How to Glow for the Gods: Young and Broke Edition

Hey guys! This is my first beauty blog on Rock n’ Rhody and I wanted to introduce myself before we dove into the magical world of dewy skin and metallic lip toppers. My name is Katie Mattiace and I am a 19 year old Communication Studies major at the University of Rhode Island. For as long as I can remember makeup has been my hobby or “extracurricular activity” if you will. Makeup was a way for me to use my creativity and keep my art with me all the time… on my face. 🙂 Makeup is mainly used to do two things: express and enhance. I hope while reading my blog you will feel more inclined to take risks and use makeup to express your personality, without sacrificing that natural beauty of yours! 😉

Highlighter is life changing. I’m not being dramatic, it is LIFE CHANGING. Once you start using it, you cannot stop. I thought for my first post I would suggest some affordable highlighters that will really give you the glow factor that we all need in our lives.

I cannot give Colourpop enough praise for their high-quality affordable products. These Super Shock Highlighters, $8, are a smooth crème powder formula unique to this brand. The great thing about these highlighters is that they come in a wide range of colors to accommodate many different skin tones. There are a few different formulas to satisfy everyone’s tastes, so if you like a very natural glow the satin formula will be perfect for you. Shades like Flexitarian and Candyman are more metallic and have fine glitter sprinkled throughout. Make sure to check out holographic shades like Monster and Over the Moon. Completely throw out the notion of always using a makeup brush or sponge to apply product, and apply these bad boys with your fingers! Quick and easy, just tap onto the cheekbones with your fingers and blend in circular motions. Dab over edges of the highlighted area with a damp beauty blender to blend seamlessly with the rest of your base.

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighters: $8.00 |
Shades pictured below (left to right): Avalon, Flexitarian









Wet n’ Wild has really proven themselves to be one of, if not the, best drugstore brand. They released the Mega Glow Highlighting Powder, $4.99, last year which nearly broke the internet and became almost impossible to come by. They have restocked their two shades Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy on their website so make sure to get your hands on these. If you do not like ordering online for any reason, Wet n’ Wild has your back. Head over to your local drugstore and pick up a To Reflect Shimmer Palette, $5.99, that comes in 3 shades. I recommend Boozy Brunch for all skin tones, as it is a universal shade, for those of you in search of a near perfect dupe for Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop, $38. The shades look different in pan but when swatched the 3 marbled colors of Boozy Brunch swirl together to make a soft gold with a pinky/peach undertone just like Champagne Pop. You don’t have to worry about hitting pan on this shimmer palette because you get an insane amount of product.

Wet n’ Wild Mega Glow Highlighting Powder: $4.99 |
Wet n’ Wild To Reflect Shimmer Palette: $5.99 | online or in store at most drugstores
Shades pictured below (left to right): Crown of My Canopy, Boozy Brunch










The last highlighter I want to talk about is not actually marketed as a highlighter but does the trick. For girls who have very pale skin, it can be challenging to find a highlight shade that isn’t too dark and pigmented. NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Girl Talk, $5.99, is a stunning opalescent pink for pale/light skin tones. I love using this to highlight the bridge and tip of my nose as well.

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow: $5.99 | and in store
Shade pictured below: Girl Talk (shade is lighter in real life)



Get glowin’

– Katie

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