Gold, Sparkle and Shine…I Heart Highlighters

“Shine Bright like a diamond…” I’m pretty sure Rih Rih was talking about Highlighting! Highlighting is all the rave these days [. . .] and rightfully so. Highlighting is the process of illuminating portions of your face and décolletage. It’s a process that goes hand-in-hand with Contouring. I don’t know if it’s the Leo in me, but Gold shimmer is a must AT ALL TIMES.

The key areas to add Highlight are the following:

Eyes: Applied to the brow bone to define and lift the eyebrows. Can be applied in the inner corners of the eye to perk up the eyes or create a wide-awake look.

Lip: Applied at the Cupid’s bow to create the appearance of fuller or bigger lips.

Chin: Applied to the chin to accentuate the chin and also helps create the appearance of fuller lips.

Forehead: Applied to the center of the forehead and used to accentuate and help bring dimension

Nose: Applied down the bridge of the nose to help create the appearance of a straighter nose.

*Cheek: *Piéce De Résistance* Applied to the tops of the [cheekbones] to accentuate or lift the cheekbone.

If applied correctly, accompanied by a good bronzer, it really does a great job of adding dimension and shape to the face. But because this entry is about Highlighting and not Contouring, it’s fair to move on to the key places to dust a good shine on. My personal favorites are the nose, the brow bone and the cheeks.

[I think this is a good place to pause and remind everyone of what my blog goal is.] Many of you, new friends and old friends, have come to me [for guidance] about makeup, makeup application and usage. I am all for a full face – contoured and beat down. I really am! However, I do [primarily] write for those who don’t know what to do, where to start or how to finish. So, I feel it would be unfair to tell you all to go buck wild and Contour and Highlight the shit out of your pretty faces. I’m just trying to [provide] some ideas and a glimpse of what can be done, while always keeping in mind the busy, working woman or man, the mom and the makeup novice. So, thank you for coming to me! With that said…I will continue.

FAVORITES: With my new obsession for Highlighters, I have hoarded quite a few. I won’t mention all of them, just the MVPs.

Becca, Shimmering Skin Perfector($38) – Champagne Pop

Benefit Cosmetics, Watt’s Up! Cream to Powder Highlighter ($30)

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Illuminator ($28) – Peach Nectar 

Laura Gellar, Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26) – Gilded Honey

 Cover FX, Custom Enhancer Drops (Liquid Metal) ($42) – Sunlight

On days when I’m short of time or just not into a full face look, you can be sure, I will still reach for any one of these. And if I really want to look like a member of The Cullen Family (a little Twilight humor), I may use a few layered together.  Don’t we all want that natural JLo or Lupita Nyong’o radiance? I know I sure do!

A good Highlighter can provide a subtle, radiant and youthful glow to the skin. It can also cast a light so bright, it can be seen from outer space (for the not-so shy users). The market is buzzing with all kinds of Highlighters. You can find them in gold, silver, pink and even rainbow hued. Do some research and try some on. You’ll see for yourself how beautiful they really are.

Next time I see you, I may need sunglasses to block the glare [wink].

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Moisturizer is Nectar of the Gods

As we head into the colder months, we should keep in mind how parched our skin can become. Not that this subject doesn’t deserve attention all 365 days of the year, but extra care should be taken during the autumn and winter months. Moisturizing is the key. It feels so good to moisturize! Granted, there is so much more to a healthy skin regimen, including adding tons of water to your daily diet, but you should definitely include a good moisturizer. If nothing else, moisturize!

I have come to realize that moisturizers do not need to be expensive to be good. For example, I have dropped some serious dollars to try Crème de La Mer. Their smallest jar costing a whopping $85.00 for 0.5oz. Don’t even ask what their largest 3 oz jar costs…smh. Celebrities swear by this product. The ladies at the counter worship to the La Mer God and sing praises of its “fountain of youth” wonders and possibilities. Don’t get me wrong the product is decent, but honestly speaking, I can find much better results with a nice jar of Pond’s Dry Skin Cream.

Speaking of Pond’s, the brand has been around since the 1800’s. My grandmother, in her 82 years of glory, swears by it, as does my mother. According to them, this is what the starlets of their time wore. Can I mention the price????? This product can range anywhere from $4.99 to $7.00 for a 6.5 oz jar.  Who can pass on that goodness? The product itself feels light and creamy and applies the same. You don’t have that overall greasy, heavy feel you get with some products. It does have a light perfume smell but not overpowering and  dissolves with application.

I only mention Pond’s because it is what I know, what I use and what works for me. There are tons of great moisturizers on the market that are inexpensive and you don’t have to break bank for. Test a few out. Go on a haul when Target or Walgreens are offering sales. Some good brands to look for are Nivea, Cetaphil, Aveeno, and Vichy just to name a few. Once you have found the one you absolutely LOVE… use the hell out of it! Use it with your morning ritual, use it before you go to bed, use it before you beat your face for an event, and use it to stay home with a glass of wine, popcorn and your remote. You’ll see the difference it makes instantly.

Moisturizing isn’t a female thing, it is an EVERYONE thing. It is not only meant for the face, your whole body can benefit from it. You may find a product that is good for your face and not your entire body. You may find one that works for both. The benefits of moisturizing are extensive. Not only does it help to hydrate your skin, it can add important nutrients to your skin. It promotes a healthy glow, prevents flaking (yuck) and can create a protective barrier for your skin. It also has age-defying qualities.

Some of us cute, older gals have the good fortune to still get carded at the bar (very flattering). Yes, good genes certainly contribute (thanks mom and dad). Maybe it’s the additional water intake recently added to the diet. Could be, but the real hard work comes from the amount of tender, love and care given to the largest organ. So treat your skin with kindness and give it some attention. “Love the skin you’re in” like the commercial says.

I hope you enjoyed this information. Chat more soon [wink].

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