A beginners guide to blush

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I’m trying out a new series on my blog where I try and explain makeup to someone who knows nothing about it. I was thinking back to when I first started makeup and how great it would’ve been to have had a proper guide telling me what’s what and decided to give it a shot. I’m probably not the best person to be talking about this as I’ve never studied beauty professionally or anything but this is just what I’ve learned over the years compiled into a series of blog posts.

Today we will be discussing blush. Blush or blusher, is a rogue beauty product that is applied onto the apples of the cheek, to give a youthful glow, the appearance of a rosy complexion and to empathize the cheekbones.

Blush, known as Rogue up until quite recently, was used as early as ancient Egypt, were both men and women wore it on their lips to make them pop. Of course it was far from the soft powders and light liquid’s we use today. Back then blush was a thick taste, made from crushed fruit and vegetables, like strawberries and red beets. I for one am thankful we’ve changed the way we make blush now, because rubbing crushed strawberries on my lips and cheeks just sounds sticky.

Blush was also popular in Greece, were wearing blush was a sign of being wealthy. As a result many women wore the cosmetic, which at the time was made of seeds and berries. In Victoria England however, cosmetics were seen as a sign of low morals, and so women resorted to pinching their cheeks to get that rosy glow. Luckily, rubbing crushed berries onto our cheeks seems to be a thing of the past, but I know some people, myself included at times, still use that pinching cheeks trick.

Today blush is staple in any women’s makeup bag. Blushes are mostly commonly pink, peach or red toned, but you can buy them in pretty much every colour, and I have actually seen quite a few purple and orange blushes. If you’re like me and you’ve got fair complexion, it’s probably best to stick to the more peachy colours. Reds and hot pinks can look quite clown like on the skin and if you want to keep your face looking more natural you want to look out for the peachy and light pink colours. If you’ve got dark skin you are fortunate enough that you can pretty much work any colour, however saying that I think really dark reds, hot pinks and even purples really pop on dark skin.

Powder –
The most common type of blush you will find is powder blush. It comes in a variety of colours and almost all bands have some sort of powder blush. It’s all usually in a pressed compact form although you can find loose powder blushes if you really look for them. Powder blush is the easiest type of blush to blend, especially if you’ve got oily skin, as they help absorb some of the oil. If you’ve got dry skin, you may find powder blushes take a lot longer to blend, or they may even just sit on top of the skin instead of really being stuck onto apples of your cheeks. There are many different powder blushes out there that are matte, shimmery and dewy.

Recommended Products: Nars Orgasm – £23.00, it’s a soft rose pink shade that gives a nice dewy glow to the skin. Sleek’s Shimmer Blush in Rose Gold – £4.99 is a nice cheaper alternative that gives the same look at a quarter of the price. For shimmery blush I would recommend, Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick – £34.00 or Collection Gorgeous Glow Block – £4.19. They are both basically the same product and I prefer the collection blush most of the time. I don’t really wear matte blush that often as I find it washes me out, but when I do I find Revolution Blushes are really nice, especially the Powder Blush in Sugar – £1.

Liquid –
Liquid blush, as you have probably guessed, is blush in liquid form. It’s one of the least popular types of blush, due to the fact it’s difficult to work with. It drys very quickly, so you need to get it from the bottle to your face as quickly as you can, otherwise it may dry, leaving two large red dots on your cheeks which never looks good unless your going for that clown look. They do, however tend to last a lot longer than powder blush. Another bonus of liquid blushes is they tend to come in rather large tubes or bottles with pumps, which means you get more product and therefore more for you money. Also if you happen to drop your liquid blush on the floor it wont smash like a power blush. Liquid blush works well with all skin types, but works best on dry skin. If you’re a first time blush user though, I wouldn’t recommend liquid blush.

Recommended Products: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush – £15.50 & Bourjois Aqua Blush – £8.99

Tint/Stain –
Cheek stain or sometimes called cheek tint is a gel mixture, that when applied to the apples of the cheeks gives the appearance of blush. They are often water-based, oil-free and alcohol free, meaning they work well with all skin types. Because cheek stains temporarily stains the skin, it lasts a lot longer than most other types of blush.  It’s also a lot lighter on the skins surface too, so it works well if you’ve got oily skin. You can blend them with a brush or makeup sponge, although a sponge tends to work best, in my opinion.

Recommended Products: Benefit Posietint – £24.50, The Body Shop lip & stain cheek – £8.00 & Stila Cruch Lip & Cheek Stain £16.00

Cream –
Cream blush is a lot thicker and heavier than other types of blush. It usually comes in pot, compact or stick form. Cream blush is more moisturizing than other types of blushes, so it’s amazing on dry skin. It is a little harder to blend, and like liquid blush it dries quickly so you have to work with this fast, but unlike powder blush it does last a lot longer, as it sticks to the skin properly instead of just resting on top of it. It also gives a nice natural glow, and looks a lot nicer on fair skin than other blushes.

Recommended Products: Barry M Cream Make Me Blush – £4.49, Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush – £7.99 & Rimmel London Royal Blush Blusher – £4.49

Mousse –
Mousse Blush, sometimes called whipped blush, is not as popularly used as cream, tint, liquid or powder blushes. The mixture is whipped to increase the amount of air inside the mixture, hence it’s name. It’s got the same texture as hair mousse and is often packed into a small jar. It’s good for dry skin, but should be avoided if you have oily skin as it may just slide off and not last very long.

Recommended Products: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Blusher – £6.49.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, hints, tips or recommend products feel free to post them below! I’d love to hear your recommendations and ideas.

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Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block Review

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Okay so I recently picked up this Gorgeous Glow Block from Collection. I absolutely love this. I’ve never really been into blush before and in fact for the longest time I skipped that step. Mostly because I’m really pale and every blush just made me look washed out or looked ridiculous on. I’ve been using this for about a month and I love it. Blush has become my favourite part of my makeup routine because I use this every single time and I love it.

As you can see it’s a combination of 4 blushes and 1 sort of highlighter. The colours all blend together to create a nice light shimmery pink. It looks really nice, especially if you’ve got really pale skin. It’s not too shimmery that you look shiney but just enough to give you a nice natural glow. I just found out they do a bronzer of this and I really want to go buy it now just to see if it’s as good as this because I love this and now I want both.

I would give this a 10/10. Yep I think it’s that good.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Revolution All About Cream Blush Palette Review

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So I recently picked up this All About Cream Blusher Palette by Revolution. It comes in the standard black sturdy case with 8 beautiful cream blushes. Like my previous review of the revolution golden highlighter palette I’m going to give the blushes names because they don’t have them. There’s 8 colours in this palette, many of which are quite similar. There’s a good mixture of hot pinks and dark coral tones and one light pink blush.

They blushes themselves are very soft and creamy. They apply easily and also blend well. I’ve been wearing #2 and #7 the most, but they are all very pretty and all look very nice on the skin. I will say the staying power is amazing, they last for a very long time, even after my foundation has faded my blusher is usually still going strong. I will say these shades are quite dark and don’t work that well for pale skin. I am very pale, like corpse-statue pale so really only 2 work on me. If you’ve got tan or dark skin however this would probably make you look amazing. So if you’ve got pale skin definitely check this out.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Revolution Golden Sugar Blush and Contour Palette Review

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So I recently picked up this blush and contour palette by Revolution. It’s called the Golden Sugar Palette and it comes with 2 highlighters, 4 blushes and 2 bronzers. They’re all together in a nice rectangle black plastic case, which is kind of hard to open but is very secure, so there’s no chance of it breaking in your bag and spilling everywhere.

All the colours are really pigmented and look lovely on the skin. None of the colours have names, so I’m just going to give them names I made up, because why not. The first two are highlighters, called George Clooney and The Goblin King (yeah see I’m great at naming things). The George Clooney highlighter [1] is a very light pale colour whilst the Goblin King [2] is a very light biege highlighter. I’ve used both and although both are very pigmented I much prefer George Clooney which I’ve been applying under my eyebrows and along my jaw line as it looks a lot nicer on the skin and shows up a lot more on my pale face.

There’s also 4 blushes in this set, which I’m going to give amazing names. The first one, which I’m going to cool Pina Colada [3] is a very light sweet pink shade, the second one which I’ve been calling Flamingo [4] is very similar to Pina Colada but just a little bit darker. Below that are Just a little Wine [5] which is a very dark coral blush and next to that is Too Much Wine [6] which is a very dark red with sort of golden undertones. All the blushes have a slight shimmer to them. The last two items in the palette are two bronzers. The first I have named Drunk Christmas Tree [7] and it’s a very nice shimmery golden brown. The next one which I have called Sober Christmas Tree [8] is a very light matte brown.

I’ve mostly been using George Clooney [1],  The Goblin King [2], Flamingo [4] and Pina Colada [3]. I’ve found all the colours to be very very pigmented and that they stand out on the skin a lot. I love using George Clooney to highlight under my brow because I’m very pale and I find it very hard to find a highlighter that stands out against my skin without making me look like a twilight sparkling vampire. But George Clooney and The Goblin King work very well on my skin and make it so I look light I actually have some resemblance of bones in my otherwise round face.

The blushes and bronzers are also read good, very pigmented and last for a long time. This is one of the best palettes I’ve ever used from revolution and I absolutely adore it.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Cheek Palette Review

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So I recently picked up the Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Cheek Palette. I picked it up because I liked the look of the product and the really pretty packaging. The product comes in a small silver and pink striped box with a dark pink scallop pattern around the edge.

The product itself contains a bronzer, blush and highlighter. Each section is imprinted with a pattern and each product has a name. The bronzer has little lines going through it and is named Beach Bronze, the Blush is called Apricot Flush and has little hearts going through it and the highlighter is called Champagne Shimmer and has little snowflakes and starts printed on it.  I really do like the highlighter as I think it gives a nice white glow without too much shine. The blush is a nice peachy shade in the palette but is not very pigmented in my opinion, it might just be because I have very pale skin but it just doesn’t work very for me at all. The bronzer is also a very nice light brown colour that is very pigmented. Both the bronzer and highlighter have good staying power but the blush, again isn’t that good.

Overall this is an okay palette. The bronzer and the highlighter are nice but the blush is a little disappointing. I’d probably give it a 6/10.

Review: Makeup Revolution Blush

IMG_0071This blush was from my new favourite makeup brand Revolution which I’ve only just discovered and may do a post on on. It’s a super cheap brand but the products are all amazing quality. This blush which is in the colour Sugar only cost me a pound. I was at first worried about the quality of a product for such a cheap price but the blush is so pretty against my skin and it last for a long time. I checked out the website and all their stuff is cheap with the most expensive item being 12 pounds. I would defiantly check out this site if you’re low on money and want good quality makeup products for a small price. Link [x]