In a Pinch: My New Favourite Blush Should Be Yours Too

by Janine on 2 October 2012 · 30 comments

You would love my new favourite blush. It’s a sheer shade that delivers a dewy, pinched-cheeks flush to a range of skintones from very fair to medium-deep. A hydrating, emollient balm in convenient, pocket-size stick form, it’s especially good for dry skin, and works on normal/combo complexions too. Oily skin could give it a go — cheeks tend to be less oily than the rest. And it rings in at about $4 to $6, depending on whether you hit WalMart or Shoppers.

Could be you already love my new favourite blush as the lip balm it is: Maybelline New York Baby Lips SPF 20 Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me.

Yes, I’m obsessed. (See my accidental matching mani here.) On bare skin, over BB cream or foundation, or even tapped over a light layer of powder, Cherry Me gives cheeks perfect natural rosy colour with a subtle sheen and without stickiness — I’m wearing it here. And it prompts compliments. And coveting — I have to keep an eye on my tube when I’m around my nieces, ages 11 and 7.

Extra tip from Spring’s Fall/Winter 2012 Toronto fashion week: try Baby Lips in Peach Kiss as a highlight on cheekbones. Expect compliments on your glowing skin, too; I got bazillions when I tried it.

Will you get cheeky with Cherry Me? What’s your favourite cream or balm blush?

Lip balm photo via Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR.

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Arianne 2 October 2012 at 11:16 am

Whoa. Totally unexpected and so awesome. Great tip!


Janine 2 October 2012 at 5:36 pm

Also try with appropriate shades of Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter — like Baby Lips, they have enough pigment to do the flushed-cheek trick :-) xo


Gaëlle 2 October 2012 at 1:05 pm

This sounds really cool! Thanks for sharing this idea, it now makes me want to go in my lipbalm/lipstick drawer and try them on my cheeks.
I generally don’t use lip products for blush, because it tends to fade quite fast on my skin… But I definitely want to try tomorrow!
Thanks for sharing this tip which enables us to “shop” the makeup we already own!


Janine 2 October 2012 at 5:45 pm

You’ll have to let me know what success you have, Gaëlle! Love the “‘shop’ the makeup” bit :-)


Lesa 2 October 2012 at 3:25 pm

Korres Lip Butter in Plum works too, and it’s silicone-free.


Janine 2 October 2012 at 5:53 pm

Ooh, I don’t have that shade. But I love the idea. I know I have a berry shade in a pocket or purse somewhere; will try that. Also want to try Wild Rose — beautiful colour.


Lesa 2 October 2012 at 6:10 pm

Are you sure? You, me and Flemming were all jizzing over it collectively about two years ago. At my house, even.


Janine 2 October 2012 at 6:13 pm

I gotta check — might take a while. *grin*


Lesa 2 October 2012 at 7:11 pm

If that means you’ll finally clear off your bed, take all the time you need.


Janine 2 October 2012 at 7:14 pm



beachgal 2 October 2012 at 7:36 pm

I am obsessed with a cheek stain by IT Cosmetics in Pretty In Peony – it’s going to last me the rest of my life I think – I don’t even need a brush – finger tip is enough – brush lays down too much. This stuff is there even after sleeping in makeup – well come on – we all do it on occasion .


Janine 3 October 2012 at 12:00 am

Sounds pretty! The peony cheek stain, I mean — not the sleeping in makeup. *grin*

I love cheek stain.


Helen 4 October 2012 at 11:20 am

Hi Janine, I felt like this post was speaking to me directly! I’m also obsessed with that Baby Lips shade. Every time I swipe it on, I feel instantly prettier. And it’s the first red I feel comfortable wearing. I love your blog and your articles for The Kit. Have a fab day!


Janine 4 October 2012 at 12:34 pm

“…I feel instantly prettier.” YES! Same here, whether the rest of my face is bare or not. Thanks for your comment and kind words, Helen :-)


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