The Best Highlighting Products For You



While skincare is one of my favorite things, I am really starting to get more interested in makeup. I love looks that are a bit more natural. Of course, I really love the glowing skin you see on the models in magazines. If you need some help figuring out which highlighting products to check out, look no further than this post.

To preface, I am a deep winter in coloring. I have light skin, dark eyes, dark hair, and pink undertones. Some of my selections will work on some skin tones better than others. 

Also, this post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase I will make a tiny bit (like 4 cents) from the sale at no added cost to you. 

When it comes to highlighters, I prefer sticks and liquid. I feel that powder highlighters are a bit too drying and hard to apply. You will find that you have a preference after you try a couple too.

Benefits Watt's Up: I like the travel size because it is small enough to get into small spots like the inner corner of the eyes and the cupids bow. The larger version can make precise application a bit trickier. 

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Champagne Pop: This was by far the best color for me. I love that it the shimmer didn't look too glittery.  Opal is also a really great color for someone a bit more tanned than I am. 

Milk Makeup Highlighter in Champagne Pearl: This is a really great color for a lot of people. My one issue with this is that it feels a bit sticky after applying.

NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator: For those on a budget, this is a great find at $7. I purchased this in Sunbeam which was perfect for my light complexion. I did find that this had more glitter in it than I would like.

Nars The Multiple: This product comes in a ton of colors. My favorites are Copacabana and Luxor. I also tested the South Beach which would look good on someone with a darker skin tone. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight:  As I mentioned, I am not much for powder because it can be really drying.

Each month I round up a  number of products for a monthly beauty review. Because I want these reviews to be helpful for you, I would love to know what type of products you are curious about. Is there anything you would like to see me review? Blushes? Drugstore foundations? Nail polish? You name it and I will try my best to help you find the best products for your needs and budget.
The Best Highlighting Products | Highlighter Roundup

January Life Lately



Let me just start off my saying January has been an absolutely crazy month so far.  From babies to ice storms, this month has kept me on my toes.

Reading
I have just starting reading a book that has been on my list for years, Where'd You Go Bernadette?
I've just started it and it is really good. While I don't talk much about my religious beliefs on this blog, I have subtly hinted at them in the past. If you are looking for a Bible study, I recommend checking out She Reads Truth. I have the app on my iPad. I try to read one study everyday but sometimes I get too distracted by other things.

Watching
My husband was home for a large part of this month. First he was sick, then there was a huge snow and ice storm that closed his work for almost a week. That being said, we have watched a lot of television. He loves to watch House and Bob's Burgers. When my husband started feeling a bit better, I got the flu! My husband was then in charge of taking care of the kiddos. I know he tries hard but he relies on the TV to watch the kids a bit too much. Now my oldest has a fit to watch TV all the time. He is obsessed with Color Crew and Bubble Guppies. With my husband back to work this week, I have to break the toddler's TV obsession, which went from bad to worse.

Kiddos
My hands have been really full with the kiddos. My oldest needs a ton of activity and having been snowed in meant we haven't gone to his activities.  Then I was sick and wasn't able to play as much with him as I usually do. I need to work on getting the toddler to play by himself longer instead of needing me to play with him. My littlest is also keeping me busy. He has been wanting to eat every two hours and is crying all the time from teething. While my oldest loves to leave the house, my littlest one doesn't do well with leaving the house. On a side note, my washing machine broke right before the snow and ice storm hit. So I didn't have a washing machine for a week. Of course the kids somehow know this and make big messes all over.  I was trying to feed and entertain my kiddos and hand wash clothes in the bathtub.

Wifey Life
I love my husband but after having him home for two weeks, I am glad he is back to work.  When my husband is home it throws a real kink in the schedule with the kiddos. Other than that, things are pretty normal.

Blog/Social Media
I have been too busy with kiddos and hand washing laundry to do much blogging. I have a ton of really great things on the back burner right now. I'm looking at doing more beauty and makeup posts, incorporating a  better balance of high and low end recommendations, and doing more health related posts.

Your Guide To Sparkling Wines




Whether it is New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, or just a date night in, a little bit of bubbly can turn the night into a much more glamorous affair. I just love adding a splash of glam to everyday things too. The best thing is that you don't have to spend a fortune either, unless you want to!

So that you don't have to, I went out and sampled a variety of sparkling wines.
All of which were very reasonably priced. First let me say I am not a wine expert and I am actually don't drink alcoholic beverages very often. So if you are looking for a detailed explanation of wine, you won't find that here.


First lets talk briefly about the different types of sparkling wines:

Champagne

To be considered a true Champagne, it must be made in the Champagne region of France. Champagne has the highest bottle pressure of all sparkling wines, which is why you get the really dramatic pop. However, it is also the most expensive so you don't want to lose half your bottle when you open it. If you like lots of fine bubbles, Champagne is also the drink for you. Another thing to consider when picking a Champagne is the sweetness which is often referred to as dryness. Champagne is rated on a scale from Brut Nature to Doux, with Brut Nature having the least sugar and Doux being very sweet. Personally, if I'm not going to splurge on a good bottle, I'd rather have a Prosecco. You wont see any budget Champagne in my house. 

#1 Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label




#2 Perrier Jouet Grand Brut 




Prosecco

This used to be considered the poor man's champagne, but it is my personal favorite. Prosecco is made in Italy with a different process than champagne. It has several dryness levels but is often found in stores in 3: Brut, Extra Dry, and Dry. Prosecco tends be a bit sweeter than Champagne or Cava and it also has bigger bubbles. 

#1 La Merca


#2 Mionetto Prestige




Cava

Cava is made in Spain, and while at prices similar to Prosecco, it is actually closer in resemblance to Champagne in some respects. Cava is often fermented in the bottle and it has the tighter bubbles like Champagne. Cava is also available in the same sweetness levels as Champagne. Cava can be hard to find. I was only able to find one option at Trader Joe's and a couple of options at Fred Meyer/Kroger. You may have to go to a wine store to find nicer varieties.

#1 Segura Viudas Brut Cava






Hopefully now you will have a bit more knowledge when it comes to selecting a sparkling wine. Before trying a wide variety I used to pick the prettiest bottle. Now I know what my favorite is for each type of sparkling wine. 

Do you you have a favorite sparkling wine? I'd love to hear your recommendations!