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You’re Makin’ Me Blush: NARS Orgasm, Milani Dolce Pink and Benefit Sugarbomb

Ever since I heard that NARS Orgasm was a universally-flattering coral blush for any skin type, I was bent on trying it out. Unfortunately, when I did it was practically translucent on my skin. No matter how much I (and the Sephora sales associate) tried to layer it on, it wouldn’t show.

Annoyingly, when swatted on the back of my hand, the flattering rumors about NARS Orgasm proved true. Instead of this cosmetics staple, I was advised to try Benefit Sugarbomb. It was an acceptable substitute — nowhere near similar to Orgasm — but it added a lively shimmer to my cheekbones that did the job. While I went on my MAC lipstick dupe hunt, I decided to also try Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. This hue is definitely more impactful than Orgasm and Sugarbomb, in a more punchy, pink glitter kind of way.

Below are swatches taken outdoors in the shade:

NARS Orgasm-Milani Dolce Pink-Benefit Sugarbomb

Swatches in natural sunlight. Here you’ll see that Benefit Sugarbomb gives more of a highlighting effect:

NARS Orgasm-Milani Dolce Pink-Benefit Sugarbomb-Natural

I used to be exclusively an eye makeup fiend, but lately lipstick and blush have worked their way into my collection. I’m looking for more blush colors to try, and have already ordered:

e.l.f. Studio Blush in Gotta Glow (allegedly a NARS Albatross dupe)

e.l.f. Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink (another NARS Orgasm/Super Orgasm dupe)

e.l.f. Studio HD Blush in Headliner (Make Up For Ever #5 Nip Slip liquid blush dupe)

Reviews for my e.l.f. haul to follow soon!

Suite 707

Sephora Haul: Laura Mercier, Benefit and Sephora Collection

Sephora Haul

For lunch today,I had a makeup pow-wow at Sephora and it was glorious.

I had to grab a couple much-needed essentials, but the other half of my purchases were completely impulsive– what can I say? I live on the financial edge (ever so slightly).

Here’s are the goods:

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Beige

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Beige

Lip color of any kind is not usually in my daily regiment, but I decided it was time for me to transition out of my lazy-college-days routine and actually try to spruce my smile up every morning.

After a frustrating exchange with a snobby Sephora associate — I finally found the perfect nude lip color for my olive skin tone (all by my lonesome).

Benefit Sugarbomb Blush

Benefit Sugarbomb

Benefit Sugarbomb 2

I desperately wanted to get all kinds of crazy manic about NARS Orgasm blush, but it went completely sheer when I applied it– no matter how much I layered it on. Eventually, I caved and accepted the reality that me and the big-O just don’t mix.

Thankfully, a second (much friendlier) Sephora chick helped me find a better alternative: Benefit’s Sugarbomb blush. The end result mimics the typical look of Orgasm, which is fine by me.

Yippie skippy!

Sephora Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil in Love Affair

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Love Affair

(Photo: Sephora)

This eyeliner goes on super silky– at least the sample did. I haven’t opened mine yet, because I still want to savor the fuzzy feeling of my hasty purchase. The color is closest to plum, so it’s funky in a subtle way. I’m in my late 20’s– no room for crazy, neon-rainbow shenanigans!

Sephora Pro Eyelash/Eyebrow Brush

Sephora Pro Eyebrow Brush(Photo: Sephora)

Ok, so maybe I need a little neon in my life. I’ve been obsessed with colored mascara of late so I bought a tube of Maybelline’s Limited Edition Great Lash in Vision in Violet (more on this another time). Early morning, running late to work problem: my eyelashes looked like gross furry tarantula legs, and I couldn’t find my lash comb. Long story short, I used a 2″ boar hairbrush to separate the clumps.

It was a curious sight to say the least.

Anyway– in comes Sephora’s Pro Lash and Brow brush to save the day.

Good stuff, IMO. Having a $50 Sephora gift card– even better stuff.