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5 English Golden Glitters for the Holidays

By Polly, England, Local Contributor

Polly is a 22-year old recent graduate who hails from England. She studied East Asian studies, so she learned some Japanese and even spent six weeks in Japan last summer–she loved it and hopes to return one day.

She currently lives with her family and waitresses while trying to decie on her future career. Polly is fortunate to have a wonderful boyfriend who spends countless hours with her at Boots and makeup counters–even if it is done so begrudgingly! Check out her blog, Beauty Mish Mash!


5 English Golden Glitters for the Holidays

When I think of make up for the holidays, I immediately think of a strong red lip and lots of gold glitter, which is why I decided to find and test a few glittery products from England!

Illamasqua Ore Pure Pigment (£15.00 for 1.3g) is a gorgeous deep golden-bronze colour strewn with silver glitter. When I photographed it with my flash, I could also see some pretty red and green glitter, but unfortunately, I couldn’t see this with my naked eye due to the horrible dark English weather at this time of year, so my swatches reflect that. This is finely-milled, smooth, and easy to blend. It has quite a high price tag, but this is truly reflected in the quality; I can’t recommend it enough! Please click here to see some wonderful swatches from Christine which show this beautiful product at it’s full potential!

It’s no secret that I love Barry M’s loose Dazzle and Glitter Dusts, and this shade is no exception. True to its name, Barry M Gold Iridescent Fine Glitter Dust (£4.59) is a subtle, iridescent gold strewn with golden glitter. I wouldn’t agree with the description of ‘fine’ glitter dust, but it is easy to work with nonetheless. It’s really pretty and a great alternative if you don’t fancy going for the full-on gold glitter look!

Models Own Gold & Gold Searkle Powder Eyeshadow (£5.00 for 3.5g) is your ultimate, in-your-face, chunky yellow gold glitter! It’s an absolute pain to apply and is fall out central, but I felt that I had to include a glitter like this. Be sure to use it with a good primer or mixing medium!

17 Stardust Starry Eyes Glitter Liner (£3.99 for 6ml) is a gorgeous glitter eyeliner with a gold base and tiny bits of gold and silver glitter. I can also see very subtle flashes of red and green when swatched, but this doesn’t translate to the eyes. I think that glittery eyeliner is a great way to add interest to a look, so was really disappointed when this performed really poorly! It flaked off in big chunks within a couple of hours, leaving me thankful I only tested it around the house!

Collection 2000 Dig It! Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner (£2.99 for 6ml) is what I want from a glitter liner–easy to apply, long lasting and packed with sparkle. This is a mixture of matte black and gold glitter, which gives a lovely blackened gold finish. After testing this, I can’t wait to try some more of Collection 2000’s glitter liners!

After testing all of these products, I’ve got the glitter bug, so would love to hear about your favourite glittery products in the comments! 🙂

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This Week’s Sales for December 12th, 2011


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  • EBATES:  Lancome (14%), The Body Shop (10%), drugstore.com (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), Sephora (8%)
  • GILT: —
  • HAUTELOOK:  Jane (12/12), Stila (12/13), GO SMiLE (12/14), Mirabella Beauty (12/14)
  • IDEELI:  Senna Cosmetics (12/13)
  • MRREBATES:  WEN (50%), Murad (18%), Kiehl’s (12%), The Body Shop (10%), DermStore (10%), SkinStore (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), ULTA (10%)
  • MYHABIT: 360 Skincare (12/12), 29 Cosmetics (12/13), Beaute de Maman Skincare (12/17)
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  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:   Buy 3, get 2 free Signature Collection, expires 12/13. 20% off entire purchase with code GIFT20, expires 2/15/2012.  20% off entire purchase with code 20WINTER11, expires 12/24.
  • BEAUTY.COM: New Customers – get $5 off $35 or $10 off $70 on your first Beauty.com order, expires 1/1/12.  Get a free Issa London Designer Bag + deluxe samples ($175 value!) with your $100 order, while supplies last — link.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115.  Free mini total moisture with any purchase with code BLITZEN, expires 12/14.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLISS:  20% off Bliss, Remede, Elemis with code THANKS20, 12/5 only. Free gift with $135+ purchase with code HOLIDAY11, expires 12/31.  Free golden Cayman bag filled with six deluxe Sisley samples with Sisley purchase of $300+ plus with code CAYMAN, expires 12/31.  Free Clarisonic carrier bag + extra brush head with Clarisonic purchase with code CLARBAG, expires 12/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Free long-wear cream shadow in Suede + free shipping with $65+ purchase with code SUEDE9, expires 12/21 (one time use).  Free shimmer lip gloss in Glacier + free shipping on $65+ orders with code GLACIER9, expires 12/21 (one time use).
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on all orders, now through 12/31. Free All About Eyes mini with $30+ orders with code LIDS, available while supplies last.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off when you shop for your My Favorites List, expires 12/31.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with code GAHOLIDAY10, now through 12/31.
  • KERASTASE:  Free deluxe sample of best selling Elixir Ultime with $68+ purchase, expires 1/1/12.
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  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/31.  Free Brightening Stick ($15 value) with any purchase with code TREAT, expires 12/25.
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  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off select gift ideas under $200 with code JOY20, expires 12/22.
  • TARTE: 10% off for new customers with code GGA, expires 12/31.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Buy 2, get 1 free, expires 12/15.
  • ULTA:  Free shipping on $25+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/24.
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NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick
NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmery bronzed beige. It appears much lighter and whiter on my lips–it’s a very, very frosted finish. The shade reminded me of MAC Pretty Please, which is a little pinker; MAC Tanarama, which is more golden; and MAC Bubbles, which is whiter and pinker.

This is not for someone who doesn’t LOVE their shimmer. It’s kind of like a really shimmered/frosted nude. There’s so much shimmer in this that it ends up looking almost opaque on the lips. I like it overall, and I think the effect looks nicer from afar; I’d recommend layering a gloss on top (maybe a red or plum) that’s more of a cream finish. Though it can be worn alone, it also works well as a layering product.

Because of the high level of frost, it is a bit drying compared to other shades I’ve tried within this range. It also wears away a little unevenly, but it does apply evenly from the get-go, which isn’t always true for extreme frost finishes. Mine has no detectable scent, though I know sometimes NYX’s lipsticks seem to be scented with something, but this has been waiting to be tested/reviewed for several months so it may have lost its scent over time (I find that more budget-friendly brands lose their fragrance much faster than higher-end brands). Fortune Cookie wore for about three hours.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Fortune Cookie
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush
Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “shimmering bright pink coral.” It’s a pinky-coral with a very subtle golden champagne shimmer. When it’s blended out, you’ll get more of a coral effect out of the hue, but when it’s used more heavily, it turns pinker. It’s pinker and more intense version of Feather, but the two are certainly similar more than they are dissimilar, especially when they’re blended out. It looks slightly pinker but unless you wear it more heavily, the differences are minute. Like Feather, it is also similar to Benefit CORALista (not as pink) and MAC Hipness (not as pink). I would say it is not really a dupe of shades like NARS Orgasm, just because it lacks the golden shimmer/sheen of those types of shades.

It’s a finely-milled powder, so it feels silky smooth to the touch, and it blends easily against the skin so it has more of a natural finish and can easily be buffed or blended if you prefer a lighter blush. This one didn’t have any powderiness, though, which was nice. It doesn’t look too frosted against the skin, though there is a healthy amount of shimmer-sheen in the finish. When I wore this to run errands, it still looked good eight hours later–no fading or movement.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Blush Parasol
Parasol
Parasol
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
94%
Total

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