Glowy Skin 101

For me, anything that claims to be “illuminating,” “glowy,” or “brightening” has my undivided attention. I think I tend to have a higher degree of faith in a particular product especially when it claims to be such things. Only if it were THAT easy to just slap one product on our face and we’re suddenly angelic and heavenly-looking.

In reality, much of the glow factor has been added on manually – especially since it’s realisitically difficult to look glowy when it’s hot and humid outside and what we’ve really got going on is sweat on our faces. It is what it is.

This is my glow-factor-concoction that provides the effortless look of naturalness plus an extra kick of oomph. This may not be practical for a fun day out at the beach; however, for the purpose of “hanging out and going places,” I think this will suffice.

1. Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Stippling Brush
2. NARS Illuminator in “Copacabana”
3. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in “Gobi”

I’ve discovered that adding a dollop of Copacabana into a wee bit of foundation is the best way to get an all over glow. Copacabana is a milky white highlighter with subtle pinkish-purpleish iridescent-ness. You can add this into your foundation and mix it before applying it to your face; or, after your foundation application, you can add Copacabana to the areas you want to highlight (like the cheekbones).

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is one of my favorites and the one I go back to constantly during my foundation rotations. The finish of this foundation is by far my favorite because it’s so light and natural and the light-diffusing properties blur imperfection instantly. Though “sheer” and “glow” are part of the title, I feel that it’s neither sheer nor glowy. It provides good, semi-matte coverage; which, to me, is better than full, matte coverage.

I prefer to do mixing, stippling, and applying with my Real Techniques brush. The soft taklon, duo-fiber bristles work well with the cream products and distribute them evenly on my face. I prefer this over my MAC brush because it’s stiffer and more structured which gives me control.

Do you prefer the dewy look for spring and summer?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Things I Recommend

The year is coming to a close and it’s a little frightening how fast time goes by. Today’s post is simple – I’ve been getting asked about products I would recommend to ring in the new year. I decided to keep it simple today by showing a few items that have really caught my attention as of late; and most importantly, I’d like to share with you the high-level of performance from these products. Also, I’d like to preface this recommendation post by stating that I was quite surprised with the results from the products. I wasn’t expecting much; but, I’m happy to report that I’m a satisfied customer.

Product Recommendation List:
1. Benefit‘s Hervana Box Blush
2. Revlon‘s Colorburst Lipgloss in “Cocktail Dress”
3. Samantha Chapman‘s Real Techniques Powder Brush

If you’re looking for good drugstore lip glosses, check our Revlon’s Colorburst shades. The texture is silky and long-wearing for a gloss that isn’t too sticky. “Cocktail dress” is a neutral-barely-there color, but the sparkles are amazing in the light. I like that it’s not obnoxiously sparkly, because I don’t want to walk around looking like I’m 12.

Benefit‘s newest box blush Hervana, is a product I thought about skipping at first. For $28, the price of the blush seemed steep for something that comes in a cardboard box; and for that kinda money, I would normally prefer to delve into the products at the Chanel counter. However, I was drawn to this box blush because of the mixture of colors and the flip-top box.

The swirled colors are various hues of pink – light, frosty, and a peachy-pink medium shade. Swirling your brush into the product produces a light pinky color that’s fresh and not overpowering. The multidimensional shades can be quite forgiving on various skin tones; and, in my opinion, it’s the good “flush of color” on your cheeks without looking overdone or too doll-like.

While looking over reviews online, even those with tanned skin were quite impressed with the color payoff. The pigmentation is quite rich and buttery, and is a good combination of pink and peach. Though the description may not sound like anything too exciting – especially for those of you who already own tons of blushes like me – I agree it’s not a total must-have at the moment.

Benefit’s website says to “swirl on this orchid-blossom blush for a heavenly flush of enlightenment! These four shades—lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose and berry delight—blend together perfectly to lift your look to cloud 9.” If you like bold cheek colors, it may be better to pass on this product. However, for those of you who prefer the light flush of color, you may pleasantly surprised with the performance of this product – I know I was.

Many of you may already be familiar with the YouTube gurus from Pixiwoo. Samantha Chapman’s line of synthetic and budget friendly brushes are sold at Ulta stores nationwide. I was a little hesitant at first because the sample brush on display at Ulta was less than impressive. I bought it on a whim because I wanted to travel with a brush that wasn’t expensive and easily replaceable in case something happened to it. The Real Techniques line has eye brushes and face brushes and this powder brush pleasantly surprised me. It’s soft but not too fluffy. It’s structured enough to hold its shape, yet flexible enough to deposit color on areasI want to place it. It doesn’t feel prickly and doesn’t shed its fibers all over the place. Cha-ching! Your powder (loose or compact) is deposited evenly, and I do appreciate that very much from a brush that costs a fifth of what a natural haired department store brush may cost.

How are you liking these products (if you already have them)? If not, what interests you the most?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
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