And she hath arisen

Okay, so I’ll stop you right here.  You’re probably like, “who the heck is this BlushableMe, and why am I seeing this post in my feed?”  Well, that’s probably because eons ago I was up and active on this blog and you found something that you liked and subscribed.  Aaand then I kind of failed you as a blogger.  Unfortunately, life happened along the way and it has subsequently been about 3 long months of radio silence.  To be honest, I’ve been quite nervous about continuing my blog, but more on that in a bit (scroll down to the bottom to skip to this part).

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Why choose a MAC x15 Eyeshadow Palette? Plus a look inside mine!

With countless, yes, literally countless, neutral palettes on the market, you might end up asking yourself why anyone would bother making their own MAC x15 eyeshadow palette, when there are numerous cheaper options on the market.  There are of course the Naked palettes, the Lorac PROs, the Stilla palettes, and so on that all retail for about $40-55 and all claim to offer a terrific value, whereas a completed MAC x15 palette will run you $160.  Yes, you read that right.  One hundred and sixty dollars.  Despite the large difference in price, I am going to explain my perspective on why a MAC palette may be a better value for you.

palette with namesMy MAC x15 Palette
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How I get ready — FAST | Makeup in a hurry with a makeup bag

I’ve recently started to carry around a makeup bag and, let me tell you, it has really streamlined my getting ready process in the morning.  I get up at 6:20 and am on my way to work by 6:40, so I need maximum efficiency in my day to day makeup routine.  I have long days where I’m often out of the house for 12 to 14 hours, so having all of my makeup with me on hand has been great for touch ups and refreshing whatever may need to be refreshed.  Here’s what I do:  In the mornings, I grab my makeup bag (a dinky GWP bag) out of my backpack and then I quickly do my makeup, and, before I go, I return the makeup bag and all of its contents into my backpack.  Below you will find all of the products that I keep in my makeup bag.  There’s nothing extraneous, which is an important part of cutting down on the time it takes to get ready in the morning.

4604I could not live without my beloved Lorac POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder.  This is my HG of HG’s.  I use it as a foundation powder, and it sets concealer really well.  The shade range isn’t fantastic for this powder, unfortunately, but if you can find a shade that matches you then I couldn’t recommend this more.  To apply my Lorac powder, I use an EcoTools blush brush (I actually despise it for blush), which is ideal for applying powder foundation–I haven’t found anything that works better, yet.

I have three options for concealer with me–I carry the Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer in the lightest shade.  I’m not 100% in love with this concealer, but it works and gets the job done.  The color is a bit too dark for me, and the packaging for the screw on cap doesn’t hold up fantastically over time.   That being said, if I have Mt. Vesuvius on my face, this is what I turn to because it covers better than anything else I own.  If I just have a bit of redness to cover than I’ll turn to my newest love, the MAC Mineralize Concealer.  I seriously love this stuff.  It is the PERFECT shade for me.  I always struggle with finding face colors that match my skin and are also in a formula that I enjoy, and this little wonder does both perfectly.  I am in the shade NW15 and you would be hard pressed to pick this out on my skin due to the natural looking formula and the stellar color-match.  Furthermore, getting 5 or so hours a sleep each night means that I have some pretty apparent under eye circles.  I’ve found that the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Brightener concealer is the best solution, for me.  It’s relatively inexpensive, and the applicator makes for a quick and precise application.  The concealer is pink in tone, so it really helps to cancel out any blue or purple toned under eye circles.  The formula also blends out easily with fingers, which is another plus.

4605For blush I’ve been really loving the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Dim Infusion.  For a while I was really disappointed by this blush.  I’m pretty darn pale, yet I couldn’t get it to show up on me.   At.  All.  That is, until I found the perfect brush to use with it.  I’ve found that Sonia Kashuk’s large powder brush works like a dream with this blush, and I end up with a luminous, warm flush to the cheeks and it is nearly impossible to mess up.  For my brows I have been enjoying Benefit’s Gimme Brow.  This has been a true surprise of a product for me to love, because I have despised everything else I’ve tried from the brand, save for their BADgal Lash Mascara.  This brow gel gives full, natural color in seconds and if I get a bit too much, then I have an extra spoolie/angled brow brush to instantly clean it up.   Finally, to finish off my look, I have been obsessed with Tarte’s LipSurgence in “Moody,” which is such a gorgeous berry shade.  After the initial balmy finish wears off, the lips are still left with a beautiful berry stain that looks so naturally perfect.  I can see myself going through this color within a couple months.

So now that you know what I keep in my makeup bag, here is my general routine:
1.  Face concealing — Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer or MAC Mineralize Concealer
2. Under eye concealing — Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Brightener
3. Powder — Lorac POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder
4. Brows — Benefit Gimme Brow
5. Blush — Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Dim Infusion”
6. Lips — Tarte LipSurgence in “Moody”
I’m typically able to get this all done in less than 4 minutes.

Q:  What are your tips for getting ready in a hurry? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you. :) 


Have you ever dealt with milia? | What Do You Say? Wednesday (Vol. 7)

Q:  Have you ever dealt with milia?  If so, how did you get rid of them? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you. :) 

My answer: I have! About a month and a half ago, I tried a new eye cream and then two days later I noticed that three tiny bumps had formed on the inner corner of my eyelid.  Stubborn little things…I tried everything to get rid of them, but nothing worked!  I figured that they might disappear over time.  If not, I already had a yearly checkup scheduled with my doctor later in the month and I could ask her about how to get rid of them.  Well, they didn’t dissipate on their own, so I brought it up to her and she identified them as milia, which are caused by the skin’s natural exfoliation process failing in that area.  My doctor said that there wasn’t much I could do to prevent them coming back, and that they  might go away on their own, but it usually takes months.  I opted to have her remove them on the spot, and the removal process was very quick and hurt less than getting a flu shot.

Best of 2014 | Lips

For this installment of my “Best of 2014” series, I wanted to share with you my most reached for lip products of the year.  Now, to be honest, I wouldn’t give all of these products A-ratings, but I seriously love each and every one of them–they just work for me and I hope that some of them will work for you, too!

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Best of 2014 | Blushes

To kick start my  “Best of 2014” series, I thought I’d start off with this blog’s namesake: blush.  Now, if you’ve seen the post on my blush collection, you know I am definitely not short on blush options, so it has been difficult to narrow down my best picks from the year.   That being said, there has been a few truly standout shades that have solidified a place in my heart over the past year, so I can’t wait to share them with you!

Best Blushes of 2014

Top, L-R: Milani Luminoso | Tarte Shimmering Peach | MAC Dainty ||| Bottow: MAC Mocha

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