Shop My Stash: my highlighter collection

Hello my friends! Sorry this post comes so late in the day but I was too busy watching Agents of SHIELD all day to get my ass off the couch and write this. So basically, I have no excuses. (Do any of you watch it? I’m about halfway through season two and I am DYING!)

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For my second installment of “Shop My Stash,” I wanted to talk about my newest favorite product: HIGHLIGHTER! I’ve definitely collected a lot of these considering I got my first ever highlighter in my June Boxycharm… consider me addicted! Here is everything in my precious and beautiful highlighter collection, are you guys ready to hear all about them?

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Let’s start with some of my newest babies and what I’d been eagerly waiting to get my hands on, theBalm’s Mary-Lou and Cindy-Lou Manizers! I first found out about the Mary-Lou Manizer from my ex and even though I was quite young and naive and didn’t exactly get highlighters (this was way back when in 2014), I fell in love with this shimmery and shiny compact of beauty (and especially the packaging)! So I caved and bought it on Birchbox using points I’d accumulated and I’ve got to say, I’m extremely glad I did!

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Here we have Cindy-Lou on the bottom and Mary-Lou on the top. As you can probably gather from the swatches, Mary-Lou is much more shimmery than Cindy-Lou, but I love Cindy-Lou nonetheless! Mary-Lou is more of a honey-hued highlight and is quite shiny, whereas Cindy-Lou is a more subtle peachy pink highlight (and blush). What can I say? I love those Manizer sisters! Too bad Betty is way too dark for me or I would have it already.

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Up next is one of the most talked about highlighters of the year: Jaclyn Hill’s collaboration with BECCA Cosmetics, AKA Champagne Pop, AKA the most beautiful thing I’ve ever put on my face! I was anxiously awaiting the end of my first ever no buy to get my hands on this baby, and boy, am I glad I did! It’s the softest, most beautiful, most perfect thing I’ve ever touched and I don’t regret those 38 dollars EVER.

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Champagne Pop is described as a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones and while it’s beautiful and I absolutely love it, I’m not sure how this would suit anyone who’s extremely pale. Any ghostly pale people out there who have tried it and want to chime in? I tend to be able to get away with stuff that might not be suited for my skin tone because of my freckles so I really can’t say! Regardless, the quality of this is magnificent and if you haven’t tried one of these babies, I would recommend it!

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Up next, we have all the highlighters I’ve received from beauty boxes (coincidentally, none of these are powder. First, we have the So Susan Statement Skin highlighting crayon, The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew highlighting cream, and the too cool for school Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion highlighter in #2 Baby Pink Clam.

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From left to right, we have So Susan, The Beauty Crop, and too cool for school. These are beautiful highlighters but I haven’t had a chance to use them much, especially once I got Champagne Pop and Mary-Lou Manizer. I’ve used the So Susan one a lot and I like how it applies and it’s not hard to bend, but I feel like as far as lasting powers go, it doesn’t have much of that, but then again, I’ve only used it a handful of times and most of those times I was outside in Florida in the summer and naturally quite sweaty.

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And last, we have the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek highlighters in the colors Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles and Wisp. These highlighters are absolutely FANTASTIC and so incredibly pigmented, but they’re all fairly new acquisitions so I haven’t had a chance to try them yet!

IMG_0520From top to bottom, we have Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles and Wisp. I also bought Butterfly Beach when I purchased Wisp, but it was way too dark on me and looked more like I tried to highlight my face with bronzer, so I passed it on to my sister who tans quite easily and will get more use out of it than I would, since I tend to avoid sun contact (which in Florida, is pretty damn hard).

Wisp even looks alarmingly dark next to all the other ColourPop shades next to it, but I tried it on as I was taking these pictures to see if I could actually pull it off and it looks quite nice on! If I get too pale for it during the “winter,” my cousins are more tan than I am, so they’d probably appreciate it too.

So there we have it! My entire highlighter collection. Feel free to let me know what you thought in the comments below and tell me if you’ve tried any of these before or what your holy grail highlighter is!

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Sephora haul… because I can!

To celebrate a successful two month long No Buy, I decided that once my student loans came in, I would treat myself to some goodies from Sephora! I knew going into it some of the things I wanted, but I gave myself a budget of 150 dollars and shopped away and let me tell you, it felt great. I received my order last night and was super excited to see and touch everything — and swatch it!

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Here’s what I got in its entirety. The Too Faced bb creme I actually got off Amazon but since it all came in the same day, I figured I’d include it in my haul post.

So let’s start, shall we? First, I got the Sephora cream lip stain in Blackberry Sorbet. Before I left for Canada, I had the color Marvelous Mauve on my cart, but I ended up buying it when I was in Canada without realizing that I had already been planning on getting it! But now that I know how much I loved that one, I had to get a new color to add to my collection.

Something else I’d had my eye on for a while was the stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amalfi. After swatching literally every hot pink lipstick in Sephora, this one won out, and knowing that I loved their formula since I already have Venezia helped!

And last for the lip products is Bésame Cosmetic’s Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet 1946. If you’re a nerd like me, you might know this as the lipstick that Peggy Carter wears in Agent Carter! After reading a lot of reviews online and seeing how much everyone loved it, I caved in. I mean… look at that packaging.

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Now, what I was definitely most excited to receive was definitely was the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, AKA the collaboration that Jaclyn Hill did with Becca! I had my eyes on it when she first announced it was coming out, but I knew I absolutely needed it when I saw it at my local Sephora and swatched it. Definitely love at first sight.

Something else I couldn’t wait to get my hands on was the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla! This is definitely a case of “blogger made me buy it,” as I’ve seen so many people (but particularly Ana) rave about it.

Along with my Sephora purchase, I got a lot of different samples, which I’m obviously very happy about! I received a bareMinerals bareSkin sample trio, containing a deluxe sample of the bareSkin serum foundation, plus the perfecting veil and a tiny little buki brush (how cute is it?). I also got a sample of Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, tarte’s maracuja creaseless concealer and a sample of Clinique’s cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer for combination to oily skin!

Lastly, I got the Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme in Vanilla Glow, which I also heard was great from a few different bloggers and I can’t wait to see how I like it!

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Here we have, from top to bottom: Red Velvet 1946, Blackberry Sorbet, and Amalfi.

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Top to bottom: Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, bareSkin serum foundation in bare linen, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, and Air Buffed BB Creme in Vanilla Glow. Both the bareSkin foundation and the bb creme look a little dark for my skin, but it is the underside of my arm which is ghostly pale so I’m hoping that on my face it’ll work better. Worst case scenario, they’re donated to my sister, whose skin is a tad darker than mine.

So there’s my haul! I’ve been waiting quite a long time for these things and I’m happy with everything I got. After two months of a No Buy, it may seem silly to turn around and spend quite a bit of money on this, but I had two whole months to think about what I wanted and I thought about it very carefully!

What do you think? Do you own any of these? Any of them that you’re curious to try? Let me know in the comments!

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