31 days to a prettier 2017 : pick up a new blush …

January 13, 2017By stephanie

It’s another friday … another week down, another weekend to enjoy.

Day 13 : January 13

Buy a new blush.

It doesn’t matter if its a powder or cream, and it doesn’t matter if it’s $5 or $50. Just pick up a blush that does the following :

  • brings out the cheeks with just a swipe or two
  • gives you a glow but isn’t overly shimmery or glittery
  • is a universal shade of pink or peach that’s wearable for any beauty look

A natural blush, much like your signature lip colour, can be applied quickly and easily when time is of the essence. Whether you wear it with just concealer or a full face it warms you up and makes you look healthy and alive. The right colour can also assist in sculpting your face when you’re not up to contouring and highlighting. 

If you choose a powder blush, remember that your blush brush is also key for a blended, natural application. Powders can get streaky and cakey, so just be sure that you choose a formulation that blends well and a brush that does the job right. For those that prefer a cream blush (my favourite), you can warm the product on the back of your hand first before applying with your fingers, should the product be a bit too firm. Once applied, blend up and outward towards the hairline for a fresh faced look. BONUS : add a touch of your cream blush to your lips for an on-trend monochromatic colour look for the face.

Blush away!

TIP : A cream blush in a stick form as opposed to pot or compact is perfect for on the go touch-ups. It goes straight from tube to cheeks – no tools necessary.

HOMEWORK : Ask the makeup artist at the beauty counter for assistance. They can pull the most natural shades in all formulas for you making your choices easier!

countdown to christmas : NARS blushes

December 23, 2015By stephanie

Sometimes the best christmas gift is not something made all frilly with holiday touches. It’s not about a limited edition lip gloss set, or a holiday themed makeup bag. Instead, its about those tried+true makeup products that a girl yearns for all year round.


For me, that would probably be a selection of NARS blushes. I bet you I am not alone on that sentiment. NARS blushes are best known for their superb pigment, their finely milled consistency, and just the right amount of shimmer. The colour selection is vast, and th e end result is always natural, see-through blush. Some might say you cannot go wrong with Orgasm (which is true) … but my favourites are Deep Throat, Luster and Oasis.

If you are going for a simple stocking stuffer, picking up just one blush is sure to make a gal happy. If you are trying to go with a really well-rounded gift, I would suggest the following DIY gift set :

Paloma Contour blush
Deep Throat blush
– a beautiful blush brush

Wrap it up pretty in a small makeup bag, and even the most novice beauty junkie can give herself cheekbones and structure in a flash.


musings from morgan : mary kay mineral cheek duos

June 4, 2015By DJMC

As our days get nicer, my makeup routine tends to change – one major thing being the addition of bolder blush. There’s something about spring & summer days that makes me want to add some more colour wherever possible.


Mary Kay’s new Mineral Cheek Duos landed on my vanity just in time for the transition and I was thrilled to give them a whirl. They come in three shades: Spiced Poppy, Ripe Watermelon and Juicy Guava. Each blush is matte, and is paired with a pearlized highlighting shade perfect for sweeping just above the cheekbone (or anywhere else you want to add a little highlight).

Out of all three, I’d have to say my favourite is Juicy Guava – it’s a light coral shade with a golden highlighter and I love how it look against my blue eyes. Check out the swatches below.


Juicy Guava


Spiced Poppy


Ripe Watermelon

Bring on summer! You can grab these for $20 each from marykay.ca or your fave Mary Kay rep :)

Disclosure: Press samples featured. This post originally appeared on redlipsblueeyes.com.


scene+heard : spring into wellness …

April 30, 2015By stephanie


Just a reminder that our Mother’s Day event is just two days away!

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet but would like to attend then don’t sweat it! There is still space. Just email us at beautymail@blushpretty.com by Friday May 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm
and we will save you a spot.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


stuff from lil steph : blush crush

March 11, 2014By DJMC

Feeling the winter blues because cold weather won’t go away? Blush to the rescue! Make Up For Ever has recently launched their new HD Cream Blushes ($31) in sixteen shades in the perfect pop of colour to warm up your complexion. Lately, I’ve been reaching for two colours – 225 (peachy pink) and 410 (coral).

With this product, a little goes the longest way. A single tap in the pan is enough for my entire face. Although the product is superbly pigmented, you don’t have to worry about getting a bad case of clown face. The blendability of this blush is very much to my liking – you can buff a bright colour into looking natural. To add to the awesomeness of this blush, it’s extraordinarily long lasting – the cream to powder matte finish lasts a total of 8+ hours on my skin.

And… the pièce de résistance. The blush comes in a mini compact with a handy mirror, but if you don’t fancy carrying around a single compact, the blushes are easily depottable and the pans are magnetic. Thus, you can easily place the blush pan into a custom palette.

The HD Cream Blushes are everything I could ever ask for in a cheek product. Smooth, blendable, silky, long-lasting and the perfect flush of colour… need I say more?

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.
Disclosure: These products were sent to the authour for editorial consideration by the brand’s public relations team. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!