It's already July....wow. This year has gone by insanely fast but I'm starting to think that's just time in general. I should be researching my biology essay or preparing a presentation on a famous artwork but I decided to procrastinate a little and write this post instead (what's new). The past month has been pretty hectic but in the best possible way. It began with my amazing trip to Barcelona for my summer break. I had the best time ever with my friend in that week we spent in sunny Spain. Then the week after, I headed down to face the opposite on the weather spectrum. Cold, rainy London. For good reason though, I made plans with a friend of mine from home to catch Coldplay live at Wembley Stadium. It was absolutely brilliant. It was one of those bucket list things for me and I still find it surreal that it happened. Like damn, I saw Coldplay perform live.
This just arrived in the mail today and gosh was I excited! The highlighter frenzy is everywhere, that much is certain. For the longest time I was looking for a highlighter that would suit my darker complexion and wouldn't break the bank. Obviously I was lusting after the Becca highlighters especially "Champagne Pop" but I couldn't justify the price but then I stumbled upon The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer. I saw someone on youtube use this in a 'grwm' video and I fell in love with the natural but stunning highlight it gave. I got mine from lookfantastic just because it was that tiny bit cheaper than feelunique or any other online store really. Honestly, when you're in college every penny (in this case £1.50) counts. Firstly, how cute is the packaging?! The balm always has the most adorable packaging for its products and the cutest names too. I've heard so many good things about them and I'm so glad I finally decided to purchase something from their line. Previously, I was using Benefit's High Beam and while it is a pretty good liquid highlight, I wanted to try out a more gold/bronze tone shade too. That's also why I opted for Mary-Lou rather than Betty-Lou or Cindy-Lou, which are the other shades in the highlighter/bronzer range. I only just got this today but I already adore it. I swept the highlighter across my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and cupid's bow for an all over glow and it looked brilliant. I even used it on my brow bone and inner corner of my eyes. It's super pigmented and feels almost buttery at the touch. Not chalky at all. You can either diffuse the colour with a more fluffier brush or layer it on for an intense glow. It is really easy to bend out and I prefer doing that for a more subtle glow to suit everyday wear. I'm so glad it works well for my tan skin cause that's always my biggest worry when buying face products. Will it suit my skin tone?? Thankfully, it does. I also love that you can use it as an eyeshadow too because let's be real, products that multi-task are every girl's favourite travel companion. I can't wait to try out more products from this brand. I've already got my eye on their matte eyeshadow palettes next.