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My Favorite Things: Glowing Skin

Lately I’ve been into gorgeous glowy skin, but skin that doesn’t look like I have any foundation on, a more natural look. 

Funny thing is that it takes MORE products to get a natural look than it does to get a “full” face!  Who-da-thunk-it!

I don’t normally use photos of myself for these types of things as I’m not very fond of myself in pictures (New Look Mondays are an exception as I get to “hide” behind the cool virtual hair).  🙂  But, that being said, here I am.

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Now, mind you, this is straight out of my cell phone camera (Note III) and has absolutely no editing done to it other than cropping it.

Here’s a list of the products that I used (and are in order of use):

Boots No7 True Identity Foundation in Light: I love the texture of this.  It glides right over fine lines, pores, etc to give a smooth and flawless look without looking like you have foundation on. 

Boots No7 Radiant Glow Concealer in Shade III:  I’ve not tried Touche-Eclat which everyone always raves about, but I have tried the Chanel version and this brand (in my opinion) is so much better than the Chanel one.  I used it to not only brighten my undereye area (didn’t sleep very well the night before-blanket hogging hubbie), but I also used it to highlight various parts of my face to enhance that glow.  Below is a picture of me with where I put the concealer.

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Mary Kay Mineral Pressed Powder in Ivory II: I’m not a fan of loose powder, too messy (especially when you have a cat and 2 kids running around).  So I prefer a pressed version.  I also like the idea of mineral powder so that it becomes a part of my skin instead of just sitting on top of it, caking and making me look ancient.  This one even provides good coverage for a powder.  Those that know me know that I don’t like powder, but I love this one!

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Strawberry Cream.  Using all of those pale ivory colors, I didn’t want to use a bronze tone on my cheeks.  I wanted that healthy flush and this soft pink is just right without going too Pepto-Bismol.

Boots Botanics Mineral Eye Color in Oasis.  I know that this is an eye shadow duo, but I LOVE to use the darker shade on top of my blush and the lighter (more gold) shade on top of my cheek bones.  It has just enough irridescence to give my skin that gorgeous glow without making me look like I got in a glitter fight nor look like a shiny mess.

You can get all of the Boots products at your local Target or on Target.com.

You can get all of the Mary Kay products HERE and they are 40% off today through Friday, February 28th!  (On this website only though!)

I LOVE RED LIPSTICK!!!

Now, I know that I am going to get a lot of flack for this from some friends…those who have known me for so long that they know I’m allergic to red lipstick (ok, so not really, but aversion to it is similar to someone with peanut allergies eating a Snickers bar). I’ve always been a gloss girl. Nice, natural colored gloss. The creamier and silkier the better.

I’ve just never found a red lipstick that I even remotely was fond of. They were two blue, too orange, too sheer, too dry, didn’t last, made me get that white gunk on the inner rims of my lips (you know you’ve had that and it sucks!). Or, if I liked everything else about it, then it ran into the fine lines around my lips (with or without a lip liner). One word would describe red lipstick for me…YUCK!

That is…until now!

One of my favorite make-up companies, Boots No7, has partnered with Poppy King, the goddess of lipstick and in that collaboration came the existence of the PERFECT red lipstick aptly named “History”, as in the rest of my red lipsticks are history! This is the perfect blend of shine yet matte, that oh-so-gorgeous satin sheen. It’s ever-so-slightly warm in tone to flatter the skin, but doesn’t look orange. And, my favorite part, IT STAYS!!! The creamy texture stays that way for hours and upon reapplying, doesn’t cake, flake or smudge. This girl is truly a red lipstick convert!

In fact, I’m going to be rocking my red lips tonight at the Cocktails with Style event at Westfield Mission Valley. There’s gonna be photos there, so when I get the pics back from the event, I’ll post me with my crimson smackers!

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