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My Favourite Highlighters For Every Budget

Highlighters For Ever Budget

We’re coming up to that time of year when our gorgeous summer glows start to fade and our skin begins to look a bit dull. There are some incredible highlighters out there, you don’t have a spend a fortune on to get a gorgeous glow. It was one product I used to skip, but since trying out a number of brands I’ve found a few that I totally love and couldn’t be without.

Here are some of my absolute favourites, from powders to liquids, they can all be used to enhance a summer tan or add some warmth to winter skin.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Liquid Highlighters

It took me a while to get into liquid highlighters but then I discovered GOSH Lumi Drops . These are so easy to use, just add a small amount to the back of my hand, then using my finger tips I apply and blend the highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones and along my brow bone or mix it with my foundation for an all over radiant glow. I expected it to be be a runny consistency, but it’s more like a gel, so they’re a lot easier to handle. I have the shades Peach and Rose Gold, which are absolutely stunning, they look a lot darker in the bottle, however they are both light, pearly colours and look beautiful after I’ve blended them in.

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops are absolutely incredible, they’re in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator making it easy to use. I apply these the same as the GOSH ones, blending it in with a beauty sponge. It dries quick, giving off a stunning glow, making it quite possibly one of the best highlighters I’ve ever had. They’re available in 5 different shades and cost £6.99 each, so super affordable.

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Highlighting Palettes

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense highlighter then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which gives the most incredible glow..

Revolution Renaissance Illuminating Radiant in the shade Rose is a pretty amazing drug store palette that really packs a punch. It’s an absolute bargain for only £8. There are three rose toned pressed shimmer powders that can be used as blusher, highlighter or eyeshadow to give skin incredible glow. You can swirl them together or use them individually. The packaging is gorgeous, a beautiful rose gold compact that slides into a soft pink velvet sleeve.

No7 Shimmer Palette is a fab one, it’s perfect for an all year round glow it’s made up of shades to flatter any skin tone, giving an extra lift to your complexion. The mix of colours mean it can be used to enhance a summer tan or add warmth to winter skin.

Powder Highlighters

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder

I first fell in love with the shade Peonies Please after seeing it on YouTube, so I was determined to hunt it down. Honestly it is so pretty with a soft baked feel and an almost marble effect to it. This Illuminating Powder is probably more of an all over cheek product as it adds a rosey colour as well as highlighting. I apply it with a fan brush as it’s extremely pigmented and this allows me to build up the colour gradually. It’s perfect for adding a healthy glow without being too over the top glittery.

Makeup Revolution Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

Do you have a favourite highlighter? Have you tried any of these?

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Hempz Aromabody Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer

Hempz Aromabody Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer

I tend to spend as much time looking after the skin on my body as I do my face, especially now we’re going into the colder months. I switch to something a little richer and more creamy to keep my skin soft and nourished. A body moisturiser that does what it says on the tin and gives me all the feel of Autumn is bound to be a winner. It’s going to be one that I look forward to using every single day.

Hempz Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer is from their new Aromabody range and is aimed towards extremely dry skin. If you’ve not heard of Hempz before, they are a vegan skincare brand and their products are all paraben free and gluten free. They sell everything you need for healthy skin and hair, all the products contain 100% natural hemp seed oil and are rich in vitamins. You will be spoilt for choice from the delicious range of beauty treats which include body washes, moisturisers and lip balms. I first discovered Hempz back in January, I’ll leave the link to my review in case you want to find out what I thought of their body wash and lip balm.

You know I’m going to mention the fragrance first, right? Let me tell you it smells amazing, with a warm comforting feeling as soon as you massage it into your body. Ok, so it doesn’t exactly smell of milk and honey, it reminds me of that home baked smell that wafts through the house just after you’ve made a batch of muffins. I promise you it smells good enough to eat.

It comes in a sturdy 500ml bottle, which is a decent size and will most likely be enough to last you all the way through til the Spring. I’m glad it has a pump as this makes it so much easier to dispense to moisturiser compared to a squeezy bottle. It looks pretty good standing on my bathroom shelf, although I’m seriously thinking of putting it under lock and key to stop other family members from helping themselves.

The moisturiser has a thick creamy texture and is almost like a gel formula. As it’s quite a heavy cream I was expecting it to take ages to be absorbed into my skin and I’d have to wait forever to get dressed. To my surprise it doesn’t sit on the skin and melts in really quickly. Oh boy, this is one of the most nourishing moisturisers I’ve ever used, my skin felt soft, hydrated and velvety smooth after I had applied it. Anyone with dry skin, then this is the one for you, it even helped on the drier areas like my elbows and knees. And like I said, you get a warm comforting feeling from the delicious fragrance the moment you put it on, the smell does linger for a while but it’s a small price to pay for a little indulgence after your morning shower or evening bath routine.

One of the main ingredients is Pure Hemp Seed Oil and is a great source of vitamins, including Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6. It’s also packed with other key ingredients including Agave Extract, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil. Cocoa butter and Shea Butter, all designed to soften and hydrate your skin. Shea Butter provides heavy moisture and essential nutrients to the skin, helping to protect against free radical damage and daily elements. Plus the antioxidant properties help to nourish your skin and keep it look and feeling it’s best. All this while smelling deliciously yummy.

Other products in the Hempz Aromabody Milk & Honey* range include an Exfoliating Herbal Body Whip, a Herbal Body Wash and a Herbal Hand & Foot Creme.

Have you tried anything from the Hempz range? Do you switch up your skincare depending on the seasons?

*This post includes PR samples

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OGX Lavender Luminescent Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner

OGX Haircare

Purple shampoos have been an absolute saviour for my blonde hair and getting rid of those brassy tones. Whether you have subtle highlights or complete all over platinum, then you most definitely need a good purple shampoo, you’ll thank me in the long run. But with so many on the market, how do you know which one to go for?

For me it was a case of trial and error, plus a lot of patience, which is something I don’t have a lot of. On a recent visit to Boots I noticed the shelf with the OGX Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, just waiting to drop into my basket, and ooh look, they were also on special offer with 20% off.

Why not, I thought, won’t do any harm. Or could it?

OGX Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

If you’re not sure how a purple shampoo works, it helps counteract a specific colour and remove the yellow or brassy tones from blonde hair after it’s been colour treated. I had been using using one I bought in a hair salon, which was ridiculously expensive and it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

I was expecting OGX Lavender Luminescent Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner to be a really intense colour, I was surprised to see they were both so light and the shampoo was almost a clear light violet shade. How could these possibly work, I thought they had to be highly pigmented to do what they were designed to do – banish the brass.

How wrong I was. I was so happy with my hair after the first time I used the OGX Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, and the shade of blonde is just beautiful. No brass, no yellow, just exactly what I was after from a hair care product. The actual condition of hair felt really good thanks to the Lavender Oil and Chamomile extract. It felt clean, soft and nourished, and not in the least bit dry. This shampoo and conditioner will most certainly help my coloured hair last that bit longer before my next treatment at the hair salon.

Plus the OGX Luminescent Platinum duo smells absolutely divine. I have to say the fragrance makes them the perfect accompaniment to a shower gel I’m currently using. I have been used to a purple shampoo that had a real chemical smell, so this made a welcome change.

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Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Summer days maybe coming to an end but we can still make the most of them with our beauty routines. That feeling of fresh, dewy skin and not being caked in a layer of heavy makeup. You may have only spent a few minutes on your makeup look, but you’re left feeling pulled together and ready for the day ahead.

Jane Iredale have recently launched in the UK and their makeup is fully mineral based, each item is kind to your skin as well as looking great when you’re wearing it. They have an excellent range of shades in each product, which includes BB Creams, Foundations, Tinted Moisturisers, Lipstick, Eyeshadows and Blushers. Even their concealers are mineral based so your skin will reap the benefits on those days you need a little extra coverage. Mineral makeup is better for your skin as it’s non-comedogenic, creating a barrier on the surface and allowing your skin to breathe rather than clogging up the pores. It’ll help protect your skin against pollution and the minerals include active ingredients that will truly benefit your skin.

Sound good so far?

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

I’ve been testing four products from Jane Iredale and first up we have a PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in shade Brown Sugar. The palette includes three colours which complement one another well and are highly pigmented, they can also be applied wet or dry, depending on the look you’re going for. The soft creamy eyeshadows blend together beautifully and last for ages with no creasing. The eyeshadows are full of ingredients that will benefit your skin, even those with sensitive skin like me.

The PurePressed Blush in shade Barely Rose, a browny pink colour, is so subtle and natural it’s perfect for everyday use. This has become my go-to blusher on those days when I don’t want to wear too much makeup. Just a sweep of this blusher gives my cheeks a natural flush of colour. Again, it blends in beautifully over the top of a BB Cream and lasts pretty much all day.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

PureMoist Lipstick gives a pop of colour while hydrating and protecting your lips just like your favourite lip balm. These come in a vast range of shades. I found it so hard to choose but eventually went for the colour Renee, a beautiful pinky rose. It’s the kind of lipstick I can just swipe on with a touch of mascara and BB Cream and feel made up without having to spend hours getting ready. These balmy lipsticks are highly pigmented and super long lasting, they are packed with vitamins, Orange Peel Wax and Moringa Butter to soften, hydrate and protect the delicate lip area. I don’t normally say this about a lipstick but they smell divine thanks to the Blackberry extracts. I must say, I absolutely love the sleek gold packaging, I think it looks extremely classy and is slim enough to fit into even the smallest of clutch bags.

Jane Iredale have just launched a new range of Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks in 15 different shades, there’s even one called Sharon (maybe I should have chosen that one!) but I’m officially in love with the shade Tania, a natural pinky peach. The creamy formula gives a matte finish and is super hydrating and won’t dry out the lips. The lipstick sits comfortably on the lips and is extremely long lasting, managing to stay on well through lunch and an afternoon coffee break. That’s pretty good going in my book. It contains Moringa Oil, a rich antioxidant which will nourish and soothe your lips and a unique blend of waxes to protect and hydrate your lips. I’m even one of those people who get excited about the magnetic click when you close the lid. At £24 they are on the pricier side but oh so worth it, I will have to treat myself to a couple of darker shades just in time for Autumn.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale products are also cruelty free. This is a brand I couldn’t recommend enough, I absolutely love the makeup I’ve been using and I’m so glad I came across them on social media. You can learn more about Jane Iredale on their website and Instagram.

Have you tried mineral makeup before? How did you get on using it?

*Items in this post are PR samples and have kindly been sent for the purpose of a review. All photos and opinions are my own.

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Delicious Body Treats From Bilou

Bilou Bodycare

I have a real weakness for anything sweet. Anything from food, beauty and the candles in my home, then I’m usually first in the queue. Makeup palettes that smell of sweet peach and lipsticks with a yummy smell of of chocolate have all made it into my makeup bag. When it comes to body care there are quite a few products that have an almost synthetic fragrance, despite the delicious description.

One brand has got it spot on with their body care range. German Brand, Bilou, is well known for it’s unique fragrances and have recently come over to the UK and is exclusive to Superdrug. You’ll find a much larger selection of products online but they are starting to filter more into their stores. Products include delicious scents such as Coco Cocktail, Pink Melon, Fizzy Berry, Cotton Candy and Tasty Donut, and everything is 100% Vegan.

I was very kindly sent some products from the range to try out for myself and I thought you’d like to know my thoughts on each one.

Bilou Bodycare

Fizzy Berry 2 in 1 Body Spray

The first product is a 2 in 1 body spray it states it’s a deodorant as well as a body spray. I tested this on a day I was just pottering around at home even though it smells absolutely divine, I shall still keep wearing my normal deodorant, just to be safe from body odour. If you are a lover of all things fruity then this is definitely one for you. The scent reminded me of cherry sweets and lasted quite a while on me, the spray felt really gentle on my skin thanks to moisturising ingredients. I think it’s perfect to carry in your bag if you want a quick freshen up during the day.

Cotton Candy Gentle Cream Foam

I couldn’t wait to see how the Gentle Cream Foam performed as I’m use to a thick body lotion. This moisturiser is super lightweight and fluffy which comes in an aerosol bottle, you only need half a pump to produce a good amount of product. to cover your whole body. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it absorbs really quickly, great if your in a hurry and need to fly out the door in the morning. It contains Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil to help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. The fragrance isn’t quite as strong as the body spray which I quite like, it means I can wear my usual perfume during the day without this body foam overpowering it.

Pink Melon Creamy Shower Foam

I wasn’t sure how I’d get on using the shower foam at first, I’ve used them before and some have dried out my skin. This one didn’t in the slightest, my skin felt hydrated afterwards, once again you only need to use half a pump to get your whole body clean. It’s also in an aerosol can and the consistency is light and fluffy, I did feel as though I was showering myself with a bottle of the squirty cream you’d use on your trifle. It has the most incredibly delicious summer fragrance, as though you’re being showered with melons and sweet raspberries. One morning I’d run out of shaving foam and this made an excellent substitute,  it certainly smelt a lot sweeter.

I’ve really enjoyed using this range over the summer and at only £3.99 they are such a great bargain. Bilou really haven’t compromised on the quality, not all body care I’ve tried at this price point is as good. Their products smell amazing and leave my skin feeling soft, oh and can I just mention, how cute the packaging is!

Have you tried any of the range from Bilou? Which one was your favourite fragrance?
*this post contains PR samples
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