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New blush & lip combo

Hi there! Today I wanted to share a new blush & lip combo I rocked yesterday. I usually don’t fuss with much makeup on a daily basis, so I guess that’s why it got so much attention. Many people complimented me on it. Tell me what you think!

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With temperatures getting lower by the day, it was time for me to switch to a cream blush. Of course I went for Urban Decay‘s After Glow Glide-On Cheek tint. (What a mouthful that is) I love how buildable the color is, and its easy to apply gel-like formula. I love it so much, that I finished my last one literally down to the pan – there was nothing left! That was in the shade Bang, a bright orang-ish red, but for this season I wanted a more muted blush.

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I picked up this color in Fetish from Hautelook for $10. (Regularly priced $24) Though it doesn’t look like much in the pan, I LOVE this color. A subtle mauvey-pink, it’s just enough to give the cheeks some color while still letting this season’s statement lip color be the main focus! I could see this working with just about any bold lip color out there. (Sadly these are a discontinued product! Only one color remains on Urban Decay’s site, on clearance for $5!)

Applied with my trusty MAC  188 brush, getting the perfect flush was a breeze. I know, I know – $35 for a brush may sound steep. But this smaller cousin of the 188 duo fiber ‘skunk’ brush is a must have for anyone who uses cream blush. Seriously, you buy this once, and you will never ever EVER again use a different brush for applying cream blush. Your makeup application can only be as good as your tools, and I speak from experience that this is THE BEST tool out there. Tap it in the pan, then apply in a circular motion on your cheeks. It yields a wispy, airy application – making building up the right amount of color effortless.

Now, onto the trendy Fall-Winter statement lip:
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Lip Fusion Infatuation gloss in Full Frontal, with Stila lip & cheek stain in Acai Crush

I picked up a great lip & cheek stain from Stila in the color Acai Crush. It is a deep purplish-red sort of color, and what I love about stains like this is how build able they are, giving you the flexibility to get a range of shades out of it. At $24, this will last you a long long time, because for day wear, one click is more than enough! It dispenses a perfect smaller-than-pea sized amount of a reddish gel to give me the color I wanted. It was absorbed by my lips and dried down to no texture at all within a minute.

IMG_0331I applied it on my lip to have an anchor of color that would last all day. Then, I applied Lip Fusion’s gloss in Full Frontal on top. At $29, I really don’t know how much it actually plumps my lips, but I LOVE the citrusy scent of the gloss. With its beautiful soft pink color added on top of the stain, it softened the purplish tone to a more wearable one that was perfect for the office. I’m a big fan of its small brush applicator  (not a doe-footed one) – it makes application really precise and just feels nicer!

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Lip Fusion’s Full Frontal gloss next to Stila’s Acai Crush lip stain

Swatched side by side, I love how these colors layered on top made a berry tone that was just perfect for me. Do you ever layer your lip products? I love the variety of colors you can create just by layering different pencils, lipsticks and glosses with eachother. If you have any favorite combos, I’d love to know!

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2 thoughts on “New blush & lip combo

  1. Pingback: Stila Lip & Cheek stain review | makeup by neda

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