Saturday, 30 July 2016

Gotta Glow | Hourglass, Becca & More



Winter is all about the faux glow. Skin tends to take a turn for the insipid, dull and dry. That killer tan you'd achieved over January is long gone, and everything's starting to look a bit transparent and veiny. But don't you worry - here's a crop of sparkly things that will help you in the August pursuit of skin resurrection...

For the beginners who still associate the word 'highlighter' only with a Stabilo Boss, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette has your name on it. Not only does the packaging have serious sex appeal, but the trio of powders cater for all your luminosity needs. I tend to swirl the two darker shades together and apply as a sort of blush/bronzer to add some warmth into the skin. The middle shade is perfect to then dust across the highest points of your face, but isn't anything too intense. You'll be dipping your toes into the illuminator realm.

Did someone say intense? Oh yes, the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop (phewph try saying that 20 times over) is the penultimate glow-giver. It is your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I know that everyone and their dog rave on about how pigmented this sucker is, but you really do have to swatch it to believe it. A-ma-zing.

Now onto the ones that you can apply with your very own fingertips - they get bonus points because of the reduced brush cleaning implied. The Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer is a true yellow-gold. It packs a glorious punch, and you can sort of think of it like the liquid form of the Becca powder. A little goes a long, long way. Also, I have a passion for pumps when it comes to makeup, and this one doesn't fail to disappoint.

Last but not least, we have the primer/highlighter hybrid from Napoleon Perdis. Their Auto Pilot Radiance Booster Primer is something that I tend to mix in with a foundation to achieve a bit of a pearly aura. It'll just make your base that much brighter, and transform a matte foundation into something a bit more wearable for the winter months. Alternatively, you can apply this straight to the tops of your cheeks. In fact, why not just bathe in it?
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