Get Glowing! 5 Top Highlighters: SIS HG Series

Hi everyone, Melani here ready to chat about all things glowy! Just how I feel about bronzers, I definitely feel about highlighters! Love them! Especially now in the dead heat of summer! I love that summer glow!

A highlighter can accentuate and draw the eye to the face. I love a nice highlighter on the high points of cheekbones, on top of the lip, and a bit at the temples..

So we have all seen the oily looking highlighter looks that seem to be popular among a few YouTubers. I digress for a moment… Makeup for YouTube is just that…makeup for YouTube. Generally, Youtubers are on camera and use quite a bit of makeup. If I were to wear that much makeup daily, I might get some interesting looks at work! Fake lashes (although love them too), highlight you can see from Mars, and a smokey cat eye may not be your style, it is usually the focus of a makeup tutorial. When I think of highlighting, I picture a nice healthy glow. Granted there are times when I want to see that highlight from the next town over but generally day to day the glow will do just fine and help complete your makeup. So let’s check out some basic info before delving into the Holy Grail 5.

Just like the previous posts, a little knowledge goes a long way before heading out there to purchase your highlighter.

First, you might be asking “Do I really need a highlighter?” Yup! you do! it helps you look less tired (God knows we are all busy, ugh!), it’s very easy and quick, and really gives you a lit from within look.

Second, what kind of highlighter is best for me? Well that’s where I come in! I am always rotating the newest highlighter, drugstore and high end, so that you don’t have to! ok here’s the basics…

There are two types (generally): there are cream or liquid highlighters which may last a decent amount of time during the day and are for dryer skin. If you are interested in these highlighters, remember not to apply over powder foundation. Use over liquid or cream. If you use the creamy highlighters over powder, it may lift the foundation. The second type of highlighter is powder, which is easier, more economical, and works over powder or liquid foundation.

Third, What color is best for me? For the most part the lighter the skin tone, the lighter the highlighter should be. I again, am medium to light neutral skin tone. Here are my top picks (today anyway!!!) Here is my most used right now ( mainly to trial it but it is amazing for the price point!)

Milani Strobelight in Afterglow $8.97 in Walgreens or Walmart! Perfect for all light to medium skin tones!


Milani strobelight is a medium illuminator and you can actually build the glow, meaning, you can build it up to be extra gleaming! It is very natural if you use a light touch and one swipe. Otherwise build that baby up for some extra glow!

My #2 at the moment is Becca Highlighter, which can be found at Sephora and Ulta. It is a bit pricey but will last you forever and has a wide range of colors of all different skin tones. This is extremely pigmented but doesn’t have chunky glitter:

Becca Opal Highlighter

#3 another high end highlighter is the Celestial Highlighting Powder from Kevin Aucoin and is carried at Sephora. This comes in a great variety of colors. Amazing glow but again another highlighter that is not chunky but yet is buildable. This is by the late, great Kevin Aucoin who, to me, is an amazing inspiration for my inner makeup artist and for anyone who loves makeup. Check out his books for great makeup ideas! He was a true great professional!


Kevin Aucoin The Celestial Highlighting Powder in Candlelight at Sephora

#4 Is a newer highlight to me and I am loving it for an illuminator, not a high beam highlighter. It is also buildable. The Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter is available at Ulta. I received this in my Ipsy box which I am still loving (January Blog Post).

Urban Decay at Ulta Afterglow


#5 Is a tried and true highlighter that I love. It is so inexpensive! I also have this in my rotation. This is the NYX Illuminator, found at Ulta,  which also comes in quite a few darker colors and can be used as a blush! I love products that can do both… It is only$8.99 and it is currently buy one, get one 50% off! It stays on forever and is buildable.

Nyx at Ulta

So how should you apply highlighter and where?

I use a fan brush and use quick strokes, across both temples, down the bridge of the nose very lightly, under the brow bone, the inner corners of the eyes, at the highest point of the cheekbones, and on the top of the lip. if you don’t have a fan brush, use your fingertips! no brushes needed!

So highlighters aren’t that hard! I can’t wait to hear what highlighters everyone is using now!  Let us know in the comments section below what some your favorites are…until next time..

XOXO Melani, your makeup and product junkie 🙂



Bag, Borrow or Steal? Yes please

Hi Readers!

I have been waiting patiently to write this blog post and am so excited to share it with you, that I am skipping the introductory “hello, how are you’s” and jumping right in. Who knows what Bag, Borrow or Steal is?                     (

No? So, for those that are living in caves, (in the mountains, with no internet service), Bag, Borrow Or Steal is a website service that loans out and sells discounted high end, luxury brand handbags. Women rejoice! You simply go on their website, search through hundreds of styles and designers and pick one you like. You can then “rent” the sac à main for a month at a time for a fraction of the price it would cost you to purchase. If leasing isn’t your thing and you like to jump into ownership, you can skip the rental and head right over to the “Buy” section and purchase a bag. This service became wildly popular after the first Sex in the City movie made it’s fabulous debut in 2008. Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant Louise, played by Jennifer Hudson, toted a rented Chanel from B.B. or S. in the iconic movie. One of my fav lines was “Louise, grab your rental” 

Why is this rental idea extraordinary? If you are a handbag infatuate like myself, you fall in love at least once a month with a new style and or a new designer. The price tag (of a $1000 or more) makes it impossible to take home a new purchase on a frequent basis. This borrow program allows you to spend some time with this new lover without taking the plunge. Say you have an important meeting and would get a much needed confidence boost from the new Celine Mini Luggage Tote valued at a mere $3500. Well you can borrow this knockout for $450 for a month! Then, send it on back and get the latest model. 

Now this is what separates the bag aficionados from those whom merely admire. Those whom admire are thinking “Who in their right mind would rent something for $450?? It’s more than my car payment” Yes. It may be. That just means that this particular purse isn’t for you. There are many other price points to this whole rental thing. For $50-$100 a month you too can tote around a louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tory Burch, Chloe, Alexander Wang, etc;

I just tried B.B.or S. for the 1st time. I have to say I was nervous to drop over a hundred bucks on bag rental. All I kept thinking was what if I get the bag and it’s damaged when I get it? What if their customer service department is crazy hard to get a hold of? What if I have a million questions???!! Who do I ask!?! I do NOT want to get stuck paying a thpusand dollars for a purse I am not even sure I am in love with. (Yes, I have OCD and am working on some coping techniques)

I put my insecurities aside and, said f*ck it and hit the borrow button. I “borrowed” the new Gucci Tian Messenger Bag. I loved this bag when I saw it on the Gucci website but didn’t love the $850 price tag it came with. The cons to the purse are that it is a narrow design so it doesn’t hold a lot. It is made of Gucci signature canvas (not even leather!!) and has a floral pattern overlaying the monogram which is cute for spring and summer but makes it a seasonal bag!! The pro’s are that, well, it’s Gucci. It will hold it’s value if purchased and only increase in value years down the line. It is a cross body bag and Gucci is wonderful enough to make the strap on their cross body long enough but not to long. This means that the bag falls at a great place on the hip without being obtrusive to wear as a cross body. In the end I am so happy that I borrowed the purse. I received a ton of compliments on it. With that being said I am more than happy I did not purchase this bag. I couldn’t part with $850 and only be able to use the bag for half the year. My time is just about up with this handbag and I will be sending it back to B.B.or S. I went online and logged into my account and printed a shipping label. I have already started looking for my next Borrow and can’t wait to rent again!! (Possibly this Louis Vuitton Da Vinci Speedy Satchel that you can purchase NO WHERE)

In closing I am def into this whole purse for rent thing. Will it persuade me to never purchase a designer bag again? No. Some things are just worth the purchase. As someone that doesn’t like to carry the same designer handbag as the woman next to me, it does allow me to carry some of the more hard to get, obscure handbags. If you are on the fence on trying this service I say GO FOR IT!! Talk Soon, T