Tag: liquid illuminators


Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews, Trends / 1

Liquid Rose Gold! Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

While Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (the pressed version) took the highlighter world by storm, the original Shimmering Skin Perfector in the same shade has taken kind of a back seat and it should be in the driving seat or at least in the front passenger seat, in my opinion.

 

Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors are one of the brand’s best sellers and with good reason.

Described as a water-based moisturizer, it has an SPF of 20+. Yip, they thought about that sun protection.

Becca says: “It has light-diffusing particles of shimmer that creates instant radiance and vitality and reduces imperfections.” Basically, it makes you look good!

This stuff is a brown girl’s dream and is the perfect rosy gold shade. It comes in a sleek rubberized bottle with a pump and a chocolate brown cap with a metal centre, which has the Becca logo engraved on it.

l love the detail of the beck logo engraved on the cap. Looks so elegant, no?
l love the detail of the beck logo engraved on the cap. Looks so elegant, no?

It’s looks sleek and modern.

The consistency is on the thicker side so it is great for mixing in with your foundation, which is what I generally use it for.When I use it in this way, it adds ‘rose goldiness’ (it’s a word, now) and sheers it out without totally compromising the coverage of the foundation. I love this because I wear full coverage foundation. It gives a beautiful luminosity to the skin and it not greasy, unless you go cray-cray with it. It thick enough to add to the tops of your cheekbones and worn this way it dries to a beautiful sheen that really just makes you look like a shimmering goddess as the light hits the your face. If you want a more intense highlight, you can easily apply a powder highlighter over top. . This is BAM! Can I get a collective YAAAASSSS! You can also wear this alone on your skin for a healthy glow and is a great product for strobing.

This works well on all skin tones because of the hint of champagne in it that looks great on everyone, everyone. Did I mention that I think it looks great on everyone?

Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal in the three stages of 'gorgeousness' (this is a word now)
Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal in the three stages of ‘gorgeousness’ (this is a word now)

It comes with a pump . . . but the one downside with all these Shimmering Skin Perfectors is that it pumps out too much product in one pump. This can appear wasteful, but you can use this guy all over your body (that sounds wrong, but you beauties know what I’m talking about.)

Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal in the three stages of 'gorgeousness' (this is a word now)
Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal in the three stages of ‘gorgeousness’ (this is a word now)

 

It looks especially nice on the décolletage and try a bit on you legs, I know this is a bit out there, but it gives such a sheen to the skin, especially when it’s summer and those sexy pins are on show! This is the beauty of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors; it’s just minimal effort with maximum impact to really glow. It’s subtle yet so visibly gorgeous at the same time. It’s the epitome of feminity. It’s beachy elegance . . . that the best way to describe these shimmering skin perfectors. It’s multi-purpose? It truly is perfection in a bottle

Brown girls, if you have been following me for a while, you know I hate boxing us into only using golden illuminators or highlighters, but let me tell you, when brown and rose gold collide, magic happens. You know my approach, if it doesn’t look ashy or chalky, go for it!

Just another shot of Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal because it's soon pretty
Just another shot of Becca’ s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal because it’s soon pretty

 

Where to buy: www.beccacosmetics.co.za

Physical Address

4th floor

Fredman Towers,

13 Fredman Drive

Sandton, 2146

Phone: +27 (0) 11 881 1440

Email:sandton@beccacosmetics.co.za

 

 

Price: R410 for 50ml (Yes, it’s ssssspensive, but you are getting a bucketful of product)

 

Dupe: I don’t have anything in my stash that matches the formula and I don’t think I ever will. But in terms of something comparable in shade is Inglot’s Face and Body Illuminator in #63.

 

Have you tried Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecto in Opal? What’s your favourite liquid illuminator? Do you know of a dupe that’s cheaper? Would you try it?

Let me know down below.

 

Until next time, stay beautiful and blessed.

Xoxo

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews / 2

Unicorn tears . . . Becca’s Shimmering skin Perfector (Moonstone)

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It will give you a glow like nothing else . . . ethereal almost . . . made from unicorn tears and fairy dust!

Marketed as a moisturizer, this liquid gold champagne/ muted gold) creates an instant radiance when applied to the skin. Mixed in with foundation, it breathes luminous life into it. Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone has light diffusing particles that reduces the look of imperfections and brings out your skin’s a healthy glow.

Water-based, this moisturizer quenches the skin and absorbs evenly into it.

And your body needn’t get jealous of your face; you can use it all over your body too, and shimmer on the beach in golden glory or to the office, depending on where you work and what time . . .

Yes, it can do all that and dotted along your cheekbones, it will accentuate those high points and when the light hits that, you won’t look like you’re in the spotlight, rather, you will look like the heavens have opened up and that light has embraced you. On the topic of the heavens, it does have SPF20, so you will get some protection from the sun; however, I suggest using a separate sunscreen under it, just to be safe.

 

Now, that's so serious glow!
Now, that’s so serious glow!

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone will suit a wide variety of skin tones but really flatter those with a medium or tan skin. If you are deeper, you can still pull this off but the finish will be a bit more of a highlighter than an illuminator. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone has a thick, creamy texture that sheers out easily and dries to the most beautiful sheen.

 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone comes on a sleek tube and it has a pump!
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone comes on a sleek tube and it has a pump!

It comes in a sleek rubberized tube with a rubberized top that has a metal centre with Becca etched around the top and bottom of the circle. It comes with a metal pump that pumps out a bit too much product. If you want to mix it in with your foundation, all you need is half a pump at most. This is my favourite way of wearing this. I wear full coverage foundation and this, when mixed into it, sheers it out and adds dimension to what would have looked a bit flat.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone is a sure winner!
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone is a sure winner!

Overall, this is a magical, multi-purpose product, I think is definitely worth the splurge. It remains one of Becca’s bestsellers and for good reason. Go on, try it and unleash your inner golden Goddess!

Where to buy: www.beccacosmetics.co.za

Physical Address

4th floor

Fredman Towers,

13 Fredman Drive

Sandton, 2146

Phone: +27 (0) 11 881 1440

Email:sandton@beccacosmetics.co.za

 

 Price: R410 for 50ml

Yes, it is ssssssspensive, but a little goes a long way and unless you are a make up artist who uses it daily on clients or you go cray-cray and bust open the bottle, this will last you a lifetime, seriously . . . true story. .

Have you tried any of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors? Which is your favourite? Which one’s your favourite? Will you decant some into little bottles and share it with your besties? Let me know down below!

 

Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful. Love you to the Moon (stone) and back!

Xoxo

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

Ready, Set, Illuminate! Inglot’s #63

There’s something about highlighters and illuminators that just get me all the time . . . maybe I was an illuminator-maker in a past life, you never know . . .

I couldn’t contain my excitement when I came across the Inglot Face and Body Illuminator (63)

Here in South Africa, we have many, both budget and high-end cream and powder highlighters to choose from. But when it comes to liquid highlighters; let’s say we are not spoilt for choice.

And while I do like MAC Strobe cream, (ok we are in an on-and-off relationship) I am engaged to Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, in all the shades and all the shades to come, because I know I’ll love them all. They are, in my opinion, the best illuminators out there.

The Inglot Face and Body illuminator had huge nude platform heels to fill. I know you’re getting that mental image of how huge that is.

When I first held the bottle I thought it was made of glass because it felt like only to find out that is was hard, sturdy plastic. (Memory: my welcome to Japan, walking into the glass door at Narita Airport. I have a tendency to do that.)

Bearing that in mind, I was glad it wasn’t glass.

The Inglot Face and Body Illuminator (63)
The Inglot Face and Body Illuminator (63)

Back to #63.

For the germaphobes out there, it has a pump so you can do the happy dance now. The consistency is creamy and unlike some illuminators that push out so much product that you can apply it to your besties face and body as well, the pump dispenses the right amount of product for a single application.

Mixed in with a medium coverage foundation, you can definitely get your glow on. If you mix this with a heavier coverage foundation, you will lose the radiance.

The glow is a warm rose bronze that is reflective, not in a disco ball way, but with an ethereal luminescence.

 

Ok so you can't really see how beautiful the shade is when blended out.
Ok so you can’t really see how beautiful the shade is when blended out.

I find the best way to wear it is by dotting it on the highest points of your cheekbones, a tiny amount down the bridge of your nose and on your cupid’s bow to create the illusion of fuller lips.

Now that's what I call a PROPER swatch! Look at that sheen
Now that’s what I call a PROPER swatch! Look at that sheen

This leaves an amazing sheen that dries matte and is sweat-proof, your cray-cray aunt-proof, perhaps, bulletproof? Your foundation can move if it is set and you apply this product, if this does happen, a spritz of MAC Fix+ will liquefy the foundation a bit and you can illuminate away.

Women with very pale skin may find this shade overwhelming.

But if you’re a brown girl, you can rock this!

I cannot stop raving about this shade because brown girls are so often told that the way to warm your skin is bronzy, browny, blackberry, mulberry, all the berries, except strawberries and raspberries.

NO, SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, STOP THE PRESS! Who said brown girls can’t get a rosy glow?

 

Where to buy : Inglot counters in nationwide or online at www.inglotsouthafrica.com

Price: R229 for 15ml

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

I woke up like this with Revlon Skinlights

Illuminators, love them, keep buying them, even though I really have too many and probably don’t need them…

Hey, every one has their vices . . . you beauties have perhaps gathered what my many vices are.

This is probably why I put off buying the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator for a while.

In the end, I caved and eventually got it in the shade Bare 001

Yes, it is the lightest shade and I’m a brown girl, the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare light 100 is great for all skin tones, yes that’s right. Who would have thought, no?

It looks beige straight from the tube, but it’s neutral and not very opaque so it sheers out to a subtle shade of champagne gold.

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When mixed with a medium coverage liquid foundation, I used the MAC Prolong wear foundation (NC40); it gives a beautiful natural radiance to the skin.

The finish is a healthy glow, no shimmer or sparkles in sight and it’s definitely not greasy.

Revlon Photo Ready Skinlights 100 Bare Light blended to a pretty sheen.
Revlon Photo Ready Skinlights 100 Bare Light blended to a pretty sheen.

 

I know of many women who wear illuminators over their bare face without a foundation and when I tried that, it did emphasize pores.

I also tried it mixed in with a little bit of with MAC Face and Body (C5) and while it still emphasized my pores, the glow was more intense, not in a bad way, in a pretty way.

So, if you want to use it with a tinted moisturizer, BB cream or any foundation with sheer-light coverage, you may want to keep this in mind.

In terms of spot highlighting, this leaves a pretty sheen that once again gives off a ‘barely there’ finish.

However, because the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator is not very pigmented and a bit runny as compared to other illuminators I’ve used, I found it difficult to apply it as a spot highlight.

For testing purposes (I hate using my fingers to apply make up), I dabbed a tiny amount on the highest point of my cheekbones and tried to blend it in – but the foundation moved.

I then sprayed my face with MAC’s Fix plus and went back in with a small stippling brush and blended it in. This left a beautiful sheen. This was way too much time spent for me to get this to work for me.

You can set it with a translucent powder, not a coloured power because you will lose the radiance if you over powder your face.

This product does not wow me; I’m not jumping up and down to get it. I’m definitely not going to repurchase any of the other shades, (there are two others: Peach Light best for very light skin tones and Bronze light for bronzed tanned look or for darker complexions).

However, I will use it when I’m going for a ‘I woke up like this’ look or if my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is out of reach.

This product is best mixed with sheer-medium coverage foundation and is for someone who wants an all over natural radiance that is dewy and not OTT! Perfect for everyday wear.

Personally, I think there are better liquid illuminators (a review to a hum dinger to follow) out there.

That said, it is pretty and does a good but not great job.

It is a decent product. It is affordable and a little does go a long way.

It just doesn’t work for me or rock my boat. I mean, it was barely there . . .

Where to buy: Revlon counters across the country, www.takealot.com or spree.co.za

Price: Prices vary but are about R200 each for 30ml

 

 

 

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