The Highlighters You NEED.

Now with the Summer months approaching here! I thought you may want to see my favourite highlighting products to help give you that beautiful radiant sheen in the summer months.
I’m not sure about you but I’m a sucker for all things glowy, ‘sheeny’ and radiant looking. I love how they instantly help to make me look I’ve had 12 hours of sleep, I have the worlds best skin and to cheat that I eat my 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Lolz.


Who doesn’t love a good highlight?

Best Highlighting Product for a Skincare Lover:
Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concerntrate

I’m kicking off with more of a skincare care treatment product. This is a serum so you need to use it everyday, the more you use it the more it will benefit your skin. It’s more of a long term permanent investment more than a cheaper quick fix ‘fake it’ product, hence the price tag at £59. BUT it’s so worth it.

Meet Lancome’s Advanced Genifique.

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I’ve been a HUGE fan of this product for about nearly 4 years now and used it almost every day since.
I apply this product every morning after I have applied my toner before my moisturiser. I’ve noticed it has really helped to improve the bright appearance of my skin, by making it looking brighter, fresher, more even toned and clearer. It also makes my skin smoother and softer. It works amazingly on a morning to give that fresh bright glow, without leaving the skin feeling greasy, oily or sticky. Its a clear formula which sinks into the skin straight away not leaving any residue or film. The perfect serum in my opinion!

It also works AMAZINGLY mixing it into a liquid foundation which already gives a nice healthy glow, to double the impact – making the skin look flawless!
Available to purchase here at £59 – £94, depending on preferred size.

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Best Highlight for Dark Skin:
MAC Lustre Drops

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If you were wanting more of a an instant result and have more of an olive to dark skin. If you have a paler skin, I wouldn’t recommend so much, as the gold is incredible gold and ‘orange toned’. The MAC Liquid Lustre Drops in ‘Gold’ are stunning. You only get a small amount of product (18ml) but these are incredibly pigmented. Again you can use these on top of foundation for the high point of the face or mix it into foundation. I prefer to apply onto of the foundation as I feel its more noticeable and using a duo fibre brush I feel works well to gently buff the product into the skin without breaking down the base product, as they are very runny.
Available to purchase here at £18.

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Winning Highlight for Multi-Purpose use:
MAC Strobe

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Another brilliant product by MAC which I cant go on a job without is MAC Strobe Liquid Lotion – original shade.

This stuff is amazing! So multi purpose!
You can either use it as a moisturiser base, before foundation, you can mix it with your foundation to lighten it a tiny bit and add a lovely radiance or you can just apply to the high point of the face. Again like the previous MAC product I think it works best to buff it into the skin lightly with a duo fibre blending brush. You can use your fingers with this product but I’ve find it just gets absolutely everywhere and feels like such a waste.
This product has lasted me 3 years – such an investment as a small amount goes along way as its so pearlised. Now MAC have launched some more shades to there collection to get the perfect colour glow you would like ranging from the original (pink) to red, gold, silver, you really should go into mac and swatch. I love the red toned one – which is surprising as the same does sound scarily awful. Its personal preference but I really recommend checking the strobe cream out if you’re wanting a higher end quick fix highlighter that multi purpose!
– Note: Mines the Lotion, I’m not sure if this is still available to purchase, but the lotion is just a tiny bit thinner than the cream, if you’re confused by the name.
Available here at £25.

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Best Photographic Highlight:
Illamasqua Gleam

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Another kit favourite of mine is the Illamasqua Cream Gleam Highlighters in ‘Aurora’ and they do a darker shade in ‘Supernatural’ which I also have in my kit, which is more of a coppery bronzed shade rather than a yellow toned gold in comparison to the MAC Lustre Drops.
Be aware though that you do need to use these sparingly, as they can go a little bit ‘patchy and bitty’ if you use too much on the skin. But they photograph is seamless, so stunning, a really instagram pop of highlight, so soft, satiny but bright and reflective.
I find they only work by patting onto of base product, I don’t feel like they come through if you were to apply before a base product. In my time of using them also I’ve found they work best being warmed on the back of the hand before being patted onto the skin using my ring finger. I wouldn’t recommend a ‘rubbing’ circular motion to work this into the skin, as with the texture its quite thick to needs to be gently manipulated into the skin. If you go into store I suggest swatching this first before buying, so you can feel the texture if it would work for yourself. To me the texture isn’t completely desireable, but I love it because the results it gives.
Available here at £25.

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Top Budget Highlight under £5: 
MUA ‘Undress Your Skin’ Powder Highlight

I am obsessed with these, if you dont own at least one, where have you been. You need to go purchase one and thank me later. You can thank me for introducing you to a super duper cheap life changing powder which will give you compliments to the high heavens every time you wear it.
I own the Iridescent Gold, Pink Shimmer & Peach Shimmer. Hands down all are flawless and beautiful for the price, they give intense colour pay off and such a beautiful sheen on the skin. Apply so easy and are so buildable, they dont apply patchy nor do they looks too cheap or too sparkly with huge chunks of glitter.
My first one was the pink shimmer, and I get SO MANY compliments I cant even tell you when I wear this. I wore this to work once, and after 45 minutes the girl went on her break to go and buy it as  she couldn’t stop staring at the glow haha! Its also been referred to as a ‘unicorn’ highlight too, its incredible. You will love.

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Thank you,




House of Glamdolls: Glambase Wheel 1

THE FIND: House of Glamdolls, Glam Wheel 1


Where: I purchased this at The Glamdolls Studio in London. However you can pick it up here:

The Price: £25

What they say:
‘Created by David Horne, The Glambase Wheel is a mixing revolution for complexion enhancement.  The wheel contains 6 shades that have been blended for easy complexion perfection every time.’

What shades are included?
The GlamBase Wheel is presented in a windowed compact. 35g.
– Glow, this is the central shade which is a reflective ivory pearlised cream highlight
– Illuminate, neutral cream shade to illuminate and lift features
– Sculpt 1, a taupe ashy shade to sculpt and contour
– Sculpt 2, an ochre shade to sculpt and contour
– Perfect 1, an olive based concealer to help lift unwanted violet tones
– Perfect 2, a peach based concealer to help lift unwanted blue tones


Spotlight Moment: As seen featured in The Sunday Times Style

Why I like it:: I always have this in my kit, its a staple product for me now. Purely because its such an all rounder product. It helps to concealer, lift, perfect, highlight, and could also be used a base alternative to a typical foundation.
I think its a MUST HAVE for all make-up artists and student make-up artists. I’m sure those of you who love a good contour and have pale to medium skin this would be a perfect addition to your make-up bags.
Its so compact, light and you get so much product in there. The packaging is plastic, making it easy to clean and surprisingly very sturdy and I have not yet experienced any cracks or damage carrying the wheel between shoots. A big bonus for me is the pigmentation of the creams, they are extremely pigmented so a little bit goes a huge way. Its very reasonably priced also. For 6 colours in the wheel you are roughly paying just over £4 for each colour. Bargain.


How I like to use this: I love to use a variety of different brushes with this product. I love to use my MAC 286 brush, which is a fluffy tapered duo fibre brush, as it blends perfectly seamless. I also like to use the Zoeva concealer buffer brush to mark out the contour and blending in with my finger. I love to use my fingers for the highlight shade as I feel I can judge the amount I am using better than applying with a brush.

The Downfalls: It maybe hard to believe but I cant think of a negative for this product at all! If you have one let me know, I’m intrigued to find one person  who doesn’t like this product yet…

Overall Verdict: Buy this now and thank me later!



Final Images: Water Colour Paint Shoot

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I’m SO excited to be able to share these images with you all now I’ve got them all back!! (YAY)
If you didn’t read the ‘Behind the Scenes’ Post to this, the link is here you may want to read that first before continuing.

Here’s the promised product list:

– Lancôme, Galateis Douceur (Cleansing Milk, All Skin Types)
– Lancôme, Tonique Douceur (All Skin Types)
– Lancôme, Advanced Genifique Serum
– Lancôme, Hydrazen Moisturiser (Without SPF)
– MAC, Cosmetics Strobe Liquid Lotion
– MAC, Lustre Drops (Sun Rush)
– Illamasqua, Light Liquid Foundation
– MAC, Concealer Palette (Dark)
– YSL, Touche Éclat (1)
– MAC, Paint Pot (Painterly)
– HD Brows, Eye & Brow Palette
– MAC, Soft & Gentle Highlight Powder
– Illamasqua, Translucent Powder
– Snazaroo, (Lilac, Purple, Pale Pink, Bright Pink, Pale Blue, Royal Blue)
– Menhron, AQ Paint (White, Black)
– Illamasqua, Precision Ink (Scribe)
– MAC, Chromaline Eye Pencil (NW20)
– YSL Baby Doll Mascara (Black)
– Trish McEvoy, Illuminating Creams (Individuals)
– MAC, Lipstick (Candy Yum Yum)
– MAC, Lipglass (Petit Indulgence)
– NARS, Body Glow

I’m so happy with the final images I’ve got above, it was exactly what I was hoping for, its going to be hard picking just one final image for my portfolio!
A big thank you to Dominique, Adjoa and Cliché Models for all your help!!

Photography – Dominique Stephenson
Model – Adjoa Mensah
Agency – Cliché Models, Manchester
Hair and Make-up – Ruth Brabiner

What products and colours do you think or have found to work best on darker skin tones?

Thanks for reading,

Ruth x