In Our Makeup Bag: e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip

Is it just me or is there another “revolutionary” new makeup product introduced every freaking day?! Just walking into Ulta or Sephora (or even Walgreens!) sends many chicas into fits of hysteria, reaching for the nearest brown bag to regulate their breathing. It’s all so overwhelming. So how can you know which product – among the sea of thousands – is the best? Which does what you need it to do? Which ones are worth the extra money? Let me help. I don’t know every beauty product out there, but I’ve tested a lot of them and I’ll let you know which are worth the money and which are not.

(Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me for review purposes. Because I can never have too much makeup!)

What it is: e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight

Why this should be in your bag: Even though highlighters can be tricky, when done right they just make you GLOW! I’ve only recently jumped into the world of highlighters, but I can honestly say that they make a difference. A little dab on your cheekbones and under your brows gives you an instant lift and makes you look fresh-faced even if you’re coming off of a 6-day bender.

How to use it: First off, let me say that this stuff should be used SPARINGLY. On my maiden voyage of highlighters, I squirted a pea sized amount on my cheekbones and ended up looking like Edward Cullen in the sun (come on, everyone’s seen Twilight!). I squeeze the bottle ever so slightly, then just dab some product on each cheekbone and under my brow. Then blend in quickly – this stuff dries fast! I also encourage experimentation. Spotlight is a great highlighter because it’s white, but e.l.f. makes loads of shades to test out on your cheeks, lips and eyes!

(Left: How much I use. Seriously, that’s all you need! Right: What it looks like blended.)

Spend the cash or simply pass? As with all things cheap, I say spend. Even if you only use it when you go clubbing, Spotlight is $1. That’s like a quarter of the price of a Starbucks latte, which is gone in no time. If you’re planning on using a highlight daily, you may want to set your sights a bit higher and splurge on Benefit Highbeam, although I own this too and don’t see a huge difference (except for the $27 dollar price difference!). Personally, I like e.l.f. because I can buy products sight unseen and if I don’t like them, I only wasted a buck.

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