As a beauty editor, a large wallop of your writing is focused around new and exciting beauty products. It’s our job to showcase all of the exciting new gems in the cabinet, so that you lot are up to date and in the know and picking up what we’re putting down etc etc.
I don’t do so much of that anymore for a few reasons, one being that I firmly believe that too much choice is crippling. An excess of options has always paralysed me – like at the servo ice cream freezer, for example where I either A) buy four just in case, or B) retreat entirely and get Twisties instead. I can only IMAGINE how much more bewildering the cosmetic aisles are.
So, these days I am more severe in my ‘beauty edit’, whittling down all of the noise to a gentle, streamlined whisper. Yes, I write about FAR less product, and far less often, but the stuff I write about I really like, and have really used, and am happy to recommend to you, sweet reader. I can’t help feeling like that might be more useful.
Speaking of new prodz I really like and have really used and am happy to recommend to you…
1. An All-In-One Blush-Bronzer-Illuminator.
When I find a hybrid bronzer-blush-illuminator that actually is capable of doing all of these things without sacrificing the qualities of each, I get a bit of a shiver down my shallow little neck. And so it is that Jane Iredale Rose Dawn Bronzer has thieved my heart and lovingly spruced up my face. (Literally: you can use any of the shades anywhere on your face – cheeks, eyes, even brush onto lips and top with clear gloss.) I am confident it will suit any skin tone, with its spectrum of bronze, brick-plum, rose pink and pearly pale pink. Most of the time, I use a smallish blush brush for precision (within the compact and on my face) and lightly swirl on firstly the bronzer in my ‘3’ formation, then the blush on the apples of cheeks, then finally, I squish the brush so it’s a thin line, and apply some of the lightest, illuminating shade across the top of the cheekbones as highlighter. Gorgeous. Also, being a very high-quality mineral product, any one can wear this without fear of flare-up. Another benefit of being mineral it’s easy to build up, but is also very sheer so that you can wear it with just tinted moisturiser and you look smashing.
WARNING! It will break! It will crumble and smash! Put cotton balls in the lid to prevent this when travelling.