Sunday, May 31, 2015

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: The Eyeshadow Hoarding Continues

In the past month I've gone on an eyeshadow palette rampage, picking up quite a few popular ones that I've had on my mind for too long and finally decided I needed. One of these is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette which I've swatched in Sephora numerous times but wanted to wait for a good sale. I picked this up with QVC was offering $20 off a $40 purchase for new customers, making this about 40% off. 

I love the sweet scent of the Too Faced Chocolate products and I think this palette has the perfect balance of warm, cool, matte and shimmer shadows. The packaging is also really adorable and the tin is quite durable for travel. I was surprised that the magnetized closure is not as strong as I thought and it's relatively easy to open and close this palette. That might not be a good thing when it comes to throwing this in a travel bag because it might open accidentally though. 

You get 16 eyeshadows in total. Fourteen of the shades are .03 ounces each and the two larger pans are .10 ounces each. There are six matte shades, six shimmer shades and four with a more glittery shimmer finish. I don't like that the shade names are on a plastic sleeve and not printed on the actual palette because it makes it really difficult to match the shade with a name. I guess for everyday use that doesn't really matter but for blogging purposes, it can make it difficult when you're referring to a specific shade in a palette of neutrals.

Above are swatches of all 16 shadows from left to right. All the shimmer shades are buttery and a dream to work with however some of the mattes are dry and not pigmented. The more glittery shades don't have the same creamy texture of the shimmers. The brown mattes are all wonderful but the large matte cream shadow is dry and it doesn't show up on my skin. The pink is especially awful and chalky. The most disappointing shadow in this palette is the sole "color", the purple. Candied Violet looks so promising in the pan but it is so dry and not pigmented in the slightest. I had to rub my finger in the pan a lot of times to get the swatch above. Despite some of the misses, a majority of the shadows are lovely and super nice. 

Despite some of the shadows not being consistent with the quality I've come to expect from Too Faced and a palette that retails for $49, I'm still happy to own this palette and I purchased it for only $29. I have two very popular neutral palettes scheduled to arrive in the mail on Monday and I'm excited to play with those as well. I'll give you a hint; for months if not years I thought both of those palettes looked boring and not up my alley but a few weeks ago I all of a sudden changed my mind and decided I needed to add them to my stash..... You'll find out in a few weeks what I'm talking about. In the mean time, let me know what you think of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Should I consider getting the Semi-Sweet version in the future? Any guesses on what two palettes I have coming in the mail?  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Another Round of Decluttering

I have the day off from work today so I took some time to clean my room and tackling the mess that has become my vanity. In the process, I poked around my makeup drawers and pulled out more bits that survived my previous purges (the most recent of which was just last month here). When I have the time, I'll swatch things I haven't touched in awhile and try to come up with some new combinations of looks. The above products are ones I never use for one reason or another and I don't see myself reaching for them in the future.

I've purchased several large eyeshadow palettes in the past few weeks, essentially doubling my large palette collection. Thus, I had to let go of some eyeshadows in my stash. I really liked the Maybelline Expert Wear Stylish Smokes Quads when they were in the equal sized pans. This Plum Smokes quad seems to have dried out or something because I can't get the shadows to apply nicely on my skin anymore. I don't have as much of a hard time with the older shadows which is interesting to note. Another Maybelline eyeshadow is the Eyestudio Mono Eyeshadow in I Love Lilac, a single I purchased in Amsterdam. Unfortunately this shadow has always been sheer and patchy, so it has no place in my collection. The Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Caramel is a lovely golden tan shadow but the packaging of the one I own is defective and glue seeps through the plastic, making this messy and difficult to open. I just don't have the patience to pry this open every time I want to use it. Then there is a Cargo Eyeshadow Duo which has no shade name on the packaging. The bronze half is one of the most buttery, smooth and pigmented bronze shadows I've touched but the gold side is chunky and a pain to use. I don't think I've ever actually done an eye look with this duo.

The Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown was the first eyebrow product I ever purchased but I rarely ever used it. The shade is too dark and too warm for my complexion and hair color. I prefer ashier eyebrow shades. I received the NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia in a Voxbox and at the time I thought it was a fun shade but now I realize I never wear such hot pinks. Similarly, I got the CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine in a Birchbox a long time ago and never reached for it.

It's rather addicting to weed out products I don't care for from my collection. I've been watching a ton of declutter and project pan videos on Youtube. However I've been hauling like a madwoman lately so I won't pretend like I'm making much progress in terms of downsizing my collection. I'll be passing this handful of unloved bits to my younger cousins and see if they fare better with some of these products.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Budget Bases from Maybelline: Before and After

I'll be the first to admit I don't need anymore foundations or concealers in my collection but these were highly raved about products and Maybelline had a good deal going on a few weeks ago at CVS. I've been putting the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation to the test and I'm finally ready to share my thoughts with you all. I've been on a high-end makeup kick recently but I can't shake off the urge to try some affordable products at the drugstore as well.

Almost everyone on Youtube seems to smear copious amounts of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer under their eyes to brighten and highlight. I have the shade in Neutralizer which is a light yellow color that is perfect for my under eye area at the moment. When I'm more tan in the summer, this will be too light for me. The products seeps through the soft sponge when you twist the red part of the tube. Although you can apply the product from the sponge directly to your skin, I prefer dabbing my finger on the sponge to pick up less product and apply that way. When I tried applying the concealer with the sponge, I pick up too much product and it creases into my skin.

A few light dabs of the concealer brightens up my under eye area but looks very natural. I have to prep my under eye area with a good eye cream before using this concealer as it has a tendency to accentuate dry lines. The wear time of this concealer is good and it doesn't cake or fade when I set it with powder. For the price, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer is pleasant to use and a good product. 

The Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation is Maybelline's answer to the Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation and now every makeup brand seems to have their own liquid lightweight foundation. I bought the Maybelline foundation in the shade 15 Ivory, the second to lightest shade. It was frustrating to purchase this from the drugstore as there is no safety seal around the cap so I had to check to make sure the foundation wasn't tested and swatched (gross!).

The applicator is a tear drop shaped plastic that doesn't really do much in the way of dispensing foundation. My preferred method of application is to take a buffing brush and run it on the tear drop spatula two or three times to pick up a tiny bit of product. Then I'll buff away into my skin. One of the first things I noticed about this foundation was the scent. This foundation smells like rubbing alcohol which puts me off from using it everyday. If you have sensitive skin, this probably is not something you want to try.

I like using this foundation because it looks like skin. Here you can see my bare face on the left and my skin after applying only a bit of the Dream Wonder foundation. The fluid blends seamlessly onto the skin and does not cling onto dry patches too badly. It tends to get a bit fussy on my forehead, in between my eyes. But it's nowhere near as difficult to apply as the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation which looked like a hot mess on my face. The Maybelline foundation tones down redness, evens out light hyper-pigmentation and feels nonexistent on the skin. It also lasts the whole day after setting it with powder and doesn't disintegrate into my oily pores.

I'm impressed by these budget-friendly products from the drugstore and think they're worth a look if you're looking for a natural looking concealer and foundation for the summer time. These shades probably won't suit me in July or August but I'll be wearing them often until then. Have you tried either of these products? What do you think of them?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Kit

When I saw this trio of mini Peter Thomas Roth masks online, I was intrigued because I've never tried any of their products and the idea of a gel wash-off mask seemed appealing. For $20, you get half an ounce of three masks: the Cucumber Gel Mask, Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Gel Mask and Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. Did I like any of these masks enough to warrant purchasing a full size?

I'm always lured in by sample sizes as the jars are adorable, travel friendly and I can actually use up the product within a reasonable amount of time. Although the website clearly stated the size of these minis, I was pretty surprised at how small they were. If you compare the price of the full sizes, this mini trio is actually not a value set and it costs less per ounce to purchase a full sized jar of each mask. You essentially get $14.80 worth of product for $20 which is quite disappointing. The good news is that you don't need a lot of product per use so you can probably get at least six applications per half ounce tub.

The Cucumber Gel Mask is supposed to be refreshing, cooling, moisturizing, and calming but frankly, I don't seem to notice a difference in my skin after using this. The gel is cooling at the onset of application but it doesn't stay that way and after rinsing off, my skin doesn't seem to be any more moisturized or calm. I will save this for the summer after a day at the beach and perhaps it will be good for as an aftersun mask.

The Rose Stem Cell Mask has a slew of benefits for anti-aging, moisture and brightening. The texture of both this mask and the cucumber mask are a thick malleable jelly, almost like a hair gel. The rose mask actually stung a bit on my cheeks when I applied it to my skin. The mask has a pleasant rose scent that is not too overpowering. I hope it's not just my bias towards rose scented products but I think this mask makes my skin a touch softer after use. It's definitely not anything drastic but my skin looks a bit more smooth and healthy.

The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask had the most noticeable effect but it's also very strong in terms of a chemical exfoliant and I would warn people with sensitive skin to patch test this before applying all over.  The mask smells amazing and just like pumpkin pie which is nice if you like pumpkin pie and probably not so good if you don't. The directions say to massage the mask on your face as a scrub since there are bits of aluminum oxide that physically exfoliate. Then let the mask sit for three to five minutes to allow the pumpkin enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids to do their work. Unfortunately I couldn't even manually scrub and only let the mask sit on my face for about a minute before I had to wash it off. The mask practically felt like it was burning. After rinsing there was no noticeable damage to my skin and I'm happy to report that my face was much smoother after just a quick treatment.

Above are the ingredients lists for all three masks which are conveniently labeled on the packaging. I'm disappointed to report the cucumber and rose masks weren't very effective and not worth the $45 for a full size. The pumpkin mask definitely did its job but it was a bit too strong for my skin so I won't be purchasing it either. Have you tried these masks? I'm curious to hear other reviews as the ratings on Sephora are quite high for these masks!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mac Shy Girl Lipstick: The First and Last

Most bloggers and Youtubers have at least post or video dedicated to Mac lipsticks whether it's about their collection, favorites or just indivudual reviews. Seeing those little black tubes lined up is a strangely satisfying image. I recently took a few Mac empties to Back to Mac and redeemed Shy Girl lipstick, a nude peach in their Cremesheen formula. A lot of people rave about the Cremesheen formula and Shy Girl is a rather popular shade so I thought I would like it. Another reason that I was attracted to Shy Girl is because my boyfriend's last name is Shy so I thought it was quite appropriate. It's a silly reason but a reason nonetheless!

Unfortunately I just don't get on with Mac lipsticks. Shy Girl has silver shimmers running through it and it applies patchy. You can see in the above swatch that the lipstick highlights every nook and cranny in my lips. My lips weren't even dry when I applied the lipstick but the formula sucked all the moisture out of my lips and made them feel flakey. The texture is not creamy and it drags upon application.

I am not sure why Mac lipsticks are still popular because there are so many better formulas on the market nowadays. Mac lipsticks currently cost $16 which puts them on the low end of department store brands but I'd rather save up a few more dollars for a better formula. The next time I Back to Mac for something, I'll opt for an eyeshadow.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Investment Quad: Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Rivoli

Chanel's Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in Rivoli is every neutral lover's dream in a compact. I've had this palette on my wishlist for quite a long time because all of the colors are wearable and perfect for a natural look or a smokey eye. The only thing stopping me was the $61 price tag... ouch. I finally bit the bullet when I purchased the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirage and I'm pretty pleased with my purchase.

When I first opened the palette I was a bit worried that the two darker shades would look very similar but once swatched you can see that each color is very distinctive. At first glance it also appears that all the shades are shimmery but there are actually varying degrees of reflects in the shadows. The lightest and darkest shades are more of a satin finish whereas the taupe is almost metallic. While there are no matte shadows, I personally think you can do a complete eye look with just this quad without it looking overly shimmery. The shadows themselves are smooth and soft without being powdery. Out of all the other color options in the Les 4 Ombres lineup, I think Rivoli is the most flattering and wearable because the colors are not all cool or warm. The taupe leans purple but the midtone tan shade is a bit warm.

As with other Chanel compact products, the quad comes packaged in a velvet sleeve and there is a nice mirror on the lid which is handy for traveling. Unlike the blushes and lipsticks which are noticeably scented, the eyeshadows do not have added fragrance. This is an excellent quad if you travel frequently and want the perfect mix of neutral shadows. Do you need this if you already have lots of neutral eyeshadows? Probably not. Especially considering the price tag and that you only get .07 ounces of product. But if you're not on a tight budget and you want a beautiful neutral quad, this might be something to look into.

Monday, May 11, 2015

About Last Saturday - Eats, Views and Random Thoughts

Has it been years since I shared a lifestyle, food - intensive post? I've been eating my way through the city I call home more than ever but I haven't been in the mindset to take pictures of everything lately. This past Saturday I spent the entire day milling about Manhattan meeting up with a good friend I haven't seen in months, exploring familiar nooks by myself and enjoying a delicious meal with my boyfriend. Here are a few snippets of my day.

First up, lunch at Goa Taco,  a hole-in-the-wall joint down on Delancey recommended by my friend. Their unique factor is that they substitute a tortilla with an Indian roti. I had the pork belly taco with red cabbage slaw and it was delicious. It's a little out of the way for me but if you're ever in the area, perhaps waiting for your tour at the Tenement Museum right next door, I'd recommend a pit stop. 

My friend and I then sauntered down to Soho where we then parted ways and I roamed around familiar streets and did some window shopping. I have to admit I spent most of my time perusing the aisles of Sephora, swatching things I've never swatched before. I go through phases where I'm all about buying clothes or buying beauty products. For the past month or two, I've been solidly in the beauty category.

On a nice day I usually just walk from Soho to Union Square but it was muggy that day and I had a feeling my feet were going to bother me later so to the R train I went. It definitely helps to have an unlimited metrocard in the city because a single ride now costs $2.75. When I was born in 1992, the cost was less than half of what it is today.... Another thing to grumble about as a New Yorker. 

Truth be told, I don't buy a lot of books in-store anymore but I try to order online from Barnes & Noble because I appreciate having a library-like environment in the chaos of the city. I don't know if my online purchases help the brick and mortar locations at all and if anything, it probably hurts them. But it's sort of ridiculous that the books are always at least 30% cheaper online than in the store....

I had a few hours to idle on my own so I read through sections of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers and wandered into the travel section where I scoped out guides for Norway and Sweden where I'll be visiting in June. I've never brought a guide book with me when traveling but just flipping through the pages made me overwhelmed.

The Union Square neighborhoods is one I tend to pop by often because it has a variety of shops I like to browse and it's a convenient walk to Soho or up to Flatiron and Herald Square. But over the years the park itself has become less and less welcoming. Has there always been so many homeless people in the area and have I just been blind to it in the past? Out of towners, I'd like to hear what you thought about the streets of New York when you visit.

I think dog watching might be more fun than people watching. Just look at this guy in his fancy kicks! If you ever walk around with me, you are guaranteed to hear no less than five gasps of "look how cute!" from me about a four legged friend.

Dinner time rolled around and my boyfriend and I booked it to Ootoya, a Japanese restaurant that always has a ridiculous wait time. I've eaten here two times prior and the last time we had to wait something close to two hours. Luckily we arrived right at 6:00 pm and were told there was only a 30 minute wait. For restaurants that aren't so good I probably would have not waited but for Ootoya, it's worth it.

Ootoya is a Japanese restaurant which might make you think immediately of sushi and udon but there's actually very little sushi and much more than just noodles. They offer many set meals that come with soup, pickled vegetables, rice and steamed egg. My boyfriend chose a rice bowl set that came with sashimi, okra, avocado, natto and a soft boiled egg. The prices are very reasonable for the amount and quality of food.

For a starter we tried something neither of us had tried from Ootoya, pressed sushi. There was salmon prepared three ways, firmly pressed atop slightly sticky rice. Delicious! The shiitake mushrooms on the side were incredibly sweet and tasty as well.

For my entree I chose the silky pork set which is a delicious cutlet of juicy, melt in your mouth pork. It looks like a really tiny portion but I had already consumed some cold soba, the sushi and given the potato salad, rice, soup and steamed egg, I was stuffed by the end of the meal. We also ordered black sesame ice cream and fiji apple ice cream to cleanse our palates. The black sesame was fantastic but I'd skip the fiji apple flavor next time because it tasted exactly like school apple sauce. Aside from the unfortunate apple ice cream, everything else was great and I know I'll be coming again in a few months.

After that indulgent dinner, we made our way to the Highline a few avenues away. We chanced upon this cool mural in a parking lot and I thought it looked like something out of a movie.

The Highline during daytime makes for a brilliant stroll but the Highline in the evening transports you to a futuristic setting. The nearby luxury condos and subdued neon lights make for an interesting combination. We walked 15 odd blocks on the Highline and studied the apartments we probably will never be able to afford (we're talking one bedrooms for $2 million here) and people watched.

There is a lot of construction and development happening on the West Side and I wonder how so many people can afford these rents. Since graduating from college last year and starting a full time job, I've gotten a lot of questions about when I plan on moving out and to be honest, I'm not in a huge rush. Perhaps it's because I'm Asian and there's not a strong stigma against living with your parents. But the bigger reason is that it makes little sense for me to shell out more than half of my income to live in a substandard shoe closet on the outskirts of the city all in the name of being a proper adult. Here's to hoping that with a few more years of diligent work, maybe there's a chance I can afford a decent place to stay....

Hope you guys liked this little catch up or at least appreciate the food pictures! What's been on your mind recently besides the latest beauty collection? Any life advice for a young twenty something year old? I'm all ears!  

Friday, May 8, 2015

My First Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirage

I'm building up my high end makeup collection ever so slowly and trying to be more conscious of acquiring wearable shades that I can actually use on a daily basis. I was intrigued by the Chanel Illusion D'Ombres since they've been released but only recently allowed myself to purchase one after purging a handful of cream shadows I wasn't using in my stash. I chose the shade Mirage, a deep bronze shade that I can wear everyday for work. 

Mirage looks darker in the heavy plastic or glass (I can't tell) container than it does on the skin. To describe this as a cream shadow would be only partially correct. This is a cream unlike any shadow I've felt before. It is ultra smooth and lightweight, almost like a dense mousse. I like to apply this product with my fingers and it blends out beautifully on the eyelids with minimal effort. You get a soft wash of color with a very subtle, elegant shimmer. No glitter particles in sight!

For $36 for a 4 gram container, I would expect no less. Even though the jar is quite big compared to my other cream shadows, you get the same amount of product as you would in the Maybelline Color Tattoos. Although this is described as a long wearing eyeshadow, I don't find this lasting on my eyelids for more than eight hours and there is noticeable fading throughout the day. This is a disappointment since I usually opt for cream shadows when I want to be out the door in a hurry and I don't want to have to put on a separate eyeshadow base.

I pulled a bunch of warm toned cream eyeshadows from my stash to do some comparisons. Even though Mirage looks like a standard, run of the mill brown shade, I actually don't have an exact dupe of it in cream form. Chanel describes the finish as luminous which I think is pretty spot on. It's shimmery but not overly so and definitely not metallic. It looks very sophisticated and appropriate for all occasions. 

I've been wearing this cream eyeshadow a lot as a one-and-done eye look with eyeliner and mascara and I like it. The color is beautiful and the texture is very enjoyable to apply. The only gripe I have is with the poor staying power which is unfortunately a deal breaker. For that reason, I will not indulge in more of these Illusion D'Ombres and stick to my more long lasting cream shadows. Have you tried the Chanel Illusion D'Ombres? What's your favorite cream eyeshadow?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Addicted to Blush Tag

When Monika tagged me to do this post, I was hesitant to actually go through my blush stash and pick favorites. I liken it to having to choose your favorite child... if I had any children. OK, maybe it's not that serious but it's quite hard to narrow down your favorites when you're a makeup hoarder like I am. Let's get on with the first question, shall we?

What colour blush suits you the most?
The first picture says it all: I love peachy pink blushes. Matte, shimmer, cream, powder; I love them all.
Pressed/Cream/Loose Blush?
My collection is mostly comprised of pressed powder blushes so I guess that's my preference. I really like cream blushes too but I usually spend less time blending powder blushes so I reach for them more often.

Favorite shimmery blush?
I'm a sucker for shimmery blushes but not ones with glitter. In the end I had to pick Nars Deep Throat because it has a gorgeous pinky peach base with golden shimmer that lifts the face but doesn't highlight pores or imperfections. My cheeks always look healthy when I wear this.

Favorite matte blush?
As for matte blush, I also have to hand it to Nars because their matte formulation is truly matte without being flat. Nars Gina wins my pick for favorite matte because the orange shade is very complementary to my warm skintone and it looks natural without being sallow. 

Favorite cream blush?
My favorite everyday cream blush is Stila's Convertible Color in Peony. It's the best everyday shade for when I have no idea what to put on my cheeks. The formula is slightly dense so you won't pick up too much product by accident and the color lasts the full day on me. The NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Rose Petal is my budget pick because it is also a very flattering color for many skintones and the cream is highly pigmented. You only need the teensiest amount so you have to be careful when applying!

Favorite drugstore blush?
To be honest, I don't have a whole lot of blushes from the drugstore. I recently purged a bunch of makeup and a few drugstore options got tossed or given away as well because I just haven't found many that I've truly enjoyed using. I can vouch for the Wet n' Wild Color Icon Blushes in Berry Shimmer and Mellow Wine. Both of these are super pigmented and smooth to the touch. They're a bit powdery but I can deal with that for $3. I bought these when they were 40% off or BOGO so it's amazing the quality you can get for under $2! I'm also a fan of the Physician's Formula pH Matchmaker Blush in Natural because it's a gorgeous vibrant peachy pink that I don't come across often. 

Favorite high-end blush?
I couldn't really pick a favorite high-end blush because I really like the ones I have so I just chose Nars as a brand since I have several of their blushes. They go overboard with the glitter at times (Orgasm and Oasis) but in general I think they are famous for their blushes for a reason. A little product goes a long way so these are worth the money if you find a shade you really love.

Favorite bright blush?
I kind of cheated here and picked three because they're all totally different shades. Mac Pink Swoon is the perfect matte Barbie pink but it's a sheertone formulation so it doesn't actually go on the cheeks that bright. Tarte's Cheek Stain in Flush is a deep berry but it's a sheer gel texture so it adds a bright pop without looking overdone. Illamasqua's Cream Blush in Rude is a fantastic orange that blends out beautifully on the cheeks. I've talked about it many times but I honestly use it only in the summer. I need to make it a point to reach for this more often. 

Biggest blush disappointment/regret?
I had to think about this question for awhile because nothing came to mind easily. But when my eyes fell on the Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet, I remembered how frustrated I was with this product. This was hyped up by many of the British bloggers and Youtubers and I just don't see why they loved it so much. It's not very pigmented, not easily blendable and you get very little product. 

Best blush packaging?
Both of my picks for best blush packaging happen to be from the drugstore but they're not available in the U.S. First is the Majolica Majorca Creme de Cheek Blush which is a liquid blush housed in a glass jar with the cutest princess-esque details. Catrice is a German brand that encases their Defining Blush in a sturdy clear plastic, reminiscent of Shu Uemura's old blush packaging. Definitely pick these up when you're traveling!

What's on your blush wishlist?
I have a never ending wishlist when it comes to makeup so I can't name only a few blushes I'd like to get my grubby little hands on. I will admit I'm a sucker for high end blushes. I like to have doubles of things in different shades so I probably will add a second Chanel blush and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush to my collection later this year. I'd also like to dip my fingers into some Burberry and Tom Ford. On the other end of the price spectrum, I'm very curious about Colourpop blushes and perhaps some Makeup Geek. 

Holy grail blush?
This was a difficult question because I don't think I could live with just one blush. But... if I had to pick... I'd have to choose Nars Deep Throat. Like I said before, it's the perfect peachy pink shade and I actually stop and think "wow, what a pretty blush" when I wear it. It's also the first Nars blush I ever purchased and one of the first high-end makeup products I purchased so it holds some sentimental value.

If you want to hear some more brush babble, check out the video below!

I tag all of you to do look through your blush stash and pick out some of your favorites to share! I'm always looking for new blushes to put on my wishlist so I'd love if you told me yours in the comments.