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Full face using only highlighters

A couple of videos popped up on Youtube recently for the ‘Full face using only highlighters’ challenge. Some of them are so hilarious I had to share them with you. Enjoy watching!

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Beauty Favourites 2015: Face

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During the summer I loved my Honeypie Minerals Foundation, which I purchased the full size of. In the colder months or for a night out I prefer my Rituals Gemstone Foundation. For liquid foundations I’ve been using Boots Botanics – All Bright Radiance Balm as a base for a couple of months now, it gives a nice glow to the skin.

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To set my makeup I almost exclusively used MUA’s Pro Base Prime & Conceal Powder, which I actually bought for a Halloween look if I remember correctly. It does a great job though. I mix all the colours and apply it lightly and my makeup stays matte for a while.

A purchase on a whim turned out to be my favourite everyday blush: MUA’s Lolly. A long time favourite of mine, and unfortunately not available anymore, is Catrice’s Multi Colour Blush in Gone With the Wind [Hollywood Fabolous Fourties Limited Edition]. Last year I mentioned my Everyday Minerals’ blushes and they are still products I use on a regular basis.

I think in the last two years, a lot more products have found their way into my makeup routine. Not necessarily on a daily basis, but certainly when I feel like putting on a full face of makeup. When I never seemed to bother with Contouring and Highlighting in the past, I know have a couple of favourites for both categories.

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I would say Beauty UK’s Baked Box Halo 3 is my No. 1 highlighter. I also really enjoy Topshop’s Glow Highlighter in Polish and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Mirage. For highlighters cream products work quite well for me. Not so much for contouring though. I have Illamasqua’s Cream Pigment in Hollow, but although the colour is great I just never really reach for it. Instead my current favourite is Makeup Revolution’s Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love, which I use as a contour shade. It is very pigmented and suitable for pale skin.

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New In: Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit

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Barry M – Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.49)

What BarryM says:

Barry M Chisel Cheeks provides the perfect tools to shape and define your natural bone structure. The travel-sized palette includes a light powder to highlight, a bronzer to warm, and a dark powder to sculpt for a perfectly enhanced appearance.

What I say:

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I think it is not easy to find a nice and matte contour or bronzer colour. Recently in Boots I came across this kit by Barry M and the swatches in store were promising.I do like the colours and I find the kit is very handy for traveling as well. Additionally the lid has some tips on how to apply the colours, which reminds me of Too Faced products and I think it is a really good idea. My first impression is that the colours can be applied easily and last a decent amount of time for the price. Overall, I am happy I picked up this kit.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, PETROLATUM, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN [+/- CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]

New In: Illamasqua – Face Palette in Semblance

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The face palette consists of the following Illamasqua products, which are also available separately:

  1. Gleam in Mirage
  2. Powder Blusher in Hussy
  3. Cream Pigment in Hollow
  4. Eyebrow Cake in Thunder
  5. Powder Eyeshadow in Slink
  6. Powder Eyeshadow in Dizzy
  7. Powder Eyeshadow in Tango
  8. Powder Eyeshadow in Obsidian

What Illamasqua says:

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Multi Facet Palette comes housed in a sleek, mirrored compact. Complete with a mini double ended angled and blending brush this features 8 ‘must have’ shades to complete a full variety of eye and cheek looks. Use the double ended brush for eyes and brows and fingers for cheeks. With new Gleam in Mirage, best sellers Cream Pigment in Hollow, Eyebrow Cake in Thunder, Powder Blusher in Hussy and four beautiful Powder Eyeshadows you can create a multitude of looks with just one palette.

What I say:

Overall, the palette is very compact and offers a range of products to create an (almost) full face of makeup. I think the palette will come in very handy when travelling. If you are new to Illamasqua, this is also a great way to try different products and their formula, before committing to buy the full size.

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The eyeshadows are very buttery and pigmented. I tried the included brush to apply them, which did work, but will not become my preferred way of application. The colours are all blendable and work well together. I can see myself grabbing these in the morning when I want a quick makeup look. Find below two eye makeups that I created with the palette.

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Hollow is probably the product I was most excited about, as everyone and your mum have been raving about this product. Most people use it as a contour shade for pale skin, but this ‘matt and crease-resistant formula has been designed for use on the face, eyes, lips and body’. I used my finger to apply the product but am wondering if it might be easier to blend with a brush. I definitely have to try this product a couple of more times to see how well we get on, but the colour is certainly well suited for pale skin.

The eyebrow powder in Thunder luckily goes well with my skin tone and hair colour, yet I think it is very difficult to offer one shade that will suit everyone. If it doesn’t match your skin tone, you could always use it as an eyeshadow though. The product can be applied dry and wet. I prefer to use it dry with the included angled brush, but that may just be because I am not used to do my brows with a liquid/wet product.

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If you have read my post on Sleek’s palette in See You at Midnight, this might sound familiar to you… I already own the powder blush in Hussy, a beautiful bright pink shade with a matte finish. Therefore I was actually planning to pick up the palette in Aura but somehow managed to put Semblance in my basket. 😀 It took me quite a while to figure out the differences between the two palettes in the first place, because they look very similar. Aura is probably better for lighter skin tones as the blush and highlighter are paler than the ones in Semblance. The eyeshadows are also a bit more neutral. Both palettes contain Hollow, Thunder and the eyeshadow in Obsidian.

The highlighter in Gleam is quite different from any other cream highlighter I have ever tried, but I think although it looks a bit scary in the pan, the colour is a lot more sheer and neutral on the skin. I find it best applied with my fingers.

The palette is currently on sale for £13.50! I paid £22.50, which I thought was already a pretty good deal, but if you like what you see you should probably head over to the Illamasqua website right now.

Ingredients:

Gleam [Codecheck]:  ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MICROCRISTALLINA CERA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE), OCTYLDODECANOL, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, MICA, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL GLYCERIDES, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), CARMINE (CI 75470)].

Hussy [Codecheck]: TALC, DIMETHYLIMI- DAZOLIDINONE RICE STARCH, MICA, AQUA (WATER), MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-150, SILICA, RICINUS COMMUNIS OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, QUATERNIUM-26, METHYLPARABEN, GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, ETHYLPARABEN,CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), CANDELILLA CERA(EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, STEARIC ACID, PROPYLPARABEN, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), TETRAHYDROXYPROPYL ETHYLENEDIAMINE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL,CERA ALBA(BEESWAX), PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CARMINE CI 75470, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007, RED 36 CI 12085, YELLOW 5 LAKE CI 19140, RED 7 CI 15850, RED 21 LAKE CI 45380, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE CI 77163, YELLOW 6 LAKE CI 15985, MANGANESE VIOLET CI 77742, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510, RED 40 LAKE CI 16035, RED 27 LAKE CI 45410] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE. STOP USE IF IRRITATION OCCURS.

Hollow [Codecheck]: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), PARAFFIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) AX), NYLON-12, CETYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), PETROLATUM, CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), OLETH-10, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BHT, GLYCERYL STEARATE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CITRIC ACID [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 16035 (RED 40 LAKE)] [NON-USA SHADES +/-: CI 12085, CI 45380, CI 45410].

Thunder [Codecheck]: KAOLIN, TALC, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007].

Powder Eyeshadow [Codecheck]: Talc, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-150, Phenoxyethanol, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Silica, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Ethylparaben, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Propylparaben, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Carmine Ci 75470, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77288, Chromium Hydroxide Green Ci 77289] (Eu Exclusive Shades May Contain: Ci 12085, Ci 15850, Ci 45380, Ci 15985, Ci 73015, Ci 45410, Ci 77266). May contain Carmine as a colour additive.

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Highlighter for pale skin

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From left to right:

(1) Catrice – Prime And Fine Highlighting Powder in 010 Fairy Dust (4,49 €)
(2) Topshop – Glow Highlighter in Polish (£9.00)
(3) Alverde –  Rose Tinted Highlighter (2,99 €)
(4) Beauty UK – Baked Box Halo 3 (£3.99)
(5) Sleek – Face Contour Kit in Light (£6.49)

As you can see my collection of highlighters is still rather limited and there is only one natural product in here, the liquid highlighter by Alverde, which I love by the way. I would be keen to try some mineral highlighters at some point, but for now, let’s have a look at the ones I have.

Most of these are powder highlighters, which I find a bit easier to handle and build up. Nevertheless, the Topshop cream highlighter and the Alverde liquid highlighter are great products too. All the highlighters you can see in the picture above have a more pinkish undertone that I think usually works better on pale skin than golden highlighters. The Catrice product has the least pigmentation of all the highlighters shown above. My favourite product in here must be the Beauty UK one, it gives a really nice reflection on the face and still looking very natural.

Catrice – Prime And Fine Highlighting Powder

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What Catrice says:

A wonderfully soft powder to create highlights on your face and décolleté. A silky shimmering perfect finish. To be applied on top of all CATRICE make-up types.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

TALC, MICA, CI 77891, BIS- DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRICTRIGLYCERIDE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 75470, CI 77492, TIN OXIDE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, CI 77491

Topshop – Glow Highlighter in Polish

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What Topshop says:

Cream highlighter. Blend cream onto highlights of face to highlight and boost radiance.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Mineral Oil (Paraffinium Liquidium), Octyldodecanol, Mica, Cocoglycerides, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Ozokerite, Nylon-12, Lanolin Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bht, Tin Oxide +/-: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).

Alverde –  Rose Tinted Highlighter

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Alcohol denat.*, Glycine Soja Oil*, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Mica, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Isoamyl Laurate, Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil*, Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract*, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Parfum**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Coumarin**, Citral**, CI 77891, CI 75470, CI 77491

Beauty UK – Baked Box Halo 3

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What Beauty UK says:

The beautyuk baked-box collection brings healthy, holiday-glow skin to the high street. Capturing sun-baked summer bliss in 4 iridescent shades that highlight and define with a veil of subtle shimmer. Complete with flip lid box and large mirror for ease of application.

This product is vegetarian friendly.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Zinc Stearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Theylhexylglycerin, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum, Benzyl Silicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool. [+/- Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891]

Sleek – Face Contour Kit in Light

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What Sleek says:

This iconic duo compact is an essential tool for achieving a beautifully sculpted and defined appearance. Includes a silky, matte, easy to blend contour powder and an illuminating highlighter for a natural glow.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Talc, Aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Stearate, Jojoba Oil. +/- may contain Iron oxide yellow CI77492, Iron oxide red C177491, Iron oxide Black CI77499. Highlighter: Mica, Talc Zea mays (corn) starch, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2,Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Nylon-12, Silica, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Pigment.