Sick of my holiday-themed posts yet? Me neither.

Today I’m discussing *aaaaall* my favorite sparkly, shiny, shimmery and glossy beauty products (new and old). I rounded up the best affordable, high-end and luxury goodies to help you bring those kirakira+ selfies to life.

But first, I have to give a shoutout to fellow blogger and Glossier Rep Amelia (Amelia Says)–I got the idea for this fabulous post from her.

Enjoy my top picks for festive eyes, face, lips and body, and be sure to let me know your favorite products for adding that extra touch of glamour to your look during the holidays in the comments below! Xx

Eyes:

  • Golden State Of Mind shadow palette: Fifteen metallic, shimmery shades in romantic berries, icy ivories and not-so-basic bronzes help me create playfully sexy eye looks all season long. ColourPop
  • Super Shock Shadow in Bouncy: This cool-toned bronze with gold and violet duo chrome is the epitome of grunge-luxe. I love packing it onto my lid after sweeping some matte browns into my crease (Buxom’s Gimme Gorgeous and MAC Saddle are my go-to’s). ColourPop
  • Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife: This is intended to be a face highlight, but during the winter months when I’m paler it suits me much better on my eyes. I dust it all over my lid for a quick and easy glam look when I’m in a rush to get ready. It’s also great as an inner corner highlight à la Desi Perkins. Fenty Beauty
  • Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Nude: I’ll be the first to admit I love wearing this product on its own (even though it’s obviously intended to be a topcoat); it’s perfect for adding that subtle eye sparkle when rocking a bold lip. Natasha Denona
  • Eye Vinyl in Bridge: Holiday season is the perfect time to experiment with editorial-style makeup. Milk’s nude eye gloss creates a wearable, healthy-looking dewiness on the lids. Milk Makeup

Lips:

  • Balm Dotcom in Birthday: This cult-favorite, long-lasting and intensely moisturizing salve got a makeover from New York’s Milk Bar bakery. It’s the balm you trust with a heavenly scent and a subtle holographic shimmer. Glossier
  • Lip Gloss: Not your little sister’s lip gloss. Glossier’s version gives your lips glassy, cushion-y, long-lasting shine free from any colored tint, glitter or shimmer. Plus, it’s got vitamin E to moisturize and conditioning polymers so it applies evenly–no goopy feeling. Glossier
  • Lip Gloss in Orgasm: Did you know NARS’ cult-favorite universally flattering blush comes in a lip gloss? And with a name like Orgasm, this also isn’t your little sister’s gloss. The shimmering peachy-pink hue makes lips look full and healthy day or night. NARS
  • Sugar Plum lip gloss: A high-quality shimmering nude gloss that adds moisture and volume to the lips; looks great on its own or over your favorite matte liquid lipsticks. Kylie Cosmetics (part of the In Love With The Koko collection)
  • Frost Lipstick in Pink, You Think?: Coat lips in a hot neon pearlized pink that doesn’t look messy when it starts to fade. Plus, the blue undertones help your teeth look extra white! MAC Cosmetics

Face:

  • Highlighting Blush in Hot Sand: Hot Sand is my go-to for a natural-looking everyday highlight. The powder formula provides a soft-focus-effect that’s perfect for any subtle or no-makeup makeup looks. But, the formula is build-able; I apply 2-3 layers of Hot Sand with a fan brush when I want to intensify its warm, glow-y sheen. NARS
  • Haloscope in Topaz & Moonstone: One word to describe Haloscope is dewy! I love Topaz for a sun-kissed glow (think: on the orbital bone around the eye for a chic spin on a “sunglasses tan”) and Moonstone for a sweaty sheen on my cheekbones, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow. (Huge shoutout to Glossier’s Community Team Manager Kim Johnson for these tips.) Glossier
  • Super Shock Highlighter in Off Tropic: Off Tropic is my go-to highlighter when I want an intense, wet effect glow. This highlight combines the best of both worlds in my opinion: a warm beige hue with an icy sheen. To maximize its effect, I always apply Off Tropic with Real Techniques’ setting brush and top with plenty of setting spray. ColourPop
  • Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Chili Mango & Rum: These sparkly blush toppers are super easy to use; the color is build-able and they blend like a dream. (Plus, they double as eyeshadows.) Chili Mango is a fun, beach-ready orange that looks amazing on its own; Rum, a gilded bronze, pairs perfectly with my favorite bronzers (which are NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna and BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast, by the way). Fenty Beauty
  • Light Chaser Highlighter in Opal Flashes Jade: Speaking of BECCA, their highlighters definitely live up to the reputation they have among the beauty community. So many influencers I watch on YouTube (e.g., my favs Lauren Elizabeth and Katy Bellotte) speak so fondly of BECCA highlighters that I decided to try one during Sephora’s recent VIB sale. I was instantly drawn to Opal Flashes Jade from the Light Chaser Collection because it’s so different than anything in my collection. As the name suggests, it’s a golden opal pearl with an intense teal-sapphire shift. BECCA
  • Holographic Highlighting Powder in Mars: I have heard so much about Milk’s Mars highlighter in stick form, but I wasn’t completely sold until the company debuted its powder counterpart. Mars in an out-of-this-world holographic *warm* golden peach. And because most holographic highlighters tend to be cool-toned, Mars is truly unlike anything else on the market. Milk Makeup
  • GRAVITYMUD Firming Treatment: If you want to look like a sexy version of the Tin Man while you tighten your skin, then this is the product for you. GLAMGLOW’s Firming Treatment mask reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps even skin’s tone and restores firmness and elasticity. GLAMGLOW

Body:

  • Shimmering Body Oil: Why limit the sparkle to just your face? Glow all over with Bali Body’s shimmering body oil. It has all the nourishing and moisturizing properties of BB’s original body oil, plus a bronze tint and gold shimmers for an instant fresh-from-vacation glow day or night. (P.S. It smells incredible.) Bali Body 
  • Daily Perfecting Cream: You know that signature glow only Glossier can give your face? Bring it to the other 90 percent of you! Daily Perfecting Cream is a long-lasting body lotion. And while providing your skin with all-day moisture, it immediately perfects and enhance skin’s appearance–hence its name–thanks to tiny light-reflecting particles. The zero-residue, zerio-stickiness formula melts into the skin to tighten and smooth the surface and increase elasticity. Glossier
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One of the best things about the holiday season is getting to experiment with different looks you may not get to during the rest of the year! Holiday parties give you the chance to get a little shinier, a little sparklier and to generally kick things up a notch.

While I’d normally wear these vinyl pants with a band tee or oversized knit, I paired them with a more interesting texture combo for a holiday party at Rumpus Room in East Village last week.

I went with a long-sleeved mesh top in a beige-y nude color so that it didn’t distract from the statement-making pants. To keep covered I added a lacy bra underneath; I opted for classic black, which tied into the pants.

When it came to shoes, I had *such* a hard time deciding between two of my go-to’s: black booties and nude pumps. After all, both matched my look and both give me a major boost. I ended up going with the booties because a) it was super cold out and, b) my pumps aren’t in the best shape–I think it’s time to invest in a new pair. (Leave any suggestions in the comments below please.)

Speaking of the cold…I also wore my warmest coat, a gray faux fur teddy by BB Dakota. Then, I polished off the look with a pair of personalized hoop earrings and my favorite chain belt for a little more variety in texture.

Shop my look:

Top, I.Am.Gia

Bra, Free People

Vinyl pants, thrifted, similar here

Belt, thrifted, similar here

Shoes, Free People, no longer available, similar here

Coat, BB Dakota, no longer available similar here & here

Earrings, The M Jewelers

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Nothing says party like an intense smoky eye! And while this dark, sultry look may seem intimidating to anyone who catches a glimpse of you, actually creating it yourslef can be just as daunting.

I’ll be the first to admit I used to be terrified to use eyeshadows–especially dark ones; I would give up and wipe it all away after the smallest mistake or if things didn’t look 100-percent perfect. But, the old cliché is true: the more you practice, the better you get at it.

Now that I am comfortable creating more complicated eye looks, I really wanted to do a smoky eye tutorial on HM–and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect. Nothing pairs better with all your sparkly dresses this time of year than a glam smoky eye!

The best part is, there is arguably no makeup look more universally flattering than a classic smoky eye, so I know all my readers will have fun recreating this look for the next date night, girls’ night out or holiday party.

PRODUCTS I USED:

This is the first time I’ve started a tutorial on HM with the eyes. Typically, it is much easier for me to get the rest of the face done first. But, for such an intense eye look, starting with shadows is the best bet.

Also! You’ll notice I stuck with all matte shadows for this tutorial. This is inspired from a Pinterest shot my cousin (Hey, Sarah) sent me a couple months ago! I loved how sophisticated the all-matte eye look was in the shot, so I decided to put my own spin on it. After all, the smokiness is intense on its own, I think sparkles would take away from the glamour in this case. (And, I’ve been doing a ton of sparkly eye looks anyway, so this was really a nice change of pace.)

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Pore Refiner Primer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. Blend with the fingers.

Step 4: Set the entire face with Wowder, focusing on the t-zone and under-eye areas. Finish with a generous amount of setting spray and allow to dry.

Step 5: Apply a little Primer Potion to the eye area.

Step 6: Set the primer with Combust on a fluffy blending brush.

Step 7: With the same fluffy blending brush, apply Gimme Gorgeous to the crease. Continue to buff the eyeshadow upward and outward for a blown out, cat-eye effect.

Step 8: Apply Whiskey into the crease, continuing into the outer “V” of the eye with a crease brush. Make sure to blend evenly.

Step 9: Using a clean crease brush, add Password to the inner portion of the crease (near the inner corner of the eye). Blend with the fluffy blending brush for a seamless transition of colors.

Step 10: Cover the lid in Let’s Do It. Use either of the crease brushes from steps 8 or 9, or a standard shadow brush for this.

Step 11: Lightly dust Gimme Gorgeous onto the lower lash line with the fluffy blending brush.

Step 12: With a pencil brush, lightly smudge Whiskey onto the lower lash line, connecting it to that “V” shape created in step 8. Maintain control over the brush to keep Whiskey closer to the lash line than Gimme Gorgeous. Smudge towards the inner corner of the eye, then buff with the fluffy blending brush.

Step 13: Use the same pencil brush, smudge Password onto the outer corner of the lower lash line. Buff with the fluffy blending brush.

Step 14: Highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye with Thirteen using a small dome brush.

Step 15: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 16: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect. Again, tap with fingers to blend.

Step 17: Apply Laguna to the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and the hairline in a circular buffing motion using a contour brush.

Step 18: To brighten up the face, add a little Orgasm to the apples of the cheeks using the same circular buffing motion.

Step 19: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Watt’s Up! to the skin with the fingers, then tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add Watt’s Up to the cupid’s bow and tip of the nose using the pinky finger.

Step 20: With a fan brush lightly dust Hot Sand on top of Watt’s Up!

Step 21: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat for a more dramatic look.

Step 22: Finish with more setting spray.

Step 23: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 24: Apply 1-2 coats of Melted Nude to the lips. Be sure to angle to the applicator so that you line your lips neatly with the product

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I know it has been a minute since I’ve shared a monthly favorites with HM readers. But, I just can’t avoid it any longer; there are a *ton* of new things I have really been loving lately that I need to share with my readers.

Besides Prince Harry’s royal engagement (eep!), I put together a post on everything else I’ve been obsessing over this month (hint: there’s a ton from Sephora’s VIB sale). Now excuse me while I go scroll through Meghan Markle boards on Pinterest…

Fiorucci: By now everyone on here knows my obsession with Devon Carlson, one of the designers behind Wildflower Cases. Through her I’ve discovered some of my favorite people, places and things (like Girl At The White Horse, an L.A. bar). Arguably the coolest, though, is Fiorucci, an Italian label that mixes Dolce Vita luxury with British street style.

Back and better than ever, Fiorucci is one of the most unique labels on the market today–and it has such a rich history. As an Italian girl myself, I quickly fell in love with Fiorucci, but held out until Black Friday to order a few things from their site. To me, their pieces are casual, yet structured, with the perfect amount of sexy for everyday life.

Unlike a lot of other high-end labels, Fiorucci creates pieces I actually want to wear and that I can feel like myself in. I’ll most likely end up creating a lookbook (or two!) focusing on the pieces I bought, but for now I’ll link my favorites here, here and here.

Neisy Bra by Are You Am I: I picked this bra up at the AYAI showroom in Downtown Los Angeles last month, and I have barely taken it off since. Like everything from Are You Am I, this piece fits beautifully; it’s seriously like second skin.

And not only is it comfortable, it looks the part, too. Comfortable bras that are also pretty are super hard to come by–especially when you have a bigger chest. Its thick strips complement the thin rib detail on the cup portion (while providing a little extra support), and it has a gorgeous gold clasp detail on the back.

Unfortunately, this baby is out of stock. But, you can’t go wrong with anything from AYAI. I Promise 😉

Bali Body Shimmering Body Oil: You guys already know how much I love Bali Body’s skincare range; while I can’t make it through the summer months without their Watermelon Tanning Oil SPF 6, their BB Cream is my holy grail year-round.

Just in time for the holidays the Aussie cult-favorite brand debut their Shimmering Body Oil, and it definitely delivers. Unlike their tanning oils, though, Shimmering Body Oil is meant to be worn with *or without* the sun.

It instantly bronzes the skin while giving you a shimmering (duh!) golden glow. And because it’s from BB, it’s insanely nourishing, moisturizing and smells amazing–even better than their original coconut body oil in my opinion.

I love using it on top of–or sometimes instead of–BB’s Bronzing Lotion for that fresh-from-vacay look anytime, anywhere. Shimmering Body Oil, balibody.co

Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Chihuahua: Ever since I picked up MAC’s Persistence over the summer, I’ve been loving a bold nude lip. Too Faced’s Melted formula has been a favorite of mine for more than two years, so during Sephora’s VIB sale I picked up this shade.

Chihuahua is the perfect match for nearly any eye look, and this high-impact formula can’t be beat: it provides a glossy shine without sacrificing bold color payoff.

Unlike other liquid lipsticks, there’s no need to babysit this formula all day (or night!) long. And because it feels hydrating, lightweight and comfortable, has been my go-to lip color all month long–I even wore it on Thanksgiving! $21, sephora.com

MAC Cosmetics Frost Lipstick in Pink, You Think?: While Chihuahua has been my everyday lip, MAC’s Pink, You Think? has been my go-to for special occasions.

I ventured to L.A. twice in November, and I always love experimenting with fun colors when I’m out there (more so than when I am home on the East Coast). So, this lippie came along for the ride both times.

When I wore this hot neon pink lipstick (with blue pearlescent undertones) for the first time, I paired it with a gray cat-eye look. And the second time I went for a semi-coordinating pearlescent pink eye look. On both occasions, though, this lip color was a hit.

The neon pink hue is stunning, and it doesn’t look weird when it starts to disappear; on me it fades into a sun-kissed coral color. I never see this shade going out of style. $17.50, maccosmetics.com

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: This was another Sephora VIB sale purchase. After hearing a ton of my fellow Glossier Reps gush about this product, I finally gave into the temptation (couldn’t resist that 20-percent off deal).

I was a little hesitant at first because my skin can be pretty sensitive, but figured with the discount and Sephora’s killer return policy, the risk was minimal.

Not only does it smell amazing, it actually gets the job done! As I’ve gotten older, I noticed my skin (which is normally on the oily side) gets a little dry and somewhat irritated during the colder months. So, I need something extra in my routine to keep my complexion hydrated this time of year.

Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer is great after cleansing, toning and serum-ing, but Watermelon Glow definitely gives my skin that boost it needs before bedtime. $45, sephora.com

Ouai Hair Oil: If you read one of my previous posts, you know I also *finally* tried a few products from the Ouai during Sephora’s VIB sale. While I love everything I picked up, Hair Oil is the stand-out product for me; I find myself reaching for this guy nearly every day.

The nourishing blend of ingredients protects hair from heat damage while mending split ends. And for me, one pump is enough to tame the fly-aways around my face–the best part? I no longer need heat tools to do that!

I’ll also apply Hair Oil to dry tresses before bed to help strengthen my hair overnight. $28, sephora.com

The Fashion Law (website): I’ve been super busy wrapping up my thesis proposal, so I haven’t had too much time to read for pure pleasure. Thankfully, I love my field of research, especially when it gives me the chance to catch up on The Fashion Law, one of my favorite sites for several years now.

TFL has always been my go-to for keeping up with the industry. But more importantly, it was a huge influence in selecting my research topic.

While big names like Vogue and Marie Claire focus heavily on celebrity and pop culture-related content, TFL provides meaningful, in-depth pieces on the industry’s law and business–and it’s still fun to read. The more I learn about the industry, the more I can appreciate that.

Because TFL has been such a big part of my life lately, I decided to include it in my favorites this month even though I’ve been keeping up with it since 2014.

Honorable mentions: Wowder in Light/Medium by Glossier, Daily Oil Wash by Glossier, Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha by Fenty Beauty, Bronzing Lotion by Bali Body, kirakira+ (iPhone app), Sweatsuit in Camel Khaki by Danielle Guizio NY

What have you been loving this month?

What fashion and beauty items have you been reaching for the most? Are there any inspiring or informative books, magazine articles or blogs I should check out? Let me know your current lifestyle favorites in the comments down below! Xx

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As regular readers know, I have been completely obsessed with ColourPop lately. Although this beauty brand is super affordable, the products are amazing quality that feel high-end–I’ve been especially loving the label’s eyeshadows.

I am by no means a professional; in fact, until recently, eyeshadow slightly terrified me. ColourPop’s formulas, however changed that. The Super Shock Shadows, as well as the Pressed Powder Shadows, are incredibly pigmented, beautiful colors with gorgeous finishes. But not only that: they’re some of the most blend-able, easy-to-work-with shadows I’ve ever used.

When ColourPop’s holiday collection launched, I just *had* to get my hands on some of it. You guys already know how much I’ve been loving the Golden State Of Mind palette, but I also invested in the Polite AF Super Shock Shadow set.

Full of gorgeous metallic shades like cranberry and gold, this set is perfect for the holiday season.

For Thanksgiving I created somewhat of a smoky look with Polite AF, and I loved the results so much that I decided to put together a quick tutorial for Haute Mess readers.

Products I used:

  • First Aid Beauty Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer
  • Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut
  • Bali Body BB Cream in Natural
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Light Neutral
  • Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium
  • Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Make-Up Setting Spray
  • Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte in Mocha
  • BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty*
  • Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
  • Buxom eyeshadow in Gimme Gorgeous
  • ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in Blackest Black, available at drugstores
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
  • Too Faced Melted in Chihuahua

(*I received this product as a part of Sephora’s Beauty Insider program during my birthday month.)

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Pore Refiner Primer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. Blend with the fingers.

Step 4: Set the entire face with Wowder, focusing on the t-zone and under-eye areas. Finish with a generous amount of setting spray and allow to dry.

Step 5: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 6: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect. Again, tap with fingers to blend.

Step 7: Apply Capri Coast to the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and the hairline in a circular buffing motion.

Step 8: To brighten up the face, add a little Paaarty to the apples of the cheeks using the same circular buffing motion.

Step 9: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Haloscope directly to the skin, then tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add Haloscope to the cupid’s bow using the pinky finger.

Step 10: Apply a little Primer Potion to the eye area.

Step 11: Set the primer with Gimme Gorgeous on a fluffy blending brush.

Step 12: With the same fluffy blending brush, apply Birthday Cake to the crease. Continue to buff the eyeshadow upward and outward for a blown out effect.

Step 13: Apply Stereo into the crease, continuing into the outer “V” of the eye with a crease brush. Make sure to blend evenly.

Step 14: Pack Birthday Girl onto the lid with a flat shader brush. For more intense color payoff, dampen the brush before dipping into the shadow. Use the fluffy blending brush to create a seamless transition between colors.

Step 15: Smudge Stereo onto the lower lash line with a pencil brush, then dust Birthday Cake/Birthday Girl on top.

Step 16: Highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye with Haloscope.

Step 17: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat for a more dramatic look.

Step 18: Finish with more setting spray.

Step 19: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 20: Apply 2-3 coats of Chihuahua to the lips. Be sure to angle to the applicator so that you line your lips neatly with the product.

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