As most of you know, I am abso-obsessed with all flakie polish. It's such a cool effect and adds so much dimension to your nails. When I was given Barielle Elle's Spell, I totally squealed. Red flakies are perfection for the holidays. Unfortunately, this polish doesn't do so well on its own, so I think layering is a must. I chose to go with a red-on-red. However, the red flakies would probably look KILLER on top of gold, silver, or white. Who knows, it could even elevate a rich chocolate brown color to the next level.
In Fab-land, it's always prime time to rock glitter, but especially during the holidays. Tory Burch just came out with these glitter-covered booties ($395) that would dazzle anyone's feet. If you're willing to go whimsical, try these Kate Spade slingback bow pumps ($325). Or, if you're a comfort-cum-style kind of gal, opt for the glitter oxfords ($48). No matter your sparkle style, be sure to keep the rest of your ensemble simple — you want your toes to shine!
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).
May I present to you a holiday nail suggestion: glitter-tipped gold. To create this look, I used Sephora by OPI Charge It! ($9) as my base color. Two coats give a nice opaque, metallic finish. After letting them dry for a few minutes, I then applied a dab of clear (glitter polish would work well too) and dipped the tips of the nails right into the glitter. The glitter I used was LA Splash Lady Luck ($7). This glitter is especially cool because it has small glitter pieces as well as larger ones, and it reflects golds, pinks, and greens.
If you're looking for pretty, subtle ways to get into the Halloween spirit, glittering up your lashes is festive, fun, and looks pretty cool. There are luxe gold sparkles like Guerlain's Le 2 Mascara ($35), but also reasonably priced options like Ulta Sparkle Lashes ($10) and La Splash Glitter Mascara ($6). If you're more of a silver girl, check out Jemma Kidd Ultra Plush Mascara & I-tech Glitter Liner ($10), and for bold, bright colors there's Physician's Formula Shimmer Strip Mascara Hazel Eyes ($9). To learn more about any of these products, just click on the images above.
Martha Stewart has done glitter pumpkins before, but crafty as she is, she simply cannot compete with Amanda Talley. The New Orleans-based painter, who was featured as an Artist of the Day, was inspired to use a pumpkin as a canvas for her signature abstract designs. After a friend dropped off the pumpkin as a gift, she said she thought it was, "a perfect time to pull out the glitter and some Elmer's glue." I must say it's the most stylish pumpkin I've seen! It's inspiring me to paint my pumpkins, too. If you're up for the challenge as well, Talley recommends Martha Stewart glitter — well, I guess they do have something in common, after all.
You may recall how well Chanel's Noir Et Or Nail Lacquers went over with Team Bella. Well now, if you don't mind going silver instead of gold, there's a similar look for less: Revlon Nail Enamel Topcoat in Belle.
It's as glittery as Chanel's, at a fraction of the price. The only negative is that it's difficult to get enough of the large glitter flecks on the brush, and then it's equally difficult to get them arranged attractively on your nails. (A manicure stick could help). But still, it's cute, cheap, and perfect for Labor Day weekend parties.
Even though Freida Pinto is already blessed with naturally luminous skin and lovely brown eyes, she took it up a few notches at the premiere of The Last Airbender in NYC. The words "glittery blue eye makeup" might conjure up images of a Flock of Seagulls fan club, but Freida proved the look can be done in a sophisticated way. When wearing a bold hue with a glitzy finish, the last thing you want is for flecks of iridescent shadow to travel south. To prevent slippage, first prep the eye with a primer or a skin-toned cream eye shadow. Find out the rest of my tips for keeping a shimmery shadow in its place when you read more.
Even the cheekiest, cheesiest, or most ridiculous flicks house a gem element that makes them worth your time. You just have to let go. Breathe. And prepare to giggle for at least 90 minutes. Here are five films that I believe suffered unfairly for their poorly developed plots, less than dazzling acting, or unmemorable final cut. I watched them once. And then watched them again. And they were way better the second time around.
- Glitter — It's almost been a decade and any profile of poor Mariah Carey jabs with this one. I say grab your best girlfriend, a glass of vino, and watch it again. You'll wince at the lip-syncing, plot and hair, but get shivers from the singalong worthy tunes, Mariah's producer boyfriend's sleeveless tanks and appearances from Da Brat and Padma Lakshmi. And glitter. Lots and lots of glitter.
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Awards season is a great time to preview the trends that will mark the next season for hair and makeup, because celebrities and makeup artists always want the freshest looks for their red carpet appearances. The Grammys boasted several strong trends this year, and some stars wore multiple trends at the same time. (Lady Gaga managed to wear almost all of them, unsurprisingly.) Interested in seeing what lies in your hair and makeup's future? Just click through.