Happy Memorial Day! (if you live in the States that is) and I want to thank our military servicemen and servicewomen past and present for their heroism and dedication. Both my grandfathers served in the military (Army and Navy) so I truly appreciate everything they do and have done.
In true celebratory fashion, this also marks my 100th post! Wow. 100 posts seems like an awful lot. I am excited to have made it this far, and look forward to the next 100 posts with you girls! At this rate, that should be around my 1 year blogiversary, but we shall see! I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me, for reading, sharing personal stories and becoming friends. This has been an amazing journey and I am so grateful to be part of a community as diverse and extraordinary as the online beauty world, and thank you for letting me have a small part in it 🙂
Now that I’ve got the mushy stuff out of my system, let’s get on with it, shall we? I decided that I wanted to finally share my bronzer swatches with you guys, along with some more summery looks I have recently done. I have been saying I was going to post this for ages, but something else seemingly more “important” always came up. But no longer! Just in time for summer….
*PS- This post features a bit of link love to some of my favorite ladies in honor of my 100th post and their awesome support, I kept it relevant to the topic so if you don’t see your blog here, don’t fret. I still love you!
These bronzers all contain shimmer or a slight sheen to them. The most sparkly is the Milani one on the far left. The Loreal Glam Bronze one is a cherished item for me. I got it several years ago, and it was probably my first bronzer ever. It is the only bronzer I have ever hit pan on, and it’s almost gone sadly 🙁 All of these are lovely and each have a slightly different undertone to them. You can also see Bellilissimo Bronze featured in Rai of Glam Morena’s April Favorites post here.
A true summer FOTD. I am wearing Chanel Bronze Universel all over in lieu of foundation. I’ve also used MAC Chrome Yellow eyeshadow and Chromagraphic pencil along with Stila 24kt shadow on my eyes. For blush I popped on Milani Terra Sole bake Blush and I am wearing MAC Lovelorn on the lips with a dab of Philosophy Melon Daiquiri lipgloss. I was inspired by Yu of Let’s MakeuUp (see her post here) to do this FOTD and TiffanyD’s video on YT. I love it!
Again, I used Milani Terra Sole here, along with a bit of MAC Give Me Sun MSFN. For my eyes I used a new for Spring eyeshadow quad by Sonia Kashuk called Bronzed Beauty. I also used the green shadow on the lower lashline from my Victoria’s secret palette from last summer. I twitpic’d that palette here. On my lips I am wearing MAC Naked lipliner, MAC Ravishing and Korres Nude gloss
Again, all these shades are different in tone, but this time they are matte. The PF one has a slight sheen to it, but not noticeable really. My two clear favorites here are Give Me Sun and Terra Sole. I love them alone and paired together. My least favorite is Benefit Hoola. I just don’t care for it on me all that much. The Too Faced and Bourjois ones both smell of chocolate, the Too Faced having more of a cocoa scent and Bourjois being more sugary. Thanks to H at 25FLondon for sending me the Bourjois bronzer in a swap. You can also see the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer reviewed here by the lovely Ebru of Ebrushka’s Makeup Bag.
I used some of my newer Surf Baby items for this summery look. I am wearing Chanel Bronze Universel on my cheeks along with My Paradise Cheek Powder, MAC Hibiscus lipstick and Swell Baby Eyeshadows. Jacquelyn of FabDiva20 shows us her Surf Baby haul here and Kia of KillerLipgloss has some awesome swatches here as well.
My cheek color isn’t as apparent here, but can tell you it was definitely Terra Sole and a bit of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. I am wearing Lancome’s 5 color palette in Amethyst Glam along with the Ombre Magnetique in Ultra Lavande. I am wearing Lancome lipstick in Poodle Skirt with Juicy Tubes in Moulin Rose on my lips. Kayla of Beauty Charade did a lovely purple look here. Tara of Keeping Up With Me took a makeup class at Illamasqua and I love the pinky rose shade of lipstick she is wearing here.
Too Faced Aqua Bunny is a cream bronzer in the way of Bronze Universel (Soleil tan de Chanel) but it is darker, and water resistant. I really like the Aqua Bunny bronzer, especially in the summer for the water resistant formula and because it’s darker and suites my skintone better once I have a tan going. The Bronze Universel is lovely and a splurge because it isn’t cheap. But I adore the fragrance and texture. Dior Aurora wasn’t my idea, but after Tiffany from Will Work For Makeup posted here, Julie from Lil Lady’s Life posted here and Jessica from Getting Cheeky posted here about the wonders of this bronzer/blush in one I have to try it out. For those looking for a bit more dark version of Aurora, Delyteful speaks has recommended the Dior Sunset shade in her post here.
In the picture above I am wearing Dior Aurora along with Chanel’s bronzing base all over. The glow the camera is picking up is from my Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold, I am over the moon for that product! I am wearing Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense in Khaki Pulse lightly on the eyes and MAC Ever Hip with NYX Golden Pink lipgloss layered over. Jessica from Don’t Call Me Jessie has done some lovely FOTDs with Dior Aurora here.
That wraps up this welcome-to-summer and 100th post extravaganza. Although I know that officially summer doesn’t start til mid June, we all know that summer has arrived with blooms and sunshine and brightly colored lipsticks. Thanks again for your kindness and support, without my friends and readers this wouldn’t be anything worth doing!