L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)

Highlighter an essential makeup product in my kit especially in the evenings where intermittent light provides a beautiful sparkle on top of one's cheekbones. Utterly captivating.

Here are our favourite 5 highlighters guaranteed to give you an instant glow:


  1. NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross. Whenever I wear this highlighter, I get compliments about how healthy my skin looks. It is a pale gold with a golden frost. Absolutely stunning shade.
  2. MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl. This is perhaps one of the most underrated MAC products in their permanent collection. It is a shiny pale white gold similar to NARS Albatross. This, as the name implies, comes in a cream formula and when applied with the fingertips on to the high points of the face gives you a natural-looking super glow that flatters especially warm-toned skin. It is perfect for your travel makeup bag as it is not as fragile as the breakable powders.
  3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone. This is my favourite highlighter from Becca and I used it on my wedding day. It is a pale white gold that is less yellow compared to NARS Albatross and MAC Pearl CCB. It is very shimmery but still suitable for daytime wear. Love.
  4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. This is Moonstone's much more extravagant sister. It leans more beige and applies more metallic. This is stunning especially on medium to deeper skintones.
  5. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. Another underrated MSF, perhaps overshadowed by the myrad of new collections from MAC. It provides a pale beige sparkle that is ever so slightly paler than Becca Opal. This is an everyday highlighter.

L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin 


L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)

I hope this post was useful. Leave a comment below!

Livia
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08/12/2017

The 5 Best Highlighters for an Instant Glow

Real Techniques Multitasking Brush Real Techniques Medium Sculpting Brush Review
Real Techniques Mini Multitasking Brush and Real Techniques Mini Medium Sculpting Brush
Real Techniques Multitasking Brush Review
Real Techniques Multitasking Brush - Mini vs Regular Size

Looking for stocking fillers for a beauty addict? Look no further! Here's a quick post on these beautiful minis. The Real Techniques Multitasking Brush is by far one of my favourite brushes. It is soft, made of cruelty-free synthetic fibres and fit my chipmunk cheeks like no other blush brush can. Unfortunately, it was previously only found in kits and not sold separately.

While perusing the makeup aisles in Boots, I squealed when I came across its mini version - the Real Techniques Mini Multitasking Brush. It has a similar-sized brush head but with a travel-sized shorter handle (6cm vs 13cm). I found however that the bristles are not as tightly packed as the regular sized and therefore applies product a bit more 'fluffily' and with less precision, but it still works for its intended purpose.

Of course this mini size is also available for other brushes - I picked up the Real Techniques Mini Medium Sculpting Brush which is excellent for contour, bronzer, and can also triple up for face powder in a pinch. I'm so pleased with these and they have made it to my travel makeup kit. I'm actually eye-ing up the Real Techniques Mini Contour Brush next.

Livia
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04/12/2017

Real Techniques Mini Brushes

mac eyeshadow swatches nylon all that glitters sable amber lights satin taupe sable woodwinked bronze antiqued nc25


With so many MAC eyeshadows, its almost next to impossible to choose the perfect one for your Christmas makeup look.

We've pulled out our 9 favourite sparkly shimmery eyeshadows from the range to fill our MAC 9-pan pro eyeshadow palette. Hopefully these swatches help you plan your holiday makeup!

  1. MAC Nylon Eyeshadow is a white gold with icy shimmer in a frost finish. It is perfect on the lid, inner corners of the eyes and under the browbone as a highlight. A stunning shade.
  2. MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow is a peachy champagne pink with a touch of gold in a Veluxe Pearl finish. It is a perfect safe eyeshadow for neutral-lovers and the colour-shy.
  3. MAC Sable Eyeshadow is a medium-toned pinky-brown eyeshadow in a Frost finish. This works well on the lid or crease for a daytime look.
  4. MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow is a vibrant orange gold in a frost finish. I love wearing this paired with red lipstick. It is stunning especially on deeper skintones!
  5. MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow is a cool toned purple-tinged taupe with silver shimmer in a Frost finish.
  6. MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow is one of my favourite eyeshadows of all time. It is a vibrant warm antique gold, in a Veluxe Pearl finish.
  7. MAC Tempting Eyeshadow is a deep yellow-toned coco brown in a Frost finish.
  8. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow is a true bronze with gold shimmer in a frost finish.
  9. MAC Antiqued Eyeshadow is a rich dark cherry bronze with a Veluxe Pearl finish. I love using this on the eyeshadow crease.

From L to R: MAC Eyeshadow Swatches of Nylon, All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Satin Taupe, Sable, Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued on NC25 skin

Have you thought about your holiday makeup look yet? Leave a comment below!

Livia
| The Skin and Beauty Blog


01/12/2017

Top 9 Frosty MAC Eyeshadows For Christmas

Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift Review
Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift ReviewJanjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift Review

The skin around the eyes are particularly delicate areas prone to dehydration especially if you have dry skin. The fluctuating temperatures during the cold winter season and inadequate fluid intake worsen the situation and so moisturisers to hydrate the eye area are particularly recommended in this time of year.

I've recently been given the opportunity to try Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift* and I'd like to share my thoughts with you.

The packaging is very simple and instagram-friendly. The metallic applicator becomes quite cold and feels refreshing to smooth around the lower eyelid. The product itself has a whitish serum-like consistency that feels moderately moisturising without feeling sticky, which is a plus as most eye creams tend to feel greasy. A little goes a long way. It is only lightly fragranced so shouldn't be a problem to those sensitive to scents.

After using twice daily for a week, I am yet to notice any permanent brightening effects, however it does seem to temporarily reduce the puffiness around my eyes when applied in the morning. It keeps my eye area moisturised for hours. It also works well under makeup.

Admittedly, eye creams are things I often skip on my beauty routine as I tend to use an overall face moisturiser to also tackle the periorbital area. My favourite facial moisturiser is La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Care that miraculously hydrates my skin.

Would I purchase it? I think so. Overall I do like Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift* and would recommend to anyone looking for a specific hydrator for the eye area as it is non-sticky and comfortable to use. Dry skin types and ageing skin may benefit more from this product. As a 'brightening' eye cream, however, I would perhaps look elsewhere for that purpose.

Love it or Leave It? Leave a comment below!

Livia
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20/11/2017

Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift

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