Category: Swatches

Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush Review

Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush

Matching your lipstick and blush can be a daunting task when you’re always on the go with a million and one lipsticks at your disposal. I carry at least 3-4 lipsticks in my makeup bag at any given time and I often like to switch them up throughout the day depending on my mood. That’s why I always keep a neutral blush in rotation so no matter what lipstick mood I’m in my cheeks and lips will never clash with each other. One of my favorite blushes of all time is the Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush because it looks incredibly natural on my brown skin and pairs well with every lipstick under the sun.

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Lipstick is My Vice!

Urban Decay Twitch, Heroine, Conspiracy, Violate Vice Lipstick

I just love me some lipstick! A good lipstick can completely lift your mood and transform your look in an instant. A girl can never have too many lipsticks which is probably why Urban Decay decided to unleash 100 shades of their new Vice Lipsticks to help us perk up our pouts in every color imaginable. I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay lipsticks because they’re smooth, creamy, pigmented and long lasting so I just had to add a few more to my collection to round things out. What can I say? Lipstick is my vice!
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ColourPop LaLa Super Shock Shadow Review

ColourPop LaLa Super Shock Shadow

The way ColourPop has blown up over the last 2 years it’s easy to believe that their products are all just hype. Let me assure you, though. They are not! Pretty much everything ColourPop comes up with turns to gold because their formulas are absolutely amazing and crazy affordable the quality. Before I got sucked into the ColourPop cult, I used to think that it was just another Instagram trend/phase that would come and go but there’s plenty of reasons why ColourPop will stick around for many more years to come. I’m a huge fan of their lippies but now I’m starting to see the magic that is in their Super Shock Shadows too. I don’t typically do cream shadows because they’re not too convenient and they often crease terribly. Not the Super Shock Shadows though! These babies are everything and more you need out of an eyeshadow–for just $5 a pop.

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MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush Review

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush

A good bronzer and highlighter are my summer essentials but you can’t chisel your cheeks and make them glow without adding a little color. You gotta throw some blush in there, girl! Sometimes I like to go a little bold with the blush but most times I want just a little warmth or just the right amount of color to perk up my complexion and balance out my bronzer and highlighter. At the moment, I’ve been wanting a little more color so I’ve been reaching for a longtime favorite of mine: MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush.

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Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Review

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

If you haven’t noticed by now I live for a good highlighter. There’s nothing like watching your cheeks sparkle and shine when the light bounces off your face. It literally makes my heart dance every time I see it. Which is why I’m absolutely obsessed with the Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator. Laura Geller never crossed my mind before I started working at Ulta but it was only a matter of time before I kept hearing nonstop how amazing her Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is. You know I can’t pass up checking out a good highlighter so eventually I went to swatch Gilded Honey. The hype is real guys! Gilded Honey is everything everyone says it is and more!

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MAC Vamplify Gloss is Back!

MAC Vamplify Gloss is Back!

Last year, MAC released the Vamplify Collection featuring the most amazing line of lip glosses I’ve ever tried. I hated that they were limited edition because I really loved the formula and the colors that MAC whipped up were really something nice. Lucky for us, MAC doubled back on Vamplify collection and re-released it this summer including those beautiful Vamplify glosses that I just couldn’t stop wearing. Yaaaaas! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought the Vamplify glosses were due for a comeback because MAC brought back a handful of last year’s shades plus some new ones to fall in love with. I couldn’t be happier!

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Glow Up All Summer Long!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick, Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Too Faced Warm Glow Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter

You know what time it is, girl. It’s time to glow! Glowing cheeks and poppin’ highlights are great all year long but you know you have to amp it up a bit during the summer. It’s only right! These days, there’s a ton of shimmering highlighters to help you get those cheeks summer ready. I’ve tried a quite a few of them but there’s always a few that stick for me and hold a special sparkling place in my heart. To help you glow up this summer, I’ve picked out my top 5 favorite highlighters (at the moment LOL) so you can be a glowing golden goddess too.

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Shimmering Blushes for Summer!

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush, Sephora Hot Flush Colorful Blush, Milani Blossomtime Rose Blush, Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush, Milani Bella Amore Baked Blush

For most people, blush isn’t the most necessary product for a complete makeup look. However, we all need a little blush to brighten, lift and add a nice touch of color to the face. Especially in the summer! Bronzers typically take center stage in the summer but it’s important to make sure you incorporate a little blush too to give you that naturally flushed rush of color that just screams color. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t always wear blush every time I wear makeup but I always feel sassier and more pulled together when my cheeks are topped with a nice blush that sets everything off. Like a nice shimmering blush that amplifies my highlight and makes me look sunkissed and rosy. That’s why I’ve put together this handy shimmering blush guide to help you perk up those cheeks this season. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Smashbox Culver City Coral L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette Review

Smashbox Culver City Coral L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette

Finding brands that you love is a great feeling but sometimes that love can blind you from seeing the beauty of other brands. I used to be a supreme MAC junkie but eventually I grew out of MAC and started trying other brands. Since I’ve started working for Ulta, I’ve discovered the beauty of Tarte, Too Faced and now Smashbox. I used to walk right past Smashbox without even noticing but I’ve come to realize that their products are actually pretty good. In fact, Smashbox is a seriously underrated brand that deserves a lot more love!
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Matte Blushes for Summer!

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush, NYX Code Breaker Ombre Blush, Tarte Tipsy Amazonian Clay Blush, Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush, Bobbi Brown Pink Blush

I know bronzer gets all the summer love but blush is still important too! A pretty blush gives you a healthy flush of color, balances your makeup looks and can even brighten and lift your face (and spirits). I know shimmering blushes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though. Which is understandable because some of us don’t always like to shimmer or, in my case, love to pile on highlighters so a shimmering blush isn’t always ideal. Thankfully, there’s plenty of matte blushes on the market that not only add a touch of color to cheeks but also help to sculpt and add a little dimension helping your cheeks (and bronzer) pop even more. That’s why I’ve gathered my top 5 matte blush picks to help you find your perfect matte flush this summer. Take a look!

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