Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bronzed in the Dead of Winter

Our First Christmas Tree

Sorry to have left you all hanging, but the holidays are a busy time around these parts. Having family in town has made it more exciting and memorable, but doesn't leave a lot of down time for blogging! We had an absolutely lovely Christmas--complete with food, drink, and antics from my 4-yr old nephew that would have you on the floor laughing and gasping for air. Right off the bat, the below sign was placed on his bedroom door.

I thought a little Christmas cheer on the nails would keep things upbeat--and no, I don't mean candycane or santa designs. But I did go the "different color finger" route, and slapped China Glaze's 2NITE on the ring fingers. I see it this way--red is the color of the season, while the holographic blue reminds me of the icy outdoors. A little over the top, I know.

One thing I've been forced to work on during this cold month, is a natural looking tan. I can't stand how sallow I appear as the sky becomes grey. Literally--with this color skin, I'm a fascinating shade of yellow. So to bronzers I turn. This month, I've been going a little nutso over Lancome's Star Bronzer in Bronze Terre. It had been on the mind for some time--but it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I actually picked it up. Lancome products are typically uninteresting to me, but as of late, there have been a few things that have grabbed my attention. This is an excellent bronzer. It has the very slightest shimmer--so slight, that it can be a tad comparable to Korres' Monoi bronzer. I appreciate it in compact form, as there is another version to be found in a brush (no thanks). Word is, they're discontinuing these compacts soon, so if you're a bronze fanatic like myself, get thee to a store quickly.

The other bronzer that has been keeping me happy is Too Faced's Snow Bunny. It came to me via an epic and ridiculously generous swap (next post), and for the last five days of ownership it has made its way to my face each day. Looking at it reminds me of neopolitan ice cream, and the shimmer is not intrusive at all. That must be something I dislike. Shimmer that feels intrusive.
If you've yet to test this gorgeous bronzer, these cold months provide the perfect time. It truly leaves you with a "just got off the slopes" kind of effect.

Is there a bronzer that's getting you through the Winter? What changes in your regimen as the weather changes?


CherriesinSyrup said...

Ahhhhh, the Too faced Snow Bunny is so pretty and, indeed reminded me of the neopolitan ice cream ( funny and cute at the same time). I bet it looks gorgeous, just pass the brush through all the "flavors" (lol) and apply, must be so pretty !!!

fantastic said...

@cherries in syrup: it does! i will do swatches later, but i just swirl the brush around in all of the colors--it's so nice!

Monika @ RocailleWrites said...

Both of these bronzers look absolutely fab! I'm a bit blah about my bronzers at the moment and have been sporting raspberry blush instead. Your Christmas tree is really beautiful! xxx

Tali said...

No girls allowed? lol! Love it!!

I love the wave design on the bronzer.. Your right lancome is so uninteresting to me.. but now that ive seen the review..........

Its a brand that reminds me of Elizabet Arden. SO boring to look at yet they have some phenominal products that you just have to look to find. Personally the EA brand's summer collcetions used to be my favourite thing.

Love the tree.. hope its the first of many in your home! xoxo

Muhsine Emin said...

awww that sign is so funny :) i havent tried either of those bronzers! X

Javy said...

lol at no girls allowed!! hahaha cooooties, ewww lol, those were the days of fun, no responsibilities or having to work, life consisting only of play time, nap time, and well time out! haha

im so glad youre enjoying the bronzer, its one of my faves so i had to pick one up for you :)
xoxo javy

fantastic said...

@rocaille: raspberry blush sounds appropriate for this weather--will give you that look that you have when you run in from the cold! xx

@tali: yea, he's a character. have you tried the new lancome loose translucent powder? elizabeth arden..that's where it all began! i used to have so much of her stuff..but we hardly get the interesting collections anymore. xxx

@muhsine: ah, bronzer would like them! that sign is him in a nutshell :) x

@scarlet empress: it's all because of youuuu!!! are you still wearing the smashbox one at times? xx

Anonymous said...

Soo glad you had a good Christmas!
I want that lancome bronzer, it looks delectable! Yum! Not joking! I had a sample of their star bronzer last summer and fell in love with its consistency.

Snow bunny is very neopolitan ice cream, totally, i stared at it trying to figure out what i reminded me ff till i read that part...

Awww... no girls allowed, adorable!! I'd storm straight in there and bear hug him!!

fantastic said...

@su-pah: which star bronzer did you get the sample of? i think you would like it..very subtle, but still offers color. i'm in his room now, and i just showed him the picture, and he can't stop laughing.

Tina A. said...

The tree is so cute! :) It must have made you feel christmassy (they shouldn't allow me to use that "word" anymore)!!! :)

But what made me have a closer look at my screen was your nail combination...WOW!!!! Who cares if it's a bit OTT (btw I 'm wearing gold/leopard nails atm, beat that haha), it's amazing!!!

Agreed about bronzers, they 're a necessity... all year round for my pale face! :) Good old Laguna never fails to deliver! :)


Anonymous said...

Hey, I did the "different color finger" thing for the holidays too. I did maroon and silver... WOW! Great minds think alike.

Tali said...

weird that you ask about translucent poweder. I ran out of my pressed powder. I know im getting some sort of powder from the sephora haul.. but i am on the lookout for a good mattifying setting powder.

fantastic said...

@tali: you go through powder quickly, huh? I was thinking of you the other day as I considered some mac blot powder...I couldn't remember if it broke me out! I'm looking forward to hearing what you get in your box from your mama!

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