I remember a time where holidays, the festive season and well, celebrations in general went hand-in-hand with glitterfar too well. No New Years Eye was complete without glitter eyeliner and sparkly nails.

Every now and then, I’ll get a manicure and see someone opting for ombre-glitter tips or a sparkly accent nail; I’ll coax myself into considering it for 20 minutes and then play-it-safe with a light blush-pink or taupe. Truth be told, I still love a bit of glitter and while we’re still in the season of Summer and all about all things sparkly, radiant and bright – there’s no better time than to give glitter another chance.

These products celebrate shine and subtle-glitz, without leaving you looking like you’re off to a 90’s-themed soiree.

Bling Brow by Benefit are a grown-up version of the diamantes you used to stick in the corners of your eye – they come in hues such as rose gold or greige and are tiny self-adhesive Swarovski crystals that are designed to be worn under the brow. For a special occasion, add a little bling to a bronzed smokey-eye and voila!

The 2014 Holiday Collection from Bobbi Brown offers the perfect infusion of subtle shimmers to leave you shiny and bright, sans glitter. Such as the Warm Glow Eyeshadow Palette that features gorgeous shades of frosted and pearlized bronze and champagne tones. Bobbi Brown shadows are ever-so highly pigmented and glide on to last for hours and hours, so you can don a shimmery, smokey eye without smudge for a special occasion.

Also a shimmery stand-out from the holiday collection from Bobbi Brown is the Highlight Powder a stunning powder highlighter that gives skin a metallic luminous glow, through pearlized particles; perfect to accentuate your cheek brows, brow bones, centre of your nose and cupids bow – it’s a powder that’s very finely milled so it sits on top of skin as opposed to sneaking into pores – and it lasts for hours.

Also for your pretty peepers – a very-fine shimmering mineral-powder shadow, by The Balm is Overshadow in ‘You Buy, I’ll Fly’ – a very shimmery bronze, copper shade. Best applied with an angled eyeliner brush and used as a liner, Overshadow can be used dry and blended for a soft shimmer with reflective glittering particles or applied wet for intense, metallic colour.

If your makeup look is all-matte, perhaps a little shimmer in your locks will fill your glitter void; but I’m not talking crunchy glitter hairspray.  Joico has a finishing spray that has very-fine gold glitter and shimmer particles in it! Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray is a fine-mist spray that is to be used once your hair is styled and set; it delivers subtle hold and gold, light-reflecting particles. It’s perfect for evenings or for special occasions; it makes hair appear amazingly glossy and healthy; especially in photos!

Benefit – Bling Brow Kit | Bobbi Brown – Warm Glow Eyeshadow Palette & Highlight Powder  | The Balm – Overshadow in ‘You Buy, I’ll Fly’ | Joico – Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray



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