Makeup Wars: My Favorite Illuminizers

The week’s Makeup Wars is all about or favorite ways to highlight.  That gave me the opportunity to show off my favorite illuminizers.  One of my favorite types of products to collect are highlighters/illuminizers.  They just add something that no other product can.

Guerlain Meteorites are a perfect all over powder that adds subtle illumination.  I have a couple of these: Perles Du Dragon and Teint Beige.  Even though the ballz inside are different colors they give the same overall effect, in my opinion.
BECCA Shimmer Skin Perfecter in Opal is a beautiful liquid illuminator.  It has a chic sheen that is really perfect.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is one of the more sparkly of the bunch.  It is absolutely one of my most favorite ones to look at in the pan for certain.  I have even gone far enough to use the different stripes as eyeshadows.  There are several different shades of these, I have a pinker version and it kind of reminds me of the more shimmery shades in Naked3! :D 
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish are beautiful powder illuminizers.  There are a ton of different shades; a few in the permanent line and new limited edition ones churning out all the time.  
Michael Kors Leg Shine is a beautiful cream illuminator for the body.  You simply apply it to an area of the arms, legs or decollate that are a peak and it will look super natural and healthy.
NARS Copacabana Illuminator is the only highlighter I actually enjoy from NARS.  None of the other ones look right on me.  Copacabana gives the perfect glow, and it is admittedly a tad bit shimmery but not overly so!
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance leaves a soft glow on the cheekbones.  I love this one because it is so subtle that anyone can use it.
MAC Pink Rebel Lustre Drops are a multi-use product.  I actually like to mix just a touch of this into my foundation to create a soft all-over glow.
Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc is a highlighter divided into four different parts.  There are also four different shades to choose from.  I have also used the different colors of these as eyeshadows.

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Current Beauty Favorites for March 2014


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My Favorite Christmas Polishes

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Christmas mani’s are fun whether you are doing an intricate design or just a plain colored mani.  There is something exciting about Christmas shades like red, green, and sparkle!  :)  These are a few of my most favorite polishes for the season!

One of my all-time-favorite reds is Zoya America.  I got it during the summer a couple years ago and it is absolutely fabulous.  Another red that is slightly deeper is Butter London Pillar Box Red.  Both are fantastic and they will leave you with bombshell nails.

A fun red and black glitter from Spoiled by Wet n Wild called Ants in my Pants is a great way to dazzle up your accent/ring finger.  The best green I have ever come into contact with is Butter London Wallis.  Wallis makes fantastic trees or wreathes (which is what I made last year)!

Too add some shimmer and sparkle to your mani the rest of these are MUST HAVES or at least find a good dupe if necessary!  If you need a perfect bedazzled silver bell then Milani Jewel FX in Silver is PERFECT!  A perfect glitter to give the effect of snow is Urban Outfitter’s Unicorn!  Orly Rage is another shimmery, sparkly perfect for anytime of year nail polish.  I mean that… this polish is perfect for any occasion but I had to add it to this roundup just because!
Last, and most fabulous is the Sephora by OPI It’s Real 18K Gold Top Coat.  Yep, real 18K gold glitter.  This will look amazing over Wallis to look like Christmas lights!  This is no longer available but I have seen others out there!

Well, MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  I am so excited about this season!  What are your favorite festive polishes?
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Current Favorites in October 2013

I don’t do many “favorites” posts anymore…  Mostly because I feel like they can get redundant.  My favorites rarely change month to month and typically if it does I more than likely just reviewed it.  My most recent favorite things are different or new and less talked about than most products so I wanted to mention them.

I will start with a non-beauty product…  This ADORABLE coin purse with “Addicted To Shopping” embossed on the front is adorable.  I got it from ASOS for a little more than $7.  (Link here)  It is so cute, sturdy, and affordable.  Love the leopard lining!  

Some brushes that are standard in my get-ready routine are the Japonesque smudge brush and a dual ended Laura Mercier brush that has their Ponytail brush and a flat shader brush.  These 3 brushes are all I need to complete any look I have in mind.  They actually stay in my travel makeup bag.  I tend to do my eye makeup at work a lot so minimal brushes are necessary.

Two products from L’Oreal have had me in awe.  I haven’t used many drugstore mascaras in the last year but the L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions is truly great.  I have been very upset that my lashes are seeming short and falling out post-pregnancy and this mascara has honestly given me hope.  If you take a look at my previous post about the Lumene CC Cream you can see in the very last picture that my lashes look so crazy long… I was wearing this mascara.  The other product is the liner from L’Oreal called Color Riche. I have it in black, purple, and blue…  the pigmentation is amazing and it transfers so smoothly… I will be doing a review soon on these.
Two other things I am using a lot of lately are MAC Blot Powder (which has been moved into a beautiful Heatherette compact).  It is a nice powder to have on hand for touch ups throughout the day.  A perfume that never leaves my purse is Philosphy Falling in Love.  I have owned this fragrance for years and recently am loving the roller ball version.

The last few products that I can’t get enough of lately are the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe.  It is the perfect base for a nice smoky eye.  Honestly, just this color on your lid is a great daytime look, very versatile!
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Nearly Naked is a perfect no fuss lip product.  It is one of those lip colors that looks amazing no matter what you pair with it.  Truly a go-to product for myself.  
The City Color Cosmetics Eye Shadow Primer has also been a favorite since the day I opened the tube.  I love the texture, the opacity, and the longevity it provides is perfect.  I also love that the price point is affordable for anyone with any budget.  
Hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about my current favorite products.  If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them in the comments below.  

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