Being a Michigan girl, anyone who lives here knows the sun goes away for a long time in the winter months. I seriously start feeling like a bear in hibernation. The worst part about it is I not only feel sun deprived but, wow, do I look sun deprived! It was this very reason that led me down the path to enlightenment, literally. I dived into the wonderful world of bronzers and never went back. I use it year round, but especially during these dark months, and it’s helped me to look sun kissed, vibrant and, most importantly, alive.
So when, to my delight, I had the opportunity to try L.A. based, beauty guru, Julie Hewett’s Ora Mineral Bronzer in Aphrodite ($30), I couldn’t have been happier! I mean, who wouldn’t want to resemble the Greek Goddess of love, beauty and desire? Julie Hewett’s cosmetics have been fan favorites here at wht, and who could blame us? With sleek packaging, natural ingredients, and a beautiful color palate, what’s not to love?
One of the first things I noticed about this bronzer was the size. I don’t know about all of you, but the bronzers I’ve bought in the past tend to be a little skimpy on product and hefty on plastic packaging. You’ll be happy to know that Julie Hewett’s bronzer is packed full of product, in a gorgeous mirrored compact. Even the adorable little signature JHLA black box it comes in will make you feel like your opening a present. And a big present at that.
I’m sure many of you have also discovered that finding the right color ratio for a bronzer can be a seriously difficult task. I’ve used a lot of bronzers, and they either tend to be too dark, too light, or have way too much shimmer. Through the use of light reflecting minerals, Aphrodite has captured a beautiful blend of color; a medium tone bronze, with a pretty gold shimmer, but finely ground so it gives a nice glow without looking too glittery.
You will love how soft and powdery this bronzer feels, and how much pigment it contains. With JH’s Bronzer, a little really goes a long way! It glides on well (I tend to find the bigger brushes work better for bronzer application) and is very easy to work with.
If you don’t want the shimmer, or think Aphrodite might be too glamorous for everyday use, Julie Hewett also makes this bronzer in two matte colors, Bronze and Sun, which will give you a more subtle effect. JH also lets us in on a little secret…Sun actually works great on MEN for a slightly bronze or sculpted look. So say goodbye to your pale male companions.
What’s the final verdict on this? Well, I think Julie Hewett’s Ora Mineral Bronzer may just have to find a home in my routine. The price point is comparable to other bronzers and the texture, color, and amount of shimmer are true stand outs. So, to those of you out there who avoid bronzer like the plague, I’m telling you, with the right amount, in the right spots, it will give you a healthy glow you’ll barely know is there. Your makeup will look better, your face healthier, and you’ll get away from the dullness winter months can create. Step into the light, you won’t regret it!
What did those of you lucky enough to get this bronzer think? Are you glowing like a goddess? And for the rest of you, what are your thoughts? To bronze or not to bronze… that is the question.[ratings]
Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.
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