7 Glitzy Beauty Products to Ring in the New Year

As a self-described glitter-obsessed, it’s only fair I do a product roundup of my favorite glitter items of the moment. Each of these are perfect to put a pep in your step for the new year…or at least on your way to your New Year’s Eve parties 😉 . Personally, I’d rock many of these products together with an LBD -OR- high-waisted wide leg pants and a cami top, but you can absolutely rock some of these with sparkly attire — mix it up and have fun!

  • HAIR: IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter spray – Microfine glitter spray, perfect for hair (and body). Comes in two colors, but I honestly didn’t notice a big difference between the two.
  • NAILS: Morgan Taylor Diamonds Are My BFF – no joke, this is the most opaque glitter polish I’ve ever used. It’s limited edition as part of their Marilyn Monroe collection – snag one while you can!
  • BODY: Jeffree Star Liquid Frost – mixed with body lotion or oil, you’ll be glistening for days. I opted for the Frostbite shade b/c I’m so damn fair, but shade selection is on point to match your mood
  • EYES: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow – I’m in love with Diamond Dust, but there are so many shades and twinkles to compliment anyone’s style
  • CHEEKS: There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to highlighter: some like a subtle glowy look and others like it blinding. I’m not one for glitter in my highlight – we’re not going to a rave…unless you are, then, you may not love my recommendations. I’m obsessed with Ofra’s highlighters – they melt into skin like a dream. My first highlight love that I can’t go through a list and not recommend: Jeffree Star Skin Frost is legendary. If you’re going for a highlight pop versus a dewy glow, this is the one to get.
  • LIPS: Glossier Balm Dot Com in Birthday Cake – the only scent / flavor that has shimmer to it — just try and tell me it doesn’t smell delicious with a serious face
  • MULTI: Who doesn’t love a multi-use product? NYX loose glitters + NYX glitter primer are phenomenal (and phenomenally affordable!)

Photo via | see another @katiejanehughes look using my favorite Stila shade – Diamond Dust

2018 Halloween Makeup Looks: Mermaid + Glam Zombie

I love Halloween, but hate the thick, sticky, face-paint so many stores sell for costumes. Those options don’t let your skin breathe, are a mess to take off, and why buy something you will only use once? Unless you have kids who will use it for school plays, why subject your adult skin to the potential of pore-clogging and an acne aftermath?

It’s no secret I’m a makeup junkie. I try drugstore, specialty, online exclusives, department store, Sephora, Ulta, you name it! My biggest caveat: I hate spending $$$$$ and I hate having products go to waste. That’s why I invested in an arsenal of NYX loose pigments and glitters: multi-purpose and impactful! (And often found on special at Ulta – most of mine were purchased on a BOGO promo).

My first trial-and-error with the loose powders started this past summer when getting ready for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in June. It was my first attempt at using the pigments and I used them for subtle contouring/shading all over – it did the trick on a budget and in a pinch with just pigments and brushes. I used these products to create the rest of my look:

Fast-forward to earlier this month, I went out with a group of friends to House of Yes in BK and the theme was Dead as Disco / Studio 54 Zombies. For those who don’t know, House of Yes  is an epic nightclub out in Brooklyn with an ultra-inclusive club policy where people of all shapes and kinds can be themselves. Costumes/glitter/theatrics are highly encouraged.

To get my overall zombie-skin look, I used the NYX pigments combined with a new discovery: MAC’s Mixing Medium fluid (check out the full MAC range of Mixing Mediums). Combining the two on a plate, and applying to my skin using a beautyblender, it was super easy to get the color and coverage I wanted on my face, chest, and shoulders. The high-impact look was created using these products:

Have fun with your Halloween looks, babes! I can’t wait to see your looks and share my own. Tag me on IG or send them my way – I’ll feature the top looks on my IG 😘🖤