29 December 2014

2014 favorites | makeup part 2: blushes, bronzers, and highlight

After I apply my concealer and sometimes-foundation, my face is looking pretty blank and flat! Here are my favorite blushes, highlight, and bronzers to add the color back in.

dolce & gabbana blush in tan 22 » It says blush, but it's clearly an overpriced bronzer. Even so, I'll buy this over and over because it's just that good. I have a review, here!

benefit hoola bronzer » Unfortunately just one bronzer isn't enough for me because I go completely bananas when it comes to contouring. Hoola is darker and more pigmented than the D&G one, so this one goes on just the hollows of my cheeks.

too faced a la mode eyes » BECKY THAT'S AN EYESHADOW PALETTE-- I know, I know! But, I like super shimmery highlights and even though it doesn't look natural at all... well, I like it so much to the point where I use La Croisette which is a SUPER pigmented and shimmery eyeshadow, as my highlight. I might look into the Becca highlighters but at almost $30..... I'm going to cry.

too faced full bloom ultra flush blush in cocoa rose » My go-to neutral blush, it works with both neutral and more out-there looks. I believe this is the first ever high-end blush I bought as well, around 2 years ago. Since then it seems like they've been out of stock of this shade in particular, and I really hope it's not discontinued.

tarte 12-hour amazonian clay blush in captivating » The perfect coral on the cheeks, I like using this when my makeup is fairly neutral to give a pop of color. I've been using it for a while and the imprint doesn't seem to fade away. Magic, I tell you.

The last of the makeup favorites series will be up tomorrow, featuring my favorite eye products! Unfortunately the hair and bodycare favorites won't be up until sometime in January (it feels so weird saying that!) since I'm saving the 31st for a post that will be special to me.


  1. Gorgeous picks; I love the bronzer!

    - Deniz


  2. I really want one of the becca highlights too but ugh that price! I feel like I wouldn't use or enough because I have so many other ones :(. That too faced blush looks super pretty!

  3. whoaaa i can tell you've shown so much love to the D&G bronzer!! haha makes me really curious to swatch it in real life. i hope the brand comes to hong kong soon. did you find hoola orangey at all? it looks a bit when photographed next to the D&G one but alone in store i think it looks okay... it's been on my "to try" list for years but i always end up getting distracted by other releases


  4. Ahh I love Hoola and really want to try some products from Tarte!

    Happy new year! <3


  5. The Tarte blush looks especially stunning. I'm a fan of Hoola too <3 xo

  6. Bronzer is one of my favorite things to put on :P

  7. Oh man I thought the Becca highlighters were <$30 but they're actually almost $40....... Seriously need to consider getting one of them when the sale in spring rolls around!

  8. I have a backup just in case ;) I didn't know D&G was unavailable in HK though, so I hope it'll come soon too!

    Hoola is orangey compared to Tan, but Hoola is actually really well-liked by the beauty community because of its lack of orange tones?? Hoola alone doesn't look orangey to me, but I guess it's orangey because Tan is so ashy/cool toned. I could say that Hoola looks pretty similar to Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer which my sister has. Sorry if this wasn't much help haha!

  9. Tarte has some pretty awesome blushes! They have a huge color range, so I'm sure you'll find one that you like. Happy new year to you, too! :)

  10. I think I started getting into bronzers/contouring this (last) year because of Claire Marshall on Youtube, haha. A nice thing to know is that the Tarte blushes seem to last FOREVER and there's quite a lot of people saying that they've used it all month/for the past few months/etc and the imprint on the blush barely faded away. I have Exposed as well, and for using it maybe 2-3 times a week for the past 6+ months the imprint is still pretty strong :)

  11. It's really nice for a pop of color! I'm glad to hear you like Hoola as well :)

  12. no this is helpful, thank you! it's still in the running and i guess i'll swatch it a few more times when i pass by the benefit counter haha. one day when i feel like i deserve a treat i'll pick it up... :)

  13. I'm not a brozner girl, but I love my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed! The perfect natural flush. I just hate using because it's not so cheap :(

    Emily // ahemitsemme.blogspot.com