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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What are some of your spring/summer faves?

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Benefit Lollitint is the Perfect Way to Embrance the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

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The Pantone colour of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid and I couldn’t be happier about it. It is such a pretty shade. Benefit Canada sure has their timing right with the release of their newest lip and cheek stain. Benefit Lollitint ($36 CAD) just happens to be the prettiest candy-orchid shade. The perfect way to embrace 2014′s hottest colour!

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Benefit Lollitint will be available January 2014.

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The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen – Swatches and Review

I received a sample of The Balm Stainiac Hint of Tint in Beauty Queen (berry pink) last summer with an online order and I finally tried it. I am in love! This unique water based formula gives you lots of time to blend and the results are an amazing healthy flush of colour to your lips and cheeks. It lasted all day on my cheeks and a really long time on my lips. Even better is the fact it’s totally affordable. I think it retails for $17 US and $18 CAD. I will definitely be picking up a full sized version of this product and check out the other available colours (Homecoming Queen – soft peach and Prom Queen – light rosy pink).

Stainiac hint of tint works with all skin tones. Dab just a touch on your cheeks or layer to pop the color. Fear not those dreaded streaks that most tints leave behind – Stainiac’s water-based formula is designed to give you more time before the stain sets.

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