My Favorite Things Make-Up Series Part IV – Bronzers & Highlighters


It’s December, winter, and if you live in the Midwest I bet you are just as pale as I am. If you aren’t I hope it is a spray tan you are utilizing because I don’t want this post to turn into a lecture on tanning  beds. Those things are not only HORRIBLE for you but sooooooo 1989.

There are plenty of safe ways to reach that bronzy glow without putting your skin ( which is the largest organ you own…just an FYI) at danger. Most of the time I get a little to cray with the bronzer and my neck and face have a very different tone. I’ve become an expert on blending….moving on.

Here are my favorite products for achieving a beach glow in the dead of winter!

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess

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I have used this bronzer since my good ole college days and it has yet to fail me! It is fool proof, even if you over do it like me. This is a universal bronzer I can use in the summer and winter without having to change colors. It has an oil control complex that keeps skin looking shine free!

Becca by Chrissy Teigen

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Like any human I am OBSESSED with Chrissy Teigen. So naturally when she teamed up with Becca to create a highlighter/bronzer palette I had to get it! You can achieve a year round summer glow with each of these colors. The bronzer and peach glow highlighter are my favorites.

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette

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A contouring expert I am not. I have tried, and I end up looking like a clown. So I have to say that the cream contour feature in this palette is not something I use that often. I have yet to decide if I am going to give up on contouring or still try to figure it out. Stay tuned. The powder side of this product….I use daily! For me it is easier to blend and fool proof which is EXACTLY what I need when it comes to these kinds of products.

e.l.f – Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette


THIS PALETTE! By far my favorite. My skin tone is more on the light to fair side and these shades are perfect when wanting a glow without looking like an Oompa Loompa! (Willy Wonka reference…if you don’t get it I feel sorry for you) The price point is pretty great too! If you have never ventured out into the land of bronzers and highlighters this would be a good palette to start with!

So what are you waiting for? Get rid of that winter dullness and brighten up your skin with some of these products! If I can use these and not look like Snooki from Jersey shore, then you can too.



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