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California Love in a Bottle: Benefit’s Sun Beam

I get particularly bummed during winter in New York. As a California girl, I crave sunlight pretty much year-round. Since living in Manhattan means overcast skies and minimal doses of vitamin D (plus very sad and unfortunate ashy skin), I’m always looking for something to perk up my complexion. This afternoon, Benefit’s Sun Beam highlighter landed on my desk, and I can’t tell you how elated I was. Hello, California sun-kissed glow in a bottle!

Unlike High Beam, which is a pearlized pink liquid, Sun Beam’s golden-hued formula gives a warm, radiant feel to skin. It’s perfect for cheeks, brows, and (I recently found out) the cupid’s bow area of your upper lip, where it gives your pucker a flattering glisten. My favorite part of Sun Beam, though, is that it’s so easy to just add a drop of bronzey-shimmer exactly where the sun would give you a hint of color—like my collarbones.

Unsurprisingly, this tiny bottle is finding its way into my makeup bag and won’t be leaving anytime soon.

—Candice

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