As simple as it sounds, a little shimmer and shine can go a long way when you want to look fresh-faced and radiant in a flash.
I had this “Aha!” moment last weekend when I was getting ready to meet friends in the city for brunch.
I woke up late (purr usual) that morning, even with the extra hour from Daylight Savings (apparently, I need more sleep than a fairytale character), and I had less than 10 minutes to put on ye olde warpaint.
I grabbed Josie Maran’s new Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection ($34).
Every nifty nibble in this five-piece set contains Argan oil, the moisturizing magic ingredient in Josie’s makeup that’s supposed to make lines and wrinkles look less obvious.
The set includes…
- A 0.17-oz. tube of Argan Black Oil Mascara
- A 0.16-oz. tube of Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink
- A 0.16-oz. bottle of Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio de Rose Gold
- A 0.15-oz. bottle of Argan Illuminizer
- A 0.5-oz. bottle of 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
I hadn’t washed my makeup brushes since the last time I’d used them, so I ended up doing everything from start to finish using just my fingers. By the time I was done, I felt like I still looked like myself (I don’t like to wear a ton of makeup to Sunday brunch), but perkier…and more luminous, LOL! In other words, less likely to scowl at strangers on the street before I’ve had any coffee. 🙂
It was the shimmer and shine… They were responsible. The products all have differing levels, from the pearly finish of the eyeshadow to the glossy finish of the mascara. They tag-team to brighten eyes, while the sheen from the Pure Argan Oil Light (which I used all over my face as a moisturizer), the luster of the Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil and the shimmery Argan Illuminizer add a healthy glow to your skin, cheeks and lips.
Best of all, the pieces really work well together. That helps when you need to put together a look quickly.
The only things I used that didn’t come with the set are brow filler and under-eye concealer.
I’m thinking of making this my go-to brunch look (Is that a thing? Why not, right?), because I got a couple of compliments at brunch from dudes who know absolutely nothing about makeup, and that was before the mimosas kicked in.
Hey, Josie Maran… You’re doin’ it right. 🙂
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, available now at Sephora and sephora.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (I only wish the mascara looked a little more drag queen and a little less au naturel, but that’s a personal preference)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,