I love coral makeup. Corals, peaches, apricots, salmons do so much for my complexion. I know many people stray away from coral, thinking of their Italian-American great aunt with the deep olive skin paired with electric coral lipstick, sandaltoe pantyhose, and open toe “bone” colored pumps. I think great-aunt is a Sophia Loren-ish fox, but I have learned that many people dislike the look. I think coral works on the peaches and cream complexions and the deeper Floridian complexions. I many not wear MAC Morange lipstick everyday but I do wear lots of soft shades of coral/peach. It is one of the few things that can liven up my pale, pasty PNW vitamin D deficient complexion. Bobbi Brown’s Cabana Corals is a “fresh take on an old favorite”. It’s a collection of coral shades that are so everyday neutral.

FACE: There is a Nectar Shimmer Brick. This is an amazing complexion enhancing shimmer powder compact with warm peach, coral, beige shades. This is better than bronzer for my skin tone. It also looks great used as an eye shadow.  There is a Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick. This is a shimmery blend of warm pink, mauve, and sands. This one creates a soft, candlelit rosé sparkling wine look. It is very pretty. Both retail for $38. There are new shades in the Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks. First things first, I love this versatile product. Cabo Coral is a peachy pink/salmon that really works for me. It adds a petal softness to my complexion and looks very natural. There is Calypso Coral which is a brighter coral. This works better for medium complexions. These go for $22.

EYES: There are a few new shades of Eye Shadow. Caviar is a black brown netural that makes a perfect lining shade. Navajo is an eye opening white with a hint of pink. Both colors are great for everyday wear and retail for $20. And there is the Extreme Party Mascara that I haven’t tried. It goes for $22.

LIPS: There are a few new shades of Shimmer Lip Gloss. Coral Sand is a peachy gold shimmer. It reminds me of NARS Orgasm lip gloss. There is Golden Nectar which is a warm neutral coral shimmer. Sunset Beach is more pink than coral with shimmer. It looks great with a tan. These retail for $20.There are 3 new shades in the Metallic Lip Color. Calypso Glaze is a warm pink shimmer. It looks very nice with a bronze smoky eye. Coral Glaze is a “nude” with a hint of peach shimmer. It is a very pretty neutral that looks like it belongs with thick cat eye makeup or smoky eyes. Coral Reef is a medium pinky coral that would work wonderfully with copper eye makeup. There are 2 new Lip Colors. Cabo Coral is a warm pink coral. I also like this Cabo Coral. It looks very nice with green eye makeup. Guava is a medium “lip color” pink. It is a better than natural color. All lip colors go for $22.

I think like most Bobbi Brown colors, that these are great everyday staples. I see them working well with paler peaches and cream complexions and those with a tan. I feel many of these colors work well with charcoal smoky eyes, metallic bronze eyes, smoky green eyes, and even “boring” matte beiges. The colors are nice and will take you from spring to fall. All items are available at specific department stores and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

This is one of my favorite finds. Yes, I like Bonne Bell, the maker of soda pop flavored lip gloss from the disco era. I bought this product because I was out of something more expensive (Bobbi Brown) and I didn’t have the money to spend on something that I thought wasn’t a necessity. Now this is a necessity. I love flawless complexions. To me flawless complexions resemble store mannequins or Barbie. I know many people don’t like the “plastic” look. Sometimes you’ll read reviews about how somebody hates something so much because it made them look “plasticy”, this is when I run out and pick this product up. I love “plasticy” not “plastery”. I love dewy and glimmery. And shimmery looks photograph so well. People compliment me on my complexion frequently and it because I wear this stuff.

This product sells for under $10. It contains four shimmery shades ranging from shimmery pale beige to shimmery taupe. I blend them together for a perfect beige look. It is a heavenly pressed powder that wears for hours. I apply it over my cheekbones and down my nose. It really “wakes” my skin up. I wear it on the eyes too. It is a great multi purpose product. I’ve went through so many of these. I always have it in my case and I swear by it.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

Worn on my cheeks over NARS blush.

I’m not a snob. I love cosmetics and I am willing to try everything. If you read this blog you know that I love expensive stuff and cheap stuff. I don’t sit in my little Target desk chair and hate on Avon. They actually make some nice stuff. True, the Avon lady thing is odd but you don’t have to have one to buy their stuff. They’ve been stepping up their game. (They is Avon). I loved what they did with Cynthia Rowley. So, when I found out they were doing something with Marimekko, one of my favorite brands, I was so excited. I found this out in February and was so siked for fall. I knew I would buy every piece for like under $50 and it would be so damn cute that I would see all other makeup as boring garbage. Boy, was I wrong. I got on Avon’s mailing list and demanded to know exactly when this stuff launched. I researched it. I wanted to know how wonderful it would be. Everything brought up this print:

I thought to myself this would rock! Cases imprinted with this. I’ve seen this print done in red and we’d have a rocking red lipstick offered! No instead we have been offered ugly as hell face powder and eyeshadow. They couldn’t even make their model look good. Her makeup looks awful. She is a washed out dated blob. Great way to make a pretty gal look stupid.  This is the all over face powder palette. The colors seem drab and boring. I would of rather had a printed compact with a pretty color inside. This is ugly. One person said it was too shimmery. Well, at least it has shimmer going for it. Next we have the eyeshadow palette. This is a poppy print, why are the colors so drab? Poppy Bloom looks like when poppies need antidepressants and Poppy Bouquet looks like it would of worked, maybe. I do love teal. And still I am turned off by this. Where are the warm colors? Where are the golds, bronzes, reds? Where is a lipstick or a gloss? I can’t believed they signed a contract with Marimekko, a fun, retro company and made this garbage. I don’t want to waste my money on this. Rumor has it that there was supposed to be a gloss, lipstick, mascara, all in cute packaging. However, it isn’t available to Americans. I don’t know why. I would of bought a mascara with a Marimekko packaging. At least Avon couldn’t of messed up the color of that. I can’t believe they didn’t do red. Oh, well thank you Avon for letting me save my money and buy the Marimekko fabric instead.

I love lip stains. They look fresh natural and just like you’ve had a glass wine sans the headache. I like to wear them alone or with gloss or under my deeper lipstick shades to make them last longer. They are very easy to wear. You just fill in your lips and go. They are meant to be you lip shade but better. Just remember to wash your fingers if you use them with finger tips. You don’t want those berry stained. There are a ton on the market and I am going to review a few that I have used or use.

Benefit Benetint: This is the rose scented and rose colored liquid that I use on my cheeks frequently. I have used it as a lip stain many times before. Let me just say I do not love it as a lip stain. It is too liquidy and will run into fine lines around the lips. I am 24 years old and this should be the least of my worries when applying makeup. I can’t get this stain to apply evenly and it will appear darker in lines on the lips. Plus it is too rosy tasting for my liking. The Benetint Lip Balm is not much better. It is a balm/gloss infused with Benetint. I find it messy and runny too. Benetint sells for $28.

Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Gel Stain: This stuff comes in a lip gloss like container with a sponge doe foot applicator making it easier to apply to the lips. It has a thicker texture (gel) and doesn’t run like Benetint. It stays put and comes in numerous shades from deep burgundy to brown. Personally, I like Apollonia which is a deep plum that really adds a wonderful berry stain and I like My Sunshine which is  a deep warm red. I find that this stuff works great as a lip and cheek stain. Sells for $22.50.

NARS Lip Stain Gloss: I love the shades in these because they are more red and more my speed. This has a sponge tip applicator and looks like the other tubes of NARS lip gloss. Some of these have shimmer. These are pretty moisturizing and take a bit longer to dry but they are easy to use. I love the shades Indian Red (bright classic red), Daredevil ( a deeper classic red) and Victoire ( a plum brown). These sell for $24. There are also duo sets available where one end is the stain and the other is a gloss.

Urban Decay Lip Envy: This stuff comes in a cute container with a sponge applicator. It has a vanilla scent which is yummy and dries fairly quickly which I think is a plus in this case. I like Greedy the best which is a deep wine stained merlot.These sell for $17.

LORAC Sheer Wash Travel Size Sheer Wash: This formula comes in a gloss container with a roller ball tip. It is very liquidy and I think hard to use on the lips. Plus, I remember it smelling metallic or perfumey or something that I didn’t like. I could be wrong. It was a while back. Since it is so liquidy it has all the problems of the Benetint that I described above. These go for $19.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Lip Stain Duo: This is a duo lip stain where one end is a stain and the other is a clear gloss. I like the fragrance and the texture of these. Cherry Stain is a bright sheer red that looks really fresh. It sells for $20.

Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup Lip Stain: OK I hate Victoria’s Secret for a multitude of reasons. Mainly because one of their bras was so poorly constructed that on the initial wear the underwire poked through and stabbed my boob viciously, but anyways… This stuff comes in a felt tip marker package like the Stila and the shades range from brown to red, all with names that are trying to be sexy but come across as cheap. The formula is pretty nice and wears a long time. The packaging is portable and easy to use. I like the shades Unzipped which is a berry plum and Muse which is a soft rose. Retails for $12 and may or may not stab your boob viciously.

I’ve tried a few more and I don’t think they exist anymore. I had one from L’Oreal, Lancôme, and Borghese and those were nice. And Avon had one that was tasted like metal. I know they are plenty more on the market to try: ModelCo, TheBalm, Sephora Brand, Revlon, heck even American Eagle have one. Definitely try one but if you plan on using them on the lips I’d stick to a gel or a formula that is in a “pen”.

I really don’t know what to say other than I love this new Make Up For Ever 12 Color Case Palette. This kit is packed with 12 bright and creamy colors that can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks. These make for some awesome eye liners. The robin’s egg blue, electric yellow, and bright spring green make some of my favorite non-traditional eyelienrs. The coral looks so hot on lips, eyes, and cheeks. The metallic silver and gold are fab on eyes and lips. And the dark brown and black are the perfect precise eyeliners for every day. Flash Colors are chock full of mind blowing pigment, have the best texture and really stay. I love them. These colors can be mixed to make your own custom color. This compact is perfect for makeup bags and travel. It sells for $93 and is available at sephora.com. I love it!

I love cream blush because it really sinks in and looks so natural and effortless. The first blush that I ever used was Benefit Benetint which I used for years during my adolescence. Switching over to powder was hard, typically this is reversed. Over the years I’ve been introduced to many different brands that have these twist-up cream blushes. I love them. My skin type is normal, so I can’t say if you have oily skin you’ll love these as much as I do, but there are some great gel stains on the market that I’ll list later. The joy is that these sticks are so easy to use. Just twist them up, dot on your cheeks and blend with your fingers. Repeat if necessary. They’re portable, many can be used on lips and eyes, and they are fool proof. Here are some brands that I’ve used over the years.

Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Color Stick – This is my favorite formula. First, it is very blendable, has a powder like lightweight feel, never creases, and has a long life span. I have it in Peach Flush which is a medium peach tone, and I have Rosy Flush which is a bright hot pink that looks like a real flush. I also have Champagne Flush which is a glistening champagne that I use as a highlighter and on the eyes. These sell for $32.

DuWop Blush Therapy – This is a cram blush that looks like a gel. Personally, I didn’t like it because it is a bit too sheer. I have a tendency to OD on blush but that’s the look I like. If you are scared of blush then this is a product for you. I think it is impossible to over do it with these. The colors are very bold in the packaging but do not be scared of that. I used it in Hug which is a baby pink that did not show up on my pale skin at all. I later tried Retreat which is a reddish pink and showed up a little better. There are two more shades which I have not tried. Elixir which is a brown-ish pink and Vivaldi which is a bright fuchsia. These retail for $22. Also, I want to note that these have a cooling sensation and have a tendency to dry out big time so always have the lid on tight.

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick – This product is NEW and I love it. It is in a sleek silver tube and has a cream to powder blushing formula. It’s oil-free and very buildable and blendable. I have Rosy Blush which is a deeper rose that looks so natural on. There are three other shades: Glow Blush, Peachy Blush, and Shy Blush. These retail for $18.50.

Avon Be Blushed Cheek Color Stick – (These have been called many names over the years, but I’m sure they are the same formula.) These are classic and creamy and are a little heavier in feel than the others that I have reviewed. However, the price is great at $8 plus Avon runs sales all the time. Currently, they are $5.99. Plus, it still manages to be sheer and easy to use. This formula is a must for dry cheeks. I’ve had it in Tropical Peach which is a warm burnt peach and Powder Pink which is a soft ethereal pink. The other shades are Blushing Nude, Crushed Berry, Golden Rose, Icy Petal, Mandarin Glow, and Pink Melon.

Bobbi Brown Cream Blush Stick – These are lightweight and “dewy” with just enough color. I’ve used Red Berry which is a deeper brownish red. I have to use this lightly but it looks so nice on. I’ve also used Clay, a muted rosy brown that is a perfect neutral and I’ve used Coral which is a lighter coral. The other shades are Desert Rose, Dusty Mauve and Pale Pink. All retail for $25.

Estee Lauder Tender Blush Sheer Stick – These offer a cream to powder formula that wears nicely. I like the formula, I just haven’t found a shade that I love in this brand yet. The colors are very neutral, sheer and safe. I had Natural which is a tawny taupe. The other colors are Bronze, Coral, Pink, Plum and Rose. These sell for $25.

NARS The Multiple – This is a cream to powder formula that is designed to be worn everywhere: lips, eyes, cheeks, contour, highlight, etc. There are a ton of shades. I like the formula but I found that it didn’t wear as long as I thought it should for the money. I have Orgasm, a lovely peachy pink shimmer, and St. Barts, a taupe shimmer. I could list the other shades but that would be boring. There are so many! The colors range from glistening pearl to rich bronzes.

Benefit Cosmetics Rush Hour – This is housed in a slim gold case that is designed to be portable and ready to go. Basically, this is lipstick that the company is marketing as blush too. You know that old trick you’d do in middle school because you’re mom wouldn’t let you wear “rouge”. It’s Sunberry, a dainty, soft plummy pink. It retails for $20 and is MUCH smaller than the others I have mentioned.

There are a ton more of these on the market. I know Laura Geller, Jane Iredale,  Lorac, and Too Faced make some. The ones that I have talked about today are the ones that I have tried and tested. If your skin is mega oily and you still want the convience of a blush stick, you should try a gel formula like Tarte Cheek Stain, Alison Raffaele Gel Blush, mark Cheek Stain, Sonia Kashuk Cheek Gel, or Sephora Brand Cheek Stain.