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I’ve been using these all 4 in several months now and I find it so amazing.It gives your face a nice glow and can always use as an eye shadow … More reviews at the bottom 🙂

The good-stuff:

Sleek packaging
Lots of product
Both shades are very pretty
Soft texture, applies smoothly
Sheer but buildable

The low-down:

Pigmentation is average @ first swipe
The Golden Bronzer is suuuper shimmery

My take: Overall, I have to say that I really like these bronzers! After always saying how I want my skin to be whiter, I went out on a limb and decided to get these. And I am very pleased with my purchase! Both bronzers give a nice, healthy glow to my skin.

To start out with the cons, this bronzer is messy. It is powdery (not as powdery as the Natural Radiance Blusher- review coming soon) and gets the case all smudgy. Nothing too bothersome though, as it’s easy to clean. But because it is powdery, the texture is nice and smooth and applies evenly and easily.

Another thing to note, when I was doing the swatches, I noticed that each individual shade has only “average” pigmentation. The swatches above took about 3-4 times to get the color to show up. That being said, this is NOT a bad thing, because I would rather have a bronzer that is sheer and can be built up for more intensity, versus a bronzer that is really pigmented but super dark and hard to tone down!

As for the blended shades themselves, they show up on me just as you’d expect them to: Warm adds a nice touch of warmth to my skin; a nice healthy glow. And Golden is well… golden! It is suuuper shimmery, so you only need a little bit of this to give a nice, dewy highlight. Too much and you’ll end up looking like a disco ball. But this is also good because the product will last longer since you only need a little in one use. Now that I think about it, Golden is a lot more of a highlight powder for me than a bronzer. Well, I still think it would “warm up” lighter skintones rather nicely 😉 Warmth just adds a touch of color to my skin and is also great for contouring when I apply more. These products are also multi-purpose IMO, you can use the individual shades as eyeshadow colors or highlight colors!

Would I repurchase/recommend?: I don’t see myself repurchasing this anytime soon, but only because there is so much product! It will last me a long time. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who wants to try out some inexpensive, good bronzers. I think Golden might look better on lighter skintones rather than dark, because when I put too much on myself, it starts to look a bit ashy (and I don’t think my skin is that tan). I think Warmth would be good for both light and dark skintones because it adds a nice, sunkissed glow. Anyway, if you don’t like how it looks as a bronzer on you, you can always make use of it as eyeshadow!

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“Mommy, Somebody Needs You.”

by Megan Minneman Morton

Ever since we brought our new daughter home, her older brothers have been the first to tell me when she is crying, whimpering, or smelling a little suspicious.  “Somebody needs you,” they say.  I have no idea how this little saying started, but at first it sort of annoyed me.  I could be enjoying a quick shower… “Mommy, somebody needs you.  The baby is crying.”  Or, sitting down for a second, quite aware that the baby was beginning to stir from a nap…. “Mama, somebody needs you!”  Okay!  I get it already!  And not to mention that the newborn’s needs pale in comparison to the needs of 2 little boys.  Somebody always needs a snack, a band-aid, a different sock, ice cubes in their water, a NEW Paw Patrol, a stream of snot wiped, a hug, a story, a kiss.  Some days never seem to end, and the…

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An Open Letter to Jennifer Lawrence (from a concerned fellow 23-year-old)

Sass & Balderdash

Dear Jen,

Do you mind if I call you Jen? You’re so candid in all of your interviews that calling you Jennifer feels too formal, but I can’t use the name Jenny without thinking of “Jenny from the Block” (thanks a lot J.Lo). If you want my honest opinion, I think Jenna is probably the moniker that suits you the best, but that’s kind of a niche nickname, so I’m sticking with Jen. I guess it really doesn’t matter, because this letter has nothing to do with your name or what you like to be called, but I was hoping to capture your attention so you would really hear what I’m about to say to you:

It is not normal for a 23-year-old woman to fall down so much.

As a fellow 23-year-old, albeit one who has not won an Oscar or the hearts of countless devoted fans, I speak from…

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Dressed to the Nines and Grinning Like Nine-Year-Olds

apprentice, never master

Last night, hundreds of people gathered in tuxedos and gowns to celebrate the best films this year had to offer. For the next week, the media will offer us opinions on those tuxedos and gowns, on hair and make-up, jewelry and style, with some side comments about who won what. I will ignore most of that, despite having watched all ninety minutes of the red carpet coverage, and all three and half hours of the award show itself.

Because – despite thinking a certain blue gown was stunning, despite enjoying the prevalence of bow-ties, despite laughing with the sudden appearance of a pair of ruby-red slippers – the things that stood out most to me were the smiles, the breathless attempts to squeeze two hundred names into forty seconds, grins so wide their faces can barely contain them, shaking fingers holding tight to prepared speeches, literal jumps for joy.

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Is Behavioral Economics the Past or the Future?

A must read…

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There are fads in every field.  As Heidi Klum would say “one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.”  Economics is not an exception.  Trendy topics come and go.  At any moment, it’s difficult to tell whether the current hot topic is here to stay or whether it is simply enjoying the academic equivalent of Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame.

When I was getting my Ph.D, behavioral economics was absolutely the hot topic.  To hear some people talk, behavioral economics promised to revolutionize macroeconomics, finance … basically every corner of the field.  Today however, it’s not clear at all what the future has in store for behavioral.

I think the reason behavioral economics was originally so intriguing was that it undercut the basic principles that govern standard economic analysis.  The basic organizing philosophy in economics is that allocations are guided by self-interest.  Or, the way economists…

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Love from First Grade and Prison

Who doesn’t know what puppy love is ?

Not a Day Over 45

As I was grading papers this afternoon, I found an artfully decorated love note on the back of an assignment.

“Dear Ava,

I really really like you. You have pretty eyes. You have some hair and a nice family. I have a friend and her name is Ava.

Love, Rogan”

My heart melted. What a beautiful expression of love. Years ago, in a whole other life, I worked as a paralegal in a law office. As I was clearing out some old files, I found a collection of also artfully decorated love letters. From prison.

“Dear Tammy,

I love you. I am still in prison. Thanks to you, you f@&#ing bitch. I need $20 for cigarettes. Come see me. And bring me $20. For cigarettes.

Love, Wayne”

My heart melted. What a beautiful expression of love. Of cigarettes.

All this thinking about love notes made me yearn for one from…

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