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Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Contouring is a makeup trend that it seems won’t disappear any time soon; I admit, I love the look of chiseled cheeks. Though contouring scared me at first, it’s become one of my favorite makeup techniques. I’m not huge on nose contouring, but I contour my […]

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It […]

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX is one of the trendiest drugstore brands, with some great products. While I can’t advocate for the whole line, there are a few gems (the lip liners are amazing). I tried the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in the shade Sunbeam, which didn’t really impress me, because it was a little glittery and not as metallic or reflective as I had hoped.

When NYX released the second round of NYX highlighters, the Duo Chromatic Highlighter and the Away We Glow liquid highlighter, I hoped they would be everything the Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator wasn’t. And overall, I have to say, they were.

The Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter has a bit of an odd applicator, because it is a doe-foot applicator. I would really have preferred a squeeze tube, because this highlighter actually makes a beautiful primer. It can be applied all over the face for a very dewy glow (like super radiant) or on top of foundation as a liquid highlighter. The only problem is that it dries down pretty quickly, so you have to make sure that you blend it in right away.

The Duo Chromatic Highlighter in Twilight Tint is undeniably cool. It’s white with blue reflect. There’s no glitter but you can build it up to a pretty intense highlight. It gives you that ethereal glow, but it’s not the most wearable highlight. I know that there are only a few occasions when I would reach for a blue highlighter, but I like that this highlight let me try out the duo chromatic look without spending $40. The formula is very lightweight, with almost no kickback, and it is finely milled. For the price, I think that the quality of this highlighter is very good.

Away We Glow, Duo Chromatic

What are your favorite highlighters? The NYX highlighters, especially the Duo Chromatic Highlighters, are some of the best from the drugstore. Leave your comments below, and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’!

 

 

 

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

I bought two Black Radiance lip glosses at Target a few months back, because I was looking for glittery lip glosses to send me into summer. While I should probably just break down and purchase the famous Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, I saw […]

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my […]

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

The Wet n Wild highlighters are probably the most sought-after drugstore highlighters. These highlighters, particularly the Precious Petals highlight, put Wet n Wild back on the map for me. A brand that formally represented the super-cheap makeup of my childhood suddenly became one of the the trendiest brands at Target. It’s tough to get your hands on a Wet n Wild highlight, but if you keep your eyes peeled at drugstores and Walmart, you’ll be bound to find one eventually.  I first tried the To Reflect Shimmer Palette in “I’ll Have a Cosmo” and later found the famous “Precious Petals” highlight.

Wet n Wild Highlight Review and Swatches

Both of the highlighters surpassed my expectations. “I’ll Have a Cosmo” is especially great when you’ve moved past the first layer (sort of like the e.l.f. baked highlighters, you can scratch of the top for the best results). I actually use this highlighter all the time: the packaging is simple, but sturdy, and the pan size is actually quite large. I love that it’s sort of a peachy gold, good for a warm summer glow.

The ultimate drugstore highlight is “Precious Petals.” It’s a warm gold shade that I believe would flatter a variety of skinniness. Just dip your brush into the pan, apply to your cheeks, and voilà: the prefect glow. You don’t have to spend any time scratching off the top layer to get to the good stuff: this one is perfect from the start.

left to right: Precious Petals, I’ll Have a Cosmo
Left to right: Precious Petals, I’ll Have a Cosmo

 

I quite like the Wet n Wild highlighters. Though the formula is not quite as finely milled and luxurious as high-end formulas, these highlighters look beautiful on the skin. These highlighters are flattering and reflective; I love the colors and the glow they give my skin, because they can be used for a soft highlight or a more dramatic glow. They really are the best of the drugstore market, and if you are lucky enough to spy them, go ahead and spend a few dollars to make them yours.

 

What are your favorite drugstore highlighters? Thanks for dropping by, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’!

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Many drugstore brands manufacture concealers, but Maybelline seems to dominate the drugstore concealer playing field. The Fit Me and Age Rewind concealers are popular among internet beauty obsessives, and I have to say, I’m on the Maybelline concealer bandwagon. I’ve sampled three of their formulas: Fit […]

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

I’m a huge fan of the lip exfoliating trend. Three years ago, I couldn’t have told you what a lip scrub was. Did they even exist? Who cares: they’re the perfect fix for a chapped lip girl like me. I’ve sampled a few different lip […]

My Blush Stash

My Blush Stash

For a girl who doesn’t love blush, I sure have a lot of blushes. While I’m not excited by blush the way I am by, say, highlighter or lipstick. However, I wear blush most every day. I love nude blushes, particularly blush-bronzer crossover shades. But every now and then, I go for coral pink. Even though I’m not blush obsessed, I have come to enjoy many of the blushes in my blush stash.

Benefit “Dallas” Blush: I love this blush! It’s a crossover between blush and bronzer, but it makes my skin look so healthy and warm. It has a satin finish, and I think it would be flattering on many skin tones. Also, it smells wonderful; I can’t describe the smell, maybe slightly floral, slightly summery. But I sniff it every time I open it. This is the first blush I fell in love with and my favorite to this day. If I ever run out, I will likely repurchase.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes: I have a collection of these, thanks to a holiday set and the Sephora VIB gift. I use these all the time; there’s something about the formula that has just the right amount of pigment. Even though I mostly use the more neutral shades, sometimes I love using a pop of the coral shade on my eyelids on natural makeup days. You can read my full review of these blushes here.


NARS “Orgasm” Blush: This is probably the most famous blush of all time, and honestly it is beautiful. This formula is so light and smooth, it blends into the skin seamlessly. It has some shimmer in it, but it isn’t chunky. It adds a pretty glow to my skin, and I think it is definitely worth the hype.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette “Native”: I actually passed this blush, bronzer, and highlighter trio onto my sister recently, just because I haven’t been using it as much these days, but I do really like these products overall. The bronzer was a little warmer than I like on my skin, but I often put my brush all through the palette to pick up a little of each product, then applied it on my cheeks. It is a wearable bright pink shade. I think “Native” is discontinued, but the shade “Going Native” looks very similar. The pigmentation and texture are very high quality, the highlight isn’t chunky or glittery, and the packaging is gorgeous (magnetic and mirrored).

Milani “Luminoso” Blush: I think I have used this blush every single day this week. There’s something about it that is just so luminous and soft at the same time. I don’t consider it a dupe for Orgasm, but it does have a coral shade, soft formula, and slight sheen. Milani “Luminoso” is great because it is the perfect blush for any type of look.

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Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick: Review & Swatches

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick: Review & Swatches

I’ve finally started to like liquid lipsticks; my initial experiences with liquid lipsticks, especially those that dry matte, were rather unfortunate. I once thought that liquid lipsticks were nothing more than a dry, crumbly mess, but I have come to like liquid lippies. While the […]