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Friday, 6 December 2013

Favourite Autumn & Winter Blushes!

As part of blogmas last year (that I failed miserably at & didn't make past day 8 - I'm hoping this year I'll be better at it!) I wrote a post about my favourite Autumn & Winter blushes and I thought I would document my favourites from this year too. The colour themes that I gravitate towards at the time of the year haven't changed, I either go for a neutral & nude look or a super bright red/berry look. There are two that are the same from last year, but I also have four newer blushes that I've been reaching for a lot this year.

I have a feeling that Illamasqua Tweak will be my ultimate favourite blush for winter for a very long time to come, I loved it last year and I love it even more this year. There's no denying that it looks incredibly intimidating in the pan, especially if you're as fair as I am, but with a light hand there's absolutely nothing to be scared of. Illamasqua blushes are so perfect in their consistency and the powders blend like a dream. This red-toned bright pink gives the prettiest flush, like you've just come inside from an afternoon in the snow and it's perfect. I have a review post with pictures of how it looks on my cheeks here. At £18 each these aren't the most affordable blushes, but if you find a colour you really love I think they're well worth the investment.
Topshop Prime Time is a blush that I don't tend to reach for very often during the warmer months, but as soon as the temperature drops it's one I use a lot. With a beautiful cream to powder formulation and a strong pigment, it's one that is easy to apply and lasts a long time before fading just a little before the end of the day. I'd describe this colour as a dolly pink, it's bright & if I apply too much I end up looking a little silly, but it's also wearable and really pretty if I'm really careful when applying it. At £6 Topshop blushes are really well priced, it can be tempting to pick up a new shade every time I'm in Topshop 'just browsing'... oops!

I got this tiny sample of Benetint free with a magazine ages ago and although it's not something I reach for all the time, I'm really glad I have it in my collection. If I'm being totally honest, I find this a bit of a faff to apply because you have to work really quickly before it dries and I tend to panic a little and get flustered. When I'm going for a no-make up look I really like applying one layer of this for a really pretty, sheer rosy tint.

If you have really fair skin I would say don't purchase Encore* in the ELF HD Blush range unless you're willing to be really, really careful when you apply it. The tiniest, tiniest amount goes such a long way, it's insanely pigmented and the smallest dot seems to blend out for eternity. When I used this for the first time I used what I thought was a small amount and I ended up looking like a clown, not even blending it out with my foundation brush would help! Colour wise I would describe this as the blush version of Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick, it's a beautiful pink toned red that is perfect for this season. When I have the time to spend in the morning being really careful with application I reach for this because sometimes I think it's worth the effort! For under £4 these are a total bargain!

When I'm looking for a beautifully sheer fuchsia pink I always reach for my Estee Lauder Cello Shot in X-Pose Rose*. Don't let the brightness of the packaging put you off, these really are super sheer but they can be built up a little for a slightly stronger pop of colour. When blended out it doesn't look like you're wearing any make up at all, it's really natural and very pretty. At £24 they're definitely not cheap, but if you love a sheer blush look I would really recommend these! I have an entire review post, which you can see here.

When I don't fancy a pink cheek I always reach for Stila Gerbera because it's the perfect neutral blush. This is one I like to wear all year round, but when I want to wear a festive red lip I've been popping this on my cheeks to balance everything out. The formula is beautiful, it blends really easily and lasts really well almost all day. It's a cream that doesn't feel at all oily, it looks really natural and feels super lightweight. I could talk about this all day long, but I won't, all I'll say is that if you love a neutral blush as much as me, this is one that's well worth investing in!
I'm sorry I don't have pictures of all of these on my cheeks, I've linked to past posts where I can and I thought I would include this picture of how they look on my hand. Keep in mind I'm pretty yellow-toned, so although this is what the colours look like on me, they may look slightly different on you if you're more neutral or pink toned!

Have you tried any of these before?
What is your favourite blush for this time of the year? 

Love, Jennie 
xoxo

53 comments:

  1. oooh this is great as I'm on the hunt for new blushes! the Stila one is gorgeous x

    http://www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It looks really natural on the cheeks, very pretty <3

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  2. These are beyond gorgeous! I don't own a single one but I think I may need to. <3

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    1. Always happy to enable a blush purchase ;)

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  3. all these shades looks so pretty!I may have to buy the stila one xx

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    1. I really recommend it, it's a perfect colour and the formula is beautiful too! xo

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  4. I haven't tried any of these before, I'm not really a blush kind of girl but benefits benetint looks pretty x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. It's a beautiful, subtle shade <3

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  5. I love blusher! The Illamasqua and Topshop ones look beautiful. Great post Jennie :)

    Jess xo

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  6. pretty, perfect for that christmassey rosy cheek glow :)

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    1. Definitely! Love that look at this time of the year <3

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  7. Gorgeous colours that Illamasqua blush sounds gorgeous I have just bought Nymph and its so pretty they re really good blushes. x

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    1. Ooh I've had my eye on that shade too, such a beautiful one xo

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  8. I don't tend to wear blusher as I find it a little scary (I knew a girl that wore so much she looked like she'd made up her face with finger paints and it put me off) but these colours are actually very pretty. I'd be tempted to try the benetint :)

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    1. Ahh that's never a good look! Benetint gives such a lovely, subtle colour <3

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  9. I always notice the colour on your cheeks so this is quite an nice insight.

    The swatches look lovely, and I've been contemplating Gerbera after seeing you wear it. I think pink blush suits you so well, whether sheer or slightly more pigmented, and the neutral shade of Gerbera just as much.

    I really like Benetint but I only ever use it on my lips.

    X

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    1. Gerbera is a really beautiful colour, I love it for minimal make up looks <3

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  10. yayyy i love benetint for the colder months too! and that stila gerbera blush is so pretty.. it's been on my wishlist ever since you mentioned it a while back :))

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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    1. Benetint is the perfect rosy shade. Gerbera is beautiful, I think it would look perfect on so many skin tones <3

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  11. I love that you did this post, I've been looking for good blushes to try. -Hanna Lei

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  12. Great post, love the look of the estee lauder blush :) <3
    http://sparklyghosts.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. I really want to try the HD Blush by benefit.
    I also quite like tints such as the one by Benefit but I'm never too sure how to apply them because it tends to make my fingers go red. I've used a cotton pad before but it soaked up most of the product before it had time to stain my cheeks haha.

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're a bit of a faff to apply I agree! I tend to dot a bit on my cheeks and really quickly blend it out with a brush! xo

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  14. I never liked cream blushes until I tried the stila ones! Now I love those! Lovely post xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

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  15. Those are beautiful! I especially love the Topshop Prime Time! <3 Might have to pick that one up ;)

    Emma xox

    www.glitterandwishes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a total bargain and I'm always happy to enable a blush purchase ;) x

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  16. This is such a lovely selection, the Illamasqua and ELF blushes are my favourites :) xx

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  17. I really love the Elf HD blushers! They are insanely pigmented as you say, so I can see my pot lasting for ages. They seem to last on the skin for a long time too, all in all, very awesome! xxx

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    1. Such lovely blushes and so affordable, my favourite combination! xo

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  18. You have chosen some gorgeous shades here Jennie, I think the Illamasqua one is my favourite :)
    Amy xA Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Thank you, it's my favourite too <3

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  19. The Topshop one looks fab! But I think the Illamasqua one is my favourite after seeing them all together xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It's my favourite too, super pretty <3

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  20. all the blushes look so pretty, the stila one looks beautiful xxx
    mollyox.blogspot.com

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    1. One of my all time favourites <3

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  21. Gorgeous blushes! I always use powder blushes for some reason I'm a bit scared of using cream/liquid blushes in case I make myself look a clown - might have to brave it and try some ;) x

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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    1. I really recommend Stila cream blushes, they're creamy but not oily and the colour selection is lovely! xo

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  22. Lovely variety of blushes- the Elf one in particular looks so sweet!

    Sophie <3 soinspo

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  23. Illamasqua Tweak is gorgeous! What brush do you use to apply powder blushers? i can't find the perfect one for me! xx

    lillies and lipbalm

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    1. It's a lovely colour! I really like elf brushes & I've heard excellent things about the Real Techniques blush brush too! Xo

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  24. I love seeing people's blush pics as I'm so not daring when it comes to blush. I've got like four different kinds, and still only ever reach for two. That Illamasqua tweak looks like it would be a great colour and consistency, I'll have to have a look at their blushes next time I'm near a counter.

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    1. I really recommend them, they have an amazing colour selection <3

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  25. The Illamasqua blush is gorgeous, would love to try this! xo

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