Beauty Buzz is here with a special for the Holidays, all about glam cosmic makeup looks featuring Make Up For Ever, and for prepping for a night of fun and feeling extra fabulous!
In case you hadn’t noticed by now, I am a HUGE fan of cosmetics in general, I love beauty products a lot and though I try not to get wrapped up and swept away by the constant surge of new releases, it is often unstoppable.
I find myself with these periods where I have overwhelming amounts of products to try in a short time; for the constant clock of corporate capitalism is incessantly reminding me how little relevance remains in a product, once its initial release has passed.
Products flash quickly on the radar and then are gone, some appearing so briefly, that once I have chosen to write about them, the collection feels somehow old, outdated, dare I say it, passé.
This end of year reflection has me realizing just how much makeup I have tried this year and especially how many new favorite products and incredible discoveries I have made along the way.
And what better time to show off your makeup appreciation and collection than over the Holidays? A period of festivities and parties, of wearing splashy and flashy colors, it’s a time to enjoy yourself.
So go out there and dazzle the world with some sparkle and fully utilize the great glittery, shimmery, creamy and glossy products out there that will make your face appear even more radiant.
Let’s get glam, radiate that inner cosmic goddess and let the good times roll!
Liquid Lips That Last For Ever
Make Up For Ever is a standout pioneer of the makeup industry. This French brand, the lovechild of creator Dany Sanz, continuously produces innovative and groundbreaking formulas that work wonders and influence the market around them.
The Rouge Artist For Ever Matte 24HR Longwear Liquid Lipstick by Make Up For Ever is a winning product for the lips, without question. These liquid lipsticks have a comfortable and nourishing matte finish that drops a beautiful pigmentation on the lips.
The Rouge Artist For Ever Matte 24HR Longwear Liquid Lipstick by Make Up For Ever is a perfect solution to splash a long-lasting dose of color to your lips and make a bold or subdued lip statement, with the beautiful selection of shades available at Sephora, here.
This past year, I tried many liquid lip formulation and this is by far, the most comfortable one I have yet to try and the pigmentation deposits symbiotically on the lips and fuses with the lip. The Rouge Artist For Ever Matte 24HR Longwear Liquid Lipstick by Make Up For Ever is the ultimate lip product to last through your late night celebrations, touch-ups not required.
Positive Light Reflecting Skin
There have been many celebrity brands launched in recent years, Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez is a celebrity that brand that is worthy of notice. Their easy-to-use, pigmented products are constant favorites at Sephora. This December, Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez just released their Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter.
The Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter by Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez comes in 4 luminous, different shades and gives such a beautiful, glass-skin finish on the skin, without looking overly glittery.
Add a touch of the Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter by Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez to your cheekbones, brow-bones, forehead and nose and watch the product light up your face.
I was super excited about the Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter by Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez, it did not disappoint, it is highly popular and has recently been selling out online and in-store, this is a hot ticket right now. No need to panic, it is not a limited-edition item, you still have plenty of time to try it out.
The Concealer Everyone Is Talking About
The Future Fluid All Over Medium Coverage Hydrating Concealer from MILK Makeup is one of the best new concealers I have experienced this year.
MILK Makeup’s Future Fluid All Over Medium Coverage Hydrating Concealer comes with an easy to use applicator with a large doe-foot, it spreads effortlessly on the skin and provides beautiful, build-able coverage that blends in with the skin and does not accentuate any unwanted texture.
The long-lasting and hydrating formula of the Future Fluid All Over Medium Coverage Hydrating Concealer by MILK Makeup, makes it such a wonderful skin release this year.
A Canadian Bronzer You Might Like!
I discovered Nuda Canada this year, a newer cosmetic company from Canada that specializes in sunless, self-tanners, perfect for enhancing your complexion. They have a selection of skincare products and body products, all of which are quite lovely as well. However, for pale and mid-tone complexions, I completely adore their Matte Bronzing Powder.
The Matte Bronzing Powder by Nuda Canada goes on evenly and lightly, it builds beautifully and can be layered for deeper effects. The tone of the Matte Bronzing Powder by Nuda Canada also makes it ideal for a little contouring as well.
I really hope they develop deeper shades to offer a wider variety and become an even more inclusive brand.
Pop Your Cheek With a Flush of Blush
The Cheek Pop Blush by CLINIQUE is a gem of a blush, not only is the powder embossed with a floral pattern, the satin, luminous finish of these Cheek Pop Blushes by CLINIQUE make them a perfect fit on any cheek.
The Cheek Pop Blush by CLINIQUE is easy to layer and can be built up to be quite strong or just give a hint of color. The clear component of the CLINIQUE Cheek Pop Blush makes the container so irresistibly adorable.
The Cheek Pop Blush by CLINIQUE also comes in a lovely selection of shades to suit every skin tone, a great makeup product from this iconic brand, I can see why so many of the online influencers love the Cheek Pop Blush by CLINIQUE, it’s a great blush!
A Primer to Keep You Matte & Retouched
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has an excellent primer to help oilier skins control their sebum production and diminish the texture and appearance of pores. The Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a hydrating primer that helps to control the oil production on the skin.
Featured below, is the mini-size of the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, both the full-size and mini-size are both available exclusively at Sephora, both instore and online, here.
The Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is an especially good product for minimizing the appearance of your shine, while also giving your skin some nutrients. I love the effect this primer has on my skin, especially my T-zone, I think if you have oily or combination skin, this could be the primer for you.
I also rave about the wonderful Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, as it is one of my Best of Beauty 2022, read more about it, here.
Fenty’s Olfactory Signature is Here
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna entered the fragrance world with their exquisite Fenty Eau de Parfum last year I believe. The Fenty Eau de Parfum by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna comes in a glamorous and elegant glass component which is stunning.
The Fenty Eau de Parfum by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is currently available at Sephora, though I believe it may only be for a limited period of time, so try it while you can get it in Canada.
The sublime mixture of Magnolia and Musk, with hints of Bulgarian Rose and Patchouli is a truly unique, warm, floral experience that is gender-less and made for all. I love it when beauty brands are so inclusive, such a smart move to make as we become more savvy with gender identity and gender expression.
The Fenty Eau de Parfum by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a lovely fragrance that many will find enticing and will succumb to its charms and graces.
A Gilded Gloss That Gives The Perfect Shine
I was so grateful when MAC Cosmetics sent me the Wakanda Forever Collection, made in collaboration with MARVEL Studios, for the release of Black Panther II : Wakanda Forever, which was released in November and has been dominating the world’s box-office ever since.
As a huge fan of the Marvel Universe and its characters, their stories and histories; I was very happy to explore this well-crafted collection. The entire collection has many beautiful things, I have taken a very strong liking to the following, limited-edition Fellin’ Good Lipglass/Wakanda Forever.
The Feelin’ Good Lipglass/Wakanda Forever is a gorgeous, sparkly, translucent gold, that adds instant shimmer and sparkle to the lip.
Worn alone it is beautiful and comfortable on the lips, add it to any of your favorite lip product as a finishing topper and watch it add another dimension of glass-like shimmer to your lips.
Grab it before it’s gone, this gloss is a winner baby!
A Glow to Radiate Light
Smashbox is another company I only began trying this past year and they were so kind to gift me with their primers last spring and I have been testing them out ever since.
I have written previously about the quality of their primers, you can read more about several of their primers, here. For today, I want to bring forward one of my favorites from the past year, the Photo Finish Illuminate Glow Face Primer by Smashbox is a versatile skin enhancing product that you can use both under your foundation to illuminate from within or on top of your complexion products for even more radiance.
The Photo Finish Illuminate Glow Face Primer by Smashbox works well with other products, it layers well and does a phenomenal job of illuminating the skin and giving it radiance. I typically cheat and wear a luminous primer on top of a mattifying primer to diminish my texture, without compromising the brightness.
The Photo Finish Illuminate Glow Face Primer by Smashbox will give you a glorious radiance and glow and make your skin luminous for your evening of dancing, frolicking and fun.
The Smudge-Proof Eye Liner You Will Love
The Double Wear line from Estée Lauder is renowned for its products that have true, long-lasting power and are products that can be considered long-wear.
This year they reformulated their Double Wear 24H Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil and I have been testing them out in various styles and looks, with multiple techniques and I must say these pencils are fabulous.
The Double Wear 24H Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil by Estée Lauder is truly pigmented and glides wonderfully around the eye area, both on clean skin or on top of eyeshadow. The Double Wear 24H Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil by Estée Lauder is fast drying, so once it sets in place it doesn’t budge at all; which means that if you want to do a more smoky looking eyeliner, it is possible, you will have to work quickly.
Great for lining the eyes, truly long-lasting in the waterline, excellent as a base for a smoky eye, the Double Wear 24H Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil is a great makeup product, I use and love all the shades and have found that these are some of the most performing pencils I have tried all year.
A Limited-Edition Scent That is Both Exotic and Exquisite
I was lucky enough to learn more about the various fragrance launches that Estée Lauder, the cosmetic company itself has launched and I am always in olfactory sublimation, whenever I am using one of my Estée Lauder fragrances.
The Oasis Dawn by Estée Lauder is a limited-edition fragrance that stood out to me so strongly this past year.
The luxurious glass bottle contains an intoxicating fragrance that expertly combines notes of wild Fig trees, with hints of Orange Flower Absolute, Vetiver and other notes from exquisite, elusive faraway places that inspire your sensual imagination, bringing you closer to the wild and passionate heart of nature.
The Oasis Dawn by Estée Lauder is the perfect fragrance for anyone that wants to evoke mystery, sensuality and exquisitely, exotic glamour.
A Cream Shadow and Glitter Duo for Refined Glam
Watier is a brand that I trust to produce high-quality products that are easily accessible throughout our province. I initially tested this product out several months ago, however it is a perfect product for the Holidays.
The Duo Shadow & Glitter by Watier is a perfect eyeshadow combo for a festive and glittery night out. The Duo Shadow & Glitter by Watier comes with a glimmery cream-to-powder formula on top and a refined glitter, at its base.
The Duo Shadow & Glitter by Watier is meant to be layered, you apply the cream-to-powder formula first and adhere the glitter on top with a brush or fingers. The glitter is so refined and supremely elegant, a wonderful way to bring drama and sparkle to your eyes, all at once.
Your eyes will no doubt mesmerize as you give glances with your Duo Shadow & Glitter by Watier, give them the eyes to remember, a glance from you, none will ever forget.
A Fragrance of Wistful Desire
Watier is home to many iconic Canadian fragrances and their fruitful and delicate delight Désirable Eau de Toilette is another soft fragrance classic to discover, if you have not had the chance already.
Désirable Eau de Toilette by Watier is a fresh, dazzling and bewitching fragrance that expresses an urban, romantic and contemporary femininity.
The Désirable Eau de Toilette by Watier comes in a lovely, modern and timeless clear bottle, with its name attached to a lovely chain at its neck.
The Désirable Eau de Toilette by Watier features notes of Apple and Berries, honeyed Osmanthus, with Magnolia, Freesia and Lily of the Valley; completed by the bottom notes that carry aromatic and velvety notes of Musk and Sandalwood.
A truly marvelous scent that reminds me of softer, fresher seasons, a wondrous scent from our beautiful province.
Add Volume & Color To Your Lashes
L’Oréal Paris are renowned for making some of the best mascaras in the world and there is a reason why, they have mastered so many different types of formulations that regardless of your lash length, volume or size, there is a L’Oréal Paris mascara that is just right for you.
A Prosperous Red Lipstick Worthy of You
The recently released Colour Riche Lipstick Reds of Worth Prosperous Red collection, is a stunning selection of 5 creamy, dreamy, highly pigmented reds, just in time for the Holiday season.
The Colour Riche Lipstick by L’Oréal Paris is a comfortable, cream lipstick with a true color payoff that looks lush and dewy on the lips.
The Colour Riche Reds of Worth Prosperous Red collection has a perfect red for everyone, L’Oréal Paris always make affordable, luxury feeling products, that will make you feel your very best, why? Because you’re worth it!
Liquid Eyeshadow & Glitter Options From e.l.f.
e.l.f. Cosmetics has really become one of the best, affordable makeup and skincare brands, readily available on the market today.
Easy to use products that are self-intuitive, the simple, clean packaging always contains a product that performs wonders at half the cost of most other brands out there.
My next 2 options are super easy, one-and-done types of products, that allow you to create a stunning and popping eye look in a fraction of the time needed to work brushes and conventional eyeshadows.
The Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow comes in gloss-like tube, with a great doe-foot applicator, you can swipe across your eyelids, pat the edges to blur them with your finger, hold your eye half-closed until dry, and voilà, your eyeshadow is done! Unless you want to further embolden your look with a second coat to really maximize the color payoff.
The Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow looks very similar, however it is much more reflective and glittery and works in the same manner as the Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow. The Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow will be more intense on your eyes, perfect for anyone who wants some serious bedazzling happening around their eyes.
Both options from e.l.f. Cosmetics make for excellent, quick solutions for party-ready eyes that take seconds to prepare. Whether you opt for the Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow or the Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow from e.l.f. Cosmetics, I suspect you will love how rapidly your sparkly look comes together and what a time-saver, these 2 eye products are.
A Luscious Lip Oil For Your Lips
Lip oils have been all the rage in the last year, a great revamping or re-invention of the lip gloss, this time focusing on making the texture shiny and protective of the lip it is covering.
The Tinted Glow Yeah Lip Oil by Florence by Mills is an excellent product to give shine and nourish your lips, all at once.
The Tinted Glow Yeah Lip Oil by Florence by Mills is lightly tinted and gives a beautiful flush to your lips, if worn on top of a lipstick it will slightly alter the color a little more warmly, however lip oils do not have as much pigment as traditional glosses do.
The Tinted Glow Yeah Lip Oil by Florence by Mills is perfect for that late night party touch-up or as your main lip product to give a glossy natural look to your lips that will nourish your lips for hours.
Wear Something That Makes You Feel Good
Remember one thing, makeup and fragrance should be fun for you, it should be fun to apply, the products should feel luxurious or have some sort of connection to you.
This is why there are so many different brands flourishing in the beauty space, as we all tend to identify with different types of products.
What works wonders on one person may do nothing for the next, beauty is a very personal thing.
So don’t let anybody tell you what or how to wear things, get creative if you feel like it and enjoy the freedom and fun that a little dolling-up for the party season can allow you.
I wish you all the merriest of Holidays, all my best wishes to you all for the coming New Year and stay beautiful!
Lead image courtesy of Make Up For Ever.
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