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What is it about that glow? I've been trying a lot of products this summer, and one theme that keeps coming up, week after week, is the glowing skin. Whether it's from prodcts that will refine and renew your skin, or makeup products that give you a little bit of a sun-kissed glimmer. I have stayed away from the shimmers in the past, but I've found some great products that allow for a softer, natural look and have been awesome additions to my makeup collection!

beautyADDICTS sleeks cheeks glow 8.8.13For beautyADDICTS week, I tried another product with some shimmer to it, and I was surprised at how it worked. That is, the beautyADDICTS SleekCHEEKS in Glow. This is a weightless crème-to-powder blush with two color options - you have the ultra sheer light pink/cream and a darker bronzy pink. I wasn't really sure how to use this product at first, and I don't usually wear blush, so I was experimenting a little bit. I first tried to use a brush to apply it, but since it's a crème-to-powder, the brush did not pick up the blush well. So it was best to blend in with my fingers and add more as desired. I appreciated that I could use a little at first, and then build up from there. It was great to use the top lighter color for highlighting, and the shimmer was more subtle than I thought it would be, creating a soft, natural glow rather than bold shimmer. You can easily put on alittle for work, and amp up the shimmer for the night! 

You can pick up your own beautyADDICTS SleekCHEEKS blush for $28!

Looking for a save option? Check out Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Blends sheer highlighting blush for $11.49

Shimmer makeup can create a completely different look, or a subtle natural glow that you can have year round!

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Every season it's nice to freshen up your makeup variety to go with the trends of each season, but it is always necessary have a few basics that are your makeup bag constants. Smashbox has a variety of both trendy beauty and the basics, which I love! My makeup bags contains about 50% Smashbox products I use daily and I have never been disappointed by any of the products I have purchased or received for consideration to write about for this publication. 

Smashbox Photo finish color correcting primer 6.19.2013

I have 3 faves in particular that I turn to for simple, day makeup for work or if I want to wear a bold lip and neutralize the rest of my makeup. I always start with a foundation primer! In the past I never used primers because I didn't see a purpose, but now there are a variety of them that can correct skin issues or hide flaws even before you apply foundation or concealer. Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer is my #1 product I apply before any makeup! Green color is made to offset red, uneven tones in the skin's pigment so it can look even. It also helps to minimize pores and wrinkles for a smooth, flawless "canvas" to "paint" on :) It goes on silky with no greasy feeling at all, and the lightweight formula blend in easily. It also has the added benefit of antioxidants with vitamins A & E so your skin can maintain health while looking amazing. 

Another Smashbox essential buy is the Love Me Eye Shadow Palette in Admire Me which is a nude palette for warm tones. It also comes in Entice Me which is a fashion palette for more dramatic, cool color tones. I adore the Admire Me because it has all of the basics one would need to create a nude eye that enhances the eyes way more effectively than just doing nothing at all. I always advise against doing nothing at all if you are a makeup person to begin with because what is the point of doing a whole foundation, flawless face look without accenting your facial features?? But that's just me :)

smashbox Love Me Eye Shadow Palette Admire Me beauty reviewThis palette is crucial to me because it perfectly gives me enough of all of the color which are broken up in a gorgeous design for the Love Me artwork created by NY graffiti artist Curtis Kulig. I love how the middle, designed piece can move up and down along with the cover to either help protect the shadows from mixing. I also found out it is great when dropped because even though my cover broke the Love Me design was intact and saved the shadow from breaking and becoming useless! Colors include: Champagne, Matte Nude, Soft Shimmering Coral, Bronze, Deep Golden Brown. I should also add that I do not like shimmer shadows but lately I have been drawn to the look of them and they have come a long way since I was in high school. Shimmers always seem so cheesy and immature to me, but once again my mind has been changed! The lesson would be to give makeup you once hated a second chance, hah. 

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It is freezing here in Chicago but I have some products that can hopefully brighten your mood and add some warmth to your regular makeup routine! So for this week I have a few different products to look at, all from Loladé Cosmetics.

 

Loladé Blush - Sultry

Loladé Shimmer Lotion

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