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What did we do before highlighters? Actually I remember what I did, wore too much blush 🙂

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My oily skin doesn’t really let me enjoy cream highlighters to their full capacity. They just don’t last on me and I have to powder pretty much my whole face so the premise is lost. Powder highlight is my jam though. For the sake of longevity I mattify everywhere. But, then I can go in with a powder highlight and bring some much needed dimension to everything.

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Here, I have five highlighters from my collection that I’ve been reaching for alot over the past while. I’ve done posts in the past on all of them so I’ll link them as I go. I just thought it would be good to dedicate one post so some of my very faves.

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First up, we have the cheapest of the group.

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This is the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. I am only adding one shade within it into my most used. The other three don’t really get much use. I have full swatches of the palette here. ‘Equinox’ is my shade of choice. It is a baked peachy champagne colour.

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This is just a great all round colour. It is the most powdery formula of the bunch, but for the price point, it’s bloody lovely. Sleek,if you’re reading this, you should totally bring ‘Equinox’ out on it’s own!

My second choice in Mary-Lou Manizer by theBalm. This really is an infamous highlighter.

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I have an old post on this here. I’ve had Mary-Lou for nearly two years now and she is still going strong.

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It’s a light champagne colour that works for so many skin types and blends really nicely into the skin. At just over 20 quid it’s not quite budget or high end, but she’s worth every penny 🙂

My third choice is the Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in ‘Sin’.

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When these first came out last year, I ran to Debenhams and picked one up. I am a bit of an Urban Decay fan girl! ‘Sin’ is like Mary Lou’s lighter sister.

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The formula of these is so long lasting on my skin. This is nearly what makes me reach for it so much! I did a first impressions video on ‘Sin’ here when I first bought it. Not the best quality, but you can see me ramble out it more 🙂

My fourth and fifth choices are both by Becca Cosmetics. Becca know how to formulate a good highlighter. The consistency is always super creamy and a dream to blend.

‘Champagne Pop’ doesn’t really need much introduction. If you are a makeup fan you will know all about it and probably own one yourself.

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This was their first collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. It’s a gorgeous peach champagne colour. More deep in colour than ‘Equinox’.

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If I am being honest with myself it’s too deep for my skin tone, but I love it so much I wear it anyways. I just have to bronze up a little more. I have a really old blog showcasing it here. Excuse my eyebrows in it. They are awful ha!

My last fave is ‘Pearl’ from Becca. This is the newest highlighter in my collection but I think it’s the most complimentary out of all of them on my skin.

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As the name would suggest is a white pearl colour. It swatches quite icy.

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But it does blend into a really lovely wearable shine. It’s honestly one of the best highlighters I have found for lighter skin tones. You can see it applied to the face here.

Here they are all swatched together for colour reference.

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What do you look for in a highlighter? Do you use one in your day to day makeup? Let me know 🙂

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It’s October Favourites time!

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Halloween is over and it is time to embrace the colder weather. Oh, and it means we are allowed talk about Christmas properly too now, right?

My October Favourites are strictly beauty related this month. For whatever reason there has been nothing else really floating my boat over the past few weeks.

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I talk about my hair care favourites, skin care and of course some makeup too.

As always the actual Youtube video can be found on my channel here. But, you can watch it above too by just clicking on my mush there, Whatever you prefer 🙂

You can find the L’Oréal Fibrology hair products in Boots in store or online here.

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is also in Boots in store or online here. Liz Earle are great with special offers and gift sets so keep an eye out if you want to try it.

You can watch my first impressions video on the  Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin here if you want to see it up close and in action

I also have the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve up close in a post here if you want to see swatches.

The Kryolan Transluscent Powder is available on the Sunaura website here. You just have to scroll down to see it listed.

And that’s it for my October Favourites for 2016.

I was digging my somewhat simple makeup that day so I thought I would include a couple of pics 🙂

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The shadows are from the Too Faced Christmas Macaron Palette that is in Debenhams at the moment. And, my lippie is the Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick in ‘Trendsetter’. I have swatches of the lippie here. I’m obsessed!

Happy November , have a brilliant one 🙂

Gemma

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If you follow me on social media, you’ll know I went traipsing into Debenhams last week to pick up one of the new Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighters.

 

There are three colours to choose from in the new Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighters:irish beauty blogSin, which was the one I ended up getting, Aura which is a cool toned pink and Fireball a cool iridescent orange shade.

I managed to swatch all three on my arm here.

urban decay afterglow highlightersThe Urban Decay counter in Debenhams, Henry Street is always absolutely manic, it can be really hard to get and look properly at the products. I heard that this is one of the busiest Urban Decay counters in the world, I can well believe that 🙂

I really loved all three shades and if money was no issue, all three would have made it out the door with me, but alas I had to be sensible. And I was also sensible with my choice as I went with Sin in my opinion the most wearable of the three.

When you bring a product home, you have more time to inspect it and analyse it under normal lighting conditions and without distraction, so I thought I would do this in the form of a first impressions video.

Here I am swatching the product in my own environment for the first time and also testing it out on my face. I love watching these types of videos myself. Actually as I’m writing this I have the lovely ViviannaDoesMakeup on in as she applies some new beauty products in her collection 🙂

So just click on the play button on my mush to see how I got on with the Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin.

It will set you back €28 and you can buy it from Debenhams here or House of Fraser also have an Urban Decay Counter.

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