So, those of you that have been with me for a while, know that I regualy stick my fingers up to the make up rules that we are all meant to follow. Despite being in my 40’s, I love a glitter eye, I love a bit of contour, and cream eyeshadows….. give me them by the bucket full. I think anyone, of any age, can wear what the flippin hell they like, and look bloody fabulous. We just wear it in a way that suits us.
Having said that, I know many of us ladies out of our 20’s, can feel a little bit scared of the dreaded highlighter. I think in part, this is because we have all seen the constant stream of Instagram gals with their mega watt strobe highlight, shining like a beacon. Well, as your self proclaimed Fairy-Glow-Mother, I would say cautiously, perhaps that degree of off the scale level of highlight should perhaps be left to the youngun’s. We could still wear the same products, just in a more subtle way. (unless your into that mega strobe, if thats your bag, glow on my beauties, glow on)
I personally, prefer a more subtle sheen, so I was intrigued and excited when the Personal Stylist and PR team at Intu Lakeside, arranged a VIP night with the Lancome girls from Boots, and an invite dropped into my inbox. The event was called An Evening With Lancome, and it was to introduce us to the new **Custom Highlight Drops that were recently launched by the brand.
On arrival, we were greeted with a very welcome glass of prosecco, spritzed with a waft of the gorgeous La vie Est Belle signature scent by Lancome, which I then bought as it is beautiful (full details here) and shown through to where the Lancome ladies were all set up. Two big tables full of products (love heart eyes emoji) were spread out in all their glory. Being the make up addict that I am, I was desperate to get over there and start playing, but I controlled myself! We were having a Lancome masterclass, so I knew I would get to see all the products in action. Cool your engines there Kerry, ease up….
We were introduced first to the Custom Highlight Drops. The idea of these drops, is that they can be used in multiple ways, to give you your desired level of glow and highlight. There are four colours available, Champagne,(silvery pink) Rose Glow, (pinky gold) Golden Glow (warm gold) and Bronze Glow (darkest of the four). You can see full details right here.
The suggested ways of using them that appealed to me were all probably more the natural ways to get my glow on. It was suggested to put a drop into your usual moisturiser and massage in to create a subtle, healthy glow, to add a couple of drops to your foundation base to create a dewy, glowing base, or to apply directly onto the areas of the skin that you would like to highlight, patting on with the fingers for a more subtle glow, or using a brush if you want to G.L.O.W. I have shown the swatch on my wrist because, yep, as is my rubbish technical knowledge, I still haven’t mastered taking photos of make up on my face without it washing out! 2108 goal right there………
I have been playing about with the drops since I got them, and I have so far tried all three methods. I really like mixing a couple of drops with my foundation and using it as a glowy base. When I use this method I finish with a dusting of setting powder over my forehead, nose and chin, (no one needs shiny skin there) and the overall look is one of healthy skin. I was also surprised to find that I really like a small amount of the drops patted over the high point of my cheek bones and a tiny bit on my brow bone. I thought I would find it to much, but its gorgeous. I showed this look on my Instagram stories and people complimented me on it, so, bonus! I think the colour that was recommended to me, (**Rose Glow), is probably perfect for my skin tone, so that helps.
The event continued with us being treated to a full make up masterclass by the fabulous Lancome Ladies, which was brilliant. Lots of hints and tips were shared, and we all agreed that we learnt something. I mean, we even did facial yoga! Yep, thats a thing and I personally, think we all looked amazing and beautiful, gurning away like a good’un………
Just as a side note – I was surprised to learn that Intu Lakeside offer a full, complimentry personal shopper service. I cannot believe I never knew this! The beautiful Carlene, lakeside’s stylist and personal shopper, was on hand at the event to tell us all about the service, as well as making us all feel so comfortable and at ease. She has such a warm, friendly personality that even the shyest and most unconfident of people cant fail to feel amazing with her. I have never been to see a stylist or personal shopper, (I know, I know, hard to believe with my pyjama chic vibe I have perfected, but that’s all my own styling people) but I felt so comfortable with Carlene, I am booking in. I will fill you all in on how that went another time. The team worked so hard to look after us all, it was a lovely night.
So, what do you think? My overall conclusion is that I think these drops are brilliant. The versatility of how they can be used is my biggest tick. I used the “in the foundation” method as a no make-up make-up look the other day, and even my youngest son said my skin looked good. From a critical, nearly 16 year old boy, that is a compliment!