Holiday parties are right around the corner and we cannot think of a better reason to add some shimmer to your shimmy. For twinkle toes (and fingers) try Sephora by OPI's Merry Me! ($9) or Flurry Up ($9). Mix a little loose glitter like Make Up For Ever Glitters ($13 each) into your lip gloss, or apply over your lipstick to make lips look fuller. A glistening shadow over lids, such as Victoria's Secret Glitter Eye Gel ($20 each) or Nyx Glitter Cream Palette ($6), are both great for creating sparkly effects on the eyes. Just make sure to avoid a major beauty blunder through careful application and delicate removal. As for your hair, treat your updo with a glitter spray, like this one ($10) from Sephora Collection. And if your holiday ensemble bares a little skin, give it the diamond treatment with a lotion like Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer ($28).
I've had shimmer on the mind since since New Year's. Or is it glimmer or glitter or sparkles. . . or frost? Whatever you call it, it's all about creating some type of glow. Whether it's bold and eye-catching or softly luminizing, check out my little guideline regarding those finishes that glisten below. Which one is your favorite?
- Shimmer: A subtle sheen with a hint of sparkle that flickers lightly. A classic example is Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact ($38).
- Glimmer: Shimmer's little cousin. A much softer version of shimmer, glimmers are the way to go if you don't want too much sparkle. Try Bare Minerals Glimmer ($13).
- Glitter: The "woot, woot" of the glistening finishes. Glitter is the heaviest of the bunch, with small chunks of light-reflecting particles within the composition. Urban Decay makes a Heavy Metal Glitter Liner ($18) for maximum drama.
- Frost: More opaque than shimmer, but still gives shine and sheen. Sometimes has a metallic finish or a silvery-white appearance. Check out Milani Lip Color in Frosted Pink ($3.49).
- Pearlescent: Has a pearly luster or gloss, giving the illusion of many layers and shades. It has more dimension than frost, and is typically iridescent, shiny, and swirly in appearance — much like pearls themselves. Often found in lipsticks, powders, and nail polishes: Tropez Super Pearl Nail Enamel in Paradise Pearl ($1.99), for instance.
Introducing a fab new champagne colored all over body Shimmer Essence from Piaffe Cosmetics, $40. This is intended to give the face and body a glimmer of sheen anywhere you want a little extra glow. The universal shade looks great on any skin tone and helps to brighten your eyes, cheeks and decolletage with a little bit of natural color and sparkle.
Your skin will be left looking and feeling radiant. But what makes this so much more special than any other body shimmer are the ingredients.
Founder and owner of Piaffe Cosmetics, Marie Regan is a huge horse fan. As strange as it seems to be related, this product is made from vitamins, minerals and includes a star ingredient called horse chestnut flower extract.
This helps stimulate circulation in the skin, creating a natural flush wherever it touches, it also smooths out fine lines and keeps skin supple. Oh, and now you know why the packaging also has a horse logo on it. Enjoy...I think this happens to be a really cool and innovative new product!