Get glowing: highlighting favorites

I was never one to be overly crazy about highlighting, I already have an oily T-zone and was always afraid it would just enhance it. But with all the craze over strobing, liquid highlighters, etc., I’ve started to fall prey to the lure of glowing skin. Especially since winter is here and I’m just not into having super matte skin like I usually do this time of year, I’ve been using what I’ve got to bring more light to my face. Although I really want to try out the Becca liquid highlighter, I am staying strong and resisting.

Here are some of my faves.

Benefit Watts Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. I got this as a point perk from Sephora, but only used it a few times since because I felt like my powder ones were enough. Since I needed to fulfill my need for a liquid highlighter I pulled this out as the next best thing¬†and have been using it almost daily as a base to my powder highlights. It’s a shimmery light champagne shade that is really beautiful. It’s nice on its own too, I’m just in this phase where I want my highlight to be stronger.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. I’ve mentioned this in a favorites over the past couple of months, and it’s still a favorite. It’s pretty much THE favorite. It’s a soft golden shimmer that is just so perfect. I think it suits my skintone well since its on the warmer side.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer. This is a cult favorite and was actually my number one until I started using the Becca highlighter. It’s still just as beautiful, giving a nice pale yellow, champagne sheen to the skin.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent Light. I use this powder when I want to bring light to my skin, but in a little less obvious way. It’s a soft pearl color that has a sheen, but not a strong shimmer like the others. I use it mostly for times when I’m doing ‘no makeup’ makeup.

MAC eyeshadow in Ricepaper. My favorite inner corner highlight ever. It’s a frost, but not overly so and the buttery golden shade makes it perfect as a highlight that draws attention, but isn’t too much. Just looking at it in the pan, it doesn’t seem like anything to write home about, but really it is.

I swatched them all here, but honestly this picture doesn’t do them justice. They way they catch the light is just beautiful.

Here I’m wearing Ricepaper on my inner corners, along with Watts Up and Opal on the bridge of my nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow. It’s really hard to capture how a highlight looks in reality in a picture, but this was as good as it gets.

BTW, I got my haircut and went darker!

Anyway, please share your favorite highlighters you can’t live without!


Shop my stash: Dior Powder Shimmer in Amber Diamond

Another piece of makeup love that I haven’t used in way too long is the Dior Powder Shimmer in Amber Diamond. This is the first high-end highlighting powder I ever purchased, after it being highly popularized in the YouTube beauty community a few years ago. I’d only used it on special occasions when I first purchased it, I remember thinking I needed to conserve it as much as possible because of its beauty. I didn’t even want to use it at first, lest ruin the design imprinted onto it. Anyway, I didn’t realize back then just how long it takes to use up a highlighting powder (forever) and now I use it whenever the mood strikes.

It’s packaged in a blue compact with a holographic ‘CD’ behind the silver ‘Dior’ name. It even comes with its own little dust bag to protect it from getting any scratches and such. It also has a mirror on its cover which is always a nice addition.

Dior Powder Shimmer in Amber Diamond

The powder is actually 5 shades that you can blend together into one. They range from a pale white frost to a deep bronze that meld together into a beautiful gold/champagne shade. There is no glitter and I find it adds just enough glow to my cheekbones. I don’t like an obvious highlight, but this is buildable if you want it to be more intense. I actually like this best in the summer when I have more warmth to my skin. I usually apply it with the Real Techniques Contour Brush as it deposits the perfect amount of product. It’s also great as an inner corner highlight and I’ve also used it as an eye shadow.

Wearing Amber Diamond

I thought they had discontinued the¬†product, but I think Dior may have just repackaged and redesigned the powder. On the Sephora website I found its reincarnation and the shade is called Amber. I’ve never seen it myself in person so I’m not too sure. Like they say I guess, all good thing must come to an end. I’m happy I got this one because im excited to break it out more once summer hits.

Did you try the original Amber Diamonds? What did you think?

Product rave: the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Review


The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer is my all-time favorite highlighter, the best of the best, HG, can’t live without it highlighter. I know, big words. I’m hesitant to even say ‘holy grail’, but really it is. I compare all other highlighters I acquire to it. And I haven’t found one I like better. I’m surprised that I haven’t mentioned it yet in these past 4 months of blogging, but it had been put on the back burner since getting the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, then the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow. I happily brought it back out this week.


L to R: Mary-Lou Manizer in the pan, swatched, & on my face

It’s a beautiful shimmery champagne colored highlighter with no glitter. I use a duo fiber brush to apply it to the high points of my cheeks, bridge of my nose, Cupid’s bow and chin. It just gives the perfect amount of glow, and it never gives me that shiny, obvious highlighted look.



This highlighter is true to it’s name, it really makes your skin look luminous. It blends into the skin so nicely and makes your skin look brighter. If you don’t own this yet, you should. This gets a lot of hype, but it’s well deserved.


Today’s roundup.

My makeup mood changes so quickly, one week I’m all about minimal makeup, the next I’m into smoky eyes and contoured cheeks. Lately, I’ve been wanting an overall glowy, more natural look. For concealer I used my CDP on any blemishes and Maybelline’s Master Conceal under my eyes, then set it with Incandescent Light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I used my MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus all over my face and Medium Dark around the edges of my face and where I would normally use bronzer. The MSF Naturals are my favorite way to get glowing skin. I kept the eyes light with my Rimmel Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige as a base, then layered Sin from the Naked palette over it. I used Naked in my crease with Buck more towards the outer edge. I skipped the liquid liner and used the Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara on my lashes. To keep the brows more natural, I just kept it to the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper. I highlighted with the Mary-Lou Manizer of course and used the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso for even more glow. Lastly, I used my little sample of Benefit’s Posiebalm on my lips.

What makeup looks are you loving lately?