Life, Love, Beauty & Everything In-Between

August 20, 2017

Gloss or Glow?

Much to the horror of a lot of my friends, I never found myself bit by the highlighting bug, I could appreciate the glow but never felt the need for the glow. This was , however, until I discovered the right kind of glow for me, as soon as I found the right kind of highlighting beauty products for me, I totally understood the glow love and I too was hooked!

For me, I was always a bit intimidated by the beaming highlights, whenever I tried them I always found that they didn't look quite right, and now looking back I think it's because the rest of my makeup would be somewhat understated and soft. It was a big contrast for me, to have subtle makeup and then a blinding highlight, it just didn't quite work. Nowadays I'll reserve the more impact-full highlighters for a night out, when I'm all glammed up. On a day to day basis however, I prefer to stick to something more subtle, something that catches the light softly and makes the glow look more natural.
Cream products have become my go-to for a softer more subtle highlight, they're so quick and easy to apply and I think give a gorgeous glow that doesn't ever look too much or overdone. I'll often use a cream highlight on my eyelids if I'm in a hurry and don't have much time to spend on my makeup, it adds a lovely shimmer to my eyes, and who doesn't love a double up product! My favourite cream highlighter right now is Cosmic Dancer by Ilia, it comes in a cute compact, very travel friendly, stick format that you can apply directly on to your face, or pick up product with a brush of sponge if you prefer. Cosmic Dancer is a beautiful soft golden illuminator that is blended with Vitamin E, Rose Hip Oil and Castor Seed Oil that makes this such a creamy soft and nourishing product.
In keeping with the theme of products doubling up and having multiple uses, I was so intrigued by the Make Face Gloss, I couldn't wait to try it out and see what the hype was with going for a gloss over a glow! I already loved the look of glossy lids, and it was the thought of creating cranberry toned glossy lids in Autumn that initially made me buy this product, but using a gloss on my face (apart from lips) was something very new to me. This colourless product is designed to be applied like a highlighter and creates the most healthy, dewy, soft-focus finish. A little really does go a long way, you only need the tiniest amount of product to create such a beautiful dewy finish. If you use too much it can feel a bit tacky, but it's all trial and error with a new product isn't it! It's a really interesting product and I can totally understand why it's fast becoming a favourite product to use instead of a normal highlighter, it just makes you look so healthy and youthful.
 Left- Make Face Gloss. Right Ilia Cosmic Dancer Illuminator
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August 09, 2017

Midweek Skincare Pick-Me-Up

Midweek Skincare Pick-Me-Up
It's Wednesday, hump day, middle of the week, and after a very long and tiring day I am so ready for a little pick-me-up. Whenever I...
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August 08, 2017

Change Is Hard, But Change Is Good

Change Is Hard, But Change Is Good
Never be afraid of change. Change can be hard, it can be messy, it can be disorganised, but it can also be beautiful, it can be eye ope...
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February 01, 2017

Oribe Styling Products

Oribe Styling Products
 If you've heard of the brand Oribe then there's a pretty big chance it's because of their Dry Texturizing Spray, it fast b...
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January 15, 2017

Dear Me...Let's Be Organised

Dear Me...Let's Be Organised
  One of my favourite ways to stay organised and keep on top of life is to write lists, trust me, I know how riveting that sounds, bu...
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January 06, 2017

Too Many Lipsticks? Never!

Too Many Lipsticks? Never!
For as long as I have loved makeup I have always been a lipstick girl, if there was one beauty item that I would be drawn to at a counter...
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