Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Makeup Junkie Holiday Gift Guide 2008: The Gift of Glimmer & Glow!

Christmas lights won't be the only thing that will be aglow this Holiday season! Radiant, healthy looking skin will never go out of style. Dazzle those festive parties with lots of glimmer and glow with these shimmery pretties!

Give your skin a luxe glow with Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond ($50 CAD)! This limited-edition compact comes in a gorgeous faux-leather inset and a metallic copper finish. Perfect accessory to any outfit that will surely get you noticed!

Featured in "W" Magazine (November 2008), this compact is a combination of 5 shades: candlelight, copper, gold, beige and sand. This delivers a lovely warm glow that will have you glowing in all the right places. I swirled it all together for the above photo but you can use each shade separately. Swipe on the lightest shade to highlight your eyes or swirl together and apply on the cheekbones and shoulders for a radiant finish. Tip: If you normally have sallow skin, opt for the Pink Shimmer Brick Compact to brighten your complexion. Fans of the originals will love Copper Diamond! The chic packaging alone makes this a must-have!

Get a sexy glimmer with beautyADDICTS ExpressGlimmer ($30 USD). This versatile palette can be used to highlight just about anywhere. Beauty Addicts products are designed for the woman-on-the-go who love the convenience of pre-made palettes. This creamy highlighter can be applied with your fingers, sponge, or brush.

Gals who love the dewy, youthful look will love ExpressGlimmer! This has become one of my favourite highlighters! The compact includes Glimmer - a soft focus luminizing luster for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen and Sheer - a crystal clear luminizer that hydrates and enhances glowing skin. In the above photo, the left side is the Glimmer on its own but layer it over Sheer and it becomes intensified as seen on the right side. I also find the clear luminizer keeps the Glimmer on longer, but you can definitely wear both individually. Sheer gives the skin a natural dewy finish and Glimmer bumps it up a notch with a beautiful sparkle. I like to use Glimmer in the inner corner and on lips with Sheer layered over top. The cream is easy to apply and blend and works well on the body!

Light up the room with my newest favourite, Mood Lighting Shimmer Crèmes ($20.50 each) from Three Custom Color Specialists! This fabulous palette of shimmery highlighters was co-created by makeup artist, Dina Gregg, of Bravo's "Make Me A Supermodel"! These silky highlighters are a sophisticated take on sparkle that go on light and creamy, and dry to a fine, powdery finish.

Available in 2 shades, Afterglow (on the left -pearlescent, champagne with flecks of gold and violet) and On Fire! (on the very right -bronzed shimmer with a swirl of opalescence) will highlight and contour your face! I love the subtle finish of the cremes because they can be layered or mixed together for a custom shade. Dina's tip: sculpt the cheeks with On Fire! on or below the cheek bones and Afterglow to the upper cheekbone. The silky powder finish gives a more natural finish than most highlighters which is perfect for photography or on-camera. You won't get the bounce-back from the flash like you would something more shimmery. The shadow in Champagne (middle) is gorgeous! It looks like it has flecks of pink and gold which make the eyes pop and twinkle. For use on the eyes, lips and body. Love the sleek refillable case it comes in complete with a shadow and creme brush.

They will be available separately November 19th online at www.threecustom.com and at select boutiques worldwide. Or you can purchase both Mood Lighting Cremes and makeup artist favourite, Champagne Eye Shadow, packaged in a Three Custom Specialists' Refillable trio with tips from Dina for $60 USD!

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