My First Balayage Experience: Everything you need to know and expect!

Ok let me start off by saying this. I made a huge blogger mistake. I did not take before pictures or pictures during my balayage experience. In my defense I was so nervous my palms were sweating. Some of you may say OMG Vanessa dramatic lol! However I have never dyed my hair. Years back I did a semi permanent with my stylist to go darker and it was only for a year. Washouts in my opinion don’t count lol my natural hair color came back with no issues. This time I was going permanent and lighter! Can we say huge step?!! HA! When I was a teen the striped highlighting craze was sooo in and I was never interested. I consider my style very natural and plain Jane in a way. Going bold with highlights didn’t excite me.

In recent years I have found myself needing a change. As I have gotten older and with the balayage trend still going strong I was ready to take a leap of faith. I will go into detail on what balayage is, what to expect and how to maintain it!

I pulled a picture from my amazing experience with Alex Brown (see that post HERE) to show you a before shot of my hair. Oh and my after pictures are from Instagram stories, not nicely focused pictures. Again I failed but I wanted to write this post because I am in love with my hair!

Before Balayage:

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Hair Cut and Style by Alex Brown

After Balayage:

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Balayage, Hair Cut and Style by Christine Miller

What is Balayage?

Balayage is a french word meaning sweeping. It is a technique for highlighting hair in which the stylist will free hand the dye on in such a way to create a natural lightness towards the end of your hair. You want to go to someone you know and trust. Someone who understands your style, how you frame your hair to your face. For an in depth read on this technique and know the differences between balayage, highlighting and ombre go here. I did a ton of research before I decided on this and talked with my stylist. My stylist and I have been together since I was 21. That is 17 years! I knew she would be the only person I would trust to dye my hair in this way. I showed her this inspiration picture and we discussed options.

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My Inspiration for Balayage. Image from Pinterest: was not able to locate direct source

I explained I wanted it subtle but noticeable. She suggested to use caramel and not blonde since my hair is brown and she wanted it to look as natural as possible. As you can see above she NAILED IT! It was very noticeable to all my friends and family because they never saw me with lighter hair. However it was perfect. It was like I have been on vacation and I felt amazing! I felt like I looked fresh and younger dare I say. My mom said that too so it counts lol I absolutely love that she framed my face with the lighter shade a bit so its was not just light more towards to bottom. The balayage looks seamless and that is exactly the look you want!

So what should you expect?

After talking about how I part my hair and going over again how I style my hair (which side do a part it ect) she went to get all the mixing in. She used two different shades of caramel. One was lighter that she used for the bottom and for framing my face and one that was darker (I had some grey hair she covered). I do not have grey hair at my roots just yet Thank God so I did not have to do any initial root dye. Every hair stylist will have their own methods but the basics will remain the same. Balayage is a free style technique where your hair stylist will paint on the color. See a video of the technique here. It is is done on dry hair, then its washed, blow dried, cut and styled! She used some foils in my hair towards the top and then wrapped it with a balayage specific plastic clear wrap. I waited for about 15-20 minutes until the color started to lighten. She also had me sit under those cool looking chairs at the salon to speed up the process a bit.

Here is when I truly started to sweat lol As I was sitting a piece of hair by my eye was getting lighter and seeing it freaked me out. I thought omg what if I hate this? What if I look unnatural? It was all just so new to me I had no clue what to expect. Once it was washed (she added a glaze and toner in this process to help make the color pop and to keep it shining) we went the chair for my trim, blow out and style. The more and more I saw it coming to life I was falling in love.

Carmel Balayage
Balayage Hair by Christine Miller
Balayage Hair
Carmel Balayage by Christine Miller
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How to maintain Balayage:

This is by far the most low maintenance way to dye your hair. This is another reason I went with Balayage. The price can be a bit costly up front however you can do it once every 9-12 months. WIN!!!! However you have some maintenance to do! First in order to maintain your color you want to go with a sulfate & paraben free shampoo and conditioner. Sulfates can dry out your hair and strip away the colors. You all know I love a good drugstore beauty product so I am using The Signature Shampoo and Conditioner by Kristen Ess. Find them for $10 at Target.

You will read or hear a lot about toning or your hair turning brassy looking. Sometimes your color can turn brassy and will need some maintenance. There are products on the market called Purple Shampoo. This will help turn those blonde / caramel shades back to life! However my stylist said she can glaze and tone it anytime! I have not purchased a purple shampoo at this time because I plan to go back for a trim, glaze and tone at the end of May before we have a big family wedding. However if I see my shade going a bit hay wire I will try a purple shampoo.

Another thing suggested for maintenance is to not wash your hair everyday. So you will want to test out those dry shampoos! I love this one from Dove and Amika! You will want to take care of your hair with some good hair masks (love this one from Amika) and scalp products! I really want to try this scalp purifying shampoo. Its on my next target order list!

I hope this helps if you have been thinking about trying balayage! Again I am sorry for my blogger fail with more pictures lol but I think the pictures although not perfect 100% showcase the beauty of my caramel balayage. I feel naturally sun kissed and feel like a whole new person! After having my kids I have really felt the need for a change and my hair has given me more motivation to keep working on my self care on my levels!!! If you have balayage or decide to do it please tag me on Instagram! BPAMC wants to see it!!!

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The $8 Drugstore Blush You Need: Milani Baked Blushes

“Richly pigmented and highly buildable, the beautiful matte and shimmery shades of Milani Baked Blushes are the perfect cheeky pop of color for every skin tone. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, the warm finish adds a radiance that is the very essence of beauty. Shape, contour and highlight your best features” – Milani Cosmetics

When a product is under $10 and performs I am going to shout from the rooftops about it! Milani Baked Blushes are one of the best, if not THE Best at the drugstore! I would say I have 3 top blushes I love from the drugstore and Milani Baked Blushes are number one. The others are from Wet N Wild, the color icon blushes and Burts Bees (see them HERE)

With an array of shades with mattes and shimmers you cant help but to find more than one to add to your collection. Luminoso is the most popular shades. Thanks to being loved by so many beauty bloggers and social media influencers for its peachy shimmery goodness. However so many other shades get left in the dark and Milani just released two more. With the count now at 12 shades I had to talk about them again. This is a drugstore beauty product that everyone should own! See my previous Milan Baked Blushes post HERE.

Milani Baked Blushes
Milani Baked Blushes

MILANI BAKED BLUSHES Info and Details


SWATCHES TOP TO BOTTOM:

  • Petal Primavera – (New Shade – Buy HERE)
  • Sunset Passione – (New Shade – Buy HERE)
  • Luminoso – Buy HERE
  • Rosa D’Ora – Buy HERE
  • Rosa Romantica – Buy HERE
Drugstore Blushes
Drugstore Blushes
NEW Milani Baked Blushes ( Petal Primavera & Sunset Passione)

Whether you are looking for a sheer wash of color on your cheeks or something a bit more bright Milani Baked Blushes will give it to you! The two new shades just make me excited for more to come! For $7.99 its easy to have more than a few ūüėČ

Here are the swatches with shade names attached so you can Pin for future reference! Happy Shopping Beauty Lovers!

Milani Baked Blushes

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NARS Exposed Cheek Palette: Spring 2019

“A PALETTE OF SIX UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING SHADES ENCAPSULATED IN A BREAKTHROUGH NARS FORMULA THAT DELIVERS THE PUREST PIGMENTS FOR UNRIVALED COLOR” – NARSCosmetics.com

When it comes to blush, its my weakness. I have always loved it and always will. There is something about blush that finishes off the makeup look. NARS Exposed cheek palette gives you everything you can ever want in a cheek palette. The formula in this palette is very unique. Its sheer but can be built up but will never look chalky or heavy on the skin! No one wants to look powdery especially when you are a bit older! Another fun feature on these blushes and formula is you can apply them wet or dry! When wet they you will get a more high impact glow and dry its more like a second skin on your cheeks!

NARS Exposed Cheek Palette
NARS Exposed Cheek Palette

NARS EXPOSED CHEEK PALETTE: Swaches and Details

Swatches from Top To Bottom:

  • Tell All (pearlescent golden pink)
  • Now Or Never (satin terracotta)
  • Give It Away (satin nude)
  • Make You Mine (satin peach)
  • Come Hither (satin watermelon)
  • New Fling (satin fuchsia)
NARS Exposed Cheek Palette

The two shades Now or Never & Give it Away have been my go to for nudes! I also love that there is a more highlighter type of shade in this palette. It compliments all the shades and is a universal shade! What are your thoughts on the palette? Do you prefer just buying one blush or do you enjoy cheek palettes? Sound off in the comments below! Happy Spring!!!!

DISCLAIMER: NARS Cosmetics sent products for editorial consideration. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your love and constant support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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URBAN DECAY NAKED RELOADED: The New Neutral Palette Of Your Dreams

“Urban Decay changed the game with the original Naked Palette – now rethink neutral with the Naked Reloaded Palette. These 12 universal eyeshadows are flattering for any age, gender, and skin tone. The four outer pans are bigger for the shades you’ll use the most. A bright peach hue stands out among warm and cool mattes, metallics, and iridescent micro-shimmers.” – Ulta Website

When I first say Urban Decay Naked Reloaded on Instagram I was in awwwww. As you guys know I am so basic with my eye shadow and love a good bronzy metallic shade. When this arrived at my door I gasped when I opened it. This palette may seem boring to some but to me it was a neutral palette DREAMMM!

The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette at first may seem not so exciting in the pan (unless you are me lol) but once you start to apply them and use them you see how well these shades perform! They are buttery, easy to use and blend very well! If you are new to makeup this is the perfect palette to start with. I love that it offers some punch of color as well with the shade Retro. This palette is also perfect for younger girls who are just getting into makeup as it can offer very easy day looks but can be used at night for a bit of a smokey eye! The shade End Game will transform any look to night! Its the perfect shade to smoke out your look.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Details

Price: $44.00

Available: Ulta Beauty and Sephora

Finishes: Matte, Metallic & Micro Shimmer

Free Of: sulfates SLS , SLES, parabens, phthlates and cruelty free

Swatches Top To Bottom:

  • Bribe (warm ivory matte)
  • Barely Baked (soft gold metallic)
  • Angel Fire (pale rose-gold w/iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Retro (bright peach matte)
  • Reputation (deep rose-gold w/ iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Burn (copper-burgundy metallic)
  • End Game (chocolate brown matte)
  • Dreamweaver (cool brown w/ iridescent 3D sparkle)
  • Distilled (bronze metallic)
  • Bucked (warm brown matte)
  • Boundaries (warm terracotta matte)
  • Blur (light nude matte)
Naked Reloaded Swatches
Naked Reloaded

I recently traveled with this palette to a weekend in MI with my family and it was the perfect palette to have for multiple looks. Whether you are new to makeup, a younger girl just starting makeup or a makeup lover this palette should go on your list! In person its even prettier and I believe you wont be disappointed!

DISCLAIMER: Urban Decay Cosmetics sent Palette for editorial considerations. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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ColourPop Spring 2019 Collection

Inspired by Pantone color of the year living coral, the ColourPop Spring 2019 Collection will have you ready for sun and flowers! If you are new to ColourPop they are a brand that sells quality makeup that performs like High End but with a very very affordable price tag. Everything in made in LA! Some of the brand is sold at Ulta Beauty in store and online. This is a brand to check out if you have not already! For the new and the fans this is a collection not to miss out on! It launches today and I have all the swatches and details for you. Caution you may want to buy it all lol!

ColourPop Spring 2019

ColourPop Spring 2019 Swatches:

Sweet Talk Palette

Price: $18.00

Finishes: New Pressed Glitters, Matte, Satin and Super Shock Shadow.

Swatches Top To Bottom: Shop HERE

Catch Me: Matte Pastel Peach

Side2Side: Warm Champagne w/ silver and pink glitter

Garden Date: Metallic Coral w/ a gold sheen

Work It: Soft Matte Yellow Orange

Prima Drama: Pale Rose Gold Glitter w/ Copper and Gold Duochrome Shift

Meadow: Matte True Coral

Early Mornin: Marigold Glitter

Dream Maker: Matte Soft Coral

ICYMI: Matte Dirty Terracotta

Melody: Metallic Rose w/ Gold Flip

West Side: Matte Camel

Feel Free: Rich Matte Bordeaux

ColourPop Spring 2019

Creme LUX Lipsticks

Price: $8.00

Finish: Satin

Swatches Top To Bottom: Shop them HERE

Tea Tyme: Plum Terra Cotta

UR Thriving: Rosy Coral

Flower SZN: Bright Pinky Red

Moody Bloom: Warm Violet

7 Springs: Warm Orange

ColourPop Spring 2019

ColourPop Spring 2019 Swatches Continued:

ColourPop Spring 2019

Super Shock Blush

Price: $8.00

Swatches Top To Bottom: Shop HERE

Tuned In: Bright Cool Toned Pink

Count Me In: Soft Pink

Get Leid: Bright Peach

No Vacancy: Bright Pinky Coral

Yes She Did: Pinky Terracotta

Growth Flirt: Mid Tone Pink

ColourPop Swatches
Jelly Much Shadows

Jelly Much Shadows

Price: $8.00

Swatches Top To Bottom: Shop HERE

Close To You: Baby Pink w/ Gold and Violet Glitter

Big Ego: Pale Lavender w/ teal flip

Doves N’ Roses: Soft Coral w/ Rose Gold Glitter

Whistlin’ Pixie: Warm Terracotta w/ Gold Sheen

Photosynth Sis: Bright Chartreuse

Late Bloomer: Rich Plum w/ Blue and Teal Duochrome Flip

As you can see this is a collection that will kick start your Spring! What is everyone grabbing:

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent by ColouPop Cosmetics for Editorial Purposes.

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NEW NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions: Spring 2019

If you were anything like me and wanted the perfect Nude Lip like Kim Kardashian back in 2006 you rushed out and got NARS Lip Gloss in shade Turkish Delights. Since then, I have been using NARS glosses as the perfect glossy topper for matte lipsticks. NARS has officially extended their Lip Gloss shade range and I have all the details for you!

“Lips are as sexy as it gets …. Lip glosses can be applied with your fingers or a brush. For effect, use just a dab of gloss on the center of your bottom lip. This will make your entire lip look shiny without becoming messy.”- Francois Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics

NARS Lip Gloss
NARS lip gloss

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extension:

Price: $24.00 (USD)

Availability: Can be purchased at Sephora.Com, Ulta.com & NARS.com

Information: Everyday neutrals to bold bright colors to suit all your lip gloss needs! There is a shade for everyone. Maybe even two or three lol You can pop these on alone for a sheer wash of color or they can be layered with your favorite lipstick. I personally love to top Matte Lipsticks off with glosses, especially in the spring and summer!

  • Non Sticky Formula
  • Sheer Finish
  • Subtle Shine
  • Moisturizing
  • Shimmering Finish

Swatches – Top To Bottom:

Shop the Glosses HERE

Color Me: Lavender Pink

Sexual Content: Bright Guava

Love Me Do: Pastel Pink

Outrage: Light Peach

Pulsion: Light Pink Nude

No Regrets: Soft Brown Pink

Mythic Red: Soft Blushing Mauve

Fever Beat: Rose Plum

Sexy Time: Vivid Gold

NARS Lip Gloss
NARS lipgloss

Lip Gloss is the perfect addition to your makeup wardrobe for spring and summer. NARS has done it once again with these shade extensions especially with these bold shades! Lip Gloss will forever be a beauty staple of mine. What is yours? Are you a lip gloss person? Let me know in the comments below.

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent by NARS Cosmetics for editorial purposes. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You so much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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MUST HAVE DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS II: The Products You Need To Try

It is no secret I love a fab find especially when its under $10¬†and¬†from the drugstore. BPAMC is all about quality products and just because its from the drugstore does NOT, I repeat does NOT mean you wont find it when a product is “cheap” Out of this list only 3 products that are over $10 but trust me they are worth it! On my¬†Instagram¬†I love to show products that are $10 or less because lets face it, there are some gems at the drugstore. When it comes to must have drugstore products, these are tried and true, always in reach and in rotation. To see other must have drugstore products I love click here.

Drugstore Product List: (click product to shop)

  1. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: PRICE: $14.99 This bronzer is making the list again for me because that is HOW AMAZING IT IS!!! If you have not tried this yet what are you waiting for? Best part? It now comes in more shades!!! This bronzer will warm up your face and sculpt it while smelling like you are in the tropics! The name is true to its formula because its extremely buttery, blends like a dream and I can say this is a pretty darn close dupe for NARS Laguna Bronzer.
  2. Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in shade WISP: PRICE: $8.00 Just look at this pan in the photo! I can not get enough of this buttery wet glowing goodness!!! This is by far my most reached for highlighter.
  3. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer:  PRICE: $7.99 Take your lashes to the next level with this primer! There are so many expensive options out there and just like most mascaras there is absolutely no need to pay big bucks! Pair this with L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara and you will get all the length and volume you will ever want for your lashes!
  4. Maybelline Dream Brightening Concealer: PRICE $5.99 Quick and easy with a luminous finish to give your under eyes a more awake appearance! If you are into easy makeup that is not too heavy this is a conceraler to try! Also if your skin is a bit more mature as its not drying at ALL!
  5. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss: PRICE $5.00 UGHHH I love this gloss but its so hard to find now! So if you ever find it grab it and dont look back. Its a dupe for sooo many high end lip glosses out there! If you can not find it you can always go with the NYX Butter Glosses!
Drugstore Makeup
Drugstore Products

6. Burt’s Bees Blush: PRICE: $ 9.49 One of my newest loves in the drugstore department are these blushes. Smooth, buttery and pigmented! They perform like a high end blush for a fraction of the cost. The only downside is there are only 3 shades available. See swatches and shades HERE.

7. ColourPop Eye shadow Palettes: PRICE: $16.00 Colourpop has been a brand I have just fallen in love with. Whether you find them at Ulta or on the Colourpop website there is something for everyone. With lauches happening non stop you sometimes cant keep up but the eye shadow palettes are work every penny! The color scheme options are endless. They blend beautifully, are very pigmented and have a variety of finishes in each palette to maximze your looks. I am not huge on eye shadow because I am not fancy with it so to spend a ton of money on eye shadow is just not my thing. However for $16 and sometimes cheaper I am all for it!

USE CODE: AM 91 – beautyproductsaremycardio for $5.00 off on the Colourpop Website

8. Milani Color Statement Lip Liners: (Shades: Nude, Spice & All Natural) Price: $4.99 If you want dupes for MAC lip liners well then here you go! Three perfect nude shades that go on smooth and are super pigmented! It is simple, you got to try these!

9. Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer: PRICE: $7.00 If you like a full coverage and a matte look for your concealer you do not want to miss out on this one! See swatches of the full line and all the details HERE.

10. Colourpop Lux Lipstick in Shade Tip Toe: PRICE: $7.00 The lux lipstick range has multiple finishes and tons of shades to choose from. This one specifically is a more cool toned nude and it has been my GO TO!!!

USE CODE: AM 91 – beautyproductsaremycardio for $5.00 off on the Colourpop Website

11. L’Oreal Glotion: PRICE: $14.99 Last but certainly NOT least! If you follow me on Instagram you will consistently see me posting about this! I use it as a glowy base, I mix it in my foundation and moisterizer! You name it I have used it for any way to glow! It comes in 4 shades and is worth the higher drugstore price tag. TRUST ME! See swatches HERE.

The next time you are strolling through your local drugstore, Target or Ulta I hope this post along with my first DRUGSTORE post helps you find some new drugstore products to love!

DISCLAIMER: Some products were sent for editorial purposes. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Colourpop Code is an ambassador code to save you money. BPAMC does not earn any commission from that code. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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Fenty Concealer: 50 Shades For All!!!

Who doesn’t love concealer?!! It’s the one beauty product we expect magic from yet when we find one we love we still keep trying more lol! Am I right? Fenty Concealer dropped and once again the beauty community freaked out because they released 50 shades! Yes you read that correctly. They released 50 shades! Best part about the shade range is they made it easy for you to find your shade because the concealer number matches your Fenty Beauty Foundation shade. However if you do not use the Fenty Foundation like myself its a bit overwhelming to be honest. Do not get me wrong I am not by any means complaining about the shade range. Brands being inclusive is very important to me and one of the reasons I love Fenty. I searched for swatches online and reviewed the shade descriptions like I was preparing for a thesis. Here are my results lol

FENTY CONCEALER SWATCHES:

As I reviewed the darker side of the light shades and the lighter side of the medium shades I wanted to try at least four that were on the more warm/neutral side as that is typically my shade with other brands. I grabbed shades 190, 210, 230 and 240.

Swatches Top To Bottom:

SHOP THEM HERE

190: light to medium skin w/ warm undertones

210: light to medium skin w/ warm neutral undertones

230: light to medium skin w/ neutral undertones

240: medium skin w/ warm undertones

Fenty Concealer

210 ended up being my shade match and I was a bit surprised as its more warm but I was convinced 230 would have been my match but its sooo much lighter than 210. 190 ended up being more of a closer match to me than 230 as it was close to 210. I spoke with fellow bloggers and they had the same issues with finding a match but 210 was my perfect match from these 4. Do I love it? Yes but no.

FENTY CONCEALER DETAILS:

  • Creamy
  • Long Wearing
  • Crease Proof
  • Soft Matte
  • Full Coverage
  • $26.00
  • 50 Shades with multiple undertones

Its super creamy and blends beautifully into your skin however it dries down pretty matte. When something is too matte for me it sits on my skin and accentuates my lines and makes me look older. If you have been following me long enough you know I prefer for my makeup to sink into my skin and look natural. Do I think others loving this Fenty Concealer is crazy? Absolutely not! The coverage is very opaque and covers the dark circles. This is what we want in a concealer. But when it comes to the finish of a concealer its a preference. My personal preference is natural and or dewy. I used this a few times on very moisturized prepped skin and its looks absolutely beautiful but if my skin is not super hydrated/prepped it sits there instead of blending in. But dont mistake that for not blending well, because it blends wonderful and I only used the beauty blender for my applications.

Fenty Concealer

NARS and MAC are my go to concealers that I use regularly. I wanted to take those out along with others in my collection in hopes to help you out there find your match if you are close to my skin tone. I consider myself Medium (sometimes a tad lighter) with neutral undertones. If you are interested in this concealer or already have the foundation and love it I highly suggest you trying it! There is a beautiful thing out there called returns. Please do not be shy to return makeup that turns out not being your color, or you dont like it or maybe you got a reaction from it! Most retailers here in the US accept returns on makeup no questions asked.

In the meantime if you are around the shades below I hope these swatches help you find your match! I would love to know your Holy Grail concealer(s) and if you are planning on trying this one!

Fenty Concealer

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$10 Burt’s Bees Blush: Performs like High End

Burt’s Bees has always been known for their amazing lip balms. Today I am going to give you all the details about Burt’s Bee Blush line. I have showcased them multiple times on my Instagram and every time I post people are shocked Burt’s Bees has makeup. So lets get into all the details

BURT’S BEE BLUSH DETAILS:

  • 3 Shades
  • Under $10
  • All Natural (no yucky ingredients)
  • Performs like a high end blush!
Burt's Bees Blush
Burt's Bees Blush

100% natural mineral makeup leaves for a luminous glow to the cheeks. They feature bamboo, honey, and vitamin E to nourish the skin to give that fresh glow to the cheeks. If you have been following me for some time, you know I adore blush. Its such a fun product to play with. I love a good nude/peach blush but also love to play with plums in the winter. TBH I am not that into pink as much as I once use to be but that is just because my makeup style and preferences are always changing.

It is said these shades compliment a wide range of skin tones but I am not sure I would agree with that. I understand coming out with a new line some brands can not release a ton of shades. Honestly I hope in the very very near future they come out with more shades overall. The formula is just that good!! Lets get into swatches and shades!

BURT’S BEE BLUSH SWATCHES:

Top To Bottom:

Burt's Bees Blush Swatches
Drugstore Blush

As you can see Toasted Cinnamon is not that dark but they are very pigmented so I can see it working for darker skin tones than mine but for some it just may not work. This is why I would love to see more shades. You can most certainly build on these blushes because they are pigmented but also just use a little for a wash of color!

Bare Peach is my absolute fav! Its the perfect peachy nude blush for my skin tone. I can use it for everyday, soft glam with a red lip or even a smokey eye. Perfect neutral. I know Kathleen Lights raves about toasted cinnamon but I just found Bare Peach to work best for my skin from the range!

I would love to hear your thoughts on these! Have you tried them? What is your go to drugstore blush?

Want to add them to your collection? Shop them HERE

DISCLAIMER: Products were purchased by BPAMC however links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You For your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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Top 5 Moisturizers For Dry Skin

When it comes to Moisturizers for dry skin I take it very serious lol. I do not like to feel dry at all and in the winter here in Chicago my skin gets super dry! I have been trying and testing out high end moisturizers for over a year now to find the right ones to fit my skincare needs. I want to feel the hydration all day. I do not want to feel dry patches or dry by the time I get to work after my commute. It is also very important to me to feel almost moist on my skin. Does that make sense? I want to feel it absorb into my skin but not so much that my face feels dry again. If you are the same as me, here are my top 5 and I hope this helps you with your dry skin probs! They are not in any special order as I truly love all 5 for multiple reasons. All 5 meet my criteria! 

Please note I still get oily in my t zone even in the winter sometimes. I have found these to not break me out or give me texture on my forehead where I am most prone to texture. That was a big plus for me with these 5 moisturizers. Here are my top picks!!! 

Price Range ($29.00 – $60.00)  there are some mini sizes available so even cheaper!!! YAY

Moisturizers for Dry Skin 

Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Power Anti Aging Cream:  Buy it HERE 

  • Creamy and think
  • Best for Dry / Combination Skin
  • Infused with Dill Seed extract to bring back youthful elasticity
  • Improves lines and wrinkles  
  • Oil Free

Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb: Buy it HERE, it comes in a MINI!! Buy it HERE

  • Provides Intense Hydration 
  • Best for Dry / Normal Skin 
  • Perfect for loss of firm and elasticity 
  • Clinically tested to give hydration for over 24 hours 

Drunk Elephant LA LA Retro Whipped Cream: Buy it HERE or Buy The Little’s Set HERE¬†

  • Whipped formula so its light yet packs a punch
  • Best for ALL skin types
  • Six rare African oils
  • Perfect for loss of firm and elasticity
  • Perfect for fine lines and wrinkles

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: Buy it HERE and they have a Mini Size, Buy It HERE

  • Creamy and thick
  • Best for ALL skin types
  • 24 hour hydration 
  • Provides intense hydration 

Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream: Buy it HERE 

  • More of a gel like consistency 
  • Best for ALL skin types
  • Perfect for dull and uneven texture
  • Provides intense hydration
  • Helps with pores 

I hope this helps you if you suffer from dry skin and are looking to find the perfect moisturizer for you! I want to know, what are your must have moisturizers for the winter or for dry skin? Some other honorable mentions for dry skin I use would be:

Face Wash: See it HERE

Face Oil: See my two favs  HERE and HERE

Face Sprays: See my favs HERE and HERE 

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Please note what works for me may not work for you. I encourage you to research products and sample them before using

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