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Is it too early to wish for spring yet? I am! Especially after I left work at 5pm and still saw some daylight - okay it was starting to get a bit greyish, but you know what I mean? I immediately thought that spring is almost nearly here and my vampy lipsticks are about to get stashed away to collect dust for another 8months and get replaced with the peaches, nudes and pink tones. One of my favourite and I think a beauty blogger classic is MAC Creme Cup – I love the formula its pigmented and leaves your lips feeling moisturised at the same time. 



Blushes seem to come out in the spring for me. Summer is all about bronzer, whilst winter focuses on all things contour and highlight related and spring is where I try to go eau naturale. Now this particular Tarte amazonian clay 12-hour blusher holds a very special place in my heart, its the same one I wore on my wedding day – Blushing Bride (yes, I totally brought it for the awesome name) is just the most effortless rosey pink blush which suits most olive skin tone in my opinion. It’s a matte formula so it provides that natural flushed cheek look. In my hay days my cheeks used to blush so easily, I constantly got comments from customers asking what blush I was wearing and I had no reply as I never really wore anything – but if I had to look for a colour which was the closest match, this would be it! 

I know Tarte is quite a difficult product to get your hands on in the UK - I think it’s available on QVC and you can obviously order it online off of Sephora. But I think I have found an alternative. The Maxfactor Creme Puff blush in Seductive Pink - I believe it’s a baked blush (I maybe completely wrong) there’s a slight powdery fall out when applied – but the colour is incredibly similar! It provides the same soft rosey pink natural pop on the cheeks. I know a few people have said this may be similar to the Hourglass Ambient Blushers, but no. To me this doesn’t even come close, there’s no highlighting quality. It is however a lovely duplicate of Tarte Blushing Bride. They both have a 8hour wear-time. 


Pigmentation in blushers need to be just right – too much or too little can be difficult to work with - kinda like the porridge in Goldilocks. Both blushers are so easy to work with, beautiful colour, great pigmentation, good wear-time. These probably won’t leave my makeup stash for the next few months. Alongside my favourite blush brush, the Sigma F40 – so much love for the Sigma brushes – now, anyone know where I can get them from in the UK?

  • Megan McMahon

    Wow, the photography in this post is beautiful – well done gal!
    I really really really want to try one of those Tarte blushers and I am very very very jealous you have one! Might just have to settle for picking up one of the Max Factor ones for now…
    Megan x meguana.co.uk

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica

    The blusher is VERY pretty and I love the lippy colour too, great pictures hun xxx

  • http://mascara-and-maltesers.blogspot.co.uk/ Annabel

    I adore Max Factor, I need to use them more. Gorgeous lipstick too.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers