Friday, June 1, 2012

Cheeky cheeky with Stila and Real Techniques!

There's nothing I like better than a peachy/corally cheek in the summertime and recently I found this Stila Covertible Colour Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in an expedition to TK Maxx.  It came in a package with a lipstick and gloss for €12.99 which is a massive bargain and I couldn't wait to play with it.

Last weekend I bought the Real Techniques Stippling Brush in Boots in Northern Ireland for £11.99 and I was convinced it would make a brilliant foundation brush.  Not so.  I wasn't too disappointed because I knew it'd be perfect for the creamy Convertible Colours in my collection, so I got playing and these are now married together, never to be used separately.

Gladiola looks grand in the pan.  Then you swatch it on the back of your hand and heart failure sets in.  But a bit of blendy blendy and you're sorted.  Take a look below.  On the left is bare cheeks.  Then the middle is a bit of the Convertible Colour stippled onto my cheek.  On the right it's blended using the stippling brush.  Because the cream blush is so pigmented, you only need the lightest of dabs into it with the brush.  Maybe two if you're a wild child.

Of course there are the times where you've done all your make up, foundation and eyes.  You're then ready to do the cheeks and you end up like Aunt Sally by mistake having gotten a bit excited with the stippling brush in the cream blush.  The horror of it all.  You don't want to have to take your foundation off and start again do you?  No, that's crazy talk.

What I do is make that face.  Then blend it in and see how bad it is.  Still pretty bad.  So I take the foundation brush I've just used and with what's left on the brush, I go over the blush, toning it down naturally but still having some cheek colour showing through.

Yay!  A happy, blended, flush cheeked Karen!  I love the Gladiola Convertible Cream Colour and imagine it would go with a lot of skin tones, especially in the summer.  

So ladies, are you cheeky chappies?  What's your favourite cheek product for the summer?


  1. I found when i started using the stipple brush at first i HATED it but i think it was because i had zero patience to stand there stipplling my face at 6.30 in the morning and it would look streaky but the more ive practised with it the more i love it.. i own 3 now so i can use one whlie the other is drying

  2. That colour is Fabliss on you!

    Loving your pics, hehe.

    I'm all about the Cordill anything, though Bella Bamba is getting a larrrrge revival with me too!

  3. Haha, I lurve that face Karen! I use the stippling brush every day for my foundation and am even thinking of buying a back up! I've been using a peachier colour rather than a pinky one with the good weather, I seem to switch every year without even noticing!

  4. I love gladiola - it's perfect for the summer

  5. I love the Stila Convertible Colours, I have Petunia and Lillium, and after seeing your post I have just ordered Gladiola! I'd seen it before in Boots, but was a bit worried about the colour as it looks so bright in the pan, but it looks lovely on you. Just hope it suits me too! xXx

  6. I really want to try some of the Real Techniques brushes, but I need to decide which ones and these kind of posts really help me :)


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