try hard.

It’s no secret to my beautiful friends that I f**king love makeup with a passion unseen since Helen of Troy started a war. I love collecting makeup and spend an obscene amount of money it. So it was no surprise that for my birthday I received an eye shadow palette and a MECCA gift card. Definitely presents from the heart. The minute I received the gift card I sped to MECCA and purchased something I have been lusting for from afar for quite some time, like I mean since it was released earlier this year. Every time I graced the store I would swatch this little palette and yearn for it with all my might. BUT the price was way too steep for my liking. The gift card didn’t cover the whole thing but it did do the lions share of the work.

May I present the Hourglass Illume Sheer Colour Trio Palette…

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This delicate little palette is a cream contour palette that retails for a whopping $90….. yes it’s that expensive… Hourglass is a luxury brand and thankfully is cruelty free so that’s a bonus. I have a deep loving and committed relationship with my NARS contour duo but I have always wanted to try and use a cream product, especially with summer upon us Aussies. Having loads of powder of the skin during summer is really uncomfortable and heavy, even for us oily girls. So I marched into MECCA, gift card in hand, and bought this beauty. I waited a full two days before trying this out…. and I was totally let down at first. I had built this up in my head for so long that it was kind of a fizza. I first tried using my fingers to apply the bronzer as a contour and then blend out the cream with a damp sponge. This was horrible, I was left with a dirty bit muddy line down my cheek. Very disappointed at this moment. After all this time and the price of this thing I expected angels to sing on high the minute it graced my cheek. I did however have more luck with the blush and the highlight. The blush is a very peachy pink colour that gives you a lovely flush to the skin, it is harder than bronzer in texture. The highlight is amazing, it’s a mixture of natural and blinding… however I did expect big things from the highlighter as Hourglass is known for their glow factor. With all that being said I was most looking forward to the bronzer and it let me down massively.

Fast forward a month and a million uses more and I finally love this bronzer/contour cream. I tried in vain with the finger/sponge technique before giving up and trying a good old fashioned contour brush. I use the Real Techniques contour brush. Instead of applying the bronzer to my cheek with my finger I decided to just put the brush in the product and then apply and blend from there. This technique is easily the better option for using this bronzer. The minute I applied this with the brush I was blown away, which was the reaction I was hoping for the first time I used this. The contour blends down to a nice ‘natural’ look. I use this as an everyday/dinner contour look. It gives your skin a lovely sun kissed colour. I will say that using your fingers for some reason on me gave the bronzer an orange under tone, but the brush didn’t… go figure?

i’ll never stop.

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Over the past year I have been undergoing a full mind and body overhaul. I gave up processed and refined sugars in my food and drinks, updated my makeup and skincare routines, began reading more and more autobiographies about kickass women, and above all attempted to change my outlook on self esteem. The biggest shift was going to the gym and working out my body from head to toe. I began actually trying to make my body stronger and fitter. What began as a way of losing weight to make myself feel better soon turned into trying to make my body feel better and stronger. After giving up sugar and being careful (for the most part) about what I put in my body the weight began dropping off me. It was an unexpected outcome of what I thought would simply be a minor change. I guess it shows how much sugar and processed foods affect your body. Anyway the point is my body change dramatically, and so did my attitude.

Over this past year more than ever before I have been getting the time old phrase “Oh my god you’re so tiny now!” or “Oh my god how much weight have you lost?”
To be honest I’m getting F***ing sick of it. I try hard to watch what I eat and have some self control over what I put in my body. On a girls night or a long day at Uni people may want to indulge in chocolate and power to them but for me I know that can be a catalyst for a total binge session. I know my limits and I know that food for me is and can be a definite addiction. If I get caught in a food spiral it’s as if I’m a drug addict or an alcoholic on a bender. I carry weight all over my body and I can put it on fast. It’s taken me over a year and half to develop at best a mediocre metabolism. The problem is if I binge eat for a week I’ll put on 2 or 5kg instantly. It’s my curse.

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The thing people need to understand is that just because someone has lost weight and goes to the gym and tries hard, doesn’t mean they can magically stop and keep their new body. Once you start this journey you can never magically reach the Holy Grail and be happy forever and chill out on the beach eating shit all day. Unfortunately I’ll never stop going to the gym, never stop watching what I eat and drink, and I’ll never stop fearing the return of fat me. To be honest I don’t know if I was all that fat, but I was overweight and unhealthy. That version of me will never be from my mind, she will never stop haunting me and my every eating move. The whole reason I began trying to lose weight was because my self-esteem was at zero, zilch, nada, I would fear the mirror and fear seeing myself naked and all my wobbly bits and imperfections. I remember once doing my fake tan (you have to be practically naked in front of a mirror) being close to tears at the sight of my unsightly body fat. I was standing there thinking, ‘Why am I bothering with this tan? As if anyone will notice the tan beyond my fat.’ In my head fat me is huge, to be honest she was probably a size 12 but to me I may as well have been the size of a house .
At that point in time I was eating my feelings. I was going to the gym but no amount of exercise can compete with a horrible diet. And exercising without a purpose or any direction is pointless.

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People need to understand that “You’re so tiny now” is not a compliment. Or my favourite “Why do you go to the gym? You’re not fat” or “Why are you not eating sugar? You’re not fat?” Yeah that’s the reason I’m not fat, I exercise and watch what I eat. Constantly telling someone they’re so skinny NOW, is incredibly insulting and disheartening. The minute you hear ‘NOW’ you begin to think “Well shit, was I that f***ing huge before? Was everyone talking about it and laughing behind my back?” Hearing how skinny and small you have become and hearing the shock in someones voice can completely derail all that positive thinking you’ve been training yourself to do. If someone is going to offer a compliment I’d rather hear “Wow you must’ve worked really hard” Because I did work hard. I didn’t just go on some fad diet and exercise myself so hard that I’d vomit. I did it slowly and I never gave up or stopped tying. Changing your body shouldn’t take a magic number of weeks or months, because changing your mindset never stops. Your mindset and how you think and view exercise and eating is the key to changing your body and health. Becoming smaller didn’t magically change my life or make me happy, changing what I put in my body and watching my body change and grow stronger made me happier.

loves of my life.

There are some makeup products in this world that just make your heart sing when you put them on your pretty little face. Some of these products are oldies, some newbies, and some cheap as chips but you love them all the same. Recently I’ve been noticing that I have been grabbing for the same things almost everyday or every time I go out. If you didn’t know Jaclyn Hill began the ‘ride or die’ tag and this is somewhat of my version. These products may not be ride or die but they are very special to my skin and my heart. Unfortunately most of my soul mates are expensive but some are cheap or at least slightly cheaper.

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Soleil Tan de Chanel
This is definitely a luxury item but it’s worth the splurge. I love bronzers and this takes the cake. The texture is beautiful, it’s like a combination of creamy and moussey and it just melts into the skin. Nothing else I own gives me such a natural bronzed look. I have spoken about this product before so I won’t bore you again…

MAC mineralise blush in Warm Soul; Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle
These two little beauties were both my first blush and highlight purchase ever. Warm Soul is an oldie but a goodie, it’s definitely an old cult favourite and it’s absolutely one of mine. These blushes last on the skin and fade nicely by the end of the day. I love subtle pink blushes the most and this is very pretty and soft.
The mineralise skin finish powders are like one of the OG highlighters. I bought this a while ago, like way back when I started collecting makeup and I use it every time I go out. Soft and Gentle is a lovely pink highlight that gives the skin a beautiful healthy glow that lasts all night. This will always be a favourite.

NARS contour duo in Paloma
This was my first contour purchase and I’ve never looked back. If you ant something that’ll chisel your cheekbones with an inch of their life then this is for you. The powder is fool proof and so easily blendable. Before this duo I had never tried to contour properly and was pretty scared of that whole world. BUT this product is so easy to blend. I use the matte highlight under my eyes and under my contour to tidy it up.

Jeffree Star velour liquid lipstick in Mannequin
I cannot get over this colour and formula. I have four Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks and this is definitely my favourite colour. Nothing else in my vast lipstick collection comes close to this nude. Mannequin is the perfect nude colour for my pasty arse skin. These liquid lipsticks dry matte but don’t dry out the lips. I use these without a lip liner as they sit better on bare lips.

Hourglass mineral veil primer
Of all the ridiculously over priced products in the world this one is actually worth the steep price. I have quite large pores and can get ridic oily in the summertime and this little vial of absolute deliciousness is perfect at keeping my foundation from looking like an oil slick. Unfortunately I only have the tiny size cus this thing is so expensive, but I think when this runs out I’ll definitely be getting the jumbo size.

L’Oreal brow artist plumper in brunette
I have quite prominent brows as it is but there are random sparse bits, this brow gel is amazing at plumping and setting the brows. I use this literally everyday, like if I leave without this on my brows then I feel naked. Usually I use it alone but I do use it with brow pencil or style as well when I’m feeling the Audrey Hepburn look.

NARS radiant creamy concealer in Light 2
This was my first purchase from NARS and my first (and only) high end concealer. This is a hit and miss for a lot of people but for me it’s a hit. I have really bad dark circles beneath my eyes and this is one of the few concealers than can actually cover everything and brighten the area. This stuff can crease so I always immediately set it with translucent powder, but once it’s set it doesn’t budge.

Rimmel stay matte in transparent
Of all my pressed powders I go for this one the most, well the most at the moment cus my MAC powder is too dark. This simple little cheap powder from Rimmel does wonders for keeping me matte all day long. You need a light hand with this though or foundation turns cakey real quick. All you need is one or taps of your brush and a push into your skin.

Bare Minerals complexion rescue gel
The second I used this beautiful little gel I fell in love. Yes I have spoken about this before so I won’t dwell too much on it. This is a great everyday staple if you’re looking for something to just give you a light coverage that hides all those little spots you hate.

different.

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Over the past year I have been trying mighty hard to change. It started out as wanting to change how I looked, I figured just joining a gym would be the answer to everything. I mean what could go wrong? It’s assumed isn’t it that when you work out you can just eat what you want cus you’re exercising yeah? I mean eating shit is cancelled out by going to the gym…. This was my thought process for almost eight months. At first I did lose a little weight, but eventually my excuses for not changing my lifestyle or awareness of certain dietary choices were wearing thin. When I began working out I simply wanted to lose weight, there was no other motivation behind it. I had recently been dumped, feeling shit, hating my body and just wanting something to change. My entire self worth and value was centred around how I looked. I wanted nothing more than to fit into that old pair of denim shorts I refused to throw out… They were a size 8… please getting back to that would be impossible at the rate and attitude I was travelling with. Eventually I decided finally on just biting the bullet and going hard with changing my diet. I didn’t just go on a fad diet that would last a month and then wear off, I changed everything. Something in me finally clicked and I realised, maybe my body just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to cus my brain wasn’t in tune with what it needed. My body didn’t need half arsed exercise and eating shit, it needed regular full body work and food that nourished. I needed to change my perception of beauty and what that meant to me. Being thin wasn’t enough, being healthy is what I really needed. I needed to alter my perception of fit and healthy. Feeling fit, feeling healthy, feeling confident in my appearance was something I needed. No matter what we say, everyone at some point in their life has a moment where they hate their body. Our bodies are so important. We wouldn’t be who we are without our body. We wouldn’t be able to grow and develop without our body’s carrying us.

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People blame modern society on a woman’s self worth. And while yes the media and the internet haven’t helped, but let’s be honest unrealistic expectations of women’s bodies have been around for centuries. They’re put on us because we keep the species going so men need to feel attracted to us, like they want to create life with us. I mean a man invented heels to make a woman’s chest seem larger and her stomach smaller. The trick is not letting these expectations rule you, you need find what you want and why you want to look that way. Just look back at the 50’s. Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner… these women were beautiful, even by today’s so called standards. Models and actresses are beautiful and wanted because they’re beauty is symmetrical. This idea hasn’t changed. The only change is that the body type has become more and more unrealistic. However even still, Monroe at her largest was a size 12 (AUS) which is not big and she was actually pregnant and then suffering a miscarriage so the weight was emotionally unhealthy. But to be honest her usual size was an 8 AUS, which is a 4 US so she was actually pretty damn small. People have romanticised the 50’s as being some sort of magical era of women with curves and waifs non-existent, but that’s just not true. Screen sirens and models of the 50’s were under extreme pressure to have tiny waists, womanly hips and large breasts. To many that body type would be unrealistic. Even all the way back in the Victorian Era, women were cinched at the waist to make them seem smaller. Either having their breasts pushed down into obscurity or pushed up beyond belief. No matter the era in time, women are expected to look a certain way.

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Being small is something I wanted. I didn’t know why I needed to look that way. Maybe I thought if I were thin then all my problems would magically disappear. Maybe if I fit some sort of mould then I would be happy. But it just didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen because I exercised beyond belief and starved myself. Eventually our excuses for avoiding actually making a decent change wear thin. People feel the need to justify why they can’t change something about themselves. Even though someone thinks going on a soup diet will help them drop ten kgs in a matter of weeks, once it’s over the weight comes back and the excuses return. Changing involves consciously admitting you are the problem. My entire self worth centred on my body and it wasn’t changing because I only wanted to be thin, I didn’t want to be healthy. Feeling fit, feeling healthy, feeling strong is different from wanting to be thin, from wanting to be fit. My body didn’t change until my attitude changed. My body image is something I’ve struggled with all my life. I doubt I’ll ever feel 100% comfortable in my own skin, but I’m trying my darnedest to change my attitude. Eventually the mind has to nurture the body. Eventually we need to realise our body is a gift.

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seeing double.

As of late I have been trying to find cheaper or just different dupes for various well loved products. Some of the doubles I’ve purchased have actually been the more expensive of the two but I’m honestly just trying to figure out which thing is better. I am a fiend for watching dupe videos on YouTube so I figured I may as well share my thoughts on some dupes.
Side note…. some of these aren’t exact dupes they’re merely products that do similar things or are packaged in a similar way. You’ll get my meaning as we go on.

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Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner 
Avene Thermal Spring Water; 

Ok so these two things aren’t exactly the same but I have been wanting to try out the Avene Thermal Spring Water for quite some time but always thought it was a waste of money. I mean at the end of the day it’s nothing more than posh water in a can, so naturally I purchased it during the Priceline 40% off skincare sale. I don’t think I’d pay full price for the thermal water, only cus it’s way over priced and doesn’t really do anything special. Don’t get me wrong this stuff is really refreshing post workout or when my skin is starting to feel a little wind swept and dry during this winter. I must admit I really love the packaging and the spray mechanism but it’s still not really worth the price.
As for the Sukin Mist Toner, well, this stuff is a hidden gem of wonderfulness. I use this after washing my face before I moisturise and all that jazz. I love how this makes my skin feel. As most traditional toners have alcohol in them they can make your skin feel tight and crappy. However this little bottle of liquid gold is filled with gentle natural ingredients that don’t seem to tighten my skin. This stuff just refreshes my skin and makes it feel so soft. I will say I wish the spray mechanism was a little sturdier as sometimes it just squirts instead of misting over my face.

Go-to skincare Lips! Lanolips 101 ointment; 

So I am a die hard fan of Go-to skincare and Zoe Foster-Blake, but I do find it difficult when I start running out of certain products. I usually try and order multiples or try to do a bulk order at once but I’m not really running out of anything else except my lip balm so I had to try something else. Lanolips and Go-to Lips! work on the same principle, both make their product using lanolin. For those of you who don’t know lanolin is an extract from sheep’s wool, bit gross but very absorbent and nourishing to the skin not just lips. The reason both companies advertise the use of lanolin so heavily is because it both creates a protective barrier but absorbs beautifully at the same time. Once upon a time long ago I used to love Lucas Paw Paw ointment, but eventually I found that it was just sitting on my lips without actually doing anything for the dry cracked mess. Everything changed when I tried out Lips! Pretty sure I’ve spoken about my love of this before so I won’t repeat myself again.
As for Lanolips well I think I may have discovered a new substitute for when I’m running out of Lips! and can’t be bothered paying for shipping. The 101 ointment is designed to give you 101 uses….get it. I have the traditional 101 ointment which is made purely from lanolin… that’s right one ingredient. It has not scent, no taste, no nothing, just absorption goodness. I also have the strawberry ointment aimed at lips but I haven’t opened it yet. I’m sure it does the same thing though.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder RCMA No Colour Powder; 

I have recently spoken about my love for the Laura Mercier powder so I won’t go into detail. All I’ll say is that it is wonderful at setting your under eye makeup. It’s silky smooth and leaves the skin feeling so soft. I also like to use this to set my whole face.
Now onto the second product… Finally after months of deliberation and constantly adding and deleting this product from my cart I finally decided to get the RCMA No Colour Powder. This shit is raved about more than Chris Hemsworth’s abs. The RCMA powder is made from two ingredients – talc & silica. Yes as of late we’re all supposed to be scared of talc but I’ve never had an issue with it and it can be hard to find powders that don’t include it.
My first time using the RCMA powder left me underwhelmed. I tried using it to bake (which I have never done before) and it dried my under eyes so much! My under eyes aren’t particularly sensitive so I was really surprised to have this issue. However I have decided that the dryness was caused by being sick for three days (which dries out my skin heaps!) and heaping on a bunch of powder didn’t really help the issue. Since that fail of a night I have been giving this powder a decent go. I will say I am coming around on this product. It sets my under eyes amazingly. However I still love my Laura Mercier powder more for setting my whole face. For me the Mercier powder leaves my skin with a more velvety feeling. I have to say I won’t be running out of loose powder any time soon. Seriously the RCMA tub is f**kin huge! I was so scared I wouldn’t like it, it would have been such a waste for the size. Minor point, I hate the packaging of the RCMA powder, it’s really awkward getting product. I use the cap to get the powder. If you’re looking for a basic, hard working loose powder for cheap then definitely try the RCMA powder.

Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Foam Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk

I am aware this is comparing the same brand… However Bondi Sand recently released a new gradual tanner. This time it’s in foam form. I’ve been using the gradual tanning milk for about 8 months and I do really like it, both as a moisturiser and a tanning product. BUT I’m always ready try something else.
My first time using the gradual foam was strange. This product doesn’t moisturise your skin like the tanning milk, but it does leave you with a more natural looking subtly developing colour. I found the foam easier to work with and it definitely dries faster than the tanning milk. The gradual tanning milk is definitely better at moisturising and nourishing your skin, but I have always had an issue with the colour it leaves after too  much use. I have preferred using the milk as a means of prolonging the life of a full fake tan. However I will be trying out the foam with a heavy duty tanning mousse to see if it prolongs a tan better than the milk.

we never hug.

 

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This post goes out to a chick I call best friend. To most she’s one of those perfect people that intimidate you just by being near them. She’s not mean or harsh she’s just beautiful and perfect. She holds herself well and welcomes everyone around her with open arms. She’s that person you meet with the tough but amazing job who somehow still manages to resemble a goddamn model. Yes sometimes I have an inferiority complex when I’m around her, but who doesn’t with some friends? You’re meant to surround yourself with good, positive people and she’s definitely one of those… it’s probably inevitable that at some point you compare yourself to your friends.

Unlike every other friendship I have we’re not affectionate. Well we’re not affectionate in a physical way. We don’t hug hello or goodbye, we don’t randomly lean on each other or randomly hug the other. In fact to look at us we’re pretty passive. We sit opposite the other and talk. We say goodbye and walk to our cars, and that’s usually that. Once upon a time before boyfriends, careers, study or general life shit we were inseparable. We were those friends who were lumped into the same breath because we went everywhere together. After finishing high school those precious few years of blissful fake adulthood were spent doing everything together. We learnt how to drink together, took mini road trips together, would  see each other whenever we were bored. I guess you take those years for granted. Those blissful years of zero responsibility were so easy that you forget to savour them.

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To be honest the thought never occurred to me until the other day. We had lunch together, spoke for a while and then left without a hug. I hug all my other friends and some I’m much more affectionate with than the others. However something about our friendship doesn’t seem to call for hugs or kisses on cheeks. For my part I’m almost subconsciously seeking approval from her because I view her as the ultimate person. I almost want to somehow become this unattainable perfect person because that’s how I view her. Sometimes I’ve even found myself feeling as though I’m not good enough for her. That somehow deep down inside I’m just not perfect enough. I suppose that speaks volumes about my self worth views….
More often than not I get jealous of other friends she speaks about, not because they’re friends but because of the way she talks about them. They’re spoken about with such love and affection that I begin to think maybe I’m not on the same level. People may assume I view her as a frenemy but that’s not the case at all. We’re not in competition, I just find myself comparing who I am to her. Which is unhealthy but I’m sure we all have that one friend who we look up to.

With all this being said though I can honestly say I have reached a place where I celebrate my flaws, attempt to change them for the better, or I’ve simply accepted that there are just some things you cannot change about yourself. To be fair I think we’re friends, and have been friends for ten years because we’re both exact twins and exact opposites. We think the same when it comes to most things but not everything. I am the person who always puts her foot in her mouth and says something stupid, but she pretty much always says the right thing. In many ways we balance each other out. I’m the dysfunctional Bart and she’s the together Lisa (or Maggie, let’s face it she was in charge).

To my perfectly beautiful girl. You know who you are and I know you don’t think these things about you, which is why people want to be around you. You’re incredibly humble and I honestly believe you have no clue how much I do look up to you and admire you.

splurges worth the extra moolah.

Recently I have become enamoured with luxury makeup, or high end brands. I don’t know why but something about these brands is hypnotising. The packaging is gorgeous, the brand itself usually holds some mystifying effect on people, and the ad campaigns make you believe these little goodies are worth the extra cash. So I took it upon myself to try some of these well known ridic expensive brands to see if anything was worth that pricey a tag.

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CHANEL 

There’s something mystifying about Chanel. The woman, the myth, the brand, it’s all so wonderfully intriguing. I grew up obsessed with Chanel, to me it was the pinnacle brand. A clothing and beauty house founded by a woman for women. Mademoiselle Chanel is one of the strongest women in modern history. She began a brand in the 20’s and 30’s, a time when women had little, if any influence over the world. And yet she conquered and created one of the most prolific brands in the world.

Everyone and their momma has talked and raved about the Soleil tan de Chanel and it took me almost a year to finally try it out for myself. After months of testing it in store, watching and reading reviews I thought I may as well try this bad boy out. Holy shit am I glad I took the plunge and splurged on this product. The price tag may be steep but I have never used a bronzer with such a beautifully natural finish. As this product is a mousey creamy whirl of deliciousness, it melts into the skin instead of sitting on top of your foundation like a powder normally would. I love using this as an everyday contour product that bronzes up the skin in a really subtle way. I’m sure there’s other products out there that do the same thing but what the hell… I’m gonna use this anyway.

There’s something special about a Chanel lipstick. When you carry one in your purse or the second you apply it to your lips you just feel… sexier. I don’t know why but wearing a Chanel lipstick gives me confidence. The two shades I own are; Rouge Coco in 402 Adrienne (a great everyday pinky nude); and Rouge Allure in 104 Passion (a bright perfect red). As lipsticks go there’s nothing uber amazing or special about these, to be honest my Maybelline and MAC lipsticks do the same thing, BUT they’re Chanel and the colours are amazingly beautiful. I will say these do not dry out my lips or sink into my fine lines. The Rouge Coco especially hydrates the lips throughout the day. If you love Chanel then you have to have these.

Laura Mercier 

The Laura Mercier translucent finishing powder is an epically raved about product on YouTube. I have been using this powder for about 6 months and I love it. It is totally worth the splurge, nothing compares to this powder in my collection. This lovely little container of loose white powder helps to set my under eyes like no other. I also love using this to set my concealer and foundation if I need it to stay in place for a whole night. Although I haven’t tried the RCMA no colour powder… and have been told it is very similar and about half the price and twice the size…. Unfortunately some things are harder to get in Australia.

As highlighters go I love natural finish highlights. Although I can appreciate a NikkieTutorials or JeffreeStar style highlight I feel I can’t wear them with confidence. HOWEVER I love a good natural finish product. My first ever highlighter was the MAC mineralise skin finish in Soft and Gentle (a cult original favourite), so I gravitate to highlighters similar to that. KathleenLights has raved about this Laura Mercier highlighter countless times. I have been searching for it for months but it always seemed to be out of stock somewhere. Until one day I finally stumbled upon the Matte Radiance Baked powder in Highlight 01. It was as if the heavens opened up and dropped this beauty in my lap. Although it says ‘matte’, it is by no means matte. This highlight leaves your cheeks with a perfect natural looking sheen. Be warned this does not swatch well in store, but on the cheeks it is stunning. If you’re into natural highlighters without few bells and whistles than this is for you. It’s probably very similar to the Hourglass ambient lighting powders, but cheaper.

NARS 

I find that people are either MAC lovers or NARS lovers. As it goes I own more MAC products (I mean they’re cheaper), but the few NARS products I do own are wonderful. This little contour duo is the perfect little palette for anyone intimidated by contouring. I found the world of contouring scary, up until now I had only ever used a bronzer to contour or create shape. However this little duo changed the game for me. The contour shade is the perfect cool toned colour for my skin. Honestly this stuff blends so well it’s fool proof, and as contouring goes I’m pretty standard with my ability. The matte highlight shade is great for under the eyes or tidying up your cheek contour.

MAC 

If you’re anything like me then you’re probably scared of MAC pigments. This little tub of colour is the first pigment I have ever owned and I am so glad I chose this colour. The MAC pigment in Melon is pretty well known and I understand why. I use this solely as a bulk lid colour to add a bit of drama to a standard browny/goldy smoky eye. Wetting the brush first with some Fix + or any setting spray will help make this pigment metallic and stick to your lid all day. Melon is made of gold and rosy pink. Usually I shy away from rose golds and pinks but lately I’ve been intrigued by them. As price tags go for the size it’s pretty big, but the quality is totally worth it… plus I don’t think I’ll finish this for a while.