Well, no, actually… I wasn’t. . .
Know the feeling??
My one beauty must-have…? Eyelash curler. NOTHING – sorry! – wakes you up faster.
For me, though, I’ve always had trouble finding one that doesn’t snag or pull. I typically use the Tweezerman clear, open-ended one, which works like a miracle, but back in January I saw these.
ProCurl and ProMaster Lash Logic are designed with different eye shapes in mind – round or almond.
BRILLIANT! And…might I also say…FINALLY!
Because we all have a different shape, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal – literally. Instead, we are generally forced to use the same tool, setting us up for potential snags and pulls – and lost lashes – along the way. OUCH.
This new breed of curlers take angles into account, allowing for a beautiful lash curl, minus any pinching. Hallelujah!
I have been meaning to post about this for ages – a recent post from ReallyRee reminded me that I needed to share (albeit in a horribly delayed fashion!)
I smiled when I read the word of the day because the first thing that came to mind was YSL.
The Company’s Touche Éclat launched in 1992 – I was still in middle school so it was just off my radar. When I got to college a few years later, however, Sephora stores started cropping up near campus – the store was a whole other realm of retail because it provided a one-stop-shopping experience for all things color (cosmetics, makeup etc) and skincare without having to deal with a full on department store. Ah, the brilliance. Having been a performing athlete most of my Life I was used to a perpetual search for glitz and glitter (one I daresay took much more effort before the likes of Sephora.)
Back then I was far more obviously-Goth, but there was something about shimmer (the dancer and figure skater in me?) that always pulled me in. Yes, glitter and badassery – in my own Geminian mind, they worked perfectly well in tandem. I was regularly told I looked “intimidating” and I blended so well at a Type O show that no one would have been the wiser, but yes…my closet housed an absolutely arsenal of products.
Glowing, radiant, glimmering…all worked for me at that age – I was completely unabashed and frankly got a ton of girls hooked on the glitter. It became a trend among the class, even with the sorority girls (with whom I shared little else in common.) The other must-have? Products that could fake “awake.” Yep, countless sleepless nights writing papers, finishing homework, wolfing down a third dinner…some mornings we all needed some help (my undereye bags the most!)
At 18 it seems like sleeplessness doesn’t show… Or maybe it’s that we think it “shouldn’t”? I can’t speak for anyone else but – while not nearly as pronounced as it can be at 38 – it showed! Enter YSL’s cult Touche Éclat. ❤ (They’ve since followed suit with a ton more shades and a variety of “Neutralizers” (as below.)
I remember some years later working in executive retail management. My hours were horrendous, the pay was incredibly low, and the work was exhausting! I’d get home dead tired, and wake up feeling a shade worse than that…but I recall one of the ladies on my staff saying “you always look so bright and awake!” With a laugh (to balance my “OMG, are you serious?!” thought process) I told her it was thanks to YSL. “Just let me believe it -you look beautiful,” she replied. Talk about a compliment (more for the product than myself!)
So it was tried and true for me as much as all the cult followers out there, I guess! They’ve expanded in to color corrective versions also, which I have to say is hugely intelligent based on the of-the-moment trends! I haven’t used those myself, but some days I think it would be a wise purchase… My bed, the devil on one shoulder, the pen, the angel on the other?
There really isn’t any let up on the “glow”-bestowing products of late, what with the surge of strobing, highlighting and contouring.
I’m not complaining, for sure – anything that boosts the “wakefulness” factor is a whole-heartedly embraced (rest assured!)
Maybe long work hours (or slow-poke coworkers!) are leaving your drained. Maybe it’s a heavy, physically demanding training load during the week that’s left you exhausted. Or perhaps it’s your newborn, or the obnoxiously loud neighbors next door… Whatever is robbing you of your precious shuteye might also be guilty of stealing the ever-coveted, fully-recharged radiance you get when you actually DO sleep…and stay stress-free.
Since the latter two conditions are sometimes tough to come by, the plethora of products out there that help us achieve a rested look are definitely appreciated.
The newest on the scene are The Body Shop’s Instaglow CC Creams (hit stores on May 17th overseas – not sure about USA as yet.)
Designed to even skin tone, temper shine, minimize pores, soothe (with Aloe Vera), moisturize (with Marula Oil, for a purported 24 hours) AND illuminate, these little guys pack quite a punch. They also happen to boast an SPF of 20PA+++ (future signs of aging can take a hike, thanks.)
The shades include:
ReallyRee did a great review and shared some nice swatches, so definitely check it out – what I like is that there doesn’t *seem* to be perceptible shimmer… Glow sans glitter is the way I like to go, personally!
These aren’t meant to be full coverage by any stretch…but alone, or paired with other color cosmetics, these definitely appear to give you a boost…and who doesn’t love THAT idea?! Not too many Body Shops near me but I will absolutely drop in and check them out when I come across one!
Lorac is following on the tails of a massive highlighting…er…strobing…trend with their Light Source Illuminating Highlighters. There’s really nothing quite like having an ethereal glow – when I workout it’s a glow for sure, but I’m not sure it qualifies as ethereal exactly!
These beauties appear to come in four gorgeous, pale pink shades, though details are yet to be announced.
I try my best to steer clear of glitter and shimmer these days because I prefer to be as natural and bare as I can manage. Still, a gentle swipe of highlighter strategically placed can not only brighten and give you a rested appearance, but it also lends that youthful, baby glow that we all aim to maintain (or achieve when it’s nowhere to be found!) 😉
These look utterly divine…