Tis The Season to Blush

I feel like this time of year I always need to over blush to complete my daily routine. Something, that warms up my face and has a lovely flushed look. I wanted to go over a few blushes that I have been gravitating towards for the fall, some new, and some old favorites. 

Revlon Naughty Nude

This is a nude shade, with mauve undertones and some gold shimmer running throughout the blush. I really like this one because it is a mauve tone but has enough beige in it that it doubles as a bronzer. I find I can just slap this one and not need anything else on my cheeks. This formula is their new formula, so it said on the packaging and is super smooth and buttery.

L’Oreal Warm Honey

This L’Oreal blush is a classic in my collection. It is just what it sounds like. Bare Honey with a bit of a tan orange undertone. It is a really lovely, warm-toned but neutral-ish blush. I like it because again, it’s not overly pigmented but is just pigmented enough to create a lovely flush.

Clinique Cola Pop

This was a blush I purchased inspired by Make up your mind and Samantha Jane YT. It is a dark toned plum, red blush that gives the best “just came home from the cold” look to the cheeks. If you go lighthanded, I’m talking a tap on the blush, it blends out beautifully to a sheer red plum shade

Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Vintage Rose

This is a classic blush in my collection. It is a rose blush that pulls a bit nude-pink on me. I love it because of the smooth formula. I think this blush really transcends seasons but it fits in with the current fall rainy weather with its dusty rose vibe. 

MAC Peach Twist

MAC Peach twist is a sheertone blush with a copper, peach tones and golden shimmer. This shimmer does not pull glittery on the skin and you can’t go wrong with this one. For me, it pulls a bit more beige warm and matches many eyes looks that are neutral to cool, however, I wouldn’t pair this with say a naked heat. 

The Swatches

Physicians Formula Rose All Day highlighter comparison

It is no secret that my absolute favourite makeup product is highlighter. Also blush… but let’s save that for another day. I find that the golden highlighters on my fair skin are difficult to pull off in terms of undertone but yet golden and champagne highlighter are one of my favourite shades of highlighter, versus an icy white highlighter. I recently purchased the Physician Formula rose highlighter in Freshly Picked, thinking it would be similar to my Estee Lauder or my Amrezy but I found that it was a bit too dark on my skin. This revelation then brought me to this post, a comparison between all of my golden highlighters because I love me a good shimmer. 

close up of estee lauder highlighter
ABH Highlighter, Physician formula highlighter, estee lauder heatwave
Charlotte Tilbury vs Cheekbone beauty in compacts
Covergirl highligting palette

Let’s begin with the description of the Physician’s formula highlighter is described as champagne, but in my opinion, it is yellow gold with what feels like a darker bronze base. Estee Lauder heatwave is yellow gold but with a lighter base and more of a champagne shade but is described as an all-over bronzer but is really a highlighter (or am I getting it mixed up with the bronzer, I don’t know). Then we have our Nars Forte De France highlighter, that is a light-medium gold, according to Sephora, and I find swatches sheerly but on the skin packs a punch. The Anastasia Beverly Hills is more of light gold champagne that is warm but not yellow. The Covergirl highlighting palette is a lovely palette of neutral highlighters. The cheekbone highlighter, you would think would pull dark, but is really more of a golden dusting with a warm undertone but not a yellow base. The Charlotte Tilbury is by far the lightest in colour and is a pale champagne shade. 

swatches of all highlighters
Highlighters all open

The Physicians Formula is a beautiful highlighter but is also not as finely milled as I would like. I think that it is a beautiful shade. It has a light rose scent and is quite smooth, albeit not has finely milled as others in my collection. On my skin I find this looks quite dark on the cheeks and does not mesh into my skin like the butter highlighter from Physicians Formula. In comparison to the Estee Lauder, I feel like I can really “see” the Physician Formula Rose highlighter on my skin versus being able to really blend in the highlighter to look, as one with my skin as possible. In comparison to the Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Amrezy highlighter the Physicians Formula does not have that same “meshability” as the ABH. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy is a glossy, wet-look highlighter that gets more glossy as I blend it into my skin it gets even more glossy. The formula of this is also smooth and easy to work with. 

The comparison

Physicians Formula Rose vs Amrezy on the bottom

Nars Forte De France is a highlighter that I find is most similar in the look on my skin. While the Nars swatches more sheerly but I find that it appears like the same dark warm shade of the physician’s formula. 

Physicians Formula compared to NARS on the bottom
Physicians Formula compared to Cheekbone beauty on the bottom

The Cheekbone beauty highlighter in gold dust actually does not appear darker on my skin, in the same way that the golden of the Physician’s Formula sits on my skin. I find the Cheekbone really blends into too look seamless and it isn’t as warm.

Physicians Formula compared to Covergirl Highighters on the bottom

The same goes for the Covergirl highlighters as well. I find these are gold, but with neutral to almost grey undertones instead of the yellow warm undertones of the Physicians formula.

Physicians Formula compared to Charlotte Tilbury on the bottom

The Charlotte Tilbury is by far the lightest champagne shade of the bunch. While the Physicians Formula highlighter is described as champagne, it just is not the same champagne as the Charlotte Tilbury that is a very light, almost white based gold.

What is your favourite highlighter?

Day Dreamer Palette by Hilary Duff x Nudestix Review

flat lay of all products including the makeup bags.

When I saw that nudestix was doing a collab with Hilary duff I knew I had to order. Hilary duff was my favourite actress growing up and she still is. I also love Nudestix so what a better collab to spend my money on? Seriously name one. I pre-ordered this and it came in such a cute box with instructions and the inspiration behind the collection. What I love about nudestix is it’s for the person who is on the go, who is constantly working or going through life and is short on time. I check all of these boxes. There products in my opinion are all easy and simple to use with good pigment but are fool proof.

closeup of half moon calendar
close up of body language blush

This is what the website says about this palette: “The Daydreamer Palette brings your makeup routine to the next level, with fresh new shades that range from gorgeous burnt ambers to subtle soft pinks and beyond. The kit includes three shimmery eye pencils, a matte blush, a pearl highlighter and a multipurpose lip balm — giving you everything you need to get glowing skin, pink glossy lips and delicate, earth-toned eye makeup”.

Let’s start with the eye pencils. These come in three new shade. The shades are called Prism, night dweller and bright eyes. I think what I like about these pencils is the simplicity but with my oily eye lids these definitely crease so I wear a primer underneath. I find that the shades of these are bright but not too intense so I can wear them to work (not that I believe in makeup rules but it’s the best way to describe them). The lip pencil is such an easy, balmy pinky rose shade. Definitely is a work staple.

left to right: Night eyes, prism, night dweller, secret keeper, half moon, body language
left to right: Night eyes, prism, night dweller, secret keeper, half moon, body language
swatches of the face products: sunset strip, body language, half moon, illuminaughty,
left to right: sunset strip, body language, half moon, illuminaughty

There is a nudies matte all over colour in body language. This is a new shade and is just slightly lighter and more neutral then sunset strip. It has a beautiful satin finish (though they call it matte) with ease of use for all parts of the face including eyes, lips and cheeks. The nudies glow in half moon is such a pretty highlighter. This one is more iridescent than illuniaughty which I would classify as more Of a glass skin type highlighter. Half moon has duochrome lavender undertone but because of its white base I find it completely “wearable” for my day to day life.

close up of the eye pencils and lip pencil

Price: $89 CAD for the set including the eye pencils, lip pencil, and two face products plus a makeup bag and the sharpened and tins. I think that this is worth it simply because when added up all of these products are $204 CAD. A good value in my opinion. The overall rating for this product is 5/5 stars for me bravo Nudestix and Hilary Duff.

The looks

me showing the eye products
have not ventured into using the green yet!
me wearing the products

Thanks for reading! Did you pick this up? If so let me know how you liked it!

Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation review

The Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation was the foundation from the drugstore that created the most curiosity for me because of its claims and the allure of the doe-foot applicator which reminded me of the large applicator trend in high makeup.  I am always on the hunt for lovely, lightweight sheer foundations. I don’t wear foundation on the daily but it is always fun to try things out and let’s be real writing about foundations is one of my favourite things to to do.

The claims: “What It Is: A long-wearing, buildable, and breathable foundation that provides lightweight, medium coverage with a healthy, satin finish. Why It’s Good For You: Compatible with all skin types and featuring our exclusive Brightening Complex and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, brighten and improve the appearance of skin tone. Added boost of Vitamins A, C & E provides a flawless, healthy coverage”

This foundation for me is a lighter to medium coverage, but I also don’t wear a ton of it either. I mainly put it on spots and redness. I like a foundation that maintains the glow and that my skin shines through. This foundation definitely makes your skin look and feel healthy. I find that it doesn’t make my skin itchy, and wears well throughout the day. 

This foundation creates a silky satin finish and reminds me of the body shop fresh nude foundation. The application with a brush is surprisingly just a glowy as the application with a sponge. I got LN3 which is actually a really good colour match. It’s not too yellow and it’s not too pink just the right colour. A huge issue in this range and with Physicians formula, in general, is the shade range. I find they rarely have more than 6, and this range at 12 shades which is 6 more but could still be a lot more expansive. The shades are also literally all shades of beige except for maybe the last four shades.

Brush side – just after application
Sponge side – just after application

The price: this foundation retails for $20.99 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart, where everything is always more pricey than say a Walmart. Physicians Formula has always been a more expensive drugstore brand. I will say though, this foundation is one of the least irritating that I’ve worn from the drugstore. I find my skin doesn’t get any weird small bumps (looking at you Covergirl) and it creates a lovely glowy canvas. I don’t find myself setting this foundation, but I don’t set anything. I find that it powders go over this foundation well and that it lasts well throughout the day. It also doesn’t cake up or make my face itchy. 

Overall ratings: 4.5/5. I dock points again for shade range. I think that if you can find your shade, this foundation is really nice from the drugstore. However, we live in a post Fenty area where 12 shades for a foundation just does not cut it with consumers. While I love this foundation, it is because I am able to find my shade. I rated it so high because it does not irritate my skin, it s a good shade match, and it creates a nice sheer glowy finish and is easily build up to be medium coverage.

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