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My Highlighter Collection: cream, powder and liquid

benefit watt's up soft focus highlighter for face

benefit watt’s up soft focus highlighter for face

L'oreal Paris MagicLumi concealer in light

L’oreal Paris MagicLumi concealer in light

Smashbox soft lights in shimmer from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

Smashbox soft lights in shimmer from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

Smashbox Lens from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

Smashbox soft lights in Lens from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2

 

Maybelline color tattoo metal by eyestudio 24hr eyeshadow in barely branded

Maybelline color tattoo metal by eyestudio 24hr eyeshadow in barely branded

brow bone highlight from the Ardell brow defining kit

brow bone highlight from the Ardell brow defining kit

the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer AKA "The Luminizer"

the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer AKA “The Luminizer”

Shade 1 from Revlon colorstay 16 hour eyeshadow quad in inspired

Shade 1 from Revlon colorstay 16 hour eyeshadow quad in inspired

Strange from the Urban Decay naked 3 palette

Strange from the Urban Decay naked 3 palette

 

 

This will be a post on highlighters in cream, powder, and liquid formulas. It will be fairly extensive, as this is my whole highlighter collection.  I will be talking about the ways that they work best for me, and I think some of them work better on the face, and some work better on the eyes. Of course, I encourage you to use them the way that works best for you. Also, some of these are more budget friendly than others, so hopefully you’ll find an option that works best for you in that aspect.

Cream:

This is one of two cream highlighters I own,  and it works like a charm. It is the Benefit watt’s up soft focus highlighter for face. I got mine from sephora in the birthday gift sephora beauty insiders receive. It comes in a small, metal lipstick like tube with pictures of light bulbs on it. It is rather cute. It is a cream stick formula. You get 2.5 grams of product. The full size one is much bigger. I use this on the tops of my cheekbones.I also use it in an upside down triangle shape,and blend it in to highlight under my eyes.  It leaves a gorgeous, bronzey champagne coloured, slightly metallic sheen. This is a great cream highlighter option due to it’s even pigmentation, and it does not emphasize pores.

The second cream highlighter I own is the Maybelline color metal tattoo by eyestudio 24 hr eyeshadow in barely branded. It comes in a little glass jar, weighing in at 4 grams. It is a decent amount of product, and has lasted me a very long time. From what  have heard in the beauty community, it is comparable in formula to the Mac paint pots. This is a much more budget friendly option, as these can run anywhere from $2 to $10. The highest still being significantly cheaper than its Mac counterpart. It is a true champagne, colour with micro sparkles in it. It is easily built up.Another thing to know about this highlighter is that the tattoo name is accurate, it takes a really good makeup remover to remove it.  It can be used as a brow bone highlight, all over the lid, as a base for your eyeshadow, used in the inner corner of your eye, and as an eyeliner. It is extremely versatile, as my use for it on the eye is seemingly endless. This is one of those products that I recommend to everyone I know, as it is such a staple in my kit. This is made for the eyes, so I’m not sure how it would fare on the face.

Powder:

The first powder highlighter I will be talking about is the eyeshadow strange from my Urban Decay naked 3 palette. It is a buttery smooth very softt pink eyeshadow with yellow undertones and micro sparkles.It weighs 1.3 grams. I use it to highlight my brow bone, all over the lid, on the inner corners of my eyes, and just as part of any given eyeshadow look. It is easy to work with, and there are numerous dupes out there for this kind of highlighter.

The second powder highlighter I will be talking about is shade 1 from the Revlon colorstay 16 hour eyeshadow quad in Inspired. This is another light champagne colour with micro sparkles. It is perfect for the inner corners of the eye, or as a brow bone highlight. This is not as pigmented as some other eyeshadows I have tried, but this palette in general, is good for layering with other eyeshadows, or on top of the Maybelline 24 hr color tattoos.

The third powder highlighter I will be mentioning is the brow bone highlight shade from the Ardell brow defining kit. I use it exclusively for highlighting my brow bone. It is a very subtle champagne colour with micro sparkles. The subtleness of it works well for the brow bone, as I personally am looking for that feature in my brow bone highlight. I’m guessing it could probably be used on the eyes.  I got this kit at Marshall’s on sale, but they are also sold at London Drugs.

The fourth powder highlighter I will be talking about is the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer AKA “The Luminizer”. This highlighter is a gorgeous champagne buttery smooth champagne colour with a metallic sheen to it.I wear it on the tops of my cheekbones, and on my eyes. It comes in a 8.5 gram mirrored compact.  Unfortunately, it emphasizes my pores and irritates my skin. However, it doesn’t irritate my eyes, even when applied all over my eyelids. Therefore, I would only recommend it for the eyes.

The fifth highlighter I will be talking about is the NYC Color Wheel mosaic face powder in translucent highlighter glow. You get 9 grams of product.  This highlighter is a very affordable option that comes in a plastic compact with a removable lid, very similar to that of the Rimmel London stay matte powder.It doesn’t emphasize my pores.  It is several colours mixed together. It is a pretty subtle beigey slightly sparkly colour. I wear it on the tops of my cheekbones, and it is slightly irritating to my skin. I would recommend this if you don’t have sensitive skin, or just wanna see how it goes.

The sixth powder highlighter I will be talking about is soft lights in lens from the Smashbox the masterclass palette 2, though it can also be bought as a standalone product. It comes with 10 grams of product. It is very pigmented. It feels buttery. It is a pinky peach shade with some glitter, and it has a lot of fallout.It doesn’t emphasize my pores.  However, it is a gorgeous colour and could be used as a blush or highlight. I usually use it on the tops of my cheekbones. It is a good deal when bought in the palette, but fairly expensive, when bought on its own.

The seventh and final powder highlighter I will be talking about is soft lights in shimmer, also from the Smashbox masterclass palette 2. It comes with 10 grams of product. It has good pigmentation.  It can also be bought on its own in a compact. It feels buttery,  and has a pinkish champagne colour. It has a lot of fallout.It doesn’t emphasize my pores.  It would recommend these, but they are on the pricier side.

Liquid:

I’ve gotten to my last, but certainly not least highlighter, which is my only one with a liquid formula. It is the L’oreal Paris MagicLumi concealer in light. It comes in a click pen, and has 0.05 fluid ounces of product. I use this as a highlighting concealer under my eyes in an upside down triangle shape blended in, and as a base for my eyeshadows. It could probably also be used as a face highlighter. It is a lightweight formula that dries down matte. It is very blendable. This was fairly pricey for a drugstore highlighter. I recommend it if you can find multiple uses for it.

This was a long post, and if you got to the end, thanks so much. I hope you enjoyed my post on highlighters, and took something away from it.

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Finding Your Comfort In Bold Lips

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This post will be about finding ways to feel comfortable wearing bold lips in one’s everyday life. This post was inspired by Amanda of amandarobots.

So, I am a huge fan of bold lipsticks. I think they can really complete a look. Whether I’m wearing a full face, or just a little blush, bold lips give every look that little something extra. I don’t wear them every day, but most days that I wear lipstick, chances are it will be bold.

Bold lipsticks can be really intimidating to wear for many. I know it’s taken me a while to get used to them. They are worn on one of the most prominent features of the face, pretty much in the centre. Even with a subtle lipstick, it will be more noticeable than many other kinds of makeup.

Bold lipsticks can be really intimidating to wear for many. I know it’s taken me a while to get used to them. When you’re first getting into bold, or just more bright lips, it’s important to start slow. One thing that can work really well is just wearing an opaque lip gloss. The idea of lipgloss just feels more simple. I wore lipgloss before lipstick when I was younger. It is a stepping stone to lipstick for many. One has more control in application of a lipgloss. The Revlon Super Lustrous lip glosses are a great option, as they are highly pigmented, opaque, and not too sticky. They do not fade either.

Another thing to consider is wearing a lip liner all over your lips. It makes a great matte option, and is easy to apply as long as you follow the lines of your lips.

Wearing a neutral toned outfit and minimal makeup can make your bold lipstick the centre of your look. This can make it so you don’t feel you’re putting yourself in the spotlight too much. Another tip is to find a formula that works for you. One that you love. Choose one that you have neutral or softer shades in, so that you can get used to the formula, and feel more comfortable in it. Then, when you are ready to bolden it up, choose a a bright version of that shade, and in that formula. It’s a way to ease yourself into that gorgeous, bold lipstick, without feeling the lipstick on your lips too much.

You want something that is non drying, possibly hydrating, and either a matte and cream finish. Those are the best for emphasizing the shade the most, and also are the longest lasting formulas. You don’t want to mess up your lipstick, as it will look messy, and possibly stain below your lips, particularly with a bold shade.

You can see some of the ways I wear bold lips, in the photos above. I take a lot of selfies, and that in itself, is a form of self care. It makes me feel better, or just even able to function, when I take a selfie. it validates my look, and myself, and how I want to express myself. Never feel ashamed for taking selfies. If people are criticizing them, that’s pretty disrespectful, especially when you’re putting yourself out there. Do it for you.

Some great bold lipstick options are matte. NYX soft matte lip creams apply wet, and dry to a matte finish. They smell like vanilla frosting, and don’t feel overly drying for at least 4 hours. They last 5-6 hours, before fading. They come with a doe foot applicator, so you can apply them like you would a lipgloss. A more pricey option are the Mac matte and retro matte lipsticks. The matte ones are creamy as far as matte lipsticks go, and slide on quite well. They last very well throughout the day. I recommend wearing a lipliner underneath them, to add staying power. The retro mattes last for hours, as they are the most matte lipsticks I have ever tried. These I also recommend wearing a lipliner with. The Revlon matte lipsticks are similar to the Mac matte ones, and they are cheaper. They are fairly creamy, though I recommend wearing a decent lip balm under them to create a more even application.

Some cream lipstick options are the Rimmel London Kate lipsticks. These are highly pigmented, opaque, and last very well through eating and drinking. They are non drying, and perfect for a starter bold lipstick. UI highly recommend them. Both NYC and Wet “N” Wild lipsticks are very pigmented, emollient type formulas, and last fairly well through eating and drinking, These do not stay within the lip lines as well, so it is advised to wear a lipliner under them. The Mac amplified cremes are my favourite lipstick formula. You simply cannot go wrong with these opaque, highly pigmented, creamy, and long lasting beauties. They leave a beautiful even stain behind.

Making sure you are feeling the lipstick on any given day is important. Go with the environment you’re in, and the mood you’re feeling. If it’s a school day, you can never go wrong with a classic, blue based, red lipstick. If you’re going to a party, try something fun, like a bright lavender, or a fuchsia pink. If you’re going out, a vampy, burgundy or purple is a great option.

Don’t push yourself to go bold, if you’re not feeling it. Try it on a day where you’re feeling good, so you feel a bit better.

Bold lipsticks can also be a form of self care. Whether I’m sitting on my bed, or going to school, I love to wear a bold lipstick. It makes me look more intense, even if I’m feeling low. There’s something very relaxing about applying lipstick carefully, and with as much precision as you can manage. If you don’t apply it perfectly. Don’t worry. You can always wipe away the excess, or draw a lip liner around your lips. Find your you in a lipstick, and use it.

Doing a bold lipstick is for you, and nobody else (unless you want it to be). It is a big thing, especially as a femme to embrace my over the top, excessive lipsticks. I used to be really nervous wearing lipstick at all, feeling “too feminine”. There is no such thing. Also, wearing makeup isn’t inherently feminine, masculine, or anything inbetween. It’s what you want it to be. I love being too much, and embracing what others look down upon. It’s for me, and that is a good thing.

I think the thing you can take away from this is find a formula you like, build up to a bold shade slowly, and do it for you.

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