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3rd-Jun-2010 11:05 pm - Welcome to i heart blush!
Hello!
Welcome to 'i heart blush'!
Here you will find my take on several makeup items, as I will share product reviews and a few tips here and there, so keep checking back for any updates.

Also don't hesitate to ask me any questions or leave comments, I love getting them!
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29th-Mar-2010 12:58 pm - iheartblush has MOVED!
iheartblush has moved to blogspot alongside my new fashion blog, fashionlovechild.

iheartblush & fashionlovechild

see you there!



Don't let the title scare you.
I'm just going to tell you an old tip--or a trick, rather-- on how to get rid of bloodstains on clothing. You may not need it now, but it might just come in handy. I myself just used this tip on my own sweater (I still have no idea where the streaks of blood came from, scary!).

All you're going to need is h2o2, aka hydrogen peroxide.

Image from http://inconvenientbody.files.wordpress.com

Here's how you do it:
1. Pour some into the cap.
2. With a paper towel, blot the solution into the stain or pour the solution directly onto the spot. This of course depends on the size of the stain.
3. Watch the stain disappear as you rub it!

P.S. I did this to my sweater prior to throwing it in the wash.

It works like a charm.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
27th-Jan-2010 04:31 am - Don't sleep on your face.

Gone are the days I sleep with my face touching my pillow.

No matter how new my sheets are, they are never clean enough for my face to stick to all night.

Think of all the oils from your hair and the dirt particles that fall from it. They are now embedded in the threads of your pillow.

If you're breaking out, perhaps it's due to the way you sleep!

So here's to not sleeping with my face on my pillow! I shall see in a week or two if it works.

Hopefully I don't just end up with a stiff neck. Haha!

23rd-Dec-2009 09:45 pm - Brush Haul + Update
I'm back!
I got one more semester of school left and that means back to makeup! I've been obsessing so much more with makeup these past few weeks.. I thought I'd revive this blog.
So anyway, before you get bored, I thought I'd post my latest haul.


The three brushes on the bottom are by Quo, from Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada). I bought these about a week ago, when they were 40 per cent off. Actually I think they're still on for that price until tomorrow (Dec. 24). From the left, it's the Eye Smudger Brush ($7.79 after disc.), Crease Blender Brush ($7.79), and the Blush Brush ($9.99). I think I'm going to return the Blush brush though because I found the bristles were too rough comparing to the EcoTools brushes, which are also pictured.

So the ones in the special bamboo case are by EcoTools, I believe Wal-Mart and Zellers sell them, but I got mine from Winners. If you go to their website, ParisPresents.com, the packaging is different now, it's in a hemp case. According to the box it says they're retailed for $25, but I got them for $19.99. It comes with these brushes: blush, eye shading, angled eyeliner, concealer, and also a lash and brow groomer (it's kind of hidden the photo above, sorry!). What's good about this set is that the brushes feel amazing, they use Synthetic Taklon, exactly like some of the Sephora brushes, Urban Decay brushes, etc. Apparently I'm helping the environment by buying these tools so why not? Haha!

Anyway as I mentioned earlier, I will be returning the Quo blush brush because the EcoTools one is softer. More on that on a future post.

Onto the Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Powder. It's dry shampoo, and since I personally only wash my hair every other day, I thought I needed this. It literally is powder in there, and trying it on my boyfriend's hair one time, I am telling you, it works. But again, more on that on a future post.

Next is the Sephora eye liner in 01 black. Yes, it's liquid, and it has that little paintbrush as an applicator. I had initially wanted to try the marker style eyeliner from them but the SA advised me that it would be really hard to remove at the end of the day. Lo and behold, the swatch I made on my hand stayed through about 30 hand washes. So I bought the paintbrush tipped one.

Finally, the tarte the eraser. This is actually my second tube--I had to return the other because it was a bit too yellow for me. I think this one might be too, so once the holidays die down and I get organized once again I shall go to Sephora and fix that.

A review of all these items will be posted soon, and hopefully you all enjoyed my haul.

P. S. I'm thinking of making more videos on Youtube... maybe reviews/hauls/tutorials? That kinda thing?
17th-Dec-2008 04:05 pm - Haul + Updates

As you might have noticed, I haven't updated this blog in a while. I was busy with school and what not, so now that things have simmered down (Christmas holidays! yay!), I thought I'd share with all of you what I have bought lately.

You can read it through here or just watch this video:



To start things off, my boyfriend gave me an early Christmas present. He got me the Tarte Vanity Palette. It has three layers or palettes. The first layer are 16 new eyeshadows, the second layer is of 16 lip glosses, and the bottom and third layer has the cheek/complexion pots. It also houses the two eyeshadow brushes and a mini version of their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. This palette contains a little over $500 worth of makeup, but it only retails for $60+ CDN. The eyeshadows are full-size.



Eyeshadow Layer w/ flash


Eyeshadow Layer w/o flash


Lipgloss Layer w/ flash


Lipgloss Layer w/o flash


Complexion Layer w/ flash


Complexion Layer w/o flash


Up next is a lipstick from Calvin Klein in 108 Naiveté. It's a matte nude pink with a hint of peach.



I decided to move away from settling for cheap drugstore under eye concealer and decided to try this Stila Perfecting Concealer in Shade C. I tried it once yesterday and it creased on me hours later. I hope I won't have to return this!



I've been debating on purchasing a nude lipliner to prevent my lip gloss or lipstick from feathering. I came across this DuWop Reverse Lipliner and decided to buy it. It's colourless when you apply it on.



I finally bought Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I'm so excited to use it!



I got a sample of Too Faced's Lash Injection from my Sephora points!



I also passed by Zellers to check out the N.Y.C. fake lashes and bought them in 974C in Glamour Black. The only other fake lashes I've ever used were from MAC, I forgot its name. But I'm excited to try N.Y.C.'s, hopefully it'll look just as pretty.



In addition to that, I also bought the Alberto Miracle Mist for $2 something, also from Zellers. I finally finished my L'Oreal Studio Line Hot Straight, so I decided to get another product just like it, only cheaper and perhaps with UV protection. I believe the Alberto one has UV protection, it just doesn't say what level.

 

Well that's it for today, I'll probably post a couple of reviews next week. I have an event to go to this weekend and I'll be testing out my Tarte Vanity Palette!

 


Photo from Revlon.com: left - the blush compact; right - Everything's Rosy

I absolutely love this blush.
I forget how much it retails for, but it's a drugstore brand so it can't be expensive, less than $10 (at least from what I remember).
Since it's in powder form, it's good for any skin, unless your skin is extremely dry and at the point, try a moisturizer (please!) then a blush in cream or liquid form.

I have absolutely fallen in love with pink blushers, because again, with that whole 'flushed' look I love going for.

The compact has a pop-out mirror, which comes in handy all-the-time. The brush is alright as well.
As for the blush itself, I love it, it deposits the right amount of pink each time on my cheeks.
Since I've been out in the sun more recently, this blush still works with my tan, but I especially love it in the wintertime when my skin is a little bit lighter.

So I would definitely recommend this shade to those with light to medium skin tones.

Have you tried this product? If so, what do you think of it?

Petticoat Pink without flash

I picked this up from a private sale and I must say I don't regret it at all. The Lancome Color Design Blush in Petticoat Pink is just the right amount of pink on my cheeks (I'm a MAC NC30). It retails for $30.00 CDN, and you can click here to purchase it from the website.

The consistency is indeed creamy, and I use my fingers to tap it onto the apples of my cheeks. It takes a few seconds of rubbing the product to get enough of it on your fingers. I think the pot will last a long time, though. And another good thing about it is that it doesn't break me out (yay!).

Here is a swatch (without flash):


It feels smooth upon application, and if you gently tap it on the apples of your cheeks you can achieve that 'flushed' pink cheeks look, as if you came in from the cold.

As for staying power, it's alright. By the middle of the day I'd have to reapply it already.

It comes in six other shades, ranging sort of a plum-y color to a bright pink, to a peachy color or a light pink.

Have you tried this product? If so, let me know what you think!
 
Image from maccosmetics.com

This concealer is a godsend.
I have combination skin, and this product is the perfect solution to cover blemishes that have just popped in and those blemishes on their way out. It retails for $17.50 CDN.

I went to the MAC counter for this, and I asked the makeup artist to help me choose my perfect shade. I also bought the Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, but let's save that for another review. I ended up getting the concealer in NC30:

 
Swatch from maccosmetics.com

The staying power is excellent, it'll definitely last all day as long as you don't forget to set it with powder or a light foundation. I found this concealer enough to cover my blemishes.. I didn't need the foundation I bought along with it! I've used this product for a couple of year already, and I must say that this product is one of the best out there. It also has SPF 35!

A really great plus to it is that it is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn't block pores. So, no breakouts from it! I seriously used to have really bad acne, and using this product didn't aid in making it worse.

I use the tip of my ring finger for application, and for more harder to cover spots I use a concealer brush.

The pot will lasts an extremely long time, and is definitely worth it.

Have you tried this product? If so, let me know what you think!

 

Here's a swatch (without flash):
swatch

 Since it's finally summer, I thought it'd be wise to trade in my MAC Studio Finish concealer for a tinted moisturizer. I chose this Biotherm foundation, which is actually more like a tinted moisturizer because of its packaging and the product's consistency.

When I bought this at a private sale, it was inside a warehouse so it was really hard to decide which shade to go with. I was stumped between shades 130 and 145, 145 being the slightly darker. I got it in 145 because I figured I'd get darker and tan in the summer anyway.

So after numerous times of using this product, I must say that the shade is actually perfect. It makes my face the same shade as the rest of my body--my face tends to be a shade lighter. It also has great coverage, medium to heavy, depending on how much to put on. I also use this on my undereye dark circles, it doubles as an under eye concealer! The staying power is average, usually it will have faded just a tiny bit by the end of the day. A plus to thi product is that it has SPF 15 and it doesn't break me out (I have combination skin)!

One con, however, is that it tends to rub off/come off on clothes or anything that swipes past your face. I use those oil-blotting sheets throughout the day, and by the time I finish that I can see traces of the foundation on the sheet. And another time was when I gave my boyfriend a hug, some of it ended up on his shirt! (I don't think he knows that, but it wasn't that noticeable either so it was fine hehe.)

I think this retails for $29 CDN, click here to be go to the website.

Have you tried this product? If so, let me know what you think!

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