So… I knew from the start that I wanted this so, so, so badly but, being miles away, I had to resort to stalking the launch through Instagram and Facebook and drooling over pictures. Lol. The entire Happy Skin x Plains and Prints collection looked lovely, but ohmygoodness seeing swatches of the contour stick drove me wild! Thankfully, my best friend and I were due to see each other in NYC in May and she was able to pick up the Glisten Up! Strobing Kit Highlighter and Contour Duo (Php 1,299.00) for me. I don’t know who I was more excited to see… her or the strobing kit — juuust kidding! It was the strobing kit, naturally. ;)
theBalm’s Cindy-Lou Manizer (945.00 Php) is quite literally the highlighter of my dreams— I had a dream about writing this blog entry last night, so when I woke up this morning I got straight to photographing the product. Now here I am making that dream come true, yay! Haha. But really, I should have featured this highlighter a long time ago. I use it nearly everyday. Cindy-Lou is a younger sister to the more well-known Mary-Lou Manizer. Mary-Lou offers a champagne/light gold highlight while Cindy-Lou is a peachy pink hue. Both can be used as either a highlighter or an eyeshadow as they are highly pigmented. I only own Cindy-Lou so this will not be a comparison post, but the reason why I never picked up Mary-Lou is that it is much too light (i.e. nearly white-based) for my skin tone. Some people swear by it though, so pick a shade that you think will suit your skin.
I picked this up back in May, thinking it would make a nice highlighter for the summer. I ended up hardly using it during the summer months and adoring it in this cooler weather we’ve been having instead.