It’s NEVER 100% Dark

I loved this image. . .because it – broadly, in essence – is something I feel profoundly.

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The light never does go out completely – the Universe still has quite a bit of (illuminated) stardust to go around!  

And if ever night seems utterly stygian, you are certain to find starlight in the eyes, and words, and embraces of those you love.  You need only look, and receive. 

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Summer 2016 – Estee Lauder Genuine Glow

More glow-getters on the horizon, this time from cosmetic giant, Estee Lauder.  Genuine Glow Summer 2016 Collection includes five super-star, radiance-delivering products:

What I love about these products is that they are ageless – they can work beautifully for someone in their 20’s as much as someone in her 50’s – they are designed to give a natural illumination to the complexion with subtle, flushed color.  

There’s no over-doing here, no mask-like finish, or real ability to be too heavy-handed in the first place.  Hallelujah! 

In my own mind the goal of any color cosmetic (shy of ballroom / skating / theater performance (etc) OR your wedding (mine’s soon! ❤ ) / night out (etc)) is to enhance.  Not hide.  

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Yes, you ARE gorgeous enough to go without makeup!  But for days when you might need an extra boost – just enough to give your bright eyes the spotlight (as opposed to sleepless undeyes or lackluster skin!) – these hydrating, priming, and brightening products can help.  

Chicprofile shares more details here (haven’t seen all online as yet, but those with links are above. 🙂 ) 

Body Shop Instaglow CC

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.)  

The Body Shop Instagram

The Body Shop Instagram

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:

  • Bright Glow – Light skin, white pigment with purple pearl
  • Peachy Glow – Light to medium skin (might be nice for circles?)
  • Warm Glow – Dark skin, bronzed brown with golden pearl

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 Light Source

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…

 

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick

It seems that trends are much in favor of color correcting products, both at the mass market level, as well as higher end…

As with the Urban Decay correcting fluid, these Smashbox pencils are designed to even the complexion by blending away things like redness, excessive sallowness, darkened circles etc.  What I like is that there is both a Peach and an Orange in this 4 sku lineup though, offering a tone to ease “tiredness” for fairer skins, and for deeper.  

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

The sticks can be used wet or dry depending on what kind of coverage you need, and they do come with a sharpener. 

 

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Sephora.com

Green – reduces redness
Lavender – brightens sallowness / yellowness  
Peach (for light skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles
Orange (for deeper skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles

Nix Hydra Touch Brightener

A New Year, and a brighter outlook!  

I love crayons and pencils because they are so incredibly easy to use, and there is ALWAYS more room for extra radiance! 🙂  

ulta.com

ulta.com

This Hydra Touch pencil from Nyx adds illumination with a cooling touch of the tip.  It comes in three shades:

  • Radiance (a soft pink)
  • Glow (a golden yellow)
  • Luminous (a medium orange)
ulta.com

ulta.com

The product is a bit pricey given that it’s mass market – it retails for $8.99 – so I’m curious to see reviews.  It reminds me of Benefits High Brow and Maybelline’s shadow sticks a bit.

The No Glitter Glow

I am all about glowing, clean skin…  Makeup Artistry is something I loved from childhood not only because of the ingenuity and creativity, but because of the passion and skills behind it.  That said, I am not a really girly girl – I’m athletic, and a little bit edgy…and my preferred look is totally natural.  I don’t want to cover my skin, so much as just not look tired!  So products that are more sheer, natural, double as skincare…those are my favorite ones!

I love that the Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter is, according to reviews, lightweight, sheer and shimmerless.  That’s right…SHIMMERLESS!  

Shimmer is great for a party, for dancing, for performing… But I don’t want to catch sunlight with any sparkles beyond those on my nails!  The idea is an ethereal, barely-there glow…that looks like healthy, flushed skin.

allurabeauty.com

allurabeauty.com

I’ve never been crazy about the repetitive names in this collection, but I LOVE the idea of products that are so natural, no one would be the wiser.  For me, that’s the ideal product – it manages to disappear after brightening.

allurabeauty.com

allurabeauty.com

This highlighter boosts radiance with light-reflecting pearlized pigments and a dose of vitamin C, helping to diffuse imperfections and pamper skin.

Sounds like a win-win to me!

Burt’s Bees BB!

I just spotted this new BB cream with Noni extract from Burt’s Bees!  In comes in three shades, Light, Light/Medium, and Medium, and boasts nine benefits:

Burts Bees BB, drugstore.com photo

Burts Bees BB, drugstore.com photo

  1. Protects with SPF
  2. Moisturizes
  3. Smooths
  4. Visibly firms
  5. Illuminates
  6. Evens tone
  7. Conceals
  8. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  9. Perfects skin

It feels like some of those overlap, but anyway…!  Formulated with mineral pigments, coverage is lightweight, sheer and natural, with just enough to cover imperfections.

I use Garnier BB, which is an absolute favorite, so I’m not sure I’ll switch… But I am curious to hear reviews and thoughts!

Spring 2016 – Clarins Instant Glow

Clarins Instant Glow Spring 2016 Collection is very much as lighthearted and fresh as it sounds.  For me, that’s ever the ideal no matter the season – glowing and illuminated!  

Clarins Image - Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Clarins Image – Spring 2016 Instant Glow

The Collection includes: 

Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid SPF 25 (moisturizing and balancing)

  • 00 Fair
  • 01 Light
  • 02 Medium
  • 03 Dark

Clarins Multi Blush (cream, wax formula)

  • 05 Rose (LOVE this shade! 🙂 ) 

Clarins Ombre Iridescente Shimmering Eyeshadow

  • 04 Silver Ivory
  • 05 Silver Pink
  • 06 Silver Green
  • 07 Silver Plum 
Clarins Image - Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Clarins Image – Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Clarins 5-Colour Eye Palette

  • 03 Natural Glow – mother of pearl, beige matt, shimmering bronze, copper-brown, taupe
Clarins Image - Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Clarins Image – Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

  • 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer – pinkish beige
  • 08 Plum Shimmer – plum
Clarins Image - Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Clarins Image – Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Rouge Eclat Lipstick

  • 23 Hot Rose – a bright pink-red 
  • 24 Pink Cherry – pink cherry 
  • 25 Pink Blossom- gentle pink
  • 26 Rose Praline – candy pink
Clarins Image - Spring 2016 Instant Glow

Clarins Image – Spring 2016 Instant Glow