Things I Recommend

The year is coming to a close and it’s a little frightening how fast time goes by. Today’s post is simple – I’ve been getting asked about products I would recommend to ring in the new year. I decided to keep it simple today by showing a few items that have really caught my attention as of late; and most importantly, I’d like to share with you the high-level of performance from these products. Also, I’d like to preface this recommendation post by stating that I was quite surprised with the results from the products. I wasn’t expecting much; but, I’m happy to report that I’m a satisfied customer.

Product Recommendation List:
1. Benefit‘s Hervana Box Blush
2. Revlon‘s Colorburst Lipgloss in “Cocktail Dress”
3. Samantha Chapman‘s Real Techniques Powder Brush

If you’re looking for good drugstore lip glosses, check our Revlon’s Colorburst shades. The texture is silky and long-wearing for a gloss that isn’t too sticky. “Cocktail dress” is a neutral-barely-there color, but the sparkles are amazing in the light. I like that it’s not obnoxiously sparkly, because I don’t want to walk around looking like I’m 12.

Benefit‘s newest box blush Hervana, is a product I thought about skipping at first. For $28, the price of the blush seemed steep for something that comes in a cardboard box; and for that kinda money, I would normally prefer to delve into the products at the Chanel counter. However, I was drawn to this box blush because of the mixture of colors and the flip-top box.

The swirled colors are various hues of pink – light, frosty, and a peachy-pink medium shade. Swirling your brush into the product produces a light pinky color that’s fresh and not overpowering. The multidimensional shades can be quite forgiving on various skin tones; and, in my opinion, it’s the good “flush of color” on your cheeks without looking overdone or too doll-like.

While looking over reviews online, even those with tanned skin were quite impressed with the color payoff. The pigmentation is quite rich and buttery, and is a good combination of pink and peach. Though the description may not sound like anything too exciting – especially for those of you who already own tons of blushes like me – I agree it’s not a total must-have at the moment.

Benefit’s website says to “swirl on this orchid-blossom blush for a heavenly flush of enlightenment! These four shades—lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose and berry delight—blend together perfectly to lift your look to cloud 9.” If you like bold cheek colors, it may be better to pass on this product. However, for those of you who prefer the light flush of color, you may pleasantly surprised with the performance of this product – I know I was.

Many of you may already be familiar with the YouTube gurus from Pixiwoo. Samantha Chapman’s line of synthetic and budget friendly brushes are sold at Ulta stores nationwide. I was a little hesitant at first because the sample brush on display at Ulta was less than impressive. I bought it on a whim because I wanted to travel with a brush that wasn’t expensive and easily replaceable in case something happened to it. The Real Techniques line has eye brushes and face brushes and this powder brush pleasantly surprised me. It’s soft but not too fluffy. It’s structured enough to hold its shape, yet flexible enough to deposit color on areasI want to place it. It doesn’t feel prickly and doesn’t shed its fibers all over the place. Cha-ching! Your powder (loose or compact) is deposited evenly, and I do appreciate that very much from a brush that costs a fifth of what a natural haired department store brush may cost.

How are you liking these products (if you already have them)? If not, what interests you the most?

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