So I got a glamglow mega illuminating moisturizer sample in one of my Sephora boxes and I used it and was in love! It’s a priming moisturizer with some light shimmer/sheen in it and I was shocked I never thought of something like it before. I would use it before I applied my makeup and I loved the way it made my skin look! The moisturizer is $50 and while I loved the product I knew I could find a cheaper version of it. $50 is a lot for a makeup primer! I started brainstorming for ways to recreate it and the version I created is super spot on and 1/4 of the price!
To make my own version of the glamglow one I use a Trader Joes facial moisturizer which is $5.99 and Sephora highlight drops which are $14. The glamglow retails at $49 for 1.7 oz while the Trader joes moisturizer is 6oz and you just add the illuminator in depending on your preference. I hate math but bottomline mine is way cheaper and gives way more!!
I’m really happy with the way it turned out and it is super similar to the glamglow version! The only difference is it’s not as thick which I like because it’s still hydrating and I more suited to wear under makeup It also doesn’t have a smell which again is preference. The glamglow smells like creamsicles which I like but its also a very specific and strong scent!
I mix it on the back of my hand! I use a dime size amount of moisturizer so I have enough for my face/neck.
Next apply a pump of the illuminating drops! About a pea size amount because gimme lots of shimmer! This is preference!
Time to mix it together!
This is the glamglow version in the color nude glow. My version looks pretty similar!
Volia! Here is the finished product on my hand! Glow with shimmer.
This product is all about preference. You can use a different moisturizer, maybe one with SPF which I want to try next! For highlight I like a lighter, gold color because I think that goes best with my skin. But you can try this with a lighter, icy highlighter, maybe a pink one or a bronzier one. It’s all preference. If you have a container you can make a bigger amount and store it for faster use!
I’m super happy with how this turned out! I like it better than the glamglow because I feel like this one is more dramatic and I like not having a smell.
H&M Dress similar, similar. // Puma Fenty // Quay High Key sunglasses.
I got this t-shirt dress at H&M like 4 years ago and it is still a staple in my closet! Everyone needs a super easy t-shirt dress they can throw on with sneakers or sandals (depending on your style) and be done. It’s with it and full proof! This dress was honestly like $8 at H&M and the quality is shocking! It’s been washed many times and it hasn’t pilled or faded. It certainly hasn’t worn/washed like something from H&M. It’s super easy for the summer and everyone needs one!
Another month equals another beauty box. The Sephora play box this month seemed almost forgotten because Sephora always gives spoilers and has a tab for upcoming boxes and there was none of that! That being said, I’m overall pretty happy with what I got because last month’s was such a bummer I didn’t even blog about it! They usually come in a cloth drawstring bag and I love the new plastic envelope it came in this month!
Tocca Perfume: This has blood orange base scent so I gave it to my momma because she loves citrus perfume.
Skin Laundry Face Wash: The size of this is pretty good for a sample! It’s a foaming gentle cleanser. I used it last night and I liked it but its not like drop everything and go get it. It’s a basic, gentle cleanser. It foams well and I do like bubbles when I wash my face.
Belif Hungarian Water serum: This is a hydration serum and I’m a dry gal so I like it. It’s also Hungarian like me, which not sure how Hungarian water is more hydrating but I like it and I’ll go with it! So far, I’ve tried it for 2 nights and not so sure how good it is because I used it under a very thick moisturizer. My skin feels very hydrated for what it’s worth. I feel like I need to pull this out for the winter!
Rahua Hair Mask: This is supposed to be really good for dull and colored hair. I used this tonight and to my pleasure, my hair was smoother, less frizzy and softer when I blow dried it! I’m really happy with the results and my hair is very dry and damaged so that means a lot if I can see a noticeable difference. I would totally buy the full size. It has the best rosemary smell to it, too. 😍
Nudestix Lipstick: I love the idea of Nudestix!!! It’s all no makeup makeup which is my favorite. I ‘m so excited one of their products was in this month’s box. The lip color is dark, I would say more of a fall color but I’m excited to try it.
Trestique highlight: This showed up broken which was super annoying. I fixed it but still. The boxes always have highlighter which I have no complaints about! The consistency and color payoff of this one is super creamy and smooth. I really like it so far and am excited to try it on the face.
Becca x Chrissy Teigen glow palette.
I need to change the name of my blog from blackberries and sparkles to blackberries and highlighter. legit. Highlighter is one of my most favorite things, ever and I’m like gimme all of them. So first off, I LOVE Chrissy Teigen. I think she is so hilarious and ballsy. I love it! She also has the Asian mom/ white dad like me which makes me an even bigger fan. Becca highlighters I think are the best highlighters on the market in terms of consistency, glow, sheen and everything I want in a highlighter. I think they give the best glow while still applying smooth to the face. When I heard about this palette coming out I knew I HAD to own it because its two things I love having the greatest baby, ever.
The palette is super easy for makeup too because it has everything I need besides concealer and mascara. I love darker highlighters for a bronzier look. The rose gold shade is perfect for that and beach nectar is more pink which works great with the blush. The only thing is not so sure how pigmented the bronzer is. Still need to play with it more but its no where near as pigmented as the blushes and highlighters.
I love making lists and I always want something new so wishlists are my jam! I’m also home and happy as a clam. Barf my dumb rhymes. 😅
Lulu bra: bras are so uncomfty. this probably doesn’t do shit for support but its so cute.
Quay aviators: Quay makes the most humongous glasses and I’m over here like the bigger, the buggier the more I want them.
Stila magnificent metals eyeshadows: I love the idea of bronze, glitter eyeshadow and very minimal makeup with hair up. Summer glam.
Free People top: Love the sleeves and I love orange with a tan and lighter hair. 😉
Nudestix luminizer bronzer: Love the idea around this new brand. Very natural, on the go makeup.
Princess Polly Romper: UGH I love this romper.
Birkenstock white rubber: I like the rubber birks better because the normal ones give me blisters! And white makes you look hellllla tan.
Marc Jacobs bronzer: My obsession for bronzer maybe just maybe passed my obsession with highlighter.
Jen’s Pirate booty dress
This is my version of the summer dress: black, lace up and bell sleeves!!! I am in no way a flower print girl. I stay away from prints in general. UGH GUYS. I go home tomorrow and I am BEYOND ready. Get me tf home. please!! I have 3 more finals to get through. Please be fast. please. please. please.
Forever 21 bathing suit // Urban Outfitter shorts // Rachel Zoe sandals
I LOVE FLOWER CROWNS. My grandparents are Hawaiian and live on the big island so I asked them to send me one for my Island vibe weekend. They expedited it from Hawaii to Massachusetts! 😍 They are so sweet and I’m so grateful for it! It’s beautiful!! The correct Hawaiian name for them are haku leis. I got one for my high school graduation and I have never felt more confident, honestly! I was so excited to wear it this weekend because they make me feel so, so good!