Monday, 14 December 2015

The Glitter Edit: Lids & Nails

If at any time from mid-January to November I'm presented with anything containing glitter I'll normally give it a miss. However in December, as soon as I see anything catch the light I barge towards it like a manic magpie. So yes, my love for glitter is very seasonally conditioned, but when the festive season rolls around I really go the whole hog. One way in which this usually presents itself is through my makeup, more specifically in my choices of eyeshadows and nail polish. Because glitter is such a seasonal thing for me, I only have a select choice of glitter things, but these are some seriously tried and tested products so I thought I'd round them up for you!

Nails - Two of these polishes are actually from the same Essie collection which dates back to a year or two ago. Fortunately these are still available online, so I'm not just presenting you with items you can't actually buy! First off is Essie Lots of Lux, a gorgeous electric blue shimmer shade. I realise that cobalt blue probably isn't the most festive of shades, but I like that it's just such an unusual polish. The finish of this is also very different, it's a kind of matte sand type thing but I think for something like New Year's this is a great pick! Ignite the Night is the other Essie shade I've long-since been enamoured with. It's a glittery charcoal grey that looks absolutely gorgeous on the nails. This has a similar finish to Lots of Lux, but works really nicely as an accent shade as well, because one layer is sheer enough that you can still see some of the original nail polish underneath. The most seasonally appropriate of all of these has to be Butter London's Bit Faker. This is a coppery glitter that is just about one of the prettiest things I've ever seen. Seriously, I saw this in a YouTube video and ran out the next day to pick it up. This is one of those shades that will have you admiring your nails all day as opposed to actually paying attention to everyday tasks - whoops.

Eyes - I've made no secret of the fact that I love KIKO products and the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow is no exception. I have this in two shades, but 05 Rosy Brown has to be my favourite. Some may call me out here and say that these are shimmery and not glittery, but if you look closely there is some serious glitter action going on. What's more is that these do not budge. I swatched this on the back of my had this morning and as I'm typing this it's still there, stubbornly in its place. I've been washing my hands all day and I have yet to successfully get it off. If that's not a good sign for a cream eyeshadow, I don't know what is! If you're shaking your head at the lack of glitter in my first pick then the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Golden Peach might just be your guy (I've had a little look on their website, and this exact shade doesn't seem to be on there, but the shade Baby Peach looks near identical). This is basically just pressed glitter. Ergo it most definitely is not the easiest to apply. This is one that generally works very well when applied wet to prevent fallout from ruining your base. If you are working with a really glittery eyeshadow - hello New Year's! - I'd recommend doing your eye-makeup first and moving onto your base last. Otherwise you run the risk of disco-ball complexion - been there, it's not cool. Having said that, the effort is worth it because the end result is gorgeous!

So there we have it, my favourites for when I'm in the festive spirit. I'm sure all you glitter-connoisseurs have a much better sparkly stash than me, so please let me know what some of your favourites are! I currently have my eye on a MAC pigment and there are more than a few glittery nail polishes that have taken my fancy. Also, it's best just to focus on how pretty it all is and to remain in the festive spirit despite it taking about half an hour to remove all glitter products - after all, 'tis the season and all that. 



  1. The kiko stick eyeshadow looks gorgeous!


  2. I feel the same way about glitter! It seems very preschool craft project during the year but around the holidays..bring on the sparkle! Love your recommendations.


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