Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A Pale Girls Guide To: Highlight

A Pale Girls Guide To Highlight | Anastasia, Becca & MAC

Those like me, with a pale ivory skintone, can empathise how difficult it can be sometimes to find a highlight that not only gives you that intense filmstar type of glow, but a shade that actually highlights and brightens too. I so often scroll through Instagram and see so many beautiful girls glistening to the Gods in Anastasia So Hollywood, MAC Oh Darling, Becca Champagne Pop or some other gorgeous golden highlight, but I just know that they would only ever compliment my pasty face if I smothered myself in fake tan, which I don't particularly have the time or patience for (I lie, I could easily make time, I just can't be bothered). Luckily, I've found the perfect illuminators that have basically become my babies, as they mesh to my fair skintone like no other. So I thought I'd put together my own little guide to the highlights that go perfectly for those with fair skin like me and even those girls with the most porcelain skin!

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Starlight Illuminator
Anastasia Beverly Hills | Starlight

Anastasia Beverly Hills | Starlight Illuminator
Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator | Starlight
When Anastasia Beverly Hills first released their Illuminators, the makeup obsessed community went totally heart eyed over them. So Hollywood seemed to be the favourite, a golden sun-kissed shade, but going against the hype, I purchased Starlight. It's a beautiful, frosty pearl shade with a slight warm undertone and it gives you the prettiest, angel-like glow. I adore this one as you can probably tell by the way the beautiful embossing has been massacred (cries).

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Pearl
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Pearl

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Pearl
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Pearl
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors have the most insane pigmentation, are buttery soft and basically one of the best highlighters on the market, in my opinion. I was super excited when I heard about the release of the shade Pearl, which is pretty much as light a highlight as you can get. It's a stark icy white shade that although is lovely, is a tiny bit too pale for me, (something which I was not expecting!) so if you have extremely porcelain skin, this will be your b.f.f.. I do love mixing this one with other highlights and blushes and it's also gorgeous for a bright pop of shimmer on the inner corner of the eyes.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Moonstone
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Moonstone
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | Moonstone
Moonstone is the darkest of the bunch but by no means is it a dark shade. It's a luminous pale gold shade that has a warmth to it that just looks gorgeous without looking too golden, and is one that would look b-e-a-u-t on pretty much every fair skintone. Again, it's super pigmented and is what I reach for when I want to look extra glistening and glowy!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish | Lightscapade
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish | Lightscapade

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish | Lightscapade
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish | Lightscapade
Lastly is an oldie, but a goodie. MAC Lightscapade was the highlight that made me fall in love with highlight, and I used it non-stop for almost a year. It's gives a delicate, candlelit glow which is softer than the rest but beautiful in it's own right. It's perfect for those just starting out with highlighter, or those that don't want anything that might blind you when you open up your compact mirror...

Highlighter Swatches | Anastasia Starlight, Mac Lightscapade, Becca Pearl & Moonstone
Swatches Top-Bottom: Moonstone, Starlight, Lightscapade, Pearl

The next step is finding a halo to match your glowing ~Angel~ skin (best of luck xoxo).

What's your favourite highlight?

xoxo

Friday, 20 May 2016

MAC Lipstick Newbies | Snob & Saint Germain

MAC Lipstick | Snob & Saint Germain
L-R: MAC Snob, Saint Germain

MAC Lipstick | Snob & Saint Germain
L-R: MAC Snob, Saint Germain

MAC Lipstick | Snob
MAC Lipstick | Snob

MAC Lipstick | Saint Germain
MAC Lipstick | Saint Germain

MAC Lipstick Swatches | Snob & Saint Germain
Swatches Top-Bottom: Snob, Saint Germain

MAC Lipstick Swatch on Pale Skin | Snob
Wearing Snob

Okay, hold up, let's take a moment to just forget how completely, utterly, devastatingly late I am to the Snob and Saint Germain party. I feel like everybody loved these two MAC lipstick shades waay back in the day and I mean, for a girl who often professes her love for the colour pink you're probably astonished I didn't own these two shades sooner. 

I'm obsessed with wearing nude pink lipstick shades as my staples for everyday, and my go-to lip combo is always Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink lip liner (which I wear under pretty much everything!) with MAC Creme Cup. As much as I love this duo, I felt like I wanted something more ~pink~ in my collection, a lipstick similar to YSL #7 Lingerie Pink, which is the prettiest pale pastel pink colour (alliteration come at me), but I find the formula a little too creamy so it's not very long lasting. So obviously I headed to the mothership; MAC and picked out two of the most well known girly pink shades, Snob and Saint Germain.

Snob is a gorgeous blush pink colour, which I feel like I can just about pull off as an everyday shade with my pale skintone, as the more tanned you are, the brighter and lighter these lipsticks will look. It's just what I was looking for as a step up from Creme Cup, and adds a nice pop of pastel pink to my makeup. This one is a Satin formula which I find applies really opaque, quite creamy and lasts very well without being drying.

Saint Germain is basically that scary barbie pink shade which used to terrify me whenever I saw it in the MAC store years ago, especially as it is an Amplified finish so it's really pigmented and opaque, plus I was a total advocate for being in the nude lipstick safe zone. Saint Germain is a vibrant bubblegum pink colour and is more cool-toned and almost lilac, compared to Snob. Again the more tanned you are, the more vibrant and barbie-esque it will look, even on my fair skin it does still look quite bright and pastel pink, although I think it would look amazing on dark skin. The trick to making this one more wearable is to pair it with a darker lip liner (my Bobbi Brown one works fine), and I've also worn it with a little bit of Creme Cup over the top to tone it down a little. It looks so pretty and girly though and my boyfriend said he really liked this one on me *runs out to buy 20,000 more*.


Do you own Snob or Saint Germain? Which is your favourite?


xoxo



Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Luxury Harrods Gift With Purchase (That You Don't Want To Miss)

Harrods Free Beauty Gift

Harrods Free Beauty Gift

Harrods Free Beauty Gift | Marc Jacobs Mascara

Harrods Free Beauty Gift | Diptyque Candle

Harrods Free Beauty Gift | Huda Beauty Samantha Lashes

Harrods Free Beauty Gift | Full Contents
Full Contents

If you hadn't already heard, department store giants Harrods are joining in again on the gift with purchase fun and are currently giving away a huge beauty freebie that you really don't want to miss out on.

You're probably already aware of the usual brands that do extra special gift with purchase goody bags every year like Space NK and Cult Beauty, but this lot from Harrods is by far the best I've seen in a while. Why's that you may ask? Because it's completely jammed packed full of amazing, high end brands, great sized products (no sachet samples in sight) and together it's all worth a massive £250.

A few favourites of mine from the goody bag have to be the By Terry Baume De RoseHuda Beauty Lashes (which I've been dying to try out), Marc Jacobs Mascara and a Diptyque Candle. Other note worthy brands include Eve Lom, Sisley, Kiehls, Shiseido, Beauty Blender, Givenchy and tons more,

To get your beauty gift you have to spend £250 or more in the Harrods beauty department and you'll nab yourself all of this lot for free inside a cute pink bag. Gift with purchases are so great if you want to bite the bullet and splurge on a few things on your wishlist, as you'll get so many extras that make it so much more worth your money. Or you and a friend or two could club together and split the goody bag contents! I'd hurry though as free goody bags often fly of the shelves, especially when they're as good as this one.

What do you think?

xoxo