Monday, 24 February 2014

Blush & Go!

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Most people opt for the usual make-up staples for on-the-go touch ups: lipstick and powder. I always add blusher to the mix. Half way through the day, I find a pop of blush awakens my face just as much as a slick of bright lipstick; put the two together and it’s win:win. 

Side note: if you carry a full make-up bag at all times, then this probably won’t be an issue - personally I rarely do. I tend to pop the bare essentials in a mini make-up bag or the zip pocket of my handbag. In fact this post was inspired by the joyful rediscovery of some favourites in a bag I hadn’t used for a few months - dontchya just love that?!

Of course blush isn’t the easiest option to carry or apply on the go, so I’ve lined up my trusty options for fellow can’t-live-without-blush fans (it’s not just me, is it?).

New CID i-blossom: Rose £18.50 at Feel Unique

The first solution I discovered, this little cutie has a sponge in the lid, powder blush in the base and a mirror on top - compact blush perfection. I remove any excess on the back of my hand, pat a little onto my cheek and blend with fingers. A true rose pink with a sheen and finely milled sparkle - lovely for evening.

Chantecaille Poudre de Pearl: Akoya £36.50 at Nordstrom

This coral-toned pink blush leaves a beautiful luminous finish on the skin. Loose powder blush is stored in the base: I just tap the brush on the back of my hand to fill it with the correct amount of product for application, then swirl to ensure it’s distributed evenly before applying to my face. Currently out of stock online at Space NK and Liberty, I could only track it down at Nordstrom.

Bourjois Cream Blush: Nude Velvet £7.99 at Boots (on 3 for 2)

I’ve raved about this at length before and still love its foolproof cream to powder formula, which is so easy to sweep on with the flat of a forefinger and pat into place. It even comes with it’s own built-in mirror and is a budget-friendly option that beats most high end cream blushes I’ve tried.

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush £11.95 at Cloud10Beauty

The newest Real Techniques is perhaps the most versatile of all. Load it up with a swirl of your blush of choice before leaving home, pop on the secure lid and you’re good to go with a ready to apply application of any colour you choose, wherever you are. Obviously this is only good for one application, so perfect for an evening out, but you could of course add a small compact blush if you’re off for a weekend away, keeping both your brush and make-up/hand bag clean and hygienic. The new collection also includes a retractable bronzing brush, but I actually think this one is big and versatile enough to cover both blush and bronze. Did I mention it’s a soft as a baby bunny?

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Do you blush-on-the-go? (please someone say yes!)

 

 

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