Beauty

2018 Makeup Inventory – Part 4: Highlighters

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Hey guys, how are you doing today?  Hope all is well for a Monday.  Did you have a good weekend?  Nothing exciting on my end, just went grocery shopping.  But that’s not what we are here for today, is it?  Nope.  Today is Part 4 of the ever long Makeup Inventory series.  Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 are linked for you, just in case you missed those.  Forewarning you, this is going to be a long one.  For some God awful reason, I have a love of highlighters although once placed on the skin, they all tend to look similar.  Now, I know I am not the only one who has a love affair with highlighters.  Admit it, you do too! Hahaha  I have tried my best to shorten this as much as possible, but it still is going to be a long one, so be prepared!  Well, enough blabber, let’s move on to the glow!

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LeahERaven.com | Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Starlight Illuminator (discontinued) – 2
If you have read a few of my posts by now, you will know this is my all-time favorite highlight.  It sits on my skin just perfectly, giving me this beautiful pale gold sheen to my skin.  Literally, a piece of me died inside when I realized Anastasia discontinued this.  I happened to get a back up from Glambot that I am cherishing, once this one is gone (though I’m sure it will take me YEARS), it’ll be somewhat a sad day in this household lol.  However, the Urban Decay Sin highlighter, mentioned below, is an EXACT dupe.  So, I think I’ll manage haha.

 

LeahERaven.com | Bitter Lace Beauty Highlighters

Bitter Lace Beauty
1. Bloodlust ($18 US – Limited Edition)
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Bloodlust is described as a gives red with a warm amber shift to it and contains fine metallic shimmers in it.  This is a great dupe for Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Raw Power and thinking on it more, I should have moved this to the eyeshadow section because I do not use this as a highlighter.  But, we are already here so I’m just gonna leave it.

2. Deadly Nightshade ($9 US – being discontinued)
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Deadly Nightshade is described as a cooler toned grey-beige with green and pink undertones.  It also contains larger sized shimmers in the product.  Now I know that maybe you are thinking a red highlighter is unique, but this shade tops that.  I personally have never seen a shade like this.  However, I have yet to use it as a highlight so I’m not sure how it works on the face.  Honestly, I only purchased this because of the Nightmare Before Christmas reference.  No other reason.

3. Slay (Halloween Limited Edition)
Slay was a limited edition Halloween shade.  It is no longer advertised on their website.  To me, it looks like a white-based gold that shifts a bit green with fine shimmers throughout, but I do know for sure the “blood splatters” is Bloodlust (it was mentioned on the Bloodlust page).  Being a Halloween freak, I had to get this.  No other explanation needed.

 

LeahERaven.com | Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighters

Black Moon Cosmetics
1. Centipede ($22 US)
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Centipede is described as a pale, banana yellow moonlighter (see what they did there?)  I have definitely enjoyed this shade and the shade I’m going to mention next as highlighters.  They are very pretty on the skin, giving more of a natural type of glow but can be built up.  However, they are not a revolutionary type of shade or formula and a bit on powdery side, though they do smell nice.

2. Squid ($22 US)
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Squid is described as a diamond white moonlighter.  Very pretty on the skin, this one gives off a more icy type of glow, but like I mentioned before, nothing revolutionary about this shade or formula.  Although, they do offer more interesting shades, such as a lime green, blue, “root beer bronze,” pink & gold, and a lilac purple.

 

LeahERaven.com | Essence

Essence
1. Pure Nude Highlighter in 10 Be My Highlight ($4.49 US)
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The best way I can describe this shade is a nude glow.  I will say, anyone lighter than me and I think it’ll look like a nude stripe on your face.  For me, this is more of a natural type of highlighter, where it gives you more of a lit from within type of glow; you just appear radiant in my opinion.  Definitely recommend for those of you my skin tone or deeper if you like a natural glow (and hey, doesn’t break the bank!)

2. Single Eyeshadow in 08 Apricotta ($1.99 US)
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Let me stop you, I know this says eyeshadow and it is marketed as such.  However, this shade is STUNNING as a highlight.  This shade, as well as the next one I’m going to mention, were product recommendations from Taylor (ThaTaylaa) as highlights, and boy was she right!  If you want a BLINDING type of highlight, this is right up your alley.  This shade has more of a light peachy tone to it and looks so wet on the skin.

3. Single Eyeshadow in 19 The Grammy Goes Glammy (discontinued shade)
This shade I guess was discontinued because I could not find it on the website.  This is more of a white champagne shade and just like the previous shade, stunning as a highlight.  I do know Essence still makes the shade Snowflake if you are looking for more of a white highlight and Cotton Candy which looks more like a pink based highlight.  I wish they would re-add this shade because it is lovely!

 

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Physicians Formula
Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Natural ($13.99 US)
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If you were to ask me, out of all the highlighters I own, what I would recommend if you are looking for a great highlighter when you are just starting out, I would say pick up this one.  Why?  It is an incredibly multitasking product AND you can get several different shades of highlight.  Plus, it’s drugstore.  You can go pink, bronze, white, champagne, you name it, it’s offered in this product.  Honestly, you can multitask pretty much any product, but this one is very compact and gives you a wide variety of shades.  Great, great product.

 

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Urban Decay
Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Sin ($26 US)
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I love this highlighter, it reminds me so much of the Anastasia Starlight Illuminator that I love so much.  The effect is a little more subtle than the Anastasia one but can be built up.  It blends so beautifully into the skin and looks so glowy.  Love, love, love this one!

 

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Wet N Wild
1. Megaglo Highlighting Bar in Fire (limited edition – $6.99 US)
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I only picked this up because it is the Fire element.  I’m a sucker for Zodiac inspired makeup/themes.  I’m such a Sagittarius, it is not even funny.  However, even though this is not very expensive, this is the EXACT shade of the Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals.  How do I know that?  Because I own Precious Petals.  So, if you were debating about this product or you feel like you missed out on it, pick up Precious Petals and you’ll be fine.  Same formula, same feel, and blendability, same shade.

2. Megaglo Highlighting Bar in Earth (limited edition – $6.99 US)
So, being a Sagittarius, I am a fire sign.  Why did I pick up Earth?  It looked pretty.  More of a shade up my alley that I would wear as a highlight, more of a champagne.  Some people like the Megaglo highlighters, some hate them.  I actually quite enjoy the formula.  They feel very soft and almost creamy.  I know some can contain very small micro glitter in them, but I don’t feel like it overpowers the look.  Plus, the price can’t be beat in my opinion!

3. Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals ($4.99 US)
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Precious Petals can be a bit dark for my skin tone, although I can get it to work if I really buff it into the skin or have a slight tan from the summer sun.  It is more of a warm peach highlight, absolutely beautiful.  I just need to be careful with it for my skin tone so it doesn’t end up looking like a stripe on my face.

4. Megalo Highlighting Powder in White Raven (limited edition – $4.99 US)
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This is sad.  Most of the highlighters I purchased, I have some way of using them, whether it be on the face or the eyes.  This shade I only purchased because 1) it was apart of the Goth-O-Graphic collection and has a skull imprinted on the product and 2) it has Raven in the name.  I hate the color purple.  Like hate.  I hate pink more but purple is a close 2nd.  And this is a white highlighter that shifts purple.  Yep.  Not wearing, just meant to look pretty in my collection.

 

Alright y’all so that does it for part 4.  I wonder how long it would take me to use up all of these highlighters.  Well, all except for White Raven.  I think a lot of us are guilty in getting sucked into these pretty highlighters being showcased online or in store when in reality, they all look the same on the skin.  There is not that much of a difference between one white gold shade to the next, you know what I mean.  But they are so pretty and we just HAVE to have them for some reason or another.  I’m curious, take a look at your collection and let me know how many highlighters you have in yours in the comments.  My biggest sucker points for me are foundations, lipsticks, and highlighters.  Every time man, every time.  With that being said, I think that does it for me.  I hope you guys have a great day and until next time!

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NYX, Wet N Wild, & Bitter Lace Beauty Haul & Mini Reviews

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As you could probably tell by now, I am a lover of makeup.  Just not the stereotypical, Instagram beat type of makeup.  My glam is not the “typical” glam.  When I mean “typical” glam, I mean the makeup plastered on many popular Instagram accounts as well as brand accounts.  Now, if that is your thing, power to you.  You do you.  I’m more into the different and obscure type of beauty.  If you read My Makeup Aesthetic Tag, you already know.

Well, I did a little bit of shopping in the past month and a half and that I would do a collective haul for you guys as well as mini reviews.  As you may or may not know, I am working on my collection to be fully cruelty-free.  So, moving forward, any makeup product I bring into my collection must be cruelty-free.  Enough with the blabber, let’s get onto the makeup!  Although, grab a drink or a snack for this one.  It may be a long read.

Bitter Lace Beauty
Bitter Lace Beauty is an Indie brand.  You may have heard of them when their Rainbow Highlighter went viral last year.  Highlighters are what they are known for and offer and I picked up 3 different highlighters.  Unfortunately, 2 were limited edition and the third is being discontinued.  Sad face.  I’ll still show them off anyway.  First, let’s talk about the package the products were shipped in.

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Everything was securely wrapped.  The box was pink and had beautiful floral detail on the inside.  There was even a cute little card with Holographic detailing and a mermaid sticker.  Super cute.

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The first highlighter I picked up was SLAY, a limited edition Halloween Kill-uminator.  Oh am I a sucker for the play on words with this one.  They describe it as “A white gold flecked base with an intense metallic blood red splatter.”  Next is Blood Lust, a limited edition Valentine highlighter, which is the exact red from the SLAY Kill-uminator.  It is described as “A blue-based red with a slightly warm amber shift.”  Quick note, this one is scented and it smells amazing!  It’s a combination of sandalwood, amber musk, and vanilla.  Bitter Lace Beauty, if you happen to be reading this.  I need that fragrance.  Like, pronto!  Thank you in advance!  Lastly is the discontinued shade of Deadly Nightshade (it is still in stock ATM and for only $9 US).  The ONLY reason I picked up this highlighter was for the Nightmare Before Christmas reference.  That’s it.  They describe it as “a cooler toned gray beige that has hints of pink and green undertones that appear silver in the pan.”

All three are quite beautiful on the skin.  The texture is incredibly soft and buttery.  I will say SLAY is slightly, slightly more powdery to the point you might consider it being crumbly, but if you use it very lightly, there is no problem.  Now, don’t think just because I recommend pressing into them lightly you are not going to get off a killer pay off, because you are wrong.  These are incredibly high shine.  I mean, HIGH SHINE.  They are blinding.  I personally don’t care for SLAY or Blood Lust as actual highlighters but on my eyes and inner corner.  Damn.  You can’t miss it.  Blood Lust is almost exactly like Kat Von D’s Raw Power Metal Crush Eyeshadow (discontinued).  Blood Lust is a bit more blood red, while Raw Power leans more towards a rust red, but in swatches, you cannot tell much of a difference.  Also, Raw Power tends to have more of a gold reflect than Blood Lust.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoy these products and have not been disappointed.  Again, I don’t use these as actual highlights, I enjoy them more for eyeshadow purposes.  If these are your cup of coffee, then I highly recommend!

NYX Professionals Makeup
There have been a few products by NYX Professionals Makeup that has caught my eye that I wanted to give a go.  Before picking up these few items, I have the Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Oxblood ($7.99 US, fucking LOVE this product), the Epic Ink Liner ($7.99 US), and a couple of the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks ($6.99 US).  I’ve used quite a few NYX products and overall been really happy with the brand.  What I have been super intrigued and excited to try the Vivid Brights Creme Color in Bad Blood ($9.99 US) and the Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale ($7.99 US).  So, besides grabbing those two items I picked up the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien ($6.99 US) and the Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie ($4.99 US).  When I made my order they threw in a Worth The Hype Mascara ($7.99 US).

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The Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale is immensely glossy and black.  I didn’t have to build this up much to get full-color payoff.  The effect is wonderful.  The downfall is this lipgloss is heavy on the lips and it does bleed.  Would definitely recommend a lip liner with this product.  The Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie gives a very similar effect to the vinyl lip gloss.  It is not as thick as the vinyl lip gloss and it does need to be built up in order to reach full opacity.  Like the vinyl lip gloss, I would totally recommend a lip liner.  Also, you don’t need both.  I would say pick up the Butter Gloss, you get almost 3 times the product and it is $3 cheaper.

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The Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien is exactly as its name states.  It is a cream liquid lipstick.  It does mattify a touch, but it is not transfer-proof.  On my lips, it kind of comes across as more of a blue-based black.  It is very liquidy in consistency, but it is comfortable on the lips and not overly drying.  I enjoy it, but if you are looking for something transfer-proof, this would not be the product for you.  Lastly is the Vivid Brights Creme Colour in Bad Blood, the item I was most excited about.  Unfortunately, this is a bit disappointing for me.  I haven’t tried mixing some of my Inglot Duraline in with it yet to see if it improves the texture at all, but as is, the creme is extremely dry.  It is hard to pick up a decent amount of product with a brush or your finger and it is almost clumpy.  Also, with it being so dry it takes a bit to blend out.  It also takes quite a bit of building in order to get a good color payoff.  I am going to keep playing around with it to see if I can get it to work, but for right now, sadly I don’t recommend.  If you have tried this and got it to work, let me know how you did it in the comments section!  Maybe I’m just using it wrong.

Wet N Wild Beauty
Wet N Wild
has to be my favorite drugstore brand, hands down.  Especially nowadays, Wet N Wild has been stepping up their game.  Their highlighters work incredibly well, their Liquid Catsuits are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas, their price tags are amazeballs, they are just great.  My favorite nude lipstick is from Wet N Wild, I love Wet N Wild.

This time around I picked up a total of 3 new Liquid Catsuits ($4.99 US) (I know there is only two in the picture, I will explain why shortly), a MegaLast Lip Color in Black Out ($2.49 US), a MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven (Limited Edition $4.99 US), and a Pro Brush Line Tapered Highlighting Brush ($5.99 US).

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Now, let’s talk about the Liquid Catsuits.  I originally ordered 3 DIFFERENT shades of Liquid Catsuits.  So Noir Cool, the black, Sleepy Hollow, a medium blue based grey shade, and Widows Peek, from what the pictures show, a dark grey.  Nope.  It’s black.  I even opened it and swatched it.  Widows Peek is a black shade, not dark grey.  I mean, I’m not super mad, can never have enough black lipsticks in my opinion, but was definitely expecting a dark grey.  Le sigh.

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The formula for So Noir Cool and Sleepy Hollow are consistent with Nudie Patootie, a more moussey texture, but on the slightly thinner side.  Didn’t have to build these in order to get full opacity.  One dip in the tube was all it took.  Wear time, same as usual.  Pretty decent without eating too many greasy foods.  Layers decently, but not the best, can get a little crumbly.  The MegaLast Lip Color is a standard lipstick in my opinion.  It does not come out the blackest but does have decent staying power and I did not notice any bleeding.  It ends up being more of a matte finish on the lips and is slightly drying.  All three lip products I enjoy and would recommend.

Lastly is the Goth-o-graphic MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven.  I am going to be honest with you.  I only bought it because it was apart of the Goth-o-graphic collection and it had Raven in the title.  I’m not going to get much use out of this highlighter because it does have a purple shift to it and I am not a fan of purple.  However, the formula is very smooth and buttery and the pay off is quite brilliant.  If you like a purple shift to your highlights and you can still find this one, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Holy shit this took a lot longer to type up than I was anticipating.  I did say this was going to be a long one.  If you are slightly curious why I purchased so many black lip products, in the future I am going to be doing a black lipstick showdown.  Which brands have the best black lipstick, liquid lipstick, gloss, etc.  So I am collecting!  Well, I hope you found this somewhat interesting or helpful if you did let me know in the comments down below.  Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts on them?  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!