Bronzers for those who don’t wear bronzers

Makeup Wars chose a topic for this week that is totally out of my comfort zone so I was sure I was going to bow out. I don’t fake tan, I don’t use bronzing lotions, and I barely wear bronzing cosmetics. But I gave this more time to come together in my head and I realized that I do wear bronzers every once in a while and the ones I use are so great that I need you to know about them. So I’m here with bronzers for those of you who don’t wear bronzers – I want to change your mind just like I changed mine.

Makeup Wars bronzers

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favorite bronzers: IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow, Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze, Senna Brilliant Bronze

Right now Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze (aka Strobe & Chisel Palette) that was done in collaboration with Maryam Maquillage is what’s gracing my vanity table and therefore my face. I have to tell you how much I love this palette even though I didn’t think of it at first when I thought bronzers. Yes it’s in the name but I don’t use it in the typical bronzer way. I actually just use these 6 shades as highlighters and blush.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

There are 3 glow shades: Highline, Empress and Lex (peach, pinky lavender, gold) that satisfy my crazy urges for highlighting. I lust after highlighters but I know I’m too old to get away with them. But this palette satisfies my craving because the glow shades add an iridescence without adding glitter. All three are great blush toppers or highlighting shades – and yes I’ve worn them on my eyes.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

The 3 bronze/chisel shades: City Kitty, Statuesque, 917) are bronze without being too brown. The only true bronze in my opinion is Statuesque. City Kitty is a warm matte light brown that looks very natural on my skin while 917 has more of a pink undertone (that’s what my camera was picking up); I’d describe it as a cool light satin brown.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

At $20 Pixi has created a bargain palette that will carry you through all seasons and will work no matter what level of bronzing you prefer.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow and Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow comes in three shades: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, and Warm Glow. Lisa has reviewed these here and I was insanely jealous and insisted that she bring me the one best for my pale complexion. I have gotten so much use out of this that it’s unreal. If I’m not wearing my precious cream blushes then it’s all about Nude Glow.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow

This triple threat has a little bit of highlighting, a beautiful blush, and a bronzing shade. I usually start with picking up the blush and applying it, then I’ll take the brush and sweep over all three shades to bring out the bronze and highlight. I make sure to use the brush from left to right to keep the lighter shades cleaner.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow

This is so silky soft that you’ll fall in love with it just for that reason. But remember it contains an anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides and Vitamin C infused formula. No shimmer in this at all. The brush is another amazing one from IT Cosmetics though you probably have a dual fiber brush you can use. If you want the brush as badly as I wanted it then go to QVC.com to purchase the set for $2 more than the compact alone.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Cosmetics isn’t one that’s talked about much on beauty blogs but it’s a fabulous brand. Brilliant Bronze comes in two shades: Dawn and Sunset. This too is a duo of highlighter and bronzer. The difference between these Senna bronzers and my others is that the Senna is glittery. Dawn is gorgeous for cool toned complexions but I’ll only wear it for “fancy”. I don’t want to glitter in the day but give me a good party and I’m up for it.

Senna Dawn Brilliant Bronze

Senna’s Brilliant Bronze compacts are baked minerals that are said to condition skin with amino acids and nourishing plant proteins.

All three of the above are cruelty free products.

One last one that I couldn’t find for the main photo is a great drugstore find: Covergirl TruBlend Bronzer.

TruBlend Bronzer from Covergirl

TruBlend Bronzer has no shimmer but there’s a satiny finish that gives me some glow. What I love about this is that there’s no orange at all – just a beautiful golden bronze that I can lightly use to perk up my ghostly skin. This came out with the Katy Perry collection in a variety of shades but it seems like just the darkest one, Bronze, is still available.

What do you think of my bronzers for people who don’t use bronzers? Would any of these be suitable for you?  —  Marcia

Join my friends who have their own bronzing favorites.


Beautiful! Osmosis+ Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal

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These days everyone wants to be a unicorn – the more ethereal and iridescent, the better. Garish disco ball glitter is out – soft, floaty, fairy dust loveliness is IN. A fabulous way to find your magic is with the Osmosis Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal ($30). Not only is this magical fairy dust gorgeous, it’s also good for your skin.

Osmosis+ Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal

The Osmosis Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal is infused with Moringa Oil, which is an antioxidant that fights off free radicals. It has a very light scent that is pleasantly floral and not at all overpowering. The powder is in a jar that has a brush attached and the brush twists to allow the powder to come through. The powder can be used anywhere on the body and face.

Osmosis+ Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal

Osmosis+ Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal

Initially, the Body Shimmer Powder in Opal goes on lightly for soft, sheer metallic iridescence. A quick swipe is all that is needed for a some glimmer on cheekbones.

Before shaking through some color

And after!

For extra unicorn magic, give arms, legs, decolletage, or even hair a few more passes.   It still looks demure until you step into the sun, and then wow – it really does become magical, shimmering and shining like crazy.

Wearing my Osmosis+ Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal

Like all proper unicorns, the Osmosis Colour Body Shimmer Powder in Opal is gluten-free and vegan. I just love this for summer. It looks great on bare legs and arms, and if you are going out dancing it couldn’t be any more fun. And don’t forget, while you are bringing out your inner unicorn, you are also fighting off free radicals! It just doesn’t get any better than that.  – Lisa

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Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own is a UK brand that I must admit I hadn’t heard of until Marcia told me about it and I saw her pic she snapped at Ulta. Love the display…this just looks like tons of fun, doesn’t it??

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Models Own at Ulta

Models Own at Ulta

I got to test out the Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand. I thought it looked too young for me. Swatched heavily, it looks quite shimmery and more like something my daughters and nieces would swoon over…but not like something that my middle-aged face would find very flattering.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

I was in for a surprise because this sheers out to be more of a glow than a shimmer. It is possible to put on too much and get shimmery, but a few brush strokes and skin gets diffuse, glowy, and happy. Golden Sand smooths edges out better than an Instagram filter and instantly brightens dull, sallow skin. It also really lasts a long time. Most powder highlighters seem to stick around for about two or three hours on me, but this one doesn’t seem to fade – I can still detect it even after 8 hours of wear. I used to have a similar highlighter from Chanel that was LE and I remember almost crying when I ran out. Now I feel like I finally have my replacement!

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

I am guessing the other shade that is available, Peach Pearl, is just as gorgeous.  The pan is huge and price point is fantastic.  Next time you are wandering through Ulta, wander over to that Models Own display and definitely check out the Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder.  Golden Sand is beautiful, glowy fun.  – Lisa

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A reason to be thrilled – Models Own has come to Ulta

Models Own

Models Own

I am not a dancer but I was doing a jig when I received four Models Own products. I hadn’t even realized that the brand was going to be readily available at Ulta. The thrill continued when I made a trip to Ulta and saw the beautiful line there for me to purchase as well.

Models Own at Ulta

Models Own at Ulta

Models Own is a UK line that had me drooling over their nail polishes years ago. Trying to get my hands on one was a real effort but I was finally able to swap with someone to send it my way and I wasn’t disappointed. Now though we can get our hands on all their amazing products – all 650 eye, face, and lip products can be ours. Their goal is to put fun and creativity back into cosmetics. As they say BRAVERY IN BEAUTY.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

The very first product I needed to use was Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand. I can’t resist highlighters and I prayed that this wouldn’t be shimmery. I danced for sure once I applied this beautiful light gold powder for no sparkles were to be found. Just pure beautiful color that glowed and glowed. I can wear this day or night because it’s subtle enough that I’m not a disco ball nor do I look greasy.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand

Regularly priced at $11.99 it’s on sale now for $8.99 and you can use a $3.50 coupon on Models Own!! This also comes in Peach Pearl which looks stunning.

Models Own Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick comes in 6 brave and bright shades. The pigmentation on Coral Fresh is absolutely amazing. Your lips are covered with this gorgeous shade in one coat. It practically applies itself. It’s not a lipstick that I can apply without a mirror since the color has intensity and will stain. I wore it this week and had Chinese food and it didn’t stand up to the soup but it left a pretty stain behind. As all mattes go this is drying so make sure your lips are exfoliated and balmed for lasting beauty.

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Besides Coral Fresh you need to look into Raspberry Mojito, Berry Cool, Candy Cane, Strawberry Mojito, and Eucalyptus Pink. Each of these have a light minty taste but no stinging is involved. On sale now for $5.99 you absolutely won’t believe that they aren’t a higher end luxury lip product.

Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight

Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight

I not only danced when I used Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight but I did a somersault which for someone in my shape is actually impossible! But this has everything I could possibly want in an eyeliner. The two sided liner has a smooth as can be roll up pencil on one end and a perfect felt liquid liner on the other. I’m a fool for liquid liner but I’m very picky about the tip of them. Models Own did it right. The tip is firm and glides on.

Models Own I Definer Eyeliner Duo swatches

Models Own I Definer Eyeliner Duo swatches

It’s also available in Umber (which I ordered!!) and Azure. I hope they add a purple in the future. On sale for $7.49 right now makes it a steal. If you like wearing a cat eye then you absolutely need this pencil/liquid for a perfect look.models own ulta palettes

As an eyeshadow maven I was thrilled to see the array in Ulta. On sale right now it’s the perfect time to add to your palette wardrobe. Look at my pretty Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette.

Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette.

Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette

A palette that I think was made especially for me. If you like cream eyeshadow then you are going to love this!! With 10 gorgeous shades I can play to my hearts content. I could almost be on Dancing With The Stars since I got so excited to use this.

Top row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Platinum, Electrum, Rose Gold, Emerald, Superior

Top row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Platinum, Electrum, Rose Gold, Emerald, Superior

Platinum is a bright white with sparkles, the color isn’t intense. A good way to use this is to pat it over other shadows with your fingertip.

Electrum is a khaki shade that can be applied lightly or can be build up to a truer khaki.

Rose Gold is a stunning rose gold, not orange like my picture.

Emerald is the color of the turquoise sea.

Superior is a beautiful cool toned blue.

Bottom row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Pure Gold, Nickel, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Slicked

Bottom row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Pure Gold, Nickel, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Slicked

Pure Gold is exactly that, a bright yellow gold.

Nickel is my favorite, it’s more of a bronze than a copper. It looks beautiful paired with Pure Gold.

Iron Oxide is a light silver with sparkles.

Pewter is a charcoal shade with a navy undertone that I love.

Slicked is a sparkly light gray. It’s similar to Platinum in the amount of sparkle in it.

My personal favorites are Rose Gold, Superior, Pure Gold, Nickel, and Pewter. Platinum and Slicked are too sheer and sparkly for me personally.

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Since this is a cream palette it may or may not crease on you. I always use an eyeshadow primer which prevents it from creasing on me. Using a light sheer powder shade over the cream can also help with creasing. While cream shadows can be a little harder to blend, they are so easy for me to use so I love them.

Models Own

Models Own

Models Own is a line you want to discover. These are quality cosmetics that will enhance your looks and your attitude. Feel Brave, Be Beautiful!  —  Marcia

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IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow #ItsMyConfidence

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

Looking for a pop of color, a little brightness? Beautiful skin texture and some glow?  Then you’ve got to check out these three new multi-tasking palettes from IT Cosmetics! The Confidence In Your Glow palettes ($32) are ombre powders that act as highlighters, bronzers, and blushes. They brighten skin and warm the complexion with one sweep of the Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705…which is also pretty cool. There are lots of reasons to give this collection a gander.

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IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

  •  Delivers your blush, bronzer and highlighter in one simple step for an instant all-over glow
  • Drops of Light Technology™ gives you lit-from-within radiance without glitter or shimmer
  • Talc-free universal shades look flawless on all skin types and tones
  • Anti-aging, skin-brightening vitamin C, plus a super ceramide complex, peptides and collagen for your most beautiful skin!
  • Pairs perfectly with the NEW Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705  ($48)
Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705

Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705

The Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705 is a new IT Cosmetics brush. IT Cosmetics does a lot of things right and brushes are a specialty. This brush is flat with dual-fiber hairs and a tapered brush head. The handle is short and designed more for sweeping across the face, not for precision work. It’s great with these palettes. Even if you are a bit ham-handed like me, skin ends up looking soft and glowy. The bristles are treated with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants, and you can use this brush to apply everything from liquids to powders and from skin care to color products.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Nude Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Nude Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Natural Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Natural Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Warm Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Warm Glow

The Confidence In Your Glow powder palettes – interestingly! – smell nice, like oranges. The powder is creamy and blends like a dream. The palettes have a really smooth skin texture and give it a soft, diffused look. I tried to use the different shades within the ombre separately, but that didn’t really work for me…I get the best result just sweeping my brush across the whole palette, which then gives a beautiful color that I can build into a deeper shade if I want.

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

Nude Glow warms the complexion and is a wonderful bronzer and contour shade. Natural Glow is definitely more of a highlighter/natural blush shade. Warm Glow is a peachy/pink bronzer/blush, and boy is it pretty…I can’t tell you how often I reach for this. I wear Nude Glow to warm up and contour my skin first, then sweep either Natural Glow or Warm Glow onto my cheek bones almost every day.

You can find all three shades of Confidence in Your Glow as well as the Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705  at IT Cosmetics online and at Ulta. Be sure to pick these up and post your own confident glow, and tag #ITsMyConfidence! – Lisa

Check QVC for their price of $$35.92 for the brush and one Confidence in Your Glow.

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Mamma Mia! Maya Chia!

maya chia logoCan oil shimmer?  Maya Chia Highlight of the Day illuminating serum can.

Maya Chia is a relatively young beauty brand which presents itself as a non-toxic beauty line. The Maya Chia product line is created by Susanne Norwitz, who has a lifelong interest in the Maya people through her doctor father. The brand uses a proprietary process to extract the chia oil, called supercritical extraction. It results in a completely pure oil, which is free from any chemical residues and impurities.

Chia Seed plant

Chia Seed plant

In keeping with making healthy choices for skin care and make up, I decided to try both of these serums (Happy Hour and Golden Hour) as I particularly love this brand.

Maya Chia Illuminating Serum

Maya Chia Illuminating Serum

Drop a small amount from the pipette onto your fingers and rub them together to obtain the optimum consistency. You can blend it into your moisturizer or foundation for an all over sheen or apply it as you would any highlighter onto the high points of your face.

The Maya Chia website says: The pearlized mineral sheen is suspended in an ultra lightweight, easily absorbed infusion of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals. It is makeup that is a treat for the health of your skin and what we hope will be a highlight to your day.

The highlight of the day is available in two shades:

the happy hour — imparts a cool-toned pink radiance – as if you are radiating with joy.

Maya Chia Happy Hour Serum

Maya Chia Happy Hour Serum

the golden hour — imparts a warm, golden, champagne-like radiance – as if you are lit by candlelight.

Maya Chia The Happy Hour

Maya Chia The Happy Hour

The color descriptions are right on the money. I’ve even combined the two for a pink champagne tone. You can layer for more intensity if you prefer although one layer works well enough for me.  

I can’t find good swatches of them online nor do they show up well on camera. There are several good YouTube videos that show them in action and you can get an idea of how they look on the skin by accessing them. Here’s my favorite one.

I spent $42 on each of the serums and if you have some texture (polite way of saying wrinkles and pores) these do not emphasize them as some highlighters do. You have to shake the bottle well and then dispense a small amount from the pipette into your hand. They work equally well on bare, moisturized or made up skin. You can apply it over blush also. The only gripe I have is a minor one- the name of the product is only on the box, not the bottle. 

Maya Chia Illuminating Serums (alluremagazine)

Maya Chia Illuminating Serums (alluremagazine)

If you’re curious about the ingredients, here they are from the Maya Chia website: The Highlight of the Day uses the highest quality natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients from conscious growers from around the world. Our highlighting serum is never formulated with parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and SLSs

Ingredients: Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Capriylic/ Capric Triglyceride, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide,  *2% Essential Oils

*Organic Ingredients or Wildcrafted (when available)

There is a charitable aspect to Maya Chia which makes this brand even more favorable to me. “The little chia seed has been revered by the Maya people of Central America – and for good reason. Packed with the highest concentration of essential antioxidant of any botanical source, the chia seed is also rich in Omegas, vitamins and minerals.

At Maya Chia, we want to give back to the Maya people of Central and South American who gave so much to us for thousands of years. A percentage of our net profits will be donated to helping the Maya people of Central and South America.”

Oil see you in my next post.  —  Phyllis

Also available at Integrity Botanicals which occasionally has this in their samples w/purchase.

Photos courtesy of Maya Chia and Allure magazine

Getting a glow with Pixi Glow-y Powder

Pixi Glowy PowderThe days have been dreary but my skin hasn’t!  Pixi has a wonderful powder highlighter created by the gorgeous lifestyle blogger, Aspyn Ovard, called Glow-y ($18). Pixi recently sent all three shades to test – two are all over highlighters, and one is specifically for cheeks. Here they are!Pixi Glowy Highlighter and Cheek PowderPixi Glowy Powder Cheek Powder

London Lustre:  This one is best for lighter skin tones. It’s a luminous soft champagne that gives a beautifully soft glow to cheeks, forehead, and chin. I also like to thin out my nose by using a darker contour shade on the sides, then smoothing this highlighter down the center of the bridge. Pixi London Lustre

Santorini Sunset:  Ahhhh….this one makes me long for a strappy little dress and long summer days! I can’t wait to brush this all over my arms and chest for a soft shimmery glow. The gold champagne is perfect for medium skin tones. Pixi Santorini Sunset

Rome Rose: Don’t be fooled by this one…it looks very bright, but it actually applies quite sheer then can be built up. It’s perfect for those days that you want a hint of glowy color, not full on blush. I know I will definitely use this all the time in the summer when I have a slightly deeper skin tone. It’s a really fabulous golden pink that should work for all skin tones.Pixi Rome Rose 2

The glow they give is actually quite soft – I swatched them pretty thick so you could fully see them. But actually they blend in beautifully and give a luminous, glow from within effect. The texture is like butter…so smooth and soft. It’s not the least bit powdery, so it actually seems to hydrate skin as it provides that pretty glow.

Left to right: London Lustre, Santorini Sunset, Rome Rose

Left to right: London Lustre, Santorini Sunset, Rome Rose

Overall, I really like these soft, beautiful, glowy powder highlighters. The pans are huge so I can’t imagine ever running out! You can find the Glow-y Powders and Pixi Beauty online and at Target stores.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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