Shine Bright With the Best Highlighters

Highlighters are lighting up the beauty world right now! A good highlighter is key to achieving that stunning strobed glow, a gorgeous look that’s perfect for summertime, day or night! Check out my Strobing 101 post!

Some highlighters will give you a soft shine while others can be much more intense. There are creams and powders. There are drugstore and high end. It can be a bit overwhelming finding the right one to give you the perfect glow!

This look is one I absolutely love, so I thought I’d share my personal favourite highlights of the highlighting world!

Read on for some of the best highlighters out there and prepare to shine bright!

1. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop $46

2. HOURGLASS Ambient® Lighting Palette $70


3. BENEFIT COSMETICS Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter $39

4.BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR $11


5.BENEFIT COSMETICS High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter $34

6.HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting in Ethereal Light $55


7. Nars Hot Sand Illuminator $39 

8. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow $38

9. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Glow Kit in That Glow $52


10.NYX Illuminator $11


Do you have a favourite?

Xoxo, Ana

What To Expect From Frosh Week

So you’re about to embark on your postsecondary adventure. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer shopping for your dorm room, preparing for classes, and saying goodbye to all of your besties. After what has felt like ages, you’re finally a freshman in university! Your parents are waving to you from the sidewalk (maybe even shedding a few tears) as you walk into your residence building nervous as hell and carrying way too many bags. Then out of nowhere, a crazed upper year covered in body paint screams their greetings at you. This is where it all begins kids. Welcome to frosh week. Frosh week tends to be a hurricane of never-ending events, tonnes of spirit, and typically, way too much booze, which is where I come in. Here is what to expect from Frosh week and everything that you really, really need to know.

Frosh Week Crowd

1. You Will Not Get Sufficient Sleep

You won’t. It’s that simple. Everyday you’ll be woken up by your sophs and RA’s to get up and get yourself to some event. You will most likely be up late every night being a social butterfly! Frosh week is not made for the weak, and by the end of the week (or sooner) be prepared to drink way to much caffeine and/ or alcohol, lose your voice from cheering too much, have terrible hangovers, bruises and cuts you can’t remember getting! Frosh week is like natural selection for your liver/ body/ everything; only the strong will survive.

2. It’s a “dry” week, except it isn’t.

Regardless of what your residence advisors say or your university advertises, there is no way in hell that any university’s frosh week will be completely dry. It just won’t happen. Depending on your school or residence, the level of partying during frosh week may vary, but it will most likely always happen! You may also feel the pressure/ need to get totally smashed every night because hey, it’s frosh week right? Just because it’s frosh week doesn’t mean you should be blacked out in the bathroom overnight or vomiting into your roommate’s garbage can. Take it from someone who knows, sometimes taking it easy is best, take it at your own pace and enjoy! You’ll only do it once!

3. It will be the best week of your life, or not!

If I had a dollar for every time one of my senior friends told me that frosh week was going to be the best week of my entire life, I would probably be able to pay off my first semester tuition. Let me stress one thing to you all, which I think is so important, there is a very good chance that frosh week will not be the best week of your life. Will it be exciting? Yes. Fun as hell? Of course. An amazing opportunity to meet tons of new people? Definitely. But it will also be tiring, long, boring at times, stressful, and just downright emotionally draining at other times. There’s a lot of expectations for first years to instantly make tons of friends and have an amazing time at university, but a lot of the time you will feel overwhelmed and you will miss home immensely, and that’s ok. No one ever tells you that it’s okay to find frosh week overwhelming, but it really is a whirlwind of activities and emotions!

4. Syllabus classes are actually useful and a waste of time, but you should go anyways. Same goes for all orientation activities.

For those who don’t know, syllabus week is the first week of class in which you learn absolutely nothing but are expected to go anyways. Sometimes it falls during frosh week, sometimes it is the week after. Either way, despite how useless it may sound, syllabus week is important for a few reasons. First, it allows you to scope out where all of your classes will be. Second, you’ll get to check out your classmates and professors, and maybe even make an early start to some great friendships. Third, you’ll often find out when your first assignment is due and what books you’ll actually need. 10/10 recommend!

5. You and your roommate might not become instant best friends.

Finally, and this for me is the real takeaway from this post, don’t expect you and your roommate to have a Step Brothers-esque friendship moment, because the odds that you and a complete stranger will find a ton in common is not very likely. That’s not to say it won’t happen, or that you and your roommate won’t grow closer as the year progresses, just don’t be afraid to branch out early on if you realize that you and your roomie aren’t about to braid each others’ hair and stay up telling secrets all night.

Remember guys, frosh week is what you make of it. So try to make it one to remember (or at least some of it).

XOXO, Ana.

August Rap/ Hip-Hop Playlist

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that your playlist should cool down with the weather. For all of your end-of-summer get-togethers, labour day weekend events, and back-to-school bashes, here’s the ultimate rap and hip-hop playlist to keep the dance floor hot. And if you’re planning on partying all night, check out my June and July playlists for some more fire tracks.

  1. MFN Right (Remix) – 2 Chainz ft. Lil WayneThe Life of Pablo
  2. New Bae – Vic Mensa (There’s Alot Going On)
  3. Campaign – Ty Dolla $ign ft. Future
  4. Saint Pablo – Kanye West ft. Sampha (Life of Pablo)
  5. First Day Out Tha Feds – Gucci Mane
  6. I Got the Keys – DJ Khaled ft. Jay-Z and Future
  7. I Know – Big Sean ft. Jhene Aiko (Dark Sky Paradise)
  8. Sucker For Pain – Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, and Logic, ft. X Ambassador (Suicide Squad Soundtrack)
  9. No Shopping – French Montana ft. Drake
  10. Ghetto – 2 Chainz (Daniel Son; Necklace Don)
  11. X – 21 Savage ft. Future (Savage Mode)
  12. P**** Print – Gucci Mane ft. Kanye West (Everybody Looking)

Any suggestions to add to my September playlist? Happy listening!

XOXO, Ana.