10 Things on My Beauty and Accessory Wishlist for Spring for Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday

This week the Beauty Blogger Top Ten members are sharing our Top Ten Beauty and Accessory Items that we are dreaming of in anticipation of spring. I know it is technically spring on the calendar but as I look at the snow falling out my window it sure doesn’t feel like spring yet! I am all about embracing colour with the change of seasons and my choices will reflect that. Also my total lack of handbags leaves me always dreaming of finally picking up some beautiful pieces. Alas I know I am simply dreaming.

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  1. Kate Spade Holly Street – Jeanne Leather Tote in Giverny Blue ($428 US)
  2. Chantecaille Save the Bees Eye and Cheek Palette ($83 US)
  3. Bottega Veneta 49mm Retro Sunglasses ($365 US)
  4. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Pure Color Eye Palette ($60 US/$65 CAD)
  5. Coach Bleecker Mini Preston Satchel in Pebbled Leather in Sea Mist ($258 US)
  6. Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer ($64 US)
  7. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush ($52 US)
  8. Bobbi Brown Uber Pinks Illuminating Bronzing Powder  ($38 US)
  9. Roots Shirley Bag in Lord ($378 US)
  10. MARC by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo Bag in Banana Cream ($428 US)

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Makeup Wars | My Favourite Highlighters and Illuminating Products

This week the Makeup Wars members are sharing our favourite illuminating products. This is probably one of my favourite cosmetics categories for two reasons. Firstly I have very dry, dull skin and I need a lot of assistance in the glow department. Secondly I am very picky when it comes to products in this category so finding the right product is always a struggle for me. I guess I kind of enjoy the challenge and the subsequent joy and satisfaction of finding a product that meets my expectations. Why am I so picky? Well when it comes to highlighters and illuminators I do not like glitter. At all. Even shimmer is pushing it. I want the product to offer a natural glow and sheen without looking too sparkly. I want a refined finish.

Illuminating Primers – Give your complexion an all over glow with these illuminating primers. Some are quite sheer like the Burberry Fresh Glow and others more concentrated like the Dior Glow Maximizer.

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Dior Glow Maximizer ($42 CAD) has quite a strong golden glow. It can be mixed with your foundation to boost skin’s radiance, patted full strength on top of your makeup as a highlighter in light catching areas, or even used sparingly as a primer all over under foundation if you are in dire need of some radiance as I sometimes do.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – A sheer fluid with very fine champagne shimmer. An amazing primer.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose ($37 CAD) this opalescent pink translucent fluid feels hydrating and gives skin a lovely radiance. It feels really light and I adore the finish of the Rose shade. This is a new permanent product released with the spring collection and it also comes in Champagne and Peach.

NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15 ($38 CAD) has the benefit of light sun protection and it offers a very subtle, completely neutral, illumination to the skin.  It contains red algae to revitalize skin as well as Vitamins A, C, and E to ward off free radicals. It really works well as a base and feels very light, absorbing quickly into the skin.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator SPF25+ – This is an all over moisturizer/primer but is concentrated enough to be used as a spot highlighter as well. Pearl is more my shade but right now I only have a travel size of Opal that I use in my pro kit.

Liquid Highlighters – I love the ease of using a liquid highlighter. You can mix them into your foundation or skincare for a luminous glow or apply them to the high points of your face for a glow that blends right into your skin.

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility Highlighting Liquid – A opalescent pink highlighter that is highly pigmented.

Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer – I similar shade to Sea of Tranquility in a slightly sheerer finish.

Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter – A warm golden glow. A only have a sample size but this is such a great way to warm the complexion.

Highlighting Pens – I don’t find these really highlight or illuminate much but they work great for brightening up the under eye area and disguising shadows and bags.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 1 and 2

Cream Highlighters – Like liquids these blend in so naturally to the skin for a lit from within glow on the high points of your face.

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Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight – This is a sheer natural champagne shade with a refined glow. A favourite of many Edward Bess fans.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter – A similar champagne glow as the Edward Bess cream but in a more concentrated stick form.

Powder Highlighters – I find these are the kinds of highlighters are reach for most often as they just seem quicker and easier sometimes. It can be tricky to find ones that aren’t to sparkly and glittery for my taste. Here are some currently available ones that I adore.

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Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette – Don’t miss out on this amazing limited edition Spring 2014 highlighter. It has the most stunning champagne sheen and is an incredibly luxurious formula.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sweet to Touch Highlighting Powder – This more pink toned powder highlighter is incredibly refined, smooth, and naturally luminous.

Limited Edition Discontinued Powder Highlighter Favourites – Highlighters are often part of limited edition seasonal releases and here are some of my no longer available go to favourites.

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Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

Lancome Blush Highlighter Illuminating Powder in Rose Etincelle

MAC Play it Proper Beauty Powder

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Giorgio Armani Spring 2014 Effetto Nudo Belladonna Highlighting Face Palette | Photos, Swatches, Review

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Isn’t she beautiful? Upon first glance I thought this magnificent sheen must be emanating from a cream product. It just seemed so fluid almost. After capturing her virgin beauty on camera I reached out to touch her and was surprised to discover that the limited edition Giorgio Armani Effetto Nudo Belladonna Highlighting Palette ($70 CAD/$88 US) is indeed a powder. A new gel-based formula that is prepared using a cold-cast technique which melds immediately with its case, for a unique feel between powder and cream. It feels very dense in the compact with no powder kick up yet it feels light and silky to the touch.

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She almost seems to glow doesn’t she? As if lit from within? Will that etherial glow translate to my skin? Will I look too frosty? Too metallic? Too unnatural?

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I need not have worried. For the incredible sheen this highlighter gives should have made me realize that there would be no glitter. No inhuman looking large sparkles on my skin. Rather I would be bathed in a sheer wash of neutral champagne radiance thanks to the micro pearl technology. This Belladonna Lily flower embossed emblematic “Effetto Nudo” palette is designated to offer pure, nude, virtually  bare light for a “peau d’ange” effect. The powder can be applied on the face, décolleté or even as an eyeshadow.

See. Even swatched in direct sunlight there is no Edward Cullen effect:

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I just love Belledonna. She is far more natural looking than I could ever have dreamed. I like my highlighters to give me a subtle glow. A sheen more than a glittery sparkle. The Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette does just that. It can be built up for a more intense, more metallic sheen, but with normal application it is just, simply, wonderful.

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It comes housed in the unique tapered Armani black lacquered mirrored compact with a brush hidden beneath the powder.

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If you love highlighters but are very particular about them giving stunning yet natural glow, rather than glitter and sparkle, then you do not want to miss out on the limited edition Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette. Trust me!

Available in Canada as of February 2014 at Holt Renfrew and select Hudson’s Bay and Sephora locations.

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