Three summer must haves and a giveaway for Colorproof Powderfix!

I am always on the look out for quick, easy to use, wonderful products that I can throw in my purse or my beach bag for the summer. In the summer I wear less makeup and I am outside all the time so my hair is a lot more unruly. I need quick fixes and things that help my more natural, easy-going look. I have three products today that do the trick, and two lucky readers will win a ColorProof Powderfix!

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ColorProof Powderfix

  1.  ColorProof Powderfix ($25) is a fabulous way to get volume and texture instantly, even in limp, lackluster hair. The bottle fits handily into any purse or bag, and the puff applicator sprays this fine powder right onto your roots. Just massage the powder in, then brush and hair gets an amazing lift and wonderful texture.

    ColorProof Powderfix

    ColorProof Powderfix

    • Delivers optimum fullness and weightless body for unlimited styling potential
    • Superfine, silky powder is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp to provide all-day texture, volume and lift with maximum color and heat protection
    • Designed exclusively for color-treated hair with a proprietary blend of revolutionary volumizing polymers and Pro Vitamin B5 Panthenol
    • 100% vegan, sulfate-free, salt-free, gluten-free paraben-free and never tested on animals

      Speed Brush Mini G

  2. The Mini G Speed Brush ($12.00) is an excellent option for brushing in that ColorProof Powderfix! The Mini G is made by HotHeads, and it’s a palm-sized compact hairbrush. It really is the perfect size for any purse or beach bag and it’s amazing for detangling hair, something that I really appreciate since my hair is fine and very long. Being outside in the wind can really do a number on my hair. It’s great for wet brushing too – I like to put my hair in a ponytail after swimming and this little brush is incredibly handy for that as well.

    Speed Brush Mini G

    • The MINI-G is multi functional for quick touch ups and styling.
    • Our unique GENTLE TOUCH 3D Bristles feature 3 types of bristles
    • Firm V shaped nylon for back brushing, dry shampoo application
    • Black/ White natural boar for adjusting tension and increasing the surface shine plus frizz control on dry hair.
    • The narrow oval cushioned pad creates a higher center profile, which allows better back brushing.
    • Born to travel from the gym to any destination

      Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

  3. Hard Candy Non-Touring Glamour Duo ($7.00) is a very fun product to have in your bag as well. I don’t wear a lot of makeup in the summer because I faux tan which gives me color, but I do like to highlight and this highlighting duo is great. This shade is Rose Gold. One side is a cream stick which gives skin a more natural radiance and the other side is a shimmer stick with a doe foot applicator.

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    Heavily swatched

    After blending in

    Hard Candy Look Pro! Non-Touring Glamour Duo

    This side has lots of illuminating shimmer, so know that when you use this you will sparkle!  I use the stick cream side and my daughter is always grabbing it for the shimmery side.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:   ColorProof will send 2 lucky Beauty Info Zone subscribers a PowderFix Instant Volume Texture Powder Spray for their own!  In order to win, you need to be a US Beauty Info Zone email subscriber (not open for Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, or a PO Box) and leave a comment on this post. The Rafflecopter has all the additional entries and you can tweet daily for more options. The giveaway is open through 6/15/18 at 11:59 pm ET for US only. Good luck and hooray for summer! – Lisa

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From Glam to Glitz to Giveaway with Hard Candy

Hard Candy Strobe of Gorgeous eyeliners, Metal Glaze Liquid Foil, Just Glow! Baked Highlighting Trio

Have you taken a swing through the Hard Candy makeup selection at Walmart lately? If you haven’t you are in for a delightful surprise. Hard Candy has added some new beautiful products that bring you glam or glitz and everything in between. If you already have Hard Candy in your collection then you know what I mean when I say that their cosmetics have a quality that is unknown in that price range. If you aren’t an aficionado yet, you’ll become one once you’ve had the pleasure of using the cosmetics. I have so many in constant use that bring a smile to my face. I also have some that are perfect for one off occasions when I need something for that perfect party/event but don’t expect to use it that often. Hard Candy does all that for you and me.

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Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti Baked Highlighting Trio

We all know that highlighting is the thing! There are an incredible amount of highlighting palettes out at all price ranges. I love them all but I don’t highlight all the time so spending $9 on one of the Just Glow! Baked Highlighting Trios is perfect. There are 4 total: Meet Me in Tahiti (reviewed today)

Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti

Cruisin’ the Coast

Hard Candy Cruisin’ the Coast

A Touch of Midnight (silvery tones)

Hard Candy A Touch of Midnight

and Rooftop Rendezvous

Hard Candy Rooftop Rendevous

Now you can’t tell me that these aren’t trendy and beautiful. The Baked Highlighting Trios are mistakenly called Hard Candy Baked Trio Eyeshadow on the Walmart site but don’t be fooled, these are the Highlighting Trios that are meant for your nose, brow bone, cheek bone, top of the chin and anywhere you like to highlight. The shades are lighter than I like for my eyes but adding a quick wash over my shadows adds a lovely sheen. The palettes come with a blending brush that you won’t believe. It’s soft and efficient. I would buy the brush alone so it’s a bonus that it comes in the palette.

Hard Candy Meet Me in Tahiti Baked Highlighting Trio

I love the shades in Meet Me in Tahiti. The first is a soft golden peach, the middle a light gold, and the third a darker bronzey shade.

Meet Me in Tahiti

Even though they are baked they don’t feel that hard, actually they are a great texture to use on cheeks etc since they don’t kick back a lot of powder. And even though they are glittery the glitter doesn’t migrate if you are careful. Any of these 4 Just Glow! trios would be perfect for Prom and graduation parties.

If you really want to up the glam and glitz factor that’s where Metal Glaze comes in. These are so unique and fantastic at just $5 each (in store only, not online). Four shades are available with these too and would work great the palettes.

Hard Candy Metal Glaze

These are called a Liquid Metallic Foil and they are recommended for eyes, brows, and lips. I have it in gold to show you and it’s the most intense gold. You will really stand out with one of these on. As a cream eyeshadow wearer I couldn’t wait to try it out. My advice is to shake it first since it can be a little watery otherwise. It’s totally budgeproof. I doesn’t come off until you use a makeup remover to remove it. Water doesn’t touch the color on my eyes. It’s there. I also recommend that you start with a little and build up if you want more.

Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold

Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold

Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold

Metal Glaze is infused with coconut water for hydration. Available in Gold, Burgundy, Rose Gold and Silver they are just fun and trendy items that you’ll enjoy.

For the more staid in us and the adventurer too there are 16 shades of Stroke of Gorgeous Long Wear Eyeliner Pencils ($5). The 16 shades are available in 5 versions.

Creamy Matte shades are Soy (black), Jailbreak (charcoal), and Dark Chocolate. Shimmer shades are Ice Queen (silver, Don’t wine). Glitter pencils are Abyss (black) and Treasure Chest (charcoal). The Chromes are Gold Nugget, Bronze Champion, Silver Fox, and Hot Pants and these pair perfectly with the Just Glow! palettes). Then there are the High Intensity Brights that are dupes for much more expensive liners: Firecracker (bright orange), Wink Wink (cobalt blue), Kryptonite (green), Twisted Grape, and Deep Sea (teal).

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Longwear Eyeliner Pencils

The four I have give me a long lasting finish that lasts. I don’t usually have great luck with pencils under my eyes but these are really budge proof. Plus when I apply them I have play time to smudge if I want.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous in Gold Nugget and Bronze Champion

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous in Kryptonite and Twisted Grape

Why would I pay $20 for an Urban Decay eyeliner in a trendy color like Kryptonite or Deep Sea when I can get a terrific pencil for $5?

Kryptonite and Twisted Grape; Gold Nugget and Bronze Champion

As you can easily tell, I’m impressed with these newest Hard Candy items. There are many items that aren’t appropriate for my age, there are many that I wish I could wear more often, and there are quite a few that are perfect for my life. Their quality has improved and their prices have remained wonderfully affordable.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Hard Candy is generously offering to send 3 Beauty Info Zone subscribers some cosmetics that are mentioned in this review. You’ll receive a Just Glow Baked Highlighting Trios,Meet Me in Tahiti as well as the Gold Nugget eyeliner and Hard Candy Metal Glaze in Gold. Requirements are that you are a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber AND that you comment. The Rafflecopter has all the additional entries and you can tweet daily for more options. The giveaway is open through 4/13/18 at 11:59 pm ET for US only. 

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Enter the world of Beth Bender Beauty (giveaway inside!!)

What sets Beth Bender Beauty apart is their claim to fame – they are the first company that invented eye stencils and smokey eye stencils. The company has been around since 2005 and keeps creating new products to make our eyes look more inspiring.

Beth invented one of the most innovative eye makeup tools to hit the beauty industry in a decade. Her revolutionary Eye Makeup Stencils are favored by customers and makeup artists as one of the best eyeliner tools for creating eyeliner and eye makeup looks effortlessly. All of the eye makeup stencils that Beth Bender Beauty has created fit all eye shapes and sizes, and are only available on bethbenderbeauty.com

What makes Beth Bender Beauty more exciting is the way they are branching out with new products too as you’ll see from today’s review.

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Starting with the iconic and original Cat Eyeliner Stencil and Smokey Eye Liner Stencil since that’s what gave Beth Bender Beauty its great reputation. After all you’ve heard about this stencil set you’d expect the price to be sky high but it’s on sale for $14 (from $18) and includes both stencils.

Cat Eyeliner Stencil and Smokey Eye Liner Stencil

These stencils are made of plastic yet they are flexible making them suit any eye shape or size. You can use them to create anything from a simple eyeliner (top and/or bottom) as well as what often gives us trouble – the perfect cat eyeliner. Using the cat eyeliner stencil, which is reversible, hold the plastic stencil in place and use a powder shadow to outline the look you want. Remove it and go over the powder with your choice of liner: liquid, gel, or more powder.

By starting with a light hand and a shadow you can play around more easily than if you started directly with your gel or liquid liner. Just like you are “coloring” you are outlining and then coming back to fill in. Their tip is not to use a pencil to start this process but you can finish with your favorite pencil liner.

Beth Bender Eyeliner Stencil for Cat Eye and/or winged eyeliner look

The smokey eye is easy to create with that stencil. You fill in with the color of your choice and then go back to line.

At first you are going to feel like you are all thumbs with these two stencils but with practice you’ll get the hang of holding one in place to line with. Don’t try to line perfectly right away, outline first and then go back and set it with your favorite. The makeup stencils wash easily so that you can reuse them as often as you want.

Beth Bender Smokey Eye stencil in use

Much easier for me to use are the removable EYE CANDY EYELINER STENCILS ($9.99) that have a gentle adhesive. For these I don’t need an extra pair of hands since they adjustable.

Beth Bender Beauty Eye Candy removable stencils

Start with gently removing one of the two stencils off the sheet (in this package there are 16 sheets so 32 stencils). You’ll need to figure out which eye it’s for since they aren’t reversible. Apply it and move it around until you have the thickness and shape you want. Then go to town with your eyeliner. This is where you can really have fun since you can use one or more colors for your look. If you get color on the stencil it’s no big deal as your liner will still look fine once removed.

Beth Bender Beauty Eye Candy removable stencils

Beth Bender Beauty Eye Candy removable stencils

Beth Bender Beauty Eye Candy removable stencils

Watching this video helped me to see how to apply and use the stencils properly. I advise you to follow the directions of lifting them up by the rounded corner since I ruined one by lifting it by the pointy end. Also I do start with it on my hand to remove some of the stickiness. Smooth it down once you have it in place then go to town with your liner or shadow.

Beth Bender Eye Candy stencil

Beth Bender Eye Candy stencil PLACE

Beth Bender Eye Candy stencil FILL

Beth Bender Eye Candy stencil PEEL OFF

Beth Bender Eye Candy stencils – looks

These are available in several size packages. The Eye Candy Starter pack has 16 stencil sheets for $9.99. All Eyes on You is a smaller starter pack for $14. The Pro Pack has 30 sheets with 60 stencils for $22. The best deal though is the Eye Candy Deluxe Stencil Set on sale for $18.99 since that contains one Eye Candy Gentle Adhesive Eyeliner Stencil Starter Pack, one Smokey Eye Stencil (also does a cut crease), one Pro Medium Eyeshadow Brush and one Dome Shape Mini Liner Brush. And the grandmother of them all is the new The Eyes Have It ($35) which contains 2 Eye Candy Eyeliner Stencil Starter Packs, 1 Classic Angled Eyeliner Brush, 1 Medium Pro Shadow Brush, 1 All Over Fluff & Blender Brush, and 1 Long Wear Gel Liner in your choice of shades.

Even though the reason you know about BETH BENDER BEAUTY is their eyeliner stencils they’ve come out with 30 Highlighters that can be used as blush or highlighter. The Sweet Cheeks Highlighters can be purchased individually in palette form ($14), in a great compact ($20), or in premade palettes ($30).

Beth Bender Sweet Cheeks Highlighter in Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust is a champagne highlighter that comes in a sleek, black mirrored compact adorned with an authentic Swarovski crystal. “This color has the perfect amount of shimmer, sheen, and sparkle and can light up a complexion in an instant. Perfect for fair to medium skin tones.”

Beth Bender Sweet Cheeks Highlighter in PikNik

PikNik is a peach blush or highlighter that is infused with just the right amount of 24 karat gold, iridescent apricot, and a touch of gold dust for good measure. These are beautiful soft highlighters that last well. The texture of them is wonderful and they apply easily.

Beth Bender Beauty Sweet Cheeks Highlighters, fan brush and satin pouch

When you buy a Sweet Cheeks Highlighter you receive the compact as well as 1 Pro Fluff Highlighter Brush, 1 Beth Bender Beauty Satin Travel Pouch. ALL BETH BENDER BEAUTY HIGHLIGHTERS ARE: VEGAN, CRUELTY FREE,TALC FREE, PARABEN FREE, SULFATE FREE, PHTHALATES FREE.

Now for the giveaway information – we will have 3 winners in total. Look at these sets to decide which one strikes your fancy

Beth Bender Beauty Prize One

Prize one winner will get a Eye Candy Starter Pack along with a Beth Bender Espresso Gel Eyeliner.

Beth Bender Beauty Prize Two

Prize Two’s winner will receive an Eye Candy Starter Pack along with 3 Beth Bender Brushes for eye makeup.

Beth Bender Beauty Prize Three

Prize Three contains two Sweet Cheeks Highlighters, a fan brush for application and the Beth Bender Satin Pouch.

Now what’s your favorite? Enter the giveaway from now through April 9th at 11:59 p.m. ET. Giveaway is open to US and Canada but the Sweet Cheeks prize 3 is US only because it’s so fragile. Be sure you are an email subscriber and you comment if you want to be eligible. Almost every giveaway we run I have to eliminate someone for not commenting. Thanks to Beth Bender Beauty for supplying extra products for our anniversary giveaway.  —  Marcia

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New Year’s beauty with Milani

Makeup Wars chose the topic of last minute gifts today but as I was perusing websites I realized that it’s almost too late for items to be shipped in time for Christmas. So I’m talking about New Year’s Eve instead and the pretties you can get in time for that special occasion.

Milani Hypnotic Lights and Stellar Lights

If there’s ever a time to glitter and glow it’s now. With Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a 7 day period you get to pull out all the stops Go for gorgeousness with cosmetics that won’t break the bank – MILANI.

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Ever since I first discovered Milani it’s been a favorite brand and one that I can rely on. I’m insanely attracted to highlighters but I don’t use them enough to spend a fortune on them. When Milani sent these highlighters my way I was sitting on Cloud 9. Testing and wearing them has been delightful and will continue to be for the holiday events coming up.

HYPNOTIC LIGHTS Powder Highlighter is available in 4 gorgeous shades ($13). They remind me of Becca highlighters which are more than 3x the cost. A similar intoxicating design, soft holographic colors and a wonderful glow.

Milani Hypnotic Lights Highlighter in Luminous Light

This powder is infused with light reflecting pearls that illuminate and give a soft almost imperceptible glow yet move your head and the pink iridescence shows to its best advantage. The highlighter is so soft to the touch, you want to pet it! Wear it over blush or eyeshadow for a look that will bring out the Cinderella in you. I have Luminous Light, a soft pink, and there’s also Beaming Light (light lavender), Luster Light (light peach), and Flashing Light (golden tones). To boost the color more spray your setting spray (Milani Make It Dewy) on your blending brush first. You can find Luminous Light and Luster Light at Ulta and all 4 at Milani.com.

Milani Hypnotic Lights Highlighter in Luminous Light

For a little more razzle dazzle you’ll want to give STELLAR LIGHTS Highlighting Palettes a whirl. These powders have some glitter in them but it’s not glitter you’ll find all over your face or clothes when you wear them. There are two palettes that contain 3 shades in them ($13) which you can wear separately or mix/match.

Milani Stellar Lights Highlighting Palettes

Holographic Beam is a cool toned dream with its soft iridescent blue, pink and peachy gold.

Milani Stellar Dreams in Holographic Beam

Milani Stellar Dreams in Holographic Beam

The shades  in both of these Stellar Lights palettes are micro-milled and buildable so it can be used by the young adventurous lovelies and the older stylish ladies alike. The shades are very richly pigmented and give a multi-dimensional highlighting effect.

Milani Stellar Dreams in Rose Glow

Milani Stellar Dreams in Rose Glow

Milani Stellar Dreams in Rose Glow is a warmer palette with a beautiful white, fabulous gold, and terrific rose gold. The shades can be used in several ways. Apply them where sunlight or candlelight hit your face using either a blush brush or your fingers. Use your finger to gently dab the colors onto the inner corners of your eyes and on the Cupid’s Bow. Use your brush to apply a shade along the bridge of your nose and cheekbones and blend. While you probably don’t need both palettes, you wouldn’t be sorry if you bought both!

Milani Amore Shine and Stellar Lights

Milani is known for their lip products for good reason. You’ve more than likely seen their lipsticks and liquid lips touted online and that’s because they have a wide variety of colors for every woman’s taste and they are so well priced at $9 each.

AMORE LIGHTS Liquid Lip Color is available in 12 shades. Unlike most liquid lip colors available these days these are shiny and not matte. In my opinion they are so much easier to wear than a matte lip. The applicator tip makes them a breeze to apply since it hugs your lips while dispensing the color evenly. “Designed with a weightless texture and non-sticky feel for hours of non-feathering, comfortable wear. Contains a pout-loving blend of emollients and collagen microspheres, so lips appear full and voluminous.”

Milani Amour Shine Liquid Lip Color in Crush and Seduction

Milani Amour Shine Liquid Lip Color in Crush

One swipe really gives me enough color to do my lips. I like to put some on my bottom lip, rub my lips lightly together and then use the tip of the brush to even it out. When I wear Crush I find it lasts well and leaves a light stain behind. It doesn’t feather on me at all. I am very happy to report too that I don’t notice any fragrance with Amore Shine.

Milani Amour Shine Liquid Lip Color in Crush and Stellar Lights in Prismatic Pink

Now for true holiday fun you’ve got to try STELLAR LIGHTS Holographic Lip Gloss. These are the shiniest glosses in town. There’s some contained micro-glitter in the color and if you aren’t careful you’ll find some glitter travels but it’s worth it when you want to sparkle.

Just look at these colors. To die for. There are 6 in all (Opalescent, Iridescent Blue, Luminous Peach, Prismatic Pink, Flourescent Fuchsia, and Kaleidoscopic Purple, $9). These are lightweight and have holographic light reflective pearls in them giving you that prismatic shine. These do have a light cocoa fragrance to them but all you’ll notice is how enticing they make your lips look. Wear these alone or put them over your lip color of the day.

Milani Stellar Lights Holographic Lip Gloss in 01 Opalescent and 04 Prismatic Pink

MILANI Cosmetics are found in many mass market stores along with some at Ulta and lots of special items like these Holographic ones on their website. As a cruelty free company that strives to produce products to complement all ethnicities, skin tones, and ages I think they’ve done a fabulous job. Party makeup doesn’t have to be expensive but it needs to be as beautiful as these products. Have a fantastic holiday. —  Marcia


Deck the halls with POPs of Illuminating Powders

pop beauty’s Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders.

In Michigan when we talk about “pop” we’re thinking soda like Coke, Pepsi, Squirt and more. But on Beauty Info Zone when we talk about “pop” we’re thinking pop beauty! As much as I enjoy a caffeine free diet “pop” I’d rather have pop beauty’s Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders.

pop beauty Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders.

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You can shine with the best of them with Prismatic Pop Illuminators.  These cruelty free highlighters are only $12 and rival the ones that you’ve seen for double the price. They are silky shine without glitter. The luminosity is fabulous. While they are meant for your face I love them on my eyes. Gorgeous shine that doesn’t make me look like a disco ball.

There are 4 Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powders and all are simply stunning. The hardest part is choosing which one/s to buy.

CELESTIAL LIGHT

This is the lightest and the one that’s the brightest. There’s a slight pink tinge to it so it’s beautiful on cool tone complexions. This is the true definition of luminosity.

pop beauty Celestial Light

pop beauty Celestial Light and Gilded Light

GILDED LIGHT

Just like the name implies, Gilded Light is the goldest one in the group. Not a harsh gold since none of these are dark. They are all ethereal shades. Perfect for holiday looks.

pop beauty Gilded Light

pop beauty Gilded Light

LUNAR LIGHT

Lunar Light has a bronze finish so it’s going to look fabulous on most people. Even I, with my very fair skin, can wear this though I think it might be better for someone with a deeper skintone than I have.

pop beauty Lunar Light

pop beauty Lunar Light

STELLAR LIGHT

Easily my favorite though all are fabulous. There’s a peach tinge to this and it works magically as a highlighter over my favorite pinky peach blushes.

pop beauty Stellar Light

pop beauty Stellar Light

pop beauty Lunar Light and Stellar Light

It’s hard not to fall in love with these three dimensional powders that help your complexion also have a dimensional effect when you layer them over your blush. But don’t be afraid to try them on your eyes since the silky smooth formula will brighten and make your eyes POP!!  —  Marcia

pop beauty can be found on their website as well as in store at select Rite Aid, Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.

 

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.


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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