maybelline hi-light master glaze blush stick highlighter

maybelline hi-light master glaze blush stick highlighter

February seems to be the month of blush — who am I to complain? If it’s not a bold lipstick I’m cooing over it’s a brightly pigmented blush. I’m a sucker for colour. Maybelline’s on a roll with it’s offerings and this round of blushers is a shining example.

maybelline hi-light blush light bronze review

{Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Light Bronze}

Oh hello gorgeous and glittering higlighter/bronzer hybrid. If you’re a beauty nerd you’ll know how iconic the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is for what it does to your cheeks. The Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light blushes offer a variety of packed powders in one palette for poppin’ cheeks. Warm Nude is a blend of illuminating pinks and shimmering golds — the light catches the product perfectly on your J-Lo-esque cheekbones.

maybelline hi-light blush review pink rose

{Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose}

The shade Pink Rose I would accept as more of a blush than a bronzer or highlighter – it might be a little too intense to sweep this over your forehead and chin so I’d recommend saving this for a multi-dimensional, romantic flush instead.

maybelline cream blush stick master glaze

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks}

If I had to be selective about the formula of my cheek colour I’d choose a cream blush over a powder any day. That is if I’m judging entirely on the finished effect on my cheeks. There’s something about a cream that allows for a much more natural flush. Wouldn’t you agree?

maybelline master glaze face studio blush stick warm nude

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Warm Nude}

maybelline master glaze face studio make a mauve

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve}

Maybelline review face studio master glaze pink fever

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever}

maybelline hi-light bronzer face glaze blush stick swatches

{Swatch party!}

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Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Light Bronze

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Warm Nude

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever

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Tarte of Giving Holiday set 2013_

Tarte of Giving Holiday set 2013_

{Tarte – The Tarte of Giving}

Christmas is upon us. Yes, I know it’s actually three days away but believe it or not I still haven’t started my gift shopping

In light of my failure to stay on top of this year’s special occasion I’ll be spending the next two days raiding the malls and getting my hands on everything I can for the wonderful people in my life. Beauty wise, Sephora is brimming with the most stunning sets I’ve seen in a long while. We don’t have time to wait for shipping so it’s not the biggest problem if these sets are sold out online. Head to the stores and check out my top picks for gifting below. If you’re anything like me you’ll be spending the next few days like a headless chicken. I hope my gift guide for the beauty addicts in your life makes things a little easier 😉

Tarte’s The Tarte of Giving set is fantastic for the busy-girl in your life who tends to travel a lot. Stock her up with this gorgeous beauty case (with a shower hook!) that’s filled with a variety of glosses, full 20 piece eye shadow palette and skin-care and make up mini’s to have her set for a while. $71…I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the bargain price.

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{Stila Artist’s Essential Set}

If you know a girl that refuses to leave her house without a full shadow look then Stila have you covered. The Artist’s Palette is loaded with four quads that offer a variety of shades to mix and match for a myriad of looks just waiting to be created.

 

I love that it comes with a liner, brush, lip stain and blush to complete of the intricate eye looks your girl’s created. Another $71 set that is totally worth it’s weight in gold.

Make Up for Ever Aqua Rouge

{Make Up For Ever – Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Set}

I have long since been a fan of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge lip colours (an opaque lip of colour that still allows for long make out sessions) this set is for the girl that goes bold before she goes home.

Six full size lip stains with double ended gloss and the matching lip liner to keep your pout in place. If she has a couple of these it’s worth gifting the set to allow her to play with more long-lasting colour. $168 is pricey so I would reserve this extra-special set for you BFF or sister.

{Tarte – Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay Blush Palette}

Hands down this is my favourite release of the 2013 gift sets. It’s simple I know but the size of the blushes is fantastical. The palette itself is stunning to look at and it’s the perfect collection of shades for any skin tone. 4.5grams of five different shades of blush inclusive of the perfect, matte bronzer. I just want to keep this set in my life forever.

$50 for the palette, the blushes are $31 individually. Enough said.

Shades featured: Dollface, Park Avenue Princess, Darling, Dazzled, and Crave.

{Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette}

If you know a make up addict that hasn’t got this in her arsenal then you can save yourself the searching time and pick up this pretty. There aren’t many setting powders that compare to this line and the fact that there are three variations in one set makes it a MU dream. Featuring Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive) and Radiant Light it offers a variety of finishes for any make up look. I love using the middle shade to set my under-eye concealer and keep it bright but not cakey. Bonus? You get a 5ml  Veil Mineral Primer with the palette. $58 for the palette where the full size individuals are $52.

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philosophy cherry pinwheel cookie

philosophy cherry pinwheel cookie

{Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath}

As a young girl I kinda had a bit of an addiction to cherry flavoured lip balms. Was that a thing or was it just me? This shower gel reminds me of just that. Bathing in that cheerful, cherry goodness. It’s sweet, it’s sugary it’s just oh-so delicious. Sure, you may get sick of smelling this one on a daily basis but if you’re not easily affected by intense scents then I suggest you give this a little sniff.

Between this scent and the Peppermint Stick I would say they’re my least favourite but I do lean towards caramel scents a little more. If you’re feel in’ the fruity smells then this will be the one you love most.

cherry pinwheel cookie shower gel

Cherry Pinwheel Cookie Recipe:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup cherry preserves

Directions: combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter, sugar vanilla extract and in eggs in a separate bowl. Slowly stir in flour mixture. Roll dough in to rectangle on lightly floured wax paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Spread preserves over the dough. Roll up, wrap and freeze for two hours. Slice roll in to pieces and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

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best perfume 2013 Marc Jacobs Daisy Roses de Chloe

best perfume 2013 Marc Jacobs Daisy Roses de Chloe

{The Perfume Edit}

Yes, the gift of fragrance is absolutely a personal one but when you know who you’re buying for, it makes it all the more fun, doesn’t it? Being a beauty addict makes things a little more fun though – satisfy more than one personality, that’s what I say.

best perfumes to gift

These five fragrances are a personification of the different sides of me that need tending to. After all, isn’t that what a fragrance is for? Adding a little scented sensuality in to a girl’s life?

Fresh Life Perfume

{So fresh and so clean}

Fresh Life, is for the girl that hates those warm, vanilla scents. Gift this gentle and clean perfume to the girl that likes to step outside of the mainstream fragrance trends. The girlfriend that I know would love this is sporty but sassy and sexy. She’s a real chameleon so you can’t over-complicate a perfume.

marc jacobs perfume

{The University girl}

I fell in love with this fragrance roughly six years ago whilst in awe of a classy roommate of mine. She was eastern european and made of money but she never showed off. She was so softly spoken and so well put together. Marc Jacobs’ Daisy is the fragrance that completes the classiest of women with a dry down that wouldn’t overwhelm the smallest of creatures. Utterly delicate.

Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

Miss Dior perfume

{My mum comes with me every where – Miss Dior}

I know I’m not the only one who does this. I miss my mum so much I sometimes wear her perfume just to be reminded of her. This scent reminds me of the times we shared on a summer vacation years ago. I know women of all ages that enjoy this vibrant fragrance.

Go for this if you know your girl is hooked by a fruity top note with a floral dry down.

Notes: Italian Mandarin Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Indonesian Patchouli Essence.

Roses de Chloe

{The one, The Romantic}

This fragrance is everything I’m in love with right now. It’s feminine, it’s dainty it’s soft and it’s pretty. It’s for the girl that falls in love with everything around her.

Roses de Chloe is a perfume that’s soft and powdery with a hint of sweet flower. the best way to describe this? As tender as a petal. Quite honestly, I just want to bathe in it.

Notes: bergamot, damascena rose essence, magnolia accord, white musk and amber

Tom Ford Violet Blonde

{The Money Maker}

Sure, this one isn’t for every one. It may even be a deterrent to most for the simple fact that it featured those intense, opulent notes. An extravagant gift at $80 for 30ml of juice but the price is reflective of the ingredients. Complicated, strong and bold, this is for a woman that already has a library of perfume.

Notes: Violet Leaf Absolute, Italian Mandarin, Baie Rose, Tuscan Orris Absolute, Tuscan Orris Butter, Jasmin Sambac, Sampaquita, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Vetiver Absolute, Musk, Soft Suede

If you had to pick one?

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