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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Aurora Glow Kit – LOVE IT!

The other day I was watching a random YouTube video about the worst products of all time and the young lady mentioned that on top of everyone’s list is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit.

Ummm…WHAT?

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Ok, so I know that it’s not the most visually pleasing highlighter palette out there. It’s got this funky gray/purple blob on one end, a bright icy blue and then a lime green iridescent shade that really doesn’t look like it should be anywhere near your cheekbones. However, that’s the problem. I don’t really see this palette as a highlighter palette, but as a color palette. Something that you can use anywhere: cheekbones, eyes, on top of blush or lipstick. You are only really limited by your imagination.

For example, I am totally not a blue anything kind of girl. My color preferences are definitely more of the natural variety, however, I have used this palette in the following way:

  • Eclipse (soft peach) and Luna (icy white) as straight up highlighters
  • Spectra (purple) as eyeshadow, inner corner and lipstick toppers
  • Helia (lime green) as inner corner and eyeshadow
  • Orion (blue) eyeshadow, inner corner, lipstick topper
  • Lyra (warm peach) eyeshadow, blush topper, lipstick topper

Also, all these colors are super soft, without feeling too powdery and apply beautifully with a brush or your fingers. In fact, if using any of them as lid shadows,they go on best with a just tap of your fingers. I don’t suggest blending them at all or too much.

If you want to turn a basic smoky eye into something really glamorous and almost intergalactic, then tap Spectra, Helia or Orion on top of a matte black on the eyes. It’s absolutely GORGEOUS. I do suggest using an eye primer before applying these colors as eyeshadows as I do feel that they don’t have a lot of staying power. I would also make sure to spritz some setting spray as well for good measure.

Anyone have any LOVES that everyone else hates? If so, let me know. I love being a non-conformist and hope to find more people like me that go against popular opinions.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Almay Instant Glow Highlighting Duo – A Hidden Gem

Oh Almay….I've always had a love/hate relationship with you.  I love your commercials with Carrie Underwood because she is so cool, talented and All-American, but every time I try one of your products, I have been monumentally disappointed.

Also, I feel really bad saying this, but your brand is so forgettable. Every time I go into the drugstore, you are tucked away into the farthest corner of the makeup aisle, somewhere between Neutrogena and Sally Hansen, with only the smallest sliver of space, and an excessive amount of foundation and concealer bottles which makes your display always looks so…. beige.

Beige. Very beige.

So imagine my surprise, when I walk into my local CVS and right in the very front of the makeup aisle I see a rather large display of shimmery pink and golds (the Park Ave rich cousin of beige – she's cool) calling my attention. There is nothing that makes me stop in my tracks faster than the promise of a good highlighter and the Instant Glow Highlighting Duo certainly did that. It is a sleek, dual ended strobing stick, with a cream highlighter on one end and liquid on the other. The cream twists up for easy application directly on the skin and the liquid end has a small doe foot applicator.

You want to know something funny? This is probably the most interesting product Almay currently has in their line up and I cannot for the life of me find it on their website to link to this post. Almay…you are killing me!!!

Anyways, my eye is immediately drawn to the pink one, Soft Glow, and I decide to give it a try. Did I mention, this puppy costs $14.99? I don't know whether that is actually steep or my predisposed beliefs on Almay automatically make me think I am about to throw away some money. Well, either way, here goes nothing.

I want to give this highlighter a fair shot, so I prep the skin with my go to moisturizer, Hey Honey Boost It Up, and foundation, Covergirl Vitalist. I dot some of the liquid highlighter on the high point of my cheeks and blend it in with my beauty sponge. The liquid highlighter has a very pearlescent quality, which I am totally digging at this point, and sunk into the skin quickly and nicely. I finish up the rest of my face with bronzer and blush and then dab some of the cream highlighter with my finger on top of the liquid for an added punch, as well as on the bridge of nose and cupids bow.

Ok, Almay. I think you are on to something here.

The end look is not a mega high watt shine, but a glow from within type. It looked natural and healthy and while I was running errands around town with the hubs and kids, I kept on looking in the rearview mirror (you know we all do that!) and thought the look was keeping up just fine with me.

So, has Almay been redeemed in my eyes? Somewhat. I really like this product and know I will continue to use it. I'm just hoping that this will be the start of something new for them because even these highlighters can easily get drowned out by their sea of beige bottles.

What do you think? Am I being slightly unfair to Almay? Anything else that I should give a try to make me a convert? If so, leave your ideas in the comments below.

Have a great Sunday, my friends!

Maritza