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Savin’ You Money Monday: holographic highlighters

03 20 17

If you’ve been under a rock: holographic/multidimensional/multicoloured highlighters have been huge lately, which I’m all about. The only highlighters I really even wear anymore are of the holographic/multidimensional/multicoloured variety. They can, however, get really fricking expensive. SO, I’m doing my second saving-you-money-monday on funky coloured face powders. Especially for springtime (WHERE THE FUCK IS SPRING), shimmery pink, blue, and green cheeks are going to be so much fun.

I have several more holographic highlighter palettes/individual pans and cream sticks, but these three brands are my favourites. A reminder about this saving-you-money series: I’m showing you products that are all similar, that I love, at different price points. The most expensive of the bunch is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit (though you get A LOT of product), the middle tier is the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette (a very very small amount of product in comparison), and finally are the budget-friendly NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders.

Side Note: thanks to my boyfriend for lending me his arm for swatching ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I definitely reach for the Moonchild Glow Kit the most. It’s $53 CAD ($40 American) so at first glance it’s the most expensive of the three. However, when you compare how much product you get, it’s way cheaper than the Kat Von D palette. Each colour pan is 4.2 grams/0.15 oz and you get 6 of them. If you live in Canada (or international) like I do, or if you’re not huge on makeup and you’re not sure if you’ll love the look, it’s much cheaper to get the Kat Von D palette because you can get it from any Sephora. You can only buy the Moonchild kit on the Anastasia website, and shipping to Canada is something like an extra $20. With international shipping included, each colour pan comes to about $12 CAD. If you’re American, shipping is free (goddamn you), and each pan comes out to about $6.60.

Though I reach more for the Anastasia kit, the Kat Von D one is definitely my favourite. The colours are beautiful- they’re the most true holographic, they’re shimmery rather than glittery and chunky, and they’re the most bold, pigmented, and smooth of the 3 brands. The palette is $44 CAD ($32 US) and you get a teeny weeny 1.53 g/0.05 oz of product per pan. You also only get 4 shades. (With free Sephora shipping, this equals out to $11 CAD or $8 US per pan, though again, you get two fewer pans than the Anastasia kit and they’re much smaller). The four colours that are in the Kat Von D kit are definite dupes for ones in the Anastasia kit so again, if you’re not sure if holographic highlighters are your thing and you want a tiny palette you can easily return, or if you live in Canada and don’t want to pay shipping, this one is the way to go in my opinion.

These new NYX highlighters are probably my least favourite of the three but if you’re on a budget, or you just want one colour rather than a whole palette, or if you just want to try them out, they’re still great quality. They’re the most affordable at $13 CAD/$8 US each. You also get the most product: each pan is huge at 6 g/0.21 oz. You can get them online (free shipping) or in stores across Canada and the US. Uh, and probably internationally too. Side note: that last reddish orange colour is CRAZY deep and I definitely won’t be using it as a highlighter but I think it would look beautiful on deeper skin. Double side note: there are a few other shades available that I just didn’t purchase.

Anastasia Pink Heart; Kat Von D Pink Opal; NYX Snow Rose

The pink shades from these 3 brands are the most similar to each other for sure. The Anastasia and NYX are pretty much identical while the Kat Von D is smoother, more pigmented, and more holographic.

Anastasia Purple Horseshoe; Kat Von D Ultra Violet Amethyst; NYX Lavender Steel

The purple shade from NYX differs quite a bit from the other two, which are quite similar. Again, the Kat Von D purple shade is much more holographic and pigmented. It’s also more shimmery and less glittery: you can see flecks of glitter in the Anastasia one.

Anastasia Blue Ice; Kat Von D Blue Saphyre; NYX Twilight Tint

I probably reach for the blue shades the most from all 3 brands. The Kat Von D is such real, beautiful true holographic bluey green goodness while the other two are a bit more bluey silver. They’re all beautiful, smooth and pigmented but obviously Blue Saphyre a bit more so.

I didn’t do a comparison swatch of the greens in the Kat Von D/Anastasia palettes since I don’t have a green from NYX, but they’re definite dupes for each other which you can see above in the full palette arm swatches.

Overall, the 3 brands have come out with amazing products and I’d say each of them are worth the money- they all give you slightly different things depending on what you’re looking for. NYX gives you huge pans at an affordable price (though you’ll sacrifice quality a little bit), while Kat Von D gives you the best quality- but you won’t get the shade selection/pan size that Anastasia gives you. Have you tried any of these products? Anything else you want me to review? LEMME KNOW. xo



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Savin’ You Money Monday: the Glossier Dupe

02 13 17

Note: this post is not sponsored by any brand and all ideas/opinions are my own.

SO, GUYS, I think I’m going to start a new blog-series… thingy. I’m thinking maybe a couple Mondays per month, I’ll write about products (clothing, skincare, makeup etc) that I’m loving: two products that are exactly the same, at very different price points.

The idea came to me yesterday evening IN A DREAM, jk. It was when I was washing my face before bed. I was choosing which one of my 100 000 serums to apply and I noticed that my two very expensive glossier serums are LITERALLY EXACTLY THE SAME as two other serums that I own by the brand ‘The Ordinary’ from Deciem. The self-proclaimed “Abnormal Beauty Company”, which happens to make everything in Toronto (and also like 5 minutes from my apartment), creates skincare and haircare with good-for-you ingredients. I own a bunch of their products (primer, serums, face masks, cleansing conditioners etc), and I love em all. So I was initially happy but then immediately annoyed that I had spent $74 on Glossier products when I had the same thing sitting on my counter- for $6.

Turns out, Glossier’s ‘Super Bounce’ serum is just Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 which you can discover just by reading their website for like 0.4 seconds which apparently I was too lazy to do. I was blinded by everything being cute and pink (but like… EVERYTHING IS SO CUTE AND PINK.) Deciem’s ‘The Ordinary’ brand has a serum DOUBLE THE SIZE that’s simply called ‘Hyaluronic acid 2% + b5’. How refreshingly straight to the point. Also- take a look at the zip code of the two New York addresses on the bottle. (The combo of hyaluronic acid and b5 is supposed to help with dry skin, by the way. I’ve definitely found that by using both of these serums, my skin is much more pLuMp and less flakey.)

Glossier’s ‘Super Pure’ serum is meant for red, blemish-y skin. It’s supposed to make your face chill the eff out and get it’s shit together. It’s a mix of Niacinamide and Zinc, which also happens to be the contents of another Deciem ‘The Ordinary’ serum, aptly named ‘Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%”.

To break this down for you: Glossier doesn’t ship to Canada, so Canadians either need to use an expensive third party shipping service or beg one of their American friends to ship it across the border (I have done both). If you’re American, WELL LUCKY YOU, and also I’m really sorry that Donald Trump is your president. But anyway. The Glossier serums are 15ml and the Deciem ones are 30ml. You’re therefore paying $56 US ($74 Canadian) for the same amount of product that you can buy from Deciem for FOUR DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS ($5.90 Canadian). I’m really shit at math but I know that is a CRAZY markup. I LOVE Glossier, but I think they charge this much because their bottles are pink, they have a crazy cute #aesthetic, and they send rainbow and happy face stickers with your order. And people (me) will eat it up.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m a fan of Glossier products. Their Boy Brow and their Mega Greens Mask are two of the best products I’ve ever used. HowEVER, there’s really no debating that their serums are hugely overpriced compared to Deciem’s brand, which I find work just as well.

Have you tried either of these products? Let me know what you think of them or if there’s anything else you’d like me to test/compare/review. UNTIL NEXT TIME, keep fit and have fun. Sorry. A little Canadian 90’s nostalgia.