Summer makeup collections usually feature golds, bronzes, bright corals or pinks — perfect colors to accompany a summertime tan. While it’s true that ladies with darker complexions (like your girl) scream a big ol’ “Woot-woot!” when companies release summery products in their preferred shades, light-skinned beauties may feel left out. Fear not, porcelain princesses, because this summer Estee Lauder’s got yo back. Their 2008 summer collection, “Bronze Goddess,” has three great products everyone can wear.
Bronze Goddess Sheer Lip Tint SPF 15 Lipstick
The limited edition Bronze Goddess Sheer Lip Tint SPF 15 lipstick ($25) looks dark in the tube, but don’t let that fool you. Applied, the color looks like a subtle watercolor bronze — just barely there at all — with a touch of shimmer. It should flatter most skin types, even if you’re on the lighter side.
I had a lunch date with El Hub today (over his lunch break) and didn’t want wear too much makeup (aka, I was too lazy to put on a full face!), so I used Bronze Goddess on my lips, a tinted moisturizer on my face and cream blush on my cheeks. Tres casual without looking too sloppy.
I like the texture of Bronze Goddess. It isn’t sticky, goopy or heavy, and on my lips it faintly smells of peach Jolly Ranchers (LOL). The gold and tortoise shell case may look too mature for some, but I think it’s classy and cute.
Blushing Goddess Pure Color Eyeshadow
The second product in the collection to really catch my eye was Blushing Goddess Pure Color Eyeshadow ($17.50). It delivers a soft peach-gold shimmer, and I can see the color looking fantastic on women of light or dark skin.
First, with a MAC 249 I applied MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl to my lids as a base before sweeping Blushing Goddess over the entire eye with a MAC 252. The result: a very subtle metallic glow.
Bronze Goddess Body Oil
Estee Lauder isn’t always viewed as a young, hip product line, but Bronze Goddess Body Oil ($29.50) is downright sexy. The frangrance contains notes of coconut, sandalwood, vanilla, mandarin, lemon and jasmine and reminds me of a secluded beach resort. Jetsetter Karen would wear this fragrance on her sexy self while sipping champagne on a yacht in Monte frickin’ Carlo. (In reality, I wore it in my apartment while sipping green tea, but hey, that’s cool too.)
I sprayed it on after my shower this morning. The oil took a lil’ bit of work to rub into my arms and legs (because it’s an oil, it doesn’t immediately evaporate), but the scent has lingered on my skin all day long, so it was well worth the effort.
The Bronze Goddess line features several other limited edition bronzers, lip glosses, nail polishes and eyeshadows ranging from $18-$49.50. Pop by your nearest Estee Lauder counter to check ’em out, or view the collection online at esteelauder.com.
Happy Friday, homie! I am feeling so very happy today. I slept in a little this morning, went for a run and then met El Hub for lunch. I was also able to catch up on some essential reality TV watching — namely, a few episodes of America’s Best Dance Crew.
In the last episode, the remaining competitors had to do a routine featuring the evolution of hip hop. It cracked me up to see dancers doing steps I did back in the eighth grade. Girl, don’t make me battle you! I can tear sh*t up with my Cabbage Patch, Wop and Kid n’ Play, LOL!
How was your Friday? Any exciting plans for the weekend? Let me know how you’ve been in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,