Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The NEW bareMinerals Crystalline Highlight Collection | Release Your Best Glow


The NEW Crystalline Highlight collection from bareMinerals

 Release Your Best Glow With The NEW bareMinerals Crystalline Highlight Collection

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I don’t tend to latch on to make-up trends so easily but when I eventually come round to it, I’m about a million years behind. Think bold eyebrows, contouring, and nude lips (to name a few) - I’m late to all those parties! 

Or maybe I was just ahead of the time. Think about it; about 15 years ago, I was really into using make-up products with pearlescent sheen to it. Everything in my make-up had to have a shimmery, glittery finish (I am a 90s kid, after all).

I dabbled in a few highlighters but I was hooked once I got my mitts on Benefit High Glow. How many bottles of High Glow have I gone through since then? Oh, I don’t know… 30, maybe?! Seriously, I wanted slap that all over my face every morning.

I’m fully aware of how that this particular beauty trend has been taken up a notch since then, the trend goes hand-in-hand with bronzer and contouring and Instagram’s Explore page doesn’t let me forget that. When the products are used correctly, you can look like a sculpted goddess. I mean, at this point, I’d like to mention that I haven’t mastered the skill of highlighting and contouring, since my face still resembles a potato (lol, not lol) and the fact that I’ve just said in the paragraph above that I used to apply High Glow all over my face is a tell-tale sign that I haven’t got to grips with it yet. 

However, I have, since the early 2000s, stopped applying highlighter (or anything shimmery) all over to limiting the use of it by dabbing it over the apples of my cheeks.

The NEW Crystalline Highlight collection from bareMinerals

When the brand new limited edition Crystalline collection from bareMinerals arrived, I had to hold myself back. I had the urge to grab the nearest brush, swirl it around, and apply it ALL OVER . But no, I was more restrained. A large part of the retstraint might have something to do with the fact that it looks too pretty to use. After the initial excitement, I handled the rose gold goodness with care.

rose quartz crystals

Crystalline by bareMinerals features a micro-fine rose quartz crystal encased in rose gold packaging. It’s dreamy AF. The use of rose quartz gives a glow like no other. The collection consists of the Crystalline Glow Bronze and Highlight Palette, Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks in 3 shades. 

The NEW Crystalline Highlight collection from bareMinerals

Crystalline Glow Bronze and Highlight Palette, £30 (shop link)


This super pretty Crystalline Glow Bronze and Highlight Palette* contains three multi-dimensial shades, each designed to give an subtle illuminating healthy glow. The use of crushed rose quartz crystals and an ingredient called squalane (derived from olives) that has properties to keep skin hydrated. The powders are sheer but buildable, and can be used dry for a natural radiance or wet for a high impact shimmer.

The multi-dimensional shades can be applied on it’s own or layered, and with most highlighters, you can use this on areas that hits the light for the ultimate sculpt and accentuation. Use on the centre of your forehead to bring dimension, below the brow bone to open the eyes, right down the centre of your nose to make it appear straighter and smaller, and cupid’s arrow above your lips to make your lips look fuller.


Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks

Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks, £24 each (shop link)


Available in three shades; Iridescent Quartz, Shimmering Crystals, and Prismatic Pearl - these twist-up sticks offers an on-the-go shimmer in a single swipe. Infused with shea butter and crushed mineral crystals to help reflect light and blur imperfections, the Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks* are extremely… glowy! As highlighters go, this is a promising product - I'd say it's pretty perfect for festival season, but it’s too shimmery and glittery for me (as a 90s kid, I'm very disappointed in myself that I just said that) but blend away and you’ll soon get a touch of radiance to your skin tone. 

Available now in bareMinerals in store and online, and all bareMinerals stockists.


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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Birchbox May 2018: Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze

Birchbox May 2018: Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze

Birchbox May 2018: Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze

Just when you thought Birchbox* couldn't get any better, they go and bring us with their best box ever. How can something that looks this pretty be a disappointment?! (Spoiler alert: It's not!) There's a reason why they're the UK's Number 1 Beauty Box.

With the running theme of 'Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze', the May 2018 Birchbox marks the celebration of warmer days ahead... that's perfect timing since we've just had the most amazing weather this May Bank Holiday! Long may it continue! I mean, I hope it's not a lot to ask for but if it remains like this for the rest of the month, we'll be laughing.

As soon as I unwrapped (read: ripped open!) the parcel box to reveal my gifted Birchbox, my eyes lit up when I saw a leafy watercolour print on a pastel pink background. How Instagrammable, I thought. Of course, that seems to be my default thought for everything these days. It's a habit that I may or may not cut out - I haven't decided yet.

Birchbox May 2018: Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze

The contents of the May 2018 edition Birchbox consists of five beauty samples and an Elizabeth Scarlett eye mask; an exclusive to Birchbox, which can be purchased for an additional £14.00 (RRP £20). 
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