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8 Feb

I usually post on Sundays, but I was preparing for a Superbowl party so things got a little pushed back. Sorry about that. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Today I’m going to talk to you all about my love/hate relationship with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. Because I am a makeup artist, I bought both, on myself I tend to use “gleam” more, rather than “that glow”ย  but both palettes contain a variety of colors that would work on a variety of skin tones.


I’m wearing all four colors from the GLEAM GLOW KIT in different spots of my face.

OK, there’s the thing, I was not impressed with these palettes at first. I did not like how they were laying on my face or on my friend (i test products on myself and friends before I use on clients). It just looked patchy and just too uneven!

I’ve learned with these that you have to apply some sort of powder before you lay down the glow kit product. To me, that’s a little annoying because with my other highlighters or illuminators I never had to have a powder barrier.

They also weren’t working with the usual brushes that I’m so used to using with over highlights or strobing powders. I had to use a larger, dense, VERY SOFT and very fluffy brush for the glow kit to come out to how i like it (blended and not patchy). I ended up going with the Sephora 55 Airbrush -which is typically used with liquids. I bought this when it came with a brush kit. And I used to work for Sephora so I got a discount. Anastasia made a brush specially for her illuminators which is $25. I don’t have the brush so I can’t speak on it but I’ve heard is good.


The Sephora 55 Airbrush $34


It’s buildable which is nice so if you use a light hand you can put a nice natural glow. Crushed Pearl (Gleam’s lightest shade) is PERFECT for fair skin tones even though it looks dark in the pan. It’s slightly lighter and less yellow then starlight (ABH illuminator).

All of the colors are pretty misleading actually. And some of these swatches below aren’t accurate either (they are abh’s). Because as you can see in the first picture I posted (with me holding up the palette) i am fairer then the lightest skin in the swatches but crushed pearl is still lighter then my skin tone, making it a perfect highlight for the fairer skinned ladies.

Starburst also appears lighter on me then in the swatches below. I only use hard candy as a blush topper and Mimosa as a bronze topper on myself, but I know that these colors will work on a variety of skin tones.


They are pretty decently priced. You can get a lot of product for $10 a pan ($40 total) and you can remove them out of the packaging if you want, but it’s really nice and sturdy so I’m keeping them in their packaging.

These are somewhat long lasting. I would definitely use a setting spray!

Are they worth it? Well, ABH says that these are limited edition palettes, but I bet that she will come out with singles of these. If you are strapped for cash, and you already have an ABH illuminator, I would wait on these. They’re very nice, but not AMAZING.

***I still prefer the Hourglass lighting/strobing powders to Anastasia Beverly Hills illuminators and highlights. Hourglass Cosmetics are expensive but so worth the money if you can splurge. Whenever I purchase them I make sure I can get them on a discount. BUT Hourglass doesn’t make their makeup mua friendly. The packaging is bulky (albeit beautiful), you can’t customizie, you can’t depot, so you’re just left with lugging around a bunch of compacts. They have made the lighting edit palette, but it’s so small that it’s insulting. I have purchased and repurchased the lighting palette, which is larger and contains one of the strobing powders.ย  IN SHORT, Hourglass needs to make a LARGER palette with all of the strobing powders -but in good sizes.

thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚ tell me what you think and let me know if you want swatches!




Holiday Makeup Challenge (28 of 30)

30 Dec

30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 28. “Frosty”

Today’s look was a special request by one of my youngest followers! Hello Indigo! I hope you like today’s snow queen inspired look. I’m calling it “Frosty” I really miss the snow. I’m spending Christmas and new years in Florida.

What is everyone doing for New Years?


I have to give it up to Viseart. The eye shadow and lips are a big thanks to the viseart eye shadow palettes. They are so finely milled and pigmented that blending and layering are a DREAM! And of course, I ironically used the Makeup Geek shadow in the color “Ice Queen” That made me giggle, I hope you do too!


These lashes are fantastic. They are by the Vegas_Nay. You might have heard of her, she’s got about 7 million followers on Instagram.

The headband is from Bevello, in case anyone is wondering! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by. As always, I’m listing the products I used last. If you have any questions on how I achieved this look please comment below!




Eye Primer: Two Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:

Viseart 03, 08


Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black

Mascara: Nars Audacious on bottom Covergirl lash blast on top

Lashes: Vegas Nay in Shining Star



Moisturizer: M.A.C. Mineral Charged Water Face and Body Lotion

Eye Cream: Origins โ€“ Ginzing eye cream

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Foundation: M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid โ€“ NW10

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Chantilly, Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener

Highlight: MAKEUP GEEK Ice Queen shadow and Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette โ€“ Highlighter only

Contour: M.A.C. Eye shadow in Fashion Fix

Blush: Nars in Unlawful

Bronzer: Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette- Bronzer



Lip Primer: Guerlain Lip lift

Lip Liner: Graftobian White Pencil

Lipstick: Kat Von D in Coven

Layered: Viseart 03 Palette โ€“purples and blues

Topped: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Glam Rock



Anastasia Brow Gel in Blonde


White Graftobian pencil

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Distortion



RCMA Translucent Setting Powder




Holiday Makeup Challenge (4 of 30)

6 Dec

Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! Today’s Makeup Challenge look is called “Gold Star”. I kept it a “Simple Sunday”, giving you inspiration for a timeless and effortless glow so that you can shine like a star!


30 Day Holiday Makeup Challenge (Day 4 of 30) “Gold Star” ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย 

***like always, I do NOT retouch my photos or use filters. It’s the foundation, bronzer, blush, and highlighting powder that gives this look such a lovely glow. At the end of this post i have listed all of the products.

I made a large focus of this look on the skin. I wanted a very natural glow so that the person shines more then the makeup, therefore making them the star and not the makeup. But don’t worry, there will be more “artful” looks to come. Wait until you see Monday’s look! Let’s just say there will be glitter involved! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Let me know what you think about the holiday makeup looks that I’m posting. Do you want to see more “artsy” and “bold” looks? Or would you care for more simple ones like this one. Or would you like a variety?

By the way, the eye shadow on the lid is ONE COLOR! Stars glow differently and beautifully from all angles and so should your eyes! I used the Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Shadow in Copper Black (strange they call it that because it looks more gold then copper). A cheaper version (and one just as good, would be the Makeup Geek duochrome shadow called “Ritzy”.

Try this look! I guarantee you’ll get a double take! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Another great thing about simple eye shadow is that you can really focus in on your brows. ๐Ÿ™‚


Here are the products that I used on this look:

โ€œGold Starโ€


Eye Primer: Two faced โ€“ Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:

Bobbi Brown BBU Palette

Sephora Colorful Shadow and Liner (jumbo liner) 28

Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Shadow 15 Copper Black

Lash Primer: Dior Show Lash Serum/Maximizer

Mascara: M.A.C. Zoom Lash



Moisturizer: Nars โ€“ Lumunious Moisture Cream

Eye Cream: Origins – Ginzing

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Foundation: Buxom โ€“ Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation in Negli Beige

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Custard

Bobbi Brown โ€“ Tinted Eye Brightener in Light Bisque 2 (under eyes)

Highlight: Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light

Blush: Hourglass โ€“ Ambient Blush in Luminous Flush

Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Bronze in Luminous

Contour: M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Fashion Fix



Lip Primer: Two Faced โ€“ Shadow Insurance (It can be used as a lip primer)

Lip Liner โ€“ Marc Jacobs โ€“ Prim(rose)

Topper: Kevin Aucoin Expert Lip Color in Hanabeth



Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Chocolate



Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder


As always, Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed today’s look.

Theresa Burden

NC Makeup Artist