Youthforia Blush Review: Clean and Fun Makeup

Say what you want about TikTok, but it most certainly gets BeautyLeeBar credit for all of its beauty suggestions. Thanks to the app and our frequent 4 a.m. viewing, we have managed to be kept in the loop with some of beauty’s most viral products before they’ve sold out, including THE ICE FACIAL TOOL That Kourt and Kendall Love and now, the Youthforia BYO Blush.

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The BYO Blush is the world’s first color-changing blush oil that is said to include all skin types and skin tones (you had me at inclusive). Its formulation reacts to the skin’s natural pH to give your cheeks a unique pop of color. It’s supposed to make your cheeks look naturally flushed and works with and without foundation. While it is a blush, it’s technically formulated as a makeup and skincare product, which is a double win. For context, the Founder; Lee has a dry-sensitive skin type which doesn’t cause her too many issues, however certain makeup products, whether powder, water, or oil-based can leave her skin with evident dry patches, or leave her skin break out instantly, particularly on her cheeks and forehead. But there wasn’t a day that she couldn’t go on TikTok to see this infamous blush so she decided it was time put the innovative $36 BYO Blush to the test to see whether it was as good as she hoped.

@thirteenlune

@Youthforia’s BYO Blush gets a 🤌🏾 from a black girl blush entusiast

♬ KU LO SA (Edit) – KV

Youthforia truly created some next-generation blush technology, but does it work as great as it sounds? Keep reading to find out if this blush oil does create an ideal, lasting shade.

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Lee has been using her BYO Blush religiously for almost a week now and each time she is blown away by just how glowy and glass-like her cheeks look. A little certainly goes a long way with the application, and the brand recommends you start by adding two dots to your cheeks, wait a few seconds for the color to change, and then blend it out with a brush, sponge, or your fingers. Lee oscillated between her blush brush and fingers, with the latter being her preferred way as the blush looked extra glowy, and it felt much easier to control the application. However, using a brush is great for applying when out and about and when you don’t feel like coating your fingertips in a product.

The TikTok-worthy packaging includes a vibrant coral cap and transparent bottle, which unveils the green-Ish oil formula (it applies as a sheer oil and then instantaneously reacts to the skin’s pH to unveil a universally flattering shade) and is a nod to Youthforia’s super fun and playful brand message — which is exactly what founder Fiona Co Chan envisioned when creating the brand. Youthforia is a post-Covid company, and Chan tells BeautyLeeBar that she wanted the customer experience to be filled with constant excitement and optimism for all the upcoming occasions customers plan to wear their blush, whether that’s a dinner with friends, or like Lee, a long-overdue mooch around Target.

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In terms of the ingredients inside this little tube of joy, it contains 20 plant-based antioxidant-dense oils that provide targeted treatment for your cheeks, including jojoba oil and Macadamia seed oil. It’s also fragrance-free, silicone-free, vegan, and cruelty-free, making it a great option for anyone prone to sensitive skin. Each Youthforia product is certified by USDA BioPreferred Program to contain 98% biobased content (meaning there’s only 2% of fossil fuels within the formula) which has helped to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint, which is pretty impressive considering the brand is still fairly new.

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The Value: Pricey but a unique, worthwhile find

Youthforia’s BYO Blush is out of this world, and it’s the most unique product—it’s beneficial for the environment as well as your skin. At $36 for 0.22 oz., it’s a little pricey for a blush, but there’s nothing else like it on the market. A little goes a long way, so it will last you quite a while, plus the results are stunning, with a healthy, custom flush that complements any makeup or non-makeup look. The product is quite simple to blend, works wonders on Lee’s dry, sensitive skin, and heralds the beginning of something truly fresh in the makeup industry. BeautyLeeBar thinks it’s worth the investment, especially if you’re having trouble finding the right shade of blush for your skin tone.

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Final Verdict

Overall, Youthforia’s BYO Blush is definitely worth the hype and is Lee’s new go-to blush (Rare Beauty, you still have our heart okay chica). The consistency and formula have impressed us far more than any other powder and liquid blush has before — and that’s coming from a beauties who loves to coat their cheeks in a liquid blush or two.

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Youthforia’s BYO Blush Color Changing Blush Oil is the most unique and creative blush Lee has ever used. It goes on clear but quickly changes to pink on your cheeks. The texture is very smooth on the skin, and the unique technology provides the ideal natural glow appearance for your skin tone and gives your lips that natural rosy color. Youthforia’s BYO Blush works and builds beautifully. It doesn’t feel greasy, just hydrating and smooth. Oh, and the color lasts. Best lazy girl makeup product ever!

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We hope that other brands will follow in the footsteps of Youthforia, which has paved the way for pH color-changing blush oils. If you’re on the lookout for a new beauty staple for the Fall/winter, then look no further than Youthforia’s BYO Blush.

@kali.ledger

Hands down the easiest dewy blush, that actually lasts but stays dewy 🤭✨#greenblush #dewyskin #dewyblush #makeuptutorial #youthforia

♬ original sound – KALI
@nishabalsara

this is not an a d, I am just a chronic oversharer @youthforia also has some great videos on her Tiktok! #youthforiablush #colorchangingblush

♬ Wii Shop Channel – McTweet

Have my beauties tried TikTok Youthforia’s BYO Blush?! If so, what are your thoughts? Is this black/brown girl approved?

#HelloBeauties #BeautyLeeBar

How Working From Home Affected Our Relationship With Beauty

Since the spring of 2020, the BeautyLeeBar.com editors have been primarily working from home. It may not surprise you to learn that, before making these workweek changes, we all had pretty lengthy beauty regimens and loved experimenting with new products and looks on a daily. But as you can imagine, spending the majority of our workdays indoors and away from a traditional office building has inspired some changes, both in routine and mindset. Read on for the beauty lessons we learned during the pandemic

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Sara, Content Director

One of the biggest beauty lessons that I’ve learned during the pandemic (and there have been many!) is to fully lean into makeup that helps me feel most like myself — and whatever that may be is allowed to change day by day, week by week. In other words, I listen to how I’m feeling before I do my makeup every day, which is given me the freedom to have more fun with my look. Recently, I’ve been embracing nail art, bright nail polish shades, and press-on nails. I’ve got my eyes on Essie Risk Takers Only, a bright orange, for my next mani. On the skincare front, I have even more appreciation for my dermatologist’s recommendations. Since following my derm’s suggested routine, my skin has only gotten clearer, smoother, and healthier. 

Chyanne, Editor

The biggest beauty lesson I’ve learned throughout the pandemic is to not be afraid to wear lipstick — mask and all. I’ve gotten a thorough idea of what the ultimate lipstick is for me to get me through long days on Zoom calls or errands with a face mask. The recipe is matte, long-lasting, and transfer-proof. My go-to has been the NYX Professional Makeup XXL Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick. This little tube has gotten me through it all over the past few years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ariel, Editor

One thing the pandemic taught me was how to master the five-minute face. Pre-pandemic, I used to wake up at least two hours early to apply a full face of makeup, pick out an outfit, and account for my commuting time. During the pandemic, those habits shifted drastically. Anyone who works from home has likely had a morning (or maybe quite a few mornings) when they woke up minutes before a Zoom meeting and had to rush to look polished before logging on. In my case, I usually swipe on mascara ( Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara has been my go-to for years) and a bright lip gloss, like the Benefit Cosmetics Liquid Lip Blush & Cheek Tint. Together, these makeup products pair up to make me look freshly caffeinated and awake in minutes. 

Katharina, Social Media Editor

Being at home through the pandemic has taught me two important lessons when it comes to my beauty routine. First, being utterly bare faced is completely fine. Second, when I do choose to wear makeup, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little bit bold and experimental with it. I probably wouldn’t have shown up to work without an ounce of makeup on before the pandemic but being virtual has shifted my mindset to a point where I can be fully confident in a meeting with nothing on my face but some light, natural mascara (I swear by the Maybelline Green Edition Mega Mousse for a no-makeup makeup look). I also have the freedom to play with my makeup a little bit more; if I want a bold lip in the morning and a subtle gloss in the afternoon, I have my entire makeup kit at my fingertips and can play around with my look.

Crystal Lee, Founder

Pre-pandemic, you could find me wearing only full-coverage foundations and concealers to hide any skin imperfection. You would never catch me with a bare face, especially if I was walking into the office or going out to eat with friends. After countless social distancing parameters and countless Zoom meetings, I’ve found myself becoming more comfortable with embracing my skin’s natural texture and opting for products that have a “your skin but better” feel. I’ve started leaning on buildable, lightweight foundations like the Valentino Beauty Very Valentino 24-Hour Wear Liquid Foundation on the days I decide to wear makeup. It leaves my skin with a natural look without the heavy feel of foundation.

Get the Look on a Budget: Dior Backstage Blush

Summer is here, which means it’s time to bring out the bright colors. These pops of color are not only limited to your closet, incorporating bright shades into your makeup routine will create a youthful appearance. Cool-toned pink blush is all the rage this summer; a specific pink blush has taken over the makeup world. Dior’s Backstage Blush in shade ‘Pink’ has become the shade of the summer. Celebrities including Kylie Jenner and Hailey Bieber have been spotted rocking the cool tone blush.

Luxury products can cost a pretty penny. We are here to share some dupes that won’t break the bank and achieve the look but on a budget!

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DIOR BACKSTAGE BLUSH

Dior’s Backstage Blush in shade ‘Pink’ creates the appearance of a naturally rosy flush with a glowy effect. The natural flush of color is infused with color reviver technology which reacts to the skin’s moisture level upon application. The blush retails for $39 and is available to purchase at Sephora and on the Dior website.

BLUSH ON A BUDGET:

KYLIE COSMETICS

Kylie Cosmetics Pressed Blush Powder in shade ‘Winter Kissed’ is a long-lasting velvet-matte blush with buildable coverage. The lightweight formula is smooth and easy to blend on the cheeks. The formula is vegan and cruelty-free; the product retails for $18 on the Kylie Cosmetics website and is available at Ulta as well.

REVLON

Revlon’s Powder Blush in the shade ‘032 Wild About Violet’ is a matte, buildable, blendable blush that lasts all day. The blush is available at Walmart, Ulta, and the Revlon website, retailing for $11.99.

GLOSSIER

If you are more of a liquid blush gal, we’ve got you covered!

The Glossier Cloud Paint in shade ‘Puff’ is a sheer formula that is easy to work with and leaves a soft wash of color on the cheeks. The product has a glowy, lightweight formula as well as unique blurring pigments that give a soft-focus effect that doesn’t accentuate texture or pores. The liquid blush retails for $18 on the Glossier website.

ESSENCE

The Essence Mosaic Blush in the shade ‘The Berry Connection’ is a tri-colored blush that gives the cheeks a flush of pink color. The product retails for $3.49 at Ulta and on the Essence website.

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Any of these four pink blush dupes will give you the touch of pink you desire for summer. Makeup does not need to break the bank. Will you be purchasing the Dior Backstage Blush or saving your coin? Leave a comment down below!

6 Vintage Beauty Products You Can Still Purchase Today

The word vintage is not only exclusive to fashion and home decor. What if we told you makeup products can be vintage too? New beauty products are constantly launching and keeping up with all of them can get overwhelming. Some products withstand the test of time and have become “cult favorites” in the beauty world. These products may be new to you, or we are reintroducing you to a product you’ve loved in the past.

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We are here to share 6 vintage beauty products that have continuously stayed many beauty lovers’ holy grails for decades!

BENEFIT BENTINT CHEEK & LIP STAIN

The Benefit Benetint was launched in 1976; the initial use of the product, shockingly enough, was nipple dye for exotic dancers. Today, the product is used for lips and cheeks to achieve a rose tint that is natural and long-lasting. The tint retails for $30 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, and on the Benefit Cosmetics website.

CETAPHIL SKIN CLEANSER

The Cetaphil Skin Cleanser was released in 1947 by a pharmacist; the product was first only available in select pharmacies. Today, it is widely recommended by dermatologists and healthcare professionals for people with sensitive, eczema-prone, and rosacea-prone skin. The product retails for $7.99 and is available at WalmartTarget, and Amazon

MAYBELLINE GREAT LASH MASCARA

The Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is a cult classic in the makeup community, not only due to the formula but the iconic pink and green packaging. Maybelline was one of the first mascara producers in the world; this can attest to their array of great mascara in their range. The mascara was released in 1971, and the heart-shaped wand reaches each lash, leaving a voluminous and lengthening effect. The product retails for $7.99 and is available at Ulta and on the Maybelline website. 


COTTY AIRSPUN LOOSE FACE POWDER

The Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder is a cult classic in the Drag Queen Community; it is a long-lasting setting powder that mattifies the skin. The product was released in 1935 and still has the same packaging. The vintage feel is portrayed through the scent, it is very reminiscent of a grandmother’s beauty vanity. The loose powder retails for $5.72 at Walmart

YSL BEAUTY TOUCHE ECLAT

The YSL Beauty Touche Eclat is a highlighting concealer pen that instantly brightens, smooths, and perfects your complexion with a natural, luminous finish. The product was launched in 1991 for the same purpose it is used today—the love for a bright under-eye. The product is available in 12 shades and retails for $38. The highlighting pen is available at Sephora and on YSL’s website.

REVLON SUPER LUSTORIOUS LIPSTICK

The Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, specifically in shade ‘Cherries in the Snow’ launched in 1953. The lipstick has a high-impact color payoff and a super-moisturizing formula. The microfine pigments leave the lipstick shade rich, vibrant, and lightweight. The product retails for $9.49 on the Ulta website. 


These 6 vintage beauty products have stood the test of time. Each product has shown a great formula is all that’s needed to keep a product in your makeup bag.

Will you be purchasing or repurchasing any of these vintages, cult classic beauty products? Leave a comment down below.