If like me you have a busy life filled with work and kids then what you really need is a quick 5 minute makeup look. The key thing for me is good glowing skin with a little somerthing on the eyes and lips. I am looking for no fuss but I want to feel like I look good and of course glowing. Sometimes I  don’t even bother with liner if I am off on a shoot. However, there are times I need a quick look that looks like I have made an effort but really it didn’t take much effort at all. In this post I have a few items that really make me glow and look polished.

I ask myself everytime I go to my highlighter stash do I have too many??? Others would probably say yes but its the one thing that I love most of all even more than mascara and bronzer!!! The choice of highlighters is endless and I am sure for those who aren’t as obsessed as makeup as I am where to start. This post I am sharing some of my highlighters favs and how to use them. I have lots that I love but seriously we would be here all day. So which do you choose a cream, a powder or go for a whole palette???

I haven’t included strobe creams in this post but I will be filming a video this week actually chatting about all things highlighters. Plus how to use a strobe cream to get a natural glowing complexion so don’t stress. So firs let’s start with cream highlighters and how they work:

First up the Mac Hyper Real Foundation which says its a foundation but its actually a highlighter. Confusing right? Its a liquid highlighter that comes in 4 shades from your light to darker skin tones. It gives a gorgeous glow to the skin plus has a high peral finish. These bad boys make your skin look amazing and brighter instantly. So if your skin is looking dull look no further. Its got a sheer to medium coverage and a little goes a long way. How to use? Apply with fingers or a brush on your key points and then apply your foundation for a gorgeous glow. Alternatively you can add some into your foundation for an intense pearly finish.

Benefit have a whole load of gorgeous highlighters I have featured in this post the moon beam highlighter but sadly its discontinued. However, you can get your hands on it in some countries still. The High Beam and the Sun Beam (which I also have in my makeup stash) are amazing on the skin. They come with a brush applicator so they are super easy to apply. I like to take the brush and apply 2/3 lines on the cheek bones, then blend in with a brush to get a seamless finish. You can apply before or after foundation application which ever you prefer. Also take a brush and apply some of the product to the bridge or your nose or cupids bow.

My Incredible Cosmetics You Glow Girl Irridescent Jelly is unlike any highlighter I have ever used before. I first spotted it on instagram and now its in my pro makeup kit. Sadly its not available in SA yet I got mine from Urban Outfitters in the UK for a bargain of £10!! With this one start with little and work the intensity up if you need as this has an intense glow going on. Best to apply with fingers or a sponge to get the finish you want. You can apply to cheek bones, add onto an eye look or even apply on lips. The jelly dries pretty quickly so you need to work it in as soon as you apply.  There are 4 shades in the collection of which I am going to try get my hands on when I go to the UK. Perfect for a beautiful glow all day long.

Moving on to some of my favourite powder highlighters:

Becca Cosmetics have it down when it comes to their highlighters. Currently I am swooning over the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. I got some of their mini’s from the UK but you can get full size at Muse Beauty in SA. If you watch Nikki Beauty who is the brand ambassador in the UK you will see this highlighter in action. They have a selection of shades this one is for your fairer skin tones and its just so beautiful on. Its easy to apply and gives that lit from within skin. Apply with a brush onto cheek bones, brow bone, along the nose, cupids bow and your chin for that extra glow.

I literally can’t stop chatting about this highlighter its just so pretty on. Check out my shahnazlovesbeauty insta account to see it in action. Its the Mac Skin Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Show Gold a beautiful liquid powder highlighter that gives a lumiunous finish. I love love love it!!! There are 8 shades now available and seriuously I want them all. The finish is so pretty and this pink when it hits the light its so pretty. You can go sheer or build up your coverage depending on what you fancy.

Last up the Mac Irridescent Loose Powders are truly amazing on the skin. There are 2 shades in this shot I added in the newest shade Golden Bronze which is perfect for darker skintone, then Silverdusk which is a pale pink shimmery highlighter. The highlighter is a mix of mica pigments that really gives a stunning finish. Best applied with a brush to build up the glow but start with a little as it goes a long way. You can add to clean skin or over your foundation in all the key areas of the face. You can mix a little with your moisturiser or your foundation to give an all over glow.


A recent beauty shoot here its all about the glow and how highlighter can make your skin look amazing its as easy as that. Here I used a combo of skincare and highlighters to enhance the models skin. If you haven’t got a highlighter in your stash then get busy shopping. From your drugstore to your high end there is something for everyone.

Shahnaz x

I absolutely love my new Urban Decay born To Run Palette its one of the best palette’s I have had yet to date. The brand have given us lots of amazing shades to work all year round to create gorgeous eye looks. In this post I created a smokey eye look that I recreated from the New Years Day Party I went to. Its super easy to create with a mix of just 4 shades. I took the concealer from my Huda Beauty New Nude Palette but didn’t actually use any of the shades in this look.

Elizabeth Arden is a brand that continued to impress me time and time again in 2018 with both their makeup and their skincare. The Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Liquid Lip Laquers came out at the end of last year and I did chat about them on social media. But I saved the post to start out the new year. The lipsticks have a different finish to the previous ones we have seen. The finish is intense and there are 5 gorgeous shades to choose from. There is a shade here for most skin tones but sadly missing a red lets hope they get one in the range soon.

There are now 3 new finishes the Lacquer (intense and non sticky), Cream (rich and satiny) and Gloss (soft shine finish). I got to play with the new lacquers and really love them. Here I am testing out the shade Seductress its a pretty pink raspberry shade that really suits my complexion. But I also love the Coral Infusion shade I am all about the bold colours especially when I am rocking a tan.

The Liquid lip lacquers are really hydrating that apply so easily onto your lips. The colour pay off is really great so you don’t have to apply a million layers to get the full effect. Each lippie comes in a really unique applicator where you have to click to release the lipstick. The applicator is a sponge that is shaped perfectly so you can apply easily all over your lips.

Already in stores the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Liquid Lip Laquers retail at R299. They are on the slightly pricier side but definitely worth checking out.

Shahnaz x

There is nothing quite like applying a liptick to enhance my complexion than a bold lipstick. Some of my favourite makeup looks are super simple with a glowing complexion, groomed brows, loads of mascara and a gorgeous lip. Makeup DOESN’T have to be complicated and that’s what I always tell my friends and people I work with. Plus you DON’T have to break the bank with makeup either. So with that in mind I would like to introduce the Revlon Super Matte Lipsticks that really give my complexion a boost and seriously add to making me look fresh and glowing.

Makeup doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated and I find most women stress about how to apply makeup. You don’t need to have 5 shades in your smokey eye if you don’t want to. It can be as easy as using one product and a couple of makeup brushes and you are good to go. In this post I chat about a super easy smokey eye using Stila Cosmetics. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Stila Shimmer and Glow or Glitter and Glow liquid eyeshadows you are missing out.

It’s that time of the year where the festive season is almost here and you most likley stuck in the office with piles of work trying to get everything done. Everyone I have been chatting to is over stressed and over worked. So I decided to write a quick post on a great glowing makeup combo I like to use to add a glow to my complexion especially when I am in need of a lift. We often get tired and our skin starts to look a little dull and makeup is a great way to give it a lift. Of course remember good skincare too!!!

Christmas is almost here and as always The Body Shop have an array of amazing goodies to treat your loved ones this year. I got to attend the launch and loved what I saw. A key focus this year is The Body Shop Christmas Makeup Collection which I am sharing with you in this post. Its a mix of liquid eyeshadows, gorgeous lipsticks and a glitter spray for your hair and body to add that extra glow. Of course my daughter is all over the Pink Sparkley hair glitter she is 9 after all so think this will be going in her stocking.

A real wearable trend for SS18 is the bold red lip. Its one that we see time and time again with different twists. Yay for me I have the perfect lipstick for this look that looks so amazing on. This post is all about the bold red lip using the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored. It applies beautifully and is just a WOW lipstick. After lusting after the lip paint on instagram I decided to invest in one. Definitely worth it.