It's the holiday season, and what would the holidays be without our favorite glitter, sparkly, shimmery products? Take a look to see my recommendations.

Happy Halloween everyone!

It’s finally feeling like fall where I am, so I’m pretty excited, even though I don’t have any plans. It’s nice because thinking of a last minute Halloween costume can be a bit of a pain. At the Halloween party I went to I went as a Shadowhunter purely because it’s the easiest DIY that doesn’t cost money. I haven’t read the books, I just hate buying things for Halloween because I can’t use them for anything other than Halloween, and nothing in my closet screams Halloween.

Are you going out for Halloween? If so, what are you going dressed as?

The Halloween season always gets me primed for some cool makeup looks that I can’t actually recreate,  but this year I like to think I’m making up for it by trying new looks.

Ever since watching Violette_fr on YouTube, I’ve been so into the glittery, sparkly, shimmery look right now. It’s not something I usually do, but I have a few items that can help break me out of my comfort zone juuuust a tad.

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Eyeliner in Spandex

The newest addition to my collection, this purchase was inspired by Melissa Alatorre’s tutorial. As soon as I saw her use this eyeliner I was totally hooked! I actually have a few colored eyeliners, but this is my only sparkly one.

As she mentioned in her tutorial, this looks best layered on black eyeliner, as it gives a sharper wing (the only kind of liner I do) and I think also makes the color pop more than if it were standing alone.

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Supernova

When I first saw this in stores (or, online rather, since I hardly hit up the physical location) I thought I’d never wear this unless I was going to a music festival, and I don’t go very often. But, as things often do, it grew on me, and suddenly I had to get it.

While the “holographic” claim doesn’t ring true (and honestly, a bit of a disappointment) it is stunningly iridescent. I wore this in a club and my friends mooned over my cheeks.

Even if you’re not going out to a party or whatnot, I found this quite wearable. It’s sheer, so the purple doesn’t come out much with one layer but you still get a little iridescence. Even layered on, it shows best under certain lighting conditions. In natural daylight it was harder to see, which is why you can still wear it. Of course, if you’re all for that glam highlight, this probably isn’t the product for you.

This has a bit more slip than the bronzer in terms of blending, though it’s still easy enough to blend out with your fingers. I probably wouldn’t recommend using a brush or sponge. Since highlighter is one of the last products I put on, I found it easier to use my fingers to transfer from the packaging to my face; if I solely used the stick, it grabbed the layers underneath and dirties the surface.

Colourpop Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Kween

Okay, before I get into talking about the color, I have to say, I’m excited for the Colourpop x Sephora launch today. I had a brief peek in my email, and while nothing totally spoke out as swoon-worthy, I really want to look at more of what they have to offer. At least the prices are contingent with what Colourpop prices are! I didn’t like how with the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline collection, some of the items were just regular Maybelline products but repackaged and more expensive. Thankfully I wasn’t interested in any of those items anyway.

But on to Kween…

Who can forget liquid lipsticks? Colourpop’s metallic line has beautiful colors, and one of my favorites is Kween, a pink base with subtle gold sparkles. While the name says “metallic”, like all of these items, it can be worn outside without being BAM in your face sparkles.

We all know about Colourpop’s liquid lipstick formula, and I wouldn’t say this one is any different but it is one of the harder ones to take off. You have to be careful not to smear this off for fear of having a glittery chin.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to wearing this out more over the fall/winter times!

What’s your favorite product with glitter or shimmer in it?

  • eeee, your lil animation is so cute! i rarely celebrate halloween, i’ve only dressed up for work – two years ago i went as marceline from adventure time (i only had to get red boots on sale that i barely wear now, maybe it’s time to change that haha) and the year before that i went as a devilled egg (devil horns + a yellow circle on a white shirt LOL). i’m not super big on getting a *real* costume for the same reason.

    i love the heavy metals eyeliners! i have midnight cowboy and distortion and they’re so nice for a wing or pop of glitter on the inner corner/lid. i thought the milk highlighters would be more in-your-face actually! but i guess it kind of makes sense, since it’s in cream form and those tend to be more subtle. i want more of their holographic sticks, but i’m going to wait until i finish a few of my highlighters first (that’ll take a while but eh, i guess that’s what i get for hoarding them).

    becky @ star violet

    • Sam

      aww, haha I love the idea of the deviled egg, that’s so cute! yeah, thankfully this costume idea only required sharpie, so I was good to go, lol. besides in the end it didn’t even matter, there were only a few people in REAL costumes, which was a bummer because that’s the whole idea of a halloween party!

      I thought the highlighters would be like that too, and I was almost disappointed at first when they weren’t, but now I actually like that they aren’t super bright. I can get a lot more use out of them this way!

  • Soo.. I actually had to google what shadowhunter was.. man where have i been, I can totally get how easy that halloween costume was. I skipped Halloween this year, it just gets way too crowded for me in the party district nowadays ( and i slowly have to accept that my body can’t handle the hangover the next day either) but every single halloween before that I went as Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family, she has always been one of my favourite characters when i was a child and it’s another easy look pull off without buying anything.

    I really wish I was more into glitters, shimmers or even a more metallic vibe, the whole UD xmas collection is stunning but I already know I would rarely use it. I should really try to get into it, I’ve heard so many good things about the halographic stick!

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

    • Sam

      oh yeah, when my friend had really long hair, wednesday was her go-to costume as well! It’s such an easy look to pull off, which is nice for last minute.

      It’s definitely been a slow go for me in the glitter department! I’ve been watching a lot of youtube tutorials, so that’s helped a ton. I think at this point I’m just biting the bullet and going all in, haha.

  • Laura

    Never tried any of these products! I would love to try Colourpop metallic lipsticks x


    • Sam

      they are surprisingly wearable on an daily basis!

  • Loving your blog layout! 🙂

    Also I’m not much of a Halloween person – we don’t really do it here in Australia, it’s more of an american thing.

    I did wear this subtle body shimmer thing for my wedding once but I couldn’t tell you where I got it or what it was called, haha! I think the makeup artist might have supplied it after the only one I found was more glitter than shimmer…. it’s nice to see there is a lot more shimmery choices and options out there! 🙂

    Hope you are having a nice week so far! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Sam

      thank you, Mica! I know what you mean, body shimmers should definitely be more shimmer than glitter. I actually want to try kopari’s, but it’s kind of expensive and it’s already fall, so maybe in the summer!

  • I adore Coloupop Kween and should really wear more of it! Never tried the other though but now you got me curious about Milk holographic stick.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Sam

      the holographic stick is super fun to wear!

  • I love a good shimmery highlighter, honestly the more shimmer the better! I don’t know if I can pull off glitter, but for a night out or an event like Halloween, I’d be all for it!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Sam

      yes! I prefer shimmer to subtle, only because the subtle always looks TOO subtle on my face!