If you know me at all you know I am a BLUSH ADDICT!!!! It all started when I was 9 and was heavily involved in dance (read more and see a picture here lol). To me no makeup look is complete without blush and when spring and summer arrive its my favorite time of the year to get my cheek all peachy and ready to glow! Drugstores blushes are some of the best out there and I adore finding affordable makeup. With some many pinks, peaches, corals and nudes to choose from how can one not get excited! Not to mention endless options of shimmers, mattes, creams and powders.
Here are some must have Drugstore Blushes to get you ready for Spring on a budget!
ELF Beautifully Bare Blush: Shade Peach Perfection ($4.00) This is a cream based blush that can be easily applied with your fingers or a small stippling brush. I love this one from Elf. This swatches darker than it actually looks on the cheek. Its a gorgeous sheer tint of peach!
Pixi By Petra Glowy Powder: Shade Rome Rose ($16.00) Ohhhh Pixi Beauty has stolen my heart. This powder is peachy pink with gold shimmer perfection that goes on so smoothly. The most expensive out of them all but Pixi Beauty is high end at the drugstore! (see the Pixi Glowy Powder Collection with swatches and my review here)
Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: Shade Apricot In The Middle ($2.99) My absolute go to blush that I know will never fail me. For everyday natural looks to a bold red lip look for a night out! You will not be disappointing plus these Wet N Wild blushes apply like high end blushes! Winning!!!!!
Milani Baked Blush: Shade Luminoso ($6.99) This blush pretty much has a cult following and for a good reason.
Physicians Formula Butter Blush: Shade Natural Glow ($12.99) Glowy Shimmer Perfection. A blush that can be worn alone or as a topper to give a more matte blush a bit of peachy pink shimmer!
Each of these drugstore blushes offer such soft shades of pinks and peaches to give your skin that spring glow we all want. They can be pared with nude looks, bright & bold looks and perfectly transition to day to night when you are on the go!
What are some of your favorite blushes for Spring? Do you have a drugstore blush you cannot live without? Let me know, I am always ready to add more to my collection!
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Origins has been a favorite skincare brand of mine for about 10 years now. Most products I have tried and used do what they say and do not irritate my skin in any way, which is always my biggest struggle with finding skincare. I have used the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and love it! Its a best seller for a reason (hint if you have not tried it you should) When I received the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing PowderI was so intrigued for multiple reasons! One since I love the Mask I thought okay this has got to be good. Two its a powder and that is very new to me and three my pores have been looking quite gross as of late.
Per the Origins website: “See pore-fectly pure skin in just 7 days! This concentrated powder water-activates into a creamy, effervescent cleanser. Ultra-absorbent Bamboo Charcoal clears pores of deep-dwelling dirt, debris and toxins. While the exfoliating formula buffs away dull, dead cells. Skin feels soft, smooth and completely refreshed”
So does this active charcoal cleansing powder do what it promises to do?
YES! My pores in just a little over a week are visibly smaller and look less gross LOL! On top of that my skin feels smoother and looks less dull! The only trouble I had at first was determining how much product to use but you only need a small amount to get the job done. The above picture is the right amount for me. I add water and start rubbing my hands together to create the creamy cleanser. One thing to remember: less water = more exfoliation. So on some days I do this when I can tell my skin needs a bit more scrubbing! My skin type is combo with dry skin on my cheeks and side of forehead with an oily T Zone. Therefore my T Zone typically suffers the most with unwanted clogged pores due to the oiliness.
I have been using this cleanser in conjunction with my La Roche – Posay cleanserwhich I absolutely LOVE by the way. I switch off between morning and night with both and its just working. When you see results on your skin its such a good feeling. Since my skin is loving it I am going to add in the Origins Charcoal Mask in my rotation to combat my pores to the max hehe! I have tried many face washes before and this is by far the best for pores in my opinion.
What face washes are you loving? What are your must have products to combat pores? Let me know in the comments below.
*BPAMC was sent this cleansing powder as a PR Sample. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support
“Cast your lips in new M∙A∙C Metallic Lips, lipstick for a trailblazing matte, metal-plated look. Rich colour melds with smooth pearlized chrome, and is available in a luxurious formula in a full spectrum of copper, bronze and titanium colour-infused shades. Vibrant, intense, explosive: A little alchemy goes a long way” The metallic lip trend is not slowing down and I am not complaining one bit about it! I prefer nude and everyday wearable colors even if they are metallic or shimmery. Not only does the New MAC Metallic Lipstick collection give you everyday wearable metallics but also some fun bold colors that I know people are going to love! Since receiving these I have played around with the nudes and I am in love! MAC Lipsticks are my all time favorite. This collection is the best of both worlds of a lipstick and a shimmer gloss!
Online & in-store March 23 through May 4, 2017
18 shades ($17.00 US/ $21.00 CAD
(Click Shade Names for easy shopping!!)
Metal Head – blackened purple with multi-coloured pearl
Are you ready for the nudes? I kept gasping with each swatch. Jupiter immediately stole my heart and when I put it on my lips I just fell in love!!! The bright and bold colors are just as gorgeous do not get me wrong but if you have been following me for some time you just know nude is my thing lol
So what do you think of the Metallic lip trend? Are you happy to see MAC come out with these lipsticks and which shades are you picking up?! Let me know in the comments below!
***MAC generously sent these to BPAMC for reviewing and testing purposes. As always opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio
The New Pixi Highlighter / Cheek Powders are apart of their blogger collaborations they recently launched. Lifestyle Blogger Aspyn Ovard created three gorgeous Glow-y Powders for all skin tones and the best part is you can get them right at your local Target! Pixi Beauty explains “these velvety soft highlighter adds a hint of glow,creating a luminous effect. Natural mineral powder hydrates and reflects light to brighten complexion” I could not agree more. Pixi Beauty has a way of creating products that give you a very natural no makeup, makeup kind of look. I am loving everything I have been trying and these Glow-y Powders are no exception! Get ready to glow on a budget! Look at this pigment!!
These are the first highlighters and powders I have ever tried that give me the same feeling as BECCA Cosmetics Highlighters. If you have been following me for some time you know that says a lot because to me there are really no comparisons to BECCA highlighters. These have that buttery smooth feel to them with absolutely no chalkiness or glitter. Its a beautiful subtle glow that can be used for day or layered at night for that extra glow we all secretly want. Or is that just me? lol Notice on the brush how you can see the product, that is a must for me when it comes to highlighters.
3 Shades Available – Rome Rose, London Luster, Santorini Sunset
I know $16 may seem like a larger amount for a drugstore product however the pan sizes are big and when I say these are high end products at the drugstore they are! The Strobe & Sculpt brush in this collaboration is also equally fabulous and I highly recommend it. The brush was designed by Youtuber Maryam Maquillage (stay tuned as I will be giving full review of the brush and Strobing and Bronzing palette soon)
Santorini Sunset won my heart immediately and Rome Rose I can not wait to mix it with some nude blushes for the summer time. What do you think? Have you tried these yet? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!!
*Pixi Beauty generously sent these, as always my opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank you for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio
If you have been following me for a while you know I am not a huge fan of eye shadow palettes. I know it seems crazy lol. I just find at times there are colors in a palette I wont use and then to me that is just a waste of eye shadow. Who else feels this way? I can not be the only one! Hehe. However the Smashbox Cover Shot Palette Collection offers a shade range for everyone! Whatever look you are wanting to achieve Smashbox has you covered. From the perfect smokey eye, to everyday neutral and even to the brightest colors available there is a palette for you.
Per the Smashbox Website: The collection of 7 high-impact eye shadow palettes were influenced by trends seen in their L.A. photo studio. How fun is that??!!?? Each compact, slim and travel friendly palette offers 6 shadows and a 2 double sided base shades. These shadows are so pigmented and blend like a dream. The pigment packs a lot of punch with the brush so I found having a lighter hand worked much better for application.
Each palette is sold for $29.00. Here are the shade names
Smashbox generously sent me 4 from the collection (Bold, Ablaze, Smokey& Softlight) The two I have fallen in love from my collection are Ablaze and Smokey. I am still getting the hang of the colors in Ablaze as these dessert inspired shades are very new to me. I am so use to either a smokey eye or more brown neutral colors.
Lets get to some swatches! I used my finger and did not have to rub hard at all. These instantly felt creamy to the touch but again I found they can be very pigmented (which is a good thing) but it took me a minute to get the hang of it with my brushes.
**Smashbox generously sent me these palettes, as always my thoughts are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You so much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio