What’s the Deal With Blusher?

Blusher is a confusing makeup product. It’s cream; it’s powder; it’s uneven; it’s too pigmented; it’s not pigmented enough; it’s a basic ingredient for beginners; it should be the last product you buy; basically, blush is a very confusing product. I’ve written my own personal guide on it, in the hope that it’ll help you all (and myself).

Blush

What are the type of blusher, and what is it?

It’s a product makes you look like you’re blushing (if you hadn’t guessed from the name), healthy and well-rested.  It comes in various different forms: powder, cream, and gel/tint. Powder blush is better for skin tones that are not so dry, whilst cream blush tends t be more moisturising, making it ideal for those with dry skin. Gel or tint (you often get cheek and lip tint in one) are okay for all skin types, although they vary so you may want to test it.

Not all colours suit every skin tone.

There’s a great guide here that can give you an idea of which shade will look best on you. Lighter skin tones usually go better with cool pinks, beige with peach, medium-dark skin tones with rose and deep with peachy-tangerine.

In my experience, there are three ways to wear your blusher.

Firstly, in a natural way, so that it literally looks like you’re blushing (or, in this cold weather, that you’ve just taken a brisk walk). This is awesome for natural looks, and I often wear this at school, where the teachers are easily annoyed by dramatic makeup. The next is so that it looks like you’re wearing blusher. I personally find this odd, since makeup is meant to enhance your features and not cover them. It’s fun for a night out, just not all the time. Moving swiftly onwards: the last way to wear your blush is in more of a stripe. It can look terrible, so do beware; however, it can also make your cheekbones look lovely.

A blusher brush.
A blusher brush.

On applying blusher:

A popular way to apply blush is to smile and then brush the stuff onto the part that sticks out (okay, maybe that’s not the best way to describe it), the apple of your cheek. I personally find that if I’m not careful I end up with pink patches by my nose, so I have to apple to the more upper and outer area of the apples. Of my cheek, of course! You can apply blush using a powder puff, kabuki, angled kabuki or something cleverly a ‘blush brush’

Apple xx

How to Survive the Season of Cards

Hello, there! This will be my last post for a couple of days since I’m away on an impromptu school trip until Sunday. Now, you probably know that I do tend to get stuck in the topic of beauty, so I’ll be doing a Christmas-related one today!

CARDS. An inescapable part of Christmas. Not as anticipated as much as presents, not hated as much as an overcooked brussels sprout. They’re just…well, there. Here is my guide to writing excellent ones with minimum effort, making them look pretty and, above all, how to survive the season of cards.

Step 1: Find the perfect cards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             It’s a bit hit and miss here. We often buy charity ones, but if those are unavailable for any reason, then I recommend you head to the nearest pound shop when you need large quantities. If not, head to a post office or stationary store for some slightly less tacky ones. Christmas markets are also great.

On designing your own: simple and/or stylized with some sort of quote (or non-quote) on the front. Go for bold colour. Cut the card into different shapes. Experiment.

Xmas card

Step 2: Write the perfect message.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Okay, so the majority of cards have a printed message in them. They key here is not to leave that do the talking, but, on the other hand, not to write an exact copy. That’s just boring. By now, you may well be thinking ‘There’s no way I’m spending 10 minutes on each of my 28 cards like this person will probably suggest.’ I assure you, 10 minutes is really too much if you’re giving a card to someone you’ve only had a handful of conversations with. Do a modern twist on the old fashioned ‘merry Christmas’. I usually write something along the lines of ‘have an awesomely awesome Christmas’. For closer friends and family, spend a bit more time to write a more personal message. One about their pet hate (or love) goes down well, if you’re stuck for ideas.

Step 3: Don’t go into overkill on the envelope.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Keep it nice and plain: neatly write the name, underline it freehand and be done with it.

Card envelope example

Step 4: Take action on your cards as soon as you receive them.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Put the envelope in recycling as soon as you get it, and place the card on the mantelpiece (or also put that in the recycling). Make sensible decisions over whether you really need to keep that piece of paper from the person-you-don’t-know-the-name-of who sits five spaces to your left. You’ll never look at it again.

Step 5: Do not go over the top: cards are just cards. Embrace the Christmas spirit.                                                                                                                                                             This one speaks for itself.