I find the best way to apply these products is with medium to small synthetic face brushes. My personal favourites are the Real Techniques ones.
The bronzer on the left is a great shade for my fair/light skin tone. I wouldn’t use it to contour but it’s a nice, relatively neutral bronze shade, perfect on the cheekbones, temples and across the top of the forehead.
The blush in the middle is a gorgeous everyday pink with a slightly peach undertone that works great for Spring/Summer.
The highlight on the right is quite subtle but I really like that about it. It works best blended out over the high-points of the face. I buff it on lightly with a brush for large areas of the face or dab it with my ring finger on smaller areas. I usually apply it across the top of the cheekbones, in the inner corners of the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, and even lightly above the eyebrows. It’s a subtle but noticeable sheen that really compliments the bronzer and blush.
The only downside to this palette is the size. It’s a bit smaller than I expected. I’m not sure how deep the pans are but I have a sneaking suspicion they’re not very big… I’ll keep you updated on how long it lasts me.
Hourglass definitely knocked it out of the park when it comes to the quality and colour selection on this one. For $75 (Canadian), that’s what I would expect.
I’d love to know if you have any favourites for bronzer, blush or highlight this season!
This is a quick favourites post that’s designed to enable you if you’re feeling spendy and looking for something new to pick up, haha. I grabbed five things out of my makeup bag that I love… maybe you’ll love them too!
Welcome to the second instalment of my skin care series. In this post I’ll be discussing toning. If you missed the first instalment of this series you can read it here.
There are two toners I rotate depending on how my skin feels that day or night.
The first one is a long-term favourite and one I don’t want to be without. It’s the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. It uses fruit acids to gently refresh and refine the skin. I sweep this over my face after cleansing and before moisturizing (as you normally would with a toner). It’s definitely gentle enough for me to use twice daily. The quality that makes this special is that it doesn’t feel stripping whatsoever. If you’re looking for a light refresh and a good skin prep before using a treatment, I highly recommend checking this out.
My other favourite toner is one I’ve been using for about a year. The Kate Somerville Clarifying Toner boasts the ingredient phytic acid to brighten skin tone and diminish acne scars. It also has aloe which calms skin. This is more intense than the Clarins one, and I reach for it morning or night when my skin feels gunky. I highly recommend it if you have oily skin.
There are so many options for toners based on your skin type as well as concern. It’s not the same thing (as per the teachings of Caroline Hirons). Skin type is, for example; oily. Skin concern, for example; is blemishes. If I got that wrong I have seriously failed Mrs. Hirons, haha. I highly recommend her blog to anyone looking for expert knowledge on which products are best from which brands and for what skin types.
The next topic in this series is treatments. I have annoyingly finicky skin that’s sensitive but also requires powerful ingredients to make a difference. I’m happy to report I’ve found some that strike a good balance, so they might be helpful to other people too!
Which products do you use for toning? Let me know your favourites in the comment section below!