I am the first to admit I have a problem when it comes to highlighters - but who can blame me when they're so beautiful? I feel like my makeup isn't complete without highlighter, like I just don't feel like myself if my cheeks aren't catching the light - that's normal, right?

I have two firm favourites - Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Discretion (bottom left) and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (centre). Quite different from each other, as the Laura Mercier option is definitely a much more subtle option, and really gives you more of a luminous glow that, when paired with something like a tinted moisturiser or light weight dewy foundation, feels like you've just been on a holiday and you've just got that glow about you. The Becca on the other hand is like the absolute holy grail of highlighters -  like, it's there, don't worry about whether people will notice or not because I can assure you, they will.

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector's are definitely on the pricy side though, and for those who prefer something a little more on the budget friendly side, the Balm Mary Lou Manizer is the absolute way to go. This was my favourite for YEARS, and I still love it to death. It's a little more on the golden side than Becca, but not quite a gold highlighter, and extremely flattering on most skin types. It's buttery and fine and leaves no trace of that glittery shimmer that some other highlighters tend to do, and for that reason, it's one of the best budget friendly highlighters I've ever tried.

Unpopular opinion - I am not fond of MAC's highlighters. When I first ever went to Sephora, I naturally had to pick up the Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, as back then it was the highlighter to have, but for some reason I never loved it. I heard it was reformulated, and the newer formula just wasn't as good, so it's possible I have the new formula as it's almost like the chunky glitter style of highlighter I dislike, and many people have noted that the old formula was not like this - can anyone confirm? It's a shame, because it looks incredible in the compact!
About a year ago, I also bought the Limited Edition Mineralise Skinfish in Perfect Topping, as one of my favourite makeup artists Ania Milczarczyk raved about it, so I just had to have it too. It's looks so pretty in the compact, and as a highlighter is is very nice, but just not enough for me. It definitely imparts a subtle glow, but you have to build with it a lot to get any effect so unfortunately it just wasn't for me.

I've got another handful sitting in my draw that aren't even photographed - liquid, cream and powder. I keep buying them! I'm obsessed! I'm always looking for new recommendations too, even though I don't need anymore. The addiction is real, guys.

What do you guys think? Have you used any of the above? Is there any that you recommend as well? I'd love to know!

Okay, so I have a new beauty addiction (as if I needed another). It's called SNS (Signature Nail System) and I'm hooked.

I've always had dry, brittle nails that never grow, and my work means my nail polish never lasts. Not even shellac. It chips within days, and it's so frustrating. So a while ago, I got fed up with my nothing, boring nails and went to a salon to enquire about my options and I was told to try SNS, and I'm not going back.

Unlike other nail treatments like shellac and acrylic, SNS isn't harmful for your nails. It's even enriched with Vitamin E and Calcium to strengthen them! I've had SNS on my nails for about three months now (I get it changed every 2 weeks), and when they soak the old colour off, my nails are still pretty strong underneath, unlike when you remove acrylic and there's just about no nail left!

Could use a little cuticle oil, eh?

It's a funny process too - it's a dipping system, so you basically use a gel base coat, and dip each finger into the coloured powder, repeat a couple of times, and then seal it and add a top coat (no UV light required). It seems time consuming at the time, but when I think back to the acrylic days (I know, the shame) it is definitely quicker.

So, you get the benefits of shellac or acrylic (hardy, shiny, long lasting) without the crappy side effects, not to mention it's cheaper! It's a life saver for me, I've never had long nails before in my life and now I can finally have the nice nails I've always wanted! The above picture is the most recent - I actually cut my nails quite short as they grow so quickly now, by the time two weeks comes around they're a little too long for my liking.

The cons - there are some. Just like shellac (and acrylic, I guess) you do have to soak it off at a salon. For me, this is fine as I change my colour every two weeks, but if you didn't do it regularly it would be a pain in the ass to have to visit the salon just to remove them. You also cannot cut them yourself, as the product is very hard.
The thickness of the product took a while to get used to - it's thinner than shellac and acrylic, and more flexible, but really, it took some getting used to. Trying to pick at the end of sticky tape on the roll is not a fun game, but a small price to pay.

At the moment, you have a pretty large colour selection, however my only last con is that there could be more. It's got plenty of bold, bright, colourful and even glittery options, however I'd really like to see it's neutral and nude selection grow. I have no doubt it will, as it seems more and more people are converting to SNS!

Would you try it, or have you already? What do you think?

I can't really say I'm in a makeup rut right now - it's more like, I've discovered several items I just obsess over, for months. I wake up every morning and tell myself to 'use something different today' but I cannot - it was hard to narrow down just these five, but they're definite standouts for sure!

I'm not sure when I became a bronzer girl, it kind of just happened. I used to really only wear it on special occasions, when I did more formal makeup, but now it's a staple. All about that bronzed life, eh? I picked the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer up on a whim - wasn't hugely into wearing bronzer at this stage, but thought it was a good alternative to the Nars Laguna I'd been wearing for years (but never quite got on with). Turns out we were meant for each other - it's the perfect glow, not too shimmery, no orange cast, easy to use. I've surprisingly received a lot of compliments wearing it, which shouldn't surprise me at all really considering most people have struggled for years finding a good bronzer, and Too Faced has the most perfect lineup for anyone!

There was so much hype before Too Faced's Born This Way came out. I had such high hopes for this foundation and I was not let down. This has become my new staple, and it was love right from the beginning. Serious heart eyes for this foundation, it's an incredibly flawless, medium-full coverage foundation that is neither matte nor dewy. I could describe this as satin maybe, the perfect in-between which makes it work on almost any skin type. It's infused with coconut water, so it's hydrating enough for a drier skin type, however used with a good primer, an oilier skin type should get along with it just fine (FYI I have no idea what my skin type is anymore so I feel like I am a chameleon right now, I can try everrrything!).

Speaking of primers, I finally get them, guys. Before I would use an illuminating primer, suuuure. Anything for that extra glow, right? I never saw the need for any other type of primer though, until my skin decided to go down the drier road, and I sought out any product that would mean my foundation would apply properly again (oh my God, nothing worse than applying foundation to dry skin, am I right?). I really like the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer. It feels like a gel, so not only does it sink in really quickly, but it's not as heavy as I thought a hydrating primer would be. Whilst my skin has changed over this year, it's not exactly the driest it could be - I just needed that extra little something and this is perfect. Not to mention it has all the other great benefits of a primer, like making your makeup last just that little bit longer!

It's no surprise that a mascara has made it's way into the cut - I guess the only surprise here is that it's not my trusty old Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume (my old faithful). Nope, I think I've finally found a mascara that's...better. Stila's HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara is pretty self explanatory - it makes your lashes huge, basically. If you want a thick, volumising, long lasting, intense mascara then look no further. I recently had eyelash extensions and I did a sneaky coat of mascara one night and it looked like I had false lashes - mind you, the extensions were pretty natural, it was mostly the mascara. I'm a huge fan of Stila, it's hard for me to find a product of theirs that lets me down. This is probably not as long lasting as the Clinique, but it's a hell of a lot easier to remove, and I don't get the panda eyes I was getting with other mascaras, so it's a win in my book!

Lastly, a hair product, because being a Peroxide Regular I need all the help I can get. I'd been using the Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave In Conditioner for ages, it's a great product but I just wanted to try something different, so I ordered the Evo Day Of Grace Leave In Conditioner and there are no regrets here. I have loved Evo since I first discovered them in '07, so I knew it wouldn't disappoint. Smells great (like a hair salon product, mmm), works a charm (my hair is so. soft lately)and doesn't weight your hair down. Done.

Has anyone tried any of these products? Or interested? What are your thoughts?

I seem to go into a funk every couple of months where I just can't get myself motivated to do anything, and the past couple of months have been exactly that. I've noticed though, when I get myself back into a rhythm I'm so much happier than I was before, and it's definitely something I'm trying to keep consistent around here, as I always seem to forget how much I love blogging!

I've set myself a few goals, just a few little things to help me get inspired and back into the swing of things.

Change the blog up I feel like the blog needs a makeover, it's been almost exactly the same since the day I made it and I think it's time for a change!

Focus on my photos I forget that there was a time when I carried my camera everywhere, and took photos everyday. I absolutely love a good photograph, and whilst taking product photos is not something I'm used to, I'm determined to better my skills. Kate from Kate La Vie is the ultimate inspiration, am I right?

Stop comparing myself to others I think it's one of my worst habits, and I need to stop. Everyone is different and everyone has something different to offer, I need to learn to my proud of myself sometimes, it's not easy!

Get more involved I used to comment on everyones blogs and be a lot more involved in the blogging world and social media, and now I hardly ever. It's probably what I miss most - interaction. I think the comments section is the best part about blogging, and I'm going to make time to not just read peoples blogs, but show them some love instead of just lurking!

Make more time for YouTube I love watching videos just as much as I love blogging, so it always made sense to me to take advantage of YouTube and incorporate it into my blog. I just always struggled with the actual filming of the videos, not to mention my lack of editing skills and the fact it takes nearly a day to upload a video here! It was always so worth the effort though, and I long to better my editing skills so I just have to set aside a time on my weekends to film something, as I have a head full of ideas!

I've also taken to cleaning up my Bloglovin feed a little, sorting out the blogs I read and what I don't, and adding in a bunch of new blogs to read and it feels so fresh, I feel back to my old self again!

Definitely looking forward to getting back into things, I'll see you guys around ;)
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