Sephora Collection Illuminate Palette

HOLD THE PHONE; is this a new highlighter palette you say? You’re not wrong, introducing the new highlighter palette in my life, the Sephora Collection Illuminate Palette.

Grand entrance? Yes, but for good reason; this new highlighting palette from Sephora is a gorgeous new addition to my collection. It packs a punch in the pigmentation department, plus it’s kind to those on a budget.

Let’s have a look at some swatches shall we?

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1# – The first shade in this palette is a subtle pale pink, perfect for eye shadow or highlighting. I love a little pop of this in the inner corner of the eye, and it’s beautiful over a pinky blush.

2# – Cue the golden goddess shade of the palette. This shade is gorgeous all over the lid, and reminds me of a subtle version of Urban Decay’s half baked. While this is a lovely colour for summer, I can’t wait to team this with Burgundy lipstick in autumn.

3# – Number 3 is a pure shimmery white, not my favourite but definitely has its uses as a brow highlight / intense cheek highlight. Great for nights out when you want to tell the world you’re wearing a highlight.

4# – A stunning yellow-gold, number 4 is definitely my favourite for cheek highlighting. I use this shade all the time, and it hugely reminds me of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. LOVE.

5# – While this isn’t a cheek shade I can rock with my complexion, I adore this shade as an eyeshadow. This pairs beautifully with shade 2#, and is another that I can’t wait to pack on in the autumn time.

6# – And last but not least we have a stunning mauve-pink shade, the most wearable colour in the palette in my opinion as it doubles up as a blush and a highlight. Great with a tan as well as brightening paler skin.

Overall I’m very impressed with this palette. Pigmentation isn’t emphatic by any means, but I prefer to gradually build up a highlight rather than worrying I’ve applied too much.

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This is an excellent dupe for the Becca Afterglow Palette, which is currently sold out and nearly double the price.

My only qualm with this palette is the packaging. I’d have loved to have seen a mirror with this palette, and the packaging isn’t particularly sturdy. However given that you get a huge amount of product here for your money, I’d highly recommend if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the current popular highlighters on the market that still packs a punch.

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April Favourites

April has mainly been a month for skincare – with the cold of winter finally saying farewell, we look to the summer months for bronzed, glowy skin that will probably remain in our British dreams.

I’ve been really into oil based products lately, and April has been no exception. Prepare yourselves. This is going to get oily.
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Wella Hair Oil

I’ve been loving this hair oil lately – I bought it from my local hairdressers recently and I’m totally hooked.

If you have tangly hair after washing it, you will LOVE this. You won’t be tugging at your hair, and it will leave your hair silky smooth afterwards. Lovely.

Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser

I am really loving this stuff right now – pretty much just because of the smell. It smells like an incredible mix between The Body Shop’s satsuma lip balms that we all know and love, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

It makes me feel nice and awake in the morning, plus it packs a punch in the moisture department too.

Barry M Nail Polish in ‘Pink Lemonade’

I’m not really a pink kind of girl, but this is beautiful. A real dusky, nude pink, this nail varnish is lovely as it goes with any outfit, and although it’s pretty chip-proof, you can’t really tell if it’s chipped anyway as the colour is so pale.

I never thought I’d really be one for pink nail varnish, but this is lovely.

H&M Halo Illuminiser

This is a beautiful, cool-toned highlighter, that lasts really well on the skin. A little goes a long way, so you don’t need much!

I really like this on the tops of the cheek bones, and because it’s a cream, it blends in really well with the rest of my makeup.

What have you been loving in April? Let me know in the comments!

MAC Cream Colour Base in ‘Hush’.

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MAC Cream Colour Base in ‘Hush’ Review

I’m going to be honest from the start here – I am a sucker for a pretty highlighter. High-end, Drugstore; you name it – I’ve probably tried it at some point, and no matter how perfect I think one may be, I’m always on the look-out for the next best.

Until now.

mac cream colour base hushI’ve been oggling MAC’s Cream Colour Bases for the longest time, and when Tanya Burr posted a tutorial using one in the colour ‘Hush’, I decided I had to get my hands on it. After finding it was sold out in various places online and in a few stores, which only excentuated my desperation for this product, I was ecstatic to find one in the stand-alone store in Brighton. This store is amazing by the way, it was really busy when I visited on the weekend but the staff were lovely and couldn’t have been more helpful.

I used it that night as my boyfriend and I were going out for dinner, and oh boy, it is beautiful. As the name suggests, it’s a creamy highlighter with a tint, which is great if you don’t want to go too full on with blush; however it is very flattering when applied over blush too. It enhances the pigment and longevity of the colour you put onto your cheeks, and also looks lovely on the bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.

While can be worn during the day as a subtle blush/highlighter hybrid, this is a more special product for me, and I’ll be saving it for evenings out when I like to spend more time on my make-up. It has completely rivalled my previous favourite, the Topshop Glow Pot in ‘Polished’, which of course is still stunning, but the pinky/champagne pigment to ‘Hush’ just blows ‘Polished’ out of the water. While Topshop’s Glow Pot is much more affordable at £9, ‘Hush’ is very affordable for a MAC product at £15.50, especially considering you only need the smallest amount.

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‘Hush’ applied lightly to cheekbones.

I genuinely feel that with these two products I don’t need anything else to highlight. Powder highlighters have never really impressed me, and I couldn’t imagine a highlight more beautiful than ‘Hush’ in particular.

Think I’m being too hasty? Please let me know your favourite highlighters in the comments!