Monday, 30 January 2017

HIGHLIGHTER SERIES #4: Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Champagne Pop REVIEW

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(My highlighter series is a series of reviews running through January and the beginning of Feb where I look at the most blogged about highlighters of 2016 and decide if they're worth it or not! I'm going to put up a highlighter series review every Monday.)

Champagne Pop. Is there much more to really say? It's a cult favourite. A blogger must-have. A make-up hoarder necessity. Now with the words 'Skin Perfector' in the title, this little compact has a lot to live up to but slap the gorgeous Jaclyn Hill's face on the packet and I'll pay good money to have even a small chance at it. At £32, this little baby isn't exactly drugstore so it took me a while to fork out the buck for this sucker.

This collection was originally labelled as limited edition, which I missed out on first time round, but was brought back due to popular demand. Usually I hate when companies do this! I'm a companies dream and will buy products purely because I'm scared they'll sell out and I won't have the chance to buy them again, so I get a bit annoyed when they're released again and I could have thought my purchase through a bit more. But, as I missed the first release of this I'm actually pretty happy they brought this back to their permanent collection.

Housed in Becca's traditional rubberized packaging, the highlighter is relatively safe from my clumsy hands. I say relatively because mine actually shattered after I dropped it on my bedroom's wooden floor *cue a tiny violin* hence my awful photoshoped image above. The packaging looks attractive and hard wearing but I think the product smashed due to the extremely soft texture of the product. Now, I actually adore the consistency of this highlighter; I love everything about the way it applies, the way it feels, the pigmentation it gives, the way all my brushes pick it up - so I think I'm going to just have to deal with being a bit more careful with not dropping it!

As said, this product is extremely soft to touch. It literally feels like dipping your finger into butter. When my pan was in one piece (sad face) I used a Sigma tapered highlighting brush and it was extremely pigmented, definitely a night time highlighter or for a glam #instagram look. If you like a blinding highlight then this is definitely the one for you.

Despite having a very dramatic glow, the colour is surprisingly 'natural-toned' or is so on my NC35 skin. If you've been following my highlighter series, you'll know that I've been on the hunt for a strong gold toned highlighter for what feels like ever, unfortunately Champagne Pop is not that highlighter. Luckily, CP is a gorgeous colour but I'd say it is rather a peachy pink than a gold and champagne probably being the perfect colour name for it so well done Jaclyn on the perfect name - did that sound condescending?

Champagne Pop did not necessarily accentuate any pores more so than any of my other highlighters, nor is it necessarily that glittery, but I wouldn't say it's a glossy-look highlighter like L'Oreal's True Match Powder Illuminator (another fav!) either. Wear time is nice, lasting all day with primer and a decent foundation underneath (usually my fav Nars All Day Luminious). Champagne Pop has risen to number one spot on my top fav highlighter list, purely due its amazing pigmentation and buttery smoothness. I adore this product and NEED all the other Becca highlighters now. What are your opinions?

Pigmentation is AH-MAZING
Soooooo smooth and buttery, my brushes pick this product up so effortlessly
Gorgeous, versatile colour for any skin type - even dark skinned gals could rock it (would be quite daring tho)
Not too glittery
Ma fav highlighter eva. Just buy it and you'll see what all the fuss is about. Seriously.

Did smash easily
Can't do a natural look with this one! It's all or nothing! (Not a problem for me - but might be for you!)
Doesn't give a glossy look. (I need to drop it with this glossy-look thing.)

If you're looking for a show stopper then look no further because Champagne Pop is truly blinding. Warning: these products aren't for the faint hearted!

View past series:
#1: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette
#2: Nars Albatross Highlighting Blush
#3: Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator Gilded Honey

Monday, 23 January 2017

HIGHLIGHTER SERIES #3: Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator - Gilded Honey REVIEW

Buy here for £21.
(My highlighter series is a series of reviews running through January and the beginning of Feb where I look at the most blogged about highlighters of 2016 and decide if they're worth it or not! I'm going to put up a highlighter series review every Monday.)

Recently I've been after that perfect 'golden glow' for my NC35 skin but my skin tone is at that awkward in-between colour where shades are either too light that they don't give a golden look or it just looks like I've shoved bronzer on my cheekbones. Laura Geller's Gilded Honey is a typical 'Instagram Made Me Buy It' product, after seeing all these girls with similar skin tones to me rocking that perfect golden highlight while wearing this highlighter I had to pick it up to see if it was really worth the hype. I love glitter as much as the next make-up obsessed girl but sometimes you just want a glossy-look highlighter instead, and that was exactly what I was hoping from the pictures I'd seen on instagram.

I have to admit, despite this highlight promising a whole lot and costing not too much (£21) it took me quite a while to buy it. I think it was due to the poor, cheap looking packaging. The flimsy, plastic lid reminds me of a cheap product from the drugstore that I'd pick up for around a fiver and when I'm paying over £20 for a single product, I kind of expect decent packaging - or at least something that looks like it's going to last being thrown around in my handbag. However, Cult Beauty offer a 15% off code for new customers YOU15 (I just open a new account every time - oopsie) so I picked it up using that and I felt a little less guilty.

Gilded Honey provides a very luminous glow to the skin once applied, but unfortunately the colour payoff just isn't there. I suppose this doesn't necessarily have to be a negative thing for a highlighter, it just depends what you're looking for but for me who's looking for a true golden glow, I was disappointed that there wasn't a stronger colour payoff. As expected, this really isn't a glittery highlighter and as I'm all about that glossy look at the minute I was impressed with the luminosity of this highlighter and I still wear it often, despite the lack of colour pigmentation.

Gilded Honey is soft to the touch, but not as buttery as Becca's highlighter's, and I find it best applied with a tapered highlighting brush or stippling brush. I'm yet to try applying it with my fingers but I've heard that works well also. Wear time is nice, lasting throughout the day and due to the lack of glitter this product did not accentuate my pores.

Overall this is a nice product, but not mind blowing and not up-there with my top fav's. Do you need this product? Not really. Is it a nice addition to a make up lovers collection? Yeah, and because it's so small you can easily put it in your make up bag if you need to take it travelling. I recently took this highlighter on a trip to Vienna with me and I survived using just this for a week!

My tips are;
If you can get it discounted on Cult Beauty - do so!
If you can't afford to get both, get Becca's Champagne Pop instead. They're in the similar colour family but Champagne Pop is so much more gorgeous.
Layer it up!!!!!!

Do you own this highlighter? If so, what are your thoughts?

View past series:
#1: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette
#2: Nars Albatross Highlighting Blush Review

Monday, 9 January 2017

HIGHLIGHTER SERIES #2: Nars Albatross Highlighting Blush Review

Buy here for £23! (Remember - Asos do student discount!)
(My highlighter series is a series of reviews running through January and the beginning of Feb where I look at the most blogged about highlighters of 2016 and decide if they're worth it or not! I'm going to put up a highlighter series review every Monday.)

Althought Nars Albatross isn't necessarily a 2016 cult beauty favourite, it's been a highlighter that I've been eyeing up for years now. I love Nars blushes (Orgasm being a cult favourite and one of my personal all time favourite blushers) due to their intense pigmentation and butter-like consistency. Now if you're into really glittery highlighters, then you may want to give this one a miss, but if you're more into the glossy look then keep on reading.

The stark white pan looks quite intense; I showed my mum whose a similar skin tone to me (mac NC35) and she recoiled and said it was far too bright and out-there for her. But with a light hand it can look so pretty and give a natural, luminous glow from within. Due to my really strong warm undertones the gold undertones running through Albatross really suit my skin and I just can't put this highlighter down. You can't really see the yellow in the pan, but it really is there and is definitely gold on the cheek.

After recently trying Jeffree Star's Princess Cut Skin Frost (review soon!) I was really happy to find that the texture of this was a lot smoother and very soft, a lot similar to Becca's Champagne Pop (one of my favourites). It's strongly pigmented and you can build up quite an intense glow if that's what you like, but as previously said you can also keep it quite natural as well. The wear time is nice, with it lasting around 6 hours on my oily skin (on top of primer and foundation). I use this for nights out because I love the intensity I can create, and because I have so many natural highlighters that don't get much of a look in any other time, but if you can only afford one then I really recommend considering this!

Albatross was actually a bargain for me, ASOS have recently introduced their rewards system where you get ASOS vouchers for spending money on their site! I pay for premium (£10 for a years worth of next day delivery - so worth it!) so I end up spending quite a bit of money on ASOS and without even realising I had a £20 voucher sitting in my account. ASOS also let you use your student discount alongside the voucher! So including delivery, this highlighter only ending up costing me 70 PENCE. Can I say bargain any louder?!?!?!

Obviously for 70p, this is a no brainer and a million percent worth it, but even at the full retail price of £23 I think this is a good highlighter which I'd buy again. Other than my beloved Becca Champagne Pop, this is definitely up there as one of my new favourites. Have you tried this before? What do you think of Nars highlighters?

View past series:
#1: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Monday, 2 January 2017

HIGHLIGHTER SERIES #1: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette Review

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know about my highlighter series running all through January (and if you don't know about my instagram you should go follow me on @alyspace ) but for those who don't, I'm posting a highlighter review every Monday throughout January where I'm going to be looking at the cult favourites of 2016! A recent buy for me, and a long overdue purchase, is the Sleek Solstice highlighting palette, which is the review that's going to kick off this series.

The palette includes 4 different shades; 3 powders and 1 cream. They are all relatively cool-toned shades, which is not usually my thing on my yellow toned skin, but it surprisingly works with this palette. Here's a quick look at the colours!

Ecliptic: is the only cream shade in this palette. It looks very purpley in the pan but is surpsingly more of a champagne colour. I don't actually reach for it all that much, just because I feel like I have more pigmented cream highlighters from Jouer that suit my skin tone better, but by no means is this a bad cream highlight. It's pigmented and creates more of glow-from-within look rather than a glittery streak on your cheekbones.
Hemisphere: is a purple lavender colour with a very luminous glow. I wouldn't wear this every day but it's lovely to play around with, or to apply very lightly just for a subtle cool-toned glow. Colourpop's Hippo or ABH's Purple Horseshoe are very similar.
Subsolar: is an extremely light yellow highlight. It verges on being gold whilst still being quite a cool-toned colour. I really like this shade and it's extremely pigmented. I found this was the only highlight in the bunch that accentuated my pores somewhat, which is disappointing, but it's still pretty nonetheless.
Equinox: is the warmest in the palette. Equinox is a copper/peach colour with an almost metallic finish. This is my favourite shade in the palette and I've been wearing it almost every day! I would pay the full price of this palette for this shade alone.

For £9.99 at your local Boots or Superdrug, this is a no-brainer. Even if only one shade worked, it's still only £10 for a beautiuflly pigmented highlighter - so the fact that you get 4 is amazing! I can see why this was in everyone's favourite videos this year and I've already bought the other two shades (oops!). Verdict? DO NOT HESITATE. DROP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND PICK THIS UP. RIGHT. NOW.

What do you think about this palette if you have it? Or are you going to pick it up? :)
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