All my nude nail polishes...

Hello lovelies! After a whole week of pink I have a bit of nude for you... :) If you read my blog on a regular basis then you know I've been a bit obsessed with nude nail polishes of late. I just love the way they look on my nails and I want to own every nude color out there (well, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea). :) I really have accumulated quite a few lovely shades in the past few months (the latest one being Essie's Sand Tropez) and I decided to share them with you...

In order from left to right (click on the names of the nail polishes to see manicures I've done with them):

Essie Coctails and Coconuts - a subtle, shimmering warm sand
Essie Sand Tropez - a soft sandy beige
Ciate Cookies and Cream - a light taupe pastel grey
OPI My Vampire is Buff - a creamy yellow nude
Essie Spin the Bottle - a pink (almost salmon) nude
OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around - a pink toned nude with greyish undertones

If I had to choose one from this bunch it would probably have to be My Vampire is Buff, I just adore this shade. :) Which one is your favorite, do you own any of these shades?

Lily Lolo blush in Rosebud

Hello darlings! Sticking with pink-themed posts this week (in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month), I'll be reviewing another gorgeous pink product from Lily Lolo (check out yesterday's review I did on one of their pressed blushes). So, this blush was part of a collective haul I did back in July. I really wanted to try out one of their mineral blushes and I ended up picking the beautiful Rosebud. :)

This shade is absolutely divine! The swatch bellow doesn't even do it justice... I tried to capture it in all its glory, but it's simply too gorgeous... you just have to see it in person. :) I would describe the color as a dark rose with beautiful shimmer running through it. 

The shimmer in it however, is the reason I can't use it for what it is. I won't say I hate shimmery blushes because I really don't, I just much prefer matte ones or blushes that have just the tiniest sheen to them but aren't noticeably shimmery (if you get what I'm trying to say). Despite that I decided I was going to make it work... it's just too beautiful to be passed on to one of my girlfriends. :)

So... I went ahead and used it as an eyeshadow! And I have to say it makes one hell of an eyeshadow color. :) Because of the new and improved packaging, the application was practically mess-free and I actually didn't experience any fallout - it adhered to the eyeshadow base like a dream (I used NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk) and blended wonderfully with the other eyeshadows I used (from UD Naked3).

I'm really happy with the way this look turned out and I'll probably keep on using it as an eyeshadow... but that certainty doesn't mean you shouldn't use it as a blush. If you love a bit of shimmer on your cheeks and a stunning color like this, than you need to get it! If you're more like me and prefer matte blushes, there are quite a few shades to choose from as well. I'm especially interested in Surfer Girl, Flushed and Ooh La La. You can get all of them for 10.28 € (but look out for offers/sales). :)

So, what are your thoughts? Would you prefer to wear it as a blush or as an eyeshadow? :)

*Lily Lolo pressed blush in Burst Your Bubble

Hello there my lovelies! Today I'd like to share with you a stunning new product from Lily Lolo. I'm talking about one of their new pressed blushes in the shade Burst Your Bubble (is that a cute name or what?). :)

| This blush is a real winner in my book! |

I was really excited to try out this blush (or any other shade for that matter), but at the same time I had my doubts. In my experience, companies that make great mineral makeup (as in loose mineral foundations, concealers and other products) tend to be really bad at making those same products in pressed form - as in the pressed products seem to lack the creaminess and pigmentation we've (I've) come to expect. Thankfully though, this blush is a real winner in my book! :)

The shade I've received (Burst Your Bubble) is described as a matte, bubblegum pink and I would have to agree with that description, except for the matte part. Now don't worry, it's not shimmery either, but it does have a wonderful, subtle sheen to it - I can definitely see it when I apply it on my cheeks (when I look at my self up-close) and I believe it can be seen in the swatch bellow.

| It has a wonderful, subtle sheen to it... |

The formula is amazing - very pigmented but not to a point where you have to be careful with it (like for example Illamasqua blushes). And that's something I really love about it - I don't want to 'drill a hole' into my blush to get some color out of it, yet I absolutely hate blushes that are so pigmented you need to be careful and just barely touch them with your blush. This is just right in the middle. :)

I'm also very happy with the packaging - the new design is just so chic and practical at the same time. It also has a lovely, quite big mirror inside that you can actually use.

| I'm absolutely in love with it and I've been using it all the time. |

There are however just a few downsides (at least from my perspective). Even though the packaging is lovely and compact, the whole thing is just really small for a blush. I apply it with my Real Techniques Buffing brush (which is quite a small face brush) and I can barely swirl it around. It looks more like an oversized eyeshadow than a blush to me. And it also smells pretty weird (and that's how all the pressed products from Lily Lolo smell, not just the blush - I guess it's due to the lack of any kind of 'artificial' fragrances). But, other than these two things I'm absolutely in love with it and I've been using it all the time.

If you like the shade, you can get it here for 12.69 € (full price, look out for sales). If this one is not for you, you can choose from 4 other shades as well. :)