Blush, Reviews, Tips, Uncategorized

NARS Orgasm Blush

There’s no two ways about it, I am totally in love with this blush!  It’s from NARS and it’s in the shade “Orgasm” which describes perfectly, the colour flush it produces on your complexion 😀

I first bought it in the states and used it so much that I ran out totally which never usually happens for me with blush!  Recently I decided to have a bit of a payday splurge and pick up a new one.  I’m so glad I did, the minute I applied it I remembered why I love it so much.

It’s a beautiful pinky-coral coloured blush shot through with teeny tiny little flecks of gold that gives just the right amount of colour without lighting up your cheeks like shiny discoballs!  And it also highlights to give a lovely glowing, healthy look to your complexion.


I bought this for €29 in Brown Thomas in Dublin which I know is pricey but believe me it’s worth it!  With Christmas not too far away you could always put this on your wishlist.

This is a perfect colour for all complexions, I use it on other people a lot when I’m doing makeup and it generally, I’ve found it looks good on everyone.

It’s the kind of blush you can wear for nights out and it will look fab and slightly sparkly in the light (as in the first colour swatch above) or for daytime you can apply it really sheer for a light flush of colour and it will look amazing also (as in the second swatch).

A word of warning for those with skin imperfections such as large pores or acne, this may not be the blush for you as it really highlights the area of skin on your cheeks when you apply it so you would be best sticking to a matte blush.  Same goes for more mature skin if you have a lot of lines and wrinkles in that area.

Check out my previous post on blush here for more information and details of a cheaper version of this:

What do you think of this, would you fork out for it? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Blush, Contours & Highlights, Reviews, Uncategorized

Blush: How to choose the right shade for your skin tone

Choosing the right shade of blush:


A lot of women don’t actually know the best way to use blush so they avoid it all together which is a shame because using the right shade and type of blush can really make your complexion appear healthy and bright and give you a beautiful dewy glow.  Generally, it’s good to have a play around with different colours to see what suits you and what doesn’t but here are some guidelines to help you choose;

Fair skin:  If you have pale, cool toned skin (most Irish skins are cool toned) you can go with light to medium pinks/peaches/rose colours such as:

Nars, Orgasm (and yes that’s really the name, try looking the sales assistant in the eye when asking for that one!) This is actually the one blush that suits almost all skin tones and colouring and one of my absolute favourites.  Or you can go with Sleek Makeup blush, in Rose Gold, which is very similar (but much kinder on the pocket!).


MAC’s Dainty, or Peachykeen


Benefit, Thrrrob


Fair skin with Red hair:  Red haired girls look great with corals and dusky terracotta colours. Think Adele & Christina Hendricks (from Mad Men)

Benefit, Coralista


MAC, Tenderling & Pinch ‘O Peach


Sallow Skin: Warm toned sallow skin, tans easily and looks great with either vibrant pinks to brighten a sometimes dull complexion or earthy shades in darker peach tones.  A contouring shade of bronzer worn underneath the cheekbones looks fantastic too, think Cheryl Cole or Jessica Alba and you’ve got the right idea.

MAC, Peaches or Dollymix


Benefit, Hoola Bronzer


Dark Skin:  Beautiful dark skinned ladies will look amazing with plum, burgandy and hot pink shades.  It can be difficult to get blush to show up on dark skin, cream blush is a good option and can produce a truer colour than powder.

Boots No7 Blushtint Cream Blush in Rosebud

MAC, Breath of Plum


If you have problem skin or mature skin, avoid wearing anything too shimmery that will draw attention to skin imperfections, matte textured blushes are best in this case.  Also if you have very oily skin, avoid cream blushes, they will just slide off your skin.  Cream blushers are great for dry skin though and can give your complexion a hydrated, dewy look that you wouldn’t normally get with dull skin.

So there you have it, these colours will look fab on different skin tones but don’t be afraid to experiment.  I only recently discovered coral cream blush looked good on me and I’ve got a ton of different blushers in my kit!  So when you find the right shade that works for you let me know what it is!  I’ll be following this post with another one on how to apply blush so make sure you have a look at that also 🙂

General Makeup, Lips, Multi Use Products, Reviews, Uncategorized

Summer Makeup – MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

Looking out the window you would never know it but we’re smack bang in the middle of summer!  This means that we should be looking all summery and colourful but seeing as that is not always possible the least you can do is add a little pop of colour in your makeup.  If you find yourself sticking to the same brown eyeshadows and pink lipstick/blush you could really change your whole look by trying a nice colourful eyeshadow to make your eye colour pop, a beautiful blush to make your complexion glow or a vibrant shade of lipstick that you’ve never used before.  You will be surprised at the difference it makes!


I was in MAC at the weekend having a little makeup splurge and I picked up one of their new Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour pots in “Out for Fun” which is a lovely creamy textured coral orange colour that, as the name suggests, can be used as a crème blush and a lipstick which is always a bonus.  I wanted to steer away from my usual pinks and nudes and try something new and I’m glad I did because since I’ve worn it I’ve received lots of compliments.  Even my middle aged fuddy duddy boss who never normally notices anything different about me (he didn’t bat an eyelid when I changed my hair colour from blonde to brown!?) told me I was looking well this morning when I went into work so it must be good stuff!


You can get Casual Colour pots from MAC at €21.50 which seems a bit pricey but you are getting two products for the price of one.  The quality is great and the product is long lasting so I really think it’s worth splashing out.  But you’ll need to be quick as these are limited edition and they had sold out of a lot of the more popular colours when I was in there at the weekend.  However I have a feeling that MAC may add these to their permanent line or bring them out again since they were so popular.

They come in a range of 8 colours and used as a blush they are easily blendable and radiant looking and on the lips, the colour is highly pigmented and takes the guesswork out of matching your lip and cheek colour.