What are your favorite blushes for spring?

It’s blush time for Top Ten Tuesday. There are so many amazing blushes from low end to extremely high end. It’s easy to covet blush we don’t have but it’s a little disconcerting to open a drawer and find it crammed with blush. Does that stop me? No but I’m getting better. Here are 7 of my favorite blushes that I’ll be wearing this spring and 3 that are on a wishlist. What are your favorites? — Marcia
1425854102_rapture-resizeRITUEL DE FILLE in RAPTURE is the first of my wishlist blush. My blog partner had the opportunity to review this beautiful cream blush ($24) and it is so up my alley. I love this gorgeous pink and I love cream blush. Gloss48 picked a winner!

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

1425853994_0607845055037NARS ADORATION DUAL INTENSITY BLUSH ($45) has been on my wishlist since they were first announced. I love the sparkling baby pink and shimmering hot pink. Of all Nars’ blushes I know this is the one that would get the most use.
1425853888_62d56e5f-ce6e-4e12-9b1f-a87bf8e9c73a_90120.pngPAULA’S CHOICE BLUSH IT ON CONTOUR PALETTE seems to have it all. 4 blush shades, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. At $36 the price is right.The blush shades are Delicate Coral (vibrant peach), Peony (light to medium muted pink), Dusty Rose (medium pink with a hint of coral), and Soft Mauve (rich, medium berry-pink). The highlighter is Pearl and has a luminescent quality while the Bronzer is a warm brown. This is probably the next item I’d buy.

1425853814_head-over-heels-compact_2MAKEUP GEEK HEAD OVER HEELS powder blush ($9.99 pan, $12.99 compact). I have a few of the Makeup Geek blushes and they are packed with pigment. Head over Heels is the lightest of them all, it’s a soft bubblegum pink with a little shimmer. Great price and quality.
1425853732_2275337__detail_?1425853732L’OREAL VISIBLE LIFT BLUR BLUSH ($12.99) is available in 3 shades though I found it nearly impossible to locate in stores. Luckily Meijers had this in Soft Peach along with a $2 coupon so I scooped it up. The texture is very silicone like so it may not work for some people but I’m enjoying it. It uses an opti-blur technology and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m happy that it’s not fragranced. Soft Peach is a pinky peach and a lovely spring shade.

1425853644_chateau-cheeks-cream-blush-flirt-opencpt-.08oz-72dpiPUR MINERALS CHATEAU CHEEK CREAM BLUSH in FLIRT ($18) has stolen my heart. This cool pink that leans toward the blue side of the spectrum wears wonderfully, glides on, and dries down to a perfect finish. I love the blush in Coy too but Flirt is spring in a compact.
1425853584_secret-admirer_2MAKEUP GEEK BLUSH IN SECRET ADMIRER is the perfect spring blush. It’s a matte orchid that is packed with pigment. I keep a powder puff nearby since it can be intense but that intensity means it’s going to last all day. If I had to pick one MUG blush Secret Admirer would be the one.
1425853513_2268213__detail_?1425853513TARTE CHEEK STAIN in Blushing Bride ($24) is another pink favorite. The tarte cheek stains are unique in many ways and all the colors are gorgeous but it’s Blushing Bride that I’m currently craving for warmer weather.

Tarte Blushing Bride

Tarte Blushing Bride

1425853435_2264082__detail_?1425853435IT COSMETICS VITALITY BLUSH STAIN in Radiant in Rose ($24) is probably the most long lasting of any blush. It’s true to its name as a blush stain. It’s loaded with anti-aging ingredients and anti-oxidants. I love everything from IT Cosmetics and this blush stain is an example why. (Available at Ulta)
1425853344_tarina-tarantino-parasol-openTARINA TARANTINO DOLLSKIN BLUSH in PARASOL ($25) shouldn’t be a surprise to Beauty Info Zone readers. I chose it as my favorite blush of 2014 and it continues into 2015. I love this pinky peach shade more than any blush in my collection.

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*some products have been provided for review, those are noted in the original review

Am I a Savvy Flirt or am I Coy? Let’s ask Pur Minerals.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks blush in Flirt, Coy and Savvy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks blush in Flirt, Coy and Savvy

When PUR MINERALS wanted my attention they knew the way to my heart was through cream blush. As much as I love a beautiful powder blush, I love cream blushes more. I just find them so easy to wear. But Pur Minerals wanted me to know how great their powder blush was so they sent one of those too. And they were correct. They got my attention and my heart.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals created two Chateau Cheeks Cream Blushes ($18) one cool, one warm. There’s no way for me to pick a favorite since the colors on both are beautiful. Flirt is a cool pink with a touch of blue in its undertone (even if my pictures belie that statement). It’s described as a soft pink shade which it is but you can build the depth without a problem.

Pur Minerals Flirt (dermstore.com)

Pur Minerals Flirt (dermstore.com)

Flirt Cream Blush by Pur Minerals

Flirt Cream Blush by Pur Minerals

These cream blushes have a very lightweight formula that isn’t the least bit greasy which is what I think people fear from a cream blush. They dry down nicely while still leaving the dewy look that they start with.

Pur Minerals Coy Cream blush

Pur Minerals Coy Cream blush

Chateau Cream Blush in Coy is one of the most natural looks I’ve experienced in a blush. It’s a soft nude apricot that I find can be worn with just about everything. I especially like it when I’m wearing a more intense eye since it doesn’t compete. I do have to apply it again in the evening if I’m going out but a little dab is all that I need.

Coy swatch

Coy swatch

Pur Minerals cream blush contains antioxidant-rich resveratrol and vitamin E to nourish, hydrate and promote healthy, youthful skin. They blend easily and beautifully.

Pur Minerals Savvy powder blush

Pur Minerals Savvy powder blush

There are 4 shades that Pur Minerals has created in their Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder blush ($18). I have Savvy and it amazes me how pigmented this blush is. The first time I applied it with my angled blush brush I was a little shocked at the intensity of it. A powder puff tamed it but from that point on, I used a very light touch. Savvy is an inviting neutral pink. It’s extremely long lasting so if I’m going out for a long time this is the one I reach for.

Pur Minerals Savvy Pressed Powder blush

Pur Minerals Savvy Pressed Powder blush

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder blushes are infused with Resveratrox® and Vitisin which are harvested exclusively for Pur from Bordeaux’s wine region. You get the anti-oxidants of the grape vines and fruit built into the ingredients of the blush.

Pur Minerals: Flirt, Coy, Savvy

Pur Minerals: Flirt, Coy, Savvy

Pur Minerals blushes are paraben-free as well as gluten-free plus they never test on animals.

You can make a savvy choice when buying these blushes. You may come off as coy but you’ll still be the flirt that you want to be. Have you experienced the joy of Pur Minerals? If not, here’s your chance to glow. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

Mineral Fusion 3 in 1 Color Sticks make me blush

Mineral Fusion 3 in 1 Color Sticks

Mineral Fusion 3 in 1 Color Sticks

If you are afraid of cream blush, I have the solution for you. It’s made by Mineral Fusion and it’s their 3-in-1 Color Sticks. Not only are they a cream blush (which I love) but they can be used on lips and are safe for eyes. I have two of the 4 available shades that were provided for review and I’m really enjoying them.

Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Sticks

Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Sticks

The 3 Color Sticks available on Mineral Fusion’s website are ROSETTE (pale pink with a hint of shimmer), TERRA COTTA (peach with a hint of shimmer) and BERRY GLOW (sheer berry). Another available shade is MAGNETIC (sheer plum).

Mineral Fusion Magnetic

Mineral Fusion Magnetic

MAGNETIC 3-in-1 COLOR STICK is a difficult color to describe. I find it to be a sheer plum but I don’t see any purple in it. It’s more a raisin shade that got kissed by a grape. The color is sheer though so it’s not a frightening shade when it’s on. It’s easy to wear with both warm and cool colors.

Mineral Fusion Magnetic 3-in-1 Color Stick

Mineral Fusion Magnetic 3-in-1 Color Stick

BERRY GLOW is definitely brighter but nothing to be afraid of. It’s a beautiful berry shade that goes on sheerly though it can be built up.

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

This is the shade I like best on my lips. I prep my lips by exfoliating and applying a lip balm before I apply one of the Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 sticks. After a few minutes it appears more as a stain than a lipstick would. It can be left alone or you can use it as a base for a lipgloss.

first Magnetic, second Berry Glow

first Magnetic, second Berry Glow

Neither of these apply as darkly or as bright as my swatches. Once on they give your cheeks a subtle look. I haven’t tried them on my eyes since I don’t think I can carry off these shades on there. My favorite way to use them is as a blush.

When I started this post I said “If you are afraid of cream blush, I have the solution for you.” The solution is to try sheer colors like Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Sticks to see how comfortable you are with a cream blush. Everything I read says that cream blush works best for us as we age. I guess that’s why I’m so attracted to these. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

Mineral Fusion can be found at their website, Whole Food Stores, iHerb.com and Dermstore.com

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PCA, Iron Oxide, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol

Tarina Tarantino sale and giveaway! Win a Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Lucky you, Tarina Tarantino is on sale at Hautelook as of 8 a.m. this morning. Even luckier, we have an awesome TT giveaway in celebration of the sale! Beauty Info Zone and Tarina Tarantino are giving away two of our favorite TT products: Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust.

Marcia recently named the Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette as her favorite blush of 2014.  You can read her full review HERE.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

Marcia says, “DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.”

Her favorite shade in the palette? Parasol, the perfect pinky/coral blush.

I wrote about Sparklicity Shimmer Dust about a year and a half ago. I love this shimmery highlighting spray-on powder and its gorgeous vintage bottle.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklecity Shimmer Dust

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a micro-crystalline sparkle pigment that is safe for anywhere on the body, including face and hair. There are three different opalescent shades available:  Bronze (shimmering bronze), Aurora Borealis (iridescent shimmering pink),and Gold (shimmering gold).  I have the Gold shade and every so often my daughters and I shimmer up then go out for a girl’s day.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, these two products and lots more awesome Tarina Tarantino goodies are on sale at Hautelook.  It really is an awesome opportunity to stock up on old favorite or find some new ones.

Now enter the giveaway which is open to US only through 2/9/15, then go check out the fabulous Tarina Tarantino sale going on at Hautelook!  – Lisa
*products reviewed and giveaway prizes from Tarina Tarantino

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Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush and Forbidden Lipstick

Ok, first of all, have you checked out Gloss48 yet?  Gloss48 is niche brand heaven.  They find the coolest indie brands then put them on mega sale for one week.  Take a look!  It is a beauty junkies dream come true.

Gloss48 recently sent us some Rituel de Fille to review in anticipation of the amazing sale happening this week.  A few months ago I read about this hip line on the beautiful Phyrra’s blog, Beauty for the Bold.  She loved the cream blushes and lipstick, and I was just itching to try them.  The itch has been scratched!

Rituel de Fille packaging

The Rituel de Fille packaging is pretty cool.  I like the simple, art deco type design and the accompanying stars.  While the packaging is plastic, it has heft and feels substantial.

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

The Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture ($24) is simply divine.  This is a peachy pink that looks like the flush you get after a quick jog.  The blush is very pigmented and the texture is velvety.  It goes on just a bit wet, then dries down to a soft dewy finish.  I like that this is a pan, not a pot, so it’s easy to use a brush with it.

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

The Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller ($23) is a deep berry red.  It has a lot of warmth in it, and reminds me of Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year.  This is a lipstick to pat on, not swipe on.  It feels like a matte stain, and even though it doesn’t have much slip it also doesn’t feel dry.  The color has great lasting power, and this shade in particular is great for layering for more drama.

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

Based on these two products, I think Rituel de Fille is one fantastic niche line.  Gloss48 has a really terrific sale going on this week, so now is the time to order yourself some instant indie coolness.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars – favorite blush of 2014

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

When Makeup Wars decided to make our first post of 2015 a favorite blush it took me absolutely no time to know what I’d choose. Tarina Tanantino Dollskin Parasol blush instantly came to mind. I reach for this all the time. And I love it so much that when Hautelook carried Tarina Tarantino I had to buy their Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

PARASOL is a perfect shade for me. I can wear it with everything but the coolest tones of eyeshadow or lipstick. Therefore I wear it often. PARASOL is described as “shimmering bright pink coral”. It’s got pink, it’s got coral, it has it all.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

This totally livens up my skin making me feel like I look healthy once again. It’s VERY pigmented so you need to use the lightest touch. Use a soft brush and a light touch since you can always add more – but you won’t need to. This is heaven for me. It’s smooth and long lasting and the color is true gorgeousness.

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.

Shades are  Candy Cameo (shimmering light pink), Feather (shimmering peach), Carved Rose (cool vivid pink) and Parasol.

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

The first arm shade, Candy Cameo, is a light peach on my skin and while the two pink/rose blushes look similar there is a difference on my skin. The palette sells for $45 while a single sells for $25 so there’s a big savings if you go for the palette. I tend to wear Parasol alone more often though because it’s earned the award of the best powder blush I’ve used in 2014.

What is your favorite blush? Do you have any Tarina Tarantino yet? (If not what are you waiting for!!). Join the other blushing beauties in Makeup Wars and happy 2015. — Marcia

*disclosure: Parasol sent for editorial consideration, palette was purchased by me

5 Limited Edition holiday gifts to put on your list!

Limited Edition Holiday Gifts

Yes, I know.  The holidays are about giving.  But let’s be honest…receiving is pretty nice, too!  This is the time to take full  advantage of the wonderful deals and special sets that are only available for the holiday season.  Here are five limited edition gifts sent to the BIZ that are worthy of your personal holiday wish list.

1.  Pur Minerals 3-pc. Let It Glow Bronzer, Blush, and Brighten Cheek Trio ($24)  Already on my wish list, I was sooo happy when Pur Minerals sent us this set!  It has three mini twist-up makeup sticks: a bronzer in Naughty & Nice, a blush in Sugar & Spice and a highlighter in Glisten & Glow. Together, these three give you everything you need to contour and create a rosy glow.

Pur Minerals Let It Glow Set up close

2.  Meijer Bath Collection Gift Sets #MeijerBeauty:  these super cute sets are fantastic gifts for Secret Santa exchanges or for last minute presents – pick some up to have on hand, and get a few for yourself.  The Winter White Vanilla scent is especially yummy.

Meijer holiday sets

3.  BECCA Holiday Collection One Perfecting Brush in Limited Edition Gold ($49 at Sephora and Ulta)  I have been jonesing for this multi-purpose brush ever since Marcia did her fabulous review of it last year (read it HERE).  Why not get the limited edition gold version?  This beautiful brush works for liquids, creams, powders…whatever you want to throw at it.  Gotta love the fashion/function combo.

Becca Holiday Collection LE One Perfection Brush in Gold

4.  Whish Body Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum and Vanilla Mint Holiday Sets ($24 at Nordstrom.com)  I have loved the fabulously retro Whish for years, and this holiday set is just too good to pass up.  The three scent choices (Vanilla Spice, Sugar Plum, and Vanilla Mint) are seasonal limited edition, so ask for each set to stock up for the winter months!  Each set has a 3 oz Body Wash, Body Butter and Body Scrub – travel friendly and TSA approved sizes.

Whish Sugar Plum Holiday Set

5.  Soap & Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle & Soap Set ($36)  The fragrance of this full-size pure soy candle and bar of shea butter soap is pure holiday.  The mix of Siberian Fir, pine, and Cedar wood is truly transporting.  It makes a great gift, but believe me you will want this set for yourself.

The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Set

Put these limited edition items on your own Christmas wish list, or do a ‘one for you, one for me’.  You’ve been a good girl all year and now it’s time for some rewards!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editiorial consideration, opinions all mine