Top 5 || Highlighters

As a beauty blogger I have built up quite a large make up collection over the years (always a good excuse for over spending) in particular, highlighters. My addiction for highlighters is pretty intense, they’re probably the first product I check out when shopping online or in store. The strobing effect (a fancy word for highlight) has been in full swing over the past few months. Today I want to share my top five favourites with all of you, it was a hard decision trying to narrow it down to just five. I definitely prefer a more rose gold, pink shade highlighter with warm undertones. I try to branch out but I just find these shades work best with my skin tone.

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Hourglass: The mother of all lighting palettes, this little trio has changed my life. I absolutely love Hourglass and I was so excited when I purchased this at Sephora when I was in Boston. Not only is it perfect for travelling but it sets, highlights and bronzes my face without caking. I know it’s a little pricey for some but I personally think that it is well worth the investment. It’s hard to hit pan with these as you can see from the photo. It will last you for years therefore you will never waste money on something expensive that runs out fast.

The Balm: I think this Mary Lou Manizer highlighter was one of my first back in the day. I bought it from Feel Unique but I think you can now buy this brand in selected Debenhams. If you’re looking for a striking highlight with intense pigmentation then this is the one for you. It’s more of a vanilla shade that can be great for most skin tones however if you have a tan I find that this can look too white on the skin. I use this when I’m going for that all out strobe effect and want to add a serious glow to my look. It’s different from my other ones but I just love how buttery it is. It’s also great for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes and brow bone.

M.A.C: Every girl on the planet is bound to have a highlighter from these make up giants in their collection. I would classify M.A.C as more of a high street brand so it is perfect for those of you who are just starting out and building up their collection. Titled Soft & Gentle it really is a naturally glowing product. This is the highlight that I wear on a daily basis as it is incredibly universal and long lasting. I apply it to my cheekbones, cupids bow, chin and brow bone for a subtle yet pretty glow.

Kevyn Aucoin: Definitely more of a splurge purchase, this delicate and dreamy product is one for the books. It is a high end brand therefore it comes with an expensive price tag. I save this beauty for special occasions after seeing it on Jaclyn Hill’s channel. It blends like an absolute dream and is perfectly pocket size. I have seen a lot of UK bloggers loving the Candlelight shade but I just prefer this pink toned product. Again it has a strong pigmentation and less is definitely more with this highlighter, I just apply this one to my cheekbones.

Laura Mercier: This next shade goes to a new level with this fabulous highligher. I love all things rose gold so it’s only natural that I invested in some make up. It is a work of art and definitely one for the collection. I think it might have been a limited edition, I’m not entirely sure but it was my go to product during the summer months. The detailing on the product is magnificent and makes it all the more appealing. Again as this is heavily pigmented, I only put this along the tops of my cheekbones and a tiny amount on my browbone.

The brands I love are mainly high end but that’s just a personal preference. I haven’t really came across any drugstore highlighters that are greatly pigmented or have long lasting power. However I am definitely open for suggestions so please feel free to leave me a comment below or on my Instagram.

Hope you all have a fab weekend! See you in my next post.

Nx

Jaclyn Hill x Champagne Pop

The time has come for me to share one of my most exciting and highly sought after make up product. I’ve have been waiting patiently to get my hands on Jaclyn Hill’s magnificent highlighter in the shade, Champagne Pop. Her collaboration with Becca Cosmetics has been the talk of the beauty industry, in particular us bloggers.

I was lucky to have a family member bring it home for me from NYC. I was like a child on Christmas morning opening the highlighter, it’s just so beautiful. Becca are kown for their fabulous shimmering skin perfectors Opal and Moonstone. They’re incredibly pigmented and so buttery when applying, less is more with this product however if you want a full effect glow, then apply what you feel is best.

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It’s a fabulous rose gold shade with soft speckles of shimmer throughout it. Like I’ve previously said, less is more with this product. Therefore I can’t ever see myself hitting pan with this beauty. I apply it to the cheekbones and high points of my face. As always, I find it a multi use product. It can be used as an eyeshadow base, centre piece colour or inner corner highlighter. With light inducing products I also add a touch of the product to my collar bones to emphasize them and give off a summer glow all year round.

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When you typical see a shade like this one, you automatically think summer but I’m looking forward to using it during the A/W season. It will be the perfect product for giving me a warm glow during the cold months especially as I won’t have much of a tan. It would also be the perfect shade to wear across your entire lid if you’re opting for a bold lip. A light hint of colour would help compliment your lips and a touch of sparkle never hurt anyone!

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Happy Friday, lovelies! Hope you all have a great weekend. See all of you in my next post.

Nx

Best of NARS

Over the past few year’s, NARS has fast become one of my favourite brands. The shades, pigmentation and packaging is enough to give me butterflies and I have managed to build up a pretty nice collection of products. I purchased my very first NARS product a few years ago when I was in New York City. It was my first time popping my Sephora cherry and I treated myself to a gorgeous lipstick. Since then, particularly with being a blogger, I have spent my well earned pennies snapping up the best that NARS has to offer.

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I have a nice little niche of products to run through with all of you today so lets get down to business. From pretty palettes to sheer gold heaven, they have become essential products within my daily make up routine. By the way, this is a lengthy post so go grab a cup of tea to sip over!

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Eyes:

Palette:

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I’m going to kick start things with my gorgeous eyeshadow palette that I got when I was in Boston. It’s their ‘And God Created The Woman’ collection that I always find myself reaching for time and time again. The palette consists of six shades that are perfect for creating a simple everyday look or bold dramatic smoky eye for nighttime. What I love most about this product is how convenient it is for travelling with. It is such a small and compact little palette with the essential shades for creating multiple looks. If I want to add a strong pop of colour and incorporate a metallic effect, I simply spray some of my MAC Fix + onto a flat brush (I use the MAC 242 style) and load it onto my lid. It’s an amazing tip for really transforming your make up.

Pencil:

A few week’s ago I also picked up my first ever cream shadow pencil. It’s from their latest collection and they are incredibly dreamy and creamy. I opted for the shade, Iraklion and it is a magnificent mauve colour (I’m not the best at describing things and due to the lighting, it makes it look more of a champagne shade that a mauve purple), that makes a great everyday shadow, highlighter or you can add it as a transition shade as part of a smoky eye. Again, just like the palette it is excellent for carrying in your bag when you’re on the go. I actually tend to use this type of pencil and colour as a base coat for applying a more vibrant shade like a rusted gold foil eyeshadow. You can use it as you like, that’s what makes it all the more appealing.

Face:

Foundation:

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I can’t believe I’m saying this but I didn’t jump on the Sheer Glow band wagon until two week’s ago. Over the past few years of blogging, I have seen numerous beauty bloggers and You Tubers swear by it. It definitely took me a while to actually go out and get matched up, I don’t know about any of you but I absolutely hate shopping for foundation. I find the entire process so stressful as I can’t find my perfect match or the correct coverage. I like a soft glow shade and medium to full coverage when it comes to my foundations however I’m hoping that once certain areas of my skin improve, to go for a more natural and sheer product. Yes, the foundation is called Sheer Glow but it actually is a medium coverage that looks beautifully natural and so lightweight it is an absolute dream to wear. My previous foundations have always felt so caked on and congested my skin so I really enjoy wearing the Sheer Glow. I will say that if you have any pigmentation or blemishes on your skin, you will need to prime and conceal those areas as the foundation is not enough to cover them.

Powder: Loose/Pressed:

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I was very lucky to spend an afternoon at Space NK as part of their NARS masterclass with international MUA, Benoit Dumont. I learnt so many tips and tricks regarding make up, the actual application (not as simple as it sounds) and even how your skincare can effect the entire make up process. It was after the class that Benoit recommended some products for my skin type and gave me some personal tips on how to contour and highlight my face (I was dying to know the correct way) as I have often questioned the best way to work with my face shape, the good old oval style. One product that I got was the ever popular Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder – a cult classic within the beauty industry. I have the loose version of this but I much prefer the pressed powder because I personally think it works a lot better with my skin type. It doesn’t cake my make up or gather in certain areas which is a major bonus for me. I’ve seen and heard of various bloggers and people swear by it as an undereye setting powder for their concealer but unfortunately I have to avoid that as it ages my eyes so bad. For those of you who find their concealer creasing or make up moving, I would definitely suggest this little beauty.

Cheeks:

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Blush/Bronzer:

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I can be real funny when it comes to wearing blusher, I have my bible blushes that I swear by that are pretty much from the same colour palette but I don’t often branch out. During the year I was very kindly gifted the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette (It was a limited edition product so I’m not sure if it is still available) that includes five shades Laguna Bronzing Powder, Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, Deep Throat Blush, Sex Fantasy Blush- limited edition and Final Cut Blush – limited edition. For those of you beauty bloggers who love a good NARS product, I’m sure you’re all aware that the Laguna Bronzer is an iconic product that is an essential part of your make up collection.

Highlight:

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If there is one product that I could never live without it is the breathtaking highlighter. It is in my opinion thee best invention that has continued to be a cult classic within my make up collection. I have a massive collection (even if I do say so myself) that I swear by and this NARS beauty that is an absolute must have. The bold name and liquid base of Orgasm is a great way to highlight the high points of your face and even your body if you want to branch out. I tend to use this product more when I’m on holiday, I find it really compliments my tan and gives me that beautiful sun kissed glow. You can even mix it with your foundation and apply it with a stippling brush for a dewy and illuminating finish.

Lips:

Lipstick:

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I do love a good nude lipstick and when I was in Sephora I stocked up on my favourite shade, Brigitte. It is a beautiful creamy product with a gorgeous satin finish that I paid with a similar coloured lip pencil or on its own if I want something more natural. The detailing on NARS products are so personal, it also makes me not want to use the lipstick for worry of ruining it. It is pretty long lasting although I find myself reaching for a touch up just because I love re-applying lipsticks (It’s one of my weird qualities!).

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Pencil:

I first saw this lipstick pencil on Vivianna Does Make Up and her You Tube channel. It is my ultimate shade for the autumn/winter season and I absolutely adore it. The texture is a dream to wear and it is pretty long lasting. Plus it makes my teeth look whiter which is an added bonus. It is their Satin Lip Pencil in the shade, Palais Royal. It’s quite a deep burgundy colour that is just stunning. With the satin finish it glides on beautifully and doesn’t require much prep regarding lip liners. I do always wear a lip primer before applying any products however with this pencil I can simply wear it with my primer and still have full coverage look.

Brushes:

Contour:

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For those of you who love a good contoured look, this brush is a must have for you. The iconic Ita Kabuki scultped brush is another essential item for your make up collection. It is the best for chiseling your face and creating some fabulous cheekbones. It is quite a pricey product but worth every penny in my opinion. I have seen You Tube wonders, Jaclyn Hill and Beauty Life Michelle use it religiously in their videos and the brush has helped them to create a bold and beautiful contour look. I have only used it a handful of times but this was recommended to me by, Benoit. If it is a personal favourite of his then it will certainly become a personal favourite of mine. I’ve only used it a little to practice with but on mg next night out I really want to work it into my look.

Eyes:

When I purchased the eyeshadow palette, it also included a mini brush for applying and blending product. It is a sort of multipurpose brush that is great it you are creating a simple look or you can use it clean to help blend out a dramatic eye. It’s so soft to use and is a dream to use. Again, if you travel then this little baby will become your best friend for packing light. To be honest, for a brush that is free with a palette the quality is pretty impressive. There’s nothing worse than getting a harsh brush that sheds with a palette, it’s a nightmare.

I also have this adorable mini set that consists of three samples of their tinted moisturiser, sheer glow foundation and the most adorable miniature blush in the shade, Orgasm. This set is absolutely perfect for when I’m travelling.

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If there are any other products that you would recommend, please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love some new suggestions.

Nx

My Week on Instagram ♥

I have been all about sleeping this week, I often find getting back into a routine after a trip to the States a challenge. I find it hard to ‘fight the sleep’ until a suitable hour. Do any of you have any tips or tricks for jet lag? If so, feel free to leave them in the comment box below.

How has all of you been keeping? It’s sooo strange just how fast this year has been, hard to believe it’s Christmas next month. I seen the Coca Cola advert last night so the countdown has officially started for me. My Instagram has pretty much consisted of things I bought while away, things I wish I had, and the obligatory ‘Instagram quote’, you all know the drill. Anywho, back to business, hope you all enjoy today’s post.

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(Photo credit – In order of appearance:)
5 Inch and Up || Unknown quote ||Megan Hess illustration || Elie Saab Couture || Honestly Healthy || Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall Collection || Itzah C Kret quote || Sabine Pieper illustration.

Also, if there is any particular post/topic you would like to see me feature on my blog, please feel free to leave a comment or get in contact with me.

Happy Hump Day and all that!

Nx

Sephora AW14 Make Up Haul

So, as you all know I took a little trip to the States over the Halloween break. Every time I visit I spend an unhealthy amount of money and time in Sephora. What can I say, I have a slight addiction and it’s like the mother ship calls me every time I’m around. For today, I’m just going to focus on my make up purchases, I will feature my skincare products for another day.

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I had a few key products that I wanted to purchase and the rest was pieces that tickled my fancy during my spree. I have to say though, I experienced slight devastation when I was informed that Lorac had stopped stocking in Sephora (and Macy’s), so it’s now only available online. I also tried to purchase the Christian Louboutin nail polish but it was sold out in the classic rouge shade. Even with this sad news, I stayed strong and enjoyed the rest of my beauty adventure.

Anywho, starting with my new favourite lip balm brand, I was introduced to Fresh by a lovely employee who worked at Sephora. I was also having a nosey today and catching up with some beauty bloggers and their YouTube channels and the adorable Vivanna from Vivianna Does Make Up had actually included a shade from the Fresh lip balm line as one of her October Favourites. I was well chuffed to for once be ‘in the know’ when it comes to beauty products.

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Recently my lips have been a little dry and dehydrated, so I was on the search for a good lip balm. What I love most about this brand is how they combat damaged lips while adding a pop of colour and sweet scent to their products. I bought their neutral collection for AW14.

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A good lip scrub is always an essential product within your beauty regime. I tend to use them most at nighttime just before I’m about to go to bed. I leave it on throughout the night in order to give my lips the best treatment during the colder months. Can I just say how devine this little beauty smells! I find it hard not to eat it if I’m being honest.

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Continuing on with the Sephora goodness, for the first time ever, I spent some time at the NARS counter. I don’t know why, but, I’ve never really got round to investing in their products. Sometimes I can be quite bad at just sticking with products that I know work for me. It’s only recently that I’ve started to branch out so I thought that I would treat myself on holiday.

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I had been hearing some much hype surrounding their ‘When God Created The Woman’ eyeshadow palette. I adore a good brown smokey eye, particularly during the Autumn/Winter months. What makes this product even more perfect is the fact that it’s pocket size. You can carry it around everywhere with you and have a beautiful collection of shades to work with whether you’re going for a light daytime look or all out bold statement look for nighttime. Various beauty bloggers have been raving about this palette as NARS have just recently relaunched it due to popular demand. These little bundles of happiness are in demand so I would try to get yourself one now before they sell out.

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A strong pigmented lipstick is a beauty product that I cannot get enough of. I love adding new shades and brands to my lipstick collection. I treated myself to their latest collection piece in the shade, Brigitte. I have to admit, I would buy this lipstick for the packaging alone. It is an incredibly chic case and the magnetic clicking sound when the lid closes is enough to make heart skip a beat. That clicking sound is like a little piece of heaven, I know there are some of you beauty bloggers out there who know what I mean.

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I’m actually kind of afraid to use it as I don’t want to wear away the adorable little NARS print on the side of the lipstick. It’s the little details that count for me, they make it all the more appealing.

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Now on to the Pièce de résistance, Hourglass and their Ambient lighting palette. I know I’m a little late to the party with this one, but I like to take my time with certain ‘hype’ products and wait for the reviews. I’m all about highlighting, they’re one of my all time favourite make up products. I have a strong collection of my own, mainly consisting of warm pinks and golds. However, this time I decided to opt for a lighter set of shades for this season.

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With this pretty palette I can create the perfect lighting on my face. The shades have a soft focus finishing that recreates a flattering light source. With this trio, I can use them as individual shades or combine them for multidimensional glow.

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Like I have said, within the next few weeks, I’m hoping to feature the skincare products I purchased. Happy Friday, rascals. Have a great weekend!

Nx