Some Things I’m Excited About

I like to take time out to contemplate the big questions: What am I doing with my life? What happens when we die? Why is all the best makeup released when I’m flat broke? This is the year that the major cosmetics companies decided my 5th grade aesthetic was really in. Considering that I’m still partial to glitter, glossy eyelids, and unnatural colors I’m more than alright with that. We’ve come a long way from the days of releasing a few pink lipsticks in slightly different shades, this is full-on creative bliss. Here’s what I am looking forward to:

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Top Coat

This looks like it will be otherworldly and unique all on it’s own, but it also promises to prolong the staying power of whatever lipstick you apply under it. This ticks all the boxes for me: it’s metallic, it’s glittery, it’s colors not found in nature. I would spend my rent money on all of these if it wasn’t too cold to sleep outside right now. Thank you Urban Decay for being so unfailingly 90s all the time.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo


This is a liquid highlighter you can add to any skin care product to give yourself a glow. It comes in several different shades but I’m most excited about the bluish shade Halo. I tried this at the store and it gives an icy prismatic glow. I especially like to use it on the brow bone.

BITE Beauty Prismatic Pearl Lip Gloss

Opaque color shift glitter lips in a tube. I already have the holiday gold shade and I am crazy about it. Worn alone it will make you lips solid gold, but it looks great on top of a dark lip as well for a dimensional look. I also like to use this one on my eyelids or cheeks for the gold glitter. They just released six more chameleonic shades exclusively at Sephora including a peacock teal and a rose/green/violet shimmer.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Duo Chrome Shades

OK first of all the name of this is much too long. I hate when they do that. It’s like making your product the equivalent of a Roman emperor or a Portlandia character with like twenty hyphenated last names. No, just stop it. I only have the energy to say so many words in a day, you want me to waste 11 and an ampersand on this? But that being said it looks AMAZING. No delusions, just grandeur. If you’re a fan of their liquid glitter shadows (and if you’re not, what’s wrong with you?), these are the same smudge-proof formula only duo chrome. I’m already obsessed with this type of nail polish, I can’t wait to coordinate with my eyelids.

Sephora Collection Sephora Pro Dimensional Highlighting Palette

Again with the names. And they had to say Sephora twice like we would somehow forget during the sentence? It’s like that time when there used to be two Starbucks across the street from each other in St. Marks (NYC). I thought that was just a joke from Best in Show, but it was real life. I totally visited both in one day. This name irks my soul, but I could never really stay mad at you, Sephora Collection Sephora Pro Dimensional Highlighting Palette. Look at you, you’re so beautiful. This thing has a consistency similar to Aquaphor but it doesn’t slide off your face. The look is super dewy space alien. I like this look, this is my look.

I am counting the days till I can wear all of these at the same time. They are good. Doubleplusgood if we’re speaking Newspeak, which we soon will be because the world is going to shit. Wear all the glitter, nothing matters <3

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Kristine Rose is a make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. She strongly believes in each individual’s right to express themselves through style, make up, and body modification (or lack thereof). Beauty writing is her one true passion and she intends to revel in it until her untimely death, crushed under the weight of her own jewelry. Follow her on Instagram: @vanityarchitect and @glitter_or_death.

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