Beauty Review: Illamasqua Iluminator

It doesn’t fail, y’all. Just about every week I get an email from a lovely lady saying that she wants to get into blushes but she is too afraid of color. Instead of responding with a “Are you serious, homie?”-type email, I’m starting to realize that some of us need baby steps when it comes to color on the cheekies.

Enter this cool lookin’ highlighter from Illamasqua…

 I know…it looks like a gloss, uh? Not that you can’t dab it on your lips but it is really intended for the cheeks. Here’s what Sephora says.

“Illuminate your darker side with this intense color that highlights and enhances wherever it’s applied. It goes on wet but dries quickly, leaving a high-shine, reflective finish that lasts all night. Use it on cheeks or on any other part of your body where you want to draw attention—it’s not recommended for those who want to remain in the background. “ (source)

 Three cheers for multi-purposes products. Gotta love that! Let’s take a closer look at this kid, shall we?

This is exactly how Illamasqua’s lip glosses look. It works for this product too. But you have to be careful. One little squeeze and if you’ve got enough for both cheeks.

But if you’re not careful, you may end up with a bit too much. Could you imagine rocking this on cheeks?

Girlfriend, no! You have to blend this stuff. And quickly. I find my fingers work best for this but you can also use a stipling brush for an airbrushed effect.

Stay tuned for how it looks on my cheeks. It’ll pop up in an FOTD Friday. If you’re looking for an unconventional and long lasting bronzer or highlighter, I say give this baby a whirl. It’s Brown girl approved and gives me another reason to change my middle name to Illamasqua. Holla! You can snag the Illuminator in Halcyon  for $20 at Sephora.

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Brown & Blushin': Iman Cosmetics Sheer Finishing Bronzer

Boy boy boy…lemme tell y’all about bronzers. Wait, back in July ’08 I did on a post all about bronzers. Check it out if you’re one of those brown girls who are like, “Can Black girls event wear bronzers?” Talk about a gasp-worthy question.

For whatever reason, some of us STILL think that bronzers aren’t for us. Tisk tisk, teddy bears. Pull yourselves together and witness this bronze-y beaut…

Yep, it’s that bronzer that came in my swag back from the Iman Cosmetics event I went to. How stunning is that?

Here’s the thing about Iman Cosmetics’ products…they don’t their products feel like drugstore buys. Really! Although you can snag this for $13.99, when you hold on the palette in your hand, it feels like something you would have gotten at a department store. That’s a beautiful thang.

Don’t fear bronzers, ladies. It is amaziiiing what just a little bit can do to enhance those gorgeous cheekbones of yours. Check me out here…

Please disregard my, “Why you lookin’ at me like that?” look. I was probably heading to work. HA!  On days when I really want to rock a minimalist look, this bronzer is giving me life. Just a little concealer and a swipe of bronzer on the cheekbones and I’m ready to do.

There’s even a little brush at the bottom of the compartment for touch-ups.

Genius. If you’re looking for a bronzer in your life for Spring and Summer, go with this one. Or this one…

That baby is on my wishlist and I can’t get to have it in my possession. Bwahahaaa! Evil laughs make everything better. :)

 
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Brown & Blushin': Iman Cosmetics Sheer Finishing Bronzer

Boy boy boy…lemme tell y’all about bronzers. Wait, back in July ’08 I did on a post all about bronzers. Check it out if you’re one of those brown girls who are like, “Can Black girls event wear bronzers?” Talk about a gasp-worthy question.

For whatever reason, some of us STILL think that bronzers aren’t for us. Tisk tisk, teddy bears. Pull yourselves together and witness this bronze-y beaut…

Yep, it’s that bronzer that came in my swag back from the Iman Cosmetics event I went to. How stunning is that?

Here’s the thing about Iman Cosmetics’ products…they don’t their products feel like drugstore buys. Really! Although you can snag this for $13.99, when you hold on the palette in your hand, it feels like something you would have gotten at a department store. That’s a beautiful thang.

Don’t fear bronzers, ladies. It is amaziiiing what just a little bit can do to enhance those gorgeous cheekbones of yours. Check me out here…

Please disregard my, “Why you lookin’ at me like that?” look. I was probably heading to work. HA!  On days when I really want to rock a minimalist look, this bronzer is giving me life. Just a little concealer and a swipe of bronzer on the cheekbones and I’m ready to do.

There’s even a little brush at the bottom of the compartment for touch-ups.

Genius. If you’re looking for a bronzer in your life for Spring and Summer, go with this one. Or this one…

That baby is on my wishlist and I can’t get to have it in my possession. Bwahahaaa! Evil laughs make everything better. :)

 
This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Bronzers!

Time for another edition of Brown and Blushin’. I knowww, it’s been awhile since we’ve visisted this series, uh? Please excuse the delay. But this time around I have some real goodies for you in the “bronzer” department.

“What is a bronzer for anyway?”

Can yall believe I asked this question less than a year ago? Yes…your head newbie in charge was not familiar with bronzers. Don’t cyber-grill me…I’m learning, okay? And I know there are a few of you pretty people out there who don’t even own bronzers.

Neither did I until 3 months. HA!

Now I’m hooked. Bronzers are beautiful on brown skin. It gives us that “sun kissed” look. When lightly applied on the cheeks, it can bring out the cheekbones. When swiped under the brow, it can act as a pretty highlighter. When dapped on the apples of the cheeks, it provides just enough shimmer to make your pretty cheeks radiate with every smile.

I really love bronzers. Today I’m going to feature my 3 favorite (ha, and only) bronzers.

Are yall diggin’ my pretty set up? I try, I try.

So, I’ve put our 3 bronzers in categories.

For my sistas on a budget we have Tanfastic Bronzer by CoverGirl
For my girls who have a little extra pocket change we have Cargo’s Bronzer in Medium
…and for my ballin’ chicas (um, not me) we have Bobbi Brown’s Shimmbrick Compact in Bronze

CoverGirl’s Tanfastic Bronzer

For only $5.99, you have to be in love with this CoverGirl bronzer. It is highly pigmented so you won’t need much to achieve a nice but subtle glow. In fact, because it is so pigmented it is wonderful as an eyeshadow or brow bone color. I’m not gonna front–the brush uhh….the brush sucks. It is a a bit too stiff for initial application for me. But will it do the job for an on the go touch-up? Absolutely!

 

Cargo Cosmetic’s Bronzer-Medium

So maybe you got a little raise or Mommy dropped some funds in your account (dang, I miss those college years) and you want to splurge for the moment. Let me introduce you to this baby. I have the mini version but for $25 you can cop the award winning Cargo Cosmetic bronzer. Mad love to my sis, Amina at Coup de Coeur who got me hip to this beautiful tin canned wonder. The texture is so soft that it almost feels like “cream”. It isn’t as pigmented as CoverGirl’s so to get it show up you may have to apply a few swipes. It is absolutely radiating on my brown brown skin. And with the dose of Vitamin E this bronzer provides, I’m not only lookin’ good but keeping my skin healthy.

Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbrick in Bronze

I’m not going to act like I can’t put some gas in my car, feed myself for a week or save for my upcoming travels. For $36, I could do one of the above. But if I “had it like that”, I would buy every single one of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbricks. They are just so dern pretty to look at. You can’t deny it….lemme bring the picture back.

Ohmiiiiigoodness. I mean look at that. Aside from this little brick going beautiful on the cheeks, it can also act as eyeshadows. You’ve got a lid color, crease color and a highlight right there in one palette. I don’t even travel with eyeshadows. I just take my Shimmerbrick and call it a day. I swear this thing has magic powers.

How do you apply it?

I don’t think there is a right or wrong way. I swipe my brush right down the middle and apply on the cheeks. It is divine.

I took some pictures of swatches but they pretty much all look the same because of the lighting. But a swatch of CoverGirl’s Tanfastic (that name is killing me, lol) on my inner arm should show you how pretty bronzers are…


This article at Black Women’s Web tells you a little bit more about bronzers.

So tell me….do you wear bronzers? Any recommendations? Your favorite? Your struggles? And suggestions for me? Shout out your favorite bronzer!

Spring time, baby!

Dear Newbies,

Spring is here. And being that I am a native to Florida, I love love love it! I get to spend more time outside by the beach, pool, at theme parks and festivals and just enjoying the weather. This makes Year 2 of my make-up/beauty obsession and I have to say, I have learned a TON since last year. Here are my Top Spring/Summer Tidbits for Newbies.

Wear Bronzers

I’ve stopped wearing face make-up but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want some kind of glow. My new Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is perfect for a Springy/Summer glow.

And I know it’s a bit on a pricey side (ahem, $42) but yall gotta trust me on this one. Such a great investment! And I’m sure there are better dupes out there (namely Milani) but I’ve been having dreams about this Shimmerbrick since December of last year. I swirl my MAC 182 brush in this and lightly brush it on the apples of my cheeks. A little goes a long way and it gives me a noticeable but subtle shimmer. I love it! I didn’t think that darker skinned women could pull of bronzers, but honeyyyyy, we sho can. I’ll show you in the FOTDs to come.

Minimal Eye Shadows

I already have oily lids so going through the hassles of putting on 1-2 bases and 2-4 eye shadow colors on just isn’t something that I look forward to in the summertime. Instead, I just sweep a highlight under my brows. I still look “made up” but with little effort. Vanilla pigment is my HG highlight and looks great when applied with a fluffy brush.

Pretty Pouts

My lips aren’t always so hot in the winter time because they tend to be drier. But during spring/summer, I love bustin’ pretty and rich colors. Yes, girl…even at the beach while sippin’ a pina colada. Pretty lips give the face instant glam! And lip products don’t even have to be top of the line.

Ya feel me? $1.72 for N.Y.C. Gotta love it!

Fab nail colors with cute sandals

And when I say fab nail colors, I mean alllll colors! Orange, green, yellow, pink, purple, fire engine red….any and every color. And I love designer shoes like a lot of females but I also love to save some money and get twice as many pairs at Payless. Shooo…..I ain’t shame. I think these are mad cute for only $10.

And with colors like these….

 

(thanks Yums)

You couldn’t tell me anything…

 

So, see, newbsters…spring/summertime is great for us! Last year I spent a lot of time coming up with make-up designs with my terrible skills. This post is a great example of that. This time around I plan on taking it easy on the face, checking out new collections and perfecting liner on the lower lash line. That’s my project of the season!

 

What’s yours? Do you have any tips/suggestions for fellow newbies? Share them!

 

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