The Cheek Product Drawer – What Remains?

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You guys seem to enjoy seeing what remains in my beauty drawers since I’ve had my biggest streamlining session to date and I quite like them too because it forces me to really look at what I’ve got and scout out whether there are any other duds that could go to a better home. Thankfully looking through my cheek drawer, everything was deemed a good’un. This is what’s inside… 

The first step? Contour. Being the round headed ‘Hey Arnold’ face that I am, I do love a good contour. I primarily use the Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium and have done for years. You’ll see two here because I’m currently polishing off the final dregs of my old pan before I move onto a new one. If we’re talking a drugstore equivalent, then the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Kit in Medium/Dark is the next best thing with a dramatically lower price tag. Although I find the shading colour of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow a tad too warm to contour with, it’s nice in the warmer months to use as more of a sculpting bronzer (plus the highlight shade is all kinds of hear eye emoji), but palette-wise I’m all over the Anastasia Pro Series Cream Contour Kit in Fair right now – there’s a review coming your way tomorrow.

You can see a little colour graduation going on with my bronzers. In my palest moments I rely on the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer to give me some glow. This is a fab one for any fair gals and guys out there, because it’s so darn subtle. If I’m looking slightly more tanned then I dip into the CHANEL Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Powder in No.40. However if I’ve been hitting the faux glow hard then I make myself looking even more Oompa Loompa sun kissed with the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in M20.

When it comes to blushes, I keep very much within the dusty rose/perky peach category. My two favourites at the moment are the Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16 Hour Blush in I Will Always Love You and Baby Love, though I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. One that always brightens things up is the Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop and I like the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve for a one-stop everyday blush/highlight/bronzer combo. For cream formulas I always enjoy using the Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 and a new find is the Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose.

My favourite category is highlighters and I’ve recently cleared things out and declared it a BECCA only zone – that’s how good these ones are. Even though I purchased their Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone months and months ago now, I still get excited to use it everyday because I just love how it looks on the skin. The Poured Moonstone (a.k.a, the cream version) is nice too, but I just love the ease of the powder and being able to dust it on. Champagne Pop is lush too, though being slightly bronzier, it’s one that I save for when I feel a bit more tanned.

I’ve had plenty of cheek palettes over the years, but now only two remain and I feel like they are real good’uns. Perfect for travel or perfect for when you’re just feeling like you want to be more streamlined in your stash. The BECCA Afterglow Palette contains three highlighters (two of which I tend to use as eyeshadows too), one bronzer and one blush, so it takes care of all your cheek needs; whereas the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette contains two face powders, one strobing powder, two blushers and a bronzer. I know it’s been a couple of months since I started raving about the latter, but I still get a tonne of use out of it. I bloody love it. 


  • Exposed is definitely my most used blush of all time. So versatile and so long-lasting!

  • The Becca Afterglow palette looks so dreamy!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Being a fair-y, I may have to try the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer! Although good, I’m getting slightly bored of just using MAC Harmony during these winter months. Great post Anna, very satisfying looking at all the pretty cheek products 🙂

  • Your cheek drawer is the stuff of dreams, the Becca Afterglow palette looks so pretty! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  • I´ll take one of each, please! The Max Factor Cream Puff blushes are so gorgeous.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Athena Politou

    I want to try the Maybelline contour duo and the Clinique blush! Great post!


  • Rinky Dinky Rhi

    I’m desperate to get my hands on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette but it’s sold out everywhere : (

  • Katie Goodall (thedailybeaut)

    The Becca Afterglow Palette looks so pretty! I definitely have product envy right now.

    Katie | thedailybeaut |

  • I’m looking forward to read the Anastasia Pro Series cream contour kit’s review! The Chanel Les Beiges sheer Healthy Glow powder is one of my favorite bronzer as well, yet I would love to try the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion!

  • I love too faced.. the packaging is just too cute! 🙂

  • I have gone though my stash too and I have a few more than you left, but it’s so much of a satisfying feeling! 😉 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  • Becca afterglow palette sounds like a versatile product, bronze shades are beautiful!

  • Ooh you have some really pretty products there. I have the Beeca highlighter in champagne pop and it’s now my fave x

  • thepharmersjournal

    I have pretty much everything listed here – and totally agree with you on all!

  • emily couture

    All of these products sound amazing 🙂

    emily xx

  • That’s a nice selection you have left here!

  • I so need to add the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow to my collection, it’s just too pretty not to have x

    Darling Jordan

  • Nimra Imran

    I am obsessed with the Becca Palette!!! Adding it to the list for my next haul! x

  • Max Factor Nude Mauve is gorgeous. I wear it all the time.

    Rachel |

  • Loveee TooFaced, has to be my favourite brand at the moment. Picking up the Soleil Bronzer tomorrow, so excited!x

  • Lavinia Făt

    Amazing shades, that nude mauve from Max Factor is my favorite

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Ooohhh these images are swoon-worthy!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • I’m after that Afterglow palette… so many good swans in a row
    x Julia

  • Great collection! I have a Two Faced bronzer and it is my go to! 🙂

  • I’m so impressed you pared it down that much! I love the Becca Palette 🙂

  • x

    do you ever think about the ethics of being a beauty blogger/youtuber? i guess what is striking me as strange is that you have used your influence to impress upon others to purchase certain items – i mean, lets be real, this is the world of marketing and that is what being a social influencer is. anyway, i’m wondering if you have considered whether your loyal followers will be offended by the fact that you have “streamlined” your collection down to basically nothing. you were lucky to get hundreds of products for free. you ranted and raved about them, knowing that your following would think they are a must. and within a short time frame, you have actually thrown these things out. basically i don’t trust your opinion given that you talk up all of these items, when in reality they aren’t even good enough for you to keep in your collection. shady. and also, you don’t seem to really care about beauty products at all anymore. you don’t even take a picture of the products on your own face when you are telling us how great they are (in italics of course). if you aren’t passionate about beauty, that’s cool. but be ethical about it, and move on to shilling marble workout pants, or whatever the hell you’re actually into. be ethical, and don’t influence on beauty items that you end up throwing away within 6 months.

    • Sara

      I’ve slowly gotten bored of Anna’s content in the past few months but I’ll have to defend her here. Just because she gave away a lot of her products doesn’t mean she didn’t like them. It might just be that she had a lot of dupes of certain colors/textures and chose the best ones she liked. Streamlining her stuff doesn’t mean she isn’t passionate about beauty anymore, it’s actually good because she can fill up her collection again (I still remember when all her makeup fit into one dresser in her parent’s house), rather than having everything and ending up with most of them unused (like Temptalia’s collection).

      As for not taking pictures with the products on her face, if you check out her product reviews she still…does? She’s obviously not gonna take a picture of her face with every blush/highlighter/bronzer in this post because it’s a lot of products and she has one face lol. But in her makeup section she has them on her face.

  • Congrats on sizing down- I would never be able to do it! But good picks, I love the Too Faced, Tarte and Clinique blushes!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • Erin Russell

    well done on your sizing down! I have no idea how you managed to do it though! But I can completely see why you kept what you did! 🙂

  • taracapemay

    I generally don’t reach for powders, but these are lovely. fyi…I could hardly see your page today because of the CK banner and video that is surrounding your page. It takes away from the VDM experience. I am all for you making as much money as you can…I am far from naive to the ways of the world. These ads just get to be too much some times. Please take this as a business/customer retention comment and not personal hate. All the best… 🙂

  • I really want try the Too Faced blushes! Champagne pop is definitely at the top of my list! I’ve been hearing so many good things xx

  • Anna

    Anna, don’t worry, you have a beautiful head… with or without a good contour! 😀
    Becca and Hourglass seem awesome, I can’t wait to try them.
    These days I love KIKO Blush and Contouring Palettes, good quality and very affordable!
    Anna From Italy

  • Hannah

    Such an amazing range of products here! The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is stunning just to look at, I can’t imagine how amazing it looks when it’s actually on the cheeks! xo

  • I need to get my hands on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette! So gorgeous! Also need to try out some Too Faced products!
    Em x
    Life of Em |

  • Lys

    Ahh, such a beautiful collection of cheek products!!

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    I love the different range of products you have. The too faced blush comes in such cute packaging. X

  • Some of my favourite blusher formulas in here! I love the ones from Hourglass, Clinique’s Cheek Pops, the Too Faced Love Flush Blushes and of course Tarte. I need the Becca Afterglow in my life though…xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I’m still dying to try the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder! It sounds like the perfect contour shade, but it’s just so pricey.

  • So many nice products that I would love to own myself ! haha x

  • I don’t buy my blushes anymore. My boyfriend sub me to ipsy (which I really love btw, totally worth the buck if you are open to trying anything) it kinda seems like Im never running out of anything. But your collection is telling me otherwise. In love.

  • Dee Grizzle

    Tarte’s Tipsy blush didn’t make the cut! Shocking!

  • I’m always a funny one with blush but I love a good contour and bronzer – thanks for the recs and now I’m heading to your Contour kit review *all the heart eyes*

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Vanessa

    I’d love to see a really plummy, almost purple blush on you! Do you think it would make your cheeks look bruised? I’ve been wanting a color like that for ages.

  • Bernadette

    All those products look absolutely gorgeous

  • The Sunday Mode

    Couldn’t agree with you more with Moonstone, the powder version is so perfect and the shade beautiful! So flattering on my fair skin.

  • Charlotte

    Love these posts, I’m really jealous of your contents right now!
    Charlotte //

  • peace.oglory

    Where’s soap&glory solar powder? :O

  • siliplarawan

    All lovely picks! Just surprised to see no Nars in this collection, though.

  • These photos had my eyes permanently turned into heart eyed emojis haha
    NEED SOME BECCA HIGHLIGHT IN MY LIFE! Though technically I already have the liquid one, but who says I don’t need a cream and powder one too? xD

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

  • Jessica

    Need to get my hands on BECCA Highlight! Heard nothing but great things. Thank you for this post!

  • Love this post! It is great inspiration!

  • I’ve been hearing about the Too Faced Love Blushes left right and center. I’m also intrigued by the Clinique Cheek pop blushes. I have my eye on the Peach and Pansy ones. Actually quite an affordable option compared to other blushes in Sephora.