both sight and touch. It does so invisibly. It also works deep down over time with the powerful age defying floral actives of Longoza extract from the Ranomafana Garden in Madagascar as well as Opilia, a new discovery made in the Dior Garden in Burkina Faso to perfect skin texture. This product addresses pores, firmness, redness, radiance, and dark spots. It’s a true powerhouse due to the fact it acts as a primer to hide these imperfections while it improves them overtime. It also happens to smell incredible and has a lovely light, weightless feel. This will work on any and all skin tones.

Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Age Skin Corrector ($22.99 CAD) works to correct wrinkles, radiance, dark spots, uniformity, and firmness with LHA, proretinol, vitamin E, anti-oxidant ginger, and firming peptides. It comes out white with invisible micro-capsules enriched with micro-pigments that are supposed to create a universal shade. I find the shade far too dark on my skin but if you aren’t as fair as I this is a lovely feeling and smelling product to try at a great price.

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Dior DreamSkin, Garnier Ultra-Lift unblended, Garnier Ultra-Lift slightly blended

 

Illuminating Primers – Due to my dry skin this is probably my favourite category. I am madly in love with all three of these glow giving primers as they are all quite different.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose ($37 CAD) this opalescent pink translucent fluid feels hydrating and gives skin a lovely radiance. It feels really light and I adore the finish of the Rose shade. This is a new permanent product released with the spring collection and it also comes in Champagne and Peach. I am dying to see how the other shades look.

Dior Glow Maximizer ($42 CAD) has quite a strong golden glow. It can be mixed with your foundation to boost skin’s radiance, patted full strength on top of your makeup as a highlighter in light catching areas, or even used sparingly as a primer all over under foundation if you are in dire need of some radiance as I sometimes do.

NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15 ($38 CAD) has the benefit of light sun protection and it offers a very subtle, completely neutral, illumination to the skin.  It contains red algae to revitalize skin as well as Vitamins A, C, and E to ward off free radicals. It really works well as a base and feels very light, absorbing quickly into the skin.

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing barely blended

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing blended further

 

Blurring/Pore Minimizing Primer – These seem to really be the rage these days with many drugstore and higher end brands releasing their own version of this silicone heavy primer. I find these all to be fairly similar so it is all trial and error with liking the feel and scent.

Dior Pore Minimizer ($42 CAD) can be used alone or under foundation to smooth skins texture by filling lines and wrinkles. It has a thick balmy, ultra smooth texture. The soft focus pigments work to even out the complexion. You can even use this lightly over foundation to touch up to matify and diminish pores. I find, like with a lot of these kinds of primers, that if you use too much product you can experience pilling.

Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother ($19.99 CAD) has soft focus, mattifying, and wrinkle and pore filling effects to give you that airbrushed effect, with or without makeup, in only seconds thanks to silica spheres and silicone elastomers.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($10.99 CAD) has a clear gel texture and includes cherry extract. It is an well performing and excellently priced option if you want to give these kinds of silicone based pore blurring primers a try.

Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional ($36 CAD) is the original Pro Balm to Minimize Pores. This is the only primer I’ve included that isn’t new but how could I not include this cult favourite that has been around since July 2010. It is the primer I use most often in my professional kit to ensure a long lasting air brushed finish.

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional blended.

 

Targeted Primers

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother ($ CAD) is basically a targeted version of a blurring/pore minimizing primer that also includes illuminators to brighten the eye area and a wonderfully cooling applicator. It includes Revitalift’s Pro-Retinol A, vitamin C and specially designed peptide for the eye area to helps improve the delicate skin around eyes and lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and under eye bags look reduced over time. I love that this has long term benefits and works as an eye cream and primer in one. We all know it can be a struggle to find an eye cream that works well under makeup.

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother blended

 

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