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Get the glow: My favourite highlighters

For me, spring makeup looks are all about beautiful glowing skin and since the new season is just around the corner, I thought I’d share two of my favourite highlighters for getting the glow.

First up we’ve got The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter. This is a pink toned liquid highlighter that can either be applied under your foundation or on top. As the name suggests, it gives the skin a lovely radiant glow and looks oh-so-pretty blended over the top of the cheekbones.

I think it’s the perfect highlighter for fair complexions that suit cool toned products. It’s so easy to work with and I love the fact you can apply it two different ways to get the look you want.

If you prefer powder highlighters, then take a look at theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. A bloggers’ favourite, this champagne toned highlighter is perfect for achieving a warmer glow. Again, this highlighter is so easy to apply and as with the Body Shop’s liquid highlighter, you’ll find that a little goes a long way.

I recently featured the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter in a 'Inside the Beauty Bag' post on Jess' blog - be sure to check it out to find out what other products I use on a daily basis!

The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter - £12.00 // theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer - £17.50

Whether you’re in the market for a cool toned or warmed toned highlighter, these are both excellent picks for achieving a beautiful springtime glow.

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  1. Alice Brocklebank20 February 2015 at 17:05

    I've heard so much about the Mary-Lou Manizer, but I still haven't picked it up yet! It's such a gorgeous shade that I'll have to get my hands on soon! My favourite has to be MAC Soft & Gentle :)

    Alice from Alice Grace Beauty


  2. Mary-Lou Manizer is at the top of my 2015 wishlist. It looks like such a pretty highlighter.

  3. Love the Mary Lou one! Great reviews
    Lydia x

  4. The Mary-Lou Manizer is one of my favourites! I've never heard of the one from The Body Shop though, it looks stunning! x

    Elise @ Elise Dopson

  5. Jenny // thatnortherngal21 February 2015 at 18:20

    Really want to try The Body Shop; I've never heard of it but it looks stunning xo

    Jenny // That Northern Gal

  6. I swatched the Body Shop's highlighter a few days ago and immediately loved it! As soon as I get paid I'll be purchasing it. The Mary-Lou highlighter looks lovely too, but I don't think it would suit my skin tone!

  7. I've never tried Mac Soft & Gentle but it looks so pretty! xo

  8. It's gorgeous! Definitely worth the hype! xo

  9. It's lovely isn't it? Thanks Lydia! xo

  10. The Body Shop one isn't talked about as much but it's so pretty! Definitely a good one for ladies with fair complexions. xo

  11. It's lovely and really easy to work with! xo

  12. I'm quite pale but I find the Mary-Lou highlighter looks lovely when I've used bronzer too. The Body Shop one is lovely if you prefer something a little more cool toned! xo

  13. Little Miss Lifestyle22 February 2015 at 22:44

    Love the look of the body shop highlighter, I love to mix liquid highlighters into my foundation to stop it looking so flat xx


  14. Really think Im going to try the Mary-Lou Manizer. I've just bought a kiko mosiac highligher to match their mosiac blush.. That is more of a lighter pinky tone and they work well together but I could do with one that is wamer and works better when Im wearing bronzer and more peachy shades.
    Can I ask a bit of advice here because Im quite new to using a highlighter and have only really experimented when Im making an effort.. Getting a bit older now so need to brighten my face as much as possible.. do you all use a highligher over your blush or under . I'm never really sure plus I'm always tempted to brush it everywhere which Im thinking is probably not the thing to do !!

  15. Hi Lyn, if you are going to use a powder-based highlighter like Mary-Lou Manizer, I'd recommend doing your blush first and then popping the highlighter over the tops of your cheek bones. I've linked a really short Instagram video below of another blogger using the Mary-Lou Manizer, she shows you exactly where you need to put it.


    If you were using a liquid highlighter, like the Body Shop one I've featured in this post, you could either apply it under your foundation or mix a little with your foundation for a more radiant look.

    Hope that's answered your question? Let me know how you get on! xo

  16. The Body Shop highlighter is great for that! xo

  17. Brilliant, thanks for that Megan. I feel some more experimenting coming on ! . I do just tend to use a very light brush over with a mineral powder base but use both powder and cream blushers. If I can find a very light and natural liquid foundation I do like the sound of mixing it for a more radiant glow..

  18. You're welcome! I'm not particularly fond of heavy foundations either, so I always go for something that offers a light to medium coverage. I'm currently using the No 7 Essentially Natural foundation, which is lovely. I think you can get colour matched for it in store but I use the shade Calico (which I believe is the lightest shade). If you are looking for something even lighter, the Balance Me BB Cream is gorgeous. It's a little like a tinted moisturiser but it still offers light coverage that evens out the skin tone and adds a glowy finish. I've linked my review of it below. It also contains SPF25 so helps to protect the skin!



  19. Interesting, I do like the sound of the Balance Me BB Cream. I think that would work for me. Would you still mix that with a highlighter Megan ?

  20. I haven't actually tried the two together but I'll have a little play around later and let you know the results! I feel another blog post coming on haha! xo

  21. Hahaa, there are so many products claiming to make us more beautiful.. It doesn't take a lot to justify the need to make another purchase even when we are skint !