Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Year's Eve Makeup Picks

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With New Year's Eve just around the corner, I thought that I would share a few fantastic, and  affordable, makeup finds to complete your festive looks. If you take some makeup with you, for touch-ups, you won't have to fret if you lose anything during the countdown since they aren't expensive to begin with. Additionally, I see little need to splurge on luxury makeup when seeking festive products for the holidays since you won't likely use them very often. Some of the products that I selected are perfect for daily use, but others may be more bold than you would want to use with much frequency, and therefore their low-impact on your wallet makes them justifiable purchases if you are seeking a bit more impact for your New Year's Eve festivities.
Essence the Metals Eyeshadow ($3.99 each from Essence Makeup): These gorgeous metallic eyeshadows are very finely-milled, beautifully pigmented and they have a velvety-smooth texture. These three shades have amazing color pay-off with a luminous metallic shimmer. Available in 9 shades, these twinkling beauties are vegan and cruelty-free.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara ($4.99 from Essence Makeup, Ulta and Target): The wand is specifically shaped to sculpt and add serious volume to lashes, and to separate them without clumping or flaking.

Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara shown in Blondy Brows 01 and Browny Brows 02.
($2.99 from Essence Makeup, Ulta and Target): The tinted gel formula, which contains fibers to fill in gaps, tames unruly brows, and creates the appearance of fuller brows.
Left to Right: Essence the Metals Eyeshadows in Rose Razzle-Dazzle 06, Silver Twinkle 05 and Rockin' Glamour 08.
Note the gorgeous shimmer and luminosity!
How to Make Bright Eyes Palette ($9.99 from Target): This palette includes 6 shimmer shadows that range from a warm apricot to shades of beige and brown. The shades offer a light, ethereal glow. This is an easy-to-wear neutral palette that comes with two instruction cards to recreate nude eye looks.
Left to Right: Light Up!, Eyes Bright Open, Team Bright, Vanilla Eyes, Natural Beauty and The Irresistible.
Essence Blush Play Palette ($5.99 from Essence Makeup and Amazon): These palettes each feature three tonal shades to highlight, define and sculpt the face. Play it Peach is a warm peach palette and Play it pink is a cooler leaning mid-tone pink palette.
 Left to Right: Play it Peach 10 and Play it Pink 20.
Essence Shine Shine Shine Lip Gloss ($2.99 from Essence Makeup and Ulta): These cruelty-free and gluten-free glosses, which are available in 6 shades, offer incredible shine, a wet light-reflecting finish, and the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear. Furthermore, these twinkling beauties are non-sticky, long-wearing, and they are available in a range of colors from nudes, to shimmering pinks to bold vampy shades– they even have a high shine clear gloss that is the perfect topper for your favorite lipsticks.The flocked doe-foot applicator, which is heart-shaped, glides across the lips effortlessly and deposits color evenly. 
Left to Right: Essence Shine Shine Shine Lip Gloss Runway, Your Way 12, Friends of Glamour 03, Happiness in a Bottle 01 and Behind the Scenes 01.
Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks ($2.99-$3.99 from Essence, Ulta and Target): These matte lipsticks have a velvety creamy texture that enables them to glide across the lips effortlessly, deposit color evenly, and they offer full opaque coverage in a single pass. They are long-wearing, non-drying, and have the right amount of cushion for comfortable wear. Furthermore,  they neither bleed, nor feather.
 Top to Bottom: Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 and 02.
Essence Out of Space Stories ($2.99 from Essence): Outta Space is the Place 01 and Across the Universe 02 are gorgeous twinkling iridescent shades that capture the sun and moonlight perfectly. Across the Universe is a stunning dirty lavender with a multi-colored shift, and Outta Space is the Place is a whitened pink with a vibrant green shift. Both are fun and festive, and New Year's Eve perfect.
Essence Moon Glitter ($4.99 each from Essence): Add some fun to your make-up with these gorgeous glitter pigments. It can be used as a highlight, topcoat or all over for a stunning night out look. Simply apply the glitter to freshly painted nails, cover with a top coat and voilà!

01 Outer Space (gunmetal grey)
02 Cosmic Love (burgundy)

Essence...In a Bottle Glitters ($2.99 each from Essence): Loose glitter particles that can be used for a complete festive manicure, or only a statement nail this New Year's Eve.

01 Party (white, pink and green)
02 Fame (silver)
Pur Cosmetics False Eyelashes ($14.00 each from PUR Cosmetics, Ulta, Forever 21, Kohl's and Beauty Bay): PÜR's 3D lashes, which are handcrafted from the finest cruelty-free silk, are ultra-lightweight and natural-looking. They create the appearance of fuller lashes, and they are even safe for contact wearers. They are durable, reusable, and can be worn up to 30 times. Available Styles: BombshellDivaJet SetterTrendsetterFlirt and Socialite.
Melanie Mills Hollywood Gleam Radiant Dust in Rose Gold ($15.00 for mini 1.5 g and $60.00 for 1 oz. from Melanie Mills Hollywood and Amazon): This ultra-luxe finely-milled loose powder, which can be used on the face and body, gives skin a gorgeous ethereal glow. It can be used as a bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, highlighter or body powder. Melanie Mills Hollywood is Cruelty-Free.

According to Melanie Mills,

Made from high grade pearls and all-natural ingredients that draw light in rather than reflect it, Radiant Dust is gorgeous on its own, or as a finisher with other Gleam Body Radiance products. Each shade of Gleam Radiant Dust blends beautifully and seamlessly, and can be used by every skin tone as bronzer, blush, highlighter and eye shadow. Apply with a makeup brush or powder puff to diminish fine lines and create a warm rich glow.

Melanie Mills Gleam Body Radiance in Rose Gold ($16.00 for 1 oz. and $42.00 for 3.4 oz. from Melanie Mills Hollywood and Amazon): Described as a, "revolutionary all in one makeup, moisturizer & glow for body and face"– this tube of gleaming goodness comes in 7 shades for a wide variety of skin-tones. It offers the skin a stunning luminous glow, it blurs imperfections and offers the skin a sun-kissed color.

○ Wrinkle Filler and skin tightener
○ Makes skin look like velvet perfection
○ Perfect for spray tans to enhance, even out skin, add depth and extend
○ Create an instant tan that lasts all night
○ Highlight, create a subtle glow, enhance natural skin tone, tan , perfect
○ Diminish flaws like varicose veins, small stretch marks and discoloration
Left to Right: Melanie Mills Hollywood Glean Radiant Dust in Rose Gold and Gleam Body Radiance in Rose Gold.
Still Standing Foot Spray ($35.95 from Still Standing 15% discount Use Code: COMFORT and Amazon): This is an ingenious foot spray that has cooling, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving attributes that are absolutely perfect if you are going to be wearing stilettos or high heels on New Year's Eve. It comes in two sizes, and the purse size spray is perfect for your handbag.

15% discount at checkout Use Code COMFORT

According to Still Standing,

Still Standing is a natural, patent-pending proprietary formula spray made of cooling menthol and certified organic eco-distilled Arnica, Aloe and Ilex. These three herbal remedies are time-tested natural anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Along with other ingredients including Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil, they come together in a greaseless, colorless, stain- free spray that keeps feet feeling great. The eco-distillation process insures that the resulting herbal extracts have the highest potency and efficacy, keeping your feet calm and cool so your feet feel like they do when you first put on your shoes.

Still Standing should be generously sprayed on the top, sides and bottom of your feet prior to putting on your shoes. It is important to let it dry which takes a few minutes. The large size features an eco-friendly, non-aerosol, and continuous spray technology. This delivers the most potent, highly penetrating mist from any angle, making it easy to use. It also comes in a small size for touch-ups on the go, which will be needed generally in 2 to 4 hours depending upon the shoe type. You should not use the product if you have open blisters or cuts on your feet. It is designed to work with shoes that fit properly. If your shoes pinch, rub or cut into your foot, Still Standing will not solve your problem.

Directions: Apply this clear, stain-free gel spray generously to top, sides and soles of feet  BEFORE you put on your shoes.  It works on bare skin or through stockings or tights. (But NOT on broken or irritated skin please!)  The comfort effect lasts up to 6 hours depending upon the person. Touch up as needed.
Everyone Hand Sanitizer ($17.94-$17.99 for a 6 pack from EO Products and Amazon): If you are going to be out and about on New Year's Eve, it is definitely worth bringing a hand sanitizer with you since you will undoubtedly be exposed to lots of germs, and will be in close proximity to lots and lots of people.

According to EO,

Share the love, not the germs! Everyone sanitizers are 99.9% effective against most common germs and not made with any nasty chemicals. Everyone sanitizers are made for every body and priced for every budget, so use generously. Only the subtle scent of Orange, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils are left behind—no sticky, stinky residue.

Overall Assessment: What are your beauty picks for the New Year's Eve festivities? Are you going out, or staying in this year?

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  1. What wonderful recommendations! I conducted a market research project for essence a couple of years ago or so, and I fell in love with their affordable makeup line. I haven't tried their matte lipsticks yet, but the lower shade 02 is my kind of color. Still Standing sounds like a genius product. My feet were killing me at a holiday party in the neighborhood a couple of weeks ago because I've become unaccustomed to wearing my pumps. Need to get a bottle!

    1. Thank you, Allison! How cool that you did market research for Essence. I certainly can see why you feel in love with their affordable makeup! Given your experience with dry lips, and as a result having had problems with so many matte lipsticks, I would think that a light lip balm underneath would do the trick for you. I really like the formula. Yes, Still Standing is one of the most ingenious products that I have seen in a long time. I generally prefer wearing comfortable shoes, but this is perfect for when I don't!

  2. How pigmented are you finding those brow gels? The second shade looks like a nice dupe for Benefit Gimme Brow - if it's reasonably well-pigmented, I want to switch to it!

    1. I have only used the darker one, because my brows are nearly black, and I find it quite well pigmented, but it neither looks artificial, nor too dark. I think it is definitely worth trying one out, and for this price you really can't go wrong!

  3. I love the colors of the Essence Metal Shadows you picked--I'm going to grab them all!

    1. They are really gorgeous, Cindy! I highly recommend them, and at this price it is a guilt-free purchase!

  4. I think the Gleam is great for NYE. I probably would only wear it for parties but we all love to have something gleamy for those occasions. I should pick up the Essence Metal Shadows since I love metallic colors and don't need them just for parties!

    1. I agree, and I feel the same! Yes, the Essence Metal Shadows are amazing, and so worth having!

  5. I don't like the packaging for Essence but their formulas are good! I have a highlighter that I love from them.

    1. Definitely not luxe packaging, but their products are so fab! I need to check out more of their highlighters!

  6. I need that foot spray, It sounds like a good product!

  7. I've heard great things about the Essence mascara and the PUR eyelashes. Great solid picks all around!

    1. Both are really solid performers! Thanks! I wanted to select affordable products for NYE since there really is no need to purchase luxury products if you are picking glam makeup that you would only wear on certain festive occasions!


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