For an awake "hello world" look, bright eyes and radiant skin are a must. Highlighters come in many forms and when applied just so can turn a dull complexion into something luminous. Two of my favorite cream highlighters are Modern Minerals and Erzulie...they put the check in the radiant skin box. However, I've still always been on the search for a powder highlighter, because well sometimes a girl's just gotta have a powder. Thankfully, a beautiful duo of powder highlighters landed on my doorstep, and I've now put an end to the search (keep reading for a 15% off coupon code). One the other end of the coin, acheiving awake eyes is a combo of concealer and brightener, at least for me...and finding the right products had proven to be a dubious task. My go to concealer is Erzulie, but a brightener...never had I found one I just loved...until the Indie Beauty Expo.
Attending the iBE in May I had the pleasure to meet, Mary Ellen, from IAmGreenMinded.com Her sweet demeanor and passion for her company really stood out so I knew I had to see what IAmGreenMinded.com was about. Focusing on ingredients that have zero pore clogging abilities (which is perfect for acne prone skin) she formulates amazing makeups to brighten any beauty routine. Plus, each and every ingredient is clean as a whistle throughout the entire brand. When I spoke with Mary Ellen she mentioned her Bright Eyes Under Eye Brightener and the rave reviews it had been receiving. A month and few emails later that Bright Eyes was mine, along with the suprise of those legit powder highlighters I mentioned.
Freshly launched, IAmGreenMinded.com, puts the wow in highlighters. Coming in a loose powder form these babies highlight like a champ. They are both very concentrated and just a small amount is needed to get a highlighting effect. Perfect for anywhere you want highlighting on your face…I am loving them on the collar bone as well.
Be careful, as with any highlighter, to not over apply for risk of looking like an iridescent monstrosity. Because these highlighters are so concentrated I did find it easy to over apply. My favorite way is with a foundation brush and then blend out with a loose blush brush. However, if the correct amount is used iamgreenminded.com's Strobing Highlighters give a beautiful luminous glow to the skin.
There are four Strobing Highlighter colors, two of which I have. The Golden Strobing Highlighter is for warm skin tones. It has a yellow undertone and blends to a beautiful gold. The Peach Strobing Highlighter is for neutral toned skin but also works nicely with my warm skin tone. It has a very light..you guessed it…peach color and blends to a slightly rosy tone.
Both colors are great to have on hand as I choose the color depending on my makeup pallet that day. You can get your glow on here, where they sell for $16.
Bright Eyes-Under Eye Brightener
A brand favorite that's wildly popular amongst customers I could not wait to get my hands on this eye brightener...because who doesn't need a bit of that right?
First off I love that this is a powder and not cream, because it acts as a finishing powder for my concealer and brightener in one...hooray for multitasking. Next, the powder is not drying in any way, although it does crease some by the end of the day. This formula isn’t just a blend of micas and oxides like many brighteners, it also contains a fusion of botanical that work on the eye area at the cellular level to boost brightness and reduce dark circles. Hurrah!! Green tea, horse chestnut, licorice, sea buckthorn and others combine to combat dark circles in the long term so eventually less of the product is needed. Total genius!
I'm thrilled with the amazing brightening effects this little peachy tub provides. I’ve had dark circles since I was a teen and Bright Eyes is the best under-eye brightener I've tried…and I’ve tried plenty. I plan to use Bright Eyes and repurchase it over and over, until the end of time. Period.
I will say that I think that this brightener would only work on light to medium light skin, it's light color would probably look strange on darker skin tones.
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