What are your favourite affordable highlighters that are more glowy than glittery? 💫
Highlighting is all about bringing the highest points of your face forward and making them look more pronounced, not looking like you applied glitter all over your face before heading to Coachella. Finding that perfect highlight that gives you a gorgeous glow on a budget can be tricky, but I’ve tried my fair share!
ELF Baked Highlighter
ELF Baked Highlighters are undoubtedly my all-time favourite highlighter drugstore or not! Although some people have complained about it in recent years (I suspect they changed the formula) I find that this highlighter gives me a gorgeous intense highlight that no other can, it really is perfect for that “blinding” highlight and has a pearleascent metallic finish as opposed to a glittery one.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All in 1 Face Palette
This palette contains multiple shades of highlighting goodness, making it super easy to customize it to suit your skintone. You can either use certain shades individually, combine rows together or just mix the whole thing! For the most part this highlighter just gives a gorgeous highlight but you may find the odd fleck of glitter every now and then!
ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter
A brand made famous thanks to Instagram, when it comes to ColourPop the price is unbeatable. An online only brand, their highlighters have an amazing mousse like texture that set to a powder once applied. The formula has great pigment and is filled with beautiful fine shimmer, not glitter!
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I am reaching 30, and after using a popular (but terrible) acne cleanser for the last 10 years, I am keen to minimise sun damage and fine lines, while keeping my oily/combination skin clear. This is a lot to ask, and I have been researching myself into a massive hole trying to find skincare that is as natural and not harsh as possible. Do you have any recommendations, drugstore or otherwise??
Hi there! I absolutely have some recommendations! Skincare is my #1 passion, so forgive me if I get a bit excited and/or longwinded in my response. :)
Before I get into actual product recommendations, I want to make sure that you understand your skin’s current situation. Whenever I hear that someone’s been using the same skincare product for an extended period of time (10 years!? jeesh!) I know that your skin is probably completely different now than how it was when you first started using the product. As you are in your late 20s, your skin is beginning to phase into an entirely different “wants/needs” category than when you were a teenager! Specifically when talking about acne - breakouts in your teens are completely different than breakouts in your mid20s-30s. Your hormones have changed, I’m sure you have different environmental stressors, and your skin is officially in the declining stage. You mentioned that you have sun damage and lines that you need to address - so its time to get away from harsh acne products, and start looking at nourishing your skin to create optimum health!
I know that you mentioned cleanser, but I must stress that it is so SO important to develop a genuine skincare routine, especially if you are seeing breakouts, damage, etc. Cleanser is probably the least effective product to use in order to see results - it is on your skin for a short amount of time, and it’s true purpose is simply to remove impurities, and not so much to replenish the skin with ingredients it needs. Moisturizer and/or a serum, and SPF, are going to be very important for you.
Cleansers by nature strip the skin of its natural oils and can throw it off balance. Often this can cause acne, rough texture, and can accentuate signs of aging. For this reason, I recommend using a hydrating cleanser, or a cleansing oil (massage onto dry skin and then add water to emulsify and rinse). These will nourish your skin while removing impurities and balancing you out.
Simple Skincare Hydrating Cleansing Oil - $9
This cleansing oil melts away dirt and makeup and leaves skin feeling soft and healthy. Contains no artificial dyes or fragrances and contains just 6 ingredients.
Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser - $9
This exfoliating cleanser uses the powerful antioxidants and amino acids found in royal jelly (like honey) to nourish, brighten and prevent aging in your skin.
Your moisturizer is going to be an integral part of your skincare routine. This is where you find all of the best, most effective ingredients, and they actually have time to absorb into your skin. Look for lightweight moisturizers with ingredients that will help correct and prevent damage, as well as keep your skin clear.
Origins GinZing Moisturizer - $28
This is one of my favorite skincare products of all time. Origins will be a GREAT brand of skincare for you to look at, because they’re very natural, super effective, and genuinely feel good and are fun to use. This will help repair sun damage, prevent lines, minimize your pores, brighten your skin, and make you look amazing.
Sunscreen is not very glamorous, but it’s probably the most important part of everyone’s skincare regimen. Especially for you! Sunscreen is the best anti-aging and preventative product you could possibly use. If you’re skeptical, I highly encourage you to check out the extensive articles I’ve writtenhere.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder - $12
This is a convenient, natural method for applying SPF that serves a dual purpose - it sets makeup and makes your skin look airbrushed! Just be sure to reapply every few hours.
Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen - $7
This more traditional form of sunscreen is entirely mineral based and nourishes the skin while you wear it.
I know this is a lot of information to absorb, but I hope that it’s helpful to you!! It’s so important to care for your skin. Good luck!
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It bronzes without looking orange on the skin, it blends SEAMLESSLY, and it’s not overly pigmented so it’d be a really great product for beginners. The smell is a liiiittle strong but it fades once you put it on.
What drugstore highlights do you suggest for darker toned skin ? 💞 • I have normal to oily skin
Highlighting often seems like a pretty universal product and for darker skin tones people often think you can use any and every highlighter on the market, but if you’ve got a darker skintone and put a bright, iridescent highlighter on the skin it can look incredibly harsh and stark.
Generally speaking if you’re someone with a darker skintone you’re going to want to opt for something that is warm, rich and has a beautiful sheen to it. Darker skin tends to have really beautiful natural highlights to it anyway so anything with glitter or overly intense metallic pigments can look unflattering.
It’s a well known fact that I swear by the ELF Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls, it’s one of my all-time favourite highlighters, but elf actually have two other shades in the range, Pink Diamonds and Blush Gems. Blush Gems is very similar to Moonlight Pearls, but has a slight hint of copper to it which looks beautiful on darker skintones.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips are another one of my favourite highlighting products, and one of the things I love about them most is that you can mix and match the shades in the palette to create your own custom highlight. For a beautiful golden glow I’d suggest picking up the “Warm Nude” variation and using a highlighting brush to apply the two darkest rows of colour to the highest points of your face.
Very similar in appearance to the famed Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, these highlighting palettes are a great alternative if you don’t want to splash out the cash. The “Bronze Glow” variation is full of rich, warm-toned shades which are great for highlighting. Like the Physicians Formula palette, you can use all the shades together, use one alone or mix and match them to get your perfect highlight shade.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear All-In-One ABC Cushion Foundation
What it is: A compact sponge soaked in lightweight, mineral based foundation What it does: Provides convenient, portable packaging for a liquid foundation with protective SPF 50 What it costs: $17 Where to get it: Drugstores or online