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Beauty Favourites: Enhancing Your Features

Alright so, in many of my more recent "favourite" type of posts on the blog, I know I've mentioned perhaps all of the products mentioned here at least in each of those beauty posts. You can definitely browse through those to hear my thoughts there, but for some time now I really hoped I could compile all of them and combine everything into this post for all of your highlighting and contouring needs. 

Now that I have had some time with each product too, I think I gathered enough time to really give you my detailed thoughts on each one and why I love them so. 

So get ready for that golden glow as I break it down for you! 

The reason why I have collected so much is because I really do love what highlighting and contouring can do overall to your look. Especially now that 'strobing' is a new thing (which all it really is more of an intense highlight) there's a definite longing for people to have that fresh, dewy glow. I love it because yes, it's fresh and pretty, but it's also just so good to enhance or amplify the features you already have. It's why it's never a missed step in my beauty routine! 

Some days I'm more lighter than other days, but it's a need/must/want in life and if this post doesn't scream that, I don't know what will! 

Get That Highlight

So how do you highlight? Pretty much where ever the light hits on your face, you want it there. Any place you want to, lack of a better word, highlight and emphasize? You got it. So, on the top of your cheekbones (You can suck your cheeks in to see), bridge of your nose, the point of your noise, and a little on top of your eyebrows and under the arches does the trick. 

MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle: This was my first ever high end? high lighter I purchased ever. I don't think I ever owned a drugstore version, but this was my first highlighter ever to start highlighting in general. Described to be a 'gilded peach bronze', it stays true to its description as it is does have a peach undertone to it! This was one is so pretty to lightly add on the top of your cheekbones and it's nice and subtle! Which is nice if you're not a fan of that intense shimmer. I noticed after adding more, it can get a bit ashy? If that makes sense, so a little dab here and there in the same spot on top of your cheekbones is good! 

The Balm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer: Cindy Lou is more of a recent purchase (see here) and I decided to add it here, because it is defined as a highlighter but it's more of a pretty shimmery blush. It has a lighter pink in shade and is pretty to add onto your cheeks. The thing is though, because of the lighter shade, it is so easy to definitely pack it on without realizing. It's really shimmery and powdery, so a little goes a long way! 

The Balm Cosmetics  Mary-Lou Manizer: Ah, my favourite highlighter! I think this one tops all of them because it's so pigmented and bright! I know some are afraid of that, but I love it. This one is definitely more of a champagne tone to it, and because of that it's more visible on a lot of skin tones. I love that sheen glow it puts onto your face in one dab and I love to layer it. This is so good especially when you don't want that much of a heavy make up look, but having a good highlighted shimmer onto the high points of your cheeks, and where light would hit off, does so much and makes you look bright, awake and glowing from within. 

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone: This one is also so pretty and bright but compared to the Mary Lou, it's a bit softer and less in-your-face. I like to layer this and the Mary Lou for more of that brighter glow and it does a great job as a combo. 

Nars Illuminator in Copacabana: This is my first liquid highlighter and I got it because again, it's a good way to layer it first and add a powdered highlighter on top for more of that shimmer. It's a good base for it, and also great to mix in your foundation if you want more of that sparkle to your face. My only problem with this one is that it does set pretty quick. So if you don't blend it in time, it can leave harsh edges and it's hard to blend it out.  What I try to do is use a little and dab really quick to set it all in place. 

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone (Liquid): So I was refraining from getting this because I already had the pressed compact and because the regular sized bottle was a bit more than I had imagined price wise. It wasn't until I was checking out at Sephora that I saw the travel-sized one and I caved. It was much more of a reasonable price and I knew I would use a little too, so I wouldn't run out anytime soon. This one I like because the colour is a bit more champagne and it's more thinner in consistency so it's easy to blend out and place on your face! So I like this one underneath and place any powdered highlighter on top. 

Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Flushed Palette in Native (highlighter): I decided to add this one because I think it's a great alternative for travelling or on the go. I like this one because it has your blush, highlight, and bronzer and it comes with a mirror! The reason why I liked this one is because the highlighter is really bright too. What's also is cool is that you can use each strip individually but if you want that flushed look all at once, and you're in a hurry, just swish your blush brush the entire area and place like how you normally do blush, and tada! 

Contour, Contour, Contour

Right, so you know how to highlight, but how do you contour? For me, it's essentially right at your cheekbones, so once you suck in your cheeks, just place them into your hollows of your cheeks and blend, blend, blend! Then after on the side of your temples and down your jawline. If you really want to keep it on, you can also do the side of your nose as well. 

Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Flushed Palette in Native (bronzer): The one thing I didn't like as much with this bronzer that I didn't really realize until actually using it, was how much red-ish the shade was. It was something I didn't quite like the look of on me, but it's still really pigmented and gets the job done. All in all, it's not the first bronzer I would set out to use, unless it was the only available. 

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola: As you can tell in the pictures, I have already hit pan because that's how much I use it. This is my third box I believe. I mentioned it before but it's the perfect shade naturally and a powder that can add more of the bronze when you build it up. It's perfect! I use this to further my contour to add more depth since it's a bit darker too. 

MAC Cosmetics Minerlize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun!: I have grown to love this so much more combined with the Benefit's Hoola. Give Me Sun gives you what the name says. It adds a nice warmth overall and it's great when you add the Hoola bronzer to further deepen the contour. I like it because it gives you the warmth and bronze in a more natural way and it doesn't look so dramatic on its own either. 

The Balm Cosmetics Betty-Lou Manizer: Out of the 4 shades, this one has the most shimmer and glitter to it. It can be used overall onto the face (like a blush) because of it and on its own and you got everything covered. I love how pigmented it is and again used this with say, the Give Me Sun, it adds more dramatic of a look. This is also so great as a eyeshadow too because of how strong it can be! 

I'm always on the look out for more bronzers and highlighters... Guilty! But these ones I really have grown to love and found the best ways to use them. I like some more than others, but I know which ones work best and now later on, I know which ones to repurchase! 

I hope you got some insight and also hope it can help you on your next beauty purchases! 

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