The Blush: Benefit's Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
This boxed blush was featured on this blog when it first started towards the conclusion of 2012, in a 'What I Got For Christmas' post. Although it received a lot of love in the first month or so of possession, curiosity caused me to try new blushes and alas it has been sitting untouched in my drawers, for the better part of a year. Sad, but true. When bringing it back to life I can only think that I've been blind for the past year because this blush is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Because it isn't to pink or orange, and lies somewhere in the dusty mauve scale. Thus, this blush compliments so many skin tones without clashing with lip colours or attempting to steal the show. It adds a light layer of colour which seeks adds a natural amount of colour, never looking to obvious or patchy/streaky. As the name would suggest it contains brightening properties, which come in the form of a smooth sheen resulting in a healthy glow (please remove the image of glitter in any form from your mind). When applied on the cheekbones it acts to lift the whole face enhancing your natural beauty. All in all I highly recommend this blush as it is the perfect every day flush of colour, it would work particularly well of paled skinned pals or gals who love a loud lip.
There came a time in the beauty YouTube community (think 2010/11) when MAC was all the rage from the foundations to the eyeshadows to the lipsticks and to of course, the brushes. When my eldest brother was going a trip to the USA it was unquestionable that I required him to buy me the 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush I had been lusting after, as $85 in Australia for one brush was a bit out of my reach at the time, appose to the less the half American price tag. Admittedly when I first got this brush into my hands, I tried to love it, I really did, but I was left disappointed because it had bought it on the recommendation as a liquid foundation brush. Please don't make the same mistake I did, as the bristles are no where near dense enough to effectively blend any liquid formulation, it almost sends shivers down my spine thinking about it. ANYWAY, I opted for using my beautiful Real Technique Brushes which are still the love of my life, but a few weeks ago when I saw this sitting in my wardrobe untouched as it had been for closer to TWO YEARS I thought, enough is enough. I experimented with it until I found its true calling- the perfect blush brush for lightweight and even product placement. The bristles are the softest of any brush I own and the duo fibre element leaves a well blended, natural finish- perfect alongside Dandelion. Now I want to be clear here, I am not recommending this specific brush to anyone, because in my eyes $85 for one brush, or even $40 for one brush is ridiculous and if I could go back in time I probably wouldn't have asked for it. BUT I am recommending duo fibre brushes for blush application as well as encouraging anyone who has this brush lying around to give it another go like I did.
I hope after reading this you have the urge to 'shop your stash' and rediscover some old beauty favourites and if you do, I would LOVE to hear you findings in the comments!