Top 10 Highlighters For Pale Skin

When I first starting getting more obsessed with make up, highlighters were the new big thing. I saw YouTubers saying that certain highlighters were better than others so I went with those ones - only to find out that actually, there are lots of different shades of highlighter and lots of different types too, and not every shade suits every person! So I did a load of research and found lots of pale - skin friendly products and I tried and tested them! Here are my top 10 highlighters for pale skin (although these are in no particular order).

(swatches from left to right are numbers 1-7) 
1. NYX Illuminating Bronzer - Ritualistic - £9.50
This was one of the first white based highlighters that I tried after seeing a YouTube video raving about it. I've spoken about this product before in my Top 10 NYX products blog post and it is still one of my favourite highlighters. It is a very pigmented highlighter but it is buildable, so you can create a more natural look with a light hand or a v…

Testing Technic Cosmetics

If you haven't heard of Technic Cosmetics, they are a very affordable make up brand that is often sold in shops like Bodycare or on eBay, Amazon, Technic's website etc. The prices vary quite a bit so I've priced each item based on Technic's website.

Superfine Translucent Powder - £5.00
This is a very soft, finely milled powder, which adds some colour when blended into the skin, even though it claims to be transparent. With my pale skin, it isn't a bad shade. When you swirl your brush in this powder, even gently, it kicks up a lot of powder and does make a mess everywhere! It looks quite dry and cakey when first applied although once set with a setting spray, it looks a lot better. This powder, unlike many I've tried, doesn't take away the coverage of the foundation underneath and bronzer and blusher both blended out nicely on top of it. I have oily / combination skin and it did seem to keep my oils at bay throughout the day. Overall, it's not a terrible…

Empties! Would I Repurchase?

When you have as many beauty products as I do, it can take a long time to use something up, if ever! So I'm always interested in seeing what other beauty influencers have used up, because it usually means you really like the product. Also, I feel the reviews are more true to life if you've tried the product so many times that you've used it up! I seem to go through phases where I use up a lot of different products around the same time, so I've been hoarding my rubbish effectively for a few weeks now to show you all what I've used up and let you know whether I will repurchase it.

Nivea Black & White Invisible Deodorant - 250ml - £2.50
This is by far my favourite deodorant, and I've tried a lot. I've been using this for years so I've repurchased it around 20 times! I wear black vests the majority of the time and I wear a white top for my netball training and work. This doesn't leave white powder or stains on black clothing at all and it doesn'…

My Everyday Make Up Routine

For those of you who don't know, I work in a Boots store, so I do a full face of make up for work everyday. This is partly because I have Rosacea so I want to cover up the redness in my skin, and also because I have blonde eyelashes and blonde eyebrows but (dyed) dark hair, so I look like I'm dying if I don't have make up on. I have a different make up routine for nights out or events, so I will write another blog post later to cover that. This routine takes me around 20 minutes most days and I do try new make up products and mix it up most days, but I've included some of my favourite make up products for everyday use. Small disclaimer, everyone does their make up in different ways so if you like to apply it in a different order to me, that's fine too!

Step 1:
 - After cleansing, toning and moisturising my skin, I apply a primer.
Recommended: P.S Primer Water - £2.00, L'Oreal Infallible Pore Refining Primer - £8.99, Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer - £12.99


Pale Princess Mystery Beauty Boxes!

This is a new concept I'm trying which is great if you are interested in trying new products chosen by someone else. It is similar to the ideas of swap beauty boxes, subscription beauty boxes or mystery beauty boxes you can buy on eBay.

How It Works:
 - You choose from the list below what type of mystery beauty box you would like. Each box will contain a minimum quantity of items worth the full value of the box, specifically chosen based on reviews, suitability and my own experience with the product. All products will be from known brands and will be purchased from Boots, Superdrug or The Body Shop. Each box will be completely unique and brands / products will differ between each box. You contact me (via Facebook Messenger) to order your chosen box, the products will be chosen and purchased and payment will be required before dispatch. Proof of postage will be provided.

Mystery Beauty Box Categories:  - Dry Skincare Bundle - £20 (guarantee of 5 skincare products)  - Oily Skincare Bu…

The Best Red Lipsticks

I love a good red lip paired with a simple eye look, which has compulsory winged eyeliner! But I struggled to find the perfect red shades and the perfect formula - I'm not a fan of pink anything (goth at heart!) so I wanted a blue / purple based red that doesn't lean pink at all, and I wanted a red lipstick that didn't transfer onto my teeth and lasted all night. It was a struggle, but I have found a few formulas and shades that I love along the way, so I thought I'd share them all with you.

(The above swatches are in the order listed below, starting with Maybelline Matte Ink and ending in Sleek Matte Lip Cream) 

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick - 20 Visionary - £9.99
If you haven't already tried these.. you need them in your life. I currently have 5 shades of this liquid lipstick because I LOVE the formula. These have lasting power that beats any other liquid lipstick I've tried. I actually bought the red shade first (20 Visionary) and tried it whil…

Everything You Need For A Good Pamper Session

Who doesn't love a good pamper? I think it's very important for relieving stress and treating your body, face and hair as it deserves! Here are some of my favourite pamper products..

Face Masks:
L'Oreal Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Mask 50ml - £7.99
I've tried 4 of the face masks in this range and they are all amazing quality! A little goes a long way, they don't dry out your skin, they leave it feeling soft, smooth and refreshed and I think this one in particular is great for acne prone skin.

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Clay Mask - £11.00
If you've got oily or combination skin, you need this mask in your life. It doesn't have the best smell - it smells slightly like seaweed and clay (as you'd expect) but it is great for controlling oils and not leaving your skin feeling dried out.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Mask 340g - £4.30
I've spoken about this mask in a previous blog post - it does feel a little bit like you are smearing thick toothpaste ont…

New Make Up Products I've Tried (Drugstore & High End)

Last week, I uploaded a blog post on the new skincare products I'd tried so this week, I thought I'd let you know what make up products I've recently tried and my thoughts on them. Spoiler alert - overall, I'm really happy with most of the new make up products I've tried!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primeriser - £30.00
I absolutely love the Smashbox Primer Water so when I heard that this primer had been released, I knew I had to try it. It cuts out a step in your morning skincare routine, by being a primer and moisturiser in one. The formula of this is lovely. It has a thin consistency and it does feel like it is hydrating to the skin as well as prepping it for make up. It sinks into the skin quickly and you don't need to use a lot to cover your face. I feel that it blurs my pores slightly and left a nice smooth base to apply foundation on top of, whilst leaving your skin feeling refreshed. The glass bottle comes with a pump so it is easy to get a controlled amount o…