Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit has changed my life! Dramatic? Perhaps.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit first launched back in December and I managed to avoid buying it then. Slowly but surely Instagram made me do it and I caved. The palettes are so multi-purpose–you can use them as highlighters, eyeshadows, light blush or bronzers. You can easily pop them out and put them in a Z palette if that’s more your vibe. In terms of texture, they’re soft but not as velvety as the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. In my experience, the more I use it the better the product gets. For best application, I apply with a fan brush (this one is my favorites and it’s under $5!)
The That Glow kit is great for people with warmer undertones (although if you’re fairer, you can wear this just strategically placed).
Here are the list of shades in this kit:
Dripping in Gold: gold with a vivid, reflective finish – my second favorite shade in this kit
Bubbly: rose champagne with a pearlescent finish – great on the lid to make it pop
Golden Bronze: warm bronze with golden flecks– one of my favorite shades in this kit
Sunburst: bright, luminous gold with a metallic finish
Sun Dipped was released after the That Glow and the Gleam (a cool toned kit) and was really the one I was waiting for. It is SO brown girl friendly and honestly one of my favorite highlighting palettes ever. I’ve traveled with it many times-beware because the powders are super soft and can break.
Here are the list of shades in this kit:
Bronzed: medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. My FAVORITE highlighting shade. So good worn alone or on top of something else to make it pop
Summer: light, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen
Tourmaline: warm taupe-bronze with warm undertones and a gold frosted sheen. Not my favorite shade as the frosted sheen tends to emphasize my pores and any pimples I may have
Moonstone: light, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a slightly sparkly sheen
The most recent glow kit launched, I picked up the Sweets kit after seeing @ms_bentivegas’ Instagram post. Since the shades are so pigmented and not the traditional highlight colors, a few of the shades make great blushes (e.g. Sassy Grape). This kit is exclusive to her site so don’t go running to Macy’s or Sephora yet.
Here are the list of shades in this kit:
Marshmallow: a bright, white gold with pale gold shimmer. The one I have the most trouble trying to wear. Much more on the white side than the shade Summer from the Sun Dipped kit
Sassy Grape: a medium, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a metallic finish. So. Good.
Butterscotch: light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones
Taffy: muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones. This makes for a beautiful blush
Swatches of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit
That Glow kit
Sun Dipped kit
Overall, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit are beautiful. It’s easy to apply and build. The highlight lasts anywhere between six to eight hours on my skin depending on how much I sweat or blot my makeup. If I had to pick one to recommend, I’d say the Sun Dipped palette since there’s so many shades and even the deepest can be used to bronze the face if you’re fair. Each Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit is available for $40 each and you can get them at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and ABH.com.
When I saw Glossier released Haloscope, I was excited because they FINALLY released something with color. I’m a fan of how the brand has quickly risen to a somewhat cult-like status. As much as I want to identify as the “Glossier girl,” I’m not. I LOVE makeup, I crave pigment, and I like to pile it on every now and then. Yes, I tried their Generation G lipsticks but they’re so sheer I might as well just wear a tinted lipbalm. No shade.
They’ve dubbed Haloscope the first “dew effect” highlighter. The outer halo is infused with genuine crystal extracts (how very Spencer Pratt). The inner solid oil core is infused with vitamin-rich moisturizers for a hydrated, dewy finish.
Although I hate applying products with my fingers, Haloscope is best applied straight from the stick (swipe it on) and blended with your fingers. I’ve found that when I tried blending with a beautyblender, it just soaks it up and brushes don’t really do much. It does blend beautifully with fingers so it’s not an issue.
Since the inner core is made of oil, it may break down your foundation; I wear full coverage foundation and have only had one instance where it looked like Haloscope rubbed it off (it was L’Oreal Pro Glow). Check out the product in action here (subscribe to my channel while you’re at it)
The shade Topaz is a stunning golden highlight that really amps up deeper skin tones. I will say that when applied it never truly sets and the area where it is applied is still “moist” — not wet, not sticky, but moist. I guess that’s the dewy effect. I (almost) always apply Bronzed from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit on top to really make it pop on the days I”m feeling extra.
Since it is so easy to apply and beautiful on the skin, I’ve been wearing this religiously since I got it. I’ve seen reviews of people breaking out and while I have been breaking out a lot recently, I’ve been testing out so many new products it would be unfair to pin it on this. I refuse to believe this is making me breakout.
This is a solid 5 out of 5 for me. Way to hit highlighting out of the park, Glossier!
Haloscope is available at Glossier for $22 (while you’re there, pick up their Soothing Face Mists, one of my favorites!). Use my BFF link for 20% off your first Glossier purchase.
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I’ve already covered the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with a comprehensive round up depending on what you may be looking for (think palettes, gift sets, hair, skin, etc.) BUT I did want to put together my top picks for items under $50. One of my favorite items from the last #NSale was a $10 Lorac eyeshadow palette. I carry it in my makeup bag for those days where I decide to head out after work and I love traveling with it. At $10 it’s one of the best items I ever purchased! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is filled with goodies for those on a budget-you just have to be quick about it!
Below are my top picks for items under $50 available at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. If you’re not a Nordstrom cardholder, you can easily preview the items and add them to your wish list in order to make checkout much faster once the 22nd rolls around.
Speaking of LORAC, the Refined Romance Eye & Cheek Palette costs $18.00 and features six nude-toned matte and shimmer eyeshadows, two shimmer highlighters and one matte blush so it’s literally one item that has just about everything you need to create a full look.
two & three // bkr Heart and Gloss Glass Water Bottle Set ($42.00)
Okay so not a beauty product but I have a slight obsession with reusable water bottles and drinking water keeps your skin clear. Gotta count for something, right? 😜 If you love working out or just want an environmentally conscious way to tote your water around, these glass water bottles are cute and convenient. Wrapped in soft, grippy silicone they feature a small opening for no-spill sipping, a no-leak seal and are sized to fit most cup holders.
Supergoop is one of my favorite sunscreen brands, so this three pack of SPF 50 sunscreen mist is already on my wish list. I love a good sunscreen mist because it’s so easy to reapply. This one leaves no oily residue and features 35% less alcohol content than other leading sunscreen sprays.
Okay so I love Sigma’s F80 flat top kabuki brush so I think you should get this set simply for the brush alone. It applies foundation evenly without any streaks or issues. It’s honestly one of my favorite foundation brushes! I also have Sigma brush cleaning mat which comes in handy if you have a lot of makeup brushes and hate getting prune-y fingers during the cleaning process.
Voluspa candles smell amazing so there’s no way I can skip this one. Mini candles are great to keep around in the event you want to take one on the raod with you but if you’re more into full size candles, check out their two wick candles here and here.
Okay can we talk about how Supergoop has a setting mist WITH SPF???!! Genius! It’s a three-in-one mist that sets makeup, helps control oil + shine, and provides sun protection. It’s an easy way to reapply SPF without messing up your makeup. This duo has a full size to keep at home and one to take on the go.
Let’s face it (HA!) beautyblenders are expensive. This gives you two beautyblenders AND a cleanser for $35 which is an ultimate deal. Beautblenders just blend everything seamlessly unlike other beauty sponges which suck up most of the product. I love using them to apply my concealer and blending out my foundation after using the F80.
We finally made it to the end! Again I think the Nordstrom anniversary sale is the perfect time to stock up on some amazing beauty products. Getting it under $50? Even better! And when you consider that some of the deals come with a gift with purchase- what’s not to love?
The Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale is back and it’s time to get ready. I always love the Nordstrom Beauty Anniversary sale because it’s THE ideal time to stock up on some of your favorite products, get some new palettes, and pick up that one item that’s been on your wish list since forever. Since there’s A LOT to go through, I’ve selected a few items I think you should check out.
MUST HAVE PALETTES
More than anything in the beauty world, I love a good palette. It’s a super convenient way to shop your favorite brands without breaking the bank. Case in point this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette. If you’ve ever wanted to try out Charlotte Tilbury’s collection, now is the time. This palette contains three eyeshadows, her Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush, Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Bronzer & Highlight, and a travel-size Legendary Lashes Mascara all for $75. Considering that the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face alone costs $68 I consider this a steal. There’s also theNordstrom’s Best Cheek Palette by NARS ($65.00) which has four blushes (Orgasm, Deep Throat, Luster, and Desire), one highlighting blush (Albatross) and one bronzing powder (Laguna).
Another cult fave is the Hourglass Ambient® Luminous Light Palette ($62.00) which gives you that subtle lit-from-within glow. This Bobbi on Trend – Sultry Bronze Eye Set ($65.00) spoke to me on so many levels because it’s a) warm and b) has a range of mattes, shimmer, and metallic shades. There’s also a smokey eye version in the #NSale if you’re more into dark shades. Lastly, Laura Mercier’s Flawless Icons Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00) is another one palette that gives you a lot of variety- eight eyeshadows, one matte bronzer, and one highlight-without costing an arm and a leg.
GOTTA GET ‘EM GIFT SETS
Gift sets are for those who want to get a lot at once but don’t want to spend a lot of money, feel me? While I don’t typically like pint size makeup (I lost always lose deluxe samples), I do have friends are about that life. What’s not to love really? You get a main attraction, whether it’s a palette, full-sized favorite or otherwise AND you get to sample something before committing (like a mascara or primer). Below are a few recommendations from yours truly.
It’s no secret I love NARS. That brand has my heart. The Survival – I and Survival – II Kits retail for $59 and you get a full face palette along with mini lip glosses and the new(ish) Audacious Mascara. If you’re a NARS girl grab this one QUICK because I foresee it going fast. The M·A·C Look In a Box sets are always fun and usually have a wide array of products. Check them out here, here, here, and here. This one has my favorite mascara ever!
For those in the mood for a more lux gift set thisTom Ford set and this YSL sets are both gorgeous and contain full-sized products. If you’re feeling super speedy, check out the ever popular makeup planner by Trish McEvoy. These always sellout despite the $195 price tag but who can blame them? You get quite a bit of makeup!
To be completely honest with you I’m more fascinated by the skin care offerings from the Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale than the makeup. THERE’S SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. You can get thisLa Mer set if you’re feeling spend but on the more affordable note I’m totally eyeing thisGlamglow set. I love my Supermud cleanser and haven’t really bit the bullet yet on the mask so now’s the time! I’ve been meaning to get a new Drying Lotion from Mario Badescu so this set has been added to my cart ($38 for three products? Yes, girl).
If you’re a fan of Kiehl’s skin care (I totally am) than the Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites should be added to your list. It has the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (one of my favorites), Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, Ultra Facial Cream, and Ultra Facial Cleanser. Lastly, I know this is a favorite because just about every loves Purity Made Simple by Philosophy so if you are this duo is great. I love a giant anything.
Tech in skincare is nothing new but I had to call out a few things to keep an eye on. First there’s my absolute favorite – Clarisonic. I’ve loved the Clarisonic for YEARS and have always recommended it (on sale or not!) because I believe in it. You can get the Mia for $89– a total steal if you ask me! They did just release the Mia Fit, which is a compact and lightweight system. Stay tuned for a full review as I just got this! There’s the NuFace ‘Trinity’ Facial Toning Device which, no lie, scares the bejesus outta me but the reviews speak for themselves. It helps to rejuvenate and improve your appearance so if you can get past the scary looking device, give it a whirl.
The Foreo Luna Mini is on my wish list for no reason other than to compare it to the Clarisonic. I have heard people rave about this and since it’s rubber, it’s much easier to clean than the Clarisonic. My biggest gripe about the Clarisonic is the fact tht I hae to remember to buy new brush heads so the thought of not having to do that entices me. Plus there’s the claim that with just one minute of use two times per day, the LUNA mini will improve your complexion in three days. Hmmmm….
Not a lot of offerings for those with naturally curly or kinky curly hair in this sale :/ I am a big fan of Moroccanoil so I love seeing their sets in the sale. Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner are great for those of us who have damaged hair due to heat or chemical processing (perfect if you’re transitioning from relaxed to natural, in my opinion and experience). When I was relaxed, I used to hit up Drybar like no tomorrow. I weirdly love the scent of their products so this ‘Beach in a Box’ set caught my eye. Bonus, you get a curling iron! If you’re the type that loves the beachy, tousled look you might want to hit this one up. T3 has a cult following and at $138 this just might be the time to pick up the Featherweight 2 hair dyer. Ditto with ghd’sprofessional styler. Last hair care pick has to go to Phyto’sPhytodéfrisant straightening balm. I used to love this stuff! Apply it to damp hair before blow drying for the sleekest blowout in your life. Not sticky or gooey and doesn’t weigh hair down. 👌🏾
Now, for a few shopping tips.
Sign up for the Nordstrom Rewards program HERE. It’s free to join and you earn points when you shop at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook. For every 2,000 points, you’ll get a $20 Nordstrom Note to spend on anything.
Shop using Ebates! When you do, you get cash back on your purchase (right now Nordstrom is 6% cash back on your purchase. You get a check when you hit the threshold. Install the Ebates Button on your browser and it’ll alert you what deals the site has as well as how much cash back you earn. Yeah. I know.
Sign up for a Nordstrom account (if you don’t already). Since Nordstrom cardholders get early access, you can’t shop until July 22nd. BUT you can add things to your wish list. That makes things easier versus having to search the site for the items you have earmarked (especially the lower priced items).
This has got to be one of the most comprehensive round ups I’ve ever done. The Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale has proven to be a good one! Now, tell me. What’s on your shopping list?? Shop the beauty exclusives from the Nordstrom Beauty 2016 Anniversary Sale HERE.