3 Tips to Help You Choose the Best Highlighter for Your Skintone

Hello, lovelies!

Adding highlighter to your face is transformative. Whether you prefer a cream, powder, or liquid formula, a good highlighter adds dimension and luminescence to your skin. While a range of highlighter products exist, not every product will suit all skin tones. Here are my top tips to help you select a highlighter based on your skin tone:

1. Know your skin’s undertones 

The most flattering highlight shade is one that is slightly lighter than your skin tone. You can either choose a color that is harmonious with your skin tone, or one that is the opposite. A harmonious highlight shade will create a more natural look, while an opposite colour will create a dramatic effect.

2. Mix it up

If you just can’t seem to find the perfect shade for you, try mixing highlighter into your foundation. This trick will give the skin a natural, subtle radiance that is not overly sparkly. Blend equal parts of your foundation and highlight before applying it to the skin to achieve a flawless complexion.

3. Try before you buy

A good rule of thumb when buying any highlighter is to try it in-store first. Testing a specific shade before buying it will give you an indication of how the colour will appear on your skin.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit

Hello, lovelies!

I love trying new highlighters. I’ve wanted to try one of the Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kits for a while. I bought the Aurora Glow Kit a few months ago after swatching the unique shades in Sephora. This diverse range of shades was surprisingly easy to incorporate into my daily makeup collection. Each shade adds an iridescent hue to the eyes, cheekbones, or lips.

The Packaging 

The bright purple and silver packaging is beautiful. The reflective surface bounces off light and creates a multi-colored reflect. Each highlight is pressed into a pan. The pan itself is nestled into a sturdy cardboard. The package is lightweight and easy to travel with.

The Shades 

This glow kit contains 6 shades:

  • Eclipse – Champagne pearl with peach shimmer
  • Luna – Pearl with a bright, icy shimmer
  • Spectra – Lilac with a blue-green shimmer
  • Helia – Yellow-gold shimmer
  • Orion – Bright blue with a silver shimmer
  • Lyra – Orange-gold with champagne shimmer

How to wear it?

To apply the shades, sweep them onto the skin with your favourite brush or your fingertips. This palette is incredibly versatile. Each shade may be worn separately or layered together. I use this palette to mainly highlight my cheekbones and tip of my nose. I have also used it as a sparkly eyeshadow and lipstick.

I adore the buttery, versatile pigments in this palette. If you like brighter highlight shades, this is a great palette to try! The Aurora Glow Kit retails for $40 at Sephora.

Makeup Tutorial: Holiday Glam

Hello, lovelies!

The holiday season is a perfect time to experiment with bright, bold and glittery makeup. This year I plan to incorporate reds, glitter, and champagne colors into my makeup palette. I recently created one of my favorite looks for this blog post. I’ll share the steps I used to create it below!

FACE 

I prepped my skin with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to create a smooth canvas. For my foundation, I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation to my entire face. I used the shade Warm Ivory. I covered any blemishes on my skin with concealer. For this look, I used NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly. This concealer provides full coverage with a small amount of product. I finish my face makeup with blush and highlight. I applied the shades Sugar and Rose from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Passion Blush Trio to my cheeks. Finally, I apply a highlight shade. For this look I used Luna from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit.

EYES 

I used a light concealer to prep my eyes for eyeshadow. To create this cranberry eyeshadow, I selected shades from the Hua Beauty Desert Dusk Palette. This palette features a combination of glitter and warm-toned shadows. I applied the following shadows to create this look:

  • Musk – Base shadow applied to entire lid
  • Saffron + Oud – Shadows applied to crease
  • Concealer – Applied to entire lid to prep for glitter shadow
  • Cosmo – Pure glitter applied to entire lid

To complete my eye makeup, I applied Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

LIPS 

I paired my cranberry-inspired eyeshadow with a deep, matte red lipstick. The lipstick I selected for this look is MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.

Erin Angela’s Updated, Simplified Makeup Routine for Summer Days 

Hello, lovelies! 
The number of steps in my daily makeup routine change with the season. I’ve tried to condense my routine for the warm summer season. While standing in front of my mirror yesterday morning, my boyfriend Grant inspired this post. I can hear him say, “Are you almost ready? What’s that glitter you’re putting on your eyelids?” Today, I’ll reveal exactly what that ‘glitter’ is!

FACE 

The first step in my makeup routine is cleansing. I apply Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. This gel cleanser keeps my skin soft and clear of blemishes. I supplement this step with a moisturizer – often Tarte’s Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

I simplify the rest of my facial makeup. I’ve used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup for the past two years. It is a great medium-coverage foundation that lets my skin breathe. I buff the foundation into my skin using a buffing brush. I dot Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer underneath my eyes and cover any blemishes. I complete my face makeup by sweeping highlighter onto my cheekbones. I switch between different highlighter products, but my current favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. It is luminous, with a beautiful range of colours!

EYES

I never apply eyeshadow without priming my lids. My primer of choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I switch between different eyeshadow palettes each day. The palette I use most often is Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. This palette contains creamy, blendable shadows that range from brick red to glittery gold.   I line my waterline with Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner. I complete my eye makeup with a swipe of mascara. My mascara of choice is Smashbox Full Exposure

LIPS

I line my lips with Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in a nude shade. Selecting a lipstick to wear each day is the hardest aspect of my makeup routine. I swipe on a shade that matches my outfit to complete my makeup. 

Below is a before and after comparison of my makeup routine:




In the Spotlight: 3 Effortless, Popular Canadian Beauty Brands 

Hello, lovelies! 

Being Canadian, I have a soft spot for cosmetic brands from Canada. I reorganized my makeup storage drawer this weekend, and it inspired me to shine a spotlight on my favourite Canadian beauty brands. 

1. Bite Beauty 

Founded in Toronto, Bite Beauty features natural products for face and lips. The creamy lipsticks are handcrafted with both restorative and nourising benefits. I like that Bite Beauty products are crafted with natural ingredients, but still colourful and moisturizing. 

2. Nudestix

Nudestix are the ultimate busy-morning products. All eye, face, and lip products are formatted as crayons. The makeup range is both easy-to-use and create a flawless base. The Lip & Cheek Duo is long-lasting and creamy. The double-ended pen is lip colour, lip liner and cheek colour. 

3. CoverFX

This brand offers vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each highlighter, concealer and foundation is customizable to fit your skintone. CoverFX was founded in Ontario. 

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops 

Hello, lovelies!

I am always searching for a new highlighting product to try. I added a few Sephora Collection products into my daily beauty routine and picked up this product during that shopping trip. The gorgeous pink colour drew me to this product.

The Packaging 

Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops are a liquid highlight. The product is contained within a small bottle. I like the unique dropper attachment that you use to dispense the product. It makes the product easier to use. The package is a pale pink colour, reflective of the highlight contained within it. It is lightweight and durable.

The Product 

Though the product is liquid, it has a smooth texture. It is slightly runny when applying to the face, but blends well into the skin. The highlight has a subtle glitter in it, and this transfers beautifully to the skin. It gives the skin a brightness that does not appear shiny or sticky. The product is buildable. I enjoy this quality in a highlight product, it allows you to apply the product subtly or with more intensity.

How to Use It 

I like to blend the product into my skin with a beauty blender or my fingertips. Unscrew the cover of the product and press the top of it to absorb the product into the dropper attachment. Press again to dispense the product onto the skin, brush or sponge.

The Colours 

This highlight is available in three colours:

  • Ultralight – Luminous gold/bronze
  • Starlight – Iridiscent pink with shimmery undertones
  • Morning Light – Champagne with shimmer

I own the colour Starlight. On my skin it is a shimmery, glossy pink.

Sephora Collection products offer quality at a good price, and this highlight is no exception. I wear it when I feel like brightening up my face makeup, or pair it with a pink makeup palette. Sephora Collection Radiant Aluminizing Drops retail for $19 at Sephora.

 

A Quick Guide to 3 Popular Makeup Trends for Summer 2017 

Hello, lovelies! 

Makeup trends traditionally leaned toward bronzed skin, coral lips, and gold eyelids. The common trends this season are beginning to change. For summer 2017,  pastels and graphic cool tones are popular. Each colour trend is versatile. The colours are perfect to wear subtly or enhanced. 

White eyeliner 

Coloured eyeliner makes the eyes pop. The colour white gives the eye a crisp, fun look. White eyeliner is versatile to wear with coloured eyeshadow or your favourite earthy shades. Sephora offers various white liners. My favourites include: Sephora Collection Colourful Wink-It Felt Liner and Nars Velvet Eyeliner



Sunset Eye 

Summer is encapsulated in this trend. A sunset eye features warm hues reminiscent of a summer night sky. This trend is bold but wearable by toning down makeup on the rest of the face. To achieve a sunset eye, mix warm shades like red, burnt orange, and yellow. 



Holographic Makeup 

This trend is inspired by shine and metallics. Core colours used to create this makeup look include silver, pink, blue and lilac. Holographic makeup is reminiscent of princess sparkle and prisms. This hue is featured in highlighter, eyeshadow and eyeliner. My top holographic picks from Sephora include: Kat Von D Alchemist Palette and Milk Makeup Holographic Stick

Which summer trend are you wearing this season? If you’re wearing a trend I did not mention, let me know about it in the comments!