Friday, January 21, 2011

My Newest Blush and A Blog Sale!

My newest addition to my collection is the Guerlain G Serie Noire Blush.  Thanks to the always wonderful Karla Sugar for helping me acquire it!  When I opened this beauty, I gasped--it is so gorgeous, I just had to share my excitement!  I'm sorry, I haven't done swatches, but I know several other bloggers have. But, here's how it looked when I opened it up:

 It arrived tucked inside a pink satin lined black velvet blush cozy and if you open the compact, there is a pretty magenta brush underneath--so adorable.  It's even prettier in person, pinker and less peachy nude. Going on the skin, it is a fresh and glowy corally-pink.  I love it!  

I also wanted to let you know that I posted some new things on my Blog Sale (including a cute dog/cat picture!).  I also added to my wishlist, so if you have anything you want to sell and think that I'd be interested, please drop me a line.  I'll be back soon with my next installment of Becca Pressed Shimmer Powders.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Becca Athena Pressed Shimmer Powder

The Athena PSP from Becca is a beautiful bronzy-gold color.  This pressed shimmer powder has a very metallic sheen, but no chunks of glitter.  Here's how it looks in the pan.

It doesn't look that exciting in the compact, kind of blah.  However, when I swipe it on, it comes to life.  It can be used as a highlighter or as a pale peachy-gold summery blush.  The pictures below are the swatches--heavy and then buffed out.

The pictures don't really do it justice.  It has a beautiful sheen that was hard to capture.

This is probably best for neutral or warm skins, but I think some cool toned girls could pull it off.  Here's a look at all of the PSPs. 

Next, I'll talk about my personal favorite, Gypsy (Surprise--it's pink!).  I hope you're enjoying the Becca products!  Did I mention, that my dear friend Lynn has a blog devoted to Becca products?  Please check it out--Shades of Becca.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Becca --Angel Pressed Shimmer Powder

I really neglect my shimmer powders and I don't know why.  These ultra fine powders give the nicest glow and go on so smooth.  They aren't the slightest bit chunky at all.  Angel is one of the prettiest ones too!  Here's how it looks in the pan.

Below are some swatches of Angel and Athena--Angel is on the left in each picture.  The first picture is a really heavy swatch and the second one is buffed out a little.  In actual practice, you'd probably use an even lighter hand to apply.

The color is a gorgeous peachy beige, but with a hint of pink, too.  It's really gorgeous and is the perfect highlight color for almost everyone.  Like I said, the powder is so silky smooth and there is no chunky glitter at all.  This is such a nice product if you want to splurge a little.  Here's what all the PSPs look like.  Aren't they lovely?

I have heard that Becca is discontinuing the large size and will reintroduce them in a smaller size (like their blushes), but I have no personal knowledge of that.  Next, I'll do Athena which is totally different, but equally gorgeous!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Becca Pressed Shimmer Powders--A Pretty, Shimmery Overview

Becca PSPs are a lovely, finely milled powder that  highlights, illuminates, and can even act as a blush depending on one's skin tone and shade of Pressed Shimmer Powder used.  The eight colors are Angel, Athena, Gypsy, Hyawatha, Nefertiti, Nymph, Odette, and Princess.  Here they are all together.

They're very hard to get swatches for, but I'll do my best!  I'll go through each of these beauties individually over the next week or so.  Let me know which is your fave. Oh, and I'm sure you've missed the Oscar pictures, so here is a gratuitious shot of my favorite boy on his birthday last year!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Becca Soft Touch Blush--Malika and Sylph

For some reason, I only have two Becca Soft Touch Blushes--I'll have to work on that this year.  These are really lovely sheer powder blushes that come in 5 colors. Malika and Sylph are the only two that I own and I really love them both. My friend Lynn has a blog dedicated to Becca and may have more of their blushes (including the cream ones!), so check out Shades Of Becca for her awesome swatches.

Malika is a nude-peach color.  It's very wearable, especially for those with pale skin.   Becca calls there formulation "semi-matte", but they have some super fine shimmer bits that help add a glow to my cheeks.  They're not crazy shimmery or metallic/frosty at all.  They have decent pigmentation, but are more sheer than pigmented and the texture on these is smooth, not a bit gritty.

Sylph is a very soft neutral pink.  It isn't bubble gum pink or bright at all.  As you can see from the swatches it's pretty pale and doesn't overwhelm my cool, very fair skin.  Sylph is one of my favorite blushes--I'm such a sucker for pale, barely there, pinks.  If you want to enhance your look with a sheer wash of color that is easy to wear, then these blushes are for you.

It's good to be back!  I'll return tomorrow with Becca Pressed Shimmer Powders.  I know they're not blush exactly, but they're close enough and oh so pretty!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Hi Everyone!  I hope you had a great holiday season and are kicking off the new year with some new makeup!  I'm still here and still obsessed with blush!  Yay!  Tomorrow (I promise!!!!) I will resume blogging on a regular basis.  My plan is to work through my blush collection alphabetically, then have some comparisons across brands once in a while.  Tomorrow, I'll start with Becca--I have a couple blushes and PSPs (pressed shimmer powders).  Speaking of Becca, a dear friend has started a blog dedicated to Becca and Becca swatches.  Please check out Shades of Becca and enjoy all her pretties!  TTYL!