The Highlight of My Makeup Routine

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I think it’s fair to say that once you discover highlighters there is no going back.  Even though they last absolutely ages, that hasn’t stopped me collecting a few over the years and at the moment I have two that I am turning to the most.  They should come as no surprise really as both are mentioned countless times in the blogging community and for good reason.  Yes, if it’s not obvious already, I’m talking about TheBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer and Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Powder in Candlelight.

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My main focus when it comes to highlighter is the tops of my cheekbones and both of these do what highlighters are supposed to do, or least what I want them to do – give you a non-glittery lit from within glow. TheBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer on the left is more golden with a strong yellow undertone and is extremely pigmented.  Seriously, this stuff packs a punch so I always go in lightly.  I do find it needs a bit more blending but the colour and finish is fantastic and I also adore the retro packaging.

Kevyn Aucoin’s  Celestial Powder in Candlelight, on the right, is more of a beige-toned champagne highlighter. I was unsure when I first tried this as to whether it would show up on my skintone, but I was pleasantly surprised.  If overdone it can look frosty but if you apply the subtlety is best rule, then this gives a gorgeous ethereal finish.  The packaging has changed since I last bought this and it’s even more compact so it can be easily slipped into your makeup bag if you wanted to glam things up for a night out.

Price wise, TheBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer is certainly more affordable and better value for money of the two as it costs £17.50 for 8.5g, whereas Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Powder in Candlelight is a whopping £35 for just 3.1g.  That said, I wouldn’t choose one over the other as I get so much use out of both and as the colours and tones are different, it means I have options depending on what kind of makeup I am wearing.

These two beauties are definitely the highlight of my makeup routine!

So what are your favourite highlighters?  Drop me a note in the comments below as I’d love to know.  xx

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  • Iren

    Thanks for your review, I’m thinking about buying some highlighter too!


    • Highlighter is the best, it really makes so much difference. xx


    great post, i really need to invest in a good highlighter! x

  • I forgot how much I love the Mary-Lou Manizer, I definitely need to dig mine out from the drawer. I recently ordered Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop from Sephora and it’s all kinds of amazing! xx

    • Oooh this sounds lovely, would love to hear how you get on with this, I haven’t tried anything from Becca before xx

  • I love Opal by Becca. I also love the famous Dior Amber diamonds but I keep that on reserve haha.


    • Oooh I have the Dior Amber Diamond too and I like reserving that one too! xxx

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  • I have Mary-Lou Maniser but unfortunately, I dropped her and she shattered into a million pieces. Top tip – don’t drop Mary! But, it was a stunning highlighter. I am also loving the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & glow highlighter 🙂 xx

    Brenda BusyBee

  • The Sunday Mode

    I feel like if someone doesn’t enjoy using highlighters they must be mental, it’s honestly my favourite part of doing my makeup! I’ve been loving the ambient lighting powders for highlighting lately, as well as my trust Mac Soft and Gentle x

    • I know, I love highlighting too, it’s the best bit and adds that great finishing touch x

  • Valencia

    Always wanting to try the Balm Mary Lou!
    I heard hourglass and Becca are great too 🙂

    Shop @vanitygoods

    • I must try Becca. Hourglass are fab too. Thanks for stopping by x

  • I havent tried either of these, the Kevin Aucoin powder sounds lovely. Im desperate for the Becca JH one. k x

  • I have heard so many good things about the Mary Lou product! And I love that is so affordable. I swear by Hourlgass’ Luminous highlighter! It seems to get that glow + diminish any spots on my skin. xo

    Kelsey |

    • I know it is good value for money. Hourglass are great too – something that gives a glow and diminishes spots sounds like the perfect product

  • I keep meaning to order Mary-Lou Manizer, it looks so beautiful! x

    • It is a lovely one and I don’t think you will regret buying it xx

  • I am constantly seeing the Mary Lou highlighter everywhere and it’s definitely making me want to purchase it, but I’m holding off for now as I’ve got a firmed visiting NYC so I’d like her to get me the Becca Champagne Pop highlighter. If it doesn’t happen though I’ll definitely treat myself to this x

    Beauty with charm

    • I’ve heard so much about Becca highlighters and have to check these out soon. x

  • Kate

    I use Mary-Lou Manizer religiously, but I haven’t tried the Kevin Aucoin powder. You described it so beautifully that I’m tempted to go out and purchase! xx

    Champagne Daydream

    • That one was my first purchase of the two and it is very lovely, expensive i know but worth it xx

  • I love the Mary Loumaizer too 🙂 the pressed Becca highlighters are definitely on my wish list! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • I know it’s so great isn’t it. I have heard great things about the Becca highlighters and perhaps will put these ones as the next to buy! xx

  • Creme Rose

    First, your pictures are so beautiful! I feel like am in a disney story book lol
    I have not tried these products, but I have read countless of reviews on how amazing they are. I think I am might just have get the TheBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer just because I have not read one negative review on this!

    Thanks for sharing Franky! Have a wonderful Wednesay! 🙂
    x Arwa

    • Thanks, that;s so sweet of you. TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is so good and i don’t think anyone has been disappointed with this either x

  • Kevyn Aucon looks so pretty too. I like Mary-Lou Manizer, it gives really nice shine and it is really pigmented. Also price wise it is more affordable.

    • Both are great but agree TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is good value for money xx

  • I don’t have a favorite highlighter right now, sometimes I use eyeshadow instead (: Love your pictures btw, they’re just perfection
    Nati xx

    • That’s a good idea to use eyeshadow, never thought of that! Thanks for the lovely comments xx

  • B Shannon

    Lovely post, I like the photos and your writing style! Ah I deffo need to try the Balm product!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

    • Thanks so much 🙂 I want to try more from this range as well x

  • The Mary Lou Manizer has been on my wishlist for so long.

    Catherine x The Beauty Trove

    • It was on my wishlist for ages as well and when I finally caved in i was so glad I did x