Don’t lose your sparkle.

If Tiara taught us anything, it’s that, if you got sparkle, you gotsta let it shine.

So dump that winter matte finish foundation and put your gleam on.
I’ve been looking for the best possible glowing skin recipe.
Tried all the new buzzing products for glow and found my favorites.

How to get glowy natural looking foundation.

But before we get to all of that…

I wanted to talk about the Urban Decay BB Cream that I was excited to try a month or so ago.
I didn’t love it.
Actually took it back.
It’s not that it’s a bad product, it’s just that, I’m not a product junkie.
I don’t like to have a bunch of products that all do basically the same thing, they cost me too much money and the redundant ones never get used. Everything in my makeup case gets used or it goes back.
Anyway, it was good as a primer, but I have primer. It was no good for coverage. I didn’t notice it making my skin look different or better really…at least nothing noticeable
I wanted something that had more multitasking abilities so when I took it back (and if you have makeup you don’t like you should always take it back, complete waste not to) I tried to find something that fit the needs the UD BB didn’t. Boy, did I.
Stila’s Illuminating BB Cream is different than any I’ve tried. It’s gorgeous, lightweight, has just enough coverage to even me while still sheer enough to show my skin, SPF, claims to be good for you skin…the works.  I’m into it.

That is why it’s the lead role in my newest tutorial, but the supporting class ain’t bad either.


What I used:

Glowing natural foundation tips.

{to get from Amazon here} 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
{to get from Sephora here} 1 | NA | 3 | 4 |5

1. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder- Golden Light
2.NYX Concealer Wand in Yellow
3. Benefit Watt’s Up Illuminator
4.Stila Stay All Day 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm
5.Urban Decay Cheek Tint inQuickie

Oily skin setting powder: Hard Candy Illuminating Powder – Walmart

Similar products for a budget:
1. Rimmel Natural Bronzer Sun Bronze
2. NYX Concealer Wand in Yellow
3. Hard Candy Glow All the Way Luminizer Doll Face
4.VIP Gold Super Plus Beblesh Balm (BB Cream)
5.Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink

PS I noticed this bouncy blush is getting baaaad reviews on, what’s up with that? am I totally off on this one? I always apply it with a brush so maybe that’s it? I think it has a fresh finish and a color that is very hard to find at the drugstore but I really want to know if I am off base on something….thoughts?


119 thoughts on “Don’t lose your sparkle.

  1. I bought that was based on your recommendation and I absolutely love it! I apply it with the urban decay blush brush and I think it looks fantastic on, very fresh!

      • I bought it, mainly because the texture looked to fun not to buy it. I liked it but I didn’t like how it went on, until I started applying it with a Mac 190 foundation brush and now I LOVE it!

    • I too love, love, love it! I’m not big on drugstore blushes but htis one is awesome and I apply it with a brush. Alwasy looks fresh, dewy and natural. Thanks for the awesome suggestion Cara!! =D

  2. hey Cara, my name is Tiana Tidwell ,I met you about a year ago, I am best friends with Kamie Peterson who is married to your cousin Justin Peterson, I live here in Saint George and I am wondering if there’s any way that we could meet up 1 day and you can help me with my makeup I am in desperate need to purchase a whole new makeup collection and I need some professional help this would be so amazing if you could just help me for 1 afternoon?!

    • Oh hi! I totally remember that! I am living in Vegas now but email me your number and I will give you a ring next time I am in town!

      • Yes, please do call me when you’re here next, I’d love your help with making me beautiful and then we can go buy all the that I’ll need!!8018307270

  3. I bought the bouncy blush recently after checking out one of your tutorials. I’m applying it with a blush brush, too. I’m not getting the same effect you did, but I’m still hopeful – working with it and experimenting some more!

  4. I just recently bought the bouncy blush in both Pink Frosting and Hot Tamale (Wasn’t sure which color I wanted to go with) I’ve only used the Fresh Pink color once but so far I liked it! The color was what I was hoping it would be and seemed to last through out the day! I purchased it at Ulta and the girl who sold it to me suggested I use my fingers to apply it rather than a brush but I love the way it looks on you when you apply it with a brush so I did half and half! I first put it on with my fingers to get it where I wanted it and start a base then I used a brush by RealTechniques and just a dust of powder blush to finsh it off and I though it turned out well!

  5. I love the bouncy blush! I apply it with a brush too. It seems to last longer then powder blush and the color is fantastic. Thank you for the recommendation :)

  6. The only BB cream I have used is Garnier bb cream, I like it but I have nothing to compare it to. After I’m done with it I want to try another one. I live in south Georgia, the land of humidity and heat, and I have combination skin, so those are the factors I have to count in.
    Also, I have used the bouncy blush ever since it came out. I’ve applied it with my fingers as well as a brush. I love it! I don’t know why its getting bad reviews. That’s news to me.
    And I have to say, your skin is absolutely gorgeous. You are blessed.

  7. I LOVE the bouncy blush. It was my first purchase after reading your blog. I never would have chosen such a bright pink & this was perfect. Exactly what I was wanting, but to scared to try. Thank you!

  8. I love the bouncy blush as well. Before I read your blog, I carried it in my purse as a blush-on-the-go and applied it with my fingers. I was indifferent on the coverage, but loved the Fresh Pink color (I am dark blond, fair skinned). Once I saw your video, I applied it with a brush and LOVE the way it goes on!

  9. I bought the dream bouncy blush in fresh pink per your suggestion. I have to say, ehhh… I don’t HATE it, but sure don’t LOVE it. I apply it using a brush too. Iv’e tried it quite a few times but have recently given up on it. However, all your other suggestions are fabulous!

  10. Would you consider the Hard Candy Glow All The Way Luminizer Doll Face somewhat a highlighter as well? I currently use the Dream Lumi Highlighing Concealer and I dont really care for it. It tends to fade away very, very quickly and I wanted something more glowy like this!

  11. I am currently looking for a new blush, and after seeing how the bouncy blush looks on you, it will definitely be my next purchase ;) Love you as a blonde too, by the way.

  12. I bought the bouncy blush after you recommended it and I LOOOOOOVE it. I’ve applied it with a brush and my finger tips and never had any issues.

    I still haven’t found a BB cream that I’ve liked. I think it’s a fad that’ll die out sooner or later.

  13. I LOVE the fresh pink bouncy blush after your recommendation. My daughter loves it too. We apply it with our fingers and the color is perfect on us.:)

  14. I adore the fresh pink bouncy blush!! I got it after your recommendation a while back and I feel like it instantly brightens up my face….LOVE it!!

  15. I really like L’Oreal Paris’s BB Cream. It goes on really well and doesn’t show the dry flakes in my winter skin. Also, I’ve never heard of being able to take opened makeup back. What stores do this?

    • I know for sure that Rite Aid and Sephora will. You should check the policies for other drugstores and Ulta. They don’t’ tend to advertise it.

  16. Cara – Does this work for fair skin? There is only one color option, which concerns me a bit since I am pretty fair with pinkish undertones. BTW – Kudos to your choice of Bronzer for fair skin (Physician’s Formula – the compact with the cute heart blushes on the right side). That does work for me and isn’t too dark or dirty looking. Love it! Thanks:)

  17. Love the fresh pink bouncy blush after your recommendation. Use a brush and it looks great on! Thank you for the tip. I would have been a little shy using such a bright pink colour, but it looks really good.

  18. I know that Walgreens will def take your makeup back : ) I would assume Ulta would as well, but I’ve yet to try to take anything back there. Guess it’s a good thing I’m able to keep all the make up I get b/c I like it.

  19. I purchased the Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink after watching you use it several times. I really couldn’t get into it. However, I only tried it about twice and wrote it off/forgot about it. I’ll have to come back to it now that some time has passed and see what I think. Sometimes I like products better after I’ve let some time pass.

  20. Love this look! Looks amazing on you, you are literally glowing!!! Tried the bouncy blush since you raved about it and it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like how it felt on my face and had trouble applying it (tried both with my fingers and with a brush). I never reach for it when I’m doing my blush. But thats the only product you’ve recommended that I had trouble with. I think its just based on preference since I prefer powder blushes.

    Love the blog!!!


  21. I tried the bouncy blush, I couldn’t get it to work with a brush. It just kind of stuck to the ends and didn’t come off. Maybe my brush is too dirty? Works okay, with fingers, but not great.

  22. I am so glad that I am not alone in the UD BB cream world! It did nothing for me at all!! Stilla is now on my list :)

  23. The blush is wonderful all your suggestions are great. I love your site I feel much more confident after wearing the make up you suggest and the way you suggest to use it .

  24. I have a bouncy blush in another color and I love it! It’s so easy to use Idk I use my fingers or sometimes a brush. I don’t understand why people don’t like it either.

  25. I have a question for you. I use a BB cream (Dr. Jart black label detox) and then use bare minerals powder foundation on top as a concealer/to set my makeup and my skin looks amazing after applying the makeup, but a few hours later it becomes chalky and cakey and like I’m wearing a ton of makeup, which isn’t true. I’ve been using a hydramist from dermatological to try to help make it look more natural but it doesn’t really help. I also tried using smash box liquid foundation instead of the bare minerals powder thinking the powder might be the problem but that didn’t help and neither did omitting the BB cream and just using smash box or just using the bare minerals! I also use a skin primer sometimes which hasn’t helped. Do you have any idea what I could be doing wrong? I use a moisturizer and my face never seems dry and gets almost greasy if I use too much. Do you have any foundation or concealer recommendations that won’t look caked on, or something I can use to help look more natural? Thank you so much for your help, I absolutely love your blog!



    • I have the same problem and I just bought the MAC face and body and really like it! Its very light weight though so if you don’t want something that sheer. Check out some tutorials on youtube. Plus the bottle is 4 oz compared to most 1oz bottles so you get a big size for like 32 dollars!

  26. I actually hate blush, and I purchased this after your recommendations. I apply it with a brush as per your instructions…and not I wear it almost everyday….win in my book!

  27. I agree!!! Aand I totally didn’t love the urban decay BB Naked… and i thought it was just me! All the review raved but I didn’t care for it.

  28. I too noticed that the blush was getting bad reviews, but because you liked it, I decided to try. I like it! Pretty color!

  29. Bahaha! Don’t let anyone take your sparkle! :) so funny! I’m excited to try out stilla! I tried bouncy blush after your recommendation, and I don’t love it…I feel like I have to use a TON to get any color….maybe I’m not doing it right? I had no idea you COULD take makeup back after its opened! That info alone may change my life…! :)

  30. Thank you so much for doing a list for those of us on a budget! That is very thoughtful & considerate of you. :) Love your blog!

  31. I love bouncy blush! I bought the one you suggest in your 5 minute makeup video. I had to search for it but I loved everything else I had bought at your suggestion. Anyway I love it, and thought I would hate it because of the creaminess. I also use a brush to apply it.

  32. I bought the Bouncy blush in Fresh Pink. It’s okay. I don’t love it on me though. My new favorite is Stila’s Custom Color Blush. It looks really harsh and a hot pink in the container but adjusts to your pH on your skin. It layers well and after 5 minutes or so of being on your skin, it looks perfect! Like you are naturally blushing. I recommend :)

    I would love to try a BB cream but I don’t have the best skin for it. I’m combination on the oily side, I still breakout from time to time and suffer from red cheeks (whatever may be causing that….) so I need coverage. I do still want to look dewy so I may try a liquid foundation. I currently use Benefit Flawless and love that but that gives a matte look. Great feel though and cover up. Speaking of Benefit, have you tried the Eye Bright? It’s a miracle and lasts all day! I couldn’t go a day without it!

  33. I adore the bouncy blush, too. So it’s not just you.

    I’m excited to check out the Stila BB Cream. I’ve been rocking Cover Girl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation which is half way between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation. It’s got decent coverage and I can’t apply from the passenger seat of moving car. However, it’s super matte and I’m ready to a springy look.

    • Jeez, this what happens when you comment late at night. I CAN apply it in a moving car and I’m ready FOR a springy look.

  34. I love the Bouncy Blush as well. I have it in a few shades and was upset when I saw some bad reviews (I’d written a few glowing reviews on my beauty blog), but was SOOO happy when you recommended it also! I use my fingers or a brush, it depends on the look that I want.

  35. I love the bouncy blush applied with my fingers.

  36. Hey Cara! Are you starting off with no foundation at all or do you have a base coat of something and you’re layering on top of that?

  37. I have looked for the Hard Candy Illuminating Powder (to set the makeup) but haven’t been able to find it. I looked on Amazon as well :( Is there another powder that you would recommend? My skin is very oily. Also thank you for posting the make-up budget alternatives.

  38. I’m glad you used Benefit Watt’s Up in this video. I had total buyers remorse after I got it (I am a cheap drugstore person so this was a big purchase for me and I didn’t like it) but will try it again in the way you used it here. Thanks!!

  39. I have light tan skin with yellow undertones and used the blush alone and over makeup. To me it looked frosty… Not at all like the fresh pink color I’m looking for . I now use nyx creme blush in hot pink. It looks really pretty when applied REALLY lightly with a brush :)

  40. What brush did you use to put on your Bobbi Brown Bronzer? I must have it! It looks so soft : ) Right now I am using the Bobbi Brown bronzing brush and hate it. Thanks!

  41. Can you give some suggestions on applying cream cheek tints? I either looking like I have baby doll cheeks (totally 80’s streaks or circles) or I don’t really see it at all… At what step do you apply it and how do you make it look so natural? Maybe that is the issue with the Bouncy Blush – user errors… Secondary to application – do you ever feel like it blocks your pores? Some of the thicker, more lip balmy types of cheek tint make me nervous – I don’t want to break out.

  42. I love the fresh pink bouncy blush! Bought it after seeing your HAC post and I’ve never liked blush because it always looked like I was so ‘made up.’ I think this gives me the perfect natural pink in my cheeks that I’ve been missing! Thanks so much for all you do for us girls!!!

  43. You look very, very pretty in this look! Can’t wait to watch the video and (maybe?) replicate the look.

  44. Hi Cara,
    I am new to your blog and new to experimenting with makeup to really enhance my look. i watched your H&C video and this one on keeping the sparkle along with the megan fox make up application and i love all of it! i notice some products seem similar but different and i am trying to put together a list of products to purchase to do all but not buy basically the same thing without me realizing it. Can you help? I am blonde haired and fair skinned, but tan easily with hazel to green eyes…also wondering if the megan fox makeup colors would work for me?

  45. Love this video! At first I didn’t like the bouncy blush because I just thought the texture was weird, but I’ve learned to love it and just bought another color :) I also went to sephora today and got samples of most of the products used in this video and can’t wait to try them! Thank you for your videos and posts! I love your blog, and read every post and can’t wait till the next one!! Thanks Cara!

  46. Its really refreshing to hear of someone with a beauty blog not being a product junkie. It seems like so many girls have ridiculous makeup collections and only use each product once or twice. It makes me question a lot of reviews.

    Thank you for being a little easier to relate to. :)

  47. Thank you for the tutorial and product recommendations! I just bought the Urban Decay Quickie and The benefit Watt’s Up! I was in for some sticker shock. But you looked great so I got it and love them both. I even bought a fancy brush to apply the blush. I felt pretty good about going ahead with these purchases since you recommended them and you haven’t steered me wrong yet. So thanks for doing the “research” for all of us!!

  48. I bought the blush and found you have to use tons for it to even show up on my face.

    Pink passion from elf has tons of pigment and it’s only 3 dollars.

  49. I bought the bouncy blush in fresh pink and it doesn’t show up on my southern cali darker skin;) I always add a pink powder blush to the top and I like it that way:) Can I suggest a post? Sometimes I feel like my skin is too dark for a lot of the product suggestions. (Believe me, I cake on the sunscreen everyday, it’s just the way it is here) But maybe a post for darker complected peeps?! Would love some tips! Thanks C! Xo

  50. First off I am obsessed with your blog! I absolutley adore you :) I also have a question, when using the hard candy illuminating powder do you use it all over your face? I used to use and LOVED the Clinique gentle light powder all over my face and they discontinued it, I’ve been on the search for a replacement since. So I was just wondering if this is anything like it or can you make any recommendations? Thank you!

  51. i haven’t tried the Bouncy blush yet….but I was needing help with layers! I have dark spots, intermittent breakouts and lots of uneven skin tone. I have used Bare Minerals for years, but have been trying liquid foundation lately. No matter how much I blend, my make up ends up looking cakey and uneven. The only thing that has given me an even foundation is the powder foundation, but at my age, is starting to settle into my facial lines! Even if I am careful with thin layers of everything, I end up highly caked up around eyes and nose/forehead/eyebrow area. I am using the Clinique stay matte liquid foundation, Benefit Porefessional under it all, mineral veil to set everything, the Clinique concealer that you use… HELP!!! I am so excited about HAC’ing, but everything is just looking BAD!!!!

    • Also, I got the Watt’s Up in the birthday gift from Sephora…I LOVE IT, but it just adds to the caked up layers look at this point!!! :( Apparently, I am in desperate need of assistance….. :)

  52. Hi All,
    I just wanted to point out that if you belong to the Sephora mailing list they are giving away the Benefit Watts Up highlighter as a sample for your birthday this year. Im from Canada and I’m not sure if that’s the case in all countries but I just got mine in January :)

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  54. Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty starts today. The Stilla HD Beauty Balm will be $20 on Thursday March 21. I’ve been dying to try it but haven’t had time to pick it up. Perfect timing to try it for almost half the price!

  55. Please post a tutorial on your eye make up. Or if you already have, post a link!! It’s so pretty. And, your hair!! Love.

  56. I am LOVING the bounch blush from Maybelline! And I’m also wanting to know what brush you are using to apply the bronzer. It looks like the perfect bronzing brush that I need! I also think that the color of your hair now makes you really glow even more!

  57. I have the bouncy blush in pretty peach or something.. the pinky peach anyway and LOVE it! I always put it on with my fingers and apply a little heavy and then set it with a sheer finishing powder and its perfect!

  58. I love the dream bouncy blush. I bought it specifically because you had such great color on your cheeks without it being a “bam” of pink. I use the Fresh Pink and it looks great for everyday wear. In fact, it’s almost always sold out at the one store I shop at. I did buy the Pink Frosting for a bit more color for going out in the evenings. Just a little more color. I apply it with a stiff blush brush. I stipple it up my cheek and then blend it using the same brush. It looks way better than the $30 Stila blush I was using (worked nice, but the rubbed off easily and was WAY to expensive).

  59. I LOVE the dream bouncy blushes. I saw you use it in one of your tutorials and I got 2, one in pink and one in peach. I always use a brush too, but what I love about them is that they are sheer so they add just a hint of color (and you don’t end up looking like a drag queen with too much rouge) and it’s SUPER easy to blend. I use these WAY more than my clinique blush for sure.

  60. OK I purchased the the Stay All Day HD Illuminating Beauty Balm online, following your recommendation. I’ve looked at purchasing the Dream Bouncy Blush but it’s a mission to find in Australia. Loving your blog and tutorials, you make things simple for everyone :)

  61. I have bought the Dream Bouncy Blush and was not impressed at all :( it makes my already dry skin super dry and doesn’t blend well… However, I mix a little bit of of my MAC face and body foundation and it gives it just the moisturizer it needs and gives me a nice hint of color. I will try it with a brush though, maybe that could be the problem too :)

  62. The Stila balm directions recommend re-applying every 2 hours. Is this something that can be used all day and replace a tinted moisturizer or foundation? Or is it just cute and dewy for a few hours?

  63. I noticed the Skin79 is a whitening bb cream, i love it but afraid it’ll bleach my skin. Do you have any info on that??

  64. Seriously in love with the Stila BB Cream I bought it last week and can’t stop using it! Also I bought WATTS UP (I love all the products you use so try to slowly start buying the higher end ones) and I LOVE IT!!!! It is such a beautiful color and i can’t stop talking about it! Love the products! Love you and all your tutorials and posts!

  65. I love how you and your readers have taken over the makeup section of amazon! When you click on any product, the “customers also bought” section is full of products you have suggested. :) It actually makes shopping after reading your blog very easy! All of the products are right there. Haha.

  66. I recently started watching your videos and I’m obsessed! But since you use so many different products I would like to see a video or blog post with just your favorites so it’s easier to step into a makeup store with a sense of direction!

  67. LOVE bouncy blush! I have used it ever since you first recommended it…wouldn’t it be great to have every shade?! a couple weeks ago there was a lonely one at the discount store. Of all make-up purchases, buying a new bouncy blush makes me feel the happiest. Thank you for sharing them with us. Beautiful and practically priced.

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