Highlight My Life

Highlighters, ooohh times have changed since they were bought in Partners to fill your back to school pencil case with eh?! Here is a selection of highlighters I have owned and I have LIKED. Kind of. Two of them aren’t even for use as highlighters but have become multifunctional products for me. I don’t know if anyone else will appreciate me going against the grain and using some like the Maybelline Colour Tattoo not as an eye product, but screw it! YOLO and all that yeahhhh let’s live on the edge.

 I’ve gotta say, I never even tried highlighters until recently, well within the last 6 months or so I guess. I kind of didn’t see the point and thought they just made my face look greasy or sweaty or something. But now I’ve learnt where and when to use them and the different tones you can get my face is an ILLUMINATED JOY to behold, if I do say so myself. 
1. Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand: I got this in the goody bag when I went to the Look Show a few months ago, it was sponsored by Smashbox so I was excited that I knew I’d get something in the bag by them! It’s quite a golden tone and is really handy to use with the brush applicator. It’s got a really satisfying clicky mechanism on the end that you use to pump the liquid to the top. The only trouble is it doesn’t really brush the liquid on evenly so you tend to have to blend a little with your fingers as well. It dried really quickly so you have to make sure to blend pretty much as soon as you put it on! This one is best for around the eye highlighting in my opinion  as it can be quite an ‘obvious’ highlighter… If that makes any sense at all?!
2. Maybelline Colour Tattoo: Yes yes, using this as a highlighter may have some of you recoiling in ‘argghhhh’ but it works for me! Well, not so much as a highlighter but a lovely blusher kind of product. Using my fingers I dab some on my cheekbones, on the apples of my cheeks and a touch at the end of my nose. It’s a really subtle pinkish gold shade (well it’s called pink gold after all) and I find it blends in really well. Definitely preferable used like this than a stand alone eyeshadow anyway!
3. Look Beauty Glow & Go: A donation from Tereza a while ago, this is my all time favourite highlighter. It can be used literally all over your face. I tend to put this on after liquid foundation but before powder and it diffuses and softens well, the whole of my face! It’s kind of like a ‘soft focus’ product and illuminates the good bits whilst simultaneously hiding your flaws. I would buy this again and again! It’s more yellowish than the other highlighters yet doesn’t leave you looking like Esther in Hollyoaks does right now.
4. ELF Baked Blusher: Once again, not marketed as a highlighter as such but it is such a delicate colour (pinktastic) and shimmer it works better as that than as a blusher. I’ve mentioned it a few times on my blog already and is pretty much the first ELF product I’ve ever tried. It’s a really smooth powder too and a little goes a helluva long way. I like using this on the top of my cheekbones after a darker less shimmery blusher (or over sleek rose gold) and a touch on the end of my nose!
5. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush: I mentioned this a few weeks ago and reaaaalllly do like it. Although it does take a little bit more effort to apply. It’s not as rough and ready as the aforementioned ones and it’s really easy to over do it! Saying that though, it’s a really nice product and feels so silky to brush over you cheeks, chin and forehead. Basically, use it delicately enough and it can be face wide highlighting and illuminated goodness to give you a nice glow. Use a touch too much and it’s shiny shiny face time.

Anybody out there use any different highlighters to these? How do you use them too? I like them on my cheeks and tip of my nose, but also sometimes around the eyes is a nice touch to make me look a little bit more awake (when I don’t feel it).



  1. March 22, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    I'm like you used to be, I don't really use them and I'm just learning how to make them work properly. I have high beam but I end up just looking a bit shimmery. I'm sure once I get the hang of it I'll have quite a collection!


  2. Cityscape Bliss
    February 1, 2013 / 7:56 am

    Smashboooooooooox! Love that one! Glad you like the Look Beauty one, I didn't know how to use it, muhaha. x

  3. January 31, 2013 / 11:35 pm

    Continuing with the multipurpose theme – I often use a power highlighter (you could prob use cream as well… Maybe not liquid) as an eyeshadow to open my eyes up a bit before I apply the obligatory masses of eyeliner. Worth a try 🙂


  4. January 31, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    Great Post:) I'll have to try that Look Beauty Highlighter, it sounds lovely xxx

    • January 31, 2013 / 10:51 pm

      It's really brilliant and they always have good offers on.

  5. January 31, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    Thanks for this!

    I use Benefit High Beam.

    • January 31, 2013 / 10:50 pm

      I have a dupe of that from the poundshop haha

  6. January 31, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    i adore my topshop crescent moon highlighter – i find powder highlighters so much easier to apply than creams/ liquids!


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    • January 31, 2013 / 10:50 pm

      It's so easy to use!

  7. January 31, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    I love using highlighters. I need all the help I can to look radiant. I've not tried any of the ones in your list. The Look beauty one sounds good & the colour tattoo is a nice colour.

    • January 31, 2013 / 10:50 pm

      Look Beauty is probably my favourite one 🙂

  8. January 31, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    I've been eyeing up that elf baked blushers thinking it would be a pretty highlight shade and now you've comfirmed it! I'm partial to highlighters, I see one and I just have to have it!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

    • January 31, 2013 / 10:50 pm

      It works so well!!

  9. January 31, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    I quite like the idea of using different products as highlighter. I myself haven't invested in one, yet. Gotta try out soon!

    • January 31, 2013 / 10:49 pm

      Ah its good finding multi uses for things! Saves money too in the long run. That's what I tell myself anyway 😉