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

tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 Holiday Gift Set QVC sale!

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1If you are a tarte lover, get ready – the Sweet Indulgence 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set ($59.94) is on sale for one day only at QVC, November 10th.  Set yourself a reminder so you can order this fabulous limited edition set.  This is a ‘one for you, one for me’ holiday set for sure – or you can also break up the set and make it three separate gifts.  The BIZ was sent a sneak peek so we could give you the low down before the sale.  Two removable eyeshadow palettes house 16 different eyeshadows, plus the set includes two brand new blush shades, two lip creams, one lip gloss, three LE eyeliners, and 2 full size mascaras.

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1 QVC

For so many products, this is a very tight little box that doesn’t take up much room.  There are three separate ‘books’ housed inside the light purple with gold floral box.

#mysweetindulgences

#mysweetindulgences

All three books open up like this.  #mysweetindulgences

All three books open up like this. #mysweetindulgences

The first book is all about eyes.  The eyeliner shades are plum, charcoal, and bronze.  These are basic pencil eyeliners that work best on the upper lid – they do smudge when I wear them on my lower lash line.  Out of the three shades the bronze shade is the standout.  Also included are two full-sized lights, camera, LASHES mascara, one of my favorite go-to mascaras.

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

tarte eyeliners, left to right:  bronze, plum, charcoal

tarte eyeliners, left to right: bronze, plum, charcoal #mysweetindulgences

The second book is all about lips and cheeks.  There are two new Amazonian clay 12-hour blush shades – hooray!  I adore this blush and new shades are always so much fun.  The first is savored, a golden rose; the second is pampered, a soft melon.

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

Blushes  #mysweetindulgences

Savored and Pampered blushes #mysweetindulgences

There is one LE LipSurgence lip gloss in the shade indulging, which is a raspberry pink.  This is a sticky but longer wearing lip gloss, and the color is very pretty.  Plus there are two LipSurgence lip cremes:  wonder, a poppy pink, and rare, a peachy nude. The Lip Cremes are self-sharpening and have a slightly minty taste. True to their name they are very creamy when first applied and they eventually dry down to a stain that lasts for hours on me.

Raspberry pink lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Indulging LipSurgence lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

The third book has two removable palettes with 8 eyeshadows each.

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

The first palette shades:

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#mysweetindulgences

pinky promise (pink mauve), taupe of the world (deep taupe), you look mauveless (mauve plum),  just malt away (creamy malt)

#mysweetindulgences

#mysweetindulgences

pampered pink (light pink), dare to be gold (gold), show plum love (rich plum), wind down brown (rich brown)

The second palette shades:

#mysweetindulgences

#mysweetindulgences

vanilla candles (soft beige), coming up roses (plum rose), hazelnut bon bons (medium brown), champagne bubble bath (shimmering pink)

#mysweetindulgences

#mysweetindulgences

bronze cuff (golden hazel),  feeling grey-t (pebble grey), espresso yourself (espresso), cinnamon latte (shimmering cinnamon)

This is a great set to buy for any cosmetics lover.  The only items that I could do without are the eye pencils, but if you have dry skin they will probably work well for you.  A great thing about tarte is their shades are more on the neutral side, so you really can’t go wrong with these as gifts.  Take advantage of the TSV sale on November 10th…I have a feeling this holiday special set is not going to last for long.  You can buy it right here:  http://qvc.co/tarte-SweetIndulgences – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

#mysweetindulgences @tartecosmetics

Wantable Cosmetic subscription for 10/14 – another winner

I’ve been a Wantable subscriber since I first learned about it shortly after they opened their website. I’ve been lucky enough to get some boxes for review but even when I don’t, like today’s box, I’ve kept my subscription up since the $36 a month that I pay for a box always contains more than my money’s worth.

Wantable Cosmetics October 2014

Wantable Cosmetics October 2014

What I love best about Wantable’s subscription is that it’s 100% cosmetics. I don’t have to worry about receiving more skin products, hair products or bath/body. It’s not that I don’t like and appreciate those items, I do, but I love cosmetics and that’s where my main interest is. Whenever I open a subscription box my excitement is really for the cosmetics within. With Wantable you get to customize via your profile. My profile says that I love eyeshadow, eyeliner, nail polish and tools; that I like complexion products, brows, lash products, blush, lip color; and that I don’t want highlighter or bronzer. For October I received 1 Love item and the rest from my Like list. Let’s check these out.

opening my Wantable cosmetic box

opening my Wantable cosmetic box

Inside are 5 full size items. Wantable is only going to send full size! I was excited to see that my box carried Vincent Longo, Ofra, Chella, and Liberty Republic. These are all name brands that I’ve bought or definitely would buy.

Wantable goodies

Wantable goodies

LIBERTY REPUBLIC is a nail polish brand created by Jordan Liberty. The new collection, placed in the October boxes, is the Welcome to the Darkside collection. Interestingly enough my shade is a light one rather than a dark shade. There are 6 shades in this exclusive to Wantable collection and they are said to use a technique that helps it last for 7-14 days. I’m excited about being able to wear this beautiful peach shade, Aura. ($14)  I don’t have nail wheels available right now and the swatch on paper didn’t look good but trust me, this is pretty.

Liberty Republic Spellbound polish in Aura

Liberty Republic Spellbound polish in Aura

The item that stood out the most in this month’s box is a BB Cream from OFRA ($40), this is a huge tube at 2 oz. I received this in Light. Light is a good description for this since it’s not Fair enough for me and it is on the yellow side. I’ll be able to wear this if mixed with a little of my Face Atelier Zero foundation but for now it’s not quite right. The ingredients in this BB Cream are great for skin (aloe vera, vitamin E and C, avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, chamomile extract and shea butter). There’s flower extract to reduce bacteria and prevent breakouts. I’ve been wanting to explore more OFRA though and this is a good way to do it.

OFRA BB CREAM

OFRA BB CREAM

OFRA BB CREAM in Light

OFRA BB CREAM in Light

OFRA BB CREAM in light

OFRA BB CREAM in light

VINCENT LONGO does double duty in my subscription box. First is the VOLUME PLUS MASCARA ($25) which I’m looking forward to using. My mascara dried up when I was hospitalized so having this is an exciting option for me.

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

One of the top sellers for Vincent Longo is their Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) and this month I received it in Angel’s Touch. This is more of a berry stain than I’d expect an angel to impart. The color is intense when first applied so you need to pat it to make it appear more like a stain and to set the product. Directions say to make sure your cheeks are well hydrated; begin at the apple of your cheeks and dab 2-3 dots on with the doe foot applicator. Immediately blend them outward and upward toward the temple. Add more as needed. This new gel formula is gluten free and paraban free.

Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Angel's Touch

Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Angel’s Touch

The last product but the first I used is CHELLA EYEBROW COLOR in Luscious Light Brown ($18). When I returned home from my many weeks away the hair on my face had exploded. I was able to get to a beauty salon and while there had my brows waxed. They look good but certain areas are more sparse than I like. This Chella Eyebrow Color looks good, is easy to apply and needs no sharpening. Sending my husband on wild goose chases to find all my items is frustrating for us both. This solves one of those problems.

Chella Eyebrow Color

Chella Eyebrow Color

Chella Eyebrow Color in light brown

Chella Eyebrow Color in light brown

My Wantable subscription has $121 worth of product in it. This is probably the highest value yet. These are all products I’ll use even though I’ll have to adapt the Ofra BB shade so it makes the box even more valuable. Wantable made a welcome package to open upon my return and I know I’ll be welcoming them more as the months go by. — Marcia

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IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Collection review

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

Do you have Tuesday, October 14th on your calendar?  At midnight on the 14th, the IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection goes on sale as the Today’s Special Value® on QVC®.  IT Cosmetics sent us this set, which is a mix of old favorites, including the Celebration Foundation Illumination, Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush, and No-Tug Gel Eyeliner; plus two exciting new products, CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush and Hello Lashes Extensions.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

1.  The Celebration Foundation Illumination is a full coverage powder foundation. It’s available in 5 color choices; my foundation is the Medium shade. It’s got some pretty cool packaging. The white compact has a lower compartment with a brush (and the reflective metal above it works as a mirror if you need it). The top compartment has the powder foundation and a regular mirror. This powder foundation has peptides, antioxidants, and ‘drops of light technology’ for the added illuminating properties. This is a very silky powder that is particularly excellent for those with oilier complexions. It is definitely full coverage, so a lighter hand is better when applying this.

Celebration foundation

Celebration Foundation Illumination in Medium

Celebration Illumination Foundation swatch in Medium

Celebration Foundation Illumination swatch in Medium

2.  Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush  IT Cosmetics has truly fabulous brushes, and the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush is no exception. The brush head has dual fiber brush hairs that are amazingly soft yet firm enough for buffing. This really is a fantastic brush.

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

3.  No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black/Brown  The No-Tug gel liners are beautiful. They glide on and have terrific lasting power, even with my oily eyelids. I love the self-sharpening feature. If you want more of a point on the end, just pull off the sharpener on the bottom and you can easily get a point that will give you a thin, precise line.

Black Brown

No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black Brown

Built in sharpener

Built-in sharpener

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Black Brown is just that – a browned-down black. I love this because sometimes Black seems too harsh for daytime. Black Brown gives me that dark definition I want, but it’s softer. And the black/brown combination is different from a grayed-down black. It’s warmer and just plain pretty. This is waterproof for up to 12 hours.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

4.  The new CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is currently only available in this set…and it is a stunner!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This has a softer, lighter texture than the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Blush, which by the way is one of my most favorite blushes. The CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is terrific for a soft glow or layered for more of a pigment punch. Je Ne Sais Quoi is a pretty gradated pink that goes from light pink to deep pink. You could drag your brush in the lighter or darker areas only, but I think a swirl over the entire face of the powder gives a perfect glowy pink pop for cheeks.

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

5.  The final item, also new for this collection, is the Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara. This is a five-in-one mascara that makes lashes thick, lush, and sooty black. It is so black that I had to lighten the photo of the wand so you could see the brush head. It’s also good for lashes with conditioners like vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea. This has nylon fibers that makes lashes incredibly long.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You collage

Your Most Radiant You! really is an incredible set.  Every item is a winner, so be sure to visit QVC on Tuesday to order this set for yourself.  The QVC item # is A260772, or A262259 for auto delivery.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

tarte cosmetics holiday: away oui go portable palette and collector’s set

Many lines come out with holiday sets, but I think I look forward to tarte’s more than any other.  I have beautiful sets from years ago that I still use…they definitely stand the test of time.  Tarte recently sent us the away oui go portable palette and collector’s set ($48, a $410 value) and it does not disappoint!

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

Away oui go is a limited edition set that is an Ulta exclusive.  It’s one of the sets available in the new Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection.  It includes:

  • four removable eye and cheek palettes with a total of 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay eye shadows and four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes
  • three deluxe sized Maracuja lip glosses
  • a deluxe lights, camera, lashes mascara
  • teal fabric stitched with pearls collector’s compact that holds the removable palettes

The lights, camera, lashes mascara is a staple for me.  It gives great volume and length and doesn’t smudge.  I love it.  The lip glosses come in three shades:  Nice, a creme mauve; Cannes, a shimmery pink; and Paris, a creme raspberry.

left to right:  Paris, Canne, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

Paris

Paris

Cannes

Cannes

Nice

Nice

left to right:  Paris, Cannes, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

They are typical tarte lip glosses that are just slightly sticky and nicely glossy, although the applicator is different.  The brush is beyond stiff – it’s frozen.  I’ve had other lip glosses with a brush that started off that way, but if you bent it the bristles released.  These don’t.  It’s interesting, and I am not sure if I am a fan or not.

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

with a palette inside

with a palette inside

I adore the compact.  It’s very vintage looking and the palettes fit in it just perfectly.  It also has a nice mirror inside, so this really is a great item for travel.  I am actually storing the box the set comes in and leaving the palette on my vanity, switching the palettes out every few days.

The eyeshadows are all beautiful, with a great selection of shades and variety of finishes in each palette.  I think my favorite palette is the one with the intrigue blush.  I have always adored tarte blushes, so four eyeshadows and a full-sized blush makes my knees weak.

tarte away oui go palette 1

left to right:  macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

left to right: macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

envisioned blush

envisioned blush

Eyeshadows:  macarons for you is a matte light pinky- brown; champagne & chocolat is a shimmery champagne brown; kisses under the Arc is a shimmery copper/pink; art in Montmartre is a bronze shimmer.  Blush: envisioned is a shimmery light peach.

tarte away oui go palette 2

left to right:  private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

left to right: private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

irresistible blush

irresistible blush

Eyeshadows:  private chateau is a matte vanilla, café for crème brûlée is a matte golden brown, tea for two is a warm shimmery brown, marvel at the Mona Lisa is a matte chocolate-brown.  Blush:  irresistible is a matte light pink.

tarte away oui go palette 3

left to right:  snow angels in the parc; navigating the Metro; midnight stroll; liaison at the Louvre

left to right: snow angels in the parc, navigating the Metro, midnight stroll, liaison at the Louvre

intrigue blush

intrigue blush

Eyeshadows:  snow Angels in the parc is a light shimmery gold, navigating the Metro is a medium shimmery taupe, midnight stroll is a dark plum with a tiny bit of shimmer, liaison at the Louvre is a matte deep reddish-brown.  Blush:  intrigue is a medium matte pink.

tarte away oui go palette 4

left to right:  Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

left to right: Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

limitless blush

limitless blush

Eyeshadows:  Champs-Élysées shopping is a matte clay, stargazing on the Seine is a shimmery light golden brown, Eiffel Tower engagement is a matte greige, secret soiree is a dark shimmery plum.  Blush:  limitless is a shimmery medium peachy-pink.

By the way, did you notice that sells for $48, but it’s a $410 value?  My prediction is these won’t last long.  Get to Ulta and get one for yourself and one for a holiday gift.  It is totally worth it.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Looking for fall color? Check out Bellapierre Mineral Cosmetics

photo from Pinterest.com

photo from Pinterest.com

How is this for some seasonal makeup inspiration?

I love autumn shades, and I am finding tons of great options from Bellapierre Cosmetics.  Bellapierre Cosmetics is a pretty fantastic mineral makeup line that actually manufactures their own products.  That means everything is not only high quality without a bunch of ‘filler’ ingredients, the shades are also totally on trend.  They have a huge range of colors and the line is built around the concept of a completely natural appearance.  Each product is designed to deliver a healthy, natural glow.  I am beyond impressed with the products they sent us – this is a really cool line that deserves attention.

Here are some of my favorite items and shades for this season.

Bellapierre autumn shades

The Compact Mineral Blush ($49.99) is a talc and bismuth-free powder mineral blush that has amazing pigmentation.  Use a light hand and blend for a fantastic, glow-from-within effect.  The compact has two compartments, one with the blush and one with a powder puff you can use in a pinch.  It has a nice, big mirror which is always something I appreciate.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Amaretto and Autumn Glow

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Amaretto and Autumn Glow

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Autumn Glow Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Autumn Glow Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto and Autumn Glow Mineral Blush swatches

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto and Autumn Glow Mineral Blush swatches

My picks for the ultimate fall shades are Amaretto, a natural soft matte orange-toned bronze, and the aptly named Autumn Glow, a beautiful matte red/orange copper.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick

The Mineral Lipstick ($19.99) is currently on sale – 2 for $20 for a limited time!  These lipsticks have natural waxes and mineral pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. While the packaging for all the other Bellapierre Cosmetics products seems super sturdy, the lipstick packaging is not very substantial.  The lipstick makes up for what the packaging lacks, however – these are creamy, smooth, pigmented lipsticks that really last.  It’s definitely worth noting that the Mineral Lipsticks do NOT have any animal products, lead, lanolin, or synthetic parabens.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick swatch

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick swatch

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick swatch

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick swatch

There are 14 different shades available, but my fall picks are Catwalk, a neutral pinky brown, and Envy, a soft wine cream.

My Bellapierre FOD with Autumn Glow Mineral Blush and Envy Lipstick

My Bellapierre FOD with Autumn Glow Mineral Blush and Envy Lipstick

So here is my Bellapierre Cosmetics fall face of the day – but I don’t consider my look to be complete without nail polish!  Luckily, Bellapierre has an amazing array of nail polish shades, and right now you can buy 3 single nail polishes for just $25 – normally 3 polishes would cost $45, so it’s a great deal.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Nail Polish in Cadillac Pink and Fire Red

Bellapierre Cosmetics Nail Polish in Cadillac Pink and Fire Red

Bellapierre nail polishes are toluene DBP, and formaldehyde free.  They apply smoothly and are very durable.

Bellapierre Cadillac Pink Nail Polish

Bellapierre Cadillac Pink Nail Polish

Bellapierre Cosmetics Fire Red Nail Polish

Bellapierre Cosmetics Fire Red Nail Polish

Two shades I am loving are Fire Red, a true fire engine red, and Cadillac Pink, a glittery pink party in a bottle.  I love using contrasting polish textures together.  Fire Red is a cream polish, while Cadillac Pink has a textured finish.

Bellapierre Nail Polish swatches, left to right:  Fire Red, Cadillac Pink, then Cadillac Pink over Fire Red

Bellapierre Nail Polish swatches, left to right: Fire Red, Cadillac Pink, then Cadillac Pink over Fire Red

Bellapierre Fire Red Nail Polish, second from left topped with Cadillac Pink

Bellapierre Fire Red Nail Polish, second from left topped with Cadillac Pink

Bellapierre Cosmetics has a wonderful selection of shades, and I find all the products to be high quality stuff.  Get into the fall season and head over to the website for some beautiful autumn colors.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Geek Blush review and swatches

My quest is over.  I have finally found blush nirvana, and it’s at Makeup Geek.  I read some rave reviews about these extremely affordable, high quality blushes and could not wait to try them.  I always have issues with powder blush lasting throughout the day.  I need pigment that really sticks around, like Nars blushes.  When Marlena from Makeup Geek sent these beauties, I had high hopes…and her blush actually exceeded my expectations.

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes, left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush ($12.99 for the compact, $9.99 for pan) is talc, paraben, and cruelty-free.  Pans are perfect for a Z Palette (you can also get these on Makeup Geek, just think of the epic palette you can create!) and the compacts are sturdy with a very handy clear top.  The texture is creamy and smooth.  Pigmentation is amazing, and as I said the color lasts all day long with hardly any fading.  One swipe of a blush brush gives enough color, which makes these blushes an even better value.  There are 13 shades in the range, and I have swatches of 6 of them today.  I tend to gravitate toward pink blush shades, so the ones I don’t have are the peach and brown toned shades.

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

First Love is a soft matte ballerina pink.  This is great for fair and light/medium skin.

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels is a shimmery bubblegum pink. It creates a stunning pop of color that really wakes up the complexion.

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky is a matte medium rose-pink.  I adore this shade on my medium faux-tanned skin.

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer is a matte orchid purple/pink.  Cool-toned blush lovers will flip over this shade.

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Rendevous is a matte medium pink with purple undertones.  It blends beautifully – I think I reach for this one the most often.

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Love Affair is a matte pink coral shade with super pigmentation; use a light hand with this one!

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right: First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

While I truly love them all, the one I reach for most is Rendevous, followed by Hanky Panky.

I can’t rave enough about Makeup Geek Blushes.  Right now, several of them are out of stock – I am sure Marlena ran out because so many people realized how fabulous the blush is.  Get the ones you can today, and the rest should be restocked in September.  I know I am going to collect the remaining 7 shades, because a girl can never have too much blush.  – Lisa

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