Milani’s Illuminating Powders are almost TOO pretty to use

Anyone ever watch the show Hoarders? Centered around people who “hoard” items, this show takes you on a journey inside the mayhem that these people live in. While shocking, it’s always sad because usually the hoarder had a breaking point in their lives that MADE them hold on to material things. Sometimes it’s the death of a loved one, feeling abandoned after their kids move away or divorce.

Anyway – I have a girlfriend who has me thisclose to calling Hoarders on her. She hasn’t had any recent traumatic events in her life but she hoards more makeup than anyone I know. She has a collection of more than 200 blushes that she doesn’t even use because she says they are “too pretty to touch”. That’s right. 200 perfect blushes that have never touched her cheeks. When I showed her these new Milani Illuminatizing Powders, she shrieked and told me she couldn’t wait to add these to her “Too Pretty To Touch” collection.

Crazy, right? Don’t worry. Said friend doesn’t mind that I put her story on blast. She assures me that there are probably hundreds of beauty hoarders out there. Eeek!

Beauty hoarder or not, if you’re a Milani fan, you’re going to love these. Milani is doin’ it BIG this season girlfriends and if you didn’t know, you better ask somebody. These Illuminating Face Powders are ah-mazing.

Gorgeous, right?

These babies can be used as a highlighter, bronzer or blush. Whatever fits your fancy.

First up is Amber Nectar…

Combining a gold finish with a touch of rose, Amber Nectar is the perfect combination of her other two siblings. She’s got a few micro-sparkles goin’ and while she may be a little too cool for my complexion but I’m sure other gals can rock Am Nec beautifully.

Beauty’s Touch is my favorite…

If you are taking baby steps into wearing blushes and want to wear something with a little color, this is the route to go. Beauty’s Touch’s golden notes are toned down a bit on the cheeks and what you’re left with is a shimmery pink finish.

Swatches….

(L-R) Amber Nectar, Beauty’s Touch, Hermosa Rose

And then there’s Hermosa Rose.

Despite the “rose” in the name, I think AR has more gold in it than anything else. In fact, it’s the closest powder to a true bronzer. That said, after Beauty’s Touch, it’s my favorite.

Pro’s:
-Beautiful and subtle shimmer.
-Perfect for blush beginners. It gives enough coverage without being too intimidating.
-A little goes a long way.
-The packaging. How beautiful are those flowers?
-Even with multiple uses, the flowers stick around. Yay!

Con’s:
-May be tricky to apply. Because it’s so sheer, you may actually have on more than you think. I found the best way to apply this was with a skunk/stipling brush.
-If you aren’t a fan of gold shimmers, you may not like these because all 3 of these are gold based.
-It isn’t very long-lasting. After about 5 hours, my cheeks weren’t as golden as they were when I first applied.

Hermosa Rose on my cheeks…

So yep, while these are subtle, I still love the glow that they give my cheekies. Some days I don’t feel like putting a ton of color on my cheeks, so these are absolutely fantastic. They are in drugstores now for about $8.99 and online for $9.49.

Whatcha think? Yay or nay?

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey. It’s purty!

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve done a review on a blush. Which is madness because I really do wear them. Like once or twice a week. I’ve become such a minimalist in my makeup routine that even blushes get bushed to side. Buuut, I had the opportunity to try a new mineral blush and got re-excited over blushes all over again.

I am a HUGE proponent of blushes and bronzers. I love them so so much. And sometimes a blush isn’t always about POW and BAM. Sometimes it’s about a nice subtle highlight. Such is the case with the paraben-free Becca mineral blush in Wild Honey.

My girls and guys sensitive to talc will rejoice because this blush comes without that too.

According to BeccaCosmetics.com, “BECCA Mineral Blush is a luxury powder for cheeks, imparting natural, luminous colour that is ultra-kind to skin. This longwearing mineral contains a hint of highlight to lift the complexion, with a delicate formula that never appears cakey or chalky.” (source)

The blush feels silky to touch and applies like a dream to the ol’ cheekies.

My favorite brush to apply it with?

My darling ecoTools skunk brush. This brush does a great job at applying blushes effortlessly without applying TOO much. It is great at slowing building up intensity. Of course you can use any brush to apply this blush, but still…skunk brushes rock. It didn’t show up as well in pictures but here’s where I applied the blush…

Just a dab on the apples of each cheek and bam…


Not bad, uh? This is the perfect blush for those who are taking baby steps into blush wearin’ or for folx who want a bit of highlighting without a face that screams, “Look at me! I’m wearing blush.” I can also see this as being a gorgeous wedding blush for women of all skin complexions.

Because it’s paraben-free and infused with Vitamin A, C and E, I’ll ignore the high price tag of $32. You can grab this shade and 4 other mineral polishes from BeccaCosmetics.com.

Essence’s Multi-Colour blush. $3 wonderment

Essence is still rocking my world, y’all. We’ve marveled at their mascaras and nodded at the nail polishes, but just how do their blushes fare up?  Not that I want to give the post away but they are amaziiiiing! Sorry. I just couldn’t hold it in.

Retailing for only $2.49, this blush contains five colors. I like to use it all over versus using each of the shades individually. Not to mention, it would be pretty hard to do so use them solo. Although you CAN use your fingers. I am a huge proponent of using the fingers to apply blush but I used a blush brush for this one. All 5 shades feel silky smooth.

It’s a totable and travel-friendly little sucker too, isn’t it?

And doesn’t look too bad on the cheekies either.

Not bad for a $3 blush. Plus it looks so purty! You can grab it at Ulta and Ulta.com.

In the market for a new blush?

How good can a $3 blush be? Hmm…

After playing around with a blush like this, spending more than $3 on another one just hurts.

Have you gals ever purchased an e.l.f. cosmetics blush? Why didn’t y’all tell me how awesome they were? I’ve got Fuchsia Fusion and it’s a pretty stellar for a $3 blush.


Does the packaging look familiar to you? I said the SAME thing!


I’ve been wearing it on top of my CoverFX concealer and LOVE it. It’s a long lasting blush with just the perfect pop of pink.


I mean, come on…if a $3 blush can be THIS good, how come I’ve tried blushes that have been $20 and up that sucked? I suppose it’s one of the many wonders of the world. e.l.f. has this blush and more at eyeslipsface.com. If you’re lookin’ for more e.l.f. stuff’s check out my review of one of their Beauty Books, some of their nail polishes, a brush set and their clear mascara.

Have you tried any of ‘em? Whatcha think?

Hard Candy’s Fox in a Box. That rocks!

Despite not reviewing many of their products, I really like Hard Candy’s beauty stuffs. They’ve got gorgeous lippies and nail polishes and from what I’ve heard, their mascaras aren’t too shabby either. But HC is one of those brands that I have yet to have really tackle. Until now.


How cute is this packaging? And the name? Fox in a Box. *squeals* How awesome is that?