5 Stunning Emerald Greens for the Holidays

One of my favorite colors of all-time is emerald green. It has so much depth, and I love that it can be cooler or warmer and be so, so different.

  1. Zoya Logan — a very cool-toned, glittering emerald green polish
  2. Milani Green Safari — an amazing emerald green cream eyeshadow that can be used as eyeliner or as a base
  3. Illamasqua Violate — because I can’t have a list that doesn’t include an emerald green lip color
  4. Zoya Holly — vibrant, warm-toned emerald green
  5. Make Up For Ever #80 — a smoky, slightly blackened emerald green eyeshadow

Have you worn any emerald green beauty products before?

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascaras

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as a “glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes … the gel based formula allows for easy, even application.” It’s not shimmer, it’s glitter–it’s definitely larger and chunkier, which is really a good thing as shimmer would be harder to see, but in case you were thinking, “oh, fine shimmer!” it’s really glitter-sized particles. It’s also a top coat, which means it can be used over mascara, not just bare lashes, and it will perform better over mascara (more to cling to).
The formula is very wet, not too thick or too thin, but wet. When the glitter gets caught on a lash, it does adhere, and it doesn’t fall out during wear, but the glitter applies in a scattered, sparse way. If you apply it similarly to mascara, where you’re running the wand through the lashes, you’ll need three coats or more to get visible sparkle. Now, the problem with this, is it has a tendency to clump and pull lashes together, so you’ll also need a lash comb or clean spoolie to help bring back definition and lash separation. It’s a lot easier to just use the glitter that’s on the tip of the wand to sort of tap and press and slide through the lashes, as you’ll get a denser application and minimize how much of the gel base on lashes.

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Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara
Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara Golden Eyes
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
3.5
Total
81%
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5 Stunning Metallic Ruby Reds

What is a holiday season without highlighting some of my current set of favorite ruby red-hued beauty products? I’m always on the hunt for more metallic reds, so I look forward to reading your favorites!

  1. OCC Black Metal Dahlia — a deep, dark burgundy-red with ruby red metallic shimmer
  2. Hourglass Siren — no list is complete without Siren, a fiercely metallic, opaque gloss
  3. OCC Role Play — a ruby red with a metallic finish and cool undertones
  4. Inglot #450 — a deepened, cool-toned reddish-berry with a metallic sheen
  5. Milani Cherry Crave — a warm, metallic red

What are your personal favorites?

Milani Chilled Brandy & Hot Pink Rage Color Statement Lipsticks

Milani Chilled Brandy Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pearl red mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark burgundy with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for five and a half hours, though it was just slightly drying. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $15.00) is darker, less metallic. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Musky Amethyst (LE, $15.00) is slightly purpler. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Milani Chilled Brandy Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Color Statement Lipstick Chilled Brandy
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Milani Bronze Beauty & Cherry Crave Color Statement Lipsticks

Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bronze shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with lighter copper frost and a warm, reddish undertone. It had mostly opaque color coverage, wore well for five hours, and was just a smidgen drying overall. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less red. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is less frosted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick
Milani Color Statement Lipstick Bronze Beauty
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Top 5 Shades of Black for Halloween

I shared my favorite oranges yesterday for Halloween, so of course, the other side of the coin is rich, inky blacks! Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Illamasqua Creator — a deep, dark black with silver flecks and sparkle with a glossy, high-shine finish
  2. Chanel Mirifique — a sparkling, creamy, deep dark black
  3. Urban Decay Perversion — a cult favorite; deep, dark, inky matte black for the lash line
  4. Milani Pitch Black — a deep, dark black eyeshadow with a matte finish for under $10
  5. Sugarpill Stella — a deep, dark black loose eyeshadow with teal, violet, pink, and emerald green micro-shimmer

What are your favorite black-hued beauty products?