The Most Flattering Blusher Colour?

Until very recently I was a pink blusher kind of gal.  The majority of my, albeit limited, collection are pale pinks.  As someone who blushes at the drop of a hat, I tend to avoid dark colours, to avoid looking like I am constantly embarrassed. I AM constantly embarrassed about one thing or another, but I don’t want to look like it if I can help it.  Recently, though I have ventured into the realm of peach blushers.  Peach is a universally flattering shade, it suits every skin tone, but I was always afraid of it for some unknown reason.


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It all started with the new Maybelline Baby Lips Balm and Blush.  I chose the shade Innocent Peach, because I decided I wanted to look like an innocent peach.  Not really, but I thought it was the most different from all the other blushers that I own. I have waxed lyrical about this little ball of loveliness many times already (including on Instagram) but I can’t help it. I love it so much! The colour is so flattering, and I love the fact that it is creamy but not sticky.   And they are only £4.99 here.


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I recently bought a few Korean sheet masks on Ebay, and at the same time I chose a pretty Tony Moly blusher.  The Petite Blusher Delight in Petite Coral is so pretty.  It came with a little puff, and the packaging is very pleasing to me.  Yes, I’m one of THOSE people who gets just as excited by the outside of the product as I do by what’s inside.  Again, this peach pretty was very affordable; less than £4 in fact, and with free shipping (here)


milani baked blush blusher peach luminoso


As an avid watcher of YouTube beauty videos, I have heard the words ‘Milani’ and ‘Luminoso’ on several (hundred) occasions.  It seems to be one of those much-loved products, that everyone owns.  It is also one of those rare beasts that actually lives up to the hype.  Luminoso Baked Blush by Milani, is a more orangey peach.  That’s not a bad thing though; it’s a glorious golden orange that gives a flattering glow.  The formula is soft and it blends perfectly.  Get yours here.


Finally, the newest addition to my peach blusher collection; the Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop.  I have been lusting after Cheek Pops for a while.  They are a little more on the expensive end of the spectrum, so it’s taken me a while to pluck up the courage.  I’m glad I did though, Melon Pop is a gorgeously subtle peach that adds just enough colour to the cheeks.  Of course, the fact that this blusher is shaped like a flower does not influence my opinion whatsoever.  £17 – here


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Now that we are coming in to spring (apparently…) I know I will be getting a lot of use out of these peach blushers.  Peach is such a flattering colour, and it makes a very welcome change from the myriad of pink shades that seem to be the norm.


What do you think?  Do you like peachy blushers, or do you stick to pinks or berry colours?


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Why is it so Hard to Find a Good Mascara?

Mascara is one of my favourite things to buy.  I regularly get seduced by the pretty packaging, and the claims that my lashes will suddenly become long and full and fantabulous. I imagine that I will be talking to my 1 year old, I will blink and she will be wafted across the room by the force of the breeze created. So why doesn’t his happen?! Huh? Am I asking too much?

Anyway, I bought three mascaras in the last couple of months (yes, I have a problem, what of it?).  They are all high street, rather than high end, but do any of them perform what they claim? Let’s take a look.





The Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara is a new offering from Maybelline.  It claims to give a false lash effect, with the ‘cup-shaped’ bristles.  These special bristles are designed to collect plenty of product, and then push up the lashes while also fanning them out.  I’ll be honest, I don’t hate this mascara, it does a reasonably good job of giving volume.  It didn’t lift my lashes though, and the brush is pretty evil.  The bristles are so pointy, I had to take a deep breath before I could bring myself to go anywhere near my eyeball with it.  The mascara itself is wetter than I would like, which unfortunately makes it too heavy to push the eyelashes up.  It’s also a bit clumpy; I know for some this would be a deal breaker.


revlon mascara lengthen black volume eyelashes


Revlon have a whole range of boring looking mascaras,  all offering some variation of length and/or volume.  After standing in front of the Revlon stand in Superdrug for approximately 2 hours, I went for the Super Length MascaraFirstly; The. Wand. Is. Huge.  It is massive, and bristly, and pokey.  I simply cannot apply this mascara without it getting in places it’s definitely not supposed to go.  I can’t pretend to be some sort of mascara applying pro, but to get it in your eyebrows is a bit ridiculous.  I could put up with that if it actually made a difference to my lashes, but it just doesn’t. After applying three layers, I do end up with slightly longer eyelashes.  The effect is nowhere near as dramatic as I would expect though.  I really cannot recommend this mascara.


Maybelline mascara lashes push up black lengthen


The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has been knocking around for ages, but it’s taken me a little while to try it out.  Of all my affordable mascaras, this is probably in my top three.  The wand is curved, which allows for a closer than usual application. This is useful for getting in nice and tight to the base of the lashes, and means you can really get some uplift.  As is common with Maybelline mascaras, the formula is a bit on the wet end of the spectrum.  It isn’t the worst I’ve ever used, but I prefer mascaras to be a little more dry, so that the layers can be built up without weighing down the lashes too much.


My mascara collection is growing steadily, and the majority are high street brands.  As much as I hate to admit it, my top two are high end.  It’s a tie between YSL and Nars, currently.  I balk at spending more than a tenner on a mascara, but with the amount that I own there is absolutely no logic to this method.  I think my plan for the future will be to be less impulsive and save up for a high end mascara that actually exceeds my expectations (if there is such a thing *sobs*)


Can you recommend any mascaras that thicken and lengthen?  Please let me know below!




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Review: Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

I have been on the lookout for an amazing mascara since the beginning of time.  Not to brag, but I am blessed with pretty decent lashes, however that doesn’t mean I don’t want them even bigger and longer. I have yet to find the perfect mascara, but that certainly doesn’t deter me from excitedly buying new ones every time I enter a makeup selling establishment.  My latest purchase is the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express (here)

Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara

Maybelline claim it will give colossal volume (9x the volume no less), with no clumps.  This mascara, although perfectly acceptable, did not give me colossal anything, and not even 2 times the volume, let alone 9 times.  The brush is quite large and nondescript, the formula is quite wet (and therefore heavy) and the smell is weird.  In fact, the scent is so strong I can smell it when it is on my eyelashes – which just seems so wrong.

  Now, generally speaking, I am a huge, you could even say colossal *snickers*, Maybelline fan.  I always gravitate towards the Maybelline stand before anything else when shopping, and would probably use my last £10 on something from them, over any other brand (assuming the kids didn’t need, like, food or anything).  So, I was disappointed that the Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara did not live up to Maybelline’s claims.

Having said all this, the price is decent (£6.99) and for someone with shorter lashes it may actually work. That may sound odd, but my lashes – although long and dark –  don’t hold a curl well (unless I go sans mascara).  Because of this I prefer a slightly dryer formulation that gives me length and fatness, without weighing my eyelashes down.  Maybe I will wait until this one dries out a bit more, then perhaps we can be friends.

In the meantime though, the search continues.

Do you have any mascara recommendations? Please let me know below! Or tweet me!! @JoyfulThings_J

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