My obsession with makeup has it’s perks. I’ve gotten quite good at the art, and if I can’t think of or find anything to wear for a special occasion, I can wear all black and make my makeup the center of attention.

Luxe items like sequins, sparkles, fur and velvet have been widely in trend as of late, but with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I didn’t even think to find something to wear when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st. So when I finally went on the hunt for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit this past weekend, I was straight out of luck. Lots of things were picked over and I just couldn’t convince myself to buy something I only had lukewarm feelings about just to have an outfit worthy of one night. (is that called adulting??)

So it was time to get creative with the pieces I already have in my closet and bust out the beauty products to turn me into a disco ball! Glitter is my favorite color, but loose glitter is hard to work with, even for a professional like myself! It takes a lot of time and patience, and I unfortunately have to work on December 31st, so time is of the essence to ensure I make it to my party before the ball drops.

Stila launched a product around 2014, a semi-solid glitter product called Foil Finish eyeshadow, and as it’s name suggests, had more of a foil finish than glitter, but was very glittery. But you had to mix it with a mixing medium or apply with your fingers to get the best results which could get a little complicated and messy. Then they got smart and launched their Glitter and Glow eyeshadows in 2017 (which I first tried & featured in this haul here) which is MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY! And have since launched a much wider array of colors. They retail for $24.00 at Sephora, Ulta and the Stila website.

NYX recently launched their own line of a similar product called Glitter Goals. The NYX version retails for $8 and can be found at most beauty supply stores, NYX store fronts & website, Ulta, and even Target. Both have a doe foot applicator that make it easy to apply straight from the applicator, by using a flat eyeshadow brush (you’ll get optimum results by using a synthetic brush vs natural hair), or with your finger. If you can tell from the photo above, the Stila Glitter and Glow has more of chunky glitter property to the product while the NYX version is more of a foil with a subtle, shimmery glitter.

Both products are very good, if you have the funds to splurge, I highly recommend Stila. But if you’re on a budget, you’ll be just as happy with the NYX version. I find that both products fare better layered on top of another color or base shadow vs on their own as the swatch above shows.

Some of my favorite Glitter and Glow Goal looks of 2018:

NYX Glitter Goals Polished Pin Up

If you’re strapped for time and don’t have any idea of where you’ll find something sparkly to wear in time to ring in the new year, my advice would be to run to your nearest Ulta and grab either of the 2 products from this post. (Ulta always has coupons for “non-prestige” brands like NYX, fyi).

Wishing you all a sparkly, glittery, glamorous and fabulous New Year!

xoxo,

La Glam Greek

The hopeless romantic that I put to sleep years ago after a parade of pigs and failed relationships tore my outlook on love down to bits has been resurrected since I met Bae. I’ve been swooning over weddings since I was a little girl (I even spent time planning my own to Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean for a while), but when the reality of dating hit hard in my young adulthood, it was like I had a vendetta against the single male population between the ages of 20 – 35.

But I found someone who makes me feel SO cheesy romantic. Gross.

This past weekend was my own Prince Charming’s sister’s wedding, and as my favorite Disnerd couple, their nuptials were quite the magical affair – I definitely felt the love that night.

face

Foundation/Concealer || Urban Decay Naked (shade 7.0); Maybelline Age Rewind (shade Neutralizer)
Powder || Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre (30 Naturel) to set highlight; Nars Pressed Powder (Beach)
Contour || Nars (Laguna); MAC (Blunt)
Blush || Nars (Deep Throat)
Highlight || My Beauty Bar (Beauty Queen)

 

eyes

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (chocolate)
Shadow Primer || MAC Paintpot (Soft Ochre)
Crease (in order of application) || ABH (Blushing), MUG (Cupcake), ABH (Dusty Rose), MUG (Bitten), MUFE (M-928)
Lid || My Beauty Bar pigment (Love Letter), Stila Metal Liquid Glitter (Rose Gold Retro)
Brow Bone || MAC (Carefree)
Inner Corner || MUG (Shimma Shimma) + Coloured Raine (Clutch Pearls)
Liner || NYX Matte Liquid Liner
Lashes || Tarte (Goddess)
Undereye || MAC (Smolder); MUFE (M-928); MUG (Bitten)

lips

Anastasia Beverly Hills (Dusty Rose) + Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint (Low Key)

But… the night didn’t end so magical. A couple of months ago I’m pretty sure I reinjured my left knee, THE same knee that I had ACL reconstructive surgery on back in high school. I was doing a pretty ridiculous plyometric workout and my trainer challenged me to jumping donkey kicks… Youtube it… which is what I should’ve done before attempting, but I just started going at it. Eventually I would land incorrectly during one of them and my knee popped out of place and wouldn’t pop back, but I usually would be able to walk on it and feel better within half an hour. After a few weeks of rest, I decided to get back into training legs, but my knee would slip every once in a while. I didn’t think much of it because my knee’s always done weird things during the time since my surgery. But at Bae’s sister’s wedding, my knee slipped out of place and locked… while dancing. Literally my favorite thing in the world.

I sat, changed into flats, elevated my leg and iced it for about 15 minutes, but the FOMO kicked in when I saw all my friends on the dancefloor without me. And the DJ was just SO GOOD…

so I kept dancing on it

But it was SO worth it!! I ended up not being able to bear any weight on my left leg for the following 3 days and had to use crutches and wasn’t able to sleep well from the knee pain. But hey.. it was a good time.

Moral of the story – never stop dancing.

xoxo

The Glam Greek

While I’m not much of the casino-gamble-all-my-money-away-kinda-girl, Las Vegas entices me to lose money in other ways. The Forum Shops at Caesars are MY personal favorite place to be on the Strip. They have everything for every price range. Wanna throw a G on a Louis Vuitton bag after too many cocktails? The Palace gotchu. Wanna throw down a few hunnits on some makeup because you’re addicted and admitting you have a problem is the first step but you don’t want to admit it yet? The Palace where it’s at. Only have a few bucks and want a cute choker to go with your outfit for Tao tonight? The Palace got that too, boo.

Makeup shopping in the western United States is so much better than here in Texas. Nothing beats L.A. (next on my bucket list), but Las Vegas has a MAC Pro, free standing Nars, a large Sephora (you can never go wrong with the mothership), Inglot, and probably a couple of others that I’m missing, regardless, I can lose my way into the abyss of makeup shopping.

The mothership calls me wherever I go…

Even though I practically own all of the pro store, I needed to stock up on a Light Boost and a Radiant Rose. I can’t remember the last time I purchased a MAC collection… but when I arrived at MAC Pro LV, MAC’s Work it Out collection had just come out. And as per usual (sorry, MAC) I walked right on by. But since I had been having a little drinkies, the MAC artist that had greeted me, quickly talked me into the lavnder and rose scented Fix +’s.

Even though I didn’t like the fact that they only have travel sizes (which I’m assuming was the idea behind Work it Out – sweat proof makeup essentials to throw in your gym bag to enhance your post work out glow..) I still snagged a couple for my collection. **note – travel size MAC containers are NOT eligible for B2m**

I controlled myself fairly well considering I had the candy shop at my finger tips. And being early Sunday afternoon, there weren’t a ton of people there.. but I had my eye on the prize.

I already own a ridiculous amount of MAC products, Sephora has brands on brands on brands, on products on products on products; and I need to expand my horizons.

After the Stila Metallic Foil eye shadows came out a few summers ago, they’re pretty much all I need and use to add the PERFECT pop of glitz I need in a look. So naturally, when Stila came out with their new Metallic Glitter liquid eyeshadows, I had to snag a few for myself.

I actually restrained myself and ONLY picked up 4…

L – R : Kitten Karma, Gold Goddess, Smoky Storm, Retro Rose Gold

Then I made my way around and grabbed a couple of powder products. A Sephora Collection blush in “Sweet on You” I received as a sample last year, the perfect summer cheek color, so I finally picked it up in full size. A new bake powder from Kat Von D, a powder foundation from Sephora collection, for science. And of course… a highlighter.

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter – Transcendence

Applied with finger – subtle. Spray Fix + to hear angels sing

Being a Libra, I’m all about balance. With powder products and eye products already in my bag, I had to pick up some face and liquid products to try out. I’m obsessed with lightweight, natural finish foundations lately because, I can be! I’d had acne for such a long time, nothing besides medium to heavy coverage would cut it for me. I’ve been loving the UD Naked concealer for a while, so I went ahead and picked up the foundation. Seeing that I was on vacation, I also picked up 2 travel sizes of my favorite primer and setting sprays OF ALL TIME! And a lip creme from Marc Jacobs to try… again, for science!

Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme – Fawn Over Me

After this HUGE haul, Bae and I grabbed a taxi and headed to the airport very makeup and cocktail drunk! 🙁 Anytime a vacation involves having enough leftover coins to spend on some new makeup goodies, is a dream vacation for me.

Until next haul…

xoxo
The Glam Greek

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated”

– Oscar Wilde

During the week, I normally don’t wear any makeup; so the weekend I’m finding any sort of reason to dress up. And pasxa had 3 good reasons. Sometimes though, I feel I can get a little extra. But when I get new makeup and a good reason to wear it, sometimes the brush takes a mind of its own!

Face : Urban Decay Naked Foundation 7
Concealer : Urban Decay Naked in Light Warm
Powders : Laura Mercier Brightening || Laura Mercier Transluscent
Contour : Kat Von D Shade + Light palette
Blush : Nars Sin
Highlight : Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten

Brows : ABH Dipbrow
Lid : Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter Liquid Shadow in Kitten Karma (OMG!! I LOVE)
Crease : MUG Cupcake + ABH Dusty Rose, MUFE M928 to deepen crease
Inner Corner : ABH Blushing + Pink Champagne
Lashes : Lashes in a Box No. 19
Waterline : MAC Coffee eye kohl
Under Eye : MUFE M928 smudged with ABH Dusty Rose

Lips : Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte liquid lipstick “Festival”

xoxo

The Glam Greek