High End Blushes Worth The Splurge

When it comes to beauty products blush is my ultimate weakness. Growing up I was heavily involved in dance and that is where my makeup obsession started to grow. My mom always told me if I wanted to be seen on stage I needed more blush. The rest is history lol When it comes to blushes I love nude  and peach tones the best but I love a good plum or mauve tone blush for the fall. Whether its high end blushes or drugstore they make me weak in the knees. Its a step in my beauty routine that is a must! Here are a few that are in constant rotation in my beauty routine.

HIGH END BLUSHES WORTH THE SPLURGE

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MAC Mineralize Blush – Shade Warm Soul: This blush has a cult following and I will admit this is newer to my collection. I have been using the shade Dainty from this MAC collection for years (wore it on my wedding day) so I knew the formula was absolute perfection but not sure why I waited this long for Warm Soul. This shade gives the perfect touch of flush to your cheeks. There is a slight sheen to it so your skin looks fab too!

Benefit Cosmetics – Shade Rockateur Rose Gold Blush: My best friend was apple picking with her family and sent me a picture. I only noticed the gorgeous flush of pink shimmer on her cheeks, texted her back asking what she was wearing and went out and bought this the next day! I love this blush in the cooler months bc its a more mauvey pink on my skin tone and pairs perfectly with Benefits Hoola Bronzer. They are a match made in heaven! There is a glow to this blush you do not need to pair it with a highlighter but you know I do anyway LOL

 

MAC Warm Soul Blush

 

NARS Blush – Shade Orgasm: The name alone will make you blush hehehe….. This shade is known for being a universial shade for all skin tones and has won countless awards from Allures Best of Beauty. I myself was flipping through the magazine and saw it won and put it on my list to buy! A perfect pink flush of color on my skin and has specs of golden shimmer in it!

BECCA Mineral Blush – Shade Wild Honey: When it comes to powders there is nothing quite like Becca. Just like their highlighters the formula is so soft and blendable. This range has a total of 6 shades but this is another fab peachy nude tone!

Charlotte Tilbury Swish & Pop Blush – Shade First Love: I know I know another nude but I will be buying more shades because the formula of this blush is amazing. The concept of the two tones in the pan ” is a two-step application ritual featuring two creamy, color-rich shades filled with finely crushed pearls to give your skin a limitless glow”  This is my newest purchase of blush so I wanted to show you swatches.

Nude Blush

Must Have High End Blushes

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush – Shade 02:  The entire collection is gorgeous see swatches HERE, however shade 02 is a perfect matte nude and will pair perfectly with any bronzers you own. I actually first heard about this brand when I was watching MANNY MUA and I just loved how his cheeks looked. He was wearing Shade 02 with Hoola so the next time I went to Ulta I grabbed this and have been using it since.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush – Shade Faux Sure: This is one of MAC’s newer products and this formula is aaaaaamazing! Its incredibly soft, blends like a dream and has a glow to it that makes your cheeks look fantastic! With 12 shades to choose from you are bound to find something for you. This is one not to miss out on. This shade was intimidating at first but its darker in the pan and with a tan for me in the summer it gave me such a sun kissed glow with my MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden. 

MARC JACOBS Beauty Air Blush – Shade Flesh & Fantasy: Last but certainly not least, this two toned blush  allows you to create a customizable color and gives you all day radiance. There are 5 shades in this range. Marc Jacobs has another blush that I am looking to try very soon!

 

I would love to know what some of your must have High End Blushes are? There are so many fabulous products and formulas out there and I am always wanting more LOL!!!! Let me know in the comments below. If you love this post please don’t forget to share on Pinterest & Facebook!

High End Blushes Worth The Splurge

 

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MAC X NICKI MINAJ: NUDE LIPSTICK COLLECTION

Nicki Minaj dominates fan’s hearts and hip-hop charts with her bravado and razor-sharp rhymes. Now, the queen conquers with her custom-designed nude lipsticks for M∙A∙C. Get cheeky and take charge with Nicki’s two suggestive shades in Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint. Need even more au naturel? Strip down to bare, brazen basics in a lineup of 24 additional Lipstick and Lipglass colours.

When it comes to nude lipstick there are so many tones and finishes for us to love. MAC always has us covered and with this collection there is no exception. With 20 nude lipsticks to choose from how can we not find 1, 2 or even 3 we love!  In this collection the are 2 new Nude Lipstick shades that Nicki Minaj created with MAC, 9 brand new shades and 9 that are either from the permanent collection or re-releases from previous collections.

***All lipsticks are limited edition except those that are from the permanent collection (I will label those below)

Product Information:

  •  $17.50 U.S. / $22.00 CAD

  • Select MAC Store and Online 

MAC X Nicki Minaj Collection

(Shop The Collection HERE)

Nude Lipstick

Swatches Top To Bottom:

  • The PinkPrint – Amplified: Mid-tone creamy pink
  • Nicki’s Nude – Amplified: Soft corally pink

MAC X Nicki Minaj

MAC Nude Lipstick

Swatches Top To Bottom:

(Shop the Collection HERE)

  • Bosom Friend – Creamsheen: Sheer pinky nude with fine pearl
  • Bare Bling – Amplified: Light peachy nude 
  • Stripped – Matte: Light, dirty peachy beige
  • Mmmmm – Amplified:  Dirty rose nude (OBSESSED WITH THIS ONE)
  • Baby’s All Right – Matte: Cool-toned neutral pink
  • A Girl’s Needs – Matte: Warm-toned yellow brown
  • Age/Sex/Location – Matte: Dirty mid-tone nude
  • Easy Babe – Matte:  Dirty latte brown
  • Derriere – Matte: Dirty mid-tone yellow brown 

Nude Lipstick

MAC Lipstick Swatches

Swatches Top To Bottom:

(Shop the Collection HERE)

  • Pretty Please – Lustre: PERMANENT Pale pink pearl (MY WEDDING DAY LIPSTICK – Special place in my heart!)
  • Gossamer Wing – Lustre: Dirty beige with gold pearl
  • 2N – Lustre: Creamy light pink
  • Japanese Maple – Cremesheen: PERMANENT Frosted light beige
  • Creme D Nude – Cremesheen: PERMANENT Pale muted peach beige
  • Playing Koi – Satin: Pale clean pink nude
  • Pattisserie – Lustre: PERMANENT Sheer creamy neutral pink
  • The Right Note – Cremesheen: Warm sandy nude
  • Among The Fireflies – Cremesheen: Soft mocha

Nude Lipstick

Let me know what you guys this of this collection! What have you picked up so far?!

WANT MORE MAC LIPSTICK SWATCHES: 

  1. Must have MAC Nudes Part 1
  2. Must have MAC Nudes Part 2
  3. Must have MAC Red Lipsticks
  4. Summer Approved Bright Reds
  5. MAC Liptensity Line
  6. MAC Vampy Lipstick 

Don’t forget to comment, share and PIN if you love these lippies!!!

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TOP MAC PRODUCTS: MAC X ULTA

Dreams really do come true! MAC is now sold at Ulta Beauty and I could not be happier. While its currently only online it will be available in select stores starting in June. Most of you already know I prefer Ulta Beauty over Sephora as I love my drugstore makeup and their rewards program is so much better in my opinion. The fact that I can now redeem points on MAC  just gives me all the feelings and I am here to give you my picks for Top Mac Products to place in your shopping cart. PS for all my Ulta Beauty platinum holders out there I have been informed that just like all of the other prestige brands the 20% off coupons are excluded. However you know we tend to get surprises with those 20% off coupons so lets hope and pray  MAC is included on some of those. My advice? Stay platinum and keep your eyes open for that!!! Can you imagine?!! 20% off MAC…. I will just be over here waiting lol

Here are my pick for Top MAC Products you can purchase from Ulta Beauty:

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation: My first first foundation and I have never looked back. I have repurchased this soooo many times. Its a powder foundation that settles like a liquid. Talk about easy application with a matte finish and medium coverage. I am in the shade N5

Prep & Prime Fix + Spray: This spray has a cult following for a reason and if you are not a follower, believer or user please please just try it.  It is packed with vitamins and minerals and gives your face the hydration you need. Not only does this finish your makeup, you can use it to enhance the pigment of eyeshadows, spray it on before your makeup for a boost (I do this in the winter ALOT when I am real dry) & I have also sprayed my beauty sponges to dampen them when I do my makeup at my desk and don’t have water lol PS this comes in a travel size and its the perfect place to start to try this product.

Mineralize Skinfinish: The shade soft and gentle is iconic however because I wanted a more bronzy looking highlighter I opted for Global Glow and this product is just perfect. I know I will be adding more shades to my collection. This product is a slow baked powder with a radiant finish. You can use it as a highlighter or an all over face powder for a sheer glow to the skin.

Extra Dimension Blush: New to MAC’s blush family this blush is very very special. If you are new here I am a blush addict so I am picky and wow this formula is fabulous. So creamy and blendable and looks flawless on the skin.  Per the Ulta Website: “combining the smoothness of a cream, blendability of a liquid, and finish of a powder with long-wearing colour and prismatic reflections” 

Lip Products: MAC Lipsticks are my number 1 lipstick. I have tried numerous brands and finishes and I always go to my MAC in my collection or to MAC to purchase new colors I want in my collection. Liptensity is a new formula to the MAC family and I am in love. I can literally go on and on and on about them but instead I will leave you with some of my must have shades that are sold at Ulta.

  • Honey Love: Matte Finish
  • Lady Danger: Matte Finish (9 times out of 10 this is the ONLY red I wear)
  • Spirit: Satin Finish (totally underrated nude that I have made my mission as a blogger to make this shade a thing. Its perfect)
  • Blankety: Amplified Finish (go to nude)
  • Burnt Spice: Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
  • Driftwood: Liptensity

Prep & Prime Lip: At first I was not sure about this product. I kept reading about it and how much people have loved it. I gave in and bought it and oh boy the hype is real. This is perfect for your matte lipsticks to fill in those little lines and to prevent feathering. I wear this all the time with my red shades or liquid lipsticks.

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: My go to setting powder. Its a natural finish so its not too matte and not too dewy. This powder can he used to fix makeup throughout the day as well and on those days I just want a little bit of something to my face I will just use this after I moisturize. It literally wakes up my skin. I am in the shade Medium Plus

Eyeshadow X 9 Palettes: Small palette that packs a lot of punch and variety for you. These are great for everyday, to travel and to throw in your purse for those nights out after work.

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Liquid Foundation: If you ask my mother who has been so influential throughout my beauty journey she says nothing looks better on my skin than this foundation. I mix it with the strobe cream as this is a matte finish however its a natural matte. Its not too matte but I just prefer to have a more dewy glow. The color range for this foundation is amazing and my shade is C3.5 and that is why I just make it work for me because the shade is pretty much spot on. Per the Ulta Website: “A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium to full buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF 15 and PA++ protection. Applies, builds, and blends easily and evenly. Comfortable and long-wearing, it helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish

Strobe Cream: Since I just mentioned this iconic MAC Product lets talk about it next. It comes in 5 shades and can be used alone as an all over face product, mixed with foundation or on the high points of the face to highlight.  I love mixing liquid highlighters in my foundation and moisturizers and this is my go to. I prefer the shades Goldlite and Peachlite 

MAC has always been my go to. They were the first luxury brand that stole my heart at 16 and its been 20 years and I do not fore see any breakups in the future. I truly hope this helps you for your next Ulta Beauty purchase. Let me know what you plan to pick up or what some of your top MAC products are!

Want More MAC? Or to see MAC Swatches? Please see posts below:

* Swatches of the entire Liptensity line here
* Swatches of NEW Metallic Lipstick line here
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
* MAC Shadescents Line Information here
* My Custom MAC Eyeshadow Palette here 
* Three Must Have MAC Redlipsticks here
* Review on MAC Prep & Prime Oil / LipScrubs here
 Top MAC Products
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NEW MAC Metallic Lipstick Collection: Swatches & Product Info

“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!

Availability:

Online & in-store March 23 through May 4, 2017

Product Information:
18 shades ($17.00 US/ $21.00 CAD
 (Click Shade Names for easy shopping!!)
Metal Headblackened purple with multi-coloured pearl
Act So Cool  – deepened brown with gold metal pearl
Zero Coolmetalized emerald green
Royal Hourdeep royal purple with blue pearl
Foiled Rosebrightened blue pink
Hades Firecool red burgundy
Pale Rosecool muted neutral pink
Modern Midasmuted gold with pink and green duo pearl
Devotional – metallic purplish brown
Cold Frontfrosted periwinkle blue
Silver Spoonmultidimensional silver
In Lustlight warm neutral
Digging For Goldlight brown with gold glitter
Jupiterbronzed neutral
Pearly Oneconfettied white frost
Disobedientdeep burgundy red wine
Nightly Ritual blackened navy
Anthony Onceblackened blue with multi – coloured pearl
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Shades L – R: Foiled Rose – Disobedient – Hades Fire – Metal Head – Royal Hour – Cold Front – Anything Once
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Swatches Top – Bottom: Foiled Rose – Disobedient – Hades Fire – Metal Head – Royal Hour – Cold Front – Anything Once
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Shades Top – Bottom: Silver Spoon – Pearly One – Nightly Ritual – Zero Cool

 

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

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Shades L – R: Jupiter – In Lust – Modern Midas – Devotional – Pale Rose – Digging For Gold – Act So Cool
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Shades Top – Bottom: Jupiter – In Lust – Modern Midas – Devotional – Pale Rose – Digging For Gold – Act So Cool

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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!
WANT MORE MAC? SEE POSTS BELOW:
* Swatches of the entire Liptensity line here
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
* MAC Shadescents Line Information here
* My Custom MAC Eyeshadow Palette here 
* Three Must Have MAC Redlipsticks here
* Review on MAC Prep & Prime Oil / LipScrubs here
***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