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Friday 21 August 2015

My top five highlighters

Contouring is so passé and strobing is the new thing - well, according to people in the know anyway! I have always been a fan of highlighting whether it was the in thing or not and have been doing it for years because I just like the effect on my complexion. Today I am sharing my current top five highlighters - I say 'current' because I've just bought the BECCA/Jaclyn Hill collaborative beauty that is Champagne Pop and that will undoubtedly make its way into my top five once I start using it! All of the highlighters that I will mention lean towards the golden/champagne end of the spectrum because silvery/pinky tones are not really my thing.

I have three powder highlighters and two liquid highlighters so I will start with the powders. First up is the very famous Mary-Lou Manizer (currently €20.16 on Feel Unique) from theBalm. This is easily the most pigmented highlighter I own - a very light hand is necessary when using this. This is a beautiful champagne colour and whilst it looks beautiful in the pan, the real magic happens when you put it on your cheekbones. It gives the most beautiful sheeny glow to the face and instantly lifts the complexion. It is buttery soft and so easy to apply. This is the least expensive of the five highlighters, but I could easily live with just this if I had to because it is beautiful.

Next up is Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, which is equally as famous as the Mary-Lou Manizer, but a lot more expensive at €65. Every blogger and their Granny has lusted after this and it certainly doesn't disappoint. This has a warmer, more golden tone to it that the Mary-Lou and it is a lot more subtle, but is equally as beautiful. It is non-glittery and very buttery, so a dream to apply. If I had to choose between the highlight & the contour in this palette, the highlight would win every time. This would suit ladies of all ages as it doesn't exaggerate fine lines and isn't too in your face.

Next up is a product from Kevyn Aucoin: The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. This is very expensive at £35 for a tiny 3.1g but that 3.1g is all kinds of beautiful! I don't know if I'll ever hit pan on this because the smallest amount is needed. It is very, very similar to CT Bronze & Glow in colour and really makes the skin look radiant. It is non-glittery and looks especially beautiful when I have some colour in my cheeks, but I think it would work equally as well on pale skin tones.

I love Candlelight so much that I put the liquid version on my wishlist and was lucky enough to receive it for my birthday. This is £42 for 30ml, so again, not cheap but totally worth it. This is my new obsession. I have been mixing it with my foundation or using it on top of my foundation to highlight and it looks so natural, yet noticeable! I am totally in love with this product and it is my favourite of all five mentioned here. If you have very dry skin & don't like to use powders then I would totally recommend using this because it doesn't exasperate any dryness and makes the skin look very healthy, but not at all greasy.

Finally, I have a BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Moonstone. This contains 50ml and costs £33. This is probably the most golden of all of the highlighters mentioned today and is quite thick in texture but blends into the skin without feeling sticky. I find it works best on me when mixed with foundation, rather than on top of it because it can sometimes move my base due to it's texture. My only gripe with this product is that a half pump would be ample for me and it is difficult to get less than a full pump out!

So now I would love to know what your favourite highlighting products are? Have you used any of the ones I've mentioned or do you have any new recommendations for me? I'd love to hear!

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