Dec 24, 2011

2011 - this cheek stuff was THE BOMB.


ahhh, i just LOVE blushes. i can't resist the beautiful nuances of peach, pink and red. the girliest makeup product of all. i especially enjoy to collect many shades of one range/brand, i don't like the feeling of having to exclude particular shades out of my selection.
on my end-of-year-balance i find a big plus on the blushes-side, i loved to venture into some luxury brands and experience amazing textures and finishes.

gold medal - the favourite blush range in my stash was and remains the NARS blushes. lovely colours and textures, plus, it's still a quite edgy, attractive brand to me. i have the feeling like MAC is quite worn out... and NARS is my next MAC ;). here is the overview of my NARS blushes collection. out of the 15 i own, my favourites are Gilda, Orgasm and Luster.

silver medal - another passion of 2011 was collecting Cargo blushes. within this short time i've accumulated a respectable amount of them (Cargo blush collection/reviews) and am glad that i did as Cargo blushes have become one of my dearest. my favourite shades are Tonga, Siena, Rome and Echo Beach.

there are too many individual blushes i enjoyed in the past year, but my most precious acquisition that has completely fulfilled all my expectations and even more was Givenchy's Le Prisme Blush in Blooming Fuchsias. for that, it deserves the bronze medal.

the special mention has to be Burberry Earthy Blush No.7, a blusher that i don't use as that but is the perfect contour shade for me with an exquisite texture.


i am glad that i have invested in stunning high-end cream blushes during the last year from which my most favourites were the Le Métier de Beauté Creme Fresh Tints (gold medal) in Coral Nymph, Ginger Lily and Poppy/Coquelicot.
Giorgio Armani's Blushing Fabric #3, a lovely natural guava flush, gets the silver medal.
but i also found a nice cream blusher in the drugstore: Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in #2 Peach is a soft glowing peachy cloud of colour and gets the bronze medal.


bronzers have been one of my newly discovered big loves of the year and i enjoyed so many of them last summer. there were some amazing releases but i also got to know some popular permanent ones that truly live up to their hype. my top picks of this year were:

gold medal - Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer in Daydream (old version) has the best texture, colour and finish.
silver medal - Dior Aurora bronzer of this year's summer collection is a blushing-bronzer in one. it makes me appear fresh and healthy.
bronze medal - Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel lives up to its hype. it's easy to apply and looks naturally flattering.

special mention - Givenchy Fleur de Frangipanier is my most desired Givenchy bronzer, it's not only beautiful to look at but also a great bronzer for fair skin. Paul&Joe Blue Horizon Bronzer has a beautiful texture and a stunning luminous effect.


i learned that chunky and frosty silver or pink shimmering highlighters don't flatter me at all and have separated from some MAC MSFs & co. i enjoyed the really subtle, fine shimmers in my highlighting products, my favourite ones were:

gold medal - MAC Beauty Powder in Too Chic is a great highlighter. very complex radiant effect, but still subtle and natural. it will be repromoted soon, you should take a look at it!
silver medal - Dior Amber Diamond is still a top highlighter. natural colour, a bit more intense effect than the MAC Beauty Powder, and also beautiful on the lids.
bronze medal - Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Showers is super pretty as a soft highlighter but i like it best when mixed in with foundations for a healthy glow.

so what did you love in 2011 cheek-wise? have you tried any of the mentioned products?
stay tuned for the next post which will be about my top eyeshadows of 2011.


  1. I love Nars blushes - super pigmented, amazing quality and so easy to blend. I am in awe of your collection!

  2. i love this post! nars is my favorite this year too. i will have to try out those LMdB fresh tints!

  3. Great post, I love blusher. I have just discovered a love for Nars. My Collection is growing fast. x

  4. Merry Christmas! I'm definitely laying my hands on Cargo Rome (thanks to your blog, I have developed an unhealthy obsession and have finally decided to try Rome out), and will check Too Chic out when it is repromoted in January :)

  5. I am a blush lover and collector as well. This was a great post. NARS is one of my favorites!

  6. OMG i love your collection! you have absolutely great make up collection!!


  7. Fantastic collection. I love NARS

  8. What a fun post! I love how you've awarded medals :P

  9. i love your posts on all your faves! love seeing your collection - making me want to try the cargo products!

  10. your NARS blush collection is to die for!!! a girl can never have enough pink blushes x

  11. I'm trying to decide whether to get MAC Too Chic. I've heard it said that it can emphasize pores and can err on the side of being slightly too shimmery. Have you experienced this? Would you recommend this for someone who is a matte-lover who's open to a subtle "glowy" / luminous look?

  12. thank you everybody!

    @BooBooNinja: you should definitely take a look at Too Chic! i'm not a fan of frosty highlighters à la MAC MSFs or The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer either, but i find the Beauty Powders to be much finer than those and more flattering for my skintone and -texture.

  13. Hmm... Okay, you've twisted my arm :) I'll take a look at this when MAC re-releases it on the 5th. How would you say Too Chic ranks among your all-time highlighter favourites?

  14. At the moment, it takes the gold rank. i think this says enough ;)

  15. drum roll please...
    I went to the regular MAC store to check out Too Chic, but they said they wouldn't have it out until Jan 5. I left the store, but returned 1 minute later to ask them to call the Pro store for me. And... within 5 minutes, they had a tester freshly opened for me to handle. Ooooh.
    You are so right. There is little comparison between Too Chic and Ricepaper eyeshadow. I hemmed and hawed thinking that I shouldn't spend $30 on something for a highlight... but I'm glad that I went for it. Too Chic is absolutely gorgeous. It is the most I have spent on a makeup item, barring my MAC 226 brush, but it is my most prized possession. The colour is delicate, complex, and the glow is beautiful. Thank you for convincing me!

  16. i'm super glad that you splurged and bought this great highlighter! it's really something special, right?

    have fun with it!


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