5 Sparkling Products for the Holidays (Cool-Toned Edition)

Add a little dazzle to your holidays this season with a sparkly product like one of these! What’s your favorite way to add glitz to a look?

  1. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  2. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond — A Cool Black with a Sparkle finish.
  3. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — A Cool Plum with a Glitter finish.
  4. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) — A Cool Fuchsia with a Sparkle finish.
  5. Colour Pop Lace — A Cool Purple with a Sparkle finish.

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Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00) is a really richly pigmented, dense powder eyeshadow formula that wears well, blends beautifully, and applies intensely over bare skin. My favorite shades: Iggy, Thunderstruck, Thrasher, Doce. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Make Up For Ever Nudes You Need Artist Palette ($42.00) has been a real go-to travel palette for me, because the colors are flattering and easy to wear, and the formula is blendable, long-wearing, and pigmented, so it’s no fuss and I can rely on it when I’m out of town. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00) is a luminous, champagne-shimmered peach that gives the skin a beautiful glow that doesn’t read too strong or too subtle. On lighter skin tones, this can even work as a highlighting blush. The texture is silky-smooth and finely-milled, which helps it blend effortlessly on the skin. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Viseart Paris Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) is a workhorse, neutral palette that doesn’t lean too warm or too cool in tone. It works well as a standalone palette or complements any existing eyeshadows you have, especially your favorite mattes. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($53.00) is one of the more decadent purchases I know I make. It’s the one lipstick formula that has stood the test of time for me, as it remains my favorites years after trying, and it remains a true luxury purchase. It’s hard to go wrong with any shade that tickles your fancy, but a few of my personal favorites are Garconne, Gina, Girly, Gracia, and Gemma. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish ($18.00) is a long-wearing, pigmented formula that comes in an assortment of shades. I like that the range has some unexpected shades as well as great basics. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil ($42.00) is a decadent overnight treatment for your lips–it’s one of my go-tos after a long day of lipstick or gloss swatching. (Read review.)

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Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00) is an unexpected pop of purple–true purple at that–for the cheeks, and it just may surprise you with how wearable it really is. I like the idea of spoiling one’s self with something surprising, something new and adventurous. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Josie Maran Argan Oil Luminizing Veil ($30.00) is a soft beige highlighter that is on the subtler side and doesn’t emphasize pores. The texture is incredibly soft and smooth! (Read review.)

Any holiday favorites that you’ve picked up from Sephora this season?

5 Gorgeous Plum Eyeshadows

How do you like to wear plum eyeshadow? I love it paired with golds, coppers, and browns, which isn’t particularly unique, but it seems to be a combination that resonates with me.

  1. Anastasia Sangria — A Warm Plum with a Frost finish.
  2. Makeup Geek Enchanted — A Warm Plum with a Frost finish.
  3. Makeup Geek Last Dance — A Warm Plum with a Satin finish.
  4. MAC Heritage Rouge — A Warm Plum with a Pearl finish.
  5. MAC Blackberry — A Warm Plum with a Matte finish.

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5 of the Best Gray Eyeshadows I’ve Tried

I have had a few reader requests to share my top picks for gray eyeshadows, and here they are! The list was easier than you’d think, because there really aren’t that many amazing gray eyeshadows (that are available individually are permanent!). What are your favorites?

  1. Make Up For Ever S114 Pearl Gray — A Warm Gray with a Satin finish.
  2. MAC Typographic — A Neutral Gray with a Matte finish.
  3. NARS Transvaal — A Neutral Gray with a Matte finish.
  4. Makeup Geek Galaxy — A Cool Gray with a Frost finish.
  5. MAC Print — A Cool Gray with a Satin finish.

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Top 5: Luminous Red Lipsticks (Cool-Toned Edition)

As promised, here’s a cool-toned edition for my picks for glossier, shinier red lipsticks! :) Share your favorites with me! I’m always on the hunt for more.

  1. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red — A Cool Red with a Luminous finish.
  2. Urban Decay 69 — A Cool Red with a Luminous finish.
  3. Maybelline On Fire Red — A Cool Red with a Luminous finish.
  4. Guerlain Greta — A Cool Red with a Luminous finish.
  5. Buxom Scoundrel — A Cool Red with a Luminous finish.

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