Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance

Sometimes all you need to look more alive is a good bright blush.  Have you ever had those days where you feel like you look dull, washed out, and just flat out boring?  I find that the remedy for me is to add a nice blush.  One that I often pick up for a refreshed look is the Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance.  

The packaging of this blush is very interesting.  From the top it looks like it is just a ordinary pot of blush with a see-thru top, but the bottom actually swivels out to reveal a nice mirror that will come in handy when doing your make-up anywhere other than your vanity.

The vivid pink color probably intimidates many but it is really nothing to be feared…

As you can see: when applied heavily it looks just like it does in the pan but if you use a nice fluffy brush and don’t apply a ton of product you can get a natural bright flush look.  

Another thing I like about this blush is that it isn’t shimmery but it does have a gorgeous satin, skin-like finish.  Perfect for those that want a luminous look but don’t want the shimmer.  

This blush also lasts such a long time.  I notice that my face looks blush-less after half a day’s time with certain blushes.  The Blush Rushes by Smashbox last a good-long time and stay looking even and amazing.  I give them 5 out of 5 stars!  
What is your go-to product for a happy face?
*This product was received as a prize for a contest for the brand.  All opinions are my own and this post is in no way sponsored.

Smashbox Proof Cream Eye Liner Palette Review and Swatches

If you are like me, you looove your liner.  I almost never skin eyeliner.  It adds so much to a makeup look.  I am always wanted to experiment with new colors but I have a  hard time committing to ones that I have never tried in the full size.  Smashbox has a palette filled with 10 cream liners and this one is called Proof.

This palette has your basic black and brown but a few other unexpected, fun colors.

The names are printed on the back for your convenience when going to purchase a full size in your favorites.

The swatches below match up to the names above.

They are unreal with lasting time.  I never have to touch up when I wear these liners.  And I love that there are so many fun shades that I wouldn’t typically wear.  I use some of the more natural colors (like Deep Bronze, Putty, and Thunder) as eyeshadow primers on occasion and they work GREAT for that as well.

The Smashbox Proof Cream Eye Liner Palette retails for $32. I give these palettes two giant thumbs up.  I have had 2 or 3 of these throughout the years and enjoy being able to travel with such a pocket friendly palette.  The product is great and even though they aren’t air-tight sealed I don’t have a problem with them drying up super fast.  I have had this palette for MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONTHS now and I am still using it almost daily.  Definitely something to look into if you are wanting to branch out.
*The product mentioned in this post was provided by the brand for a prize in a contest.  This post is in no way sponsered. All links are for your convenience only.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

I have been using BB Creams for over a year now.  In the last year more and more “Western” cosmetics companies have been coming out with their form of BB Creams.  They are leaps and bounds different from the “Eastern” cosmetics companies, but they are still breaking boundaries within the foundation world!  The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is the one I am reviewing for you today, so let’s get right to it!

The packaging is great.  It has a squeeze tube and dispenses the product nicely.  You are really able to control the amount that comes out. 
The consistency of the BB cream is slightly thick but still very airy.  It is more of a cream than a liquid.  
This BB cream as a light to medium coverage.  I find that it evens out my skin well and it still lets my actual skin (like freckles and suck) peek through.

Notice in the top picture you see very visible freckling on the back of my hand but after the Smashbox BB cream was blended in you can see the freckling but it is toned down quite a bit.

This BB cream claims to prime, perfect, hydrate, protect and control oil.   I find that as a primer is does a nice job.  As far as it perfecting my skin it does an okay job, not the best not the worst.  It does offer some hydration, although I don’t really count on a product like this to give me the moisture I need so I always apply one underneath.  As far as protection goes, SPF of 35 is pretty high and I think it does a good job.  Controlling oil………. what?  No, no, no, no…  
This does nothing to help my oil production at all!  I don’t even know why they would throw that into their claims because I can’t see that happening for anyone.  I could definitely be wrong by saying I don’t think it would work for everyone–because, sure, it may work for some.  My skin tends to get a bit oilier when I wear this BB cream.  I have oily skin to start with, so blotting throughout the day is no stranger to me, I just wanted you to not be fooled by that claim.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream retails for $39 and can be purchased online at Smashbox or Nordstom, as well as anywhere else Smashbox products are sold.  Overall I give this BB cream 3 out of 5 stars.  It does it’s job, but really I feel as though it is nothing more than a pigmented tinted moisturizer.  I do have BB creams that I love whole-heartedly but this one is just okay in my book.  
What is your favorite BB cream?  Let me know in the comments below!  I am always on the looking for a new goodie to try!
*This product was a prize in a Facebook contest.  In no way is this post sponsored.  All opinions are my own.  I am making use of affiliate links.

Amethyst Skies and Geisha Skin FOTD (TATCHA update)

I haven’t played with my purple eyeshadows in a while and I had some time to kill so I decided to use the Laura Geller Amethyst Skies “quad” and I came up with a this look… After playing around too long I didn’t have time to do my hair so PROMPTLY after this picture my hair went into a sock bun! LOL 

This eyeshadow set was limited edition (I am about 99.9% sure you can’t purchase it anymore) but there are lots of similar colors out there so work with what you have!

I tried to keep it pretty light on everything and just give a glow to all of the features of my face…

And I hope you can tell, but the TATCHA skincare routine that I have been using has been a GODSEND.  My face is 100% clear and honestly improving by the day.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  I have been using it for over a month now and I have seen GREAT improvements.  My favorite things from the skincare routine are still the serum and the cleansing oil.  If you are curious I would definitely start there.

Products Used:
FACE:
TATCHA Serum
Too Faced BB Cream in Nude Glow
Laura Mercier Loose Minerals in shade 2
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer
Smashbox Radiance blush
Bare Escentuals Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil as highlight
EYES:
Revlon Brow Fantasy
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Laura Mercier cream eyeshadow in Platinum
Laura Geller Amethyst Skies quad
Revitalash eyeliner in Raven
It Cosmetics Hello Lashes
LIPS:
Physician’s Formula Needle-Free Lip Plumping Cocktail in Pink Crystal (sheesh, long name)
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!  :)  Hope this may have inspired you or at least given you some sort of idea on how to use some of your makeup differently… 
*Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided for editorial consideration.  All opinions are my own–I wouldn’t use it if I didn’t love it!

REVIEW: Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst

One of my biggest obsessions are highlighters.  I own so many, some cream, some liquid, and the majority are powder.  If you have been reading my blog for a while you also know that I enjoy products that multi-task as well!  Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst satisfies both of these needs.  

The disc is made up of 5 different colors (golden tan/soft peach/tan/champagne/bronze shimmer) that can be worn together or individually.  I swirl them all together to use it as a highlighter on my cheeks and center of nose, but I sometimes use the individual shades as eyeshadows.  This would make for a super travel friendly palette, as it fits in the palm of my hand.  
The swatches below were taken in direct sunlight.  The first 5 swatches are individual swatches from the disc and the last larger swatch is them blended all together.  You can see that the variance in the individual shades aren’t drastic, but it does give you enough of a contrast that you can easily apply a color to the lid, contour the crease of the eye and do an inner corner or brow highlight.

The bottom swatch is taken indoors with a flash.  In this picture you can really pick up the peachy tone in the center individual swatch. 

Overall I really enjoy the Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights palette/disc in Baked Starburst.  It retails for $30 and can be purchased at Smashbox, Nordstrom, Sephora, Beauty.com, and anywhere else Smashbox is sold.  
*The product(s) mentioned in this post were won through a contest for the brand.  I was not asked to review these products, and all opinions are 100% my own.  I do make use of affiliate links.