Friday, October 9, 2015

Faux Glow

MAC Strobe cream

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

I don't know if it because I have had better behaving skin recently or if I am just over my matte skin phase but recently I have been ditching my mattifying primers and embracing the glow-faux glow though obviously.

I can't take credit for inventing this winning combination, I saw Allana Davison use it in one of her youtube videos.  I realised I owned both products-the MAC Strobe Liquid for absolutely ages but unloved and unused, and the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer was a recent purchase from Sephora in LA.

Both are non silicone based multi-purpose products-they can be mixed with creams and foundations to add a hint of glow or used as primers or spot highlighters.  MAC Strobe Liquid is a light white/violet pearl liquid illuminator without shimmer.  I've owned it for ages but it was gathering dust.  I used to love it so much so I am glad to be using it again daily.  It contains green tea and antioxidants for a dose of vitality.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer is a golden metallic liquid-it's slightly heavier in texture than the Strobe Liquid and looks like liquid gold.  It contains Argan Oil to nourish the skin and even the skintone.

highlighter swatches

I mix one pump of each and then apply as a primer before my foundation.  It gives an immediate golden, slightly metallic (but in no way glittery) glow, blurs imperfections on the skin and leaves a soft focus finish.  Yes it's a tad too much to be worn alone but with foundation over the top the golden metallic finish goes but the skin has extra life, extra vitality.  I'm still all about the full coverage base-I have been using this with Estee Lauder DoubleWear and I am addicted to the result.

What's your favourite faux glow product?

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