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Seeking Bold Color? Pink Cheeks Offer a Perky Pick-Me Up for Spring

This spring is all about color. And why should it be any other way? After this long (and still present) winter, I am ready to embrace brightness. My bold color d’jour is pink. And not just any pink, but the hottest damn pink you can find. For my cheeks, especially.  Sporting a bright pink pop of pink on the cheeks makes me feel so alive, and definitely puts off a healthy vibe. And if you shy away from bold color on your lips, this is a wearable alternative to incorporate the bold spring trend to your everyday.

Here are my pink cheek picks!

YSL Creme de Blush in Fuchsia Temptation is probably the brightest pink blush I’ve ever used. I’m in love with the color, and I even like how the fuschia is mirrored on the inner rim of the packaging. Small details really get me, OK?  Also, this formula is like a comfy velvet couch for the cheeks. It blends down to a powder finish, and I love how I can just lightly dab my fingers in the product and press on the apples of my cheeks. I’d say impossible to overdo, but with a pink this bright, that might not be entirely true.

Applying Givenchy’s Blush Gelée in Candied Pink is like melting a popsicle on your cheeks. You have the jelly finish, which is unbelivably cool, that becomes one with your skin. This is definitely a stain, so it’s very long wearing. I think it works best on a more natural face. This isn’t one to layer over powders or even foundations. It is however, fab over a tinted moisturizer.  I see this being a favorite of mine this summer!

Tarte brought its “skinvigorating” complex to a powder blush, in shades we all know and love from its famed Cheek Stain line-up. These Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes are full of color and pigment, and look so beautiful on the skin. They seem to have built-in dimension — i.e. a nice sheen that brings your face to life. I love Amused, a bright pink (almost as bright as YSL’s!), but the Cheek Stain lover in me also has a special affection for Dollface (one of my “firsts”).

Urban Decay’s Afterglow Glide-on Cheek Tint in Crush satisfies my cream blush tooth. This is a more traditional cream blush, and it glides on the skin like silk. It’s very buildable and works well over existing face makeup. This shade makes me feel like I’m sporting that after work-out glow, which, ironically, I never get after working out.

Now that you’ve heard me profess my passion for pink, are you on board? Let us know if you have any pink recommendations? There can never be too many in my makeup bag!

New! Givenchy Printed Lips Lip Stains

We are all about the lip stains this month! Lip stains are one of our favorite types of beauty products so this month we’ll be taking a look at different lip stains out on the market. We will be revisiting some old favorites and taking a look at some new ones as well.

We’re starting things off with Givenchy’s Printed Lips. You don’t see higher end brands like Givenchy release a product like a lip stain very often so I was practically giddy with excitement when I learned about these for the first time. I just wish they would hurry up and make an appearance in my local Sephora soon! Last time I checked, they still hadn’t arrived.

That is ok though, I will tell you all about them. For it’s first lip stain release, Givenchy released 2 stains: Pink Impression (the first image above) and Rose Impression (directly above). I love the design of these lip stains, I’m glad that Givenchy decided to go the felt tip route instead of giving us something fluid. This way I can just line my lips with the tip and tilt the pen on its side to fill in the rest of my lips. If it were up to me, everyone would follow this format. ;)

The stain itself is pretty good. You have a few seconds to make sure you color your lips evenly and there’s a slight stickiness to it as the color dries but after that, you are good to go. The formula also holds up pretty well.  I like to wear my Bonnie Bell Dr. Pepper Lips Smacker over stains to keep my lips moisturized and it tends to eat away at lip stains. That is not the case with Givenchy’s Printed Lips, I have several hours of wear with this formula with minimal color loss.

Right now there are only 2 shades but let’s cross our fingers that Givenchy releases more of them! Pink Impression is a light pink that is very fresh and just adds a very spring appropriate brightness to the lips. Rose Impression is a bolder rosy shade. It looks a little plum-ish in the image above but it really isn’t like that, it is more of a pinkish red and it builds beautifully.

So what kind of lip stain do you prefer? Are you obsessed as much as we are?  Do you like gel, fluid or pen type stains? Let us know all about your lip stain lust in the comments.

The New "It" Mascara

It doesn’t vibrate but this mascara has made a big splash in the beauty world. I’m sure a lot of you have seen this mascara and wondered how it works. I wondered too. :) 

It’s obvious that Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara has something no other mascara has, a very unique and interesting applicator. While this applicator is great to give parts of your lashes more attention than others, it can also be a bit messy at first. I usually skip my lower lashes so I don’t have raccoon eyes in the afternoon and with this mascara, I got it all over the lower outer corner of my lashes. It took some time to get use to the applicator and learn how to use it without affecting the lower lashes but once I got that down, the lashes that I did focus on though looked really, really good. The precision this mascara gives after you’ve gotten use to it is great.

The one aspect of Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara that gives me a little bit of pause is how easily it smudges. I’m one of those gals that rubs her eyes a lot without even realizing it. I’ve gotten much better about it when I wear mascara but it still happens every now and again. One afternoon, I caught myself after I had rubbed one of my eyes and I immediately pulled out my mirror to see what the damage was. I was really surprised when I found my lid had little lash marks all over it. Since when does it take hours for mascara to dry? This made it a tad unpractical for me to use regularly. Maybe the trick is to seal the lashes with something waterproof afterwards.

While my feelings are a bit mixed on this mascara but so far I can really appreciate the results I can achieve with it. I’ll definitely be spending more time with it in the future… once I stop rubbing my eyes so much. :)