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.

The best mascara for small lashes

best mascara for short lashes

You don’t see mascara reviews often on my blog. That’s mainly, because my lashes are quite shy and very natural-looking. You know,  invisible. They are short and small – every woman’s dream. So, when I stumble onto something, that actually makes a difference in my lashes and is  great (and innovative!), I have to share it with you.

What speaks to me in mascaras is nice packaging, but also the wand. And this mascara wand is something, I haven’t seen before. IsaDora’s Insane Volume Lash Styler mascara is definitely in my top 3 best mascaras and it’s great for humble lashes such as mine.

The mascara was received as a pr-sample.

best mascara for short lashes

My lashes are in there somewhere..

When I first opened this mascara, I was intrigued. The mascara wand is really unique! It’s 1/3 of a classic rubber wand, but then there’s this part, where it’s kinda like a comb. See?

best mascara for small lashes

best mascara for short lashes isadora

And let me tell you – that wand is an expert of giving volume to your lashes. The comb makes it easy to add volume and mass to the roots, while keeping the tips thin! And the normal side of the wand is really nice too – I prefer rubber bands like this, but it’s obviously just personal preference. I feel like it separates my lashes nicely and gives them volume, but doesn’t make them clumpy. It also stays well on my lashes, and doesn’t crumble on my under eye area.

Here is the mascara on my lashes. I’ve already used one tube entirely and I have a back up ready to go – that’s how convinced I’m about this one (though I have lash extensions at the moment, another great thing for small lashes).

before after isadora insane volume lash styler mascara

best mascara for short lashes

I spy with my little eye.. my lashes! They might be short, but they are determined to show.

You can find this mascara on feelunique here (adlink), and it costs 23,40€.

What is your favorite mascara and why? What kind of a finish does it offer?

And what do you guys think of this kind of mascara review, where the model’s lashes aren’t the best kind? Does the mascara seem any good in this light? Or maybe there are other small-lashed beauties out there?