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March 31st, 2007 · 5 Comments · Shopping

I have decided to stop using expensive cosmetics and assorted and associated demulcents. When I was young and single, I took a liking to expensive cosmetics. And while having children has stripped me of many things it has not stripped me of my love of expensive cosmetics. But I have resolved to stop myself before I buy again.

I have been making good progress.

I have begun using:

With the exception of the lipstick recommended by Oprah, these are all items I can buy at Wal-Greens. I am swearing off my Lancome foundation, my Clinique moisturizer, my Estee Lauder Lipsticks and moving into the realm of the reasonably priced beauty products. No more $35 blush. No more $19.11 an ounce exfoliators. No more $25.00 lipsticks.

But I need some help.

I am in need of a new blush. Mine has reached that stage where the only part that’s left is on the edges and I have to hold it funny and twirl my blush brush in order to use it.

I use a powder now but am not averse to using a cream or a liquid blush as long as it is easy to use.

Can you help a girl out? What type of blush do you use and where do you buy it?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mindy // Apr 1, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Oooh! Try Paula Dorf Cream Cheek Color. I’ve been using it ever since I saw Julia Roberts looking fabulous on the cover of some magazine, and I bought most of what she was wearing and LOVED it. The cream blush I wear is in Candy Apple–is not as dark as it looks/sounds. In addition, I loved the Laura Mercier Sheer lipstick in Healthy Lips. If you want to try a powder (depending on your complexion, you can’t go wrong with Benefit’s Dandelion–it looks like a bright pink color, but something about it just makes you look brighter, more awake. They have peach as well, and some new shades I think. If you want more usual powder blush, try Nars Orgasm–this really does look good on every skin type and complexion. Odd that a color can be so versatile. Gee, Mindy, vain much? But when I find something I like, I stick with it. For instance, that Kenneth Acoin concealer was hands down the best money I ever spent on makeup. This sounds gross but I think I’ve had that pot two years and haven’t used a third of it. The tiniest dab will do. Amazing stuff.

  • 2 Lisa H // Apr 4, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I am that kind of conflicted myself. I have Mary Kay blush (some sort of bronzy color) that I use in the autumn when I remember it exists (which isn’t often, as I’ve had it since David was a year old). So then I started using Maybelline in Soft Mink. Love it. Recently I discovered Aziza II at the dollar store (I was on a trip and left my whole toiletries bag behind and was needing cheeeeeeeap stuff). The Aziza II is lovely because it has two different colors in it and I have had a bazillion complements since I started wearing it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t list a color, so since then I take the old stuff with me to buy the new stuff.

  • 3 missmamamoon // Apr 4, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Oh, I’m so deeply into the Bobbi Brown, I fear I’ll never switch! Of course, I was hardcore Lancome before that, but when I have love affairs with something, I fall HARD!

  • 4 binkytown // Apr 4, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    I can’t give up the estee foundation but I do buy cheap blush and mascara. Almay seems to always be reliable- and affordable. Let us know what you find.

  • 5 Homestead // Apr 9, 2007 at 11:32 am

    I have this little thing of soft rose that my sister got me from Bare Escentuals (sp?) that is making me happy right now.

    I agree with binkytown… Almay has been good to me. I like Neutrogena too.

    I just bought some cheap-ass “Jane” mascara that I really like so far…. and for $4 I might actually replace it sometime before the next presidential election….

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