Makeup Wars: Summer Glow-Getters

In this week's Makeup Wars, we're talking about our favorite ways to get a summer glow. While that could include your favorite self-tanners, bronzers, or even skin care techniques, I'm focusing on my absolute favorite: highlighters. While there are always the golden oldies I've mentioned (like my top 5 drugstore highlighters), there are also some new products that deserve a spot in your summer makeup routine.

Top Summer Glow-Getters:

  1. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Press in Moonstone: These cult classics live up the the hype! For a highlight powder that's ultra-fine for a natural, but intense glow, all of these are perfection. While #2 on this list seems to be the most popular, Moonstone is worth a mention for those who want a yellow-tones champagne highlight. 
  2. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Press in Opal: For the same high-impact glow with a peach twist, Opal is the shade to reach for.  
  3. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Pearl: If liquid is your thing, BECCA makes some that are amazing as well. I recommend getting the spotlight trio to try multiple shades (although only Pearl is pictured). 
  4. Colourpop Highlighter in Wisp: Although new, these highlighters quickly made my list of favorites for their buttery smooth texture and intense pigmentation.
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow: For a truly lit-from-within glow, this illuminating primer will make your complexion look smooth, flawless, and glowing.
  6. ELF Studio Baked Blush in Pinktastic: You don't have to spend big for a serious glow. ELF's $3 bake blush packs some serious highlight for a glow that keeps going. 
  7. City Color Glowing Complexion Illuminating Cream: Liquid highlight lovers won't want to miss this budget friendly buy. The champagne pink glow makes it perfect for wearing over top of your makeup, mixed in with your foundation, and even worn along your collarbones. 
  8. Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Gold Digger: For an over-the-top gold goddess glow, this is the highlighter I reach for. 
  9. Hard Candy Glow All The Way Ombre Blush in Punch: This finely milled pink-toned highlight comes with a super pigmented blush to match!
  10. NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving: While not all of the duos contain a highlight, Craving has one that's soft, slightly iridescent, and very natural-looking, with a satin bronzer to match!
What are your favorite summer glow-getters?

20% off at Tarte for Memorial Day weekend!

In case the upcoming long weekend didn't have you excited enough, the Memorial Day sales have begun! Tarte just announced their 20% off sale when you use code SPLASH, so I wanted to share some of the products that I would recommend, and point you in the direction of some comparisons and reviews:
Will you be picking anything up from the sale?

Review & Swatches: Colourpop Highlighters

Like everyone else and their mother, I'm crazy about Colourpop right now. I'm still not over the unique gel-to-powder formula and crazy pigmentation I fell in love with when I tried my first Colourpop shadows (or even my next round of Colourpop swatches, for that matter). When they recently came out with a collection of highlighters - my all-time favorite cosmetics category, my heart skipped a beat (and my wallet wept). Actually, the most shocking part of all this is not as is suggested by the "Super Shock Cheek" title these hold, but the amount of self restraint I showed when purchasing. Out of the 16 shades available, I ended up getting the following 4:

  • Monster: An iridescent lilac highlight
  • Teasecake: A soft dusty rose
  • Wisp: A shimmering champagne 
  • Avalon: An illuminating bronze
Despite my self restraint, I immediately regretting not getting more of these after I swatched them. They have the same cushiony texture as their shadow cousins, and sheer out beautifully to create an unbelievably natural "lit from within" glow. These highlighters are built for endurance with pigment that lasts all day. Spring is quickly turning to Summer here in Texas, and each of these have lasted through excess "glistening" throughout the day. 

Because of the distinct texture these have, the #1 question people have is "Which tool should I use to apply them?" I prefer a dense kabuki brush that will pick up the right amount of product, while also diffusing the highlight effectively. Some of my favorites are the larger brushes from the BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend Set.

With highlighters that apply flawlessly and last throughout the day, what else do you need? More. You need more of them. My advice to you: get your hands on some of these, and don't hold back. 

Monster | Teasecake | Wisp | Avalon

Review & Swatches: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette

Just in time for Summer, Charlotte Tilbury has launched a collection of long-lasting cream shadows called Eyes to Mesmerise. Each shade is named after the iconic woman it represents - I have the oyster gold hue created for Marie Antoinette. These shadows were created to be a part of Charlotte's "One-Minute No-Mirror Makeup Revolution", and they couldn't be more perfect for the job.

Despite being called a cream shadow, each of these is closer to a mousse texture that perfectly lends itself to easy blending. Although it dries quickly, there's plenty of time to work with it so it blends easily over the lid and through the crease. Marie Antoinette is very multifaceted, so it could be worn all on its own (something I've been doing in the past few videos), or you can use it as a shadow base and layer powder over it.

When it comes to wear time, these don't disappoint. After a full day of wear in Texas heat and humidity, these remained beautifully in tact without creasing or fading. Talk about a warm-weather must-have!

While the $32 price tag is steep, these are the easiest cream shadows I've used - and they have the lasting power to boot. With 5 more shades available in the line, I plan on saving up for a few more - namely Cleopatra and Veruschka!

You can buy these on the Charlotte Tilbury website or at Nordstrom. If you can, I recommend getting to a counter at Nordstrom to give them a try for yourself. But beware: it will be love at first swatch.

Beauty Desk Sneak Peek Vol. 1

With so many beauty products and so little time, it's hard to share everything that comes across my beauty desk. I'm making it easier to showcase the latest and greatest in makeup with a new little feature called Beauty Desk Sneak Peek. Here, I'll share close-ups, swatches, and preliminary thoughts of some of the products I'm hauling, and new press samples I've received. If you want to know more about a certain product, or see it put to use in a tutorial, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

What's on my beauty desk:

  • A Rouge Bunny Rouge haul: I've been coveting this brand ever since I started blogging. But, between the price tag and availability, I've hesitated to pull the trigger. Finally, I took advantage of a sale on Hautelook and bought a solid sampling of products. Some of those that I'm most excited about are the pressed powder, highlight powder, and lipstick. One letdown (primarily for the packaging) is the pigment. Although the product itself is beautiful, the packaging is cumbersome, and does't close securely - a huge deterrent for loose powder product. 
  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows: Given how much I loved Marlena's first batch of foiled shadows, I couldn't resist picking up 4 of the 10 newest shades. To complement those already in my collection, I bought Day Dreamer (light purple lilac), Starry Eyed (light pink champagne), Masquerade (warm medium plum), and Charmed (light, silvery olive). After they arrived, and I was able to play with them, I immediately regretted not getting the entire collection! These are just a amazing as the original foiled shadows, and a must for anyone wanting to experiment with the liquid metal shadow finish that's becoming crazy popular. 
  • Borghese Makeup: This new-to-me brand sent over a selection of their eyeshadow palettes and blushes, and I have to say I'm impressed! The packaging is slim and compact, yet still feels sturdy - and the product performs beautifully. The shadows are smooth, very pigmented, and grouped together to create well-coordinated palettes. The blushes are also smooth, and contain enough shimmer to give the appearance of a satin finish, and provide a flawless finish to the cheeks. Overall a great introduction to a new brand!
What's on your beauty desk?

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