My Favorite Highlighters – Right Now

 

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Guys, we all know that highlighters were all the rage in 2016. I am by no means a beauty blogger but I definitely enjoy my cosmetics! When I started this blog (after closing down my old one) I talked about getting back into wearing makeup, being a newlywed, and pregnancy. Apparently, I have a makeup obsession when I am pregnant. This time around, the makeup bug has stuck and I haven’t stopped purchasing! This could be a bad thing.

Either way, since I skipped out on a lot of makeup buying once I had my son, I kind of started playing “catch up.” Not on purpose, but it would seem as though I can’t stop buying makeup again. Highlighters included. They are like my favorite things to look at and purchase next to lipsticks and shadows.

There’s just something fun about a good highlight! Makes you glowy without the sweat. I say that because I workout all the time and that’s usually how I get my natural glow! So, I figured I would share a few of my favorites right now. And sadly, for someone who isn’t that great at makeup and NOT a beauty guru or makeup artist….I have quite a few still sitting in my drawer!

  1. Tate Cosmetics – Pro Glow Palette: I figured I would start off with my absolute favorite these days and it’s by Tarte Cosmetics. I recently discovered Tarte and their wonderful products. I basically want anything and everything created by them. Everything smells delicious and the products are such great quality. The price point for their products is absolutely worth it for what you’re getting. But anyway, back to the highlight! You get 4 great highlight shades and 2 contour – 1 cream and 1 powder. I believe this is a great palette for any skin tone because there are different shades in this palette that will work well! I really don’t know much about skin tone and what pairs well with what, so I just use them all. If I like it, then good! That’s how I roll with all of my makeup of the day choices. The formulation feels so good. It’s blendable and definitely pigmented.
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  2. Tarte Cosmetics – Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette Vol. 2: Guys, I love anything by Tarte, I told you! But I also love all of the Rainforest of the Sea line! You’re putting great products on your face that are also doing work. But for this palette, I JUST got it and I totally fell in love. The ONLY reason why this palette isn’t number one on my list is because it was a TAD powdery in pan. When I went to use it, it “poofed” everywhere, and I am so weird. It makes me feel like I am wasting good product when it does that. Anyone else? Just me? Okay. But I used a fan brush with this highlight as opposed to the Pro Glow Palette, I was using a more of a denser brush to get the product onto my face. So, I guess the brushes make a difference.
  3. Makeup Revolution – Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant: Radiant is the perfect name for it. This is actually the first real highlight that I purchased and I figured I would give it a shot. For 7 bucks at Ulta, why not? And it turned out to be AMAZING. I seriously loved it and used it multiple times. This is what made me want to look for more highlights out there and discover what they were all about. For a drugstore highlight, it’s perfect. And I WOULD put it at number 1 but…Tarte. Tate is the best…in all makeup. That’s obviously just my opinion.
  4. Urban Decay – Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighter in Fireball: Okay, this was kind of a whim when I purchased this. On my birthday, I went kind of crazy in Ulta and I couldn’t stop! My girl who works at the Clinique area, suggested a highlight and did a swatch on her hand. Then she did one on mine and I was like, “Put it in the bag.” When your husband tells you he won’t “give you crap” for how much you spend on your birthday (that was his gift to you), you don’t hold back. Anyway, it’s beautiful and totally unique in my opinion. I haven’t really seen a highlight quite like this one that I’ve liked so far. But like I said, I am just now dabbling in the highlight world. It’s got an awesome pinky shade to it with purple flecks when the sun hits it. Oh gosh, it’s beautiful. I haven’t gotten to play around with it much but the one thing that sucked for me was that it looked better on my hand than on my face, at first. It took my a little bit to get the color to transfer onto my face and look good with a brush. Maybe next time I try it, I will pat it on with my finger and blend it with a brush!
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  5. MAC Cosmetics: Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Double Gleam: This color is GORGEOUS!!! It’s like a beautiful iridescent, gold color that makes your cheeks POP. The site says its more of a beige and I will go with that but I am assuming that because of my skin tone, it looks like more of a gold. It also is a liquid-powder highlighter that gives a luminous, well-defined finish. I would have to agree with that! I love when products are exactly how they say they are.
  6. Essence – Pure Nude in Be My Highlight 01: I actually think this might be the only highlight they have of the Pure Nude line. I am not too sure. I also got this one at Ulta  and it’s under 5 DOLLARS. I got this one because a beauty vlogger had suggested it. I WANT to say it was Tracy and Stef from EleventhGorgeous but I am not too sure. I just know they did a $5 and under makeup video and I may have watched it. I don’t know, either way, it’s a great color and actually does look pretty nice! It IS a little chalky to me. That’s probably the only downside to it for me. But for under 5 bucks, I am not going to argue. And when this mama no longer has a job (I am getting out of the military in a few months) it looks like this will be my go-to highlight when I start running low on makeup!

Well, that’s about it for my favorite highlights right now! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments if there are any you think I should try! Especially if they are drugstore brands because like I said, mama is going to be tight on funds in the future! I do have a few others in my vanity but I figured I would wait and maybe use some of those in a future post in a year or something. Who knows. Thanks for taking time to read my post and look at the photos! Until next time!

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Beauty Post – What’s Your Favorite Eyeliner?

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There has been A LOT of talk recently about the Benefit Cosmetics – They’re Real Push-Up Liner.

I had a nice little rendevous over to Ulta not too long ago and tried this eyeliner out. It’s pretty nice. Does the trick. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t the one handling the little contraption. One of the ladies at Ulta was putting the eyeliner on for me. That gel liner that hugs the lash line seems so PERFECT, doesn’t it?

Well, it is perfect. But I cannot put it on myself. I feel like I waste more of that gel liner than I get on my face. That’s not good. Like, most of the gel comes out or falls off the stick when you’re putting it on. I think you’re wasting more! Standing at $24 for just the liner, I can’t justify spending that much when I can’t even use it correctly. I don’t know…maybe it’s operator error but…I’ll save the money if I can.

I do have a few other liners that are in my arsenal though! And you know what? They tend to do the trick. I mean, I have just recently learned how to do my liner and brows better from my girl over at Pretty Little Mama so it’s not like I am an expert or anything. Raquel? She’s an expert. Check her out, or even just look at her instagram once you’ve hit her page.

As for my liners. For awhile I have been using the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in black. It’s pretty easy. It’s a pen. goes on fairly smooth and stays on pretty well. But it doesn’t seem as dark as I need it and not as precise. Maybe, I am just running out. At Ulta it’s about $9.49.

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Even before discovering the Revlon eyeliner, I was using a pencil. I was using the Rimmel London SpecialEyes Eyeliner Pencil in black. You can get this at Ulta for $3.99. Pencil doesn’t quite do the trick for the liner on the top lid. I’ve noticed that it just gets smudgey or melty and we don’t like that! But when I am putting liner on my bottom lash line, I don’t like using any type of liquid because, let’s face it…I am not very good with my precision. I get the liquid in my eyeball and it burns! You’ve been there…admit it! Anyway, to prevent such smudging on the lash line, I usually add a little black shadow anyway. I use Blackout in the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette. Sometimes, I will use MAC’s Brun for a softer look.

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When I went to Ulta to look at the Benefit eyeliner, I came across the L’Oreal Linear Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner in black ($8.99). I wasn’t exactly sure on how I would feel about the liner because I figured I would have to literally paint on my wings. Well, I do. But I love it! It’s a great liner for me. I get right to where I want it and it’s pretty forgiving as well. It’s not going to go where I don’t want it to go. The only thing is, the way I do my liner with the wings…I can’t quite get it done with this liner. So, I acutally start out with my Revlon pen and then go back to this one to go over it and finish the rest of the liner! This is now my go-to liner. Smooth, dries quickly, doesn’t smudge, and it doesn’t look like it’s paint. I love it.

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Another favorite of mine is MAC’s Penultimate Eye Liner in black. Can you tell I like black liner? 😉 It’s another pen liner that goes on well. As opposed to the Revlon liner that I use on most days, the accuracy is a little better and the black is a little, blacker. I use this one on the weekends because…I am cheap. Standing at $20 I would rather just buy that every few months than have to buy it more often.

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There you have it. My favorite eyeliners!! What are some of your favorites?! Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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All About That Base…’Bout That Base…

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Oh I know, it’s a lame title for a post. I heard the song while I was in my car and it’s been stuck in there. lol. Admit it, it happens to the best of us.

Anyway, this post really is all about the Base (face)!

I just wanted to show ya’ll what I do for my face every morning or when I am getting ready for a night out. It’s very easy with these steps.

I don’t like waking up early so I don’t. I am sure that will change once our little bundle of joy gets here. But until then, I will be sleeping in for as long as I can. 🙂 I mostly shower at night so I go to bed with a clean face and wake up with a clean face. But sometimes, I have to go to the gym before work for PT and I only have about 20 minutes to shower and get ready for work. So, here are the steps I take to making my base (see what I did there?), nearly perfect!

Disclaimer: Just about every product is MAC. Just letting you know. 🙂

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Here’s what I look like after washing my face! I know, not very exciting. And pregnancy and the hormones really do change your complexion. Hopefully it clears up a bit after baby is out!! Keep your fingers crossed!

1. Moisturizer
I don’t ALWAYS use moisturizer considering I haven’t really found one that I like the best as of right now. I never knew much about using these on my face but I found that it’s probably really good for you. Especially in these colder months, if you have dry skin, like me, you’ll want a good moisturizer. And let’s be honest, right now I am using some lotion from Aveeno. Don’t worry, I will be finding a good one soon. I did like one that I used for my wedding from MAC. The one I used on my wedding day was Mineralize Charged Water Face and Body Lotion.

2. Primer
Again, I still haven’t found a primer I really liked because, I never knew that you needed to have one! I also used one from MAC though for my wedding and it was pretty good. I need to just research the moisturizer and the primer and figure out which works best for my face. The primer was definitely great for keeping my makeup intact all day and it was great in photos. I used the Prep + Prime Natural Radiance from MAC.

3. Concealer
I started using a concealer, recently, mostly for under my eyes and my red spots. What people don’t normally tell you about getting pregnant, is that you will get acne. Worse than before. I never got like the terrible acne going on but I get zits a lot more often than I used to. Also, my skin has always had a redness to it and it’s hard to even out the tone unless I use concealer. So, I am glad I have discovered it!! I use Matchmaster Concealer from MAC #4.  It’s smooth and covers the areas I have problems with. Red spots, under eyes, and I even use it on my eyelids for a primer for my shadow. Sometimes I will use it as a highlight for my brows as well. A friend of mine taught me that little trick! I’ve had this tube since September and it’s lasted me quite awhile. It’s also one of those things I don’t use every single day. I can just cover up with some foundation when I am at work and call it a day!
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4. Foundation
For my foundation, I use the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation NW22 for my all over coverage. It’s surprisingly, not as heavy as I thought it would be when I bought it a few years ago. I was a little skeptical about buying it since it was $32.00 for a foundation but that little bottle has lasted me a VERY long time. Let’s just say, I have definitely been using it every day for the past…year. Well, there were times I didn’t use it as often because when you are on the ship, you’re not going to do your makeup as much. At least, I didn’t. Makeup isn’t meant for you to just sweat it off. Haha.
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5. Powder
So, for my EVERYDAY, I wear the Select Sheer/Pressed powder NC40. It’s lighter than I had expected but I have gotten tanner and lighter since buying it and it still works pretty well. Again, it’s another one of those things you wouldn’t think is super light, but that’s the beauty of it. Sheer. It’s sheer. When you wear clothing that is sheer, isn’t it lightweight? Imagine the powder to be like that. I love it. It has also lasted me forever. Another reason why I love MAC. All my cosmetics that I have bought from them last a very long time.
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6. Bronzer
I don’t wear this all the time but when I feel like adding some dimension, I will. I learned about bronzer before my wedding because I didn’t think I would ever need it. What half Filipino girl needs bronzer? Apparently, this very white filipino. lol. I just add a little bit of contouring to my cheeks and it makes my cheekbones pop. It’s nice, considering I have a rather round face. I use Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark.
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7. Blush
Last but not least, I do wear blush. I find it funny that I even wear it considering I try to cover up most of the redness in my face. But really, I’m just putting the color in the right places. I use Powder Blush by MAC called Gingerly. It’s a little bit more like a brownish-pink as opposed to a super pink or red color. I liked it a lot because I could NEVER find the right color for my face. And this was it. 🙂
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8. Brows
Brows are just as important as the rest of the face. So I include the brows in this. I realize now, how important it is to do your eyebrows. I don’t care what anyone says. Do them. A friend of mine actually had to help me out in learning how to sculpt my brows so they didn’t look so funny. I have tried out a few techniques and I think I am finally getting them down. And I have finally decided on the shape that I want them to be like. It’s pretty natural anyway. I don’t wax, thread, or anything. Just a little plucking here and there. Anyway, sometimes I line the brow with a pencil to start things off. Usually, that’s just for the weekends or when I am going somewhere special. I use MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown. But when I am just going to work, I tend to skip this step. So, for the brows (after the liner or to start out) I take a piece of toilet paper or paper towel and spray it with this Prep + Prime Fix from MAC which helps the shadow I use to stick. It’s a finishing spray so that makes sense. And I take my angled brush and dab it on the paper before I grab some shadow. I just use one of MAC’s classic Shadows called Brun and I shape my brow and fill it in! Easy peasy. Again, it’s one of those things I am still working on but I am getting better. Makeup is all about testing yourself anyway and figuring out what techniques work best for you.
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Alright, so now that the face is done…what’s next?! You can play with some fun shadows and lip colors, get some fake lashes or a really good mascara, some liner…perfect the look! But since this post was ALL ABOUT THAT BASE….FACE….whatever, that’s all I am going to show you for today! And here is the finished product!! Yikes, I need some mascara! haha.
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Until next time!
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