I don't know what it is about the holidays but my eyes seem to gravitate towards anything that sparkles. So when I walked into the accessories department at Forever 21 I couldn't resist from indulging in some inexpensive bling.
Silver and gold bangles $8-14
Glamourous pearl and rhinestone clip-on earrings- $2.80 each
And the best of all...
This gold glitter beauty for only $17.95! I fell head over heels for a VERY similar gold glitter clutch at Kate Spade for $98 so you can imagine my excitement when I found this for so much less.
Who doesn't love a cup of hot cocoa during the cold holiday season? What better way to take it up a notch with marshmallow vodka! Smirnoff's Fluffed Marshmallow Flavored Vodka is delicious and really does taste like sugary marshmallows; perfect with hot cocoa. Just add some mini mallows on top, stir with a candy cane and enjoy!
After months of debating on whether or not to try out this highlight powder, I finally decided to bite the bullet and just splurge a little. While this powder is pricey at $44, I've decided it is totally worth every penny. The Dior DiorSkin Shimmer Star Powder is an ultra-shimmering all over face powder that, according to Sephora is "enriched with Jeweled Microdust" and has "five micro-shimmering tones that set off sparks of brilliance, highlighting your complexion." "The ultra-fine, super-blendable formula virtually fuses with your skin for a sheer, radiant luminosity."
I've been using this daily since I purchased it and am absolutely loving it. It really does leave a luminous glow that doesn't look over-the-top or glittery. I apply it with the e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush (my all-time favorite brush for applying highlight powder) and swipe it along my upper cheekbones after I've applied bronzer and blush. I then do a quick swipe over my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, just above my upper lip, and in the middle of my chin. I even use this with a pencil brush such as the MAC 219 Brush and apply the powder on my inner tear ducts, at the corner of my eyes and just under my brow bone.
And while this sounds like I should look like a disco ball with an overload of shimmer, this powder literally just makes you glow. It is not overly shimmery, glittery or "chunky" so it always leaves a gorgeous sheen. The finely milled powder allows for the product to blend well with the skin so that it gives the appearance of a "lit from within" glow.
Although this powder is $44, the pan is huge. Definitely bigger than its competition such as NARS Albatross Highlight Powder. So this will last quite a while. The powder actually has five different shades, however they all seem to give off the same color as you can see from the swatch below; each finger swiped an individual color block. I just use the brush and run it across the whole pan instead of picking up certain colors since they all give off the same luminous "gold" sheen.
The powder was swatched heavily to show the color on camera, however this blends out to an almost invisible, but glowing shade of gold.
Above, I am wearing the powder on my upper cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin, upper lip and inner tear ducts on my eyes. As you can see, no overload of shimmer. Just a warm, subtle glow. LOVE!
This product has received 4.6 out of 5 on Sephora's rating and the only negative comments on this product seem to be the price. I have to agree 100%. I'd rate this product at a 5 and I will definitely be purchasing this product again if, and I mean IF, I ever run out. This powder is available in two different shades, however Amber Diamond seems to be the most popular and most versatile on every skin tone.