Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Like A Cloud's Silver Lining in the OpenSky: Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight

*This post contains PR samples.
As much as I love browsing beauty stores and shopping, there's no denying that there's something fun and hedonistic about online shopping. I'll be honest ... there is an enjoyable sense of indulgence when shopping for cosmetics and clothing while wearing pajamas with my hair looking like a hot mess. Beyond the obvious relaxing and convenience factors, it's also exciting to leverage online shopping as a way to do research before buying or to learn about new brands. For this reason I love discovering new ways to shop, so when OpenSky contacted me about their exciting website I was naturally intrigued. If you're unfamiliar with OpenSky it's basically a combination of Pinterest, Etsy and your favorite beauty and or fashion websites. 

OpenSky's setup allows smaller independent brands to gain exposure while also offering big name brands from independent retailers. During the same browse you might discover a unique skin care company, and then find a product from a luxury brand you've been lusting after for months. Obviously this Pinterest/Etsy style hybrid is engaging and I've found myself spending quite a bit of time "screen shopping." While doing so I stumbled upon Kevyn Aucoin's Celestial Powder in Candlelight* a product I've been lusting after for months.  

Universally lauded as the most natural powder highlighter on the market, Candlelight* is a golden/champagne toned powder that blends out to an incredibly natural sheen. Equally as ideal for subtle application with a stippling or fan brush as for more heavy application with a dense blending brush, this highlighter looks natural on almost all skin tones. I've used this both lightly to highlight the tops of my cheekbones, and more heavily in the corners of my eyes or even as an eye shadow. 

As you can see from my (slightly shadowy) swatch below, Candlelight* adds a subtle dewy sheen when blended on my complexion. To say that the powder is finely milled is an understatement. None of my similarly toned powder highlighters even come close in terms of blendability and appearance once applied to my skin. Those of you that eschew chunky glitter should certainly consider Candlelight* a contender for the spot of most cherished highlighter in your collections. 

Kevyn Aucoin's Celestial Powder in Candlelight* is currently available at the B-Glowing storefront on OpenSky alongside brands such as Becca, Kai, RMS, Etat Libre d'Orange and many other big names. Rumor has it that new members receive 20% off (with a max redemption of $10) of their first purchase if you're interested in browsing yourself!

Have you tried Kevyn Aucoin's Celestial Powder in Candlelight* or had the opportunity to browse OpenSky?

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*This item was provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.