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that holiday glow, in a little jar


I’ve learned to be (very!) wary of frosted makeup products, which often don’t do our mature skin any favors (and can look quite harsh) but products that deliver a little subtle light reflection can be our cosmetic best friends. Especially at this time of year when holiday activities (sugar, alcohol, lack of sleep and/or exercise, the stress of extra demands and commitments) and harsh weather can leave our skin looking a little dull, a little extra radiance never hurts.

Karen shared this product with me a while back, and I’ve pulled this little rabbit out of my hat makeup bag quite often. While it’s sold as an eye shadow (and IMO is too frosty for non-smooth lids), this cream from benefit cosmetics (color “r.s.v.p.”) adds a bit of radiance when applied lightly on the upper cheekbones. I apply by with one or two fingers, allowing the cream to warm up on my fingers for a moment then patting on mostly from below the middle of the eye outward. You can also use anywhere you’d add an illuminator or highlighter and it works well over a powder or cream blush. It’s easily portable, so you can carry in your makeup bag and dab on in between work and social engagements.

Do you have any “quick fix” makeup or skin care tips to perk up holiday-frazzled skin?

I’ll be taking a little blogging break for the next few days, but will back soon with some year-end “best of’s” and favorite finds from 2014. May you enjoy the glow of love and peace this holiday season. Happy Hanukkah, Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa!

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  1. December 22, 2014 / 5:49 am

    This is not a make-up trick but helps with applying make-up. Since we residents of the “far north” have our fireplaces and central heating going full blast this time of year.. lips get chapped, and then some! Or at least mine do. Making lipstick look terrible even if you apply balm first. I read somewhere to exfoliate your lips first by rubbing them with a dampened facecloth. I thought at first this would be hard on my lips but it isn’t..I apply lip balm right after, then my lipstick. Works a treat!
    Hope you have a good holiday with lots of good food, raucous laughter and even some time to put your feet up.

  2. December 22, 2014 / 5:53 am

    TWO great tips! Thanks girlfriends!

  3. December 22, 2014 / 6:36 am

    I just ordered some benefit eyeliner and mascara – I love their stuff. Will check out this little number, xo.

  4. Jacqueline
    December 22, 2014 / 6:38 am

    That’s interesting because benefit makes something called What’s up which is in a tube like a lipstick and its purpose is to add the glimmer and light to cheekbones etc. I always carry around Clarins Baume Beauté eclair. It’s a moisturizer but I use it during the day or in the evening (over make up etc) whenever I’m feeling droopy or need a lift. Your skin feels refreshed and renewed and it does give a glow. Got that tip from a beauty consultant and it works.
    Also I’m in love with Bobby Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer. I used it sometimes in lieu of foundation when I’m just around the house or under Bobby Brown’s Skin foundation (comes in a tube and applied lightly with a brush like a painter). For a woman of a certain age, heavy foundations are verboten. This is very light. I admit it took some time getting use to but now I’m a convert.

  5. December 22, 2014 / 8:22 am

    A couple of months I found a one minute face mask from Philosophy called “Purity made simple mask”. It stays on for a minute and adds a nice glow to my particularly tired skin this time of year. I am going to try the creme which I would never have because I agree…stay away from frosty make-up.
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  6. karen
    December 22, 2014 / 8:36 am

    Love this product! So fun to find new wonders out there…

  7. Pam
    December 22, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I discovered 2 new favorite items last year – 1. iT Cosmetics cream luminizer, added in strategic places on my face and 2. (don’t laugh) a product called Liptoxyl X3 by Kinetics Cosmetics.

    The luminizer mkes my 62 year old skin appear more healthy and vibrant, but not sparkly. I can no longer live without the Liptoxyl – it is the only product that keeps my lips completely moisturized, exfoliated and chap-free even in dry, cold weather. Also makes my lips look much younger as well. It has tremendous staying power.

  8. Sally
    December 22, 2014 / 9:22 am

    Ironically I just started using a similar product by Jane Iredale. I use very little of course but it makes me appear rested. The Jane Iredale product is also an eye shadow but I don’t use it as such. It’s very creamy. Nice addition to the make up bag! Happy Solstice!

  9. December 22, 2014 / 10:19 am

    Happy Holidays to you & yours. Have a wonderful break. So good to finally meet you this year, Susan.

  10. December 22, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Fantastic makeup tip! I would never on my own known how to use it, so I would not have tried. I will be ordering this right after Christmas! All the best to you and Happy Holidays! Rié

  11. December 22, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    What a coincidence! i asked my friend, a Mary Kay consultant, for a rose gold lip color and she suggested their rose gold eye powder. She dropped it off today. It looks very similar to the gorgeous color you’re featuring today. I was just planning to use it on my eyes, but now I’m excited to try your highlighting tip. Thank you!

  12. sosusam
    December 23, 2014 / 6:44 am

    Thanks for all of your wonderful posts and tips throughout the year…happy holidays!

  13. Sue Nations
    December 23, 2014 / 9:02 am

    Love the new look of the website. Subtle but jazzy upgrade! Merry Christmas!

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