These Fenty Beauty highlighter duos cost £26 and are available from Harvey Nichols in the UK. The shades in the duo I have are called Fire Crystal and Lightning Dust. The compact they come in is octagonal and white and if you look at it in the light it actually shines a holographic/iridescent sparkle which is a nice touch! There is a mirror inside.
These duos come in four different variations and I think the idea with all of them is that there is a more subtle ‘daytime’ highlighter and a more intense ‘evening’ highlighter. Of course, you can where either whenever you damn want ;).
In this duo, Lightning Dust is the subtle one and Fire Crystal is the intense one. However, I honestly don’t find Fire Crystal that intense and Lightning Dust is very, very subtle. That’s not to say they are bad but if you’re looking for an intense or buildable highlighter, this duo probably isn’t one to go for. Lightning Dust gives a very soft sheen to the skin so is ideal for if you really don’t want obvious highlight. It is also a super creamy formula considering it is actually a powder; this can make it hard to pick up with a brush. Fire Crystal translates differently in different lights; sometimes it looks peachy, other times white gold or pinky. It does have some glitter in it which does get left behind as it wears off. It’s definitely more intense that Lightning Dust but it still has a subtlety to it so that it doesn’t look super obvious or made-up on the skin.
I find these highlighters can rub away into nothingness quite easily, possibly due to the creaminess of the formula. I don’t find it to be a very long lasting formula but with highlighters I don’t personally mind if it doesn’t last all day.
I was surprised how subtle this duo was and, despite having it for a year now, I’m still not really decided on how I feel about it. I don’t reach for it often and doubt I would buy it again though so make of that what you will. It’s very pretty but I think I prefer something that packs more of a punch. If you like your highlighter very subtle though or don’t wear much makeup you might love this. I need to make more conscious effort to use it and maybe I might change my mind and decide I love it one day!
If you’d like to read what I thought of the Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Foundation click here.
Love Nicole xxxx
The first product I’ve ever tried from the brand Jordana, this is their Complete Cover 2 in 1 Concealer and Foundation. It costs a very affordable £5 for a 30ml tube and is available from Beauty Bay.
The consistency is very thick and creamy and when applied it has a tackiness to it. I went for shade 01 Fair Beige, which is supposed to be for ‘fair skin with yellow undertone’ and it definitely has a very yellow undertone! It does look a bit ‘off’ on me but I can just about make it work.
From the name and the consistency, I was of course expecting immediate full coverage. However, this was not the case. It actually required quite a lot of building up to achieve full coverage as my redness and blemishes were still showing through after the first layer. It is also quite streaky so is definitely best applied diligently with a damp beauty sponge. With perseverance though, a near full coverage can be achieved.
With this coverage though comes a very heavy and very made up look. It is not subtle or remotely natural looking, especially true for me with this shade which, when built up to full coverage, looks very yellow/orange! The finish leans more towards matte but it is not flat or powdery. Unfortunately, I found that it settled into my pores which is a major downside for me.
With wear throughout the day, I found this foundation caked up and went patchy in areas. It did stay on my face for the most part, although it broke up in the normal oily areas like the forehead and chin and it almost completely came off the tip of my nose (I have normal skin but obviously I do still get oiliness in the T-Zone as the day goes on). I also suspect some further oxidisation resulting in an even more orange appearance!
As you can probably gather from this review, I’m not too impressed with this foundation. It may be cheap but if it’s not good then it doesn’t matter how cheap it is. It’s not absolutely terrible and for a few hours wear with a lighter hand, it can do okay. However, it’s not a product I would buy again or recommend.
Love Nicole xxxx
This pressed powder from Soap and Glory is available from Boots for £12. I bought this on a bit of a whim in store as I just really needed a pressed powder, and actually, I was really impressed.
The packaging is good and has a good size mirror inside. In the pan, the powder leans yellow in tone which doesn’t translate strongly on the skin, however I do think it adds some brightness.
I found this sets my makeup really well and keeps it in acceptable condition all day with no need to touch up! It doesn’t break up in an ugly way when any oils start coming through. By the end of the day, I’d be slightly shiny but nothing that bothered me or made me think “omg I’m a mess”. This is great for me as I am really not one who can be bothered with touching up throughout the day!
On application, it sets everything down and mattifies without looking cakey or overly powdery. When I have used it later on in the day to touch up, say if I’m going out again later in the day or evening, it brings any shine down and perfects and refreshes my skin and makeup, again, without any cakey-ness.
I’m glad this rather impulsive purchase paid off and I discovered a pretty great powder available on the high street.
Love Nicole xxxx
This highlighter from Becca was originally created in collaboration with YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill. It costs £32 for the (8g) full size, however, you can now buy it in a mini (2.5g) for £15! Champagne Pop is a soft gold with a pinky peach undertone and it is a beautiful shade that can flatter so many skin tones!
The formula is lovely and smooth and there isn’t too much kick back when you pick it up with a brush, despite it being a very fine pressed powder. I suppose it is an intense highlight, but you can make it more subtle if you want by being very delicate and not picking up too much product. It’s not glittery at all, instead being about sheen and having a metallic quality. It catches the light so prettily and doesn’t sit on the skin like a ‘stripe’ of highlight.
I can’t say I’ve ever measured how long it stays visible on my face but I’ve never had any problem with it transferring or slipping around.
What else is there to say about a highlighter really? It’s very pretty, looks lovely on the face and there’s no deal breakers with the formula. If you like the look of the shade then I say go for it!
Love Nicole xxxx
If you haven’t already tried Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer, then you really need to. It currently retails for £4.19 so is very affordable and it happens to be a brilliant and reliable concealer.
It is a liquid concealer and comes in a 6.5ml tube with a doe foot applicator. The formula is a creamy liquid, neither too fluid or thick. It is very easy to blend and a high coverage can be achieved.
Under the eyes, I find it performs really well and lasts all day. After applying and blending it (always with a Beauty Blender), I let it crease in the lines underneath my eyes. I then press my ring finger in the areas it has creased to melt them away. Doing this reduces creasing that would have happened otherwise throughout the day. I do this with all my concealers and it helps a lot to prevent creasing. I don’t set underneath my eyes with powder because I think it looks awful and it really ages me! If anything, I think powder just accentuates concealer creasing when it does happen. This concealer lasts really well without being set so honestly, you don’t need the powder!
The only real negative to this concealer is that it has a very poor shade range. Considering the success Collection have had with this concealer and how popular it is, I’m surprised they haven’t capitalised and introduced a wider and more inclusive range of shades.
If you can find a shade in this range, then I definitely recommend trying this concealer. I’ve re-purchased this countless times and will continue to do so. It’s a concealer I know I can trust and rely on.
Love Nicole xxxx