The blush thing can definitely be blamed on my mother.
I can pretty much count on her to ask the question do you have any blush on? before she even says hello.
True story here...my mom was in the hospital recovering from surgery to remove part of her colon due to the fact that she had been diagnosed with COLON CANCER and the first thing she said to me was Jennifer, just put on a little more blush...you look pale honey.
I kid you not.
The woman was literally recovering from life-saving surgery, was about to have to go through even more piles of crap and her only concern was the fact that I didn't apply enough color to my cheeks.
It boggles the mind.
But I love her, even with all of her nutty/bizarre/annoying ticks.
Anyway...getting back to blush.
I picked up this Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in peony at my local Target on a whim. Kashuk's brand is one of the few brands that I've yet to try (makeup-wise at least).
Let me just say that I'm kicking myself for not checking it out sooner. The tint is fabulous and goes on smoothly. The color...a pinkish coral with a little gold too...is sheer, but build-able. It delivers the perfect just-pinched-my-cheeks hue that I love.
You don't need a lot either. The tiniest of dabs gives you color to last a good long time.
I'm cheating just a little here being that it's priced at $9.99, just bringing it under the $10 mark...but you get a boatload of product for the money.