12.21.2011

How To: Subtle Holiday Shimmer


"You could NOT need anymore makeup!" said my friend as I opened the My Glam bag and I mentally removed him from my Christmas list.
"But I use this stuff all the time! I need it!" I pleaded.
"Ok, use all of those samples at the same time," he said.
I like a challenge, so that's exactly what I did!

Check out my Subtle Holiday Shimmer look--perfect for a holiday party or New Year's Eve. It's also great for those of us who don't wear makeup often, but want a little something extra. Read on:
  • To remove any oil, I patted my face with the lavender Mai Couture blotting sheets.
  • I applied the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer to my lids.
  • Using a flat brush, I patted the UD shadow in Sin (already owned it in the Naked Palette, shh!) all over my lid. I used a fluffy brush to blend it towards my eyebrows.
  • I dabbed a the tip of the Lights, Cameras, Lashes mascara by Tarte on my eyelids--yes you read that right--and smudged it out.
  • Next, I brushed on one coat of the Tarte mascara on my eyelashes. I define a coat as only dipping in the bottle once.
  • The Mai Couture also came with blush papers--I rubbed one on my cheeks. These are amazing for travel--no mess!
  • I completed the look by putting the NYX Soft Matte Cream on my lips--it goes on like a gloss, but feels like a lipstick that sets matte. Maybe it's because I have a cold, but it felt more like a lip stain that you could wipe off to me.
  • For a little more subtle shimmer, I dabbed the UD shadow in Sin right above my Cupid's Bow and right in the center of my bottom lip.
The lid is very shimmery--but the camera isn't picking up on it!

I got these products mentioned above from My Glam--a subscription service like Birchbox or Glossybox, but so much better! All the products are full or deluxe sizes, and the products come in a cute little bag! I'm not getting paid to endorse them--I'm just ecstatic and wanted to share with my readers!


49 comments:

  1. Saying there's too much shimmer is like saying there's too much happiness in the world. Not true. You look gorgeous!

    Happy Holidays! <3

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  2. I just got birch box as a gift. I'm so excited! Your eyes look beautiful!

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  3. Such a gorgeous makeup idea. LOVE! :)

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  4. I'm fixating on the blush papers...I seriously need some of those.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  5. Your eyes look beautiful! Job well done :)

    xoxo,

    Carly

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  6. Mission accomplished! Your makeup came out great. :)

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  7. I received Birch Box as gift for 3 months and I was pretty disappointed, but it looks like MyGlam is much better. I might have to try their service.

    KB

    http://redcarpetcloset.tv/

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  8. I'd never heard of MyGlam; it sounds great! Your makeup turned out beautifully. I'm glad you proved your friend wrong. :)

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  9. how pretty! i really need to find some primer that i like.

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  10. The picture is really blurry but you look beautiful!

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  11. Beautiful! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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  12. love the look! so pretty and simple. i have that NYX lip gloss and it feels amazing. so matte, i was suprised!

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  13. Such a pretty, effortless look!

    Happy Holidays, doll!

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  14. Loving collection of makeup. And you look totally beautiful. I have been considering signing up for birchbox for a while, but I am heading over to check out MyGlam now.

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  15. Beautiful! I love Urban Decay... they have the most fun color names!
    -Jenny

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  16. I love the shimmer look! It's not tacky or excessive at all.

    http://www.theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

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  17. I love step-by-step posts! You look great love! And no, you can never have too much make up! :)

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  18. Hey thanks for commenting on my post!!! Following

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  19. It's a very pretty look Elle. :)
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  20. Your makeup turned out amazing! I'm going to have to look into this!

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  21. Just made a profile and wanted to sign up for subscription and it's SOLD OUT! Boo!

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  22. yay love it! I can't wait to wear festive makeup for the holidays. I need some shimmer and sparkle in my life!

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  23. Hello beautiful!!! Love me some shimmer! No such thing as too much!!!

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  24. Blush papers ... never heard of them before - but brilliant idea! You look so pretty!

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  25. Gorgeous girl! You look fabulous. Love your subtle shimmer :) Oh and I'm so excited. Finally found the Naked 2 palette. It's on it's way to me and I'm jumping out of my skin!

    If I don't speak to you before, have a wonderful holiday. I know you mentioned you're traveling. xoxo

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  26. Perfect! Understated and elegant but with major sass. You've done it again!

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  27. you have a beautiful face, elle! i love the shimmer!(:

    merry christmas!
    southernpinky.blogspot.com

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  28. Love your eye make-up so pretty! We can't never have enough make up right?

    "Happy Holidays" Doll.


    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

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  29. great colors. i like how clean and chic it looks ;)

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  30. I like the subtle look you've created with your eye-makeup. Its not too much glitz, and the perfect amount of shimmer. How do the blush papers work? I like the look and sound of them. Doesn't 'too much' rub off onto your cheeks?

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  31. Really fantastic haul!

    Thank you so much for visiting my site and for leaving that awesome comment. It was greatly appreciated.
    Sincerely, hope we can follow each other ;) Until then Stay FABulous and have a Happy Holiday!

    http://stylespotlighted.blogspot.com

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  32. Oooh...love the eyes. Very pretty!

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  33. I like your beauty post. I feel like shimmer cream shadow is making a huge comeback. xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

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  34. The pink lip looks so good on you!

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  35. Your make-up looks gorgeous. I am definitely signing up!

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  36. Your eyes look AWESOME and I love the lip color!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  37. What a fun challenge! I think you did great!

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  38. There's nothing like makeup samples showing up in the mail--it makes my day when my column is due and all the makeup starts arriving. Love your shimmery eye!

    Wishing you the merriest of holidays!

    xo Mary Jo

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  39. You look gorgeous! And girls can never have enough makeup! Also-note to self: need some more blotting papers!

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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  40. i definitely see the shimmer and i think it looks great!

    i love UD products :)

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  41. the result on you looks GOR-GEOUS!!!!

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  42. I love this shimmery look! It's definitely festive but it's not too over the top. Gorgeous!

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