And if there’s one category that elates my mood more than any others, it’s cheek products. Okay, okay—skincare obviously rules supreme, but anything cheeky maintains a close second place.
This week, I’ve been brushing up on the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. It’s been a long time, no use with this plum, pink, and slightly brown tinged beaute. In my chase for a seemingly pristine and untouched complexion, this shade wins as the most seamless looking pick—both in shade and texture. It must be down to the clay that makes this blush stain-like, but the texture (although not as buttery as I would have wished) still conjures a natural flush without a Rudolph-hint. If only I was a natural beauty….
Similarly on the natural-appearing front is the base which truly works a ‘no-makeup makeup’ finish: the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. As a tinted moisturizer maven, the name has me smitten, but let’s not forget the actual goodness inside the tube. For a tinted moisturizer, it offers seamless coverage—what my complexion needs, at the moment (damn you, arctic blast), but without looking too makeup-y on the skin. Then, there’s the finish. I’ve ready given it a nod to its dewy, yet matte polish earlier this month, but I like to ramble, so I’ll be affirming it again. It’s awesome.
Now, you could say that I’ve been saving the best product for last; it falls into the skincare category (j’aime—obviously), works effectively, has an ingredients list nearly meant to be smeared on toast (meaning it’s as natural as it gets), is blended with dreamy essential oils of lavender and mint, and comes in at under a tenner. The angel (on in the air of Valentine’s Day) described is the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap. As ironic as it is that I’m praising a bar soap for my facial regime—I’m a little shocked, too—and the fact that I’m eulogizing a cleanser other than the REN Clay number—now I’m on the verge of panic attack—this cleanser cleans, smells amazing, doesn’t strip the skin, yet is just as effective as it’s three-fold costing counterpart.
So, another week is on its way—a fresh start in ‘half full’ nature; I told you these things are truly mood lifting.