New Blog Design and a Giveaway!

EDIT: Congratulations to Jessi for winning! Sorry for the delay in posting the results here, ladies, but thanks to everyone for participating.

How do you like my new blog design? Pamela from The Posh Box is very talented (and patient, because I changed my mind a million times)

To celebrate my new blog page, I’m hosting a little giveaway along with my friend Kimberly Stallworth, who guest posted for me a couple of weeks ago. What are we giving away? Blush, of course!

    • e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia. Swatches here.
    • Lucy Minerals try-it sized blushes in Petal, Sea Coral, and Juicy Peach. Swatches here, here, and here.
    • Aromaleigh blush samples in Dahlia, Verve, Tulip, and Nectar. Swatches here, here, here, and here.
    • CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Natural Twinkle. I’ve never reviewed it, but it was my first blushy love.
    • POP Beauty Cherry Blossom Lush Blush – this just kind of showed up in my stash so no review. I think it came in a gift bag?
    • e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush because how else are you going to apply these?

All items except the POP Beauty blush have been purchased by me.

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Favorite Products of 2012

In alphabetical order:

elf compact

1. e.l.f Studio Blush & Bronzer in St Lucia. This sturdy and handy compact accompanied me to South East Asia and the Yucatan peninsula this year. I use the bronzer as eye shadow so it’s pretty much a complete palette for a quick and easy look.

Eyeko Strawberry Fat balm

2. Eyeko Strawberry Fat Balm (discontinued). I’ve almost used this up. What will I do when I’m out of it??

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

3. Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. Layered on top of eye primer, my shadow does.not.budge. Since I’m so oily, that’s pretty miraculous.

Lucy OCS

4. Lucy Minerals Finishing Powder in Oil Control Silica. Perfect, just perfect.

Lucy Sweet Dreams Ambrosia

Yeah, I hoarded.

5. Lucy Minerals Sweet Dreams Ambrosia. I’d never considered moisturizing with oil, but I’m so glad I tried this. I wake up to soft skin when I use this at night. I stocked up during one of Lucy Minerals’ incredible sales.

Lumiere Light Golden

6. Lumiere Cashmere foundation in Light Golden. This is the most reliable foundation I’ve ever used, and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them all.


Blush Challenge – Collection of O dupes

Several thousand dollars ago, I bought high-end makeup thinking it would help my acne-prone skin. I tried probably every foundation in every department, specialty, and drug store, and bought matching blushes, eye shadows, liner, mascaras, and lippies. My sprees ended before Nars Orgasm was released so I’ve never actually tried it.

In fact, I bought all of these blushes (except Silk Naturals Climax; that was kind of obvious) without knowing about the huge O dupe market, which is probably why I’ve ended up with four.

From top to bottom – Aromaleigh v.1 Rococo, Silk Naturals Climax, e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Everyday Minerals Snuggle in direct sunlight

Silk Naturals Climax, e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Everyday Minerals Snuggle all looked pretty much the same. Aromaleigh Rococo seemed to be in the same color family, with a lot more depth.

From top to bottom – Aromaleigh v.1 Rococo, Silk Naturals Climax, e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, Everyday Minerals Snuggle under a bit of shade

In this photo, they all seem to be strikingly similar, with the exceptions that Silk Naturals washed out and Aromaleigh was a bit more shimmery. This is pretty much how I saw them on my face too.

I ended up tossing Everyday Minerals Snuggle (just a tiny bit left in the sample jar anyway) and giving away Silk Naturals Climax – the e.l.f. palette is really convenient for travel, and I just love Aromaleigh Rococo, so those two are keepers.


Blush Challenge – e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

Today’s blush is one of my favorites – e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder. It’s yet another dupe for Nars Orgasm.

As much as I say I don’t like pressed products, the convenience of this compact cannot be beat. I took this compact with me on my month-long trip to SE Asia earlier this year, using the blush side on my cheeks, and the bronzer as eye shadow.

You can see where it’s starting to dip into the middle from use!

It’s got a great big mirror, it cost me $3, it’s slim enough to fit into any purse, and it’s sturdy – did not crack or break after 9 flights, 5 long-haul bus rides, and 2 boat trips. Today I put this blush on with a big kabuki brush for more coverage. I love wearing it with my Eyeko Strawberry Fat Balm – that combo makes me feel young and pretty. What am I going to do when I run of out of my Fat Balm??

I see that this compact is now being called St. Lucia, since e.l.f. has come out with two additional palettes. I’m not particularly interested in those, but for $3 each, maybe I will check them out.


Blush Challenge – Aromaleigh Rococo

Here’s a description for Rococo. Since it’s not being sold anymore, I had to really dig for it.

“Rococo” … A clear sweet nectar-hued rouge. Not too peachy, this lovely color has a healthy dose of pink to make it a gorgeous neutral shade that will give your cheeks a naturally flushed appearance akin to that famed “O”… Just gorgeous on everyone!~~

I’ve got a few O dupes – Everyday Minerals Snuggle, Silk Naturals Climax, e.l.f. blusher/bronzer duo, but what’s one more? This color is easy to wear and I feel like it makes me look young and awake.

Aromaleigh Rococo jar

Aromaleigh Rococo swatch

It looks really pigmented in the jar, so I applied it with a loose brush, but I needn’t have worried; it’s a peachy-pink with a bit of sparkle.

I really like this – smooth, blendable, good staying power, not over-the-top with the sparkles so I can wear it to work…pretty much a perfect everyday color.

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