Another month has come and gone and I'm just over here testing some more clean makeup purchases. Last month, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a clean foundation - probably the single most item that terrified me about making this transition. Foundation is exactly what it's name implies - the foundation to it all. It takes up the biggest surface area and also tends to be one of the most expensive items to purchase. I was nervous that I would spend a lot of money on a product that I didn't really care for. I shared more about my thoughts in my April post, but I can quickly note here that after a month of using it, I am feeling pretty good about that pick.
For May, I wanted to keep building on the face and skin. Based on the way I apply my makeup, bronzer and highlighter felt like an obvious next step. Where to begin? I read this amazing post on A Beautiful Mess recommending some good natural bronzer options, but for some reason, my mind went immediately to the Pink House Natural Solutions glow sticks. I first heard about these a few months ago, and have since followed along, reading positive review after positive review. I wasn't sure I would love the stick format, but after some contemplation, I decided to just go for it. This whole process is all about experimenting and testing anyways, am I right?
Pink House Natural Solutions is a Canadian company - another reason they won my vote. They use all clean ingredients in their products. In fact, as I sit here and read the ingredient list on the side of these tubes - coconut oil, hemp seed oil, meadow foam oil, shea butter, organic beeswax, e-wax, reship extract, and mica - they are all ingredients I have heard of before and can actually pronounce. You can't get much cleaner than that. The products are not all vegan (with the inclusion of beeswax), but vegan is not necessarily a dictator for me on this journey. I just don't want products with nasty chemicals in them. These guys definitely pass the test.
I selected this glow stick to use as a highlighter. It offers a really soft and iridescent glow, without looking too bright. I've been streaking it across my cheek bones, brow bones, on my nose bridge, and cupids bow and using my finger to blend it in for a natural look. I wear it over top of my foundation, but I have read many reviews of people who wear it right on their bare skin. Even though it can help complete a full makeup look, it also could be used on a natural face to a little extra glow. It's really soft and barely there, but catches the light in the best way. I would definitely recommend this one, as it would definitely work on a variety of skin tones.
I selected this glow stick to use as a bronzer. It is way more pigmented than the highlighting glow stick I purchased, so I've learned that a little goes a long way. I streak it (lightly) under my cheek bones and blend out and down the sides of my face for a more natural look. I then swipe a little on my finger and blend along my hair line in the upper corners of my forehead. It definitely offers buildable pigmentation, so if you try it, I would recommend going for a lighter pass and blend, and then adding more as desired. The colour is beautiful. It is one of the lighter bronze tones that they offer, so it works well on my really light skin, but there are a few darker tones that would likely be more suited to if you have a tanned or darker skin tone. This could be used as a blush too, though I like to use a slightly pinker hue for my cheeks.
Above you can see the tones swiped on my hand. My hand it slightly more tanned than my face, but it gives you an idea of how the colours look against your skin. Once blended, they look really natural and do exactly as their name implies - giving you a beautiful, natural glow!
What do you think? I'd love to hear if you have any other recommendations for natural bronzer and highlighters - I still have over half a year to go!