30 Jun 2016

My Favourite Gold Highlighters + Ones I Want To Try

Who doesn't love a good gold highlighter? Some may have tons, but I've found two that I love and have stuck to them. Those two highlighters are the Wet N Wild Fergie Collection Shimmer Palette in Hollywood Boulevard, and The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer. Though one is drugstore and one is high-end, I love them the same!

 I picked up the Wet N Wild Fergie Collection Shimmer Palette in Hollywood Boulevard over in the USA, for about five US dollars (I believe the Fergie line is actually being discontinued, so get it while you can!). It's gorgeous with a buttery texture, all sheen and no glitter. It feels like a luxury powder! Don't let the pink and brown stripes fool you- this product swatches a beautiful gold. It was my first (and only) foray into true gold highlighter. I wanted to know if it would look good on me- I was afraid gold would be too dark on my fair skin tone. However, I think it looks great! I especially love to layer it with the next highlighter I'll mention.

The Mary Lou Manizer from The Balm was about 28 dollars Canadian, and is widely known as a cult favourite. It was the very first highlighter I ever purchased, and I still use it regularly (as you can see by the fact that I've hit pan!). It's a light, pale, neutral gold and it is very intense, with a lot of shimmer. It looks gorgeous on the skin and pairs with any makeup look.

Some swatches for you- on the top is Hollywood Boulevard, and on the bottom is the Mary Lou Manizer.

And here they are catching the light! Look how gorgeous!

Though I've stuck with these old faithfuls for a long time, I'm looking to expand my gold highlighter horizons! Here are a few I've been lemming after for the past little while.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, $31 CAD

I've wanted this highlighter *desperately* for about a year but the price tag always stops me. I feel like I don't use liquid highlighter enough to justify it, but every time I swatch this in store it's so incredibly intense and gorgeous that my jaw drops. I'm just gonna have to hope to receive this as a gift someday.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey, $28 USD

Another cult favourite, this highlighter is so enticing. Not only is it beautiful, but I've heard nothing but raves about it- that it melts into the skin, is almost reflective, the whole nine yards. Whenever I make it to ULTA I'm definitely picking this up.

How do you feel about gold highlighter? Any faves I should know about?

18 Jun 2016

Products I've Hit Pan On!

Whenever I look back on my instagram to see which posts were the most popular, it's always the posts featuring products I've #hitpan on. The panning community in general is awesome, so I figured I'd do a post showing all the products in my collection that currently have some pan going on! And I'm sure I'll have another post like this soon, because I have so many products, particularly eyeshadows, that are soooo close to hitting pan.

Anyways- let's get into the good stuff!

First up is this Too Faced Jingle All the Way "phone palette" that I've had for ages. It was my first foray into high-end eyeshadow- picked up for a measly 15 bucks when I went on vacation to Washington, D.C. I believe it was part of a holiday collection, and I grabbed it out of the sale bin the following spring. You can definitely see which shadows were part of my "signature look" with this palette- I would use the light matte brown in the crease, the bronze/copper on the lid, the purple (so close to hitting pan!) on the outer V, and the matte cream shade (RIP) to blend out the edges.

Next up is a product I will probably be pitching after I finish this post, because the packaging is busted, as you can see. This was my first ever bronzer- the essence sun club bronzer in Fair. It was light, shimmery and smelled like coconut tanning oil. I really wish they would bring this back.

This Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Game Face is showing pan, but that's not because of regular use. I've used this maybe four times, but the pan is so shallow that I've already hit it.

On the flip side, I've used this Maybelline Baked shadow in Bronze Blowout nearly to death. The right side is half gone!

In my LORAC Pro 2 palette, I've hit a large amount of pan on the shade Buff and a tiny, almost imperceptible bit on Beige.

And to finish up the shadows- I don't know how on Earth I managed to hit pan on this silvery-taupe shade in the Wet N Wild Comfort Zone palette, because I've used it a handful of times compared to other shades in the palette that don't yet have any pan showing.

Onto the rest of the face products! I'll probably be inconsolable when I finish up this Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation in Fair Cool. It's the perfect powder foundation for me- medium-to-full coverage, natural finish, and looks good throughout the day. I couldn't live without this in the summer months.

TheBalm's Mary Lou Manizer is the first highlighter I ever owned, and it's huge, so I'm still impressed I've hit pan on it. I still use it regularly, as it's a gorgeous product and perfect for my skin tone.

This Wet N Wild Coverall Colour Correcting palette has seen better days, but I'm glad I've been getting use out of it! I don't touch the white or purple shades, but I always use the green to correct blemishes and the yellow to correct dark circles under my eyes.

It's obvious that I love this Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape. It gives me the perfect natural flush on days where I'm not wearing any foundation.

And last but not least- how exciting is the pan in this NYX HD Blush in Taupe? I've been making a huge dent in this powder, which I use to contour! I'd almost venture to say I'm using it up too quickly...

Well, that's all the products I've hit pan on recently! How are your panning ventures going?

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