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Benefit High Beam – Really worth it?

I have had Benefit High Beam in my possession on and off for the past seven years. It’s one of those products that I have completely ignored on my blog and in YouTube videos. Why? Because I accept it as part of my permanent collection. It doesn’t make me feel excited yet it works.

I’m a fan of Benefit’s beauty boxes so I have picked up a few mini size versions of High Bream over the years. Other than my very first bottle which was full size, mini’s have kept my going. I thought it was high time I reviewed this product!

I dabbled briefly with Moonbeam, which is warmer on the skin than High Beam. Although it looks lovely on my skin, warm and glowing it didn’t provide the fresh, well-slept look I get with High Beam. That being said, I would use Moonbeam when I have a tan, as High Beam is much pinker.

I apply it with my ring finer to my cheekbones and down the centre of my nose. On occasion I have mixed a little , very little, in with my foundation for some extra ooph. Texture wise, this is a liquid. It is not oily, greasy or creamy. More like a lotion. It would work well on oilier skins which is rare for a liquid highlighter. The finish is sheer, and provides subtle illumination.

As a highlighter this product isn’t earth shattering but it is very good and most of all it is reliable. If you don’t like powder based highlighters this might be a good option for you. High beam is pinker than all of highlighters I have in my collection. It will work well on fair skin but certainly isn’t for everyone. On the right skintone this product looks pretty and luminous. On the wrong skin tone it shows as a silvery, frosty pink.

A con to this products is definitely how it works on fine lines and pores. I find it tends to emphasize them a little, although it doesn’t seep in. For this reason I always apply it to the top of my cheekbones only, avoiding the outer eye area like the plague and also steering clear of the are of skin where my cheek meets my nose.

It is expensive (€26.50 / £18.50) but I can’t imagine you would run out considering the size of the bottle. If you love it then it’s good value for money. I wouldn’t un out and buy it but if you find yourself at the Benefit counter it’s worth asking the mua to apply it for you and see what you think. I’m a big advocate of try before you buy -less chance of buyers remorse.

I’m intrigued by Benefits latest addition to the ‘beam family’ – Sun Beam. This sounds like my cup of tea. Anyone tried it?

What are your thoughts on High Beam?



Concealer, Highlighters, Make-up, YSL

YSL Touche Éclat | Review

Often copied, never equalled. Those are the words that come to mind when I hear Touche Eclat mentioned. It is such an iconic product and has earned its place as a cult buy. It occurred to me that I have yet to have a little M&B rant about this beauty and yet it’s a product that I have used for years.

My most recent tube of Touche Éclat came is a Celebration Edition inspired by Stefano Pilati’s latest jewellery collection.

I doubt there is a make-up artist out there that doesn’t have this in their kit. When I first purchased this, oh maybe 6 years ago,  used it for skin emergencies only – exhaustion and dehydration due to partying namely. But in the last few years it has become a bit of an essential for me.

For those of you who have yet to try it, it works by casting light under the eye to lessen signs of fatigue, lines and hollows. The formula has changed over the years and YSL have also added a whole range of shades, finally.


I apply the product by dabbing with the applicator brush. However,  I don’t blend with the this brush. I either pat the product in with my ring finger or I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush (MAC 117 all the way). Using the fluffy brush leaves you’re skin looking airbrushed. A little goes a long way – the reverse panda is not a good look. I don’t really use this right under my eye, where there is discolouration. I apply it right under the discoloured area – this draws the eye to the highlight. It works really well. I also like to use it down the centre of my nose, along my cheekbone and on my cupids bow. It leaves you looking really etherial.

A note on dupes

I have tried every single Touche Eclat-esque and inspired product I could get my hands on. I haven’t found one that does exactly what this one does. I dabbled with Lancome’s version for a time but was a little underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, it worked, it just didn’t work as well as YSL. I also picked up Aldi’s version (recommended by so many) and although I found it an ok under-eye concealer is really didn’t offer the reflective power of Touche Eclat (that being said, it’s worth a look as a concealer).

Some Touché Éclat application tips from YSL:

  • Use around the eyes to brighten and diffuse imperfection.
  • Apply on the outer corner of the eye then blend in long strokes towards the temple.
  • Before highlighting with shade 1, using 3 over the inner eye can neutralise blue undertone.
  • Can be used as a base over the eye lid to improve the hold of eye shadow.
  • Use in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten tired eyes and to enhance the white of the eye.
  • Blend number 6 as a warm cream bronzer over the cheeks.
  • Use on bridge of nose, between brows, on top of cheekbones to sharpen your features.
  • Darker tones such as No 5 can be used to contour underneath the cheekbones.
  • Blend with fingers for finer result and for a professional finish with a fluffy brush.
  • Blend a line below and over the brow to sharpen the eyebrow definition.
  • Apply on the corners of the nose to neutralise redness and broken veins.
  • For fuller lips, apply to the middle of the lower lip over lipstick and soften.
  • Apply around the lips to sharpen and enhance the cupids bow.
  • Apply down the décolleté to enhance the neckline
  • Apply down the side of the leg to elongate.

I’m  obviously a big fan. Thoughts?

Amy x

Tanning Products

St Tropez Illuminator

I love a good highlighting product. Sure, I  have way too many but sure what’s one more eh?! I have been using a St Tropez Illuminator for the last week or so.

The illuminator comes in a few shades for to suit different skin tones – Rose, Gold and Violet. I have the Rose version which gives a pink pearlescent (maybe iridescent is a better description) glow. It actually reminds me of No7’s highlighting lotion.

When I first saw it I saw the pearly pink shade I thought it wouldn’t look good on the skin but it’s actually quite natural. I applied it to my cheekbone only to give you an idea of the sheeen.

Consistency wise it’s not greasy or oily. It goes on smooth and doesn’t contain any glitter or shimmer chunks, just soft iridescent particles.

You can buy it in all the  usual places that stock St Tropez – Boots, pharmacies, department stores etc.


Eyeko Cream – Extra Glow (LE)

I have heard so many YouTube guru’s rave about the Eyeko Cream. I always meant to try it but it wasn’t stocked in my local Superdrug.As you know, if something is out of stock/unavailable I must have it.

Ridiculous but true.

Imagine my surprise when the postman delivered a package from Eyeko this morning. Inside was a tub of their limited edition Cream Extra Glow.

It smells a little plastic-y on first contact with the skin but after a few minutes it’s just a delicate scent.

The colour is a soft frosty pink which looks pretty on the skin. I will be wearing it later today so I will post a Face of the Day and photos this evening.

The cream also claims to be a moisturiser and an eye cream. I’ll have to get back to you.

I haven’t tried the basic cream so I’m afraid I can’t offer anything by means of a comparison.

What are your thoughts on glow creams?