Sunday 10 May 2015

The Cheek Trios

I usually like to change my makeup quite a lot day after day: there might be weeks full of “quick swipe of liner and no eyeshadow or I’m gonna be late”, but I still like to grab a different eyeliner everyday. And the same thing goes for base, cheeks and lips: I like to rotate between at least 3 or 4 products constantly, to avoid using the one same thing everyday and leave the rest of my collection untouched. There’s a cheek combo I haven’t been able to put down lately though: let’s see what I love about them and my favourite tools to apply them!

Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder Celestial Chanel Blush Camelia Rose Nars Yachiyo Real Tecniques Sephora

The Contour - Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium + The Brush - Real Techniques Contour Brush
I can’t help it, the day I discovered this contour powder I forgot about all the other options I had or wanted. I love it so much than when yesterday at Sephora the lady greeted me with the new Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette - she knew it was something I could like! - I told her I was going to think about it. I couldn’t recognize myself, lol!
Anyway, back to the product. I told you about my love for it back in my December Favourites for the first time (link!), and nothing has changed. I find it the perfect shade and texture, and one quick swipe gives me a lovely subtle yet defined contour that looks incredibly natural.
The perfect tool? The aptly named Contour Brush from the Real Techniques’ Core Collection. Everyone seems to use this brush for something else, but I adore it for contour. It’s small enough to fit underneath my cheekbones but fluffy enough to blend the product, and it just works.

The Colour - Chanel Jardin De Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé + The Brush - Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush
I know, I know. This limited edition blush is probably impossible to find now, but the point here is: it’s the blush that flatters me the most as it just works with my skin tone. I love that I can wear it more subtly or go for a more intense look, the it blends perfectly and that’s got just the slightest hint of perfect glow to it.
And well, it’s beautiful and it’s been staying that way for a really long time, with all the beautiful flowers still there despite the intense use (it’s been in heavy rotation since January, proof here!).
So: find your perfect blush and apply it with the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush is what I’m trying to say here (insert appropriate emoji). Seriously though, this brush is perfect (review). It makes the subtlest blush pop without effort and the boldest one blend with ease, and it works with every other kind of face powder if needed. I also got over the fear of washing it and just wrap up the handle in a small towel to avoid getting it wet and ruining it, and it’s been working perfectly.

The Highlight - Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder + The Brush - Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #74
Kevin Aucoin has done it again, and its famous Celestial Powder is as great as the Sculpting one. I love highlighters, but I don’t like a too intense look: I have a few other ones I love (see my post about them here), but I love this one more as it’s the most flexible of them all. A dab of the brush gives a great subtle highlight perfect for daytime and a few swipes make for a great evening look, and it’s so finally milled that there’s not a single chunkier shimmer in sight.
The brush I love to use with it is the one Sephora suggest for contouring: it’s small and soft enough for contouring, yes, but it’s got a flatter shape than the Real Techniques one and therefore I like it less than that one. It’s perfect for highlight though, as it allows to apply powder sheerly or to really pack it on and the shape is just right.

Here’s what I’ve been wearing on my cheeks on an almost daily basis in the last months (!). What’s been your go to cheek combo lately? Are you as shocked as me that these products still look brand new after months of intense use? ;)

Versione italiana in progress! Online a breve ;)


  1. i was reaaallly tempted by the aucoin cheek set during the sephora vib sale but i held back. ppl speak about celestial likes its made from the gods! i'm like you, i tend to wear a different 'face' everyday! i figure, if i have all these colors...better use them up but when i do find a good combo i keep going back. been half thinking about the aucoin contouring products too such a noob and don't really feel the need so...


    A Beautiful Zen

  2. That blush is so beautiful! I don't need another contour powder, but am tempted after reading this! xx

  3. I love the Kevin aucoin powders but I don't use them nearly enough. I prefer using bronzer day to day than contour. That Chanel though. Omg.

  4. The two Kevyn Aucoin products look perfect for contouring and highlighting. I just love the cool toned of the sculpting powder. Definitely need to treat myself to a few products from the brand soon x

    Beauty with charm

  5. Kevin Aucoin contour powder has been on my wishlist for a very long time but I can't justify the price tag at the moment! I am sure this combo makes the most perfect pretty juicy cheeks! xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  6. It really does, I'm addicted! I totally get you as I waited for the longest time to get it but I'm so glad I did, in the end ;) xx

  7. I'm sure you're going to love them! The shade of the Sculpting Powder is really perfect ;) xx

  8. I like to use bronzer too sometimes but on my skin tone this one simply wins! ;) xx

  9. It's really an awesome product! I know, it happens to me all the time. I say I'm not going to buy more of something and it lasts a week if I do say it, lol! ;) xx

  10. I wasn't too sold on contour powders before getting this and now I can't go back! And yes, that highlighter is perfect as everyone says in my opinion ;) xx

  11. It really is! I wish it's still around somewhere! :) xx

  12. Oh the Chanel one looks like a dream, so cute with the little flowers!

    xo Mel || Sketch & Scribbles

  13. Beautiful choices. I could see why you can't put them down. :-) I never did manage to pick up that Chanel blush...sigh. Kevyn Aucoin seems to be really killing it, huh? I do own some of his products but I've never tried the Contour or Highlight powder. I think I was waiting to get teh cream duo and just ended up forgetting. Good thing his products are so much easier to find now. My cheek combo changes daily but I have been loving that Kiko Paris blush you sent me. xo

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  14. I love this sculpting powder and you have just made me want the celestial powder even more, Kevyn Aucoin packaging is just too pretty!

  15. I also love this RT brush for contouring, I've just replaced by the Zoeva Fcae Paint brush but before I only used the RT. I've been meaning to get the KA powders for weeks now, I think you just convinced me that I need them :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  16. I want both powders from Kevin Aucoin, I know I will love both of them!


  17. that chanel blush -my goodness im regretting for not getting it :(

  18. Even though that blush isn't one of Chanel's best, it's definitely one of the prettiest!

  19. Hey Gyudy, great combo! I've been reaching for Chanel Lumiere d'Ete almost every time I do makeup, and surprise surprise, I am really falling for NARS Deep Throat. I layered it over Chanel Presage once and I love the combination. I like how it has a sheen, so I don't really need an extra highlighter ;)

  20. The Contour looks amazing. I'd love to have that in my collection, or really, any Kevin Aucoin product in my collection!

    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  21. ughhh, i am so in love with that blush! it was super expensive and i convinced myself i didn't need it at the time it came out, but every time i see it i pine for it, haha. glad to see the beautiful flowers are staying in good shape too, that was definitely a concern because if i'd bought it i would have tried not to use it too much to avoid ruining them which would make it a bit of a waste of money really!

    jessica -

  22. I LOVE the pretty Chanel blush! I spotted this a while ago and kept gazing at it, but I haven't brought it ... yet ;) *she says*... lovely post

  23. Hey Gyudy, sorry I disappeared for a while. Been so busy in the past month or two, it's become hard to catch up with Bloglovin. Hope you're doing well. Just came back from Italy and your country is beautiful. :) The Chanel blush looks stunning and I really want to try Kevyn Aucoin highlighters but I think I'm more inclined to buy candlelight. So pretty! x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK