A highlighter, that doesn’t emphasize skin problems

maybelline strobing stick review

highlighter for problematic textured skin

maybelline strobing stick review

Highlighters – a threat or an opportunity?

I know, it might sound silly. What bad has tiny pieces of glitter ever done to you? What’s wrong with some shimmer? If your skin type is normal and your skin is straight from the heavens, the answer is: nothing. Keep on glowing and maybe skip this one. Or actually don’t, ’cause I have found a product, that looks beautiful on every skintype.

The threat, the problem, that I’m talking about it is this: with problematic skin such as oily skin or acne-prone skin, there are imperfections and therefore texture on the skin. Texture is glitter’s worst enemy. I mean – they love each other, but just can’t seem to get along that well. They highlight each other’s bad sides, all those bumps and wrinkles. So actually the same goes for mature skin – you don’t want to enhance your wrinkles with glittery products. So hear me out.

highlighter that suits problematic acne oily skin

As you may well know, my skin is oily and I suffer from acne. I also suffer from texture, badly. So I’ve had not-so good experiences with most highlighters, usually the powdery ones, which look chalky and chunky on my skin, highlighting my skin issues. Though I’ll admit, I’ve still used those highlighters. Because I am a woman after all and I need to glow.

My dear sisters had noticed this and with all the love they got me a highlighter, that doesn’t highlight any texture. They said it loud and clear: “This doesn’t highlight your skin texture”. Gosh, I love them.

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maybelline strobing stick review

maybelline strobing stick nude glow swatch

Swatches of Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in Nude Glow.

The product that I got – and what I’ve been binge-using (is that a thing?) lately is Maybelline Master Strobing Stick. My shade is Nude Glow, which is a bit warm beige colour. There is another shade available, which is more pink and beautiful on fair skin, I bet.

What makes this strobing stick wonderful and suitable for all skin types is it’s unique texture. It’s not a powder, but not a cream either – it’s the perfect in between.  It’s not chalky in glitter. It reflects light beautifully and it almost makes your skin look wet. As stated before, it doesn’t highlight skin texture, but makes you look glowy and beautiful. Obviously it doesn’t hide your skin texture either, so if you have uneven skin, you’re still gonna have uneven skin after applying this. But it looks way better than most highlighters.

I usually add it with my fingers, but if I want a heavy glow, I just add it straight on my cheekbones with the stick.

What else? Well, I feel like it lasts well on my skin, I like the packaging and I like that it’s very affordable being a Maybelline product.

Have you had problems with highlighters? Have you tried this one?

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick (Ulta, $8,99)

highlighter and skin texture

highlighter textured skin
Bonus pictures of me on my birthday, after I received my present and wanted to show off my glow immediately.

Festive half cut-crease | Tutorial

makeup tutorial

Sometimes you just get a vision.

I had a vision of this makeup: it was gonna be red and awesome. Half cut-crease with a glittery touch (but not straight up glitter, ’cause ain’t nobody got time for that mess). Was I pro at cutting creases? Well, not really, but I was going to a pre-Christmas party and damn it, if my makeup game wasn’t gonna be on point that evening.

Sometimes (read:always) you just need a winner’s mindset and a great motivation. As it turns out, my makeup was gorgeous that day and I realized I needed to recreate it for a tutorial.

Also: red eyeshadow is BOMB and it suits most eye colours and no it doesn’t make you look sick.

So here we are.

half cut crease colour placement

Colour placement. Might be helpful, or not. Anyway.

half cut-crease tutorial

  1. It’s easier to start off with lighter colours. First I applied a peachy warm colour and I created the shape of my eyeshadow. Then I took a matte red eyeshadow and started to deepen the colour. Work your way into it – apply shadow, then blend, apply shadow and blend again. You want the colour to look smooth as f (eather).
  2.  I then took a darker red colour and deepened the red colour more. I also applied that colour on half of my lid. After that I took some black eyeshadow and applied that on my outer corner in a V-shape. When you’re doing a colourful look, black is your friend. Black pulls the look together and just makes it look better.
  3. Cut the crease. I explained this better in a photo below – but basically I used glitter glue for it and a shimmery colour. I then blended that shimmery colour with the red colour, so that the transition looks somewhat smooth. It’s up to you how high you want your crease to be – I faked the crease higher than my actual crease, but not so high, that the line is visible when my eye is open.
  4. You can then line your eye and maybe do a better job, than I did here, haha. Then apply mascara and lashes or whatever is your wish. I did neither, since I have eye lash extensions now HALLELUJAH! By the way, don’t forget to apply some red eyeshadow on your lower lashline as well. I kinda forgot to tell you that, but you probably figured it out from the photos.

cut crease tutorial

Cutting the crease
As I was going for a shimmer eyeshadow (or actually a highlight), but I wanted it to look extra sparkly, I went for my secret weapon: glitter primer. If you haven’t tried it for shimmery eyeshadows, you haven’t lived. It seriously makes them pop and last super long! I used NYX’s glitter primer, which is like a cream, which makes the powders stick. I first cut my crease using a flat brush and that glitter glue. I then patted on my shimmer colour on top of that glue.

makeup tutorial

I listed the products I used, but if you want to re-create the look with a less hassle, these palettes would be great for this look (or for my collection, dear santa). A lot of you may already own these palettes. Links are adlinks, so if you want to show your support and was gonna buy something from Sephora anyway, here is a good chance.

Naked Heat Palette
Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette

For my look the key products were glitter glue, Milani’s blush (which I absolutely love!) and MAC’s highlight.


Urban Decay Primer Potion
Illamasqua Look Fantastic Palette (matte bone colour + orange colour)
NYX Professional Makeup Beauty School Dropout Freshman (matte red colour)
Milani Baked Blush, Red Vino (deep red colour)
TooFaced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette (matte black)
NYX Professional Makeup Glitter glue
MAC Soft & Gentle Highlight

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
Jane Iredale Glow Time BB-Cream
LA GIRL HD Pro Concealer, Bisque
Lumene Nordic Girl Cheeky Lip&Cheek colour, 2
Mad4eyebrow natural eyebrow filler, Blonde

NUDESTIX Lip & Cheek Pencil, Mystic