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The Beauty Essential That Can Transform Your Entire Makeup Collection

From top left: the pièce de résistance in my beauty collection, stila’s sparkly all over shimmer liquid luminizer; a swipe of the luminizer in kitten; the stila goodies I transformed (complete with my high-tech blending aid—a paper dixie plate); the resulting creamy creation. 

I try (and love) plenty of beauty products but only a select few earn a permanent spot in my already crowded makeup bag. stila’s shimmery luminizer is one of the chosen ones. Being a total highlighter-fanatic, I’m very familiar with how a topnotch luminizer can simultaneously spotlight our best features and downplay beauty blemishes. This multipurpose highlighter does both those things, with the added bonus of coming in a delightfully light liquid formula that can be blended with all sort of products. 

I’ve been doing some experimenting and adding the shimmer to all sorts of products, from outdated lip gloss and matte foundations to dull eye shadows. I’ve been amazed about how just a few drops of luminizer can completely transform a product. Click through for my step-by-step guide to highlighter alchemy.

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Birchbox Pink: Flattering On Every Skin Tone

Working at Birchbox means that we get to do fun things like try out the latest new products, star in videos, and best of all: create custom lip gloss colors! We teamed up with Jouer to whip up a hot hot pink (what else would you expect?) to go in the December Birchboxes — so if you’re a subscriber, this is the time to do your happy dance and get excited.

But even though this shade looks crazy pink, it’s actually gorgeously sheer. You can slick on one coat for a pretty wash of color or build it up for more pigment. (Tip: If you want to punch it up, layer it over an opaque pink lipstick.) And to prove that it is a truly wearable hue — for everyone — we asked three staffers of varying skin tones to apply it and then snap a pic. Click through to see their photos and read what they had to say about the shade! 

Birchbox staffers Caroline, Jennie, and Bianca

"I love how subtle this shade is and how it’s extra moisturizing." —Caroline

"This is not a color I would usually pick out for myself, but it looks amazing on! It’s definitely my new fave." —Jennie

"I was really surprised by how sheer it is when I put it on, but I really like it. I will be wearing this all the time." —Bianca

Check out the rest of Jouer’s amazing products here.

Guest Blogger: Stila’s One-Shade-Fits-All Blush Now In Coral

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. While it started as a straightforward beauty blog two years ago, The Glossarie has become a full-on outlet for chicness of all kinds. This week, Lara shares five pretty products and ideas that add a little fun to her world.

My all-time favorite blush is Stila’s Custom Color, so I could not be more thrilled that they’ve expanded the line to include a gorgeous coral hue. The formula is user-friendly and while the original bright pink shade is universally flattering, I’ve shied away from it during the summer months because it just hasn’t seemed right for me when my skin has that sunny glow.

The new Custom Color Blush in Coral brings the perfect pop to cheeks and with its hint of golden shimmer, the shade perfectly compliments sun-kissed skin and warms up even those with fair complexions. Just be sure to use a light hand—you can always build up color as you go.

I’m in absolute lust with this blush and foresee it living in my beauty bag all year round. (Bonus: I have been dusting it on my eyelids as well—a fabulous Birchbox trick that I just can’t get enough of!)

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