Shimmy Shimmer

So much has been happening that I don't think I even had time to read any blogs, let alone post on my own. I've just finished a reality show and am getting back into stills without delay.

And with the arrival of spring I am flooded with thoughts of beach shoots and other outdoorsy adventures.

My biggest asset on beach shoots is undoubtedly body shimmer....and when I say shimmer I mean a delicate frosting of golden sparkle that makes limbs look divine.
I don't want shine, but I do want a visible glow. With so many options out there it is often difficult to stick to just one option...and why should you?? I have several favourites, but find new options all the time.

I have, in the past, used the tube of Radiance Boosting Shimmer Lotion by Oh So Lovely. All good...but I was wondering what else is out there.

I've spotted something called Body Gloss by Palmer's; though I haven't seen it at my usual Clicks and Dischem stores. Will have to look harder.  Palmer's have had a good reputation for a very long time. I remember using their products way back in the nineties, and the only reason I chopped and changed was because I could. With so many new brands and products stuffed on our retail shelves, it usually takes me hours to move from aisle to aisle! So when it comes to deciding on the best products for any tv, feature or stills production, it not only depends on my budget, but mostly on what works best within the budget. I've often heard that a good makeup artist can work with anything. But I must add that a clever makeup artist will cut her 'process' time in half by purchasing really good products. So for me to work speedily in the makeup room, I depend on a kit full of efficient, quality products that make my life a whole lot easier.
And as much as I enjoy trying all that consumerism has to that I mean: shop till you drop! I will only spend my precious pennies when I feel it is wise to do so. So I test and test some more. I sample everything, and am certainly not shy about asking for samples to take home and play with. At the moment I am looking for lasting, high quality, intense shimmer body cream, lotion or spray. I prefer sprays because they are more hygienic and quick to apply. Often all that is needed is a kabuki brush to spread the shimmer when you get a splodge and not a spritz.

I've also spotted some fantastic glitter hair spray at my pro hair supplier. This, of course, will be stunning on a silky mane; but I have seen the light of the divine shimmer on my skin...yes! This could be it. We used it to our sheer delight on the recent Dare2Dance reality show, and simply could not get enough of the stuff... so I'll be going back for more as those beach shoots come rolling in. If you want to try it, visit your salon and ask them to order Biosense Glitter Spray. It's perfect for matric balls and New Year's Eve parties; and although designed for use on hair, when sprayed on skin it creates a fantastic Twilight-like skin effect...very cool.

There is another option. It is one I have yet to try, but like this DIY shimmer option I found on Beauty Bulletin. So...I will probably stock up on some loose shimmer shadow and simply add to a body lotion, or moisture gel. The more...the shimmerrier ;-)

The most ingenius option I found is the Tropitone shimmer sun protection! (pic coming soon) How cool is that!?! I spotted these when I went to get extra sunblock for our makeup trucks on the reality show. Now this is perfect for use on a beach shoot, or even if you just want sexy shimmery skin when you're wearing summer skimpies.
This summer I'll be sure to keep at least one bottle in my kit. They cost around R100 and offer a sun protection factor 40. Not bad at all. The product does need to be blended well to prevent that very white tint to the skin. But other than that I am certain you will love the delicate shimmer achieved.

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