COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer

COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer in #120 Spices


  • Lightweight
  • Blendable matte color
  • Clean
  • Natural

My observations:

  • This product is definitely lightweight. Not only is the packaging light, but also the application. I swirl the blush brush around the compact to get all three colours and I get just the right amount of product to create a soft, natural look. This product is buildable without it looking chalky or harsh.
  • When looking at the compact, you can tell that the bronzer will be matte, which is perfect! When applied, it gives gorgeous finish without it looking chalky or dry.
  • Since there are three colours in one compact, this compact is very versatile. You can choose, one, two or all three colours depending on what look you want to achieve.
  •  Many people have commented saying my skin looks really soft and seamless. You can’t tell where the bronzer starts and stops as it blends very well into my skin.

This was definitely love at first sight and has been my go-to bronzer/blush for the last month.
I’m really happy that the product lives up to what it claims!

Price: $10.99
Size: 12 g (0.42 oz)



{Beauty Panel} How to Apply Bronzer

What do Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Lauren Conrad, and Jessica Alba all have in common? They all have a sun-kissed glow. Yes, they could have gone on vacation to Bali, Tahiti, or maybe just stepped outside their backyard to soak up some sun. But as we all may know, their signature look had the added touch of a bronzer a healthy way of adding a hint of sun without the harsh sun rays.

Not only do bronzers create a beautiful glow, but it is also great for contouring to make certain features slimmer (face or nose) or to help certain features stand out (cheek bones).
Because my skin tends to get a bit oily, I prefer using powder bronzers. My current fave is a popular one, “Hoola” by Benefit. Other bronzers on my rotation list are NARS “Laguna”and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in “Dark”. All of these bronzers are matte and not very orange as looking like a shimmery Oompa Loompa is not very flattering.
My skin is pretty tanned as it is. I like to add bronzer more for contouring my face, or shall I say my babyface (oh these cheeks!). Applying the bronzer with an angled contour powder brush or a small blush brush is my favourite tool to use.  Here I’m using a contour powder brush from Royal & Langnickel (BE13). 


  •  Choose a matte shade that is a shade or two darker than your natural skin colour.
  •  Suck in your cheeks to feel the hallow of your cheeks. This is where you should apply your bronzer to give your cheeks a slimmer look.
  • The angle of the application should be from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth use a brush handle or pencil as a guideline to create this angle. Begin the application from the top (close to your hair line) towards your mouth but stop once you reach the iris of your eye. You don’t want to make the bronzer strip way too long or else you lose the effect of contouring.
  • Don’t forget to always blend as you don’t want it to look like you have a bacon strip on your face!
  • Whenever you contour, you must always highlight. I like using “Soft And Gentle” by MAC.
  • In between the highlight and contour is where the blush should be applied.
  • You may also apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face (forehead, jaw line, etc.)

{Products used}:  

  • Benefit “Hoola” 
  • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft And Gentle” 
  • M.A.C Blush in “Dainty”

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{BlushPretty Photoshoot} Low-end or High-end?

When it comes to anything in general, people tend to get caught up in name brand items.
But what most of us sometimes disregard is, with name brand items, comes extra cost. Whether it’s a vehicle, purse, shoes, groceries, or make-up does expensive necessarily mean better?

In my opinion, when it comes to make-up, high-end (departmental) make-up doesn’t necessarily mean it trumps low-end, affordable, drug store brands. With low-end brands, the quality of the actual make-up could be just as good or even better. The only difference might be when we buy high-end make-up we are paying for better packaging, the ability to try before we buy,  and of course, the “name”.

Some of the BlushPretty (  make-up artists were put to the challenge of creating a high/low look. We had a theme (mine was Bronzy Beach Babe) and had to do one look with high-end products and one with low-end products.

High-end look: I used products such as MAC, NARS, Shiseido, Urban Decay, etc.
Low-end look: Elaine (, sales rep for Avon/mark, provided us with affordable products that anyone can use! !

Here are the two beautiful models. Have a look and let me know which one you think is the high-end look and which is the low-end look. Feel free to comment below or tweet it (@makeupbytess) . . .

Can you tell the difference?

Photo #1

Model: Stephanie
Creative Director: Stephanie Daga
Production Coordinator: Elaine Atkins
Photographer: Dimitris L.
Makeup: Tess Lopez
( //
Hair: Stephanie Daga
Jewellery: Maria Wing for Stella and Dot

Photo #2

Model: Melissa
Creative Director: Stephanie Daga
Production Coordinator: Elaine Atkins
Photographer: Rhommel Bernardino (
Makeup: Tess Lopez
Hair: Monica Dan Le
Jewellery: Maria Wing for Stella and Dot

I’ll post the products I used in another post! 🙂

Transitioning Your Skin Colour

Is your foundation too light for your skin???

How to transition your complexion from winter to summer . . .

I don’t know about you, but my skin has already gotten darker and my foundation does not match my current skin colour! The worse thing is, you definitely notice them in pictures and it looks really bad! My forehead is way darker than the rest of my face and you can see where the pale meets the dark….HORRIBLE!……

I’m sure many of you feel the same way, but I don’t want to spend a fortune on a new foundation . . . especially since I know that I will get even more tanned!

How to deal with it?

Buy a matte bronzer!
Buying a matte bronzer can easily transition your skin colour as your skin changes from light to dark. You may be at that stage where you don’t want to buy a new foundation colour just yet as you know you will get even darker!

You can:

  • Apply the matte bronzer like a powder. Apply it after you put on your current foundation. Although your current foundation is too light for you, it still acts as good coverage for your skin. So if you want, you can still apply it in certain areas of your face. That is why applying the bronzer around your face will give you more of a tanned complexion closely matching your current skin colour. If you don’t want to use your foundation and still want some coverage, you can use concealer.

Note: Use a MATTE bronzer ONLY if applying all over your face. You don’t want your face to look shimmery and shiney all over…your face will look too OILY!!

  • Apply the matte bronzer to define and contour your face to add dimension and shape.

Where to place it?
Wherever the sun hits your face first – bridge of nose, cheekbones, forehead, chin
Outter edges of your face

Lightly rotate your powder or blush brush in circles.

Ensure you get very close to your hairline.


Lightly brush your matte bronzer on your cheeks for a bit of colour.

An alternative is lightly brushing your matte bronzer on the hallows of your cheeks to contour your cheeks.

Neck & Chest

Lightly brush some of your matte bronzer on your neck and chest just to even out the colour a little.

Eyelids, Nose, and Chin

With the excess bronzer on your brush, just lightly go over your lids and nose to add some colour.

MATTE Bronzer Recommendations . . .

Mac – Mineralize Skinfinish (
(medium dark , dark, or deep dark)

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder (
Make-Up Artist 00 (matte golden tan)
Terracotta 3 (rich warm bronze)

Smashbox – Bronze Lights (
Suntan Matte

Dior – Dior Bronze Original Tan (
Healthy Tan 01 (soft peachy tan),
Honey Tan 02 (golden tan),
Amber Tan 03 (soft golden bronze)
Spicy Tan 04 (peachy bronze)

BONUS: Get a bronzer that has SPF to protect skin from UVA and UVB damage!!

You can find most of these products at Sephora ( or selected deparment stores.

If you are in Canada, you can also find these products in selected Shopper’s Drug Mart locations.

Advantages of matte bronzers:

  • good to even out entire complexion
  • gives you a natural looking tan
  • can be used to define and contour nose, cheeks, jawline, and forehead
  • good for oily skin; for all skin types – makes you look less greasy in the summer

Try not to get a bronzer that is too orange – it will make you look too unnatural and give you a fake tanned look. 😛

Now you will look naturally fresh, with a radiant glow…and most imporantly….you will have an EVEN TONE!!
Enjoy! Let me know if this helped 😀