My Favourite Blush: Benefit Box O’ Powder Dandelion

Dandelion with title

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I love Benefit’s Dandelion blusher. It was the first high end blusher I bought and it was the blusher that made me realise I could wear blusher. I’m not the biggest blusher fan and I don’t wear it everyday but I own too many, I feel blush looks a little strange on my skin tone but this is my favourite and my go-to shade.

I’ve had my Dandelion blusher for years but during Christmas I dropped it and it smashed so I had to immediately replace it so I thought it was the perfect time to do a mini review because the packaging is pristine.

dandelion 2

Dandelion is a really pretty baby pink shade with a subtle silver shimmer. The pigmentation is perfect for me, it’s quite sheer and easy to blend and build up. For me, it’s a really easy shade to wear because it’s pretty difficult to apply too much. For reference, I’m super pale and I feel blusher doesn’t suit me, I think this blusher is perfect for paler people because it’s not a scary, bright shade and it looks really natural. On the packaging, it claims you can use it all over the face to brighten up the skin, I tried this but it doesn’t work for me. It think it’s look too shimmery and pink all over the skin but it might work for others.

The packaging of Benefit’s blusher are always a talking point. I like the packing of Dandelion but I do agree it’s not the best for throwing in a make up bag or travelling because it just cardboard but I do prefer this packaging to the earlier style (the lid used to come off completely, the lid is attached on this one). Dandelion, like all the Box O’ Powders, come with a mini brush.

Have you tried Dandelion? What’s your favourite blusher?

http://www.boots.com/en/benefit-dandelion-pink-perk-me-up-face-powder_7692/

Some Thoughts on New Products

Autumn is one of the best times of the year for new launches, lots of new products hit the market and I immediately head to my nearest counter to have look. There have been several new products which have launched and I’ve really liked them but there have been reasons why I haven’t splashed out on them. Here is a quick rundown.

YSL Youth Liberator Foundation

This isn’t just a foundation, it contains YSL’s Youth Liberator serum to give you long term skincare benefits whilst wearing makeup. This is a proper full coverage foundation but it doesn’t look cakey or heavy, it leaves the skin with a dewy glow but not shiny. Everything about this foundation is lovely, the bottle is beautiful and the foundation itself is a really good product, my only issue was the lightest shade wasn’t light enough for me but if the shade suits you, I really, really recommend trying it, it’s beautiful.

Clarins Instant Concealer

Clarins make-up is fantastic quality, I absolutely adore the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and a few other products so I had to try this. It’s designed to cover dark circles but mimic the skin’s natural tones so it looks very natural. The texture is gorgegous, it’s perfect for under the eyes, it’s very moisturising and light in texture but it has amazing coverage and does not crease. However, the lightest shade was too dark for me but it’s amazing if you have dark circles.

Benefit Rockateur

Dandelion is one of the few blushes I own because I’m not a big blusher fan but Dandelion is just amazing. The rest of Benefit blushers don’t suit me but when this launched I had to try it because it looks beautiful in the box. However, it didn’t suit my very pale skin but I’ve seen it on other people and it looks lovely. As with all Benefit blushes, it’s very long-lasting and the pigmentation is really good and I think this would last you a really long time.

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation

I love Bobbi Brown, it’s one of my absolute favourite brands and I’m never disappointed with the products. This latest foundation is no disappointment, I absolutely love it and the only reason I have bought it is because I have enough foundations and tinted moisturisers but this is on my wish list and it will be mine, eventually. If you want the dewy, luminous skin look but have normal to skin this is perfect, I have combination skin and I loved it. The shade range is absolutely fantastic and the finish and coverage is beautiful.

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

I really like Bourjois foundations, I think they’re among the best foundations on the high street. This is a nice foundation but I’ve noticed the shades run darker than the rest of the foundations. In Healthy Mix, I’m 51 which is slightly too dark and too yellow but the lightest shade in this is way too dark.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation

Like a lot of foundations, this isn’t pale enough me, there is no way I could wear this foundation which is a shame because I really like it. The texture is very liquid, almost just like water which I like because I think the watery textures blend better and tend to look more natural. The consistency reminds me of Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. The coverage is light but buildable to medium and the finish is just like natural skin (your skin but better look) so it’s perfect if you don’t want to look like your wearing make-up. The rumours online were differently right, it’s almost identical to Armani Maestro so if you’re looking for a cheap dupe, look no further. It has SPF18 which means it does flash back so don’t wear it if your expecting flash photography. My only criticism is the limited shade range and it does oxidise slightly.

 

May Favourites

May is nearly over and I’ve discovered and rediscovered so many brilliant products. These are my favourites.

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara

This has became my absolute favourite mascara, I’ve been wearing everyday since I got it. It’s really buildable and lasts all day without any smudges and flakes and I love the flexible wand because it helps zig-zag motion.

http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Volum-Express-The-Mega-Plush-Mascara_1321332/

Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet

I rarely wear blushers, I go through phasing of wearing it but I have a loads of blushers. Cream blush is my favourite, it’s so easy to apply, it’s impossible to mess up. This is the easier blusher to apply, it blends really easily and the peachy colour is really pretty and perfect for the summer.

http://www.boots.com/en/Bourjois-Little-Round-Pot-Cream-blush_1321762/

Nail Art

I’ve really got into nail art, I always wanted to give it try but I never got round to buying the dotting tools but now I have them, I find it really enjoyable.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

I bought this last year when it launched and I used it, liked it and then forgot about it. It’s a really good all round foundation and the lightest shade, Lightest Porcelain is really pale, cool toned shade.

http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-Match-Perfect-Foundation_1281345/

 

Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet

bourjois creamy blush with title

Bourjois powder blushers are brilliant, they come in tons of colours and the quality can rival blushers triple the price, however, cream blushers were always missing from the range. I prefer cream blushes to powder because they are impossible to mess up and they look more delicate and pretty. The high street lacks good cream blushers but Bourjois has came along and made fantastic cream blushes.

Bourjois Creamy Blush with title2

 I like peach blushers but I’m a little scared of them, I know peach looks really flattering on pale skin but a lot of peach blushers show up orange. The packaging is identical to the Little Round Pots, only slimmer and they close with a magnet and it has a mirror inside the lid. The cream to powder formula means they are incredibly easy to blend and the finish is a pretty, subtle flush of colour. I have super pale skin and this doesn’t look orange, like some peach blushers can, it’s lovely pale peach shade but if you want a stronger flush of colour, it can be layered. I think it’s a perfect summer shade.

Bourjois Cream Blush 01 swatch
One of the drawbacks of cream blushers is the longevity, some cream blushers do not last on the skin but these are really long-lasting, I’ve worn this one for over eight hours and the colour looked as good as it did when I first applied it.

Overall, I really love this, the quality is brilliant and colour and finish is just gorgeous and I’ll definitely be picking up 03.

Usual price is £7.99 but they are currently on offer for £6.99 in Boots http://www.boots.com/en/Bourjois-Little-Round-Pot-Cream-blush_1321762/