Shines like a Diamond

26240307_363114904165043_833961973549696961_oEarly last year the trends on highlights are blinding.  When it first came out people are quiet hesitant to get noticed that they have a bit of highlights on their faces. Celebrities started  to be wearing it like overly crazy about it and it seems like there is no tomorrow. Now, the young one’s especially are experimenting  it too, on how will it feels like with an exaggerated highlights and wants to imitate the celebrities. The good thing with celebrities they can get away with murder no matter what they wear;  put on themselves , even if it is totally wrong or looks terrible on them, they still look cool and the public is fine with it and no big deal because they are the so-called “celebrities”. But hey,  we are not celebrities,  take it easy on yourself, you may not want to go to work but don’t get them blinded with your highlights. You don’t need to have it full on where the next train station still can see the spark of your highlighed face. You are not working for the airplane runway, they already have enough lights for it. Joking aside, highlights gives glow  and radiance on skin which is a good thing.
Anyways, I am not against highlights. I do have my favourites which I will mention in my next page.
First of all here’s My tips on highlights:
  1. Choose the highlights that works best for your skin texture and colour. If unsure;
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask the beauty consultant at the counter for any recommendations what to use or is your skin suitable to use highlights. Remember, highlights could give you vibrance and youthful looking,  but also could be a disaster if your skin is textured or too dry because you are only super imposing your problematic skin with the highlights.
  3. Always try first before you purchase it. It is no good to look terrible then realised i’ts not the right one for you, you save money that way too.
  4. Do not borrow somebody’s highlights just to look cool unless it is the perfect or correct highlights for your skin.
  5. Don’t be impulsive, always check out and compare the products (ingredient used, qualities, the feel on your skin, etc )and prices (is  it worth it?). You may save your pockets.
  6. Don’t be persuaded of the presentation or the packaging, as the saying goes; don’t judge the book by its cover, again always try ,try me items are always available for testing.
  7. Don’t buy it for the wrong reasons like big brands, it’s cheaper and the sales lady said it’s the best.
  8. Other ways to find out apart from yourself is check out on customer reviews.
  9. Don’t buy too many, one highlight product will last a looooong time not unless your planning to shine like a diamond!! or get them all blinded.
  10. lastly, apply only where it is needed please. Don’t be like a sweat potato and be a sparkling spark plug. I have seen quiet a lot of women doing it wrongly. I don’t know maybe they want some sort of attentions where you can’t get your eyes off her once you saw her face with a full beam highlights. Hilarious!!!
Reviews  below populated by Cosmopolitan, Part of the Hearst UK Fashion & Beauty Network. I am not claiming that these are mine BUT I am giving my own personal short reviews  based on my personal experiences so that there will be comparisons of different opinions.
Best Highlighters in 2018

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CYO Cool As A Coconut Cooling Bronzing Stick
Pros: If you want a really, really natural approach, this for you. Instead of any obvious shiny deposits, this creamy gel highlighter simply adds a touch of natural radiance to deeper skin tones wherever you apply it. Perfect for daytime.
Cons: The lightweight, dewy formula isn’t super long lasting, so you may have to top up after a couple of hours.
my reviews:
I don’t own this but I went to Boots to try this. It gives good glow. Glides on face & body; instant sheer bronze. Creamy, lightweight & cooling too.
I agree that it seems to disappear easily and you need to put a bit more than usual to get the desired effects.
Rating: 7.5/10
Price: £4.40
Best Highlighter – C.Y.O

And here’s what it looks like on…
A barely-there but totally beautiful sheen.
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I Heart Makeup Goddess of Love HIghlighter 
Pros: You get so much for your money in this highlighter, the baked formula is highly pigmented, so it  gives cheekbones a beaming, bright highlight. It’s wallet-friendly and the intense formula doubles up as an eyeshadow. Win, win.
Cons: Apply the bold formula with a light hand to avoid that tell-tale highlighter stripe.
Rating: 8/10
Price: £9.99
my reviews:
The perfect highlighter for that golden glow! I couldn’t ask for anything more In a highlight! The pan is huge and the colour pay off is beautiful!
I Heart Makeup
And here’s what it looks like on…
This one’s not for the faint hearted.
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NYX Strobe Of Genius Highlighting Palette
Pros: You get so so much in this palette, there are subtle champagne shade, plus bold bright golds and holographic silvers. The formula is incredibly soft and buttery, it glides on smoothly with minimal effort required.
Cons: You can’t really fault this palette, it has a variety of 7 shades varying in intensity and hue, meaning you can tailor your glow to suit your skin tone.
my reviews: 
I really like this palette as there are a wide variety of shades to choose from so all skin tones are catered for. I didn’t find the formulas too glittery and the application is smooth and easy. I find it a lot easier to use than some of the stick/cream strobing products that are available. This is a very versatile product and a little goes a long way so it should last ages.
Rating: 10/10
Price: £11.45
Best Highlighter – Nyx Strobe
Here’s what it looks like on…
I opted for a mix of the lilac and champagne shades on my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes.
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Too Faced Love Light Highlighter in Ray of Light
Pros: You’ll have to act fast if you want this one- it has a tendency to sell out every time it gets re-stocked.
It gives your skin a soft glow without any unwanted oily-looking shine.
The rose-gold hue works a treat on medium-to-deep skin tones.
Cons: The sheer formula is quite subtle, but can be teamed with a spritzing of makeup setting spray if you want a bolder finish.
Rating: 7/10
Price: £34.10
my reviews:
I love the packaging so elegant.  I got this one and I love it!
-Use your Kabuki Brush to achieve a subtle glow.
-Sweep another coat for a lit-from-within highlight.
-For a high shine, strobed effect, use your finger on the high points of the face (top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and Cupid’s bow).
Rating: 7/10
Price: £34.10
Best Highlighter- I Heart Makeup
And here’s what it looks like on…
That packaging though 😍
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Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
Pros: Well, Rihanna created this highlighter – need I say more? If that doesn’t convince you to pick it up, I don’t know what will. Perhaps the fact that the rich, buttery formula is one of the best we’ve tried, it gives an other-worldly glow that stay put for hours and hours…Sold.
Cons: Yes, the bright-gold is a little ‘out there’. If you’re feeling colour-shy, apply it with a light hand to cheeks, and then go HAM with a brush across the eyes to amp up any shadows.
my reviews: You have options to light up where you want, when you want.
It’s a cream-powder hybrid that instantly melts into skin and blends with almost zero effort. It’s a winner: It’s loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture. One of my favourites but I dont go crazy with this just putting a little bit and it glows.
For killer radiance, Killawatt’s your go-to for highlighting your face, eyes, lips, collarbone….literally anywhere you crave a touch of light.
Rating: 9/10
Price: £26
Best Highlighter – Fenty Beauty
And here’s what it looks like on…
I applied a touch to my cheekbones and full swipe to my lids.
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Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Ethereal
Pros: Ever wished you could put an Instagram filter on your skin?
Look no further. This finely-milled powder gives a ‘soft focus’ effect to the skin, helping to blur fine lines and imperfections for a selfie-ready finish.
Cons: It’s extremely subtle, but oh-so flattering.
Rating: 10/10
Price: £40
my reviews:
Firstly I like the packaging. I like this brand but on this case I am not a big fan. I hate powder. It settles to every pores and exaggerates your fine lines. This is good for lucky women who has very good fine skin.  This is described as an opalescent sheer, cool light powder that mimics a moonlit glow, even in broad daylight. I just really don’t have a use for it as it’s too light as a setting powder and too matte as a highlight. Furthermore I think it’s easily dupe-able.
Best Highlighter – Hourglass
And here’s what it looks like on…
The perfect subtle sheen.
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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter in Beaming Blush
Pros: Simply dip in a big brush and quickly dust over the high points of your face – the powder’s very sheer, so you won’t get a shiny nose, but it’ll still add some soft all-over radiance.
Cons: The warm, rosy undertone doesn’t work for super-fair skin tones, but there are five other shades in the range to choose from.
Rating: 9/10
Price: £24.50
my reviews:
Love, love, love this highlighter!These was given to me as a present a couple of weeks ago, and this is another winner.
Beaming blush is a soft pink highlight that breaks gold, so it adds a healthy radiant glow when applied. It’s creamy and smooth in texture, blendable, and gives a glowing result wherever applied. Application results in a soft metallic sheen, nothing robotic or weird looking, and no chunky glitter to mess with.
Definitely a keeper in my make-up stash.
Best Highlighter – MAC
And here’s what it looks like on…
Dust it onto the cheekbones with a fan brush for a soft glow.
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Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette
Pros: This is the one beauty editors use.
There are four shades in the palette (which works out at just £10 per powder), all of which give the skin an incredible sheen, whilst somehow not looking glittery. Stays on a treat, too.
Cons: The big palette is a little bulky, so not great for travelling.
Rating: 9.5/10
my reviews:
I am a big fan of Huda’s eyeshadows but not great unfortunately on this one. Bought thinking it would be amazing but not worth the price.  The cream is also hard to apply without moving your foundation underneath.
Best Highlighter – Huda Beauty
And here’s what it looks like on…
I opted for a mix of ‘seychelles’ and ‘fuji’ across my cheeks.
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MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite

Pros: I’ve lost count of all the models and makeup artists who use this stuff, so just believe me that the cult following is huge.
Somehow, it makes your skin look perfectly sheeny, without veering into the oily territory.
It melts into the skin and looks like you’re not wearing anything. A must-try.
Cons: It’s subtle – think candlelight, not spotlight.
Rating: 8/10
Price: £25
my reviews:  
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This is a quick fix. It gives you radiance. I use this as an all over primer and  goes beautifully under foundation! Smells lovely as well. I definitely recommend this.
Best Highlighter – MAC
And here’s what it looks like on…
Mix a drop into your foundation for an all-over glow.
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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo   
Pros: The creamy texture makes this perfect for dry skin types,blend a little with your base,or pat it onto the cheeks for a blinding holographic highlight.
You only need a drop, so the bottle will last forever.
Cons: The dropper-style packaging has a tendency to get a little messy.
Rating: 8/10
Price: £34
my reviews:
I havent owned one of these but I went to trafford and the woman demonstrated this on my skin and I loved it. I will definitely be getting this when my other products similar to this will run out. I have a very dry skin and it feels like my skin suddenly hydrated and feels so smooth but not tacky feeling.
Best Highlighter – Cover FX
And here’s what it looks like on…
The holographic glow is a head-turner.
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Sleek Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette
Pros: Sleek do some banging makeup for a seriously good price.
This palette has a range of glossy highlights, don’t be put off by the ‘out there’ colours, the cream and powder formulas are sheer, which means even the green shade is ultra-wearable. Easy to use, really blendable and won’t break the bank.
Cons: This one might begin to gather dust if you’re not that into the whole holographic highlight thing… I for one am a BIG fan though.
Rating: 7/10
Price: £10.99
my reviews: I havent’d triedthis  brand even in the” try me ” section in store so I cant give my reviews. Sorry!
Best Highlighter – Sleek
And here’s what it looks like on…
I went all in and tried the green and gold shades on my cheekbones.
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Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten
Pros: Another blogger favourite – and with good reason.
This compact is beautiful to look at (the light bounces off the powder oh-so-satisfyingly) and the powder is perfect for giving cheekbones a wet, glossy look. If you want to turn heads, try this.
Cons: There’s little pigment to this highlighter (it’s just pure glossy sheen), so it’s easy to get carried away and apply a little too much if you’re doing your makeup in low lighting.
Rating: 10/10
Price: £28
my reviews:
My ultimate favourite brand and stila still got it right on this highlighter. It mesmerises you with the quality of this product. Just need a tiny stroke and gives you radiance. I dont like to go crazy on highlights, wants  to look subtle with elegance not wearing a reflector on my face. I cant’ fault this at all.
Best Highlighter – Stila
And here’s what it looks like on…
The glossy finish is d.r.e.a.m.y.
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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit
Pros: This warm highlighter makes me look like I’ve just been on a beach – and not the one in Brixton.
I would say it works best just for deeper skin tones, as the gold brings out the glow in warm and neutral undertones.
Cons: No matter what you apply this powder with there is a lot of fallout. That being said In my opinion the fallout is completely worth it.
Rating: 8/10
Price: £24.50
my reviews: I couldn’t disagree more on the reviews above. I have tried this in store but the colour is not for me.
Best Highlighter – MAC
And here’s what it looks like on…  SO pretty.
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Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Dynasty
Pros: This. Is. Magic.
The creamy golden highlighter will literally make you look candlelit, all the time. It makes your skin look plumper and more radiant, whilst not leaving any tell-tale lines. I’m hooked.
Cons: The palette is a tad bulky, so not ideal for on-the-go.
Rating: 9/10
Price: £34
my reviews:
Beyond’ highlighter is a baked highlighting powder and highly pigmented, which subtly adds a warm hue to your complexion for a natural and radiant glow, lightweight texture glides onto skin effortlessly .Can be applied wet or dry for long lasting results and can also be used on the body to achieve a natural bronzed skin effect. For me it is a bit pricey for its size which I can do better with other bands.
Best Highlighter – Illamasqua
And here’s what it looks like on…
The ultimate soft gold glow.
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