Too Faced Love Flush blushes – Rainbows and unicorns

I am going to start this post with a really unpopular opinion: I don´t like unicorns. Or rainbows. Nah, let me rephrase that: I like rainbows in the sky, but I don´t need them on my mug, my brushes or anywhere in my living room.

And I don´t need glitter, hearts and kittens either.

 

Too Faced Love Flush blush in Crazy in love

 

Because despite not being minimalistic in my makeup hoarding, I prefer sleek, Scandinavian vibes in my surroundings. Which is probably why Too Faced as a brand never really appealed to me. Quite frankly, when I look at most of their packaging I am reminded of the Barbie makeup I so desperately wished for when I was ten. Never got it, got books instead. Thanks mum, see what this has done to me?

But I won a set of Too Faced products in a giveaway last year, and not opening makeup you own would be rude, don´t you agree? I wasn´t raised to be rude, so I decided to look past the packaging and…

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MaxFactor Creme Puff Blush – Are they a dupe?

A dupe for what you may ask? A drugstore dupe for the famous, but expensive Hourglass blushes of course!

MaxFactor Creme puff blush in "Seductive pink".
MaxFactor Creme puff blush in „Seductive pink“.

To answer that right away: I don’t know.

I don’t own any Hourglass blushes, so how would I be able to tell? But before you click away, disappointed, I know someone who COULD tell. And to get her to do that, I need your help!

So if you want to know how and what I think of the MaxFactor Creme Puff blush I own, keep reading. Read more


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Chick Lit – MAC Casual Color Lip & Cheek Color in P.S. I like you

Do you know what „Chick Lit“ is?
I have to admit I didn’t, even though I probably should, as I was target audience back in the 90ies, when this genre made its appearance.

Now I don’t want to turn this into a rant about PR companies feeling the need to create a genre called „Lighthearted literature, addressing the issues of modern womanhood“, but mainly consisting of unpretentious stories of silly girls stumbling through their life looking for Mr. Right.
I mean, I don’t read this stuff, and I don’t think they address any of the issues I have while trying to be a modern woman.

MAC Cream Blush in P.S.: I like you

What I really wanted to talk about is that one of these books almost made me pass on MACs Cream Blush in „P.S.: I like you“.
And that would have been a great miss.

Now that introduction may not be easy to follow, but let me explain:
In 2004 Cecilia Ahern released a book called: „P.S.: I love you“ and immediately reached Nr. 1-Bestseller status in many countries including Germany. I read it and majorly disliked it.
The story had a lot of potential, but for my taste was shallow, boring and much too easy to read.
Now you may have read and loved the book (someone must have bought all the copies), please feel free to disagree, but for me, this was the first encounter with what I learned to call Chick Lit and I have not been able to forget it.

So when MAC released „P.S.: I like you“, I was instantly reminded of the book and did not plan on buying it. That may sound like a silly reason not to buy a product, but I have bought stuff just for the sake of their packaging, so…

After seeing it swatched numerous times, I bought it anyway. And I am glad I did, flinching when reading the name aside.

MAC Cream Blush in P.S.: I like you

Facts:
The color is described as „carnation pink“ by MAC and looks like a warm, almost coral pink in the pan. When applied to my skin, it looks like a true, warm pink.

MAC Cream Blush in P.S.: I like you (one swipe)

It was released as a part of the Mia Moretti Collection, so it is no longer available (sorry!), but back then it retailed for 24,50 € online, containing 2.5 ml of product.

The Casual Colors (of which there are currently six available permanently) are meant to be used on the cheeks and on the lips.
Like most of these product, they work better on my cheeks than on my lips, but I love how versatile they are when it comes to traveling lightly (see here).

When applied to the cheeks, I get a fresh, healthy glow that lasts around six hours on me (quite good for a cream product). It blends easily and feels absolutely weightless.

On my lips it creates a soft pink, satiny finish and stays put for three hours (no eating or drinking). It is a little dying, so I need to make sure my lips are moisturized well before applying it.
I much prefer to use it on my cheeks only.

You have seen this blush both on lips and cheeks in this picture:

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As I said, I am glad I picked it up, it is a welcome addition to my Blush Collection.

Do you own a Casual Color by MAC?
And do you enjoy reading Chick Lit?


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A natural flush – My Blush Collection

As I mentioned here before, I have a tendency to look like I am ill.

Or have had way to little sleep (which is true most of the time).
My Blush Collection

To stop people from making me sit down and have a glass of water, I rely heavily on the power of blush, both powder and cream.
Again, this little overview is MAC-heavy, just because I genuinely love their products and bought a lot of them back in the days.

1. The Neutrals
If you would have asked me before I wrote this post which color blushes I owned the most, I would have said „Coral“ without thinking twice.
Boy, I was wrong!
Starting at twelve o´clock, going clockwise: „Garb“, „Blush all day“, „Prim & Proper“, „Semi Precious“, „Personal Style“, „Harmony“ (all MAC)

„Garb“: Sheertone Blush, a warm golden brown.
„Blush all day“: Pro Longwear Blush, a rose brown
„Prim &Proper“: Satin, a rose brown
„Semi Precious“: MSF, a plummy brown
„Personal Style“: Beauty Powder Blush, a true neutral brown
„Harmony“: Matte, a taupe brown, great for contouring
Swatches from left to right: „Garb“, „Blush all day“, „Prim & Proper“, „Semi Precious“ (Center Colors), „Semi Precious“ (All Colors), „Harmony“

2. The Corals:
Not as many as I thought, but as you can see all well loved and left with a dent.
L to R: „Instant Chic“ (MAC), „Orgasm“ (NARS), „Fleet Fast“ (MAC)
„Instant Chic“: Sheertone Blush, a true coral (MAC)
„Orgasm“: A more pink toned coral with lots of golden shimmer (NARS)
„Fleet Fast“: Satin, pinker than „Instant Chic“, but more orange than „Orgasm“ (MAC)
Swatches L to R: „Instant Chic“, „Orgasm“, „Fleet Fast“

3. The Peaches:
My favorite color as soon as the weather gets warmer. Again, all MAC.
L to R: „Warmth of Coral“, „Peach Blossom“
„Warmth of Coral“: Mineralize Blush, despite the name more peach than coral on me.
„Persistent Peach“: Blush Ombre, recently repromoted. Mine is several years old and well loved.
L to R: „Warmth of Coral“, „Peach Blossom“
4. The Creams:
I only got into cream blushes about two years ago, so this part of my collection is the most likely to grow.
I sneakily ordered the MAC Cream Blush in „P.S. I like you“ and didn’t include it here, but will do a separate post with it some time soon.
L to R: „Soft Candy“ (Max Factor), „Floral Glam“ (Essence), „Soft Cardinal“ (Max Factor)

„Soft Candy“: A true red, on the warmer side.
„Floral Glam“: Cream to Powder Blush from a long gone LE, a true red.
„Soft Cardinal“: A warm pink, great worn as eyeshadow (see here)
L to R: „Soft Candy“, „Floral Glam“, „Soft Cardinal“
A lot of products, but most of them already have a dent and I even hit pan on „Blush all day“ (great for long days, because it really last all day). I use blush every single day.
Looking at my collection, I guess I´ll take it easy on the browns for the time coming and try to find some more pinks and/or berry tones…
Which color dominates your blush stash?
What would you think I am missing?
And are you a cream or a powder girl?

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Save some space with this beauty

Whenever I traveled by plane, fees for overpacking my suitcase were inevitable.

Books were the one thing, heavy but absolutely necessary for holidays. As I am a fast reader, I usually took about 5-6 books for a two weeks getaway. And by books I mean a 1000 page historical novels or something like this.
So before our 4 weeks road trip to Chile, Mr. Loca got me an iPad, and I have never traveled without it since.
The other thing is skincare and makeup. 
Just three outfits? No problem. 
Two pair of shoes? I am okay with that.
But two weeks without my toners, serums, face and body moisturizer, hair mask, face mask, cleansers, makeup remover, …? Unthinkable. 
Limiting myself to just two lipsticks? Four eyeshadows? One blush? Horrible!
MAXFACTOR Creamy Blush in „Soft Cardinal“ (Picture credit: MAXFACTOR website)
With our trip to New Zealand rapidly approaching, I had to realize that I just couldn’t clutter half of our camper van with makeup, especially when accompanied by a one-year old, needing diapers, toys, wipes and all that.
So I went on the hunt for multi-use products.

One that I had in my stash for quite some time now, but only ever used for its designated purpose, was the MaxFactor Creamy Blush in „Soft Cardinal“. 
I admit, when I bought it, it was by mistake.
I wanted to grab its famous sister, „Soft Pink“, hyped all over YouTube, but somehow picked up the wrong color.
Lucky me, because „Soft Pink“ might just be too light to use it as I do with „Soft Cardinal“.
In the end of September, I spent some time with Mr. Loca and the Little Bean at my parents house in France. We decided that driving 12 hours would be too much for the baby, so I went there by plane with Little Bean and only Carry-on luggage, while Mr. Loca drove on his own, bringing the suitcases. 
Brilliant plan, but there I was, trying to pack everything we would need for the next two days into a bag, limited to the size of 55x40x20 cm.
Diapers, wipes and baby food for the duration of the flight included!

Of course, there was the possibility of going bare-faced, but „Soft Cardinal“ came to my rescue.
This is the makeup I wore until Mr. Loca arrived:

All pink on eyes, lips and cheeks.

Products used:

L´Oréal Super Liner in Extra Black Gloss
L´Oréal False Lash Effect Mascara
MAC Concealer Palette in „Light“
MaxFactor Cream Blush in „Soft Cardinal“ as eyeshadow, lipstick and blush.

Of course, the longevity isn’t the best, especially on the lips, but it is easy to throw in your purse and touch up for the day.
I would always recommend lining at least your upper waterline and use mascara to create a barrier between the reddish-pink and your eyes. Otherwise you might look like you cried a little too much.

A word of warning though: 
This product is a blush, so it is not recommended to use it around your eyes. I did it without experiencing any negative effects, and will continue to do so, but this is just me being a total makeup rebel…

What are your favorite multi-function products? Fill me in!

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