We are officially in Autumn now, I’ve seen so many tweets and IG posts saying ‘YAY October’ and I’m just sitting here like ‘eh, what’s so good about October?!’ We are in Autumn and I am looking forward VERY MUCH to the season of JUMPERS, AUTUMN COLOURS, HOT DRINKS and BLANKETS.
Yes, I am aware that I sound like a very stylish granny.
Determined to keep on some of that summer glow I thought I’d give you an update on my highlighter collection as there are a couple of new additions…
So a few weeks ago I uploaded my video that tells you all about my travel make up and travel skincare and what I like to take it all in. I go through my favourite multi tasking skincare and make up products to show you exactly how light I like to travel depending on what types of looks I’m going for.
My make up bag gets considerably heavier if my travelling involves a night out so if it’s just a chilled weekend then I can usually get away with a few essentials.
Go on, give it a watch and then leave a like if you enjoyed it!
A few years ago, if someone said I’d be highlighting my face I’d be thinking of something neon pink that belongs in the stationary drawer. Fast forward to 2016 and highlighting is a vital step in most make up wearer’s routines.
When choosing your highlighter I would consider the following things:
The formula – cream or powder?
The glitteriness – do you want something subtle or IN YO FACE
How much you want to spend
Whether you want it to be warm toned or cool toned
These sound like scary decisions but actually it’s pretty simple – there are so many affordable highlighters nowadays that it doesn’t have to be a decision that bursts the seams of your purse *great mental image there*
My top picks are in the picture above!
For a iridescent but long lasting highlight I use the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlighterwhich looks like a unicorns barfed it up (by that I mean it looks FABULOUS) – it’s more a cool toned lilac filled highlighter that you can just dab along the high points of your cheeks and then dot down the centre of your nose if you like. This is a click up dispenser bottle and this is a great, tidy way of using it.
For a more subtle highlight that costs a little more (but you get contour too) you could go to Charlotte Tilbury and opt for the Filmstar Bronze and Glow. This medium toned highlight in the duo is SO finely milled it’s really beautiful. Sometimes I wonder if the highlight is TOO finely milled but maybe it’s just me who wants to look like a glitter ball. Lol.
Finally, for the most glitzy highlight you can go for the MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish. This is probably my favourite highlighter and in my mind I guess I call it the ‘Going Out Highlighter’ lol. The glittery particles in this are larger than other highlights but this still creates a gorgeous gold toned glow on your cheekbones when applied with a feathery make up brush.
I have been wanting to try this Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Cheek Palettefor a long time – I was a very good girl because I saw this in Superdrug, DIDN’T buy it and then as I was still thinking about it the next time I went in I bought it as my reward for being good. Lol, I’m sure that’s how restraint works.
Out of Tanya’s make up and nails range the things I have loved the most have been the nail polishes – her formulas, colours and packaging have been on point and she has recently revamped them aswell and I’m a big fan of the new look range! I had never tried any of the palettes she has brought out and this was the one I had my eye on the most, so I thought I’d do a quick review on it!
The thing I like the most about the palette first of all is how travel friendly it is – it’s light, it has a bronzer, highlight AND blush in one and it’s not too expensive so already it’s a worthwhile investment to add to your travel bag! This palette only costs £8 so it’s a bit of a bargain.
I quite like the simple packaging, it’s cute without being saccharine. It has a magnetic close I think, but even if it doesn’t they have got it just right. It has a nice, large mirror in it and you get a decent sized pan for all three of the powders.
When it comes to the actual formula of the powders, one thing I can definitely rave about is the pigmentation. You most definitely do not have to swirl your brush around in the blush to see it on your face. In fact, when I first tried this I literally touched my brush to the pan and then applied it to my face and there was enough product on it! (crazy)
So yep, you’ve got it, this palette may actually last you until you are 90 years old and resting your freshly manicured hands on your zimmerframe **what an image**
One thing I’m not massively keen on is that there is a lot of fall out with this powder. The shades are all beautiful – you have a bronzer called ‘Beach Bronze’, a blush called ‘Apricot Flush’ and a gorgeous highlight called ‘Champagne Shimmer’*drools*. But when you do apply this with a brush, you have to tap off the excess product and there is ALOT. If you can get past this, you will be overwhelmed by the pigmentation and how blendable the powders are.
If you select a product from each section in this post and my first post, you should have a pretty versatile make up kit which will see you through day time make up looks and it’s the kind of kit that’s perfect for someone just starting out with make up!
Let’s crack on with my favourite selection of…
My first few blushes were actually MAC blushes, my favourites first of all were Mocha which is a dark browny pink which is very flattering…and MAC Daintywhich is a mineralize blush with speckles of gold shimmer in it!
MAC blushes are quite pricey, so if you are looking for something versatile and a reasonable price you could try some of the Max Factor blushes, such as the Creme Puff powder blushes. If you’re a bit braver you could try the Max Factor cream blushes, which actually are really easy to use and last a really long time! The picture above shows you my favourite ever blush – the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush is beautiful – completely matte, easily buildable and the most flattering pink you will ever find!
My ultimate favourite bronzer is the NARS Laguna, which is pretty much a cult beauty blogger staple! However, if you are just starting out and are low on cash there are some great similar colour matches and alternatives. Be careful with bronzer colours that are too warm – these can look a bit too obvious on the face, so it might be easier to start with a cooler toned bronzer first :).
For drugstore alternatives, you could try the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which is one of the bronzers I tried when I first started out with Benefit products. It’s not too cool and not too warm, a light dusting of this over your hairline is a great way to bronze your face up in a subtle way.
I’d definitely advise that you try different texture highlighters such as creams and powders, so you know which type you like. My suggestion for you highlighter virgins out there is the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, which is a nice easy twist up cream highlight. This is so easy to dab along the cheekbones and you can even use this with a little brush to apply on your brow arch too to create a lovely chic highlight.
However, I can’t leave out the MAC holy grail which is Soft & Gentle. This highlighter is the perfect irridescent gold, it’s a really finely milled powder which is great to dust on the high points of your face.
Last but not least, we move onto eyeliners! So I’d advise that kohl eyeliners are the easiest way to add some definition to your lash line – you can add a thin line along your upper or lower lash line (in the outer third) and use a small eyeshadow brush to blend this out. This is a great way to create a simple smokey eye! I love using the Bourjois Colorband Pencilwhich is a great value product.
For liquid eyeliner, I started out with the usual Barry M liquid liners, Soap & Glory and then L’Oréal Superliner. The liquid eyeliner I’m obsessing over at the moment is the Maybelline Master Ink Matte Eyeliner, which is A M A Z I N G!!! It is as it says, completely matte, which makes it a brilliantly black formula!
WOW that was a long post (sorry if you fell asleep half way through lol!)
I hope you enjoyed it, if you have any make up suggestions for me, let me know in the comments!
I have my newest video on my August Favourites for you to watch 🙂 I can’t believe it’s September already, it’s instantly felt colder and darker! I have to say I quite like cosy nights in and sitting by the fire so part of me is excited, but I decided to film my favourites which are a mix of skincare and make up.
Keep an eye out for the consequences of squeezing too hard…you’ll see!
Hope you guys enjoy watching, please leave a like on the video if you did and subscribe to my channel to watch more tutorials and the like!
I hope you are having a lovely Sunday, it’s gorgeous and sunny here, not as warm as last week but I don’t really fancy melting anyway.
I’ve done a make up look which is perfect for a hot summer night out, as it’s one of those looks that is built to withstand a lot of heat. I’ve mainly used a new addition to my make up stash, which is MAC’s Soft & Gentle highlighter. This product is so versatile, it’s quite flashy so you can use it gently as a highlighter or even as an eyeshadow.
Please take a look, leave a like if you enjoyed it and subscribe if you want to see any more videos like this!
Sometimes when I walk around the shops, or around town, I see things.
I see things that make me shudder a little inside…and although a few of these I am probably guilty of as well, I thought it would be fun to list the top 7 make up sins. Are you guilty of any of these? 🙂
1.NOT CUTTING YOUR FALSE EYELASHES TO SIZE
This one might not be as common for some of you readers, as you are all actively interested in make up and probably make sure you do it right. Far too many times have I seen girls with what look like caterpillars across their lash line. I get it, when you go to put on your new false eyelashes you get excited and want to put them on straight away. Please remember, if you have narrow eyes, hold the strip of false eyelashes up against your eye and trim them to size! Or they end up going south at the ends, and this will just make you look like that Droopy dog called…Droopy. TRIM THEM FROM THE OUTSIDE EDGE INWARDS!
2. THE FOUNDATION TIDAL WAVE
We have ALL probably seen this one before. Being brown, I don’t tend to suffer from this very much as the colour matches of my foundations tend to be good, or I just don’t wear it at all. The solution to that orange tidal mark around your jaw line is to BLEND your foundation down into your neck as well. If there is no blending, you end up looking like you have been tangoed and then sucked into a giant hoover nozzle and spat back out. You now have my permission to stop picturing that scene.
3. STRIPEY CONTOUR
Heading down a similar route to the above Sin, I have to say I have probably been guilty of this when trying to jump on the Contour Bandwagon to Cheeksboneville. As I’ve probably mentioned lots of times before, my face is perfectly and annoyingly spherical, and trying to find my cheekbones is like trying to find your keys in a gutter (strange analogy I know). Having finally learnt how to contour with a darker, colder toned brown shadow rather than an orangey based bronzer, I need to remember again to blend blend blend. Or I will start to resemble a tiger cub with facial markings. RAR.
4. HEAVY HANDED EYEBROWING
Now, I don’t feel right if I haven’t pencilled my eyebrows in. I have eyebrows. They are dark coloured so you can actually see them before hand. Still, I don’t feel right if they are left untouched. The difficulty I have is when you use a smaller mirror in order to get your eyebrows PERFECTLY pencilled in…and then you put the small mirror away and look at a normal mirror from a further distance. They have mutated from the gentle, arching face-framing brows to large, thick and harshly lined evil caterpillars. The key here, is to look into a normal mirror every now and then to make sure you aren’t going OTT.
5. THICK LIQUID EYELINER
Again, this can be the trouble with looking into a smaller, or more close up mirror. When you are applying liquid eyeliner and you slowly start to build up that perfect line you have got, remember that the line is not meant to take up half of the width of your eyelid. Sisters all around will understand how hard it is to get your eyeliner to match, but that doesn’t mean making the line as thick as a slick of tippex across your lid!
6. RUDDY BLUSH
I love MAC Mocha blush as much as the next person, but if I apply too much it can easily give me the ruddy cheeked appearance of Hagrid from Harry Potter. Especially in the winter months you might want to go with a more grown up, darker toned blush, but don’t forget to compare it to your normal skin tone and apply it lightly to gradually build up.
7. ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS
Highlighter is meant to be used in certain areas, to create a subtle glow which can help you look healthier. However, if you get it wrong it can look like you have been in a fist fight with a glitter ball. I think buying cheap, coarse glitters as your highlight can be an easy trap to fall into. It’s worth spending a little bit more and getting a finer milled powder, and also sticking to the areas where it is meant to be used. This means brow bone, very tops of the cheekbones, cupids bow, slight sweep down the nose and that should be plenty :).
What are the most comment make up sins you have seen? Or which ones are YOU guilty of? I can hold my hands up to about 5 of these!