The “Otherworldly” Glow Getter

Highlighters have absolutely proliferated the market…I’ve gone on about it plenty, and so have most beauty blogs.  And fashion sites. And publications. It’s a trend that hasn’t gone away, and probably will always find a place no matter the changing tides (yes, even when matte is the end all be all!)

Ethereal is ALWAYS in, but galactic is a whole other thing… It is definitely less wearable, but somehow still as appealing to most eyes (and wallets!) simply because of its novelty and “otherworldliness.”  I mean, who doesn’t want some kind of gleam somewhere?  It’s chic to sport an angelic sheen!  In the case of Milk Makeup’s Holographic Stick, though, it IS more extraterrestrial.

I’ve seen a bunch of posts out there but BeautyByKelsey shared one of the best swatches of this stick, as well as Anastasia’s Moonchild palette, Kat Von D’s Eyeshadow, Pat McGrath’s 003 highlighter (which was a quickly snatched-up cult item when it came out some months ago.)  It was nice to see it here, as other posts didn’t quite get the “on-skin, actual” look across.  Not to mention, if you really want to go full-bore, you have a nice collection of space-age products and hues to choose from!

There’s a definite lilac sheen going on here – it does NOT (hallelujah!) appear to be glittery or shimmery at all. Fear not, for those of you for whom glitter is your thing – this will still command some attention when on your skin (at least from someone else’s rods and cones!)

Not for the faint of heart, but those who want to stand apart. And glow while they’re at it.

milkmakeup.com

milkmakeup.com

Supernova, outer-spaced fabulousness.  If there’s life out there, prepare to wow.

Summer 2016 – L’Oreal True Match Highlight

I never use Snapchat – in fact, I’ve no idea, really, what the app even looks like.  But Budgetbeautyblog posted an image (this IS Instagram, no?!) of some fun new highlighters from L’Oreal.

I personally have AN ARSENAL of highlighters.  My wedding is in October, so naturally I am sifting through them all to see which ones I will actually end up using (wouldn’t it be tremendous to layer them all!? Ermagawd!I am incredibly discriminating, however, when it comes to “glow-getters” – and I am ever-determined to find ones that DO. NOT. GLITTER.  

Back in my college days, wearing glitter on my eyes, dark and painted jeans, and combat boots was no big deal.  In ballroom, it was basically a prerequisite.  But – as I have droned on about over and over again – I no longer feel my skin has to sparkle.  

No.  No, thank you.  I just want to glow – healthily – in a gleaming, possibly pearlescent manner.  But any sign of glitter – however small – will send me running the other way.  When the sun comes out (or the moon!) I expect my radiance to appear as though I am, indeed, lit from within.

Lofty wishes, maybe… Demanding of my products, 1,000%.  But I have found highlighters that glow beautifully, minus that disco ball scenario.  I don’t know if these L’Oreal liquid creams will just be “sheen” or something too-young for my taste – they look quite lovely swatches here, though!  Clavicle, brown bone, cheeks…the shades would work anywhere.  Curious to see more about these in the next few weeks!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Correcting Primer

So just when everyone on the planet is catching up to Hourglass and their HUGE success with their Ambient Lighting Powders (which, honestly, came at the forefront of the strobing trend), the Company is running up ahead once again.  Were they responsible for highlighters’ spotlight strobe phenomenon?  Not necessarily.  But they were definitely one of the first players to make the longtime performance makeup trend more mainstream.

So about that leap ahead…  

While I don’t have a date for these, they are very much a Spring-time product, so I’d not be surprised if these launch in the coming weeks.  I don’t know that they will…but once some demand is generated (and I am sure it already has been), I’d imagine Hourglass will roll these out.

@trendmood1 on Instagram for photo credit

@trendmood1 on Instagram for photo credit

Shades will include (at least for now!):

  • Luminous Light
  • Mood Light
  • Dim Light

The way I see it, a “glow” is never a bad thing – it helps us achieve a youthful radiance not only when sleep is harder to come by, but equally when our years increase!  I’m eagerly awaiting swatches and sincerely hope they have a shimmerless, pearlescent gleam – for me personally, that’s the ultimate.  Natural and oh-s0-angelic.

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BareMinerals Light Dimensional Translucent Duo

So this cutie little pair – BareMinerals Light Dimensional Translucent Powder Duo –  reminds me a lot of Hourglass and Elf’s Ambient Powders.  What I love about this one, though, is that one half is intended to remove the not-so-great-glow, while the other is designed to promote an ethereal one.  Double trouble – I like it. 

The baked, “luxurious” powders are made to vanish on all skin tones, while at the same time blurring imperfections and adding luminosity.  As an athlete, having two products in one is super helpful, but also I love that these are designed to be imperceptible – they create a healthy, happy complexion withOUT being overbearing – win!

The “Matte” side helps to absorb oil (which often leaves a less than desirable greasy sheen), while “Glow” provides a rose-gold-infused highlight for any area you want to add a bit-o-strobe.

The brush is uniquely dual sided, allowing for the best application while removing oil, and adding your gleam – pretty snazzy, if you ask me! 🙂   

This “set” includes:

  • 0.31-oz Invisible Light Transulcent Powder Duo
  • Dual Finish Blush & Contour Brush

It is currently on sale for $36.36 (not sure how long that goes!) 

Dandelion Dew

Nothing can wake you up faster that a flush on your cheeks – if you are fair-skinner like I am, that’s especially true!

I was excited to see Benefit’s new Dandelion Dew, a matte liquid blush in Dandelion’s signature soft pinky-peach hue.  Matte it may be, it claims to leave a lit-from-within “delicate gleam” – I like the idea that it can add that kind of youthful radiance withOUT shimmer (something I have very much outgrown over the years.)  

The formula is lightweight, bendable, and adds a glow to any skin tone.  I am eager to check it out in store…not that I need it, necessarily (but has that stopped any of us, really?)