Five Easy Ways To Get Luminous Glowing Skin

Hey Guys ๐Ÿ˜€

So glowing skin has been all the rave for the past year or so and its definitely not going out of style any time soon, especially with spring around the corner. And no wonder since luminous skin is the perfect answer to achieving that coveted Victoria Secret look. So keep reading on for my five easy ways to get that naturally lit from within glow.

1: Use a a bb cream or tinted moisturizer instead of a heavy coverage foundation. Since they tend to contain lots of hydrating ingredients its an easy and full proof way of quickly achieving naturally glowing skin. The Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream and the Bobbi Brown BB Cream are some of the best on the market in terms of coverage and dewy finish.

BobbiBrown_BBCream_Smashbox_CCCream2: Use foundations that have a dewy rather than matte finish. Look for certain key words in products like luminous and glowing. Some of my favorites are the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation and the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. The Nars Sheer Glow is great for those who want more of a satin finish.

dolce&Gabbana_PerfectLuminousLiquidFoundation_GiorgioArmani_LuminousSilkFoundation3: If your makeup stash is comprised mostly of heavy coverage and matte foundations try adding a drop or two of a liquid Illuminator to your foundation to add a slight sheen. I love using the Mac Strobe Cream on fair skin with pink undertones. For my olive skinned folk the Josie Maran Liquid Illuminator is fab.

mac_StrobeCream_JosieMaran_LiquidIlluminator4: Use a cream blush instead of powder. the cream consistency will blend more efficiently to the skin an almost always leave a fresh dewy finish. I’m totally crushing over the Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in 02, a gorgeous peach, and 05, a soft pinky-rose.

maybelline_Dream_touch_blush 5: If you want to contain your dewiness to specific areas mainly the cheek area try applying a cream highlighter to the cheek bones for that perfect j-lo glow. The Mac Cream Color Base in Diamonds is a perfect golden-pink champagne shade with beautiful light reflecting qualities. I also like the TopShop Glow in Polished for a pearlescent touch. If your not into cream products try a shimmery highlighter like the Mac Mineralize Skin Finish inย  Lightscapade orย Rio (two of my faves from the line).

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Mac_MSF_Lightscapade_RioI’m absolutely obsessed with luminous glowing skin. I love the way it reflects light off the skin for a fresh and natural look that makes you look and feel younger.ย  What are some of your favorite ways and products for achieving glowing skin, do you use any of the methods mentioned? Oh and I also made a video on the topic, I placed it below in case you missed it!!

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Powder Blush In Katie and Tremble

Hey Guys,

Sorry for the lack of posts but my Maters Thesis and Halloween has been totally distracting me!! Talking about Halloween, I hope you’ve all had an amazing one!! Check out my instagram @binkydiamonds to see my costume and some pics from my annual Halloween Party!!!

On to what were really here for….Blush!! I cant believe I’ve never talked about the Illamasqua powder blushes before on the blog, how blasphemous considering all their glory LOL. I only have two (and swatched all the shades several times in stores too!!) but wow are they amazing. So I thought I would share what I love about the two that I own: Katie and Tremble ($26 each, available at sephora and asos.com)

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_Katie_Tremble_1The packaging is rather simple, made from sleek black plastic with a clear lid. It is very sturdy packaging and the lid closes nice and firmly. It is a bit bulky though, its about the size of my palm.

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_Katie_TrembleKatie is a super light pastel pink with a matte finish. OMG this is the softest smoothest blush I’ve ever owned. The texture is like butter, it blends extremely smoothly on the cheeks and lasts for approximately 9 hours. I especially love this shade for winter. It gives a beautiful light flushed cheek. Its a great for fair skin tones, although its pigmented the color is rather muted and can be sheered out easily.

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_KatieIllamasqua_blush_swatches_KatieTremble is a matte coral pink. This shade is also extremely smooth and buttery. the pigmentation is amazing, as is the longevity at about 9 hours of wear with minimal fading. This shade is rather powerful and can be a bit harsh on fair to light skin tones but is easily sheered out for a light hint of pink. Of course this would look amazing on darker skin tones.

Illamasqua_blush_review&swatches_Tremble1IMG_8772THE VERDICT:

5/5 for both of these amazing powder blushes. The texture is so smooth and blendable, the pigmentation is amazing, and the longevity is great on both. The only downside is the slightly bulky packaging. But all of its amazingess totally makes up for that!!

Have any of you tried the Illamsqua powder blushes? Any recommendations on the shades I should check out? Im heading to London soon so I’ll be looking for more to add to my collection ๐Ÿ˜€

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review & Swatches: Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Eyeshadow Palette

Hey guys,

So if you dont follow me on Instagram (@binky-diamonds) then you might not know that Im pretty much addicted to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow filling products. I use the Brow Wiz almost everyday to fill in, sculpt, and shape my brows.ย  You can pick up Anastasia Beverly Hills in Sephora in the US and my internationals can get the products here at cultbeauty.co.uk. Good news for my danish girls, since it comes from the UK we wont be hit with really bad taxes ๐Ÿ˜€

Recently Anastasia Beverly Hills extended their product line to include awesome eyeshadow pallets and kits. Considering the hype and gorgeous swatches I’ve seen on other blogs I knew had to get my hand on one. So I went for the Catwalk Eyeshadow Palette ($35) and thought I’d share all its gorgeous greatness with you all ๐Ÿ˜€

anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpalette_4The set is housed in a nice sturdy box with textured leopard print…Love it!!
anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpaletteThe set comes with 10 eye shadows in various shades and finishes, a double ended brush and a beautiful look book.
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Now lets get onto the swatches shall we!!!

Call Back: A golden shimmery champagne shade with a frosted finish. Love love love this shade, it has a buttery soft texture, great pigmentation, easy application and blendability.

anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpalette_callbackStrut: A deep eggplant shade with golden purple micro glitters. Smooth texture, great color pay off, and easy to blend.
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Scout: A rose gold with golden shimmer reflex. This is one of my favorite shades in the palette. I love the pink and gold mix. Again the texture is buttery smooth, the pigmentation is amazing and super easy to blend. Unfortunately the picture just doesn’t do it justice.

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Beauty Mark: A deep dark chocolate matte brown. The texture of this is more dry then the ones mentioned above. But it’s isn’t chalky and the color pay off is great. This shade requires a tad more attention to blending, as is the case with most matte shades, and needs a little more help in that department. Other then that a great staple to have in any palette.

anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpalette_beautymarkLBD: A a deep slate grey with a matte finish. Its nearly black yet pulls more grey. Another great shade. This one is super pigmented, very nice texture for a matte shade, and blends super easily. anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpalette_lbdDay Rate: A matte nude shade with a slight dusy pink undertone. Unfortunatly you cant really see the swatch as its almost the same shade as my skin but the texture is smooth and swatches opaque in one swipe. I love this one for my brow bone highlight or to blend out any harsh edges.
anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpalette_dayrateCouture: A deep chocolate brown with gold and brown micro glitters. Once more another incredibly pigmented shade with great texture and blends easily
anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpalette_coutureRTW: A shimmery bronze with warm orange undertones. Another stand out shade with awesome color pay off, texture and blendability
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10K: A shimmery light gold champagne shade. This one is lacking a bit in the pigment department. But with aย  good base it really pops on the lid and works wonders as an inner corner highlight. I think this one would look great on darker skin tones and really pop against a deeper shade. The texture is very smooth and its very easy to blend.

anastasiabeverlyhills_catwalkpalette_10KPose: A purpley grey slate shimmer with silver, bronze and gold glitters. This shade has a bit more of a grainy texture compared to the others. Yet the pigmentation is amazing plus its easy to blend out.
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THE VERDICT:

4/5 for the amazing palette. The brush is definitely useful and performs well for a bonus product. The look book is beautiful and has some really detailed tutorials. The pigmentation, texture and ease of blending was amazing with the majority of the shades. Unfortunately Pose brought the grade down due to its slightly grainier texture than the other shades as well as 10K’s slight lack of pigmentation. All in all though this palette is a great one to have in any collection and I would definitely recommend this if your in the market for a natural palette.

Have any of you tried this palette or any other Anastasia products? What do you think? BTW keep a look out for new posts…I’ve got some goodies coming up like How To Rock a Deep Lip for Fall and Tips for Application and Longevity. I’ve also got a few more reviews and a new Night Time Skin Care Regime to ward off the evil dirt of city life…so keep your eyes peeled ๐Ÿ˜€

Hugs from Beauty Land