So, I picked up the Coloured Raine Vivid Pigments palette and I was... overwhelmed.

YouTube tutorials, Instagram, Twitter, they're all feeds of intricately placed, delicately applied and fastidiously blended eyeshadows. Now, yes I have a blog about all things beauty but, I'm not an artist. I have some skills in application but I am always learning and quite simply, I don't have the eye for blending and mixing colours, I'm working on it, alright?

When I looked at my new, ultra colourful palette, I shut it an instantly popped it into my drawer. I just did not know what to do. So I opened it back up and I played with exciting but familiar colours. Warms. Pink (Party Drip) and Orange (Splash). I decided to create some simple looks using just two colours.

When it comes to bold colours on the eyes, I usually stick to a winged liner or a one-wash colour. Now, what's more exciting than a regular winged liner? A bottom lash liner. I know, my artistry knows no bounds. But I wanted to play in my comfort zone, so apply I go.

For my next two looks, I call these the 'paint outside the box but press right up against it'. I did slight spins on my one-wash wonders showing either a flash of pink on the outer corner, something to draw your attention to. 

Another easy rendition is to use one colour on the upper eyelids and a complimentary colour on the lower lashline. These slight deviations in colour create mystery and can probably, almost, *slightly* fool one into thinking your quite the makeup artist.

So get your colours out and play, makeup doesn't need to be a picasso painting all the time.

Colourpop Super Shock Extreme Shadows in  Can't Party Wait and Party Cloudy.

Sometimes I put glitter on, take photographs and upload them onto social media. I know I have fallen into the trap of looking at pictures of women online and writing their life stories. But honestly, these pictures are the least representative of my life. They are just images.

 I am a regular 20 something, working hard at my job during the day, hello freshing my dinners and putting off washing my hair at night. I spend my holidays catching up with laundry, I always tell myself I'll paint my nails on a Sunday, but usually I just end up napping. I force myself to read and exercise so as to provide some mental balance to my work and netflix lifestyle. Basically, what I am trying to say, is that we are all just out here trying to do this adulting thing, except sometimes, we put some extra makeup on and snap some photos...

Glitter on the eyes is Colorpop Super Shock Shadows in Party Talk.
Let's talk about the Glossier Play NiteShine Highlighter in Pale Pearl. This new highlighter claims to be a foil-like finish, which sets and lasts. The highlighter is packaged in a small glass bottle and has a dinky doe-foot applicator for precision application. It is £17 for 10ml of product.

I purchased the shade Pale Pearl, a pale champagne liquid highlighter. It doesn't have a strong base colour so this lightest shade still works on my olive, light-medium skin tone. The shade has a strong champagne reflect, with subtle shimmers. Whilst I like the reflect it gives, the shimmers can sometimes emphasise texture on dry skin.

The formula is a thick, liquid highlight - verging on a cream. Due to it's thicker consistency, it applies well on top of a full base and doesn't really interfere with anything underneath it. The initial texture is creamy and easy to blend, however the product dries quickly which means in order to get a seamless blend, you have to work in sections. The product is similar to a cream to powder formula, so can dry down and emphasise texture on drier skin types. Even though it is a liquid highlighter, it doesn't apply a wet-like finish, but it is the pearl which provides the reflect.

So, what do I think of this product? I don't love it. I will continue to use it because it is travel friendly, quick to use and does the job. Would I recommend it? No, I think that many powder highlighters provide much more beautiful, 'foil-like' finish and that other cream and liquid highlights provide a smoother, glass skin texture. Finally, the price isn't right for me. 10ml for £17 is pretty steep. For example, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector comes in at £30 for 50ml, and the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (review here) comes in at £30 for 30ml - both of which have a smoother formula, better finish and have more versatility. 

If you are wanting a more dewy highlight from Glossier, I'd sooner recommend Haloscope than NiteShine...


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