Save or Splurge: NYX Genius Illuminating Palette vs Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop

Two months ago I had never used a highlighter let alone bought one and after watching some videos and doing some research I decided I needed to try out this latest trend.

Highlighting, also known as strobing is used to enhance and accentuate your bone structure as the light reflects the pigment of the highlighter, giving the appearance of a healthy glow. I have come to adore this look especially for the coming summer months!

The key to using highlight and not looking like a hot mess.

  1. A little goes a long way! I only use highlighter on my cheekbones, above the curve of my brows, on my cupids bow and down the bridge of my nose. You can also use highlighter on your collar bones if you are wearing a tank top to help accentuate your bone structure! Going over board on your application will result in a hot mess!
  2. When using a highlighter only use shimmer in your highlighter, use matte powders for the rest of your face Ie blush, bronzer, foundation etc. This will help accentuate and highlight your features as well as help avoid a your whole face reflecting light!
  3. Find a highlighter that compliments your skin tone. If your skin has pink undertones look for a highlighter with those same pink undertones, for olive skin look for yellow/gold undertones etc.

The first highlighter I ever purchased was this NYX Genius Illuminating Palette at Shoppers Drug Mart. For the price it is really unbeatable! $30 for 7 shades!! Highlighters range from $10 (Colourpop) to $50 (Becca Cosmetics), some of you may have heard of Champagne Pop, the collaboration between Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics?! Yes?! This highlighter is probably one of the most expensive ones on the market at $50, so I wanted to compare the two and see if the price difference was really worth it?!


NYX Palette Swatches



The Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop Swatch


Compared Side by Side with the NYX (bottom left) and Champagne Pop


(Left: Champagne Pop, Right: NYX Genius Palette bottom left)

The main difference between the two is Champagne pop has more of a peachy gold undertone and the Nyx Pallette shade is a bit more pinkish gold in pigment however both are gorgeous shades and if you have pink undertones in your skin I would recommend the NYX shade. Both have a buttery texture and a little goes a long way in each products case. I really like that champagne pop is the perfect neutral for any skin tone so it gets a little more browny points but in the end both are gorgeous highlighters. If cash flow is tight you are getting a fantastic deal with the Nyx palette (7 for the price of 1) and you are not compromising on quality. If you are a seasoned highlighter I would recommend Champagne pop!

Hope you enjoyed!

Sarah xo

1 Year Anniversary & Some Exciting News!!!

I literally cannot believe it has been one year since I posted my very first post, where in the heck has the time gone?!!!

When I started this blog I really had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting myself into!!  I just knew that I wanted to do it and I wasn’t going to let anyone or anything to stop me (Im stubborn and strong headed like that!)  Initially it was really tough, almost like riding a roller coaster trying to anticipate the curves and drops, manage the blog on top of family and work but I slowly found my groove! I have gained so much respect for other bloggers especially those that balance jobs, life and family. Most people do not realize the time, commitment and dedication it takes to maintain a blog and I quickly learned I was going to have to be much more organized in order to make B&B a success!

Throughout this last year I have learned so much and have really grown as an individual. This blog has truly made me a better person and has been nothing short of a blessing in my life. I have met so many amazing and beautiful people and that has inspired me to expand B&B into offering Personal Style Consulting!!! I am elated to finally offer this service to help women achieve confidence as well as look and feel great in their wardrobe.

For more information on B&B Style Consulting click here!!

Thank you so much for following me on this amazing journey and heres to hoping it never ends!

Sarah xo


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Outfit Details:

Top: Banana Republic Old (similar here)

Skirt: ShopBellac Old (similar here)

Shoes: Badgley Mischka 

Purse: Kate Spade Park Avenue Beau

Necklace: Old (similar here)

Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella

Sunglasses: Aldo Scarcella


Makeup Details:

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Eye Liner:  Amaterasu Liquid Liner

Lashes: Sephora Collection

Bronzer: Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milkshake

Blush: Tarte 12Hr Blush in Dazzled

Highlighter: NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

Lips: Too Faced Liquid Lipstick in Jelly Donut

Finishing Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

Casual Easter Florals

Last year I featured this jacket in a much dressier way (here) so I wanted to show some versatility with this piece and style it a bit more casually! I found this jacket at Winners and it has been a staple in my closet every since. Now that it is officially spring, I am all about the floral patterns! I have linked similar floral blazers below in different price ranges as well as the rest of my outfit and makeup details below!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!!

Sarah xo



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Outfit Details:

Top: Banana Republic Old (similar here)

Floral Jacket: Winners (similar here, here & here)

Jeans: AG Jeans at Winners (similar here)

Purse: Kate Spade Park Avenue Beau

Necklace: Old (similar here)

Bracelets: Eliasz & Ella

Sunglasses: Aldo Scarcella

Shoes: Lolashoetique


Makeup Details:

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Eye Liner:  Amaterasu Liquid Liner

Lashes: Sephora Collection

Bronzer: Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in Milkshake

Blush: Tarte 12Hr Blush in Dazzled

Highlighter: NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

Lips: Too Faced Liquid Lipstick in Jelly Donut

Finishing Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder