The 'Bronzed Goddess' Duo

Maybe it's just a situation of wanting what I don't have, but lately I've been all about products that will give me not only a glow, but a bronzy glow at that. My skin is neither naturally glowy nor bronze, but why shouldn't I get to pretend I just came back from a tropical vacation? (Let's just ignore the fact that I just got back from a week at the beach and have no tan whatsoever to show for it). 

I've spoken already about my love for the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer (here), and the Glossier Haloscope in Topaz (here), but lately I've found the true key is in layering these two products. 

Right to Left: Milk Bronzer, Glossier Haloscope, Haloscope layered over the Milk Bronzer

Right to Left: Milk Bronzer, Glossier Haloscope, Haloscope layered over the Milk Bronzer

I love a good stick product. They're just so easy to use, which really appeals to me when it's such a struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Anything that's quick and easy is a win for me. I love how creamy the Milk Makeup bronzer is - I just stripe a little bit just under my cheekbones and blend it out. As you can see from the swatch above, it's just the perfect shade. When blended out it becomes a bit warmer, but not so much that it turns orange (which is always a concern for me). The Glossier Haloscopes are pretty much my favorite highlighters, and I was searching for ways to use the shade Topaz after I ordered it knowing it wouldn't work as a traditional highlighter on my skintone. One day I happened to stripe it on over the top of the Milk bronzer before blending, and it was basically a magical discovery. The Milk bronzer, although matte, already looks quite fresh on the skin because of its creamy texture, but adding the golden sheen from the Topaz Haloscope makes it so much better. It really looks like I've been laying out on the beach all day. It catches the light in the most natural way, and the golden tones of Topaz really amp up the bronzing capabilities of the Milk bronzer. I used to get comments almost every day about how tired I look, but since starting to use this combo I haven't heard it once (so maybe people were just trying to say I looked too pale?). So that's progress I guess.

What's your favorite bronzer? And do you have any products you love combining?