Sunday, 11 August 2013

My Makeup Collection Mini Series: Cheeks (blush & illuminators)

Hello sweets, hope you're all enjoying your weekend! Here's the next instalment in my Makeup Collection Series - I posted about all my eye makeup recently, and today's post we're moving further down to cheek makeup, which is my blush and illuminator collection~

I used to gravitate towards soft dolly pink shades, but my blush collection has expanded a lot, and now I have oranges, corals, and deeper pinks to play with too. I still tend to stick with pink or peachy pink shades, but I do love to be a little different now and then. When I want something different I usually reach for orangey coral shades, which is a lot of fun but still very wearable. 

Anywho, here's my cream blusher collection. I tend to favour cream blushers more simply because I tend to have a more dewier base, so I find the creamy texture 'melds' better into my skin compared to powdery blushers. But I do think powder blushers are faster and easier to apply, lol. 

Top row: EH Peach Sugar Cake, Models Prefer Tickled Pink, MUA Bittesweet, MUA Blossom

Bottom row: EH Raspberry Mousse Cake, Strawberry Chiffon Cake, Orange Choux Cake, Blueberry Cheese Cake

Most of my cream blusher collection comprises of the Etude House Cupcake All Over Colours (reviewed here), which I adore for the lovely colours, smooth texture, and super cute packaging. I use Peach Sugar Cake and Strawberry Chiffon Cake the most, as they're so wearable, but I think Orange Choux Cake is my favourite colour overall.

The MUA cream blushers I highly recommend, especially Bittersweet which is a gorgeous vibrant dolly pink. Don't let the vibrancy of the colour scare you, it's definitely easy to blend down to a more wearable natural pink.  The texture's smooth, pigmentation's great, and the price can't be beaten. 

EH Blueberry Cheese Cake, Orange Choux Cake, Strawberry Chiffon Cake, Raspberry Mousse Cake, Peach Sugar Cake, MP Cream Blush, MUA Bittersweet

Right, moving along to my powder blushers now~

Top: Physician's Formula Mineral Glow Pearls Blush, Etude House Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly & Carrot Cheesecake
Middle: Holika Hello Holika #1, MUA Blushers in Shade ? & 1, MUA Shimmer Kisses
Bottom: Arbonne Blush in Apricot, Models Prefer Desk to Date, Covergirl Trublend Minerals 425

There are a few duds in here for me. I normally like to google reviews of makeup I'm interested in before buying, but sometimes I forget, or sometimes I buy on impulse, and that usually comes back to bite me, lol. The Physician's Formula Blush is probably my biggest regret - I bought it during a 40% off sale, and since it's the 2nd most expensive blush I've ever paid for I automatically assumed it'd be a gorgeous blush. But yep, I was wrong, I was really disappointed with it! 

I don't really love the MUA Shimmer Kisses compact either - it's a kinda 'meh' pigmentation and colour for me. The CG blush I've never even used T_T It's quite shimmery, and not very pigmented, but other than that I don't mind the $5 I paid for it. 

On the upside, the rest of the blushers I really do like, or even adore - my most used blushers are the MUA Shade 1 (a pretty peachy pink shade), Etude House Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly (a wearable everyday pink), and the EH blusher in Carrot Cheesecake and the Hello Holika pacts satisfy my orange/coral cheek obsession. 

L-R: Etude House Carrot Cheesecake, Holika Hello Holika, MUA Shade 1, Etude House Grapefruit Jelly

So that concludes my blusher collection! Now I want to show you my other cheek makeup, which is my highlighters and illuminators. Being a big fan of the glowy dewy look I've managed to accumulate a few items to help me cheat that look. 

Top: Etude House Aloha V-line Slim maker, Holika Hello Holika, Essence Circus Circus Highlighter

Again, I tend to prefer liquid type highlighters as they seem to work better on my dewier bb creams, but I do have an even mix of liquid and powder highlighters in my possession. I don't have a preference for gold or silvery pink toned highlighters, though I guess gold ones would suit my complexion better. 

The stand-out products for me are the Lioele Shimmer Base, which I raved about many months ago, and which I still love. It just sinks into the skin so naturally and prettily, while my fave powder highlighter would be the Etude House Aloha pact, simply because the Essence one is a teeny bit more glittery in comparison. 

...and that's the end of the blog post. Hehe, hope it wasn't too long of a read! 

If you haven't already you can check out the tour of my dressing table post here, and the post on all my eye make-up products here. The next instalment in this series will be on lips, which should be an interesting one as I have a tonne of lip products!

But for now thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this post ^_^

Don't forget to enter my Etude House giveaway here, it ends in 5 days time! 

What blushers or highlighters are you using/loving right now? Do you gravitate to the same colours or do like having lots of choice? 

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  1. What a nice collection! ^^ I really love MUA's blushers too!


  2. omg you've got so many blushers >u< I'm so jelly since I don't have a blusher atm :c I really wanna buy one soon! Which one would you recommend for newbies like me and for my dry skin on my cheeks? :o
    Thanks for sharing all your products, Tulip ^-^*

  3. What a lovely collection! I love seeing Etude House pieces in your collection as they're always so cute! I have a fair amount of blushers too but I tend to stick to peachy/coral ones at the moment which I tend to do in the summer. In winter it's dolly pinks ^^

  4. Man you have a great collection here, truly a
    Etude fan girl haha ;P I don't use blush so
    I can't really give you a recommendation :P
    But since I see you are mostly using Asian
    brands, try maybe SK II or Shiseido?

  5. Loving this collection! The Etude House Cupcake pieces are too cute! *A*

  6. You've got an amazing collection of blushes! They could definitely last you for a long time. I think the cupcakes blushes are so cute that I would love to use finish so as to use the tins. lol... Oh and the cat blush, I wouldn't bear to brush over it and spoil the pictures. It is too cute.

  7. The EH Aloha is also my fav highlighter! The colour is very pretty and I like it more than the infamous The Balm Mary Lou highlighter ^^

  8. You collection posts just give me a ton of envy! Soooo jealous of everything you have!

  9. Thank you ^_^
    MUA's blushers are such good value and quality!

  10. Haha, I'm a bit of a shopaholic >_<
    I have dry cheeks too, so before I put on any makeup I have a good skincare routine first - maybe try a good facial oil or moisturiser beforehand. As for my blush recommendations, I think the Etude House cookie blusher in grapefruit jelly is a really nice one for everyday wear :)

  11. Aww thanks! Haha, you'll be seeing a lot of Etude House popping up in my next makeup post :)
    Peachy coral blushers look sooo nice in Summer!

  12. Yep, I'm an Etude House fanatic for sure >_<
    Thanks the recs, I'll have to check them out! But maybe I should use these ones up first, lol.

  13. Thanks Junjun! They are the cutest blushes I've seen/owned ^_^

  14. Thanks Jo! I definitely have all the colours I could use right now :)
    Yeah, the cupcake tins will be really cute and useful even after I use up the blush!

  15. It's a really pretty highlighter! I haven't tried the The Balm highlighter, but I guess I don't need to since I'm really satisfied with the EH one already ^_^

  16. Hehe, this is what happens when you're a bit of a shopaholic!

  17. omg your collection is amazinggggggg, so many pretty products here!!! thank you for sharing!♡

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  18. So much Etude House *-*, and I wasn't really expecting so many cheek products!
    Peach Sugar Cake is beautiful, and it's definitely going on my t-buy list!

    I haven't seen that Holika compact around yet (maybe I just didn't see it), but the time time I go to the Holika Holika store I'll be on the lookout for it! (Unless it is limited edition, then I'll be sad)

  19. Hello Holika!!! Oh my gosh. I am so glad that this creates such a nice coral. I love this post! You have a great collection of blushers, all so adorable - especially the Etude House :).

    Hope you've been well <3!


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