'Overload on the Shimmer': Gift GIving with Refinery29 Senior Beauty Editor
"I've always been a bit wary of sparkle lipstick — something about it just screams '80s to me — but this trio of dazzling lippies from Lipstick Queen has made me question my fears. It features three super-flattering shades — sheer wine, sheer nude, and deep rose — so you can play around with the intensity of your glimmer. I like to pair the deep rose hue with a swipe of thick liquid liner and a touch of champagne highlighter on my cheeks for an understated, sophisticated party look."
"I am literally OBSESSED with this nail polish set for one reason — that beyond amazing silver hologram glitter hue. Unlike other glitter polishes, which come out mostly clear and sparse on your nails, this one coats your tips in serious sparkle with just one swipe. I managed to give myself a five-minute party manicure at my desk using it."
"As much as I love a bold lip for the holidays, I get B to the ored after sporting day after day of red lips. I like to switch things up midway through the month by pairing a bronze smoky eye (more on that later) with a nude lip. I love this one from Ilia because it also doubles as a nourishing lip conditioner, so it will help heal and hydrate your lips as it imparts gorgeous color."
"When this little beauty first made its debut a few years ago, the initial run of product sold out in a hot second. One look at the gorgeous array of neutral hues and it's easy to see why. But just because these focus on nudes, doesn't mean they are your same 'ol boring neutrals — thanks to tons of pigment and some interesting moves with shimmer and texture, this palette can be used to create some show-stopping eye looks. For that bronze smoky eye I mentioned earlier, I apply Virgin to my lids, the inner corner of my eye (to brighten) and just past my crease, then layer Smog on just the lids and Dark Horse in my crease and around my lower lash line. I fill in my waterline with a dark bronze pencil and add just a tiny bit of Half Baked to the very center of my lid, for added dimension."
"I've been a fan of these genius beauty emergency kits for some time now, so I was stoked to see their new glitter versions for the holiday. Inside this miniscule little pouch you'll find 18 beauty essentials to help avert any beauty disaster, from blisters and lost earrings backs, to chipped nail polish and forgetting to wear deodorant. These little guys have saved me from more than a few crisis situations, and I love the new sparkle case because it's easy to find in my purse and just looks festive."
"This champagne highlighter is the perfect shade for adding a touch of glowing luminescence to your skin. It has just the right amount of gold, so it doesn't make your skin look icy and frosted. I like to apply some on the tops of my cheekbones, my browbone, down the center of my nose, and on the bow of my lip to give me just the right amount of festive shimmer and to make my face look more radiant and dewy."
"Okay, so maybe (definitely) it's a little pricey, but I am in love with this cool jewelry tattoo from Dior. It's a temporary tattoo made with 18-Carat gold that wraps around your arm to look like an elaborate gold bracelet. Would I buy it for myself? Probably not. Would I be stoked to find it in my stocking on Christmas morning? Oh, yeah."
"My love of Laura Mercier eye pencils runs very deep — that's because Laura manages to put such amazing, unique colors into her collection, so you can create an unexpected eye look with just a swipe of the liner. This set of mini-pencils is a good intro for anyone new to her pencils, or a great option for fanatics who want to stock up on party-clutch ready sizes. My personal favorite hue is Black Gold — it's the perfect burnished shade of gold and gives the eye a hit of metallic color and great definition."
"Now this one is just nifty — it's a combination liner and mascara in one. Use the tiny brush on the end of the wand to apply a hit of glitter to your lash line (the gold looks really cool when layered over a thick black liner), then use the mascara brush to coat your lashes in subtle sparkle. Talk about eye-catching!"
StyleList caught up with our friends at Refinery29 to ask what they want and are giving this holiday season. Noone knows gift giving, fashion, and beauty like the Refinery29 team, and we were thrilled to get an inside sneak-peak. First up: Senior Beauty Editor, Megan McIntyre:
"I've got a real thing for sparkle, which works out well for me this time of year - the holidays are the only occasion where I can overload on the shimmer and get away with it without looking like a Studio 54 reject. Here are the sparkly beauty treasures I'm coveting right now."
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