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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!

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SOHO Beauty “Sealed with a Kiss” Train Case

I’ve recently noticed how pathetic my make-up box is. It’s just a junky Caboodles knock-off without compartments or any other semblance of organization. It also has been home to 6-year-old make-up from early college years. Gross.

Make-Up Box

(My Old and Ugly Make-Up Box with Floppy Mirror)

Luckily, SOHO Beauty gifted me a replacement case to keep my cosmetics arsenal in check.

SOHO Beauty Sealed with a Kiss Train Case

The Sealed with a Kiss train case is not only roomy– it makes me feel like a pro.

Train Case Deets

The interior of the SOHO Beauty Sealed with a Kiss ($27.99) train case has a dual-level tray system that conveniently collapses. I like to store smaller items in these compartments like small eyeshadow quads, powders and my regular brushes.

The bottom is deep enough to hold a few larger palettes, like my giganto Tarte for True Blood palette and my stash of coveted Sephora samples I’ve yet to indulge in.

SOHO Beauty Train Case

One of the main reasons I opted for this specific train case is for the built-in mirror. This makes applying make-up while traveling a cinch (think sorority recruitment or bridesmaid make-up prep.)

Also, there is a key and lock mechanism available for storing priceless goodies.

Overall Make-Up Box Impressions

The hot pink lipstick print is fine with me, but I can see a need for more options like solid colors for this model. I also appreciate the quality of the hardware, and the functionality of the design is spot on.

I’d recommend changing the handle, though. It’s a bit too lightweight and plasticy to me. A leather-like trim similar to that found along the edge of the box as the handle material would make for a luxurious feel– just sayin’.

Regardless, the SOHO Beauty Sealed with a Kiss train case is one B.A.M.F. when it comes down to sassy make-up storage.

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