My Highlighter Collection

Highlighter is one of my favorite makeup products. I don't even remember when this highlighter craze began, because when I was growing up this wasn't one of the essential makeup products. Now it seems like makeup lovers are competing who will have brighter shine on their cheeks. I personally love the effect that highlighters can give to the skin. In my opinion shine on certain parts of the face makes you look fresh and younger. For a heavier application, it can look very glamorous and because I love everything sparkly, I obviously love the effect of it. If you only apply foundation, concealer and a good creamy highlighter, your skin can look amazing and you don't really need much more. Maybe some mascara and lip gloss.

That is why I decided to share my collection of highlighters. I'm sure I have more than some and that I have less than some. I can't even use all of these up and it's not that I need them, I just enjoy collecting them. A lot of these are Limited Editions and then there are some classics that you can still get.

This is perfect shade for very fair skin tones. It's white based with very light golden sheen to it. It's very creamy product, but once it gets on the skin it turns into a powder. It has tiny shimmer in ti which is visible, but gives your skin beautiful glow that still looks somewhat natural. I use this more in the winter time and when I use very little skin products. It looks perfect paired with a BB cream and nothing else.

This is one of the rare liquid highlighters in my collection. It's also great for fair skin tone, because it has light champagne shade with strong sheen. It has small champagne shimmer as well as some bigger gold shimmer. It's a bit chunkier, but on the skin it looks natural because of the liquid texture. Once it dries on the skin it doesn't move.

It's my most used cream highlighter. Whenever I want quick makeup look that looks natural, I always go for this one. It's so easy to apply and looks natural. It's another fair skin option with light champagne shade. It almost looks like a mix of light gold and pink, so it's fairly neutral. This one has dense shimmer which is very small and gives the skin that beautiful natural sheen. It's a cream product that stays creamy on the skin. 

It's my least favorite highlighter, because it's not enough shimmery for my taste. It's suitable for fair skin tones, because it has white pinkish toned base to it. It actually looks like a regular powder with some added tiny shimmer. It also has fairly strong white base, so it's not sheer. For me personally this doesn't do much, so I rarely use it. It would be perfect for those that don't really like highlighters, but want to add the slightest sheen to the skin. It's very hard powder texture, so you have to build it up to get the color payoff.

Yes, it says bronzing pearls on it, but it's actually more a highlighter to me. It has a coral base to it that looks more like a very light blush, but on top of it, it also has white shimmer which gives it that pinkish white sheen. I use this more as a highlighter in the summer, when I'm a bit more tanned. That white sheen looks so much like highlighter that I wouldn't use it as a bronzer. You can also use it as a very light blush with a sheen. It's essentially powder in small pearl shapes. Powder is slightly wet, so it gives a nice color payoff. 

It has slightly wet powder consistency. The shade is like a champagne mixed with a bit of pink. It's basically like a darker and pinkier version of Kiko's 100 Gold. It's again one of those that I tend to wear when I have a bit more color on my face. It has tiny shimmer that gives it subtle golden shine, but is very pigmented in general. 

When I want something more pinkish, I always use this. It's my favorite pinkish highlighter. It has very light white pinkish base with tiny gold and pink shimmer. This is also great for fair skin tones, because the shade is very light. It also has that lovely sheen that looks gold on one side and pink on the other. It's so finely milled and has bright sheen. Powder has a bit more wet texture to it.

It's the most fun looking texture, because it's a gel that feels kind of jelly like. Once it dries on the skin it doesn't move. It has pinkish champagne base to it, but tiny shimmer in it gives it very golden glow. It has super fine shimmer and looks very natural and sheer on the skin. The sheen is quite strong and because it's very gold, it looks best on warm skin tones. 

It's perfect for warm fair skin tones. It has very light base, but it's just slightly golden. The base is still very white, so it's perfect for my skin tone. The shimmer in it is so fine that it gives the skin lovely sheen. It's one of those starting to have a nice glow, but is still subdued highlighters.

Hands down the best highlighter by Essence and definitely one of my all time favorites in general. It looks so similar to theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer's texture, but it's a lot lighter in the shade. It has very light golden sheen that can be build up to almost metallic sheen. It's perfect for light skin tones, because it has such a fair gold shade. Powder has again that wetness to it and it's really pigmented. Shimmer in it is really small, but the sheen is very obvious. It's like a more obvious and more metallic version of the Merry Berry version.

It's my favorite highlighter from my whole collection. This is again perfect for light and fair skin tones with warm undertone. It has very light yellow toned sheen to it, but the base looks more champagne. It's very similar to Essence Metal Glam. Metal Glam has more champagne tone to it and Moonstone has more yellow tone to it. Metal Glam is also just slightly more metallic. Moonstone still has quite bright sheen, but looks just a bit more natural. Shimmer in it is super fine. It's that perfect highlighter for everyday use, when you want it to give it glow, but not be too blinding. Powder also has wet feel to it.

Again one of my favorites. but it's just slightly darker than Moonstone, so it's now more reserved for when I have some color in my face (so more spring and summer). It also has that powder texture that feels wet to the touch. Shade is darker than Moonstone, because it's a bit more peachy golden. I would say that this could also be used on medium skin tones. It has tiny shimmer and gives quite metallic sheen to the skin. 

Cream highlighter that is a bit darker than my usual choices. It has pink champagne shade, but has a very cool sheen on the skin. It's very pigmented and blends into skin lovely. It doesn't dry down to a powder finish. It's a bit too pink for my personal preference. It sort of looks natural because of the cream texture, but gives quite strong sheen to the skin.

Powder texture is very dry and almost feels like baked powders. It has strong payoff. The shade is light lavender purple, but the sheen is very cool white. It has tiny shimmer and gives intense sheen to the skin. This is perfect if you want to get rid of dullness on light skin tones. 

If you have fair skin tone and want intense glow, than this one is for you. It has wet powder texture that is really pigmented. It's very light white based shade with slight yellow tint to it, but the sheen is very white. Shimmer is super fine. It's definitely gives the most intense glow in my highlighters collection.

It has that same dry baked texture as Hemisphere. Base is peach, but has that same white obvious sheen. Because of the peach base, I usually wear it when I am a bit tanned. It still gives the shin very cool sheen. Shimmer in it is also tiny. 

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter - Golden Lights

It's fairly light shade, but it has very intense yellow golden sheen to it. It's almost a bit too yellow for my taste, because it doesn't look natural on my fair skin tone. I do love to pair it with more bronzed looks and I especially like to use it as an eyeshadow. Shimmer in it is really small and it has intense sheen. Pigmentation is great. Texture is more dry.

If I think Makeup Revolution is a bit too yellow for my taste than this one is almost unwearable to me. It's even more golden and more yellow tinted. This would probably look amazing on medium skin tones, but for me it's too yellow. I do love it as an eyeshadow or for more creative makeup looks. It has very similar texture to Makeup Revolution. The shimmer is also very tiny and has good pigmentation. 

I've been seeing this one a lot on Pinterest. Apparently it has become quite popular. It's in fact lovely highlighter. It looks almost like a bronzer in the pan and if you swatch it on the hand, it looks too dark. Once you apply it with a brush, it looks a lot lighter. It gives the skin subtle wearable sheen that has tiny shimmer and it looks like a pinkish champagne shade. It's really interesting shade that would probably work for light as well as medium skin tones. It's more suited for warm skin tones. It's just slightly too dark for me in the winter, but once I am not as pale and dead looking, it works. Powder has slight wetness to it. 

This is my favorite darker highlighter for summer time. It has marbled design, so shades depend on which one you take. If it has more white in it, it will be lighter. Mine has more gold in it, so it's darker. If you want something more peachy golden than Essence Pure Nude, than go for this one. It also swatches darker than it looks like on the skin. It's a more peachier base, but with a true gold sheen. This looks stunning on tanned skin. It has enough sheen and glow, but it's not too obvious.

It could almost be shimmery bronzer for me in the winter. I use it only when I'm tanned. It's liquid and has very fine shimmer in it. It blends into the skin lovely and it can be sheered out. It has bronzy base to it, but has very golden sheen to it. I usually mix it with my foundation or just apply it as a subtle sheen on tops of cheeks. It's really pigmented and can be build up to a metallic sheen. 

My personal favorites are Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Moonstone, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Essence Le Metal Glam Highlighter Powder - 01 Gold Digger. For my tanned complexion I adore Terra Naturi Shimmer Powder Body & Face - 01 Golden Highlight. My favorite cream highlighter for a more natural look is Kiko Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter - 100 Gold.

I love everything shiny and that's probably why I fell in love with highlighters. Even though I'll probably never go through all of these, I still have some that I would love to own in my collection. I might still get some, but some are just out of my budget for now. Especially, because I can't justify buying yet another one seeing how many I already own.

Highlighter Wishlist

  1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette 
  2. MAC Vanilla Pigment
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow 
  4. MeMeMe Beat The Blues Skin Illuminator - Oyster Gold
  5. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid - Moonstone
  6. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Opal
  7. Benefit Whatt's Up! Highlighter
  8. Jouer Powder Highlighter - Citrine

I would love to know what are some of your favorite highlighters? Have you tried any on my wishlist and would your recommend them?

Review: Catrice Lip Cushion - 020 Better Make A Mauve

Lately I've been trying out new Catrice and Essence products and most of what I got impressed me. In their new range, Catrice also added lip cushions. An interesting concept that must have gotten adopted from Korean trends. It actually really reminds me of their Beautifying Lip Smoothers, which now come only in three shades. I have some of their previous shades that are not available anymore. 

Lip cushion has plastic pen like packaging. It's black with the details of the shade inside. In it is 3.5 ml of product and it costs 5.29€

You can choose from 6 different shades. I got the 020 Better Make A Mauve, which is actually the most neutral shade in the range. Others are a bit more colorful.

It has a fluffy sponge applicator. You have to roll the bottom of a pan to get product pushed through it. It makes a clicking sound, which lets you control the amount, so that you don't overdo it. Soaked sponge is not the most hygienic application, but if you only use it on yourself, it shouldn't be a problem.  

020 Better Make A Mauve is a warm mix of pink, brown and even some peach. It's one of those shades that will probably suit everyone and what I call my-lips-but-better shade. On my warm skin tone it turns out a lot warmer and more peach based. I assume it would look more mauve on cooler skin tones. It also has tiny shimmer particles in it, but they are so small that I can't tell what color they are.

I compared it to some of my other lip shades and didn't find any shade that would be a dupe. Avon True Supreme Nourishing in Revitalising Raspberry seemed similar, but is a bit more pink toned. It's probably the most similar color to Catrice. MAC Patisserie is again one of those shades that has a bit of everything, but compared to Catrice, it's a lot lighter and slightly more cooler pink without that obvious warm peach undertone. Avon 3D Plumping lipstick in Stolen Kisses is the most pink toned out of all of these and the most vibrant one. Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours lipstick in shade 33 also seemed similar, but it's the darkest shade of these and again more pink toned. 

Catrice describes this as a creamy lip gloss and I would agree. It also contains avocado oil which also makes it a nourishing product and I would almost categorize it under a lip care with color. Texture of it is like a thicker sticky cream. It has shiny finish.

It has really nice pigmentation for a lip gloss. You can apply it sheer or build it up, which also makes the color slightly darker.

It applies super smooth and feels very nourishing and comfortable to wear. It's slightly sticky which makes it stick to the lips well and makes it fairly long lasting for a lip gloss, but doesn't give you that old school sticky lip gloss feel at all.

This also nourishes my lips and my lips are never dry when I wear it, which is a huge plus for me. It's one of those effortless products to apply when you want something colorful, but still nourishing. Everyone with dry lips will adore it.

It's a perfect mix of nourishing lip product and color. It applies smooth on the lips, with just slight stickiness to it and it feels very comforting. Pigmentation is good for a lip gloss and staying power just as well. Shade 020 Better Make A Mauve is a warm toned mix of pink and brown with some peach undertone and tiny shimmer in it. It's a very wearable shade and product for when you want something colorful, but soothing on the lips. 

*Product was sent to me.

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Review: Avon Life (Eau de Parfum, Perfumed Body Spray, Body Lotion)

I got this Avon Life set back in September, but since I find it to be perfect spring fragrance, I decided to write a review now. Avon made this fragrance with the help of famous designer Kenzo Takada. If you have ever had any Kenzo perfumes in the past, you can bet that this one is just as amazing. I had a few of Kenzo perfumes in the past and one of the things I liked the most was their powdery finish, which is not as present in this set as in other perfumes. It's a mixture of Avon style with Kenzo's flower notes. Kenzo also created gorgeous bottle design of this perfume.

Avon Life set includes three products. There's eau de parfum, perfumed body spray and body lotion. I'm mostly going to talk about perfume, because the scent in all is the same. There are just different forms and textures to choose from.

Bottle design is inspired by violet, which is apparently very used symbol by Kenzo Takada. In the notes of perfume is also violet, so it makes sense. The bottle is glass and cylinder shaped with gorgeous intricate violet blossom design as a top. It's combined with gold details and red typography

Paper box has geometric violet blossom designs imprinted into it so it looks a bit 3D. Combination of white and red looks really clean and vibrant in a way.

In the bottle is 50 ml of eau de parfum and the regular price is 37€. Usually Avon has it on sale for less. 

Perfume has a light yellow hue which matches well with gold details. 
Top notes: red apple, water lily, white tea and citruses
Middle notes: violet, peony and Japanese cherry blossom
Bottom notes: iris, patchouli and ambrette (musk mallow).

First spritz of this fragrance is very fresh and floral. It quickly turns into a more gentle romantic floral note. At the end it becomes more sophisticated and sweeter, because of the musk base, but it still has romantic floral notes mixed with it. In general I would describe it as a very grown up scent and to me it's sophisticated to the max. I will say that it's fresh floral scent with just a hint of that warm oriental musk base. It has just a tiny bit of that famous Kenzo powdery base to it, but it's definitely not as prominent as in most of his other fragrances. 

It has good staying power on my skin, as most Avon perfumes. I can definitely still smell it at the end of the day.

Perfumed body spray has white can with white plastic top. It has grey geometric designs of violet blossom. In it is 75 ml of product and the regular price is 6€.

I don't really use these kind of sprays. This is lighter in the staying power and can be used as a refresher through the day, when you feel like the initial power of fragrance is starting to vanish. It might also be better version for those that don't like strong power of eau de parfum. 

Body lotion has the same white plastic tube packaging with grey violet blossom designs. In it is 150 ml of product and the regular price is 6€

Lotion has white light creamy texture. It applies lovely and makes the skin slightly moisturized, but I wouldn't necessarily use it as a body care. It's more for adding another layer of fragrance to the skin to really prolong the scent. This would be great for warmer days, when there's more skin showing out. It has a subtle fragrance to it, that is not overpowering, but still gives you enough of that lovely smell.

I always say I'm not a fan of floral scents, but I might just become one. Avon Life is a lovely combination of fresh gentle floral scent with the combination of warmer musk. The combination is so sophisticated and grown up that I use it for occasions when I want to seem elegant. It's strong in the power, but fairly romantic in the scent. For the price you definitely get one of those perfumes that can easily compare to high end brands. I am not to keen on perfumed body spray or body lotion, because I don't use these. But if you like your fragrance to stay on through the whole day, these might just add you more layers of power. 

You can buy this as a set or just buy each product separately on Avon (Slovenia).

*Products were sent to me.

Ta Avon Life set sem dobila že v septembru, ampak ker se mi je zdel vonj popoln za spomlad, sem se odločila, da set ocenim zdaj. Avon je ta vonj ustvaril skupaj z znanim modnim oblikovalcem - Kenzo Takada. Sama sem že preizkusila nekaj Kenzo parfumov in pri njih me je vedno najbolj navdušil pudrasta podlaga. Ta sicer ni tako zelo prisotna v Avon Life parfumu kot v drugih. Dišava je kombinacija Avonovega stila parfumov in Kenzove ljubezni do cvetličnih not. Kenzo je tudi ustvaril čudovit dizajn stekleničke parfuma.

Avon Life set vsebuje tri izdelke in sicer parfumsko vodo, parfumiran sprej za telo in losijon za telo. Večinoma bom govorila o parfuumu, ker je vonj v celotni liniji enak. Razlika je samo v oblikah in teksturah.

Dizajn stekleničke je dobil navdih po vijolici, ki je večkrat uporabljen simbol Kenzo Takade. V notah parfuma je prav tako vijolica. Steklenička je steklena v obliki valja. Pokrov je oblikovan kot cvet vijolice. Steklenička je kombinirana z zlatimi detajli in rdečo tipografijo. 

Škatlica parfuma ima vtisnjene geometrične dizajne cvetov vijolic, zaradi česar izgleda 3D. Kombinacija bele in rdeče deluje precej čisto, a hkrati tudi živahno.

V steklenički je 50 ml parfumske vodice. Redna cena je 37€, čeprav jo Avon pogosto ponuja ceneje. 

Parfum ima rahlo rumeno obarvano tekočino, ki se odlično ujema z zlatimi detajli. Zgornje note dišave so rdeče jabolko, lokvanj, bel čaj in citrusi. Srednje note so vijolica, potonika in japonski češnjev cvet. Spodnje note so iris, pačuli in mošus.

Prvi val dišave je zelo svež in cvetličen. Hitro se spremeni v bolj nežno romantično cvetlično dišavo. Na koncu postane sofisticirana in sladka dišava, predvsem zaradi mošusa, čeprav je še vedno čutiti prisotnost cvetličnih not. Na splošno bi to dišavo opisala kot odrasel vonj in predvsem zelo sofisticiran vonj. Zame je ta mešanica sveže cvetlična z razhlim dodatkom toplih orientalskih not mošusa. Na koži je čutiti slavno pudrast občutek, ki spremlja večino Kenzo dišav, čeprav pri tej ni tako močno prisoten kot pri drugih.

Na moji koži je parfum dobro obstojen, kot večina Avonovih parfumov. Ob koncu dneva ga še vedno voham na sebi.

Parfumiran spraj za telo ima belo embalažo s sivim geometričnim dizajnom cvetov vijolic. V njem je 75 ml izdelka in redna cena je 6€. 

Sama ne uporabljam teh parfumiranih sprejev. To je lažja verzija glede obstojnosti in je lahko uporabljena kot osvežitev prvotne dišave čez dan. Je tudi boljša opcija za vse tiste, ki so vam parfumi premočni. 

Losijon za telo ima enako belo plastično embalažo s sivimi dizajni cvetov vijolic. V njem je 150 ml izdelka in redna cena je 6€.

Losijon je lahka bela krema. Nanaša se z lahkoto in koži doda rahel sloj navlaženosti, čeprav ga sama ne bi uporabljala namesto negovalnega izdelka. Je bolj kot ne dodaten sloj dišave za na kožo. Z njim boste še dodatno podaljšale obstojnost dišave. Izdelek je odličen za toplejše dneve, ko pokažemo več kože. Ima občutno lahkotnejšo sestavo dišave, čeprav koži še vedno doda dovolj vonja.

Vedno poudarjam, da nisem nadušena nad cvetličnimi vonji, ampak očitno me je en definitivno navdušil. Avon Life je čudovita kombinacija svežih nežnih cvetličnih not v kombinaciji s toplim mošusom. Kombinacija deluje izredno sofisticirano in odraslo. Dišavo uporabljam ob priložnostih, ki iz mene privabljajo eleganco. Je precej močan vonj glede obstojnosti, a dokaj romantičen v sami svoji sestavi not. Za ceno se zagotovo z lahkoto kosa z dražjimi znamkami parfumov. Sama nisem navdušena nad parfumiranim sprejem za telo ali losijonom za tole, ker jih ne uporabljam. Če pa želite, da bo vonj ostal na vas skozi cel dan, boste to z lahkoto dosegle s slojenjem vseh treh izdelkov. 

Pri Avonu lahko kupite celoten set, ali pa vsak izdelek posebej.

*Izdelki so mi bili poslani.