Golden Glamour: 2015 in review

I’m still in shock that in 6 months, I’ve garnered 45,000 views. For years I was worried about joining the beauty blogging world, as there are so many great ones out there. Would it just be a waste of time for me to put effort into something that nobody would read? After a few months of going back and forth on deciding to start Golden Glamour, I bit the bullet and joined WordPress. Discussing all things beauty is a passion of mine, one that unfortunately none of my friends enjoyed. Writing and reviewing products became an outlet for me, a way to communicate and connect with fellow makeup addicts.

Being a member of the beauty blogging community has been so rewarding, and I’m happy to announce that I upgraded my blog to Premium. That means videos! It’s a completely different realm from blogging, one that I’m excited to explore. Also, I got the “u” back in Glamour, hooray! 😀 The new web address is http://www.goldenglamour.net; kinda bummed that the .com version is already taken. 😦

Thank you so much for reading, subscribing, or just taking notice in this beauty blog, it means so much. This year has been so enjoyable, can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store! Happy New Years everyone, please be safe and have a lovely evening. ❤

-Kelly

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Merry (belated) Christmas! Holiday Haul 2015

Even though today is December 30th (or so the calendar says..), it is still December 25th in my mind. The entire month of December is like Christmas to me; it’s such a fun season! Maybe that’s the reason why I’ve been MIA these past couple weeks, just lost track of time. Orrrrrr I’ve really been under the weather, as that seems to be the most likely scenario right now. Despite all of the holiday cheer, my immune system just couldn’t hang. 😦

Christmas! Sweet, glorious Christmas! A holiday full of family, friends, food, and gifts, what could be better?! Us Southern Californians got a wonderful gift this holiday- cold weather! While it might be 33 degrees and snowing in Wisconsin, it’s brisk 62 degrees here, with the temp dropping to 38 at night. 😮 If only we could get some rain..

Besides the holiday cheer and chilly atmosphere, I personally had a lovely Christmas. Usually my father works Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, but he took the week off this year so we could all spend time together. My friends and I did some holiday shopping and binged on Christmas movies, my mother and I drove around our entire county to look at the pretty decorations and lights, and on Christmas Day we opened presents and had a wonderful family dinner. I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday. Hopefully yours was just as lovely! ❤

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015
The GIGANTIC Christmas Tree in South Coast Plaza!

Now comes the fun part of this post: the Holiday Haul! All of the gifts and goodies I accumulated from friends and family this season. (Spoiler: about 90% is makeup, not that I’m complaining 😉 ) Let’s dive right in:

 

Bite Beauty “Best of Bite Rewind” Lipstick Set, Bite Beauty Opal lipstick, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

 

Essie Fifth Avenue, Formula X The Two in Iconic and Legend

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

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Close-up of Iconic and Legend, look at that duo-chrome and shimmer!

Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

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I’m already in love with that second row- those plummy mauves look stunning!

Sephora Ginseng and Pomegranate Sheet Masks

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Pomegranate mask for energetic, fresh and radiant skin; Ginseng mask for toned, replumped, and energized skin.

Colourpop Highlighters in Teasecake, Smoke N Whistles, Blush in Fox, Eyeshadow in Stereo

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015
Clockwise from Top Left: Fox, Teacake, Stereo, Smoke N Whistles.

Colourpop Liquid Lipstick in More Better, Lippie Stix in Bound

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

BeautyBlender MicroMinis

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Tocca Perfume Wardrobe

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Lush Cosmetics Golden Wonder gift set, Joy to the World gift set

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Lush Cosmetics Snowcake soap, Golden Handshake hot hand mask, Salted Coconut hand scrub

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Selfie Stick, BB8 necklace, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Winnie the Pooh earring set

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Cash, $25 iTunes gift card, $50 Lush gift card

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015
Okay, I may or may not have spent the majority of my lush card on Boxing Day..

Clothes! Cardigans, sweaters, and dresses, all so cute and cozy!

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

A new dresser, to store even more makeup and clothes 😀

Golden Glamour Holiday Haul 2015

Lastly, a WordPress upgrade.

I now have my own website! Also, I got the “U” back in “Glamour”! (Even though you can spell it without the “u”, about 90% of the population use “glamour”) This is all so exciting, I can’t wait to update everything and start posting more content. There’s a stack of beauty products to review sitting on the floor next to my desk at the moment, so expect lots of reviews! 😉

Once again, I wish you a Merry belated Christmas, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2016! ❤

 

 

What’s On My Holiday Wishlist!

If you’re a fellow beauty addict, you know that Christmas and birthdays are primetime for receiving makeup goodies. Every year I sit down and write out a wishlist to give to my family members, because literally all I ask for are beauty-related products! Eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, and Lush are some usual items that make the cut. Since Christmas is now a week away (ONE WEEK!), I figured it would be prime time to put this post out there. If you’re still working on your list, maybe some of these will catch your fancy. 😉

Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind Lipstick Set

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For those that are not familiar with Bite Beauty, you are seriously missing out. These lipsticks are heaven-sent, what dreams are made of! Bite is a lip product only brand, and only carried at Sephora. This set includes 4 of their Matte Creme Lip Crayons; 3 of them are new and limited edition shades, one is permanent. The Bite Rewind Set costs $25 and can be purchased here.

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

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If there’s one brand that has been taking the makeup community by storm this year, it’s Kat Von D. Her line has a wide array of products, not just focusing on one item. The Shade+Light Contour palette is phenomenal, and her liquid lipsticks are top notch. Personally I’m not too fond of the Tattoo liners, but many others are. This eyeshadow palette has gorgeous shimmery metallics, buttery mattes, and a bizarre yet beautiful array of shades. The three shades across the top of the palette act as a base for the beautiful purple, silver, and pearl hues. Innerstellar is $46 and can be bought at Sephora here or off her personal site here.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna

The lipstick world is full of rosey nudes, nearly every brand has their own shade. However, nothing comes even close to the awesomeness of Anna. The NARS Audacious formula is creamy, pigmented, and long wearing. The packaging is nice and chic, I love that it has a magnetic closure. Anna is a smokey, rose nude that is universally flattering. If you’re looking for a splurge-worthy lipstick, give this one a shot. You can buy this $32 lippie at most beauty places, like Sephora, Nordstroms, and NARS website.

 

Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette

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“Uhm, this looks just like an ordinary, boring eyeshadow palette. Neutral shades, what’s so great about this?” The biggest selling feature for the Tartelette palette is that ALL OF THE SHADES ARE MATTE. If you’re looking for a nice neutral palette without any sparkle or shimmer, this one is practically made for you. There are some concerns on whether the shades might be too cool for those with warmer skin tones, and they are reasonable. Mauves tend to look better on cooler complexions. However, Tarte released a NEW Tartelette palette, Tartelette In Bloom. The colors are warmer, and I believe there are two shimmery shades, but the rest are mattes. This palette costs $45.00 and can be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, Tarte’s website, and Macys.

Tocca Parfum Wardrobe Gift Set

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This little perfume set is one of the best gifts you can give to that fragrance addict in your life. The Tocca Parfum Wardrobe Set has 6 of their best selling perfumes in deluxe-mini sizes. Cult classics Cleopatra, Florence, and Stella are included, as are Isabel, Giulietta, and Simone (my fave!). This elegant little gift is $42.00 and is only available at Sephora.

“Where The Light Is” Eyeshadow Foursome by Colourpop

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Even though this product has been around for a couple months now, it is still so stunning and a great way to get introduced to Colourpop’s shadows. This eyeshadow quad is part of a collab with youtuber Kathleen Lights, and is all about that golden bronze smoky eye. The first two shades are matte, and the other two have a sparkly, pearlized finish. Just gorgeous! You can pick this quad up for $20 at Colourpop’s website here.

StingRAYE Ultra Matte Lippie by Colourpop

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Such a lovely lipstick! StingRAYE is from Colourpop’s newest collab with the ever-so-pretty Raye Boyce, or “Itsmyrayeraye”. This ultra matte liquid lipstick is a mauve brown with cool undertones, and looks different on nearly everyone! If you follow the hashtag #stingraye on Instagram, you’ll see how this ranges from a light mauve to a dark brown on different complexions. It’s still so gorgeous, no matter how it appears. Available for $6 on Colourpop.com here.

Now for all of the Lush goodies! Lush always has such pretty holiday gifts, this year is no exception. Out of the dozens of gifts available, here are my top three:

Lush Cosmetics Christmas Party Gift Set

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This little gift trio is a perfect choice for anyone on your Christmas list. The packaging is fun and bright, (the ribbon nearly glows in the dark!) the price is great, and it includes the exclusive Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream! A delectable citrus scent with a chocolatey undertone, it’s one of Lush’s best fragrances. I would buy this set just for that shower cream, that’s how amazing it is! Christmas Party contains that yummy shower cream, Baked Alaska soap (grapefruit!), and Celebrate hand and body lotion (citrus champagne!). At $27.95, it’s the perfect present for everyone. You can pick up Christmas Party at your local Lush store or online here.

Lush Cosmetics The Human Cannonball Gift Set

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For the fun-loving bath taker in your life, The Human Cannonball is a must-have. This gift is nothin’ but bombs, and has the cutest vintage packaging. When you pull the tissue paper off the top, it releases confetti and makes a pop! You get 5 bath fizzies: Fizzbanger (spicy apple), Luxury Lush Pud (beautiful lavender), Intergalactic (minty and grounding), Father Christmas (candy sweet), and Shoot For The Stars (honey toffee). All 5 of these bombs create wonderful works of bath art, and is a fantastic gift to give (or receive!). This fun set costs $39.95 and can be purchased at your local Lush shop or online here.

Lush Cosmetics Zing and Zest Gift Set

Lush Cosmetics Holiday Gifts Zing and Zest Christmas Present

I hesitated putting this one on the list, as it is really pricey and obviously not everyone is looking for a $90 gift. However, this is my wishlist, and this present is one of my favorites. If anything, this can be a Boxing Day purchase. Zing and Zest is a gigantic 11-piece gift set containing everything citrus. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, all of your favorites are here! This gorgeous hatbox has Baked Alaska soap, Miranda soap, Buffy body butter scrub, Each Peach massage bar, Refresher shower jelly, Lemony Flutter cuticle butter, Gorgeous facial moisturizer, Celebrate hand and body lotion, Ocean Salt scrub, Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, and The Olive Branch shower gel. Zing and Zest is every citrus-lovers dream come true, and you can find one at your local shop or online here for $89.95.

Yep, that’s it! Any of these wonderful products catch your eye? Come Christmas morning, I expect all of these to be under my tree, so my relatives better take note! 😀 What’s on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below.

Covergirl Limited Edition Star Wars Lipstick in Dark Purple, Shade 50

Finally, one of the few shades from the Covergirl lipstick collection that is actually an everyday color! As much as I love Lilac 20, it’s just not something I would wear to work or on a lunch date. Most people don’t consider berry lipsticks to be casual or professional, but I highly disagree. With the appropriate eye makeup, purple lipstick can be very classy (and sassy!). When it comes to this lippie, Dark Purple 50, how does it measure up to the previous frosted lipsticks? After initially purchasing these, I was almost 100% sure this would be my favorite shade.

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Dark Purple 50 is a deep, blackened purple with a glossy finish. As with all of the other shades in this collection, I seriously wish I could rename them. This one would be “Queen of Naboo”, because Queen Amidala was totally owning this purple ensemble.

Covergirl Star Wars Lipstick Dark Purple 50 Review

Unlike Lilac 20 and Nude 70, Dark Purple 50 has little to no shimmer. This shade is very glossy and quite honestly, pretty streaky and patchy. The other two were so easy to apply I could do it without using a mirror! This one though…yikes. After spending a couple minutes trying to get the purple lipstick to comply, this is what I was left with. It’s not bad, but not really good either. Just kind of “meh”. After an hour of wear, I noticed fading on the center of my lips and feathering on the outer corners of my mouth. If this lipstick was higher end, like $15-$30, I would definitely be returning it. Of course there are better dark purple lippies on the market, it’s just too bad this wasn’t one of them.While I love the punk-ness of Dark Purple 50, I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this shade anytime soon.

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How surprising! Out of the three lipsticks I tried, Lilac 20 was definitely my favorite, followed very closely by Nude 70. If you already own some dark berry lip colors, I’d suggest passing on this one. Well, only one more Star Wars product left to review, the Covergirl Light Side Waterproof Mascara! That should be up sometime next week, so stay tuned. 🙂