Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Illamasqua Volt Illumine Oil
Illamasqua Volt Illumine Oil

Less Bronze, More Galactic

Illamasqua Volt Illumine Oil (£32.00 for 100ml) is the same lovely formula as Pulse, but it gives off a very different look. This look is less sun goddess and more moon goddess–it’s a mix of iridescent blue and violet and white shimmer. I think this would be especially beautiful on those with cooler skin tones, because it will really set them off. Less coconutty scent, more general tropics feel–again, doesn’t seem to linger on me.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you find golden body oils to be too unnatural on you, Volt may be a nice way to give you the same shimmer-sheen look with a more natural look.

AVAILABILITY: Illamasqua

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Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Illamasqua Pulse Illumine Oil
Illamasqua Pulse Illumine Oil

Go Golden Bronze!

Illamasqua Pulse Illumine Oil (£32.00 for 100ml) is a quick-drying, fast-absorbing golden bronze shimmer-sheen oil. This is an excellent product to use on legs and shoulders for an extra glow on a night out on the town. A little goes a long way, and I love that it dries down and still gives off that soft sheen but doesn’t feel oily or slick. The shimmer is subtle that it doesn’t look like you’ve bathed in body glitter, and it’s as natural as shimmer is ever going to look. There seems to be a very subtle coconutty scent, but it’s barely there and doesn’t linger for more than a few minutes on me.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love glowy, slightly sunkissed legs, I think you’d love Pulse. It’s not going to be a self-tanner or bronzer, but it is going to accentuate your natural tan and skin tone.

AVAILABILITY: Illamasqua

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Bronze Body Oil

MAC To the Beach Collection — Bronze Body Oil Review, Photos, Swatches

To the Beach certainly gives one many options for faux sunkissed skin. New to MAC (and limited edition, of course) is To the Beach Bronze Body Oil. This is, essentially, a body oil that dries down quickly with lots of bronze and golden shimmer suspended in it. In the swatch, you’ll see how one pump comes out, but then you’ll see how it gets blended out. I didn’t find it really added color to my skin tone (the inside of my arm being around NC20), but it does add some nice shimmer. I also didn’t detect any scent to it – no chemical-smell, nor is it distinctly fragranced with vanilla or the like.

I think this is nice for legs, arms, and shoulders when you’re going out on the town for a night. The shimmer itself is very thin and smooth, not at all gritty (it’s not glitter, it’s definitely of the shimmer variety!). It’s subtle–indoors, in my office, I don’t really notice anything, but when I go outside, it’s lovely. I don’t think this is a must-have, period, but for those who love products like these, I think it’s a good one.  Drying time is fast, and there is no greasy residue or slickness left behind.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009

NARS Mini Monoi Body Glow and Body Glow II Set ($35) contains 1 oz. sizes of each. The full-size (3.9 oz.) costs $59 each, so this is definitely a good value set–especially if all you’ve wanted to do is try it. Let me tell you, I’ve lusted after this set forever. There’s just something about it that has appealed to me, so I was really happy to snag the set at a mere $35 instead of $98 (a limited edition set of the full-size bottles).

Body Glow is the one that’s a warm, bronzy-gold color. It’s designed to accentuate your natural tan or give you a little extra glam for your gams. Body Glow II is Monoi de Tahiti oil in a lightweight formula that also helps moisturizer your skin and can be used daily.

First, let’s talk about Body Glow (the bronzy one). I wouldn’t classify it as a self-tanner, because it really doesn’t attempt to tan you for days at a time. It’s a bronzy oil that will warm your skin up with a little color and shimmer. What I love about it is that it dries quickly–you don’t have to walk around the house for a half hour to an hour before you can get dressed. Just be sure to wait though, because when it is wet, it can stain your clothes. The scent of the tropical oil lasts forever, and it’s definitely potent!

Body Glow II does sink in and absorb pretty quickly, and it leaves a nice sheen behind, so it can work as a daily moisturizer if you’re looking for one. I found that the scent of this one didn’t linger as long as Body Glow, and I really don’t have the foggiest idea as to why that is. Nevertheless, for those not looking for color but still want to draw attention to their legs, this isn’t a bad choice.

All in all, this set is great for summertime. It’s not really worth using during the wintertime, because there’s just not much time where you can show off your glowy parts, you know? For the price tag of the full size bottles, you better believe I want to show ‘em off! As far as usage goes, I think you can easily get these mini bottles to last through at least one summer, since you don’t need much per application.

I don’t think I will be repurchasing, though, because I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to monoi-scented products–this is the second product with “monoi” mentioned in it that’s caused me to sneeze up and down the hallway instantaneously. So unfortunately for me, I’ll have to pass on this, but hopefully you’ll give it a shot, for those of you blessed without allergies ;)